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Community Dialogue: Homelessness - What can I do? What can WE do?

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Vancouver Public Library

350 West Georgia Street

Vancouver, BC V6B 6B1

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The preliminary findings of the 2017 Homeless Count revealed an alarming increase in homelessness across Metro Vancouver. We know that leaders are working towards addressing the root causes of homelessness to create sustainable solutions.

In the interim, what can we, citizens of Vancouver, do to reach out, connect with and support those struggling with homelessness and the issues that underly it.

If this is an issue that concerns you, join us for a World Cafe, a dialogue where we will explore creative solutions.

We will start the evening being inspired by stories of two women who found a way to make a difference in the lives of at-risk residents in their communities.

Following a brief presentation from our panelists, participants will be guided through a World Cafe style dialogue, sharing their thoughts and reflections.

How do you feel about homelessness?

What solutions do you see, here or in other communities?

What ideas do YOU have?

What ideas would you like to support?

We'll explore these and other questions in a safe, inclusive gathering.

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Founder and Executive Director of Hives for Humanity, Sarah Common, is a community support worker and beekeeper; passionate about fostering vibrant, healthy community through empowerment and education. She will share the story of her work to create transformative opportunities for people and pollinators. Through mentorship based programming Hives For Humanity creates flexible opportunities for people to engage in the therapeutic culture that surrounds the hive. They foster connectivity to nature and to each other. They create a supportive and connected network, and offer opportunity for building self-worth and community pride, so that all may thrive. Hives for Humanity connects people to nature, to community and to themselves, through the bees.

Executive Director of the Punky Lake Wilderness Camp Society, Sarah Jackman, will share her experience with meeting the needs of her vulnerable community members in a collaborative manner. She had worked with groups with similar and like minded missions such as the Canadian Restorative Justice Consortium and Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Williams Lake. They do a traditional approach to program delivery based upon respect, trust and cultural practices. Their goals at PLWCS are to promote and build self-worth, leadership, experiences of culture, and, healthy, strong life choices in the youth of their communities and in the communities themselves as a whole.

This evening is sponsored in part by ViRTUS aligned with shared values of #connection, #curiosity and #creativity.




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