Dustin Godfrey

Harvey Clause, an Abbotsford homeless man and advocate, reflects on a few fatal overdoses over the past few weeks. Clause says grieving while homeless holds distinct challenges with little for privacy and little time to process grief. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News

Nowhere to grieve: Processing loss on Abbotsford’s streets

Homeless advocate Harvey Clause says grief has distinct challenges for those living on the streets

Harvey Clause, an Abbotsford homeless man and advocate, reflects on a few fatal overdoses over the past few weeks. Clause says grieving while homeless holds distinct challenges with little for privacy and little time to process grief. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News
This map shows the proposed location for the Eagle Mountain elementary school. (Abbotsford School District)

Abbotsford school officials hope for new school approval before July

Eagle Mountain elementary school proposed back in October 2016 may finally see light this year

This map shows the proposed location for the Eagle Mountain elementary school. (Abbotsford School District)
Abbotsford board of education. (Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News file photo)

Future of Abbotsford schools may be vertically built

High price tags on land, few free acres for schools may mean future schools are built up

Abbotsford board of education. (Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News file photo)
Woman wins appeal, gets workers’ comp from crash during commute

Woman wins appeal, gets workers’ comp from crash during commute

She was driving an employer-owned vehicle when she crashed on Hwy 1 in Abbotsford on her way to work

Woman wins appeal, gets workers’ comp from crash during commute
An unidentified man lays on the ground, awaiting his arrest, while members of the Abbotsford Police Department’s emergency response team advance after staking out the man’s unit in the Alpine Motor Inn for close to an hour. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News

Abbotsford police raided second location Friday

After executing search warrant at Alpine Motor Inn, ERT headed to Horizon Street house

An unidentified man lays on the ground, awaiting his arrest, while members of the Abbotsford Police Department’s emergency response team advance after staking out the man’s unit in the Alpine Motor Inn for close to an hour. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News
‘Fighting and war’: Abbotsford students, parents oppose temporary relocation

‘Fighting and war’: Abbotsford students, parents oppose temporary relocation

Abbotsford Traditional Secondary parents questioned logistics, cited rivalry over relocation proposal

‘Fighting and war’: Abbotsford students, parents oppose temporary relocation
Secretary-treasurer Ray Velestuk addresses a crowd assembled for a forum on school security. Abbotsford News file photo

Abbotsford School District expects budget funding announcement Friday

Budget pressures include shaky surplus position, uncertainties around collective agreement negotiations

Secretary-treasurer Ray Velestuk addresses a crowd assembled for a forum on school security. Abbotsford News file photo
Abbotsford dementia program hopes to keep the mind ticking

Abbotsford dementia program hopes to keep the mind ticking

First Light hopes to curb dementia symptoms through activities like art, music and ‘reminiscence therapy’

Abbotsford dementia program hopes to keep the mind ticking
Abbotsford Traditional Secondary School                                Abbotsford School District photo

Abbotsford Traditional Secondary hosting seismic upgrade info session

School board chair Stan Petersen put to rest rumours of a school closure at that location

Abbotsford Traditional Secondary School                                Abbotsford School District photo
Abbotsford fire crews look on as water lines are sprayed through a basement window of a Tims Street property, the scene of a minor house fire Tuesday morning. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News

VIDEO: Abbotsford firefighters douse minor house fire

The cause of the Tims Street fire was not immediately clear

Abbotsford fire crews look on as water lines are sprayed through a basement window of a Tims Street property, the scene of a minor house fire Tuesday morning. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News
Cat fanciers show off their fancy felines in Abbotsford

Cat fanciers show off their fancy felines in Abbotsford

Cat Fanciers of B.C. is holding their Lucky Cats show in Abbotsford this weekend

Cat fanciers show off their fancy felines in Abbotsford
BC Human Rights Tribunal (Canadian Press)

Abbotsford strata failed to adequately address ‘life or death’ smoking matter

B.C. Human Rights Tribunal sided with resident with lung disease affected by neighbour’s smoking

BC Human Rights Tribunal (Canadian Press)
Someone crashed into the Abbotsford News building

Someone crashed into the Abbotsford News building

Fence, light post left in the wake of plow that crashed into News building

Someone crashed into the Abbotsford News building
A major police presence in this area was due to a mental health matter, police say. Google Maps image

Mental health matter in Abbotsford ended after 9 hours: police

The matter concluded with a man taken into custody under the Mental Health Act

A major police presence in this area was due to a mental health matter, police say. Google Maps image
A major police presence in this area is due to a mental health matter, police say. Google Maps image

Major police presence in Abbotsford a mental health matter

A bystander noted several police vehicles at the location, which was taped off by authorities

A major police presence in this area is due to a mental health matter, police say. Google Maps image
Kaayla Whachell (Submitted photo)

Woman from Abbotsford gets $20k Indigenous film grant

Laura’s Report will be Kaayla Whachell’s first directing role in several years

Kaayla Whachell (Submitted photo)
UPDATED: Woman found dead after Abbotsford apartment fire

UPDATED: Woman found dead after Abbotsford apartment fire

Crews were called to the blaze late Wednesday night on Countess Street

UPDATED: Woman found dead after Abbotsford apartment fire
Rick Hansen was at Abbotsford’s Rick Hansen Secondary School, named after the famed disabled athlete, to announce that the school had received his foundation’s first “gold” rating for accessibility Wednesday morning. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News

Abbotsford school gets Rick Hansen’s first ‘gold’ accessibility rating for school

Rick Hansen Secondary was paid a visit by its namesake, who announced the accolade

Rick Hansen was at Abbotsford’s Rick Hansen Secondary School, named after the famed disabled athlete, to announce that the school had received his foundation’s first “gold” rating for accessibility Wednesday morning. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News
Mac and his human handler Dawn Holt celebrated the senior golden retriever’s 15th birthday and his retirement as a therapy dog at the University of the Fraser Valley, where he pioneered therapy work 13 years ago. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News

Therapy dog retires from Abbotsford university

Mac and his handler pioneered using dogs for therapy in a university setting 13 years ago

Mac and his human handler Dawn Holt celebrated the senior golden retriever’s 15th birthday and his retirement as a therapy dog at the University of the Fraser Valley, where he pioneered therapy work 13 years ago. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News
Abbotsford school board. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News file photo

Maternity leaves stall Abbotsford French immersion applications

School district anticipates seven full-time vacancies, including two currently unresolved vacancies

Abbotsford school board. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News file photo