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Lorne Seifred (seen here with his dog Char-Lee on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021) and friends Elaine and John Sowik launched Chilliwack Pet Food Bank and More with the hopes of helping pet owners who are struggling to provide their furry family members with food. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Animal owners launch pet food bank in Chilliwack

‘Anywhere we can help, whether it be elderly or someone down on their luck or homeless’

Lorne Seifred (seen here with his dog Char-Lee on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021) and friends Elaine and John Sowik launched Chilliwack Pet Food Bank and More with the hopes of helping pet owners who are struggling to provide their furry family members with food. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Langley activist Dorscie Paterson celebrated her 108th birthday on Monday, Jan. 25 at the Cedar Hill long term care facility. Because of the pandemic, she remained inside, able to see, but not shake hands with visitors. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Celebrating a 108th birthday without physical contact

Pandemic required Langley woman to stay behind a window

Langley activist Dorscie Paterson celebrated her 108th birthday on Monday, Jan. 25 at the Cedar Hill long term care facility. Because of the pandemic, she remained inside, able to see, but not shake hands with visitors. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Luke Eddie Stripp, seen with with some of his paintings at his just-opened art gallery in Langley City in (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Luke Eddie Stripp, seen with with some of his paintings at his just-opened art gallery in Langley City in (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Vancouver/Fraser Valley CoSA holds a webinar on Jan. 26 titled Staying Safe Online.

‘Staying Safe Online’ is subject of Fraser Valley webinar

Session on Tuesday, Jan. 26 is hosted by non-profit Circles of Support and Accountability

Vancouver/Fraser Valley CoSA holds a webinar on Jan. 26 titled Staying Safe Online.
Harrison resident John Williams shares his story of life as a correctional officer in his new book, Life on the Inside, published in November 2020. (John Williams/Contributed)

‘We all have a bad side in us’: Harrison man publishes first book on life as a corrections officer

John Williams’ new autobiography shares his history with local jails and their inmates

Harrison resident John Williams shares his story of life as a correctional officer in his new book, Life on the Inside, published in November 2020. (John Williams/Contributed)
Locals laid flowers down at the foot of the big bear carving at Memorial Park, paying tribute to the late chainsaw carving legend Pete Ryan (Photo/Adam Louis)
Locals laid flowers down at the foot of the big bear carving at Memorial Park, paying tribute to the late chainsaw carving legend Pete Ryan (Photo/Adam Louis)
Chilliwack’s Kim Gemmell’s new book ‘Smile Again’ is scheduled to be launched on Jan. 21, 2021. (kimgemmell.com)

Chilliwack author pens inspirational book to help people overcome adversity

Kim Gemmell’s new book Smile Again ‘enlightens and provides anecdotes to prosper’

Chilliwack’s Kim Gemmell’s new book ‘Smile Again’ is scheduled to be launched on Jan. 21, 2021. (kimgemmell.com)
A child joins the Uke ‘n Play kickoff event at the Chilliwack Library on Oct. 1, 2016. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Events return, in virtual form, at Fraser Valley Regional Library

People can take part in ukulele jam, bullet journaling, reading groups and more

A child joins the Uke ‘n Play kickoff event at the Chilliwack Library on Oct. 1, 2016. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Keith Carlson, chair and director of the Peace and Reconciliation Centre at Univeristy of the Fraser Valley.

UFV hosts online session about interpersonal violence

Peace and Reconciliation Centre in Abbotsford holds discussion on Thursday, Jan. 21

Keith Carlson, chair and director of the Peace and Reconciliation Centre at Univeristy of the Fraser Valley.
Bernard elementary in Chilliwack saved for several years to be able to have the First Nations inspired mural hand painted on the side of their school. Artists Disco and Mavik were busy on Jan. 17, 2020 finishing the work. (Jessica Peters/ Chilliwack Progress)

Chilliwack’s newest school mural speaks to ‘optimism, hope and courage’

Bernard elementary latest school in Chilliwack to include mural art on its exterior

Bernard elementary in Chilliwack saved for several years to be able to have the First Nations inspired mural hand painted on the side of their school. Artists Disco and Mavik were busy on Jan. 17, 2020 finishing the work. (Jessica Peters/ Chilliwack Progress)
Career Fair

5 reasons your career search just got easier

Black Press Virtual Career and Education Event comes to the Central Mainland

  • Jan 18, 2021
Career Fair
Just one of more than 200 cats and kittens who were adopted through the Chilliwack Animal Safe Haven in 2020, despite the pandemic. (Philip Tingey/ Safe Haven)

More than 200 cats and kittens adopted through Chilliwack Animal Safe Haven in 2020

Successful year took place despite of, or perhaps because of, the COVID-19 pandemic

Just one of more than 200 cats and kittens who were adopted through the Chilliwack Animal Safe Haven in 2020, despite the pandemic. (Philip Tingey/ Safe Haven)
Alvin (left) and Theodore, seen here at the Chilliwack SPCA on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, are looking for their ‘furever’ home. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

VIDEO: Find Me My Furever Home – Theodore and Alvin at the Chilliwack SPCA

Don’t overlook senior pets when wanting to adopt an animal says Chilliwack SPCA branch manager

Alvin (left) and Theodore, seen here at the Chilliwack SPCA on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, are looking for their ‘furever’ home. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
A total of $7,230.85 was raised for Chilliwack Community Services as a result of The Home Depot Canada Foundation’s Orange Door Project in December 2020. (HomeDepot.ca)

Thousands raised from Orange Door Project to help homeless youth in Chilliwack

Home Depot Canada Foundation hands over more than $7,000 to Chilliwack Community Services

A total of $7,230.85 was raised for Chilliwack Community Services as a result of The Home Depot Canada Foundation’s Orange Door Project in December 2020. (HomeDepot.ca)
Agassiz resident Miel Bernstein is collecting sanitary products for locals in need. These products came from her donation drive before Christmas and were delivered to people in need in Chilliwack and Agassiz. (Contributed)

Agassiz resident collecting pads, tampons for women in need

The program will help provide menstrual and incontinence products for people in Chilliwack, Agassiz

Agassiz resident Miel Bernstein is collecting sanitary products for locals in need. These products came from her donation drive before Christmas and were delivered to people in need in Chilliwack and Agassiz. (Contributed)
Connie Stam (bottom left) leads an orientation session for a group of youth who have signed up with the Compassionate Neighbourhood Health Partners Society’s intergenerational programming. (Submitted)

Chilliwack organization seeks seniors for weekly chats with youth

Youth, seniors with common interests matched together for intergenerational program

Connie Stam (bottom left) leads an orientation session for a group of youth who have signed up with the Compassionate Neighbourhood Health Partners Society’s intergenerational programming. (Submitted)
Pete Ryan, known all over the world for his chainsaw carvings, died on Friday, Jan. 8. He was 70 years old. (Contributed Photo/Dignity Memorial)

Iconic Hope chainsaw carver Pete Ryan has passed away

Ryan is a founding member of Hope’s famous chainsaw carving community

Pete Ryan, known all over the world for his chainsaw carvings, died on Friday, Jan. 8. He was 70 years old. (Contributed Photo/Dignity Memorial)
Julius, seen here at the Chilliwack SPCA on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, is looking for his ‘furever’ home. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

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

Orange tabby cat injured when he arrived at Chilliwack SPCA, now ready for adoption

Julius, seen here at the Chilliwack SPCA on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, is looking for his ‘furever’ home. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Sarah Kimberley, 10, with the gift bags she, her family, and others put together for the residents at Birchwood Retirement Residence. (Mellissa Kimberley)

Chilliwack family brings handmade gift bags to 80 isolated seniors for Christmas

‘Maybe if they have a present that they can open, they can feel a bit of love,’ said 11-year-old kid

Sarah Kimberley, 10, with the gift bags she, her family, and others put together for the residents at Birchwood Retirement Residence. (Mellissa Kimberley)
A video released by Tabor Home in Abbotsford includes staff members holding photos of some of the 25 residents who lost their lives to COVID-19 during an outbreak that began in early November. (Video screengrab)

Tabor Home in Abbotsford releases video in memory of lives lost to COVID-19

Long-term care home pays tribute to 25 residents who died in outbreak

A video released by Tabor Home in Abbotsford includes staff members holding photos of some of the 25 residents who lost their lives to COVID-19 during an outbreak that began in early November. (Video screengrab)