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LETTER: GLSS teacher thanks community for support

Jadeyn Buckner, Emma Humphreys-Running and Raquel Ferreira were part of the GLSS Leadership Class Acts of Kindness initiative.

“Do not judge my story by the chapter you walked in on.”  

This is the GLSS leadership’s class message they wanted to share. Be kind to people because you never know what they are going through. It only takes a split second to share a smile but to someone that needed it, it can last a lifetime.

The Act of Kindness initiative, established last year at Great Lakes Secondary School by Bradon Burnham’s leadership students, had two main goals:

1. Implement a meaningful community-wide initiative to spread hope and awareness regarding mental health. 

2 Share kindness. In other words, let people know they matter; stick up for the underdog; be a voice for those who need it. Make a difference, by doing something bigger than yourself.

The Act of Kindness proceeds go towards helping local families in need. In past campaigns, we have brought Christmas to families going through a challenging season in life, paid rent for a family facing eviction, surprised countless families with gifts, paying for their groceries, or simply meeting their needs, all to show them they matter.  

This season, we were able to bring Christmas to 104 very deserving people and give out two Acts of Kindness leadership scholarships.   

You can never know the ripple effect you create with one small gesture of kindness.

This doesn’t happen without some amazing help from local organizations and businesses believing in what we are doing. These businesses played an important role in creating hope and positive change in our community. 

I would like to thank last year’s Leadership class for helping create the vision as well as Team Outfitters and Matt Pasut for partnering on this venture with us. I would like to thank the following amazing organizations and businesses for their generous donations and support:

Dave Lane and Sarnia Lambton YFC
Jeremy Guerette Remax Real Estate
M. Di Murro Trucking 
Joes Tires
Mavrio Canada
Diamond Petrochemicals 
Progressive Autosales
Robert Dale Unlimited 
Molson Tires
Smiths Funeral Home
Petrolia Dentistry
40 Fuel
Jim Ainsworth and Wight Bus Lines
Marcotte Disposal Inc.
Plympton Plumbing 
H. Moore & Sons Windows
Blazing Buds
Lambton Family Dental
Big Brothers Big Sisters Show Sale 
Sarnia association of basketball officials 
Coldwell Banker 
American Eagle
Kern Water
I-Fast Parties 
Rotary Club Sarnia 
Trinity Church Ladies Guild
Local Union hall 663
Rebecca Phillips Dentistry 
Mayor Mike Bradley 
Sarnia McDonalds
Sarnia Lambton Mall
Mary Browns 
No Frills Sarnia 
Dr.Tang & Lambton Orthodonic Center 
Phoenix CrossFit gym
Ish Nutrition 
Sarnia Sting 
Mooretown Flags
Sarnia Legionaries 
Chris Hadfield 

and a few incredible GLSS co-workers: Heather DiMurro, Tina Ferguson and Joel Skinner for giving of their time running venues and sharing our message.

If you want to join our Acts of Kindness movement or be a part of our initiative next year or for more information, please do not hesitate to contact the Great Lakes Leadership teacher, Bradon Burnham, [email protected] and follow us on instagram for updates; act_of_kindness_Umatter 

You matter.  You are loved.


Bradon Burnham