This Super Mom Advocates for Others
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This Super Mom Advocates for Others


About seven years ago, I went from a double income household, sort of middle class with a baby and a toddler to very suddenly and unexpectedly living in a shelter and being on income assistance. Being poor was like a full-time job. And I realized as I went through that, how accessible the whole process was. And I’ve just had this burning desire to make it easier for others. So I was in a work readiness program and just dreaming of going to school. And I came across the Child Poverty Report Card and I saw Lesley Frank’s name and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. And I thought, wow, there are people out there doing work that means something to me. First time I met Laura was when she came to a visit to Acadia University prior to enrolling, but she specifically came to meet me and told me that part of the reason why she came to university was because she had come across some of the work that I had done in this area of child poverty. ‘Laura Elizabeth Fisher’ when she entered into our program at the master’s level, I was excited because partly what one thing that she brings to the table that I don’t. Is she’s very deeply connected to the issue. Poverty statistics are just statistics, and it’s easy to not see the real people behind them. It’s an interesting story because the actual person that pulled together that first Child Poverty Report Card, I would say, was my mentor in life and that was Pauline Ravan, who’s a local councilor in Kings County. And knowing that you have these strong women behind you. I do. It’s such a gift. My son recently had to draw a picture of me, he drew a superwoman flying above our house. So I think that they understand the work that I’m doing.

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