Walter’s Story: Starting and Growing Community Services

Walter’s Story: Starting and Growing Community Services

Building a Foundation in Social Justice In the 1960s, Walter Paetkau was a teacher in Edmonton, a job he trained for and assumed he’d have until retirement. But when Walter took time off to study for his Master of Divinity degree, his experiences changed the course of...
30 Years of Serving the Community

30 Years of Serving the Community

“I started as a lot of people do here – for 10 hours per week,” shares Manpreet Grewal, the director of the Multicultural and Immigrant Integration Department at Abbotsford Community Services (ACS). At that time, 30 years ago, there was no Multicultural Department....
Three Friends Join Forces To Make A Difference

Three Friends Join Forces To Make A Difference

​This week I had the pleasure of meeting three volunteers who are working as Friendship-Based Mentors for newcomers through the Community Connections program. Maureen, Janice and Connie, jointly mentor a family who is new to Canada and now living here in Abbotsford.It...
Danielle Miller shares Brave Story

Danielle Miller shares Brave Story

We are incredibly grateful that Danielle Miller of The HABIT Project shared her story of post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety with This Is Brave, and allowed us to share it with you. We encourage you to read her recount of living in fear and feeling brave again...