Hamilton Public Health Services along with Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board and Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board and the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction are very pleased to make available: “Learning About Income Disparity in Hamilton, Ontario” for use in Hamilton classrooms. This project would not have been possible without all of the project partners involved n the creation of this unique teaching tool.
We hope this resource will raise awareness amongst Hamilton students so that over time, a shift in attitudes about poverty and income disparity will have a positive effect on all of Hamilton’s citizens.
Terms: Part-time: 20-22 hours/week (1 year contract)
Reports To: Director, Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction
The Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction requires a project coordinator to help establish a Speaker’s Bureau of persons with the lived experience of poverty and social exclusion. The mandate of the Bureau will be to present in front of various audiences to tackle negative stereotypes and promote educated dialogue about the implications, costs and human and health impact poverty has in our community. The coordinator will help facilitate engagement, recruitment, training of 6-8 individuals to comprise the Speaker’s Bureau.
The ideal candidate is a person with lived experience of poverty and/or social exclusion and has community development experience and an thorough knowledge of Hamilton; is able to understand challenging projects and complex planning; is familiar and has experience with literature review and critical appraisal methods; is an effective communicator with strong writing skills and believes that citizen engagement is critical for effective community change.
International Women’s Day gives us the opportunity to highlight the extraordinary accomplishments of women – but also to discuss challenges facing many who struggle in poverty without access to affordable, safe, accessible housing. How’s the Weather is a local campaign that seeks to put a gender-lens on homelessness. More than 300 women are turned away from shelters every month in Hamilton because of lack of space.
A community forum held today called “Why Gender” discussed solutions and ways to engage the public. Included was an announcement on new funding to address women’s homelessness. Students from McMaster University also led a ‘Flash Mob’ at Gore Park to raise awareness of the issues.
In this inspirational episode of TVO’s the Agenda, with Steve Paikin, Roundtable member Laura Cattari joins others to discuss the challenges and busts the myths about living in poverty. Thank you Laura for your courage and inspiration!
Ontario’s social assistance system is failing this province’s most vulnerable citizens. Rates are too low, rules are too complex and opportunities to move off the system into well-paying jobs are few and far between. Individuals with disabilities do not have the supports they need to help them live healthier.