Connected Rural Communities

A connector and partner for people, families and communities to achieve health and well-being for all.

Grand Bend Area Community Health Centre

Be Well Community Assessment

Be Well Assessment used the Canadian Index of Well-being as a framework. Three partner agencies collected the Be Well data: Bluewater Community Family Health Team, Grand Bend Area Community Health Centre and North Lambton Community Health Centre. In addition to survey analysis, the agencies hosted 16 community conversations, which helped us to further understand the strengths, concerns and priorities of community members. These documents are summaries of the Be Well data. These documents include prompts to help community members and agencies reflect on the key findings and consider how we can work together to initiate community action related to well-being.

Read the Be Well Assessment and Initiatives Lambton
Read the Be Well Assessment and Initiatives Huron

Priorities identified from Be Well Assessment include the following:

Living Standards

Access to resources for daily living:

• Transportation
• Affordable Housing
• Food
• Child Care
• Income/Employment

Healthy Populations

Access to health services

• Primary health care/health professionals
• Mental health and addictions

Community Vitality

Access to groups and community activities for

• Health and well-being
• Support
• Social, leisure
• Youth, seniors

Our Centre hosted the Community Health and Well-being Summit and Collective Impact Workshop. We brought together partners from multiple sectors to discuss collective impact opportunities and identify a team of people in moving forward.

Connected Rural Communities Collaborative

Bringing people together from across sectors to improve sense of belonging and social inclusion among those living in the West Coast Shores area.

We Envision

  • A healthy, equitable, and inclusive community where every person has a positive sense of belonging, feels comfortable and has adequate connections
  • Enhancements to local rural communities that improve connections, sense of belonging and inclusion, reduce social isolation, as well as improve mental health and happiness of community members

Social Inclusion is about…

  • Access to basic needs, services and groups
  • Active participation in the community and natural environment
  • Being welcomed and embraced as a member who belongs

Collaborative members believe that the Connected Rural Communities vision can be achieved by ensuring:

  • Connections among people through mentoring, volunteering and intergenerational contacts
  • Connections to services, groups and activities such as health services, physical activities, as well as recreational, art, learning and leisure activities
  • Connections by active and green transportation such as walking and cycling paths, healthy active design, car-pooling, rideshare, existing buses and new transit system
  • Connections to safe, affordable housing
  • Connections to the natural environment through trails, green space, gardens and stewardship opportunities

Projects

  • GBACHC expansion
  • Hensall Streetscape Committee
  • Hubs: Grand Bend Wellness Hub, South Huron Hub/Recreation Centre, Grand Bend United Church Hub
  • Huron Shores Transit Committee
  • Lambton Shores Nature Trails and Bayfield River Valley Trails
  • Poverty to Prosperity in Huron and Circles in Lambton
  • New Outlook in Huron Park
  • More to come…
Group of women in GBACHC community group service

Join the Well-being Movement

We are always looking to expand our partnerships. If your organization would like to join this effort, we want to connect with you.

Contact Miranda Burgess or Cindy Maxfield through Facebook.

Our Partners

Municipality of Lambton Shores

Municipality of Lambton Shores

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Municipality of Bluewater

Municipality of Bluewater

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Municipality of South Huron

Municipality of South Huron

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Lambton Shores Nature Trails

Lambton Shores Nature Trails

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Bluewater Rest Home

Bluewater Rest Home

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Poverty to Prosperity in Huron

Poverty to Prosperity in Huron

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Grand Bend Community Foundation

Grand Bend Community Foundation

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North Lambton Community Health Centre

North Lambton Community Health Centre

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Huron Shores United Church

Huron Shores United Church

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St. John's By The Lake Anglican Church

St. John's By The Lake Anglican Church

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Hensall Streetscape Committee

Hensall Streetscape Committee

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New Outlook Huron Park

New Outlook Huron Park

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Lakeshore Eco-Network

Lakeshore Eco-Network

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