KES has been serving the employment needs of the Creston Valley since 1990 and the East Kootenays since April 2019. The organization is a registered charity and deeply committed to regional economic health and vitality. We work with many organizations in our communities to address both emerging and longstanding issues affecting the local labour market. Together we help make the Kootenays a unique and positive place to live and work in.
KES has no core funding. All the programs and services offered here are the result of funding support from other agencies such as governments, foundations, and even private businesses. Truly, our funding partners come in all shapes and sizes and we are deeply grateful for each one!
To contribute to the ongoing growth and integrity of community by providing dynamic employment and community development services.
We believe that everyone has the right to meaningful employment and that employed citizens build healthy communities. We further believe that locally driven community development produces economic and social benefits that are relevant and sustainable.
“KES offers so much more to this community than the basic services the government requires. KES provides hope to those when they are most desperate and their track record of success has helped the community in ways that are immeasurable.”
-Sharon Popoff, Former Principal, Prince Charles Secondary School
KES is an inclusive employer and encourages the hiring of individuals who are current or recent recipients of assistance under the Employment and Assistance Act or Employment Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Act.