OCTOBER NEWSFLASH – Annual Coffee Break Fundraiser Campaign Kicks Off
How do you take your Coffee Break? The Alzheimer Society of Windsor & Essex County’s (ASWE;AsWeCare.com) annual Coffee Break fundraiser campaign kicked off in early September and continues until November 30, 2018. Co-sponsored by Biz X magazine the fundraising goal this year is to surpass $30,000 to help support local individuals with dementia and their care partners so they are able to live well and independently for as long as possible. Thanks to the generosity of local coffee sponsor, Colonial Coffee, ASWE is able to distribute supplies to all hosts, making it easy for everyone to host an event. “Colonial Coffee is happy to supply all the coffee, cups and lids, to hosts free of charge,” says Laurie Ohler, Vice President, Colonial Coffee (3110 Marentette Avenue, Windsor; ColonialCoffee.ca). “The Society works to address a growing need in our community and we want to show our support for them.” A “Coffee Break” is any social activity where hosts offer coffee in exchange for a donation to the Alzheimer Society. Customize a “Coffee Break” to your friends, family or organization — perhaps to last a few hours or even a few weeks! ASWE provides all supplies and even a volunteer to help out and answer questions if you’d like. All you have to do is brew! Hosts can also add a bake sale, raffle, auction, or even make it a milk and cookies break if you have younger attendees. Become a “Coffee Break” Host by contacting Angela Belleau, ASWE Community Engagement & Volunteer Coordinator via email: [email protected].
The Detroit Lions announced in mid-September their partnership with the Windsor Family Credit Union (WFCU), their first Canadian partner in franchise history and the first Canadian financial institution to be recognized as an official partner with a National Football League team. The three year partnership, which begins with the 2018 season and extends through to the end of the 2020 season, names WFCU as the “Official Canadian Credit Union” of the Detroit Lions. “We are proud to partner with WFCU,” states Detroit Lions Senior Vice President of Business Development Kelly Kozole. “It’s important to us as an organization to reach our Canadian neighbours as Lions’ fans and beyond. The financial literacy programming we will be implementing with our Football Education Division in Windsor Essex schools, is something we’re excited to bring to the community.” Eddie Francis, President and CEO of WFCU adds: “We’re proud to be the official Canadian Credit Union of the Detroit Lions and their first ever Canadian partner. This builds on our continued legacy of partnerships, and provides us new, exciting opportunities for our members and community.” Through the partnership, the Detroit Lions and WFCU aim to educate members of the community on the importance of financial literacy in achieving their financial goals through engaging and unique experiences never provided before to the Ontario market, with particular attention given to the youth demographic. Current and new WFCU Members can expect player appearances, exclusive contests and giveaways, stadium and VIP Training Camp experiences and other special items to be announced throughout the season. For more information about the partnership refer to: WFCU.ca.
Habitat for Humanity Windsor-Essex recently received a $75,000 seed grant from Ontario Trillium Foundation to help bring back the furniture bank! Facilitated through the ReStore, Habitat for Humanity will work with the Downtown Windsor Community Collaborative and Matthew House to develop a sustainable model that provides furniture for newcomers, refugees, and the formerly homeless. A furniture bank was initiated three years ago and operated for 16 months to serve the Syrian refugees. The temporary project successfully served over 500 families, unfortunately once they lost their free space it closed. The ReStore has been in operation for 20 years and has a proven model to pick up and salvage furnishings. These furnishings are sold in order to generate revenue to build affordable housing. By working together, the ReStore can take on the challenge of handling all furniture donations and allow partnering organizations access to the furniture they need to support their clients. Several service organizations across the city are working hard to house people, however, many families arrive with no furnishings. Habitat for Humanity has proven time and time again that housing stops poverty in its tracks! Those involved with the organization believe that through collaboration they can set up a sustainable furniture bank model that will start recently housed families off on the right foot. The goal is to ensure that all families housed, succeed in their new homes and they hope to help 1,500 individuals across the city by September 2019. You can support Habitat for Humanity Windsor-Essex by donating or shopping at the ReStore at 3064 Devon Drive in Windsor, or 1 Iroquois Road, Unit 2 in Leamington. Visit: HabitatWindsor.org for more information.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO…
Happy 50th anniversary to everyone at Buckingham Realty (Windsor) Ltd.! Since 1968, Buckingham has helped tens of thousands of families, individuals and companies to sell and to purchase resale homes, new homes, condominiums, commercial properties, factories, and businesses. From its humble beginnings in the late ‘60s, Buckingham has been focused on building long-term relationships with their customers. The entire organization — the salespeople, the support staff, the managers and owners — believes that satisfied customers are the main objective. Today, Buckingham enjoys the benefits of that commitment and claims almost 90 percent of their new business comes from satisfied customers. The Buckingham story began in the late 1960s, when Paul Paine founded the real estate enterprise with an aim to provide customers in the region with a level of service unmatched by other real estate agencies, Stan Dunn joined the organization shortly after and became a managing partner. Now, Paine’s sons, Cameron and Jason Paine have taken over the business, continuing to build on its solid history of integrity, service and commitment to sellers, buyers and business owners. They are joined by a team of more than 50 real estate professionals and long-standing support staff, all of whom have the same mission — to assist their clients in the buying and selling of homes and businesses in Windsor and Essex County. “We have an outstanding reputation,” comments Jason, who is now Broker of Record. “It starts right from evaluating the property to closing the sale. We realize that each individual client’s satisfaction is vital to our business, so we strive to do it right the first time.” Located at 4573 Tecumseh Road East in Windsor and on the web at: BuckinghamRealty.ca, Buckingham has risen from its humble beginnings and gone straight to the top. “We’re committed to growth,” promises Jason. “Here’s to another 50 years!”
ON THE MOVE
The Hospice of Windsor and Essex County Inc., is pleased to announce the appointment of Colleen Reaume as the new Executive Director effective October 15, 2018. Reaume held a position as Director of the Regional Cancer Program, Erie St. Clair and worked at Windsor Regional Hospital in the cancer program, for over 30 years.“As the new incoming director, I am humbled and honoured,” Reaume expresses. “I sincerely look forward to working with this amazing team to ensure high quality palliative care for our patients and families in Windsor and Essex County. As the saying goes, ‘if you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life.’ I am inspired and energized to begin this meaningful work.” Find out more about their services, programs and events by checking out: TheHospice.ca.
Manor Realty is thrilled to announce the appointment of Rob Agnew to the position of Broker/General Manager. Previously at Chrysler Canada in Sales Marketing and a Manager/Buyer at Freeds of Windsor, Agnew brings years of experience to the job — along with his 29 years in real estate (all at Manor) as a top producer! His mandate is to expand Manor’s market presence and its digital footprint and enhance the agent/client experience. Agnew is a Founding member of the Circle of Seven charity group and a past recipient of the Windsor-Essex County Association of REALTORS “Distinguished Realtor” Award and Ontario Real Estate Association “Provincial Realtor Fellowship” Award. Check out his website: RobAgnew.com for further details.
HALL OF FAME
The 2018 Leamington District Chamber of Commerce 24th annual “Business Excellence Awards” take place October 10, 2018. Finalists were announced in all categories the month before, with the winners revealed at the October event. The finalists are as follows: “Customer First” — Capogna Flowers, Chartwell Leamington Retirement Residence, My Cousin’s Closet. “Excellence in Food Services” — Bradt’s Butcher Block, Jack’s Gastropub, Crave Family Grill & Pub. “Grow South Essex” — Erie James Produce, Mastronardi Produce, Mucci Farms. “Industrial/Manufacturing Excellence” — Marcovecchio Construction, Orangeline Farms, South Essex Fabricating. “Innovation” — Aphria, Lee & Maria’s, South Western Ontario Gleaners. “Invest in a World Class Workforce” — Collins Barrow Leamington LLP, Essex Powerlines Corporation, Insight Advantage. “Positive Professionals” — Tyler Hicks, Joe Oswald, Erie Shores Rehabilitation: Heather Smyth. “Small Business Excellence” — Anna’s Flowers, Security ONE Alarm Systems, Thrift on Mill. “Warm Welcome” — The Bank Theatre, Days Inn Leamington, The Iron Kettle Bed & Breakfast. “Welcoming Accessibility Award” — Access County Community Support Services, Leamington Half Century Centre, Thompson’s Guardian Drug Store. “Young Entrepreneur” — Dr. Maxwell Abraham from Abraham Orthodontics, Brie Bento from The Beauty District, Katherine Alberquerque from Alberquerque Accounting. “Youth Excellence” — Kiara Clements, Chloe Jakob, Sydney Youssef.
Learn who the winners are in mid-October on: LeamingtonChamber.com and be sure to get a copy of the November/December issue of Biz X magazine to see photos from the awards evening.