Who We Are
Selections Career Support Services is a community-based, non-profit organization dedicated to assisting individuals with developmental disabilities to find and maintain employment and volunteer opportunities. Serving individuals in Edmonton and area for 40 years, at the heart of Selections’ vision is the conviction that every individual possesses much to offer their community. Selections strives to provide holistic services designed to support individuals to live fulfilling, enriched, and inclusive lives.
Selections advocates for community inclusion by empowering individuals with developmental disabilities and other barriers by creating individualized and innovative employment and volunteer opportunities.
Individuals strengthening community through inclusivity, connections, and empowerment.
Our activities are informed by our core values:
Advocacy: We help boost confidence through education so every individual has a voice within their communities and can be heard.
Integrity: We are driven by strong moral principles of respect, accountability, honesty and best practice in service delivery.
Inclusion: We empower individuals to find their sense of belonging by becoming contributing and valuable members of their communities.
Innovation: We evolve and create fresh new ways of providing supports for employer/volunteer partnerships.
Since 1979, Selections has been serving individuals with developmental disabilities. Over the past four decades, it has evolved significantly in response to the needs of its program participants, employer partners, and the Edmonton area communities in which it operates. Selections got its start as a vocational program funded by the Edmonton Separate School Board. Operating exclusively out of the South Edmonton Bottle Depot, Selections’ training program supported students with developmental disabilities to learn employable skills, strong work ethic, and confidence in their abilities. Following completion of the training, students were assisted to secure permanent employment or volunteer positions in their communities. In 1989, to accommodate a broader scope of program participant interests and desires, Selections adopted a new, community-based service model to better meet its primary goals: fostering inclusive communities and workplaces and supporting the self-actualization of individuals with developmental disabilities by providing opportunities to participate in employment opportunities tailored to their needs and interests.