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Former Portland Hotel Society executive director Mark Townsend, second from right, catches up with some of the first people he worked with in the Downtown Eastside over 20 years ago at Woodward's Housing run by PHS Community Services Vancouver on March 23, 2014. (Rafal Gerszak for the Globe and Mail)
Former Portland Hotel Society executive director Mark Townsend, second from right, catches up with some of the first people he worked with in the Downtown Eastside over 20 years ago at Woodward's Housing run by PHS Community Services Vancouver on March 23, 2014. (Rafal Gerszak for the Globe and Mail)

‘We consider basic dignity to be an essential service’: employee’s blog defends PHS leadership Add to ...

A blog entry posted on the weekend shows how the PHS expenses scandal has impacted segments of the Downtown Eastside community. Read an excerpt below then click through to the full article:

“We are/ were led by a few radicals, the radically compassionate, eccentric characters themselves, but driven to overachieve in creating an integrated workplace and neighbourhood where they themselves live. That happened by providing housing, food, inventive health care models (including but not limited to Insite), creative access to employment, banking services, gathering places, identification cards (seriously! the most basic of barriers) but mostly an engaged, uncondescending workforce who laugh, love, bandage, hug, and ultimately mourn, grieve, celebrate and simply be with these, the beloved Unwelcomed. These who we assume will always be a major part of our lives. Yes, I have a crush on all who I work alongside, people who daily commit themselves to providing dignity to our own lives, mine. The dignity that we are a people who do not ignore the Unwelcomed. We are not bystanders. No, we instead love and care and in that way create dignity for all regardless of a broader validation. And we’ve always been willing to fight for that because we consider basic dignity to be an essential service. All this achieved in an environment where there was no pre-existing political will to facilitate these services. Everything in place is in place because the people, led by our recently deposed management, fought for it to be so.”

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