Delta’s Charity for Charities
Regardless of where you live in our community, the Delta Community Foundation is supporting invaluable work in the neighbourhoods in which you live, work and play.
Through the generosity of our donors, we fund initiatives, charities and non-profit organizations operating in sectors such as mental health, education, arts, culture & heritage, children & youth, environment, food security, Indigenous initiatives, neighborhoods, seniors and much, much more.
For more than 35 years, our Foundation has been the only charity that gives to all other charities in Delta. Our donors have entrusted us with more than $3 million in funding, and the generous members of our community continue to give.
Our success comes from your success, and the committed community members who have volunteered their time, professional expertise and passion for supporting a caring Delta community.
If you already give where you live, we thank you for your support. We welcome new donors and are pleased to offer many ways to contribute, from small donations to larger funds and endowments that can memorialize a loved one for generations to come.
For more information about the many funding opportunities through the Delta Community Foundation contact [email protected]
Like you, we love where we live, and take pride in giving back to our community.
What is a Community Foundation?
Unlimited potential, generosity for generations
You don’t have to be a person of great wealth to make an impact.
When caring individuals give through a professional and knowledgeable organization known as a community foundation, our philanthropic potential is unlimited.
The Delta Community Foundation can provide you with the opportunity to support the causes you care about the most. We do this through administering thoughtful grant-making to improve the quality of life in the communities we serve.
Donors who give to a community foundation like ours build sustainable, permanent funds through contributions big and small.
These funds, administered by the Delta Community Foundation, support the organizations that donors care about, forever. Through the generosity of our many donors and the responsible, informed investment of permanent funds, we will continue to increase our grant-making ability for the benefit of our community for generations to come.
Watch the Delta Community Foundation’s ‘What is a Community Foundation‘ video.
Join our Board of Directors
Be part of something great
Do you love where you live? The Delta Community Foundation is looking for motivated, community-minded people from North Delta, Ladner and Tsawwassen to join our dedicated group of volunteer board members.
Do you have a background in one of the following areas: fundraising, administration, marketing and social media, technology, finance or event planning? Do you enjoy connecting people and bringing like-minded individuals together? We administer grants and endowments, support local initiatives and give back to the community we live in. We are looking for a commitment of 5 -10 hours per month, and you will get to work with some of Delta’s most dedicated volunteers.
Interested? Please contact us.
We’re happy to have a conversation with anyone who would like to learn more about the Delta Community Foundation and how they can get involved, whether as a Board Member or a Committee Member.
Creating legacies that last forever
The Delta Community Foundation raises funds for distribution to Delta charities and organizations that support and enhance the community.
Through generous donations entrusted to us by our donors, we provide opportunities where there is a need to enable the full potential of lives for the people of Delta.
Our values guide us in making important decisions for our donors and our community:
Delta Community Foundation Board Members
Members of our Board of Directors generously volunteer their time, expertise, energy and knowledge of the community in their dedication to serving our community. To reach one of our board members please email [email protected]
Perminder Bath has been a Delta resident for 43 year and has spent most of this time in Ladner where she and her husband raised their two children.
She recently retired from a 28 year teaching career where she specialized in high school career education and work experience programs. Perminder is a strong advocate of promoting volunteering within schools and the broader community and she has helped integrate volunteering into her high school co-op programs. Perminder has strong family ties in Delta and would like to see this city continue to grow and flourish.
Julie Berks has retired after a long career of senior management roles in the financial services industry. She hopes her strong management, communication and project management skills will assist the Foundation to achieve its goals. She has lived and raised her family in Tsawwassen for the past 50 years and has worked for several societies and charities, including a current role on the board of Kin Village.
Michael De Luca
Mike started his career as a gold exploration geologist in the mid-1990’s and has worked in multiple resources related industries as a subject matter expert, project manager, and is currently a Portfolio and Operations Director for the Vancouver office of a multinational corporation. Mike has a Master of Science degree and Master of Business and Administration degree. He has recently relocated with his family to the Delta area and spends most of his time with his wife and young daughter. When he’s not working or spending quality family time, Mike enjoys a healthy active lifestyle through cycling and running, which has led him to complete 5 Ironman triathlons.
Shahida Devji has been a resident of the East Ladner area for 20 years where she lives with her husband and two children. Since moving to Ladner she has worked with her husband's family business, Delta View Life Enrichment Center and Deltaview Habilitation Center, a 296-bed Long Term Care site which primarily manages the care of dementia residents. During her time at Delta View she served in various positions, eventually becoming Director of Therapeutic Services then Assistant Site Manager until February 2020 when she retired. Prior to her joining the family business she served 10 years in various management/training leadership roles at TD Canada Trust.
Ammen Dhillon is a registered clinical counsellor at the Surrey Women’s Centre. She also runs a private practice in pursuing a long-held passion to work with individuals in mental health. She has a Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology. She also holds a PhD in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry and has worked for 13 years as a biotechnology scientist. Ammen lives in North Delta with her husband and children. She values healthy and thriving communities and has provided culturally sensitive mental health awareness to various audiences, coaches soccer, monitors kids in the Delta School District. She is a long-time member of the North Delta Potters Guild.
Stephanie Gibbs is a Writer and International Sales Executive for Canada Post, consulting for major brands with marketing and eCommerce business in Canada. She is passionate about community involvement and has spent more than 15 years volunteering with various non-profits, such as Minerva, the Vancouver Police Foundation, and the B.C. Crisis Centre. She has a business degree in entrepreneurship, a business management diploma, and a variety of professional certifications.
Victoria "Vicki" Huntington served as an independent MLA in the BC Legislature from 2009 until 2017. In 1993, she was elected to Delta Municipal Council and returned to Council in four subsequent municipal elections. In Ottawa she worked with the RCMP Security Service in Ottawa for most of the 1970s and then served as executive assistant to two federal ministers. She has also served as band manager for the Gitanmaax Indian Reserve in Hazelton.
Carlene Lewall was co-founder, coach, executive director and builder of Delta Gymnastics Society (1979 – 2017). Her passion is to make a difference in the lives of children by developing self esteem through physical literacy, belonging and knowing that people care for them. Carlene is also chair of KidSport Delta and board member of the Ladner Business Association, Tourism Delta and Delta Sport Hall of Fame. She loves Delta and wishes to see it grow and prosper in all areas.
Gillian grew up in Tsawwassen and is now raising her family here. Gillian worked in the Canadian television production industry for 20 years, as COO and owner of Force Four Entertainment. She most recently worked as Director of Operations at KidSafe Project Society for 3 years, which provided programming and meals for kids when schools were closed for holidays. Gillian is very passionate about giving back and is excited to be part of the dynamic team at Delta Community Foundation.
President & Board Chair
Gail Martin spent early adulthood in Tsawwassen and has lived in North Delta since 1973 where she raised her now adult children. Having worked for 34 years at Telus, she retired in 2002. Among her many contributions to the Delta community are Conquer Cancer canvasser, school Parents Advisory group and Sur-Del Scouts Canada, among others. She has also served as a member of the Delta Family Court Committee, Delta Community Services Advisory Committee, Delta Healthy Communities Committee, Delta Area Planning Committee, Delta Police Board, Delta Police Foundation, BC Labour Relations Board and, most recently, the Boys and Girls Clubs of South Coast BC. She has also been a member of the Finance Committee at Crossroads United Church where she has provided congregational outreach during the pandemic.
Ulf Ottho practiced law in Delta for 34 years and now runs Delta Mediation Services. He has been instrumental in the establishment of at least two endowment funds by local residents at the Delta Foundation. From 2008 to 2013 Ulf served as a member of the Parole Board of Canada, Pacific Region. Over time he has served as a director of the Ladner Business Association, Delta Chamber of Commerce, Ladner Sports Festival Society, Delta Voters Association and Reach Child and Youth Development Society Foundation. He has been a member of the Rotary Club of Ladner for 35 years, serving at one time on the board and as president.
Richard Shantz is retired, having worked in the investment industry for 48 years as a Vice President and Director, working in senior management positions and as an Investment Advisor. He has been active in the communities he has lived in and has been recognized for his volunteer efforts by the Governor General of Canada. who awarded him the Sovereign Medal for Volunteers. Richard has been honoured by Rotary with a Paul Harris Fellowship and is currently a member of the Rotary Club of Ladner.
Val is a new resident to Ladner and enthusiastic about local causes. She is a professional fundraiser at UBC’s Faculty of Science with experience raising funds for endowments, student awards and scientific research and was part of the university’s $1.5-billion Start an Evolution campaign. Val believes philanthropic support can empower individuals and create engaged communities. She currently serves on the Board of the Ladner Community Garden. Her interests include travel, hiking, pottery and increasingly the idea of food security. She is cultivating a sustainable food garden.
Dalyce Wickett joined the Delta Community Foundation in 2021 in the part time role of Administrator. Until this time, the Foundation had been managed by an operations board of directors. Dalyce feels very fortunate to live and work in the community she calls home, to benefit ‘the charity for all charities’. She brings with her over 13 years of non profit experience in a variety of Communications roles, many years in Education and Technology in the private sector, and is excited to join the Delta Community Foundation as it grows to meet the needs of even more individuals and charities in Delta.