Where Ends Don’t Meet: A Panel on BC’s School Cuts, Housing Shortfalls and Family Poverty – Vancouver, September 20

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
7-8:30 pm
Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

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With one in five children living in poverty, BC has one of the highest child poverty rates in Canada. Amidst school closures, growing rates of homelessness and persistent inequality, where is BC’s poverty reduction plan?

Presented by Simon Fraser University’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement and Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House, this roundtable discussion brings together families and community members to discuss the impacts of child and family poverty in BC, and offer solutions.


  • Viveca Ellis, co-founder of the Single Mothers Alliance
  • Adrienne Montani, provincial coordinator for First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition
  • Eva Oberlee, assistant professor with the Human Early Learning Partnership in the School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia
  • Lorelai Hawkins, an indigenous elder
  • A low-income family from the Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House

Everyone is welcome. Light refreshments will be served, and child minding and transit subsidies are available.

A family-friendly dinner will be served at the Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House (573 East Hastings, Vancouver) at 5:30 pm prior to the panel.