Who We Are – Contact Us

Our names are Jackie Go, John Gill, Arita Liu, Hannah Kim, and Ryan Chahl and we are a group of five Simon Fraser University students who are exploring the issue of homelessness as part of our Social Innovation course. We are committed to using our business skills in order to make a difference in society.

Please feel free to contact us, we’d love to hear from you! Our e-mail address is: tricitieshomeless@gmail.com

Here is a short explanation of why we care about the homeless issue in Metro Vancouver:

Ryan:

Working for Surrey Public Library I have come to know many homeless people and this has been an eye opening experience. Getting to meet some homeless people has dispelled much of the stigma around homelessness because I realized that many of them are educated individuals who have very similar values in life to me.

Jackie:

Life is a gift and I find it tragic that marginalized groups of people are allowed to be segregated from our societies. It’s unimaginable for me to think about how different their everyday lives are from ours. Although our society has come a long way in terms of technological progress and the quality of life, in the words of Franklin D. Roosevelt, “The test of our progress is not whether we add to the abundance of those who have much. It is whether we provide enough to those who have little.”

Take a look at my personal blog which discusses other social issues: http://giveavoice.wordpress.com

Hannah:

Whenever I pass through East Hastings while commuting, I can’t help but wonder where everyone on the streets started out in life and how they came about living in the downtown east side. Regardless of where in Metro Vancouver the homeless are, this question in my head inspires me to find out what the homeless need and want, and how to fill the gap between their needs and what is available today.

Arita:

Homeless people are human beings and they should be treated equally as each of us. They deserve a much better life than they have now.

John:

In an era where technology has surpassed our wildest dreams, it is absurd that we have not come up with a solution to mitigate the homelessness issues. It is a fact that we have the resources necessary to solve many of the world’s biggest problems – if we could dedicate resources or find a way for it to be profitable for businesses, I am certain we could find a solution together.

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