We’re going BaCK to School!

BaCK to School (formerly known as the “Backpack Program”) supports learners throughout Chatham-Kent getting the things they need to ensure a great start to the school year. BaCK to School offers a range of gift cards allowing students to address their unique needs. Parents, guardians, and service providers can register Chatham-Kent school-age children for the...

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Nature is for Everyone

We have known for a while now that being outside in nature for as little as 20 minutes can have a beneficial effect on our health, from reducing stress to boosting our immune system. And it doesn’t take a research project to know that getting outside has made a big difference to many of us...

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A Pause on Camp Gives Kenesserie Time to Focus on Accessibility For All

As school ends and we usher in the first heatwave of the season, it certainly feels like summer has arrived. But even as splash pads and pools open and restrictions around COVID-19 rules begin to ease, the summer still won’t be the same for some.  By the end of June, Kenesserie Camp, nestled along the...

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Rebuilding Wheels, Rebuilding Lives: A True Community Partnership

Working in a remote part of Chatham-Kent is tricky without a reliable vehicle. For Kirk Peters, he had been managing his commute from Wallaceburg to his job as part of a close-knit farm crew on Walpole Island any way he could. When Kirk was chosen as the recipient of a refurbished vehicle, his co-workers were...

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Caring Communities: Blenheim

Caring Communities is a series developed to highlight the volunteers, events and organizations throughout the many areas of Chatham-Kent that generously give their time and energy to help support a healthy and caring community. From sampling the delicious wares at the annual Cherry Festival or splashing around in Talbot Trail Place to walking the gorgeous...

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For CK’s Older Adults, Warmer Weather Helps Heal

As vaccination rates and temperatures rise in Chatham-Kent, many members of our older adult population feel like they can finally begin to emerge from a very tough year. COVID-19 has hit everybody hard but for a community that may already be dealing with health and accessibility issues, there have been unique concerns. Brad Davis is...

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Vote Now for Chatham-Kent’s First Affordable Eco-Housing Development

There’s a brand new housing community being built in Chatham-Kent, and you can help the project win a grant to go towards its development from the prestigious David Suzuki Foundation. The Brickworks Community of 30 homes plus common areas will be run by the Opportunity Villages Community Land Trust (OVCLT), a not-for-profit group put together...

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Pride in CK: Connection, Community & Caring

As Pride Month kicks off around the world, we’re staying close to home to look at the good work that the Chatham-Kent Gay Pride Association has been doing in a year unlike any other.  While everybody has had to stay home, CK Pride has continued the tough work of trying to be as visible as...

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The Social Planning & Action Tables with Eva Marie Clarke

The local nonprofit sector has seen big strides in collaboration over the past year with the Social Planning & Action Tables! If you want to learn more about them, we interviewed our newest staff member Eva Marie Clarke (who helps facilitate the Tables’ weekly virtual meetings) to get her take on them. 1. Welcome to...

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The Most Important Meal of The Day

Chatham-Kent is home to many active service clubs doing amazing things out in the community. Their deep-rooted history within our communities can be seen on plaques, parks, and buildings to commemorate their commitment to improving the community. Some service organizations are known for their fundraisers, while others have a legacy of community change makers. Clubs...

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