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.

 

 

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