Bridges out of Poverty
The Seaway Valley Community Health Centre (SVCHC) held their annual general meeting followed by a two-day Bridges out of Poverty seminar on Wednesday, June 16, and Thursday, June 17, at the Ramada Inn and Conference Centre. Author/ community consultant Terie Dreussi-Smith, guest speaker at the meeting, also conducted the workshop based on the book she co-authored, Bridges out of Poverty: Strategies for Professionals and Communities.
Attended by area social agencies and organizations, as well as municipal leaders from SD&G, Bridges out of Poverty is designed to equip communities with strategies on how to help low-income people make positive choices for themselves, with the ultimate goal of leading them to self-sufficiency.
“Going forward, the only way that we can make a difference in this community, given that we’re always in the midst of change and our financial and human resources are limited, we need to work together; we need to collaborate,” said St. John-de Wit, referring to their community partners. “The only way we can make this a success, and see a reduction in poverty in this community is by working together and joining in on one common theme and making it a priority. I think there’s a need and I think that there is a real desire on behalf of everyone here to make that happen. I think that will be our mandate for the years to come.”
Pictured(infrontL-R)areMichelleGratton,executive director, Social Development Council for Cornwalland Area, seminarco-sponsorandLee McKenna, Manager, Policy and Government Relations,AssociationofOntarioHealthCentres. In back (L-R) are Terie Dreussi-Smith, M.A. Ed. Author/communityconsultantandDebbieSt. JohndeWit,executive director,SVCHC.