"Be The Change!" Writer / Author / Speaker / Blogger Welcome, and thank you for visiting my page. 'Like' on facebook, follow on Twitter & tumblr! Read/Rate/Share/Comment on my Featured Works, right here on Protag! Social/Economic Issues & Advocacy 1) Human Capital To reclassify, or more treacherously, to declassify a human being into a 'sub-human' category such as 'Human Capital' is a very dangerous label to give anyone in society. It allows for dubious individuals and enterprises to tread far too firmly on the fringes of human rights violations. 2) What is BOOTC? I wrote this article about a local service provided within my community that helps with homelessness during the winter season. 3) Perpetuating the Problem of Poverty In November 2013 I began working on an in-depth article about Temp Agencies, and how this form of employment service is both predatory, and an infringement on human rights under the Human Trafficking Protocols described by the UN; which subsequently results in contributing to the problem of poverty and hardship within a community. As of August 2014, I have completed the main article for review. and is being sent out to our city mayor and most of our local community groups & organizations. 4) The Loss of a Hidden Treasure On Friday, September 5th, our City lost one of its hidden treasures- Lucy. The community response to the sudden and seemingly avoidable loss of such a kind and gentle soul has been both surprising, and heartwarming. 5) "So This Is Christmas..." “2014 is OUR year; when the MUTE will SPEAK, and the DEAF will HEAR!” With 2014 drawing to a close, some of my efforts have been successful, some are still in a long process of completion, and some are just starting... 6) Chronic Homelessness Life on the streets is a lonely road to travel. The isolation and social disconnect beats heavy upon the mind, and deeply into the soul. In silent humility, street life- if only for the sake of existing, crawls along its slow and barren journey towards uncertainty. 7) Tents For The Homeless A thermal sleeping bag that turns into a tent- made just for homeless people; how could this product not be a great idea? Well, that would depend on your point of view, and what outcome you want to achieve with this product. Either way, there is a side to this recent product that will likely escape the thoughts of most housed residents; and that’s how this will actually play-out in the lives of our less fortunate. 8) Letter of Support for The David Busby Centre Over the last 18 months of daily visits to the David Busby Centre (DBSC), I have had the opportunity and privileged of developing a great relationship between the DBSC staff, volunteers, and participants; and the experience has been invaluable. 9) 2016 SCATEH Spring Forum: Lived Experience As an Independent Community Advocate, and volunteer, I was asked to attend this year's Simcoe County Alliance to End Homelessness (SCATEH) Spring Forum to speak about what it's like to become, and be, a Peer Volunteer; and to share how it has impacted my life, and that of others in our community. Pg. 1: Peer Volunteering (full article) Pg. 2: Back-story and Community Connection (1 pager) Pg. 3: The Importance of Inclusion (1 pager) 10) Nuances of Life in Poverty; The 3 Day Millionaire Sending out benefit payments once a month to recipients of social assistance is certainly easier and more convenient for processing and distributing the funds; but how does a once-a-month payment schedule affect the recipient living on a low fixed income? 11) 2016 National Conference on Ending Homelessness; 'takeaway' I attended the 2016 National Conference on Ending Homelessness in London, ON, thanks to the Lived Experience Scholarship that I received from the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness (CAEH). I presented my 'takeaway' from the 3 day event to my regional 'Simcoe County Alliance to End Homelessness' (SCATEH). Personal Writing 1) In Memory of My Brother; Dean Robinson Deans Eulogy. The Robinson family would like to express their sincere appreciation to everyone that shares in our loss, and cherishes in his memory.