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The Mission of Adult Language and Learning is to promote and foster personal growth and adjustment for all, including immigrants, in Chatham-Kent through further education, training and opportunities that support independence and employment. 

Adult Language and Learning


Architectural Conservancy of Ontario, Chatham-Kent Branch 



The Architectural Conservancy of Ontario was founded in 1933 to preserve buildings and structures of architectural merit and places of natural beauty or interest through advocacy and education. There are over 30 branches throughout Ontario- each one independent but all linked through the Toronto head office.  


Autism Ontario (formerly Autism Society Ontario) is the leading source of information and referral on autism and one of the largest collective voices representing the autism community. Members are connected through a volunteer network of Chapters throughout the Province of Ontario. 

Autism Ontario supports residents of Chatham-Kent under the leadership of committed and skilled volunteers who organize and support parent to parent contact, provide official SEAC representation for ASD in boards of education, offer recreational activities, social skills groups, workshops and public awareness forums. We pride ourselves on our mission to ensure that each individual with ASD is provided the means to achieve quality of life as a respected member of society. 


Blenheim Youth Centre

The Blenheim Youth Centre is a place where young people of the community (ages 8-18) can gather together in a safe environment. As a means of providing young people “something to do” we offer daily after-school programming that allows the youth of Blenheim and surrounding areas to engage in safe, meaningful social, recreational and educational activities. The activities and programs available at our facility keeps them off the streets, prevents vandalism and violence and allows them to develop and build acceptable social, personal and professional relationships. Employment skills such as resume and cover letter writing and interview skills are also a main area of focus. Daily life skills such as time management and decision making allow the youth of our community to grow and thrive. Our programs also address proper nutrition thru cooking classes, promote healthy active living (we have a backyard facility hosting basketball court as well as a volleyball pitch), and the importance of being involved in the community and build their social skills.


We provide a number of innovative mentoring programs to meet the unique needs of children and youth (6-16 years) to help them reach their full potential. Each time we pair a child with a mentor, we START SOMETHING incredible: a life changing relationship built on friendship, trust and empowerment.


Established in 2003 and originally recognized asthe “North Buxton Youth Committee”,  in2011, the group officially changed its name to Buxton’s Next Generation (BNG). The mandate of BNG is engaging our youth and preserving our culture.

Buxton Next Generation 


The Chatham Concert Band is a community wind ensemble comprised of local volunteer musicians of all ages and from all walks of life. Under the direction of Bandmaster Vaughn Pugh, the Band rehearses on Monday evenings year-round. The Band performs free public concerts every Wednesday evening in Tecumseh Park, Chatham, Ontario from the last week in June to the Wednesday before Labour Day. The Band is active in our community throughout the year, and can be spotted performing in parades, churches, Remembrance Day Ceremonies, as well as at other local events. During the holiday season, band members perform at local hospitals and Senior Citizens homes.

The Chatham Concert Band has provided free instruction in recorder and band instruments since the 1960s, because the opportunity to learn instrumental music should be available to everyone. Classes are open to students of all ages, and are held at the Kiwanis Bandshell from September to June.


The Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society's collection of local artifacts, genealogical information and general research materials is located in the Heritage Room at the W.I.S.H. Centre.  The Heritage Room provides visitors with the history of Chatham's Black Community after escaping slavery.  Their achievements and their struggles are chronicled through dramatizations, slide presentations and videos. Source


An army of volunteers guide children through 42 activity centres where they learn to protect, respect, and conserve the precious commodity that is water.


The Chatham-Kent Drug Awareness Council (CKDAC) is dedicated to working together to raise awareness and to reduce harms associated with substance abuse. Our goal is to create supportive environments that promote health and safety using the four pillar approach of prevention, treatment, enforcement and harm reduction. CKDAC also aims to facilitate public access to valid informaiton and services in the community regarding substance misuse, to contribute to and promote the coordinated delivery of health promotion and prevention initiatives, to identify community needs and to work collaboratively with community partners to address those needs, and to foster the development of public polices which reduce the harms associated with substance misuse.


Chatham-Kent Hospice will be a ten bed residence with additional space for bereavement counselling, resource library and meeting rooms with the flexibility to grow and play a role in developing a centre of learning for healthcare providers and the families of Chatham-Kent. A residential hospice offers an alternative for people who are unable to or do not wish to die at home but do not require hospitalization. The hospice cares for patients and their families and friends who are dealing with a terminal illness, providing comfort, support and pain management. Patients are able to die with dignity, in a home-like setting. The palliative care team includes nurses, personal support workers, religious and spiritual counselors and volunteers who provide a range of medical and support services around the clock. Hospice services are free, culturally sensitive and sensitive and promote a non-medicalized approach to death. 


The purpose of the Foundation shall be to raise funds through endowments, bequests and/or public campaigns to assist the Chatham-Kent Children’s Services in helping the foster children and crown wards of the Agency attain post-secondary education and/or vocational training by providing educational bursaries to these children

Chatham-Kent Integrated Children's

Service Foundation 


Every day in Chatham-Kent, victims of crime and tragedy struggle to overcome the personal impact of robbery, assault, homicide, domestic and sexual assault, suicide, harassment, traffic and fire fatalities, and sudden death.

Chatham-Kent Victim Services aims to provide help, healing and hope to thousands of people in our community who have to cope with these unimaginable life situations. Founded in 2001, our not-for-profit, charitable organization is the only around-the-clock crisis intervention agency for victims of crime or tragedy serving the residents in our community. Staff and volunteers make up a dedicated team committed to responding to each and every call for help. The ongoing support of the residents, businesses, and service organizations in our community ensures we have the resources and the capacity needed to provide the care and attention we deliver in times of crisis.

Chatham-Kent Victim Services


The Chatham Kent Women's Centre assists people to live a life free from domestic violence and abuse.


Community Living Chatham-Kent is a non-profit charitable organization, which now supports over 450 people who have an intellectual disability and their families across Chatham-Kent, and employs more than 250 staff. Community Living Chatham-Kent benefits from strong partnerships with the public, businesses, volunteers, social service agencies, health services, education and all levels of government. 

Community Living Chatham-Kent


Epilepsy Support Centre enhances the lives of people who are affected by epilepsy and seizure disorders by providing a network of services that educate, support, and build community awareness.  


Family Service Kent is a non-profit organization that provides a wide range of community support and counselling services to the residents of Chatham-Kent.


The FOCC takes part in planning, developing new ideas, coordinating and assisting with various fundraising and public awareness initiatives.


Goodwill Industries- Essex Kent Lambton is all about people. We're committed to making a real difference in people's lives, their families' lives and the communities they live in. Comprehensive Job Assistance Centres; Career Awareness; Job Training Expense Assistance; On the Job Training; Work Experience; Pre-job Guidance; Vocational Assessment; Older Worker Employment Programs; Specialized Information and Referral ~Employment Issues 


Habitat for Humanity Chatham-Kent is a faith-based non-profit organization who works with volunteers and community partners in building affordable house and promoting home-ownership as a means to breaking the cycle of poverty.


The Kent Branch of Ontario Genealogical Society was founded in 1978 to promote genealogical research in Kent County. We are a branch of Region 1 of the Ontario Genealogical Society.


The Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority (LTVCA) is a watershed-based partner, working with the local community providing services and information to efficiently protect and enhance the environment for present and future generations. 

Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority


Lupus is a life altering and sometimes fatal autoimmune disease that can affect virtually any system in the body. Think of it as a 'self-allergy' where the body attacks its own cells and tissues, causing inflammation, pain and possible organ damage. Increased awareness of lupus leads to timely diagnosis, better management of the illness and will save lives. Be informed, Be supportive. 


Meals on Wheels Chatham-Kent promotes health and independence by providing balanced, nutritious and appealing meals to people in needs of our services, to build a stronger, caring community. Our clients include seniors, people recovering from illness or surgery, and people with disabilities. 

Meals on Wheels Chatham-Kent


NeighbourLink Chatham-Kent expresses their love for God by mobilizing volunteers from member churches, to respond to the needs of neighbours in our community.


P.A.W.R. is a nonprofit rescue organization dedicated to four primary objectives:
1) Re-homing local animals who are homeless, reducing the number the number of animals ending up in shelters
2) Lowering the number of feral cats in Chatham-Kent
3) Ensuring orphaned and/or injured wildlife receive proper care
4) Increase public awareness and advocating on behalf of the welfare of animals


The Prosperity Roundtable is an organization comprised of CK citizens, business, government and not-for-profit representatives collaborating to find innovative solutions to poverty and building an inclusive community for all members. The poverty reduction initiatives of the roundtable are carried out by aligning with existing organizations and incorporating poverty reduction strategies into everyday life and work. 

Created by two vibrant and passionate community leaders in 2009, the purpose of the Chatham-Kent Prosperity Roundtable is to provide leadership in the promotion and development of a healthy community through the creation and implementation of a local prosperity plan intended to reduce poverty among residents of Chatham-Kent. 


Restorative Justice Chatham-Kent was established in 2003 as a community-oriented organization dedicated to at-risk youth. It is a fully incorporated, non-profit organization, and also holds a registered charity designation (889010203RR0001).

Mission: We provide alternative pathways for at-risk youth, restoring a positive connection with the community, thereby creating a safer, healthier Chatham-Kent.

Examples of such alternative pathways are the Pre-Charge / Post-Charge Diversion Program (age 12-17) – MCYS funded; Restorative Justice Community Conferencing; and our FREE individualized, one-on-one sessions through our “Positive Strides” Intervention & Educational Programming (age 7-17).


The Ridgetown and Area Adult Activity Centre, also known as the Ridgetown Seniors Centre, is a non-profit corporation which provides accessible activities, programs and services to enrich the lives of adults aged 45 and over.


An organisation dedicated to the facilitation of the rejuvenation and revitalisation of Ridgetown. The RRA initiated the Festival of Porches & Verandahs which takes place annually the last weekend of July – which features luncheons on private Ridgetown verandahs, Art in the Park and a Sunday of free family friendly entertainment. The group also initiates various projects to benefit the citizens of Ridgetown and area.


St. Andrew's Residence is operated as a non-profit, charitable organization. St. Andrew's Residence offers the care and services our residents require to keep their independence and enjoy retirement living to the fullest. St Andrew's Residence believes in providing quality of life for seniors and offering peace of mind for their families and friends. 

St. Andrew's Residence


A charity organization looking after the needs to those people who need extra help with food, clothing or other essentials. 

St Joseph-St Ursula Society of Saint Vincent de Paul


To maintain the vision and principles of Terry Fox while raising money for cancer research through the annual Terry Fox Run in Chatham.


Dedicated to the promotion of local arts, music and dance in Tilbury and area through grassroots education programs, live events and other programs. Our main goal is opening Tilbury Centre for Performing Arts and Concert Hall, a 250-300 seat multi-use facility. 

Tilbury Arts Council


The Tri-County Literacy Network is a nonprofit organization that promotes literacy as an important part of life-long learning. We provide support to adult literacy programs and develop community partnerships with other promoters of learning in Chatham-Kent, Sarnia-Lambton and Windsor-Essex.

For information on adult literacy programs and services in Chatham-Kent, Sarnia-Lambton and Windsor-Essex, please call: toll free 1-877-333-4833 or
Chatham-Kent: 519-355-1771. To contact us by email:

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The Zonta Club of Chatham-Kent is a member of Zonta International. Our mission is to empower women through service and advocacy. They meet monthly at St. Clair College and raise funds through various events to assist women in our community, and around the world.



United Way of Chatham-Kent is a registered Canadian charitable organization that works to maximize volunteer, financial, program and agency resources to respond to the increasingly complex issues and needs that exist and are emerging in Chatham-Kent. We are a community of people with a common goal of caring. 


WalkCK is a new non-profit organization in Chatham-Kent, Ontario. From April 2015 to October 2015 we will be hosting monthly hikes on the third Saturday of every month starting at 10:00AM. Our monthly hikes are free and no registration is required. We welcome people of all ages to our events.


We build strong kids, strong families and strong communities! CORE VALUES: Caring, Honesty, Inclusiveness, Respect and Responsibility

YMCA of Chatham-Kent