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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Cooling Down: ‘Post’-Work of the Engaged Citizen

They are listening “So, how did it go?” Whenever you get through an advocacy effort of this size the question always has a tinge of cautious optimism, and – if the questioner is sympathetic – an expectation that they may have to console you if things didn’t go your way. Because the question really is, […]

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Warming Up: Pre-Work of the Engaged Citizen

It was cold on January 3rd, twelve days before Windsor’s Mayor and Council discuss and decide on the municipal budget for 2018. That meant there was a lot of stomping feet, shedding of mitts and gloves, scarves and heavy jackets for the over twenty people who braved the front end of a cold snap to […]

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Pierogies and Budget Items: Flexing Your Engaged Citizen Muscles for Windsor City Budget Deliberations

Pierogies On Friday, February 17th of this year I couldn’t tell you what the weather was like, what I wore, or even what I did at work that day. What I can tell you is that I ate too much, and a lot of what was stuffing me that night was pierogies. I’m not the […]

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Getting Proactive with Windsor’s Vacant Buildings: The Vacant Building Registry

From her second floor Glengarry – Marentette apartment she has a low flying bird’s eye view of the vacant building across the road. She can watch the grass and weeds grow on the lot – the excessive growth making it more interesting than it sounds. She can watch the once vibrant pink paint flake off […]


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