These partners include Government of Canada through Service Canada; the Province of British Columbia through both the Ministry of Jobs Tourism and Skills Training and the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation; Mission Regional Chamber of Commerce; Mission Downtown Business Association; the District of Mission’s Economic Development Committee and many others.
The vision of Mission Community Skills Centre Society, as formally defined within our by-laws states:
“We are a starting point for tomorrow’s leaders. We believe that years from now, the Mission Community Skills Centre Society will be recognized as the place that launched the careers of business and community leaders who continue to contribute to a vibrant society.”
Mission Community Skills Centre Society is incorporated as a non-profit society, governed by a volunteer Board of Directors formed by local people involved in economic and social development issues. The Board of Directors is a policy board, which follows a modified Carver model of policy governance.
From time to time “ad hoc” committees are established for short-term projects. Strategy sessions and information-gathering meetings are held annually to assist staff and the board to determine our direction and develop our community vision and mission.
Management and Operations
We operate with an Executive Director, two Managers and a staff of more than 20 people. Staff are located in various offices located throughout the Fraser Valley.
We currently provide employment development programs including WorkBC Employment Services Centre Mission and Training for Succe$$, in Mission and Langley.
WorkBC Employment Service Centre:
As a member of Fraser Valley Employment & Support Services Co-operative, Mission Community Skills Centre Society is lead in the delivery of WorkBC ESC services and support measures. As a well-established, community-based employment and social service provider, we are experienced in working with Clients diverse in age, gender, ability, economic status, ethnicity and barriers to employment or community attachment.
Training for Succe$$:
We provide unemployed individuals with skills, training, and possibly short-term industry certified training to find and sustain employment. The program provides six weeks of group and individual-based programming. Week 7 and Week 8 provides short-term certificate training, additional computer training and short term industry certificate training, or a job with a Targeted Wage Subsidy. The desired program outcome is that participants will be employed, have increased skills and confidence to find employment, or will move into other employment interventions such as further training.
We are committed to supporting clients, businesses and career practitioners living and working within our region.
Directors receive no remuneration or honorarium.
Length of term
Directors and Officers are elected for one year term, with no maximum term limit. Executive positions within the board include President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer. Each position is appointed on an annual basis.
Regular monthly Board meetings usually last approximately one hour. Directors are expected to spend whatever time they need reading information distributed prior to the meeting to ensure they are prepared and informed. Board meetings are normally on the third Wednesday of each month, although there are no meetings in July or December. The Annual General Meeting is in June of each year and each winter (usually in February or March) the Annual Strategic Planning session occurs in addition to the normal monthly meeting.
All Directors are encouraged to participate in annual organizational development workshops or strategic planning sessions where their interest and experience is valued in supporting the development of new goals and the annual strategic plans/initiatives.
Directors are also encouraged to be involved with local organizations such as the Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development societies and other business events related to Mission Community Skills Centre Society’s endeavours.
Information sharing and knowledge is a two-way street. In one direction, Directors are encouraged to act as advocates for the Mission Community Skills Centre Society programs and initiatives while attending other community meetings; and in the other they are able to deliver community input to the Mission Community Skills Centre Society Board and committees through knowledge gained while participating in other community organizations.
Confidentiality and conflicts of interest
Directors will be required to sign an ‘Agreement of Confidentiality’ which covers confidentiality and conflict of interest issues related to business activities, financials and other corporate activities.