Power of Good

Welcome to a host of heartfelt community stories, and be introduced to countless private individuals and organizations and the great work they do. The ‘Power of Good’ showcases stories from around the province that have been published in print and online media. See the positive and uplifting contributions individuals and organizations have made to make their communities a better place to live, work and play.

#OneBagChallenge brings donations to Agassiz food bank

By on August 31, 2016

It seems like there’s always another social media challenge to participate in, but it’s rare to see one that affects your local community. The #onebagchallenge does just that.

It’s quite simple: “Somebody brings a bag into their local food bank of non-expired, non-perishable food items, and then they tag five of their friends [on Facebook] to do the same,” Jen Sibley, Agassiz-Harrison Community Services‘ events coordinator, explained.

The initiative started in Kelowna when the mayor posted a video to Facebook challenging others to bring a bag of non-perishable food items to their local food bank.

Since then, the challenge has gone viral with communities all over Canada, and even premier Christy Clark participating.

And with the end of summer nearing, the challenge couldn’t have come at a better time for the Agassiz-Harrison Community Services Food Bank.

“Summer is always so hard for the food bank. People are always busy with other things,” Sibley said. “Now that we’re coming into September and school is starting, we’ll have a lot more traffic through the food bank because of that.

“If it’s the one-bag challenge, even if it’s food drives, we need help. All we have right now is maybe a week or two of donations.”

So far, only a handful of Agassiz residents have taken aprt, but Sibley is hoping to see an increase.

“The need is there and it’s a fun way to help out,” she said. “It’s a good way of challenging your friends.”

Anyone interested can drop a bag of non-perishable food off at the Agassiz-Harrison Community Services Food Bank at 7086 Cheam Ave.

Superheroes band together for super kids in Langford

By on August 23, 2016

The wind didn’t put a stop to last Sunday’s Super Summer Kids Day at Westhills Stadium in Langford. The event, hosted by Superheroes of Victoria, paired with generous private donations, raised $3,500 in support of the B.C. Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Langley university president pedals for Parkinson’s research

By on August 18, 2016

Trinity Western University president Bob Kuhn is captain of Team TWU which will take part in a fundraising bike ride Saturday, Aug. 20. — image credit: TWU Bob Kuhn is getting out from behind the desk of running Trinity Western University

Surrey man with cerebral palsy helps others see their value

By on August 12, 2016

 By  Amy Reid – Surrey Now As a single parent with cerebral palsy, Neil Matheson chooses to focus on his abilities, not his disabilities. “I would say that my confidence was instilled in me from my parents at a very

Nelson college student wins scholarship for women in trades

By on August 4, 2016

By  Bill Metcalfe – Nelson Star When 19-year-old Emily Musa was presented with the inaugural $2,000 Bev LaPointe Memorial Scholarship for Women in Trades last week, many of her family members attended because they knew the struggles she’d gone through

Donations sought for Maple Ridge ‘hero’ mom

By on August 4, 2016

By  Troy Landreville – Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Times A GoFundMe page has been set up to help cancer patient (and hero mom) Lelania Chapman. A mother to three sons, Chapman made headlines – and was lauded by the community –

Penticton animal rescue group receives $20,000 for seniors-youth project

By on July 18, 2016

By  Staff Writer – Penticton Western News An animal rescue group in Penticton has been awarded more than $20,000 by the federal government’s New Horizons for Seniors Program. The AlleyCATS Alliance Society will use the funds to create a cat

Terrace non-profit organization builds schools in Uganda

By on July 8, 2016

By  Ben Bengtson – Terrace Standard The founder of a local non-profit organization that supports vulnerable youth in Uganda says the group is close to raising the $25,000 needed to help build a second school there. Ekitangaala Ministries founder Sydney

Chilliwack family’s tragedy softened by acts of giving

By on July 6, 2016

By  Jessica Peters – Chilliwack Progress Angela Pratt and her two young children arrived in Alberta this week to enjoy some warm family hospitality. But it’s less of a summer holiday for the Chilliwack family, and more of a necessary