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Prospect Spotlight – Freaking Awesome T-Shirts

Prospect’s Entrepreneurs with Disabilities program in Edmonton shared an awesome story of one of their young entrepreneurs, Reggie Villeneuve, who i...

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SPARK Disability Art Festival | December 3-7, 2018

SPARK Disability Art Festival runs December 3-7, 2018.SPARK is produced by Prospect and is Calgary’s largest and longest running visual arts festiva...

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What We offer

Prospect offers a variety of programs and services for job seekers and employers. All our programs are developed through consultation with the people they will serve. All are designed to connect skilled people with employers who will work with them to succeed. Our programs and services are characterised by the following criteria:

  • Rapid employment placement coupled with access to stabilization supports
  • Service design and delivery that is informed by participants
  • Experiential learning and practical experience
  • Continuous refinement based on feedback from our clients, funders, and other stakeholders
  • Smart use of assistive technology and equipment
  • Rigorous evaluation frameworks and outcomes reporting
For Job-Seekers For Employers

Careers

We help people find fulfilling jobs. We also offer fulfilling jobs.

Prospect hires talented, creative people. Joining our team means you get to make a difference in people's lives. Our people are innovative, collaborative, professional, enthusiastic, and driven. If you are too, we'd love to see your resume for one of the positions posted. If you don't see a position that fits your skill set, send us your resume anyway. We're always looking for people who have the qualities mentioned above, and something might come up.

History

Prospect traces its roots back to the 1950s, when computers were the size of rooms, tattoos were just for sailors, and attitudes were less enlightened.

The Rehabilitation Society of Calgary was established to help individuals such as veterans of World War II and the Korean War and those affected by the polio epidemic. Over the years, its mandate expanded to include vocational supports.

Eventually it was decided that a new organization should be formed with a vocational mandate. Calgary Vocational Services Society (CVS) was established in 1987 as a charitable, not-for-profit organization.

CVS provided facility-based work adjustment, assessment, counseling, and employment placement services. Gradually the clientele changed and CVS served unemployed/underemployed Albertans, immigrants, welfare recipients, refugees, mature workers and at-risk youth. Further evolution enabled us to serve individuals with mental health issues, mild developmental disabilities, substance abuse disorders, and learning disabilities.

Through the 1990s CVS went through significant growth. It expanded its funding base, clientele and scope of service. In 2003, CVS merged with Calgary Transitions to Independence, an organization supporting the employment and community living needs of adults with developmental disabilities. In February of 2006, to help foster one culture, the organization was renamed Prospect.

Today, Prospect provides a range of employment services to a variety of client groups, including unemployed/underemployed Albertans, employers, immigrants, welfare recipients, military personnel, refugees, and people with disabilities.

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Board Of Directors

Prospect's Board of Directors brings many diverse perspectives to the governance and strategic direction of the organization. Have a look at the eclectic mix of volunteers who provide us with their invaluable guidance.

Robert Pearce, BASc, MBA, ICD.D, Chair
Board Member since 2009
Sally Luttmer, B.A. (Honours Anthro), M.Ed.
Board Member since 2001
Company: Managing Partner/ Owner of Ironhead Holdings Ltd.
Fae Jackson, M.Ed., BA, RN
Board Member since 2011
Company: Alberta Health Services South Health Campus (Casual)
Position: RN Psychiatric Emergency/Outreach
Company: Athabasca University Instructor Centre of Nursing & Health Studies
Position: PT Instructor (Distance Education)
Robert Booth, Q.C., PEng, LLB, ICD.D, rmc
Appointed to the Board 2015
Company: Bennett Jones LLP
Position: Partner
Heidi Conrad, BComm, CA
Appointed to the Board 2017
Company: Matco Financial Inc
Position: Chief Financial Officer
Bettina Pierre-Gilles, CPA, CMA, MBA, ICD.D
Board Member since 2017
Company: Luxeum Renewables Group Inc.
Position: Founder, President & CEO
Gordon Wong, PCJ, Vice-Chair
Board Member since 2013
Company: Alberta Courts
Position: Judge
Tammy A. Pozzobon, MA, EdD Candidate, Secretary
Appointed to the Board 2015
Company: Calgary Police Service
Position: Superintendent – Field Support Division
Karen Saunders, B.A.
Appointed to the Board 2015
Company: Jostens
Position: Territory Manager
Matt Grant
Appointed to Board 2016
Company: Enbridge Inc.
Position: Government Affairs Strategist – Prairies

Prospect’s Board of Directors is always looking for fresh ideas and expertise. We welcome volunteers with experience in the following areas:

  • Accounting/Finance
  • Marketing/Communications
  • Strategic Planning/Organizational Development
  • Administration
  • General Management/Organizational Effectiveness
  • Human Resources
  • Legal
  • Board/Governance/Policy Development
  • Fundraising/Fund Development
  • NFP Program Development and Delivery
  • NFP Program Evaluation
  • Social Services/Health Services
  • Technology
  • Business
  • Government
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Stakeholder Appreciation

Every year or so we host a Stakeholder Appreciation Event to thank the many groups who make our work possible.

The occasion brings together our staff, clients, collaborators, peers and funders to hear a thought-provoking speaker on a topic that is relevant to social change. Here is a chronology of the speakers we have hosted…

2010: LGen Roméo Dallaire (Ret'd), commanded the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda. His book on his experiences in Rwanda was awarded the Governor General's Literary Award for Non-Fiction in 2004. He founded the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative, a global partnership committed to ending the use and recruitment of child soldiers worldwide.
MORE… http://www.romeodallaire.com/

2011: Stephen Lewis is one of Canada's most influential commentators on social affairs, international development and human rights. He is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Ryerson University, board chair of the Stephen Lewis Foundation and co-founder/co-director of AIDS-Free World. He was the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa from June 2001-2006.
MORE… http://www.stephenlewisfoundation.org/index.cfm

2012: Dr. James Orbinski is a globally recognized humanitarian as well as a leading scholar in global health. After extensive field experience with Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF), Dr. Orbinski was elected MSF's international president from 1998 to 2001, accepting the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to MSF in 1999 for its medical humanitarianism.
MORE… http://jamesorbinski.com/

2013: In this special year, we invited Roméo Dallaire, Stephen Lewis and Dr. James Orbinski to share a stage for the first time, as Prospect presented a thought-provoking panel discussion on the theme: Intervening: a mindset instead of a moment.

2015: Professor Robert Reich is the former Secretary of Labor from the Clinton administration, an internationally-renowned speaker and the Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley. Time Magazine named him one of the ten most effective cabinet secretaries of the twentieth century. He has written thirteen books, including the best sellers "Aftershock" and "The Work of Nations." His film, "Inequality for All," is available on Netflix, iTunes, DVD, and On Demand.
MORE… http://robertreich.org/

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Random Cool Stuff

Everyone needs a place to put their random cool stuff. For some, it's an organizer from IKEA. For us, it's this section of our web site.

Check out the largest collaborative art canvas in Calgary, at our event for Disability Employment Awareness Month, October 2015.

A collaboration between Prospect's Studio C and Scion/Charlesglen Toyota. The video was shot over the course of a day at the Calgary Lilac Festival.

Our Outdoor Pursuits team teaches employment skills in spectacular settings.

Art requires creativity, but it also develops other skills that translate well to the workplace. These pieces were all done by people in our programs.

Every year we have a Community Stampede BBQ in our parking lot. About 1000 people turn up for great food, live music, games and western hospitality, Prospect style.

We give out staff awards every year, because awesomeness should never go unrecognized.

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Contact Us

All our programs and services can be accessed through Prospect's main number, 403.273.2822
Our fax is 403.273.0090

Contact our Edmonton office by phone at 1.877.483.2562
Our fax is 780.758.9674