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The annual B.C. Community Achievement Awards honours excellence in community service, and Delta South MLA Vicki Huntington believes there are plenty of people in Delta who go above and beyond the call of duty to serve. She is encouraging residents to nominate people in the community in fields such as arts, culture, sports, education, health care, environment, public life and volunteerism. "This is a time to honour each other and showcase the great talent of leadership and selflessness present in Delta South," she said in a media release. Nomination forms are available at her constituency office in Ladner or at http://www.bcachievement.com/community. Nominations for the 2011 BC Community Achievement Award are due Nov. 15.
Carol Peters takes world record for her class in Hawaii
Carol Peters finds her bliss on the road, in the water and on the bicycle seat. The 60-year-old Delta woman feels it when her body crosses that invisible and movable line called endurance. She gets a dreamy sound to her voice when she talks about her triathlon events, which she tackles for the pure joy of it. "All of those events make me feel like a little kid again," she says. "I think as children we all swam and biked and ran and that's why I truly love them all." Her passion paid off recently at the Ford Ironman World Championship in Hawaii on Oct. 9 when she beat the world record for her class (women between the age of 60 and 64) by 17 minutes. The premier triathlon event starts with a 2.4-mile swim, then a 112-mile bike ride and then is capped off with a 26.2-mile marathon. It was Peters' tenth Iron-
man and she's placed first in her class before, but her flawless race this month brought her the world record. "I knew the stats before I started, and I had this dream that if I had a perfect race, what would happen," she said. "When I took the lead on the run, just after 10 miles, I thought, 'oh my goodness. Don't blow up, and hang on for the last 16 miles.' " The triathlon is a long-time passion of Peters, who lives to run, swim and ride. The first time she remembers running was about 32 years ago in Hawaii. She was snacking by the hotel pool, while her husband played tennis, and she felt bored. She thought she might try a run. Seventeen miles later, she was back. She really caught the running bug 29 years ago when she started running marathons and triathlons. "It's a wonderful passion, it keeps you so healthy, and it's a hobby," she said. "This is a lifestyle for me, I don't even think of it as
Night at the museum The Delta Museum and Archives will host their third annual fundraiser, "Night for the Museum" fashion show and silent auction, mixing current fashions from local merchants with the retro-fashions from 1986. Join the society Nov. 6, 7 p.m., as they explore how Expo affected Vancouver and the Lower Mainland with this year’s theme "Expo 86 Revisited: Come see how the world saw Vancouver." Tickets are $10 for adults and seniors and $5 for students. For tickets or more details, visit www. deltamuseum.ca or call 604-946-9322. PICTURED Carol Peters, broke the world record at the world triathlon championships in Hawaii in her age group, 60-65. Evan Seal photo
training. My sons are older, so I get to play a lot." She characterizes the distance events like a moving meditation.
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Concert of Remembrance The Delta Music Makers Community Band presents a Concert of Remembrance to honour Canada's Armed Forces, past and present. The concert takes place Nov. 7, 2 p.m., at KinVillage (5430 10 Ave.). Admission is by donation at the door. For more information call 604-946-2309.
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Message from Mayor Jackson & Delta Council
Delta Parks Safety Initiative
The safety and well-being of our citizens is of utmost importance and a priority for the Corporation of Delta. Delta’s Parks crews commenced works to improve the sightlines and visibility at Mackie Park. Vegetation removal and the construction of pathways are key components of this work being undertaken to address concerns expressed by the community. Front row: Cllr Heather King, Mayor Lois E. Jackson, Cllr Anne Peterson Back row: Cllrs Scott Hamilton, Robert Campbell and Bruce McDonald Absent from photo: Cllr Ian Paton
Welcome Councillor Ian Paton Mayor Lois E. Jackson and Delta Council welcome Councillor Ian Paton to Delta Council. A lifelong resident of Delta involved in a number of local organizations and charities, we look forward to Councillor Paton’s input on committees, programs and policies as a member of Council.
While these works are underway at Mackie Park, our Parks, Recreation and Culture Commission is reviewing other heavily forested parkland areas of concern in Delta. The Commission, Chaired by Councillor Robert Campbell, will report back to Council on their findings this fall.
Personal Safety Measures Delta Police encourage everyone to employ basic safety measures including: • Walk/jog in small groups • Walk in well lit, high traffic areas • Do not have both ears plugged with headphones • Be familiar with your surroundings (keep your head up and be aware of your surroundings)
North Delta Area Plan Committee – Apply Now A North Delta Area Plan Committee will be established to review the existing North Delta Area Plan and advise Council regarding long-term growth and development in the area. If you are interested in being appointed to serve on the North Delta Area Plan Committee, submit a brief resume and covering letter indicating your areas of interest, why you would like to serve and any relevant knowledge and experience you may have. Submissions are due by October 29, 2010. Contact the Office of the Municipal Clerk for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at (604) 946-3220.
• If you feel like you are being followed, change the direction you are walking and/or cross the street. Also go into the nearest public place (store, gas station, community facility) and report this to police • If you have a cell phone make sure it is charged and ready to dial out • If you feel someone in the area is suspicious or doesn’t belong, report this to police. These are safety measures we should always be mindful of and remain vigilant with at all times.
Halloween Patrol In cooperation with CUPE Local 454, Delta is once again coordinating a patrol at our parks and facilities over Halloween weekend to provide extra ‘eyes’ and ‘ears’ and report any suspicious activities. We look forward to a safe and enjoyable Halloween weekend in Delta and ask the public to report any suspicious activities to Delta Police.
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Young reporters on the beat Delta pair to be part of the media for a day Philip Raphael, Editor South Delta Leader A pair of Delta teens will be reporting the news on CBC in the middle of November. The two, Nancy Li who attends Seaquam Secondary and Taryn Stickney from South Delta Secondary School, are among the 30 students selected from 130 who auditioned for one of the coveted spots as a 2010 News Day in B.C reporter. On Nov. 18 stories from the successful group of 30 will be heard on CBC Radio’s The Early Edition, On The Coast and North by Northwest, seen on CBC News Vancouver, appear on cbc.ca/bc throughout the day, and their stories will be printed in The Vancouver Sun. On radio and TV, students will co-host segments, report on original stories as well as report on sports and weather. Li was selected to be on CBC's TV news and
is looking forward to her opportunity since she has always had thoughts of being a journalist and would like to explore the industry, as well as international affairs and politics after she finishes high school. "I love reading stories, writing them and making them up," said Li, 16, who is in Grade 11 and is the school's prime minister. Li had to pitch a story idea to the judges at the CBC at an audition two weeks ago to earn her spot and chose the tragic Sept. 25 murder of 15-year-old North Delta teen Laura Szendrei in Mackie Park. Li said her idea was to focus on the story from a teen's perpsective and the impact the case has had on the area's teen community. As the weeks lead up to her appearance on TV, Li said the excitement is building for her, her friends and parents. "My friends, they've been really supportive and excited for me," Li
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PICTURED Seaquam student Nancy Li (left) and South Delta Secondary student Taryn Stickney were among the few chosen for a coveted spot as a 2010 News Day in BC reporter. Contributed photos
said. "And my parents are really proud because they know I've been pretty driven about what I want to do." Over at South Delta Secondary, Stickney, a 16-year-old, Grade 11 student, said she entered the contest because she wants to improve her public speaking skills. "I thought this would be a good opportunity for that because on radio
and TV you are in front of so many people," she said. "And public speaking is not one of my strengths right now." Stickney will spend her time in front of a microphone at CBC Radio and will be working on a story about underage drinking, one she pitched to judges during the contest entry process. "I think that's a very important topic, how
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>OH[»ZUL^H[ +LS[H/VZWP[HS On September 20, at the Delta Hospital Foundation AGM, we welcomed two new members to the board of directors. We are very pleased to announce that Don Sangster and Laura Cassidy will be joining our team. Bruce Warren, who served as a board chair during his term, will leave the board after 8 years and Eileen Campbell is lois wilkinson also leaving after completing a full 10 year chair, board of directors delta hospital foundation term. We gratefully thank them for their many years of service. Throughout 2010, Delta Hospital has beneﬁtted greatly from the generosity of our community. A new electronic Wanderer System will provide for the safety of older patients with signs of dementia. We also saw the opening of Mountain View Manor’s Serenity Garden that provides our residents a wonderful recreational opportunity. Portable surgical lights for the OR and a digital still camera for the lab are just a few of the many other items we purchased over the last year. An exciting new project for the foundation is Forest For Our Future. This urban forest, located right on hospital grounds will be an area of peace and relaxation for the entire community to enjoy. It will also serve as a place for recognition to those that have graciously chosen to leave a Legacy Gift to the hospital in their Will. Along with a variety of trees indigenous to BC, the forest will also feature walkways, benches and beautiful water centerpiece. With your help, the Delta Hospital Foundation will continue to be your community partner for quality health care. Our 2010 - 2011 board looks forward to working with you in continuing to provide the very best in care, close to home. Lois Wilkinson Chair, Delta Hospital Foundation
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Colour coding cats a hit Program matches pets based on personality Dan Ferguson, Reporter Surrey North Delta Leader A month after it began, a program that matches cats to prospective owners based on their temperament has increased the number of successful placements by a significant amount, the Delta Animal Shelter says. "It's been going really well," Delta Community Animal Shelter manager Sarah Lowe says. While exact numbers were not available, staff have witnessed an influx of would-be cat owners and the departure of more felines than usual since the program was launched. The program, the first of its kind offered by a Metro Vancouver animal shelter, is based on the American SPCA Meet Your Match system that divides adoptable cats into different categories based on their personality. The idea is to ensure that shy cats end up in quiet homes while more active felines find suitable placements. "We've been able to tell people how the cat will react when they take them
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ter with shy or timid cats who need time and encouragement to adjust to new surroundings. And orange adopters are a good fit with "companion" cats that like to snuggle. Cats are divided into three categories within each colour, rated according to their reaction to being petted and held, playfulness, “talkativeness” and activity level, and how they handle new people and situations.
found Meet Your Match produced a 40- to 45-per-cent increase in adoptions and a 45- to 50-per-cent decrease in returns and euthanasia. A similar program has been developed for dogs in the U.S., but Lowe says it will be at least a year before the Delta shelter can consider colour-coded canines. Delta dogs tend to be rescues, many with behavioural problems who require a lot of careful attention, she notes. dferguson@surreyleader. com P I C T U R E D To p t o bottom: Lucky is a 'chunky monkey' says Lowe, and a purple 'private investigator' cat who will take a while to adapt to his home, but will be loving and interactive once he has. Miley is a sweet 'orange' cat whose kittens have been adopted and now it's her turn. And Simon is a 'green' cat on the move who will adapt to any situation, play hard and cuddle hard. Contributed photos
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o many people, cats are more mysterious than dogs.' –Sarah Lowe
Green cat subcategories are the MVP, the Party Animal and the Leader of the Band. Orange cats are further classified as the Executive, the Sidekick and the Personal Assistant. The three purple categories are the Private Investigator, Secret Admirer and Love Bug. A full explanation of the different types can be found online at http://www.deltacommunityanimalshelter. ca/. "To many people, cats are more mysterious than dogs," Lowe says. "It (Meet Your Match) helps to unravel the mystery." While the number of cats waiting for new homes has been reduced, it is by no means eliminated, Lowe says. "We still have a ton of cats. And they're all amazing cats, too." At the Delta shelter, which suffers from a perennial oversupply of cats, Lowe is hoping the new system will produce a permanent change. In the U.S., the ASPCA has
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Farm/student partnership Seaquam students cook for Earthwise 100 Mile banquet Kristine Salzmann, Reporter South Delta Leader Pumpkin tarts with Westham Island honey whipped cream. Hazelnut crusted chicken breasts with golden beet coulis. Butternut squash soup with a spinach swirl. Drooling yet? Not only can all these dishes be made with local ingredients, they will be created by chefs with the help of Delta secondary students at Earthwise Society's 100 Mile Harvest Banquet. The annual event is a fundraiser that celebrates
locally grown food, chefs and community while raising money for the non-profit organization's educational programs. Not only will the banquet get guests thinking about the distance their food travels, it connects youth with local food production as well. For the first time culinary students from Seaquam Secondary, under teacher Michael Boyle, will partner with guest chefs to create the dishes. "We wanted to really highlight the partnership Earthwise Society is building with schools in Delta," says society executive director Patricia Fleming. "One of the main purposes of our farm is to try to engage with youth, and hopefully interest students in careers related to food, whether it's growing food or cooking it." The culinary students from Seaquam visit the Earthwise Farm in Boundary Bay once a month through the Field to Fork program, says Fleming. "They get to see what's growing and help with the harvest, and take food
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PICTURED Seaquam culinary arts students Alicia Mold, Zack Pichor, Sanni Hsieh and Tye McLellan chop up local beets and butternut squash (left). Evan Seal photos
back to prepare for people at school . . . Seaquam already had a culinary program, so it was a good way to make that connection with North Delta." The Field to Fork program is just one of the ways Earthwise has partnered with the district. The society also offers Sustainable Resources
12, a course a handful of students from South Delta Senior Secondary signed up for last year. In addition to a five-course gourmet meal prepared with local food, guests of the 100 Mile Harvest Banquet will also be treated to the folk, swing and Celtic sounds of the Draycott Swamp Devils,
a four-piece band based in the Lower Mainland. The banquet takes place Nov. 5, 6:30 p.m. at the KinVillage Community Centre in Tsawwassen (5430 10 Ave.). Tickets are $100 each, or two for $180 for members. Call 604-946-9828 or email info@ earthwisesociety.bc.ca. firstname.lastname@example.org
Despite her recent achievement, she describes her husband as the endurance athlete: "He's put up with me for 36 years." She's now in an offtraining period, but she says at her age, she just can't use that time to "go bowling." There's always the next event, which will likely be the Seattle Marathon on Nov. 28. So she continues with three workouts a week in the three disciplines (run, bike, swim) as well as weight training and yoga. Now that she's captured the world record, she was caught the other day thinking about what her next challenge would be. "It's about having that world challenge attitude and adding it to the rest of my life," she says. email@example.com
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The psychology of help Band together Police plan to expand Community Health Intervention program
PICTURED Community Health Intervention program (CHIP) team. Left to right: Karen Harvey, Delta Mental Health (South Delta), Constable Danny Simone, Delta Police and Renata Arnold, Delta Mental Health (North Delta). Black Press photo
Dan Ferguson, Reporter Surrey North Delta Leader When beloved Delta Coun. George Hawksworth suddenly died in March of this year of an apparent heart attack while cycling, one resident's grief got the better of him. The man plunged into an irrational conspiracy fantasy, convinced that Hawksworth was the victim of an assassination plot. He wasn't quiet about it, either, and he attracted the attention of the Delta Police Department.
"He had some issues obviously," Delta Police Chief Jim Cessford says. Cessford disclosed the incident to the Delta Police Board during a recent discussion about the Community Health Intervention Program (CHIP) that has paired a police officer with two mental health professionals to handle cases like the delusional man. Before the creation of the CHIP team, Cessford observed, a person like that would likely end up arrested on criminal charges before
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they obtained any medical help. Instead, thanks to the team, the man was able to get some muchneeded assistance. "He's doing well, I understand," Cessford says. The chief wants to expand the three year-old program to handle domestic violence cases by adding another police officer and a social worker to the existing team of Delta Police Const. Danny Simone and Karen Harvey and Renata Arnold of Delta Mental Health. "We genuinely enjoy the work," Harvey told the police board meeting. "There have been numerous success stories." The team usually has 65 to 70 files on the go at a time. "We'll go out 15 to 20 times a month," Simone says. When they are called in, they keep the initial visits low-key. Simone usually doesn't wear a uniform. Most people refuse help at first, but within a week the team will get a phone call. "It's not about putting them (people with mental health issues) in jail," Cessford says. "That's the easy way. It's about getting them help." Cessford hope to accomplish the expansion of the team "in the very near future." firstname.lastname@example.org
3rd Annual Fashion Show & Silent Auction
Expo 86 Revisited Fundraiser for the Delta Museum & Archives Society
Tickets: $15 Adults & Seniors $5 Students
Tickets available at: Delta Museum & Archives and Angela’s Boutique
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Sheila Reynolds, Reporter Surrey North Delta Leader A pair of supposedly retired band teachers have brought their batons back to Delta schools. Margaret Behenna, who was a beloved teacher at Delta Secondary School for many years, and Curt Jantzen, who was a longtime respected band teacher and administrator in Surrey, have been offering an extracurricular elementary band program in Ladner since 2004. Classes—drawing between 20 and 30 students apiece—have been running weekly at Ladner and Hawthorne Elementary schools. Now, they're expanding to North Delta. The three principals at Richardson, Devon Gardens and Annieville Elementary schools invited Jantzen and Behenna to come their way after the previous band teacher retired. There are now morning and afternoon classes at all five locations in the north and south of the municipality. Inexperienced beginner band students in Grade 4 to 7 can choose from flute, clarinet, saxophone, trombone, trumpet, snare drum and bass guitar. Advanced classes are for kids who have one or more years of experience on a band instrument. "Margaret (Behenna) and I just work beautifully as a team and we
both have strengths that complement each other's," said Jantzen, who's thrilled to be back teaching. "It's something very empowering and fulfilling to work with young students," he said. "You take them from having no understanding whatsoever to actually playing tunes in a very short period of time. It's very rewarding." The opportunity, he said, is a wonderful lead-in to secondary school music. While Surrey has a Grade 7 band program districtwide, Delta does not, although individual schools may offer one. "There is no unified elementary program in Delta," explained Jantzen, noting his music classes can fill that gap. Just like hockey or dance, however, the band program is extracurricular and as such, costs between $210 and $275 per year, depending on the location. The program runs until June, with rehearsals once a week. There are also two concerts annually, in February and June. And it's not just students from the participating schools who are invited to take part. Any child from any school, including home learners, can sign up. For a schedule of schools and times, email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
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• Keep costumes short to avoid tripping and falling. Minimize the risk of contact with candles or other ignition sources by avoiding baggy pants, loose frills or billowing skirts. • Make sure that children know how to call 9-1-1 if they experience an emergency. • Teach children to STOP, DROP and ROLL should their clothing catch fire: STOP immediately, DROP to the ground and cover face with hands and ROLL over and over to extinguish the flames. • Consider using only battery-powered lights or Glow Sticks in decorations. • Small battery-powered lights are the safest for use in jack-o’-lanterns. If you use a candle, try a tea light or votive candle in a non-combustible holder. • Always keep candles, matches and lighters out of the reach of children. • Place candlelit jack-o’-lanterns on sturdy surfaces, away from anything that can burn, such as curtains and Halloween costumes. • Keep decorations such as cornstalks and bales of hay away from candlelit jack-o’-lanterns. • Ensure that electrical outlets are not overloaded with lighting or special effects. • Check that the batteries in your smoke alarms work.
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