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4 ways I.C.A.N! changes lives of people with disabilities

Inclusive Community Activities, No barriers (I.C.A.N!) program through Between Friends has been improving the lives of people with special needs since beginning a few years ago. In 2017, Between Friends I.C.A.N! program is expanding, and we are thrilled to be able to offer more opportunities than ever before! Between Friends I.C.A.N! provides equal opportunity for community recreation. Rather than a participant with special needs being excluded or doing an alternate activity, community programs and camps are adapted to integrate I.C.A.N! participants as seamlessly as possible. But, I.C.A.N! is not just attending an activity or camp with your ...

Scoop of Care raises over $600 for Between Friends

A hand-spun, giant scoop of care JOEY Crowfoot location raises over $600 for Between Friends through their Scoop of Care campaign in the month of August. Through the Scoop of Care, $1 from every one of JOEY's delicious ice-cream desserts sold in that month goes to a local charitable organization. Between Friends was chosen by staff vote at the JOEY Crowfoot location to be the Scoop of Care recipient for August. The campaign was a success and Between Friends was presented with a donation of $680! Thank you JOEY Crowfoot staff & to everyone who sampled the tasty ice cream in the month of August! “Scoop of Care was created from ...

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, ...

Between Friends welcome honoured guest to Summer’s End Celebration

Between Friends closed out its summer programming schedule by hosting their annual Summer's End Celebration at Between Friends Camp Bonaventure on August 18th. The rain clouds held off just long enough, making for a beautiful evening shared by families and friends. The 2016 Summer's End event was sponsored by the Big Hearted Mavericks. Tom Jackson – Canadian singer/songwriter, actor and philanthropist was our special guest for the evening, treating those in attendance to a private concert on the newly renovated deck at Between Friends Camp Bonaventure. Before grabbing his guitar to play a few songs for the crowd, Jackson even stood under ...

Afternoon Tea Between Friends

by: Kelsey Claeys, Event Coordinator I love planning events, all events, but there is something to be said about a brand new event. There is no precedent, I am able to help create the vision and as a collective, we get to experience something brand new for our organization.   On May 24, we will have our first ever High Tea fundraising event, appropriately named, An Afternoon Tea Between Friends. The vision that has been created for this event is one of whimsy and elegance, with a dash of reminiscing about a childhood favourite, Alice in Wonderland.  Joining us for Tea For this year's inaugural event, we are so pleased to have ...

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, ...

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 ...

leadership team

Suzanne Jackett CEO email | 403 508 0112 Kim Presser Director of  Operations  email | 403 508 0115 Heather O'Bray Interim Manager, Membership Services   email | 403 930 3853   Katie Fipke Program Manager (On Leave) Kelsey Claeys-Ostermann Manager, Membership Services   (On Leave)  

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 ...