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

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Looking for a Part-time Administrative Assistant

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Part-time Administrative Assistant

28 hours/week at $17.50/hour

Start date: Jan 27, 2017 End date: Sept 8, 2017



The Administrative Assistant will provide support for the Social Development Council’s various programs, including, but not limited to: Caring Dads, Code Heroes, and All Things Food. S/he will assist in daily office needs, and performing general administrative activities under the supervision of the Program Coordinator.

Responsibilities include making meeting arrangements, preparing reports and invoices, maintaining appropriate filing systems, and attending events as needed. The ideal candidate should have excellent oral and written communication skills, strong attention to detail, and be able to organize their work efficiently.



  • Write and distribute email, correspondence memos, letters, faxes and forms
  • Answer and direct phone calls
  • Organize and schedule appointments
  • Plan meetings and take detailed minutes
  • Assist in the preparation of scheduled reports
  • Develop and maintain a filing system
  • Update and maintain office policies and procedures
  • Maintain inventory and order office supplies as needed
  • Prepare invoices and submit expense reports
  • Other responsibilities as required



  • Minimum College Diploma with 1 year of office experience
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, bilingualism is an asset
  • Excellent computer skills in word processing, database management, webpage posting and electronic communication software
  • Access to a vehicle and ability to flex time as required
  • Working knowledge of office equipment, like printers and fax machines
  • Excellent time management skills and the ability to prioritize work
  • Attention to detail and problem solving skills
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to multi-task


All applications will be kept on files for one year, and applicants may be contacted for future openings.

Submit resume and letter of interest to the attention of Alex de Wit, Executive Director, via email at no later than 4:00 PM on Thursday, January 19th, 2017.

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Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant helps Cornwall with Code Heroes 

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Cornwall, Ontario – There was a lot of excitement at the NAV Centre on Saturday as the Innovation Task Force held their Hack to the Future event for tech enthusiasts.  Local MPP Jim McDonell was in attendance and formally congratulated the SDC and Code Heroes Digital Programs on receiving a $75,000 Seed grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to help with the Code Heroes program.

“The Social Development Council and Code Heroes are seeking to give our local youth the skills and confidence they will need in a continuously evolving job market,” said Jim McDonell, MPP for StormontDundas-South-Glengarry. “Educational institutions and governments across Canada have recognized the importance of teaching coding and other skills related to advanced computer use. Through this program, youth in Cornwall and area will be able to compete in a continuously evolving job market where strong computing skills are fast becoming a prerequisite for better pay and promotion. I commend the Ontario Trillium Foundation for supporting this important initiative and look forward to witnessing the program’s benefit to our community.”

The goal of Code Heroes is to embrace aspects of digital literacy not commonly taught in schools.  Participants will have the opportunity to join classes, connect with local peers and keep pace with digital advancements. Funds from the Ontario Trillium Foundation will be used to help with staffing costs and to purchase 20 laptops.  The Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Seed grant initiative awards grants that can run up to one year and enables organizations like SDC and Code Heroes to pilot initiatives in communities.

“We appreciate the huge opportunity this grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation has provided us in delivering digital programming to youths in Cornwall and area. We are excited to be able to show how kids can build, innovate, and be creative using digital tools in order to meet the growing demand for these skills in the workforce or the entrepreneurial space!” Said Kelly Bergeron the Founder of Code Heroes and the Director of Digital Programming with the SDC. “We are excited to partner with the Ontario Trillium Foundation and Code Heroes on this project, the innovative spirit and energy they bring to the table is a really amazing environment to work in and to be a part of” said Alex de Wit the Executive Director of the Social Development Council of Cornwall and Area.
The SDC is committed to promoting positive social change through advocacy, innovation and facilitation. If you wish to enquire about the SDC please visit the website at: If you wish to enquire about Code Heroes Digital Programs, please visit

An agency of the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is one of Canada’s largest granting foundations. With a budget of over $136 million, OTF awards grants to some 1,000 projects every year to build healthy and vibrant Ontario communities.

For more information, please contact:  Alex de Wit, Executive Director  Social Development Council of Cornwall and Area 613-930-0211

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!