Author Archives: Patrick Firth

About Patrick Firth

Coordinator of The Intiative: Glengarry to Marentette – a United Way Centraide of Windsor – Essex funded neighbourhood improvement strategy – Patrick has been working in community development since June of 2013. With a demanding work and life schedule, authoring blog posts is a good way to pursue his passion for writing, photography, and community building.
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2019 Windsor Municipal Budget 101

Between alleys, parks, public dumping / bulk item pickup, arts and culture, outreach services, and the many other investments for Windsor City Council to discuss this coming April 1st and 2nd, it’s a fine balance to land somewhere between investing in programs and services that are needed for strong (safe, clean, and unique) neighbourhoods, and […]

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Windsor Votes 301 – No Big Surprises

At least six different Wards were represented by the twenty-five or so people who came out to the last educational Windsor Votes session – 301, “Local Issues that Matter to You.” We encouraged participants to keep in mind that the people who were sitting at their table were not necessarily living in the same Ward, […]

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Windsor Votes 201 – What is your pledge?

Maybe you couldn’t come out and help your fellow Windsorites solve some voting themed puzzles in order to stop a zombie plague from taking over our democratic system – yes, this is a thing that happened at Gino A Marcus community centre on July 19th. The fun doesn’t end there.  You can still be a […]

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Water Bottle Art, a How To and a Why

Okay, this is easy to do. Not super, super easy like making Mac’n’Cheese from a box (at least I hope that’s easy for you…), but compared to the rest of the work that residents and neighbourhood strategy staff do, it is easy. Not only is it easy, it also has a few benefits. But here […]

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Our Neighbourhoods

The Initiative envisions a thriving and distinct Glengarry-Marentette, one of many vibrant neighbourhoods in Windsor, where neighbours work and celebrate together and have taken ownership of the community’s future.

Our mission is to renew the city through nurturing neighbourhood community. In each walkable street there are growing friendships and a leadership that work together to see their streets being safe places and a place that we want to live in.

A neighbourhood engagement initiative dedicated to working with the community members of the Ford City area to increase neighbourhood safety, neighbourhood events, improve neighbourhood infrastructure, and connect resources that support the residential and commercial revitalization of Ford City.

A grassroots organization committed to making West Windsor a better place to live, work and play. Through our community organizing efforts, we strive to engage and empower residents by providing the infrastructure and tools necessary for them to succeed.