Anti-poverty THRIVE ini­tia­tive hires its ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor

Medicine Hat News - - COMMUNITY-WEST - JEREMY AP­PEL jap­pel@medicine­hat­ Twit­ter: MHNJere­myAp­pel

THRIVE Medicine Hat has a new ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor.

The group, which aims to elim­i­nate poverty while in­creas­ing phys­i­cal and men­tal well-be­ing, wel­comed Karen Daniel­son last week.

“What I bring to THRIVE is ex­pe­ri­ence in work­ing with com­mu­ni­ties, and work­ing with strate­gic plans and projects such as this,” Daniel­son said.

“I’m very ex­cited to work on this one with the com­mu­nity in Medicine Hat.”

Daniel­son is orig­i­nally from Saska­toon, where she worked for the Saskatchewan Lit­er­acy Net­work, a non­profit that works with ed­u­ca­tors and fam­i­lies to pro­mote read­ing.

THRIVE’s ma­jor ini­tia­tives in­clude pro­mot­ing af­ford­able hous­ing, end­ing home­less­ness, re­duc­ing en­ergy prices, pro­vid­ing trans­porta­tion for low-in­come res­i­dents and en­hanc­ing ed­u­ca­tion.

These are some of THRIVE’s 13 pri­or­i­ties that make up its strat­egy.

“Those pieces and pri­or­i­ties are go­ing to be work­ing with com­mu­ni­ties and dif­fer­ent com­mu­nity sys­tems. It’s also go­ing to be work­ing with those that have had a lived ex­pe­ri­ence with poverty ... to con­nect the dots and to work to­gether for ul­ti­mately this goal of in­creased well-be­ing,” said Daniel­son.

THRIVE aims to bring a wide ar­ray of com­mu­nity groups to­gether with the over­ar­ch­ing goal of even­tu­ally elim­i­nat­ing poverty.

“One of the things that I’m very ex­cited about with this po­si­tion is that it’s co­or­di­nat­ing with dif­fer­ent com­mu­nity sys­tems, so it’s not try­ing to build a whole new en­tity,” she said.

“It’s work­ing from within and build­ing re­la­tion­ships, try­ing to be part of that end­ing poverty piece. It’s not try­ing to cre­ate any­thing.”


Karen Daniel­son be­gan her new po­si­tion as THRIVE Medicine Hat's ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor last week.

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