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The Journal loves a good quote. Here are 10 we liked from 2015.

10 “Sometimes you feel like quitting. But we all work so hard at it and we love Christmas and Sarnia so much. We’re not quitters.”

– Co-ordinator Cathie Blake, on the doggedness of volunteers who stage the Celebration of Lights despite funding shortages, an aging population and space limitations this year at Centennial Park.

9 – “Your spidey senses should be tingling like all get out.”

– Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre spokesperson Daniel Williams, on a phone scam that allows shady telemarketers to call you with what appears to be your own phone number.

8 – “We were going by their room when I heard the first cry. I knew he just became a dad.”

– Joel Karnas and wife Vanessa became new parents at Bluewater Health on June 8. His brother Glenn and wife Katie had a baby of their own two hours later.

7 – “So the idea is, if you know what’s coming, even if it’s not great, you might be able to manage it. And that’s really what mental health is all about – just trying to get through the day and feeling OK at the end of it.”

-Lambton College professor Charlene Mahon on a new student transitioning program.

6 – “It’s like being on a bad carnival ride and not knowing when to get off.”

– City councillor Cindy Scholten on Sarnia’s interminable legal fight to close a homeless shelter run by River City Vineyard church.

5 – “It’s more than just a homeless shelter. I know how many lives were saved, how many suicides were prevented, how many people it helped get on their feet, just because the church was doing what a church should be doing.”

– City councillor Andy Bruziewicz and church volunteer on River City Vineyard’s homeless shelter.

4 – “We don’t just want to provide stuff. There are plenty of places in Sarnia where you can get that. We offer more. We offer friendship and a safe place to rebuild.”

– Daphne Bourque, initiator of Welcome Home, a Bluewater Baptist Church program that helps abused women restart in a clean apartment with furniture, food and financial assistance.

3 – “Are they going to become competitively employable? I don’t think so. A lot of people think our clients are all 20 and 30 years old and ready to work. That is not the case.”

– John Hagens, executive director of Community Living Sarnia-Lambton, on Ontario’s decision to close sheltered workshops.

2 – “We work for the happiness, not for the profit.”

-Umar Khan, owner of Your Highness, which became the fourth head shop in Sarnia selling marijuana-related paraphernalia when it opened Dec. 1.

1 – “They were able to recognize they do not need everything they want, and that there are people who just want to have everything they need.”

– Nicole Strampel, mom of twins who used their birthday party to collect for the food bank in lieu of presents.

 

 

 

 

 

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