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Thursday, October 29, 2020
 
 
City Workers Pete Fields, Warren Allen, John Day and Leo Belanger, members of Local 82, are pictured at the Mercer Street garage during a strike in October of 1958  Clipping from the Windsor Star 01/10/1958 in the McCurdy Collection at the Archives of Ontario
  Everyday our lives are made better by the efforts of individuals who provide public services in the City of Windsor. We rely on them for clean drinking water, to keep our city clean and safe and in the event of an emergency we look to the fine men and women of Windsor Fire, Police and Ambulance Services.

African Canadian pioneers in the field often faced a struggle to gain the opportunity to fill these important roles. They led the way for many dedicated individuals to follow in their footsteps.

 
The above picture: City Workers Pete Fields, Warren Allen, John Day and Leo Belanger, members of Local 82, are pictured at the Mercer Street garage during a strike in October of 1958 – Clipping from the Windsor Star 01/10/1958 in the McCurdy Collection at the Archives of Ontario
 
Pat Watkins
 
Pat Watkins - clipping from the Windsor Star courtesy of Mrs. M. Martin
  Pat Watkins was born in Windsor and attended Windsor Collegiate. On November 15th, 1950 Mr. Watkins was appointed Refuse (Alley) Inspector for the city of Windsor. He was an early proponent of maintaining a clean an safe environment. He also led an educational campaign which helped usher in a new era of environmental awareness in the region. Mr. Watkins is was also well known as the former manager of the Dayus Roofers Baseball team in the Windsor League.
 
James E. Watson
 
James E. Watson - clipping from the Windsor Star courtesy of Mrs. M. Martin
  Following graduation James E. Watson joined the Royal Canadian Airforce and served during World War II. Following the war Watson practiced law at the firm of Yuffy & Yuffy, Barristers. Watson was first named to the post of Assistant City Solicitor under Lorne Cumming. He succeeded Cumming and in doing so is believed to be the first African Canadian City Solicitor in Canada. James E. Watson retired in 1976.
 
Individuals with Added Responsibility
 
McKeon Rock Sr., Inspector – Windsor Utilities
Harry Morgan, Foreman - Public Works
William Bush, Skilled Gardener (Jackson Park)
Ralph Hall, Supervisor
James Steele, Supervisor
Jack Chase
Frank Dennis
Lee Johnson, Foreman
Charles Harrison, Foreman
Paul Carter , Manager of Operations – Information Technology
George Henderson, Office Technologist
Pete Fields, Foreman
 
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