Goodwill Alberta History

History of Goodwill

1950
Jan 01

1950

1950

Edmonton Physically Handicapped Association formed and registered as a nonprofit organization; its mandate: social visits and entertainment.

1957
Dec 02

1957

1957

  Board President Dr. R. Henderson introduced the donated goods concept and visited several USA Goodwills (first recorded contact with Goodwill Industries of America). 1961  

1961
Dec 02

1961

1961

  Alberta Tartan designed and woven at the Centre; approved and adopted by the Alberta Legislature. 1963  

1963
Jan 02

1963

1963

First Goodwill Store opens in Edmonton.

1978
Jan 02

1978

1978

 Edmonton Tartan designed, registered with Consumer & Corporate Affairs, Canada.

1983
Jan 02

1983

1983

Three year accreditation by Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (GARF).

1991
Jan 02

1991

1991

Administration and Community Training Centre moved to 51 st. Avenue in Edmonton. Kensington and downtown stores successfully converted to Community Training Centres.

1995
Jan 02

1995

1995

Power of Work” program scheduled to serve 150 in first 12-month period. Fifth consecutive CARF three year accreditation.

1996
Jan 02

1996

1996

 Name change of Goodwill Rehabilitation Services of Alberta to Goodwill Industries of Alberta in June

2001
Jan 02

2001

2001

Goodwill Industries of Alberta celebrates 50th Anniversary. Goodwill opened three stores in Calgary and launched the Training Centre in Grande Prairie. 

2003
Jan 02

2003

2003

Goodwill opened 12 Goodwill Good Neighbour Centres or Attended Donation Centres. The results of these centres was not only an increase in donations but also jobs for 200 Albertans with..Read More

2007
Jan 02

2007

2007

Our agency was awarded the ninth consecutive three year CARF Accreditation.

2008
Jan 02

2008

Persons served by Goodwill volunteered 15,290 hours to their communities. 14,800,000 pounds of household goods were diverted from landfill.

2017
Jan 02

2017

2017

Goodwill opens its first Impact Centre in Edmonton. The 100,000 sq. ft. facility is the first of its kind in Canada. It is home to an outlet store where everything..Read More