Chris Vilag, now retired, is the past Vice-chair and long time member of Local 200 Environment committee, and the site-wide Environment Representative for Local 200. As the in-plant Joint Workplace Environment Committee Coordinator, Chris participated in waste reduction through reduce, re-use and recycle programs. He worked with the Ford Environment Department to achieve annual improvements in conserving of energy and water usage, and also worked to heighten employee awareness in a variety of ways. Chris also worked with the United Way to initiate a 40 hour volunteer program for secondary school students to focus on environmental work, and many environmental organizations in our region have benefitted from this effort.
He is a founding member of Computers for Kids and is presently its Executive Board President. For many years, he has been an active member of both the Little River Enhancement Group, and the Detroit River Canadian Clean-up. He has attended every single Peche Island Day event to volunteer his time to help people get across to the island, and is described by the group as a great asset due to his passion for the environment and local connections. Like Troy, he is a major participant in all three Boards of Education program ‘Art and the Environment’, and also participates annually in University of Windsor’s “Clean Water as a Human Right” forum. He is a longstanding member of both the Earth Day Committee and the Children’s Water Festival Steering Committee. In fact, at virtually every environmental event held within our region, you will usually find Chris lending a hand in his friendly, helpful, sincere and well-respected way – often with his wife, kids, and sometimes grandkids in tow.
Chris – you have been and continue to be a dedicated and tireless Conservation Champion, and we are so pleased to formally honour your with this well deserved award!