About Us
 
At the Delta Community Foundation we view the entire community and search for what it needs to prosper. Our grants support everything from safety and support of the less able or less fortunate to recreation, the arts, and the environment for residents of all ages.
 
In the long term our grants and community engagement make our community more caring and compassionate, resilient and better positioned for an improving future for all who live here.
 
Delta Community Foundation is part of a worldwide movement of foundations whose objective is to help build stronger and more vibrant communities. In Canada we are a part of Community Foundations of Canada, a network organization to more than 191 community foundations from coast to coast to coast. The Delta Community Foundation reaches out to Delta, BC.

We play three key roles
• We are leaders in identifying local community needs and advocating for meaningful social change. Each community has unique experiences and challenges. Our strength is in bringing people together to address these needs.
• We work with donors who wish to make meaningful and lasting contributions to the well-being of their community
• We support charitable organizations that provide programs and services for the community

 
Community foundations bring local knowledge, experience and a network of community relationships to our grant making. We are a charitable public foundation created by and for the people of Delta and have a deep knowledge of local needs and opportunities. We act as champions for issues that matter and direct grants to everything from shelter, education, and care for those in need, to the arts, environment and recreation.
 
Since 1986 donors have entrusted Delta Community Foundation with over $2.4 million as endowment funds, from which the income benefits Delta residents through the invaluable work of registered charities and other qualified service providers. With the help of many more generous donors we aim to increase that endowment so with more we can do more for our community.

We make charitable giving easy, flexible and effective. We work with you and your advisors to maximize the value of charitable gifts. Our goal is to help you meet important needs in the community, fulfill your charitable goals, and maximize your tax advantages.

Gifts can support any cause you can imagine. We believe in the power of individuals and organizations working together to effect positive change in our community.

Gifts are pooled and invested and form permanent community assets. Earnings from these assets are granted back into the community each year to registered charities. Registered charitable #0765560-63-27.
 
Our background
 
The Rotary Club of Ladner founded the Delta Community Foundation in 1986 under the Society Act of British Columbia. Since 1987 Delta Community Foundation has been registered with Canada Revenue Agency and assigned a charity number. It has grown to become a strong, independent organization that serves Delta, with assets which have reached more than $2 million and continue to grow.
 
Officers and directors of the Delta Foundation are community volunteers, accountable under the authority of the Society Act of BC and Canada Revenue Agency. Administration costs are minimal, covering the cost of directors’ insurance and postal, stationary costs.
 
The first board of directors in 1986 included Duncan Goheen as chair, Ernie Burnett as Vice Chair, Chester Walden as Treasurer, Peter Podovinikoff as Secretary, Stan Thomas and Colin Thompson as directors.
 
Board of Directors
 
Members of our Board of Directors generously volunteer their time, expertise, energy and knowledge of the community in their dedication to serving our community.
 
Delta Community Foundation Board of Directors
 
Guillermo Bustos
Director
 
Guillermo Bustos is a retired teacher, who taught French Immersion at South Delta Secondary School. He served the BC Teachers’ Federation for five years as Assistant Director of Professional Development, responsible for French Programmes and Services, and the Delta Teachers’ Association as Vice-President and Professional Development Chair. Guillermo is now an Instructor and Facilities Coordinator for ElderCollege Delta and a past president and current director on the Board of the Rotary Club of Ladner. 
   
Shahida Devji
Director
 
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 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 and training leadership roles at TD Canada Trust.
 
Ammen Dhillon
Director
 
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 holds a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology. She also holds a PhD in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry and 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.
   
Walt Hayward
Director
 
Walt Hayward is a local businessman and licensed realtor is a past president of the Rotary Club of Ladner. He has served as Director on various municipal committees and as an elected member of Delta Municipal Council. 
Vicki Huntington
Director
 
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. 
 
 
     
Marion Janssen
Secretary
 
Marion Janssen is a human resources management consultant working with organizations to build their employee brand and develop programs to attract and retain strong and motivated teams. Marion and her family live in Ladner and she has also sat as a member of the Tour de Delta Board. 
 
Carlene Lewall
Vice President

 
Carlene Lewall was a leader 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 know that people care for them. Carlene is also an active board member of KidSport Delta, Delta Sport Hall of Fame, Delta Sport Council, Ladner Business Association and Tourism Delta. 
 
 
   
Gail Martin
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 
Director
 
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. 
 
   
Peter Roaf
Past President 
 
Peter Roaf has served as a senior manager and consultant in external and internal corporate communications and public affairs for large and small organizations and as Executive Director of the Delta Chamber of Commerce. He was President of the Delta Community Foundation from 2018 to 2021 and is a member of the Rotary Club of Ladner. He is an Accredited Business Communicator and, in Canada, a Master Communicator, with the International Association of Business Communicators, which he served for four years on the international Executive Board. 
 
 
 
Richard Shantz
Treasurer
 
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. 
 
   
 
Jet Sunner
Director
 
Jet Sunner is a Staff Sergeant in the RCMP with 28 years of service, serving in Richmond Detachment. He is the founder of Team Izzat, a non-profit group where police officers volunteer their time to connect with youth thru sports and providing mentorship to students at high schools in Surrey, Delta and Richmond. Jet organized a youth forum in 2010 - to prepare reports on drugs and child exploitation. Jet enjoys spending time with his wife and three children in their home in Delta. He coaches kids soccer and basketball. Jet received the Richmond Spirit Award and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee medal and was recognized in the Vancouver Sun as the 50 most influential 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mission, Vision, Values
Mission
 
Through generous donations entrusted to us by our donors, we provide opportunities where there is need to enable the full potential of lives for people of Delta.
 
Vision
 
The opportunity for people to lead fulfilled lives and enrich the community of Delta.
 
Values
 
Our values guide us in making important decision for our donors and our community:
  • Integrity
  • Equity
  • Caring
  • Engaged
  • Accountable
  • Respect
Community Foundations Movement
 
To ensure the long-term success of his community, banker and lawyer Frederick Goff founded the first community foundation, the Cleveland Foundation, in 1914.

His vision was to pool the charitable resources of Cleveland’s philanthropists, living and dead, into a single, great, and permanent endowment for the betterment of the city. Community leaders would then forever distribute the interest that the Foundation’s resources would accrue to fund “such charitable purposes as will best make for the mental, moral, and physical improvement of the inhabitants of Cleveland.”

The Winnipeg Foundation was Canada’s first community foundation, established in 1921. Today, there are more than 191 community foundations across Canada and nearly 1900 around the world.

The Delta Foundation is a proud partner of Community Foundations of Canada, the national network organization for the 191 community foundations across Canada.
 
Learn more about Community Foundations of Canada.
 
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