Message from the Executive Directors



It is with great pleasure that we welcome you all to the 2017 – 2018 academic year at Foothills Academy.  It seems quite remarkable that we are approaching our 40th year of operation, and we have come such a long way from our humble beginnings in a rented building in the community of Capitol Hill.  Our growth over the years has been the result of much hard work and support from all of Foothills Academy stakeholders, and the wider community; and the need for our services has never been greater.  With the expanding population of Calgary and the unmet student needs in many public classrooms, the requirement for the specialized services of the School and Community Services are higher than ever.   

We ardently believe in the rights, abilities, and the unique strengths of each individual with Learning Disabilities and associated disorders.  Across our School Program and our Community Services offerings, the goal of Self-Determination is at the forefront.  We aim to foster intrinsic motivation by focusing on each young person’s need for: strong relationships; a growing sense of competence; and the increasing experiences of autonomy in order to support their ability to flourish in all areas of their life.

The staggeringly poor graduation and employment rates for individuals with learning and attention issues identified by Statistics Canada (2014) highlight the crucial work that needs to be done.  Foothills Academy is excited to be hosting the annual CADDAC national conference in October 2017, and we continue to be actively involved with a variety of committees and boards focused on advocacy and policy-making for the LD/ADHD population.  As well, we are excited to be presenting at the Learning Disabilities Association of America’s international conference again – which will be held in Atlanta, Georgia in February 2018.

We are immensely proud of the work that is being done at Foothills Academy and want to heartily thank every member of the Foothills family – the young people we serve, their families, the larger LD/ADHD community, our loyal donors, and all other stakeholders.  There is no doubt that we can only do this together.

Mr. Simon Williams and Dr. Karen MacMillan
Executive Co-Directors


Simon Williams, MSEdDr. Karen MacMillan, R. Psych
Learning Disabilities Association of Alberta (LDAA), Board of Directors (Vice President)Calgary & Area Regional Collaborative Service Delivery (RCSD), Executive Committee
Alberta Independent Schools and Colleges in Alberta (AISCA), Board of Directors (Vice President)Centre for ADHD Awareness Canada (CADDAC), Board of Directors
Learning Disabilities Association of Canada (LDAC), Professional Advisory Committee

Foothills Academy Society is proud to be one of the backbone agencies for the Calgary and Area LD & ADHD Network.

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We are very proud that Foothills Academy  was chosen to be profiled as one of the Best-Practice Pioneers on the Cambridge Strategies Innovation 800 website.