Social Enterprise hires a Sewing Coordinator

The Union Gospel Mission recently thanked Apparelcamp for hosting an incredible networking event where they were able to connect with and hire a Sewing Coordinator, Maryanne Matthias, for the launch of their newest Social Enterprise; A venture where the residents recovering from addictions learn how to repair high end boutique items earning a stipend per repair, which are then sold at the UGM thrift store. Maryanne Matthias is the Founder and Director of Osei-Duro, ethical clothing rooted in traditional textiles, based in Accra, Ghana and Los Angeles, and was looking for a part-time local opportunity. We think it’s a match made in heaven.

Social Enterprise needs a Sewing Coordinator

Job Summary

Are you looking to utilize your experience and skills as an experienced seamstress to make a difference in the lives of women facing barriers.

Responsible for developing and implementing a social enterprise in partnership with a social enterprise team at the UGM thrift store. Oversee and work with residents and alumni from UGM programs by coordinating the teaching of sewing skills for the purpose of repairing slightly damaged items from a high end supplier and general donations. Teach sewing skills on domestic sewing machines. As UGM expands in the areas of life recovery and housing for women and women with children, this program will provide skills, income, and increased self-worth for women who are progressing through UGM’s continuum of care.

This pilot project is a social enterprise opportunity. This position is a part-time (16 hours per week) sub-contracted position. For a copy of the full job description, please contact the Wraparound Aftercare Worker Korena at

Skill Set

If you are able to agree with UGM’s Mission Statement and Statement of Faith (see ) and have a heart to care for the women in the Downtown Eastside, this position might be a great fit! This position also requires an ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality with good interpersonal and English skills. In addition, we are looking for someone who can work together with others well in a team environment, be a positive role model to the Sanctuary residents and teach valuable sewing skills.

All persons who have access to guests of Union Gospel Mission may have unsupervised access to vulnerable adults. Therefore, the successful candidate must provide a current criminal record, with a vulnerable sector search, as a condition of employment, which requires two pieces of government-issued identification. Individuals considering employment must be legally entitled to work in Canada, able to demonstrate compatibility with UGM’s Core Values, and support UGM’s Statement of Faith.

Social Enterprise

The purpose of this social enterprise is to provide opportunities for women who have been a part of UGM’s Sanctuary, a live in stabilization and supportive program in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver for women seeking recovery from substance abuse. You would be overseeing this social enterprise as part of a team who will meet regularly to review your progress and provide support. The Team will include the UGM Wraparound Aftercare Worker, UGM Manager, Community Engagement & Social Enterprise and our partnering organizations.

How to Apply

If you have any questions or would like to submit your resume, please contact Korena Zietsman at or drop it off at UGM reception at 616 E. Cordova Street, Vancouver BC V6A 1L9 attn: Korena Zietsman, Wraparound Aftercare Worker 604-253-4044 ext.356

The Union Gospel Mission is expanding their ‘Learn to Earn’ Program

The Union Gospel Mission is expanding their ‘Learn to Earn’ Program by developing a social enterprise where residents in recovery can earn some money by repairing clothing items needing minor repairs. Some high-end donors from Vancouver’s fashion industry have already partnered with UGM in sending slightly damaged items for repair. UGM welcomes companies wishing to partner with their new program expansion by helping residents earn money while learning sewing techniques to benefit them in their future.
For inquiries, please contact Korena Zietsman

Call for Speakers

Interested in leading your own session at ApparelCamp?

Here are some ideas….

1) Do you have a story that could help others to learn from your experience?

2) Present a case study of a time that you and your team developed a new product, entered a new market, took a risk, innovated etc.

3) Do you have an idea for an interactive workshop? Use your creativity to develop a hands-on presentation that gets the audience engaged!

4) Moderate a Panel Discussion or Lead a Town Hall Meeting

Email and we’ll help you prepare.

ApparelCamp 2017 Press Release

VANCOUVER, BC–(July 11)- On September 30th the Vancouver apparel industry will experience the 2nd annual conference, with a twist. ApparelCamp allows attendees free access and the chance to vote on the day for the topics presented. Hosting a self-directed conference for Vancouver’s apparel, fashion & soft goods industry is the brainchild of Vanessa Fors & Pete Hill.

“We saw that Vancouver’s fashion community had no venue for dialogue,” says Vanessa. “But we didn’t want to assume we knew the most pertinent topics. We believe the attendee led model ensures that ApparelCamp guests discuss what matters to them.”

This doesn’t mean that planning isn’t involved. ApparelCamp has secured keynote speaker, Davis Smith, Cotopaxi’s Founder & CEO. While ApparelCamp volunteers tally the votes, Davis will share his experiences as a social entrepreneur in the apparel and soft goods industry. In addition, a conference website has been created to capture topic ideas and possible discussion leaders.

“As this with be the second edition of ApparelCamp, we have learned from last year’s participant feedback. At the end of the day, we hope that people leave feeling inspired and excited that they got to connect with colleagues in their industry,” says Vanessa.

ApparelCamp happens Saturday, 30 September 2017

from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM at the SFU Segal Building

(500 Granville St., Vancouver, BC)

About ApparelCamp

Founded by Vanessa Fors and Pete Hill in Vancouver, BC, ApparelCamp is the first “unconference” that is specific to the apparel and softgoods industry. While the one-day event is free to attend, participants are responsible for the success of the event by leading a topic of participating in a breakout session. Run as a not for profit, sponsors wanting to engage with the industry are an important player by covering the costs of running the event.