What is Pathways?

To foster the well being of the whole person and their connectedness to self, family

and community when dealing with substance use and addictions


Pathways assists individuals dealing with  substance use and addictions issues connect to themselves, their families and their community through counselling, education and referrals. Counselling is done on an individual basis or in groups. Pathways also offers a weekly methadone clinic.

Our services are for youth through senior adults, as well as for parents whose children are involved with substance abuse.

Pathways is incorporated as a not-for-profit society in the Province of British Columbia and is registered as a Charity with the Canada Revenue Agency. We are primarily funded by the Interior Health Authority of British Columbia and is regulated by guidelines maintained by the British Columbia Ministry of Health.

Our office is located in the City of Penticton, the largest community in the South Okanagan Valley.


Pathways began in November 1975 as “The South Okanagan Alcohol Education and Rehabilitation Program” with two counsellors. Six years later the organization was incorporated as a provincial charitable society under the name of “The South Okanagan Alcohol Counselling Service” with funding provided by the provincial government of British Columbia. In 1985, the group registered as a charitable organization with Revenue Canada and was incorporated under the B.C. Society Act as “Pathways Addictions Resource Centre”.

As of 2015, Pathways employs a total of six counsellors, facilitators and coordinators who deliver a variety of services for youth and adults. Two administrative staff and a part-time financial officer provide essential support for services. Two methadone clinics under the direction of a physician are held weekly. A volunteer Board of Directors is responsible for governance of Pathways. Pathways maintains a video and book lending library for community members.

Contact us for details on current programs.

Skaha Lake photo courtesy of Darren Kirby