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Rotary Club of Ladner donates $20,000 to REACH

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Ladner Rotary present cheque to REACH Society

On June 21st, 2011 Reach Child and Youth Development Society was presented with a generous donation of $20,000 from the Rotary Club of Ladner in support of their work with children with special needs and their families.

“We are grateful for this donation” says Renie D’Aquila, Executive Director of Reach, “the Rotary Club of Ladner has provided a range of support to Reach Society over the years. Recently the Ladner Rotarians have physically helped with painting our sheds and buildings and participating in our preschool program. Recognizing that 15% of the population has special needs and that the incidence rates are increasing we simply cannot meet the ever growing demand. Today’s generous donation from the Rotary Club of Ladner will enable more children and youth with special needs to receive the help they need.”

Reach has been serving the community of Delta since 1959, supporting the development of children throughout all stages of childhood. Programs and services include developmental assessments, preschools, therapies, autism intervention programs, youth social programs, and family support and education.  Reach has recently launched a $4 million capital campaign to build a new, community-based child development centre in the heart of Ladner. The new centre will be bigger and more accessible than the current Reach centre in east Ladner, enabling more children, youth and families to benefit from programs and services.

“ As a Past President of the Rotary Club of Ladner I am aware  of Reach Society’s  incredible community contributions and I know of no other project that will impact the community more than this one,” says Irene Forcier, Chair of the Reach Foundation. “Children are our future.  All children need our support and this by far is the best form of support children with disabilities and their families can hope for. A building in the heart of the community built with learning in mind will help us all.  Rotary has stepped up to the plate once again and makes us all proud they are serving our community.”

The Rotary Club motto is Service Above Self, and since 1905 Rotary Clubs worldwide have been supporting organizations locally and abroad. The Rotary Club of Ladner has been in existence since 1957.  This donation to Reach is through the Avenue of Community Service, where Rotarians give back to the places they live in.

“Supporting youth initiatives has become Rotary’s new avenue of Service”, says Ladner Club President Guillermo Bustos, “but it is especially important to support children and youth with special needs.  We hope that other clubs and community organizations will join in this effort.”

For more information about Rotary Club of Ladner contact incoming President Linda Ottho, Box 77, Delta, BC at 604-240-1733. For more information about Reach Child and Youth Development Society programs and services, or about the capital campaign call 604-946-6622 (local 301 for Renie D’Aquila Executive Director and local 385 for Reach Foundation Chair Irene Forcier) or visit www.reachdevelopment.org

Delta Police seek tips in Sunshine Hills sexual assault

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On June 9 2011 at approximately 10:30 p.m. Delta Police responded to a report of a sexual assault that had just occurred in the area of the 11400 block of Bond Blvd in the Sunshine Hills neighbourhood of North Delta.

The Victim reported that she was walking her dogs when an unknown male came up from behind, grabbed her and sexually assaulted her. The suspect left the area after the assault.

Several police units including the K9 Section and Air 1 were involved in an extensive search of the area. The Delta Police Criminal Investigation Branch continues to investigate this incident. The Delta Police have been conducting a door to door canvass of the area seeking further information.

The suspect is described as a male possibly in his 20’s and wearing dark clothing.

Police are trying to identify two females walking in the area that may have passed the victim, prior to the assault. One of the females has blonde hair and was wearing athletic attire. Delta Police would like to speak with these women as they may have information that could help assisting in identification of the suspect.

Police remind the public to:

  • Be familiar with your surroundings
  • Walk in high visibility areas with sufficient lighting
  • Carry your cell phone if possible
  • Walk with a friend
  • Report incidents to police as soon as possible


The Delta Police have set up a tip line and encourage anyone with information regarding this sexual assault to call the Delta Police at 604-946-4411 and refer to tip 11-12377.

Delta’s Premiere Public Screening of: A Chemical Reaction – April 12, 2011

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A Chemical ReactionWith the enacting of the new cosmetic pesticide bylaw in the Corporation of Delta, the Canadian Cancer Society and the Delta Pesticide-Free Working Group are inviting residents to learn more about how cosmetic pesticides affect our health and the environment at a community dialogue and film screening on Tuesday, April 12th at 7pm at Burnsview Secondary School.

Leslie Nielsen dies aged 84

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Leslie NielsenLeslie Nielsen, a Canadian-born US actor, has died at the age of 84. Nielsen appeared in over 100 films in which he played several different roles ranging from romance and drama to comedy. The cause of death was announced as pneumonia. His death was announced by his agent, John S. Kelly. Nielsen was in Fort Lauderdale being treated for the illness at the time of his death.

Local Social Worker wins Royal Bank 'Top 25 Immigrant' award for 2011

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For the greater good

The field of social work is an intense career path that demands the ability and empathy to fight passionately on behalf of others, and that suits Alex Sangha of Delta, B.C., perfectly. In fact, speaking up for those who need a voice is a part of everything Sangha does, as a registered social worker, a grad student, founder of a gay and lesbian South Asian organization called Sher Vancouver and co-founder of Mindset (Mental Health Education, Awareness and Support) at PICS settlement agency.

Where does Sangha’s passion for advocacy come from? Born in the United Kingdom to Indian parents, Sangha, whose youth was spent largely in Canada, says he himself faced discrimination and disadvantage, not only for being South Asian, but for being gay. His experiences overcoming injustice in his own life, including tough years as a teenager dealing with bullying, has led him to become a vocal advocate for others.

“I feel if you give back and help others then you reap rewards of positive energy, positive feedback, and an intrinsic feeling of health and wellness. I felt it was necessary to make the most of my opportunities in Canada and fight for the rights of the marginalized and oppressed,” he says.

“I have my grandfather’s spirit in me. My grandfather spent his whole life helping South Asian immigrants in England settle in that country. My mother was devoted to giving back because it was a tenet of her Sikh faith. And I learned values of caring, sharing and collective goodwill through my professional education as a social worker.”

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