What are the Pressing Social Issues in Lethbridge and what Strategies are Needed?


November 15, 2018 :: Dr. Alina Turner, Kimberly Lyall and Michael Boh
Moderated by Terry Shillington

In March 2018, the City of Lethbridge Community Social Development (CSD) Business Unit launched a Strategic Planning Initiative that will provide the comprehensive research-based social assessment required to identify Lethbridge’s priority social issues, identify Lethbridge’s range of social supports and services, bring this information to community, and inform the revisions of the City’s CSD’s 5 Year strategic plan. Project completion is targeted for early 2019, and will support the development of the City of Lethbridge 2019-20 CBO Service Delivery Plan.

The speakers will outline what priorities are important for the City of Lethbridge in terms of Community Social Development and as well, about the trends throughout Alberta, and what the pressure points on communities look like on a broader scale. They will share the Lethbridge map of social assets and services currently in development, and ask the audience to share their perspectives on social challenges and potential solutions.

Speakers: Dr. Alina Turner, Kimberly Lyall and Michael Boh

Alina is recognized as a leading researcher and thinker on social issues with proven implementation results. Her work on system planning is recognized as a leading practice and often called upon as a model across communities. Her drive and passion for this work is grounded in her lived experience of the social issues she continues to challenge in her professional work. Alina is a Fellow at The School of Public Policy, University of Calgary and serves on HomeSpace's Board of Directors as Chair of the Governance Committee. She recently joined the Alberta Rural Development Rural Advisory Board on housing and homelessness.

Kimberly is a visionary business leader who’s able to inspire and motivate, and who faces adversity with determination. Her corporate experience includes extensive work in tourism marketing and development, not-for-profit organization management, business consultation and community development. Her strengths are in strategic planning, communications, and sustainable development. She has managed several award-winnig projects including the Coyote Flats Oral History Project. In addition to consulting Kimberly is a motivational speaker, and an instructor for Lethbridge College Corporate and Continuing Education. Kimberly was named a Lethbridge YWCA Young Woman of Distinction in 2000.

Michael has been an engineer with the City of Lethbridge for nearly a decade since returning with his family to his hometown of Lethbridge. Michael began work in the Infrastructure Department before ultimately moving to Community Services where, as a Project Engineer, he currently leads and supports various Community Services Projects and initiatives, including the Lethbridge Asset Mapping Project. Michael’s passion for the community of Lethbridge extends into his volunteer work, such as Project Management of École Agnes Davidson’s Dragon Park, Lethbridge’s largest playground, as well as past and present seats on various community boards such as the Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club.

Moderator: Terry Shillington
Date: Thursday, Nov 15, 2018
Time: Doors open 11:30 am, Presentation 12 noon, buffet lunch 12:30 pm, Q&A 1 – 1:30 pm
Location: Royal Canadian Legion (north door) 324 Mayor Magrath Dr. S. Lethbridge
Cost: $14 buffet lunch with dessert/coffee/tea/juice or $2 coffee/tea/juice.
RSVP not required


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