Gateway Association hosts regularly workshops, events and Families Forward meetings. We are also proud to hold our annual Mayors Luncheon/Mixer, The Arbor Awards, Cash Mobs to support inclusive employment, and much more!

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  • Education/Workshops

    At Gateway, we empower people with disabilities and their families to live full, authentic, meaningful lives. This is the main focus of our workshops for families, staff, professionals, and the community.

  • Peer Support

    Family mentorship is the core of what we do at Gateway. Our organization was founded by families who came together to create change in our community. We continue to draw on the knowledge, support, and experience of families in our day-to-day work, while providing regular opportunities for families to come together.

  • Community Presentations

    Gateway offers customized presentations for schools, businesses, nonprofit organizations, service providers, and others, on topics such as: building diverse and inclusive communities; disability awareness; the work we do; and the supports we provide.

  • Mayors Luncheon/Mixer

    Gateway Association hosts a yearly luncheon in partnership with local politicians and forward-thinking business leaders. The Mayors Luncheon serves as a networking opportunity and a connecting place for those in the business community who support inclusion in hiring.

    For the first time the Mayors Luncheon is going to become the Mayors MixerThis afternoon event will encourage learning, development, networking, and much more. Stay tuned for the official release of tickets!

    Our goal is to keep working with partners to nurture diverse and inclusive communities across the province. We provide ongoing support to municipalities and employers who see the cultural and financial benefits of creating a sense of belonging for all people.

    The Mayors Luncheon began in 2012 with the support of former St. Alberta Mayor, Nolan Crouse. The Luncheon continues with major contributions from current St. Alberta Mayor, Cathy Heron.

  • Cash Mobs

    In February of 2014 Gateway Association kicked off Edmonton’s first cash mob campaign of its kind, celebrating inclusive employers – those who hire inclusively by employing people with disabilities in meaningful, paid roles.

    We have borrowed the cash mob idea from the Buy Local movement, and applied it to the We Belong movement – the pursuit and support in communities for meaningful, paid work opportunities for people with disabilities.

    Throughout the campaign, we will periodically “cash mob” businesses that hire inclusively in and around Edmonton. The goal of the campaign is to reward forward-thinking businesses and to inspire others to consider hiring inclusively.

    Support continues to build in the community for our inclusive employment cash mobs. Stay tuned for our next cash mob location!

    Gateway Association does not profit from cash mobbing. All proceeds go directly to the business as a reward for hiring inclusively.

    On December 3rd, 2017 Gateway partnered with two other organizations across Canada to host the first ever “National Cash Mob.”

  • Arbor Awards

    Each year, Gateway Association recognizes its members and other community leaders for their strength in making a difference and promoting the values of the community living movement. Gateway’s Arbor Awards honour people in six categories:


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    Inclusive Employment

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    Family Strength

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    Youth Leadership

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    Community Leadership

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    Service Sector

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  • Circle Training

    Restorative justice (RJ) is a philosophy, a set of principles and practices that builds community, responds to harm, and holds space for re-integration. RJ is founded and depends on personal and community values, and commitment. The theory and practices of restorative justice emphasize the importance of engaging in dialogue among all those affected by harmful behaviour.

    Circle Training involves experiential-based training, where participants will learn that peacemaking circles can be used for many reasons; not only as a forum for conflict resolution, but as an alternative communication method that allows people to deal with extremely painful and difficult issues, manage their own healing process, make agreements that promote moving forward in a good way, celebrate successes, build community and make decisions, which can be applied in a variety of contexts and settings.

Contact us to access family support services.

“I started having trouble with supports and services with my daughter Rochelle. I went to Gateway Association for support and attended one of the Families Forward meetings. It was there I connected with two amazing people who helped me advocate for what I needed for my daughter.”