What we’re really all about

Building a community takes time and care

Richard Beland, who runs the Digital Photography program at Lambton College, is pictured.
Richard Beland, who runs the Digital Photography program at Lambton College, is pictured.

I began what I’ll call this “journey of words” nearly six years ago (November 2010 is when this site went live) but what’s Lambton Shield really all about?

The real purpose is to not only embrace our community but to build it up, using the strengths that are inherent in each of us, telling the stories that are meaningful in ways that help create continuity.

I remember reflecting on a kind of “surge” in the proliferation of coffee shops a few years ago as one that wasn’t necessarily about coffee or whatever drink you prefer but the idea that we crave the togetherness that results in meeting there.

I’m not sure that desire has been sated with the “drive thru” but some of the more popular choices continue to do quite nicely without that feature, so I won’t get drawn into that discussion too deeply.

Lambton Shield, I continue to believe, is a place where community can be nurtured through the telling of stories, whether we’re sipping a double-double or just taking a break at the end of the day.

Certainly from a weather standpoint, the summer of 2016 has been a good one, although we surely have a few good weeks ahead of us to savour, days that we can pull out of our parkas in late January and into February to reminisce upon.

Do you have stories that you’d like to tell? I’d love to hear from you.

A couple of ones I’m working on include how Richard Beland, who teaches (and runs) the Digital Photography program at Lambton College, was able to weave a lifelong passion for music into a career photographing some of the world’s best known bands, including the Tragically Hip, whose last concert will be simulcast from Kingston to Canatara Park this coming Saturday.

Beland told me his fascinating story and the plan is to tell that one before the week is out.

You or someone you know may even find themselves enrolling in what is arguably one of the best programs of its type.

Right here in Sarnia-Lambton.

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