The Team

Alla Guelber created the Meaningful Work Project (MWP) based on her struggles and insights into the non-linear journey of aligning her goals, passions and interests – especially for environmental and social change – with a career. What started as a class assignment in the fall of 2009 for a curriculum design course through her graduate program has grown into an ongoing exploration of the many facets of meaningful work, through organizing and hosting learning programs, conducting academic research, and partnering with a variety of organizations to develop custom programming and deliver various consulting projects.

Alla completed the Master of Arts – Environmental Education and Communication from Royal Roads University, and her thesis, called: The quest for meaningful work: Personal journeys in creating occupations for people and planet. She has a background in communications (journalism and public relations) and youth environmental leadership. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Communications – Public Relations from Mount Royal University. Alla has worked as a Waterlution Associate, and the Waterlution Calgary Hub Manager. She now works for the City of Calgary as a Waste and Recycling Educator. She holds a Permaculture Design Certificate in the fall of 2012, and is actively involved in the permaculture community, and the Permaculture Calgary Guild.

As the founder and director, Alla envisioned MWP as a catalysing force. She has focused on developing an educational initiative focused on knowledge sharing and capacity building for creating meaningful work that supports people and ecosystem integrity.

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Mike Unrau has worked for over 10 years as a facilitator, engagement process designer, creativity inquisitor, artist, trainer, and coordinator/manager in the Calgary and Toronto regions. He applies his skills to leadership, social action, the arts, environmental stewardship, social justice, business and community development. After his Masters Degree in Arts and International Social Work, he directed several self initiated international projects leading and teaching University students in using arts as a tool for social change for application in rural Indian community development.

To further his passion of the arts, he co-founded Theatre Encounter in Calgary, where he facilitates groups towards a common vision of alternative creative expression and personal & social inquiry.  A fiery passion for meaning-making, human interaction, and multiculturalism, Mike uses a participatory research model in his facilitation, with a holistic approach to education initiatives and also a “big-picture” thinking in seeing connections between community, administration and relationship.  Oh, and he plays in a band, too.

Mike has worked as a program director at the Meaningful Work Project, and continues to support MWP on consulting projects and developing custom programs. He has worked in connection with the Banff Centre (Leadership Development), Pacific Centre for Leadership, as Manager of Calgary Dollars (Calgary’s complementary currency system, an initiative of the Arusha Centre), as a Core Connexion Transformational Arts Facilitator, and is an alumnus of Leadership Calgary.