With the billions of dollars Canada pours into foreign aid each year, I find it troublesome to read how our own people here at home in Canada are often treated. According to an article on the CBC website, Richard LeBlanc, founder, has established Woodwynn Farms to help the homeless and and those recovering from alcohol and drug addictions. Here is what the farm is all about:
Woodwynn Farms is our 193 acre organic farm for our therapeutic community for the homeless, offering an opportunity to change peoples’ lives with educational and work programmes based on responsibility, dignity, independence and the principles of peer-to-peer help.
The affection, understanding and support that every person receives are daily examples of the kind of selflessness that cannot be considered a simple exchange because it can only come straight from the heart.
There is no single, failsafe recipe that can save everyone, only a fundamental rule – Respect and Unconditional Love.
The road that people have to travel can be long and complex, but the aim is to help them become aware of their true potential. Outcasts that have been overcome by life’s difficulties are encouraged and supported through trust and dialogue. All those who enter Woodwynn will find a home, health and legal assistance and the chance to study and receive vocational training.
Work skills, Community, Self-Respect and a deep understanding of Sustainability are fundamental to reintegration into society.
Therapeutic communities, both locally and internationally, such as San Patrignano, Italy have proven lasting success rates of over 70%.
Founder and Executive Director Richard LeBlanc saw a 76% success rate in Victoria with his YEP program which helped 385 street youth transform their lives.
Apparently the farm is violating a bylaw which only permits up to four people to be on the farm, so many residents who have been camping on the property are being evicted by the Central Saanich council on Vancouver Island. An application to the Agricultural Land Commission to rezone one hectare of the property to allow housing was opposed by council and subsequently rejected by the ALC.
From what I understand, it's being appealed and a crucial vote will be occurring at a meeting of Central Saanich Council on the evening of Monday August 13.
Woodwynn Farms is asking for your support by submitting a letter. They have a form on their website where this can be done, and if you're not up to writing a letter they list a few other ways yu can help support their cause. Click here to go to their website and submit your letter.
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