Meet the Volunteers Making a Difference in Our Community

Media Release
April 17, 2018

Windsor, ON – Volunteers who give their time selflessly to make positive change in Windsor-Essex were in the spotlight at the Volunteers Changing Lives Awards Celebration, presented by United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County, in partnership with Windsor Star, Tuesday, April 17, 2018.

“On behalf of United Way and our community, I wish to congratulate the recipients and nominees of the 2018 Volunteers Changing Lives Awards,” said Barry Horrobin, Chair of the United Way Board of Directors. “Our community is a better place thanks to the generosity, commitment and dedication of the thousands of volunteers that give selflessly of their time and talent every single day.”

Seven awards were handed out to volunteers in Windsor and Essex County whose contributions support United Way’s strategic priorities, and Windsor Star’s Civic Beautification Award, in memory of Bill Higgins.

“Windsor Star is proud to partner with United Way to recognize and celebrate the many generous volunteers in our community,” said Beverly Becker, Director, Local Marketing, Windsor Star. “We are certainly inspired by the recipients of the 2018 Volunteers Changing Lives Awards and wish to thank them for all that they do to support our great community,” she added.

Awards were presented to:

Christian Ieraci - Changing Lives by Helping Kids Be All That They Can Be

Community Services Committee UNIFOR Local 444 -
Changing Lives by Moving People from Poverty To Possibility 

Doreen Gibson - Changing Lives by Building Strong Communities

Richard O’Brien - Youth Changing Lives

Michelina Busico - Retirees Changing Lives

CUPE Local 82 - Changing Lives through the Workplace

Jake Rondot - Windsor Star’s Civic Beautification Award

 


 

Christian Ieraci - Changing Lives by Helping Kids Be All That They Can Be
Christian has been a volunteer assistant coach for Holy Names High School for the past 5 years. He has positively impacted the lives of numerous youth by displaying exemplary mentoring skills on and off the field. Students attribute their personal success and growth as leaders to Christian’s guidance, challenging them to face adversity, learn from their mistakes and not to be afraid of failure.

Community Services Committee UNIFOR Local 444 – Sue Najem, Chair
Changing Lives by Moving People from Poverty To Possibility The mandate of the Community Services Committee of Local 444 is to the assist those members of our community who are in need. This is accomplished by lending assistance to existing community service agencies, or by taking on the cause themselves. Members volunteer on their own time and often get their families involved in the projects as well.

Doreen Gibson - Changing Lives by Building Strong Communities
Doreen was nominated by the Community Support Centre of Essex County, not just for her work with the Horticultural Society, which beautifies our community, but as a community leader and volunteer in many areas including the Laubach Literacy Program and Meals on Wheels.

Richard O’Brien - Youth Changing Lives
From a young age, Richard attended fundraisers alongside his Mom. When his Mom faced significant health challenges, Richard was there every step of the way, encouraging and supporting her. Richard is a volunteer at a youth camp, a nonprofit dance company and helps out with many local fundraisers. For the past 6 years, Richard has been involved with the Hospice of Windsor and Essex County as a client and volunteer. His biggest passion is mentoring in the Hospice Guitar for Teens program.

Michelina Busico - Retirees Changing Lives
Michelina (Lina) Busico has been a volunteer with The Hospice of Windsor Essex County after taking the 10 week Patient Care Volunteer Training in 2003. Lina follows the mission and vision of the organization where she supports, educates and empowers those who are affected by or caring for a person with a life altering diagnosis in order to help them achieve their desired quality of life.

CUPE Local 82 - Changing Lives through the Workplace
CUPE Local 82’s membership is made up of City of Windsor outside workers. Through community engagement CUPE Local 82 raises awareness and participation with a direct call to action approach by encouraging their members to contribute to the community through fundraising, special events, and supporting projects. They mobilize their members and their services, investing sweat equity and working together toward causes to improve the quality of life for the people in our community.

Jake Rondot - Windsor Star’s Civic Beautification Award
Jake Rondot has been a member for the Board of Directors of the Walkerville Business Improvement Association since 2007. Jake has led a significant and collaborative effort to reinvent the Walkerville BIA through policy development, volunteer recruitment, strategic planning, and civic beautification.

 


  



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