Make-A-Wish® Southern Alberta was established in 1995 by Dave and Carol Stinton. Dave was attending an insurance conference in Vancouver when he heard about Make-A-Wish. He was so touched by the story that when he returned home he wrote a letter to Make-A-Wish® Canada and told them that if they were ever interested in starting a chapter in Calgary, he would love to help. About a year later they contacted him and said they were ready to proceed.
At first Dave and his wife Carol were responsible for the whole of Alberta but it soon became apparent that the territory was too vast to properly interview children and complete their wishes. Dave contacted a friend of his in Edmonton, Gary Kwasnecha and the Northern Alberta chapter was established.
Refer a Child
For information on the referral process, please visit our National website's Refer A Child page.
To refer a child, please fill out the online referral form.
Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Southern Alberta
Meeting to be held at Make-A-Wish office
Bay #4 2308 - 24 Street SW
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
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To read about more upcoming events, please visit our Events Page.
Brooks Brothers Event
Thank you to Brooks Brothers of Calgary, who donated 10% of their net sales to Make-A-Wish® Southern Alberta on December 11-12, 2012.
Wonderland of Wishes
Congratulations and thank you for a wonderful fun-filled event that raised a lot of money for Wishes!
Special thank you to:
501st Canadian Garrison
Artist Dean Stanton
SAIT Culinary Campus
Delta Lodge Kananaskis
Bohdi Tree Spa
Silver Creek Lodge
Willow Park Wine
The Belvedere Restaurant
Stuart Olsen Dominion
Shostak Automotive Group
The Douglas Family
The Rose Family
Dr. Larry Stanleigh
Cactus Club Café
Pat Clayton & the Calgary Stampeders
Action West Marketing & Promotions
Top Prospects Goaltending
Top Prospects Goaltending is a year round goalie program for goaltenders of all skill levels, male or female, children, teens and adults alike. They understand the stylelistic differences in individual athletes and look to enhance each goaltenders' specific style. The program allows goaltenders to improve their skills through the repetition of proper and sound technique in a fun, up beat environment with instruction from experienced goaltending professionals. 100% of sales from all Top Prospects Goaltending apparel plus a portion of registrations go to help support the Make-A-Wish Southern Alberta.
Black Magic Racing
A great big Thank You to Black Magic Racing who worked hard racing for Make-A-Wish Southern Alberta all summer long! This enthusiastic group raised over $2000 through their Kids Racing for Kids efforts.
United for a WishKim Anthony Executive Director, Make-A-Wish Southern Alberta and wish child Johann were recently featured on Global TV speaking about Make-A-Wish, Johann’s wish and a local event, United for a Wish.
Thank you to everyone who participated in United for a Wish on June 23. Thanks to United Communities, Augusta Fine Homes, Baywest Homes, Homes by Avi, Lifestyle Homes, Morrison Homes, Prominent Homes, Shane Homes, Sterling Homes, and Trico Homes.
Thanks to all our volunteers who braved the weather and made it a fun day for everyone!
Thanks also to Johann, our wish child, for coming out and sharing her story with all in attendance.
United for a Wish was brought to you by:
Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo
A great big Thank You to the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo and the Fighting 501st Canadian Garrison for raising funds and awareness during the 3 day long Extravaganza!
Sweet Dreams Dessert Day
Thank you to Bruce Hopkins and cast of Remodel It! for supporting Make-A-Wish Southern Alberta.
The Make-A-Wish® Southern Alberta consistently strives to be a leader in obtaining donations of goods and services for each wish that we grant.This is vitally important because it allows us to leverage each and every dollar even further. From transportation services to event tickets to professional services such as advertising and marketing, we are grateful to the community for this tremendous support. Here are some ways you can help:
Wish Enhancement Gifts
Each time our wish-granting volunteers visit our wish children and their families, they bring small "wish enhancement" gifts for the wish child and their siblings. These gifts help introduce the wish grantor to the family while preparations for his/her wish are underway. Currently, our greatest need is for travel games and books for young children. However, we have an ongoing need for new and age-appropriate "wish enhancement" gifts for children between the ages of three and 17.
Your donation of the following items would be much appreciated:
* Beach Towels, Bags, Coolers and other Beach Accessories
* Books for Young Children
* Crayons/Markers and Activity Books
* Hair Accessories
* Hockey Cards
* Hot Wheels
* Barbie Dolls
* LEGO or K’NEX
* Nail polish (plain colours)
* Pencil Cases filled with School Supplies
* Princess Crowns, Gowns and Wands
* Single-Use Cameras
* Sports DVDs
* Spy Watches
* Sudoku or Maze Books
* Travel Games
All items must be new and age-appropriate. If you can help, or would like to organize a toy drive in your workplace, please contact April Cote at (403) 228-3666 for more information.