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The recipients of the 2019 Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity Awards held in Abbotsford. (Jason Brown/Revival Arts Studio)

Nominations open for 2021 Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity Awards

Awards open to Abbotsford, Mission, Langley and Chilliwack

The recipients of the 2019 Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity Awards held in Abbotsford. (Jason Brown/Revival Arts Studio)
Do you want to be the first to know about what is happening in your community? Then the Chilliwack Progress Morning News Alert is the thing for you. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Do you want to be the first to know about what is happening in your community? Then the Chilliwack Progress Morning News Alert is the thing for you. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
The Salvation Army is open for applications for their Christmas hamper program on Nov. 30, and applications are due by Dec. 12. (Chilliwack Progress file photo)

Christmas hamper application process starts in Chilliwack

Hampers available for individuals and families who apply before Dec. 12

The Salvation Army is open for applications for their Christmas hamper program on Nov. 30, and applications are due by Dec. 12. (Chilliwack Progress file photo)
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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
Find Me My Furever Home - Begera at the Chilliwack SPCA
Downtown Chilliwack BIA executive director Kyle Williams promoting the buy local ‘Shopportunity’ program launching in November 2020. (Screenshot)

VIDEO: ‘Shopportunity’ campaign to help Chilliwack businesses succeed

Creation of the Chilliwack Economic Recovery Network to promote shopping locally

Downtown Chilliwack BIA executive director Kyle Williams promoting the buy local ‘Shopportunity’ program launching in November 2020. (Screenshot)
Lacey, a palomino paint, is in “amazing” shape now, compared to when she was rescued in August 2015. (Leanne Peniuk photo)

BC SPCA’s horse-rescue program offers equine intervention

Book Rescue Me raises funds, awareness for animal-welfare agency

Lacey, a palomino paint, is in “amazing” shape now, compared to when she was rescued in August 2015. (Leanne Peniuk photo)
Kimberly Feeny, left, rescues, fosters and homes cats with the Kootenay Animal Assistance Program. She and friend Lisa Valenta, right, spent Friday, Nov. 27 nursing seven rescued kitties at Feeny’s home in Grand Forks. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Kootenay women working to rescue 20 cats in feral colony

Kimberly Feeny and Lisa Valenta are nursing seven cats rescued east of Grand Forks, B.C.

Kimberly Feeny, left, rescues, fosters and homes cats with the Kootenay Animal Assistance Program. She and friend Lisa Valenta, right, spent Friday, Nov. 27 nursing seven rescued kitties at Feeny’s home in Grand Forks. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
This house at 7620 Diamond Cres. mixes music and lights for a unique and festive Christmas light show choreographed to music. (www.diamondcrescent.com)

Popular Christmas house in Chilliwack turns lights on early due to COVID-19

House at Diamond Crescent features Christmas light show choreographed to music from one’s vehicle

This house at 7620 Diamond Cres. mixes music and lights for a unique and festive Christmas light show choreographed to music. (www.diamondcrescent.com)
The Re/Max Nyda Realty Toy House is seen on Dec. 14, 2019. The annual CATT Fund toy drive, organized by the Chilliwack-Mt. Cheam Rotary Club, will be partnering with Re/Max Nyda Realty’s drive-through Toy House on Dec. 12, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

UPDATE: Two toy drives come together for one drop-off fundraiser in Chilliwack

CATT Fund toy drive and Re/Max Toy House have partnered to bring more toys to kids for Christmas

The Re/Max Nyda Realty Toy House is seen on Dec. 14, 2019. The annual CATT Fund toy drive, organized by the Chilliwack-Mt. Cheam Rotary Club, will be partnering with Re/Max Nyda Realty’s drive-through Toy House on Dec. 12, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
O’Connor Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM is asking their customers to visit and help fill the back of this Dodge Caravan. All donations will be given to Ruth and Naomi’s in Chilliwack. (Facebook/O’Connor Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM)

Time to fill vehicle with donations at Chilliwack O’Connor dealership

All donations stuffed into Dodge Caravan will be driven directly to Ruth and Naomi’s Mission

O’Connor Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM is asking their customers to visit and help fill the back of this Dodge Caravan. All donations will be given to Ruth and Naomi’s in Chilliwack. (Facebook/O’Connor Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM)
Jag Deol, owner of Sangam Restaurant and Catering, is collecting non-perishable food items for the Chilliwack Salvation Army at both his restaurant locations. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Chilliwack restaurant hosts food drive for Salvation Army

Sangam restaurant will match all donations of non-perishable food that come in

Jag Deol, owner of Sangam Restaurant and Catering, is collecting non-perishable food items for the Chilliwack Salvation Army at both his restaurant locations. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
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Exterior Christmas decorators wanted Agassiz Seniors Community

Call to action to brighten the upcoming holiday season for isolated seniors

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The 11th annual Christmas Stocking Drive hosted by Royal LePage runs now until Dec. 11. (David Sucsy, Getty Images via Metro Creative Graphics)

Chilliwack Realtors asking people to help fill Christmas stockings for kids, seniors

Donations of cash, items needed for Christmas Stocking Drive hosted by Royal LePage

The 11th annual Christmas Stocking Drive hosted by Royal LePage runs now until Dec. 11. (David Sucsy, Getty Images via Metro Creative Graphics)
Damien Smith, with father Thomas Smith, is “frozen” with joy as he watches a special message Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds recorded for Damien’s 9th birthday on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. (Contributed)

Shuswap boy celebrates 9th birthday with family, community and Ryan Reynolds

People from around the world send birthday cards showing young Canoe resident he’s not alone

Damien Smith, with father Thomas Smith, is “frozen” with joy as he watches a special message Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds recorded for Damien’s 9th birthday on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. (Contributed)
Helen Watson, posing for a photo for her 100th birthday, turned 105 on Saturday (Nov. 21). (File photo)

B.C. woman who survived Spanish Flu turns 105

Helen Watson has packed a lot into life – including being in two pandemics

Helen Watson, posing for a photo for her 100th birthday, turned 105 on Saturday (Nov. 21). (File photo)
Realtors collect donations of blankets and warm clothing during the drive-through Realtors Care Blanket Drive, hosted by Chilliwack and District Real Estate Board on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020 outside Cottonwood Mall. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

‘Very successful’ blanket drive amid pandemic, says Chilliwack Realtor

Realtors Care Blanket Drive brought in 455 large bags of warm clothing and blankets

Realtors collect donations of blankets and warm clothing during the drive-through Realtors Care Blanket Drive, hosted by Chilliwack and District Real Estate Board on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020 outside Cottonwood Mall. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Ann Davis Transition Society in Chilliwack is working hard to make Christmas special for their families. You can help by donating gift cards, cash. (Pixabay photo)

Push is on to get toys under trees for Chilliwack families

Ann Davis Transition Society pivoting to different strategy as COVID-19 pandemic cancels toy drive

Ann Davis Transition Society in Chilliwack is working hard to make Christmas special for their families. You can help by donating gift cards, cash. (Pixabay photo)
Sarah Ploj with HearingLife fits Brian Preston with his first hearing aid as wife, Rosemary, watches on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Senior Chilliwack couple hears clearly again after receiving free hearing aids through program

Brian and Rosemary Preston first couple to receive nomination together for Campaign for Better Hearing

Sarah Ploj with HearingLife fits Brian Preston with his first hearing aid as wife, Rosemary, watches on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Reverend Patrick John (PJ) O’Maoil Mheana, ordained as Father Luke, has been named the new rector for the Church of the Holy Trinity in White Rock. (Contributed photo)

From chaos to love, White Rock’s newest priest to spread message of hope

Rev. Patrick John O’Maoil Mheana to start work at Church of the Holy Trinity Nov. 30

Reverend Patrick John (PJ) O’Maoil Mheana, ordained as Father Luke, has been named the new rector for the Church of the Holy Trinity in White Rock. (Contributed photo)
A litter of four kittens came in to the Chilliwack SPCA recently and now they are looking for their ‘furever’ homes. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

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

A litter of kittens recently came into the Chilliwack SPCA and now they are looking for their ‘furever’ homes

A litter of four kittens came in to the Chilliwack SPCA recently and now they are looking for their ‘furever’ homes. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Jonah Dyck, 12, of Chilliwack placed second in the junior category of the Field to Fork Challenge for his Hungry Hiker Skillet recipe. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Chilliwack boy cooks up award-winning dish in provincial Field to Fork competition

Jonah Dyck placed second in the contest where youth cook with local B.C. ingredients

Jonah Dyck, 12, of Chilliwack placed second in the junior category of the Field to Fork Challenge for his Hungry Hiker Skillet recipe. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)