FAQs

Membership

What is included in my annual Membership Fee

  • Access to programs and activities
  • One vote at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) 
  • Support from a Community Engagement Coordinator (CEC) 
  • Access to Fee Assistance and Subsidies
  • Goal setting with a CEC 

How long is my membership valid for? 

Between Friends membership is valid for one calendar year from January – December. If you register for a membership in September, it will expire in December. 

What is a Community Engagement Coordinator (CEC)? 

Every member is assigned a CEC who will be your main point of contact at Between Friends. Your CEC is able to help you with your member’s recreation wants and needs, at Between Friends and in the community. Some of the things you can ask your CEC for help with include:

  • Registration
  • Payment and fee assistance
  • Program cancellations
  • Goal setting
  • Support your member may need at program such as behaviour support, personal care, or communication
  • Connections and access to community resources
  • Development opportunities and services including Volunteer-in-Training (V.I.T.) and Inclusive Community Activities with No Barriers (I.C.A.N!)

All of our CEC’s have an inclusive mindset, strong advocacy skills, and ensure membership needs are met in all aspects of the organization. 

Why do I need to fill out the membership forms every year?

Between Friends is committed to ensuring your member receives the support they require while attending our activities. The way that we can ensure this happens is to have all of the relevant and up to date information, which we collect in our membership forms. All the information we ask for helps us to provide the best possible activities for your member. 

Why am I required to sign waivers every year?

All waivers are valid for one calendar year. It is required that they are signed annually, to reflect any changes in consent, guardianship, etc. 

MEMbership forms & waivers

What is the Application Release form?

The application release form allows your member to participate in all Between Friends activities and you accept the risks that come with the activities. If your member is hurt or injured at the activities, Between Friends is not liable for any losses, damage or injury to person or property. All relevant medical history is shared with Between Friends to ensure safety during participation.

What is the Prescription and Non-Prescription Medication Release form?

The prescription and non-prescription medication release allows Between Friends staff that are trained in medication administration to administer approved medication to your member. 

What does it mean to sign the Prescription and Non-Prescription Medication Release form?

You agree to share all relevant medication information with Between Friends staff, so that medications can be administered to your member during activities. If this release form is not signed, Between Friends cannot administer any medication to your member including non-prescription medication. 

What is the Emergency Medical And/or Treatment form?

The emergency medical and/or treatment form allows Between Friends staff  and volunteers trained in First Aid and CPR to provide medical treatment in an emergency. 

What does it mean to sign an Emergency Medical And/or Treatment form?

You agree to allow Between Friends staff and volunteers to provide First Aid and CPR to your member in the event of a medical emergency.

What is the Permission to use stories, photographs, and/or videos form?

This form allows Between Friends management staff to use photos, videos, and/or stories of your member for the purpose of sharing Between Friends successes. These photos, videos, and stories may be used on flyers, to raise awareness or funds, or on Between Friends social media such as Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. 

What does it mean to sign Permission to use stories, photographs and/or videos form?

You agree to allow photos, videos, and stories of your member to be taken during activities and are comfortable to have them used in promotional material both printed and on social media. 

What is the Healthy Waters Release Information form?

The Healthy Waters Release Information Form allows your member to participate in swimming activities at Between Friends. In this form, you will share with Between Friends your member’s level of controlling the release of their urine and feces.

What does it mean to sign a Health Waters Release Information form?

You agree to disclose your member’s level of controlling the release of urine and feces. This is to allow us to support your member to ensure no accidents happen in the pool. You need to sign this form before your member can participate in any swimming activities. 

What is the Life Jacket Release form?

Between Friends members who have a history of seizures are required to wear a life jacket in the pool for safety in case they have a seizure in the water. If your member has a history of seizures but you do not want them to wear a life jacket in the pool, this form will need to be signed. This is usually signed after a member has not had any seizures in a long time and is not likely to have seizures again. 

What does it mean to sign a Life Jacket Release form?

You acknowledge that it is Between Friends’ policy to ensure that members who have a history of seizures are required to wear a life jacket, and you consent to your member not wearing a life jacket in the pool. If your member has a history of seizures, but you do not want them to wear a life jacket this form must be signed. If this is not signed, your member must wear a life jacket in the pool. 

What is the 5-Point Harness Release form?

The 5-point harness release allows Between Friends to use your member’s 5-point harness if Calgary Transit Access has asked you to provide one. You will need to show your member’s staff how to use the harness for your member as they look different for every person. 

What does it mean to sign the 5-Point Harness Release form?

Only needs to be signed if your member rides Calgary Transit Access and is required to wear a 5-point harness. Signing this form documents that you have trained your members’ staff on how to safely use the 5-point harness on Calgary Transit Access. You can only sign this if you have met with the staff in person and you are comfortable with them using the harness.