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Person-First Language

Person-First Language

With this month’s focus on intersectionality, I thought it would be important to highlight how the language we use can perpetuate an individual’s experience of discrimination. Often it seems that we are talking about the individuals we support rather than to them,...

Intersectionality

Intersectionality

This month our theme is Intersectionality. Intersectionality is an analytical tool that addresses the interconnectedness of each individuals social categorizations and the ways in which they create barriers and disadvantages. A single aspect of identity such as race,...

To-Do: Write Blog Post

To-Do: Write Blog Post

Recently I was browsing the web looking for some productive morning routine inspiration to coax me out of my groggy winter rut. I read article after article of people detailing their “10 Most Important Habits for Success!” and “5 AM Productive Morning Routine!”....

International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2020

International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2020

Holy I feel old! In honour of International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2020, I can’t believe it’s been forty-five years since my injury, thirty-three years since Rick Hansen completed his history making – the Man In Motion World Tour. Thirty years since the...

245 Days…

245 Days…

The theme for our blog this month is health and wellbeing. Although December can be “the most wonderful time of the year” for many, it may also bring up many difficult feelings and circumstances. During the holiday season there can be increased stress around finances,...

Partnering to Build Capacities

Partnering to Build Capacities

Please allow me to boast about Calgary Alternative Employment Services’ experience with the Alex Community Food Centre. Marie came to Calgary Alternative Employment Services looking for support in her search for employment after stepping away from employment to...

Success Story: Kimberly Barr

Success Story: Kimberly Barr

Meet Kimberly.  Kimberly has been working at Canadian Tire for more than 10 years!  She first started at Canadian Tire as a part time cashier and after some job position trials, hard work and dedication, she is now a full-time self-checkout assistant!...

What is DEAM?

What is DEAM?

October is an eventful month that sees dropping temperatures, bite-sized candies being sold in mass quantities, days becoming shorter and some of that white stuff starting to fall from the skies.  October is also the provincially proclaimed month of DEAM-...

Success Story: Jesse Starkman

Success Story: Jesse Starkman

by Pamela Perez Jesse is a very talented guy, he loves to play the piano, he is a huge fan of the Calgary Flames, and he loves to talk to people. Jesse obtained his inclusive post-secondary education certificate of completion in Broadcasting from Mount Royal...

Success Story: Jessica and The Golden Leash

Success Story: Jessica and The Golden Leash

Jessica has always had a passion for dogs and wished to become a dog groomer. Being a dog groomer requires a lot of patience and the ability to work with all types of dogs. Over a year ago, Jessica began her journey volunteering at the Calgary Humane Society and...

What I wish I had time to tell you…

What I wish I had time to tell you…

Let’s pretend we’re being introduced to each other quickly for the first time and you ask me, “What do you do for a living?” I reply, “I am a Career Consultant.” And you mirror back to me the awkward, unsettled look on my face that has accompanied my response. It’s...

Success Story: An Interview with Cineplex Star Melissa

Success Story: An Interview with Cineplex Star Melissa

How did you hear about CAES? Why did you decide that CAES would be a good service for you? Melissa: Through PDD (Government of Alberta, Persons with Developmental Disabilities)- I mentioned that I was having troubles finding a job to my coordinator.  I was...

Accessibility and the New Central Library

Accessibility and the New Central Library

In various parts of Alberta and throughout Canada, access for patrons with disabilities to fully utilize and have access to libraries and their services is not yet available, or even expected. It should be noted how fortunate Calgarian’s are to have not only...

Review of the Annual CASE Conference: Halifax Edition

Review of the Annual CASE Conference: Halifax Edition

While local retailers are already decking their early-September halls with Halloween costumes, a plethora of winter ware and advent calendars (!?!?), some of us here at CAES are not yet ready to accept the closing of our 2018 summer (me)!  So let’s talk summer for a...