About

Rural Response for Healthy Children (RRHC) is a non-profit charitable organization serving Huron County families.  Established 30 years ago, as the Huron County Coordinating Committee for Child Abuse Prevention, the organization has evolved to be a key provider of support and resources for parents and their children. The organization is funded by community donations and specific programs are funded by Public Health Agency of Canada and additional short-term project related funders such as Ontario Trillium Foundation, Status of Women Canada and Ontario Ministry of Education. The organization is governed by a dedicated volunteer Board of Directors and managed by the Executive Director, Selena Hazlitt.

Knowledgeable and experienced staff dedicated to family support and education work from the Clinton office, located on Mary Street.  Support and education focuses on providing services to parents/caregivers and children.  Parents and caregivers receive support & resources through attendance at parenting groups or via one-to-one home visits with our Parent Support & Education team.   

Child support and education focuses on all children living in Huron rural communities.  In-school programming increases capacity of students’ social skills, including building friendships, inclusiveness, communication and conflict resolution.   Our most widely known programs are the summer Kinderoo for school readiness program and Kids On The Block (KOB).  KOB is a physical and sexual abuse prevention presentation with puppets to Grade 3 and 4 classes and classroom follow-up with additional resources available to teachers and parents. 


Board of Directors

The governance Board of Directors is comprised of volunteers from the community.  These volunteers are vital to the development and growth of the organization due to their fiduciary responsibility to funders, staff, partners and participants.

The current Board of Directors is:  Michael Russo (President), Rachel Garland (Treasurer), Erin Roy (Secretary), Dana Bozzato, Vicky Culbert, Karen Lehnen and Jerry Towne.

Vision:

A responsive community that supports, nurtures & strengthens families and children.

Mission:

Helping families and children to create an environment of well-being through community engagement and capacity building.  

The governance Board of Directors is comprised of volunteers from the community.  These volunteers are vital to the development and growth of the organization due to their fiduciary responsibility to funders, staff, partners and participants.

Board of Directors’ Values:

  • Responsiveness – responding to the needs of our clients and community.
  • Making Connections – networking with other organizations, funders and individuals to provide the best help for our clients.
  • Capacity Building – empowering our staff, clients and community to achieve their full potential.
  • Caring – fostering a culture where people are heard and feel valued.
  • Fairness – working towards fairness in all our interactions.
  • Accessibility – overcoming barriers which stand in the way to people receiving help.

Join The Board

Throughout the year, the Board welcomes prospective new Directors to learn more about the organization and volunteer commitments through discussions and attending regular board meetings to observe how the Board functions.  In April 2017, the organization commences work on its new three year strategic plan that the Board, community and staff developed.  

Prospective Directors are required to complete and submit an application.  Upon review, they will be contacted by the Nomination Committee to confirm interest and possibly proceed with official nomination to the Board.  New Directors are welcomed to the Board annually at the Annual General Meeting.  Prior to the Annual General Meeting, prospective Directors are welcome to attend Regular Board Meetings.

The Nomination Committee is accepting ongoing applications from community members living in Huron County who are interested in volunteering their time for a year.


Community Partners

The organization collaborates with many agencies and service providers serving Huron, including; Ontario Early Years, Huron Women’s Shelter & Second Stage Housing, Huron Perth Children’s Aid Society, Choices for Change, Huron Respite Network, Huron Perth Centre, Huron County Health Unit, Avon Maitland District School Board and Huron Perth & District Catholic School Board.