Listening Campaign Launched! Here is the Timeline

Thank you who all who attended the Listening Campaign Launch in September.  It was a great start to the exciting listening starting in our organizations.

Listening launch
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Listening campaigns are important work.  We know how valuable it can be for individuals to be able to talk with others about the pressures they’re feeling, to know that others care, and to build deeper relationships among our members.

The listening campaign will continue on the following timeline.

Leaders Check-In Meeting
Friday, December 2 – 9:30 – 10:30 AM, Catholic Archdiocese Pastoral Centre, 8421 101 Ave. Northwest, Edmonton
We will check in on the how the Listening is going for those who have the process underway and share strategies for those who are still planning or about to start.

GEA-wide Discernment Assembly
Wednesday, February 15 – 7:00 – 8:30 PM, Location TBA
We look at everything that surfaced during the Listening process, prioritize the problems we want to act on together, and launch Research-Action Teams to begin the work of developing concrete action proposals and campaign plans.

Organizing Fundamentals
Thursday, March 2 – 6:00 – 9:00 PM, Location TBA
We will provide an abbreviated introductory training on GEA / IAF principles and practices as a pre-requisite for anyone who will be participating in the Research Action Teams, and who has not yet attended a GEA Leadership Institute.

Research-Action Team Training
Date and Location TBA
We will convene all of the Research Action Teams together for a joint initial training.  We will then break  into teams to figure out first next steps and meeting dates.

We look forward to working with all of you to create a better Edmonton / Alberta for everyone! Please contact us if you have questions or need more information.

Spring 2015 Senior’s Team Update

Seniors Team Update Spring 2015

The Seniors Team is organizing our next round of house meetings.  Their focus is enabling seniors to remain in their homes for as long as possible. With the imminent Provincial Election, the Seniors Team’s is working to keep their issues front and centre, as the media focuses on the economy and the credibility of the current government.

We need to keep seniors issues up front.    The Seniors Team has identified three key areas of services:

  • Personal supports – housekeeping, cleaning, gardening, snow shovelling and small repairs.
  • Mobility and safety – transportation, grocery shopping, financial aid
  • Connectedness – social isolation, loneliness, poor access to health and social services.

The seniors identified that although they tend to be asset rich, they are income poor.  It is clear that Federal and Provincial median income to qualify for financial assistance is too high, for “middle income” seniors to qualify for support.    Alberta Health’s 2010 policy framework for an ageing population states as a goal to “increase the supply and range of home care and community care services to assist Albertans to receive services in the community.”

The question is whether we have the imagination to understand that or whether we will continue to pretend that the slack will be picked up through the ever-decreasing volunteer sector and decreasing social capital.  We can choose to put some key soft supports in place which in a short while will pay for themselves or we can wait until the medical costs overwhelm us.  It is time for action, its time for our system to evolve!


Horse Hill Area Structure Plan (ASP) Public Hearing


Mon, February 25, 1:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Tuesday, February 26, 1:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.


City of Edmonton Council Chambers (map)


The Horse Hill Area Structure Plan (ASP) is scheduled to be presented to City Council for public hearing on Monday, February 25, 2013 at 1:30 p.m.

Following that, people can register to speak for or against the ASP. The hearing will go until 9:30 p.m. on the 25th and then resume on the 26th if there are more speakers to be heard.

Edmonton’s City Council seems poised to approve this plan. This plan reserves virtually none of the farmland in northeast Edmonton and if approved would convert almost all of the remaining 
farmland to residential and commercial use. The Horse Hill Area Structure Plan is the first in a series of three plans that will come before City Council and preserve virtually none of the remaining prime agricultural soil within the city limits.

To register to speak at the Public Hearing, you can contact the Office of the City Clerk at 780- 496-8178. Save the date and plan to join other food citizens to send a clear message to City Council that preserving some of the agricultural land in northeast Edmonton is an important priority.


Petition City Council: Please Gather Good Information before making a Billion Dollar Land Use Decision!

Edmonton’s City Council seems poised to approve the Horse Hill Area Structure Plan (ASP). This plan reserves virtually none of the farmland in northeast Edmonton and if approved would convert almost all of the remaining farmland to residential and commercial use.

The Public Hearing about the plan is scheduled for February 25 and 26, 2013, (1:30 to 9:30 both days). This is the first in a series of plans that preserve none of the remaining prime agricultural soil within the city limits.

Please Read and Sign our Petition and come to City Hall on February 25th and 26th!


To learn more about this issue CLICK HERE!

2012 Annual General Meeting

Thank you to everyone who took the time to come out on a beautiful Saturday to join us for the AGM.  Carla Janzen (Milwoods United) and Philipia Bates-Renouf (AUPE) are excited to welcome Doug Worobetz (Local #8 – BTA), Elizabeth Metcalfe (St. Mary’s Anglican), Ken Bracke (St. Michael Resurrection Parish), Kirsten Goa (WindRose), Shanthu Mano (C-Returns), and Whitney Haynes (AUPE) to the2012/2013 GEA Board.GEA would like to thank Christopher New (Southminster Steinhauer United), Cathie Heslinga (Trinity United), Don Mitchell (WindRose) and Gerry Donnelly (Building Trades of Alberta) for their service to the GEA 2011/2012 Board.

2011 Annual General Meeting

On April 28th, 2011 GEA hosted its 6th annual AGM. 35 leaders gathered from GEA’s diverse base of institutional members to reflect on the last year of organizing and make commitments to the coming year. Over the next year GEA will be creating a Strategy Team, which will meet quarterly and offer leaders from our institutions a place to build relationships and capacity, and to discern together how GEA will prioritize and execute it’s Action Agenda. Another welcome addition to the scope of GEA’s work for 2011 is Local Leadership Training, which leaders at the AGM committed to attending and recruiting others from their institutions who would be interested in and benefit from training. Local Leadership training will be held the evening of August 19th, and the day of August 20th.
Contact GEA’s Office Administrator,  Terra Fleenor for more information:
GEA’s 2011/2012 Board

Returning Officers
Chris New – Southminster Steinhauer United
Gerry Donnelly – Building Trades of Alberta
Philipia Bates-Renouf – AUPE