During these challenging times, it’s important to remember the safety of our friends and neighbours BUT also celebrate the great things happening in our region. That’s the reason why we launched #YQGStandsStrong.

At our 2021 Virtual Annual General Meeting (Thursday June 10th, 2021) we also launched the #YQGStandsStrong video series, profiling 10 select businesses & events in the region, how they pivoted and adapted since the onset of COVID-19 in March 2020, and how those modifications to their businesses have contributed success and new practices to continue into the future.

Below is a profile of each business, and as well a teachable moment for each. Click on the links for more details.

In the mean time, people are still contributing. Still engaging. And still doing great things for our friend, neighbours, and those that need the most help right now. Please continue to share the good message on social media – we’re continuing to look through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for those using #YQGStandsStrong and we’ll continue to share those messages – and flood social message with positivity and good news during these challenging times.



We’ve provided graphics available for download so you can join in the message on your own social channels, or print & place in your home or businesses windows. Click here for the graphics.

Join in the positive vibe in the region – and share your good news pictures and stories about Windsor Essex with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Show your #YQG pride with the BBBranded #YQGStandsStrong shirt – available now! You can also pick up your own shirt at BBBranded Boutique located in Devonshire Mall.


Pick up a shirt now for $35 including contactless delivery direct to your door or curbside pickup – with $5 from each shirt sold going to the WE COVID Cares Coalition operated by the United Way. To learn more about how the coalition is helping the community please click here. To date $4,000 has been donated to the coalition.

If you work for a local organization or business and want to buy a bulk order of shirts (20 or more) please contact Ayad Saddy of BBBranded for more details.


Show your love for the community – and show everyone why #YQGStandsStrong. Share your pictures with us using #YQGStandsStrong to share the good new stories and images about Windsor, Essex County & Pelee Island – and keep spirits bright during these challenging times!

Hey folx! Right now at the headquarters I’ve got an abundance of food coming out of the garden, and I’d like to share it with those who would really appreciate it.
If you are struggling to put food on the table for any reason, please DM me or head to my story and submit your address for a free doorstep delivery of a box of mixed, organic, homegrown veggies. I will accept submissions on a first come first serve basis until I run out of food, and will make the deliveries today and tomorrow. Must be within Windsor and Essex County. I will leave the food on your front porch, no questions asked. We can also make other arrangements to suit your comfort level. 💚
UPDATE: thank you to everyone who reached out. We were able to deliver a bag of homegrown veggies to 6 families this week. All we ask is that if/when you are able to, please pass on a favour to someone else in need of kindness✌️

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We would like to introduce ourselves as our followers have grown! 💚 Dennis and Haley Rogers are the owners of Green Heart Catering. Their Green Heart Lunch Club provides healthy, waste free lunches for schools and daycares in Windsor Essex. The Green Heart Kitchen is the retail store that sells healthy and delicious fresh and frozen meals, salads, bowls and smoothies as well as a refill station for soaps, shampoos and detergents. All of their packaging is biodegradable or recyclable. They also provide catering options and service Meals on Wheels for Leamington, Kingsville and Wheatley. Haley and Dennis grew up in kingsville and were happy to be able to bring their business back home after operating out of Windsor for 5 years. They have 3 kids: Olivia 13, Crosby 10 and Malcom 4 - all of whom have helped with smoothies 😊 They are very passionate about where their food comes from, the products that they carry in the store as well as the relationships built amongst the community. Please come by and say hello! 28 Main St W. Kingsville (link in bio). Retail is open 10-6pm today.
#greenheartfuel #yqgstandsstrong #KingsvilleStrong #southshorestrong #yqg #windsoressexcounty #kingsvilleontario #ontariocanada #FreshMeals #FrozenMeals #FillYourFridge #FillYourFreezer #buddhabowls #Salads #VeganFriendly #ThoughfullySourced #CompostablePackaging #GreenHeartKitchen #GreenHeartLunchClub

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We are THRILLED to see this beautiful installation piece finished in Via Italia at our community garden! What a way to start a new year! ❤️

We knew from the very first rendering that it depicted exactly what we had hoped for when welcoming people to our community. -A mix of Italian heritage in Windsor with the love of family throughout different generations. The artwork embodies our #viaitaliacommunity perfectly! ❤️ 🇮🇹 🇨🇦

Thank you to derkz and our partners twepi for all of the countless hours, and to all of the people behind the scenes who were instrumental in helping this vision become a reality! Below is the original message from derkz with his initial posting today.

“New one from last night painting hard on NYE in the freezing cold! Managed to get this done before the new year! Got a final picture today. This mural was done for viaitaliawindsor and twepi for Little Italy and wanted to depict the feeling of Italy mixed with the heritage of Italians here in Windsor! Thank you for having me out and have a happy new year!! Let me know what you think below!”

Video coming soon by djjoeybeatz Thanks to _________moises for the last minute assist on finishing with me!”

🇮🇹 🇨🇦 ❤️ Let us know in the comments what you think!

#viaitalia #windsorslittleitaly #eriestreet #twepi #windsorontario #yqg #windsoressex #yqgartist #windsormurals #yqgmurals #windsorartist #viaitaliayqg #windsorrealestate #realestatewindsor #italianheritage #viaitaliacommunity #communitygarden #viaitaliacommunitygarden #benvenuti #windsorsmallbusiness #windsorontariocanada #windsorbusiness #yqgwindsor #supportlocalwindsor #519 #windsorentrepreneurs #yqgstandsstrong

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Spring is that you ? 🍇🌾 Curbside pickup available daily or order online anytime for direct delivery to your house! Free delivery in Windsor-Essex and case orders within Ontario (see link in profile) .
#muscederevineyards #supportlocal #VQAathome #localbusiness #buylocal #windsoressex #madeinOntario #supportsmallbusinesses #OntarioWine #flattenthecurve #YQGstandsstrong

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We are resilient. We are in this together, and we are so grateful for our community that continues to show up for each other through each wave of different health and safety restrictions. ❤️

We are now in the grey level and many of our businesses are now able to offer products online or by phone and arrange for curbside pickup or delivery.

Please support locally owned small businesses when it's possible. They need you now more than ever. Grazie. 🙏 🇮🇹 🇨🇦

#viaitalia #windsorslittleitaly #eriestreet #viaitaliayqg #windsorsmallbusiness #windsorentrepreneurs #windsorontario #windsorbusiness #yqgsmallbusiness #smallbusinesswindsor #windsoressex #yqg #ygqbusiness #supportlocal #supportlocalyqg #yqgstandsstrong #yqgwindsor #viaitaliacommunity #windsorontariocanada #windsoron #519 #windsoressexbusiness #yqglocal #shoplocalyqg #supportlocalwindsor

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Start your week off on the right foot with a coffee in one hand and a sweet treat in the other from @thenakedcup! Plenty of #vegan and #glutenfree options so that there is something for everyone to devour #WindsorEssex #YQG #DiscoverYQG #DiscoverON #DiscoverCanada #foodie #OntSouthwest ...

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Fall is a great time to get out there and paddle - enjoy the changing colours from the water. Make time this weekend to explore somewhere new #WindsorEssex #YQG #DiscoverYQG #DiscoverON #DiscoverCanada #OntSouthwest ...

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DYK October is a great time for Musky fishing? A day on the waters of Lake St. Clair makes for a "reel-y" perfect day in #YQG! #WindsorEssex #DiscoverYQQ #DiscoverON #DiscoverCanada #OntSouthwest ...

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