North & South with the Blueprint in Durham Region

Sunderland

About 30 people attended a presentation and discussion of the Blueprint on Tuesday morning, December 2 at Sunderland Town Hall in North Durham Region. Participants included the Mayor of Brock Township, several town councilors, civic officials, faith leaders, health and social service leaders, and residents of North Durham communities.

The meeting was sponsored by the Community Development Council of Durham in conjunction with the local host, the North Durham Social Development Council.

It was noted at the outset that the SPNO had held its very first meeting on poverty reduction at the Sunderland Town Hall in September 2007 to launch a series of twelve community meetings across the province during the 2007 provincial election campaign. After more than 100 community meetings in communities across Ontario since the fall of 2007, it is gratifying to know that the Premier is about to release the Province’s Poverty Reduction Strategy this week.

Discussion covered the following areas:

The North Durham Social Development Council and Community Development Council of Durham will follow up with groups and individuals who wish to pursue the idea of a community blueprint for poverty reduction at a meeting in January.

Whitby

More than 45 participants in Durham Region attended a presentation and discussion of the Blueprint at Durham Regional Council headquarters in Whitby on the afternoon of Tuesday, December 2. The meeting was sponsored by the Community Development Council of Durham.

Participants included regional and city councillors, the Chair of Durham Health and Social Services Committee, the Region’s Chief Administrative Officer, and Commissioner of Health and Social Services, local regional social services and public health staff, residents, recent immigrants, staff and volunteers of local community health, social service and community development agencies, and leaders in employment, housing, and food security networks.

The following points were raised in discussion:

Starting to think about how to work on a community blueprint for poverty reduction in Durham. Community Development Council of Durham will be convening meeting in January to talk about that locally.

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