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The Next Evolution of Soccer Without Boundaries

Getting Involved

making a difference

about us

Founded in 2010 as a drop-in soccer club to help immigrant and low-income children get involved in community, we have grown to an organization that provides opportunities to all.

donating resources

We rely on your support – learn how to donate time as a volunteer, or to give funds as a donor.

what we do…join us!

food security

providing food to those who need it

soccer without boundaries

ensuring everyone can play


helping all kids succeed

social enterprise

sharing resources to enable growth

What Drives Us

Our Mission

  • Inclusive: inviting every individual to participate; celebrating differences
  • Safe Place: giving every child a safe place to play, learn and grow
  • Family-centred: supporting each family’s growth and success
  • Community: encouraging collective identity; accommodating diversity (49+ nationalities); empowering from within the community
  • Teamwork: creating meaningful, engaged and supportive opportunities for integration to serve & build community
  • Responsive: meeting community where it is at and acting on change

Our stories

Now feeding over 800 families...because the need is great

Upcoming Events

Volunteer Orientation - stay tuned

our team

Jean Claude Munyezamu

Executive Director & Founder

Jean-Claude Munyezamu is a Rwandan Canadian who escaped the genocide in 1994 and volunteered in refugee camps in Somalia and Sudan before moving to Canada in 1998. In 2010, learning that children in his neighbourhood were getting into trouble, Jean-Claude took some soccer balls to a nearby green space on a Saturday morning. He continues to nurture community relationships with each participating kid and parent, while directing our growing organization.

Wedad Al-Houari

Food Program Coordinator

Born and raised in Calgary, then moving to Syria for 15 years, Wedad has been volunteering with Soccer Without Boundaries for over 3 years. Since March 2020, Wedad is the Food Program Coordinator and manages and prepares the food hampers for families in need around Calgary.

Alemayehu (Alex) Negussie

Assistant Coordinator


Katja Weyer-Bessey

Education Coordinator

Having worked in the social services industry for over 20 years Katja is happy to be part of the Umoja team. She has spent many years working in education as a Program Coordinator, a success coach in high schools, and an aid in preschools. She also has experience as a Career Advisor and loves helping youth in their school and career goals. Born in Germany, Katja moved to Canada with her parents as a baby and grew up in Calgary. 

Anabelle Munyezamu

Online tutor

Born and raised in Calgary, Anabelle is currently studying political science at the University of Calgary.

Nardos Tecle

Online tutor

Nardos arrived in Canada as a young girl, from her homeland Eritrea, as a refugee with her family. She is now studying for a double major at the University of Calgary.

Spiro Kajusa

Online tutor

Spiro is currently studying at the University of Calgary.

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