Established in 1993
Free Rein Associates has been serving Hope’s employment needs since 1993. Our company started off small, offering workshops and short programs to help people become re-employed. We have grown into a larger organization helping job seekers acquire work, gain new skills and develop new careers. We are proud of our approach that supports clients to move forward as they need to. We encourage people to own their careers, follow their passions and achieve success on their own terms.
Providing employment resources, training services and community development projects in Hope, BC for more than 20 years.
As a member of the Fraser Valley Employment and Support Services Co-operative (FVESSC) we offer assistance with resume building, job search, career counseling and employment related workshops.
Our case managers seek to connect individuals with job training, resources and jobs that fit their skills and needs. Additionally, our computer lab and work centre lab is open to the public for job related needs.
Christine Proulx is a director and founder of Free Rein Associates. Accordingly, she has been involved in every aspect of the organization since its inception: project development, co-ordination and management; life skills training, facilitation and employment counseling. Christine holds a Diploma in Human Services from UFV. Christine’s passion to develop community programming comes from understanding that employment enhances the quality of life for the individual, their family and community.
Peter Bailey has worked with Free Rein Associates in every capacity since 1993. Peter is a certified employment counselor, holding the BC Career Development Credential. He also has a business certificate from BCIT and the Provincial Instructor’s Diploma through VCC. It is Peter’s personal value that the Free Rein services help community members develop their careers to enhance their quality of life and therefore the quality of life in the whole community.
Karen Scalise has served as the business administrator for Free Rein since 1994 and is currently our Chief Executive Officer. Her work focuses on the financial administration of the organization. Karen’s training in bookkeeping and therapeutic recreation prepared her well for working in this diverse environment. She says that she doesn’t think of her position with Free Rein as work. “It’s a great place to challenge my professional abilities and collaborate with fantastic people.”