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!


The 65th Pathways Abilities Society Annual General Meeting will be held September 10, 2018 at 4:00 pm at 123 Franklyn Road. Please consider attending!


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, Oscar Faora, Bill Fiest, Steve Hatch and Darren McClelland.

This year Jean Hadgraft presented David Walker with a Heroes’ of Diverse-abilities plaque. David the General Manager of the golf course, puts so much time and effort into making this annual fundraiser a huge success. Pathways so appreciates all that David continues to do!


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


Pathways has casual support worker positions currently available! Join us in building communities that support and value the diverse abilities of all people”.

Who should apply: Human Service Workers, Care Aids, Certified Teaching Assistants, anyone with post-secondary education in the social service field!

Applications will be accepted by email only. Please send your resume to Only those to be interviewed will be contacted.


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


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!

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, 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 $17.47 per hour with a comprehensive benefit and pension plan. The starting rate increases to $18.15 April 1, 2018.

Applications will be accepted by email only. Please send your resume to Only those to be interviewed will be contacted.

Thank you.


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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!


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



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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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.


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.


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!