Category Archives: RCP Neighbours

Local volunteers are a boon to the community Margaret and John Larsen are long-time volunteers

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.

I sat down with two long-term volunteers in our community, John and Margaret Larsen. They’ve lived in Alberta Avenue for 16 years, and seem to be very busy in retirement. Continue reading Local volunteers are a boon to the community Margaret and John Larsen are long-time volunteers

Gérard Forget is a man with many roles Local resident enriches community with his passions

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.

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Ahmed Abdulkadir breaks down barriers Community advocate strives to create strong communities

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.

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What it means to start over in a new country Learning a complicated language takes time and exposure

Imagine moving to a new country. The stress of finding a new home, a new job, a new school for your kids, and new friends. Now imagine not being able to speak your new country’s language.

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Meet the Kowalski Family Nathan, Stephanie, Anya, and Nina have been Westwood residents for 10 years

The Kowalski Family: Stephanie, Nathan, and their two daughters
“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.”

Continue reading Meet the Kowalski Family Nathan, Stephanie, Anya, and Nina have been Westwood residents for 10 years