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Essential Hero of the Week Natalie Brinston

Congratulations to our final Essential Hero of the week Natalie Brinston at Windsor Regional Hospital Met Campus!

Nominated by her mother in law Lisa Belluzzo, she says
“Though there are many people who deserve recognition during this chaos, I would like to nominate my daughter in law Natalie Brinston. She recently quit her dream job at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto to move her kids closer to the grandparents in Windsor. She was hired immediately at Windsor Regional Met Campus. The courage, bravery and dedication of this girl simply astonishes me. She was working on the floor filled with coronavirus patients. Natalie is one to run towards the line of danger when we all retreat to the safety of our homes. Natalie goes into this battle asking for any extra available shifts to help patients. She loves that she gets to care for people in ICU when they are at their weakest and most vulnerable. She will listen to them, laugh with them, cry with them and hold their hands to make them feel less scared. Then after fighting this illness for 12 hours, she has to go home and stay away from her family. I would like to add, she is dealing with a double whammy. Her husband Ryan Kelly (my son) is a security guard at Windsor Regional Ouellette campus, where Covid testing occurs, and volunteers for all available shifts. He sacrificed his PPE during the shortage for doctors and nurses and while he went without. This is also why he cannot be around their kids. Luckily they have someone who can stay with the kids around the clock but it is draining their incomes. This proves to me that they care about helping with this pandemic.”


Congratulations to all of our winners, and thank you to all of the essential workers around Windsor Essex for all that you do.

Natalie Brinston
Stephanie Divitaris

Essential Hero of the Week Stephanie Divitaris

Congratulations to this week’s Essential Hero of the week Stephanie Divitaris at Syngenta!

Nominated by her husband Tom, he says “My wife, Stephanie, works in agriculture and has not stopped working through this entire pandemic. She has preserved though a lot of tough times, while at the same she has worked hard to keep our kids caught up with online school work. There are a lot of essential workers, but I think we forget and take for granted those that keep us feed and keep food on our tables. Please recognize her For her all her amazing efforts”.


Stephanie will receive a $250 VISA Gift Card courtesy of the Circle of 7. Let us know who your Essential Hero is at am800cklw.com.. We’ll be highlighting essential workers and their contributions on our social media pages, with our next winner being announced next Friday at 7:20.

Essential Hero of the Week Kiara Lenarduzzi

Congratulations to this week’s Essential Hero of the week Kiara Lenarduzzi at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit!

Nominated by her mom Lil Lenarduzzi, she says
“Many people think that the nurses heading to the States are not “our” essential workers. I just want to say that with the large number of people dying in Michigan, our nurses were in the thick of it, trying to stop it from coming here. Two of her co-workers died. On her way to work at 5:50am, she called me and we prayed together and on her way back, she called me to tell me she was safe. She sounded exhausted. It was physically and mentally draining. People were dying every few minutes in the beginning. She is a surgical nurse who was pulled off her floor and put into a Covid floor, out of her element but at a time when everyone was needed. I remember one day she was coming over the border and was talking to me then said “Oh my God!” and she started crying. I was panicking for her until she told me that the border guards had made an Honour Guard tunnel for the nurses to come through as they applauded them. It was so touching. All nurses work hard but the ones that cross the border saw so much death. I don’t think my baby girl will ever be able to erase what she witnessed during this pandemic”


Kiara will receive a $250 VISA Gift Card courtesy of the Circle of 7. Let us know who your Essential Hero is at am800cklw.com. . We’ll be highlighting essential workers and their contributions on our social media pages, with our next winner being announced next Friday at 7:20.

Allyssa Fitch
Katie Dierckensat

Essential Hero of the Week Katie Dierckensat

Congratulations to this week’s Essential Hero of the week Katie Dierckensat at Fresh Co!

Nominated by her mom Patty Krech, she says “My daughter who is visually impaired and high anxiety has worked at the grocery store throughout this entire pandemic. She had a rough time in the beginning but always felt she had it better than the girls working on cash. This made her want to do something special for them and also help out a friend who has a small business. She decided to purchase gift cards for a manicure or Tim Hortons for all the frontline staff. This made my husband and I so proud and we decided to help her pay for all the cards. She just turned 30, last week and can’t go out to celebrate.


Katie will receive a $250 VISA Gift Card courtesy of the Circle of 7. Let us know who your Essential Hero is at am800cklw.com.. We’ll be highlighting essential workers and their contributions on our social media pages, with our next winner being announced next Friday at 7:20.

Essential Hero of the Week Allyssa Fitch

Congratulations to this week’s Essential Hero of the week Allyssa Fitch at Windsor Regional Hospital Met Campus and the Field Hospital!

Nominated by her mom Donna Moore, she says
“My daughter Allyssa is who I would like to nominate she works at the Ouellette campus as a RPN and got sent to the field hospital when it opened. She worked every shift no complaints even wearing masks and n95 and all the PPE and wearing two gowns and hot conditions and taking care of people that didn't know when they were going home, they were sick, couldn't see their family, and scared. She had to self-isolate herself from everybody family included not see anybody not go anywhere she was denied entry into some stores because she was a healthcare worker and she still did it all and went and didn't complain. She is my hero


Allyssa will receive a $250 VISA Gift Card courtesy of the Circle of 7. Let us know who your Essential Hero is at am800cklw.com.. We’ll be highlighting essential workers and their contributions on our social media pages, with our next winner being announced next Friday at 7:20.

Allyssa Fitch

Essential Hero of the Week Danielle Duby

Congratulations to this week’s Essential Hero of the week Danielle Duby at Heron Terrace!

Nominated by Melissa Fordham, she says
“Dani would do anything to help those around her. In the midst of an outbreak at her work, she worked all of her shifts and then some. Even though she was at risk every day, she knew that the residents relied on her and the other staff members there. She held her head high every day and smiled, even though she was scared of getting Covid. She tested positive in April and has been sick since, but eagerly awaited the all clear to return to work to be able to see those who depend on her daily. She is selfless, like everyone else on the front line, but she's my hero””.


Danielle will receive a $250 VISA Gift Card courtesy of the Circle of 7. Let us know who your Essential Hero is at am800cklw.com.
We’ll be highlighting essential workers and their contributions on our social media pages, with our next winner
being announced next Friday at 7:20.

Essential Hero of the Week Ashley Ratsoy

Congratulations to this week’s Essential Hero of the week Ashley Ratsoy at Canada Post and LCBO!

Nominated by her brother Kyle, he says
“My sister Ashley, works two jobs and raises two kids as a single mother! She works at Canada post and LCBO. She always works hard to make sure her kids are well taking care of. Without school it’s been very hard. From the beginning of the pandemic, Ashley has continued to work both jobs and make sure people are able to get their essential goods and needs! Not only does she work at Canada post full time as an essential worker she works at LCBO as an essential worker. Taking on two jobs is exhausting let alone continuing to work two jobs that have been deemed essential throughout this pandemic. Ashley is very deserving of this award as I’m sure many are”.


Ashley will receive a $250 VISA Gift Card courtesy of the Circle of 7. Let us know who your Essential Hero is at am800cklw.com. We’ll be highlighting essential workers and their contributions on our social media pages, with our next winner being announced next Friday at 7:20.

Essential Hero of the Week Danielle Barron

Congratulations to this week’s Essential Hero of the week Danielle Barron at the Downtown Mission!

Nominated by Mustapha Sinjari, he says
“My essential hero works at the Downtown Mission as a Case Manager working with some of Windsor’s most vulnerable individuals experiencing homelessness, substance use and mental health issues. She works on the front lines assisting individuals in meeting their basic needs and providing emotional support to those who need it. Danielle is patient, empathetic and treats people with the dignity they deserve. She is my essential hero because she truly loves her job and cares so much about her clients. Danielle shows others that a little kindness can go a long way. She is my essential hero”.


Danielle will receive a $250 Gift Card courtesy of the Circle of 7. Let us know who your Essential Hero is at am800cklw.com.

A photo of essential workers Danielle wearing mask

#WECareCKLW

Not all heroes wear capes. From our frontline and other essential workers, to the ordinary people just trying to make the world a better place, we want to thank ALL of our local heroes. Let us know what you’re doing to spread a little joy during this pandemic and shout out to those who are keeping us going.

From healthcare workers, cashiers and delivery drivers to the Good Samaritans looking out for those most vulnerable, we want to hear YOUR stories!

Send us your pictures, your video and your stories with #WECareCKLW. Visit am800cklw.com to give your shout out to your local heroes and give them a chance to win $250 courtesy of the Circle of Seven. All entries will be put into a random draw with the winners to be announced Friday mornings on the Morning Drive with Mike & Lisa beginning May 22nd to July 10th 2020.

Spread a little love and show just how much WE Care! Proudly sponsored by the Circle of Seven.

Thank you Essential Workers #WECareCKLW

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Circle Of 7 Charity Group – Annual Christmas Donations

The Circle of 7 donates to many individuals and groups in need during the holiday season. The major group donations again this year are:

  • SALVATION ARMY RED KETTLE DRIVE - $1000
  • CHILDRENS AID SOCIETY HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE - $1000
  • DOWNTOWN MISSION - $1000

Our group has been giving back to our community since 1998 – 20+ years of helping promote Windsor-Essex and helping those that can’t help themselves; with focus on Health & Welfare, Youth Sports and the Arts.

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