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Ron Jones
Shelley Harding-Smith
Mike Allen
Dan Allen
 
 
Ron Jones
 
 
Ron Jones courtesy of The City of Windsor
Ron Jones was born in Windsor. He coached in the Windsor Minor Football League for fifteen years and worked with the Windsor Boxing Club. He served three years with the Urban Alliance and an additional three years with the National Black Coalition of Canada, attaining the status of Past President in both organizations. In 1966 Jones joined the Windsor Fire Department and in 1995 he became the highest-ranking black officer as the District Chief.
   
  Ron Jones was elected as a trustee of the Windsor Board of Education in 1980 and served until 1992 including serving as the Chairperson of the Board in 1986. Jones elected to City Council October of 2002 representing the residents of for Ward 2 . Councillor Jones was re-elected in November of 2003. Along with his volunteer commitments, he represents City Council on 15 area committees and is a member of the Canadian Legion, Branch 143.
   
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Shelley Harding-Smith
 
 
Shelley Harding-Smith courtesy of Rodney Davis
Shelley Harding-Smith was elected to the Board of Trustees of the GECDESB in 2000. She is serving her second term as trustee for wards 1-2-3. Ms. Harding-Smith has served as Vice Chair of Operations and Finance. For the past year she has served as Vice Chairperson on the Education Committee.

Shelley is a Licensed Master Electrician and Industrial Controls System Technician. She is a recipient of the Champion for Education Award and is committed to promoting a safe learning environment and life long learning. Shelley Harding-Smith has been an advocate for the enhancement of African Canadian studies in the public school system.
 
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Mike Allen
 
 
Former Greater Essex County District School Board Trustee Mike Allen  photo courtesy of Rodney Davis
Mike Allen was born in Windsor in April of 1947. He began working at Chrysler Canada in 1968 and quickly achieved a supervisory position which he maintained from 1969 to 1974. Allen went on to become a Millwright at Maple Leaf Monarch.

Over the years Mike Allen has combined his skills and expertise with a passionate dedication to assisting others in the community. He has assisted many organizations in the region including the United Way and the City of
 

Windsor Ethno-cultural Committee. He has served on the Board of Governors of St. Clair College including two years as the Vice Chair of the Board. He was the Treasurer of the C. A.W. Aboriginal/Workers of Colour Caucus. He has worked to preserve African Canadian history as both the Vice President and the President of the Board of Directors of the North American Black Historical Museum.

Mike Allen was first elected to the Board of Trustees of the Greater Essex County School Board in 1991. He served as a trustee until 2003 and chaired several important committees for the Board including the Operations and Finance Committee, the Grievance Committee and the Negotiations Committee.

Most recently Mike Allen was served as a member of the board of the Canadian Mental Health Association and the International Freedom Festival. He is currently a member of the Ethno-cultural Committee and the National Canadian Association of Skilled Trades. Mike Allen continues to work to promote African Canadian Heritage in the region as a member of the Board of Directors of the African Canadian Community Centre of Windsor and Essex County.

 
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Dan Allen
 
 
Dan Allen - photo courtesy of Dan Allen

Dan Allen was elected as a City Councillor in 1994 and served until 1997. He served on several municipal committees and boards. From 1998 to 2002 Dan was a member of the Windsor Police Services Board. He also served as the Vice-Chair in 2001 and 2002.

Dan has dedicated a great deal of effort and time to United Way, Crimestoppers, the Capitol Theatre, the Art Gallery of Windsor and the North American Black Historical Museum. He has also been active in various

fund-raising events. In May 2002 over $16,000 was raised at a Community Event held in his honour to raise funds for the Sandwich First Baptist Church.

Dan and family moved to the Ottawa area and he became the Senior Advisor on Equity and Diversity for both HRSDC & SDC, a position he held until March, 2005. On April 4, 2005 Dan assumed the role of Director, for the Greater Ontario Area for Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

 
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