Penny Goldsmith

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Ms. Penny Goldsmith is a British Columbia social justice advocate and PovNet Society’s Executive Co-ordinator since July 1997. She was awarded the Inaugural Alan Thomas Fellowship to Promote Civil Society and Voluntary Action. She received a $50,000 award to prepare a casebook to help communities integrate online tools for information sharing and social justice networking into their practice.

Anti-poverty community worker

Executive Co-ordinator, PovNet


Blog: Percolating


Profile: Penny Goldsmith has worked in the anti-poverty community for over thirty years, as an advocate, as a writer of public legal education materials in plain language, and for the past sixteen years as the executive co-ordinator of PovNet, an online information resource, communication network and teaching tool for anti-poverty front line workers, community activists and poor and otherwise marginalized people. She maintains a strong commitment to continuing to be part of a network that builds accessible and affordable online communities. Penny is also the owner of Lazara Press, a publisher of poetry, literature, broadsides, and chapbooks and a Discussions series — a forum for provocative and challenging essays and speeches which address current issues of interest and concern. The press is committed to publishing, keeping in print and distributing works that might not otherwise be available.



On the line online: The PovNet story. I am working on a book about PovNet that came out of the Carold Institute fellowship and the interviews that I did with front line workers during the time that I had off from my day-to-day work at PovNet.



Alan Thomas Fellowship, 2008



PovNet, Building an online anti-poverty community

Job Title: Executive Co-ordinator

Organization Address:
300-1140 Pender St W
Vancouver, BC
V6E 4G1


Penny’s Blog