There’s been much talk about 2017 being a year to celebrate heritage milestones for our city, province and country. As April begins, I’m happy to say the exciting celebrations are underway. The City of Windsor has proudly launched Celebrating2017 – our year-long initiative to mark Windsor’s 125th Birthday, and the 150th Anniversary of Ontario and Canada. Our special web section – celebrating2017.ca – showcases the Signature Events, Community Events, National Initiatives, Legacy Projects and more that will all help make this a year to remember.
We are fortunate to receive generous funding from the Government of Canada for four infrastructure Legacy Projects, as well as our 125th Birthday Party and from the Government of Ontario for our Open Streets Windsor – Ontario150 Edition. Some 2017 Signature Events include the MasterCard Memorial Cup, brought to you in partnership with the Windsor Spitfires; the raising of the Great Canadian Flag; the Canada Day Parade and Citizenship Ceremony; new exhibitions that showcase our history at the Chimczuk Museum; “A Group of Seven” poetry project led by our Poet Laureate, Marty Gervais; and the opening of the “W” Time Capsule sealed in 1992. We honour our military with the Remembrance Day gathering and services to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Dieppe Raid, the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, and many other moments when Canadians fought for freedom. In addition to many community anniversaries this year - our Windsor Police Service marks its 150th, St. Clair College celebrates its 50th, and Our Lady of the Assumption Parish marks a milestone 250th.
We know the list of events, activities and initiatives will grow. Working in partnership with our friends at snapd Windsor, our site offers a Community Events Calendar to add your Windsor125, Ontario150 and Canada150 information. These opportunities all contribute to building a vibrant Windsor that celebrates its people and its places, now and into the future. 2017 belongs to us all. I invite everyone to visit the site and share your stories. We are the authors of the next chapter of Windsor’s history ... what an incredible opportunity this is.
Also this month, I encourage everyone to support our Canadian divers as they compete at the thrilling FINA/NVC Diving World Series, April 21-23 at the Windsor International Aquatic and Training Centre presented by WFCU Credit Union. Check out three new exhibits at the Chimczuk Museum (museumwindsor.ca), a World War I Walking Tour, and various activities planned for Earth Day. To find out more about the events, activities and celebrations coming to Windsor this April, visit citywindsor.ca and snapdwindsor.com, and check out the Activity Guide.
Happy 125th Birthday to the City of Windsor. Happy 150th Anniversary to Canada and Ontario. I’m happy to be sharing in these celebrations with all of you.
Mayor Drew Dilkens,
City of Windsor