Take a Hike Delta students take part in an “out day” in November 2020. (Submitted photo)

Take a Hike Delta students take part in an “out day” in November 2020. (Submitted photo)

Burrows family donates $75,000 to support mental health program for Delta youth

Donation supports the Take a Hike program at North Delta’s Delview Secondary

A program supporting local vulnerable youth is getting a boost thanks to a generous $75,000 donation from the Delta-based Harlow and Mary Ann Burrows Family Foundation.

Since February 2019, the Take a Hike Foundation has run its namesake mental health and emotional well-being program at North Delta’s Delview Secondary.

Take a Hike uses the outdoors and adventure to engage vulnerable youth in school, community and intensive clinical counselling, empowering them to change the trajectory of their lives. Through the full-time program, youth develop the skills and resilience they need to graduate high school, build healthy relationships, and achieve success — however they define it.

READ MORE: North Delta high school to host outdoor program for at-risk youth

This year, the program is providing support to 18 youth and their families.

The Burrows family’s recent $75,000 donation, the largest Take a Hike has received to date in support of it’s Delta program, follows another $30,000 gift from the family in March.

“We discovered the work that Take a Hike does to re-engage some of the most vulnerable youth in Delta in school and mental health supports, a cause that’s very important to us. We knew that we needed to support and help sustain the program,” Mary Ann Burrows said last spring.

Burrows, an author and illustrator who has published two children’s books focused on mental well-being (Oh, Monkey and Gator On My Back), started the Harlow and Mary Ann Burrows Family Foundation with her husband, Harlow, in 2007. Board members include Marisa Doolan and retired police Const. Sean Doolan, a former school liaison officer with the Delta Police Department who has previously worked directly with Take a Hike school district champions and staff.

Take a Hike Foundation CEO Gordon Matchett said the Harlow and Mary Ann Burrows Family Foundation’s support for the program is making a big impact in the lives of vulnerable youth in Delta, as school connectedness is the number one determinant of youth mental health.

“This year especially, when young people with existing mental health issues are experiencing the impacts of the pandemic more than most, inspiring acts of generosity from our community mean vulnerable youth will receive the support they need to get through this challenging time,” Matchett said in a press release.

According to a press release from the foundation, Take a Hike is one of the few programs in the province with full-time early intervention and prevention mental health supports embedded in a classroom setting, supporting youth to overcome obstacles to their academic and personal success. The release notes the program has a 93-per cent graduation rate.

Since the pandemic arrived in March, Take a Hike has seen an increase in demand for the mental health and well-being supports it provides in schools across B.C. In response to COVID-19, the foundation has moved its mental health program completely online, allowing it to not only continue to help the 130 vulnerable youth and their families it supports across the province, but also expand its services to provide an additional 600 counselling sessions for 180 more youth and their families, including Take a Hike alumni and other youth and families referred by school district partners.

For more on Take a Hike, visit takeahikefoundation.org.


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

Just Posted

Through his lens, Doug Cook captured this picture of the Fraser River, Mount Baker, an eagle, and even the Golden Ears Bridge on a sunny fall afternoon. The photo was taken from the wooden walkway leading down to the Pitt Meadows Regional Airport float plane dock. (Contributed photo)
Friends of Semiahmoo Bay to host virtual World Wetland Day event

Webinar event to feature six speakers, to be held Feb. 2

White Rock Evergreen Baptist Society had 46 COVID-19 cases as of Jan. 13, according to a recent report released by the province. (Peace Arch News photo)
White Rock care home’s COVID-19 cases jump 50 per cent in a week: report

Three White Rock/South Surrey care facilities among B.C. sites with active outbreaks

Surrey Council Chambers. (File photo)
Surrey city councillors complain not enough public input in committees

City has gone ‘exactly the opposite direction,’ Councillor Brenda Locke charges

One of the Choices Lottery grand prize packages includes a home located at 16730 19 Ave., Surrey. (Contributed photo)
Two South Surrey homes featured in Choices Lottery

Tickets on sale now for BC Children’s Hospital lottery

Pindie Dhaliwal, one of the organizers for the Surrey Challo protest for Indian farmers. She says organizers were told by Surrey RCMP that the event was not allowed due to COVID-19. Organizers ended up moving the protest to Strawberry Hill at the last minute. (Photo: Lauren Collins)
Indian farmers rally moves as organizers say Surrey RCMP told them they couldn’t gather

Protest originally planned in Cloverdale, moved to Strawberry Hill

A scene from “Canada and the Gulf War: In their own words,” a video by The Memory Project, a program of Historica Canada, is shown in this undated illustration. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Historica Canada
New video marks Canada’s contributions to first Gulf War on 30th anniversary

Veterans Affairs Canada says around 4,500 Canadian military personnel served during the war

RCMP were called to the 5600 block of 201A Street just after midnight on Monday were they found a 27-year-old man in an underground parking garage who had sustained multiple shot wounds. (Lisa Farquharson/Langley Advance Times)
27-year-old taken to hospital after overnight targeted shooting in Langley

RCMP have not confirmed the incident is link to the Lower Mainland gang conflict

U.S. military units march in front of the Capitol, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021 in Washington, as they rehearse for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration ceremony, which will be held at the Capitol on Wednesday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Biden aims for unifying speech at daunting moment for U.S.

President Donald Trump won’t be there to hear it

Williams Lake physician Dr. Ivan Scrooby and medical graduate student Vionarica Gusti hold up the COSMIC Bubble Helmet. Both are part of the non-profit organization COSMIC Medical which has come together to develop devices for treating patients with COVID-19. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Group of B.C. doctors, engineers developing ‘bubble helmet’ for COVID-19 patients

The helmet could support several patients at once, says the group

A 17-year-old snowmobiler used his backcountry survival sense in preparation to spend the night on the mountain near 100 Mile House Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021 after getting lost. (South Cariboo Search and Rescue Facebook photo)
Teen praised for backcountry survival skills after getting lost in B.C.’s Cariboo mountains

“This young man did everything right after things went wrong.”

Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole holds a press conference on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa on December 10, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
No place for ‘far right’ in Conservative Party, Erin O’Toole says

O’Toole condemned the Capitol attack as ‘horrifying’ and sought to distance himself and the Tories from Trumpism

A passer by walks in High Park, in Toronto, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. This workweek will kick off with what’s fabled to be the most depressing day of the year, during one of the darkest eras in recent history. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
‘Blue Monday’ getting you down? Exercise may be the cure, say experts

Many jurisdictions are tightening restrictions to curb soaring COVID-19 case counts

A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a UHN COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Toronto on Thursday, January 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
COVID-19: Provinces work on revised plans as Pfizer-BioNTech shipments to slow down

Anita Anand said she understands and shares Canadians’ concerns about the drug company’s decision

Tourists take photographs outside the British Columbia Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Friday August 26, 2011. A coalition of British Columbia tourism industry groups is urging the provincial government to not pursue plans to ban domestic travel to fight the spread of COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. travel ban will harm struggling tourism sector, says industry coalition

B.C. government would have to show evidence a travel ban is necessary

Most Read