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- ‘Moving Forward’ Event Continues Discussion on How to Take Action to Reduce Poverty in Northumberland -

(NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY) – The road to reducing local poverty passes through Cobourg on June 3 at an event intended to spur action on a serious issue.

Municipal politicians, concerned citizens and community service/program staff and volunteers are being invited to the Moving Forward on Poverty Event on Wednesday, June 3, from 9:30 am to noon at Fellowship Baptist Church (469 Elgin St. W.) in Cobourg.

(NOTE TO MEDIA: Members of the media are also welcome to attend for photo/interview opportunities).

“By engaging participants at the Moving Forward event, we want to come up with meaningful ideas and strategies to make progress in the fight against poverty in Northumberland County,” says Elsie Azvedo Perry, one of the event organizers and a Registered Dietitian with the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit.

The Health Unit is working with the Northumberland United Way, Northumberland Community Legal Centre, The Help Centre and Green Wood Coalition to organize the event on June 3.

The Moving Forward event will start with a brief presentation about real-life stories of local residents living in poverty. It will then feature three concurrent break-out sessions looking at: an innovative solution to affordable housing in the Quinte region, a unique social enterprise initiative being launched in Cobourg, and a third session that examines ways of motivating community change when it comes to poverty. The breakout sessions are meant to galvanize interest in seeing what can be done to reduce local poverty, says Kristina Nairn, a Social Determinants of Health Nurse, with the HKPR District Health Unit.

According to Nairn, the Moving Forward session on June 3 follows up on an initial poverty-simulation event held in November 2014. At that time, participants were able to take on the roles of low-income earners to experience what it was like to live with limited financial and social resources. Feedback from the November 2014 session showed participants were motivated and encouraged to find solutions to local poverty issues. Input from that November session was also used to select the specific breakout sessions being planned for the June 3 follow-up event.

“The November session was a good starting point because it showed there was community support to take action against poverty,” says Nairn. “On June 3, we want to take another step forward on the path to poverty reduction.”

To find out more about the Moving Forward event, call the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577 or visit www.hkpr.on.ca.

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For media inquiries, contact:

Elsie Azevedo Perry, Registered Dietitian, HKPR District Health Unit, (905) 885-9100, ext. 1218,

or Kristina Nairn, Social Determinants of Health Nurse, HKPR District Health Unit, (905) 885-9100, ext. 1252.

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