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.
- Boyle Street Community Services
- Focus Group Summary Notes: Canadian Mental Health Association
- Focus Group Summary Notes: Centre to End All Sexual Exploitation
- Focus Group Summary Notes: Friends of Stanley Milner Library
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.
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
- Discussion Summary- Canadian Mental Health Association SPF Summary
- Discussion Summary- Canadian Native Friendship Centre SPF Summary
- Discussion Summary- Centre to End All Sexual Exploitation (CEASE) SPF SUMMARY
- Discussion Summary- Friends Stanley Milner SPF summary
- Discussion Summary- Jasper Place Health and Wellness Centre SPF Summary
- Discussion Summary- Old Strathcona Youth Society SPF Summary
- Discussion Summary- Project Adult Literacy Society (PALS) SPF summary
- Discussion Summary- Seniors Association of Greater Edmonton (SAGE) SPF summary