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Clients reflect on having worked with HC Link

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Endings are a time of reflection and we are proud to have played a unique role in supporting healthy communities across the province.

Over the years, HC Link has supported a broad range of English and Francophone organizations, partnerships and coalitions, including those in rural, remote and Northern areas of Ontario. The relationships we developed with those we worked with were key to the quality and effectiveness of our services. Our approach was to engage with communities; to listen and work with not for them. As a result, we helped communities identify their assets, strengthen existing networks, form new partnerships, and build resiliency and social capital.

In this post, we’ve complied a number of notable client comments and reflections we have received since announcing HC Link's closure.

It has been our pleasure to work with so many communities, healthcare professionals, and other organizations in Ontario. We hope that you will continue to use the resources and learnings we’ve shared over the years and continue to bring change to communities across the province.

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“So very sorry to hear this news. HC Link is really valuable and important. Thank you for all of the important work over the last 9 years. We will miss HC Link.” 

Heidi Schaeffer
Association of Ontario Health Centres

 

"I have found HC Link to be an invaluable tool for understanding what kind of health promotion activities are going on in the province of Ontario. Thank you for all the great work that you and your team have done over the years."

Kate Walker
Board Member, Canada Bikes

 

“I’ve always felt so well supported by everyone I’ve connected with through HC Link. The staff are unparalleled at what they do. The work we do in community is hard. Often people don’t understand or acknowledge what it is we try to do, working with community. People, meaning colleagues, employers, partners. When I reach out to HC Link, I feel supported to keep going. I don’t know what it will be like without them and all their resources. There’s so much potential for HC Link to do more and continue on their journey. I’m sad it’s ending. The biannual conference is something I look forward to so much. I feel a sense of belonging and reinforcement and encouraged to keep going and deepen my practice. Thank you for creating a space to safely challenge my practice. I’ve learned so much!”

Client

 

"Your work to connect groups across the province has been very valuable and I have enjoyed being able to take part in the webinars and professional development opportunities."

Pat Howell-Blackmore
Spark Consulting

 

“Please don't go away!! This is such a vital resource to support community, residents, and non-profits. Thank you so much for supporting us in engaging residents towards building healthy neighbourhoods."

Client

 

“I feel compelled to express how appreciative I feel for your coordination of yesterday’s peer sharing webinar. I’m humbled to be engaged with such amazing, like-minded folks in the Province. I’m inspired.”

Tonya Millsap
Early Learning and Child Care

 

“I used the evaluation tools, as well as the tools used for an inclusive partnership. Once I wanted to do strategic planning, I contacted someone there and they were even ready to accompany me in the whole design process. HC Link has been an excellent means of improving my ability to be reflective on my work and assess if it still is in alignment with our mandate.”

Valérie Assoi
South-East Ottawa CHC

 

“I first heard of HC Link through a community event held at Northern College Haileybury Campus a year or so ago. That was a very helpful opportunity to connect with agencies and organizations in our community and to learn from each other. Since that day I have often used the online resources that you provide. I am sorry to learn that you will be closing after March.”

Jan Edwards
Veterans Home Corporation

 

"This is truly sad news for health promotion in Ontario. HC Link has been a very useful service, in addition to the consultation services which I had occasion to use."

Lynn Gates
Retired Public Health Manager

 

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