Many Louise Dean Centre students struggle to create a holiday celebration for their children due to financial and life challenges. That’s where the Santa Sleigh Project comes in.

Since the project was created 15 years ago, generous donors like Mike and Kim Szuch and their family have supported teen moms at Christmas. The Szuchs give in memory of their mother Rosalie, who served as librarian at Louise Dean Centre for 35 years.

This seasonal tradition brings joy to young moms, dads and their babies by providing them with gift cards so they can choose the items that they most want and need.

This year, 60 young families will have a wonderful Christmas thanks to 23 individuals, families, employee groups, service clubs and corporations who contributed to the Santa Sleigh Project.

These generous folks were treated to home-baked goodies and guided tours by student ambassadors December 8. The students thanked those in attendance, explaining how programs like the Santa Sleigh Project help them know that they are surrounded by a caring community.

Paramount Resources Ltd. stepped up in a big way this year. The company decided to forgo employee gifts in order to support the Santa Sleigh Project with a $10,000 donation.

“We are pleased to be part of such a worthwhile, life changing organization,” said Kelly Woodrow, Manager, Corporate Services. “The fact that these young people have guidance in learning to budget the financial aid they receive is so important for their futures – further evidence that every component of the programming at Louise Dean is so well thought out.”

On behalf of the students, we want to thank the following donors for “filling” the Santa Sleigh to overflowing this year:

  • Daughters of Penelope
  • Denise Barton, Calgary Orthodontics
  • Dinner Optimist Club
  • Dr. Claude Boutin
  • Dr. Kamelchuck’s office
  • Faculty of Social Work U of C
  • Heritage Lions Club
  • Inter Pipeline Ltd.
  • Jackie Crooks, Shell Canada
  • Janet Hewitt and Friends
  • Jessica LaCroix
  • Joey Valenzuela
  • Kathy Fraser and Friends
  • Margaret Bates and Family
  • Mike and Kim Szuch and Family
  • Nadia Cassidy
  • Paramount Resources Ltd.
  • Robertson FSI Inc.
  • Society of St. Vincent de Paul
  • Steven Sharpe and Teresa Caffrey
  • The Think Sun Preschool Academy
  • Vanessa Kearly, AHS South Campus
  • Yun Lee and Jason McGonigal

When a teenager is expecting or parenting, finishing high school may seem daunting. That’s where Louise Dean Centre comes in. It’s a place where young parents can find the academic, emotional, financial and child care support they need to succeed. READ MORE