NextGen Vlog Series - Volume 7

Changing the back alley scene one bakery at a time - this next edition of the NextGen vlog series (part 7) woke us up early, letting us indulge in coffee and bakery treats as well as the smells fresh baking brings. Sugared and Spiced is located at 10334 82 Ave - Rear. That’s right - REAR!

At Sugared and Spiced - everyone is welcome, and even in the back alley its pretty easy to get to. They face the Strathcona Farmers market and have direct access to the backstage door of the Varscona Theatre. All of the delicious treats are made from scratch and there are so many to choose from. Cookies, tarts, meringues, smores bars, nanaimo bars to name a few. And if you haven’t yet seen the beautiful cakes - check out the instagram page and be instantly wanting to eat cake. Find them at Sugared & Spiced Baked Goods.

During special holidays they offer from scratch mini Gingerbread house making kits, and pre order cookie or treat boxes. As well they offer cake club which helps you pre book special occasions throughout the year and they connect with you to with a cake ready to go. There is plenty of parking along Whyte ave and several buses that stop close by.

To learn more about Sugared and Spiced you can visit them on their website @

In this series we will be visiting local restaurants and businesses throughout Edmonton and sharing our experience with you through video and written content. We will focus on accessibility, atmosphere and affordability, we will leave the reviews to you and just share what we learn.

Edmonton's NextGen hosts a Diversity and Inclusion Workshop by Jasmine Brazil

Edmonton’s NextGen, created by City Council and an administrative committee of Citizen Services, partnered with Age Friendly Edmonton (AFE), City of Edmonton Youth Council (CEYC) to bring a professional and personal development opportunity to the volunteers of these committees. NextGen’s Volunteer Engagement team and Coordinator, Christine Causing, planned a 3 hour training event for representatives of each of the committees to come and learn at a local social innovation collaborative space - MacEwan University’s Roundhouse. Bringing together volunteers from all ages and stages, the group networked with one another and were able to provide their own lived experiences through the sharing and discussion. 

As a City staff member in the Social Development Branch, I have been lucky to participate in ongoing intercultural, inclusion and diversity training - it seemed like a great fit to bring that to the volunteers of NextGen,” says Jasmine Brazil, one of the civic NextGen Volunteer Engagement Co-Chairs. “Our volunteers work hard and as committees, we are really great at what we do, so we thought this training would be another way to keep strengthening how inclusive we are when we reach out or provide platforms for NextGeners or those NextGen at heart. With integration a key cultural commitment in the City, it just made sense to collaborate with the other committees and share in this learning opportunity, together!” 

The training included a workshop from Evan Westfal from the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies & Services (iSMSS) encouraging volunteers to learn new terminology, awareness of resources and community supports and practical strategies for maximizing inclusion and creating safer spaces. Volunteers participated in interactive group activities to reflect on language, understanding gender pronouns and their importance, privilege and diversifying your networks. 

The second half of the training involved a presentation from two members of the Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC), Crystal Jones and Janet Davies-Davis giving volunteers insight into actions that can be done to make events and activities more accessible and inclusive. The speakers gave participants valuable information to think about and concrete ways to make interactions with Edmontonians more inclusive for all. Janet shared with attendees “You are our future and we are all relying on you to understand accessibility and make it completely universal. As our next group of leaders you all will shape how completely accessible Edmonton is.

Finally, Christine Causing adds, “This workshop was a wonderful collaboration with the assistance of my colleagues who work with Age Friendly Edmonton, Edmonton Youth Council and the Accessibility Advisory Committee, who helped us connect to such great presenters. And because of this, it brought together both community members and employees from the City of Edmonton for a day of learning and sharing. I hope the discussions on being more inclusive in the work we do at the City of Edmonton continue!” 

Thank you to everyone who attended this workshop, Roundhouse for hosting our workshop, Christine Causing, Alexandra Santos, Heather Crowe, Carleen Etmanski, Leslie Tanzi and the NextGen Volunteer Engagement Working Group for helping organize the workshop.

Please contact Christine Causing, Edmonton's NextGen Coordinator if you would like more info about the workshop: 


Introducing… the NextGen Volunteer in YEG Blog Series!

According to Merriam Webster, a volunteer is “a person who expresses a willingness to undertake a service ... Being a volunteer means that you are offering something – something that is not required nor an obligation. You do not volunteer for the pursuit of a monetary prize or recognition.”

The reported volunteerism rate in Edmonton has fluctuated over the past few years, hovering between 44% and 51%. Edmonton’s NextGen wants to keep encouraging our demographic of 18-40 years, their families and those NextGen at heart, to continue to give back to their community through volunteering.

Over the year, Edmonton’s NextGen is going to feature local nonprofit organizations in Edmonton who need and rely on volunteers to serve those in our community. They are going to tell you all about the difference volunteering can make within their organizations and how to get involved.

Are you a nonprofit that needs volunteers and wants to be featured on our blog? Reach out to us to schedule an interview with one of our volunteers!

Volunteer Engagement Co-Chairs

Jasmine Brazil (

Rye Fedirko (

NextGen Vlog Series - Volume 6

This edition of the NextGen vlog series (part 6) brings us to Navina Yoga. Located in Windermere at 316 Windermere Road, suite 211. This second floor studio provides a variety of classes to suit almost everyone’s needs.

Getting to Navina Yoga is pretty easy there is a bus stop just across the road for the bus route 325, there is ample parking in front of the building and driving is pretty quick as it’s not too far off the Anthony Henday. Once you’re at the building finding Navina can be a little bit trickier due to them being on the second floor of the building. The key is to find the elevator or stairs (cause why not you’re there for fitness) and go up! Follow the Namaste this Way signs and you’re good to go.

Kids are welcome at Navina - they offer classes for ages 5 - 9 years, as well as classes for mom and baby. Not a parent, but soon, prenatal is also one of the options along with traditional yoga, warm classes and so much more.

If yoga isn’t really your thing but you are interested in connecting with the Navina community, they also offer Pilates and Barre classes to provide some variety for their clients health goals.

Community is essential to Navina as Navina is to its community, they offer Karma classes throughout the city, as well as weekly classes to the residents at Compassion House and Wellspring clients.

To learn more about Navina Yoga you can visit them on their website @

Missed an episode?

You can watch our first 5 videos on the NextGen website HERE

In this series we will be visiting local restaurants and businesses throughout Edmonton and sharing our experience with you through video and written content. We will focus on accessibility, atmosphere and affordability, we will leave the reviews to you and just share what we learn.

NextGen Vlog Series - Volume 5

Located at 10932 119st, Cafe Linnea opened its doors in 2016. We may be late to the party but as usual Nicole and Patrick found a way to make their visit fun.

Did you know they have brunch - not just on the weekends? You can visit anytime Wednesday to Friday without reservation. On the weekends they offer reservations for brunch as well as high tea on select Sundays once a month. Families are always welcome and they will work with any dietary restrictions you might have. Pricing on the menu ranges. During dinner service Cafe Linnea now offers a Prix Fixe menu, which they started and tested only on Tuesdays and now offer every night. You have the option of a two course or three course meal with the added benefit of wine pairing if so desired. If not the bartender is delighted to apply their skills making the most delightful beverages warm or cold.

There is plenty of parking, however if you like you can take the bus which is close by just a few blocks away on 111 avenue.

Kelsey and Garner lets us into the kitchen during service - which was super fun and even let Patrick push the cheese cart (so he says but we really are not sure….)

Stayed connected with us to find out who will join Nicole at the next location - she’s letting them pick. Thank you Patrick for your contribution to NextGen and to helping us get the Vlog off the ground….maybe we can convince you for a guest appearance in the future…

Want to learn more about Cafe Linnea? Visit them online at or just go there and eat cause #whynot its delicious.

Missed an episode?

You can watch our first 4 videos on the NextGen website HERE .

In this series we will be visiting local restaurants and businesses throughout Edmonton and sharing our experience with you through video and written content. We will focus on accessibility, atmosphere and affordability, we will leave the reviews to you and just share what we learn.

NextGen Vlog Series - Volume 4

When we learned about our next stop in the vlog series we were excited to understand this unique local concept for coffee and clothes.

Welcome to the Barking Buffalo Cafe and Salgado Fenwick. Located at 10842 - 124 Street this shop can be found with the Salgado Fenwick sign and a Buffalo by the door with a moon in the window. Being on the busy street of 124th there is plenty of parking and the bus routes for the #3, #5 and #7 are all within walking distance.

Once inside the shop you’re greeted by the friendly staff who also seem to know their regulars by their first names and always smile and wave to them as they enter. The majority of the clothing are made by the Salgado Fenwick team, we were lucky to get some behind the scenes look at the pressing process, if you’re looking for something for your favorite kid they have selections for them as well! And as a lover of Almond milk lattes Nicole was happy to find out that all the coffees regardless of “specialty” milk/mylk are the same price.

Some fun facts about this dynamic duo location, everything sold in the store is Canadian including some local Edmonton artists work. This is the only location in Edmonton to sell Pilot coffee which is a Canadian coffee roaster out of Toronto - if you want to learn more about it chat with Kassie, she is incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about coffee. Want your coffee to go? The cups, straws, napkins all of it is compostable! They also offer free wifi and are currently open a little later on Wednesdays and Thursdays for the Holiday season.

Want to order online? Salgado Fenwick has an online store as well! You can visit them here

Want to learn more about the coffee? Visit Barking Buffalo here

In this series we will be visiting local restaurants and businesses throughout Edmonton and sharing our experience with you through video and written content. We will focus on accessibility, atmosphere and affordability, we will leave the reviews to you and just share what we learn.

Missed an episode?

You can watch our first 3 videos on the NextGen website HERE .

Moréniké’s Best Tips on Mentorship for Newcomers!

New to Edmonton? Finding the right mentor could help you get to where you want to go.

Moréniké Ọláòṣebìkan recently came out to speak at NextGen’s Ignite: Your New Life in Yeg event. The event was the first of its kind for NextGen and aimed to give newcomers a place to network, learn more about the city, and hear from some prominent Edmonton newcomers and their tips for finding success in the city. We were so glad to see so many engaged attendees come out and participate.

For those who missed out, our next event will be held on Monday, October 1st from 5-8pm at Roundhouse in Grant MacEwan and the theme will be How to Make Friends, as an Adult. You can RSVP here!

One of the most fascinating things about Moréniké’s talk was the many benefits of having the right mentor at the right time. In many of her endeavours she persistently searched for the perfect mentor who was willing to share their knowledge and expertise. Read on to learn more about Moréniké and how she leverages the power of mentoring to reach her goals!

Who is Moréniké Ọláòṣebìkan?

Moréniké Ọláòṣebìkan was born in Lagos, Nigeria and moved to Edmonton in December 2003. She is a pharmacist, artist, facilitator, retail pharmacy owner, and founder of the Ribbon Rouge Foundation. She currently invests her time in multiple projects to address sexually transmitted and blood borne infections through arts based community organizing work directed at impacting systemic change for health equity.

Moréniké is currently working on OtherWise, a new podcast with fellow Edmonton newcomers and co-hosts Ahmed Knowmadic Ali and Keren Tang. The podcast aims to share stories from communities of colour in Edmonton, highlighting our collective ethno-cultural-linguistic diversity and heritage, reflecting who we are as a City, and bringing about positive social change. With their unique experiences they’ll explore transnational, ethnocultural diasporic linkages, cross-cultural connections, and our relationships with our City and Treaty 6 land. The first episode, about the origin of the project, will be available for download over the summer and can be found wherever you get you podcasts – iTunes, Google, Stitcher. If you are interested in alternative voices and stories, check it out!

Moréniké’s attributes many of her successes to her various mentors throughout the years. With their help, she was able to own a Shopper’s Drug Mart franchise only two and a half years after graduating. As a newcomer with few professional connections, finding the right mentor can make all the difference!

Moréniké’s Best Tips on Mentorship for Newcomers

  • Pick the problem you want to invest your life solving

  • Find champions who have achieved exceptional heights within different aspects of your chosen topic of interests

  • Reach out to these champions who capture your imagination and interest.

I have on many occasions found it striking how much people want to pay it forward.

NextGen is so grateful that Moréniké took the time to come and speak to attendees at our inaugural event. She was informative, inspiring, and stayed around to answer questions and connect with attendees. If you or your organization would like to connect with Moréniké about social movements and community organizing, you can contact her at

Thank you Moréniké!