Name: Glen Tocher

Occupation: Community Volunteer

Glen lives in Victoria. He is involved with AIDS Vancouver Island, who work to prevent infection, provide support, and reduce stigma. He tries to get by on welfare but, after paying rent and other expenses, he has almost nothing left over. He spends a lot of his time lining up for soup kitchens, food banks, and other basic needs.  He finds this experience degrading.

We support raising welfare rates. At $610 per month, it is completely inadequate and has been frozen since 2007. The cost of food has increased by almost 25% over the last 10 years, and the average household needs about $1400 per month to meet the cost of basic necessities.

“Absolutely I spend time lining up. It makes me feel crappy.”