February 2021                                         View this email in your browser

Community Health Centre: Healthy People, Vibrant Communities

February 2021 Newsletter

World Pulses Day provides an opportunity to raise awareness about the nutritional benefits of pulses as part of sustainable food production aimed towards food security and nutrition.
More info about what pulses are can be found here:
Valentine's Day is an opportunity for people to tell somebody that they love them in a romantic way. It falls on February 14, the name day of two saints, St Valentine of Rome and St Valentine of Terni. In pre-Christian times, the middle of February was a time of pagan fertility festivals in Europe and allegedly the time when birds chose a mate.
Valentine's Day can also be an occasion for a more general celebration of love and appreciation of people who are personally important to an individual.
A little something sweet to help brighten the Winter. Join the Toronto Council on Aging via Zoom for our Virtual Valentines Day Party. When: Sunday February 14th from 1:30- 3:00 PM.  There will be Musical Entertainment, Games, and an opportunity to connect with other TCA members. Please RSVP by Feb. 13th via e-mail to
Check In & Chat

Are you feeling alone?
                 Are you isolated due to Covid-19 and lonely?
                                                      Or are you worried about someone living on their own?
Research shows that about 1 in 5 Canadians experience some level of loneliness or isolation. One of the most common causes of loneliness is social isolation from living alone or having a small network of friends and family to communicate with. The most at-risk group is seniors.
Because of this, we have started a new program called Check in & Chat. We have locally trained volunteers who make weekly or bi-weekly phone calls to our participants to help them stay connected to the community.
If you would like to be part of, or know someone who could benefit from our new program, we would like to hear from you.
Or if you have some free time and enjoy speaking to people on the phone, we are looking for more volunteers to be part of our program as well.
To register or for more information about participating or volunteering in this program, please contact Geoff Van Geem at 519-369-2222 x 6376 or 519-369-8677.
Geoff Van Geem – Health Promoter at SEGCHC
As the Health Promoter, my role at the CHC is two-fold. I am responsible for overseeing and evaluating many of the community programs we run, while educating and helping families navigate through our complex social system.
While Covid-19 has caused some of our community programs to be put on hold, it has given us an opportunity to create new programs and to adapt many others to continue. An example of this is Check In & Chat. This new program was created to help isolated and vulnerable members in our community, by having volunteers connect with them by phone on a weekly basis.
Several other of our programs are continuing to run such as: volunteer income tax preparation; free skate exchange: and our LGBTQ2S+ support group.
Regardless of the program, our focus is always on health promotion and disease prevention.
Navigating through our social system can often be difficult, especially for our vulnerable community members. It could be something as simple as helping to complete documents and government forms or finding transportation to a medical appointment. It may be more complex, such as working with government agencies to apply for benefits. Whatever the challenge might be, my role is to work with people and other organizations to help resolve issues and offer solutions to our clients.
Everything we do has a focus on the social determinants of health and how this impacts individual, family and community systems.
The Health Promoter is one member of the professional team at the Community Health Centre that supports the community programs and works closely with community partners to address our clients’ and communities’ needs.
Community Volunteer Income Tax Program
The Community Health Centre will be running a free income tax service in our community again in the spring of 2021. The program is affiliated with Canada Revenue Agency’s Community Volunteer Income Tax Program.  If you have a modest income and a simple tax situation, you may qualify for this program.  Take advantage of this excellent service to make you monthly budget stretch just a little bit further.
Due to Covid-19, it will look a little different from past years. Instead of in-person clinics, we will be setting up “drop off” dates and locations to collect taxpayers’ information. After drop off, you will be required to answer a couple of questions over the phone so we can complete the tax return correctly. A trained volunteer will complete your return and arrangements will be made to get the completed tax return back to you by mail or delivery.
We are working to finalize this process, including drop of locations and dates to provide service to eligible tax payers in our community, while at the same time, ensuring everyone's safety and well-being. Please stay tuned for further details.
To find out more about the community volunteer income tax program click here:
To find out about changes to tax deadlines and other Canada Revenue Agency information, click here:
If you have any questions, please contact Geoff at 519-986-2222 ext.6376
In January, I shared that the CHC is supporting an exciting new program: Crock Pot Cooking with Kits!  This program provides participants with a Crock Pot, if you do not already have one, or the opportunity to dust off the one stored away.  On a weekly basis participants will be provided with recipes, a basic Food Kit, tips to address ‘safety first’ and suggestions on altering the ingredients so you can create your own unique meal.
This program requires participants to make a 6-week commitment to using their Crock Pots and Food Kit and having a weekly telephone check-in with the Community Food Coordinator in order to gain feedback and suggestions about the program.  After the 6-week commitment, participants can choose to continue to receive recipes and Food Kits to expand on their Cooking Adventure! 
Registration is limited to 6 participants every 2 weeks.  Please contact the Community Food Coordinator, Samantha Morgan: or 519-369-7580.
We are excited to announce that registration is open for the FoodFit Program!   FoodFit is an innovative health and wellness initiative by Community Food Centers Canada that has partnered with SEGCHC to provide this program to our Community.  It is designed to bring people together to set goals, learn skills and make measurable changes in their overall health and fitness, with a focus on nutrition and exercise.  FoodFit requires a daily commitment to applying the tools and information being provided, while allowing for you to move at your own speed. 

Participants will be provided with recipes, Food Kits, pedometers, tools and resources to track their progress in this 6-week program. Support from the FoodFit Facilitator is also available and weekly follow up is mandatory.
Upon completion a monthly Alumni meeting complete with demonstrations and a meal, will be hosted for participants to share their experience and gain further information and support (how this will be arranged is dependent upon COVID restrictions).
FoodFit would be an ideal program for parents and youth (age 13 to 17) or friends and family who can support each other.  However, anyone wishing to participate is welcome and ALL have the support of the FoodFit Facilitator…. because…at SEGCHC… Everyone Matters!

To register please contact the FoodFit Facilitator, Samantha Morgan:  or 519-369-7580
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