Liz founded Miss Lizzy’s Foundation in 2015, after having hosted an annual fundraiser event every year since 2010. After her breast cancer diagnosis in December 2009, she wanted to help other local cancer patients and their families, who were in need of assistance. She successfully led the foundation in its mission to raise funds for the Windsor Essex Cancer Clinic and the Erie Shores Hospice. Liz’s daughter, Sarah, stepped into the role of President after Liz’s valiant battle with cancer ended in 2017.
Sarah holds a Master of Social Work degree and is registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. She has been involved in the Windsor-Essex community and the Greater Toronto Area community throughout her career, focusing her work on children and families. Sarah joined the foundation in 2014 and has been a part of Miss Lizzy’s Tea since 2010, following her mother in the role of President since 2017.
Linda’s work career has been devoted to making a positive difference for children in a number of capacities. First, she was an elementary school teacher in London and Chatham; then as Director of Children’s Services for the City of Windsor. She continued her career as the Executive Director of Children First, an agency for children under six with special needs in Windsor and Essex County; and finally as a teacher in the Early Childhood Education program at St. Clair College. Though currently retired, Linda continues to be involved in voluntary contributions that include membership on the Board of Directors for Mental Health Connections in Windsor and, most recently, Miss Lizzy’s Foundation. She is a faithful participant in her church, and enjoys a variety of interests such as writing, playing Bridge, studying Italian, and yoga practice. She has traveled extensively but her greatest joy now is being “Oma” to her little grandson.
After first attending the Tea Party in 2014, Rebeca was inspired by the work Liz was doing for the cause and wanted to be a part of it, joining the Board of Directors in 2015. She is employed at a local Chartered Professional Accounting firm, Hicks, MacPherson, Iatonna, and Driedger LLP where she is a Chartered Professional Accountant and obtains an extensive knowledge of accounting and reporting for non-profit organizations. Rebeca resides with her husband and daughter in Leamington and believes it is important to give back to her community.