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 referral 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

We Are Looking for a New Executive Director

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The Social Development Council of Cornwall and Area is looking for a new Executive Director. If you are interested in working to make your community a vibrant place,  maybe this is the role for you.  See below for details:

Job Title

Executive Director of the Social Development Council(SDC) of Cornwall and Area

Job Summary:

• Provide strategic continuity to the SDC organization and its Board of Directors, to ensure that the long-term goals of the Board of Directors (the Board) are carried out regardless of changes in SDC’s Executive Committee and/or Board membership over time.

• Provide overall management and leadership in implementing Board policy in a manner consistent with the mission, vision, goals, strategic direction set up by the Board, and by-laws of SDC.

• Develop, coordinate, maintain, and supervise new and existing projects of the Social Development Council of Cornwall and Area in accordance with Board Policies and Procedures, and in alignment with the Strategic Plan.

Reporting to:

Chair of the Board, SDC Executive Committee, SDC Board of Directors,
Supervisory Responsibilities:
SDC Chair of Board of Directors

Working Relationships:

• Chair, Board, Executive Committee
• SDC Standing Committees/ Working groups
• Community Stakeholders/Other organizations/community partners
• Funders
• Community Members/Volunteers
• Local Businesses/entrepreneurs

Prime Functions:


1. Ensure the continuity and momentum of long-term strategic initiatives directed by the Board (e.g., organizational relationships, strategic membership engagement initiatives, etc.).

  • Participate with the Board in developing short and long-term strategic planning to guide the organization
  • Serve as the consistent leadership contact of SDC (i.e. serve as the organization’s “corporate memory”, as Board members’ tenures expire)
  •  Establish, maintain, and/or advance SDC interests, by acting as a professional advisor of the Board on all aspects of the organization’s activities and,
  • Develop stronger relationships with other similar professional, not-for-profit and private organizations, and utilize these relationships to strategically enhance the organization’s mission.

2. Implement board policy and decisions and ensure that strategic initiatives stay on track by updating the Board, in a timely manner, of internal and external issues that affect the organization.

3. Oversee and supervise staff and projects, offer support and direction to staff as needed.

4. Act as chair person for many working groups/standing committees of the Social Development Council of Cornwall and Area.

Operational Planning and Management

  1. Support strategic components of the development, planning, and delivery of programs and services in collaboration with Board committees and the SDC Secretariat.
  2. Develop an annual operational plan (with revisions, as needed) that meets the goals and objectives outlined in the strategic plan.
  3. Ensure that the operation of the organization meets the expectations of the Board and its members.
  4. Oversee the efficient and effective day-to-day operation of the organization
  5. Draft policies for the approval of the Board and prepare procedures to implement the organizational policies; review existing policies and by-laws on an annual basis and recommend changes to the Board, as appropriate.
  6. Provide support to the Board by preparing required material for the any and all other Board activities.

Financial Planning and Management

  1. Working as part of a team with the Treasurer, Executive Board Members, and third-party Bookkeeping service to ensure sound bookkeeping, accounting and taxation procedures are followed.
  2. Work to secure adequate funding for the operation of the organization.
  3. Maintain, acquire, and dispose of assets.

Communication, Advocacy and Human Resource Management

  1. Deepen and refine all aspects of communications, with the goal of engaging members and strengthen the SDC brand, including improving and maintaining the organization’s website and social media platforms.
  2. In partnership with the Board of Directors and Staff, act as a spokesperson for the organization and represent the organization at appropriate events to enhance its profile.
  3. Foster effective team work within the Board and between the Board and staff.
  4. Communicate with members and stakeholders to keep them informed of the work of the organization.
  5. Manage and coach the SDC staff and volunteers.
  6. Determine staffing requirements for organizational management and program delivery.

Program Planning and Management

  1. Assist in the planning, implementation and evaluation of the organization’s programs and projects.
  2. Monitor the programs offered by the organization to ensure they contribute to the organization’s mission and reflect the priorities of the Board.
  3. Plan & Develop new and programs and projects that fit with the SDC strategic plan.


  • University Degree in Social Services or Related field (e.g., Social Work, Political Science, management degree) or equivalent experience.
  • Experience in managing a not for profit organization; knowledge of leadership and management principles as they relate to not-for-profit organizations.
  • Leadership and relationship management experience.
  • Financial planning and management experience.
  • Familiarity with current issues and opportunities impacting the fields relevant to SDC’s membership.
  • Experience in initiating, planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating programs and services.
  • Experience with communication tools, such as websites management (wordpress), & social media.
  • Experience in staff management.
  • Fluency in English.
  • Fluency in French, an asset.

Please send all applications to SDC Board Chair Patti Gauley via e-mail to no later than 4:30pm on May 7th 2018. Only those considered for an interview will be contacted.
Thank you!

Next Event

Basic Income Forum — April 25th @ OPG (9am until noon)

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What is it?  Will it make a difference?  Join us for the discussion!

Guest speakers:

Rob Rainer:  Rob will speak to the meaning of basic income, to key principles for a truly progressive basic income in Canada, to options for funding a decent basic income, and to responding to key objections to basic income.

John Stapleton:  John will review the current income system and some of the problems it faces along with a profile of who is poor in Canada.

Richard Shillington:  Richard will highlight the arguments for a Basic Income as well as highlight the problems/hurdles one faces in implementing such a system.


Basic Income Forum Poster – April 25, 2018

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!