Dear Trustees for the Lambton Kent District School Board:
It has been difficult to put into words the feelings, emotions, and thoughts concerning Sarnia Collegiate Institute and Technical School. A building that houses so many memories for so many students of their past educational accomplishments and their extra curricular endeavours. It is a majestic structure that breaths life into the Sarnia-Lambton community with an eclectic student body assembled from Downriver, the Sarnia neighbouring Core and Point Edward with sights now set to house and welcome the entire St. Clair Secondary School community just up Wellington St.
Sarnia Collegiate Institute and Technical School is not only home to its present and past students but also to the many educators and support staff that have passed through its welcoming wront doors. It is the home for many Display Cases that showcase the rich history of a thriving family and even the past of Sarnia Central Collegiate. The second floor wall close to the Main Office is the keeper of the Remembrance Plaque that cherishes the names of brave students who gave their lives for our freedoms. Truly, the building gives refuge and comfort for those of us who know it to be a part of the Sarnia Core community.
Yes, Sarnia Collegiate Institute and Technical School has the John Saunders gymnasium that is the largest venue to host final city championships and the Bill McNamara Wrestling room that trains student and community wrestling leaders. Yes, it has an Indoor Pool and Fitness Room for Health and Physical Education classes and Technical Shops to instruct and mentor our future labour apprentices. Yes, it has Instructional Classrooms that on a daily basis spark live music, chatter, laughter and learning. But most of all, yes, Sarnia Collegiate Institute and Technical School has an Auditorium for it’s all-purpose school and community gatherings. Be it an Assembly, a Drama Class, Production or Revue, a Community Meeting/Competition, Graduation, a Funeral/Celebration of Life or our unique Remembrance Day Ceremony, our Auditorium is housed in the Core of Sarnia Collegiate Institute and Technical School.
If you make your way driving on the streets of Sarnia, you look for those familiar buildings and landmarks with businesses past and present that give you a sense of pride and warmth. They have survived the test of time because of caring and dedicated citizens, past and present, in our community. Many businesses and homeowners take pride in face lifting and re-branding many century old institutions in our City. Today, the “Brock Street Barn”, yes, the Sarnia Arena situated across from Sarnia Collegiate Institute and Technical School and the LKDSB Offices will receive a facelift with government and local monies. It is considered a “classic Canadian hockey cathedral”. I believe Sarnia Collegiate Institute and Technical School should carry even more consideration to have its doors remain open and welcoming!
Sarnia Collegiate Institute and Technical School is a building, whose life with a “dash” separating it’s beginning in 1922 and … , is in your hands Lambton/Kent District School Board Trustees. That dash is the past, present and future of an Institution, our Community Home.
Leslie Amlin, Retired LKDSB Educator and Sarnia Community Citizen