Dreams Take Flight is a national non-profit organization consisting of Air Canada volunteers dedicated to providing the trip-of-a-lifetime to medically, mentally, physically, socially or emotionally challenged children. These children are from homes where the caregivers, financially are not currently in a position to travel themselves or take the children on trips.
The local sponsors and volunteers believe that 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, Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal and Halifax each take a plane load of deserving kids on an all expense paid trip to either California or Florida, to enjoy one of the world renouned theme parks.
Air Canada donates an Aircraft to each chapter for the day to fly the children to Los Angeles, California. The money we raise throughout the year is used to pay for all the expenses for the children. This includes fuel for the aircraft, admission to a park, spending money, souvenirs, gifts and clothing to identify the children and their escorts. We are grateful to our wonderful sponsors that donate services and products to our charity.
By the end of this year, Dreams Take Flight will have taken over 35,000 children to experience the Trip of a Lifetime. 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.
2017 is a magical year for the Edmonton Dreams Take Flight Chapter. For our 25th Silver Anniversary Flight we have pulled out all the stops and will be making little STARS out of our children and taking them to Universal Studios Hollywood! Special Thanks to all the long time Volunteers, Sponsors and Organizations, that have helped make our past 25 years so special!