Experience Delta Fall 2019

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DogFriendly Delta

The city is making big moves to accommodate our four-legged friends

Also inside: NORTH DELTA MEMORIES How was Annieville named? 6 SENIORS GIVE BACK Bria residents and staff are year-round volunteers 16 DEMYSTIFYING FOUR POPULAR DIETS Which one is best for you? 25





“I want families to know that their tax dollars are going towards community-minded policies and projects that serve the needs of Delta families first and help provide positive opportunities for children and youth. Our priority as your Mayor and Council is to build upon and enhance the quality of life for our residents.” - Mayor George V. Harvie

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Fall 2019 | Volume 4 | Number 3 PUBLISHER

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Delta Heritage Society Good Hound Dog Training Lorna Van Straaten

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t seems like fall slips in suddenly. Over the space of a couple weeks, the air cools, our children return to school and people return to their non-holiday routines. After a great summer we welcome the fall colours and a change.

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Celebrating the ‘dog-days’ of fall!

In this issue we explore Delta’s love affair with our dogs, we live in a pretty dog-friendly world here. Our ‘Twiggy’ loves it here. As well, the story on how Annieville was named is explained, and many local families look back on their contributions to the development of Delta. If you wish your local non-profit or community event added to our online calendar, please email me at lorna.vanstraaten@experiencedelta.ca.

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Odin and Storm enjoying a fun morning off-leash. Photo: Good Hound Dog Training.

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Seniors giving back Bria Communities raise money for their neighbourhoods


The city is making big moves to accommodate our four-legged friends

Tooth tech Finding better treatment for peaceful dentistry


* The Fraser used to freeze!e


Fresh Street


Demystifying diets

from Lulu Island to Hop

Ice skating on the frozen Fraser River in Annieville, circa 1929



Annieville memories



Be a dinner hero tonight: Brian’s Classic Steak Oscar

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FORMER HAMLETS MERGE INTO A MODERN CITY by Laurie Jones | photos courtesy Delta Heritage Society


ince the late 1800s, the City of Delta has been known for its broad range of industries based on fishing and farming. Over the years, tales have been told of the biggest fish caught or blue-ribbon, massive pumpkins grown for harvest fairs. Among the tributes are stories of people who struggled with turnof-the-century hardships but their towns and villages grew in spite of challenges. Above: December 1941 Japanese Boats: Annieville Dyke was at the end of Annacis Island. Note the paper mill across the river in New Westminster. Annacis Island was extended in later years and is now the Annacis Island auto terminal. Right: 1905 Annieville Cannery: note the First Nations camp and tents in front of the other buildings. The road shown was part of the 1905 old Ladner to New Westminster road, part of which remains today as Gunderson Road. It connected to the top wagon and pedestrian deck of the 1904 railway bridge across the Fraser River to New Westminster. This is the same bridge seen today next to the Pattullo Bridge.


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The Suzuki Farm, 1349 Gibson Road. Source: Pioneer Japanese Families in Delta and Surrey, by Michael S. Hoshiko, 1988. Gibson Road is now known as 90th Avenue. The address 1349 was located approximately at today’s 90th Avenue and 116th Street.

One of the most notable regions, Annieville (now part of North Delta), has a long history of settlers coming from far away to make a new life, including Scandinavians, Norwegians, Japanese, and of course, Canadians. So where did the name Annieville come from?

Living the life As the small community grew, so did the need for a school. In 1902, the Sunbury Public School was built to accommodate children of farmers and fishers along the Fraser River. Next was the one-room Annieville School, located beside the Trinity Lutheran Church. Miss Ella

Several stories have been suggested over time. But in a 2018 local newspaper article John Macdonald, historian and member of the Delta Museum and Archives Society, writes of a salmon cannery owner named Peter Birrell who lived in a house that he shared with three other people, including his cook, Annie Cowie. From 1880 to 1886 Peter Birrell’s address in the New Westminster voters list was Annieville, as was his address in the 1891 Census. Furthermore, an 1885 Fishing Report noted the location of Birrell’s BC Packing Company cannery as Annieville. Then again, Alexander Annandale – an early builder for the cannery site – may have had some influence on the final name. The community thrived with the arrival of salmon canneries and even though it was close to the shore, Annieville was primarily a large forest with a few Japanese chicken farms and raspberry or strawberry farms dotting the land. The first Trinity Lutheran Church was built at Norum Point in 1905 directly above the new Ladner to New Westminster Road.




Right: Old Annieville School. Source: BC Archives. The school was built next to Trinity Lutheran Church on River Road and was replaced in 1956 by Annieville Elementary School on 112th Street.

Hooffard, the school’s first teacher, rowed across the river every day from New Westminster, or walked across when the river froze. In the early days, the Fraser River used to freeze from Lulu Island to Hope. Les Starheim was only four years old when his family moved from North Vancouver to Annieville in 1939. “We went to the Trinity Lutheran Church and the service was in Norwegian,” he says. “But during war times everyone had to speak English, including my family. Those days were amazing, with skating on the Fraser River and the Annieville/Gunderson Slough. When I was 12 I used to sail my rowboat on the Slough and once caught a 36 pound spring salmon. On the Starheim creek, we had Steelhead salmon spawning.” Starheim says his family were all involved in the fishing industry, including his father, mother and brother. “My mother, Caroline Starheim, was a net woman and also worked at Nelson Brothers Fisheries. She used to mend nets on the side for the fishermen.” With her husband away fishing in Alaska and the West Coast for 10-12 months, and also running a rooming house in Victoria, Caroline Starheim was mostly on her own – a true pioneer woman. “Our home was at 11059 River Road, on the lower section,” he says. “We had the Great Northern Railway steam train going by our place and we often took that to Seattle for $5 to visit my Mom’s uncle.” Shopping was an adventure in itself as the newly forming villages did not have large stores. “In the 1940s and 50s, whenever a family wanted to get a ride across

YOU’VE GOT MAIL! Although Annieville was a small town, it had its own postal address – Annieville, B.C. The post office was at the bottom of a trail between Annieville and Surrey that lead uphill to 96th Avenue. “It was a tiny store and the postmaster’s name was Mr. Deppiesse,” says Starheim. “Eventually our mailing address became RR 1, New Westminster, then RR 1, North Surrey and years later it became just Delta, BC.”


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the river to New Westminster to get groceries we would go on a fishing boat,” he explains. Schooling was another challenge for the families. “Parents protested because although we payed taxes to Delta, we had to fight to get a school bus to come and get us, otherwise we would all have to pay money to go to school in New Westminster,” says Starheim. “Eventually we were able to go to school in Ladner. We had some interesting principles who had served in the Army, including Nelson Allen. They were very strict but that was okay. We all needed to be reined in. In fact I remember getting a strap one day because I was swearing in the hall.”

Dreams come true Sandra Clark is another resident whose family moved to North Delta in its early days. “I was six in 1954 when my parents, Gerry and Eileen Steele, moved my four siblings and me from New Westminster to live their dream of owning a hobby farm, planting a small orchard and growing their own food. They acquired 10 acres of view property overlooking the Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island, and my father built our house. Growing up, we had horses, ducks, sheep, a pig and several dog and cats. It was a great place to live because we had a lot of places to explore, the air was clean and neighbours were kind to one another.” Clark says when they arrived, the streets were named after settlers who had arrived from other parts of Canada and Europe, but in the late 1950s, the system was changed to the current numerical format. “We went to Richardson Elementary School on 84th Street,


Far left: The first community park in North Delta, Anneville Park, was built by volunteers in 1952. Burns Bog: provided 53% of Canada’s peat in 1942. During the Second World War BC peat was used to pack munitions for fire bombs.

which was only two rooms,” she says. “Until 1957/1958 when North Delta Secondary opened, we didn’t have a high school. That was a concern for my parents because New Westminster had beautiful schools, a library, museums and other amenities. There was nothing in North Delta, but every two weeks, the Fraser Valley Regional Library brought their mobile library van to the corner of 84th and 112th Street and parked there for book exchange.” Medical appointments were another challenge for the pioneers of North Delta. “Everyone had to go to New Westminster to see doctors or dentists,” she says. She notes a lot of the people who moved to North Delta were veterans from the Second World War and took advantage of the VLA – Veteran’s Land Act, which offered low interest loans. “My Dad was a veteran so that’s how my parents got their property. It was a tough move because we came from New Westminster, which was had everything. Our house had electricity and a septic field, but it was not like it is today. Everyone grew their own vegetables, even though they weren’t farmers. But we all had big gardens and we canned a lot of fruits and vegetables. My mom also bought a deep freeze for food we harvested. Otherwise we had to go to Woodward’s in New Westminster for groceries and other items. There were a couple stores North Delta, but it wasn’t until the late 1950s that Supervalu opened so we didn’t have to go across the river to shop.” In a recent presentation, Clark had the opportunity to explain the transition of street names in the community and elaborate on historical figures, such as Colonel J.T. (John Thomas) Scott, for whom Scott Road is named


after. Bert Gibson, a former New Brunswick resident, purchased five acres in the current Kennedy area. “Gibson Elementary School, which opened in 1971, was named after the family,” she explains.

Landmarks full of history Beyond the farms, canneries and colourful residents, North Delta and Annieville have a wide selection of notable landmarks that enhance the community, and make for good news stories. Burns Bog, which has made headlines for both its size, history and, unfortunately fires. Named after Dominic Burns, peat mining was a strong industry in the 1930s. A variety of customers used the peat for everything from agriculture to heating homes to weapons production. Nancy Demwell, former teacher and member of the Delta Heritage Society, noted that peat was used to pack munitions for fire bombs during the Second World War, including 100,000 bales that were shipped to a Las Vegas munitions factory. Another important community in the history of Delta is the Ancestors of today’s Coast Salish people. According to research done by John Macdonald, posters of seven First Nations – the Tsawwassen, Katzie, Kwantlen, Kwekwetlem, Qayqayt, Semiahmoo, and Musqueum – were put on the pillars supporting the Alex Fraser Bridge at St. Mungo Park. This site was used by First Nations people 4,000 years ago. As with any community, or city, that has undergone major growth over time, Annieville and North Delta will continue to have stories to tell for decades to come. n



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oon after being hired as the recreational assistant for Bria Communities in 2016, John Meier was asked to organize a Hot Dog Fundraiser benefiting the Alzheimer Society of BC. The former proprietor of Tsawwassen’s renowned Myrtle’s Famous Hot dogs was on board immediately.

“When they asked me, I was in … this company has such a social conscience, one that aligns with my beliefs of giving back to the community,” says the affable Meier.


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Meier also had a personal reason for supporting this campaign. “My grandmother Myrtle, which my cart is named after, died of Alzheimer’s and she would have loved this idea.” Bria Communities’ first Hot Dog day raised $2,400. This year the hugely popular event, which attracts people from all over the Lower Mainland craving the gourmet Coney Island-style hot dogs, raised a whopping $6,100. “We cooked 550 hot dogs and people

were throwing in $100 and even $200 donations,” says Meier. For 86-year-old widow Desley Cook, that civic mindset was another bonus to living at The Wexford. “I love to volunteer and get involved,” says Cook. “I’m in charge of the charitable knitting group and I work the 50/50 charity draws.” With so much happening each day, Cook says there’s no reason to ever be bored.


“It’s like a hotel but even better, we have outings like fishing, live entertainment, a resident garden on the rooftop, annual picnics, karaoke, speakers and much more,” adds Cook. “Everyone, from the residents to the staff, are like one big family.” Tsawwassen’s The Wexford is one of two senior residences Bria Communities operates in Delta, (the other is The Waterford). Since its inception, the company has been finding ways to engage and inspire its seniors in meaningful ways. “There’s a corporate climate at Bria that each residence gets invested in all aspects of the community, so we often partner with organizations aimed at bettering our community,” says Janice Miller, marketing partner, Seniors Living. Throughout the year, The Wexford and The Waterford host fundraisers like BBQs and 50/50

draws for the Alzheimer’s Society and BC Cancer Association, and together they sponsor the South Delta Seniors Celebration, an annual outdoor community event featuring live entertainment. The Wexford also host a Turkey Drive offering fresh turkeys for a monetary or toy donation, with proceeds going to Deltassist. In addition, both the Wexford and the Waterford honoured International Women’s Day – the Wexford raising $600 for women’s education, while the Waterford hosted guest speakers like Delta MP Carla Qualtrough. One of its biggest initiatives is the Virtual Dementia Tour (VDT) days. “Since March, we’ve hosted 52 community and industry leaders, seniors’ advocates and senior care professionals for the VDT,” explains Miller. “We are the only Canadian seniors’ community to train all of our staff and one of a few to facilitate the VDT, a multi sensory dementia experience.”

Bria presents these training tours because of its strong belief in building empathy for one of our most vulnerable sectors of the community – seniors. “When a community supports and cares for its seniors, everyone benefits,” notes Miller. For more information, visit BriaCommunities.ca n

Clockwise from the lead photo: The Wexford Hot Dog Day team; Diane James and Bill Risk share a dance at South Delta Seniors Celebration; Rod Prado and Lara Fares serve burgers at The Waterford’s Alzheimer’s Walk BBQ; John Meier enjoys a Chicago dog; Desley Cook and Kathleen Soriano serve cotton candy to guests.




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e all have that aha moment, that instant when we tell ourselves, enough is enough, I need to lose weight. Sure, we all know how we should eat healthier, but it’s really hard to resist temptations like a big, juicy burger or a slice of sinfully delicious chocolate cake! It’s no surprise that eating well is still difficult for many of us. If you are truly committed, you might now you asking yourself, which diet will help you win the battle of the bulge? Keto, Atkins, Mediterranean or Paleo? . . . it’s enough to make one want to grab a donut. Experience Delta reviews some of the pros and cons of each.




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Mr. Blue laps up a warm fall Delta afternoon off-leashin’ with his guardians.





elta has gone barking mad, and that’s great news for puppy parents everywhere!

Whether you are looking for offleash dog parks to socialize your pups, dog-friendly hotels and cafés, doggy daycare and staycare, or training tips to maintain a happy and healthy dog guardian relationship, Delta has it all. You could say Delta has been rolling out the red carpet when it comes to keeping our furry companions happy and well-socialized.



As a nation we’ve admittedly become pet obsessed (and yes, we understand why). Latest dog population figures saw an increase nationally from 7.6 million in 2016 to 8.2 million in 2018, and Delta is keeping pace. The Delta Community Animal Shelter (DCAS), which safely rehomes and cares for approximately 800 animals each year, reports that around 8,500 licenses were issued last year. “Delta is trying to do more to make our community pet safe and

friendly by consulting regularly with the community,” says shelter manager Ryan Voutilainen. “We have created public yards at our facility that are fenced in. This is perfect for those who are working with dogs who are perhaps more fearful or require a more secure spot. We are transitioning to become more of a community centre for people with pets.” While other cities are coming under fire for banning our four-legged friends (whether on or off-leash)


from parks, Delta is taking a more proactive approach. The city has a total of 12 leash-optional areas for licensed dogs, the most recent of which is the North 40 Park Reserve that even allows commercial dog walking activities, with a maximum of four dogs off-leash at a time. “North 40 is a great off-leash dog park,” says Mallory Richards, who runs Good Hound Dog Training in Delta with her husband Andrew. “In June, the City of Delta opened up another dog park that even has an agility section and is fenced in, so the city is really responding to our needs.” Two years ago the couple opened up Ladner and Tsawwassen’s only store front dog daycare and training facility and the response has been amazing. Every day, four handlers welcome around 30 to 35 dogs into the space. Richards admits, she never envisioned she would end up in the dog “space,” but couldn’t be happier. “I was managing a fitness and aquatics department in Vancouver and we began fostering and rehabilitating dogs. I realized dogs are more friendly than people,” laughs Richards. In truth, the couple understood the multiple benefits of dog guardianship and wanted to do more to assist others with their dogs. “Andrew enrolled in the Animal Behaviour College in California and in 2016 I became a Walks n Wags Pet First Aid instructor and certified dog trainer. We decided to open Good Hound Dog Training and Daycare and contacted the City, who were extremely receptive to the idea.” Richards, a Delta local, has seen


a big change in the city’s dog culture over the years, and is extremely positive about the new direction. “I grew up in Boundary Bay and the scene 30 years ago was very different. On-leash wasn’t really a thing. But as the population of people and dogs has increased, we needed to find a balance to maintain a happy community for all.” The culture of adopting rescues has also come with its challenges, as anyone who has ever adopted can attest to. However, having fostered and rehabilitated many dogs, Mallory and Andrew Richards have seen firsthand the impact giving a dog a second chance can have and offers specific training to help with the transition for pup and parent. In the end, however, it’s about understanding your dog’s unique personality. “People are sometimes surprised when we recommend dog walkers instead of daycare, but I liken it to people, some people like to go to coffee shops while otherwise like to go to a club and drink. The daycare is like the club scene for the dog; it’s not for everyone.” Having a well-trained dog benefits everyone, because after all, dogs aren’t for everyone. “The biggest problem is guardians can be overconfident, so if your pup runs over to a dog on-leash and you shout, ‘my dog is friendly,’ it won’t help if the other dog isn’t.” So what’s her top tip when it comes to a safe and happy off-leash session? “Reliable recall!” Richards says. “If you can’t call your dog off someone’s picnic lunch, then they shouldn’t be off leash.

Practice, practice, practice. Recall is something you should always reward. No matter how old your dog is, they are like sponges when it comes to training. Training dogs is easy, training humans is not.” For more information on Good Hound Dog Training and Daycare visit: goodhoundtraining.com n

DESIGNATED OFFLEASH AREAS LADNER Paterson Park 5800 Clarence Taylor Cres. North 40 Park Reserve Boundary Bay Airport (North of Churchill St.) Wellington Point Park 3653 River Rd. West NORTH DELTA Cougar Canyon Environmental Reserve 11300 Block 72 Ave. Delview Park 11670 92 Ave. Devon Gardens Park 11011 McAdam Rd. Huff Hydro Corridor Reserve 11050 Huff Blvd. North Delta Recreation Centre 11415 84 Ave. (Behind Facility) Scott 72 Park Reserve 11814 74 Ave. TSAWWASSEN Beach Grove Park 6051 17A Ave. Boundary Beach Park Reserve 0 Block 66 St. Dennison Park 755 53 St. Pebble Hill Park 411 Milsom Wynd 



What’s Happening in Delta SEPTEMBER experiencedelta.ca/events

OCTOBER experiencedelta.ca/events

Art & Wine Stroll 4:00pm - 8:00pm | September 19 | Tickets $30 Come join in on the fun at the Ladner Business Association’s Art & Wine Stroll! Each business has a featured artist showcasing their work or talent while offering wine/beer tasting and appetizers. Your ticket includes a wine glass, wrist band and maps that list each business and artist participating. Ladner Village, 5085 Delta Street, Delta, BC Women’s Fall Classic 1:15pm | September 21 The Beach Grove Golf Club is putting on a shotgun “T” event. See beachgrovegolf.com for more details about this fun filled event! 5946 12th Avenue, Delta, BC V4L 1C7 Lonesome Town Painters Concert 8:00pm | September 21 | Tickets $25 – $30 You can phone for tickets Mon-Fri at 604.946.1411 or pick them up directly at McKee Seniors Centre, 5155 47 Avenue, Delta, BC V4K 0A2

Delta Down Syndrome Support Group Meeting 6:00pm - 7:30pm | October 3 (recurring) Goals are to help connect parents of children with Down Syndrome;to provide monthly meetings for parents and their children; to provide on-site child minding while you attend the discussion. First Thursday of each month, October to September. No charge and light refreshments served. Reach Society Main Office, Lois E. Jackson Kinsmen Centre for Children, 5050 47th Avenue, Ladner, BC. Please RSVP to Sarah Garnham: 604.946.6622 ext 321 or sarahg@reachchild.org

Food Distribution – North Delta 10:00am - 12:00pm | September 24 (recurring) North Delta Evangelical Free Church, 11300 84 Avenue, Delta, BC V4C2L8. The Surrey Food Bank distributes food in North Delta every 2nd Tuesday, you must be a registered client to receive a food hamper.

Mr MOM’s DIVAS Show October 4 East Delta Hall Events Centre, 10379 Ladner Trunk Road. Tickets available at the box office Tuesdays 10:00am – 2:00pm or online: mrmomsworldspeaks.com. Dinner & Show $95.00 / Seniors $75.00, for more info call 604.782.7298

LBA Thursday Morning Member Meeting 8:00am - 9:00am | September 26 Royal Canadian Legion Branch 61 4896 Delta Street, Ladner. BC V4K 2V2

#nikonsocial | Reifel Bird Sanctuary 10:00am – 12:00pm | October 5 Join Nikon Canada rep Jay for a fun and informative Nikon Social photowalk that will help expand your outdoor photography knowledge. LONESOME TOWN PAINTERS



Get closer to birds in flight with this hands-on experience photographing birds with long lenses. You will learn the best settings in each situation and share tips around proper shooting techniques. Please note, there is a $5 admissions fee at the Reifel Bird Sanctuary. Be sure to register as spots are limited! 5191 Robertson Road, Delta, BC V4K 3N2


Terminal City Riders Ladner Pumpkin Ride 12:00pm – 7:00pm | October 5 Meet at Riverhouse Pub, 6255 River Rd, Delta. Lots of parking at Deas Park and a trail that connects along the dike with the pub. Join the ride along the Millenium trail through Ladner to Westham Island about 7miles, then turn around at Westham Island Winery and possibly go back another route but likely double back. It’s nice and flat and we shouldn’t have to ride in much traffic – cross your fingers for a gorgeous sunny day! NOVEMBER experiencedelta.ca/events Crafty Affaire Markets November 9 and 10, Tsawwassen Mills | November 16, Elgin Hall | November 30, Harris Barn Crafty Affaire Market is an artisan market that features local vendors specializing in handmade goodness and promotes unique and modern handmade items, as well as some vintage treasures. The Market showcases awesome crafty superstars and provide an amazing shopping experience for the community. Email: hello@craftyaffaire.com n

IN THE CITY It is a privilege to deliver my first “In the City” report for Experience Delta. I look forward to using this column to inform the community about City business and issues relevant to Delta citizens. Since being sworn in as Mayor, I have had the opportunity to engage with residents and businesses in many meaningful ways. It has been great to see the amount of care and compassion we have for one another - this is one of the reasons why the City of Delta is a great place to live. Over the past few months, Delta Council and I have looked into implementing essential initiatives that focus on the wellbeing of Delta families. I’m happy to announce that we have introduced the Delta Families First program.


Delta Families First provides more sports, recreation, and social health opportunities, right here in our community. Programs such as free youth admission pass to all Delta recreation facilities and priority registration to registered programs for Delta residents can be found under our Families First initiative. Council and I have a great vision, and Delta Families First is part of this vision. You can find out more about this great program at delta.ca/FamiliesFirst. Delta Council and City staff are working hard to ensure that Delta continues to be a great place to raise a family. There are a lot of other news and events happening at City Hall. I encourage you to follow me on social media. Visit delta.ca to stay up to date on local issues, public meetings, announcements and events. n





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