Community Opportunities

Important Information about the Up-coming election


Summer tutoring opportunity


Important Information for your Spouse/Family as requested by many members.  English Version .... French Version


The Essex County Library's Book Buddy program is a volunteer-based literacy program for children who struggle with reading. They are currently looking for volunteers at the Lasalle, Leamington, Essex and Lakeshore branches. Several retired teachers have volunteered for the Book Buddy Program in the past, and we have received very positive feedback about their work. We would love to have more educators as volunteers this year as well. 


If anyone is interested, could you please refer them to this address ( for the Lasalle and Leamington branches, and for the Essex and Lakeshore branches? Please let me know if I can provide any other information or resources. Further information about the program is HERE.



VOLUNTEERS NEEDED South Essex Community Council I work for a community organization in Leamington that assists newcomers [to] learn English among a number of other programs. We are in need of volunteer tutors for the afternoon and evening to help assist adult learners who are unable to come to our classes. I was wondering if it would be possible to send the information out to your members who live in our area and may be interested in assisting us. We are having an information session in February if anyone is interested in learning more or they can contact me directly at any time. I have attached an information flyer for you. Thank you for considering this request, Stephen Gard, Program Leader Volunteer Services & Community Relations Leamington Office 215 Talbot Street East Leamington, Ontario

Walk-it for Parkinsons need volunteers

Parkinson Society Southwestern Ontario's WALK-IT for Parkinson's is coming up September 10, 2017 at Malden Park in Windsor.  The event is a great opportunity for people with Parkinson's and their family and friends to come together and enjoy exercise, entertainment, food, and camaraderie.

We rely on volunteers to organize the WALK-IT events and are currently looking for people to join the organizing committee. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please contact Steve HIckson, Coordinator of Special Events, at or toll-free at 1-888-851-7376.

For more information about Parkinson's disease, visit our website at


Part-time Positions with Oxford Learning
High School English Teacher -  Oxford Learning - Tecumseh, and LaSalle


Part-time High School English teacher. French is a plus.

Must be able to work evenings from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and some Saturdays 9-12.


  • Strong English language oral communication skills
  • Must be able to teach English to Grade 12, and math to Grade 8
  • Strong communication and multi-tasking abilities
  • Experience with students in a teaching or tutoring environment
  • Excellent organizational skills

A great candidate for this position will possess the following skills:
- Strong command of the English language (verbal and written)
- Must be comfortable teaching math up to grade 8 and English up      to grade 12
-Must be able to offer homework support in a variety of different    subjects

Teaching Requirements:
- Must be flexible in availability
- Dynamic, energetic and outgoing personality
- Highly organized, able to multi-task and think on your feet
-Team spirit and effort is a must
-Teaching certificate, and French a plus

Job Type: Part-time

Required education:

  • Bachelor's
High School Math and Science Teacher -  Oxford Learning Tecumseh and LaSalle

Oxford Learning is looking for an upbeat, dynamic part-time High School Math/Science teacher who wants to work in a rewarding teaching environment. Candidates must possess a strong background in Math and Science and must be comfortable teaching students in grades 9-12 in all levels and in both subjects. They must also be familiar with the Ontario curriculum

A great candidate will  possess the following skills:

-OCT certified 
-Bachelors' Degree
-Fluent English language written and oral communication skills
-Must have extensive knowledge of the current grade 9-12 math and  science curriculum including but not limited to Advanced Functions,  Calculus, Physics, Chemistry and Biology

Interested candidates must be available 2-4 evenings a week and on Saturday mornings. Must be willing to work at our Tecumseh and LaSalle locations.

Please email resumes and cover letters to:

Thanks again for your assistance.


Karen Kamen

Centre Director

Support for Syrian Newcomer Families by RTO/ERO

As you know, the federal government has made a commitment to bring 25,000 Syrian newcomers to Canada in the coming months. As an organization—provincially and at the district level—many RTO/ERO members have expressed significant interest in helping to support the newcomer families with their arrival and settlement needs.


At the provincial level, RTO/ERO is a member of a provincial government Education, Literacy, Training and Employment Working Group for Syrian Newcomers, which is co-chaired by the two learning ministries, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. There has been one meeting of the working group so far. The draft terms of reference for this working group is HERE, and you will see that RTO/ERO is one of a number of non-government organizations.The benefit of this working group is that the learning ministries are taking a coordinated approach to supporting families, with an emphasis on the needs of all family members from early learning to adult learning. As you will see in the list of non-government organizations, the partners at the table are also focused on the settlement, social service and mental health needs of the families.
So, there are many ways that RTO/ERO districts and members might support Syrian newcomer families. Of course, one obvious way is to provide volunteers to support children with integration into the school system and/or the early years sector. But families may need support in many other ways. Filling out forms, navigating various Canadian systems, mentoring with job employment skills—these are only a few examples of volunteer requests that local community agencies might be making. We hope to soon have a local co-ordinator to whom you can apply to help.


Lend a Hand!

Retirees in the education field make excellent volunteers. They have had years of working with people of all ages. Perhaps since you have retired, you have some time to volunteer to a worthwhile cause. Area organizations have asked us to post information about their volunteer positions. These are posted below with links to more information and to contacts.

Leamington Office
215 Talbot Street East
Leamington, Ontario
N8H 3X5
Phone: 519-326-8629
Fax: 519-326-1529
A request has come in from Stephen Gard  for volunteers to assist with  the Language and Basic Skills program funded through the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities, as well as the Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. Many of thei  clients in need of these services cannot attend due to work and family commitments, so they try to provide tutoring for them that fits into their schedule. There is a long list of these clients waiting for tutors. Please contact them if you can give time to this endeavour.


If you might be interested in assisting a child with cancer to catch up on missed schoolwork, please click on the link in the heading.


This new programme for schools and communities is looking for a key person to manage the programme locally. A quote from their programme information follows:
Our mission is to build caring, peaceful and civil
societies through the development of empathy
in children and adults.
• The focus of Roots of Empathy in the long
term is to build the capacity of the next
generation for responsible citizenship and
responsive parenting.
• In the short term, Roots of Empathy focuses
on raising levels of empathy, resulting in
more respectful and caring relationships
and reduced levels of bullying and
If you are interested please read the position description as well as the programme information for both schools and parents here.

Join in the Fun!

Windsor-Essex offers many and varied opportunities for seniors to socialize, learn, volunteer and enjoy new experiences.  Have a look at what can be in store for you!

Canterbury ElderCollege

Canterbury ElderCollege provides adults, over the age of 55, with access to educational and learning opportunities for the purpose of enriching life and expanding knowledge.  There are no exams, no deadlines and no pressure in our relaxed approach to learning!

Visit our website at!

Contact Catherine Fettes, Co-ordinator, 519-253-3000 x4944

(Note that District 7 RTO/ERO is providing this information but can not endorse nor verify the accuracy of the information supplied by the various organizations.)