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Longtime Ladner “Farm Boy” Gives back

March 2, 2023
David Harris Gives $1M

David Harris gives $1,000,000 to the Delta Hospital and Community Health Foundation to support Long Term Care in honour of his late Mother, Pauline Harris

Delta Hospital and Community Health Foundation is honoured to announce they have received a transformative donation of $1,000,000 from former Delta resident, David Harris.  This exceptional gift will support the future advancement of Long Term Care at the Delta Hospital Campus of Care in honour of his late Mother, Pauline Harris.


Over the past several years, it has become increasingly evident that Delta’s seniors need additional and more readily accessible healthcare services in our community. In 2001, Delta’s seniors comprised only 11% of the population; it is expected that by 2024, this number will rise to 41%. In response, DHCH Foundation is prioritizing a Seniors Care Fund to support needs that will advance the best care, equipment, and resources for this important patient population.


“I grew up on a farm in Delta, having left to attend UBC in 1959, I now live in Vancouver, but my roots are still in Delta. It is now time to give something back to the community that raised me,” says, David Harris. “I am making this gift in honour of my mother, Pauline Harris. She spent her last years in Mountain View Manor, where she received excellent care. Looking after our seniors, as they start needing permanent care, should be a priority for all of us. The government can not do it all. Those of us that have been fortunate enough to have accumulated some assets over their lifetime, need to think about giving back to the community that raised us.”


“Delta is such a special community. I continue to be humbled by generosity of our donors and am especially honoured to have received this gift from David Harris,” says Lisa Hoglund, Executive Director, Delta Hospital and Community Health Foundation.  “Delta’s seniors are a top priority for our Foundation.  This remarkable donation will significantly impact the future of seniors care in our community. Our goal is to ensure Delta’s seniors have the opportunity to stay in the community they love, surrounded by friends, family, and exceptional healthcare services.”


David Harris and his family have deep roots in Delta. David has shared that his great grandfather J.B. Burr, arrived with Thomas and William Ladner in 1860 and received the crown grant for his farm in 1861. That same farmland is still in the Harris and Burr families.