In addition to handling the customary details associated with the Annual General Meeting of the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce, including a review of reports, members welcomed two new board members—Nicole Crosby of BMO and Robert Gee of CIBC (both pictured).

Members and guests also heard the inspiring story of Liwordson Vijayabalan, who last fall won the Chamber’s “Entrepreneur of the Year.”

Vijayabalan—Li to his many friends—told the story of how his mother, a single parent, arrived in Sarnia-Lambton with no money and not even the ability to speak English.

Eventually, at least in part due to the generosity of the people behind Habitat for Humanity, his mother and siblings were able to create a new life here, which underscores his commitment to the vitality of the region.

We captured his remarks here for you to share: