News & Events

Fabric Sale! Who could have guessed it?

On Saturday, September 22nd, Rayjon held a one day, one off sale of a huge amount of beautiful donated fabric, sewing bags & sewing supplies.

Fabric & supplies that would jump start fall & winter projects for the many sewers, crafters & quilters who attended & shopped the tables clean! Shoppers were lined up out the door at one point!

Proceeds were in excess of $2000 – that’s $2000!!! Wowza!

Special thanks to Kay McDonough & Suzanne Michaud who organized the day & to everyone who helped or shopped. Because all proceeds of course support Rayjon’s projects in Haiti & the Dominican Republic.

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.

 

Thank you to everyone who came out for our wine event! We had so much fun!

Special thanks to our hosts Sam and Joanna Giresi, and their many family members who volunteered their time to make the event such a success. The food was fantastic, the wine was extraordinary (thank you to our wine consultant Jason Britton!), and the company was delightful.

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.

Another huge success at Rayjon’s 2nd Annual Pickleball Event. Here are this year’s winners:

Congratulations to Liz Holmes, Patsy McGill, Stan Matej, Peter O’Brien, Lou Rocca, Lee Kerrigan and Greg Hogan!

Thank you to our friends of Aamjiwnaang First Nation Maawn Doosh Gumig Community Centre

Sally, Maggie and Robin will be going to Haiti with the Rayjon March Break Awareness Team. They have organized a delicious dinner fundraiser to support Rayjon projects in Haiti.