DECSA Edmonton


Good Night and Good Luck! Congratulations to our Ventures Graduates

Emotions ran wild at DECSA last Thursday! Ventures program clients wrapped up their six-week long curriculum, undertaking a gratifying ceremony in which many were left in wistful tears of jovial congratulations and farewells. The best part? Audience members were gifted the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness splendid entrepreneurial pitches provided by […]


What’s exciting at DECSA this summer?

#1 Free 10th Annual Community Pancake Breakfast Our 10th Annual Community Pancake Breakfast is coming up on July 6, from 7:30 to 10:30! As always, it’s completely free and open to everyone, so come by with or without kids to savour some fresh breakfast, join in organized games, leap around the […]


Art Turns Lives Around: Story of Art Instructor at DECSA

Who knew that pencil crayons could turn your life around? If you told Emma a year ago that today she’d be a thriving artist and the instructor of Try Angles – an art class under the umbrella of the Community Linking Programs, Wellness Network – she wouldn’t have believed you. […]


Lillian in Assets Finds Work, Home and Hope

Lillian had been homeless for twelve years when she arrived at DECSA exhausted and discouraged. She was facing mental and emotional health challenges, and she was more than ready to find some stability. “I was broken, and I was trying to hide it, but I felt like I wasn’t worth […]


Researchers Say, “Being vulnerable improves mental health.”

Every day at DECSA, we work with people who are living with shame because of differences they have, experiences they’ve had, and choices they’ve made. We all live with shame, and it’s frightening to be vulnerable about the weak and damaged parts of ourselves, so we keep our secrets hidden. But […]


Aaron – Assets for Success Program

DECSA is proud to announce that Aaron, a client in the Assets for Success program, has been hired at Tim Hortons; and after just two weeks, the store owner was so impressed that he increased his responsibilities. Aaron has gained a lot of self-confidence and is happy to be working […]


Entrepreneur Lawrence Bonda Speaks at DECSA

Last week, the always well-dressed Edmonton entrepreneur Lawrence Bonda spoke to our Ventures class of entrepreneurs with disabilities. Lawrence Bonda (left) Lawrence has faced many hardships, and he has received support from Ventures. He volunteered with a real estate network for several years, then branched into marketing and web services, and he […]


Re-Entering the Workforce? Here Are 5 Tips for Managing Your Money!

Felicia Ng, our friend at World Financial Group, teaches financial planning to our Ventures clients. We asked her: “What advice would you give someone who is just re-entering the workforce?” Here’s what she had to say. KNOW YOUR BUDGET Looking at what comes in and what goes out can be intimidating. […]