How many of us set alarms in the morning to avoid being late for school or work? Get flu shots to avoid getting sick? Or use seatbelts to avoid — knock on wood — getting hurt in a car accident? Maybe we do some of these things because the law says so. But the common element in each of these scenarios is prevention.

Over 235,000 people experience homelessness in Canada each year. Homelessness costs our economy over $7 billion annually. Imagine if we could prevent this. Well, we can.

Prevention is not a new concept. We use it in so many aspects of our everyday lives, but don’t necessarily think of it as prevention.

It is stopping something before it happens. It is about being proactive rather than reactive.