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  • 2018 Vital Topics - Senior Women in Edmonton

    2018 Vital Topics - Senior Women in Edmonton

    Edmonton Vital Signs is an annual check-up conducted by Edmonton Community Foundation, in partnership with Edmonton Social Planning Council, to measure how the community is doing. This year we will also be focusing on individual issues, VITAL TOPICS, that are timely and important to Edmonton. Watch for these in each issue of Legacy in Action, and in the full issue Read More
  • Edmonton Vital Signs 2018

    Edmonton Vital Signs 2018

    Edmonton Vital Signs is an annual check-up conducted by Edmonton Community Foundation, in partnership with Edmonton Social Planning Council, to measure how the community is doing. This year we will also be focusing on individual issues, Vital Topics, that are timely and important to Edmonton - specifically Women, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Edmonton, Visible Minority Women, and Senior Women. Each of these topics appear in Read More
  • CBC News - Living wage in Edmonton is going up but that isn't good

    CBC News - Living wage in Edmonton is going up but that isn't good

    Radio Active with Adrienne Pan Interview with Sandra Ngo, Edmonton Social Planning Council. Click here to listen to the interview   Read More
  • Media Release: Edmonton Living Wage 2018 Update

    Media Release: Edmonton Living Wage 2018 Update

    June 21, 2018 For Immediate Release Edmonton Living Wage 2018 Update Contending with Costs For the first time in 2 years, the living wage for Edmonton has risen. For 2018, an income earner must make $16.48 per hour to support a family of four, an increase of $0.17 per hour from last year’s living wage. The living wage is intended Read More
  • 2018 Vital Topics - Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity

    2018 Vital Topics - Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity

    Edmonton Vital Signs is an annual check-up conducted by Edmonton Community Foundation, in partnership with Edmonton Social Planning Council, to measure how the community is doing. This year we will also be focusing on individual issues, VITAL TOPICS, that are timely and important to Edmonton. Watch for these in each issue of Legacy in Action, and in the full issue Read More
  • 2018 Vital Topics - Visible Minority Women in Edmonton

    2018 Vital Topics - Visible Minority Women in Edmonton

    Edmonton Vital Signs is an annual check-up conducted by Edmonton Community Foundation, in partnership with Edmonton Social Planning Council, to measure how the community is doing. This year we will also be focusing on individual issues, VITAL TOPICS, that are timely and important to Edmonton. Watch for these in each issue of Legacy in Action, and in the full issue Read More
  • More Alberta families worked part-time, or part year, as the province’s oil economy took a downturn, Statistics Canada study shows

    More Alberta families worked part-time, or part year, as the province’s oil economy took a downturn, Statistics Canada study shows

     By Catherine GriwkowskyStarMetro Edmonton Thu., May 17, 2018 Original Article - click here EDMONTON—Pipeline inspector and project manager turned stay-at-home dad Chad Miller is pinning his family’s future on the approval of the Kinder Morgan pipeline as he searches for work to pay off debt. “I’ve got more qualifications than I know what to do with and I can’t even get Read More
  • 78TH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

    78TH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

    DATE: THURSDAY, MAY 24TH, 2018 TIME: 5:30 TO 6:15 P.M. The ANNEX-Edmonton Food Bank 11434 – 120th Street Edmonton, Alberta Please join the Board and staff of the Edmonton Social Planning Council to celebrate our accomplishments of the past year, and to hear about upcoming activities of the Council. Your membership must be current in order to vote. Membership may Read More
  • Tracking the Trends 2018

    The Edmonton Social Planning Council (ESPC) today released the 2018 edition of its flagship publication Tracking the Trends. The 131-page publication provides a detailed analysis of social and economic trends in Edmonton. Information is provided about population demographics, education and employment, living costs & housing, income & wealth, poverty & government transfers, and key indicators of Edmonton’s social health. Download: Read More
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The purpose of these consultations were to:
(1) Examine the issues facing LGBTQ youth in Edmonton and area.
(2) Share work currently being done by agencies to support LGBTQ youth.
(3) Identify gaps, absences, and needs to better support LGBTQ youth.
(4) Develop and share recommendations.

Recommended report citation:
Wells, K., & de Vos, P. (2017). Community Agency Roundtable Report: Meeting the Needs of LGBTQ Youth in Edmonton and Area. Edmonton, AB: Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services.

We also wish to acknowledge and thank the Ministry of Human Services, City of Edmonton (FCSS), United Way of the Alberta Capital Region, and Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services for supporting these consultations and making this report possible. We hope you will find the report of interest and value to your work.

Lastly, a special thank you to all the individuals and agencies who participated in our consultations. We hope the report has captured the intent and spirit of our collective discussions.

—Dr. Kristopher Wells, University of Alberta

Download the report today!

2018 Award of Merit for Advocacy of Social Justice

The Edmonton Social Planning Council (ESPC) is an organization committed to undertaking social research for the benefit of the entire community. We recognize many individuals and groups in our community also work tirelessly to advocate for programs in parallel to the ESPC vision of a just and inclusive community. The ESPC’s annual Award of Merit recognizes an individual, or group, we believe has demonstrated a dedication and achievement in the pursuit of social policies for the benefit of Edmontonians, particularly those who are the most vulnerable.

The Edmonton Social Planning Council has drawn dates at the Grand Villa Casino Edmonton, Saturday April 1 and Sunday April 2, 2017 for our biennial volunteer casino. 

I am writing this note to inquire if you will consider doing some volunteer work at the Casino.

Your meals and if necessary, taxi, will be covered by the Council.

As 2017 Casino co-chair—Board member Dave Trautman is the other co-chair—I have been working to fill the 36 Volunteer positions/slots. I am pleased to report that most of the “Key Positions” have been filled, primarily by ESPC Board members, but there are lots more volunteer opportunities.

Open volunteer positions—chip runners and count room volunteers—require your name in advance, and showing up with photo ID at the Grand Villa Casino at the time of your volunteer shift(s).

Open volunteer positions requiring just the above are:
Saturday April 1:
9:30 am – 6:30 pm Chip Runner (1);
6:30 pm – 3:15 am Chip Runner (2);
11:30 pm – 3:30 am Count Room [11 pm show up if you want a meal] (6)

Sunday April 2:
9:30 am – 6:30 pm Chip Runner (1);
6:30 pm – 3:15 am Chip Runner (2);
1130 pm – 3:30 am Count Room [11 pm show up if you want a meal] (6)

We qualify for a fundraising Casino once every two years. It represents a significant portion of the ESPC budget.

Please consider volunteering.
If you have a question, give me a call or send an email.

Sincerely yours,
Doug Meggison 2017 ESPC Casino Co-Chair
Text or telephone 780-238-7112 or by preference, email to keep track: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Elizabeth Ley, RSW, Community Navigator at SAGE (Senior’s Association of Greater Edmonton) joins us to talk about Social Isolation and seniors.

Join us in the Program Room at the temporary location of the Stanley Milner Library at Enterprise Square, March 23, noon.

10212 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton AB T5J 5A3

RSVP at Facebook or Eventbrite!

Bring your lunch. Feed your mind.

From the Ground Up: Building a Love that Lasts.

Meet Shayla Drewicki, a psychologist trained in the Gottman Method of Couples Therapy, known for his model for healthy relationships called “The Sound Relationship House.” Says Shayla, “I find this metaphor really resonates with people as it emphasizes the importance of establishing a foundation of friendship in a relationship so that couples are motivated to communicate and manage conflict. I really like Gottman's work because it's concrete and based on decades of research with thousands of couples.”

Thursday, February 23 2017
12:00 noon
Program Room
Enterprise Square Library
10212 Jasper Avenue