"Be The Change!" ** Sorry to hear that this site will be shutting down, but, very grateful to Nick Bouton for chasing his dream; which in turn allowed me to develop my writing skills, and provided a 'homebase' for me to share & store my advocacy articles for public viewing.** Thanks Nick B, much appreciated and created from you allowing your dream to inspire my own! 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! Socioeconomic Issues & Advocacy 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). - Food Scarcity; Feeding the Need If we are to effectively end the issue of food scarcity, hunger, and malnutrition for people living in poverty, we not only need to increase the accessibility to food sources, but also to expand the hours of availability to access these sources. In poverty, hunger doesn't have a convenient set time to occur. It is almost always an ongoing issue that occupies the minds and actions of those that have to deal with it on a regular daily basis. - The Push For Change Reaches Barrie 35,000 people live without a roof over their heads on any given night in our country, and an estimated 250,000 people experience homelessness every year in Canada; 20% are youths. Joe Roberts, along with his wife Marie, and their dedicated team are pushing a shopping cart from coast-to-coast to raise awareness and donations to help end youth homelessness. - 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) - 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? - Perpetuating the Problem of Poverty (Full Article) In November 2013 I began working on an in-depth article about Temp Agencies, and how this form of employment service is predatory, economically unsound, and an infringement on human rights under the Human Trafficking Protocols described by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC); which subsequently results in contributing to the problem of poverty and hardship within a community. Pg. 2: Introduction Pg. 3: The Cause Pg. 4: The Problem Pg. 5: The Morality - (UNODC) Pg. 6: Terminology - Human Trafficking Pg. 8: Barrie Temp Agency List Pg. 9: Barrie Employment Agencies - Full List Pg.10: Barrie Employment Agency Revenues - 2013 - The Loss of a Hidden Treasure On Friday, September 5th, 2014 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. - 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. - 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. - 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. - 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. - What is BOOTC? I wrote this article about a local service provided within my community that helps with homelessness during the winter season. - "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... 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.