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

Local Food Challenge Communications and Event Planning Assistant

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Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry and Prescott & Russell Counties, Ontario

30 hours per week for 8 weeks, starting July 4, 2016 until August 26, 2016

Summer Student Position

Position Overview:

All Things Food | Bouffe 360°, in partnership with the Social Development Council of Cornwall and Area, is looking for a highly motivated, dynamic, creative, organized, and passionate summer student to help promote and administer the Local Food Challenge of Stormont, Dundas, & Glengarry (SDG), Prescott-Russell (PR), and the City of Cornwall & Area.

The Local Food Challenge (LFC) is a public awareness campaign that challenges residents of SDG, PR, and the City of Cornwall & Area to (re)discover the local food sources in their community, choose more local food, and share their local food experiences!  The campaign runs from August 12 to 28, 2016 and was developed to complement and highlight the many local food businesses, events, and initiatives across the region, including Green Food Box/Bag programs, community gardens, farmer’s markets, and the PRSDG local food map.

To support the efforts of our participants, we have planned a large community and social media campaign which will require the help of a Communications and Event Planning Assistant. The entire event will be bilingual to reflect the language requirements of our community. 

Position Details:

The Communications Assistant’s main responsibilities will include:

  • Working in collaboration with the Local Food Challenge Planning Committee to plan and deliver the LFC activities, such as the launch event.
  • Executing LFC communications plan activities, including developing and administering e-mail messages and social media posts
  • Promoting the LFC to local food partners and community members
  • Supporting local food partners with the event registration process.
  • Helping to recruit community volunteers for LFC activities, as needed
  • Attend bi-weekly planning meetings leading up to the event
  • Track and export data from various sources (e.g., website analytics and mailchimp) for the purpose of LFC monitoring and evaluation

The Local Food Challenge Communications and Event Planning Assistant will report directly to the Network Coordinator and Communications Coordinator for All Things Food.  Many tasks can be completed at home, however bi-monthly meeting and community outreach will require access to transportation.  Office space can be arranged if desired.  A personal computer and phone are required. 

Position Requirements:

  • College or University level student in one of the following areas: event planning and hospitality, food and nutritional sciences, public administration, communications and marketing and/or another related field
  • Motivated, passionate, confident, and able to work both independently and in a team
  • Familiar with the food system in Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry and Prescott-Russell
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Organized, with exceptional time-management skills
  • Experience with social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), WordPress, Mailchimp, video creation, and writing media releases
  • Access to a car or alternate form of transportation is required.
  • Marketing and event planning experience is an asset
  • The ability to speak and write in French is a highly valued asset.

In compliance with the funding eligibility requirements, applicants must also:

  • be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment;
  • have been registered as full-time students in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year;
  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act3; and,
  • be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations.


30 hours per week for 8 weeks at $11.00 an hour.  Position starts July 4, 2016 and ends August 26, 2016.


To apply to this posting, please send a cover letter, resume and one writing sample no later than 9am, Thursday June 20th, 2016. Interviews will be scheduled starting June 23th, 2016.  Only applicants to be considered for the position will be contacted. Thank you!

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!