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DSS teacher’s son diagnosed with rare disease

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North Delta library celebrates milestone

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Firefighter sets record ❙ B5 But new mark doesn’t last long at nationals


Cops for Cancer teams ready to ride ❙ Evan Seal


- Boaz Joseph

Surrey North Delta Leader

❙ North Delta artists join forces First-ever Studio Stomp hopes to attract art lovers to local scene. See B6

High above the Bollywood Banquet Hall at 8166 128 St. in Surrey, childhood cancer survivor Simran Sarai helped Delta Police Const. Ken Usipiuk kick off the annual Cops for Cancer Tour De Valley fundraising campaign on Friday. Each fall, more than 100 law enforcement and emergency services personnel from across B.C. commit hundreds of hours of their own time to cycle thousands of kilometers across the province. Schools, organizations, businesses and individuals in more than 60 B.C. communities show their support by organizing fundraising events and activities and pledging to raise thousands of dollars. Simran was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia when she was six years old. Now 13, she has been five years free of the disease and spent Friday afternoon helping Usipiuk raise awareness for this year’s Cops for Cancer campaign. Usipiuk spent the weekend camped out 15 metres above the mall on a scissor lift to draw attention to the upcoming fundraising cycling tour. Surrey and Delta riders take part in the Cops for Cancer Tour de Valley, which sees them cycle 900 kilometers over nine days from Tsawwassen to Boston Bar. Over the years, Tour de Valley has raised more than $4 million. This year’s ride gets under way Sept. 26 and goes until Oct. 4. Cops for Cancer aims to show families who have a child with cancer that they do not have to face their journey alone.

180 Days of Learning! Want to know what’s happening in schools in Delta? Hear it directly from those involved! Every school day a story will be posted on from a teacher, student, principal, support staff or parent exemplifying the innovative teaching and learning happening right here in the Delta School District! You can also connect with us:

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Delta Community Update Delta Community Update SEPTEMBER 2013 SEPTEMBER 2013 My Health My Community My Health My Community Complete the My Health My Community survey and help to develop strategies that promote heath and wellness in your community! Complete the My Health My Community survey and help to develop strategies that promote heath and wellness in yourand community! For more information about this initiative to access the survey, visit For more information about this initiative and to access the survey, visit Children’s Swap Meet Children’s SwapCentre Meet North Delta Recreation is the place to be on October 19 if you’re looking for baby books, accessories, and clothes. North Delta Recreation Centre is the place to be on October 19 if you’re Admission tobaby this bargain hunter’s paradise is free and the Swap Meet runs looking for books, accessories, and clothes. from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Admission to this bargain hunter’s paradise is free and the Swap Meet runs from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Halloween Events

Halloween Events It’s time to get spooky! Halloween events abound throughout Delta, providing thrills and chills for the young and old alike: It’s time to get spooky! Halloween events abound throughout Delta, providing • Family Fright Fest – October 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm at McKee thrills and chills for the young and old24, alike: Heritage House and surrounding area in Ladner • Family Fright Fest – October 24, 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm at McKee • Halloween Skate & surrounding Costume Parties Heritage House and area in Ladner o Sungod (October LadnerParties Leisure Centre (October 26), and • Halloween Skate & 24), Costume South Delta Recreation Centre (October 30) o Sungod (October 24), Ladner Leisure Centre (October 26), and • Halloween Swims SouthSpooktacular Delta Recreation Centre (October 30) o Sungod (October 26), Ladner Leisure Centre (October 25, 26), Winskill (October 26) • Halloween Spooktacular Swims o for Sungod (October 26), Centre (October 25, 26), Winskill (October 26) Visit full details on all of Ladner Delta’s Leisure Halloween events. Halloween & Healthy Visit delta.cathe forFun full details on all Way! of Delta’s Halloween events. all Delta recreation centres will be selling books of 10 child drop-in admission coupons Starting October Halloween the1stFun & Healthy Way! for $10. Coupons are redeemable November 1st to December 1st – perfect for dropping in trick-or-treat st Starting October 1 all Delta recreation centres will be selling books of 10 child drop-in admission coupons bags! for $10. Coupons are redeemable November 1st to December 1st – perfect for dropping in trick-or-treat bags!

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❙ Pam Mann is hoping to support an experimental UK trial that offers hope of treating her son Eshaan’s alkapotunuria, or ‘black bone disease.’ Evan Seal photo


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A Delta Secondary School teacher is breaking her silence on an “ultra rare” genetic disease that her son has in the hopes of raising money for an experimental trial in the United Kingdom. Pam Mann says her son Eshaan, who turned seven years old on Sept. 24, was born with alkapotonuria (AKU), an incurable disease so rare that only one in 250,000 people are born with it. AKU is more commonly known as ‘black bone disease’ because often people with AKU don’t know they have it until a surgeon cuts them open and finds out their bones are black. Eshaan is the only known patient in the province with AKU and the only one B.C. Children’s Hospital has ever seen. “A lot of people at school are asking me, why didn’t you tell us, why didn’t you say anything,” says Mann, who lives in Surrey. “But we didn’t want anybody’s pity. We didn’t want anybody feeling sorry for us and there’s nothing anybody could do.” When Eshaan was born his mother noticed his urine had a red appearance.

Although normal for many infants, Eshaan’s discoloration persisted. “We became quite alarmed,” says Mann. “We talked to three pediatricians and they all said he’s developing fine, we’ve done the tests, there’s no blood in the urine so it’s something you’re eating. They just kind of dismissed it.” But Mann found that when she washed her son’s cloth diapers the urine wouldn’t wash out completely, leaving a black mark behind permanently. So they took the diapers in for a chemical analysis. Six months later the biochemical diseases lab at B.C. Children’s Hospital confirmed Eshaan has two recessive genes from both parents responsible for AKU. Eshaan is missing an enzyme that should be breaking down the homogentisic acid that is being deposited into his joints, heart, and internal organs. Over time the acid will eat up his cartilage leaving him in a wheelchair by the age of 20, and he will also develop heart disease and other serious health complications. Mann says Eshaan is still an outwardly normal child who isn’t yet aware of his condition.

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George Mackie Library turns 30

❙ George Mackie Library in North Delta is celebrating its 30th anniversary this month. Rob Mangelsdorf

At the heart of North Delta lies the George Mackie Library, which has served as a hub for the community for 30 years. North Delta Library was opened in 1972, due to the efforts of George Thomas Mackie, who campaigned for funding as well as organizing volunteers to contribute some of the actual construction labour. The 3,500 sq. foot space was much too small, but in 1983, an 11,400 sq. foot space was opened nearby. At that time, the name was changed from the North Delta Library to the George Mackie Library in honor of his dedication to the project. The library is celebrating its 30th anniversary this month with a host of events and programs, including an anniversary party from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26. For more information, visit

Cops for Cancer enters 15th year ❙ From B1

❙ Delta Police Const. Dave Olgilvy (left to right), Mandeep Nagra (Fraserview Meats), Delta Police Const. Ken Usipiuk and Amarjit Dadwar (A-1 Sports) spent the weekend on a platform about 50 feet above a Newton shopping centre to raise money and awareness of a cancer campaign. Boaz Joseph

The first Cops for Cancer fundraiser program started in 1994 when an Edmonton police officer with a shaved head posed for a photo with a young cancer patient. The officer wanted to support the boy, who was being ridiculed at school because of his hair loss. Other officers joined and Cops for Cancer was launched. Cops for Cancer cycle tours have been running for more than 15 years since the inaugural one on Vancouver Island in 1998. Today, four tours that cover the province have raised more than $27 million to fund pediatric cancer programs and research. For more information about Cops for Cancer and how you can support the cause, visit





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Friday, March 07 2014 at the Harris Barn ❙ Team Westshore at the National Firefit Combat Challenge in Edmonton. From left: Ryan Rickard, Mark Millward, Reid Taylor, Jamie McGarva, Rob Lemon and his niece and nephew. Contributed photo

Delta firefighter sets shortlived world record ❙ Adrian MacNair


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World number-one ranked firefighter combat challenge competitor Jamie McGarva broke his own world record at the national championships in Edmonton, only to see it broken again by his rival. On opening day of the challenge Delta firefighter and Team Westshore member McGarva ran a 1:12:8 on the course, breaking his record by just over one second. But perennial rival Graham Mackenzie of Kamloops ran a 1:12:53 later that day, pushing McGarva from the top spot he has held since setting the world record last August.

Delta’s Team Westshore finished third overall in Edmonton which saw 30 teams and 250 individuals compete from across Canada from Sept. 4-8. Westshore member Ryan Rickards, who finished 28th overall, said the story for this year’s nationals was mistakes. He missed the target twice when trying to knock it over with the hose and even McGarva had a hammer penalty of two seconds. “Our team usually doesn’t make mistakes,” said Rickards. “We are usually very clean on the course and penalty free. But on final day it was raining and the course was slippery.”

But Rickards said there was good news, with teammates Reid Taylor and Rob Lemon finishing with personal bests of 10th and 26th overall, respectively. Mark Millward finished in second place in the over 45 age group. The team will now set their eyes on the World Championships in Las Vegas from Oct. 23-28, which will feature 80 teams from eight different countries. In order to win they’ll have to get past three-time defending world champions Kamloops. “We just need to run our races and be mistake free,” said Rickards. “When everyone is running at this level it all comes down to mistakes.”

Family raising funds to take part in trial ❙ From B3

Despite going to B.C. Children’s Hospital for frequent checkups, Mann hasn’t told him the real reason. “All I could tell my son was you’re my little super hero and they want to check you out because they want to see why you’re so great,” she says. “But any time he has any issues, like his knees hurt or something happens, we automatically assume it’s that.” Although AKU is incurable there are some treatments to slow the symptoms, including a protein restricted diet to keep the acid from being created by the body. Mann recently came across an experimental clinical trial in the United Kingdom which has showed successful results during testing on mice. The experimental drug caused the mice to stop making the homogentisic acid. Although her son is too young for the trial because testing is still required for dosage and side effects, Mann

is helping to raise money for the research. “This is our only hope because nobody’s going to listen to 17 of us here in Canada,” says Mann. Although the clinical trial in the UK seems like a long shot, Mann says it’s better than six years ago when they had no hope. The goal now is to help raise $98,000 for the trial, which is currently sitting at $37,600 on the crowdsourcing website. She has also received donations from her own students and coworkers. “The generosity of this school, I’ve never seen such goodwill and such kindness,” she said, adding one class raised $100 in three days just collecting change in jars. To help Mann reach her fundraising goal visit and search for “Cure Black Bone Disease.” Alternately, the Delta Ice Hawks have donated 700 tickets for their Oct. 8 home game. Tickets are $3 through dhuff@ or call the school at 604-946-4194.

For sponsorship opportunities & tickets call Chrissie Bowker, 604 948 3640

You are invited to a Night in Paris celebrating Hats Off to Excellence Awards Gala Join us us for for aa fabulous fabulous evening evening on on November November 15 15 as as we we Join celebrate excellence in our community. Event will be held celebrate excellence in our community. Some of Delta’s at the Delta Town & Country Inn from 6-10 pm outstanding local business leaders will be recognized.

Register now for Early Bird Pricing for a chance to win a limo ride to and from the Gala for up to 4 people! $130 EARLY BIRD thRough octoBER 4 $145 per person as of October 5

Includes All finalists will attenddinner as our guests at the November Gala and live auction phone: 604 946 4232 fax: 604 946 5285 email: Visit us online:

For more information: delta_events/hats-off-gala or contact Administration 604 946 4232

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North Delta Art tour hopes to draw people in ❙ Boaz Joseph


Surrey North Delta Leader

North Delta artists are joining forces to make it easier for art lovers to see their work. It's called Studio Stomp: North Delta Art Tour. The Oct. 5 and 6 event will showcase the work of 25 art-

ists at eight studios and galleries throughout the community. One of the stops along the tour will be Lyon's Pride Studio and Gallery, the home of Marilyn Lyon, who runs has a custom framing business and represents other artists in her first-floor gallery. Lyon's framing got so busy

several years ago that she quit her full-time job, hoping it might also give her time to paint. It didn't, quite. "The framing has really become all-consuming in may ways, so I live vicariously though a lot of these artists," she says. "Every time they bring (the studio) a new piece, I get excited. It's amazing how many talented people there are out there and nobody sees their work." Lyon, who runs annual garden art parties at her place, says the idea for the tour was brought up at a local artists' meeting. "I approached Watershed (Artworks) and said we've got to do this as a group. There are so many great artists in Delta." She explains that in general, art galleries are scarce, making it difficult for artists to display their work. "Taking it to the streets is the next best thing. This is the sort of thing that can really draw people in." Organizer Dave Stevens, a retired teacher and artist, says the project is a cooperative effort and represents a wide range of North Delta artists. It won't be just painters,

❙ Works by North Delta artist will be on display during the first annual Studio Stomp on Oct. 5 and 6. Above is a work by featured artist Dave Stevens and at left is a painting by Gary Fox.

but will include woodworkers, jewelers, fabric artists, potters and other artisans. "They're all in a different place, trying to make it work." Although the majority of the tour's stops will be private homes, Watershed Art-

works and the North Delta Potters Guild, which share the artSpace building, will be a central hub of the event. At most of the studios, there will be hands-on demonstrations by artists, and visitors who make every stop will have brochures

stamped, making them eligible for prizes. Five per cent of sales during the Studio Stomp will go the Delta Hospital Foundation. For details about locations and the artists involved, visit http://deltastudiostomp. com

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· If you have young children, use the stove’s back burners whenever possible. Keep children and pets at least three away from the stove.

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Seaquam grad lands DRTA scholarship

❙ Delta’s Scott Marshall, Morag Van Tol and Johnny Van Tol (from left to right) took part in the annual Bicycle Trek for Life and Breath earlier this month, raising $9,000 betwen them. Contributed photo

❙ Staff writer Delta Leader

If you ever need a jolt of reality about the cost of education today, all you have to do is talk to a recent high school graduate. Thankfully, for North Delta’s Amanbir Atwal, the path to higher education is a little more affordable thanks to a $1,000 scholarship from the Delta Retired Teachers Association. Atwal graduated from Seaquam Secondary in June, and the International Baccalaureate Science top scholar is pursuing a medical degree from UBC. According to a recent study by the Bank of Montreal, B.C. students graduate with the highest debt in Canada. Since 2001 tuition fees have more than doubled across the province and the B.C. student grants program has been eliminated. Loans become essential and students face the highest interest rates of any province. Atwal was thrilled to receive the scholarship, which she says will help make her career aspirations a reality. “It is only with the generosity of benevolent individuals that I will be able to pursue my dreams in hopes of attaining a position with Doctors Without Borders some day,” she says. Amanbir leaves a legacy of causes that she encouraged fellow students to address. For two weeks each year under her leadership her soccer team canvassed to send aid for the 2010 Haiti earthquake, the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami, Oxfam Nicaraguan Wom-

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❙ Seaquam grad Amanbir Atwal. Contributed en in 2012, and the West African Famine in 2013. The Delta Retired Teachers Association scholarship of $1000 is offered to a graduating Grade 12 student from any secondary school in Delta. The student must be pursuing some form of post-secondary education, either at university or trade school training. Students can visit the career advisor at their school for further details. ❙

Delta’s Scott Marshall, along with Morag and Johnny Van Tol, joined 300 other cycling enthusiasts and event volunteers for the B.C. Lung Association’s 29th Bicycle Trek for Life and Breath on Sept. 7 and 8. ‘Trek’ is a two-day, 200-km cycling fundraiser in support of vital lung health research, programs and clean air initiatives. It was Marshall’s seventh year at Trek, while Johnny has ridden 19 times and his wife Morag has participated for five. The three raised a combined total of more than $9,000 to support the B.C. Lung Association. The event itself raised more than $200,000 thanks to donations from friends, family and coworkers. This total builds upon the $5.8 million previously raised by ‘Trekkers’ during the event’s 29-year lifespan. “The event has a real family feel with less fanfare than other, bigger commercial fundraisers but with a lot of heart and soul,”

says B.C. Lung Association event organizer Kate Jarvis. “It’s a grassroots affair that has grown over time – and there is a true sense of community amongst participants, many of whom meet here once a year and share in the spirit of giving back.” The mission of the B.C. Lung Association is to prevent lung disease and promote lung health. Founded in 1904 to fight tuberculosis, the Lung Association today fights lung disease in all its forms, with special emphasis on asthma, tobacco control, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lung cancer, pulmonary fibrosis and environmental health. A non-profit, non-governmental organization, the B.C. Lung Association is dedicated to improving lung health and promoting clean air initiatives across the province. For more information, call the B.C. Lung Association toll free at 1-800-665-5864 or email





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Delta Hospital Auxiliary Making a difference in the early detection of breast cancer If breast cancer is found and treated early, the opportunity for a successful outcome is greater. Taking an active role in your personal breast-screening program is important.

Did You Know: > In 2012, the Delta Hospital Auxiliary donated $700,000 to purchase the present digital mammography equipment. > The new state-of-the-art digital equipment improves visualization of the breast tissue, especially in younger women. > 4000 mammograms have been done at Delta Hospital in the past year > Breast cancer affects men as well. In 2013, it is estimated that 200 Canadian men will be diagnosed with breast cancer (up from 55 in 2012).

ANDREAS HOCHSTRASSER, Site Coordinator Delta Hospital Medical Imaging Department and SUE ATHWAL X-Ray technologist

Early detect ion is our best d efense again st breast canc er.

“Thanks to the generous support of the Delta Hospital Auxiliary our Medical Imaging department has a state of the art digital mammography unit. This top notch piece of equipment aids the medical imaging team in the early detection of early breast cancer. Digital technology not only allows for improved visibility of the entire breast but also provides superior image quality which has been shown to facilitate the early detection of breast cancer particularly in younger women.”

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Two local business men are assisting in the care and comfort of breast cancer patients. Gordon Gledstone, of Tsawwassen Upholstery, and Arne Kaufman, of International Textiles Ltd, both donate fabric that is used to make comfort pillows. These pillows are hand sewn by the Delta Hospital Auxiliary Volunteers and aid in patient relief after surgery. Thank you for your support!

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