Before beginning his role as the Lead Organizer for the Calgary Alliance for the Common Good, Ryan was a Lutheran Pastor and part of the group of pastors, rabbis, priests, labour and non-profit leaders who first initiated the Calgary Alliance. Ryan was introduced to Community Organizing as a part of his studies at Harvard.
Prior to working for the Calgary Alliance, Ryan used the practice of community organizing to help organize the Calgary Interfaith Council, The Canadian Interfaith Conversation and the 2010 G8/20 Interfaith Summit. Please contact Ryan if you are interested in learning more about the Calgary Alliance for the Common Good, or for any media enquires.
In everything Elyse does, she values people’s stories, she believes we grow by learning from multiple perspectives, and that ultimately, we can make change for the common good together. She is a creative person with a love for community building; Elyse holds BFa in Visual Art and Design specializing in figurative painting, and a graduate degree in Public and Pastoral Leadership (MAPPL) specializing in Indigenous and Inter-religious Studies. Elyse's passion for intercultural and interreligious engagement has taken her on adventures around the world, and she's enjoyed the last 7 years here in Calgary. She loves this opportunity to serve the community, to work with so many amazing people from all backgrounds, and make change for the common good of the people of Calgary.
Currently residing on Treaty 7 land, Renée brings to the Calgary Alliance for the Common Good a commitment to personal growth and becoming a good ancestor through justice, inclusion and equitable and regenerative practices. Renée consciously stewards a small urban piece of land filled with perennial food and will take any opportunity to include the outdoors in her days. She has held positions in oil and gas and municipal land development as an engineer, works in advocacy for anti-oppressive practices in science, engineering, math, technology and trades and has many years of nonprofit experience, working collaboratively to reach organizational goals.
Renée joins the Calgary Alliance and the Calgary Climate Hub to work on gathering diverse community voices to form a climate change coalition in Calgary with the ultimate goal of creating a shared platform to address climate change and a just transition in Calgary.