The Book Project
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It Takes Raindrops to Fill a Lake: A 50-year Retrospective of Abbotsford Community Services
by Walter Paetkau
Coming early 2019
Abbotsford Community Services (ACS) is proud to announce the telling of our story, from our 1969 origins through five decades of cooperation, volunteerism, community response and service.
The book, spearheaded by ACS founding member Walter Paetkau, will recount how our organization has developed into one of the most diverse serviceagencies of its kind in Canada.
It tells the story of the our early years, development, and growth of services through the decades and includes stories of success and cautionary tales for future generations, based on our experiences.
The book will be drawn from archives, interviews with former and current staff, volunteers, and people in the local community.
Abbotsford Community Services began during an era of activism, newbeginnings, and social service development. Local citizens came together to talk about setting up services the community needed.
In 1968, a constitution was approved and ACS became a registered society. Modest service projects evolved, and in the early 1970s, federal and provincial support unlocked funding that ensured sustainability of the agency. This led to rapid evolution as a significant multi-service agency in both the community and the province. Today, over 450 staff members help the community with over 90 programs across Abbotsford, Mission, Langley and Chilliwack.Help Support the Book Project Become a book lover!
“The story of Abbotsford Community Services is a story of building community. It is a story of people working together to enrich the lives and destiny of citizens of all ages, all abilities, all genders, all income levels, all races, all faiths,and all political persuasions.”
Research, writing, editing, design, project management and printing are the basic costs involved. While sales will recover some of the costs, it is not expected to meet the total cost of researching, writing and publishing the book.
Should donations exceed book project costs, the balance will be distributed among other related Abbotsford Community Services legacy projects.Help Support the Book Project Become a book lover!
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A Brief Insight Into the Book
I once heard a story of a teenage daughter asking her mother, “why does it take so long for our life to improve?” Life in Mumbai, India was difficult especially for a girl. The mother attempted to explain their plight and then concluded, “It takes raindrops to fill a lake.”
I was moved by that insight because it was so translatable to my own community. One by one, we began our services in the 1960s. One by one, we grew with the community and its needs.
This book, “It Takes Raindrops to Fill a Lake” explores that journey.
Share your Story
If you have a memory involving Abbotsford Community Services, we’d love to hear it and potentially include it in the book. Please contact:
604-859-7681 (Ext: 602)
c/o Abbotsford Community Services
2420 Montrose Avenue
Abbotsford, BC V2S 3S9