1 Jan 85
Citizens of Calgary began to notice gaps in the social safety-net of our city. Local media told the stories of young people with no place to be able to use a food hamper. A significant community and provincial dialogue explored the reality that young people were living on the streets of Calgary.
1 Jan 87
A philanthropist with interest in social change initiated the opportunity to create a non-traditional approach which would assist young people seeking to leave the streets. Under the umbrella of Calgary Interfaith, writing and development of an initial proposal launched a pilot project named; A Youth Employment Initiative.
1 Jan 88
A Youth Employment Initiative opened its doors on Heritage Drive and Macleod Trail South.
1 Jan 90
A Youth Employment Initiative changed its name to The Back Door, a Youth Employment Society, and relocated to Macleod Trail near Heritage Station.
1 Jan 91
An evaluation conducted by Pacific Rim Research recognised the effectiveness and innovation of The Back Door in a Canadian Trend Report.
1 Jan 96
The Canadian Institute for Advanced Research concluded in an evaluation report that The Back Door’s approach was innovative and effective in assisting long term street involved young people.
1 Jan 98
The Back Door moved to Portland Street beside Blackfoot Trail and Ogden Road.
1 Jan 02
The Back Door moved to its current location on Ogden Road SE.
1 Jan 09
Smoke damage from a neighbouring business forces The Doorway to close its doors for 3 months, the first and longest break since launching the project in 1988.
1 Jan 09
The Back Door changes its operating name to The Doorway and launches MyPlan online.
1 Jan 11
In its 24th year The Doorway records having worked with 1000 young people and counting.
1 Jan 12
Virgin Unite and the Sprott Foundation award The Doorway with Eva’s Initiative’s Award in Ending Youth Homelessness
1 Jan 12
The Doorway rebrands with a new logo and website and the second version of MyPlan is launched.
1 Jan 14
The DOORWAY continues to work with up to 100 young people annually as funding permits.
1 Oct 14
The Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology presented The 2014 William Julius Wilson Award to Marilyn Dyck and the Doorway.
Marilyn Dyck - Executive Director