Tackling Child Poverty in BC: Every Child Fed, Clothed and Ready to Learn

One of every seven children in BC is living in poverty and two-thirds of them live in Metro Vancouver. 

How can the foundations of social development, health and learning in early childhood be strengthened? What are the social and economic benefits associated with better investment in early childhood development? What can policymakers, civil society organizations, businesses, parents, youth and other citizens do ensure that every child is ‘fed, clothed and ready to learn?’

Please join us for an evening of dialogue to raise awareness about child poverty in BC—an issue that falls to all of BC’s citizens to address. Together, we can move beyond defining the problem and begin to strategize possible solutions.

Our panelists include:

Stephanie Cadieux, Minister of Children and Family Development

Bruce Ralston, Opposition Critic for Finance and Public Accounts, BC NDP

Carrie Gelson, Teacher, Seymour Elementary School

Paul Kershaw, Associate Professor, UBC

The event will be moderated by Fazil Mihlar, The Vancouver Sun

Presented in partnership with:



If you would like to donate to the Vancouver Sun Children’s Fund online, please visit www.vansunkidsfund.ca, or you can mail a cheque payable to “Vancouver Sun Children’s Fund” to 1 – 200 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V3N 1A3. Please make a note on the donation, “In Memory of Art Phillips”. Donations are tax deductible.


Mon, 06 May 2013 7:00 PM


SFU's Goldcorp Centre for the Arts at Woodwards, Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver


The event is free; but registration is required. Please register here.

Contact us: Questions or comments?    Email: public_square@sfu.ca

For media inquiries contact:
Scott McLean
Director, Public Relations
Simon Fraser University - Vancouver
P: 778.782.5151
C: 604.505.5519

E: srmclean@sfu.ca