Established in 2017, the EndPovertyEdmonton Secretariat exists to convene, coordinate and broker innovative partnerships, advocate for policy change, and build the capacity of Edmontonians to take action to end poverty.
As the support organization for the larger initiative, the Secretariat is the backbone to the community work taking place. It helps ensure that a common agenda is developed and maintained, shared measurement systems are in place, activities are mutually reinforcing, communication is continuous, and that identified perspectives are incorporated across the community.
The EndPovertyEdmonton Secretariat recognizes the visionary contributions of our operational funders:
EPE Secretariat Staff
Andrea Burkhart, Executive Director
Andrea Burkhart came to EPE after founding and directing the Action Coalition on Human Trafficking, or ACT Alberta. Since 2010, ACT Alberta has addressed a complex crime and human rights issue through collaboration and coordination with many community stakeholders. Her background includes experience in program management and coordination.
Susannah Cameron, Manager of Community Engagement
Susannah began her career working in the community economic development sector in Toronto and Brandon. She has worked with entrepreneurs, community loan funds, credit unions and cooperatives, acted as a consultant to the Rural Development Institute at Brandon University and supported non-profit organizations starting up social enterprises.
Sarah Barber, Research and Evaluation Specialist
After receiving her M.Sc. in Health Promotion from the University of Alberta’s School of Public Health, Sarah worked as an evaluation consultant with the Public Health Agency of Canada and later, as an independent evaluation consultant. With over 16 years of experience in evaluation framework design, tool development, qualitative and quantitative data collection and analyses and evaluation capacity building within government and in the community, Sarah approaches evaluation with a ‘nothing about us without us’ lens. Sarah has been a co-instructor for graduate level courses in evaluation.
Andrea Donini, Communications Officer
Throughout a cross-sector career that started in training software development, worked its way through fundraising events management and into communications and marketing, with side hustles venturing into the visual arts and food, Andrea has always been in it for the people. Andrea brings with her education in technology, digital and traditional arts, and professional writing. Her training has come alive over 15-plus years of experience in brand strategy, story-telling, corporate communications, events planning, and collaborative leadership. She’s been proud to work for a diverse group ranging from provincial not-for-profits, to national organizations, to international marketing agencies.
Kourtney Boucher, Community Engagement Coordinator
As someone who walks in two worlds, Kourtney humbly sees herself as a bridge between the Western world and her Indigenous one. A cultural ambassador. Kourtney believes that ending poverty in Edmonton addresses the legacy of colonization and advances reconciliation. With firsthand knowledge of Indigenous worldviews and a deep understanding of the history and effects of colonization, Kourtney sees herself as an ally in advancing this work.
She obtained a Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Alberta and completed a certificate in interdisciplinary leadership studies at the Peter Lougheed Leadership College. As the Community Engagement Coordinator at EndPovertyEdmonton, Kourtney works closely with the Indigenous Circle to ensure that the policies, actions and advocacy work in ending poverty appropriately reflects the priorities and needs of Indigenous people.