Entries by Katrina McKeown


What Does a Family Law Advocate Do?

What is a family law advocate and what are the responsibilities and the mandate of a family law advocate? I’ll start out by saying that I’m not a lawyer because I am not a member of the Law Society. I am trained by the Law Foundation of BC in trying to try to assist people […]

Staying Well in a State of Emergency COPING AND ADAPTING TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Schools, businesses, arts and culture venues, workplaces and social services organizations closed their doors or reduced their hours and capacity. Many people lost their jobs, travel restrictions were imposed and visits to our loved ones in long-term care were cancelled. We were also asked to maintain physical distance from people outside our immediate household. Thoughtful […]


Call for Action to the Federal Government

This is a letter we sent out on November 26, 2020 Dear Minister Qualtrough, Minister Hussein, Minister Lebouthillier, and Member of Parliament Richard Cannings: I am reaching out to you regarding the issue of in-person services for Canada’s Response Benefit claimants and possible solutions moving forward. I am an advocate at the Penticton & Area […]

A Word From Our Board Chair

Well, what a different world we live in today! Covid 19 has changed the entire world. And what a difficult change. In times of trouble and uncertainty, our natural instinct is to come together, embrace those we love and hold them close. To extend our hands to our friends and neighbors, to share what we […]

Alone Together

I am the Disability Advocate in the main office at Access- writing during the midst of a global pandemic that has brought our world- in many ways to a grinding halt. We have closed our doors at Access but we are still able to help with some things, we are available by phone and email. […]

Get Your Dance On at the Access Centre’s Disco

It’s that time again! Join us Feb 20th at 6pm for a super fun night at our annual fundraiser. Only $30 for a burger, a beer (or glass of wine) and an evening of live performances, mingling, and dancing. We have had so many wonderful, generous donations to the silent auction plus we have some […]

Tax Volunteers for the Win

Here at the Access Centre, we offer FREE tax filing help and we are currently gearing up for this upcoming tax season. Though Revenue Canada is closed for E-filing this month, starting March 2nd and through March and April we will be in full force tax filing mode! Before the start of this busy tax […]