Profiles of Courage 2017



Calendar Launch at Nelson United Church

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In our calendar we highlighted experiences of courage from several Nelson residents who face concerns of poverty in their lives and have persevered despite of the the overwhelming challenges from day to day.






Read Will Johnson’s Nelson Star interview with Bernadette White and Michael Donaldson, September 28 and Will Johnson’s Nelson Star article on the Calendar Launch, October 5.


 We invite your experiences of courage: 

One Comment on “Profiles of Courage 2017”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I am 63yrs old and one of Canada’s working poor seniors. I earn less than ½ the amount currently considered below poverty level for Canadians. This means that, in most communities all across Canada, I am forced to live in substandard housing, which takes up, most if not all, of my earnings. This means I am not able buy nutritious food, pay for prescriptions or have access to alternative medicine or even regular dental care. This means I get sick more often and I lose time at work, which means I earn less money and the cycle of poverty continues.
    Every poor person I have ever spoken with has agreed with me that we are not necessarily looking for more money as in higher wages etc. but the lack of affordable housing plays the biggest role in keeping the poor in poverty.
    What communities need to realize is that those of us that work for minimum wages are the workers in the community that provide most of the services ei. store clerks, fast food services, house cleaners, childcare providers and most non profit organizations staff along with volunteers who’s income can be pensions or disability benefits. A community cannot exist without these low income earners.
    I need to have a quiet place because I don’t sleep well. If I don’t sleep I get sick and I am not able to work. Living in a building where you have to share a bathroom with people who don’t work and have very different sleeping patterns, doesn’t work well. Running hot water is not a luxury if a person has to get to work at 3or 4 in the morning to bake your bread.
    A lot of poor people, especially those of us that are seniors are able to live very frugally. We grew up in a time where we learned basic life skills like cooking, cleaning, sewing and making do with what we had. We know how to make a dollar stretch and recognize quality versus quantity when we spend that dollar. We might be poor but that doesn’t make us stupid. We know how to live within our means but we have to have homes we can afford.
    Please do not assume that all poor people are creating their own poverty by being lazy or living on income assistance by choice. I was born into poverty on the tails of the last war to very young, inexperienced parents who’s own parents were poor. We have never been lazy, we have worked hard all our lives and I for one have broken the poverty cycle by raising a son to believe he can be successful and who is not poor. The grandchildren are getting the same message.

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