News & Updates

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.”

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 -

06 Oct 2015

Aspire is undertaking its third annual fall fundraiser, selling pizzas and a variety of food items through a Coco Brooks Fundraising Campaign. 

Our goal this year is to raise $2,000, which we will put towards updating the foyer in our building, including a paint makeover, electronic donor recognition screen, mission statement signage and more. This project will be this icing on the cake for all of the exciting renovations at Aspire this year!

08 Feb 2016

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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

14 May 2015

Aspire Special Needs Resource Centre held its Evening of Decadent Dessert fundraiser on Friday, May 8, and the 21st annual event proved to be another deliciously successful evening.

“This is always such a wonderful event, with people from the community, as well as Aspire parents, families and staff coming together to support children with special needs,” says Michelle Sluchinski, executive director with Aspire Special Needs Resource Centre. “This year was another great opportunity to showcase some of our families’ experiences and that really helps people to understand the incredible positive impact that Aspire can have on local families.”


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.

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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


14 May 2015

On Wednesday, May 20, Aspire Special Needs Resource Centre will host two free information sessions that are open to the public.

The sessions will be led by Servus Credit Union Investment Specialist, Greg Hebert, who will provide information and answer questions about the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP). This savings plan is intended to help parents and others save for the long term financial security of a person who is eligible for the disability tax credit.

07 Oct 2015

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

As the charity of choice for the Sheraton Celebrity Dance Off 2015 held last March, Aspire received invaluable support from the community. At the Friends of Aspire Open House on October 21, guests will be taken on guided tours to see how Aspire used your donations to renovate the interior of our building, which directly impacts children with special needs. 

Join us for the Friends of Aspire Open House:

Wednesday, October 21

Option 1: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Short program begins at noon and speakers will include:
1) Michelle Sluchinski, executive director of Aspire Special Needs Resource Centre
2) Christine Moore and Jeanne Davis, co-chairs of Sheraton Celebrity Dance Off 2016
3) Judy Robins Weir, chairperson of Aspire's board of directors

Option 2: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Drop-in format with no program

Light refreshments will be served during each time option.
Please RSVP with your preferred time by October 16 to 403.2606 or to

The Open House will be held at Aspire Special Needs Resource Centre, located at 4826 47 Street in Red Deer.

For further details on the funding and timelines of our recent renovation project, visit the Sheraton Celebrity Dance Off 2015 page.

01 May 2015

Funds allow for expansion of facility

When Aspire submitted the bid for the 2015 Sheraton Celebrity Dance Off last spring, we created a grand wish list for the funds. If Aspire was chosen for the event, what would we do with the funds raised? What impact would the funds have on our mission?

The wish list included capital items like flooring replacement and changing lighting from fluorescent to LED, as well as equipment and furnishings for the 3rdfloor Transdisciplinary Assessment and Consultation Program (TAC) space.  Without knowing the final amount of funds raised from the 2015 Sheraton Celebrity Dance Off, any firm planning was on hold until completion of the event. Another major consideration was when the renovations could be completed, as there is a narrow window of opportunity to complete larger jobs like this during the summer months when programming is limited.