Chilliwack Christmas card is toad-ally cute this year

They toads are depicted jauntily crossing the street Abbey Road-style in a playful Christmas card design by artist Cathy Healey.

Cathy Healey was in attendance at Chilliwack city hall to receive a framed edition of her 2014 Christmas card from Mayor Sharon Gaetz

The official Christmas card being mailed out from city hall this season is adorned with the famous Western toads of Ryder Lake.

They are depicted jauntily crossing the street Abbey Road-style in a playful Christmas design by artist Cathy Healey.

Healey was in attendance last council meeting to receive a framed edition of her 2014 Christmas card, and a cheque for $250.

After receiving a provincial scholarship for her artwork, she attended Fraser Valley College for Applied and Decorative Arts, Graphic Design and Communication.

“I mainly sell my artwork at Art Markets within the Vancouver area, throughout B.C. and over the internet,” she writes in her bio.

She’s a busy full-time artist/illustrator who’s lived in Chilliwack for 22 years.

“I have also illustrated a number of books over the years. I feel very fortunate to be able to do a job that I love while I stay home to raise my kids.”

Healey’s toad-inspired card design almost tied with last year’s winning design, so it was a “great opportunity” to recognize the art work.

“I want to thank you very much for the work you have done, for your beautiful art work,” said Mayor Sharon Gaetz at the last council meeting to Healey.

City officials did not open up a contest for entries this year because of the timing of the election, and selected Healey’s submission for this year instead.

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