The Harmony Award was established to recognize individuals, businesses and/or organizations in our community who have actively promoted the social equality of all cultures and who have made an outstanding contribution, beyond the everyday work or business responsibilities, to encourage and build a community that is multi-racial, multi-ethnic and multi-faith.
Harmony Award – Dr. Alan Wildeman
Dr. Wildeman is the President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Windsor, a comprehensive university combining excellence in teaching, research and creative practice with a commitment to building stronger communities. Since joining the University in 2008, Dr. Wildeman has led a diverse community of students and scholars through a period of significant renewal, reinforcing the University as a place to address society’s most pressing needs in an environment that treats all people with respect and dignity. The University’s participation in a wide range of distinctive entrepreneurial and cultural activities throughout the City of Windsor and Essex County combine to make the University of Windsor stand out as a unique educational institution. During his tenure the University of Windsor has welcomed more international students to the campus and community than ever before in its history.
Dr. Wildeman believes that the dependence of our future world on knowledge, innovation, diversity and inclusion has never been more evident, and that the University of Windsor is a place where teaching, scholarship and research across all disciplines can enhance the quality of life for all citizens. His leadership and vision have positioned the University as a key community partner committed to making Windsor-Essex a vibrant and welcoming community for all.
The Windsor area has the fourth largest immigrant population in Canada. The Champion Award was created by the Multicultural Council to celebrate the significant contributions first generation Canadians make to our community. “Leaving home and starting over in a new country is never easy. It often means leaving your family, starting from scratch and learning a new language. The Champion Award is for those who overcome these hardships, build successful lives here and give back to the community.”
-Kathleen Thomas, Executive Director.
Champion Award – Dr. Godfrey S. Bacheyie
Dr. Bacheyie is the Director of Newborn Services at Windsor Regional Hospital, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics (University of Western Ontario) and Adjunct Professor of Psychology (University of Windsor). Dr. Bacheyie was born in the Upper West Region of Ghana where he obtained his degree in medicine. He immigrated to Canada in 1976 to join the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and in 1982 moved to Windsor to lead the development of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the former Salvation Army Grace Hospital. In his role, Dr. Bacheyie leads an inter-disciplinary team of professionals who cares for about 500 babies annually.
Dr. Bacheyie has received many distinctions and awards for his contributions to the field of pediatrics and for his humanitarian work in our community and in Ghana, such as the Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching (Hospital for Sick Children), the Glenn Sawyer Service Award (OMA), the medal for the Relief of Poverty (MEDA Charitable Trust) and the Service Above Self Award (Rotary International). Dr. Bacheyie’s altruism, dedication and expertise have made a difference in the lives of many people in our community and around the world.