Najib Raie, senior director of operations; board president Steve Carlton; and executive director Rod Santiago reveal Abbotsford Community Services’ new name and logo.

Najib Raie, senior director of operations; board president Steve Carlton; and executive director Rod Santiago reveal Abbotsford Community Services’ new name and logo.

Abbotsford Community Services announces name change

50-year-old non-profit agency now called Archway Community Services

Abbotsford Community Services announced on Monday that it has had a name change and will now be known as Archway Community Services.

Executive director Rod Santiago said it took “a lot of brainstorming and research” to come up with a name that covered the agency’s many programs.

“In the end, we were drawn to the meaning behind Archway,” he said.

Santiago said Archway was chosen because it reflects “people helping people” in a collective effort to support the community.

He said an “arch” draws its strength from the individual pieces supporting each other, which is a metaphor for how Archway works with the community to support to those in need.

The “way” part of the name speaks to how the agency helps people looking to discover their direction and provide a positive path forward.

“This change will be more inclusive for the clients we serve beyond Abbotsford and reduce confusion, as people sometimes assume that Abbotsford Community Services is an arm of the government or City of Abbotsford,” Santiago said.

While the majority of the non-profit’s 90-plus programs are in Abbotsford, they also serve clients in Mission, Chilliwack, Langley and Chandigarh, India.

Archway has over 400 staff and 1,000 volunteers who provide services to children, parents, seniors, newcomers and those with diverse abilities, addictions or mental health challenges.

Programs are funded through government contracts, fees for services, grants and donations.

The Abbotsford Community Services Food Bank will also update its name to the Archway Food Bank and continue to provide food and basic necessities to more than 3,000 people a month.

RELATED: Jake Virtanen to host Abbotsford Community Services’ charity golf tournament

Santiago assures people that while the name is changing, the mission is not.

“We will continue fostering community well-being and social justice through positive action and leadership in order to achieve the vision of ‘justice, opportunities and equitable access for all,’ “ he said.

The Matsqui-Sumas-Abbotsford (MSA) Community Services agency began in 1969 and later became Matsqui-Abbotsford Community Services (MACS) when the Village of Abbotsford and District of Sumas amalgamated.

Since 1995, they have been known as Abbotsford Community Services (ACS) after the districts of Abbotsford and Matsqui united under the City of Abbotsford.

READ MORE: Book by Walter Paetkau details first 50 years of Abbotsford Community Services

“We had three name changes in my 31 years at the agency and it makes sense to move from a location-based name to a concept name,” said Walter Paetkau, founder and author of a book on the last 50 years of the agency’s history.

“When I heard the name for the first time, I was immediately taken with the meaning behind it. After 50 years, the agency is going to continue to evolve and this takes us to the next step.”

The previous website AbbotsfordCommunityServices.com will continue to be operational for a short time before all traffic is redirected to the new website at Archway.ca.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Abbotsford Community Services announces name change

Just Posted

Six soccer talents from the BC Soccer Premier League were added to the UFV Cascades women’s soccer program. (Dan Kinvig/UFV Athletics)
UFV Cascades women’s soccer introduce six-player class

New coach Niko Marcina adds players from the BC Soccer Premier League

Google Maps screenshot taken at 7:30 a.m.
TRAFFIC: Westbound Highway 1 crash blocking left lane in Langley

Incident at 264th Street slowing morning commuters

Elias Pettersson and the Vancouver Canucks drew a large crowd to the Abbotsford Centre in 2019. Canucks management hopes the crowds return for the planned AHL team this fall, and early returns are positive. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)
Canucks: ‘Incredible’ early interest for Abbotsford AHL tickets

Team has had a strong response to both e-mail information and priority ticket lists

Red dot shows location where fisherman was rescued by boater on Friday, May 7, 2021. Other fisher still missing presumed drowned after boat swamped on Fraser River near Vedder/Sumas confluence. Rescued man swam to shore after boat sank, while friend is still classified as missing as of May 10. (City of Chilliwack map)
Fisherman still missing after boat flipped on the Fraser River

One man made it out, other still missing, after anchor got snagged in the Fraser near Chilliwack

Corina Rochon has been working the front lines of the pandemic in the intensive care unit at Abbotsford Regional Hospital. She is also an instructor in the nursing program at University of the Fraser Valley.
Pandemic the most challenging of Abbotsford nurse’s 16-year career

Corina Rochon works front lines at Abbotsford Regional Hospital

A bullet hole is seen in the windshield of an RCMP vehicle approximately 4 km from Vancouver International Airport after a one person was killed during a shooting outside the international departures terminal at the airport, in Richmond, B.C., Sunday, May 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Homicide team IDs man in fatal YVR shooting as police grapple with spate of gang violence

Man, 20, charged in separate fatal shooting Burnaby over the weekend

(Pixabay)
B.C. doctors could face consequences for spreading COVID misinformation: college

College says doctors have a higher level of responsibility to not spread incorrect information

Kelowna resident Sally Wallick helped rescue a kayaker in distress a week and a half ago. (Sally Wallick/Contributed)
VIDEO: Kelowna woman rescues capsized kayaker in Okanagan Lake

Sally Wallick is asking people to be prepared for the cold water and unpredictable winds

RCMP Assistant Commissioner Dwayne McDonald pauses while speaking during a news conference in Burnaby, B.C., on Monday, May 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
‘We will do everything we can,’ B.C. police say to reassure public amid gang violence

Active officers in the Lower Mainland, including those from the Integrated Homicide Investigations Team, are being recruited to an ‘inactive potential future police service’

Dr. Bonnie Henry talks about phase two in B.C.’s COVID-19 immunization plan. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
All of B.C. will eventually ease out of COVID-19 restrictions at same time: Henry

People who have received two doses of a vaccine can’t yet return to post-pandemic activities with each other, she says

Winnipeg Jets’ Andrew Copp (9) and Edmonton Oilers goaltender Mike Smith (41) watch an incoming shot during second period NHL action in Winnipeg, Monday, April 26, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Greenslade
‘Very jealous’: Canadian teams can’t take advantage of NHL’s relaxed COVID-19 rules

League eased some tight COVID-19 health and safety protocols over the weekend for fully vaccinated clubs

A map of Huu-ay-aht-owned forestry cutblock. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
B.C. First Nations restrict access to territory in wake of forestry standoffs

Huu-ay-aht set up checkpoints after heated and dangerous incidents on southwest Vancouver Island

RCMP are searching for Philip Toner, who is a ‘person of interest’ in the investigation of a suspicious death in Kootenay National Park last week. Photo courtesy BC RCMP.
RCMP identify ‘person of interest’ in Kootenay National Park suspicious death

Police are looking for Philip Toner, who was known to a woman found dead near Radium last week

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Most Read