Our Services

Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD)

Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge Treaty 7 territory—the traditional and ancestral territory of the Blackfoot Confederacy: Kainai, Piikani, and Siksika as well as the Tsuu T’ina Nation and Stoney Nakoda First Nation. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3 within the historical Métis Homeland. We acknowledge the many First Nations, Métis and Inuit who have lived in and cared for these lands for generations. We are grateful for the traditional Knowledge Keepers and Elders who are still with us today and those who have gone before us. We make this acknowledgement as an act of reconciliation and gratitude to those whose territory we reside on or are visiting.

Elaine Caskie

Elaine Caskie

Executive Director of PDD Support Services

With a dynamic career spanning various roles within the educational and administrative sectors, Elaine has forged a distinctive path focusing on the nexus of education and special needs support. As an educator and regional manager, she has specialized in working with special needs students, equipping teachers and educational assistants with the necessary skills to handle challenging behaviors, and designing comprehensive behavior plans and functional assessments. Her expertise extends to delivering both virtual and face-to-face instruction, leading teams within the Alberta Council of Disability Services, and conducting investigative research.

Currently pursuing her doctorate, Elaine holds a master’s degree in Distance Education and has completed advanced training across a spectrum of areas including SIVA (Supportive Interventions for Vulnerable Adults), Motivational Interviewing, Advanced Mental Health First Aid, Naloxone, Mandt, and IABA (Institute for Applied Behavior Analysis) Parts I & II. These qualifications underscore her commitment to fostering supportive, informed environments in both educational settings and beyond.

Her organizational, governance, and administrative acumen is equally impressive, with a strong foundation in policy and procedures, strategic business planning, business continuity planning, and emergency response planning. She is well-versed in addressing complex needs, trauma-informed care, and harm reduction, demonstrating leadership, supervision, and management skills that have led her to significant roles such as Chair and Vice Chair on the Board of Directors for various organizations.

Through her multifaceted career, she not only champions the importance of specialized education and support for those with special needs but also contributes to the strategic and operational excellence of the institutions she serves. Her work embodies a deep commitment to inclusivity, education, and the well-being of individuals across communities.

Janis Care Services is an Accredited Agency (CET) Creating Excellence Together

CET is a benchmark for service delivery – CET was created to reflect what those with disabilities said was important to them, a Quality of Life.

Accreditation promotes Quality – CET Accreditation measures the quality of our service on an ongoing basis and the process supports us to strengthen weak areas.

Accreditation promotes Risk Management – CET Accreditation Standards evaluates areas of risk, helps us to identify and manage risk and make sure our processes meet best practices in this field.

Accreditation helps Service Providers Increase Knowledge – “ACDS continually monitors best practice in the field and sits on various province-wide committees that keep their knowledge base of field, provincial and governmental activities and trends current. Service providers that live and breathe the CET Accreditation Standards can also acquire that knowledge.”

Accreditation Enhances Professionalism within the Field – “CET Accreditation challenges providers to achieve the highest level of professionalism possible, helps providers to continually nurture professionalism among their staff, and enables service providers to determine whether their staff are striving for and achieving expected levels of professionalism.”

Accreditation Encourages Ongoing Training

“The CET Accreditation Standards adds to the service provider’s knowledge of training requirements thereby encouraging ongoing training for its staff in all its service areas, including in the area of support to individuals accessing service whose lives intersect with multiple systems.”