April 2019                                    View this email in your browser

Community Health Centre: Healthy People, Vibrant Communities

April 2019 Newsletter

Program Highlights & Upcoming Events

Please note all CHC sites will be closed on Friday, April 19th for Good Friday. We will be open on Monday, April 22nd.
  • Community Volunteer Income Tax Program - there is still time to complete your 2018 taxes! Our volunteers have been busy helping people with modest incomes and simple tax situations file their income tax and benefit returns. Filing your return can help individuals and families’ access benefits such as the GST credit, Ontario Trillium Benefit, the Seniors Home Owners Property Tax Credit, and the Climate Action Incentive. These tax credits can start to add up and help your monthly budget. You can find out if you qualify for the free income tax clinics by checking with Canada Revenue. Call 519-986-2222 to book an appointment.
  • Cowtown Lunch Bunch - will host it's first "Once a Month Lunch", Wednesday, May 8th at 12 noon at the Egremonth Optimist Centre 392137 Grey Road 2019, Holstein.  Join us for lunch and a time to socialize. No cost and all are welcome! If you have any questions please contact Brenda Calder 519-334-3632 or Sponsored by: South East Grey CHC, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Cowntown Lunch Bunch and the Township of Southgate.
  • Small Spaces, Big Impact! Container Gardening Workshop - On Monday, May 13th at 3:30pm join us at the Pleasant View Apartment at 50 McNabb Street, Chatsworth.  Learn how to start a vegetable garden in containers. Questions & answers with Grey County Master Gardener, Roberta Brignell. This is a free workshop, open to the public. Please registered by calling 519-986-2222 ext. 6373 or emailing
  • *NEW* Tai Chi with an Instructor: Designed to strengthen and improve flexibility. Class will focus on Tai Chi form and moving with the breath. Every Monday starting in May from 9:30 -10:30am at the Erskine CHC in Dundalk. Contact Rachel for more information 519-986-2222 ext. 6375
  • Pole Walking: Starting May 14th Pole Walking will be from 8:30-9:30am at the Erskine CHC. This free 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.
  • Lunch N Learn: Learn from exciting guest speakers, and a light lunch is provided. Register by calling Madison at 519-986-2222 ext. 6349. May 7th the speaker is Kelly Gee from VON and June 3rd the speaker is from the Southgate Public Library.
  • Medical Equipment Program - SEGCHC is committed to providing assistive devices to anyone recovering from surgery or living with mobility limitations free of charge. Our program enables those with physical disabilities to live more independently through access to mobility products suitable to their individual needs.  Wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, canes, bath seats/benches, commodes and raised toilet seats are available for FREE by calling 519-986-2222 ext. 3. We also accept donations of used medical equipment in good condition at our Markdale site (55 Victoria Ave.) or in Dundalk (Erskine CHC, 90 Artemesia Street South). 
Community Garden
By Crystal Ferguson, Health Promoter

Do you want to learn how to grow a vegetable garden?  Or maybe you don’t have space for a garden?  Do you want to stretch your grocery budget or include more vegetables in your diet?

Try out the Community Garden this summer! Register to have your own garden bed or join with other gardeners to grow some crops together.  Volunteers are always welcome too! Community garden space available in Markdale and Dundalk.

For more details or to request a garden bed, contact the Community Health Centre by calling 519-986-2222 ext. 6376 or email

There is no cost to garden. Assistance with the cost of seeds and seedlings may also be available. 
If you have extra seeds or seedlings, donations are always welcome!
Macphail School Community Garden
This garden is a partnership between several community groups including the Macphail Elementary School, the Flesherton Food Bank and the Community Health Centre.

Students and community members come together to grow food for the school nutrition program and the food bank. We are always looking for volunteers to help us maintain the garden from May to October. Please contact Crystal or Madison if you are interested in volunteering.

A big thank you to the fire department for their assistance with filling the water tank for this garden!

SEGCHC celebrated National Volunteer Week on Thursday, April 11th with brunch and a game of Price Is Right. We are beyond thankful for each and every one of our volunteers for their generosity, time, friendship, dedication, and passion to the SEGCHC! Thank you for everything you do! 
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 Dundalk Indoor Walking volunteers Barbara and Garry Rowe. Their passion for giving back to the community, leadership and dedication is why we are so happy to have them apart of our team. Barbara and Garry are also very active community members, and are always showing their smiling faces at many of our programs. The CHC and Dundalk Indoor Walking Program want to thank you for all you have done!

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

Cooking Classes
by Elena Usdenski, RD, MScFN
Are you interested in learning how to cook with new ingredients such as beans, lentils, tofu, chia seeds, canned salmon, or avocadoes? Want to increase your confidence in the kitchen? Want to learn some healthy new recipes to add to your weekly repertoire?

Check out our “You’re the Chef” cooking classes where one ingredient is showcased per class. We discuss where you can find this item in the grocery store, how to select it and the nutritional benefits it provides.  Then participants typically break off into pairs/groups and prepare one of three recipes which everyone later enjoys!

Next classes are as follows:
Cooking with Canned Salmon: Wednesday, May 22, 2019 from 10am – noon 
Cooking with Lentils: Wednesday, May 29, 2019 from 10am – noon
Registration is required. To avoid disappointment, please register for the classes by calling Elena at 519-986-2222 ext. 6358.

Child & Youth Zone
By Brianne MacDowell RSSW, Youth Outreach Worker
After School Programs
After school, kids stay for a healthy snack. Then, we play games inside and/or outside like Dodgeball, Capture the Flag, and Just Dance! Homework help is also provided at some of our after school programs. Please call 519-986-2222 for more info on each school. 
Tuesdays— Holland Chatsworth
Thursdays—High Point AND Osprey

Adulting 101 Series
Ever say to yourself "I just don’t know how to adult" as you are in your teens or in your 20's? SEGCHC and Southgate Public Library are offering an Adulting 101 series to help prepare you for adulthood. Attend some or attend all of the sessions, they are all FREE. Click here to view upcoming sessions.
**PLEASE NOTE the Cooking Class has been moved to April 24th!

Quick Facts on Vapes
Youth are using vapes, click here for some Public Health facts.  
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