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The owners of Thai Palace, Renu and Charles Anderson and their young daughter Raechel, met with Laura Starling, President and CEO of Noah’s House Mental Health Foundation Inc. in October 2022 to donate $2,000 from a portion of their earnings throughout the month of September. The Andersons have been donating to local organizations to commemorate their restaurant’s anniversary each September and this was their 15th year in doing so (see accompanying photo). Thai Palace is located at 1140 Lauzon Road in Windsor and online at: Thai-Palace.ca. The mission of Noah’s House is to empower and inspire individuals (aged 11 to 25) to break free from the chains of mental illness. The youth centre is located at 2341 Pillette Road in Windsor.

Thomas Wilson is the new Executive Director of Life After Fifty (LAF) as of November 28, 2022. He comes to LAF with over 19 years of life enrichment experience serving seniors in various positions at Extendicare Tecumseh long term care facility. Wilson is passionate about engaging older adults and making community connections. His goal is to continue to enrich the lives of older adults and keep them fit, well and social. LAF’s East Side Centre can be found at 8787 McHugh Street with the West Side Centre situated at 635 McEwan Avenue.

Children First (105-2565 Ouellette Avenue) in Essex County is looking for a dedicated and passionate individual to provide leadership abilities as a Volunteer Member of the Board of Directors. This is a great opportunity to work with experienced professionals and share your skills and knowledge with an organization making a difference in the community. Directors guide the organization strategically and provide formal oversight on behalf of the stakeholders. They are accountable for the monitoring and oversight of the organization’s performance goals, ensuring financial accountability and providing feedback and guidance to the Executive Director. This position comes with a time commitment of about three hours/month in the evening for Board Meetings, as well as occasional time devoted to emails and minor follow-up activities outside meeting times. Children First is an accredited children’s mental health and early intervention agency providing services for families with children up to six years of age who are at risk for or experiencing mental health challenges or developmental concerns. They use a family-centred approach based on the principles of respecting every family’s beliefs, values and culture. “We endeavour to recruit employees and volunteers who reflect the diversity of the community we serve,” states Lori Kempe, Executive Director. “We strongly encourage qualified applicants from diverse groups to apply. Children First is an equal opportunity employer. We accommodate people with disabilities during our recruitment and hiring processes and with our employees.” Expressions of interest in the form of a letter (with “Board Director” in the subject line) can be directed to Kempe in an email to: [email protected]

The Windsor-Essex County Association of REALTORS (WECAR) — representing over 1,450 Members — is now guided by its 2023 Board of Directors and new President, Mark Lalovich, who is a dedicated Broker with RE/MAX Preferred Realty Ltd. (Please see his photo on the Contents page of this issue). As a graduate of the University of Windsor in 1980 with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree, Lalovich joined the real estate industry in 1985, and obtained his Broker’s licence in 1990. Previously a long time co-owner of four Tim Hortons restaurants, locally, he has been a licenced REALTOR with WECAR for over 37 years. He has earned numerous sales awards throughout his career — his team consistently ranks within the Top 50 RE/MAX Commercial Sales both Canada-wide and internationally. Lalovich is excited to bring his unique style of leadership and discipline into guiding his peers and fellow directors through the challenges that lie ahead from legislation issues to market transitions, and more. As the second oldest real estate association in Canada, WECAR was founded in 1918. WECAR (WindsorRealEstate.com) thrives to deliver excellent services to its members, including, not only its core service, the MLS System, but also provides continuous cutting edge technologies to provide member support to enhance professional growth with a vision of its members being the first choice for real estate services.

Serratore Bistro-Café celebrated its grand opening at 98 University Avenue West in downtown Windsor on November 10, 2022. Owner Jason Serratore and his staff of five were joined for the event by Drew Dilkens, City of Windsor Mayor and Renaldo Agostino, Ward 3 City Councillor, among others. Serratore Bistro-Café offers a rich, authentic Italian bistro experience serving hot and iced drinks, salads, paninis, charcuterie boards, delicious pastries and baked goods. “I’m a Chef by trade,” states Serratore. “But now I’m part of a group to resurrect downtown and give Windsorites a reason to rediscover downtown Windsor.”

Formerly located at 1641 Provincial Road, Welcome Home Kitchen & Bath moved into a 5,000 square foot showroom located at 2560 Central Avenue in Windsor, in the fall of 2022. Welcome Home was founded 11 years ago by Wayne LaBranche and Brian Guiney and specializes in kitchen, bath, full house renovations and cabinet refacing. The spacious new showroom features various lines of custom and semi-custom cabinetry, cabinet refacing options, accessories, countertops, and a growing repertoire of tile and flooring options. It is Windsor’s newest plumbing showroom, offering a vast array of quality plumbing fixtures for any type of renovation project. From the interactive displays and a staff with several years of professional experience, they can manage your project from start to finish. Welcome Home Kitchen & Bath prides itself on quality products, sound design advice and expert installation. Retail customers, as well as contractors and designers, are also welcome to shop their one-stop showroom.

Property Hunters Inc. is celebrating 15 years in the property management business with their new office space found at 3685 County Road 42 in Windsor. Their services are geared towards commercial, residential and multifamily investors and owners world-wide. The business aims to help owners and investors build generational wealth while optimizing their portfolio and taking care of residents. Previously located at 4686 Tecumseh Road East, the move was made to expand the company as well as to put the company in a well centralized location for the surrounding areas in Windsor Essex, Chatham and Tilbury. “I’m very excited for what the future holds for Property Hunters Inc.,” says Christine Hossack, CEO. “Our team is focused on turning houses into homes and helping to contribute to Windsor and Essex County being a wonderful place to live.”

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