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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.
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.
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.
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.
Kaylah holds a master’s degree in Human Geography from the University of British Columbia. Currently, she is pursuing her Doctorate at McMaster University while working full-time as PWC’s Administration and Program Coordinator. Before joining PWC as a permanent staff member, Kaylah has been an active volunteer and contract hire with the organization since 2017. Kaylah’s research focuses on building healthy and thriving communities through policy and service provision. These interests have helped launch her career in the not-for-profit sector.
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 2022. 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 a nominal charge for transportation to cover fuel costs. 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 email@example.com. 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.