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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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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Windsor Votes 101 – No problem too big…

Don’t read this post yet.  (Okay, you may have to continue on a bit) We have an activity for you before you even start to read about the amazing conversations we had with Windsor citizens on June 19th at the Central branch of the Windsor Public Library. To do it like these people you can […]

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Windsor Votes 2018

If you have read any of our previous posts about the advocacy coming out of Downtown, West End, Ford City, and Glengarry neighbourhoods it should come as no surprise that the neighbourhood strategies are launching an effort – Windsor Votes – to get people out to vote for the 2018 municipal election. But it is […]

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A Light at the End of the Alley (by Sarah Cipkar)

“I used to sit on my porch and think, ‘What did I buy?’ Because it was bad.” Roy Baker bought his house on Church St. 23 years ago. He and his wife Jane upgraded their porch to a wrap-around, where the two of them often sit and watch the goings-on of the street. From his […]


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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.

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