Established in 2019, the Local Community Group works with WDBA and BNA as informal partners on the Community Benefits Plan implementation. This group includes 16 members that collectively represent the communities of Detroit/Delray, Windsor/Sandwich, Windsor-Essex County and the Greater Detroit Area. The Local Community Group provides valuable input and formal linkages to the region which enables the project team to better understand community and stakeholder perspectives in the delivery of the Community Benefits Plan. 

Responsibilities of Local Community Group members include: 

  • Participating in quarterly meetings. 
  • Providing input into the implementation of Community Benefits Plan initiatives.
  • Review community funding opportunities for Neighbourhood Infrastructure Strategy funding.

Read the Local Community Group Terms of Reference (Grupo de la comunidad local Términos de referencia).

Current group membership is below:

Sandwich/west Windsor Community Resident Jenny Sekela Delray/ Southwest Detroit Community Resident Alexis Escoto
Windsor-Essex County Resident Randal Sasso Greater Detroit Area Resident Kimberly Simmons
Sandwich/west Windsor Community Resident Anamta Zaidi Delray/ Southwest Detroit Community Resident Rogelio Landin
Representative from Walpole Island First Nation   Representative from Caldwell First Nation Alex Kajtar
Representative of the Windsor-Essex Community Benefits Coalition Mike Cardinal Representative of the Delray Community Advisory Group Simone Sagovac
Sandwich Business Improvement Association Mary Ann Cuderman City of Detroit – District 6 Councilmember Gabriela Santiago-Romero
Windsor-Essex Economic Development Corporation   Southwest Detroit Business Association Laura Chavez-Wazeerud-Din
    Detroit Economic Growth Corporation