Chilliwack-Kent MLA Kelli Paddon has highlighted Agassiz’s generosity in the B.C. legislature, by sharing how a theft from the AESS grad class resulted in massive support for their donation drive.
On March 9, the Agassiz Grad Committee discovered that half of the donated bottles and cans they had collected to cover graduation costs were stolen. Then, graduate Nicole Pope posted about the theft on Facebook, sharing her disappointment that someone would take the donations that were meant to help students celebrate their high school experience.
In her virtual speech to the legislature on March 17, Paddon said the “community of Agassiz heard this call to action and quickly stepped up.”
Paddon highlighted the “overwhelming” community support and in particular singled out a $1,000 cash donation from Norm Sperling through the Agassiz Supervalu.
“Like so many grads this year and last, the traditional activities surrounding this important milestone will look different due to COVID-19,” Paddon said, adding that the funds raised by the community will help ensure that each graduate will be able to walk across the stage individually and have a recording of the event.
“Please join me in thanking the generous community to support out grads, Agassiz Supervalu, all of the education staff at Agassiz Elementary Secondary School and the grad committee of AESS.”
Since the legislature resumed sitting in February, Paddon has been using her position to promote some of the activities of residents in her riding. This included a shout out to Agassiz resident Miel Bernstein, who started Project A.I.M. in an effort to reduce period poverty in the area.