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Friday April 17th, 2015

Posted at 12:13pm

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Larry Trealout, Korey Kelch, Dave Wilson, Hayley Morgan, Joel Porter, Chris Busch, John Sutton

A former Windsorite has made a substantial donation to help out Big Brothers Big Sisters of Windsor Essex.

Former University of Windsor professor and current resident of Dublin, Ireland, Dave Wilson recently decided to hand over $300,000 after being inspired by the people contribute to the organization.

“The men and women who are Big Brothers, Big Sisters, mentors, and those who work for and serve on committees and boards are the inspiration for this donation,” Wilson said.

“I have two conditions for any publicity given to this donation,” said Wilson. “First, the focus has to be on those who have inspired it and, the second is to say to people lucky enough to be able to make such gifts not to wait until they die to do so.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters plan to use the $300,000 donation to enhance their property, including a parking lot expansion to accommodate new staff and students on placement, adding a large pavilion to allow for more outdoor activities for the After School Group and Summer Group programs, and upgrading the property’s landscaping.

They say half of the donation will be used to enhance current and future programing which will allow the agency to serve more children in the community.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the foundation and agency,” said BBBS executive director Hayley Morgan. “Dave’s generous gift will provide countless opportunities for us, our volunteers and the children and families who benefit from our mentoring programs.”

“His dedication to the mentoring movement and our community is truly inspiring.”

Wilson indicated he’s happy to give back to his former home.

“I guess you can take the boy out of Windsor but you can’t take Windsor out of the boy.”

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