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Brendan Van Alstine is a community advocate, volunteer, occasional politician and former social worker turned communications professional and volunteer manager from 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, as its secretary from 2011-2014 and as its President since 2014. He has also worked in various roles with Arts on the Ave, including volunteering for 5 years as a barrista at the Carrot Community Arts Coffeehouse, and in various positions with their festivals. He has worked as the volunteer coordinator for the Deep Freeze Byzantine Winter Festival and for the Kaleido! Family Arts Festival on 118th Avenue 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 a communications assistant with the Non-Academic Staff Association at the University of Alberta.

He is a staunch advocate of developing a more livable and sustainable city, including fostering inclusive and engaged communities, promoting neighbourhood-appropriate 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.



A pumpkin flower from Brendan’s garden

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