History

Mission Community Skills Centre Society is a not-for-profit organization which was incorporated under British Columbia’s Society’s Act on May 17, 1995 as a joint initiative between the citizens of Mission, Human Resources Development Canada and the BC Ministry of Education, Skills and Training.  The purpose of the Community Skills Centres strategic initiative was to broker or provide employability programs and training in rural communities.  At the onset, the Society offices, contracted and business services were provided in Mission.

In 1999, the Society opened an office in Abbotsford to deliver employment assistance programs under federal contracts.  This program ran until 2008.

From November 2002 to 2015, the Society contracted with federal and provincial government to deliver employment assistance services in Langley and Aldergrove.  This represented a significant expansion of the services of the Society to new communities.

During 2006, the Society merged its training services with the Fraser Valley Community Education Centre Society; a ten-year veteran in provincial and federal training programming focusing on vocational training and job finding programs in the Fraser Valley.

In 2011, the Society partnered with Agassiz-Harrison Community Services Society, Free Rein Associates Training Inc. and Win Resources to create the Fraser Valley Employment and Services Co-operative through which the Society was successful in becoming the lead service provider of the WorkBC Employment Services Centre for the Mission area in 2012.

Since its inception in 1995, the Society has always delivered at least one employment assistance contract (federal or provincial) in each fiscal year and usually more.  The Society has had facilities and offered services in the communities of Mission, Abbotsford, Langley, Hope and Chilliwack with itinerant services in Aldergrove and Maple Ridge. Programs and training served thousands of individuals in these communities.

The Society works with clients diverse in demographic, economic status, ethnicity, gender, disability, and multi-barrier challenges.  All program delivery has included the social aspects of interpersonal relationship building, resources, bridging to social services and building the labour market capacity of the community.