MLA Ravi Kahlon (back left), along with CUPE representatives from locals 1091 and 454, and Burns Bog Conservation Society president Eliza Olson. (Photo submitted)

Delta unions raise more than $4,000 for Burns Bog day camp

The funds will replace equipment and repair a fence after a break-and-enter at the camp last month

It’s been a summer of support for the Burns Bog Conservation Society camps, thanks to donations from the Delta Firefighters Charitable Society, several local unions and many individuals.

Back in early-August, the society suffered a break-in and theft of some key items from its day camp compound in the Delta Nature Reserve, including tools, medical supplies, water balloons and juice boxes.

“The overall value of the items stolen was at the very most a few hundred bucks, but as a charity we don’t exactly have hundreds of bucks lying around,” society member Mark Robertson said in August.

“It was definitely more the principle of it: The camp counsellors were particularly upset about the incident, and the fact they stole the water balloons prevented a game from taking place.”

RELATED: Thieves steal supplies, tools and juice boxes from Delta summer camp

However, by the Labour day long weekend, the society had received $2,000 from Delta’s public employee union (CUPE Local 454), the Delta School District support staff union (CUPE Local 1091), the Surrey School District support staff union (CUPE Local 728) and CUPE BC.

The donations, spearheaded by MLA Ravi Kahlon, will replace the stolen items and fix the broken and unsecured enclosure. About $600 was also raised by members of the community.

On Tuesday, Sept. 5, the society got another sizable donation for its camp programs, this time from the Delta Firefighters Charitable Society. The $1,500 donated by the firefighters is also intended to replace the stolen items, and make sure the society won’t be targeted by thieves again.

“We are very excited for next year’s camps,” Burns Bog Conservation Society’s Mark Oliverio said in a press release. “Thanks to Delta Firefighters’ generosity, our day camp area will be secure with a new fence and lockable shed. We couldn’t secure our day camp without Delta Firefighters Charitable Society’s gift.”



grace.kennedy@northdeltareporter.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Delta Firefighters Local 1763 present a cheque for $1,500 to Burns Bog Conservation Society’s Marcello Oliverio. (Ravi Kahlon/Twitter photo)

Just Posted

Sunny skies expected across Lower Mainland this week

After weeks of rain and smoke, Environment Canada forecasts clear skies and steady warm temperatures

Senior White Rock election worker not concerned about safety at the polls

‘Casting your vote will be like getting a take out coffee,’ says Elections BC CEO

Surrey denturist goes mobile

Dr. Sarwar Sarwari, of True Fit Denture Centre, has had the van up and running for a month

Surrey’s Johnston Heights reporting COVID-19 exposure

Fraser Health has created a new webpage listing COVID-19 cases in schools

QUIZ: Do you know what’s on TV?

Fall is normally the time when new television shows are released

A (virtual) walk around the world by 88-year-old B.C. man

George Doi says it’s simple: ‘I like walking’

End of CERB means uncertainty for some, new system for others

As of a week ago, the CERB had paid out $79.3 billion to 8.8 million people

Horgan, Wilkinson trade barbs over MSP premiums, health care at campaign stops

Horgan called a snap election for Oct. 24 earlier this week

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

VIDEO: COVID won’t dampen Lower Mainland woman’s Halloween spirit

Langley’s Tanya Reid posted video offering suggestions of how trick-or-treating might look for her

PHOTOS: 2nd calf in a month confirmed among Southern Resident killer whale pod

Center for Whale Research said they will eagerly await to observe the calf to evaluate its health

97 distressed horses, cats and dogs seized from farm in Princeton

RCMP assisted as BC SPCA executed search warrant

Most Read