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 1270  families helped in 2023.

Find out about our programs

48% of Canadian adults have low literacy skills.

We're on a mission to change that.
Let us show you how.

Who we are

We believe that literacy and foundational learning affects all aspects of family and community life. We want to strengthen communities by removing barriers to access these opportunities by providing free programming. We want to see Canada as a literate and learning society.

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Our commitment to Calgary

Further Education Society's programs are hosted throughout Calgary by our program partners and cover a variety of topics that improve literacy and essential skills for the vulnerable populations of Calgary. 

Our Calgary Programs partner with over 35 community agencies to deliver 70 to 80 programs to approximately 876 Calgarian families each year.

Grant McEwan Lifetime Achievement Award

Elaine Cairns, FESA Co-Executive Director, is the recipient of the 2024 Community Achievement Award: Grant MacEwan Lifetime Achievement!

The award goes to an individual Calgarian who, over the past 25 years or more, has made significant contributions to the community, as a volunteer and/or professional, that improved the quality of life for citizens or brought recognition to Calgary.

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'PATHWAYS' to meaningful

employment for Indigenous youth

Our 'Pathways' project brings together Indigenous youth and their communities, Elders, mentors, bridging organizations (those that provide job resource and skills training support) and employers to create new and innovative pathways to work in the Tourism and Government sectors.

"The violence I experienced as a child really affected how I learn and how I build relationships... I need to first work on myself so that I can eventually work on reconnecting with my kids."

— James, participant in the Calgary Remand Centre program 

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