NEWSFLASH January 2021


NEWSFLASH January 2021

The Windsor-Essex County Association of REALTORS (WECAR), representing over 1,160 members, is now guided by its 2021 Board of Directors and new President, Damon Winney. As President he aims to enhance the image and value of REALTORS through professionalism, collaboration and education. As Broker of Record at Jump Realty Inc., he is a successful entrepreneur, many times over, with a passion for technology, trends and learning. He is pictured (photo courtesy of WECAR) with new board members from left: Elica Berry, Salesperson, Jump Realty Inc. (President-Elect 2022); Lorraine Clark, Salesperson, Century 21 Showtime Realty Ltd. (Past President); Julianna Biondo, Salesperson, Buckingham Realty (Windsor) Ltd. (Director); Krista Gionet, CAE, CRAE, WECAR (Executive Officer); Mark Lalovich, Broker, RE/MAX Preferred Realty Ltd. (Director); Winney; Alyssa Ismail, Salesperson, Century 21 Erie Shores Realty (Director) and Maggie Chen, Broker of Record, LC Platinum Realty Inc. (Director). Founded in 1918, the mission of the Windsor-Essex County Association of REALTORS is recognized as the voice and source for real estate, by providing education and essential services to maximize professionalism and business opportunities of its members, so they are able to make a valid contribution to the community.

Early in 2020 the Town of Essex was successful in its application to the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs’ Rural Economic Development (RED) grant program. The nearly $250,000 grant will support the Town’s multi-million dollar investments in the Harrow and Essex Centre Streetscape Projects, with construction slated to begin in Harrow in the spring of 2021. (Conceptual image shown). Town Council agreed to invest more than $4.5 million towards the implementation of the Harrow Streetscape Project, although COVID-19 delayed the engineering phase and start of construction. Project construction is now slated to begin in spring 2021 and estimated completion is fall 2021. The RED grant funding will partially cover the cost of capital investments such as landscaping and street furniture (e.g., benches and bike racks). On top of the visual and amenity enhancements, the Harrow Streetscape Project will coincide with significant capital investment in roads, water main, and storm sewer work in Harrow’s urban core. A resource page for residents, business owners, and visitors to find information about the project and its impacts on the community is now posted online.


In November 2020, Adam El-Dika, Co-founder of Mare Nostrum (located on the University of Windsor campus), opened Whamburg, a smash burger concept. Mare Nostrum operates in the day until mid -afternoon and then switches over to Whamburg, working as a “ghost kitchen concept.” This means that services are only offered through applications such as Uber Eats, SkipTheDishes, and DoorDash, or direct pick-up at their location. Sourcing the highest quality beef in the area from the Butcher of Kingsville, combined with the iconic Martin’s potato bun, the smash burger style is simple yet artisanal — a type of burger preparation where fresh ground beef is pressed using a weighted iron on a scorching griddle. The result comes out as a beautiful caramelized crust, with crunchy edges that add an immense amount of flavour to the burger. Now that your mouth is watering, go online to place your order!

After 30 years in the industry, since mid-December 2020, Pharmacist John D’Agnillo, now operates the Old Town Pharmacy, 80 Richmond Street, Unit 10 (next to Service Ontario) in Amherstburg. Rather than retire, he wanted to serve the community in a COVID-19 ready location, free of crowds, with a focus on individualized care, and as a result, the small (650 square feet) cozy pharmacy, complete with a fireplace, opened at the Heritage Square building. Initial medication reviews will be done for new customers transferring in or starting off, but prescriptions can be texted or emailed for pick up the next day. Telehealth services, with physician consultations via video calls, are also available. As well, a unique service, not normally associated with a dispensary, is offered by Speech-Language Pathologist, Tina D’Agnillo (John’s wife), who has many years of experience and is the local representative of CASLPO (College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario).

Christina Friedrichsen-Truman (left) and Emily Truman are the mother and daughter team and co-founders of My Weekend is Booked. Photo courtesy of Madeline Truman.

Pivot. Thanks to the pandemic, it’s a buzzword that has become synonymous with survival for small businesses. Thinking creatively and pivoting to meet the new demands of a pandemic-stricken economy is exactly what a local mother and daughter-led Lakeshore business has done. Just as their gifting and natural soy candle company, My Weekend is Booked, was gaining momentum through local, in-person events, COVID-19 shut it all down. “We’ve worked really hard to create a brand that we believe has huge potential, and artisan shows were going to be a major part in reaching consumers,” says Christina Friedrichsen-Truman. With a new focus on online sales, the pair noticed an increasing demand for consumer care packages. She adds, “People who can’t connect in person are sending gifts to friends and family members as a way to reach out and offer love and support.” Along with care packages, Friedrichsen-Truman and her daughter, Emily, are helping companies who are finding it difficult to connect with clients and employees during the pandemic. As work parties and events move online, or are cancelled altogether, there is a need to find creative ways for companies to connect with clients and employees. Gifting can be utilized as a business tool to attract and build client relationships. Their brand new line of custom and pre-curated corporate gift boxes feature products from Canadian small businesses, many of which are local.
The Women’s Executive Network (WXN) for the 2020 “Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards” recently recognized 106 outstanding women across the country who advocate for workforce diversity and inspire tomorrow’s leaders. Of these women, one is from Windsor, in the CP Skilled Trades category, honouring women who contribute immense value and demonstrate excellence in skilled trades, product or service innovation, and community involvement. Congrats to Elizabeth Moses, a Machinist, Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor (WEST) Tutor and Ambassador for FIRST Robotics Canada, and the Canadian Mental Health Association Windsor-Essex County branch.

The Ontario Medical Association (OMA) is proud to congratulate Anita Imperioli of In Honour of the Ones We Love ( on accepting the OMA “Community Service Award” from the Essex County Medical Society. Imperioli’s tireless dedication to the community has enriched the lives of countless people throughout Windsor and Essex County who are facing cancer and other life-threatening illnesses, and those with special needs. 

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