Announcement: Halton Sport Leadership Program Pilot to Launch in November 2014

The Halton Sport Leadership Program (HSLP) is a partnership with the Halton Poverty Roundtable, the Halton Catholic District School Board, the Halton District School Board, the Town of Milton, the Town of Oakville, and the YMCA of Oakville and will officially launch in November 2014. This new pilot program is intended to “turn the curve” for at-promise youth 15-18 years of age, by providing them with leadership and team-development training, a number of recreation a focused certifications, and employment training. The goal is to inspire young people to make the personal changes needed to thrive, to develop confidence and to give back to their communities through meaningful employment.

Read full announcement here.

BIAC Speakers Series : Stories of Strength and Resilience


Speaker Series Event sponsored by the Burlington Inclusivity Advisory Committee in partnership with Halton Poverty Roundtable

Description of Event:
Poverty is about impossible choices – buy food or heat the house, feed the children or pay the rent. The result can be spiraling debt, constant anxiety and long-term health problems. Come and learn from a panel of fellow community members who have lived experience of poverty in Burlington. You’ll hear their stories and have an opportunity to better understand their journeys during a question and answer period.

Thursday, June 5, 2014, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Haber Recreation Centre, Community Room 2
3040 Tim Dobbie Drive, Burlington

Click here for more information and to RSVP

HPRT Submission to Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs

Standing CommitteeLeena Sharma, Colleen Sym and June Cockwell presented a submission to the government of Ontario Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs’ Pre-Budget Consultation on Tuesday, January 14th.  The HPRT , along with Community Development Halton, the Peel Poverty Action Group and the Campaign for Adequate Welfare, were some of the groups whose recommendations spoke to the needs of Ontarians living in poverty.

 Read full submission from the Halton Poverty Roundtable to the Government of Ontario Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs

Fall 2013 Business Breakfast: Driving Community Investment

facesBarb Chilwell was once a successful businesswoman, with a special needs daughter in private school.

After Chilwell had a heart attack, she has known worries like not having enough money for bread and milk.

“It has been a difficult, stressful and unbelievable experience,” said the Halton resident. “I never imagined being in this situation.”

Chilwell’s story moved the audience at the Halton Poverty Roundtable business breakfast Wednesday (Oct. 30).

The Burlington woman was among several speakers at the event, held in Burlington at McMaster University’s Ron Joyce Centre, Degroote School of Business.

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“The Economic Cost of Poverty”


Marc HamelHalton Poverty Reduction Forum

April 4, 2013

Opening Remarks by Marc Hamel, Co-Chair of the Halton Poverty Roundtable

Three years ago I thought that poverty was not an issue in Halton. However, I spent a day with 15 members of our community as they shared their challenges of living with low income in Halton. Our community. They spoke to me and my fellow panel members about how tough it was to survive each and every day, and they spoke to us, as well, of the ways that they found to give back to the community, to volunteer and to help others. They said that this provided them with some sense of place, a sense of control and a sense of self worth. I learned that, yes, poverty means being hungry; and, yes, it means struggling to find a place to live; but more than that I finally began to understand that poverty really means an absence of choice and opportunity. It means being unable to participate effectively in or contribute to our community. I also started to understand that because poverty is a systemic issue it will persist regardless of any single individuals’ behaviour, their attitudes and their choices – unless, together, we make systemic changes to how we live together.
No one chooses to live in a state of deprivation – no one chooses to live in poverty.

Marc Hamel Opening Remarks