News & Events

Planning for Rayjon’s 24th Annual Fall Fair is underway!

This will be the 24th Fall Fair & that number is a testament to the enthusiasm of both the women on the Fair committee & the ongoing support of our local community.

We have a “Wish List” of requested items to make each Fair a success. If you can help or donate any of the goods listed below, please contact the Convenor in charge.

We are always open to welcoming new committee members or helpers, either in supportive roles or positions of more responsibility!

Books:    Kay McDonough   519 542 8897  (NO textbooks please!)

Women’s jewelry:    Sharon Sharp   519 383 7578

Attic Treasures & Toys:  Anne Marie Parizeau   519 542 8150 and Mary Anne Wighton 519 336 6066    (NO stuffies!)

Preserves:    Suzanne Michaud   519 542 4464  (NEW jar lids & rings please!)

Bake Table: Brenda Hogan   519 344 3755 or Debby Winterton  519 862 3333

                          If you are a baker, we want your “Specialty”!

To volunteer in any capacity or for more information re: how to become involved, call Dianne McKillican   519 862 1963

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.