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.


In 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.

The 2019 Gala will be held on Thursday, May 2nd at the Ciociaro Club

Doors open at 6:15pm

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

2012 Harmony: Aruna Koushik

Champion Award: Terry Rafih

2013 Harmony: Sandra Pupatello

Champion Award: Dr. Fouad Tayfour

2014 Harmony: Eddie Francis

Champion Award: Floyd Cacciavillani

2015 Harmony: Dr. John Strasser

Champion Award: Mario Collavino

2016 Harmony: Marty Komsa

Champion Award: Vince & Olivia Rosati

2017 Harmony: Dr. Alan Wildeman

Champion Award: Dr. Bachieye

2018 Harmony: Caesars Windsor Cares

Champion Award: Mrs. Jasmin Reyes Tjong

Inspire Award: Ali & Hussein Mohammed

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