Connected Rural
Communities Collaborative

A connector and partner for people, families and communities to achieve health and wellbeing for all.

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.

 

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

  • Connections among people through mentoring, volunteering and inter-generational 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, ride-share, existing buses and a new transit system.
  • Connections to safe, affordable housing.
  • Connections to the natural environment through trails, green space, gardens and stewardship opportunities.

Latest News

Themes Emerge from Social Inclusion Study

The Connected Rural Communities Collaborative (CRCC) is working to reduce social isolation by strengthening connectedness and inclusion. In 2019, the Grand Bend Area Community Health Centre (GBACHC) partnered with the CRCC to apply for and received a $75,000 seed...

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Community Conversation Meetings

Community Conversation Meetings

All are welcome to attend a Community Conversation Meeting to hear and discuss the preliminary results of the 'Building a Connected and Inclusive Community' project. The project, which is funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, has been researching belonging and...

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CRCC welcomes public input with survey

CRCC welcomes public input with survey

Grand Bend, ON: The Connected Rural Communities Collaborative (CRCC) is seeking input from the public about their experiences with social isolation. The CRCC received a $75,000 Ontario Trillium Foundation grant to work on reducing social isolation and strengthen...

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Our Partners

Municipality of Lambton Shores

Municipality of Lambton Shores

Municipality of Bluewater

Municipality of Bluewater

Municipality of South Huron

Municipality of South Huron

Lambton Shores Nature Trails

Lambton Shores Nature Trails

Bluewater Rest Home

Bluewater Rest Home

Poverty to Prosperity in Huron

Poverty to Prosperity in Huron

Grand Bend Community Foundation

Grand Bend Community Foundation

North Lambton Community Health Centre

North Lambton Community Health Centre

Huron Shores United Church

Huron Shores United Church

St. John's By The Lake Anglican Church

St. John's By The Lake Anglican Church

Hensall Streetscape Committee

Hensall Streetscape Committee

New Outlook Huron Park

New Outlook Huron Park

Ontario Trillium Foundation

Ontario Trillium Foundation

Our Social Inclusion Reports

Strengthening Social Inclusion and Connections

Strengthening Social Inclusion and Connections

Report

Strengthening Social Inclusion and Connections

Strengthening Social Inclusion and Connections

Presentation