KES has been serving the employment needs of the Creston Valley since 1990. The organization is a registered charity and deeply committed to Creston’s economic health and vitality. We work with many organizations in the community to address both emerging and longstanding issues affecting the local labour market. Together we help make Creston the unique and positive place that it is 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!
Mission statement: To contribute to the ongoing growth and integrity of community by providing dynamic employment and community development services.
Philosophy: 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.
“We have worked closely with Kootenay Employment Services for many years. Both agencies have evolved and developed an effective and efficient collaborative model with other related agencies in the valley. KES has always served a critical, leadership role in many initiatives and provided space and resources to assist the community to meet ever growing needs in ever diminishing economies.”
-Lendina Bambrick, Executive Director, Kootenai Community Centre Society
“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