Thompson named VP of CWP

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Annapolis Royal woman recognized for efforts to address poverty, food insecurity

Thompson has been named vice president of Canada Without Poverty.

An Annapolis Royal woman has been named VP of a national group dedicated to eradicating poverty.

Brenda Thompson, of the Women’s Place Resource Center, has recently been appointed as the vice-president of the board of Canada Without Poverty. She was first appointed to this Ottawa-based group in 2012.

Leilani Farha, CWP executive director, says Thompson’s commitment to addressing issues such as homelessness and food insecurity, combined with her enthusiasm, made her a shoe-in for the job.

“We’re lucky to have her,” she said. “She understands the personal implications of poverty as well as the causes. We value her energy, enthusiasm and her sense of humour.”

Thompson said she is proud of the work the group is doing to raise awareness around homelessness and the plight of First Nations communities. She’s also excited about some of the work being done to target and eliminate poverty in Canada.

“A couple of the provinces have introduced poverty reduction initiatives,” she said. “A few years ago Nova Scotia introduced the idea of a creating a strategy, but nothing much has been done with it. It’s time to put it back on the table.”

Canada Without Poverty is a nonprofit group that started in 1971 and maintains that poverty is a violation of human rights. Moreover that it’s a human obligation to take action to end it.

Thompson says she’s pleased to work with this group, each member has the direct, personal experience of living in poverty, whether in childhood or as adults. The group works to raise awareness about poverty, participates in research to generate new knowledge about poverty, and strives to influence public policy to prevent and alleviate poverty.

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Organizations: Annapolis Royal, Place Resource Center, First Nations

Geographic location: Canada, Ottawa, Nova Scotia

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  • Flora Doehler
    March 05, 2014 - 21:41

    Congratulations to Brenda! But more to the point, congratulations to the Canada Without Poverty Board for nabbing Brenda, a champion of people's rights for a very long time.