Bill Windsor is the head of the Technical Department of Windsor Graphics, a family business in operation since 1996. Bill is a retired Power Engineer with BP Canada via Amoco and an online application programmer. While employed by BP, Bill developed several programs for safety and management systems, many of which are still being used to this day.
More importantly, at least to him, he is a fly fisherman, a professional fly fishing guide who would spend every day on the Bow River chasing brown trout if Kathleen, his wife of 46 years, would let him.
Bill was born and raised in Olds, spent 2 years in Red Deer attending Red Deer College and 2 years in Calgary attending the UofC in a BSc program majoring in Biochemistry, moved to Carstairs in 1977 where he and Kathleen built their first home. They moved to their current residence on the east side of Didsbury in 1990. For all but 4 years of his life, Bill has lived in Mountain View County.
Bill and his family enjoying the 2017 Elks Parade
Bill and Kathleen have two sons, Joel and Paul. Joel (MME, RMT), is a music/band teacher at High River's Notre Dame Collegiate. Joel's wife Tamara, is a Certified Massage Therapist and Landscape graduate from Olds College. They have two sons, Nathaniel and Sebastian. Paul is a 1st Class Power Engineer working at the Joffre cogeneration power plant for ATCO Power. Paul and his wife, Reanna, a Grade 4 teacher at École Olds Elementary School, are parents to Kelly, Cheyenne, Nicolas, Oliver and Simon.
Bill and Kathleen have been a team since they were married in 1975 not only in marriage and life but also in business. They launched and owned Canada's first bowhunting and archery international publication, Bowbender Magazine, from 1982 to 1990 traveling extensively promoting not only the magazine, but the sport of archery in Canada as well. In 1987, Kathleen was nominated by the Federation of Canadian Archers, and subsequently received the Sports Federation of Canada's Doug Gilbert Media Award as Canada's Professional Sport Editor. Following moving to the farm on the east side of Didsbury in 1990, they ran a purebred Gelbvieh cow/calf operation until 2006.
Their current business endeavor, Windsor Graphics, was launched in 1996 where Bill and Kathleen work out of their home with clients across Alberta and beyond. From 1999-2011, Windsor Graphics produced hockey games over the internet for various teams in the Alberta Junior Hockey League, as well as the Western Women's Hockey League, The Edge School for Athletes, the Prince George Spruce Kings, both the Royal Bank Cup and the Allan Cup, and the Edmonton Cracker Cats baseball team. From 2007-2011, Windsor Graphics provided the streaming for CAB-K Broadcasting, bringing quality internet radio coverage for both the CK-FM 96.5 and Rock 104.5 stations.
Bill firing a 3 pound cannon at the 2017 Days of Yore Festival held in Rosebud Park on the east side of Didsbury.
Bill served on the Board of Directors for the Olds Grizzlys from 1998 to 2001. He chaired the Carstairs/Didsbury Chapter of Ducks Unlimited until 2009, raising funds for wetlands conservation. He is the founding chairman of the Rosebud Run Sleddog Classic, and creator of the EDK Challenge, an unprecedented initiative designed to reward mushers who challenge three dogsled races (in Elkford, Didsbury, and Kimberley). He has designed trail systems for mushers in Kimberley, Didsbury, and Pigeon Lake, and fine-tuned a dryland training trail system on land east of Didsbury, now being used by the Canadian Search Dog Association. Bill volunteers with Days of Yore, a reenactors festival hosted by the Mountain View Arts Society, also designing an online management system for taking entrants with a seamless entry to the website and subsequent marketing opportunities.
His latest custom designed software is Music Festival Suite, a comprehensive management tool for Music Association Festivals across the country. He currently assists with programs at the High School primarily with the band program but is also currently the acting President of the Friends of the Didsbury High School Society. He volunteers in one capacity or another with the Didsbury Historical Society, the Didsbury Municipal Library, the Didsbury Schools Band Society and the Mountain View Arts Society and Festival.
He believes that you have to get involved in order to create community and a community culture.
for Town Council
Platform Topics: In no particular order
Continued Infrastructure Focus - road, sidewalk and street light maintenance and improvement
East Water Reservoir - provide adequate water supply and fire suppression for east Didsbury
Sewage Lagoons - restore the sewage lagoons to full capacity and maintain them there
Library expansion - more space for library operations
Culture, Heritage and Arts Master Plan (CHAMP) - on the heels of the regional Recreation and Culture Master Plan
Asset Management Program - provide predictable and planned maintenance and replacement
Film Centre - explore becoming a satellite to Calgary's Film Centre
Town of Didsbury Website pictures - with activity in them