Listening Can Change the World

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When Amanda Dauvin speaks about homelessness, she speaks from firsthand experience. Homeless twice before the age of 15, Dauvin grew up in a family that faced challenges such as poverty, mental health issues and addiction.

Dauvin shared her story as Keynote Speaker at the 23rd annual Mac & Cheese Luncheon, held at the Westin Edmonton last week. More than 350 people were in the audience to help raise funds for the seven members of the Inner City Agencies Foundation. The event is produced in partnership with United Way of the Alberta Capital Region.

 Keynote Speaker, Amanda Dauvin, 23rd annual Mac & Cheese Luncheon

Keynote Speaker, Amanda Dauvin, 23rd annual Mac & Cheese Luncheon

“In a society of First World problems like too-cold coffee, slow traffic, and a furnace that won’t sync with your smart phone, it is easy to forget that things like homelessness, poverty and hunger are First World problems too,” said Dauvin.

“We can choose to see homelessness as a permanent, unfixable problem that maybe doesn’t even concern us, or we can choose to recognize ourselves as the ones with the honour of making real and effective change.”

 

Thanks to her own determination and fortitude, and with support from several agencies including a food bank and a women’s shelter, Dauvin not only survived but is thriving. She has two university degrees, is a mother and runs her own business, A Cadence Coaching.

Dauvin now uses her story as a bridge between those who experience homelessness and those who can help. She volunteered her time as Keynote Speaker because she values the daily support provided to vulnerable residents of Edmonton’s inner city by Bissell Centre, Boyle McCauley Health Centre, Boyle Street Community Services, e4c, Right at Home Housing Society, Edmonton People in Need Shelter Society, and Operation Friendship Seniors Society.

 Jimmy Morrison, OFSS; Keith Hennel, ICAF Co-chair; Amanda Dauvin; Jeff Baker, ICAF Co-chair

Jimmy Morrison, OFSS; Keith Hennel, ICAF Co-chair; Amanda Dauvin; Jeff Baker, ICAF Co-chair


I believe one solution lies in the simple act of listening,” she said. “Listening to the stories of those we are here to support today, and doing so free from judgment, so that we can truly make an effective change in not only their lives and wellbeing, but also for generations to come.

Learn more about the Inner City Agencies Foundation.