11 results for tag: between friends


Fundraise

YOU can help people with disabilities access social, recreational and self development programs by planning & hosting a fundraising event! Host An Event We are so thankful to be part of a community that fosters diversity and inclusion. Over the years, we have witnessed many participants, families, and friends make the decision to help Between Friends achieve its goals by financially supporting the programs and services we offer. Where Do Your Fundraising Dollars Go? They help participants like Rebecca and Chelsea... sisters with Down syndrome who access our fee assistance to attend Between Friends Camp Bonaventure. Thinking of hosting a ...

Vacationers know the best times are spent with friends

by Nikki Buffie Trekking along the trails of Kananaskis Country to the breathtaking views of waterfalls and lakes in the Rocky Mountains… Afternoons spent exploring shops and museums of Southern Alberta towns, while trying to judge which town has the best ice cream shop. Late nights spent making s’mores and singing songs around a campfire… …these are only a few of the great activities we do as a Between Friends Vacationers group! It's like you're on a vacation with your friends, because... oh wait, you are! Vacationers is an incredible program offered by Between Friends in the summer months for adults 18+ to learn new skills, ...

Seeing Green – A Therapy Garden

A little over a year ago our friends at Agrium proposed the idea of having a therapy garden down at camp. We had heard how horticultural therapy benefits people of all ages and abilities, but also how it is growing in popularity as a programming option for people with disabilities. When the idea was first presented to Katie (Program Manager) and I, we were so excited. Over the next few weeks we had so many ideas of the programming possibilities a garden would provide. Having little to no expertise in gardening myself, we recruited the help of a Horticultural Therapist. After meeting with Janet Melrose, Calgary’s Cottage Gardener, our excitement ...

Group Hug

by: Michelle Murray Office Administrator inclusion [in-kloo-zhuh n] noun 1. the act of including. 2. the state of being included. 3. something that is included. When I was a child, I was bullied.  For some reason the other kids decided there was something wrong with me.  They’d turn their backs, walk away, and yell at me.  Worst of all, they isolated me from my surroundings. When I was a child, inclusion was never taught; most of the children I went to school with taunted and teased anyone who seemed slightly different; which always led me to think – what is difference, and who decides who’s different? My mother always taught ...

Power Up with Girl Power!

by: Penny Coleman W.E.S.O.A.R.! Girl Power Program Leader I have always wanted to see women and girls succeed.  I had envisioned that after I coached my sons in soccer and t-ball that I would love to coach an all-girls team.  Then my youngest son, Landon started volunteering with Between Friends and that got me started.  It didn't take long to fall in love with everything about Between Friends and all who entered into it…staff, leaders, volunteers and the participants.  After a short stint as a volunteer, I quickly jumped into a role of W.E.S.O.A.R.! program leader… and was hooked. Why girl power? While I enjoyed running various ...

Realizing our Vision – Members Give Back

by:  Mariangela Avila - Practicum Student Aktion Club and our newest program Volunteer-in-Training are two programs that live our vision and mission, giving members the opportunity to contribute back to the community that has supported them and to be appreciated for their valuable contributions. Aktion Club funded by Northmount Kiwanis and Volunteer-in-Training developed for members of Between Friends, allows for individuals with disabilities to volunteer and give back to the community. These programs empower individuals to further develop leadership skills, independence, opinion and decision-making, as well as connectedness with other members, ...

Why Summer Camp?

Summer camp seems like a ritual that is very much a part of many people’s experience.  My own upbringing included a mix of day camp and overnight camp experiences, and though I didn’t attend camp every year, the memories of when I did attend remain vivid.  Camp was where I first tried archery and found out that I wasn’t half-bad.  I did get homesick, but after a day or two, that subsided into excitement over canoeing, marshmallow roasting and campfire songs. Some might think that summer camp is an extra, not needed when there are opportunities through school, sports and individual lessons.  However, the camp experience provides a unique ...

Camp Bonaventure

Between Friends Camp Bonaventure Registration is Open PLEASE NOTE: Between Friends Camp Fun'zAmust is now SOLD OUT! To be placed on the waiting list, please call our office at 403 508 0110.     Between Friends Camp Bonaventure creates a summer full of excitement, friendship and fun. Children and youth thrive at Camp Bonaventure. They are encouraged to challenge and develop their abilities through horseback riding, canoeing, sailing, wall climbing, golf, swimming and many other exciting activities and adventures. Camp Bonaventure is available to children and youth with and without a disability from the age of 4 - 17 years old. ...

Between Friends I.C.A.N!

Between Friends I.C.A.N!  Inclusive Community Activities no Barriers Between Friends I.C.A.N! services and camps are suitable for Between Friends members who would like to explore community recreation. Members participate independently in community programs. A Between Friends, Recreation Inclusion Facilitator (RIF), will be in attendance providing guidance to the Between Friends member, program instructor and program participants if necessary. Discovery, participation and social interaction with typically-developing peers are key experiences of the I.C.A.N! service. Between Friends has partnered with various recreational ...

Employment Opportunities

Join Our Team! At Between Friends, we are unified in our passion to deliver exceptional social and recreational programming for people of all ages with disabilities. Between Friends is a committed team willing to go the extra mile to make a difference in the lives of individuals and throughout our community. Check below for list of existing & future employment opportunities. Between Friends embraces diversity and talent. We offer competitive salaries and wages to attract and retain quality committed employees. Opportunities for personal and professional development are available with an encouraged emphasis on work/life balance. If you would like ...