I moved to Edmonton for love, but I stayed because I fell in love with Edmonton and its people. Edmontonians are generous, neighbourly, and always willing to step up and help out. And our city’s spirit of volunteerism and community-mindedness is best captured by our network of Community Leagues.
The relationship between our City government and our Community Leagues is an essential one, and is the perfect example of the kind of partnership we rely on to get the very best for Edmonton. I have a long history with Edmonton’s Community Leagues—as a volunteer, Executive Committee member, and advocate while on City Council. One of my most memorable roles was as Co-Chair for the Westmount Community League Decorative Street Lighting Committee, when we were up for neighbourhood renewal, a program that I consider one of my greatest achievements as a Councillor.
I have always supported Community League funding, both directly and through the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues. I know the grant application process has become onerous. As your next Mayor, I would review our application process to reduce the burden to our Community League volunteers and improve access to funding.
I’m also committed to working with Community Leagues on a capital audit of our Community League infrastructure, looking at ways to enhance these spaces as community hubs. Where it makes sense, let’s bring other cultural and community organizations to the table so we can better leverage these spaces to serve residents right where they live—another way we can elevate investment in multi-use community hubs and support sustainable urban design.
Edmonton is truly fortunate to have a strong network of Community Leagues, cornerstones of our sense of community. The work they do brings people together to make a positive difference, and promotes inclusion, unity, and belonging at a time when there is so much harmful divisiveness in our world.
As a Councillor, I attended countless Community League meetings. I know that to stay connected with our Community Leagues is to stay connected with the very heartbeat of our city.
A vote for Kim Krushell is a vote for Edmonton’s Community Leagues.