Local leaders under 40 to be honoured by LWE


Media Advisory
February 16, 2018

Windsor, ON –  Leadership Windsor/Essex (LWE) is honouring 40 leaders under 40 who are not only emerging leaders in their profession, but are also giving back to their community in meaningful ways.

The Leadership Windsor/Essex 40 Leaders Under 40 Awards are new to Windsor-Essex, and recognize 40 civic-minded community leaders who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to Windsor-Essex County by selflessly undertaking goodwill activities and/or providing community service for the betterment of the region. The top 40 leaders will be recognized at an awards night on March 28, 2018 at Caesars Windsor. The public is welcome to attend this event.

In November and December, the community submitted over 150 nominations. From amongst this list of outstanding individuals, the top 40 award recipients were selected by an advisory panel representative of the public, private, and non-profit sectors in Windsor and Essex County. Recipients were selected based on three main criteria – active community involvement, meaningful impact on the community as a result of their leadership and/or personal actions, and has inspired others with their leadership and advocacy on key issues facing our community.

“We were extremely impressed with the response of the community. To have so many people nominated is a clear signal of the outstanding work being done in our community,” says LWE Program Director Sherrilynn Colley-Vegh.  “These diverse, talented, innovative young leaders are valuable assets to our community and it’s a wonderful opportunity to celebrate their success.”

LWE is pleased to recognize the top 40 recipients:

Dr. Maxwell Abraham
Remy Allison
Jonathon Azzopardi
Andrew Banar
Michael Bennett
Katharen Bortolin
Jeremy Bracken
David Burman
Jayce Carver
Adam Castle
Michael Cholubko
Cessidia De Biasio
Marcus Deans

Sara Grace Donally
Andrew Dowie
Paul Dufour
Natasha E Feghali
Celesta Gaba
Dr. Vincent Georgie
Nour Hachem-Fawaz
Alison Hunter
Dr. Irek Kusmierczyk
Wes Langlois
Ryan Lemay
Naomi Ruth Levitz
Sarah Lewis

Jada Malott
Lina-Marie Mastronardi
Sarah Morris
Sarah Mushtaq 
Lorraine Oloya
Natalie Packer
Sierra Parr
Kara Picco
Myla Picco
Yvonne Pilon
Austin Roth
Kiera Royle
Danielle Tartaro (Grossi)
Zain Ismail

From amongst the top 40 recipients, a few names will also be put forward to the Canadian 40 Leaders Under 40 Awards. Forty under Forty® has been a symbol of leadership, innovation, excellence in community involvement in cities across Canada for many years. This awards event enhances and validates Windsor – Essex’s current and next generation of community leaders.

In the coming weeks, LWE – a program of United Way – will announce the 40 Under 40 Keynote Speaker and more details about the event. Tickets are $75. To purchase tickets to this must-attend event visit www.weareunited.com. Follow LWE on Twitter to be the first to hear the latest news. United Way recognizes the sponsorship of Caesars Windsor Cares in providing the venue for this community event.

About the Leadership Windsor/Essex Program

Leadership Windsor/Essex is a program of United Way that began 16 years ago with the goal of identifying and building strong civic-minded leaders. LWE is one of 22 leadership programs across Canada and is a non-profit voluntary program that provides community experiences, knowledge and skill building opportunities for rising leaders from all sectors of the community, and creates leadership capacity to support the community-based voluntary sector and to help build a strong Windsor-Essex County.  LWE Alumni are a network of people from different sectors of the community who can work together to strengthen the community. 

Visit www.leadershipwindsor-essex.org to learn more or read this recent article.

Media Contact: Sherrilynn Colley-Vegh, Director, Leadership Windsor/Essex
scolley-vegh@weareunited.com   |   t: 519-258-0000 extension 1186   |   m : 519-919-6505
Twitter @LeadershipWE  

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

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