The Edmonton Heritage Council was founded in 2009 to give voice to the city’s memory. Through advocacy, grants, initiatives and programming, the Edmonton Heritage Council provides both a voice and a platform to Edmonton’s heritage community, and stimulates the interest of Edmontonians in their own heritage.
The Edmonton Heritage Council’s mission is to support the work of individuals and organizations that research, preserve and present Edmonton’s unique heritage; the people and groups that promote an understanding of how this distinct place came to be; and those that engage with our past in planning for our future.
The Edmonton Heritage Council’s mandate is to provide a forum for analyzing, discussing and sharing heritage issues in Edmonton, to advocate for a vibrant heritage community and heritage programs that benefit all Edmontonians. We work to unify Edmonton’s heritage community and give it a voice while promoting the awareness and development of effective, informed and recognized heritage principles and practices.
Indications of the Edmonton Heritage Council’s success in achieving our vision will include the committed and informed participation of Edmonton’s citizens in heritage, the support of heritage by educators and the support of heritage by government and business.
David began as EHC staff in April 2009, working with the EHC’s steering committee before the official founding of the Council in November 2009. His past work in heritage has been as a cultural community researcher with the Royal Alberta Museum and director of research with the Heritage Community Foundation. He has worked on several projects documenting, interpreting and writing about local cultural life and religious tradition in a number of Alberta communities. He has served as a volunteer director with historical Rundle’s Mission Society, the United Church Historical Society and is currently active with his neighbourhood’s community league.
Miranda’s passion for Edmonton and nearly 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector brought her to the EHC in December 2015. She is a member of Thunderchild First Nation and a proud member of Treaty 6. Active in the Aboriginal community, Miranda brings a desire to tell Edmonton’s history in way that continues to honour the First Peoples of this territory.
In her personal time, Miranda actively volunteers in the community. Currently, she sits on the Board of Trustees for Edmonton Public Library, is a member of the National Reading Campaign’s Aboriginal Steering Committee, and oversees RISE – Reconciliation in Solidarity Edmonton, a group she co-founded after the final Truth and Reconciliation Commission National Event.
City Museum Strategy Coordinator
Monica’s advocacy for connecting people to meaningful historical experiences began over thirteen years ago with her first Interpretive summer job. Since then she has championed the development of memorable, entertaining experiences that use best practices in interpretation, museology and public engagement. She holds a B.Ed, B.F.A and a professional certificate in Cultural Heritage Leadership.
Monica has long believed in the transformative power and social value of museums. The City Museum Strategy and its associated projects are positioned to develop a new and more meaningful intertwining of people, place, history and identity, and she is excited to contribute her expertise and passion towards this significant goal.
Meredith Diane Mantooth
Grants & Program Coordinator
Meredith joined the EHC in September 2014. She originally hails from south of the border where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and International Relations at the University of South Florida. In 2009 she moved to Vancouver to attend the University of British Columbia where she earned her Masters of Anthropology with a focus on Museum Studies in 2012. During her time as a student in Vancouver she worked at the Museum of Anthropology as a public interpreter and researcher.
Since moving to Edmonton in January 2012, she has worked in various cultural heritage sites including City Hall, Enterprise Square Galleries, John Janzen Nature Centre, and the John Walter Museum. Meredith looks forward to continuing her life long passion for museums and cultural heritage through her work with the EHC while enjoying what Edmonton has to offer during all the seasons, but especially winter—Meredith loves winter.
Ryan joined the EHC in August 2013 after graduating from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor’s degree in English and Sociology. He complemented his studies by volunteering as a journalist with The Gateway, the university’s student-run newspaper, where he grew especially fond of writing about Edmonton’s past and future. In his continuing work as a freelance writer, Ryan seeks unexpected stories that touch on the urban fabric and psychology of modern city life, which adds fire to his growing obsession with public transit, film, and hip-hop.
Azkaa joined the EHC in March 2015 and originally hails from Toronto, Ontario. She has a background in environment and resource management, a penchant for human-centred design and facilitation, and a keen interest in building community through emphasis on wellness and heartwork. She’s intrigued by mastery of all kind, and has an intimate love of honeybees, water, olive oil, and language.
Shirley Combden has been the Edmonton Heritage Council’s Financial Officer since its inception in 2009. Prior to that, she spent many years in public practice. In addition to her work at the EHC, she also works for other not-for-profit organizations including the Edmonton Arts Council, where she has worked since 2006.
Shirley enjoys the rewards of working in the not-for-profit sector so much that she can often be found volunteering at her church, her kids’ school or in the multiple births community…when she isn’t too busy driving her kids to soccer!
Board of Directors
Greg is a professional accountant (CPA, CMA) with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta. He has held senior finance and administration positions in non-profit and government agencies and also with the provincial government. Throughout his career and volunteer commitments he has reported to and served on public Boards, providing him with a solid understanding of Board governance and a commitment to accountability and transparency.
His published works include a history of St. Francis Xavier High School, a walking tour of St Albert’s Mission Hill and cemetery and several essays contributed to the Edmonton Journal. He was a major contributor to a significant book published by the Edmonton Catholic School District about the women and men who taught in Edmonton’s Catholic schools.
Beth Sanders is fourth-generation settler in Treaty 6 territory. She is a writer, urbanist, and consulting city planner based in Edmonton and works and volunteers with citizens, community organizations, public institutions and the business community who strive to improve the city we make for ourselves. The better we serve our city, the better our city serves us in return.
Beth is President of POPULUS Community Planning Inc. She has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Ottawa (Canadian Studies) and a Master of City Planning from the University of Manitoba. She is a Registered Professional Planner (RRP) in Alberta, past president of the Alberta Professional Planners Institute and past director of the Canadian Institute of Planners. Beth is an active volunteer in her neighbourhood, most recently guiding the Abundant Community Initiative and winner of the 2013 International Integral City Meshworker of the Year award.
Alex Abboud is the Director, Communications & Fund Development for Homeward Trust Edmonton, where he leads a team responsible for corporate communications, public relations, government relations, events, and fund development. He was previously a Policy Advisor and Communications Manager with the organization.
Alex has more than 10 years of leadership experience in communications, government and stakeholder relations, and public policy. While attending the University of Alberta, he was elected Vice-President External of the Students’ Union, and served as Chair of the Council of Alberta University Students. He is a National Trustee (Board Member) for the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) and chairs its Engagement Committee. He was previously the Chair of the Board of the CPAWS Northern Alberta chapter, and on the Executive Council for the Kappa Alpha Society (international men’s fraternity). He is also a marathon runner, blogger, and hobby photographer.
Candas Jane Dorsey
Born in Edmonton, Candas Jane Dorsey is an internationally-known writer and editor. She is a full-time professional editor and writer of prize-winning novels and short story collections, as well as poetry, reviews, critical essays and reports. For ten years, she was publisher and editor of the monthly arts newspaper The Edmonton Bullet and for fourteen years editor and publisher of the Edmonton-based literary press The Books Collective. For 35 years she has worked as a freelance writer, editor, writing teacher, and communications consultant.
She is an active arts and community advocate through arts organizations, community leagues, Boyle Renaissance Advisory Committee and the Edmonton Police Service Liaison Committee.
Satya Brata Das
Satya advises leaders in the public, private and philanthropic sectors.
Satya’s community work focuses on inclusion, diversity, and community building, often through the perspective of human dignity and social cohesion. His books include Dispatches from a Borderless World and the best-sellers The Best Country: Why Canada Will Lead the Future and Green Oil: Clean Energy for the 21st Century?
The City of Edmonton recognized Satya’s lifetime service to culture, heritage and arts with a 2001 Citation Award. His other awards include the Alberta Centennial Medal. He has been a board member of the Edmonton Heritage Council since its inception in 2009 and served as Secretary in 2011-2012.
Darrel is the Principal of Boreas Architecture and Civic Design, working to preserve stories of Canadian heritage and achievement to be passed along to future generations. He is a public speaker, author, Board member of the Alberta Grain Elevator Society, and a Freemason, working to create a program of conservation for Edmonton’s Freemasons Hall.
The son of a Canadian Pacific Railway Station Agent, Darrel grew up in Alberta train stations. A graduate of the Montana State University School of Architecture, he was elected as Vice President/Secretary/Treasurer of the American Institute of Architecture Students, taking a year away from studies to live and work at the American Institute of Architects headquarters in Washington, DC before beginning his architecture practice in Chicago, IL.
Wendy is an International Education Manager at Alberta Education. She has held several roles with the Government of Alberta that have given her an extensive and varied background in policy analysis, program creation, and the development of strategic policy.
A born and bred Edmontonian and a second-generation Canadian of Ukrainian descent, Wendy has an extensive background of community volunteer work, serving as Chair of Habitat for Humanity’s Family Support Committee. She has a Master of Science from the University of Alberta.
Eric has lived in Edmonton since 1985 and has a B.A. in Canadian history from University of Victoria and an M.A. in Western Canadian History from University of Calgary. From 1982 to 1985 he was an archivist at Glenbow Museum. In Edmonton, he has carried out research contracts for Historic Sites Service, worked for two years as a curator for the City’s Artifact Centre, and worked at the University of Alberta Archives. He has been an Instructional Assistant for NorQuest College since 1995.
Over the years, he has encouraged protection of the river valley against commercial development. He has served four years on an Edmonton Advisory Committee on city trails, paths and routes and has been co-planning chair for the Riverdale Community League for seven years.
Andy Grabia is a former educator who has worked in government relations and community relations at the University of Alberta. He has also worked in communications for the Edmonton Public Library, and was a speechwriter for the Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate of Canada. He currently works in the Office of Marketing and Communications at the University of Alberta, where among other responsibilities he manages the central UAlberta social media accounts.
In his free time, Andy likes to write, take photos, and engage in other creative activities. He was a writer for the popular hockey blog The Battle of Alberta, and is a past member of the Edmonton Journal Community Advisory Board. Andy also curated and wrote the catalogue for the University of Alberta Libraries exhibit on the comic book collection of Edmonton arts writer Gilbert Bouchard.
Judy Half is from the Saddle Lake First Nations Community in Treaty Six, located northeast of Edmonton. Judy has worked with the Royal Alberta Museum since 2008 as an Aboriginal Liaison, and has actively participated in heritage sector seminars, museum conferences, community engagement initiatives, International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and other relevant events that allow her to share First Nations Heritage and issues.
She earned her Native Studies and Anthropology degree from the University of Alberta in 1994, and did Field School in Archaeology at Bodo (Alberta), and a certificate in Governance shortly thereafter. Judy is now completing a Masters in Heritage Resource Management that leads to a Masters of Arts in Integrated Studies, through Athabasca University.
Martin is a communications professional, heritage advocate and community volunteer. He is a past Chair of the Edmonton Historical Board, and a volunteer and board member with Preserve Garneau since 2001. Martin is currently Vice President External Affairs at Capital Power, and recently served as a Senior Official in the Alberta Public Service.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, board member for the Sled Island music festival, and past member of the Premier’s Council on Culture. You can find him on Twitter and Instagram @mkyeg.
An active community leader, Jeanne is the founder and former President of the Francophonie Albertaine Plurielle (FRAP), working within Alberta’s Francophone communities. She also founded My Voice Counts, an organization for civic engagement of new immigrants. She worked with and served on boards of directors (The Africa Centre, ECALA), as well as with external entities in the public and private sectors in order to maintain effective governance.
Jeanne has a Bachelor of Business Law from the University of Paris X and Master Degree in International Relations from the Sorbonne, Paris; and a Graduate Diploma in Management from HEC Business School, Montreal. She has recently worked in project management with Diversity Group and the Africa Center and currently works with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (Government of Canada).
Mack is a passionate Edmontonian and well-known local blogger, writing about urban affairs in Edmonton at mastermaq.ca. He’s also co-founder of the popular What the Truck?! series of food truck events, and has helped to organize dozens of other local events including Eat Alberta, ChangeCamp Edmonton, and the Edmonton New Media Awards (Yeggies). Mack is an active community participant, and currently serves on the Edmonton Food Council, Downtown Vibrancy Task Force, Council Initiative on Public Engagement, and numerous other boards and committees in Edmonton.
Alexis recently relocated to Edmonton from Halifax to work for the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation as a consultant in First Nations housing. Her academic background is in Gender Studies and City Planning. Her professional planning work has largely involved working with Indigenous communities.
She has developed comprehensive community plans on reserves in Saskatchewan, Quebec, Ontario and Nova Scotia; housing plans with urban Indigenous populations in Winnipeg; and worked on the Urban Aboriginal Strategy in Atlantic Canada. She is passionate about creating intercultural cities and spaces where cross-cultural dialogue and interactions can occur.
Ana Laura Pauchulo
Ana Laura Pauchulo was born in Argentina, raised in Toronto and has called Edmonton home since 2011. Since moving to Edmonton with her family, she has been involved in many community heritage initiatives including the National Day of Healing and Reconciliation Committee of Edmonton and the Memoria Viva Society of Edmonton.
She is currently working with non-profit organizations in the city on a number of projects focused on addressing the Calls to Action put forth by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Recently, she completed a project with Memoria Viva to grow its Latin American community archive. Ana Laura’s work in collective memory began in Argentina over a decade ago where she worked with human rights groups to understand the pedagogical role of public remembrance of the 1976-1983 dictatorship.
Arundeep Singh Sandhu
Arundeep was born and raised in Mill Woods, Edmonton, and has a B.Comm in management accounting from the MacEwan School of Business. He operates a transportation and construction business with his family, and has built projects across Northern and Central Alberta, and in the Edmonton area.
Over the past fifteen years, he has worked with the Sikh Heritage Society of Edmonton, the Sikh Students’ Society at the University of Alberta, and many other heritage organizations in the Edmonton area. He served as a Vice President of PC Alberta from 2011 to 2015. He also served as a special advisor in the Government of Alberta and brings a history of helping community groups work with government to raise and address issues important to them.
Born and raised in Edmonton, Sally falls increasingly more in love with this city, enhanced through her work in heritage over the past ten years. She holds two Bachelors of Arts degrees from the University of Alberta; one of these with a specialization in Western Canadian history, focusing on women’s history since the 19th century and the fur trade in the West.
Sally has been deeply involved in public interpretation, cutting her teeth at Fort Edmonton Park as well as the University of Alberta Museums and the Royal Alberta Museum. For the past two years, Sally has contributed articles for the Edmonton City as Museum Project, covering topics from Edmonton’s downtown farmers’ market to the first women’s organization at the University of Alberta.
Eric is Assistant Professor of History at Athabasca University. He co-ordinates and teaches Canadian history courses in the Centre for Humanities. He published his first book, The Wages of Relief: Cities and the Unemployed in Prairie Canada, 1929-1939 (AU Press) in 2013. He also serves as co-Vice President of the Alberta Labour History Institute, and on the Athabasca University Press editorial board.
He is a past member of the Edmonton Historical Board. Currently he is working on a history of western and northern Canada following Canada’s acquisition of the territory in 1870.
Karen Wall is Associate Professor in Communication Studies and the Heritage Resources Management Program at Athabasca University. She has published research on topics including cultural and heritage policy, the social history of Alberta, Aboriginal education and citizenship, and the Banff School of Fine Arts.
Her community service has included conference organization for the Canadian Association of Women in Public History and the Alberta Parks and Recreation Association, as well membership in the Alberta Women’s Memory Project Committee, the city’s Writer in Exile Committee and Task Force on Homelessness, and various academic boards. She has also held positions as archivist, registrar and researcher for the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, University of Alberta Museums, Stony Plain Multicultural Heritage Centre, Alberta Historic Sites, the Provincial Archives of Alberta, and as illustrator for museum exhibits and Alberta Education history curriculum materials. Current projects combine her ongoing visual art practice with collaborative research on leisure environments in Edmonton’s river valley.
Jesse Watson is a City Planner, world traveler, ambitious daydreamer, news junkie and native Albertan. He wants to live in an Edmonton filled with innovative ideas, varied architectural styles bundled with stories and in a community that celebrates its value.
Senior Heritage Planner, City of Edmonton
Robert Geldart is an architect with a Masters degree in urban planning and is the City of Edmonton’s Principal Heritage Planner in the Planning and Development Department. He also serves on the Edmonton Historical Board in an ex-officio capacity.
City Archivist, City of Edmonton
Kathryn has been an archivist for 20 years. Two years ago she came to the City Archives as part of the team of archivists preserving and restoring Edmonton’s history. She has now taken over the helm from former archivist, Michael Payne and her first order of business is to make the archives more accessible to the public and to city staff.
Acting Branch Manager, Community Recreation Facilities, Citzen Services Department
Evelyn is the Director of Stewardship in the City of Edmonton’s Community Services Department and Facility Director of Commonwealth Stadium. She is the acting City Advisor to the Edmonton Heritage Council for Rob Smyth, Branch Manager of Community Facility Services in the Community Services Department.