Under the leadership of the Hospice of Windsor-Essex Inc, the Windsor-Essex Compassion Care Community (WECCC) was founded in 2014. We want Windsor and Essex county to be recognized as some of the most compassionate communities in Canada.
WECCC’s mission is to support all individuals to live their best lives possible. We serve the elderly, the disabled, people with chronic disease, those who are vulnerable or at risk of isolation, and family members – that is, virtually all of us. Everyone can participate – everyone can help themselves – everyone can also help others.
THE WECCC SYSTEM
WECCC partners with community groups and volunteers to improve individual and community quality of life.
1. We engage community partners and train volunteers.
2. We help people to recognize social and other risks to their health and take action.
3. We support people in goal-oriented action planning and system navigation to address their current and future needs and wishes and build their own unique network of care and support.
4. We work with individuals and community partners to create more opportunities for social participation.
5. We use new technologies to measure and improve quality of life.
Working across community to address loneliness and isolation through building resilient neighbourhoods
Connecting our most vulnerable with community – including people who are homeless or living with low income who are dealing with health or life challenges
Building a community system to support people and caregivers dealing with serious illness, death, dying, loss and bereavement
Making it normal to talk about future wishes and advanced care planning
As of 2019, the WECCC movement includes nearly 1500 individuals and 50+ organizations working together to improve quality of life for residents across Windsor and Essex County. This includes community groups , health service providers across all sectors, the education sector and individuals who simply want to make a difference. We have a research team comprised of researchers from the University of Windsor, Ottawa, London, Toronto and Hamilton.
Community champions contribute their skills and talents and take action so that community assets are used wisely to improve community quality of life and to make progress on community aspirational goals.
Project Management Office
A dedicated Project Management Office hosted by the Hospice of Windsor-Essex and funded by the Erie St. Clair LHIN and Ontario Trillium Foundation. There are 5 full or part-time staff, students and volunteers who support this community movement. The PMO manages all aspects of research and project delivery, supports aligned activities, establishes shared measurements, helps advance communications, and mobilizes funding.
Our community is built on Compassion; Trust; Respect; Responsibility; Fairness; and Citizenship.
A fully compassionate community connects, contributes and creates together.