About Us

DECSA is a non-profit organization that helps Albertans obtain skills, pursue further education,

and become gainfully employed.


In 1977, Distinctive Employment Counselling Services of Alberta (DECSA) emerged as a community based non-profit charitable organization that provides supports, services and programs for individuals with barriers to employment, education and entrepreneurship. Since then, more than 50,000 Albertans have accessed DECSA programs and services. Our programs and services assist both adults and youth with disabilities, sexually exploited men and women including those who are transgender, and those affected by domestic violence, addictions and concurrent disorders.

In 2013, Deborah Rose was appointed the Chief Executive Officer of DECSA, where her vast expertise in disability management, program and leadership development have contributed to the growth and sustainability of the organization. For over 20 years Deborah has been a strong proponent of the value of the non-profit community and views non-profits as a critical interface between the public and government. Deborah empowers individuals, business and community members to take an active role in creating a truly inclusive environment in which all people are respected and recognized for their ability. She is supported by a talented team that shares her dream of a barrier-free future.

Our Vision

We envision a society where all people are valued, respected and have the opportunity to work to their full potential.

Our Mission

Distinctive Employment Counselling Services of Alberta (DECSA) works collaboratively to overcome barriers to employment in a changing world.

Our Services

We provide individualized and specialized supports, programs and services that are specifically designed to meet the educational, employment and self-employment related needs for those who have a disability, are survivors of family violence and/or are sexually exploited. We assist clients in the following areas:

  • Employment skill development
  • Coping strategies
  • Personal empowerment
  • Business skills
  • Financial literacy
  • Career development
  • Health and wellness
  • Cultural activities

DECSA also provides secondary supports including transportation, addiction therapy, and community referral services.

Our Clients

DECSA is a place where everyone is valued and respected; from the moment they walk in the door to the moment they leave to embark upon their new-found journey – with new skills, new direction, and confidence to achieve their full potential.

  • Services/Programs: We offer supports and services for individuals who have experienced sexual exploitation and people with visible and/or invisible disabilities.
  • Employers: We match employers and businesses with our pre-screened candidates who are ready, willing, and able to work.
  • Hub: We share our resources to help you find a job
  • Community: We believe cooperation makes change possible.

Visit Us!

You’re welcome to stop by, even for a cup of coffee. Contact Us.

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