WHO WE ARE

We are a not for profit social service agency that creates individualized learning experiences in safe environments that help individuals and families move from needing help to contributing to society.

WHAT WE DO

We offer a range of therapeutic programs to keep families safe and strong, help children, youth and adults with addiction, mental health or other challenges that prevent them from reaching their full potential. Each Enviros experience is intentionally designed for an individual or family as the best vehicle for learning a particular skill, lesson or truth moving people from vulnerability to empowerment.

WHAT SETS ENVIROS APART

We are intentional about where we are going when it comes to the services we provide our clients. Individualized plans with our clients focus on three key areas:

Environment

Enviros uses a variety of environmental settings that support motivation and change. We apply this to all our work, whether it’s with climbing ropes in the playground, hiking or paddling in the wilderness or tending community gardens at group homes.

Relationships

Our professionals have the expertise, experience, commitment and knowledge to know how to get the right result -building a unique level of respect, trust and understanding that is highly constructive to success.

Empowerment

People are more committed to making change when they help set goals and are part of the solution. At Enviros, we don’t tell people how to change; we show them how to create the change they desire.

WHY ENVIROS IS SUCCESSFUL

Research shows contact with the outdoors and being part of respectful, safe environments reduces stress and anxiety, improves self-confidence and self-discipline, and builds a stronger sense of belonging—all of which are essential to personal growth and emotional healing.

WHY ENVIROS IS IMPORTANT

By getting people and families active, healthy and connected, Enviros helps people learn to advocate for themselves and find the tools they need to live independently & safe for the rest of their lives.

OUR HISTORY

During the fall and winter of 1976 the first group of Enviros youth workers and volunteers, along with eight youth, ventured into the wilderness of the Rocky Mountain foothills. This outing was not merely a “recreational outing;” rather, it was an exercise in self-discipline and personal growth lasting eight months. While living in tents and attending school on-site, the youth persevered and succeeded in building the first Enviros wilderness facility. This success founded the legacy of experiential learning, which has become the Enviros trademark in child, youth, adult and family services.

Since 1976, Enviros has continued to offer innovative, family orientated programming to Alberta’s children, youth, adults and families. In 1980, Enviros became an incorporated non-profit agency and has grown to become one of the region’s most flexible and adaptive agencies.

Today, Enviros’ services have expanded to address a broad range of societal needs ranging from programs for young offenders, family support services, emergency foster care, and helping young adults become successfully independent. We believe that most people want to be successful, but repeated, chronic patterns of crisis in some people’s lives have left them with negative perceptions of the world and their place in it. By providing situations where they are supported, encouraged and challenged to participate in new learning, Enviros assists them in making lasting changes, which impact many aspects of their lives.

OUR MISSION

Enviros is a community committed to enhancing the quality of family life in Alberta.  We engage children, youth, adults and families in experientially based opportunities and community participation to learn and develop skills that foster resilience.

OUR VISION

Enhance the lives of children, youth, adults and their families through excellence in evidence-based practice and the application of innovative experiential learning.

OUR CORE VALUES

Enviros’ core values  are a  picture  of  what  others  can  expect  from  our  organization and that for which we  can  be  held accountable.  These values are incorporated into the communication tactics as required and guide organizational behaviours and decision-making.

Values include the following:

  • Relationships: Strong, healthy relationships supports safety, well-being and growth.
  • Belonging: Connection to people, community and purpose builds strength.
  • Growth: Learning and development contributes to positive experiences, goal attainment and successful outcomes.
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