Dr. Donna Beegle is the inspiration for the Bright Beginning Foundation. Though the kindness of a mentor Donna emerged from generational poverty and went on to research and write articles providing insights and strategies for communicating more effectively across race, class, gender and generational barriers. There is a very interesting three part series interview with Donna. Here is the link. Or you can read her story here.
First Call published the BC Child poverty Report Card 2016 with reports on child poverty in BC. First Call finds that BC’s child poverty rate of 19.8% is higher than the overall (all ages) poverty rate of 16%. Children under 6 have an even higher poverty rate of 20.1%.
BC is the only province in Canada without a poverty reduction plan. BC Poverty Reduction is a coalition of almost 400 organizations calling for British Columbia to develop a comprehensive strategy to address the root causes of poverty.
The British Columbia Teachers’ Federation presented a report in November 2010 calling out for a Poverty Reduction Strategy which includes legislated targets and timelines.
The Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) is a collaborative, interdisciplinary network based at UBC. Their research explores the roles that a child’s experiences and environment play in their development. The website, in part, includes maps, data and fact sheets.
The Surrey Poverty Reduction Coalition was formed in 2012 to promote implementation of the Surrey Poverty Reduction Plan (T.H.I.S. is how we end poverty in Surrey). The Coalition members are committed to:
- Promote and disseminate THIS is how we end poverty in Surrey – A poverty reduction plan developed by the community
- Mobilize and inspire government, private sector, non-profit sector and the entire community to take actions to reduce poverty
- Monitor and measure achievements / progress / outcomes in implementing the Plan
The Surrey Poverty Reduction Coalition has researched and assembled a set of maps highlighting incidence of Low Income in Surrey based on the 2011 Census.
The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) is an independent, non-partisan research institute concerned with issues of social, economic and environmental justice. In their report (Jan.11, ’17) Long Overdue: Why BC needs a poverty reduction plan, the authors state, “It is a common misconception that the poor are mostly on social assistance. Our research shows that about half of those living below the poverty line are either the working poor or children of the working poor. While over 13 per cent of British Columbians live in poverty, only about four per cent rely on social assistance at any given time”