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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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2015-2016 Annual Report

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Crossing Cultures – A Journey to Canada

The South Essex Community Council Newcomer Youth Group provides a welcoming environment for high school students who are new to Canada. The Newcomer Youth group meets three times per week at the Leamington Recreation Complex after school on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  The youth are offered a multiple services including group activities, community involvement, mentor matches, volunteer opportunities, homework time and other social events.  The youth group also assists high school student to develop leadership training and provide youth with opportunities to learn new things about Canadian culture. Youth have the opportunity to build positive leadership, teamwork and social skills… Continue Reading Crossing Cultures – A Journey to Canada

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A Client Success

Peter Saba came to SECC seeking retraining at first.  Gabe Ligotino, Program Leader for Employment Connections, worked with Peter on a career goal that he felt best suited him.  Throughout the process, Peter expressed interest in eventually owning his own business. Peter followed up with Gabe about the idea and asked if there were any agencies that would assist with the process of starting a new business.     Along the way, Peter was approached by a close friend of his, Josh Mastronardi, who asked if Peter would like to partner on a business plan together.  The business plan involved… Continue Reading A Client Success

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Meet the Bees – SECC Volunteers

In celebration of National Volunteer Week – SECC is profiling the story of two of our volunteers – Bob & Sharon Bee.   Bob & Sharon Bee have been volunteers for the South Essex Community Council, a non-profit organization that services the needs of diverse populations in Essex County, since September 2014. Within this time frame, they have proven themselves to be outstanding volunteers whose contributions of time, resources and compassion have made a valuable difference in the lives of so many!   Currently, the couple delivers Meals on Wheels once a week in the town of Kingsville to ensure… Continue Reading Meet the Bees – SECC Volunteers

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