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
After a successful first career as an award-winning journalist, author, and leading opinion maker, Satya co-founded Cambridge Strategies with K.J. (Ken) Chapman in 2001. Satya advises senior levels of the Government of Canada and the Alberta Government along with private industry and not-for-profits.
Satya’s 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.
Greg has a professional accountant (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.
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.
As the current Chair of the Community Archive and History Committee of Memoria Viva, she is leading a community archive project that consists of collecting the oral histories of immigration and creating a document archive of items from members of Edmonton’s Latin American community.
Lan is a Registered Social Worker, holding a M.Ed. (Anthropology and Education) and a B.A. (Anthropology) from the University of Alberta. Lan has been the Research Facilitator, Research Services Office, at the University of Alberta since 2003 and previously worked for the City of Edmonton, United Way and ASSIST Community Services Centre. As the executive director for ASSIST, Lan was involved with services and programs to new and settled immigrants in the Chinese community.
She remains connected to the immigrant and ethno-cultural communities in different capacities. She is an active volunteer for a number of committees, boards and events, including the Family and Community Support Service committee, Chinese Benevolent Association, Canadian Multicultural Education Foundation, and Heritage Day – China Pavilion. She has been a board member of the Edmonton Heritage Council since its inception in 2009.
Terry has worked and researched in heritage for the past fifteen years studying history at the University of Alberta and the University of Waterloo. His research has concentrated mainly on the history of the Canadian west. Professionally, his primary interest has been on public history and heritage interpretation.
Terry has published articles on sports history and the fur trade, he has lectured on archives, preservation, and heritage, and he has been a resource to several people considering careers in history and heritage. Terry has been a board member of the Edmonton Heritage Council since its inception in 2009.
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.
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.
Beth Sanders is a writer, urbanist, consulting city planner, and President of POPULUS Community Planning, Inc. She received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Ottawa and a Master of City Planning from the University of Manitoba. She is a Registered Professional Planner (RRP) and a Full Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners (MCIP).
For over 20 years, Beth has worked with government, business, community organizations and citizens striving for cities that serve well. Beth currently serves on the board of the Canadian Institute of Planners and the Alberta Professional Planners Institute (Past President), and previously sat as an Advisory Board Member of the University of Alberta Applied Land Use Planning Program and in several roles on the Board of the Glenora Community League.
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 collaboratory research on leisure environments in Edmonton’s river valley.
Jesse Watson is an urban planner with a background in Economics, Planning and Heritage Conservation. He has Bachelor degrees in Economics from the University of Lethbridge and in Urban and Regional Planning from Ryerson University. Originally from Alberta, Jesse spent several years in Ontario advocating for and residing within a national historic site in Hamilton. His advocacy efforts led him to work in various roles for both the City of Guelph and the Ontario Heritage Trust. He currently works for the Government of Alberta as a Planner.
Having always been keen on owning a historic home, he found a charming character-filled house in the beautiful community of Calder. He is also the Heritage and Special Projects Coordinator of the Calder Community League and serves as a Member of the Alberta Legislature Grounds Monument Committee.
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.
Director of Stewardship, Community Services Department, City of Edmonton
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.