Gender Parity in Grande Prairie: 22% Isn’t Good Enough

Xaverie’s Previous Blog Peter Lougheed Leadership Scholar Xaverie MacLennan ponders the importance of equal representation of women on City Council in Grande Prairie. 68% of Grande Prairie’s residents are under the age of 45. I belong to this age group, and am also a part of the 43% of residents that identify as female, as reported […]

My work on a mayoral election campaign – by Connor Vaandering

This summer I have been working on Calgary City Councillor Andre Chabot’s mayoral election campaign. Since the election is not until October I have been involved in the initial setup of campaign plans, strategy and organization. It’s a small campaign team with limited staff and limited finances, so I’ve done everything from communications and event […]

Protecting Aging in Place

Hello everyone this is Marissa. For my stretch experience I am interested in the treatment of LGBTQ+ older adults in residential care. I have found there are lots of ways to approach this topic, through people, policy and fundamentally through education. When I first started this project, I was focused on the issues for LGBTQ+ […]

Stretching Too Thin: Failure in Leadership

Last year, when I helped to organize the November Mentor Leadership Panel titled Finding Balance in Leadership: Work and Wellness, I reached out of Giri Puligandla, the Director of Planning and Research at Homeward Trust Edmonton and a PLLC mentor. I distinctly remember his hesitancy to join the panel — in his words, “I’m not […]

Where is Alberta’s Mark Zuckerberg?

Before starting my Stretch Experience, I really romanticized how fun creating a tech startup would be. I had seen The Social Network and used Airbnb, so I think that I felt like I had a relatively OK understanding of the sector. As you might have guessed, I had a lot to learn. For my Stretch […]