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Thank You For Another Great Event!



On September 25th, the community turned out to enjoy a beautiful, fall day at our 2nd Fall Into Health Day in Tecumseh. The goal was to promote the outstanding health and wellness services and products that we are very lucky to have in The Town of Tecumseh and in the Windsor/Essex area. The event was, once again, a great success, and we hope all participating enjoyed it as much as we did.

Attendees to the event were greeted by a large group of exhibitors and presenters who demonstrated their services, products, treatments, options and wonderful ways to enjoy life, be happy and stay healthy!  The Tecumseh Business Improvement Area (TOTBIA) Board of Management want to thank  the following for their exhibits, activities, door prizes, their time, participation, and support:

Advanced Rehabilitation Centres
Amica Windsor
Border City Barkers
Canadian Mental Health
Cool 100.7 Radio
Expedia CruiseShipCenters Tecumseh
Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi
Heal To Toe
Home Instead Senior Care
Jelly Bloop Face Painting
Kinetic Konnection
Lakeview Montessori School
Listen UP! Canada
Mad Science
Nantais Family Chiropractic – Elevation Health
Nature Within
Party Putt Golf
Safeguard Security, Health, Safety
Tecumseh Taekwando
Tecumseh Physiotherapy Clinic
The Arthritis Society
VON Nurse Practitioner Led Clinic
Weight Watchers
Windsor Adventure Inc.
Windsor Country 95.9/92.7 Radio
Windsor Essex Community Health Centre
Windsor-Essex County Health Unit
Windsor-Essex Disc Golf
Zumba Fitness


Expedia CruiseShipCenters – Tecumseh
Cool 100.7 Radio
Widnsor’s Country 95.9/92.7 Radio
Kinetic Konnection,
Weight Watchers
Tecumseh Physiotherapy Clinic
Listen Up! Canada
Lacasse Printing

None of this would be possible without the members of our planning committee who contribute their time, resources and hard work during the preparation and set up for this event. The 2016 Health Committee Members are: Linda Proctor, Chair, Carolyn Sivitter, Al Bailargeon, Colleen Turnbull, Rose Rennie, Josephine Scebba, Stephanie Gill, Candice Dennis, Paul Bistany, and Paula Rorai.

Finally, we thank all of our volunteers who helped with setting up, running errands, keeping attendees informed and cleaning up; you all are priceless!

We now begin the planning for the 2017 event and hope everyone will join us again.


Paula Rorai,

2016 The Vital Signs® Report

For the past four years the WindsorEssex Community Foundation has produced and published a Vital Signs® survey to the Windsor-Essex region. Vital Signs® is a national program under the auspices of Community Foundations of Canada. It draws connections between national, provincial, and local data on a range of issue areas important to the local community.


A special element of this report, which makes it different from other reports published in our region, is that it includes data from the Vital Signs® survey released in June. This local data provides a comparison between itself and published data in order to produce an all-encompassing report of how the data says we’re doing versus how our community thinks we’re doing.

The Vital Signs® report is a great educational tool that provides Windsor-Essex residents with the opportunity to learn about their region, reflect on how we’re doing, and inspire conversation and communication.

The Vital Signs® report will launch on October 4, 2016 as an insert in the Windsor Star. We respectfully request your assistance in helping us provide accurate data in our survey so that we may gain as much outreach as possible to produce a sample for our report that is encompassing of all demographics in Windsor-Essex. With a larger sample size, we’re able to provide our residents with comprehensive data that can be used to educate our population on our region.

Click here to see highlights of the report: The Vital Signs Program

To view a copy of our Vital Signs report and to particpate in our survey please visit our website http://www.wecf.ca/vitalsigns.html

For additional information please contact:Cover Photo

Ajsela Murselovic
Administration Coordinator
WindsorEssex Community Foundation
3200 Deziel Drive, Suite 511
(P) 519 – 255 – 6572
(F) 519 – 255 – 6936

CAREER COMPASS – Building An Inclusive Labour Force

Community Living Essex County has started a new program that is highly successful for both employers and future employees!

Career Compass is a modern employment service providing direction to job seekers searching for meaningful employment and guiding employers in inclusive hiring. Hiring people with intellectual disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).


  • 90% of employees with disabilities rate average or better on Performance
  • 86% of employees with disabilities rate average or better on Attendance
  • 98% of employees with disabilities rate average or better on Work Safety
  • Over 4.4 million Canadians are living with a disability and 70% are unemployed
  • According to RBC, people with disabilities have an estimated $25 BILLION in consumer spending power across Canada
  • An inclusive workplace can INCREASE employee satisfaction and lead to INCREASED customer loyalty

Nearly three-quarters of survey respondents said that employing individuals with intellectual disabilities and ASD has been a truly positive experience and even on that has exceeded their expectations.

There is a significant evidence that hiring individuals with intellectual disabilities or ASD reduces turnover, improves attendance and either maintains or improves overall organizational performance. Other employees and customers of businesses who engage in inclusive hiring both report positive perceptions and experiences.

Career Compass has expert employment specialists that will provide individual job coaching and on-site training and support. They provide the right job match to meet the persons skills, abilities and interests with the employers needs and provide on-going employment support.

For Employees:

  • They offer pre-employment training sessions and education
  • Ongoing, on-the-job support and problem solving and follow up for both employee and employer
  • Increase employment related skills and self-esteem
  • Becoming a contributing member of society

For Employers:

  • They provide solutions to your labour needs, with pre-screened applicants
  • Individualized on-the-job training available at no cost
  • They are a collaborative agency that will provide ongoing support and follow-up to ensure a positive , long-term relations between you, the employee and co-workers
  • They are the link to assist in diversifying your workforce

“We have a dedicated, hard working employee with a positive attitude. This has been a win-win experience and I encourage more business owners to get involved.”  —Mike Siblani, Owner, Little Caesars Pizza, Essex


For more information please call:

Rosa Amicarelli
Community Living Supports
Phone: 519.776.6483 Ext. 401
Email: rosa@communitylivingessex.org






At their March 23rd meeting, Town Council appointed 7 new BIA members as Directors on the Town of Tecumseh Business Improvement Area Board of Management for the 2015-2018 term.

Congratulations to the following BIA Members:

Paul Bistany, Paul Bistany Real Estate Brokerage

Candice Dennis, On The Dark Side

Joseph Fratangeli, Three Lambs Baby Boutique

Maureen Harris, Lakeview Montessori

Daniel Hofgartner, Buckingham Real Estate

Tony Nehme, The Job Shoppe

Linda Proctor, Kim Deane, Lawyer


Also on the Board of Management:

Andrew Dowie, Councillor Ward 1

Mike Rohrer, Councillor Ward 2


Tecumseh Keeps Everyone Safe with New Alert System

The Town of Tecumseh Keeps Residents Safe and Informed with the Tecumseh Alert System

Residents and Businesses Can Sign Up to Receive Critical Communications and Emergency Alerts

TECUMSEH, ON March 9, 2016 — Tecumseh, Ontario is launching a new mass notification system to keep residents, staff and emergency personnel safe and informed with quick and reliable emergency notifications and public service announcements. The Town of Tecumseh will begin using this mass notification system to communicate with citizens and businesses during emergencies and other critical events. Residents are encouraged to register immediately to receive these alerts: www.tecumsehalert.ca or by calling 519 735 6381

The Town of Tecumseh will use this emergency notification system to alert residents about a variety of events, ranging from severe weather, fires, floods and other emergencies, to more routine announcements, such as road closures and water utility maintenance. Messages will be sent to residents on their preferred contact paths—cell phone, text message, home phone, email, fax, pager and more—to ensure real-time access to potentially lifesaving information. Residents listed in the Town of Tecumseh databases will be automatically subscribed to alerts by phone, citizens are encouraged to self-register and provide additional contact information.

“We have a commitment to ensure public safety, community awareness and emergency response. To uphold this, when critical information and public service announcements are available, we need to reach our residents as quickly and reliably as possible,” said Doug Pitre, Director Fire Services & Fire Chief. “This emergency notification system allows the Town of Tecumseh to send out this information across all types of devices, ensuring residents have access to real-time public information when they need it the most.”

Residents and Businesses are asked to register now to receive Tecumseh Alerts.

Program Contact:

Shaun Fuerth
Director Information & Communication Services
P: 519-735-2184 Ext: 108

Congrats to the Winners of the 11th Annual Street Pole Banner Contest!

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”

         – Henry David Thoreau

The Town of Tecumseh Business Improvement Area (TOTBIA) hosted its 11th Annual Gallery Without Walls Street Pole Banner Contest Award Ceremony on Friday, May 12th. A “Gallery Without Walls” is an initiative of the TOTBIA. This vibrant and colourful addition to our townscape is a visual testament to our local talent. Banners painted by local artists of all ages and digital photos hang on town street poles from May to November. This incredibly colourful and unique town streetscape is enjoyed by the local community and visitors alike. 

This year we had over 220 original hand-drawn images and digital photos submitted that reflected this year’s theme. The 13 winning images will be hung on street poles along with previous year’s winners around the main street arteries around Town.

This year’s winners are:  

1st Place                          Sean Sweeney – Grade 12

2nd Place                        Alexis Martineau – Grade 9

3rd Place                         Meghan Randall – Grade 9

Executive Choice            Abigail Schnekenburger – Grade 12

Honorable Mention        Alexis Martineau – Grade 9

Honorable Mention        Alexis Martineau – Grade 9

Honorable Mention        David Sobocan – Adult

Honorable Mention        Katelyn Cota – Grade 9

Honorable Mention        Hannan MacEachern – Grade 9

Honorable Mention        Riley Martin – Grade 10

Honorable Mention        Lauren Larocque – Grade 11

Honorable Mention        Lucas Kiewitz – Grade 8

Honorable Mention        Hanna Redmond – Grade 9

Honorable Mention        Mya Casetta – Grade 7

Honorable Mention        Madison Henderson – Grade 7

Council Adopts Community Improvement Plan

On Tuesday January  12,  2016 Tecumseh Council  adopted  the  Tecumseh Road Main Street Community Improvement Plan.  A Community  Improvement Plan (CIP) is an urban planning document that  provides the framework  to guide  the redevelopment, improvement or rehabilitation of a defined  area of a municipality that is in a state of transition.

The  Tecumseh  Road  Main  Street  area represents  the  original historical commercial core  of  the  Town  of Tecumseh  settlement area, comprising an approximate  1.2  kilometre  corridor  centered  on Tecumseh  Road between  the  City of Windsor to the  west and the  Via Rail  crossing  to the east.   This area is made up of  75 acres and over 115  properties.

This area should  serve as an important focal point  of the community by providing a wide range of commercial services  and  amenities along  with  various  housing  options.     It  is  anticipated that  the  CIP  will  help   in reestablishing this  corridor  as Tecumseh’s  “downtown” or “main  street”.

The desire  to  promote  change  prompted  Council  to  initiate the  development of  the  Tecumseh  Road  Main Street  CIP. This Plan  is the Town’s  first  step toward  the  revitalization and transformation of the  traditional “Main Street”  and surrounding community into a unique,  walkable,  vibrant  and mixed-use  destination.

The CIP will  guide  the  Town’s  preparation  of  a Streetscape  Master  Plan  leading  to the  construction of  an improved   public   realm.     In  addition, there  are  financial  incentives intended to  stimulate private  sector investment by way of property rehabilitation and new development.

“I am very pieased and excited that  CounciI took this strategic  first  step of recreating the feel of a smaII town main street.    The CIP will guide  all members of the community towards the common  goal of creating a vibrant and walkable  downtown core for all citizens and visitors to be proud of and enjoy.   A healthy downtown  is indicative of a healthy community and we look forward to the implementation of this  plan in the coming years” says Mayor Gary McNamara

For more details  on this  exciting initiative, please visit our website- www.tecumseh.ca.

Everyone Loves To Party!

The BIA hosted their 51st Annual Christmas Party at Beach Grove on Saturday, November 21st and everyone had a great time! Thank you to the Chef and staff at Beach Grove for another fabulous meal, service and ambiance; the dessert was deeeeelicious! A very heartfelt thank you to all of the members and guests who attended the party and generously donated gifts for door prizes. Thank you Frank Coppola and members of the Ciao Band for all of the GET-UP-AND-DANCE songs! Everyone had fun getting their pictures taken by DDM Video & Photo Booth; thank you Dennis Marentette for all your fun and crazy props! There are more pictures on the Gallery page.



TECUMSEH Cautions Residents of Door-To-Door Campaigns

Town of Tecumseh is asking residents to be wary of persons soliciting water filtration systems and/or water testing services by aggressive door-to-door canvassers.

These companies are NOT representing the Town.

These companies endeavour to give the impression that the Town’s water does not comply with the appropriate regulations regarding water quality.

The Town is committed to providing its residents efficient, secure and environmentally conscientious water services.

Should you have any questions about water quality please contact the Tecumseh Water & Wastewater Services at 519-735-2184 Ext 142.

OPP are advising to be cautious when letting strangers into your home or giving out financial information. If leery about the validity of the company, or you feel pressured or threatened by these aggressive tactics, please contact the Tecumseh OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or 911 for an emergency.


Denis Berthiaume
Manager, Water & Wastewater Services
Phone: 519-735-2184 Ext. 141

Laura Moy
Director Corporate Services/Clerk
Phone: 519-735-2184 Ext. 116



Why Shop Local?

There are many reasons to shop locally, but we think that you’ll agree that they all lead to one goal – keeping your local business, community and environment healthy, prosperous and vibrant. Here are great reasons to ‘keep your money where your heart is’ in our Town of Tecumseh!


Put Your Taxes To Good Use

Local business anchors the neighbourhood infrastructure and supports the town and county tax base. This adds value to the neighbourhood by increasing its income.

Buy Local – Support Yourself

Local business strengthens the economic base of every community. A good d4eal of the dollars spent with local businesses is used to make purchases form other local entities – creating a domino affect that can preserve a neighbourhood even in an economic slowdown.

Invest in Your Community

Most local business owners live in the community they serve; this lessens the possibility of moving and increases their assets in the future of the community.

Create More Good Jobs

Local businesses provide jobs for residents and are one the largest employers nationwide.

Reduce Environmental Impact

Locally owned businesses are usually found in thriving neighbourhoods or city centers as opposed to developing on the boarder. They along with local residents are more likely to purchase local, walk or bike more, resulting in less travel and reduced air pollutants.

Get Better Service

Local businesses tend to hire people with some knowledge of the products they are selling and provide better customer care by giving special attention to each patron they serve.

Support Community Groups

Local businesses on average support non-profits at a higher rate than big businesses. They are more likely to give back to the community and encourage entrepreneurial growth.

Encourage Local Prosperity

Research indicates that entrepreneurs and experienced workers will more likely live and invest in communities that preserve the characteristics of locally owned businesses.

Keep Our Community Unique

Locally owned businesses cater to the cultural base of the neighbourhood it serves. Residents can find a new adventure in a familiar environment. Where we live, shop and play is the foundation of our community. Unique businesses are vital to the diverse character of our neighbourhoods.

Save Time and Money

If you don’t have to travel an hour to make your next purchase or seek professional help that can be found right here in our town, you just saved a lot of time and gas money. For most of us life is busy, why take the extra drive when you can find it here!

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