Reflections on poverty and family, from Canadian writer Lorna Crozier

Posted on June 29, 2010 in Inclusion Debates

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Mon, June 28, 2010.   Rob Rainer, Executive Director CANADA WITHOUT POVERTY

Celebrated, award-winning Canadian poet and writer, Lorna Crozier (also blind copied on this message) has given Canada Without Poverty permission to run on our web site a short excerpt from her memoirs, Small Beneath the Sky, published in 2009 and which describes life in small town Saskatchewan and the challenges families face when struggling with poverty.  For more information on Lorna’s memoirs, please visit her web site (  This fine summer book allows the reader, through a beautifully written narrative, to explore issues of poverty in a working family.  We are happy to promote this book and have Lorna share her perspective on these issues with us.  The beginning of the post on our web site is shown below:

“One of the reasons I decided to write about my childhood and my family was to remind readers that we don’t live in a classless society. Oh, we’ve all seen the homeless, but many Canadians have fooled themselves into thinking that those who don’t live on the streets share the same comforts, the same advantages. Too easily the working poor are invisible. Growing up with parents who could barely pay for the rent of a derelict house had its effects on me.  Some were to my benefit and some were not. I learned to be self-reliant and pushed myself to get educated so that I would have a less worrisome life than my mother. At the same time, most of my life I’ve carried the shame of not being as good as many other people in my small town. It’s taken me many years to shed that sense of shame.”

For the rest of the post on the Canada Without Poverty web site, click here.

Rob Rainer
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If you really want to advocate for health, if you really want to make changes to health, you have to start to make fundamental changes to the way society is structured.  You have to deal with issues like poverty.

Dr. Jeffrey Turnbull, President-Elect, Canadian Medical Association

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