News & Events

As we approach International Women’s Day (March 8, 2019) we are focusing on the #BalanceforBetter theme. 10 volunteers from Sarnia-Lambton will be travelling to Haiti to celebrate #IWD2019 in solidarity with our Haitian sisters, partners, and friends.You can read more about our trip, and help empower women in Haiti here.

 

2nd Annual Rayjon Family Curling Event a Huge Success

Wow! We couldn’t be more thrilled. The event was fabulous in every way! We are so thankful for the fun had, for the volunteers who worked behind the scenes to put it together, for the newbies who came out to learn, and for outpouring of support from this community.

Together we raised over $14,000 to support rural education in Haiti!

Thank you. Funds raised will truly transforms lives through education.

Special thanks to OCIC and award-winning photojournalist Allan Lissner for being part of the Curling Event and sharing your beautiful photos with us. A selection of their photos from the event can be found below.

(Visit the Transformations Photojournalism Exhibit to see the completed Transformations project online.)

 

25 Rayjon volunteers and leaders were asked, “Who is Rayjon? What do we do?” The graphic above shows their responses.

Wow! Our 24th Annual Rayjon Fall Fair was amazing!

We would like to say a huge THANK YOU to all of the tireless volunteers who worked so hard to make our 24th annual Fall Fair such a huge success. From the dedicated bakers, to the tea room and BBQ volunteers, to the coordinators of special tables, to all those who stored items for months, to the set-up and takedown crews…and so many more–THANK YOU. And thanks to the Sarnia-Lambton community for your amazing support.

Hats off to Dianne McKillican, Fall Fair Convenor Extraordinaire. You and your team have rocked yet another event and we are forever thankful to have you!

Note from Dianne: On behalf of the Fall Fair committee, I want to thank everyone who supported our September 15th Fall Fair in any way, by donating goods or baking, by volunteering or by spreading the word about the event.

We enjoyed fabulous weather, we welcomed a huge number of attendees & raised an amazing $13,759.28! Amazing – we are all delighted but realize we could never have done it without all your support.

The Our Lady of Mercy Parish hall proved once again to be a wonderful space in which to work & the support of their parish community only helped our cause.

 

Celebrating Women of Excellence

Rayjon is thrilled to congratulate Justice Deborah Austin on being a recipient of the Sarnia Community Foundation’s 2018 Women of Excellence award.

Debbie is a long-time member of Rayjon and an active volunteer. She currently sits on our Board of Directors, acts of Projects Director, and regularly visits Haiti as part of a project monitoring team.

In our local community Debbie has more than two decades of experience as a judge on the Ontario Court of Justice.  She is a respected leader and is actively teaching others involved in the legal system how they might contribute to positive change. In her courtroom special circumstances of Indigenous people are considered and she makes every effort to ensure that Indigenous traditions are not only respected but also integrated into the legal process, incorporating principles of restorative justice. Justice Austin played a role in supporting the establishment the “Gladue Court” in Sarnia and Indigenous Court on Walpole Island. Changes in format and the Indigenous Court have led to an increase in approval ratings for the restorative justice system on Walpole Island First Nation from 52 percent to 90 percent in the first three years. Her role in advocating for change in the treatment of indigenous offenders helps ensure that local at-risk Indigenous youth have access to resources and support that will promote rehabilitation and healing.

Debbie, thank you for sharing your passion for social justice. We are so grateful for all your hard work to address injustice in our own community, in Haiti, and in the world at large. We are honoured to work with you.

You can read more about the SCF Women of Excellence here.