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About knielsen

Karlene Nielsen has been a Community Coordinator with the United Way-funded Ford City Neighbourhood Renewal since 2010. Karlene grew up in Amherstburg and moved to Windsor at 23. Karlene attended the University of Windsor for too many years and has a double honours degree in Sociology/Criminology and a Masters in Social Work. Karlene has previous experience working as a student in the Community University Partnership and her passion for grassroots community work originates from that experience. She takes pride in living in the Ford City community where she is employed working alongside residents, business owners and community members collaboratively towards neighbourhood renewal. In her spare time Karlene skates with the Border City Brawlers roller derby league. Email: or phone 519-915-9583

Ward 5 All Candidates Night Oct 3 6:15pm at 1168 Drouillard

VOTE! If there is one message the candidates for Ward 5 want you to hear it’s VOTE! It’s refreshing to hear this message, it seems there’s a feeling that voting is more important than it has ever been in Windsor/Ward 5’s history. Ward 5 has a historically low voter turn out and the candidates want […]


How Small Changes Are Having A Big Impact- From United Magazine

Above: Gillian Benoit-Gonzalez, centre, with her children Emma Lee and Evan who live in the Ford City neighbourhood of Windsor. All text taken from the Article “Taking Back the Neighbourhood Block by Block by United Way Centraide Windsor Essex, full article here. “Benoit-Gonzalez is a member of the Ford City Residents in Action Committee – a […]


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.