Celebrating 2017 Mayor's Awards
In honour of the City’s 125th anniversary of incorporation, Mayor Drew Dilkens launched the Celebrating 2017 Mayor’s Awards to recognize passionate, community-minded citizens and organizations who have helped to make Windsor the great city it is.
An overwhelming number of applications were received during the nomination period from October 16 to November 24.
“2017 has been a year full of celebration and remembrance, and it has been a great year for Windsor,” said Mayor Dilkens. “As a way to wrap up the year, I wanted to turn our attention inward and celebrate the people who silently make Windsor a great place to live but never ask for attention or recognition. The number and quality of nominations we received shows how dedicated our city is and how connected we are as a community. I am proud of all the recipients and am honoured to present them with a Celebrating 2017 Mayor’s Award.”
The Celebrating 2017 Mayor’s Award Recipients
- Access Award: Autism Services Inc. of Windsor & Essex County
- Athletics & Recreation: Austin Roth
- Arts: Jolie Inthavong (individual); Windsor Light Music Theatre (group)
- Champion of the Environment: Anne Widholm
- Civic Booster: Gale Ann Carter
- Civic Booster Youth: Olivia Lefaive
- Diversity: Heather Mantle
- Education: Philip Laurie
- Good Neighbour: Patricia Carter
- Healthy Community: Dr. Sarah Woodruff Atkinson
- Heritage: Hour-a-Day Study Club (small); University of Windsor (large)
- Innovation: Dr. Siyaram Pandey
- Inspiration: Charlotte Watkins
- Mentor: Mike Lepine
- Outstanding Fundraising: Liz Nehme
- Outstanding Youth 13 and Under: Alison Stamatiadis & Grace Bornais
- Outstanding Youth 14-18: Karl Zhu
- Outstanding Youth 19-24: Anshika Jain
- Safety: Windsor Police Auxiliary
- Senior: Madelene Chase; Susanne Lengyel
- Social Media: WEtech Alliance
- Sports: Kevin Stubbington (care of Cristal Couvillon)
- Team Excellence: Friends of Fontainbleau
- Team Excellence Youth: Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Society Youth Advisory Committee
- Spirit of Windsor: Dave Woodall
Each recipient has demonstrated extraordinary efforts to make Windsor a better place not just for themselves but for their neighbours, friends and their community.
A panel of three jury members independently scored the nominations, narrowing the applicants to the top two in each category. Mayor Drew Dilkens made the final selection between the two finalists.
The Mayor's Panel consisted of:
- The 1992 Centennial Celebration Coordinator Gisele Seguin
- City Councillor during the 1992 Centennial Celebration Margaret Williams
- Member of the Mayor's Youth Leadership Team Gursimran Virk
The award recipients were recognized Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at Willistead Manor.
 Mayor's Good Neighbour Award: A good neighbour pays attention to the needs of their fellow residents and is the first to offer assistance. This award looks to recognize individuals that carry out small but regular acts of kindness that make a real difference to neighbours and friends.
 Mayor's Team Excellence Award: Working together as a team can have a significant impact on a community project or fundraising venture. This award will recognize a group of four or more people that volunteer their time for a Windsor organization or project.
 Mayor's Diversity Award: This award seeks to celebrate an individual or group that has shown outstanding leadership in fostering inclusion within our diverse community.
Mayor's Outstanding Youth Awards (4 categories): More than ever, youth are becoming active members of our volunteer force. These awards look to recognize outstanding youth volunteers in four categories.
 Mayor's Outstanding Youth Award: 13 years and younger.
 Mayor's Outstanding Youth Award: 14 to 18 years.
 Mayor's Outstanding Youth Award: 19 to 24 years.
 Mayor's Team Excellence Youth Award: Groups of 4 or more.
 Mayor's Outstanding Fundraising Award: Many Windsor organizations rely on the time and talent of local volunteers to raise funds for important community projects. This award seeks to recognize a volunteer whose unwavering spirit has been the foundation of fundraising campaigns for one or more organizations in the City of Windsor.
 Mayor's Civic Booster Award: A civic booster is someone dedicated to making their community a better place to live. This award is for someone who deserves recognition for the time they have committed to making Windsor a better place to live, now and in the future.
 Mayor's Civic Booster Youth Award: This award is for someone 18 years or younger who has devoted time to making Windsor a better place to live.
 Mayor's Accessibility Award: The Mayor's Accessibility Award recognizes an individual, business or organization that has made a difference in the lives of people living with a disability in the City of Windsor.
 Mayor's Celebrating 2017 Arts Award: This award recognizes an individual or organization that, through their volunteerism, has contributed to nurturing and enhancing the arts in the City of Windsor.
 Mayor's Heritage Award: This award looks to recognize an individual or organization that has made an outstanding contribution to preserving the history and heritage of our city.
 Mayor's Senior Award: This award looks to recognize a Windsor resident who is 65 years or older and who has made a significant contribution to a local organization or community effort.
 Mayor's Education Award: Providing good education and learning opportunities is paramount for any community to succeed. This award will recognize someone who has either improved learning opportunities for residents, or brought recognition to Windsor through their own academic achievements.
 Mayor's Healthy Community Award: This award will recognize an individual or organization that has worked to make Windsor a healthier community.
 Mayor's Sports Award: Windsor is home to many successful athletes. This award will honour an individual or group that has brought recognition to Windsor through their achievement in sport.
 Mayor's Athletics and Recreation Award: This award will recognize an individual or group for their efforts to improve athletics and recreation in the city.
 Mayor's Champion of the Environment Award: This award will honour an individual or organization whose action and achievements have shown outstanding environmental leadership.
 Mayor's Safety Award: This award will recognize an individual or group that works to promote the safety of our neighbourhoods and communities. They may help victims of crime, organize to reduce violence or build partnerships to promote safety.
 Mayor's Innovation Award: The recipient of this award will have brought recognition to the City of Windsor as a result of their innovative ideas, research, technologies or processes.
 Mayor's Social Media Award: This award will recognize a local person or organization that has used social media to promote Windsor and its citizens in a positive way.
 Mayor's Mentor Award: This award will recognize a Windsor resident who dedicates personal time to mentoring youth in his or her field.
 Mayor's Inspiration Award: This award will recognize a Windsorite who inspires others through their own actions. This could be someone who overcame great adversity, or someone who continually inspires others to achieve.
 Spirit of Windsor Award: The highest honour during our Celebrating 2017 year. This award will be given to a citizen in the community who has shown exemplary dedication to the City of Windsor over a continued period of time.