Monthly Archives September 2020

This Saturday, October 3rd from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, drop off your pantry items at the Inn’s truck located on the corner of Finch & Wellington. Those who donate have the chance to win a $100 gift card to any Sherwood Village business of choice. 

The Inn’s Truck will also be at the Foodland Plaza in Bright’s Grove on October 10th from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Those interested in contactless pick up at their front door, should email shana@336exit.com

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The City of Sarnia is undertaking a review and modernization of its existing Community Improvement Plans. The various stages of this process are outlined in the Project Timeline. 

Community Improvement Plans (CIP) are strategic financial investment tools used by communities to stimulate and support key community outcomes. These plans are designed to leverage targeted public investment in the form of capital investments through a suite of grant offerings, with the intent to stimulate private investment in specific and defined community outcomes. These outcomes may include:

  • Facilitating growth while encouraging private sector investment
  • Supporting the development of affordable and rental housing 
  • Enhance the quality of the public realm
  • Create a focus for community activities
  • Beautification opportunities along the waterfront and improving connectivity between the waterfront and downtown core
  • Identifying changes needed to land use planning policies, zoning, and/or other bylaws, policies, and practices. 

Areas of the city included in the project are Downtown, Mitton Village and Northgate. 

You can get involved in this project by participating in the community engagement sessions & sharing the project within the community. To stay up to date with the most recent news, follow the link and subscribe to project updates.

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COVID-19 has left many Canadian businesses scrambling to pivot digitally to meet the new needs of their customers. Making big changes to how you do business can be daunting at times, but it doesn’t have to be – not when you have the right expertise and support to make it happen. 

The Toronto Region Board of Trade and World Trade Centre Toronto created the Recovery Activation Program (RAP) to help you evolve your business in response to COVID-19 and beyond. The program offers participants access to engage with industry leaders and build their personalised plan to digitally grow their business – at no cost to them. 

To get started, take their digital needs assessment.

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When the September extension of the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) program was announced, it was made clear the program was being wound down. Businesses needing rent support would need a new and improved program to help keep them afloat. The reality, however, is that businesses operate in real time and must be able to plan to be successful. Now, rent is due today. That means businesses urgently need to know the plan. 

Together, we need to ensure that businesses are able to survive the winter. Millions of Canadians’ livelihoods depend on it. On commercial rent, it’s time to see the long-term plan.

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Please join us for two exciting events this week:

Business After 5 is this Wednesday, September 30th and is sponsored by ‘Seedz’. A locally owned and developed ‘app’ that is all about supporting local businesses. 

Click here to register.

Our first webinar in our October series is Thursday, October 1st and is featuring Marika Sylvain Groendyk, owner of Bluepoint Public Relations. 

Click here to register.

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Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Sarnia-Lambton held its first ever “Big Drop” on the 9th hole of Sarnia’s Greystone Golf Course this past Thursday. 

Executive Director Mike Hurry said they sold all 2,500 tickets for the event. They were inspired by the Big Brothers Big Sisters agency in St. Thomas as they have presented similar event for many years. 

“25 hundred balls at five dollars apiece, and we had about 35 hundred dollars in sponsorships, so 16 thousand dollars before expenses. It went over so well in a situation where we weren’t able to be face-to-face selling tickets and we were doing it all online. It was I think, incredible for our first event to sell-out,” he said.

It is expected that they will have another “Big Drop” event in 2021. 

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The 2020 United Way of Sarnia-Lambton campaign has now reached the 22 percent level of the $1,900,000 Needs Target.

“Our direct mail campaign is resulting in dozens of donors each day,” said campaign chair Vicky Ducharme. “We have just completed mailing 4,000 letters to retirees, small businesses, farms, and professionals in Sarnia and throughout Lambton County. We are pleased with the response so far.”

“We are trying a number of new things this year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, not the least of which is the focus to more online giving,” Ducharme said. “In our experience locally, we have found paper pledge cards are one of the most effective ways to raise funds in employee settings, because of the constant reminder of seeing the physical card on your desk or in your mail slot. Getting an email pledge card tends to be forgotten or missed.”

Ducharme added that those who would like to support the United Way of Sarnia-Lambton, or learn more about the United Way and its 36 funded programs and services, can visit www.theunitedway.on.ca.

Donors can also call the United Way at (519) 336 5452 or stop by the office at 1362 Lambton Mall Rd.

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