The City of Brandon’s poverty committee is hosting a PEP (People Ending Poverty) Talk on Thursday at city hall.
The public is invited to attend the forum from
4 p.m. to 8 p.m., which
will include 10-minute presentations from 13 different organizations.
"I really respect the organizations on a day-to-day basis that are providing food and shelter for those in need in our community," said Coun. Jan Chaboyer (Green Acres), who is also the chair of the poverty committee. "So it’s a really good idea then to hear from them on what they’re doing and what solutions they might offer to the community, to the City of Brandon, on how we can continue to work on this complex, huge problem in Brandon."
The event was originally scheduled to last three hours. However, with the overwhelming response from presenters they have extended it to four hours.
Some of the organizations that will be featured include Brandon Friendship Centre, Helping Hands, Food for Thought, Seniors Housing Co-Op and the 7th Street Health Access Centre.
Chaboyer said they
are focused on two fundamental needs in the community: food and shelter.
"I would encourage anybody that cares about being a member of a civil society, that’s what we do is we care and share," she said. "I would even encourage children and members of the community that really want to give back and help one another to attend this session and just hear from the groups on the realities of what we’re living with in the City of Brandon."
Chaboyer said the poverty committee will
take the information received on Thursday and compile a report with recommendations for city council.
"I’m hoping that we have a coordinated effort to provide fresh, healthy food, to ensure that all our citizens have that type of sustenance, and we have a plan in place to provide shelter for those that need it the most," she said.