Kids with learning disabilities flourish at tailored camps.


Toronto Sun April 3rd


Jill Ellis, Special to QMI Agency


First posted: Thursday, May 10, 2012 02:00 AM EDT


Camp can be best experience of a child's life, or the worst, according to Marty Hornstein, executive director for the Learning Disabilities Association in Calgary.


With 50 offices in 10 provinces and one territory (Yukon), the Learning Disabilities Association is country's leading authority on the subject of educating children and helping adults with learning disabilities, which affect 10% of the population.


"It's the number one chronic issue in children under the age of 14," according to Claudette Larocque, director of programs and public policy for the Learning Disabilities Association of Canada.


Though attending summer camp can be a very enriching childhood experience, it can also be devastating to a child who has trouble in social situations. This led the Calgary chapter to start their own camp specifically for kids with LDs.


"Our camping program was started to help kids with LD and ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) to learn social skills and to get used to the camp environment as preparation for going to mainstream camp," explains Hornstein. "But it's been so successful that the camp is flourishing because kids just love it and come back year after year."


There are many good reasons to send children with learning disabilities to a camp specifically designed for them, according to Larocque.


"These camps often hire teachers and others in special education who understand their needs," she says, adding the counsellor-to-camper ratio is often lower than in mainstream camps.


"There is often one-on-one time between the campers and the counsellors and this is a first for many of the children."


Being with others with similar difficulties is an important part of the camp experience, offers Hornstein.


"These kids are bright (most individuals with learning disabilities have average or higher IQs) but learn differently. They are tired of always being the odd one out and this lets them be in a comfortable, accepting atmosphere," he explains.


Marcia Schmidt, of Waldheim, Sask., has seen this for herself. Her 13-year-old daughter Mallory has ADHD and attended Sunshine Summer Camp in Saskatoon for four years. This day camp operates two-week sessions and offers social skills training in addition to recreational fun, like swimming and crafts.


"Mallory always had behaviour problems and the camp has made a big difference in her self-esteem and social skills. She's made a good friend there that she sees every year in the summer. The two of them have done so well that they've been invited to be junior counsellors this year," Schmidt says.


Most areas of the country offer camps for children with learning disabilities, both overnight and day camps (see list). Your child's age, maturity level and ability to be independent should help you decide which camp would provide the best experience for your child.


Recreation activities usually associated with camp, like hiking, canoeing and wall climbing, are also part of the total learning package at camps like Camp Amicus in Calgary. Academic work is usually a struggle for kids with LDs, says Hornstein, but between social skills training and learning new physical activities, "campers are learning how to learn," he says.


Besides working at Canada's national LDA office, Larocque has parented three sons to adulthood. All three have LDs and she says the camp experience was very beneficial.


"One of the best benefits is being able to learn from others like themselves and how they cope with LDs," Larocque says.


Hornstein sums it up: "It's best to put them in a camp where they'll be treated for who they are instead of who they should be."




British Columbia


Learning Disabilities Association camps


Eureka Camp




Camp Amicus


Glow Program




Summer Sunshine Day Camp


Camp Tamarack




Camp Raven




Camp Kirk


Camp Towhee


Camp Kodiak


Camp Kennebec


Assistive Technology Summer Camp for Kids with Learning Disabilities




AQETA (French-language)


Nova Scotia


Many Learning Disabilities chapters offer day camps; check with the one in your area.




-- Canadians with LDs are two to three times more likely to report high levels of distress, depression, anxiety, mental health issues compared to the general population


-- More than 70% of young adults aged 16-21 with learning disabilities were not members of low-income families


-- Canadians with LDs are twice as likely to report that they did not successfully complete high school and are more likely to drop out before graduation


-- The number of Canadians aged 15 and over with learning disabilities rose by almost 40% in 2006


Desiree Sweetapple, 10, left, and her mom Tracey take a look at a book about living with ADHD. Desiree became more interested in learning about her condition after attending the GLOW for LD/ADHD program. TESSA CLAYTON/AIRDRIE ECHO
Desiree Sweetapple, 10, left, and her mom Tracey take a look at a book about living with ADHD. Desiree became more interested in learning about her condition after attending the GLOW for LD/ADHD program. TESSA CLAYTON/AIRDRIE ECHO

GLOW teaches young girls to shine

By Tessa Clayton, Airdrie Echo

Thursday, February 14, 2013 2:51:52 MST PM


It was how she felt after a breakup while growing up that stuck with Kim Tackaberry. Nothing traumatic, but the sense she had no outside support left her wanting to do something.


“As I went through that, I thought, ‘one day, I’m going to create something so that girls can have a venue (to share),’” she explained.


So in 2006, Tackaberry, a teacher at Foothills Academy Society in Calgary, launched the first Girls Leading Others Wisely (GLOW) program, aimed at giving girls in their pre-teens and teens that support circle Tackaberry desired when she was that age.


And now, GLOW for girls with learning disabilities (LD) or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is coming to Airdrie.


“It’s called GLOW because we’re teaching the girls to be leaders in a variety of different topics and areas, so they can take that and show other girls how they might deal with that,” Tackaberry said.


The eight-week program has various themes to guide discussions, but also incorporates things like nutrition and physical activity.


ADHD isn’t commonly diagnosed in girls, according to mother Tracey Sweetapple, which is why she’s happy this program will now be available in Airdrie.


Danica Topp, 14, participated in the GLOW For LD/ADHD program in Calgary.


Her mom, Maureen, brought it up with her, but Danica wasn’t sure if she wanted to try it.


“I didn’t really want to go to it because I didn’t really know what it was and it sounded kind of childish,” she explained.


“And then after I went to it, I liked going to it — it was fun, we did lots of activities like golfing and exercises. They taught us about organizing, healthy eating and solving problems — and we got snacks,” said the Cochrane teen with a laugh.


Airdrie resident Desiree Sweetapple, 10, was also a part of the program in Calgary. She said in the end was really glad she participated — making new friends and learning more about her ADHD.


“The good thing was that I was around people like me,” she said, adding she felt comfortable talking about her condition with other girls and that more girls should get involved.


Both Desiree and Danica said the program proved to them they weren’t the only girls experiencing the effects of ADHD and helped them become less self-conscious. The program also allowed them to try new activities they might not have otherwise.


And both mothers agreed that after GLOW, their daughters had a different attitude about their ADHD and a more measured approach to everyday events.


“I think the biggest change is self-control,” said Danica’s mother, Maureen. Before GLOW, there were some pretty big meltdowns, she explained.


“Sometimes managing that frustration was hard for her (Danica) . . . but now we don’t really see those at all anymore.”


“I think she learned a lot of good life skills in general for someone her age, not even specifically for having ADHD.”


Besides the two GLOW programs, there is another one for young mothers (FLOW). For more information, or to register, visit or call 403-921-1212


Program for girls with learning disabilities coming to Airdrie

Jan 03, 2013 12:38 pm | By Dawn Smith | Airdrie City View


A program designed specifically for girls with Learning (LD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) will soon be available to residents in Airdrie and the surrounding area.

For the first time, GLOW (Girls Leading Others Wisely), an eight-week program designed to strengthen a girl’s well being, nutritional choices and physical fitness to help develop a true sense of self, will be available in the city.

The program will run from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 19 to March 16 at Meadowbrook Middle School for girls ages nine to 14.

“All girls are at risk for eating disorders, lower self esteem and depression and anxiety, but these girls are even more at risk,” said Melanie Reader, a registered psychologist and GLOW spokesperson. “So we really wanted to make sure we were addressing those needs for them.”

The program was developed at Foothills Academy, a Calgary school for children with learning disabilities, and is being hosted in conjunction with Rocky View Schools.

Participants will take part in activities such as the glow circle to promote pre-teen and teen topic discussions and creative physical activities. Circle time allows the girls to share their views and struggles and learn strategies for coping, according to Reader.

“(We will discuss) a lot of the same topics that all girls deal with,” said Reader, adding specific ideas, such as what is it like to be a girl with LD or ADHD, will be discussed.

The physical activity is designed to broaden the girls’ horizons and will include yoga, hip-hop dancing and skeleton racing.

“(We want to) expose them to different options to hopefully spark their interest,” said Reader.

A nutritional snack, designed to teach the girls about nutritional food choices, will also be provided.

The program, which costs $525 plus GST, is provided under the supervision of a psychologist. A bursary is available, to learn more about it visit

The GLOW program has been used at the Foothills Academy for two years, said Reader, adding that its creators have a passion for working with girls and recognized a need for a program.

The program is open to girls across the school division and Reader encourages participation.

“If they have a girl in their lives that has one of these diagnosis and they really want to ensure they become confident young women, this is program that helps them… become those confident young women,” she said.

For more information, visit

Registration will be open until the start of the program. To register, email

Amanda Todds YouTube Video…

Amanda Todds YouTube video has drawn the world’s attention to a new destructive way for bullying to occur. But it appears that the core of the issue is being overlooked. Pre-teen and teens are vulnerable. As a responsible society, we need to be pro-active. All girls deserve an opportunity to participate in programs that providing a forum for conversation. They need a safe place  to express their feelings and know that they are not alone in their experiences. The GLOW (Girls Leading Others Wisely)Program is proud to have supported girls since 2006 in offering safe venues for them to engage in discussions about values, decisions making and how to develop healthy relationships. Let’s support and teach our girls to be strong powerful leaders and individuals in their daily lives –on and off the internet!


In 2012, Wayne McKay wrote a report on the Nova Scotia Task Force on bullying and cybercullying. Recommendations and conclusions summarized that: “Bullying and cyberbullying seem to be major social issues all over the world as problems in themselves but also as symptoms of deeper problems such as the deterioration of community, respect and healthy personal relationships.” Wayne MacKay, Chair of the Nova Scotia Task Force on Bullying and Cyberbullying and Professor of Law, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University.


Link to report:,%20There%27s%20no%20App%20for%20That%20-%20Report%20of%20the%20NS%20Task%20Force%20on%20Bullying%20and%20Cyberbullying.pdf


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New GLOW Program at SJCC empowers girls aged 10 to 14


by Pamela Rosenberg

December 12, 2011


The Soloway JCC is doing its part to empower young girls and help build self confidence and self esteem with a powerful new program designed for 10-14 year olds.


GLOW –Girls Leading Others Wisely – brings girls together over the course of eight weeks to communicate, sans technology, and open-up in a non-judgmental environment.


Each session focuses on a different theme, including discovering your authentic self, decision making and peer relationships. GLOW also teaches girls about healthy lifestyle habits including cooking, skin care and etiquette and introduces them to different forms of fitness which makes it a natural fit for the Soloway JCC says Health & Wellness Director, Carla Gencher.


“The Soloway JCC Health and Wellness Department is all about living a healthy life. Starting girls on a positive path at a young age will set them up for a healthy and successful future,” says Carla.


Every 90 minute session begins with a 45 minute circle, led by a qualified educator. The girls are split into two groups (10-12 year olds and 13-14 year olds) and will have a chance to check in and discuss, in a non-judgmental, confidential environment, whatever is on their minds. This is also an opportunity for theme based activities and problem solving.


Next the girls have a healthy snack followed by a group exercise class. Soloway JCC female fitness professionals will lead the ladies in a number of exciting exercise classes that will get them moving, and smiling, such as Zumba, Hip Hop, Bootcamp, SpinFit, Stability Ball, Bosu Ball, Yoga and Pilates.


“If we teach healthy habits at a young age and show them the benefits of exercise, it will become a way of life for them. I started exercising in high school and I continue to enjoy the benefits,” says Carla.


The Soloway JCC class, which runs January 19 to March 8, marks the programs’ first foray outside of Calgary where it was created five years ago by educator Kim Tackaberry.


“GLOW isn’t just about the social or the physical, it’s about the whole girl,” explains Kim. “Girls today are dealing with so many changes, communication is all about texting and email, and it’s nice to sit and converse and have time to connect.”


According to Kim some of the positive feedback she has received over the years from the parents of and GLOW graduates themselves is that they feel better about themselves and their bodies, they don’t seem as intimidated by other girls as they did before and they take more of a lead in voicing their own opinions and thoughts.


In an effort to measure growth GLOW uses the LAWSEQ Self Esteem checklist, (a questionnaire used for measuring self confidence) on the first and final class of each session. Kim says that in a recently wrapped-up class of 9-12 year olds all but one displayed improvement in their scores, and the one who didn’t improve did say that while she still felt lonely at school, she did feel that she belonged at Glow.


For more information on Glow at the Soloway JCC contact Carla Gencher (613) 798-9818 ext. 278, . To learn more about Glow visit




Enabling Girls to GLOW with Confidence

By Melanie Reader, Registered Psychologist


Adolescence is often a tumultuous journey for most girls. For girls with a learning disability and/or Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD), the typical stresses of adolescence (e.g., changes in hormones, pressures to “fit in”) are even further exacerbated. Girls with LD and AD/HD often experience sadness and shame. They are at a greater risk for developing mood and/or anxiety disorders and are often rejected and isolated by their peers. Unfortunately, many of the supports available for these girls focus on these storms after they have occurred rather than focusing on building their strength and resilience to navigate these risks. Research suggests the importance of working with girls earlier on their self-esteem and communication skills before they enter the high-risk environment of junior high and high school. In particular, research suggests the importance of these girls’ involvement in peer support groups – essentially, one of the most important therapeutic interventions for AD/HD is group treatment. Group therapy may also represent one of the first social groups to which these girls have belonged and feel accepted. This, in turn, normalizes and validates their experiences, which leads to empowerment. A group therapy program has been developed through Foothills Academy in Calgary, Alberta in conjunction with GLOW (Girls Leading Others Wisely) to provide such an opportunity to girls aged 9 – 14 years diagnosed with a learning disability and/or AD/HD. The foundation of the GLOW Program is to provide girls with self-confidence and the skills necessary to become effective and influential leaders. An essential component of the program is the GLOW Circle whereby the girls discuss pre-teen and teen topics. For the girls with LD/ADHD diagnoses, this “Circle Time” helps to increase their self-awareness, something that is often a struggle-point for this population. The girls are given an opportunity to learn about how their disorder(s) impact their lives as well as about their strengths and weaknesses in a safe, accepting environment. The group gives the girls a forum to recognize that their challenges are “not their fault” but that they still hold a responsibility to meet them. Above all, the group normalizes the experiences of these girls (i.e., they are “not alone”) and empowers them by providing the skills and strategies to meet their challenges. According to the mother of a participant, the group provided “a designated time for the girls to speak freely without judgment and concern” and “provided my daughter (and the other girls) with a forum to listen to other girls dealing with similar issues.” Another component of the GLOW Program is the introduction of a healthy snack idea partnered with nutritional information and guidelines. This component is of importance for girls as they enter the impressionable age

for preoccupation with weight. Girls with AD/HD are at an especially greater risk for disordered eating because of the associated difficulties with self-regulation. That is, they lack an awareness of, or are inattentive to, factors involved in eating behavior and weight control. As a consequence,

they require assistance in planning for healthy eating. The GLOW Program sets out to teach the girls the importance of a healthy diet and awareness of eating ‘treats’ in moderation, as these girls can often use eating as a form of self-medicating. The girls in the program were very open to the suggestions, even requesting the recipes used during the eight weeks. As healthy eating is important for optimal academic and behavioral performance, so is regular exercise. In addition, physical exercise has a positive influence on depression and anxiety and reduces stress. When done in an appropriate way, exercise interventions have been shown to have a positive effect on body image. The third component of the GLOW Program is to introduce the girls to a wide array of physical fitness activities. The hope is to not only to expose them to a basic understanding of a particular fitness task each week, but also to help in developing coordination. Coordination difficulties are frequently common in individuals with LD and/or ADHD, often causing these individuals to avoid activities requiring coordination. The GLOW Program wishes to enhance the discovery of fitness options available to the girls. An important part of the program is the setting

of personal goals, one of which pertains to fitness. It is clear that girls with learning disabilities and AD/HD have a number of obstacles that they will meet as they journey through adolescence into adulthood. Therefore, there is a need for more programs that focus on building their self-confidence and resiliency. The GLOW Program is an example of a program that can meet this need and focuses on areas beneficial to all girls, but particularly those with diagnoses of a learning disability and/or AD/HD: emotional well-being, nutrition, and physical fitness. As one parent exclaimed: “What an amazing opportunity for parents with daughters who are struggling to connect.” These girls need to embrace and celebrate their identity as a girl with a learning disability and/or ADHD but also realize that they are more than just that diagnosis. A participant put it simply as to what these girls need from a group therapy program: “GLOW has taught me to feel good about who I am and not what others want me to be.”


Melanie Reader (Registered Psychologist and Manager, Assessment and Intervention) and Kim Tackaberry (Manager, Programs and Presentations) both work with Estelle Siebens Community Services – Foothills Academy. Foothills Academy Society has a dual purpose: to offer a fulltime School Program for students with learning disabilities and to provide to the greater community through a Community Services component. The mandate of Estelle Siebens Community Services is to assist children, youth, and adults who are experiencing difficulties in their school, work, and/or home environments as a result of learning disabilities, AD/HD, and/or social/emotional challenges. We offer assistance to these individuals as well as parents and professionals through the provision of assessments; social skills programming; counseling services; presentations and workshops; and intensive remedial instruction for reading, writing, and mathematics. Our goal is to provide quality services within a supportive environment and to advocate in our global community for better understanding, acceptance, and respect for individuals and their families who have encountered difficulties. Please call (403)270-9400 or visit

for more information.

The foundation of the GLOW Program is to provide girls with self-confidence and the skills necessary to become effective and influential leaders.


Girls with AD/HD are at an especially greater risk for disordered eating because of the associated difficulties with self-regulation.



• Understanding girls with AD/HD by Dr. K.G.

Nadeau, Dr. E.B. Littman, and Dr. P.O. Quinn



Glow and Ivivva at the new Chinook Centre in Calgary


Join us for a 40 minute GLOW Circle session plus a healthy snack followed by 40 minutes of dance at the new Chinook Ivivva store in on November 27th at 10am.   


girls program for LD and or ADHD

GLOW would like to welcome our newest Leader, leading the GLOW group for girls with LD and/or ADHD  

Alicia Woloschuk graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Psychology, from Athabasca University in 2007. Afterwards, she completed her Masters of Education degree in School and Applied Child Psychology from the University of Calgary in 2011. During graduate school, Alicia had the opportunity to work with a multidisciplinary team of professionals, as well as with many children and adolescents. Currently, Alicia is employed as a Provisional Psychologist at Foothills Academy and is engaged in conducting and writing psychoeducational assessment reports for individuals of all ages.



Finding strengths in ADHD kids



Valerie Berenyi, Calgary Herald Published: Thursday, September 15, 2011


Finding strengths in ADHD kids


STUDY . The challenges kids with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder face are well documented. But why they excel in some areas is less well known.


A new study by the University of Calgary's faculty of education - called Strengths in ADHD Research Project - is trying to identify areas in which children with ADHD thrive. The researchers hope to be able to offer some concrete ways to help these kids reach their full potential.


They are looking for 150 children, eight to 11 years of age, with ADHD (as diagnosed by a psychologist or family doctor) and 50 children in the same age range without ADHD. Participation involves two visits of two to three hours each to the U of C, where parents and children will be asked to complete a number of tasks and fill out questionnaires designed to gain greater understanding the children and their strengths and resources. For more information, visit ucalgary. ca/adhdkids, e-mail or phone 403-210-6726.



Girls self esteem program

Tween program gets GLOWING reviews!

Article August 1st, 2011 in  the Calgary Herald.


Tween program gets Glow-ing reviews

 Summer camps and after-school sessions build self-confidence

 By Lisa Kadane, Calgary Herald August 1, 2011 


Glow half-day summer camps are running every week this month for girls aged nine to 14. The cost is $195. Go to glowprogram. com for more information.

Last year in Grade 3, Sophie Zannis developed a rash on her face. Self conscious about it, she was horrified when another student laughed at her.

When her mom picked Sophie up from school that day, instead of breaking down in tears, the nine-year-old said, "I know my Glow friends won't laugh at me. They'll understand."

She was right. During the Glow circle that afternoon no one laughed at her rash - they knew all the important stuff about Sophie was on the inside.

For Michele Gole, Sophie's mom, that story illustrates everything positive about Glow, a program designed to help young girls develop leadership skills and build their self-confidence in a safe environment where no one will laugh at them or roll their eyes when they share their feelings.

Glow - Girls Leading Others Wisely - is the brainchild of Calgary educator Kim Tackaberry. She began offering the after-school sessions in 2006 to help girl tweens and young teens ages nine to 14.

Each eight-week session focuses on a different theme, from discovering your authentic self to decision making to relationships (specifically, friendships for the tween set). Glow also introduces girls to different forms of fitness and they learn about healthy lifestyle habits including cooking, skin care and etiquette.

This summer, Glow is launching summer camps - condensed sessions that run over the course of one week (see Spotlight for details).

The idea for Glow can be traced back to Tackaberry's own teenage years.

"I remember my mom being so great . . . but I just couldn't talk to her," she says.

As a teenager, Tackaberry was dealing with the typical teen issues - a boyfriend breakup, for one - but didn't have anyone with whom she could share her struggles. She didn't want to confide in her school peer group for fear of looking "ridiculous" or sounding "pathetic."

What she craved was a kind of trust circle where girls who were going through similar trials and tribulations of teenhood could meet up to talk. In essence, Glow is what Tackaberry wishes she'd had - a safe environment where she could be herself (and learn exactly who that self was), gain more confidence and seek guidance around important decisions.

"At 15, I didn't feel powerful; I didn't know my strengths," she says.

But girls who attend a couple of Glow sessions discover their strengths and become more confident in who they are.

"What we're really trying to do is build from that foundation. Build the ability for girls to be strong about who they are and know that's OK."

It's a strategy that's worked for Erin Hertz. The homeschooled 13-year-old has attended Glow sessions for the past four years to help her make friends and try new activities such as karate and basketball.

"It's a good chance to meet people if you're shy; I am, a little. It helped me grow out of it," she says.

Erin is looking forward to being a junior Glow camp leader at the end of August, when she'll help younger girls build their self confidence and, perhaps, overcome shyness like she did.

"Even if you just do one session, you meet new people and you get new ideas and you just have fun."

© Copyright (c) The Calgary Herald



Cardel Place

Glow at Cardel Place  Calgary Alberta

Glow Girl (10Y-14Y)

Girls radiate self confidence and leadership qualities under the guidance of GLOW (Girls Leading Others Wisely) Certified Leaders ( The GLOW program strives to strengthen girls' well being, nutritional choices and physical exercise to develop a true sense of self. Each session includes a GLOW Circle to promote discussion about preteen and teen topics, and introduces fun and creative physical activity to participants.



ivvvva self esteem program for girls

Glow and Ivivva in Calgary


Join us for a 40 minute GLOW Circle session plus a healthy snack followed by 40 minutes of dance at The Calgary Ivivva store in on June 24th at 10am.




Highbanks Residents Leading Wisely with GLOW!


Highbanks has teamed up with  GLOW - Girls Leading Others Wisely, a unique personal development program which focuses on building self-esteem, leadership qualities, and other life skills to female youth. The Staff at Highbanks and GLOW founder Kim Tackaberry, have united to customize the content and pilot the implementation of this specially designed program to the parenting youth we support.



GLOW self esteem program for girls

GLOW Summer Camp for Girls ages 7-9


Dates: July 11-14  

Time: 1:00 to 4:00

Location: Kaleidoscope Kids Preschool - 1062-11300 Tuscany Blvd NW.

1 ½ hours Circle Time “Authentic Me”

1 hour of Fitness

Snack & Craft

Fee: $156

Leader : Cheryl Sawatzky




Glow at New Edmonton Ivivva location


Join us for a 40 minute GLOW Circle session plus a healthy snack followed by 40 minutes of dance at the NEW Edmonton Ivivva store in Southgate Mall on July 24th at 5pm.




Another GLOW & ivivva athletica Session


GLOW will be Poppin’ & lockin’ right in the Calgary Ivivva store (member of the lululemon family) on Sunday March 15th at 10am.


Join us for a 30 minute GLOW Circle session followed by 30 minutes of dance.


Theme: Girls jump dance fly move!


Visit the website & contact the store for more information:

Phone: 403.247.3644



GLOW self esteem program for girls

"When we are being great leaders, we can make others feel important too!!"



Mackenzie captures the true essence of the GLOW mission will eloquence and class!


The Crave Company Logo


 GLOW and our founder Kim Tackaberry are going to be listed in the CRAVE CALGARY City Guide.  The guide is a soft cover, purse-size book that beautifully features 125 women owned business in the greater Calgary area.




foothills academy






NEW GLOW Group for Girls with LD/ADHD (Therapeutic)


Does your daughter have symptoms or a diagnosis of Learning Disabilities and/or ADHD? Would she benefit from a safe place to share her challenges and concerns? Is she looking to meet other girls who are also struggling with similar experiences?


GLOW is offering a powerful new 8 week program designed for girls between the ages of 9-14 with LD/ADHD. Each session utilizes a GLOW Circle to promote discussion focused on the theme “The Girl Behind the LD/ADHD Mask”. The program provides the girls with useful skills and introduces creative physical activity while simultaneously developing coordination for

participants. Girls set personal goals to help them develop a strong, positive self esteem and valuable self management skills. All aspects of the program are created to strengthen a girls well being, nutritional choices and physical exercise with the ultimate goal of the developing a true sense of self.


This group can be claimed as a psychological health service as it is clinical in nature and is being led under the supervision of a psychologist.


Register online or email or call 403-220-9111.

Cost for full program: $450 + tax





Amazing ½ day Summer GLOW Camp in August 2011.


GLOW Camp will include:

  1 hour of GLOW circle

Healthy snack

1 hour of introduction to different forms of fitness  

45 minutes of Healthy Habits (interactive sessions on cooking, hair & skin care, etiquette, etc.)



GLOW & ivivva athletica join forces!


GLOW will be Poppin’ & lockin’ right in the Calgary Ivivva store (member of the lululemon family) on Sunday March 13th at 10am.


Join us for a 30 minute GLOW Circle session followed by 30 minutes of dance.


Theme: Girls jump dance fly move!


Visit the website & contact the store for more information:

Phone: 403.247.3644