Meet the Staff at Buxton Consulting

Bruce Buxton, President, Head Office, Abbotsford

I am the President of Buxton Consulting Ltd. since 1987. I was employed by the Ministry of Social Development from 1982 to 1987 where I developed the skills in vocational assessments, established the first in-house Job Club program in 1982, and provided Employment Services for Income Assistance Clients.

Beginning in 1987, Buxton Consulting Ltd. has been providing the full range of Employment Servicesi n various locations including Port Moody, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Maple Ridge, Mission, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Surrey, Langley, Delta, and Richmond.

It has been exciting and rewarding to have worked with exceptional staff over the past 25 years to ensure high quality services that are effective and have always put the Client first.

I look forward to meeting the current Employment Services challenges throughout the Fraser Valley and, now, in the Okanagan as well.

 

 

Wendy Weir Buxton, RRP, CVP, Executive Director, Head Office, Abbotsford

Currently I am the Executive Director of Buxton Consulting, Limited, with over 23 years’ experience in case management, evaluation and assessment, vocational planning, job placement and individual and group job search skills.  I truly believe that “Every journey begins with the first step.”

 

Kara Stokes, Program Coordinator - Customized Employment, VSTEP Young Adult Employment Program, 55+ Advantage Employment Program

 

As a long-time employee of Buxton Consulting, I have had the opportunity to work in several positions and programs which has led to my current position of coordinator.  As the coordinator, I have developed a leadership style that allows me to support my fantastic team when they need it, at the same time, encouraging them to grow and thrive in their positions.  My work is guided by my primary principle of “do no harm”, followed by my work values of integrity, respect, empathy and teamwork.  I have a diploma in Social Work, am a Career Development Practitioner with over 11 years in the industry and am currently working on my BAIS through Royal Roads University.  My specialization is working with Persons with Disabilities and significant barriers to employment.  In my spare time?! – when I am not doing schoolwork, I enjoy spending time with my family and exploring Natural British Columbia.

 

 

Erin Ireland, Health & Safety Officer, Marketing and Community Engagement Liason

I have worked for Buxton Consulting since 2008.  During this time, I have had the opportunity to work in several positions and in several program areas specializing in clients with barriers and disabilities.  My current position is the Health and Safety Officer and Community Relations Representative.  I promote Buxton Consulting Employment Programs in the Fraser Valley Regional District.  I look after the Buxton staff through careful promotion of our company’s health and safety policies.  I have the pleasure of meeting with each new staff member to introduce them to the Buxton family and complete the onboarding processes.  My career in the human services field is extensive, with lots of stories of success:  However, I am most proud of two of my former clients who with my guidance became co-workers.  One of the reasons I like working for Buxton Consulting is that company shares my person value of a client centered approach:  To assist clients with reaching their full potential.   When I am not working, I enjoy having fund with friends, family and I love playing word games.  

Bruce Reilly, Customized Employment Specialist, Abbotsford, BC

 

I am currently a Customized Employment Developer Specialist with Buxton Consulting Ltd. in Abbotsford, BC. Customized employment is a way of personalizing the employment relationship between a candidate and an employer in order to meet the needs of both. It applies in particular to candidates with disabilities. The individual candidate’s skills, interests and barriers are identified in a process of "discovery", and job content and environment are tailored to these in a process of negotiation.

I have successfully completed five career changes starting with the most recent – Certified Career Development Practitioner (CCDP); Computer Software & Hardware Instructor; Computer Certified A+ Technician; Commercial Airplane & Helicopter Pilot; Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer.

My core values can be described in the following words – compassion, loyalty, commitment, Spirit of adventure, service to others and clean good humor. These have all had an active influence on my behavior and life goals. Working with people and being a service to others has been and continues to be one of my enjoyments.

If you were to catch me outside of work you would see the same values being played out in my life.

I would like to share a little “factoid” – my aviation career has given me the distinct honors of claiming an “off-the-earth” experience for 260 days where my feet did not touch the earth.

 

Kim Welsh, Customized Employment Development Specialist

 

I currently work at WorkBC Mission as a contractor for their Customized Employment Services.  Because I grew up in the northern town of Williams Lake BC, a smaller community is second nature to me.  When I was very young I took a college course to learn American Sign Language and took the journey through Vancouver Community College full time fluency program and the Grant McEwan ASL-English Interpreting program early on in my career.  I was fortunate to have casual work as a Deaf/Blind Intervenor whist I was studying.  My path took me to Australia for over 15 years where I worked for Jobsupport Inc., in customized services for clients with a moderate Intellectual disabilities or Down Syndrome.  It brings me so much satisfaction and joy to know that some of the 700 clients in paid employment working in Sydney have been in their original job for over 10 years because of the work I was privileged to do. Employment is a critical piece of anyone’s life and I have seen it change people’s lives.  One of my favorite quotes is “Diversity is being invited to the party; inclusion is being asked to dance” -Verna Myers.  Although I miss my volunteer wildlife rescue work in Australia, the snow and the four seasons of Canada is where my heart belongs.  Bringing my skills back to Canada and working with clients in a customized program is even more rewarding.  Since my return home in 2012, I have worked for WIDHH, Western Institute for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, under a Deaf director until her retirement and, once again in employment programs, at WorkBC in Vancouver Downtown Eastside and Coquitlam.  If you are looking for me you will likely find me in the line up at Tim Hortons to order my “double-double” or at the lake with our Golden Retriever Bindi.

 

 

 

Dawn Mathe, Customized Employment Development Specialist, South Okanagan

 

My previous career before getting into the Employment field was as a marriage and family therapist in the UK.  I worked for the Training Group at Douglas College for 11+ years Facilitating workshops on career planning and job search and went on to be the Coordinator of the 55 Plus group in New Westminster. I am passionate about the work I do and have worked with clients delivering life skills and career related workshops to diverse clients.  Groups included new immigrants, youth, older workers, professionals, trades workers, and multi-barrier clients.  I have a strong ability to coach clients to build self-esteem, recognize their transferable skills, and evaluate and overcome barriers to employment, and have achieved this through group workshop facilitation and one-on-one assistance.  I have my Provincial Instructor Diploma, and I am Certified Personality Dimensions and Job Club trainer. Having discovered my own career passion and the impact it has had on my life both personally and professionally, has had a huge influence on the way I work with clients. I have come to discover that everyone has smarts that are personal to them, and this is a big part of my work with clients, and a direct reflection of their potential for success. I currently work as a Customized Employment Specialist for Buxton Consulting in the South Okanagan serving clients in the Penticton, Summerland, Keremeos and Oliver offices.

 

 

 

 

 

John Norman, Employment specialist, VSTP Program, Chilliwack, Hope, Agassiz, Boston Bar

 

I am currently working as an Employment Specialist in the Virtual Skills for Employment Success Project and has worked in the employment services industry for over 10 years. I have found great personal satisfaction in helping and mentoring a multitude of clients through the job search process to realize long term employment success. My experience includes working with youth at risk, persons with disabilities and mature workers.  My extensive experience has enabled me to rapidly gain the confidence and trust of clients and I strive to ensure that the passion and enthusiasm for my work is always client focused. I began his career at age 17, in the military and attained the rank of Petty Officer Marine Engineer during fourteen years of service. I have worked for Multi-National Corporations including Wal-Mart Facilities Management, Nestle Waters Canada and WorkBC and was a staff trainer in SAP business software and Integrated Case Management (ICM).  I am an avid golfer but admit my game is a lifelong “work in progress”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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