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mother and grandmother recalled their pain dealing with the death of four-year-old Alexa Middelaer, at a sentencing hearing Monday for the impaired driver who killed her. Prosecutors asked Surrey Provincial Court Monday morning (Nov. 8) to sentence Carol Berner, 58, to three to five years in prison. The defence asked for no jail time. Immediately after Berner's own statement in the late afternoon—in which she apologized to Alexa's family and said she will never drink and never drive again— she suffered what appeared to be a panic attack, and the court was adjourned while first-aid attendants were called. Judge Peder Gulbransen had announced shortly before Berner stood that he would reserve judgment until today (Nov. 12). About 60 spectators attended Monday's sentencing hearing, many of whom were wearing purple, including Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts, whose children attended Southridge School, where Alexa's mother is a principal. In late July, Gulbransen declared Berner guilty of two counts of dangerous driving causing death and bodily harm, and two counts of impaired driving causing death and bodily harm, in connection with the May 2008 tragedy in Ladner. As the sentencing hearing began this week, Crown prosecutor Kim Wendel asked the court to sentence Berner to three to five years for each of the four counts, to be served concurrently.

The maximum penalty for impaired driving causing death is life imprisonment. Wendel also asked that Berner be prohibited from driving for five to seven years and that she be required to submit a DNA sample. She said aggravating factors included that Berner had made a deliberate decision to drive after consuming alcohol and a deliberate decision to speed. Mitigating factors, Wendel said, included that Berner had no prior criminal record, had a limited motor-vehicle record and was a "productive and contributing member of society for most of her adult life." Wendel noted Berner had yet to show remorse or recognize what factors her action played in Alexa's death. Six victim impact statements were heard, including two from Alexa's mother Laurel, representing both herself and 10-year-old son Christian. Laurel Middelaer told the hearing that she is still haunted by her memories of the crash scene near their Ladner home, and that she feels she had abandoned her son when they arrived at the site and saw Alexa. "His biggest issue that he had to overcome was that his mommy ran from him in the midst of the worst carnage he's ever seen," the mother said. Other speakers included two who were injured in the crash—Alexa's paternal grandfather John Middelaer and aunt Daphne Johanson—as well as father Michael Middelaer and maternal grandmother Lyla Stevens from Calgary. Stevens told the hearing of how Alexa was declared brain-dead on arrival at B.C. Children's Hospital, and how her daughter had asked to hold the tot

›INBRIEF One of Delta’s larger than life figures will be remembered today (Nov. 12). Former newspaper man Edgar Clesson Dunning, who passed away Oct. 23 just a few months short of his 101st birthday, will be celebrated at the South Delta Baptist Church in Tsawwassen. Dunning’s contributions to Delta are significant and far-reaching. In honour of his outstanding service and historical ties to Delta, the new Delta Archives facility currently under construction at the former Courthouse and bear his name, will include the Edgar Dunning Reading Room. Dunning’s lifelong dedication to the betterment, heritage and preservation of Delta is remarkable—a legacy that will always be remembered, stated a Corporation of Delta press release.

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Delta Police received a second report of a dangerous item found in a Halloween treat. On Nov. 4, a 12-year-old Ladner boy was eating a small Crispy Crunch and discovered a steel needle had been inserted into the chocolate bar. Delta Police are reminding people once again to be cautious when eating Halloween candy. "All Halloween candy wrapped or not, should be inspected prior to being consumed," said Acting Sgt. Paul Eisenzimmer in a media release. The boy and five of his friends trick-or-treated in the neighbourhood near Leslie Park in Ladner, visiting houses on several streets in the area. On Nov. 1 a 21-year-old woman reported she found a small metal box-cutter blade inside a chocolate bar after taking children trick or treating in Tsawwassen. —Kristine Salzmann

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The day after Carol Berner apologized to the family of fouryear-old Alexa Middelaer at Monday's sentencing hearing for impaired driving causing death, Berner's niece, Kendra Voth, issued a statement: "I am the niece of Carol Berner and wanted to release Carol's official remorse [more-online letter to the public. Carol has been silently mourning for so long and hopes to find a way to make a difference in the community by sharing her experience . . . She spiraled into a very severe panic attack to the point of seizing, once she finished addressing Alexa's family. It's shameful to think that this woman is not living in anguish daily having to live with the horrific consequences of her actions." For Berner's letter to the Middelaers, visit southdeltaleader. com and click on the 'News' tab.

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the plan. Freer added traffic projections did not warrant building on and omments that off ramps and removng traffic lights were the lights until 2021. He always on the said land for the ramps plans for the the South has already been secured Fraser Perimeter Road for their construction. Hoover said the cost made Greg Hoover see of building on and off red last week. Hoover, who along ramps now would be far with Olav Naas suggested less costly than going an alternate route for the back and putting them highway, said plans given in later. “A n d y o u to him by have to think Gateway Proof the disrupgram officials tion to trafmanaging fic,” he said. the $1 billion “It would be project show like having an the route to be intersection built without on Highway 99 stop lights. and then going Hoover Greg Hoover back in and said the plans taking them are dated from out. Constructing the Sept. 2006. “Whoever told you on and off ramps now is the SFPR had always just a question of moving been designed to have a bunch of sand and layintersections is feeding ing down asphalt.” Hoover and Naas had you a lot of hooey,” said proposed a route from Hoover, reacting to a story in the Leader last Deltaport that ran paralweek when Geoff Freer, lel to the existing rail lines executive director for the servicing the port which Gateway Program stated would eventually meet traffic lights are part of up with Highway 91.



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LETTERS Letter writer's apology On July 2, 2010, a letter written by me was published in the South Delta Leader (Ignoring the people's voice). It included statements about the positions taken by Delta Councillors Bruce McDonald, Robert Campbell

The South Delta Leader published a letter from Karen Rougier (Ignoring the people's voice, July 2, 2010) that referred to the position taken by councillors Br uce McDonald, Rober t Campbell and Scott Hamilton opposing a recommendation to the Tsawwassen Area Plan

Lasting concerns The overwhelming opposition expressed by Tsawwassen residents resulted in the mayor’s declaration (Oct. 28) that the poorly conceived Tsawwassen Area Plan would be abandoned. However, the part of the plan dealing with higher density, town homes, condos, etc., on the power line properties along 53A Street requires further attention. The advantages and suitability of such development on the properties along 53A, specifically for the section between 8A and 16th Ave., were identified early in the community’s opposition against

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and Scott Hamilton in opposing a re c o m m e n d a t i o n t o t h e Tsawwassen Area Plan Committee based on the IPSOS Reid survey relating to development of the Southlands. While I had intended to show my disagreement with their position, I regret I concluded my letter with a question about, "Who's paying who off." If some readers interpreted those words as a suggestion by me that elected councillors were

influenced by payments from private interests, I acknowledge this is completely untrue. I wish to provide an unqualified apology to councillors McDonald, Campbell and Hamilton, and I affirm there is no basis whatsoever for any suggestion they have been improperly influenced regarding the positions they have taken on this matter.

Committee. The letter was based on the IPSOS Reid sur vey relating to development of the Southlands. Our viewpoint page is a forum for reader to express opinions. In this case the Leader regrets the letter may have suggested to some readers the councillors were improperly influenced by

payments from private interests, a statement that is unfounded. T h e L e a d e r re t r a c t s a n y suggestion the councillors were improperly influenced . We extend our sincere apology t o c o u n c i l l o r s Mc D o n a l d , Campbell and Hamilton.

BC Transmission Corporation’s (now BC Hydro) proposal for the new high voltage transmission lines through Tsawwassen. The suggestion at the time made on the premise the power lines would be relocated away from the existing Tsawwassen Right-of-Way, and all soil contamination appropriately excavated and removed from the affected properties. The new lines and steel poles are clear evidence the lines are here to stay, committed contamination clean-up was not conducted, and the residents will continue to be affected by all negative aspects associated with the lines and the ROW.

Future potential liabilities and litigation which may arise as a result of health problems and soil contamination clean-up costs related to the ROW must remain the sole responsibility of BC Hydro and the B.C. Government. The Corporation of Delta should therefore exercise extreme caution with respect to rezoning or issuing of development permits and other permits which could be construed as Delta accepting responsibility for any of these inherent negative aspects of the ROW properties.

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Power of the 'Zalm' Gordon Campbell’s fall from the good graces of voters could be credited to one man: Ladner’s own Bill Vander Zalm. An unexpected political foe, given Vander Zalm’s own fall from grace as a Social Credit premier just two decades ago. The public’s distaste toward Campbell has long bubbled below the surface. After ripping up collective agreements and moving health care toward privatization, selling B.C. Rail when he said he wouldn’t and governing at times with an arrogant fist—rather than a compassionate hand. But it was Vander Zalm who ultimately forced Campbell to make an early exit. When the Liberals announced they would harmonize sales taxes in B.C., it generated little discussion. The NDP was silent on the issue and political pundits had little to say. A few weeks later—in July 2009—Vander Zalm called The Richmond Review. He had just emailed the paper a letter to the editor. He said the government was taking advantage of the working families and the poor—and he had to do something. In his letter, Vander Zalm noted the Liberals chose to reveal its HST plan on the same day the results from the high-profile Braidwood inquiry into the use of Tasers were announced. A tax, he said, is never a good thing. And for the first time, someone had publicly digested the HST as a tax that will “impact everyone and everything,” in the words of Vander Zalm. Thus began the Vander Zalm-led Fight HST revolution. He rallied his friends, who called in reinforcements, and an initiative campaign to force a referendum was successful. The Fight HST campaign centred its anger on the Liberal party and its leader. Campbell never recovered from the blows. While Liberals publicly reflected last week on the great things Campbell has done for our province—and yes, he did lead B.C. away from “have-not” status—behind the scenes they’re wondering how they can right the Liberal shipwreck. What made Vander Zalm’s campaign so successful is he continued to say the Liberals don’t listen to the people. And because he had the courage to stand up and say something, Campbell has lost his job. The people will be listened to after all—in the HST referendum next year. —Black Press




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Clockwise from top left: ❚ The South Delta Basketball Association has a new logo thanks to those entering the sports group's recent contest. Submitting the winning entry was Chelsea Ker (right). Runner up was Emelie Haltson. Each received gift certificates from Sublime Art Supplies and Gallery (left). Contributed photo ❚ Los Gitanos School of Spanish Dance hosted a tribute to flamenco artist and teacher Oscar Neito Oct. 27. Owner Bev Mantovani (centre) invited a number of international artists to perform at the event. Jim Kinnear photo ❚ Deryl Sturdevant (left), president of Tlbury's Canadian Autoparts Toyota (CAPTIN) receives a 2010 Power Smart Leader award from Kal Sahota, senior key account manager with BC Hydro. CAPTIN was honoured Oct. 25 at the Vancouver Convention Centre for being one of those companies recognized for a commitment to energy conversation and whose practices exemplify energy management and efficiency. Contributed photo

The South Delta Artists' Guild will display original artwork for sale at The Town Centre Art Walk. When: Now until Nov. 16. Where: The Tsawwassen Town Centre Mall. Just in time for Christmas browsing. Visit for more information.

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Do you love rocks, gems and fossils? The Delta Rockhounds will host their Art of Rocks gem show and sale. When: Nov. 13 and 14,10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Where: South Delta Recreation Centre (1720 56th St.). Admission by donation.

The music of the Jammers will accompany a roast turkey Christmas dinner at KinVillage Community Centre. When: Ticket deadline Nov. 18. Dinner Nov. 25, 5 p.m. Where: 5430 10 Ave. Tickets $14 members, $16 non-members. 604-943-0225.


Natural Comfort Wellness Centre is collecting donations for the Deltassist Christmas Fund. Donate and receive a 30 min. free service. When: Nov. 15 , 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (therapeutic touch, aromatherapy massage and plant, spirit medicine). Where: #117 1077 56 St. All appointments by preregistration at 604-943-7222.


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A movie matinee will be held at KinVillage Community Centre. When: Nov. 18. Ticket sales start at 1 p.m., movie starts at 2 p.m. Where: 5430 10 Ave. Admission $2. Free popcorn with each beverage purchase. 604-943-0225. Reach Child and Youth Development is hosting a parent workshop: "Teaching Children Emotional Regulation." When: Nov. 18, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Where: #3 3800 72 St. To register call 604-946-6622 ext. 343 or email





The fall and winter wheelchair dance program is underway at KinVillage Community Centre. When: Alternate Fridays (Nov. 12, 26, etc.) Where: 5430 10 Ave. Call 604-862-8761 for more details.

Experience the joy of hand-drumming with drummer and percussionist Rob Ferguson in a workshop—no drumming experience necessary. When: Nov. 14, Children 3 to 4 p.m., teens/adults 4:30-5:30 p.m. Where: Tsawwassen Arts Centre. $10 per session. Call 604-720-3392 or email jones-inc@ for more info or tickets.

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Bob Peters is producing a variety of wooden items for sale at St. David’s Anglican Church Christmas Craft Fair Nov. 13. See p. 12 for details. Contributed photo John Patrick Shanley. When: Nov. 16, and 18, 7 to 9 p.m., and Nov. 20, 2-5 p.m. Where: Tsawwassen Arts Centre (1172 56 St.). Cold reading from the script. No appointments, first come, first serve. For more information about the parts, or to send resumes and headshots, email


The "Age of Stupid" will be shown at the Ladner Pioneer Library. When: Nov. 17, 7 to 9 p.m. Where: 4683 51 St. Discussion to follow on how we can take action to protect

The Delta Museum and Archives hosted its Night for the Museum fashion show last weekend. For a video clip, visit and click on the 'Community' tab.

GROUPS & VOLUNTEERS The Boundary Bay Quilters Guild invites you to attend a meeting on Nov. 16 at theSacred Heart Gym (3900 Arthur Drive). Doors open at 6:30 p.m., meeting starts at 7 p.m. This month there will be Art Quilt demonstrations by the QuArtz Diva group. Guests always welcome ($5). For more info visit or call 604-948-0692. The Probus Club of South Delta, a nonprofit, fellowship club for retired and semiretired professional and business people will hold its next regular monthly meeting at 10 a.m. Nov. 17 at The Coast Tsawwassen Inn. Speaker Ryan Williams will talk about social networking. Guests welcome. Call Roger Emsley 604 946-7250 for information.


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hat makes a citizen of the year in Delta? On Nov. 19 at the annual Hats Off to Excellence Awards the Delta Chamber of Commerce will reveal its picks for 2010. And as usual it has a wealth of nominees to select from, each of them more than worthy of the title. Their individual stories may follow different paths, but the common bond they share is a deep commitment to their community. This year, four people make up the three nominations in the citizen of the year category. First up is Bev Day, founding director of OWL (Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society). Next is Peter Guichon of Felix Farms, the largest soil-based vegetable producer in the province. And finally there’s the husband and wife duo of Al and Phyllis Wawryk, owners of the Sundance Inn. Fine friend of the feathered variety A Day’s work is never done. When you’re Bev Day, that fact is seemingly ever present since she is on call around the

clock helping birds of prey from across the province who have been injured, orphaned or mistreated. It’s a task she has been undertaking for the past 27 years, 23 of them here in Delta. Asked why she has dedicated herself to the cause, Day joked, “I’m blonde, let’s put it that way.” On a more serious note, Day said what drives her is the care for the animals whose numbers have steadily grown at the facility over the years to the point today where OWL routinely processes 360 to 380 birds annually. “I want my grand kids to appreciate and realize how important wildlife is to us,” Day said. “Eighty-per cent of the birds that come through OWL are there under circumstances created by man.” OWL first took flight in Day’s former home in Surrey. She had begun to care for injured birds and her reputation grew to the point Day drew the attention of provincial authorities to expand her service. Soon, her three-bedroom rancher began to get crowded and a move to Delta became in the works. Today, the facility on 72nd Street near Boundary Bay Airport has five acres of space for bird cages, one of which is the length of

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Guichon is happy to play a role locally, supporting all manner of initiatives, from farming to youth. Part of that is Guichon's annual efforts to organize sizable contributions of vegetables from local farmers for Christmas hampers distributed to needy families by Deltassist. “The whole community is supportive of farming and, you know, Delta’s been good to myself and my family, and I want to give something back to Delta by sitting on as many boards as I can, and that’s just my way of life,” he said. Uncommon care After close to 40 years in the community, plenty of people know the duo of Al and Phyllis Wawryk. They know of their uncommon care for the people they meet, and the standards they set for themselves and their business at the Sundance Inn. “In the community we interact with a great number of people,” said Al. “But our interaction is just a little different than what most people realize.” He explained that in the beverage and food service industry proprietors act as front line contacts. “We live on site and we are hands on, and actually feel the pulse of what’s on the street.” That means they are keen to go the extra mile to lend a helping hand for those passing through their establishment, whether it be for a friendly

drink and chat, or a longer respite from the rigours of daily life. “A lot of the police who work nights bring a lot of weary and stranded people to us because the shelters are not available,” Al said, adding he considers he, his wife and staff to be true first responders when it comes to offering care. It’s a philosophy Phyllis owes to her and Al’s backgrounds. “It probably comes from our education,” said Phyllis. “Al has a degree in economics and psychology and I have degrees in psychology and music. With all that education there’s a sense of being aware of people. And when it comes to the motel, when people come in we have to assess them right away. Are they a tired traveler, or are they trying to flee,” Phyllis said laughing. “We get all kinds.” “You have to have your wits about you and have your staff in tune with that,” Al said. “Basically, we are a health care facility, first. We dispense alcohol and sometimes deal with people who have problems.” With their care and leadership the Sundance Inn also opens its doors to the greater community on a regular basis to raise much needed funds for local service groups. In addition to the citizen of the year, the Hats Off to Excellence Awards will shine the spotlight on a number of other categories. For a full list of nominees, see page 22.

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trio of local creative groups will showcase their work in time for the holiday shopping season. Members of the Delta Pottery Association, Delta Rockhounds, and South Delta Artists’ Guild will each host a show and sale this weekend at the South Delta Recreation Centre and neighbouring Kiwanis Longhouse Gallery. At the Delta Potters’ show, sales coordinator Shannon Grant said there will be a wide range of pottery available, from functional cups, plates and bowls to sculptural and deco-

rative pieces—and no HST. The group has almost 90 members who get unlimited access to their studio at the recreation centre, and who range from beginners to professionals. In addition to their annual Christmas Sale, the potters often host clay days for children at the Tsawwassen Town Centre Mall, kids’ classes through Delta Parks, Recreation and Culture department, and have recently struck up a partnership with the Delta Stroke Recovery Group. Grant added they meet once a month, offer classes, and once a year bring in a profes-

sional potter for a weeklong workshop. The Delta Potter y Association’s Christmas Sale (www.deltapotters. com) runs Nov. 12 and 13, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Nov. 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the South Delta Recreation Centre. In the same building, the Delta Rockhounds’ Art of Rocks gem show and sale will take place Nov. 13 and 14, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. And next door at the K i w anis Lo ngho us e Gallery, the South Delta Artists’ Guild’s opening reception for its show of small paintings and sculptural art takes place Nov. 13, 1 to 4 p.m. The guild show runs until Nov. 21.

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Cherry bookmarks have a significant local link. Maple and oak bookmarks bear out a former pupil’s respect for Peters-the-teacher. Birch candles are the last hurrah of a tree in Tsawwassen, while white pine came from a sawmill in a BC town where Peters began his teaching career. Each item of reclaimed wood preserves its piece of the past. Independent craftsmen will join Peters and other church crafters to present various products of their trades at a fair focused on “the fruits of our labour." An international flavour will be provided by artisans of Ten Thousand Villages, an organization promoting Fair Trade, and by the Ladner Branch of Gogo Grannies who support Outreach Programs in Africa.

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Black Bond Books spans three generations PHILIP RAPHAEL EDITOR


t's not just the books on the shelves that tell a story for Black Bond Books. At its Surrey location there is a mural which notes the rich origins of a successful family business spanning three generations. The mural shows a main street in Brandon, Manitoba in 1963 and the picturesque, almost "Rockwellian" storefront where Madeline Neill, now 81, opened the doors to a small book shop named after her grandmothers Celia Black and Catherine Bond. Today, the business has 11 locations across the Lower Mainland, including one in Lad-

ner at the Trenant Park Square Shopping Centre (5251 Ladner Trunk Road) which is run by Neill's granddaughter Caitlin Jesson. "It was quite a thing to open a book store in a small town like Brandon," said company president Cathy Jesson, Caitlin's mom. "It made it feel more like a community, a kind of validation for the place." Neill moved west to B.C. in 1972 after selling the store in Brandon and continued with the business in the Lower Mainland where at one point the operation was opening a new store every other year. Part of that success is based on the synergies of a tight, family-run operation, said Cathy Jesson, who in addition

Three generations of family working together at Black Bond Books has been a strength, says company president Cathy Jesson (centre). Her daughter Caitlin Jesson (left) runs the Ladner store, and Madeline Neill, Jesson's mother, started the business in 1963. Contributed photo to her daughter has her stepdaughter Danielle and ex-husband working in the business. "I would say in this instance it's really effective when you have family members who are not working too close together," she said. Ideas are freely shared and the overriding passion about books and serving clients runs

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n eco-friendly philosophy, care for the community, and high standard for excellence has a local construction company in good stead. Todd Best started Best Builders with his wife Jennifer after growing up in the construction industry and working at his father's company. This year, three homes built by the company were chosen as finalists for the Georgie Awards (each of the projects they entered), a Canadian Home Builders' Association program which recognizes excellence in the residential construction and renovation industry. In 2008 Best Builders was recognized with a Georgie Award in the over $3 million category for a West Vancouver home renovation that involved green building principles. " We f e e l s t ro n g l y about making sure that people take care of the

environment, it's important," says Jennifer, noting they see plenty of waste in the construction industry. "You're involved in dealing with landfill, you see the amount of stuff that's tossed and thrown away and disposed of. And it's a really big concern for everybody. I think that seems to be a general concern for most people these days, and we feel the same way." Through their church, Ladner Christian Fellowship, the Bests have "rehomed" cabinets and other products for clients who don't want to see materials from their home head to the landfill. The company also works with certified green building architects, and has installed geothermal heating as well as solar heating systems in some of their projects. Green living principles extend to their home life as well. The couple moved from the North Shore to Ladner with their four children about seven years ago to find a

This renovation by Best Builders (architect Khan Nguyen, Architrix Studio) is a finalist for best renovation of the year in the $500,000-$799,000 category of the 2010 Georgie Awards. Ema Peters photo property with the space to grow their own vegetables, keep chickens for eggs, plant a few orchard trees for fruit, and build a greenhouse for blueberries and raspberries. They moved Best Builders to Tsawwassen (1338 56 St.) from the North Shore in January of this year to be closer to home. Today, their eldest daughter works for the company as well, and it looks like their eldest son will follow in his dad's footsteps with plans to enter a high school apprenticeship program and later go to BCIT. Jennifer adds they work with the secondary schools in Ladner and South Delta to pro-

vide opportunities for apprentices to work at the company. "We try to make sure we give the opportunity to the young guys to come on and do their apprenticeships through us so they are ticketed, trained journeymen," Jennifer says. That effort to connect with the community continues with sponsorship of their son's local soccer team. And this year the company is also a drop-off location for the Greater Vancouver Home Builders' Association's 15th annual Coats for Kids campaign, an initiative that collects warm clothing for families in need.

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Ladner Auto Body owner Rick Richardson (centre) with dad Stan and wife Jennifer, was honoured with a customer service award last month that looks at customer satisfaction among collision repair facilities throughout North America. Kristine Salzmann photo he received a 99 per cent approval rating. "We work really hard t ow a rd m a k i n g o u r customers happy," said Richardson, whose wife Jennifer works at the company as administrative manager. "We have a very good reputation in South Delta for doing good work, so that kind of feedback keeps you busy. I'm glad to hear I'm doing a good job and my customers are

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Henry says. “They know we are working for ourselves and are committed to doing a good job every time.” The South Delta Secondary School grads, who came to Canada with their family from El Salvador in 1991, got into the industry via the construction field eight years ago. They decided they enjoyed contact with customers more and branched out to their own residential service. “It’s nice getting that feedback from clients who have a problem that needs fixing,” says Fredy. “They are glad to see you arrive after they’ve called, and it’s really satisfying for us to find out what the problem is and get it fixed.” It’s also satisfying working with someone they can rely upon. “That’s a nice aspect of working with Henry. We may be different, but I know I can trust him and we are efficient,” says Fredy.

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A Tsawwassen teacher was handed a “neat” award last month. Pebble Hill Traditional School teacher Shelley Davidson was recognized Oct. 25 by the Heritage Educational Foundation for introducing innovative methods of teaching and learning. Davidson was one of five teachers in Canada acknowledged by the foundation with the Heritage National Excellence Awards for Teachers—or NEAT, for short. Davidson has taught in Delta for more than 30 years. She is a Delta school district mentor as a literacy coach, and with her teaching partner Ellen Martin implemented a school-wide program at Pebble Hill called Literacy Place. When she received the phone call that let her know she won the award, which included a $5,000 prize, Davidson could hardly believe it. “It was very exciting. It was an honour and a privilege,” she said. The teacher was nominated by Jarvis Elementary Principal Ragini Kapil, who prior to this year was principal at Pebble Hill. “I’m so impressed with the level of teaching and learning at Pebble Hill, and Shelley’s mentorship for the literacy program at the school was stellar,” said Kapil. “She has the capability to kind of nudge people forward in a very supportive manner and is able to demonstrate exceptional leadership and teaching skills in the classroom.” Kapil added there are many teachers at the school and in the district she can think of who deserve recognition, and hope Davidson’s award encourages Continued on P19

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Delta Life Skills director cooks up penne dish If you are out and about in North and South Delta next summer time and see a group of kids wearing colourful T-shirts and having fun they just might be enrolled in the Delta Life Skills summer day camp. What is special about the group is the involvement from the parents who fund 80 per cent of $200,000 cost for the camp for children with special needs. Margot O’Reilly, program director with Delta Life Skills said the organization was started 25 years ago by a handful of parents who knew how important it was for children with learning disabilities to carry on developing and maintaining life skills over the summer months in order to be successful in the following school year. “Over the years, the parents of Delta Life Skills persevered, and now we are able to accommodate 50 children in both North and South Delta for a sixweek summer day camp program,” said O’Reilly. “As you can well imagine, there is a far greater need for this type of program, but funding is the issue.” Part of that is the commitment to

hire highly skilled day camp staff and have a ratio of almost 1:1 in order to develop and maintain life skills and provide great recreational opportunities the children would not normally have. “Summer Fun, as it is affectionately known, is not only a first class program, but a very necessary part of the ongoing development of our kids,” O’Reilly said. Part of the fun is learning to prepare meals and O’Reilly has provided a recipe for penne with tomatoes, black olives and feta cheese which is “easy and delicious,” she said. To help with fund raising efforts Delta Life Skills is holding a Burger and Beer fundraiser at the Sky Hawk Restaurant Nov. 25 at Boundary Bay Airport. For tickets call 604-418-4860, 604-943-9193, or email For more information about the organization, visit “Failing beer and a burger, you might try this (recipe), with a glass of red wine,” O’Reilly said. —Philip Raphael

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Wrapping up the Delhi games Pair of Tsawwassen field hockey players upbeat on Canada’s future PHILIP RAPHAEL EDITOR


espite a lost chance at a medal during the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India last month a pair of Tsawwassen field hockey products are bullish on Canada’s future. Both Rob Short and Mark Pearson are planning to take the national team’s showing at the Delhi tournament as a sign the red and white is on the upswing and could be a force to be reckoned with in the years ahead. “The Commonwealth (Games) was pretty much the definition of a bittersweet tourney for us. The team really rebounded well from our big disappointment in the first match against South Africa (a 4-1 loss on Oct. 4), and we went on to post good results against the other highly ranked teams in our pool,” said Pearson via email from Germany where he plays professionally for Club An Der Alster in Hamburg. “We played especially well against New Zealand in the last pool match and were only three minutes away from a win which would have put us to the semi-finals.” The Canadians ended the match against the “Black Sticks” tied 1-1 which dropped the side down to a playoff for seventh and eight place against Malaysia. “Games like this can easily be a let down, but the guys really stepped up and we gutted out a 3-2 win in overtime,” Pearson said, adding that Canada’s seventh place finish overall is a surprise given the teams they faced.

“Two wins, one loss and two tie’s against higher ranked teams, (and) to think that we only finished seventh,” he said. One of those ties was a 1-1 result against a highly touted English team which is gearing up for the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London, England. “It is not all doom and gloom,” said Short in comments made to Field Hockey Canada following the Delhi games. “While it is hard not to focus on the negative at this point, it is important, and apparent, that we are a team going somewhere. Our per-

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formances in the New Zealand and England games can only give us confidence which will help us on our road to London 2012.” Short added Canada is capable of battling teams at the top of the world rankings, and that confidence should carry over to upcoming preparations for the Pan American Games in October 2011, in Guadalajara, Mexico. A first place finish there guarantees Canada a spot at the 2012 Olympics.

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Icehawks extend winning streak PHILIP RAPHAEL EDITOR

The Delta Ice Hawks continued their surge up the PIJHL standings with a 4-3 win over the Mission Icebreakers Nov. 9 at Ladner Arena. That makes it seven wins in a row for the ‘Hawks who have not lost since Oct. 19 when they fell 4-3 to Port Moody. Since then Delta has dominated most games, outscoring their opposition 22-9. The current tear the club has been on leaves their record at an impressive 14 wins, three losses and two overtime defeats, good for 30 points and first place in the Tom Shaw Conference and first overall in the 10-team junior B league. The closest team in the standings are the North Delta Devils who also have 30 points, but have played two more games. The ‘Hawks nearly had their hot streak ended Nov. 7 when they needed overtime to beat the Grandview Steelers 2-1 at the Burnaby Winter Club. Delta's Cody Smith sent the game to the extra frame when he scored on the power play with just over two minutes to go in the game. Then Spencer Traher potted the winner at 4:31 into overtime. Tonight (Nov.12) the

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wo Tsawwassen residents will be honored for their generosity this month. Dr. Irving (Ike) Barber and Sean Hodgins' Century Group are finalists at the 2010 Giving Hearts Awards hosted by the Vancouver chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Winners will be announced Nov. 17 on National Philanthropy Day at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Barber is a finalist in the Outstanding Philanthropist category, nominated by Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Jeff Norris, Chief Advancement Officer at Kwantlen, said in an email Barber has a legacy of commitment to strengthening B.C. and improving the quality of life for residents. Past donations by Barber, who founded Slocan Forest Products, include: • the establishment of the Ike Barber Human Islet Transplant Laboratory at Vancouver Hospital, • $20 million to help transform the University of B.C.'s main library into the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, • $12.25 million to create the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Science at UBC Okanagan, • $15 million contribution to UBC Okanagan, • $1.5 million to Thompson Rivers University to assist with the building of the House of Learning, to be called The Irving K. Barber British Columbia Centre • and $2.5 million to create the Irving K. Bar-

ber Endowment for Educational Opportunities at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. In a speech given at the announcement of his gift to Kwantlen, Barber tried to explain his generosity. He said, "In the past, when I’ve talked about why I’ve made particular contributions, my standard explanation has always been 'because I want to.' I want to share with you my thoughts and realization process that have led me to change that standard explanation to 'because we must.'" The Delta Hospital Foundation nominated

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Century Group to the Outstanding Corporation category. "Century and it’s president Sean Hodgins provide shining examples to others by not only donating generously to every cause and group in need in the community, but also by taking a leadership role in get-

ting involved," stated the foundation in its nomination. Past contributions include: • More than $1.63 million to the Delta Hospital Foundation since 1991, plus volunteering at fundraising events by Century Group staff, • The creation of the

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George Hodgins Memorial Charity Golf Tournament, with proceeds raised donated to Delta Hospital, • $1 million to the Delta Hospice Society for its new Harold and Veronica Savage Supportive Care Centre, • $50,000 to the Tsawwassen Boundary Bay Lions Club's new accessible playground at Centennial Beach, • More than $40,000 as a sponsor of the annual Tour de Delta event, • and financial and volunteer support to dozens of other organizations and events. Also nominated in the Outstanding Phi-

lanthropist category are Dr. Djavad Mowafaghian and Rudy North, and in the Outstanding Corporation category

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TRANSPORTATION 821 CARS - SPORTS & IMPORTS 2007 Hyundai Sonata GLS, 3.3L auto, V6, leather seats, sunroof, 39,000k, $12,900. (604)858-4179 2009 TOYOTA CAMRY Hybrid fully loaded, brand new cond, no accident, $14,900. (604)854-3732 2010 HONDA ACCORD, 4 dr. sedan, auto, loaded, 6,000 kms. $23,900 obo. Call 604-836-5931. 2010 TOYOTA MATRIX, 4 dr. auto, loaded 18’’ mag wheels. $13,500. Call 604-836-5931.



CA$H FOR VEHICLES Any Condition! 604-551-9022

Private yard, carport or double garage. Located on No. 1 & Steveston, No. 3 & Steveston. Landscape and maintenance included.

Call 604-830-4002 or 604-830-8246




$0 DOWN & we make your 1st payment at auto credit fast. Need a vehicle? Good or Bad credit call Stephanie 1-877-792-0599. DLN 30309.



1987 Ford 26’ motorhome, good condition. $5900. Call after 5pm, (604)795-2620

Call 604.946.1094




CLAYMORE APTS 1 Bdrm Apts Avail Close to shopping & schools. Seasonal Swimming pool, and tennis court. 3 appliances (fridge, stove dishwasher), blinds hot water and parking included. Carpeted throughout. Some pets welcome.

5374 - 203rd St, Langley

Call 604-533-9780

AAA SCRAP CAR REMOVAL Minimum $100 cash for full size vehicles, any cond. 604-518-3673


Minimum $160 for Complete full-size Vehicles

Serving the Delta Area since 1986 604-649-1627 or 604-946-0943




2 Bedrm + Den & 3 Bedrms Available

Bayside Property Services Ltd.

PIANO UPRIGHT. Wood, Mason & Risch, 30 years old. $800. obo. Tuning & moving your cost. No bench. 604-271-8843 lve msg.



RICHMOND. 3 bdrm. townhouse double garage, available Dec 1. $1700/mth. 604-270-4997.



RICHMOND WEST. 1 bdrm. suite. $700/mo. incl. heat, light & cable. Ns/np. Avail. immed. 604-448-9212 RICHMOND, Westminster Hwy. & No 4. 1 bdrm in newer house. $800 incl utils & cable. Strictly N/S. N/P. Avail. Dec 1. 604-303-7394.

Homelife Benchmark Realty Corp. Langley

AT A CLICK of a mouse, is your local source to over 300,000 businesses!

604-537-4140 SPARTAN Moving Ltd. Fast & Reliable. Insured Competitive rates. Wknd Specials. Call Frank: (604) 435-8240


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1 & 2 Bdrms

Available Immediately Located in central Richmond, close to all amenities & Kwantlen College. Rent includes heat and hot water.Sorry no pets.

Call 604-830-4002 or 604-830-8246 Visit our website: RICHMOND

WATERSTONE Bright ★ Quiet ★ Spacious

1 & 2 Bdrm Apt Suites 3 Appliances, balcony, swimming pool, heat & hot water. Also 2 & 3 Bdrm Townhomes 6 Appliances Close to schools & stores. N/P.

Call 604-275-4849 or 604-830-8246

748 SHARED ACCOMMODATION ROOM AVAIL. in large house. in S. Richmond. $475 incl. shared kitchen, bath, lndry. & internet Avail. Nov. 15. Phone. 604-722-7520.

NEED A VEHICLE? No Credit? Bad Credit. Cars - Trucks - SUVs. Good credit or bad credit. Guaranteed to Drive. 1-877-734-9242. Apply online WANT A VEHICLE BUT STRESSED ABOUT YOUR CREDIT? Last week 11 out of 13 applications approved! We fund your future not your past. Any Credit. $500.00 Xmas CASH back. or 1-888-208-3205.



1985 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham, 4 dr sedan , low miles, loaded. Offers? (604)795-9215 1996 CHEVY CORSICA, 4 cyl, 4 dr, auto, runs & looks great, AirCared, a/c, $1600. (604)889-0593 1998 CHEVROLET MALIBU, beige only 157K, a/c, cruise, auto, abs, good cond, $2100. (604)288-7997 2002 CHRYSLER INTREPID Aircared to 2011, 98K kms, great shape, fully loaded, keyless entry, $4300 obo 604-304-5571 2008 HYUNDAI SONATA. 4 cyl, auto, silver, 4 dr, leather seats, new brakes, s/roof, loaded, 80,000 kms. exc. cond. $16,500. 604-531-5016



821 CARS - SPORTS & IMPORTS 1998 ACURA INTEGRA GS, 193K, $5995, 1 Owner Lady driven, no accidents. Exterior Black, Fully Loaded, Leather, A/C, ETC 2001 HONDA ACCORD 4/dr 3L, exc cond, fully loaded, leather, power heated front seats, moon roof, 224K - highway. 604-314-8022. 2002 MERCEDES E320, white, fully loaded, very clean, 61,000 kms. $13,988. Call 604-807-1328. 2003 HONDA Accord EX-L. Black, lthr, fully loaded ex cond. Orig owner. 221K. $8500 obo. 604-556-8778 2003 VW Golf diesel TDI 4 dr, 5 spd, a/c, p/w, p/l, CD, s/roof, $7500 Stock #3. DL# 5691. 604-351-6170



2002 FORD F150 XLT 4X2 s/c. One owner, extra clean, white. 4.6 efi, 4 spd. auto O/D, 4 dr. w/flairside bed, f.g. bed cover. XLT special appearance pkg, cast alum. wheels. $8000. Daytime/Evening 604-7467472. 2005 PONTIAC MONTANA SV6, 7 passenger, pristine cond, low km’s, $8500 obo. private (778)565-1097 2008 FORD F350 4x4, diesel, 90,000 kms, auto. 4 dr. $28,9000 obo. Call 604-596-9970.

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WANT TO KNOW WHEN WE ARE READY IN YOUR AREA? Call 604.629.4389 or email SHAW-DELTA@SJRB.CA and leave us your name, address, phone number and email address.

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