October 2018                                       View this email in your browser

Community Health Centre: Healthy People, Vibrant Communities

October 2018 Newsletter

October Program Highlights

  • The Well Drop In - Fridays from 9:00am-3:00pm. Drop in to 'The Well' to visit Madison. Use the pool table, play shuffleboard, have a coffee, bring a friend to knit, read the paper, you choose!
  • Eugenia Game Night - Come and join us for a fun filled game night. Play board games, cards, dominoes, crokinole, scrabble and much more. Located at the Eugenia United Church. This program will be finished the last week of October. 
  • Eugenia Community Café - Thursdays from 8:00am-10:00am. Socialize with community members while you enjoy a free cup of coffee or tea. Board games, cards and newspapers will also be available. Located at Eugenia United Church. This program will be finished the last week of October.
Lonely No More - Friday, October 26th  9:30am-4:30pm at Erskine Presbyterian Church in Dundalk.

We are looking for 3 more participants for this valuable training.  Join us for some great learning and discussion about supporting isolated seniors, enjoy lunch. No commitment. Registration Details on poster (Click on the image to the left for a full size poster). For more information, email Tanya at

Building Healthier Communities Together – Community Changes Lives

Community changes lives. The latest research shows that being around other people and caring for one another has as big an effect on our health as quitting smoking or eating a better diet.

Everyone thrives when we build healthier communities together. That’s why at South East Grey Community Health Centre our mission is to support a healthy community, and why we are so proud to celebrate Community Health and Wellbeing Week here in our community and all across Ontario.

The health system is just one block among many that go into building a healthier community. The strength of the other building blocks is determined by the “conditions in which we are born, grow, live, work and age” – conditions that have a profound influence on health. In his 2015 book The Health Gap, renowned public health physician Michael Marmot reminds us that we can’t afford to ignore the evidence that points to adequate income, affordable housing, access to healthy food and social connections as key factors that drive health outcomes and health system costs for both for individuals and communities.

That’s why at the Health Centre, we bridge the gap between health and community, between medical issues and social factors. From mental health and addictions, to preventing hospitalizations, to reducing loneliness, our primary health care staff listen to local voices, innovate and act, and lead the way on local health issues. We put people at the centre of their health care.

To put people at the centre, our physicians, nurses, social workers and other staff ask questions about health and life circumstances that others might not. It’s why the model we follow for health care looks at the whole person, in their community, with programs and services such as clothing pick-up and exchange, computer, phone and internet access, emergency food cupboard, community gardens, walking programs, cooking classes and grocery store tours, free gym access, financial literacy advice program and skills upgrading. That’s how we’re able to directly address those life circumstances that affect a person’s health and wellbeing.

We know that the factors influencing our community members’ health go well beyond our own walls, so we do outreach such as smoking cessation, dental health clinic, diabetes education, income tax program and student health clinic at Grey Highlands Secondary School.  We partner with other organizations, such as Grey Bruce Health Services, CMHA Grey Bruce Mental Health & Addictions, Grey County and our local municipal offices and schools to build a healthier community. It’s also why we’re involved in efforts like Moving Health Equity Forward in Grey and Bruce and Dental Care for low income seniors and adults.  Local engagement helps shape policies that have profound impacts on the health and wellbeing of everyone in our community.

Doctors and hospitals do their best, but they can’t prevent hallway medicine or build healthier communities all on their own. Research shows that what actually makes a community healthy lies mainly outside the traditional health care system. Communities know what’s needed at the local level, and the health system, with partners in our community, needs to listen.

Even as a community-centred health provider, we know there are limits to what we do on our own: that’s where you come in! Volunteers, community advocates, board members, fundraisers – all of you who contribute to the work at South East Grey Community Health Centre are helping to build a healthier community together. This Community Health and Wellbeing Week, let’s celebrate your work, and make sure our neighbours know that we all have a role to play in building a healthier community, because community changes lives.

Community Health and Wellbeing Week at the CHC will kick off on Monday, October 22th - attend a FREE yoga class 10:00am-11:00am, followed by a FREE tai-chi class 11:00am-12:00pm in The Well, lower level of the Community Health Centre. Don’t forget to stop by the main foyer for a free fruit smoothie.

ALL Week, you can trial our gym equipment and sign up for FREE gym access Mondays-Fridays.  If you would like support in building a personal fitness plan, please contact Registered Kinesiologist, Rachel at or call 519-986-2222 extension 6375.

How to in 10 - Join the CHC and friends for the first How to in 10 event! Saturday, October 20th 10am-2pm at the Southgate Ruth Hargrave Memorial Library in Dundalk.

You could learn how to:
Tune up your PC - Nerd2U
Protect yourself from scams - Canada Revenue Agency
Knit/Crochet - Karen Atlas
Prepare a resume - YMCA Employment Services
Draw/paint an eye - Martin Shipston
Recycle - Township of Southgate
Rug hooking - Phyllis Lichty 
Paper folding - May Ip
Use a Cricut machine - Library staff
Use a Code-a-Pillar - Library staff
Make a smoothie - SEGCHC
Be a Library Board member - Library Board

We also have some great door prizes to be won such as a $25 Sports Check gift card and a gift basket from Booth24!

First Annual Southgate Seniors Health Fair - On Wednesday, September 26th, over 170 participants and 35 exhibitors filled the hall (and hallways) of the Egremont Optimist Community Centre in Holstein. The fair was a year-long project of the Southgate Seniors Advisory Committee, a group of senior volunteers that work closely with the Township and other stakeholders to build an age-friendly community.  Throughout the day, participants enjoyed speaking with exhibitors, collecting valuable health information, participating in active demonstrations on the stage or listening to one of five seminars.  The gift basket draws, free refreshments and lunch were made possible through the generous support of Southgate Township, South East Grey Community Health Centre, Community Foundation Grey Bruce and The Older Adults’ Centres of Ontario Association.  The fair received a lot of positive feedback “very well done and organized”, “what a great turnout for the event”, “exceeded expectations” and “looking forward to next year”.  The only room for improvement was “more space” “larger room” “transportation from Dundalk etc.”.  Discussion for next year’s fair is already underway and the Seniors Advisory Committee of Grey Highlands may offer to host alternating years.  Stay tuned for more information!    
The Council on Aging Grey Bruce is a collective voice supporting the aging experience through education and leadership.  Tanya Shute of the South East Grey Community Health Centre is the current Chairperson and is excited to announce the launch of their new website:
The website will host up-to-date resources and links to seniors events in Grey and Bruce.  You can also easily find out more information about your local Seniors Advisory Committee.  The Council on Aging Grey Bruce was a recipient of a Community Grant through the Community Foundation Grey Bruce to improve communication strategies for age-friendly communities. The website will link 17 municipalities throughout Grey and Bruce on seniors- related topics and events.  Thank-you to the Community Foundation for supporting seniors and age-friendly communities!

Volunteer Corner
By Madison Wickens, Recreation and Volunteer Coordinator

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 volunteers Larry and Lyn Mann. They are dedicated to the Osprey Pickleball and it would not be the same without your hard work, and commitment. Larry, Lyn and the Osprey Pickleball group also demonstrated and taught community members how to play pickleball at the Markdale Fair. We are grateful for everything you have done for the Community Health Centre. Thank you Larry and Lyn.

For more information regarding volunteer opportunities contact Madison at 519-986-2222 ext. 6349 or

The Grey Highlands Seniors Advisory Committee is looking for new members.  Meetings are held in The Well, lower level of the Community Health Centre in Markdale, 55 Victoria Avenue on the third Monday of each month 1:30am-3:00pm.  Next Meeting is Monday, November 19th at 1:30pm.  Come and hear about new seniors program and services and give your input on how to make Grey Highlands an Age Friendly Community!  For more information contact Tanya:
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