End Poverty Edmonton is Hiring

Are you interested in joining the EndPovertyEdmonton team? We're looking to hire a new member for a term position working as a communications officer. Details are below. 

Communications Officer

Term position

EndPovertyEdmonton (EPE) is a community-based initiative aimed at advancing a vision of shared prosperity for all, where every Edmontonian has an equal opportunity to live, work, participate, and thrive. Please visit www.endpovertyedmonton.ca for more details about the strategy to end poverty in Edmonton within a generation.

The inaugural Communications Officer will report to the Executive Director to help build EndPovertyEdmonton. You will develop and implement a communications plan and provide shared and strategic leadership to the EPE team, EPE Community Tables, and community-based initiatives to engage Edmontonians to end poverty.

You have extensive experience in communications and social marketing, enjoy leading new initiatives, and have a track record of producing communications strategies that get results. Areas of focus include strategic communications, social marketing, and public engagement.

Responsibilities include:

  • Oversee and develop communications materials and campaigns (videos, newsletter, press releases, website content, awareness campaigns).
  • Lead the development and execution of a communications plan and strategy, including social and traditional media and public engagement.
  • Provide communications support to the Secretariat and Community Tables.
  • Liaise with contractors, designers, and suppliers in the development of communications
  • materials.
  • Support media spokespersons and act as organizational spokesperson when needed.
  • Represent EPE at related communications and engagement opportunities.
  • Develop and maintain strategic relationships with stakeholders.
  • Champion EPE’s values and culture with EPE staff and community.

Qualifications include:

  • Degree in Communications, Public Relations, or related field and several years’ experience in communications and/or marketing; equivalent combination of education and experience considered.
  • Experience in strategic planning and execution of innovative approaches to communications and social change, public and stakeholder consultation, and issues management.
  • Extensive experience in communications, social marketing, community and media relations, and public consultation.
  • Experience developing engaging written and multimedia content.
  • Familiarity with digital communications.
  • Experience in overseeing the production of corporate reports, presentations, publications and large scale awareness and engagement campaigns.
  • Experience with complex and collaborative initiatives; experience with start-up, emerging, or evolving initiatives and organizations is an asset.
  • Experience working with small, integrated teams with shared leadership.
  • Proficiency with MS Office and related programs.

The successful candidate will also demonstrate:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking skills and the ability to communicate complex information in an easily understood manner; English proficiency required.
  • Commitment to the values of EndPovertyEdmonton
  • Ability to adapt to, and thrive amidst, ambiguity and changing priorities.
  • Ability to balance long-term thinking and planning with attention to detail.
  • Motivation and ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
  • Ability to manage large volumes of work and several projects and assignments.
  • Authentic and effective interpersonal and relationship-building skills.
  • Ability to think and act strategically, remaining focused on goals and objectives.
  • Ability to effectively analyze and synthesize large volumes of complex information

This is a temporary position until December 31, 2019 with a possibility of extension. We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package. You will work from the United Way office (15132 Stony Plain Road) and travel within Edmonton will be required. Access to a vehicle is an asset.

Please send a cover letter and resume to humanresources@endpovertyedmonton.ca by March 2nd. The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.

Apply to:

Human Resources Specialist
United Way of the Alberta Capital Region 15132 Stony Plain Road
Edmonton, AB T5P 3Y3
Email: resumes@myunitedway.ca

Welcome to Jeannette MacInnis EndPovertyEdmonton's new Engagement Assistant

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Jeannette MacInnis has recently returned to Alberta, were she was born and raised, to join the EndPovertyEdmonton (EPE) Team.  Poverty has played a significant role and compounding factor impacting areas of her previous work, particularly regarding violence against women and children.  She was inspired by the EPE strategic goals and Roadmap to end to poverty in a generation and knew she wanted to be involved and support the positive future vision of the City for all Edmontonians.

As the former Director of Health and Ending Violence initiatives at the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centre’s she has an extensive background in a multitude of social determinants of health and wellness areas including poverty.

Jeannette has been a strong advocate for the health and well-being of women, with an expansive academic and professional background on the issue, extending as far afield as the plight of women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  Jeannette has been highly active in the movement to end violence against women and girls, including human trafficking, sexual exploitation, and domestic and family violence with participation on many provincial and national committees and projects.

She previously sat on the board of directors for the Battered Women Support Services (BWSS) for 4 years, and BCs Community Coordination for Women's Safety provincial working group for 5 years. Nationally, she sat on the Canadian Women's Foundation and a former National Advisory Committee on the prevention of human trafficking and exploitation of Indigenous women and youth.

Jeannette is happy to back in Edmonton and enthusiastic to  begin work on the EndPovertyEdmonton Team.

Child Benefit Enhancements Making a Difference

New and Enhanced Child Benefits Are Poverty Game Changers

Years of advocacy by many organizations at both the national and provincial levels finally resulted in meaningful change in 2016 according to a report prepared in partnership between the Edmonton Social Planning Council and the Centre to End All Sexual Exploitation.

Effective July 1, 2016, a new Alberta Child Benefit (ACB) was introduced by the provincial government, and an existing suite of poorly targeted federal child benefits was replaced with a new Canada Child Benefit (CCB).

As a result of the child benefit changes, an Alberta family with two children making $30,000 annually will receive $4,300 more per year from the federal and provincial governments. These enhancements to child benefits will make the biggest difference ever in reducing child poverty.

The implementation of a new Alberta Child Benefit, and increases in federal child benefits, both on July 1, 2016, are child poverty game changers. These new benefits go some distance toward guaranteeing a basic income to all Alberta families with children.

To see the full report, please click here

Introducing EndPovertyEdmonton's Community Engagement Manager: Susannah Cameron!

EndPovertyEdmonton is pleased to introduce our new Community Engagement Manager, Susannah Cameron!

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Susannah began her career working in the community economic development sector in Toronto and Brandon. As the coordinator at the ACCESS Community Capital Fund located in the east end of Toronto, she worked with entrepreneurs to develop their business plans to access micro-loans to expand their businesses. While living in Brandon, Manitoba, Susannah worked with community loan funds, credit unions and cooperatives located across Canada to start a network of social finance organizations. During this time, Susannah also acted as a consultant to the Rural Development Institute at Brandon University. As the manager of the Toronto Enterprise Fund, United Way Toronto, she supported non-profit organizations start up social enterprises that created employment opportunities for newcomers, youth, the homeless, and those living with mental illness. 

After moving to Edmonton in 2011, she consulted on projects that included working for a collaborative of inter-cultural organizations to support them in transforming the McCauley School building into the Edmonton Intercultural Centre. She also worked with the Social Enterprise Fund, Canadian Women’s Foundation, the Multicultural Health Brokers Cooperative and ATB Financial. Before coming to EndPoverty Edmonton, Susannah worked as a community planner for the City of Edmonton. Susannah has a M.Sc. in Rural Planning from the University of Guelph.

EndPovertyEdmonton is looking for a Research and Evaluation Specialist!

Are you looking to help lead change to end poverty in Edmonton? 

EPE is seeking a motivated and adaptive individual, with extensive knowledge and experience in research and evaluation.

The inaugural Research and Evaluation Specialist will report to the Executive Director to help build EndPovertyEdmonton, develop, coordinate, and implement an evaluation plan, and contribute to ending poverty in our community.

This position will primarily be located at the EndPovertyEdmonton office at the United Way (15132 Stony Plain Road).

Please send a cover letter and resume to humanresources@endpovertyedmonton.ca by November 15th.

Please click here for the job description.

The Importance of Dignity - Dignity Day, Oct. 18

A guest post from the John Humphrey Centre and the Self Advocacy Federation.

In response to the Mayor’s Task Force on Poverty, the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights (JHC) brought together young Edmontonians to provide direct input into EndPovertyEdmonton strategy. With three out of ten Edmontonians living in poverty being children, JHC felt it was essential that in the process of creating a plan for the City of Edmonton, the voice of children and youth needed to be included.

In 2014, the Youth Action Project recommended to the city that a larger strategy of community education and engagement around issues of dignity and poverty were needed to truly address stigmatization and marginalization.  We identified Global Dignity Day (3rd Wednesday of October every year) as an important opportunity to cultivate conversations on dignity and human rights.  EndPovertyEdmonton, The John Humphrey Centre and community partners like the Self Advocacy Federation (SAF) host an annual event to honour stories of dignity through art and dialogue. 


We try to respond to conversations and issues we hear in the community, so this year we decided to focus on the dignity and voices of those within institutions, whether the prison system, long term care facility, child welfare or other institutionalized experiences.  Individuals and communities impacted by these systems are often underrepresented in our conversations and public spaces and it is vital that we make room for these important perspectives and stories.  This year’s event will combine art showcases, performance, advocacy learning circles and a film and panel discussion on dignity within prisons.

Here's what SAF community member Amy has to say about dignity...


Disabling the Abled

By Amy A. Park

How would it feel if you were cut off from your friends and family? How would it feel to be seen as such a burden on society that you have to be locked away somewhere? How would it feel if your life consisted of staring out a window; wishing, wanting to be out doing things that normal people were doing? And how would it feel to be stripped of your right to choose?

Would it feel lonely? Sad? Miserable? Disabling?

Ask any person with a disability that has lived in an institution and they will tell you that all of the above is accurate. Institutions are like prisons. Residents are forced to do free labour inside and outside of the institution. In many cases people are treated horribly by the staff. And the hallways are so bleak, so lacking of any kind of cheerfulness that it makes you wonder how someone wouldn’t get depressed being in there.

Institutions, in the past, have taken away people’s futures. Have taken away any chance of them being able to start a family, have kids of their own. Sterilization, thankfully, no longer exists. But the sad reality of it is it wasn’t very long ago that it DID exist. It wasn’t very long ago that a doctor had a legal right to choose a person with a disability’s future.

There’s a word that I absolutely hate, the word disabled. When I hear that word it makes me think of institutions and what they do to people with disabilities. The definition of the word disabled is to make it no longer work. The idea that something is broken, irreparable, is to say it’s disabled.

What do institutions do to people with disabilities? They disable them. This idea that they are somehow broken and therefore are useless. The idea that they cannot be fixed so they shouldn’t be able to live as a member of society.

Well I have a disability and I am not broken. I don’t need to be fixed. And neither does anyone else with a disability. Which is why the Day of Dignity is so important. Because no matter who you are, no matter your gender, your race, if you have limitations, we all deserve to be treated with dignity. Some people with disabilities have been disabled by institutions and it is not ok. People with disabilities deserve to live as a valued, respected, dignified member of society. They deserve the same opportunities, chances, triumphs, failures as any other human being on the planet.

So we need to stop trying to fix people that are not broken.

We need to stop disabling the abled.



For more information on Day of Dignity, please visit: https://www.jhcentre.org/yeg-peace-week/


Please note –the views and opinions expressed in this post are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of EndPovertyEdmonton.


We are all Treaty People: Treaty No. 6 Recognition Day, Aug 18

2016 Treaty No. 6 Recognition Day included EPE Stewardship Roundtable Member MP Randy Boissonnault

2016 Treaty No. 6 Recognition Day included EPE Stewardship Roundtable Member MP Randy Boissonnault

Friday is Treaty No. 6 Recognition Day! 

It was established by the City of Edmonton and the Confederacy of Treaty No. 6 First Nations in 2013 following the signing of Memorandum of Cooperation and Dialogue between the City and the Confederacy of Treaty No. 6 First Nations in 2012. The day also serves to recognize and celebrate Treaty No.6 between the Plains, Wood Cree, Nakota, Saulteaux and Dene people and the British Crown at Fort Carlton on August 23, 1876.

Edmonton, known as Amiskwaciwâskahikan in Cree, which means ‘Beaver Hills House’, was founded on Treaty No. 6 Territory. Thus the day commemorates the city’s connection with the First peoples of this land and it symbolizes a commitment to collaboration, respectful dialogue and shared opportunities. Indeed, as Edmonton Mayor and honorary member of EPE’s Stewardship Roundtable Don Iveson has pointed out, all Edmontonians can be considered Treaty people.

Treaty No. 6 Recognition Day also aligns with EndPovertyEdmonton’s work towards Reconciliation with First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples. This includes a number of current and planned actions listed under the theme “Towards True Reconciliation” in our Road Map, as well as the guidance and input contributed by EPE’s Indigenous Circle and its co-chairs, Shannon Hebden and Lloyd Cardinal.

On Friday at 9:00 am, Mayor Don Iveson will invite Dr. J. Wilton Littlechild, the Grand Chief of the Confederacy of Treaty 6 First Nations, and the Chiefs of all 17 Treaty No. 6 First Nations, to City Hall for a traditional ceremony, and the raising of the Treaty No. 6 Flag in Sir Winston Churchill Square.

Winners of the Treaty No. 6 Recognition Day Art Contest, which reflect the Treaty theme “As long as the sun shines, the waters flow, and the grass grows” will also be announced.  Fort Edmonton will also mark the occasion with a number of celebratory and historic events over the weekend.  The event is open to the public, so we hope to see you there!

EndPovertyEdmonton is looking for a Manager of Community Engagement!

Are you looking to help lead change to end poverty in Edmonton? 

EndPovertyEdmonton is building a Secretariat to support Executive Director Andrea Burkhart with our next position: Manager of Community Engagement. The successful candidate will play a key management role in reaching out to stakeholders, organizations and the community in general to move Edmonton towards a poverty-free future. 

This position will report to and work closely with the Executive Director and support business and strategic planning at EndPovertyEdmonton. Click here for the job description

This position will primarily be located at the EndPovertyEdmonton office in the United Way (15132 Stony Plain Road). Please send a cover letter and resume to humanresources@endpovertyedmonton.ca by August 23rd.