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Community Health Centre: Healthy People, Vibrant Communities

July 2018 Newsletter

July Highlights

  • LGBTQ+ Picnic Wednesday, July 25th 7-9pm - Join us for snacks, outdoor games and a safe place to enjoy. Anyone who identifies within the LGBTQ+ Community and allies welcome.
  • Take Charge: a Chronic Pain Self-Management Program - Take Charge! is a FREE 6 week workshop for persons who have a primary and secondary diagnosis of chronic pain. This workshop will take place September 18th-October 30th 10:00am-12:30pm at the Erskine Community Health Centre located at 90 Artemesia Street South, Dundalk. Family members and caregivers welcome! For more information on the workshop and how to register, please see the flyer.
  • Drop In Program - Have you heard about our new Drop In Program? Stop by EVERY Tuesday June 19th to July 31st from 1:00-3:00pm for an afternoon of fun. Contact Madison 519-986-2222 ext. 6349 for more information.
  • Free Public Swim - Need a way to stay cool this summer? On July 10, 24 and August 7, 21 from 7:00-8:30pm South East Grey Community Health Centre is sponsoring public night swims at the Dundalk Pool (250 Owen Sound St, Dundalk). See you there!  For more information contact Madison 519-986-2222 ext. 6349
Client Satisfaction Surveys
During the months of July and August you may notice a table set up in the front lobby or waiting room for our Client Satisfaction Survey. We will also be offering telephone surveys this year.  Client satisfaction surveys are a mandatory requirement of our annual funding agreement with the South West Local Health Integration Network (SWLHIN).  We always look forward to hearing about how we are doing and how we can do better.  Please complete the short survey if you are able!  
  • Did you know you do not need a Nurse Practitioner or Physician Referral to make an appointment with our Registered Dietitian?
  • Did you know the Community Health Centre offers same day appointments for urgent matters?
Summer Programs for Youth
By Brianne MacDowell, Youth Outreach Worker

Summer Days of Play 2018

Attention youth aged 8-14! Summer Days of Play is coming to a park near you again this year. Summer Days of Play will run at the Markdale Park (by arena on Thursdays), Dundalk Memorial Park (alternating Tuesdays), and Feversham Park (alternating Tuesdays) starting the first week in July from 12-3pm. For more information contact Bri at 519-986-2222 ext. 6384 or 

International Youth Day 2018

Join us in celebrating the youth in our community on August 11th at the Dundalk Fairgrounds from 11am-3pm. There will be lots of fun activities, and you sure won’t want to miss the Amazing Colour Challenge this year planned by the Youth Action Committee of Southgate! Find the International Youth Day’s event page on the South East Grey Community Health Centre’s Facebook page. Here you will find updates and more information! Contact Bri if you have any questions at 519-986-2222 ext. 6384 or 

Volunteer Corner
By Madison Wickens, Recreation & Volunteer Coordinator

“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.”
– Elizabeth Andrew

Welcome to our Volunteer Corner! South East Grey Community Health Centre thanks all our dedicated volunteers for the hours they have spent helping out with our programs and services. You can read about our available volunteer opportunities and fun facts about volunteering. We will also showcase our ‘Volunteer of the Month” right here!
Volunteer of the Month       
South East Grey Community Health Centre would like to recognize our volunteer Grace Lanktree. She has been a dedicated volunteer for many years, with her support with the Lending Library, Clothing Swap, Community Gardens, distributing flyers, organizing Bingo and Drop-In, and our new Medical Equipment Program.  Overall Grace is an amazing volunteer who is always willing to help. We are grateful for everything she has done for the Community Health Centre. Thank you Grace!

Current Volunteer Opportunities:
  • Summer Days of Play Support
  • Walking Program Leader
  • Program Grocery Shopper
  • After School Program Support
  • HAY Program
  • Garden Maintenance
  • Pole Walking Leader
  • And many more  

For more information on volunteer opportunities contact Madison 519-986-2222 ext 6349 or


An Interview with GHSS on The Wellness Zone
By McKenna McNevan, SEGCHC Co-op Student
On June 7, 2018 McKenna McNevan, a highschool co-op student with the South East Grey Community Health Centre interviewed Grey Highlands Secondary School’s principal Andrea Tang about the school’s Wellness Zone.

The Wellness Zone, located at Grey Highlands Secondary School (GHSS) in Flesherton, is a place for students to participate in games and activities, with easy access to a Nurse Practitioner, Dietitian, Counsellors and Youth Support through the South East Grey Community Health Centre (SEGCHC).  Andrea Tang, Principal at GHSS expressed gratitude that GHSS has been able to partner with SEGCHC to provide students with programs and services such as the sexual health clinic, nutrition counselling and Social Work services. Tang says “The Wellness Zone has had an enormous impact on the school and student wellness”. Tang explains that students value all the services and programs, including: Girls Fitness, Find Us Fridays (and the popular- karaoke), and workshops helping students with stress, strategies for postsecondary life and other influencing opportunities.  The Wellness Zone also has an emergency food cupboard which provides students with access to safe, good quality, nutritious food.  Donations are always welcome.

Tang admires how far the Wellness Zone has come in reducing the stigma around mental health.  Staff and students have a better understanding of wellness. The Wellness Zone is more than Tang hoped it would be as students continue to proactively seek support. Many students are affected enormously by The Wellness Zone, with the majority of the students seeking support or involved in one way or another. To Tang, The Wellness Zone is a component of students success, “sometimes getting your credits isn’t the most important thing…your mental and physical health is most important”. Tang’s big vision for the Wellness Zone in the future is for it to be community accessible, engaging parents and possibly gain an outreach service.  Tang see’s The Wellness Zone changing as youth change, hopefully gaining a strong student voice and government, she hopes to have more young students feeling empowered.

Ebony White, a student at GHSS has been positively impacted by her experience at the Wellness Zone. Ebony comments that the Wellness Zone means everything to her and it’s one of her favourite places to be.  She loves everyone there and it makes her life so much better. She values the counselling service the most, saying the counsellors really connect with you.  Ebony’s advice to anyone in Grade 9 is simply “GO THERE! YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT”.
Chatsworth Good Food Box Needs Your Help!

The Health Centre is working with community partners to try to establish a Good Food Box program in Chatsworth.  To get the program started, they need a few community members to help pack the boxes, once per month. It usually only take a couple of hours. 

If you know of anyone that would be willing to offer a couple of hours per month to help the community access affordable healthy food, please have them contact Laura Needham at Public Health see flyer for more information

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