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Blue Heron Support Services Association

Monday to Friday: 8:30 to 5:00
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Tel (780) 674-4944

Employment Services

Meaningful Employment

The ability to find meaningful employment is something that everyone wants. Here at BHSSA we take a unique approach with the individuals that we support called Customized Employment. This unique process allows us to discover with the individual their passions, their skills and their dreams. We use this to aid in matching them with the right employer.

Many of the individuals BHSSA supports with employment have meaningful employment within our community as well as self-employment businesses. The Customized Employment approach has received positive feedback from both employers and individuals we support.


Some of the employers in our community who employ Individuals with developmental disabilities are:

ADLC, Pembina West Coop, Home Building Centre, County of Barrhead, Keir Care Centre, Barrhead Leader, North Plex, Sunnyside realty, Tim Hortons, Pembina Hills School Divsion and Ripple Connection. 


Blue Heron has multiple Customized Employment and Job Coaching trainers who provide staff with the necessary skills and confidence to work one on one with each individuals at their specific work site. 


Benefits to Employers that hire someone with a disability 

  • Reliable and dependable employees

  • Work force diversity

  • Fosters positive staff morale – creates a culture that supports flexibility and sensitivity to individual differences

  • Workforce reflects the demographic makeup of your customer base/ community

  • Canadians with disabilities have accesses of a combined annual disposable income of 25 billion dollars


The different types of employment opportunities that may be available

  • Paid Employment

  • Resource Ownership

  • Self Employment

  • A Business within a Business

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