Social Development Services

5001 Mission Road
Port Alberni, BC
P: (250) 724-5757
F: (778) 421-8806

The Social Development Program includes various areas such as:

  • Social Assistance
  • Family Violence Prevention Program (FVPP)
  • Assisted Living
  • Pre-Employment Supports (PES)
  • Income Assistance First Nations Youth Employment Strategy (IAFNYES)

Social Development’s Pre-Employment Supports project provides case management and client supports the 11 PES Nations:

  1. Ahousaht
  2. Ditidaht
  3. Ehattesaht
  4. Hesquiaht
  5. Hupacasath
  6. Kyuquot/Checklesaht
  7. Mowachaht/Muchalaht
  8. Nuchatlaht
  9. Tla-o-qui-aht
  10. Tseshaht
  11. Ucluelet

Services for participating First Nation governments:


Pre-Employment Supports

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.




For more information, please contact:

Melissa Bartier

Manager of Social Development
(778) 421-8706

Jessica Burns
Administrative Assistant
P: (778) 421-8705

PES Coordinator
P: (778) 421-8708
C: (250) 735-6088

April Lucas
Southern Region Case Manager

Barbara Wilson
Northern Region Case Manager
P: (778) 283-2012 ext, 111
C: (250) 720-1362

Ann Kim
Central Region Case Manager