“The Mission Community Skills Centre Society is a community-based resource dedicated to helping people improve their employability through quality services and training as defined by our clients.”
Our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Declaration
We would like to acknowledge that we are on the unseeded traditional territories of the Leq’á:mel, Tla-o-qui-aht, Sumas, Katzie, Qualicum, Squiala First Nations, and Xwexwenaqe Xwexwilmelh people, and would like to thank these Nations for allowing us to live, work and play on their sacred territories.
Mission Community Skills Centre Society is committed to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion in our living, learning and work environments. We know that diversity underpins excellence, and that we all share responsibility for creating an equitable, diverse and inclusive community.
At Mission Community Skills Centre Society a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace is one where all employees and participants, whatever their gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation or identity, education or disability, feels valued and respected. We are committed to a non-discriminatory approach and provide equal opportunity for employment and advancement in all of our departments, programs, and worksites. We respect and value diverse life experiences and heritages and ensure that all voices are valued and heard.
We’re committed to modeling diversity and inclusion for the employment services industry, and to maintaining an inclusive environment with equitable treatment for all.
We actively encourage applications from members of groups with historical and/or current barriers to equity, including, but not limited to:
- First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, and all other Indigenous peoples;
- members of groups that commonly experience discrimination due to race, ancestry, colour, religion and/or spiritual beliefs, or place of origin;
- persons with visible and/or invisible (physical and/or mental) disabilities;
- persons who identify as women; and
- persons of marginalized sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions.
We recognize that many of these identities intersect and that therefore, equity, diversity and inclusion can be complex. We value the contributions that each person brings, and are committed to ensuring full and equal participation for all in our community.
To provide informed, authentic leadership for cultural equity, Mission Community Skills Centre Society strives to:
- See diversity, inclusion, and equity as connected to our mission and critical to ensure the well-being of our staff and the communities we serve.
- Acknowledge and dismantle any inequities within our policies, systems, programs, and services, and continually update and report organization progress.
- Explore potential underlying, unquestioned assumptions that interfere with inclusiveness.
- Advocate for and support board-level thinking about how systemic inequities impact our organization’s work, and how best to address that in a way that is consistent with our mission.
- Help to challenge assumptions about what it takes to be a strong leader at our organization, and who is well-positioned to provide leadership.
- Practice and encourage transparent communication in all interactions.
- Commit time and resources to expand more diverse leadership within our board, staff, committee, and advisory bodies.
- Lead with respect and tolerance. We expect all employees to embrace this notion and to express it in workplace interactions and through everyday practices.
Experience & Capacity
The Society is known for its quality of service delivery, innovation, flexibility, labour market connection and sound financial management.
The Society is managed by a Board of Directors, Executive Director (ED) and supported by a staff of experienced professionals.
The Society’s core competency is the development, implementation, and delivery of programs and training that help individuals improve their employability skills to (re)enter the labour market. The Society strongly believes that when dealing with employability, a holistic approach is most successful.
Activities provide a bridge between employment, training, education, community involvement and social services. The Society’s program activities are supported by a comprehensive resource of employment, community and social service information and business contacts in the Fraser Valley.
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.
Our partnerships with business and organizations enable innovative and quality programming that responds to the needs of our clients and contributes to the economic and social health of our communities.
We are committed to excellence in all of our activities and we pride ourselves on the reputation that we have attained in the academic, business and employment communities. Our standards of service and program quality are high and these standards are reflected in the positive outcome of our graduates and participants. A further reflection of that excellence is that our trainers and staff are recognized for their skills and abilities.