About

We connect people to the stories of our city through our leadership, support, and programs. We do this by helping Edmontonians research, preserve, interpret, and advocate for our heritage.

Vision

Edmonton embracing its diverse heritage, inclusive of all people, communities, and cultures on Treaty 6 Territory, consistent with the principles of Truth and Reconciliation.

Mandate

The Edmonton Heritage Council has a mandate to serve as a leader in advancing Connections & Exchanges, Edmonton’s 10-year arts and heritage plan.

Success

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.

Our Staff

David Ridley

Executive Director

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.

Danielle Dolgoy

Programs and Partnerships Manager

Danielle grew up on the edge of Edmonton’s MacKinnon Ravine, bike riding through the neighbourhood, playing soccer on the community league team, and getting a head start on her homework. With her degree in Liberal Arts and Art History, as well as her graduate studies in Communications and Media Studies, she seeks out connections in unlikely places and helps people tell their stories to enrich communities and preserve culture.

As a Project Manager, Danielle enjoys planning events and executing projects down to the smallest detail. When she’s not at work, you’ll find her scrambling up mountains with her husband or in her front yard vegetable garden, seeking shade beneath a very large tomato plant.

Mary Schuurman

Operations Manager

A longtime resident of Edmonton’s northeast, Mary makes her home near the same area in which she spent her grade-school years. Even as a child, she appreciated cultural diversity, especially enjoying costume, dance, music, food, and personal accounts about families and cultural experiences.

Mary comes with decades of not-for-profit experience in administration, finance (payroll, accounts payable), and Human Resources. She truly enjoys the development of structure, processes, procedures, and policy. She approaches these and all other things (like relationships, revamping old clothes, and gardening) with her motto in life, which is to “leave things better than I found them.”

Elyse Abma

Administrative Assistant

Elyse grew up south of Edmonton in the small town of Lacombe, moving to Edmonton to pursue a history degree at The King’s University. During those four years she fell in love with Edmonton and, after a brief stint at the University of Victoria, decided to call Edmonton her home.

Elyse has worked on many different projects throughout her undergrad and graduate schooling including oral history, community engaged research, creating online walking tours, and working with small archives and house museums. When she’s not writing a paper or finishing a project, Elyse can be found baking sourdough, biking to the newest cafe and planning which trip to go on or event to attend next.

Julia Darby

Grants Coordinator

During her childhood, Julia spent most of her time practicing the cello, writing novels that would never be published, and reading at the public library. In university, she pursued a passion for music history that had been developing since she first started music lessons at age six, culminating in a graduate degree in Musicology from the University of Toronto. She returned home to Edmonton to a career in arts administration, gaining experience in funds development, festival planning, and grant writing. She firmly believes in the essential value of storytelling in building meaningful relationships and strong communities, which inspired her to join the EHC in 2018.

When not at work, you might see Julia performing around the city with her string quartet, walking with her retired racing greyhound, or training for her next half marathon.

Logan Fetterly

IT Coordinator

Hailing from all corners of Alberta, Logan Fetterly grew up in Iricana, High Level and Fort McMurray before finally settling down in Spruce Grove. From an early age his parents were always keen to notice his passion for computers and technology. Now, you’ll find him spending his free time infatuated with video games and the latest indie track to hit his coveted playlist.

Logan began his relationship with EHC as a student working through MacEwan University’s Experiential Learning program doing data analysis and business intelligence before later accepting the internship position offered that summer. Now as the organization’s IT Coordinator, Logan’s tasked with the ensuring of smooth uninterrupted technical prosperity for all staff.

Christina Hardie

Curator, Edmonton City as Museum Project

Born and raised in Edmonton, Christina believes in the power of story to foster social change and community connection. Christina holds a History degree and a diploma in Theatre Arts.

A former professional actor, Christina moved her love of storytelling and performance into the found spaces of educational interpretation. She has worked at several natural history sites, served as Programs Coordinator at John Walter Museum, and is currently President of the Edmonton Regional Heritage Fair Society. Prior to becoming ECAMP Curator, Christina undertook her own ECAMP adventure, exploring Mill Woods through oral histories related to natural spaces and the experience of growing up in the community.

Joe Hartfeil

Communications Coordinator

With a strong track record of staff, board, and committee service within Edmonton’s heritage and art sectors, Joe brings a history of community engagement to his role on EHC’s communications team. An award-winning writer and broadcaster, his convoluted career path has taken him through the occasionally rocky terrains of the film industry, radio, historic interpretation, theatre, music, research, and linguistics; his relationship with the stories of his hometown has been equally enriched by each stop along the way.

When not trying in vain to clean his glasses, Joe enjoys getting up at ridiculously early hours to create children’s books and radio programs before his brilliant wife and daughter join him in the land of the waking.

Bob Sadler

Financial Coordinator

Bob Sadler, CPA CMA, an accounting and management professional, brings years of experience in charitable non-profit environments to his role with EHC. In addition to his financial and business expertise, Bob has extensive experience in the post-secondary education sector. A strategic thinker and problem solver, he holds several degrees from the University of Saskatchewan and University of Calgary. Bob moved to Edmonton in 2001 and currently resides in the Parkview neighbourhood.

Board of Directors

Martin Kennedy

Chair

Martin is a communications professional, heritage advocate and community volunteer. He currently leads Public & Government Affairs at EPCOR Utilities, is Vice Chair of the Downtown Business Association, and serves on a University of Alberta Board Committee.

He is a past Chair of the Edmonton Historical Board, a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, and past member of the Premier’s Council on Culture. A long-time community volunteer in Garneau, Martin’s residence is a 1934 home now designated as a Municipal Historic Resource.

Robert Hobson

Vice Chair

Robert is a professional planner with over 40 years of experience in setting public policy, heritage conservation, and environmental land use planning. He has been active in local government, serving as a City Councillor for the City of Kelowna from 1988-2014 and Chair of the Central Okanagan Regional District from 1993-2014, among other positions. In 2015, Robert moved to Edmonton and in 2016 he was appointed to the City of Edmonton Subdivision and Development Appeal Board.

Robert was awarded the Queens Jubilee Medal for his leadership on municipal, regional and provincial issues. He has focused on reconciling interested between local and regional governments and between municipalities and First Nations.

Wendy Birch

Past Chair

Wendy was born and raised Edmontonian and is a second-generation Canadian of Ukrainian descent. Wendy has a passion for the stories of place and people with a focus on the importance of preserving and sharing conflicting narratives. She has an extensive background of community volunteer work and board governance. She currently works in the public sector.

Cathy Roy

Secretary

Cathy Roy retired as the curator of Western Canadian History at the Royal Alberta Museum in 2016. A fourth-generation Edmontonian, she has had a long interest in our City’s heritage. She has also served on various other community and professional boards. In her retirement, she has continued conducting historical research on local history and on the technical documents of the tailoring trade.

Cathy brings her knowledge of the built heritage of central Edmonton and her passion for our lively and diverse city.

Jean-Louis Zokpe

Treasurer

Jean-Louis is a former member of the board of the Council for the Advancement of African Canadians (CAAC), where he served on the governance policy committee. He is a founding member of Edmonton Beninese Association, and past vice-president and treasurer. He currently works as a senior compliance officer for the federal government, with 10 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry as a manager, supervisor, and specialist in quality assurance.

Prior to coming to Edmonton, he was a volunteer with Pastoral of Oratory Saint-Joseph (Montréal), working to help the homeless in the downtown streets. He served on the Social Issues committee of the board of Conseil Jeunesse de Montreal (CJM), an advisory council on youth issues for the City of Montreal.

Emma Banfield

Emma was born in Edmonton and, since moving back a few years ago, has been delighted to discover such a vibrant and community-oriented city. Emma holds a degree in law and a doctorate in music. She previously performed and taught as a violinist across Canada and the United States.

Emma initiated a free community chamber music series, and other activities include coaching soccer, volunteering on community boards, and bringing speakers to Edmonton to present on broad topics of social engagement. Additional projects support Indigenous persons, women, children, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and low-income individuals. She lives in Old Strathcona, where her two young sons keep her outside as much as possible. Emma loves to walk, read, and garden.

Greg Cardinal

Greg, who works as both a Referral Clerk with Indigenous Services Canada and as an Indigenous Interpreter at Fort Edmonton Park, has expertise in history, storytelling, research, and administration. Previously Supervisor of Indigenous Narratives at Fort Edmonton Park, Greg has specialized in oral storytelling, residential school intergenerational trauma, and Indian day school experience.

He has an interest in advancing Indigenous representation within local organizations, community groups, and mainstream think tanks. He also served on an advisory committee for the River Crossing grants program in 2018. Greg is a member of Saddle Lake Cree Nation and has a B.A. in English and History.

Andrea Diamond

Andrea is the Grants Impact Associate at Edmonton Community Foundation, where she works to understand the impact of the Foundation’s grantmaking and student awards through research and evaluation. She is currently co-investigator on a research project which explores the relationship between student awards and community involvement.

Andrea holds a Masters of Public and Urban Policy from the University of Glasgow, where she wrote her dissertation on light industrial built heritage and its perceived social and economic value. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in history and anthropology from the University of Alberta. In her spare time, Andrea can be found on the curling rink, at the ski hill, or playing her trumpet with her community band.

Jeanne Lehman

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).

Henry Maisonneuve

Henry is an 11th generation Canadian and a 2nd generation Edmontonian. Employed in the building design consulting industry for 25 years, his professional passion for delivering built environments led to a personal passion in the stories of the people who occupied those environments. He strongly believes that great places are where community and heritage thrive.

Henry volunteered with the Old Strathcona Foundation for 18 years. He liaised with national, provincial, and municipal agents, advocating for historic preservation and heritage celebration in Edmonton. He previously served as Alberta’s representative on the National Trust for Canada’s Board of Governors, where he led a Strategic Issues Committee.

Sally Scott

Born and raised in Edmonton, Sally falls increasingly in love with this city, enhanced through her work in heritage over the past decade.  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. In recent 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 U of A.

Eleonora Sermoneta

Eleonora, an Edmonton resident since 2018, works with the Royal Alberta Museum as Adult Programmer, with previous experience in education and school programs at Fort Edmonton Park as well as with heritage organizations in British Columbia. She has served on the board for Vancouver Heritage Foundation and on the Advisory Committee of the Burnaby Art Gallery.

A lifelong passion for cultural heritage has taken Eleonora from museum collections research and management to heritage education programs, as well as the development of initiatives related to heritage and museums advocacy, policy, fundraising, and outreach. As a heritage professional and a new Canadian, she is passionate about connecting with and actively participating in the cultural and social life of her community.

City Advisors

Scott Ashe

Principal Heritage Planner, Urban Design, City of Edmonton

Scott Ashe, Principal Heritage Planner, Urban Design within the City of Edmonton’s Urban Form and Corporate Strategic Development department of City Planning, serves as a City Advisor to the EHC Board of Directors.

Kathryn Ivany

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.

Roger Jevne

Branch Manager, Community & Recreation Facilities, City of Edmonton