Where do you go when you’re scared, lost, or sick? We teach our children to be wary of strangers, but what happens when children are away from home and need help? Thanks to the Edmonton Safe Parents Association, help is only a skunk away!
Spunky the Skunk is the mascot in the window sign of the Edmonton Safe Parent Association. It’s a red, white, and black sign of a skunk holding a child’s hand. Approved and screened volunteers (Safe Parents) display this sign in their windows when they are home and available to help. Continue reading Organization promotes safety of citizens Goal is to provide safe homes throughout city
On June 3, look for red muskoka chairs in small parks. Part of 100in1Day, Red Chair Ave aims to spark conversations and introduce people to underutilized parks.
Wesley Andreas, organizer of Red Chair Ave, said he often passes what he calls a “pocket park” on 96 Street and 116 Avenue. Continue reading Red Chair Ave sparks conversations Talk about your dreams, love, and thoughts of home
Westwood’s ornamental pond is just north of my apartment building. I’ve often walked by it and regretted that I couldn’t use it for wading during hot summer days.
The pond was a community wading pool for several years. But in 2011, Alberta Health Services declared it unsafe for wading and it’s now designated as strictly ornamental, with signage in place to discourage use as a wading pool. Continue reading Westwood community pond to be upgraded The plan is a positive step in meeting community needs
As the community bids farewell to Sgt.Curtis Hoople, a successor from across the river has stepped in to take his place, and she is happy to be patrolling a beat once again.
Sgt. Katie Davies joined Edmonton Police Service’s (EPS’) northwest division in January to lead the beat team covering Alberta Avenue and parts of the Eastwood, Elmwood Park, and Parkdale neighbourhoods. Continue reading New sergeant returns to her beat roots Sgt. Katie Davies takes over Alberta Avenue beat
Does your neighbourhood have an underused or ignored space (like an alleyway, a street corner, or a vacant lot) that could be improved? Consider giving it a temporary makeover as part of the 100in1Day festival! Now in its second year in Edmonton, 100in1Day is a community-led event encouraging hundreds of people to take one small action to spark positive change on the same day. Projects can include anything from chalk murals and pop-up parks to flash mobs or street parties—anything you can dream up! Visit makesomethingedmonton.ca/100in1day.
Header image: Cyclists make their way down stairs turned into pieces of poetry during the festival last year. | Make Something Edmonton
On March 30, a crowd packed the gallery at the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts. They were there to see 19 short videos, each under five minutes, the result of the year-long Digital Storytelling project initiated by writer-in-residence Jocelyn Brown.
“I was working here with the artists individually on storytelling, but for a few of the artists at the Nina, telling a story in the traditional way just didn’t work for them. They might’ve not been able to speak or the stories they wanted to tell weren’t always linear in the traditional way. And they’re here as visual artists, so I was really looking for a way where we didn’t have to rely on text as much,” Brown said.
Continue reading Telling a story in under five minutes Digital Story project featured 19 short films
About 60 residents gathered in the basement of Sacred Heart Church on March 6 to hear from members of Access to Medically Supervised Injection Services Edmonton (AMSISE) about their proposal to open four safe injection sites in the city’s core.
The meeting, organized by the McCauley Community League executive committee, was intended to address residents’ concerns about possible impacts the sites may have on their neighbourhoods. Continue reading Residents debate safe injection site proposal Community meeting addresses the potential impacts
In a world of increasing social isolation, neighbours can be a great asset for social support, resources, help, and safety. A book called The Abundant Community by John McKnight and Peter Block champions collective efficacy to create more capable and effective communities. Continue reading Developing Abundant Communities Fixing big problems on a small scale starts at home
Many community initiatives happen in our area, encompassing everything from small community projects to big festivals.
Wesley Andreas, creator of Animate the Avenue Alleys, is a great example of someone who developed a successful initiative. A few years ago, he needed to repaint his garage, but wanted something creative. He participated in an event called DIY City and painted a simple, bright cityscape and silhouettes of people. Continue reading The road to creating community initiatives Advice and resources to get a project on its feet
Hundreds of people have given their time to share their vision for and frustration with their neighbourhood over the years. Some of them took it further and joined a committee or worked on a project. Many residents sitting at community meetings today are the same as 11 years ago when the Avenue Initiative Revitalization started. That speaks of the commitment those residents have to making their community a better place to live, work, and play. Continue reading Community leaders of revitalization Stepping up to make your neighbourhood better