Our Report To Community
This report highlights places and spaces that bring reading alive. Some, where Calgary Reads has lived and worked; others we’ve helped create with colleagues.
Throughout our 20-year history, we’ve built our knowledge and understanding of the importance of environment in our work to support children’s literacy. We know that intentional ‘place-making’ – in our schools, homes and community settings – can help bring children to reading.
In 2019-2020 we worked throughout the community to increase book access for children through place and space building initiatives that have changed the reading landscape of our city.
Read the full Report to Community.
Thank you to our donors
Through our many relationships and partnerships, we are creating a reading revolution to strengthen childhood literacy. We’d like to thank every member of our community for helping us give every child the opportunity to read, learn and grow.
Leaders – $50,000 +
Canadian Energy Executive Foundation
Chevron Canada Resources
James and Patricia Burns Flow Through Fund at Calgary Foundation
Prosser Charitable Foundation
Innovators – $25,000 +
Rotary Club of Calgary
Builders – $10,000 +
Burns Memorial Fund
Calgary and Area Child Advocacy Centre
Northern American Construction Group
Pembina Pipeline Corporation
Prairie Crocus Foundation
Shaw Charity Classic Foundation
Spruce Meadows Leg Up Foundation
Telus Future Friendly Foundation
United Way of Calgary and Area
Believers – $5,000 +
Borden Ladner Gervais
Intact Insurance Company
James Kerr Estate Fund at The Calgary Foundation
John & Elsie Collins Foundation
Norreen Baker Fund at Calgary Foundation
Osum Oil Sands Corporation
Painted Pony Energy Ltd.
Plains Midstream Canada
Sam Ousher Switzer Charitable Foundation
Vicki and Stu Reid
Friends – $1,000 +
Cabin Brewing Company
Canadian Federation of University Women Calgary Chapter
Carbert Waite LLP
Edmonton Public Schools Foundation
Gallagher Benefit Services (Canada) Group
Iris & Charles Porter Fund at The Calgary Foundation
Jaclyn & Rhys Mersereau
Junior League of Calgary
Kaimanu Fund at Calgary Foundation
Karen Lynn Pescott Foundation Fund at The Calgary Foundation
Kiwanis Club of Calgary Chinook
Klatt Family Foundation
One Small Act Fund at Calgary Foundation
Rocky Mountain Charitable GivingFund
Rotary Partners of Calgary at Stampede Park
Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
Susie, Mavis, Judy & Friends
West Dalhousie Book Club
Other Partners and Events
Alberta Health Services
Calgary Board of Education
Calgary Catholic School District
Calgary Food Bank
Calgary Public Library
Campaign for Grade Level Reading
Canadian Children’s Literacy Foundation
CUPS Calgary Society
Early Childhood Coalitions of Calgary & Area
Edmonton Public Schools
First 2000 Days Network
First Book Canada
Foothills School Division
Goodwill Impact Centre – Edmonton
Livingstone Range School Division
Mount Royal University
Pages Books on Kensington
Regional Collaborative Service Delivery (RCSD)
RGO Products Ltd.
Rocky View Schools
Shaw Charity Classic
St. Mary’s University – Calgary
Store & Go
Story Book Theatre
The Educational Partnership Foundation
University of Alberta
University of Calgary
Waldo’s Imaging Ltd.
Please note: Due to space limitations, this list reflects supporters who made financial donations of $1,000 or more.
CBC Calgary Reads Big Book Sale
Our Annual Big Book Sale was cancelled this year due to the pandemic, a major blow to our operational fundraising and to the city’s literacy landscape, but we’ll be back next year will a re-imagined and resilient 2021 BBS!
were supported by our tutoring program during our years located at Valley View School — our first-ever and continuing legacy Reading Place School
donated through our rapid-response to the COVID Pandemic, called the “Books + Pipeline”
have visited our Little Red Reading House since it’s opening in 2017
View previous reports to see how Calgary Reads’ has evolved and expanded to provide more help for young readers.
Watch our 2018 Report to Community: The Story of a Book