CanLearn Society for Persons with Learning Difficulties

we serve these populations

  • children and youth
  • homelessness
  • immigrant newcomers
  • indigenous communities
  • women

we need help with:

  • education
  • literacy
  • mental health

Since 1979, CanLearn Society has been helping children, youth, adults and families living with literacy, learning, attention and related mental health challenges to learn and thrive.

Our vision is: Unlocking potential so all can learn.

Our Beliefs are:
We believe that learning changes lives.

We believe that CanLearn Society helps children, youth and adults learn, brings hope and improves their quality of life.

We believe that individuals with learning, literacy, attention and mental health difficulties can achieve their full potential and become contributing members to society in a supportive and collaborative community.

Changing lives through learning. Our team of psychologists, physicians, and literacy specialists help children, youth, and adults unlock their learning potential.

The Unlocking Potential Fund helped 74 families receive our life changing clinical services. 

“I just wanted to say thank you very much for getting me into this assessment it means so much to me that you saw I needed help and did everything to help me where no one else did everyone else just pushed me aside.” A happy client who received support thanks to our Unlocking Potential Fund

CanLearn Friends and Teen Talk programs improved social skills for 150 students  in 13 Calgary Schools.

“I’ve noticed a big difference in my students. They seem to have more confidence; don’t seem as victimized and are talking to each other more openly. Thank you for all of your hard work! It was made a difference.” Teacher at a CanLearn Friends school 

 Learning Starts at Home and Magic Carpet Ride Programs 240 families  are building learning and literacy skills together.

“What motivated me to come to the program was to learn to read with my children and to help them get ready for school. I liked the program a lot. I learned how to read with my kids and talk about the characters, how to introduce a story and to summarize the reading. I have learned a lot.” A happy parent in our Magic Carpet Ride Program 

Wordplay helped 114 students and 27 parents to learn together through literacy  in 12 schools across Calgary.

“My daughter  wouldn’t even try to read before. Now she is excited to read me the books we borrow from the library. It’s wonderful.” A happy Wordplay parent 

Share the Magic Program distributed 410 free books to 133 day care  and preschool programs in Calgary.

“The Share the Magic program went beyond just storytelling to preschoolers; it helped to enhance the knowledge and skills of the childcare workers as well as to build the love of reading and learning in children.” A happy Manager at a day care 

Taking Charge Program  helped 47 adults build literacy and life skills.

“This has been a wonderful experience for me and my family. It has opened up many doors for me, not only on the outside, but also within me.” I encourage anyone I know, young or old, not to be afraid learn.” A Taking Charge Client 


CanLearn’s work is comprised of assessment services, ADHD coaching and strategies, groups and literacy programs. Our work is backed by the support of our clients and families.

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Help us to continue to unlock potential so all can learn! 

Your Additional Support helps

  • To build our social-emotion child and youth libraries to supplement both our literacy and social-emotional programs $15000
  • To raise an additional $75,000 for our Financial Fund



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Contact Info


Krista Poole

403-686-9300 ext.107


More Info

Charity Number: #13402 3852 RR0001

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