Julie Kusiek

Ward F Trustee Candidate

EPSB Election October 18, 2021

Julie Kusiek

Ward F Trustee Candidate

EPSB Election October 18, 2021

Julie is a passionate community builder. Her energy and determination has earned endorsements from two former EPSB board chairs. Respected City Councillors and community leaders also endorse Julie. They know her track record of building positive change in Edmonton. They know she has the experience and leadership needed at this critical time in public education. Students know it too. That’s why a dedicated team of Edmonton Public students are working alongside Julie. Julie is also thankful for the support of her husband and four children in her first ever campaign for elected office.

Julie has a Master’s degree focused on youth engagement, worked as an analyst with Alberta Health, and is currently in communications and outreach at a multi-stakeholder environmental nonprofit. Read more about Julie’s volunteer and work history on Linked In.

Elected office is a privilege and a role of service. Julie would be honoured to serve you.

Learn more about the role of Trustee here. 

Julie Kusiek and high school students discussing issues that matter to them in public education.

Julie doesn’t just talk about working with schools, students, the City of Edmonton and community partners. She’s been doing it in Edmonton for 12 years. Julie has championed:

Watch Julie present on a decade worth of advocacy to save Scona Pool and made the case for City Council to approve design funding for Rollie Miles Rec Centre (also see Julie’s blog about this milestone).

See On the Record for more.

Julie believes in the importance of sharing the diversity of our lived experiences.  

  • Her relentless advocacy for change at the municipal level was profiled in Teardown: Rebuilding Democracy from the Ground Up by David Muslin.
  • Her style of truly listening to diverse lived experiences was featured in two City of Edmonton videos, here and here.
  • There is always more than one side to the story. That’s why Julie created the Thrive YEG storytelling campaign. In just over a month, Julie collected over 200 stories from diverse Edmontonians about the public services, programs and infrastructure that make their everyday lives better. Julie coached many of these people to use their voices for the first time at City Hall. At least one of these people is now running for Edmonton City Council (yay!). Julie’s Thrive YEG campaign was featured on the Ryan Jespersen Show twice in 2018.
  • Julie’s B.A. (hon) project focused on how not all voices are heard equally and that this creates a democratic deficit. She recommended a five-point plan to improve the relationship of representation between elected officials and citizens. 
Kusiek Youth Committee volunteer, Ayesha

Julie’s keen interest in youth engagement took her from Alberta to New Brunswick where she completed an M.A. in Political Science.

She was granted a research assistant position and contributed background research to Citizens Adrift: The Democratic Disengagement of Young Canadians, by Dr. Paul Howe.

Her M.A. project on youth engagement in local communities included a look at social capital, children’s rights discourse, and childhood developmental psychology.

Students are a big part of Julie’s campaign. Check out how Julie is engaging students in the Kusiek Campaign Youth Committee

Julie believes it takes a village to raise a child. She is proud to have worked with many inspiring parents. Julie has experience as:

  • A member on various school councils 
  • President of Green Circle Preschool
  • Director of the Edmonton Sport Council
  • Secretary of the Ukrainian Language Arts Society
  • A Ukrainian dance and piano teacher

“I support Julie because she is a strong advocate for schools, community, and all families. I’m confident her experience, knowledge, and energy will make her a great public school board trustee.”  Jordan Peterson, Parent in Ward F.

 

Julie has 12 consecutive years of service on her community league board. She has served as:

  • President and Vice President
  • Director, Programs Committee
  • Director, Publicity Committee
  • Co-founder and co-leader, Playgroup
  • Member, Planning and Development Committee
  • Member, Queen Alexandra Park Redevelopment Committee
  • Member, Tipton Park Redevelopment Committee
  • Member, Hall Manager Hiring Committee
  • Chair, Engage 106/76
  • Chair, Friends of Scona Pool
  • Chair, Friends of Scona Rec
  • Chair, QA Crossroads
Julie Kusiek awarded the City of Edmonton Traffic Safety Award

Julie’s talent for building momentum around important issues is well recognized in the City of Edmonton.

Community Traffic Safety Award
City of Edmonton (2018)

Jack Grainge Award

Edmonton Bicycle Commuters Society (2016)

Everyday Political Citizen NOMINEE
part of Edmonton launch (2014)

Julie has elevated community perspectives in interviews with local media, including:

Global News

CTV News

630 CHED

City News

CBC Radio Active

The Ryan Jespersen Show

The Edmonton Journal

Grounding Education in Community

Julie’s ready to work with you, for our students, and for our communities.

    Photo of Julie with volunteers delivering flyers