New host for Operation Red Nose found in Sardis Kiwanis

Chilliwack Restorative Justice carried the Red Nose torch for eight years, and now it's being handed over to the Kiwanis Club of Sardis.

The Kiwanis Club of Sardis has stepped up to become the new host organization for Operation Red Nose in Chilliwack.

“We’re very excited about the opportunity to keep the popular Operation Red Nose program in our community,” said Chris Kizmann, coordinator of the Kiwanis’ Operation Red Nose committee.

The Sardis Kiwanis group has about 35 active members and was established in 1979.

“The members of our club are fully on board and aim to make sure the local road safety campaign is as successful as ever,” he said.

They are currently seeking out a suitable office space for the Red Nose program and then they’ll start looking for sponsors and volunteers.

“It’s still early on in the process, but becoming the host organization was seen by our Kiwanis group as a great community service opportunity, as well as having strong fundraising potential,” said Ken Smith, club treasurer, and assistant coordinator of the Operation Red Nose committee.

Chilliwack Restorative Justice & Youth Advocacy Association was the host of the seasonal road safety program in the Chilliwack area for eight years.

“Restorative Justice did a phenomenal job, and we don’t plan to introduce any major changes,” said Kizmann. “The program was very well established here.”

Volunteer drivers, navigators and dispatchers with Operation Red Nose drove more than 700 clients home in 2010 and in 2011 to homes in Chilliwack and area, for motorists who had been drinking, or did not feel fit to drive.

Ongoing Kiwanis fundraising projects go to support everything from their Super Reader program, to scholarships and other youth-focused projects.

For more details email the organizers at

Just Posted

Tourism Chilliwack brings home industry award of excellence

Sto:lo Welcome Figures carving project outside the Visitor Centre loomed large in the win

UPDATE: Dying days for 25-bed mental health facility on Chilliwack/Abbotsford border

Closure of Mountain View criticized by NDP in opposition but hasn’t reversed Fraser Health decision

B.C’s Indigenous tourism sector takes centre stage in Chilliwack

One-day workshop will look at ways to embue the industry with authenticity

IIO seeks witness in Dodge Ram who may have seen fatality after Taser incident in Chilliwack

Second police watchdog release of vehicle images asking for driver/occupant to make contact

Lower Mainland could see spring flurries

Snow expected at higher elevations

Vancouver Aquarium’s resident octopus released into ocean

Staff let the Giant Pacific octopus go into the waters near Bowen Island so she can reproduce

Canucks find scoring touch in 5-2 win over Blackhawks

Four Vancouver skaters have two points apiece in victory over Chicago

‘Not well thought out:’ Arizona family slams B.C. speculation tax

American family spends half the year in vacation home on Vancouver Island

Family of B.C. wildfire victim wants better emergency preparedness for vulnerable people

Williams Lake’s David Jeff “fell through the cracks”

Senate backs bill to legalize recreational marijuana

Justin Trudeau reminded senators that his government was elected on a promise to legalize pot

Where Canadians buy real estate abroad: report

Hot Spots: Top 30 home-buying destinations for Canadians in the Americas

Ban on grizzly bear hunt, new rules take effect April 1

Taxidermists, tanners will have to report on any grizzly bears or parts brought to them

Ontario father grief stricken over murder of ex-wife and children

‘No words to explain,’ grieving father of slain teens says in statement

LISTEN: Retired broadcaster gives voice to Fraser Valley history

Heritage buff Mark Forsythe introduces Valley Voices, a podcast featuring local history.

Most Read