City of Learners
EPL helps grow engaged, passionate learners. The City of Learners is an initiative led by the community that lives at the Edmonton Public Library. It seeks to work collaboratively and creatively with community partners to incubate, pilot and engage in learning activities for all Edmontonians. The City of Learners partners with formal and informal learning organizations to activate learning and to create inclusive learning opportunities for, with and by Edmontonians.
Three goals have been adopted by the City of Learners Steering Committee as the backbone of a three-year plan (2018-2020) for the City of Learners Initiative.
- Engage: Edmontonians are excited about the innovative and engaging life-long learning opportunities that are available to them in the city
- Connect: Edmontonians are connected to existing and emerging learning opportunities through the city.
- Innovate: Edmontonians have opportunities to engage in innovative and unique learning experiences
Wherever possible, priority will be given to developing learning opportunities and action items that meet the priorities established by the Community Foundational Learning Plan: literacy, early learning, and health and learning.
In 2008, then Councilor Don Iveson led a group of learning sector stakeholders to explore the idea of a learning city project. Based on stakeholder discussions and input from community dialogues, the Edmonton Learning City Initiative developed the Community Foundational Learning Plan, which brought together organizations to work together more effectively in promoting lifelong learning for all Edmontonians. The result of their work was compiled into the Community Foundational Learning Plan document (2013), which shaped a vision, identified shared strategies and established learning priorities for what would eventually become the City of Learners.
As the initiative moved forward, the network of organizations, which included the Edmonton Public Library, formed under the “City of Learners” banner and in 2013, the City of Edmonton established EPL as the "home" of the City of Learners. Under the stewardship of EPL, the 2014-18 Strategic Goals focused on learning as one of its four strategic directions and specifically committed to being “the home of the City of Learners.” The 2019-2021 EPL Business Plan lists the City of Learners under its Significant Operational Activities.
The City of Learners is guided by a steering committee made up of community partners that serves as an advisory resource to enhance planning and decision making related to the City of Learners. Committee members meet quarterly to foster connections, provide strategic perspective and contribute to the planning, implementation and evaluation of City of Learners Events.
Jon Dziadyk (za-dyk) is committed to standing up for north side communities and has a proven track record of volunteerism. Prior to being elected Councillor for Ward 3, Jon worked as a professional urban planner in Edmonton. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Masters in Planning. Jon is a member of the Alberta Professional Planners Institute and the Canadian Institute of Planners. Jon is also an active member of the Naval Reserve and serves as an Intelligence Officer with the rank of Lieutenant Navy. He is patriotic and enjoys serving our Country, as well as our City. Jon is a strong advocate for creativity and freedom of speech. As a Councillor, he sits on the Urban Planning Committee, the Community Standards and License Appeal Committee and is Co-Chair of the Edmonton Salutes Committee. He is the lead on the Council Literacy Initiative and serves in a secondary role for both the Community Hubs and Northern Relations initiatives. His desire is to keep taxes low while investing in community infrastructure and encouraging civic engagement. In his downtime, he likes to write fiction and hang out with his wife, Karly.
An EPSB Trustee, Nathan Ip is an advocate for equity and the inclusive education of individuals with developmental disabilities. He brings over 15 years of experience in youth engagement and community development. Nathan has also worked on province-wide youth engagement initiatives with the Ministry of Children's services and various ethno-cultural organizations serving new Canadians. Previously, Nathan worked as a coordinator of inclusive post-secondary education at MacEwan University. He has served on several boards, including the Community Services Advisory Board for the City of Edmonton, Our House Addiction Recovery Centre and the Edmonton Food Bank.
Anastasia Lim is Executive Director (Community Relations) at the University of Alberta. She leads activities across the institution that support the university’s reputation building, relationship development and community engagement objectives. Anastasia joined the university after 22 years of leadership experience in administration, stakeholder relations and partnership building with the Government of Canada. Her commitment to community engagement and passion for learning led her to the City of Learners Steering Committee. She is excited to contribute to the initiative as a way to give back to the community of Edmonton where she proudly calls home.
Norma Schneider, M.Ed.
As Vice President, Teaching and Learning, and Chief Academic Officer at NorQuest College in Edmonton, Norma oversees the academic Faculties, program development and research. Before pursuing a career in education, she worked in both the private and public sectors in the areas of economic development and employee group benefits. Norma holds a Masters’ in Adult and Higher Education from the University of Alberta, a post-graduate certificate in General Business from Northcentral University and is pursuing a Doctorate in Business Administration from Athabasca University. Norma’s research focuses on the efficacy of variable compensation within Canadian colleges.