Dr. Gary BowieChair, Alberta Secretariat forAction on Homelessness andUniversity of Lethbridge ProfessorEmeritus
Without poverty, there wouldbe equality and fairness for allAlbertans. Everyone would havehousing and a greater feeling ofsafety in knowing they had a placeto go. I believe that makes you acitizen who’s able to contribute tothe community much more. Youfeel a part of what’s going on, notmarginalized. You’re able to beinvolved and give back. That’s akey component of a well-developedperson.
Being out of poverty would help
people overcome ugly situations
such as abuse and addictions, and
devastating influences could be held
to a minimum. Children and adults
in a poverty-free Alberta could
better develop their talents. Right
now Albertans living in poverty
just try to survive. There’d be more
opportunities for stimulation and
growth of the brain. In studies I’ve
seen over the years, the earlier we can
stimulate young people, the healthier
and stronger their brain development.
If all children were able to participatein early childhood activities, playand be stimulated, we’d see a bigdifference in how they turn out.
That’s all a part of being involvedin balanced living; if they can behealthy physically, it promotes ahealthy mental and spiritual being.
As we get all people involved
in our community, it could be that
much stronger and healthier. When
you’re struggling with poverty, you’re
putting all your time and effort there.
You can’t contribute elsewhere.
Family bonds could also bestrengthened. Parents would havemore time and energy to help theirchildren grow stronger mentally,physically and spiritually, and helpthem deal with different issues.
We need to strive to bring aboutmore positive experiences forchildren and families, and celebratethe good.
We need to put forward values onhelping each other out—being kindto each other and working together.
I also believe that we need to talkabout engendering hope. Time needsto be spent on that.
There would be equality
and fairness for all