about us

vision

Between Friends envisions a community where people with disabilities reach their individual potential and are recognized as valued citizens.

mission

Between Friends provides quality social, recreation and self-development opportunities for people with disabilities to connect, grow and belong.

values

Fun – We provide opportunities for smiles and laughter with friends
Respect – We respect all people, property and financial resources
Inclusion – We create an inclusive environment for everyone
Equality – We provide the same opportunities for everyone
No barriers – We adapt to meet the changing needs of our members
Diversity – We create a welcoming atmosphere for all
Skills – We encourage the development of everyone involved in our organization

key messages

Connecting
Between Friends provides unique opportunities for individuals with disabilities to have social interaction with peers who may or may not have a disability
Growing
Between Friends members develop self-confidence, accomplishment and a sense of responsibility.
Belonging
Our focus is on shared interests over individual differences. These shared interactions and experiences often become the foundation of understanding and lasting friendships

history

Between Friends has been offering social and recreational programs in Calgary and the surrounding area for over 30 years. Through our programs, we endeavour to benefit all people and increase the community’s awareness, positive attitudes, and sensitivity towards their fellow citizens with disabilities.

Between Friends was originally established in 1970, as the Pink Pelican Club, by a group of parents seeking social, recreational, and community based activities for their teenagers with disabilities. The Pink Pelican Club rapidly expanded as programs provided a bridge for community participation.

In 1982, the organization obtained registered charitable status and a new name.

ethics and compliance

Between Friends is a registered charity under the Alberta Societies Act and Canada Revenue Agency (11921 7925 RR0001) and abides by their regulations to fulfill our operational mandate. Beyond compliance with laws and regulations, Between Friends’ employees, board of directors and volunteers abide by the highest ethical standards and responsibilities set forth in Between Friends’ Policies and Procedures and by our adherence to the AFP Code of Ethical Principles and Standards.

accountability

Between Friends adheres to rigorous requirements for financial reporting, Ethics and Compliance, and Operations.

2015 Annual Report

View our 2014 Impact Report