Local Historian Honoured for Streetcar Vision
Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens is proud to congratulate resident Bernie Drouillard on receiving the 2020 Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) Award of Excellence.
This national award recognizes a single major contribution made by an individual, which has resulted in the betterment of a public transit initiative.
Bernie Drouillard, local historian and community advocate for preserving public transit in the city of Windsor, made an astounding discovery over a decade ago that would lead to the restoration of Streetcar No. 351, one of only three known streetcars that remain out of twenty that operated in Windsor in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Through Bernie’s connections, the streetcar was sold to the City of Windsor in 2017 after Mayor Drew Dilkens presented City Council with a plan to purchase, restore and develop a space where it would be displayed in an area accessible to the public.
“Bernie went above and beyond and inspired many to work together to restore this vital piece of transit history,” said Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens. “Bernie is a deserving recipient of this award for his continued commitment to preserving and bridging the knowledge gap in the history of transit for the City of Windsor.”
The award was presented during CUTA’s virtual awards ceremony, part of the association’s weeklong virtual transit conference.
Learn more about Streetcar No. 351 and the Celestial Beacon, where the streetcar will eventually be relocated.