Our Story

Originally we were incorporated under the name “The Calgary Between Friends Fun & Fellowship for Disabled Youth” then changed to “The Calgary Between Friends Recreation for Youth with Disabilities” then “The Calgary Between Friends Recreation for People with Disabilities” then “Between Friends”

Between Friends has been offering social and recreational programs in Calgary and the surrounding area for close to 40 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. The Calgary Between Friends Club was incorporated in March of 1982! From that point on we began adding more opportunities for social and recreational programming. Camp Bonaventure was established in 1983 and more programs followed throughout the years including Adventurers, W.E.S.O.A.R! Weekend & Evening Social Opportunities, Activities & Recreation, I.C.A.N! Inclusive Community Activities With No Barriers, Camp Fun’zAmust and finally the introduction of WeConnect in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Through the name updates, program additions and changes and adapting to the ever-changing circumstances of our society Between Friends has remained committed to providing quality social and recreational programming for people with disabilities. We will continue to adapt and develop the best and safest possible programs we can provide. In 2022 Between Friends will be celebrating 40 years of helping our communities to connect, grow and belong and we look forward to all of the exciting program developments in the years to come!