McCauley: A Place to Call Home is being filmed and edited by Paula E. Kirman. Kirman is best known in McCauley as the Editor (and Volunteer Coordinator) for Boyle McCauley News, the community newspaper serving the neighbourhoods of McCauley and Boyle Street.
She also filmed McCauley Moments, from 2013, a short film that explored the positive side to life in McCauley and why people have chosen to live and own businesses in the area. It was produced with the support of the City of Edmonton/McCauley Revitalization, in cooperation with The Works International Visual Arts Society.
Kirman was also involved with the creation of the book McCauley Then and Now: A Walk Through One of Edmonton’s First Neighbourhoods as an editor, and has subsequently edited (and photographed) three more booklets in the series, about Church Street, Chinatown, and Indigenous history and contemporary life. These are also projects of Revitalization.
In 2015 and 2016, Kirman was given a Spirit of McCauley award from Revitalization for her contributions to the McCauley neighbourhood, as well as the First Place winner of the 2016 Inner City Poetry Contest. As a social activist, she is enthusiastic about working on McCauley: A Place to Call Home because of her interest in issues concerning homelessness and poverty.
(Photo by Tracy Kolenchuk)