Selections Career Support Services is a community-based, non-profit organization dedicated to individuals with disabilities and other barriers by assisting them in finding and maintaining opportunities for employment and volunteering. After four decades of serving individuals in the Edmonton area, the heart of Selections’ vision is the conviction that every individual possesses an abundance to offer their community. Selections strives to provide holistic services designed to support individuals to live fulfilling, enriched, and inclusive lives.

Selections Career Support Services

Our Vision

Individuals strengthening their communities through inclusivity, connections, and empowerment.

Our Mission

Selections advocates for community inclusion, empowering individuals with disabilities and other barriers by creating individualized and innovative employment and volunteer opportunities.

Our Values

Our core values inform our activities:

Advocacy:

We help boost confidence through education so every individual’s voice is heard within their communities.

Integrity:

Our driving force is the strong moral principles of respect, accountability, honesty, and best practices in service delivery.

Inclusion:

We empower individuals to find a sense of belonging by becoming contributing and valuable members of their communities.

Innovation:

We evolve and create fresh new ways of providing support for employer/volunteer partnerships.

Our Team

Our Selections team comprises passionate career development specialists, administration professionals, and community-focused leaders. Each brings us their unique skills, experience, and energy to further Selections’ mission. To view our Board of Directors, click here.

Angie Amaris

Executive Director

Angie is a graduate psychologist and passionate advocate for human rights. She immigrated to Canada from Colombia in April 2010 with her husband and little 9-month-old daughter. Since arriving in Canada, Angie has rapidly built a successful career in the non-profit sector.

Angie has been active in the non-profit sector for over 17 years. Her experience includes combatting sexual abuse, commercial sexual exploitation, and homelessness. Most recently, her heart has led her to advocate for inclusion and equity in the Disability sector. Angie strongly believes in Selections’ philosophy of discovering every individual’s unique talent and ability.

Juliana Luna

Office Manager

Born in Colombia, Juliana immigrated to Canada from Argentina in October 2011. She has experience in administrative jobs and brings her positivity and valuable skills to our office through all administrative tasks. Juliana has a degree in Business Administration and speaks German, Spanish and English.

Currently, Juliana lives in Edmonton with her husband Jorge and daughters Sophie (8 years) and Nicole (7 years). When not working, she spends quality free time with her family and pursues her passion for cooking.

Haley Weiss

Program Coordinator

Haley completed the Disability Studies program at Grant MacEwan University and returned there to graduate with a Degree in Child and Youth Care. Following graduation, Haley rapidly accrued an invaluable skillset engaging individuals of all ages, using her experience working extensively with individuals with disabilities and high-risk individuals and their families. Haley is passionate and dedicated to the individuals at Selections and has been with the organization for eight years. Haley has had the privilege of supporting countless Selections individuals and watching them grow in their employment journeys.

Pablo Castro

Program Coordinator

Pablo graduated from George Brown College in Toronto. He is a Community Worker and a Career Counsellor who believes in empowerment as the way to enhance the capacity of individuals to make choices and to transform those choices into desired actions and outcomes.

As an employment and settlement professional with more than 12 years of experience, he dedicates his career to assisting, coaching, and empowering diverse clients while always maintaining a non-judgmental attitude. Pablo bases his work on the idea that giving back will help strengthen those individuals and empower communities to reach their goals.

Erin Lee

Job Development Team Lead

Erin graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Arts degree specializing in psychology and has since returned to school to further her education in HR Management. Before employment services, Erin worked with the Boys and Girls Club, cultivating her passion for community inclusion. Erin has rapidly accrued a wealth of experience from over five years in the human services sector. She started with Selections as a Career Development Coordinator, then specialized in Job Development and now leads the Employment and Skill Development Team. She also is involved with Selections’ social media accounts and loves to share the organization’s successes with the community.

Cameron Livingston

Career Development Specialist

Cameron first discovered his passion for supporting people with disabilities when he had to do his Norquest Social Work Diploma Course volunteer placement. He worked as a Respite Care Worker during his studies and after graduation at Norquest, and then as a Community Specialist for a year and a half. Over four years, Cameron has enjoyed working with individuals with special needs and is eager to learn every individual’s strengths and how to make them shine.

Cameron usually goes walking or jogging around his neighbourhood in his spare time. His main hobby is playing video games with his friends, and he also enjoys watching vintage and new monster movies.

Michelle Chellew

Job Development Specialist

Michelle is a University of Alberta graduate from the Bachelor of Education program focusing on Special Education. She spent most of her early career as a classroom teacher in an elementary school and worked with students who needed extra support during their day. Over the last few years, Michelle transitioned into the Adult Education field through her work as a Facilitator for the North East Alberta Fetal Alcohol Network (NEAFAN). While there, she promoted community education and awareness around Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder prevention. Drawing on many years of professional and personal family experiences with disabilities, Michelle now brings her expertise to Selections as a Job Developer. 

Jason Jaffray

Career Development Specialist

Jason graduated from CDI College Edmonton South Campus, where he subsequently took on a role as Practicum Coordinator. Helping individuals is a passion he explored at the Millet Volunteer Fire Department for five years, where he was the inaugural recipient of the Firefighter of the Year award in 2017. Jason gives everything 110% effort, including his advocacy for individuals who want to succeed. He reaches his personal career goals by helping people achieve their goals successfully.

Jenry Perico

Career Development Specialist

Jenry graduated from Grant MacEwan University with a Bachelor of Science, Honours Psychology degree. Shortly after his undergrad, he completed a certificate program in behaviour intervention and has spent his time working with individuals with disabilities. Jenry continues to advocate for his client’s needs and rights and is passionate about making a difference in their lives.

During his spare time, Jenry likes to spend his time playing video games, chess, and basketball with his friends. He also loves to travel and go on road trips!

Jaime Morales

Career Development Specialist

Jaime is a Psychologist with a Degree in Philosophy and History and a specialization in environmental development and human behaviour. He is working towards a Master’s Degree in Counselling through Athabasca University.

Jaime worked as a social psychologist in the Program for Victims of Violence of the Presidency of the Republic in Colombia. He also worked in the Ministry of National Defense and Justice of Colombia in the Protection Program for People threatened in the Framework of Armed Conflict.

Kim Edgar

Job Development Specialist

After graduating from the University of Alberta with a Psychology, B.A., Honours degree, Kim continues her lifelong passion for understanding people. She is an alumnus of RISE, a program run by Apathy is Boring that creates community projects to strengthen Canada’s democratic structure among youth. Kim understands the importance that youth involvement plays in Canada’s democracy. In her work, she constantly seeks to learn new things and challenge herself while maintaining integrity and advocacy for her clients. Kim dedicates herself to helping Selections’ clients succeed in every way possible. She is committed to ensuring her clients receive the support they need to ease their transition into the workforce and feel empowered throughout their employment journeys.

Laura Hyland

Job Development Specialist

Laura is a recent graduate from the University of Alberta Human Ecology program with a major in Family Science and minor in Child and Youth Studies. She has had a passion for supporting individuals from a young age and has lots of experience with training individuals at work in a way that sets them up to succeed. She is excited to continue to build this passion at Selections as well as build relationships with other businesses to share the importance of an inclusive workforce and compassion for others.

Laura is a huge animal lover, in her spare time she can be found at the barn with her horse Hal, or at home with her puppy Juice!

Shino Palani

Career Development Specialist

Shino graduated from the Bachelor of Social Work Program at the University of Manitoba. She is a registered social worker with the Alberta College of Social Workers and has over nine years of professional experience in advocacy work with a strong commitment to children and youth rights as well as general community service.

Furthermore, she has a keen interest in community and network building, and stakeholder engagement for the purpose of working collaboratively with community partners, youth, and families. In her spare time, she likes to spend time with her husband, family, and friends. She enjoys outdoor activities, crafts and learning new topics that turn into hobbies.

Hardik Mahant

Administrative Assistant

Originally From India, Hardik completed his studies at MacEwan University, receiving his Diploma in Accounting and Strategic Measurement. Since moving to Edmonton in 2019, he has contributed to the educational sector through active involvement with IDP Education. Personable and optimistic, Hardik enjoys interacting with and assisting people. In his role as an administrative assistant, he is looking forward to contributing to the growth of Selections and the people involved.

Hardik is an ardent promoter of fitness and a healthy lifestyle. His hobbies include playing ping-pong, listening to music, travelling, and exploring new places.

Luigi Chiesa

Cleaning Assistant – Part-Time Casual

Luigi is a longstanding and appreciated Selections client. He has worked at the Selections office for a few years, where he helps maintain the cleanliness of the office. Luigi is always willing to help with anything the staff asks of him.

His hobbies include bowling, going to the Fire Station, and keeping his car meticulously clean.

Alana Gersky

Administrative Assistant- Part-Time Casual

Alana is another long-term Selections participant. Alana lives with her roommates and life coaches and is the Administrative Assistant at Selections. She lives with Down Syndrome and is hard of hearing, but she doesn’t let this get in the way of her opportunities and successes. Alana is passionate, sensitive, proactive, and positive and enjoys working at Selections!

Our History

Since 1979, Selections has been serving individuals with developmental disabilities, evolving in response to the needs of our program participants, employment partners, and the Edmonton area communities in which we operate. 

Selections started as a vocational program funded by the Edmonton Separate School Board. Our initial training program supported students with developmental disabilities to learn employable skills, strong work ethics, and confidence in their abilities. After completing the training, we assisted students in securing permanent employment or volunteer positions in their communities. 

In 1989, Selections adopted a new, community-based service model to better meet our primary goals and accommodate a broader scope of program participant interests and desires. Fostering inclusive communities and workplaces and supporting the self-actualization of individuals with developmental disabilities became our focus. 

More recently, in 2021, Selections received a Grant with the Labour Market Transfer Agreement that enabled us to expand our offering to support individuals with disabilities and many other barriers to help them find meaningful employment. Employment and Skill Development Program is that program.

In 2021, Selections also launched the Library Resource Center, providing clients with a space to work on their resumes and cover letters, attend workshops, obtain external certifications, or simply connect with their loved ones.

Over the last year, in 2022, Selections debuted the Get Ready in Trades Program, funded by Employment and Social Development Canada.

We are a

REGISTERED CANADIAN CHARITY

 

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