Community Champions 2018

Congratulations to our 2018 Recipients:

Reaching for Rainbows

Inspired to create positive change in PEC, a team of forward-thinking individuals, spearheaded by Lynne Donovan, the Pastor of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Picton, researched and brainstormed for a way to change some of the statistics relating to poverty, food insecurity, drug and alcohol abuse, teen pregnancy and low educational scores.  Their solution was Reaching for Rainbows.  Reaching for Rainbows is an after-school program designed to bring together up to 30 girls who are recommended to the program because of their vulnerability.  The girls, aged 6-9, are recommended through partnering agencies such as Community Living, Children’s Aid Society, Children’s Mental Health, Prince Edward Collegiate Institute (PECI) and St. Gregory Catholic School.  The program encourages girls to discover how courageous, creative, curious and capable they can be by offering a room full of games, toys, materials and activities specifically chosen with their needs in mind along with a structured and supportive environment, and a dedicated team of staff and volunteers. Providing each child with a sense of stability and community inclusion, the girls are welcome to attend Reaching for Rainbows for up to four years.  
Thank you to Judie McLauchlin for accepting the award on behalf of Reaching for Rainbows.

Beth Bedore

Beth Bedore is an educated, talented, skilled writer and artist. Beth is a dynamic speaker, an advocate for income equality and a fighter for those who are precariously and under employed.  Beth played a key role in the formation of the Voices of HoPE lived experience advisory council, presented on behalf of the Roundtable at the Tamarack ‘Cities Innovating to Reduce Poverty’ conference, provided testimony regarding the impact of inadequate social assistance, presented to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs, has shared her expertise and personal experience through traditional and social media, and has made an enormous contribution to the writing and editing of the reports of the PRT’s community consultations and subsequent recommendations.  Beth has been a valuable member of our community, a friend of the Poverty Roundtable HPE, and an outspoken advocate for the elimination of poverty.  

Upon acceptance of her award, Beth has written the following:

A role model of mine is someone who could be described as one of the foremost community champions of our times: the American philosopher, political activist, social critic, author, and public intellectual Dr Cornel West. If you aren’t familiar with him, please look him up. Read his stuff. Watch his videos. Follow him on social media. If you do know of Dr West, you’ll easily understand why he inspires me to speak up, and for, those who struggle to deliver their truth to power. Many here in this room (and a few here only in spirit) are equally if not more deserving of the recognition you have given my efforts today. I accept this award on your behalf.

My email signature includes a quote from Cornel West, and it is fitting to repeat it here, since it is a recipe for community championship:

“‘The country is in deep trouble. We’ve forgotten that a rich life consists fundamentally of serving others, trying to leave the world a little better than you found it. We need the courage to question the powers that be, the courage to be impatient with evil and patient with people, the courage to fight for social justice. In many instances we will be stepping out on nothing, and just hoping to land on something. But that’s the struggle. To live is to wrestle with despair, yet never allow despair to have the last word.'”

Thank you all so very much for prevailing against despair to make this Poverty Roundtable a formidable presence in creating a better Hastings-Prince Edward for all. Our community.

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Belleville, ON K8N 2S6