About Us

A catalyst for sustainable, social and economic development since 1928

The Social Planning Council of Ottawa was created in 1928 by local churches and community groups in order to respond to the then acute socio-economic problems looming as a result of the great depression. Since then, the Social Planning Council has been a place where many ideas took form, including

  • United Way (Community Chest)
  • ParaTranspo
  • Ottawa Volunteer Centre
  • Community Information Centre
  • Council on Aging

Today, the SPC uses modern research and communication methods and works with Ottawa's social agencies, concerned residents and decision-makers to understand and advocate the social needs of our city. The SPC is a non-partisan, not-for-profit, charitable organization run by an elected Board of Directors.

MECS for website


Our mission is to provide the residents of Ottawa with the means to exercise informed leadership on issues affecting their social and economic wellbeing.

We value

  • The pursuit of social justice and the reduction of inequality
  • Volunteerism
  • Active involvement of those most directly affected by issues
  • The coming together of individuals and diverse groups in the community
  • Leadership, professionalism and the quality of our work
  • Collaboration and partnerships

Our Vision is to achieve our mandate through:

  • Identifying and analyzing the social needs in the community
  • Providing leadership in planning and establish priorities for meeting the identified needs
  • Monitoring and evaluating changes in the policy and resource environment
  • Encouraging informed involvement by our members and the wider public in critical social issues
  • Encouraging and enabling social service organizations to respond to change
  • Taking an active advocacy role on social and economic policy
  • Influencing decision-makers by making them aware of the need for and consequences of social and economic policies.

Board of Directors


Sophia Jacob


Nick Ramdass

Vice President

Lise Hebabi

Treasurer and Secretary

Chandra Hapuarachchi

Deana Maric

Howard Cohen

Julia Sneyd

Khaled Nizami

Rob Campbell

Sonya Howard

Our Staff

Sybil Braganza

Coordinator, Ethnocultural Seniors Project

Gabriel DePaul

Culture Researcher

Gulled Saleban

Research Assistant

Ben Bergeron

Manager, Hot Shoe Productions

Mailyne Briggs

Digital Communications Officer

Francesca Toussaint

Communications Assistant

John Chol

Project Manager and Youth Advocate

Stefan Domaradzki

Youth Engagement Developer

Dianne Urquhart

Executive Director

Reuben Nashali

Office/Program Manager

Parastu Mirabzadeh

Manager, Effective Measures

Mohamed Warsame

Job Developer

Xiaoming Deng

Brain Health Day Program Coordinator, Kanata Chinese Seniors Support Centre site

Stefka Patchova

Geographic Information System Researcher

Zeba Taj

Brain Health Day Program Coordinator,
Indo-Canadian Community Centre site

Anna Lenk

Evaluation Consultant