Pathways society gets boost from mayor
Sep 25, 2013 / 3:30 pm
Earlier this year, The Kelowna & District Society for Community Living became Pathways Abilities Society.
The change marked an intentional leap forward in the society’s evolution; A move designed to create greater awareness for the society’s work and assist KDSCL, now Pathways, in addressing the growing needs of those with diversabilities (once known as the developmentally disabled) in our community.
The society’s goal is to encourage the community to better understand and embrace those with diversabilities, empower people with diversabilities to live more independent, fulfilling lives and ultimately assist them in gaining employment.
“Pathways is about inclusion.” states Charisse Daley, the society’s Executive Director.
“We believe every community member is valuable and has a role to play, regardless of abilities, gender, race or any other differentiators.”
October is Community Living Month in BC. , and while community living organizations throughout BC will celebrate people with diversabilities, here in Kelowna, Mayor Walter Gray has officially proclaimed Oct 7 to 13 Pathways Abilities Society Week, acknowledging the society’s work and the valuable contribution to this community made by people with diversabilities.
To kick off the week, Pathways is inviting everyone in Kelowna to join together in front of City Hall at 10 a.m., Tuesday, October 8, as the society attempts to create the city’s first ever, ‘human inclusion pathway’. along Water Street.
“The idea is to form a string of people from all walks of life, standing hand-in-hand along Water Street, in front of City Hall, to demonstrate the diversity of our community. We believe every person matters, and we hope to draw as many people as possible to join us downtown to create the pathway.” adds Daley.
After a few words from Mayor Gray, things will get underway, with the Mayor beginning ‘paving’ the pathway, which will then form, stretching north up the east side of Water Street and around the corner onto Doyle. Coffee, hot chocolate and muffins will be available for those in attendance. The event is open to everyone.
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