2017 EPC Nominee: Bonnie Briggs

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Everyday Political Citizen Monday, September 11, 2017 View Count = 461

2017 EPC Nominee: Bonnie Briggs

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Bonnie Briggs of Toronto, ON, was nominated by José Ramón Martí


Bonnie Briggs was a lifelong housing activist and poet.

I had the fortune of meeting Bonnie through my work with the Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust, where we volunteered on a committee together. Throughout her life, she attended meetings, rallies, marches and memorials on homelessness or housing, along with her husband.

She was the first person to suggest that Toronto needed a standing memorial for homeless people who die on its streets, a monument which has stood at the Church of the Holy Trinity since 1997.

One Toronto City Councillor called her a hero in the housing movement. “You worked harder than anyone I know to end homelessness,” a fellow activist and street nurse wrote to Bonnie following her death. “She cared about individuals — all too rare and yet essential in building a better world” said a friend on Facebook.

Bonnie passed away on August 4th, 2017. She was 64 years old.



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Samara's Everyday Political Citizen celebrates positive political role models and builds a culture of positive politics in Canada. Conducted coast-to-coast-to-coast, the contest aims to recognize the rich diversity of politics and democracy in Canada, crowdsourcing hundreds of nominations from Canadians like you. Read more about Everyday Political Citizen, see more nominations, or submit your own nomination.


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