“Our team would like to thank ASCEND for its generous support . . . it has created new gateways for learning. Alex’s legacy is making a real difference for the newcomers and families that call CIES home” 


Colyn, Manager e-Learning & Communications, Calgary Immigrant Education Society


  • PATCH, a Division of Hull Services 
  • Calgary Immigrant Educational Society
  • PREP Program
  • Closer to Home Community Services

“We look forward to outfitting the classrooms and equipping immigrant women with knowledge and access to technology in preparation for entering the labour market”

Eva, Director of Programs, 

Calgary Immigrant Women's Association

ASCEND values your contribution! With your financial support, we are able to provide necessary technologies to Canadian families in need. As a charity, we rely 100% on your generous support. We host unique fundraising initiatives throughout the year and are always looking for sponsor partnerships. 

Who We Are

Alex Schaap Charity to Educate and Nurture Development

ASCEND is a charitable organization based in Calgary, Alberta dedicated to assisting families and community support agencies with donations of computers, laptops, and tablets.

Our mission is to inspire people to ascend above any barriers that impede success. Join us in building a legacy for Alex as we help others pursue their dreams. 

How To Support

ASCEND, a registered Canadian charity, was founded in 2009 as a legacy to Alex Schaap. ASCEND is committed to making a positive contribution to the Alberta community by supporting the technological needs of family-centred support services. 

Impacting Lives


In addition to helping individual families in need, ASCEND is proud to partner with a number of community support programs. We also offer annual scholarships to post-secondary students pursuing an education in technology. Our charity support partners to date include:

December 17, 2018 

From all of us at ASCEND we would like to wish you and your family a safe and Merry Christmas. As we head into the holiday season please remember to not drink and drive. 


“On behalf of the women and children who come through our doors and the staff here who work at Sonshine – Thank you for seeing our needs!”

Barbara, Sonshine Community Services

Who We Help