The Evenstart Foundation has partnered with local Calgary artist, Larry Gutterson to create a line of silk scarves. With each purchase, 80% of the proceeds go to Evenstart to assist with the costs of a playground at our facility for children from backgrounds of trauma. Our goal is to raise $100,000 to assist with this project.

To make your donation, please click on the following link:

This will take you to the website - Royal Silk Studios - where you may view and purchase your scarf. All purchases made through this website go directly to support the Evenstart playground.

Thank you for your support!


What's Happening

Calgarians dug deep into their pockets to contribute to the 2015 Calgary Herald Christmas Fund campaign, and the EvenStart for Children Foundation of Calgary was one of this year's fortunate recipients. Thanks Calgary! Read the article in the Calgary Herald.

Our Story

Nearly 20 years ago, our Founder, Ilona Boyce, saw that something more was needed for children from backgrounds of poverty and trauma. Young children, three, four, and five years old, who came from families challenged by neglect, abuse, or poverty, were left behind. These children were, on average, 70 to 90 per cent delayed in normal development. Living in a constant state of stress and fear, their brains were not receptive to learning, so they continued to fall behind. Left without help, these children wandered the school halls by Grade 3, their window of learning severely compromised.

In 1996, the doors of our first EvenStart program were opened in downtown Calgary. With a donated van, a small budget and more than a healthy dose of optimism, we began our journey to assist these children in understanding their value and realizing their potential.

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Our Children


Our children are three to five years old, from high-risk homes challenged by poverty and often attendant neglect, abuse, trauma, or domestic violence. Most children have experienced some form of childhood trauma.

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Capital Campaign

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We need your help in building the Centre to serve these EvenStart children. Our funding goal is $3.8 million dollars.

We now ask Corporate Calgary to help us.

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Donors can contribute through two "Streams of Giving".

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    1625 18th St. NE, Calgary, Alberta T2E 4W2

    Phone: (403) 541-0277  Fax: (403) 541-0800