Friday August 25, 2017
Four Dear Decades
Swanson one of 40 to receive the Order of Canada
By Vote Jean Swanson
ity Council candidate Jean Swanson celebrating her officially receiving the Order of Canada Saturday. She’ll be giving the speech she would have given had remarks been a part of the Order of Canada ceremony.
Swanson is being recognized with the Order of Canada, the second highest national honour, for her 40 years of anti-poverty service.
Swanson will attend an official ceremony with the Governor General in Ottawa Friday, and will return to Vancouver Saturday. People who have both worked with her and those who have appreciated her work from a distance have organized an event that’s expected to be well-attended to celebrate her history of activism and to rally for her current campaign for City Council.
Speakers at the Saturday event honouring Jean Swanson’s decades of grassroots activism and dedication to social justice will include Diana Day, Wendy Pederson and Audrey Siegl. JB the First Lady, DJ ANGLE, and the Solidarity Notes Labour Choir will also perform.
Visit the official government webpage for more information on the ceremony Friday in Ottawa here.
Jean Swanson is an independent by-election candidate for Vancouver City Council. Swanson was awarded the Order of Canada in 2016 for “her long-standing devotion to social justice, notably for her work with the residents of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.” Her roles have included: VP and elected Secretary of the Downtown Eastside Residents Association (DERA), founder of End Legislated Poverty, President of the National Anti-Poverty Organization (NAPO), and Chair of the Coalition Against Free Trade. She is author of the book, Poor Bashing: The Politics of Exclusion (2001). Over the past decade she has been an organizer with the Carnegie Community Action Project (CCAP) and Raise the Rates BC.