Our Staff
The work of the ESPC Is done by our dedicated staff.

Media: Please direct inquiries to the Executive Director, Susan Morrissey.

*Please note that we are not a government department or direct service provider. We do not provide individuals with information about social benefit programs (i.e. AISH, worker's compensation benefits, etc.). If you have questions about these services, please contact the City of Edmonton at 311. For assistance with provincial programs Alberta Supports can help you access more than 30 programs and 120 community services https://www.alberta.ca/alberta-supports.aspx.

Susan Morrissey, Executive Director

Susan Morrissey joined the ESPC as Executive Director in October 2005. In addition to the day to day operational oversight she spends a significant amount of time building strong relationships and brokering partnerships with like-minded organizations in the community.

Susan holds a Bachelor degree in Sociology/Psychology and Recreation Administration & Leisure Studies from the University of Alberta. Susan began her professional career as a Recreation Therapist specializing in dementia care programming and gradually moving more into a management role. In 1999 Susan became the Executive Director of the Association of Adult Day Support Programs, now called Eldercare which provided day program support to the frail elderly in a non-institutional setting.

Susan’ professional accomplishments include the 2002 YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Business Management/Professions and the Alberta Therapeutic Recreation Association Professional of the Year in 1994 and 2001.

Susan Morrissey
Ph: 780.423.2031Ext. 353

Sandra Ngo, Research Coordinator

Sandra Ngo graduated from the University of Alberta with a Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics. Prior to coming to ESPC, Sandra was the community Resource Coordinator with the Multicultural Health Brokers and ENRICH.

Sandra was instrumental in starting the Grocery Run which is a program that provides fresh fruits and vegetables to refugee families living in crisis. She has been very active in the food security scene in Edmonton for a number of years

Sandra Ngo
Ph: 780 423-2031 Ext. 354

John Kolkman, Research Associate (Volunteer opportunity contact)

John has several decades of experience working as a public policy researcher, both in the non-profit sector and at the political level. Since joining the Council in May 2006, he has worked on social policy issues related to poverty, wealth and income inequality, removing employment barriers for those with low and modest incomes, social determinants of health, affordable housing, and neighborhood revitalization.

John has resided with his family in the inner city McCauley neighborhood of Edmonton for the past 30 years, and has been an active volunteer and leader in a number of community organizations. Married to Kate Quinn, they have two adult sons.

John Kolkman
Ph: 780.423.2031 Ext. 356

Justine Basilan, Executive Assistant
Justine Basilan graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. After graduating and prior to joining ESPC, she invested much of her time volunteering for other non-profit organizations.

Justine Basilan, Executive Assistant - Ph: 780.423.2031 Ext. 349

Jenn Rossiter, MA , Project Coordinator | Research Services and Capacity Building
Jenn Rossiter completed her MA from York University, Toronto, in International Development Studies, during which time she studied child protection policies and informal childcare practices. Recognizing the importance of grassroots development, she has since aimed to translate her international experiences into domestic practice. Jenn spent several years working at the University of Alberta, most recently with the Faculty of Native Studies learning more about Alberta and Treaty 6. Respectfully connecting this knowledge with her social sciences background has been rewarding, and a practice that grounds her ongoing work.

Jenn Rossiter, MA , Project Coordinator | Research Services and Capacity Building
Ph: 780.423.2031 Ext. 349

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Global News - 1 in 6 Alberta children lives below poverty line

Read more about the Edmonton Social Planning Council report on child poverty in Alberta.

Alberta Child Poverty Report - 2018 Click to Download