Let’s Make THIS Happen

The Surrey Poverty Reduction Coalition hosted a community forum on poverty and its impacts, to promote and mobilize the community around implementing the Surrey Poverty Reduction Plan. James Hughes was the keynote speaker. Here is his inspiring speech.

We also saw some amazing Pecha Kucha presentations about what is already happening in Surrey to tackle poverty and its effects. You can see them as follows:

What’s Health Got to Do With It?

Food Poverty

Individual Development Accounts – Investing in Youth’s Independence

Poverty Reduction at Surrey’s Libraries

Refugee Transportation Loans

Clothes on Wheels

Immigrant Women Fleeing Violence

My Neighbourhood My Future

Oak Avenue Neighbourhood Project

These presentations were very stimulating and provided much food for thought!

After lunch, a smaller group got into a Design Jam, a facilitated session guiding the participants through an idea-generation exercise to plot a course to implement the strategies of the Surrey Poverty Reduction Plan: THIS is how we end poverty in Surrey. Vancouver Design Jam members led the process and provided a report on the outcomes.