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›COMMUNITYBRIEFS Unknown treasures Do you have unrealized treasure in your garage? The Delta Museum and Archives Society is once again hosting its Antique Identification and Appraisal Clinic with well-known appraiser Al Bowen. Bowen will identify and date objects, as well as provide a detailed history and verbal appraisal based on his 30-plus years of experience. Rustle through your basement and dust off your collectibles for the bi-annual event, taking place March 5 at 4858 Delta Street. Two sessions are available: 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Cost is $12 per person for the appraisal of two objects, with $5 per additional object up to two more. Space is limited. Pre-register by calling 604-946-9322 or stop by the museum. For more details visit

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Boaz Joseph, Reporter Surrey North Delta Leader He cooks for his wife Kim, hikes and bikes with her on the Boundary Bay dyke and is starting to get his running legs back. This summer, he'll be off to college in Vancouver. Talk about a new lease on life. Last spring, George Keulen was nearing the end of his. At age 27, he was spending more days in the hospital than at home, his mucus-filled lungs unable to fight off bacterial infections that were the result of cystic fibrosis. A nebulizer (face mask) fed clouds of antibiotics into his lungs, and he was on

24-hour supplementary oxygen to keep his body functioning. He couldn't walk more than a few steps – part of deterioration that started in his early 20s. (In his teens, despite cystic fibrosis, Keulen had played hockey and ran track-and-field.) The big slide began in the fall of 2006, when his body couldn't fight a bacterial infection on its own. He met the BC Transplant team the following year to discuss the possibility of a double-lung transplant. "They agreed that it was time to start looking into it," he recalls. "My health had deteriorated to a point where the transplant became the most viable option."

PICTURED George Keulen received a new lease on life. Evan Seal photo

The work-ups began in 2008 – tests of every kind. By the end of that year, he was put on the organ waiting list. There were a number considerations before getting on the list, he explains. "You don't want to be transplanted too soon, but there's no knowing how long you will wait for your organ, so you want to make sure you're still healthy enough when you're wait-listed that you're able to survive the amount of time that you have to wait for the transplant." — Continued on p.6

Whether you have visited the Emergency Room or had a loved one live at Mountain View Manor, Delta Hospital Foundation wants to hear your story. Until Feb. 28, the foundation is collecting stories from people in the community about why they love Delta Hospital. Everyone who submits a story—or poem, art, or videos—will be entered into a raffle to win $50 Tswwassen Shopping Dollars from the Tsawwassen Business Association. Email or mail Delta Hospital Foundation, 5800 Mountain View Blvd., Delta, B.C, V4K 3V6.

Positive parenting Deltassist Family and Community Services presents 'Positive Parenting Workshops'. The free series takes place every Tuesday evening, 6 to 7:15 p.m., at the non-profit organization's office in North Delta (9097 120 St.) until April 12. Child minding is available if participants register a week in advance. Call 604-594-3455 for more details.

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Construction of the new, larger, purpose-built gymnasium next to the Ladner Leisure Centre will be completed at the end of March with gymnastics programs kicking off in late April. Stay tuned…a grand opening celebration will be held on May 28, 2011. Further details will be posted on our website.

South Delta Recreation Centre Gymnasium Conversion Works to convert the former Delta Gymnastics area of the South Delta Recreation Centre into a gymnasium for public use will be underway this spring. The facility is expected to open fall 2011.

Upcoming Events Public Hearing Front row: Cllr. Heather King, Mayor Lois E. Jackson, Cllr. Anne Peterson Back row: Cllrs Scott Hamilton, Ian Paton, Robert Campbell and Bruce McDonald

March 1, 2011 7:00 pm South Delta Recreation Centre The Municipal Council of The Corporation of Delta will hold a Public Hearing on the items identified below: Item No. 1: Tsawwassen Area Plan Amendments Item No. 2: Proposed Agricultural Land Reserve Inclusion Application For more information, visit or call the Office of the Chief Administrative Officer at (604) 946-3212.

Spring Break Camps for Children & Youth March 21 – April 1, 2011 Looking for fun, safe, active and educational activities for your kids during spring break? Contact your local recreation centre to find out about tennis, art and other camps being organized or visit

How does your garden grow? Mayor Jackson wants to know! Great prizes to be won! Mayor Jackson’s 3rd annual garden contest for all greenfingered children living in Delta. If your kids are between the ages of 5 and 16, encourage them to participate and learn more about planting and cultivating food and flowers. Plant a flower or vegetable garden and send us a photo of your blooms or crops anytime from August 1 to September 12, 2011. Submit an entry form and photo by email to or by regular mail to the attention of the Mayor’s Office at the address listed at the bottom of the page, or drop it off at any municipal recreation centre. To print an entry form and find out more information about this contest for kids visit

Watershed Creek Fish Release April 17, 2011 - 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Delta kicks-off Earth Week with its 9th annual fish release on April 17th. Bring your family and join us in the release of between 18,000 and 25,000 chum fry into Watershed Creek. Crafts, activities and interactive presentations by several environmental organizations will be featured for children and families to participate. We hope to see you there!

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We want to hear from you Please forward any questions or comments to Mayor Lois E. Jackson by email at, telephone (604) 946-3210 or mail to: The Corporation of Delta, 4500 Clarence Taylor Crescent, Delta, BC V4K 3E2

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Deltans celebrate, remember and fight back against cancer at the annual Relay for Life in May Kristine Salzmann, Reporter South Delta Leader Why do you relay? It's a question often asked of people who participate in the Canadian Cancer Society's Relay for Life, an annual event held in communities throughout B.C. For most, it's an opportunity to celebrate, remember, and fight back—celebrate cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost to cancer, and fight back for a future without cancer. Tsawwassen's Erica Byrne has entered a team into the relay since 2006. Byrne, friends and family initially started the team because a friend of hers

was diagnosed with leukemia. They named the team after her—Team Emily—and sadly, Emily Francis passed away later that year. This year, Emily would have been 24 years old. Byrne, 23, says in remembering and honouring her friend, it's also a reminder that cancer touches people of all ages. "I graduated from South Delta Secondary in 2005. Emily wasn't able to come to school that year because of leukemia— it was shocking that someone that age could be so sick," she recalls. Team Emily continues to take part in the Relay for Life, but now they go to the 12-hour, overnight fundraising event

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in memory of two women. In 2009 Byrne lost her mom, Margarita Byrne, to cancer. "I relay because I will never forget these two amazing women who have touched my life in so many ways," Byrne says. She continues to take part in this particular cancer research fundraiser because of the unique overnight aspect. The empowering 12-hour event serves as a reminder that cancer never sleeps, she says. During the night, this year in North Delta, teammates take turns walking or running laps around the track. A Survivor's Victory Lap is a ceremonial lap dedicated to cancer survivors — Continued on p.4

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PICTURED Erica Byrne and her family at the 2008 Relay for Life in Tsawwassen. Left to right: Dad Eric, aunt Mireia Costa, Erica Byrne, grandmother Montserrat Costa, mom Margarita, who passed away in 2009 from cancer, sister Cristina, and aunt Montserrat Ramirez. The yellow shirts worn by Margarita and Mireia represent cancer survivors. Contributed photo

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The Young People's Concert Series presents a full jazz program at its next concert tomorrow evening (Feb. 26) in Tsawwassen. The series aims to showcase young performers in Delta and neighbouring communities, and this month is no different. The concert features South Delta Secondary Grade 12 student Karalee Congo, who won 'Best Senior Jazz Vocalist' in the Envision Jazz Festival, the "warm and sultry voice" of Camille Garvey, and returning favourite Caitlin Toom whose sweet and organic vocals will be accompanied by guitar. Also on the program is the Delta Community Music School's Junior Jazz Ensemble, which will perform several jazz tunes featuring their improvisational skills. From the Vancou-

PICTURED Camille Garvey is just one of the performers at the upcoming Young People's Concert tomorrow (Feb. 26). Contributed photo

ver Tap Dance Society's young performing ensemble Tap Co. is member Alexandra Clancy, who has danced across the Lower Mainland and in tap festivals in Chi-

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PICTURED At the 2009 Relay for Life in Ladner. This year's event takes place in North Delta. Kristine Salzmann file photo



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who celebrate their strength, courage and victories over cancer while friends and family cheer them on. Another aspect of the event, the Luminary Ceremony, is a chance for participants to honour loved ones by lighting candles at twilight set in translucent bags around the track decorated with personal messages. "The whole event is truly a life-changing experience," Byrne says. Team Emily aims to raise $3,000 toward cancer research this year. Supporters can donate to the team directly or to the Canadian Cancer Society in general online at www. (choose "Delta" under "Select your community"), or by donating the refunds from bottle returns to the team's account at the Tsawwassen Bottle Depot (5636 12 Ave.). Or, register a team of your own. Delta's Relay for Life takes place May 13, 7

p.m. to May 14, 7 a.m. at North Delta Secondary School. “We are encouraging past participants, new participants, cancer survivors and anyone else in the community to get involved with the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay For Life,” said Diana Beglaw, international Relay For Life Hero of Hope and pancreatic cancer survivor, in a media release. “You can sign up as an individual, a team captain or as a team member; everyone is welcome.” Organizers stress the event is a non-competitive, fun experience for teams of up to 15 people. Each year more than 400 communities nationwide come together to fight back at Relay, supporting the largest cancer fundraiser in Canada. In British Columbia and the Yukon more than 50 communities participate. Since 1998, Relay For Life has raised more than $51 million in the fight against cancer.


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Keulen knew the risks. "It is still a last-resort treatment. It is a huge deal. It's not something just jump into and take lightly." In February 2009, his right lung collapsed twice, and Keulen spent three weeks in the hospital hooked up to chest tubes. After that time, he had no reservations about being on the waiting list. "My lungs were pretty much finished. Things were getting very serious." The waiting wasn't easy. Moods wavered with stories of successes, and then dry spells, in the closeknit transplant community. By mid-2010, his doctor gave Keulen four to six months to live, and he was already 18 months on the transplant waiting list. Any further delay would mean he'd be too weak to handle a double-lung transplant. ••• The dream-like day, Keulen says, was a "beautiful sunny June morning." At 5 a.m. two nurses burst into his St. Paul's Hospital room and said that BC Transplant had called – a set of lungs were available. At 7 a.m., he was transported to Vancouver General Hospital. For whatever reasons, surgery was pushed back several times during the day – each time suppressing raised hopes. He had heard before that 30 per cent of transplant calls were false alarms. "It was all so surreal," he recalls, describing the day's events as thrilling, exciting and emotional. At 9 p.m., he was ushered into pre-op to say goodbye to Kim and was then wheeled, movie-like, through the halls into a hustle-and-bustle room to see the table that he would occupy for the next eight hours. At a point like this, he explains, "you have to let go of all your fears and misgivings and trust that it's the right thing to do and it's gonna work out." ••• It did. Keulen says there are no words to describe how he felt just two weeks after the transplant. He was off the ventilator six hours after the transplant, out of the ICU in 30 hours, and took his first steps down the hallway 30 hours later – "which I could barely even do before the transplant." The recovery was difficult – he was tubed and lined like an octopus for the first several days – but he felt confident about every step. The pre-transplant sense of despair when tasked was gone. "Just the hope that transplants give ... the life that you can have afterwards is night and day. Anything that a regular

PICTURED Keulen describes his new lungs as a gift from their anonymous donor. Evan Seal photo

person can do now, I can do." Keulen, while living as normal life as possible, still faces a lifetime of immunosuppressant drugs to keep his body from rejecting the lungs, and must stay away from people who are sick, since his own immune system is weakened. He was thrilled when a twoweek cold he got last December stayed in his head, something he never experienced before, as colds had always targeted his lungs. The immunosuppression also means that he can't go back to his old job on the family dairy

farm a few blocks away. "Being amongst the animals isn't a good thing," he says. Then there's the W-shaped scar across his chest – he depicts the surgical incision as opening the hood of a car – but he expects it to fade over time. Keulen describes the lungs and the freedom they give him as a "gift" from their anonymous donor. "I wish there was a better way to describe the gratitude," he says. "It just leaves me so speechless."

Becoming an organ donor Out of more than 784,089 British Columbians, just 17 per cent of the population has registered with BC Transplant's Organ Donor Registry. On average, with 25,000 deaths occurring in B.C. each year, less than one per cent of those will happen in a way that enables organ donation. By health region, the number of registered donors are as follows: • Fraser (which includes Surrey and Delta) - 222,162 • Interior - 149,042 • Northern - 47,448 • Vancouver Coastal - 174,515 • Vancouver Island - 169,200 • Unknown - 21,722 The Organ Donor Registry is no longer tied to drivers' licences, says Lubna Ekramoddoullah, senior public affairs officer at the Provincial Health Services Authority. That sticker system was eliminated 10 years ago. Ekramoddoullah says the public – more than 85 per cent of whom have no objection to donating their organs – still doesn't know how easy it is to register online. "Maybe, like house insurance, it's one of those things that people just haven't gotten around to," she says. "Take the time to do it. It could save someone's life when the time comes." For those with cultural or religious objections, the "Yes, I will" decision can include restrictions to specific organs or the use of them. No organs are "donated to science" through this process. BC Transplant, which works to send its message through South Asian radio stations, also offers Punjabi language registration cards that can be received by calling 604-877-2240. Organ transplantation can be the difference between life and death for some patients. For others it represents a total transformation in their quality of life. For example, for a kidney transplant recipient, it means freedom from kidney dialysis treatment – a treatment that is required three days a week for four-hour sessions. Organ transplantation also has a long-term economic benefit in reducing patient care costs. The typical kidney dialysis treatment cost approximately $50,000 per year, while a kidney transplant costs about $20,000, plus about $6,000 a year for the immunosuppressants (anti-rejection medication). Three transplant centres (St. Paul's Hospital, Vancouver General Hospital and BC Children's Hospital) and six regional clinics (Victoria, Kamloops, Kelowna, Prince George, Penticton and Trail) have been established to treat patients. Today in British Columbia, there are more than 370 people on the waiting list to receive a solid organ transplant. BC Transplant is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, and set a record in 2010 with 295 transplants. To become a registered organ donor, individuals can now register online at

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Green for being green Burns Bog society the recipient of two grants Kristine Salzmann, Reporter South Delta Leader The Burns Bog Conservation Society has been the recipient of a lot of love so far this year. The non-profit organization, whose mandate is conservation of Delta's peatland through education, recently received two grants recognizing its work. President Eliza Olson received $10,000 for the society as a top 10 finalist in the CBC's Champions of Change contest. Olson said being named a "champion of change" was a very exciting experience. The

finalists were flown to Toronto in January where they met each other and learned of their passions. While she did not win—that honour went to New Brunswick's Bob Hayes for his work with street youth—her nomination garnered nation-wide attention for the environmental group plus the funding, which she said will go towards the society's legal challenge against the federal government. In late November, the group launched a lawsuit against the federal government, claiming it has violated a conservation covenant to protect Burns Bog by allowing

the South Fraser Perimeter Road to go forward, a highway currently under construction that will skirt the bog while connecting Deltaport Way to Highway 1 and the Golden Ears Bridge. The conservation society was awarded another $5,000 grant in January from the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation as the winner of its "volunteer engagement" category. The foundation recognized the society for being proactive in providing volunteer opportunities at its office for people with special needs. "The society creates an environment of comfort,

confidence and learning," the foundation said in a media release. Olson said their volunteers with special needs "are absolutely wonderful. They have become a very important part of our operation and we couldn't work without them. Every letter you receive from the society is handled by at least one volunteer and probably more." Olson added they are also proud of the volunteer opportunities they provide for students, whether it be teens who need to meet volunteer requirements for high school to post-secondary students in related fields looking for internships.

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such as nuts, apples, berries and other fruits and vegetables, have been in decline over the last several years due to issues such as pesticides, diseases and loss of habitat. "One spoonful out of three put in your mouth is based on bees," says Feed the Bees cochair Ian Tait, a volunteer at the Delta Chamber of Commerce. "The idea of not having those little buzzers around is staggering." Earthwise Society executive director and project co-chair Patricia Fleming says the Earthwise Garden in Tsawwassen will host a series of workshops and special events, bringing in experts to teach visitors about pollination and what bee-friendly plants are best for residential yards. Information will soon be posted on the website at or earthwisesociety., and the campaign will 604-946-8541

PICTURED What plants are bee-friendly? Boaz Joseph photo

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