The mission of the Calgary Cinderella Project is to encourage the completion of high school education by assisting youth facing adversity with the celebration of their academic accomplishments. Our program is discreet and honours diversity and educational achievement, while making a student’s dream come true on their graduation day.
For many of our Cinderellas, the path to high school graduation has been a difficult one that we would like to reward and honour. The Calgary Cinderella Project exists to meet the growing need for Calgary’s grade 12 graduates to complete their high school requirements and attend their graduation celebration in the dress of their dreams, regardless of social or financial circumstance. We create an environment of respect so that each Cinderella can feel proud to participate in their graduation along with their peers.
Our event, which has been held each spring since 2005, celebrates the achievements of aspiring graduates as we fit them for a graduation dress, accessories, and personal care items. Upon arrival, our Cinderellas are matched with two adult volunteer Godmothers who assist them through this magical process. We focus on getting to know the Cinderellas’ stories and discuss their plans for the future. With the encouragement and support of Godmothers, we hope to inspire our Cinderellas by letting them know that we believe in them!
From the time they arrive until the moment they leave, our Cinderellas are treated with compassion and kindness, and met with an experience they will not soon forget. We believe that graduation is a significant milestone that should be celebrated.
Cinderellas may apply for our upcoming project until February 15, 2020. Along with contact information, students must have an adult sponsor affiliated with their school who may be contacted to verify their application. All applications are discreet and held in the strictest of confidences so as to protect our Cinderellas. All Cinderella applicants must be in grade 12 and on the path to graduate this calendar year.
The Calgary Cinderella Project relies on the dedication and generosity of our volunteers. Although many individuals return annually to volunteer, we always welcome new Godmothers looking for a chance to give back and celebrate our youth. Volunteers are selected based on a first come, first serve basis and submissions will be accepted until January 15, 2020.
We are currently accepting dress donations for our upcoming project. We welcome new and gently used long evening gowns, prom dresses, and bridal store style dresses in all sizes. At this time, we will not be accepting short dresses. Donations can be taken to one of the Martinizing by Stephen Cleaners locations listed below. We appreciate your generosity, thank you for making someone’s dreams come true!
Many of our supporters choose to give their time, while others choose to support the project financially. Your donation will go directly towards making this day magical for each of our Cinderellas. Donations are eligible for a tax receipt.
The Calgary Cinderella Project received a CBE Lighthouse Award for making students, who are facing adversity, feel special and respected on their graduation days.
For almost 15 years, the Calgary Cinderella Project has dressed students in beautiful gowns and accessories that make their graduation day the special event it deserves to be. The generosity and commitment of its volunteers have turned more than 3,000 students’ academic milestone into a memory they will always carry.
What the Calgary Cinderella Project does is so much more than providing graduation finery. Led by a dedicated core group of volunteers they apply their professional expertise to create a safe and beautiful mental and physical space. This core group has poured time, thought and themselves into the project.