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Easter Seals Windsor-Essex Receives $273k Boost

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Biz X Was There – Easter Seals Windsor-Essex Breakfast Kick-off Celebration

On March 11, 2020 Easter Seals Ontario (Windsor-Essex) hosted a Breakfast Kick-off Celebration and Media Conference at the Giovanni Caboto Club to expand its March is Easter Seals Month campaign. This campaign leads into and through the Annual Easter Seals Telethon taking place at St. Clair College on Sunday, March 29, 2020.

The meeting was hosted by Jeremy Renaud, the new Development Officer for the local Easter Seals. Media had the opportunity to meet the Telethon Host, Mark McKenzie from 89X, 2020 Windsor-Essex Regional Ambassadors Brigid Kidd and Alexander Bondy, along with several key partners. Media also witnessed the unveiling of multiple three-year landmark partnerships that will lead into the Centennial of Easter Seals in 2022 – including a partnership with Biz X Magazine as the official ‘print sponsor’. Our Cup of Joe, Joe McParland, presented the Easter Seals a $15,000 cheque from Biz X representing the value of their three year commitment.

In the photo above you can see at the back (left to right), Evan Mendoca, Braeden Vaille, Chuck Roy, Steve Raby, Ram Sridhar (Telethon Chair), Ian MacIsaac and Joe McParland. Centre (left to right), Brittany Gurney, Susanne Bergeron, Rick Daly, Heather Nantau, Veronique Mandel, Jim Dunn, Coun. Ed Sleiman, Bruce Tribute, Crystal Benn, Mike Kelly, Jeremy Renaud (Easter Seals’ Development Officer). Front (left to right), Mark McKenzie (Telethon Host), Alex Bondy and Brigid Kidd (Easter Seals’ Regional Ambassadors). Cheques received include: St. Clair College ($30,000), Student Representative Council at St. Clair College ($9,000), Bell Media ($126,000), Legion – Zone A1 ($7,500), Biz X Magazine ($15,000), Catholic Teachers – OECTA ($7,500), The Rotary Club of Amherstburg ($7,500), Holiday Inn & Suites Windsor Ambassador Bridge ($3,750), The Giovanni Caboto Club ($9,000), Jeremy Renaud ($3,750), McDonald’s ($9,000), Freeds of Windsor ($4,950), Computers for Kids ($2,250), Sooters Photography ($1,500), Festival Tent ($300), Wolverine Freight ($1,000), The Guardian – Unifor ($15,000) and The Toldo Foundation; the Telethon’s presenting sponsor ($20,000).

The footprint of the Easter Seals organization having been established in Windsor, Ontario on November 28, 1922 has since grown nationwide thanks to local Rotary support.

Renaud also announced that the Easter Seals office will soon be leaving its very cramped quarters at Pelissier and Tecumseh Road and moving into offices in the Gino and Liz Marcus Community Complex at 1168 Drouillard Road, located in the heart of Ford City.

Easter Seals Ontario has been a champion of children and youth with physical disabilities from all ethnic and religious backgrounds within the communities of Windsor-Essex for the past 98 years. Proceeds from March is Easter Seals Month campaign, launched earlier this month throughout the communities of Windsor-Essex, will go towards funding of essential mobility and accessibility equipment, such as wheelchairs, walkers, ramps and lifts, for kids with physical disabilities, as well as opportunities for kids to experience fun, friendship and participation at fully accessible Easter Seals camps. Easter Seals is only able to provide its programs with the generous support of its donors and sponsors.

Tune into Bell Media‘s local Windsor CTV on March 29 for the 38th Annual Easter Seals Ontario (Windsor-Essex) Telethon presented by The Toldo Foundation, broadcast live from the Student Life Centre at St. Clair College. 

Video interview by Joe McParland – Joe chats with 2020 Ambassadors, Brigid Kidd  & Alex Bondy and Jeremy Renaud, Development Officer for Easter Seals.

Photos by Rod Denis- Biz X Magazine

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Joe McParland
Joe retired January 2015 as a Superintendent from a 26 year career with the Canada Border Services Agency in Windsor. Since then he has jettisoned into a number of exciting new opportunities. Joe is in his 13th year as a volunteer with TVCogeco as their on air personality at Windsor City and Essex County Council Meetings, and his 11 years as a registered Ontario Marriage Officiant. Joe now shares his talents and numerous life experiences with Biz X as a regular blogger, columnist and any other “Joe – Jobs” we can find for him.