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The Opportunity to Learn

  Zuhir came to Canada with his parents from Syria in October 2016. Within a couple of months of his arrival, he came to South Essex Community Council and enrolled in our Language classes.  Zuhir never had the opportunity to attend school in his own country, but he had the desire to learn English and wanted opportunities to socialize. Due to his physical, verbal, and visual limitations, we wanted to provide additional supports for Zuhir so he could truly excel in our program. Three volunteer tutors, including Ruth (pictured) were matched with Zuhir to provide additional one-on-one assistance to him during… Continue Reading The Opportunity to Learn

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Meet Najet Saba

    Q. How long have you worked at SECC? A. 12 years & 4 months 🙂    Q. What do you remember about your first day? A. Debbie Daher singing in her office with the radio cranked up…lol, and I thought to myself this is going to be a “Cool Place” to work.   Q. What is the highlight of your career here at SECC? A. When I became an Employment Counselor for the first time. I wanted to help the youth at the time (Job Connect days) to pursue their goals as when I first started here at… Continue Reading Meet Najet Saba

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Let’s Talk About Job Club

        Each month, South Essex Community Council’s Job Developers host Job Clubs in Leamington and Windsor. We often get asked what a Job Club is and why job seekers should attend. Here are the top reasons to attend Job Club.   Job Club provides an informal place for job seekers to learn more about job searching in a supportive environment.   Participants share experiences and job leads to one another through networking and discussion.   Each session highlights topics important to securing a job including skills identification, informational interviews and volunteering.   You get face to face… Continue Reading Let’s Talk About Job Club

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Beyond A Christmas Play

  On December 9th, South Essex Community Council’s (SECC) Newcomer Youth co-wrote and performed a play at the Bank Theatre in Leamington. “Beyond A Christmas Play“ was a hit among theatre goers with over 100 people in attendance. “It was a high energy, fun play that showcased their attempts at writing a play as well as performing it. The Bank Theatre is so pleased to give new Canadian youth the opportunity to be creative in this way,” said Board of Director Barbara Martens. The youth delivered the production in a variety of medium including acting and singing.  Carolyn Wiens, Department… Continue Reading Beyond A Christmas Play

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A Year in Canada

On January 11, 2016, the Hamra family stepped off their plane at Windsor Airport to a group of welcoming strangers with gifts and balloons. Sobhi, Hanaa and their three children were the first Syrian refugees to call Leamington home, privately sponsored by the Faith Mennonite Church.  The days that followed were full of new experiences. They had a new home in a new country, surrounded by new friends who they found difficult to communicate with due to the language barrier. As the family enters “Month 13” the phrase used to describe the time after their sponsorship ends, many things have… Continue Reading A Year in Canada

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Meet Badiah Abdelanbi

  Q: How long have you worked at SECC? A: I started in September 2016, but I feel I have been here forever, I mean it in a good way. 🙂   Q: What do you remember about your first day? A: I was so nervous, but everybody was so welcoming and made me feel at ease, I felt at home. Everyone was so ready to help in my training.   Q: What is the highlight of your career here at SECC so far? A: Being able to help people in general and the refugees/newcomers to the Leamington area.  … Continue Reading Meet Badiah Abdelanbi

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Random SECC Trivia!

In recognition of National Trivia Day, here is some facts about SECC that you may not know. Thanks to our resident historian Beth Kimm for helping compile the list.   The address/name of the first building SECC was housed in was – 84 Erie St. S or Nicklin House   In 2017 – SECC will celebrate 19 years in its current location – 215 Talbot St. E.   Since 1991 SECC has provided over 212,000 rides for seniors, persons with disabilities, youth and more.   More than 12,000 meals have been delivered through the Meals on Wheels program since April… Continue Reading Random SECC Trivia!

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Coats for Kids Media Release

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 5, 2016 Stephen Gard South Essex Community Council 519-326-8629 sgard@secc.on.ca   COATS FOR KIDS PREPARING FOR WINTER More coats needed to help our community   Leamington, ON: Autumn has barely arrived, but South Essex Community Council (SECC) is already thinking about winter as they have launched their annual Coats for Kids program.   In 2015 they were able to distribute 639 coats and 351 accessories, thanks to generous community support. “This is truly a community program with schools, churches, local businesses and individuals from across the South Essex region involved. The majority of coats collected… Continue Reading Coats for Kids Media Release

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Meet Lianne Rutgers

      Q.     How long have you worked at SECC? A:     Began in March as an LBS Instructor. Now as a Program Leader for a few weeks.   Q:    What do you remember about your first day? A:      I felt very welcomed and eager to begin my new career path.   Q:     I know it’s only been a short time but, what is the highlight of your career here at SECC? A:     Being able to not only help behind the scenes of the organization as a Program Leader,… Continue Reading Meet Lianne Rutgers

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