Our Mentor, Pathways Clubhouse
Dave MacDonald, Executive Director has been our support since March 2014. Our first visit to the Clubhouse in Richmond was on St. Patrick’s Day 2014 and Dave has been assisting us ever since.
He has attended many meetings with us to meet with Island Health representatives and with The Honourble Terry Lake, Minister of Health. Dave has also given two presentations in Victoria – our first event in May 2014 at Market Square and again at the University Club in June 2015. Members join him and help get the message across that Clubhouse rebuilds lives.
When Moms Like Us undertook the New Clubhouse Development Training in Fort Wayne, Indiana – Pathways was then the official mentor for our group. We thank him and the Clubhouse International Community for their ongoing support and encouragement.
Pathways Clubhouse came about in the early 1980’s – several non-profits teamed together and became one – A Clubhouse International. They started out in a house and have grown steadily. They have 1,000 members now and about 50 to 70 come through their doors daily. People are being housed, working and going back to school and Pathways is saving tax dollars at the same time!
Mental Health Training: We plan to follow in the footsteps of our mentor Clubhouse “Pathways” and provide mental health training to police departments in our community. Pathways has provided training to their local RCMP detachment, Vancouver Transit Police and provided presentations to the Canadian Border Services Agency.
Pathways Clubhouse in the Media
Life can be going along, not great but going along, then the hood of depression is slipped over your head and everything goes kerflooey.
Executive Director of Pathways Clubhouse, Dave MacDonald, commented “We work successfully in the community by supporting and providing opportunities to those living with mental health issues. This achievement is due to the Clubhouse International model we use, our dedicated and passionate staff, members and volunteers, as well as our many partners and supporters – donors, employers, landlords,
Jon McComb, News Talk 980 CKNW, interviewed Greg Thomson, Director of Research for Charity Intelligence Canada regarding Pathways Clubhouse being recognized as a Top 10 Canadian Charity. Select audio date - December 8, 2016, select audio time - 6:00am.
CHARITY INTELLIGENCE RELEASED ITS 2016 IMPACT FUND of 10 Canadian Charities That Makes a Significant Difference and Pathways Clubhouse is the only mental health organization and the only organization in British Columbia that made the grade!
I admit, it’s bizarre that I should feel so uplifted from an evening marked by depression and mental illness. Call me perverse, but such was the case, following the annual Pathways Clubhouse fundraiser Tuesday. This year, the blow-me-out-of-the-water moment came when a young woman took the podium to read a poem she’d written about depression. It left me wondering what else was left to say.
Richmond’s best, brightest, most innovative and community-minded businesses were celebrated Thursday evening in front of a sold out River Rock Show Theatre as the Richmond Chamber of Commerce hosted its 37th Annual Business Excellence Awards.
Dave MacDonald began working for Canadian Mental Health Association, Richmond Branch 30 years ago as a 23 year old kid right out of college.
Richmond's Pathways Clubhouse joined a select group of charitable organizations in Canada after being awarded a four-star rating for its open way of doing business and accessibility.
Last week, Charity Intelligence Canada, which ranks how charities spend their money and the work they do gave Pathways recognition that a mere 15 per cent of similar organizations receive.