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.


What’s Coming Up Next……

The next Heart Defects Society event is our Annual Walk’N Roll , it is scheduled to be held on May 4, 2014. The pledge forms is available now, if you can not print your own pledge form out please feel free to contact the office, or if you are on our Facebook page, you can let us know, an will mail one out to as soon as possible.  We can’t wait to see you all there on May 4, 2014.

2014 Walk’n Roll Pledge Sheet

2014 Walk’n Roll Additional Pledge Form

A Friendly Reminder for Tax Season  

As tax season is upon us, the Heart Defects Society would like to inform everyone who has donated over $20, and has requested a Donation Receipts for tax purposes, that they will be mailed out by February 28, 2014.  In some cases, pledge sheets have had some missing information or they were illegible. So if  you are waiting for a Donation Receipt, but do not receive one shortly after the end of February, we ask that you please let us know by emailing   The  website emails are not currently working, as they are still in process of being activated.  Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you.

Latest Events

 Congenital Heart Defect Awareness week, February 7 – 14, 2014

There was a flag raising on February 7, 2014, at 12 pm, at the City of Windsor, though is was a bit chilly out some of the Board managed to make it to see the flag being raised. DSC01518                        DSC01523 Later that night, we held a very successful Annual Pasta Dinner. Where many tickets were sold for the dinner, the 50/50 and raffle prizes.  This year at the pasta dinner, one of the prizes we were raffling off, was a beautiful hand blown glass vase made by a local Windsor company, tsunami glassworks inc. This vase was appropriately named Ventricle. The Ventricle vase is a hand blown sculptural vase designed by Eva Milinkovic who has referenced the organic beauty of the human heart. Each vase made been made unique and made  in a cherry turquoise colour combination. Due to colour mixing and hand shaping, all Ventricles are one of a kind and uniquely made and signed by Eva.  Many attendees went home with wonderful door prizes, raffle prizes, which most had been donated by local companies.  When extend our sincere THANK YOU’s to those who attended the dinner, an of course to all those people an companies that donated to the dinner. It is appreciated by all.

Ventricle Vase

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CHD Awareness Mall Event

CHD Awareness Mall Event January 25, 2014

CHD Awareness Mall Event January 25, 2014


Annual Christine Sorrell Memorial ‘Pooker’ Ride

pooker-homepage The 4th Annual Christine Sorrell Memorial ‘Pooker’ Ride was on Sept 15, 2013. It consisted of a tour through Essex County beginning at the UNIFOR Hall at 1855 Turner Road and ending with a banquet at the Teutonia Club of Windsor. Registration started at 9:30am, at about 10:15am, Darren Womack started with the opening remarks, which always begins 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. This year, there was a short celebration, with live entertainment at Colchester Bar & Grill, from 1:30pm to 3:30pm. The riders then continued to the Teutonia Club of Windsor for a delicious chicken dinner.  Along with raffle prizes and a 50/50 draw, prizes for top poker hand and pledge earners were awarded.  This year at least  80% of the people at the hall went home with wonderful door prizes, all thanks to our wonderful and generous supporters. All proceeds raised during the ‘Pooker’ Ride will be used to benefit children and adults born with heart defects and their families in the Windsor and Essex County area.

Annual ‘Pooker’ Ride will be held: September 14, 2014


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Working Together With The Windsor Quilters Guild

Part of 2012 and 2013 the partnership with the Windsor Quilters Guild, the board members try to raise awareness an sell raffle tickets at the mall, and as well as at other events that both organizations had held. This past June, the HDS was invited to the year end social that the Guild holds. Part of the HDS board were able to be in attendance at the social, where there was a brief presentation of a cheque from the Windsor Quilters Guild to the HDS.  The Guild generously donated $6,000.00, the profits from the ticket sales for the raffling off the beautiful quilt that they had spent a great deal of time to make. It was a blessing being able to work along side such great and wonderful women, and the HDS is very appreciative of all their hard work and dedication in the help to spread the word about the Heart Defects Society of Windsor and Essex County. With all of our hearts with like to give you a big:

                                                     Thank You!!!

Mall Event: HDS plus Quilting Guild

Mall Event: HDS plus Quilting Guild  

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