Project Overview

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.

PSAC Members

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

PSAC Mandate

  • 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.