Alberta Disability Workers Association
Building a Valued, Proud & Professional Workforce

ADWA Champions

Posted By Kathleen Biersdorff on May 6, 2018

A champion is defined as “someone who stands up for a cause, a principle or another person.” ADWA’s cause as a professional association is the development and recognition of disability workers as skilled professionals. ADWA’s board and staff try to champion that message to our members, government and others who work in the field. We need people to be aware of how we are working for them, but we can’t be everywhere. And while we send out regular E-Bulletins, not everyone reads them. So we need a way to extend our reach and find more personal ways to connect with our members and to grow our professional community. The Champions initiative aims to do that.

Moving Forward: 2018 ADWA Annual General Meeting

Posted By Kathleen Biersdorff on April 16, 2018

Our eighth Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday May 7, 2018, starting at 4:30 pm at the Radisson Hotel Edmonton South as part of the annual ACDS conference. We will report on our financial position, advocacy, certification pilot and other member priorities. We will vote on a bylaw change and new board members. There will be discussions to help us move forward, prize draws and chocolate.

Self-Care for Disability Workers

Posted By Joanna Nowotarski on March 26, 2018

Although self-care is critical for efficiency and skillfulness in this field of work, it can be easily, and very quickly, forgotten and lost. Not taking care of our well-being may lead to compassion fatigue and burnout, which could impair our decision making and have adverse effects on client care.

2018 Call for Nominations to the ADWA Board

Posted By Kathleen Biersdorff on March 5, 2018

Four seats on the board are up for election this year. Please nominate yourself or another member to the ADWA board by March 25 by sending name and contact information, skills and interests to

Certification Pilot Begins!

Posted By Kathleen Biersdorff on February 6, 2018

ADWA is pleased to announce that the long-awaited certification pilot has begun and will continue throughout 2018.

Holiday Greetings from ADWA

Posted By Kathleen Biersdorff on December 22, 2017

The board and staff of ADWA wish you a safe and joyous Holiday Season.

Bill 30: Occupational Health & Safety Update

Posted By Kathleen Biersdorff on November 30, 2017

Bill 30 (Act to Protect the Health and Well-Being of Working Albertans) aims to promote workers’ physical and psychological health, prevent workplace incidents and injuries, and ensure that workers know about workplace hazards and can refuse dangerous work without discrimination, among other things.

Perkopolis Update

Posted By Kathleen Biersdorff on November 10, 2017

Perkopolis, our member perks program, has changed the way it registers new users.

The Year in Review: Worker Safety

Posted By Kathleen Biersdorff on October 2, 2017

While advocacy for fair compensation is something that ADWA members expect for their dues, we also take the safety of our workforce very seriously. This past year, this commitment has taken two main directions: 1) development of a safety app with ACDS and 2) advocacy with the Alberta Ministry of Labour for OHS rules that work for our sector.

The Year in Review: Member Support

Posted By Kathleen Biersdorff on August 11, 2017

What do ADWA members get for their dues? There are many answers to that question, and the one that resonates with you may be different than the one that resonates with other disability workers.