“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller
Fall is a time of new beginnings and of giving thanks.
Each month, my message here focuses on good news stories, upcoming events, community celebrations and the projects that unite us all. I will do that this month also, because that’s what this publication is about. But first, I want to take a moment to again acknowledge what our community has faced these last few weeks. At the end of the summer, Windsor-Essex was hit with a storm that devastated many of our homes, destroyed our irreplaceable belongings, broke our hearts, and left all of us looking for answers. I want to thank each and every member of this community who has stepped up to help take stock, to stand united, to be a neighbour and a friend to the people around you.
Thank you for demonstrating the spirit of Windsor – a spirit cultivated over the last 125 years and even before that. When we celebrate our important milestones as we have all year, we are celebrating that Windsor spirit. It is that spirit that makes me proud to lead this community. It is that spirit that will get us through this latest challenge we are facing. And believe me... we are facing it together.
Please take time to visit www.citywindsor.ca for information on the City’s Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy Program, and read through some of the information advertised in this publication on this and the downspout disconnection program.
Thank you to those who made our latest Celebrating2017 Signature Event – Open Streets Windsor – Ontario 150 Celebration such a success. Residents and visitors once again had the opportunity to experience and explore Windsor in a whole new way through this initiative, continuing to build a strong sense of civic pride.
Ward Meetings continue this month with everyone encouraged to attend and share your ideas and thoughts on neighbourhood issues that are important to your ward. We want to hear from you, and this is a great opportunity to help make that happen.
With a focus on the safety and well-being of our residents, and under the theme of “Every Second Counts”, Windsor Fire & Rescue Services presents Fire Prevention Week Oct 8 to 14, offering a full week of activities, events and programs that reinforce the need for everyone to have an escape plan and to prioritize safety.
Windsor’s Poet Laureate Marty Gervais hosts a group of poets laureate from across Canada at Willistead Manor on Oct 17 with Poetry at the Manor – Vol 5. This annual event offers up an intimate evening of poetry and storytelling, and is traditionally standing-room only. Guests this year will notice that our heritage gem is undergoing important restoration work with support from the Canada 150 Fund.
This month, Museum Windsor’s Chimczuk Museum opens the new exhibit J.P. Wiser’s: A Photographic History, and celebrates Culture Days 2017 with free admission on Sept 30 and Oct 1, along with prohibition-themed activities. Also Oct 1, the museum – with the Art Gallery of Windsor – presents another Sandwich Heritage Walking Tour. museumwindsor.ca.
Meanwhile, on Oct 21, we celebrate the grand opening of the W.F. Chisholm Branch “Auto Archives” Library, which adds another asset to our community.
To find out about the events, activities and celebrations continuing this fall, visit www.celebrating2017.ca, www.citywindsor.ca, www.snapdwindsor.com, and check out the Activity Guide. Be sure to also check in on our Facebook page – Windsor Celebrating 2017 – for new campaigns, initiatives and updates to special celebratory community events all year long.
Whatever you do, however you enjoy the month, I encourage you to join with your family, friends and neighbours to keep Celebrating2017. Even in dark and low moments, we have so very much to be thankful for.
Mayor Drew Dilkens,
City of Windsor