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.
Brief History of Chrysalis
Parents and community members realized that adults with disabilities deserved equal opportunities to contribute to their communities, so in 1968, the Industrial Research and Training Centre (IRTC) was created as a Canadian centennial project under the University of Alberta’s direction. One of the first of its kind in the world—an agency that planned for training adults with developmental disabilities to produce manufactured goods using automated machinery, IRTC offered individuals alternatives to staying in school or being inactive in their residential settings.
In 1972, IRTC separated itself from the University of Alberta and became the Western Industrial Research and Training Centre (WIRTC), a non-profit society operated by a volunteer Board of Directors.
In 1992, the name changed to Chrysalis.
In 2018, Chrysalis celebrated its 50th anniversary.
Chrysalis continues to advocate community inclusion and uses a human-centered approach in delivering personalized services to assist thousands of people with
disabilities in receiving coaching and training to become their best selves as they develop life and vocational skills, find employment, discover volunteer opportunities and realize a better quality of life.