Between Friends is a charitable organization that creates opportunities for people with disabilities to connect, grow, and belong through social and recreational activities.
Many people with disabilities seek social and recreational activities that are fundamental to enriching self-esteem, quality of life, and mental and physical health. Between Friends facilitates programs with these goals in mind while promoting a focus on shared interests over individual differences.
Between Friends offers children, youth and adults a variety of programs including:
W.E.S.O.A.R! Programs (Weekend & Evening Social Opportunities and Recreation)
I.C.A.N! Programs and Camps (Inclusive Community Activities with No Barriers)
4 – 17 years old
7 – 17 years old
Adventurers: Day Tripper
18 – 24 years old
18 years and older
I first heard about WESOAR program after volunteerting for Camp Bonaventure this summer. I absolutely loved volunteering wtih Between Friends and the participants in the summer that I didn’t want it to stop. As soon as I haeard about WESOAR program I was hooked. I volunteer with Between Friends for a few reasons. Once, it is one of the most rewarding experiencs I ever had and secondly you can single handedly experience the changes that is is making in these amazing kids’ lives. Las but certainly not least the peopl involved with Betwen Friends are just so genuinely amazing!
Here are a few fun facts about Kayleigh:
If you could be any torybook/cartoon character, who would you be? - Belle from beauty and the beast!
What is your favourite cereal? – I would have to say captain crunch or apple cinnamon cheerios.
What’s the strangest talent you have? – I can cross one eye, as well my arms are double jointed.
What are three things still left on your bucket list? – skydiving, traveling to Australia and seeing (and touching) a panda bear.
If you cold have any one superpower, which would you choose? – I would choose to have the power of flying!
If you could compete in the Olympics, which sport would you choose? – If I had any coordination what so ever, I think it would be really cool to luge!
Stephanie, better known as Echo has been involved with Between Friends since 2010! She got her start with us at Camp Bonaventure working with our little Minnows, but quickly got involved in WESOAR leading programs for all ages. Stephanie is currently leading our Adult Gym and Swim program helping participants get their fit on! Echo’s energy and kind heart have secured her as a member favourite!!
Bet you didn’t know these fun facts about Stephanie!!
If you could be any storybook/cartoon character, who would you be? – My childhood dream was to be Arielle from The Little Mermaid, so I would have to pick her as my first choice. However, my second choice would be Marlin from Finding Nemo, because the camp award that I received from my group this summer was the Marlin Award.
What is your favourite cereal? – Any kind of Cheerio’s … Original, honey-nut, apple-cinnamon, I love them all!!!
What’s the strangest talent you have? – I’m pretty short, so my ability to scale grocery store shelves like spider-man is always pretty impressive.
What are three things still left on your bucket list? – Teach abroad, travel to every continent at least once, and to learn how to surf
If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose? – If I could have any superpower I would choose either the ability to time-travel, or the ability to shape shift.
If you could compete in the Olympics, which sport would you choose? – Figure skating was a big part of my childhood, and growing up I always thought that pair’s figure skating was the coolest thing ever!!! So if I could compete in any Olympic sport I would definitely choose to be a pair’s figure skater.
What are you most looking forward to for the Holiday Season? – I am most looking forward to spending time with my family and friends, Christmas parties, copious amounts of eggnog, eating good holiday food, watching my nephew play hockey, and spending the holidays in Ottawa with my boyfriend and his family.