About Us

About Us

Variety – The Children’s Charity of Alberta

Variety – the Children’s Charity of Alberta supports children who are living with disabilities and specialized needs in our communities.

Through education, advocacy, direct support and community outreach, we support children who are facing physical, developmental, emotional or learning challenges and are dedicated to advancing the health, quality of life and enrichment of children living with specialized requirements and needs.

The initiatives that we engage in support building inclusive and healthy communities for children living with specialized needs to gain greater independence and positive life experiences.

Vision: To enable all children living with specialized needs to be an active part of their community.

Mission: Through community initiatives, partnerships and education, Variety Alberta enables inclusion, wellness and independence for children who are facing physical, developmental, emotional or learning challenges.

We believe that:

  • Barriers can be removed through education, increased awareness and creating environments of acceptance, understanding, and celebration of differences.
  • Every child has the right to be safe, to be healthy and to play so to experience the simple pleasures of childhood.
  • We can have an inclusive and accessible Alberta for children who are living with disabilities and specialized needs.

Board of Directors

Meet our team who work with us to support kids through our amazing programs and initiatives.

Some of our Variety Alberta Board Members and Volunteers:

Variety Alberta's 2024 Board of Directors (Click on the name to read their bio):

History of Variety

On Christmas Eve in 1928, a baby girl was left at the Sheridan Theatre in Pittsburgh PA, by a family unable to care for her. During a time of economic crisis and limited social supports for families, this baby girl was left with a request to Variety Club members to take care of her and support her needs.
What transpired was the coming together of a community in a time of need to support a vulnerable child. This was the starting point to what has grown into a worldwide network of tens of thousands of volunteers and supporters dedicated to improving the lives of children in need. 
With an almost nine-decade legacy of caring for children across the globe, Variety, the Children’s Charity has become an international organization in more than 13 countries, raising over $1.7 billion worldwide to assist the treatment and care for children with specialized needs and financial hardship. 
Variety Alberta joined the Variety International family in 1982. We feel privileged to be a part of a large international family who puts the needs of children first.
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