EDITORIAL: An inspiring community

It is truly inspiring and fulfilling to see what this community can do when there is need.

It is truly inspiring and fulfilling to see what this community can do when there is need.

On Nov. 11, Bill and Ann Connor came home from their morning coffee outing to find their humble little house on Downes Road had been gutted by fire. The couple, both in their 80s, were not insured.

As soon as the media carried the story, the community support began to pour in, and the Abbotsford Firefighters Charitable Society and the Abbotsford Police Union teamed up to coordinate the offers of help.

By last weekend, it began to appear that so much volunteer labour and donated household items and supplies were available, that the Connors’ home could be rebuilt and refurnished, without even touching the trust fund set up for them.

On Wednesday, more than 20 police officers, firefighters and members of the public gathered at the site for the first day of a monumental volunteer effort that will see the home restored by Christmas.

Everything required to rebuild the bungalow – from building material to appliances to furniture – has been donated.

Tradespeople have come forward to take care of the skilled labour required, and handymen from all callings are lending a hand.

Abbotsford Police Sgt. Judy Dizy who, along with her firefighter husband, is heading the effort, said the outpouring of support has been “very emotional.

“The fact that the community can always come together and always support each other – what more can you ask for?”

What more indeed?

To all of the people and businesses who stepped up for the Connors, thank you.

You make Abbotsford proud.

Just Posted

Block Party at The Reach celebrates diversity

Free event on March 21 at Abbotsford site includes music, fashion and more

Historic ‘Sumas Powerhouse’ in Abbotsford going up for auction

Former B.C. Electric substation - now a redesigned luxury property - open for bids starting Friday

Newcomers gather in Abbotsford to celebrate International Women’s Day

Ladies Night event features art, music and dance from many cultures

Abbotsford athletes Friesen, Hadwin earn Sport BC awards

Volleyball player, golfer amongst athletes honoured

Your daily commute and weather forecast: Mar. 19, 2019

We’re expected to see a record high for March 19, beating the 1960 record of 20 C by three degrees

Five highlights in the 2019 federal budget

Latest budget includes a sprinkling of money for voters across a wide spectrum

Dutch police question new suspect in deadly tram shooting

Police are looking for additional suspects in the shooting

Starbucks to test recyclable cups, redesign stores in B.C., U.S. cities

The company also said it plans to redesign its stores as it adapts to increasing mobile pick-up and delivery orders

In pre-election budget, Liberals boost infrastructure cash to cities, broadband

The budget document says the Liberals have approved more than 33,000 projects, worth about $19.9 billion in federal financing

‘That’s a load of crap’: Dog poop conspiracy spreads in White Rock

Allegation picked up steam through a Facebook page run by a city councillor

Facebook to overhaul ad targeting to prevent discrimination

The company is also paying about $5 million to cover plaintiffs’ legal fees and other costs

B.C. mosque part of open-house effort launched in wake of New Zealand shootings

The ‘Visit a Mosque’ campaign aims to combat Islamophobia

Teacher reprimanded after incident with Grade 11 student in school gym

Gregory Norman Brock was teaching at a high school in the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows School District

Explosives unit brought in after suspicious boxes left at B.C. RCMP detachment

Nanaimo RCMP issues all clear after packages were found on lawn earlier in the day

Most Read