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CASE STUDY | Windsor-Essex: A Journey to Collective Impact

Case Studies, Collective Impact, Adam Vasey

Windsor-Essex County (Windsor-Essex), the southernmost region in Canada, consists of nine municipalities: Amherstburg, Essex, Kingsville, Lakeshore, Lasalle, Leamington, Pelee Island, Tecumseh, and Windsor. Historically, the strength of the regional economy has been highly dependent on the strength of the automotive sector. This made the region especially vulnerable during the 2008-2009 recession.Pathway to Potential, in Windsor-Essex, launched in 2008, focused on building awareness, advocating for systemic change, and developing local innovations to combat poverty. These efforts laid the groundwork for a shift to Collective Impact and an evolving municipal role in poverty reduction.

Adam Vasey

By Adam Vasey

Adam is Director of Policy, Learning & Evaluation with the Tamarack Institute's Vibrant Communities team. He is passionate about reducing poverty and building equitable, inclusive communities through policy and systems change. Prior to joining Tamarack, Adam spent eight years as Director of Pathway to Potential, the Windsor-Essex poverty reduction strategy.

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