Kim Presser to be promoted to CEO
On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am happy to announce that after an exhaustive search, Kim Presser will be promoted to Chief Executive Officer of Between Friends. Effective September 1st, Kim will replace Suzanne Jackett, who announced her retirement in January of this year. Read more…
Help us #EndIsolation for Everyone
Parents fear that without the social stimulation our members get through regular Between Friends programming, their loved ones will regress, losing precious social & communication skills while running the risk of declining mental health.
You can help reduce isolation for our members during COVID-19 and beyond.
If you’re in a position to give, please help us support our members.
Your generosity helps us #EndIsolation.
We are #StrongerTogether.
For some isolation is temporary…
Get your colouring pages here!
Stay connected through creativity! We’d love to see how creative you can get with our new colouring pages. Simply download & print, decorate in whatever way feels good, and then share with us via Facebook or Instagram (@calgary bfc). You can share with your neighbours too by posting your finished pages in your window at home.
Let’s spread the message to #EndIsolationForEveryone!
SUMMER PROGRAMS CANCELLED
The Leadership Team and Board of Directors of Between Friends has made the difficult decision to cancel all in-person summer programming: Camp Bonaventure, Adventurers (both Day Trippers and Vacationers), Camp Fun’zAmust and Adult W.E.S.O.A.R!, as well as our I.C.A.N! Programming for 2020. Even if by summer, we are allowed to run programs, the hygiene, sanitizing and safety precautions, as well as the physical distancing necessary to offer safe environments throughout all of our programming for the summer, would be extremely difficult for us to manage. We have not made this decision lightly and we are heartbroken that the current crisis that our world, country and city face, is having this impact.
We have weighed our options carefully, following updates from the World Health Organization (WHO), all three levels of governments and public health experts. Calgary has not yet reached the peak of this pandemic and given the City of Calgary’s recent announcement to cancel all public events until the end of June, the decision is now clear. We will only operate face-to-face programs when we are certain of the safety of our members. We work with a vulnerable population, many of whom are immunocompromised and the risk to their health is just too great. Between Friends has a responsibility to be here for our members now and in the future.
We understand how disappointing this decision will be for our many stakeholders; our members and their families, our volunteers, our summer staff, our office team, our community partners as well as our donors and funders. We will get through this and when we do, Between Friends will be here, a year from now, two years from now and ten years from now to continue to support our membership. It is critical that we have this long term view.
Be assured that our team is working diligently on creative ways to continue to provide support through these very difficult times and we will communicate with you as we make progress. We invite you to communicate your ideas and any concerns you may have.
Stay healthy & safe!
Your Between Friends Leadership Team and Board of Directors
FRIENDS IN MOTION – HUGE SUCCESS!!!
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!
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 glanceRegister for programs online
Between Friends W.E.S.O.A.R!
(Weekend & Evening Social Opportunities, Activities and Recreation)
Between Friends I.C.A.N!
(Inclusive Community Activities with No Barriers)
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