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Celebrating International Women’s Day at WEST’s Annual Gala – Innovating Canada

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The annual International Women’s Day Gala hosted by Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor Inc. is a powerful celebration of community.

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The greatest changes in society often start at the community level, driven by meaningful interactions between individuals. In the Windsor-Essex County, in the southern-most portion of Ontario, Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor Inc. (WEST) is the driving force behind this exact type of change.

WEST provides support to women in the Windsor-Essex County, helping them to achieve their goals through acquiring employment, training, and skill development, along with aiding newcomers and immigrants with their settlement into the Windsor-Essex community. “Our organization has been doing this great work of empowering women since 1987,” says Rose Anguiano Hurst, WEST’s Executive Director.

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Brown’s Message as International Women’s Day Speaker: Keep Moving Ahead

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Carolyn Brown, CEO of the Windsor Detroit Tunnel Corporation is shown at her office in Windsor on Monday, March 6, 2023. Photo by Dan Janisse /Windsor Star

Carolyn Brown for many years has held top executive positions in prevalent organizations throughout the Windsor area, but to this day far too often remains the only woman in the room during any high-level meeting or event.

“It is challenging,” said Brown, currently CEO for the Windsor-Detroit Tunnel Corporation. “More often than not, I am the only woman at the table or event and often clearly the only Black woman. I always feel I’m being held to a higher standard.

“Your network of those in a similar position is a small one. There is a very limited level of support of women in similar positions.”

For that reason, Brown when given the opportunity has also strived to “pave the path for others,” she said.

“It’s something I’ve become used to — being the only woman or Black female in the room. So, I understand the challenges over the years and try to set the foundation for others. I would be very happy to see others following in the path that I set.”

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50/50 Cash Raffle is Back! Draw #3

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The funds raised by this raffle will support the programs and services at WEST.

The winner will receive 50% of funds raised and will be contacted by WEST to claim their prize.

Thank you for your support!

Wednesday, March 8, 2023


  • 200 tickets for $40
  • 40 tickets for $20
  • 10 tickets for $10

Windsor-Essex County’s Champion for Employing Newcomers and Women – Innovating Canada

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Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor Inc. (WEST) is on a mission to help women improve their employability and connect with jobs.

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Women and newcomers face disproportionately high levels of unemployment. While systemic changes may help rectify their unique barriers to employment integration, the immediate solutions are often local and community-oriented. In Windsor-Essex County, Ont., Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor Inc. (WEST) has become a champion in this area, creating unique programs and collaborating with local employers to get more newcomers and women into fulfilling employment opportunities.

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WEST Inc. The Shift Newsletter Special Edition 2022

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During the month of March, we celebrate Women’s History month and acknowledge the contributions and the impact that women around the world have made in history and today. This year the theme is “Providing Healing, Promoting Hope” and is a time to honour the ceaseless work of the caregivers and frontline workers during the pandemic, along with recognize how women throughout history have provided healing and hope within their communities.

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TD Bank Group donates $20,000 to support WEST programs for newcomer women

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TD Bank GroupWINDSOR, ON – Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor Inc. (WEST) is pleased to share that TD Bank Group (TD) has made a $20,000 donation to support programs for newcomer women in our community. This funding will enable WEST to offer newcomer women access to tools and training that will result in building skills and confidence leading towards financial empowerment.

Specifically, the funding will support WEST’s Financial Security through Networking, Mentoring and Training Project, which provides opportunities for newcomer women to attend Financial Literacy and Rent Smart Courses, Networking Training and Events, and Mentoring sessions with local entrepreneurs and leaders in the Windsor-Essex community.

A portion of the funding will also support WEST’s annual International Women’s Day Gala and Journey Towards Success Awards on Tuesday, March 8th, 2022 with Keynote Speaker Dr. Beverly Jacobs of the Mohawk Nation of the Haudenosaunee, Confederacy, Bear Clan and Senior Advisor to the President on Indigenous Affairs and Outreach for the University of Windsor. The gala will be broadcast virtually with Zoom networking at 5:30 pm and the Program starting at 6:00pm. This annual community building event which brings together people from all over Windsor Essex to honour amazing women living their best lives with over four hundred people joining in to support the pursuit of gender equality, inclusion, and the value of diversity.

“WEST is delighted about the opportunity to work with TD. This funding will help us expand our efforts to support economic inclusion and financial security of newcomer women,” says Rose Anguiano Hurst, Executive Director for WEST Inc. “We are confident that together with TD, we can offer proven programming that will result in building skills and confidence leading to opportunities for participants to become more financially empowered.”

“At TD, we are committed to creating conditions where everyone has the tools and resources they need to succeed in a changing world and feel confident in what their future holds,” says TD District Leader Johanna Tedesco. “Partnering with organizations such as WEST is one of the ways we work toward this goal, right here in Windsor.”

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Anti-Racism Statement from Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor Inc.

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Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor Inc. stands with everyone fighting against racism toward any and all people. We are saddened and angered by recent anti-Asian violence in the US and Canada.  No one in Canada should feel unsafe because of who they are, the colour of their skin, or where their ancestors come from.

We  stand with members of the Asian community and other disadvantaged communities  We stand for unity, equality, and safety for all men, women, and children regardless of race, class, gender, nationality.  As we continue to work diligently to assist disadvantaged women in the Windsor-Essex community, we shall continue to challenge racism and other forms of discrimination that exist in our community and are committed to working with our community for more inclusive representation in workplaces.

Although we often think of Canada as a beacon for multiculturalism, pervasive yet often covert racism is a part of the daily lives of our friends and colleagues and women we serve.

We join Canadians and Americans in acknowledging the pain felt due to racial violence and expressing the need for our communities to come together in solidarity to fight against racism and intolerance.

WEST demonstrates our commitment to inclusion through representation. Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor Inc. was incorporated in 1987 to improve the employability skills of severely-employment disadvantaged women in order to improve their employability in the workforce and or to further their education. Our Board of Directors, our staff and the participants we work with in our programs all represent the diversity seen across the world. WEST will continue to be a leader in the community and committed to fighting against racism and intolerance.

We all have a role to play in fighting back against anti-Asian racism.Together, we can and will make a difference to turn the tide of hatred. The following recommendations from Stop AAPI Hate ( offers five ways to help if you witness hate, according to the organization:

  •  Take action: Approach the targeted person, introduce yourself and offer support.
  • Actively listen: Ask before taking any actions and respect the other person’s wishes. Monitor the situation if needed.
  • Ignore the attacker: Using your discretion, Stop AAPI Hate says to attempt to calm the situation by using your voice, body language or distractions.
  • Accompany: If the situation escalates, invite the targeted person to join you in leaving the area.
  • Offer emotional support: Help the other person by asking how they’re feeling and assist them in figuring out what they want to do next.

Please report all incidents to 911 and the Canadian Human Rights Commision at

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