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Our Board

The Delta Life Skills Summer Program is run by a dedicated and hardworking volunteer Board.

Carey Dingsdale, Program Director

Carey has been working with DLS for the last 3 years in the program Director role. She has assisted DLS though the pandemic navigating 2 successful summers of uncertainty. She also work in the childcare industry for more than a decade, primarily within Delta. Currently, she is working with the City of Delta teaching preschoolers and other various registered programs. As an Early Childhood Educator and a mother, Carey understands the need for all children to have a space and environment that is safe and fun, all the while, developing skills at their own accord and abilities.

Community is important to Carey. When she is not working, you will most likely find her at one of the local baseball fields cheering on her three children. Carey is a standing executive member of the North Delta Baseball Association, helping to create a fun and safe place for children of all ages to learn and develop in a game they love. Her roles over the last 8 years have included Concession Manager, Secretary, Safety Officer, and Registrar.

Carey is excited to apply her knowledge, dedication to community, and passion for child development to her role as Program Director with Delta Life Skills Society.

Carey can be contacted at: programdirector@deltalifeskills.net

Alison Howard, President

Alison has served on the Board since 2013 and started her tenure as President in 2016. Alison has two children, one of whom has special needs and has been participating in the Summer Program since 2014.

Alison first started volunteering with this program as a teenager, and also worked as a Recreation Worker for two summers. At that time, she never dreamed she would need to access the program for her future children, and she is very thankful to the foresight of the founders for creating such a wonderful summer camp experience for children with special needs, as well as the dedication and perseverance of all the volunteers who keep the program running.

Alison is a designated accountant and is using her experience and skills to enhance and streamline the program in her term as President.

Alison can be contacted at: president@deltalifeskills.net

Jason Mui, Treasurer

Jason joined the Board in 2016 and is a CPA who works as an accountant in the health and benefits industry. He is passionate about volunteering, community service and contributing his experience and skills to the role of Treasurer. Having worked in Delta in the past, Jason continues to enjoys helping the local community and the people.

Erin McElroy, Vice President

Erin has been on the Board since 2010, after her son enjoyed his first few summers with the Summer Program. Erin has been instrumental in ensuring that the staff we entrust with our children during the summer are well cared for, by providing catering for the kickoff to Summer Fun, as well as ensuring that the year-end barbecue for staff and participants runs smoothly.

Lori Nelson, Secretary

Lori joined the board in 2022 after her younger daughter enjoyed three years of the Summer Fun program. Lori has been a volunteer for a variety of community and professional organizations over her lifetime. She is thankful to be able to give back to Delta Life Skills as this organization has been a great support to her family. Lori has a background in healthcare administration. Her organization skills and attention to detail are valued as she takes on the role of secretary.

Wendy Ritchie, Human Resources Coordinator

Wendy joined the Board in 2019. She has three children, one of whom attends the Summer Fun program. She is happy to support such a wonderful program and the community of Ladner. Wendy has enjoyed a career in special education for the past 27 years and continues to work in the field.

Harj Randhawa -Director

I work full time as a project coordinator in healthcare.   My favourite vacation spot is Italy because I love Italian food.  I live with my husband, two kids (boy and girl) and a dog, in the lower mainland.  I was born in India and moved to Canada when I was 13.  Our family loves to travel and enjoy spending time outdoors.  In my free time I like to work-out at the gym, gardening and watching movies with my family.  I am a parent of 9-year-old twins with Autism so I’m very busy with running their medical appointments and organizing social activities. Having special needs’ kids of my own, I have developed a passion for helping local communities who support special needs kids.  I personally believe that having the right environment and supports, children have a great potential and with the right support, they will have a happy and fulfilling life.   

Sheryl Gray – Director

Sheryl, North Delta resident since 2005, and mom to Summer Fun participant Nick, who will be in his sixth year this summer! I choose to support DLS by volunteering because sustaining this program is so important for our kids to have fun in a low-pressure environment with supportive staff and peers. Without parent support, programs like Summer Fun simply don’t exist on a long-term basis. I also volunteer in our community by coordinating adaptive sports programs for kids with disabilities, and I use my former career as a recreation therapist and volunteer coordinator, along with my experience as “mom,” as my knowledge base. I’m now in communications/writing as my “day job” and am also the family shuttle driver for our three very active kids!

Susanne Szabo – Director

Susanne joined the Board in 2022, wanting to help ensure the continued success of the Summer Fun Program. Susanne and her husband have two children, the youngest of whom attends Summer Fun. The benefits of a child with disabilities staying on a regular routine are innumerable, and Ellie thrives with all the activities, and socializing. Susanne owns a small pie company, which jointly supports the Foundation for Prader-Willi Research, as well as Delta Life Skills Society. She has been involved in fundraising for FPWR Canada since 2011 and hopes to share some of her experience in raising money for DLSS.

Interested in joining us for the summer?

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Want to help Delta kids with disabilities have a great summer?

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604-314-7052
president@deltalifeskills.net
programdirector@deltalifeskills.net

PO Box 18625, Ladner Postal Outlet, Delta, BC V4K 4V7

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