Heart Defects Society of Windsor and Essex County

Registered Charity #89893 7818 RR0001

Our Goals:

  • Public Awareness
  • Support for those whose lives have been affected by CHD, whether as a person born with heart defects or their families and loved ones.
  • Education for the general public, those affected by CHD, and the medical community in Windsor and Essex County

Heart Defects Society’s Vision Statement:

The Heart Defects Society of Windsor and Essex County offers compassionate support within the community, provides educational, emotional and financial resources to improve the quality of life of individuals affected by Congenital Heart Defects. We also advocate for our members, giving them a voice where they need it most. The Heart Defects Society will aim toward being a high profile non-profit organization in Ontario.


The Heart Defects Society, hopes this site will help you find what you need, whether it be financial aid, or something as simple as a shoulder to lean on, we are here to help those affected by congenital heart defects in their lives. Did you know that heart defects are the number one cause of illness related death in children, doubling the number of deaths from all childhood cancers, and yet, research for heart defects is less than half of that for all of childhood cancers combined. As well, very little is known about the genes that cause CHD’s. Many research efforts have attempted to pinpoint issues such as maternal illness and environmental exposure (air pollution, water, food chemicals) but nothing yet has been shown to increase the risk of CHD.  Alcohol, drugs and smoking have more recently been looked at and may increase the risk of CHD. What we can say is that many babies that are born with congenital heart disease are living longer healthier lives due to the advancing medical treatments. There are approximately 110,000 adults living with congenital heart disease in Canada.  That is why the Heart Defects Society hopes to shed light on these startling facts, as well as bring families affected by CHD’s together for support and understanding. Learning that a loved one is ill, is never easy, and it is made even harder when it is a newborn.  This local non-profit charity is here to help with some of the financial burdens, that some of the families may face with traveling back and forth to London and Toronto.  It does not matter if it’s just for an appointment, yearly check up or even when a surgery is required.  The Heart Defects Society is here to help. In order to help these families, we as a charity, hold a few fundraisers through out the year, as well as social events for everyone to gather and have some fun. Thanks to our sponsors and those who donate prizes, it helps to make our events more beneficial for all.  Check out the Events Page and then come on out to and event and let the stress of daily living leave your mind for just a few hours, while the children socialize with others who are dealing with similar trials and tribulations. If you have any suggestions on social events or fundraisers, or if you  need to ask any questions, feel free to contact one of the Board Members.

The HDS would like you to  invite you to take a look at some pictures from the Awareness Week that we held in Febuary 2015  and  the HDS Annual Picnic Social 2015 , as well as the 6th Annual Christine Sorrell Memorial “Pooker” Ride Photos.


6th Annual Christine Sorrell Memorial “Pooker” Ride Photos

2015 CHD Awareness Week

Click on Picture to view more of the 2015 CHD Awareness Week

Click here to view 2015 Picnic Social Pictures

Click here to view 2015 Picnic Social Pictures

Melissa Trothen Memorial Fund Updated [MTMF]:

We would like to advised that you that MTMF  Guidelines have been changes recently, we would like to make you aware of these changes. To view the new guidelines  please click on the link below, they have changed to better serve our members needs.

Guidlines for MTMF – May 28, 2016

MTMF Application 3-Fold


What’s Coming Up Next……

2016 Annual Picnic Social Announcement:

We look forward to seeing you at this year’s annual HDS picnic! There will be  some new games that are being brought in, and of course some favorite games from previous years  for all to play, there is will be a balloon fight,  it always fun to see the Board get soaked, and prizes for the kids. Don’t forget about the splash pad, so remember your sunscreen, swimsuit and towel!

We would like you to note that we will  be at the new big pavilion as we where at last years picnic. The newly built picnic area  is a much larger covered area then we have had before and  luckily it is still near the splash pad.  Please look for our Flag or banners to help you find where we are.
See you then!

Where: Mic Mac Park… New Picnic area, near the splash pad still but larger space, look for our HDS banner and flag!
When: July 24, 2016
Time: 11:30 am – 2:30 pm


Annual Christine Sorrell Memorial ‘Pooker’ Ride

The Annual Christine Sorrell Memorial ‘Pooker’ Ride consisted of a tour through Essex County. The ride is going to be start at UNIFOR HALL on Turner Road and after a day of touring the county, it will be finishing at  Just Your Average Joes Sports Bar.

Pre-registration will be held Players Club (1530 Langlois Ave. Windsor) on September 11th 2016,  1pm – 4pm.

Registration starts at 9:30am, at about 10:15am, Darren Womack started with the opening remarks, which always begin with a moment of silence, then followed by a group photo in front of the hall. The riders then mounted their motorcycles. Warren and Genevieve Hayes led the parade of bikes out of the city limits, and off to their first stop in Belle River.

The riders then continued threw each town to each stop and end at the Just Your Average Joes Sport Bar for a delicious chicken dinner. Along with door prizes, raffle prizes and a 50/50 draw. Prizes for top poker hand and top pledge earners are then awarded.

Annual ‘Pooker’ Ride will be held: September 18, 2016

Start: UNIFOR HALL – Turner Road, Windsor

Finish:  Just Your Average Joes Sport Bar – 1286 Lauzon Rd, Windsor

Please feel free to print off a Pledge Form and help raise awareness and funds in suppport of the HDS, more you raise the better chance of winning a awesome prize!

2016 Pooker Run Pledge Sheet

Looking a head to 2017

The HDS  would like to announce that the  HDS Annual Pasta Dinner Fundraiser, will be moving to a new venue in 2017, and to a new date.

Date: February 17, 2017

Venue: Fogolar Furlan  - 1800 North Service Rd, Windsor, Ontario, N8W 1Y3

Time:  Doors open at 5:30, Dinner will start at 6:30






Tax Reminder:

DONATION RECEIPT INFORMATION:  We would like to thank all of our sponsors, supporters and fundraisers over the 2015 year.  Donation receipts will be in the mail by February 2016.  Please note that illegible names and/or incomplete addresses may have resulted in a receipt not being issued.  If you did not receive a receipt and you feel you should have, please contact our Treasurer, Tiffany Benoit ( and she will assist you in getting your receipt.  ~Thank You~” 



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