Welcome to The Child Wellbeing Initiative site. We hope that you will leave here encouraged to help end the shame of child poverty wherever you live.
We are based in Alberta, one of the richest provinces in Canada, where thousands of children live in poverty. We think that this is an outrage.
We are women in The United Church of Canada, a liberal Protestant denomination. We believe that child poverty can and must be eliminated.
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Alberta women at the Legislature — again!
by Sharon Prenevost
Twenty -five supporters of the CWBI were in Edmonton to witness the presentation of our “Hope” dolls. Each a reminder that there are too many children living in poverty in this province.
CWBI supporters came from Alliance, Calgary, Delia, Drayton Valley, Drumheller, Edmonton, Lethbridge, St. Albert, Stettler and Strathmore.
Prior to picture-taking on the steps of the Rotunda by Bill Moore-Killgannon, Chief-of- Staff for Minister of Human Services; the group was introduced to MLAs…. Maria Fitzpatrick, Leth-bridge East, Anam Kazim, Calgary -Glenmore, Hon. Richard Feehan, Minister of Indigenous Affairs, and Hon. Irfan Sabir, Minister of Human Services.
In the house, Maria Fitzpatrick introduced CWBI supporters and asked the group to stand and be recognized. In a member’s statement, she summarized the goals and work of the CWBI and read parts of the Child Well-being Index. A note from Maria sent to supporters during question period reads,” Thank you for your commitment to abolish child poverty and thank you for being here to grow that commitment with all of us.”
Lethbridge East MLA Maria Fitzpatrick’s staff liaised with the office of the Minister of Human Services, prepared the list of CWBI supporters for scrutiny and arranged for the delivery of the 87 dolls…each with the attached CWBI card explaining their purpose and with a stand so they would sit erectly.
Dolls left behind by MLAs were gifted to constituency offices or offices of government support staff.