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December 2015
Welcome to the Windsor Update.

This e-newsletter is provided by the Corporation of the City of Windsor.  Our hope is to share a selection of stories that Windsorites either need to know, should know, or might just like to know about in our community.

In each issue, we’ll update you about events and schedules, meetings and announcements, and more. We’ll profile plans we’re working on and offer a variety of opportunities to share your own feedback.

The Windsor Update joins our website, our municipal Facebook page, our Twitter account, and our YouTube channel as some of the ways we’re engaging with you and communicating the great things happening in our city. We encourage you to create your own direct connection by signing up, “friending,” “following” and “liking” each of these opportunities for engagement.

The Windsor Update will be a monthly publication to start, but with room to grow.

Thanks for your interest in our community, and please feel free to let us know what you think of our newsletter!

Council Minutes

For a quick overview of Council discussions and decisions from each Council meeting please check out the Council Minutes on our website.
Upcoming City Council Meetings

Willistead Manor Holiday Tours

Willistead Manor, one of Windsor's most elegant mansions, is offering public tours during the holiday season. Witness the breathtaking manor decked out in its holiday finest. An unforgettable experience for all.

Tour Fees
  • Adult - $5.75
  • Senior - $4.75
  • Child - $2.25 (12 and under) 
Holiday Tour Schedule
  • Wednesday, December 2, 7-9 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 6, 1-4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 9, 7-9 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 13, 1-4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 16, 7-9 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 20, 1-4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 23, 7-9 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 27, 1-4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 30, 7-9 p.m.

Surfs Up at Adventure Bay

Adventure Bay Family Water Park’s FlowRider is back in business and ready for everyone to catch a wave! Tested by reigning Flowboarding World Champion Eric Silverman, the FlowRider passed with flying colours as he performed trick after trick. Watch Eric carve a few waves in this awesome video on the City’s YouTube Channel!

Learn to stand up and surf on the FlowRider at Adventure Bay on Wednesdays from 6-8:30pm or Saturdays from 10am-12pm for $10 per lesson.

Winter is Coming!  Calling All Snow Angels!

Snow on sidewalks is a potential hazard to those with limited mobility. It also makes it difficult, if not impossible, for those who deliver services to the community to do their job, e.g. people who deliver mail, water/gas meter, delivery services, EMS and fire.

That's why the City of Windsor offers the Snow Angels Program, a voluntary snow removal service for senior citizens and persons with physical disabilities. The program attempts to match volunteers from the community with residents in their neighbourhoods requiring assistance.

For volunteers, it's a great way to get some exercise and help your community! For high school students, it's an opportunity to help someone in need and round out your Community Volunteer Hours. For residents, it's a great way to access timely snow removal assistance.

If you want to volunteer or are looking for some assistance with snow removal at your home, don't wait. Call or email today to find out more about the Snow Angels Program.

Phone: 311

Budgets Review

The City of Windsor’s 2016 Operating and Capital Budgets are now available for review. 

Hard copies are available at 350 City Hall Square West (Room 203) and at all Windsor Public Library branches.  An online version can be downloaded from the City’s website.

Council will consider the budget documents at a special meeting on Monday, December 21, start time to be determined. The budget meeting will be open to the public.

To learn more about municipal services, call 311 or visit​.

Call for Nominations

The Windsor Mayor’s Arts Awards celebrate individuals and organizations that develop and promote the "Soul of our City" by recognizing those who support locally developed arts by providing exciting, surprising, and meaningful opportunities to strengthen our creative community.

Three awards are given out in the categories of Artist, Arts Organization, and Volunteer. The nomination period runs from November 30, 2015 until March 4, 2016 at 3:00PM. Late submissions will not be accepted. Nominees must live, work, volunteer, attend school, or perform within the City of Windsor. The complete nomination guidelines, required forms, submission instructions and requirements, and program information are available online.

Mr. & Mrs. Claus & Co. Return to Adventure Bay

Santa and Mrs. Claus return with their elves and friends on Saturday, December 5 for the 2nd Annual Swim with Santa Presented by Rose City Ford. Once again, Santa will be entertaining and posing for pictures with kids in the lobby of Adventure Bay Family Water Park Presented by WFCU from 10am to 1pm then splashing his way into the water park from 1pm to 2pm.

The celebration of the holiday season at Adventure Bay lasts all day, and the party continues after Santa moves on to his next stop with lots of holiday fun to be enjoyed until the park closes at 8pm

Highlights include:
  • Professional photos with Santa (print and electronic) provided by snapd for $10, 10am – 1pm

  • Swim with Santa, 1pm – 2pm

  • All Day Access – Only $12 for adults and $7 for kids age 12 and under (portion of each admission to benefit the Jumpstart Student Nutrition Program).

  • Onsite ballot with a chance to win a Nintendo Mario Kart Wii.

... and more!

Swim with Santa is brought to you in partnership with Rose City Ford, Mix 96.7, Tim Hortons, snapd and Jumpstart Student Nutrition Program.

Learn more about Adventure Bay at, or call 519-974-AQUA (2782).

Stakeholders Meet to Plan for Syrian Refugee Arrivals

The City of Windsor in partnership with the Multicultural Council (MCC) and a host of community stakeholders met together at the Caboto Club today to continue planning for the pending arrival of Government assisted Syrian Refugees and the Privately Sponsored Refugees.
Community Development and Health Commissioner Jelena Payne and Kathleen Thomas, Executive Director, MCC led the meeting which provided the most up to date information on the Syrian refugee situation and an opportunity for sectors to share best practices and discuss opportunities to enhance supports for the Syrian refugees and all immigrants who will make Windsor their new home.
“The Syrian refugee situation has created a platform for important discussion about enhancing existing supports and developing new supports which promote successful settlement for the incoming Syrian refugees and is equally important for all immigrants who have come to Windsor and will come to Windsor in the future”, said Payne.
“The Multicultural Council welcomes refugees to Windsor on a daily basis”, said MCC Executive Director Kathleen Thomas.  “This situation is unique due to the potential number who could arrive over a short period of time but we’re confident that the Windsor community will be well prepared and welcoming”.

Taking part in the planning exercise were representatives from key sectors such as the health and mental health sectors, education, settlement, language and orientation, community supports, the housing sector and more.
The City of Windsor website has pages set up with information to help residents understand what’s being planned with links on how they can help.  The City’s 311 Call Centre is also taking names and offers of assistance.
At this point there is no specific word on when the Government assisted refugees will arrive in Windsor, or how many will come, but the city is in a strong position to help due to the work of all the community agencies and the strong Syrian community already here.

Windsor's Community Museum... What is This?

Lead, hollow cast toy soldiers made by the Barclay Company in New Jersey, circa 1930s. Originally sold for a nickel at stores such as Kresge’s and Woolworth’s, they were often referred to as dimestore soldiers. These soldiers were owned by Donald Grandchamp, born in 1928 and raised on Lillian Street in Windsor. Gift of Mae Grandchamp. 

For more details on Windsor's Community Museum -- including hours, exhibits, and volunteer information -- check out their website.

The City of Windsor conducts surveys as a means of soliciting ideas and opinions from residents so we can better serve the community as a whole.  Check back often to see if a new survey is ready for your input.

Have you heard about our amazing 311 service? 

Click here for more information!
The new Activity Guide is here! Check it out online at or visit one of our many Customer Care Centres to pick up a copy. Register for adult, parent & tot, pre-school, and youth classes today!
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