In 2017, the Norfolk Health Equity Community Committee transitioned to the Norfolk Seasonal Agricultural Worker Community Committee (NSAWCC).
Our volunteer committee is made up of community stakeholders, including when possible, the participation of seasonal agricultural workers, farm owners/growers/employers, service providers, faith/community organizations, and other dedicated citizens.
What is the Issue? What is the Need?
The health and wellness of Seasonal Agricultural Workers (SAW) is important to Norfolk farm owners/employers and the 6000+ Seasonal Agricultural Workers that come to Norfolk County annually. However, due to the nature of seasonal work and limited availability of services/supports, the health and wellbeing of SAW is often overlooked.
Our Purpose is to support the health and wellness of SAW through addressing the following three pillars:
1. Workers – We will support activities which promote good mental health and working conditions for SAW and facilitate increased accessibility to health, social, recreational, legal and transportation services.
2. Farmers – We will work with farmers to provide education on the wellbeing of workers because healthy and happy workers are more productive workers.
3. Community – We will strive to increase the sense of belonging of SAW within our community by creating opportunities for cross-cultural understandings, community engagement and education regarding the economic contributions of SAW in Norfolk County.
1. Contributing to Wealth Creation – refers to the ability of a region to generate wealth through direct, indirect, and induced economic impacts of SAW employment.
2. Contributing to Quality – refers to improving quality of life for all individuals including SAW.
3. Contributing to strengthened social cohesion – refers to bringing people together and promoting well-being through increased participation, integration, and attendance.
Our Target Population – SAW in Norfolk County and surrounding areas. SAW come from the following countries which participate in the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP):
• Antigua and Barbuda
• St. Kitts-Nevis
• St. Lucia
• St. Vincent and the Grenadines
• Trinidad and Tobago
Our Guiding Values and Principles
We are Inclusive – our committee is made up of cross-sector community stakeholders, including when possible, the participation of: SAW, farm owners/growers/employers, service providers, faith/community organizations, and other interested stakeholders.
We are Proactive & Asset Based – We will be proactive, and we strive to focus and create as well as support the capacity that exists among workers, in our communities and within our organizations. When challenges are identified, the NSAWCC is committed to consider creative options and opportunities.
We are Dynamic and Evolving – we are clear on our purpose, but we recognize that our activities & priorities will change over time. When changes and challenges are identified, the NSAWCC is committed to work with all stakeholders to meet new/emerging needs as they arise, such as knowledge and service mobilization during the COVID-19 pandemic.