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  • 79th Annual General Meeting

    79th Annual General Meeting

    Please join the Board and Staff of the Edmonton Social Planning Council to celebrate our accomplishments in the past year, and to hear about upcoming activities of the council! Your membership must be current in order to vote. Membership may be purchased or renewed at the door. When: May 23, 2019 Where: Edmonton Food Bank Annex - 11434-120 Street (The facility 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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In September, the Edmonton Social Planning Council spoke to marginalized groups and social service sector employees in Edmonton to learn more about their experiences with poverty and what they would like to see in the Government of Alberta's forthcoming Children's Charter. This charter will guide the development of social policy that improves the quality of life of children in Alberta. Below you will find links to summaries of our discussions with these individuals.

For more information about the Government of Alberta's Children's Charter, please visit http://childcharter.alberta.ca/Frequently_Asked_Questions_0

For those of you who missed our Annual General Meeting on May 8, here's a recap of the evening's highlights!

Minutes in Brief: Recap of the 2013 Annual General Meeting

Vasant Chotai, President of the Edmonton Social Planning Council, convened the meeting and welcomed all guests, including City Councillor Amarjeet Sohi and United Way Representative Joanne Currie.

Board Member Lindsay Graham presented the ESPC's Award of Merit for Advocacy of Social Justice to The Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services (ISMSS). The organization's Executive Director, Dr. Kristopher Wells, was in attendance to accept the award.

Vasant Chotai delivered the President's Address, touching on accomplishments from the past year and aims for the future. Executive Director Susan Morrissey thanked the staff, board of directors, funders, and members for their continued support, and spoke about projects the ESPC is excited to be working on in the coming months, including Vital Signs, Tracking the Trends, and continued work with the InterCity Forum on Social Policy.

Finance Committee Chair Doug Meggison welcomed Carla Walker of Peterson Walker LLP, who presented the 2012 audited financial report.

The ESPC said goodbye to long time board member Ron Chalmers, thanking him warmly for his contributions to the organization during his two 2-year terms, including recent work on the Advocacy and Finance Committees.

Oliver Kamau, Chair of the Board Development Committee, led the group through nominations and voting, and welcomed new board member Mirella Sacco.

In 2012, the ESPC partnered with legal students from the University of Alberta chapter of Pro Bono Students of Canada to review the ESPC's bylaws. Beth Hayward, Chair of the Policy Committee, presented the suggested revisions, all of which were approved.

Finally, keynote speaker Randy Boissonault presented on non-profit leadership and his own organization, Literacy Without Borders. Visit their website to learn more about the groundbreaking work they do.

For an overview of what the ESPC has been up to this past year, check out our ESPC Annual Report 2012.  

 

February 2013

During the summer of 2012, the Edmonton Social Planning Council ran a series of discussions with marginalized groups in our community to learn more about what they would like to see in the Government of Alberta's Social Policy Framework. During each discussion, we recorded the main themes that were discussed. This information was used to create summary reports for each discussion. These reports, which are listed below, contain valuable information about the various challenges that marginalized Edmontonians face in our community. They also demonstrate the need for an effective Social Policy Framework that addresses social inequality in our province.

In February 2013, Alberta Human Services had released the Social Policy Framework.

Our Focus Group Discussion Summaries

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