Mayor’s Honour List Released

Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley ( file photo by Melanie Irwin)

Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley is recognizing 19 citizens and four groups from this community and the surrounding area in his 2016 Honour List.

The Mayor’s Honour List was established in 1981 by the late mayor Marceil Saddy as a tribute to the unsung people and groups who’ve been instrumental in improving the quality of life or making a significant contribution to the City of Sarnia and Lambton County.

School teacher and lifelong social justice advocate Emily Fortney-Blunt is being recognized for her dedication and efforts in assisting Syrian refugees to become settled in the community.

Greg Boyle and Richard Ponic, the owners of the Tim Horton’s location on Exmouth and Front streets, are being honoured for their ongoing commitment to hiring people with disabilities.

Evan Duggal, 11, a student at Bright’s Grove Public School, is being recognized for raising $5,000 toward the purchase of first aid kits for a new clinic being built in Zambia.

Randy Evans and Tom St. Amand are being honoured for researching and updating the history of Sarnia’s street names in the Streets of Sarnia project.

Linda M. Gryner is being recognized for her work with the IODE.

The Kinsmen Club of Sarnia is being honoured for their many years of community work and ongoing dedication to organizing Sarnia’s annual Santa Claus Parade.

The Lambton Outdoor Club has made this years honour list. 2016 marked the 25th anniversary of the clubs formation, which now has over 300 members.

Also being honoured: Information Sarnia Lambton Chair Norm Lamoureaux, the Lawrence House Board of Directors, Ontario Alliance Against School Closures creator Susan MacKenzie, youth bowling organizers Mel and Shirley Matthews, mental health champion Kyle McVittie, Jeff Plain with Community Legal Assistance Sarnia, Sarnia Lambton Suicide Prevention Committee Co-Chair Sharon Berry-Ross, the Sarnia Golf and Curling Club Charity Pro-Am Committee, South West International Film Festival founder Ravi Srinivasan, safe bike riding advocate Anita Trusler, Sarnia Heritage Committee Chair Wayne Wager, former Board of Education Director and Community Awareness Emergency Response Administrator Dr. Allen Wells.

Donna Stewart is posthumously receiving the award for her life long volunteer service including her work with the Sarnia Organ Donor Awareness Association and its successful Jazz and Blues In The Village event.

Bradley says the list is based on his own observations throughout the year, nominations from citizens and media stories.

A reception will be held early in the new year to formally recognize the recipients.