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A Welcoming Community

Imagine your home turned to rubble.  Imagine your family in constant danger of being hurt or your children being caught in the middle of gunfire and mortar fire.  Imagine not going to work for months or even years because the place in which you used to work is simply no longer there.  Imagine your entire world, the life you’ve worked so hard for, laying in shattered pieces before you, the lives of your children in constant peril, and your ability to keep them safe , happy and fed completely taken away from you .  These are the experiences of many… Continue Reading A Welcoming Community

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SPARK After School Program

  The SPARK After School Program launched in September 2015.  It quickly expanded with 22 kids from Queen Elizabeth Public School as well as Mill Street Public School.  The program, funded by the United Way and delivered by SECC, was designed to offer a safe, meaningful experience that is educational, providing homework help, as well as recreational.  Additionally, kids are provided with a healthy snack upon arrival. The children have become team players, more active, and artistically inclined, creating beautiful artwork.  Children and parents have also participated and attended our monthly Community Dinners, where they have been invited to share… Continue Reading SPARK After School Program

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Meet Sandra Verissimo

  Sandra Verissimo is one of the longest tenured SECC staff. She is currently a Case Manager with Community Services, assisting seniors,  persons with disabilities, children and families connect with the services that they need.   Q: How long have you worked at SECC? SV: 18 years.   Q: What do you remember about your first day? SV: It was New Year’s Day & delivering meals in a snow storm.   Q: Happy Anniversary. Your first day was New Year’s Day? I guess that proves that the need in the community doesn’t go away just because it’s a holiday. SV: There… Continue Reading Meet Sandra Verissimo

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Meet Beth Kimm!

Beth is SECC’s longest tenured staff member and has seen a lot of change in the organization and the community. She is currently the Job Coach for Employment Connections, working with employers and helping clients with  job retention. Q. How long have you worked at SECC? A. I started on October 5th or 7th, 1987. So it has been 28 years. Yes, it was the 7th   Q. So was that when the agency was at the Princess Centre? A. No, at the old Selkirk School, which was on the corner of Selkirk and Baird Avenue.   Q. Then it… Continue Reading Meet Beth Kimm!

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Shared Prosperity: The Municipal Role in Reducing Poverty

Pathway to Potential (P2P) is Windsor-Essex County’s Poverty Reduction Strategy.  P2P’s Collaborative Leadership Team, of which SECC is a member,  recently underwent a strategic planning exercise and set 4 priorities for 2014-2017:  literacy and lifelong learning, income security and equality, employment and training, and food security. P2P recently conducted the “What Matters” survey and here are a few things survey respondents had to say: 79% agreed that “everyone has the right to live in a community with dignified access to sufficient, affordable, health, safe and culturally appropriate food.” 63% said it matters “a lot” that “public transportation reaches all municipalities… Continue Reading Shared Prosperity: The Municipal Role in Reducing Poverty

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What is job development?

You may have heard this term before, but like a lot of people, you may not know what it means.  A job developer is a human resources and marketing specialist.  A job developer creates job opportunities for  job seekers by helping employers determine their hiring need.  Oftentimes, people focus on what job developers can do for job seekers, but the SECC Job Developers also work with employers and businesses to assess their human resource needs and ensure that they get motivated, reliable and dependable candidates for the positions they need to fill.  By working with our job developers, employers have immediate access to… Continue Reading What is job development?

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Community Engagement: Why is it important?

SECC has been involved with community engagement for more than 40 years.  It’s how we develop programming, address service gaps and create awareness in the broader community.  What is community engagement?  The Tamarack Institute (www.tamarackcommunity.ca) believes it means “people working collaboratively, through inspired action and learning, to create and realize bold visions for their common future“.   Community engagement can be passive or proactive.  It’s a process that empowers communities and is not limited by time.  Community engagement also favours multisectoral collaboration.  For example, this can mean non-profit or governmental organzations working with private sector companies to create new learning programs for… Continue Reading Community Engagement: Why is it important?

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