Our vision is an Edmonton that embraces its diverse heritage, inclusive of all people, communities and cultures on Treaty Six territory, consistent with the principles of truth and reconciliation, and engaging with the past to create a vibrant future.
We connect people with the stories of their city. EHC provides leadership, support and programs to help Edmontonians research, preserve, interpret and advocate for their heritage.
The Edmonton Heritage Council has a mandate to serve as a leader in advancing the City of Edmonton’s cultural plan The Art of Living: A Plan for Securing the Future of Arts & Heritage in the City of Edmonton: 2008-2018
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 Manager
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.
Ryan is an Edmonton-based freelance writer with a passion for urbanism, heritage and public engagement. By day, he is the Communications Coordinator with the Edmonton Heritage Council, where he works to engage Edmontonians with the city’s heritage. By night, he volunteers as the Pecha Kucha Nights Co-Chair with Edmonton’s NextGen, where he co-leads volunteers dedicated to providing a stage and a spotlight for Edmontonians to share their passions, pursuits, and perspectives. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Sociology from the University of Alberta, where he grew fond of writing about Edmonton’s past and future for the University’s newspaper. He continues to write about heritage and the urban form in local publications such as Vue Weekly.
Kyla is passionate about building community and making it a welcoming place for all to call home. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alberta, majoring in both History and Political Science, with certificates in Globalization and Governance and Peace and Post Conflict Studies. She is currently working towards her Master’s of Education in Educational Policy Studies. Kyla has years of experience working in the non-profit sector in Edmonton, and conducting community-based research. Outside of school and work, she volunteers with her Community League, and sits on the Braille Tone Music Society board. She also sings with Oran, part of the Kokopelli Choir Association. Her new favourite activity is exploring Edmonton through the eyes of her one year, accompanied by her husband and their dachshund, Maximus Dogus.
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.
Project Lead, Cultural Initiatives
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.
Board of Directors
Alex Abboud operates Abboud Strategies, a consulting term focused on communications, strategy, and organization development. He works with clients in the non-profit, government, and private sectors.
Alex has more than 10 years of leadership experience in the non-profit sector and government. From 2010 to 2015, he worked for Homeward Trust, a large non-profit organization focused on ending homelessness. From 2013-15, he served as Director, Communications & Fund Development, and previously as a Policy Advisor and Communications Manager. He previously served as a key political staff person at City Hall in Edmonton, and as Executive Director of Students Nova Scotia.
In addition to his service with the Edmonton Heritage Council, he currently serves on the board of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, and has also served on the boards of CPAWS-Northern Alberta – including a term as Chair, North Saskatchewan River Vally Conservation Society, and Friends of McKay Avenue School. In his spare time, he writes, is a marathon runner, and a hobby photographer.
Wendy is a Manager of Agency Governance with Alberta Advanced Education. She has held several roles with the Government of Alberta that have given her an extensive and varied background in issues management, 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, including serving as Chair of Habitat for Humanity’s Family Support Committee. She has a Master of Science in Psychiatry from the University of Alberta.
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.
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.
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 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.
Angelina is a director at consulting firm Veridant and currently serves on the board of Women Building Futures and the Northern Alberta Risk & Insurance Management Society. Her previous board roles include the Seniors Assisted Transportation Society of Greater Edmonton and CreatiVenture Collective in Toronto. As a consultant, she specializes in setting strategic visions for her clients, and meeting these visions by employing the right people within the right organizational structure.
In the realm of culture, Angelina began as a classical East Indian dancer, before going on to train in classical ballet throughout her formative years. She then decided to apply her dance garnered discipline and focus to become a professional civil engineer and eventually an MBA at the University of Alberta. She has certifications in Risk Management (CRM), Leadership in Energy and Environmental design (LEED) and is a Fellow in Board Governance.
Leo Campos Aldunez
Leo is a poet, cultural worker, interpreter/translator, multilingual social media professional and Creative Director of the Community Networks Group based in Edmonton. With an education in media, arts and adult education, Leo has taught volunteer leadership and media workshops for the Edmonton Literacy Learning Centre, Edmonton Immigrant Services Association, Edmonton Inner City Housing Society, Las Americas Housing Co-operative Ltd and the Edmonton Immigrant Men Support Network Society.
Leo has served as a communications consultant, social marketing strategist, documentary producer and fundraiser for various organizations including The Learning Network, the Alberta Teachers Association, McEwan University, Our Voice Magazine, Lorna Thomas Productions and Creative Control Inc.
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 was an Instructional Assistant at NorQuest College from 1995 to 2013, when he retired.
Over the years, he has encouraged protection of the river valley against commercial development. Eric currently volunteers at Abbottsfield Literacy Centre and Abbott Elementary School.
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.
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. He has also been active with the Edmonton Heritage Council.
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.
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 Taproot Edmonton, a member-funded home for local journalism. Mack helped start 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). He is an active community participant, and currently serves on the Edmonton Food Council, Downtown Vibrancy Task Force, 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.
Anthony is a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) student at the University of Alberta’s School of Business and previously graduated with an MSc in Oil & Gas Engineering and an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering.
Anthony worked as a Utilities Technologist in the LNG industry for more than decade, before moving to Edmonton from Nigeria in 2016. From August 2016 to March 2017, Anthony served as a Board of Directors intern with the Edmonton Heritage Council.
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.
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.
Nakita is a community organizer, public speaker, political advocate and graduate student working in the fields of history, critical memory studies and Islamic-Jewish Studies at the University of Alberta. She serves a Vice President of External Affairs with the Alberta Muslim Public Affairs Council (AMPAC) and organizes community initiatives including the Salam-Shalom Muslim-Jewish Women’s Collective, Women’s Safety Classes, the AMPAC TRC Reading Group, and the AMPAC Indigenous History Lecture Series.
Nakita regularly speaks throughout Edmonton on the subjects of Islam, Islamophobia, Muslim-Jewish relations, the role of memory in society, the continuing relevance of history, memorialization politics, and Muslim women’s history.
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.