NEWSFLASH – February 2022 – WECAR’s New Board

WECAR's New Board
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NEWSFLASH February 2022


The Windsor-Essex County Association of REALTORS (WECAR; 3200 Deziel Drive) has a new Board of Directors for 2022. The representatives, shown in the above photo, are as follows: (Back row from left):Julianna Biondo, REALTOR, Buckingham Realty (Windsor) Ltd. (Director); Mark Lalovich, Broker, RE/MAX Preferred Realty Ltd. (President Elect); Brian A. Price, Salesperson, Deerbrook Realty Inc. (Director); and Krista Gionet, CAE, CRAE (WECAR Executive Officer). (Front row from left): Damon Winney, Broker of Record, Jump Realty Inc. (Past President); Elica Berry, Salesperson, Jump Realty Inc. (President); and Maggie Chen, Broker of Record, LC Platinum Realty Inc. (Director). Missing from photo courtesy of Art Pavao: Alyssa Ismail, Salesperson, Century 21 Erie Shores Realty Inc. (Director).

A small business account located on Ottawa Street in Windsor has met all of their electricity needs with clean, solar electricity in 2020 using a net-metering solar system. This solar system, developed and implemented by Green Sun Rising Inc., is entirely offsetting the business account’s electrical consumption cost, and greatly reducing their delivery charge under EnWin’s net-metering program. These substantial savings in annual operating cost will carry forward for over 30 years to come, securing the business from future electricity price increases. While solar generation is seasonal, the 12-month rolling window of the net-metering program takes all that solar seasonality out and allows carryover from summer surplus generation into the winter. Over its lifetime the solar system will pay for itself several times over. This business is already doing today what Canada has committed to achieve by 2050, net-zero and carbon neutrality.


The town of LaSalle became a little sweeter in mid-December 2021 with the opening of The Sugared Spatula Inc., a start-up small-batch counter service sweet shoppe found at 6146 Malden Road. “We are not your traditional bakery and you will not find pie and Danishes here,” says Owner Anita Ondracka. “We offer sweet treats, cakes and chocolates and are big fans of sprinkles! We use only the best ingredients including Belgium Chocolate and Madagascar Vanilla, real butter and the freshest eggs and milk. All our treats are made from scratch in our own shoppe.” The menu includes a selection of Belgium chocolates such as minted milk, white chocolate candy, cinnamon roasted almond marshmallow; chocolate truffles; celebration layer cakes; cookie and snack cakes; sweet bars, mini cheesecakes, cookies, cake truffles, cupcakes and more.


Families and children serviced by Creative Child Learning Centre in Amherstburg have moved to the centre’s Stella Maris Catholic Elementary School location at 140 Girard Street in Amherstburg. Provincial government funding in the amount of $2.3 million was announced four years ago. The move has been a long time coming, according to Michelle DiCarlo, Executive Director of the non-profit organization. “Our parents and children are excited and we are happy to be continuing our 15-year partnership with the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board,” says DiCarlo. There are 73 licenced spaces at the Stella Maris location which complements Creative Child’s latchkey program, which has been operating for over 10 years at Stella Maris. Creative Child, which opened in 1999, provides learning opportunities for children aged three months to 12 years of age.

Seeking a larger more modern space to showcase its members’ creations, the Walkerville Artists Collective has moved to 1295 Ottawa Street in a building formerly occupied by the Windsor Tea Emporium. “It’s a beautiful space,” says Debbie Mazar, one of 21 members of the collective who lease space by the linear foot to display their work. Mazar, who specializes in watercolours and acrylic pieces, says all her colleagues pitched in to paint their new space and prepare it for an opening on December 1, 2021. In addition to paintings, there are also wooden pieces, jewellery, pottery, clothing, fused glass works and zentangle art, which is created by drawing structured patterns. Members of the collective also offer lessons in their specialties.

A long time Windsor law firm with a 100-year-old history of practicing in the city’s downtown core is now well settled into its offices at 525 Windsor Avenue. Mousseau DeLuca McPherson Prince LLP moved last April after initially being displaced from Westcourt Place on Goyeau Street when tenants were forced out in November 2019 following a fire in the building’s parking garage. The firm initially found space near the intersection of Shepherd Street and McDougall Street, but eventually opted for a new 10,000 square foot space renovated by the Rosati Group. “Our presence downtown dates back 100 years,” says Tom Porter, a partner in the firm. “It was important for us to stay within walking distance of Windsor’s court buildings and this location is perfect.” The firm’s 10 lawyers worked out of boxes for month after month before finding a permanent home on the second floor of a building previously occupied by Key Tours. “We having fewer physical meetings with clients and we’re anxious to get back to normal,” adds Porter. The first floor of the building is occupied by Gerald Duthie & Co. LLP Chartered Professional Accountants.

Electrozad, a leading provider of electrical and automation products, services, and solutions, has announced the following executive appointments, effective February 1, 2022 — William C. Smith, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO); John Jenner, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Chief Operating Officer (COO); and James Taylor, President. In his new role as Chairman and CEO, Smith (previously President) oversees Electrozad’s Executive Team performance and direction, while driving organizational growth and resources in accordance with the company’s strategic plans. He continues working with the team as a brand ambassador, creating and maintaining relationships with the community, industry leaders, suppliers, and related associations, while looking for alliances, mergers, partnerships, and investment opportunities. As CFO and COO, Jenner (previously Vice President, Finance) has key responsibilities in the coordination and management of all Financial, Operational and Administrative functions for the company to ensure growth and profit targets are achieved. Taylor is being appointed President following his role as Vice President, Sales & Marketing. His new duties include leading short and long-term business strategies, oversight to ensure goals are fulfilled with the extended executive team, while guiding the company’s growth by leading the sales/marketing strategy and execution. He is now responsible for managing strategic vendor partnerships at the executive level and collaborating with the CFO/COO on all business matters. “As the electrical industry continues to evolve, this new structure will ensure the company is positioned towards future growth and profitability as a top-performing solutions partner within our industry,” says Smith. Electrozad serves customers in the automotive, contractor, food & beverage, institutional, machine tool, OEM and petrochemical industries. Incorporated in 1955, Electrozad has established locations in Chatham, London, Sarnia, and Windsor (2900 Jefferson Blvd.)

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