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

Pam Sam : Program & Employability Officer
Dorothy Paul : Program & Employability WILNEW
Faren Charlie : Employment Assistance Services Officer/ ChildCare 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 5 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
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
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.
Herman Henry : BladeRunners Coordinator
Reg Gladstone : AMTEP Job Coach
Misty Williams : Administrative Assistant
Bruce Underwood : Executive Director

Chief William Chip Seymour : Board Rep of Cowichan Tribes

Chief Mike Wyse : 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