Local Community Group

Local Community Group

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. 

Join the Local Community Group

Applications are being accepted until Friday, August 20, 2021, for six open volunteer positions to participate on the Local Community Group. Representatives are needed to fill two-year positions in the following roles:

  • The Sandwich Community
  • The Delray Community
  • Windsor-Essex County
  • The Greater Detroit Area
  • Daily Cross-Border Commuter – Windsor
  • Daily Cross-Border Commuter – Detroit

The members of the Local Community Group



Applications will be accepted until Friday, August 20, 2021, and can be submitted through the following:

  • Electronically to [email protected] in word or .pdf format noting “Local Community Group Application, Attn: Manager Community Benefits” in the subject line.
  • Via registered mail in printed format to the attention of Manager Community Benefits at WDBA Main Office, 100 Ouellette Avenue, Suite 400, Windsor, ON, N9A 6T3. 

Applicants will be sent an email confirming that their application has been received within three business days.

The Local Community Group volunteer application form includes evaluation criteria that will allow the selection committee to make informed, transparent decisions about the candidates that are selected. A matrix for ranking prospective candidates will be followed to score applications based on these criteria:

  • Knowledge of and familiarity with the community of interest
  • Past community participation and involvement
  • Past experience with the Gordie Howe International Bridge project and/or the project’s Community Benefits plan, including prior experience on the Local Community Group
  • Skills and experience related to the four priority areas identified within the Community Benefits Plan:
    • Aesthetics and landscaping
    • Economic benefits 
    • Community safety and connections
    • Community partnerships

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

Stakeholder representatives from ‘invited’ municipal, agency, First Nations and community organizations also participate as members of the Local Community Group. Current group membership is below:

 Sandwich Community ResidentTeajai Travis Delray Community ResidentCandida Leon
 Windsor-Essex County ResidentRandal Sasso Greater Detroit Area ResidentKimberly Simmons
 Daily Cross-Border Commuter – CanadaClara Deck Daily Cross-Border Commuter- USASimona Simion
 Representative from Walpole Island First NationJanet MacBeth Representative from Caldwell First NationNikki Orosz
 Representative of the Windsor-Essex Community Benefits CoalitionBrady Holek Representative of the Delray Community Advisory GroupSimone Sagovac
 City of Windsor – Ward 2 CouncillorFabio Costante City of Detroit – District 6 CouncilmemberRaquel Castañeda-López
 Sandwich Business Improvement AssociationMary Ann Cuderman Southwest Detroit Business AssociationJennifer Gomez
 Windsor-Essex Economic Development CorporationSabrina DeMarco Detroit Economic Growth CorporationVirginia Wilkinson