CK Block Parent Program is hiring



The Chatham-Kent Block Parent Program Inc. is seeking to hire a mature, responsible person who enjoys public speaking for contract employment for 15-20hr/wk for 12 weeks beginning approx. mid to late Sept. 2014.

Applicant must be available to work Mon – Fri and the occasional Sat for approx 3 hrs daily.  Having the ability to work with others, possessing outstanding social skills and excellent office skills is an asset.  Being concerned with safety awareness and injury prevention for all ages is beneficial.  Comfortable presenting to school-aged children, is a must.  Only those considered for interviews will be contacted.

The successful candidate MUST reside in Chatham-Kent, have a current licence, reliable vehicle and provide a police screen with a vulnerable persons search. 


Please submit resumes to on or before Sept. 4, 2014.

Amazing Race Winners

First Place Finish wins $2,500 in travel cards and guaranteed acceptance into any CKAR 2015 event with the entry fee waived. The winner is Team #1 The Team Formally Known as The KGB consisting of Scott Thomnson and Dan C. Peltier.


Second Place Finish wins prizes valued at $1500 in travel vouchers and guaranteed acceptance into any CKAR 2015 event with the entry fee waived. Second place winner is Team 5 Creek Connection consisting of Christina and Bob Vandersluis.

Third Place Finish wins prizes valued at $500 in travel vouchers and guaranteed acceptance into any CKAR 2015 event with the entry fee waived. Third place winner is Team 24 – District 12 consisting of Ashley Lindsay and Adam Ludolph.

Additional Team Prize Winners:

Team 1 – The Team Formally Known As The KGB – Scott Thompson and Dan C. Peltier – won a special race advantage by being one of the Early Bird registrants. 

Team 12 – Morning Already?? – Jon Ripley and Justin Cook – won the “pledge lottery” on pledge night August 21, 2014 – $500 in travel vouchers and guaranteed acceptance into any 2015 CKAR event and an additional $100 in travel vouchers for raising over $2,000 in pledges. 

Team 15 – Sole Brothers – Dave and Jacob Simpson – won $200 in travel vouchers and guaranteed acceptance into any 2015 CKAR event for raising over $5,000 in pledges. 

Team 4 – Buns on the Run – Carlie Scalesse and Dave Graham – won $100 in travel vouchers for raising over $2,000 in pledges.

 Activities in the 2014 event included mental and physical challenges both!  Racers visited parks, the beach, various businesses and not-for-profit locations and even a church.  You can nearly guess the fun they had with water balloons, skateboards, paint ball guns, plane kits, motorbikes, regulators, hula-hoops, darts, carpet bowling, scavenger hunts, dancing, mud pits, vision goggles, blindfolds and more. They visited sites from Dresden to Erieau and ended the day with a celebration for all at Our Saviour’s Evangelical Lutheran Church – right across the street from United Way’s offices on McNaughton Ave. W. in Chatham. 

This year, 24 CKAR teams and hundreds of event sponsors and individual donors raised over $55,000 in sponsorships and pledges.  Thanks to event sponsors, 100% of the dollars raised by the teams is designated to the UWOCK Community Fund.  Agencies, programs and services will receive these funds as a part of United Way’s continued focus on wise community investments. 

David Drouillard is the Director, Resource Development for UWOCK. “This is the ninth year for the CKAR event. The total raised to date is just about $735,000 and we’re still counting a few pledges from the weekend. We are so grateful to the sponsors since their support allows pledges from participants to go right back into the community!  

For the ninth year, our Signature Sponsor for the CKAR event is Union Gas. They not only kick-start the event financially, they also loan us some of their wonderful people as volunteer planners; they provide a location to start the event; and they recruit a team to plan and host the opening challenges – awesome. 

We would also like to especially thank our Silver Sponsors – the Municipality of Chatham-Kent’s Public Health Unit, Maizex Seeds Inc., and Sun Media, our Gold Sponsors – TVCOGECO and Cheshire Media, our Bronze Sponsors – South Kent Wind and Invenergy, and our Site Sponsors – UNIFOR, Dajcor and C.L.A.C. 

There isn’t room here to thank the many videographers, challenge site hosts, equipment providers, pledge auditors food and refreshment suppliers, funded agency staff and volunteers, judges, in-car observers, safety volunteers, photographers and event organizers.  They know who they are and we hope to see them all at our Video Premiere Night later this year. 

The Chatham-Kent Amazing Race is truly an amazing annual event that brings our community closer, allows us all to enjoy a day of fun and adventure and raises important pledges for the agencies working to make CK stronger, safer and caring. Well done Chatham-Kent … well done!”


On Sunday September 28, 2014, runners and walkers from across the Municipality – and a growing number from outside of Chatham-Kent – will assemble at John McGregor Secondary School (near Mud Creek) to participate in a 5K walk or run, a 10K run, a Kid’s Dash and, new for 2014, a half marathon!

 In just three short years, thanks to the generous support of many sponsors – including the event’s lead sponsor GreenField Ethanol – this WRACE chip-timed event has raised over $42,000 net to support UWOCK’s many locally funded agencies, programs and services. 

 Serious runners and walkers, beginners, kids, families and employee groups have been and will again be treated to a morning of fun, food, entertainment, race buffs, finisher medals, prizes and surprises galore.

 There is a reduced rate for those registering before Friday, September 06, 2014.

 To take advantage of this early rate please visit or contact United Way (519) 354-0430

 For additional information please contact Matt Wood (519) 365-4468 or United Way Chatham-Kent at (519) 354-0430.