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

Urban Farm Tours

Urban Farm Tours

The Archway Food Justice Program and Urban Farm have partnered to provide an exciting opportunity every other Tuesday this summer! We will be providing farm tours and interactive activities for community members who are interested in learning more about broader food...

Archway Charity Golf Tournament Raises $75,000

Archway Charity Golf Tournament Raises $75,000

Archway Community Services raised $75,000 for local community programs at its fifth annual charity golf tournament. The Archway Golf Tournament, presented by Sutton Group WestCoast Realty was held Tuesday, June 21st at Ledgeview Golf and Country Club.  “We’re over the...

Foundry Abbotsford Health Centre Marks 4th Year of Helping Youth

Foundry Abbotsford Health Centre Marks 4th Year of Helping Youth

Foundry Abbotsford recently marked its fourth year in operation since opening in June 2018. Foundry Abbotsford provides physical and mental health care, substance use supports, social services and peer support to local youth and young adults along with their...

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Medal Recipients

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Medal Recipients

On June 17th, 46 people were recognized for their achievements and contributions to the community with a Queen's Platinum Jubilee Medallion. This was one of the initiatives to honour Queen Elizabeth's 70 years of service and dedication to Canada as well as to...

10 Indigenous Events, Exhibits and Tours in the Fraser Valley

10 Indigenous Events, Exhibits and Tours in the Fraser Valley

Sonny McHalsie, a Stó:lō historian speaking about the draining of Sumas Lake  to a group of newcomers on a tour of Abbotsford history, services and attractions in 2019.  10 Indigenous Events, Exhibits and Tours in the Fraser Valley To mark National Indigenous History...

Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP)

Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP)

Archway Community Services provides Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP) support. From the day Government-Assisted Refugees arrive, they are greeted by the RAP team at their temporary lodgings.   A needs assessment is conducted to see what support is needed in each...

New Beginnings Parent Program Graduates Thank Community Partners

New Beginnings Parent Program Graduates Thank Community Partners

On Thursday, May 26th, the New Beginnings Parent program participants gathered to thank the community partners who helped them graduate in the midst of parenting at the annual Thank You Tea.   New Beginnings is a partnership between the Abbotsford School District,...

$25,000 Donation from Prospera to Fund Mental Wellness at Archway

$25,000 Donation from Prospera to Fund Mental Wellness at Archway

Prospera Credit Union has extended their support of mental wellness at Archway Community Services with a third $25,000 grant in three years. The funding will enable Mental Health First Aid training for staff and additional counselling hours for clients. Prospera first...

Abbotsford Canucks support flood relief efforts at Archway

Abbotsford Canucks support flood relief efforts at Archway

The Abbotsford Canucks presented Archway Community Services with a cheque for $250,000 to assist with the agency’s continued flood relief and resiliency efforts at the April 9th game. In total $1,170,000 has been donated this season to the local community through the...

Volunteer Opportunities at Archway

Volunteer Opportunities at Archway

Archway offers numerous volunteer opportunities where individuals can give back to their community and gain experience in a variety of areas.  “Volunteers are the lifeblood helping us run. Our volunteers have been ‘empathy in action’, especially during this past year...

Support for Displaced Ukrainians

Support for Displaced Ukrainians

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship recently announced that Canada is offering temporary federal support to help Ukrainians settle in their new communities. Settlement Program services, which are typically only available to permanent residents, will soon be extended...

Archway Celebrates Volunteers 2022

Archway Celebrates Volunteers 2022

We're so grateful to the hundreds of people who give of their time to volunteer at Archway. Please join us in saying thanks to volunteers who help make our community safer, more inclusive and stronger. Thank you for how much you care, and how much you provide in order...

International Women’s Day Celebration

International Women’s Day Celebration

The Archway Community Connections program hosted their 9th annual International Women’s Day celebration on March 11th at Central Heights Church. It is hard to put into words the significance that one event can have for those who are new to Canada, who are isolated due...

iA Financial Group Donates $25k for Senior Services at Archway

iA Financial Group Donates $25k for Senior Services at Archway

The iA Financial Group donated $25,000 to Archway Community Services to support services for seniors. iA Financial Group wanted to find a way to help out during the flooding and reached out to Archway. After mentioning their interest in helping seniors, their gift was...

Abbotsford Group Raises Awareness about Sexual Exploitation of Youth

Abbotsford Group Raises Awareness about Sexual Exploitation of Youth

The Abbotsford Community Action Team (ACAT) is raising awareness in Abbotsford middle and high schools about sexual exploitation. Sexual exploitation of youth is defined as any type of sexual activity with a youth in exchange for money, drugs, food, shelter or any...

Action Steps for Black History Month (and All Year)

Action Steps for Black History Month (and All Year)

Every February, Canadians are invited to participate in Black History Month festivities and events that honor the legacy of Black Canadians, past and present. It is a time to learn more about these Canadian stories and the many other important contributions of Black...

Prospera Foundation grant to upgrade business platforms at Archway 

Prospera Foundation grant to upgrade business platforms at Archway 

From Left to Right - Archway Directors Tina Poudrier-Beck, Leah Wynsouw, Louise Smith and Rod SantiagoThe Prospera Foundation has given a $350,000 grant to Archway Community Services to implement a new business platform over the next five years. Archway Community...

Archway’s Toys for Tots Collects Over 1,500 Toys

Archway’s Toys for Tots Collects Over 1,500 Toys

Volunteer at theToys for Tots Drive Thru EventThe Archway Toys for Tots event collected more than 1,500 toys and $24,000 for gifts for children, youth and seniors on Friday, November 26th. “We weren’t sure how the turnout would be with the ongoing flooding, new...

Responding to the BC Floods

Responding to the BC Floods

Thank you to everyone who donated food, money and time to help out those affected by the floods. We are also grateful for the leadership of our city, local First Nations, police and departments as well as search and rescue and during this province-wide emergency. So...

Prospera Youth Angel Tree Project Celebrates 10th Years

Prospera Youth Angel Tree Project Celebrates 10th Years

Prospera Credit Union is collecting gifts for youth in need with their tenth annual Youth Angel Tree Project. The program began in 2011 after Prospera staff met with Archway staff and realized that there was an unmet need in providing Christmas gifts specifically for...

Archway Toys for Tots Changes Venues Due to Flooding

Archway Toys for Tots Changes Venues Due to Flooding

The Clarion Hotel’s Toys for Tots event benefitting the Archway Food Bank of Abbotsford will now be held at the Abbotsford Centre due to flooding at the hotel.  “The Clarion Hotel have been long-term partners in this event and despite everything the hotel industry has...

Archway Community Builders Awards to Stream Live on October 28th

Archway Community Builders Awards to Stream Live on October 28th

Archway Community Builders Awards to Stream Live on October 28thMichael Adkins, Betty Johnson, Kevin Murray and the Abbotsford Division of Family Practice are being honoured for their contributions to the community at the annual Archway Community Builders Awards. A...

Abbotsford Mission Recycling Program holds Pumpkin Decorating Day

Abbotsford Mission Recycling Program holds Pumpkin Decorating Day

The Abbotsford Mission Recycling Program will host its annual Day of Pumpkin Decorating on Saturday, Oct. 23rd.  The event runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the recycling depot at 33670 Valley Rd. in Abbotsford. Families will have the option of decorating onsite while...

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Events in the Fraser Valley

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Events in the Fraser Valley

National Aboriginal Day Awareness event held in 2014 at UFV. University of the Fraser Valley, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons​National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Events and Exhibits in the Fraser Valley Please follow the links or contact the organizers for more...

Archway Charity Golf Tournament Raises $70,000

Archway Charity Golf Tournament Raises $70,000

 Archway Golf Committee members Dilraj Brar, Janis Mitchell, Eric Heath and Steve CarltonArchway Community Services raised $70,000 for local community programs at its fourth annual charity golf tournament. The Archway Golf Tournament, presented by Sutton Group...

Archway Charity Golf Online Auction

Archway Charity Golf Online Auction

The auction component of the Archway Golf Tournament is going online and is open to the public for the first time. The auction has now started and will be open until June 24th. Some of the auction highlights include two team signed Canucks jerseys, a VIP dining...

Educational Resources on Residential Schools

Educational Resources on Residential Schools

Display outside of a church on the Stoney Indian Reserve in Alberta that mourns the loss of children in residential schools I believe the most important part of learning about residential schools is that the we must all educate themselves.  Placing the words...

Nominations Open for Archway Community Builders’ Awards

Nominations Open for Archway Community Builders’ Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for the Community Builders’ Awards organized by Archway Community Services. The awards honor outstanding individuals and organizations who work tirelessly, passionately and collaboratively to make our community a better place in...

Social Prescribing Program Links Vulnerable Seniors to Health Supports

Social Prescribing Program Links Vulnerable Seniors to Health Supports

The Archway Social Prescribing Program for Seniors helps seniors in Abbotsford delay frailty, practice self-care management, and reduce their loss of independence. The program offers a pathway from a doctor or nurse practitioner’s office to local, non-clinical...

Archway celebrates Volunteers during National Volunteer Week 2021

Archway celebrates Volunteers during National Volunteer Week 2021

“I want to thank you volunteers for who you are for us here at Archway, and to our community. What you do provides opportunities for others. Especially during a time of COVID when people are more isolated. I want to say from the bottom of my heart, thank you for how...

Registration Now Open for 8th Annual Environmental Mind Grind

Registration Now Open for 8th Annual Environmental Mind Grind

Virtual Trivia Competition on April 22nd invites Abbotsford and Mission students.   Registration for the 2021 Environmental Mind Grind on April 22nd is now open.  The trivia-based competition is open to middle and high school students in Grades 6 - 12 from Abbotsford...

How Archway Continues to Pivot to Meet Community Needs

How Archway Continues to Pivot to Meet Community Needs

Article by Jody Paterson, Executive Director of Board VoiceWalter Paetkau was a young Mennonite on a mission when he first arrived in Abbotsford in the 1960s with a passion for community development.   More than half a century later, those seeds that Paetkau nurtured...

ACAT Raises Awareness in Local Schools About Sexual Exploitation

ACAT Raises Awareness in Local Schools About Sexual Exploitation

The Abbotsford Community Action Team (ACAT) is raising awareness in Abbotsford middle and high schools about sexual exploitation through posters, stickers and online information.   The posters feature four of the possible warning signs of sexual exploitation which...

Virtual Cultural Diversity Awards to Feature Speaker Jam Gamble

Virtual Cultural Diversity Awards to Feature Speaker Jam Gamble

The 18th annual Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity Awards on March 10th will be a virtual event for the first time.  Although the event will look different, organizers felt it was important to continue recognizing individuals and organizations who celebrate and champion...

Auto Mall Food Drive Shifts Gears to Deliver Donation

Auto Mall Food Drive Shifts Gears to Deliver Donation

   Over the last 14 years, the annual Fraser Valley Auto Mall Food Bank Drive has helped provide food to local people in need throughout the holiday season. This year marks the first time the organizers needed to pivot and modify the fundraising activities, and we are...

1,800 Gifts Donated for Toys for Tots Despite Event Cancellation  

1,800 Gifts Donated for Toys for Tots Despite Event Cancellation  

Ann Gardner, Anne Laury and Kathy Cook sorting donated toys. (left to right) Organizers for the cancelled Toys for Tots event have been astonished by the generosity of the community. The event had to be cancelled just three days before the planned drive-thru on...

Youth Angel Tree Project Underway at Prospera Credit Union

Youth Angel Tree Project Underway at Prospera Credit Union

2019 Prospera Youth Angel Tree. Prospera Credit Union is collecting gifts for disadvantaged youth in their ninth annual Youth Angel Tree Project.   At Prospera’s two Abbotsford branches, tags for almost 70 youth are hung on trees, and community members can take a tag....

Cultural Diversity Awards Seek Nominations

Cultural Diversity Awards Seek Nominations

Nominations are now open for the 18th annual Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity Awards.  “While we aren't quite sure what format the 2021 awards will be in, we do want to keep recognizing champions of diversity and inclusion,” said event organizer Patricia...

Archway’s Toys for Tots Event to Continue in New Format

Archway’s Toys for Tots Event to Continue in New Format

Like so many community events, Toys for Tots which raises toys and financial donations for the Christmas Bureau program of the Archway Food Bank, has had to readjust their plans due to COVID-19. The fundraiser has transitioned to a drive-thru event in the parking lot...

Archway Launches Community Van Pilot with Multiple Partners

Archway Launches Community Van Pilot with Multiple Partners

A pilot Community Van project aims to fill the gap for non-transit transportation in Abbotsford. Volunteers will drive vulnerable and low-income individuals and families to appointments, services and community or work participation activities.  Archway Community...

New Beginnings: Expanded Supports for Young Parents

New Beginnings: Expanded Supports for Young Parents

The Archway New Beginnings program, which offers young parents the opportunity to complete their secondary school education while accessing parenting supports and quality childcare, has expanded their offering and is reaching out further into the community. We are...

CN Grant to Fund Domestic Violence Prevention Program at Archway

CN Grant to Fund Domestic Violence Prevention Program at Archway

A $10,000 grant from CN will fund a domestic violence prevention program specifically geared towards Punjabi-speaking immigrant men. Courtyard for Men offers eight psychoeducational therapy group sessions in Punjabi with licensed counsellors who teach effective...

Rod Santiago Marks 10 Years as Archway Executive Director

Rod Santiago Marks 10 Years as Archway Executive Director

  Our Executive Director, Rod Santiago, recently marked 10 years at the helm of Archway Community Services. This past decade has been filled with tremendous growth and change for us as an organization, with much for him to reflect on. Some changes were public,...

Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter

Archway Community Services stands by its June 15th statement of support on the Black Lives Matter movement. The statement that “all lives matter” suggests or assumes that equality has already happened.  This ideal is still very far from the reality for people...