Social Research & Planning Council

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The Social Research and Planning Council

The Social Research and Planning Council (SRPC) is operated by United Way Perth-Huron and is comprised of community representatives who are dedicated to the collection, analysis and distribution of information relating to social trends and issues in Perth and Huron County. Research enables United Way to discover and understand the root causes of issues affecting Perth-Huron and in turn mobilize the community. The SRPC is also a member of the Social Planning Network of Ontario.

Social Planning Councils share the role of tracking the community pulse, providing a public forum for social issues, identifying and prioritizing unmet needs and building community commitment and capacity to address these needs. The SRPC produces reports for the community and wants to know what information is beneficial for you, your family and the community. Please email any feedback and comments to:



What We Do



About the Social Research and Planning Council



2021 – 2022 SRPC Members

  • Beth Blowes – Co-chair
    Principal Consultant
    Beth Blowes and Associates
  • Kathy Vassilakos – Co-chair
    City of Stratford
  • Susan Moffat
    Board President
    United Way of Perth-Huron
  • Ann Cook
    Executive – Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario
    President – Stratford and District Labour Council
  • Gwen Devereaux
    Board President
    Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health
  • Ryan Erb
    Executive Director
    United Way of Perth-Huron
  • Jeneane Fast
    Housing Stability Policy and Project Coordinator
    Social Services, City of Stratford
  • Barbara Hall
    Director of Social Services
    County of Huron
  • Shannon Kammerer
    Information Services Librarian
    Huron County Library
  • Barbara Leavitt
    Director of Population Health
    Huron Perth Public Health
  • Geoff Love
    Environmental Consultant
  • Kim McElroy
    Director of Social Services
    City of Stratford
  • Glen McNeil
    County of Huron
  • Mike Pullen
    Managing Director
  • Debra Swan
    Executive Director
    The Local Community Food Centre
  • Aron Van de Kleut
    Staff Lawyer
    Huron Perth Community Legal Clinic


  • Kristin Crane
    Director Social Research and Planning
    Social Research & Planning Council
  • Areeba Ahmad
    Manager Data & Social Research
    Social Research & Planning Council
  • Will Wellington
    Administrative Associate
    Social Research & Planning Council, Governance


SRPC Terms of Reference (PDF)