One year ago, The Guardian took the unprecedented step of devoting an entire print edition to the issue of poverty with every section telling the stories of Islanders in need and the people who help them.

The purpose was to illustrate just how prevalent the problem is and to highlight that many Islanders face great hardship.

The issue seemed to strike a chord, generating considerable discussion.

“There was a lot of praise in the province for that special edition in The Guardian,’’ notes well-known social advocate Mary Boyd.

Now Boyd hopes the government implements a poverty reduction strategy that helps many Islanders move to the healthier side of the poverty line.