Community Mobilizers

Public Interest Alberta has Community Mobilizers across Alberta.

Calgary Outreach Coordinator

Julie Hrdlicka -

Julie HrdlickaJulie Hrdlicka has been working in the areas of social and environmental justice for over a decade year in Calgary. Julie has been the Outreach and Promotion organizer for a number of organizations in the city including: CANESI(The Canadian Network to End Sanctions on Iraq), Faith and the Common Good (Calgary) and the Calgary office of the Parkland Institute. She has also been on the board of many organizations over the years including; The Irma Parhad Programs at the U of C, Project Ploughshares Calgary, Sunrise Community Links and the Calgary War Resisters Campaign Group.

Grande Prairie Mobilizer

Heather Haiste -

Heather HaisteHeather Haiste is devoted to action and advocacy promoting the dignity and respect that is the right of all people. She has been married for 22 years, and has five children and six grandchildren. Heather has worked in human services, nursing, home care, family and community supports. She has worked for a not-for-profit agency in Grande Prairie, Accredited Supportive Living Services, and is a program coordinator for family support, foster care division. She is also a foster parent and sits on the foster parent advisory committee for region 8. Heather is also the guardian of her mother, has recently taken training to be a level one advocate for seniors, and sits on PIA’s Seniors Task Force.

Lethbridge Mobilizer

Lorinda Peel -

Lorinda PeelLorinda's experiences include being trained as a postpartum doula, coordinating music and arts festivals and promoting live music shows, working for peace, human rights and advocacy organizations, dabbling in environmental consulting, as well as working in a health and environmental store. She is passionate about supporting the arts and creativity, doing work that benefits society, igniting change, and being considerate of our community, diversity, environment, future generations and planet as a whole. Born and raised in Edmonton, she moved to Lethbridge a few years ago and is enjoying working, playing and gardening in the windy city with her daughter, cat and chickens. If you were to ask what her tools of choice would be for sparking innovation/transformation, the list would include a paintbrush, pen and some paper, good dialogue and effective communication, a garden spade and some vegetable seeds, and perhaps some musical instruments.

Medicine Hat Mobilizer

Alison Van Dyke -

Alison Van Dyke

Alison grew up in a civically minded family in the Medicine Hat area. She originally became involved in social activism through Friends of Medicare when her youngest daughter experienced a health crisis. She is the Co-Chair of Friends of Medicare - Medicine Hat Chapter. Alison spends much of her time volunteering at her daughter's school and with the Parent Council and Fundraising Society. She is also very active in her church and has previously volunteered for various community organizations and events. Alison enjoys engaging with others using social media such as Twitter, as well as writing online on her blog when she has the time.

Red Deer Mobilizer

Stephen Merredew -

Stephen MerredewA graduate of the University of Alberta, Stephen started his teaching career in Northern Alberta before taking a leave of absence to volunteer in Southeast Asia. Upon returning to Canada he and his wife relocated to Red Deer, where he has been teaching and coaching basketball since 2008. In his brief career, he has taught at every grade level, across a variety of subject areas and within a variety of institutional models, from mainstream to alternative schooling. His involvement with the Alberta Teachers Association has included serving as a Local Political Engagement Officer and Annual Representative Assembly delegate. Stephen has also served on the organizing committee for the Red Deer Association for Bicycle Commuting, as well as on the executive of the West Park Community Association. In the political arena, Stephen has actively volunteered on a number of municipal, provincial, and federal election campaigns. A founding member of Public Interest Alberta, Stephen looks forward to helping tell the stories of the many great public service programs and workers in Central Alberta.


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