Biography:


Brendan Van Alstine is a community advocate, volunteer, occasional politician and former social worker turned communications professional based in Edmonton, Alberta. He has diplomas in both social work and public relations from MacEwan University, as well as extensive experience working in non-profit and community based settings. Brendan is heavily involved in his community. He has served on the board of the Alberta Avenue Community League since 2009 and as its secretary since 2011. He has also worked in various roles with Arts on the Ave, including volunteering as a barrista at the Carrot Community Arts Coffeehouse for the past 5 years, and in various positions with their festivals. He has worked as the volunteer coordinator for the Deep Freeze Byzantine Winter Festival on 118th Avenue for the last two years, and for the Kaleido! Family Arts Festival since 2013. Brendan also worked with Edmonton’s local LGBTQ community for 10 years, first as a volunteer, later as an employee, and finally as a member of the board of directors for the Pride Centre of Edmonton. In 2010, Brendan ran for Edmonton City Council in Ward 7, placing third of five candidates. Brendan currently works as the Director of Marketing and Communications for Co-operative Communication, a worker-owned, for-profit communications co-op. He is a staunch advocate of developing a more livable and sustainable city, including fostering inclusive and engaged communities, promoting in-fill development and better urban design, as well as reducing car-dependence through improved transit and more pedestrian and cyclist-friendly communities. In his spare time he is an avid cyclist and enjoys gardening, visiting with friends and neighbours, taking in Edmonton’s festivals and arts and culture scene, walking his two dogs through his beautiful and historic neighbourhood, and enjoying Edmonton’s river valley. About