The Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Foundation launched a three-year, $1.5 million fundraising campaign entitled, Children, Youth & Families, Strength for Today – Opportunities for Tomorrow”


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As voiced by Derrick Drouillard, Executive Director of the Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Society, “The Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Foundation’s new campaign focuses on strengthening families, children and youth. At the heart of the campaign, is to offer hope and resources to make a difference for the families served by the Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Society. The Foundation and the Society are working hand in hand to provide opportunities for families to achieve their goals and overcome their challenges. Families know best what they need, we are here to help.” Cheryl Sprague, President of the Board of Directors of the Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Foundation, adds, “I call on our community to embrace this campaign. This is a campaign about all of us providing the tools to those, who, with the proper resources, will have the means to grow and prosper. It is a campaign about hope, and a vision for a better tomorrow for children, youth and families.”
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Keith Negley is an internationally recognized editorial and children’s book illustrator hailing from the mountains of Bellingham, Washington.  His work has appeared on book covers, t-shirts, album covers, posters, skateboard decks, and watches.  He is a frequent contributor to the New York Times and New Yorker.  He has authored and illustrated four children’s books, the most recent of which is titled, Art is Life, has received a gold medal from the Society of Illustrators in New York City.  Keith is the father of two young boys.  He intertwines some of the experiences with his own children into his books.  He also has used his talents as a release for a life long struggle with anxiety.  Keith is an Adjunct Professor with the University of British Columbia.

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The Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Foundation believes that every child deserves an equal opportunity for reaching their potential.

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Choose from one of our General, Seasonal or Education programs where your donation can Write A Child’s Story.

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Our Mission: Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Foundation

The Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Foundation is dedicated to providing financial support that contributes to the safety and well-being of the children and families of the Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Society through fundraising initiatives and public education.


Episode #9 – “Every Day Family Matters”


Campaign launched to strengthen families & support youth

This podcast provides insight into the impact of charitable giving and how an individual, organization or business can rally around a cause.  The results are in many cases life changing!

The Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Foundation recently launched a new $1.5 million, 3-year campaign focused on Children, Youth & Families, Strength for Today, Opportunities for Tomorrow.  The campaign seeks to eliminate financial and emotional stressors that will provide options for seeking a more positive and successful course for today and tomorrow.

Jaiden Berro, a former youth in care, now a Social Work graduate first joined the Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Society (WECAS) as a Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) Facilitator and Youth Advocate Spokesperson.  Jaiden has recently taken on a new role, Family Service Worker. Jaiden speaks to his journey and how the many programs of WECAF assisted him on his journey.  Sam Martin, Director of Marketing and Corporate Affairs for Fortis Group comments on what intrigues a corporate entity to consider a charitable or non-profit cause and organization.

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Transforming lives of 1 in 8 children in Windsor-Essex.

Programs That We Offer

The “Children, Youth & Families – Strength for Today, Opportunities for Tomorrow” campaign, which includes our ever evolving programs, makes it easy for you to choose one of the many options of where your donation can make a difference. Take a look at our campaign booklet.

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General Programs

This spectrum includes a wide array of programs that provide the donor with options that in a variety of ways contribute to the safety, well-being and enrichment of children, youth and families.

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100% of all funds donated stay in Windsor-Essex County.

Seasonal Programs

Together, these programs provide hope, inspiration and life long memories to children and families who are impacted by support of these initiatives. The Holiday Program and “Fresh Air” Summer Camp program occur at opposite times of the year, however both offer benefits that are far reaching and meaningful.

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Education Programs

Education is the number one catalyst for creating positive change and eliminating negative cycles. An investment in the future of one of our youth is a powerful message that indicates an individual is valued. It also provides the groundwork for a youth to become a contributing member to the community at large.

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Embracing Families Fund

Families in our community face a number of life challenges including: mental health issues, addictions, intimate partner violence, and the most prevalent challenge, poverty! The John & Sophia Chisholm Embracing Family Fund has been established to support families in need and provide them with hope and comfort as they rise up to the challenges they face.

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Children’s Aid Foundation unveils new graphic

Children’s Aid Foundation unveils new graphic

The Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Foundation has unveiled a new graphic for its $1.5-million, three-year fundraising campaign. Children, Youth & Families, Strength for Today — Opportunities for Tomorrow is the name

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