Yesterday City Council received the Housing Needs Assessment from City staff. The Housing Needs Assessment can be viewed online at www.getinvolved.kelowna.ca. The next step is to build a Healthy Housing Strategy which will include actions to positively impact housing in Kelowna. As part of the Healthy Housing Strategy development, we are asking residents to share their housing experiences and challenges. Please share this email with your members and networks and encourage them to complete the online survey or share their stories at www.getinvolved.kelowna.ca (click on Healthy Housing Strategy).
DECEMBER EVENTS CALENDAR
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HEROES SILENT AUCTION DONATIONS – THANK YOU!
Pathways Abilities Society would like to gratefully thank and acknowledge the following businesses and individuals for their generous donations to support our Heroes of Diversabilities silent auction. Your support is enormously appreciated!
• Image One MRI, Mike Large donated an autographed hockey jersey and two hockey game tickets
• Indigenous World Winery, Ryan Walley donated a box of wines
• Rom Houtstra, Century 21 Realty a bottle of wine
• Brent Pay, Century 21 Realty 2 $50.00 T-Bones gift certificates
• Prestige Hotels and Resorts, Denise Marsh, donating gift certificates for accommodations for two people at any Prestige Hotel and Resort • Boston Pizza, Jim Thitchener $50.00 Boston Pizza gift certificate
• Colleen McMillian, McMillian Pumpkin Patch, 10 pumpkins
• Bubbles Car Wash and Detailing, Natasha Toffoli $50.00 Bubbles Car Wash and Detailing gift certificate
• Gymnastic Center, Anita Orr a hoody
• Player’s Choice, Dean Dragula a framed Ovechkin picture and autographed hockey puck
• Delta Marriot Grand Okanagan, Sherry Avery two nights stay at the hotel which including breakfast
• Freddy’s Brewpub a gift certificate for a six person bowling party and shoe rentals
• Kelowna Curling Club, Jock Tyre a gift certificate for ice time and rentals for seven people and a $50.00 gift card
• Kelowna Golf and Country Club, Cheryl Stecko a gift certificate for a tasting tour for four from the Gray Monk Estate Winery and a gift certificate for tasting for four at the Summerhill Winery
• Buckerfields outdoor thermometer
• Home Depot, Steve Ng $50.00 gift card
• Kelowna Green Clean , Patricia and Chris Rantucci 2 bottles of wine
• Century 21, Anna and Max Carbone 2 gift certificates for moving van usage for one day
• Mr. Mozzarella, Henry Schenk 4 $25.00 gift certificates
THANK YOU TO CENTURY 21 ASSURANCE REALTY!
On behalf of Pathways Abilities Society thank you Anna and Max Carbone the new owners of Century 21 for hosting the second annual Heroes Gala at the Kelowna Golf and Country Club, October 12, 2017! This year’s event raised $8,560.00!
NOVEMBER EVENTS CALENDAR
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PATHWAYS RECIPIENT OF FORTISBC SPONSORED REnEW PROGRAM
Pathways was very fortunate to be a recipient of the Fortis BC sponsored REnEW (Residential Energy Efficiency Works) program, which provides energy efficiency, employment and life skills training to participants, who face barriers to gaining employment. This program is in conjunction with the John Howard Society of Central and South Okanagan, with support from local businesses and contractors; in our case, it was Ray Nagy of Bronag Contracting, Jason from DuoTeck Electrical Ltd., and Lawrence Nagy of Nagy Bros’ Window and Door. The REnEW group spent over a week replacing the windows, doors and lights at our home on Bouvette Street. The individuals residing in the home were happy to come home to find work being completed by a great group of people. We are thrilled that the home is more energy efficient enabling our-not-for profit to use our limited resources elsewhere. We want to profusely thank Fortis BC, the John Howard Society of Central and South Okanagan, the program participants and the team from Bronag for this wonderful opportunity!
OCTOBER EVENTS CALENDAR
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PATHWAYS 2017 AGM UPDATE
Pathways Abilities Society held their 64th Annual General Meeting on September 18, 2017. One director were reelected to the board for a three year term, Darryl Harand. The inaugural meeting of the board was held after the AGM and we are pleased to announce the 2017/2018 Board of Directors are as follows: Officers: Gail Meier-President, Mark Reinelt -Vice President and David Low-Secretary Treasurer. Directors: Nick Pisio, Richard Pringle, Jock Craddock, Chuck Hopkins and Darryl Harand. Thank you to retiring director David Paynter who has served on and off the board for 29 years! David first served on the board in the 1980’s and was the President from 1997 – 1999. His knowledge, skills and expertise will truly be missed.
PATHWAYS INTEGRATED CAREER OPPORTUNITIES & BIKEWAYS ON THE MOVE!
Pathways is pleased to announce our Integrated Career Opportunities tea and our BikeWays used bike shop has now moved from 555 Fuller Avenue to our new location at 1216 St. Paul Street! We invite everyone to come visit our new location!
SEPTEMBER EVENTS CALENDAR
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THANK YOU SHOPPER’S HOME HEALTH AND LOU RIOUX!
Thank you Shopper’s Home Health Care and Lou Rioux for donating a portable lift valued at $4,000.00 to Pathways! Pathways has been seeking the donation of back-up lift for over a year! We were so pleased and excited when Lou contacted the organization stating they had a lift to donate! Please consider supporting an establishment that supports Pathways. For more information please go to their website at www.shoppershomehealthcare.ca/stores/store/8206.
AUGUST EVENTS CALENDAR
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THANK YOU STUTTERS AND THE GLORIA DIO FOUNDATION!
Pathways Abilities Society would like to graciously thank Keith and Loretta Stutters (Stutters Disaster Klean-up) and the Gloria Di Dio Foundation for their very generous $25,000.00 donation to our not-for-profit society. We were very fortunate to be a recipient of their philanthropic giving and their commitment to helping and supporting their community.
JULY EVENTS CALENDAR
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OUR SINCEREST THANKS AGAIN TO THE KELOWNA GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB AND VIPOND!
The 32nd Annual Vipond Golf Classic was held at the Kelowna Golf and Country Club, June 2, 2017. Pathways would like to graciously and profusely THANK the following for their support and participation. All proceeds raised are donated to our society and without their support this annual event would not be held! THANK YOU…
Dominos, Sysco, Kelowna Golf & Country Club & Western Financial, Falcon Ladder and Veranda Beach
Prize and Silent Auction Donations
Andre’s Electronics, Andrew Sheret, Black Mountain Golf Club, BMO, Christina Lake Golf Club, Castlegar Golf Club, Constellation Brands, Downtown Shoe Store, Falcon Railing and Super deck, Fairview Mountain Golf Club, Gray Monk, The Harvest Golf Club, Jordan’s Fireside Coffee, The Kelowna Golf and Country Club, Moen , Nk’Mip Desert Golf Course, Neilsen Agencies, Laing Roofing Ltd, Osoyoos Golf and Country Club, Okanagan Ice & Training Centre, The Okanagan Golf Club, Pathways Abilities Society, Pinebrook Golf & CC, Rivershore Golf Links, Silver Springs Golf and Country Club, Sportchek Vernon, Sunset Ranch Golf Club, Titleist, Veranda Beach, Vernon Golf and Country Club, Tower Ranch Golf Club and Sysco.
Bennett Contracting Ltd, Bennett Ventures, Bylands Nursery Ltd, Harmony Honda, Lake Country Modular, Maximum Modular Laing Roofing Ltd, Okanagan Fire Protection, Paladin Security, Peace Hills Trust Company, P & D Logging Ltd, Rayburn’s Marine World, RD Capital Inc, Shamrock Tire Services, Sysco Kelowna and Western Financial Group.
The Members & Board of Directors of the Kelowna Golf & Country Club for giving up their Golf Course and Clubhouse for the afternoon tournament and the following individuals for their tremendous assistance with hosting the tournament:
General Manager, David Walker and the Administration staff
Golf Professional, Rob Anderson and his Professionals and staff
Superintendent, Barry Evans and staff.
Chefs: Ted Collie and Gerry Stroulger and Jayson Reiser and staff
Food & Beverages: Carol, Kalan and Cheryl and staff
This tournament would also not be possible if not for the committee, chair, Brad Grittner, members, Rob Anderson, Oscar Faoro, Bill Feist, Steve Hatch, Darren McClelland, David Walker and retiring member Wayne Pawulski. Wayne participated and was an active member of promoting and supporting the tournament for many years. We are indebted and grateful for all Wayne has done to support the society and people Pathway’s serves. The committee donates a tremendous amount of time preparing, recruiting and advocating for the tournament and the people with diverse-abilities Pathway’s supports!
THANK YOU UNITED WAY AND PUSHOR MITCHELL!
Pathways would like to profusely thank the United Way and the gang from Pushor Mitchell (Brad, Stacy, Maria, Margo, Jessica, Melanie, Laura and Renee) who volunteered their time via the United Way Days of Caring and cleaned the Franklyn yard. We so much appreciate this program offered through the United Way and the local businesses that continue to participate!
Don Penty was nominated by Lois Beischer to be a recipient of the Valley First Credit Union , #Simplegenerosity, for donating his time making applesauce from his home to donate to Inn from the Cold. Don picked fruits with the Okanagan Fruit Tree Project who delivers them to charities that assist those in need, including Pathways. Don also picks up donations from Paynter’s Fruit Stand and the Packing House. Don looks forward to those trips –for both the apples and the friendly chats with staff . Don spends 1-2 hours a week making applesauce in his home. Don then drops off at Inn from the Cold where he has a chat and coffee. Don and Lois do this on a weekly basis! Don was awarded $1,500.00 to donate to a charity of his choice and he chose Pathways! Don and Lois thank Pathways for establishing a mobility friendly garden in his yard where can continue to grow vegetables to share with others. Pathways graciously thanks Don, Lois and Valley First! Their contributions to creating welcoming, inclusive, healthy communities ARE very much appreciated!
Thank you so much to everyone at QHR Technologies! Aside from being one of our valued customized employers AND donating 12 desks for our new offices, today they held a fund raising BBQ for us and we couldn’t be more appreciative! thanks again to you all!!!
REGISTER FOR THE LAST REMAINING SPOTS IN THE 32ND ANNUAL VIPOND GOLF TOURNEY THIS FRIDAY!
The most prestigious golf tournament of the year at the most prestigious golf club in the Okanagan is back! A few spots are still available – To register, click here to download the registration form.
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE AT RUSTY’S!
Pathways Abilities Society participants and staff play pool twice a week at Rusty’s free of charge. We are extremely grateful for this generous opportunity and we would like to thank Rusty’s for the usage! Please consider supporting an establishment that supports Pathways. For more information on Rusty’s please go their website at http://www.rustyslounge.com/.
JUNE EVENTS CALENDAR
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MAY EVENTS CALENDAR
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APRIL EVENTS CALENDAR
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PATHWAYS HAS CASUAL SUPPORT WORKER POSITIONS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE!
Who should apply: Human Service Workers, Care Aids and Certified Teaching Assistants. Post-secondary education is a requirement.
Employees are required to have or be willing to obtain within 1 month of being employed the following: Valid CPR / First Aid certificate, TB skin test, Hepatitis B inoculation, doctor’s certificate of good mental and physical health from a physician who has known you for at least 2 years, valid Food Safe Certificate, valid Class 4 Driver’s License, drivers abstract, valid business class car insurance, daily use of a vehicle and a satisfactory criminal records search. Original post-secondary certificate and/or transcripts will need to be mailed directly to the society. Transfers and lifts may be a requirement of the position. The starting wage is $17.04 per hour. Employees who post into a permanent position receive extensive benefits including a pension plan.
Applications will be accepted by email only. Please send your resume to
email@example.com. Only those to be interviewed will be contacted. Thank you.
MARCH EVENTS CALENDAR
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FEBRUARY EVENTS CALENDAR
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DECEMBER EVENTS CALENDAR
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PATHWAYS ANNOUNCES MAJOR HOUSING PROJECT
Pathways is very pleased to announce that we were one of four societies in Kelowna to receive funding from BC Housing through their Housing Innovation Program to construct 22 affordable rental units, 16 one-bedroom units and 6 two-bedroom units at our Fuller Avenue location. We have been working on this project for over 10 years! Current services offered at this location will be relocated to other community sites.
The other 3 societies to receive funding were the Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society for a new housing project at 1759 Highway 33 East, The National Society of Hope for a new housing project at Apple Valley Building III on Benvoulin Court and the City of Kelowna for a new housing project at 170 Drysdale Boulevard.
The Province has committed to a total of $18.36 million in capital funding towards affordable housing projects in Kelowna! Our community is so fortunate!
First and foremost we would like to thank the province of British Columbia and BC Housing for working to address the needs of our citizens who have limited incomes and helping our society to create additional housing options for our community.
We would also like to specifically thank MLA’s Norm Letnick and Steve Thompson, our MP Stephen Furh, Community Living BC, the City of Kelowna, Luke Stack, former MP, Ron Cannon and former Mayor Sharon Shepherd for supporting our project and assisting us to move forward.
NOVEMBER EVENTS CALENDAR
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GARAGE 529 SET TO LAUNCH
Great news for BikeWays customers – A new app is coming to Kelowna with the goal of preventing bike theft. Garage 529 began in Portland, Oregon and the City of Vancouver started using it in 2015. Simply register your bike on the app and include information such as the serial number, the make and model of your bike, and even a couple photos. Then if your bike is ever stolen, you’ll have what you need to report the bike to insurance and the police. You’ll receive a tamper-proof 529 shield to display on your bike, which lets thieves know it has been registered with authorities. The app already has earned a proven track record in Vancouver so let’s see if Kelowna can enjoy the same. Put Garage 529 to the test, you’ve got nothing to lose…not even your bike!
PATHWAYS HEROES OF DIVERSABILITIES GALA
Get your tickets now for our Heroes of Diversabilities Gala sponsored by Century 21 Assurance Realty! Call Charisse or Daryle to by through Pathways or visit www.pathwaysheroes.eventbrite.ca
PATHWAYS NOW REGISTERED WITH CHANGE-IT
Pathways Abilities Society is now registered with the Change-It program, which allows RBC, BMO and Airmiles users to easily set their accounts up to allow for rounding up of their purchases, with the rounded up amounts automatically donated to their favourite charities! If you’d like to register your RBC or BMO debit card, ewallet or Airmiles cards with Change-It, Click here
PATHWAYS RECEIVES STAGGERING DONATION FROM 100+ MEN WHO GIVE A DAMN – KELOWNA
Shelley DeCoste gets ready at the podium Tuesday night, to make an appeal on behalf of Pathways at the Kelowna 100+ Men Who Give A Damn event
On Tuesday night, Pathways joined other local non-profit organizations to compete for the hearts and minds of a group of Kelowna philanthropists, in an effort to become the recipient of a generous cash donation. Thanks to Shelley DeCoste and Charisse Daley for all their hard work as Pathways was successful in their appeal. By the end of the evening, Pathways was rewarded with a cash donation from 100+ Men totaling $23,000! The 100+ Men’s generosity will help fund Pathways Customized Employment Program, which in turn will help create many more jobs for people with diverse abilities! Thank you again to 100+ Men Who Give A Damn from everyone at Pathways!
The Community Living BC initiative “Include Me!” aims to gather opinions of persons with developmental disabilities about their quality of life in hopes that their collective opinion can help guide decision making for everyone involved in community living. CLBC is inviting individuals accessing CLBC-funded supports and services to answer a standardized survey that specifically engages adults with developmental disabilities.
CLBC wants to ensure that individuals who access services funded by CLBC are living good lives in welcoming communities. CLBC is systematically going around the province and asking people to tell them about their quality of life. They are using a survey call “My Life” that includes 50 questions in the areas of independence, social participation, and well-being. The survey is based on the work of international quality of life expert Dr. Robert Shalock. This fall through September and October Pathways will assist people we serve in taking part in the survey if they want to.
Over time, the data gathered on personal outcomes will help everyone involved in community living to develop a deeper understanding of the impact that supports and services have on peoples’ quality of life. Survey data will generate evidence about program effectiveness and help guide decision making at all levels in CLBC’s and the community’s service system.
If you have questions regarding Pathways’ involvement in “Include Me!” please contact Leslie Munro at 250-763-4839 or firstname.lastname@example.org. CLBC’s website has many articles and videos regarding “Include Me!” The link to that site is: http://www.communitylivingbc.ca/projects/quality-of-life/.