About Us

KEYS is the largest provider of comprehensive employment services in Kingston and its surrounding region. While our initial goal was to help those seeking employment, KEYS is now the largest provider of services to Newcomers in the region. 

Founded in 1983, KEYS is a registered charity. We help change lives. With very few exceptions, our programs have no cost. KEYS helps job seekers of all ages and abilities, looking for a job or exploring career options; entrepreneurs with services designed to make it easier to pursue their business goals; employers by supporting their staffing, training, and retention needs; or newcomers to Canada requiring English training and settlement help.

We are committed to supporting members of our community through compassionate action and mutual respect. 

In order to achieve our vision statement and goals it is vital to network and partner with others. We our proud of our strategic alliances with those in our community (local and global) who help us meet the needs of all we serve. 

We also offer a variety of opportunities for local businesses and professionals to help other members of our community through volunteering. For those not able to give their time, we graciously accept financial donations to help us continue the work we do.

Our Membership

KEYS is part of a larger employment community and is a member of the following associations.


The KEYS Board of Directors operates within a Policy Governance model based on the work of John Carver. This means the Board plays a leadership role, focusing on the big picture and visions for the future; rather than getting lost in the operational and administrative details of the present. The Board is responsible for directing and protecting the organization in the interests of the community. It encourages a diversity of viewpoints and clearly distinguishes board and staff roles.

Board Members

Wendy Vuyk – President

Tarek Hussein – Vice-President

Pennie Carr-Harris – Secretary

Les Morley – Past-President

Christine Bellamy – Treasurer 

Line Drapeau – Director

Matt LeMay – Director

Jon Oosterman – Director

Deanna Davies - Director

Featured Job / KEYS Job Board
Career Advisor - Next Horizon for International Graduates/Students (Competition 545)
Contract / Contrat
KEYS Employment & Newcomer Services (Career Advisor - Next Horizon for International Graduates/Students (Competition 545))
Kingston and Surrounding Area
Hourly Wage / Rémunération Horaire 27.03
Upcoming Events / Workshops




Welcome to Kingston Night

DATE(S) AND TIME(S): Thursday, June 29th 5.00 - 7.00pm


Volunteer or Donate Today
KEYS assists many people in our community through local programs and training. Find out how you can help.

Contact Us

Book an appointment to see how KEYS services can help you.

Call or email at your leisure and we will contact you as soon as possible.

Kingston (Main Office):

Phone: 613.546.5559
E-Mail: info@keys.ca

Kingston (Newcomer Services):

Phone: 613.546.5559
E-Mail: info@keys.ca


Phone: 613.382.1085
E-Mail: gan@keys.ca

Smiths Falls:

Phone: 613.552.2759
E-Mail: gan@keys.ca


Phone: 613.359.1140
E-Mail: elgin@keys.ca