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Sarnia Community Foundation honours “Women of Excellence”

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The Sarnia Community Foundation announced its ‘Women of Excellence” this week, honouring several women who were nominated for helping to improve quality of life in Lambton.

“Sarnia-Lambton truly has amazing leaders who help shape this community,” said foundation chair Bill Woods. “This year’s recipients come from all parts of the county; embarking on those

key principles of making your community better, assisting with a cause, or collaborating help with a community project.”

Honourees include:

Madhu Baker – nominated for being an advocate for mental health, trauma and addiction for youth in the community, as well as women, men and children suffering domestic violence.

Kathy Bresett – nominated for her a life-long advocacy for people and communities who face barriers and discrimination. Kathy is the Executive Director of the North Lambton Community Health Centre (NLCHC).

Michelle Holbrook – nominated for being a “trailblazer, a passionate advocate, and a highly qualified agent of change within Sarnia-Lambton.” She has Michelle served on boards including Sarnia-Lambton Children’s Aid Society, and Boys and Girls Club of Sarnia-Lambton. Today, Michelle is the Executive Director at Sarnia-Lambton Rebound.

Terry MacDonald – nominated for being “an integral part of the Brooke-Alvinston community and freely giving her time and ideas to make things better for the people living here. Terry responds individually to people who need her to help, as well as being heavily involved in several that not only impact her community but can also make a difference nationwide.”

Deanna Sandrin – nominated for being a “role model for the new generation of women entering the workforce, especially in the Sarnia Lambton Community where skilled trades are in high demand.”  Deanna is an active member of the community, investing her time and financial support for several charities including Noelle’s Gift, Inn of the Good Shepard, and Habitat for Humanity.

A celebration will be held June 8 at the Dante Club, where the recipients from 2020 and 2021 will also be honoured. More information can be found at

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