Monthly Archives: July 2015

Career Fair at Alberta Indigenous Games 2015

On July 14 & 15, 2015, DECSA hosted our Career Fair at the Alberta Indigenous Games.

Aboriginal youth, athletes and community members came from around Rundle Park, where the games are hosted, to learn about employment and education opportunities, or even to get hired on the spot.

You can check out photos of all the action below.

 AIG 2015 poster (left); ENBA President Martha Campiou at AIG opening ceremonies (right)

The Career Fair gets underway

Mayor Don Iveson meets the DECSA team

Courtney and Brigjilda offer help with résumés

DECSA would like to thank all of our sponsors and exhibitors for supporting our Career Fair. Visit their websites to find upcoming job & education opportunities and to learn more:

9th Annual Community Pancake Breakfast – Thank You!

Yesterday, DECSA staff, volunteers and sponsors came together to deliver our 9th Annual Community Pancake Breakfast to our neighbours, colleagues, clients, agency partners, service providers, friends and family.

Almost 500 guests enjoyed a delicious free breakfast as well as children’s activities, a teepee, free library cards, DJ Max Peets and firefighters with a fire truck.

Our CEO Deborah Rose is interviewed by CTV (left); Ventures client Max Peets volunteers his time for DJ duty (right)

The community comes together to enjoy a delicious free breakfast

EPL’s Highlands branch creating free library cards (left); Teepee from Red Road Healing Society (right)

Edmonton Fire Rescue meets the community and shows off their fire truck

Face to Face Xpress paints children’s faces

DECSA staff and volunteers serving up breakfast

We couldn’t have done it without all of our wonderful volunteers and our sponsors, including: Edmonton Public Library, Edmonton’s Food Bank, Sun Life Financial, Bredin Centre, Edmonton Fire Rescue, Edmonton Police Service, Northlands, Face to Face Xpress Face Painting, The Red Road Healing Society, Super Save Group, Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues, Funky Petals, Signarama and the City of Edmonton.


The DECSA team would like to thank the community for contributing to another fantastic breakfast. Here’s to many more in the years to come!

Free Pancake Breakfast at DECSA this Wednesday!


DECSA is hosting its 9th Annual Community Pancake Breakfast this Wednesday, July 8th, from 7:30-10-30 am, come rain or shine!

It’s our way of giving back to our clients, community, agency partners, service providers and neighbours.

Bring your friends, family and colleagues down to our front lawn at 11515 71 St NW for a delicious free breakfast of pancakes, sausage, eggs, strawberries with whipped cream, coffee and orange juice.

You can also look forward to seeing local firefighters, games & face-painting for children and free library cards courtesy of EPL.

“I’m looking forward to my first DECSA pancake breakfast – to get out there and connect with people in the community,” says Shirley, a breakfast committee member. “I’m excited to engage with EPL, the firefighters and the First Responders.”

“I love seeing the people – young, old, and in-between – enjoying themselves with good food and conversation,” says Velma, a member of DECSA’s team.

We invite you to join us on Wednesday for a morning of free breakfast and fun for everybody!


The Value of a Library Card

PancakeStill wondering if you should attend our 9th Annual Community Pancake Breakfast on Wednesday, July 8 from 7:30 – 10:30 am? Wonder no more!

Alongside DECSA staff and volunteers serving a delicious breakfast of free pancakes, sausage, eggs, coffee, orange juice, and strawberries with whipped cream, there will also be staff from the Highlands branch of the Edmonton Public Library offering free EPL library cards!

We asked Margaret, one of our friends at the Highlands branch, to tell us about the value of a library card. This is what she had to say:

Why sign up for an EPL membership? Here are the top FIVE reasons:

  1. DIGITAL RESOURCES Edmonton Public Library has an extensive and diverse digital collection that Edmontonians can access from a computer, tablet or even a smartphone. Everything from language learning to video streaming is available in a variety of formats, at your fingertips with a library card!
  2. COMPUTER ACCESS Not only does every EPL branch in the city offer free WiFi, we all also have free public access computer stations.
  3. BOOKS AND ENTERTAINMENT Many people think of libraries as synonymous with books, but we are so much more than that! EPL is Edmonton’s largest lender of all things information and entertainment related. In addition to books, your library card grants you access to movies, CDs, audiobooks and video games which are available in many languages.
  4. ME LIBRARIES If you have an EPL membership you can sign up to ME Libraries and access over 10 million titles from 300 libraries all over Alberta!
  5. IT’S FREE!! Library cards are absolutely free for all Edmonton residents. Even without a library card you can come into the library to enjoy the space and take part in one of our popular programs. Did I mention these are all FREE?

If you have any questions our friendly library staff is always willing to help you find what you are looking for. For more information about the Edmonton Public Library or our programs and services, please visit the Highlands Branch at 6710 – 118 Avenue or online at

We invite all of our clients, agency partners, service providers, and neighbours to come together in the spirit of community on July 8 for a morning of good food and festivities.

We hope to see you there!

Our thanks to Margaret at EPL for contributing to this blog post.