For­mer Wind­sor coun­cil­lor rec­og­nized for ser­vice

Allen hon­oured for com­mu­nity

Windsor Star - - CITY + REGION - TAY­LOR CAMP­BELL tcamp­bell@post­media.com

A for­mer city coun­cil­lor was rec­og­nized for his con­tri­bu­tions to the Wind­sor-Es­sex com­mu­nity at an award cer­e­mony Fri­day af­ter­noon. The lo­cal United Way named Dan Allen, who served on Wind­sor city coun­cil from 1994 to 1997, the re­cip­i­ent of the fourth an­nual Hon­ourable Jus­tice Ed­ward W. Ducharme Award of Dis­tinc­tion dur­ing a lun­cheon at the St. Clair Cen­tre for the Arts. “Wher­ever I’m needed, I’ll be,” said Allen, who is cur­rently chair of the St. Clair Col­lege board of gover­nors. “I want to stay in­volved. I have a lot of con­nec­tions in the com­mu­nity and they know if they reach out to me that I’ll be there.” Allen had a decades-long ca­reer work­ing for what is now known as Ser­vice Canada; he was the se­nior ad­viser on eq­uity and di­ver­sity in Ot­tawa and Gatineau from April 2002 to March 2005, then moved back to Wind­sor in April 2005, where he served as the direc­tor of the greater On­tario area for Cit­i­zen­ship and Im­mi­gra­tion Canada un­til his re­tire­ment in 2006. “I’m not go­ing to stop be­cause

I got the chance to come home from Ot­tawa to re­tire in my com­mu­nity, and it’s the best thing that hap­pened to me.

this com­mu­nity means a lot to me,” Allen said. “I got the chance to come home from Ot­tawa to re­tire in my com­mu­nity, and it’s the best thing that hap­pened to me. This com­mu­nity has done a lot for me and I plan on con­tin­u­ing to do work in the com­mu­nity.” Allen re­mem­bered Jus­tice Ed­ward Ducharme, who died from prostate can­cer in 2013, as “down to earth,” “thought­ful,” and some­one who “sup­ported his com­mu­nity in a tremen­dous way.”

“I can’t be more pleased to be rec­og­nized for an award that’s named af­ter him,” Allen said. Both he and Ducharme grew up in Wind­sor’s west end.

“We all re­mem­ber where we came from. He had a pas­sion for giv­ing back and a lot of us tried to em­u­late that.”

DAX MELMER

Dan Allen dis­plays the Hon­ourable Jus­tice Ed­ward W. Ducharme Award of Dis­tinc­tion he was pre­sented Fri­day at the St. Clair Cen­tre for the Arts.

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