Katrina McKeown & Tracy Franklin
1:30 pm
Okanagan-Similkameen Healthy Living  Katrina McKeown

ROOM #1 - 1:30 pm:

The Effects of Poverty on Women and Their Health

Katrina will be starting the presentation with a talk about women and poverty in The South Okanagan, specifically how poverty can effect mental and physical health. She will also discuss the resources people can access in this community, including from The Access Centre. There will be a brief discussion and Q&A followed by a Poverty Simulation Workshop.
The workshop is called “A day in the Life” and is a poverty simulation games where participants are given skittles as currency, and participants will be given different amounts at the beginning of the game, signifying different levels of income. Participants will draw cards with different real life scenarios and either earn or lose more currency. This game is intended to highlight the reality of living in poverty and the tough decisions people in poverty have to face on a daily basis. There will be an in depth discussion and Q&A.

The above presentation is brought to you by the Okanagan Valley Healing Society as part of their Women's Health Fair Line-up of Speakers and:
The Penticton & Area Access Centre - Booth #83


Katrina McKeown – Executive Director of The Access Centre:
Katrina comes to us with 15 years experience working on poverty related issues in Vancouver, Toronto, and now the South Okanagan. She has worked for ACORN Canada, Big Brothers of Vancouver, The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, and now as the ED of The Access Centre. She has direct experience with tenancy issues, payday loan traps, welfare rights, and the struggles that people face trying to make a living wage. She has seen the direct causes and consequences of poverty and is honoured to be a speaker here at The OS Healthy Living Fair.

Tracy Franklin – Poverty Advocate and Volunteer at The Access Centre:
Tracy comes to us from a lived experience of homelessness and poverty as a single Mom. In her search for resources for her family, she has become known as “the resource lady” in her social circles. She is self-educated in many areas, and is well-versed in areas from The Residential Tenancy Laws to accessing disability. She has helped many people in her social circle access the services that they need. She now volunteers at The Penticton & Area Access Centre.
Session details subject to change.