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 Liason

Erin worked for the Ministry of Social Development for 32 years, during this time she was a Financial Assistance Worker, Training Consultant and a Disability Consultant.  Erin was also a Staff Trainer for the Ministry and she also was a Workshop Facilitator.  Erin also worked for Fraser Health developing Life Skills Curriculum for individuals with Mental Health conditions.  These positions lead to her establishing and building many community relationships that throughout the years she has utilized to support the clients that she works with.  Erin has worked for Buxton Consulting since 2008 providing community support services to multi-barriered individuals as a Program Facilitator.

She has her Community Social Service Worker Certificate from Cariboo College and a Concurrent Disorder Certificate. She has spent the majority of her career in Employment Services working with Specialized Populations.  Erin has also met the requirements to achieve the designation of Certified Career Development Practitioner (CCDP).

Bruce Reilly, Customized Employment Specialist, Abbotsford, BC


Bruce is a BC boy having started life on an orchard in the Okanagan Valley. His childhood dream was to tinker with flying machines and then fly them. Bruce accomplished these two careers by age 24. He would then change careers another four times before arriving at his present Employment Counselling career with Buxton Consulting. With seven planned and successful career changes in his life, Bruce brings a bona fide level of experience to the title “Career Development Practitioner” and the field of Employment Counselling. He has been assisting people of all “descriptions” to find employment since 2004, when he first joined Buxton Consulting. Through the much appreciated guidance of Bruce and Wendy Buxton, Bruce Reilly completed his “Career Development Practitioner” certificate with Douglas College in 2005. He also holds his CCDP designation. Through all the different careers that Bruce has accomplished, he sees two common threads and those are - his genuine care for people and his desire to help others achieve their goals. Bruce is currently a Job Developer at the Chilliwack ESC providing employment services to persons with disabilities. 





Dawn Mathe, Customized Employment Development Specialist, South Okanagan


Dawn's previous career before getting into the Employment field was as a marriage and family therapist in the UK.  Dawn 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. She is passionate about the work she does and has 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.  Dawn has a strong ability to coach clients to build self esteem, recognize their transferable skills, and evaluate and overcome barriers to employment through group workshop facilitation and one-on-one assistance.  Dawn has her Provincial Instructor Diploma, and is a Certified Personality Dimensions and Job Club trainer. Dawn facilitates workshops and works as a Job Developer for Buxton Consulting in Chilliwack and loves working with the Chilliwack team.





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


John began his career in the military and attained the rank of Petty Officer Marine Engineer during fourteen years of service. He has worked for Multi-National Corporations including Wal-Mart Facilities Management and for Nestle Waters Canada, first as a Production Supervisor and then Logistics Supervisor at the warehouse and distribution center in Chilliwack. During his time at Nestle he found his passion for mentoring, guiding and facilitating whilst training colleagues in SAP business software and then moved into the Employment Services Field as an Employment Consultant in 2009. He has provided employment services to a diverse range of clients including youth at risk, persons with disabilities, mature workers and was also a staff trainer for Integrated Case Management software. John has discovered great personal satisfaction and success in helping and mentoring clients through the job search process. His experience has enabled him to relate to and rapidly gain the confidence of clients and John strives to ensure that the passion and enthusiasm for his work is always client focused. John has enjoyed living in Canada since emigrating fifteen years ago with his wife and two children and is excited at the opportunity to work with the Buxton Consulting Team.












Abbotsford :
#4 - 2316 McCallum Road
Abbotsford, BC V2S 3P4
Phone: 1-888-913-2060
Local: 604-504-5419
Fax: 604-504-5449