PWC has always been there to provide a listening ear, a big healthy hug, a shoulder to cry on, and a binder full of resource contacts to solve the problems as they come along. PWC is proud to offer a diverse selection of programs, services, volunteer opportunities, resources and so much more. The Peachland Wellness Centre is a grassroots organization run by staff and a volunteer Board of Directors. We offer programs and services that are otherwise unavailable in our community. We are a hive of activity and a haven of respite and caring for many.
"People in our community are supported to embrace a happy, healthy and independent life"
"The Peachland Wellness Centre (PWC) provides programs and services that connect people through support, education, information, referral and outreach. PWC values volunteers and collaborates with other community members, organizations and the District of Peachland
Our Core Values
Dignity and Respect for all
Financial, Environmental and Social Accountability
High Quality Programs & Services
Inclusiveness and Diversity
Open and Honest Communication
Recognition of all Contributions
Safe Place and Confidentiality
The Peachland Wellness Centre (PWC) started with a Task Force comprised of three individuals: Phyllis Papineau, Chris Scowen, and Doug Armitage, along with a $4,000 grant from the Community Health Advisory Committee in early February, 2001 for the development of a Health Resource Centre (HRC) in Peachland. The District of Peachland graciously provided the location, an older house in the central downtown area, providing the feeling of stepping into a comfortable and welcoming home. Fund raising, donations from local service clubs, volunteer support, and the creation of a Board of Directors all took place prior to the official opening of the Peachland Wellness Centre on November 21, 2001. This grassroots non-profit organization has grown over the years, with its strong group of volunteers, staff, Board of Directors, and community partners, and its focus on enabling people in our community to enhance their quality of life.
People in Peachland are provided opportunities to enjoy increased social connections, and are supported in embracing a happy, healthy, independent life as a result of PWC programs and services. The PWC 2019 Evaluation Report summarizes our results:
# of incoming calls
# of volunteers
# of drop in visitors
# of participants across PWC's 5 Service offerings
*Read the 2019 Evaluation Report for full details.
Board of Directors
The Peachland Wellness Centre could not function without the incredible support of our dedicated Staff and volunteer Board of Directors.
Kym Martin holds a Master’s degree in Education and has over 17 years in the public sector working in the national security and public health portfolios. Prior to joining the public sector Kym worked in the non-profit, front-line services community. While highly valuing the experience gained in the public sector, Kym’s heart and soul have always resided in non-profit, community-based organizations. Kym is a passionate advocate for mental health and volunteers her time supporting the implementation of legislation and increased services for individuals and communities struggling with mental health challenges.
My name is Janet Hornseth and I am the Gallery Coordinator for the Peachland Art Gallery. I moved to Peachland in 1984 with my husband Stewart Kerr. We raised our two beautiful daughters in Peachland and are extremely fortunate to have our youngest daughter April with our son-in-law Kale living 5 minutes away with 3 of our grandchildren. Our oldest daughter Brydie lives in Calgary and she and her husband Russ have given us 2 wonderful grandsons who eagerly look forward to their summer visits to Peachland. I have always been an advocate of giving back to the community and to that end, coached ball, was a Brownie leader and actively involved in the schools while our daughters were growing up.
I have been a volunteer driver with the Wellness Centre for 5 years. This is a program I identify with as a result of my own mother ageing in Saskatoon and dependant on taxicabs at times to get her to appointments. I was asked to join the Board a year ago and am honoured to be part of such a vibrant organization that provides so many valuable programs for our community.
Rachel has a passion for learning and teaching - new people and new things keep her going! She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Mathematics from the University of British Columbia - Okanagan. Rachel is now working at a learning centre for students with neuro-diversity in Kelowna. She was raised in the Okanagan and although residing in Kelowna, she spends and volunteers her time in Peachland. She is often found at the beach and at almost any community event!
Or team is small but mighty! We are dedicated to making your experience with our Programs & Services the very best it can be.
I have worked in the not-for-profit sector for many years in various roles and in many capacities including that of a volunteer. As a Manager in not-for-profit, my work has taken me from that of a small organization with a staff of 3 to work within larger national organizations. I thrive on variety, enjoy being busy and active and believe in the value of community. My role as Executive Coordinator provides the opportunity to be a part of helping others in my community and allows me the chance to embrace and enjoy all that I believe in. I feel very fortunate and grateful to be able to live and work in a community I love.
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Bonnie moved to the Okanagan in 2000 and has worked at two large non-profit organizations throughout the past 20 years. Before coming to the Okanagan, she lived in White Rock and worked in the healthcare field. She comes to PWC with a diploma in Business Administration and diverse certifications in and marketing.
Bonnie spent her earlier years riding and competing on horseback, but now enjoys cruising on her motorcycle throughout the scenic Okanagan. She is excited to be a part of the PWC and looks forward to helping people in the community meet their needs and working with such an amazing team of staff and volunteers.
My name is Robyn Thomas, and I was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. I moved to Kelowna in August 2020 for graduate studies at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan. My educational background lies in pediatric palliative care and neuroscience. Beyond school, I find that connecting with and helping out others brings a lot of joy to my life, and so I try to volunteer as frequently as I can. I stumbled upon the Wellness Centre when searching for ways to become more involved in the Okanagan. I began volunteering here in November 2020 and have absolutely loved coming in every week. I am happy to now work as a Program Coordinator for the PWC Connects program and the Wellness Circle. The kind and welcoming nature of Peachlanders has touched my heart, and I am thankful for the opportunity to give back to this community. I look forward to meeting you!
My name is Tammy Arishenkoff, and I was born in Vancouver, British Columbia and raised in West Kelowna. We moved to Peachland in 2018, and I joined the Wellness Centre in March 2019 as an Admin Volunteer after seeing an ad in the Peachland View. My background lies in the technology sector as well as adult education and training. I am now the Media Coordinator for the PWC and take care of our social media, newsletter and website updates. I love being a part of this amazing team and doing what I can to give back to this community I call home.
I began my role in 2017 after 4 years as a volunteer. My background is in healthcare/nursing with a focus on seniors’ health and wellness. My love of learning led me to redefine myself after my first “retirement” into someone who is embracing ageing gracefully and supporting others to do the same. Family, friends, balance and flexibility are my focus for this stage of my life and the PWC embodies it all.
Services Coordinator & Adult Day Service Coordinator
Linda, originally from Winnipeg, lived for many years in the Lower Mainland before moving to Peachland 15 years ago. Linda comes with a background in Health Care and says, “I’m forever grateful to have met so many interesting people along the way.” Over the past few years, Linda worked at a facility in Summerland in programs and recreation where she was surrounded by people, she genuinely adored and now says she is very happy to be working at PWC.
Linda will be working together as a Services Coordinator in a job share position with Teri Pentland. By sharing this part time position, the community benefits from the amazing skills and talents they both bring.
Adult Day Service Coordinator
Margaret was born in Poland and spent most of her early life there with her family before deciding to move to Canada in 1980. This had always been her biggest dream as a little girl and it finally came true!
Margaret always enjoyed working with elderly so after finishing her studies she worked in various hospitals, long term care facilities, group homes and medical clinics.
Margaret says “Coordinating activities through the Adult Day Service truly improves, stimulates, and enriches our resident’s lives. I care about their wellbeing and their social, physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. I would like to continue providing quality services and activities so the residents in our community stay healthy, maintain independence, autonomy and continue to live fulfilling and enriched lives.”
I was born and raised in this beautiful community of Peachland. My volunteering has included East Kootenay Regional Hospital, B.C. Emergency Services, and now PWC.
My time at PWC has been great and meeting some familiar faces brings back wonderful memories. I truly care for this community and hope to fill all my Volunteer Coordinator duties and help the people of Peachland when needed.
Frequently Asked Questions
Membership & Program Participation
Do I need to be a member to participate in the PWC Programs?
Any Peachlander can join any of our Programs. While there is no specific fee for an activity, as a non-profit organization we welcome your donations.
What is included when I become a member of PWC?
Membership with the PWC helps support the many programs & services offered to the community of Peachland. Your membership provides you with a vote at the AGM to have a voice in the happenings of PWC. Membership is $15 in 2021. Please contact PWC to become a member.
How do I register to participate in a Program?
Contact PWC (250) 767-0141 to learn more.
Where do I find a calendar schedule for the PWC programs?
Subscribe to our E-Newsletter (at the bottom of this page) to see our Monthly Activities Calendar and updates, or go to our Programs page for more details.
Am I elegible to participate in all Services available from PWC?
Participation in our Services require a needs assessment review by one of our Services Coordinators. Contact them at PWC (250) 767-0141. For some Services, potential participants are assessed based on financial eligibility and individual needs. NOTE: Our supportive services are not designed to replace any medical or health professional services.
Is there a fee to use the PWC Transportation service?
There is no charge for this service, however, a suggested donation to our volunteer drivers is asked for to cover the cost of fuel. Other costs incurred are your responsibility, such as parking fees.
What volunteer roles are available at PWC?
There are many ways you can volunteer at PWC, based on your interests and time. You may want to join a Committee, become a Facilitator or Friendly Visitor, join our Admin team or become a Volunteer Driver. Simply sign up HERE and we will be in touch.
What length of commitment is required for volunteers?
While there is no specific duration for volunteers, the PWC kindly asks those who choose to become a Facilitator to remain with us for an extended period since strong and lasting relationship will ensure that our Program activities remain available.
How can I donate to the Peachland Wellness Centre?
You can donate to PWC online through our donation page, arrange for E-transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also simply call the PWC at (250-)767-0141 and arrange a time to drop off your cheque or cash donation. More donation options here.
Does PWC accept "Planned Giving Donations"?
Planned or Legacy Giving is the donor process that involves making a charitable gift during a donor's life or at death that is part of his/her financial or estate plan. PWC graciously accepts these types of donations. Contact us to discuss such arrangements.
How is my donation to PWC used?
As a non-profit organization, PWC relies on donations and fundraising in order to provide the staff and facilities that support our many Programs & Services.
If I make a donation will I receive a tax receipt?
PWC provides donors with a tax receipt for donations $25 or more.