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Multicultural Council Announces Award Winners

Wednesday February 18th, 2015, 1:00pm


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The Multicultural Council has announced the recipients of the Harmony and Champion Awards.

Dr. John Strasser, who is the President and CEO of St. Clair College of Applied Arts and Technology is the recipient of the Harmony Award.

He was chosen for his leadership skills and vision have enabled the College to play a critical role in transforming the community. During his presidency, the College has experienced a dramatic increase in enrolment levels, it has introduced new academic programs and has transformed the College campuses through projects such as the Ford Centre for Excellence in Manufacturing, the MediaPlex, the St. Clair College Centre for the Arts and the Student Success Centre in downtown Windsor, the Centre for Applied Health Sciences, the Centre for Construction, Innovation and Production and the SportsPlex.

In addition to this, in the past decade, under his leadership, community organizations have also benefited financially from College initiatives. The College has raised funds for organizations such as the United Way, the Haiti Relief Fund, the Windsor-Essex Therapeutic Riding Association, Special Olympics, Brentwood, Children’s Safety Village, the John McGivney Children’s Rehabilitation Centre and Hospice.

Mario Collavino is the receipent of the The Champion Award. After completing his studies in architecture and design, he immigrated to Canada in 1952 in search for a better future. He found a job with a local cement company earning 60 cents/hour and two years later, in partnership with his brother Valentino, he established Collavino Brothers Construction. First building homes followed by civil construction work and then expanded into pre-engineered and pre-fabricated facets of construction.

In 1990 Mario took over the General Contracting Business while his brother headed the pre-engineered and pre-fabricated company. Mario’s leadership, vision and determination took his company to new heights. Working with his sons Renzo and Paolo they established the Collavino Group of Companies, a diversified construction company responsible for landmark projects worldwide such as the 50 storey Borgatta Casino in Atlantic City, Ford Field Football Stadium, Comerica Park Baseball Stadium, Windsor’s WFCU centre, University of Windsor Engineering Building, One World Trade Centre and the Windsor-Essex Parkway project.

Both awards will be presented the Herb Gray Awards Gala on April 23rd. Tickets are $90 per person and corporate tables $1200. For more information you can contact Kathleen Thomas at 519-255-1127 ext 124 or by email at [email protected]

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