As Canada announces its first Poverty Reduction Strategy, EndPovertyEdmonton asks Edmontonians to ‘count themselves in’, and let us know what they’re doing to help end poverty
Edmonton August 21, 2018 – EndPovertyEdmonton is looking forward to working with Edmontonians to advance the common goals of Canada’s first Poverty Reduction Strategy, announced today by the federal government.
“Edmonton and Edmontonians have been leading the charge to end poverty, and to see the federal government come aboard with this Canada-wide strategy is heartening.” Andrea Burkhart, Executive Director of EndPovertyEdmonton said, “And it’s timely, as EndPovertyEdmonton is also announcing its next step – new co-chairs for our leadership group and a call to action for Edmontonians.”
Cheryl Whiskeyjack and Michael Phair will take on the roles of co-chairs for the Stewardship Round Table, EPE’s leadership group.
Cheryl Whiskeyjack is Executive Director of the Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society. Michael Phair is Chair of the University of Alberta Board of Governors and a former Edmonton City Councillor. They will take over from outgoing co-chairs Dr. Jeff Bisanz and Bishop Jane Alexander.
"What an exceptional team the two incoming co-chairs make. In addition to offering important perspectives to EndPovertyEdmonton's work, they bring a wealth of wisdom, leadership skills and experience," said Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson. “There are no words to express our collective thanks and gratitude to outgoing co-chairs Bishop Jane Alexander and Dr. Jeff Bisanz - both of whom have been there from the very beginning of the EndPovertyEdmonton journey.”
“I grew up in an Edmonton where everyone supported one another,” says Whiskeyjack, “And I want to continue that legacy. I’m so proud to assume this larger role in the exceptional work of EndPovertyEdmonton—to deliberately work toward an inclusive and supportive Edmonton for all of us.”
“It’s both exciting and challenging,” Michael Phair said of becoming co-chair. “This is a big undertaking. We’re talking about eliminating poverty, so it forces us to think in a very different way.”
EndPovertyEdmonton recently released its first Progress Report, a 58-page report containing highlights of community progress from the last year. Whiskeyjack and Phair are now asking Edmontonians to share their work to end poverty, on the EndPovertyEdmonton website.
“So many Edmontonians have embraced the EndPovertyEdmonton movement,” explained Whiskeyjack, “and are taking it on themselves to start work to end poverty in a generation – in their families, in their community groups, at the office and through social agencies. Now we want – and need – to know about that work.”
“We want to hear Edmontonians’ stories,” Phair expanded. “If we can get a fuller understanding of what’s happening – big and small and everything in between – we can begin to see where there are gaps; where there is success that should be amplified. That’s what EndPovertyEdmonton is here for, and that’s why Cheryl and I are here. We’re committed to seeing Edmonton end poverty in a generation.”
Media Inquiries can be directed to EPE Communications Officer Andrea Donini