Archives for October 2010

Results of GEA’s October 23rd Alliance Wide Discernment

New Officers
Cathy Heslinga – Trinity United
Carla Janzen – Millwoods United
Don Mitchell – Windrose

Thanks to all who listened in their institutions and to those who came to the Alliance Wide Discernment this past Saturday. This Discernment has been 10 months in the making!  This is the first time a listening and discernment of this magnitude has happened in GEA; 14 of our institutions did listening events, and 18 brought forth issues from their membership. Though there were many things we would do differently next time, the reality is that this is a major milestone in GEA’s evolution, one for us to all be proud of! GEA learned a lot about the pressures and hopes that unify us.

Our current issues – Local Foods, Seniors Care, and Sustainable Works have considerable energy and commitment from the GEA membership. There were also three areas of common interest that emerged over the course of the day. Many new and existing leaders have agreed to form Research Action Teams (RATs) to explore these emerging interests in more detail. Please scroll through the new and existing issues. If you would like to join a Research Action Team, or have questions how we came to these issues please call Laura at 780-267-7022.

1) Income Disparity
Temporary foreign workers
Immigration
Foreign credentials & equivalency
Apprenticeships
Living Wage
Poverty Outreach Exhaustion (compassion fatigue) ·  Pay Equity

2) Integrated Communities
School closures
Intentionally cultivating diverse relationships
Densification/ urban form
Community cohesion (belonging)
Social isolation
Moving from NIMBY to YIMBY
Sustainability

3) Housing
Homelessness
Affordable rentals
Affordable ownership
Moving from NIMBY to YIMBY

Seniors Care

Sustainable Works

Local Foods