Sports helped Detroit Pistons head coach Dwane Casey overcome racism as he grew up in Kentucky in the 1960s.
He remembers seeing the n-word in the second-hand books his segregated school got from the white school. He remembers fighting kids who called him the n-word when the schools integrated and later becoming lifelong friends with some of those kids, once they realized he wasn’t what they’d been told about black people.
The Amherstburg Community Foundation (ACF) heard from world-renowned urbanist Gil Penalosa in August and debated some of his ideas last week. The second of the ACF’s “Thought Leaders” speaker series was held last Tuesday night at the Libro Centre with Cherise Burda of the Ryerson City Builders Institute moderating a panel discussion with seven of Penelosa’s ideas highlighted.
Studies have shown as humans we actually have a bias for the status quo. We tend to fear loss more than we value gain, so people often say “no” to new ideas.
But to create an even better Amherstburg we need to change from being largely about short-term personal interests to forward-thinking public interests, from small interest projects to big picture opportunities. In other words, saying “yes” to ideas instead of saying “no.”
The “new” Amherstburg Community Foundation (ACF) has been launched and is seeking the support of the community.
The new-look ACF, led by president Richard Peddie, held its official launch last Wednesday night to a packed house in the Libro Centre’s down-stairs community room with four initiatives beingannounced for the first wave of fundraising…
The new Amherstburg Community Foundation is woke - definition: “a slang term, a byword for social awareness”.
Admittedly the term “woke” refers more to issues concerning social and racial justice, but I also believe it can stand for other things that intersect with those two issues. For instance climate change, better parks, walkable streets, civic leadership - things that can make or break the sustainability, healthiness and inclusiveness of communities like Amherstburg.
The Amherstburg Community Foundation laid out its first wave of improvement projects at the Libro Credit Union Centre in Amherstburg before a packed house Wednesday night.
Retired president of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Richard Peddie is taking on another presidential role, this time at the head of a nine person board that has already kick-started the campaign with $150,000 of its own money over the next three years.
Richard Peddie is one of the most successful leaders to ever come out of our region! As the former President & CEO of Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment (Toronto Raptors, Maple Leafs, Marlies & Toronto FC) he is an author, philanthropist and community builder, as demonstrated in his new role as President of the Amherstburg Community Foundation.