Vancouver. Derek is taking the Welfare Food Challenge together with his wife, Jen Lindberg, and a number of colleagues at Vancity. In his day job, Derek is Executive Director of an arms-length Community Foundation associated with Vancity Credit Union in Vancouver. He is proud (but frustrated) to serve on a number of nonprofit boards and committees (still) working to address issues of poverty and improved public policy, including First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition, the Living Wage Campaign, BC Poverty Reduction Coalition, Gen Squeeze and Imagine Canada.
Derek took the challenge two years ago with his entire family, including their 3 young children, but they are leaving the kids out this year, after concluding that the exercise was tantamount to child abuse (even at $21) – an important message for policy makers who set the rates. As his then 10 year old middle daughtaer Amelia shared in an earlier blog “Welfare sucks!”