In 1973, a group of concerned citizens had a vision to create a community based organization that would address the various needs of the people of South Essex. The vision and efforts of two individuals mobilized the communities of South Essex to create the South Essex Community Council. Co-Founder Father G. Duchene said “The basic philosophy of the South Essex Community Council has always been ‘love thy neighbour’, which in practice means to serve one another.” Together with JoAnne Fillimore, Father Duchene and a group of committed and hard-working individuals created an organization that strives to provide excellent person-centred service to individuals with care and compassion. SECC governed by a Board of Directors and is a registered, non-profit, charitable organization whose mission is: “Helping people. Improving lives.” SECC provides three core services: Employment & Training, Language & Settlement, and Community Home Support Services. The organization also provides a variety of income and security programs such as Coats for Kids and Keep the Heat.
SECC believes in partnership and collaborates with a wide variety of community organizations. We are pleased to be co-located with the following agencies:
• Canadian Mental Health Association
• Greater Essex County Board of Education and Employment Assessment Centre
• Service Canada
There are also a number of itinerant services offered from the offices of SECC, which include:
- Bilingual Legal Aid Clinic
- Duty Council
- Family Service Windsor
- Financial Fitness
- Hiatus House
- Migrant Worker Community Program
- Service Ontario
- Sexual Assault Crisis Counselling
- United Way
Helping People. Improving Lives
To be a leader in community, social and health related service innovation
We will provide a client-centred approach in all of our service delivery, always keeping in mind that the people we serve are our number one priority.
The service we provide will always be professional and courteous, adhering to SECC’s Customer Service guidelines and procedures, which are available upon request.
We promote the benefits of education to our clients and encourage an atmosphere of continuous learning within the organization.
Our staff will be knowledgeable and well-informed regarding programs and services within the organization and throughout the broader community.
We will serve our clients with the utmost respect and caring for their individual circumstances and needs. We will honour the diversity of our clients and we will not discriminate based on ethnicity, culture, religion, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic status.
In an effort to best serve our clients, we will seek out ways to engage in innovative partnerships with other service providers in our community.
We will work together within the organization, collaborating with other departments and programs to achieve the best outcomes for our clients.
You can contact our offices to find out more about these services, as well as other services throughout Windsor and Essex County.
List of Service Partners
South Essex Community Council works with the following organizations deliver programs and services in South Essex:
ACCESS Windsor-Essex County
Alzheimer’s Society of Windsor-Essex County
Amherstburg Community Services
Community Living Essex County
Community Living Windsor
Community Support Centre of Windsor-Essex County
Essex Community Services
Employment Assessment Centre
Family Service Windsor
Housing Information Services
Leamington District Memorial Hospital
Leamington Mennonite Home
Leamington United Mennonite Church
Life After Fifty
Migrant Worker Community Program
Municipality of Chatham-Kent
Municipality of Kingsville
Municipality of Leamington
Multicultural Council of Windsor-Essex County
New Canadian Centre of Excellence
Pathways to Potential
St. Clair College
Sun Parlour Home for Senior Citizens
Unemployed Help Centre
University of Windsor
VON Windsor-Essex County (Victorian Order of Nurses)
Windsor Pride Community Education and Resource Centre