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WDBIA Feature: Enchanted Embroidery Designs
Located on 14 King St, Welland is Enchanted Embroidery Designs, a place where creativity thrives and where artistic ideas are made into a reality. At Enchanted Embroidery, there is no such thing as an idea that can’t be done. Enchanted Embroidery specializes in embroidering designs onto virtually anything, from home décor to clothing like jackets, shirts, and hats, to luggage, lunch bags and so much more! 

Enchanted Embroidery has been operated by Doris and Vince since November 2022. Since its opening, Enchanted Embroidery has been selling embroidered designs on clothing and merchandise as well as helping customers create new embroidered designs for various projects. What sets Enchanted Embroidery a part is how personal the process is for customers. To create an embroidered design, all you need is an idea! At each step of the process, Enchanted Embroidery will help customers design and create ideas for embroidery. Rather than having the embroidery machines in the back of the store, customers can get an up-close view of the embroidery machines in the front of the store to witness the entire process. Your design ideas can flourish under the creativity of Doris at Enchanted Embroidery, who has turned dresses into lucrative lunch bags and even sweaters into decorative pillows! 
Embroidery is for everything, not just logos! At Enchanted Embroidery, you can digitize images into embroidered designs. All you need is an image on your phone that you would like to get embroidered! This is an amazing way to turn an image of your pet into an embroidered design to put onto blankets, sweaters, pillows, and so much more! A custom-made embroidered design is the perfect way to create your own unique style, décor, or vision! At Enchanted Embroidery, you can be a part of every step in the process of creating your own unique, custom-made piece of art that will stay with you for years and years.  

Have a look at some of the amazing designs that Enchanted Embroidery Designs has created on their website at
 https://enchantedembroiderydesigns.com or visit their Facebook at Enchanted Embroidery Designs Welland. 
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Media Release


Second annual Welland Girls Sports Day coming to the Empire Sportsplex June 3


May 30, 2023


Welland, ON – The City of Welland, in partnership with Niagara College and Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities, is hosting the second annual Welland Girls Sports Day on Saturday, June 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Empire Sportsplex. 

Coming off a successful inaugural event last fall, partners from across the city are hosting the free event, which drew more than 170 participants last year. 

“We know the importance of sport and activity in young people’s lives, especially for girls,” said Rob Axiak, director of community services. “Partnering with Niagara College’s athletic department to increase awareness and opportunity of the sports world to girls is impactful in many areas, including a sense of place, confidence, and teamwork.”

Open to girls from 6 to 12 years old, the event introduces a variety of sports from accomplished local female athletes and coaches. There are six different sports stations for participants to try out after an initial warm-up and stretch: softball, basketball, beach volleyball, tennis, golf, and soccer. 

“Getting young girls involved with sport in a safe and healthy way provides them with more opportunities for growth, improves their confidence and promotes the importance of an active lifestyle,” said Michele O’Keefe, Niagara College Director, Athletics and Student Engagement. “By connecting participants and their families to their local community sports facilities, we hope to see more young girls engaged and passionate about sport.”

The facility and all programs are accessible to everyone, and no experience is required. In addition, participants will receive free swag and sports equipment to take home and a free lunch.

Registration is open until 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 30. A rain date for the event is Sunday, June 4. To register, visit https://anc.ca.apm.activecommunities.com/welland/activity/search/detail/6948


For media inquiries, please contact:

Marc MacDonald

Corporate Communications Manager

905-735-1700 x2337


Congratulations to our very own WDBIA Board Member Jesse D’Hulster and his company SS Brand It for winning the 40 Under Forty Business Achievement Award! An amazing accomplishment!
Congratulations to AAPEX Driving Academy Niagara for celebrating 35 years!


Naloxone kits and addictions in the workplace: balancing privacy with responsibility

As of June 1st, the OHSA will require that naloxone be available in some workplaces in case a worker has an opioid overdose. Naloxone is one aspect of managing addictions at work. Find out what else employers can do.

8 tips for managing age-related changes in workers

Hold on to the many talents older workers bring to the workplace with strong, flexible health and safety programs that set everyone up for success.

New survey shows safety is critical in attracting and retaining top talent

If you’re struggling to attract and retain talent, take a proactive approach to health, safety, and mental well-being. That is the lesson learned from WSPS’ recent Health and Safety Leadership Survey.

4 tips to protect young workers – and your business – this summer

Set up your newly hired young workers – and your business – for success this summer, with these training tips from WSPS’ Ayden Robertson.

Investigating non-critical injuries: tips to overcome 4 common challenges

Although vital to improving your safety program, non-critical incident investigations are getting less attention from supervisors. Find out why and what to do.

Why encouraging vacations can increase productivity and job satisfaction

Vacation is an important part of healthy workplaces. Find out why and learn how to leverage the benefits of workforce that takes vacation.

4 biggest safety challenges of last-mile delivery and solutions

Last-mile delivery is the most challenging phase of the fulfilment cycle. Here’s a look at some last-mile delivery safety challenges and practical solutions that don’t compromise safety.



Episode 27 – How to reduce manufacturing injuries: new study sheds light on causes and solutions

A new WSPS and Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU) study reveals a disconnect between how workers and managers view health and safety. Hear tips on bridging the gap between workers and managers, and ideas to improve health and safety communication and protect your business. Guests are members of the research team Craig Fairclough of WSPS and Chun-Yip Hon of TMU.

Media Release


City’s access to menstrual products pilot programs begins


May 26, 2023

Welland, ON – The City of Welland’s access to menstrual products pilot program begins today and continues for the remainder of the calendar year. 

This vital initiative promotes accessibility and inclusivity within our community, and a select number of municipal washrooms within Welland will provide menstrual products to individuals in need. In addition, staff will review and recommend expansion, if necessary, at the end of the year. 

“We recognize that menstrual hygiene products are essential for maintaining personal well-being and dignity,” said Amanda Degazio, manager of business and community services. “By making menstrual products available, we aim to ensure everyone has access to the necessary resources for their menstrual health.”

Availability of menstrual products at the following washrooms as a pilot program for the remainder of 2023 include:  

  • City Hall (Main Floor and Library washrooms)  
  • Welland Farmers Market  
  • Welland Community Centre  
  • Welland International Flatwater Centre  
  • Maple Park Washroom facility  
  • Cooks Mills Park 

City staff will regularly restock these washrooms to ensure an adequate product supply is always available. By breaking down barriers to access, we strive to empower individuals to participate fully in public life without worrying about the financial burden of menstrual products.

If anyone encounters issues with the availability or condition of products in municipal washrooms, please call 905-735-1700 x3000 so the matter can be addressed promptly.

Residents are encouraged to spread the word about this initiative, ensuring that those who can benefit from this program know its availability. Together, the City of Welland and the community can create a supportive and compassionate environment where everyone’s needs are considered.  



For media inquiries, please contact:

Marc MacDonald

Corporate Communications Manager

905-735-1700 x2337


Ontario now requires naloxone kits in at-risk workplaces

The Ontario government is now requiring at-risk employers to ensure their workplaces have a life-saving naloxone kit on hand and workers trained on how to use them. As of April, more than 1,000 free nasal spray naloxone kits have been distributed to businesses around the province through Ontario’s Workplace Naloxone Program, while businesses may also obtain their own kits.

In 2022, over 2,500 people died from opioid-related causes in Ontario.

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Niagara Health reduces hours at Urgent Care Centres in Fort Erie and Port Colborne

Niagara Health has announced that two Urgent Care Centres (UCCs) in Port Colborne and Fort Erie will operate exclusively from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. These changes will come into effect on July 5. In a statement, Niagara Health said the decision was not easy, but was made by their Board of Directors in response to a staff recommendation made in order to ensure staffing levels were adequate at regional emergency departments.

The Town of Fort Erie said that it was “deeply concerned” by the announcement, and called on the Government of Ontario to take action and avoid further consequences and failures of our provincial health care system.

“The Provincial government and Niagara Health need to step up and meet the needs of residents,” said Port Colborne Mayor Bill Steele. While Mayors Steele and Redekop expressed sympathy for the difficulties Niagara Health was experiencing, both stressed the need that their residents had for these services and that long-term solutions needed to be found.

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Media Release


Love My Park initiative kicks off in June


May 31, 2023


Welland, ON – The Love My Park initiative launches this June, capturing the ideas and imagination of neighbourhoods throughout the city.

In approaching this campaign, the city is asking residents to consider: 

  • Are the right amenities in the park based on the needs of everyone in the neighbourhood?
  • What could be done to the park to ensure there is something for everyone for all four seasons?
  • How can the park improve its identity and purpose for social gathering and play? 
  • Could community safety improvements encourage more use of the park?
  • Can the greenspace be used to help improve our ecosystem? 

Six parks have been selected for this year’s Love My Park initiative. On the dates and times listed below, city staff and elected officials will listen to your ideas and suggestions at the park.

“This initiative is about the community supporting the community. Who best to generate ideas and solutions for your neighbourhood park, then the residents who live there,” said Rob Axiak, director of community services. “The intention of this initiative is not an overhaul of any one park, but rather to empower the community to embrace what we currently have and build upon what it could be for the neighbourhood through idea sharing.”

This is also a great opportunity to meet your neighbours, create ownership in your park, and build community pride. Collectively, we aspire to enhance the city’s current park and open spaces by improving accessibility, usability, quality, and appearance of our vast parkland for residents and visitors.

Love My Park is a high-profile public engagement campaign that aims to bring the parks to the community and the community to the parks through community engagement. You can also provide input and follow this initiative through www.engagewelland.ca/love-my-park

Public Engagement Date

   Chosen Park

    Rain Date


Wednesday, June 21

Bridlewood Park

Thursday, June 22


Wednesday, June 28

Gram Park

Thursday, June 29


Wednesday, July 1

Bemus Park

Thursday, July 13


Wednesday, July 19

Seaway Park

Thursday, July 20


Wednesday, July 26

Glen Park

Thursday, July 27


Wednesday, August 9

Hooker Street Park

 Thursday, August 10


For media inquiries, please contact:

Marc MacDonald

Corporate Communications Manager

905-735-1700 x2337



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Executive Director
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Welland, ON
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