EvenStart operates under the principle that "all children,
regardless of circumstance, need to be supported by their community
in order to grow up healthy, happy, and with every opportunity to
meet their potential."
The EvenStart mission
is to help children impacted by poverty or trauma, to mitigate this
early life experience and give them an even start.
Upon public school entry, they are thus
positioned on an equal footing with peers.
In 1997, Ms. Boyce founded
EvenStart to assist children ‘at risk’, in reaching their potential,
and most importantly helping them to learn that each of them is
valued. The program includes a wide variety of educational, therapeutic,
transportation, and nutritional supports. These
programs are accredited by the provincial government
and acknowledged by peers and adjunct program providers in the community,
for their notable strengths and children’s successes.
Ilona Boyce, MSW, is
the Founder and Executive Director of EvenStart for Children Foundation. Ms. Boyce is a recognized expert in the field of early childhood.
In recognition of her work, she has been awarded the Children's Service Award by the Early
Childhood Professional Association of Alberta and in 2007, received
Global TV’s Woman of the
Today the Charity of
EvenStart for Children Foundation and the non-profit Heartland Agency
and Educational Services work side-by-side to collaboratively provide
needed programs for 'at-risk', traumatized, and economically-disadvantaged
children. This partnership involves extensive program supports to children’s
families, notably the annual Christmas Hamper campaign.