Congratulations to the 2019 Herb Gray Gala Award Recipients


Multicultural Council Reschedules 19th Annual Herb Gray Awards Gala

WINDSOR, ONTARIO – The Multicultural Council of Windsor and Essex County (MCC) has announced the rescheduling of the 2020 Herb Gray Awards Gala. The county-wide celebration of community engagement had been scheduled for Thursday, May 7, 2020.

“It is my great privilege each year to take part in celebrating the efforts and accomplishments of those who contribute to creating such a wonderful and welcoming community,” said Ms. Kathleen Thomas, Executive Director of the Multicultural Council, “And we plan to do so again this year. But right now, the focus of our organization is on ensuring the health and safety of residents of Windsor-Essex. We thank our event sponsors and our wonderful partners for their patience and understanding in this process, and look forward to celebrating our wonderful recipients when the timing is right. Once it is determined to be safe and appropriate, we will be proud and excited to once again gather to recognize the recipients of the Harmony, Champion, and Inspire Awards. In the meantime we encourage our community to follow the directions of local health professionals and take all necessary steps to maintain their health and well-being.”

The new date for the 2020 Herb Gray Awards Gala as well as the names of the Harmony, Champion, and Inspire award recipients will be released in the near future.



Media Contact
Mrs. Pam Mady
Manager, Communications and Community Engagement
(519)255-1127 ext. 203              

Gala History

Sixteen years ago, the Multicultural Council of Windsor and Essex County spearheaded the creation of a community-wide celebration to recognize the contribution of the Rt. Honourable Herb Gray.

On October 23, 2002, a formal evening of appreciation was held, and the program included the presentation of the first Multicultural Council tribute – the Herb Gray Harmony Award.

This prestigious honour recognizes individuals, businesses, or organizations in our community who have actively promoted the equality of all cultures, and who have made an outstanding contribution to building a community that is multi-racial, multi-ethnic and multi-faith.


7In 2008, the Champion Award was added to the program, celebrating significant contributions made to our community by first-generation Canadians.

To honour the 45th year of the Multicultural Council in 2018, the Inspire Award was introduced as a way to recognize a newcomer for their perseverance, optimism, and positive example provided to our community.
Each spring, the Herb Gray Harmony Gala takes place and features a different exciting etho-cultural theme, drawing a crowd of over 600 community partners, supporters, and representatives to recognize award recipients.

Proceeds from the event benefit the programs and services of the Multicultural Council, and serve to assist in our mission of creating a welcoming community for all.


For sponsorship information, please contact Pam Mady at 519-255-1127 ext 203 or

Previous Award Recipients

2002 Harmony: Rt. Honourable Herb Gray 
2003 Harmony: Vernon Mahadeo
2004 Harmony: Capital theatre & Dr. Subhas Ramcharan
2005 Harmony: Dr. John Jacob Lyanga
2006 Harmony: Individual Award – Elise Harding-Davis, Private Company – Champion Products – Ashok Sook

Non – Profit Agency – WEST

Champion Award: Anthony P Toldo

2007  Harmony: Michael G. Solcz & Jamie Henderson
2008 Harmony: Rotary Clubs of Windsor & Essex

Champion Award: Antoine Greige



Harmony: Gary Parent

Champion Award: Dr. Raphael Cheung

2010 Harmony: John Morris Russell

Champion Award: Marwan Taqtaq

2011 Harmony: David Musyj

Champion Award: Snjezana Gacesa


Harmony: Aruna Koushik

Champion Award: Terry Rafih


Harmony: Sandra Pupatello

Champion Award: Dr. Fouad Tayfour


Harmony: Eddie Francis

Champion Award: Floyd Cacciavillani


Harmony: Dr. John Strasser

Champion Award: Mario Collavino


Harmony: Marty Komsa

Champion Award: Vince & Olivia Rosati


Harmony: Dr. Alan Wildeman

Champion Award: Dr. Godfrey Bacheyie


Harmony: Caesars Windsor Cares

Champion Award: Mrs. Jasmin Reyes Tjong

Inspire Award: Ali & Hussein Mohammed


Harmony: The Tepperman Family

Champion Award: Dr. Gordon Jasey

Inspire Award: Charles Kayumbi & Marceline Kilongo


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