About Circles® Canada

Lambton County is the national recruiting and training site for Circles® Canada. Circles® Canada currently has initiatives in Sarnia-Lambton, London, Wellington County, St. Thomas, Muskoka, Simcoe County, Kingston, Oxford County, City of Cornwall, and Temiskaming and is growing rapidly!

Circles® Canada is a poverty alleviation strategy working to build relationships across socio-economic classes to empower people and communities to thrive! Our model focuses on these strategies for people experiencing poverty: crisis management and life stabilization; education, job placement and job retention; advancement and economic stability leading to full self-sufficiency.

We do this by having local chapters facilitate groups of up to 20 low-income participants, typically in receipt of Ontario Works or the working poor, who are known as Circle Leaders.

They are required to:

  • Enroll in Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin-By World or the Circles® Leadership Training Class to build financial, emotional and social resources as well as a plan of change for economic stability
  • Partner with trained middle-to high-income community volunteers, called Allies, who support a Circle Leader’s efforts through networking, listening and guidance
  • Attend weekly community meetings with peers, Allies and other interested community members for planning, support and networking opportunities
  • Attend monthly Big View meetings, which include community discussions around systemic barriers to escaping poverty and the strategies needed to remove them.


On-boarding for New Sites:

Reporting to the Circles® Canada National Recruiter, the site will:

  • Identify a lead agency
  • Hire a Circles® Coordinator
  • Form community partnerships to support Circles®
    • E.g. for meeting locations, meal donations, employment opportunities for Leaders
  • Deliver Getting Ahead and Bridges Out of Poverty Workshops prior to starting Circles®
    • Alternatively, deliver Circles® Leader and Circles® Ally training
  • Establish a three year funding plan for Circles®
  • Establish a Guiding Coalition or community resource teams
  • Sign agreement with Circles® Canada
  • Send Coordinator and Coaches for Circles® ‘Hands On Training’ in Sarnia-Lambton

Launch Your Initiative!

Circles® is a collaborative committed to the elimination of poverty in our community in our lifetime by harnessing the power of a caring community working together!

Everyone needs enough relationships, resources and reason to thrive!

Contact us today to begin your journey towards becoming a Circles® Canada community.

Kim Godin – National Circles® Coordinator

[email protected]
519 344-2062 ext. 2169
County of Lambton
Homelessness Prevention and Children’s Services Department
150 N. Christina St.
Sarnia, On N7T 8H3