Photo: The Founder of Adopt-A-Vet, Brad Krewench recently received the prestigious “Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers” by the Governor General of Canada, Julie Payette. Photos courtesy of the Governor General of Canada.
MAY 2018 NEWSFLASH – Windsorite Awarded Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers
HALL OF FAME
In celebration of “National Volunteer Week” (April 15 to 21), Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, presented the “Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers” to 41 individuals on April 17, 2018, during a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa. The “Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers” recognizes the exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians from across the country in a wide range of fields. As an official Canadian honour, it also pays tribute to the dedication and exemplary commitment of volunteers. Windsor resident Brad Krewench, CD Founder and CEO of Adopt-A-Vet (visit: AdoptaVet.ca) was presented with the prestigious “Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers” by Payette. According to Krewench, “Adopt-A-Vet is a federal registered non-profit organization based in Windsor, Ontario. Our purpose is to ensure that heroes who fought and fell to preserve our Canadian values of democracy and freedom that we enjoy are never forgotten.”Adopt-A-Vet is currently working with the local Safety Village (TheSafetyVillage.com/pages/about-us.html) to build a scaled version of an Armoury. Krewench adds, “Our building at The Safety Village will feature interactive display videos from Veterans telling their stories. By providing this family-centred education resource to the community, Adopt-A-Vet will ensure our Veterans’ stories of duty and service will live on as part of our Canadian history contributing to the legacy of remembrance for this generation and those to follow.” Refer to: GG.ca/document.aspx?id=16147 to read more about the “Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers.”
The Professional Engineers Ontario Windsor-Essex Chapter is proud to announce the induction of one of its own into the provincial engineering regulator’s “Order of Honour” during its annual gala celebration of outstanding leadership and dedication to the profession. The event was held on April 20, 2018 at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel in Toronto, Ontario. The “Order of Honour” pays tribute to individuals who have rendered conspicuous service to the engineering profession, usually through Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO). Recipients have made substantial contributions to the operation of the profession, its professional status or one of the many specialized functions of the engineering regulator. Andrew Dowie, P.Eng., FEC, of Tecumseh has been inducted as a Member of the Order. Dowie was the first recipient of the “G. Gordon M. Sterling Engineering Intern Award,” presented in 2010. Since then, he has served the profession by volunteering on the “Sterling Award” subcommittee as well as the PEO Windsor-Essex Chapter, which he joined in 2006 and chaired in 2013 and 2014. One of his many chapter volunteer positions included service as Government Liaison Program Chair, where he represented his chapter at various galas, conferences and luncheons with politicians. Dowie also worked closely with PEO to create its first annual Candidate College, recruiting politicians to discuss the importance of having engineers run for office and how to run a successful campaign. His notable volunteer activities include serving as a long-time leader with Scouts Canada and serving as a judge at the “Windsor Regional Science, Technology and Engineering Fair” and the “Canada Wide Science Fair” in Windsor. In further recognition of his service to the engineering profession, PEO successfully nominated Dowie for recognition as a “Fellow of Engineers Canada” (FEC) in December 2017. Under the authority of the Professional Engineers Act, PEO governs over 85,000 licence and certificate holders and regulates professional engineering in Ontario. Learn more by visiting the website: PEO.on.ca.
ON THE MOVE
With all those fresh new approaches mentioned previously in this Newsflash section for Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island (TWEPI), comes the need for some administrative moves within their structure to strengthen the organization. Most notably is the recruitment of a Communications and Executive Assistant, two Board Members, and a Visitor Information Specialist; the promotion of Jason Toner as the new Director of Communications; Jessica Riley as the new Tourism Coordinator; and the transferring of Will Alexander from their tourism programs team to Manager of Marketing Programs. Congrats to all!
The Town of Essex (Essex.ca) is pleased to announce the appointment of Brandi Sieben to the position of Manager of Human Resources, as of April 9, 2018. She has over 12 years of progressive work experience in the field of Human Resources and most recently held the position of Human Resources Manager at A.P. Plasman Inc. Sieben has a Human Resources Management certificate from St. Clair College and holds the Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) designation through the Human Resources Professional Association. As part of the Corporate Services Department, she is responsible for programs and policies as they apply to employee relations, compensation, benefits, performance, and staffing for the Town. Jeffrey Morrison, Director of Corporate Services comments, “Our staff members are our most important asset and we’re thrilled to have Brandi, and her wealth of experience, to help lead our team.”THE RUNDOWN
In April 2018 Security ONE Alarm Systems, a regional electronic security and automation company headquartered in Leamington, ON, acquired customer accounts from Aarway Communications LTD. The purchase adds approximately 112 customers to the Security ONE Southwestern Ontario customer base. “Aarway’s commitment to providing customers with outstanding service makes them a great fit for Security ONE,” says Chris Neumann, Director of Corporate Strategy for Security ONE. “They have been serving their community and have been a dealer partner for nearly a decade and we are proud to introduce Aarway customers to the local Security ONE team.” The purchase of Aarway is the first acquisition for Security ONE this year. Aarway customers now have access to the advanced automated and smart home solutions, video surveillance, access control and fire/life safety solutions offered by Security ONE. “Most notably the only ULC listed, CSAA Five Diamond Certified monitoring station in Southern Ontario, as well as the secure MySecurityONE online account management portal,” Neumann mentions. The purchased accounts are serviced out of Security ONE’s four locations in Leamington, Windsor, Chatham and London. For more information please visit: SecurityOneAlarm.com.
Workforce WindsorEssex, the region’s Local Employment Planning Council (LEPC), as part of their In-Demand Jobs & Career Profiles project, has launched a first-of-its-kind online labour market tool for the Windsor Essex region called “WEexplore” that makes the process of exploring in-demand careers easier than ever. Unlike any other job search tool, WEexplore simplifies the task of researching information about in-demand jobs. It presents detailed career profile information such as job overview, wages, skills, more in a way that allows users to visualize what jobs might lead into and out of the region’s top in-demand jobs and to help people take the next step in their career. The tool automatically populates a list of local job postings on a daily basis. Users are able to customize the information displayed by showing all jobs or selecting a specific sector. They can also enlarge or shrink the size of the job circles to visually display the salary or number of available job postings. The tool is automatically updated daily with local job postings, giving users a reason to return to the website often. In total, 150 jobs are represented on the new tool. The jobs were chosen because they lead into or out of the region’s 80 in-demand jobs. The WEexplore tool is available in English and French on their site: WorkforceWindsorEssex.com/weexplore.
Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island (TWEPI), the official Destination Marketing Organization for the region, unveiled, in mid-April, a distinct, bold new brand, logo and marketing campaign. The focus on modernizing the tourism bureau’s Canadian goose graphic and type represents a fresh application to their current offering. The font calls out to the destination in a more prominent way. “You can see from our recharged new logo a more powerful bird, stronger, more defined and the geographic region we serve — Windsor Essex— in stand-out — more authoritative block capital letters,” says Gordon Orr, CEO of Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island. “The logo colours are reduced from four to two allowing for grander focus and positive positioning. The new marketing campaign invites travellers to discover what Windsor, Essex County and Pelee Island have to offer. With a main image and supporting copy, the ads will connect with visitors on an emotional and physical level,” outlines Orr. “With our attractions being experienced based, we want to ask the question — ‘WHERE CAN WE TAKE YOU?’” (WE a friendly acronym for Windsor Essex) Another change at TWEPI is to one of their fundamental pillars and marketing tools, the annual “Official Visitor Guide” of the region, which will also take on a fresh, new approach. The theme will focus on experiences that feature less copy and more blog-style photography. This will assist with trip planning and in-market itineraries. Change is good and Orr wraps up by stating, “We are proud ambassadors of our region and we feel this refresh of our brand and the complementary campaign accentuates the attributes Windsor Essex provides visitors. Connecting with them on an emotional and physical level is paramount in shaping snapshots of and partaking in authentic experiences.” See samples of the new campaign and events in the area by logging on to: VisitWindsorEssex.com.