Workshop Is Poverty a Concern for Everyone?
Presented by Bob Stranach and Sue Rickards, representing Policylink NB
This workshop involved the presentation of PolicyLink’s participatory model for increased collaboration and cooperation for addressing poverty in New Brunswick. Forging the model with group discussion they tried to work out ways to “make poverty everyone’s concern” by increasing the understanding and participation of members of the community, organizations and government to address this issue. Participants were able to reflect on their personal experiences and understanding of the issues, as well as reviewing how and with whom, they currently work in their communities.
This model of an engagement strategy has arisen from work of the PolicyLink NB project which is intended to reach a multi-sectoral community of organizations and individuals interested in the work of social development in New Brunswick. To effectively forward their goals, PolicyLink NB believes we need to engage in the following objectives, to:
Presented by Cathy Wright, formerly Executive Director of the Human Development Council and Policy Intern, Human Resources Development Canada, N.B. Region
This workshop was offered twice during the conference with discussions about the desire of governments to work more closely with community groups, and the hopes of community groups to have more input into the direction of government.
Some key questions used to frame the presentation and discussion were:
Combining the experiences of the presenter and participants, they focused on several key factors influencing how governments and communities work together.
Key Points from the discussion during the two workshops included:
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