KCDS Kootenay Career Development Society

The experts at KCDS have their fingers on the pulse of employment support programs, training and education. The team puts together job seekers and employers, helping them both achieve their goals.

KCDS is a non-profit society with charitable status operated by a volunteer Board of Directors and incorporated under the British Columbia Society Act.

 

MEET THE BOARD

Jodie Brady | Director

Jodie has over twenty years of experience leading finance and operations organizations in the for-profit and non-profit sectors. She has extensive private financing, M&A, IPO, strategic planning and international operations management experience. Jodie served as Director of Operations for The Bitcoin Foundation, a non-profit focused on protecting and promoting the emerging crypto-currency. Prior to that, she served as Chief Financial Officer for CoinLab, a bitcoin business incubator, and Clear Path International, a non-profit, which provides support to conflict survivors around the world. She also held the positions of Vice President of Finance and Vice President of Business Operations for Pixelworks, Inc., a public company, which makes video and pixel processing semiconductors and software. Jodie received her B.A. in Business Administration with honors from Pacific University. In her free time, Jodie enjoys spending time outdoors with her family; she is passionate about healthy food systems and is an avid animal lover.

Carina Costom | Director

Carina Costom was born in Montréal, Québec in the colourful late sixties and moved to Nelson, BC in 2003.  She is a creative workshop facilitator, artist, poet/writer, graphic designer, event planner and mother. She delivered several years of employment and life skills workshops for KCDS. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Honours) from McGill University with a major in Communications and Film and has completed studies in the art of facilitation with PYE Global. A contemplative artist since childhood, she’s also had several other careers as an employment counselor, graphic designer, marketing analyst, business coach. Today, she continues to draw, paint, take pictures and especially, write. She is currently releasing a series of expressive arts workshops to be delivered locally and regionally. Her interests lie in how the arts are a gateway toward meaningful self-expression, personal agency, community engagement, value theory in action and the living ethics of just society.

David Reid | Director

David Reid has been an active member of the Nelson community since his arrival 2009 with his partner Sarah. David has 18 years of experience in the environmental non-profit sector, most recently as Executive Director of West Kootenay EcoSociety. David completed a Master’s Degree in Dispute Resolution from University of Victoria and helped to start the Nelson Good Neighbours community mediation program. David enjoys outdoor adventure, playing mandolin and guitar, and woodworking.

Laureen Barker | Director

Current commitments:

  • Nelson and District Credit Union Board 2010 – present.
  • Kootenay Insurance Company Board Member; Representative of NDCU
  • Upper Columbia Cooperative Council Board member; Representative of NDCU

Before arriving in Nelson I lived briefly in Trail.  I was downsized twice and ventured into entrepreneurism as a means to remain in the area with a stable income.  You may know me as a co- owner of Gaia Rising on Baker Street.

I have worked for large bureaucracies, small mom and pop businesses, benefited from programs similar to those offered by KCDS; Architectural Drafting 1979 at BCIT, The Britannia employment enhancement project 1984 in Vancouver (after being away from employment while my kids were little) Long Term Care Aide 2001 Selkirk College.

I understand financial statements and I understand cash flow.  I understand risk and I understand the risk of not taking a risk, remaining in the same place while the world changes around you.

Sue Adam | Chair

Sue has over 30 years’ experience as a business consultant and project manager, managing teams solving complex problems in major change initiatives across a wide variety of industries: hospitality, non-profit performing arts and museums, healthcare, software development, banking, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, telecommunications and insurance.  She has worked or volunteered with local organizations including Whitewater, Nelson Chamber of Commerce, Streetfest, Touchstones Museum, KCDS, Civic Theatre, and Oxygen Art Centre.  Sue’s education is in languages, including a BA in French and Spanish and a BSL with high distinction (Bachelor of Science in Languages / Translation) from Laurentian University; she is currently learning Danish to be able to talk with her grandchildren.  She is an avid traveler and when at home can usually be found relaxing with a book.

Prudence-Elise Breton | Director

Prudence has been involved as a professional or as a volunteer with numerous non-profit organizations for almost 8 years. She moved to Nelson in 2009 and became the Executive Director of the French Association “AFKO”. During her 4 years at this position, she organized and managed various projects such as the 25th anniversary celebration of the organization.

From 2013 to 2015, Prudence was Executive Coordinator of an organization in the Social Service sector in Nelson and was responsible for the management and financial oversight of regional programs and projects, all funded through regional, provincial and federal contributions.

She is currently the Administrative Manager at Kootenay Co-op Radio. She was previously the treasurer of the Upper Columbia Coop Council, and is currently vice-president of the Francophone Federation of BC.

OUR VISION

 

Kootenay Career Development Society is a dynamic, diverse and change-responsive centre of excellence, that empowers individuals, employers and communities economically and socially through career development, employment counselling and human resource planning.

 

 

OUR MISSION

  • We are dedicated to the highest quality of client service based on the most current labour market information and job search tools and techniques
  • Kootenay Career Development Society establishes and maintains a collaborative relationship with clients that is respectful, inclusive, engaging and non-judgemental
  • Through human resource planning support employers in the development of a skilled workforce
  • Working together as a team we will continue to maximize our resources to support the employment and career development needs of unemployed individuals in our community
  • Contribute through all our activities to a healthy and vibrant economy
  • Encourage life-long learning and support individuals to form a long-term meaningful attachment to the labour market
  • Connect employees to employers through supporting employee recruitment, training and retraining
  • Offer support, inspiration and motivation to individuals seeking employment
  • Build partnerships with the employer community
  • Maintain an ongoing process to evaluate climate for learning and client service

OUR VALUES

  • Respect | Respect for our clients, community and each other
  • Inclusiveness | Embrace diversity and include our clients, partners and community members in planning
  • Responsibility | Ensure program and financial accountability to clients and funders
  • Learning | Work as a team to create an open, innovative learning environment
  • Integrity | Demonstrate fairness, compassion and honesty
  • Support | Encourage clients and members to identify their assets and strengths
  • Leadership | Provide leadership in the areas of employment and economic/social development
  • Change-responsive | Understand and adapt to change
  • Balance | Model meaningful work/life balance
  • Authenticity | What we say, we do
  • Professional Excellence | Demonstrating best practices

MEET OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS

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