Sarnia getting ready to wish itself ‘Happy Birthday’

The chair of Sarnia's centennial celebration committee told Sarnia City Council Monday that the groundwork for the marking of the anniversary has been laid.

Liz Kenny, who was appointed late last year, assumed the volunteer post after retiring as executive director of the Bluewater Health Foundation.

She told council at a special meeting that she would be working very closely not only with members of council but the "hundreds of people" who have already expressed a keen interest in volunteering to help with the celebrations.

"We want to ensure that all the people of Sarnia and Lambton County are able to participate," said Kenny.

A framework for that participation has already been established, she added, referring to a committee structure that will cover all the necessary organizational bases.

That includes committees dealing with capital projects, history, media and communications, public relations, finance, fund raising, and special events.

Kenny said individuals will be slotted into leading those committees, with those heading the groups forming a leadership committee that will report jointly to Mayor Mike Bradley and City Manager Lloyd Fennell.

Kenny will be using an established budget ($100,000 was set aside for 2012) and city resources that include office space.

An e-mail address ( will be established later this week.

Kenny said the leadership team should be in place by early spring.

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