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  • 2019 United Way Bake Sale

    2019 United Way Bake Sale

    Enjoy some baked goods and learn more about our work! 100% of the proceeds go directly to the United Way, which is working with partners in the community to help end poverty in Edmonton. Poverty is #Unignorable — Be part of the solution! Edmonton Social Planning Council Where: #200, 10544 106 Street (Bassani Building) When: Wednesday, November 27, 2019 9:00am Read More
  • 2019 Seasonal Celebration

    2019 Seasonal Celebration

    Our Board of Directors and Staff wish to extend an invitation to you to join us in celebrating the holidays at our office! Light snacks and refreshments will be served. When: December 5th, 4:00 to 6:00 pm Where: Suite #200, 10544 106 Street (Bassani Building) Read More
  • Opinion: Budget is a setback for lower-income Albertans

    Opinion: Budget is a setback for lower-income Albertans

    Susan Morrissey, Executive Director of the Edmonton Social Planning Council provided the recent Op-Ed in the Edmonton Journal. Read the full version here: https://edmontonjournal.com/opinion/columnists/opinion-budget-is-a-setback-for-lower-income-albertans Download the Fact Sheet here: 2019 Alberta Budget fACTsheet Excerpt from the Edmonton Journal: With the UCP tabling their first budget, there is a lot of talk of what this means. Depending on who you ask, this Read More
  • 2019 Alberta Provincial Budget Fact Sheet

    2019 Alberta Provincial Budget Fact Sheet

    Download: 2019 Alberta Budget fACTsheet Introduction The 2019 budget, which runs until March 31, 2020, is titled A Plan for Jobs and the Economy. The main priorities it identifies is creating jobs and reducing the deficit. We are now almost 7 months into the 2019-20 budget year, so many of the big changes announced will not take effect until next spring’s Read More
  • Lunch and Learn - November 19, 2019

    Lunch and Learn - November 19, 2019

    November 19, 2019 12:00 Noon - 1:00 PM Program Room - Stanley Milner Library (Enterprise Square Branch) 10212 Jasper Avenue Topic: If Not You... Then Who? Becoming a Foster, Adoptive, and Respite Caregiver in Alberta Presenters:  JoAnn Hallikainen, Caregiver Recruitment Team Lead Government of Alberta, Ministry of Children's Services All children deserve a home that is nurturing and safe. A Child's Hope is Read More
  • Public Engagement on Affordable Housing Report

    Public Engagement on Affordable Housing Report

    Access to stable and quality housing can produce positive outcomes to community health and education, and ultimately improve neighbourhood conditions and perceptions. Families that are in unstable housing are more likely to face intergenerational poverty. Living in unsafe neighbourhoods could have detrimental effects on physical and mental health. Despite these benefits, there is still formidable public opposition to providing quality Read More
  • A Profile of Poverty in Edmonton - May 2019 Update

    A Profile of Poverty in Edmonton - May 2019 Update

    Read the full report (click on the link):A Profile of Poverty in Edmonton - May 2019 Update Click to download: 2016 Federal Census Neighbourhood Summary Click to download: Map: Prevalence of Low Income After-Tax (All Ages) Click to download: Map: Prevalence of Low Income After-Tax (0 to 17) INTRODUCTION Poverty affects people from all walks of life – young, old, employed, unemployed, those Read More
  • 2019 Vital Topics - Indigenous Women in Alberta

    2019 Vital Topics - Indigenous Women in Alberta

    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 Indigenous Women in Alberta.   Download: Vital Topic - Indigenous Women in 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
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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.

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. 

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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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!

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    If you are passionate about equitable social policy and making a difference in your community, consider supporting the Edmonton Social Planning Council by joining our team as a volunteer member of our Board of Directors.

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