Examples of community ‘coming together’ abound

From business to charitable initiatives, anyone looking for creative energy need only look around

Just in the last few weeks, I’ve seen at least two examples of how a community like Sarnia-Lambton can focus its energy in ways that are inspiring.

One was at the “Win This Space” finals for the Sarnia Lambton Business Development Corporation, where the founders of six companies each took 15 minutes to pitch their business for the chance to win—yes—space for a year.

At the event, which took place at the Lambton College Event Centre on Wednesday, there were actually two winners—one from Lambton County, one from Sarnia—thanks to the generosity of Libro Credit Union and its Libro Prosperity Fund.

The Lambton County winner was Culture Shock Kombucha, which is based in Grand Bend.

For Sarnia the winner was The River Osteopathy and Wellness Centre.

While each company (and its founders) are distinctive in their mission, what they do have in common is a passion for bringing value to the community they serve.

For Culture Shock, the idea is about the health benefits that come from the fermented tea product they produce. And with The River Osteopathy and Wellness Centre, the approach is just as passionate, albeit in a different direction.

And then there is the campaign now underway to see the therapeutic pool at Pathways Health Centre for Children undergo much-needed repairs after it was forced to close last December when a leak was discovered. Clearly, the 30-year-old facility has made a huge difference to the quality of life for countless numbers of children.

When Pathways put out the call to help it raise money to get the pool reopened in the short term, the community responded, including folks like Dennis Ryan, who owns the Huron Flight Centre located at the Chris Hadfield Airport in Sarnia and who is hosting a gala “Wings over Sarnia” fundraiser on July 13. Details on the event can be seen HERE.

I interviewed Dennis Ryan last week for my “Spotlight” podcast, which will be featured this week (it gets posted at 8 a.m. on Wednesday).

An event being organized through Pathways and Ryan is earmarked for this campaign, which is looking to raise enough money not just to reopen the pool but to provide an endowment—up to $1 million—that will keep it operating in the years ahead.

What each of these examples demonstrates—the Win This Space and the therapeutic pool campaign at Pathways—is the willingness of a community to invest in our future, which is something that no one with even a smidgeon of pride in Sarnia-Lambton could argue against.

Let’s keep that investment coming.

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