2016: A Wet and Windy Year in Windsor!
What started out as a calm and quiet year turned into one of the most disastrous times in recent history. In late August two tornadoes touched down, one in Windsor and the other in neighboring LaSalle causing severe damages to both residential and commercial properties. As many repairs were ongoing from these tornadoes a dark cloud was glooming over the city on September 29 when the local area experienced catastrophic amounts of rain with some areas recording over 200mm of rainfall in 15 hours. With over 3,000 claims reported and the event being declared as catastrophic it is with great pleasure I can report the insurance industry acted swiftly and professionally. The implementation of catastrophic response plans resulted in dispatching emergency response crews from all over Ontario and in turn a large number of affected residents were able to have their homes ready for Christmas. Insurance Business magazine reports $108 million is the cost of insured damages as a result of this flood. A truly magnificent effort from all involved and many kudos deserved!
Despite the weather our executive pulled through with another successful year. We were able to raise over $1,800 for the Windsor Goodfellows from our Christmas Luncheon. We raised over $5,000 to the Women’s in Insurance Cancer Crusade for The Cancer Society from our annual gala. Our last event of the year, “Golfing Fore Deb” we raised $2,500 for Crime Stoppers. A special thank you to all of our social members for all of your continued support!
Our 2016/17 executive board has undergone some changes: Rob Queen (President), Mike Hoffman (Past President and Provincial Delegate), Greg Steed (Vice-President), Tena Allen (Treasurer), Melissa Robb (Secretary), Jeremy Brown and Christopher Renaud (Directors). I take a moment to congratulate Isobel Hunter on a most successful insurance adjusting career which includes over 20 years of dedication to the Ontario Insurance Adjusters Association. Quite a feat indeed, one that certainly earned her the right to wear a tiara that we presented at her retirement celebration.
With 2016 in the rearview we look forward to an exciting 2017. Our executive team will continue to provide our chapter members a great experience at each and every event that you attend. For further information please visit our website, www.oiaawindsorchapter.ca.
Rob Queen, CIP
President – Windsor Chapter