Alberta Dreams

Our History

Our History

Alberta Dreams began in 1986 by a handful of caring volunteers who saw a need to bring a strong support system to sick children in Alberta.  Registered under the Alberta Societies Act on November 21, 1986, as the ‘Rainbow Society for the Welfare of Sick Children of Alberta’, the society obtained independent charity status in January 1988, through both the provincial and federal governments. In 1992, our name was officially changed to The Rainbow Society of Alberta.  

2023 brings the next evolution of the organization as we adopt a new name and identity while carrying on our core mission and values of giving the gift of hope to Alberta’s children facing severe chronic or life-threatening illness.  Inspired by the over 1200 children we have served, for over 36 years, who have wished upon a star, dreaming of who they want to be, places they want to visit, adventures to go on, or things that that would make their lives better and more manageable, we continue to work to fulfill those dreams under our new name Alberta Dreams.

Our People

Governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, Alberta Dreams has a small team of full-time employees and are fortunate to count on a valued network of dedicated volunteer Dream Makers across the province.

Our Success

Our success can be measured in many ways, whether it be the number of dreams fulfilled, the relationships built within the community, or the number of lives touched along the way. When children are no longer victims of life-threatening or severe chronic illnesses, then our dream will come true. In the meantime, we are grateful for the generosity and support that allows us to continue to do our special work on behalf of these courageous children and their families.

Our Mission

Alberta Dreams is a registered charity dedicated to fulfilling dreams for children, between the ages of three and eighteen, who reside in Alberta and have been diagnosed with a severe chronic or life-threatening medical illness. This mandate is performed in strict adherence to the following guidelines.

  • The dream must be in the best interest of the child.
  • The dream must be fulfilled outside of a hospital environment when possible, thereby including the immediate family.
  • The privacy and dignity of the child and family are maintained at all times. We will not publicize the child and his/her dream without consent from the parents or legal guardians.

The child must be between the ages of three and eighteen (not yet reached their eighteenth birthday).