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19-Apr-2021

The South East Grey Community Health Centre turns 10 years-old


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On October 01, 2011, the South East Grey Community Health Centre opened its doors after many years of hard work by community leaders and the Board of Directors to build a healthier South East Grey Community through: health promotion, illness prevention and comprehensive, client-centred primary healthcare.

In recognition of this monumental anniversary, the centre is planning a number of community events and activities to mark the occasion. 

10-year celebration activities will include the launch of a new community garden on the east lot in Markdale this Spring. The new garden offers raised garden beds, fruit trees and a pergola for added shade and coverage. The garden is shared with Canadian Mental Health Association Grey Bruce –Mental Health & Addictions who have been an integral partner and leader in social recreation and food security throughout South East Grey. In addition to the garden, there is a garden shed, a horse shelter and tie-up. Another cause for celebration is the work that is currently underway to complete the new, FREE 24-hour gym and community classroom.

The entire team at the CHC is thrilled to take this opportunity to formally welcome Alex Hector to the role of Executive Director. Alex has extensive experience in management, finance and community leadership and is eager to be a member of the CHC team moving forward. Hector notes, “The CHC is more than just our team and the building, it is the community, our clients and the strong partners who make us who we are.  I am really looking forward to working here and being a part of the CHC community as we move into this next decade together”. 

Allan Madden, Chief Executive Officer of the CHC points to a number of milestones over the past 10 years, including expansion into Southgate and the purchase of 55 Victoria Avenue in Markdale. The Markdale main site has evolved into a shared community space that offers wrap-around care in an integrated care experience.

Madden reports, “You might be coming to the CHC to see your health care provider, get lab services done, receive mental health counselling, attend the brunch program or to get your income taxes done... it’s really a one-stop for all of your health needs.”

A number of organizations are now co-located at the CHC, including:

  • Canadian Mental Health Association Grey Bruce - Mental Health and Addictions
  • Keystone Child, Youth and Family Services
  • Grey County Social Services

Madden is hopeful that the CHC can host a community celebration to recognize the partners and the 10 year anniversary this Fall. “We would like to invite the community to an Open House in October.” Recognizing the unprecedented challenges that COVID has had on our community, Madden quickly adds, “Tough times don’t last, but tough teams do!” Congratulations to the team at the CHC on this landmark anniversary.

 


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