Jessica Peters

The Abbotsford school district will be using part of the funds sent by the province for food security for a new affordability fund administered by individual schools. (Black Press file photo)

Abbotsford school district creates affordability fund for parents to acccess

Funding can be for food, school supplies, clothing and fees, says school district

The Abbotsford school district will be using part of the funds sent by the province for food security for a new affordability fund administered by individual schools. (Black Press file photo)
Caio de Figueiroa, a 2022 WJ Mouat secondary graduate who is also a Abbotsford Children's Theatre alumni, received a $500 bursary recently. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

Abbotsford Children’s Theatre alumnus rewarded for time spent on the stage

Caio de Figueiroa took part in five productions in his time with the acting group

Caio de Figueiroa, a 2022 WJ Mouat secondary graduate who is also a Abbotsford Children's Theatre alumni, received a $500 bursary recently. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)
The B.C. Electoral Boundaries Commission has released a preliminary report on proposed changes to the province’s electoral districts, including shifts in boundaries in Abbotsford and Mission. (B.C. Electoral Boundaries Commission map)

Preliminary report shows less-dramatic changes to Abbotsford ridings, but Mission gets more compact

Previous proposal redrawn boundaries had Abbotsford’s flood-battered Sumas area in Chilliwack riding

The B.C. Electoral Boundaries Commission has released a preliminary report on proposed changes to the province’s electoral districts, including shifts in boundaries in Abbotsford and Mission. (B.C. Electoral Boundaries Commission map)
The B.C. Electoral Boundaries Commission has released a preliminary report on proposed changes to the province’s electoral districts, including shifts in boundaries in Abbotsford and Mission. (B.C. Electoral Boundaries Commission map)

Preliminary report shows less-dramatic changes to Abbotsford ridings, but Mission gets more compact

Previous proposal redrawn boundaries had Abbotsford’s flood-battered Sumas area in Chilliwack riding

The B.C. Electoral Boundaries Commission has released a preliminary report on proposed changes to the province’s electoral districts, including shifts in boundaries in Abbotsford and Mission. (B.C. Electoral Boundaries Commission map)
Chilliwack school board candidate Margaret Reid and mayoral candidate Ian Carmichael faced off in the first zucchini boat race of the day at the Sardis Neighbourhood Market on Saturday, Oct. 1. (Jessica Peters/Black Press Media)

COLUMN: Forget formal debates, let’s see how you do in a zucchini boat race

A reporter finds out that a lot can be learned about a candidate by how they handle fun competition

Chilliwack school board candidate Margaret Reid and mayoral candidate Ian Carmichael faced off in the first zucchini boat race of the day at the Sardis Neighbourhood Market on Saturday, Oct. 1. (Jessica Peters/Black Press Media)
Scuba diver Heather Godbout took a leap into Harrison Lake on Sunday, keeping the summer season going well into October. (Submitted photo)

Heat records broken in Hope and Abbotsford on Sunday

Swimming in local lakes still an option for some in Fraser Valley communities

Scuba diver Heather Godbout took a leap into Harrison Lake on Sunday, keeping the summer season going well into October. (Submitted photo)
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)