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Author Archives: J.D. Booth
J.D. Booth, our Publisher/Editor, has extensive experience in journalism and corporate communications. A resident of the Sarnia area since 1985, he has worked in industry and media. He was the founding editor and principal writer for a business oriented magazine between 2002 and 2006.
When it comes telling a story, there may be no greater form than that of filmmaking.
There’s more than a few pharmacists in Sarnia-Lambton, each with their own story about how they got into one of the more specialized service-oriented professions around.
Not far from the heart of Sarnia, in a non-descript, one-level office building adjacent to a Goodwill Enterprises donation and retail centre, sits the headquarters of an international organization that has as its mission the easing of one of the world’s most pressing social problems.
One of the first questions we had to pose to Betty Dee Black, the octogeneration who has spent a good long part of her life making Sarnia and what turns out to be a very wide swath of people she’s found herself making relationships with over those many years.
The history of business is full of stories, such as the time when Reid Hastings is said to have misplaced a copy of the movie Apollo 13, which according to one telling (there have been others), led to the founding of Netflix.
Perhaps predictably enough, having a conversation with the founders of Odd Duck Compression Socks, the Sarnia-based company that came on top at this year’s Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Business Achievement Awards, began with at least some of the classic quips that have become part of the firm’s “quacky” language.
When it comes to the idea of building community, it would be difficult to find a better example of a diverse gathering of individuals, united in a mission of service, than the Rotary Club of Sarnia.
To fully understand how an organization like the Sarnia Community Foundation operates, it would be helpful to start with its beginnings and that’s a story that someone like Jane Anema, who has served as executive director since 2008, is best qualified to tell.
Every organization has its origins story and for Sarnia-Lambton Rebound, the date to remember is 1984, when three individuals—Barry Symington, Dee Cox and Terry Fitzgerald—took the initiative to create what was then called a “diversion” program, designed to help keep youth out of the justice system, a second chance if you will that would, the founders believed, would generate dividends for decades to come.