David Lenz

President

David Lenz has been volunteering with the LGBT+ community over the last 14 years. In 2004, when the Pride Festival was cancelled due to lack of funding, himself along with Robert Vitella, Dani Bobb, Marc Dubois and others reorganized the festival. David Lenz created and introduced the first sponsorship package for the organization as well as revised and introduced the new “Pride Guide” publication. Over the years, he has served as sponsorship coordinator, pride guide coordinator, Board member and festival chairperson.

In addition to his role as President with the Windsor-Essex Pride Fest, David is currently employed with Windsor Regional Hospital in the public affairs/communications department. He has also served as a Fund Development Officer with Easter Seals Ontario and Director of Development with the AIDS Committee of Windsor.

David strongly believes in the Windsor-Essex Pride Fest’s mission of strengthening the sense of community and contributing to the vibrancy, health and overall well-being of person in the LGBIQ2S+ community in Windsor-Essex.

Wendi Nicholson

Co-Vice President & Logistics

Wendi has been actively involved with Windsor-Essex Pride Fest for 6 yrs. She has been the parade coordinator for the past 3 yrs and a board member for 4 years. Wendi 's primary goal is to bring happiness and joy to everyone around her. Wendi also coaches children for Windsor Soccer Club in her spare time. She enjoys educating and supporting others. Wendi owns her own business in glass block design. She is a serious handy-woman and knows how to get things done.

In her role as Co-Vice President & Logisitics, Wendi's role is to ensure everyone in the crowd is having as much fun as possible and everything running smoothly for all aspects of the festival and for the year round events for the organization.

Wendi believes the Windsor-Essex Pride Fest a‎ims to create a safer place for the LGBTQ community. She also believes the Windsor-Essex Pride Fest Pride Fest encourages diversity in Windsor Essex and creates a better understanding of being a part of the community.

 Robert Vitella

Co-Vice President & Treasurer

In 2004 Robert was invited to join what was then simply the Pride Committee. Acclaimed as Chair, he saw an opportunity to reinvent the organization, thus Windsor Pride was born. Robert oversaw its legal incorporation and launched the process for eventual charitable registration. He rebranded the organization by directing a new logo and website while standardizing communications, challenged some elements of the planning process, and inspired new thinking which culminated in a higher standard for both the festival and the organization. He introduced best practices and set the organization on the course to providing social programs.

With nearly 20 years of experience in the field of advertising and marketing he has held key positions with some of the country’s largest advertising agencies and sat on a number of charitable boards. Robert has since changed careers and is now licensed by the Law Society of Upper Canada to provide legal services. These days Robert is the owner of United Legal Services of Windsor, where he is focused on doing what he can to promote justice for the disadvantaged.

Today Robert sees an opportunity to grow this festival into a premier event by expanding its appeal. Like David, he believes this can be accomplished through strong partnerships and by enhancing the festival year after year.

Stephen Drouin

Secretary

Stephen Drouin is a local Windsor born artist and activist that strives to bring forward ideas and innovation for youth and LGBT+ individuals in the Windsor-Essex Community. Over the years Stephen has been committee chair on the board of Windsor Essex Pride Fest and volunteered his time to ensure the most success for the organization.

In addition to his involvement with the Windsor-Essex Pride Fest, he has also in recent years applied and successfully received two grants from the Arts Culture and Heritage Fund through The City of Windsor. The funded projects; Project Meet was a DIY Screen printing class, that taught skills of screen print. The second grant Sew to Know was Sewing classes that taught individuals how to sew different garments as well educated them what different machines were, how they worked and used them.

Stephen believes in not just in the Windsor-Essex Pride Fest but the Windsor Essex community as a whole and promise to make best impact he can as the organization’s secretary into the near future.

“Windsor has given a lot to me over the years and I think it’s my turn to do the same”

Ginny Lundgren

Board Member

Ginny has been involved with Windsor Pride for many years in many capacities. She has run the Pride Bowling Event for at least a dozen years. She loves this event for its focus on LGBT as well as the community at large. Ginny was on the board of Windsor Pride Community when it became incorporated, and has volunteered at many other events.

She is a full time school bus driver and she actively volunteers as current member and former President of the Windsor Lawn Bowling Club, as well as volunteers with the Windsor-Essex County Senior Games.

Ginny is married to her partner, Paulette, of 31 years and helped raise 4 children. She and Paulette are very involved with the 50+ Proud Committee with Windsor Pride Community, as well as the Women's Monthly potlucks.

Matt Sankoff

Board Member / Volunteer Coordinator

Matt is board member and volunteer coordinator for the Windsor-Essex Pride Fest and has been working with the organization for 3 years. He loves all the opportunities that the organziation has given to him get involved in the community.

Matt is currently employed with Caesars Windsor as a transportation representative and attends events on behalf of his union at the casino.

Our hope is that his involvement in the Windsor-Essex Pride Fest will make it easier for others in the community to never feel shame for who they are!

Sidney Wright

Board Member / Communications

Sidney is the young blood of the board. She has been involved with the Windsor-Essex Pride Fest for the past 3 years behind the scenes. She has assisted with the Pride Fest parade and has sat as the youth chair on the board as well as social media coordinator.

Sidney is currently enrolled as a student at St. Clair College in the program and she also involved in volunteering coaching with the Windsor Soccer Club.

Sidney encourages people to be diverse and live life to the fullest.

 
 
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