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Volunteers behind vibrant community
Popular events held annually in Ladner wouldn’t be possible without the efforts of so many
What would Ladner look like without volunteers? It would probably be pretty boring, have no sense of community or belonging and would not be a very fun place to live. Volunteers are the lifeblood of communities and Ladner is no different. The Ladner Business Association (LBA) presents a number of events and activities throughout the year for the community to enjoy. The events are primarily free, made possible by the hard work and dedication of volunteers. “I am continually amazed and in awe of the tireless energy of our community’s volunteers at our various events throughout the year,” says LBA president Jill McKnight. “Thank you to the volunteers to make our community a home.” Valerie Miller has volunteered with the Ladner Village Market for the past 10 years, the LBA Christmas Tree Lighting
event the past five and is now an employee of Delta Farmland and Wildlife Trust assisting with the popular Day at the Farm event in September. She says she volunteers out of a love for the community. “If I don’t participate and give back when I can, we won’t have the amazing events and the feeling that is Ladner,” says Miller. “All the events help give us a sense of community. I think I have volunteered for pretty much all of the events over the years. Whether it is putting up road barriers, handing out cookies at the tree lighting – if you love your community, you need to be involved with it.” Miller is convinced that without volunteers, the LBA would never be able to host its many events. “With our Day at the Farm event we basically rely on 60 to 70 volunteers to make that event happen and that is not an unusual number for such
Ladner Business Association president Jill McKnight (right) is amazed by the community’s volunteers. a large community event,” she says. “So many people benefit from the events that are put on. It gives people a sense of belonging to something.” Connie Lucas is now five years retired as the owner of Ladner and Delta Travel.
She began volunteering almost 15 years ago for the LBA’s popular Quilt Walk and Classic Car Show. Since then she has also volunteered at the Easter parade and Breakfast with Santa. She says helping out just makes her feel good.
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“I love meeting people, giving back to the community and helping the community. I just enjoy it,” she says. Carol Miles, owner of South Delta Heels, is a tremendous LBA volunteer. She has sat on the LBA executive, helped
with the Easter parade, Tree Festival and Breakfast with Santa and has also volunteered with the Delta Hospital Foundation gala for several years. Miles says when she and her husband moved to Ladner 15 years ago she never really felt like she had been part of a community anywhere else. “But after living in Ladner for 15 years, you feel you have an investment in this little town. Let’s say I volunteer for the tree lighting with the LBA, nobody in the future is going to necessarily remember me having volunteered, but the kids who came will remember the event and it makes me feel really good to know that I’m a part of something. No one volunteers to get his or her name in the paper or to get recognition. Volunteering is an investment in the people that live here.” Miles says she and others volunteer because they truly love where they live.
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Market brings thousands to 48th Avenue
22nd season now underway
A beloved summer tradition in Ladner returned earlier this month. The Ladner Village Market kicked off its 22nd season by bringing together “make it, bake it or grow it” vendors, community organizations and 48th Avenue merchants in a festival-like event. The market strives to offer locals and visitors access to farm fresh produce and meats, artisan foods and unique, handcrafted products in a festive atmosphere. A gathering place for friends and family, the Ladner Village Market has become a destination for people throughout the Lower Mainland and beyond. Featuring more than 160 artisan vendors each time, the Ladner Village Market is one of Western
Canada’s largest open air markets spread over three blocks on 48th Avenue from Delta Street to Elliott Street. It is held on the second and fourth Sundays in June, July and August and the second Sunday of September. Market dates for 2018 are: June 24, July 8 and 22, Aug. 12 and 26, and Sept. 9. It runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. With its “make it, bake it or grow it” philosophy, the market allows shoppers to meet the individuals who create the products and, in many instances, sample their creations. Shoppers will be entertained by live performances and talented buskers, while local merchants and restaurants will be open to welcome visitors to Ladner Village.
The Ladner Village Market continues to attract big crowds with its ‘make it, bake it or grow it’ vendors.
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CoPS finds new home in historic structure
Community police station becoming a hub in village since relocating to old municipal hall The larger office space that we have is also helping to attract more volunteers, attract more people to the programs that we offer. Overall, the move has been received very well.” According to Delta, careful and respectful rehabilitation combined with necessary upgrades have enhanced the her-
itage significance and extended the useful life of the building. An elevator has been added and public washrooms are now available. Parks, recreation and culture director Ken Kuntz said besides the Ladner CoPS on the second level, the building will be utilized as a storage space for
the DPD Pipe Band and storage in the lower level for the DPD bike patrol. He said the third level will be for a municipal service, but what that service will be has not been decided yet. The restoration project included more than $500,000 from the federal government’s Canada 150
Community Infrastructure Fund. Delta police Chief Neil Dubord said the public opening of the new CoPS office in February felt a little like Christmas Day. “To say that this community police office in historic Delta is impressive is really an understatement,” said Dubord.
The Ladner Community Police Station (CoPS) relocated to Delta Street in February.
The community is embracing a refurbished piece of Delta’s history. The Ladner Community Police Station (CoPS) is quickly becoming a hub to address community concerns and get information. In February, Delta’s historic municipal hall in Ladner Village was re-opened to the public following an extensive $2.5-million rehabilitation that started in 2016. The space is now the new home of Ladner CoPS, which is fitting as the century-old building at the corner of Delta and Bridge streets was once Delta’s police station. For almost the last 50 years it had served as the home of the Delta Museum and Archives. Const. Ken Kirk said the community response has been very positive.
“People have been impressed with the renovations,” Kirk said. “The walk-ins are noticeably up, so for sure our community contact has increased.” The community station had been on 48th Avenue and while the space was well utilized, getting situated in a more prominent location within the village has been welcomed. Kirk said even though it has only been three months, with the increase in public interactions comes with an upturn in addressing community concerns. “That is what we are here for though — to interact and engage with the public,” he said. “Some of the concerns and inquiries the volunteers can handle, but some people do want to speak with a police officer, so that’s my role.
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The Ladner Business Association (LBA) prides itself on giving back to the community. Its merchants and volunteers do this by way of many events and activities that bring families together, bring the community together and help contribute to why we all love Ladner. A successful Easter egg hunt and parade were held in April, while the Ladner Village Market kicked off its 22nd season earlier this month.
If you missed the first market of 2018, don’t worry as there will be six more dates throughout the summer. Featuring over 160 artisan vendors, the market is held on the second and fourth Sundays in June, July and August and the second Sunday of September. It runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. One of Ladner’s biggest events is the 14th annual Quilt Walk and Classic Car Show, which is set for Sunday, Aug. 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“Quilts and cars make a perfect combination for a family to enjoy the day together,” says LBA president Jill McKnight. “The streets of Ladner Village come alive through vibrant, vintage car colours and the incredible quilted works of art. This event has something for everyone.” McKnight says organizers are anticipating a tremendous turnout this year with more than 350 cars and 180 quilts on display. EVENTS: see Page 23
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CONTINUED from Page 22 In addition to the cars and quilts, people can vote for their favourite pin-up contestant and partake in the festival atmosphere enhanced by live music and food trucks. Two other popular events will take place later in the year. The first is the official kick-off to the Christmas season with the LBA’s Tree Lighting event on Thursday, Nov. 22 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. This family-oriented event includes music performances, cookie decorating, children’s activities, gingerbread house contest
and free hot chocolate. The night culminates with the arrival of Santa and the lighting of the Christmas tree. The LBA also hosts its annual Breakfast with Santa, set for Saturday, Dec. 2 at the Ladner Community Centre. Community VIPs will serve up a tasty pancake breakfast. There will also be face painting for the kids, entertainment and photos with Santa. The village is also home to other events not hosted by the LBA, but feature many of the merchants who volunteer their time. The Tour de Delta’s
Ladner Criterium is one of those events and will be held on Saturday, July 7. “If you haven’t been to a bike race before, you will be amazed at how quickly these riders move through the course in the village,” says McKnight. “Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy a free evening of entertainment perfect for the entire family.” The best place to watch the race is the start/finish area at Delta and Bridge streets, “crash corner” at Chisholm and Delta streets, 48th Avenue from Delta to Elliott streets, or any of the eateries along the race course.
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scene. Riverdale is an American teen drama based on the characters of Archie Comics. Ladner Business Association president Jill McKnight said in general merchants embrace the filming experience. “We appreciate the number of community members the film industry employs and the families it supports,” said McKnight. According to Creative BC, the film industry’s financial impact in Delta is quite significant. In 2016, 1,330 B.C. film industry employees were Delta residents, earning a total of almost $31 million. There were 354 employees in Ladner, earning a total of $8.6 million in wages.
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Teamwork, cooperation and just being a good neighbour are all traits that make Ladner special. Recently those attributes were on full display when businesses in Ladner Village and the Delta police cooperated to save a family of ducks in peril. A call came into police as “Mallard family in
peril.” An employee from Lawlor Goldsmith reported that a mallard and her brood of ducklings were wandering through traffic in Ladner Village. “Our police cars don’t come equipped with fishing nets, so Const. Ken Kirk from the Ladner CoPS office contacted Jens Cuthbert from Stillwater Sports, who helped him
wrangle the ducks,” says DPD public affairs coordinator Cris Leykauf. “Mom and babies were captured safely and released near Ladner Harbour. This is just another example of no call too small in action.” Leykauf says rescuing ducklings in peril seems to be an annual event for DPD. “Officers are happy
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