VC June Learning Report

Submitted by Kirsti Battista on June 24, 2015 - 6:44am
Vibrant Communities learning update

June was a busy month for us at Vibrant Communities. We've been organizing our summer learning agenda, connecting with our members and sharing more resources from the Poverty Reduction Summit. Check out some of our highlights below, and don't forget to scroll to the bottom for information about upcoming learning opportunities.


You told us that we needed to organize more learning about national poverty reduction efforts and we heard you:

  • Laura Tucker of Pathway to Potential in Windsor, ON walked VC Convenors through their the new VOTE TO END POVERTY national campaign call.  The creative concept proposal is out and they are looking for feedback!  More details here or email Laura.
  • James Hughes of the Graham Boeckh Foundation and Elizabeth McIsaac of Maytree hosted an in-depth discussion of why we need Early Intervention principles at the forefront of Canada's social welfare system.  We have innovative, evidence-based programs.  Now we need to put them into practice.  Find the link to Jim's new book Early Intervention here. The webinar recording will be added to our site by the end of the week.

Communities of Practice (CoPs)

CoPs are a fantastic opportunity for members with similar interests and experiences to get together to make connections, share, learn and build on each other's experiences.  This month we held 3 CoP calls that hosted 29 people from 9 provinces and territories, representing 23 communities.  

  • Living Wage Leaders CoP was chaired by Catherine Ludgate of VanCity in Metro Vancouver. We heard about the successes and struggles of some emerging Living Wage communities. Click here to read the CoP minutes. Register for the group!
  • Municipal Government Representatives for Poverty Reduction was chaired by Adoama Patterson of Peel, ON. In the call we heard about several Cities' progress and take-away points from the Poverty Reduction Summit.  Renewed hope, new skills, and best practices were highlights from the event. Register for the group!
  • Provincial Government Officials for Poverty Reduction was chaired by James Hughes of the Graham Boeckh Foundation. In the call, we covered feedback from the Poverty Reduction Summit, heard updates from each of the provinces, and discussed how to build and sustain unlikely partnerships. Register for the group!

Online Engagement

Our members uploaded 13 new blogs this month on topics like promising practices in poverty reduction, new data, campaigns and programs, and poetry.  Find links to each one here:

  • Simcoe Country reflections from the Poverty Reduction Summit 
  • Taut, a poem by Scott MacAfee

Our TOP #reducepoverty2015 tweets:

Here are some of the great #reducepoverty2015 tweets we saw this month. Please copy and share!

Government works in silos but our health/lives are intertwined/affected by govt policies; many get caught in policy traps #reducepoverty2015- Lori Kleinsmith

Some thoughts on Community ahead of @ABCDFest2015 from #reducepoverty2015 TKS @Tamarack_Inst- Scott MacAfee

Poverty sucks the life out of people & communities, says Foundation President & CEO @stephenhuddart  #reducepoverty2015- Lori Kleinsmith

Calgary's poverty reduction plan called enough for all. @nenshi clear there r plenty of resources 4 us all to live well. #ReducePoverty2015- Nick Saul

#poverty is not a choice and it's unjust and undignified #reducepoverty2015 #WeNeedAPlan- Canada Without Poverty

Videos from the Poverty Reduction Summit

We've now released a number of videos from the May gathering. Please view and share these videos with your networks.

  • Honourable Deb Matthews, Ontario:  Provinces reducing poverty
  • Mayor Don Iveson, Edmonton: Cities reducing poverty
  • Alan Broadbent, Maytree: Why Poverty Reduction?
  • Mayor Naheed Nenshi, Calgary: Moving forward with poverty reduction, together
  • Dana Robbins, Metroland Media: Poverty reduction involves all of us
  • Scott MacAfee, New Brunswick: A poem about the fragile balance of our diverse society
  • Voices of the Summit: The Future of Poverty Reduction
  • Upcoming Learning Opportunities: