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Board of Directors

 2013/2014 Board of Directors

David Lenz 
President

David Lenz has been volunteering with the LGBT and Windsor Pride Community over the last ten years. In 2004, when the Pride Festival was cancelled due to lack of funding, he 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 for the last 3 years.

In addition to his role as President with the Windsor-Essex Pride Fest, David is currently the Senior Development Officer for Easter Seals Ontario where he handles sponsorship, donor relations, campaigns and fundraising events for the organization.

David believes the Windsor-Essex Pride Fest Inc. needs to continue to deliver world class events and strengthen community partners in the Windsor-Essex community to become a premier destination.


Robert Vitella
Vice President

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.


Bonnie Skara
Secretary Treasurer

Bonnie has been actively involved within the Pride Community for over 10 years; the most recent three of which as a member of our Board on the Executive team as Board Secretary. In addition to her role as Secretary, Bonnie was formerly a recruiter and now a Health & Safety rep at a major material handling and steel fabrication firm. Such experience and her no-nonsense approach give her an excellent ability in the area of people management and (thankfully!) getting things done.

As Secretary, Bonnie’s role is to ensure formal documentation of meetings and safeguard our record keeping.

Bonnie believes the Windsor-Essex Pride Fest Inc. strives to create a better public understanding of our history, courage, diversity and future within the LGBT community and its supporters.


 

Mel Lucier
Board Member

Mel is a 48 year old lifelong Windsor resident and a mother of two grown children.  A proud and loud lesbian and a true advocate of all inequality she sees. She has been involved with Pridefest for almost 10 years; sitting on the board of directors and coordinating the volunteers for the festival. Mel is also a local Stand-up Comedian proudly hosting  Pridefest fundraisers as well as performing across North America . She also currently sits on the City of Windsor Diversity Committee, maintains a position as the national LGBT REP her Union Organization, and recently elected as a Board Member on Windsor Women Working With Immigrant Women.  Busy and Loving life.

 

 

 


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.


Wendi Nicholson
Board Member

‎Wendi has been actively involved with W. E. Pride Fest for 5 yrs. She has been the parade coordinator for the past 2 yrs and chair on the board for 3. 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.
 
As the parade coordinator, Wendi's role is to ensure everyone in the crowd is having as much fun as possible. She tracks the floats and people walking in the parade and keeps everything running smoothly for the parade.
 
Wendi believes W.E. Pride Fest Inc. a‎ims to create a safer place for the LGBTQ community. She also believes the Pride Fest encourages diversity in Windsor Essex and creates a better understanding of being a part of the community. She also enjoys long walks on the beach.
 

 

Matt Sankoff
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Dani Bobb
Finance Committee

Dani has been involved since 2004 where he was instrumental with the rebuilding of Pride. A great deal of the success of that critical year came from his ability to secure substantial sponsorships for the festival and establish new business partnerships.
 
His longstanding presence and influence in the local LGBT scene is no secret and his accomplishments are many. True to form, he would rather let his actions speak for themselves and have the community decide his legacy.
 
We will say, however, that Dani was a key figure in orchestrating the development of our organization from the existing Windsor Pride Community. These days Dani prefers to quietly assist by opening the proverbial doors and handle our bookkeeping. 

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