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.
Suzanne Karhiio Dzus
Suzanne is a Cree Mohawk woman from the Michel First Nation with a passion for advocacy. She began her work 20 years ago as a volunteer working to bring forward the issues around the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. Upon moving to Mohkinstis, She started the Memorial March for Missing and Murdered Women in 2007, which has since grown exponentially and continues to raise awareness around the lack of protection for Indigenous Women.
In 2015, Suzanne began volunteering with the Calgary Alliance and has held the role of co-chair the Reconciliation Action Team until recently. She helped develop the 5 week training sessions "Wrestling with the Truth of Colonization" and co-facilitated the pilot program in 2020. Suzanne will continue her work with the Calgary Alliance for the Common Good, Reconciliation Action team and the IAF NW.
Tapisa is a Inuk woman from the Qikiqtaaluk Region of Nunavut and has made Mohkinstis (Calgary) her home the last 13 years. She has determination to bring equitable resources to Indigenous Peoples. She began her work just a few years ago when she had learned what the devastating realities of Indigenous People, including within her own family. Being a daughter of a Residential School Survivor and experiencing her own intergenerational trauma, she is committed to bringing love and life to her community. Tapisa is a mother of 3, which led her to committing to bridge the gaps in what we call Canada so ensure that the next generations are met with an open heart and open mind.
In 2018, Tapisa began volunteering with the Calgary Alliance, and her tenacity has led her to to the role today as one of the Indigenous Organizers with the Alliance. If you are interested in Truth and Reconciliation work please contact Tapisa.
Jodi coordinates the Abundant Communities Neighbourhood Block Program. This program supports individuals in building strong communities at a neighbourhood block level while contributing to a culture of care that also increases civic engagement, a sense of belonging, resiliency and safety. Jodi has a MA in Leadership and has worked for over 10 years as a community educator. She co-created Refugia Retreats, an initiative that creates experiences and spaces to explore the intersections between the environment, justice, and mental health and is excited to bring her experience to the work of building connections at the community block level.
In her spare time, Jodi likes to paint, is an avid reader and loves to spend time in the mountains with her partner and puppy. If you or anyone you know are interested in getting involved with the Abundant Communities Neighbourhood Block Program please contact Jodi.
Vincent St. Pierre
Administrative Coordinator (Organizer)
Every act of organizing is reorganizing. That's where Vincent comes in: he helps those in the Alliance, its organizers, and more, be organized. If it's social media, tracking a rogue Zoom link, or sending the weekly newsletter, he's your man. Vincent is a born and raised Calgarian who is passionate about the political process with involvement in Calgary’s political scene for more than ten years. He has managed multiple campaigns, such as a successful campaign for the School Board managing Dr. Judy Hehr’s candidacy in the 2013, and then proceeded to assist her son and husband in assuming elected office.
He has won national awards for blogging (Canada’s #1 Political Blog [2012 & 2013 Canadian Blogging Awards] and Canada’s #2 Political Blog [2012, Canadian Weblog Awards]) and has worked in a constituency offices for MLAs, as a staffer on campaigns, and a political aide to cabinet ministers in Ottawa. He now brings this organizing focus to the work of the Calgary Alliance for the Common Good.