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Generous Legionnaires Fan Donates to the Sarnia Revitalization Project
Submitted By Rob Harwood City Director of Parks and Recreation on Saturday, July 1, 2017
Robert Christopher, a self-proclaimed Sarnia Legionnaires fan, has made a generous donation of time, energy, and funds to the Sarnia Arena Revitalization Project.

As a patron and supporter of the arena, Robert has been attending the Junior Hockey league’s games for many years, and with the launch of the Sarnia Arena Revitalization Project, he has taken an active role by working with staff to ensure upgrades exceed AODA standards.

Channeling his passion for accessibility, Robert has been advocating to councillors and working with the Parks and Recreation Department. At each project milestone Robert focuses on the details, ensuring features such as button height and door width are acceptable.

As a Sarnia Arena regular, Robert welcomes patrons to speak to him to discuss accessibility suggestions or have a friendly chat about the arena. 

With several significant donations already received, revitalization work is already underway. Robert toured the upgraded barrier-free washrooms at the arena which have undergone significant accessibility improvements.

Also planned for the arena revitalization project is improved accessibility to the barrier-free viewing area for patrons, complete with new doors and push-button automatic operators.

“Accessibility standards have greatly improved since the Sarnia Arena was originally constructed in 1947; thanks to our generous donors, we are so happy to be able to make these critical upgrades to our arena, so all patrons can enjoy it,” explains Rob Harwood, Director of Parks and Recreation.

About the Sarnia Arena Revitalization Project:

The Sarnia Arena Revitalization Project is a $491,667 fundraiser which aims to revitalize the historical elements of the facility, exceed AODA standards, improve energy efficiency, repair the façade and exterior, improve the lobby and concession, and upgrade washrooms and change rooms to ensure barrier-free access.

Donations are gratefully accepted online at, online at, or in person at Sarnia City Hall. Organizations wishing to discuss corporate donations are invited to contact Greg Burr directly.

Federal funding approved for this project is $491,667 or 33.3% of the project. Additional funds of $491,667 must be raised through community fundraising, and $491,667 from the 2017 Council approved Parks and Recreation Capital envelope.

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Photo: Robert Christopher (wearing red) hands Rob Harwood a donation for the Sarnia Arena Revitalization Project.  Also featured: Brian White and Cindy Scholten, City Councillors.

Photo: (left to right) Brian White, City Councillor; Trevor Sanderson, Manager of Arenas; Robert Christopher; Cindy Scholten, City Councillor; and Rob Harwood, Director, Parks and Recreation stand in front of the upgraded washroom at Sarnia Arena.


Photo: Back row: (left to right) Trevor Sanderson, Manager of Arenas and Rob Harwood, Director, Parks and Recreation. Front Row: (left to right) Robert Christopher and Cindy Scholten, City Councillor.


For further information, please contact:

Rob Harwood, Director, Parks and Recreation

[email protected] or 519-332-0330 ext. 3200


Greg Burr, Lead, Sarnia Arena Revitalization Fundraising Campaign

[email protected] or 519-312-6429

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