2011 Update

Dec 22nd, 2011 | By | Category: Updates


Season's Greetings,


It is hard to believe we are nearing the end of 2011.

January 2012 will mark the third anniversary of the Lambton Circles Initiative.

So much has been accomplished this last year at both the individual and systemic level.


We have had 33 Leaders participate in Circles in 2012.

Another 10 will graduate their Getting Ahead classes and launch into the Lambton College Circle this January.

I believe we will be the first site to have a Circle to support College Student Leaders delivered on site at the College with wrap around support from the College Administration and Faculty.


Of the 33 active Leaders in 2012:

Ø  36% have exited Social Assistance

Ø  18% currently have increased employment earnings

Ø  21% have increased their education

*Leaders are only tracked in one category so some have done all three!

Our wonderful Allies continue to support and celebrate their Leaders accomplishments!

We continue to receive amazing supports from all sectors of Sarnia- Lambton.


Some of our older Circles' kids were delighted to take a bus trip to tour Toronto's Royal Ontario Museum last July.

In August, the Lambton Centre was the site of an overnight camping trip for 75 of us, complete with activities ( archery, crafts, mountain biking, swimming, bonfire & s'mores). Both children's activities were funded in part by donations.


Circles has provided  seven interest free micro-credit loans to date and all remain in good standing, three have been paid back in full.

Circles Leaders have become very efficient and effective at delivering the Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS) in the past year and plan to continue to provide this valuable public education experience in our community.

We have recently become the National Training Site for Circles in Canada.

This means that our local team will provide training and supports to other Canadian communities wishing to launch a Circles Initiative of their own.

I continue to present Bridges Out of Poverty training throughout our community and across the Province. Following a full-day presentation, I am often invited back to communities to meet with multi-agency alliances and share Lambton's Journey to Circles. Some of these communities have expressed interest in launching a Circles Initiative in 2012.

On behalf of myself, Mary Lou, Kelly and Martine ……..Happy Holiday's to you and yours!


Gayle Montgomery


Lambton Circles

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