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Child and Family Poverty Persists in British Columbia!

How can we Advocate for Change?

2020 Child Poverty Report Card

British Columbia

January 2020

With thanks and immense appreciation to the work of First Call: BC

Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition.

Child and Family Poverty Persists in British Columbia!

30 years ago in November of 1989, the all-party House of Commons resolution to end child poverty by the year 2000 was passed unanimously.

In 2017, one in five children in B.C> were still growing up in poverty. 19.1% of children in BC lived in poverty representing 163,730.

First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition released the 23rd annual BC Child Poverty Report Card finding that not much has changed for poor children and their families.

The following is a summary of the report presented in January 2020:

In 2017, the year this report covers, there were 163,730 children and youth living in poor households with many living in deep poverty.

“Once again our report finds one in five children in BC were living in poverty in 2017,” commented Adrienne Montani, First Call’s Provincial Coordinator. “And for the first time we saw children in lone-parent families make up over half BC’s poor children.”

2017 Findings:

  • 163,730 children and youth were living in poor households in 2017.
  • 51,760 poor children were under the age of six.
  • Overall, BC had the 8th highest child poverty rate out of all the provinces and territories.
  • BC child poverty rate at 19.1% was slightly higher than the national child poverty rate of 18.6%.
  • The poverty rate for children living in lone-parent families is 51.4%.

For the first time since 2009, the number of poor children in lone-parent families increased, from 81,960 in 2016 to 86,690 in 2017.

Indigenous children, new immigrant children, children in visible or racialized minority groups and those with disabilities all have much higher poverty rates than the BC average.

The gender inequality gap persisted with the median income for female lone parent households at $44,960, just 72% of the $62,550 median income for male lone parent households.

While there are poor children growing up in all areas of BC, poverty rates are varied from 15.3% in the East Kootenay Regional District to 42.5% in the Central Coast Regional District. Many of the regional districts with the highest child poverty rates were located in coastal areas, particularly along the north and central coastal areas.

First Call’s recommendations to government include better income supports and universal programs like affordable housing and child care investments; targeting efforts to help those who have a higher risk of living in poverty; moving more quickly to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour; and significantly raising income and disability assistance rates to bring them in line with actual living expenses and index them to inflation.

What needs to happen next? What actions need to be taken and how do we begin to advocate with all levels of government?

Read the recommendations;

CAPILANO UNIVERSITY SPONSORS AN INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY EVENT AT the CAP U LOWER LONSDALE CAMPUS



We Believe
In Recognition of International Women’s Day
Women in Politics Panel & Reception 

AN INVITATION

Women in Politics Panel

In Recognition of International Women’s Day

Women in Politics Panel & Reception 

Libby Davies, Member of Parliament, 1997-2015; Panel moderator
Bowinn Ma, MLA, North Vancouver-Lonsdale; Panelist
Jane Thornthwaite, MLA, North Vancouver-Seymour; Panelist
3rd panelist to be announced

Friday, March 6, 2020
Reception starts at 5 p.m. followed by the panel at 6 p.m.
Location:  CapU Lonsdale at the Shipyards
125 Victory Ship Way #250, North Vancouver

Please RSVP to Zoran Stjepanovic at zoranstjepanovic@capilanou.ca

A message for Capilano University Foundation

It’s been a few months since our early morning breakfast event, and I’d like to thank you once again, for your support of women’s education at CapU.

In connection with International Women’s Day, please join us, March 6th, at CapU Lonsdale for a special panel forum.  In partnership with the Capilano University Students Union, we are hosting a panel of female political leaders to discuss the challenges, intricacies and opportunities of being a woman in BC politics.  

It’s also a great opportunity to see our new CapU Lonsdale satellite campus in the Shipyards!  

Refreshments will be served before the panel kicks off.  This engaging panel is our way of acknowledging your support of women’s education at CapU.
If you would like to attend, please respond directly to 

Please RSVP to Zoran Stjepanovic at zoranstjepanovic@capilanou.ca

Zoran Stjepanovic (he/him)

Development Officer, Annual Giving

604.983.7507 |c: 604.928.1322 | e:  zoranstjepanovic@capilanou.ca

North Vancouver Campus  |  2055 Purcell Way, North Vancouver

British Columbia, Canada  V7J 3H5  |  capilanou.ca

Capilano University is named after Chief Joe Capilano, an important leader of the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh) Nation of the Coast Salish people. We respectfully acknowledge that our campuses are located on the territories of the Lil’wat, Musqueam, Sechelt (shíshálh), Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations

CFUW Resolutions Research to be discussed at CFUW North Vancouver March 12 meeting

March 12

7:00 pm -8:30 pm

Meeting agenda for CFUW North Vancouver members.

Here are the 6 Resolutions for discussion. Our Club will have an opportunity to provide detailed feedback. After national feedback, these 6 Resolutions will be presented to the 2020 AGM to to be held in Ottawa June 18-20.

Resolutions to be discussed:

Resolution Number Name of the Proposer Title
Resolution 1 CFUW
Markham-Unionville
Canada Health Act and Common Application of Medically Necessary Services
Resolution 2 CFUW
Ottawa
Payday Loans
Resolution 3 CFUW Stratford Achieving the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action
Resolution 4 CFUW Stratford Climate Emergency – Declarations and Action Plans
Resolution 5 UWC Vancouver Protecting Children from Exposure and Access to Pornography and Sexual Violence on the Internet
Resolution 6 UWC Vancouver Enforcement of the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act



Proposed Resolutions – AGM 2020 February 14, 2020
The proposed resolutions for consideration at the CFUW Annual General Meeting (AGM) to be held next June 18 – 20, 2020 in Ottawa, are now available! 
Clubs can access the details of the proposed resolutions here or go to the membership website here.
Reminder: Amendments Guidelines Amendments should be designed to make a better resolution.The Amendment Form may be completed and returned to the resolution’s designated email address as attachments.

See link for detailed research.

https://mailchi.mp/rogers/proposed-resolutions-agm2018-963315?e=75f6befde9

CFUW North Vancouver welcomes Seniors Advocate to speak in North Vancouver

 Please join us to hear

Isobel Mackenzie, BC Seniors Advocate

Thursday, February 13, 2020, 7:30 pm

Doors open at 7:00 pm; presentation begins at 7:30 pm

Royal Canadian Legion, Community Room
123 West 15th,
North Vancouver

Who is the Seniors Advocate in BC?

How is this organization structured to meet the needs of BC Seniors?

How does the office of Senior Advocate  (OSA) affect our community?

On March 19, 2014, the Government of British Columbia announced the appointment of Isobel Mackenzie as Canada’s first Seniors Advocate. The Office of Seniors Advocate was the first office of its kind in Canada

As the voice of seniors in B.C., Ms. Mackenzie has a broad mandate to monitor and review system-wide issues affecting the well being of seniors and raise awareness about resources available to them. The Advocate also makes recommendations to government and those who deliver seniors’ services related to health care, personal care, housing, transportation and income support.

The yearly reports, Monitoring Seniors Services, focus on key services in the province that fall under the Advocate’s legislated mandate. It highlights where seniors’ needs are being met and where improvements are most needed.  Access to health care, appropriate housing, adequate transportation, enough income to meet basic needs such as food, shelter and medicines and protection from abuse and neglect are key to the health and well being of seniors. 

 Ms. Mackenzie has over 20 years experience working in the provincial and community context with seniors in home care to community services with paid and volunteer staff.  Her work in implementation of a new model of dementia care has become national best practice.

Join us Thursday, February 13 at 7:30 pm

(Doors open at 7:00 pm, presentation begins at 7:30 pm)

Following a presentation, time will be given for audience discussion about local and provincial issues.

Presentation takes place at:

Royal Canadian Legion, Community Room
123 West 15th,
North Vancouver

For more information or to attend this program contact Cfuwnv2@gmail.com

A Thank You to CFUW North Vancouver!

Thank you CFUW North  Vancouver , your work in the community makes a difference.

As part of our Christmas Celebrations in December, CFUW North Vancouver ‘s Program Committee Chair , Wendy Mickleson organized a campaign at Christmas to donate suitable gifts for the  Hollyburn Family Services Society  and the Youth Safe House.  We donated 28 pairs of pajamas, 50 pairs of socks, 14 pairs of underwear, 10 pairs of gloves and assorted hats and scarves. This is a direct service project that our makes a real difference for Youth in our community. 

Stay tuned for more opportunities to contribute to our community here in North Vancouver.

Please see Paul Butler’s thank you below. 

A message from Paul Butler

To North Van University Women’s Club,

On behalf of Hollyburn Family Services Society, and the Youth Safe House the staff and clients would like to express appreciation for the very generous donations. With your donations, we were able to provide every youth with gifts this year. Many of the clients we serve were so thankful and emotional for what you have all done. Thanks to you, there were smiles on many faces!

One of our youth did not think they would have a Christmas this year but once she received her gifts, she commented, “This has made my Christmas”. One of the other youth at the Safe House commented, “This is the best Christmas I’ve had in a long time”. The youth asked were all the gifts came from, when told, she commented “I didn’t think anyone would care about us”. Attached in this email is some pictures of the staff working hard in Santa’s workshop.

So again, from all of us thank you!

Paul Butler, Director of Youth Services,

Hollyburn Family Services Society

North Vancouver

North Vancouver
CFUW North Vancouver

All General meetings are the 2nd Thursday of the months listed

Until further notice, all meetings will be held in small groups outdoors or done virtually though Zoom or other virtual platform.

Month Program Details
September October November 2019 Speaker and Business Meeting 7:00 pm Social 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Note in November meeting, special planning for December Christmas Event
December 2019 No speaker/ no business meeting. Note Meeting begins at 6:30pm Potluck dinner, Silent Auction, and social
Happy New Year    
January/February 2020 Speaker and Business Meeting 7:00 pm Social
7: 30 pm to 9:30  
February 2020 Speaker and Business Meeting 7:00 pm Social 7:30 pm to 9:30    
March 2020 Resolutions discussion and motions 6:30 pm  -9:00  Social and potluck dinner. .  
April /May 2020   Speaker and Business Yearly  AGM is in May business meeting    Social 7:00 pm Meeting 7:30 pm to 9:00
June   Year End Dinner S 6:30 -9:30

PROGRAMS FALL 2020 -JUNE 2021

STREAM KEEPERS

October 4, 2020: North Shore Stream Keepers Tour

An outdoor, interesting and informative tour with members of the North Shore Stream Keepers (NSSK) Society took place on October 7. Starting in Bridgeman Park, we had an opportunity to visit a once polluted stream that this group has been successful in restoring. Fish have now returned. The group has done significant restoration along Mosquito Creek in collaboration with the Squamish Nation, City of North Vancouver and others. The tour was attended by 19 people, properly distanced, as we toured the off- channel habitat of Keith Creek, Bridgman Park and 2 projects in the estuary. The positive feedback from the group included appreciate that in a time when the new construction of the Lynn Creek Interchange took place, conservation of the water and land was taken care of at the same time. Thanks and congratulations to our local Steam Keepers group.

October:  A Webinar: Building Knowledge and Understanding of Indigenous People

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES OF CANADA: A TWO PART SERIES

 A Webinar: Building Knowledge and Understanding of Indigenous People

Based on a University of Alberta course, this webinar that will give members

historical information through variety of perspectives and resources.

  • 1600-1960  -Building Relationships from Positive to Toxic
  • 1970 –  2020 and beyond

How do we build positive relationships as we move into the future?

Do we have the mindset and tools to do this?

PRESENTED VIA ZOOM ACCESS

OCTOBER 8: Session 1

OCTOBER 15: Session 2

NOVEMBER 12:

Speaker: Gary Little, retired Vancouver School District Administrator: Gary Little, a retired Vancouver School District administrator, will discuss the story of Joe Calendino who transitioned from Hell’s Angel to a community leader. Gary will speak about the impact Joe has had on youth in the greater Vancouver area and beyond and talk about the shifting landscape involved gang recruitment, drug use and preventative initiatives that are underway to deal with this growing problem in our society.

ARCHIVED PROGRAMS

January 9, 2020

Speaker: Andrew Fowler, Expedia Cruise CentresTravel  Questions Answered!

Andrew Fowler, a partner with Expedia Cruise Centres addressed many of our travel questions.  Topics includes the benefits of using a travel agent,  the importance of Travel Insurance,  independent and escorted tours, land and cruise travel, group and solo travel.

February  13, 2020

Excellent Presentation by Isobel Mackenzie, BC Seniors Advocate Isabel reviewed the philosophy and work of the office of the Seniors’ Advocate Office as they monitor and analyze seniors services and issues in BC and make recommendations  to government and service providers to address current systemic issues.

March  12, 2020 Resolutions Due to Covid 19 This was done virtually Facilitators: This session was led by members who are familiar with both Provincial and National CFUW Organizations. Eight resolutions were passed and became CFUW National Policy in August 2020

April 9, 2020 Community Partnerships with Capilano University Cancelled Due to Covid-19What could a community partnership with Capilano University look like? How can CapilanoUniversity enhance our community? What key connections can make a difference? What can the community do to support Capilano University as they operate across the North Shore in a variety of campus locations including the new site at the Shipyards in North Vancouver. Join a panel of Capilano university faculty and be part of the informative and important conversation.

May 14, 2020

To Hell and Back RE-scheduled November 12, 2020 Zoom Access

Speaker: Gary Little, retired Vancouver School District Administrator: Gary Little, a retired Vancouver School District administrator, will discuss the story of Joe Calendino who transitioned from Hell’s Angel to a community leader. Gary will speak about the impact Joe has had on youth in the greater Vancouver area and beyond and talk about the shifting landscape involved gang recruitment, drug use and preventative initiatives that are underway to deal with this growing problem in our society.

June 11, 2020 Annual Dinner at Seymour Golf and Country  Club Cancelled due to Covid-19

Elspeth Bradbury Wildlife in West Vancouver –in Painting, Poetry, and Music’ by Elspeth Bradbury Cancelled due to Covid-19

Archived Meetings September 2019 -June 2020

Program January -June 2020

CFUW North Vancouver 

January 9, 2020

Speaker: Andrew Fowler, Expedia Cruise CentresTravel  Questions Answered!

Andrew Fowler, a partner with Expedia Cruise Centres addressed many of our travel questions.  Topics includes the benefits of using a travel agent,  the importance of Travel Insurance,  independent and escorted tours, land and cruise travel, group and solo travel.

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February  13, 2020 Excellent Presentation by the

Isabel Mackenzie, BC Seniors Advocate

Isabel and her team reviewed the philosophy and work of the office of the Seniors’ Advocate as they monitor and analyze seniors services and issues in BC and make recommendations  to government and service providers to address current systemic issues.

March  12, 2020

Resolutions Due to Covid 19 This was done virtually

Facilitators: This session will be led by members who are familiar with both Provincial and National CFUW Organizations.

Members will consider both Provincial and National Resolutions and/or proposed amendments to the CFUW Articles and ByLaws. submitted for the Provincial AGM ( May 2020 Kelowna)  and the National AGM  (June , Ottawa)

April 9, 2020

Community Partnerships with Capilano University Cancelled Due to Covid-19

What could a community partnership with Capilano University look like? How can CapilanoUniversity enhance our community? What key connections can make a difference? What can the community do to support Capilano University as they operate across the North Shore in a variety of campus locations including the new site at the Shipyards in North Vancouver. Join a panel of Capilano university faculty and be part of the informative and important conversation.

May 14, 2020

To Hell and Back

Speaker: Gary Little, retired Vancouver School District Administrator

Gary Little, a retired Vancouver School District administrator, will discuss the story of Joe Calendino who transitioned from Hell’s Angel to a community leader. Gary will speak about the impact Joe has had on youth in the greater Vancouver area and beyond and talk about the shifting landscape involved gang recruitment, drug use and preventative initiatives that are underway to deal with this growing problem in our society.

June 11, 2020

Annual Dinner at Seymour Golf and Country  Club

Cancelled due to Covid-19

Speaker :   Elspeth Bradbury                                             

Elspeth Bradbury Wildlife in West Vancouver –in Painting, Poetry, and Music’ by Elspeth Bradbury Cancelled due to Covid-19

September 2019 Fall and Winter Gardening

Jennifer Swan  a local gardening expert demonstrated how to create a fall planter and answered a wide range of questions for successful winter gardening for our Zone. The planters she demonstrated had an added bonus in that they produce  a beautiful array of colourful bulbs in early spring.  Garden works donated a fall basket and $107.00 was raised for the Education Trust Fund.

October 10, 2019

All Candidates Meeting : Federal Election October 21, 2019

Under the able leadership of Cathy Harvey, members of both North and West Vancouver CFUW and their guest spent an informative  evening with Justine Bell, NDP; George Orr. Green Party Candidate; Andrew Saxton, Conservative Party of Canada and Jonathon Wilkinson, Liberal Party of Canada.   SFU Professor Emeritus Marjorie Griffin Cohen  moderated the evening.  The themes developed along with  written questions from the audience addressed issue  including national child care, Pharmacare, poverty and housing affordability, pension security and climate change.

November 14, 2019

Women and Music:  A Musical and Historical Perspective

His presentation focused on three very different types of women composers/singers starting in the Middle Ages.  Mr. Van Wyck is a passionate believer in music’s ability to inspire and created community.

Among his many titles, Gerry is the found of Pacific Spirit Choir in 1995, and is the popular Choir Director at West Vancouver United Church.  He was awarded 2003 FANS Legacy Award by the North Shore Arts Community

In addition to being both entertaining and informative, Gerry’s presentation filled the participants with an appreciation and joy of music.

December 12, 2019

Christmas Social was enjoyed with members and guests