Down­town Wind­sor BIA mem­bers elect al­most com­pletely new board

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Mem­bers of the Down­town Wind­sor Busi­ness Im­prove­ment As­so­ci­a­tion voted for a near-com­plete turnover of its board of di­rec­tors. Seven of the eight peo­ple elected Fri­day evening af­ter three days of vot­ing are new to the board, with only Marry Anne Ducharme of Pearce, Ducharme and As­so­ciates Fam­ily Law re­tain­ing her po­si­tion. Chair­man Larry Hor­witz was not re-elected to the board. “There was a de­sire for change, a de­sire for re­newal in the DWBIA,” said Pat Pa­padeas, one of the new board mem­bers.

“I think there’s go­ing to be a bit of a learn­ing curve, but I’m go­ing to be part of a team with a lot of en­ergy.”

Pa­padeas, a le­gal stud­ies pro­fes­sor at St. Clair Col­lege, host of Rose City Pol­i­tics, and mem­ber of the Wind­sor In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val board of di­rec­tors, said she heard about a group of young busi­ness owners look­ing to make some changes down­town and be­came ex­cited to be a part of it. “I see the hard work they put in their busi­nesses,” Pa­padeas said about the other newly elected board mem­bers.

“Based on the en­ergy and what we’ve seen them ac­com­plish in their own rights, I think we’re go­ing to see some great things.” Pa­padeas said it was too soon to name spe­cific changes the new board in­tends to make, but added, “we need to take a look at a strate­gic di­rec­tion down­town.” Ge­off Zanetti, owner of Vil­lains Beas­tro, is an­other new­comer to the board. He and Pa­padeas both said they heard over 100 mem­bers took part in the vote, up from around 30 peo­ple in past elec­tions.

“Change is al­ways good,” Zanetti said. “It’s hard to re­sist change.” Af­ter the list of board-elect mem­bers is pre­sented to city coun­cil for ap­proval, the board will be joined by Ward 3 Coun. Rino Bor­tolin, who rep­re­sents the down­town on coun­cil and is ap­pointed by the city.

The first meet­ing of the new board will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 24, af­ter which board mem­bers will vote on a new chair and

Based on the en­ergy and what we’ve seen them ac­com­plish in their own rights, I think we’re go­ing to see some great things.

ap­point mem­bers to the ex­ec­u­tive board.

An email sent out Fri­day night to the can­di­dates by DWBIA ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Deb­bie Croucher lists the win­ners:

Bar & Night­club: Bryan Da­toc Com­mer­cial Prop­erty Owner /De­vel­oper: Ge­off Zanetti Ho­tel/Tourism/Re­tail: Brian Yeo­mans

Mem­ber at Large (non-li­censed): Pat Pa­padeas

Pro­fes­sional Ser­vices (le­gal & fi­nan­cial): Mary Anne Ducharme Restau­rant (li­censed): David Pran­tera

Restau­rant (un­li­censed): Stephanie Clark

Re­tail: Liam O’Don­nell

Pat Pa­padeas

Larry Hor­witz


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