Lambton College rings in 50th anniversary with county-wide Legacy Project


April 6, 2017

SARNIA, April 6, 2017 – Lambton College’s legacy will live on within the Sarnia-Lambton community, thanks in part to a county-wide Legacy Project carried out by students, faculty and staff as part of the College’s 50th Anniversary celebrations.

On Wednesday, April 5, members of the Lambton College community took part in the installation of the highly anticipated Legacy Project, which features a grove of 50 birch trees planted in Sarnia with satellite installations of 10 additional birch trees extending to all 10 municipalities of Lambton County. In total, 150 trees were planted across the county, honouring both the 50th Anniversary of Lambton College and the 150th birthday of Canada.

Each grove of trees forms a semi-circle around a central legacy feature, designed in partnership with local landscape designer Adam Allison. The individual features installed across the county depict a series of unifying words such as “community,” “innovation,” “diversity,” and “perseverance.” Each word was carefully selected to represent Lambton College and illustrate the relationship that it has built with the community and the City of Sarnia.

The words of each municipality’s feature links back to the main Sarnia site, located at the Point Lands, symbolizing a shared vision and a positive future for the College and the community.

The long-lasting gift is a gesture of thanks to the community on behalf of Lambton College for its continued support throughout the past half century and is the culmination of many ideas and discussions over the past year between Lambton College, the City of Sarnia, and the County of Lambton.

“Today’s Legacy Project was more than a celebration of our 50th Anniversary as a College, but a celebration of the amazing relationship we have built over the years with the city of Sarnia and the County of Lambton,” said Judith Morris, President & CEO, Lambton College. “I hope these unique installations act as a continual reminder of the importance of the work we do every day for our students and with and for our great community.”

In conjunction with the Legacy Project, an additional 18 individualized community projects were also conducted throughout the community. These projects were submitted and planned by individual departments within Lambton College who wanted to give back to the community in a unique way.

Following the morning Legacy and Departmental Projects, staff, faculty, students and friends of the College were welcomed back to the campus for an afternoon of celebration, which featured a choreographed performance from the College’s international students.

Former College Presidents, faculty and staff also made appearances as part of the festivities, and the items from a time capsule, originally placed on June 4, 1970, were unveiled. Special anniversary messages, filmed earlier in the morning, from Lambton College campuses/sites in China, Toronto and Mississauga were also received by the audience.

To cap off the celebration, guests of the event were treated to a digital fireworks display.

The Legacy Project is just one of the many features and events that have taken place over the past year in celebration of the College’s 50th Anniversary.

Plans are currently underway for a sold out 50th Anniversary President’s Gala taking place in May, 2017, which will feature a keynote from Canadian comedian and actor Rick Mercer.

For more information on Lambton College’s 50th anniversary events, including a historical timeline and photo archives, go to lambtoncollege.ca/50th.


For media inquiries or more information:

Jami Kloet
Corporate Communications Coordinator
Lambton College
Telephone: 519-542-7751 ext. 3337
Mobile: 519-328-2081
Email: jami.kloet@lambtoncollege.ca