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  • Bake Sale in Support of the United Way

    Bake Sale in Support of the United Way

    Bake Sale Edmonton Social Planning Council #200, 10544 106 Street (Bassani Building) Wednesday, November 27, 2019 9:00am - 4:00 pm Pricing is by donation. Enjoy some baked goods and learn more about our work! 100% of the proceeds go directly to the United Way, which is working with partners in the community to help end poverty in Edmonton. Poverty is #Unignorable Read More
  • Lunch and Learn - December 10, 2019

    Lunch and Learn - December 10, 2019

    December 10, 2019 12:00 Noon - 1:30 PM Program Room - Stanley Milner Library (Enterprise Square Branch) 10212 Jasper Avenue Topic: Prevent It! Taking Action to Stop Child Sexual Abuse Please note: Registration is required for this event. Please CLICK HERE to register. About this presentation: The Edmonton Social Planning Council's Lunch & Learn Series is a series of engaging lunch-time talks about social Read More
  • 2019 Seasonal Celebration

    2019 Seasonal Celebration

    Our Board of Directors and Staff wish to extend an invitation to you to join us in celebrating the holidays at our office! Light snacks and refreshments will be served. When: December 5th, 4:00 to 6:00 pm Where: Suite #200, 10544 106 Street (Bassani Building) Read More
  • Opinion: Budget is a setback for lower-income Albertans

    Opinion: Budget is a setback for lower-income Albertans

    Susan Morrissey, Executive Director of the Edmonton Social Planning Council provided the recent Op-Ed in the Edmonton Journal. Read the full version here: https://edmontonjournal.com/opinion/columnists/opinion-budget-is-a-setback-for-lower-income-albertans Download the Fact Sheet here: 2019 Alberta Budget fACTsheet Excerpt from the Edmonton Journal: With the UCP tabling their first budget, there is a lot of talk of what this means. Depending on who you ask, this Read More
  • 2019 Alberta Provincial Budget Fact Sheet

    2019 Alberta Provincial Budget Fact Sheet

    Download: 2019 Alberta Budget fACTsheet Introduction The 2019 budget, which runs until March 31, 2020, is titled A Plan for Jobs and the Economy. The main priorities it identifies is creating jobs and reducing the deficit. We are now almost 7 months into the 2019-20 budget year, so many of the big changes announced will not take effect until next spring’s Read More
  • Public Engagement on Affordable Housing Report

    Public Engagement on Affordable Housing Report

    Access to stable and quality housing can produce positive outcomes to community health and education, and ultimately improve neighbourhood conditions and perceptions. Families that are in unstable housing are more likely to face intergenerational poverty. Living in unsafe neighbourhoods could have detrimental effects on physical and mental health. Despite these benefits, there is still formidable public opposition to providing quality Read More
  • A Profile of Poverty in Edmonton - May 2019 Update

    A Profile of Poverty in Edmonton - May 2019 Update

    Read the full report (click on the link):A Profile of Poverty in Edmonton - May 2019 Update Click to download: 2016 Federal Census Neighbourhood Summary Click to download: Map: Prevalence of Low Income After-Tax (All Ages) Click to download: Map: Prevalence of Low Income After-Tax (0 to 17) INTRODUCTION Poverty affects people from all walks of life – young, old, employed, unemployed, those Read More
  • 2019 Vital Topics - Indigenous Women in Alberta

    2019 Vital Topics - Indigenous Women in Alberta

    Edmonton Vital Signs is an annual check-up conducted by Edmonton Community Foundation, in partnership with Edmonton Social Planning Council, to measure how the community is doing. This year we will also be focusing on individual issues, VITAL TOPICS, that are timely and important to Edmonton.  This edition focuses on Indigenous Women in Alberta.   Download: Vital Topic - Indigenous Women in Read More
  • 2018 Vital Topics - The Arts

    2018 Vital Topics - The Arts

    Edmonton Vital Signs is an annual check-up conducted by Edmonton Community Foundation, in partnership with Edmonton Social Planning Council, to measure how the community is doing. This year we will also be focusing on individual issues, VITAL TOPICS, that are timely and important to Edmonton.  This edition focuses on The Arts. ARTS include a wide variety of creative disciplines including: Read More
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Photo by: J. P. Moczulski

(Edmonton) One of the city’s most visible spokespersons and advocates for addressing the root causes of sexual exploitation and sex trafficking is this year’s recipient of the Edmonton Social Planning Council’s (ESPC) Award of Merit for Advocacy of Social Justice.

Kate Quinn, the executive director of the Centre to End All Sexual Exploitation (CEASE), was recognized during the ESPC’s AGM on May 6 for more than two decades of community activism.  Some of her accomplishments include:

  • Co-chair of the Communities For Changing Prostitution volunteer group in the early 1990s that focused on increasing community safety, decreasing the demand generated by “johns” and pimps plus advocating for resources to assist vulnerable children, youth and adults who were exploited.
  • This community advocacy led to the creation of the Prostitution Offender Program (“john” school) in 1996.  Over 2,300 offenders have attended.  CEASE, then called PAAFE, was incorporated to disburse the funds.  Kate was hired to facilitate the “john school” and lead the organization.
  • One of the creators of the CEASE Men of Honour awards program celebrating positive male role models in the community
  •  Community partner in a University of Alberta initiative promoting the use of text messaging as a new outreach tool to offer help and support to sex trade workers posting online ads.

“Kate has been an advocate for over 20 years for women, men and children who have experienced sexual exploitation and sex trafficking,” said Janice Melnychuk, a former city councillor and school trustee who nominated Quinn.  “I met her in the early 1990s when she began this work as a concerned member of the McCauley neighbourhood.”

The award is presented annually to individuals or groups who have not turned away from controversy when seeking social justice impacting the city or one of its communities over a considerable period of time.

ESPC is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan social research organization, with registered charitable status with a focus on social research, particularly in the areas of low income and poverty.

For more information:

Susan Morrissey

ESPC Executive Director

(780) 423-2031 x353 or (780) 218-7395 cell

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A photo of Ms. Quinn is available upon request.

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