United Way announce new Director of Social Research and Planning Council

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The United Way Perth-Huron have announced a new Director of their Social Research and Planning Council.

In a release, UWPH says Kristin Crane will be taking on the role. The release states that “Crane comes to the SRPC 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.”

The SRPC is operated by UWPH 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.

“I am very excited to carry on this important role,” says Crane. “The SRPC and UWPH 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 to the SRPC,” adds 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 SRPC’s role in gathering data and offering insights into the social justice issues that mean the most to people across the region. I’d also like to thank our outgoing director, Joelle Lamport-Lewis. The SRPC’s research and advocacy not only helps UWPH 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.”