“Variety Has Helped Me, Help My Child.”

Who We Are

Variety – the Children’s Charity of Alberta (Variety Alberta) has provided support to families in Calgary and throughout Alberta who have children living with specialized needs.

Through education, advocacy and community outreach, we support children who are facing physical, developmental, emotional or learning challenges.

Through collaboration with other service delivery organizations we are creating supportive, ability diverse communities that address safety, inclusive and accessible environments and supports the growth and development of children with specialized needs to gain greater independence and positive life experiences.

We believe that:

  • Everyone has the right to be accepted for who they are;
  • All individuals regardless of ability, gender, race, socioeconomic status, etc. have equal rights and equitable access to opportunities and resources;
  • Barriers can be removed through education, increased awareness and creating environments of acceptance, understanding and celebration of differences;
  • Everyone has the right to play and shouldn’t be excluded because the design space did not take into consideration their specialized needs; and
  • We can have an inclusive and accessible Alberta for children with disabilities.

Variety Alberta is part of Variety International, a global organization with 43 local chapters in 13 countries.

Variety Alberta encourages freedom by enabling all children with special needs to be an active part of their community.

Today, through efforts from our Board of Directors, leadership, staff, enthusiastic volunteers and generous corporate and individual contributors, Variety Alberta remains true by providing children with special needs real, tangible help.

Through grants, support services and community partnerships, Variety Alberta inspires hope and offers independence for children with special needs.

No child should miss out on the simple pleasures of childhood because their family cannot afford the necessary equipment.

Variety Alberta remains true by providing children with special needs real, tangible help.

How We Help


We save lives offering support for medical care for children.


We change lives with support towards mobility and assistive devices.


We enrich lives through helping children and families access assisted learning and communication devices, recreation and self-development opportunities.

Supporting Children with their Special Requirements

Some of our Variety kids who have shown amazing courage, strength and hope.

Click HERE to read some of our stories.

*Disclaimer: The above images have been authorized for release by the families who received support from Variety – the Children’s Charity of Alberta Association for use in print and online publications.