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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

 

Sue Knudsen (left) and Trisha Mercer stand in the back of a pickup truck with the appliances that were delivered to a family in need on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2020. (Submitted)

Community steps up again, this time to bring belated Christmas gifts to two teen boys in Chilliwack

Chilliwack residents took to social media to help family in need, community responds instantly

 

K.J. Clare started Do Good Recklessly, a project where she delivered bouquets of flowers, anonymously and free, to people who could use a smile. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

TOP STORIES 2020: Pandemic brought out the best in many throughout the community

From free flowers to massive mask-making efforts, Chilliwack stepped up to support its own

 

Don Lehn at the Chilliwack Alano Club in June, 2019. The club has had to cancel its Christmas party for the children of members, but is still hoping to drum up a few treats to deliver. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Chilliwack’s Alano Club still hoping to make Christmas bright for local kids

With their annual Christmas party cancelled due to restrictions, club appeals to community for help

Don Lehn at the Chilliwack Alano Club in June, 2019. The club has had to cancel its Christmas party for the children of members, but is still hoping to drum up a few treats to deliver. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
After living with cystic fibrosis his entire life, Nick Kanaan required a double-lung transplant. Today, he honours Dr. John Yee and the medical team at VGH who helped save his life.

Double-lung transplant saves father after lifelong battle with cystic fibrosis

This holiday season Angel donations will help fund the most urgent health care needs

  • Dec 14, 2020
After living with cystic fibrosis his entire life, Nick Kanaan required a double-lung transplant. Today, he honours Dr. John Yee and the medical team at VGH who helped save his life.
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)
(Left to right) Brandon Kloot, board member with John Kampman, board chair, and Matt Van Muyen, System Principal at Unity Christian School pose with the sold sign on a 8.1 acre property the school has purchased to plan for future growth, November, 2020. (Submitted photo)

Land purchase by Unity Christian will help with future growth

New acquisition ‘promises to be a blessing for the long-term future of our school’ says board chair

(Left to right) Brandon Kloot, board member with John Kampman, board chair, and Matt Van Muyen, System Principal at Unity Christian School pose with the sold sign on a 8.1 acre property the school has purchased to plan for future growth, November, 2020. (Submitted photo)
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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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This image from Linda Brown of the Chilliwack Plowing Match won a photography contest for Chilliwack-Hope MP Mark Strahl’s annual calendar. Her photo was featured for April 2020 in the Chilliwack—Hope constituency calendar. (Linda Brown photograph)

Annual call out for Chilliwack-Hope constituency calendar photo contest

Photos will be featured in MP Mark Strahl’s calendar for 2021

This image from Linda Brown of the Chilliwack Plowing Match won a photography contest for Chilliwack-Hope MP Mark Strahl’s annual calendar. Her photo was featured for April 2020 in the Chilliwack—Hope constituency calendar. (Linda Brown photograph)
An example of some of the bikes being auctioned off to support Chilliwack Restorative Justice. This year (2020) the sale is being held via Facebook, with new crops of bikes posted on Mondays, and auctions being called each Thursday. (Submitted photos)

Popular Chilliwack bike auction moves to online format

Bidding on a bike as easy as commenting on Facebook this year, due to pandemic

An example of some of the bikes being auctioned off to support Chilliwack Restorative Justice. This year (2020) the sale is being held via Facebook, with new crops of bikes posted on Mondays, and auctions being called each Thursday. (Submitted photos)
Seniors with mobility issues benefited from a Chilliwack Community Services program that provided rides to medical appointments. That program has been eliminated. (Black Press file photo)

Chilliwack Community Services ends Community Driver program

The volunteer-driven offering helped clients get to important medical appointments

Seniors with mobility issues benefited from a Chilliwack Community Services program that provided rides to medical appointments. That program has been eliminated. (Black Press file photo)
Hervey Blois of Chilliwack, a retired veteran, has won half a million dollars and hopes to restore his ‘59 Chevy Impala. (Photo/ Playnow.com)

Chilliwack man hoping to restore ‘59 Chevy with big lottery win

Hervey Blois, a retired veteran, says he’s ‘dumbstruck’ by $500,000 win on lottery website

Hervey Blois of Chilliwack, a retired veteran, has won half a million dollars and hopes to restore his ‘59 Chevy Impala. (Photo/ Playnow.com)
Avid walker George Doi of Langley celebrated a milestone on Sept. 17, when he completed a virtual walk around the world (Special to Langley Advance Times)

A (virtual) walk around the world by 88-year-old B.C. man

George Doi says it’s simple: ‘I like walking’

Avid walker George Doi of Langley celebrated a milestone on Sept. 17, when he completed a virtual walk around the world (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Seniors in Chilliwack are invited to a drive-through breakfast at Evergreen Hall on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. (Photo by Mick Tinbergen on Unsplash)

Chilliwack seniors invited to drive-through breakfast

Event held to acknowledge the difficulty faced by Chilliwack seniors during pandemic

Seniors in Chilliwack are invited to a drive-through breakfast at Evergreen Hall on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. (Photo by Mick Tinbergen on Unsplash)
Vancouver Island family overwhelmed with 14 Lab puppies

Vancouver Island family overwhelmed with 14 Lab puppies

Litter may be one of the biggest ever

Vancouver Island family overwhelmed with 14 Lab puppies
A program has been set up to help families in the Lower Mainland and the Fraser Valley with purchasing food and cleaning supplies. (Submitted image/ Parent Support Services Society of BC)

B.C. families financially affected by pandemic eligible for grocery gift cards

Program open to struggling families in Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley communities

A program has been set up to help families in the Lower Mainland and the Fraser Valley with purchasing food and cleaning supplies. (Submitted image/ Parent Support Services Society of BC)
Justin Mallard with Murray Honda in Chilliwack says the We Got Your Back Chilliwack school supply drive is having a financially difficult time due to the pandemic, while the need is higher than ever. (YouTube image)

School supply program for Chilliwack children needs public support

We Got Your Back program suffering from lack of sponsorship due to pandemic

Justin Mallard with Murray Honda in Chilliwack says the We Got Your Back Chilliwack school supply drive is having a financially difficult time due to the pandemic, while the need is higher than ever. (YouTube image)
John Sovereign received his Paul Harris Fellowship from the Chilliwack After Hours Rotary Club on Aug. 22, 2020. Sovereign has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. (Submitted photo/ Kathy Funk)

Retired Chilliwack priest honoured by Rotary while in palliative care

John Sovereign awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship shortly after terminal cancer diagnosis

John Sovereign received his Paul Harris Fellowship from the Chilliwack After Hours Rotary Club on Aug. 22, 2020. Sovereign has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. (Submitted photo/ Kathy Funk)
Boston Tuninga, with the Chilliwack Park Society, scrapes away debris down to the soil at a new trail at the Chilliwack Community Forest on Aug. 12, 2020. (Jessica Peters/ The Progress)

Trailbuilding together at Chilliwack Community Forest

Groups come together to create a new mountain biking space at popular trail system

Boston Tuninga, with the Chilliwack Park Society, scrapes away debris down to the soil at a new trail at the Chilliwack Community Forest on Aug. 12, 2020. (Jessica Peters/ The Progress)
Gurdeep Pandher visited Long Beach on Aug. 10, 2020. (Twitter screenshot)

Famous Yukon-based bhangra dancer brings movements of joy to Long Beach

Internet-famous dancer is exploring Vancouver Island, visiting the B.C. Legislature and more

Gurdeep Pandher visited Long Beach on Aug. 10, 2020. (Twitter screenshot)