sponsored by ARC Financial Corp., BD&P LLP, Blu’s, Great Clips and South Pointe Toyota


This year marks the 20th anniversary of Making Changes Association. We are hosting this inaugural YYC-Chic fundraiser to celebrate and to support Making Changes in the delivery of our programs. This exciting event will be held on Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 6pm at Civic on Third (130 3 Ave SE, Calgary, AB).

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We will be offering our next session of the Making Changes Employment and Life Skills Program starting Wednesday, October 19, 2016. Registration will start on September 6, 2016.

PLACE: 1000 Voices at the Genesis Centre of Community Wellness – 7555 Falconridge Boulevard NE

REQUIREMENTS:  Permanent Resident or Convention Refugee

Minimum Canadian Language Benchmark 3

CLASSES BEGIN: October 19 – November 23, 2016; every Wednesday for 7 weeks

TIME:   9:30 am – 3:30 pm (Bring your lunch)

Free childcare

You can also find more information about this program by consulting the program flyer.

To register for this program, email Elaine Lupul at employmentlifeskills@makingchangesassociation.ca, Registration will start on September 6, 2016.

Please indicate which program you want to register for and also include your telephone number, immigration status and ages of children requiring childcare.




THANK YOU followed by a huge WOW!!!

We would like to thank everyone so very much for participating in the Making Changes 1st Annual Wine Survivor fundraiser. When we first started out our goal was to engage 50 teams or 300 people.  However as you all know we achieved 76 teams for 456 bottles of wine on the table.

We had 312 individuals who asked us to purchase the wine on their behalf, which we were very happy to do. We are extremely excited to announce that JP Sandhu, the Managing Director of CSN WINES & SPIRITS donated all 312 bottles of wine to Making Changes. His donation totally exceeded our expectations and had a significant impact on our fund raising results. We are extremely grateful for his generous donation and would encourage everyone to frequent his shop for your wine and spirits needs. CSN Wines is located at: 1716 Centre St NE, Calgary (www.csnwine.com).

And the WINNERS are:

In First place, team #50, better known as Tanya’s Team #4,  won 247 bottles of wine. Congratulations Jeff, Janice, Jill, Jane, Jordan and Carrie!

1st place winner

In Second place, the team of Wine, Women and Song won 135 bottles of wine. Congratulations Tanis, Jenny, Karen, Michelle, Melissa and Stephanie!

2nd place winner

In Third place – a total of 45 bottles of wine went to Team #60, better known as Jaime team #1. Congratulations Jaime, Melanie, Sheila, Abigail, Susan and Susan!

3 place winner

The Fourth place prize for a total of 23 bottles of wine went to the Book Club. Congratulations to Heather, Mary, Robin, Cynthia, Patti and Dixie!

4th place winner

The first team to be eliminated for a total of 6 bottles of wine went to team # 56. Congratulationsto Shayla, Deb, Heather, Eve, Elle and Patricia!

Congratulations to each of the team and thank you to everyone for your participation and support! It has truly been fun, amazing and exceeded all our expectations.

We look forward to next year’s event!


Making Changes Video

Through the gracious and generous support of V Strategies, we have a wonderful video to share with you showcasing the rewarding work we do here at Making Changes. Please take a moment to view our video.



Welcome Cathy Coutts

The Board of Directors of Making Changes Association is pleased to announce that Cathy Coutts has joined the organization as the Executive Director, effective January 18th, 2016. Read More


Read the Most Recent Issues of our Newsletter

July 2016

June 2016

April 2016

February 2016

January 2016

December 2015

October 2015

August 2015

June 2015

April 2015

March 2015


2014 – 2015 Annual Report

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We will be needing volunteers for our bingos in 2016. These fundraisers provide an important source of funding for Making Changes. Volunteering at bingos is a great way for people to support our organization and to meet other great people.  If you are interested in helping us out, please contact Patti at Volunteer@makingchangesassociation.ca

Our Programs

The Walk-In Closet's mandate is to empower women by providing knowledge and a selection of work attire for their transition into the workplace.

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The Employment and Life Skills Program assists immigrant women in establishing more meaningful lives in their new society through career planning, information sharing, networking, job search skills and assertiveness training.

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My Best Friend's Closet provides teenage girls from low-income homes (ages 12-18) with a broad selection of fashionable and functional clothing to meet their back to school and recreational needs.

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You can drop off your donations for the Walk-In Closet and My Best Friend's Closet at Making Changes, 6516 1A St. SW on the following days:

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 am – 4 pm.

On select Saturdays also from 10 am – 4 pm.

No appointment necessary for donation drop off on these days.

More information on making donations