Creating Rural Connections

Through Education

Latest ARDN Info

Are you new to the Alberta Rural Development Network (ARDN)? Click here to learn who we are, what we do, and how to navigate our website. ARDN’s most current information is featured below.

Please use the following telephone numbers to contact our staff: 

Executive Director: Dee Ann Benard (780) 915-1751 exec.dir@ardn.ca
Project Manager: Kyle Miller (780) 481-9598 projects@ardn.ca
Project Manager: Josh Benard (780) 993-0392 sustainablehousing@ardn.ca
Program Director: Chelaine Winter (780) 469-3714 x 231  programs@ardn.ca
Administration: Monica Fadul   admin@ardn.ca


Plain Language Summaries and Presentations from Creating Rural Connections 2015 have been posted! 

All Plain Language Summaries have been posted in our Rural Project Library here.

The ARDN collects reliable research and hosts it in our Rural Project Library and archives the research done. Let us know what you’re working on!


Thank you to the Alberta Centre for Child, Family & Community Research for hosting a webcast of CRC 2015: Rural Homelessness is Real. 

The link to the archived webcasts of the keynote speakers are here.

This link hosts video of all speakers and presenters who held sessions in the Lancaster Room, and includes keynote speeches from Yale Belanger and Doug Griffiths. 


Thank you for attending the CRC 2015 Rural Homelessness is real: what can we do about it?  May 26-27, 2015

To view the Agenda click here.

ARDN hosted the Creating Rural Connections 2015 (CRC 2015) conference. This event focused on issues surrounding rural homelessness and its relevance to Albertans, and provided opportunities for participants and presenters to learn, network, share expertise, and collaborate on innovative approaches that contribute to the quality of life in rural Alberta.

We believe that exploring and addressing the challenges facing Alberta’s rural homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless is an important step toward developing a better understanding of homelessness in rural Alberta communities and enhancing the quality of life of all rural Albertans.

News Release: November 7, 2014

Tackling the Homelessness Issue in Rural & Remote Alberta: Over $2M Awarded to Projects in 11 Communities 

Homelessness, while often hidden, is an indisputable fact in rural Alberta; one that, unfortunately, also appears to be on the rise. Housing and support services are a growing need in rural communities, to help those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, before their problems get worse. The Alberta Rural Development Network (ARDN) has awarded $2,022,820 to 11 projects under the Government of Canada’s Homelessness Partnering Strategy. This funding will help small, rural and remote communities provide their citizens with increased access to housing and the supports and services they need.


ARDN’s Annual Report is now available online, click on the link to view.



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