June 22, 2016
It is with profound sadness that we announce the tragic news that Marvyn Novick passed away suddenly on Tuesday, June 21, 2016. Marvyn was our dear friend, co-founder of Campaign 2000 and a great, forward-thinking policy thinker/social activist who spent decades working to end child poverty. Marvyn was a true visionary and pioneer. His sudden passing is a great loss to all of us, especially to those of us who knew him well and worked with him closely over the years. His sudden passing is a big loss to our movement.
Marvyn dedicated his knowledge, his thinking and his efforts to develop the Campaign 2000 network and to work with Campaign 2000 partners across Canada. As the lead author of several Campaign 2000 policy discussion papers, he put forward many sound and truly remarkable policy proposals for Canada’s children and families, including the child benefit system that is one of the key pillars of social policy in Canada’s fight against child poverty. His endless work alongside Campaign 2000 and many other partners has influenced and shaped the newly integrated and redesigned national child benefit that is to be unveiled by the federal government in the coming days – July 1, 2016.
We send our heart-felt condolences to Marvyns family. We’re thinking of you, Marvyn. May you rest in peace with the knowledge that you made life better for millions of children and their families. Your commitment to social justice remains an inspiration to all of us.