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Catching up With Staff: Dave

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It is week two of our interviews with the SDBC staff! This week we hear from Dave Dodds. In his time here at SDBC he has taught the staff about astronomy, how to tie knots, and how to tell amazing "dad jokes." We are thankful for Dave!

What is your role at SDBC and how long have you worked here?
I am the Director of Facility Maintenance/Lead Custodian at SDBC, and have been (on and off) for over 20 years – from 1979-1981 (while at university), 1988-2003, and 2017 to the present. My job is to oversee the custodial staff in our attempts to keep the facility clean, tidy, and functioning for ministry and rentals.

What is something about you that people in the church might be surprised to discover?
People might be surprised to know I have a B.Ed. with a major in Industrial Education, a minor in Philosophy, and also a diploma in gunsmithing.

What are some of the things you love most about being part of the SDBC community/family?
I think the thing I like most about being part of the SDBC family is the people. I've been here long enough (60+ years) that I have been privileged to see God working through four generations of individual families in the church. It is both exciting and humbling to watch God's faithfulness from generation to generation.

How has your role shifted and changed since the start of COVID-19?
The COVID-19 pandemic really changed workplace dynamics here, especially in the spring and summer. With the church office closed, I was often the only one working on site, which at times was nice, but sometimes lonely, too. Also, I've never before handled so much mail and so many packages!

What are some of the challenges and triumphs you have encountered in your life and work since the beginning of COVID 19?
There has been a bit of a silver lining to the COVID slowdown, as we've had an opportunity to catch up on maintenance projects that there just wasn't time for during our normal, busy schedule. Many thanks to the volunteers who have helped out with the "3 Ps" of painting, polishing, and pressure washing.

How can we pray for you in this season of life?
Please pray for God's protection for me and the custodial staff. This job requires climbing ladders, working on rooftops, etc., and working alone adds to the risk. Please pray for our safety.

You can email Dave encouragement by clicking here.

Posted by Mary Grierson

Starfish Update: The Lord Provides

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As you know, we have been raising funds for Starfish Pack South Delta so that we can continue to grow and add students to the program. With your support, and the support of our community as a whole, we had secured a large portion of the funds that we needed in order to approach more schools in the area. However, we were still in need of more funds so that we could reach our goal.

A few weeks ago, we were able to apply for a community grant through the Emergency Community Support Grant. Their website explains the grant: "Launched on May 19, 2020, the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) is a $350M investment from the Government of Canada to support charities and non-profit organizations serving vulnerable populations as they manage the impacts of COVID-19.

This past week we found out that we received a $15,000 grant from this fund! We are overjoyed and almost in disbelief of this news.

The Starfish team is so thankful as this means we can continue to grow and add students and schools to our program. God is good, he is faithful, and he provided so much for Starfish South Delta. We are excited to continue to grow and serve our community in this way.

Posted by Mary Grierson

Catching up With Staff: Sonya

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This week, in our first SDBC staff interview, we hear from Sonya Dobson. Sonya is our amazing Director of Finance and she has been a part of the staff for five years. We are blessed to have Sonya on our team and we can always count on her to give wise council, whether we have a financial question or a life question. Continue reading to catch up with Sonya and hear how she has been doing this year.

What are some of the things you love most about being part of the SDBC community/family?
I appreciate the love and support of our church family as we share our faith together, encourage one another, and pray for each other.  I am so glad we are once again able to see each other Sunday mornings. I am also encouraged every Monday morning when I receive a weekly email from one of our congregants. It always brings a smile to my face.

How has your role shifted and changed since the start of COVID-19?
My role at SDBC has stayed the same in regards to the work and tasks that I do, but instead of working from my office at the church, I am now working out of my home office. I have now adjusted to working from home.

What are some of the challenges and triumphs you have encountered in your life and work since the beginning of COVID-19?
I miss not seeing our staff each day. However, we do have our COVID-friendly weekly staff meetings in the Chapel which I am thankful for.

How can we pray for you during this season of life?
Please pray for wisdom as we continue to navigate through this time.

You can email Sonya encouragement by clicking here.

Posted by Mary Grierson

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