Downtown Advocate Honoured


December 12, 2012


Downtown Winnipeg — The tireless work of one of Winnipeg’s downtown advocates, Stefano Grande, Executive Director of the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ, was celebrated at the BIZ’s last board meeting in 2012, where Councillor Jenny Gerbasi presented him with a prestigious honour – the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.

“Stefano is a true leader in every sense of the word, who has inspired community and business leaders to step up and move our downtown forward,” said Councillor Gerbasi, who submitted Stefano’s nomination. “He sets a true standard for what we want to see in our city, and is a champion in everything he does. This award is a testament to his unwavering support and dedication to our city and our downtown, and the rest of our City congratulates him.”

“I am very proud to serve our city,” said Grande. “This is a wonderful honour and it reminds me of the importance of our downtown, moving forward with our vision, and making a positive impact for the many future generations to come. I am inspired, motivated, and believe now more than ever, that we are closing in on our shining vision for the heart of our city. I hope all Winnipeggers will join me in making this a reality.”

Grande, an Urban Planner with a Master’s degree from the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Manitoba, honed in on his planning skills while working in the Town of Selkirk, the R.M. of St. Andrews and the R.M. of St. Clements for seven years – where he focused on community economic and business development. More recently, Stefano has played an instrumental role in the revitalization of Winnipeg’s inner city in his position as General Manager of Winnipeg Housing Rehabilitation Corporation, which he held for six years. During his tenure, he created several hundreds of affordable housing units in the inner city by working closely with community groups – helping them achieve their vision for safe and vibrant neighbourhoods through housing renewal.

As the current Executive Director for the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ, his focus over the last eight years has been increasing the BIZ’s service delivery to business members in the areas of safety and litter removal in particular, as well as increased advocacy in areas including downtown housing, police foot patrols, Tax Increment Financing (TIF) and Rapid Transit, and other key policies critical to the renewal of downtown Winnipeg.

“I’ve had the privilege working with Stefano and have seen firsthand his unwavering sense of pride and passion for what he does, and his utmost dedication to helping create a downtown that all Winnipeggers can be proud of,” said Dave Stone, Vice-Chair of the BIZ Management Board. “This honour for Stefano comes as no surprise, and recognizes an individual who gives selflessly every day to our downtown and our city.”

About the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

A new commemorative medal was created to mark the 2012 celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada. The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal is a tangible way for Canada to honour Her Majesty for her service to this country. At the same time, it serves to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians.

During the year of celebrations, 60 000 deserving Canadians will be recognized.
The Chancellery of Honours, as part of the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General, administers the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal program.

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