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Anita Lunden, Fair Trade Edmonton

Anita Lunden has been involved with Fair Trade in Edmonton since joining the Edmonton Ten Thousand Villages Society as a volunteer in 2008.  She became a board member in 2010 and board chair in 2014.  Since April of 2014 she has been a member of the Edmonton Fair Trade Steering Committee.  Anita is a recent retiree from the Government of Alberta.



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Celebrating World Fair Trade Day

Saturday May 02 , 2015

Men and women around the world have a dream – to earn an honest living, to provide for their children and to be gainfully employed in a job that brings dignity and joy. Through Fair Trade producers, artisans and workers receive the respect, dignity and hope that comes from working hard and earning fair value for their work.

Fair Trade is a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect, that seeks greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers – especially in the South.

Fair Trade organizations have a clear commitment to Fair Trade as the principal core of their mission. They, backed by consumers, are engaged actively in supporting producers, awareness raising and in campaigning for changes in the rules and practice of conventional international trade.

Fair Trade is more than just trading:

  • It proves that greater justice in world trade is possible.
  • It highlights the need for change in the rules and practice of conventional trade and shows how a successful business can also put people first.
  • It is a tangible contribution to the fight against poverty, climate change and economic crisis.

Following in the footsteps of many other municipalities around the world and in Canada, Edmonton officially became a Fairtrade Town on September 26, 2013. As a result, a Fairtrade Steering Committee was formed with representation from the City of Edmonton, members of the business community, other volunteer groups and the community at large.

Around the world, celebrations for World Fairtrade Day will be showing support for ethical consumerism. The Fairtrade Edmonton Steering Committee will be holding a panel discussion and film screening of “The Dark Side of Chocolate”. The event is sure to spark lots of reflection and debate as it uncovers the reality behind our chocolate production. Come learn about alternatives to child labour practices and a lack of commitment to human rights policies by companies and governments within the chocolate industry.

Join us at the Princess Theatre from 10:45am - 1:00pm on Saturday May 9th to add your voice to the international movement for fair wages, fair labour practices & fair environmental standards.

After the event learn more about Fair Trade and Fair Trade products by stopping at Ten Thousand Villages for an afternoon of displays, entertainment and free samples.

For a complete list of Edmonton businesses and restaurants that have Fair Trade products go to: