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Archway Stories

Every year, thousands of people walk through our doors seeking support and resources. Here are a few stories of how we’ve played a role in assisting members of our community as they forge a path forward.

South Asian Day Program: Friendship, Fitness, and Fun

South Asian Day Program: Friendship, Fitness, and Fun

This program means more to us than our pensions,” said Jaswant, one of the participants of the South Asian Day program. Jaswant had been insisting that her family send her back to India as she did not want to stay in Canada any longer. After becoming a regular at the...

The Flood that Was

The Flood that Was

An overview of how the community in Abbotsford was able to overcome the devastation of the floods.

A Year in a Pandemic: Reflecting on COVID-19’s Impact

A Year in a Pandemic: Reflecting on COVID-19’s Impact

It has been just over a year since COVID-19 began seriously impacting day-to-day life in Canada. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Archway has been adapting services to keep clients and staff safe and comply with changing safety recommendations. As we mark the...

ITS: Translating the Essentials During a Global Pandemic

ITS: Translating the Essentials During a Global Pandemic

Like many programs, Archway Interpretation and Translation Services (ITS) experienced considerable upheaval at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Thankfully, their team was able to adjust quickly so they could continue ensuring community members would have access to...

Behind the Scenes at Archway

Behind the Scenes at Archway

As the COVID-19 situation grew more serious, Archway teams knew they had to act. Precautions needed to be taken to keep clients, volunteers and staff safe while our doors remained open for essential services to continue. While Archway program staff were busy assisting...

Abbotsford Youth Health Centre: Partners in Wellness

Abbotsford Youth Health Centre: Partners in Wellness

Youth workers in Abbotsford used to spend hours each week trying to help their clients access medical care. When they did find care, it was sometimes judgmental or ill-suited to the needs of vulnerable youth. In 2009 the City of Abbotsford approved a Child and Youth...

Legal Advocacy: No Adjournment of Services During COVID-19

Legal Advocacy: No Adjournment of Services During COVID-19

Over the last five decades Archway has provided a significant number of legal aid and legal advocacy services, and these community supports didn’t stop during COVID-19. When lockdown guidelines were implemented by the Province of BC, many legal services were put on...

Archway Food Bank: Open in Tough Times

Archway Food Bank: Open in Tough Times

How the Archway Food Bank keeps helping local people during a global pandemic. It should come as no surprise that this spring and summer have been especially busy for the Archway Food Bank, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. New Challenges and Increased Demand Not only has...

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,...

Abby Dads: 10 Years of Supporting Fathers in Active Parenting

Abby Dads: 10 Years of Supporting Fathers in Active Parenting

Reg Unrau has been with Abby Dads for nearly 10 years; joining in the ‘early days’ of the program which supports local fathers as they endeavour towards healthier relationships with their families.  The program was initially a part of the New Beginnings Young Parent...

STRIDE: Stepping into a New Program During a Global Pandemic

STRIDE: Stepping into a New Program During a Global Pandemic

Skills Training Results in Directed Education / Employment (STRIDE) is one of Archway’s newest programs and it’s had an excellent and eventful first year thanks to the dedication of supervisor, Frank Amadasun, and his team. Starting a new initiative is never simple,...

LINC: A Celebration of Learning Online and Overcoming Obstacles

LINC: A Celebration of Learning Online and Overcoming Obstacles

Spring break; a chance to relax, have fun, spend time with friends and family. But this year, while many were beginning to enjoy spring break, the COVID-19 pandemic was evolving rapidly. This left employers, families and organizations scrambling. Our Archway Language...

Career Paths Helps Mansi Fulfill Graphic Design Dream

Career Paths Helps Mansi Fulfill Graphic Design Dream

Recently, Career Paths participant Mansi shared great news with Program Coordinator, Mary Finch - she got a great job at a local design company, Circle Graphics! Mansi shared:   "I came to Canada in January and felt lonely and isolated. I left a great career as a...

Discovery Staff ‘Parade’ for Participants

Discovery Staff ‘Parade’ for Participants

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, activities for our Discovery program have been temporarily suspended. Discovery staff were missing the program participants, so they organized a socially-distant 'parade' through their neighbourhoods to say hello. Click the photo below to...

Supporting Victims of Abuse

Supporting Victims of Abuse

In 1987, Debbie Davidson recognized a need in our community. She was working with the Red Cross Child Abuse Prevention program, visiting local schools to educate students and teachers about childhood sexual abuse – a tough yet very important topic.  Part of her...

Meet Runjan: Archway Recruitment & Engagement Specialist

Meet Runjan: Archway Recruitment & Engagement Specialist

Recently, Runjan in our Human Resources Department shared her experiences of being a newcomer looking to further her career in Canada, and working at Archway.  Curious to know more about employment at Archway? Join us and meet Runjan at our Recruitment Fair on Monday,...

Banking on a New Life in Canada: Gurdas’ Story

Banking on a New Life in Canada: Gurdas’ Story

Moving is challenging. Whether you’re packing up and transitioning across town or across the province, it’s exhausting, stressful and takes time to settle in. Those stresses are magnified when you move to a new country, but people like Gurdas do so well they make it...

Darlene’s Story: Love and Boundaries

Darlene’s Story: Love and Boundaries

From Recovery to Role Model Darlene has overcome her fair share of challenges. In 1989 she successfully completed a five-month addictions treatment program at Peardonville House; with her own life progressing positively, she was ready to help others.  While in...

Program Helps Skilled Immigrants Find Related Employment

Program Helps Skilled Immigrants Find Related Employment

The Career Paths for Skilled Immigrants program at Archway helps newcomers find jobs related to their former careers. It’s designed to break the stereotype of doctors driving taxis and provides services for immigrants through one-to-one support, financial assistance,...

A Journey Through the History of Recycling

A Journey Through the History of Recycling

This year, Archway Community Services celebrates 50 years of ‘people helping people.’ Did you know our Recycling Program has been around almost as long? The Abbotsford Mission Recycling Program started 49 years ago, and what was initially a grassroots initiative has...

Overcoming Addiction and Homelessness

Overcoming Addiction and Homelessness

Kal’s Journey from Food Bank Client to Volunteer “I abused drugs for years,” Kal starts, getting right to some of the toughest parts of his story. Back in the 90s, what started as serious partying turned darker, to the abuse of marijuana, LSD and more. One night...

Keeping Busy and Being Helpful at Discovery: Betty Lou’s Story

Keeping Busy and Being Helpful at Discovery: Betty Lou’s Story

Betty Lou has been coming to Discovery for over 33 years. Her cheerful smile is contagious, especially as she shares what she likes most about attending; arts and crafts, knitting, outings with friends and physical activities like bowling and hiking. Two years ago,...