Pathways Abilities Society would like to again thank all those that helped make this year’s annual Vipond tournament a HUGE success! We would like to thank the teams that participated, the individuals and businesses that donated items for the silent auction, the Kelowna Golf and Country Club members for giving up their course for the afternoon and the Vipond committee members: Brad Grittner (chair), David Walker, Rob Anderson, Jeff Cox, Oscar Faora, Bill Fiest, John Bellamy and Darren McClelland. This year we had record participation with 34 teams. We are extremely grateful! Thank you again


Check out all the events and activities happening for June. Click here to download the calendar or visit our Events page.


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Pathways has been very fortunate to be the benefactor of the Vipond Annual Golf Tournament hosted at the Kelowna Golf and Country Club for over 30 years! Please consider putting a 4 man team in this fabulous tournament or becoming a sponsor!

Please note the format changed last year and non-competitive teams are welcomed and encouraged to participate!

Must have Official Golf Canada HDCP to be eligible for all Prizing. Take advantage of Early Bird Pricing until April 30, 2019.

Would like to play but don’t have an “Official HDCP” – No Problem! Enter as a non-competitive team. Take advantage of Early Bird Pricing until April 30, 2019.

– Green Fee at this prestigious Golf Course
– Shared Power Cart
– Lunch
– Cocktails
– 4 Course Dinner with Wine
– 4 Draw Prize Tickets
– Team entry into Chipping Contest
– Eligibility to purchase tickets for 50/50 Draw & participate in Silent Auction!

Click here to download the information and registration package!

CLAC is a committee that has been established for some time within Pathways. The committee is currently undergoing a complete refresh including a new name (Community Engagement & Special Events Committee or CESEC) and a refined mission:

“To create, coordinate and manage compelling events, promotions and activities within the community that generate exposure for the society and its work.”

The committee’s goal is to create, organize and execute a minimum 2 x major events and 4 x minor events per year.

Events may include ones already established in which we already participate such as the Rutland Scarecrow Festival or Pathways Inclusion chain. Or they may be new initiatives the committee undertakes either exclusively or in partnership with other community businesses and/or non-profit organizations.

Past events organized by CESEC (formerly known as CLAC) include:

• Rutland Maydays (minor event)
• Anniversary BBQ (minor event)
• Westside Daze (minor event)
• Inclusion Chain (minor event)
• Scarecrow Festival (minor event)
• Evening With Mike Harcourt (major event)
• Heroes of Diversabilities Gala (major event)

Currently we are seeking several new volunteers to join the committee.

The minimum commitment from committee members will be to:

Attend 1 x 1 hour meeting a month – Mar – Nov (either at Franklyn Road or at our downtown St. Paul office)
Volunteer to participate in at least 3 events/activities organized by CESEC through the year (this may include coordination prior, event setup, participation during or tear down following the event)

Help Pathways increase its visibility throughout our community and volunteer your time to support Pathways’ Community Engagement & Special Events

If you are interested in volunteering, attend our upcoming CESEC meeting Wednesday, April 23 – 3:30 pm at our Pathways downtown offices, upstairs @ 1216 St. Paul Street.


Check out all the events and activities happening for April. Click here to download the calendar or visit our Events page.

NEWS RELEASE- From the Office of the Premier John Horgan

On March 31, 2018 Premier John Horgan announced that there will finally be justice for the former residents of Woodlands. Woodlands was an institution in New Westminster in operation from 1878 until 1996 which provided care for children and adults with developmental disabilities, along with mental illness.

In 2002, former provincial ombudsperson, Dulcie McCallum, determined that the residents suffered widespread abuse sexually, physically, and psychologically. Unfortunately, the Province sought out a ruling at the B.C. Court of Appeal to exclude residents who lived at Woodlands prior to August 1, 1974 from any settlement.

David Klein of Klein Lawyers, and Minister Adrian Dix began working on gaining justice for the excluded residents in 2006. Their work paid off and the B.C Government announced on March 31, 2018 that the residents who were previously denied compensation will receive $10,000.00 in an ex-gratia payment. It is expected that the settlements will be paid out by March 31, 2019.

The BC Government asks that any former residents or their residents/caregivers to contact them prior to February 28, 2019 to apply for payment via one of the following methods:

Call Toll Free 1-888-523-7192 or Email:

They are also asked to provide the following:
Full Name
Date of Birth
Address and
Name and address of their legal representative or guardian, if they have one


BC Golf Superintendents Association-Interior Chapter, Secretary Jeff Bennett and past President, Warren Blue present Pathways with a $1,500.00 donation. The proceeds were raised through their annual golf windup. Pathway’s was very fortunate to be their charity of choice this year.


Pathways Abilities Society held their 65th Annual General Meeting on September 10, 2018. Four directors were reelected to the board for a three year term, Patricia Rantucci, Jock Cradock, Nick Pisio and David Low. The inaugural meeting of the board was held after the AGM and we are pleased to announce the 2018/2019 Board of Directors are as follows: Officers: Mark Reinelt-President, David Low –Vice-President and Patricia Rantucci-Secretary Treasurer. Directors: Past President –Gail Meier, Jean Hadgraft, Nick Pisio, Richard Pringle, Jock Craddock, Chuck Hopkins and Darryl Harand.


Pathways is grateful for the support of the Kelowna Golf and Country Club, the Vipond sponsors, donors and participants!

ABOVE:Vipond Golf Classic chair, Brad Grittner presents Charisse Daley with a cheque for $18,420.00 the proceeds from this fabulous charitable golf tournament.

Pathways Abilities Society has one temporary full-time position, one permanent part-time position and casual positions available!

1. Nature of the position: Temporary Fulltime Support Worker
Start date: ASAP to to June 10, 2019
Salary: As per the most recent collective agreement
Hours of work: 35 per week
Shift Schedule: Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Old Meadows, Tuesday to Friday 8:15-3:15 pm Activity Service and Individualized Funding

2. Nature of the position: Permanent Part-time Support Worker
Start date: ASAP
Salary: As per the most recent collective agreement
Hours of work: 25 per week
Shift Schedule: Monday to Friday 10:00 am to 3:00 pm Activity Service and Individualized Funding.

3. Casual positions are primarily days, Monday through Friday, though there may be the occasional evening, weekend and overnight shifts which casual employees are expected to be available to work.

Who should apply: Human Service Workers, Care Aids and Certified Teaching Assistants. Post secondary education in the social service industry 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, Food Safe Certificate, valid Class 4 Driver’s License, drivers abstract, business class car insurance, daily use of a vehicle and a satisfactory criminal records search. Transfers and lifts may be a requirement of the position.

The starting wage is $18.15 per hour with a comprehensive benefit and pension plan for permanent employees.

Please send your resume to Only those to be interviewed will be contacted. Thank you.


Pathways Abilities Society creates a strategic plan to guide and direct actions toward accomplishing the mission of the society. Please take this opportunity to be part of planning the work of the society for the upcoming years and complete the following survey Thank you!


Great article on showcasing Choices Market… one of our valued Heroes of Diversabilities.



Pathways would once again like to profusely thank the United Way and students from UBC Okanagan’s Community Services Learning Program who volunteered their time via the United Way Days of Caring painted at our Franklyn Road location. We so much appreciate this program offered by the United Way and their partner participants!


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In support of Canada’s 150th anniversary, Valley First is celebrating community leadership across British Columbia by recognizing local volunteers, non-profit organizations and charities that are making meaningful contributions in our communities. Throughout 2017, they are selecting 52 volunteers who are devoted to developing positive and vibrant communities. That’s one person every week from regions throughout BC. There is no one more deserving of a nomination than Nick Pisio. Nick has volunteered countless hours at Pathways serving on the board, completing repairs and maintenance and overseeing project renovations. Pathways nominated Mr. Pisio and he won! True to his giving nature, he directed the $1,500.00 donation to Pathways! Pathways would truly like to thank Nick and Valley First for serving their communities and supporting our organization!




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!

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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!FortisBC-Tag-Horizontal-C-CMYK



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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


Housing Announcement

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.