Why We Exist
Since 1968, Chrysalis has sought to create meaningful opportunities for the individuals we serve. We help them learn new skills, push personal limits and realize self-potential. The following three stories exemplify the Chrysalis motto of Change, Growth and Opportunity.
Jade Hahn has been with Chrysalis for over 17 years, and has recently graduated. “Jade is wonderful example of the good that comes from embracing change.” says Adele Mattern, his Program Team Lead. For over 15 years, he was employed as a dishwasher but he wanted more out of life. His goal was five-day a week employment which would lead to more independence for him. Then, the Bistro staff with Pembina Oil Corporation stepped into his life. Jade was hired by Pembina in October 2017, serving 12 floors in the building. His role includes booking meetings for others, setting up boardrooms for meetings, ensuring dishes are washed and put away; and staff lounges and kitchens are stocked, organized and clean. In observing him at work, Adele says, “I noticed that Pembina staff connect with Jade on a personal level—like a colleague.” Jade stated he is happy and loves his new career. He’s looking forward to being with Pembina for many years to come. Congratulations Jade!
Casey Crowder has volunteered at the Dr. Gordon Townsend School at the Alberta Children’s Hospital for over 10 years. He sorts and collects the recycling cans/bottles and changes the bags for the garbage bins in the cafeteria area. Money raised from the recycling program is used for school programs and supplies. Casey is very proud of what he does for the kids who study there during their hospital stay. Throughout the years, Casey has built a strong and warm relationships with the School’s administrative assistant and some of the teachers.
Vincent Lee is a talented artist in the Lynn Groves Hautmann Centre for the Arts program at Chrysalis. While at first a keen cartoonist, he has expanded his comfort zone into the challenging and realistic world of landscapes and animal portraits. Vincent’s photographic memory transfers beautifully onto different mediums with an exactness that is undeniable. In 2017, Vincent submitted two paintings to the 12th annual Phoenix Sister Cities International Competition for Artists with Disabilities. Over 100 pieces of artwork were submitted for the contest. Submissions were sent in from Phoenix, USA; Chengdu, China; Ramat-Gan, Israel; Calgary, Canada; Himeji, Japan; and Taipei, Taiwan. In the Exhibition category, Vincent’s painting, Lion King, won first place.