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An Important Message Regarding Service Delivery

South Essex Community Council (SECC) is taking the health and safety of clients, staff and volunteers very seriously during these uncertain times. We know that SECC is an important service for many in our community and we are committed to serving our clients during this pandemic. With that in mind we have made some additional adjustments to service delivery in order to meet your needs.

Please note all of our locations in Leamington, Kingsville and Windsor are closed to the public and our staff are currently working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown in Windsor-Essex. We are ready to assist you via telephone, email, or video call. Anyone needing to access services is asked to call 519-326-8629 to make arrangements for a virtual appointment or assistance via telephone.

We continue to provide transportation services, as well as hot meals for those on our Meals on Wheels program.

All in-person group activities remain suspended at this time however, virtual programming is available for the following:

  • Adult Day Program
  • Citizenship Classes
  • Newcomer Youth Program
  • SPARK Afterschool Program Activities & Tutoring
  • Workshops & Info Sessions

We know this is a stressful time for everyone.  If you find yourself in need, laid off, are quarantining, or need additional supports due to COVID-19, please call us at 519-326-8629 and we will do everything we can to assist you!

We thank the community for its continued support during these very challenging times.

In the meantime, we encourage you to take the recommended steps to stay healthy and prevent the spread of COVID-19.  For more information, please visit or call:

Windsor-Essex County Health Unit

https://www.wechu.org/

1-800-265-5822

Telehealth Ontario

https://www.ontario.ca/page/government-ontario

1-866-797-0000

SECC Community Change Maker Scholarship

South Essex Community Council has been providing community services in Leamington, Kingsville and Wheatley since 1973.  Every day, the organization and its staff and volunteers strive to achieve its mission:  “Helping people.  Improving lives.”  Although SECC has been doing community work for many years, it cannot accomplish its mission without the help of businesses, volunteers, and various community partners. SECC also believes that it must play an integral part in grooming and supporting the next generation of community change makers. We need your help to ensure our communities are vibrant, strong and thriving, not just for this generation, but also for the next.

The goal of the SECC Community Change Maker Scholarship is to provide financial support through four, $500 scholarships to young people who are planning to use their post-secondary educations to make societal change in the wider community, in the province or in the world.

THE 2020 COMMUNITY CHANGE MAKER SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED

 

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Change Maker Awards

SECC’s Mission, Vision and Values reflect the change we strive for in our community and with the people we serve.  We dream about possibility and work with others to make it happen.  We work for change every day and we watch the people we serve do the same.  At SECC, we cheer on those in the community who work for change, not just in our organization but in the many others who do good work for our community.  Together, we can all make our community a strong, healthy and vibrant one.

 

What is a change maker?  Some might describe a change maker as an innovator, an activist or a visionary.   Change makers are driven by values and a mission.  They seek to make meaningful change for a purpose.  Change makers work with others to get things done.  They develop creative solutions by venturing out of their comfort zones and they understand the value of being proactive.

 

The SECC Change Maker Awards are about inspiring change for a better future for our clients, for their families and for the community at large.

Changemaker Nomination Form

Nominations should be submitted via email, fax or direct mail to:

Carolyn Warkentin, Executive Director

South Essex Community Council

215 Talbot Street East, Leamington, ON  N8H 3X5

 

Email:  cwarkentin@secc.on.ca

Fax:  519-326-8528

 

Nominations must be submitted by:

Friday, August 31, 2018

12:00 pm

 

The Vital Signs Survey is HERE!

WindsorEssex Community Foundation’s 2018 Vital Signs® survey is here and they want to hear from YOU! Let’s hear what you think of the quality of life in Windsor/Essex. Visit www.wecf.ca to complete the survey today. Those who complete the survey in full have the opportunity to enter for a chance to win $100! It’s time Windsor/Essex, let’s hear your voice!

 

 

Paying it Forward to Adult Students

Marjolein (centre) and her students

In September 2017, SECC changed the structure of its evening Language classes for newcomers. This new model incorporated more volunteer tutors to lead small group sessions. The time commitment for this new position at one evening per week for a four-month time period was a deterrent to some volunteers. The first person to step forward to assist was Marjolein, and she wanted to help all three nights.

When asked why she chose to volunteer with SECC, Marjolein replied, “I chose to be a volunteer because I wanted to add a dimension to my life where I could be of service to others that I could identify with. I am of the opinion that everyone in retirement should take a course, teach or tutor. It’s a time to pay it forward and put back into society a helping hand to those who need it.”

The connection between Marjolein and her students was instant. The adult students from a variety of backgrounds appreciate the time and hard work that she puts into helping them learn English. Marjolein says, “It is so rewarding and energizing to see the progress “my” students are making, not just in their language skills, but also the greater confidence they exude in their interactions as they develop. I so admire all of these students that after a day of work and family responsibilities they come to school 3 nights a week and try their best to improve their English language skills. All these people have a story to tell; the sacrifice and personal struggles they went through to come to Canada, to work here, to raise their families here and in some cases rebuild their lives. They all want to contribute to our society in a meaningful way. As an immigrant myself, I can relate to some of the daily challenges they face not just from the language perspective, but also in basic daily activities. What is easy and obvious to others can be a real struggle and source of anxiety for new immigrants – ordering a coffee in a Tim Hortons, registering your kids in school, your child’s first school birthday party, applying for a job, mapping out a bus route or doing your taxes. I am humbled by the perseverance of their efforts. The appreciation and support I receive from the SECC staff are very motivating. I am grateful for the opportunity to be part of something so important and meaningful.”

The new class structure has flourished thanks to the volunteers. In January, Marjolein and the other tutors committed to another four months of teaching to see their students through their school year. The strength of the program lies in time and dedication that the tutors put in. As an organization, we are lucky to have volunteers like Marjolein working with us to help people and improve lives in our community.

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Abraham Orthodontics Sponsors Leamington Community Youth Room

South Essex Community Council (SECC) is pleased to announce that Abraham Orthodontics has committed to a multi-year sponsorship of its Newcomer Youth Program which is currently housed at the Leamington Kinsmen Recreation Complex. The space is used after school by youth who go there to socialize, get homework help and tutoring and participate in leadership training.  SECC’s Newcomer Youth Program is sponsored by the Government of Canada through Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.  The Newcomer Youth Program has been operating out of the Leamington Kinsmen Recreation Complex for nearly 3 years, and while the focus is newcomer youth, all youth are welcome to participate.  “We are grateful for the sponsorship provided by Abraham Orthodontics.  This will allow SECC to put additional funds into programming and assistance for the youth we serve through the program,” says Carolyn Warkentin, Executive Director at SECC.  Approximately 72 youth have utilized the Newcomer Youth Program since it began in 2014.  The United Way’s On Track to Success program also utilizes the room for some of its evening meetings with youth in this program.

 

Abraham Orthodontics has been committed to supporting various youth programs over the past few years across county schools, including Harrow Public’s Grade 1 Math Home Kits, St. Louis’ Buddy Bench, Tilbury Public’s Breakfast Program, in addition to actively volunteering with Junior Achievement Canada. In his practice, the Growing Smiles Club evaluates dentofacial development every 6 to 12 months at no charge to educate families with accurate anticipation and timing of potential orthodontic treatment. Programs such as these are consistent with their philosophy of breaking down the barriers to education, confidence and beautiful smiles, especially for the next generation.  “Being from Leamington, utilizing the programs in the complex and even working as a lifeguard and swim instructor, we realize the importance of this facility in the comprehensive development of our local youth. These experiences and skills will translate to success in all aspects of their lives ,” says Dr. Abraham.

Be An English Tutor!

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 class. During this time, the volunteer tutors reinforce all materials that are taught in class and have recently been working with him to improve his fine motor skills. Since receiving this additional support, he has surpassed some of his classmates in terms of comprehension and in his is ability to identify key vocabulary. Zuhir always comes to class with a smile on his face and is very eager to learn. His father mentioned to one of our Settlement Workers that Zuhir truly appreciates everything that everyone has done for him. He feels like a regular human being and is so thankful to everyone who has made a difference in his life.