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Community Health Centre: Healthy People, Vibrant Communities

May 2019 Newsletter

We are very excited to announce out 1st Annual Golf Tournament Presented by Chapman’s. All proceeds will go to kicking off our Cardiac Rehab Program.

The tournament will be held at The Ferns Golf Resort on Saturday, July 6th. Tickets are available for $125 per person which will include 18 holes of golf, cart, lunch and dinner.  Please visit our website at  to register!

We would like to wish all our Nurses a happy Nursing Week! National Nursing Week took place Monday, May 6, to Sunday, May 12 this year. This years theme is Nurses: A Voice to Lead – Health for All. A Voice to Lead reflects the fact that “every nurse has a story and every story has the potential to improve the health system and enable individuals and communities to achieve their highest attainable standard of health. From these insights comes the power for change.” Health for All means “not just the availability of health services, but a complete state of physical and mental health that enables a person to lead a socially and economically productive life.”  For more information visit

Program Highlights & Upcoming Events

  • Let’s Get Craftin’: Join us on the fourth Tuesday of every month for an afternoon of crafts from 3:00-4:00pm at the Erskine Church. This month we will be mod-podging pictures/paper on tiles. All supplies are provided. Contact Madison for more information 519-986-2222 ext. 6349.
  • Pole Walking: Pole walking times have changed to 8:30-9:30am every Tuesday at the Erskine Church. This program will teach participants how to use the walking poles, as well as offer an enjoyable way to stay active outdoors. Strollers and assistive devices welcome. For more information contact Madison at 519-986-2222 ext. 6349. Please dress according to the weather. Walking poles are provided for the group.      
  • Medical Equipment: FREE! Please contact 519-986-2222 ext. 3 if you require medical equipment, i.e. wheelchair, shower chair, cane, walker, commode, crutches, etc. Donations of used medical equipment in good condition would be greatly appreciated!  
  • 30 Minute Fit: Interested in getting a sweat on? Join us for 30 minutes of moderate-high intensity exercise every Friday from 12:15-12:45pm in The Well. Please note this is not a low impact workout. Contact Madison for more info 519-986-2222 ext. 6349 
  • Pool League:  Join us on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month from 2:00-5:00pm for a game of pool in The Well. Contact Madison for more information 519-986-2222 ext. 6349.
  • LGBTQ+ Connection: In June we welcome Liz Thomas, a registered social worker, who will be joining us on Tuesday, June 11th at the Markdale site to talk about dealing with biases and conflict in the community, as it relates to LGBTQ issues. The Grey Bruce Pride Committee is currently sending out flags to recognize Pride Month in June.  Please inquire with your municipality about the date of the flag raising and any associated ceremonies. We will also try to keep people informed of events through our Facebook page. 
  • Connecting through Art: Are you interested in meeting other people who love to participate in various forms of art? Join our discussion group that is meeting on Wednesday, June 5th at 10am in The Well (lower level of our Markdale site).  Feel free to bring a sample of your artwork.  This informal group is just starting out. The group is open to anyone who enjoys doing art.  Contact Crystal Ferguson at 519-986-2222 ext. 6376.
  • English Class (ESL): We continue to offer English as a Second Language programming in Dundalk on Wednesday afternoons.  We will take a break in July and August, but hope to be back again in September. Please help us spread the word about this local opportunity to strengthen English language skills. It is also a great opportunity to connect with others in the community.  Please contact Crystal Ferguson for more information or to register, 519-986-2222 ext. 6376 or text to 519-379-5243.
  • Gym Appointments: Congratulations to South East Grey Community Health Centre team member: Joanna Juszczak, Community Development and Events Coordinator who passed the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario Entry to Practice Exam.  Joanna is now able to practice as a Registered Kinesiologist and will be supporting clients in the Markdale gym on Wednesdays.  Individuals who are interested in developing fitness plans and receiving a 1:1 orientation to the gym equipment can give Joanna a call at 519-986-2222 ext. 6384
Community Volunteer Income Tax Program

A big thank you goes out to all the volunteers who help residents complete their income tax and benefit returns through the Community Volunteer Income Tax Return.  Between February and April, volunteers assisted 155 people with modest incomes complete 171 simple tax returns.  This program has been running in our community since 2013, initially only offering appointments in Markdale, the program now also offers appointments in Flesherton, Dundalk, Holstein, Durham, and Chatsworth, with the assistance of six volunteers.  A big thank you to Baker Tilly who also provided their time to assist us with this program.
Cowtown Brunch Lunch - Wednesday, May 8th marked the inaugural “Cowtown Bunch Lunch” at the Egremont Optimist Centre in Holstein.  The event was well received and appreciated by all who attended.  This free lunch was served to 63 individuals plus 7 serving staff and helpers.  Some attendees stayed after lunch to participate in more socializing and games.  John Woodbury, Mayor of Southgate,  presented a cheque from the South East Grey Community Health Centre with funds made possible through the Ontario Trillium Foundation Seed Grant. Cowtown Lunch Bunch is just one of the new programs and services that has been created since the launch of the Southgate Seniors Strategy earlier this year. The next lunch is Wednesday June 5 at noon. Attendees will hear more about ‘Seniors Centre Without Walls’, an innovative phone-based program, allowing individuals an opportunity to learn more about topics of importance from local staff at the South East Grey Community Health Centre.

Pictured above: Left image - Ellie Adams, Brenda Calder and Township of Southgate Mayor, John Woodbury; Right image - Amazing volunteer servers Brenda Calder, Arlene Crooks, Fay Harrison and Ellie Adams
Photo Credit: Thank-you to Lynne Turner for capturing the event with photos.

The Good Food Box
by Elena Usdenski, Registered Dietitian
Are you looking for an inexpensive way to consume more fruits and veggies? If you answered yes then check out the Good Food Box. The Good Food Box is a collective buying of fresh fruits and vegetables which is then sorted and packed by volunteers. In turn, it provides individuals with a variety of fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables at a reduced price. The best part is – anyone can participate!
The photo above is MY “Good Food Box” that I picked up for the month of April. Obviously, produce will vary monthly but this gives you an idea of what is included.  If this is too much produce for your household, half boxes are available. See below for information on pricing and pick up locations.

Dundalk Good Food Box

Price: $20.00
Pick up: 4th Thursday of the month (9:30-10:30am & 4:30-5:30pm)
Pick up Location: The McIntyre Building
Order Location: Dundalk Credit Union
Order the Saturday before
Contact Dorothy Frankland 519-923-5974

Chatsworth Good Food Box
Price: $15.00
Pick up: 4th Wednesday of the month (3-5:30pm)
Pick up Location: Chatsworth Royal Canadian Legion
Order Location: Place by the 3rd Friday at Chatsworth Royal Canadian Legion

Markdale Good Food Box
Price: $20.00
Pick up: 4th Tuesday of the month (11am-2pm)
Pick up Location: The Well (Downstairs) of the South East Grey Community Health Centre
Order by the 3rd Tuesday of the month
Contact Connie Shaw 519-986-3091
Remember to bring reusable bags to carry your goodies home and enjoy half your plate of veggies!

We C.A.R.E Share Event
By Tanya Shute, Manager of Allied Health Services 

Melissa Hardy, Registered Dietitian, and Brianne MacDowell, Youth Counsellor, attended the 5th Annual Share Event, presented by the Grey Bruce We C.A.R.E. Project on May 2, 2019 at the Shallow Lake Community Centre. There were over 350 in attendance.
The We CARE Share Event is a one day event that brings together youth and adults from Grey and Bruce. The goal is to create greater awareness about youth mental health and life promotion, and how to Connect, Ask, Reach, and Engage those who may be dealing with a mental health challenge.
Melissa and Brianne hosted two sessions on "The Role of Food for Optimal Brain Fuel: A Focus in Infancy, Childhood and Adolescent Nutrition". It was an interactive presentation providing education on antioxidants, vitamin D, B vitamins, iron, choline, magnesium, omega 3 fatty acids, and the relationship between the gut-brain connection. Participants scored themselves on intakes of fish/seafood, nuts/seeds, fruits/vegetables, beans/legumes, high quality protein, monounsaturated fats and organ meats to see if they were eating to support optimal mental health. To wrap up, the group discussed making SMART goals for increasing nutrient intake.
The We C.A.R.E. project was the result of a “call to action” from community partners supporting youth in South/Central Bruce and Grey communities was issued from the Bruce-Grey Catholic School Board in response to the deaths of several youth, aged 15-20 by suicide. From this, a collaborative partnership, now known as the Grey Bruce ‘We CARE’ Project was developed.
Partners include: Bluewater District School Board, Brockton and Area Family Health Team, Bruce Grey Child and Family Services, Bruce-Grey Catholic District School Board, Canadian Mental Health Association Grey Bruce, Grey Bruce Health Services, Grey Bruce Health Unit, Hanover Family Health Team, Keystone Child, Youth & Family Services, South Bruce OPP, VPI Bruce County and Wes for Youth Online.
For more information


Volunteer Corner
By Madison Wickens, Recreation and Volunteer Coordinator

Volunteer of the Month 
South East Grey Community Health Centre would like to recognize our English Class volunteer Connie McInnes. Connie is an active community member, who participates in all of our Erskine Programs.  Connie has been volunteering with this class since its inception in Spring 2018 and has been instrumental in keeping this class running.  Connie goes above and beyond to help make this program a success. Everyone at the CHC and English Class Program want to thank you for all you have done!
Local Volunteer Positions
Did you know that local organizations like the Penny Wise, Markdale Food Bank, and VON are looking for volunteers? For more information contact Madison at 519-986-2222 ext. 6349.
Don’t forget to follow our Instagram page @segchcvolunteers for updates on volunteer opportunities, and pictures of our volunteers in action!
For more information contact Madison at 519-986-2222 ext. 6349 or 


Child & Youth Zone
By Brianne MacDowell RSSW, Youth Outreach Worker
June 21st is coming up quick, and it isn’t just the first day of Summer, it also has the longest amount of daylight than any other day. So what are you planning on doing to use up all that extra sunshine? Get your friends or family and plan something like a walk to the park, have a campfire, or a hike through one of our beautiful local trails like the Eugenia Falls or Hoggs Falls for example! After June 21st, the days will begin to get shorter again, so don’t waste any time inside. Need some help for ideas on what you can do on the Longest Day of Play, check out our 2019 Recreation and Leisure Guide OR our calendar to see what activities we will have planned for that day!
National Youth Week, May 1-7, is an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of outstanding youth and recognize their active participation, ability to inspire others in their community and their ability to overcome adversity. Whether it is recreation, drama, sport, dance, civic engagement, art, volunteerism or leadership, every day young people are involved in meaningful activities.
The Youth Roots Coalition of South East Grey is pleased to recognize the following youth for their contributions and volunteerism within their school and home communities. Congratulations to these very engaged and community-minded youth.

Hailey Baynton - Nominated by Brianne MacDowell, SEGCHC
Hailey is a very thoughtful, driven, and kind young woman who values both her school community, and her home community. Within the school, she volunteers for extracurricular activities such as the Mental Health Champions Committee where she helps plan mental health focused events at her school. She also helped organize the schools walk out to peacefully protest the education cuts being done by our current Provincial government, and did so with the wellbeing of students and teachers in mind. She often thinks of things she can do to help others in her community. During her OSSLT assignment, she planned an event she hopes to run for her peers at GHSS to potentially fundraise for the community and school.
Jillian Lawler - Nominated by Crystal Dumas, Southgate Ruth Hargrave Memorial Library
Jillian is always helping at the Library with various tasks. She does whatever is needed to help the library staff willingly and with a smile on her face. You can also see the same with her involvement in the Youth Action Committee. She joyfully participates and offers to help at every opportunity. Some of the work she volunteers with at the library is the youth and teen programming, and helping older adults with technology. In addition to the library programs, she also volunteers her time to help with Generation Connection events.
Southgate Youth Action Committee (YAC) - Nominated by Brianne MacDowell,  SEGCHC & Community Partner of the YAC
2018/2019 YAC members Emma Hill, Alexis Kimball, Cheyanne Johnston, Kellie Rourke, Clarke Acheson, Jesse Bressett, Elizabeth Terpstra, Sarah Terpstra, Rebecca Terpstra, Jillian Lawlor, Morgan Elliott, all deserve to be recognized for their continued efforts in planning and facilitating youth events in the Township of Southgate. There are a number of members, and the age limit had to be reduced this year to allow some more ambitious youth to help with their community. YAC events have been targeted at youth of all ages to create a fun atmosphere so that youth can be engaged and actively participate in their community. The youth have also worked with other community groups to find ways to help in every aspect. YAC has been successful with their efforts in previous years, hosting many events including two International Youth Day Events that included a colour obstacle course, skateboard demonstration, BBQ, local service provider booths, and many other activities.  This year’s YAC group has already been involved in the Santa Claus Parade in Dundalk, the Lioness dinner, and have planned events like a free teen skating event in the Dundalk Community Centre. YAC have a number of events on the horizon, so stay tuned! We believe that YAC members are a great example of young minds that have the power to come together and make a difference.
After school programs are offered at Beavercrest Community School (Mondays) and Osprey Central School (Thursdays). Please call 519-986-2222 for more info on each school. 

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