Episode 96 – Gaps in the Social Safety Net

On this episode we visit our latest Vital Topic: Gaps in our Social Safety Net.  This report looks at how programs designed to help vulnerable populations have been trimmed or reworked by various governments. The result is a complicated system of services that can be nearly impossible for those in need to access or maintain.

Our correspondent, Emily Rendell-Watson, speaks with Erick Ambtman, Nadine Chalifoux and Karen Bruno to learn more about what it means to navigate assistance and programing when you are struggling to make ends meet.

Links:
Read the Vital Topic: Gaps in the Social Safety Net and check out the sources.
Find out more about EndPovertyEdmonton.
If you’d like to take a look at the programs you heard about in this episode, you can find more information here:
– Canada Emergency Response Benefits (CERB)
Alberta Works Income Support
Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH)
Edmonton’s Food Bank

ECF Happenings:
See our Rapid Response Fund in action!
Join us for our Annual Meeting by going to our website or facebook page on June 9th at 11 am!
Read the latest on our blog.
Create your own fund to support the causes you care about.
Check out our ECF Fund listing and Strategic Granting Guide.
See more ways ECF connects you with Edmonton’s community.

ECF Grants:
Upcoming Student Awards:
Al Maurer Awards – Deadline to apply is August 31st.
Charmaine Letourneau Scholarships – Deadline to apply is August 31st.
Click here to find details for these, and all of our student awards!

The Well Endowed Podcast is produced by Edmonton Community Foundation. And is a proud, affiliate member of the Alberta Podcast Network.

Music for the Gaps in the Social Safety net story is The Winner Takes It by Crowander.

Episode 95 – River Valley Alliance

On this episode, we meet Kristine Archibald, Executive Director of the River Valley Alliance (RVA). She tells us about how RVA  connects people to and through the River Valley.

The River Valley is the largest metropolitan river valley park system in the world. Right now, you can traverse over 70 kilometers of connected trails right beside the river. There are two foot bridges to take you across the river, and 8 boat docks to get you onto the river.

Links:
Trek The Trails with River Valley Alliance (RVA).
You can find Trail Maps here.
Brush up on your Trail Etiquette.
Check out the RVA Website.
See their Plan of Action to connect over 100 km of of trails and parks in the capital region.
Discover the RVA Projects that help us access the River Valley.
Follow RVA on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Become an RVA Ambassador.
Check out how the City tracks pedestrian counts.

ECF Happenings:
Join us for our Annual Meeting by going to our website or facebook page on June 9th at 11 am!
Read the latest on our blog.
Create your own fund to support the causes you care about.
Check out our ECF Fund listing and Strategic Granting Guide
See more ways ECF connects you with Edmonton’s community
See our Rapid Response Fund in action!

ECF Grants:
Upcoming Grants:
Community Grants – applications due June 1st

Upcoming Student Awards:
Nancy Fairley Scholarship – applications due May 31st.
Don and Norine Lowry Awards for Women of Excellence – applications due May 31st.
Click here to find details for these, and all of our student awards!

The Well Endowed Podcast is produced by Edmonton Community Foundation. And is a proud, affiliate member of the Alberta Podcast Network.

Episode 94 – Shannon Blanchet

On this episode, correspondent Paul Blinov introduces us to Shannon Blanchet. Shannon is an actor, improviser and educator who has been a pillar of Edmonton’s theatre and acting community for years. And she is one of 20 recipients of the Edmonton Artists’ Trust Fund!

Over the past 22 years the EATF has invested in more than 100 multimedia, literary, music, dance, film, theatre and visual artists; and contributed more than $800,000 to the arts economy. And this funding as been especially important during the pandemic as artists face unique challenges.

Links:
Keep up with Paul Blinov.
Learn more about Shannon Blanchet.
See more of her work on IMDB.
Check out our blog post featuring Shannon.

ECF Happenings:
Read the latest on our blog.
Create your own fund to support the causes you care about.
Check out our ECF Fund listing and Strategic Granting Guide
See more ways ECF connects you with Edmonton’s community
See our Rapid Response Fund in action!

ECF Grants:
Upcoming Student Awards:
* Edmonton Refugee and Emerging Communities Awards – Deadline is May 1st
* ECF Awards and Bursaries – Deadline is May 15th
*Alexandra M. Munn Scholarships and John & Andrea Wallin Awards – Deadline is May 15th
Click here to find details for these, and all of our student awards!

The Well Endowed Podcast is produced by Edmonton Community Foundation. And is a proud, affiliate member of the Alberta Podcast Network.

Episode 93 – Dustin Bajer

On this episode, we meet Dustin Bajer. Dustin is an educator, master gardener, writer, beekeeper, and ecologically inspired designer. And he is a volunteer on ECF’s Environment and Animal Welfare Sub-Committee. We’re so excited to introduce him to you!

Links:
Follow Dusting Bajer on Twitter and Instagram: @DustinBajer
Keep with Dustin’s website.
Check out our blog post featuring Dustin: The Bee’s Knees
Read more about ECF’s granting milestone in our Spring Newsletter.

ECF Happenings:
Read the latest on our blog.
Create your own fund to support the causes you care about.
Check out our ECF Fund listing and Strategic Granting Guide
See more ways ECF connects you with Edmonton’s community
See our Rapid Response Fund in action!

ECF Grants:
Upcoming Student Awards:
* Edmonton Refugee and Emerging Communities Awards – Deadline is May 1st
* ECF Awards and Bursaries – Deadline is May 15th
*Alexandra M. Munn Scholarships and John & Andrea Wallin Awards – Deadline is May 15th
Click here to find details for these, and all of our student awards!

The Well Endowed Podcast is produced by Edmonton Community Foundation. And is a proud, affiliate member of the Alberta Podcast Network.