11 results for tag: disabilities


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 ...

Perspective of a Practicum Student

My name is Reena and I am a practicum student who has spent the last couple of months working with Between Friends. At the beginning of September, I had no idea what to expect... embarking on this journey as a Between Friends program assistant. I was initially thrilled and intrigued to take on this position, as I always wondered how Between Friends provides social, recreation and self-development opportunities for a number of individuals with disabilities. One of my goals for the semester was to further expand my knowledge on the purpose and impact this organization has in our community. Through the number of individuals I have met at these ...

BF staff wins Calgary Advocacy Award

Mark Burzacott is a strong advocate for people with disabilities in both his personal life and professional life. He challenges those around him to build a community in which inclusion is celebrated and practiced – creating a safe and welcoming space for all. Mark is the Membership Coordinator with Between Friends. In this capacity, he is actively meeting with people with disabilities and their families to explore their recreational needs and to set them up for success when entering our programs. He also supports them in advocating their needs to other service providers, be that other recreational or transportation providers. Mark works ...

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, ...

Everyone wins at Family Golf Day

Family Golf Day began as early as 2006 as a one day happening for Between Friends’ members, friends and family alike. Family Golf Day is an opportunity for a day of family time or, more recently, time with dad as it has fallen on Father’s Day the past couple of years. Attendees would gather at a local driving range to hit some balls and enjoy a few chuckles as people tried the quintessential Happy Gilmore run-up. Around 2008, everything changed. In a move of particular generosity, the Carey family offered their resources and availability to host the Family Golf Day as an event. Ridge Meadows is a private 9-hole course the family ...

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 ...

leadership team

Email403 508 0115LinkedInCamp name: Burley Kim Presser, CEO Kim has been involved with Between Friends since 2006, working at Camp Bonaventure and in our W.E.S.O.A.R! Programs before moving into the office in 2008. Kim holds an advanced diploma in Child & Youth Work from Algonquin College in Ottawa, Ontario, a bookkeeping certificate from Chinook Learning Services and has taken several courses in the Not for Profit Management Certificate Program through Mount Royal University. “Between Friends has been with me through my entire adult life. I have had the incredible experience of getting to work alongside my two best friends ...

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 ...