Board of Directors
The ESPC is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors
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All directors are members of the Council and are elected to the board at the Annual General Meeting. Directors can serve a maximum of three consecutive 2-year terms.

All ESPC members are welcome to attend monthly board meetings. Please call the ESPC office at 780-423-2031 for meeting dates and times. Click here to view Board Minutes.Click here to view by-laws.

Click a name below for more information on the individual 2018/2019 Board of Directors.

How to become a Board Member

ESPC is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors

A volunteer Board of Directors is response for the governance of the Edmonton Social Planning Council. The Board is comprised of individuals who are passionate about equitable social policy and making a difference in their community.

All board members are required to be:

  • Committed to supporting the ESPC and its mission to address and research social issues, inform public discussion, and influence social policy
  • Current members of the Edmonton Social Planning Council in good standing

The Board of Directors consists of 8 to 12 members drawn from various segments of the community. A variety of backgrounds, skill sets and perspectives are valued. The term of office is 2 years, and board members are eligible to serve a maximum of 3 consecutive terms.

Board meetings are held monthly (excluding July and August), usually every second Tuesday. Board members also participate in board committees and are involved in periodic strategic planning sessions.

Appointment Process: 2019-2020

To apply, please complete the application form and submit it along with a current resume and a brief biography to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The deadline for the ESPC to receive applications is 11:59 pm MST on Monday, March 1, 2019.

For any inquiries regarding this opportunity, do not hesitate to send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will ensure you are connected with one of our current members.

Nominations by an ESPC member in good standing are also accepted from the floor at the Annual General Meeting. The nominee(s) from the floor may be asked to present their qualifications and commitment to the ESPC’s mission and answer inquiries from the floor prior to a vote by the ESPC membership.

Gwen Feeny (President) 

Gwen Feeny (President)

Gwen is a researcher and lawyer dedicated to the advancement of social justice. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (with Distinction) in Political Science from the University of Alberta, a Juris Doctor from Queen’s University and a Certificate in International Public Law from the Bader International Study Centre in the United Kingdom. She also studied in Mexico and the Netherlands and taught English in Taiwan prior to law school.

Gwen previously worked as a corporate lawyer in the Calgary offices of two international law firms and in political and policy research and communications for the Alberta NDP caucus. She now works for Alberta’s largest union as an economic, political and legal analyst and advisor. Over the years, she has developed particular interest and expertise in social policy, including housing, poverty reduction and disability issues, health policy, access to justice, Indigenous issues, and human rights.

Gwen has extensive volunteer experience with community organizations including Calgary Legal Guidance, the United Way and the Elizabeth Fry Society of Calgary. She formerly held leadership roles and provided strategic direction on major fundraising campaigns for social service organizations and as the President and Vice President of two federal riding associations in Calgary.

Vanessa Zembal (Treasurer) 

 

Vanessa Zembal (Treasurer)

Bio to come.

Candas Jane Dorsey

Candas Jane Dorsey

Candas Jane Dorsey is an internationally-known writer and editor. A lifelong Edmontonian, she (with her partner, fellow artist Timothy J. Anderson) has made Boyle Street community her home for the last twelve years. She is a literary writer with nine books and many stories, poems, reviews, and critical essays published. In addition to her work as co-founder of The Edmonton Bullet arts newspaper and The Books Collective literary press, she has for 35 years been a freelance writer, editor and communications consultant. She also teaches writing and speaks internationally on writing and publishing.

She is committed to social justice and for over 40 years has been an active community and arts advocate, individually and on diverse boards and committees (arts organisations, community leagues, Edmonton Police Service citizen liaison committee, and many more). She ran for city council in Ward 6 in 2013. In addition to her literary honours she is the recipient of the Alberta Centennial Gold Medal, a City of Edmonton Achievement Award, the Todd Janes Pride Award, a Edmonton Police Service Human Rights Citation, and the YWCA Woman of the Year award.

 

Zaharo Hassan

Zaharo Hassan

Bio to come.

Peter Schalk 

Peter Schalk

Peter Schalk currently works for the Department of Human Services as the lead for enterprise risk management activities. In this role, Peter focuses on ensuring the department can more effectively achieve key strategic priorities and objectives by better understanding and mitigating risk. Peter is a policy wonk with social policy interests in emergency social services, affordable housing, poverty reduction and accessible post-secondary education. Peter also currently serves on the board of Sombrilla International Development Society and the International Association of Emergency Managers' Canada Council.

 

Melissa Scott

Melissa Scott

Bio to come.

Dave Trautman 

Dave Trautman

Dave Trautmanis a veteran of more than 36 years of video production in a variety of working environments. In 1988 he formed a media production consulting firm called EncycloMEDIA Ltd. to provide project management to organizations who undertake interactive training and instructional projects. He developed a project management coursefor the Digital Media and Information Technology (DMIT) program at Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. He spent three years providing expertise on video conferencing and collaborative technologies for Alberta Human Services.

Dave has been dedicated to the continuing development of other video producers by serving on advisory boards at NAIT and Grant MacEwan from time to time. Dave was the Faculty of Education’s TV producer for ten years where he was responsible for the production of computer-aided instruction and courseware. Dave went on to serve in the Faculty of Extension’s Academic Technologies for Learning centre for three years offering guidance and mentorship to professors who wanted to enhance their classroom instruction with digital media.

Dave’s expertise in digital and interactive media allowed him to become a consultant to ACCESS Network, SuperChannel, Lateral Communications, The Becker Group, The Provincial Archives Audio-Visual services, the Canadian Armed Forces, Bombardier, General Dynamics, and Alberta Human Services. He has, more recently, taught at both NAIT’s digital media program and theUniversity of Alberta Faculty of Extension’s Local Authority Administration online course.

Dave Trautman is currently his community league president, was the first chairman of the Edmonton Professional Arts Council and was Vice-president of the Film and Video Arts Society. He is a lifetime member of Uncles at Large, the Edmonton Folk Music Festival, the Society of Television Lighting Directors, and has earned awards for innovative programming, production design, and interactive simulations. Dave was also an award-winning community program coordinator for seven years while producing public access television for Shaw Communications.

Dave is currently working to help Edmonton City Council improve their public consultation and engagement process.  He has been specifically concerned with development of a new public engagement policy for the city for the past four years.

Ben Whynot 

 

Ben Whynot

Ben Whynot has worked in public policy advocacy and research for over seven years, serving in roles with the Alberta Legislature, the University of Alberta’s government relations team, and the Alberta Public Service. He is currently on secondment as a Senior Policy Advisor with Executive Council.

Ben contributes to his community through several organizations and causes. He has served on the Board of the LGBTQ Pride Centre of Edmonton from 2010 to 2016 and was an Adult Tutor with the Centre for Family Literacy for five years. He currently serves on the Edmonton Public Library’s City of Learners Community Steering Committee. Ben is also a retired workshop instructor with Alberta Culture and Tourism’s Board Development Program.

Born and raised in Nova Scotia, Ben relocated to Edmonton for graduate school. Although the original plan was to depart after finishing his degree, Ben has been proud to call Edmonton home for almost nine years.

Theresa Vladicka 

 

Theresa Vladicka

Bio to come.

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