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Recover's goal is to develop a comprehensive, coordinated approach to urban wellness that can be replicated and scaled up to other neighbourhoods.

The City of Edmonton recognizes that there is a clear need for a more coordinated effort to address the real impacts of initiatives, both existing and emerging, in downtown core communities. 

Engagement Process

Our research uses a variety of methods to engage the public.  We go out to where the people are and ensure those who are hard to reach have the opportunity to share their voice and perspectives on urban wellness.

Our work is ongoing, but In 2018 we had 3 phases in our engagement process.

See the What We Heard Report to find out about the conversations in the neighbourhoods.

Phase 1

Community Discussions

We had a series of focused small group discussions and visited:

  • Chinatown, downtown and North Edge businesses
  • Diversity Centre, ASSIST community organization and Intercultural Centre
  • Creating Hope and Ambrose Place permanent supportive housing
  • Seniors Association of Greater Edmonton
  • John A. McDougall School
Street Interviews

We interviewed 40-50 residents in each of the 5 neighbourhoods. These interviews included door-to-door visits and conversations in popular gathering places like cafes, libraries and parks. 

Phase 2

Neighbourhood Walks

Discussions in phase 1 refined our working definition on urban wellness and informed places of interest as part of our neighbourhood walks. We organized walking tours in each neighbourhood, learning more about places that positively or negatively impacted people‚Äôs wellness and opportunities to improve. 

Phase 3

Prototype Showcase

We invited the public to learn more about the prototypes that we tested to improve urban wellness. Community members interacted with prototypes, asking questions and provided feedback to help refine these prototypes. During the panel discussion, members of the public learned about the social innovation experience directly from members of prototype teams and the Community Advisory Committee.

Public Engagement

Share Your Voice, Shape Our City

For More Information

Claire Ashton




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