You need to come and see the fun – it’s PMAST’s Annual Comedy FUNdraiser – at least it was annual until COVID. Now we are back at it.

These brave souls have agreed to attend comedy boot camp and then stand up in front of their families and friends with their comedy routines, sharing their funniest personal experiences. These are experiences that we can all identify. We realize that humor does not cure problems, but it allows a change of perspective so that we can see our situation in a different light and communicate about it in a way that is heard and understood by others. It makes for a hilarious night of entertainment while raising funds for PMAST.

The funds raised help PMAST develop and provide must-needed programs to youth, families, and communities in Calgary and the area. We provide programs to the newest Immigrant and Refugee students at Nelson Mandela High School to help with their transition into Canadian society. We will be back at Good Shepherd School in the Fall.

Our programs run at Our Lady of Assumption School in Bowness, developing Peer Mediators within the school to help other students deal with their issues; youth helping youth is so much more effective than adult intervention. We are also collaborating on creating a film with this school to educate and honor different student ethnicities. The students will be the writers, interviewers and interviewees, producers, directors, videographers, editors, and all aspects of the project.

We just completed developing and piloting our Connected Families Program for parents and teens to improve their communications and overall family dynamics through a partnership with Thumbs Up Foundation. We are now looking at bringing this program into Calgary.

We are partnering with Community Mediation Calgary to develop and present a program in the community for people who want to improve their communication skills but are not at the professional mediator level training provided by universities and colleges.

We are working on a consortium effort to provide new skills and hope for young offenders to try and improve their lives.

We started as an anti-bullying mantra, but we have morphed into dealing with many issues affecting a person’s mental and emotional well-being. Bullying is always a significant factor. All PMAST programs go beyond accepting any diversity, learning about all people, and celebrating what they bring to the table, which makes us stronger.

You can support our efforts by attending this PMAST Annual Comedy FUNdraiser. Sign up for your tickets as space is limited.