2020 - 2021 Annual Report
A Year of Connection: Growing communities of care, hope and resilience
Together we seek to create inclusive, resilient, and healthy communities.
We inspire each other to… be kind | celebrate diversity | collaborate | innovate
A dynamic provider of integrated services that empower people and build communities.
“Our true nature is to be connected. In fact, if that wasn’t our true nature, there would be no human beings. The human species – or any species — could not evolve without being grounded in their bodies. You couldn’t have a bunch of intellectuals walking around out there in the wild, wondering in an abstract sense about the meaning of life, when there’s a saber-toothed tiger lurking behind the next bush.”
“Why Are So Many Adults Today Haunted by Trauma?” Greater Good Magazine, June 2017
The pandemic has shown us many things, but surely one of the most poignant is how much we all require connection: with our friends, our families, our communities, and ourselves. Over the past two years, it has been difficult to create and maintain the human connection we all need, and which many of us have taken for granted for our whole lives. Stripped of our ability to gather in person, to share moments of emotional and physical closeness, to simply be with other people, we all had to dig deep to capture that sense of connection.
KCHC staff and volunteers went above and beyond to keep in touch with our colleagues and our clients, and to foster and nurture that sense of connection, even when it was incredibly challenging to do so. We are not surprised, but we are impressed with the ways in which KCHC not only survived, but thrived, during a period of challenge and change which felt endless at times. In this year’s Annual Report, we recognize and celebrate the amazing and creative ways our staff have looked out for one another and our community this year. The pandemic may still be with us, but so, too, is our demonstrably renewed commitment, determination, and strength to respond to any of the challenges that may lie ahead.
Report From The CEO & President Of The Board
It is our privilege, as KCHC Board President and Chief Executive Officer, to present this annual report to our clients, communities, partners, and staff. The 2021- 2022 year has truly been exceptional on many fronts. We continued to face unprecedented challenges pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the drug poisoning epidemic. Other troubling issues such as racist hate crimes in London, Ontario, and the finding of unmarked graves at residential schools across Canada forced us to pause and consider how these tragedies impact our own clients and communities.
Board of Directors
Year In ReviewView our Year in Review
Included In Our Year In Review:
- Street Health Centre
- Consumption and Treatment Services (CTS)
- Ontario Harm Reduction Distribution Program (OHRDP)
- Napanee Area Community Health Centre (NACHC) and Rural Frontenac Lennox and Addington Allied Health Team (RFLA)
- Weller Clinic
- Immigrant Services Kingston and Area (ISKA)
- Early Years
- Pathways to Education (P2E)
- ACES/Trauma Responsiveness
- Community Health
- Pandemic Response Committee
As staff strove to meet the needs of all of clients and community members, and equity-deserving groups in particular, they fortuitously discovered and developed a new and deeper level of collaboration among KCHC’s programs.
I was able to talk to someone about how I was feeling. I could talk about things I might not be comfortable talking about to my parents.- Elyza, Pathways to Education student
Strength In Numbers
The work that KCHC does is incredibly rewarding and we know that it makes a difference in our communities. One way that we can acknowledge and appreciate the scope of what we do is through measuring our goals and accomplishments numerically. Here’s a more data-driven look at some of our achievements this past year.
Over 6,000 clients were served by the primary health care team over the last fiscal year accounting for more than 27,000 encounters with staff.
Conducted over 200 virtual group service events for over 2,000 participants
2,833 appointments servicing 1,564 individuals
All Staff Meeting
This year’s All Staff Meeting was one of the most exciting yet. The goal was to have powerful guest speakers, and to bring people together in-person, if at all possible.
KCHC is very fortunate to have longstanding and innovative connections with many community partners, and this year, while unlike any other in most ways, has not seen a change in our commitment to building relationships to ensure that the needs of our community are met. We continued many existing partnerships, and have been thrilled to be involved in the inception of some new and exciting collaborations.
Indigenous Health Council (IHC) Report
The years 2021 and 2022 have called on us all to look to the Seven Sacred Teachings of Love, Courage, Humility, Respect, Honesty, Wisdom and Truth to face the immense health and societal challenges created by the COVID pandemic. As a health council, we have continued to serve the Indigenous community through research, advocacy, and activism. The following encapsulate our community work to date:
- Learn More about Incorporation
- Learn More about Research
The IHC and the Ontario Health Team
- Learn More about The IHC and the Ontario Health Team