Contributors

Talea Medynski

Talea is the Rat Creek Press editor. She loves sharing the stories of our diverse neighbourhoods.

116 Articles

Stephen Strand

Stephen works in broadcasting and writes for fun. He can be seen walking through the neighbourhood.

70 Articles

Kate Wilson

Kate took up the reporter's pad and pen while living in northern Alberta. The writing bug stuck, and the next 20 years were spent covering everything from local politics to community happenings. She lives in Alberta Avenue with her daughter.

63 Articles

Rusti Lehay

A professional writer, Rusti has been writing professionally since 1999. Her favourite word activities are coaching writers and offering online writing stay-treats.

34 Articles

Tekla Luchenski

Tekla enjoys renovating her 1953 bungalow in Parkdale, with attention to period style, including pink bathrooms. Trained as a cultural anthropologist, she is excited to contribute to The Rat Creek Press as a passionate observer of lifestyle and community expression.

33 Articles

Mari Sasano

Mari is a writer and civil servant.

32 Articles

Aydan Dunnigan-Vickruck

Aydan is a social worker, blogger, tango dancer, outdoor enthusiast and co-parent with Patricia to 8 children and 16 grandchildren. He’s also a resident of the 'hood and loving it.

32 Articles

Constance Brissenden

Constance’s writing and editing career spans more than 40 years. She lives in Parkdale-Cromdale.

30 Articles

Mimi Williams

Mimi is a writer who first moved to the Alberta Avenue area over 20 years ago. She has participated in a number of revitalization initiatives and continues to promote the Ave as one of the best areas to live, work and play in Edmonton.

29 Articles

Karen Mykietka

A busy woman of many jobs, Karen spends too much time in front of a computer. In the past 20 years, she has lived in Eastwood, Alberta Avenue, and now Parkdale, meeting awesome people everywhere she goes.

26 Articles

Victoria Stevens

Victoria is an entrepreneur, roller derby player, and basset hound lover living in the Delton area.

22 Articles

Rebecca Lippiatt

20 Articles

Sierra Bilton

Sierra is a Communications student specializing in Journalism at MacEwan University. She has a particular love of the art and culture found nestled in Edmonton's Alberta Avenue communities and beyond.

19 Articles

Chantal Figeat

Chantal began professional writing while attending Carleton University. She enjoys the history of the Norwood area as well as the cultural diversity along Alberta Avenue.

19 Articles

Nadine Riopel

Nadine is a professional facilitator and connector. She is also an enthusiastic member of the Spruce Avenue community, where she lives with her husband and young son.

15 Articles

Sharee Aluko

Sharee has a Masters in Business Administration and is passionate about sharing information. She currently works full-time in the banking sector.

15 Articles

Nazreena Anwar-Travas

Writing has always been Nazreena's biggest passion besides crocheting and breeding budgies. Having changed nine schools as a child in different countries, cultural tolerance and flexibility to adapt to diverse environments come naturally to her.

15 Articles

Adam Millie

Adam lives in Alberta Avenue. He wants to make the world a better place.

14 Articles

Hamdi Issawi

Hamdi is a journalism student at MacEwan University. He cut his teeth as a contributor on Terra Informa, an award-winning, environmental news magazine. He has also written for The Gateway Online and The Griff. Find Hamdi on Twitter @hamdiissawi.

12 Articles

Alita Rickards

Alita moonlights as a freelance writer focused on interesting people, music, arts, food, culture, sustainable lifestyles, and human rights. These same things attracted her to become a homeowner in vibrant, diverse, walkable Alberta Avenue.

11 Articles

Amanda Sokal

Amanda is a budding entrepreneur, a practicing Wiccan, a gardener and an herbalist working to obtain a degree as a Naturopathic Practitioner.

11 Articles

Gillian Kerr

Gillian has lived in Norwood since 2006 and loves the community. She worked for the Ministry of Environment for over a decade until she finished her PhD on environmental governance. She is currently researching, teaching, and consulting. She volunteers with a number of social society and environmental groups. If you have any comments or ideas for a future article, email gilliankerr@fastmail.fm.

11 Articles

Breann Gurney

10 Articles

Steven Townsend

Steven is an Edmonton native, community organizer and small business owner. His twitter handle is @grimacetv.

10 Articles

Franki Harrogate

Franki is an active volunteer and has recently completed a masters degree in counselling psychology. They and their partner live in Eastwood, which is a great place to raise two small humans.

9 Articles

Mark Parsons

Born and raised in Edmonton, Mark is a HR professional, writer, artist, and entrepreneur. He is also the founder of Multi Menu Edmonton, a local company that brings the pet store to your door.

9 Articles

Patricia Dunnigan

Patricia is an avid reader who developed a love of writing over her career as an educator and consultant. She published an illustrated memoir, Twisted Sisters: Synchronicity and Intuition in June, 2018.

9 Articles

Dave Von Bieker

Dave Von Bieker writes essays, poems and songs that hold a magnifying glass to the Sacred small. He looks for beauty everywhere and is awestruck at how often he finds it. His reflections on art, faith, and technology ask questions about what it means to be a slow, attentive human in a world of fast, distracting machines. He holds a Bachelor of Theology Degree and is Artistic Director of the Bleeding Heart Art Space. He lives in inner city Edmonton with his wife, two children and a small dog who is most certainly not a cat.

9 Articles

Rob Bernshaw

Rob is a member of the Rat Creek Press Board.

6 Articles

Nikki-Karyssa Scott

Nikki-Karyssa grew up in the Okanagan Valley working in orchards and vineyards before moving to Edmonton in 2007. She received her BSc in Production Horticulture in 2012. She lives in Alberta Avenue and is the plant growth manager at the University of Alberta’s research greenhouse.

5 Articles

Trisha Estabrooks

Trisha is the EPSB Trustee for Ward D. She is a former journalist with CBC.

5 Articles

Nicola Dakers

Nicola has lived in the Alberta Avenue community for 10 years and works for the City of Edmonton. She likes writing, reading, history, painting, gardening, animals, getting lost in the woods, and the awesome people in her community.

5 Articles

Jennifer Stewart

4 Articles

Alouise Dittrick

4 Articles

Shirley Serviss

4 Articles

Meena Deccan

3 Articles

Jessica MacQueen

Jessica is a recent transplant to Alberta Avenue, and former Chair of the Rat Creek Press board.

3 Articles

Susan Allebone

Susan lives, creates, socializes, shops and volunteers in the “United Nations” of Edmonton—Alberta Avenue. “We believe in 118” is not just a slogan for her, it's a way of life.

3 Articles

Nadine Uwimana

3 Articles

Kiley Fithen

Kiley, a Parkdale resident who shares a passion for building community, is a business owner and a Registered Canadian Immigration Consultant.

3 Articles

Cadence Bergman

3 Articles

Tamie Perryment

3 Articles

Cynthia Mondesir

Cynthia is a newcomer to Edmonton and a pediatrician in Bethel, Alaska. She is excited to learn more about this great city.

3 Articles

Pauline Ismael

Pauline has lived the area for almost 20 years and is currently finishing a degree in secondary education.

2 Articles

Brieanna McCutcheon

Brieanna has a college education in radio and television. In her spare time, you can find her writing on her blog or running to acting auditions.

2 Articles

Derek Quittenton

Derek, a former financial planner, retired, sold his practice, bought a big honking touring motorcycle, and hit the road! Six years and 160,000 km later, all in Canada and a snippet in Alaska, he has seen this land. You want to learn about the grandeur of this land, just ask him!

2 Articles

Lorraine Bergstrom

Lorraine, a Parkdale resident for almost 11 years, loves the potential and inclusiveness of this community. She facilitates jam sessions for community musicians and performers.

2 Articles

Nicole Malenczak

Nicole lives in Alberta Ave with her husband, dog and chinchilla. She is a former board member of Edmonton Youth Justice Committee Society.

2 Articles

C A Holloway

2 Articles

Ashley Ayume

Ashley is a resident of Spruce Ave with her husband Remo and their two children. She’s the program director for Spruce Ave Community League, a farm girl at heart, and she’s passionate about community connections, urban agriculture, and gardening.

2 Articles

Kevin Wong

Kevin is a self-proclaimed foodie with a very punny sense of humor, who will possibly be your next best friend. Twitter handle @keviowrongyeg.

2 Articles

Maegan Saunders

Maegan studied professional writing and fund development, combining her love of writing with her desire to make a difference. Maegan is also the founder of a local body positivity blog and brand.

2 Articles

George Crawford

George is the youth culture and community director at the Rat Creek Press. They live in Cromdale and are an active member of the Parkdale Cromdale Community League.

1 Article

Cheryl Whiskeyjack

Cheryl has been employed at the Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society for 24 years and in the executive director role since 2008. She also serves on the Align Association Board as well as Canadian Accreditation Board and co-chairs the EndPovertyEdmonton Stewardship Round Table.

1 Article

Charles Marrow

1 Article

Kevin Bell

Kevin is happy to live in Eastwood with his partner and two dogs. An unashamed socialist, he writes and occasionally paints about history as a way of coming to grips with the problems of today. kdbellblog.wordpress.com

1 Article

Jocelyn Brown

Jocelyn has published two novels and several short stories and articles. Writer in residence at EPL in 2012, she has worked at the Nina Haggerty Centre for five years.

1 Article

Shelaine Sparrow

Shelaine is a cultural creative who has lived in Ab Ave since 1999. Her life and career have been driven by a passion for ethical, place-sourced design, and grassroots community development.

1 Article

Andrea Ruelling

Andrea is a speech-language pathologist who works as a clinical assistant professor at the University of Alberta. She is also an avid gardener and world traveler. She has lived in Alberta Avenue since 2006.

1 Article

Maria Sharif

Maria is a fourth year education student from the University of Alberta. She is working with Parkdale Cromdale as an engagement coordinator in Neighbourhood Connect. She is a strong believer in inclusivity, diversity and equity and hopes to further inculcate these principles in the community this summer.

1 Article

Cris Basualdo

1 Article

Trish Noelle

Trish lives in Parkdale-Cromdale in a very old house filled with kids, cats, a dog, and lots of memories. She’s a writer, sociologist, and fledgling pianist who loves a good cup of tea.

1 Article

Susan Johnstone

Sue Johnstone lives in Parkdale with her family and many neighbours--some that she knows and some that she wants to get to know!

1 Article

Kendra MacDougall

1 Article

Sarah Dotimas

Sarah D volunteers at the Parkdale Cromdale Community League. She is passionate about many things, including environmental issues and community wellness. Reach Sarah through Instagram @sarahdtheconsciousconsumer.

1 Article

Brendan Van Alstine

Brendan is the former volunteer coordinator for Arts on the Ave. He has a background in social work and communications, and he has worked for a wide variety of volunteer-dependent organizations.

1 Article

Katrina Schultz

1 Article

Virginia Potkins

Alberta born and raised, Virginia is self-employed and an Alberta Avenue resident.

1 Article

Sean MacQueen

Sean is a public servant who loves bicycles, renovating his house, and the Alberta Avenue community. He serves on the boards of RCP and EBC.

1 Article

Raymond Gariepy

Raymond is a writer and artist living in Edmonton. He was the managing editor of a newspaper and a magazine published by the Alberta Teachers' Association.

1 Article

Richard Wright

1 Article

Aaron Paquette

1 Article

Ali Hammington

Ali is an Edmonton writer, witch, and social justice advocate. She lives in the Alberta Avenue area with her elderly cat. Her hobbies are spinning, weaving, and disrupting social norms to build a creative and connected community.

1 Article

Melanie Moore

Melanie is a local historian who has researched the history of the Cromdale and Virginia Park neighbourhoods. She is also co-editor of James Bond Steele Diaries: The Daily Life of a One-room Schoolteacher in Early Edmonton 1885-1891.

1 Article

Randi Letendre

1 Article

Carla Smiley

Carla represents Ward 73 in NE Edmonton where she and her husband continue to reside after raising their daughters. Professionally, she has a social work and church ministry background; she is nurtured by prayer and daily walks in our beautiful river valley.

1 Article

Lana Whiskeyjack

Lana is a Cree multidisciplinary artist from Saddle Lake Cree Nation. She researches, writes, and creates to educate and decolonize one creation at a time.

1 Article

Karen Gingras

Karen is the Director of Neighbourhood Development for the Edmonton Community Development Company and can be emailed at kgingras@edmontoncdc.org.

1 Article

Valda Roberts

Valda is an Alberta Avenue resident and volunteer for the past 20 years. She’s an event organizer and general all round rabble rouser.

1 Article

Alyssa Becker-Burns

Alyssa moved to Edmonton in 2017, choosing specifically to reside in the Alberta Avenue community because of its diversity and grass roots cultural vibrancy.

1 Article

Eric Grant

Eric lives, bicycles, and gardens in Alberta Avenue.

1 Article

William Chin

1 Article

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