The 2021 “I Believe In My Community” Award Recipients

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The 2021 “I Believe In My Community” Award Recipients

’Tis the season of virtual awards!

Since we cannot gather in person to celebrate award recipients, due to the ongoing pandemic, many organizations have wisely chosen to hold virtual ceremonies or special tributes so their annual awards can still take place — obviously in a different format.

Biz X is no different, and last year our Biz X Award winners had their acceptance speeches run on the “Plugged In” program on YourTV. Since it worked out well, most likely this will be the same procedure again for 2021.Our awards process begins in the summer issue (July/August) when nominations open up, so mark your calendars now to get involved and help us find the cream of the crop!

In the meantime, I try to promote other award programs whenever I can in the magazine and on our website.

After all the winners and nominees deserve as much recognition as possible!

It’s their time to shine and we want to make sure everyone knows about the good work they are doing in our region.
For my column now, I focus on United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County’s “I Believe in My Community” awards presented to individuals and organizations that have shown extraordinary love for Windsor and Essex County.

This year, the awards were presented to the incredibly deserving winners with the help of social media.

These awards were made possible thanks to this year’s campaign sponsor and awards sponsor, UNIFOR Local 444.
Congratulations to the recipients of the 2021 “I Believe in My Community” Awards as follows. . .

  • Diageo Canada and UNIFOR Local 200
  • Emerging Philanthropists UnEvent Fundraising Committee —Andy Aodisho, Stephanie Dunn, Radha Patel, Alex Smith, Kristina Stojkovski and Jocelyn Winter
  • Jerry Logan, UNIFOR Local 444, ZF Automotive
  • Leilani Logronio, CUPE Local 82
  • Stellantis Canada
  • Windsor Regional Hospital and ONA Local 8, OPSEU Local 101, UNIFOR 2458, PIPSC
  • Windsor Star — Postmedia and Communication Workers of America Guild Local 30553, UNIFOR Local 240, UNIFOR Local 517-G

Take a few minutes out of your busy schedules and check out the video tributes online at: and YouTube, to see why each recipient was selected.

These individuals, workplaces and unions have gone above and beyond to give back to our community during COVID-19, and helped United Way to share the impact of its work and the work of its funded partners, with donors and the community. Congrats once again to all!


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Deborah Jones – Publisher of Biz X Magazine Deborah Jones graduated from the University of Windsor with an Honours Degree in Communication Studies and was employed at two other local magazines shortly after for a few years learning all she could about writing, advertising, public relations and more. She made the jump in 1998 to go out on her own to publish Biz X magazine and has worked in the publishing industry since 1990. In 2007, she earned the “Entrepreneur of the Year” award from the Windsor & District Chamber of Commerce. To date, she is the ONLY woman so far to receive this award. In 2013, she received one of the first “Windsor Women of the Year” awards from the Ladies Exclusive Alliance. Her most recent achievement is a “2016 Vocational Service Award” from the Rotary Club of Windsor Roseland. Deborah is proud to live in Windsor and truly cares about each and every business and strives to make Windsor Essex the best place to live, work and play.