About Us

VCC works to achieve a substantial and sustained reduction in the number of Calgarians living in poverty.

VCC works to grow the social, economic and political engagement of Calgarians in their community, and believe that everyone has a right to fully participate in their communities.

There are important systemic factors that contribute to poverty, and VCC believes that the whole community has a vital role to play in changing these conditions. Change occurs through engagement, inspiration and action.

VCC values leadership, collaboration, social justice and pragmatism

As of January 1, 2015 VCC became the stewards of Calgary’s community-driven poverty reduction strategy: Enough for All.


We’re always looking to connect with new organizations and passionate individuals who

share our goal of reducing poverty in Calgary. If you’re interested in helping this cause,

we’d love to chat!

Our Team


Calgary is one of 50+ Cities Reducing Poverty in Canada. Vibrant Communities Canada is the convenor of this remarkable initiative, with the mission to create a connected learning community of 100 Canadian cities with multi-sector roundtables addressing poverty reduction. Vibrant Communities Calgary is proud to be a member of this vast, national community. find out more about Vibrant Communities Canada and the Cities Reducing Poverty movement at vibrantcommunities.ca.


Franco Savoia

Executive Director

Ivan Sierralta

Director, Strategy & Impact

Pamela Beebe

Indigenous Strategist

Darrell Howard

Community Facilitation & Engagement Specialist

Lee Stevens

Community Facilitation & Engagement Specialist

Hagir Sail

Community Facilitation & Engagement Specialist

Katarina Graves

Engagement & Administrative Assistant

Janet Eremenko

Policy Strategist

Stephanie Rösch

Communications & Engagement Specialist

Holly DeSimone

Social Media Coordinator

Ben Patmore

Practicum Student

Chelsea Pybus

Practicum Student


Barb Barclay
Cori Ghitter
Patti Dolan
Al-Karim Khimji
Nigel Kirk
Jeff Loomis
Brien Perry
Sandra Sutter
John Te Linde
Karen Whiteman
Cathy Williams (Chair)


Vibrant Communities Calgary’s work is made possible by: 

…and all of you!