Building a Stronger Community

The SDC promotes positive social change
through advocacy, innovation and facilitation.


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Social Development Council of Cornwall & Area

We are an organization that helps battle poverty in Cornwall and area  by ensuring all of our social agencies are working together to maximize our local efforts in poverty awareness and reduction,  food security, information and refferal and employability.

Building on the success of the previous Strategic Plan, the Social Development Council of Cornwall and Area will continue to collaborate with the community on projects that challenge the overarching consequences of poverty and its barriers.

The 2014-2017 Strategic Plan outlines our goals for the next three years and provides a proactive direction for the S.D.C.

Our Vision

To be a healthy, resilient and inclusive community.

Our Mission

The SDC promotes positive social change through advocacy, innovation and facilitation.

To coordinate, advocate & educate the community to:

  • Increase employability
  • Support Community Projects
  • Reduce Poverty

To seek sustainable  opportunities and  engage in:

  • Joint community projects
  • Outreach to S.D. & G
  • Economic action
  • Growth in personnel

To promote information sharing and build community partnerships

Latest News

Looking for Part time Social Worker/Facilitator for one Year Contract

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We are seeking to fill a Part time Social Worker/Facilitator for one Year Contract
21 hours/week for a 52-week contract Start date: Sept 12, 2016 End date: Sept 8, 2017


The Social Worker/Facilitator will be one of two co-facilitators for five, 17-week Caring Dads Program between the September 2016 and June 2017. In addition to facilitating each of the five Caring Dads programs, the Social Worker/Facilitator will help to coordinate the programs and conduct the partner contact and follow up with the Caring Dads clients as per the program description and guidelines. Following the completion of the five courses, the Social Worker/Facilitator will assist in completing a program evaluation.

Caring Dads delivers specialized group counselling to fathers who have abused, or are at risk of abusing, their children or have physically/emotionally abused their children’s mother. The goals of the program aim to support healthy father/child interaction and create healthy strategies for men to interact with the mother of the child.

Group topics include…
•Building relationships with your children and child-centered fathering
•Stages of child development – what to expect
•Working together with children’s mothers
•Problem solving in difficult situations and managing frustration
•Rebuilding trust and healing within the family
•The group runs 2 hours per session and is offered at various times throughout the week.

The Social Worker/Facilitator must be knowledgeable about services that are accessible and relevant to client interests in order to provide up-to-date information. The Social Worker/Facilitator must also advocate on behalf of the client for services that are accessible and relevant to the client’s need.

Reporting to the Executive Committee, The Social Worker/Facilitator is accountable to the multi-agency Executive Committee who among other things will ensure that the hired candidate receives proper training and supervision for the position.


  • Co-Facilitate five Caring Dads program in the span of 10 months.
  • Outreach and client identification
    Where possible, assertive outreach will be offered to engage potential clients, considering the safety and security of the client and the Facilitator and Social Worker
    If referral to additional services or diversion to another service is recommended, the referral must be developed in consultation with the client

Manage the client’s goal and reflect the stated goals and needs of the client
• Coordinate and facilitate Caring Dads Program in partnership with Program Coordinator
• Direct Service Provision/Intervention
• Maximum 2 Hours/week contact with client outside of the office
• Service provision must be focused in the community, not the office
• Service provision must be managed in a manner that responds to fluctuations/variations in client needs
• Social Worker/Facilitator to Client ratio of no more than 1:25 must be maintained where possible
• Social Worker/Facilitator services must be available a minimum of one face-face-contact per week if requested and access by phone through the discretion of the administration staff, eight hours a day, three days a week.
• Participate in meetings with executive committee on a regular basis, or as required
• Maintains accurate written records using standardized forms including the discharge summary at the conclusion of services
• Is available for training as required
• Participates in special projects or duties at the request of the Executive Committee
• Maintain accurate activity sheet and time sheets
• Responsible to perform other related duties as assigned by the Executive Committee
• Build community partnerships and encourage community engagement in the Caring Dads initiative
• Complete evaluation of the program
• Perform other duties as required


The minimum levels of training/education to fulfill the core requirements of this position include a Bachelors of Social Work or the equivalent and at least 1 year of professional experience working in domestic violence or related field. In addition, bilingualism is an asset, both written and spoken. Knowledge of the principles of domestic violence, excellent time management skills, team and organization skills are required.

The Executive Committee will ensure that the front line staff are trained and supervised in a variety of issues, to the best extent possible, (e.g., the Caring dads program; suicide intervention; safety standards for working in the community; non-violent intervention; anti-racism training; identifying addictions, multicultural sensitivity; family dynamics; and psychiatric symptomatology).

** The Executive Committee may use discretionary power in application of these minimums. **

SALARY: $28/hour at 21 hours/week

*All interested parties are invited to submit their resume and letter of interest to the attention of Alex de Wit, Executive Director, via email at no later than 4:00 PM on Friday, August 19th, 2016.

Next Event

SDCC logo-vectorized- AGM


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Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:

Tuesday, 21 June 2016 from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM (EDT)

Ontario Power Generation Visitor Centre, 2500B 2nd Street W, Cornwall, On K6H 5R6

New for 2016!

The Social Development Council is pleased to invite you to two events:

1.   The SDC Annual General Meeting and phase 2 of our Volunteer Managers Network Meeting.

Please see the agenda below for more details:


8:45 – 9:15am

Annual General Meeting for the Social Development Council of Cornwall and Area. Please join us to  listen to the Board of Directors conduct the year end business.

9:15 – 9:30am


9:30 – 12:00pm

The official launch of the Poverty Working Group’s (PWG) Volunteer Hub Project and a facilitated meeting on what’s next for SD&G. 

·      Cornwall & Area Volunteer Hub & the introduction of the website.

·      Ontario Volunteer Centre Network (OVCN)

9:30 – 10:00am

Seale Projects Inc. –  Ryan Seale presents the Volunteer Hub (website)



10:30 – 12:00pm

Guest Facilitator – from the Ontario Volunteer Centre Network

Cody Palmer- Almond – Ontario Project Manager (OVCN)

OVCN inspires and strengthens leadership through community service and volunteer engagement, and promotes the 3Rs of volunteerism –Recruit! Retain! Recognize!

The focus of the discussion will be:

  • Presentation of various models:

Ø       Informal support network of Managers of Volunteers

Ø       Formal network such as an AVA (Association of Volunteer Administrators)

Ø       Volunteer Centre model (Support Managers of Volunteers, volunteers and

organizations working with volunteers)

  • Community conversation to investigate needs in the Cornwall area
  • Discussion around benefits and drawbacks of each model in relationship to identified needs
  • Identify next steps


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A Big Thank You to Our Supporters

Currently, the SDC is now funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation for another 2 year term.

The SDC wishes to thank the Ontario Trillium Foundation for their support!!

The SDC is one of 20 official member organizations of the SPNO who work together to promote social justice and human rights, who provide a common voice to influence policy development and implementation, and improve quality of life and community well-being.

Recent municipal funding was made available to the SDC through the city of Cornwall and the Provincial Ministry of Community and Social Services, making this website and other projects possible! THANK YOU!