Back in September, I was the keynote speaker for a workshop hosted by the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights for the organization’s youth group. My topic was documenting activist events through photography and writing (particularly blogging and social media). Here is a video of my talk. You can also read my notes at my other blog, Sacred Social Justice.

For the past year I have been working on a short film called McCauley: A Caring Community – Conversations on Social Housing. The film discusses the concentration of social housing in the McCauley neighbourhood, and why housing needs to be a city-wide responsibility. It is an independent production with support from McCauley Revitalization. The official trailer was released a couple of weeks ago – here it is!

I was invited to the Spirit of McCauley Awards Dinner on October 15. It was to honour people who have contributed to the inner city neighbourhood of McCauley, by McCauley Revitalization. Last year, I received an honour for my work in the neighbourhood for almost 10 years.

While I did not know I was getting an award, I was surprised and honoured to receive one for my work with Boyle McCauley News and involvement with the arts, particularly in the areas of developing a series of booklets about the history and different cultures in the area, and videos (McCauley Moments and a forthcoming short film about homelessness and social housing called McCauley: A Caring Community).

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My photography from Radical Citizen Media is currently featured as part of the Art + Activism exhibit at the Visual Arts Alberta – CARFAC Project Space.

In terms of media coverage, my work has been profiled in Windspeaker/Alberta Sweetgrass, particularly my documentation of Indigenous protests.

As well, Shaw TV has done a segment on my activism and photography:

Through my work with both the United Church of Canada and in social justice, I encountered the group Moving Forward with Reconciliation. It consists of people from various United Churches in Edmonton (although people from other cultures and traditions are welcome) who discuss and seek to promote Reconciliation efforts between the Church and Indigenous peoples.

The woman who had been facilitating the group and maintaining its associated email list moved to B.C. this summer. As a result, I am now maintaining the email list, which distributes information about Reconciliation-related events in Edmonton and other places in the province. There are close to 300 people on the list, and one of the first things I did after taking over its administration was set up a Facebook page for Moving Forward, where the events, as well as related articles and other items, are posted.

If you would like to sign up for the mailing list, just send me an email to this address: calltoaction@uccedm.org.

As I announced here a few months ago, I accepted a four-month contract with Mill Woods United Church as Marketing Project Coordinator. The church decided to extend my contract beyond the original expiry date of August 31. I am on a very part-time schedule of 10 hours a week updating the church’s website, social media, and finding new ways to increase the church’s presence in the community.

Making things ever so official, my bio and photo is now up on the church website’s staff page, and an article I wrote about what exactly I do was published in the latest edition of the Connections newsletter (it’s on page 11).

I have just added a few recent website projects to the Websites section of my site, to showcase what I have been up to web-wise over the past few months:

Alberta Labour History Institute – This non-profit organization needed a complete redesign with a focus on well-organized content that is easy to search and update. It continues to be a work in progress.

Mill Woods United Church – Part of my staff position as Marketing Project Coordinator is maintaining the website, keeping the content clean and up to date.

Alberta Street News – After the original publisher began running the street newspaper again, which provides a source of income to marginalized people, a new website was needed that was clean, easy to navigate, and kept the paper’s identity intact.

The opening of Art + Activism on August 31 was a huge success. The Visual Arts Alberta – CARFAC Project Space was filled to capacity for much of the evening. I had a lot of positive comments about my work, and the Edmonton Journal covered the event for part of that week’s Social Seen. This was actually the second time I have been in Social Seen this summer. In July, I was photographed with a friend and her children at Interstellar Rodeo.

Here is the summary of the opening from Visual Art Alberta’s newsletter:

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I am very pleased to be back with VUE Weekly as a photographer. There have been a number of editorial changes over at the Edmonton’s alternative weekly in the last month or so, and I will also be writing music reviews of releases from local acts.

Another photography development (see what I did there?) is the forthcoming exhibit “Art + Activism” at Visual Arts Alberta. Launching on August 31, the exhibit features my photography of rallies and protests over the last decade, as well as a photographic timeline of 2016 events. I will be sharing the gallery walls with the paintings of Mary Joyce (who is also one of my colleagues in the Edmonton Coalition Against War and Racism) and Juan Lopezdabdoub.

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