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The secret to happiness: a career helping others

Community Support Workers help adults with developmental disabilities live life to the fullest


A Community Support Worker (CSW) sees the ability, not the disability. A CSW also knows that every person, regardless of their age, gender, or exceptionalities, has the right to a full and happy life. If you believe that everyone has talents and something valuable to offer and want to create an inclusive and enriching environment for adults with developmental disabilities, then a CSW career might be for you.

CSWs help those with disabilities live the lives they want to lead. By taking a person-centred approach, asking people what they want, and developing programs around those desires, CSWs help adults with developmental disabilities advocate for themselves and make their wants a reality. It is an incredibly rewarding career where you support people to become the best and happiest versions of themselves. Those who work in this field come home from work happy, and there is real value in that.

There is diversity in the opportunities available to a CSW. You might support individuals in their recreation and leisure activities, which includes music, arts and crafts, or fitness and sports. The goal is to offer comfort and support while ensuring a positive experience in trying new things. Watching people gain confidence in their new skills fosters a sense of fulfilment as you witness their growth. The people you support may also be in search of meaningful employment. You might play a role in securing them a position, working on specific job skills, and instilling a sense of accomplishment and confidence.

The Community Support Worker diploma program at Stenberg College thoroughly prepares students to enter the workforce. Tara Frazer, a current CSW and a Stenberg grad explains,

“My teacher at Stenberg was amazing. She was so knowledgeable and gave us so much information. To this day, if there’s something I’m struggling with or I need the answer for, I go back to my notes and to the things our instructor taught us.”

Stenberg grads have an excellent reputation with employers — 96 per cent find employment within six months of graduation and can earn $15.80-$29.50/hr. For more information, visit

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