British Columbians are invited to come and talk about how poverty can be reduced in the province. Ideas shared at the in-person community meetings will help inform the Poverty Reduction Strategy. The community meetings will run from the end of November to the end of March.

Supports are available to help you participate, including transportation, child care, disability and health supports, as well as secure storage for belongings. If you need supports to participate, please contact Lara Therrien Boulos by phone at 604 718-8504 or email: ltboulos@sparc.bc.ca All locations are accessible.

Victoria
Date:  Monday, Nov. 27, 2017
Location:  Da Vinci Centre, 195 Bay St.
Times: Doors will open at 6 p.m. The community meeting will run from 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Note: Refreshments will be served.

Prince Rupert:
Date: Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018
Location: Nisga’a Hall, 860 3rd Ave. West
Time: Doors will open at noon. The community meeting will run from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Note: Refreshments will be served.

Terrace / Kitimat:
Date: Friday, Jan. 12, 2018
Location: Elks Lodge, 2822 Tetrault St.
Time: Doors will open at noon. The community meeting will run from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Note: Refreshments will be served.

Smithers:
Date: Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018
Location: Smithers Senior Citizens Association, Branch 21, 4018 Mountainview Ave.
Time: Doors will open at noon. The community meeting will run from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Note: Refreshments will be served.

Kamloops:
Date: Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018
Location: Lii Michif Otipemisiwak Family and Community Services, 707 Tranquille Road
Time: Doors open at 5 p.m. The community meeting will run from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Notes: A hot meal will be provided.

Kelowna:
Date: Friday, Jan. 19, 2018
Location: Royal Canadian Legion Branch 26, 1380 Bertram St.
Time: Doors open at 5 p.m. The community meeting will run from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Notes: A hot meal will be provided.

Nanaimo:
Date: Monday, Jan. 22, 2018
Location: Beban Park Social Centre, 2300 Bowen Road
Time: Doors open at 5 p.m. The community meeting will run from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Notes: A hot meal will be provided.

Port Alberni:
Date: Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018
Location: Athletic Hall, 3727 Rogers Street (2nd floor)
Time: Doors open at 5 p.m. The community meeting will run from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Notes: A hot meal will be provided.

Campbell River:
Date: Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018
Location: We Wai Kai Nation – Band Hall, 2005 Eagle Drive, Cape Mudge Reserve, Campbell River, V9H 1V8 (just off of Island Highway 19)
Time: Doors open at 5 p.m. The community meeting will run from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Notes: A hot meal will be provided.

Richmond:
Date: Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018
Location: Richmond Secondary school gymnasium, 7171 Minoru Blvd.
Time: Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The community meeting will run from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Notes: A hot meal will be served

New West/Burnaby:
Date: Monday, Jan. 29, 2018
Location: Firefighters Banquet & Conference Centre, 6515 Bonsor Avenue
Time: Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The community meeting runs from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Notes: A hot meal will be provided.

Duncan:
Date: Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018
Location: Ramada Duncan, 140 Trans-Canada Hwy.
Time: Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The community meeting runs from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Notes: A hot meal will be provided.

Surrey:
Date: Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018
Location: Princess Margaret Secondary School cafeteria,  12870 72 Avenue.
Time: Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The community meeting runs from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Notes: A hot meal will be provided. 

Williams Lake:
Date: Friday, Feb. 2, 2018
Location: Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex Gibraltar Room, 525 Proctor Street.
Time: Doors open at 2:00 p.m. The community meeting runs from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Notes: A hot meal will be provided. 

Quesnel:
Date: Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018
Location: Quesnel Tillicum Society Native Friendship Centre, 319 North Fraser Drive.
Time: Doors open at 9:30 a.m. The community meeting runs from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Notes: A hot meal will be provided. 

Cranbrook:
Date: Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018
Location: Senior Citizens Hall, 125 17 Avenue South.
Time: Doors open at 4 p.m. The community meeting runs from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Notes: A hot meal will be provided. 

Nelson:
Date: Friday, Feb. 9, 2018
Location: Central Education Centre (Central School) Gymnasium, 811 Stanley Street
Time: Doors open at 12:30 p.m. The community meeting runs from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Notes: A hot meal will be provided. 

Prince George:
Date: Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018
Location: Prince George Native Friendship Centre – Power of Friendship Hall, 1600 Third Avenue.
Time: Doors open at 1 p.m. The community meeting runs from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Notes: A hot meal will be provided. 

North Vancouver:
Date: Saturday, Mar. 3, 2018
Location: TBD
Time: Doors open at 9 a.m. The community meeting runs from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Notes: A hot meal will be provided. 

Vancouver – One:
Date: Saturday, Mar. 10, 2018
Location: Ray-Cam Co-operative Centre, 920 E Hastings Street
Time: Doors open at 10 a.m. The community meeting runs from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Notes: A hot meal will be provided.

Coquitlam:
Date: Saturday, Mar. 17, 2018
Location: Best Western Plus Coquitlam Inn Convention Centre –  319 North Road
Time: Doors open at 10:00 a.m. The community meeting runs from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Notes: A hot meal will be provided.

Vancouver – Two:
Date: Tuesday, Mar. 20, 2018
Location: Heritage Hall – 3102 Main Street
Time: Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The community meeting runs from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Notes: A hot meal will be provided. 

Fort Nelson:
Date: Thursday, Mar. 22, 2018
Location: Fort Nelson Aboriginal Friendship Society, 5012 49 Avenue
Time: Doors open at 5 p.m. The community meeting runs from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Notes: A hot meal will be provided.

Fort St. John:
Date: Friday, Mar. 23, 2018
Location: North Peace Cultural Centre, 10015 100 Avenue
Time:  Doors open at 1 p.m. The community meeting runs from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Notes: A hot meal will be provided.

Maple Ridge:
Date: Monday, Mar. 26, 2018
Location: Maple Ridge Seniors Activity Centre, 12150 224 Street
Time: Doors open at 2 p.m. The community meeting runs from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Notes: A hot meal will be provided.

Langley:
Date: Tuesday, Mar. 27, 2018
Location: Langley Senior Resource Society, 20605 51B Avenue
Time: Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The community meeting runs from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Notes: A hot meal will be provided.

Abbotsford:
Date: Wednesday, Mar. 28, 2018
Location: Garden Park Towers – 2825 Clearbrook Road #101 – Magnolia Dining Room
Time: Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The community meeting runs from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Notes: A hot meal will be provided.

Chilliwack:
Date: Thursday, Mar. 29, 2018
Location: Coast Hotel Chilliwack – 45920 First Avenue
Time: Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The community meeting runs from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Notes: A hot meal will be provided.