Our Team

The work of the ESPC is done by a handful of dedicated staff.


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

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Susan Morrissey

Executive Director

Susan Morrissey joined the ESPC as Executive Director in October 2005, and has been busy expanding the role and capacity of the Council ever since.

Born and raised in Edmonton, Susan was educated at the University of Alberta, where she earned Bachelor degrees in Sociology/Psychology and Recreation Administration & Leisure Studies. She started out in the health care system, working as a Recreation Therapist specializing in dementia care programming.

In 2002 she was the recipient of the YWCA Women of Distinction award in the category of Business Management and the Professions. In 1994 and 2001 she was voted by her peers as Professional of the Year by the Alberta Therapeutic Recreation Association.

For more than 15 years, Susan has taken on the challenging role of Executive Director in the not-for-profit sector. Before coming to the Council, she led the Association of Adult Day Support Programs, now called Eldercare. 

Susan Morrissey
Ph: 780.423.2031 Ext. 353
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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. 350
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Stephanie Haar

Executive Assistant

Stephanie Haar, our Executive Assistant, has returned to the Edmonton Social Planning Council after a two year absence. During that time she was living as an expat Canadian in Singapore, enjoying the multiculturalism and varied environment of Southeast Asia.

Stephanie has extensive knowledge working in the not for profit section, both in Edmonton (with the Edmonton Social Planning Council since 2007) and in the Vancouver Regional District. She brings a wealth of administrative experience and her skills are greatly appreciated within the organization.

Stephanie lives on an acreage (just outside the city) with her husband and numerous animals. Originally from the lower mainland in British Columbia, she has made her home here in Alberta and does not foresee herself moving back to BC

Stephanie Haar
Ph: 780.423.2031 Ext. 349
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