A positive force in the community

Nov 19 2013

After recently being named one of Edmonton’s Top 40 Under 40 by Avenue Magazine, Ben Weinlick receives another distinction: he is the Fall 2013 recipient of MacEwan University’s Distinguished Alumni Award.

The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes a MacEwan graduate who has made a significant contribution or achievement in their career or in their community. Ben joins past recipients such as Bridget Ryan, Lewis Cardinal and the Ceiba Association.

After graduating from the Disability Studies: Leadership and Community program in 2007, Ben joined SKILLS Society, where he works diligently to improve the lives of people with development disabilities.

Ben leads Project Citizenship, a collaboration between SKILLS Society, the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts and the University of Alberta. Project Citizenship aims to raise awareness in the community about the valuable contributions being made by people with developmental disabilities, and assisting them through inclusive programming in realizing their full potential.

Bringing people together

Ben founded the Think Jar Collective as a way for groups of creative types to collaborate and come up with creative solutions to challenges faced by organizations and the community, and was instrumental in launching a mobile teahouse – the CommuniTEA van – that engages people in their communities and creates opportunities for them to connect.

And when it seems he couldn’t possibly get any more engaged, Ben mentors and shares his experiences with MacEwan University students.

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