Edmonton-Centre Newsletter Winter 2017

I am delighted to share with you the details of the recent work I've been doing in Edmonton-Centre over the past six months since my last newsletter.

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"What Have You Heard About Us?" exhibit at The Works

Posted on June 25, 2017

Today I stopped by The Works Art & Design Festival to check out an exhibit by ImagiNation Miscellany, "What Have You Heard About Us?" This is a collection of work exploring the perspectives and experiences…

Manasc Isaac 20th Anniversary

Posted on June 23, 2017

It was a pleasure tonight to join Manasc Isaac for their Summer Solstice Party and recognize their 20th anniversary as a ground-breaking leader in sustainable green design. Manasc Isaac has contributed…

Happy Pride Month!

Posted on June 13, 2017

One of the reasons I ran to be an MLA was because of my belief that governments and those elected to them have the responsibility to stand up with and for the marginalized in our society. That's why in…

Meals On Wheels - Seniors Week

Posted on June 9, 2017

Today I had the pleasure of helping Meals On Wheels Edmonton deliver food to a few of my constituents around Edmonton-Centre.

$1.7M funding Inner City Wellness Strategy in Edmonton

Posted on June 7, 2017

Today I was happy to join Minister Irfan Sabir, Mayor Don Iveson and local community partners to announce $1.7M in funding to further address homelessness in Edmonton. This funding is in addition to our…

Madaraka Day

Posted on June 4, 2017

This evening I joined the Association of Kenyans in Alberta to celebrate Madaraka Day and was presented with a beautiful daishiki. I've deeply appreciated the opportunities I've had to build relationships…


Posted on June 4, 2017

Today I had a fantastic time with members Edmonton's African community. I was honoured to carry the Alberta flag in the city's first Afrofest parade. It was wonderful to see so many come down to celebrate…

Community Justice Awards

Posted on June 2, 2017

Today I was honoured to attend ceremonies for the Community Justice Awards and present awards to a resident of and organisation from Edmonton-Centre. Dr. Andre Grace runs the CHEW Project which provides…

Edmonton Folk Music Festival

Posted on May 31, 2017

Today the Edmonton Folk Music Festival announced their 2017 line-up. It was a pleasure to present the Festival with a cheque for $75,000 from Alberta Culture & Tourism for a new tent and forklift. I'm…

Nagar Kirtan Parade

Posted on May 21, 2017

Today I joined my colleagues Rod Loyola, Christina Gray, Denise Woollard, MLA Lorne Dach & Thomas Dang to walk in the Nagar Kirtan Parade with Edmonton' Sikh community. This is an annual event celebrating…

An Ode to the Oilers (because a bet is a bet)

Posted on May 8, 2017

I don't get much time to write songs these days, but it was a pleasure to compose an Ode to the Oilers for Minister Ceci to read in the Legislature after losing a bet with Premier Notley as to whether…

Spring Tour of Seniors Residences in Edmonton-Centre

Posted on April 26, 2017

Stopped by to visit with seniors at Rosedale Estates and met Ruth Russell who once went to the same church as my parents and attended their wedding! Edmonton's a small town some days... It was one highlight…

FAVA Fest 2017

Posted on April 18, 2017

It was a pleasure to join FAVA-Film & Video Arts Society-Alberta tonight for FAVA Fest 2017 and present them with a Community Initiatives Program Project Grant of $50,000 to support their FAVA TV initiative.…

New Supportive Housing Project in Boyle-McCauley.

Posted on April 4, 2017

Today I had the honour of speaking on behalf of Minister Sigurdson at the groundbreaking for the People In Needs Service Society's new supportive housing project in Boyle-McCauley. The home will bring…

Supports for Seniors

Posted on March 21, 2017

I am happy to support the Government of Alberta’s increased funding for home & community care allowing more Albertans to live as independently as possible, providing access to better care so that we…

Mr. Speaker's MLA For A Day

Posted on March 1, 2017

This year’s MR. SPEAKER'S MLA FOR A DAY program will take place Sunday, May 7 through to Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at the Legislature Building in Edmonton. MLA for a Day is open to all Alberta high-school…

Future Ready

Posted on February 18, 2017

Family Day in Alberta is a chance to spend some time with those closest to you and for our government Family Day is about how we enable you to do just that. I’m proud of how Future Ready is helping…

Family Day Activities

Posted on February 17, 2017

FAMILY DAY, Monday, February 20 is an opportunity for Albertans of all ages to reconnect with provincial history and explore Alberta’s vast landscapes through a variety of free activities and events.…

I won an OSCAR!

Posted on February 16, 2017

Ogaden Somali Community of Alberta Residents - OSCAR - honoured me last Friday with the 2017 Oscar Award of Excellence during their celebration of Black History Month at City Hall. It was an honour to…

Global Shapers Edmonton Hub

Posted on February 16, 2017

On January 19th The Global Shapers Community Edmonton Hub took over my office for an active Question & Answer session. Global Shapers is a network of hubs developed and led by young people who are exceptional…

Startup Edmonton

Posted on February 9, 2017

In January I had the opportunity to visit Startup Edmonton, the incubator for young Edmonton entrepreneurs. They have supported the development of many companies, attracting capital from $10,000 through…