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The Alberta Rural Development Network office is now Virtual!

Please use the following telephone numbers to contact the staff:
Executive Director: Dee Ann Benard (780) 915-1751 exec.dir@ardn.ca
Operations Manager: Joy Vonk (780) 935-2790 operations@ardn.ca 
Project Manager: Kyle Miller (780) 481-9598  projects@ardn.ca


Rural Homelessness is real: what can we do about it?

May 26-27, 2015
Executive Royal Hotel, Leduc Alberta

Less than one week until the CRC 2015 is here!

To view the Final Agenda click here to view.

ARDN is hosting the Creating Rural Connections 2015 (CRC 2015) conference. This event will focus on issues surrounding rural homelessness and its relevance to Albertans, and provide 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.

New: The Alberta Rural Development Network is hosting the Creating Rural Connections 2015 (CRC 2015) conference with support for the webcast from The Alberta Centre for Child, Family and Community Research. All sessions listed in the agenda in the Lancaster Room will be webcaste only.If you cannot attend inperson you may attend via webcast  There is no fee to watch this event via webcast, but registration is necessary.  This registration link is for webcast attendance only.

There is a fee to attend in person. Click here to register and attend in person.

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. Click here to register

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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