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Cassandra, Karen and Adriean collaborating on their Freedom & Citizenship artwork

Partnerships

Supporting the citizenship of people with disabilities

At Skills Society, we recognize we are stronger when we partner with forward-thinking people, organizations, and communities. One of our core values that guides our partnerships, is that we actively seek out creative collaborations because we understand that social change comes from the strength of groups recognizing their commonalities, sharing resources, and working together.


“Skills Society invested in talented people to make project citizenship work. They demonstrated a remarkable commitment to the success of the project and continuing with the model after the grant was completed. They assigned project coordinators with creative skills and gave them the freedom to take risks in order to find solutions. There was buy-in from staff, clients, families and the organization as a whole. They integrated citizenship into every aspect of the organization and it wasn’t long before staff realized the value of the project as they saw positive changes.”
– Lynn Sutankayo University of Alberta Community Service-Learning.


Art and Design

We have been fortunate to collaborate with SNAP on Project Citizenship and the Making our Mark: Art and Citizenship project.
Society of Northern Alberta Print Artists

University of Alberta Design faculty Bonnie Sadler-Takash and her students have worked with us on designing community engagement tools for the CommuniTEA Infusion Project and for Project Citizenship.
University of Alberta Design Department

Education

Skills Society believes that education and continuous learning are essential to a meaningful life. We continue to build partnerships with groups and institutions who share this belief.

Community Service Learning (University of Alberta)
Edmonton Learning Community

Community

Edmonton Community Foundation
Multicultural Health Brokers Co-operative Ltd. (MCHB)
Stillman LLP

Housing

Capital Region Housing
Greater Edmonton Foundation

Social Innovation

As we continuously learn, grow and build social innovations that help the people we serve and the human services sector as a whole, we build partnerships with other innovators doing work in the social space.

In the early days of developing Project Citizenship we learned from Michael and his research into using citizenship as a lens to improve quality of life of people struggling with mental health issues.
Yale University faculty Michael Rowe

Think Jar collective is a side project of Skills Society Senior Leader Ben Weinlick and a collective of internationally known innovators leading social labs and new thinking.
Think Jar Collective

Advocacy

Self Advocacy Federation

Skills employees are Active Citizens

Skills Society employees contribute to the community by volunteering with local and provincial organizations and committees, including:

City of Edmonton
Make Something Edmonton
The Little Italy Community Garden
University of Alberta Community Service-Learning
GMCC Human Workforce Council
EFAN (Edmonton Fetal Alcohol Network)
Alberta Safety Council Large Employer Internal Auditor
Alberta Council of Disability Services
Quality Assurance Learning and Advisory Council (Edmonton Region Council)
Edmonton Learning Community