Bridges out of Poverty

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The Se­away Val­ley Com­mu­nity Health Cen­tre (SVCHC) held their an­nual gen­eral meet­ing fol­lowed by a two-day Bridges out of Poverty sem­i­nar on Wed­nes­day, June 16, and Thurs­day, June 17, at the Ra­mada Inn and Con­fer­ence Cen­tre. Author/ com­mu­nity con­sul­tant Terie Dreussi-Smith, guest speaker at the meet­ing, also con­ducted the work­shop based on the book she co-au­thored, Bridges out of Poverty: Strate­gies for Pro­fes­sion­als and Com­mu­ni­ties.

At­tended by area so­cial agen­cies and or­ga­ni­za­tions, as well as mu­nic­i­pal lead­ers from SD&G, Bridges out of Poverty is de­signed to equip com­mu­ni­ties with strate­gies on how to help low-in­come peo­ple make pos­i­tive choices for them­selves, with the ul­ti­mate goal of lead­ing them to self-suf­fi­ciency.

“Go­ing for­ward, the only way that we can make a dif­fer­ence in this com­mu­nity, given that we’re al­ways in the midst of change and our fi­nan­cial and hu­man re­sources are limited, we need to work to­gether; we need to col­lab­o­rate,” said St. John-de Wit, re­fer­ring to their com­mu­nity part­ners. “The only way we can make this a suc­cess, and see a re­duc­tion in poverty in this com­mu­nity is by work­ing to­gether and join­ing in on one com­mon theme and mak­ing it a pri­or­ity. I think there’s a need and I think that there is a real de­sire on be­half of ev­ery­one here to make that hap­pen. I think that will be our man­date for the years to come.”

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Pic­tured(in­frontL-R)areMichelleGrat­ton,ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, So­cial Devel­op­ment Coun­cil for Corn­wal­land Area, sem­i­narco-spon­so­randLee McKenna, Man­ager, Pol­icy and Govern­ment Re­la­tions,As­so­ci­a­tionofOn­tar­i­oHealthCen­tres. In back (L-R) are Terie Dreussi-Smith, M.A. Ed. Author/com­mu­ni­ty­con­sul­tan­ta­ndDeb­bieSt. John­deWit,ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor,SVCHC.

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