Josh Brandon is a social justice advocate, anti-poverty organizer, environmentalist, and enthusiastic Winnipegger. Born and raised in Surrey, British Columbia, he moved to Winnipeg in 2007. He is a community organizer at the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg, and former chair of Make Poverty History Manitoba.
Josh is a leader in working for a just and environmentally sustainable community:
- Campaigned to stop 25 cent bus fare increases and service reductions in 2017
- As chair of Make Poverty History Manitoba, Josh worked with community allies to get the Rent Assist program implemented in 2015, making housing more affordable for thousands of low income families
- Started a coalition to reduce pesticides use resulting in Manitoba cosmetic pesticide use regulation in 2014, protecting the health of children pets and the environment
- Led Manitoba Eco-Network water caucus fighting for better water quality in Manitoba lakes and rivers; helped pass the Save Lake Winnipeg Act in 2011.
Josh has also worked as a researcher at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. He co-edited Poor Housing: a Silent Crisis, a book on low income housing in Winnipeg published by Fernwood Publishing in 2015. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Simon Fraser University.
Josh est un manitobain bilingue. He lives on Camden Place in Wolseley with his partner Karen.