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Archway News

Stay up to date on news about Archway programs, events and partnerships with other community organizations.

Help Wrap Up Some Christmas Cheer and Support Archway Programs

Volunteers are needed again this holiday season to help wrap some Christmas cheer at Sevenoaks Shopping Centre! If you like wrapping presents and have some time to spare, gift wrapping shifts are open:Mondays to SaturdaysDecember 1st to 15th 12:00pm to 9:00pmDecember...

Anti-Gang Program Awarded BC Youth Leadership Award

The South Asian Community Resource Office (SACRO) was awarded the 2019 Province of BC Community Safety and Crime Prevention Award for Youth Leadership last Friday.     SACRO is a program of Archway Community Services (formerly known as Abbotsford Community Services)...

Immigrant Advisory Table Looking for New Volunteers

The Abbotsford Local Immigration Partnership (ALIP) is seeking volunteers for the Immigrant Advisory Table (IAT) to help guide policies and strategies for inclusion in Abbotsford.  ALIP is a collective initiative designed to strengthen our ability to welcome...

Prospera Donates $25,000 towards Mental Wellness at Archway

(L-R: Steve Lang, Prospera Regional Director, Fraser Valley; Anastasia Aubert, Prospera Branch Manager West Oaks; Eileen Evans, Prospera Branch Manager Abbotsford Branch; Serge Léger, Prospera VP Marketing & Member Innovation; Rod Santiago, Archway Executive...

Coalition Seeking Reports of Discrimination and Racism

When Lia Bishop’s pride flag was cut up, she knew exactly what to do. She reported the incident to police, contacted local news stations, and notified the Fraser Valley Human Dignity Coalition (FVHDC) program. As a former FVHDC employee, she was aware of...

Foundry Abbotsford Holds Indigenous Brushing Ceremony

The Foundry acknowledges that we are located on the unceded territory of the Stō:ló, Matsqui First Nation.  Elder Gwen Point performed a brushing ceremony on a Coast Salish Whirl carved by respected artist, Ray Silver at Foundry Abbotsford on Tuesday,...

Inclusive Employers Recognized at Annual Excellence Awards

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2019 Inclusive Employers' Excellence Awards, held Wednesday October 30th at the Legacy Sports Centre in Abbotsford. The third annual event honoured employers who made it a part of their business plan to hire people living with...

Community Builders’ Awards Honour Individuals and Organizations

Individuals and organizations were honoured with Community Builders’ Awards on Oct 24th in a presentation at The Reach Gallery Museum. Each year, we present the awards annually to recognize outstanding individuals and organizations who work tirelessly, passionately...

Inclusive Employer Awards 2019

October is National Disability Employment Awareness month, so it is fitting that the third annual Inclusive Employer Excellence Awards will honour employers who make it a part of their business plan to hire people living with diverse abilities...

Can you Spare 40 Seconds on World Mental Health Day?

October 10th is World Mental Health Day, a day marked by the World Health Organization to raise awareness about mental health issues and mobilize efforts in support of mental health. This year the WHO is focusing on suicide prevention.Suicide PreventionDid...

A Day of Pumpkin Decorating at the Recycling Depot

On Saturday, October 26th, the Abbotsford Mission Recycling Program will be hosting their annual Day of Pumpkin Decorating from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at the recycling depot located at 33670 Valley Road in Abbotsford. The free event is held in...

New to Abbotsford? Hop on Board the Newcomers Bus Tour!

New to Abbotsford? Join us on the FREE Newcomers Bus Tour and learn more about life in Abbotsford, local Indigenous history and the attractions and services available in our community. Free lunch provided!  This bus tour is designed for: Permanent residents...

Archway to Celebrate 50 Years with Open House

We're celebrating our 50th year anniversary with an open house on Thursday, Sept 19th. The community is invited to tour the site and learn more about the programs currently running, the history of our agency and join in the cake-cutting ceremony at 5pm. “We wanted to...

Adventure Playground Planned for Hoon Park

Archway Community Services is working with the City of Abbotsford to revitalize Hoon Park in Abbotsford. This will be our community’s first natural park playground and will enhance the existing play space currently at Hoon Park. Hoon Park will be transformed into an...

3rd Annual Charity Golf Tournament Raises $50,000

We hosted our third annual charity golf tournament on Tuesday, June 25 at Ledgeview Golf Club. The Archway Community Services Jake Virtanen Charity Golf Tournament raised over $50,000 to support Archway programs including those for parents, children, seniors and...

New Funding for WEAVE Program

Rod Santiago, Archway Executive Director, Shawn Beyes, Executive Director of the Elizabeth Fry Society of Great Vancouver, Jati Sidhu, Member of Parliament for Mission—Matsqui—Fraser Canyon, Henry Braun, Mayor of Abbotsford, Mike Serr, Chief Constable of Abbotsford...

Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity Awards Recognize Diverse Leaders

The 16th annual Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity Awards were held Thursday in Abbotsford. Since 2003, community members have nominated businesses, programs, initiatives, schools and leaders that build inclusive and diverse communities in Abbotsford, Mission, Langley...

Cultural Diversity Awards – A Retrospective

On March 14th Abbotsford Community Services, in partnership with Chilliwack and Mission Community Services and Langley New Directions English Language School, will mark 16 years of the Cultural Diversity Awards. The 2019 celebration will feature Cecelia Reekie, a...

Christmas Season a Testament to Community Generosity

The 2018 holiday season was a testament to the kindness of so many people in our community. Individuals and businesses rallied around our numerous programs and fundraising initiatives and demonstrated once again why Abbotsford is known as the most generous city in...

Record Breaking Year for Toys for Tots

The sixth annual Toys for Tots Breakfast on November 23rd raised a record-breaking $60,976 and 2,657 toys for children in need over the holidays. The record was achieved in part by a $20,000 matching gift from an anonymous donor.“Once again we’re blown away by the...

50 Years of Christmas Cheer

From 70 families served in 1968 to 573 families served in 2017. We're so thankful for our generous community who has made the Abbotsford Christmas Bureau a success all these years. The Christmas Bureau is a cornerstone of the community here in Abbotsford. Every...

Prospera Supports Youth through Youth Angel Tree Project and Donation

Prospera Credit Union is once again coordinating gifts for disadvantaged youth through the Youth Angel Tree Project. Now in its seventh year, the Youth Angel Tree Project makes wishes come true for local youth. Trees are set up at local Prospera branches featuring...

Communities in Bloom

Thank you to Communities in Bloom Abbotsford for their donation to our Garden Project! They also made our garden a stop on their most recent tour. Did you know that Abbotsford is now a 5 Bloom Community?

Ways to Give Back this Christmas

For many people, the holidays are time of great cheer, while others face loneliness or poverty that is amplified by the joy around them. What's more, lots of us strive for balance during the Christmas season, focusing on both having fun and finding meaning in the...

ACS Halloween Roundup

Halloween at ACS has included tricks, treats, clients from our EPIC and Seniors programs, a staff potluck and a troupe of dancing witches! Have fun and be safe if you're going out in Abbotsford tonight! Thank You Abbotsford for welcoming all the Syrian Refugee...

2018 Community Builders’ Awards

We're so fortunate to work with some amazing people and businesses who share our vision for "Justice, opportunities and equitable access for all." Each year we recognize some of the most dedicated individuals and organizations who work tirelessly, passionately and...

Abbotsford Home Depot Supports Programs for Homeless Youth

A big “thank you” to Store Manager Kevin Nutt and the entire team at Home Depot in Abbotsford. In June, their participation in the Orange Door Project raised $5,547 to support ACS programs for homeless youth. Through the initiative, customers could purchase paper...

Newcomers Fair Showcased Services Available in Abbotsford

This event was for everyone from immigrants, to people who have moved to Abbotsford from another city, to those seeking employment services or information on childcare subsidies. The Immigrant Settlement program and AbbotsfordWORKS co-hosted the event and provided job...

Businesses Honoured at 2018 Inclusive Employers Excellence Awards

There was a festive atmosphere at Browns Social House in Abbotsford as several businesses were honoured at the Inclusive Employers Excellence Awards on Wednesday, October 3rd. In addition to the award winners, other business leaders, Mayor Henry Braun, and several...

Recap: 2018 Annual General Meeting

Our Executive Director, Rod Santiago, likes to think of our Annual General Meeting as a "reunion." Throughout the year, while we're actively participating in our various roles, we don't always get to connect. Once a year, however, ACS staff, leadership, board,...

Attend the Newcomers’ Fair!

We encourage you to join us at our Townline Road location on October 10th for our 2nd annual Newcomers' Fair! Learn more about employment and settlement services, work safety and the community programs that might be of use to you.This event is for everyone from...

2018 ACS Annual General Meeting

Dear ACS Members, please save the date for the upcoming Annual General Meeting Please join us for light refreshments, a review of agency business from our Board of Directors and presentations from the EPIC and In It Together programs. 20 September 2018 at 5:30 pm...

Annual Seniors’ Picnic in the Park

The Seniors' Picnic in the Park takes place on July 30, 2018, from 10:30 am - 1:30 pm. Please join us near the Bevan Avenue entrance to Mill Lake! Tickets are just $7 and rides are available if needed. You can pick up tickets at ACS' offices at 2420 Montrose Avenue or...

ACS Hosts 2nd Annual Charity Golf Tournament

Abbotsford Community Services (ACS) hosted our 2nd annual charity golf tournament on June 26th at Ledgeview Golf Club. 120 golfers at the sold-out tournament enjoyed lunch, a round of golf and a dinner with silent and live auctions.“It was an amazing day and we want...

Foundry Grand Opening

Foundry Abbotsford has officially opened its doors, providing local youth and their families with supports for their mental health, substance use and overall wellness needs. “There is nothing more important than ensuring young people get the support they need to take...

Orange Door Project Supporting Homeless Youth in Final Week

From now until June 24th, The Home Depot Abbotsford location is raising funds to support homeless youth programs at Abbotsford Community Services (ACS). Customers can purchase paper orange doors for $2 at the till and Home Depot doubles donations for top-performing...

Amazing Community Response to Displaced Farmworkers

In an amazing display of community, Abbotsford residents, organizations, churches, gurdwaras and businesses banded together to help the 75 farmworkers who lost their housing and most of their belongings on Thursday April 26th. “I was amazed at how quickly the...

ACS Staff Recognition

Every year we gather to honour our dedicated staff who have been with ACS for 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25 years. This year, we gathered at Zaika Restaurant in Abbotsford to sit down for a meal together, share laughs and memories and celebrate our team. Please join us in...

Recycling Program Creates Green Business Resource Kit

Is your business looking for ways to reduce waste? Our Green Team committee has developed a resource to support local companies looking to reduce their impact on the environment. An initiative of the Abbotsford Community Services Green Team, our newly created Green...

New Funding to Help South Asian Females at Risk of Gang Involvement

The provincial government has granted us $75,000 to help South Asian female youth who are at high risk of becoming involved in criminal activity or those who are currently involved in youth crime or gang activity. This initiative will help us to help local South Asian...