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Johan Dekker shocked not just his girlfriend, Mallie Moore, when he proposed atop Mount Woodside, but also photographer Emily Peter who happened to be in the right place at the right time on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020. (Emily Peter Photography)

Surprise mountaintop proposal shocks Abbotsford woman and Chilliwack photographer

‘It was just meant to be that I was on that mountain that morning,’ said photographer Emily Peter

Johan Dekker shocked not just his girlfriend, Mallie Moore, when he proposed atop Mount Woodside, but also photographer Emily Peter who happened to be in the right place at the right time on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020. (Emily Peter Photography)
The Re/Max Nyda Realty Toy House brought in more than 1,500 toys and $10,000 for children in need this Christmas. (Submitted)

‘Most successful’ toy drive ever thanks to generous people of Chilliwack

Re/Max Toy House brought in more than 1,500 toys, $10,000 in cash donations for kids in need

The Re/Max Nyda Realty Toy House brought in more than 1,500 toys and $10,000 for children in need this Christmas. (Submitted)
A plush stuffie has been made in memory of the late Mac the therapy dog who worked at University of the Fraser Valley. It is a fundraiser for Pacific Assistance Dogs Society (PADS). (Facebook/UFV PADS Canine Counsellor Mac)

Mac the UFV therapy dog now available in stuffie form

Plush toy in the form of popular late dog part of fundraiser for Pacific Assistance Dogs Society

A plush stuffie has been made in memory of the late Mac the therapy dog who worked at University of the Fraser Valley. It is a fundraiser for Pacific Assistance Dogs Society (PADS). (Facebook/UFV PADS Canine Counsellor Mac)
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Vintage aircraft towed through Chilliwack
Find Me My Furever Home - Theodore and Alvin at the Chilliwack SPCA
Find Me My Furever Home - Julius at the Chilliwack SPCA
Find Me My Furever Home - Sunny at the Chilliwack SPCA
Addy VanLochlem of Agassiz swims at Ferny Coombe Pool. Her swimathon attracted the attention of the First Lady of Kenya, who matched Addy’s donation to impoverished communities in her country. (File Photo)

Kenyan First Lady matches Agassiz swimathon donations

Addy VanLochlem’s donation helped secure 180,000 meals for needy children in Kenya

Addy VanLochlem of Agassiz swims at Ferny Coombe Pool. Her swimathon attracted the attention of the First Lady of Kenya, who matched Addy’s donation to impoverished communities in her country. (File Photo)
Ericka Brown, Stenberg grad, now works as a Registered Pharmacy Technician at a hospital in her home community.

A mom’s guide to going back to college

Pharmacy Technician Distance Diploma offered flexible learning option

  • Dec 14, 2020
Ericka Brown, Stenberg grad, now works as a Registered Pharmacy Technician at a hospital in her home community.
Sunny is a domestic pigeon, seen here at the Chilliwack SPCA on Dec. 9, 2020, looking for her ‘furever’ home. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

VIDEO: Find Me My Furever Home – Sunny at the Chilliwack SPCA

When this domestic pigeon came into the Chilliwack SPCA, they thought she was injured

Sunny is a domestic pigeon, seen here at the Chilliwack SPCA on Dec. 9, 2020, looking for her ‘furever’ home. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Santa waves to people as they drive by the corner of Kestrel and Thom Creek drives on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

VIDEO: Santa spotted on Promontory in Chilliwack, folks can drive by and say ‘hi’

Families welcome to drive up the hill and chat with Santa from their vehicles

Santa waves to people as they drive by the corner of Kestrel and Thom Creek drives on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
The Realtors at HomeLife Advantage Realty will be filling these boxes with items for people for Christmas. (Submitted)

Real estate agency searching for dozens of people in Chilliwack to give Christmas boxes to

Boxes for seniors, families in need, but also new moms, people who have lost loved ones

The Realtors at HomeLife Advantage Realty will be filling these boxes with items for people for Christmas. (Submitted)
Alejandra Martinez-Hernandez hangs a Christmas ornament on a tree branch as teacher Christine Scott watches near Central elementary on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Chilliwack Central students learn community outreach is giving and receiving

Downtown elementary school pivots on traditional Christmas activities in face of pandemic rules

Alejandra Martinez-Hernandez hangs a Christmas ornament on a tree branch as teacher Christine Scott watches near Central elementary on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Margaret Kostrzewa (left), general manager of Crystal Ridge Manor, and a London Drugs representative with the bags of gifts as part of the Stocking Stuffers for Seniors program. (Submitted)

‘Chilliwack is a truly caring community’

Crystal Ridge care home manager grateful for London Drugs Stocking Stuffers for Seniors program

Margaret Kostrzewa (left), general manager of Crystal Ridge Manor, and a London Drugs representative with the bags of gifts as part of the Stocking Stuffers for Seniors program. (Submitted)
Folks from Select Real Estate (clockwise from front left) Amanda Lescisin, Christine Kasa, Scott Davidson, Rabia Shafi and Lisa Klee with a table full of toys and clothing for Chilliwack Community Services gift hampers. (Submitted)

Chilliwack real estate agency brings Christmas to families in need during COVID

Select Real Estate gave $4,000 worth of gifts, cash to Salvation Army, Chilliwack Community Services

Folks from Select Real Estate (clockwise from front left) Amanda Lescisin, Christine Kasa, Scott Davidson, Rabia Shafi and Lisa Klee with a table full of toys and clothing for Chilliwack Community Services gift hampers. (Submitted)
Volunteers load a truck full of donated items for the Boots for Kids program (pre-pandemic) in Chilliwack. The program is struggling this year due to the pandemic, and the need is greater than ever. (Video still/ Boots for Kids)

Boots for Kids needs support to continue supporting Chilliwack youth

Pandemic has affected the bottom line for integral giving program relied upon by Chilliwack parents

Volunteers load a truck full of donated items for the Boots for Kids program (pre-pandemic) in Chilliwack. The program is struggling this year due to the pandemic, and the need is greater than ever. (Video still/ Boots for Kids)
Jack Knight poses with his number one fan 2-year-old Carter. Though much of the 7 p.m. noise tribute to COVID-19 front line workers has faded out, Knight has never missed an evening since late March. (Adam Louis/Observer)

‘They just have my heart’: Harrison bugler still tributing health care workers each evening

Jack Knight toots his own horn – for all those fighting the pandemic every day

Jack Knight poses with his number one fan 2-year-old Carter. Though much of the 7 p.m. noise tribute to COVID-19 front line workers has faded out, Knight has never missed an evening since late March. (Adam Louis/Observer)
Fraser Valley Regional Library patrons can pay their fines with non-perishable food items Dec. 9 through Jan. 13. (Submitted photo)

Swap food for fines at your local Fraser Valley Regional Library

From Dec. 9 through Jan. 13, library patrons can “pay” their fines while helping local food banks

Fraser Valley Regional Library patrons can pay their fines with non-perishable food items Dec. 9 through Jan. 13. (Submitted photo)
Lindsay Schile with Chilliwack-based Vacations For Heroes, seen here at McDonald Park on Dec. 8, 2020, has put together a cookbook made up of recipes submitted by first responders and frontline workers. Part proceeds will go to Wounded Warriors Canada. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Chilliwack travel agency releases cookbook as a fundraiser for Wounded Warriors Canada

‘Cooking With Heroes’ is made up of 85 recipes submitted by first responders and frontline workers

Lindsay Schile with Chilliwack-based Vacations For Heroes, seen here at McDonald Park on Dec. 8, 2020, has put together a cookbook made up of recipes submitted by first responders and frontline workers. Part proceeds will go to Wounded Warriors Canada. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
The Royal Hotel downtown Chilliwack has an Angel tree set up, with tags placed on it that can be removed by visitors who wish to purchase an item for a child. The lobby is set up for visiting, with protocols, and photo opportunities. (Jessica Peters/ Chilliwack Progress)

Angel tree at Royal Hotel in Chilliwack stands 12 feet tall

Historic downtown hotel trimmed to the ceiling for the holiday season

The Royal Hotel downtown Chilliwack has an Angel tree set up, with tags placed on it that can be removed by visitors who wish to purchase an item for a child. The lobby is set up for visiting, with protocols, and photo opportunities. (Jessica Peters/ Chilliwack Progress)
Guests who purchased tickets for the Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation’s virtual Grand Gala on Nov. 20 received the “Gala in a Box.” (Submitted photo)

Virtual Fraser Valley Grand Gala raises $67K for health care

Event supports hospitals in Abbotsford, Mission, Chilliwack and Hope

Guests who purchased tickets for the Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation’s virtual Grand Gala on Nov. 20 received the “Gala in a Box.” (Submitted photo)
Comox Valley resident Gogs Gagnon book will be distributed to new prostate cancer patients in B.C. Photo supplied.

B.C. man’s book will be distributed to new prostate cancer patients throughout the province

Gogs Gagnon’s book to be included in Prostate Cancer Foundation BC’s kits

Comox Valley resident Gogs Gagnon book will be distributed to new prostate cancer patients in B.C. Photo supplied.
Send a written message to a senior or group of seniors in Chilliwack, and The Progress will publish them.

Join The Progress in sharing messages to Chilliwack seniors

Send a written message to a loved one who may be spending this Christmas alone due to COVID-19

  • Dec 6, 2020
Send a written message to a senior or group of seniors in Chilliwack, and The Progress will publish them.
Begera is a one-year-old male cat at the Chilliwack SPCA looking for his ‘furever’ home. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

VIDEO: Find Me My Furever Home – Begera at the Chilliwack SPCA

Begera is a one-year-old male cat who is up for adoption at the Chilliwack SPCA

Begera is a one-year-old male cat at the Chilliwack SPCA looking for his ‘furever’ home. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)