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This inter­view aired in 2011 and is still rel­e­vant today, Sis­ter Kelle­her passed on Aug 16 2013 and her life con­tin­ues to be an inspi­ra­tion to all***Gives us all some­thing to think about at this time of year**

We speak to Sis­ter Eliz­a­beth Kelle­her, an 85 year old nun with the Fran­cis­can Sis­ters of the Atone­ment, we talk about her efforts to stop more gen­tri­fi­ca­tion in Van­cou­vers Down­town East­side the poor­est postal code in Canada.

Sis­ter Eliz­a­beth is a pil­lar in the Down­town East­side where she tire­less­ly gives of her time and con­tin­ues to be a source of inspi­ra­tion for many, many peo­ple. She oper­ates a soup kitchen that feeds between 300 and 500 of the citys most pover­ty strick­en each day.

It is esti­mat­ed that there are over 10,000 home­less peo­ple in BC , of which 32 per­cent are abo­rig­i­nal, and amongst women, 50 per­cent. A home­less per­son dies every 12 days in B.C. Con­ser­v­a­tive Esti­mates put the nation­al home­less num­bers at close to 300,000. The annu­al cost of home­less­ness in Cana­da in 2007 was approx­i­mate­ly $4.5 to $6 bil­lion in emer­gency ser­vices, com­mu­ni­ty orga­ni­za­tions, and non-prof­its. The cost both finan­cial­ly and moral­ly of doing noth­ing is tremen­dous. Cana­da is the only G8 coun­try with­out a nation­al hous­ing plan or pover­ty reduc­tion strategy.