By Stewart Grant
The team at the St Marys Cement plant is seeking two new members to round out its Community Liaison Committee.
The company uses Community Liaison Committees (CLCs) as a way of maintaining open dialogue between its plants and local residents, to exchange information and provide a forum to raise concerns, ask questions and seek mutually beneficial solutions. The CLC at the St. Marys plant is in its third year and meets on a quarterly basis.
“Through the CLC, we’ve shared a lot of information, including positive reports from the Perth District Health Unit and Ministry of Environment,” said Kara Terpstra, Environmental Coordinator at St Marys Cement, which is part of the North American operations of international building materials supplier Votorantim Cimentos. “As a result, we’ve strengthened our relationship with the community and aligned our efforts, a great example being the stack extension that is scheduled for this year that will safely improve dispersion. A lot of meaningful dialogue has taken place as a result of the CLC and we consider that an essential part of our sustainability focus.”
Community members interested in joining the CLC can contact Kara at email@example.com or 519-284-1020, x235. “We plan to conduct a roundtable or other forum with those who apply,” said Terpstra. “We’d like to know why applicants are interested, how long they’ve lived in town, and learn about their experiences with the cement plant so we can ensure a diverse group, representative of the community.”
The CLC’s charter allows for between three and six St. Marys residents as committee members. At present, the four resident committee members are Marti Lindsay, Stewart Grant, Rodger Muir and Marvin Arthur. Other committee members include Joe Soraggi (Plant Manager, St. Marys Cement), Kara Terpstra, Vanessa Barr (Human Resource Manager, St. Marys Cement), Al Strathdee (Mayor, Town of St. Marys), Brent Kittmer (CAO/Clerk, Town of St. Marys), Jim Craigmile (Councillor, Town of St. Marys), and Krysta-Leigh Johnston (District Officer, Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks).
For information on air monitoring activities within the Town of St. Marys, and to review related reports and presentations, please visit the Town website at https://www.townofstmarys.com/en/living-here/air-quality.aspx. At this link, you can also find contacts for the Perth District Health Unit and the Ministry of Environment.
For more background information on the St Marys Cement CLC, please visit
By Stewart Grant