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Pathways Abilities Society
Since 1953 , Pathways Abilities Society has been an integral part our community supporting people with diverse-abilities and their families to work, live and participate in Kelowna and the surrounding areas.
123 Franklyn Road
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1X 6A9
Causes we care about

  • Family Care

  • Health & Well-being

  • Social Services

Businesses whose employees volunteer with us
Social Mission
Embrace -Through education, information and engagement, we encourage the community to embrace and support the need to help people with diverse abilities achieve greater independence.
Empower -Our goal is to empower people with diverse abilities with the confidence, resources and the skills necessary to lead more independent, self-sufficient lives.
Employ -Connecting with business partners and teaching employment skills, we open up pathways to to employment for people with diverseabilities
Businesses and organizations that we work with
Central Okanagan Foundation
Secure-Rite Mobile Storage
Black Press Media
Victoria Grizzlies
Coquitlam Express
Surrey Eagles
Prince George Spruce Kings
Cowichan Capitals
Penticton Vees Junior Hockey Club
Stories of our community involvement
Next week is National Volunteer Week! We want to read all the stories about the people behind the impact, like Emma Swan from Pathways Abilities Society. Post on Do Some Good or tag us in your social media posts for a chance to be featured!
Volunteer Spotlight – Emma Swan
Emma Swan was born and raised in Kelowna.  She started volunteering in her last year of high school as a coach for Kelowna CORE Rugby’s Mini Rugby League.  That first experience led her to pursue more volunteer opportunities so that she could “be the reason for someone’s smile”. Emma is a fourth year student of Medical Biochemistry at UBCO.  Once her degree is complete her plan is to enter medical school and specialize in surgery. Emma lives in Rutland and frequently travels past Franklyn Road.  She noticed the constant activity happening around the Pathways location.  This lead her to do some research and discovered that Pathways strives to help people realize their abilities.  She felt this was a very important message that needed to be spread throughout the community, so she applied to be a volunteer at Pathways.  “Having volunteered at Pathways for a year now, it has become an extremely rewarding part of my weekly routine, gives me a break from school, and I am with people who make me feel welcome.”  Emma’s payment for volunteering is seeing everyone’s smiles. Emma has been volunteering with Pathways since March 2017.  She is an Activity Group Assistant and participates each Thursday with a group of bowling enthusiasts.  Emma helps bowlers that need some physical support, socializes with people on the bench, and cheers everyone on.  Emma also volunteers with the evening and weekend Social Recreation service.   Over the past year Emma has accumulated many special memories at Pathways. “One of my favorite memories is singing karaoke with the Social Recreation group after we’ve enjoyed a delicious meal that we made together! “ Staff at Pathways describe Emma as friendly, kind and considerate.  She is a helpful team player and is vigilant in keeping everyone safe.  Her lovely personality helps her to get along well with everyone at Pathways. Thank you Emma for joining the Pathways Community!!
Congratulations to our recent #SimpleGenerosity recipient from Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union, Nick Pisio! He’s donating $1,500 to Pathways Abilities Society where he has volunteered for over 20 years. Nick has volunteered thousands of hours at Pathways – serving on the board, completing repairs and maintenance of the four facilities, and overseeing renovation projects to ensure the facilities are fully accessible. Nick is always available and willing to lend a helping hand wherever he can. The time and support Nick has so kindly donated has allowed Pathways to use their funds to better support their clients and community. Thank you for inspiring us, Nick!
Know a volunteer doing good work in your community? Nominate them on Volinspire today: #Canada150
It was awesome attending this week's '100 Men who Give a Damn' event! We had the opportunity to hear from three amazing charities and it was exciting to see the proceeds go to the local branch of the Canucks Autism Network. Previous recipients have been The Canadian Mental Health Association, Pathways Abilities Society, Freedom's Door, Central Okanagan Elizabeth Fry Society, Central Okanagan Community Food Bank and the Kelowna General Hospital (KGH) Foundation
The team from Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union was so excited to present a #SimpleGenerosity award to recent recipient Don Penty and Pathways Abilities Society. Don chose Pathways to receive the $1,500 donation as part of the SimpleGenerosity volunteer recognition program and Canada150.
We’re so inspired by our latest #SimpleGenerosity recipient from Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union. Don Penty will be donating $1,500 to Kelowna's Pathways Abilities Society!

Using fruit he’s harvested from his own backyard and through the Okanagan Fruit Tree project, Don gives hours of his time each week to peel, core and can his own homemade applesauce, which he then donates to Inn from the Cold and the hot lunch program at Pathways. Traditional applesauce may be his specialty, but Don also makes a mouthwatering apricot and cherry applesauce and homemade baked treats! As a big fan of the outdoors, cooking and healthy eating, Don’s found a way to combine his passions to serve and support his community.

Help us celebrate #Canada150! Nominate a volunteer doing good work in your community right here on Volinspire:
United Way Central & South Okanagan/Similkameen was proud to facilitate five full Days of Caring last week which produced over 180 hours for local non-profits! Last week, UBCO - University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus students once again generously volunteered their time to help local charities through the United Way Day of Caring® Program. More than 55 students signed up through the UBC Okanagan Community Service Learning Program, and donated 180 hours of time saving the agencies valuable time and resources. Projects included indoor cleaning, painting, event support, sorting resource kits and compiling housing kits.

Participating organizations that received help were: The Canadian Mental Health Association, CRIS Adaptive Adventures, Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs (Lake Country and Rutland), Living Positive Resource Centre, Mennonite Central Committee British Columbia (MCC BC) Thrift Store, Pathways Abilities Society, YMCA of Okanagan, and Good Samaritan Society/Mountainview Senior’s Village.

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Cristina Vazquez, Thanks for Doing Some Good!

What first inspired you to volunteer?

My mom was the person who inspired me. She was so dedicated to her volunteering, mainly through the Church that we belonged to. I used to go with her to visit sick, elderly and under privileged people in Mexico where I was born. It really opened my eyes at a young age and helped me realize how fortunate I was and to see that there are many people that are not so fortunate that we can help. I believe in the gift of giving, whatever it is, your time, knowledge, the list is endless. Volunteering is an incredible way of connecting with your community and bringing people together.

Which cause are you most passionate about and why?

I love being involved in my community and I am passionate about many different causes. Arts and Culture are two of my passions. I belong to a Mexican Folklore dance group as I am originally from Mexico. We started the group in Kelowna as a way to promote the Mexican culture and diversity in the community. We volunteer in cultural events in the Okanagan as well as at Seniors Homes and schools in Kelowna. I am passionate about bringing people happiness; I love it when I see the smiles on people’s faces when we perform. There are lots of amazing ways to volunteer and support the Arts.

Which organization do you most commonly volunteer for?

Prospera Credit Union, the company that I have worked for for the last 10 years since moving to Kelowna, is focused on making a difference in our communities. Through Prospera Credit Union, I have the opportunity to volunteer for a variety of organizations. BC Children’s Hospital Foundation is our charity of choice. We have many different events during the year to raise funds like the Bats for a Cause softball tournament in Kelowna. Almost all of the employees in the Okanagan are involved in one way or another through volunteering.

As well, I have had the opportunity to participate during the United Way Central & South Okanagan/Similkameen annual volunteer days, and this year we volunteered at Pathways Abilities Society.

The Prospera Granfondo Axel Merckx Okanagan is another annual event that I enjoy volunteering.
I also love volunteering with my Mexican Folklore Group whenever we can. Finally, I am a Zumba instructor and I like volunteering with my fellow Zumba instructors at charity events like the ‘Walk for Diabetes’.

What does a typical volunteer shift look like for this organization?

As I volunteer for many different organizations, I do not have a typical shift. This is what makes volunteering interesting and fun for me, because I get to do different things every time. My duties range from weeding and cleaning at a charity building facility, to performing with my Mexican Folklore dance group.

What impact have you seen volunteers make in the community?

Volunteers in Kelowna make a big difference. In the City, we host many different events during the year especially in the summer and a lot of these events would not be possible without the help of the volunteers. Everyone makes a difference from the person who volunteers at a sports event to the volunteer firefighters who work very hard in the hot summers. I am proud to live in this community.

What is the most memorable moment or experience you've had while volunteering?

I have had the opportunity to participate in many volunteer activities during my life in Mexico and Canada; all of them have been special and memorable in their own way.

What support does your organization currently need, and how can people learn more or get involved?

Bats for a Cause, our softball tournament in Kelowna, is always in need of participants and support for the BC Children’s Hospital. You can learn more and about how to get involved at the following link
We have had many requests from young girls in Kelowna wanting to learn Mexican folklore dance, so our Folklore Group is in search of a place where we can share this knowledge with others.

Is there anyone else you would like to recognize that has helped support you to make a difference?

No one person in particular as I have many to mention, but Prospera Credit Union has definitely helped me and motivated me to get involved in my community.
123 Franklyn Road
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1X 6A9
Causes we care about

  • Family Care

  • Health & Well-being

  • Social Services

Businesses whose employees volunteer with us