Windsor Life Magazine February/March 2023

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Protect financial accounts from “cyberthieves”

Cybercrime is booming and criminals are becoming sophisticated - both individuals and businesses are at risk. Criminals are focused on trying to obtain your personal information, access your devices and assume your identity. How can you protect yourself from cyberthieves?

Watch out for “phishing” attempts. You may receive emails that appear to be from a legitimate firm, requesting information your financial institution would never request online — confirmation of an account number, password, Social Insurance Number (SIN), credit card number and so on. These notes can look official, often incorporating a firm’s logo, so pay close attention to what’s being asked of you.

Think twice before clicking or downloading. If you are suspicious about a communication, don’t click on a link or download an attachment — instead, go to your financial firm’s website or use their app to verify they sent the information or request.

Become adept with passwords. Use a different password for each of your accounts and change your passwords regularly. Of course, maintaining multiple passwords can be confusing, so you might want to consider using password management software.

Use your own devices. Try to avoid using public computers or devices that aren’t yours to access your financial accounts. If you do use another computer, clear your browsing history after you log out of your account.

Be cautious about using Wi-Fi when traveling. When you’re on the road, you may want to use public hotspots, such as wireless networks in airports and hotels. But many people don’t realize that these hotspots reduce their security settings to make access easier, which, in turn, makes it easier for cyberthieves to intercept your information. In fact, some hackers even build their own public hotspots to draw in internet-seekers in an effort to commit theft.

Don’t give up control of your computer. Under no circumstances should you provide remote access to your computer to a stranger who contacts you, possibly with an offer to help “disinfect” your computer. If you do think your device has an issue with malicious software, contact a legitimate technician for assistance.

Know whom you’re calling for help. If you need assistance from, say, a customer service area of a financial institution, make sure you know the phone number is accurate and legitimate — possibly one from a billing or confirmation statement. Some people have been scammed by Googling “support” numbers that belonged to fraudsters who asked for sensitive information.

Review all correspondence with your financial services provider. Keep a close eye on your account activity and statements. If you see mistakes or unauthorized activity in your account, contact your financial institution immediately.

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Technology has advanced so much in the past decade, and hearing aids are no exception. Many hearing aids today use rechargeable lithium ion batteries—a very convenient and robust solution built right into the hearing aids, requiring no more changing of disposable batteries every 1-2 weeks. These typically have a 24 hour battery life, and charging occurs at night in a rechargeable case. This has revolutionized the wearing of hearing aids for those with sight and/or dexterity issues while the long usage time has resulted in worry-free hearing.

With the most advanced noise reduction/speech enhancement performance to date, most hearing aids today also have the ability to connect to both IOS and android cellular phones. All manufacturers have apps to enable easy adjustment of their hearing aids, or even more advanced finetuning if desired. This increased connectivity and functionality has allowed those with hearing losses to now experience a seamless transition from everyday listening environments to phone conversations/music, or even audio-books! Truly hands-free operation means that one can answer the phone with a press of a button on their hearing aid—no more scrambling to find a phone in your purse or even across the room! Cell phones can even be used as a remote microphone, by simply placing the phone near something or someone you would like to hear the most, such as across the table at a restaurant. There are also separate

dedicated remote microphones that can be worn by loved ones to bring their voice to the forefront in challenging listening environments.

Difficulty with the clarity on television? Closedcaptioning and excessively high volume was often the go-to for trying to maximize television dialogue, but this still often fell short when it came to the clarity of the words. Traditional TV listening devices typically using over-the-ear style headphones—while helping with TV, made the wearer unable to hear anything else around them except the TV, which isn’t always desirable. In addition, they couldn’t be used with hearing aids. With the use of hearing aids today along with new TV connectivity boxes, hearing-impaired listeners can enjoy high definition sound streamed wirelessly to their hearing devices with unmatched clarity by the press of a button on their hearing aids. The proportion of television sound versus the environmental sounds in the room can even be carefully adjusted so that conversations with family can occur while watching television together. These types of TV boxes do not affect the sound of the television for others.

For those not interested in cell phone connectivity, don’t worry —hearing aids can still work on their own via automatic mode, or be adjusted as needed using a push-button on the hearing aid or a small remote control.

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Caesars Sportsbook proudly offers game-changing ways to experience sports betting. Now open at Caesars Windsor, sports fans everywhere can take watching the game to exciting new levels in Ontario’s first full-service sportsbook.

“We’re thrilled to offer sports bettors a chance to get in on the action with all their favourite sports and enjoy the thrill of single event betting as part of our world-class resort experience at Caesars,” said Kevin Laforet, President of Caesars Windsor.


Behold, Windsor’s unique sports betting headquarters! Working in tandem with Legends Sports Bar, and located just in front of the main bar, guests can catch every game while indulging in fan-favourite food and drinks from the celebrated restaurant. Because, what game day is complete without wings, nachos and an ice-cold beverage?

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Caesars Sportsbook takes its viewing experiences very seriously. Crafted with the viewer in mind, the 1,700-square-foot space dazzles with 22 large screens, state-of-the-art sound, and five odds boards, inspiring awe from every seat. From buzzer beaters and touchdowns to power-play goals and base hits, each moment is perfectly captured with 360 degrees of on-screen sports action, putting fans at the centre of it all.

The Caesars Sportsbook space also lends itself to next-level comfort for all guests. The elevated, modern design offers a fresh, inviting, lounge-like space, perfect to gather, kick back and enjoy any game. With luxury always at top of mind, every moment inside the sportsbook space is made worthy of a Caesar.


Sports Betting Kiosks are stationed throughout the room, offering 24/7 convenience so you can bet the game at any time. Caesars Sportsbook packs a punch with wagers available on professional sports including hockey, football, basketball and so much more. The user-friendly kiosks provide easy-to-follow instructions and definitions for sports betting terms, making it accessible for not only seasoned vets but betting newcomers as well.

Setting itself apart from the competition, Caesars Sportsbook delivers in-person betting windows for a personalized sports betting experience. Fans can walk up and speak to knowledgeable and friendly Caesars representatives who can assist with placing bets, reading odds boards and much more. Staff will also be available to help guests learn about the ways to sports wager responsibly. With the ease and support of in-person betting windows, fans can quickly and comfortably place their bets before returning to the excitement of the Caesars Sportsbook space.

From end to end, Caesars Sportsbook offers an all-encompassing sports viewing and betting experience for fans. Get off the sidelines, and get in on all the action at Caesars Sportsbook – now open at Caesars Windsor.

10 Windsor Life 16 22 34 FEATURES DEPARTMENTS 16 THE PHOTOGRAPHER’S EYE Kim Gelissen Shares What She Sees In Her Camera’s Viewfinder 22 OUR LADY PEACE Advancing ‘Future Rock’ To The Forefront 30 FREEDOM MUSEUM A Stop Along The Underground Railroad 34 COSPLAY BEHIND THE SCENES Maria Lay Shares What It Takes To Create Her Cosplay Characters 47 SENATE SEAT Dr. Sharon Burey On Her Senatorial Appointment 50 RESURRECTIONS New Memoir By Danielle Campo McLeod 52 MIKE GRASTON’S LEGACY Editorial Cartoonist Donates Original Work To The UofW 56 IN HONOUR OF THE ONES WE LOVE One Focus, One Purpose, One Community 60 25 YEARS OF GENEROSITY Exciting And Essential Events of In Honour of The Ones We Love 65 A SMALL BUT MIGHTY TEAM How In Honour of The Ones We Love Gets It Done 32 NEW & NOTICED 44 BON APPETIT!
ON THE COVER Anita Imperioli, founder of local charitable organization
Honour of the Ones We Love. Photography by John Liviero, Sooter’s Photography See page
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Publisher’s Note

Over the years I have had the pleasure to do dozens of personal notes to you, our readers. On many of these occasions I have taken the opportunity to point out the generosity of our community.

In this issue, we at Windsor Life Magazine have the pleasure of presenting the accomplishments of one of the hardest working of the charitable groups and the vision of its founder and leader.

After the death of her infant son, Michael, Anita Imperioli started to plan for ways to address the lack of local services which forced Windsor/Essex families to travel to other areas for the medical attention and equipment necessary to help their loved ones. She envisioned a local medical system that had the resources to care for community members without burdening families further by taking them away from home while facing the thought of having a seriously ill child needing life saving care.

25 years ago Anita founded In Honour of The Ones We Love. In a special section of this issue of Windsor Life Magazine, we will attempt to tell you the remarkable story of how Anita has guided this organization into one of most significant and important organizations in the lives of many in our community. And she does it mostly with the support of her family and close friends while possessing one of the biggest hearts you will ever have the pleasure of knowing.

Oh, by the way did I mention her determination. Once this small group identifies a need, the determination will take the idea to fruition.

I am not going to get into the details of what Anita and her group have done, that is covered in our pages but I will tell you that I am proud to know all of them and am very happy that Windsor Life Magazine has been able to support In Honour of The Ones We Love for their 25 years of caring.

Like so many other organizations in our community, they make Windsor/EssexChatham/Kent one of the best regions one could wish to live in and support.

Thanks Anita!

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FOR A TECHNOLOGY THAT IS almost 200 years old—seemingly simple and straightforward—the elements that make a good photograph and a good photographer remain elusive and enigmatic. Photographers speak about having a “good eye.” Photographs are as singular as the people who take them. It’s a widely accepted concept among photographers that if ten of them all take a picture of the same person, place, or thing, the result would be ten different photographs. Everyone has their own unique vision.

Kim Gelissen Shares Her Visions of the World

Local photographer, Kim Gelissen, took up the artform in 2014. The idea came while she worked as a hospital unit clerk. Any job in the medical setting is stressful and Kim realized that she needed a creative outlet through which to channel hers. Kim found what she needed when she took a course in photography at St. Clair College.

She enjoyed the first course so much, she signed up for a second one, which proved to be quite memorable: the instructor took the class on a field trip. To France.

“I roomed with a friend on the trip,” Kim remembers. “I didn’t really know how to take pictures, at that time, and kept asking her: ‘What do I do?’ I came to learn that photography is all about working with light. I got out and started taking pictures.”

She also began watching YouTube videos on the subject, joined a photography group on Facebook and went out taking pictures with others. Kim worked with models—usually her two daughters—and experimented with light.

“The first year, maybe two, it was a lot of learning,” Kim reflects. “When you first start and get a good photo, you think: ‘Oh wow!’ But as you progress and go back, you realize it wasn’t so good. You’re still learning. It’s nonstop learning.”

One line of demarcation that divides photographers from those who simply take pictures is moving away from using the AUTO settings in one’s camera.

“I now manually set all the settings in my camera,” Kim explains. “You have to get out of AUTO. I have a mirrorless camera (a digital camera that doesn’t have a reflex mirror) and an array of lenses.”

Opposite clockwise from top: Ambassador Bridge; photographer Kim Gelissen; La Grande Hermine (replica carrack) near St. Catharines, Ontario; Fox in Newfoundland.

This page clockwise from top: A macro shot of a dandelion; Lake Moraine in Alberta; sunflower field in Provence, France; Carland Elevator in Carland, Michigan.

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Kim had numerous opportunities to use her lenses in Newfoundland where she and her husband, Frank, traveled so she could see icebergs and photograph puffins. As it turned out, they had gone too late in the season for the icebergs, but she ended up getting the stellar image of a fox. Not a bad consolation prize.

“Newfoundland was great,” Kim says. “The people were the nicest you ever met. My husband and I spent a night getting Milky Way shots at an old rusty boat. It’s hard taking night photos when you’re an early riser! Well, the puffins didn’t turn out how I wanted and we saw the fox as we drove to another location. We stopped and I was surprised that the fox approached our car. I just watched him and finally he walked off and lay in the grass. I got out my camera, zoomed in and snapped that photo of him.”

One thing photographers speak about is having “the eye.”

“The guy I bought my old camera from,” Kim recalls, “said he never got photos like I did with the same camera. People say my pictures look like paintings.”

People have also said to Kim: “Your camera takes such nice photos!”

“It’s actually the photographer,” Kim says. “It’s the photographer’s eye. Not everybody has it. When I see other people’s photos, I’ll sometimes think, ‘I never really thought of that…’ for subject matter. A lot of other people have been inspirational to me.”

Kim’s equipment includes a Canon R6 mirrorless camera.

“I’m a Canon shooter,” she says.

Her favourite lens is the 24-105mm as well as a macro 100mm lens. She makes use of a “nature” lens, a Tamron 150-600mm lens. She describes it as being very heavy. It was the lens used to capture the photograph of the fox in Newfoundland.

“I upgraded to the mirrorless camera from an SLR (Single Lens Reflex),” Kim says. “I really liked my old camera, but it died. I kept my lenses and have an adapter so I can use them on my new camera. I usually just bring one camera with me. You have to look at the weather. There are many variables that can affect photos. I’ll go out to some locations twenty-five times and never get what I’m after.”

The camera equipment and photographer are two-thirds of the equation. There has never been more technology available for photo retouching than exists today. Technology, however, always comes with

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its own dangers and caveats. It’s very easy to overdo photo finishing. Kim has her own process: “I shoot in raw, so I edit,” she says. “Sometimes the photos look great when they come out. Sometimes they need to be touched up. I export my photos as JPEGs format and use the program Light Room to touch up photos, tweaking highlights and shadows.”

She also employs a technique called “focus stacking,” which, according to “is a technique designed to achieve a deep depth of field by blending (or stacking) several images together. Each stacked shot is focused in a different spot, so the combined depth of field is deeper than the depth of field produced by any of the individual images.”

Kim has certainly honed her photographer’s eye and mastered the intricacies of her equipment. In recent years, she began selling her work. Moreover, her photographs have been selected by Canadian Geographic for two of its 2023 Canadian Scenes calendars. In the twelve-month calendar, her photo of Emerald Lake Lodge in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, is the December image. In the sixteen-month calendar, her photo of Emeral Lake lodge was chosen for the cover as well as the month of December.

Kim does not restrict herself to any one type of subject matter. She travels widely, and has become adept at photographing landscape, wildlife, macro, portraits and still life.

“I love to travel and I love to capture what I see through my lens and share it with others, maybe inspire them,” Kim says.

She particularly likes lighthouses as well as ghost towns. Her favourite place in Canada to take photographs is Alberta.

“Alberta is my go-to place,” Kim says. “I would go there every year if I could. Lake Moraine… I went three times in a year because my daughter was there going to school.”

After Kim’s experiences working in a hospital and currently as a private home caregiver, she lives her life with no regrets.

“Working at the hospital, I realized, you never know when you’re going to go,” she says. “See what you can in the world while you can!”

To view more of Kim’s work, check out Kimberlygelphotography on Instagram and her page on Etsy KimberlyGPhotography.

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A guaranteed return – and more

There is almost always a place for secure, guaranteed investments in an investor’s portfolio. They can help reduce the volatility of a balanced mix of stocks and bonds, and they can deliver a steady stream of interest income to help support lifestyle goals.

A guaranteed interest account (GIA) offered by an insurance company has some interesting additional benefits that can help investors achieve other objectives.

What is a GIA?

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.

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.

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.


Can a GIA provide a guaranteed interest rate? Yes. GIAs offer a guaranteed interest rate from the day money is invested until maturity.

Does a GIA qualify for deposit protection on investments up to $100,000?

Yes. Assuris (which protects Canadian insurance policyholders) provides additional protection.

Is it possible to access money invested in a GIA before maturity? Yes. Fees may apply.

Are term choices available? Yes.

Is it possible to designate a beneficiary on a GIA? Yes.

Does a GIA offer the estate planning advantages that come with avoiding probate? Yes.

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.

Is it possible to hold a GIA in an RRSP, RRIF, TFSA or non-registered account?

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?

You have to get them via a life-licensed advisor, as they are issued by insurance companies.

1The 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. 2In 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. 3Withdrawals, fund switches and/or transfers between investment options may be subject to fees and charges, result in tax consequences, and impact segregated fund guarantees.

© 2020 Manulife. The persons and situations depicted are fictional and their resemblance to anyone living or dead is purely coincidental. This media is for information purposes only and is not intended to provide specific financial, tax, legal, accounting or other advice and should not be relied upon in that regard. Many of the issues discussed will vary by province. Individuals should seek the advice of professionals to ensure that any action taken with respect to this information is appropriate to their specific situation. E & O E. Commissions, trailing commissions, management fees and expenses all may be associated with mutual fund investments. Please read the fund facts as well as the prospectus before investing. Mutual funds are not guaranteed, their values change frequently and past performance may not be repeated. Any amount that is allocated to a segregated fund is invested at the risk of the contractholder and may increase or decrease in value.


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THE YEAR IS 1995. Crop tops, tartan kilt mini-skirts, platform shoes, animal prints, faux fur, velvet and denim are all the rage.

Forrest Gump wins the Best Picture Oscar. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opens in Cleveland, Ohio. Blue M&Ms become a thing.

There is no Google, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, or Pinterest. No Reddit, Tumblr, Wikipedia, Instagram, or LinkedIn. Nevertheless, the dot-com boom has officially begun.

For Canadian band Our Lady Peace (OLP), the boom also officially begins when their inaugural LP Naveed debuts across North America.

The Mark Van Doren poem, “Our Lady Peace” inspired the band’s moniker, and it causes a few misunderstandings over the years: they are once hassled at the border because a customs officer thinks their name disrespects the Virgin Mary. Raine Maid, the bands singer and lead song writer also receives mail addressed to “Our Lady Peace Memorial Gardens.”

The single “Starseed” brings the band its first taste of so-called ‘overnight success’, going quadruple platinum in Canada and achieving Top 40 status in the US. The rock music world proclaims OLP “passionate, honest and empathetic.”

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Clockwise from top left: Jason Pierce (percussion), Raine Maida (lead vocals), Steve Mazur (lead guitar), Duncan Coutts (bass); a dramatic ending riff; Raine gives his all; Duncan and Jason kick out the jams. PHOTO BY FRANCESCA LUDIKAR PHOTO BY LINDSEY BLANE PHOTO PHOTO BY CHAPMAN BAEHLER

“Starseed” also brings the band onto the radar of Led Zeppelin rock icon Robert Plant. OLP bass player Duncan Coutts recalls, “Before we knew it, we were opening in Chicago for Plant and Jimmy Page. Then we went on to tour the world, opening for Van Halen, the Goo Goo Dolls, Alanis Morrisette and the Rolling Stones.”

In 1997, “Superman’s Dead” (from sophomore album Clumsy) debuts at #1 in Canada.

OLP headlines its first tour in 1998.

Fast forward to 2023, this mega-hit spawning, global force rock music sensation is set to rock The Colosseum stage at Caesars Windsor on February 19.

When we asked Coutts if this is his first time performing in Windsor/Essex County, he laughs. “We’ve played this area several times before, but never a venue like The Colosseum. Believe it or not, our first Windsor performance was in 1997 at St. Joseph’s High School! In 1998 and 2000, we played Windsor Arena, which I believe is now defunct. In 2011 it was the Tecumseh Corn Fest, then in 2017 we did the Hogs for Hospice concert in Leamington. The Colosseum is the ideal venue for the Wonderful Future show and we’re looking forward to engaging with our fans.”

In 2000, OLP recorded and released Spiritual Machines, a concept album inspired by futurist Ray Kurzweil’s book The Age of Spiritual Machines. A surreal left turn for the band, Spiritual Machines found them turning their well-oiled working rock formula on its head. Characterized by Kurzweil’s spoken predictions, OLP’s trademark intelligent lyrics and anthemic guitar hooks, this LP quickly became a critic and fan favourite. It’s now considered one of Canada’s most influential alt-rock endeavors.

Spiritual Machines 2 heralds new predictions from Kurzweil, enhanced by technicolor grooves that mark both a return to form and an uplifting new musical era for OLP.

A welcome burst of sunshine, this is easily the band’s most accessible album.

Highlights include the energetic “Run” with its soulful chant, colourful horns and programmed backbeat, culminating in a grittier sound that redefines the OLP spirit. Always adept at setting a mood, Maida changes up his distinctive signature nasal falsetto to a monotone spoken-word style.

And speaking of moods, callbacks to Spiritual Machines (2000) abound. “Wish You Well” (a follow-up to “Are You s

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“Future Disease” is thought to be connected to “The Wonderful Future”, which closed out Spiritual Machines (2000). Both tracks share an upbeat funk feel, clearly demonstrating where the band was then and where they are today. The melancholy of 20 years ago has evolved into a futuristic, hook-filled celebration.

And speaking of hooks, “Stop Making Stupid People Famous” is perhaps the best piece of pure pop OLP has ever produced. From its breezy guitar riff to the Talking Heads-like bass line (created by Coutts and drummer Jason Pierce) to the earworm chorus to Nadya Tolokonnikova and Pussy Riot’s infectious harmonies, this is one irresistibly catchy tune with a universally relatable mantra.

Coutts reiterates, “Spiritual Machines 2 is both a return to form and the harbinger of a new musical era for us.”

The LP is intriguing, surprising and just really good.

In a time where social media has completely disrupted the music industry, Coutts says he and his OLP bandmates were early adopters. “But I would say it’s a lot more challenging for bands to develop ongoing relationships with their audiences. Today it’s 30-second TikTok clips or listening to one song on YouTube. Before the advent of internet and social media, you’d hear a song on the radio or see a video on TV and that was it. You’d go to a bricks and mortar music store, buy the LP, then go home and listen to it over and over until you learned every lyric inside out. I don’t want to sound like an old guy, but I think it’s a lot harder today to connect with audiences in the same kind of meaningful ways. And no question, attention spans sure have decreased exponentially.”

OLP has withstood the ever-evolving, wildly fickle and unpredictable music industry. Having cultivated and sustained a reputation as a forward-thinking band, their cerebral approach always seems to resonate.

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We know that our physical appearance can negatively affect us emotionally.

“While growing up, I had my own struggles with my complexion,”Dr. Tan explains. “I grew up in Vancouver, going to elementary and high school there during the 1970s. Tough enough being recent immigrants, Asian in a predominantly white community and awkward as teenagers, my sister and I were also struggling with acne. I learned firsthand about the embarrassment and stigmatization about not just my skin colour but the red pimples on my face.”

In his dermatological and aesthetic practices, Dr. Tan helps people with a range of skin and hair conditions. However, he recognizes that those with acne, acne scarring, and hair loss are most burdened by anguish and frustration.

“There’s a cruel reality with acne - that as acne improves with treatment” he says, “patients may be left with pigment stains and scars. It was clear that my work wasn’t done until I addressed those complications too and that’s when I added chemical peels, lasers, micro-needling, and fillers.”

“Dermatology to aesthetic work was a natural progression,” Dr. Tan continues. “From the improvement of acne right into improving acne scars. After all, a person’s face is so readily visible, facial conditions can have profound effects on the psyche of those affected.”

Who should go see Dr. Tan for help?

“No matter the skin or hair issue,” he says, “if you’re concerned, it’s worthwhile looking into further.” The Healthy Image Center staff are thoughtful and person-oriented and understand that when people come to them with skin/hair problems, they deserve answers

to the following 3 questions: What is the diagnosis? Why did it develop? How can it be treated?

Whether it’s spots on the skin or lines on the face, some people are uncertain about how and with whom to seek a consultation. We need to establish trust when it comes to our health. Dr. Tan is a certified Canadian specialist in dermatology and has been in practice in Windsor Ontario for over 30 years. He also works as a consultant, advisor, and/or an investigator for multiple companies in skin care, lasers, injectable fillers and pharmaceutical companies.

Knowledge, experience and credentials are important, but it’s the personal touch that people remember.

“Every day on my drive to work, I think to myself: ‘How can I make a patient smile today?’” says Dr. Tan. “It might be helping them with clear answers, ensuring they have all treatment options explained, providing them the opportunity to participate in decision-making, and offering treatments with positive results.

“We specialize in treatment programs for people with acne, acne scarring, rosacea, pigmentation, hair loss, sun damage, and aging skin,” he says. “For almost every skin condition there is an overabundance of information (and misinformation) so that choosing the right skin care products and procedures can be confusing. We help patients understand their options.”

Dr. Tan consults with patients with medical dermatology problems by referral from their physicians, and with aesthetic concerns by self-referral. The medical aestheticians and dermatology nurses at the Healthy Image also provide complimentary aesthetic assessments and can bring in Dr. Tan as necessary. Our nurses and aestheticians are regularly updated in their knowledge and skills and overseen and personally trained by Dr. Tan.

The first step to better skin health is contacting Healthy Image Center and booking an appointment.

More information about the services that Dr. Tan and his team provide can be found on the Healthy Image Center website, or contacting the center at 519-971-9542.

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Above: The Healthy Image Center team, back row left to right: Kadine, Stephanie, Dr. Tan, Jodie, Kayla and Puneet. Front row: Angela and Shannon.


From Dermatologist Dr. Jerry Tan and The Healthy Image Center


Prevention: Optimize sleep and rest. Manage stress. Maintain a low glycemic index diet. Avoid dairy. Avoid products that block skin pores. Treatment: Acne cleansers and serums* (containing retinols, benzoyl peroxide, niacinamide, alpha or beta hydroxyacids). Medical treatments (see your family doctor or dermatologist). Correction: Red marks - vascular lasers. Pigmentationfading creams, lasers. Scarring - retinol creams and procedures below.

Rosacea and blood vessel lines

Prevention: Optimize sleep and rest. Manage stress. Use sun protection. Avoid: Alcohol, heat, extreme exercise, hot spicy foods. Treatment: Medical treatments if pimples present (see your family doctor or dermatologist). Correction: Redness or blood vessel lines - vascular lasers.

Facial lines and wrinkles

Prevention: Sun protection: Wear hats, clothing, sunglasses, and sunscreens (> 30 SPF, UVA/UVB, minerals). Treatment: Retinol creams. Vitamin C serums. Correction: Facial fillers. Botulinum toxin. Resurfacing. Microneedling. Face lifts.


(eg. melasma. postinflammatory pigmentation, freckling)

Prevention: Sun protection: Wear hats, clothing, sunglasses, and sunscreens (> 30 SPF, UVA/UVB, minerals). Treatment: Fading creams containing: hydroquinone, arbutin, niacinamide, kojic acid, tranexamic acid. Others: retinols, azelaic acid. Pills: tranexamic acid. Correction: Facial peels. Resurfacing lasers. Pigment treatment lasers.

Acne scars

Prevention: Early, effective treatment of acne. Treatment: Retinol creams. Correction: Microneedling. Laser resurfacing. Facial peels. Fillers. Subcision. Steroid injections (for thickened scars).

Sun damage

Prevention: Sun protection: Wear hats, clothing, sunglasses, and sunscreens (> 30 SPF, UVA/UVB, minerals). Treatment: Retinol creams. Vitamin C serums. Correction: Resurfacing - peels, lasers. Microneedling.

Alopecia (hair loss)

Prevention: Practice gentle hair grooming. Avoid traction on hair roots. Avoid hot oils. Treatment: Obtain proper diagnosis. Treatment will vary with diagnosis. Roots can be stimulated with topical/oral minoxidil. Nutritional hair supplements may help. Correction: Platelet rich plasma injections. Hair transplantion. Hair prostheses.

To schedule a custom skin assessment, contact the Healthy Image team at (519) 971-9542 or email


From Holy Names Catholic High School To The Faculty of Science

If anyone was to tell Dora Cavallo-Medved that she is a pioneer, she would probably chuckle.

“You see, I was in the very first graduating class at Holy Names High School in South Windsor,” says the PhD, Acting Dean of Science and Translational Research Director of the WE-SPARK Cancer Research Program at the University of Windsor. “Back then, we were called the Pioneers!”

“Being one of the first to attend Holy Names provided me with a unique high school experience. Because we were the first graduating class, we were ‘seniors’ for 5 years. Lots of firsts, lots of leadership opportunities and lots of hands-on learning.”

“My five years at Holy Names helped shape my career path. Today as Acting Dean of Science, the value of my Catholic high school education is still so apparent to me, not just in terms of academic excellence, but social and spiritual excellence as well. Also, there was this powerful, unbreakable bond between my classmates. I felt that very strongly and you know, when you’re a teenager, that sense of belonging can generate a confidence that can empower you to do great things. And if you’re having a bad day, that genuine friendship, support and encouragement can often turn things around.”

“I credit my teachers for fostering that environment and I’ve carried that learning with me.”

When she began her university biology and chemistry courses, “Holy Names students were so far ahead of other students in terms

of what we had already learned! I know my interest in and passion for the sciences was cultivated and nurtured there.”

Because she believes her Catholic education prepared her for life no matter where it has taken her, Dora says, “it goes beyond religious education; it embraces universal humanitarian values; it builds a strong work ethic and sense of self-worth. It inspires you to achieve.”

Throughout her career, Dora has always viewed projects and challenges through a partnership lens, for which she also credits her Holy Names high school education. “Even now, as a professor with my own classes or when interacting with other groups across campus, partnership is my overarching goal. My teaching and training philosophy is ‘we’re in this together’.”

As a woman in the heavily male-dominated field of science, Dora is committed to providing mentorship and role modeling for the next generation of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) girls.

“I remember being the only girl in my computer science class at age 17. Although there are more women in science today, I still strive to provide all of my students with that all-encompassing support system like the one that served me so well. My strong organizational, management and leadership skills were honed at Holy Names.”

Stephen Fields, communications coordinator at the WindsorEssex Catholic District School Board says, “A WECDSB education empowers young people to live purposeful, meaningful lives. Using powerful tools to create strong connections between the classroom with the real world, we equip our students with the knowledge, skills and potential to succeed in any field of post-secondary study.

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Finding Relief from Pain

The levels of pain and discomfort some people live with would startle the average observer. Dr. Lisa DiGioia, of TMJ & Sleep Therapy in Kingsville, sees it every day.

“A patient recently said to me: ‘Where have you been all my life?’” Dr. DiGioia explains. “She’s in her sixties and has suffered with headaches every day of her life. Waking up daily just to find herself in tears. She said: ‘I have been to so many places and nobody was able to help, but you provided the help I needed!’”

TMJ stands for “temporomandibular joint,” which acts like a sliding hinge, connecting the jawbone to the skull. TMJ disorders—known as “TMD,” temporomandibular disorder—can cause pain in the jaw joint, surrounding muscles of the head and neck, headaches, issues with balance and dizziness, as well as other ailments that many may not associate with the disorder. Dr. DiGioia has made it her mission to help people with TMJ disorders. She continuously upgrades her knowledge, skills, and technology, recently adding more lasers to her office.

“They are helpful tools,” Dr. DiGioia explains. “Tight muscles, for instance, restrict blood flow and cause pain. The cold laser works to relax those muscles and perpetuates healing.”

Dr. DiGioia and her team consistently see positive results among their patients in part because the entire team embraces continuing education. Last fall some of the team attended a course in Toronto. Dr. DiGioia most recently received a certification from the White Memorial Craniofacial TMJ Clinic in Los Angeles. She just enrolled in 1 year fellowship in sleep medicine. She was also recently recognized as a Platinum Myobrace Provider. The Myobrace aids in the development of breathing and the functions of the lip, cheek and tongue muscles. Dr. DiGioia is a centre of excellence with TMJ & Sleep Therapy International. The technology and certifications serve a single goal: to better help Dr. DiGioia’s patients.

Although courses of treatment are as varied as the patients seeking help at TMJ & Sleep Therapy, treatment seldom lasts longer than twelve weeks.

“What keeps me doing this are the positive results we see,” Dr. DiGioia explains. “My staff is fueled by our patients’ progress. To see how our patients’ lives change for the better is amazing!”

Common complaints among her patients are headaches, jaw tenderness, earaches, facial pain, and lack of sleep, which includes tossing and turning, feeling unrefreshed after waking, or experiencing

night terrors. For patients suffering with sleep apnea, and who don’t like their CPAP machine, Dr. DiGioia offers alternatives.

Just before the holidays, a patient came into the office and said: “‘I don’t know where I would be without you ladies!’”

This patient had seen a variety of health care providers over the years for her pain. None were able to help. Dr. DiGioia’s diagnostic skills and treatment options released her from her pain. It’s a fact that other health care professionals frequently refer patients to her.

“My satisfaction comes from helping people,” Dr. DiGioia says. “That is our goal: helping as many people as possible. Anyone experiencing chronic pain needs to visit our office to see if they are a candidate for this type of treatment. We see success stories all the time.”

Call 519-733-8888 or visit for more information.

TMJ & Sleep Therapy with Dr. Lisa DiGioia provides comprehensive evaluations, non-invasive therapies and patient-specific treatments to restore quality of life.

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An Often-Overlooked Part of Our Local History Comes Alive

CREATED IN THE EARLY 19th century by a group of Pennsylvania abolitionists (people committed to abolishing slavery), the Underground Railroad was not an actual railroad. It had many conductors, but it did not run on railway tracks and it wasn’t a train. It was a complex, clandestine network of people and safe houses that helped enslaved persons on southern United States plantations reach freedom in northern states.

Then in 1850 a law was passed that made it easier for enslavers to claim their “property” after escaping; the Underground Railroad had to shift gears and start moving people to Canada.

An estimated 30,000 to 40,000 Freedom Seekers entered Canada during the last decades of enslavement in the United States. Newcomers migrated to various parts of Amherstburg, Windsor, Buxton, Chatham, London, Niagara Falls, Owen Sound, Hamilton, Brantford, Oakville and Toronto. They also fled to New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Quebec.

After crossing the Detroit River to Amherstburg (one of the river’s narrowest crossing points), these individuals were—perhaps for the first time—recognized and respected as human beings.

The Underground Railroad is an important part of Essex County history; The Amherstburg Freedom Museum offers visitors an authentic reflection of what life was like during these times.

Nestled on a quiet downtown residential street, the Museum shines the spotlight on personal narratives of the people who built the Underground Railroad and the pivotal role Amherstburg played in Black history.

Formerly known as the North American Black Historical Museum, this community-based non-profit was founded in 1975 by Betty and Melvin “Mac” Simpson. In 2015, it was renamed The Amherstburg Freedom Museum to emphasize its connection to Freedom Seekers.

Included in the Museum complex are the Nazrey African Methodist Episcopal Church (a treasured National Historic Site and a Canadian Terminus on the Underground Railroad) and the Taylor Log Cabin

Clockwise from top: The Nazrey Church and exhibit building; Melvin “Mac” Simpson (1916-1966) founded the Museum with wife Betty; the main exhibit room.

(home of formerly enslaved George Taylor and his family).

Built in 1848 by hand, many felt their first true taste of freedom within the walls of Nazrey Church.

Named after Bishop Willis Nazrey (an Underground Railroad hero who started the British Methodist Episcopal Church in Canada to serve Freedom Seekers), the evocative stone church also functioned as an interim shelter, school and community centre.

The Taylor Log Cabin is fully furnished with genuine heirlooms, including a wooden birthing chair, spinning wheel and iron plough. George Taylor (who escaped slavery in Kentucky) lived in the cabin with his family around 1880.

The Permanent Gallery houses artifacts depicting the journey to freedom and the legacy of those who built their lives in this region.

The Gift Shop is stocked with reasonably priced books, themed clothing, vibrant note cards and other quality mementos.

Museum cultural events include Ribs & Ragtime, Emancipation Celebrations, Black History Month programming and Christmas at the Museum.

Presentations on African Canadian history and the Underground Railroad are offered to groups, schools, clubs, societies, retirement homes and other non-profit community organizations.

The Freedom Achievers Mentorship Program recruits mentors from fields including First Responders, S.T.E.M., the Arts, Education, Law, Medicine, Business and Finance who provide active engagement and insight into career options for mentees; the “Achieving Freedom in the 21st Century” speaker series welcomes diverse high-profile community builders to discuss the challenges they’ve faced and how they’ve created positive change.

Staff-conducted and self-conducted research and genealogy are offered at the Museum. Its website and social media channels are chock full of resources and information on local history.

Black History displays created by the Museum are exhibited in libraries, schools, universities and hospitals, such as the Black History Month display at the Ouellette and MET Campus hospitals showcasing Black doctors, nurses and health professionals.

Visitors are encouraged to book tours in advance.

For more information all 519-736-5433 or visit

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The Windsor Spitfires recently honoured long-time radio play-by-play voice Steve Bell for his calling of Spitfires games for 40 years. Several Spitfires alumni such as Ed Jovanovski, Wyatt Johnston, Will Cuylle, Michael DiPietro and general manager Bill Bowler shared messages of gratitude and well-wishes to the iconic voice of the franchise.

Photo by: Tim Cornett/Windsor Spitfires.


Daniel Bombardier, who is also known as Denial, was recently commissioned by the Rosati Group to create a mural behind the 100-year-old Strathcona building on Wyandotte Street at Devonshire Road celebrating the history of Walkerville to showcase the history of the building and area.

The stories are shared on the website


Kimberly Seguin-Gauthier (Dealer/Operator) along with her father Larry and brother Brent are pictured on future site of their 29,000 sq feet of retail space in Essex. The new location will be bigger and more modern with a Home Expressions gift area and drive thru attached lumber warehouse.



Leamington’s own Stephen Antunes Eustáquio recently played on the Canadian team for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Stephen is also a midfielder for the Canada national team and has been playing professionally since 2019. He was also part of their squad that reached the semi-finals of the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Photo courtesy of Canada Soccer.



Advance Business Systems was pleased with the turnout for their 30th annual American Thanksgiving Football Classic Charity Event where they raised $22,500 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation Southwestern Ontario. Pictured from left are ABS staff members Mike Burnett, Lisa McDonald, Jim Scott (President of Ground Effects representing Make-A-Wish), Jack Jorgensen, Glynnis Wolch and Jason Loewenberg.

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How a Halloween Costume Creation Sparked a Lifelong Love of Cosplay

MARIA LAY HAS ALWAYS loved pushing the boundaries of her ability to craft; even prior to launching her cosplay career as “Miniilay” (pronounced mini lay), she knew that she would excel as long as she worked to create something from scratch.

The idea for the first costume Maria made was sparked in grade 11 when she grew bored of seeing the same Halloween costumes in stores or running into others wearing the same look and wanted to try making her own. “I knew the basics of making clothes after watching my mom make clothes since I was a baby. She taught me to sew when I was really young,” Maria says. She naturally took to designing and making costumes since she loves working with her hands, crafting and finds she gravitates to fashion in order to catch people’s attention.

This first costume in 2014 was Mikasa Ackerman from “Attack on Titan”, which stood out to Maria’s classmates; although anime and game characters weren’t as popular back then and only a small number of people recognized her, those who did raved about her unique look. “I wasn’t the greatest at school, so having that feeling of truly succeeding and doing something for myself during that time felt amazing,” Maria

STORY Lucy from Cyberpunk: Edgerunners, Youmacon 2022, Detroit Michigan. Photo by Leo Cardelli. Eclipse Leona from League of Legends, Windsor Comicon 2019, Caesars Windsor. Photo by Andy Maroki Vaporeon from Pokémon, Yeticon 2019, Blue Mountain Resort. Photo by Andy Maroki.

explains the beginning of her cosplay adventure. “I knew I wanted to keep surprising myself on how far I could grow my skills.”

For some, cosplay is more than dressing up in costume and it’s seen as performance art where the actor (cosplayer) fully embodies the character they’ve chosen to portray. Maria says that when she’s in cosplay that she prefers to dress up versus actually acting or role playing, but she is currently working on adding some posing skills in order to do the characters justice.

Maria only dresses up for conventions and game tournaments where she says there’s always a huge crowd of people. “The cosplay and gaming community go to these events together and it’s a blast because everyone has the same interest as you and the community is full of love and support for one another.” She adds that she has constantly been inspired by her cosplay community and the talented creators within who motivate her to keep creating.

From the start, Maria has always made her costumes from scratch and even applies her wigs and makeup herself. She is drawn to costumes with armor and weapons and usually determines her next character based on the game League of Legends since they have beautiful armor details (and it has also been her favourite game since 2012). She never compromises on the details of her costumes, especially when it comes to painting her weapons and armor. She wants her cosplays to look as real and detailed as possible, not bland and flat. “I love shading and highlighting because it brings the pieces to life, like it’s actually been in battle.”

There is a lot of trial and error when it comes to creating her own looks and Maria says that in the s

Reyna from Valorant, Youmacon 2022, Detroit, Michigan. Photo by Leo Cardelli. Eliza from Tekken 7, Youmacon 2019, Detroit Michigan. Photo by Andy Maroki. Coven Camille from League of Legends, Windsor Comicon 2019, Caesars Windsor. Photo by Andy Maroki.

past when she’s taken shortcuts, purchased cheap supplies, or rushed to see the end product, it has always failed her in the end. She learned that the costume’s success is reliant on quality supplies paired with quality time spent working. “I work on cosplay at night in my free time and it usually ranges from 8 pm until 3 am. Depending on how detailed the characters are, it can take anywhere from two to eight months working every night to finish them,” Maria explains her commitment to the craft. “But it’s so satisfying to see my cosplays come together.”

Cosplay takes a lot of patience, Maria says, along with accepting that she’ll make mistakes no matter what. Once in a while she’ll take to YouTube or Google for a tutorial if she’s stuck on a design but most often she’ll just keep trying and looking at new angles to approach the difficulties. Her most recent challenge is learning how to use an airbrush for painting and looking into hooking up LED lights. “I definitely have a cosplay bucket list but I’m in no rush to complete every character,” she says. Every year Maria completes at least one League of Legends character skin and has been working on and off with Dragon Slayer Kayle from the game for about a year now with a goal to finish her design for Anime North Toronto which happens in May of 2023.

As time consuming and expensive as it can be, Maria loves the feeling of confidence that she gets when she’s in cosplay. “Without my cosplay, I feel like just another normal person trying to get through a boring life. Cosplay really does spark more life into me and I feel free to embrace myself and show it off to the world.”

Although Maria (Miniilay) appears in public spaces, she would like to remind people that it’s respectful to ask the person cosplaying for permission to take a photo. There are many incidents where some people don’t want their photo taken for personal reasons and she would like to extend the thought that they’re all still normal people just dressing up and having a good time.

Maria encourages cosplay for everyone. She says it doesn’t matter whether you buy a costume online or make it yourself; the fun of cosplaying is simply in dressing up as the character and having a good time. “There’s no feeling that one person is better than the other. Everyone who shows up to events looks amazing and it brings smiles to see something different and cool.”

You can see more of Maria’s cosplay at Miniilay on Facebook or Instagram.

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IN A COMPETITIVE ECONOMY brimming with marketing promises, public relations, and image spin, success is the one truth-teller the marketplace cannot deny. There are many ways to measure success, but none are as trustworthy, nor as simple to understand, as growth. Successful companies don’t spin or boast, they grow. At a time when maintaining the status quo is a victory of sorts, EMCO (Empire Manufacturing Company) Windsor is growing—by leaps and bounds.

“EMCO, the global corporation, has operated since 1906,” explains Profit Centre Manager David Arsenault. “We like to say: ‘The sun never sets on EMCO,” because it’s like the British empire. It’s worldwide.”

He continues: “EMCO Windsor has operated for the past thirty-five years. For most of that time, we’ve been located in a ten thousand square foot facility on Temple Drive. We’re still there, but we’ve just expanded into a new, thirty thousand square foot building across the street, giving us a total of forty thousand square feet. We need the space because we’ve grown the business from $2 million to $20 million.”

More than that, EMCO Windsor has grown from five employees to 32 people. This is unusual in the industry.

EMCO, the 116-year-old global corporation founded in London, Ontario, is used to unusual. In an era of celebrity CEOs and sprawling flowcharts depicting complex hierarchies within global corporations, EMCO has enjoyed great success because it believes in its decentralized business model. With a network of more than 250 Profit Centres strategically located across Canada, EMCO is positioned to offer top product lines in the industry, ensuring excellent service to their many customers.

“EMCO is privately owned by one person,” David says. “There are only three people between him and me. We have our NSC— National Support Center—where business necessities like legal, human resources, and IT are located. Aside from that, EMCO empowers people at the Profit Centre level. The ownership says: ‘I trust you. You’re my partner. Here are some guiding principles. Have at it.’”

This decentralized approach—coupled with EMCO Windsor’s uncanny ability to find top talent to build out its team—is what

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keeps the operation nimble. This local decision-making is the secret behind their success.

“EMCO Windsor’s plumbing wholesale operation is dominated by young people in their twenties and thirties,” David continues. “We make a point of recruiting people from all walks of life, with an emphasis on inclusion and diversity, and are conscious to look outside the wholesale industry. Another avenue is people who find being on the tools is not for them, and wonder: ‘How do I still stay connected to the trades?’ If a person comes to that crossroad, and still wants to be adjacent to the trades, EMCO Windsor is always looking for people who are comfortable in that area.”

EMCO Windsor is adding a second business to its portfolio: McKeogh Supply, an HVAC wholesaler which has operated for 145 years. A third business will follow, with the local launch of Westlund Water Solutions, which distributes a complete line of name brand, high-quality products across Canada to serve the needs of both contractors and municipalities. The new Westlund location will serve a wider area, London, Sarnia, Windsor and all points in between.

“Expanding in these directions was a combination of seeing where the market is going and responding to the needs of our current client base,” David says.

One of the most exciting aspects of the new building is the relocation and expansion of the plumbing showroom. The Ensuite by EMCO Windsor is the market leader in fashion plumbing. It is designed to support contractors and homebuilders, designers and homeowners.

“The core service is designed to help the customer achieve clarity on their vision in what they want as the finished product,” David says. “We then bring in products, on time, on budget, to make it a reality.”

An expanded team of professionals will be on hand to answer questions and aid in moving the process to the next step. The goal, as EMCO Windsor continues its growth, is to have more inventory under roof than all competitors combined in all targeted areas.

All of this right there on Temple Drive in Windsor, Ontario.

“This new showroom will have an impact through the province, as well as the rest of the country,” David explains. “Fashion plumbing is a large part of what we do in Windsor and the strategies implemented here, in that arena, have a national impact.”

None of this growth could occur without EMCO Windsor’s people. The team believes in continuous education and empowering leadership deep into the organization. And they are always on the lookout for new talent. People on the team are comfortable saying: “I know someone who could enhance our operation,” or “I know someone who has a flair for design.”

“It’s about building out a dream team,” David says. “We look to add value beyond price to targeted customers as they grow their business and invite us in as support.”

EMCO’s incredible longevity in the marketplace and EMCO Windsor’s steady, results-driven growth make it the perfect partner for contractors, institutions, homebuilders, designers and homeowners.

For more information about EMCO Windsor, give them a call at 519-948-8131 or and on Instagram @theensuitewindsor.

EMCO’s and Ensuite’s current home on Temple Drive. EMCO’s new home right across the street, built to better serve their customers. 2740 Temple Drive, Windsor


Transforming Your Home’s Outdoor Space

Cope Construction has brought its knowledge and experience to home renovation customers since 1963. Company president, Ed Cope, shares insights into current home renovation trends he’s seeing around Essex County: “People are making the most of their outdoor space,” he explains. “They’re renovating to make these spaces more comfortable and more conducive to their lifestyles.”

When Ed asked a recent customer what he liked about his outdoor living space, the customer replied: “It’s an extension of our interior space. We spend a lot of our time outdoors.”

The customer has a young family and looks forward to using the space in the fall and winter months. In his particular space, he chose a natural wood burning fireplace, a pizza oven, hot tub, and is looking at installing an outdoor kitchen, which will include a barbecue under the covered patio with exhaust hood.

“He has roll down shades,” Ed says, “which will give him three seasons, at least. You’d be surprised how warm you can keep these areas with the roll down shades!”

When planning an outdoor expansion/renovation, Ed suggests homeowners keep a few points in mind: “You might consider adding a roof structure and roll down shades for increased privacy and protection from the elements,” he says. “Also, consider the furniture layout. For the sake of consistency, it’s best to view it as an extension of your interior home. Everything should be well-positions with a clear walkway to access it.”

He also suggests homeowners have a focal point to the space, something that draws people’s attention, such as a fireplace, artwork, plants, maybe a wall mount TV.

“One customer had us incorporate a recessed hot tub into the design as the focal point of their patio,” Ed adds.

There are also many lighting options to consider, such as pot lights, a ceiling fan with a light, a dining area chandelier, wall scones, or recessed lights in concrete that illuminate the perimeter of the patio.

“Vaulted ceilings give the space a grand feeling,” Ed notes. “Skylights are a popular option. Some homeowners prefer transom windows in their vaulted ceiling.”

Other considerations when renovating is whether the homeowner wants to cook outside. “If you do this, you’ll need a 240 outlet— which is needed for electric pizza ovens and coffee makers, for instance,” he says. “You will need a gas hook-up for a barbeque. Most barbeques and pizza ovens need an exhaust hood to remove smoke and heat. Some people want bar fridges and outdoor sinks.”

From start to finish, Cope Construction professionals collaborate with customers on the design. “Once the design is finalized, we do the construction drawings, apply for permits, and schedule all inspections,” Ed says. “We work with the customer step by step.”

Most importantly, the finished work matches the home’s architecture—it looks like it’s part of the original home.

Ed’s crew has top flight skills, but their key to success is communication. They are in continuous contact with homeowners, updating them on progress, answering questions, addressing issues.

“We are very specific about what we’re going to do,” Ed says. “We make sure the customer knows what to expect.”

Summer may feel like a lifetime away, but it’s never too soon to get that outdoor space ready for when the good weather returns. Call 519-945-2361 and talk to a Cope Construction professional today about how to maximize your outdoor space.

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Put Your Best Foot Forward!

Our feet are the foundation of our bodies. Taking good care of them is vital to our overall health and wellbeing. Just think about it—what would our lives be like without our feet? Years of wear and tear, overuse and improperly fitting footwear can all take their toll. For many people, even genetics can play a part!

The wrong shoes can not only cause pain; they can also cause serious damage. Anyone who has ever worn high heels is probably keenly familiar with pinched toes and aching arches. Other types of footwear can also cause problems if not properly fitted.

Injuries and foot disorders can not only be incredibly painful and uncomfortable, but many also severely impact mobility. Walking awkwardly to avoid pain can upset balance, heightening the risk of falling and further injury.

Other troublesome foot conditions include Athlete’s foot, Achilles tendonitis, bunions, sprains, stress fractures, plantar fasciitis, arthritis and the long list goes on.

Meet Arlene Van Doorn, registered nurse, advanced foot nurse, foot nurse educator and the proud owner operator of Arlene’s Healthy Heels & More since 2010. A former Windsor hospital nurse, as of 2013, Arlene is a qualified Foot Canada Training Foot Educator.

She is also the founder of IFCN (International Foot Care for Nurses), the creator of Windsor Annual Foot Care Conferences and a CNO, RNAO and CAFCN member in good standing.

“Foot care and health teaching are my passions. I want to share my knowledge and experience with my clients and fellow foot care professionals,” says Arlene.

Specializing in foot care for people suffering from diabetes, peripheral vascular/ arterial disease, ulcerations, suppressed autoimmune systems and partial amputations, Arlene’s Healthy Heels also treats calluses, corns, mild ingrown and Ram’s Horn nails.

“Whether you walk through our doors to receive personalized care or you’re a healthcare professional interested in studying our pioneered foot care techniques, Healthy Heels is a place where we welcome you like family,” Arlene promises. All Arlene’s Healthy Heels staff members are nurses with advanced foot care qualifications and regularly participate in ongoing training.

The Foot Care Nurse Clinical course (formerly FCN Part 2) is designed for nurses (RN’s, NP’s, RPN’s & LPN’s) who have successfully completed the Online Foot Care Nurse Theory course and are ready to practice their Foot Care Nurse skills onsite with the guidance and supervision of a Foot Care Nurse Educator (like Arlene). The course uses the Canadian Association of Foot Care

Nurses’ National Competencies for Advanced Nursing Foot Care in Canada (2017) as Clinical Performance Standards and teaches a comprehensive, advanced and diabetic nursing foot care curriculum.

Developed by Foot Canada Training, the Foot Care Nurse Clinical course is administered by Foot Care Nurse Educators, and educational institutions licensed to access the Foot Canada Training curriculum. These education providers have access to standardized peer-reviewed education guidelines, teaching materials and the suggested FCN Clinical Course Outline.

“If you’re a qualified nurse seeking more work life balance, a career in foot care is well worth your while to explore. Call me. I’ll be happy to answer any questions!”

Arlene and her team of foot care professionals invite you to put your best foot forward and walk with success!

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Tech Education for Kids Using STEAM

A 1955 DOCUMENTARY SHORT coined the slogan “the future is now.” That phrase has never been more relevant than it is today. The Greater Essex County District School Board (GECDSB) is taking a leadership role, bringing “tech education” to students by way of two philosophies: STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) and “21st-Century Skills”, which teaches kids creativity, communication, problem-solving, critical thinking, collaboration, and global citizenship.

“Coding is an effective way to teach these things,” says Craig Guthrie, a 21st-Century Skills consultant for the GECDSB. “There are many ways for teachers to approach coding.”

“Unplugged activities” are used in primary grades.

“These help children maneuver an object around a grid using directional language, such as arrow cards,” says kindergarten teacher Deanna Pecaski McLennan. “Children give and receive directions for moving the object from one point to another, avoiding obstacles on the grid. Giving directions in this way strengthens their spatial awareness and reasoning, and encourages computational thinking.”

STEAM challenges may also be based on favourite stories, particularly fairy tales, where children create something to help a character in the story. For example, building a “troll proof” bridge for the Three Billy Goats Gruff, using loose parts like wooden craft sticks, wooden blocks and cardboard.

Another great tool that teachers use are “Ozobots”.

“These are little bots, about an inch by an inch, that you can code by using a piece of paper and different coloured markers,” Craig continues. “Kids draw lines and shapes using coloured markers, which the Ozobots follow.”

Ozobots can also be programmed to light up red when they come to a red line, or glow green when they encounter a green line. Or, they can be programmed to recognize a black-redyellow line as a command to “turn around.”

“Teachers are creative with this,” Craig continues. “They may ask the class to write a story, and then program the Ozobot to act out the scene and move around.”

Other tools teachers can use include Spheros. Lego Robotics would be seen in classes from grade four and up. Students build objects out of Lego blocks and then code them to move in various ways.

In later grades, students encounter “block coding” which is just what it sounds like: blocked text that represents code, such as “Move forward two spaces” or “Turn left” or “Move forward four spaces,” as just a few examples. This sets students on the road to computational thinking. The popular game, Minecraft, is a very good tool for this.

How will these exercises benefit students?

“I heard someone associated with the new battery plant talking on the radio,” Craig says, “and they were saying that their number one need is people who understand robotics. That’s coding.”

Craig says he enjoys going into classrooms because the students are usually excited to see him, knowing they are in for a hundred minutes of fun.

“It’s very satisfying to see kids struggle and then see them ‘get it,’” he says. “I show the kids a little bit, and they just run with it. I love coming back a month later and seeing how much they have learned on their own!”

Teachers are proving themselves very committed to this approach, utilizing professional development available to them. Everyone wants to see the students set up to win. Tech education using STEAM is a very tangible way of ensuring kids are prepared for the future.

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Kindergarten Teacher Deanna Pecaski McLennan Craig Guthrie, 21st-Century Skills Consultant


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Windsor Doctor Rises up to One of The Highest Places In The Canadian Government

CANADA IS A COUNTRY of immigrants. While greatness is born in Canada, it also brought by those who come to our great nation and become its citizens.

Doctor Sharon Burey came to Canada from Jamaica and has since spent decades helping improve the lives of children across Ontario as a pediatrician.

Now, as of November 21, 2022, Senator Burey has the opportunity to help the entire nation. She is the first woman from the WindsorEssex region to be assigned to the Upper House of Parliament, the Senate of Canada. She is also the first senator from Windsor in 40 years.

The announcement of her appointment came to her one recent evening during a phone call after dinner. It came as a wonderful shock after a lengthy process of applications and interviews that lasted months.

“You throw your hat in the ring and you wait, and you wait,” Burey says of the process she went through. “I just finished supper when I received a call from the Prime Minister. I’m usually not at a loss for

Clockwise from above: Senator Sharon Burey is sworn into the Senate of Canada; Senator Burey signs her Oath; Senator Burey shakes hands with the Speaker of the Senate of Canada, Senator George J. Furey.


words but I must have had some stumbles there. It was a very gracious conversation inviting me to this appointment. Of course, I said yes.”

While she has had to begin slowing down her medical practice there is a certain balance, she may be able to achieve. However, being a senator is a busy job, but Burey is used to being busy.

“I have to give myself enough time to make the right decisions,” Burey says of trying to find a balance between her medical career and the Senate. “It’s too early to say definitively but I have to step back now to focus on the Senate.”

While she is set to pause her practice for the Senate appointment, she says her time as a doctor has given her a potent toolset, she will be able to call upon as a senator.

“Pediatrics is one of the broadest specialties because it is concerned about the entire welfare of the child,” Burey says. “It’s not just concerned about ear infections or asthma. It’s what we call the ecology. When you create a safe nurturing environment for children which looks at housing, poverty, education and justice, along with health, children can thrive. You look at the whole child, their whole family, their whole experience and not just what they’re presenting with. This holistic look at everything is really what I think the Senate requires.”

She laughs about how her time as a pediatrician had, unbeknownst to her at the time, been a training session towards becoming a strong Senator.

“I’ve had to deal with large amounts of information and papers as well,” she adds. “I’ve had to learn to synthesize and analyze large amounts of information and be very reflective. The goal is to find common ground between your families and patients. It’s part of being a good physician and I think it is something we need often in politics.”

While she says the training for the Senator came from her medical practice, Senator Burey is also no stranger to stepping into the political aspects of medicine itself.

Burey has worked with ADHD Windsor for over a decade, pushing for the education around and advocating for people in the Windsor-Essex region with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).

She also served as the President of the Pediatricians Alliance of Ontario under the American Academy of Pediatrics. Burey is also a member of the OMA’s Health Policy Committee and sat as a delegate and a committee member on OMA Council and

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Committees. “I know how resolutions are passed and had to master the legislative process,” she says of working with international medical organizations. “Many issues affecting the health of children cross traditional national boundaries. When I served as the President of the PAO and worked with the American Academy of Pediatrics, I got international political experience as well.”

Senator Burey recognizes, despite her experience and training, she is still one of the newest members of the Senate and wants to focus on learning from her new peers first. Especially before she begins jumping into Senate committees.

“The Senate and the administration have been so welcoming,” Burey says of how she has felt upon starting her appointment. “I feel at home. The other senators have really reached out and told me it takes time to find your place in the Senate.’ You’re not going to know where you’re going to end up. My own process is to listen, ask questions and then to take walks while I reflect on the answers.”

Senator Burey has likewise come into the Senate as a non-affiliated member. While each of the four political groups in the Senate have reached out to her, she has not made a decision yet if she intends to join one of them.

“At least one senator from each group has welcomed me,” Burey says of how the Senate political groups have reacted to her appointment. “I’ve been welcomed by all the groups, but I’ll leave it at that.”

While she is moving forward, she says that the importance of those who helped her along the way is the only reason she was able to get to this appointment and what she strives to provide for others.

“No one gets to this place without a huge support network,” Burey says. “And that’s one thing I’ve been working on; creating safe, secure families, neighbourhoods and places for kids. A large part of that is your support network and your connections within the community.”

While she is still growing into the appointment, she did say one thing has always driven her, a love of learning. While Burey warmly laughs at the idea of already being asked if she plans to leave a legacy with her term, she says she expects to learn a lot and will focus on what is important.

“There’s a vast amount of learning that’s going to take place, which I love,” she says of her passion for education and literacy. “I think learning opens all kinds of doors.”

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A Story of Survival

I FIRST SPOKE TO Danielle Campo McLeod over the phone in August 2020.

Now, over two years later, her voice finds me again on a cool December morning.

“How have you been?” I ask.

Danielle considers the question for a moment.

“Things have changed,” she reports.

Windsor has always been less of a city and more of a sprawling constellation of stories. However, even in a city as teeming with narrative as ours, Danielle’s is a particularly moving one.

Danielle is a 37-year-old former Paralympic Gold Medalist, Social Worker, Motivational Speaker, World Record-Holding Swimmer, wife, mother and the Director of Culture and Engagement with Muscular Dystrophy Canada. In addition, she also serves as a Chair on Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare’s Capital Campaign.

As an infant, Danielle’s parents noticed that she was struggling with mobility. Assuming she’d inherited her father’s flat feet and needed orthotics, they were surprised when she was instead referred to a specialist.

Danielle was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy shortly before her second birthday.

And that is, in essence, when her challenges—and by extension, her story, truly began.

Danielle grew up having to contend with severe weakness in her legs. However, rather than rest on her laurels, she took a proactive approach to her treatment. She strengthened what muscles she could and started swimming as a form of physiotherapy.

From there, Danielle was approached by the Windsor Bulldogs, a differently abled sports league. She went on to become a Paralympic Swimming champion, competing in two Paralympic Games.

But despite her athletic accomplishments, Danielle still felt strangely out of place. After decades of treatment, she wasn’t seeing much improvement with her condition.

“Muscular Dystrophy Canada’s logo is a puzzle piece,” Danielle said, during our initial

interview. “And I always felt like a different piece. I never fit in the puzzle.” Imagine everyone’s surprise when, 33 years after her initial diagnosis, she was re-diagnosed with Congenital Myasthenic Syndrome.

This meant a number of things. Mainly that there was medication available.

“It was an incredible time,” Danielle recalls. “I was gaining strength, gaining abilities. I was able to start to live outside of my disability. I was getting stronger and stronger every day.”

Shortly thereafter, Danielle was presented with another welcome surprise: she was expecting her third child.

“Unfortunately, being pregnant meant I was no longer able to take the medication,” Danielle explains. “I mean, I could have—there’s no studies that show that the pills would hurt the baby. But I decided to be safe and discontinue the treatment.”

In August of 2021, Danielle and her husband welcomed their baby girl Morgan into the world, and “—that’s where things went crazy,” Danielle states.

Morgan was delivered via C-section, as with Danielle’s two previous children. However, Danielle noticed that she wasn’t feeling herself after the procedure.

“I knew what to expect,” Danielle explains. “You get up, you walk around. You’re usually out in 48 hours. But things just weren’t going that way. I wasn’t feeling good. There was pain in my stomach. Typically after you have a baby there’s a difference in the size of the abdomen. But mine kept growing!”

Doctors investigated these disquieting signs. They eventually discovered that a piece of her bowel had perforated her muscle lining.

“They operated,” Danielle explains. “They thought they removed the chunk of bowel

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that had become necrotic. They thought everything was okay. But then, I ended up with a severe infection with sepsis.”

It took three additional surgeries to halt the infection.

“It feels like a dream,” Danielle laughs. “You know when you wake up and you know you had a dream but you can’t remember the details? You can’t fit the puzzle pieces together? That’s how it feels. I just remember waking up on life support with a tube down my throat.”

Danielle takes another moment to consider her predicament:

“I didn’t realize how close I came to dying until I started working on the book,” she admits.

And now, Danielle can add Author to her resume. Her new memoir, Resurrections, was released earlier this month.

“I was contacted by Marty Beneteau, the External Partnership Liaison at the Odette School of Business,” Danielle explains. “He invited me to speak to the MBA program. So I went in and told them my story. He reached out later to tell me that the feedback he received from my talk was incredible. He said my speech had inspired many students to push through their own difficulties.”

Touched, Danielle made a surprising suggestion: “I’m still not sure how these words came out of my mouth, but I literally said: ‘Hey Marty, would you write my book?’” Danielle recalls.

Marty agreed. For months, Danielle met Marty at his home to share her story over coffee—a tradition they both dubbed Thursdays With Marty. Despite Danielle not considering herself a writer (“It would take me 14 years to get Chapter One!”), she found herself in good hands. Marty is a former Editor, Publisher, and Reporter—and his gift with language is apparent. Together, the two were able to replicate the warmth and intimacy of Danielle’s voice with shimmering clarity.

“Our big goal was to ensure that everything came from my mouth,” Danielle states. “I wanted people reading it to feel like they were right there, having coffee with the two of us. And getting to spend those Thursdays with Marty was so instrumental for my own healing journey. The way he holds space for you is so profound.”

Resurrections has been described as a “roadmap to wellness” and the role that becoming “Olympian strong” played in Danielle’s survival. It is equal parts raw, devastating, and uproariously funny.

And thus far, response to Danielle’s memoir has been overwhelming.

“Our community is incredible,” Danielle stresses. “The support from our city is astonishing. We had a book signing on Sunday, and I said to my husband, ‘It’s going to be so embarrassing if no one shows up!’ And then, we had all kinds of people show up… it was amazing! You can’t go through something like this and not be excited to give back.”

And in terms of timing, Resurrections is perhaps the book we all need right now.

“There’s something for everyone in the book,” Danielle explains. “Everyone has gone through a struggle. People are reading this and getting inspired, hopeful. And considering everything we’ve been through the last few years, that’s the greatest gift you can give to someone. We’re all going through our own resurrection.”

Resurrections is currently available at and Amazon. Physical copies are also available at the Indigo in Devonshire Mall, the Indigo in Tecumseh, the River Bookshop in Amherstburg and Biblioasis in Windsor. In addition, every copy purchased through Danielle’s website comes with a donation to a local charity.


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The Long-Time Windsor Star Editorial Cartoonist Donates A Trove of His Work to The University of Windsor

THE YEAR WAS 1980. That summer Terry Fox embarked on his Marathon of Hope. The Nova Scotia rock band, April Wine, released its song “I Like to Rock,” which reached #86 on the Canadian Hot 100. Bob and Doug McKenzie first appeared on the Canadian comedy show SCTV. And newly minted editorial cartoonist, Mike Graston, began work at the Windsor Star, where he chronicled life in the city, province, country and the world, five days a week nearly every week of the year for thirty-six years.

“After graduating university, I moved to Ottawa,” Mike explains. He studied history at the University of Western Ontario in London and contributed a recurring comic strip called “Buddy” to the student newspaper. “The Ottawa Citizen hired me to do the Monday editorial cartoon, as well as work as a copy person. It was kind

of a ‘gofer’ job in the newsroom, but it gave me experience. They had a full-time cartoonist. When he went on holiday, I went into his office and did the cartoons.”

The Ottawa Citizen also had Mike create illustrations on a freelance basis to accompany stories.

“That didn’t work for me,” he remembers. “I wanted to create work where I signed my name, where it was my own idea.”

He continues: “At the Citizen, I saw how editors talked to the full-time cartoonist—if they didn’t like something he did, they suggested ways to ‘improve’ it, and I thought: ‘Uh oh, I didn’t want any part of that!’”

When they attempted this with Mike, he said it was easier to just come up with a new idea.

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cartoons!” It was also there that Mike learned, firsthand, the pressure of a daily deadline.

“It took a while getting used to that,” he recalls. “There was a lot of hard work in the beginning.”

The hard work was balanced by the immensity of the canvas on which he had to work.

“I remember thinking: ‘This is my opportunity. I have my own city.’ I’d never been to a city that took its local politics so seriously.”

There was no end of feathers to ruffle, hats to twist, or noses to put out of joint. It wasn’t Mike’s immediate goal to do such things, they were simply a by-product of him doing his job correctly. His work evoked a range of emotions. Although Mike was known for his incisive humour, he also created poignant images that dealt with the 9/11 attacks as well as the shootings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School

in Newtown, Connecticut and at the Charlie Hebdo satirical news magazine in France.

“The editorial cartoon is essentially a column, but in a graphic form,” Mike explains. “I knew some things would be controversial, but that’s the nature of my job.” He pauses and smiles: “I got away with stuff, here, that a lot of cartoonists in the country were jealous about.”

It’s worth noting that in the early 1980s, there were approximately twenty-five editorial cartoonists in all of Canada. The only other occupation with a more rarified population was “astronaut.”

Over the years, more than the daily readers of the Star took notice of Mike’s work. His cartoons have appeared in publications internationally, and exhibited at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. In 2003, the Art Gallery of Windsor showed numerous pieces of his work in a twenty-year retrospective. Mike also contributed a selection of work to the National Archives of Canada.

Most recently, in the autumn of 2022, he donated more than 2,600 of his editorial cartoons to the University of Windsor. s

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Sandy Hook School Shootings, December 15, 2012. On December 14, 2012, a lone shooter killed 6 staff members and 20 children aged 6 and 7 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

Windsor’s Duncan And Pupatello With Senior Ontario Liberal Government Cabinet Posts, November 3, 2007. In 2007 Windsor-area MPPs Dwight Duncan (Finance) and Sandra Pupatello (Economic Development and Trade) gained senior Cabinet seats in the Ontario government,

Boomer Demographic Exploding, July 23, 2007. In 2007 the oldest Baby Boomers reached age 61, the first of a wave of Boomer senior citizens to come.

Windsor Casino Grand Opening, May 14, 1994. Casino Windsor (later Caesars Windsor), Ontario’s first casino, opened in May 1994. Not on the guest list: Las Vegas favourite, Elvis Presley.

Mega Hospital Site War Repercussions, January 15, 2016. When a County Road 42 site was chosen for Windsor’s new mega-hospital, the owners of a rival site on Tecumseh Road launched a lawsuit alleging a biased selection process.

Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau Resigns, March 1, 1984. PM Pierre Trudeau famously decided to resign after 16 years as Liberal leader during a walk in an Ottawa snowstorm.

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The process began in 2011 following a conversation with Windsor politician, Sandra Pupatello. Mike liked the idea of donating his work, being in the rare and enviable position where he retains the copyright to it. Sandra put him in contact with then-president of the University of Windsor, Alan Wildeman, and the process moved on from there.

“Every local cartoon I have done is at the University of Windsor,” Mike explains. “I feel privileged to have the opportunity to create them, and to have the work stored where people can access it.”

One surprising admission Mike makes about the donation: “I destroyed some cartoons. Not because of the topics, but based on artistic quality, delivery. Sometimes we have a bad day. There weren’t a lot of bombs.”

Regarding Mike’s donation, University Librarian Dr. Selinda Berg says: “It has brought to the fore the role that the library plays in capturing local history and being able to preserve that and we steward it through time and that it’s accessible.”

“Topic-wise, the cartoons deal with political and economic and social change,” says Dr. Sarah Glassman who manages the Archives & Special Collections. “This collection has much to offer students and scholars in history and political science, even technology—the effect of smart phones on our culture, for instance—as well as local history, of course.”

The collection consists, predominantly, of physical cartoons Mike created for the Star, but there are many that were “born digital”—created on a computer using an electronic tablet.

“What I love about the physical originals,” Sarah says, “is that you can see where he might have smudged… it all stayed. I love that evidence of human interaction.”

“I wanted [the collection] to go somewhere that really wanted it,” Mike says about the donation. “This university is in the city I worked in. It did belong here... I wouldn’t want it anywhere else.”

High resolution scans have been made of the physical copies of Mike’s work, and are available for the public to view. As with all special collections pieces, they cannot be checked out of the Leddy Library. Those interested in seeing the work are encouraged to make an appointment by contacting the university’s Archives & Special Collections:, 519-253-3000 ext. 3851, Leddy Library (Main Building) basement, suite G-100.

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A Family’s Personal Tragedy and a Burning Desire to Make Life Better For People With Life-Threatening Illnesses

IN 1997, ANITA IMPERIOLI founded In Honour of the Ones We Love (In Honour) “to make sure no one in Windsor Essex has to hear that the lifesaving equipment or treatment their loved one needs is not available here at home; that they must travel to London, Toronto or the United States. I know because this happened to my family.”

Although cancer was the main focus of In Honour in the beginning, Anita explains, “Over the years we realized that families living with other life-threatening illnesses, disabilities, special needs and mental illness were also in need.”

With Anita at the helm of In Honour (bolstered by the unwavering support of husband Sergio, daughters Tina and Laura, her grandchildren and an army of sponsors, donors, families, volunteers and friends) and armed with a mighty mission, “our 25-year journey has been full of challenges. However, each In Honour accomplishment has better-equipped our community to overcome healthcare obstacles. With the thought of keeping patients

and families from traveling out of town for tests, diagnoses and treatments top of mind, we’ve conducted many hours of research. “In Honour has one purpose and one focus: our community. When we see a need, first we mobilize our team. Then we do whatever we need to do to make each project a reality. You can see and touch what we’ve made happen,” she says.

Several examples that Windsor Essex residents can see and touch thanks to In Honour:

• A blood lab, CT scanner and brachytherapy (specialized internal radiation) equipment at Windsor Regional Cancer Centre

• The 8-bed Mark Rotondi Palliative Care Home at Hospice Windsor Essex

• Family accommodations at Windsor’s Ronald McDonald House

• A purpose-built, inclusive, accessible, therapeutic children’s daycare floor at John McGivney Children’s Centre

• Kids Beating Cancer, a therapeutic martial arts program that has helped more than 500 children since its inception

The “Other Epidemic”

Did you know that 70% of people living with mental illness experience symptoms before they reach the age of 18?

Long before the isolation resulting from extended pandemic lockdowns and online learning, youth and young adult mental illness had already gained a reputation as “the other epidemic”. The Canadian Mental Health Association ranks suicide among the leading causes of death for 15-24-year-olds; young people aged 16-29 have the highest incidence of mental illness of any age group in our country.

Anita says, “Mental illness impacts the homes, learning institutions and workplaces not only of the kids and young adults themselves, but also their families, friends and peers. Also known as the ‘silent epidemic’, it’s estimated that up to 20% of young Canadians are living with it. And although things have come a long way, mental illness is still shrouded in shame, stigma and denial.”

That’s why In Honour funds many major initiatives to improve mental health and resilience in children, youth and adults. Whether it’s helping to reduce months-long waiting lists for care, delivering clinical services, therapeutic programming or breakfast programs, In Honour is there for our community.

What sets In Honour apart?

“For any charity, the number one overarching challenge is raising money. Even in a stable economy, fundraising is not easy, nor is it a given. In Honour has seen its share of setbacks over the past 25 years, but fortunately, we have not only survived, we are thriving,” Anita shares.

She believes In Honour is unique for several reasons: “First, every dollar we raise stays right here in s

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A devastating family tragedy comes full-circle

Shortly after he was born in 1980, Anita and Sergio’s son Michael became gravely ill.

While the family wandered the halls of Ontario and U.S. medical facilities and hospitals waiting, worrying and praying, medical professionals struggled to find answers.

Eventually diagnosed with the highly predatory pediatric cancer neuroblastoma, Michael spent months in intensive care before he passed away at Children’s Hospital in Michigan. He was only 1 year old.

Anita recalls calls, “I became wellacquainted with unrelenting grief, anger and depression in the dark days, weeks and months that followed our traumatic loss. I didn’t know what to do with myself.”

Raised by immigrant parents who instilled in Anita the concept of giving back, one of her goals had always been to make a difference in her community.

“My own family’s tragedy motivated me to look for a way to transform it into something tangible and meaningful. On our journey with Michael, it was clear that Windsor Essex lacked vital healthcare equipment, treatment and resources. In Honour was our response; working to ensure other families have access to what they need—when they need it, right here at home.”

“My husband Sergio is “the man behind the curtain”, my two daughters have grown up within In Honour and today, both of them work by my side. All of my grandchildren from age 4 to 16 year are at every In Honour event from golf tournaments to galas, doing whatever needs to be done. We’re in it together!”

“And it’s all thanks to Michael. In Honour exists because of him. He showed us the reason why and the way. He is our inspiration. My 40-years-strong connection to Children’s Hospital in Michigan (where we spent so many of our last days together) is something I know he is proud of, as he is of In Honour’s many accomplishments.”

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“Every day, I am deeply grateful. Since opening our doors in 1997, In Honour has taken proactive, innovative strides to address vital gaps in community healthcare. I look forward to our next chapter.”

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Celebrating Twenty Five Years In Windsor-Essex

IN EVERY COMMUNITY there are moments that move us and change the course of our lives: the birth of a child, the diagnosis of a life-threatening illness or disability, losing a loved one. These and other life-defining moments happen every day.

When Teresa Silvestri’s dad was going through chemotherapy, she remembers sitting with him in hospital and waiting 5 hours for his blood work. “My heart broke trying to reassure Dad that he had not been forgotten; the hospital was just extremely backed up. I can’t even imagine how awful it must have been for the families with children who were also waiting for hours on end.”

With a dream to raise funds for a cancer patient blood lab, In Honour of the Ones We Love hosted its inaugural gala at the Ciociaro Club in 1997.

Thanks to the gala, that dream became reality.

When someone we care about is struggling with a life-threatening illness or disability, it’s devastating.

In Honour exists to alleviate the stress, worrying and anxiety for patients and families experiencing these challenges.

While our provincial government plays a critical role in hospital funding for equipment and ongoing operating costs, that support simply does not meet the ever-escalating need for state-of-the-art technology and new medical equipment. Because ongoing breakthroughs in science, technology and treatments render medical equipment obsolete so quickly, the need for new machines or to replace aging models is always there. All hospitals, regardless of their operating financial situation, rely on foundations and charities like In Honour to raise funds from their communities to acquire equipment and finance programs and services. All money raised at In Honour fundraising events go solely to these types of expenditures.

“We appreciate each and every fundraising event held in support of our mission to keep patients and families right here at home in Windsor Essex; to ensure that our community has access to state-of-the-art expertise, medical equipment and treatment. In Honour is here to make a positive difference in their healthcare journey,” says founder Anita Imperioli.

Fundraising events make it possible for people to come together and support In

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Honour. They also make it possible to continue helping those who need it most. Since In Honour receives no government funding, it only increases the importance and necessity of fundraising events.

Although the money raised at events is incredibly valuable, the actual act of holding fundraisers can be just as meaningful. Events bring attention and shine a spotlight for everyone to see— meaning more people become aware of In Honour and its mission, programs and services. When increased awareness happens, increased support can often be the welcome result.

Anita says, “Fundraising events are essential to our ongoing mission. They’re also wonderful for face-to-face interaction with our existing and new supporters. Each event is an opportunity to engage our community, personally thank people for their generosity and also have fun for a great cause!”

In Honour could not change lives without that generosity.

As well as the annual Gala (the 25th anniversary “Isle of Capri” gala, held on February 4), In Honour also raises funds with a varied roster of signature events such as the Annual Golf Classic, Potato Fest, Viva Il Vino Wine Tour and Hallowe’en Family Fun Day (just to name 4 of 10—visit for more details).

“In Honour supporters really understand just how vital our work is. They come from all walks of life, but In Honour unites us; we share a common bond. We believe in making a difference in our community,” Anita says.

Celebrating In Honour’s 25th anniversary with this special feature is truly an honour. Improving healthcare in our community is a critical part of making the world a better place. The circumstances may differ, but the dynamic is the same. Personal s

experience plants the seed for something far greater.

Anita shared just such a story—how her family’s tragedy motivated her to take a stand for those in need of compassionate care. She turned her tragedy into a larger calling to provide access to things that would bring peace of mind during difficult healthcare journeys. She could have simply moved on, pursuing her own goals without much concern for the plight of others. But she did not. She chose to found In Honour of the Ones We Love.

The story of In Honour is a story of hope, a reminder that together, we really can make a difference.

As we celebrate the achievements of In Honour’s first 25 years, we are reminded of the enormous power of the generosity of our community. We are also reminded of how rapidly healthcare can evolve. Over the course of the 20th century, global life expectancy has soared by 30 years. That’s the difference between dying between ages 55 and 85—or, as is increasingly common, between 75 and 105. These changes don’t just happen. They reflect the cumulative impact of new equipment, treatment breakthroughs, improved diagnoses and targeted support services.

“In Honour is full of gratitude for the generosity of our supporters. Our community of hardworking individuals, families, seniors, business leaders and volunteers can stand proud for the responsibility they have undertaken through their generous, ongoing support. Great communities build the best healthcare.” Anita says.

“As we look to the future, we will continue to explore projects and initiatives that will have a lasting impact on the lives of the ones we love.” Anita concludes. “Thanks to our family of supporters, great strides have been made toward the provision of stateof-the-art healthcare in Windsor Essex. They make everything possible. We rely on them to sustain our existing programs and services, as well as create new ones when needs arise. They have been important partners in achieving our past goals. Their compassion, commitment and generosity plays a pivotal role in our ongoing success. By ensuring our ability to invest in lifesaving equipment, treatment and services, we can continue enhancing the range and quality of healthcare services right here at home. Together, we have played a major part in making a lasting contribution to the health and well-being of our community.”

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Congratulations to In Honour of the Ones We Love on your 25th Anniversary

Unifor Local 2458 Executive Board

Tullio DiPonti , President

Mike Kisch, 1st Vice President

Manon Pageau-Lane, Recording Secretary

Bev Cochrane, Trustee

Cathy Ellwood, Guide

Jenna Cassidy, Member-at-Large

Ayan Holland, Member-at-Large

Dina Roushanrouz, Member-at-Large

Ken Durocher, Secretary-Treasurer

Shelley Smith, 2nd Vice President

Jennifer Cloutier, Trustee

Terry Vetor, Trustee

Rick Nadin, Sergeant-at-Arms

Ryan Ellis, Member-at-Large

Darlene Jacobs, Member-at-Large

Don Larose, Retiree Representative

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On behalf of the Board and staff of Maryvale, I would like to thank you for your generous 2019 donation to support counselling services for youth 13-17 years in Windsor-Essex. Your charity’s purpose is to make a difference and that you have! All donations to Maryvale help increase our ability to meet the demands for children’s mental health services in our community.

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519-258-0549 3640 Wells St., Windsor Improving the Quality of Life For Youth and Families Experiencing Mental Health Distress 519.258.1390 MASTER ARCHITECT SERVICES DEEP DESIGN Congratulations In Honour Of The One’s We Love Congratulations In Honour of The One’s We Love Happy 25th Anniversary Congratulations on this milestone Gordon B Lee CPA, CA And Julia A Lee CPA, CA 519-977-7117

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Five Fantastic Reasons Why In Honour of The Ones We Love Can Perform Its Vital Work

IN HONOUR OF THE ONES WE LOVE (In Honour) is a family affair. Anita and Sergio Imperioli, daughters Tina Caviedes, Laura Imperioli and devoted lifelong family friend Teresa Silvestri are not medical professionals, scientists or researchers. However, they each consider themselves “experts by experience” who are totally committed to transforming community healthcare in Windsor Essex.

Founded in 1997 to bridge local treatment, equipment and service gaps and inspire support to fund lifesaving and life-changing initiatives, In Honour is marking its quarter century of service this year. Anita says, “It’s a perpetual challenge to keep In Honour up close, personal and in the hearts and minds of our potential and existing supporters. We are just one of 86,000 Canadian registered charities. Everyone on our team understands that we must stand out in a crowded, busy landscape.”

External factors (such as the economic downturn of 2008, the aftermath of

9/11 and the pandemic) have negatively impacted the ability of charities to keep their lights on, doors open and donations coming in.

As Founder, Anita’s duties can range from unpacking boxes of event supplies to taking phone calls and responding to emails, from administration to media relations or public appearances—and then some. She has collaborated with doctors, nurses, social workers, caregivers, hospitals, hospices and all types of businesses.

While roles and responsibilities in for-profit businesses are usually clearly defined, at In Honour the lines blur, as do the working hours. Sometimes

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Top left to right: Chris and Tina Caviedes, Anita and Sergio Imperioli, Laura Imperioli and Fabio Petrilli. Above: Teresa and Leo Silvestri.

Local 444 UNIFOR in partnership with In Honour of the Ones We Love

Unifor Local 444, represents 20,000 active and retired members in workplaces throughout Windsor & Essex County.

We are proud of our continued partnership with In Honour of the Ones We Love Inc. in helping patients suffering from life-threatening illnesses and special needs.

Together we can make a difference in the lives of those in our community.

the workday starts before the sun comes up; other times, it ends well after the sun sets. The one constant is that each day is a whirlwind of activity.

“We have no titles, we just do whatever needs to be done together, as a team. I feel so fortunate to be involved not only with my mom, but also my kids Angelina and Alessia,” Tina says. “Like my sister and me, they’ve been helping out at every event since they were little.”

Anita adds, “I know I can ask the team to do anything because they each understand what they’re there for: to help in any way needed. It takes a special kind of person to do what they do.”

And it’s not just about raising money, even though that’s a core priority.

Anita’s daughter Laura says, “In Honour couldn’t change lives without the generosity of each and every one of our supporters.”

In this age of instant information and constant communication, publicizing the mission and efforts of In Honour in print, broadcast and social media is essential. So is a professional, up-to-date website. But by the same token, while social media, email and the internet are absolutely critical to any viable business today, connecting face-to-face is even more critical for non-profit fundraising organizations.

Congratulations on 25 years!

Teresa, one of the most familiar faces of In Honour says, “With donors, sponsors and volunteers, cultivating and nurturing good relationships is key. It’s a lot harder to attract a new supporter than it is to keep an existing one. Which means staying in touch with people. Relationships thrive with regular contact.”

If Anita and Teresa are the most familiar faces of In Honour, Sergio Imperioli is the behind-the-scenes unsung hero. That’s because “he’s the wind beneath our wings. We know we can rely on him no matter what,” says Anita.

“Being surrounded by passionate people means a positive impact on every facet of In Honour and its day-to-day operations.”

Over the past 25 years, state of the art, compassionate healthcare has become the hallmark of In Honour. And the team is committed to continuing this tradition into the next 25 years and beyond. In Honour is one of the things that makes Windsor Essex “home” for everyone in our community. We all benefit.

Anita concludes “So, what does the In Honour team do? The short answer is everything and we love every minute!” WLM

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