Dustin Bajer and Rylan Kafara Make Edmonton’s Top 40 Under 40

  • Rylan Kafara (centre) with Trudy Callaghan (left) and Steven Sandor of Avenue Edmonton. Kaylyn Nadon

  • Dustin Bajer. Jessica Peverett

Dustin Bajer and Rylan Kafara have made the 2018 Top 40 Under 40 list published by Avenue Edmonton Magazine. This prestigious award honours young Edmontonians making a difference in the city.

Bajer, 35, is a McCauley resident and the owner of Forest City Plants, Beecentric Hive, and Public Ecology. He is also an Urban Agriculture High Program Coordinator with Sustainable Food Edmonton, a permaculture educator, and coordinates the Cultivate McCauley garden crawls (CultivateMcCauley.ca). Dustin was named a Top 40 for “cultivating community through sustainable living practices.”

Kafara, 35, is the Program Lead, Inner City Recreation and Wellness Program, Bissell Centre and Boyle Street Community Services. He is also a PhD student at the University of Alberta engaging in “qualitative research that examines the homeless community in the city and the challenges they navigate.” He is also an organizer with the Heart of the City Festival. Rylan is a Top 40 because “he’s providing opportunities for people to effect change in the community and make their voices heard.”

The award ceremony took place on November 7 at the Winspear Centre.

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