Pajama Angels is a local Not-For-Profit Charity raising Awareness, Action and Advocacy for all cancers and chronic diseases through integrative health initiatives. A major annual signature fundraising event is Yoga4Hope.
What is a Pajama Angel?
An Angel is a divine being that acts as a messenger of a higher spirit. A Pajama Angel is an everyday being hoping to make a difference for others in their community and they are sometimes seen in pajamas.
Pajama Angels are an incorporated not-for profit grass roots provincial charity dedicated to creating awareness, action and advocacy for all cancers and chronic diseases through integrative health initiatives. We take action by providing “Wing Power Fund” financial assistance to applicants affected by cancer and chronic diseases to those seeking alternative and complimentary therapies and supporting local research of natural and non-toxic alternatives to cancer and diseases.
We will assist in improving the lives of those affected by cancer and chronic diseases through our hard work and dedication because we believe that united we cure.
Voluntary Board Of Directors
Darlene Szecsei-Albano, RN, BScN | Reiki Master set out in her calling to assist people to heal as a Registered Nurse at local hospitals in various roles of front-line staff & management.
Growing up, she spent much time in her father’s automotive stamping business Titan Tool & Die Limited where she has for the last decade or so, been the Chief Executive Officer.
Her husband Joe for over 20 years and their 2 dogs have kept her grounded and her heart full.
Her biggest heartache was watching her sister die from complications of breast cancer in 2002. She has also said good-bye to her aunt Clara for the same disease. Her mother, Magdalena is breast cancer warrior and her husband Joe is a kidney cancer warrior.
She co-founded Pajama Angels with fellow board member and sister Judy in memory of their sister Maggie in the hope to make a difference in her community.
Judith M. Szecsei-Beale completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts, with an honours in Printmaking 1984, at the University of Windsor, along with her Bachelor of Education in 1985 at University of Western Ontario.
She always had a love of fabrics and fashion, for even at a young age, she began to sew doll clothes out of Kleenex. Enrolled in Fine Arts at the University of Windsor, these skills helped her evolve her creative talent.
While pregnant with her first child, eventually 3 more arrived, she took her very first quilting class at the nudging of a friend. Fast forward 20 years, born were rotary cutters and acrylic templates. Judy’s Inspiration was the work of Susan Carlson‘s pink rhino and Judy’s raw edge free form fabric collage passion was born.
Judy has created many beautiful pieces with this new found love that she has donated to Pajama Angels that she help co-found with her sister Darlene.
Marylise Fabbro is a life long resident of Windsor, now living in LaSalle. She is the married mom of three married sons and Nonna to four grandchildren. Marylise ran a successful home based business for many years. She has volunteered hundreds of hours on various Boards including PAC at her son’s school as both Board member and Board President, Board of Directors of The Inn of Windsor, Residential and Supportive Apartment Living Transition Programs for Youth, House Committee at Essex Golf & Country Club and Chairperson of Player Services 2002 AT&T Canada Senior Open. Marylise joined Pajama Angels in February 2012 and serves as Board Treasurer. She uses her knowledge, talents and caring personality to help Pajama Angels fulfill its mission to assist those in need.
Lisa Defoe is an Assistant Crown Attorney who has resided in Windsor the vast majority of her life. She has participated in many community organizations throughout the years. She is committed to giving back to the community and is privileged to be able to so through such organizations as Pajama Angels and Dragon Boats.
Lisa believes that “Pajama Angels is an invaluable resource to the public for education, funding and making a positive difference in the lives of others.” She is proud to be a board member of Pajama Angels.
Vice President- Events
Jennifer Fabbro lives in Lasalle with her husband of 9 years, their two little girls and their “pound puppy” Martin. She has worked in the engineering industry for over 12 years, 8 of which have been as an electrical designer with her current employer, Stantec Consulting Engineers. Jennifer is a children’s liturgy catechist with her church, a little league coach with Turtle Club baseball and loves to volunteer whenever a helping hand is needed. In her spare time she can be found playing baseball, behind her sewing machine or at the gym. She seeks to promote health and wellness within our community and is proud to be a part of the Pajama Angels team.
Vice President- Strategy
Kelly Gregoire was born in Windsor but lived her younger years across Canada. She attended the University of Windsor, settled in LaSalle with her husband and 2 daughters and is currently Vice President of Human Resources at Caesars Windsor. Kelly loves the diverse and beautiful nature in Windsor-Essex, spending active time outdoors with her family cycling and running. Kelly also is passionate about supporting our community and actively volunteers for several organizations, often alongside her two teenage daughters. Being a member of the Pajama Angels team is a great blend of her love for health and wellness and helping others in our amazing community.
Jacqueline Peterson, CPA, CA, lives in St. Joachim with her husband of 11 years and her two Bernese Mountain dogs. Jacqueline attended Western University in London Ontario and earned her designation as a Chartered Accountant in 1999. She passionately serves private businesses in Windsor and surrounding areas as a Partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). In her spare time, Jacqueline loves to travel Canada, US and Europe. She loves spending time with friends and family and has a new interest in sailing. Being a member of the Pajama Angels team is a privilege and an opportunity to share health and well being with those in our community.