Who We Are
ActivatED was founded specifically as an initiative focused on the 2013 Edmonton Municipal Election. The ActivatED Team members are a group of passionate, progressive young—many of whom have graduated from the Next Up Leadership Program. We have come together from various Edmonton-based progressive advocacy realms, bringing with us valuable experience, enthusiasm and heartfelt desire to better the city we love.
We are not affiliated with any other groups or political parties.
We are operating solely on a volunteer basis, and no member of our team is receiving any monetary compensation for the work we are doing around the 2013 Election.
All funds we have raised have been through individual donations and have been put towards printing information cards, food for training sessions and meetings, and the dazzling website you are currently viewing. We do no anticipate our operating budget to exceed $500.00 for the duration of the election period.
We are committed to transparency and openness with regards to our work and motivations and encourage you to contact us with any further questions or concerns you may have.
Meet Our Team
Aliza Dadani- Founder/Strategic Organizer
Aliza currently works for the Centre for Race and Culture and does research for one of Edmonton women’s emergency shelters. She has spent the last two years in the non-profit industry with the intention of understanding the stories of Edmonton’s most vulnerable populations. Her academic background and passions are in Political Science and Women’s Studies. She believes that electoral politics are an important medium of activism and that each citizen has the capacity to influence the creation of government beyond just voting.
Alix Krahn- Core Organizer
Alix Krahn is currently working on her B.Sc. in Computer Engineering. She has been heavily involved with Engineers Without Borders Canada, is an alum of the Next Up program, and has been involved in other social activism. Deeply passionate about social justice and the complexity of cities, she has an abiding love of Edmonton.
Blaire Christensen- Main Mobilizing Organizer
Blaire Christensen is a recent graduate of Dalhousie University with an Honours BA in International Development Studies and Political Science. She currently works for the City of Edmonton. Although Blaire has lived in both Halifax and Ecuador, Edmonton is her home and Alberta politics are her passion. Consequently, she believes that Edmonton has the potential to be a municipal leader in sustainable and smart development through democratic political engagement and community empowerment.
David Herbert–Core Organizer
David Herbert currently holds a BA in Political Science and History from the University of Alberta. He also currently works for the Legislative Assembly Office in a non-partisan role under House Services. In addition to working in government, David is very passionate about political activism—he recently graduated from the Next Up program last May. David is an ardent fan of Edmonton and believes that social and environmental progress can be achieved by political engagement via democratic means.
Evan Hammer– Core Organizer
Evan Hammer has a BA in Environmental Studies, with a focus on politics and economics, and is also a recent grad of the Next Up program. Evan’s curriculum vitae is as diverse as his passions including advocating for alternative transportation, working with persons facing homelessness, helping families and individuals find affordable housing and promoting environmental sustainability. He wants Edmonton to be a vibrant, flourishing city with a vision for the future centred on sustainable transportation, smart growth, environmental concerns, and the needs of the marginalized.
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