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Vibrant Communities Canada
Since 2002, Vibrant Communities Canada has been building a network of cities focused on place-based poverty reduction. We link together more than 50 cities in a collective impact movement that has the aim of reducing poverty for 1 million Canadians.
Vibrant Communities Canada is primarily made up of citizen-led coalitions and municipally led strategies from across Canada. Our members represent cities, countries, regions, rural towns and even provinces and territories. They share their tools, resources, and lessons learned through an interactive website, www.vibrantcanada.ca, and through online and face-to-face seminars, practice calls and workshops. We support our members through access to professional coaching, poverty indicator data, and fundraising and evaluation support. Every year, more communities join this pan-Canadian initiative, helping to strengthen our collective learning and poverty reduction efforts. We believe that is we all work toward the same end, the result will be a healthier, more prosperous, and more vibrant Canada.
Share Learning and Light Up the World: Your gift of $25, $50, or even $100 will help share learning and resources with community leaders who have incredible potential but limited budgets. Tamarack created our Be A Light Scholarship Fund to help everyone benefit from new ideas on how to change our communities for the better. Give to the Be A Light Fund and share learning that lights up the world.
Be A Light Scholarship: Scott’s Story
Scott Cronkwright would like to say a big “thank you” for the scholarship that brought him to the Poverty Reduction Summit in Hamilton.
“Please pass on how grateful I am for this opportunity,” he said during a break between sessions at the summit.
As someone who has experienced homelessness, Scott said the summit was a stepping stone for him in the process of rebuilding and refocusing his life.
“I’m the face of what you’re working for,” he told the audience on the last day of the summit, briefly sharing his story in the closing moments.
Scott was a successful businessman whose life spiraled downhill after he had major surgery. Given opiate painkillers, he became addicted. The drugs eased the unresolved emotional pain that stemmed from being sexually harassed when he was young, he said.
Addiction led to loss of his family and business. He ended up living in a park for a while. An outreach by a church shelter program helped him begin his re-integration into community life.
Still getting back on his feet, Scott said he was able to attend the Cities Reducing Poverty summit thanks to the Be A Light scholarship fund. The learning opportunities at the summit had exceeded his exceptions, he said, and had given him an abundance of information to share with others.
Although he used to work in business, “I’ve changed my entire focus to community advocacy,” he said. He is setting up a foundation to address homelessness, addiction, and mental health, and plans to launch an awareness-raising campaign.
If you would like to contribute to the scholarship fund to help someone like Scott attend a future event, your contribution would be very welcome and will share the light of learning (please donate here).