Welcome to your Vancouver-West End Community WebsiteDear Friend,
As I reflect on the year that was, and look forward with hope to the year ahead, I continue to be encouraged by you, the generous, and compassionate people of the West End, and Coal Harbour.
From the dedicated volunteers at the Community Policing Centre who help make our community safer, to the generous volunteers of the West End Seniors Network delivering groceries to shut-in Seniors, to the 5 terrific Moms of the Lord Roberts PAC who are fundraising to replace the school playground because the province has stopped funding them, and then of course the dedicated King George High students (pictured below) who have been fundraising for months to purchase socks, gloves and toiletries for homeless constituents. I won’t even begin to try to detail the countless contributions of our fabulous Drag Queens who brighten many a gloomy night and have raised millions for those in need.
Each and every one of these generous folk ARE the West End & Coal Harbour.
It’s who we are. It’s what we are known for.
However, in a province as wealthy as ours, many of our neighbours struggle with poverty on a daily basis. BC currently has the highest poverty rate in Canada, but still no plan to tackle it.
I would like to ask you to join our campaign urging the creation of a made in B.C. poverty reduction plan by signing a postcard to the Premier (we have them here in our office!).
As the recently passed Nelson Mandela said so well “Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like Slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. YOU can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom.”
While we fight poverty, we must address the symptom of hunger. Working alongside the Vancouver Food Bank I have set-up a food drop-off depot at my office at 923 Denman. Financial contributions to our local Food Bank can be made online by clicking here. (You will also receive a generous tax receipt)
Helping break the cycle of poverty is an achievable goal if we all work together.
As you will see below, there are countless community events coming up to help get you in the spirit.
I wish you and yours peace and health in the year ahead.
And lastly, I encourage you to shop at our West End / Coal Harbour small businesses this holiday season. They give so much back to our community that any support we can show them in return is well worth it.
I wish you and yours peace and health in the year ahead and if I can be of any assistance to you with provincial issues, don't hesitate to call upon me.
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