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June 15, 2017

12th Annual Poverty Symposium - Solutions to Poverty Includes Medi

The Social Planning Council of Cambridge and North Dumfries (SPCCND) is pleased to announce its 12th Annual Poverty Symposium - Solutions to Poverty Includes Media.

What is it like to experience poverty in an affluent community like Waterloo Region? What is the media’s role in addressing this issue? These are the questions we want to explore at this year’s symposium.

Meaningful work is being done across the region to find and implement solutions to poverty, and the SPCCND is hosting an event to highlight the importance of including media in these efforts. At the symposium, representatives from a variety of media sources will provide information and inspiration on ways to become more media savvy. Together, we will explore effective methods for increasing awareness of local poverty issues through media.

The day will begin with a morning keynote by Daiene Vernile, an award-winning former broadcast journalist. Daiene has re-dedicated her energy to supporting the community through public service as the current MPP for Kitchener Centre. Daiene will then facilitate a panel of current and former media personalities representing print, broadcast, and online media sources.

In the afternoon, the symposium will feature a panel of representatives from local initiatives including ALIV(e) and $15 and Fairness. This will be followed by an afternoon keynote by Steve Buist, an investigate reporter and feature writer at The Hamilton Spectator, known for producing such projects as the Code Red report.

The Poverty Symposium will take place on Thursday, June 15 at the Preston Auditorium located on 1458 Hamilton Street in Cambridge. Registration is free for media and $75 for all other attendees, with financial assistance available. Lunch will be included at this event. For more information, please visit spccnd.org/Poverty-Symposium or contact admin@spccnd.org.

Thursday June 15, 2017

8:30 AM – 3:00 PM

Preston Auditorium, 1458 Hamilton St, Cambridge



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