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The 2014 Vancouver Sun United Way Day of Caring

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Surrey Central City Target volunteers helped sort and pack bread at Deltassist’s north office. It kicked off the 2014 Day of Caring, which the United Way started in 2003. All that packed bread will assist Deltans in need. It is now going to; local seniors complexes, libraries, churches, ministry offices, employment offices, and alternative school programs.

A big thank you to; the Target volunteers, the weekly delivery volunteers, the local bakery who donates the baked goods and the United Way.

B.C.’s 1st Seniors Advocate

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Isobel Mackenzie has been appointed as British Columbia’s (and Canada’s) first ever Seniors Advocate. She starts work, officially, March 31st, 2014

This new office will monitor senior services, promote awareness and work with seniors, families, policymakers, service providers, etc. to identify systemic issues and make recommendations on ways to improve care for our aging population.

Isobel will be using her couple of decades of experience, directly working with seniors and their situations, to represent the 700,000 strong B.C. senior population. She is looking forward to establishing a set of priorities and establishing a mandate in the upcoming weeks and months. It is expected that addressing the ‘complex needs of our seniors in B.C’ will compliment the existing B.C. system of supports, as well as provide information ‘to shape policy and provide supports to seniors’. The creation of this office is a solid step towards the governments Seniors Action Plan and Bill 10, the Seniors Advocate Act.

Ms Mackenzie helped grow Beacon Community Services from a small organization to B.C.’s largest not for profit community and senior organization with 1200 staff and 400 volunteers serving 7,000 seniors in Victoria. Their services included home support licensed care, assisted living, Meals on Wheels, independent housing assistance and many other volunteer services. Of particular note was the introduction of a new model of dementia care – Licensed Dementia Care – that has become a national best practice and helped Beacon Community Services to achieve the first certificate of recognition, setting a nationally recognized benchmark for worker safety in the delivery of community care. Ms Mackenzie also served as the B.C. Director of for the Canadian Home Care Association from 2007 to 2011 and contributed advocacy efforts leading to the first successful Work Safe BC Safety Audit for Home Care in Canada. Many additional roles on industry, government and union bodies further point to how she brings a well rounded background to the Seniors Advocate role.

We are glad to welcome Ms Mackenzie to this new role and are looking forward to her helping the seniors of Delta.

Vancity Steps Up and Helps Out

A big thank you to Vancity.

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Vancity have provided $10,000 to Deltassist to help support low income families.

Vancity and the staff at Branch 19 also continue to make a real impact in our Delta community by working on the Bread Gleening program, with all the other volunteers every Wednesday providing fresh bread to many in Delta.

A great example corporate and staff commitment by stepin up to make Delta a better place.

Neighbours Helping Neighbours

Delta Firefighters Charitable Society gathered and donated $5000 to Deltassist for Christmas Programs in 2013.

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Over the decades, year after year, the Delta Firefighters have been solid supporters, working to make Christmas a little better for Deltans facing challenges. From providing volunteer labour sorting toys for the Toy Depot, to helping with donations, they make the work for all the volunteers a little lighter and a lot more fun.

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Delta Firefighters are one of many examples where reliable neighbours help neighbours – making Delta a better place to live.

Last year these Delta Fire Fighters, along with many others, helped the Deltassist Christmas Programs provide toys to 783 children as well as deliver 668 Christmas Meal Hampers to families, single parents and seniors in Delta.

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On November 30th, 2013 this years Christmas Artists Market again stepped forward with enthusiasm.

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In 2012 the Delta Christmas Artists Market raised over $400 as well as a considerable amount of food.

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Watershed Artworks Gallery Shop, the City of Delta and all the vendors at the market where cheerful supporters of Deltassist’s Christmas Programs. The unique items featured at the North Delta Recreation Centre event included pottery worms, stone artwork, ocean jewellery and exotic cookies yet the Deltassist Christmas Programs were featured front and centre to each person attending. The support they showed was both needed and appreciated.

Len Stroh Receives the 2013 Volunteer Service Award from the Delta Chamber of Commerce

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Friday evening, Nov 15th, Len was recognized as 1st among the best for his volunteer work in Delta.

Len is Deltassist’s Treasurer and one of our hard working board members. He has already shown how he deserves this recognition and it is great to see others realize it as well.

Len Stroh has spent the last 4 decades helping Deltans through many Delta organizations. Len has just completed work with the Delta Heritage Advisory Commission and the Delta Museum on top of ongoing activities with the North Delta Terry Fox Run, North Delta Secondary School Dry Grads, Delta and Richmond Operation Red Nose, Delta Planning Advisory Commission, Delta Sport Council and the Delta Parks Recreation and Culture Commission. From coaching to working on committees and boards he has impacted and enhanced the lives or many Deltans.

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