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NEWSFLASH July August 2021
Libro Credit Union has launched a new money management app, Yooli, designed to help people take control and improve their financial wellness by using data-driven technology. Yooli is powered by the MX award-winning, modern connectivity and data enhancement platform. The new Libro app includes an interactive financial health score tool FinStrong; as well as MX’s personal, predictive and proactive financial alerts and guidance. The Yooli app will be aided by feedback provided by Libro’s owners (it considers its customers/members “owners”) who were asked to sign up and test the app’s beta version, which is still in development. In the initial beta rollout, signups have totalled more than 2,000. The FinStrong tool, included in Yooli, will use spending, saving, and borrowing behaviour from across all connected user accounts, to automatically generate a financial health score and roadmap for each owner. Additionally, MX will apply its machine learning capabilities and behavioral transaction data to generate insights that will protect, guide, and inform account holders of anything from opportunities to save more money, to duplicate subscriptions and transactions, to potential overdraft possibilities.
HALL OF FAME
The Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (R.N.A.O.), Windsor-Essex Chapter, has announced the recipients of the 14th annual R.N.A.O. “Lois Fairley Nursing Award.” John Fairley, son of Lois Fairley states: “In 2021, our community continues to fight and respond to the pandemic; it has been reinforced, over this past year — the nurse’s role as frontline healthcare heroes. This year we gratefully announce that ‘All nurses throughout Windsor and Essex County’ are the deserving recipients of the 2021 R.N.A.O. ‘Lois Fairley Nursing Award’.” Crystal Hepburn, President of the R.N.A.O. Windsor Essex Chapter, adds: “This year, this award recognizes the extreme dedication, loyalty and hard work that all our nurses are providing to ensure our community continues to be safe and healthy during this pandemic.” This is the second year in a row the award has honoured nurses throughout Windsor and Essex County. Presently, there are two dedicated benches announced to recognize the important role of nurses in our region. One bench is located in Windsor’s Jackson Park, and the other at the new Amherstburg Health and Wellness Centre (the former St. Bernard School site) located on Richmond Street near Centennial Park. For 2021, there will be a dedicated bench in Leamington’s Seacliff Park to recognize the valuable contribution of Windsor and Essex County nurses in 2021.
Easter Seals Ontario hosted its AGM online in early June, during which two Windsorites received exceptional recognition for their service to the organization and enabling opportunities for kids with physical disabilities. At the forefront of this achievement and recognition, Bill Girard — a Broker from Manor Windsor Realty Ltd. and 37 year Easter Seals volunteer — received the “Yvonne Alexander Award”. This award is Easter Seals highest honour given to a volunteer and contributor who has demonstrated strength and outstanding achievement, as well as integrity and quality performance. Also, Steve Raby, a volunteer, donor, and employee of Unique Communications, received a “Service Award”. This award is given to a person who has demonstrated consistent support over a period of years, while making meaningful contributions of time, resources and gifts, as well as demonstrating a commitment to the organization through innovation. Congrats to Bill, Steve and everyone at Easter Seals Ontario Windsor-Essex!
Tim Brady, Pharmacist/Owner of Brady’s Drug Store, has stepped into the leadership role of Chair of the Ontario Pharmacists Association (OPA) for a two-year term that started on June 3, 2021.“I feel very honoured to be serving pharmacists across Ontario to strengthen the profession and to activate the membership,” says Brady. “The pandemic has highlighted the important role that pharmacists and technicians can play in the healthcare system, and I want to work with government, pharmacy and industry to expand that role and show how much more the profession has to offer.” Brady’s Drug Store operates three pharmacies in Essex, Belle River and Tilbury.
ON THE MOVE
Marie-Rose Music Studio is expanding and excited to announce its new storefront location at 1700 Sprucewood Avenue in LaSalle. Under owner Jordyn Severin, they provide high quality music education for those in Windsor Essex. Small group and private music lessons are available for piano, guitar, voice, drums and ukulele. They also specialize in offering “Music for Young Children” group classes for children as young as two years old! Visit online to register your child for September.
NEW IN BIZ
Saving money by making your home more energy efficient has never been easier! Federally Licenced Energy Advisor Taylor McKay, Owner of Tohoma, a local energy efficiency and home upgrades company, has spent years helping homeowners fight climate change, lower their bills and put money back in their pockets. “We remove the stress from the process of upgrading your home for maximum energy efficiency,” says McKay. “Tohoma handles everything from start to finish; we execute the energy audit, file all the paperwork and install the required upgrades so you receive your energy rebate.” Tohoma offers multiple home upgrade services, like insulation and new windows, or equipment like high efficiency heating or cooling products, and more. With the launch of the new Canada Greener Homes Grant, homeowners can receive up to $5,000 in grants to make energy-efficient retrofits and receive up to $600 to help with the cost of the home energy audit (get full details in the “Ask The Experts” column in this issue). Tohoma and their Home Efficiency Squad, made up of local Windsor Essex companies, is your one-stop-shop for energy audits and upgrades!
Sherri Cazabon opened her business in May, One Plant Stand, to make plant stands from upcycled materials. “It was created through my own need to find a plant stand that I would like and then friends and family wanted them, and soon after the word spread quickly and we started making orders,” she explains. The plant stands are sold at: Urban Surf and Sketch Art Workshop (55 East Pike Creek Road, Tecumseh), and Potted & Quenched (100 Lesperance Road, Tecumseh). You can email [email protected] to place your order.
DrinksOut, a new beverage delivery service in Windsor, LaSalle and Tecumseh officially launched in May 2021. The company delivers spirits, wines, beers, ciders, coolers, and other specialty alcohol products from the LCBO and local producers within Windsor Essex. “We realized that people needed an alternative to receive products during lockdowns, and the convenience provided through direct to door delivery is becoming more of an expectation for consumers,” says Vik Lall, Co-founder of DrinksOut, along with his brother. “With those factors together, the opportunity for this business to continue thriving post COVID-19 is high, so we went all in on making it happen.” The company’s platform allows users to book deliveries to fit into their schedule. DrinksOut also offers after-hours delivery until 10 p.m., allowing local companies such as Wolfhead Distillery and Peele Island Winery to extend their opening hours, giving customers access to their local favourites like never before.