Roy Anderson was a long time resident of Vanier who became involved with ACORN at the second meeting that was ever head after the founding of Ottawa ACORN.
Many members know Roy for his hard work on a number of campaigns, but most notably his leadership on the campaign to regulate payday lending. After being taken advantage of an unscrupulous payday lender, Roy became a powerful advocate for reform of the industry.
He helped organize rallies, was a spokesperson to the press and worked to develop ACORN’s policies on the campaign. During the midst of the campaign to see the province regulate payday lending Roy was fond of saying that “Before ACORN, no one was talking about payday lending. Now, we're winning change”.
When Ottawa launched a tax site to help low income families with their income tax filling Roy was among the first to sign up to help. He wanted the community to know that his organization wasn’t only out there opposing predatory financial practices; it was part of the solution. With working families facing setback after setback because of the recession, Roy urged his neighbours to take advantage of the services, billing the tax site as a “mini-economic stimulus package for Vanier”.
On Oct. 22, 2009 Roy Anderson passed away. He will be missed and remembered.