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Friday, October 20, 2017 | 9:00 a.m. |  Windsor and Essex County

The Gord Smith Healthy Workplace Awards annually recognizes workplaces in Windsor & Essex County who commit to improving employee health through comprehensive workplace wellness programs. This year, 27 local workplaces will receive Healthy Workplace Awards for their extraordinary commitment to the health and well-being of their employees and in some cases, retirees, and family members. Eleven workplaces will also be recognized for their efforts to promote cycling through wellness programs and policies.

In order to receive a Gord Smith Healthy Workplace Award, these local workplaces implemented one or more workplace wellness activities related to healthy eating, smoking cessation, physical activity, and mental health.  Activities must include awareness raising, education and skill building, environmental supports, and policies; all of which help to sustain healthy practices.

As part of the 2017 awards program, Chantal Vallée, Head Coach of the Lancers Women’s Basketball Team, spoke to those in attendance as the Keynote Speaker on “Building a Championship You.” She shared an inspirational story of transformation that applies to everyday life on setting goals and how to remain resilient through unexpected setbacks.

Chantal Vallée has led the team to a historic run of ten straight trips to the OUA final four, nine consecutive OUA medals, and to an impressive capturing of five consecutive national CIS titles (2011 – 2015).

In the past 5 seasons, Chantal has received 19 Coach of the Year Awards, produced 4 Canadian national team members and 1 Olympian, won 6 conferences and 5 National Titles, and maintained a winning percentage of 94%. Not only is Chantal an accomplished coach, she is also a published author and a practiced public speaker. She travels across Canada and the United States speaking on the topics of leadership and coaching success.

Following Chantal’s speech, the 2017 Gord Smith Healthy Workplace Award Winners were presented. The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit and the Working Toward Wellness Workplace Wellness Committee proudly honoured the following recipients for their outstanding leadership in providing programs and policies that help their employees improve their overall health and wellbeing.

At the event, Workforce WindsorEssex also launched a new guide that will help small businesses in Windsor-Essex better overcome recruitment and retention issues. Workforce WindsorEssex gathered information on successful local employer-driven techniques and initiatives in the community, so businesses experiencing these kinds of challenges have access to proven strategies and tactics that they can implement.

Another highlight was the ‘Great Big Crunch’ which is hosted by the Ontario Student Nutrition Program. This annual event aims to raise awareness of the importance of student nutrition programs, healthy eating in schools and workplaces, and supporting locally grown produce. This year’s ‘Great Big Crunch’ took place on Thursday, October 19, 2017.

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The 2017 Bike Friendly Workplace Award Winners

The Bike Friendly Workplace Awards recognize workplaces that support employees who choose to commute to work by bicycle. This year, the following 11 workplaces have shown their commitment to employees’ health, the community, and the environment by offering a Bike Friendly workplace:


  • Ford Motor Company –   Windsor Operations


  • The Corporation of the City of Windsor


  • Bonduelle Canada Inc. Tecumseh
  • Anchor Danly
  • Caesars Windsor – WCL –  Unifor Wellness Committee
  • FCA Canada Inc. / Unifor-Windsor Assembly Plant

Platinum Plus

  • Redoe Group
  • St. Clair College of Applied Arts and Technology
  • The Corporation of the Municipality of Leamington
  • The Corporation of the Town of Tecumseh
  • Windsor-Essex County Health Unit

Media Contact

Communications Department
Windsor-Essex County Health Unit
519-258-2146 ext. 6397 (news)

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