In The News
A collection of articles from local newspapers featuring the Windsor Day Care and its family of staff, parents and friends. Many thanks to our local publications who are supportive of our facility and our events.
Honouring Nathan: Windsor Day Care remembers 4-year-old who died from rare medical condition
Nathan LeBlanc was just four years old when he died Feb. 29, but the impact he had on his family and friends won’t soon be forgotten.
According to his mom and dad, Janet Aucoin LeBlanc and Phillip LeBlanc, Nathan loved life. He could often be seen on a scooter around the neighbourhood, and he had just started ice skating.
Nathan had a rare form of epilepsy called Dravet Syndrome, which affects roughly one per cent of people with epilepsy. June 23 is the International Dravet Syndrome Awareness Day. People can learn more about the disease at Dravet.ca.
Windsor’s council approves local daycare tax break
During the Feb. 23 council meeting, Windsor town council passed the second reading of a bylaw amendment, which means the 40-year-old daycare’s taxes will see a 50 per cent decrease.
The Town of Windsor initially increased the daycare’s tax rate to commercial in 2015, citing frustration with an unpaid loan.
The daycare paid off the loan by selling its former property and with support from the Community Business Development Corporation earlier this year, and council agreed it was time to bring it back to its old rate.
Windsor council considering changing tax status for local daycare
Council approved the first reading to a bylaw amendment, which will have its second reading on Feb. 23, to return the non-profit organization to the residential tax bracket instead of commercial.
Volunteer board members with the daycare were beaming following the news.
Board member Mike McGlone said it’s a big milestone for the nearly 40-year-old organization.
“From the time we took over as the new board this past summer, it’s been our No. 1 objective,” McGlone said. “It’s a new chapter. We’re turning the page and moving forward.”
Windsor Daycare sells old property, hoping for last-minute Aviva fund push
The Windsor Daycare has sold its former location on Stannus Street. Proceeds from the sale will go to the Town of Windsor to pay back funds owed.
Bonnie Smith, vice-president of the board of directors, said the monies from the sale represent a sizable chunk of the amount owed to the town.
“Our plan is to proceed with applying for the tax exemption on the property, with payment arrangements in place for the remainder that’s owing,” Smith said.
Daycare takes ‘one giant leap forward’
For some, the new Windsor Day Care Centre is nothing short of a dream come true.
In the old building, daycare director Pat Post says her greeting of newcomers often involved begging pardon.
She used to feel compelled to assure parents that the Windsor Day Care Centre’s programs and staff are second to none. That promise was shortly followed with a “please ignore the condition of the building.”
That’s not the case now.
“We don’t have to apologize for ourselves anymore,” she said with a contented grin during an interview in her new office.
Daycare dream to come true in Windsor
WINDSOR — A longtime dream will become reality when the million-dollar Windsor Day Care Centre opens in two weeks.
Eighty children will walk through the front door Oct. 29.
That day can’t come soon enough for Windsor Day Care Society president Leslie Porter.
“This new building was long overdue,” Porter said last week as workers put the final touches on the two-storey structure.
“We actually started planning for this 10 or 12 years ago.” …
Windsor to get long-awaited daycare
WINDSOR — A new Windsor daycare centre will be built, despite setbacks that have delayed the project for years.
“It’s a go, finally,” Leslie Porter, president of the Windsor Day Care Society, said Monday.
“We just signed an agreement with the government last week, so we will be moving forward.
“It’s been a long haul. We started this project in 2006 and finally thought we had it secure just before the last (provincial) election. But we dug our feet in and started working on it again. So we’re really happy that we finally secured the loan again.” … Read more via Chronicle Herald.
Daycare proposal gets loan needed to start building
WINDSOR — Financing is finally coming together for the Windsor Day Care Society’s plan to construct a new, $1-million daycare.
The society has secured a $150,000 loan from the Kings-Hants Business Development Corp. and now has the necessary funds to begin construction.
“It’s been like a revolving door for us,” society president Leslie Porter said of the project.