Sport & Recreation Summit to explore funding possibilities for the area

Once again the City of Sarnia, Lambton College and Tourism Sarnia Lambton are hosting a Sport & Recreation Summit on November 17 at 8:30 a.m. at the Lambton College INN Conference Centre, 1485 London Line, Sarnia.

Representatives from all sports and recreation organizations are invited to attend. This year’s Sport Summit topics will include funding possibilities for sports and recreation organizations presented by the Ontario Trillium Foundation and marketing initiatives presented by Innivity Marketing Group. These topics are designed to provide information to sport and recreation organizations, assisting them to be more sustainable and increase their economic impact in the community.

In addition, this year will feature two keynote speakers including Matt Rhodes, Manager of Communications and IT for the Ontario Minor Hockey Association, and a graduate from the Sports and Recreation Management program at Lambton College; and Joel Skinner, physical education teacher at Sarnia Collegiate Institute and Technical  School (SCITS) and head coach at Sarnia Athletic Southwest Track and Field Club.  Most recently Skinner has become known for coaching Derek Drouin, Bronze Olympic Medallist at the 2012 London Games.

The Sports & Recreation Summit is free to attend and open to everyone involved in the industry and is the second in a series of workshops designed to provide the Sarnia-Lambton community with the tools to meet today’s challenges.

Sports are a major economic stimulator in Sarnia-Lambton, which provides local jobs and economic activity in the community. This Summit is meant to bring forth ideas that will assist in the sustainability of local sport and recreation organizations in Sarnia-Lambton.

This event provides an opportunity for our Sports and Recreation Management students to gain experience in their chosen field and promote sports in our community.  As well, they will work with great community partners, The City of Sarnia and Tourism Sarnia Lambton,” said Judith Morris, President and CEO, Lambton College. 

The Conference Board of Canada says “Household spending on sport has a significant impact on the Canadian economy. Sport spending totals almost $16 billion per annum– about 2.2 percent of consumer spending and 1.2 percent of GDP.  Sport supports about 2 percent of the jobs in Canada.”

Please RSVP by calling 519-332-0330 ext 210 or e-mail

For more information, contact Ian Smith or Shelley Erwin, City of Sarnia, Parks & Recreation at 519-332-0330; Rob K. Dawson, Lambton College at 519-542-7751 ext 3296 or Vicky Praill, Tourism Sarnia Lambton at 519-336-3232.


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