Monday, November 05, 2007

Edmonton is a vibrant city, but only in pockets," says Iveson.‏

"Edmonton is a vibrant city, but only in pockets," says Iveson. "There are great swaths of the city that are really quite pedestrian. And I don't mean walkable." Iveson, 28, is the youngest city councilor by more than a decade.

Iveson argues that anyone can bring wisdom to a conversation. Experience, he says, is hard earned. But a new, fresh or inexperienced perspective can still be wise. At the same time, he rejects the idea that he speaks for a generation. His generation, he says, needs to speak for itself.

Don Iveson, Young, new councillor won't let labels restrict his politics.

Don Iveson has a long history of volunteerism and has worked in the non-profit sector since 1998. For the last two years, he worked as the director of the advocacy department for the University of Alberta Students’ Union, where he recently led negotiations with the city to implement a Universal Bus Pass for all students at the U of A.

In the course of his work, Don met regularly with municipal leaders from Edmonton as well as provincial MLAs, and advised student leaders in all areas of advocacy, including government relations and policy analysis.

Don grew up in Ward 5 and now owns a home near Southgate with his wife, Sarah Chan, a music teacher and writer. While living in downtown Edmonton from 2003 to 2005, he served as a director of the Fifth Street Lofts Condominium Association, worked with the coalition opposing the Baccarat Casino expansion, and advocated for better urban design in the warehouse district.

Don graduated from the University of Alberta in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts with Distinction in political science. He spent the last year of his degree on exchange at the University of Toronto. He spent a further year in Toronto serving as president of Canadian University Press, a national news and professional development organization comprised of more than 70 university newspapers.

In 2002, Don returned to Edmonton to become business manager of the Gateway, the official student newspaper at the University of Alberta, where under his care the paper’s revenues increased by almost 50 per cent.

Don remains linked to the U of A by serving as president of the Gateway Alumni Association. He has also volunteered for Public Interest Alberta, Canada25, the Alberta Debate and Speech Association, and the Alberta Sailing Association