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Easter Seals Ontario (Windsor-Essex) has announced that Windsor has been selected as the official host site of the organization’s centennial anniversary event that will take place on November 28, 2022.

“We are absolutely thrilled to celebrate this commemorative event at the birthplace of our organization,” says Kevin Collins, President and CEO of Easter Seals Ontario. “Bringing the event to Windsor in 2022 will be an exceptional way to celebrate our roots, created by seven Rotary Clubs who came together to form the organization 98 years ago today.”

Leading Easter Seals’ centennial team is local Windsorite, Rotarian and Easter Seals’ Development Officer, Jeremy Renaud. “When I joined the Easter Seals earlier this year, I already had the centennial in my mind and started planning ahead,” says Renaud. “I am thrilled to represent Easter Seals in our community and now have the opportunity to work with many staff throughout our organization to bring this event to fruition in 2022.”

Renaud will also be managing 2022 centennial activations in other communities that lead to Windsor.

This announcement follows on the tail of the 38th annual Easter Seals Ontario (Windsor-Essex) Telethon presented by The Toldo Foundation, which was a tremendous success raising $105,290 to support children and youth with physical disabilities. Since the conclusion of the event on November 7, the regional team carried on with its fall campaign and is please to report a final fundraising result of over $107,600.

“Despite the pandemic, this community has been absolutely fabulous in showcasing its support of our organization and initiatives. Though the Telethon event concluded, our team, local VIPs and community partners powered forward to help Easter Seals’ kids through a very challenging time. We are extremely grateful!” – Easter Seals’ Sr. Manager, Susan Smith

In recent weeks, Easter Seals also made the move to relocate its regional office to the Gino & Liz Marcus Community Complex (Unit 10, 1168 Drouillard Rd., Windsor).

“This is a beautiful facility with full accessibility, ample free parking, access to venue services via local Windsor Transit, multipurpose rooms, gyms and a pool along with dozens of community organizations housed within the complex that individuals with physical disabilities in the community can benefit from,” continued Collins.

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 and across the province for the past 98 years. Its roots emerged from Rotary locally who spearheaded the founding organization, The Ontario Society for Crippled Children (November 28, 1922). Proceeds from the Fall is Easter Seals season campaign will go towards funding of essential mobility and accessibility equipment, such as wheelchairs, walkers, ramps and lifts, for kids with physical disabilities. Easter Seals is only able to provide its programs with the generous support of its donors and sponsors. 

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