Connections

Inclusive Post Secondary, Megan at Lakeland College. Two women sit around a computer with scrap fabric strewn about the table.
March 23, 2021

Megan is the first student to be included at Lakeland College’s Interior Design Technology Program as part of the Inclusive Post-Secondary initiative! In her first year of the program, so far she has taken classes in Design and Graphic Presentation. As Megan completes her studies next year, she is hoping to put her artistic skills to […]

Service Canada's Disability-Related Benefits. Free webinar March 25, 2021 at 10am. Service Canada logo
March 18, 2021

The Service Canada Mobile Outreach team is hosting a free virtual presentation on March 25, 2021 @ 10:00am that families may be interested in attending, where they will share information about the Canada Pension Plan Disability benefit (CPP-D). This presentation will cover:  An overview of the CPP Disability benefit, eligibility requirements, application process, and return […]

3 Ways to Volunteer with Inclusion Alberta
March 8, 2021

At Inclusion Alberta, we are continually humbled and warmed by the generosity shown to our organization and the families we support from people across the province. From our Dream Makers and donors to business leaders who open their doors as inclusive employers with the Rotary Employment Partnership, each contribution helps us in our mission to […]

Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB). Caring for a child or adult family member due to COVID-19 restrictions
March 2, 2021

The Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB) is commonly known as a pandemic-related benefit for parents who have to give up 50% or more of their work due to school or day care closures. But did you know it’s also available to those who are missing work in order to care for a close family member […]

Rotary Employment Partnership: Kelsey at VDG Salumi. Kelsey sits in a white lab coat packaging product with a coworker in the background

Rotary Employment Partnership field update! Kelsey recently started working at VDG Salumi in Calgary as a product packer. Her role involves curing and preparing meats, cutting the salami, placing the salami into bags and using the vacuum sealer, and placing logo and nutrition fact labels onto the packaged meats. In the future, Kelsey will also be […]

Rotary Employment Partnership Celebrating 20 years
February 26, 2021

By Sara Protasow With the help of committed allies, what started as an idea by a parent and Rotarian 20 years ago is now an initiative that has created over 600 quality jobs for individuals with developmental disabilities across Alberta. Inclusion Alberta’s Rotary Employment Partnership, a collaboration between Rotary Clubs, Inclusion Alberta and the Government […]

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 […]