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Social Justice Activities, 2022-2023

The Social Justice Committee has been busy working on our priorities.

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1 / Long Term Care

A synopsis of the National Long Term Care study group prepared by Isobel Boyle can be found here

2 / Opioid Health Emergency:

A synopsis of the Ontario Curriculum with regards to substance use, addictions and related behaviours from grade 1 to 12 prepared by Bonnie Allen can be found here

3 / Affordable Housing, Homelessness, Basic Income, Food Insecurities

The Social Justice Committee presented Caring Communities, a group of concerned citizens who have developed a project to create affordable housing in Perth Ontario. This presentation will describe their journey of hearing the need for housing and deciding to develop a model to actually create housing in Perth. It has not been an easy journey, with many hurdles and learning curves as they have honed their model. They will describe the steps they have taken, and where they are now with the project

4 / Community Involvement

Toques are Smitten with Mittens, a winter campaign where members provide warm hats and mittens to those who need them.

Community Donations, each year the club decides on which non-profit organizations to support with funds raised: The Table, YAK Youth Services, Interval House each received $500.

December 6th Vigil, National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women: Members attended the vigil organized by Interval House to remember and honour the 14 young women murdered at Ecole Polytechnica in Montreal in 1989.  

All Candidates Meetings

 

Members of the Social Justice Committee collaborated with local agencies to hold 2 All Candidates Meetings: The Community Table and the Perth Chamber of Commerce for the Perth meeting, and some Tay Valley citizens for the Tay Valley Township meeting. This helped increase CFUW Perth and District visibility by bridging opportunities with local organizations.

The Tay Valley All Candidates meeting took place at Glen Tay School on September 28, was well attended and received many kudos for such a well-run event. Recording available here until Oct 24. 

 

The Perth meeting took place on October 3rd at the Legion. It was a resounding success: it was well attended (at least 150 people) and it was favorably commented on by Lake 88’s Brian Turner as being one of the “BEST” All Candidates meeting he has ever attended: “very well organized and well run”. Listen to Brian Turner here. Recording of the All Candidates Meeting in Perth available here until voting day, October 24th.

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Social Justice Activities, 2021-22

Ontario's Opioid Public Health Emergency

In March, 2022, the Social Justice Committee sponsored a panel discussion on Ontario's Opioid Public Health Emergency to raise awareness of addictions to both prescription and illicit drugs, and to the stigma of addiction, which results in a reluctance to seek help. We know that this is a very complex and difficult topic, but we are hoping that through awareness, this might help save someone’s life.  The committee prepared these fact sheets outlining how you can help.

1. Answers to Questions

2. Call to Action

3. Definitions and Terms

4. Additional Resources

Following the panel discussion, an online training session was provided by Perth Pharmacist Mark Barnes on June 6 to teach how to administer Naloxone. Find a link to the very useful video here

Opioid Public Health Crisis Panel Discussion

Out of the Cold, 2022

In February 2022, our club hosted the Perth Coldest Night of the Year walk to raise funds for Cornerstone Landing to use in their programs for people who are homeless. It was a huge success with support from members walking, volunteering, and donating. Our team raised $5,705 and $20,605 in total was raised by the 15 Lanark County teams. This was the highest amount raised since Cornerstone Landing began participating in the event five years ago.

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