Season’s Greetings from Gayle Montgomery, Circles ® Coordinator:

Dec 15th, 2010 | By | Category: Updates


2010 has been a very productive year for Sarnia-Lambton's Circles® initiative.

We launched our web site, hosted a visit from Scott Miller and focused on significant systemic barriers. 

We are proceeding with meetings with elected officials to discuss the OSAP default issue. Our micro-credit program has received significant donations to date and I plan to make arrangements with Southwest Regional Credit Union to invest a significant lump sum early in 2011.

I have recently issued our third Circles® Interest Free Loan to assist a Leader to maintain her full-time employment.

The original Tuesday night Circle® (Mary Lou Robb – Coach) continues to thrive as our Leaders move forward towards self-sufficiency. 

Our second Wednesday night Circle® (Kelly Chappell – Coach) currently has 9 Leaders and their families and about 15 supporting Allies. It's early days for this group but they are coming together nicely.

The main focus in the early new year will be on structuring our children's programming which will involve the Guiding Coalition Education sub-committee as well as our childcare staff and volunteers.

We have received further generous support from the Seaway Kiwanis for 2011 which will allow us to provide our Circles kids with a bus trip to the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto next summer.

I'm thrilled to advise that the number of accomplishments within our initiative is just too long to list!

Happy Holiday's from the entire Circles ® Family

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  1. Hi Gayle,
    I am a counsellor in a Kingston high school and have heard tha t you have a great talk titled 'Bridges out of Poverty'. I would be really interested in talking to you about possibly doing some kind of PD for our staff. Poverty is a very significant issue in our school community. Please get back to me when you have time.

  2. Hi Gayle
    I would really like to know more about circles and how to bring it to our community.  I was totally inspired by your message that you brought when you spoke to us in St.Thomas.  Circles sounds exactly like what we need here as our families feel so disheartened following the fall of the auto industry.  Our students feel disenfranchised as well.  I hope to hear from you about what our first steps should be?
    Thanks so much

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