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, 3,4, and 5 years old, who came from families challenged by neglect, abuse, or poverty, were left behind. These children were, on average, 70% to 90% 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 three, 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 ages 3-5years 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


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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Donor can contribute through two "Streams of Giving".

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