Dustin Godfrey

VIDEO: Abbotsford fire crews quash house fire

VIDEO: Abbotsford fire crews quash house fire

Back side of house fully involved in flames when crews arrived

VIDEO: Abbotsford fire crews quash house fire
On display at the book launch for Lex̱éywa: I Pass the Torch to You, written by Sumas First Nation member Beatrice Silver, were paintings done by an art activism class at Robert Bateman Secondary School, each painting based off an excerpt from weeks of talks Silver did with the class about her experience at residential schools. Those talks ultimately laid the foundation for the book. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News

‘I was not a number’: Abbotsford school class turns into residential school memoir

Beatrice Silver told her story to an art activism class, eventually developing that into a novel

On display at the book launch for Lex̱éywa: I Pass the Torch to You, written by Sumas First Nation member Beatrice Silver, were paintings done by an art activism class at Robert Bateman Secondary School, each painting based off an excerpt from weeks of talks Silver did with the class about her experience at residential schools. Those talks ultimately laid the foundation for the book. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News
The Abbotsford branch of the B.C. Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction formerly had a policy of only letting a few people wait in its waiting room, even with many vacant chairs in the room. That left the remainder waiting outside, often in rain or snow.                                Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News

Abbotsford welfare waiting room left vacant while clients wait outside: advocate

Jesse Wegenast says the ministry branch has now changed its policy to allow people to wait inside

The Abbotsford branch of the B.C. Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction formerly had a policy of only letting a few people wait in its waiting room, even with many vacant chairs in the room. That left the remainder waiting outside, often in rain or snow.                                Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News
Abbotsford Middle School students Jenna Kim (left) and Jennifer Guthrie present the findings of their research on the Bevan Avenue and Ware Street intersection, urging action on increasing safety by extending a school zone to the area. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News

Abbotsford Middle students study intersection, urge action on safety

Intersection saw 119 crashes from 2011 to 2016, Jenna Kim and Jennifer Guthrie’s research found

Abbotsford Middle School students Jenna Kim (left) and Jennifer Guthrie present the findings of their research on the Bevan Avenue and Ware Street intersection, urging action on increasing safety by extending a school zone to the area. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News
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Abbotsford’s top educator welcomes B.C. tampons, pads directive

Province mandated all school districts to menstrual provide products freely in washrooms

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A report was recently released on the crash of a plane last August at Abbotsford International Airport. Abbotsford Airport Authority photo

As Abbotsford airport grows, changes to its fire-rescue service raise concerns

In recent years, airport shifted from full-time firefighting positions to adding those duties to other jobs

A report was recently released on the crash of a plane last August at Abbotsford International Airport. Abbotsford Airport Authority photo
National day of action on the overdose crisis coming to Abbotsford

National day of action on the overdose crisis coming to Abbotsford

Drug War Survivors to hold event in Jubilee Park on April 16

National day of action on the overdose crisis coming to Abbotsford
Shane Williams, CEO of the Lookout Society, speaks at the opening event for Abbotsford’s first modular project on Riverside Road. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News

Abbotsford modular housing named for shelter patron who died of overdose

Housing expected to open in the next two or three weeks on Riverside Road

Shane Williams, CEO of the Lookout Society, speaks at the opening event for Abbotsford’s first modular project on Riverside Road. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News
A handful of students, mostly from Abbotsford Middle School, skipped a bit of class on Friday to protest climate policy and a lack of action on climate change, inspired by worldwide student actions. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News

Abbotsford youths take up climate strike

A group of mostly middle school students have been taking to the sidewalk outside city hall on Fridays

A handful of students, mostly from Abbotsford Middle School, skipped a bit of class on Friday to protest climate policy and a lack of action on climate change, inspired by worldwide student actions. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News
The modular housing project on Riverside Road, expected to house upwards of 40 people, is slated to open for mid-April. Service provider Jesse Wegenast says he’s excited to see the project come online, as it will target specifically those living in shelters and on the streets. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News

Modular project will visibly reduce Abbotsford homelessness: advocate

Jesse Wegenast says project will have ‘single greatest’ impact on local homelessness to date

The modular housing project on Riverside Road, expected to house upwards of 40 people, is slated to open for mid-April. Service provider Jesse Wegenast says he’s excited to see the project come online, as it will target specifically those living in shelters and on the streets. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News
Youths presenting at a conference discussing topics ranging from opioids and harm reduction to mental health and vulnerability show off a few door prizes at the end of the conference. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News

Youth ‘celebrate vulnerability’ at Abbotsford youth-led summit

Youth shared experiential expertise on various topics with service providers from throughout Lower Mainland

Youths presenting at a conference discussing topics ranging from opioids and harm reduction to mental health and vulnerability show off a few door prizes at the end of the conference. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News
Business Engagement Ambassador Program member Steve Rouault tours Gladys Avenue to pick up trash as part of the BEAP program. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News

Abbotsford homeless cleaning up the community

Cleanup is part of pilot program intended to improve relationships with local businesses

Business Engagement Ambassador Program member Steve Rouault tours Gladys Avenue to pick up trash as part of the BEAP program. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News
Mayor Henry Braun says the City of Abbotsford has made major strides in improving its relationship with the local homeless population over the past half-decade. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News file photo

Abbotsford mayor ‘cautiously optimistic’ for federal homeless fund application

Designated community status would provide $1-3 million per year in funding to fight homelessness

Mayor Henry Braun says the City of Abbotsford has made major strides in improving its relationship with the local homeless population over the past half-decade. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News file photo
Roo chases after a ball tossed by her human Julie Horncastle at the Clearbrook off-leash dog park in Abbotsford. Roo just received a new prosthetic leg a few days ago and is still navigating life with a third leg. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News

Two-legged Abbotsford dog gets prosthetic leg

GoFundMe campaign raised more than $4,400 for Iranian-born Roo

Roo chases after a ball tossed by her human Julie Horncastle at the Clearbrook off-leash dog park in Abbotsford. Roo just received a new prosthetic leg a few days ago and is still navigating life with a third leg. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News
Peggy Allen’s long driveway is the frontier between what is effectively ground zero for homelessness in Abbotsford and Allen’s home, where she faced years of conflict with the local homeless population. Allen has since had a change in paradigms that has led her to working with the homeless community to improve conditions on the streets. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News

Vigilante to volunteer: An Abbotsford woman’s change of heart on homelessness

Peggy Allen had 400 calls into police about homeless near her home. Now she’s fighting for them

Peggy Allen’s long driveway is the frontier between what is effectively ground zero for homelessness in Abbotsford and Allen’s home, where she faced years of conflict with the local homeless population. Allen has since had a change in paradigms that has led her to working with the homeless community to improve conditions on the streets. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News
Melissa Giles, director of programs for the Mennonite Central Committee, says the Fraser Valley Rent Assistance Program has sent a letter to the provincial government offering its years of experience as guidance for a $10-million rent bank being set up by the province. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News

Fraser Valley rent bank offers guidance as province plans $10M rent bank

Fraser Valley Rent Assistance Program has years of wisdom to offer provincial plan, official says

Melissa Giles, director of programs for the Mennonite Central Committee, says the Fraser Valley Rent Assistance Program has sent a letter to the provincial government offering its years of experience as guidance for a $10-million rent bank being set up by the province. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News
Man stabbed at Abbotsford homeless camp

Man stabbed at Abbotsford homeless camp

One man in hospital with serious injuries, while Abbotsford police search for suspect

Man stabbed at Abbotsford homeless camp
Abbotsford school raises $10k for heart and stroke

Abbotsford school raises $10k for heart and stroke

Prince Charles Elementary set school record, raising money through ‘Jump Rope for Heart’ campaign

Abbotsford school raises $10k for heart and stroke
Photo: Flickr@familymwr

Abbotsford School District gains funding for early years programs

Includes programs for South Asian, Indigenous families, programs for vulnerable, at-risk families

Photo: Flickr@familymwr
Ted Leavitt, a counsellor with Connectivity Counselling in Abbotsford, holds his new book Tedy Hit Me: Scattered Stories of My Search For Attention in his office. The book is expected to come out on April 18, 2019. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News

Abbotsford counsellor publishing book on experience with ADHD

Ted Leavitt hopes to break barriers for those with the disorder, reduce stigma from those without it

Ted Leavitt, a counsellor with Connectivity Counselling in Abbotsford, holds his new book Tedy Hit Me: Scattered Stories of My Search For Attention in his office. The book is expected to come out on April 18, 2019. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News