Monthly Archives: December 2015

DECSA Christmas 2015

This December, DECSA staff and clients have enjoyed much holiday merriment, including Christmas parties and gift exchanges. See photos of all the fun below…

Happy Holidays from DECSA!


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.

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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 continues to branch out.

He shared many nuggets of wisdom from his time at DECSA and beyond.

Lawrence suggests that entrepreneurs master the art of negotiation and in-kind exchanges, as well as access community and online resources. For example, Lawrence has used audiovisual resources at the Edmonton Public Library, found equipment at thrift stores, and met potential partners on Kijiji. As he says:

It’s not always about the money, it’s about figuring out what people want.

Our thanks to Lawrence for sharing!

DECSA’s Holiday Hours 2015

DECSA will be closed for a certain number of days this holiday season.

We will be closed on the following days, at the following times (half-days):

Dec. 4: Closed 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dec. 18: Closed 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Dec. 24: Closed 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

We will be closed on the following days, at the following times (full-days):

Dec. 25: Closed 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dec. 28: Closed 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Jan. 1: Closed 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hoilday Hours 2015

Resource: “Housing Problems?”

Here at DECSA, we recently came upon a great resource from the City of Edmonton – a chart detailing steps one can take when faced with housing problems. The chart includes information on seniors fleeing abuse, women fleeing abuse, addictions recovery, and more. The chart can be viewed below (click on it to enlarge), and click here to download the chart.