August 8, 2019 Press Release from Kenora District Services Board
On Tuesday, August 6, 2019, organizations from across the Social Service, Health Care, Law Enforcement, Municipal, Indigenous, Addictions and, Mental Health services sectors met to discuss the immediate, short-term and long-term solutions in regards to the Kenora Service Hub and the social challenges that the City of Kenora is facing.
The meetings included representation from the following organizations:
• Lake of the Woods District Hospital
• Kenora Chiefs Advisory
• Sunset Family Health Team
• WAASEGIIZHIG NANAANDAWE’IYEWIGAMIG
• Northwestern Health Unit
• City of Kenora
• Grand Council Treaty #3
• Canadian Mental Health Association – Kenora Branch
• Ontario Provincial Police
• Ne-Chee Friendship Centre
• Kenora District Services Board
Given the importance of the work they do in supporting youth and vulnerable women, the Kenora District Services Board (KDSB) is issuing invitations to Metis Nation of Ontario and Ontario Native Women’s Association.
“The meetings yielded difficult conversations but were a true testament to the importance of organizations coming together to ensure the well-being of the community. We have service providers that are dedicated to addressing the barriers that we face as a community when it comes to supporting those experiencing homelessness, mental health and/or addiction challenges. Through committed partnerships, the Service Hub must reopen with a comprehensive system that works for the changing dynamics of the communities most vulnerable people,” says Henry Wall, Chief Administrative Officer of the KDSB. “Planning, meetings, partnerships, and action will continue to take place leading up to, during, and following the Service Hub closure and we will continue to work closely with the Provincial Government and the Honourable Minister Rickford.”
During the 45-day temporary closure, a working group supported by the KDSB will be formed to ensure that a dedicated team exists to support displaced patrons and those in need. The group will also work to ensure that the Service Hub is community-led and meets the vision of what the Service Hub was intended to be.
Roberta Lappage, Communications Officer
Kenora District Services Board