Join us at The Chilliwack Progress as we take our readers on a thoughtful trip down memory lane. Our Top Stories will recap the most significant news events, milestones and emerging themes that have shaped Chilliwack in 2016. It was undeniably a notable year, from an unprecedented spike in homelessness, to major development news, to the community revealing its keen interest in crime and politics, and a most caring heart.
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Chilliwack responded to the Fort Mac disaster with a massive outpouring of generosity and spirit.
Seeing such generostiy in action actually rekindled spirits in Chilliwack.
Four semi trucks headed out of town in May to deliver much-needed supplies to the victims of the Fort McMurray wildfires.
The idea of ‘Chilliwack for Fort Mac’ was the brainchild of Gord Van Laerhoven, 31, who works at Bulldog Transport.
The front part of the Cottonwood Mall parking lot was packed with people bringing donations of all kinds. People were pitching in. Some starting filling the trucks.
“It was quite surreal,” Van Laerhoven said about the incredible response in just two days.
It rejuvenated people’s spirits to see the outpouring of support, like Ann Derouin, who commented: “What I saw volunteering today rekindled my hope in humanity.
“To see businesses, families, people on social assistance, seniors on fixed incomes, all come together to donate to the people of Fort McMurray, as well as so many volunteers, all with busy lives taking the time out because they care about other humans. I feel very blessed to live in such an amazing community.”