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Bio

For decades, Paul Taylor has been a champion of social justice through leadership and has impacted his community in the West End and beyond. In 2012, Paul became the Executive Director of Gordon Neighbourhood House, a not-for-profit organization that has emerged as a leader in operating community-based food initiatives. Paul utilizes strategic direction, humour and creativity to inspire and connect with staff, volunteers and members of his community. Gordon Neighbourhood House also works to support public education and ongoing conversation around the systems that maintain poverty.

Welfare and social programs are close to Paul; growing up on Welfare as a child shaped his vision on the right to food and set forth an activist path grounded in the right to food. He is the first to acknowledge that we need more than kind hearts to address food poverty – we need a comprehensive poverty reduction strategy for the province of BC.

Paul has been a guiding force in the community for several years, his impact reaches far beyond regional or Provincial boundaries. His leadership journey first began as a teacher in his native Province of Ontario, then as a Vice Principal and a college level Business Administration Instructor.

Paul’s previous work also includes a stint as Executive Director for the Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House and prior to that at Second Base Youth Shelter in Scarborough, Ontario. He has served on the board of the Metro Vancouver Alliance, is the founder of the Vancouver Food Summit and is currently a Co-Chair of BC’s Poverty Reduction Coalition.

Connect with Paul on Twitter @paulm_taylor.

Media Engagement and Research

  • Georgia Straight, September 15, 2016 on BC’s Increase to Minimum Wage http://www.straight.com/news/782996/small-minimum-wage-increase-reason-talk-about-bc-poverty-reduction-strategy-advocate
  • Metro (Vancouver), September 15, 2016 on Gordon Neighbourhood House’s West End Food Festival http://www.metronews.ca/news/vancouver/2016/09/15/food-festival-sprouts-community-food-security-conversations.html
  • Westender, September 15, 2016 on Gordon Neighbourhood House’s West End Food Festival http://www.westender.com/eat-drink/west-end-food-fest-unites-community-1.2344139
  • CBC Vancouver TV, June 12, 2016 on the Gordon Neighbourhood House Community Herb Garden Project https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=CBC%20Vancouver%20spice%20of
  • Westender, May 26, 2016. “Feeding the Community: Paul Taylor and Gordon Neighbourhood House connect the West End with Food”: http://www.westender.com/news-issues/your-hood/feeding-a-community-1.2263749
  • Vancouver Sun, April 27, 2016 “Five Things to Hash Over at the Vancouver Food Summit” by Randy Shore: http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/five-things-to-hash-over-at-the-vancouver-food-summit
  • Featured as one of Canada’s 37 Good Food Champions in “Goodness: Recipes and Stories”, produced by the Neal Brothers. November 2015.
  • Vancouver Magazine. “How to Win the Hunger Game”. December 2015
  • La Presse, December 2, 2016: http://plus.lapresse.ca/screens/fe094240-dda0-418c-adcd-97aca7571766%7C1QNvm_3IRk3K.html
  • Panellist: November 2, 2016  “Vancouver a City of Growing Inequality” hosted by the Vancouver Planning Commission and the Simon Fraser University Centre for Dialogue.
  • BC Civil Liberties Association “Right to Food” Panellist: Carnegie Community Centre, June 24, 2015.
  • Interview: Documentary on Hunger in Canada, May 15, 2015 http://www.fairchildtv.com/newsarchive_detail.php?n=27&topic=399&episode=767 (Fairchild TV)
  • Film on the City of Vancouver Food Strategy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGjKPcBz9YM (January 2015: viral)
  • Co-host/Editorialist: Foodline Radio: Vancouver Co-op Radio (October 2013 –)
  • Poor People’s Radio: Vancouver Media Co-op: Food Bank Users Call for Justice, Not Charity. (December 12, 2012).   
  • The Tyee. “Officials “Need the Pressure’ to Raise Welfare Rates : Food Advocates” – interviewed by Collen Kimmett (October 23rd, 2012).
  • CBC Radio (Victoria, BC) “On the Island” interviewed by Gregor Craigie on The Problem With Food Banks (December 14, 2012)
  • Radio Canada (Quebec)“$26 Welfare Food Challenge” – interviewed by Pierre Martineau (October 23rd, 2012) – French
  • Radio Canada  (Quebec)“$26 Welfare Food Challenge” – interviewed by Pierre Martineau (October 16th, 2012) – French
  • Rabble.ca/Vancouver Media Coop Radio: Red Eye “Eating for a week on $26” on the BC Welfare Food Challenge (October 13th, 2012)
  • The Tyee. ”Try Eating on $26 a Week, Challenges Anti-poverty Group” Interview and article by Colleen Kimmett (September 25th, 2012)
  • Radio Interview with Nicole Savage on Right to Food and the DTES Neighbourhood House on “Making Contact” – Evolution 107.9 Vancouver, BC. (September 18, 2012)
  • Author of feature article in two publications. The article “Our Right to Food” was printed in the Carnegie Newspaper (June 15 2012) and the Downtown Eastside Right to Food Zine (August 2012).
  • Radio Interview on Food Justice “The Bill Good Show” – CKNW AM 980 Vancouver (April 30th, 2012)
  • The Tyee, “The Problem with Food Banks” Interview and article by Colleen Kimmett (April 25th, 2012)
  • Keynote Address at Simon Fraser University on “Right to Food: Moving from Charity to Justice” for  SFU’s annual speaker’s series.
  • Vancouver Co-op Radio, “Justice not Charity” Roundtable discussion hosted by Aiyanas Ormand on moving to a model of socio-economic justice as opposed to charity.  December 21st, 2011.
  • The Toronto Star, “Recipe for Saving Lives: Milk, cookies, fresh paint”, by Jennifer Bain on Second Base Youth Shelter’s innovative milk program (November 28th, 2009).
  • CBC RADIO – Interviewed by Matt Galloway on “Here and Now” on Suburban Homelessness (December 8 2009).
  • Rogers TV – “Toronto Cares” on Youth Homelessness (March 26th, 2009).
  • Global News Hour – “Making a Difference” on Education for Homeless and Street-involved youth (June 10th, 2009).
  • Innovation Inside Blog, Profiled as an innovative leader by Daneal Charney – Founder and CFO of Leadership Reframed (November 2nd, 2009).
  • Caribbean Headline News on Leadership (May 8th, 2010)
  • The Scarborough Mirror (2011 on youth homelessness), and The Toronto Observer (2011 on youth homelessness).

Volunteer Activities / Civic Appointments

  • Founder, Vancouver Food Summit (2016)
  • Co-Chair, BC Poverty Reduction Coalition (March 2016 –)
  • Executive Committee Member, At-large, BC Poverty Reduction Coalition, (March 2015 –)
  • Member, BC Poverty Reduction Coalition Steering Committee (March 2012 –)
  • Langara College Advisory Committee:  Sustainable Healthy Food Systems/Food Policy (January 2015 –)
  • Chair, Metro Vancouver Alliance – Poverty Research Action Team (November 2014 – January 2016)
  • Appointed by the Province of British Columbia as a special advisor to support the development of a BC Healthy Eating Strategy 2015-2018.
  • Member, Mayor’s Engaged City Task Force – appointed by Vancouver’s City Council (November 2012 –-)
  • Member, Vancouver Food Policy Council – appointed by Vancouver’s City Council (March 2012 –- December 2014)
  • Chair, Vancity Community Project Grants Committee. Region: Vancouver (March 2012 –- December 2012)
  • Member, Advisory Committee for Young Ones – an organization dedicated to assisting youth who struggle with mental illness, concurrent disorders and addictions achieve better mental health, January 2010 –.
  • Volunteer, Outreach Worker with Jenn’s Kitchen – an organization providing nutritional outreach and referral support to survival sex trade workers in the downtown eastside of Vancouver, January 2012 –-
  • Member, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Constituency Board, March 2011 – January 2012
  • Creative Institute’s City Leaders Program Mentor, 2010. This program is a partnership between the United Way of Greater Toronto and the University of Toronto’s faculty of Social Work.
  • United Way of Ontario: Symposium Panellist. Subject: Community of Practice on Youth Educational Attainment, May 2010
  • Board of Directors, Daily Bread Food Bank – Toronto, September 2008 to January 2010.
  • Chair, Sue Cox Community Action Fund Allocation Committee, September 2008 to January 2010.
  • Symposium Steering Committee, the United Way [GTA] – Forum on Youth Educational Attainment, 2008 – 2009.
  • Board of Directors (Vice Chair), Fudger House – for the Aged, 2000 – 2005.

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