What reviewers are saying about “It Takes Raindrops to Fill a Lake” by Archway Founder Walter Paetkau:

“A gripping tale about community building in Abbotsford – really.” Read more.

– Christina Toth, writer, former reporter at Abbotsford Times


“The title of this compelling history speaks for its obvious reality—many have been the needful raindrops that have filled the lake of Abbotsford Community Services.” Read more.

-Ron Dart, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of the Fraser Valley


“It is truly an historical document; one to be cherished by future generations.” Read more.

-Arlene Kropp, Former ACS Board Member and community volunteer


“Not only is this book a beautiful walk through the history of Abbotsford community spirit but it is also a timely inspiration.” Read more.

-Brenna Fynes, history writer and author of “Empress of Fortune”


“Walter’s writing style is extremely readable and the stories are of people right here in our community. Sometimes I could feel myself back in the era he describes.” Read more.

-Linda Watson, retired teacher/counsellor, Abbotsford School District


“This book provides a critically important record on an organization in the Fraser Valley that has spanned a half century.” Read more.

-Satwinder Kaur Bains, Director, South Asian Studies Institute, University of the Fraser Valley

Interested in learning more about the history of Archway Community Services? Get more details on Walter’s book, including where to buy, and browse our timeline celebrating 50 years of ‘people helping people.’