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Sunday, September 21, 2014

WEST MESH a Huge Success!


It gives me great pleasure to announce that WEST MESH was a huge success!

We had 25 west-end groups and stakeholders on hand displaying all of the positive things they are doing in our west-end community and 367 total participants!!!

A big thank you to Julian Franch and the Our West End Roundtable for hosting the event.

Below are some pictures.


Windsor Soup Looking for West-End Residents and Groups to Participate


Windsor Soup is looking for West-End Groups and people to participate. Check out their email to me below:

Hi Fabio, 

here is some information on Windsor SOUP. 

Windsor SOUP provides individuals within the community an opportunity to come together and experience a unique collaboration of non-profit projects within the community. At each event hosted, four different community projects will have the opportunity to raise awareness to the public, addressing the need and impact of their project.

Each person that comes to the event will receive soup, salad, bread and a vote with a minimum $5 donation. People will have a chance to socialize with other members of the community, and learn about other projects that are happening within Windsor. Four presenters from different community projects will have the opportunity to discuss their projects, answer any questions, and at the end of the presentations votes are cast. The project that receives the greatest amount of votes by the end of the night receives the collected donations from the door.

Interested participants are asked to fill out an application form found online (http://pathwaytopotential.ca/windsor-soup/

Our next event is on Sunday October 5th at 7pm at the Walkerville Brewery. 

The Bloomfield House Presents: Songs We Sing Together


I received this email from TJ Travis, founder of the Bloomfield House:

Hello Friends!

The Bloomfield House - is excited to have been given the opportunity to provide a free music program to the community and it has been a pleasure watching it grow as it has brought a great group of people together.

This coming Friday, our music program is hosting a fundraising concert that will feature a budding choir that came together under the Bloomfield House roof.

We hope that you'll be able to support this fundraiser, as Victor Hugo once mused - "Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent."

Ticket's are a suggested donation of $10 and they can be purchased at The Bloomfield House or at the door the day of the event.


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

West Mesh! Come Celebrate Great People and Organizations in the West-End!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                           Tuesday Sept 16TH, 2014

Our West End Neighbourhood Initiative presents:

 West Mesh, Get Connected to your neighbours and community!

The greater West Windsor community is invited to a celebration of our neighbourhoods and organizations. Join us for an afternoon filled with fun, games and entertainment.  Together, we are Our West End.

            Where: Mic Mac Park, 1125 Prince Rd.
            When: Saturday Sept 20th, 12pm-4pm Free event
            Contact: Fabio Costante, Founder, Our West End     

            fabiocostante@gmail.com,    519-567-8719

Our West End, a proud funded partner of United Way/Centaide Windsor Essex County, and the Our West End Roundtable is looking forward to having you join us in celebrating the West End of Windsor during an afternoon of engaging activities, live entertainment, and delicious food.  Admission to the celebration is free   and all are welcome.


United Way Centraide Windsor Essex County: 

Creating Thriving Neighbourhoods

United Way has identified creating thriving neighbourhoods as one of three key priority areas in creating Community Impact.  Strategic investment in Healthy Neighbourhood Strategies like Our West End supports residents in civic engagement to grow, strengthen and improve their neighbourhoods.

Last Year United Way-funded programs recruited 385 volunteers to dedicate more than 6,400 hours to improve their neighbourhood by revitalizing the surroundings, increasing safety, and building leadership skills of residents. This represents more than double the volunteer hours dedicated to creating stronger neighbourhoods.   United Way; growing communities for a stronger City of Windsor.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

West Mesh - celebrating some of the great things and people in Our West End


Our West End, in collaboration with the Our West End Roundtable is coordinating a community celebration called West Mesh. West Mesh will be taking place at Mic Mac Park on Saturday, September 20th, between 12:00pm and 4:00pm. The goal of the event is to facilitate the interaction of community residents through an afternoon of engaging activities, lively entertainment, and food. Furthermore, the celebration will highlight the community resources available in the West End of Windsor.

A few of the community stakeholders participating in the event include:
West End Crawlers
- Life After Fifty
- Bridgeview Community Outreach Group
- Bloomfield House
- Welcome Centre
- Adie Knox Herman Recreation Complex
- John McGivney Children's Centre
- Sandwich Teen Action Group
- New Beginnings
- Great Beginnings
- New Canadians Centre of Excellence
- Cross Town Players
- Crime Stoppers
- Windsor Public Library
- Ambassador Baptist Church
- West Side Church of Christ
- And more ...

For further information please contact Julian Franch, Community Analyst and Facilitator, at julianfranch@gmail.com.

Please visit and join the Facebook event page here: WEST MESH

Please spread the word with friends and neighbours. Hope to see you there!!!

The Art of Community at STAG

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Assumption Church - Operation Basilica


Kyle Vermette and a group of dedicated parishioners are fighting to save Assumption Church in the west-end. Below is a press release and call to action that he recently sent me. I encourage you all to please read and spread the word. Assumption Church is an historical gem in our community that needs to be preserved and cherished. I fully support saving Assumption Church.

There is also a fundraising group that has raised millions of dollars in money and pledges and it is my understanding that they will continue raising more. Please read below.


September 4, 2014

Kyle Vermette

Prayer Vigils being held at Historic
Our Lady of Assumption Church

Windsor, Ontario,  Due to recent developments pertaining to Our Lady of Assumption Church this past week, Operation Basilica thought it would be a fantastic idea to head up a Prayer Vigils this coming weekend (dates and times are below). We want to inspire hope, and to bring supporters of the church together to pray for the restoration of this magnificent, historic and culturally significant church.

As we have learned from Ed Agnew from reading the paper it is our understanding that the Bishop has received a proposal from a donor for a $10 million letter of credit from a bank that is guaranteed. This is the amount of money the bishop keeps telling us is required to keep the doors open. At our weekend prayer vigils we will pray fervently for the Bishop to accept this $10 million proposal that has been generously offered and will allow us to keep Our Lady of Assumption Church’s doors open.

The community-at-large is invited to gather with us in front of the church and walk around it as group - in full prayer. People of all religious backgrounds, as well as those who do not belong to any faith group, are welcome. Please join us as we show that the people of Windsor just how important Assumption Church, which is rich in history, is culturally, spiritually and historically to us all.
Schedule of prayer vigils:
Friday, September 5th at 7pm
Saturday, September 6th at 6pm (after mass)

Sunday, September 7th at 630pm (before mass)

Please "like" and share our new Facebook page: 
And please be in touch with us if you can
 volunteer or help in any way:

We're working not only to save this 286 year old historic location 
but to see Windsor's "Huron Church" declared a BASILICA, recognizing the layers of significance, including spiritual, historical, and cultural.
Spread the word!  Speak out, donate as you can, and above all pray!

Step One: Pray
We must PRAY together: for our Bishop and the Diocese of London, for Assumption parish and local efforts, and for a growing awareness of the importance of this most historic location.
We will be gathering for
 prayer vigils and offering up penances for these intentions.

Step Two: Speak Out
We must SPEAK UP and make known why historic Assumption Church is important to us, our community, and the province. This church location has 286 years of heritage, is the Flagship church in our region, and is holy ground! It is the living heart of our Windsor-Essex community.
For these reasons, we want to see Assumption Church remain open, be restored, and declared a basilica. As millions are being collected currently, it is
 possible to move forward. 
- CALL and write the Bishop's Office in London: 1-519-433-0658  
- EMAIL theWindsor Star a brief letter and call other media:
- And challenge others to speak up too!

Step Three: Donate
Our Bishop has said that if the funds are raised then he will not close Assumption Church. Please DONATE or pledge yourself whatever you can. 
Ask others to
 donate, including groups you're involved with or businesses you know. 
Large or small, EVERY donation counts, they all add up.
This online form sends the parish your pledge, with the option to donate online with PayPal -or- to mail in your cheque.
 http://assumption.dol.ca/restoration/donate-now  (519) 253-2493
If you use a cheque, write "Assumption Restoration Fund" in the memo.
If you donate online, make it in honour of Operation Basilica and in the notebox for who to notify put: “Operation Basilica operationbasilica@gmail.com For the Restoration Fund”

Step Four: Keep spreading the word. And volunteer if you can.  

Sandwich Towne Festival Itinerary


I received the following itinerary and scavenger hunt questions from one of the key organizers of the Sandwich Towne Festival. Please share this with friends and neighbours and I hope to see you there!