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.
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.