Vancouver's homeless advocate Judy Graves retires


For decades, Judy Graves has walked the streets of Vancouver seeking out the homeless and destitute. Her goal? To help. Judy Graves retired as Vancouver's Homeless Advocate on May 29. We caught up with the woman who can't stop thinking of others.

A.J.  Burke sits on the corner of Robson and Thurlow, a busy shopping district in downtown Vancouver. He holds out a beat-up paper cup. Most people rush by -- but occasionally some coins are dropped off. Sometimes, there's even a hot cup of coffee.

A.J.  relies on the kindness of strangers for food. But at least he isn't homeless anymore. That's thanks to the work of people such as the City of Vancouver's homeless advocate Judy Graves.

For two decades, Judy Graves has strolled the streets talking to, and finding housing for, people such as AJ. On May 29, Ms. Graves retired at age 64. Many worry her shoes will not be filled.

This segment was produced by The Current's Elizabeth Hoath.

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