Dustin Godfrey

Abbotsford School District Superintendent Kevin Godden hears questions and comments from Abbotsford Traditional Secondary School parent Carelle McKellan at a public information session on seismic upgrades and further necessary maintenance work for the school in March.                                Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News file photo

Abbotsford School District has enough portables to house ATSS students

Spokesperson says there are more considerations before committing free portables to traditional school

Abbotsford School District Superintendent Kevin Godden hears questions and comments from Abbotsford Traditional Secondary School parent Carelle McKellan at a public information session on seismic upgrades and further necessary maintenance work for the school in March.                                Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News file photo
Jordie Lynn was born into the foster system and has some experience with the B.C. government’s agreement with young adults (AYA) program that helps fund post-secondary education. She and peer Sev Weir say recent changes to the foster system and AYA are a welcome start, but fail to address the root issues in the system.                                Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News

Foster system changes help, but don’t tackle root issues, Abbotsford youths say

B.C. government recently increased foster parent allowances and post-secondary benefits

Jordie Lynn was born into the foster system and has some experience with the B.C. government’s agreement with young adults (AYA) program that helps fund post-secondary education. She and peer Sev Weir say recent changes to the foster system and AYA are a welcome start, but fail to address the root issues in the system.                                Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News
Secretary-treasurer Ray Velestuk addresses a crowd assembled for a forum on school security.                                Abbotsford News file photo

Abbotsford School District surplus could drop to 1/3 of target range

District targets surplus of $3.8M to $5.8M, but that could drain to $1.3M by summer 2020

Secretary-treasurer Ray Velestuk addresses a crowd assembled for a forum on school security.                                Abbotsford News file photo
Secretary-treasurer Ray Velestuk addresses a crowd assembled for a forum on school security. Abbotsford News file photo

Abbotsford School District expects extra $4.5M from ministry next year

Increase comes mostly from increases in funding rates and enrolment for ‘unique student needs’

Secretary-treasurer Ray Velestuk addresses a crowd assembled for a forum on school security. Abbotsford News file photo
Rapper Duane “D.O.” Gibson is stopping in Abbotsford on Thursday at Clayburn Middle School to perform and speak to students.Submitted photo

Rapper D.O. Gibson coming to Abbotsford’s Clayburn Middle School

Gibson to perform, speak to students, using hip hop to convey a positive message

Rapper Duane “D.O.” Gibson is stopping in Abbotsford on Thursday at Clayburn Middle School to perform and speak to students.Submitted photo
Abbotsford District Teachers’ Association president Jennifer Brooks presents at a public school board meeting.                                Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News

Abbotsford teachers enter collective bargaining with district

Seven meetings scheduled between district and union, running April 30 to June 27

Abbotsford District Teachers’ Association president Jennifer Brooks presents at a public school board meeting.                                Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News
Secretary-treasurer Ray Velestuk says the school district plans to appeal enrolment adjustments from an audit conducted in January.                                Abbotsford News file photo

Abbotsford school enrolment audit slashes $234k in funding

Secretary-treasurer Ray Velestuk says school district plans to appeal some of the audit adjustments

Secretary-treasurer Ray Velestuk says the school district plans to appeal enrolment adjustments from an audit conducted in January.                                Abbotsford News file photo
Abbotsford school board voted to focus the district’s Community Matters Awards on organizations this year with hopes to drive more engagement with nominations.                                Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News file photo

Abbotsford school board seeks more engagement in Community Matters Award

This year’s awards to focus on organizations in effort to reverse two years of declining nominations

Abbotsford school board voted to focus the district’s Community Matters Awards on organizations this year with hopes to drive more engagement with nominations.                                Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News file photo
Grade 5 students from Auguston Traditional Elementary (L-R) Emily, Vida Blue, Abby, Alex, Dexter, Riona, Brendan and Ben, backed by teacher Melanie Harder donated to the Cyrus Centre eight backpacks full of items they bought with $1,000 raised through everything from a class bake sale and recycling money to birthday and tooth fairy money. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News

Abbotsford kids did chores, donated tooth fairy money for Cyrus Centre

Grade 5 Auguston Traditional Elementary students filled 8 backpacks with items like clothes, deodorant

Grade 5 students from Auguston Traditional Elementary (L-R) Emily, Vida Blue, Abby, Alex, Dexter, Riona, Brendan and Ben, backed by teacher Melanie Harder donated to the Cyrus Centre eight backpacks full of items they bought with $1,000 raised through everything from a class bake sale and recycling money to birthday and tooth fairy money. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News
Satinder Dhillon of Abbotsford has filed a lawsuit alleging Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party of Canada has infringed on his trademark and copyright of the same name. (Facebook photo)

Judge ‘tough but fair’ in Abbotsford man’s People’s Party lawsuit: lawyer

Judgement reserved in Satinder Dhillon’s lawsuit claiming rights to the People’s Party of Canada name

Satinder Dhillon of Abbotsford has filed a lawsuit alleging Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party of Canada has infringed on his trademark and copyright of the same name. (Facebook photo)
Crews work to dislodge the car from between the semi and the concrete barrier on Highway 1 eastbound just east of Sumas Way Friday afternoon. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News

Semi pins car on concrete barrier in Highway 1 crash in Abbotsford

It’s unclear if any injuries in the crash, but the car’s driver was not inside when it was dislodged

Crews work to dislodge the car from between the semi and the concrete barrier on Highway 1 eastbound just east of Sumas Way Friday afternoon. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News
Spy vs. spy: Mission private eye must pay $27,500 to Abbotsford P.I. he defamed

Spy vs. spy: Mission private eye must pay $27,500 to Abbotsford P.I. he defamed

A Mission private eye made a variety of online statements against Abbotsford’s Dianna Holden

Spy vs. spy: Mission private eye must pay $27,500 to Abbotsford P.I. he defamed
Injuries, 90-day licence suspension after Hwy 11 crash in Abbotsford

Injuries, 90-day licence suspension after Hwy 11 crash in Abbotsford

Drivers spotted ‘exhibiting poor driving skills’ 20 minutes before crash, police say

Injuries, 90-day licence suspension after Hwy 11 crash in Abbotsford
Four units damaged in Abbotsford apartment fire

Four units damaged in Abbotsford apartment fire

Quick action from fire rescue service halted blaze from spreading beyond two damaged units

Four units damaged in Abbotsford apartment fire
Satinder Dhillon of Abbotsford has filed a lawsuit alleging Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party of Canada has infringed on his trademark and copyright of the same name. (Facebook photo)

Abbotsford man’s People’s Party lawsuit heading to court

Satinder Dhillon claims rights to People’s Party, now used by former Conservative renegade Maxime Bernier

Satinder Dhillon of Abbotsford has filed a lawsuit alleging Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party of Canada has infringed on his trademark and copyright of the same name. (Facebook photo)
The low-barrier modular housing project on Riverside Road, expected to house upwards of 40 people either off the streets or out of shelters.                                Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News

COLUMN: Make positive change for marginalized groups, not despite them

Drug policies have a long history of at best ignoring and at worst targeting vulnerable communities

The low-barrier modular housing project on Riverside Road, expected to house upwards of 40 people either off the streets or out of shelters.                                Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News
B.C. Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth speaks to media following a news conference on gang prevention and intervention funding, including shy of $1 million over three years for Abbotsford’s In It Together program.                                Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News

Abbotsford youth gang prevention program gets provincial funding

But just $1 million over three years is far below In It Together’s previous $1.6-million annual funds

B.C. Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth speaks to media following a news conference on gang prevention and intervention funding, including shy of $1 million over three years for Abbotsford’s In It Together program.                                Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News
This map shows the proposed location for Eagle Mountain Elementary. Abbotsford School District

Province pledges $25 million to build new Eagle Mountain elementary school

New school for 460 students to be completed by fall of 2022, province says

This map shows the proposed location for Eagle Mountain Elementary. Abbotsford School District
Abbotsford School District superintendent Kevin Godden hears questions and comments from Abbotsford Traditional Secondary School parent Carelle McKellan at a public information session last month on seismic upgrades and further necessary maintenance work for the school. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News

Options presented for Abbotsford students displaced by seismic upgrades

Parents say displacement to another school could permanently turn them away from traditional schools

Abbotsford School District superintendent Kevin Godden hears questions and comments from Abbotsford Traditional Secondary School parent Carelle McKellan at a public information session last month on seismic upgrades and further necessary maintenance work for the school. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News
Abbotsford School District superintendent Kevin Godden says he hopes the next teacher recruiting mission to Ontario will be more successful as that province is expected to cut thousands of teaching positions.                                file photo

Abbotsford educators eyeing expected Ontario teacher layoffs

Ontario expected to cut 3,500 teaching positions by 2022/23 school year, including 1,500 next year

Abbotsford School District superintendent Kevin Godden says he hopes the next teacher recruiting mission to Ontario will be more successful as that province is expected to cut thousands of teaching positions.                                file photo