Entries by Brandi Beckett

Spoonie Life and Language

POSTED WITH PERMISSION: This article was written by Rowan Burdge, and originally appeared in DABC’s Transition magazine on Respecting Disability Language and Identity. (Summer 2022). Read the issue here. When it comes to talking about bodies, I’ve found that language is challenging and nuanced. As someone living with a chronic illness, the line between disabled […]

Children’s Fun Event Honoring Indigenous People’s Day

On June 21st the Access Centre team attended our first community event in over two years; a Children’s Fun day in honor of Indigenous People’s day. This event was put on by the Ooknakane Friendship Centre with assistance from the City of Penticton’s Social Development office. There were so many groups participating: Penticton Indian Band, […]


Global Pandemic: Changes to How We Help

The Access Centre has been a drop in centre for many years, for our entire history really, even back when we were the Women’s Centre. Being open for people to drop in anytime during our business hours was the backbone of what we did. There were times when people would come in just to hang […]

Security Deposits: The Basics

There are often questions asked about how much a landlord is legally allowed to charge for a Damage Deposit or Pet Deposit. If you have further questions or feel you are being charged too much for your Pet or Damage Deposit, please give us a call to speak to one of our expert legal advocates […]

Eviction: The Basics

Evictions can be very frustrating and scary to navigate. If you have been evicted for any reason and feel it was a wrongful eviction, do not hesitate to give our office a call and talk to one of our expert legal advocates. 250-493-6822 or email support@accesscentre.org.  The Basics An eviction occurs when a landlord legally […]

Annual Allowable Rent Increase for 2022

Information gathered from: Rent Increases – Province of British Columbia (gov.bc.ca) “Annual allowable rent increase for 2022 will be 1.5% Residential Tenancies: The 2022 maximum increase will be 1.5% Manufactured Home Parks: For manufactured home park tenancies, the 2022 maximum increase will be 1.5% plus a proportional amount for the change in local government levies […]

Prevention is the Best Cure for Homelessness

Many times, a client comes in to the Access Centre angry or frightened because of a dispute with a landlord or perhaps they’ve received an eviction notice. Our legal advocates will often try to negotiate a deal with the landlord if possible because, even if the tenant is in the right, the risk of losing […]

It’s Tax Time Again!

  It’s that time of year again! This year we will be doing the Tax Clinic Monday through Thursday afternoons from 1pm – 4pm (last person in at 3:45pm) at the Access Centre (2nd floor – 304 Martin Street). No need to book an appointment, just come on down during tax drop in hours with all […]

How to Prepare for Raising a Child with a Disability

Access Centre is dedicated to serving disadvantaged individuals in the South Okanagan by offering help and access to various government and community services.   If you’re expecting a child with a disability, you may be unsure about how to start getting ready to accommodate their needs. Or maybe you’ve recently had a child with a […]