Name of Town: Burnaby,
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A Q&A with Hedy Wolff, Carl Howard, Ana Maria Bustamante, and Karen O’Shannacery of the Burnaby CAT.
“Celebrate small steps because every little bit makes a huge difference,” – Karen O’Shannacery, Society to End Homelessness in Burnaby
Members of the Community Action Initiative team sat down with Hedy Wolff, Co peer-coordinator, Community Peer Resources (CPR); Carl Howard, peer, CPR; Ana Maria Bustamante, CAT supervisor, Local Immigration Partnership Coordinator for the Burnaby International Planning Table; and Karen O’Shannacery, CAT member, representative of the Society to End Homelessness in Burnaby, to discuss the evolution, learnings, and proud moments experienced while working with the Burnaby CAT. Here’s what they had to say.
- Speaking from my lived experience, these presentations are vital for people who are seeking information and knowledge. Peers have a unique opportunity in the planning stages to look at a proposal and say: “I would never use something like that.” We ask questions that maybe wouldn’t be asked and can bring peer insight to the CAT. I’m so proud to be a part of this collaborative process and this team.
- Members from the CAT did a presentation for the Healthier Communities Partnership Initiative Committee, which includes members of local government and community agencies. Our CAT was very well received, and the committee will now leverage our Lunch and Learn videos to translate for communities throughout Burnaby as a way to share knowledge and reduce stigma.
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