About The Local Good

The Local Good was founded in 2007 as a hub that helps Edmontonians live a more local and green lifestyle. Our mission is to make good things happen in Edmonton by connecting people interested in living locally and sustainably with local resources and experts. We do this through our monthly Green Drinks Edmonton networking events, our Cash Mob Edmonton flash mobs that support local businesses, our blog and social media channels.  We also founded the Edmonton Resilience Festival, which is now organized by another great, local organization: the Edmonton Permaculture Guild. The Local Good Team The Local Good Team rocking the photo booth at a Green Drinks event in fall 2018.


Our Current Team:

Ally_headshotEvents Listing & Newsletter: Ally Whittaker is a communications consultant who loves to travel, regularly quotes movies, and is ready to talk anything history or pop culture at all times. She also likes to cook or bake and experiment with new recipes. Full of positivity, her mission is to share all the cool things that the YEG community has to offer! Ally can most often be found downtown, but you can also find her on Ally’s Twitter: @AllyDubs


Arielle bio picBlog Coordinator: Arielle Demchuk is a proud, born-and-raised Edmontosaurus with a love of adventure. A communications professional with a passion for the arts (and crazy love for folk fest), Arielle can be found out and about enjoying the #YEG music scene or enjoying an Alberta craft beer. When she’s at home, you may find her writing about her travels, doing yoga, devouring another book, or playing piano and ukulele (not at the same time though, she only has two hands).  And yes – she does find time to sleep.  Arielle’s Twitter: @D_Chuk314

Chris GusenSteering Committee (Social Media): Chris Gusen works for Make Something Edmonton, a community-building initiative focused on telling the Edmonton story by supporting and showcasing the organizers, entrepreneurs, artists and otherwise engaged citizens who make this city great. Chris’ Twitter: @ChrisGusen

Steering Committee (Past Chair): Deborah Merriam is a textile artist, former biomedical researcher, allergy mom, and chocolate addict. Trained originally as a biochemist, her career has taken detours through cell biology, immunology, botany, and sustainable interior design. She dyes fabrics, makes hooked rugs, and blogs about the slow movement and bicyclesDeborah’s Twitter: @DebMerriam


Steering Committee (Events): Jason Jason HalbauerHalbauer has been working in media for eight years, mostly in television. He is wholly dedicated to finding the best things and people in Edmonton and talking about them until people in his life tell him to stop. Aggressively helpful and a tireless problem solver, Jason will always find time for “big idea” coffee meetings. Oh, he also totally loves travel, music, podcasts and improv/sketch comedy. Jason’s Twitter: @JasonHalb


StephSteering Committee (Events): Stephanie Chai is a born and raised, away and back again, Edmontonian. Always excited to learn about life and the city. In her day job she plans within the region and thrives on collaboration. In the off hours, she curates interventions and lives with undeniable curiosity. Steph’s Twitter: @sjchai
Green Drinks Coordinator: Rayleigh Conley is a scientist and grant writer. She is a fourth generation Canadian of Scottish decent, with roots in Viking, Ranfurly, Camrose, and Mirror. Rayleigh is completing her B. Sc in Environmental Economics and Policy at the University of Alberta through the Faculty of Agriculture, Life, and Environmental Science. At work, Rayleigh gets to support reconciliation by designing community programming and capital projects with Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation. All her projects aim to create opportunities to connect with the local Isga Culture in an effort to offset centuries of attempted assimilation. It’s this kind of cultural continuity for indigenous peoples that helps others understand the need for living in balance with nature, taking only what we need, and respecting all beings.  

Social Media Coordinator: Breanna Mrozcek


Cash Mobs Edmonton: Tommy Kalita


Our team on the night we won our Best of Edmonton Yeggie Award.


Local Good Alumni:

The Local Good would not be what it is today without the involvement of these great Yeggers!

1504549_10153683179075195_931185626_n (2)Steering Committee (Co-founder and Co-chair): Tad Hargrave is a co-founder of The Local Good, a sought-after marketing consultant for local, sustainable, and holistic entrepreneurs, an expert on Hub Marketing and the Pay-What-You-Can economy, an improv rockstar, and Doctor Who fanboy. He has a much longer and cooler bio here.  Tad’s Twitter: @tadyeg   KerstynGreen Drinks Coordinator: Kerstyn Lane is on a mission to continue finding people and events that inspire positive social change. She loves biking, gardening, hosting GreenDrinks, and exploring new places. If you have a second to chat, you may learn that she studied sociology and perceives people to be the pathway to transformational change. This year, Kerstyn is engaging with MacEwan community members to discover what lights their fire and how they’re finding well-being and resilience day-to-day. Kerstyn’s Twitter: @KerstynEliz  
LeilaGreen Drinks Coordinator: Leila Fanaeian is an energetic environmental advocate who brings her knowledge to her work at the University of Alberta in Energy Management and Sustainable Operations. She prefers her coffee black, loves dog hugs, listens to music every waking hour of the day, and suffers from being perpetually cold. Born and raised in Edmonton, she is excited about the direction the city is going and hopes to contribute as Green Drinks Coordinator. Come chat with her at the next Green Drinks about sustainability, composting or A$AP Ferg’s latest album. Leila’s Instagram: @leilasaurus
Screen Shot 2013-02-02 at 5.23.59 PMHannah MacDonald (Steering Committee, Green Drinks & Treasurer) is an environmental enthusiast, scientist and activist. Hannah was a core team member of The Local Good and helped to organize monthly Green Drinks events. Now she’s off to Prague for adventures! Hannah’s Twitter: @thehannahmacd 

Screen Shot 2014-03-22 at 4.33.14 PMSteering Committee (Stewardship): Toscha Turner is an Edmonton native; musician, sound artist and ethnomusicologist by training; community organizer, matchmaker, and free-range, guerilla parent by choice. Likes: alleys, night-cheese, mid-century modern, lost spaces,  public art, purple. Dislikes: celery, elderberries, disaster movies.  Toscha’s Twitter: @smokingiris

Screen Shot 2014-10-22 at 11.47.25 PMJudi Keefe (Social Media Coordinator) has bounced back and forth across the country for school and work but now calls Halifax home. Judi’s Twitter: @judithjoy 

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Sarah Dantzer (Green Drinks Coordinator) is off to the Left Coast, and we can’t wait to see what festivals and fun she creates there!

dh picSteering Committee (Secretary) / Edmonton Resilience Festival (Founder/Liason): Danielle Hiscock is a bi-coastal, semi-nomadic, prairie sky lover giving YEG a try. She perks up at buzzwords like: sustainability, Frisbee, coordinating, backcountry, bicycle, emergencies, books, logistics, festivals, chocolate, and community. Danielle’s Twitter: @daniellehis

Steering Committee (Treasurer): Leslie Bush, or Les as he’s known to many, was born and raised (mostly) in Edmonton which is part of the reason he’s so passionate about making it a great place to be. His work and interests are decidedly diverse and so it’s probably easier to just follow him on Twitter and Instagram if you want to know more about him. Les’ Twitter: @lesoteric

Steering Committee (PR & Community Outreach): Tonia LaRiviere started working in film and television, and organically grew into PR and working on supporting different festivals, events and not-for-profits in the city. She loves being a part of Edmonton’s dynamic art and culture community and is always inspired by the initiatives and people in it.  She loves sunshine, traveling, music, documentaries, the amazing people in her life and collaborating to create positive social change. Tonia’s Twitter: @ToniaLaRiviere

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Terra Fleenor Entheos (Steering Committee of E-SAGE)

Social Media Coordinator: Courtney Sidders Asia Szkudlarek (Steering Committee of E-SAGE / Green Drinks Coordinator & Events Listing)

Maureen Abram (Co-founder of E-SAGE) is living the good life in Guatemala, after a stint in Belize.

Robyn Jacobsen (Steering Committee of E-SAGE) recently facilitated the creation of our Strategic Plan, and if your org is looking for similar help, we can’t recommend her steady hand to guide that process strongly enough.

Blog Coordinator: Catherine Szabo