Virtual conference

Abbotsford-based Food for the Hungry hosts virtual conference on poverty – Abbotsford News

Abbotsford-based Food for the Hungry (FH) Canada is hosting its annual virtual conference April 29-30.

Thrive: Overseas and Over Your Fence is designed to empower Canadians to make a practical difference on issues of poverty at home and around the world.

A dozen different speakers will speak about the root causes of poverty and the development of healthy solutions.

The keynote speaker is Dr. Brian Fikkert, world renowned speaker, co-author of Helping Without Hurting and Becoming Whole, and co-founder of the Chalmers Center.

Fikkert’s two-part keynote will focus on wholesome aid and the pursuit of wholeness.

Rudo Kayombo, international expert and COO of Food for the Hungry International, will share a keynote that will dive into how to reframe poverty and how reconciling broken relationships is at the heart of lasting solutions.

Other speakers actively engaged in ending poverty in Canada and around the world will challenge the common narrative that poverty is linked to a lack of material goods.

Experts who will address the spiritual, social, personal and environmental nature of poverty include erry LeBlanc from NAIITS, Cherie White from Steadfast Developments and Jennifer Lau from CBM.

“By joining some of the brightest minds working with poverty here at home and abroad, you will be refreshed and encouraged in your own fight to help end all forms of poverty,” said Shawn Plummer , President and CEO of FH Canada.

Over the course of two mornings, participants can choose from several guided workshops where they can ask tough questions and interact with peers and experts struggling with similar dilemmas.

They will dive deep into issues such as lessons learned in international development, moving beyond the buzz of chasing a profit line, pursuing personal well-being, how to stop poverty before it starts, and Moreover.

Tickets are $40. To visit record. Registration also includes access to all recorded speeches and workshops for one month after the event.