ABSI Connect Fellows at MRU


Alberta Social Innovation Connect (ABSI Connect) is an emergent initiative to support and enhance the existing strengths and momentum of social innovation in Alberta. The intention is to find, connect and align social innovation initiatives, bright spots, or new opportunities to help unleash social innovation in the province.

Two full-time fellows were selected to explore, connect and promote the social impact community in Alberta with the guidance and support of a network of host organizations and expert advisors. The Institute for Community Prosperity is proudly hosting the Calgary-based fellow, Kate Letizia, in support of her work. Kate is a native Calgarian and global citizen who is on a lifelong journey to generate positive change for marginalized people and communities throughout the world. Kate started a non-profit that is dedicated to valuing and compensating Calgary’s informal recycling population for their environmental and economic contributions.

The Edmonton-based fellow, Aleeya Velji, has worked within inner city schools both teaching and implementing "Breaking the Cycle" programming for Aboriginal youth. As a member of Edmonton's Environmental Advisory Council, she has championed the implementation of community gardens, and has also worked alongside Alberta Ecotrust.

To supplement the work of the full time fellows, the Institute for Community Prosperity is supporting a part time policy fellowship undertaken by the Institute’s own Lesley Cornelisse. Lesley will focus on opportunities to advance enabling social innovation policies at both the provincial and municipal levels. Lesley’s previous work on social finance and social policy will inform her examination of the policy landscape surrounding social innovation in Alberta.

Connect into the initiative! Keep an eye on Twitter (@ABSIConnect), the ABSI Connect newsletter  and Facebook for updates.