Choosing to Smile fundraiser updated

VWN has partnered with the New Page Human Services Society (NPHSS). To date over $5,000 has been donated with more continuing to come in.

Editor: Black Press

A head shaving fundraising event was held at Undine’s Hair Studio on Young Road, in Chilliwack, on December 30th which was organized by members of the Chilliwack Chapter of Valley Women’s Network (VWN). We wanted to update you about how the fundraising is going to help make Julie Houlker’s bucket wish come true: To live long enough to see her book ‘Choosing to Smile’ become a best seller.

VWN has partnered with the New Page Human Services Society (NPHSS). To date over $5,000 has been donated with more continuing to come in.  If individuals or businesses wish to make a charitable donation and receive a tax receipt please mail the cheques payable to the New Page Human Services Society – Box 998, Hope, B.C., V0X 1L0 — designate ‘Choosing to Smile Book Fund’. Other contributions can be made by visiting any branch of the Envision Credit Union and make a deposit to the Choosing to Smile Book Fund account #1455864.

Teaching and promoting literacy is the primary focus for the Society which operates Pages Book Store. New Page Human Services Society has purchased 205 copies of Choosing to Smile to donate to cancer patients currently in treatment at the Abbotsford and Surrey Cancer Centres. As a patient, you will find the books available for free in the Centres’ library. If you wish to support the cause by purchasing your own copy, Pages Bookstore has a few copies left.

 Although sales of ‘Choosing to Smile’ are going extremely well (over 2000 copies sold to date!) Julie didn’t live long enough to see her bucket wish come true. However, it has made her very happy to see the community rally to support her dream. Julie passed away January 21st surrounded by her family and co-authors.

We appreciate the community for their continued support of this wonderful project which is helping cancer patients currently in treatment to understand the cancer journey a little better and at the same time helping to make a dream come true.

Arnice Asquin

VWN Chilliwack

Choosing to Smile

Book Fund

Just Posted

Cpl. Scott MacLeod and Police Service Dog Jago. Jago was killed in the line of duty on Thursday, June 17. (RCMP)
Abbotsford police, RCMP grieve 4-year-old service dog killed in line of duty

Jago killed by armed suspect during ‘high-risk’ incident in Alberta

Kalyn Head, seen here on June 4, 2021, will be running 100 kilometres for her “birthday marathon” fundraiser on July 23. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Woman’s 100-km birthday marathon from Chilliwack to Abbotsford will benefit Special Olympics B.C.

Kalyn Head hopes run raises awareness, advocates for inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities

Dancers from the Sts’ailes First Nation perform the eagle dance at a welcome banner dedication ceremony on Thursday, June 10. “Ey Swayel” is a Halq̓eméylem term translated as ‘a good day.’ (Adam Louis/Observer)
VIDEO: ‘A good day’ for Agassiz school as Sts’ailes welcome banner is dedicated

Banner hangs above the school’s entrance, welcoming students, staff and visitors

Missing Abbotsford man Adam Hobbs was found deceased on Thursday evening (June 17).
Body of missing Abbotsford man Adam Hobbs found

Hobbs was reported missing Monday after leaving his job site in Langley

UFV athletes were honoured for their strength and perseverance during the pandemic. (UFV photo)
Fraser Valley athletes recognized in year without sports

UFV Cascades athletes honoured for strength shown during the pandemic

Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship during a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada to welcome 45,000 refugees this year, says immigration minister

Canada plans to increase persons admitted from 23,500 to 45,000 and expedite permanent residency applications

Emily Steele holds up a collage of her son, 16-year-old Elijah-Iain Beauregard who was stabbed and killed in June 2019, outside of Kelowna Law Courts on June 18. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Kelowna woman who fatally stabbed teen facing up to 1.5 years of jail time

Her jail sentence would be followed by an additional one to 1.5 years of supervision

The George Road wildfire near Lytton, B.C., has grown to 250 hectares. (BC Wildfire Service)
B.C. drone sighting halts helicopters fighting 250 hectares of wildfire

‘If a drone collides with firefighting aircraft the consequences could be deadly,’ says BC Wildfire Service

A dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is pictured at a vaccination site in Vancouver Thursday, March 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
NACI advice to mix vaccines gets varied reaction from AstraZeneca double-dosers

NACI recommends an mRNA vaccine for all Canadians receiving a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine

A aerial view shows the debris going into Quesnel Lake caused by a tailings pond breach near the town of Likely, B.C., Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Updated tailings code after Mount Polley an improvement: B.C. mines auditor

British Columbia’s chief auditor of mines has found changes to the province’s requirements for tailings storage facilities

A North Vancouver man was arrested Friday and three police officers were injured after a 10-person broke out at English Bay on June 19, 2021. (Youtube/Screen grab)
Man arrested, 3 police injured during 10-person brawl at Vancouver beach

The arrest was captured on video by bystanders, many of whom heckled the officers as they struggled with the handcuffed man

Surrey Fire Service battled a dock fire along the Fraser River late Friday night (June 18). It was on Musqueam Drive, near Industrial Road, around 10:45 p.m. (Photo: Shane MacKichan)
VIDEO: Fire engulfs pier on Surrey side of the Fraser River

Dock has reportedly been unused for a long time

People in Metro Vancouver can expect to experience a short wave of heat just in time for Father’s Day, according to Environment Canada. (Black Press Media files)
Short-lived heatwave headed for Metro Vancouver this weekend

Temperatures are expected to be up to 10 degrees higher than average Sunday and Monday

Most Read