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International Women’s Day Gala – March 8th, 2015

posted Feb 21, 2015, 10:06 AM by Almohajer Aljadeed   [ updated Feb 21, 2015, 10:07 AM ]

Windsor, ON – Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor Inc. (WEST) will be celebrating our annual International Women’s Day Gala on Sunday March 8th, 2015 at St. Clair Centre for the Arts. 

For more than 26 years, WEST has been providing training to visible minority and immigrant women who are trying to champion their situational barriers and reach their employment goals. Each year WEST provides training and support to approximately 2,000 women and their families within the Windsor & Essex County area.

On Sunday March 8th, 2015 WEST’s IWD Gala will be an opportunity to commemorate our participants, businesses and community partners within the Windsor & Essex County area, who demonstrate a commitment to embracing diversity in our community. This year theme is “Working Towards Women’s Equality Today and in the Future.” The event will highlight the accomplishments achieved by women in the past, present, and future; advancing women further towards equality.  
During the event, WEST will recognize Journey Towards Success Recipients. The Recipients are WEST clients, who have gone on a challenging journey and been successful in achieving their goals, as well as Community Partners that have demonstrated a belief in the WEST mission and continue to actively support women on their journeys toward success.

WEST is pleased to announce Saadia Muzaffar as the Keynote Speaker for our IWD Gala 2015.

Saadia is the founder of TechGirls Canada (TGC), a national organization focused on building community and amplifying ideas around women’s leadership in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. TGC provides leadership and community to hundreds of non-profit and industry groups working to engage more girls to pursue a career in Technology. The organization is continuously working to break down silos; advocate for resources, funding, private and public sector partnerships opportunities along with catalyze joint programs.

In addition Saadia is the Senior Director of Marketing for AudienceView. AudienceView has been providing business solutions to the entertainment industry for more than 10 years. “It is a complete
 e-commerce solution that enables organizations to offer a true shopping experience.” 

For more information about Saadia Muzaffar visit: 
TechGirls Canada at http://www.techgirls.ca/ , or AudienceView at http://www.audienceview.com/

All proceeds will go towards providing training to women in Windsor & Essex County, as a result ‘investing in our community’.  

Tickets are $85 person and includes a full dinner. If you would like to purchase a ticket, please contact us at 519.256.6621, or via email at iwd@westofwindsor.com. Also, tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite at


We look forward to you joining us at this year’s celebration! 

Media Contact & for more information, please contact:
Rose Anguiano Hurst, Executive Director
Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor Inc. (WEST)

Phone: (519) 256-6621, ext. 222

Fax: (519) 256-3963

Email: rose@westofwindsor.com

Website: www.westofwindsor.com

How do I know if I have the Common Cold or the Flu?

posted Nov 3, 2014, 2:44 PM by Almohajer Aljadeed

By: Rocco D’Angelo

Many of you will likely experience a Cold or the Flu during this winter season. There are certain symptoms unique to the Common Cold and the Flu. If you are experiencing the Common Cold you likely have a runny nose with clear mucous at the start of your cold that changes to a yellow-greenish colour towards the end. You may also have a stuffy nose. You may also have a mild sore throat and a mild to moderate dry cough. Your cough may become productive, meaning that you are coughing up mucous as your cold progresses. Your cold usually lasts 5 to 7 days but may last up to 2 weeks. 
If you have the Flu, you will be experiencing some similar symptoms as a cold but with some differences. You will likely have a runny nose without any congestion. You may have a sore throat and will likely have a dry cough. With the Flu, you will have a fever, body/headaches and will also feel very tired. Your symptoms will last for 10 days.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for the Common Cold or the Flu. Once you catch the virus you’ll be stuck with it until it runs its course. However, there are medications that can be used to treat the symptoms and help you feel better. Your Pharmacist can provide you with medications to treat these symptoms. There are certain things you can do to prevent catching the Common Cold or Flu. Hand-washing is one of the most important and effective prevention methods. Always wash your hands after touching door handles, public telephones etc. You should also carry around a bottle of alcohol sanitizer to use after you wash your hands or if you cannot get to a washroom.  The most effective way of NOT catching the Flu is to get your Flu shot. Although you may hear that the flu shot will actually make you sick (there is a small percentage of people that do experience this), the flu shot works. It is safe and effective. Speak with your pharmacist if you have questions regarding the Flu shot. If you already have a cold or the Flu, make sure you take precautions to prevent spreading.  Use the same precautions as you would to PREVENT catching a cold or flu. Sneeze and cough into your sleeve or elbow. Avoid public places so take a sick day from school or work. Get plenty of rest and drink lots of water.

Your teeth can last a lifetime with proper home care and regular dental checkups.

posted Nov 3, 2014, 2:38 PM by Almohajer Aljadeed

By Dr. M. Iskandar

No matter what your age, you can keep your teeth and gums healthy by brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily and seeing your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and checkups. Enforcing good oral hygiene habits early in a child’s life is essential for his overall well-being. According to a 2007 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of cavities in children between the ages of two and five has escalated by 15 percent. Proper oral hygiene habits in kids must start as early as the child begins to bottle feed. This is when babies are prone to baby bottle carries. Baby bottle carries are cavities that are a result of drinking formula breast milk or juice from a baby bottle. Baby teeth should be cleaned using a washcloth, young babies should eventually have their teeth and tongues brushed using soft brushes on a regular schedule. It is important for parents to teach children the proper way to brush their teeth with toothpaste that has fluoride in it, to take them for regular dental check-ups, and to serve food that will maintain optimal health. Kids should eat foods that will strengthen their teeth, such as milk, cheese, and vegetables. Good oral hygiene starts at a young age but must be maintained for a life time. As children get older they should be encouraged to take good care of there teeth. Teenagers care a lot about how they look. Help your teen understand that bad oral hygiene can lead to stains, bad breath , missing teeth and many other dental problems. As we get older it becomes more important that we floss regularly to remove plaque from under the gum line. If we don't take special care to remove this plaque it can harden into tartar and will only be able to be removed with a professional dental cleaning. Tartar under the gum line can also lead to problems such as gingivitis which is an early stage of gum disease. Symptoms of gingivitis include red, swollen or tender gums that tend to bleed when you brush them. If you notice any of these symptoms, see your dentist before serious problems develop. Advanced stages of gum disease may lead to tooth loss but in the early stages can be reversed. A beautiful healthy smile can last a life time with these simple guidelines. 

Why Math Word Problems are Worrisome to Children

posted Nov 3, 2014, 2:35 PM by Almohajer Aljadeed   [ updated Nov 3, 2014, 2:36 PM ]

By:   Giovanna Russo-Romao
Windsor Sylvan Learning

Word problems take math concepts, such as arithmetic, geometry and algebra, and relate them back to the real world.  But somehow, in the conversion from numbers and symbols to the written word, even students adept at math can become confused and discouraged. In fact, children often find it easier to solve a problem that explicitly asks them to multiply two numbers rather than tackle a word problem that requires the same mathematical skills.

In addition to knowledge of core math concepts, word problems also require strong reading comprehension skills. Before a child can solve a word problem, he needs to be able to translate the problem into a math equation.

Once a child deciphers a word problem and is able to convert it into a simple equation, most students can easily calculate the answer. Unfortunately, determining the right equation is often the most challenging part of problem-solving. By applying reading comprehension skills to their math homework, students are better able to solve word problems correctly. 

To help children boost their critical thinking and word problem-solving skills, the math experts at Sylvan Learning, the leading provider of tutoring to students of all ages, grades and skill levels, offer parents the following tips to help their children decode word problems, gather key information, solve equations and check their answers:
1. Read the question carefully. Ask your child to read and reread the question to make sure that he understands what he is being asked to solve. Encourage him to read the question aloud and pay close attention to the final question of the word problem.
2. Understand the problem. Encourage her to simplify the word problem by highlighting the main words and important ideas. Have the student ask herself the following questions: What am I being asked to do? What are the important facts? Do I have enough information to solve the problem?  What operation will I use? 
3. Convert the verbal statement into a mathematical equation. Help him break the word problem into manageable, ordered steps. It's a good idea to do the work step-by-step, particularly if it’s a complicated problem with several parts. It's easier to keep the pieces of the problem in order if he works this way and easier to avoid mistakes. 
4. Generate the result. Encourage her to solve the mathematical problem using a technique such as drawing or mentally acting out the problem. After she finishes, make sure the results make sense and that she writes the answer in the appropriate units (e.g., hours, metres, kilometres, etc.

Four Poems from Syria

posted May 10, 2014, 11:13 AM by Almohajer Aljadeed

Written By: Muhammad al-Maghout
(1934- April 3, 2006) / Translated By: Reda Mansour

Muhammad al-Maghout is a poet, playwright, and columnist, born in 1934 in al-Salamiyaa, Syria. His best collections  are: -- Huzn fi Daw' al-Qamar [Sadness in Moonlight, 1959], Ghurfa bi-malayin al-Judran [A Room with Millions of Walls, 1964] and al-Farah laysa Mihnati [Joy is not my Profession, 1970], and was the first modern Arab poet to bring attention to the colourful complexities of the simple life.  He introduced Arabic poetics to current and newly-coined words, sometimes even slang-words juxtaposed in simple phrases creating a cadence previously unknown. Written during his exile in Beirut, his poetry -- which is among the pioneer works of non-metrical Arabic free verse -- is a cry in the jungle of language against the ruthless world of exile. He presented a new vision of life that was an access to the unknown for new generations of poets, and is still an influential force in modern Arab poetry. He has also several plays, among them; The Hunchbacked Bird (1967), The Clown (1974), a novel, The Seesaw (1991), and ten collections of his satirical articles. Since 1970 Al-Maghut has published no new poems, but poetry still remains the hidden passion of this clear-sighted man, as he says himself: "To be a great poet in the Arab world, one must be sincere; to be sincere one must be a free man; to be free one must live; and to live one must keep mum . . . You sicken me, poetry, you immortal and divine

To A Tourist

Here I sit – equidistant
between the innocence of childhood
and the decline of old age
Tourist – help me see – I need
your binoculars
What calls for my attention – I cannot fathom
I, a poet from the East

Your white scarf – place it on the sidewalk
Please sit at my side as the rain – soft as the yellow sun
Soothes – a balm for the soul.

Guides and maps are impotent
They are unable to help you
Your writing do nothing for you
as time winds down like a cheap watch

Peasants of multiple decades
deliver folk wisdom
Just two quatrains will deliver in a folk song
the history of the east

The Tattoo

This the third hour of the twentieth century
Corpses everywhere in this hollow land
pedestrians crying tears of hopelessness
Watch as I lie down in the middle of the street
I resemble an old Bedouin
who lives with bars of steel

Policemen victimize demonstrators who in vain seek justice
Watch as I write in the dark
My pen and my tears are now one.
My pen is impotent but still i write – words as hollow as a life without hopelessness

Prison bars seek what i no longer am
as my pen scribbles like a child with language hiding in the dark
Where does this fear originate? When will it be no more?
My bones are old; my hopes mock me like blood losing its redness

My love – in vain I try to restore my courage even my misery


The Aroma of bread
Or the scent of nations on travelers’ clothes

In my finest dress- like a lover
Anticipating my first date
Flooded with excitement.

Catching sight of her (the revolution) my, soul sings
A song of enchantment and young love

Evenings I plan to accompany her
To both alleys and country sides
Where I can open my heart and fill her
With all that I am and wish to be.
Until sleep overtakes her
Like a grandmother by a fire place.

But suppose she fails to come.
Then sorrow will assault me
And hope hide among the trees
And I will curse the heavens.


Poetry no longer becomes me
I see Lebanon Burning
I seek escape from this conflagration
What can one do when his nation is collapsing
A village girl can do me no good
Only collapse I see

Poetry hides its light from my sight
An unknown girl is seeking my love
or is it the love of all?
The mountains swell with passion
in the desert of my days

I am not your typical citizen
My words fail and mock my efforts
I – a ruthless eagle not knowing what
to do
Arabs skirt to and from lost among the mountains
their voices of sadness weigh on me
Graves of the unknown mar the land
My eyes of treachery stare in blindness
My brothers are now unknown to me
Lebanon – nation hiding her treasures from me
as women captive and alone shed tears on lonely crags.

My nation is voiceless
all of my efforts futile
How can I write poems of trees and other treasures of nature
My words fade like ice in temperature of ultimate heat
Days of gladness – are they no more?
A bullet in my throat my only answer
(Beirut 1958)

The A-Z of Real Estate Terminology

posted May 10, 2014, 11:00 AM by Almohajer Aljadeed

By Adele Youssef.
The one thing about participating in the real estate market that confounds most consumers is the terminology and jargon that must be learned. But, as with any business, in order to be successful as a buyer or seller, it is necessary to become familiar with certain concepts and words.
The real estate business is somewhat unique in that it is not confined to one particular set of dealings. Instead, it encompasses a number of professions: financial, legal, governmental, building trades, and of course, real estate itself.
So, from A for amortization to Z for zoning regulations, here is a quick run-through of some the important real estate terminology you’ll encounter:
Amortization: The number of years it will take to pay off the entire amount of a mortgage. In Ontario, most mortgages are amortized over 25 years.
Appraisal: An estimate of a property’s market value. This is used by lenders to determine the amount of your mortgage.
Assessment: The value of a property set by the local municipality. The assessment is used to calculate your property tax.
Assumable Mortgage: A mortgage held on a property by a seller that can be taken over by the buyer. The buyer then assumes responsibility for making payments. An assumable mortgage can make a property more attractive to potential buyers.
Blended Mortgage Payments: Equal or regular mortgage payments consisting of both a principal and an interest component.
Broker: A real estate professional licensed in Ontario to facilitate the sale, lease or exchange of a property.
Bridge Financing: Money borrowed against a homeowner’s equity in a property (usually for a short term) to help finance the purchase of another property or to make improvements to a property being sold.
Buy-down: A situation where the seller reduces the interest rate on a mortgage by paying the difference between the reduced rate and market rate directly to the lender. Or, the difference can be paid to the purchaser in one lump sum or monthly instalments. A buy-down can make a property more attractive to potential buyers.
Closed Mortgage: A mortgage that cannot be prepaid, renegotiated or refinanced during its term without significant penalties.
Conventional Mortgage: A first mortgage issued for up to 75 per cent of the property’s appraised value or purchase price, whichever is lower.
Debt Service Ratio: The percentage of a borrower’s gross income that can be used for housing costs (including mortgage payments and taxes). This is used to determine the amount of monthly mortgage payment the borrower can afford.
Easement: A legal right to use or cross (right of way) another person’s land for limited purpose. A utility’s right to run wires or lay pipe across a property is a common example.
Encroachment: An intrusion onto an adjoining property. A neighbour’s fence, shed or overhanging roof line that partially or fully intrudes onto your property are examples.
First Mortgage: The first security registered on a property. Additional mortgages secured against the property are termed ‘secondary’.
High-Ratio Mortgage: A mortgage for more than 75 per cent of a property’s appraised value or purchase price.
Listing Agreement: The contract between the listing broker and an owner, authorizing the Realtor to facilitate the sale or lease of a property.
Mortgage: A contract between a borrower and a lender where the borrower pledges a property as security to guarantee repayment of the mortgage debt.
Mortgage Term: The length of time a lender will loan mortgage funds to a borrower. Most terms run from six months to five years, after which the borrower will either pay off the balance or renegotiate the mortgage for another term. Payments are calculated using the interest rate offered for the term, the amount of the mortgage, and the amortization period.
Multiple Listing Service (MLS): A comprehensive system for relaying information to Realtors about properties for sale.
Open Mortgage: A mortgage that can be prepaid or renegotiated at any time and in any amount without penalty.
Partially Open Mortgage: A mortgage that allows the borrower to pre-pay a specific portion of the mortgage principal at certain times with or without penalty.
Realtor: A trademarked name describing real estate professionals who are members of a local real estate board and the Canadian Real Estate Association.
Transfer Taxes: Payment to the provincial government for transferring property from the seller to the buyer.
Vendor Take-Back Mortgage: A situation where sellers use their equity in a property to provide some or all of the mortgage financing in order to sell the property.
Zoning Regulations: Strict guidelines set and enforced by municipal governments regulating how a property may or may not be used.
Source: Reprinted with permission from OREA (Ontario Real Estate Association)
An expert REALTOR® gives you support to buy or sell a house. They are an ally who'll help you make the most out of your home. REALTORS® can guide you through every step of the process, explain the current market, help navigate complex paperwork and offer invaluable advice. 
Before you Buy or Sell, call a REALTOR® you can trust to be with you every step of the way.
Adele Youssef, ASA
Real Estate Sales Representative 
Manor Realty Windsor Ltd. Brokerage
Address: 3276 Walker Road Windsor, Ontario N8W 3R8 
Phone: (519) 250-8800

Digital Media and Real Estate

posted Jan 13, 2014, 4:57 PM by Almohajer Aljadeed

The world has turned digital. Digitalmedia is starting to account for a larger share of real-estate search. 93% of marketers use socialmedia.Realtors® are no longer prospecting only to our localmarket. By incorporating digitalmedia in today’s advertising, it allows us to reach potential buyers on a huge scale. Selling your own home can be tricky. And with a lot fewer homebuyers trolling the market, sellers need to make sure that their homes are getting out in front of the most promising prospects. No matterwhat type of home is being sold, a wealth of high-tech tools is available to help target the most likelybuyers. Realtors® can draw attention to your home in places where Buyers are looking, digitalmedia. In addition, a Realtor® has access to the Multiple Listing Service®, and all of its features, Canada'smost powerful real estatemarketing network. The right agent can you help you decide what and when to tweet or post to Facebook, or use Sites such as YouTube. When to include links to high-definition photos that will look better on
that iPad or mobile phones, whichwould-be buyers are clutching as they drive neighborhoods on the weekends. The world has turned digital, real estate has turned digital. A good Realtor® knows that giving your home exposure to a broader network of agents and potential buyers, and taking advantage of digitalmedia, is key to successfully selling your home. Callme to discuss how we can successfully sell your home in today’s digitalworld.

Gibran Khalil Gibran and William Blake: Poets of Peace and Redemption

posted Jan 13, 2014, 4:53 PM by Almohajer Aljadeed

Poetry and Art are twins. Both are the offspring of suffering and joy. There is evidence that Gibran was familular with the work of Blake. He (Gibran) was intorofuced to Blakes world in Boston. Gibran was called “the 20th century Blake” Both rebelled against church corruption, and their political views were queit simular. Both of them were artists as well as being poets. Gibran himself was a teacher amd a guide for his friends. He saw himself as a peace maker and a spiritual healer. 

Both Blake and Gibran took the position that the basic purpose of our xistence is to discover and record new truths about the human soul. Both of these men deifned poetry as “the inevitable word in the inevitable place. Both of these highly creative individuals believed that we are all involved in an inner journey Gibran considered himself as being involved on an inner quest. 

Neither Blaker or Gibran claimed to be a mystic or a savior. Both believed that it is the responce of all persons to save themselves. Man was origionally an “imaginative being. Blake argues that everything that could be created could be destroyed and that our fives senses were dindrances to imagintation. 

Like Coleridge and Emerson, Gibran projected his feelings and moods onto nature and made nature echo them again. He agreed with Blake as well as Coleridge that the world of imagintation was richer, permenant and more dazzling than the outside world of ature becasue Gibran that the outside is but a replica of the inside. 

It is not surprising that both of these creative individuals shared a great deal of their intellectual qualities for creative people generally have a great deal in common whether we are considering poetry or other models of expression. 

Another concept that Gibran did not share with Blake was that of reincarnation. Gibran believed that evolution of the self through reincarnation was the only way to the greater self. A concept that he read in whitman and Emersons the Over Sould. Neither if the Moselem Mystics nor Blake believed in reincarnation. 

Gibran owed more to the Bible and to Blake than to any other poet or philosepher. And Blakes influence on him was the most enduring. Inhis book “prophet” The life and times of Gibran. Waterfield totally ignored fundemental premise, consequestely making his study of Gibran incomplete and his lost of influences certainly lacking.

During a certain part of his career, Gibran feels under the 'Spell” of Nietzsche. This is a period of disillusiononment and frustration that ended with the Prophet. At that time the young Gibran was experiencing personal and social difficulties, and his country was yeilding under the heavy yoke of the ottoman empire. There was a conflict between his imagination and his will, and a fierce battle between his ego and society. 

Gibrans critisism of society and state, his rebeliion against th authority of the Prince and the priest should be traced back to Blakes writings. Gibran did not rebel against the church becasuse of Nietzsche nor did he concept of Christianity or of Jesus parallel that of the “antichrist” Hehad faith and love in Jesus. Neitzsche blamed Christianity for and the social insitituations for the “dehuminization: of the individual. 

Although Blake preceded Nietzsche by almost a century, he anticipated the revolt of the German phiosphepher without denouncing his faith in Jesus. Both blake and Gibraninsisted that to be outside the church does not involve being outside of the sphere of redemption. Neither of them was a church-goer. Gibran also stressed that “Jesus was the most powerful personality in History.” He also disagreed with Nietzsche's theory of Eternal Recurrence. 

We will now increase our understanding of these two historically significant men by examining information that tells us who they were and why they are, even worth considering. 

William Blake (1757-1827) was an English poet. He was not well recognzed during his lifetime. However, he is now considered an important figure in the history of poetry. Much of his poetry was prophetic. He was considered “mad” by his contemporaries for his unusal opinons. Now critics point to his expresivness and creativity. He was also considered philosophical. He revered the Bible but was hostile to the Church of England. He was influenced by the ideas and ambitions of both the French and American revolutions. 

He had a close relationship by Thoman Paine, the American pamphleteer and revolutionary. The 19th century scholor, William Rossetti characterized him a “glorious luminary and a man not a forestalled by predecessors, nor to be classified with contemporaries, nor to be classed with contemporaries, nor to be replaced by known or readily surmisable successors.”

Kahlil Gibran ( Full arabic name Gibran Khalil Gibran) 

Khalil Gibran was a lebanses literary and philosophical icon who lived from 1883-1931. He was born in the town of Bsharri in the north of modern day Lebanon. As a young man he immigrated to the United States, Where he studied art and began his literary career, writing in both english and arabic. 

He is considered to be a literary and political rebel. In lebanon he is still considered to be a literary hero. He is maily known for English speaking world for his book The Prophet. A work of phiosphepher essays written in poetic prose. It bcasme pipular book in spite of the cold reception by critics. It as especially appealing in the 1930's and to members of the 1960;s counterculture. Gibran is the third best selling poet of all time, beind Shakespeare and Laozi. A very small versatule man he wa salso a painter, theologian, and a visual artist. 

Gibran died in New York City n 1931 of cirrohsis of the liver and tuberculosis. Before his death he expressed the wish to be buried in Lebanon. Written next to Gibrans Grave are the words, a word i want to see written grave: i M ALIVE LIKE YOU, AND I AM STANDING BESIDE YOU. CLOSE YOUR EYES AND LOOK AROUND, YOU WILL SEE ME INFRONT OF YOU. 

Windsor Women Working with Immigrant Women

posted Jan 13, 2014, 4:48 PM by Almohajer Aljadeed

Windsor Women Working with Immigrant Women (W5) is a newcomer settlement agency serving the Windsor-Essex community since 1982. Through our 31 years of service, we have grown immensely in both knowledge and programs. We have gone from offering services through one program facilitated in a basement by a few dedicated individuals, to running 5 programs and a few non-funded programs, with the support of over 50 staff and a large pool of volunteers. Our mission statement is to assist immigrant and refugee women and their families to become full and participating members of Canadian society. This goal is ingrained in the essence of W5, and our staff achieve it at various different levels in multiple capacities.

Our Employment Service Centre (ESC) at W5 is a comprehensive program designed to assist unemployed and underemployed individuals in our community find and retain work. Both women and men who are either Permanent Residents or Canadian citizens can access this program. We look at a multitude of barriers our clients face that could be hindering their ability to retain meaningful employment, and work towards breaking those barriers. We provide one-on-one employment counseling to distinguish what our clients want, we review, edit and gear resumes to ensure maximum exposure, we do mock interviews with clients to better equip them for effective responses, we provide incentives to employers to hire our ‘at-risk’ clients, and much more. We have the Youth Employment Fund (YEF) to assist our youth clients gain meaningful experience through placements, and we also assist candidates to access; Second Career, Apprenticeships, and Ontario Job Creation Partnership (OJCP).

Our Information and Orientation (IO-Settlement) program is a full settlement needs program geared towards making your transition into Canadian society as fluid as possible, while still maintaining what makes you so uniquely you. Eligibility for this program is Permanent Residents and Convention Refugees. This program is accessible to all clients within W5, and all clients in the community who meet the eligibility criteria. Our Settlement Counselors are always available to help you with any inquiries, irrespective of the magnitude, ranging from cable bills to hiring a good lawyer. The IO program also hosts many workshops based on clients’ needs, and provides support services such as childminding and transportation for clients who show a need.

Our Language Training and Skills Development program provides literacy and LINC classes for newcomers in the community. Our classes start at the Literacy 1 and go up to LINC 3. We provide options to our clients with different timings for our classes so that the maximum amount of participation can be met. We have mornings, afternoons, and evening classes to suit the schedules of all. The Care for Newcomer Children’s (CNC) service provides child-minding for our clients who are eligible, to ensure that some barriers to education are broken. Transportation support is also available for clients who qualify under the Affordable Bus Pass program.

The Care for Newcomer Children’s program, is a support service for the Language Training and Skills Development program, as well as the Information and Orientation program. It is a tremendous program, as it has an educational curriculum for your children while they play. In addition to the learning programs, the children have fun games tailored around teaching colours, numbers, shapes, and much more during their crucial years of learning. Our staff are all

Early Childhood Education (ECE) certified, and genuinely love teaching and aiding the children to interact with each other. Eligibility for the CNC program is ages 6 months to 6 years.

The Community Connections program houses the Newcomer Arts Project (NAP) project that services both young women and young men, where art is used as a means for integration. Various artistic expressions are explored such as; dance, visual arts, music and drama. There are also girls projects that take place with aims toward the empowerment and education of young women. These projects explore issues that young women are interested in. These include building healthy relationships between young women and their peers, intimate partners, and family members; assertive communication; body image and self-esteem. Homework and academic support is provided between 3:00 and 7:30 pm.

The Mental Health/Crisis Counseling is another service available through the Community Connections program. It is accessible to all clients from all programs, provided they are women and men with Permanent Resident or Convention Refugee status. If you are feeling overwhelmed, unsure, dissatisfied, this is the program to access.

The Investing in Women’s Futures (IWF) program at W5 is an amazing opportunity for women of any status (PR, Convention Refugees, Canadian Citizens, etc). It is a comprehensive program that aims to prevent violence against women and promote women’s economic independence by helping women develop skills and abilities that will reduce their vulnerability to poverty and abuse. The IWF program facilitates many workshops within and also from community partners and agencies that help to educate women on; financial literacy, violence against women, shelters, employability training, WHMIS, and much more. The program also facilitates basic and intermediate computer classes to further capacitate independence in an age filled with technological advancements.

For further information and inquiries about all our programs and services, please call:


In addition to these funded programs, W5 also provides the following non-funded programs:

Women’s Circle - A support group activity to reach out to isolated immigrants and visible minority women. Activities include craft, knitting and information sharing.

Conversation English Classes - A group activity for clients who wish to enhance their oral communication skills.

Computer classes for seniors - A support group activity to reach out to isolated seniors, both male and female, who want to learn how to ‘surf the net’ and to get connected with their families.

Income Tax - Since 2003, W5 participates annually in the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program(VITP) provided by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Clients who are unable to complete their income tax returns by themselves, and are unable to pay for assistance access this service.

Community Cup Windsor- An annual football (soccer) tournament is hosted by W5 to engage newcomer youth with their society through means of participation in a friendly competition. The teams are designed based on age, gender, skill level, and profession (if affiliated with a community partner ie. W5, Windsor Police, etc.) 

Drivers! Beware of the Eye in the Sky

posted Jul 6, 2013, 11:25 AM by Almohajer Aljadeed

By: Amy Osman
Ontario Provincial Police is now using a Cessna 206 aircraft to observe drivers. The aerial enforcement begins by targeting the stretch of busy highways. A spotter and a pilot are aboard the aircraft, which will allow police to relay information to interceptor cruisers on the ground. White marker points have been painted every 500 meters along selected stretches of Highways, which will allow police to measure the speeds of moving vehicles. The aircraft has been equipped with infrared technology and a high-tech video camera to allow police to operate the plane day and night. The aircrafts can observe hundreds of cars at one time.The aircrafts relays the information to the ground units, who then pull the vehicle over and issue an offence notice. An officer in a helicopter or plane is in a position to observed from the time to the offence until the traffic stop, without losing the sight of the vehicle. The O.P.P has also been catching drivers who have been racing, stunt driving, driving carelessly, too even changing lanes unsafely. Motorists caught travelling more than 50 km/h above the posted speed limit have had their vehicles impounded on the spot and licenses suspended for a week. The drivers also face fines of between $2,000 and $10,000 if found guilty. The O.P.P team rotates to a different location each time out. They know where some of the worst offenders put the pedal down, therefore drivers beware. If you get a ticket from the sky they you can call the Law Society Referral Service. They have several services to help you find a Paralegal of your choice. You can contact them at 1-877-947-3924 or email them at lawrefer@lsuc.on.ca. Or you may contact “Your Choice Paralegals LLP” located at the Downtown Windsor Business Accelerator at 720 Ouellette Avenue. 20 min free consultations.
.nfo@yourchoiceparalegals.ca and we would be there to assist you. 

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