What is a Social Development Council?

SDCs exist to build and strengthen communities. Our mission focuses on the social and economic impact on individuals, families and communities at large.

What does a SDC do?

SDCs are committed:

  • To build communities
  • To support social development through CHANGE

What is Social Development?

A desired state of community wellness reflected in the following existing conditions:

  • Personal and public health
  • Satisfaction of basic material needs
  • Economic security and opportunity
  • Protection from violence, abuse, threat, and discrimination
  • Sense of identification and belonging with others (social inclusion)
  • Availability of choices and self-determination throughout one’s life path
  • Active participation and decision-making in the larger societal processes
  • Access to knowledge and personal skill development
  • Sustainable natural and physical environments

The SDC’s History

The need to have a social planning body came into being subsequent to repeated economic transitions in our community, the most crucial one being the massive job losses and closure of the Domtar Paper Mill in March of 2006 and many other vital manufacturing companies in the SD&G area.

The province of Ontario provided 2 year funding to the City of Cornwall to hire a project manager in 2007 to work with the community to establish a SDC in order to improve our community capacity to respond to current and future socioeconomic transitions. The organization was to be temporarily housed under the Social and Housing Services department. Today, the SDC is permanently housed with the Counseling and Support Services of S.D.& G.

A Board of Directors was formed in early 2006 and is currently standing strong with 13 members that represent several sectors in the community.

Our Reports

Click here to view the Community Garden Network Evaluation:  Community Garden Network Evaluation

Click here to view the Caring Dads Program Evaluation: Caring Dads Project Evaluation Report . PDF

Click here to view the Poverty Reduction Strategy:  Poverty-Reduction-Strategy-October-7th-20151

Click here to view the Paths to Change Program Evaluation:  PTC Program Evaluation

Click here to view the Code Heroes Program Evaluation:  Code Heroes Program Evaluation

Click here to view the SDC 2018 Strategic Plan.

Our Team

Carilyne Hébert, Executive Director

Email: chebert@sdccornwall.ca
Direct line:  613-703-7563

Gina Dragone, Food and Agriculture Development Officer

Email:  agrifoodsdgc@gmail.com

Our Board

Patti Gauley, Chair

Ed Irvine, Vice-chair

Raymond Houde, Treasurer

Chief Daniel Parkinson, Director

Chris Clapp, Director

Reverend Peter Cazaly, Director

Bernadette Clement, Director

Susan David, Director

Sarah Maynard, Director

Bill Carriere, Director

Katie Verhoeven, Director

JoAnn Hickley, Director