Last month, I had the pleasure of joining with all of the volunteers, partners, sponsors, staff, artists, entertainers, and everyone who came out to celebrate the City of Windsor’s milestone 125th Birthday. My sincere thanks to the Government of Canada’s Building Communities Through Arts & Heritage program for the generous support toward this milestone birthday.
We also welcomed the Memorial Cup, hosted by our very own Windsor Spitfires (congratulations to the Windsor Spitfires - the 2017 Mastercard Memorial Cup Champions!); unveiled plans for two new public art installations on the shared site of the Chimczuk Museum, Art Gallery of Windsor, and Family Aquatic Complex; gathered to open the 1992 Centennial “W” Time Capsule; celebrated the 150th Anniversary of our Windsor Police Service, and the 50th Anniversary of St. Clair College; and witnessed the historic raising of our new, massive Great Canadian Flag, which - with thanks to the Great Canadian Flag Project Team and the Canada 150 Fund - has a permanent home along our waterfront.
This was all part of Celebrating2017 – our year-long initiative to mark Windsor’s 125th Birthday and the 150th Anniversary of Ontario and Canada. The campaign is well underway, with www.celebrating2017.ca showcasing the Signature Events, Community Events, National Initiatives, Legacy Projects and more that will help make this a year to remember. Be sure to also check out our Facebook page - Windsor Celebrating 2017 – for new campaigns and initiatives and updates to special celebratory events all year long.
What a month!
The excitement continues this June, with an action-packed calendar that has something for everyone. Stealing from the Senior’s Month slogan, I invite you to “Live Your Best Life” by enjoying and embracing all that will be available to recognize Tourism Week (June 1-5), Recreation and Parks Month, Seniors Month and Bike Month. Experience Art in the Park (June 3-4); the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix (June 2-4); Meet-A-Machine (June 17); National Aboriginal Day and free admission at the Chimczuk Museum (June 21); “Tembo” and the baby elephants community wash (June 24); the Annual Detroit River Ford Fireworks (June 26); Social Media Day (June 30); and Canada Day 150, which includes our annual Citizenship Ceremony, and discounted admission options at Adventure Bay Family Water Park presented by WFCU Credit Union (July 1); and – believe it or not – much more ...
Also in June, consider sharing the moments you believe are the most memorable for Windsor from 1892 to 2017; moments that made us proud, that moved us forward as a community, that ultimately defined us as a city. Post your moments using the hashtag #mywindsormemory, or email email@example.com all year long.
The summer season is finally upon us. To find out more about the events, activities and celebrations coming to Windsor this June, visit celebrating2017.ca, citywindsor.ca, snapdwindsor.com, and check out the Activity Guide. Whatever you do, however you enjoy the month, I encourage you to join with your family, friends and neighbours to keep Celebrating2017.
Mayor Drew Dilkens,
City of Windsor