KCHC is very fortunate to have longstanding and innovative connections with many community partners. Some highlights from this past year certainly resulted from the pandemic, while other collaborations were in direct response to community need.
No. 9 Garden
Community Harvest Kingston, sponsored by KCHC, partnered with No. 9 Garden to provide a bi-weekly organic produce basket to over 60 community members from June to October.
Queen’s University’s Men’s Hockey Team
The Queen’s University’s Men’s Hockey Team provided weekly volunteer support to pack and distribute Good Food and Senior Food Boxes.
You are always appreciated. I don’t know what I would have done. You are the first person I have talked to this month. Thank you so much for caring.Seniors Food Box recipient
National Food Security organization for post-secondary students provided free food boxes for Queen’s students from May 2020 through July 2020. The Good Food Box is now listed on their partner organizations website.
A grassroots group that helps Indigenous people across KFL&A access fresh fruits and vegetables by funding boxes distributed by the Good Food Box.
KCHC partnered with Lionhearts to provide space for Lionhearts volunteers to prepare and distribute meals in Rideau Heights.
Many great partners supported vital food programming over the last year: Loving Spoonful, City of Kingston and Community Living provided volunteer drivers, and the United Way and Community Foundation have been providing food.
We continue to forge partnerships with Hogan’s Honey, Deodato, and Grant’s No Frills, who offer us discounts. Thanks to them, we pay $25 for the contents of a Seniors Food Box, but the value of the food in each box is $35.
P2E has created and enjoyed a partnership with JG Simcoe Public School. The school has graciously provided space for us to offer homework help and gym time when P2E’s regular program space at KCHC was being used as a vaccination clinic. There were a lot of smiles on the faces of students and tutors the first night we welcomed them to the “new” program space at JG. KCHC is grateful for the support of the Limestone District School Board, which allowed us to offer vaccinations and continue to offer a safe space where youth could access academic support near home. Our Pathways team and alumni were also fortunate to receive funding from the Rotary Club for the Go F.A.R. program to support P2E alumni in their career journeys.
The OHRDP team attended a 10-week Supply Chain and Inventory Management Training session with Algonquin College Corporate Learning. The second phase was a collaboration of OHRDP and Algonquin College to provide a series of customized harm reduction focused sessions to 10 provincial harm reduction programs to support them in their work. OHRDP is working with Centre for Addictions and Mental Health (CAMH) in the development and roll out of an Ontario Harm Reduction Data Base.
KFL&A Public Health
Both KCHC and our community were very fortunate to have the support of KFL&A Public Health in the creation of a COVID-19 testing centre on-site at Weller Avenue, which in turn led to an on-site vaccination clinic. Thankfully, this resulted in both testing and vaccines becoming more readily available to our community.
Indigenous Health Council (IHC) Report