The Community Round Table works collaboratively to achieve the vision of the Community as expressed at the Summits. We do this by partnering with many local businesses, organizations and citizens.
At the First Summit, held on April 17th, 2004, individuals from a cross-section of the community met to develop a collective vision and outline future strategic directions for Sarnia-Lambton. The Community Round Table has since worked to move forward on a variety of issues outlined at the original Summit. To view a copy of the First Summit Report, please visit our Reports Page.
They Community Round Table presented their 2005 Status Report on May 6 to ensure that participants at the Summit and the community at large were kept informed of information gathered, proposals made and action being taken to achieve the vision of the Community as expressed at the Summit. To view a copy of the Summary Report, please visit our Reports Page.
On May 14, 2005 the Community Round Table hosted a “Community Branding Meeting” at Lambton College. Approximately 35 business and community leaders attended the session. To view a copy of the report from that session, please visit our Reports page.
On November 26, 2005 a Second Community Summit was held at Lambton College. The purpose of the meeting was to provide an update on what had been achieved since the first summit and to hold an information session about the ongoing branding and image project. To view a copy of the Report from the Second Session, please visit our Reports page.
From the Second Community Summit a sub-committee was formed to look at the City of Sarnia’s branding and image. The sub-committee met several times and it was the recommendation that it was premature to embark on a branding exercise until the community itself has a better understanding about the issues facing industry, industries’ contribution to the community, the current status of the environment and health of the community, and strategies that were underway to reduce the impact of local industry on the environment. To view a copy of the Branding Committee Report, please visit our Reports page.
On November 10, 2007, the Community Round Table hosted an Environmental Summit - “Working Towards a Sustainable Future”. The well-attended morning event was held at Lambton College. On the night before the Summit, many individuals viewed a presentation of “The 11th Hour”, a Leonardo DiCaprio documentary which discusses the environmental crises caused by human actions and the impact on the planet. Over fifty of the world’s leading thinkers and activists, including David Suzuki, Mikhail Gorbachev and Stephen Hawking discuss the issues and potential solutions for developing a more sustainable and healthier environment.
In the summer of 2008, the Community Round Table formed a partnership with Sault Ste Marie and agreed to undertake the “First Impressions Community Exchange”, a program offered by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA). Visitors from Sault Ste Marie traveled to Sarnia and anonymously evaluated the City. Likewise, visitors from Sarnia traveled to Sault Ste Marie to anonymously evaluate the City. These visitors gathered their ‘first impressions’ of the two communities’ infrastructure, services, parks, recreational opportunities, arts, culture, and more. On October 1, 2008, one of the visitors from Sault Ste Marie returned to Sarnia to present their report at Sarnia City Hall Council Chambers. To view a copy of the report click here.
On April 17, 2010, the City of Sarnia, County of Lambton and the Community Round Table invited the community to participate in “Community Summit 2010 - Developing Future Direction for Sarnia-Lambton.” The purpose of the summit was to discuss recent accomplishments in community involvement and further action being taken to achieve the vision of the Community. To view a copy of the Community Summit 2010 Report, please visit our Reports page.
The Community Round Table’s Environment Committee organized the Trees of Distinction Bike Tour, in conjunction with the Arbour Week Committee, on Saturday, June 4, 2011, as part of Bike Month. The round trip was 21 km and took approximately 2.5 hours. To view a copy of the Trees of Distinction Bike Tour map, click here. For more information on the Environmental Committee, please visit the Environmental Committee page.
In the summer of 2012, the Community Round Table hosted “Aguas Azul – Celebrate Sarnia.” Members of the community were invited to Centennial Park on May 26, 2012 to celebrate the city. Most recently, the Community Round Table has organized a series of Neighbourhood Meet and Greets in neighbourhoods around Sarnia with help from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. To learn more about the Aguas Azul- Celebrate Sarnia event and the Neighbourhood Meet and Greets, please visit the Trillium Project page.
In 2009, a Youth Committee was formed to gather information required to submit an application for Sarnia to be recognized as a Youth Friendly Community. Sarnia was recognized in 2010 as a Youth Friendly Community. Click here to view how Sarnia is Youth Friendly.