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Local United Way appoints new director for Social Research and Planning Council

The United Way Perth-Huron has appointed Goderich’s Kristin Crane as the new director for its Social Research and Planning Council.

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The United Way Perth-Huron has appointed Goderich’s Kristin Crane, formerly the head of Huron County economic development’s Immigration Partnership, as the new director for its Social Research and Planning Council.

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Taking over for outgoing director Joelle Lamport-Lewis, Crane told the Beacon Herald she’s excited to continue working on many of the same community and economic-development issues she dealt with while leading the Huron County Immigration Partnership.

“I was excited about the opportunity because it is a larger region to work within … and not have some of the limitations I’ve previously had because a lot of the community partners and service providers (I’ve worked with) operate in both counties,” Crane said. “So it’s nice to have a role that covers both of the areas.

“The reputation of the United Way and Social Research and Planning Council is great, and I’ve had the opportunity to work with both in the past. It’s just such an exciting and important community partner.”

With the help of community volunteers, the United Way Perth-Huron’s Social Research and Planning Council is dedicated to increasing community well-being through the collection, analysis and sharing of information related to social-justice issues, including poverty reduction, income security, quality of life, living wages, and equity, diversity and inclusion.

The council’s research and advocacy helps the local United Way and its community partners better understand root causes of local issues and work to create community-based solutions.

“As economic development and community development are so often intertwined, I was able to work on a broad range of themes and topics from workforce to housing, and then specialize more in the area of newcomers and immigrants in our community … so it’s a lot of the same things the United Way is working on,” Crane said of her experience at the Immigration Partnership. ”

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Beth Blowes, the chair of the council, said Crane’s previous experience and connections with area service providers, government agencies and businesses made her an “ideal choice” for the role.

“The council is looking forward to working together to further develop (our) role in gathering and offering insights into the social-justice issues that mean the most to people across the region,” Blowes said in a release.

Both Crane and Blowes expressed gratitude for the work Lamport-Lewis did to build the planning council over her tenure, and Crane said she’s excited to continue that important work.

“I’ve got some new community partners. There’s lots happening in Stratford, Perth and St. Marys, and I’m eager to learn about it. I’m excited about some of the research that’s coming down the pipeline with the aftereffects of COVID and what populations have been left particularly vulnerable, and hearing more about some of the global-sustainability proposal and research that we’re going to be doing,” Crane said.

“There’s so many initiatives that are happening that I need to learn about.”

To learn more about the Social Research and Planning Council’s work, visit perthhuron.unitedway.ca/research.

gsimmons@postmedia.com

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