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  • Province and federal government must commit their shares of funding to rental assistance, new Edmonton Social Planning Council report states

    Province and federal government must commit their shares of funding to rental assistance, new Edmonton Social Planning Council report states

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 12, 2020 EDMONTON - A new report released by the Edmonton Social Planning Council shows that the toll of households placed on long waiting lists for rental assistance is high and action is urgently needed. The High Cost of Waiting: Tenant-Focused Solutions to Enhance Housing Affordability sets out to document the impacts on quality of life for Read More
  • Alberta Child Poverty Report - Edmonton Journal Op-Ed

    Alberta Child Poverty Report - Edmonton Journal Op-Ed

    https://edmontonjournal.com/opinion/columnists/opinion-ending-child-poverty-in-alberta-is-our-moral-obligation Alberta Child Poverty Report Edmonton Journal Op-Ed By Joel French, Sandra Ngo, and Ajay Hartenfeld Pandhi Every night, 160,000 children in Alberta suffer the all-encompassing effects of poverty. They are more vulnerable to issues affecting mental health, educational attainment, cognitive development, housing, relationships, employment, and food insecurity throughout their lives. In a province as wealthy as Alberta, it is Read More
  • John Kolkman on CBC Edmonton AM with Mark Connolly and Tara McCarthy

    John Kolkman on CBC Edmonton AM with Mark Connolly and Tara McCarthy

    Funding to help people find affordable housing has been cut 24 per cent by the province. We'll take a look at what that means for low income Albertans trying to find housing. Click here to listen.   Read More
  • Report shows investing in families is key to ending child poverty

    Report shows investing in families is key to ending child poverty

    EDMONTON - The Alberta College of Social Workers, Edmonton Social Planning Council, and Public Interest Alberta have jointly released a report on the state of child and family poverty in Alberta called " Invest in Families: Ending Child Poverty is Good for All .” Click to download: Invest In Families: Ending Child Poverty Is Good For All Click to download: Invest In Families: Read More
  • 2019 Vital Topics - Sports and Recreation

    2019 Vital Topics - Sports and Recreation

    Edmonton Vital Signs is an annual check-up conducted by the Edmonton Community Foundation, in partnership with the 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 impact of Sports and Recreation. Download: Vital Topic Read More
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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  pdf ESPC Annual Report 2012 (4.99 MB) .  

 

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