Canadian Experts who helped Olongapo received award
as Volunteer award presented to City of Windsor
THE WINDSOR STAR
The City of Windsor has won a volunteer award for helping a community in the Philippines.
The 2010 award for outstanding international volunteer contributions was given by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities at a recent conference in Toronto. The award goes to the city but it was city planning policy manager Michael Cooke and Essex Region Conservation Authority source water protection director Stan Taylor who gave up vacation time to work in the Philippines.
"They're so highly regarded over there the two were named honorary sons," said Coun. Percy Hatfield, who serves on the board of directors for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and also went to the Philippines.
Cooke said the exchanges started in 2005 with members of Olongapo, Philippines, coming to Windsor. Cooke and Taylor made six trips to the Philippines over the past few years.
Cooke said he helped with planning the city which has more than 200,000 residents and is west of Manilla.
Taylor worked on flood control to deal with heavy rains in July and August.
The federation pays for travel and accommodations for the exchanges.