Jessica Hannon

  • is hosting Megaphone Breakfast 2017 2017-08-23 13:29:14 -0700

    Megaphone Breakfast 2017

     IMG_9740.jpgJoin the Megaphone community for the fourth annual Megaphone breakfast on Friday, November 3 at the Vancouver Public Library.

    This event will bring together the Megaphone and Hope in Shadows community -- vendors, supporters, and partners — to build support for solutions that can build strong communities, and end poverty. We'll celebrate what the Megaphone community has accomplished and talk about our vision for the future as Megaphone grows.

    This event is worth waking up early for. We'll also award one hard-working vendor the honour of Vendor of the Year!

    Doors will open at 7:00am — please join us for a cup of coffee! The Breakfast will be served buffet-style at 7:30 sharp, and the program will wrap up by 9:00am. We're excited to be serving guests a breakfast buffet catered by DTES social enterprise Potluck Cafe and Catering - complete with eggs, bacon, sausage, hashbrowns, and tomatoes. 

    If you or your organization is interested in joining with our visionary sponsors to support this event, please contact to discuss our sponsorship package.

    Table reservations are available when 8 to 10 tickets are purchased in a single block. Table reservations cannot be made online. Contact Krista Butler at or 604-255-9701 x 137

    This event takes place on the ancestral, traditional, and unceded homelands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples. As we organize and celebrate, we also remember the historical and ongoing colonial genocide against Indigenous peoples that make it possible for many of us to be here on this land. 

    Accessibility: The Alice MacKay Room at the Library Square Conference Centre is fully wheelchair accessible. Please contact us if you have any questions or require any further specifications on accessibility. We'd be happy to provide more information as needed. 

    We hope you can join us! 


    This event is proudly sponsored by:

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    November 03, 2017 at 7am
    Vancouver Public Library (Alice MacKay Room)
    350 W Georgia St
    Vancouver, BC V6B 6B1
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    Become a Megaphone Champion

    Invest in a city where everybody has a voice, a home, and meaningful connections in the community. 


    When you become a Megaphone Champion, you make an immediate difference in the lives of people experiencing poverty while building power to end homelessness. 

    Monthly donation vs one-time donations

    Making a monthly donation is one of the most strategic ways that you can contribute to this work. Most of the funding comes from grants, sponsorships and one-time donations that do not provide long-term stability for our organization. Regular monthly donations are the best way to ensure Megaphone can continue to grow the vendor program and create employment opportunities for people experiencing poverty. This is also the most convenient way for you to donate. Plus you may pause or cancel your monthly donation at any time. 

    Please note: charitable tax receipts for donations made here are issued through our partners Hope in Shadows Inc. Hope in Shadows is a charitable organization creating positive social change for people and communities impacted by poverty and marginalization. Their projects empower, educate, and provide training to low-income people in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside and beyond. Hope in Shadows' flagship project is the annual Hope in Shadows photography contest and calendar. Hope in Shadows also works with Megaphone Magazine to do this charitable work.

    For more information or questions about signing up as a Megaphone Champion, contact

    Thank you for your support!



  • published Solutions to the homelessness crisis in Magazine 2016-11-07 11:51:43 -0800

    We're teaming up to find fresh solutions to the homelessness crisis



    Eight years ago, Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson promised to end homelessness in his city by 2015.

    Yet on just one cold evening in October of last year, 36 people seeking a bed in emergency shelters run by Union Gospel Mission were turned away, facing freezing temperatures in a doorway or on a park bench.

    The mission’s Jeremy Hunka says its maxed-out shelters have been forced to turn away 1,545 people in the first nine months of 2016 – almost 25 per cent more than 2015, the same year Mayor Gregor Robertson promised to end homelessness. 

    In fact, Vancouver homelessness is at record levels.

    And the picture is not much different across the rest of British Columbia. As many as 15,000 people are without homes in the province. And homeless deaths spiked 70 per cent in the last reported year.

    In a city and province so prosperous, why are so many people deprived of safe homes? And what can we do next – or do differently?

    Megaphone Magazine and The Tyee have partnered to try and answer those questions in a new series investigating the solutions to homelessness in this province and across Canada.

    You may remember Megaphone’s first-ever crowdfunder from May of 2016. We set out to raise $10,000 in three weeks to fund our homelessness reporting project.  You may also remember its runaway success: Megaphone’s supporters rocketed us to our $10,000 goal in 36 hours. We set a new goal of $16,000 to fund a series of short, powerful videos to accompany each piece. Before the campaign ended, 250 Megaphone donors had contributed more than $19,000 to fund this project.

    The first piece in the series, on Tent Cities, launched in the November 2016 issue, and online Monday November 7. We’re proud to partner with The Tyee, an independent online magazine that informs and enlivens our democratic conversation through fact-driven reporting.

    With more than 10,000 individuals and families waiting for a place in B.C. Housing, we decided it was time to look at what governments could do right away, before slow-to-appear new housing finally gets built. We’ll discover policies that have significantly reduced chronic homelessness elsewhere, ways to keep people from becoming homeless to start with, and more.

    The result is six months of in-depth, investigative work, reported by Megaphone’s Stefania Seccia and edited by Tyee Solutions’ Chris Wood. We looked at what could be done to make real progress on homelessness, from prevention to innovative housing solutions.

    There are few easy answers, and solutions are beyond the power of a municipal government, as Robertson painfully learned. Reducing homelessness requires coordinated action from all levels of government, with the support of communities and citizens.

    Our project takes a fresh look at the problem, sharing bold experiments and the brightest ideas in Canada and from beyond our borders.

    It all starts today. To read Part 5 of the series, Download the Megaphone App to find a vendor. Every purchase supports meaningful work for people experiencing poverty.

    And that’s thanks to the individuals and organizations who supported this series, including the 250 donors who gave to Megaphone’s spring 2016 crowdfunding drive, as well as the funders of The Tyee’s 2016-17 Housing Fix project: Vancity Credit Union, Catherine Donnelly Foundation and the Real Estate Foundation of B.C., in collaboration with Columbia Institute.


    PART 1: Tent Cities

    Read the article here.


    Part 2: Yes! In My backyard!

    Read the article here.


    Part 3: No, Homelessness doesn't have to be Forever: System of Care

    Read the article here.


    Part 4: Preserve the Housing we Have: SROs and the Housing Spectrum

    Read the article here.


    Part 5: Prevention

    Read the article here.



    Read the article here.

    Free Public Event: April 12th, 2017

    Join Megaphone, plus experts on lived experience and policy around homelesssness, for a free public event on April 12th in Vancouver. We'll hear from experts and discuss solutions to the homelessness crisis to wrap up Megaphone's crowdfunded 6-part series. Reserve your free ticket here:

  • wants to volunteer 2016-06-01 19:36:31 -0700

    Be a Megaphone Amplifer

    Together we can change the story on homelessness. Sign up here to help us amplify the stories that come from Megaphone's crowdfunded journalism project. We're sharing stories on solutions to the homelessness crisis in B.C., and we need your help. We'll let you know when there's an important solution we need to communicate widely, and rely on our team of Amplifiers to get the word out.

    Change is people-powered. You can help Megaphone's solutions-focused stories reach new people and connect to broader audiences. That's the kind of momentum we need to have an impact.

    Become a volunteer

  • donated 2016-06-12 03:32:27 -0700

    Crowdfunding Pledge

    $19,265.00 raised
    GOAL: $16,000.00

    Your donation, processed through Hope in Shadows, is tax-deductible. Tax receipts will be mailed in July 2016.


  • published Holy smokes, you did it! in Project Updates 2016-04-20 06:57:50 -0700

    36 hours to $10,000

    We launched this crowdfunding campaign on Wednesday, ready for a 21-day marathon. Gel-packs around our waists; compression socks on our feet; our gazes fixed on the hazy June 1st horizon as we steeled ourselves for the long 3-week race to $10,000. 

    Then after 24 hours, we were 72% funded.

    Ready for a grueling marathon, instead we were lifted up by a hope-filled, clamouring crowd of 84 incredible donors (and many more who shared our campaign with their friends and loved ones), who picked us up and sprinted together to 72% funded, getting us there so quickly we looked around bewildered, unsure what just happened.

    That crowd of 84 ballooned to 125 a few short hours later. By 8:41pm on Thursday-- just 36 hours after launch-- we broke $10,000. 100% funded in 36 hours.


    And it hasn't stopped yet. As I write we're at $11,900 and 157 wonderful backers. We are completely blown away by the generosity, heart, and hope for a better way that we've seen from the Megaphone community in the last 2 days.

    We'll have an update for you soon, but we are going to keep the crowdfunder open - anything contributed above and beyond our original goal will go a long way to help this project succeed. And we're working on a really exciting idea on how to make this project as impactful as possible, if we are able to raise enough funds beyond our original goal.

    Thank you so much for your support. It means the world to us.

    You can still chip in!

  • published Project Updates in Crowdfunder 2016-04-20 07:17:36 -0700

    Project Updates

    You got us there. Thank you.
    Posted by · June 01, 2016 9:11 PM

    No stopping us now | $16,000 by June 1st
    Posted by · May 18, 2016 7:59 AM

    36 hours to $10,000
    Posted by · May 13, 2016 4:04 PM · 1 reaction

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  • published Donation Levels in Crowdfunder 2016-04-20 06:55:23 -0700

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  • Deaths in DTES fire a tragic reminder of the cost of homelessness

    I woke up to the sound of sirens on Monday. More than a passing cry in the night, they sounded like they were rallying from all over the city to arrive at my doorstep.

    I pulled back the curtain to see 60-foot orange flames rearing up over an abandoned building a half block away, a giant roaring bonfire spitting sparks hundreds of feet into the air. It was terrifying. Thrumming with fear, I woke my neighbours—my first instinct was get as far away as possible.

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  • donated 2016-12-05 16:27:05 -0800

    Donate Now


    Looking to make a monthly contribution and become a Megaphone Champion? Click here! 

    Please note: charitable tax receipts for donations made here are issued through our partners Hope in Shadows Inc. Hope in Shadows is a charitable organization creating positive social change for people and communities impacted by poverty and marginalization. Their projects empower, educate, and provide training to low-income people in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside and beyond. Hope in Shadows' flagship project is the annual Hope in Shadows photography contest and calendar. Hope in Shadows also works with Megaphone Magazine to do this charitable work.

    Charitable tax receipts will be mailed for all donations $15 and over. 

    Thank you for your support!


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