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New poverty group co-chair

Local Ontario Works director Stuart Beumer is taking up the position of co-chair of the Guelph & Wellington Task Force for Poverty Elimination.
Beumer, who takes over from Guelph Community Health Centre executive director David Thornley, brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience working on issues related to poverty, homelessness, mental health, addictions and employment, a news release said.
As the County of Wellington’s director of Ontario Works, he has direct responsibility for the delivery of income support, employment services, homelessness services and a number of other community support services, it said.
He has also worked with the community in the development of the 10 Year Housing and Homelessness Plan for Guelph and Wellington.
“The county is a wonderful place to work, and I appreciated the opportunity that my position provides for me to work with so many great people across Guelph and Wellington County,” Beumer said in the release.
Beumer has a social sciences degree from the University of Guelph and has lived in the city for the past 15 years. He is a member of the Poverty Task Force steering committee and the Oral Health Action Committee, and he is the co-chair of the Income Support Action Group.
He shares the role of co-chair with consultant Sarah Haanstra.

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