12 results for tag: special needs


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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

W.E.S.O.A.R! Programs

Between Friends W.E.S.O.A.R! Programs  Registration for Fall W.E.S.O.A.R! and Vacationers Programming is coming up: Wednesday, September 8 at 9:00 AM!   Please read the W.E.S.O.A.R! Programs COVID-19 Relaunch Plan and the Fall W.E.S.O.A.R! and Adventurers Guide for more details regarding our relaunch plan, program and registration dates, and specific program details.   NOTE: You must have a 2021 Membership prior to registering for our Adult Summer W.E.S.O.A.R! Programs!   If you have any questions, concerns, or ideas regarding any of our W.E.S.O.A.R! Programs, please&nb...

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 ...

contact

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 Between Friends 205 8989 Macleod Trail S. Calgary, Alberta T2H 0M2 403 269  9133 info@betweenfriends.ab.ca     General Office Hours Monday to Friday : 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Saturdays/Sundays/Statutory Holidays: Closed Visit us in the Northeast You can also visit us at 1000 Voices in the Genesis Centre - a community and human ...

programs

Between Friends' programs provide unique opportunities for individuals with disabilities to have social interaction with peers who may or may not have a disability. These shared interactions and experiences often become the foundation of understanding and lasting friendships. Social and recreational opportunities provide outlets for self-expression and self-development, promote mental and physical health, improve skills and enhance community participation. These experiences improve participants’ quality of life and also give them a chance to develop a true sense of freedom and independence. program registration information To ...