Families Matter is all about healthy and resilient thriving families. ALL families.

Our Mission: To empower families so that caregivers and children build resilience and thrive.

Our Vision: A connected community in which children and families are nurtured and supported to be happy, healthy and resilient.

Our Core Values: We are an agency that lives its values in our work every day.

Respect   Resilience   Collaboration   Playfulness   Self-Awareness

Essential Skills

  • Appreciation and understanding of self and others
  • Active listening
  • Service to others
  • An expectation of a positive future
  • Capacity for and connection to learning
  • Life skills (good decision making, assertiveness, and impulse control)
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Negotiation skills
  • Conflict resolution skills
  • Emotional mastery
  • Seeking out objective feedback

Our Possibility

Imagine for a moment if family members could confidently communicate, in respectful language, with their parents, siblings, and peers. Imagine if parents modelled effective ways of problem-solving with their children in ways that build self-esteem. What would be possible for future generations if we placed as much emphasis on developing the skills and competencies of cooperation, as we currently do on individual achievement? Imagine how well society would function if this was the normal way of being.

A Message from Our Executive Director

The past year was unprecedented in its demands on us to be nimble and innovative in the face of the pandemic and lockdowns. We stepped up in our responsibility as a social service agency to be present for our families and youth and to ensure that they accessed the help they needed.

It was also a year of significant growth for our agency.

We invite you to share our stories by reading our 2020 Annual Report

Click here for Our Annual Report 2021 (1)


Our Board of Directors 2022/23:

  • Chad Johnson, Chair
  • Emily Zhang, Vice Chair
  • Carla Marsh, Treasurer
  • Jessica Brown, Secretary
  • Molly Hayes, Director
  • Lindsay Hogan, Director
  • Jordie Fraser, Director
  • Susan Clayton, Director at Large
Families Matter acknowledges that we operate on the traditional territories of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) and the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Siksika, the Piikuni, the Kainai, the Tsuut’ina, and the Stoney Nakoda First Nations, including Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nations. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.