Community Discussion: Ending Working Poverty


Living Wage BC’s Anastasia French is our special guest at our final community engagement session on ending working poverty. Join us June 20 in Trail to be part of the solution.

“At our community engagement session earlier this year, 21 local people met and brainstormed ways we can change our local systems to better support residents who are living or working in Trail yet continue to struggle financially,” explains Heather Glenn-Dergousoff, project specialist – poverty reduction, at the Skills Centre.

“We are hosting our final engagement session on June 20 and need your input again. We have taken all the discussions that we heard in February and now have a focused idea of what we can do locally to make changes.”

We are seeking further input to come up with actionable items, and we need your input!

“Even if you did not attend the last session, your perspective is still valuable, and we would be happy to have you participate,” Heather says.

In addition to the community engagement session, you will also have the opportunity to hear from Living Wage BC’s Anastasia French. She is coming to us from the coast to speak about why paying a living wage is good for workers, businesses and the community. She’ll also share information about how to become a Living Wage Employer.

Please consider joining the conversation.

We’ll have four roundtables and each table will talk about the three pillars of change within our community plans:

  1. Transportation
  2. Food Security
  3. Community Hub


  • 4:30 – 5:30 pm – Anastasia will speak about living wages
  • 5:30 – 6:00 pm – dinner and a presentation summarizing what will be changing with our community plans, including a review of data around working poverty in Trail
  • 6:00 – 7:00 pm – roundtable discussions to identify actionable solutions to include in the community plans over the next 5 years
  • 7:00 – 7:30 pm – share table discussions as a group and identify themes

Our goal is to have a draft plan ready for Trail City Council to view by September with adoption in October.

Please register & join us June 20, 4:30 – 7:30 pm at St. Andrew’s Church, 1347 Pine Avenue in Trail.

RSVP by June 18 by phone at 250-368-6360 or email at