Our Story


The Catherine Wilson Foundation was established in by Catherine Wilson and associates.  Ms. Wilson was a high school teacher for over 35 years at Sarnia Collegiate Institute & Technical   School (S.C.I.T.S.) located in Sarnia, Ontario.  This local high school recently amalgamated with St. Clair Secondary School and the new school is renamed Great Lakes Secondary School.  She was one of the first financial sponsors in support of the recruitment of doctors to the Sarnia area. She supported vision care in Sarnia as a result of her own experience with vision issues. Upon her death the balance of her estate was donated to her Foundation with the board of directors acting as the trustees of her estate.

Vision Statement

The Catherine Wilson Foundation will promote a sense of community by being a  champion to both individuals and organizations in reaching their full potential.

Mission Statement

The Catherine Wilson Foundation is committed to improving the quality of life of the citizens of Sarnia Lambton by providing scholarships and agency grants.


  • Integrity and accountability
  • Caring and compassion
  • Responsiveness to the community
  • Empowerment of others

Fields of Interest

  • Education, particularly Great Lakes Secondary School
  • Children, Youth and Family
  • Health, Social and Community Services

Latest News

LETTER OF THANKS FROM 2019 CATHERINE WIL... March 20, 2020 | Comments: 0

February 22, 2020   Catherine Wilson Foundation 2 Ferry Dock Hill Sarnia, Ontario N7T NL8Dear Catherine Wilson Foundation, My name is Emily Van Ewyk and I am honoured to be one of this past year’s recipients of the Catherine Wilson Award. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your generosity in funding this scholarship. Because of your investment, I will be able to pursue my academic career in the... Read more

PHILANTHROPIC ENGLISH TEA... March 9, 2020 | Comments: 0

Bill Chong remembers the first day he met Catherine “Ma” Wilson. The retired owner of Haines Printing was in his first week of Grade Nine when the teacher hauled him by the ear to the front of her class.... Read more