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SECC Celebrates 50th Anniversary With Open House on June 4

South Essex Community Council (SECC) is proud to be celebrating our 50th Anniversary in 2023.

In 1973, a group of concerned citizens had a vision to create a community sponsored agency that would address the various needs of the people of South Essex. The vision and efforts of this group mobilized the communities of South Essex to create the South Essex Community Council.

The leadership of Father G.H. Duchene and JoAnne Fillimore shaped the work of SECC as a collaborative community-based, multi-service agency.

50 years later, SECC continues to live out our mission: “Helping people. Improving lives.” We are a non-profit, community services organization which serves the communities of South Essex. We help and provide services for:

  • Individuals 55+
  • Persons with Disabilities
  • Newcomers to Canada
  • Job Seekers
  • Employers
  • Children & Youth

We also provide Community Information and Income Support Services.

To commemorate our 50th Anniversary, we would like to officially invite you to our 50th Anniversary Celebration on Sunday, June 4th from 11am-4pm.

The event will be an Open House held at our Leamington Office – 215 Talbot St. East.

To celebrate our history, achievements, and contributions to the community, there will be activities for children, food, tours, and a short program including the opening of a time capsule at 1pm.

We also invite you to leave a memory about SECC or include your congratulations online at

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