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Solutions to Poverty Waterloo Region


At our 11th Annual Poverty Symposium, we learned about upside-down thinking. Attendees were asked to provide their contact information if they wanted to be part of future poverty-reduction initiatives. Many attendees from the symposium expressed an interest in keeping the discussion going, and this group worked together throughout the year.

This year at the 12th Annual Poverty Symposium on June 15, 2017 we introduced the group, now known as Solutions to Poverty Waterloo Region. This group is made up of over 20 individuals from across the region, including representatives from local agencies; politicians; and community members with lived experience of poverty. At the symposium, Cambridge-North Dumfries MPP Kathryn McGarry and a representative from the Ontario Trillium Foundation announced a collective impact grant awarded to Solutions to Poverty Waterloo Region. This grant will help the group to start their first poverty-reduction initiative which will focus older adults.

If you see a role for yourself or your organization in this initiative, please contact the Social Planning Council of Cambridge and North Dumfries at

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