Dustin Godfrey

Abbotsford woman hopes to be first with MS diagnosis in Arctic dog sled event

Abbotsford woman hopes to be first with MS diagnosis in Arctic dog sled event

25-year-old diagnosed with MS in 2012, hopes to partake in 300-km dog sled event in Scandinavia

Abbotsford woman hopes to be first with MS diagnosis in Arctic dog sled event
The Abbotsford School District board of education in action.                                Dustin Godfrey                                Abbotsford News

Literacy expectations: Abbotsford schools range from 40 to +90%

At five schools, 50% or fewer Grade 3 students meet expectations, including two schools at 40%

The Abbotsford School District board of education in action.                                Dustin Godfrey                                Abbotsford News
(From left) Sukhman Sandhu, Jaskarn Bajwa, Harvey Brar, Kavan Kahlon, Arvind Deol, Krishi Sharma, Haman Grewal, Pardeep Sidhu and Jaydan Bains. Members of the Rick Hansen Secondary School Hurricanes junior basketball team are donating gifts and other Christmas items for a family through the Christmas Bureau, and they’re challenging other Abbotsford teams to do the same.  Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News

Basketball team challenges Abbotsford schools to Christmas giving

Junior boys team sponsoring family for holiday season, expects to see the same from other schools

(From left) Sukhman Sandhu, Jaskarn Bajwa, Harvey Brar, Kavan Kahlon, Arvind Deol, Krishi Sharma, Haman Grewal, Pardeep Sidhu and Jaydan Bains. Members of the Rick Hansen Secondary School Hurricanes junior basketball team are donating gifts and other Christmas items for a family through the Christmas Bureau, and they’re challenging other Abbotsford teams to do the same.  Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News
OPINION: Decades of failure have left us little choice on climate change

OPINION: Decades of failure have left us little choice on climate change

Failing successive climate promises since the ’90s, the only practical actions are radical and forceful

OPINION: Decades of failure have left us little choice on climate change
The Abbotsford School District board of education held its first public board meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 13. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News

New policy may curb Abbotsford’s participation in youth health survey

Schools making consent policy stricter; survey officials say similar policies affect participation

The Abbotsford School District board of education held its first public board meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 13. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News
A few kindergarten students at King Traditional Elementary School in Abbotsford plant some of the 600 flower bulbs donated to the class by Bulbs4Kids and shared with classes from kindergarten to Grade 5. Mallory Blake/Submitted photo

Abbotsford elementary students plant 600 flower bulbs

King Traditional Elementary K-5 students test out their green thumbs with donation from Bulbs4Kids

A few kindergarten students at King Traditional Elementary School in Abbotsford plant some of the 600 flower bulbs donated to the class by Bulbs4Kids and shared with classes from kindergarten to Grade 5. Mallory Blake/Submitted photo
Sandy Hill Elementary School in Abbotsford. (Abbotsford School District photo)

Parents skeptical as Abbotsford school fills French immersion vacancy

School district says new teacher will start Dec. 1 closing vacancy currently filled by English teacher

Sandy Hill Elementary School in Abbotsford. (Abbotsford School District photo)
Abbotsford School District educator Kimberly Sommer travelled to Edmonton last week to receive a national Indigenous role model award from Indspire. Will Cook, Indspire/Submitted photo

Abbotsford educator receives national Indigenous role model award

Kimberly Sommer travelled to Edmonton last week to receive the Indspire role model award

Abbotsford School District educator Kimberly Sommer travelled to Edmonton last week to receive a national Indigenous role model award from Indspire. Will Cook, Indspire/Submitted photo
King Traditional Elementary School in Abbotsford Photo courtesy of Abbotsford School District

Regulatory confusion over ‘toxic’ stink near Abbotsford school

Officials sniffing out which regulators responsible for enforcing compliance at neighbouring property

King Traditional Elementary School in Abbotsford Photo courtesy of Abbotsford School District
King Traditional Elementary School in Abbotsford Photo courtesy of Abbotsford School District

Stink at Abbotsford school prompts complaints of headaches, nausea

The smell is coming from an unauthorized composting operation and has incurred 15 WorkSafeBC claims

King Traditional Elementary School in Abbotsford Photo courtesy of Abbotsford School District
A group of Indigenous students with the Abbotsford School District got a chance to show off their creative skills through a pair of music videos, produced with Montreal-based non-profit N’we Jinan. N’we Jinan/Submitted photo

Abbotsford Indigenous students show off their skills with music videos

The students had near full creative control of the songs and videos produced with non-profit N’we Jinan

A group of Indigenous students with the Abbotsford School District got a chance to show off their creative skills through a pair of music videos, produced with Montreal-based non-profit N’we Jinan. N’we Jinan/Submitted photo
Crews check the final poles put in place at the North Poplar elementary campus of the Abbotsford School of the Integrated Arts to make sure they are standing up straight before sealing them in place. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News

Abbotsford arts school puts up poles for peace

ASIA elementary put up 21 peace poles to show off the school’s arts side, timed with Remembrance Day

Crews check the final poles put in place at the North Poplar elementary campus of the Abbotsford School of the Integrated Arts to make sure they are standing up straight before sealing them in place. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News
Stan Petersen was named the chair in the Abbotsford school board’s inaugural meeting this week. Photo courtesy of Twitter

Stan Petersen, Rhonda Pauls take top trustee spots in Abbotsford

Petersen, Pauls merry about acclamation to roles of chair, vice chair of school board

Stan Petersen was named the chair in the Abbotsford school board’s inaugural meeting this week. Photo courtesy of Twitter
Staff bustle through the the 5 and 2 Ministries-operated winter shelter at the Mennonite Central Committee space on Gladys Avenue, converting the small space from a warehouse to a temporary winter shelter each night, disassembling the shelter without a trace each morning. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News

Operator, patrons see success at B.C.’s only 50+ shelter in Abbotsford

The shelter, put on by 5 and 2 Ministries, became the first seniors-only shelter last year

Staff bustle through the the 5 and 2 Ministries-operated winter shelter at the Mennonite Central Committee space on Gladys Avenue, converting the small space from a warehouse to a temporary winter shelter each night, disassembling the shelter without a trace each morning. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News
Now back in Abbotsford, two friends, Jeremy Scholing (left) and Matt Burnett, reflect on the night of Halloween, when they helped to possibly save a man’s life after he was struck by a five-ton truck on Lougheed Highway in Pitt Meadows. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News

Abbotsford residents help save life of man hit by 5-ton in Pitt Meadows

Jeremy Scholing and Matt Burnett performed life-saving measures after man struck on Lougheed Highway

Now back in Abbotsford, two friends, Jeremy Scholing (left) and Matt Burnett, reflect on the night of Halloween, when they helped to possibly save a man’s life after he was struck by a five-ton truck on Lougheed Highway in Pitt Meadows. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News
Sandy Hill Elementary School in Abbotsford. Photo courtesy Abbotsford School District

Teacher shortage leaves Abbotsford French immersion class learning in English

Concerned parents seek to speak to school board, advocate for solutions for teacher shortage

Sandy Hill Elementary School in Abbotsford. Photo courtesy Abbotsford School District
Police speak to the driver of a vehicle in the lineup of parents dropping students off at Robert Bateman Secondary School Thursday morning as a police presence at the high school begins to pack up. At least six police vehicles were spotted at the school, with other police vehicles driving past at times. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News

Abbotsford Police investigate alleged ‘violent threat’ made against a student

Investigators on scene Thursday morning at Robert Bateman Secondary

Police speak to the driver of a vehicle in the lineup of parents dropping students off at Robert Bateman Secondary School Thursday morning as a police presence at the high school begins to pack up. At least six police vehicles were spotted at the school, with other police vehicles driving past at times. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News
Attendees of an anti-proportional representation rally (including MP Simon Gibson, holding red sign) and those of a pro-PR counter-rally stand on a sidewalk in Abbotsford’s historic downtown on Saturday to voice their opinions on the current vote on electoral reform. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News

Misleading or lacking info drive Abbotsford prop rep counter-rallies

Attendees against proportional representation decry lack of transparency, pro-PR seeks to inform

Attendees of an anti-proportional representation rally (including MP Simon Gibson, holding red sign) and those of a pro-PR counter-rally stand on a sidewalk in Abbotsford’s historic downtown on Saturday to voice their opinions on the current vote on electoral reform. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News
Each year, Mark Latter and his wife Kelly, along with some help from a few others, spend about seven hours to set up their extensive Halloween setup at their Abbotsford home – intricate decorations that only get fresh air a few hours a year before being put back into storage. Mark Latter/Submitted photo

This may be Abbotsford’s most dedicated Halloween house

Mark Latter says just about everything is handmade and it takes five people seven hours to set up

Each year, Mark Latter and his wife Kelly, along with some help from a few others, spend about seven hours to set up their extensive Halloween setup at their Abbotsford home – intricate decorations that only get fresh air a few hours a year before being put back into storage. Mark Latter/Submitted photo
Dozens of people sifted through Willow View Farms Saturday to pick out their victi– er, pumpkins for some Halloween carving. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News

SLIDESHOW: A day at a pumpkin patch in Abbotsford

Monstrous gourds and scores of pumpkins at Willow View Farms for pumpkin carving season

Dozens of people sifted through Willow View Farms Saturday to pick out their victi– er, pumpkins for some Halloween carving. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News