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Calgary Events: Family Fun Day at the Park

Family Fun Day at the Park is hosted by Calgary Rotary Challenger Park on Saturday June 24th.  You will not want to be out of town because there is just so much to see and do at Calgary Rotary Challenger Park. With acres of park to explore and exciting activities...

Aboriginal Awareness Week Calgary: June 19 – June 24

I have been very fortunate to be a part of of the AAWOC Committee for the past 3 years. Every year this volunteer run committee, with funding from Suncor and Imperial Oil, hosts a celebration over the lunch hour at Olympic Plaza. We have entertainment and a free BBQ-...

May Events: CFT7 Symposium 2017 Recap

Ten years ago, a colleague invited me to attend a local conference focused on the employment of Indigenous People with disabilities. The employment service I oversee was occasionally serving urban indigenous people so I agreed to go in the interest of learning some...

CFT7 Symposium: May 17-18, 2017

Since the late 90’s, I have had the honor and privilege of working with First Nation Communities, more specifically with Treaty 7 members, to address the barriers to employment that people with disabilities face. Although my focus in assisting these communities...

#GETLOUD: Wellness in the Workplace

When I think of workplace wellness there has been a real disconnect with organization’s understanding the value of implementing practices and policies that support and value their employees. An organization’s employees truly are their most valuable assets; if they are...

#GETLOUD: Ashton Bennett Interviews CAES Candidate Isaac

As part of the CMHA Mental Health Week #GETLOUD campaign, I interviewed Isaac on managing mental health in the workplace. Isaac is an individual who I have been working with to obtain and retain employment. Ashton: Tell me about your experience with managing mental...

Disability at Work: Leveraging Strengths

Maybe you’ve seen some of the article titles in magazines like Forbes and Inc. about the business case for diversity and the correlation between diversity and innovation. The Business community and the Human Resource community are becoming aware of ‘diversity...

Success Story: Finding Value in Diversity at Pet Valu

Amanda started at CAES with previous fast food experience, she expressed having lots of anxiety in those types of positions, and wanted CAES to help her find something more suitable.  Amanda talked a lot about her love and passion for the well-being of pets/animals...

Guest Blog: Don’t let worry cramp your style

Employers have many factors to consider in all aspects of their business.  Branding, clientele, profits, bills, and staffing are all huge factors for an employer to consider while trying to have a successful business, as well as many others.  For some employers the...

Success Story: Alex and Re:Grub

"Alex always has a smile on his face!” says Emily Pederson, a fellow co-worker at Re:Grub. Re:Grub, just soaring past its first year in existence, is a local burger bar that not only pushes the envelope in what their burgers (and now Instagram famous milkshakes) taste...

Staff Morale: Weathering Through the Storm

As I wandered though downtown Calgary, it was glaringly obvious that the economic downturn has had a overwhelming impact on our city. Everywhere you look where there was once a thriving business and parking lots full of vehicles there are now empty spaces. It's the...

Above and Beyond: Recognizing Super 8

The folks at Super 8 Shawnessy are no strangers to working with people that have barriers to employment. That is why when CAES approached Monica Stewart-Bittner (General Manager) and Sigrid Nitt (Housekeeping Supervisor) nearly 2 year ago to partner in hiring...

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