Social Development Services

4841 Redford Street
Port Alberni, BC
Unit 400 - 4th Ave side
P: (778) 421-8704
F: (250) 723-0463

The Pre-Employment Supports (PES) is part of the Income Assistance program within the

Social Development Department. The overall goal of the PES Program is to provide pre-employment training and supports to help reduce dependency on social programs. PES is intended to assist employable Income Assistance (IA) clients to move along a continuum towards employment and training.


PES began in 2014 as Enhanced Service Delivery (ESD), which ended in March 2017. From

September 2017 onward, the Social Development Program has worked closely with Nuu-chahnulth Employment and Training Program (NETP) to offer ESD supports under the new Pre-Employment Supports (PES) Program.


The PES Program includes 11 Nuu-chah-nulth Nations, PES services are available to IA clients; employable and on-reserve between ages 19-64, as well as Persons with Disabilities (PWD) and Persons with Persistent Multiple Barriers (PPMB) ages 18-64.


Participants have one-on-one support with a case manager, and are invited to join our

workshops centered on life skills, essential skills, adult basic education, and cultural

teachings. Case Managers may also help to connect participants with PES support for

childcare, transportation, and other pre-employment needs.

Services for participating First Nation governments:


For more information, please contact:

Linda Seitcher

Manager of Social Development
(778) 421-8706

Julia Comerford
Program Coordinator Supervisor
P: (778) 421-8704
C: (250) 73506088

Janice Webster
Administrative Assistant
P: (778) 421-8707
C: (250) 720-1132

Regan Pley
Southern Region Case Manager
P: (778) 421-8709
C: (250) 720-1362

Jerry Perry
Central Region Case Manager
P: (250) 726-7347
C: (250) 266-0275

Pending Backfill Position
Northern Region Case Manager