Municipal Election – October 22nd, 2018

Advance Voting days are available to all electors for voting convenience.  The Advance Voting days for the City of Windsor 2018 Municipal Election are listed below:

Advance Voting Stations:

Date Voting Place Address & Phone Number
Saturday, October 6, 2018 Devonshire Mall
In front of the former Sears
(Voting Hours 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.)
3100 Howard Avenue
Phone: 519-966-3100?
Tuesday, October 9, 2018 Capri Pizzeria Recreation Complex
Sports Gym
(Voting Hours 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.)
2555 Pulford Street.
Phone: 519-966-6040?
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 Windsor International Aquatic & Training Centre (WIATC)
Lower Atrium
(Voting Hours 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.)
401 Pitt Street West
Phone: 519-974-2782
Thursday, October 11, 2018 Central Park Athletics
Banquet Room (2nd Floor)
(Voting Hours 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.)
3400 Grand Marais Road East
Phone: 226-347-3313
Saturday, October 13, 2018 WFCU Centre
Collavino Hall
(Voting Hours 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.)
8787 McHugh
Phone: 519-974-7979

Advance voting days are available to all voters in the City of Windsor. Be sure to bring your voter notification card with you to the voting station.

Office of the City Clerk
Suite 530 – 350 City Hall Square West
Windsor, ON   Canada   N9A 6S1
Phone: For general election information, call 311.
For detailed election inquiries, please call (519) 255-6285
Fax: (519) 255-6868
Email: clerkselections@citywindsor.ca

Congratulations to the iconic Blak’s Bakery celebrating 100 years in business!

Miss Julie Gill-Blak at the front of the store.

Miss Julie Gill-Blak at the front of the store.

On September 8th, 2018 popular Blak’s Bakery, run by the same Family since 1918, celebrated it’s 100th anniversary of being continuously in business and serving our local community. The place located at 1022 Langlois Ave. Windsor, Ontario is famous on both sides of the border not only for their paczki, strudels and delicious pastry, but also for their trademark rye bread, made every day from the original sour dough starter and baked in century old brick owen.

In 2015 the Bakery became even more famous after comedian Jerry Seinfeld, who performed in Windsor fell in love with Blak’s  Bakery marble rye bread and took  back home to New York 20 loaves of this delicacy presented  to him by Tony Blak – an avid fan of the Seinfeld Show.

“The sour is, as far as we know, the original sour from my grandfather Peter Blak Sr, because what we do every day is we save some to remake it for the next day,” said owner Valerie Blak-Gill of the fermented mixture of flour and water that gets refreshed with more flour before it is put in the refrigerator at night to rise.”

“We mix it by hand so I mean you think the same sour he mixed by hand, we’re mixing by hand”.

Mrs. Valerie Gill-Blak – the current owner, shown with Anniversary cake

Peter Blak (centre) is shown with his son Tony (L) and grandson Peter (R) in this May 2014 Facebook photo.

Peter Blak (centre) is shown with his son Tony (L) and grandson Peter (R) in this May 2014 Facebook photo.

When you try the slice of that rye bread it is incredible to realize, that you are eating something that actually has traces of century old history and tradition in artisan bread making!

One of a kind in the whole Ontario -Blak’s Bakery Rye Bread

On Saturday people were flocking to the Bakery, which was hosting an open house for customers with free coffee and delicious cupcakes, BBQ and hot sandwiches served for small donation in order to support Heart & Stroke foundation in the name of the  late Parents and former  owners –  Elsie and Peter Blak.  Blak’s Bakery is also very well known for their involvement in Polish-Canadian community and for their generosity and support of numerous charities in Windsor – Knights of Columbus, Polish Village at the Carrousel of the Nations, local TATRY – Song & Dance Ensemble, Insight Advantage – to name a few.  Mrs. Elsie Blak, who passed away in July 218 and volunteered for so many years in Catholic Women League,  was truly a  pillar of  RC Holy Trinity Parish community here in Windsor.

In the early 30th, during the Great Depression, the owner – Peter Blak Sr. was giving regularly  bread for free to the single mothers and widows with children. He used to tell them – “As long as I have flour and as long as there is enough coal for the owen to bake another load, you can always return and get more  bread for the next day”.

An open heart and goodness – that hasn’t  changed over four  generations – this is what makes Blak’s Bakery baked goods outstanding and unique.

Congratulations, Happy Birthday and all the best for the next 100 years to come! Windsor is truly lucky to have you.

 

Text: Maria Wojewnik

Photos: Blak’s Family archives,

“Windsor Star” – Dax Melmer,

Maria Wojewnik

Polonia Bids Farewell to Monsignor Peter A. Sanczenko, our beloved priest and spiritual leader since 1950’s.

Father Peter addresses the audience during Centenary Jubilee Banquet at Caboto Club in Windsor, ON

With the heavy hearts and deep sadness we regret to inform our Polonia of Windsor -Essex- Chatham  region, Detroit area  and all of Canada, that on July 11th 2018 our beloved Father Peter passed away peacefully at the age of 91.

After being accepted into the Polish Seminary in Orchard Lake, Michigan, he was ordained to the priesthood in 1954. He celebrated his first Mass at St. Stanislaus Church, Detroit Michigan. Later on Fr. Peter served as an associate pastor and pastor at Polish parishes in London (Our Lady of Czestochowa), Chatham (Our Lady of Victory), and Windsor (Holy Trinity). He also was the pastor of St. Michael’s German Parish. In the late 1980’s and early 1990’s he took upon himself a monumental task as he helped over a thousand Polish families immigrate to Windsor through the sponsorship of the Catholic Church in Canada. During these years Father Peter was working tirelessly on helping new immigrants to settle down in Windsor-Essex area. Without his direct involvement and never-ending work it will be impossible to have such a thriving Polish-Canadian community as we know it today.

Monsignor Peter Sanczenko will be missed by his relatives in Canada and abroad, Polish Ursuline Sisters, many friends and parishioners. We all will miss his gift of faith, love, wisdom, understanding, humble demeanor  and also his great sense of humor, that brought light to  our lives.

Fr. Peter’s farewell speech to the guests and the parishioners during October 22-nd 2017 Banquet commemorating the Centenary Jubilee of Holy Trinity Parish, became the highlight of this event…

Visitation will be held at HOLY TRINITY POLISH CHURCH (1035 Ellis St. East at Langlois Ave) on Sunday, July 15, 2018 from 5-9 p.m. Parish prayers will follow at 8:00 p.m. Visitation will continue on Monday, July 16, 2018 from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. Burial to follow at St. Alphonsus Cemetery at Ottawa Str. and Shepherd Str. E. in Windsor.

Memorial donations may be made to Holy Trinity Building Fund, or to Hospice of Windsor and Essex County in appreciation of all their care and compassion during Father Peter’s illness.

Obituary – Windsor Chapel

Photo/ Video Recording – Courtesy of Mr. Leszek Rudowski

Text: Maria Wojewnik

 

Pictorial report on the recent visit to Windsor H.E. Dr. Andrzej Kurnicki, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to Canada – March 25-27, 2028

Pictorial Report on the recent visit to Windsor, ON – March 25-27, 2018 (link)  

Dr Andrzej Kurnicki - Ambassador of Poland to Canada

Dr Andrzej Kurnicki – Ambassador of Poland to Canada

This year the Polish Community in Windsor is celebrating the 110 Anniversary and at the same time, Poland is commemorating the 100th Anniversary of regaining its freedom.
Canada has supported the Polish nation fight for freedom during the past century, including; training Polish soldiers on the Canadian soil during WWI at the Niagara-on-the-Lake
“Kosciuszko Camp” and during WWII at the Recruiting Station in Windsor.

Ambassador, Dr. Andrzej Kurnicki, during his three day first visit to Windsor met political, municipal, educational and Polish Community leaders. On Sunday, he attended Mass at the Holy Trinity Church, then met Federal and Provincial members of Parliaments and the Polish Community at the Dom Polski Hall. On Monday and Tuesday he attended several meetings at the University of Windsor, including a lecture at the Oddette School of Business. Afterwards he toured the Leddy Library, the Cross-Border Institute and the Windsor Essex Development Commission. He was also is scheduled to meet municipal government leaders and visit the Polonia Park Subdivision project.

 
KPK Canadian Polish Congress LogoCANADIAN – POLISH CONGRESS- KONGRES POLONII KANADYJSKIEJ – CONGRES CANADIEN – POLONAIS

Credits: Pictorial Report – Jerry Barycki

Polonia Centre (Windsor) Inc. – MILESTONE

Polonia Centre Logo 90 x 90Over 1 million ($ 1,035,300.00) in Donations and Scholarships since inception in 1978. Polonia Centre (Windsor) Inc. was established in 1978 and operates with a 12 member Board of Directors. The Organization promotes cultural, educational, charitable and sporting events by organizing these events or by providing financial contributions within the Polish community in support of events. In 2017, our total donations in Sponsorships, Donations and Awards  reached a new record level of $169,800. $100,000.00  was donated to the Holy Trinity R.C. Catholic Church on its 100-th Anniversary,  $33,000  in scholarships was awarded to students in our Polish community and numerous Canadian and Polish-Canadian  organizations received their donations  as well.  The Cultural Committee of Polonia Centre (Windsor) Inc.  oversees the Tatry Song & Dance Ensemble, organizes the Annual Dozynki and Evening of Excellence and participates in Carousel of the Nations. Polonia Centre (Windsor) sponsors a website for and about Polonia at www.poloniawindsor.ca.

Polonia Centre 2017 Sponsorships, Donations & Awards:

HOLY TRINITY R.C. CHURCH – 100th  ANNIVERSARY

· Holy Trinity Church Building Fund      $75,000

· Holy Trinity 100 Year Jubilee Fund & Memorial    $17,500

· Ursuline Sisters of AHJ  $7,500

$100,000

WINDSOR  &  COMMUNITY  – 125th YEAR  ANNIVERSARY

· Polish Song & Dance Ensemble “Tatry”    $10,000

· Copernicus Sundial Monument Restoration – Jackson Park    $9,000

· Polish Canadian Business & Professional Association  $2,600

· Polish Canadian Student’s Association of Windsor  $1,500

· Polonia Windsor White Eagles Sports & Recreation  $1,500

· Polish Varieties Radio WNZK  $1,000

· Polish Scouting Association of Canada, 5th Div. Windsor  $1,000

· “Polskie Nadzieje” of Windsor  $750

· Wisla Volleyball Club of Windsor   $700

· Windsor Public Library  $500

· Telewizja Detroit Inc.  $250

$28,800

CANADA – 150th YEAR ANNIVERSARY

· Graduate Student Awards $25,000

· Undergraduate Student Awards  $8,000

· Polish Language School  $5,000

· University of Windsor Leddy Library  $3,000

$41,000

 

2017 Total Sponsorships, Donations and Awards  $169,800

Total to Date on Record of Donations, Sponsorships and Awards

$1,035,300  since 1978

2017 Donation Recipients: Kneeling – (left to right) – Michal Zalewski (Polskie Nadzieje of Windsor), Andrzej Olichwier (Polish Scouting Association of Canada) Dr. Frank Simpson (Leddy Library UoW). Standing – (left to right) – Halina Roznawski (Polonia Centre – Vice-President), Barbara Koczwara (“Tatry” CEO), Gerry Obierski (Polonia Centre – Treasurer), Fr. Zbigniew Sawicki (Holy Trinity R.C. Church), Kathleen Pope (Windsor Public Library), Beata Slusarczyk (PCBPA), Anna Nogal (PCSAW), Zbigniew Kowalczykowski (Windsor White Eagles), Sebastian Minkiewicz (Wisla Volleyball) , Jerzy Rozalski (Polish Varieties Radio WZNK) Dorota Makarczyk (Polish Language School)

Text – Courtesy of: Mrs. Halina Roznawski

Photo – Curtest of: Mrs. Maria Kulesza

 

Message to all Polish-Canadian Organizations

Message to Polonia Windsor OrganizationsPlease be advised you may forward any information that you wish to appear in the Event Calendar or on your Organization’s web page by contacting the content Writer/Contributor via email: mwojewnik@poloniawindsor.ca or filling out the Submit an Article / Website Content link located in the footer of the website. At the present time, the priority is to update the Calendar with events for the upcoming months and to inform our community about events scheduled in the nearest future. You can add an event to the calendar by filling out the Add an Event to the Events Calendar link located in the footer of the website. Below are requirements regarding the submitted material – it speeds up the publication process, so please get familiar with the following documents:

Requirements regarding the submission of the  new contents to our Web site

Requirements regarding the submission of the new contents to our Web site – (Polish Translation)

Text: Maria Wojewnik  – www.PoloniaWindsor.ca  Publisher

 

 

 

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2012 Polonia Centre Academic Awards Application: Now Available

2012 Polonia Centre Academic Awards Application: Now Available
Download, fill out and return the awards application along with all required documents for your chance to win a 2012 Polonia Centre Academic Award.