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Natasha Pei

Natasha Pei
Natasha Pei brings online content to life and engages our members in the Vibrant Communities learning centre for poverty reduction. Natasha's involvement with Tamarack began with the Communities First: Impacts of Community Engagement (CFICE) project, where she worked as a Research Assistant in the Poverty Reduction Hub, studying effective ways community-campus engagement can be undertaken to have real benefits for the community.

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ABCD In-Action: Poverty Reduction in New Brunswick

Posted by Natasha Pei on July 23, 2018

Last April, Tamarack Institute’s Vibrant Communities hosted the first Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) Canada learning event. The workshop brought together world-renowned ABCD trainers and 200 practitioners and residents working with or looking to apply an ABCD approach in their initiatives. Together, we learned that in order to create sustainable positive change, we must shift away from working to and for communities, towards doing more with and by communities – in a way that is not supportive or directive, but enables communities to help themselves; we learned about how communities throughout Canada, the USA and internationally are doing this work; were inspired by new connections between health and local associations; and learned about the simplicity and powerfulness of tools such as asset mapping.

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P.E.I. Discussing Poverty and Poverty Solutions with Islanders

Posted by Natasha Pei on May 31, 2018

On November 14, 2017, the Government of Prince Edward Island (P.E.I.) committed to a Poverty Reduction Plan as part of the province's Throne Speech, and more recently, appointed a 12-person multi-sectoral advisory committee to bring forward short and longer-term solutions to poverty in a Poverty Reduction Plan. The Plan is expected to be ready for fall 2018 and will include actions in the areas of housing, food security, education and employment, says Committee Chair, Roxanne Carter-Thompson.

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Get to KNOW Poverty: The 2018 Poverty Studies Summer Institute

Posted by Natasha Pei on May 15, 2018

What are your plans this summer? Could they include professional and/or personal development?

The Poverty Studies Summer Institute is a chance to be part of an intimate learning community with peers – practitioners, people with lived experience, students and ministry workers – to learn about and discuss the causes and impacts of poverty as well as how we best alleviate and end them.

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Three Pillars for Action: Waterloo's Proposed Neighbourhood Strategy

Posted by Natasha Pei on February 12, 2018

On January 16, 2018, Waterloo's City Council unanimously approved the proposed neighbourhood strategy, and have given the go-ahead to pursue feedback from the community.

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Living Wage Week in Canada, 2016: Engaging Businesses

Posted by Natasha Pei on November 11, 2016

October 31st - November 6th marks the annual Living Wage Week in Canada for 2016.


This is a week where living wage organizers celebrate employers in their role of providing staff with liveable wages, and support them to raise awareness about what a living wage is, as well as the benefits of paying one.

There are now living wage rates calculated in 53 communities across Canada. Of which, 26 are linked to Cities Reducing Poverty comprehensive poverty reduction initiatives, an increase of five in the past year, with even more communities in the process of researching or developing a living wage campaign.

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Learn more about the NEW Ontario Student Grant program!

Posted by Natasha Pei on July 28, 2016

In this podcast, the United Way of Toronto and York Region's Pedro Barata discusses with the Honourable Deb Matthews, Deputy Premier and Minister for Advanced Education and Skills Development, how the new Ontario Student Grant is coming together to provide free or reduced cost tuition for low and moderate income families.

Watch the recording here:

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