Session On Poverty Reduction Strategy Set For Later This Month
It'll be a "roll up your sleeves" kind of meeting next week as business and community leaders gather to tackle the issue of poverty in our city. It's all part of the poverty reduction strategy planning, started by the 'Poverty Costs' report unveiled last month.
Liz Weaver is a leader with Vibrant Communities Canada and will be in town next week to help guide the session at the Grande Prairie Public Library.
She says Grande Prairie's issue appears to surround the "working poor."
"There's quite a signifiant number of people that are working poor in Grande Prairie: They're working full and part time jobs but they're not earning enough to have stable housing to have good nutrition for their kids to have their kids maybe get involved in sports activities."
The Poverty Costs study showed that in 2009, 73,000 children -- 34,000 under the age of six -- experienced poverty in Alberta.
The Grande Prairie session goes March 22nd -- you must register by tomorrow (Wednesday). You can do that by calling Community Social Development at 780-538-0380.
image courtesy Vibrant Communities Calgary. Photo by Ming Emma Ko.
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