Blueprint Goes North

The 25 in 5 Network‘s cross-community Leadership Tour for the Blueprint for Poverty Reduction in Hard Times was officially launched at a Leadership Forum in Toronto on November 17 when more than 100 community leaders in the poverty reduction campaign came to Toronto for a full-day event.

The Blueprint for Poverty Reduction in Hard Times is an action framework for poverty reduction in Ontario. The Blueprint:

The Blueprint is going on the road to more than 20 communities across Ontario until mid-December to get community before feedback is consolidated into a final Blueprint document.

In advance of the official launch of the Leadership Tour, Marvyn Novick and Peter Clutterbuck of the Social Planning Network of Ontario paid early visits with the Blueprint to Sudbury, North Bay, and Port Parry and Bracebridge during the week of November 10.

Sudbury

About 20 community leaders in Sudbury engaged in a discussion of the Blueprint on November 12. The group included low income advocates, City of Greater Sudbury civic officials including a city councillor, representatives of the mayor’s office and the social services administration, community service leaders, public health officials, members of several local school boards, labour, academia and others.

The Blueprint presentation was very well received. Feedback and discussion covered the following areas:

North Bay

Marvyn Novick and Peter Clutterbuck presented the Blueprint to the North Bay Provincial Poverty Reduction Working Group at a lunch meeting on November 13 and again at the Annual meeting of the North Bay Social Planning Council in the evening, where local Liberal MPP Monique Smith was in attendance.

Response to the Blueprint in these two meetings included the following points:

Parry Sound-Burk’s Falls

On November 14, Marvyn Novick, Peter Clutterbuck and Mike Balkwill brought the Blueprint to a meeting of social and health professionals, civic officials including town councillors, and faith leaders, and local citizens in Parry Sound with a video-conference tie-in to a small group in Burk’s Falls.

Discussion on the Blueprint covered the following areas:

At the end of the meeting, participants expressed a sense of enthusiasm and hope from the discussion and discussed the need to form community partnerships to stay on top of the poverty reduction agenda in Parry Sound. A number agreed to meet again to form a local poverty reduction working group in Parry Sound and to become part of the 25 in 5 cross-community engagement strategy.

Bracebridge

The Blueprint road show moved on from Parry Sound to Bracebridge in the afternoon of November 14, where more than 40 people from the service, faith, civic, health and education community attended the presentation.

Questions and discussion covered the following areas:

Blueprint Event Reports

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