Mavis Finnamore & Ashley Reyns
Presentation Time: 11:15 AM

Mavis Finnamore & Ashley Reyns Member & Lead Organizer at Ottawa ACORN

ACORN Canada

ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) Canada is an independent national organization of low- and moderate-income families. We have over 130,000 members organized into twenty four neighbourhood chapters in nine cities across Canada. We believe that social and economic justice can best be achieved with a national active membership who are invested in their organization and focused on building power for change!

We have three levels of membership. Full members pay $15/month; associate members chip in what they can; provisional members join the vision of the organization; and general community members wanting to participate are always invited to our community events!

ACORN has a deep history of working in low and moderate income communities. Our presence in these communities has enabled us to connect community members — low and moderate income consumers — who are most in need, but often hardest to reach, with information about their rights, financial literacy education, tax and benefit services, and leadership development training. By working collectively, we support communities to articulate priorities for addressing their financial needs and accessing fair financial services.

Since 2004, our members have won several important victories including: Provincial Payday Lending legislation in Ontario and BC, and working in coalition to raise the Minimum Wage in Ontario to $11/hour plus indexing to inflation, ending the child support clawback in BC to put $13 million back in the pockets of single parents – and many more! Other national and provincial campaigns: Remittance Justice, Internet for All, Healthy Homes, Fair Banking, Wages Rising (for a $15 minimum wage) and Disability and Social Assistance Rights. All of our offices offer free tax preparation services.

  • Mavis Finnamore, ACORN Member & Ashley Reyns, Ottawa ACORN Head Organizer

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