Graham in the Community
Graham  believes that from whom much has been given, much is expected.

His past and present community contributions include:

The River Valley Alliance

Graham was a board member, a past advisory committee chair and a volunteer with the River Valley Alliance.

The River Valley Alliance is a non-profit organization dedicated to the vision of a park bordering the North Saskatchewan River, starting at the town of Devon southwest of Edmonton, through Edmonton and continuing downstream to the city of Fort Saskatchewan in the northeast. 

When finished, the river valley park, with at least one continuous multi-use trail will be, at 88 kilometres long, the longest park of its kind in the world. In the park will be wilderness zones,  recreational areas, water access points, marinas and so on.

The River Valley Alliance is an outstanding example of regional municipal cooperation, being owned by the city of Edmonton and seven other Alberta municipalities bordering the North Saskatchewan River.

Catholic Social Services

Graham is currently a board member of Catholic Social Services, as well as a long-time member of the Catholic Social Services Sign of Hope Campaign Cabinet. He is inspired by the magnificent work of Catholic Social Services in Northern Alberta, a low-key, humble and efficient social services agency. Founded in 1961, Catholic Social Services now offers over 150 social programs, assists over 65,000 clients annually, has a staff of over 1,000, a volunteer base of about 1,200 and a budget of $97 million.

The non-profit agency is extensively contracted by the Alberta government to fulfil the government's obligation to the less fortunate among us. The Sign of Hope campaign raises funds to tackle social programs not funded by governments, but where help is needed. In 2003, Graham chaired the Sign of Hope campaign.


Graham was the founder, past spokesperson, and chair of the Edmonton Sun's Adopt-A-Teen Christmas gift program for teens from disadvantaged families. Using funds raised from the community, Adopt-A-Teen purchases $50 Walmart gift cards for teens in all low-income families registered for Christmas assistance with either the Edmonton Christmas Bureau or the Salvation Army.

 In 2017, some 8,000 teens were able to enjoy Christmas, thanks to the funds raised in Adopt-A-Teen's Christmas campaign. As a Christmas project administered by the Christmas Bureau, Adopt-A-Teen has next to no overhead.

The ATCO / Edmonton Sun Christmas Charity Auction

Graham was the founder and long-time producer of the ATCO/Edmonton Sun Christmas Charity Auction. The largest silent auction of its kind in Canada solicited donations, and then over three days in the Edmonton Sun in late October, put up some 300 auction packages donations for auction online. The auction raised from $100,000 to $350,000 per year, split between four charities: The United Way of the Capital Region, The Edmonton Christmas Bureau, Catholic Social Services and Adopt-A-Teen. It was last held in October, 2018.