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Ending Poverty Pathways Online Course

This course is designed to help you learn at your own pace as you advocate for and advance high-impact ending poverty pathways in your community.

Welcome to the Ending Poverty Pathways Online Course, Vibrant Communities' first online course. Through this course, you'll be guided through reflective questions and exercises that will help you make the most of the course materials and content.

Join Vibrant Communities' Natasha Pei, Manager of Cities, in this new five-module course. Topics include Ending Working Poverty, Governments and Communities Ending Poverty, and Big Ideas for Ending Poverty.

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This course is available to use at your own pace, but you'll be learning alongside a diverse group of Tamarack Institute learners. Engage in comments and questions on the online platform, and join us monthly Q&A sessions for a deeper dive into the content and to get more personalized insights.

What Will I Learn?

The Ending Poverty Pathways course is divided into five main lessons:

LESSON ONE: The End of Poverty
Begin with some inspiration, as you learn about what Canada has accomplished so far. Explore the changing role of municipalities, and how Saint John and Hamilton have moved the needle toward ending poverty in their communities.

LESSON TWO: Ending Working Poverty
Learn about how governments, employers and non-profits can end working poverty through increased minimum wages, reformed income supports, full-time decent work, and equitable hiring and procurement policies.

LESSON THREE: Federal, Provincial and Territorial Governments Ending Poverty
Apply a Collective Impact lens as you explore the role of the federal government in ending poverty and learn about the critical links between provincial/territorial poverty reduction plans and the essential place-based work of communities.

LESSON FOUR: Cities and Communities Ending Poverty
Learn why cities and communities are so well-positioned to assess local challenges, harness community assets, and bring people together across sectors to nudge policy and systems change.

LESSON FIVE: Big Ideas for Ending Poverty
Explore three big ideas: Basic Income as a transformational approach to ending poverty; Quebec's innovative child care model; and, Built for Zero Canada's data-driven national change effort for ending homelessness.

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Natasha Pei

Natasha brings online content to life and engages our members in the Vibrant Communities learning centre for poverty reduction. Natasha's involvement with Tamarack began in 2013 through the Communities First: Impacts of Community Engagement (CFICE) project, where she worked as a Research Assistant in the Poverty Reduction Hub, studying effective ways that community-campus engagement can result in real benefits for the community.

Natasha holds a Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work through Carleton University. Her background, education and experience is in social work, with community capacity building and community engagement lying at an intersection of the structural perspective and strengths-based practice. Natasha's previous role as a Project Coordinator with Beijing and Shanghai Roots & Shoots introduced her to coordinating place-based community strategies, responding to the unique needs of different groups, and taught her about the impact of collective efforts.

Natasha is based in Ottawa, Ontario, and spends her free time rock climbing, practicing yoga, and running.

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Alison Homer Alison Square

Alison joined the Tamarack team in 2016 as Manager of Learning, Evaluation and Policy. In 2020, she stepped into a Team Lead role with Vibrant Communities – Cities Reducing (VC–CRP), now Communities Ending Poverty. Here, she provides leadership and drives excellence within the network, a national movement and learning community comprised of 80+ members representing more than 300 communities across Canada and in the USA. CRP's team of Managers of Cities provides intensive support to members, with a focus on supporting them to progress through four stages of development, track and report on outcomes, and achieve financial and leadership sustainability.

Alison holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of British Columbia, a Master's degree in International Community Health from the University of Oslo, a Project Management Certification through the Project Management Institute, and a Graduate Diploma in Public Policy and Program Evaluation through Carleton University.

Based in beautiful British Columbia, Alison spends her free time mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, splitboarding, and practicing aerial silks.

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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.

Jill became interested in social sustainability while completing her Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Community Economic Development (CED) from Simon Fraser University (2006). For over a decade, Jill worked for the City of Revelstoke CED Department as social development coordinator. This involved working with community partners and all levels of government to build community capacity to address a broad range of community-wide social issues, from supporting youth to addressing poverty. Poverty reduction became a primary focus in 2012, and in 2019 the Revelstoke poverty reduction working group transitioned to Collective Impact.

Jill views social sustainability as both the most complex and least-understood aspect of society, yet most critical to the overall health and well-being of communities. Jill has presented on a variety of social planning topics at regional, provincial and national venues. Living in Revelstoke, Jill retains a passion for the outdoors and mountain lifestyle, balancing work with skiing, hiking, camping and playing music.

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The Ending Poverty Pathways Online Course is hosted on Thinkific, an online learning platform. After registering for the course, you will be sent login details for the course platform, where you'll find the course videos, materials, and workbook.

Q&A session will be announced by email.

You'll have access to the course and Q&A calls for 6 months after enrolment.

Only one learner is able to access the course per account. Please contact Isaac for group rates. 



Price: $199 for single registration with a group rate of $159 per registrant for groups of 3 and above.

The registration rate includes access to the online course platform, the course workbook, and Q&A sessions.

Your fees support our work toward ending poverty in Canada. Scholarships are available for individuals lived/living experience of poverty. To inquire, please reach out to Alison.

Group rates are available - please contact Isaac for more information.


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