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Jill Zacharias

Jill Zacharias
Jill has recently joined the Vibrant Communities team as the BC Manager of Growth and Impact, Cities Reducing Poverty. Jill brings extensive experience in municipal government, social planning and poverty reduction, and has worked closely with Tamarack as a CRP member and as chair of the BC Community of Practice on Poverty Reduction.

Recent Posts

Nelson at its Best drives successful poverty reduction strategy implementation

Posted by Jill Zacharias on September 29, 2022

Following the launch of their poverty reduction strategy in 2021, Nelson at its Best (NAIB) is leading successful implementation through targeted collaboration with community partners.

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City of Delta promotes social role of local government

Posted by Jill Zacharias on May 17, 2022

As communities work together to tackle complex social issues, understanding the role and responsibilities of each sector is a first step in co-creating positive, effective change.

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Eleven BC Communities Ending Poverty strategies released in 2021

Posted by Jill Zacharias on January 24, 2022

The November 2021 BC Poverty Reduction Community of Practice highlighted poverty-reduction strategies created across the province in 2021.

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British Columbia: Pathways to Ending Working Poverty in Action

Posted by Jill Zacharias on November 14, 2021

On October 20, 2021, the Ending Working Poverty in British Columbia webinar co-generated intersectoral dialogue on one of the most important topics faced in Canada today.

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BC showcases pathway for provincial governments ending poverty

Posted by Jill Zacharias on September 7, 2021

TogetherBC exemplifies a successful provincial/territorial pathway to ending poverty due to its clear connection to Canada’s poverty reduction strategy, recognition of local poverty reduction actors as experts, direct funding of local poverty reduction strategies, and municipal alignment with provincial priorities. Two years after its release, the strategy is already showing significant gains toward ending poverty.

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Ending Indigenous Poverty in Cities

Posted by Jill Zacharias on May 17, 2021

In the last year, the COVID-19 pandemic coupled with the opioid crisis has further revealed the depths of inequity and devastating impacts of trauma on vulnerable populations, as well as gaps in our social safety nets and limitations of policies aimed to reduce poverty and harm. While the crisis has exacerbated these inequities, it has also increased awareness and built momentum for new policies and systems change. In urban centres across the country, Indigenous people are working independently and with others to support pathways out of poverty for Indigenous children, families and elders.

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