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About Us

About Us

W.E. Care for Kids is dedicated to enhancing the health and wellness of children in Windsor and Essex County by inspiring community giving.

W.E. Care for Kids is the local leader in fundraising for children’s health and wellness, driven by volunteers and supported by the community.

W.E. Care for Kids is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for local paediatric programs at Windsor Regional Hospital, Met and Ouellette Campuses, Leamington District Memorial Hospital, John McGivney Children’s Centre, Windsor Essex Therapeutic Riding Association, as well as the W.E. Care for Kids House.

W.E. Care for Kids raises funds to support local paediatric programs through Foundation run events and initiatives, third party events, as well as personal and corporate donations and sponsorships.

The Foundation’s charitable business number is 85295 7638 RR0001.


What We’ve Raised

2017 – $430,000 – Download 2017 Financials
2016- $405,000 – Download 2016 Financials
2015 – $443,070 –Download 2015 Financials
2014 – $370,000- Download 2014 Financials
2013 – $310,000 –Download 2013 Financials
2012 – $452,567 –Download 2012 Financials
2011 – $375,000 –Download 2011 Financials
2010 – $350,000
2009 – $432,000
2008 – $430,000
2007 – $398,000
2006 – $343,000
2005 – $335,000
2004 – $370,072
2003 – $391,000
2002 – $320,000
2001 – $268,386
2000 – $208,880
1999 – $126,500
1998 – $90,000
1997 – $30,000

Our History

The Windsor Essex Care for Kids Foundation began as a grassroots fundraising campaign in 1997, started by Dr. Joe Galiwango, Bill Micelli and Alan Defoe. The W.E. Care for Kids Campaign was intended to run for one full year to support the purchase of much needed paediatric equipment for local hospitals. The Founders quickly realized that there was a greater need for paediatric funding in the Windsor Essex Community and made the decision to the run the W.E. Care for Kids Campaign annually.

On April 8th 2005, the Windsor Essex Care for Kids Foundation was granted charitable status by the Canada Revenue Agency – changing W.E. Care for Kids from an annual fundraising Campaign to a recognized Foundation. Since its humble beginnings in 1997, W.E. Care for Kids is now recognized as a leader in paediatric fundraising in Windsor Essex County and has raised $6.5 million in support of local paediatric health care programs.

Founding Members

Dr. Joe Galiwango
Bill Micelli, CIBC
Alan Defoe, Scotiabank & Trust

Board of Directors

Mike Brain


Sandra Grado

Sandra Grado


Ida SprouleIda Sproule



Melissa McMahonMelissa McMahon


Marla Spidalieri

Marla Spidalieri



LLeah Hansoneah Hanson

Past President

Shanna Komsa



Darcie Valente



Marco Dolfi