SECC Continues to Provide Safe Transportation
August 19, 2020 LEAMINGTON – South Essex Community Council (SECC) has been providing safe, reliable, affordable and accessible transportation for more than 30 years and COVID-19 has not changed that. With the recent announcement that Windsor-Essex is able to advance into Ontario’s Stage 3 re-opening plan, SECC is fully prepared to meet an increased demand for services and will do it in a way that is safe for drivers and for riders.
Vehicles were always thoroughly cleaned on a daily basis before the pandemic, but cleaning and disinfection have been increased to include the sanitization of all common touch surfaces including door handles, seat belts and wheelchair safety restraints after riders leave the vehicle and before proceeding to the next pick up. A thorough cleaning and sanitization is still completed at the end of every day, including the use of a new disinfectant fogging machine to get into every corner and reach all surfaces.
“SECC is committed to the safety and well-being of its clients, staff and volunteers,” says Mark Wybenga, Department Coordinator of Community Services. Drivers have been equipped with personal protective equipment (PPE) including face masks, face shields and gloves, and everyone has received training in the proper use of PPE. Seating has been arranged to reduce the total number of passengers in a vehicle at any one time and allow for physical distancing in each vehicle. The maximum number of seats on buses is four and on vans will transport only one person at a time.
Riders will be screened over the phone and on the day of service. Riders will be asked to sanitize their hands upon boarding the bus and to wear a face mask if able to do so. Masks will be provided for those who do not have one.
Wybenga states that, “We are confident that the steps we have taken will continue to ensure the safest means of accessible public transportation for the residents of Leamington, Kingsville and Wheatley. We are looking forward to welcoming previous clients and new riders in need of transportation around the community.”
If you or a loved one is in need of safe transportation to appointments or shopping, please call SECC at (519) 326-8629 for more information, and to book a ride. Transportation is available Monday through Friday with local service five days per week and rides to Windsor and other regions in Essex County on select days.
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Chilifest 2020 Raffle Prize Winners
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Thank you to our Toast to Change Gala Sponsors!
Our first annual A Toast to Change Gala was hosted on September 14, 2018 at Mastronardi Estate Winery. It was a beautiful evening in celebration of the work SECC does within our community and honouring the 3 recipients of the Change Maker Awards for their efforts to evoke positive change within their own lives and the community!
All proceeds from this event will support SECC programs and services. We would like to thank all those who attended and our sponsors, for without their support this night would not have been possible!
A Toast to Change Gala Prize Winners
Diamond Necklace $1977.50-Marisa Dawson, 145 Belle River Road, Cottam, ON N0R 1BO
Self Care Package $946-Francine Honey, 199 Robson Road, Leamington N8H 5R2
Foodie Package $763.10-Jennifer Radojceviz, 1645 Inverness Ave, Windsor, ON, N8P 0B1
New Mommy Package $720-Goldie Penner, 33 Sandy Lake, Leamington, ON, N8H 5K4
Toronto FC Fan Package $350-Carmen Jeremic, 988 East Road 6, Ruthven, ON N0P 2G0
TV $450-Samer Yousif, 1073 Thunder Bay Ave, Windsor, ON, N8P 0C1
Big Weekend Package $857, Nancy Vanner, 3853 Birch Street, Windsor, ON, N9C 1Z4
Family Tour Package $965.37, Sean Booth, 3028 Church Street, Windsor, ON N9E 1T8
Cooler Package $702.80, Ward Hutchins, 5 Alexia Court, N8H 0E1
Tour of Kingsville Package $648, Helen Hiebert, 29 Regatta Drive, Leamington, ON N8H 2R1
Men’s Prize, Sean Hammond, 1365 Suncrest, Kingsville, ON N9Y 2T7