Focus Group Day
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For immediate release:

Vibrant Communities (VC) is inviting you to be part of their Focus Group Day on Wednesday July 10th at the Cornwall Civic Complex. VC is creating a Safety and Well-Being plan for all of SDG, Cornwall and Akwesasne and needs your help. They will be conducting public engagement to help build the plan this Summer and Fall. In order to have effective public engagement they are starting with a day of focus groups on their 4 priorities; Mental Health, Health Services, Poverty and Community Safety.  Be part of this important day that will help shape the plan and the future of our communities.

The event will begin at 9:30am with a brief introduction to the day. The first two focus groups will be Mental Health and Poverty and run from 10am to 12pm. Participants will choose one or the other. We will ensure to have opportunities for everyone to provide input on all priorities, including the focus groups they will be unable to attend.  At noon lunch will be provided. Sessions for Health Services and Community Safety start again at 1pm until 3pm. Again, participants are encouraged to choose 1 of the 2. We plan to do a short wrap up after all the sessions have completed.  Participants can join for the whole day or a half day.

Please register at https://vibrantcommunities-focusgroup.eventbrite.ca.

For those unable to attend in person they can participate remotely by accessing our focus groups through these links.

Mental Health 10am-12pm: https://zoom.us/j/225880282
Poverty 10am-12pm: https://TheChangeFoundation.zoom.us/j/415887357
Health Services 1pm-3pm: https://zoom.us/j/582090200
Community Safety 1pm-3pm: https://TheChangeFoundation.zoom.us/j/574313584

We look forward to your input and participation!

Vibrant Communities is a collective impact initiating led by The Social Development Council of Cornwall and Area. In early 2018 the SDC began engaging 100 policy makers, healthcare workers, non-profit professionals, business owners, people with lived experience and many more from across SDG, Akwesasne and Cornwall. The group is to assess the risks and find the biggest issues our communities are faced with. They will then take action collectively and address those largest societal issues with a strong focus on prevention. Their 4 pillars determined by the community are Mental Health, Health Services, Poverty and Community Safety

Community Safety and Well-Being plan: On January 1, 2019 The Government of Ontario mandated municipalities (single and upper tier) to prepare and adopt a Community Safety and Well-Being plan (CSWB). As part of these legislative changes, municipalities are required to work in partnership with police services, health/mental health, education, community/social services and children/youth services as they undertake the planning process. The goal of this plan is to achieve the ideal state of a sustainable community where everyone is safe, has a sense of belonging, access to services and where individuals and families are able to meet their needs for education, health care, food, housing, income and social and cultural expression.

Together they are Vibrant Communities: A Safety and Well-being plan.

For any question or comment please contact Carilyne Hébert, Executive Director of the Social Development Council of Cornwall and area at 613-930-0211 or chebert@sdccornwall.ca  

Pour publication immédiate:

Les Communautés dynamiques (CD) vous invitent à participer à sa Journée Groupes de discussion le mercredi 10 juillet au Complexe civique de Cornwall. Les CD, qui sont à préparer un plan sur la Sécurité et le Bien-être pour l’ensemble de SDG, Cornwall et Akwesasne, ont besoin de votre aide. Elles lanceront une campagne d’engagement public dans le but de développer le plan cet été et à l’automne. Pour que l’engagement public soit efficace, la campagne débute par un jour de discussion où des groupes se pencheront sur quatre priorités : la santé mentale, les services de santé, la pauvreté et la sécurité communautaire. Prenez part à cette importante journée qui aidera à définir le plan et à façonner le futur de nos communautés.

L’événement débute à 9h30 par une brève introduction à la journée. Les deux premiers groupes de discussion aborderont la santé mentale et la pauvreté entre 10h et 12h (midi). Les participants peuvent choisir l’un ou l’autre des thèmes. Nous nous assurerons que tous les participants aient la chance de contribuer leurs commentaires pour toutes les priorités, incluant dans les groupes de discussions auxquels ils ne pourront pas assister. Le dîner sera servi à midi. Les séances sur les services de santé et la sécurité communautaire se dérouleront de 13h à 15h. Ici aussi les participants choisiront l’une ou l’autre des séances. À la fin de l’ensemble des séances, une courte période de récapitulation aura lieu.

Veuillez vous inscrire à at https://vibrantcommunities-focusgroup.eventbrite.ca.

Les gens qui ne peuvent pas être présents en personne peuvent participer à distance en se joignant aux groupes de discussion en ligne à l’aide des liens suivants:

Santé mentale, 10h – 12h (midi) : https://zoom.us/j/225880282
Pauvreté, 10h – 12h (midi) : https://TheChangeFoundation.zoom.us/j/415887357
Services de santé, 13h – 15h : https://zoom.us/j/582090200
Sécurité communautaire, 13h – 15h : https://TheChangeFoundation.zoom.us/j/574313584

Nous anticipons avec plaisir votre participation pour recevoir vos commentaires!

Les Communauté dynamiques sont une initiative d’impact communautaire dirigée par le Conseil de développement social de Cornwall et de la région. Au début de 2018, le CDS a approché une centaine de décideurs politiques, travailleurs de la santé, professionnels du secteur sans but lucratif, propriétaires d’entreprises, personnes ayant un certain vécu et plusieurs autres venant d’un bout à l’autre de SDG, Akwesasne et Cornwall. Le groupe tente d’évaluer les risques et d’identifier les plus grands enjeux qui guettent notre communauté. Il passera ensuite à l’action en groupe afin d’aborder les plus importants enjeux sociétaux en ciblant particulièrement la prévention. Les quatre piliers sur laquelle s’est arrêtée la communauté sont la santé mentale, les services de santé, la pauvreté et la sécurité communautaire.

Le plan de sécurité et de bien-être dans les collectivités : Le 1er janvier 2019, le gouvernement de l’Ontario a chargé les municipalités (palier unique et palier supérieur) de préparer et adopter un Plan de sécurité et de bien-être dans les collectivités (PSBC). Dans le cadre de ces changements législatifs, les municipalités sont tenues de travailler en partenariat avec les services de police, de santé et santé mentale, d’enseignement, de services communautaires et sociaux, et à l’enfance et à la jeunesse pour aborder le processus de planification. Le but de ce plan est d’atteindre la situation idéale d’une communauté viable au sein de laquelle chacun et chacune est en sécurité, sent qu’il ou elle y a sa place et peut avoir accès aux services dont ils ont besoin, et là où les particuliers et les familles peuvent combler leurs besoins notamment en éducation, soins de santé, alimentation, logement, revenu et expression sociale et culturelle.

Ensemble ils forment des Communautés vibrantes : un plan sur la sécurité et le bien-être.

Pour toute question ou commentaire, veuillez contacter Carilyne Hébert, directrice générale du Conseil de développement social de Cornwall et de la région au 613-930-0211 ou à chebert@sdccornwall.ca

Vibrant Community Update

May 2019

We wanted to take some time to update all our members on Wednesday’s exciting meeting.  
The meeting began with a brief overview of Vibrant Community (VC) followed by a presentation of the Community and Safety Well-Being (CSWB) Plan by Carmen Cousineau and a discussion about the future of VC.

What is a Community Safety and Well-Being plan? On January 1, 2019 The Government of Ontario mandated municipalities (single and upper tier) to prepare and adopt a Community Safety and Well-Being plan (CSWB) by December 31, 2020. As part of these legislative changes, municipalities are required to work in partnership with police services, health/mental health, education, community/social services and children/youth services as they undertake the planning process.  The goal of this plan is to achieve the ideal state of a sustainable community where everyone is safe, has a sense of belonging, access to services and where individuals and families are able to meet their needs for education, health care, food, housing, income and social and cultural expression. Staff Sargent David Michaud has been assigned to this special project along with Carmen.

We see an aligned vision between both our initiative and believe that we can be stronger together.  The United Counties of SDG, Akwesasne and the City of Cornwall have all agreed to work together to create 1 plan that will address the entire region. Our role with VC is very important to the success of this plan. Over the coming month will be engaging the community in consultation for our plan, reaching across the region and speaking to people with many different backgrounds with a special focus on people with lived experience. This is where we all need to contribute in order to create a complete plan.

We will be putting together a public engagement committee of VC members to have a strong team doing this very important work. We will also be conducting focus groups to dig deeper into our 4 pillars and hope that you will participate. If you are interested in participating in either one of these groups, please email chebert@sdccornwall.ca with your interests.

  • Public engagement
  • Mental Health
  • Access to Health Services
  • Poverty
  • Community Safety

The plan is just the beginning. Once it has been created, VC’s role will be to implement this plan as a collective giving us concrete action items that will positively impact our community for the long term.

Stacey Ferguson, Manager of Social and Housing Services also presented about a unique initiative called Circles.  An e-mail with more details will be shared shortly.

Thank you for your continued support in this important project.

The VC Team

Join us for the next
Vibrant Community Roundtable Meeting

Wednesday, May 1 2019

Vibrant Community Roundtable Meeting

Thursday, November 29

The next  Vibrant Community Roundtable meeting will be held November 29, 2018 from 12:30-3:30 pm in the Automotive Room at the Benson Centre. A short networking lunch will be served from 12:30 -1 pm.

The survey results can be found here for you to review. The 701 responses have been broken down by geographical area and identified groups. The general results can be found on pages four and five.

The major issues identified in the survey responses are

  • Mental health 13.36%of responses and 40.38% of respondents
  • Access to health services 11.37%of responses and 34.01% of respondents
  • Poverty – financial stability 10.6%of responses and 31.69% of respondents

At this meeting we will start building the foundation to our project. We will begin identifying the gaps and brainstorming how we can make a significant impact in our community as a collective.

If you would like to participation please confirm your attendance by email to Carilyne Hébert at chebert@sdccornwall.ca by Thursday November 22nd

We are looking forward to growing this initiative together.

Thank you

Carilyne Hébert and Karen Roundpoint

To view the 2018 Vibrant Community Roundtable survey results click -> VCR Survey Results

Summer 2018

Newsletter

Hello Vibrant Community champions,

We hope that you are having a fantastic summer.

You are receiving this email because you have either been participating in our roundtable or we hope you join us in this very important project.

We want to provide you an update on the Vibrant Community Roundtable and what we have achieved since our last meeting in late May. The next step in our process is to establish a common agenda. Our collective vision is what will bring us together to address complex societal issues and help us build a more vibrant community for all of our residents.

In order to find that vision we have created a short, simple survey that we have been sharing across the community. Our goal is to reach people from Akwesasne, Cornwall, Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry from all walks of life and background and ask them what issues are a priority for them in building a vibrant community.

We are thrilled to report that as of today we have received more than 550 survey responses. This is beyond anything we hoped for. We won’t go in-depth with an analysis yet as the survey is still open, but what we can share is that the number one priority across our region is Mental Health, with Poverty and Financial Stability coming in 2nd.

Two of our survey questions help us identify where our respondents live and what their background is. We ask them:

What option below best represents your situation?

  • I am a business owner or work in the for-profit industry.
  • I work or volunteer in the non-profit sector.
  • I work in the health care sector
  • I am a government representative.
  • I am an individual member of this community with lived experience. (I have faced challenges such as poverty, injustice, or abuse etc.)

Currently, the majority of responses are coming from individuals with lived experience. This is ideal in helping us build our common agenda as we are hearing from folks living with the complex issues we hope to address. We owe our success in this department to a partnership with the Social and Housing Services for the City of Cornwall. As you might know, this summer the Social and Housing Services department completed a Homelessness Enumeration for all of Cornwall and SDG. The Housing staff completed surveys at food banks, drop-in centers, libraries, health services, public parks and many other locations. They generously offered to include our survey with theirs throughout this process.

We really want our survey responses to reflect our community as a whole. Although we have had great success with participation we are hoping to gain a few more responses from Glengarry and Stormont overall and a few more from business owners and health care professionals throughout SDG. We are hoping that this is where you can help us. If you have any contacts within those counties or sectors, please share the survey with them. Attached to this email you will find a letter in both French and English that you can copy into an email to send to your contacts. We of course welcome responses from all regions.

We will keep the survey open for another week and a half then begin to really breakdown the results. We hope to provide a more in-depth report to the group before our next meeting. This will give you the opportunity to reflect on the results and start thinking of ways we can come together and find solutions.

Expect to hear from us in the next month or so with more details and a date for our fall meeting.

Thank you

Carilyne Hébert and Karen Roundpoint

Spring 2018

Newsletter

Welcome to the first edition of the Vibrant Community Roundtable (VCR) newsletter! This publication is designed to keep all members of the roundtable informed about its proceedings and projects.

What is the Vibrant Community Roundtable?

The Vibrant Community Roundtable is a project that brings together various community leaders, including civic representatives and individuals from the business, non-profit and interfaith sectors in Akwesasne, Cornwall and the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry. The roundtable’s purpose is to  engage in discussion about how to address complex societal issues like poverty and community livability. The roundtable’s ultimate goal is to form a group that will work together to build a healthier and more vibrant community for all.

Summary of the Roundtable’s Inaugural Meeting

Presentation by Liz Weaver, Co-CEO of the Tamarack Institute

The roundtable’s inaugural meeting was held on February 7th, 2018 at the Ontario Power Generation Visitor Centre in Cornwall. It began with a presentation by Liz Weaver, Co-CEO of the Tamarack Institute and Strategic Lead at the Tamarack Learning Centre. The Tamarack Institute is an organization that works with leaders in non-profits, governments, businesses and the community to make the work of advancing positive community change easier and more effective.

Click here to learn more about the Tamarack Institute.

Presentation by Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of Health at the Eastern Ontario Health Unit

Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of Health at the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU), then gave a presentation on the role public health plays in ensuring a healthy society, and how it can help solve complex issues that affect many individuals in our region. Dr. Paul also explained why certain sectors of society get left behind through a variety of statistics, including the following:

Lower wages than average in Cornwall and the United Counties of SD&G:

  •  Average Family After Tax Income in Ontario: $79,531
  • Average Family After Tax Income in the United Counties of SD&G: $67,146 (over $12,000 less than Ontario average)
  • The proportion of the population in the Eastern Champlain region (which includes Cornwall and SD&G) with low income is higher than the regional average, as is the rate of unemployment.
  •  Statistics are not currently available for Akwesasne.

Effects of lower wages and poverty on children’s overall development:

  • SD&G and more specifically Cornwall have a high rate of children considered “vulnerable” according to the EDI (Early Development Instrument). The EDI is a questionnaire completed by kindergarten teachers that measures children’s ability to meet age-appropriate developmental expectations in various domains.
  • While 27.3% of children in Ontario are considered vulnerable, the rate increases to 28.6% in SD&G and 39.8% in Cornwall.
  • Children’s vulnerability tends to be linked to their family’s income. While only 20% of children in high-income neighbourhoods are considered vulnerable, the rate almost doubles to 35% in low-income neighbourhoods.

Effects of lower wages and poverty on the population’s overall health:

  • Poverty accounts for 20% of all healthcare costs.
  •  The link between poverty and high healthcare costs becomes apparent when the rate of acute care hospitalizations for certain chronic conditions is compared  between Eastern Champlain (which includes Cornwall and SD&G) and the Ontario average:

Click here to check out Dr. Paul’s Public Health Primer presentation.

In order to help people understand the demographic information spoken about at the event on February 7th 2018. The Social Development Council of Cornwall and Area has begun a Pilot Data Mapping Project. 

 The Data Mapping – ArgGIS map can be found by clicking here. 

Practical Workshop

The inaugural meeting ended with a workshop where the members of the roundtable got to apply information they gathered throughout the day to various situations.

As noted in the meeting minutes found on the Social Development Council Website,  the feedback from workshop aspect circulated around 3 Main topics:

  • Systemic issues
  • Community Focused Issues
  • Identified Population

We are now looking to dig a little deeper into these discussion topics to help guide the discussion of our next meeting on May 29th 2018 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm at the Ontario Power Generation Visitor Centre. 

Click Here to take the Survey

 

See You at the Next Meeting!

The roundtable’s next meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 29th, 2018 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Ontario Power Generation Visitor Centre in Cornwall. Please contact Sylvie Kinloch at 613-930-0211 or e-mail skinloch@sdccornwall.ca to RSVP.

Picture from the event  February 7th 2018

Over 40 civic representatives and individuals from the business, non-profit and interfaith sectors in Akwesasne, Cornwall and the United Counties of SD&G came together at the inaugural meeting of the Vibrant Community Roundtable on February 7th 2018.