In our community, volunteers are the driving force behind many of our most beloved institutions. From our houses of worship and community league halls to Arts on the Ave and The Carrot, the spirit of volunteerism runs strong.
Gérard Forget looks across the ice rink at his garden plot. One can imagine his mind is underneath the snow, working into the dirt with springtime dreams of peas, corn, and beans.
Forget coordinates the Alberta Avenue Community Garden-Jardin Communautaire Alberta Avenue. At this time of the year, he plans the garden and finds gardeners who want to share their passion with their neighbours.
Big ideas for change has taken root on Norwood Boulevard.
Ahmed Abdulkadir, executive director of the Ogaden Somali Community of Alberta (OSCAR), operates a community centre on 111 Avenue. He’s also one of the partners of the Safety Summit, an alliance of aboriginal, Somali, and community groups who have partnered with Edmonton Police Services and the City of Edmonton.
“There are a lot of different dynamics in this neighbourhood. Being in a neighbourhood like this [means] the kids see downtown life. I think it’s good exposure for them, rather than being out where there isn’t as much diversity. It’s good for us, too.”