Well Deserved Feedback from Employers about PASC Staff

We are working with a group of communication students from Mount Royal University who are helping us to revisit our communication channels and messaging. Recently, they interviewed some employers who have been employing people we support for varying lengths of time. Not only did they say that their employees were assets, but overwhelmingly, they spoke very highly of the PASC facilitators, saying that they are positive, enthusiastic, helpful and very good ambassadors for PASC and for the people they support. Made me very proud, and they should all be proud as well. Thought I’d pass it along. Bill Forman, Executive Director

Want to make a difference?

Progressive Alternatives Society of Calgary (PASC) currently has opportunities for  full-time or part-time support staff. We are a local non-profit organization committed to working with adults with development disabilities.

The suitable candidate will provide individualized supports to people seeking employment and other roles in community life. Employment supports include career development, job search, interview preparation, and job support. PASC staff assist people to learn and perform a job, and to deal with barriers to achieving career goals. For roles other than employment, staff assist people to search out and become involved in volunteer, recreational, and educational opportunities.

The ideal candidate is someone who…

  • Can assist in helping to make connections with others in the community
  • Believes in looking past barriers and finding opportunities
  • Is creative, adaptable, and has the ability to motivate and inspire others
  • Has past experience working with marginalized people
  • Has a genuine interest in people and valued social roles
  • Has a passion for social justice
  • Can work independently, as well as part of a collaborative team.

A reliable vehicle is an asset, but not required, and transportation costs are compensated. Current First Aid/CPR is required. A company benefit package is available for those who work sufficient hours and pass a probationary period.

Wages vary by education and experience and are competitive with industry standards.

If you are interested in this exciting role, please submit your cover letter and resume to info@pasc-calgary.org or fax 403-294-1706. For further information, call 403 262 8515.

Progressive Alternatives Society of Calgary
Suite 211, 4014 Macleod Trail South
Calgary, AB, T2G 2R7

 

Thanks for a Wonderful Celebration!


Thanks to all for a great event last night!

Our celebration was a big success. Many thanks to the staff and board members who worked so hard to make it happen. We had excellent attendance from people we support, family members, friends, staff and former staff. Guests attended from Calgary Persons with Developmental Disabilities (our government funder), the Alberta Association for Community Living, Calgary Community Living Society, the Royal Bank of Canada, DeLauretis and Associates, Mount Royal College and Calgary Alternative Support Services. Also several employers who have provided excellent career opportunities to people we support:  Jysk Bed Bath Home, Village Brewery, Shelf Life Books and Lee Valley Tools. Andrew Bullied from Village Brewery and Will Lawrence from Shelf Life Books spoke compellingly about the benefits of employing the people with disabilities we support at their workplaces.  Thanks, Andrew, for the delicious beer!

Want to make a difference?

Progressive Alternatives Society of Calgary (PASC) currently has opportunities for  full-time or part-time support staff. We are a local non-profit organization committed to working with adults with development disabilities.

The suitable candidate will provide individualized supports to people seeking employment and other roles in community life. Employment supports include career development, job search, interview preparation, and job support. PASC staff assist people to learn and perform a job, and to deal with barriers to achieving career goals. For roles other than employment, staff assist people to search out and become involved in volunteer, recreational, and educational opportunities.

The ideal candidate is someone who…

  • Can assist in helping to make connections with others in the community
  • Believes in looking past barriers and finding opportunities
  • Is creative, adaptable, and has the ability to motivate and inspire others
  • Has past experience working with marginalized people
  • Has a genuine interest in people and valued social roles
  • Has a passion for social justice
  • Can work independently, as well as part of a collaborative team.

A reliable vehicle is an asset, but not required, and transportation costs are compensated. Current First Aid/CPR is required. A company benefit package is available for those who work sufficient hours and pass a probationary period.

Wages vary by education and experience and are competitive with industry standards.

If you are interested in this exciting role, please submit your cover letter and resume to info@pasc-calgary.org or fax 403-294-1706. For further information, call 403 262 8515.

Progressive Alternatives Society of Calgary
Suite 211, 4014 Macleod Trail South
Calgary, AB, T2G 2R7

 

PASC Staff Go Above and Beyond During Floods

It has been three weeks now since the floods began in Calgary. As with the rest of Calgary, PASC and the people we support were impacted to varying degrees. Our office could not open on Friday the 21st, but many of our staff were very active, ensuring that the people we support were safe and that, for the following week, support continued in as normal a manner as possible. Several staff in particular deserve special recognition for the lengths they went to during this time: all of our senior staff, Nicole Milton, Dyana Posnikoff, Meghan Holub, Kevin Lippold and Adria Fraser, and also Facilitators Kurt Doerkesn, Jessica Lundy, Jesse Dupont, Lenore Wing-King, Gayla Fleming, Cory Johnson, Ian Maclean and Chelsey Hazelton. Many thanks to them. They are what makes PASC a great organization.

Calgary City Flooding Update re: PASC Operations

Our office was closed on Friday, June 21 due to the flooding in the city. None of our senior staff could travel to the office because of road and bridge closures. We did our best to communicate this via Facebook, email and phone, and to check in with everyone. I hope that everyone connected to PASC is safe and well. Our Annual General Meeting scheduled for Saturday, June 22 was also cancelled.

Our plan is to open tomorrow morning, Monday, June 24, but it seems from the City of Calgary information website that many roads, bridge and LRT routes are still closed. The Access Calgary website says that they will not be going in to the downtown core. As the PASC office is south of there, that will create complications for those travelling from the North. Please check your route availability before attempting to come to the office tomorrow or going to your work or other appointments. Given the state of travel and services, it would be best if you can stay home tomorrow. If you can not, the office will be open, barring any further complications. You can call the main number, 403 262 8515, or my cell number, 403 703 0380. You can also call your PASC Coordinator.

Bill Forman, Executive Director, PASC

Changes to PDD Funding

We have been relying more on Facebook to communicate, but thought we would post this on the website as well.

Tomorrow morning, Monday April 15 from 9:30 to 11:30, there will be a webcast from Alberta Human Services, explaining to families some changes to PDD funding and services. If you would like to watch this at the PASC boardroom, please feel free to join us. You can also access it from any computer with a high speed connection, and most devices. Here is a link to the website http://www.research4children.com
Go to the Events tab and choose PDD Family Forum.
I will summarize the information and send it out for those of you who are unable to watch tomorrow.
As I said in an earlier post, we will also be hosting some information / question and answer sessions for PASC families, staff, board and people receiving support. I’ll let you know the dates and times soon.
You can also call if you have any questions, though at this point we have few details. We hope to know more tomorrow.

Bill Forman, Executive Director

Sugar Shack: Another Banner Year Thanks to our Friends at DIRTT

On July 5th of this year, our former Board Treasurer and loyal PASC ally, Scott Jenkins, once again organized an annual pre- Stampede party called Sugar Shack. In addition to being the best Stampede party of the season, this event raises considerable funds for Progressive Alternatives. This year, approximately 300 people attended at the Rose and Crown on 4th St. , where the party has been held for the last few years. Many thanks to the Rose and Crown for putting up with the shenanigans once again this year.

Corporate sponsors included DIRTT, Pure Technologies, Identity Ink, and this year, Torys LLP as the party gets crazier every year, it seemed prudent to have a law firm as one of the sponsors).

Thanks again, Scott, and everyone else who attended, contributed and partied hearty. We’re sure Sugar Shack 2013 will be bigger and better.

The Board and Staff of Progressive Alternatives Society of Calgary

 

Legacies: The Impact We Can Have on the People We Support

In July of this year, we posted a story about a tragic loss for PASC. Our staff member, Tony Harrison, was killed by a drunk driver. His family and friends made a generous donation to PASC in his memory. Tony only worked for PASC for a year, but during this time he made a great impact on the gentleman he supported. Prior to them meeting, the gentleman did not always want to go out and would often refuse to leave his house.

After meeting Tony, they both learned they shared a love for motorbikes and classic cars.  Tony would bring his motorcycle by on the weekends so he could check it out or go for a spin. They developed a very warm and close relationship. They attended rallies and car shows throughout the city. In doing so the gentleman met other car enthusiasts as well as Tony’s friends and family.

After Tony’s passing, Tony’s family continued to attend car shows and would invite the man that Tony had supported. When a rally was held in Tony’s honour, Tony’s family made arrangements for the gentleman to take part. They have said that once car show season is in swing again they would like to make sure the gentleman will attend.

The man Tony supported misses him terribly, as do Tony’s family, friends and colleagues. But the community Tony introduced this man to is carrying out the legacy of Tony’s relationship with him.

Nicole Milton

Resource Coordinator and Administrator

The Possibility and Power of Friendship

Tomorrow we will return to posting stories from the past year at PASC, but please take time to read or listen to this profound testimony on friendship by Calgarian Patti Morris from this morning’s Sunday Edition on CBC radio. Patti mentions Wolf Wolfensberger, whose Social Role Valorization theory guides PASC’s work. He was also the creator of Citizen Advocacy, a powerful way to bring people together in voluntary relationships.

Befriending Sherri