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Why we need Disability Pride

"Pride is a feeling of deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one's own achievements, the achievements of those with whom one is closely associated, or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired." Pride celebrations have long been a topic of...

Blade Runner and Employee Engagement

Blade Runner 2049… you had me at ‘cells interlinked’! The baseline test (measures level of neutrality) completed by K, (Blade Runner replicant engineered to “retire” other rogue replicants) was particularly striking. Like most of the audience, I could not help but...

Local Accessibility Spotlight: YYC Link Passenger Shuttle

Through my participation on the Calgary Airport Authority’s (CAA) Accessibility Advisory Council, I nominated the CAA and their YYC LINK Passenger Shuttle for the Ella Anderson Accessible Transportation Award, with the City of Calgary Advisory Committee on...

Team Building: Is It Time to Eat Yet?

I have been a Career Consultant with Calgary Alternative Employment Services for over a year and can honestly attest to never having worked with a better team before! We are eleven eclectic advocates, with wildly differentiating opinions about many things, all sharing...

A Tribute

This blog is about acknowledging someone who myself and others feel has significantly altered the lives of people involved in inclusive employment.  Her name is Denise Bissonette, and her impact within the Supportive Employment community has been one of legend. Simply...

DEAM Highlights: Film Festival Inspiration

When I started working at CAES it was right in the middle of DEAM 2016. I was in the midst of training and job shadowing, not quite comfortable in my role yet, I didn’t attend any of the DEAM events throughout the rest of the month. This year I was excited and was...

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...

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