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Vasyl Davydenko and Dmytro Borovyk were able to come to Canada as immigrants under the Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET) program. (Contributed)

Ukraine couple find safe harbour in Salmon Arm

‘Thus it was dangerous for us, a same sex couple, to be there and be ourselves’

  • Nov 21, 2022
Vasyl Davydenko and Dmytro Borovyk were able to come to Canada as immigrants under the Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET) program. (Contributed)
The annual Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity Awards will be presented in March in Abbotsford. Nominations are now being accepted. (Urban Fig Photography)

Nominations open for 2023 Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity Awards

Recipients from Abbotsford, Mission, Chilliwack and Langley to be honoured in March

The annual Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity Awards will be presented in March in Abbotsford. Nominations are now being accepted. (Urban Fig Photography)
Millionaire Lottery spokesperson Todd Talbot at one of this year’s Grand Prize homes – a 5,180 sq. ft. prize home worth over $3.2 million. Photo courtesy VGH+UBC Hospital Foundation

You could live like a multi-Millionaire – in the lottery home of your choice!

Millionaire Lottery winner to choose 1 of 10 prize options; proceeds support life-saving care at VGH

  • Nov 21, 2022
Millionaire Lottery spokesperson Todd Talbot at one of this year’s Grand Prize homes – a 5,180 sq. ft. prize home worth over $3.2 million. Photo courtesy VGH+UBC Hospital Foundation
A screening of the film Love in the Time of Fentanyl takes place in Abbotsford on Thursday, Nov. 24. (Screenshot from film)

Screening of overdose-crisis documentary takes place in Abbotsford

Love in the Time of Fentanyl followed by panel discussion on Nov. 24

A screening of the film Love in the Time of Fentanyl takes place in Abbotsford on Thursday, Nov. 24. (Screenshot from film)
The Abbotsford Disaster Relief Fund is continuing to help flood-impacted farmers and others with their recovery efforts. (Submitted photo)

Abbotsford Disaster Relief Fund raises $4.4 million

Donations help farmers, businesses and organizations in recovery work

The Abbotsford Disaster Relief Fund is continuing to help flood-impacted farmers and others with their recovery efforts. (Submitted photo)
Pictured are (from left) Doris McGill and Bill McGill of the Abbotsford Lodge of the Freemasons; Carol Lyle, Worthy Matron and Margaret Garnier of the Order of the Eastern Star; Chantelle Bowles of Dave Lede House; and Percy Gantz and Karl Ellingsen of the Pacific Lodge.

Abbotsford organizations donate to Canuck Place Children’s Hospice

More than $1,000 donated by Freemasons and the Order of the Eastern Star

Pictured are (from left) Doris McGill and Bill McGill of the Abbotsford Lodge of the Freemasons; Carol Lyle, Worthy Matron and Margaret Garnier of the Order of the Eastern Star; Chantelle Bowles of Dave Lede House; and Percy Gantz and Karl Ellingsen of the Pacific Lodge.
University of the Fraser Valley held its Town & Gown event on Nov. 10 at its Abbotsford campus. (UFV photo)

UFV’s Town and Gown event in Abbotsford raises $210K for scholarships

University of the Fraser Valley more than doubles its goal at gala on Nov. 10

University of the Fraser Valley held its Town & Gown event on Nov. 10 at its Abbotsford campus. (UFV photo)
Jen Maxwell has won a Governor General’s History Award for excellence in teaching, for a project she undertook with her Grade 12 students at W.J. Mouat secondary in Abbotsford. (Submitted photo)

Abbotsford teacher to receive Governor General’s history award

School project that explored progress on 94 Calls to Action earns Canada’s top history prize

Jen Maxwell has won a Governor General’s History Award for excellence in teaching, for a project she undertook with her Grade 12 students at W.J. Mouat secondary in Abbotsford. (Submitted photo)
Eleven Abbotsford Police officers have been named to Alexa’s Team for the number of impaired-driving investigations they completed in 2021. Missing from the photos is Const. Jenni Richter.

11 Abbotsford Police officers honoured for impaired-driving investigations

Officers named to Alexa’s Team for completing at least 12 investigations in 2021

Eleven Abbotsford Police officers have been named to Alexa’s Team for the number of impaired-driving investigations they completed in 2021. Missing from the photos is Const. Jenni Richter.
Author and columnist Jack Knox. (Submitted photo.)
Author and columnist Jack Knox. (Submitted photo.)
Abbotsford Police Chief Mike Serr with Sandy Blue, vice-president of the Abbotsford Police Foundation, at the annual Crime is Toast event on Oct. 5 at Tradex.
Abbotsford Police Chief Mike Serr with Sandy Blue, vice-president of the Abbotsford Police Foundation, at the annual Crime is Toast event on Oct. 5 at Tradex.
Laurie Brooks shares her story of using psilocybin (magic mushrooms) during her cancer journey in the documentary Dosed 2: The Trip of a Lifetime. (Screenshot from film)

Abbotsford woman featured in film about psilocybin use in cancer treatment

Laurie Brooks shares her story in Dosed 2: The Trip of a Lifetime

Laurie Brooks shares her story of using psilocybin (magic mushrooms) during her cancer journey in the documentary Dosed 2: The Trip of a Lifetime. (Screenshot from film)
The Mercado Latino Society holds regular events throughout the Fraser Valley, bringing together Latino merchants and businesses in one place, to help create community while supporting each other. (Mercado Latino Society Facebook)

Fraser Valley Latino community growing stronger with new society

Mercada Latino Society started in one woman’s driveway and now has 60 vendors

The Mercado Latino Society holds regular events throughout the Fraser Valley, bringing together Latino merchants and businesses in one place, to help create community while supporting each other. (Mercado Latino Society Facebook)
Members of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Ken Tjensvold (left), Christopher McGuire and Lesley Kristiansen (far right) present a $1,000 donation to Meghan Kellington, co-ordinator with the Starfish Pack program in Abbotsford. (Submitted photo)

Eagles club in Abbotsford donates $1,000 to Starfish Pack program

Money was raised at Hotel California: The Original Eagles Tribute on Oct. 20

Members of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Ken Tjensvold (left), Christopher McGuire and Lesley Kristiansen (far right) present a $1,000 donation to Meghan Kellington, co-ordinator with the Starfish Pack program in Abbotsford. (Submitted photo)
The five book houses with murals on them were unveiled at Fairfield Park in Chilliwack on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Little house-shaped libraries double as public art in 5 Chilliwack parks

Project a team effort by Gore Brothers, Rotary, local artist Jack Hendsbee and others

The five book houses with murals on them were unveiled at Fairfield Park in Chilliwack on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Sourav Arora speaks at the AbbyMUN 2021 conference held at Abbotsford Senior Secondary School. (Submitted photo)

Model United Nations conference for students to take place in Abbotsford

Free event planned for Saturday, Nov. 19 at Abby Senior to address global issues

Sourav Arora speaks at the AbbyMUN 2021 conference held at Abbotsford Senior Secondary School. (Submitted photo)
Artist Chantelle Trainor-Matties stands in front of her mural at the Chilliwack Library on Nov. 8, 2022. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

New ‘nature and nurture’ mural welcomes parents, kids to children’s area at Chilliwack Library

Otters, eagles, wolves part of mural by Indigenous artist Chantelle Trainor-Matties

Artist Chantelle Trainor-Matties stands in front of her mural at the Chilliwack Library on Nov. 8, 2022. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Steve Pederson stands guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Confederation Square, in Ottawa. Pederson recently completed his seven-week sentry duty. Photo supplied

B.C. man completes seven-week term guarding the Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier

Master Corporal Steve Pederson has been a Canadian Ranger for 31 years.…

Steve Pederson stands guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Confederation Square, in Ottawa. Pederson recently completed his seven-week sentry duty. Photo supplied
Members of the Abbotford Quilters Guild are participating in the Quilts of Valour Canada project, which provides quilts to military members to thank them for their service. (Submitted photo)

Abbotsford Quilters Guild participates in nation-wide project

Quilts of Valour thanks military members for their service and sacrifice

Members of the Abbotford Quilters Guild are participating in the Quilts of Valour Canada project, which provides quilts to military members to thank them for their service. (Submitted photo)
Placing coins on gravestones is a practice that is believed to have started during the Vietnam War. (Black Press Media file photo)

Coins on tombstones, an American tradition that has gradually taken root in Canada

Denomination of coin can show relationship to fallen soldier

  • Nov 11, 2022
Placing coins on gravestones is a practice that is believed to have started during the Vietnam War. (Black Press Media file photo)