Between Friends hopes that all of our friends and families are staying safe during this difficult time.  We have been closely monitoring developments related to COVID-19, and will continue to follow recommendations from Alberta Health Services and all levels of government as we move forward.  We are committed to doing our part in helping to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus and will continue to keep our members, staff and volunteers safe during this pandemic.  For this reason, our office will remain closed indefinitely, and our programs will continue to be suspended. Our office team remains accessible to you via email or phone as we continue to work remotely, so please reach out if there is any way we can help. Currently email is the best way to reach the office.

We have suspended all W.E.S.O.A.R! programming. Our Vacationers Spring Trip and Spring Fiesta Dance are cancelled. Adventurers registration is postponed. We will continue to evaluate all summer programming and the Awards & AGM, as we monitor the Alberta Health Services and Government of Alberta websites and assess the risk to all stakeholders. 

Thank you for understanding as we try and do our part by taking action now and reducing the chances of spreading the virus in our city, as we feel this is an important step.

Between Friends Leadership Team


Thank you to everyone who participated, volunteered and donated to the 6th Annual Friends in Motion Bowl-a-Thon. The event was a huge success raising over $106,000 for Between Friends. In Suzanne’s last year as CEO, she challenged one of our youngest donors, Peighton, to raise $20,000. This photo shows it all; Peighton exceeded her goal and Suzanne held onto her end of the bargain by dressing as Anna from Frozen. We could not have achieved this amazing outcome without everyone’s enthusiastic involvement – THANK YOU!

Suzanne Jackett announces her retirement

I am excited…and just a wee bit sad…to announce that I have decided to retire effective December 31, 2020. My 22 years at Between Friends has been the best time of my life. I have developed so many skills and so many friends and it will be hard to say goodbye. Read more…

CEO job posting
Our stories: a look at what it’s like to work at Between Friends!


What is Between Friends?

Between Friends is a charitable organization in Calgary & area working with the disabilities community since 1982.

Between Friends provides quality social, recreation, and development opportunities so that people with disabilities can connect, grow, and belong. We focus on abilities, not disabilities. This allows each person to set their own goals and determine their level of participation. Many people with disabilities seek social and recreational activities that are fundamental to enriching self-esteem, quality of life, and mental and physical health. Between Friends facilitates programs with these goals in mind while promoting a focus on shared interests over individual differences.

CTV Calgary’s Inspired Albertans with Darrel Janz, recently sat down with Between Friends Ambassadors: Constantin, Cora, and Colton, to chat about the impact Between Friends has had in the disability community in Calgary, and in their lives.  

For more on Constantin and Colton, and other stories on how Between Friends has impacted the lives of people with disabilities in Calgary, take a look at the 2018 Annual Impact Report.


Between Friends offers a variety of programs to children, youth and adults that reduce the barriers of isolation and function as the building blocks of friendship. We provide opportunities that challenge, stimulate and pique the curiosity of our participants.

The positive impact Between Friends has on the lives of individuals with disabilities extends to the greater community as these individuals gain confidence and skills.

Read more about our mission, vision and values.

programs at a glance

 Register for programs online

Between Friends W.E.S.O.A.R! 
(Weekend & Evening Social Opportunities, Activities and Recreation)
All ages

Between Friends I.C.A.N!  
(Inclusive Community Activities with No Barriers)
All ages

Between Friends Camp Bonaventure
4 – 17 years old

Between Friends Camp Fun’zAmust 
7 – 16 years old or 17 – 40 years old

Between Friends Adventurers | Day Trippers 
18 – 24 years old

Between Friends Adventurers | Vacationers 
18 years and older