Prince George’s Murry Krause will sit on the province’s new poverty reduction advisory committee.
The 13-member committee has been appointed to advise the minister on matters relating to poverty reduction and prevention. This advisory committee includes advocates, experts, Indigenous peoples and people with lived experience from around the province.
This committee also serves an important oversight role. Under the Poverty Reduction Strategy Act, government is required to report out on progress to reach its five-year targets each year, starting in 2020. The committee will include a letter in each of these reports, outlining its views on progress made and progress required.
“People created poverty, and it’s up to people to solve poverty,” said Sarah Brownlee, a member of the committee. “I have experienced poverty first-hand, I have seen my friends and family experience it and I have seen the destructive consequences of lack of opportunity and access. As the poverty reduction strategy moves forward, I will be making sure that the voices of those with lived experience are represented and heard.”
Krause has been involved in various non-profit sector management positions focused on issues such as social justice, health care, poverty, homelessness, racism culture and heritage. He retired, as executive director, after 22 years with the Central Interior Native Health Society, an interdisciplinary primary health care clinic in downtown Prince George. Krause is currently a councillor with the City of Prince George, a director of the Regional District Fraser Fort George, Past President of the Union of BC Municipalities and Chair of the Regional Hospital District Board.
“Poverty reduction is about putting people and communities first,” said Catherine Ludgate, chair of the committee. “It is good for individuals, families, communities and our economy. Creating opportunities for people to participate fully and with dignity requires us to invest thoughtfully in programs, policies and procedures to tackle poverty. I look forward to supporting government in this critically important work.”