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Fraser Valley Focus

The Podcast For The People and Businesses of the Communities from Delta to Hope, BC!

Community Development

Reducing Your Plastic Consumption with Salina Derish of Pick Eco Zero Waste Grocery Store in Chilliwack

While some plastic use is absolutely necessary and saves lives, such as in the medical field, others are totally optional. What if you could reduce your plastic use by 20%? 50%? What if our ultimate goal was over 90%? Here to talk to us today about this very real possibility is a woman who puts her money where her mouth is. With her husband, she’s the owner of a new retail store that not only offers refillable packaging on things like bulk foods, but also things like shampoo, household cleaners, coffee, and much more. They also own and operate a commercial composting company that picks up from stores and residential developments. Please welcome the owner of the ZERO-WASTE grocery store “Pick Eco Refills” in Chilliwack, Salina Derish.

Virtual Doctor Appointments and More: Changes to Health Care, With Dr. Ruby Gupta

So many things have changed in the last year, and one of the biggest is how our health care is managed. More and more, we’ve already seen opportunities for virtual doctor appointments, including video calls, phone appointments, and perhaps in cases such as renewing prescriptions, no appointments at all. What does all of this mean? Is it more cost-effective and convenient for both us and the medical system? What about health care workers who can now work virtually?

Scholarships, And So Much More: The Abbotsford Community Foundation, with Wendy Neufeld

Supporting a community happens in so many ways, both large and small. Perhaps it’s about fostering education through scholarships and grants, perhaps it’s about sharing our heritage stories, and let’s not forget supporting programs for youth, including sports, nutrition, camps, and so much more. The people behind many of these community building programs in the City of Abbotsford is the Abbotsford Community Foundation. This one organization funds a truly surprising number of programs all across the spectrum of things for kids from one day to one hundred, and more!