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