Social Development

Poverty reduction sessions to be held in Fredericton on March 30 (09/03/20)

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March 20, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - Fredericton-area residents will have the opportunity to share their thoughts and ideas on poverty on Monday, March 30, during two sessions to be held at the Royal Canadian Legion, 199 Queen St., in Fredericton. The first session will be from 1-4 p.m., and the second will be from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Dialogue sessions are designed to encourage discussion among participants on how to reduce poverty. With the assistance of facilitators, participants work in small groups to share views, personal stories, experiences and ideas about poverty. No presentations or speeches will be made. The session was planned for Feb. 23, but was postponed because of a snowstorm.

Individuals and organizations interested in participating must register in advance by calling 1-888-315-6606. They may choose between the afternoon or the evening session.

The dialogue sessions are part of Bringing the pieces together, a comprehensive public consultation enabling New Brunswickers to become involved in reducing and preventing poverty. The initiative is being carried out in three stages: a dialogue phase; a round-table phase; and a final forum phase. The process is expected to be completed later this year. The result will be a plan to reduce and prevent poverty.

The Fredericton sessions will mark the end of the dialogue sessions, 13 of which have been held during the past eight weeks. About 1,500 persons have participated, either by attending or providing input through the Bringing the pieces together website.

Individuals and organizations may also share their views by fax at 506-462-5150; or by regular mail at: A Poverty Reduction Plan for New Brunswick, c/o The Department of Social Development, P.O. Box 6000, Fredericton, N.B., E3B 5H1.


MEDIA CONTACT: Robert Duguay, poverty reduction initiative, Social Development, 506-444-2155.