Pathfinder Youth Centre Society

The Pathfinder Youth Centre Society is dedicated to helping at-risk young people (ages 15-30) overcome the obstacles that prevent them from returning to school or entering the workforce. Our certified youth counselors mentor to the specific needs of each client – teaching life skills, preparing the way for re-entry into school and/or accessing employment training.

We provide these services to approximately 90 participants across Greater Vancouver each year. To date, many of our Pathfinder alumni have found full or part-time employment or achieved a BC High School Graduation diploma.

Fiesta Blanca 2019

August 10th, 2019 marks the date of our fifth annual Fiesta Blanca Charity Fundraiser. Fiesta Blanca is an all white attire summer event that will be held at Township 7 Vineyards & Winery in Langley, which offers a “Wine Country” experience, without having to leave Metro Vancouver.

There will be plenty of silent auctions and raffles, wine tasting, live music, dancing, food, and tonnes of fun that you would not want to miss out on this summer! All proceeds from the event will go towards Pathfinder Youth Centre Society, in order to raise desperately needed funds for the youth mentorship programs.

Come out and enjoy a fun-filled day, while supporting a great cause for youth in our community.

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Come on in and cozy up with a good book and great cup of coffee!

Ruth and Orville in Ottawa

Back in December 2017 Pathfinder Youth Centre Society was invited to Ottawa to participate in an information gathering session by The Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Persons with Disabilities (HUMA). Ruth and Orville Lee were given the opportunity to share their years of experience and knowledge of working with youth in the “trenches”.

The session was held at the House of Commons and was designed to look at the way experiential learning can guide younger Canadians through the transitions from high school, post-secondary education and the labour market. Some of the topics discussed were youth underemployment after completing their education and youth unemployment and how it harms the transition to the workforce.

Board of Directors

Orville Lee

Orville Lee is a co-founder of the Pathfinder

Ruth Lee
Executive Director

Ruth Lee is a co-founder of the Pathfinder

Shammi Ram-Ditta
Vice-President & Treasurer

Shammi is the owner of Digital Synectics, a

Dr. Christopher M. Spence

Dr. Christopher Spence became the new Director of

Patricia Belgrave

Patricia has been supporting the Pathfinder Youth Centre

Jamall Lee
Youth Director

Jamal has been involved with the Pathfinder Youth

Susan Richards De Wit
Media Relations

As a Communications Consultant, Susan Richards de Wit


Walking into this program I thought the only thing I would get out of it were certificates and a job but I got a whole lot more than I thought I would. Now, near the end of the program, I feel like I’m walking out a whole new person with different perspectives on life. This program has changed my life, my way of thinking and even my attitude. I may still not have a filter but that’s something I need to work on for while. Everyday I am thankful of this program and all the help it has given me. If I didn’t get into this program, I don’t know where I would be.


This program helps me a lot to know me better, understand what I want, to feel more confident and to start working is a big step for me. I know I have to learn more things that I am in the middle but it was a good start point for me.


While in the program, I have not just gained certification for the workplace but also confidence that has helped me gain employment and make new friends in the program. I feel incredibly prepared for any workplace. I am grateful for all the support I was given. I would recommend it to any who is struggling in employment and life. “You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.”


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