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Locals recognized as community champions

April 5, 2018

Monica Piercey accepts her community champion award. / SUBMITTED BY JONNY LEDLOW

The Poverty Roundtable Hastings Prince Edward has announced its 2017 Community Champions.

The award recognizes those who have meaningfully and intentionally championed poverty reduction work or implemented practices or protocols to prevent or reduce poverty working toward increasing standards of living to meet physical, social, emotional and spiritual well-being.

This is the first year that the award has been presented. The award was presented at the Poverty Roundtable’s quarterly public meeting March 20.

Monica Piercey and Jay Gizuk of Bancroft, and the Loyalist Training and Knowledge Centre for their Elevate and Elevate PLUS program were recognized.

“Monica Piercey was selected for her dedication to her community, for bringing people together to share resources, ideas, and to reduce and break-down barriers and for her continuous work organizing the North Hastings Community Trust Wood Share program, a collaborative community program that increases access to emergency firewood,” said Tanya Dutton, community engagement co-ordinator for the roundtable.

“Jay Gizuk was selected for his efforts to build a community that values inclusivity and belonging for all, and for transforming the work of the local food bank and contributing to the building of community gardens.”

The Elevate Plus program aligns skills training and pre-employment preparation with employers’ needs by supporting partnerships that bring together sector-specific employers with relevant employment and training providers.

Neil Dick, Elevate Plus program co-ordinator, describes the Loyalist Training and Knowledge Centre as “a community college. Elevate is about helping the vulnerable in the community because we believe our community is only as strong as our weakest. Fundamentally we are a strong community collaboration that helps our vulnerable, those with barriers move out of poverty through full-time permanent employment.”

Recipients were selected based on criteria such as dedication and intention in their efforts to improve the lives of people experiencing homelessness or in need of affordable housing, investments in community to ensure it is inclusive and/or enhancements to community belonging and inclusion through community actions and/or community education.



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