February 16th. - Jaya James: Understanding Poverty in Guelph
President John Sneyd opened the meeting at 9:55 am and welcomed everyone including today’s guest speaker, Jaya James, and introduced today’s guest members: Don McCullum, and Jim Weatherby. Two new members who have recently joined were introduced: Harold Lee and Dudley Gibbs. There were 40 members present. President Sneyd commented on the past week’s Valentines Dinner at the Symposium Restaurant and how good the meal was. He also thanked Warren Gregg for organizing the event and making it such a success by including roses on the table for the ladies and miniature libations for the gentlemen.
A further announcement was made about the up coming fiscal year for the Club. Beginning in April, fees for the next year are due and will include a modest increase of $5 for a total of $90 for the year. This increase is partially due to the increase in hall rental and is based on a membership of 70 members and which we are slightly under at present. We have been given special consideration by the Church for our rental rate.
Announcements: Activities – Ken Marchant - Ken gave kudos to the Symposium Restaurant for a wonderful meal for our Valentines Dinner. - A tour of Spring Mill Distillery is in the planning stages to take place in the near future …. TBA; - Several performances by Drayton Productions are now scheduled: - Beautiful – The Carole King Musical on May 20th at $45 per ticket; - Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat on July 15th at $45 per ticket. - Many other events are currently being planned.
David Moller introduced today’s presenter, Jaya James.
Bio Jaya James, a lifelong Guelph resident and University of Guelph graduate, is passionate about community building and has devoted much of her time to walking with people through life’s challenges and celebrations. Jaya has been married to her high school sweetheart, Luke Hill, for 23 years. Together they parent three very active boys. Jaya is the Executive Director of Hope House a downtown Guelph organization that serves vulnerable people in Guelph:
the unhoused and housed,
the employed and the unemployed,
those suffering a new, bewildering setback (I believe many of us have experienced at least a few of those over the last two years)
as well as those dealing with chronic, more complicated issues of poverty.
Through the delivery of programs and services they offer dignified access to food, clothing, therapeutic support and a caring community that works with people to help them overcome the challenges they face - challenges that result in them being hurt, hungry and/or homeless.
Presentation Through stories, Jaya shared an overview of poverty in Guelph and some of the ways that Hope House is helping support individuals work towards the life they desire. She also shared some ways that we can help.
President John Sneyd thanked Jaya James for her presentation.
Next meeting: Thurs., March 2, 2023 with Cam Guthrie, Mayor, on the state of the City in Guelph. Adjournment @11:05 am Recording Secretary: Kerry Gennings