2017 Cities Reducing Poverty Awards

Submitted by Alison Homer on April 28, 2017 - 4:19am

The 2017 Vibrant Communities Canada – Cities Reducing Poverty Awards recognized individuals and initiatives who have gone above and beyond in their poverty reduction work, and who have made outstanding contributions to the field of poverty reduction.

The awards ceremony was held at the Mayor's Reception at the David Braley Centre on April 4th, 2017, as part of Cities Reducing Poverty: When Business is Engaged. The awards committee represented partners, funders, business, and community leaders who met, deliberated, shortlisted nominations, and submitted final recommendations. Awards were presented by Kim Lockhart, National Director, Community Impact, United Way Centraide Canada, and Mark Holmgren, Director of Vibrant Communities Canada.


1. Leadership in Poverty Reduction Award: Awarded to a collaborative multi-sectoral roundtable that has exemplified stellar leadership in advancing poverty reduction in their community. The recipient has at least two years of sustained activities in poverty reduction, and has a current poverty reduction strategy or framework in place.

Recipient: Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction

2. Game Changer Innovation Award: Awarded to an initiative that has led a strong, original and innovative poverty reduction effort that has led to significant progress in reducing poverty under one or more Game Changer areas. The recipient has successfully influenced policy and/or systems change, and their innovation is scalable and replicable to other communities.

Recipient: Living Wage for Families Campaign

3. Business Champion Award: Awarded to a partnership between a poverty reduction initiative and a business, where the business has championed poverty reduction work. The business is connected to a Cities Reducing Poverty member or partner, and meaningfully contributes to their work. Their efforts have impacted direct employees as well as the community at large.

Recipient: Business Community Anti-Poverty Initiative (BCAPI)

4. Engaging People with Lived Experience Award: Awarded to a poverty reduction initiative that has demonstrated meaningful engagement of people with lived experience of poverty. The recipient has been vocal in the community and is a leading advocate of poverty reduction. Their engagement strategy is scalable and replicable to other communities.

Recipient: Saskatoon Poverty Reduction Partnership

5. Outstanding Contribution to the VCC Learning Community

 Award: Awarded to a Cities Reducing Poverty member who has mas an outstanding contribution to the VCC learning community. This recipient has been active in the VCC online community over the past year, and has provided leadership and strengthened learning opportunities for the Cities Reducing Poverty community at large.

Recipient: Adam Vasey, former Director of Pathway to Potential in Windsor-Essex

6. Legacy Award: Awarded to an individual who has gone above and beyond in their work, both within and outside of the Cities Reducing Poverty network, over a substantial amount of time. The recipient has brought energy and passion to their work, and has deeply inspired others.

Recipient: Cathy Wright, Living SJ

On behalf of Vibrant Communities Canada, a huge congratulations to all of these very worthy recipients! Thank you for all the hard work you do day in and day out to support poverty reduction both within and outside of your communities.