between friends annual report 2013



between friends annual report 2013
between friends
annual report 2013
Between Friends creates opportunities for people
with disabilities to connect, grow, and belong
through quality social and recreational activities.
Dave Boomer
Board Chair
At Between Friends, we can look back with great
pride upon 2013. It was an extremely challenging
year for many individuals. Many services, charities
and individuals within the city were devastatingly
affected by the flood of 2013. The volunteerism and
dedication, which we saw rising to the challenges
here in our city, reminds us that we are part of a
larger community with a passion to help wherever
there is a need.
Within Between Friends, we were fortunate
that we were not directly impacted by flooding;
however, many of our staff and members were.
Notwithstanding these challenges, these amazing
individuals still managed to step-up and provide
quality programming throughout 2013. I am proud of
the efforts of our staff, volunteers and members to
participate and make a difference at Between Friends.
It is our goal at Between Friends to give our members,
and their families, the support and structure to build
joy, friendships and new experiences.
Suzanne Jackett
As the Chair of Between Friends, I am pleased to
see the development of friendships and the support
provided by everyone involved. This is why Between
Friends has become an integral part of the fabric of
life for all those connecting through this organization.
I look forward to continuing the work of this
organization, and to enhancing our focus on public
support, by informing the larger community around
us of our unique identity. Getting that message
out to others, that have yet to discover us, is vital.
To know us is to love us. The more that people
know and understand Between Friends, the more
we can gain in members who will benefit and add
to what we have to offer.
My key objectives as Chair are to:
•Support and promote our story
•Support social interaction for our members
•Seek new members, new experiences and
long-term supporters for Between Friends
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When I look back on 2013, of course I think flood…
who wouldn’t? It was a devastating time that had
devastating effects on so many…and I am grateful.
Grateful … that Riveredge Park, the home for Camp
Bonaventure did not sustain damage, despite being
located on the bank of the Elbow River; grateful …
that we only had to postpone one Adventurers trip,
but that otherwise we were able to start our camp
season as scheduled; grateful that … although some
of our families and staff were affected, we were able
to continue to provide respite, relief and a much
needed distraction for those families; grateful …
that Between Friends did not suffer like many other
organizations did. The year provided perspective
and made me very, very aware of the things that are
important in life and what I discovered is no surprise.
It is relationships that are important and as long as
those are not lost, I can do without a lot.
It reminds me of how important Between Friends is
to our participants and their families and to all of our
staff and volunteers. We have created a family and I
am confident that our family will persevere through
good times and bad.
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I am proud to say that our programs were a huge
success in 2013, proving once again that our programs
are needed and desirable. Camp Bonaventure filled to
96%, W.E.S.O.A.R! Programs to 81% and Adventurers
and Camp Fun’zAmust both filled to 100% capacity.
Although our fund development results in 2013 were
not stellar, we continued to develop and strengthen
relationships with our donors. This is extremely
important, because the majority of our fundraising
dollars are used to ensure that there are no financial
barriers to participation. The demand for adult
programs has continued to grow and the organization
has been responsive and we look to our community
to help us meet those needs. Our accomplishments
are possible because of the tremendous support from
our families, donors, volunteers and staff. I thank all
of you for everything in 2013…but most importantly I
thank you for your support.
highlights & impact
We subsidized our programs and
provided fee assistance in the
extraordinary amount of $814,802
a 22% increase over 2012.
Program fees are subsidized by a
minimum 44% and as much as 80%
with an average subsidy of 60%
We awarded 10 LUCY MILNE
staff for their commitment
to people with disabilities
We welcomed 125 new
MEMBERS and provided them
with opportunities to CONNECT,
FRIENDS IN MOTION raised a net
profit of $68,437 to subsidize
Adventurers and Camp Bonaventure
FUNZ’AMUST programs were
filled to 100% capacity
We provided 60,000+ quality
programming hours
filled to 96% capacity
staff &
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37 Junior Volunteers and future
leaders, ages 12-15 contributed
2,437 hours
148 training DAYS were invested
in staff and volunteers
68 Volunteers contributed
343 hours to our dances and
program special events
Camp Bonaventure had 111
volunteers spend 6,549 hours
at camp
11,530 hours were donated by 312
individual volunteers who filled 426
program volunteer spaces
W.E.S.O.A.R.! programs had 201
volunteers contribute 4,638 hours
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our donors
Corporations, Service Clubs & Foundations
Alliance Pipeline
Allies for Autism Foundation
Aon Reed Stenhouse Inc.
Armour Equipment
ATB Corporate Financial Services
ATCO Pipelines
Bellport Resources Ltd.
BFI Canada, Inc.
Big Hearted Mavericks Foundation
Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
BP Canada Energy Group ULC
Calgary Catholic Teachers’
Charities Society
Calgary Children’s Foundation
Calgary Flames Foundation
CREB® Charitable Foundation
Cash Casino
Catalyst LLP
Cenovus Employee Foundation
Cenovus Energy Inc.
Century Coals Limited
Charlie’s Angels Fund at
The Calgary Foundation
Children’s Hospital Aid Society
Chinook Energy Inc.
Chymko Consulting Ltd.
CIBC Asset Management Inc.
CIBC Children’s Foundation
Country Hills Golf Club
Crescent Point Resources
Dick & Lois Haskayne Fund
at The Calgary Foundation
Elbow River Marketing LP
Encana Cares Foundation
Encana Corporation
Enmax Corporation
Fidelity Investments Canada Limited
Fluor Employee Giving Campaign
Ganotec West ULC
Gibson Energy Ltd ULC
Government of Alberta Culture
and Community Spirit
GranTierra Energy Inc.
Harry & Martha Cohen Foundation
Husky Community Rebate Program
Husky Energy
IA Clarington Investments Inc.
James Electric Motor Services Ltd.
John A & Fern R White for
Handicapped Children’s Fund
at The Calgary Foundation
JSS Barristers
KBM Commercial Floor
Coverings Inc.
Individuals (continued)
Keldo Holdings Ltd.
Keyera Corp.
Macquarie Private Wealth
McDaniel & Assoc. Consultants Ltd.
McElhanney Land Surveys Ltd.
McLennan Ross LLP
Moss Fabrication Ltd.
Murco Industries Ltd.
Newalta Corporation
Nexen, a CNOOC Limited Company
Nickle Family Foundation
NLN Investments Ltd.
Northmount Kiwanis Club of Calgary
Northwest Tank Lines Inc.
OJ Pipelines Canada
Olympia Trust Company
Ordman Corporation
People Engaged in (P.E.I.)
Benevolent Activities Association
Pinecrest Energy Inc.
Pellarin Inc.
RBS Bulk Systems Inc.
Real Estate Advisors
Ric McIver, Calgary Hays
PC Association
Riddell Family Charitable Foundation
Ridout Barron
Robert Rivard Professional Corp.
Rundle Energy Services Ltd.
RW Kap’s Consulting Ltd.
Samaritan Club of Calgary
Select Delivery Systems
Shaw Communications Inc.
Smith Mack Lamarsh
SNC-Lavalin Inc.
Springfield Contractors Limited
St. Paul’s Anglican Church
Superior Janitorial Services
Support Excellence Inc.
Taipale I Design Inc.
Team TELUS Cares
TELUS Calgary Community Board
The Prosser Charitable Foundation
The Royal Bank of Scotland
N.V., (Canada) Branch
TimberWest Forest Corp.
TransCanada 12th Annual
Charity Golf Tournament
TransCanada Corporation
United Way of Calgary and Area
Valeura Energy Inc.
Watson Family Foundation at
The Calgary Foundation
Jean Grand-Maitre
Timothy Gunn
Darryl Gurevitch
Keith & Ellie Hall
Ahava Halpern
Jonathan Halpern
Nelson Halpern
Sidney Halpern
Russel Hantho
Bradley Harrington
Terry Harrison
Brian Heffernan
Wilhelm & Melaine Heilman
Amy Hensch
Ray & Frieda Herrington
Guttried & Patricia Herrmann
Eric Hobson
Richard Hogan
Darin Holst
Stephen Hope
Steve Horner
Robert Hosie
Audrey Hovis
Brad Howard
Lisa Howells
Michael & Astrid Hryciuk
Cameron Hughes
Scott Humphreys
Noreen Irvine
Gordana Ivanovic
Suzanne Jackett
Audrey Jackson
Tim Janzen
Jong Jay
Henrik & Denise Jensen
Karl Johannson
Connor Johnson
Garth & Kathryn Johnson
Robert Jones
Gloria Jorgensen
Bill & Lynn Judd
Daniel Jurijew
John Kanderka
Peter Karl
J. Douglas Kay
Brian & Betty Kedrosky
Beverly Keller
David Kendall
Gordon Kerr
Robert Kerr
Robert Kirkby
Nicholas Kirton
Wendell Klassen
Sterling Koch
Vince Kostesky
Matthew Kraft
Peter Kruselnicki
Sonia Krykolowich
Cheryl Kryluk
Ken Kunz
Tsutomu & Emiko Kurosaki
Devin Kusey
Brigitte Laing
Ryan Laverty
David Lawlor
June Leechuy
Keith Leechuy
Charlie Lew
Philip Libin
Greg Lohnes
Sue Acorn
Linda Anderson
Darren Angerman
Ali Assaf
Evan Bahry
Shannon Bailey
Kyle Banbury
Mara Barbaro
Lance Bellanger
Chris Best
John Black
Greg Boggs
Deborah Book
David Boomer
David Boone
Jack Broodo
Kathryn Brownson
Sandy Bruce
Lucia Buccini
Ross Buchholz
Paul & Carly Campeau
Drew Carpenter
Philip Carr
Michael Cavilla
Phong & Phuong Chau
David Cheney
Brenda Cherry
Candy Cheung
David Clark
Catharine Clayton
Robert Cochlan
Penny Coleman
Ronald Conley
Douglas & Dorothy Cook
John Cordeau
Bernard & Sandra Corenblum
Shannon Cosmescu
Erik Cramer
Terry Czechowskyj
Gerald David
Edmond de Palezieux
Tony Demassi
Brent Diemert
Peter Donnelly
Gerri Dornstauder
Sean Drysdale
John & Susan Duckett
Francis & Velma Dunlop
Christoper Dushinski
Doug & Rebecca Elder
Keith & Astrid Eliasson
Gavin Embury
Wes & Linda Fairs
Katie Fipke
Kathy Fisher
Gavin Fitch
John Fitzgerald
Patrick Fitzpatrick
David Foken
Laurie Francis
Brian Frank & Claire MacKinnon
Judy Fung
Rolando Gabriel & Rita Benjamin
Richard Gallant
Jordan Gibson
Hugh Gillard
John & Diane Gladstone
Derek Glowa
Derek Goodmanson
Allan Gordon
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Rick Luchak
Grant MacArthur
& Suzanne Stalder
Steven Major
Steve & Laurel Mason
Howard Mason
Tara Matheron
Keith Maximnuk
Susanne Mazur
Glen & Darcie McArter
Michael McCachen
Carl & Heide McClintock
Catherine McCunn
David McDonald
Bruce McFarlane & Janice Heard
Jeanie McKibbon
Douglas McLean
David & Karen McLellan
Shirley McLellan
Sean McMaster
Paul & Michelle McMillan
Wayne & Patricia Meilleur
Christoper & Leona Miko
James Miles
Myrna Miller
Paul Miller
Bernard Mitchell
Bradley Moore
Maureen Moul
Cherry Muller
Ian & Marline Murdoch
Marton Murphy
Geoff Murray
Melissa Mushka
Stuart Myron
Brad Nadeau
Grant Natland
Louise Nesterenko
Larry & Dorothy Nichols
Tom & Kaj Nielsen
Victoria Nielsen
Erick & Krista Noriega
Jennifer O’Carroll
Dan O’Hearn
John O’Rourke
Kyle Ostermann
Robert Patterson
Michael Patterson &
Janice Hum-Patterson
Andrew Pearson
Gary & Elaine Pease
Grant Pellegrin
Harry Pelton
David Petrie
Kim Picone
Ian Pietersma
Donna Piwarczyk
Alex Pourbaix
Richard Press
Arie Prins
Michael Prior
Steven Queal
Vasim & Lubna Qureshi
Stephen Raby
Delaney Rivard
Bob & Liz Rivard
Gayla Rogers
Karen Roth
Tony Rowsell
Maurice Roy
Martin & Debra Rude
Ian Sanchez
Anna Sarvis
Sharon Saul
Larry & Cathy Schlamp
Roy Schumacher
Leonard & Faigel Shapiro
Morley & Cheryl Shore
David Singh
Shannon Slabotsky
Caroll Smith
David Smith
Neil Smith
Murray Smith
Megan Snyder
Russell Snyder
John Soini
Glenn Solomon
Jade Soltice
Mike Southam
Lawrence & Joy Stalder
Nikki Stevens
Nancy-Lynn Stevenson
Beverly Stewart
Cathleen Strand
Sara Swan
Ken Tate
Mark Terrill
Cheryl Terry
Capture the Flag
Carnmoney Golf & CC
Chianti Cafe
Chinook Bowladrome
City of Calgary Parks & Recreation
Coco Brooks
Contours Hair Design
CrossIron Mills
Emergo Counselling Services
Frilly Lilly Crowfoot
Hanson’s Fishing Outfitters
Heritage Park
Janet Horbacio Photography
Janice Beaton Fine Cheese
Jewels by Maxime’s
Marlborough Mall
Mavericks Chuckwagon
Racing Society
Moosehead Breweries
Mount Royal University
NLN Investments Ltd.
Paramount Resources
Pinebrook Golf & Country Club
Purdy’s Chocolates
Pure Potentials Wellness Inc.
Real Canadain Superstore
Redwood Meadows
Golf & Country Club
Riverside Chateau
Springbank Cheese Co.
Stewart Creek Golf & Country Club
Talisman Centre
TerraMer Inc.
The Barbecue Guy
The Bavarian Inn Restaurant
The Italian Farmhouse
Three Rivers Rock &
Fossil Museum
Trico Centre Massage for Health
Willow Park Wines & Spirits
Wine Ink
Wintergreen Golf & CC
Zulu Medispa
Robert & Sharon Thiessen
Jim Thompson
Rhea Thomson
Lori Topp
Pung Toy
Cuong & Anh Tran
Elvia Twa
Tamara Twa
Tim & Clara Ulrichsen
Lee Van Hereweghe
Blain van Melle
Srikanth Venugopal
Francois Vincent
Victor Vogel
Keith Walsh
Marion Walters
Wendy Walters
Bruce & Cindy Wang
Patricia Weatherup
Don & Marg Weber
John & Elizabeth Wheatley
Harry Wheeler
Kathleen Whelan
Joe Wilcox
Roger Williams
Andrew Wilson
Lloyd & Trudy Wilson
P L Wolstenholme
Matthew Woofter
Stanley Wright
Bruce & Gwen Yaholnitsky
Alice Yam
Maggie Ye
Waclaw Zietara
Kathy Buckman
Dennis & Barbara Claeys
Olivia Fitch
Leif Hanson
Robert & Eileen Kraft
Marton Murphy
Bevis & Diane Ostermann
Bob & Liz Rivard
Dan & Lorraine Rudiak
Leonard & Faigel Shapiro
David Waymouth
Craig Wilkie
Alex Woelfle
Acushnet Canada Inc.
Alberta Health Services
BOND Creative Inc
Calaway Park
Calgary Co-op
Calgary Hitmen Hockey Club
Calgary Zoo
Canadian Rocky Mountain Resort
Candy Bouquet 646
Canyon Meadows Golf &
Country Club
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Media Supporters
Thank you to all of
our Friends in Motion,
Charity Golf and Between
Bands donors.
Also thank you to our
donors who have chosen
to donate to us through
the United Way Donor
Choice Program and
to those donors who
have chosen to remain
Every effort is made to
ensure the accuracy of our
lists. If your name has
ben missed, we extend our
sincere apology and our
heartfelt thanks for your
support. Please call 403
296 0257 so that we may
rectify our errors.
Country 105 & Q107
impacting lives
My son Brady, who has autism, has been a member
for 7 years. During this time, he has been involved
in several programs as well as Camp Bonaventure
during the summer.
Without your subsidized help for these programs, I’m
sure Brady would not be the happy kid he is. He has
thrived so much and looks forward to all the activities
during the week. He literally runs to the Handi-bus
when it comes.
I am a single mother of 3. Brady has twin sisters only
a year older than him. Your programs not only benefit
Brady but give my twin girls a break when I have to
work. The male staff has also been great role models
in Brady’s life. Brady’s father lives in California and
doesn’t see him much. You have truly given Brady and
our whole family “breathing room” and knowing that
he is with your amazing staff and in excellent care
while I’m at work keeps stress levels down.
Brady has been in bowling, swimming, laser tag,
music therapy, floor hockey, movie nights, and several
other activities over the years. Camp Bonaventure
has been a blessing during the summer months. He
actually counts the days on the calendar ‘til he gets
to go back to camp! Not having to pay for expensive
recreational programs really makes a HUGE difference
in our lives.
I cannot thank you enough for your help. Not only has
your agency enriched his life but our whole family.
a message
from our
I am a single mom with two children, both who have
a disability. I am only able to work part time as the
care of my girls requires me to be available to take
them to regular doctor appointments, meet with
many professionals at their school regarding therapy
and stay home with them when they are sick.
My girls have both been involved with Camp
Bonaventure for many years. In January, they begin
talking about camp and wonder who their leader will
be. They talk about camp at school and with the
many professionals they encounter on a daily basis.
I smile when I see my girls talk with such excitement
about their experience at camp. I need to let
you know that this wonderful experience that
my girls get every summer would not happen
without the Between Friends Subsidy Program.
This past fall, I volunteered at Girl Power with Penny.
Every Sunday brought new and interesting activities
that made me cherish my time with those girls. One
instance that stood out for me was the night we were
invited to join one of the local guide groups in their
Monday night session. Having been on a different day
than usual, we had some “drop-outs” right off the bat,
then with the snowy winter conditions, we only had one
out of the eight girls show up. Penny, Savannah and
I spent the evening doing crafts and learning the fun
campfire songs that the girls were all familiar with.
Dave McLellan
The year 2013 had certain challenges for the
organization. While the organization continued its
focus on fundraising with some positive initiatives
that began during the year, our fundraising revenues
actually decreased by $56,037, which given the flood
issues in the Calgary area last year was certainly an
understandable result. Overall, with some additional
revenues earned from government grants and small
increases in investment income, the net effect was
only a decrease of $14,183 from 2012. We continue to
rely on fundraising, the United Way and program fees
for the majority of our revenues and their continued
support will be important for us moving forward.
These costs were necessary to attract and retain
our excellent staff and continue to provide our
programs at the expected levels. Other expenses
were also up a combined amount of $30,384 led
mostly by an increase in fundraising costs, many
of which were made as an investment to build
sustainable relationships to help us in the future.
Unfortunately the revenues were not able to
keep pace with the expenses. During the year,
wages and benefits and direct program costs
increased by a combined amount of $156,305.
All of the above led to a deficiency of revenues over
expenses from operations of $174,755, a reduction of
$200,892 from 2012. With strong financial markets,
our endowment fund had an increase in market value
of $153,667 to reduce our overall deficit to $21,088.
It was a great experience but, most of all, I was so
impressed with how welcoming and including these girls
were towards Savannah. As soon as she arrived, a couple
of the girls took her to meet everyone and socialize,
then when it came time for singing and dancing, they
encouraged her and helped her do it as best as she could.
There isn’t anything more rewarding than seeing the
love and compassion of people toward total strangers.
I would take the girls back there in a heartbeat so all
of the girls could have that same great experience.
Jamey , W.E.S.O.A.R! Volunteer
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about us
Between friends is a charitable organization that
creates opportunities for people with disabilities to
connect, grow and belong through quality social and
recreational activities.
Our I.C.A.N! (Inclusive Community Activities with No
Barriers) programs and camps facilitate involvement in
community recreation. Discovery and social interaction
with typically-developing peers is a key experience.
Since 1982, Between Friends has been offering children,
youth, and adults a variety of programs that remove the
barriers of isolation and truly function as the building
blocks of friendship.
W.E.S.O.A.R.! (Weekend & Evening Social Opportunities
and Recreation) run throughout the year and include
a variety of social and recreational group activities
for all ages.
We run close to 150 social and recreational programs
designed to meet the needs of more than 59 disability
groups. We also encourage inclusive program
participation by offering program spaces for those who
do not have a disability.
In the summer months, Camp Bonaventure, Camp
Fun’zAmust, and Adventurers provide unforgettable
experiences for children, youth, and adults.
We encourage diversity by connecting our community
with their fellow citizens with disabilities, providing
ongoing development and benefiting all people through
the sharing of unique talents and perspectives.
Between Friends ensures that every child, youth
and adult with a wish for the thrilling adventure of
attending our programs is granted the opportunity
through subsidies and fee assistance.
205 8989 Macleod Trail S Calgary AB T2H 0M2
Tel 403 269 9133 Fax 403 269 3919
Charitable Registration No: 11921 7925 RR0001

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