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Little treasure boxes with crystals inside them have been hidden around Chilliwack for people to find. The goal is to “bring some excitement and happiness to the people of our community,” said Jordyn MacDonald of Mystic Visions. (Submitted)

Chilliwack couple hides treasure boxes filled with goodies around town

Boxes filled with crystals, other items to ‘bring happiness to the community,’ says Jordyn MacDonald

Little treasure boxes with crystals inside them have been hidden around Chilliwack for people to find. The goal is to “bring some excitement and happiness to the people of our community,” said Jordyn MacDonald of Mystic Visions. (Submitted)
Dr. Iris Lesser exercises on Vedder Rotary Trail in January with her infant daughter. Lesser is a researcher with the University of the Fraser Valley, currently on maternity leave. She will be taking part in a research study soon for postpartum women. (Anne Russell/ UFV)

Postpartum moms invited to group fitness class for UFV research

Program’s goal is to explore the impact of group fitness of anxiety in postpartum women

Dr. Iris Lesser exercises on Vedder Rotary Trail in January with her infant daughter. Lesser is a researcher with the University of the Fraser Valley, currently on maternity leave. She will be taking part in a research study soon for postpartum women. (Anne Russell/ UFV)
April Parisian’s mother Keitha Parisian speaks at the MMIW Takes Back Canada rally in Hope. April has been missing for nearly a year from her home community of Spuzzum. (Photo/Trish Dunbar)

PHOTOS/VIDEO: Hope MMIW Take Back Canada rally remembers April Parisian

Rallies for MMIW took place across Canada on March 13

April Parisian’s mother Keitha Parisian speaks at the MMIW Takes Back Canada rally in Hope. April has been missing for nearly a year from her home community of Spuzzum. (Photo/Trish Dunbar)
Kelli Paddon. (B.C. Legislature)

Chilliwack-Kent MLA highlights Agassiz’s generosity in legislature speech

The local MLA shared the community’s willingness to help out the AESS grad class after a bottle theft

Kelli Paddon. (B.C. Legislature)
Patrick O’Shea holds up his leprechaun golf head cover during a round of golf at Meadowlands Golf and Country Club on St. Patrick’s Day on March 17, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

PHOTOS: What luck! Leprechaun sighting at Chilliwack golf course on St. Paddy’s Day

It’s ‘expected’ he dress up like a leprechaun each year on St. Patrick’s Day, says Patrick O’Shea

Patrick O’Shea holds up his leprechaun golf head cover during a round of golf at Meadowlands Golf and Country Club on St. Patrick’s Day on March 17, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
The Chilliwack Hospice Society is hosting a 50/50 raffle that could make someone $50,000 richer. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Chilliwack Hospice hosting 50/50 raffle as fundraiser

Someone will win up to $50,000, as tickets continue to sell

The Chilliwack Hospice Society is hosting a 50/50 raffle that could make someone $50,000 richer. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
UFV writer-in-residence Lindsay Wong hosts an online reading and conversation about memoir writing on Thursday, March 18.

Memoir writers share tips during virtual UFV session

Reading and conversation with acclaimed memorists takes place March 18

UFV writer-in-residence Lindsay Wong hosts an online reading and conversation about memoir writing on Thursday, March 18.
Bob (left) and Rob Brandsma get ready to hand off items to winning bidders last Friday (March 12) at Abby Stockyard following this year’s virtual Make a Difference Sale, which ran March 8 to 11. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

Make a Difference Sale in Abbotsford raises highest total ever

Event goes virtual in 2021 for first time, raising $320K for foodgrains bank

Bob (left) and Rob Brandsma get ready to hand off items to winning bidders last Friday (March 12) at Abby Stockyard following this year’s virtual Make a Difference Sale, which ran March 8 to 11. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)
University of the Fraser Valley

University of Fraser Valley holds two online anti-racism events

Panel discussions on March 17 and 18 look at anti-racism work and systemic inequalities

  • Mar 15, 2021
University of the Fraser Valley
When it comes to our love of pie, Chilliwack is among the top five Canadian cities searching for pie. (Submitted)

Celebrating Pi Day: Chilliwack ranks in top 5 Canadian cities searching for pie

Chilliwack is one of Canada’s biggest pie lovers, according to Google

When it comes to our love of pie, Chilliwack is among the top five Canadian cities searching for pie. (Submitted)
(From left to right) Michelle Cunningham and Darlene and Chandel Lefeuvre pose outside the Hope Hotel. The family has run the Hope Hotel for decades and are stepping away as a new owner takes over. (Photo/Adam Louis)

‘Like a third sibling:’ After decades, Hope Hotel changes ownership

Chandel Lefeuvre met with The Standard to talk hotel history and memories

(From left to right) Michelle Cunningham and Darlene and Chandel Lefeuvre pose outside the Hope Hotel. The family has run the Hope Hotel for decades and are stepping away as a new owner takes over. (Photo/Adam Louis)
Some of the puppies born at the Police Dog Service Training Centre (PDSTC) in Innisfail, Alta. (RCMP)

Chilliwack students take part in RCMP Name the Puppy contest

Strathcona kids got to meet some of the 13 German shepherd puppies via Zoom

Some of the puppies born at the Police Dog Service Training Centre (PDSTC) in Innisfail, Alta. (RCMP)
Fred Lee was master of ceremonies for the virtual Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity Awards on Wednesday evening (March 10). The event was live-streamed from Tradex in Abbotsford.

Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity Awards presented in 8 categories

Virtual event honours recipients from Langley, Abbotsford, Mission and Chilliwack

Fred Lee was master of ceremonies for the virtual Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity Awards on Wednesday evening (March 10). The event was live-streamed from Tradex in Abbotsford.
Jaylene Blaine was a Live Your Dream award winner. (Soroptimist International of Chilliwack)

Two top winners of Live Your Dream award honoured by Chilliwack organization

‘We are so inspired by these strong young women and truly believe they will be a positive impact’

Jaylene Blaine was a Live Your Dream award winner. (Soroptimist International of Chilliwack)
Dr. Joshua Greggain waves to a driver during a drive-thru goodbye parade at Hope Medical Centre on Friday, Feb. 26. Greggain gave out cookies bearing his likeness to parade-goers. (Photo/Adam Louis)

PHOTOS/VIDEO: Goodbye, Dr. Greggain

Patients from Hope to Boston Bar bid the doctor farewell as he moves on

Dr. Joshua Greggain waves to a driver during a drive-thru goodbye parade at Hope Medical Centre on Friday, Feb. 26. Greggain gave out cookies bearing his likeness to parade-goers. (Photo/Adam Louis)
Carmen Hou joined BC Cancer’s Personalized Onco-Genomics Program, where scientists sequenced her DNA to match her to the best treatment possible for her cancer. Today, she nears the three-year mark of being on a trial drug that’s kept her cancer stable.

Facing Stage IV breast cancer at 36

One in eight Canadian women develop breast cancer in their lifetime.

  • Mar 8, 2021
Carmen Hou joined BC Cancer’s Personalized Onco-Genomics Program, where scientists sequenced her DNA to match her to the best treatment possible for her cancer. Today, she nears the three-year mark of being on a trial drug that’s kept her cancer stable.
Chris Squires of The Wack Window Cleaning Company has created the #100housechallenge where he’ll be cleaning the exterior windows of 100 homes for free when an interior window cleaning service is purchased and a food item is donated to Wilma’s Transition Society. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Chilliwack window cleaner ready to donate to Wilma’s through #100housechallenge campaign

Chris Squires enjoys providing service, wants to express it via donations, giving back to community

Chris Squires of The Wack Window Cleaning Company has created the #100housechallenge where he’ll be cleaning the exterior windows of 100 homes for free when an interior window cleaning service is purchased and a food item is donated to Wilma’s Transition Society. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Alan Pryor in 2015, during the Agassiz Fire Department’s 70th year. (Greg Laychak/The Observer)

Agassiz fireman celebrates 51 years at the hall

Al Pryor has been a key member in the Agassiz Fire Department since he was 16

Alan Pryor in 2015, during the Agassiz Fire Department’s 70th year. (Greg Laychak/The Observer)
Annette Williams with Chilliwack Learning Society holds up one of the pages of ‘Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!’ by Candace Fleming, the story chosen for the downtown StoryWalk event. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

StoryWalk transforms Chilliwack trails, sidewalks into outdoor literacy adventures

Families can read children’s stories together, page by page, as they walk story routes

Annette Williams with Chilliwack Learning Society holds up one of the pages of ‘Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!’ by Candace Fleming, the story chosen for the downtown StoryWalk event. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Heather P. (Right) and Hope Buy-Low Foods store manager Pauline Newbigging (left) show off Heather’s winnings as she enjoys free groceries for a year. The prize package from Buy-Low, one of six chain-wide, is valued at more than $5,000. (Photo/Pauline Newbigging)

Hope Buy-Low shopper wins free groceries for a year

Prize package from MYNR app valued at $5,200

Heather P. (Right) and Hope Buy-Low Foods store manager Pauline Newbigging (left) show off Heather’s winnings as she enjoys free groceries for a year. The prize package from Buy-Low, one of six chain-wide, is valued at more than $5,000. (Photo/Pauline Newbigging)