Edmonton is rich in diversity & dynamic in it's efforts to make our community better & stronger.
Being part of that is an absolute thrill.
JA is an organization dear to my heart, enriching young & future leaders lives' through courses & programs related to life & entrepreneurial skills. Going in classes to deliver courses, or being part of the 18-week company program is truly amazing. Our youth is ever so smart & talented.
Find out more @ http://www.janorthalberta.org
Shoe box campaign
The shoe box campaign is a yearly event that provides gifts for a school with children in tougher situations. It's a surprise for the kids, and watching them open their gifts, full of joy, is such a privilege.
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In partnership with the City of Edmonton Youth Council, we organized a fundraiser to raise money for YESS (Youth Empowerment & Support Services), specifically for bus passes. Having the ability to travel around town is tremendously helpful for at-risk youth, in terms of going to the doctor, attending job interviews, incidentally going to work, or for other needs. We were able to raise over $10,000.
Find out more @ http://www.yess.org
United Way is another organization dear to my heart. Often perceived with negativity, United Way is a powerful organization that offers meaningful support to people in need. It's important to me to mention that they exceed the CRA's (Canadian Revenue Agency) "non-profit regulations" by 50%, in regards to their financials. Very little money goes to the organization, and they indeed deliver that money in our community through various programs & community partners. I spend my time with them to advise the Cabinet, with a committee focused on how to engage the "millennial generation".
Find out more @ https://www.myunitedway.ca
Latitude 53 is an institution in Edmonton, focusing on bringing the arts to our every life. They do fantastic work with the University of Alberta, and with local artists.
Find out more @ http://www.latitude53.org
The Fort McMurray wildfires were a terrible tragedy for our province & country. Despite the environmental concerns, Fort Mac has been the backbone of Alberta, and ultimately our country, for decades. Watching it burn to ashes was painful. I was lucky to be surrounded by friends who were crazy enough to drive towards the smouldering city. We accomplished a great deal, delivering food, water, and fuel, to stranded people on nearby highways, and supplying neighbouring evacuee camps. Watching everyone in Canada, and especially Alberta, come together in support, was a great testament to what it means to be Canadian, and Albertan.