Child poverty on the table

Two forums in child poverty in B.C. being held this week in Qualicum Beach

If British Columbia has the highest rate of child poverty in the country, the question should be what to do about it.

That’s an issue organizers hope to shed at least some light on when they host a two special forums on child poverty in British Columbia.

The forums, said organizer Bill Preston, will include  Adrienne Montani, the provincial coordinator for the  First Call BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition and Shannon Gregson, the co-ordinator at the Coalition of Child Care Advocates, as well as a director of child and family development.

Both forums, will be held on Thursday, June 7.

The first of these is entitled Poor No More — There Is a Way out of Child Poverty, will take place from noon to 2 p.m. at the Qualicum Beach Community Hall. The second, entitled A Community Plan for a Public System of Integrated Early Care and Learning, will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Kwalikum Secondary School’s multipurpose room.

The forums are sponsored by the District 69 Living Wage for Families Coalition, Parksville/Qualicum KAIROS, the Mount Arrowsmith Teachers Association, the Oceanside Coalition for Strong Communities, the BC Government Employees Union, Parks West Business Products and the Canadian Federation of University Women, Parksville-Qualicum.

For more information, contact bpreston@telus.net.