On June 6, we presented our 2017 annual report to the Community and Public Service Committee of City Council. Last year saw a number of wonderful milestones that enabled Edmontonians to connect with their communities.
Here are a few highlights from last year:
- Pecha Kucha Nights partnered with the Winter Cities Shake-up conference to hold a PKN focused on ideas inspired by our winters. The event saw more than 500 attendees. Later that year, we held another PKN as part of Reconciliation Week.
- Our Ignite Working Group hosted Fresh MEAET at the ATB Entrepreneur Centre. The event featured pitches from up-and-coming Edmonton entrepreneurs interested in food sustainability. Later that year, we organized Leftover MEAET, an event that raised awareness about food waste.
- We hosted two professional development speaker events with Dr. Marvin Washington on
"Thriving During Organizational Change" and Carolyn Campbell on "Leadership in the
Community and City of Edmonton."
- NextGen volunteers dedicated over 3,000 hours last year helping to implement NextGen's projects and events in the community.
- City Jam 2017, featuring headliner A Tribe Called Red, helped raise 11,000 volunteer hours to local volunteer programs in Edmonton.
- For the 2017 municipal election, we hosted events in all 12 Wards as a way to increase civic engagement and voter participation. In over half of the ward events, there was at least one attendee who had never voted before.
It was a fantastic year, which makes us all the more excited for what lies ahead in 2018. Stay tuned for the projects and events we've got planned in the year ahead!