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Michelle Parry

Vancouver – I was invited to participate in this challenge by a friend and accepted because I think its an incredible way to actually begin to understand what it’s like to live on welfare.

I finished my undergrad in social anthropology, love traveling, and come from a pretty well off family. Intellectually I know how hard to survive on the current welfare but understanding something on a visceral level is different. I think this is a great chance to draw attention to the issue as well as challenge and educate myself. I don’t know what to expect but I am worried that I may not be able to maintain the same mental and physical state on this budget, as I usually eat a lot and I’m quite active.

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