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2017 Volunteers Changing Lives Awards presented by United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex

2017 Volunteers Changing Lives Awards

Feature photo: Windsor Mold Group (L-R): Ellen van Wageningen, Windsor Star Editor in Chief, Chad Harris, Boula Jabbour, Karen Speers, David Mastronardi, Rachel Miceli and Barry Horrobin, Chair of the United Way Board of Directors. Photo by Erica Dufour.

2017 Volunteers Changing Lives Awards, Meet the Volunteers Making a Difference in Our Community

Volunteers who give their time selflessly to make positive change in Windsor-Essex were in the spotlight at the 2017 Volunteers Changing Lives Awards Celebration, presented by United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County, in partnership with Windsor Star, Tuesday, April 25, 2017.

“The 2017 Volunteers Changing Lives Award recipients have exceeded all expectations when it comes to sharing their time, skills, and knowledge,” says Barry Horrobin, Chair of the United Way Board of Directors. “I’d like to offer my congratulations and sincere thanks to all of the recipients, nominees and volunteers who dedicate countless hours to making a difference, right here at home.”

Seven awards were presented 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.

“Volunteers in Windsor and Essex County are an inspiration to us all. Windsor Star is proud to be part of an event that celebrates their contributions to this community,” says Beverly Becker, director of local marketing & special projects at Windsor Star.

Awards were presented to…

Milica Kulidzan – Changing Lives by Helping Kids Be All That They Can Be

Milica teaches basketball at Leadership Advancement for Women and Sports.  She uses her sports expertise and leadership skills to motivate, inspire, empower and positively influence young girls from Windsor’s economically disadvantaged areas.

Lorena Shepley – Changing Lives by Moving People from Poverty To Possibility

For over 20 years now Lorena has been an active volunteer and advocate in our community. Her activism stems from her own experiences with poverty. Lorena divides her time addressing poverty on many fronts including homelessness, environmental issues, and through community empowerment.

Oday Al-Taie – Changing Lives by Building Strong Communities

Oday Al-Taie has been actively and consistently involved in the programs of the Multicultural Council of Windsor and Essex County.  Utilizing his fluency in English, Arabic, and French, he has countless refugee and newcomer families transition to a new life in Windsor and Essex County. Once a refugee himself, Odai is familiar with the challenges facing newcomers.

Youth Advisory Committee, Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Society – Youth Changing Lives

The Youth Advisory Committee of the Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Society is a group of organized and committed youth in care who focus on, and advocate for, ALL youth in care locally and provincially. Through their participation in provincial projects, as well as the planning and the delivering of many events throughout the year, they raise awareness about what it means to be a child or youth in care.

Roger Dzugan – Retirees Changing Lives

Roger is one of those individuals who are just as busy in retirement as when he was working full-time at Ford. For the last several years he has been extremely involved in the United Way’s fundraising efforts. He has been a member of the United Way’s Retiree Volunteer Council for the last 5 years and is currently Chairperson. Roger also sits on the United Way Campaign Cabinet.

Windsor Mold Group – Changing Lives through the Workplace

Windsor Mold Group generously supports the United Way through their annual workplace campaign, corporate support and sponsorships and participation in United Way events. Their employees are heavily involved in a multitude of community events and fundraising activities.

Jill Thompson, Art Attack – Windsor Star’s Civic Beautification Award

Art Attack Windsor is a project created to brighten up outdoor spaces through the use of murals and installations.  This project was started by local art-activist Jill Thompson. By working carefully with artists, local organizations, and businesses, Art Attack Windsor helps build a more vibrant community with beautiful, uplifting pieces of art for the entire community to enjoy.

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