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THE 1967 TIME CAPSULE HAS BEEN RAISED!
(Joe Nadel retrieves the capsule that he and Bob O’Hoski put into the ground 50 years ago. Picture taken by John Rennison, Hamilton Spectator)
382 alumni on the front lawn and 25 alumni watching the live broadcast from the teacher’s room witnessed the raising of Delta’s Centennial time capsule on Friday May 26, 2017 (which was exactly 50 years to the day that it was originally lowered.)
The auditorium was close to capacity with alumni, current staff/students, honoured guests and the media watching the behind-the-scenes video of the exhumation of the capsule and a slide presentation of life back in 1967.
Some of the contents of the capsule were presented as part of the assembly with the remainder on display for all to see in the cafeteria after the presentation. The opportunity to walk the halls again, reconnect with former classmates and reminisce about their time at Delta made this event one of the most well attended alumni events since the 75th reunion in 2000.
In total, we had approximately 750 people in the auditorium, 25 people with disabilities watching the broadcast in the teacher’s room and close to 2,000 alumni watching the broadcast over the internet from all over Canada and the U.S.
The spirit of the school was at an all-time high and everyone left with the experience of a lifetime. What a fantastic day that was!
WALL OF EXCELLENCE ANNOUNCEMENT
This year’s Wall of Excellence induction assembly and dinner will take place on Friday October 20, 2017 beginning at 5 pm. The menu and ticket forms are available to download on the Wall of Excellence page.
The following people will be inducted at this year’s dinner:
Jim Bonnay (1950-55)
Bob Williamson (1952-57)
Dan Ciuriak (1964-68)
John Bonk (1965-70)
Hope to see you all there. Let’s make this one of the best attended induction dinners ever.
SCHOOL CLOSURE UPDATE
There have been some new developments in the saga of the closure of Delta recently that the alumni association has learned. The school board had set a date of April 27, 2017 for potential bidders to submit their proposals to them for the purpose of awarding a tender to a successful candidate. Normally it would take approximately 30 days after the deadline to award the contract to the successful bidder. There is still a fire suppression permit that has yet to be issued.
One of the potential bidders stated on their website recently that the substantial completion of work for the project was to be done by February 4, 2019. If this is an accurate date then we should expect to see shovels in the ground by late summer and when that does happen, it would be 20 -24 months to complete the new school. In our opinion, that would make the opening of the new North Secondary School to be around September 2019 with Delta possibly closing in June 2019.
At the recent time capsule event, Board Chair Todd White mentioned the closure of Delta during his speech that he gave. This was also repeated by a couple of others speakers that day as well. It seems more than likely now that June 2019 may be accurate but there has still been no official word yet on the date of the actual closure.
We will provide any further updates as they become available to us.
About the Delta Alumni Association
After the 75th Reunion in May, 2000, a number of Alumni were inspired to establish the foundation of an Alumni Association. A Musical Night in February 2002 was presented to display the musical talents of the present Music Department students and Graduate/Volunteers and also to generate interest in order to create our very own Alumni Association. On April 15, 2002, the Delta Alumni Association was formed.
Since that date, the Association has hosted a variety of events to help raise funds for equipment and materials needed by various school departments. The elected volunteer board meets every second month during the school year to manage the affairs of the Association, plan goals and to co-ordinate upcoming events. The Association holds an Annual General Membership Meeting in January when the current membership is given an update on the state of the Association, an opportunity to run for an elected position on the Board and above all, it gives the membership a voice in how they would like the Association to continue.