The month of October has been exciting for EndPovertyEdmonton as we have been able to engage thousands of Edmontonians about our strategy. All the input has helped us to validate the strategy and has provided invaluable information on how we can strengthen it.
However, this is just the beginning. We are continually looking for ways to engage with all Edmontonians and to find ways to change the conversation around poverty elimination and shift attitudes. With all of these dialogues, the goal is to make the EndPovertyEdmonton strategy a comprehensive community plan where all sectors and all Edmontonians can see how they can make a difference.
Here is a list of all the community engagement sessions that we have hosted so far.
Sept 18 EPE Launch at MacCauley school. Over 250 in attendance
Sept 29 Chamber of Commerce engagement. 40 attendees
Oct 1 U of A Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry. 10 attendees
Oct 2 Skills Society Impact Day. 45 attendees.
Oct 3 WAVE symposium. 90 attendees.
Oct 5 Lived experience engagement. 25 attendees
Oct 6 Lived experience engagement. 28 attendees
Oct 7 Lived experience engagement. 30 attendees
Oct 14 City of Edmonton staff. 65 attendees
Oct 14 City Hall school (grades 10-12). 70 students
Oct 19 City of Edmonton staff. 100 attendees
Oct 20 Community Leaders forum. 100 attendees.
Oct 21 Open House. City Hall. Over 100 visitors
Oct 21 City Hall school. (grade 6 class). 25 students
Oct 21 Chamber of Commerce. Business week mixer. Over 100 visitors.
Oct 22 Open House. Clareview Recreation Centre. Over 150 visitors
Oct 23 Urban Aboriginal Strategy Engagement- Education. 35 attendees
Oct 24 Open House. Terwillegar Recreation Centre. Over 250 visitors.
Oct 25 Homeless Connect engagement. Over 300 visitors.
Oct 27 Capital Region Housing Residents engagement. 9 participants
Oct 27 Young adult leaders- Somali community. 25 participants
Oct 28 City Hall school (grade 6 class). 25 students
Oct 29 Interfaith Housing Initiative engagement. 40 attendees.
Ongoing Online Survey. Close to 1,200 respondents.
Nov 2 Families First Edmonton meeting
Nov 2 Engagement with Capital Region Housing Residents
Nov 4 City Hall school.
Nov 5 Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations
Nov 9 Engagement with Urban Aboriginal Strategy - Housing
Nov 27 Urban Aboriginal Strategy -Children & Family Services
Dec 17 Engagement with Urban Aboriginal Strategy - Summation
There is a movement growing!
At all the engagement sessions we have given people the opportunity to sign up to become an EndPovertyEdmonton Ambassador. We are working now to find ways that Ambassadors can directly involved either through working on a project, becoming an advocate for change or helping us spread the word and change attitudes of what poverty is. If you are interested in becoming an Ambassador yourself, you can sign up here.
Also, if your school, organization or business would like someone to talk to your group about the EndPovertyEdmonton Strategy and ways that they can get involved please email Dallas.firstname.lastname@example.org