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Quick Facts

The mission of Make-A-Wish® Northern Alberta is to create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.


Who We Are

  • Make-A-Wish is a highly recognized international wish granting organization with affiliates granting wishes in over 50 countries worldwide.
  • Make-A-Wish grants a wish every 17 minutes, on average, somewhere in the world. 
  • Make-A-Wish was founded in Phoenix Arizona in 1980.
  • Founded in 1983, Make-A-Wish Canada consists of eight regional chapters and a national office.
  • Make-A-Wish Northern Alberta, founded in 1998, serves children in Red Deer and north to the Alberta/Northwest Territories border.
  • In 2017, we granted 110 wishes, including our 1000th wish!

How it all Began

  • The inspiration for Make-A-Wish was a wish granted in 1980 to seven-year-old Christopher Greicius by members of the Arizona Highway Patrol. Christopher who had leukemia, wished to become a police officer.
  • In the fall of 1983, Make-A-Wish granted the first wish in Canada to Debbie, aged 13, suffering from leukemia. Debbie chose to go to Germany with her father and brother to see her grandparents.


Our History

  • 1980: Make-A-Wish is founded in Phoenix Arizona.
  • 1983: Make-A-Wish Canada is established with a chapter in British Columbia.
  • 1986: Make-A-Wish Southwestern Ontario chapter established.
  • 1992: Make-A-Wish Canada, the national governing body and Make-A-Wish® International established.
  • 1993-2000: Establishment of five new chapters in Canada - Toronto and Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Northern Ontario, Northern Alberta and Southern Alberta.
  • 2001: Establishment of new chapters in Quebec and Atlantic Provinces (serving Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland).
  • 2004: Make-A-Wish Southwestern Ontario's Windsor Satellite Office established.


Unique Features of Make-A-Wish

  • We ensure the wish is very personal, involves the family and is free from financial worries.
  • Make-A-Wish encourages the entire family to be a part of the wish experience, knowing that parents and siblings need magical moments just as much as the wish child.
  • We do not receive government funding but rely on donations from individuals, corporations, grants and bequests to support our wish granting activities.
  • We do not participate in chain letters, door-to-door solicitations, or telemarketing.
  • We do not solicit wishes. Wishes are referred to us through the medical community or the child's relatives.
  • We do not embark on "group" wishes. All wishes are individual and based on the child's chosen wish.


Additional Resources

Fact Sheet

The mission of Make-A-Wish® Northern Alberta is to create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.

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Fact Sheets


Make-A-Wish® PSAs (Public Service Announcements) contain a powerful message – that helps viewers understand how we strive to create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.

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Annual Reports

Read our most annual reports to learn more about our wish granting efforts, our corporate partnerships and our mission, and for up-to-date financial information about how we utilize your donations to grant magical wishes.

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Wish Impact Study

Learn more about the impact wishes have for wish kids, families, and everyone else involved in a wish experience.

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