15 results for tag: between friends


COVID-19 Relaunch Plan 2021

COVID-19 has presented many challenges for our communities. For Between Friends it has presented unique challenges especially as it relates to our in-person programming. Our in-person services and programs such as Camp Bonaventure and W.E.S.O.A.R! provide valuable social and recreation opportunities for our members and are greatly missed.  Using teamwork, creativity, and a positive attitude we have been able to adjust and adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic, while working to get back to in-person programming as soon as it was safe to do so. The safety of our members and personnel has been at the forefront of our minds during this process and ...

Home-New

Between Friends is in the process of upgrading our website material and appearance to ensure we are more accessible for all. We are in the early stages. Please check out our recent addition of an accessibility widget that allows you to change font size, background, etc. If you are facing any barriers on our website you can help by letting us know. Please contact us with any ideas and suggestions. CONNECT, GROW, BELONG Connecting Between Friends provides unique opportunities for individuals with disabilities to have social interaction with peers who may or may not have a disability Growing Between Friends members ...

At-home resources: Adults 18+

Ready to challenge your mind and body? Check out our collection of online programming! We’re updating the list regularly – check back often! Get Active | Virtual Activities | Learn Something New! | Music Session Resources| Fun & Games | Relax & Recharge | Virtual Group Activities Get Active! ACTIVITYMATERIALS NEEDEDLINK TO INSTRUCTIONSAt home cardio exercises - seated optionComputer or LaptopAt Home CardioChair YogaComputer or Laptop PureWowFree online yoga classesComputer or Laptop Free Yoga OnlineJust Dance VideosComputer or Laptop Just DanceLive Bollywood Dance Class on Sunday Mornings Levels: Kids/beginner class, ...

At-home resources: Ages 13-17

Time to get busy! Check out our alternative online programming for teens. We’re updating the list regularly – check back often! Get Active | Virtual Activities | Learn Something New! | Music Session Resources| Fun & Games | Relax & Recharge | Virtual Group Activities Get Active! ACTIVITY MATERIALS NEEDED LINK TO INSTRUCTIONS At home cardio exercises - seated optionComputer or LaptopAt Home CardioChair YogaComputer or LaptopPureWowJust Dance VideosComputer or LaptopJust DanceLive Bollywood Dance Class on Sunday Mornings Levels: Kids/beginner class, 10:00am, up to age 14 Intermediate class for people with previous ...

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 Between Friends W.E.S.O.A.R! program leader… and was hooked. Why Girl Power? While I enjoyed running ...

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, ...