COVID was a giant curveball thrown at the world, making 2020 a very different year for everyone.
Join us as we review the year, the effects COVID-19 has had on Canada’s social safety net and the various approaches communities have taken to respond to it, and what could lie ahead for 2021.
In this webinar, you will learn:
Learn about the tools & processes HelpSeeker has developed to counteract the impacts of COVID and to equip communities with data, knowledge and support they need to thrive in 2021.
Dena Kae Beno
Housing and Homelessness Coordinator, City of Abbotsford
Dena Kae Beno currently oversees the Hub of the Fraser Valley Community Entity- Service Canada: Reaching Home Secretariat through a tri-partite relationship with Lu’ma Native Housing Society and Vancity Community Foundation. This work includes oversight of the City of Abbotsford’s Social Housing, Homelessness and Community Infrastructure Unit and Abbotsford Homelessness Prevention and Response System.
Dena Kae has 30 years of combined experience in engaging and working with private, government, non-profit and with First Nations and faith communities in Canada, U.S. and South America to foster sustainable cross-sectoral community, built, policy and systems level development to foster healthy and vibrant community outcomes. Dena Kae holds a M.A. in Sociology and Anthropology with a focus on sustainable community development and B.A. in Geography. Both degrees were awarded from Simon Fraser University.Read
Manager of Homeless & Housing Development, Medicine Hat Community Housing Society
Over the past 15 years, Jaime has done extensive work in systems planning, the housing and homeless-serving sectors including consultations that extends throughout North America and beyond. Her work includes systems planning and coordination, integration, strategic planning, KPI and policy framework development, program evaluation, and community development.
Jaime was instrumental in the development of THRIVE South Eastern Alberta Strategy to End Poverty and Increase Well-being, and most recently, the Systems Transformation Project, which brings innovation and technology into the social sector.Read
Dr. Alina Turner
Co-President & Co-Founder of HelpSeeker
Dr. Alina Turner is the Co-President & Co-Founder of HelpSeeker, a social enterprise harnessing tech innovation for the greater social good. She is recognized as a leading researcher and thinker on social issues with proven implementation results.
Alina is a Fellow at The School of Public Policy, University of Calgary and serves on the Board of Directors for A Way Home Canada and the Alberta Rural Development Rural Advisory Board on housing and homelessness. Her work on system planning is recognized as a leading practice and often called upon as a model across communities. Her drive and passion for this work are grounded in her lived experience of the social issues she continues to challenge in her professional work.