35 stories – Suzanne

Suzanne Jackett Meet Suzanne Jackett, CEO of Between Friends. Or maybe you recognize her better here? The year was 1986. Suzanne Jackett got her first job at Between Friends, where she was one of only three employees. At the time, the organization consisted of about 90 members; only children. Fast-forward to 2017 and Between Friends now houses 17 full-time employees and has over 750 participants; children, youth and adults! It’s fair to say that Between Friends has changed. A lot. Suzanne was studying Kinesiology at Queens University when a practicum in ...

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4 ways I.C.A.N! changes lives of people with disabilities

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Inclusive Community Activities, No barriers (I.C.A.N!) program through Between Friends has been improving the lives of people with special needs since beginning a few years ago. In 2017, Between Friends I.C.A.N! program is expanding, and we are thrilled to be able to offer more opportunities than ever before! Between Friends I.C.A.N! provides equal opportunity for community recreation. Rather than a participant with special needs being excluded or doing an alternate activity, community programs and camps are adapted to integrate I.C.A.N! participants as seamlessly as ...

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Perspective of a Practicum Student

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My name is Reena and I am a practicum student who has spent the last couple of months working with Between Friends. At the beginning of September, I had no idea what to expect... embarking on this journey as a Between Friends program assistant. I was initially thrilled and intrigued to take on this position, as I always wondered how Between Friends provides social, recreation and self-development opportunities for a number of individuals with disabilities. One of my goals for the semester was to further expand my knowledge on the purpose and impact this organization ...

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BF staff wins Calgary Advocacy Award

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Mark Burzacott is a strong advocate for people with disabilities in both his personal life and professional life. He challenges those around him to build a community in which inclusion is celebrated and practiced – creating a safe and welcoming space for all. Mark is the Membership Coordinator with Between Friends. In this capacity, he is actively meeting with people with disabilities and their families to explore their recreational needs and to set them up for success when entering our programs. He also supports them in advocating their needs to other service ...

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Scoop of Care raises over $600 for Between Friends

A hand-spun, giant scoop of care JOEY Crowfoot location raises over $600 for Between Friends through their Scoop of Care campaign in the month of August. Through the Scoop of Care, $1 from every one of JOEY's delicious ice-cream desserts sold in that month goes to a local charitable organization. Between Friends was chosen by staff vote at the JOEY Crowfoot location to be the Scoop of Care recipient for August. The campaign was a success and Between Friends was presented with a donation of $680! Thank you JOEY Crowfoot staff & to everyone who sampled ...

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Vacationers know the best times are spent with friends

by Nikki Buffie Trekking along the trails of Kananaskis Country to the breathtaking views of waterfalls and lakes in the Rocky Mountains… Afternoons spent exploring shops and museums of Southern Alberta towns, while trying to judge which town has the best ice cream shop. Late nights spent making s’mores and singing songs around a campfire… …these are only a few of the great activities we do as a Between Friends Vacationers group! It's like you're on a vacation with your friends, because... oh wait, you are! Vacationers is an incredible program ...

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Between Friends welcome honoured guest to Summer’s End Celebration

Between Friends closed out its summer programming schedule by hosting their annual Summer's End Celebration at Between Friends Camp Bonaventure on August 18th. The rain clouds held off just long enough, making for a beautiful evening shared by families and friends. The 2016 Summer's End event was sponsored by the Big Hearted Mavericks. Tom Jackson – Canadian singer/songwriter, actor and philanthropist was our special guest for the evening, treating those in attendance to a private concert on the newly renovated deck at Between Friends Camp Bonaventure. Before ...

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Everyone wins at Family Golf Day

Family Golf Day began as early as 2006 as a one day happening for Between Friends’ members, friends and family alike. Family Golf Day is an opportunity for a day of family time or, more recently, time with dad as it has fallen on Father’s Day the past couple of years. Attendees would gather at a local driving range to hit some balls and enjoy a few chuckles as people tried the quintessential Happy Gilmore run-up. Around 2008, everything changed. In a move of particular generosity, the Carey family offered their resources and availability to host the ...

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Spread the word to end the word… forever

The Message Spread The Word To End The Word is a fantastic movement. The goal is to make the 'R' word (R****d) usage less prevalent, and further, to make any derogatory association extinct. Over the past 7 years, the 'Spread the Word' movement has gained considerable momentum, but this action does not have to be limited to one day, or one week, or one month. There is no reason this conversation can't be a consistent message year-round. More than 640, 000 have now taken the pledge. "More than 640, 000 people have now taken the pledge to end the use of the R-word, ...

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Inclusive Pathways to Physical Literacy

A number of local organizations including the City of Calgary and P.L.A.Y. Calgary have come together to encourage physical literacy, attempting to identify and solve accessibility issues for people with disabilities in Calgary and area.  Just like reading and writing, physical literacy is more than physical education. It directly relates to one’s ability to make choices and have the confidence to engage in a broad range of physical activities over the course of one’s life.  You need the building blocks of the alphabet before you learn to read and write, counting ...

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