On April 17th, 2004 more than one hundred individuals from a cross-section of the community attended the first Community Summit and provided their input on Sarnia-Lambton’s strengths and challenges, their vision for the community, and strategic directions that governments and community partners should pursue to realize this vision.
The half-day Community Summit was an opportunity to take stock of the community and to begin the process of developing a collective vision and future strategic directions for Sarnia-Lambton. Those in attendance included volunteer representatives of various sectors: arts & culture, agriculture, business, education, environment, health, industry, labour, seniors, social services, tourism, young professionals, the County of Lambton, and the City of Sarnia.
The Summit worked to identify both enablers and challenges to success in the community. Most notably, it highlighted the strength of collaboration and teamwork, leadership, and community pride in Sarnia as a community. It also highlighted the challenges posed by Sarnia’s community image, problems surrounding funding, and lack of engagement, inclusion and coordination amongst groups. The Summit recognized several directions and goals for the future, including working towards becoming Ontario’s leading sustainable community, creating a more positive brand and image of the city, and economic diversification. Closely tied to these broad goals, they also emphasized the importance of attracting and retaining youth as well as increased community inclusion, collaboration and engagement.
City of Sarnia created the Community Round Table as an arms length group comprised of individual representatives from a cross-section of the community.
To access the Community Summit Report, please visit Reports.