Canadian Paraplegic Association (Alberta)

Career/Education Profiles

The Odyssey program offers opportunities for job seekers with mobility impairments (spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, amputation, etc.) to connect with Mentor volunteers who have overcome similar employment or education-related challenges. Odyssey operates on the principle that people with disabilities know best the problems, needs, solutions and resources related to community participation.

Odyssey Mentors interested in assisting with employment issues, are positioned to assist individuals with working to overcome employment-related barriers, leading towards a rewarding career.  Mentors will present their own unique approach to sharing information with others.  Mentors have the flexibility to share information in a variety of different ways, depending on each person's goals and needs. One of the main aims to this type of peer process is to enhance an individual's opportunity to obtain meaningful employment in a competitive labour market.

The purpose of the posted profiles below is to provide information and examples of people with spinal cord injuries and other physical mobility impairments who are successful in the work place. These mentors or peer support volunteers have offered their personal information and assistance regarding employment issues.

If you are interested in becoming a Peer Support Volunteer and posting your information, please contact your local CPA office in Alberta, and ask to speak to a Client Service Coordinator about peer support.

Kuen Tang

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Gemma Rehman

Mount Royal College Student

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Zuzana Beurger

Bachelor of Commerce

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Kevin Mark

Enmax Energy Corporation, Segment Manager, Marketing

Watch Mark's Video (1.7 MEG-wmv)

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Linnie Tse

Designs for Living, Access Design Consultant (Owner)

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Alan Vuong

University of Calgary Student

Watch Alan's Video (1.7 MEG-wmv)

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Shamel Elsayed

EnCana Corporation, Team Lead

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Mike Hambly

The Independent Living Resource Centre, Personal Empowerment Program Coordinator

Watch Mike's Video (1.7 MEG-wmv)

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Nicola Birchall

Canadian Paraplegic Association, Rehabilitation Cousellor

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Shanon Bourgouin

West Jet, Administrators assistant in Sales Super Centre

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Sam Newson

Calgary Police Service, Detective

Watch Sam's Video (1.9 MEG-wmv)

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Roy Smith

Accessible Housing Registry, Accountant & Data Entry Clerk

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Larry Seymour

Telvent Canada, Senior Graphics Designer

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Cal Schuler

Spectra Alternative Solutions, Disability Consultant

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Andrea Wojcik

Student, pursuing Master of Arts (counselling)

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Valarie Buchanan McKinley

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Claudio Espinoza

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Jerry Meyer

School of Hope, Homeschooling Prgram, Teacher

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Kevin Bennett

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Mark Flores

Student

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Mike Rodomar

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Virginia Oliveira

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Martin Purvis

DeVry Institute of Technology, Assistant Director of Admissions

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Kent Hehr

Fraser Milner Casgrain, Lawyer

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James Sanders ( Actor )

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Debbie Langlet

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Duane Daines

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Trevis Brown

Return to school

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Jody Duffield

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Weslyn Mather

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Bryce Clarke ( Edmonton Police Service )

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Kevin Heikkila ( Sax Man )

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Graham Ingram

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Geoffrey Olsen ( Going back to school )
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 Holly Crichton ( Sheep Dog Trainer )

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 Kent Hehr MLA Calgary Buffalo

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 Greg Williams ( Motorcycle Enthuasist )

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 Penny Oman ( Mouth-Painter )

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