Who We Are

Who Is Vibrant Abbotsford?

Vibrant Abbotsford was launched in 2006 by local citizens dedicated to building a more vibrant city through the reduction of poverty. We are a non-partisan group of stakeholders including the municipal, business, education, health, community service, and faith sectors, as well as community members who are experiencing poverty who are working together to champion and implement poverty reduction strategies. Vibrant Abbotsford is a member of Vibrant Communities Canada.

Vibrant Communities Canada is a network of 100 cities who are creating comprehensive poverty reduction strategies to impact the lives of 1 million Canadians living in poverty.  Launched in 2002 by Tamarack Institute, the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, and Caledon Institute of Social Policy, Vibrant Communities invited 13 cities, including Abbotsford, to build multi-sector leadership roundtables locally with the goal of reducing poverty.  The idea was that a place-based approach would move the needle on poverty.