Submit today: Book will commemorate Alberta’s inclusion movement

August 11, 2017

From our friends at Foothills SNAPS:



Selected Nominees will be featured in a book and need to be willing to participate in a short interview and be photographed.

In Celebration of Canada’s 150th Anniversary, Foothills Special Needs Association for Parents and Siblings (FSNAPS), is creating a beautiful coffee table book, with e-versions, celebrating 150 years of the progress towards Inclusion in Alberta. Photographs will be the main point with short interviews and commentaries about pioneering and/or outstanding individuals or groups who have furthered inclusion practices to become an increasing reality in our wonderful province.

Please take a moment to review the eligibility criteria in this document (click to download MS Word doc).  

Article from Highriver Times (July 28, 2017)

SNAPS book will commemorate Alberta’s inclusion movement

By Paul Krajewski


To celebrate 150 years of inclusion in Alberta, a local non-profit is putting together a coffee table book on the individuals and initiatives that have made the province a more welcoming place.

The Foothills Special Needs Association for Parents and Siblings (SNAPS) was recently awarded a $25,000 Canada 150 Grant from the province for the project.

Orvella Small, Foothills SNAPS executive director, said they wanted to celebrate the nation’s milestone by highlighting the province’s inclusion movement through a series of pictures and stories.

“We wanted to find a way to be able to put it out there and share it with others, and the best way to do that is by documenting it,” she said.

Small noted information will be gathered by SNAPS staff through interviews and research over the next few months.

She said the organization will rely on Inclusion Alberta, a non-profit advocacy organization that has been around for 60 years, for the majority of its information along with other sources leading back to the mid-1800s.

Small said the inclusion movement is constantly evolving, including institutions being closed and more persons with disabilities finding it easier to live independently.

Alise Kuipers, SNAPS project coordinator, said the book will focus on the pioneers of the movement along with today’s heroes, who will be chosen through a nomination process.

“We want to canvass all of Alberta, not just High River,” she explained. “In order to reach that many people, we are asking for nominations from individuals and organizations that have spearheaded inclusion.”

The book, which will be complete by June 2018, will profile individuals and their initiatives, she said.

“What did they do to bring inclusion and diversity forward in Alberta?” she added. “We are going to look at 150 years; where we’ve been and where we are going, so it’s a progression.”

Kuipers said she hopes readers will “celebrate the successes.”

“We’ve come so far… over the years, and this book will celebrate what individuals have done,” she said. “There are a lot of silent heroes out there and we want to tap into them.”

She said the book will be visually appealing with engaging, inclusive content, generated for readers of all abilities.

Nomination forms will be ready by the end of the month, she said.

“If somebody wants to nominate an individual or organization, they are welcome to contact us right away and we’ll make sure they get the form,” she added.

For more information, contact SNAPS at or 403-603-3232.