Dr. Gary Bowie will guide next steps toward ending homelessness in Alberta

September 30, 2010

Calgary… Dr. Gary Bowie, University of Lethbridge Professor Emeritus and long-time advocate of ending homelessness, is the new Chair of the Alberta Secretariat for Action on Homelessness.

“I am honoured to be working with Dr. Bowie. His depth of experience and insight into ending homelessness makes him the ideal person to guide the goals and vision of the Secretariat,” said Jonathan Denis, Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs. “I also want to thank former Chair Wayne Stewart for his outstanding work with the Secretariat.”Dr. Bowie has been working on homelessness issues for over a decade. As the former Chair of Social Housing in Action, he led a multi-sector community-initiative that developed a plan to end homelessness in the City of Lethbridge.

“I embrace this new opportunity and I look forward to taking on the challenges of finding ways to address specific issues such as preventing homelessness,” said Dr. Bowie. “By working together with our community partners, we will fulfill our vision to end homelessness by implementing meaningful measures that transform the lives of homeless Albertans.”

Two new members were also named to the board of the Secretariat. Mike Ellis is a Calgary police officer who has worked closely with homeless people and Patricia Mackenzie is a former Edmonton city councillor. Board member Jane Manning has been appointed to the position of Vice-Chair of the Secretariat.

In addition to announcing the new Chair and board members, the Alberta Secretariat for Action on Homelessness presented its 2009-10 Report to the Minister to Denis. The report highlights progress made in the first year of the 10-year plan, and sets out recommendations for future strategies and solutions.

Copies of the report are available athttp://www.housing.alberta.ca/.

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Backgrounder: Biography for Dr. Gary Bowie, Jane Manning, Mike Ellis, and Patricia Mackenzie

Media inquiries may be directed to:
Donna McColl, Communications
Housing and Urban Affairs
780-415-6186
Donna.j.mccoll@gov.ab.ca

To call toll free within Alberta dial 310-0000.

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