Seven months ago, Lisa became a part of the Fostering Innovation pilot project. By using the Human-Centered Design process, the Fostering Innovation Team developed a better understanding of who Lisa is and identified key opportunity areas to explore that were of interest to her.
During the month of July, Lisa spent her time volunteering at the Edmonton International Street Performer Festival held at Churchill plaza. She was a greeter in the “Be Your Own Busker” tent, where she welcomed families and assisted children as they participated in a variety of busker activities. She did a great job independently!
Lisa also joined the Community Garage Sale at the YMCA Plaza last month. She baked her own muffins and sold them at the event. It was a huge success! She enjoyed meeting other community members at the garage sale, one of whom was Elaine- Director of Outreach in Thrive Family Church. Lisa established a good relationship with her. Elaine will be doing some volunteer work for charity downtown next month and has invited Lisa to join her. The fostering team is working on getting Lisa a permit which would allow her to sell her baked goods in markets downtown.
Lisa also participated in a work experience at the Bissell Center in snack preparation. More recently, the FI Team has reached out to different radio stations around the City of Edmonton in hopes to connect Lisa with someone and explore possible employment/volunteer opportunities.
Lisa’s social connections have already increased since becoming a part of fostering innovation and we are hopeful that they will continue to grow.