Goodwill Alberta History

  • 1950

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

  • 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

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

  • 1963

    First Goodwill Store opens in Edmonton.

  • 1978
    Edmonton Tartan designed, registered with Consumer & Corporate Affairs, Canada.
  • 1983

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

  • 1991

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

  • 1995

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

  • 1996
    Name change of Goodwill Rehabilitation Services of Alberta to Goodwill Industries of Alberta in June.
  • 2001
    Goodwill Industries of Alberta celebrates 50th Anniversary. Goodwill opened three stores in Calgary and launched the Training Centre in Grande Prairie.
  • 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 disabilities and barriers to employment.
  • 2007
    Our agency was awarded the ninth consecutive three year CARF Accreditation.
  • 2008
    Persons served by Goodwill volunteered 15,290 hours to their communities. 14,800,000 pounds of household goods were diverted from landfill.
  • 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 is sold by the pound, a community engagement space, our Commercial Services division, furniture outlet, donation centre and, a warehouse and centralized recycling area.