About Us

Motivated by Gratitude and Compassion


The word Agora is Greek for ‘open place of assembly’ and, early in the history of Greece, the agora was the area in the city where free-born citizens could gather to hear civic announcements, muster for military campaigns or discuss politics.

At Agora Employment Essentials, the ‘gathering place’ we aspire to is:

  • A safe place to explore, grow and be challenged, where people are given respect and dignity
  • A place to build connections to the community
  • A place of transition into a better future

Our Charter of Service

RESPONSIBLE STEWARDSHIP: accountability for the resources we’ve been entrusted with
INTEGRITY: committed to speaking truthfully
SERVANT LEADERSHIP: leading by serving and investing in others to help them reach their full potential
SOCIO-ECONOMIC JUSTICE: dedicated to education and advocacy for social and economic justice
We do this with a ‘you-first,’ or client-focused perspective—it’s the core of who we are.


The Employment Development department of the Mennonite Central Committee BC (MCC BC) began its work in 1990. Agora Employment Essentials was founded as a social enterprise in 2012 and became the employment division of MCC BC in 2020. While the name has changed over the years, the commitment to serving our participants has remained unchanged.


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What we do for you

We walk alongside you in the process of finding career ‘fit’, and help you develop the skills to find and keep that job. We support you in gaining personal management skills to keep you moving forward. We challenge you to reach higher and farther and to take risks.

We work with refugees, indigenous peoples, youth who have barriers, women who have survived violence…anyone who is unemployed or under-employed. Whether you’re a professional or new to the workplace, we can help you develop new skills.

We are great networkers and we’ll connect you with resources and people on the way to achieving your career goals. We have built solid community partnerships that will benefit you.

Our youth programs include exposure to different kinds of jobs and work environments–from retail to hospitality to digital to film–and come with a good chunk of real work experience.

We also help employers find the right employee, and then offer on-the-job support. And we’re part of creating value-added companies that provide employment and impact our communities.

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