Monthly Archives: November 2014

MC College Makeovers

When we think about job searching, we often focus on things such as resumes, interviews, and references. In a previous post, we talked about the importance of dressing to impress a potential employer, and that also includes making sure your hair and make-up are neat and tidy.

Last Thursday, participants from the Assets for Success program went on a class outing to MC College in Edmonton, where they were treated to a hair makeover! Participants had the opportunity to have their hair cut, dyed, and styled by MC College’s talented students.

Here are some before and after shots from the makeover:

Thank you so much, MC College!

For more information on the Assets for Success program, please check out our blog post, or call us at (780) 474-2500

DECSA Marketplace

DECSA’s first ever marketplace kicked off today with a small, but talented group of vendors, and plenty of happy shoppers. What had originally started as a starting point for Ventures participants to showcase their businesses, has now expanded into marketplace for local vendors. There were a variety of items available from pottery and bead work, to crafts and books. Shopping can definitely work up an appetite, so we also had Chipman’s food truck onsite selling fish and chips. For those of you who missed out, our next marketplace will be held on December 11th, giving you a chance to pick up some last minute Christmas shopping.

Interested in becoming a vendor? It only costs ten dollars a table! For more information, call 780-471-9655.

Coats for Kids and Families!

We are pleased to announce that once again we are a depot for the United Way’s “Coats for Kids and Families” campaign. According to their website: “Coats for Kids and Families is a United Way initiative that began in 1992 due to overwhelming requests from families and individuals with limited resources in need of winter jackets. Many families continue to deal with sharply rising living expenses and simply don’t have the means to purchase the clothing needed to stay warm during Alberta’s harsh winters. The most vulnerable among us are children. Without adequate winter clothing, a child will have a difficult time reaching their full potential.”

Our depot is open from 9am-12pm, Monday to Friday. Please note, that we currently only have coats for women and children. Quantities are limited.

If you are interested in donating winter clothing to the “Coats for Kids and Families” campaign, please follow the guidelines listed here. DECSA does not accept clothing donations.


We Heart Cereal!

We would like to thank everyone who helped us collect cereal boxes for Ivory Noir Salon’s “We Heart Cereal” Fundraiser. As an agency we were able to donate 32 boxes, contributing to their grand total of more than 1,800 boxes! On November 5th, the boxes were set up in the gymnasium at Crystal Kids, and were then knocked over into a giant, domino effect! Afterwards, all proceeds we donated to the Edmonton Food Bank.