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Chrysalis: An Alberta Society for Citizens with Disabilities

For over 50 years, we have advocated for full community inclusion and empowering individuals to achieve positive change. We provide personalized services to assist individuals with disabilities in achieving their employment, volunteer and recreation goals.

Our Story

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.

Our Impact

What We Do

Chrysalis believes it is essential that individuals with disabilities are valued members of the community. We have created numerous inclusive partnerships in Edmonton and Calgary (and surrounding areas) for our service individuals to become gainfully employed and full participants in a variety of activities.

We currently serve 290 individuals between the Edmonton and Calgary sites – with 65 individuals in Calgary and 225 individuals in Edmonton. We use a Human-Centered Design process to design solutions, services or products with people rather than for them, regardless of their differing abilities. This framework ensures the human perspective is accounted for and allows us all to truly understand the person as a whole, and find opportunities for them to achieve a better and more fulfilling quality of life.

Chrysalis Calgary Statistics (as of June 2019):
– We serve 65 individuals
– We have 47 community sites, 39 volunteer sites and 8 employment sites
– 89% of our individuals are involved in inclusive community activities
– 100% of our individuals report inclusion
– 92% of our individuals volunteer in the communities
– 26% of our individuals are in supported employment opportunities

Our Programs

How We Do It

Chrysalis provides high quality on-site and community-based programs. Here’s the overview on our Calgary programs for the individuals we serve.

On-Site Signature Programs:

– Active Leisure Centre – onsite fitness facility providing individualized fitness training
– Chrysalis Cooks Program – ie. budgeting, grocery shopping, meal planning, food preparation and cooking
– Computer Program – ie. Success Maker, reading and writing
– Creative arts program: ie. drawing, painting, photography, multi-media
– Crafts program
– Music Program – music movement, music appreciation, singing and dancing, music therapy
– Snoezelen Room – a multi-sensory environment to deliver stimuli to various senses
– Training Program – ie. back care & lifting, WHMIS, fire extinguisher training, self-advocacy course

Community-Based Programs

– Yoga
– Dance
– Sports
– Painting & drawing
– Theatre performance

Our Requests

What You Can Do

How Can You Get Involved?

Here are some of the ways you can support Chrysalis. You’re also welcome to contact us to discuss an opportunity and partnership with us.


  • As a Board Member – Consider a meaningful volunteer opportunity that helps make a positive difference in the lives of others. Join the Board of Directors and help us make community inclusion a reality.
  • At an upcoming event – like the:
    + Oct. 4, 2019 – Calgary Art Show featuring works of heart from our Chrysalis artists
    + Spring 2021 – Casino Fundraiser (date to be confirmed)


  • Fundraisers – Attend or give at our upcoming fundraisers
  • Purchase products from our Chrysalis Woods & Plastics division:
  • Donate online by clicking “Donate” button below


  • Art Appreciation & Education – If you have passes or connections to local art venues, local cultural events or entertainment attractions for the individuals we serve to tour – ie. Fort Calgary, Telus Spark Centre, Glenbow Museum, Stampeders or Flames Games, etc.
  • Artists – If you are an artist, please send us information about local studios that are either run by you or that you attend, that may be of interest to our clients.
  • Purchase art from our Chrysalis artists at an upcoming event:
    Oct. 4, 2019 – Calgary Art Show, where our artists receive 70 per cent of the sale and the other 30 per cent goes back to Chrysalis for purchasing more art supplies
  • Music, Dance & Drama – If you know of music, dance or drama programs where our individuals could further expand their performing arts repertoire please send us with a contact name, number or email address.
  • Chefs & Dietitians – If you are interested in sharing your culinary expertise with our individuals in the Chrysalis Cooks cooking program, then please send us an email.
  • Qualified Trades – If you are interested in assisting in donating your expertise please send us an email.

Stay Connected


Kendra Warwick

Operations Manager of Calgary Services


Charitable Number: 108200049 RR0001

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Annual Operating Budget:

7.2 Million

Strategic Plan