Poverty is a complex problem that cannot be solved by one group or sector alone. Many community groups are doing incredible work to understand root causes and continue to find ways to alleviate the effects of poverty. However, to reduce and eliminate poverty we need to work together, across sectors on solutions that strengthen long-term health and increase the quality of life.
Our priority is to increase the quality of life for our vulnerable populations who suffer the most from the experience of poverty. To do this, we’re going beyond the traditional measures of income ability to meet essential needs and focusing on root causes and core determinants of health.
Who is involved?
The Poverty Solutions Advisory Committee (PSAC) is stewarding the development of our Poverty Solutions Strategy. The Committee serves as a sounding board and helps connect this work across sectors and communities.
In addition, we’re convening six task teams and several complementary groups to focus on specific subjects relating to the themes and issues. This includes experts by experience, advocates and community agencies and business.
Co-Chair: Mayor Mike Savage, Halifax Regional Municipality
Co-Chair: Sara Napier, President & CEO, United Way Halifax
Michelle Pickles, Director, Public Health – Central Zone, Nova Scotia Health Authority
Bill Lahey, President, King’s College
Dr. Rhonda Britton, Pastor, Cornwallis Street Baptist Church
Lynn Hartwell, Deputy Minister, Nova Scotia Department of Community Services
Patricia Doyle-Bedwell, Professor/Native Studies Instructor, Dalhousie University
Wayne MacNaughton, Poverty Advocate
Don MacLean, Superintendent, Halifax Regional Police
John Esaiw, Director, Fuels, Energy & Risk Management, Nova Scotia Power
Gerry Post, Executive Director of Accessibility, Department of Justice
Bonnie Ste. Croix, Executive Director, Chebucto Connections
Betty MacDonald, Community Support, Society of Deaf & Hard of Hearing Nova Scotians
Nick Jennery, CEO, Feed Nova Scotia
Mark Fraser, Executive Vice-President, T4G
Ian Munro, Chief Economist, Halifax Partnership
Sacha Anderson, Program Coordinator, Navigator Street Outreach
Steve Streatch, District 1 Councillor, Halifax Regional Municipality
Shawn Cleary, District 9 Councillor, Halifax Regional Municipality
Jennifer Watts, Director of Settlement and Integration, ISANS
Elwin LeRoux, Superintendent, Halifax Regional School Board
- Developing a shared understanding of our poverty challenges and opportunities to address poverty more effectively in the municipality;
- Advising and encouraging sector leaders and community members to participate in creating poverty solutions;
- Overseeing task teams (mentorship group, alignment partners, live experience) who assist in the detailed work.