Family Day without Families?


Family Day is February 18th for those in the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Ontario and Saskatchewan. Since I ‘m an Albertan girl, this pertains to us! School is closed this day and many businesses are as well. It’s a Statutory Holiday which ‘celebrates the importance of families and family life for people and their communities’. So in essence it’s all about My Chaos, aka, my children.

 Generations of Hope ABHC4IVF Campaign for Albertans

Weather permitting, we might head outdoors together or maybe just some quality time spent inside if the temperatures take a turn for the worst. Either way,  I know we’ll enjoy this time together no matter what the day brings.

Yet, what about those that don’t have the entire aspect of ‘family’ that they so long for?

Specifically, I’m talking about those struggling with infertility. For some, this same highly celebrated holiday will be met with the painstaking reminder of what they don’t have.

If you think the numbers are low, let me remind you that 1 in 6 Albertans are dealing with infertility. That’s a lot higher than I would have imagined, it really is a sad fact.

Truth is, the Western World as a whole is suffering from a fertility decline.

Infertility isn’t only happening in the 30s and 40s age groups, like many assume. Infertility is affecting younger couples as well, with 15% affected of ages 15-29, and 14% of ages 30-34 {source}.

Quoting a recent article by The Globe and Mail, “a new age of American impotence is at hand“. It goes onto say that, “We need productive younger people to support unproductive older people” which we all know to be true.

With aging populations and a fertility decline, what’s going to happen to our society? Well, unfortunately we are heading straight towards this path – In Japan, sales of adult diapers now exceed sales of baby diapers {source!}.

So, how can we raise this population, despite the fertility decline?

It’s no surprise that many people suffering from infertility turn to In Vitro Fertilization {IVF}. Yet, this medical treatment comes with much emotional, physical and financial stress, way too much.

If you haven’t read my previous post on IVF treatment and all the associated costs, please take a moment to brief yourself. It’s not an easy treatment to say the least.

How do we help more people celebrate Family Day, without all the stress involved with the current IVF process in Alberta?

I strongly believe in the Generations of Hope ABHC4IVF Campaign for Albertans. With this campaign, needed funding for fertility treatments could come from the Alberta Government itself.

It’s an attainable, realistic and overall financially smart choice for everyone. Again, please read my previous post for financial statistics which prove that public funding would actually save this province money, to name only one benefit of many.

How can you help and show support?

Images of Hope Fundraiser Calgary Alberta

  • You can also show your support by attending the Generations Of Hope, 2013 Images of Hope Annual Fundraiser. It’s a volunteer-run initiative being held in Calgary, in March. Live auction items include hotel and concert tickets to see One Direction in Miami, a trip for 4 to Walt Disney World and much more. It’s going to be a wonderful event, and I hope that many MANY people attend and support this fundraiser.

For the importance of families and family life for people and their communities, in Alberta. <– wait, I said this sentence at the beginning of this post. Am I talking about publicly funded fertility treatments or Family Day itself. How about both.

Because we simply cannot have ‘Family Day’ in Alberta, without families.


I am proud to be apart of the Generations of Hope social media team,
as I 100% support publicly funded IVF. The opinions on this blog are my own.




  1. says

    Very informative post. I haven’t struggled with infertility myself, but some of my close friends have and I see how hard it is. Getting information in people’s hands helps give them comfort and hope, I think.

  2. says

    I lived in Alberta for four years when my husband was stationed in Edmonton. I remember Family Day! I’m in Nova Scotia and they don’t have it here. They should though!

    I think they should publicly fund IVF. Its so expensive and only rich people can afford it or people who go into some serious debt.

    • Tammi says

      Exactly Stacie – for those who cannot afford it at all, why should the chance of IVF be only for those that can?

  3. says

    Family day, wish we had that here! This is such a great cause – everyone deserves the opportunity to have a child, and with the technology being out there, it would be great if it was accessible to anyone who wanted to embark on the journey.

    • Tammi says

      I agree Crissy, it shouldn’t be only for those with the financial means to give it a try!

  4. says

    Family Day sounds amazing! I’ve had several friends struggle with infertility and the costs surrounding the treatments are so high. This is a great article that I will be sure to share with my friends.

    • Tammi says

      Thanks for sharing Amanda! From myself and everyone that would like to see public funding happen!

  5. says

    I have several friends who have struggled with this, not to mention the costs! Anything that can help these families would be amazing.

  6. says

    Interesting. I think people often forget that a child doesn’t need to be carried and birthed by his or her parents to be a part of a family. There are so many needy foster children and older children looking for adoptive parents and in my opinion, it’s also an important option to consider. There are all kinds of families, after all.


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