Local Santa Claus Parades
Kingsville Santa Claus Parade

This year the Town of Kingsville and Ernie’s TV are proud to present the Kingsville Reverse Santa Parade. See the parade from the comfort of your own vehicle as you cruise down a parade route. Grab a warm beverage and take in the beauty and festivities of the holiday season.

Saturday November 21, 2020 at 6:00 PM Town of Kingsville 2021 Division Road North

Leamington Christmas Parade is a GO!

The Leamington District Chamber of Commerce again looks forward to bringing the annual Santa Claus Parade to the community, but in a different way this year. Every year, the community comes out in full force the night of the parade. This tradition will continue, with a few COVID-19 tweaks of course.

Spectators can view the floats and Santa himself from their vehicle. The floats will be stationary, and the spectators will drive by enjoying the lit-up entries as well as the beauty of Canada’s most southern National Park.

There is no cost to enter the park, but please bring a donation for the food bank and/or a toy for Toys for Tots which will be collected along the parade route. Children can bring their Santa letter to put in the mailbox and letters with return addresses will get a reply.

Saturday November 28, 2020 from 6;00 PM to 8:00 PM at Point Pelee National Park.
Opportunity for Transformation
There are so many clichés about change that it’s easy to be dismissive of the idea that everything is constantly changing around us. We take for granted that seasons come and go, the sun rises and sets, children grow older, and people pass away.

No part of our lives or the world around us is immune from change, as new experiences arise and others fade. This constant momentum can be scary, like when a global pandemic shocks the foundation of our society, but also presents the opportunity for transformation. We have the potential to examine closely things that can be improved, or things that we want to create, and use the power of constant, incremental change to make monumental impact.

Community Living Essex County supports people to transform their lives in ways that are meaningful to them. By looking at technological solutions, flexible staffing, and a true understanding of individual goals, lives are being transformed every day. Whether it is supporting people to achieve greater levels of independence, or exploring new relationships, or discovering new passions and priorities, the agency plays a key role in helping those small steps snowball into eye-opening transformations.

Like everyone in our community, Community Living Essex County has been deeply impacted by the pandemic. Things that have been taken for granted, or processes that have been in place for years, are being disrupted. While that can be painful, it is also an opportunity to reimagine what could be. Looking into the New Year, vaccines and an end to our current situation in sight, think about what could be if we all work together, in collaboration and caring, to create something new, something better, real change.
Virtual Jingle Bell Run Fast Approaching
Spotlight on Volunteers
Making a Difference
According to the dictionary, a volunteer is a person who freely offers to take part in or undertake a task.

Since December of 2012, Ron Giofu of Amherstburg has been a volunteer member of the Board of Directors at Community Living Essex County. Over the years, Ron has filled several roles and undertaken several tasks, gradually moving from being a Director to serving as President of the Board from 2015 to 2018, to his current role as Past President. Ron has been part of the social media committee, served on sub-committees during the accreditation process and represented the agency well at several events.

From leading meetings, to sharing his knowledge of social media strategy, to participating in the annual apple peeling contest, Ron has indeed worn several hats as a volunteer with Community Living. In fact, Ron has been acknowledged for his years of service with a Volunteer Service Award. 

Since the beginning of his career as a journalist, Ron has been a supporter of Community Living Essex County by providing excellent journalistic coverage for a variety of Community Living events and stories in Essex County.  “I feel like I am making difference in my own way and it makes me feel good to be involved and to volunteer with the organization,” states Ron.

As a volunteer, Ron has been a great ambassador for the agency, inspiring others to get involved. We are pleased to hear that Ron plans on continuing his involvement with Community Living for the foreseeable future. Thank you Ron. Your contributions are very much appreciated. 
Recipe of the Week
Christmas Butter Cookies

Butter cookies are a holiday classic for a reason: They're delicious, versatile, and make the perfect foundation for sugary-sweet frosting. Using the cookie cutter of your choice, turn this basic dough into stars, Christmas trees, and more. 
Laughter is the Best Medicine
Weekly Poll Question
Where is your favourite place in Essex County to enjoy a beautiful fall day outdoors?
Point Pelee
Ojibway Park
Holiday Beach
Hillman Marsh
Windsor waterfront
Poll Results

Are you planning to get the COVID-19 vaccine once it is approved and available?

Yes, I will be first in line! 12.5%
Yes, but I will wait a bit. 30.4%
I have not decided yet. 26.8%
No. 30.4%