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Tim Fairhurst

FASTSIGNS digital sign contest opens up the voting

Posted August 10, 2015 @ 7:54PM

Voting is Open for FASTSIGNS® of Windsor’s Digital Sign Giveaway

Voting is now open for FASTSIGNS® of Windsor’s 15thanniversary giveaway contest for a chance to win a free digital sign and custom digital signage content. The digital signage package is worth an estimated value of $1,500. 

Eighteen local businesses entered to win the giveaway contest, including the Alzheimer Society of Windsor-Essex, The Centre for Executive and Professional Development (University of Windsor), Complete Chiropractic Centre, Dr. David Suzuki Public School, Eddy’s Mediterranean Bistro, EPICentre (University of Windsor), Ezee Wheelz Auto Sales, Goodwill Industries Essex Kent Lambton, Green Sun Rising, Guestifi, Hôtel-Dieu Grace Hospital, LiquiForce Services, LiUNA!625 Training Centre and Union Hall, Office of Research and Innovation Studies (University of Windsor), Project Pure Athlete Training, Sexual Assault Crisis Centre, STK Thrift Storeand The Leaf Grill.

“We’re thrilled that so many local businesses and organizations have entered the contest and we encourage everyone to participate and vote for their favourite entry,” said Jackie Raymond, who co-owns FASTSIGNS of Windsor with Donna Bilodeau. 

 People can vote once per Facebook account until voting closes on Sept. 11. The winner with the most votes will be announced at FASTSIGNS of Windsor’s 15th Anniversary celebration and open house in September.

To vote, visit FASTSIGNS of Windsor’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/fastsigns658 or http://woobox.com/tpzx2x


by Tim Fairhurst Biz X Magazine

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Send Your Kids To Film Camp This Summer

Posted May 19, 2015 @ 3:02PM

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Generator Design to gift local non-profit with free services

Posted March 29, 2015 @ 9:28PM

Windsor graphic design and advertising agency, Generator Design recently announced details of Generator Cares — an exciting community outreach initiative that awards integrated and comprehensive marketing, design and social media services to a local non-profit.

"Windsor-Essex has supported our business for 20+ years and this is a great opportunity for us to demonstrate our deep commitment to our community and to make a material difference to a local non-profit," said Alan Crouse. "We want to enhance the organization's professional image, magnify their voice within the community, and significantly raise their profile."

Vying for $9,000 worth of services, registered charities and non-profit organizations in Windsor and Essex County can submit their applications online at www.generatorcares.com. The deadline is April 30, 2015 and submissions should include an overview of the agency and a rationale for support. Agencies can increase their odds by inviting friends, colleagues, volunteers and the community to support their application using a variety of social media sites and applications, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+.

"We're donating our time, energy, talents and resources to lend a hand to one of Windsor-Essex's many deserving non-profits," said co-partner Jose Guzman. "We're seeking to make a valuable contribution that will help an area agency effectively deliver their brand message to donors, stakeholders and the community at large".

The successful applicant will receive custom marketing and design solutions that will integrate well with their business practice. Donated services include:

  • Detailed marketing strategy consultation and evaluation
  • $2,500 of design services for marketing promotion e.g. logo, stationery, web
  • Social media evaluation and 3 months of Social Media Management.
  • $500 to be used for the printing of material

Generator Design of Canada Inc. is a complete graphic design and advertising agency specializing in the design and development of printed material, web solutions and multimedia products. Offering superior product and service, and boasting a stellar team of industry professionals, Generator Design has an impressive portfolio of clients including those in the automotive, consumer products, associations, information and computer technologies, service industries and more.

by Tim Fairhurst Biz X Magazine

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The Safety Village March 28, 2015 Easter Celebration

Posted March 25, 2015 @ 9:41PM

On Saturday March 28th from 10 am to 1 pm, children are invited to The Safety Village where they can get their picture taken with Easter Bunny, enjoy fun filled activities and an Easter Egg Hunt. In addition, children can take a jeep ride through the Village, warm up with a mug of hot chocolate thanks to Tim Hortons, or get crafty in our Easter workshop.

Throughout the event, everyone is invited to learn a few seasonal safety tips from some of our community safety partners, visit with Elmer the Safety Elephant and Sparky the Fire Dog, and take a tour of a police car and fire truck.

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 our ongoing safety programs. Special thanks to community safety sponsor, Union Gas and to media sponsor AM800 as well as program partners Windsor and LaSalle Police departments, and Windsor Fire and Rescue.

For more information visit www.thesafetyvillage.com or contact the office at 519-945-5500 ext 239.

by Tim Fairhurst Biz X Magazine

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Help Miss Universe Canada Pageant Girls Realize Their Dream by Attending March 19, 2015 Fundraiser

Posted March 10, 2015 @ 10:44AM

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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. 

by Tim Fairhurst Biz X Magazine

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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.

by Tim Fairhurst Biz X Magazine

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