"So This Is Christmas, And What Have You Done?"

“So this is Christmas, and what have you done…”


2014 Community Work:

Social, economic, and political issues:

  • Participated in the David Busby Centre’s 2014 ‘Visibly Unseen’ photo journal
    • The aim is to help dispel common misconceptions, stereotypes, and the stigma surrounding the lives of Busby Centre participants.
  • Wrote/published a 10 page article on the saturation of employment agencies in Barrie
    •  To raise attention to the negative impact that private employment agencies have on our community
    • Started a petition for supporters to sign
    • Gained interest and attention of Mayor Lehman, prominent business partners, community groups & organizations, and drawing over 700 online views
    • Full Article at: http://www.protagonize.com/work/perpetuating-the-problem-of-poverty
    • Petition: http://www.change.org/en-CA/petitions/mayor-jeff-lehman-end-the-predatory-practices-of-temp-agencies
  • Wrote/published an article on the Barrie Out-of-the-Cold (BOOTC) program
    • An insight into the program which assists with homelessness in the winter
    • Full Article at: http://www.protagonize.com/work/what-is-bootc/238285
  • Initiated the Street Memorial for Lucy after her passing
    • To pay respects to Lucy, and to every other person before her who has passed away homeless on the streets of Barrie, I wanted to make sure the community took note.
    • I was not letting a good person, and friend I was trying to help, be quietly swept aside.
    • Wrote/published an article on the homelessness & mental health issues.
    • This public campaign raised awareness to the issues of homelessness, poverty, & mental health issues, and received wide news coverage

Related News Coverage and Articles:

  1. Simcoe.com: http://goo.gl/ACvXqn
  2. David Busby Centre: http://goo.gl/DDRnDe
  3. The Barrie Examiner:

‘A Visit to Lucy’s Place’ Jan 7/13; http://goo.gl/qPdleU, (back article)

‘Remembering Lucy’ Sept 9th: http://goo.gl/QRRPjN,

‘Letter to Editor’ Sept 9th; http://goo.gl/FYeEXP,

‘Funeral for Lucy’ Sept 12th; http://goo.gl/IS7uCO,

‘Lucy’s Loss’ Oct 1st: http://goo.gl/cc1A00,

  1. Protagonize: http://goo.gl/KGZ4Wd,
  2. Pintrest: ‘Random Acts’; http://goo.gl/Da9m2x
  3. My video walkthrough of the Street Memorial on YouTube: http://goo.gl/kuG7Bk
  • Created a community web page on facebook
    • To further promote social awareness on issues of homelessness, poverty & mental health issues in the Barrie/Simcoe County area.
    • Downtown & Around Town webpage: https://www.facebook.com/downtownandaroundtown
  • Began groundwork to find solutions to the housing issues in downtown Barrie
    • To assess the ‘real life’ situations around Boarding/Lodging/Rooming houses (BLR’s)
    • To assist community groups and organizations in their efforts to find practical solutions.
    • Contact: SCATEH, David Busby Centre
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