Suzanne Gessler has significant experience working with and advocating for people in Winnipeg who are experiencing homelessness. The focus of her educational, professional, and volunteer experiences has been on issues relating to homelessness and affordable housing with supports. She has volunteered at Neeginan Emergency Shelter (Winnipeg’s first Indigenous-run emergency shelter), conducted research on the creation of emergency homeless shelter standards, worked on the creation of the Bell Hotel permanent housing project, and was the lead researcher and project coordinator for Winnipeg's first ever Street Health Report. She now owns and operates a bakery in the Corydon Village area of Winnipeg (The Pennyloaf Bakery).