ACC Member News Share

September – Update from J. Paul Walsh

Re: “‘Poverty does not take a break,’ say advocates who want disability bill fast-tracked”

Atlantic Changemakers Council member J. Paul Walsh is well known for his advocacy for disabled persons. He shared an article with us this summer. It was forwarded to him by disability advocate Tom Jackman, regarding his work with the Disability Without Poverty movement.  This national group, which has an Atlantic Chapter, is yet another collective working for change.

Disability Without Poverty’s purpose statement:

nothing about us without us.  We want people living with disabilities to be prosperous, realize their power, pursue their passions and participate in every aspect of society.

Jackman wrote, “It’s a group that I am part of that is trying to bring forward a new CDB, Canadian Disability Benefit Federally of $2200 a month with no provincial clawbacks in the process.”



August – Update from Natalie Couture

End-of-Life Doula

Natalie, formerly a Northside Changemakers participant and now an Atlantic Changemakers Council member, recently completed her certification for End of Life Doula through Douglas College. The End-of-Life Doulas Association of Canada defines the role this way:

“End-of-life doulas empower, educate and encourage people and their families to be involved in making decisions.  The word “doula” is Greek for servant or helper. Like a birth doula supports women during the labor process, a death doula supports a person during the dying process. This support is specific to that person’s needs, beliefs, and desires.  Death is a process that can span over months or even years rather than an event and doulas can help with supporting and planning for the future, regardless of diagnosis or illness.  Having a conversation or making a plan when you are healthy, is encouraged by doulas so that the care received at the end of life is appropriate and aligned with your wishes.”



July – Update from J. Paul Walsh

Universal Basic Income – Part of the Great Rebuild?

Atlantic Changemaker Councillor Paul Walsh shares this article he published in Toronto Manager Magazine‘s Summer 2022 Edition.

“When UBI is discussed some are surprised that the idea originated from conservative thought. Some see it as a disincentive to work, not something that enables work. Evidence from other parts of the world does not support this conclusion. On the contrary, it encourages a more flexible approach to work that, for example, enables better participation of women in the work force.”