Compassion to Action

Focused on local community engagement, Compassion to Action is a companion piece to Home is a Beautiful Word, an enlightening, funny and moving documentary play about an issue present in every Canadian city.

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Compassion to Action

An exciting community engagement piece that converts art into involvement. Nine Individuals/Groups volunteered for an organization that eases or works to prevent Homelessness. Their journeys were recorded and they will share their experiences at the performances of Persephone Theatre's Home is a Beautiful Word in April 2018 in Saskatoon, inspiring more individuals to turn their compassion into action.

We hope learning about someone else’s journey, will de-mystify the process of volunteering and encourage others to get involved. By easing the pressure organizations face in serving the needs of low-income and homeless individuals in Saskatoon, we help organizations focus on the ultimate goal of making homelessness rare, brief and non-reoccurring.

Our Compassion to Action volunteers are Harsh Pratima Bhardwaj, Yulissa Campos, Alison Klassen, Ashleigh Mattern, DeeAnn Mercier, Tyler Stewart, Arley Wieler, Kevin Williamson and the amazing group from Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation: Cyndi, Kim A., Kim T., Erin, Jeff, Diana, Earl, Bev and Brenda. 

We’d like to thank the following organizations for opening their doors and welcoming our volunteers: The Lighthouse, Friendship Inn, Saskatoon Food Bank, White Buffalo Youth Lodge, Habitat for Humanity, Aids Saskatoon, The Bridge , The Salvation Army and  YWCA Saskatoon.

Home is a Beautiful Word

Local playwright/journalist Joel Bernbaum travelled to Victoria, B.C. and interviewed over 500 people to create a portrait of homelessness. We hear from the housed, the homeless, and those who are “one paycheque away” from the street.  Enlightening, funny, and moving, this documentary play provides a kaleidoscopic view of an issue present in every Canadian city. Produced by Persephone Theatre in partnership with Broadway Theatre and Sum Theatre the show runs April 12 - 21, 2018 at Broadway Theatre. Get your tickets here.

Thank you to Dakota Dunes Community Development Corporation and SIGA for their sponsorship of the accessible ticket program.

Please join us after every show for a post show discussion sponsored by United Way, and on these special nights for a Points of View panel:

THURS April 12 7.30pm 
Chris Randall, Saskatoon Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP)
Sheena McCallion, Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission 
Mayor Charlie Clark, City of Saskatoon 
Shirley Isbister, President of Central Urban Metis  Federation Inc. (CUMFI)

SUN April 15 7.30pm 
Sheri Benson, MP Saskatoon West, Federal NDP Housing Critic  
Colleen Christopherson-Cote, Saskatoon Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP)
Dr. Kristjana Loptson, Post Doctoral Fellow, Housing Policy and Housing Insecurity, U of S 
Dr. Ryan Meilli, MLA Saskatoon Meewasin, Leader NDP 
Dr. Priscilla Settee, Dept. of Indigenous Studies, U of S 

THURS April 19 7.30pm 
Chris Randall, Saskatoon Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP)
Darrel Seib, Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission 
Sheena McCallion, Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission 
Hilary Gough, Ward 2 City Councillor, City of Saskatoon  
Dr. Bonita Beatty, Dept. of Indigenous Studies, U of S