Social Research & Planning Council Director Kristin Crane

United Way welcomes new Director of Social Research & Planning Council

United Way Perth-Huron and the Social Research & Planning Council are proud to announce Kristin Crane as the SRPC’s new director.

“I am very excited to carry on this important role,” said Crane. “The Social Research & Planning Council and United Way have a long-standing reputation for collaborative leadership in Perth-Huron. I look forward to contributing to a team and organization that positively impacts the community in such meaningful ways.”

“We’d like to welcome Kristin,” said SRPC Co-chair Beth Blowes. “Kristin’s previous experience, and her connections with service providers, government and business, make her an ideal choice. The council is looking forward to working together to further develop the council’s role in gathering data and offering insights into the social justice issues that mean the most to people across the region.”

Ms. Crane comes to the Social Research & Planning Council from Huron County Economic Development, where she led the Immigration Partnership. She has extensive experience bringing partners together to collaborate on solutions to community needs. Crane’s experience working with organizations dedicated to the well-being of vulnerable communities also gives her unique insight into local needs and how to influence change.

“I’d also like to thank our outgoing director, Joelle Lamport-Lewis,” added Blowes. “The council’s research and advocacy not only helps United Way make informed decisions, it is invaluable to the wider work of creating stronger communities. Joelle contributed so much to building the SRPC. We will miss her vision and enthusiasm.”  

About the Social Research & Planning Council
The SRPC is operated by United Way and includes community volunteers dedicated to increasing well-being through the collection, analysis and distribution of information related to local social justice issues including poverty reduction, income security, quality of life, living wage and equity, diversity and inclusion. The SRPC’s research and advocacy helps UWPH better understand root causes of local issues and mobilize the community to create effective, innovative solutions. To read more about the SRPC’s research, GO HERE. For a source of current, locally sourced insights into the well-being of Perth-Huron, visit

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