Seeding smiles across Huron County

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Since its launch in March, Connectedness Coaching’s Call to Action Connecting Together, Seeding a Smile, has spread smiles and connections to over 60 rural residents.

An engaged Connectedness Coaching Leaner shared her experience, “I shared my seeds with my 77-year-old sister…the radish seeds reminded me of a time when we were young and we grew radishes at my home. She tried to invent all kinds of recipes to use them, even creamed radishes. Trust me, they are best on their own or in salads. She was very touched to get the seeds with the memories shared in my note to her. This pandemic has been very isolating for her. She just bought a raised garden bed so we will see who can get their radishes growing soon.”

Connecting Together, Seeding a Smile is a Call to Action that combats social isolation and promotes resiliency among our isolated neighbours.

Engaged individuals receive a card to personalize and deliver with a seed pack to an isolated neighbour and they also receive a seed pack for themselves.

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The card encourages connection and the seeds enable community members to grow together and foster future conversations.

This Call to Action is led by Connectedness Coaching which inspires intentional acts of kindness to reduce social isolation and improve individual wellbeing by providing educational opportunities, empowering community members and organizations to explore and enhance their resiliency through appreciative inquiry and promoting meaningful engagement in the larger community.

To help address the amplified social isolation created by this recent lockdown, three Huron communities were sponsored ‘smiles’ by Connectedness Coaching.

Through partnership with local Community Champion residents, cards and seeds were delivered to mail boxes of isolated neighbours across Howick, Goderich, and Seaforth.

Another 30 local smiles were seeded, increasing resiliency through community connection and growth.

Connectedness Coaching would like to partner with other local communities to build resilience, spreading community connection and growth during these difficult times.

If you know of, or live in, a community that would benefit from this type of connection please get involved, either by sponsoring your community ($100 for cards and seed packs for 10 households) or by becoming a Community Champion.

You can reach out to Connectedness Coaching’s Leadership Team by emailing sarah@gatewayruralhealth.ca or call 519 292 6862.

For more details on this initiative visit: www.gatewayruralhealth.ca/connectedness-coaching and check out their Facebook page to see pictures of connections made @ConnectingTogetherSeedingaSmile.

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