Carya Society of Calgary

we serve these populations

  • aging population
  • children and youth

we need help with:

  • domestic violence
  • mental health

“Before Starburst, I never had such direct, positive and stable influences in my life. The adults closest to me at that time took part in substance abuse, had untreated mental illnesses, and had a direct and/or indirect connection with emotional and physical abuse. Even the adults that were my coaches or teachers never overly believed in me because I was never the MVP.

But the connections and support I found through the Starburst program helped create a spark in me that helped me believe I was worth something, I am resilient, and that there are people out there who support me unconditionally to this day and have proven to me that it’s okay to trust and ask for help when it’s needed most.”

– JENNA, STARBURST ALUMNI   For more about Jenna’s story see


carya provides social services for Calgarians in every life stage; from babies and new parents, vulnerable teenagers, older adults and everything in between. In the last year carya has made a positive impact on the lives of more than 40,000 individuals living in Calgary.

These are just some of the impacts we’re proud to have made in our city:

  • 84% parents reported an improvement in parenting skills after participating in carya programs
  • 80% of families in counselling reported positive change
  • 74% of girls in carya school programs increased in self confidence
  • 5,000 vulnerable older adults supported annually
  • 1,400 older adults engaged in community contribution each year


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Janice Nelson

Grants and Donor Relations Specialist



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Charity Number: #118823475RR0001

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