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Active in more than eight community organizations, there seems to be no limit to volunteering and giving back for Rick Lewall. Lewall was presented with the 2016 Citizen of the Year award last Friday night at the Delta Chamber of Commerce Hats Off to Excellence gala at Tsawwassen Springs. The banquet honoured individuals and businesses in nine categories. A resident of Tsawwassen since 1979, Lewall has been active in the community right from the start. He said to receive an award of this stature is quite humbling.


Rick Lewall addresses the crowd after being named Delta’s 2016 Citizen of the Year last Friday night. “I was very honoured and a little overwhelmed, to say the least,” he said. LEWALL: see Page 6

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Youngsters at the Tsawwassen Town Centre Mall are in awe of Santa after waking him from his slumber Saturday morning. See more photos from the annual event on Page 33.

A pair of Ladner holiday traditions will take place this weekend. Carol ships are scheduled to sail into Ladner Harbour on Friday and Saturday nights where they will be met by carolers from the Ladner Gospel Assembly. This Saturday morning, the Ladner Business Association hosts its annual Breakfast with Santa. • See Pages 19 to 26.

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said. “When you look at the numbers and now the second mall is starting to open up, there is just not that many young people around. But it could have been worse. Certainly it has put some pressure on us, but we are recovering from it slowly, but surely.” Krawchuk said there are a number of factors he feels work in favour of McDonald’s when it comes to attracting and retaining employees, including flexible scheduling and discounted meals. The fast food chain is just one of many existing businesses in South Delta to feel the pinch of having two large malls open adjacent to a relatively small community, one that’s located at the edge of the region and not well served by transit. The 200-store

Tsawwassen Mills held several job fairs in the weeks and months leading up to its grand opening on Oct. 5. It also launched a

When the Mills opened up and they had their big hiring process, we did lose some employees. STEVE KRAWCHUK

job centre on site shortly after opening, but as of Monday, the fashion mall still had over 100 job postings on its website. “The job centre that we created on site definitely assisted our retailers,” said general manager

Mark Fenwick. “It created a good opportunity to connect with applicants and have a nice interview space in one central location. Many retailers told us that it was appreciated.” Fenwick said the job centre was scheduled to close yesterday as the intent was to only have it operate for a month. “I think overall the retailers are managing,” he said. “We have had generally reasonable comments that they have found the staff they were looking for.” Fenwick said there are no plans for further job fairs, adding the mall website and its mobile app are both great tools for job seekers.

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Tsawwassen Mills runs an employee shuttle to the Scott Road SkyTrain station. Tsawwassen Commons has held a couple of job fairs over the last month as the first tenants in the 100-store strip mall come on stream. As for challenges finding employees for the likes of Walmart and other tenants, property manager May Lee cautioned it’s still early on. “I can’t speak on behalf of our tenants, but what I can say is that we are still at the early stage and our tenants are still seeking employees, so our role is to work with our tenants and provide opportunities to the communities,” she said. Walmart has run fullpage ads looking for staff members.

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A new, tougher tree protection bylaw could be on the horizon for Delta. Civic politicians recently debated whether to jump back into the issue during discussion of allowing tree pruning without a permit. Delta council eventually endorsed the recommendation to allow property owners to prune and maintain trees on private property without a tree cutting permit, provided they follow industry endorsed pruning standards. It’s very While council troubling that members agreed that amendment so many are would cut unneeddisappearing ed red tape, Mayor and my concern, Lois Jackson raised a bigger concern of course, is the regarding the tree canopy cover. canopy in Delta, prompting discussion about the overall tree bylaw. MAYOR LOIS JACKSON They stopped short of having staff come Lan said penalties range up with new legislation, from a $500 bylaw fine up instead asking for an to $10,000, but that highest update on the tree loss fine, which is a court matsituation in Delta and ter, can’t go any higher. what other municipalities Coun. Heather King are doing. Jackson said despite the wondered whether council fact 589 trees were planted should consider looking throughout Delta last year, at the bylaw, but council, more than that were taken told by staff that Delta’s penalties are in line with down. Even though more trees are to be planted, the other municipalities, decided to get more inforcanopy is shrinking, she mation. said. Lan said they’ve just “It’s very troubling that received aerial informaso many are disappearing and my concern, of course, tion of the 2016 canopy cover in all three commuis the canopy cover,” she nities and would be comsaid. piling that in the report. It was only last summer Coun. Bruce McDonald the municipality updated expressed reservation its tree protection regulaabout exploring a new tions. bylaw, saying he didn’t The revised bylaw want to begin making it allows one tree to be cut too onerous for homeownwithout an arborist’s ers to enjoy their properreport, or outside of an ties. emergency, every 24 “I’ve been on the same months instead of one piece of ground for 47 each calendar year. years now and I have Some of the other planted and removed changes include requirtrees, and planted other ing five replacement trees ones, and, in fact, I have for every tree cut or damthree Delta trees on my aged without a permit or boulevard,” he said. “I contrary to a permit, and really enjoy the greenery removing the maximum $2,000 permit fee to ensure and everything around there, but I don’t see the applications for a large place is being hacked to number of trees being cut shreds.” pay their fair share.

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The Delta Chamber of Commerce handed out nine awards at its Hats Off to Excellence gala last Friday night at Tsawwassen Springs. Here are the award winners and finalists honoured at the 65th annual banquet: Citizen of the Year — Rick Lewall (Kay Dennison) Volunteer of the Year — Carroll Lefebvre (Bob Taggart, Patrick Thompson) Employee Extraordinaire — Danna Dunnage (Steve Perry, Sue Zytnyk) Special Events and Tourism Award — Delta Studio Stomp (Jog for the Bog, Rotary Soap Box Derby) Rising Star of the Year — Alongside You (Farm Fresh Events, Something


Retired B.C. Lions offensive lineman Angus Reid was emcee of the Hats Off gala. Good) Green Business of the Year — Canadian Mattress Recycling (Global Container Terminals, Proven Energy Solutions) Micro Business of the Year — Empower “U” (Ladner Artisan Chocolates, Medicine

Shoppe Pharmacy) Small Business of the Year — Lawlor Goldsmith Shoppe (Honey Do Lifestyle Assistant, Lady Bug’z Lifestyle Assistant) Large Business of the Year — Marcon Metalfab (Gordon Food Service, Ideal Welders)

Lewall humbled by recognition

CONTINUED from Page 1 “I was certainly very honoured just to be nominated and then to receive the award on Friday night was certainly an honour and quite humbling.” His wife Carlene, the driving force behind Delta Gymnastics, received the same award a few years back. “It’s nice to have a bit of a family affair,” he said with a laugh. Lewall said he loves to give back and make the community a better place for all. “You get known around the community for helping out. I hope I’ve been able to do my part. I think we’ve done a pretty good job and I do enjoy it,” he said. “I’m not working, so that helps to be able to

do lots of things, but all of these groups and organizations require a team of people,” said the father of two and grandfather of five. “You can’t do any of these things as an individual, so I guess part of my ability is to empower others to take on the workload and make these things viable. I’m by far from a one-man band.” A Tsawwassen Rotarian, Lewall has served as president of the club as well as the lead on several committees over the years. Lewall said there are different factors and motivations for volunteering for different groups and organizations. “The KinVillage board that I’m serving on really came about because of my mother and mother-in-

law in health care and not particularly happy with the level of service that they got. They felt there was a better way and felt that KinVillage was doing a better job in terms of health care,” he said. “Obviously with Delta Gymnastics and my wife’s involvement that was a natural and Operation Red Nose, I just really believe in what they are doing and again, with the club’s involvement, it all just kind of fits into place.” His community service dates back to the 1980s when he served on the board of the Boundary Bay Bluebacks, including three years as president, and on the fundraising committee of Delta Gymnastics, which eventually built a facility at the South Delta Recreation Centre.

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Woman using lotto win to help others

Lindsay Vukicevic buys $1,000 in Christmas decorations to brighten local care home IAN JACQUES

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How would you spend $1,000 in one day? If you’re Lindsay Vukicevic, you would use the money to help others. The Tsawwassen resident, who works at the KinVillage care home, recently won $1,000 from the BC Lottery Corporation in a promotional contest for BCLC’s new Daily Grand lottery campaign. BCLC invited people to submit short essays telling them if they received $1,000 what would they spend it on in one day. “When you work in a care home like I do, you really start to care about the residents,” said Vukicevic. “Sometimes there is just not enough money to buy the fun stuff. I wrote in my essay that I would buy decorations and things to make the facility more fun and inviting and that I wanted to buy the stuff from a

local charitable thrift store because, for one, the money would go further and, two, the money would go to a good cause, so it would be like doing two generous things at once.” On Saturday, Vukicevic and her husband went on a shopping spree at the Delta Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop’s Christmas store. “They are a great thrift store and their money goes to such great causes,” she said. Elaine Canning, public relations coordinator for the auxiliary, said it was a nice surprise when they received a call from Vukicevic. “We get and receive fantastic donations from so many people,” Canning said. “This is a neat thing that Lindsay is doing. She helps out the care home in which she works and also supports the thrift store and in turn the hospital, so it’s a real win-win for the community of Delta.”


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t’s been a tragic year for drivers on Ladner Trunk Road, so much so it’s time to take action. I’m certainly not looking to lay blame for any of the collisions, fatal or otherwise, that have taken place over the last seven months as too many people have already suffered too much, but that kind of carnage over that short period of time is deserving of further examination. As far as I can tell, civic leaders have three options, presuming that doing nothing and chalking up the spate of accidents to an unfortunate coincidence is a path worth following. The road remains a flat, straight stretch of asphalt, and given weather hasn’t played much of a part in the collisions, it would appear that driver behaviour, if I can generalize, is a common thread. The easy answer is to urge people to drive more carefully, but that refrain only goes so far, so perhaps it’s time to take tangible measures to increase safety along that route. I could see that playing out in one of two ways. The first would be to put medians down the centre of the road, which would eliminate passing as well as head-ons, the most devastating of all collisions. Ladner Trunk would have to be widened to accommodate the dividers, so there would be a prohibitive cost to such an undertaking. The other approach would be to reduce the speed limit to, say, 60 km/h and paint a solid line down the middle of the road to outlaw (although not necessarily prevent) passing, making Trunk less appealing for those looking to get somewhere in a hurry. Given the price tag for the physical improvements, as well as municipal hall’s long-held belief that Ladner Trunk is a farm road that was never intended to carry the volume it does today, I suspect when Mayor Lois Jackson meets with the police and engineering departments the conversation will gravitate toward slowing traffic rather than costly road improvements that might actually increase speed. As it stands now, Trunk Road’s 80 km/h speed limit and direct east-west routing often times makes it more attractive to drivers than alternate routes that are honest-to-goodness freeways. Civic officials have to decide whether it’s a highway or a farm road because the hybrid we’ve got now isn’t really working.

Dementia sufferers teach us to reflect on what’s important


make good pie. Strawberry rhubarb in the spring, blueberry in the summer and apple in the fall, and it’s all because I was jealous of my sister in law. As a newlywed I noticed how much attention she was getting for her homemade pies. I also wanted adoring fans fawning over my pies. So I learnt how to make perfect flaky buttery pastry and now my pies are legend. My sister in law doesn’t bake anymore, now I bake for her. She has Alzheimer’s. She hid it from us for a while but two years ago at Christmas dinner she couldn’t answer a simple question. I saw the fear in her face, and I knew something was seriously wrong. She is my deceased husband’s sister and 15 years older than me, I have known her since I was 14. She was an artist, art teacher, gourmet cook, world traveller and mother to an accomplished architect. I have always been slightly scared of her -- a perfectionist, ruthless in her criticisms, hard on herself and on others. During my husband’s two-year battle with pancreatic cancer, she was a huge support. I could not have survived without her. She lives in Gibsons and I visit

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her when I can. She is unable to eat with a knife and fork, so when we have our fish and chips at Molly’s Reach, she eats with her hands, licking the tartar sauce off her fingers, laughing loudly at my stories, finding pleasure through the darkness. I sit in my home in Beach Grove and wonder what she is thinking. She has a caregiver now who goes on long walks with her. She can’t carry a conversation, but she’s a good listener, she doesn’t know how old she is, but she can tell me the same story several times over. When I look in her eyes I see her asking me for something I cannot give. Like my sister in law, we are all looking for something

at this time of year, and it’s illusive. It’s the connection to something or someone, the illusive Christmas feeling, the mystery of the season. Perhaps the answer is within ourselves. Over half a million people in Canada have some form of dementia and many of you reading this know that firsthand. The profound loss of someone we love to Alzheimer’s or dementia is tragic. All we can do is be generous with our time, be patient and tender, especially at this time of year. This Christmas I hope she can come to our home to enjoy another family dinner, but that will depend on whether she can handle the stimulation. My new husband has been incredibly generous, embracing my deceased husband’s relatives who are always included in our blended family. My sister in law baked the best Christmas paper thin sugar cookies. I’ve always been envious of those too. I think I’ll try to master them this year. She would approve. Ingrid Abbott is a broadcaster and writer who frequently walks into rooms and forgets what she came for.

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Growth threatening community

Editor: In August, a letter sent by me to you and Mayor Lois Jackson voiced objection to a high-rise and the decimation of our Tsawwassen Town Centre. In part, I wrote: “Change initiatives must recognize that setting priorities is essential, but priorities should be set based on an objective assessment of comparative importance across the full spectrum of the neighbourhood and not restricted to any one, or any small set of, narrowly defined needs. No one has surveyed our community to learn if we want condos in the centre of our town, nor if we want to lose our favourite local shops. Doug Husband was right when he said, ‘People can’t handle big

change in the community.’ Why should we have to? “How many condos does one need to build to know it’s enough? How many floors need to be constructed on a site before the builder feels adequate? How much land does one need to acquire before the avarice is satiated? “What do we need to do to save our Tsawwassen Town Centre … and the core spirit central to our town?” Again, I ask the same questions with the proposed misguided plan to build another 81 apartments and yet more retail business space in the first phase of displacing the core and heart of our township. It’s obvious to those of us who appreci-

ate the significance of our local lifestyle that: • Additional retail space is not needed as many local venues are yet to be occupied; • We are getting a huge housing development in the Southlands which will require current parking facilities and access requirements as yet fully unknown; • 81 new apartments in six-storey buildings may be more suited in proximity to the new mall rather than creating an out-ofplace eyesore in the centre of our traditionally fourstorey community; • Unique permissions have been accorded a developer who ignores the spirit of this four-storey preference, without first seeking public support;

• The people living here have chosen Tsawwassen for its low crime rate, its neighbourhood spirit, its promotion of family life, multi-generational enhancement and convenient accessibility to goods, services and amenities. Somehow, even to entertain ill-conceived proposals of this sort conveys a betrayal of faith by Delta council whose role it is to uphold the values of the electorate, especially when moving forward in areas of growth. A referendum could clearly delineate support or otherwise. Truly, I am disheartened to again write about parallel development propositions that continue to threaten the integrity of our township. Brenda Casey

Sinking feeling about new bridge’s stability

Editor: Re: Bridge foundations can’t find solid ground, letter to the editor, Nov. 18 Thank you, Tom Morrison, for informing us that the Geological Survey of Canada pointed out in 1995 that solid ground, bedrock, lies 1,970 to 2,300 feet below where The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and our provincial government want us to put a big bridge to replace the George Massey Tunnel. Thank you, too, for reporting that 18 years

later, in 2013, the B.C. Ministry of Transportation had two holes bored to 1,099 feet “without tagging bedrock” even though that 1995 study had informed all concerned that bedrock is twice as deep as the bore holes. How much did ignoring the Geological Survey’s 1995 study cost us? And, thank you, for reminding us that the 2,000 feet at issue is 2,000 feet of “waterlogged sand and mud” that’s prone to liquefaction come the next “big one.” Does our

government know that “big one” means powerful earthquake? Does it understand what liquefaction is? Perhaps Morrison could draw our government’s attention to a major blunder in San Francisco. It’s a high-rise built on soft ground and on piles of a sort that don’t reach bedrock. It’s called the Millennium. It’s sinking and leaning. Condo owners are devaluing their posh units at the tax office to $1, and lawyers are getting rich.

The engineers of the 1940s and ‘50s considered the same sand and mud when they rejected a bridge and opted for a tunnel. That same sand and mud is still prone to liquefaction. And we’re retro-fitting older structures to resist the big one. Is a refurbished and expanded tunnel in our future, or are we being set up to throw money down a sinking bridge? Nothing has changed except the port’s ambitions. Greg J. Edwards

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Editor: I was fortunate to be invited to a birthday party for the Wintemute Boys & Girls Club in Ladner last Friday night. It was their 20th year of being in Ladner. There were approximately 100 guests (mostly kids) and their parents. The kids choose the menu for dinner so we got French toast, sausages and

fresh fruit. There was lots of laughter and joy in the gym, and when it was announced that Build a Bear had donated a gift for each of the kids, well, you have never seen so many happy faces (and mostly boys). They were packing their bears around for the rest of the night and when I asked one little boy what he was going to call his

bear, he said, “Friend.” When I left, I felt really good to see all those children and their parents having a good time and making lasting memories. The next morning the Rotary Club of Tsawwassen was putting the last strings of lights on a few trees at Diefenbaker Park in preparation for the annual Gift of Light this Saturday.

Too much risk to bring pipeline here

Editor: It would appear that our elected members in Ottawa are considering the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion that would carry 890,000 barrels of crude per day through an ecosystem unfound in any other place on earth. Have they forgotten what a disaster an oil spill like the one in Prince

William Sound, Alaska, in 1989 can be? Would this not have the same effects on the waterways of the Fraser River and the Strait of Georgia? The Fraser River travels at a very high rate of speed and any attempts to corral an oil spill would be futile and the lower Fraser River watershed has a geology that is subject to earthquakes and liquefaction.

Now there is talk of rerouting this pipeline to Roberts Bank instead of Burnaby. If this what the new Liberal government in Ottawa considers new policies when it promised to protect the environment of the Fraser River and consult with the people at the last election? What a sham. Douglas George Massey

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Four-lane Pattullo bad news for Delta

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The Pattullo Bridge replacement won’t be big enough — and that’s bad news for Delta. That’s the warning from Delta council and municipal staff who are expressing dismay over the approved design for the replacement project

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includes an increase in bus and other transit service, while Phase Two, which still requires funding commitments from senior governments, includes the much talked about Pattullo Bridge replacement. The plan is to replace the four-lane Pattullo Bridge with a tolled fourlane span, which those in Delta fear would increase traffic on the Alex Fraser Bridge. The Alex Fraser experienced a taste of

added congestion during rehabilitation work on the Pattullo Bridge earlier this year, said engineering director Steven Lan. Mayor Lois Jackson said it’s disappointing a fourlane bridge would even be considered, noting very little of the growth south of the Fraser has come from Delta, but the community is going to bear the brunt of traffic congestion. “I really think it’s quite a travesty when we have two municipalities stating they

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Tab for libraries to rise by more than $100,000

Civic politicians begrudgingly approve 3% hike for FVRL SANDOR GYARMATI

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Delta is paying yet another increase to be part of the Fraser Valley Regional Library. Civic politicians begrudgingly approved a proposed hike of three per cent for Delta’s share of the library system, which works out to a $104,955 increase from last year. Coun. Heather King, Delta’s representative on the FVRL board, said a recent one-day “pop-up” survey of Delta residents using the libraries found a high satisfaction rate.

This is not a library where you go in and get a book, and that‘s what you use it for. There is so much vibrancy of the programs of what people are using these libraries for.. COUN. HEATHER KING

She also noted the administration now in place has improved operations greatly. “It’s very positive now in the way it has been restored as a larger and far more effectively run organization… They have lost staff through attrition and worked at hiring from within, so I’m really quite pleased with the Fraser Valley Regional Library administrative team that’s now in place,” said King. She added the survey provides a good picture of how the library is valued. “This is not a library where you go in and get a book, and that‘s what you use it for. There is so much vibrancy of the programs of what people are using these libraries for. As a matter of fact, our program use and our registration has gone up, even though circulation is stagnate or gone down,” said King. “It’s because the libraries are a place people

come in to read newspapers, to stay current, to meet a friend, to bring a grandchild so they can help them with their homework but have a surrounding force of expertise and knowledge… Our libraries are being used as the heart and the centres of our communities. If we judge value based on circulation alone, we’re missing what libraries are and the importance and vibrancy that they offer,” she added. Mayor Lois Jackson said she has no doubt Delta’s three libraries are wonderful but is concerned about the increase to taxpayers. “I think we have to also keep an eye on the budget as it continues to grow and, I for one, would like to have the comparables,” said Jackson. Coun. Bruce McDonald noted the budget doesn’t include maintenance, which is another added cost for Delta. Coun. Robert Campbell wanted to know how much a recent FVRL conference for local officials cost and what was the point of that meeting, but was told by King that event was cancelled. He noted there seems to be a disconnect between library administration and local governments. A report will come back to council on the input gathered through the survey as well as how much Delta is spending compared to other member municipalities. Last year, the civic politicians voted in favour of approving an increase of just over three per cent. At that time council expressed dismay at the budget, pointing out Delta’s portion had gone up by more than 14 per cent over five years — a more than $500,000 increase. Councillors had passed a motion to direct staff to look into opting out of the Fraser Valley Regional Library, but later decided to remain.

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Gift draw a challenge with crafty relations Living Matters


Once, way back when, I was included in a gift draw. The gift draw was the brainchild of the husband’s sister. The husband’s family, noted the sister in an email to all of us, comprised more than a handful of people. It would be silly — not to mention costly — for us to buy Christmas gifts for everyone. To that end, she announced, there would be a gift draw. A gift draw with conditions. “You will buy a gift for the person whose name you draw,” she said. “Your gift can’t cost more than $15. And you have to make it.” “Make it!” I remember shrieking. “I can’t make a Christmas present!” I can make a decent meatloaf and a decent pot

loved ones. roast and a decent tuna Heck, even their little casserole. None of these things, I pointed out to the ones are getting in on the hard work, making sock husband at the time, travornaments and gingerels well in the mail — an bread houses and personimportant consideration, alized finger paintings. given that the husband’s family is four provinces removed. The “Nor does shortbread husband’ s travel well,” I added. “Not that I make shortfamily, I recall bread, decent or otherpointing out, wise.” The husband’s family, was pretty I recall pointing out, was talented pretty talented when it when it came came to the crafty stuff. The family included to the crafty a photographer. The stuff. family included a seamstress. The family included a winemaker and a confectioner and Not me. I’m hard at a carpenter and a knitter. work, all right, but my hard “What the heck am I work takes me inside the supposed to make?” I mall, where I trade cash cried. “I can’t make anyfor things that other peothing!” ple have made. You know: “You’ll figure it out,” the books and calendars and husband said. sweaters and little slippers “And what are you going with tassels. to make, Mr. Wise Guy?” I I could not make a tasasked. “It’s not like you’re sel if my life depended on good with your hands it, let alone a slipper. either!” But back to the fam“I’ll be fine,” said the ily gift exchange. Can’t husband. remember what the husAt this time of year, of band made that year, but course, all manner of folks I’m sure it was pretty lame. are hard at work at their As for me? I think I workbenches and sewing made a Play-Doh elf. machines and craft tables, We haven’t had the gift making presents for their draw since.


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• Description of the work: photographs, drawings, or written summary will assist the jury in making their decision;

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LANGLEY UKULELE ENSEMBLE CHRISTMAS CONCERT 2-3 pm Saturday, December 3rd, Doors open at 1:30. Admission by donation. Sponsored by Tsawwassen Pharmacy. SHARI’S SATURDAY SOCIAL, CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10TH Doors open at 7 - Dancing 7:30 - 11:00 Dress style optional but….. Some glitz and glamour is always welcome! Dance to a wide variety of great CD music. Tickets available at the door. $15 for members, $18 for non-members cash or cheque only - Great assortment of mid-evening goodies, tea, and coffee, included. To reserve a table, please call Shari at 604-943-8755. DELTA MUSIC MAKERS Sunday, December 11th 2-3 pm, Doors open at 1:30. Admission by donation. ChrisTmAs LunCh, FridAy, deCember 16Th AT nOOn with dueling pianos Doug Ross and Mike Van Eyes will play a vast array of great Christmas tunes. $12 for members, $14 for non-members. NEW YEAR’S EVE WITH SCOTT ROBERTSON’S SWING PATROL KinVillage Community Centre, 5430 10th Ave., 604-943-0225. Wonderful buffet dinner at 8 pm and midnight drink of choice and great dance music. $48 for members, $55 for non-members.

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This evening is open to ALL who wish to honor the loss of a loved one. It is a time of candlelight, music and reflection, followed by a Reception. There is no charge and no offering will be collected.

When someone you love becomes a memory… The memory becomes a treasure. For most of us the Christmas season is a special time to be sharing reflections and our hope is to assist you in creating memories for the future.

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DOVE raising awareness to mark National Day of Remembrance

The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women is Tuesday, Dec. 6. To mark the occasion, the DOVE (Delta Opposes Violence Everywhere) coordinating committee will be participating in public awareness events in South Delta and North Delta this Saturday. Informational displays to commemorate

the National Day of Remembrance will be held at the Ladner Leisure Centre and at the Sungod Recreation Centre in North Delta. Both will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 6 serves as a reminder that violence against women is a prevalent issue in our society. DOVE believes that violence in all relationships has to stop and the way to

achieve this is to educate people about the reality and scope of this problem and how they can help prevent further violence. The DOVE Committee consists of many community agencies, including Deltassist Family & Community Services, Delta Police Victim Services, Delta Mental Health, Stroh Healthcare, Diversecity,

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Delta School District receives funding for trades training IAN JACQUES

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Delta School District will receive $40,000 in funding for the Youth Work in Trades program to boost its trades training for students. Youth Work in Trades, formerly Secondary School Apprenticeship (SSA), is a dual credit program that provides an opportunity for students in grades 10 to 12 to begin their apprenticeship journey. The funds support school districts in placing students with local employers to attain practical experience. Students earn a paycheque while gaining credit towards their high school diploma and the apprenticeship portion of their trades training. The funding helps districts cover staffing to support and guide youth in securing jobs and employer sponsorship required to enter the trades apprenticeship system. It will also help youth transition from technical training to work-based training, and build further

awareness of opportunities in the skilled trades among youth, parents, educators and employers in their communities. “Funding to the Youth Work in Trades program makes it possible for us to elevate our resources and create more learning opportunities for our students,” said Brian Tivy, Delta School District’s coordinator career transitions and ADST. “With youth apprenticeship programs, students can engage their career while still in high school. We apply for this funding annually and it is a resource we use to support apprenticeship support staffing and trades awareness, both at the school and district level. We are very proud of our trades and apprenticeship programs, which engage students in a wide variety of skills and offer unique opportunities for learning, career preparation and personal growth.” To learn more about Delta School District Youth Work in Trades go to: http://web.deltasd. careerprograms/ssa.

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A Welcome Addition

Mayor Lois E. Jackson delivers her introductory remarks at the Grand Opening event at The Wexford on Friday, June 3rd, 2016. Right: Chef Matt with some of his creations. The Wexford has a range of on-site services and recreational programs that encourage active social and intellectual connections for seniors. These amenities, along with The Wexford’s proximity to transit and the South Delta Recreation Centre, all help to support seniors’ wellness and achieve a higher quality of life. For more information about life at a Bria community, call Rosanne Philbrook, Manager at 604 948-4477.

special gourmet menus. The program will seek accreditation by the College of Dietitians of British Columbia, through HealthLink BC. Manager Rosanne Philbrook wholeheartedly supports the program. “We are here for our residents, not the other way around. Bria’s commitment is to improve seniors’ wellness and to give them the best lifestyle conditions we can. Matt’s dining program is fully aligned with this commitment.”

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The Earthwise Society was given a plot of land by the John Westaway Society. a destination learning resource with overnight accommodation on the property,” Fleming said. Earthwise board president David Robinson sees great potential for the property. “Having this land at the other end of the Fraser Valley will really allow us to grow our programs and serve an expanded market,” he said. “At last, we are able to plan for the future with the security of tenure that comes with land ownership.” Earthwise received the donation from the John Westaway Society, a charitable organization that had used the property as a religious retreat in the mid-1900s. In 2014, John Westaway Society decided to stop operating, due to the increasing age of its members, and wanted to donate the land to an organization that would


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add value to the community. John Westaway Society spokesperson Monique Olsen had learned about the Earthwise Garden and Farm on the Internet. “I was really impressed with the society’s work and mandate,” Olsen said, “so I decided to take a trip to Tsawwassen and check it out. “When I toured the site with Patricia (Fleming), I was really inspired, and excited to think that we could start something similar for the Agassiz/ Harrison community.” Earthwise wants to acknowledge and thank Delta Law Firm for their donation of time and expertise to this project. Anyone who is interested in learning more about the Earthwise Society, or would like to get involved, is asked to call 604-9469828.

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The Hundred-Mile Banquet is the Earthwise Society’s signature fundraiser.

Local fare in spotlight at Hundred-Mile Banquet

Earthwise Society’s annual Hundred-Mile Banquet will be coming back for an eighth season on Sunday, Dec. 11 to bring community together for a gourmet five-course celebration of local foods. As the signature fundraiser for the Earthwise Society, all profits made from the Hundred-Mile Banquet are invested back into the community. Every year, Earthwise educates hundreds of students about food and a healthy environment, donates thousands of pounds of fresh produce to those in need through the Delta Food Coalition and promotes mental health through its therapeutic horticulture program. Earthwise aims to raise $10,000 through the banquet to support these programs. This year’s fundraiser is especially important because it will help Earthwise to implement

some exciting new plans for community farming programs. Talented chef Derek Bothwell will lead the creation of the five-course menu. All items on the menu will be produced with ingredients that are sourced from within 100 miles of Earthwise. “Sourcing food within 100 miles is a challenge, because as a chef you grow up using classic ingredients, not necessarily the most local ingredients,” Bothwell says. “The biggest gain for me has been to see and experience what it takes to farm and harvest the produce we consume.” Bothwell is a regular visitor and volunteer at Earthwise Garden and uses organic produce from Earthwise in his dishes at The Bottleneck. “The biggest advantage for using Earthwise for me as a chef is the taste,

flavour and crunch of the food. The business I am in is making good food so it’s amazing to start with the best produce in Vancouver.” As many foods at the supermarket are sourced from over 2,000 kilometres away, celebrating and sourcing products in our own local food system makes a big difference. Guests will be amazed by the tastes of our region and may be surprised to learn what are available right here where we live. The Hundred Mile Banquet will also feature a silent auction with a range of high-quality local items. The banquet will be held at The Bottleneck in Vancouver. Tickets are $150 or four for $500. Attendees will receive a charitable tax receipt for a portion of the cost. To request tickets, contact 604-946-9828 or info@

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Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon presents John Horton with the SS Beaver Medal Nov. 18 in Victoria. Institution. He has been involved in search and rescue for nearly four decades. He received the medal from Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon at a ceremony held at Government House. The gold plated medals are cast from materials salvaged from the wreck

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Beautiful lights, decorated boats and the songs of the season highlight one of Ladner’s favourite Christmas traditions. The carol ships will sail into Ladner Harbour this Friday, Dec. 2 and Saturday, Dec. 3 at 7:15 p.m. both nights. The decorated boat parade and caroling takes place at the government dock at the foot of Elliott Street. Marie Webber, who coordinates the caroling, said Ladner Gospel Assembly carolers have been singing at the event for 40 years. “We started on the boats and then when insurance became a problem, we then got on a hay wagon and I think we did that for 30-plus years,” said


Carolers from the Ladner Gospel Assembly will lead the crowd in song this weekend. Webber. “Now we are up on the show stage.” Joining the carolers will be the Suspenders with a few special numbers and country gospel singer Ruth Hanna. Ray Webber will have a special Christmas story to share. There will be candy canes and hot chocolate. “To me, this is when Christmas starts. It’s a

wonderful experience,” said Webber. “It’s so great to share the birth of Jesus. There is a lot of emphasis on Santa Claus and gifts and that’s fine, but it’s nice to bring the other part of the story too. It’s a wonderful family event. Everyone is happy. I never get tired of it. It’s something I really look forward to every year.”


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September 8th marked the fifth anniversary at our Ladner Harbour Centre Mall location. We have thoroughly enjoyed becoming a part of the community and gaining recognition. We are an active participant of the Delta Chamber of Commerce, and we were again this year awarded by the community “Best Travel Agency” though the Delta Optimist Readers Choice Awards. And throughout the year you will find out doors open to the public as we hold special cruise information evenings. Carole and Gina have become such great leaders amongst their peers in the industry but more importantly, as franchise owners, they have become role models within the organization of Expedia CruiseShipCenters. Because of their success they are often sought out for advice from new and veteran owners alike.

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The Ladner Business Association’s annual Breakfast with Santa is sure to be a highlight for families this holiday season. Breakfast with Santa takes place on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Ladner Community Centre. Pancakes are $5, pancakes with ham are $7, and both include coffee, tea or juice. Santa will be there for photos and a photographer will be on hand. There will be a colouring station, face painting and lots of Christmas music to get everyone into the holiday spirit. “The event has been running for close to 40 years now,” remarked Jill McKnight from the LBA.


The Ladner Business Association will host its annual Breakfast with Santa at the Ladner Community Centre this Saturday. “My dad has been cooking at this event since before I was born, so it’s really neat now that we have three generations that are com-

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The Light up Ladner Village campaign is certainly adding a colourful flare to the holiday season. Following a gofundmecampaign, which was started in August by the Ladner Business Association, the first of the lights went up in the village in October. “The campaign has been very well received,” said Jill McKnight from South Coast Casuals and a LBA board member. “A lot of people have been happy and excited to see it. We have had a few challenges — little things — to get the right timers installed and we have those fixed now. We have fixed a few cords as well, so we are figuring things out.” The lights start at Elliott Street and 48th Avenue, then come along 48th Avenue to Delta Street and down Delta Street to Trenant Street. Lights have been bought to take them all the way to Chisholm Street and the hope is those lights will be installed soon. McKnight said the fund-

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LADNER VILLAGE Christmas Tree Festival a huge success Big crowd braves rain to take part in business assn. event

Despite the rain, hundreds of families poured into Ladner Village last Thursday night for the annual Ladner Business Association Christmas Tree Festival. Jill McKnight from South Coast Casuals, one of the event organizers, said it was a tremendously successful event. “I have to say that the people of South Delta are incredible,” McKnight said the morning after the event. “It was hard to estimate attendance because of all the umbrellas, but we went through our full stock of 600 gingerbread cookies in the children’s decorating tent, the business gingerbread contest had more than 350 votes,

which is just a tremendous response. “The craft stations were full, kids were colouring — it was just a tremendous event, so thanks to the people of South Delta for coming out.” McKnight also paid extra kudos to the Corporation of Delta which provided traffic control, helped with power set-up and construction work. “There were 37 local businesses that made donations to put this event on for the community,” she said. “And between set-up, the event and take down, more than 42 volunteers. It takes a lot of people to put on an event like this.”

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The Goby Catt Trio (left) provides entertainment at the Christmas Tree Festival, which gave youngsters an opportunity to send their Christmas lists directly to the North Pole.

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More than just a comedy on stage at Southpointe DAVE WILLIS

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Southpointe Academy students will take to the stage this week to present a comedy that’s more than just gags. “There’s a beautiful love story wrapped up in it,” said drama teacher Greg Kean. You Can’t Take It With You is written by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart and debuted in the 1930s. “It was a real popular play of its time,” he said, noting it’s done frequently in schools. “As a piece of dramatic literature it works really, really well. But not easily.” The story involves a young woman from a zany family who runs away from a potential marriage while a young man has to try and win her back, Kean explains. “It’s a classic story,” he says. Grade 12 student Angus Hodgins plays Grandpa, the patriarch of the eccen-

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Southpointe Academy students present You Can’t Take It With You this week. tric family. “Honestly, he’s the kind of guy, that in 60 years, I want to be. He just enjoys life. We’ve only got so much time and he makes the most of it,” said Hodgins. Hodgins, in his first major role, has stepped up and has a good connection to the character, Kean said. The play will be staged at Southpointe Academy

tomorrow through Saturday. Show times are 7 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday and 7:30 p.m. on Friday. Tickets are $10. To reserve tickets, call the school at 604-948-8826. Kean noted if there are seniors groups or charitable community groups interested in attending, the school would be willing to donate tickets.

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The South Delta United Soccer Club held a successful toy drive last weekend, collecting more than 400 toys for the Deltassist Toy Depot for distribution to needy families this Christmas.

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Young players from the South Delta United Soccer Club are helping to brighten Christmas for those less fortunate. Last weekend the soccer club held a community jamboree for its U5 to U8 players and held a toy drive in the process, collecting more than 400 items that will be donated to the Deltassist Toy Depot. “When we formed the club, I along with Jon Rogers (head of grassroots) and Mark Rogers (technical director) really

wanted to expand the program beyond just running soccer programs,” said Russ Heggie, head of player development. “We wanted to bring the communities together and get the kids to think about more than themselves, than just the sport that they play on the weekends. A club of our nature has to get involved with the community and for the community.” Heggie said an email went out to all parents and the collection began. “We are so grateful to organizations like this who go out of their way to collect toys and raise

money for Deltassist,” said Brad Sherwin, board president for Deltassist. “Without the tremendous support we get from our community, we wouldn’t be able to have a Toy Depot and other programs that Deltassist provides to struggling families throughout Delta.” Heggie said on Jan. 8 and 9 the club will be holding a non-perishable food drive and Toonie drive with another food drive and Toonie drive on March 11 during their season wrap-up weekend. Both of these fundraisers will benefit the Delta Hospice Society.

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Rotarians ready to give A Gift of Light Annual holiday event set for Saturday at Diefenbaker Park

The Rotary Club of Tsawwassen is bringing back A Gift of Light this Saturday, a free community event that will culminate in an expanded light display at Diefenbaker Park. Rotarians and other community volunteers have been working hard for over a month preparing the display and look forward to welcoming everyone to the annual event.

The festivities will feature a gingerbread cookie decorating station, marshmallow roasting area, face painting, stage entertainment, Santa arriving by fire truck and then greeting everyone in his igloo at the end of candy cane lane. There will be hot chocolate and carriage rides being pulled by Clydesdale horses as well. A Gift of Light runs from 3 to 5:30 p.m. at

Diefenbaker Park. “Rotarians and some special community volunteers have been working extremely hard to make a memorable night, full of Christmas spirit for all,” said event chair Leslie Abramson. “All we ask is that people bring with them a donation for the South Delta Food Bank as they do so much all year supporting any of our friends and

neighbours who might be in need.” Voot van Essen of the South Delta Food Bank said it’s community events like this one that make South Delta such a great place to live. “We’re so thankful to be a part of this event, and the food donated will go to great use for people and families in need of support this holiday season,” van Essen said.

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Rotarian Scott Harper strings up Christmas lights in preparation for A Gift of Light, a Rotary Club of Tsawwassen holiday celebration this Saturday afternoon in Diefenbaker Park.

Delta Hospital Auxiliary is set to Light the Way

The Delta Hospital Auxiliary is doing its part to brighten the holiday season for the residents, families and staff at Mountain View Manor. The annual Light the Way event runs from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 14 at Delta Hospital’s extended care unit. The night is a chance for families of residents and staff to enjoy the start of the Christmas season. There will be light refreshments, a visit from Santa, caroling and other activities.

“It’s the beginning of Christmas for the residents and their families. We do everything we can to provide the decorations and put on an event for everyone to enjoy,” said Elaine Canning, public relations coordinator for the Delta Hospital Auxiliary. “We in the auxiliary really care about the residents at Mountain View Manor. These residents are not forgotten and at Christmas time, we especially want to make it a special place for them and their families.”

*We close at 5 pm on Christmas Eve.


Santa will pay a visit to Mountain View Manor for the Delta Hospital Auxiliary’s annual Light the Way event.

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Youngsters wake Santa from slumber Children gather outside St. Nick’s bedroom at the Tsawwassen Town Centre Mall Saturday


The Tsawwassen Town Centre Mall hosted the annual Wake Up Santa event Saturday morning, which also saw St. Nick pose for photos and children enjoy crafts and entertainment. See more photos at



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Environmentalist shares trips with Delta Nature

Delta Nature presents A Brazil Extreme Jaguar Trip with Anita den Dikken next week in Tsawwassen. The presentation will focus mainly on den Dikken’s trip to Brazil but will also include her visit to the Galapagos Islands. The Brazil trip included many beautiful birds and other animals such as jacara caimans, giant river otters, one tayra (a rare sighting) and capybaras (biggest rodents in the

world). In the Galapagos, she saw giant tortoises, several unique bird species, sea lions and other smaller creatures. A resident of Tsawwassen since 2006, den Ðikken’s professional career was in human resources management for various federal government departments. She served as president of the Vancouver branch of the Association of Retired

Federal Employees for three years as well as undertaking other volunteer positions in that organization. The avid environmentalist is happily retired and enjoys cooking, reading, travelling, exercise, gardening, music and cuddling with her cat. All ages are welcome to the free event, which is set for Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at Benediction Lutheran Church.

ElderCollege shows appreciation to its presenters at luncheon

Community partners joined forces to create a special appreciation luncheon for ElderCollege Delta presenters who provide their talents to offer courses to seniors for two semesters annually. KinVillage provided the venue where chef Adrian of Buenos Dias Cafe created a delicious light

lunch with the help of soup bowls on loan from the Tsawwassen United Church. All announcements and serving duties, as well as the handing out of prizes, were done by ElderCollege Delta volunteer council members led by co-chair Paulette Tattersall, Sally Norcroft and June Morin.

All presenters were introduced and they told the crowd why they donate their abilities to ElderCollege, what subjects they teach and what they have planned for the 2017 spring semester. More details are available from or by phoning 604-932-0262.

Thank you to our sponsors! Mayor Lois E. Jackson & Delta Council, along with the Boundary Bay Airshow Advisory Board would like to thank our generous sponsors of the 2016 Boundary Bay Airshow! A special thank you to the Port of Vancouver who sponsored the popular Family Zone!


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Tomorrow marks the first day of December, which means Christmas is just around the corner. While decorating the Christmas tree, putting up lights, shopping for presents and sipping on eggnog are some festive activities, there are many ways to get into the holiday mode. The Optimist asked:


Whatgetsyouintothe Christmasspirit?

Sharon Hives

Christmas traditions, getting our family together and spending time with our kids. Keeping the Christmas tradition alive.

Karen Corbett

Thinking about others and Christmas music, the carols. And just being with family and friends and doing things together.

Liea Young

The crisp weather. And some of the decorating in the street in the [Ladner] village.

Pat Young

Meeting with family and friends.

Richard Glasner

Happy, joyful, great Christmas displays. Even though we’re a no-snow area, it’s nice to see people put up great Christmas displays.

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Community Coming Events CLUBS AND GROUPS Delta Photo Club meets Wednesday, Nov. 30. Veteran member Jack MacDonald will present a workshop on Adobe Lightroom. This workshop will touch on major software features that photographers use on a daily basis, such as file organization, photo development, and publishing. DPC assembles Wednesdays at KinVillage Community Centre at 7 p.m. (socializing and setup) 7:30 p.m. start. Guests welcome. For more information, please visit The Delta HUB Cycling Committee is meeting on Thursday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m. at the Tsawwassen Library (meeting room). Attend our monthly meetings and support local action to improve cycling safety and connectivity for all ages & abilities. Open to the public; no experience is required. Info: The PAC of École du BoisJoli Elementary School invites the public to shop for children’s books (for ages 3-11) in French at the annual Scholastic “Foire du Livre” children’s book fair, which runs until Dec. 2 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2:30 to 4 p.m. School address is 785-49th St., Tsawwassen.

Adult Colouring Club, Tuesdays until Dec. 6, 2 to 4 p.m. at Tsawwassen Library. Colouring is not just for kids anymore. Why colour? It reduces stress and improves your focus; it’s fun and creative; and, you meet new people! All supplies provided. Delta Nature presents “A Brazil Extreme Jaguar Trip” with Anita den Dikken Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at Benediction Lutheran Church, 56th St. and 6th Ave., Tsawwassen. All ages are welcome and the event is free. All are invited to Tsawwassen United Church Dec. 10 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and Dec. 11 (noon to - 2 p.m.) for an art show and sale sponsored by Inkstains. Proceeds to the South Delta community groups who provide healing therapy for people coping with a mental illness every day, and with Tsawwassen United Church. For more info contact Elizabeth at 604-943-5140 or

Delta Hospice Society is offering a program for adults who are grieving the death of a loved one. The group starts Jan. 19, Thursday evenings from 5:30-7 p.m. running until Feb. 23 at the Centre for Supportive Care, 4631 Clarence Taylor Cres., Ladner. The group will be facilitated by a registered clinical counsellor with the assistance of trained volunteers. There is no cost to participate but registration is limited. Call 604-948-0660 for more information. Canadian Mental Health Association VancouverFraser offers a no cost, Support Group for parents and caregivers of youth and young adults, who are working through mental health and/or substance use concerns. Facilitated by both peers and counsellors. The Supporting Family Resilience Group Meets Weekly on Wednesdays at our Delta office, 7 to 9 p.m., 4871 Delta St., Ladner. Attendees please register prior to your first meeting by telephone: 604-943-1878 or email: info.


Holiday Café Drop-In, Dec. 12 to Jan. 6, Monday to Friday, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Centre for Supportive Care, 4631 Clarence Taylor Cres. Join counselors Jean and Marg for a cup of tea or coffee and a bit of company during the holiday season that can be a difficult time for the bereaved. Call 604948-0660 for more information.

Shari’s Saturday Social Christmas Extravaganza, Saturday, Dec. 10. Doors open at 7 p.m., dance 7:30 to 11. $16 for members $18 for non-members. Tickets available at the door. Cash or cheque only. KinVillage Community Centre, 543010th Ave., Tsawwassen.

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ents a South Delta Parade of Lights through Ladner and Tsawwassen Thursday, Dec. 15. There will be a pork loin dinner with Chef Adrian at KinVillage Community Centre (5:30 p.m.) along with a Christmas Around the World DVD before the tour. $40 per person. Christmas Lunch at McKee Seniors Recreation Centre. Full turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Sunday, Dec. 25, 11 a.m. seating. Ticket prices to be determined. All tickets for guests must be purchased by a current McKee member.

SPECIAL EVENTS Christmas Storytime and Santa at the Library: Wednesday, Nov. 30, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Ladner Pioneer Library and Friday, Dec. 2, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Tsawwassen Library. Introduce children to the love of books and language with a festive Christmas Storytime. Storytime prepares children to learn to read. Suitable for ages 2 to 5. On Friday, Dec. 2 and Saturday, Dec. 3 at 7:15 p.m. there will be a decorated boat parade and caroling at the Government Dock at the foot of Elliott Street in Ladner, by Ladner Gospel Assembly carolers. Hot chocolate, candy canes. Everyone welcome. Santa to make his annual visit to Cammidge House,

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Sunday, Dec. 4, 1 to 3 p.m. Free event for children in an atmosphere of an old-fashioned Christmas. Century old Cammidge House festively decorated - goodie bags for the kids. Refreshments for all. Parents please bring your own camera. Hosted by Boundary Bay Park Association volunteers. For more information contact Geof at 604-943-1303 or Christmas Puppet Show, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 10:30 to 11 a.m. at Ladner Pioneer Library. The halls are decked and the stockings are hung. Join us for a Christmas puppet show and lots of holiday cheer for the whole family! The Delta Chamber annual Christmas luncheon is on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Riverhouse Restaurant Pub & Marina Ltd, 5825- 60th Ave., Delta. Register at

ARTS Langley Ukulele Ensemble Christmas Concert, 2 to 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3 at KinVillage Community Centre, 5430-10th Ave., Tsawwassen. Admission by donation. The Delta Music Makers Community Concert Band has four Christmas concerts scheduled for December. The dates and locations of the concerts are: Sunday, Dec. 4 at 2 p.m. at McKee Seniors Centre, 5155-47th

Ave., Ladner. Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m., a joint performance with the Delta Concert Band at the Ladner Community Centre, 4734-51st St., Ladner. Sunday, Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. at KinVillage Community Centre, 5410-10th Ave., Tsawwassen. Saturday, Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. at YVR near the food court. For further info call 604-946-7304 or visit Holiday Concert and Crafts: Sunday, Dec. 4, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Ladner Pioneer Library and then Sunday, Dec. 4, 2 to 3 p.m. at Tsawwassen Library. The Nakajima Music Studio is on Tour! Get into the holiday spirit with musical performances by piano and trumpet students of Karen Nakajima. Listen to performers then decorate a holiday craft to take home with you. The Delta Choral Society presents That’s Christmas to Me featuring Delta Children’s Choir, Delta Community Choir and Tapestry with special guests. Dec. 10 at 2 and 7 p.m. at South Delta Baptist Church 1988-56th St. Adults: $20. Seniors and students: $15. Children under 12 free with ticket. Tickets available from choir members, at the door or The Coming Events column is published every Wednesday as a community service. If you have a non-profit event, mail, drop off, fax, or e-mail ( the details to the Optimist by 3 p.m. Monday. Submissions are subject to space limitations (no phone calls, please).


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CSSHL ACADEMY HOCKEY Midget Prep Division W L Otl Pts Delta 13 1 0 26 Okanagan Red 12 1 0 24 Edge 11 4 1 23 Burnaby 10 4 2 22 North Alberta 10 5 2 22 Okanagan White 10 4 0 20 Pursuit 8 3 2 18 Yale 9 5 0 18 Rink 7 3 2 16 Shawnigan 7 3 1 15 Pacific Coast 4 9 1 9 Coeur d’Alene 4 11 1 9 OHA Edmonton 3 12 2 8 IHA 2 14 3 7 Banff 0 14 0 0 Elite 15s Burnaby West Van Delta Edge Yale Okanagan North Alberta Pacific Coast Pursuit

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MEN’S SOCCER VMSL First Division W Rino’s Tigers 7 CCB Guildford FC 5 Campo Atletico 5 Rino’s Fury 5 Norvan Lions 4 Binger’s Army 4 FC Romania 4 Rino’s Vanc 3 GN Sporting 4 South Delta 2 Metropolitan 1

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PACIFIC JUNIOR HOCKEY Thursday, December 1: Delta Ice Hawks at Richmond Sockeyes, 7 p.m. Minoru Arenas


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Semi-final heartache for Devils No. 1 ranked Terry Fox Ravens rally late to hand South Delta 22-21 defeat MARK BOOTH

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The South Delta Sun Devils were agonizingly close to reaching their second B.C. High School Football “AAA” championship game in three years even with their vaunted aerial attack held in check. The Sun Devils saw their season end with a heartbreaking 22-21 loss to No. 1 ranked Terry Fox Ravens on Saturday night at B.C. Place Stadium. The Port Coquitlam school reached the end zone with 1:34 remaining and bravely executed the twopoint convert for its first lead of the night. South Delta marched to the Ravens 47-yard-line with 56 seconds left but would get no further after standout quarterback Michael Calvert was sidelined with a high ankle sprain. The game might be remembered for the Sun Devils’ failing to protect the lead after Calvert found Billy Matwichyna for the goahead major midway through the final quarter. However, it was their unusually quiet passing game and inability to sustain drives for nearly three quarters that proved to be their undoing. Calvert’s scrambling ability was far and away their greatest offensive weapon. The Ravens took away vertical passing options and had Calvert on the run for much of the night with constant pressure. Even when he did find open receivers there were an unusual amount of dropped passes. “The one thing that was surprising was our passing game,” said Sun Devils head coach Ray Moon. “We had problems catching the ball and Michael was under pressure a lot of the night. We thought we had put a great game plan together, especially with our explosive offence. We knew they had a couple of guys nicked and we


South Delta quarterback Michael Calvert fends off Terry Fox’s Matthew Shuen on Saturday night. were going in reasonably healthy. We had a little bit of size and we thought our receivers matched up well with their defensive backs. It just wasn’t in the cards today. Give Fox credit.” The Sun Devils’ start couldn’t have been much better. They impressively moved down field on their second series, capped by a four-yard run by Calvert. Grant McDonald added the two-point convert. Later in the opening quarter, Calvert turned a fourth down and five keeper into an electrifying 38-yard touchdown run as he tight-roped down the

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Sun Devils converge on Ravens star back Jeremie Kankolongo.

sidelines. This time, McDonald was stuffed on the two-point convert attempt and it was 14-0 after the opening quarter. The Ravens came as advertised with a potent ground attack featuring Jeremie Kankolongo. Most of the outstanding Grade 12 back’s touches came out of the wildcat formation. The Devils defence was doing a terrific job early on and seemingly had Terry Fox backed up on a third down and 16 after a holding call. However, quarterback Jaden Shanley found Andy Halen behind coverage for a 69-yard major. In one play, the Ravens had cut the deficit in half and entirely erased South Delta’s momentum. “Those huge offensive plays are usually our fortes and we never had even one of them,” sighed Moon. The Ravens enjoyed a short field to start the second half thanks to 60-yard kickoff return by Zander Bailey. Two plays later, Kankolongo was in the end zone and the game was tied at 14-14. Terry Fox began the fourth quarter deep in South Delta territory after a Calvert interception. However, the defence came up huge, forcing a missed field goal attempt. The Sun Devils offence then finally came to life, thanks to the legs of Calvert again as he took off for a 63-yard run, setting up Matwichyna’s go ahead major on

the next play. The Ravens showed why they have been ranked No. 1 for much of the season with a methodical clock eating drive that included a key 23-yard run by Bailey. That set the stage for Kankolongo to eventually find the end zone against a weary Sun Devils front seven that simply had been on the field too long. The Ravens then turned to their star back once more to add the winning points from threeyards out as he broke a tackle in the backfield and snuck inside the right end zone cone. “We may have been a little tired at the end, especially a couple of our two-way guys,” added Moon. “Their big runner broke a couple for first downs but I thought we did a pretty good job against him. Penalties hurt us too. Some were a lack of discipline and some were tough calls too. “We lose only 11 Grade 12s but a lot of them were starters. Unfortunately, we will be turning the page to next year. It’s going to be a hard bullet to swallow.” End Zone… The Sun Devils are well represented on this year’s Provincial “AAA” All-Star Team with five players selected. They include: Michael Calvert (quarterback), Billy Matwichyna (receiver), David Edwards (lineman), Grant McDonald (linebacker) and Riley Moore (defensive back).

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Southpointe teams thrive in fall season MARK BOOTH

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Southpointe Academy has enjoyed its best fall sports season in the Tsawwassen private school’s 16-year history and the future looks even brighter. The Titans senior boys soccer team wrapped up an outstanding campaign with a fourth place finish at the recent B.C. “A” Championships in South Surrey. Southpointe

advanced to the 16-team tournament after capturing the Greater Vancouver Independent Schools Athletic Association championship. The impressive run was complete with a dominating 4-0 victory over EJV Albatros in the final, back on Nov. 2 at Percy Perry Stadium in Coquitlam. Ewan T. scored a pair of goals, while singles went to Avi S. and game MVP Riley S. Tournament MVP honours went to Kanwar S.

Southpointe’s senior girls volleyball team showed plenty of promise this season, finishing third at the Fraser Valley Championships.

Meanwhile, it has been groundbreaking season for Southpointe’s senior girls volleyball team. The Titans just failed to earn their first-ever provincial “A” berth after coming up short at a three-team wildcard tournament held last Thursday. Southpointe defeated Nanaimo Christian (2-1) but lost in straight sets to Burnaby’s Carver Christian. The Titans had earned a shot at a backdoor spot thanks to a third place finish at the recent Fraser Valley Championships. What made the accomplishment impressive is the team’s roster features just three senior age players. Five are in Grade 10 and two more are in Grade 9. “The future is definitely promising,” said Southpointe athletic director and senior girls head coach Rob McCall. “We now have some coaches on staff and we are seeing the benefits of that in the younger grades. I believe our team was the strongest at the wildcard tournament


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The Titans senior boys soccer team won the GVISAA championship in route to a fourth place finish at provincials.

but unfortunately the girls didn’t play their best when it counted but we should be contending for the next few years.” Even with such a young roster, the Titans opted to jump into the deep end of B.C. high school volleyball by competing in the Fraser Valley “AAAA” West League instead of the GVISAA route. That meant match-

ing up with heavyweights such as South Delta and Seaquam. The stiff competition helped in the long run, leading to a solid fourth place finish at the recent eight-team Delta Cup tournament. Even with so many players aged up, the Titans managed a 5-2 record in the GVISAA Junior Girls

League. The Titans also have enjoyed success this fall at the elementary age level, as the Grade 6/7 girls team captured the Grade 7 Independent Schools Elementary Association (ISEA) Volleyball Championship, held at the Richmond Olympic Oval. Southpointe prevailed over nine other schools.


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BASTIEN, David Phillip April 12, 1942 - November 15, 2016 David was born at home in North Burnaby. A loving father of two sons, he shared his interest in mechanics with them, as well as his curiosity, creativity, and genius with numbers. He and his wife Lyla enjoyed almost 46 years of marriage. The family travelled extensively together and David - a talented photographer - took many stunning shots. He began his career as an aircraft mechanic (AME) with Canadian Pacific Airlines, eventually retiring nearly 45 years later as a maintenance planner with Air Canada. David loved his job, took pride in his team, made lasting friendships, and recalled that it rarely felt like work. In retirement he volunteered with Habitat for Humanity ReStore. David found an outlet for his artistic talents with the Richmond Carvers Society. He was an incredible grandfather who has inspired his grandchildren with his carvings, woodworking skills, drawings, volunteer work, and bottomless loving patience. David is predeceased by his son, “little” David. He is survived by many wonderful friends and family, in particular: his wife Lyla, son Gordon (Dana), beloved grandchildren Samuel and Sydney, brothers Brian (Fran) and John (Nazreen) Burns, and cousins - who were truly brothers - Norm and Bern MacLeod. A service will be held at Ladner United Church (4960 48th Ave, Delta) on December 3 at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of David to the Delta Hospital Foundation or the Delta Hospice Society.

Edward passed away after a long illness. Predeceased by his parents Eduard and Wanda, 4 brothers and recently his daughter Monica. Leaving behind his loving wife Eva of 50 years, son Mike and grandchildren Christie, Lisa (Mark), Brandon and Alexia. Ed worked for many years as an electronics technician but was best known as the handyman of the neighbourhood, always ready to lend a helping hand. He will be sorely missed. An Open House will be held on Saturday, December 3rd, 2016, between 12:00pm and 4:00pm at 4859-12A Avenue, Tsawwassen, BC.

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