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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Between Friends I.C.A.N!
Inclusive Community Activities with No Barriers
Some of our I.C.A.N! and community partners will be offering summer programming in 2020. Please reach out to your Community Engagement Coordinator if you are registered for a community based program. We can share Accessibility Guides, and offer to brainstorm with their staff on ways to ensure an inclusive and accessible environment for all.
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 ...
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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 ...
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 ...
Individual Donations, Monthly, and Planned Giving Inquires:
email | 403 296 0257
Corporate Donations & Sponsorship Inquires:
email | 403 508 0116
Media & Marketing Inquiries:
email | 403 508 0111
Program Registration Line:
email | 403 508 0110
205 8989 Macleod Trail S.
Calgary, Alberta T2H 0M2
403 269 9133
General Office Hours
Monday to Friday : 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturdays/Sundays/Statutory Holidays: Closed
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An inclusive community where people with disabilities reach their individual potential and are recognized as valued citizens.
Between Friends provides quality social, recreation, and development opportunities so that people with disabilities can connect, grow, and belong.
The core values are to be implemented and maintained by the CEO. The core values governing Between Friends are captured in the acronym FRIENDS and guide agency activities and decisions impacting all stakeholders:
Fun - We provide opportunities for smiles and laughter with friends
Respect - We respect all people and resources
Inclusion - We ...