Name: Jackie Pierre

Occupation: Telecommunications Industry Worker

Jackie lives in East Vancouver in co-op housing.  She is a single mother of two girls, one in grade school and the other in preschool.  Paying for childcare is her biggest struggle and where the majority of her income goes.  Summers are an especially difficult time, and she relies primarily on affordable summer camps and nearby relatives to piece together care for her elder daughter while she’s at work.  Despite all of the inconveniences surrounding childcare and working, she still works because it gives her a sense of self worth.

We support raising the minimum wage and providing universal child care. Child care fees for children under 6 are the second highest family expense after housing. BC currently has the highest fees in the country at, on average, $9000 per year for a 2 year old child.

“That’s one of the hardest parts of being a parent, for me, is the childcare situation.”