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Bethany Wall, Brown Bagging for Calgary's Kids and Ian Richmond, Calgary Elks Charities chairperson (03-Aug-15)


The Winston's mission statement includes:
"contributing to our community by supporting children and families in need...
and becoming environmental stewards for our facilities and surrounding area."


Children and Families

Since 1913, Calgary Elks members have been supporting neighbors in need.

Calgary Elks members contribute through their membership dues, personal donations and volunteer time, participation in charity events at the club, and at AGLC casinos fundraisers. The club's member-owned Golf Shop also donates golf packages to other organizations to support them in their fundraising activities.

Just in the past ten years or so, it's been the privilege of Calgary Elks members to team up with some extraordinary organizations.
(Click on the active links below for more about Calgary Elks' partnerships (non-active links are under construction)
Please click on an icon below to visit their website and learn more about what they do
Brown Bagging for Calgary Kids Brown Bagging for Calgary's Kids logo
Alberta Chldren's Hospital Foundation Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation
Boys and Girls Club of Calgary Boys and Girls Club of Calgary logo
Calgary Food Bank Calgary Food Bank
Calgary Foundation Calgary Foundation
Calgary Veteran's Food Bank Calgary Veterans Food Bank logl
Calgary Womens Shelter Calgary Women's Shelter
Calgary Zoo Calgary Zoo
Children's Cottage Society Children's Cottage Society, Calgary logo
Deaf and Hear Alberta Deaf and Hear Alberta logo
Elks of Canada Fund for Children Elks of Canada Fund for Children
Habitat for Humanity Habitat for Humanity, Calgary
Inn from the Cold InnFromTheCold
ISTAR University of Alberta's ISTAR logo
Kidsport Calgary Kidsport Calgary
Movember Foundation Movember Foundation logl
The Doorway The Doorway
The Women's Center, Calgary The Women's Centre, Calgary


Link to the Brown Bagging for Calgary's Kids website
Brown Bagging for Calgary's Kids logo
In the spring of 2015, the Calgary Elks were excited to begin a three year partnership with Brown Bagging for Calgary's Kids. This organization, with the help of community volunteers, delivers over 2,500 lunches daily to children in city-area schools. The Calgary Elks supports BB4CK with funds to purchase groceries and members volunteer in the bb4ck kitchen to help assemble lunches.  Back to top
Inn from the Cold logo
2015 Calgary Elks presentation to Inn from the Cold

The Thursday during Stampede week in 2014 and 2015 was designated as Charity Golf Day at the Elks. Members were encouraged to bring as many guests as they could round up. Everyone - including members - who golfed that day paid full green fees. Those green fees, and all cart rentals fees, were donated to Inn from the Cold Calgary.
Inn from the Cold provides emergency shelter, housing, and other social programs and partnerships within the Calgary community.
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Link to the Calgary Zoo website
Every year, ladies who are members at the Elks pick a fun theme for their Member/ Guest Invitational Tournament. In 2015 they selected the theme "It's a Jungle Out There!", with plans to donate the proceeds of their event to the Calgary Zoo.
Joanne Ruitenschild of the Calgary Elks and Tanya Kaynes of the Calgary Zoo
Lead by tournament chairperson, Joanne Ruitenschild, members of the Ladies section enthusiastically sought sponsors and silent auction items, and invited their guests to donate too. They even auctioned off the table centerpieces at the tournament banquet.  

Their hard work paid off - in September 2015 Joanne presented a cheque for over $13,000 to the Zoo!
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Kidsport Calgary logo

 2013 Kidsport Calgary Donation
From 2012 to 2014, the club was proud to partner with KidsSport Calgary.

This hard-working organization provides sports equipment and financial resources to children so they can participate in community sports like hockey, soccer, and baseball.  Back to top
Richard Parker and Chuck Tyler presenting a cheque from the club's Charity Classic Golf Tournament
Chuck Tyler and Richard Parker of Calgary Elks with Habitat for Humanity, Calgary
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Between 2006 and 2011, the Calgary Elks worked with Calgary Habitat for Humanity. In addition to a three-year financial commitment to the organization, members and staff organized a charity golf tournament and volunteered at a Habitat building site.

Brian Gancheff and Lal Narang of Calgary Elks with Jeannie Bird of Habitat, Calgary

Environmental Stewardship

The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, endorsed by the United States Golf Association, provides information and guidance to help golf courses preserve and enhance wildlife habitat and protect natural resources.

Calgary Elks Golf Club has achieved designation as a "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary". It is one of 19 golf courses in Alberta and 896 in the world to hold this title.

"Calgary Elks Golf Club has shown a strong commitment to its environmental program. They are to be commended for their efforts to provide a sanctuary for wildlife on the golf course property,"

"To reach certification, a course must demonstrate that they are maintaining a high degree of environmental quality in a number of areas."

Tara Donadio, Director of Cooperative Sanctuary Programs at Audubon International.

Read the full press release here

As of December 2015, the Calgary Elks achieved certification in all six of the required categories:

  • Environmental Planning
  • Wildlife & Habitat Management
  • Outreach and Education
  • Chemical Use Reduction and Safety
  • Water Conservation
  • Water Quality Management.