Chrysalis provides personalized services to assist individuals with disabilities achieve their employment, volunteer and recreation goals.
People with disabilities are accepted by and included in society for their abilities to contribute, and have the same rights and privileges as all citizens.
In 1968, Chrysalis began as a Centennial project under the direction of the University of Alberta and was created by parents and community members who realized that adults with disabilities deserved equal opportunities to contribute to their communities. Chrysalis was one of the first of its kind in the world, an agency especially planned for training adults with developmental disabilities to produce manufactured goods using automated machinery. Through Chrysalis, individuals were offered, for the first time ever, alternatives to staying in school or remaining inactive all day long in their residential settings.
Today, Chrysalis offers personalized services to help thousands of people with disabilities receive training, develop life and vocational skills, find employment, discover volunteer opportunities, and realize a better quality of life.
At Chrysalis we believe it is essential to ensure the individuals whom we serve are valued members of the community in which we live. Chrysalis has created numerous partnerships in Edmonton and Calgary (and surrounding areas) that have opened their doors to allow our service individuals to participate in a variety of activities. For those individuals participating in our Community Endeavours (CE) stream, a number of different volunteer and recreational options are available. Each week, our service individuals will volunteer their time at local hospitals, health centers and non-profit organizations throughout the community. Recreation opportunities include swimming, bowling and dancing. Along with the community sites, service individuals in CE also participate in a wide variety of in-house programming located within the Chrysalis facilities in both Edmonton and Calgary. Our programs are always evolving at the request of those whom we serve to ensure they are receiving the highest quality programming and having fun while doing so.
Our Employment Services option is committed to assisting our service individuals reach their goal of securing paid employment positions. The course includes Personal Development to develop some of the essential skills needed to support their search for employment while providing a safe, nurturing environment which allows for personal growth and self-esteem building. Supported employment is established as are long standing relationships with several employers in the community. The focus of many of the clients is to now seek out employment opportunities independently, with necessary support, to pursue their interests for their career.