Dreams Take Flight is a national non-profit organization consisting of volunteer Air Canada employees and community volunteers dedicated to providing the trip-of-a-lifetime to medically, mentally, physically, socially or emotionally challenged children. 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, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax each take a plane load of deserving kids to either Disneyland or Walt Disney World for a once in a life time adventure.
Air Canada donates an Aircraft to each chapter for the day to fly the children to Disneyland in California or Walt Disney World in Florida. 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 the 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 25,000 children to the happiest place on earth – the Magic Kingdom in both Disneyland and Walt Disney World. 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.