Our People

Learn more about the organization, our people, and history.

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

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Susan Morrissey

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’s 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

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

Sydney Sheloff

Sydney Sheloff

Research Officer

Sydney Sheloff recently graduated from the University of Alberta with a Master of Arts degree in Sociology. Her research focused on youth inequality and homelessness. In particular, her master’s thesis explored what it meant for homeless youth to pursue a successful future in a social, economic, and political landscape that marginalized them and limited their opportunities. In addition, she studied the criminal justice system and the criminalization of impoverished and racialized people. She also studied the unique experiences of Indigenous people in Canada. Sydney is dedicated to investigating social issues through the eyes of those most harshly affected by them. In this position, Sydney is excited to turn her research into action and advocate for social change. In her free time, Sydney enjoys embroidery; baking and trying new recipes; and exploring all the local shops, restaurants, artists, and sites Edmonton has to offer.

Sydney Sheloff
Ph: 780 423-2031 Ext. 356

Jenn Rossiter, MA

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
Ph: 780.423.2031 Ext. 350

Brett Lambert

Brett Lambert

Community Engagement Coordinator

Brett Lambert has worked in a number of communications roles at the University of Alberta as well as non-profit organizations such as Native Counselling Services of Alberta and Public Interest Alberta. Brett has a Diploma in Journalism from Grant MacEwan as well as a Bachelor of Arts and Master’s degree in Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta. Brett lives on the south side of Edmonton with his wife, Diana, and two young sons.

Brett Lambert
Ph: 780.423.2031 Ext. 351

Justine Basilan

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
Ph: 780.423.2031 Ext. 349


COVID-19 Update

Due to the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic, the Edmonton Social Planning Council (ESPC) is taking precautionary measures to do our part in slowing the spread of the disease.

The ESPC physical office will be closed effective March 16, 2020, until further notice. We will continue to work and serve our community and clients remotely. All of us at ESPC have the necessary resources to work remotely with little disruption to our scheduled project deliverables.

Please note that by working remotely, emails will be answered, but phone calls may take longer to respond too. We would recommend email or our website contact form as the quickest way to connect with us.

Additionally, all in-person ESPC events and meetings have been cancelled. We will be monitoring the situation and decide soon on the status of our Annual General Meeting and the scope of our 80th Anniversary celebrations.

The COVID-19 pandemic is a rapidly changing issue, we recommend staying informed about developments.  Please refer to the Alberta government website, the City of Edmonton website for local updates, or our COVID-19 Resource page.

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