Dustin Godfrey

Abbotsford students holding donations drive for Canuck Place

Abbotsford students holding donations drive for Canuck Place

Grade 8 students are hoping to get gift cards, toys and other items for children’s hospice

Abbotsford students holding donations drive for Canuck Place
Abbotsford School District superintendent Kevin Godden’s 6.22 per cent raise in 2017/18 nearly doubles the average pay increase of 3.16 per cent for district employees making over $75,000.

Abbotsford School District’s executive raises nearly double many employees

Including remuneration and expenses, average pay to employees who made over $75,000 increased 3.35%

Abbotsford School District superintendent Kevin Godden’s 6.22 per cent raise in 2017/18 nearly doubles the average pay increase of 3.16 per cent for district employees making over $75,000.
Abbotsford school bus driver’s labour complaint parked

Abbotsford school bus driver’s labour complaint parked

Michael Wester claimed a disciplinary action was ‘conspired and fraudulent’ to cover up another incident

Abbotsford school bus driver’s labour complaint parked
Abbotsford students show low satisfaction with education, survey finds

Abbotsford students show low satisfaction with education, survey finds

Students feel ill-prepared for future jobs and schools and unsatisfied by course materials

Abbotsford students show low satisfaction with education, survey finds
Kevin Godden received a total compensation of over $280,000 in the 2017/18 fiscal year, including a $217,600 salary, a bump of over six per cent.

Abbotsford’s top educators get 6% raise for 2017/18

Compensation for the school district’s executive staff totalled $1.067M, raise of nearly $63,000

Kevin Godden received a total compensation of over $280,000 in the 2017/18 fiscal year, including a $217,600 salary, a bump of over six per cent.
Abbotsford Indigenous, special needs students see record grad rates

Abbotsford Indigenous, special needs students see record grad rates

But test scores still show special needs, Indigenous students lag behind, and it’s worse for older students

Abbotsford Indigenous, special needs students see record grad rates
Abbotsford OAT Centre program co-ordinator Lesley Braithwaite (right) and mental health support worker Jennica Gill say their suboxone/methadone service can stabilize lives to help heal addictions. For some, they say prescription heroin could serve that purpose more effectively.                                Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News

No prescription heroin in Abbotsford anytime soon: Fraser Health

Opioid treatment workers say prescription heroin could be more effective than suboxone or methadone

Abbotsford OAT Centre program co-ordinator Lesley Braithwaite (right) and mental health support worker Jennica Gill say their suboxone/methadone service can stabilize lives to help heal addictions. For some, they say prescription heroin could serve that purpose more effectively.                                Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News
Trustee Shirley Wilson, formerly Abbotsford school board chair, claimed the highest travel expenses on school board over a one-year period. Combined with trustee Phil Anderson, the two totalled half of the $10,299 claimed by the school board. Tyler Olsen/Abbotsford News file photo

Abbotsford school trustees spend $10,300 on travel

Two trustees, Phil Anderson and former chair Shirley Wilson, claimed half the board’s total

Trustee Shirley Wilson, formerly Abbotsford school board chair, claimed the highest travel expenses on school board over a one-year period. Combined with trustee Phil Anderson, the two totalled half of the $10,299 claimed by the school board. Tyler Olsen/Abbotsford News file photo
Abbotsford Fire Rescue Services members work to help a woman escape from a clothing donation bin. Kevin MacDonald

City of Abbotsford eyeing clothing donation bin changes after B.C. death

Body found in West Vancouver bin over weekend was fifth death in four years, BC Coroners say

Abbotsford Fire Rescue Services members work to help a woman escape from a clothing donation bin. Kevin MacDonald
Zoelle Gia Bellen was the first newborn in Abbotsford, born at 12:42 a.m. on Jan. 1 at the Abbotsford Regional Hospital to mother Rizza Bellen, father Gary Bellen and sister Zyra. Gary Bellen/Submitted photo

Abbotsford’s New Year’s baby a ‘shining light’

Zoelle Gia Bellen was born at 12:42 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2019

Zoelle Gia Bellen was the first newborn in Abbotsford, born at 12:42 a.m. on Jan. 1 at the Abbotsford Regional Hospital to mother Rizza Bellen, father Gary Bellen and sister Zyra. Gary Bellen/Submitted photo
Shayne Williams is executive director of Lookout Emergency Aid Society, which runs the SafePoint supervised consumption site in Surrey and one of two overdose prevention sites in Abbotsford.                                Photo: Amy Reid                                Shayne Williams is executive director of Lookout Emergency Aid Society, which will run the SafePoint supervised consumption site on 135A Street. (Photo: Amy Reid)

No supervised consumption site coming to Abbotsford

Feasibility study by Fraser Health found overdose prevention sites a better fit for Abbotsford

Shayne Williams is executive director of Lookout Emergency Aid Society, which runs the SafePoint supervised consumption site in Surrey and one of two overdose prevention sites in Abbotsford.                                Photo: Amy Reid                                Shayne Williams is executive director of Lookout Emergency Aid Society, which will run the SafePoint supervised consumption site on 135A Street. (Photo: Amy Reid)
A WAY HOME: Bonds formed on Abbotsford’s front lines of homelessness

A WAY HOME: Bonds formed on Abbotsford’s front lines of homelessness

Non-profit work can involve a lot of burnout, but for many the rewards come from those around them

A WAY HOME: Bonds formed on Abbotsford’s front lines of homelessness
A cycle persists on Gladys Avenue. Homeless camps are set up, and homeless camps are taken down seemingly in perpetuity. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News

The evolving relationship between the homeless and Abbotsford City Hall

Since the chicken manure incident, that relationship has largely improved, Mayor Henry Braun says

A cycle persists on Gladys Avenue. Homeless camps are set up, and homeless camps are taken down seemingly in perpetuity. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News
Jenni Johnson (right) and Jordie Lynn both have aged out of the foster system, which they say leaves youths ill-prepared for life on their own feet. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News

‘It’s like a trap; it’s like they don’t want you to succeed’

Abbotsford youths formerly in government care speak out on how the system can foster homelessness

Jenni Johnson (right) and Jordie Lynn both have aged out of the foster system, which they say leaves youths ill-prepared for life on their own feet. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News
Jenni Johnson (right) and Jordie Lynn both have aged out of the foster system, which they say leaves youths ill-prepared for life on their own feet. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News

A WAY HOME: Ministry responds to criticism of foster system

Ministry says number of youth in system is shrinking, more being done to help youth transition

Jenni Johnson (right) and Jordie Lynn both have aged out of the foster system, which they say leaves youths ill-prepared for life on their own feet. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News
A WAY HOME: Busting myths around homelessness

A WAY HOME: Busting myths around homelessness

Stephen Gaetz, director of the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness, speaks on widespread myths

A WAY HOME: Busting myths around homelessness
Zanzara Huebsch stands in her living room near a picture of her son, Kevan Bardell, who died of an overdose on Gladys Avenue on June 6, 2017 after years of homelessness. Huebsch says her son struggled with addictions, which she believes spiralled out of control after he was attacked and severely beaten. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News

Shining Son: A light lost from an Abbotsford mother’s life

A year-and-a-half later, Zanzara Huebsch struggles to cope with the loss of her son

Zanzara Huebsch stands in her living room near a picture of her son, Kevan Bardell, who died of an overdose on Gladys Avenue on June 6, 2017 after years of homelessness. Huebsch says her son struggled with addictions, which she believes spiralled out of control after he was attacked and severely beaten. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News
A map of some of Abbotsford’s power outages reported as of 8 a.m. BC Hydro/Screengrab

Dozens of outages in Abbotsford, nine schools closed

It will likely be some time before all power is restored in the city

A map of some of Abbotsford’s power outages reported as of 8 a.m. BC Hydro/Screengrab
Heavy winds Thursday morning brought down a tree in a yard at 33982 Old Yale Rd. in east Abbotsford. (Vikki Hopes/Abbotsford News)

Abbotsford police offer warnings, advice amid wind storm

Prepare for power outages, and drive carefully, says APD spokesperson Sgt. Judy Bird

Heavy winds Thursday morning brought down a tree in a yard at 33982 Old Yale Rd. in east Abbotsford. (Vikki Hopes/Abbotsford News)
Abbotsford homeless count could be improved: harm reduction worker

Abbotsford homeless count could be improved: harm reduction worker

Single-day methodology ‘invariably’ yields low count, weather-dependent results, Jesse Wegenast says

Abbotsford homeless count could be improved: harm reduction worker