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.

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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


Lise Hebabi


Sonya Howard


Chandra Hapuarachchi


Khaled Nizami

Executive Member-at-Large

Sophia Jacob


Sandra Barancira

Rob Campbell

Howard Cohen

Irena Dodik

Ruby Edet

Diana Kinimah

Suresh Kumar

Julia Sneyd

Our Staff

Berat Ali Acar

Youth Outreach Worker  office@spcottawa.on.ca

John Chol

Project Manager and Youth Advocate  johnc@spcottawa.on.ca

Eliakim Hawi

Community Culture Co-ordinator  eliakim@spcottawa.on.ca

Mustafa Mohamoud

Digital Equity Co-ordinator  mustafa@spcottawa.on.ca

Nabin Subedi

Digital Literacy Co-ordinator

Ben Bergeron

Manager, Hot Shoe Productions  info@hotshoe.ca

Shireen Faza

Digital Literacy Connector  shireen@spcottawa.on.ca

Nombuso Makhubu

Health Services Researcher

Stefka Patchova

Data and Geographic Information System Manager  stefkap@spcottawa.on.ca

Dianne Urquhart

Executive Director


Sybil Braganza

Co-ordinator, Ethno-cultural Seniors Project  sybilb@spcottawa.on.ca

Both Gakah

Youth Employment Co-ordinator  bothg@spcottawa.on.ca

Parastu Mirabzadeh

Manager, Effective Measures  parastu@spcottawa.on.ca

Reuben Nashali

Program Manager