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United Way column for Saturday, October 9, 2021
More than 1000 Donors have already contributed to the 2021 United Way of Sarnia-Lambton campaign.
“We are exactly on par with where we were at this time last year,” said Campaign Chair Vicky Ducharme, the 2021 campaign chair.  “Our 2021 goal is $1,750,000 which is what we raised in 2020, so it’s important that we keep a steady pace year over year.”
Many of the industrial campaigns have already kicked off, and we attended a chili lunch at Reliance Home Comfort, and a barbeque at Cabot Canada.  Ducharme reported that Reliance had a kick-off breakfast, and by the time the plates were washed and put away, Reliance employees had nearly reached their giving target.  Both Reliance and Cabot Canada will match employee contributions.
Shell Canada employees at the Sarnia Manufacturing Centre in Corunna kicked off their campaign this week with their annual drive thru breakfast. Volunteers served up pancakes, sausage, and juice to employees and contractors on their way into the facility.
Shell Canada will also match all employees and retirees’ donations received prior to the November 15, 2021 deadline.
Ducharme said it is great to see so many lunchtime events take place again after a very quiet year last year. Ducharme said Imperial had done some grab and go lunches last year, but the in-person, sit down events had mostly been cancelled in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  “It really is great to see the traditional chili, barbecues, and other employee events resume in Sarnia-Lambton,” she said.
Ducharme said some of the non-industrial campaigns are also starting to kick off, with the St. Clair Catholic District School Board leading the way.
“The SCCDSB is having a four-week campaign and the early results are fantastic.  After the first day, educators and staff had raised almost one-third of what they had raised last year, “she said.  “The teachers and support staff see first-hand the impact that a donation can make in the lives of children. The United Way campaign continues within the local Catholic schools for the next three weeks.”
The federal government campaigns are also just beginning to kick off, with Department of Fisheries and Oceans and Coast Guard being the largest of those campaigns. Canada Border Services will also come as their campaign very shortly.
Patrons of the LCBO are also supporting United Way of Sarnia-Lambton with the LCBO point-of-sale campaign. “All contributions at the till are donated back to our community. Last year over $30,000 was raised by the Sarnia-Lambton employees and customers of the LCBO.
In total, $530,000 has been raised towards the $1,750,000 goal. “We hope to reach the 30% level of the campaign goal in the coming week, “said Ducharme.
Of the 1000 donors who have lent their support already to the United Way campaign, almost 10% of them gave online through the United Way of Sarnia-Lambton website,  and Ducharme said that does not include the growing number of employees who give online through their company campaign at their workplace.
Food events are among our favourite at United Way. The Bagel Madness event at The Bagel Factory on London Road in Sarnia, is off to a great start!  For every dozen bagels purchased United Way will receive one dollar.  “We would be delighted if we can match the March event where well over $1200 was raised,” Ducharme said.
In addition to the Bagel Factory promotion this month, “Meats for Eats” raffle tickets sponsored by Pembina are available for the October 21 draw . Tickets  can be purchased online by calling Rebecca at the United Way office at 519-336-5452 ext. 8., or on the United Way of Sarnia-Lambton website, or by approaching any Pembina employee. Tickets are $10 each, and the grand prize is a $1000 gift certificate to Davey Jones and a $500 prepaid VISA card.  Pembina will match all money raised from the draw.   Tickets are also on sale for the United Way 50/50’s at
There are several ways that Sarnia-Lambton residents can donate to United Way. Online at, in person at 1362 Lambton Mall Road, Unit 10 in Sarnia or by calling 519-336-5452.
Photo Caption:
Brad Humble picks up his breakfast from Daniel Walton, both Shell employees, as part of the United Way Shell Canada Employee Kickoff.  Shell Sarnia Manufacturing Centre in Corunna represents the third largest employee campaign in Sarnia-Lambton and matches all employee and retiree contributions.