SECC Celebrates 50 Years of Helping People and Improving Lives

South Essex Community Council (SECC) began as a vision in 1973 by Fr. G. H. Duchene and JoAnne Fillimore to create a community sponsored agency that would address the various needs of the people of South Essex. Fifty years later their legacy lives on and continues to expand and grow to respond to the needs of our diverse and vibrant community.

“When I think about 50 years of service to our community, I consider that although there have been countless changes, one thing remains the same – the dedication of our staff, board, volunteers, donors, and community partners,” shares Board Chair, Maria Gomer. “We are proud to be celebrating 50 years of ‘Helping people. Improving lives.’ and are excited about where the next 50 years will take us.”

Currently, SECC helps and provides services for: Individuals 55+, Persons with Disabilities, Newcomers to Canada, Job Seekers, Employers, and Children & Youth. The organization also provide Community Information and Income Support Services. “If there is someone who needs help, we will either provide them the service or refer them to one of our community partners who can support them,” says Executive Director, Carolyn Warkentin.

Throughout the 2023 calendar year, SECC will be taking the opportunity to celebrate the past 50 years, and we are looking forward to getting the community involved. Here’s how you can celebrate with SECC:

  • Follow SECC on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or LinkedIn (@SouthEssexCC). Each Friday, SECC will share a “50 Faces of SECC” story to highlight the impact on clients and their families.
  • Save the Date for a Community Celebration – Sunday, June 4, 2023.
  • Visit us online at for more information and to learn more.

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