Former Windsor councillor recognized for service
Allen honoured for community
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.”
Dan Allen displays the Honourable Justice Edward W. Ducharme Award of Distinction he was presented Friday at the St. Clair Centre for the Arts.