Edmonton is a great place to live. The city might not have a championship sports team, perfected public transit, or hip arts districts strewn across the city. But Edmonton does have something that keeps the city moving forward — people that envision a future for Edmonton.

In recognition of this spirit, The Wanderer Online reached out to some of our favorite and most unique community leaders, and asked what resolution they would like to see reached in Edmonton in 2014 and beyond. We humbly thank these bold leaders for mapping out where they would like to see the city, their organizations, or even themselves go.

 

In 2014, Edmonton should focus on making small-to-mid-sized theatre venues accessible and affordable for local arts companies, in order to maintain and build upon it’s reputation as a city with great culture. Rapid Fire Theatre is Edmonton’s longest-running improv theatre company, and we aim to build our own 250-seat space, and keep Edmonton laughing all year round!

Amy Shostak – Artistic Director of Rapid Fire Theatre 

If I were to have a goal for the city of Edmonton this year it would be to engage with the children and youth of the city to create a Children’s Charter which places our younger generations at the centre of all programming and policy. Edmonton can be the first municipality in Alberta to lend their support to the province’s efforts to put “Children First” and work to promote and advance children’s rights in a real way. This Charter would consider the needs of all our children, no matter what their economic status, race, ability, orientation or background, and ensure they have a voice and are fully included.

Renée Vaugeois – Executive Director of The John Humphrey Center for Peace and Human Rights. 

I want to see the High Level Bridge lit up from shore to shore. Why?  An easy answer is that it will look beautiful … or that “Potholes can’t be all we have to talk about”. But maybe a better answer is that years from now when people say, “Tell me about Edmonton” … the story of this grassroots project to Light The Bridge will be a shining example we proudly share about how we connect as a community, when we decide to do something brighter for us.

Tammy Pidner – Chief Evangelist of EEDC 

To bring poetry into areas of Edmonton where it is not normally found; to share the stories of Edmontonians with Edmontonians. Edmonton is rich with history and hope and foundation and growth. It is my resolution to write and perform poems that celebrate and explore all aspects of Edmonton and share them with Edmontonians.

Mary Pinkoski – Edmonton’s Poet Laureate. 

The Citizens of Edmonton resolve to look around their city and see the myriad faces of Canada’s First Peoples, to acknowledge their aspirations and efforts to rise above oppression and secure their places. Edmonton’s citizens then look around the city and recognize the dearth of Aboriginal names or recognition of any non-settler heritage. Instead of the honouring of names like Papaschase, Lapotac, and Maskipiton , they see Oliver, Ross and Tuscany. Instead of the millennia of tipis and bison pounds this place has known, they see venerated the distant, irrelevant Klondike and sixty years of oil and gas. And they resolve to respect an ancient bond and a modern reality.

Tom Long – Public Interpretation Coordinator at Fort Edmonton Park

I’m going to ride my bike(s) more in 2014 . The election campaign really cut into one of my best exercise outlets last year!

Don Iveson – Mayor of Edmonton