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Jory Smallenberg and her co-speaker for the 2022 Character Abbotsford Conference Abbotsford, Olympic hopeful Jasmit Phulka. (Photo credit: Vijay Manuel)

World-travelled Abbotsford grad hopes to spark inspiration in youth at conference

Jory Smallenberg one of several speakers lined up for annual Character Abbotsford conference Oct. 21

Jory Smallenberg and her co-speaker for the 2022 Character Abbotsford Conference Abbotsford, Olympic hopeful Jasmit Phulka. (Photo credit: Vijay Manuel)
The new board for Character Abby are (left to right) Vijay Manuel, Jory Smallenberg, Sir James Barlow, Shelly Avram, Bev Olfert and Julius Siebenga. Not pictured but in the board are also Wendy Neufeld and Mike Serr. (Submitted photo)

Character Abbotsford elects new board of directors

Organization is excited to be bringing its conference on homelessness together in October

The new board for Character Abby are (left to right) Vijay Manuel, Jory Smallenberg, Sir James Barlow, Shelly Avram, Bev Olfert and Julius Siebenga. Not pictured but in the board are also Wendy Neufeld and Mike Serr. (Submitted photo)
People took the time to do a Story Walk in front of Clearbrook Library on Friday, Sept. 30, as they honoured the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The story is called Sema:th Xo:tsa: Great Gramma’s Lake, and tells the story of how Abbotsford’s Sumas Lake being drained affected Indigenous people then and now. (Jessica Peters/Abbotsford News)

Abbotsford woman provides quiet opportunity for reflection on residential schools

Armed with artwork, flowers and cards, Glenna Lundberg creates space for Truth and Reconciliation

People took the time to do a Story Walk in front of Clearbrook Library on Friday, Sept. 30, as they honoured the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The story is called Sema:th Xo:tsa: Great Gramma’s Lake, and tells the story of how Abbotsford’s Sumas Lake being drained affected Indigenous people then and now. (Jessica Peters/Abbotsford News)
The Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce hosted a mayoral all-candidates meeting on Sept. 28 at the Matsqui Centennial Auditorium. From left to right, they are Manjit Sohi, Troy Gaspar and Ross Siemens. A fourth mayoral candidate, Dave Pellikaan, did not participate. (Jessica Peters/Abbotsford News)

Abbotsford mayoral candidate says council ‘punched above weight class’ during floods

Mayoral hopefuls take on business and development concerns at Chamber-led event

The Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce hosted a mayoral all-candidates meeting on Sept. 28 at the Matsqui Centennial Auditorium. From left to right, they are Manjit Sohi, Troy Gaspar and Ross Siemens. A fourth mayoral candidate, Dave Pellikaan, did not participate. (Jessica Peters/Abbotsford News)
The Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce hosted a mayoral all-candidates meeting on Sept. 28 at the Matsqui Centennial Auditorium. Three of the four mayoral candidates participated. (Jessica Peters/Abbotsford News)

Abbotsford mayoral debate digs into delays for building permits, rising housing costs

Candidates take on tough questions from Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce in first election debate

The Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce hosted a mayoral all-candidates meeting on Sept. 28 at the Matsqui Centennial Auditorium. Three of the four mayoral candidates participated. (Jessica Peters/Abbotsford News)
Abbotsford Police have released a composite sketch of a suspect in an assault on Pearl Avenue on Aug. 13. (Abbotsford Police Department image)

Abbotsford Police release sketch of suspect in assault investigation

Suspect allegedly assaulted young person after confrontation about vandalism

Abbotsford Police have released a composite sketch of a suspect in an assault on Pearl Avenue on Aug. 13. (Abbotsford Police Department image)
The Canadian Walk for Veterans left Mill Lake Park in Abbotsford on Saturday led by bagpipers. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

Abbotsford’s first Canadian Walk for Veterans draws crowds

No One Left Behind was the theme as walk shines light on Afghan immigration promise

The Canadian Walk for Veterans left Mill Lake Park in Abbotsford on Saturday led by bagpipers. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)
A storywalk is in place this week outside the Clearbrook Library, as part of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Abbotsford. The beginning of the walk is marked near the front of the library, and viewers can read the panels of the book as they walk through the park. (Jessica Peters/Abbotsford News)

Truth and Reconciliation Day includes lessons for Abbotsford teachers, story walk

Events planned through the Fraser Valley include pow wow and other gatherings

A storywalk is in place this week outside the Clearbrook Library, as part of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Abbotsford. The beginning of the walk is marked near the front of the library, and viewers can read the panels of the book as they walk through the park. (Jessica Peters/Abbotsford News)
A basic intermediate classroom at Irene Kelleher Totí:ltawtxw elementary in Abbotsford. Getting the school finished was a major project over the summer for the district. (Jessica Peters/Abbotsford News)

Elementary and middle school enrolment still on the rise in Abbotsford

Annual reports the main business as board of education cracks books open

A basic intermediate classroom at Irene Kelleher Totí:ltawtxw elementary in Abbotsford. Getting the school finished was a major project over the summer for the district. (Jessica Peters/Abbotsford News)
A house fire on Feb. 28 in Abbotsford. Firefighters are pushing for the city to hire more people so they can increase the number of firefighters available at any time in Abbotsford. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

Abbotsford firefighters sounding alarm over lack of resources

While calls have more than doubled over 10 years, hiring hasn’t kept up with that pace

A house fire on Feb. 28 in Abbotsford. Firefighters are pushing for the city to hire more people so they can increase the number of firefighters available at any time in Abbotsford. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)
The Golf Fore Your Hospitals Golf Tournament at Sandpiper Resort in Harrison Mills was a fun-filled event that raised more than $90,000 for hospital needs in Mission, Abbotsford, Hope and Chilliwack. (Submitted photo)

Golfers make big gains for Fraser Valley hospitals

More than $90,000 raised at Sandpiper Resort for Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation initiatives

The Golf Fore Your Hospitals Golf Tournament at Sandpiper Resort in Harrison Mills was a fun-filled event that raised more than $90,000 for hospital needs in Mission, Abbotsford, Hope and Chilliwack. (Submitted photo)
Rod Santiago from Archway Community Services laughs as he tries out the built-in reading nooks in the library at Irene Kelleher Totí:ltawtxw Elementary School in Abbotsford during a tour of the new school. (Jessica Peters/Abbotsford News)

Inclusion and Indigenous culture featured throughout Abbotsford’s newest school

Official opening of Irene Kelleher Totí:ltawtxw elementary included tours and speeches

Rod Santiago from Archway Community Services laughs as he tries out the built-in reading nooks in the library at Irene Kelleher Totí:ltawtxw Elementary School in Abbotsford during a tour of the new school. (Jessica Peters/Abbotsford News)
A man was caught east of the Sumas border in the United States after illegally crossing with a bag of ketamine on him on Sunday (Sept. 18) just after midnight. (U.S. Border Patrol image)

Man caught by U.S. border agents with bag of ketamine near Abbotsford

Man had entered U.S. illegally in rural area east of Sumas border crossing

A man was caught east of the Sumas border in the United States after illegally crossing with a bag of ketamine on him on Sunday (Sept. 18) just after midnight. (U.S. Border Patrol image)
Mark National Forest Week with a guided hike in Mission’s municipal forest on Saturday, Sept. 24. (Pixabay image)

Mark National Forest Week with guided hike in Mission’s municipal forest

Mission’s was the first community forest in Canada, operating since 1958

Mark National Forest Week with a guided hike in Mission’s municipal forest on Saturday, Sept. 24. (Pixabay image)
Abbotsford Police are investigating a home invasion in Aldergrove on Sept. 18 and asking for any footage from around the time of the incident. (File photo)

Abbotsford Police investigating home invasion in Aldergrove

Residents of Fraser Highway home not injured but badly shaken; Police looking for possible footage

Abbotsford Police are investigating a home invasion in Aldergrove on Sept. 18 and asking for any footage from around the time of the incident. (File photo)
Communities in the upper Fraser Valley have received provincial funds to prepare for extreme heat. The funding was announced Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022. (Unsplash photo)

Mission and Fraser Valley First Nation bands to get extreme heat funding

New funding will help communities prepare for extreme heat event as they become more common

Communities in the upper Fraser Valley have received provincial funds to prepare for extreme heat. The funding was announced Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022. (Unsplash photo)
An all-candidates meeting featuring mayoral and council candidates is being organized for Sept. 30 at the Garden Park Tower on Clearbrook Road in Abbotsford. (Abbotsford News file photo)

Abbotsford mayoral and council candidates to gather for ACM Sept. 30

Clearbrook Golden Age Society hosting event as chance to hear from all candidates

An all-candidates meeting featuring mayoral and council candidates is being organized for Sept. 30 at the Garden Park Tower on Clearbrook Road in Abbotsford. (Abbotsford News file photo)
There are 40 pieces of art that have been created and donated by Fraser Valley artists, including this piece by Marie Bellanger, that will be auctioned through the UFV Wildlife Protection Club. Proceeds go to the Fraser Valley Conservancy. (Marie Bellanger art)

UFV art auction to support local wildlife going live

UFV Wildlife Protection Club raising funds to support Fraser Valley Conservancy

There are 40 pieces of art that have been created and donated by Fraser Valley artists, including this piece by Marie Bellanger, that will be auctioned through the UFV Wildlife Protection Club. Proceeds go to the Fraser Valley Conservancy. (Marie Bellanger art)
Christian Lane (right) is the team lead for the Abbotsford Canadian Walk For Veterans. It’s the fifth year for the annual walk, and the first for one to be held in Abbotsford. Here he is with Randie Scott (middle) who served in Afghanistan, and Marc Burchell, co-founder and co-national organizer of the Canadian Walk for Veterans and former President of Equitas Society during a taping of his podcast. (Christian Lane photo)

Canadian Walk for Veterans comes to Abbotsford’s Mill Lake Park

Registration and participation helps shine a light on service given by veterans and Afghanis

Christian Lane (right) is the team lead for the Abbotsford Canadian Walk For Veterans. It’s the fifth year for the annual walk, and the first for one to be held in Abbotsford. Here he is with Randie Scott (middle) who served in Afghanistan, and Marc Burchell, co-founder and co-national organizer of the Canadian Walk for Veterans and former President of Equitas Society during a taping of his podcast. (Christian Lane photo)
Graham Evan MacDonell. (Submitted photo)

Graham MacDonell running again for Abbotsford school trustee position

Former police service communications manager and journalist hoping to clinch board seat

Graham Evan MacDonell. (Submitted photo)
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