Share Your DDRC Story!

The DDRC's commemorative logo for 65 years.
The DDRC’s commemorative logo for 65 years.

Can you believe it? The DDRC is turning 65 this year! Founded in 1952, we have undergone many changes and have loads of stories to tell.

That’s where YOU come in! Do you have a story to share about the DDRC? Have you previously been involved with the DDRC? Maybe you worked here years ago, or you know a client who went to Christine Meikle School or Emily Follensbee School in the past. Maybe you came to our first ever Stampede Breakfast, or volunteered awhile back.

Whatever your story is, we want to hear it! Send us an email at to tell us about your favourite memory, a random fact, a story, or to share a photo related to the DDRC.

Green Thumbs at the DDRC

Back in June, we told you about the great planting day that the DDRC Gardening Club had at the Rutland Park Community Garden. Now that September is just beginning, let’s take a look back at what our Gardening Club accomplished during the growing season:



everyone belongs™ Movie in the Park

On Friday, September 9, you’re invited to the everyone belongs™ Movie in the Park! This free, family-friendly event will be hosted at the Rutland Park Community Centre (3130 40 Ave SW), in the field beside the skating rink. Each year, we feature a short film from the Picture This… Film Festival, and then a full-length favourite (“Finding Nemo”) that the whole family will be sure to love. Our movie night starts at 7:45 p.m. Remember that this is an outdoor event, so we encourage you to bring chairs, blankets, and to dress for the weather.

Outdoor Movie 2015

Planting Day at the Rutland Park Community Garden

June 3 was planting day at the Rutland Park Community Garden, and the DDRC Gardening Club did a great job! This year, we’ll be growing a “salad garden,” with a wonderful assortment of fresh strawberries, lettuce, parsley, oregano, radishes, red cauliflower, and more!

Check out the work of our avid gardeners:


Help Team DDRC Teach Children about Inclusion!

Cover of our children's book.
Cover of our children’s book.

The Calgary Marathon is on May 29, and we’re looking for your support! Team DDRC is hoping to meet a fundraising goal of $10,000 to print and distribute an educational children’s book created by the DDRC.

Everyone Belongs: A Guide to Developmental Disabilities uses fun and interactive activites to introduce children to the concepts of disabilities and inclusion. It is designed to be completed by children in class with their teacher and peers, or at home with their parents or guardians. The purpose of this resource is to raise awareness about developmental disabilities, and to encourage children to remember that everyone belongs in our communities.

We hope to share this book with children across Canada. With your help, we can make this a reality! Interested in donating to Team DDRC? You can find our team page here.

Don’t forget! If you want to walk or run with Team DDRC, you can register for the race of your choice on the Calgary Marathon’s website.


New Ability Fund Increases Community Involvement

The DDRC’s 2015 Winter Fundraising Campaign has come to a close, and we are proud to announce that together, 127 donors were able to raise $22,483 for the Ability Fund. This new initiative helps to remove financial barriers and promotes community participation for our clients in a variety of ways.

The Ability Fund supports DDRC clients by covering the cost of joining a new club, attending a conference, taking a course, purchasing supplies, transportation expenses, or participating in a community activity.

We have already successfully used the Ability Fund to get our clients involved in the community. Thanks to our generous donors, nine DDRC clients were able to attend a workshop on greener living. Our clients learned how to reduce waste, and had discussions about the importance of reusing and the meaning of social responsibility.

Picture This...Film FestivalWe were also able to purchase a block of tickets for DDRC clients to attend the Picture This…Film Festival (PTFF). This festival showcases films that are about disability as well as films that were produced, directed or written by people with disabilities. With over 43 films of various lengths and topics, there is something for everyone.

The PTFF is held at Calgary SCOPE Society and runs from March 16 to 18, 2016.  More information about the festival and tickets for this year’s screenings can be found at