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February 20, 2017 Council Meeting Highlights

Feb 21, 2017

Office of the Mayor

For immediate release – February 21, 2017

MAYOR’S ANNOUNCEMENTS 

Heritage Celebration

The second week of Delta’s 2017 Heritage Celebration is in full swing and there are some fantastic demonstrations and events coming up. At 1 pm on February 22, the North Delta Recreation Centre hosts a History of Net Work in the Fishing Industry, allowing residents the opportunity to learn about the artistry behind one of the most integral elements of Delta’s past. Cammidge House features a few insightful events on February 26, notably a demonstration on quilting at 1 pm and a talk on South Delta’s History at 2 pm. To learn more about these events, as well as the Heritage Colouring Contest and Heritage Hunt Photo Contest, visit Delta.ca.

Heritage Scholarship

Students were reminded that applications are now being accepted for the 2017 Heritage Commission Scholarship. This scholarship is an opportunity for eligible students to submit an original piece of work that displays their interest in local or regional heritage. The $1,000 scholarship is awarded annually to a graduating high school student residing in Delta and is applied to a student’s post-secondary studies. To learn more about eligibility and application, visit the Heritage Awards & Scholarship page on Delta.ca.

50 years of Metro Vancouver Regional Parks

To celebrate 50 years of Regional Parks, Metro Vancouver is including a passport for their Spring 2017 Program Guide. This passport allows its holder to collect a variety of different stamps, one from each of the 18 regional parks in Metro Vancouver. Stamps will be awarded during events held at these parks, some of which are happening on February 26, between 1 pm and 4 pm at Cammidge House during the Heritage Day Celebration. Don’t miss out on other opportunities to explore regional parks, especially in your own community. Learn more at MetroVancouver.org.

PRESENTATIONS 

2017 Heritage Awards of Merit were presented to three recipients in recognition of their heritage preservation efforts. The awards were presented to:

  • David Riek, Ted Andres, Spencer Anders and Ellie Andres, for their preservation and restoration of the Niemtez Residence;
  • Gary Manuel, for uniting and working with community members to install markers along the Huff Corridor which speaks to the area’s history; and
  • The Boundary Bay Airport Cenotaph and Air Cadet Commemorative Pathway project for commemorating the history of Boundary Bay Airport and creating a place to honour those who lost their lives while serving at RCAF Boundary Bay. The following individuals and organizations received awards for this project:
    • Air Cadet League of Canada
    • Veterans Affairs Canada
    • Friends of Old Canada
    • Alpha Aviation Inc.
    • Humphrey Construction Ltd.
    • Micheal DesMazes
    • Sean McGill
    • Paula Kolisnek
    • Linda Neilsen

DISCUSSION REPORTS 

A Social Profile of Delta in 2017

Council received a presentation on Delta’s first Social Profile. A Social Profile of Delta in 2017, was created by Delta’s Corporate Social Planner, and serves as a first step towards the integration of social planning into the fabric of Delta’s policy and decision making. The document provides a look at social services in Delta and identifies strengths and weaknesses in terms of health and healthy communities; personal and public safety; children and youth; seniors; housing and housing affordability; diversity; accessibility; and inclusion. From this document, a Social Action Plan will be created, including actions and recommended polices and procedures. View the staff report.

Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative Program

Council approved the submission of two applications for funding through the Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative Program to update Delta’s Community Wildfire Protection Plan and undertake BC FireSmart Awareness activities. Delta Fire & Emergency Services will update Delta’s 2010 Community Wildfire Protection Plan to address new risks and critical infrastructure. The FireSmart Awareness activities will be aimed at educating residents and business owners of potential wildfire risks in their community. View the staff report.

For more information on this news release, contact the Mayor's Office at 604-946-3210 or e-mail mayor@delta.ca.