One Year Into COVID-19 It’s not every day that you start a new job and then immediately have to close down the office indefinitely and send everyone home amidst a once-in-a-century pandemic. But that was my whirlwind experience when I joined YWCA Edmonton as our new CEO one year ago today. I hadn’t even met most of our staff yet before making that difficult decision after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau mandated an historic stay-at-home order
Sarah grew up in west Edmonton and graduated from the University of Alberta. She went on to receive a Master of Arts Degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago before returning home to Edmonton.
Prior to becoming a city councillor, Sarah worked as an adjunct professor of media and communications, a freelance journalist, and the owner and operator of a communications and public relations firm working with several non-profit businesses throughout Edmonton. She has also held various public service-oriented roles in provincial and municipal government. Sarah spent much of her life active in her community through volunteer work. Prior to her election, she volunteered with the World Partnership Walk, the Lessard Community League and Latitude 53.
Sarah is proud to be City Councillor for Edmonton’s Ward 5. She currently sits on the Executive Committee and the Utility Committee, and serves as a council representative on both the Edmonton Police Commission and the River Valley Alliance. She is also an advisor on Council’s Indigenous People’s Strategy and the Arts, Heritage and Culture Initiative, and spearheaded the City’s Design Initiative to enhance the function and aesthetics of city spaces and maximize the value and impact of its infrastructure investments.
Sarah is passionate about Edmonton and its potential to grow, thrive and influence. She considers Edmonton one of the most forward-thinking cities in Canada – with some of the best prospects for continued and sustainable growth – and intends to continue to make that known.
Source: Bio supplied by Sarah Hamilton