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JULY AUG 2012 VOLUME 43 | No. 7 - 8 | BUSINESS BRIEFS NEW CROSSING

76TH ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT Chamber ball and lifetime achievement award Chris Kruba (Toldo Company), Karen Behune Plunkett (WEtech Alliance), and Matt Marchand (President and CEO Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce) receiving the Advocacy Award from the Ontario Chamber of Commerce

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CHAMBER BALL AND LIFE TIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENTS

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NEW CROSSING

MEMBERS/FIRMS IN THE NEWS

NEW MEMBERS

SPOTLIGHT ON OUR MEMBERS

CHAMBER AWARD

IN THE COMMUNITY

STAY CONNECTED

UPCOMING EVENTS

GO FOR HEALTH U.S. CONSULATE

OUR MISSION “Leading the business community for creating regional economic prosperity.” Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce 2575 Ouellette Place, Windsor, Ontario N8X 1L9 Tel: (519) 966-3696 Fax: (519) 966-0603 Email: info@windsorchamber.org Website: www.windsorchamber.org

STAFF

Matt Marchand, President Holly Connelly, Assistant to the President Sherri Dulcamaro Sales, Retention, and Marketing Igor Siljanoski, Policy Manager Marianne Burke, Event Manager Crystal Van Aspert, Finance & Office Coordinator Lindsey Rivait, Communications Coordinator Kerri Day, Membership Service Coordinator Barbara Malmberg, Event Coordinator Nahidah Malik, Reception

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WELCOME

Letter from the President Over the past few months, the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce has gone through numerous changes in our plan to move forward. From increasing our presence in the media, becoming more accessible to our members, embracing social media, and putting on extravagant and sold-out events, the team here has gone above and beyond in making this Chamber the best possible chamber it can be as we get ready to embark on a new Chamber year. Recently, our efforts were recognized provincially at the Ontario Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting where we were awarded an Advocacy Award for our innovative government relations strategy, which saw the Chamber’s goals and interests reflected in municipal, provincial, and federal elections. This doesn’t mean we’re relaxing—far from it. The Chamber is busier than ever. We are advocating on behalf of our membership to reopen the U.S. Consulate in Windsor, as well supporting a new border crossing in Windsor-Detroit. We also plan to lead the discussions on the potential Mega Hospital in Windsor.

MATT MARCHAND PRESIDENT

ED MILES

CHAIR OF THE BOARD

Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce 2012-2013 Board of Directors

With the new Chamber year comes a new Chair of the Board, so I would like to take this opportunity to thank our outgoing Chair, Jennifer Jones, for her fantastic work over the past two years. Jennifer’s work for the Chamber, from relentlessly advocating for the Chamber in her media appearances, helping us move forward in our plans, supporting our award-winning election strategies, and more, is all very much appreciated. Outside of the Chamber, her work with Rotary is truly remarkable and her passion unwavering. Jennifer will still be on our Board as a Past Chair for this year.

Mr. Ed Miles Chair** Tax Partner Miles & Co. Chartered Accountants

Mr. Dean Clevett Director** Manager - Technical Engineering Services Canada BASF Canada

Ms. Jennifer Jones Past Chair** President Media Street Productions

Mr. Adam Davis Director President Next Dimensions Inc.

Dr. Bill Anderson Director Chair Transportation Policy Committee Professor, Political Science University of Windsor

Mr. David Diemer Director Chair, Environment & Energy Committee Environmental Engineer Dillon Consulting Ltd.

This month, the Chamber welcomes our new Chair, Ed Miles from Miles & Co. Chartered Accountants. Ed has been involved with the Chamber since 2001 and we’re excited to work closely with him on our new initiatives.

Mr. Marty Beneteau Director Publisher and Editor-in-Chief The Windsor Star

Mr. Mark Egbedeyi-Emmanuel Director District Manager Windsor/Chatham Union Gas Ltd, Windsor

Thanks to our incredible staff, members, and Board, the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce is stronger than ever, with further plans to make us the top Chamber in the province. I’d like to sincerely thank you for your support.

Ms. Pamela Breault Director Chair Membership Services Committee Operations Manager Habitat for Humanity Windsor-Essex Ms. Carolyn Brown Chair-Elect** Vice President, Administration Detroit-Windsor Tunnel LLC

Dr. Janice Forsyth Director** President Foresight Management Consulting Mr. Jason Ilijanic Director Chair Finance & Taxation Committee Relationship Manager TD Commercial Banking Southwestern Ontario Region

Mr. Kevin Laforet Director President and CEO Caesars Windsor Mr. Jeffrey MacKinnon Director Partner McTague Law Firm LLP Mr. Gordon Moore Treasurer** President Moore Consulting Corp. Mr. David Musyj Director President and CEO Windsor Regional Hospital Ms. Ann-Marie Athavale Non-Voting Chair ATHENA Committee VP - Sales/Marketing Empire Communications Inc. Dr. Alfie Morgan Director Emeritus Professor Emeritus of Business Administration University of Windsor ** Denotes member of Executive Committee

Matt Marchand

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NEW CROSSING

NEW CROSSING

“A Win for Citizens and Businesses on Both Sides of the Border” says Perrin Beatty The Canadian Chamber of Commerce welcomes the new agreement to build a New International Trade Crossing between Detroit, Michigan and Windsor, Ontario. “With about half of all trade between Canada and the US moving across the MichiganOntario border, the region is at the heart of our bilateral trading relationship. A new bridge is long overdue,” said Perrin Beatty, President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. He added: “The region can’t continue to rely on one major span. If the Ambassador Bridge were closed for any reason, even just for repairs, it could have catastrophic effects on the economies of both nations. A new bridge will create more than 10,000 construction jobs and will strengthen the industrial base in both countries. It’s a win for citizens and businesses on both sides of the border.”

“The Windsor-Essex Chamber and the Canadian Chamber have long advocated for this critical cross-border infrastructure investment at Windsor-Detroit. Windsor-Detroit is the economic lifeline for both our countries and we are elated that our two governments have the agreement in place to proceed,” said Matt Marchand, President and CEO, WindsorEssex Regional Chamber of Commerce. The Canadian business community has been demanding a second bridge between Windsor and Detroit for several years. About 10,000 commercial vehicles cross the Ambassador Bridge each day. Almost a quarter of all merchandise trade between Canada and the U.S. uses the bridge which links highly integrated sectors like the automotive industry. However, these same supply lines are extremely vulnerable to delays, especially at the border. These delays add costs that decrease productivity and kill jobs.

“When more than one quarter of CanadaU.S trade travels through the Windsor-Detroit corridor, the efficient movement of goods and people in this region becomes extremely important to a healthy and growing Ontario economy,” said Allan O’Dette, Ontario Chamber of Commerce, President & CEO. “The Detroit River International Crossing will eliminate lengthy backlogs and open up opportunities for further economic growth and job creation, on both sides of the border.” “Today’s announcement marks an important new stage in the process,” added Mr. Beatty. “The Canadian government and Governor Snyder have worked hard to get us to this point. Now we need to see the project through.”

Windsor-Essex Chamber Wins Provincial Advocacy Award The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce has been recognized provincially as a leading advocacy Chamber by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce at their 100th Annual General Meeting in St. Catharines, Ontario. The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber was awarded the Advocacy Award for their innovative government relations strategy, which saw the Chamber’s goals and interests reflected in municipal, provincial, and federal

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elections. There are over 100 local chambers of commerce in Ontario.

“The Chamber’s election strategy provided a valuable service to our members by focusing the campaigns on chamber related issues,” “This is our first ever advocacy award, and it said Matt Marchand, President and CEO of is a great honour for us here at the Windsor- the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce. I’m Commerce. very proud of our Government Relations Committee and its past Chair, Matt Marchand “This award would not have been possible withwho is now our president. It signals a out the tireless work of our Government Relations new direction for our chamber as we are Committee members Karen Behune Plunkett, now recognized province-wide or our Jim Marsh, Chris Kruba, Michelle Mackenzie, innovative thinking and leadership,” said Jenni- Dennis Minano, and the Chamber’s Manager fer Jones, Chair of the Windsor-Essex Regional of Policy, Igor Siljanoski,” Marchand added. Chamber of Commerce.


MEMBERS | FIRMS IN THE NEWS Congratulations to Diane Motel, located at 5816 Tecumseh Rd. E., on their 50th anniversary! Diane Motel is a small family built and operated business that has been serving Windsor since 1962. The company prides themselves on service, cleanliness, and comfort. For more information visit www.dianemotel.ca

The Essex Region Conservation Foundation kicked off a campaign to raise funds to develop the Essex-Amherstburg Greenway, a 22km multi-use recreational trail. The announcement was made last month in partnership with Caesars Windsor, which made the lead donation of $25,000 to the campaign, with an additional three year fundraising commitment in partnership with their employees. For more information contact Susanne Tomkins, Communications Specialist, Essex Region Conservation Foundation at (519) 776-5209 ext. 366 or stomkins@erca.org

Farrow Group announced it acquired All Freight International of Seattle, Washington, a move which accentuates its strategy of growth by acquisition particularly in the U.S. Farrow Group, the largest privately owned customs broker in Canada, has grown to 600 employees and 26 offices and warehouses throughout Canada and the U.S. For further information, contact Tom Kowalski, President, Russell A. Farrow (U.S.) Inc. at (847) 228-5575 or tom.kowalski@farrow.com

Congratulations to LucasWorks!, who ranks 165th in the PROFIT Magazine’s 24th annual PROFIT 200 ranking of Canada’s FastestGrowing Companies. This is the fourth year that LucasWorks! has been included on PROFIT Magazine’s prestigious lists. For more information, visit www.lucasworks.ca

Congratulations to Bruce Rand of PBL Insurance, the recipient of The Windsor and Essex County Insurance Brokers’ first annual “Broker Volunteer of the Year Award”! The Windsor and Essex County Insurance Brokers put an initiative together to recognize a local broker member who goes above and beyond

when it comes to giving back to the community. Rand was recognized May 3 at the regional Meet the Underwriter event in front of 250 brokers and underwriters from 23 companies. He was presented a plaque, trophy, and a cheque for $1,500 to give to the charity of his choice. Additionally, PBL Insurance will also be making a donation to a charity of Rand’s choice. For more information about PBL, visit www.pblinsurance.com

RE/MAX is proud to announce that Goran Todorovic and Team Goran ranks an impressive #68 in Canada for the first quarter of 2012. This is an outstanding accomplishment considering RE/MAX currently has nearly 20,000 sales associates in Canada. Team Goran is also #1 Top Sales Producers at RE/ MAX Preferred Realty for 2011, and again for April 2012. In his over 24 years in real estate sales, Goran has consistently been a top producer. Goran’s exceptional service, knowledge, and commitment have enabled him to achieve these distinguished honours.

STRONE, an emergency and restoration company headquartered in Oakville, Ontario, has acquired Itech Precision Cleaning Inc. with its full scope of emergency response, environmental remediation, and technology restoration services. Itech is an environmentally-conscious company headquartered in Brantford, Ontario with additional locations in Markham, Barrie, Ottawa, and Sudbury. Itech will bring additional services to STRONE including TEAP III registered transportation emergency response, solid and liquid waste disposal, spill remediation, equipment restoration, Type 3 asbestos and lead abatement, and demolition. For more information visit www.strone.ca

A celebration luncheon held in Essex on May 1, 2012 saw thousands of dollars distributed to local charities through United Communities Credit Union’s unique staff reward program. Initiated in 2009, the gift matching program rewards credit union staff for their donation of time and funds to local community groups. The 2012 program resulted in $10,000 to be dispersed to local non-profit organizations. A total of $5,975 was contributed on behalf United Communities Essex County staff to such charities as the Heart and Stroke Foundation, W.E. Care for Kids Foundation, Hospice, The Humane Society, and Transition to Betterness. The balance was dispersed on behalf of United Communities Huron and Perth County staff at a similar event at the end of May.

NEWS.COMMUNITY

IN THE COMMUNITY

Allegra Marketing, Print, Mail cordially invite you to their 25th Anniversary Celebration Wednesday, August 15, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Holiday Inn & Suites, 1855 Huron Church Rd. The celebration includes raffle prizes, speakers, exhibits, and lunch. Reserve your place by August 1, 2012 by contacting Julie Cristofanilli at (519) 971-9952 or julie@allegraprinting.ca

Delta Company and The Essex and Kent Scottish Regiment Association invite the community to hit the ground running at the 2nd annual family-centered fundraising event, Trot with the Troops. This is a 5km and 10km run for adults and 1km “dash” for kids taking place 9 a.m. Saturday, September 15, 2012 stepping off from the Maj F.A. Tilston VC Armoury, 4007 Sandwich St. Advance registration closes September 12, 2012 and online registration closes 8:45 a.m. September 15, 2012. For additional information, visit www.trotwiththetroops.com or contact Andrea Grimes, Media Relations at (519) 252-9847 or andrea@trotwiththetroops.com

The World Alzheimer’s Day Run For Heroes Marathon is the official run for the war of 1812 Bicentennial celebration between Canada and the U.S. On September 22, 2012, the 5K run happens in downtown Historic Amherstburg at 10:30 a.m. along the Detroit River waterfront overlooking Boblo Island. On September 23, 2012, there is a Marathon and Half Marathon at 7:15 a.m. with the 10K at 8 a.m. Proceeds will go to the Alzheimer Society of Windsor Essex for Caregiver Programs. Runners are asked to raise money through pledge forms and donations. For more information go to www.runningflat.com or contact Chris Uszynski at (519) 980-5440 or chris@runningflat.com 5 | WINDSORCHAMBER.ORG


CHAMBER EVENTS

76TH ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT

1st place team sponsored by GK Services

AUTOMOTIVE LUNCHEON WITH DENIS DESROSIER sponsored by

Special thanks to our sponsors for our

76th Annual Golf Tournament

Special thanks to our sponsors for our

Chamber Ball

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BALL. AWARD

CHAMBER BALL & LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENT

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NEW MEMBERS

MEET YOUR NEW MEMBERS April - May 2012 Adele Cleanly the Best Maid Service (Main) Theodore Ntahonsigaye Owner Windsor, ON Phone: (519) 567-7996 Toll Free: 1-855- MY ADELE christine.theodore@adeleinc.com http://www.adeleinc.com Coffee and Cream Caterers (Main), Events, Wedding Services Barbara Hackett Owner 3175 Byng Rd Windsor, ON N8W 3G8 Phone: (519) 969-1984 coffee_cream@sympatico.ca http://www.coffeeandcream.ca Family & Cosmetic Dentistry Dentists (Main) Mark Luvisotto Dentist 2224 Walker Rd Suite 20 Windsor, ON N8W 5L7 Phone: (519) 977-9775 Fax:(519) 972-9002 drluvisotto@hotmail.com Kelly Services (Canada) Ltd. Employment Contractors (Main) Karen Iannetta Operations Manager 150 Ouellette Place, Suite 110 Windsor, ON N8X 1L9 Phone: (519) 254-2562 Fax:(519) 254-1070 7660@kellyservices.com http://www.kellyservices.com Pediatric R.E.A.D (Reading Early Accelerates Development) Non-Profit (Main) Kaysandra Curtis President 7980 Menard St Box 32019 Windsor, ON N8S 1V9 Phone: (519) 980-7929 Fax:(519) 944-3256 info@pediatricread.com http://www.pediatricread.com Prime Electrical Services Inc. Electrical Contractors (Main) Melanie Sauve Office Administrator 1086 Lauzon Rd Windsor, ON N8S 3M6 Phone: (519) 945-9963 Fax:(519) 974-5197 primeservices@sympatico.ca

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Route 42 Diner and Dairy Bar Restaurants (Main) Patricia Bosco Owner/Vice President 2825 County Rd 42 Windsor, ON N9A 6J3 Phone: (519) 966-5992 Fax:(519) 966-5992 Sales Performance 2.0 Business Consultants (Main) Bill Seney President Windsor, ON Phone: (519) 995-0955 bill.seney@salesperformance20.com http://www.salesperformance20.com Seaton Sunrooms Renovations - Residential & Commercial (Main) Linda Seaton Secretary/Treasurer 4600 Rhodes Drive Windsor, ON N8W 5A4 Phone: (519) 944-6006 Fax:(519) 944-5114 linda@seatonsunrooms.com http://www.seatonsunrooms.com ShopWindsor.ca Internet Marketing (Main) Michael Cohen Regional Manager Phone: 1 (800) 430-7467 mcohen@shopcity.com http://www.shopwindsor.ca Smart Protect Inc. Insurance Brokers (Main) Ramona Nordemann Founder 242 West Puce Road Belle River, ON N0R 1A0 Phone: (519) 948-8123 Fax:(519) 968-3579 info@smartprotect.ca http://www.smartprotect.ca Wes Auto Sales Ltd. Wasil Silivria President 2476 Front Rd LaSalle, ON N9J 2C4 Phone: (519) 978-2277 ssilvria@hotmail.com Wheel Covers Unlimited Automotive Parts Supply (Main) Theresa Cooper Administrator 2594 Howard Ave Windsor, ON N8X 3W5 Phone: (519) 966-2006 wheelcovers2@bellnet.ca http://www.wheelcoversunlimited.com

Windsor Express Corporate Development (Main) Dartis Willis President/Owner 25835 Woodward Royal Oak, MI 48067 Phone: (313) 731-2737 Fax:(313) 821-4011 info@pdspds.org http://www.pdspds.org

DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR MEMBERSHIP? WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE CHAMBER’S AFFINITY PROGRAMS AND OTHER MEMBER BENEFITS? KNOW SOMEONE INTERESTED IN JOINING THE CHAMBER? CONTACT

SHERRI DULCAMARO

MANAGER OF SALES, MARKETING AND RETENTION

sdulcamaro@windsorchamber.org or 519.966.3696 Ext. 23

Please note, the members listed are only for the months indicated. For a full membership directory, please visit

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CONNECTED

STAY CONNECTED WITH YOUR MEMBERSHIP April - May 2012 RENEWING MEMBERS A’Burg Lawn Sprinkler

Eclipse Cosmetic & Laser Centre

Private Finazncial Group

Vespa Vision Centre

Advanced Home Services

Edge Nutrition (Canada) Inc.

Quinn Roofing Solutions

Aldo’s Clothing & Jewellery Ltd.

ENWIN Utilities Ltd.

Rogers Pool & Spa, Billiards &

Vista Print North American Services Corp.

Jean M. Allen

Erie St Clair Clinic

Darts

AlphaKOR Group

Essex Golf & Country Club

Rosser Reeves Jewellers Ltd.

Amy’s Helping Hands

Europa Marble & Granite Inc.

Schukra of North America Co.

Anderdon Machine Tool And Manufacturing Inc.

Family Home Improvements

Scotia Mcleod Inc. Investment Dealers

Antoine Greige Salon Inc. Archon Architect Incorporated Assumption University AutoMAXX Pre-owned Car Centre Bestcheck Inspection Services Bio Ped Windsor Biz X Magazine Bogar Truck Parts & Service Inc. Bridgewell Associates Inc. Budget Blinds of South Windsor C K Manufacturing / Industrial Concepts Inc. Cabello Hair The Cabinet Studio (Canada) Inc. Carico of Canada Credit Inc. CB Richard Ellis Limited Real Estate Brokerage - N02001 Chevalier Counseling & Consulting

Flood Chiropractic P.C. Fogolar Furlan Windsor G & G Jewellery & Coins Get A Life Too H.T. Reaume Construction Ltd. Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Windsor

South West Supply Inc.

Windsor Tent & Awning

Sun Life Financial

Windsor Tirecraft

Tata Technologies Inc

Windsor Truck & Storage

Thanasi’s Olympus Greek

Windsor Women Working With Immigrant Women

Restaurant

Hogarth Hermiston Severs LLP

Tregaskiss ITW

Howard Avenue Walk-In Clinic Inc.

Windsor Essex Community Health Centre Windsor Essex Community Housing Corporation

Timberland Homes

The Home Depot Canada

Windsor Disposal Service Ltd (WDS)

Silver Tee Golf Centre

Healthy Creations A Specialty Bakery Hold Please Communications

Windsor Cardiac Centre

Torbram Electric Supply Tri-Way Manufacturing Technologies, Corp. Terry T. Turner, Chartered Accountant

Human Resources Professional Association of Windsor IndCom Leasing Inc Industrial Tools & Supplies The Job Shoppe Inc. Koolini Italian Eatery

CKLW/89X/93.9FM/CKWW

The Lighting Boutique & Appliance Shoppe

Clarke Surveyors Incorporated

The Lumberjack Restaurant

Clarks Barristers & Solicitors

Mattress Direct

Cogeco

Meridian Credit Union

The Collavino Group

Merlo Formal Rentals Div. of Black

DataRealm Inc.

Tie Enterprises Inc.

David Deluzio Law Firm

Maurice Morneau Inc.

Design Systems Canada Ltd.

N J Peralta Engineering Ltd

Detroit Windsor Tunnel LLC

National Car and Truck Rental

Diane Shoes

NeoVision Technology Inc.

Jerzy S. Dmowski

Palazzi Bros. Carpet & Tile Ltd.

Dr M Moussa Optometry

Pazur Health Services Ltd.

Professional Corp

Plaza Ontario Marble & Tile

Dundee Private Investors Inc.

Pointe West Golf Club

E-Star Windows and Doors Inc.

Power Floor Sanding

Ventra Plastics Windsor

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SPOTLIGHT

SPOTLIGHT ON OUR MEMBERS NEW member

Renewing member

Coffee and Cream

Windsor Women Working With Immigrant Women

Coffee and Cream, a locally owned and operated business, is a catering service that offers a cappuccino/espresso bar (which includes 6 specialty teas and their much talked about macchiatos), chocolate fountains (dipping items available), martini bar (with or without an ice luge), portable sundae and toppings bar, and pastry and fruit tables for special events. Additionally, all of their services come with one or more attendants who set up, stay with the service and tears down at the end of the event.

Windsor Women Working With Immigrant Women (5W) is a nonprofit charitable organization located at 500 Ouellette Ave., third floor. They strive to assist immigrant and refugee women and their families to become full and participating members of Canadian Society.

While the team behind Coffee and Cream has been leading the way in portable bars for 14 years, they changed their name to Coffee and Cream (from Crystal Ice Creations) in 2008. “People thought we only did ice sculptures, but we are so much more than that,” explained owner Barbara Hackett. The company has supplied their services to many weddings, corporate functions, and fundraisers, to name a few. Their personal touch and exquisite catering and bar services can step up any event to the next level. New for this year, Coffee and Cream added on the spot-made crepes, with up to five stations to serve guests faster. Why not try this new and fun addition to your event which can include favourites such as black forest, Nutella and banana, apple/Skor, and cherry cheesecake. They also offer main-course crepes for breakfast, brunch, lunch, etc., all made fresh on the spot to order. Coffee and Cream continues to be involved in the community through various fundraisers with local hospitals, schools, and charity organizations, and continue to offer multi-service discounts. As for the future of Coffee and Cream, Hackett says that they “will continue to offer the best in customer service and make you our number one priority before and during your event. Nothing is impossible—if it is not mentioned it doesn’t mean we don’t offer it, you just have to ask.” For more information visit www.coffeeandcream.ca

This is a big year for 5W, who is celebrating 30 years of servicing the Windsor-Essex community. They will be holding their annual gala event entitled: History and Legacy through Passion and Creativity on October 26 at the Caboto Hall with Teresa Piruzza MPP as the keynote speaker. Earlier this year Daphne Clarke, who founded 5W in 1982, was honoured by the Office of the Governor General for her volunteer service to the Windsor-Essex community. New for this year; 5W gained an extra department, the Orientation and Information Service Department. The focus of the programs housed under this section is to empower clients and support them to be more independent in their host country. The program welcomes women and their families supporting, men, women, and children by providing information sessions, counselling services, and other classes and courses to help newcomers settle in. 5W also started a volunteer-run computer class for seniors, and now has a volunteer MSW onsite for in-house counselling. Their employment services offers job seekers the Second Career Program and Apprenticeship Program, along with other Employment Ontario local community offered services and programs. Additionally, 5W’s women’s program (Investing in Women’s Futures) received a $10,000 endowment from Caesars Windsor to enhance their program by providing new computers and software to clients. As for the future, 5W is “working on a more inclusive and vibrant youth program that is unencumbered by status or gender,” explained Cassandra Richardson, Youth Programs and Services Manager, 5W. They are also looking into senior/youth projects to bridge communication gaps, adding in more projects on violence against women, and projects on building healthy relationships between teens and their peers and focussing on a nutrition program for adults, youth and seniors. 5W has also taken the lead on the first Community Cup Soccer event hosted in Windsor on August 25 at Windsor Stadium. The Community Cup promotes newcomer awareness, and brings newcomer understanding and togetherness in a community through the game of soccer. For more information, visit 5W at www.wwwwiw.org

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HEALTH.CONSULATE

WELLNESS INCENTIVES

Anchor Danly Awarded by Go for Health On a global basis, Anchor Danly manufactures die sets and tooling components for the metal-working and plastics injection mold industries and medium to complex fabrications for customers in a wide array of industries. Working with our customers, our team is driven to be constantly improving the speed, accuracy, and reliability of our core products and to find innovative solutions, which enable the success of our customers. As an organization we encourage all of our employees and their families to live a healthy lifestyle and have created the Employee Health and Wellness Program to promote positive lifestyle changes that lead to improved well-being. Working collaboratively with our Local Wellness Committees at each location the Corporate Wellness Program supports initiatives and activities, which positively impact health and well-being. A few specific examples include:

Prevention Programs Smoking Cessation Employee Assistance Program Periodic Health Screenings Active Living Corporate Weight Loss Challenge (currently underway) Corporate Step Challenge Anchor Danly’s first Corporate Wellness Step Challenge concluded in July 2011. The challenge had 166 participants who collectively walked enough steps to equal approximately 50,000 miles—that’s twice around the world!

A number of Anchor Danly-sponsored events have included annual testing for hearing conservation program, onsite annual flu clinic, and a weekly healthy lunch draw sponsored by Anchor Danly’s Social Committee. We realize that Wellness is more than just dieting or working out at a gym—it’s taking control of the challenges that hinder our physical and mental health, it’s learning about the good habits that promote health and adopting them into our daily routine, and it’s also about minimizing the damage from the negative factors that shorten and diminish our lives. Our LiveWell Mission Statement is “To promote and encourage the overall health of our employees and their families through wellness education, communication, and empowerment that results in improved well-being.” Anchor Danly embraces our Wellness Program, which would not be viable if not for the corporate support from our President & CEO, Leadership Council, Corporate Wellness Chair, Senior Vice President NADS & CFO, and our Windsor Wellness Team—a big thank you to them all for their hard work and dedication. Anchor Danly is proud to be the recipient of a Bronze Level 3 Working Toward Wellness (WTW) Healthy Workplace Award. Anchor Danly corporately supports our Wellness Program; a very important initiative because it promotes the well-being of our number one asset—our employees. For more information on how to develop and implement a wellness program in your workplace or to find out more about the WTW Healthy Workplace Awards process, contact the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit at (519) 258-2146 ext. 3100.

Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce Advocates for Reopening a U.S. Consulate in Windsor In a move to acknowledge the high level of interest in facilitating greater trade, tourism, and travel between the U.S. and Canada, the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce has written a letter to the U.S. Ambassador that supports a reopening of the U.S. Consulate in Windsor as a visa-issuing and reporting post. Previously, the U.S. maintained a U.S. Consulate in the Windsor-Essex region, but it was closed by the U.S. government in 1969. Recently, the Chamber met with staff of Michigan Rep. Gary Peters to discuss the issue. Although Windsor-Detroit is the busiest border crossing in North America with over $350 million in goods crossing daily, Windsor is the only major border city that does not have a visa-issuing post within 125 kilometres. The nearest consulate is located in Toronto, approximately 400 kilometres away.

In 2011 alone, more than 333,000 individuals crossed the border requiring visas. Since the demand from residents in the five-county region is greater than the number of visas issued at several of the U.S. visa-issuing posts in Canada, a Windsor-Essex-based U.S. Consulate seems completely reasonable. Additionally, with a Canadian Consulate already operating in downtown Detroit, there is substantial opportunity for building alliances already in place. “The time is right to raise this issue with the U.S. Ambassador and we look forward to having further discussion on it,” said Matt Marchand, President and CEO of the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce. For more information visit www.windsorchamber.org

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UPCOMING EVENTS

UPCOMING EVENTS

Johnson Insurance After Business

Johnson Insurance After Business

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Thursday, OCTOber 18, 2012

LOCATION

LOCATION

Next Dimension 3020 Devon Dr.

Windsor-Essex Leaders in Innovation Technology Forum and Tradeshow

Cooper’s Hawk Winery 1425 Iler Rd. RR #1, Harrow

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

TIME

TIME

TICKETS

TICKETS

Caboto Club 2175 Parent Ave.

5:00 P.m. - 7:00 p.m. $10 Members, $20 General Admission

5:00 P.m. - 7:00 p.m. $10 Members, $20 General Admission

LOCATION

Windsor-Essex Leaders in Innovation Technology Forum and Tradeshow Presented by the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce and Presenting Sponsor KPMG

Featuring speakers from Google, RIM, Microsoft, and more!

Register for all events online at windsorchamber.org/events

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Members keep abreast of what is going on in the business community with the Business Briefs—a viable business-to-business forum for Chamber...

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