Welcome to Summer! This issue of the fACTivist addreses Edmonton Across the Ages, from babies to boomers and beyond.
Inside this issue:
YRAP Mentorship: By Youth, For Youth
An Interview with Edmonton’s Next Gen
The Way We Live: A Profile of Edmonton’s People Plan
The City of Edmonton Youth Council: Shaping Municipal Policy
Social Justice Events Review
ETS Mobility Choices
Child Benefit Enhancements Are Poverty Game Changers
Ending Poverty in a Generation: The Road Map
Get to Know an ESPC Staff Member
Board Member Profile
Upcoming Social Justice Events
New Mission and Vision Statements
Links, Resources, and Credits
ESPC's 2015 Annual Report contains information on our activities from 2015. Download it today to read up on our board, our new strategic framework, 2015 in review, our plans for the future, and much more!
As our outgoing president Anne Stevenson so elegantly writes, "One thing has stayed constant. Over the past year, the Edmonton Social Planning Council has continued to undertake rigorous research to analyze key trends influencing change in our community and formulate evidenced-based solutions to address the challenges we collectively face. As you will see in the following pages, 2015 was another busy and successful year for our organization."
Executive Director Susan Morrissey adds, "2015 saw staff continuing the course with our work on poverty issues. We analyzed the data and wrote the report, Tracking the Trends 13th Edition, prepared and disseminated the first ever Edmonton Poverty Profile, which was used by the End Poverty Edmonton Task Force (www.endpovertyedmonton.ca) to establish benchmarks, and ;calculated and established a living wage for Edmonton. As part of both the Research Roundtable and the Income Security Working group of the End Poverty Edmonton Task Force, staff were able to contribute to the important work to end poverty in Edmonton in a generation.
The Edmonton Social Planning Council, a charitable, non-profit social research and advocacy agency founded in 1940, is seeking a
Summer Position from June 13, 2016 to August 5, 2016 (with possible extension to August 19, 2016)
The ESPC is seeking a research assistant for an 8-week full-time temporary summer position (with a possible extension to 10-weeks). Main job duties will be to assist with social research projects including the 2016 edition of Vital Signs, and research focusing on affordable housing and updating a poverty profile for Edmonton. The successful applicant will also be expected to contribute to other ESPC research projects, newsletters and publications as directed.
- Knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software
- Demonstrated ability to conduct research using a variety of sources and methods
- Knowledge of data collection and statistical analysis
- Superior job task planning and organizational skills
- Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
- Ability to carry out multiple tasks in a self-directed manner
Must be legally entitled to work in Canada, be able to work out of our Edmonton office during regular office hours, and plan to return to full-time studies in the fall. The successful applicant cannot be in full-time studies or doing other full-time work from June 13, 2016 to August 5, 2016 (or to August 19, 2016 if position extended). Preference will be given to applicants with a relevant post-secondary background.
Salary: $17.00 per hour/35 hours per week
Please submit application letter and resume by electronic mail no later than May 13, 2016. We thank applicants in advance for their submissions, but we will only contact those people who will be interviewed for the position. Applications should be sent (preferably by email) to:
Edmonton Social Planning Council
Attn: John Kolkman, Research Coordinator
#37, 9912-106 Street
Edmonton, AB T5K 1C5
In September 2015, the EndPovertyEdmonton Task Force released its Strategy with a bold goal of ending poverty within a generation. [The] Strategy was robustly tested with thousands of Edmontonians who told us our community is more than ready to join us in the epic work to end poverty in a generation.
KÎYÂNAW: FOR ALL OF US
What defines Edmonton’s approach to ending poverty? We believe that ending poverty is not a business, but a calling. This sacred work speaks directly to our human rights lens and our Treaty roots that are central to the actions in this Road Map. This five year Road Map reflects our best thinking about our first steps and our initial priorities for action. As a community plan, it highlights the direction ahead.
We're Proud to Contribute
Edmonton Social Planning Council is listed as a potential partner for Action #15, "Actively encourage local employers in all sectors to learn about and implement living wage policies."
The report lists us as one of their leverage partners, and we're proud to help them as they "build on strong research and evaluation partnerships ... [creating] a robust evaluation and measurement framework."
Please join the Board and staff of the Edmonton Social Planning Council on May 19th to celebrate our accomplishments of the past year and to hear about upcoming activities of the Council.
Our keynote speaker is Paula Simons, speaking on "The Elimination Round: Why Idealism Isn't Always Ideal."
Your membership must be in current order to vote. Membership may be purchased or renewed at the door or online at our Membership page.
Date: May 19, 2016
Place: Stanley Milner Library, Room 7 (6th Floor) - 7 Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton, AB, Canada
5:00 pm: Light refreshments
5:30–6:15 pm: Business meeting
6:30 pm: Keynote speaker Paula Simons