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Joshua Wolchansky is running on a platform of passion, inclusivity, and advocacy. Learn more about him, his platform, and his story.
Joshua Wolchansky is a vibrant new candidate in the 2021 Edmonton City Council race looking to reignite the heart of Edmonton.
For as long as he can remember, Joshua has been dedicated to serving others.
Running for Councillor of O’day-min ward was the natural next step in a life committed to public service from an early age.
Joshua Wolchanksy Loves This City
Joshua moved to Edmonton with his mother and sister when he was just ten years old. Shortly after, his mother decided to return to school. Joshua watched as both her and his grandmother worked hard to raise him and his sister, creating an environment filled with love.
Outside of the home, Joshua spent most of his time at Victoria School. It was there he was able to explore his identity and develop strong friendships with his peers. It was also the place where he was able to pursue his passions in the performing arts and community advocacy.
Joshua feels an immense sense of pride when it comes to his lived experiences in Edmonton. Growing up surrounded by strong women taught him the importance of compassion while his experiences at school showed him the importance of connection and community.
But Joshua is the first to point out that his experience in Edmonton has been far more positive than others.
“This city has given me so many opportunities, so much connection, and fellowship,” said Wolchansky.
“[But] It doesn’t give that for everyone, and I want to fight to change that.”
For Joshua, acknowledging this privilege has underscored his deep desire to help those who might not have had the same opportunities as him.
A Strong Voice For Edmontonians In Need
Edmontonians were hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly those who were already struggling to begin with. People lost jobs, economic stability, housing opportunities and there was a feeling of hopelessness among so many people.
It was during the pandemic that Joshua realized someone needed to stand up and reignite a sense of hope in those who felt hopeless.
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Joshua is a proud member of the LGBTQ2S+ community and spends time working with advocacy groups like the Fruit Loop Society of Alberta, a volunteer-led non-profit.
You can see his understanding of the complexities of diversity engrained in the fabric of his platform.
This includes policies to ensure city partners are actively anti-racist and anti-homophobic in addition to legislation that focuses on harm reduction and mental health supports.
“We need our power structures to reflect the diversity, and celebrate the diversity of our community,” says Wolchansky.
In order for that to happen, Joshua believes that Edmonton’s City Council needs more diverse representation. That includes female, BIPOC, and LGBTQ2S+ Councillors who can contribute their voices to important conversations about the city.
As the cultural hub of Edmonton, O’day-min feels like the perfect place for Joshua to launch his passionate campaign. O-day’min, or the strawberry, or heart berry, represents the heart of Edmonton, amiskwaciwâskahikan, and is a name that honours the Indigenous Peoples who first gathered there for thousands of years.
It is this very heart that Josua is looking to reignite as a place of hope and inclusion for those often left unheard.
Make Your Voice Heard
Politics can often feel boring or out-of-touch, and it’s not often you get a candidate as passionate as Joshua Wolchansky. To learn more about his platform, visit his website here. You can also find him on Facebook and Instagram.
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