Testimonial from the Ultimate Wheelchair Sports Foundation

The generous funds we received from the Amateur Sport Grant helped us purchase equipment for our members with the most severe disabilities.

For two years we have been able to set up and significantly expand our Quad Handcycling Program. Yet, this is just the beginning, we are looking forward to continued benefits from the equipment purchased, to sustain the program and support even more members with quadriplegia.

To improve the Quad Handcycling Program we engaged an engineering group to develop a more user-friendly brake system for people with limited hand function. It allows for a better and safer riding experience. Specialized equipment for limited hand function is expensive and we would not have been able to establish our Quad Handcycling Program without the assistance of the Amateur Sports Grant.

In addition to supporting our current members, we have created relationships with recreation therapists at Foothill Hospitals and been able to engage people with quadriplegia directly from rehab even before they are discharged. It provides a realization that they can still be active despite their significant injury. It instills hope for the future. We have members with quadriplegia not able to wheel a manual wheelchair, but are able to handcycle. It provides freedom, independence and a feeling of accomplishment they may not experience in other aspects of life. Handcycling becomes an important element in efforts to re-establish a satisfactory quality of life, and we thank the Amateur Sport Grant for this opportunity to provide this program!

Creating Parks through Partnerships!



At Parks Foundation we believe that all Calgarians deserve safe, interactive, and fun spaces to play and to gather in. Community green spaces offer an outdoor place to stay active, learn and build social connections. The Building Communities program is designed to provide support for community-led park projects so everyone can enjoy a healthy lifestyle and build vibrant communities.


BUILDING COMMUNITIES GRANT PROGRAM awarded seven grants from our May round of applications for a total of $150,000. We are excited to share our support for the following organization’s and their projects

  • Friends of SPS Foundation, St. Peter School’s Playground Replacement
  • Signal Hill Circle Community Association, Playground Replacement
  • Playground Heroes Society, St. Hubert School’s Playground Replacement
  • Springbank Hill Community Association, Nature Community Park
  • Prince of Peace Education Society, New School Playground
  • Cliff Bungalow-Mission Community Association, 17th Ave Pocket Square

PEMBINA AWARD was granted to:

•    Highland Park Community Association,
Playground Replacement

In addition to funding projects, we pride ourselves on providing ongoing support throughout the duration of every project. Our goal is to build community capacity and promote stewardship of new and valued community spaces. Each one of our supported projects will benefit Calgarians in all quadrants of our city, enhancing our green and recreational spaces and marking new landmarks across #YYC.

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