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Winner of “Libro Express Giveaway” recognized at Amherstburg branch



Libro Credit Union branches across the region took part in the “Libro Express Giveaway” with the winner recognized at the Amherstburg branch.


The contest took place over the Christmas holidays during Bright Lights Windsor. People could take a photo with the Libro Express Train that was on display, add the photo to their Instagram feed or story and then tag Libro Credit Union’s account with the hashtag #LibroExpress.


“During Bright Lights Windsor this past year, Libro ran a contest which awarded one winner $500 towards their holiday shopping and $500 to a charity of their choice. Our winner, Victoria, will be in on March 1st at 5pm to celebrate. We plan to have a representative from Natural Pathways as well. That is the charity that was chosen,” said Luciana Couto, regional advice and service co-ordinator.


Victoria Gonzales was the winner and claimed her winnings last Friday afternoon at the Amherstburg branch. She received her $500 cheque for her holiday bills plus an additional $500 for the charity of her choice, which was Natural Pathways Forest & Nature School.


“It’s amazing,” said Gonzales. “It’s exactly what we need right now.”Gonzales said there are a lot of holiday expenses so she was happy to get the money. She also was pleased to give back to the community, and that Natural Pathways Forest & Nature School was a cause close to her. Gonzales said her daughter has gone to the school.


“I think what they do is awesome,” she said. “I wanted to continue to help them. I’m very much into the idea of preserving the environment and preserving the Earth.”


Kim Alice, executive director of Natural Pathways, said they work with youth across the area.


“It’s such a surprise,” she said of the donation. “We are absolutely thrilled.”

Natural Pathways recently received its charitable status, Alice noted.


“This is huge for our program,” said Alice. “We rely a lot on grants and donations.”


The organization is also trying to purchase property in the Cottam area, she added.


The mission of Natural Pathways is “to provide innovative, inspired and transformational outdoor experiences for children through exploration in the local woodlands of Windsor and Essex County. We mentor, guide and nurture generations of ecologically aware and academically well-rounded individuals, who will have the knowledge, values and skills needed to make environmentally and socially conscious decisions on a local, national and global scale. We inspire individuals to become ambassadors for nature and champions for well-being. We support individuals in harnessing their potential and passion for living in healthy connection and relationship with our natural world.”


Winner of “Libro Express Giveaway” recognized at Amherstburg branch

By Ron Giofu

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