Follow Up: Vote For The Community You Want to See


House of Friendship encourages you to vote for a poverty free Ontario

The Ontario election occurred on June 12th.  As you may remember from that week, we made a post (here) about our efforts to collect input from the people who come to us each day about what they hoped for after the election ended, and what they thought the candidates should know about their experiences each day.

Elections are busy times, and we did our best to reach out to all the candidates.  Two of them go back to us close to the end of their campaigns and I would like to share their responses with you now.

First was Kitchener – Waterloo candidate Jamie Burton who wanted to share:

“Thank you for the inspiration to stay focused on what I know matters. Your words will be in a frame on my wall, wherever I go. They will encourage my commitment to honour my word, and to work towards a better community for everyone. Together with the strengths of our differences and unique perspectives, by inclusion and diversity, we will achieve a greater opportunity for all.”

Second was Daiene Vernile, wrote the following on the day before the election ended:

I appreciate you sharing with me the concerns expressed by individuals and families who rely on your services to supplement their dietary and other needs.

Please be assured that I have reviewed these materials and have taken note of the specific concerns raised by program participants.  […] I look forward to the opportunity for further collaboration on how the provincial government can best support your work in the community.

Our short survey of people provided a good range of input and highlighted some common problems and sentiments that reflected everyone’s experience with different government programs.  If we receive any further responses from candidates, we will provide further updates here on the blog.


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One Response to “Follow Up: Vote For The Community You Want to See”

  1. Something To Chew On This Thanksgiving | Hofemergencyfoodassistance's Blog Says:

    […] But when we talked to people coming to us for help, here and elsewhere in the different programs of the House of Friendship, there was no shortage of discussion and strong feelings.  If you remember from the last provincial election we talked to people to get their thoughts on a variety of topics and shared them with the candidates who were hoping to get elected. […]

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