Homelessness is an ongoing issue with businesses seeing an increase in theft, vandalism and vagrancy. SEBA together with the OSBA bring you our February Luncheon.
We are pleased to introduce you to the following speakers who will answer the question from their own perspective:
Business fights poverty. What we can do to make a difference in our community.
Michael Walters - Ward 10 City Councillor
Michael Walters is serving in first term on Edmonton City Council. He was elevcted in October 2013. Michael is know as a construction, creative and collaborative community builder and political leader.
Prior to elected political life Michael spent a number of years as a Community Organizer, Social Entrepreneur and Public Policy Consultant in Edmonton and across Alberta.
Ealry in hi career, as director of the Community Action Project in North Central Edmonton, he led a team to redevelop hundreds of derelict homes, inspire new economic activity and transform a neighbourhood.
His approach to homeless at the Bissell Center was similar: he helped men and women in the inner city struggling with housing and mental illness issues become leaders and together they made homelessness an issue governments now take seriously.
Connie Marciniuk - Community Liaison
Connie has always been interested in positively impacting individual well-being and it was when she partnered with NET from an external agency that she learned how collaborative work through a community safety lens can accomplish this goal. Over her nearly ten years with the Neighbourhood Empowerment Team she has had the amazing opportunity to work with a diverse group of individuals, community stakeholders, and agencies. She has contributed to a wide range of projects; some to address tenants rights and housing standards, traffic safety, community connectedness and spirit, property crimes, and how the physical environment contributes to crime (via CPTED). No where else has she found such a unique opportunity to connect with people, hear their perceptions on what impacts safety then work together to address these factors.
Jarrod Bayne - Homeward Trust Edmonton
Jarrod Bayne is an Edmonton-based professional and family man, currently serving as Chief Programs Officer at Homeward Trust Edmonton. Within this dynamic organization, he oversees the programs funded in community under Edmonton's Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness. This includes a series of Housing First teams, supportive housing programs, clinical teams and related projects. Before his current role, Jarrod worked for almost a decade in management consulting, with a focus on supporting public sector clients to tackle tough challenges.