Edmonton’s Downtown Enrichers
Edmonton City Centre is proud to be collaborator within Edmonton’s downtown. As the largest group of retailers (80+ stores) and businesses tenants (TD Tower, 102A Tower, Centre Point Place) we are passionate about all of downtown, the people, residents, businesses, workers, commuters, shoppers, tourists. This series is our way of reflecting on some of the people that are making a difference in your downtown and enriching the community with the work they do. We hope you enjoy the series.
Anne Stevenson COUNCILLOR, WARD O-DAY’MIN
Anne is an urban planner who is passionate about building an equitable city that serves all residents. Following an undergraduate in international development and economics at Trent University, she went on to complete a Masters in City Design at the London School of Economics. After ten years of working and traveling abroad, Anne was thrilled to return to her hometown of Edmonton in 2012. She spent seven years working at the City of Edmonton and volunteering on affordable housing and social research initiatives. In 2019, Anne joined Right at Home Housing Society, where she worked to provide affordable housing solutions to meet the diverse needs of our community before being elected to City Council in October 2021.
Anne’s 15 year career in city planning has given her an understanding of the many systems that create a city, from sewers to social services, and how each of these elements contribute to creating successful communities. She knows the importance of informed decision-making, and how to listen effectively to diverse perspectives to develop collaborative solutions.
Anne is a proud Edmontonian with deep roots in our community. She lives in Oliver with her partner and daughter and loves taking in the many great local amenities.
1. Are you from Edmonton or what brought you here?
Happy to say I was born and raised right here in Edmonton’s west end. I travelled for studies and work after high school and returned in 2012.
2. If you couldn’t live in Edmonton, where would you live?
I gave a lot of thought on this as I love Edmonton and its direction but If I couldn’t be here then it would be London, England. When I lived there, I found it to be less a city and more a collection of villages. It was fun to experience and explore.
3. What excites you about Edmonton’s downtown?
The potential, the opportunities, the collaboration; its exciting to be part of it especially when you see what’s already been done to connect the city with downtown like the LRT, farmers markets and Arts District.
4. Tell us about the possibilities you see collaborating with Edmonton City Centre?
Downtowns are important to the fabric and culture of a city. Its an important piece and people know that. They care. I know ECC has a lot of innovative ideas on how to transform the property in the future and I look forward to working with them on reconnecting with people in downtown and beyond.