MARCH OF THE DOLLS FIGHTING POVERTY!
An initiative that was started by the National United Church of Canada's UCW (United Church Women) has come to British Columbia, thanks to the efforts of our Karen Hoshel, President of the UCW BC Conference. This is a five-year plan that has, so far, been taken up by Ontario, Newfoundland and Alberta UCW women.
Taking up the challenge in BC in the Spring of 2018, a group of ladies from a couple of churches in our area got together to make "Poverty Dolls" to protest the lack of funding and action on child poverty in this province.
In June 2018 a letter was sent to Premier John Horgan in which an audience was requested so that the 36 dolls that the ladies had made might be officially presented. As the members of the Legislature were somewhat preoccupied with other matters at the time, there wasn't an opportunity to meet with the Premier as intended. Consequently, it wasn't until January of 2019 that Karen, accompanied by Carolyn Matheson (Secretary of Victoria Presbyterial of the UCW), were able to meet with the Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, Shane Simpson.
Minister Simpson personally saw to it that each doll was presented to a cabinet member that very afternoon. And, at Karen's suggestion, the doll dressed all in green was presented to the Premier because it would remind him of his favourite Lacrosse Team, the Victoria Shamrocks.
This initiative serves to remind us all that small gestures can have significant ripple effects. These "Poverty Dolls" may nudge some people into action. . . and they may encourage others to take further steps to aid poor families in our communities. Go, dolls!!