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Protect Your Finances from “Cyberthieves” You’ve no doubt heard reports of personal data being stolen and used for financial fraud – anything from online shopping on your credit cards to actual theft from your financial accounts. This problem won’t go away anytime soon – but you can take steps to defend yourself. Here are a few suggestions: Use multifactor authentication or other extra security options with online accounts. Many of your online accounts offer extra security by giving you the option to prove your identity in different ways. With multifactor authentication, you must provide at least two different factors to prove your identity when you log in to an account. This additional layer of security provides you with much greater protection. Be creative with passwords. Create different passwords for work, financial services sites, social media and email – and give each password some length and complexity. Consider passphrases – actual words combined with symbols and numbers (for example, “ThisIsAPassphrase!2468”), for sites that allow them. Protect your computer and your key data. Keep your antivirus software updated. And don’t install bootleg or unlicensed software, which could infect your computer with a virus. Also, back up your important data. Watch out for fake websites or apps. When making financial transactions, be sure you’re on the website of your bank or financial institution – and not on a fake site established by hackers. Your financial statements should have the legitimate website, so bookmark it and use it when doing anything with your accounts. Also, be careful when downloading apps – stick with those from established providers such as Google Play or the App Store.
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Avoid “over-sharing” on social media. Cyberthieves constantly stalk social media platforms for information they can use to commit their crimes. You can help stymie them by limiting what you share online. It’s a good idea to keep your full name, address and birthday private. You might also avoid discussing your plans for upcoming vacations. And review your privacy settings periodically so that only people you know or approve can see your information. Limit use of public Wi-Fi. Hackers often set up their own Wi-Fi networks in public areas, such as the computers found in hotel business centers. Ask an employee for the name of the legitimate network. And even when you use it, log off when you’re finished. Don’t take the bait of “phishers.” Cyberthieves go “phishing” for sensitive information – usernames, passwords and account numbers – by sending communications, such as emails, purporting to be from a business or financial institution with which you often do business. They may claim your account was “suspended” or that an “unauthorized transaction” was made, and you’ll be asked to click on a link that takes you to what appears to be the company’s website. If you go along with this request, you could find malicious software being downloaded on your computer. Legitimate businesses generally won’t ask for account numbers or passwords unless you initiate the transaction. Other signs of phishing include threatening language, “urgent” requests, misspelled words or odd word choices. If an email looks suspicious to you, delete it without opening it. This list is not exhaustive, but by putting these steps to work, you can at least reduce the risk of becoming victimized by cybercriminals. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor. Edward Jones, Member Canadian Investor Protection Fund.
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We at Windsor Life Magazine are continuously inspired by so many of our area residents doing amazing things to help their neighbours. In this issue, you will read about Tanya Hughes who created a Facebook page to help support her fellow front-line workers. There is also an inspiring story of the Hurst Family who took in six kids who tragically lost their parents and the amazing local business owners who stepped up to help them. We are very proud to have continuously produced and distributed 8 issues per year for over 27 Years. Even with some of the challenges that our industry faced in 2020, Windsor Life Magazine still put out all 8 issues which shows our commitment to our readers and our valued advertising partners. Starting off 2021 with Provincial restrictions on how businesses can operate has proven to be difficult, especially for many of our small, independent retailers and restaurants. That said, we are committed, more than ever, to supporting local small businesses and giving the people of Windsor, Essex County and Chatham/Kent positive stories about people and organizations in our communities who are doing great things. You are looking at our first issue of 2021, which we delayed by a week to ensure that it came out closer to the reopening of many smaller businesses. Small and medium sized businesses are the lifeblood of economy. Mom and Pop shops, along with independent service providers and local franchise owners all have invested their savings to service our communities while providing for their families. Supporting these local businesses has never been more important. As the sun rises on 2021, we are optimistic for the future. With the promise of vaccinations and the decrease in positive COVID-19 cases in our area, we know that this year will be a banner year for many local businesses. As we get further into the year, more of our neighbours will be vaccinated, the weather will get warmer, restrictions will be lifted and local businesses will thrive. There is a thirst for many services and activities which will need to be quenched which will lead to a very prosperous time. Remember the three Wâ€™s. Wear Your Mask, Wash Your Hands and Watch Your Distance. Stay safe,
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FAMILY FEUD CANADA Windsor-Essex Families Appear On the Next Season of Family Feud Canada STORY BY MICHAEL SEGUIN PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF CBC ON DECEMBER 16TH, 2019, the Canadian Broadcasting Centre (CBC) premiered their own version of a classic American game show: Family Feud Canada. The second season began airing on October 12th, 2020. And for Windsorites, this season might just contain several familiar faces. Four local families: the Teves, the Simpsons, the Chittles and the Favaros are slated to appear on stage, competing for the cash prize:
Clockwise from left: The Teves family. Nancy, Bella, Zelia, Jaycee and Mike; Family Feud Canada host Gerry Dee; the Simpson family. Lorraine, Candice, Kelly, Kadeasha and Jen; the Chittle family. Heather, Scott, Juanita, Rick and Amy; the Favaro family. Robert, Joanna, Mark, Susan and Franco.
The Teves One evening, during the summer of 2019, Bella Silva Cacilhas was enjoying a late night chitchat with her cousin, Nancy Teves. “Hey, I heard Family Feud came to Canada,” Nancy told her. “Cool,” Bella said. That summer, the family underwent Family Feud Canada’s rigorous audition process. The Teves even made it to the second round, which involved going to Toronto, meeting the producers and competing against other families. “Unfortunately, we didn’t get picked at that time,” Mike Teves explains. “So, a year later, we decided to get their attention. We made videos! We shot skits! We made a Facebook page that collected over 1,000 followers! We put so much time and effort into creating content we could tag Family Feud in.” “When the application process opened again last summer, Nancy said, ‘Should we do it?’” Bella recalls. “And I said, ‘Go ahead.’ We
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sent in the same exact video and we got selected again. We actually had a producer the second time around who remembered us. To the point where he actually remembered my answers from last year!” Luckily, the Teves family’s shock-and-awe tactics worked. After a couple brief Zoom auditions—and five weeks of waiting!—the family was accepted. This past October, the Teves travelled up to Toronto for their small screen debut. “When we finally got on stage, we had to do a couple practice rounds,” Mike recalls. “We just played a couple practice games with the family we were competing against before we actually started taping. It was a great way for us to ease our nerves. And then, all of the sudden, Gerry Dee just sauntered out from backstage.” “Me and my sister hissed at each other through our teeth,” Bella states. “She said, ‘I think we’re filming!’ And I said, ‘Yeah! I think we’re on TV!’” Mike found the experience to be an electric one. “We had what was called ‘stage mommy’ with us at all times,” Mike explains. “He stood across from us during the entire shoot. He would hold up big signs saying stuff like, ‘Good answer!’ or ‘It’s up there!’ He’d also yell at us to X the other family out! There was so many things we had to pay attention to. There was so much going on at once!” The Teves appeared on Family Feud Canada on January 11th.
The Simpsons The three generations of the Simpsons family always wanted to compete on Family Feud. “When my daughters were little, we would talk about going on the show,” Lorraine Gourley explains. “My Dad, especially once he became a widower, would watch it every single day. I always considered appearing on the show to be a dream come true.” When Family Feud Canada began scouting for participants during their debut season in 2019, Lorraine quickly filled out their application. Unfortunately, the family was turned down for the show’s maiden voyage. However, their initial video must have caught the eye of someone. A producer reached out the following summer and encouraged them to reapply.
And the Simpsons made sure to wear their home team colours during the application process. “My husband and I used to be billets for the Windsor Spitfires,” Lorraine explains. “So, I had contacted the team during the initial application process. I asked them if they had anything I could use to show them that I was a true Windsor Spitfire fan. So, they gave us all hats that we could wear during the filming! We also contacted the City of Windsor, who gave us a city flag. It was hanging proudly on our back wall while we filmed our audition videos!” After two interviews (complete with a dance routine set to “I Feel Like A Woman” and a solo rap while virtually competing against another family), the Simpsons were accepted. “It was extremely exciting!” Lorraine recalls. “We were all ecstatic!” Last October, Lorraine travelled up to Toronto with her daughters Candice O'Rourke and Kelly Calhoun, her granddaughter Kadeasha Calhoun, and her niece Jennifer Brouwer. For the Simpsons, the taping was everything they had ever dreamed of. “Your competitive nature certainly kicks in,” Lorraine laughs. “You forget that thousands of people will be watching. You just sprint towards victory as hard as you can. And everyone, the crew and the producers, were excellent. And Gerry Dee was outstanding. Very personable.” The Simpsons appeared on Family Feud Canada on January 18th.
The Chittles Heather Richardson, owner of the Little House of Cupcakes in Essex, first heard about Family Feud Canada’s recruitment process on social media. “It just popped up on Facebook,” Heather recalls. “So, I just thought I’d answer all the questions. Then, when I went to hit submit, it asked me to do a Zoom video. So, I did. I started talking about us, the family and why we wanted to be on the show. Four days later we had our virtual audition.” After a couple more interviews (one of which featured an improvised version of the Brady Bunch theme song), Family Feud Canada lifted the proverbial velvet rope. “I had everyone who was going to be on the team show up at my parent’s house,” Heather explains. “And I said, ‘Why don’t we do some more videos? Or post some more pictures on Facebook?’ And they said, ‘I’m so tired of this! Why do we have to keep doing this?’ So, once we started filming, I told them all that we were going to the show. They were thrilled.” A couple months later, the Chittles were in Toronto shooting their episode. “It was crazy,” Heather states. “You go up to this big warehouse and walk through these doors. And then, all of the sudden, you’re
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in another world. With all of the lights and the cameras and the sets. It was pretty cool. They made the whole process very easy and very safe. And meeting Gerry Dee, of course! He is very comical!” The Chittles will appear on Family Feud Canada on February 15th.
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The Favaros When 26-year-old Joanna Ioannidis heard that Family Feud Canada was hunting for applicants, she immediately conscripted her fiancé’s family: the Favaros. “I thought that his family would be a lot of fun to take on the show with us!” Joanna states. The two submitted their application during the summer of 2019. After almost a year of radio silence, one of the producers encouraged them to reapply. Inspired, they submitted a new video interview. “It was surreal, this time around,” Robert Favaro explains. “Especially because it was our second time applying. It was like going through all those old emotions again. Back in August 2019, when we initially applied, we wondered if we were going to get accepted. We were constantly thinking and asking ourselves: ‘Are we actually going to get picked? What are we going to do if we go on? Oh my God.’ It just seemed so farfetched.” On October 2020, only a couple weeks prior to filming, the Favaros were asked to make the trip up the 401. And when it comes to the most rewarding part of the whole process, Joanna and Robert give significantly different answers. “For me, just playing the game was the most rewarding part of the experience,” Joanna explains. “I’m just so competitive. I totally forgot that there was a camera and lights on me. I was just so focused on playing the game. Because, I mean, you play at home, you play with your friends, you play online—it’s all fun! But then you’re on stage, and it’s intense! It was such a rush.” “The most rewarding part of the experience was the time I got to spend with my family,” Robert states. “There’s definitely been some cabin fever this year. But, being locked in a hotel room with your family, with all the conversations and the games? We were laughing constantly. It was a lot of fun, because even without the pandemic, once you’re an adult, you never get to spend that much time with your immediate family. I’m very grateful for that.” The Favaros will appear on Family Feud Canada on March 15th. WLM Back to Contents
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A DREAM COME TRUE Mitch Dunning, NHL Referee STORY BY MICHAEL SEGUIN PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY MITCH DUNNING
WHEN TALKING TO National Hockey League (NHL) referee Mitch Dunning, one thing becomes apparent: That he’s spent most of his life gliding across the ice. Born and raised in Tecumseh, Ontario, Mitch Dunning describes himself as a “product of Sun County Minor Hockey.” “I’ve played there my whole life,” Mitch explains. “Some of my earliest memories of being on the ice were training with Andy Paquette. We’d have these 6:30 a.m. practices before school. I remember skating with Andy in the freezing-cold Tecumseh Arena on those Friday mornings from when I was eight years old up until I was drafted in 2008.” Mitch spent his earliest years playing with his older brother’s team, the Tecumseh Eagles. He later graduated to AAA hockey, where he played with the Sun County Panthers. At sixteen, he was drafted into the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), where he played for the Sarnia Sting.
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“I went up to Sarnia when I was sixteen,” Mitch recalls. “I played a handful of games for them that season. I practiced daily with the team.” Prior to the start of his second season, Mitch was traded by the Windsor Spitfires. He ended up playing for his hometown team from 2009 until 2012. “With the Spitfires, I was able to play on some pretty good squads,” Mitch states. “Arguably, some of the best major junior teams in major junior history. That was our second Memorial Cup year. I got to play with the likes of Taylor Hall, Ryan Ellis, Jack Campbell etc.” After finishing with the Spitfires, Mitch went over to play for the University of Windsor. However, he only managed to play for them for a couple of games. “I ran into some injury trouble,” Mitch explains. “I had some issues with my right and left knees. I required two ACL reconstructions in three years. Which pretty much
sealed the deal in terms of my professional hockey career! I was sidelined for an entire year.” While recovering, Mitch explored what life beyond the rink had to offer. “I realized that there were other things in life I enjoyed doing besides hockey,” Mitch states. “I’m a big fan of recreational sports. I’m very active. I like to ride my bike. Being sidelined for a whole year just helped me put everything into perspective.” After completing the rehabilitation process on his knees, Mitch spent some time coaching as a way to give back to his community. And it was while coaching that Mitch unknowingly began to transition into what would eventually take him back to the ice. “I spent some time coaching minor hockey with the Belle River Minor Hockey organization,” Mitch explains. “And during that time, I started officiating. One of my Dads golf buddies was the president of the local Windsor Essex County Referees Association. He suggested I get involved with their organization as a way to stay involved with the game. So, I decided to try my hand at it.” Mitch quickly discovered that he enjoyed officiating. During his next off-season, he interviewed some local referees to find out how he could take his new passion back to the world-class rink. “I wanted to move through the ranks,” Mitch states. “They told me about Don Koharski’s camp. They said there was a lot of guys there to help expose me to managers of higher levels. The officiating directors from the OHL would be there, plus a bunch of current on-ice officials. And of course Don Koharski who is one of my Officiating Managers in the NHL.” And Mitch’s time at camp paid off. The day after returning home, the Ontario Hockey Association (OHA) hired him to officiate Junior C and Junior B games. Shortly thereafter, Conrad Hache, the Director of Officiating for the OHL invited him to a training camp. And shortly after that, Mitch was invited to the NHL’s Exposure Combine event. “Everything snowballed, from that one camp,” Mitch explains. “Over the duration of that one summer.” Over the next several years, Mitch officiated across various leagues across Canada and the United States, all at the same time. And now, six years after embarking on this new path, here he is, officiating for the NHL.
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“Well, I don’t think many young hockey players envision themselves as an official,” Mitch laughs. “Obviously, you grow up viewing them as the guys that throw you in the penalty box. So, you never really think of yourself as following that route. But, for me, it was a very organic process. It’s something I really took to. I really love it.” Mitch identifies the biggest change from a player to an official is managing all the smaller events that go on within the game. “As a player, you do a lot of puck tracking,” Mitch explains. “You’re always following the play. You’re puck focused! But as an official, you always need to be aware of where the puck is and how the play is developing, but you are kind of paying more attention to the intricacies within the game. Guys going at each other. Sticking with plays. The dirty plays behind the play. It’s really easy to watch the game as a whole, but as an official, you need to keep your head on a swivel. We make thousands of split-second decisions in a 60-minute hockey game.” Mitch also describes a large part of refereeing managing the different personalities of the players. “There are some guys you work well with, some guys you don’t work well with,” Mitch states. “And you’ve got some guys that want to be your best buddy. Sometimes you have to take a step back and say, ‘Hey, listen. I’ve got a job to do.’ You’re not always going to keep guys happy. At the end of the day, half the players on the ice won’t be happy with any given call that’s being made. But, you’ve got a job to do.” And despite the challenges, nothing could compare to Mitch’s first time officiating an NHL game. “My number one experience was officiating my first NHL game!” Mitch explains. “I got to officiate a match between the Ottawa Senators and the Florida Panthers. At the time, Bob Boughner was the Head Coach of the Panthers. And Boughner was my coach at the Windsor Spitfires. So, seeing that come full circle was amazing. But for Mitch, it all comes down to the opportunity to share the ice with the game’s biggest stars. “Obviously, as a young Canadian boy, it’s anybody’s dream to step onto NHL ice,” Mitch states. “Just to share the rink with all those world-class athletes and world-class hockey players is a neat opportunity. On any given night, you’ve got some of the best hockey minds in the world out on the ice. Being able to wear that crest on my chest is a dream come true.” WLM Back to Contents
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Strength in Numbers Windsor Frontline Health Care Workers Find a Safe Haven on Facebook STORY BY MATTHEW ST. AMAND PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOHN LIVIERO
Top: “Windsor Frontline Health Care Workers” Facebook page creator, Tanya Hughes. Above left to right: Emergency Department RNs, Angie Lang and Jason Irvine; Christine Bracewell, RPN and Taryn Geier, RN; Rachel Kautmann, PSW and Jessica Imeson, PSW; Katherine De Luca, RPN at Huron Lodge; Keri Garon, RPN and Krista Warren, RN Clinical Practice Manager. To view more images from the “Windsor Frontline Health Care Workers” facebook page, visit windsorlife.com.
“IT IS BETTER TO LIGHT A CANDLE than to curse the darkness.” That simple, profound statement has been alternately attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt, Confucius, and Charles Schulz. Without even knowing, Windsor-Essex County Lab Technician, Tanya Hughes, embodied that wisdom when she created the “Windsor Frontline Health Care Workers” Facebook page, which has become a bona fide sensation online. There’s no sugar coating it—the day Tanya created the page had been pretty terrible. “It was just after Christmas,” she recalls. “It had been a long, exhausting holiday, juggling family and work.” In ordinary times, Tanya’s job was fairly routine—visiting private residences and long term care homes, drawing blood from people who needed blood tests, but, for various reasons, could not travel to a facility to have that done. In the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, the job has taken on dire, science fiction dimensions: dwelling among countless COVID-positive patients, witnessing the ravages of the virus at close range. For the protection of their patients, and to protect themselves, lab techs “gown-up”— don their PPE—each time they see a patient. Tanya will do this anywhere between 20 and 60 times a day.
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“You wouldn’t believe how exhausting that is,” she says. In the current Gray status lockdown, her workload has exploded. “I had gone into a long term care home that day,” Tanya continues. “So many people had tested positive for the coronavirus and they were so sick. The reality of the situation really hit me, watching the health care staff trying to keep a handle on it all, gowning-up, over and over. Trying to be quick, trying to be careful. Everybody was pulled in a dozen different directions.” It was a long drive home from East Windsor to LaSalle that evening for the 38 year old mother of one. “I cried all the way home,” Tanya says. “I couldn’t stay bedside and help the patients. I wished there was more I could do. But rather than giving up or breaking, I thought, ‘Maybe if I created this Facebook page, where friends in health care could share their stories and support each other.’” She created the page. “In the first hour, I had a hundred requests to join,” Tanya says. A few hours later, the number grew to 500. By the end of that first night, there were 1,000 requests to join. Within 10 days of its inception, the “Windsor Frontline Health Care Workers” Facebook page has more than 6,000 members.
Nobody is more surprised by its success than Tanya. “I’m honestly speechless about it,” she says. “It’s been a truly humbling experience. I am so proud of the health care workers, showing love and supporting one another.” Tanya is quick to point out that she has help running the page. “I have a great admin team—just good friends of mine: Cait Desmarais, Shannon Strickland, Danielle Dunn, Aaron Broughton, John Chan, Atum Pillar, Jim Slicky, and Ben H. I could not have done it without them. The dedication of frontline health care workers needs to be recognized.” Tanya’s employer is supportive of the Facebook page. “They’re very happy,” she says. “They couldn’t believe what I was able to do.” Although users must request access, the Facebook page is open to the public. Members, however, are asked to keep it respectful. One reason for the page’s instantaneous popularity is that there are few havens for health care workers online. Social media is saturated with opinions of all stripes, and although the numbers don’t lie, there is a disheartening population of users who seem impervious to the scientific facts of the coronavirus. Also, pandemic fatigue is widespread. The world at large is done with COVID-19, but it does not appear to be done with us. In the first months of the pandemic, frontline workers were recognized as heroes. It seems, however, that there is a shelf-life to acclaim and admiration, and the pandemic has outlasted that timespan. The conversations on the “Windsor Frontline Health Care Workers” Facebook page vary widely from the stressed-out, to the light-hearted, and comical. Many members post art they have either created or found inspiring. Most health care workers post images of themselves in their full PPE, like battle dress. One discussion, asking which brand of running shoes is best for long shifts, had dozens of replies. At last count, Saucony shoes were the most highly recommended. Many other posts are inspirational. A nurse recently posted: “Somebody asked: ‘You’re a nurse?!? That’s cool, I wanted to do that when I was a kid. How much do you make?’ The nurse replied… I can make holding your hand seem like the most important thing in the world when you're scared. I can make your child breathe when they stop...?’”
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“Yesterday, someone commented ‘I’m having a bad day’,” Tanya says, “and immediately people were replying and supporting this person.” Given the enormous popularity of the “Windsor Frontline Health Care Workers” Facebook page, does Tanya have any plans for its future? “Not really,” she says. “I just hope it brings more awareness. The success shows that we need to redefine ‘health care exhaustion’. We have to be there for our health care professionals who are suffering.” Going forward, she hopes the page will continue to be a haven, as well as a guide and resource. “We found beauty in the chaos,” Tanya notes. “I really believe that 2021 will be the year of healing. We’ll get the city on its feet again.” What can ordinary citizens do to support health care workers? “Just be kind,” Tanya says. “Be vigilant. Stay home. If you have to go out, wear a mask. Remain positive. Be mindful. For everyone’s mental health. Eventually we will get through this.” One tangible light at the end of the tunnel is the vaccine roll-out. According to Bloomberg.com, January 14: “The biggest vaccination campaign in history has begun. More than 35 million doses in 49 countries have been administered.” Some news needs to be taken with a grain of salt. Omnicalculator.com has a “Vaccine Queue Calculator for Canada”. When the writer of this story entered his data, this was the result: “Based on your profile, you could be in Stage 3 of the national guidelines for the COVID vaccine rollout. There are between 11,704,258 and 22,456,373 people in front of you in the queue for a COVID vaccine across Canada.” Tanya received the first of two shots a few days ago. “The side effects were minimal,” she says. “Just a sore arm for a little while.” Tanya joined the profession when she was 24 years old. “I became a health care professional because I wanted to help people.” She has certainly done that—in ways she is still struggling to understand. For the moment, our health care professionals soldier on, trying to keep step with the pandemic. They are making tremendous use of this new outlet to support one another. They are finding what people have known since time immemorial: there is safety in numbers. WLM
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Remember, You’re Worth It! Denturist riddle: “Lose me once, I’ll come back stronger. Lose me twice, I’ll leave forever. What am I?” A common misconception about denturists is that patients need a referral to see one. “That’s not true,” explains Dan Landry, owner-operator of Landry Denture Clinic. “Anyone can come and see us.” Another surprise? “Ideally, I want patients to keep their teeth as long as they can,” Dan continues. “A partial is much more secure.” Who should visit a denturist? “People who aren’t happy with how they are able to eat,” Dan continues. “If you’re not happy with your smile. Consultations are free, so people who just have questions can come in. Maybe they need teeth out, but don’t have a dentist, and don’t know where to turn.” If the Landry Denture Clinic can’t help, Dan’s got a Rolodex filled with names of trusted professionals who can. “People don’t realize how their teeth impact their health,” Dan says. “Patients often have digestive issues because they are not properly chewing their food, overworking their digestive systems.” Once teeth are removed, that area continues losing bone throughout the patient’s lifetime. For this reason, it is important to have dentures refitted every three to four years. People with old or poorly fitting dentures may suffer from headaches, jaw aches, clicking in the jaw. Some patients even experience ringing in their ears. “Not everybody who visits us needs new dentures,” Dan says. “You can have an existing denture that is still in good condition—even though it’s ten years old, for instance—but is just not fitting right.” After 31 years as a denturist, Dan has seen it all. He began working
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SHOP LOCAL The COVID-19 pandemic has brought many changes to every facet of area residents’ lives. These have been challenging times for everyone. Many local businesses are struggling financially because of the current restrictions. You can help them get through this difficult time by supporting local stores, restaurants and services. When safe to do so, get out and explore your neighbourhood or a new part of the city/county with family or friends. Let’s show our support for small businesses. Buy local now!
In a year that saw the COVID-19 pandemic have a significant impact on industries across the country, the Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada has elected to maintain its current governance and Executive Committee, re-electing Dave Holek of Tecumseh, Ontario as President and Chairman of the Board of Directors. Holek will be serving his second term as President and Chairman after he was first elected as President in October of 2019. mcac.ca. lekter.net.
WALK-IN CHIROPRACTIC CLINIC JOHNNY SHOTZ 25TH ANNIVERSARY Johnny Shotz is celebrating their 25th anniversary. Johnny Shotz is a great spot for live entertainment, awesome eats and craft beer. To this day, their goal remains the same: to offer every customer a fun and friendly atmosphere while serving up a winning dining experience! Pictured is Manager Rosalie St. Louis, Steve Meloche, Chef James McIntyre and Shane Meloche. johnnyshotz.com. 519-735-7005.
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Windsor Walk-In Chiropractic Clinic’s current partners, Dr. Tyson Joseph and Dr. Dave Piche, would like to welcome aboard Dr. Curtis Semple as a partner. Curtis has been with the group since 2015, and will maintain his current schedule at both locations. windsorchiropractor.com. 519-974-2211.
ONESOURCE MOVING SOLUTIONS ONESource Moving Solutions began in 2008 with a simple vision: to become the “top of mind” solution for retirement home managers/directors, hospital and nursing home discharge planners, seniors and the children of aging parents, professionals and families. Since then ONESource has expanded to three locations operating in nine cities across Ontario, and is known for their excellence of service, care and compassion for every individual and company that they have the pleasure of dealing with. Pictured is owner Danielle Carriere. onesourcemoving.ca. 519-984-2111.
DAN LANDRY DENTURE CLINIC Offering smile solutions with regular dentures and implant supported denture, Denturist Dan Landry is marking 30 years in business. A free consultation enables patients to learn about options. New patients can make appointments at 2532 Howard Ave., Windsor; 360 Notre Dame St., Belle River; 14 Gosfield Townline E., Essex; or 185 Grand Avenue West, Chatham. The Dan Landry Denture Clinic collaborates with dentists at all four sites for patients’ optimal oral health. 519-254-8114.
ANTONINO’S ORIGINAL PIZZA For the month of February, $1 from every small, medium or large heart-shaped pizza sold at Antonino’s Original Pizza’s three locations in Windsor-Essex will support the cardiac program at Windsor Regional Hospital. As part of the campaign launch, Antonino’s Owner Joe Ciaravino delivered a cheque for $15,000, which was raised from heart-shaped pizza fundraiser proceeds since 2012. Pictured is Joe Ciaravino and Windsor Regional Hospital Foundation Manager of Philanthropy Cristina Naccarato. originalpizza.ca.
WRH PROVINCIAL AWARD During a special awards broadcast hosted by Trillium Gift of Life Network, Windsor Regional Hospital was honoured to receive a Provincial Conversion Rate Award for meeting or exceeding the provincial target conversion rate of 63%. The conversion rate is the percentage of potential organ donors (patients who die in a hospital setting and are deemed medically suitable for donation) who went on to become actual donors. Pictured is Karen Conte, a Registered Nurse, who won a Donation Champion Award and Stephanie MacDonald, WRH’s Organ and Tissue Donation Coordinator. wrh.on.ca. 519-254-5577.
SOUND HEARING CARE Sound Hearing Care recently celebrated their 10th anniversary in business. Sound Hearing Care is committed to enhancing our patients' quality of life by providing an unmatched level of caring and professionalism in hearing healthcare with locations in Tecumseh and Belle River. They provide personalized sound and hearing care to suit the lifestyle needs of their clients. Pictured here is Audiologist Tina Stafferton. soundhearingcare.ca. 519-979-3300.
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Below: Chad his father, Tim at the Hogs for Hospice. Right: Chad Predhomme. Bottom: Chad and his girlfriend, Stacey Sharron.
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IT’S DIFFICULT TO SUMMARIZE a soul as loving, as humble and as radiant as Windsor’s Chad Predhomme. But, after his untimely passing in November of last year, his loved ones gathered to share memories of their beloved partner, brother and son. “Chad was a lifer at Maranatha Christian Academy,” Kim Predhomme, his mother, states. “He went there for fourteen years, from JK to Grade 12. He was the goalie on the soccer team, and on the high school badminton team. He and his brother Nick went to
Mr. Kersey’s Karate for several years. He earned his black belt by the time he was in Grade 8. He graduated as an Ontario Scholar. After graduating, he enrolled at the Dental Hygiene program at St. Clair College. That’s where he met Stacey.” Stacey Sharron, Chad’s girlfriend, smiles as she explains that she and Chad actually met twice. “First, we met a long time ago,” Stacey explains. “When we were twelve, we were at a Friday night youth group at our church. I specifically remember him standing next to the bathroom door. He was being awkward in the corner. And I said to my sister, ‘Oh, a new boy!’ So my sister and I went and introduced ourselves.” Stacey considers her and Chad’s official meeting to have been in college. “I went up to him in the halls and said, ‘Hey, I recognize you!’” Stacey recalls. “And then we were friends. We started dating a little over a year later, when he finally asked me out.” The two ended up moving to London after Chad and Stacey graduated from St. Clair College in 2015, having been hired by a temp agency there. “I’ve worked at Voth, Lalani and Parete (VLP) Orthodontic Specialists for almost 33 years,” Kim explains. “The very day I retired, the doctors told me to have Chad come in to spend a day in the office. He did so later that week, and he was so good with the kids that they hired him on the spot! As a child when he came to our office for his braces, Chad just loved the atmosphere, and he’d always wanted to work there, which was why he chose to pursue Dental Hygiene.” For over six months, Chad commuted to London for the weekends to be with Stacey, who by then had full time employment. Eventually, he and Stacey decided to move back to Windsor. Nick Predhomme, Chad’s younger brother by four years, describes Chad as a constant source of support. “I’m a drummer,” Nick states. “I’ve played with a lot of different bands over the years. And, if I ever had a show out of town or in Toronto, he and Stacey would show up. That was the kind of brother he was. He was just eager to spend time with us. There are so many great memories.” Tim Predhomme, Chad’s father, recalls one specific moment where young Chad called his bluff. “Once, we were out in Muskoka,” Tim states. “Chad was about seven years old.
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We went out to the end of the dock. I touched my toe into the water. It must have been around 57 degrees. It was freezing! So, I looked down at Chad and said, ‘I’ll go, if you go.’ And then he jumped! I had no choice but to honour my word, so in I went!” And, what is perhaps most special about Chad is that, even now, he is continuing to allow the people around him the opportunity to create more memories. After his passing this November due to complications following a motorcycle accident, Chad’s family allowed the doctors to preserve his organs. Chad ended up donating his heart, lungs, kidneys and liver to other patients who were in need, which was an issue the family felt was important, and had discussed over the past several years. The Ontario Trillium Foundation later sent a letter to the Predhomme family, explaining the impact Chad’s gift had: “On behalf of the Trillium Gift of Life Network, please accept our deepest sympathies for the loss of your son, brother and partner Chad. Thank you for allowing him to be an organ and tissue donor. “Thanks to this generous gift, an adult female with extensive liver damage received a liver transplant. “An adult female and an adult male, both with end-stage renal disease, received kidney transplants. These fortunate recipients are now free from the many restrictions of their disease and the rigors of dialysis. “An adult female with irreversible heart disease received a life-saving heart transplant, providing them with a second chance at life. Chad’s heart beats on in this recipient. “An adult male with terminal lung disease received a double lung transplant. Chad’s lungs now breathe the gift of life into this grateful recipient. “All these individuals were given the opportunity for a longer and better quality of life as a result of your decision. Donors and their families are very special people who have given their unique gift during their time of grief. You have decided to give other individuals the opportunity to live, or the opportunity to live a better life. Nothing can diminish the loss of your loved one. But we hope that you are comforted by the knowledge that you and your loved one have helped others with your gift of life.” After his passing, many members of the community stepped forward to express how much Chad had impacted their lives over
the years. Dozens of his clients at VLP Orthodontics took to social media to share condolences and memories. “He was always so sweet with Brenna and I during our visits,” Tara writes. “He was always so sweet to my daughter during our appointments and always had a smile on his face,” Margaret writes. “Chad was always so kind and helpful whenever we came in for our appointments,” Jenn writes. “Chad was mostly with the same kids from JK to Grade 12 at Maranatha,” Kim states. “We know that when teenagers are in high school, there’s a lot of angst. You doubt your self-worth. On top of that, Chad suffered from a severe skin condition. But apparently, regardless of that, we were proud to learn that he helped one classmate and another student with their personal circumstances. Even though he had his own issues, he cared enough to help them through theirs.” Kim relates another story that she believes perfectly demonstrates Chad’s character. “When he was in Grade 12, instead of going off to Florida, the class went for ten days down to Nicaragua on a mission trip,” Kim recalls. “They spent their whole time there travelling around and helping with construction projects. Chad was a guitarist, and he and his classmates would go and sing and play music in these villages. And, they had learned to make balloon animals for everyone. But, on the last day of his trip, they went to this one village. There were all these kids under the age of eight. He’d made this girl a balloon animal, but he didn’t have one for her little sister.” Chad sprinted back to the camp to get the little girl a balloon animal. Unfortunately, the bus was packed and they were ready to leave. “So Chad said, ‘I can’t leave! I have to make this little girl a balloon animal!’” Kim states. “But unfortunately, nobody had any balloons left. And he never got over it. When he got home, he told me, ‘The trip was great. But I’ll never get over not being able to make that little girl a balloon animal.’ He said walking away from that little girl was the hardest thing he’d ever done in his life.” The Predhomme family express pride in the fact that, through donating his organs, Chad is continuing to help others. “It’s a fantastic feeling,” Tim explains. “It’s exactly what Chad would have wanted.” WLM Back to Contents
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A GIA is an insurance contract that pays interest at a guaranteed rate, like a bank-issued guaranteed investment certificate (GIC). A variety of terms are available ranging from short-term to long-term. Either way, at maturity, investors can choose to reinvest their original investment plus the interest they have earned.
Yes. Does a GIA offer the estate planning advantages that come with avoiding probate?
Importantly, once purchased, the interest rate does not fluctuate with the markets. On top of that, a GIA offered by an insurance company offers extras like tax and estate planning benefits, as well as potential creditor protection.
Tax planning benefits
Every dollar saved in tax is an extra dollar available to save or invest – and a GIA can provide tax savings in two ways for non-registered accounts. First, investors can defer taxes on GIA interest for up to one year. Second, when investors are age 65 or older, GIA interest income may qualify for the pension income tax credit and for pension income splitting with a spouse or common-law partner.
Is it possible to hold a GIA in an RRSP, RRIF, TFSA or non-registered account?
Is GIA interest income potentially eligible for the pension income tax credit and pension income splitting when the owner is age 65 or older?
Yes. RRSPs, RRIFs and non-registered accounts can hold short-term or long-term GIAs. TFSAs can hold long-term GIAs. How can I invest in a GIA?
Estate planning benefits Most people want their assets to transfer quickly, cost-effectively and privately to their beneficiaries. Because a GIA is an insurance contract, it allows for the naming of a beneficiary. This means the proceeds can be paid directly to the beneficiary and avoid the estate, and therefore probate where applicable, and potential delays and associated costs, as well as public scrutiny in a probate court.
Potential creditor protection Professionals and small business owners often worry about protecting their personal assets from creditors. If they’re sued or the business runs into financial difficulties, creditors may have the right to seize what they own personally. GIAs have the potential to help with creditor protection during the investor’s lifetime, as well as after death when the death benefit passes directly to a named beneficiary outside the estate. It is very important to consult with a legal advisor to discuss the rules surrounding eligibility for creditor protection.
Why choose a GIA? Many investors choose GIAs primarily to help protect part of their portfolio from market exposure and to guarantee a predictable return. Tax and estate planning benefits and potential creditor protection can be attractive extra features. Depending on the structure of the GIA, investors may also benefit from flexibility to move in and out of the markets in response to volatility or changing financial needs. That’s because some GIAs are offered in contracts that also offer segregated funds. This means that it may be possible to transfer between the GIA and a segregated fund that provides access to market growth. This transfer would be subject to fees. For investors looking for security and stability in an unpredictable world, GIAs can help safeguard capital and deliver guaranteed rates. Unlike some market-dependent investments, GIAs also qualify for deposit protection from Assuris on investments up to $100,000. Speak with me about whether a GIA may be appropriate for your needs and goals.
You have to get them via a life-licensed advisor, as they are issued by insurance companies. The probate process and fees do not apply in Quebec. There is a verification process for non-notarial wills but not for notarial wills. In Saskatchewan jointly held property and insurance policies with a named beneficiary are included on the application for probate but do not flow through the estate and are not subject to probate fees. 2 In certain circumstances, you can protect your contract from unforeseen bankruptcy by designating a preferred class beneficiary. Since there are some circumstances where creditor protection may not apply, you should consult a legal advisor to find out if you’re eligible for this protection. 3 Withdrawals, fund switches and/or transfers between investment options may be subject to fees and charges, result in tax consequences, and impact segregated fund guarantees.
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THE WINDSOR ESSEX Catholic District School Board (WECDSB) believes that within every child there is a spark, a curiosity about the world. They believe that every child grows when presented with appropriate challenges. Their schools represent a diverse community of students, parents, teachers and staff working together to ignite that spark and help children become all they can be. Their mission is to know every student, inspire them to follow the example of Jesus and empower them with the knowledge and skills they need to live purposeful, meaningful lives. Today, three WECDSB teachers share who inspired them, what made them decide to become educators, why they chose to teach with the WECDSB and how they bring our mission to life every day in their classrooms: Kristin Schneider Quinn (affectionately known as “Mrs. SQ” by her JK/Kindergarten students) attended St. John the Baptist Catholic Elementary School in Belle River—where she now teaches. “I was a shy kid. Who would have guessed that I’d take to drama? In Drama Club, I could be someone different!” The other thing Kristin remembers vividly about her WECDSB education is service to the community. “I’ve certainly carried my learning experiences forward as a teacher. Students and families often confide when they’re struggling with job loss, divorce, illness, death. That trust allows us to help by connecting them with school services or outside organizations.” Kristin is passionate about the broader community too. “We’ve always done the Terry Fox Walk and the Town Cleanup—even my JK and kindergarten children. We’re a “Gold Eco School”. It’s a big deal!” Former students and staff are always coming back to visit. That tells Kristin they harbour positive experiences and fond memories of St. John the Baptist. “One of our retired janitors returned to talk to our students. He took back lots of hand-crafted Christmas cards to the nursing home where he lives now.” Kristin concludes, “Our board sees the big picture of who we are as a community. We recognize the importance of proper representation by and allegiance with Indigenous people and people of colour.” Our schools are living the WECDSB vision: building communities of faith, hope and service. I’m proud to be part of it.” Jesse Power, a grade 4/5 teacher at L.A. Desmarais not only attended Catholic schools, but both of his parents were Catholic school principals. He also recalls other positive role models: “My grade 7 and 8 teachers, my high school drama teacher; they taught me how to express myself, they let me be me. I felt valued, not like just another kid in the ranks.” Every day Jesse is committed to being that positive role model for his students. “I want them to feel respected, free to express, free to question, free to learn and grow.” Jesse obtained an undergraduate degree in Criminology. But ultimately, he decided to go to teachers’ college. “I just kept envisioning myself at the front of a classroom.” He had the opportunity to teach for both the public and Catholic school boards. “I chose the WECDSB. My faith is important to me; I’d say it’s a uniting force in education. It’s a great feeling to express my own faith and support my students as they explore and navigate
Clockwise from above: Kristin Schneider Quinn, JK/Kindergarten teacher at St. John the Baptist Catholic Elementary School; Jesse Power, 4/5 teacher at L.A. Desmarais; Dana Azar, 5/6 teacher at St. Christopher Catholic Elementary.
their personal faith journeys. I want them thrive--not just academically, but spiritually.” Jesse remembers one of his religious teachers saying: “Do the best you can with who you have, while you have them. For me, that really sums up teaching.” Dana Azar, a grade 5/6 teacher at St. Christopher Catholic Elementary, also credits strong role models as a primary source of inspiration. “I loved playing extracurricular sports in school. I learned teamwork, mental discipline, time management and respect for authority. When I became a teacher and coach myself, I realized that my teachers and coaches were teaching me lessons I didn’t even know I was learning! Being a good role model is entrenched in our culture.” Dana’s curiosity was kindled during her school years, but today, she carries the torch for continuous learning. “As teachers, we’re still encouraged to grow and learn; our union offers courses.” A teacher named Barry Elliott continues to inspire Dana. “On the last day of the two-month program he taught, he gave each of us—almost 300 students—a sealed envelope with our names handwritten on the front. Inside was a personal letter in which he described something he’d always remember about us. I’ll never forget that. It’s something I hope to do in my own classroom.” Dana’s been teaching at St. Christopher for 20 years. “I’ve been asked four times to be a confirmation sponsor, I’ve been invited to weddings. Former students come to show me their babies. That’s one of the things I love most about teaching with the WECDSB. It’s ingrained that we are called to KNOW our students. And we do it in a way that’s uplifting and meaningful.” Stephen Fields, communications coordinator at the Windsor Essex Catholic District School Board notes: “A WECDSB education provides young people with the perspective and ability to make sense of society, a connection to their faith and the potential to succeed in any field of post-secondary study.”
A Depth of Colour Maidstone Painter Lorraine Moon STORY BY MICHAEL SEGUIN / PHOTOGRAPHY BY PATRICK HAMILTON
WHEN IT COMES TO HER WORK, Lorraine Moon finds herself fielding the same questions over and over again. Specifically: “Are those photographs?” Lorraine’s love affair with art is a lifelong one. However, recently that love has stretched beyond the confines of her sketchbook, touching the hearts of thousands. “I grew up on a farm outside of Thamesville,” Lorraine explains. “Which is where a lot of my art came from. I didn’t study art in school. It came to me naturally through my Mom, who loved art and studied Fashion Design before she was married. We had a big family of seven kids, and one black-and-white television. I’m sure there was lots of commotion in the house, back in those days. So, sometimes my Mom would shut the television off and make us draw something!” Lorraine’s services were in high demand, even then. “By the time I was in grade six, I could freehand draw anything I liked,” Lorraine recalls “Sometimes at recess the teachers would call me inside to draw things on the chalkboard to keep the other kids interested. By the time I got to high school, it was one of my favourite subjects because I knew I could do well and get a great mark.” After high school, Lorraine’s peak hit a bit of a valley as she started her career and a family. “Art sat on the backburner for a while,” Lorraine states. “Then, after I got married and had kids, I decided to start doing some more art from home. And, to my surprise, the people that I showed it to were interested in learning from me. So, I started teaching.” Lorraine taught Tole style out of her home for 15 years. However, art once again fell to the wayside while Lorraine’s husband Dwight underwent treatment for cancer. Eventually, Dwight recovered, but Lorraine suddenly found herself out of work following a bee sting. “I was working at a garden centre when I got stung by, of all things, a honeybee,” Lorraine explains. “Ten minutes later I couldn’t breathe. On route to the hospital, my
Clockwise from bottom right: Petal Perfect; Hello Mr. Blue; Reflections of Life; artist Lorraine Moon. Photo by John Liviero, Sooters Photography; Enduring Love; Something About Vici. Photo by Joe McParland; Bonnie Blue. Photo by Dan Olech; Nature’s Promise.
EpiPen almost caused a heart attack. After that, they determined that I was too high risk to keep working because of my family history of heart disease. So, while at the hospital, I had to give up my job. And I cried the whole way home.” Unsure of what to do with herself, Dwight and her sister Pat gave her the kick in the butt that she needed. “‘Just go back to your art!’ Dwight said,’” Lorraine recalls. “He just kept nagging at me to start painting!” Buoyed by her husband’s pestering, one day, Lorraine put down her well-worn sketchbook and picked up a canvas. “I painted a Carolina wren, that first day,” Lorraine states. “It was just a little bird sitting on a branch. I called the piece, appropriately enough, “Out on a Limb.” I thought it described where I was at pretty well. I was out of a job, and I wasn’t sure what I was going to do.”
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When Dwight came home from work later that day, he had an interesting reaction to the piece. “He didn’t believe I’d painted it!” Lorraine laughs. “I said, ‘Of course I did! What do you think I did? Went out and bought this?’” And again, Dwight turned out to be Lorraine’s greatest supporter. “He said, ‘You can’t keep it.’” Lorraine recalls. “He said that if I could paint that well, then I had to let other people see my work. And I said no. I told him that I wasn’t at that point yet. And he said, ‘Yes, you are. All you have to do is show your work and people will come. I’m telling you, this is what you should be doing.’” Lorraine ended up following Dwight’s advice. After Pat set her up with a Facebook page, Lorraine started sharing her paintings and sketches with the world. “I never wanted to do what other people were doing,” Lorraine states. “I always wanted to follow my own path. And because I never studied art in school, I was able to come up with my own style. It worked for me! I never questioned it. I just increased my ability to do the work.” Lorraine’s style has improved in leaps and bounds over the last three years. Her paintings are hyper-realistic natural closeups. From blue jays resting on pieces of driftwood to milkweeds blooming in the morning light, Lorraine’s breathtaking images are rendered with an exacting precision. “When I paint a dog, it’s nose looks wet,” Lorraine explains. “Painting allows for a greater depth of colour than sketching. It becomes something 3D, not two-dimensional. The more 3D I can make a piece, the happier I am about it.” And if Lorraine’s art has a singular goal: it’s harmony. “Painting is a very spiritual experience for me,” Lorraine states. “When I paint, I’m lost in my work. I feel like I’m on the canvas,
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moving things around. And I want to expose the beauty that we have here, living in our area. All of my artwork is from Ontario. There’s so much hidden beauty in our home. I want to show people the trilliums. I want to show people the canopies, the shadows, the wildlife. Everything is interconnected.” While Lorraine finds it difficult to narrow down her personal favourite piece, there is one that continues to mean a lot to her. “Every piece has a memory and a special place for me,” Lorraine admits. “But, one that means a lot to me is ‘Enduring Love.’ It’s a painting of two mute swans from Long Point. They had just touched down on the water, so the look on their faces was one of intrusion. But, you can see that they are definitely a pair.” The painting has taken on special significance for Lorraine after the passing of her husband late last year. “The mute swans mate for life,” Lorraine explains. “When one of them passes, the other one remains by itself. It’s so similar to what we are as husband and wife.” And while Lorraine may have lost her greatest supporter in Dwight, her sister continues to pick up the slack. “Pat encouraged me to start showcasing my work,” Lorraine states. “Today, without Dwight, she still pushes me to become better and is my biggest advocate!” What’s more, the public response her work has received is nothing short of overwhelming. “It’s been very rewarding,” Lorraine states. “The pride and encouragement are unbelievable. You can put a price on something, but it never compares to the compliment that you get from someone that you don’t know. It makes my face hurt from smiling so much!” Lorraine can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or through Facebook: Moonshine-Designs by Lorraine Moon. WLM Back to Contents
IN HONOUR OF THE ONES WE LOVE ONE FOCUS – ONE PURPOSE – OUR COMMUNITY! In November 2020, Anita Imperioli was awarded the Community Service Award from the Ontario Medical Association. The award recognizes a significant contribution to the health and welfare of people of a local community. The Ontario Medical Association felt that Anita’s work and dedication, through In Honour of the Ones We Love, has enriched the lives of people throughout the region who face cancer, other life threatening illnesses as well as those with special needs. Anita states “this is wonderful and I am humbled.” In Honour of the Ones We Love was started after the loss of her one year old son, Michael, to cancer. It is something she feels compelled to do and does so tirelessly. In Honour’s fundraising efforts continue in many different ways: CalendarPages.qxp_Layout 1 2020-11-27 11:52 AM Page 1
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This online auction offer fun items and keeps everyone entertained. Our 23rd Annual Gala is not possible this year. However, you can still donate as if buying a ticket or an auction item.
The breakfast program supports children and adolescents who are dealing with social, emotional, developmental or behavioural issues. It is more than feeding children but addressing their nutritional status, healthy food choices, relieving stress and making them more attentive and energetic.
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Again this year, in keeping with tradition, In Honour was blessed with the opportunity to donate our “Gift of Warmth” which means more than a cozy blanket. It symbolizes caring, hugs and love for our patients. It is a way that reminds them someone is thinking of them always.
Our adult mental health donations help deliver therapeutic programming, clinical services and social activities for seniors who are experiencing symptoms associated with mental illness, moderate dementia and other chronic conditions.
IN HONOUR OF THE ONES WE LOVE is truly thankful for the generosity, belief, and support of our Sponsors, Volunteers, Families, Friends and will continue our legacy of being an integral part of the community.
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TAURUS APR 21 - MAY 21: Take a good look around the area where you live. You do not like to make changes, but once you do, you may wonder why you waited so long. New doors can open that will surprise even you. Wisdom is not wisdom until it is used to help yourself as well as helping others.
GEMINI MAY 22 - JUN 21: The harder you try; the more difficult things seem to become. Think carefully before you speak. When all is said and done you will have to live with the consequences of your actions. It is what you think you know, which can change the outcome of a given situation. Look for hidden facts.
CANCER JUN 22 - JUL 23: Life seems to be settling down a bit. It should be able to stay that way more often now. Give yourself a break once in a while. What goes on behind the scenes can have a big impact on your life. Do not assume you have all the answers. It is what you think you know that influences your decisions.
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LIBRA SEP 24 - OCT 23: It feels like everyone is coming to you asking for advice. They need to follow the rules just as much as you do. It will be slow-going for a bit longer, yet it can get easier as you choose the proper pathway to follow. Take care of yourself or you will not be able to help others who depend upon you.
SCORPIO OCT 24 - NOV 22: A partner requires your help and vice versa. It would be wise to keep lines of communication open. Having someone with whom to share the load can certainly be a good way for both parties to move forward and get things done. You can use that inner strength you have to help heal others.
SAGITTARIUS NOV 23 - DEC 21: Not being able to make the right connection when you want to can be frustrating for sure. Ask yourself what the three most important issues are that you need to address now. Every day can bring you a new opportunity. Life will begin to bring you closer to that which you desire. Trust your instincts.
CAPRICORN DEC 22 - JAN 20: It may be time to adopt a new type of physical fitness program if you can. Take it one step at a time. Being able to take some kind of action may be essential for your health and well-being, but it may be easier said than done. Do not push yourself too hard. The world is changing.
AQUARIUS JAN 21 - FEB 19: You could find a new avenue of expression for your talent and ability to move on and teach others how to handle different situations. It is a new day; a new way and you may be moving into a new chapter of your life. Walk gently. Talk gently.
PISCES FEB 20 - MAR 20 Anticipation of an event at times may far exceed what actually happens. Don’t think too much or analyze every tiny detail of a project. At some point you need to get going. Sometimes you have to let a higher power take over.
Meet the Team at Stillwater Skin Centre & MedSpa THE MANTRA AT Stillwater Skin Centre & MedSpa is: “Correction in a beautiful space.” The focus at Stillwater is not only providing stress relief and pampering, but determining the triggers of troubling skin ailments, treating those triggers, and monitoring the results. As Stillwater owner-operator, SARAH RIVARD, says, “If you weren’t born with it, we can treat it— conditions such as acne, hyperpigmentation and even skin tags, to name a few.” The Stillwater team is minimalist perfection. Only Ontario accredited practitioners who “get it” are brought onboard. Team members BREAH and JAIME have multiple specialties, including couples’ massages, manicures, pedicures. “They specialize in pedicures for feet that need a little extra care,” says Sarah. “Some clients have medical conditions, such as diabetes, or ingrown toenails. We care for our clients in a stress-free environment that doesn’t feel like a doctor’s office.” Jaime is interested in correction and achieves this through Indian scalp massage, which is excellent for relieving tension. “We are also studying reflexology,” Sarah continues. “Stimulating various meridians triggers relief in all other areas in the body. Team member THAIS is the only certified practitioner in southwestern Ontario who performs Brazilian lymphatic drainage. “The lymphatic system is a network of tissues and organs that help rid the body of toxins, waste and other unwanted materials,” according to LiveScience.com. The process is a gentle, full body massage, which flushes the system of toxins and alleviates inflammation in joints. “Infertility doctors recommend Thais,” explains Sarah. “People come in every week for this. Many clients are health care professionals.” Team member MADISON is the lash extensions artist. She is a master of “classic lashes”, which are full and natural, looking like the client was born with them, and “hybrid lashes”, which are a funkier take on the lash extension theme. She also dazzles with nail design, achieving stellar results on a tiny canvas. Every team member is skilled at relaxation massage—not to be mistaken for massage therapy. “Relaxation massage is often combined with one or more of our other treatments,” Sarah explains. For instance, Stillwater offers body treatments where clients are dry brushed, then painted with seaweed or mud, covered in a sauna wrap and
then put under a hot bed for 30 minutes. This is followed by a hot rain shower and relaxation massage. Other clients opt for the infrared sauna. This involves the client being dry brushed and then a high potent detoxifying lotion is applied to their body. “Heat is provided by an infrared sauna,” Sarah says, “which heats you from your core.” The client follows this with a rain shower, and then a lymphatic draining massage. “We have seen as much as a four pound difference,” Sarah says, “before and after the process. It’s very cleansing.” There is no idle time at Stillwater. Even during the lockdown, Sarah leads her team through training two evenings every week. “This is our craft,” she says. “This is our specialty. Education is key.” Once restrictions related to the COVID-19 global pandemic are eased, it’s worth visiting. Even in pre-pandemic times, Stillwater operated under Ontario Health protocols and standards. During these unprecedented times, all Ontario Health procedures are strictly followed. For more information, visit online at stillwaterskincentre.com.
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ROLLING THROUGH LIFE Local Short Film Follows An Unlikely Hero STORY BY MICHAEL SEGUIN PHOTOGRAPHY BY BENJAMIN CHEER, CAPITAL CONCEPT MEDIA
IT’S DIFFICULT TO DESCRIBE Jakob Skrzypa's short film Balls! to the uninitiated. It’s one-part period piece, one-part war film, one-part biography. It’s also undoubtedly funny, but there’s a surprising warmth that accompanies this three-minute odyssey. Especially when you learn what went into its production. Oh, and the main character is a soccer ball. “Basically, it’s about a soccer ball experiencing life,” WriterDirector-Editor Jakob Skrzypa explains. Balls! is the result of a collaboration Jakob and two fellow University of Windsor Film graduates: Alexander Forman and Milos Savic. The three friends have been making films together for years, all united by the same burning passion to create. And for the three of them, this desire was ignited from an early age.
Above:Actress Olivia Ridpath with her co-star. Left: Director of Photography Milos Savic and Director Jakob Skrzypa.
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Author Bob Turner Launches Second Book About Basketball STORY BY MICHAEL SEGUIN / PHOTOGRAPHY BY CAROL TURNER BOB TURNER is a self-described “basketball junkie.” Bob first started playing basketball in high school before going on to compete for Wilfrid Laurier University. He even won the Windsor Alumni National Basketball Championship. “So, I’m hooked!” Bob laughs. “It’s fun! It always suited me. Even back when I was 11 or 12 I was tall and skinny. I was about 6’4” and I weighed about 145 pounds. They called me Bones, back then. Half my friends didn’t even know my first name!” Afterwards, Bob went on to coach at four different high schools. “I always loved coaching,” Bob explains. “Particularly at the high school level. I just loved the kids. They make you feel young again! They inspire you. I taught at a couple schools that were in slightly disadvantaged neighborhoods. We were able to pass along special things that those kids wouldn’t have gotten, had they not been involved in sports. Read the complete story at windsorlife.com.
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BRIDGING PAST AND PRESENT Local Indigenous Artists Contribute Murals To Adorn Construction Site Of Gordie Howe International Bridge STORY BY MATTHEW ST. AMAND IT WILL BE LIKE A SCENE from a modern-day fable: over the next two years, images of an indigenous hoop dancer, a bear and its cubs, an eagle and the Creation of Turtle Island—along with two Canadian maple leaves—will slowly rise over the construction site of the Gordie Howe International Bridge to an approximate height of 250 metres. The murals were painted onto corrugated aluminum panels surrounding the temporary climbing systems housing the cranes used in the construction of the two 220 metre towers that will stand on either side of the Detroit River. “As construction progresses and the bridge towers begin to rise, the murals will be visible to the public by land and from the Detroit River.” Read the complete story at windsorlife.com.
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The Gift of Family Newlyweds Open Their Hearts and Home to Six Suddenly-Orphaned Siblings STORY BY KAREN TINSLEY PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOHN LIVIERO IN SEPTEMBER 2020, newlyweds Chantelle and Terrence Hurst opened their hearts to six orphaned siblings ranging in age from 4 to 17 years. It didn’t take long for their story to sprout legs...or for miracles to unfold in our city. One phone call ignited a spark that inspired Windsor businesses, foundations and individual philanthropists to unite—and to support this new family in unexpected ways. 12:00 noon is not the ideal time to call Chantelle Hurst. Ever had to make lunch for 6 kids on a snowy school day in the middle of a pandemic? Enough said. Chantelle was surprisingly friendly, pleasant and poised when we did sit down to talk at length a little later in the day. It struck me how quiet it was in the background. “Right now, I’m sitting on my bedroom floor talking to you and I honestly have no worries about why it’s so quiet--even though there are six kids and two cats in other parts of our house,” laughed Chantelle. “Our house” is the one that Chantelle, Terrence and the six Allen siblings recently moved into after beginning their life as a family. The Allen children lost both parents suddenly and Chantelle and Terrence stepped up. So did the surviving Allen family; the children’s great grandfather gave them a house. It needed work, but had “good bones” as they say in the housing industry. The Allen and Hurst families know each other through New Life Fellowship Church on Mercer Street. Their pastor, Bishop Paul Riley recalls, “When I learned about what Chantelle and Terrence were doing, I wanted to help, so I reached out to my network. Barry
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Top to bottom: One of the first photos of the new family. Photo by Bishop Paul Riley; New Life Fellowship Church pastor Bishop Paul Riley; Dan Caster, President of Caster Group and Caster Custom Homes.
Zekelman of Zekelman Industries (owner of Atlas Tube) was one of the first to respond. Immediately he committed to help the family. He also contacted Dan Caster (President of Caster Group and Caster Custom Homes).” Dan, a busy entrepreneur with a big heart and a soft spot for children, put the word out to his many contractors, partners and construction industry friends. The results? 26 Windsor businesses, foundations and individual philanthropists partnered to become Dan’s “altruistic army”. Their mission: thoroughly and completely renovate, lovingly decorate and tastefully furnish every room in the house given to the Hursts by the Allen family. “New HVAC, new plumbing, rewiring, painting, flooring, window treatments, the works,” said Caster. “All the family had to do was move in.” Just in time for their first Christmas, Dan handed over the keys to Chantelle and Terrence. And what a first Christmas it was! The kids’ bereavement counsellor (who’s been working with each of them oneon-one) conceived a very thoughtful and meaningful Christmas group activity. She supplied clear glass balls and all kinds of sparkly seasonal trim and stickers, then asked them to design individual tree ornaments. Handwritten letters to their deceased parents would be nestled inside. Chantelle says it was one of the first memories the family made together, “one that each one of us will treasure for the rest of our lives. What a beautiful tradition it will be to unwrap those precious ornaments and hang them on our tree in the coming years.” As if packing up and moving into a new home, corralling the school/online learning chaos for six children, shopping and preparing for Christmas, all while getting to know each other, wasn’t a tall enough order for any family, COVID-19 struck. Their 14-day quarantine was about to end soon, which is why, when asked to describe a ‘typical day’ in their household, Chantelle couldn’t. “We haven’t had one yet!”, she laughs. “And oh, did I mention we also have construction underway on a new room in our basement?” I couldn’t help but ask if any distinct parenting styles have surfaced. “Oh, that’s easy! I’m the more authoritative parent. The kids have already discovered that, like most moms, I have eyes in the back of my head—I don’t miss much!
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One night, I came home to find Terrence and the kids settled in to watch a movie. All six of ‘em were holding their own personal giant bag of popcorn! It was so adorable, but something that would never happen with me!” Terrence had a birthday in mid-January. “All the kids wrote him letters. He was so touched.” Chantelle and Terrence believe that every child has a unique set of skills and abilities to be valued and nurtured. “As we continue to bond, personality traits and characteristics are coming to light. One example? Our shy, quiet 11-year-old is already demonstrating that she may just have the makings of a darn good trial lawyer!” “Of course, some days are better than others. I won’t lie, some days I still wonder, ‘What have we done?’, but that doesn’t mean I have regrets. Far from it. I’ve said before that the Lord just laid something on my heart when it came to caring for these kids. I talked to Terrence about it and he said, ‘if that’s what you want.’ Now, several months into our journey, we know it’s what we both want without question.” Faith, prayer and regular church attendance underpin every aspect of life for Chantelle and Terrence. “New Life Fellowship has walked beside us every step of the way since we began this journey. It’s hard to describe how blessed we feel to be part of our church family.” That being said, Chantelle also emphasizes, “We can’t even begin to adequately express our gratitude to the countless people in the broader Windsor community— people who didn’t even know us—who came together to show their love and support. It makes my heart happy.” That’s quite the testimony to Windsor’s reputation for community compassion and generosity. Dan Caster says, “It’s all about family. It’s all about children. What matters more? It’s a pretty incredible story—how a tragedy was transformed by teamwork into something so positive.” There’s no doubt that Caster, his altruistic army, Bishop Riley and New Life Fellowship Church have given this new family some incredible, unexpected gifts. But the most precious gift—the gift of family—is the miracle that started it all. For a list of all those companies and individuals who donated their time, money, products or services to this project, go to windsorlife.com WLM Back to Contents
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