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 2015.
- In 2015, we served over 4,700 clients aged 18 months to 104 years!
- Our staff speak 8 different languages
- Last year, we dispersed $438,741 to local employers to invest in hiring and training of new staff
- In 1987, the agency had one computer and 2 electric typewriters. A fax machine was introduced the next year.
- In the late 1980’s and early 1990’s the agency’s database of community services consisted of a “rolodex” file. Each Information Counsellor (there were two) had one on their desks and it was updated by making phone calls once a year to other agencies.
- When SECC was located in the Selkirk Centre, it was rumoured that the building was inhabited by a ghost. Two staff claimed to have seen it.
- The original Meals on Wheels program was operated by the Leamington United Church for 2 days a week.
- SECC ran a youth program in the building currently occupied by the Gallery Restaurant on Queens Avenue. The program offered recreational activities, a drop-in area and group support sessions.
- When SECC moved offices from 33 Princess to 215 Talbot East, the move had to take place overnight with several staff pulling an “all-nighter” so the agency could be functioning the next day.
- SECC operated a 24-hour crisis counselling service in the 1990’s.
- The Youth Employment Service started in 1988 with 2.5 staff (a Program Director, an Employment Counsellor and a part-time intake worker). This program now has 16 staff.