Windsor Star

Lewenza has worked in city’s interest for years


I would have been shocked if the talk about Ken Lewenza's rise to the CAW's president’s position was not of hard work and commitment.

Like him or not, no one can match his dedication to working families and to Windsor-Essex.

Our community will sorely miss him. A family member who recently died of cancer spent her final days at Hospice.

It was only a few years ago that I attended a ceremony to officially open a wing at Hospice, funded by Local 444. The Hospice reached out to Ken and Local 444 and, as is tradition, the job got done.

Give the guy some credit. He's worked his way up the ranks from shop floor steward to the national president, spending his entire adult life helping working families and the underprivi­leged in our community. Now he'll bring that same commitment to all of Canada.

The list of his contributi­ons to this community include the Bluesfest, the MRI machine at Hotel Dieu, buses on fireworks night, the United Way and the sponsorshi­p of hundreds of sports teams.

Rick Laporte will pick up the ball and run with it and he'll know what direction to run, thanks to Lewenza’s leadership. FRANK HARSHAW


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