Blogging About Hard Times
Mike Morrison, a writer, blogger, and activist, met with Nigel, a community partner and advocate for the homeless community. They are both vocal activists and strong proponents for social inclusion.
"I think Calgarians have a perception of what living low-income is or what homelessness is. Many who criticize or judge low-income or homeless Calgarians probably couldn’t spend a day in their shoes and have no idea what it would be like and how hard it would be."
Empathizing through Conversation
Elyse Bouvier, a photographer and artist, met with Margaret, a registered social worker and facilitator who works with low income individuals.
"I strongly believe that sitting down and having a conversation with someone, even if they have a different viewpoint than you, is the only way that we're ever going to move forward and get to a place of understanding with each other, especially when it comes to ideas about poverty and the systemic issues of poverty."
Volunteering for Better
George Brookman, a businessman and volunteer, met with Pamela an Indigenous community partner who is an advocate for education, wellness and volunteering. George and Pamela discovered that they both share a desire for giving back to the community and helping those in need.
"For so many people in a big city, poverty does not mean trying to keep up; it means that you are constantly trying to catch up."
Neil Zeller, voted Calgary's best photographer in 2018, met with Miriam, a community partner who shared her story about overcoming homelessness. Neil and Miriam discovered they both have a passion for focusing on 'pure positivity'.
"One thing I would tell Calgarians is to stop judging so quickly, as the person you are looking at may be struggling with problems you can't comprehend. A little kindness could make a world of difference to this person."
Poverty in Calgary will end when you raise your hand to get involved.
- Visit EnoughForAll.ca to learn about Calgary’s community-driven poverty reduction strategy
- Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
- Call 211 when you see someone in need to access programs and services
- Make a donation to a nonprofit in your community
- Change your perspective by trying makethemonth.ca
- Start a conversation about poverty
- Call 211 to connect to volunteer opportunities
- Use #challengepovertyYYC to share how your perspectives are changing.