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Staff at Foundry Vancouver-Granville, operated by Providence Health Care. One of many Foundry centre across BC that provide integrated health services to young people like Aslam and Lee. Jeff Topham photo.

Foundry supports youth in living a good life

Free and confidential health and wellness supports for BC youth ages 12 to 24 – online and in-person

  • May 2, 2022

 

Jay Hoots examines a rotting board in the Hope Bike Park alongside fellow trail builder Rick Boles on April 25. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)

Trail builders back in Hope for spring cleanup at bike park

Hoots Inc. spent the week cleaning trails, rebuilding moguls and testing runs

 

The Golden Tree Farmworker’s Monument is located at 32320 George Ferguson Way, on the north side of the Clearbrook Library. (Jessica Peters/ Abbotsford News)

My City Minute: Hope blooms eternal at Golden Tree monument in Abbotsford

Tribute to three women killed in 2007 crash also a reminder to respect farm workers

 

Hospital stretchers are just one of the many needs that the Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation has provided for local hospitals over the past years thanks to successful fundraisers in the region. (Submitted)

Fraser Valley Health Care foundation raises almost $18K with online auction and raffles

Gala event had to be cancelled due to COVID but that didn’t stop them from rallying for health care

Hospital stretchers are just one of the many needs that the Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation has provided for local hospitals over the past years thanks to successful fundraisers in the region. (Submitted)
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Weekly sessions on sustainability offered by UFV in Chilliwack, Abbotsford and online

March for Sustainability series aims to educate and engage with weekly sessions

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Ace, age six, is an Abbotsford boy who now has an adaptive to help him and his mom get around. (Submitted photo)

Two Abbotsford kids to be featured on Variety Show of Hearts Telethon

Ace and Tayla both have had help from the Variety Kids Children’s Charity

Ace, age six, is an Abbotsford boy who now has an adaptive to help him and his mom get around. (Submitted photo)
Vashti Harrison’s books Little Leaders and Little Legends are among a long list of suggested reads for Black History Month, curated by staff at the Fraser Valley Regional Library.

Fraser Valley Regional Library shares their top selections for Black History Month

Library staff recommendations for audio books, films, biographies and more

Vashti Harrison’s books Little Leaders and Little Legends are among a long list of suggested reads for Black History Month, curated by staff at the Fraser Valley Regional Library.
UFV is working with artificial intelligence robots that can help combat isolation and loneliness, thanks to funding from the TD Bank Group. (UFV photo)

Robots and AI being used to help combat COVID-19 loneliness at UFV

Findings will be shared with government, industry, and community partners to enhance wellness

UFV is working with artificial intelligence robots that can help combat isolation and loneliness, thanks to funding from the TD Bank Group. (UFV photo)
Actor and singer, Marilyn Monroe, performs at a Democratic Party fundraising dinner and birthday salute to President John F. Kennedy at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York on May 19, 1962. (Cecil Stoughton/ White House Photographs, courtesy of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston)

Abbotsford woman describes New York the night Marilyn sang to JFK

Infamous pop cultural event took place 60 years ago, months before Marilyn died

Actor and singer, Marilyn Monroe, performs at a Democratic Party fundraising dinner and birthday salute to President John F. Kennedy at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York on May 19, 1962. (Cecil Stoughton/ White House Photographs, courtesy of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston)
Sabastien Onyemaobi of Mission, earned the Youth Champion of Diversity award in 2020 (pre-pandemic image). Nominations for awards are being accepted until Jan. 7. (Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity Award image)

Nominations open for Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity Awards

An in-person event is planned for March 2022 to celebrate winners and nominees

Sabastien Onyemaobi of Mission, earned the Youth Champion of Diversity award in 2020 (pre-pandemic image). Nominations for awards are being accepted until Jan. 7. (Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity Award image)
A video showing an Abbotsford police officer getting a push down a hill from a giggling child has had more than 11,000 views in less than a day. (Screenshot/ Abbotsford Police Department)

VIDEO: Abbotsford police officer hits the toboggan hill with the kids

As community deals with snow and cold, kids and officers still finding ways to have fun

A video showing an Abbotsford police officer getting a push down a hill from a giggling child has had more than 11,000 views in less than a day. (Screenshot/ Abbotsford Police Department)
Sisters Jennifer (left) and Brianna Plett get a closer look at a Honda Civic Jennifer was nominated for after her family lost several cars in the flooding in Abbotsford. (Jessica Peters/ Abbotsford News)

Family nominates youngest daughter for free Honda following Abbotsford floods

Family lost four vehicles when deep floodwaters hit their Arnold home

Sisters Jennifer (left) and Brianna Plett get a closer look at a Honda Civic Jennifer was nominated for after her family lost several cars in the flooding in Abbotsford. (Jessica Peters/ Abbotsford News)
Hope Mayor Peter Robb (right) has a look at the Grinch and his dog, Max. The statue is the newest for the town, and will reappear every holiday season. It was created by Ryan Villiers, who also carved the Rambo statue that normally stands in the same spot. (Submitted photo)

The Grinch stealing hearts this Christmas as Hope’s newest carved statue

Chainsaw carver Ryan Villiers known for his work and created well-loved Rambo statue

Hope Mayor Peter Robb (right) has a look at the Grinch and his dog, Max. The statue is the newest for the town, and will reappear every holiday season. It was created by Ryan Villiers, who also carved the Rambo statue that normally stands in the same spot. (Submitted photo)
Books on the shelves of the Fraser Valley Regional Library branch in Langley City. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times file)

Late fines ending at all Fraser Valley library locations

FVRL says those with old fines can take advantage of upcoming promotion

Books on the shelves of the Fraser Valley Regional Library branch in Langley City. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times file)
Catherine Crewe of Fernie with the card that she and Nancy Nester of Invermere have been sending back and forth to each other since 1964. Pictured here in 2021. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

60 years of good wishes: Two long-time Kootenay penpals keep a Christmas tradition alive

Catherine Crewe of Fernie, and Nancy Nester of Invermere have been sending the same card back and forth to each other since they were both five years old

Catherine Crewe of Fernie with the card that she and Nancy Nester of Invermere have been sending back and forth to each other since 1964. Pictured here in 2021. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
A puppy named Nala became the mascot of the emergency shelter at Hope secondary school, where she was then renamed Hope in honour of the town. Now there is a fundraiser online to thank the school for their hospitality. . (GoFundMe photo)

Puppy re-named Hope at evacuation centre plays part in fundraiser to give back to flood-ravaged town

‘Hope would run all over the school and everyone wanted to pet and hold her’

A puppy named Nala became the mascot of the emergency shelter at Hope secondary school, where she was then renamed Hope in honour of the town. Now there is a fundraiser online to thank the school for their hospitality. . (GoFundMe photo)
Jillian Harris and Team Jilly have joined with Do Some Good to engage the community, support local causes and amplify the many amazing stories that non-profit organizations share. Join her for the 12 Days of Christmas campaign, Dec. 1 to 12.

Jillian Harris joins Do Some Good to drive more community impact

Team Jilly’s 12 Days of Giving campaign runs Dec. 1 to 12

  • Nov 22, 2021
Jillian Harris and Team Jilly have joined with Do Some Good to engage the community, support local causes and amplify the many amazing stories that non-profit organizations share. Join her for the 12 Days of Christmas campaign, Dec. 1 to 12.
Susan Friesen of Hope is the most recent big lottery winner. (BC Lotto photo)

A new Hope: $1 Million Guaranteed Prize for newly minted Hope resident

Lottery winner says big prize will help build up her retirement nest egg

  • Oct 19, 2021
Susan Friesen of Hope is the most recent big lottery winner. (BC Lotto photo)
Mick Trodden, an 11-year employee at the market, said he’d use his bonus to visit his grandchildren. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

B.C. grocer hands out thousands in employee bonuses amid regional staffing shortages

The extra cash followed a busy summer, says store owner Jean-Marc Pesant

Mick Trodden, an 11-year employee at the market, said he’d use his bonus to visit his grandchildren. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
Mark Anderson, owner of West Coast Driver Training, is planning on defying the rules that prevent him from installing dash cams in his company cars. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

B.C. driving school owner to install dash cams, in spite of prohibition

Mark Anderson said he intends to defy regulations due to better serve his clients

Mark Anderson, owner of West Coast Driver Training, is planning on defying the rules that prevent him from installing dash cams in his company cars. (Robert Barron/Citizen)