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Tim Fairhurst

International Women’s Day Gala – March 8th, 2015

Posted March 1, 2015 @ 9:01PM

Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor Inc. (WEST; www.westofwindsor.com) will be celebrating its annual International Women’s Day Gala on Sunday March 8th, 2015 at St. Clair Centre for the Arts.

For more than 26 years, WEST has been providing training to visible minority and immigrant women who are trying to champion their situational barriers and reach their employment goals. Each year WEST provides training and support to approximately 2,000 women and their families within the Windsor & Essex County area.

On Sunday March 8th, 2015 WEST’s IWD Gala will be an opportunity to commemorate their participants, businesses and community partners within the Windsor & Essex County area, who demonstrate a commitment to embracing diversity in our community. This year theme is “Working Towards Women’s Equality Today and in the Future.”The event will highlight the accomplishments achieved by women in the past, present, and future; advancing women further towards equality. 

During the event, WEST will recognize Journey Towards Success Recipients. The Recipients are WEST clients, who have gone on a challenging journey and been successful in achieving their goals, as well as Community Partners that have demonstrated a belief in the WEST mission and continue to actively support women on their journeys toward success.


As well, WEST is pleased to announce Saadia Muzaffar as the Keynote Speaker for the gala.


Saadia is the founder of TechGirls Canada (TGC), a national organization focused on building community and amplifying ideas around women’s leadership in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. TGC provides leadership and community to hundreds of non-profit and industry groups working to engage more girls to pursue a career in Technology. The organization is continuously working to break down silos; advocate for resources, funding, private and public sector partnerships opportunities along with catalyze joint programs.

In addition Saadia is the Senior Director of Marketing for AudienceView whichhas been providingbusiness solutions to the entertainment industry for more than 10 years. “It is a complete e-commerce solution that enables organizations to offer a true shopping experience.”

For more information about Saadia Muzaffar visit:

TechGirls Canada at http://www.techgirls.ca/ , or AudienceView at http://www.audienceview.com/

All proceeds will go towards providing training to women in Windsor & Essex County, as a result ‘investing in our community’. 

Tickets are $85 person and includes a full dinner. If you would like to purchase a ticket, please call 519.256.6621, or via email at iwd@westofwindsor.com. Also, tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite at http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/international-womens-day-gala-2015-tickets-15137721332?aff=es2&rank=190

by Tim Fairhurst Biz X Magazine

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Call For Proposals For WFCU's Community Donations Fund by March 5, 2015

Posted February 16, 2015 @ 4:38PM

Windsor Family Credit Union (WFCU) Community Donations Fund


In keeping with its commitment to support local community, Windsor Family Credit Union (WFCU) is again pleased to issue a 'Call For Proposals' to local charitable and non-profit organizations. Organizations are invited to submit proposals for review through WFCU's Community Donations Fund (CDF). The CDF allows for the distribution of $25,000 to various organizations. The Fund is designed to provide funding assistance to existing or new non-profit and charitable programs and projects.

As in the past, proposals will be divided into four specific categories: Health and Wellness, Quality of Life, Cultural/Community and Support/Information.

All proposals must include:
  • Full name of organization, address, telephone and fax numbers, e-mail address and website address.
  • Name and title of contact person.
  • Charitable registration number and registered name.
  • Description, background and history of the organization.
  • Most recent annual report including financial statements.
  • Listing of board of directors and key staff.
  • List and description of normal funding sources.
  • Current programs and programs offered in previous year.
  • Focus, objective(s) and target audience of the program/project.
  • Budget, including total cost of the program/project and other funding sources for the program/project.
  • Program/project evaluation procedures.
Interested organizations are asked to submit six (6) copies of their proposal and supporting documentation to:

Windsor Family Credit Union
3000 Marentette Ave
Windsor, Ontario
N8X 4G2

ATTENTION:       Lynsey Millman
Community Investment Specialist
Deadline for submissions is Thursday March 5, 2015.


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Cherish Family Time at Devonshire Mall

Posted February 10, 2015 @ 10:38AM

 Make your Family Day one to remember by joining in on the fun Family Day activities at Devonshire Mall planned for Monday, Feb. 16th, from 11-6 p.m. 

“Family Day is important as we see our shoppers as family members, and want them to have a memorable experience. We offer free activities that are entertaining for the whole family to enjoy, ” says Marketing Director, Karen Niforos. 
Spend some time clowning around with CLaroL the CLown and Friends, then treat yourself and the family to free cupcakes located in the Food Court, while supplies last, starting at 12:30 p.m.

Sign-up for the big gift card giveaway, where you have a chance to win a share of $2,000 worth of Devonshire Mall gift cards.  

Cherish moments made of your Family Day by taking a free fun family day photo at the photo booth courtesy of Devonshire Mall.

For more details on times and locations head over to devonshire.com.

by Tim Fairhurst Biz X Magazine

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See Outrageous Fortune Feb. 13 to 15, 2015 at the Old Walkerville Theatre

Posted February 3, 2015 @ 2:40PM

Outrageous Fortune

By Rebecca Salomonsson
Produced by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Services, Inc.

Directed by Amber Milne and Kaylee Cabrera

February 13  at 7 p.m., February 14 & 15 at 1 p.m.

***SCHOOL and Community Group PERFORMANCE Friday, February 13th at 10 a.m. - by special booking only, $5/seat***

The Olde Walkerville Theatre, 1564 Wyandotte St. East., Windsor

Box office 519-253-2929

Tickets: $15/adults, $8/students - general admission seating.

Riverfront Theatre Company's Senior Ensemble Presents Outrageous Fortune, a Shakespeare-inspired comedy in which Shakespeare's tragic characters are taking part in a group therapy to remedy the wrongs perpetrated on them in their own plays.

Laugh along as rebellion bursts out between the cast members of Hamlet, King Lear, Richard III, Othello, Romeo and Juliet, and the Tempest. The characters wrestle with one another (sometimes literally!) and with their own actions in the play, trying to place the blame on their Fatal Flaws - who are personified in this zany bunch of drama kings and queens!

Some of them even get the idea that they might be able to avoid their fates by changing their stories. Can they alter their destinies? Should they? What happens when they confront their Fatal Flaws, and the villains who have acted against them? 

 "A wonderful introduction to Shakespeare for young audiences, and a hilarious re-visitation of familiar plays for lifelong lovers of the Bard!" 

Riverfront Theatre Company is a not-for-profit youth theatre company now in its 12th season. They are a branch of the Youth Connection Association for Academic Excellence, and Hope4Youth Inc. 

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January 28, 2015 Bell Let’s Talk Day

Posted January 13, 2015 @ 3:39PM

Bell Let’s Talk donates $15,000 to support the Community Counselling Alliance

The Community Counselling Alliance (CCA) is pleased to receive a $15,000 grant from the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund to support mental health programs in the community.

The Community Counselling Alliance, which is delivered through the Canadian Mental Health Association and Family Services Windsor-Essex, provides one-to-one and group support for people in Windsor and Essex County, as well as crisis-response walk-in clinics in Leamington and Windsor.

“We’re extremely grateful to the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund for their tremendous support of those in our community who are facing mental health issues,” said Mary Wilson, Acting CEO, Canadian Mental Health Association Windsor-Essex County Branch. “With Bell’s support, access to walk-in clinics will be increased in our community.”

The CCA program addresses the mental health needs of individuals, couples, families, and seniors. The team of experts offer supportive, confidential counselling and education groups on many topics including parenting, addictions, anger management, life transition, short-term family therapy, mood disorders and self-esteem. 

“Since 2011, the Bell Let's Talk Community Fund has invested more than $4 million to support groups working to fight stigma and improve access to mental health care in communities throughout Canada,” said Mary Deacon, Chair of Bell Let's Talk. “As we get ready for Bell Let’s Talk Day on January 28, we are very pleased to support the vital mental health programs provided by the Community Counselling Alliance. The CCA is one of the almost 60 initiatives supported by the 2014 Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund as they provide much-needed help to people living with mental illness and the family and friends who care for them.”

The Bell Let's Talk initiative promotes Canadian mental health with national awareness and anti-stigma campaigns, like Clara's Big Ride for Bell Let's Talk and Bell Let's Talk Day, and significant Bell funding of community care and access, research, and workplace programs.

On January 28, Bell Let’s Talk Day, for every text message, wireless and long distance call made by Bell Canada and Bell Aliant customers, every tweet using #BellLetsTalk, and every Facebook share of that day’s Bell Let’s Talk Day image at Facebook.com/BellLetsTalk, Bell will donate 5 cents more to Canadian mental health programs. To learn more, please visit Bell.ca/LetsTalk

The CCA, which is also funded by United Way, provided more than 5,400 one-on-one counselling sessions last year. As a result of the CCA, people are getting the support they need when then need it in our community.  

CMHA-WECB enhances and promotes the mental health of all persons and supports the resilience and recovery of people experiencing mental illness in our community through education, prevention, advocacy and services. The need for mental health services has never been greater with at least one in five Canadians affected by a mental illness in their lifetime.

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Art at Estetica For Charity Until Jan. 10, 2015

Posted December 23, 2014 @ 11:31AM

“One Wish for a cure”

 Estetica Day Spa 40 Amy Croft Dr. Tecumseh,  Now to January 10, 2015

Rudolph? Yes, Rudolph. Paul Murray a local born international art talent has much in common with the red nosed reindeer. He has donated proceeds to cancer and discounted work for his patrons. That’s not all; he is giving away $10,000 of artwork and Santa’s for only $25, plus a gift from Estetica.

What? Art at a spa? Well this is no regular spa, and no run of the mill art. It’s one of the area’s best day spas, and the peaceful art of one of the area’s best artists. What a perfect partnership!

Paul Murray – a “Rudolph”, yes indeed.  He only shows up in Windsor at Christmas, and all of his childhood, he didn’t fit in.  Teachers couldn’t find out why he didn’t learn like the rest. Things he knew he could excel in, were kept from him at times, regular folks thought him too dumb. Paul Murray was an undiagnosed dyslexic.  Murray fought back, he drew every second he could, he studied art and the old ways things used to be when they are done by hand. He skated backwards better than anyone else in hockey, and he started his own band.  Soon, at age 11, he found a way to be in the local “Art in the Park”.  A tough thing for a shy kid that had a hard time with numbers. At age 13, he dedicated himself to his art full time, age 16, he published his first limited editions, age 31 he published his first art book “Mirrored Souls” (it sold more than 5,000 copies).

Now Paul Murray’s art has been sold in over 150 international galleries, shown in museums and won countless awards. Murray considers his biggest awards, the hundreds of thousands of dollars he has been able help raise for charities.

Murray preserves an old time culture and an intense emotional connection which he projects in every painting.

"It's a Win, Win, Win!" ,” says Kati-Jane Murray. "Customers’ wins by saving, the Cancer Society wins with money raised, and both hosts get to help their community.The event comes together perfectly; Paul Murray preserves our past, Estetica preserves the person of today, and together they are preserving the future of those in need in our community."

Estetica is open daily with extended hours until Dec 31, Closed Dec 25, & 26, Jan 1, Jan 4, 5, 6.  Visit paulmurray.com or estetica.com to learn more.

by Tim Fairhurst Biz X Magazine

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Cowboys in Cardigans Release Second Album Dec. 19, 2014 With Charity Concert

Posted December 14, 2014 @ 6:55PM

 Local rock band Cowboys in Cardigans are poised to release their 2nd album of 2014 on December 19, 2014 at Venue Music Hall in Windsor (255 Ouellette Ave), in a co-headlining show with local rock veterans ClassX. The band has also partnered with local musician Kenneth MacLeod, who runs a music program for youth through the Sandwich Teen Action Group. Proceeds from the show will go directly to this program, as the band plans to purchase instruments for Kenneth's music program.

 The new EP, Platypus, follows Cowboys in Cardigans' debut full length album Cockatoo, released earlier in 2014. The album was made possible due to grant funding that the band received from the city in July. Cowboys in Cardigans were one of the recipients of the City of Windsor's Arts, Culture, and Heritage Fund (ACHF) grant, and immediately went to work writing and producing the album. 

“The goal of ACHF is to foster the growth of the local arts, culture, and heritage scene in Windsor,” said Devon Pastorius, Guitarist for Cowboys in Cardigans. “We figured the best way that we could do that is by helping to give some kids the opportunity to be the next generation of musicians in this city.”

Platypus is a brand new collection of seven tracks from Cowboys in Cardigans. It will be the second album the band has released in 2014. The band returned to the studio that Cockatoo was produced at, and recorded and produced Platypusin Windsor, at SLR Studios with local sound engineer Marty Bak.

“The album is called Platypus for a number of reasons, but the main one is that it's an eclectic mix of bits and pieces, that aren't quite related but somehow come together, sort of like a Platypus,” explains Jamie Reaume, singer/songwriter for Cowboys in Cardigans. “We have some of the heaviest music we've ever written, right next to fully acoustic tracks with Jordo (the drummer) on the ukelele. It's very diverse for a seven song album, and we're very excited to get it out to people.”

 Platypus will be released on Friday, December 19th at Venue Music Hall. The proceeds from the show and CD/Merchandise sales will go towards purchasing new instruments for local youth through Kenneth MacLeod's music program through the Sandwich Teen Action Group. Tickets (starting at $10) can be bought in advance, or at the door. The CD and special limited run T-Shirts will also be for sale. 

Check Cowboys in Cardigans Facebook page for the latest info.

by Tim Fairhurst Biz X Magazine

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Candlelight Service To Remember Children Who Have Passed Away Takes Place December 14, 2014

Posted December 12, 2014 @ 9:51AM

Local family members bereaved by the death of a child will come together for the 6th annual Candlelight Service on Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. in remembrance of children who have died.

The Candlelight Service is part of the Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting which unites family and friends around the globe in lighting candles to honour and remember children who have died at any age from any cause.  It is also an extension of the agency’s support group for bereaved parents who have lost a child.

“For many families this is an opportunity to come together to openly mourn their child who died,” says bereavement specialist with CMHA-WECB, Colleen Campo.  “For those whose pain is new it is a safe place to come together with others who feel the same loss.” 

“It also allows those whose loved one died years ago an opportunity to remember their child in a public way.  Families are able to tell the world not to forget their child… to honour their child so that their light may always shine”.

This free event includes a service that includes the reading of the name of each deceased child, lighting of candles in honour of those who have died and a memory table that will be filled with photographs left by family and friends.

The vigil will take place on Sunday, December 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the WFCU Centre on Mickey Renaud Way, Windsor. This year the event is being supported by Heavenly Rest Family of Catholic Cemeteries,  Remember Our Children, Tim Hortons Rose Wood and family, the Douglas family, the Osborne family, the Marentette family and the Gaudet family.

The CMHA-WECB has a vision of “mentally healthy people in a healthy society”. The bereaved parents group is part of the agency’s adult bereavement program. This program receives minimal funding and relies on community donations to operate.


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Santa Visits The Village Dec. 11, 2014

Posted December 7, 2014 @ 5:53PM

Don't miss the annual Santa Visits The Safety Village Open House!

On Thursday December 11from 5 pm- 8pm, children can get their picture taken with Santa, take one of our jeeps for a spin in the Village, and then warm up with a mug of hot chocolate thanks to Tim Hortons. Kids can get crafty in Santa’s workshop, pick up a few seasonal safety tips from Elmer the Safety Elephant and Sparky the Fire Dog, and take a tour of a police car and fire truck--and much, much more.

Admission donation of only $5 per child requested, no charge for adults or children 2 and under.

All proceeds will go towards The Safety Village in support of their ongoing safety programs. Special thanks to presenting sponsor AM800 as well as program partners Windsor and Lasalle Police departments, and Windsor Fire and Rescue. For more information visit www.thesafetyvillage.com.

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"Once Upon A Winter Wonderland" At St. Clair College, Dec 7, 2014

Posted November 30, 2014 @ 12:28PM

Princes and Princesses of all ages! Come One! Come All to St. Clair College for “Once Upon a Winter Wonderland” on Sunday, December 7, 2014 at the Main Campus Cafeteria, 2000 Talbot West, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Proceeds to benefit Fools for Health Clown-Doctor program.

Young royals will be presented to the Snow Sisters of Weekend Royalty and have a professional photograph taken with them. Also available will be royal hair designs by Christina Does My Hair, royal manicures, royal face painting and royal balloon twisting. Young Lords and Ladies will enjoy a craft and activity zone too!  Take a promenade around this wonderland exquisitely designed by primary sponsor, Designs by Diane.

Fools for Health Clown-Doctors Dr. Merry Kay and Dr. Ange Jolie will be on hand for mirth and mayhem and their special brand of silly Clown-Doctor Check-Ups! ALL OF THIS FOR ONLY $5!

To top it all off, the Snow Sisters will perform selections from Disney’s Frozen every two hours!

Royal Parents and Grandparents will enjoy shopping the various local vendors’ tables; trying your luck with raffle prizes; and treating yourself and the young royals to pizza, pop, and chips for an extra fee.

Join the Fools for Health Clown-Doctors for Windsor and Essex County’s first “Once Upon a Winter Wonderland” on December 7 from 10-4 at St. Clair College. It will be so “cool!”

For more information contact:

 Sandy Radvanyi, Artistic Director, Fools for Health

Ph:  519-726-5562

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