News & Updates

23 Jan 2018

Get your tickets today!

Thanks to our sponsors, every dollar raised supports programs, specialized equipment purchases, and Fee Assistance for children with special needs in central Alberta.

Tickets are only $5.00 each

Buy now for your chance to win a new Jeep Compass Sport, a gorgeous white gold diamond ring or cash.

Only 10,000 tickets printed! 

Tickets can be purchased:

prizes horizontalOnline: click here for your convenient online purchase
In-person: visit Aspire during business hours
By phone: contact Aspire at 403.340.2606
At all sponsor locations, including:

  • R & R Rentals
  • Southside Dodge  
  • Artemis Jewellers
  • Servus Credit Union 
         (downtown branch)
  • Printing Place
  • Real Country 95.5  

  • Raffle Draw Date:   
    Friday, May 11, 2018

    The raffle winners will be drawn at Aspire's Evening of Decadent Dessert, which will be held at the Parkland Pavilion -  4847 19 St, Red Deer. Click here to purchase tickets for Evening of Decadent Dessert, or contact Aspire at 403.340.2606. 

    Proceeds from the 2018 Aspire Children's Raffle will go directly to programs, specialized equipment purchases and Fee Assistance for local families of children with special needs. 

    Tickets may only be purchased or sold within Alberta. License #: 485185 

    25 Oct 2017

    It's been a successful and busy year at Aspire, and the public is welcome to come and learn more at the Annual General Meeting.

    Board 2017 small

    When: Monday, November 27 - 7 p.m.
    Location: Aspire Special Needs Resource Centre
    Address: 4826 47 Street, Red Deer 
    (meeting will take place in the 3rd floor conference room)
    Light refreshments will be provided.

    Friends, families, staff, donors and anyone with an interest in Aspire 
    are invited to join us for an update from the Board, a review of the 
    year past, and elections of the 2017-2018 Board of Directors. 
    On November 27, three Board members will complete their term's, and three new members will join the Board. 

    For more information on Aspire's current Board of Directors, visit our website

    02 Sep 2016

    Aspire is thrilled to announce that we have been awarded a $10,000 grant from The Ed Stelmach Community Foundation! This is the second time we have partnered with the Foundation and we feel fortunate to do so again.

    These grant dollars will be put toward our Fee Assistance Program, which is a program designed to fulfill the standard set by the founding families of Aspire. Our founding families believed in the principle that every child should have access to Aspire services. But the financial requirements for families of children with special needs can be overwhelming. The time required to attend the necessary doctors' appointments and other services can limit parents' ability to maintain a full time job, restricting household income. 

    26 Sep 2017

    It's been another exciting year at Aspire Special Needs Resource Centre, and the public is invited to see what we've been up to. 

    01 Sep 2016

    The Community Initiatives Program (CIP) operates as part of the Department of Culture and Tourism ministry.  The purpose of the program is to fund initiatives that enhance and "enrich the quality of community life" throughout Alberta.  Aspire applied and was granted $60,000, which will be used for capital projects within the Centre. 

    09 Jan 2017

    If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about our Early Access to Supportive Education (EASE) Preschool Program, please stop by our Preschool Information Night on Wednesday, February 21st, 2018 at 6:30pm. Staff from our EASE Preschool will be on hand to answer questions and discuss the program with those interested in learning more.


    07 Jun 2016

    As part of MasterCard Memorial Cup week in Red Deer, one of the national sponsors, Sherwin-Williams, wanted to give back to the community.  And give back they did!

    Our friends at Sherwin-Williams facilitated the repainting of Aspire's exterior railing, the metal spindles on the foyer stairs, and the train in front of the building. Additionally, several children's bedrooms (in their homes) received a fresh coat of Sherwin-Williams paint applied by a few local paint companies that generously donated their time to this endeavour. 

    15 Nov 2016


    15 May 2016

    On Friday, April 29, Aspire Special Needs Resource Centre held its 22nd annual Evening of Decadent Dessert fundraiser at the Pidherney Centre. The success of this event demonstrated, once again, the incredible community support for Aspire and a mission to provide hope to children with special needs, the families who love them, and the communities who care for them.

    “Evening of Decadent Dessert is the largest event within our annual fundraising efforts,” says Michelle Moore, chair of Aspire’s Board of Directors. “This year, we raised a net of $123,694 from the event, which is very close to last year.”