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STAYCATION IN SOUTH DELTA
Stay and explore local during the holidays p6
FEEDING THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT Food bank volunteers filling hearts and cupboards p14
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A good year A look back on the first year of Something Good p8
this holiday season, BUY LOCAL IN DELTA
We live and work in a special place – Delta is home to about 100,000 people, more than 8,000 hectares of farmland, and hundreds of quality businesses with every product and service you can imagine. I encourage you take advantage of all that Delta has to offer and buy local this holiday season. Whether you work in one of Delta’s burgeoning industrial areas, or live in the heart of one of our three thriving communities, you are close to some of the best goods and services in the Lower Mainland. I know you will enjoy the old fashioned service you receive and feel good knowing that your hard earned dollars are supporting your friends, co-workers, and others who make this community such a great place to live, work, and play. Thank you for the work that you do. Please take advantage of your proximity to many wonderful businesses and buy from local Delta businesses whenever you can. Yours truly,
Lois E. Jackson Mayor
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What is Something Good? Wow. It's hard to believe it's been a year since we launched this little magazine with a (very lucky) shot of Michael Bublé on the cover.
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of our place among the final three companies to be announced in the Nov. 25 gala dinner at the Tsawwassen Springs. Humbling would be an adjective understating how utterly privileged we felt to rub elbows with the finest and longest serving businesses of this great city.
Being given the opportunity to share the stories and capture the moments of this community in 2016 has been a tremendous joy, one we hope to continue into 2017. In early October we were surprised by an email indicating some thoughtful soul had enjoyed our magazine enough to nominate us for an award in the annual Delta Chamber of Commerce Hats off to Excellence Awards for Rising Star.
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CHRISTMAS CONCERT: FREE Enjoy an evening filled with your favourite Christmas songs and sing-a-longs by the Delta Concert Band, Delta Music Makers and a local choir. Tuesday, Dec. 6, 7-9:30 pm at the Ladner Community Centre.
MCKEE SENIORS CONCERT BAND: FREE There will be a Christmas concert at McKee Seniors Recreation Centre featuring the Free Flight School of Dance and McKee's own concert band with a sing-a-long on Friday, Dec. 9 from 7-9 p.m. Donations for the South Delta Food Bank will be gratefully accepted.
THAT'S CHRISTMAS TO ME The Delta Choral Society presents That's Christmas to Me featuring Delta Children's Choir, Delta Community Choir and Tapestry with special guests. Performances are on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 2 and 7 p.m. at South Delta Baptist Church, Tsawwassen. Adults: $20. Seniors and students: $15. Children under 12 free. Tickets available from choir members, at the door or at deltachoral.ca.
A TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra presents A Traditional Christmas at South Delta Baptist Church on Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 7:30 pm., featuring host Christopher Gaze, EnChor, the UBC Opera Ensemble and the VSO's new assistant conductor William Rowson. Tickets are $43 for adults, $37 for seniors and children, and $35 for students.
DELTA MUSIC MAKERS The Delta Music Makers have a Christmas concert on Sunday, Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. at KinVillage Community Centre, Tsawwassen. Admission is by donation.
A ROCK N' ROLL CHRISTMAS
The Original Legends of Rock n' Roll presents A Rock n' Roll Christmas with Zachary Stevenson plus The Fab Fourever and special guest Molly Dee on Friday, Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m. at Genesis Theatre, Ladner. Call 604-507-6355 for tickets.
HOLIDAY EVENTS BIRDS ON THE BAY: FREE Join Tom Bearss and his informal birdwatchers for a 2.5 hour amble in Boundary Bay Regional Park from 9 am to noon on Wednesday, Dec. 14. Enjoy the abundance of resident and wintering species, including shorebirds, waterfowl, raptors, and smaller birds. Meet at Cammidge House by Centennial Beach.
CHRISTMAS DINNER: FREE Local chef Jini Aroon will be holding her annual Christmas dinner for all the clients of the food bank on Dec. 12. You can register by calling the food bank at 604-946-1967.
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See Delta's ice arenas transformed into twinkling Winter Wonderlands! Join us at the South Delta Rec Centre for skating and holiday cheer with friends and family! Visit Delta.ca for info.
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For some people, the Christmas Season is about jumping into a plane, heading to the hottest beach in the tropics and drinking pina coladas in the sun. That works for some, but for those who will be home for the holidays, there's plenty to savour and enjoy right here.
If you want to start a brand new Christmas tradition you can start by taking a stroll in old Ladner Village, now festooned with thousands of beautiful white LED lights. You can stroll arm-in-arm with your favourite someone while peering into the beautifully decorated windows at Muddy River Landing, Vinca's Kitchen, Fancy This Gift and the other mom-and-pop shops along 48th Avenue. Be sure and stop by Delta Street to see the gloriously decorated Christmas Tree, which like Ladner, is neither too big, too small, but somehow just right for the size.
Ladner Village was made for exploring on foot and with the road construction from this past summer completed, it's been made very pedestrian-friendly. Grab a coffee at Stir's and warm yourself as you walk around. Even if you've lived
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in South Delta all your life, you'll be surprised at how much you've never noticed.
Be sure to walk on down to Chisholm Street to see if you can catch a glimpse of the ships lit up in all their Christmas glory. If you're really lucky, you might see the Christmas Carol Ships (due to sail from Westham Island bridge to the Ladner Harbour on Dec. 2 and 3).
Speaking of Westham Island, the iconic house boats at Canoe Pass and Ladner Reach are beautiful at any time of year but they are particularly nice when adorned by Christmas lights reflecting into the waters of the mighty Fraser River. Tsawwassen is a different animal entirely from Ladner's quaint little village, but no less interesting a visit. That's particularly the case because of the geography of the peninsula. Tiny Tsawwassen has all the modern amenities of boutique shopping, relaxing spas and premium java, and yet lies just minutes (or less) from sandy beaches and gorgeous wetlands. And yes, they can be thoroughly enjoyed in the winter.
Wait for a nice day and head uptown to 56th Street and 12th Avenue where you can select from a wide variety of warm holiday drinks at Petra's by L'Aromas or across the street at the Wood 'N Frog. The Woods Coffee shop at Tsawwassen Springs is also a strong candidate, where you'll find an outdoor skating rink nearby and a beautiful Christmas tree.
Then walk on over to the Tsawwassen Town Centre Mall, say hello to Santa Claus (and Mrs. Claus) and have a peek at the little clothing shops and stores there. While Ladner has an antique charm to it, the pastelcoloured buildings of Tsawwassen offers its own vibe and style and I think you'll agree it retains all the friendliness you'd expect from a small town.
After you've had your fill of window shopping and coffee cupping, head on down to Centenntial Beach and let your eyes drink in the beauty of the waves lapping the shore. Dress warmly, however. Just in case! There's plenty to explore in South Delta this Christmas. To find specific events and activities near you check out Page 4 (Some good things to do).
A Good year in South Delta Vol. 1, Issue 1. Dec. 2015
The inaugural eight page issue of Something Good Magazine was launched in the first week of December as a "proof of concept" publication that would highlight all the good things in South Delta. Our cover featured a smiling Michael Bublé skating on the Tsawwassen Springs ice rink.
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Michael Bublé enjoying the new outdoor rink at Tsawwassen Springs. See what else you can do in South Delta. p 5
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Community events p 7
Fun things to do and see this holiday season in South Delta WINTER 2015
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Following up on a successful debut, we launched our second issue in February with 16 pages of local stories. Our feature cover story highlighted the
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Despite branding the magazine as exclusively "good news", we delved into the human tragedy of the Syrian refugee crisis.
A community of volunteers supporting the hospital
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great work done by a local equestrian rescue facility called Tiny Tales.
We decided our publication would be delivered monthly to households in Ladner and Tsawwassen.
A Safe Haven
Highlighting the tremendous work done by the Delta Safe Haven Committee, a group of volunteers helping refugees relocated to Ladner, the issue was well received by readers.
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Delta Youth Theatre p 4 Aspiring young actors learn musical theatre with classic Broadway musical
Something beautiful p 12 Something else p 15 Tsawwassen photographer puts the subject of feminine beauty in focus
Delta students receive rare opportunity to work with professional opera company
We highlighted the Delta Career Fair, the Earthwise Gardens, a new playground at South Park Elementary, the work done by the Delta Farmland and Wildlife Trust and much more.
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Our next issue celebrated the rebirth of the Spring season and the content reflected the changes.
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Vol. 1, Issue 5. May 2016
During a chance meeting with Emily Kettleson in Tsawwassen, Something Good Magazine learned about her remarkable story of developing as an artist and finding work as a person with a disability. Writing about Emily was a great opportunity to highlight the diversity of talents and skills that people with autism and other disabilities can bring to the workplace. The issue also highlighted Irish Dancing, Lawn Bowling, a Tour de Delta cyclist, Artists in the Village and Delta Collaborates. Vol. 1, Issue 6. June 2016
Sometimes the easiest way to come up with a story about Delta is simply by
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July is a time of hot, hazy days spent under the sun umbrella, enjoying time off work and school.
To that end, we decided to highlight all the fun activities in Delta happening over the course of the summer.
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Some good things to eat p 10 3 great local places to sample Mexican food
Gardening with Kristin Crouch p14
Local gardener talks about the bloom of June JUNE 2016
walking or driving around and enjoying its splendour.
That's certainly how we came up with the cover story for May, featuring the unique and colourful boat houses of Ladner.
We also spoke with Barry Hartman of 505-Junk, a young entrepreneur who has been mentoring other young people pursuing their dream of owning a business.
We also kept the stories timely to the season by writing about the need for a new swimming pool, the fun of rowing at Deas Island, and the new Rotary water park in Ladner.
community, South Delta is the perfect venue for a event highlighting all the great things that farmers make and do for all of us.
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With summer winding down and the harvest season approaching, it was a perfect time to talk about the Day at the Farm event scheduled for September.
inside Summer Reading Program p8 Get into a good book at your local library
Something Social p12 The Ladner Tennis Club is fun and friendly
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A DELTA OLYMPIAN IN RIO p4
Markus Thormeyer talks about Olympic journey
GROWING KNOWLEDGE p6
Kwantlen teams up with local First Nation
CREATIVE COP p12
Police constable writes second children's book
Super Seniors Fitness lifestyle challenges idea of what it means to be 'old' p8
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You can't go wrong with a furry face on the cover, and September was no exception. We wrote about Caber the Delta Police K9 unit who comforts victims of crime and trauma. Meanwhile, Ladner's Sarah Foisy told her inspirational story of running her first Ironman Triathlon in Whistler.
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the awards collected by Four Winds Brewing and former Tsawwassen First Nation Chief Kim Baird. Vol. 1, Issue 10. Oct. 2016
One of our favourite issues of the year had to be about the "Super Seniors" in Delta, who push their mental and physical limits well into their 70s, 80s and 90s. Their stories and zest for living life to the fullest every day was an inspiration to young and old alike.
We also spoke to Delta Olympian Marcus Thormeyer about his experience in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It was also fun sharing Constable Grayson Smith's story about A Norseman in the Classroom. It's the police officer's second book.
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November was an opportunity to share some rather personal stories about two women struggling to overcome mental illness. Our cover story was about a local woman's road to recovery after suffering from clinical depression as a youth. As well, inside the
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PIANO PRODIGY p6
Joshua Tromans to play piano concerto with VSO
MOTHERHOOD: UNFILTERED p12
Photo project ﬁghts postpartum depression
GOLDEN MEMORIES p14 Delta MP Carla Qualtrough represents Canada in Brazil
A happy mind Ladner woman talks journey to better mental health p8
magazine was a candid discussion about postpartum depression and uniting women in helping one another to get past it. As always, despite broaching serious issues, our stories highlighted the positive outcomes and thoughts of the people involved.
Although Something Good Magazine is dedicated to sharing the "good news" happening in the community, we feel it is important to share stories of those who are overcoming obstacles in the hopes it may help inspire others. Looking toward 2017, we want to tell more of your stories, so please, share them with us by emailing editor@ somethinggoodmagazine.ca.
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You may remember Katie McGuire's special holiday treats from previous years at Earthwise Gardens. Visit whoopiedeedoo.com to order one of her special handmade sweets gift baskets to put under the tree this Christmas. On this page, Katie shares one of her own favourite treats: SPICY GINGER SNAPS Yield: 45 small cookies Bake at 350 for 11 minutes. INGREDIENTS: 2 ½ cup all-purpose flour 1 ½ tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. ginger ¾ tsp. cinnamon ½ tsp. cloves ½ tsp. salt ½ tsp. cayenne pepper ½ cup unsalted butter (room temp) 1 cup brown sugar ½ cup granulated sugar 1/3 cup molasses 2 large egg whites (lightly whipped) *1/4 -1/2 cup of granulated sugar to roll the cookies in METHOD: 1 Preheat oven to 350. 2 Sift all 7 dry ingredients (from the flour to the cayenne). Set aside. 3 Cream the room temperature butter in a mixer for 3 minutes, then add both the brown and granulated sugars. Mix for another 3 minutes until fluffy. 4 Lightly whip the egg whites in a medium size bowl with a whisk (this will give you a fluffier cookie) 5 Add the lightly whipped egg whites to the mixer with the butter and sugar’s.
TO BAKE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON 6 Once the egg is incorporated, add the molasses. 7 Slowly add the dry ingredients. Mix. Scrape down the bowl to make sure everything is incorporated. 8 Allow the batter rest for at least 30 minutes in the fridge. 9 While the batter is resting you can line your sheet (cookie) pans with silicone or parchment. 10 Take the batter out of the fridge and drop/scoop the cookie dough into the bowl of granulated sugar and fully coat it. 11 Place the now sugar coated dough onto the prepared pans, leaving room for them to expand. 12 Bake cookies for about 11 minutes, or slightly firm to the touch. You will notice the tops will crack and will look beautiful. 13 Let the cookies rest on the cookie sheets for a couple minutes to cool then transfer them on to cooling racks to fully cool. 14 These cookies are soft, chewy, spicy, and utterly delicious. Please enjoy them within a week to get their full impact!
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Fulfill your wish list with this helpful guide to shopping in South Delta GIFTS TO REFRESH, REPLENISH & REVITALIZE You can choose from a varied selection of high quality beauty and skin products. Better still, come spoil somebody you love by purchasing a gift card. Better Still Day Spa #105 4841 Delta St. betterstilldayspa.ca 604.946.5500
COLOURING CANVASES AND PENS A popular way to relax and reduce stress for all ages and skill levels. Available at Sublime Art Materials Tsawwassen Town Centre Mall sublimeartmaterials.com 604.943.0117
GIFTS FOR THE HOME 11 piece Paderno artisan accent hand hammered stainless steel cookware set. For a limited time reduced to $299.00! Ladner Village Hardware 4821 Delta St. Ladner. ladnervillagehardware.com 604.946.4833
FINE WINE IS DIVINE!
Treat the wine lover in your life to a convenient wine-making kit that will satisfy the tastes of even the most discerning wine enthusiasts. Available at Bay Wineworks 118 1077 56th St. Tsawwassen. baywineworks.ca 604.948.2797
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HANDMADE FRENCH SHOES FOR THE LIFE OF THE PARTY! Available at South Delta Heels "shoe love is true love" 104-4841 Delta St. Ladner. southdeltaheels.com 604.200.3069
FRESH HOLIDAY WREATHS AND FLOWER ARRANGEMENTS
GIFTS TO REVITALIZE YOUR MIND, BODY AND SOUL Saltspring Soapworks has a complete line of handmade natural soaps, skin and body care products. Rich in organic ingredients and natural botanicals and all Canadian! Available at Spa Vilamoura Unit 6 - 1363 56th St. Windsor Woods, Tsawwassen spavilamoura.ca 604.943.7785
Fragrant fresh evergreen wreaths and festive flower arrangements to brighten any holiday door or table. Available at Flowers Beautiful #105-1315 56 St. Tsawwassen, Tsawwassen Town Center Mall. www.flowersbeautiful.com 604.943.2815
STAY COZY AND WARM THIS WINTER
Pull on a nice pair of Sanuk slippers and feel snug inside a cotton-acrylic Obey “Eirene” sweater jacket, available at Angela’s Boutique. 4831 Delta St. Ladner. angelas.ca 604.946.5211
GET COOKING This great cookbook, created by authors who live in Vancouver and Victoria, is chock full of easy to follow recipes you can make with local ingredients. You can find it, along with many whimsical ornaments, seasonal scented candles, tea towels and other unique gift ideas at Albany Books. 1240 56 Street, Tsawwassen 604-943-2293 albanybooks.com Like us on
GIVE THE GIFT OF GOOD HEALTH AND WELLNESS Create a care package to help nourish and soothe someone you know this winter. Available at The Village Clinic “It takes a village” Unit 7 - 1363 56th St. Windsor Woods, Tsawwassen thevillageclinic.com 778.434.3072
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Feeding the Christmas spirit For many people Christmastime is the season when life slows down so that busy families can get together to eat, drink and be merry. Which is why the need for food is so keenly felt at this time of the year.
Joe Van Essen, coordinator of the South Delta Food Bank at Ladner's Christian Fellowship Penecostal Church, has been part of the volunteer group feeding the hungry for the past 24 years. Every Wednesday, he comes to the church and helps oversee the distribution of food to the public. When asked how he's kept it up for nearly a quarter century, Joe says he wouldn't have it any other way.
"It's always good to help your neighbours, right? And I think we all have to pitch in a little bit and try to help out the people in need in our community. And if that's just your neighbour or in your area, I think that's a good thing to do."
PHOTO: BELLA, 8, DROPS BANANAS OFF AT THE SOUTH DELTA FOOD BANK IN LADNER
The need has certainly grown over the years since Joe began volunteering. Back in 1992 there were between 20 and 25 families that relied on the food bank, while on a very busy week in 2016 can expect upwards of 110 families. But Joe also notes he is only one of many volunteers that come every week and donate their time and effort. With upwards of 30 volunteers, he says
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the staff work tirelessly and seamlessly in getting the food sorted and distributed each Wednesday morning. And then, of course, there's the donors. "We have a very good community. There are a lot of people that get involved and do little food drives. We even have kids who have a birthday party and their friends have to bring—not a present—but a can of food. And then they bring it to the food bank."
As if on cue, an eight-year-old girl named Bella carries a box of bananas up to the food bank queue. It brings a smile to everybody's lips, including Joe's. "That's pretty special."
There are also many local businesses and sports clubs and other various organizations and churches that are very faithful in donating to the South Delta Food Bank. And all of it goes to feeding the public. "Nobody makes money here," says Joe. "Any donation that you make to the South Delta Food Bank is a donation to the cause."
If you wish to donate, you can drop by the office of the Ladner Christian Fellowship Church at 5545 Ladner Trunk Road Monday through Friday 9 am to 4 pm. Or call the South Delta Food Bank at 604-9461967. Monetary gifts are always welcome, along with any nutritious food items.
Christmas Cards as unique as Emily When you're sending out Christmas Cards this season you may want to consider a local artist who lovingly creates personalized cards by hand.
Tsawwassen entrepreneur Emily Kettleson, 21, is selling the cards for the second year in a row. You may already have noticed her featured as the "cover girl" on the May, 2016, edition of Something Good Magazine, in a story that highlighted the need for more workplaces to hire people with disabilities. Emily has autism and aside from her artistic sales, she also works two days a week for the Tsawwassen Business Improvement Association. Just like any
young person her age, she's learning new talents and using existing ones to grow her reputation in the community.
She made quite an impression last Christmas, selling her beautiful cards through Tsawwassen's Vancity location. This year she's selling out of Muddy River Landing (where they also sell her cards from other seasonal holidays) and at the Delta Community Living Society on 72nd Street in East Ladner. Calling them "EK Originals", you can expect each Christmas card to be completely unique, signed and dated by the artist. She's been working since September and expects to produce about 500 unique Seasons Greetings.
Cards are $3 at Muddy River Landing, and $5 when sold anywhere else ($20 for five cards).
If you'd like to know more about Emily's story you can visit somethinggoodmagazine.ca and read our "Digital Edition" from May, 2016.
Karly McMaster wears one of Monique Parker's Wallis Evera hemp designs at Petra's by L'Aromas cafe in Tsawwassen. Photo courtesy The Pauhaus.
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o look at Monique Parker or her Wallis Evera line of clothing you'd never associate her with the sort of people you're imagining as you read the word "Hemp."
"That image comes up right? Grubby, hippie, burlap bag or sack kind of dresses," says Monique as we sit in her beautiful home in Boundary Bay. "And also when you say ethical or eco fashion that image also comes up. Scratchy materials that don't look or feel good." There's nothing scratchy or uncomfortable about Monique's clothing, which looks professional and modern. In fact, it's doubtful anybody would look upon her dresses with anything but admiration if seen worn by a woman in an office setting.
That is, of course, this fashion designer's background. With a previous career in management consulting, the mother of two took five years away from the office to raise her children.
When she felt it was time to get back, she realized she didn't want to be away from home for so many hours. That's when Monique decided to create her own business. But there was a catch:
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it needed to be something she could proudly show her children.
"All of a sudden I was a role model for a little kid and I wanted to show that you can build a life creating the world you want to live in."
While studying clothing design to start her new business, Monique came across some life-changing books in the library. She learned that fashion and clothing is the second-largest contributor of global pollution after the oil industry.
The problem is that oil-based fabrics—polyester, acrylic, nylon— dominate the market, while natural and biodegradeable fabrics are practically non-existent. While searching for a more eco-friendly fabric, Monique kept coming across one fibre that stood above the others.
"I was like, hemp? Who wears hemp? I don't even know where to buy hemp!" But the more she researched it the more she learned about the benefits. The fibres can be made into clothing, biodiesel, textiles, rope, and plastics. Hemp has had many political roadblocks, mainly because it's been
confused and associated with marijuana. Unlike Cannabis, hemp produces little of the psychoactive chemical known as THC, and industrially produced hemp contains none at all. "Hemp is not pot, you can't smoke a dress," says Monique, laughing. Monique's hemp comes from a distributor in Los Angeles and Colorado and the fabric is originally milled in China. That could change.
"Right now there isn't a lot of factories that mill fabrics anymore in North America. With the 'maker movement' that's reviving again in the States and a little bit in Canada as well, they're starting to bring production back to North America."
Wallis Evera is named after her two grandmothers, who lived in an era when natural fibres, like hemp, were not only commonplace, but ubiquitous. "They were both women working in the 1940s at a time when resources were understood to be limited and valuable and cherished. You had to recycle, reuse and repair. That was just the way of life back then." For more, visit wallisevera.com.
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Angels in our community You don't need to be an angel to help your community but you could certainly put a smile on the face of a little one this Christmas by taking an angel from a local business or from the foyer of Southpointe Academy in Tsawwassen.
Students of all ages and grades have been working hard to make 200 beautiful handmade angels to be distributed around Delta. Whenever you see an angel, you can look at the back and see the age and gender of a child for whom you can buy a toy or a gift.
Jaya Van Praagh, junior school librarian and Primary Years Programme coordinator, says that in previous years the Angel Tree Program was taken on the by school's Citizenship Club comprised of Grades 4 and 5 students as an action project. Last year Jaya took on the project and decided to expand it to involve as many students in the school as possible, setting an example as International Baccalaureate (IB) school.
"It's been really great to get every single student making an angel because that's what it's all about. It's not just being told what to do but also being involved in it. If they have that ownership of making an angel and decorating it and especially knowing they're not doing it for them—they might not see it again because many of these angels
get distributed around Delta—but they're helping a very important project." Creating these angels is the fun part for many students, but not the only part. Jaya says the next step is in actually taking the angel from the tree and then going with your family to buy a present to donate to Deltassist, the local non-profit that distributes these presents to low-income families in Delta. Jaya says the goal is to instill in students a charitable work ethic, so that they know the Angel Tree program isn't just a "one time thing" but one part of a broader commitment.
"We also have our ongoing backpack buddy program that we do throughout the year with a school in East Vancouver. So twice a month we collect food from every grade level which then gets donated to children from foodinsecure homes."
Southpointe students also engage in the Deltassist Christmas Hamper Program and Coats for Kids Foundation, two more projects that encourage children to take an active role in charity work.
"It's the spirit of taking action, which is part of the IB of course, but more importantly it's about being caring, global citizens."
Here’s hoping your holiday season is a whole lot of merry and bright!
this holiday season THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT IN 2016
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Winning with Christmas spirit What would you do if you were handed $1,000 and asked to spend it all in one day?
It's a fantasy I'm sure we've all had while queuing in traffic or drifting off to sleep at night. But for a local health care aide, that dream became a reality. Richmond's Lindsey Vukicevic entered a contest for the B.C. Lotto Daily Grand prize draw, which asked what people would do if they were handed $1,000. Her answer was the winner.
Lindsey's essay, as she explains it, was to take the entire winnings and spend it all in the Delta Hospital Auxiliary Christmas Store in Ladner, the proceeds of which go to critical improvements at the hospital. "Two years ago I lost my mother and the seniors helped me get over the loss. They became my family," says Lindsey, who works at a Tsawwassen long-term seniors care facility. "So I entered this essay saying if I won $1,000 I would use it to buy things for these seniors to make a better quality of life and enhance the atmosphere to make the care home look more like their home."
Lindsey chose the Delta Hospital Auxiliary Christmas Store knowing the proceeds go to the Delta Hospital, which houses a long-term seniors care facility. It's two good causes mixed into one. "Even though I now live in Richmond I still drive to Delta Hospital because they have a great team and they look after me." Lindsey had to bring a pickup truck and SUV to pack all the decorations, music and movies to convey back to Tsawwassen.
She was also grateful to be allowed in a half hour before opening so she could focus on spending that $1,000.
"I think this is the best Christmas Store I've been in. These ladies here (volunteers) work really hard. Without them this wouldn't be possible so I give kudos to the volunteers who were here late last night setting up for me."
You can be a Christmas angel like Lindsey! The Christmas Store is open 10 am to 3 pm Monday to Saturday at 4816 Delta Street in Ladner.
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Women Helping Women Ask any woman how she copes with the pressures of the modern day world and chances are she'll tell you she gets by with a little help from her friends. Which is why the Ladner-based non-profit Women Helping Women South Delta is really a natural extension of that helping hand.
Eight years ago, Pindi Mann and fellow moms in the community decided to get together to collect personal care items and donate them to women in need in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver. In the second year they decided to bring it a little closer to home. Through their network of friends and school moms, they managed to collect 50 care baskets and deliver them to a transition home in Surrey. That first year left an indelible impact on Pindi.
"When we dropped off the baskets there was a girl about 19 or 20 and she saw a little pink razor. Women have these little pink razors all over their house and they're just so common you don't think about it. But she saw it and started crying. "She's sitting next to me and I asked, 'Why are you crying?'
"And she said, 'Oh I've been wanting to shave my legs for weeks and I haven't been able to because I don't have the means to buy one.' "So, something so small can have such a huge impact on women. And that's the thing. We're not saving lives, we're not doing this huge thing. It's just a little bit of joy over the holidays."
Those 50 baskets in the first year became 500 baskets last Christmas and the response has been so overwhelming that this year they've moved from the Fisherman's Hall in East Ladner to renting the Ladner Community Centre, where on Dec. 7 the gift baskets will be picked up by charities around the Lower Mainland. Today, their care packages go to women in Surrey, Langley, Abbotsford, Mission and White Rock. Delta doesn't currently have a transition home, but Women Helping Women have that covered. Deltassist has a program which provides families with toys for kids and Pindi says when moms come to pick up a toy they'll be surprised with a gift basket.
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PHOTO FROM LEFT: AURELA EDGSON, PINDI MANN AND PATRICE DAGENAIS OF WOMEN HELPING WOMEN.
"Women tend to put ourselves last," says Aurela Edgson, another volunteer with Women Helping Women. "We put our kids first." Aurela says that she gets excited and happy imagining women opening up the gift baskets and having the opportunity to spoil themselves. That energy gets fed throughout all the many volunteers of Women Helping Women as they collect donations, stuffing the baskets into every nook and cranny of their homes until it's time to deliver the goodies.
"We have such joy doing it. We get all these donations, we sort all these items, but we have so much fun doing it. We laugh and we get so excited when we see a gift basket come in complete because we think about how much we would like to receive this, and how much we'd like to give it to someone else." If you'd like to help Women Helping Women you can drop donations at the following locations in South Delta until Dec. 6: Changes Hair Studio, Lawlor Goldsmith Shoppe, Muddy River Landing, 30 Minute Hit and Deas Island Dance, and Locks 'N Lashes in Tsawwassen.
Get Shrumped for a good cause Holiday musical aims to send dancers to North American competition
If you're on the lookout for some entertainment over the holidays you need look no further than the political satire and musical set for this December at the Genesis Theatre in Ladner. Featuring talented Studio West dancers, singers and actors, the Christmas-themed musical "Shrumped for the Holidays" draws inspiration from a certain recently-elected presidential candidate and the time-honoured classic "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens. the synopsis:
"With main characters based on some of the most current and flamboyant figures in pop culture, this holiday satire is sure to make you laugh out loud as well as root for the humble unassuming underdogs. In the story we meet Ronald K. Shrump, the less than honest businessman and patriarch of one of the most spoiled households of three bratty daughters...ever. We're also introduced to his disgruntled butler and maid who are searching for a way to knock Shrump down a peg or two! With a hint of budding teen romance, a slight twist that revisits from Shrumps past, and a little help spreading the Christmas spirit from a
This is an opportunity for the competitive dancers from the studio to go up against thousands of dancers from all over North America.
“My passion and love for dance and our students has no boundaries," says Jyla. "These kids work incredibly hard and are so committed and excited to be taking part in this competition. They will be going up against some of the best dancers from North America. This is truly a chance of a lifetime for our kids”. The Studio West students and their families will be undertaking numerous fundraising initiatives over the next few months, to help alleviate some of the cost of the competition.
special Christmas fairy, this is a complete tale that is fit for all audiences!"
The story is written by Jyla and Chris Davis, who with their teaching staff, run Studio Dance West, a fixture in the community since 2009.
Proceeds from the event are to go towards sending the best and brightest dancers of South Delta to Anaheim, California, in 2017, where close to 150 dance families will be taking part in the Showstopper West Coast Final Dance Competition.
Tickets for Shrumped are $25 each and can be purchased online at Ticketmaster. Show Schedule: Thursday, December 8th • 7:00 pm Evening Show Friday, December 9th • 7:00 pm Evening Show Saturday, December 10th • 1:00 pm Matinee Show Saturday, December 10th • 7:00 pm Evening Show Sunday, December 11th • 1:00 pm Matinee Show
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Presenting a pair of pyjamas for Christmas There's nothing quite so cozy as sitting in your pyjamas by the fire, basking in the tinsel covered glow of the Christmas Tree, wondering what presents await you underneath in the morning. For many, the receiving of a new pair of pyjamas each Christmas is a deeply enjoyed tradition, and one that a young Ladner resident wants to share with the world.
"I usually get a pair of pyjamas on Christmas Eve and there's some people who don't own a pair at all," says Molly Millward, 13. "I think it's nice they can feel that nice warm pair of pyjamas on Christmas Eve." The Christmas Pyjama Drive, as it has come to be called, is old hat to Molly, who started doing it five years ago after getting the idea from her cousin in Surrey, Reese Shelly. Indeed, the idea has taken off in other communities as well, with children collecting pyjamas in Northern B.C. and into Alberta.
The first year she managed to collect 486 pairs of furry and warm P.J.s, with help from her elementary school. But over the years her numbers have swelled with increased donations and dropoffs, reaching upwards of 600 pairs last December. This year, the Grade 8 Delta Secondary student is aiming for even more and with the help of her brother, 10-year-old
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Spencer, who has encouraged the WE team at Port Guichon Elementary, she's got a real shot! With every donation, Molly separates them by gender, organizes them into sizes, then folds them and bundles them for delivery.
All of the pyjamas collected in Delta will stay in the community and go to families registered with Deltassist. Up until Dec. 14, you can drop off your donation at Ladner locations like the Royal Bank, London Drugs, Buttercup's Children's Boutique, Delta Police station, the Delta Hospital Foundation, and the Urban Rack. The pyjamas must be new, never worn, and for ages newborn to 16 years of age. If you want to help even more you can also include a new pillowcase, slippers, robes or children's book with your pyjama donation. As well, if you bring a pyjama donation to Brown's Socialhouse on Sunday, Dec. 4, you will receive 50 percent off your meal. For more information visit The Christmas Pyjama Drive on Facebook.
Several hundred Cub Scouts and Venturer Scouts from Vancouver, Delta, Surrey, Bowen Island, Port Coquitlam, Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge and White Rock descended on Boundary Bay Regional Park on Nov. 26 for the Twenty-Third Annual Cub Skills Program. Hosted by Terry Grant, Chief Scout for Scouts Canada and former star of OLN's Mantracker, the skills program educated Cub Scouts (ages 8-10) in important wilderness survival skills. Activities included shelter building, lighting a cooking fire with only one match, learning about search and rescue, rope making, knot typing, water safety and practicing first aid techniques. The events of the day were captured by Kris Krüg (kriskrug.com), a professional photographer with Getty Images and a contributing photographer at National Geographic
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