Cycling event honoured in Mayor’s annual kudos to community

Bluewater International Granfondo Submitted Photo

Journal Staff

Ken MacAlpine never expected a small bicycling event in Lambton County would receive major recognition beyond the cycling community.

The 12-member committee behind the cycling event that attracts thousands from across North America was named to the 39th annual Mayor’s honour list this year.

“We never ever imagined we’d get this level of recognition,” said MacAlpine, founder of the Bluewater International GranFondo. “This is far beyond what we’ve done, and I think it’s a great feather-in-the-cap for the committee to get this recognition for all the hard work they’ve done over the last five years.”

Twenty individuals and groups made the hand-selected list, which Mayor Mike Bradley decides based on recipients improving the quality of life or making a significant contribution to the City of Sarnia and Lambton County.

“The list, as always, is a highly personal list, based on my own observations throughout the year in the community, nominations from citizens and media stories,” Bradley said in a press release.

Over five years the Granfondo has raised $200,000 for palliative care in Sarnia-Lambton, and delivered 1,000 meals to front-line workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 3,000 riders have participated in the August event since it began.

Plans are underway for the next Granfondo, to be determined based on Public Health guidelines, MacAlpine said.

Other Mayor’s Honour List recipients include:

Carrie Beauchamp – Musical production organizer responsible for the Nightingale Chorus Christmas shows at the Imperial Theatre

Dave Dentinger – News Director at CHOK Radio 

Heather Gillis – Food Bank volunteer

Ron Gordon – Chairman of the Sarnia Canada Day Committee

Dr. Michel Haddad – Bluewater Health Chief of Staff

Sami Khan – Academy Award nominated filmmaker and Sarnia native

Lindsay Kirkland – Youth mental health advocate, administrator for 600-member “Stigma Survivors” social media account

Carolyn Leaver-Luciani – Community supporter behind the “Backpacks for Kids” program

Karen Mathewson – Chairperson of the Poverty Reduction Network

Camilla McGill – Sarnia Bluewaterland Rotary Club member, organizer of “Rain of Hope Project” for literacy in Kenya

Eve Morgan Langille – President of the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Centre

Judith Morris – President and CAO of Lambton College

Rick Perdeaux – Ten-year Advocate of the Oversized Load Corridor project

Sarnia Horticultural Society

Sarnia Lambton Crime Stoppers

Sarnia Quilters’ Guild

Robert Williamson – Local sports organizer and former GM of the Sarnia Legionnaires

Donovan Woods – Acclaimed singer/songwriter and Sarnia native

An official reception for the winners will be held sometime in 2021 when public health guidelines permit, the Mayor said.