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Elle Richards

Elle Richards
Elle has recently joined the Vibrant Communities team as Manager of Cities, Cities Reducing Poverty. Her experience spans corporate, academic, health and community environments, and working on national, regional and local programs of work, both strategically and operationally. In recent years, Elle has focused her work around issues of food security, poverty and inequalities in health.

Recent Posts

Challenging Systemic Barriers (in Waterloo Region) – The Equity Lens

Posted by Elle Richards on August 24, 2020

Are you biased? Do you put people in boxes? Or are you culturally competent? Want to be the master of being inclusive? These are just a handful of topics one community is challenging its residents to explore.

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Cities Reducing Poverty Policy Digest - July/August 2020

Posted by Elle Richards on August 19, 2020

Welcome to the July/August 2020 Edition of the Cities Reducing Poverty Policy Digest, which aims to provide you with timely poverty-related policy updates and resources from across Canada.  

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Collective Impact work sets the stage for Saskatoon’s Inter-Agency Response

Posted by Elle Richards on July 28, 2020

The COVID-19 crisis has undoubtedly intensified vulnerabilities across communities. Saskatoon's Inter-Agency Response was created out of recognizing the unique challenges the pandemic would bring to agencies supporting vulnerable people. Born out of initial discussions through the Safe Community Action Alliance, it emerged into a comprehensive operation with over 65 organizations.

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Bridges Out of Poverty and Getting Ahead

Posted by Elle Richards on June 23, 2020

In a webinar with Philip DeVol, whose books include Getting Ahead in a Just-Getting’ by World and co-authoring Bridges out of Poverty – he described the theory and principles behind Bridges and how the Getting Ahead model takes these ideas further.

The Bridges work can be progressed to a community engagement process that is about enabling communities to lead and shape their own future stories. For those familiar and already involved in this popular work in the community, it was an opportunity to reflect on the process and relevance in the current climate.

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The Disproportionate Impact on Employment (due to COVID-19)

Posted by Elle Richards on June 15, 2020

Emerging research points to an imbalance of job losses being substantially greater to those already precariously employed and in low-paying jobs, mostly within certain sectors, and exposes inequities. 

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Cities Reducing Poverty Policy Digest - May/June 2020

Posted by Elle Richards on May 23, 2020

Welcome to the May/June Special Edition of the Cities Reducing Poverty Policy Digest, which aims to provide you with timely poverty-related policy updates and resources from across Canada. This edition is dedicated to policies, articles and resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

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