Dalyce Wickett has joined the Delta Community Foundation in the part time role of Administrator. The Foundation has been managed by an operations board of directors since its founding in 1986. This is a big step for the Foundation as it prepares to take more big steps to do much more, with more of us, for the community. Dalyce feels very fortunate to 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 roles and is excited to join the Delta Community Foundation as we grow to meet the needs of even more individuals and charities in Delta.
The Delta Community Foundation at work
Events, news releases and headlines involving the Delta Community Foundation.
Delta Rise Community Garden, in North Delta, improved its facility by providing equipment to those who may not have had their own, purchasing a potting table to help those with mobility concerns and those with larger harvests to more easily sort through their crops, and to make it easier to use the gardening hose. Funding for these improvements came from the Delta Community Foundation’s Neighbourhood Small Grants program, sponsored by the Vancouver Foundation.
As a new member of the David Suzuki Foundation’s Butterflyway Project, Pamela Swanigan was delighted to receive space from the the Ladner Community Garden board and funding for plants from the Delta Foundation’s Neighbourhood Small Grants program, funded by the Vancouver Foundation, to establish a garden for butterflies which, along with bees, are pollinators. The new butterfly garden is at Ladner Community Garden, 6467 Holly Park Drive in Ladner.
A 46-townhouse complex of mainly seniors held a BBQ in the common area on August 28th. With several new residents in the complex and everyone having been restricted from connecting with each other during Covid-19 the event was a great time to get together. The event was funded by Delta Foundation’s Neighbourhood Small Grants program, sponsored by the Vancouver Foundation.
Nicole Orr, a class of 2021 graduate from Delta Secondary School, has her eye on a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Victoria, a Master of Management degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and then her own business. She is grateful for her $1,000 scholarship from the Delta Foundation which will help offset the cost and stress of student loans over her long academic journey so she can focus on her studies.
Graduate of Delta Secondary School in 2021, Amelie Giusta, is pursuing her passion for contemporary dance at Ryerson University thanks to The Margaret and Les Callan Fund Scholarship which the Delta Community Foundation administers. Amelie plans to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performance Dance, become a dancer and perhaps become a contemporary dance teacher. She is grateful for the scholarship support that she says will enable her to reach her fullest personal and professional potential.
A group of local dads worked with the City of Delta this summer to revamp a local bike park and pump track, thanks in part to a Neighbourhood Small Grant. They brought in an expert to design the new bike park and then bought the materials. The timing could not have been better to give kids in our community something active to do during these pandemic times! The funding from this neighbourhood grant has allowed me to nourish and energize the kids and families with cold drinks and pre-packaged snacks. I was also able to provide tools such as shovels, rakes and a hose for the kids to help with the maintenance of the jumps. The fact that I could reward them with some sustenance and equipment was a nice recognition of their efforts. However, the benefit of the Neighbourhood Small Grant was so much deeper than just providing snacks. Equipping these kids to build, sustain and take ownership of their bike park is a lesson that cannot be measured. — story and photos by Kristin Visscher, Project Leader
In the Stahaken Place townhome community in Tsawwassen 32 people from 12 families got together for the first time at a block party on August 7, 2021, thanks to a Neighbourhood Small Grant. Lulu Xie and Loretta Prim, who organized the event, said people were mingling and chatting. One neighbor found out their daughter was a colleague of another neighbor’s father. Another found out that a neighbor was the framer for another neighbor’s house, another who worked in the same industry, and some kids were in the same school. — story and photos by Lulu Xie
Sunshine Hills Community Virtual Garden Show in North Delta provided a chance for local residents to connect in a different way through displays of their gardens, with support from the Neighbourhood Small Grants program.