OUR MISSION

"Providing employment support and expanding opportunities for individuals with barriers and disabilities."

DECLARATION OF VALUES

We believe that:

  • Each individual has the right of opportunity to develop his/her innate potential
  • The dignity and self-worth of every person shall be recognized and respected
  • Each individual shall receive equal, fair and non-discriminatory service
  • Services will be delivered via an individualized approach in an atmosphere of confidentiality, professionalism, accountability and integrity.

A little bit about who we are.

CHOICES Association of Fort McMurray has been committed to providing services and programs that promote community inclusion for the past 47 years.

The organization's mandate is to support individuals, who have a wide range of barriers and/or limitations to employment including physical/mental challenges, health issues, mental health issues, learning disabilities, acquired brain injury, alcohol-related birth defects, and any other issue/condition which makes securing and maintaining a job difficult or impossible and any other possible barriers that older citizens or newcomers may have with securing and maintaining a job.

We offer career and employment counseling, training and skill enhancement programs and an up-to-date job board, which lists all local opportunities.

More information can be found viewing our Organization Overview

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Funders

Choices Association of Fort McMurray receives funding through Alberta Human Services, and the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.

Alberta Human Services
Alberta Human Services
Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo
Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo

Our Partners

Choices Association of Fort McMurray works with a number of organizations to provide the necessary support to individuals with disabilities and challenges.

YMCA
YMCA
Salvation Army
Salvation Army
Centre of Hope
Centre of Hope
Fort McMurray Family Crisis Society
Fort McMurray Family Crisis Society

Our board of directors

Anna Brake

President

Reza Heydari

Vice President

 

Secretary I Treasurer

Kent Tsui

Director-at-Large

Our History

History of the Association

1968

In 1968, a small group of citizens formed the Fort McMurray Association for the Mentally Retarded. The Association was incorporated under the Societies Act of Alberta in 1969 as a non-profit organization.

1974

The Association opened the Hillside Residence in Waterways, a group home for mentally challenged children funded by Social Services. The home was closed in 1987 as part of the philosophy of Social Services to deinstitutionalize mentally challenged individuals.

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1975

The Next to New Thrift store was opened in 1975. This initiative proved to be a major fund-raiser for several years and eventually closed in 1987.

1982

The Association changed its name to the Fort McMurray Association for the Mentally Handicapped.

1986

Kids are Kids, Integrated Preschool was initiated, funded by Social Services along with parent fees. This was a very successful program that provided a total of fourteen spaces for children with special needs. The preschool was eventually closed in 2004 due to the implementation of the Early Entry Program provided by the School Districts.

1991

April 11

The Association's name was changed to the Fort McMurray Association for Community Living. A step encouraged by the Canadian Association for Community Living and Alberta Association for Community Living. This was done in keeping with the philosophy that "labels" be removed, and to eliminate discrimination.

July 1st

CHOICES Supported Employment Center became a reality -Jointly funded by Canada Employment Center and Advanced Education and Career Development. The original mandate was to provide employment opportunities and support to individuals in Fort McMurray and area, who were mentally challenged, using the supported employment model.

1992

Because of the great success achieved from the CHOICES program, in March, the program expanded to offer services to the physically challenged and to individuals with mental health issues. The Opportunities Fund awarded by Human Resources Development Canada provided direct employment resources to unemployed individuals who have exhausted all avenues of support. These services ended in 2005.

2003

In 2003, transitional housing services for single women age 18 or older who have barriers or mental health issues and who are homeless or near homeless was implemented. Individuals had to be linked with a community support agency such as Community Mental Health, ADDAC or PPD. This program ended in December of 2008.

2004

The Low Income Transit Pass Program was initiated for people who have extremely low income providing monthly passes and one ticket rides. In 2009, the Salvation Army Family Services took over the program.

2005

Fort McMurray Association for Community Living was approached by the Alberta Premier's Council to host its first International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) event. Hosted every December 3rd, this was brought about by the United Nations in 1992 to increase awareness and understanding of persons with disabilities and the issues that impact their lives.

2007

In 2007, the website for the Fort McMurray Association for Community Living, www.fmacl.ca was launched.

2008

In 2008, there were two new initiatives formed:

1.Employment Readiness Program which assists in individuals with developing life skills, job searching, resume development and supported employment;

2.The CHOICES program expands to include the position of an Employment Liaison; that will provide further supports for the job maintenance portion of employment services.

2009

Fort McMurray Association for Community Living celebrated its 40th year in Fort McMurray, providing services to people with barriers.

The Fort McMurray Association for Community Living changed its mission statement - Providing employment support and expanding opportunities for individuals with disabilities and challenges.

For the 40th year celebration, a dinner and live auction took place at the Sawridge Inn and Conference Centre with master of ceremonies Graham Neil from CTV, Comedian Andre Grose and Auctioneer Russ Findlay, over $14,000 was raised.

The Fort McMurray Association for Community Living becomes partners of the Housing First Program to end homelessness in Fort McMurray by providing an Employment Counselor dedicated solely to Housing First individuals.

2011

The agency changed its name to CHOICES Association of Fort McMurray. This was to better showcase the agency and its programs.

Choices added a new component to its Housing First Program, the Basic Alberta Identification Program for individuals who are homeless, or newly housed.

2012

The agency was successful in retaining a lucrative contract through Alberta Human Services (AHS) called Targeted Initiative for Older Workers (TIOW) this program targets individuals that are 50-64 years of age that are unemployed and re-entering the workforce or individuals that are underemployed.

2015

Choices has collaborated with Alberta Human Services and Keyano College to administer a Hospitality Program for its clients. This is a four week program that provides certification training in in the hospitatlity insudyrty that includes, WHMIS, First Aid, Safe Food handling and Pro-Serve.

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Choices has a variety of volunteer positions available.

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CHOICES ASSOCIATION OF FORT MCMURRAY

10010 Franklin Avenue
Fort McMurray, AB AB T9H 2K6

Fax: 780-791-7506
Office: 780-791-3009
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