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Lori Jackson is the chairperson for the Live Your Dream program with Soroptimist International of Chilliwack. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Applications open for Chilliwack Soroptimist Live Your Dream awards

Financial awards for female students in Chilliwack who are primary financial providers for family

Former Chilliwack mayor Clint Hames (left) and Chilliwack Progress editor Paul Henderson

VIDEO: Former Chilliwack mayor and Progress editor talk politics

Editor Paul Henderson sat down with Clint Hames for final interview of the year on his ChillTV show

Stacey Chomiak’s queer, illustrated, young-adult memoir ‘Still Stace: My Gay Christian Coming-of-Age Story’ is being released on Oct. 19, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Chilliwack author says being gay and Christian is OK

Stacey Chomiak’s memoir aimed at LGBTQ youth makes peace with faith community and queer community

Stacey Chomiak’s queer, illustrated, young-adult memoir ‘Still Stace: My Gay Christian Coming-of-Age Story’ is being released on Oct. 19, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Some of the floral watercolour paintings created by Debbie Mar’s Grade 3 students at Upper Sumas Elementary. (Submitted photo)

Abbotsford Grade 3 class connects with seniors through flowers

First project of Upper Sumas Elementary students is watercolour paintings

Some of the floral watercolour paintings created by Debbie Mar’s Grade 3 students at Upper Sumas Elementary. (Submitted photo)
Second World War veteran Warner Hockin (seated) is greeted by Royal Canadian Legion Branch 4 president Sharon Churchill and Angus Haggerty following the closing of the legion ceremony on Mary Street on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021. Branch 4 amalgamated with Branch 280 and they are having an open house on Saturday, Oct. 16 at 5661 Vedder Rd. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Legion Week: 1st open house following amalgamation of two Chilliwack branches

Chilliwack is one of 42 communities across B.C. celebrating Legion Week

Second World War veteran Warner Hockin (seated) is greeted by Royal Canadian Legion Branch 4 president Sharon Churchill and Angus Haggerty following the closing of the legion ceremony on Mary Street on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021. Branch 4 amalgamated with Branch 280 and they are having an open house on Saturday, Oct. 16 at 5661 Vedder Rd. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Pat MacPhail (left) and Bob Simpson, seen here on Oct. 8, 2021, are two of the seven members of the Atchelitz Farmers Institute. The AFI is in the process of closing down and they have gifted their property on Lickman Road to the City of Chilliwack. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Farmers institute donates Atchelitz Hall and property to City of Chilliwack

Atchelitz Hall has been in Chilliwack for more than 100 years, will continue to operate

Pat MacPhail (left) and Bob Simpson, seen here on Oct. 8, 2021, are two of the seven members of the Atchelitz Farmers Institute. The AFI is in the process of closing down and they have gifted their property on Lickman Road to the City of Chilliwack. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Wanda Lindsay (right) with the Yarrow Library welcomes preschoolers from Leap for Joy Open Air Learning to the launch of the Yarrow StoryWalk along the Beaver Loop Trail by the Vedder River in Yarrow on Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Permanent StoryWalk installed in Yarrow using local trees, funding and craftsmanship

$25,000 donation from Envision helps Yarrow Library bring outdoor StoryWalk to fruition

Wanda Lindsay (right) with the Yarrow Library welcomes preschoolers from Leap for Joy Open Air Learning to the launch of the Yarrow StoryWalk along the Beaver Loop Trail by the Vedder River in Yarrow on Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Josh Waters and his one-year-old English Staffy cross, Rocky. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media)

COVID, heartbreak among speedbumps in Australian’s road to residency in Kelowna

Josh Waters shares his experience in the hopes to help others like him

Josh Waters and his one-year-old English Staffy cross, Rocky. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media)
Chilliwack librarian Janet Woyke reads "Can you make a scary face?" by a Jan Thomas during a recent Storytime event offered by the Fraser Valley Regional Library. (Facebook/FVRL - Chilliwack Library)

Family forts, journalling and more events coming up at Chilliwack library

More virtual events added to October library list in Chilliwack

Chilliwack librarian Janet Woyke reads "Can you make a scary face?" by a Jan Thomas during a recent Storytime event offered by the Fraser Valley Regional Library. (Facebook/FVRL - Chilliwack Library)
Lt. Lisa Axelson was named Public Educator of the Year by the Fire Prevention Officers’ Association of B.C. She is picture here at Hall No. 1 on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Chilliwack’s Lisa Axelson given provincial recognition for career in fire education

Lisa Axelson once thought women couldn’t be firefighters but she proved herself wrong

Lt. Lisa Axelson was named Public Educator of the Year by the Fire Prevention Officers’ Association of B.C. She is picture here at Hall No. 1 on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Glen Schwarzfeld and Mallory Manley with their daughter June, holding a photo of their late son Weston, who they lost in a tragic accident. (Wendy Bickis Photography)

Chilliwack family honours young son’s memory with new bursary

Weston Jay Manley Schwarzfeld Memorial Endowment Bursary will be given to 1 UFV student each year

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Glen Schwarzfeld and Mallory Manley with their daughter June, holding a photo of their late son Weston, who they lost in a tragic accident. (Wendy Bickis Photography)
Olympic athlete Liz Gleadle shows Mt. Slesse middle school students how to throw a javelin during a visit to Chilliwack at Watson Glen Park on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

PHOTOS: Chilliwack students get ‘phenomenal’ Olympic experience

Kids at Mt. Slesse middle met and played sports with 3 Olympic athletes in Chilliwack

Olympic athlete Liz Gleadle shows Mt. Slesse middle school students how to throw a javelin during a visit to Chilliwack at Watson Glen Park on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Volunteers help carry a box of tree seedlings up Mt. Thom as part of the City of Chilliwack’s tree-planting initiative. The three were random hikers that saw the work in progress and wanted to help. (City of Chilliwack)

Thousands of climate-resilient trees planted on Mt. Thom in Chilliwack

Volunteers, workers help plant seedlings as part of Growing Climate Resilient Forests for Chilliwack

Volunteers help carry a box of tree seedlings up Mt. Thom as part of the City of Chilliwack’s tree-planting initiative. The three were random hikers that saw the work in progress and wanted to help. (City of Chilliwack)
Chilliwack Adopt-A-Senior is gearing up for another season of spreading joy to local seniors. (Chilliwack Adopt-A-Senior)

Chilliwack Adopt-A-Senior gearing up for a second season of giving

Last year more than 600 lonely Chilliwack seniors received a loving gift package made just for them

Chilliwack Adopt-A-Senior is gearing up for another season of spreading joy to local seniors. (Chilliwack Adopt-A-Senior)
The Intergenerational program offered by Compassionate Neighbourhood Health Partners Society now has in-person events for seniors and youth. (Submitted)

Chilliwack society brings back in-person events for seniors

Get-togethers, support groups offered by Compassionate Neighbourhood Health Partners Society

The Intergenerational program offered by Compassionate Neighbourhood Health Partners Society now has in-person events for seniors and youth. (Submitted)
More than 100 people took part in the fifth annual Ride 4 RAN on Sept. 18, 2021 and a record-breaking $67,000 was raised for Ruth and Naomi’s. (Chris Sloan/ Sloan Media)

Ride 4 RAN rakes in record-breaking funds for Ruth and Naomi’s in Chilliwack

Fundraising goal surpassed as cycling event brings in more than $50,000 for Chilliwack charity

More than 100 people took part in the fifth annual Ride 4 RAN on Sept. 18, 2021 and a record-breaking $67,000 was raised for Ruth and Naomi’s. (Chris Sloan/ Sloan Media)
The Tree to Sea loop is a 1,000 km bikepacking route around the north end of Vancouver Island. Photo courtesy Miles Arbor

1,000 km route opens northern Vancouver Island to bikepackers

Bikepacking combines ultralight backpacking and bicycle touring

The Tree to Sea loop is a 1,000 km bikepacking route around the north end of Vancouver Island. Photo courtesy Miles Arbor
Adventurous senior Walter Martens took his first flying lesson as a 101st birthday present, taking off from the Langley airport on Saturday, Sept. 25. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: B.C. Senior, 101, takes first flying lesson

It was a birthday present for ‘adventurous’ Walter Martens

Adventurous senior Walter Martens took his first flying lesson as a 101st birthday present, taking off from the Langley airport on Saturday, Sept. 25. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Snowpeaks Toastmasters is having its 20th anniversary on Oct. 7. (Submitted)

Toastmasters club celebrates 20 years with free event in Chilliwack

Snowpeaks Toastmasters is inviting the public to its 20th anniversary event

Snowpeaks Toastmasters is having its 20th anniversary on Oct. 7. (Submitted)