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November 19th, 2013

Topic: Preventing Gender Violence in Edmonton

Speaker: Melanie Lintott, Coordinator, University of Alberta Student Union's Gender Based Violence Prevention Project

Description: Our guest speaker will describe the Gender Based Violence Prevention Project at the University of Alberta. In her presentation, she will talk about what led to the formation of this project, its approach towards preventing gender violence, and the awareness, education, and policy programming that the program delivers.

October 23rd, 2013

Topic: iHuman- Building trust with youth

Speaker: Catherine Broomfield, iHuman Youth Society

Description: Since 1997, iHuman has been engaging youth with high risk lifestyles in a caring and creative environment allowing youth to be accepted for who they are and where they're at in the present moment. By 'keeping it real' and building trust, iHuman bridges youth to community support and advocacy that they might not know of, trust or accept otherwise. This presentation will focus on the organization's unique ability to successfully connect with youth that others marginalize.

September 11th, 2013

Topic: Exploring Early Cultural and Economic Adaptation Process of the Newcomers in Michener Park, Edmonton, Alberta

Speaker: HM Ashraf Ali, ESPC Social Justice Intern and doctoral student at the University of Alberta
Description: The ESPC's Social Justice Intern HM Ashraf Ali will discuss the findings from his research project to understand the social, cultural and economic constraints that immigrants in the Michener Park area in Edmonton face. It is the hope of the author that this research will help shape policies that address the unique problems that immigrants in our community face.

April 17th, 2013

Topic: The interplay of homelessness, mental illness and addictions, and their interactions with the health and justice systems

Speaker: Jay Freeman, Executive Director, Edmonton Homeless Commission

Description: Social issues such as homelessness, poverty, mental illness, addictions, and crime are each complex issues. But the complexity is magnified when you consider the interplay of these social issues.

By definition, complex issues have a high degree of unpredictability. There are no right answers, just many competing ideas. The causes and effects of these issues are often only seen in hindsight. We must rely on creative and innovative approaches to address these issues in our community. It has been said that the only way to deal with complex social issues is by using collaborative methods.

This presentation will examine the inter-connectedness of homelessness, mental illness & addictions, and crime. It will also examine this population's high utilization of the health and justice system.

January 23, 2013 

Topic: Ending Poverty in Alberta

Speaker: John Kolkman, Edmonton Social Planning Council

Our guest speaker John Kolkman will talk about poverty trends in Alberta and ways to address this major social problem in our province.

November 14, 2012

Topic: Seniors Abuse in Edmonton

Speakers: Anjulie Talwar and Amanda Gravel, SAGE (Seniors Association of Greater Edmonton)

Description: Our guest speakers will discuss elder abuse and the SAGE Safe House, which serves as a temporary safe haven for seniors who are leaving an abusive environment.

September 12, 2012

Topic: Hatred: Racial Discrimination and Its Impact on Edmonton

Speaker: Charlene Hay, Executive Director, Centre for Race and Culture

Description: Our guest speaker examined the spectrum of racial discrimination, from hateful acts to unconscious discrimination and related them to the Edmonton scene.

 YouTube Video  |  Fact Sheet

May 23, 2012

Topic: Public Safety in Edmonton

Speaker: Jan Fox, Executive Director, REACH Edmonton.

Description: Jan Fox spoke about the purpose of REACH Edmonton and the work it is doing to improve public safety in Edmonton.

April, 4, 2012

Topic: The Power of Organized Labour: The History of the Alberta Federation of Labour

Speakers: Winston Gereluk and Jim Selby, Alberta Labour History Institute (ALHI)

Description: Winston Gereluk and Jim Selby will look at the history of the Alberta Federation of Labour and its contribution to the labour movement in Alberta.
Fact Sheet

February 29, 2012

Topic: Honour-Based Conflict and Violence Against Women in Immigrant Communities in Canada

Speaker: Sabrina Atwal, Project Director, Indo-Canadian Women's Association

Description: Our guest speaker discussed honor-based conflict and the ICWA's research on culturally motivated violence against women in immigrant communities in Canada

January 25, 2012 

Topic: Literacy: Implications For Us All

Speakers: Jonna Grad and Wendy Peverett, Centre for Family Literacy

Description: Our speakers discussed the impact of lower literacy rates on all aspects of a person's life. They will also talk about programs offered by the Centre to help Albertans improve their literacy skills.

Fact Sheet

November 9, 2011

Topic: The Importance of Shopping Local

Speaker: Heidi Veluw, Project Manager, Live-Local Alberta

Description: Heidi Veluw spoke about the importance of supporting locally-owned businesses.

October 26, 2011

Topic: Poverty Gap in Edmonton and Its Impact on Sexually Exploited Women


Speaker: Kate Quinn, Executive Director, Centre To End All Sexual Exploitation (CEASE)

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September 28, 2011

Topic: Mental Health Patient Advocacy in Alberta's Health Care System

Speaker: Fay Orr, Alberta Mental Health Patient Advocate

YouTube Video | Fact Sheet

May 18, 2011

Topic: Creating Hope for Aboriginal Families

Speaker: Bernadette Iahtail, Creating Hope Society

Description: The vision of Creating Hope Society is to engage in a process of reconciliation that will allow Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal caregivers to arrive at a new place of understanding child welfare that will end, forever, the historically devastating impacts of child welfare.

April 13, 2011

Topic: Human Trafficking

Speaker: Kimberly Ferland, ACT Alberta

Description: April 13 was Human Trafficking Awareness Day in Edmonton! ACT Alberta is a coalition of government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, survivors of trafficking and the general public who are concerned with identifying and responding to human trafficking in our province.

February 16, 2011

Topic: Bullying: Impact on Mental Health

Speaker: Betty Wedman, Community Advocate

Description: Betty is a mother who, in 2008, lost her son to suicide due to bullying and depression. It is her hope to bring awareness and shed light on changes needed within our society to enhance mental wellness in youth

November 24, 2010

Topic: Open Minds, Healthy Communities: a look at mental health in our backyard In connection with the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3, 2010

Speaker: Ione Challborne, Executive Director, Canadian Mental Health Association Edmonton

October 20, 2010

Topic: It's Time: Advocating for a Comprehensive Poverty Reduction Strategy for Alberta

Speaker: Bill Moore-Kilgannon, Executive Director, Public Interest Alberta and John Kolkman, Research and Policy Analysis Coordinator, Edmonton Social Planning Council

Report: Time for Action: Working Together to End Poverty in Alberta

September 29, 2010

Topic: Food Security in Edmonton

Speaker: Marjorie Bencs, Executive Director, Edmonton Food Bank

Fact Sheet | Pictures

June 9, 2010

Topic: Elder Abuse Awareness

Speaker: Pat Power, Social Worker and member of the Edmonton Elder Abuse Intervention Team.

Fact Sheet | Pictures

April 28, 2010

Topic: Housing and Homelessness

Speaker: Susan McGee, Executive Director and Murray Soroka, Director, Housing First, Homeward Trust Edmonton

YouTube Video

Date: February 10, 2010

Topic: Immigrant Experiences in Edmonton

Speakers: John Bol, Sudanese Refugee and ESPC intern, and Jim Gurnett, former Executive Director of the Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers.