On January 20, 1994 a group of representatives from various community agencies in Hamilton/Wentworth, met and created the Self-Esteem Network of Hamilton (SEN) as an addition to the established Prevention Network. There was a perceived need, by these representatives, that self-esteem was an issue apparent to each of the agencies throughout the Hamilton/Wentworth region. It was to be a Work Group within the Prevention Network's organization.
On June 6, 1995, SEN became a separate organization. Its priority activities were identified as collecting materials on self-esteem and developing a speaker's bureau. The SEN provided presentations to a variety of community agencies. In January 1996, the first "Building a Positive Self-Esteem" course was offered. Brown bag lunch sessions commenced at the Catholic Diocese on King Street West.
On February 22, 2002, the SEN received its Letters of Patent.
On March 1, 2003, its Charitable Status was obtained.
In May 2004, SEN received a grant from the Levi Strauss Foundation to conduct a course on Self-Esteem for the workers who were laid off when the Levi Strauss factories in Stoney Creek and Brantford closed. This course was also open to the general public. "Build Your Confidence", a four session course, was developed for this purpose. The course was offered in Stoney Creek and Brantford from September 1, 2004 to November 30, 2005. This grant enabled SEN to improve its professional appearance through its improved website, new address, dedicated phone line, professionally printed brochure and new displays. In the ensuing years The Self-Esteem Network of Hamilton has developed and presented throughout the community, many courses, workshops and presentations dealing with various techniques and skills that help to improve and maintain one's positive self-esteem. SEN has partnered with several community groups and organizations such as Path Employment Agency, Wesley Urban Ministries and Ontario Works in Brantford and Hamilton to enable it to deliver these workshops, courses and presentations to the community.
A list of current topics is available by going to the link "courses, workshops and presentations available upon request".