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?
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.