The Halton Poverty Roundtable is currently hiring for an Administrative Coordinator

Halton Poverty Roundtable
POSITION: Administrative Coordinator – One Year Contract (subject to renewal)
LOCATION: Burlington, ON

We are seeking to hire an Administrative Coordinator who can work full time at 37.5 hours per week at our office in Burlington. The Halton Poverty Roundtable is a collaborative multi-sectoral group that brings existing resources together to address poverty elimination in the region of Halton. As such, the Roundtable strives to align the efforts of community stakeholders from different sectors into a common agenda.

Nature and Scope
Reporting to the Director of Community Engagement, the Administrative Coordinator manages the administration of the Halton Poverty Roundtable.

The successful candidate will be committed to the mission, vision and values of the HPRT. The candidate has developed strong communications, organization, and administration skills.

The ideal candidate will have a passion for social justice and a minimum of five years of previous non-profit administration experience.

 Manage the day to day administration of the office
 Take minutes for meetings and prepare in a timely manner
 Book meetings and source locations across Halton for these meetings
 Organize catering and refreshments for meetings
 Support participation of all members of the Halton Poverty Roundtable
 Professionally represent the organization in community spaces
 Prepare meeting attendees packages
 Research various community partnership and resource opportunities
 Order and refresh office supplies
 Assist in grant-writing
 Assist Director with all administrative functions

Core Competencies
To be successful in this role, the incumbent would have the following core competencies:
 Have a strong administrative and reception background
 Have strong attention to detail
 Be well presented with excellent communication skills
 Have an intermediate level of proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Doodle
 Strong collaborative relationship-building skills
 Flexibility to work occasional weekends and evenings as required
 High level of comfort dealing with volunteers and Board of Directors
 High level of maturity and integrity with respect to confidential information
 Strong commitment to social justice, equity, and diversity

Please apply directly, with a covering letter, to Leena Sharma Seth at by Friday, October 20th, 2017 at 4:00pm. No phone calls please.

We thank all applicants for their interest in advance and will contact applicants if they are selected for an interview

Webinar: Cities Building Social Value: Social Procurement Strategies and CBA’s in Halton and Peel Regions

Positive social value initiatives, including social procurement strategies and Community Benefit Agreements, hold the promise of building more wealth within our communities. They have the ability to engage business, government, and community sectors in different ways, to work together towards reducing poverty and building more inclusive economies. Two regions in southwestern Ontario – Peel Region and Halton Region – are building the case for and are pursuing social procurement practices and large-scale Community Benefit Agreements, with the support of laws and policies at the local and provincial level.

André Lyn of the Peel Poverty Reduction Strategy and Leena Sharma Seth of the Halton Poverty Roundtable, joins us with Rosemarie Powell of the Toronto Community Benefits Network, to talk about their experiences with initiatives that are increasing social value in the community, including the recent successful Metrolinx Community Benefits Framework, which was signed as part of the Eglinton Crosstown Light Transit Railway (LRT) development. In this webinar, they look at some of the most frequently asked questions, such as, assessing community benefit opportunities, identifying and engaging the right people at the table, how to define success, and more.

Exciting Board Opportunities with the Halton Poverty Roundtable!

During a time of significant growth and the recent release of a revitalized strategic plan, the Halton Poverty Roundtable is seeking passionate and dedicated individuals to join the Board of Directors. Candidates living or working in the Halton Region are welcome to apply. The Board meets four times a year, as well as participating in the Annual General Meeting (AGM).

Our Vision: No Neighbour in Need.

Our Mission: Mobilizing community will to eliminate poverty in Halton

Our Values:
– Human dignity and respect for all
– Collaboration & collective responsibility
– Social equity and fiscal fairness

We believe:
1. Poverty is an “Invisible Tax” paid by every Halton resident.
2. The causes of poverty are complex.
3. Poverty cannot be ended by money alone. Commitment and broad community will are also crucial.
4. Eliminating poverty IS POSSIBLE and Halton has the resources to achieve this objective.
5. All citizens, businesses, community organizations and governments must unite behind this cause.

Below is a link to each of the key Board roles:

Board Member

Board Chair

Board Secretary

Board Treasurer

Click here to download the application.

Please forward your completed resume and application to Kim Smith.

June Cockwell recognized with Canada Sesquicentennial Award


In addition to Canada’s 150th birthday this past weekend, a group of Oakville residents were celebrated for their contributions to the community and country.

Recipients of the Canada Sesquicentennial Award were named and presented by Oakville MP John Oliver at the Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park on Saturday, July 1 as part of the Canada Day and Canada 150 celebrations.

The awards were created to acknowledge and thank those who, through their actions, promoted inclusivity and celebrated diversity, worked to improve the environment and/or who championed justice, equality and democratic stewardship.

As well, they were honoured for making contributions that have, or are currently, making Oakville and Canada a happier, healthier and stronger place to live.

The winners, 21 in total, received a sesquicentennial pin, a special keepsake that combines the emblem created for the commemoration of Canada’s birthday with a small piece of history from the Parliament building — the original copper that covered the roofs (centre block) from 1918 to 1996.


June Cockwell

June Cockwell is a founding member and co-chair of the Halton Poverty Roundtable.

She is considered a dream volunteer and is a team player and also works with HIPPY Oakville, in addition to serving on boards and committees of numerous local organizations.

Read the rest of The Oakville Beaver article here.


Halton group recognizes donors for supporting new community network

On Monday, June 19, the Halton Community Benefits Network (HCBN) hosted a donor appreciation event in Oakville to recognize the Ontario Trillium and Atkinson foundations for their leadership and contribution to the HCBN. - Nathan Howes/Metroland
On Monday, June 19, the Halton Community Benefits Network (HCBN) hosted a donor appreciation event in Oakville to recognize the Ontario Trillium and Atkinson foundations for their leadership and contribution to the HCBN. – Nathan Howes/Metroland

The new Halton Community Benefits Network (HCBN) is aptly-named since its mission is to help everybody in the region.

Launched in 2016, with support from the Atkinson Foundation and the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the HCBN is a result of Halton Poverty Roundtable (HPRT) convening a cross-sector network of government partners, citizens with the lived experience of poverty, funders, community partners and business.

The HCBN encourages both public and private sectors to adopt business practices that lead to economic and social opportunity for everyone and deliver bottom-line benefits for Halton Region businesses, public sector organizations and citizens.

On Monday, June 19, the HCBN hosted a donor appreciation event in Oakville to recognize the Ontario Trillium and Atkinson foundations for their leadership and contribution to the HCBN.

The HCBN received $95,000 from the Ontario Trillium Foundation and $45,000 from the Atkinson Foundation.

The HPRT is a collaborative, multi-sector group comprised of volunteers committed to leveraging resources and partnerships to eliminate poverty in Halton through education, greater community engagement and collective impact.

“We truly appreciate the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Atkinson Foundation, who have stepped forward and funded our activities. We do need support to be able to do the work to move this agenda forward,” said Ian Troop, HCBN chair.

“It’s groups like Trillium and Atkinson, and their active support, that allow us to actually move forward, engaging our communities, engaging our stakeholders along the way to ensure we build it together and what we build has a lasting impact.”

The HCBN offers public and in-house education opportunities, active social media conversation, online resources and is currently developing a tool kit to foster benefits in action.

The goal of the network is to build awareness within a community and is comprised of four areas:

• Anchor institutions — includes municipal governments, hospitals and public services

• Business vendors — includes providers of goods and services to the anchors

• Connector organizations — includes nonprofits, chambers of commerce and professional associations

• Beneficiary groups — includes the unemployed, youth at-risk, newcomers and citizens living with low income

“These are programs that are layered on top of existing streams, (which) will result in the benefit to all. As we do this, we’re building off of a pedigree that has started in Scotland with the Commonwealth Games in 2012,” said Troop.

“This has a pedigree of a program that works to maintain pricing on the goods and services required, but still be able to spend it in a way that has a secondary benefit that helps families and communities.”

Partners in the HCBN include the Halton Multicultural Council, Oakville Community Foundation, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Halton Cooperative Purchasing Group, Halton Region, Change Rangers, Town of Oakville, Town of Milton, Town of Halton Hills and United Way of Halton and Hamilton.

Mayor Rob Burton compared the work of HPRT to the new Community Safety and Well-Being plan from Halton police and the region, as well as Oakville’s draft Official Plan Amendments and Ontario’s housing policy, because they all work collaboratively to provide community benefits.

“When we need to do something big, we partner and co-operate together across the region in Halton. That’s been going on for a very long time. I’m always amazed at how hard that is to grasp. I don’t find it easy,” said Burton.

“People expect well-thought out plans that work and aim high on behalf of the community. Our community aims high.”

Monday’s event also launched HCBN’s new website ( and its 2017 complementary report, “No Neighbour in Need.”

Mark Venning, HCBN member, said the community benefits and social procurement initiative is an “emergent kind of conversation” in Halton.

“Our first goal as a community benefits network is to act as a catalyst for this change. In this process, the website is the beginning part of building awareness and engagement through education,” said Venning.

Gilmar Militar, Ontario Trillium Foundation program manager, noted the HCBN is part of the first few Collective Impact Grants, which works with organizations to address “complex community issues.”

Halton Women’s Centre honours 150 years of exemplary women – Congratulations Leena Sharma Seth


Since Canada began, there have been exemplary women and the Women’s Centre of Halton recently recognized 14 local women who fit the description.

On June 2, the Oakville-based organization held an Honouring 150 Years of Exemplary Women luncheon at the Harbour Banquet and Conference Centre.

It aimed to educate the community about the contributions of women in the last 150 years, to honour those currently making a difference in their community and inspire younger generations with the role model’s life stories.

The Women’s Centre of Halton is dedicated to supporting women in crisis, distress or transition by providing programs and services to effect positive change.

“This project is a stepping stone for something that our Women’s Centre will hold dear and continue to unfold, where we make sure women do not get erased from history any longer,” said Martha Barragan, executive director.

“(As well as) to continue to build knowledge of women in our local history and to continue to share women’s stories going forward.”

Awards were presented to recipients by Wendy Rinella, Oakville Community Foundation (OCF) CEO and Appleby College students.

Congratulations to:

Our own Leena Sharma Seth

And to the other recipients:

Karen Dack

Paula Laing

Deborah Doherty

Mary Anne Gage

Norma Gamble

Donna Jenkins

Kim Mason

Nancy Romic

Elizabeth Small

Shannon Tobin

Paula Todd

Veronica Tyrell

Marlyne Van Exan

HPRT Donor Appreciation Event

The Halton Poverty Roundtable invites your attendance at our donor appreciation event, happening on Monday, June 19th, 2017. Like many important community efforts, our donors make our work possible. Specifically we will be celebrating the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Atkinson Foundation for their support of our Halton Community Benefits Network initiative. We will be launching the Halton Community Benefits Network website as well as our2017 Report to Community at this event!

Please join us at this celebration!

Register Here


Federal Poverty Reduction Strategy Consultation Report


On Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 the Halton Poverty Roundtable, with support
from the Tamarack Institute, and through partnership with Open -Doors at St.
Christopher’s Anglican Church in Burlington, scheduled and successfully
hosted a community consultation to provide input on the Canadian Poverty
Reduction Strategy currently in development. This report represents the
opinions of over 50 community citizens. During the community consultation,
participants worked in groups on one submission, so of the 18 surveys
completed, 6 surveys represent group submissions.

Click here for the report