News & Updates

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 Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 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.


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.”

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. 
28 Apr 2016

Adapted Soccer runs Tuesday nights 6-7 pm at the Edgar Soccer Fields from May 3-June 21.  Registration is through RDCSA.

Adapted TBall runs Thursday nights 6-7 pm at the Oriole Park School fields from May 5-June 23.  Registration is through the Look and Book.

Both programs are introductions to the sport for kids with special needs, coached by a mom of a daughter with Down Syndrome with help from the Adapted Kinesiology students at RDC.  They are designed for children of all abilities and all types of impairments who are developmentally under the age of 10.  Parent or aide participation is required.  Weekly there are stations to work on specific skills, directed activities to work on skills and game play.

Please contact Robyn Bagley for further information -

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. 
08 Feb 2016

EDD final

Aspire Special Needs Resource Centre is well known in Red Deer and Central Alberta, as a place where families who have children with special needs can find answers, support, and connection. As a charitable organization, the continued support of the community is vital to the programs and services Aspire provides. This year is Aspire Special Needs Resource Centre’s 22nd annual Evening of Decadent Dessert, its largest fundraising event of the year. With the help of the community, the goal of raising $130,000 can be reached.

Evening of Decadent Dessert will be held on April 29, at the Pidherney Centre, located at 4725 43 Street, Red Deer.
“Aspire relies on the funds raised from the community in order to support scholarships for families, purchase of specialized equipment, and programs,” said Executive Director Michelle Sluchinski.
“We are so grateful for the long term sponsors, donors and ticket purchasers. We know that everyone makes choices about which charity to support, and we try to ensure our supporters know the good work we do for children with special needs and their families.”

“Evening of Decadent Dessert is well on the way but we are still in need of some event sponsors and are always looking for donations for raffles and the silent auction,” said Fund Development Coordinator Melissa Vine.

“Tickets have just been released for purchase. Please remember to get your tickets early,” said Vine.

“Donors and sponsors are an essential part of Evening of Decadent Dessert. Their generous support allows us to reach our fundraising goals for this event. Without our sponsors and donors we cannot reach our financial goal, which in turn impacts our services and programs. Simply put, their generous support gives Aspire the ability to offer hope and growth to all the families who pass through our doors.”

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are now available for $100 per person or $750 for a table of eight. Charitable tax receipts will be issued for a portion of the ticket price (a $65 receipt for a $100 ticket).
The evening includes a champagne reception with live entertainment, buffet dinner, several raffles, and a silent auction, as well as a live auction of the locally made cake creations, and of course of, the incredible dessert buffet.
To purchase tickets, please contact Aspire Special Needs Resource Centre at 403-340-2606 or email For more information on Evening of Decadent Dessert including sponsorship information and donation opportunities, please visit

Aspire Special Needs Resource Centre’s Children’s Raffle

Also part of the evening is the final draw for the Aspire Special Needs Resource Centre’s annual Children’s Raffle. This year’s grand prize is a 2016 Jeep Compass High Altitude 4x4, valued at $34,100. The second prize is a 14-blue diamond Stunning Diamond Dinner Ring valued at $8,000. The third prize is a cash reward of $2,500.
So far the Children’s Raffle has raised $5,000 of its $50,000 goal, “which is a good start,” said Vine.
“We appreciate all our families, staff and friends of Aspire who are helping us reach this goal by selling tickets,” she said.
For more information on the raffle or to buy tickets, please visit

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. 
26 Oct 2015

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.

When: Monday, November 23 - 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.

Guests at the AGM will learn about the highlights of the 2014-15 fiscal year, including updates about the impact of the 2015 Sheraton Celebrity Dance Off event and the activities undertaken for Aspire's 30th anniversary year.

Election of the 2015-16 Board of Directors will also occur at the AGM, with several new members joining the team. Board recruitment began in the spring, as interested applicants met with Aspire's executive director and current board chair and completed an application form. On November 23, five new board members are expected to be elected.

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