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  • 2019 Award of Merit for Advocacy of Social Justice

    2019 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, Read More
  • 2018 Vital Topics - The Arts

    2018 Vital Topics - The Arts

    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.  This edition focuses on The Arts. ARTS include a wide variety of creative disciplines including: Read More
  • 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
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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. 

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
 

Available now, our 2017 Winter fACTivist! This issue is all about women, featuring articles by ESPC staff and volunteers.

Inside this Issue

Executive Director’s Note

Social Exclusion: One Cause of Missing Persons

Edmonton Still Ranks Low in Women’s Equality

A Timeline of Suffrage

Women and Homelessness

How are refugee women doing?

A New Alberta

The Role of the Teacher in Gay-Straight Alliances

News Briefs

Social Justice Event Review

Get to Know an ESPC Staff Member!

Board Member Profile

Key References

Download the fACTivist Winter 2017 today!

EndPovertyEdmonton co-chairs, Rt. Rev. Jane Alexander and Dr. Jeffrey Bisanz, invite you to join them, the Capital Region Interfaith Housing Initiative and the Edmonton Social Planning Council for the community release of two key publications:

  • the 2017 Profile of Poverty in Edmonton Update
  • the End Poverty Action Guide for Edmonton Religious and Spiritual Communities.

This is also an opportunity to celebrate the kick-off of EndPovertyEdmonton’s official transition into the community.

Thursday, February 9, 2017
11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Anglican Diocese/All Saints’ Cathedral of Edmonton
10035 103 St NW

As a community leader and partner working to build a great city, please join us for this opportunity to learn more about poverty in Edmonton and the steps you and your community can take to eliminate it. Please note that parking is limited, so plan to arrive early, car pool or take transit to the event. There is a paid parking lot directly south of the Cathedral and Bay/Enterprise LRT Station is just north of it.

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Did you miss our presentation on Edmonton's Living Wage at Pecha Kucha Night in September? Well, today's your lucky day! Click here to watch the presentation now and hear all about what a living wage means for Edmonton's poor, Edmonton's business owners, and you!

Video Feature

Global News - 1 in 6 Alberta children lives below poverty line

Read more about the Edmonton Social Planning Council report on child poverty in Alberta.

Alberta Child Poverty Report - 2018 Click to Download