FOR­MER MAYOR HON­OURED

Park named af­ter Kishkon

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Elizabeth Kishkon, Wind­sor’s first and only fe­male mayor, was hon­oured Friday as the city re­named an east-end park af­ter her.

“First and fore­most, Elizabeth, it was your com­mit­ment to our res­i­dents that brought you into pol­i­tics,” Mayor Drew Dilkens said Friday be­fore un­veil­ing a sign for Elizabeth Kishkon Park off Ban­well Road. “It was your de­sire to en­sure that their voices were heard. You were a tire­less ad­vo­cate.”

Dilkens praised her for help­ing to save Peche Is­land. She had been a sec­re­tary for the group fight­ing to pre­serve the Detroit River is­land when she got into pol­i­tics.

“I know how im­por­tant fam­ily and the pro­tec­tion of green space is to you.

“Your tenac­ity and lead­er­ship you showed to fight to pre­serve the in­tegrity of Peche Is­land from devel­op­ment is some­thing for which we are still grate­ful to­day,” he said.

Kishkon said she was grate­ful and ex­cited to have a park named af­ter her.

On be­ing Wind­sor’s first fe­male mayor, she said it was men who con­vinced her to run for the city’s top po­lit­i­cal post.

“It was very tough,” she said of her 1983 to 1985 stint as mayor.

Kishkon, 83, had served as an alder­woman in 1970-71 and again in 1981-82 be­fore be­com­ing Wind­sor’s mayor. And she was rais­ing five chil­dren.

Her daugh­ter, Kim KishkonFra­gos, re­mem­bers their home hav­ing two tele­phone lines. One for the teenagers and one line that was listed for any­one in the city to con­tact her mom.

“When we an­swered the one phone we knew it would be any­body, pos­si­bly with a problem, but she would al­ways be there.

“So we grew up in an en­vi­ron­ment of help­ing no mat­ter who it was or what time it was or no mat­ter what day of the year it was, if some­body needed help she would get on that phone.”

The new Elizabeth Kishkon Park had been called Lakeshore Woods but that name was con­fus­ing be­cause it was as­so­ci­ated with the Town of Lakeshore. Many res­i­dents sim­ply called it Ban­well Park since it is off Ban­well Road. Dilkens said there was an op­por­tu­nity to re­name it and have a per­ma­nent re­minder of Kishkon’s com­mit­ment to the city.

It is a 21-acre park with two wood­lots, trails, sports fields and two play­grounds in­clud­ing a new ac­ces­si­ble one off the Ban­well Road park­ing lot.

Dilkens quoted for­mer mayor John Mill­son who called Kishkon “a real cham­pion for the peo­ple of Wind­sor,” who en­cour­aged women to en­ter pol­i­tics. Mill­son said Kishkon was force­ful, yet charm­ing as she never backed down from a fight.

DAX MELMER

Elizabeth Kishkon, seated, is joined by Wind­sor Mayor Drew Dilkens and her daugh­ters, Kim Kishkon-Fra­gos, left, Lisa Kishkon, cen­tre, and Jan Kishkon along with her only grand­son, Kevin Kishkon at the un­veil­ing of Elizabeth Kishkon Park in east Wind­sor on Friday.

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