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   


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 if family members could respectfully communicate, with their partners, parents and siblings. 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  emphasis on developing the skills and competencies of cooperation? Imagine how safe families would feel.

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.

Our Board of Directors

Chad Johnson


Emily Zhang

Vice Chair

Carla Marsh


Jessica Brown


Lindsay Hogan


Susan Clayton


Jordie Fraser


Lesley Hayes


Alyson Jenkins


Kelly Siemens