DC MOVES - February 2017 Newsletter

DC MOVES Forum - January 23, 2017
A very engaged group of 42 people attended this Forum, where information was presented by Caledon\Dufferin Victim Services and Hospice Dufferin regarding the services and supports that they provide within the community.  Additionally, a very thorough presentation on the Community Priorities in Headwaters 2016 - Increasing Community Well-Being and Resilience  report was conducted by Headwaters Communities in Action (HCIA).  Information was presented to the group which detailed the five pillars of community well-being (Healthy People, Dynamic Economy, Sustainable Environment, Engaged Citizens and Community Assets), as well as how HCIA plans on addressing issues and gaps within the community.  These opportunities to share information with participating agencies is a vital piece of DC MOVES, as this allows for agencies to provide updates to the group and communicate current programming options which DC MOVES members can share with their clients and other stakeholders. 

An introduction to the three pillars of DC MOVES (Community Well-Being, Poverty Reduction and Resource Sharing) led to a breakaway session where preliminary discussions took place surrounding the involvement that DC MOVES will have in addressing these areas throughout Dufferin County.  Each pillar discussion was facilitated by a member of the DC MOVES Leadership Table, and the information collected during this session will be compiled and utilized as a foundation for work to be completed moving forward.  The flowchart below explains the focus of each pillar.

If you or your agency are interested in participating with the work being done within one or more of the pillars, please connect with Angela Pollard.

The DC MOVES Leadership Table announced the newly developed position of a Coordinator who will take on the lead role in the areas of development, communications and facilitation for DC MOVES. It is anticipated that the Coordinator will be introduced to their position in March 2017. 

DC MOVES would like to recognize the following agencies/organizations for their ongoing support:

Georgian College
Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health
Trinity United Church

Big Brothers Big Sisters Dufferin & District
Orangeville Food Bank
Rural Ontario Institute
Compass Community Church
Community Living Dufferin
Central West LHIN

Friends and Advocates Peel
Alzheimer Society of Dufferin County
Caledon\Dufferin Victim Services
The Centre for Education & Training
Town of Orangeville
Dufferin County Cultural Resource Circle
Dufferin Child and Family Services
Township of Mono
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Family Transition Place
Choices Youth Shelter
Dufferin Parent Support Network
Headwaters Food and Farming Alliance
Active Lives After School
Kerry's Place Autism Services
Pine River Institute
Dufferin Board of Trade
Victorian Order of Nurses
Canadian Mental Health Association
Shepherds Cupboard
Catholic Family Services
Peel Region
Westminster United Church
Hospice Dufferin
Orangeville BIA
Upper Grand District School Board
The Coffee Hub
Family Association for Mental Health Everywhere (FAME)
United Way Guelph Wellington Dufferin
Waterloo Wellington Dufferin Workforce Planning Board
Township of Amaranth/
East Garafraxa
Volunteer Dufferin
Legal Aid Ontario
Peace Ranch

Poverty Reduction

The Government of Ontario has identified poverty as a provincial policy priority, and
numerous communities across Canada have established coalitions and strategies to
tackle poverty. In Dufferin County, a number of grassroots initiatives have been taking
place to engage community members in discussions about poverty, food security and
homelessness. In the spring of 2015, the Headwaters Food & Farming Alliance held a
Food Access Community Conversation and organized a Do the Math Campaign . On
November 24, 2015, the County of Dufferin, in partnership with Headwaters Food &
Farming Alliance and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health, hosted a community
forum on Poverty and Housing in Dufferin County . Following this event, a Poverty Task
Force comprised of interested human service providers and stakeholder groups began
meeting to explore the development of a long-term framework to alleviate poverty in
Dufferin County.

Findings from the research have been compiled into a report entitled Reducing Poverty in Dufferin County: A Proposed Strategic Framework

Provincial Updates

The Ontario Municipal Social Services Association (OMSSA) provides a bi-weekly newsletter that provides an update on many of the provinces initiative. The following link will take you to many of the provincial updates specific to human services in Ontario. 

Program Updates