Please find below a copy of the Mayor’s 2021 Honour List.  This year marks the 40th Honour List.  (No list was presented in 1988.)

The Mayor’s Honour List was established by the late Mayor Marceil Saddy in 1981 to honour citizens and groups in the community or surrounding area who have been instrumental in improving the quality of life or making a significant contribution to the City of Sarnia and Lambton County.  Helen Keller said it best–“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.”

The list, as always, is a highly personal list, based on my own observations throughout the year in the community, nominations from citizens and media stories.

The list is a tribute to the unsung people and groups in the community who make a difference in trying to create a good and just community and society.  It is living proof that individual citizens and groups can make a difference. Individuals or groups nominated are not notified of their selection to the Mayor’s Honour List until the announcement is made through the media so I request that you not contact those on the list until the embargo is lifted.

The 2021 Mayor’s Honour List was treated as a regular year to recognize individuals and groups in the community. When we are through the COVID-19 war proper recognition will be given to those who contributed so greatly to bringing us to a better place.

Here are 2021’s Honourees:

JANE ANEMA
Ms. Anema served for the past 13 years as Executive Director of the Sarnia
Community Foundation, matching donors with needs in the community. In
2008 there were 30 funds valued at $1.5 million and today there are over
125 funds valued at $12 million during her time with the Foundation. Ms.
Anema has been described as a “great citizen who has served our
community so well.”

LEILA BOUSHY
Leila is a much-beloved community volunteer who for decades has served
the community in many different ways, including serving as President of the
Sarnia Lambton Folks Arts Multicultural Council and as Citizenship Officer for
the IODE Sarnia-Lambton Municipal Chapter. Leila has been a driving force
in welcoming new citizens and supporting and inspiring youth and seniors in
the community in a variety of ways. Leila brings joy and humanity to all she
engages with and brings a positive attitude about life and giving back to
others.

CENOTAPH (VETERANS’ PARK) 1OO YEAR RE-DEDICATION
CONTRIBUTORS

In recognition of the following individuals, organizations and businesses who
made financial contributions or contributions of time and expertise to make
much-needed upgrades to Veterans’ Park leading up to its 100th
Anniversary:
Sarnia-Lambton Building and Trades Council; Sarnia Electricians IBEW 530; Sarnia Electricians IBEW 530 Retirees; Bluewater Power; Glen Stott
(donated rifle); Tom Klaasen (statue repair and installation) Eric Rodey,
(work on plaque) Kern Water (sprinkler repair); A1 Security (surveillance
wire installation); AlumaSafway (assist with statue removal and install);
Financial donations from Boilermakers 128, Curran Contractors, Insulators
Local 95, Millwright Local 1592, Sarnia Construction Association; LiUNA 1089
(labour time); Sarnia Concrete (donated concrete); Mammoet Sarnia
(donated crane for statue removal and install).
Without the immediate support from these individuals, businesses and
organizations the upgrades could not have been completed within such a
quick timeframe.

BRENDA DUNN
For the past 16 years Brenda has been a Beaver Leader through Scouts
Canada with the 23rd Sarnia Beaver Colony, providing an active, educational
and fun programme for youth aged 5-7. Over 200 children have been
members in Brenda’s Beaver Colony. When Brenda first became involved
with this group it was struggling with only a handful of youth involved.
Under Brenda’s guidance the programme began soon attracting upwards of
25 members. Brenda has served as Deputy Area Commissioner for the
Beaver Programme in Sarnia-Lambton providing assistance with training
programmes for leaders as well as serving on a national committee with
Scouts Canada to review programmes. Locally Brenda has been involved in
organizing and running summer camps to assist financially disadvantaged
families so they can experience a weekend at a camp. Brenda has been
involved in the Christmas Kettle Drive, by delivering Christmas hampers and
organizing volunteers to work during the Christmas season. Through these
activities Brenda has made a significant contribution to help members of the
community.

ROBERT HART
Mr. Hart has been an active volunteer as a driver for the Canadian Cancer
Society providing transportation for many patients to Victoria Hospital in
London over the past 32 years. Twenty-five years ago he joined Big
Brothers and is still in close contact with his two “little brothers” to this day.
For over 28 years, Mr. Hart volunteered at the soup kitchen at St. Giles
Church. Mr. Hart’s generosity ín giving of his time has helped many people
in the community make their life better.

ELAINE HAYTER
Elaine is Senior Development Manager at the Sarnia Lambton Kidney
Foundation. For over three decades Elaine has been a tireless advocate and
fundraiser for the Kidney Foundation, setting records for fundraising in
creative, fun ways in engaging the community. Elaine is the human face of
the Kidney Foundation who fully understands kidney disease and gives
people comfort and support. This past year the local Kidney Chapter
received three awards from the Ontario Branch of the Kidney Foundation of
Canada. In typical “Elaine fashion” she took no credit and praised the
volunteers. “They say it takes a Village and without all these award winners
and so many more supporters of the local chapter, we wouldn’t be able to
achieve the high standards with our branch.”

DAVE LECLAIR
Mr. LeClair, a 40-year volunteer with the Sarnia MS Society, was recently
honoured with a volunteer fundraising ward from the Multiple Sclerosis of
Canada for Ontario and Nunavut for his decades of dedication. He first
became involved with the MS Society’s Read-a-thon to encourage his
children to help other people. When a relative was diagnosed with MS he
began participating in local fundraising walks, later serving on the local
Board. He served as Board Chair for 14 years and for the past 25 years was
involved in the major fundraising events – walk and bike events and
carnation sales. Mr. LeClair has also volunteered for local Silver Stick
tournaments for boys and girls.

100 SCARVES – PAM WONG
For the past four years, the Sarnia group known as 100 Scarves, part of
Scarf Project Canada, has contributed hand-knitted scarves, hats and
mittens which are free for anyone who is in need of these items or who
knows of someone who is in need. The knitted items are placed on the
fence in front of the Lawrence House with a sign saying “Need a Scarf Take
a Scarf”. Anyone in the community in need is welcome to take an item and
any items left at the end of the day are donated to community shelters. Fifty
local knitters are part of this most worthwhile project. Items available have
increased from 200 in the first year to over 1,000 in 2021.

MICHELLE PARKS AND THE SARNIA TAMPON TUESDAY CHAPTER
Michelle has been the spokesperson and advocate for the Sarnia Chapter
which has successfully raised funds to provide menstrual products in the
community and advocated to Sarnia City Council for a pilot project to
provide and díspense menstrual products in city facilities. Menstrual
products are one of the most requested items at the Inn of the Good
Shepherd. The City Pilot Project was a success and was made permanent by
Sarnia City Council in December, 2021.

ANNABELLE RAYSON
This past year marked Annabelle’s fourth anniversary of organizing the
“Sarnia Shoebox Project” where shoeboxes are filled with small items such
as make-up, socks, lotion, scarves along with a warm greeting or message
of support to be given to women in need. Annabelle invites volunteers to
provide $50 worth of gifts and essentials to enhance self-esteem and reduce
feelings of isolation for women in need. In 2020, 275 decorated boxes were
delivered to the Women’s Interval Home, Sexual Assault Survivors’ Centre,
The Inn of the Good Shepherd, The Haven, The Hub, Lambton Mental
Wellness Centre and Sarnia Brain Injury Association. Annabelle, who was 13
years old when she organized the fírst “Sarnia Shoebox Project” with the
help of her mother, believes no one should be forgotten during the holiday
season.

SHIRLEY ROEBUCK
Shirley Roebuck is a local Health Care Advocate with the Ontario Health
Coalition. Shirley, who also sits on the Provincial Board of the Ontario
Health Coalition, has been a strong voice locally and provincially in her
position as local Chairperson of the Ontario Health Coalition. The motto of
the Ontario Health Coalition is “Protecting Public Health Care For All”.

MARK ROEHLER
Mark Roehler is the long-time Chairperson of the “Steps for Life Committee”
in Sarnia. Mark is personally dedicated to safety in the workplace through
“Steps for Life” which raises funds for “Threads of Life”, a charity offering
peer support and connections for people whose loved ones were killed in the
workplace or from occupational disease. Despite the pandemic “Steps for
Life” has continued to raise funds. Mark has noted the impact of Covid in
the workplace and that “Threads of Life” exists to address.

TANYA TAMILIO
Tanya is a volunteer and current President of the Centre Communautaíre
Francophone de Sarnia Lambton. She was instrumental in having the City of
Sarnia receive its French Language designation at the Provincial level which
will see Service Ontario and other Provincial services to be offered in French.
Tanya began advocating in 2018 for this service by seeking letters of
support and presenting the documentation resulting in the designation being
made in late 202L. Tanya also plays a major role in the ceremonies held
each year to recognize Franco-Ontarian Day. To recognize Sarnia as a
welcoming community to newcomers, Tanya was part of the project where
750 “welcoming” lawn signs were distributed throughout the community to
reflect the goal of multiple community agencies to welcome newcomers.