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