Dreams Take Flight is a national non-profit organization made up entirely of volunteers dedicated to providing the trip of a lifetime to medically, mentally, physically, socially or emotionally challenged children. With the aid of the Air Canada Foundation and local sponsors and businesses we make dreams a reality for special kids across British Columbia. We believe we can make a major difference in these children’s lives by opening a window of possibilities without limitations.
Dreams Take Flight took wing in 1989, when a group of Air Canada employees in Toronto organized a trip that took 70 special needs children on board a DC-9 aircraft to Walt Disney World in Florida.
Fast forward to 1997, when the charity expanded to service eight cities across this great country: Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax. Each chapter’s dedicated group of volunteers take a planeload of deserving children to either Disneyland or Disney World for a once in a life time adventure.
Air Canada donates an aircraft to each chapter for the day and the money we raise throughout the year is used to pay for all other expenses incurred. This includes fuel for the aircraft, admission to the park, spending money, souvenirs, gifts and clothing to identify the children and their escorts. We are grateful to our wonderful sponsors who donate services and products to our charity.
By the end of this year, Dreams Take Flight will have taken more than 25,000 children to the happiest place on earth – Disneyland. There they experience the wonder of friendship and magic. Our goal is to help them forget their troubles for one incredible day and to provide them with a lifetime of memories.