PACE Wraps for a Cause

During the holidays, a number of clients on our PACE Team had the opportunity to volunteer for Cystic Fibrosis Canada as gift wrappers. Once customers were done purchasing gifts for their friends and family members, they brought the goodies up to the booth to be wrapped by our client volunteers.

According to Whitney Stout, the PACE Community Resource Worker who helped organize this opportunity, each shopper donates an average of $8.00 per present wrapped. This fundraiser takes place each year at Market Mall, South Centre Mall, and Chinook Mall.

Here are three of our clients in action:

Highlights from the 2016 Holiday Open House

With approximately 300 guests in attendance, this year’s “Candy Cane Lane” Holiday Open House was a huge success! This year, the festive event featured delicious baked goods from six employees in the Bite-Size Bake Off, a visit from Mr. Claus himself, a prize wheel, and clients, employees, and members of the community working together to decorate a tree. We’re thrilled to share some highlights with you!

Thank you to all of our volunteers who worked so hard to make the day happen. We’d also like to say thank you to Sarcee Plaza Starbucks for their generous donation of coffee for the enjoyment of our guests.

You’re Invited to the Holiday Open House!

Holiday Open House posterCome celebrate the season at our annual Holiday Open House!

This festive event is completely free, and open to everyone. It’s a wonderful opportunity to enjoy some light refreshments, learn about the DDRC, meet our clients and employees, and visit with Santa Claus! Plus, who wouldn’t want to be a judge in our Bite-Size Holiday Bake Off? Five DDRC employees whip up some delicious holiday treats, and then YOU get to sample all of them and vote for your favourite!

Date: Thursday, December 8
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: DDRC Gym, 4646 Sarcee Road SW
Cost: Free!

Winter Fundraising Update


Our 2015 winter fundraising campaign is off to a great start! Thank you to our 87 donors who have helped us to raise $12,231 of our $25,000 goal. We’re almost halfway there!

All of the funds raised in our 2015-2016 campaign will go towards the creation of the Ability Fund — a brand new resource for clients that will remove the financial roadblocks to greater community inclusion. Watch our video to learn more about this project, or visit our website to make a donation. Together, we can reach our goal of raising $25,000 and improving the quality of life of adults with developmental disabilities in Calgary!

Holiday Stories at the DDRC

The year feels like it’s just flown by, and we can’t believe it’s almost 2016! We know that December is a special month for many people, and for many different reasons. We believe that it is important to recognize diversity, and to help everyone celebrate in their own way. Here are a few of the holiday memories and traditions that some of our employees shared with us:

Shruthi R.The holiday that holds a special memory for me is Diwali (Deepawali, or ‘Festival of Lights’). In India, this is celebrated in the grandest way possible with lights and firecrackers symbolising the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair. At our home, we wear new clothes and our whole family used to meet up at my grandparents’ place to burst crackers. In the evening, we light our entire house with deepa (lamps and candles), and then have a family feast! We did this every year for a very, very long time!
– Shruthi R., Client Service Coordinator

Angelica M.Something that we really celebrate is Reyes (Día De Los Reyes), and that happens on January 6th. It’s a Spanish tradition where they celebrate the coming of the three wise men. Children tend to get gifts for that as opposed to Christmas.
– Angelica M., Client Service Coordinator


Hebert T.One tradition my parents started doing with us when we were little was a hide and seek activity. After or before opening the presents, my parents would have us search the house for five or six pieces of paper that contained clues for where to find the next clue and some money. So, after searching the house for these clues, we would be that much richer! Today, all of us are grown up, so we return the favour and hide clues with money around the house for others to seek out and find. I like to write my clues in ‘Yoda language,’ and it’s quite interesting to see people decipher them.
– Hebert T., Quality Assurance Analyst

“[My cousin and I] went to Norway to spend Christmas Caitlin M.
with some friends of hers. They have this tradition there where on December 23, they eat rice pudding, and one person gets a blanched almond in their pudding. Whoever finds the almond wins a marzipan pig. It’s very specific. I didn’t win, but it was still fun.
– Caitlin M., Senior Communications and Development Coordinator