The Sarnia Kiwanis Foundation has received $75,000 in grant funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
The money will go towards the installation of energy efficient lighting, upgrade washrooms and reconfigure upper level floor space in the Lochiel Kiwanis Community Centre to make it more accessible and welcoming to community users, including the city’s growing newcomer population.
Local MPP Bob Bailey congratulated Kiwanis on receiving this funding which will support the Local Immigration Partnership and its Settlement Strategy to welcome and engage newcomers to Sarnia – including 450 international students studying at Lambton College
“I am very pleased to announce this capital grant on behalf of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, that will make important upgrades to a busy community centre in the heart of Sarnia – to reduce energy costs towards long term sustainability of this important community asset, in addition to improving its accessibility for Ontarians with disabilities”, said Bailey.
Reconfigured space on the upper level of the community centre will accommodate an enlarged studio space for young people engaged in performing arts – dance, singing and acting – through the Great Lakes Dance Academy.
In a 50/50 partnership with the community, dollar for dollar matching funds have been assembled, some of it from the city of Sarnia, which owns the building ($46,355), Sarnia Kiwanis Foundation and its supporters ($24,645) and Great Lakes Dance Academy ($4,000).
The Lochiel Kiwanis Community Centre received heritage designation under Ontario’s Heritage Act in 2000 and under the governance of Sarnia Kiwanis Foundation is home to 10 community minded organizations working together to deliver cradle to grave services to the people of Sarnia/Lambton. Included in those services are social service and educational support programs, fitness, wellness and health recovery activities and three drop in centers – the Family Drop In Centre for pre-school aged children and their families through St. Clair Child and Youth Services, the Boys and Girls Club of Sarnia Lambton and New Beginnings Stroke Recovery Association for individuals recovering from strokes and brain injuries in the Sarnia Lambton community.
Bob Lutz, Chair of Sarnia Kiwanis Foundation says, “Kiwanis has been a long standing partner to the city of Sarnia in the delivery of a vibrant community centre in the downtown area. Responding to changing needs in our community, our international service organization is pleased to expand our mandate to support implementation of the Settlement Strategy of the Local Immigration Partnership. As our community continues its work to expand and diversify our local economy, welcoming newcomers to Sarnia Lambton – providing a place where people can belong is what we do best at the Lochiel Kiwanis Community Centre.”
Pictured, left to right, are MPP Bob Bailey, Sarnia Kiwanis Foundation Finance Chair Ed Ginn and Sarnia Kiwanis Foundation Chair Bob Lutz.