Newsletter  - June 2016


We are Celebrating 20 Years! 

2016 marks the 20th anniversary of the Incorporation of Making Changes Association under the Societies Act. In 1981, we offered our first pre-employement program under the name Making Changes. This program has evolved into our current Employment and Life Skills Program. In 1997, our Walk-In-Closet Program opened its door and in 2012, we started my Best Friend's Closet. 

We are really proud of being able to empower women and teens in transition and to help them build a better future for themselves and their families.

Last year, 115 women participated in our Employment and Life Skills Program, 1652 appointments were held at the Walk-In-Closet and 453 at My Best Friend's Closet. 

We will be celebrating this important milestone in many different ways this year and we hope that you will be able to celebrate with us!

We are planning a special event in the fall that will be held on Thursday, October 13. The evening will be filled with local fashion, food, drinks and many more surprises. More details to come soon... Make sure to save that date!



Can You Go 30 Days Without Pants?


June Dresses is a month-long, peer-to-peer fundraising campaign for women where participants make a pledge to make a difference by wearing a dress each day in June. If you are interested in participating in June Dresses by yourself, with your friends or your coworkers, Making Changes is one of the charity that you can support.
Our mission of empowering women and teenage girls is very similar to the vision of June Dresses’ Founder Adrienne Donnelly who stated the following: “I started June Dresses because I believe confidence in personal appearance can be a catalyst for empowerment for girls and women. When I think about the sorority of womankind, I think of the ideas of confidence and community.”
Registration is now open and will stay open throughout the campaign so please feel free to participate even if you don’t discover June Dresses until later in June.  If you want to take on the challenge and raise some funds for us or if you want to sponsor a participant, simply click on this link or visit



 Wine Survivor... Lots of Wine, Lots of Fun! 

We would like to thank everyone who participated in the 1st Annual Making Changes Wine Survivor fundraiser. We had set up a goal of engaging 50 teams or 300 people and we surpassed that goal by having 76 teams joining our campaign for a total of 456 bottles of wine to be won!
A total for 312 participants had asked us to purchase a bottle of wine on their behalf, which we were really happy to do. We are extremely excited to announce that JP Sandhu, the Managing Director of CSN Wines and Spirits donated all 312 bottles of wine to Making Changes. His donation definitely exceeded our expectation and had a significant impact on our fundraising results. We are tremendously grateful for this generous donation and we would like to encourage you to frequent CSN Wines for your wine and spirits needs. Visit them at 1716 Centre Street NE ,
We are happ
y the announce all of our winners:
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!
In Second place, the team of Wine, Women and Song won 135 bottles of wine. Congratulations Tanis, Jenny, Karen, Michelle, Melissa and Stephanie!
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!
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!
The first team to be eliminated for a total of 6 bottles of wine went to team # 56. Congratulations to Shayla, Deb, Heather, Eve, Elle and Patricia!
Thank you once again to everyone for your participation and your support! We hope you will join us for next year’s edition of Wine Survivor!




Scotiabank Charity Challenge
A Big Thank You!

We would like to sincerely thank the team of people who ran and walked in support of Making Changes at this year’s Calgary Marathon on Sunday, May 29th. We had 28 participants and representation in the 5km, 10km, 21.1km and in the full marathon. So far, the team has raised $4,550 for our organization! 

We are also very grateful to everyone who supported our race participants by making a donation or cheering them on during the event.  


Learn more about this event 

 Changing Your Address? Find a Great Agent and Support Us!

Making Changes is thrilled to announce an exciting partnership that will allow you to support us in a very substantial way at no cost to you!
We’ve joined forces with Agents of Change to ensure that when you decide to change your address, you can help us empower women and teenage girls too!
Agents of Change custom-matches you with the best real estate agent out there for your needs, and contributes 20% of the real estate commission earned to Making Changes. It’s a win, win, win, every time.
Regardless of your location, they’ll find you a superb professional agent well-suited to your specific needs. Their process of screening, interviewing and evaluating agents is bringing a new standard of excellence to the real estate industry. They’ll use their extensive industry connections to find you the perfect agent.
We know you’d love to support our important work – and at some point you or someone in your circle of family, friends and colleagues will want to move. We hope you’ll keep this program in mind. It really is the best way to find a great agent AND support a cause we know is close to your heart!

For more information, visit


Learn more about AGENTS OF CHANGE 


 Volunteers Needed

 Making Changes Employment and Life Skills Program is URGENTLY looking for 2 to 3 additional volunteers for our Interview Skills Activity on Wednesday, June 22nd, from 1:30pm to 3:00 pm at Vivo, 11950 Country Village Link NE.  We would like people who have experience screening, interviewing, and/or hiring people. Please share this request with your colleagues. 

If you are interested, please contact Elaine Lupul by email at


Learn more about volunteering 

Urgent Needs: Footwear for Teens

We have an urgent need for gently used footwear in all sizes for our teens including runners, boots and flats. If your daughter has some shoes that she has outgrown or if you have some casual shoes that you are not wearing anymore, please consider donating them to us!
Please keep in mind that clothing in sizes 0 to 4 and plus sizes for the Walk-In-Closet and My Best Friend’s Closet are always in need and greatly appreciated.




Bouquet of Thanks

We are very appreciative to everyone who contributes in various ways to the success of our organization. This month, we would like to acknowledge the following individuals and organizations:

  • All of our donors and supporters for responding to our call for shoes for My Best Friend’s Closet. We've had a lot come in (both gently-used and brand-new).
  • The Kinette Club of Calgary who organized a shoe drive for us.
  • The Telus employees, as well as volunteers from the Telus Connections group who have volunteered numerous times at both our Closets over the past few months.
  • The ladies from Swat Project Ltd and from BPW Calgary who brought in some wonderful donations and who helped us sort through the donations at the Walk-In-Closet.
  • Chelsea Kelba from the Calgary Sexual Health Centre for facilitating a training workshop for our staff and volunteers.
  • Dillon Consulting LTD for hosting a fundraiser in support of Making Changes as part of their client networking event.
  • Ernst and Young for their very generous donation of clothes.

Making Changes Employment and Life Skills Program would like to share a big thank you to our two new partners for the Spring 2016 program sessions: Salvation Army Barbara Mitchell Family Resource Centre and Vivo for Healthier Generations. Special thanks go to Carolyn Jonsson and Susan Taylor who warmly welcomed us at these wonderful facilities.





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