Alberta Secretariat for Action on Homelessness - Alberta Human Services - Government of Alberta

Alberta Secretariat for Action on Homelessness

The newly appointed Alberta Interagency Council on Homelessness is overseeing the next phase of A Plan for Alberta: Ending Homelessness in 10 years. This group will provide enhanced community input and participation and represents a broad cross-section of stakeholders. To learn more, read about the Alberta Interagency Council on Homelessness.

The Plan:



The Secretariat was established in January 2008 to produce the province’s long-term strategic plan to end homelessness.

Accepted by the Government of Alberta in March 2009, A Plan for Alberta: Ending Homelessness in 10 Years represents a fundamental shift in Alberta’s approach to homelessness. Instead of managing homelessness, the Plan offers a roadmap to end homelessness.


The Secretariat provides an external perspective on the progress of plan implementation by professional, respected, and independent observers. Its mandate is to monitor the implementation of the Plan, and to provide strategic advice to the Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs.

As a public agency of the Government of Alberta, The Secretariat is accountable to the Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs (HUA) and must comply with the Alberta Public Agencies Governance Act, once proclaimed into force in 2010.


The Secretariat works closely with those in Alberta’s seven major municipalities who play a role in implementing A Plan for Alberta, including service providers, community-based organizations, and municipal leadership. The feedback gathered through the consultations is used to develop advice on legislation, policies, funding and coordination of programs and services for those who are at-risk or are experiencing homelessness.

Each municipality has a multi-year plan to end homelessness that addresses the needs of the local community, and aligns with the strategies and principles of A Plan for Alberta.

  • Calgary’s 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness
  • A Place to Call Home: Edmonton’s 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness
  • Bringing Lethbridge Home: 5-Year Community Plan to End Homelessness
  • Grande Prairie’s Multi-Year Plan to End Homlesessness
  • Starting at Home in Medicine Hat: Our 5 Year Plan to End Homelessness
  • Everyone’s Home: Red Deer’s 5 Year Plan Towards Ending Homelessness
  • Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness

Board of Directors

Dr. Gary Bowie, Chair

Dr. Bowie has been working on issues related to homelessness since 1997. As Chair of Social Housing in Action, he led the development of Lethbridge’s plan to end homelessness by 2014.

As well as teaching and administering the academic program as professor of Kinesiology at the University of Lethbridge from 1968 to 1998, Dr. Bowie has been honoured for his significant contributions to his community. He was named Lethbridge’s Citizen of the Year in 2007, and is the receipient of the Queen Elizabeth 11 Golden Jubilee Citizenship Medal in 2002, and the Alberta Centennial medal in 2005.

A community-minded individual, Dr. Bowie has also been involved in a number of organizations in a variety of capacities including Chair of the Lethbridge Sports Council, Chair of Lethbridge Family Services, Chair of the Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, and Chair of the Alberta Sports Development Centre Southwest. He has also served as both School Board Trustee and Chair of the Lethbridge School District.

Jane Manning, Vice Chair

Ms. Manning is a Registered Nurse and a board member of the Wapiti Community Dorm Society that manages the Rotary House emergency shelter in Grande Prairie. She is also a member of the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta Continuing Competence Committee and the Northwest Persons with Developmental Disabilities Board. Until retirement in 2007, she held the position of Vice-President of Regional Health Services for the Peace Country Health Region.

Robb Campre

Mr. Campre is a member of the Fort McKay First Nation, former school counselor in Edmonton and former Edmonton Eskimos football player. He currently owns Grazing Buffalo Construction, Semak Solutions Inc., and Brocha Scaffolding Supply & Services. Robb is also active in the community, serving as Acting President for Dreamspeakers Film Society and Wicihitowin. He also contributes as a board member with the Edmonton Economic Development Corporation, the Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce and the 2017 Expo Aboriginal Advisory bid Committee.

Mike Ellis

Mr. Ellis joined the Calgary Police Force in 2003 and spent his first years working in areas where there was a high incidence of homeless individuals. He was instrumental in helping residents reclaim their neighbourhoods from violent gangs and his work on the frontlines has given him a broader understanding and insight into homelessness. More recently, he worked as a Hearing Officer in the Arrest Processing Section, where he helped create changes to bail procedures that allowed police officers to return to their street duties more quickly.

Mr. Ellis earned his Pillars of Management and Management Development certificates from Mount Royal College and his Senior Police administration certificate from the Chief Crowfoot Learning Centre.

Susan McGee, 7 Cities Representative

Ms. McGee is a representative of the 7 Cities CBOs (Community Based Organizations) a collaborative group with representation from Calgary, Edmonton, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Red Deer, Fort McMurray and Grande Prairie.

She is the Executive Director of Homeward Trust Edmonton that provides leadership and resources towards ending homelessness in Edmonton. Homeward Trust leads initiatives and programs, funds housing projects, creates awareness and coordinates research. Ms. McGee received her B.Sc. in Architecture from Ryerson University, Toronto, and has an MBA through the Edinburgh Business School of Heriot-Watt University.

Patricia Mackenzie

Ms. Mackenzie served for nine years as a Councillor for the City of Edmonton. Ms. Mackenzie was recognized in 2003 by Alberta Venture Magazine as one of Alberta’s most influential people, and is the recipient of an Alberta Centennial Medal for Education. She is currently the Principal of Mackenzie Management Consultants, with a focus on corporate social responsibility reporting, education and health issues. She also played a leadership role in organizations such as Telus Corporation, where she led the organization’s efforts to become a stronger environmental and social steward. Her professional background includes extensive involvement in provincial initiatives aimed at achieving educational excellence for Alberta’s young people.

Dr. Gayla Rogers

Dr. Rogers is a professor at the University of Calgary and is a Registered Social Worker in the Province of Alberta. She recently completed 12 years as Dean of the Faculty of Social Work. She serves as a Director on the boards of HomeFront Society for the Prevention of Family Violence, Telus World of Science and Creative Kids Museum, UpStart (formerly Calgary Children’s Initiative), and Katimavik. She has been recognized for her contributions with the University of Calgary’s Distinguished Alumni Award (June 2010), Global Television/YWCA Woman of Vision (January 2010), and Calgary Recipient of Deloitte Woman of Influence (November 2009).

Susan Taylor(ex-officio)

Ms. Taylor is the Acting Assistant Deputy Minister, Family Violence Prevention and Homeless Supports Division, with the Ministry of Human Services. Susan is a registered social worker and has a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Calgary and has worked in the field for nearly 30 years. Ms. Taylor has held a diversity of positions within the provincial government, including front-line service delivery and most recently, as the Executive Director of the Prevention of Family Violence, Bullying and Youth Strategies division. In her current position of Acting Assistant Deputy Minister, Ms. Taylor is responsible for advancing a co-ordinated provincial response to ending homelessness and the prevention of family violence.

For more information about A Plan for Alberta: Ending Homelessness in 10 Years, please contact the Secretariat.

Modified: 2013-02-07
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