Community Services

Jamie Maness
Community Services Coordinator

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Maawn Doosh Gumig Community and Youth Centre
1972 Virgil Avenue
Sarnia, ON N7T 7H5
Phone: 519-491-2160/519-491-1374 Ext. 102
Fax: 519-491-0912

Maawn Doosh Gumig Community & Youth CentreMaawn Doosh Gumig Community & Youth Centre

Maawn Doosh Gumig Community & Youth Centre

The Community Services Department is responsible for planning, managing and directing the Social and Community Programs for Aamjiwnaang First Nation. Key programs under this unit are Culture & Recreation and the daily running of the Maawn Doosh Gumig Community & Youth Centre.  The Community Centre was expanded in 2012.  The new centre features a fitness centre, arts and crafts rooms, and a senior’s lounge. A skatepark and splashpad have also been added to the property.

Grand Opening for Community Centre

The Centre hosts a variety of meetings, gatherings and events, such as Benefits, Annual General & Assembly Meetings, Environment Open House and Information sessions, multiply Science, Youth and Training camps and meetings for SFNS Mnaasged and  Children’s Aid Society

Community based social, recreation events and services are also coordinated by Community Service staff and community members. Events include, Solidarity Day, Powwow, Christmas Concert, etc.


Community Services Committee

Community Services staff organize meetings for the Community Services Committee. The Committee meets the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month at Maawn Doosh Gumig. If you have a Community Services issue that you would like to raise please talk to one of the committee members or staff. The committee’s term is 2 years and members are chosen by Chief and Council.

Committee Members are:

Darren Henry, Councillor

Dallas Sinopole, Councillor

Lareina Rising, Band Member

Stephanie Stone, Band Member

Charles Rogers, Band Member

Jamie Maness, Community Services Coordinator

Verlynn Plain, Community Services Assistant/Recording Secretary


Right to Play

The “RightToPlay” (Promoting Lifestyle for Aboriginal Youth) program teaches life skills to youth ages 12 to 24.  For more information on this program visit the Right to Play website.

Youth Programming

Youth programming for ages 10 into the teen years. Events and programs included Aboriginal Youth Olympics along with numerous group trips with RightToPlay.


Headstart is a weekly program aimed at children ages 0 – 6 yrs. and their parents. Headstart addresses the learning and developmental needs of young children, supporting early childhood development. The programs run twice a week on Monday from 10 am – 1 pm, and Wednesday from 5 – 7 pm.

Funding Policy – Chief and Council along with the Community Services Committee have developed a new Funding Policy to help our youth with their Sports, Arts and Recreational activities. This application is for youth to the age of 25 years. The maximum funding is $800/CA per fiscal year. This maximum WILL take into consideration LNHL reimbursement and any other recreational funding.

Funding Policy and Application Form.  For more information contact Jamie Maness or Verlynn White-Plain at the Community Centre 519-491-2160.