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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

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

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…

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

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

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

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...

2018 Community Futures Treaty 7 Annual Stampede BBQ

Community Futures Treaty 7, alongside Aboriginal Futures and Fat Systems, host what has become one of the best attended and well known Stampede BBQ’s in the city of Calgary. I have volunteered for the past 10 years (Helping guide the food line as well as head...

Getting Away From It All: The Value of Team Building

It is difficult to talk about the CAES team without first boasting about them. Throughout many employment endeavours, I have been fortunate enough to have worked with many memorable individuals: some inspirational, some passionate, driven, intelligent, eclectic,...

My Experience with ‘The Ethics of Helping’

How many times a day do Ethics show up in your daily work? How do you know if Ethics are playing a part in the decisions that you are making? Is it a gut feeling or something you were taught when growing up?  Our personal code of ethics plays a significant role in the...

Dining in the Dark

Recently, I had the unique experience of dining in the dark.  Utter and complete blackness.  The concept of this dining experience is to provide insight to the guests as to what it’s like for the millions of people living with blindness to maneuver through such an...

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...