About Us

Meet the #CAESteam

CAES is comprised of diverse and talented professionals, each with unique expertise and a dedication to serve the Calgary community.  Our passionate team members are proud to serve the Calgary business community and job seekers, and we look forward to continuing to partner with local businesses to create and support diverse and inclusive workplaces.

Mylaine Tsaprailis

Mylaine Tsaprailis

CEO, Calgary Alternative Support Services

Mylaine Tsaprailis Bio

I am one of the Owner / Operators and Chief Executive Officer of Calgary Alternative Support Services Inc. My journey in non-profit began in 1998 as a Social Work practicum student with CASS. My journey has continued, working with marginalized populations in various capacities for over 20 years.  My experience as a registered Social Worker and a certified Mental Health First Aid Trainer has provided me with the opportunity to walk with the people we support, through their experiences, and to learn and grow alongside them.

I have always felt fortunate to be a part of facilitating connection, value, and inclusion within so many circles of my life. A large part of this has been my experience in Supported Employment. Supporting individuals to take a risk, take a leap, and reach for the stars! Alone we may fail, but together we will strive.

What I have learned throughout my journey is, “When it rains look for rainbows, when it’s dark look for stars!”

I am one of the Owner / Operators and Chief Executive Officer of Calgary Alternative Support Services Inc. My journey in non-profit began in 1998 as a Social Work practicum student with CASS. My journey has continued, working with marginalized populations in various capacities for over 20 years.  My experience as a registered Social Worker and a certified Mental Health First Aid Trainer has provided me with the opportunity to walk with the people we support, through their experiences, and to learn and grow alongside them.

I have always felt fortunate to be a part of facilitating connection, value, and inclusion within so many circles of my life. A large part of this has been my experience in Supported Employment. Supporting individuals to take a risk, take a leap, and reach for the stars! Alone we may fail, but together we will strive.

What I have learned throughout my journey is, “When it rains look for rainbows, when it’s dark look for stars!”

Jasmine Pettigrew

Jasmine Pettigrew

Career Consultant

Jasmine Pettigrew Bio

I began working in the non profit sector in 2012 and have always been passionate about empowering those around me in both my professional and personal life. Working with marginalized populations to encourage engagement with the communities around them has been a theme in my interactions and work. I am excited to be here at CAES, helping clients find and foster their own rewarding experiences in the workplace and community.
Landon Sweet

Landon Sweet

Career Consultant

Landon Sweet Bio

In 2010 I started my foray into the field of disability, and since 2012 I have been working with CASS to help foster meaningful and inclusive community opportunities for individuals from a broad range of backgrounds. I’m a former member of the day program (CADO) here at CASS, and have taken the lessons and experiences I have learned working with people in the community to my current role as Career Consultant.

I love the opportunity to work with folks who are looking for employment, even though the odds are unfairly stacked against them in such a hyper-competitive and uncertain market. I also enjoy the time spent with folks in self-discovery, learning new things about themselves and getting a better idea of what types of careers can make them feel fulfilled! I think as we undergo a cultural and generational shift in the years to come the work that CAES is doing will be seen as integral to our community: past, present, and future. We can make change and even the odds together!

Shawna Yalte

Shawna Yalte

Program Coordinator

Shawna Yalte Bio

My journey in non-profit began in 2012 where I trained and worked alongside woman recently in recovery, learn new job skills to help build their capacity for their future career goals. The learning and purpose in my role were a two-way street, I learned just as much from them as they did from me.

I have always felt compelled to work with marginalized people- I believe that to really help others reach their full potential you must walk beside them not in front of them. 

When we can remove the barriers between our candidates and employment we can open up opportunities for people who otherwise become lost in the process. 

Cal Schuler

Cal Schuler

Diversity & Accessibility Consultant

Cal Schuler Bio

I have been an active leader and participant on numerous boards and committees on local and provincial levels. My career began and flourished following my injury in 1975, but my personal experience with a spinal cord injury has fueled my true passion – to assist others who also live with various disabilities, and to promote disability awareness and barrier-free environments.
Sarah Fitzpatrick

Sarah Fitzpatrick

Diversity & Engagement Consultant

 

Sarah Fitzpatrick Bio

 

Yules Chan

Yules Chan

Career Consultant

Yules Chan Bio

From my past and ongoing adventures in life, I have built up a repertoire of skills and knowledge that have led me to recognize a broader perspective on what makes a good life. As a poet and a background in performance and installation art, I go on to seek knowledge and new ventures into the world of employment with joyful glee and excitement
Sierra

Sierra

Service Dog

Sierra Bio

When I’m not assisting Cal, I like to spend my free time napping and searching for treats/ pets.
Vanessa McMahon

Vanessa McMahon

Diversity & Engagement Consultant

Vanessa McMahon Bio

As a new member of Calgary Alternative Employment Services (CAES), I bring a wide range of knowledge and experience with me.

I am passionate about inclusive employment and genuinely enjoy supporting individuals through the continuum of career development, with the end goal of finding competitive and meaningful employment.

I feel truly fortunate to be a part of the CAES team; and on a larger scale, an organization that values community connection, community and workplace inclusion, and advocacy.

Robyn Omelchuk

Robyn Omelchuk

Career Consultant

Robyn Omelchuk Bio

My journey working in the Human Services Field started in 2017 at Calgary Alternative Support Services, working in the day program. I have always had a passion for working with marginalized populations and supporting those to meet their highest potential.

When I’m not at work, you can find me outside hiking up mountains or skiing down them!

I am excited to be at CAES as a Career Consultant to continue to grow, as well as advocate and promote community connections and welcoming workplaces.

Kennedy Hughes

Kennedy Hughes

Diversity & Engagement Consultant

Kennedy Hughes Bio

Hello! My name is Kennedy and I am a new Diversity and Engagement Consultant with CAES. I have worked with marginalized communities for the entirety of my professional career; and it is where I have found passion, success, and fulfilment.

It is my goal to ensure that everyone has a safe and non-judgmental environment to have their needs understood, heard and met. I have ample experience in helping individuals become comfortable with their uniqueness, implementing and embracing inclusion, and assisting people in their efforts for autonomy. I am so lucky to work at an organization with a similar mission statement! When I am not at work, I enjoy working out, roller blading, and mentoring at-risk youth.

Melissa Hall

Melissa Hall

Career Consultant

Melissa Hall Bio

Since 2015, I have started working within the disability field and have never looked back. I am passionate in supporting and working with marginalized populations. Within the last few years, I have worked within the employment sector and have genuinely enjoyed building a rapport with each individual by discovering their likes/dislikes, strengths, and employment goals in order to find meaningful employment.

I am looking forward to starting my new journey here at CAES as a Career Consultant. I will continue to use my education, knowledge, and experience in advocating and promoting an inclusive workplace for individuals who have a barrier to employment. 

Candice Forbes

Candice Forbes

Career Consultant

Candice Forbes Bio

I have worked in the human services field for over 5 years as a support worker and have recently joined the CAES team. I am extremely passionate about supporting and advocating for individuals with barriers looking to secure employment in the workforce.

My main goal is to have a positive impact on the lives of people to whom I support, by training and educating them with skills and knowledge needed to be the most successful in the industry of their choice.

I am incredibly grateful to be a part of such an amazing team and I’m looking forward to helping candidates find meaningful employment.

Ivonne Fajardo

Ivonne Fajardo

Intake & Communications Coordinator

Ivonne Fajardo Bio

I have had the privilege to work with a diverse population of individuals within the health, mental health, and human service sector over the last 10 years.  My path in my career has led me to CAES, where I act as the Intake and Communications Coordinator. This role allows me to utilize the skills that I have obtained throughout the years positively with this dynamic program.

Providing support to individuals of all walks of life has always been a passion of mine. I am grateful to have the opportunity to play a part in empowering people with disabilities to not only find their dream jobs but also realize their boundless potential while contributing to their community.