Sunday, November 18, 2012

Annual Ford City Tree Lighting December 11, 2012

Join Your Neighbours for the 
3rd Annual Ford City Tree Lighting!

Where: 1168 Drouillard Road, 
Gino & Liz Marcus Community Centre

When: Tuesday December 11, 2012 6pm-8pm

What: Please join the Ford City Residents in Action and Ward 5 Councillor Ed Sleiman for the 3rd Annual Tree Lighting & Hot Chocolate Social. Sing carols, have a Christmas treat (or 4) and sip some hot chocolate!

This event is free and open to everyone! 

Thursday, November 1, 2012

"We Are" Ford City Film to Premiere February 2013

The count down to the premiere of We Are is on........

The Ford City Redevelopment Committee, BIA and Residents in Action are proud to announce that the film We Are will be premiered in February 2013 at an event hosted in the Ford City area.

The film, shot over the Spring of 2012 in the Ford City area, captures the vibrancy and community spirit that endures in this historic neighbourhood. Local filmmakers Tim Swaddling and Jarrod Ferris partnered with Matt Kraus and the Ford City Neighbourhood Renewal to highlight the uplifting transformation Ford City is experiencing. Their filmmaking mission took them deep into the heart of the community where they captured moments of joy, pride and everyday life in Ford City.

The film was made possible by a small grant from the University of Windsor's Social Work Student Association. The film crew, Tim, Jarrod and Matt put in many volunteer hours to ensure the final product was polished and would be a point of pride for residents and community members.

The premiere event will feature a live performance by an impressive, internationally known, local talent! Please stay tuned for more information including where you can buy your tickets.

Thank you for your interest, hope to see you in Ford City soon!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Gordon McGregor Public School Slated For Closure

Last night the Greater Essex County District School Board was presented with Direct Warren Kennedy and Superintendent Terry Lyons proposal to close Gordon McGregor Public School and  Forester High School.  The report found that  Herman’s utilization rate is 60 per cent and projected to decline to 50 per cent in the next five years.

The report predicts increased enrollment at McCallum because of the popularity of French immersion and says the school will be unable to accommodate such growth.
Herman has several specialized learning programs, including French immersion, according to the report. If the recommendation was accepted and Herman took on McCallum students, the report projects the utilization rate would increase to more than 80 per cent. The kindergarten to Grade 12 program at Herman would depend on provincial funding approval, the report said.
In addition to moving McCallum students to Herman to ease enrollment pressures,the report recommended that, effective September 2013, the western boundary for McCallum be adjusted so that all students living west of Walker Road would attend the Giles Campus French immersion school.
Also recommended was to change the boundaries for David Maxwell school so that all students living east of Pillette Road be moved to Coronation school. That would solve low utilization rates at Coronation and high utilization at Maxwell, according to the report.
Ford City BIA chairman Randy Diestelmann said to solve overcrowding in some areas, school closing may be the only option, but closing McGregor wouldn’t be right because it is on the heritage registry. Also, sending students from McGregor to McCallum would mean most of them will have to bus to school.
He said closing Maxwell and McCallum would make more sense. He said McGregor, the largest of the Herman feeder schools, could accommodate students from Maxwell. McGregor is within walking distance of Maxwell, so not as many students would have to be bused.
“At a school like McGregor, you could stabilize the entire enrolment rate for the entire area in the Herman family of schools,” said Diestelmann. “It has the best property, it requires very little money to actually get the renewal done and if you look at everything, there could be savings.”
The Ford City Neighbourhood Renewal presented to the school board asking to reconsider their position and reverse the closure back in June.  We began a petition which can be found here: Gordon McGregor Petition
The board is expected to vote on the recommendations Nov. 19.
If you would like to find out more information you can call our offices or contact the school board.  

Monday, September 10, 2012

Ford City Arts & Heritage Fest

Ford City Arts & Heritage Fest 2012
September 30 2012 1am-4pm FREE EVENT
The Adventure Starts @ 1078 Drouillard Road

The Historic Ford City Neighbourhood in Windsor invites you to explore....several businesses and historic buildings are opening their doors and each will offer you a unique and exciting way to interact with Ford City. The event also features an artisan market, live music, local food and arts activities in the Ford City Community Garden.

Participants will receive an Explore Ford City Map when they visit 1078 Drouillard or Our Lady of the Roasry Roman Catholic Church at Riverside Drive and Drouillard. The map will detail the locations and activities which will include:

1) Doors Open Sites:
  • Three Historic Churches; St. John the Divine Orthodox Church, Descent of the Holy Ghost Romanian Orthodox Church Our Lady of the Rosary Roman Catholic Church will be open with free guided tours. This will be the first time Our Lady of the Rosary church has been open to the public in over 5 years!
  • Atelier Virginianne, artist workshop and studio, will be holding a "Meet the Artist" event. You will encounter some of the accomplished artists that created the over 20 murals that grace the sides of buildings along Drouillard Road in Ford City.
  • Voltair Heating and Cooling, will be displaying a collection of historic photographs of Ford City as well as antique camera equipment.
  • Spirit of Excellence(SOE), Creativity Training Centre, will be opening their studios to teach participants expressive flag dancing. Not a dancer? Try your hand at drumming in one of their drum clinics or have your make up, nails or a temporary tattoo done by one of their Make Up Artistry graduates! SOE will have their smoothie bar open during the event. There's something for everyone at SOE.
  • Standard Printing Inc, print company, will be open to show you what happens inside a print company. Standard has been in business for more than 40 years.
  • Border City Boxing Club will be open to the public, come see where Justin Trudeau recently boxed and where World Champs are made!
2) Art in the Ford City Community Garden: Join us for family friendly arts activities in the garden and leave your mark on Ford City! The garden will also feature a reading of her new book "Grasshopper on My Shoulder" by local children's author JoAnn Loeffen-Thompson.

3) Artisan Market: Shop an eclectic mix of local artist's creations along the 1000 block of Drouillard.

4) Live Street Music by Local Talent including Livi, Chris Ould and more!

5) Self Guided Historic Mural Tours with free full colour booklet

6) Local Restaurant The Sunflower Organic Cafe will be selling organic bbq items.

Ford City Neighbourhood Renewal
Date(s) & Time(s):
Sunday, September 30, 2012 — 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
1078 Drouillard Windsor, Ontario View Map of this Activity
From the EC Row Expressway take Walker Road going North to Seminole Ave. Turn right onto Seminole until you reach Drouillard Road. Turn left onto Drouillard. Head North until you reach 1078 Drouillard.
In case of rain
Most events are in-doors or will move in-doors. Most aspects of the event are wheelchair accessible.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Ford City Community Garden Tire Painting Workshop June 2nd @ 10am

Help us build on the Chrysler/United Way day of caring that occured on May 19th. On that day over 100 volunteers planted shurbs, flowers, trees and painted and pruned along Drouillard Road. Now it's you turn to come leave your beauty mark on Ford City by helping us decorate these tires that will be stacked and planted with flowers afterwards. Help us turn trash into treasure and have some fun with us in the garden!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Ford City Porchlight Program Celebrates Earth Day 2012

Earth Day Weekend: Porchlight Program Launches in Ford City April 21, 2012
On Saturday April 21 at 10am dozens of volunteers will make their way out onto the streets of Ford City for Porchlight Program. Volunteers will be installing an energy efficient LED light bulb at over 800 properties in the area.

The benefits of this project are twofold; it will improve light levels in the neighbourhood at night, residents are being asked to turn on their new porchlight each night from dusk until dawn. The second benefit is that LED bulbs use approximately 0.83cents/yr to operate, a fraction of the cost of other types of bulbs.

If you would like to volunteer please come to the Gino & Liz Marcus Community Centre, at 1168 Drouillard, at 10am on Saturday April 21. Volunteers need to be on time to receive a breif traning session before heading out into the neighbourhood to do the installations.
Call 519-915-9583 for more information.

Thank you to our wonderful sponsors Enwin and the Windsor Essex Community Foundation.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Ford City Clean Sweep This Saturday March 31...Please Join Us!

Last year the Ford City Residents in Action put on a very successful clean sweep. 60 volunteers covered Drouillard Road and surrounding streets beautifying the neighbourhood. We hope to see more cleaners out this year!

 Here are the details....please tell your firends and family.
  • Meet at Drouillard Park by the Gazebo at 10:30am March 31
  • We give you gloves & bags
  • You clean, you get a ticket to go to the pizza party afterwards!
  • Need volunteer hours for high school? Bring your hour form and we will sign it for you.
Rain date is April 1 at 10:30am.
Questions? E-mail or call 519-915-9583.

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Sunflower Cafe Now Open at 1659 Drouillard

A trendy, unique and 100% organic cafe on Drouillard Road???? 
(Photo from Check out the OurWindsor article called "Sunflower Cafe Offers 100% Organic Menu Here.)

Yes! It's true and the Suflower Cafe featuring a 100% organic menu with gluten free and vegetarian options is a true gem and a good sign that positive change continues to unfold in this historic neighbourhood. 
Owner,Patricia Jullian, told us she feels Ford City is poised for a comeback and this is a good time to get in at the ground level of its upward journey. Patricia explained that there is a demand in Windsor for this type of business, 100% organic, and with the loaction being so central in Windsor and the rent being very affordable it seemed like the timing was right for the Sunflower.  

The Sunflower CafĂ© is located on 1659 Drouillard Road, free street parking.  
Hours of operation are Tuesday through Sunday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call (519) 915-8898.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Happy New Year and Updates

                                                                                    Happy New Year!

We hope everyone had a very fun and safe holiday break this season.  The 2nd Annual Ford City Winter Wonder Festival was a great success! Thanks to those who attended the Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 13 and the Family Christmas Party on December 17. Thank you to all the volunteers on the Ford City Residents in Action who put in countless hours preparing for the big week and to those who helped at the events.  We would also like to thank the Ford City BIA for their sponsorship, Tim Horton's and Cold Stone Creamery for the food and beverage, Lowe's who supplied gift cards for the Ford City Decorating Contest, Dillon Consulting who supplied contest prizes and the cookie decorating station, Windsor Fire & Rescue for providing gifts to every child through their Sparky's Toy Drive program and Santa and Mrs. Claus.  Photos from the Winter Festival can be found on our Facebook.
We have a lot of great things planned for the new year and we are committed to working with our partners at the Ford City Residents in Action, Ford City BIA, the Ford City Redevelopment Committee, and the City of Windsor.  We are excited to see these organizations grow and work together for the benefit of Ford City.

As a reminder, our office hours are the following:

Monday - 9:00am - 3:00pm
Tuesday - 9:00am - 3:00pm
Wednesday - Closed
Thursday - 9:00am - 3:00pm
Friday - 9:00am - 3:00pm

If you have any comments, questions, or concerns you can reach our office at 519-915-9583 or by email at Thank you for your ongoing support and we look forward to working with you in 2012!