Established in 2019, the Local Community Group works with WDBA and BNA as informal partners on the implementation of the Community Benefits Plan. 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 initiatives within the Community Benefits Plan.
  • Providing input into the assessment and review of community funding applications as part of the Community Organization Investment initiative within the Neighbourhood Infrastructure Strategy. 
  • Participating on at least one subcommittee, including: community art and community history, as opportunities arise. 

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

Current group membership is below:

Sandwich Community Resident Teajai Travis Delray Community Resident Candida Leon
Windsor-Essex County Resident Randal Sasso Greater Detroit Area Resident Kimberly Simmons
Daily Cross-Border Commuter – Canada Clara Deck Daily Cross-Border Commuter- USA Simona Simion
Representative from Walpole Island First Nation Janet MacBeth Representative from Caldwell First Nation Alex Kajtar
Representative of the Windsor-Essex Community Benefits Coalition Brady Holek Representative of the Delray Community Advisory Group Simone Sagovac
City of Windsor – Ward 2 Councillor Fabio Costante City of Detroit – District 6 Councilmember Gabriela Santiago-Romero
Sandwich Business Improvement Association Mary Ann Cuderman Southwest Detroit Business Association Alicia Ramon
Windsor-Essex Economic Development Corporation Marion Fantetti Detroit Economic Growth Corporation Mark Denson