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Vernon Monashee MLA Harwinder Sandhu addresses the crowd at the opening of the new accessible and inclusive playground at Vernon’s Alexis Park Elementary School Tuesday, May 16. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

PHOTOS: More B.C. school playgrounds made inclusive and accessible for all

Vernon elementary school hosts B.C. education minister who announces similar projects in 25 school districts

Stephanie Struys of Mt. Cheam Pony Club takes part in the Island 22 Derby Daze event on Saturday, May 13, 2023. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

PHOTOS: Equestrian event in Chilliwack draws riders from throughout Fraser Valley

2-day event at Island 22 saw riders from Chilliwack, Agassiz, Abbotsford, Langley and Surrey

Cash and illicit drugs are photographed by B.C. police after seizing roughly 2kg of street drugs and roughly $70,000 in cash in the first three months of 2023. (Photo CFSEU-BC)

Drugs, weapons and cash seized in provincewide police initiative to disrupt gang crime

Anti-gang police team seizes drugs, cash and weapons from across the province

Students dance during Chilliwack Senior Secondary’s Cultural Day on Thursday, April 27, 2023. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

PHOTOS/VIDEO: Chilliwack Secondary students celebrate diversity with Cultural Day

Teens hope multicultural event will inspire other students to host their own cultural day

Students dance during Chilliwack Senior Secondary’s Cultural Day on Thursday, April 27, 2023. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Roanna Young (left) helps Eileen Soo put pins in the back of her dress during the Chilliwack Tulip Festival on Thursday, April 27, 2023. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

PHOTOS/VIDEO: Spring sun shines down on Chilliwack Tulip Festival

New this year are online ‘field updates’ so people can see what’s in bloom

Roanna Young (left) helps Eileen Soo put pins in the back of her dress during the Chilliwack Tulip Festival on Thursday, April 27, 2023. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Holly Indridson speaking to the media at the celebration of life on Thursday, April 20, 2023 for her son Ethan Bespflug. Bespflug was stabbed to death on a Surrey bus on April 17, 2023. (Photo: Anna Burns)

‘Just be kind, show love’: Daytime vigil honours teen fatally stabbed on Surrey bus

Holly Indridson, mom of Surrey bus stabbing victim Ethan Bespflug, 17, spoke to a gathering of about 100 people at a celebration of the teen’s life at Holland Park on Thursday

Holly Indridson speaking to the media at the celebration of life on Thursday, April 20, 2023 for her son Ethan Bespflug. Bespflug was stabbed to death on a Surrey bus on April 17, 2023. (Photo: Anna Burns)
Angie McDermid (left) teaches Rotaract members Linda Barito and Ailish Hampton how to crochet during the inaugural Rotary Climate Fair on Saturday, April 15, 2023 at the Landing Sports Centre in Chilliwack. This Rotary booth focussed on how to knit/crochet items like shopping bags, and how to repurpose old colthing into new items. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

PHOTOS: Gathering to make a difference at Rotary Climate Fair in Chilliwack

Inaugural event with focus on climate change features speakers, job fair, trade show

Angie McDermid (left) teaches Rotaract members Linda Barito and Ailish Hampton how to crochet during the inaugural Rotary Climate Fair on Saturday, April 15, 2023 at the Landing Sports Centre in Chilliwack. This Rotary booth focussed on how to knit/crochet items like shopping bags, and how to repurpose old colthing into new items. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
More than 100 people came out for a public rally at Five Corners in downtown Chilliwack on Wednesday, April 12, 2023 in support of CUPE 561, whose members have been on the picket lines for more than three weeks since the full withdrawal of transit services in the Fraser Valley. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

UPDATE: Lunchtime rally in Chilliwack saw striking transit drivers ‘demand to be treated fairly’

‘We’re here now on strike because this job is no longer sustainable,’ says Chilliwack driver at rally

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More than 100 people came out for a public rally at Five Corners in downtown Chilliwack on Wednesday, April 12, 2023 in support of CUPE 561, whose members have been on the picket lines for more than three weeks since the full withdrawal of transit services in the Fraser Valley. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Chilliwack high school students and an instructor set up a pump and hose at a creek during the Junior Fire Crew work experience program at BC Wildfire Service’s Cultus Lake Fire Base on Saturday, March 25, 2023. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Chilliwack teens have chance to become firefighters after wildfire training camp

10 high school students spent spring break at Junior Fire Crew camp with BC Wildfire Service

Chilliwack high school students and an instructor set up a pump and hose at a creek during the Junior Fire Crew work experience program at BC Wildfire Service’s Cultus Lake Fire Base on Saturday, March 25, 2023. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Dave Reid, 95, plows a portion of Denis Ryan’s plot during the 101st annual Chilliwack Plowing Match at Greendale Acres on Saturday, April 1, 2023. Reid, who uses a walker and hasn’t competed in plowing in years, had the chance to plow again thanks to the kind gesture by Ryan (right). (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

PHOTOS: Folks applaud as farmer, 95, plows again at 101st Chilliwack Plowing Match

Wild weather and memorable moments at annual historic plowing competition in Chilliwack

Dave Reid, 95, plows a portion of Denis Ryan’s plot during the 101st annual Chilliwack Plowing Match at Greendale Acres on Saturday, April 1, 2023. Reid, who uses a walker and hasn’t competed in plowing in years, had the chance to plow again thanks to the kind gesture by Ryan (right). (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Chilliwack Visual Artists Association members Christine Newsome and Mary-Lee Merz help hang artwork on the walls for group show Inspire at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre on Tuesday, March 28, 2023. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Chilliwack artists share what inspires them in ‘eclectic’ art exhibition

‘Inspire’ group show by Chilliwack Visual Artists Association runs March 29 to April 29

Chilliwack Visual Artists Association members Christine Newsome and Mary-Lee Merz help hang artwork on the walls for group show Inspire at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre on Tuesday, March 28, 2023. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Jack Webber (top) of Chilliwack and Mica Thiessen of Abbotsford compete in the Chilliwack Squash Championships at the Cheam Leisure Centre on Saturday, March 11, 2023. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

PHOTOS: Biggest turnout ever for squash championships in Chilliwack

Total of 56 players came out for annual tournament hosted by Chilliwack Squash Club

Jack Webber (top) of Chilliwack and Mica Thiessen of Abbotsford compete in the Chilliwack Squash Championships at the Cheam Leisure Centre on Saturday, March 11, 2023. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Erikson Deseron (red gloves) of Chilliwack’s Traditional MuayThai School and Tyrone Anderson (blue gloves) of Pride Muaythai (Richmond) fight during Muaythai Gladiators 2 at the Landing Sports Centre in Chilliwack on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2023. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

PHOTOS: Fighters go head-to-head in Muaythai Gladiators event in Chilliwack

3 athletes from Chilliwack, 3 from Abbotsford were some of 14 fighters competing in sanctioned bouts

Erikson Deseron (red gloves) of Chilliwack’s Traditional MuayThai School and Tyrone Anderson (blue gloves) of Pride Muaythai (Richmond) fight during Muaythai Gladiators 2 at the Landing Sports Centre in Chilliwack on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2023. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Students from both Sardis Secondary School and Chilliwack Secondary School rehearse together at Sardis on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023 in preparation for an upcoming band trip to perform in Disneyland. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

‘There’s no rivalry’: 2 Chilliwack high school bands join forces to perform in Disneyland together

CSS and SSS concert bands will perform live plus take part in workshop in California

Students from both Sardis Secondary School and Chilliwack Secondary School rehearse together at Sardis on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023 in preparation for an upcoming band trip to perform in Disneyland. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Eddie Gardner speaks at Central Community Park where more than 200 people gathered following a truth and reconciliation walk on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022 in Chilliwack. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

PHOTOS OF 2022: Most memorable images of the year in Chilliwack

Chilliwack Progress photojournalist Jenna Hauck shares some of her favourite photos of 2022

Eddie Gardner speaks at Central Community Park where more than 200 people gathered following a truth and reconciliation walk on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022 in Chilliwack. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Kevin Stone and wife Michelle (sitting on dragon) pose for a photo with their 15,000-pound, fire-breathing steel dragon named ‘Drogon’ on Dec. 15, 2022 which took more than two years to complete. Drogon is from the hit HBO TV show Game of Thrones. Stone’s popular sculpture has been seen by people around the world via photos and videos they posted to social media of Drogon in the making. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Chilliwack metal sculptor’s business soars on wings of 15,000-pound fire-breathing dragon

Kevin Stone’s steel sculpture ‘Drogon’ from popular TV show Game of Thrones ready to head to Utah

Kevin Stone and wife Michelle (sitting on dragon) pose for a photo with their 15,000-pound, fire-breathing steel dragon named ‘Drogon’ on Dec. 15, 2022 which took more than two years to complete. Drogon is from the hit HBO TV show Game of Thrones. Stone’s popular sculpture has been seen by people around the world via photos and videos they posted to social media of Drogon in the making. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Thousands of people came out to the Rotary Christmas Parade in downtown Chilliwack on Dec. 3, 2022. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

PHOTOS: Estimated 15,000 people came out for Rotary Christmas Parade in Chilliwack

People packed streets of downtown Chilliwack in subzero temperatures to take in 1st parade since 2019

Thousands of people came out to the Rotary Christmas Parade in downtown Chilliwack on Dec. 3, 2022. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Sharon Churchill lays a wreath during the Remembrance Day ceremony at Veterans’ Memorial Park in downtown Chilliwack on Nov. 11, 2022. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

PHOTOS and VIDEO: Thousands come out for Remembrance Day ceremonies in Chilliwack

All 3 locations had huge turnouts as people paid their respects to fallen soldiers and veterans

Sharon Churchill lays a wreath during the Remembrance Day ceremony at Veterans’ Memorial Park in downtown Chilliwack on Nov. 11, 2022. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Jennifer Whiteside, minister of education and child care, speaks during the official grand opening of Stitó:s Lá:lém Totí:lt Elementary Middle School on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

PHOTOS: Education minister officially opens ‘beautiful’ new Stitó:s school in Chilliwack

A lot of care, hard work and thought went into design of Stitó:s, says minister Jennifer Whiteside

Jennifer Whiteside, minister of education and child care, speaks during the official grand opening of Stitó:s Lá:lém Totí:lt Elementary Middle School on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
This carving of Sheriff Will Teasle from the movie Rambo First Blood, played by actor Brian Dennehy, was unveiled on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022 during the Rambo First Blood 40th Anniversary celebrations in Hope. (Jenna Hauck/ Black Press Media)

PHOTOS: Rambo-themed carving unveiled at 40th anniversary celebration for iconic action film in Hope

Carving of Sheriff Will Teasle, Rambo First Blood actor, movie props all part of 4-day celebrations

This carving of Sheriff Will Teasle from the movie Rambo First Blood, played by actor Brian Dennehy, was unveiled on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022 during the Rambo First Blood 40th Anniversary celebrations in Hope. (Jenna Hauck/ Black Press Media)