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City and United Way offer Poverty Strategy workshop for frontline workers

September 16, 2014 -

Those working with, or interested in, poverty in Kingston are invited to a Bridges Out of Poverty workshop on Tuesday, Sept. 30.

"The United Way and the City wanted to offer this workshop to equip frontline workers with a common framework to build better outcomes for people living in poverty," says Bhavana Varma, President & CEO of the United Way of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington.

"This workshop is about further building on our strengths as a community, as we work together to eliminate poverty in Kingston," says Lanie Hurdle, Commissioner of Community Services.

This one-day $50 workshop runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 30 at the Days Inn at 33 Benson St. The fee includes breakfast, coffee break and lunch refreshments and a Bridges Out of Poverty Workbook.

Register online at http://2014-bridges-out-of-poverty.eventbrite.ca.

The workshop will be facilitated by Gayle Montgomery, a Certified Trainer in the Bridges framework, and will look at:

  • Defining poverty
  • Addressing inequalities in access to resources
  • Building relationships
  • Who needs to sit at the decision-making table
  • Mental models of poverty
  • Stabilizing the environment, removing barriers and building resources

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, Media Relations Officer, 613-546-4291, ext. 3116. Or call Communications at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.

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