The Sarnia Historical Society is doing their part to preserve local history. First established forty years ago, the volunteer-run organization sat in limbo for a number of years before the newest group of community leaders stepped forward. Ron RealeSmith, Laura Greaves and Phil Egan were appointed to the Lambton Historical Society in 2014 and used that opportunity to discuss the status of the Sarnia group. “We didn’t know each other beforehand, but we decided to explore this opportunity knowing the diverse skillset that we brought to the table,” says RealeSmith. Since then, Emily Potter and Stefany Jamieson have joined the board.
Prior to 2014, the Historical Society had operated a museum on Davis Street. When the museum closed, all of the artifacts were sent to the Lambton Heritage Museum in Grand Bend. “We tracked down the two remaining board members and we reached out to them.” RealeSmith, Greaves and Egan met with Robert Mathers and Ron Deacon to discuss the status of the society. “Phil’s wife Laurie made everyone cucumber and salmon sandwiches, which they loved. When the meeting was over, they handed the organization to us and then stepped down,” explains RealeSmith. “They were happy to see someone revitalize it.”