Connections

Supported decision making during the COVID-19 pandemic
February 22, 2021

By Catherine Oakleaf, Regional Director of Advocacy & Community Engagement​, Inclusion Alberta You may be surprised to learn that almost half, 43%, of adults receiving supports through the PDD (Persons with Developmental Disabilities) Program are independent adults, meaning that they do not have a legal guardian. Independent adults have many important freedoms, like deciding where […]

The Charrois Family, Inclusion Alberta Dream Makers. All 4 members of the family pose on a swinging bench together.
February 18, 2021

By Sara Protasow For the Charrois family of Edmonton, giving back has always been a family activity. Andre, his wife Lynne Davies-Charrois and their two children Laura and Patrick, both university students, have been connected to Inclusion Alberta for over four years as both an inclusive employer and as Dream Makers. Andre, Executive Partner at […]

Nancy and Matt from Matt and Ashley's No Frills in Edmonton, part of Inclusion Alberta's Youth Employment Partnership
January 15, 2021

Nancy is a grade 12 student who recently started her FIRST EVER job at Matt & Ashley’s No Frills in Edmonton as part of the Youth Employment Partnership! Nancy works as a part-time Grocery Clerk where she is responsible for facing merchandise so it is properly displayed and ensuring the aisles are clean and organized. Congratulations […]

Seasons Greetings from Inclusion Albert
December 22, 2020

By Trish Bowman, Inclusion Alberta CEO We’re all missing being together. It is times like this that the reality of how much our world has changed is keenly felt. COVID-19 has brought challenges that most of us never imagined—month after month of isolation, loneliness, financial insecurity, fears for our health and that of our loved […]

Rotary Employment Kyle at Samsic YEG Airport with colleagues
December 15, 2020

ROTARY EMPLOYMENT PARTNERSHIP FIELD UPDATE: Congratulations to Kyle who is one of the new hires with Samsic Assistance Canada, the company recently contracted by WestJet to cover their ground-handling duties. Kyle is excited to be back at Edmonton International Airport providing quality assistance and care to passengers. Congratulations Kyle and Samsic! To learn more about inclusive hiring, […]

FMS FAQ: who will train the staff that I hire?
December 4, 2020

Family Managed Services (FMS) is a funding option that enables families to hire and direct their own staff to support a family member with developmental disabilities to live a full life in community. The Alberta government’s Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD) program provides this funding for people with developmental disabilities. The point of FMS is […]

Dream Makers Christine Rendell and Brian Carnahan
December 1, 2020

Inclusion Alberta Dream Makers Christine Rendell and her husband Brian Carnahan were first introduced to Inclusion Alberta through the Rotary Employment Partnership. The Calgary residents have been part of their Rotary Club for many years (with Christine having served as Rotary District 5360 Governor for 2019-2020, and most recently stepping into the role of District […]

Sophie with a colleague, they are handling two dogs. Rotary Employment Partnership
November 27, 2020

ROTARY EMPLOYMENT PARTNERSHIP FIELD UPDATE: Through a family connection – and with the help of the Rotary Employment Partnership – another exciting job has been created! Sophie finished her studies in April 2020 from NAIT ‘s Veterinary Technician program through Inclusion Alberta’s Inclusive Post-Secondary Initiative. Her goal was to find a career where she would be […]

Mark Fusco and his cousin Ryan MacIntyre
October 30, 2020

By Mark Fusco Mark Fusco is the Owner/Operator of Revive Hair Loft in Edmonton, AB.  The handsome guy on the right of the photo above is my cousin, Ryan MacIntyre, who is a college graduate, full-time employee, sports and music superfan and also has a developmental disability. Growing up, I honestly had no idea that […]

Bartell Family photo, a family forever changed by Inclusion Alberta
October 19, 2020

By Karen Bartell Karen Bartell is the parent of 3 adult children, and a member of Inclusion Alberta’s Dream Maker Society. She lives in Calgary. Our 3 daughters are adults now, but let’s rewind back to when they were 5, 3 and a tiny baby. We had been invited participate in the Inclusion Alberta Family […]