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Published On: Wed, Sep 25th, 2013


BIRMINGHAM- Ella Ruth Birmingham (nee Bint) passed away peacefully at the St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at the age of 83.  Ella is survived by her loving children Robert Birmingham of London, Clare (Sonia) Birmingham of St. Thomas, and Debbie (Don) Miller of St. Thomas; by her grandchildren Kelly (Mike) Czekurlon and their daughter Avery of British Columbia, Jamie Birmingham of London, Greg (Nicole) Birmingham and their son Logan of St. Thomas, Julie Birmingham of London, Brittany Miller and Branden Miller both of St. Thomas; and by her many nieces and nephews.    Predeceased by her husband Clare Birmingham, her son Larry Birmingham, her brothers John and Earle Bint; and by her sisters Agnes O’Hearn and Audrey Wolfenden.  Ella was most proud of her family and their accomplishments.  She also enjoyed travelling, gardening, crafts, and playing euchre and cribbage.  Visitation will be held at the Shawn Jackson Funeral Home 31 Elgin Street, St. Thomas (519-631-0570) on Wednesday September 25, 2013 from 7-9 pm, and Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm.  The funeral service will be held in the chapel on Friday at 11:00 am.  Interment in St. Peter’s Cemetery – Tyrconnell.  If desired, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.  Personal condolences to the family can be made at

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- Beginning in a one room office at the local YMCA, the Elgin-St. Thomas Youth Employment Counselling Centre opened its doors in 1986. Originally offering services to youth, the agency’s purpose broadened to serving all unemployed and underemployed in Elgin County. A partnership was established with Fanshawe College in 1990. the office has relocated six times and currently is located at 400Talbot Street, St. Thomas. An Aylmer satellite location opened in 1998 and a West Lorne satellite location was opened in 1999. In collaboration with Fanshawe College and under the umbrella name of Employment Services Elgin (ESE), we deliver Employment Ontario’s Employment Services (ES) program. This provincially funder program assists people in finding employment through resources and information, employment counselling, employment workshops and job placements. In September 2004, the YECC established the Talbot Teen Centre (TTC) as a youth centre for Elgin County. Having purchased and renovated the building at 745 Talbot Street, the TTC now hosts a multitude of programs to promote healthy living and healthy lifestyles to youth 12 to 18 years of age. With its long history of employment counselling and community involvement in a variety of projects, Employment Services Elgin has solidified its expertise in delivering relevant programming, and continues to evolve to best serve clients in a constantly changing labour market.