Jamie Zarn

Edmonton RISE Project Coordinator

(They/Them)

Jamie is passionate about co-creating communities that value equity, relationship and accountability. As a youth, Jamie longed for communities of love and belonging - a community they found in Katimavik. They began taking the lead in this work by managing summer camps and working with communities of adults with disabilities.

Jamie started to explore inequity and take action through grassroots projects and learning: including indigenous sovereignty, raising student voices, electoral reform, intersectional feminism, and anti-racism. This was simultaneous in achieving their Bachelor of Social Work.

Jamie focuses their practice as an anti-oppressive community social worker. This led to many exciting opportunities for Jamie including learning through Solutionaries Community and Next Up Social & Environmental Justice Leadership Programs. Also, they led Elder Service Corps projects with Carya. Jamie engaged older adults in doing community building and reducing social isolation. This work gave them an incredible insight into what it means to age in Canada.

“AisB is a very refreshing, organized and powerful organization to work with. As a team, everyone is passionate and skilled in working to engage youth across Canada. I love the diversity of our approaches to building access to democratic engagement and youth power.”