In this ever-changing society, the most powerful and enduring brands are built from the heart. They are real and sustainable. Their foundations are stronger because they are built with the strength of the human spirit, not an ad campaign. The companies that are lasting are those that are authentic. – Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks
By definition, a Chrysalis is a safe and supportive environment which fosters growth, development, independence and freedom. Aptly named, our organization provides the opportunity for us to walk with adults with disabilities and assist them in achieving their dreams and aspirations. We are learners and teachers every day. Together we strive to ensure full inclusion and citizenship in society where everyone’s unique strengths, talents and gifts are recognized and contribute in a meaningful way.
Started in 1968 under a federal centennial grant for vocational training, our organization was first known as the Industrial Training and Research Centre. Over time we have evolved to where we are today, a place where people become their best. We offer services to adults 18 years and older with intellectual disabilities, helping them to achieve their employment, recreational, volunteer and other life goals. We create personalized services and individual plans, meaning we tailor our services around each person’s needs. If we don’t have an existing program or service to meet specific needs, we create it. We have many provincially recognized programs which include; a six week personal development course, toastmasters, creative arts programming, dance, music, employment services (job preparation, search, placement and maintenance) and many diverse community recreation and volunteer activities. In 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we recreated how we deliver programs and now offer mobile, virtual and in-facility service streams. We focus on quality of life improvement with defined qualitative and quantitative outcomes. We measure progress continuously and change our approaches as needed. Remarkable things and successes happen every day at Chrysalis.
In 2021, we celebrate the full adoption of Human Centered Design in Chrysalis. This new service delivery model is based on an innovative scientific engineering methodology used to transform customer experiences. It was developed by thought leaders at IDEO and optimized at Stanford University’s D-School. This game changing model has significantly improved our ability to help clients discover and realize their potential and grow from life’s challenges. We embody the mindsets of design thinking and have adopted them as key tenets of our practices, organization wide.
Community is everything to us at Chrysalis. Our rich history and success is contributed to and shared by; our staff, generous donors, sector and business partners, our clients, families and loved ones and a broad network of friends and volunteers. We are guided by a Board of Directors who set the strategy for Chrysalis to achieve our mission and vision. A charitable Foundation Board provides their many talents and expertise in fund development and supports Chrysalis’ fundraising activities.
If you are not already a friend of Chrysalis, we welcome you with open arms into our community. Contact us if you are interested in building a partnership or developing a relationship in some way. Please reach out if we can provide services to you or a loved one.