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Deborah Jones

30 Days Of Local Wine Campaign

Posted November 27, 2015 @ 1:09PM

Wine connoisseurs and foodies will be made proud this holiday season, as WindsorEats relaunches their 30 Days of Local Wine campaign. 

Every day throughout the month of December, WindsorEats will be featuring one bottle of local wine a day from different wineries around Windsor and Essex County. Shopping local is true WindsorEats style, and readers are encouraged to give the gift of a local wine this holiday season!

Excitement is mounting as this WindsorEats favourite is brought back to life for the holidays. The campaign will provide widespread exposure, as well as increased traffic to participating wineries, with over 25,000 unique visitors checking out the WindsorEats website each month looking for information on food and drinks in Windsor-Essex. 

“The wine industry contributes so much to our community and we love the opportunity to work together to promote with local wineries through campaigns like 30 Days of Local Wine,” said WindsorEats owner Pina Ciotoli. 

Not only is this promotion aimed at showcasing the amazing food and wine tourism products we have in Windsor-Essex, but also to provide an economic benefit to the region. Statistics show that every bottle of local wine generates $12.29 in added value for the Ontario economy. 

The local wineries that you can look forward to seeing throughout the campaign include: Colchester Ridge Estate Winery, Cooper's Hawk Vineyard, North 42 Degrees Estate Winery, Oxley Estate Winery, Pelee Island Estate Winery and Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery, Aleksander Estate Winery and Erie Shores Vineyard.

Wine lovers will rejoice at the simplicity of choosing a wine for the holidays since descriptions of each wine, along with the delicious flavors and notes will be made available. Where to buy the wine, as well as the best holiday treats to pair it with will also be included. 

WindsorEats has also partnered with local chefs to incorporate the featured wine into delectable entree and appetizer creations. Recipes will be provided so that you can make these holiday delicacies in the comfort of your own kitchen.

The campaign not only tantalizes your tastebuds, but it's fun too. 

Part of the campaign includes  an Instagram photo contest “How Do You Enjoy Your Local Wine?” 

Interested participants are asked to upload a photo of themselves enjoying their favourite local wine on their social media pages, with the hashtag #30DLW for a chance to win some amazing prizes.

For more information, about 30 Days of Local Wine, visit the WindsorEats website at:  www.windsoreats.com

by Deborah Jones Publisher Biz X Magazine

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Take A Coffee Break and Help The Alzheimer Society!

Posted October 25, 2015 @ 4:18PM

 Alzheimer Society of Windsor & Essex County
Celebrates 20 Years of Coffee Break®

Have You Had Your Coffee Break Today?
The Alzheimer Society of Windsor & Essex County announces its 20th Annual Alzheimer Coffee Break® fundraiser. The campaign began Tuesday, September 1, 2015 and continues until Monday, November 30, 2015.
The Coffee Break® is a simple and fun way to raise much-needed funds for the Alzheimer Society of Windsor & Essex County. This year’s goal is $30,000 from 100 host sites.
Anyone can host a Coffee Break – friends, families, businesses, and faith community groups. By exchanging a cup of coffee for a donation, you are making your coffee count!
Local proceeds remain in Windsor and Essex County and support our clients, their partners in care, and their families. Over 6,100 individuals in Windsor-Essex have been diagnosed with dementia.
“The demand for services is steadily climbing,” says Sally Bennett Olczak, CEO of the Alzheimer Society of Windsor and Essex County. “We still don’t have a cure for the disease, but day programs, caregiver support groups, respite and other services help families to live well and independently longer. Our programs are increasingly vital. We need funds to keep them active.”
Please consider putting a pot of coffee on, (supplied by the society), and invite friends, family, and coworkers to your Coffee Break®. Ask them to donate any amount of money in exchange for a cup of coffee. For those that donate over $20 they will receive a commemorative Coffee Break T-shirt as a special 20th Anniversary thank-you!
Additionally, they are providing Coffee Cup cutouts to local businesses where customers purchase and proudly display their names in support of the Society.
Special thanks to our local sponsors; Colonial Coffee, Biz X Magazine and the National Campaign Sponsors Bulk Barn, and Mother Parker.

The Alzheimer Society is the leading nationwide health charity for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Active in more than 150 communities across Canada, the Society offers Help for Todaythrough our programs and services for people living with dementia and Hope for Tomorrow...® by supporting research to find the cause and the cure.

by Deborah Jones Publisher Biz X Magazine

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This Saturday "We Will Rock Blue!" at the Chrysler Theatre

Posted October 19, 2015 @ 10:21AM

The Biggest Concert of the Year is almost here. Biz X Magazine presents We Will Rock Blue! the second Annual blue-themed fundraiser for Autism. The inspirational music of The Beatles will rock downtown Windsor’s Chrysler Theatre on October 24th, 2015.

Did you know that Autism now affects 1 in 94 children in Ontario? This pervasive Developmental Disorder affects almost every aspect of a person’s life, impacting behaviour, social interaction and communication skills. And the statistics are rising at an alarming rate, affecting more and more families each year.

The concert We Will Rock Blue! features North America’s leading Beatles tribute show, The Fab Four. The event is produced by Scott Rawlings of Magic Enterprises Productions, a Windsor company with a 20+ year track record.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.chryslertheatre.com or by phone at 519-252-6579, or toll free at 800-387-9181. Also available at the Chrysler Theatre Box Office, St. Clair College Centre for the Arts, 201 Riverside Drive West, Windsor (Ferry Street Entrance).

For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.WeWillRockBlue.com

About iPads for Autism
iPads for Autism is a Windsor group dedicated to purchasing iPads for local children who have been diagnosed with Autism, to use as a communication and learning tool.

About Autism Spectrum Disorder
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life: it is the result of a neurological disorder that affects the functioning of the brain.

Autism Spectrum Disorder is one of the most common developmental disabilities. Based on recent studies by Canadian researchers, the prevalence rate of Autism Spectrum Disorder is 1 in 94.

In Ontario, there is an estimated 100,000 individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Yet most of the public, including many professionals in the medical, educational, and vocational fields, are still unaware of how autism affects people and how they can effectively work with individuals with autism.

Autism impacts the typical development of the brain in the areas of social interaction and communication skills. Children and adults with autism typically have difficulties in verbal and non-verbal communication, social interactions, and leisure or play activities. They find it hard to communicate with others and relate to the outside world. In some cases, aggressive and/or self-injurious behaviour may be present. Persons with autism may exhibit repeated body movements (hand flapping, rocking), unusual responses to people or attachments to objects and resistance to changes in routines. Individuals may also experience sensitivities in sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste.

by Deborah Jones Publisher Biz X Magazine

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"National in Motion" Week October 5 to 11, 2015

Posted September 28, 2015 @ 11:25AM

Come out and Celebrate National “in motion” week with hundreds of Windsor-Essex County residents!
Are you feeling that rath of fall and need a boost? You’re in luck, as October 5th-11this National in motion week and we have something fun for you to do! On Wednesday October 7th, get in motion with community leaders and hundreds of residents of all ages to take the annual “couch potato pledge” and a short walk in your community! Celebrate the 8th annual event with us for a chance for an in motion t-shirt giveaway or to win New Balance prizes. So get outside and energized by others around as you join the 12 o’clock walk across Windsor-Essex County on Wednesday October 7th at any of the 20 locations in Windsor-Essex County. Visit www.swarginmotion.com to find a time and location that works for your schedule! Last year, over 1,000 people took the “couch potato pledge”! This year, organizers want to get even more in motion, so they need you, your family, friends and coworkers, to come out for a 10 minute walk and some good old fashion fun at the annual 12 O’Clock Walk across Windsor-Essex County event!

This 8th annual event is done through the passion and strong partnership of Windsor-Essex Communities in motion (W-E CIM). This year, residents of all ages are welcome and municipal leaders to join any of the in motion events to celebrate physical activity and healthy community living in Windsor-Essex County!

 In motion Awards Ceremony
To kick-off the local in motion celebrations, the Town of Tecumseh hosts the annual SWOntarioin motionAwards ceremonies on Monday, October 7that the Tecumseh arena (12021 McNorton St. Tecumseh, ON) from 2-3pm. This year’s celebrity master of ceremonies is Arms Bumanlag from AM800 and Biz X magazine columnist who will get our in motion week celebrations in motion.
So come out to hear who our 2015 in motionAward recipients are, or participate in the “couch potato” pledge or active break, either way, lift your spirits and get  in motion!

About Southwestern Ontario in motion:
Launched in 2008, Southwestern Ontario in motion combines local and regional resources and builds on partnerships to promote physical activity to everyone across Windsor-Essex County. Partners, including municipalities, the local health unit, community organizations and the University of Windsor are involved and host events and programs to encourage physical activity and healthy lifestyles. Visit www.swarginmotion.com to find out more about where to be active your community.

by Deborah Jones Publisher Biz X Magazine

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September 26 and 27, 2015 Culture Days in Amherstburg

Posted September 23, 2015 @ 1:28PM

Amherstburg is thrilled to beparticipating in the provincial Doors Open initiative and the national Culture Days initiative concurrently, on September 26 and 27 from 10am to 4pm.  This year’s program will showcase Amherstburg’s waterfront history along with other historical gems in Amherstburg.

All activities and access to participating locations are FREE!  Explore Amherstburg’s downtown historic core and experience hands on activities such as storytelling,

re-enactments, guided walking tours, concert performances, craft making, outdoor movie and so much more!  A brochure with itinerary and map will be available at The Gordon House, 268 Dalhousie Street during the event.

Participants include Windsor and Essex County Plein Air Artists, Amherstburg’s Provincial Marine Re-enactment group, Cardinal Music Productions, Kenneth MacLeod, Greater Windsor Concert Band, along with these Amherstburg Historic sites: Park House Museum, Gibson Art Gallery, Marsh Collection, St. John the Baptist Church, Boblo Island Blockhouse.

Amherstburg’s culture scene has really come in to its own. The Doors Open and Culture Days weekend showcases the artists, sites and programming that make Amherstburg the unique community that everyone loves to visit” says Jen Ibrahim, Tourism Coordinator.

 For more information about the exciting schedule of Doors Open & Culture Days events, please visit:

by Deborah Jones Publisher Biz X Magazine

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Register for Harrow Colchester Chamber of Commerce Event By Sept. 17, 2015

Posted August 31, 2015 @ 2:49PM

Harrow-Colchester Chamber kicks off new “Partners in Progress Series” with WestJet feature speaker Glen Wickert

The Harrow Colchester Chamber of Commerce is kicking off the first of a planned series of “Partners in Progress” events with key-note speaker Glenn Wickert, Station Manager for WestJet Airlines in London and Windsor.  Known for motivating his audience, Glenn will use the WestJet success story to demonstrate how focusing on customer service and employee engagement are key to growing a dynamic business.  Mr. Wickert has been Station Manager for WestJet in London since 2002 and is currently Vice President of the Board of Directors for Tourism London.

Chamber President Murdo McLean says:  “bringing Glenn to Harrow is a great opportunity for our membership and businesses in the entire region to learn from one of Canada’s most successful companies.  The focus on customer service and employee engagement are key in the growing tourism sector which is spurring retail and development interest in the Harrow-Colchester region.  Glenn’s message will be clear; regardless of a company’s size, successful growth can be accomplished by focusing on vision and direction.”

Partners in Progress will take place at Oxley Estate Winery on September 24th starting at 5:30 with hors d’oeuvres and networking.  Cost is $10.

Seating is limited and because an early sell-out is expected, reservations can only be accepted until September 17th by emailing djmarontate@bell.net

WestJet Airlines Ltd. Is a Canadian carrier that provides scheduled and charter service to 90 destinations in Canada, the United States, Europe, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.  Founded in 1996, it is currently the second-largest Canadian air carrier, behind Air Canada, operating an average of 425 flights and carrying over 45,000 passengers per day.

WestJet is listed among Canada’s Top 100 Employers, is named on one of Aon Hewitt’s Best Employers in Canada, and is a JD Power Customer Service Champion.

by Deborah Jones Publisher Biz X Magazine

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Windsor Chrysler Supports Windsor's Salvation Army With August Car Sales

Posted August 24, 2015 @ 4:17PM

Windsor Chrysler’s “Drive For Windsor” Campaign

Supporting Windsor’s Salvation Army
 Windsor Chrysler is excited to announce their partnership with The Windsor Salvation Army. For the entire month of August, every new car sold at Windsor Chrysler will automatically generate a donation towards The Salvation Army of Windsor. That means every car sold in August at Windsor Chrysler will go back to the Windsor community.

Windsor Chrysler is the #1 car retailer in Southwestern Ontario. They have the largest inventory of new and used vehicles in the region. As a family owned business, they take pride in their topnotch customer service, unbeatable prices, and above all, family values. As a successful business that focuses on family and community, Windsor Chrysler desired to give back to the Windsor community. The expectation was to partner with an established nonprofit that is currently making a big difference in the Windsor community; The Salvation Army of Windsor is a perfect match.  

The Salvation Army has provided 150 years of outstanding nonprofit community service around the globe; and the Windsor Centre has offered many services to the public for years. In addition to their emergency disaster services, community food bank, youth shelter, and soup kitchen, The Windsor Salvation Army also runs a Rehabilitation Centre. The rehab center offers a men’s addiction program, long-term housing for men with mental health issues, as well as a providing hostel emergency shelter. The Salvation Army in Windsor is providing essential assistance for many of our disadvantaged community members. 

It is with great pleasure that Windsor Chrysler offers their customers the opportunity to join their partnership with The Salvation Army. By purchasing your new vehicle in the month of August through Windsor Chrysler, you’ll be generating proceeds, which will then be donated to The Salvation Army in Windsor. Take care of your family and take care of your community with your new car purchase by purchasing at Windsor Chrysler this August.

watch a promotional video here for a great summary:

by Deborah Jones Publisher Biz X Magazine

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March For Jesus August 22, 2015

Posted August 18, 2015 @ 9:43PM

On Aug.22 walk in the “March For Jesus 7th Annual Celebration Event” at Ouellette Avenue and Giles Blvd. starting at 4 p.m. March proceeds down Ouellette to University Avenue ending at Charles Clark Square.

This is a FREE community event. Bring your flags, banners, posters and floats.

Local choirs, soloist and prayer to follow at the Charles Clark Square.

Call 519-977-6569 or 254-3925 for more information.

by Deborah Jones Publisher Biz X Magazine

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Fiesta Latina Entertainment line-up for Saturday August 15, 2015

Posted July 21, 2015 @ 4:29PM

Fiesta Latina, the Downtown Windsor Business Improvement Association's (DWBIA) new summer festival, today announced details of its entertainment line-up for Saturday August 15. From Latino deejays, Zumba and Salsa dance instruction to steel drums, Le Ballet Mexican de Montreal and Tatyana D'Voce, Fiesta Latina offers a myriad of entertainment experiences for visitors of all ages including:

·  Veteran deejays Lexx, Chino & Belize it will delight audiences with Brazilian, Puerto Rican, Mexican, Cuban, Dominican and Colombian electronic dance music. Catch them live at 11am, 1pm and 7pm.

·  Renowned throughout Windsor-Essex for taking Zumba to the next level, Joel Ang will present an exhilarating, easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired dance fitness class at 3pm on Ouellette and University.

·  Get groovin' to the rhythm and melody of Latin music and learn the moves for Salsa, Bachata and Merengue at 4:30pm. Instructor Ann-Marie Linwood will have you dancing like a pro in no time!

·  Hailing from Michigan and performing at 5:30pm, The Island Guys blend the robust sounds of steel drums with modern and classic hits creating unique melodies that will ignite and excite the audience.

·  Delighting audiences with their energy, choreography and colourful costumes is Le Ballet Mexicain de Montreal. The breathtaking performance features an 18-member dance troupe and will take place at 8pm. http://bit.ly/1VqfOZx
·  Closing Saturday night at 9pm is Tatyana D'Voce. The 19-year old Torontorian is an experienced performer with a powerful and unique voice whose style and genres include disco 70's, Mainstream Pop, Rock, and Latin music.

Fiesta Latina is a FREE Latin-American music, dance and cultural celebration featuring live music concerts, dance demonstrations, children's workshops and youth activities, as well as inflatable bouncers, vendors, bustling sidewalk cafes and more. The festival will present entertainment for people of all ages and is expected to attract thousands of visitors from Windsor and Essex region, southwestern Ontario, Michigan and beyond for 2.5 days of unforgettable Latin-American experiences.

Fiesta Latina's entertainment stage will be located at the intersection of Ouellette and University Avenues and will run from 11am - 11pm on both Saturday August 15 and Sunday August 16.

by Deborah Jones Publisher Biz X Magazine

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Gesstwood Camp & Retreat Centre launches awareness and fundraising campaign

Posted June 15, 2015 @ 12:20PM

On Friday, June 5, 2015 Gesstwood Camp & Retreat Centre launched its awareness and fundraising campaign.

“Gesstwood is a facility open to all; young and old. Students and adults get a real sense of self and what it means to be one with nature. They learn about themselves; who they are, the power they possess and the strength within each of them. They are challenged to investigate their leadership abilities and how they can use them to make a difference. Being vulnerable in nature is key,” says James Cowper, Principal and Leadership Camp Leader, Kingsville Elementary Public School, Greater Essex County District School Board.

Located 30 minutes away in the heart of Essex County, Gesstwood is considered our local hidden gem on 62 acres of playing grounds, beautiful forest and meandering streams. Over 7,000 students and 70+ adult groups a year unplug and participate in outdoor education programs that allow leadership skills to be developed naturally. Through experiential learning, program participants discover the roles that they take working within a group, what skills they bring and areas of improvement. They learn by expanding their comfort zones.

To keep up with increasing demands of its growing program rosters, Gesstwood is launching a fundraising campaign to upgrade facilities and expand learning elements for the young leaders of tomorrow. Their wish list spans: upgrading overnight facilities and washrooms to offer overnight camp all year round, like snowshoeing in the winter; enhancing programs like their canopy tour, and opening the camp to families on weekends.

“Throughout the Gesstwood experience, participants are encouraged to take on roles you would not normally do – find your voice, share your ideas, step back and investigate other people’s leadership styles. It’s fun for all ages. Electronics are turned off, we run around, act silly and break barriers, all through a common outdoor experience,” said Karen Seguin, Executive Director, Gesstwood Camp & Retreat Centre.  

To see a video about Gesstwood in action:: https://youtu.be/GFALyETQvU0

Learn more at www.gesstwoodcamp.com.

by Deborah Jones Publisher Biz X Magazine

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