Make-A-Wish® Canada (Southern Alberta)

we serve these populations

  • children and youth

Archer is a reptile-savvy six-year-old who discovered his love for lizards during one of the most difficult journeys of his life.

After a sore stomach led to the discovery of a benign tumor in his abdomen, Archer’s parents were relieved when it was surgically removed. Just when they thought the nightmare was over, they were advised that their son had a rare form of cancer. In fact, there are only a handful of reported cases around the world.

Archer received a new cancer treatment that saved his life. After Archer’s treatment ended, his life was interrupted again when he broke his leg and was confined to a full-leg cast for 12 weeks.

When Archer learned he could wish for his very own lizard – who he named Spike – he became hopeful and the prospect of caring and loving a pet brightened his days. It’s even possible that Spike is the world’s most loved reptile!

“Spike is the beginning and closure to everything our family went through,” his mom, said. “The wish has not only made Archer incredibly happy to have his own lizard, but he calls himself a dad now, and it just warms our hearts so much.”

Now more than ever, hope is essential for children with critical illnesses. A gift from you today will help us grant wishes and give kids the strength to fight for better days.

When a wish is granted, it does much more than bring joy to a child’s heart. For children like Archer, who are faced with critical illness, a wish-come-true provides them with strength to battle through darkness and gives them hope for healthier, happier days ahead.  Help grant a wish and transform the lives of children in our community with a gift today.

Make-A-Wish® creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We are on a quest to bring every eligible child’s wish to life, because a wish is an integral part of a child’s journey. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight a critical illness. As an independently operating affiliate of Make-A-Wish International, Make-A-Wish Canada is part of the network of the world’s leading children’s wish-granting organization. We serve children in every community in Canada, and in more than 50 countries worldwide.  Make-A-Wish Canada is proudly celebrating 40 years of wish granting in 2023, having granted more than 37,000 wishes since 1983.


  • Wishes inspire children to battle through their medical struggles and fight illness.
  • Wishes create an entire community of support around the child.
  • Wishes gives parents hope and strengthens the entire family.

We believe that each wish experience should be as unique and special as the child who wished for it. With the help of a dedicated team, we give each wish child and their family the personal attention they deserve.


  1. I wish to go…
  2. I wish to be…
  3. I wish to have…
  4. I wish to meet…

Help share the power of a wish®.

There are many ways you can help to bring hope, strength, and joy to children who really need it. No matter how you choose to get involved, when you’re a part of the Make-A-Wish Canada network, the support of generous people like you empowers us to make each wish a reality.


All funds raised in Southern Alberta support our local wish granting efforts. Right now, we have over 200 eligible kids waiting for wishes in Southern Alberta, with more being referred every day. With the symbolic value of a wish at $10,000, people like you make it possible for us to continue granting life-changing wishes for children facing critical illnesses.

Explore the many ways you can help below or contact us for more details!

DONATE: Give children with critical illnesses a reason to hope for a brighter future and help make their wishes come true!

HOLD A FUNDRAISER: Join friends, family, or colleagues to raise money and bring people together. Whether you’re an individual, employee, organization or community, every bit of support goes a long way to grant the wishes of Southern Alberta children.

SUPPORT AN EVENT OR CAMPAIGN:  You can support us through one of our seasonal campaigns or annual events, including:

VOLUNTEER: Give the most valuable gift of all – time. Volunteers hard work, passion and commitment to giving children a magical wish experience make them the heart and soul of our foundation. As a volunteer, you’ll change the lives of many children and your own!

Learn more about how to get involved.

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Simona Lupas

Chapter Director, Southern Alberta



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Charity Number: #886104694RR0001

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