The number of visitors to the 2013 Community Service Expo more than doubled over last year’s event. Forty-eight programs and services were represented in the gymnasium at the Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre on November 7th, together with the Children and Youth Services Network and Community Service Network, the two sponsoring groups.
New this year, the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte Community Wellbeing display was popular with visitors, as was the Regional Cadet Support Unit, offering a dynamic, community program for youth 12-18 years. Many visitors commented on how friendly, approachable and well-informed all of the service providers were, and appreciated the wide variety of organizations represented at such a convenient location. For a detailed list of exhibitors, please click on the RESOURCES tab above and go to Other Resources.
A warm thank you to our sponsors, United Way Quinte and the East Central Ontario Training Board, for providing $500 each to help cover venue, printing and promotion.
Support from Loyalist College SSW students was greatly appreciated by organizers. Students contacted radio stations, created exhibitor maps and community service booklets for visitors and kits and nametags for service providers.
And thank you to the curious child who had to find out what fire pulls are for! Although this innocent act emptied the Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre in a hurry, it certainly did offer a level of fun and excitement that will be difficult to top at next year’s event.
Speaking of next year, participating service providers are invited to the Community Service Network meeting on Wednesday, November 27th, 9-10am at the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, 156 Ann Street Belleville – http://goo.gl/maps/IMfQY – where an Expo debrief discussion will be held to help plan for 2014. For more information, please call Wendy Anderson, CYSN Coordinator at 613-966-3100 x246.
Finally, thank you to everyone who helped fill the two food barrels for Gleaner’s Tri-County Food Network.
NOTE: The Children and Youth Services Network apologizes for the technical difficulties that prevented participants from viewing of the NO WRONG DOOR video at the Expo. Download a copy of the No Wrong Door Training Brochure.
Working together – Children and Youth Services Network, Community Service Network, Community Living Prince Edward, Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, Trenton Military Family Resource Centre, Triple P and Volunteer and Information Quinte