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 with NO government funding. We have an incredibly diverse volunteer Board of Directors, Operations Manager, and Advisors, all dedicated to ensuring the organization is a success. Click on each team member’s name to find out more about them.
Campaign Coordinator / Volunteer Coordinator Liaison
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.
Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)
Celina Luk Senior Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Celina.Luk3@vch.ca
Drive Youth Employment Services (DYES)
Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House (Services for 16-30 year olds)
WorkBC Vancouver Northeast Employment Centre
GT Hiring Solutions
Mary Anne Eimers
(604) 430-5627 Ext 3104
Vancouver Coastal Health Authority
288 – 2750 East Hastings St., Vancouver BC V5K 1Z9
WorkBC Employment Services Centre – Fraser Works Co-op
WorkBC Employment Services Centre – Maple Ridge
Kathy Babichuk 604-466-4610 firstname.lastname@example.org
Liba Thomsen 604-460-3327 email@example.com
510 – 22470 Dewdney Trunk Road, Maple Ridge
WorkBC Employment Services Centre – Surrey, Fleetwood, Guildford
Daniel Lee 604-580-9749 firstname.lastname@example.org
Brandon Gorin 604-580-9740 email@example.com
202 – 10334 152A Street, Surrey
WorkBC Employment Services Centre – Vancouver Midtown
Patricia Leiser 604-829-2300 firstname.lastname@example.org
Aaron Burnell 604-829-2300 email@example.com
Katrina Stock 604-709-5720 firstname.lastname@example.org
WorkBC Employment Services Centre – Vancouver Westside
Cliff Thorbes email@example.com
YMCA – Vancouver Experience Works Youth BEAT program
955 Burrard Street, Vancouver
YMCA of Greater Vancouver
Cleaning and Janitorial Services Training
Employment & Immigration Services