Working Gear was established for the following purpose:

To relieve poverty by providing interview clothing and/or industry appropriate clothing to low income or unemployed individuals in search of employment.

Many work-ready men have difficulty in accessing paid employment because they lack appropriate attire. Our goal is to reduce or eliminate this barrier. We provide low-income men with industry appropriate clothing at no cost, which greatly assists them in returning to full-time employment. Working closely with employment service providers ensures recipients are work ready and have the support available to keep a job.

Working Gear Clothing Society acknowledges that we are operating in an area located on the unceded Coast Salish territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. 


Pink Buffalo Films created this video summarizing our mission and the people we serve

Board of Directors

Working Gear Clothing Society is managed and run by volunteers. We have an incredibly diverse volunteer Board of Directors,  and Advisors, all dedicated to ensuring the organization is a success. Click on each team member’s name to find out more about them.

Julia Bahen

Vice Chair

Peter Crawford


Chris Adams-Brush


Jenna Hildebrand


Howard Ma

Fund Development

Brent Pollington

Industry Liaison

Breanna Kray

Fund Development


  • Cal Chan
    In-House Stylist and Operations Coordinator
  • Sarah Beley
  • Stephen Flynn
    Co-founder, Special Advisor
  • Sarah Mayer
    Marketing Manager
  • Barb Miura
    Operations Coordinator
  • Clare McKenna
    Grants Advisor

Booking Agencies

Our services are for low income men returning to work in the Lower Mainland. To be eligible for an appointment, you must be a client with one of our approved referral agencies. Only these agencies can book an appointment. Appointments are available Wednesdays and Thursdays 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM and Saturdays 10:00 AM to 12:00 AM. Missed appointments will not be re-booked. For questions about our services, please visit our FAQ section.

ACCESS Futures
Shannon McConaghy 778-395-0385
Shannon McMilan 604-251-7955

Rebekka or Fawn –
Administrative Support 604-687-7480
Valerie Inglis

Back In Motion – Skills Connect for Immigrants Program
Toll free: 1-877-277-4832

Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work (CCRW)
Shannon Jacob – Employment Coordinator

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)
Celina Luk, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
Marc Gelmon, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor:
CMHA Vancouver, Fraser Branch: 604-872-4902

Community Employment Services (CES)
Corrections Services of Canada
Marcel Chalmers or
604-666-2160 / 604 306-0451

Drive Youth Employment Services (DYES)
Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House (Services for 16-30 year olds)
WorkBC Vancouver Northeast Employment Centre

First Nations Employment Society
Brandon Stiles
604-605-8901 ext’n 13

GT Hiring Solutions
Mary Anne Eimers
(604) 430-5627 Ext 3104

Harvest Project – North Shore
Donna Bromley / Jane Howard – Client Care Manager
1073 Roosevelt Cresc., North Vancouver, BC  V7P 1M4

Lin Meng 604-684-2561  extension 1137
Lisa Kolbuc 604-684-2561
501-333 Terminal Avenue, Vancouver

WorkBC Employment Services – Vancouver Northeast
Contacts: Caroline Hiebert ; Isabelle Wu

Open Door Group
WorkBC Employment Services Centre – DTES Vancouver
Contact: April

UGM – Union Gospel Mission
Contact: Mariusz Stepien
604-215-5447  ext’n 473

Urban Native Youth Association – Aboriginal Transition Program 
Transition workers:
Sopheary Chea & David Minor –

Vancouver Coastal Health Authority
288 – 2750 East Hastings St., Vancouver BC V5K 1Z9

Westcoast Genesis Society
Hannah Cockerham 604-636-3578
305 Carnarvon Street, New Westminster

WorkBC Employment Services Centre – City Centre
Family Services of Greater Vancouver
Contact: Evelin Antonio 604-434-0367 ext. 3213

WorkBC Employment Services Centre – Fraser Works Co-op

Working Man’s Closet 604-522-9701 ext. 123

WorkBC Employment Services Centre – Maple Ridge
Kathy Babichuk 604-466-4610
Liba Thomsen 604-460-3327
510 – 22470 Dewdney Trunk Road, Maple Ridge


WorkBC Services Centre – Newton
Suite #110-7525 King George Blvd, Surrey, BC V3W 5A8
Alison Smyth, 778-728-0175 extension 1467,
Harminder Dhaliwal, 778-728-0175 extension 1467,
Jagjit Kaur, 778-728-0175 extension 1467

WorkBC Employment Services Centre – Pacific Community Resources
Amy Pang 604-636-1124
7292 Kingsway Avenue, Burnaby

WorkBC Employment Services Centre – Surrey, Fleetwood, Guildford
Daniel Lee 604-580-9749
Brandon Gorin 604-580-9740
202 – 10334 152A Street, Surrey

WorkBC Employment Services Centre – Vancouver Midtown
Patricia Leiser 604-829-2300
Aaron Burnell 604-829-2300
Katrina Stock 604-709-5720

WorkBC Employment Services Centre – Vancouver Westside
Cliff Thorbes

Whalley WorkBC Centre
Contacts: Resource Room 604-584-0003 extension 236

YMCA – Vancouver Experience Works Youth BEAT program
955 Burrard Street, Vancouver

YMCA of Greater Vancouver
Cleaning and Janitorial Services Training
Employment & Immigration Services

YWCA Career Zone
WorkBC Employment Services Centre