Report to Community

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 +

Anonymous Donor

Canadian Energy Executive Foundation

Cenovus Energy

Chevron Canada Resources

James and Patricia Burns Flow Through Fund at Calgary Foundation

Prosser Charitable Foundation

RBC Foundation

Innovators – $25,000 +

Rotary Club of Calgary

Builders – $10,000 +

ATB Financial

Bryan Pinney

Burns Memorial Fund

Calgary and Area Child Advocacy Centre

Enbridge Inc.

James Hill

Jennifer Pierce

Northern American Construction Group

Pembina Pipeline Corporation

Prairie Crocus Foundation

Ross Wonnick

Shaw Charity Classic Foundation

Spruce Meadows Leg Up Foundation

Telus Future Friendly Foundation

United Way of Calgary and Area

Believers – $5,000 +

Anonymous Donor

Borden Ladner Gervais


Intact Insurance Company

James Kerr Estate Fund at The Calgary Foundation

Joanne Young

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

TransAlta Corporation

Vicki and Stu Reid

Friends – $1,000 +

Alan Moon

Anne Christopoulos

Anonymous Donor

Cabin Brewing Company

Canadian Federation of University Women Calgary Chapter

Carbert Waite LLP

Carol Smith

Edmonton Public Schools Foundation

Elizabeth Marshall

Gail Boehm

Gallagher Benefit Services (Canada) Group

Iris & Charles Porter Fund at The Calgary Foundation

Jaclyn & Rhys Mersereau

Joan Green

Junior League of Calgary

Kaimanu Fund at Calgary Foundation

Karen Lynn Pescott Foundation Fund at The Calgary Foundation

Keith MacLeod

Kiwanis Club of Calgary Chinook

Klatt Family Foundation

Martha Parker

Maurice McCaig

Monica Mochoruk

One Small Act Fund at Calgary Foundation

Rocky Mountain Charitable GivingFund

Rotary Partners of Calgary at Stampede Park

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

Shell Canada

Steacy Collyer

Susie, Mavis, Judy & Friends

Tristan Laut

West Dalhousie Book Club

Other Partners and Events

Adam Legge

Alberta Health Services

Andre Mamprin

Calgary Board of Education

Calgary Catholic School District

Calgary Food Bank

Calgary Public Library

Campaign for Grade Level Reading

Canadian Children’s Literacy Foundation

CBC Calgary

CUPS Calgary Society

Dekada Corp.

Discovery House

Early Childhood Coalitions of Calgary & Area

Edmonton Public Schools

Families Matter

First 2000 Days Network

First Book Canada

Foothills School Division

Goodwill Impact Centre – Edmonton


Livingstone Range School Division

Monogram Coffee

Mount Royal University

Pages Books on Kensington

Patricia Glen

Regional Collaborative Service Delivery (RCSD)

RGO Products Ltd.

Rocky View Schools

Scholastic Canada

Shaw Charity Classic

St. Mary’s University – Calgary

Store & Go

Story Book Theatre

The Educational Partnership Foundation

Todd Hirsch

University of Alberta

University of Calgary

Veronica Funk

Waldo’s Imaging Ltd.

YW Calgary


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

10, 374


donated through our rapid-response to the COVID Pandemic, called the “Books + Pipeline”

24, 532


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