Windsor Mayor Awards honour community-minded locals
'Whenever you give something, you'll get something back'
The 2017 Mayor Award's honoured 29 individuals and groups who helped make Windsor a better city during a special ceremony Monday night.
The one-time only awards evening was part of a celebration of the city's 125th birthday. Citizens were able to submit applications for awards, then a three-person panel short-listed two for each category, with the mayor Drew Dilkens choosing the winner.
Six-year-old Olivia Lefaive won the civic booster youth award.
Dilkens said she has filled balloons for an event at the Ronald McDonald house, served food at Street Help and challenged the principal of her school to raise more money than her for the Terry Fox Run.
"No surprise Olivia won," he said.
But her giving didn't stop there. Lefaive ended up winning an iPad, but knew a girl who didn't have one, so she gave it to her.
"Whenever you give something, you'll get something back," she explained.
It's been a fun-filled year for Lefavie, who has completed about 10 different community acts this year, including a canned food drive.
She said the more she's able to do, the better.
"It helps more people and we get sponsors. Then we get more and can give more."
The list of recipients include:
- Access Award - Autism Services Inc. of Windsor & Essex County
- Athletics & Recreation - Austin Roth
- Arts - Jolie Inthavong and Windsor Light Music Theater
- 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 Cater
- Healthy Community - Dr. Sarah Woodruff Atkinson
- Heritage - Hour-a-Day Study Club and University of Windsor
- 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 and 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