Entries by Katrina McKeown


Thoughts on Penticton’s Housing Crisis

A letter to the editor from our Poverty Law Advocate, Christie Fiebelkorn: “In my line of work, we receive countless phone calls from distressed individuals affected by the housing crisis. The calls we receive range from eviction notices due to reno-victions, homes being sold, motels increasing the weekly rent by 50% with no notice to tenants, […]


Free Writings from Marginalized Voices

Today we are sharing some downloadable ‘zines’; short, independent booklets created for public distribution by Indigenous Canadians. Here is a golden opportunity to hear perspectives that are not vetted by the dominant culture, reworded or reformatted for better “palatability”, or making a profit from your attention. Click the links below to check them out.   klr-zine […]


Support for Pathways

In March, there was some very sad news about our partners at Pathways Addictions Resource Centre in Penticton. Interior Health is reconfiguring its mental health and addiction services and had decided not to continue to fund Pathways for those services, but rather to offer those services itself. This means that Pathways has now lost 90% […]


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. […]