Coast Salish Employment & Training Society is a funding, training delivery and coordination agency supporting Aboriginal individuals and communities by facilitating relationships that lead to opportunities to meeting training employment needs, thereby advancing self reliance.  



To develop programs and supports to meet training and employment needs and to be representative, accountable and responsible to all Aboriginal peoples in South Vancouver Island area with the objective of being recognized as a major contributor to the current and future labor force.   
We do this by identifying and entering into diverse partnerships and funding arrangements for the management and delivery of programs to all members of the Coast Salish Employment & Training Society communities.


Our Guiding Principles in our work:

  • Balance—walking in 2 worlds
  • Respect—treat others as you would like to be treated
  • Culture—honour culture – maintain traditional values
  • Inclusiveness—One house One Heart One mind
  • Acceptance
  • Accessibility
  • Change—Continuous lifelong learning, teachings and self discipline
  • Commitment—to self, family and community
  • Communication—two way oral tradition

Our Team

Misty Williams : Administrative Assistant
Pam Sam : Program & Employability Officer
My name is Pam Sam I have been with CSETS for 3 years. I am the Jobs Coordinator. I reside on Penelakut Island.  I enjoy meeting and working with the Coast Salish members of CSETS. Please don’t hesitate to call or drop in to see me for any inquiries or assistance.
Dorothy Paul : Program & Employability WILNEW
Glenn Boyda : Bladerunners Coordinator
I am the Bladerunners Coordinator for CSETS. I’ve been with CSETS since April of 2005 and have been coordinating the Bladerunners program since 1999.  My educational background includes a Bachelor of Business Administration, Career Practitioner Certificate, Life Skills Coach, Counseling level 1 & 2, & Child & Youth Care Mentoring Certificate. If you or your community are interested in the Bladerunners program in your community please contact Myself by email and/or phone.
Bobbi-Lee Copeland : Employment Assistance Services WILNEW
Ada Mawson : Childcare Coordinator
I have had a passion for Children and the communities that I work with, Childcare has been a big part of my life and the work that I do.
I have been in the field of Early Childhood Education and Care with my diploma for the past 22 years.  I have worked on and off reserve in a variety of Childcare programs.  I have been with CSETS for the past 6 ½ years, working as their Childcare Officer.  We have been supporting our 5 main Childcare programs, which are Le’lumel’ Cowichan Tribes, Smun ‘eem Childcare – Penelukut Tribes, Nutsummat Lelum – Stzuminus, Snuneymuxw  Childcare – Nanaimo, Slelemw – Wsanec.  Over the past few years we have provide funds to some of our other communites to support needs to have a licensed Childcare program.
At CSETS we can do almost everything and anything regarding Childcare, and if not we will search and find ways to work together for our Children.
Freda Robinson : Finance Officer
Uy’skweyul, my Hul’q’umi’num’ name is Hwi’umin-naat, Freda Robinson, from Stz’uminus First Nation.  I have been employed as CSETS Finance Officer for the past four and half years.  I enjoy working at CSETS as there are always new challenges.  I am constantly learning new skills in the area of finance as it is continuously changing with technology.    Huy’chqa
Faren Charlie : Employment Assistance Services Officer
Hello My name is Faren Charlie, I work for CSETS as the Employment Assistance Services Officer as well as communications Coordinator. I am from Musqueam Indian Band with roots in Penelakut Tribe and residing in Cowichan Tribes.  I have been working as the EAS officer for 3 years, and enjoy helping people reach their employment and education goals. Please feel free to book an appointment with me for any of your employment and training needs. Huy Ch Qa
Bruce Underwood : Executive Director

Chief William Chip Seymour : Board Rep of Cowichan Tribes

Chief John Wesley : Board Rep of Snuneymuxw First Nation

Chief Ron Sam : Board Rep Songhees Nation

Debbie Williams : Board Rep of Hii'ye Yu Lelum

Chief Harvey Underwood : Tsawout First Nation Board Rep
Tony Schachtel : Board Rep of Tillicum Lelum

Sandra Sprinkling : T'souke Nation Board Rep
201 - 5462 Trans Canada Hwy, Duncan, BC V9L 6W4 Tel: (250)746-0183 Fax: (250)746-0189 Toll Free: 1-888-811-3919