Working Gear is a volunteer-run charity located in the Downtown Eastside neighborhood of Vancouver, BC. We have had the privilege of serving our clients since 2007. We rely on the generous support of individuals, businesses, and organizations to provide industry appropriate clothing and haircutting services to individuals experiencing unemployment or underemployment.

OUR MISSION
To relieve poverty by providing industry appropriate clothing, gear and supports at no cost to low income or unemployed individuals in search of employment.

OUR VALUES

  • We exist to improve lives by supporting our clients and the community. We treat everyone with compassion, respect, and kindness
  • We recognize society’s interconnectedness. We are committed to addressing social inequities and we use our voice to advocate for positive change
  • Collaboration is the backbone of Working Gear. We aim to form long-lasting relationships and partnerships with our clients, referral agencies, volunteers, sponsors, donors, and advocates that are rooted in trust and integrity.
  • Staying curious is what keeps us on a continual path of learning and growing. We are committed to listening and learning from those around us, enabling us to innovate, adapt, and solve problems
  • We strive to make a sustainable impact in the lives of our clients and the community as a whole. We recognize hard work and celebrate the successes of our community

Board of Directors


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

Julia Bahen

Chair

Peter Crawford

Chair

Chris Adams-Brush

Treasurer

Jenna Hildebrand

Secretary

Garth White

Sarah Mayer

Communications

Jenea Gomez

Aida Tajbakhsh

Advisors


Sarah Beley, Director

Sarah Beley leads Working Gear in its mission to relieve poverty by providing essential clothing to unemployed and low-income individuals as they transition back into the workforce. As the non-profit organization’s sole employee, Sarah guides a team of volunteers to support her in all functions.

An active member of the local community, Sarah forges strong partnerships with local employment agencies, homeless shelters and community organizations to ensure Working Gear helps everyone who needs it.

In Working Gear’s shop, Sarah manages both back and front-of-house operations alongside the organization’s volunteer Operations Manager, Barb Miura. Most recently, Sarah created an on-site barber shop so clients can get a haircut and present their best face on the job. More often than not, she is the friendly face greeting clients as they walk through the door and helping them find the right gear.

Sarah has a degree in Political Science from Simon Fraser University, with a major in Public Policy and a minor in Dialogue Communications, and a graduate diploma in Sustainable Community Development. In 2015, Sarah completed the prestigious Radius Fellowship program, a premium development for emerging social innovators. In 2019, she received the City of Vancouver’s Award of Excellence, which recognizes those who lead projects that create a thriving, healthy, and liveable city for everyone.

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