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In 1975 several residents from the Town of Waterdown approached the Community Services branch of the Greater Hamilton YMCA. Together the group undertook a study to get a clear understanding of the area’s changing needs.

A primary issue was increasing urbanization and a lack of communication between service providers.

The group invited Dundas Information Services to help formulate a plan to implement a service in Waterdown. Further plans developed with the assistance of Central Information Services in Hamilton and Ancaster Information Services.

Invitations were sent to members of the community including media, service clubs, high schools, churches, and businesses to serve as volunteer board members and oversee operations. Information Flamborough was born. Space was donated by the Lions Club and operations began in November 1977 at Memorial Hall.

In 2017 Flamborough Information & Community Services celebrated 40 years of serving the needs of this community and in early 2018 we became Flamborough Connects.

 

TIMELINE

2018
Rebranded - Flamborough Connects

Flamborough Connects Logo

2017
Ontario Ministry of Seniors Affairs - Flamborough Senior Volunteer Project

40 Years of Community Connection

2016
New Executive Director

Ontario Ministry of Transportation Pilot Project – Flamborough Senior Transportation

2015
Flamborough Information and Community Services moves into new Waterdown Public Library
2014
Weekly Turkstra BBQ raises $2400 for FICS programs

2013
Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund boosts seniors fitness programs
2012
Waterdown Library construction begins
2010
Senior Social Club boosts United Way
2007
Celebrating 30 years of Flamborough Information and Community Services
2006
Flamborough Youth Centre in Partnership with the YMCA and Rotary Club of Waterdown
2006
YES program celebrates 30 years and Waterdown Rotary support
2005
CAP – Crime Activity Prevention program for Flamborough

Computer lessons for seniors

2003
Inform Hamilton On-line Database available to public

FICS website www.infoflam.on.ca
Services for Victims of Domestic Violence in Flamborough
Flamborough Community Guide in partnership with The Flamborough Review
55 Alive Senior’s Driver Education

2002
Moved to Flamborough Municipal Services Centre
2001
Volunteer Flamborough; DARTS tickets made available at FICS
2000
Information Database changed to Internet based Inform New Hamilton
1999
Youth Dating Violence Prevention Project with Martha House and Waterdown High School
1998
Community Initiatives Program brought many new services

Alternative for Youth – Addiction Counselling
Sexual Health Clinic
MS Support Group
Caregiver Connection
CNIB Support Group
Partnership with the Flamborough Food Bank established

1997
Senior’s Shopping Bus
1994
New name of Flamborough Information and Community Services (FICS) and Mission

1-800 Telephone Service

1993
Individual and Family Counselling
1992
Income Tax Clinics began; Current Logo designed and adopted Debt Credit Counselling
1991
New services of VON Foot Care and SOS, Seniors Services, first Computer
1990
Moved into Chestnut Grove
1987
Legal Aid Service; Computerized Database for Community Information “Edibase”
1978
YES (Youth Employment Program)
1977
Flamborough Information opens