Newsletter  - february 2016


Dust off Your Running Shoes and
Join Team Making Changes

We would like to invite you to join Team Making Changes for this year Scotiabank Charity Challenge. This event will be held on Sunday, May 29th and there are races for all ages and fitness levels from a 5KM family walk and run to an ultra marathon. With the weather being so fantastic this winter, now is a great time for you to start your training!
You can sign up on your own or you can challenge anyone to join you whether they are fit or not. Have you considered asking your running buddies, your sport teammates, your work colleagues, your book club members or your active and coach potato friends to run or walk with you? This event is a great opportunity to spend a Sunday morning together while supporting Making Changes.
Registration is easy and to help get you started, we would like to offer $10 off your registration fee. To receive your discount promo code, email us at and let us know you want to join Team Making Changes! If you are forming a team, each participant will be entitled to the discount.
With your discount promo code, you will also receive information on how to complete the 2-step registration. By joining the Making Changes team, you will receive information and updates from the team captain this spring.

See you at the finish line!


Make your Donation Dollar Go Farther


Making Changes is thrilled to announce that we have been selected to participate in Birdies for Kids presented by AltaLink .
If you are wondering how to make your donation dollars go farther in supporting Making Changes consider donating now through Birdies for kids. Thanks to their matching program, not only will Making Changes receive 100% of every donations collected on our behalf but we will also receive extra funding of up to 50% of our collected donations.
Birdies for Kids is a fundraising program designed to give charities an opportunity to generate contributions through flat donations or based on the number of "birdies" made by Champions Tour players during the Shaw Charity Classic.
The Birdies for Kids campaign runs until September 4th. To make a donation, simply follow this link and your donation will automatically be directed to Making Changes. You can also make a donation by filling out a pledge form available at our office.
All funds collected will help support My Best Friend’s Closet.



 Employment and Life Skills Program 
Mark your Calendar!


“It’s a fantastic program for women who dream to achieve their Canadian dream like me!”  - program participant
The Employment and Life Skills Program offers a series of workshops that help immigrant women plan and prepare for their future in Canada. The training provided builds confidence and skills in the areas of career planning, communication, assertiveness, Canadian business culture and accessing community resources.
The next sessions for the Employment and Life Skills program will be held this May. Specific dates and locations for these sessions will be posted on our website in mid-march and in our next newsletter. 


learn more about our employment and life skills program

International Women’s Day
Pledge for Parity

This International Women’s Day (IWD) is on March 8 and this year’s theme is Pledge for Parity. Making Changes will be celebrating by attending a few events in our community such as the Accenture IWD Breakfast and the 2016 IWD Community Fair at the Jack Signer Concert Hall.
Worldwide, women continue to contribute to social, economic, cultural and political achievement. However, progress towards gender parity has slowed in many places and the World Economic Forum now predicts that the gender gap will not be closed entirely until 2133.
Everyone can pledge to take a concrete step towards achieving gender parity more quickly, whether to help women and girls achieve their ambitions, call for gender-balanced leadership, respect and value difference, develop more inclusive and flexible cultures or root out workplace bias.
Making Changes is committed to helping women and girls by providing them with skills and resources to support their pursuit of meaningful work and educational opportunities.
To celebrate International Women’s Day, we encourage you to make your own pledge to take action for women’s parity by visiting
Happy Women’s Day to all the women around the world!


Learn more about international women's day


Urgent Needs: The Complimentary Items

At Making Changes we always like to be able to offer participants who visit both our closets with some complimentary items to complete their outfits. We would appreciate receiving gifts of gently used or new items of the following:

  • Runners, flats, and winter boots for our teen girl
  • Dress shoes and booths for the Walk-In Closet
  • Bras (very gently used or band-new only)
  • Underwear (brand-new only)
  • Socks, pantyhose and trouser socks (brand-new only)
  • Jewelry
  • Unused make-up, toiletries

Thank you for your generosity!




Bouquet of Thanks

We are so appreciative of the wonderful community support we receive with both donations and volunteer assistance. Most recently we received donations and volunteer support from CREW Calgary, Crescent Point Energy and the Kinette Club of Calgary including members from their U of C Kin Campus Club
We would also like to sincerely thank Brenda Mah, Shelley Jessop, Nicole Colmenares and Dawn Ker for their consistent help with our bingos. Your contribution is invaluable to us!
Finally we would like to recognize Gerry Norman for all her help with our First Impression presentation. Thank you Gerry!





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