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Monday January 26th, 2015

Posted at 10:00am

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File photo from the 2010 Walkerville Art Walk & Rock

After 16 years of service to the Walkerville BIA, long-time coordinator Joan Charette stepped down and is moving a few blocks south.

Charette says that she originally gave her resignation last year, but was asked by the board to stay on for one more year as it was the last term of the current BIA board.

She says that she had already promised to work for Ottawa Street as well, so she ended up doing both last year.

“I never intended to work for two BIA’s, I feel it is a bit of a conflict of interest. I love Walkerville and I’m very proud of its’ accomplishments. I think Walkerville has shown the city how successful an area can be,” said Charette¬† “However there are nine BIAs in the City of Windsor and when they all do well, the City does well. I believe I can be of more assistance to Ottawa Street and I am excited to work with their new Board of Directors.”

Charette says Ottawa Street has a great energy with a new direction, and notes six new businesses have opened or are opening soon.

This year also marks Ottawa Street’s 100th Anniversary, and lots of activities are planned.

The Walkerville BIA Board says they are reviewing her old position and will begin looking for candidates immediately while Charette assists them through a four to six week transition period.

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