IMG_0551Back in 1974, we partnered with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) to provide services for persons with disabilities as a pilot project under Incorporated Personnel Services.  The name Distinctive Employment Counseling Services of Alberta (DECSA) evolved and was legally enacted and incorporated under the Societies Act in 1977. Since 1977, DECSA programming has evolved significantly.  We are a non-profit charitable organization governed by a volunteer board of directors. Our programs and services are funded by all levels of governments, corporate sponsorship and grant funding.

Today, all Albertans with barriers, including persons with disabilities access our programs and services.

Our programs provide employment, education and skill-based training that assists individuals to achieve their various educational and employment related, including entrepreneurship.

Individuals attending our programs have access to a comprehensive continuum of workshops combined with individualized and group supports. Our program workshops include, but are not limited to: life management, employment preparation, work search, training supports, career and vocational counseling, employment, education, business development, placement and retention services.  Our services include, but not limited to assessments, psychological counseling, outreach support and cultural supports.

DSCF6949We are located in a quiet community only 1 block from the nearest bus stop; we have ample free parking and are a fully accessible facility. Being part of a community is important to us; in the Bellevue community we take care of each other, DECSA participates in Adopt a Block, our neighbour waters our flowers when they tend to their own garden, and the local firefighters come to flip pancakes at our Annual Community Pancake Breakfast.

We invite YOU to experience DECSA, where everything matters from the moment you walk in our door to the moment you leave to embark upon your new found journey; with new skills, new direction and the confidence to achieve your desired goals.


  1. Andrew Squires

    Hello I am a recovering alcoholic and drug addict with over 4 months clean. I live in an Oxford House and am totally mentally functional again. I have extensive trades skills but have a poor work history with many gaps due to problems with addiction. I need stable work and have had no luck. I have also a criminal record not a very extensive one, I would like to see if. Can expunge it so it does not impede me from employment opportunities I also would like to brush up my computer skills up as I am way behind in technology use I believe. I wonder if you might be able to help me with any of these things? Please contact me if you can.

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