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THE ART OF THE POSSIBLE by JOHN THOMSON “My whole journey has been to experience life and I don’t know of any other profession as rich as mine that allows you to do that. I’ve travelled the world a million times over and lived in so many places. So, it’s been an amazing, amazing journey.” Sitting in his Sepia Films office in mid-town Vancouver, director, cinematographer and screenwriter Vic Sarin reflects on his lengthy career: 18 feature films, 33 TV movies and countless documentaries. His trophy case is overflowing with eight international awards, including a prime-time Emmy, two Geminis (Canadian TV) and a co-shared Leo for Best Screenwriting in a Feature-Length Drama. At 72, he shows no signs of deceleration. Vic mulls a feature-length script. Large posters promoting his movies lie propped up against the wall. He explains his operation. His wife, producer Tina Pehme, and entertainment lawyer Kim Roberts line up Sepia’s many ventures including mid-budget TV movies for specialty channels like Lifetime while Vic primarily focuses on the topics that interest him, passion projects, you might say. It’s not a stretch to say Tina and Kim allow the boss to do his own thing. “Sometimes he’ll say, ‘I just want to go off and do this documentary,’ and he just does it,” says Tina. “We’ll help him fund it and get it out there. It’s his own thing. We

FROM TOP LEFT (clockwise) | Director Vic Sarin discusses a scene with Canadian actress Neve Campbell on the set of Partition. Vic, in India, is happiest telling human stories. On location, Vic setting up the shot. Vic behind the camera during the filming of Partition. Photos: Sepia Films

back him, and we provide all the support structure.” That’s not to say his partners don’t entertain other projects, as well. “We also do a lot of television,” says Tina. “We try to balance the commercial and the human stories and, if it doesn’t resonate with him, then we’ll develop things with other directors because as a company, we can’t be just single focused.” “I’m a bit isolated from that and I want to be isolated,” Vic says of the pre-production process. “You have to work with people’s strengths, not weaknesses, and I know my weaknesses. I’m not good at those things, to schmooze and talk to people. I’m not a committee guy. I’m very independent and maybe a little pig-headed, in a sense, but I know what I want, and I just do it.” “He’s very focused on human stories,” says Tina. “I grew up in a culture that is very black-and-white, a bit more emotional,” he continues. “You feel it, you do it. In our western society, we’re very much conditioned to analyze everything. We dissect everything. There’s nothing wrong with that but, at the end of the day, this wins,” he says pointing to his heart. “Not this,” he points to his head. “At the end of the day you must touch people.” Vic enjoys a rarified position, to be sure. King of the castle, master of his own domain. But then Vic has always marched to his own tune, driven by curiosity and a deep-seated belief in hard work and the art of the possible. “I’m a seeker,” he says. “I’m always seeking something. From the time you’re born ’til you die, you seek. You go and explore what the issue is,” he says assuredly. Vic was born Vicjay Sarin in Kashmir, India. As a child, he experimented with the family’s 8mm movie camera and watched preBollywood movies. “It was magical, it left a wonderful impression on me,” he says. His father was a diplomat for the Indian government and, when Vic was 12, his parents moved the family to Canberra, Australia. At 17, he enrolled in the University of Melbourne. When his father




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If you were to meet your 20-year-old self, what advice would you give him? “I wish I had spent a little more time perfecting English. Vocabulary is very important. The right word expresses everything.”   Who or what has influenced you the most? And why?  “My uncle who was American. He was very curious about everything. That element of curiosity and the element of joy I learned from him. And the human side, I learned from my parents.”   What does courage mean to you? “Follow your own conviction and just deal with it. Don’t be swayed. There are so many distractions all the time.”   What does success mean to you? “Peace of mind. It’s not the money, it’s not the fame. My fight is not with the world; it’s with myself. How can I do something interesting and better?” |



asked him what he wanted to do with his life, Vic replied, “Dad, I really don’t want to go to school. And he said do you want to be a bum? I said I want to make films. And he said well, go make films then but be good at it. That was the only instruction he gave me. What will make this life interesting, I asked myself? And the answer was very simple. The experience of life will make my life interesting. So, consciously or unconsciously, I went for that.” He dropped out of university and got his “ticket” at Melbourne’s Royal Technical College, which led to a job with ABC, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. He eventually became a news cameraman. A workmate suggested he move to Canada and, in 1963, he landed in Vancouver, entranced by the mountains, the ocean and snow. He loved the snow. “I don’t like the heat, never did. So, I said I want to go where the snow is. That’s what brought me here, the weather. The first time I saw Vancouver, the sun was shining off Grouse Mountain. Wow! This is the city I’m in?” He loved the city but couldn’t find work, so he moved to Toronto, where he was hired by the CBC. It was a busy time; CBC was producing a plethora of original programming, dramas, comedies, current affairs and kids’ shows, and as a director of photography, Vic was its golden boy. Awards followed. But he wanted to direct. You’ve Come a Long Way Katie, a three-hour CBC mini-series, which he also photographed, was his 1980 breakout calling card. “I got so many calls. I got so many agents following me,” he says of his successful directorial debut. He began taking freelance directing and cinematography jobs with independent TV and movie producers before leaving the CBC for good in 1987. He and Tina also married that year and they returned to Vancouver to build and grow Sepia Films. Vic and Tina share everything: the business, homes in Vancouver and California and three children, Maya, Jasmine and Jaden. They met 30 years ago on The Burning Season, an independent Canadian feature. Tina came from a marketing background and served as the production co-ordinator handling logistics, while Vic was the director of photography. WWW.SENIORLIVINGMAG.COM

“I was incredibly impressed,” says Tina. “He was like a light bulb when he was working. That was the attraction. He was so passionate about what he was doing.” Even today, his wife remains transfixed. “When I see him working, to me, he’s doing what he’s meant to be doing on this planet. He’s fully alive, fully engaged.” They continued working together on various projects, laying the groundwork for what would later become a lasting personal and professional partnership. “We have very different skill sets,” says Tina. “We don’t tread on each other’s terrain that much. There’s a fit. He wants to tell the world what we are as people, who we are as people, how we’re not so much different from one another. Creatively, I trust him with anything. I’m creative, too, but I’m also the person that can go in and do the funding and handle the political side of it. I’m a bigpicture thinker. I try to protect Vic from the politics.” Vic’s films reflect a range of topics and locales. “Each film I do takes me into an area I’ve never been before,” he says. His documentary Desert Riders looks at child camel jockeys in Dubai and Saudi Arabia, a practice fraught with physical and emotional abuse. Another documentary, The Boy From Geita, profiles young Tanzanians born with albinism and shunned by their peers. Partly as a result of his films, and international pressure, child camel jockeys are now banned, and Tanzanians are more tolerant of albinos. Vic says his films are not political – they’re humanistic – but they definitely have a point of view. A Shine of Rainbows, the feature film for which he co-shared a screenwriting award, is about the transformational power of love as a curmudgeonly Irish widower finally accepts an orphan who has been left in his care. Partition, a romance between a Hindu man and a Muslim woman set in 1947 when Pakistan separated from India, addresses the issue of religious intolerance.  “I wrote the script right after [Richard Attenborough’s] Ghandi,” he says. “It’s a sequel to Ghandi because Ghandi dies at the end. My film begins at the start of partition, but it’s not about coming and going,” he continues. “It’s about what you do when you’re living. What kind of footprint you leave behind.” His message is one of tolerance. Why can’t we all get along?

“From conception, there’s only one thing certain, we’re all going to end. So, why are we so obsessed with possessions and obsessions and hierarchies? I’m the king and you’re the beggar. No, no, we’re all the same. It’s common sense.” November 2017. Friends, colleagues and well-wishers file into the Vancity Theatre in downtown Vancouver to help Calgary editor and publisher Lorene Shyba launch her book Eyepiece: Adventures in Canadian Film and Television. Shyba has compiled Vic’s adventures into a 200-page paperback and has produced a highlight reel screening of his films to promote it.  “I became enchanted,” says Shyba. “He Four decades of experience is just the beginning: put me under his spell. The stories just kept rolling.” • Personalized hearing solutions for your needs  “Is this the end of the line or some• BC’s local experts with convenient locations near you thing?” Vic teases the crowd hoping it doesn’t mistake the screening with an • Exclusive, limited time anniversary rebates end-of-career, end-of-life retrospective. • Monthly payment plans as low as $56/month** “Never,” a fan shouts out. “There are a few • Enter for a chance to win your new hearing aids for FREE!‡ more films I want to do and hopefully the Man will allow me to do that,” says the man of the hour.  One of those projects, Jack of Dia* E monds is the true story of Canadian geoloE R F 1.888.408.7377 gist Jack Williamson, who took on the Book a g test n DeBeers diamond monopoly and won. Vic heari ay d o has co-written it. Tina and Kim are raising t funds; Vic will direct. Slated for a 2018 shoot, Diamonds is a David and Goliath kind of story and has all the hallmarks of a Vic Sarin film: intelligent, emotional and hopeful. VAC, WCB, WSIB, WorkSafeBC, ADP & ODSP accepted. VAC, WCB, WSIB, WorkSafeBC, ADP & ODSP accepted. Registered under the College of Speech and “I always feel you have to connect on a Hearing Health Professionals of BC. *Free hearing tests are only applicable for customers over 50 years of age. No purchase required. Some conditions may apply. human level and you must give hope. If you †Based on national physician referrals over the tenure of the corporation’s Canadian business operations compared to the disclosed referral count of leading competitors. **Price reflective of one hearing aid at current entry level retail price at 0% financing for 24 months before discounts. ‡One client in each district in have no hope, what is the point of making each month of January, February, and March 2018 will receive their entire current hearing aid purchase for free if that purchase is made in those same months. Draw will be completed the week after the end of the month. Open to all Canadian residents excluding Quebec. See in clinic for complete rules and regulations. films or anything for that matter? You need an anchor and that anchor, to me, is very important.” Film is the means by which he expresses his belief inCREATION tolerance, compasDATE: 10/20/17 MODIFICATION DATE: December 19, 2017 10:03 AM OUTPUT DATE: 12/19/17 PROOF # 4 sion and family. APPROVALS Prod Mgr.: KK DOCKET #: 111150561-23 CLIENT: CHCA DESCRIPTION: Stigma Ad - JAN Producer: “Of course, we’re going to entertain FILE NAME: 111150561-23_CHCA_Stigma_Ad_Jan_BC_4.75x7.25_4C.indd Acct Exec.: AB people, but let’s bring in some substance Accounts: TRIM: 4.75" x 7.25" BLEED: 0" Art Director: -so there’s a reason for doing what we do. Copywriter: IMAGE RES: 300 dpi Copywriter: -It makes for a much fuller film. We’re all Senior Copywriter: NOTES: Assoc. Creative Dir.: -part of this mosaic called humanity and I Art Director: Software: InDesign M Y K SPOT Creative Dir: -cherish that,” he continues. Version: CS6“WhatCmakes ACD/CD: #600 – 1085 Homer Street, Vancouver BC, V6B 1J4 | p: 604 647 2727 | f: 604 647 6299 | life rich is not the fame. It’s not the money. Operator: CF PLEASE DOUBLE CHECK FOR ACCURACY. It’s the experience of life, so at the end of PLEASE NOTE: Colour lasers do not accurately represent the colours in the finished product. This proof is strictly for layout purposes only. the day, for all of us, I think what matters really is whose hand are you holding? The rest means nothing.” |

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PURSUING TREASURES By KATE ROBERTSON I’m gazing into the beady black eyes of a Florida ’gator. Thank goodness, I’m in the safety of a tram, but even then, Olga, our biologist guide says, “We’d better move on because these things move fast!” To be clear, this was because we had a baby on board – alligators rarely attack an adult.    I’m on Sanibel Island, located in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of southwest Florida, and it never fails to amaze me how a few hours’ flight can take you to a land where the climate, flora and fauna are so dramatically different than the place you left. A short drive across a causeway west of Fort Myers gets you to this island archipelago with white sand beaches, palm trees and abundant nature.  Back on the tram, I’m at the J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge centre, which covers 2,571 hectares and 70 per cent of Sanibel Island. Olga teaches us more about the fascinating alligator, like how they dig holes next to water to stay cool and wet, and cover themselves with mud and even grass or twigs for better camouflage, sitting motionless waiting for a bird to land on them. Then, with lightning speed, they snap their jaws to eat it. Or how local state troopers know when it’s going to storm because the alligators come onto the highways to get warm. They are masters of disguise, and Olga shares a Florida joke: “if it looks like a tire and smells like a tire, it’s probably a gator.” Just down the road at Tarpon Bay Explorers, I join a kayak tour. According to guide, Donna Yetsko, whose passion for nature is apparent, the Refuge takes pride in preserving its mangrove estuaries, the second most important biosphere on earth, after the tropical rainforest. Mangroves block 60 to 70 per cent of hurricane force, and provide food and breeding grounds for animals. As the largest forest remaining on the continental US, this one is important, especially since thousands of hectares of mangrove trees have recently died off in Australia due to increasing water temperatures.  As Donna deftly leads us along Commodore Creek water 10 8


trail, I see an abundance of marine crabs and the birds trying to catch them. Donna easily provides their names: yellow-crested night herons, double-crested cormorants, pelicans, and on and on. I’ve asked Donna if we will see manatees, as a sighting of these gentle “sea cows” is high on my list, and she tells the story of being on one tour where a manatee swam up beside one of the kayaks and put its flipper over it, as if to say, “let’s be friends and float away together.” But luck isn’t with me today – there’s been a cold snap, making the manatees move to warmer waters.

TOP | Sand, sun and surf. Photo: The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel MIDDLE | ‘Gator at J.N. Ding Darling Refuge. Photo: Kate Robertson BOTTOM | Captiva Cruise's pier. Photo: Kate Robertson TABLE OF CONTENTS PAGE | Kayak guide Donna Yetsko. Photo: Kate Robertson


Across a small bridge from Sanibel is Captiva Island, smaller and narrower – so narrow, in fact, that occasionally you can see the ocean on both sides of the road. Like Sanibel, there are miles of beautiful beaches, but the island is significantly more populated with mansions, cottages, and vacation rentals. I’ve made my base here, at the Captiva Island Inn, a model of Florida colours with its pinks, yellows and blues, and just a half block from the beach. The Inn offers affordable familyfriendly accommodation with a kitchenette, but I don’t use it much because there are multiple nearby restaurants to choose from, like the quirky Bubble Room with its emporium of antiques and bubble fun, or Doc Ford’s, named after the fictional character in co-owner Randy Wayne White’s crime novels, where you can indulge in flights of rum tastings. You won’t want to miss an upscale dining experience at the Thistle Lodge Beachfront Restaurant, back on Sanibel, for an award-winning island-style taste adventure and, of course, key lime pie.  With just one main thoroughfare on the islands, traffic can be busy, although on island-time with a maximum speed limit of 55km/h. Forty kilometres of bike paths offer a much slower way to appreciate the scenery and, the next day, I rent a bicycle from YOLO Watersports, just a half block away. No adventure is complete without a history lesson, so I make the 30-minute drive to downtown Fort Myers to visit the eight-hectare estate and gardens, which, in 1886, Thomas Edison and his new bride decided to make their winter vacation home. Supposedly, this piece of land had bamboo growing along the river and, at that time, Edison was experimenting with bamboo lightbulb filaments. He later became obsessed with rubber production and built a research lab and experimental gardens to find the best source of rubber. Edison’s friend, Henry Ford, bought the adjoining property in 1916, and several Model Ts remain on display here.  These islands are located on a continental shelf and many of the beaches have an unusual east-west orientation, so the ocean current sweeps in from the Caribbean, carrying over 400 varieties of shells, making ideal shelling conditions. One of the best beaches is Cayo Costa Island, a boat-access state-park beach, a 30-minute boat ride away. I book a trip with Captiva Cruises, and we start off early morning, when there’s still a gentle mist hanging over the water. As we cruise, the sun breaks through, and I watch sea birds soaring, and dolphins chasing our boat. I get my wish of seeing a manatee – right at the boat launch, where they like to hang out.  When we reach Cayo Costa, our captain hands us each a bag for our shells, and we wander off meditatively looking at our feet, like each of us has lost a treasure we’re intent on finding. Eventually, I take a break and sit to gaze out at the endless horizon. Just metres away, a pod of dolphins are playing offshore, and in the next picture-perfect instance, a pod of pelicans fly directly overhead of them. I am reminded of the Native American proverb: “Listen to the voice of nature, for it holds treasures for you.” | For IF YOU GO information, visit articles/sanibel-treasures

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bc senior housing directory ABBOTSFORD Trillium Bevan Village 604-850-5416; 33386 Bevan Avenue; Capacity: 141 units Starting Price: $1800

Amenities/Services: Secure grounds w/ gazebo & walking paths; outdoor patio w/ raised garden beds; activity lounges; games area; hair salon; library/tech room; nutritious meals & snacks; recreation calendar; bus outings

CAMPBELL RIVER Berwick by the Sea 250-850-1353 / 1-844-418-1353; 1353 16th Avenue Capacity: (I) 131 units; (A) 30; private Starting Price: call for rate information Amenities/Services: ocean view; chef prepared meals; housekeeping; linens; 24hr emergency response; recreation programs; theatre; fitness centre; games room; rooftop lounge; transport

CHILLIWACK Auburn Seniors Residences 604-792-3545; 8531 Young Rd. Capacity: 54 units Starting Price: call for rates Amenities/Services: shopping nearby; recreation & entertainment; 1 & 2 bedrooms available; gardens; 50’s diner Waverly Seniors Village 604-792-6340; 8445 Young Rd. Capacity: (A) 69 units; (C) 53 units Starting Price: call for rates Amenities/Services: (I/A) 2 meals/day; (C) 3 meals/day; (A) home support available; 24hr emergency response; recreation; hairdresser; (I/A) small pets allowed

COMOX / COURTENAY Berwick Comox Valley 250-339-1690; 1-866-1690; 1700 Comox Avenue Capacity: (I) 168 units; (A) 23 units; private Starting Price: call for rates Amenities/Services: chef prepared meals; housekeeping; linens; 24hr emergency response; recreation programs; transportation; rooftop garden & lounge; theatre; fitness centre; games room

L.J. Christmas Manor 604-936-8122; 560 Austin Ave., Capacity: 133 units Starting Price: studio $1300, incl. 1 meal Amenities/Services: 24hr staff; 1bdrm, studio & all-inclusive suites; dining room (3 meals/day available); afternoon tea; cable tier 3 & all utilities; housekeeping/linen service; yoga; hair salon Residences at Belvedere 604-939-1930; 750 Delestre Avenue; Capacity: 114 units Starting Price: $3300 Amenities/Services: 24hr professional assistance; 2 chef prepared meals; recreation & leisure program; in-suite emergency call system; weekly housekeeping & linen/towel service; respite care

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housing directory legend We use three housing categories to define the residences – Independent/Supportive, Assisted Living and Residential Care. Independent/Supportive Living (I) Independent/Supportive Living includes a combination of housing and hospitality services for retired adults who are capable of directing their own care.

Comox Valley Seniors Village 250-331-1183; 1-844-603-4663; 4640 Headquarters Road Capacity: (I/A) 221 units; (C) 136 units Starting Price: call for rates Amenities/Services: shopping shuttle; housekeeping; bistro breakfast; lunch & dinner; recreation; entertainment; fitness classes; theatre; library; salon; patio; pets in designated suites

Assisted Living (A) Assisted Living residences offer housing, hospitality services and personal assistance to adults who can live independently but require regular help with daily activities. By law, all Assisted Living residences must be registered with the Assisted Living Registrar of BC.


Residential Care (C) Sometimes called Complex Care, these units also provide care and supervision for retired adults who are no longer capable of directing their own day-to-day activities. Complex Care settings typically provide a combination of housing and hospitality services, as well as extensive support services. The Housing Directory on INSPIRED Senior Living’s website has a complete list of all senior housing in BC. You can find it at

Belvedere Care Centre 604-939-5991; 7399 Alderson Avenue; www.belvederebc,com Capacity: 147 units Starting Price: $195/day Amenities/Services: 24hr professional nursing; 3 meals; comprehensive range of social & therapeutic programs; respite care; hospital rehab; transitional care; resident/family centred Dufferin Care Centre 604-351-2200; 604-552-1166; 1131 Dufferin Street Capacity: 153 units Starting Price: call for rates Amenities/Services: chef prepared meals; housekeeping & linens; nurse on-site 24/7; recreation programs; secure building; garden & patio; on site dietitian; beauty salon; music therapy 12 10




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DUNCAN Sherwood House 250-737-1458; 280 Government St.; Capacity: 62 units Starting Price: $2805 Amenities/Services: 24hr security; weekly light housekeeping & linen service; laundry facility; 3 meals/day; activities & entertainment; exercises; hairdresser & spa; free parking; medic alert response; pets

KAMLOOPS Berwick on the Park 250-377-7275; 1-866-377-7275; 60 Whiteshield Crescent S. Capacity: (I) 119 units; (A) 27 units; (C) 32 units; private Starting Price: call for rates Amenities/Services: valley view; chef prepared meals; housekeeping; linens; 24hr emergency response; recreation programs; transport; games room; fitness centre; library; theatre; gardens Kamloops Seniors Village 250-571-1800; 1-844-603-4663; 1220 Hugh Allan Drive Capacity: (I/A) 101; (C) 114 Starting Price: call for rates Amenities/Services: beautiful mountain/valley views; chef prepared meals; shuttle; recreation/entertainment; fitness classes; theatre; library; salon; guest/respite suites; (I/A) small pets okay

KELOWNA Hawthorn Park 250-861-6636; 867 K.L.O. Rd.; Capacity: 159 Starting Price: $2690 Amenities/Services: 24/7 emergency response; nutritious meal plans; gym; chair yoga; shopping; social outings; heated pool/hot tub; theatre; salon; guest suites; day spa; pets with restrictions

The Heritage 250-768-9926; 3630 Brown Rd. Capacity: 145 Starting Price: $1824 Amenities/Services: chef prepared meals; spa; pool; gym; library; theatre; bistro; guest suites; small pets okay; putting green; assisted living services; bus excursions; beautiful new building

LANGLEY Harrison Landing 604-530-7075; 20899 Douglas Cres.; Starting Price: $2350 - $3150 Amenities/Services: toast/juice/coffee breakfast bar; 2 meals; light housekeeping; pub nights; socials; bingo; dining & fireside lounges; outdoor patios; recreation & wellness areas; fitness Harrison Pointe 604-530-1101; 21616 52 Ave.; Starting Price: $2530 - $3150 Amenities/Services: toast/juice/coffee breakfast bar; 2 meals; light housekeeping; pub nights; socials; bingo; dining & fireside lounges; outdoor patios; recreation & wellness areas; fitness Magnolia Gardens 604-514-1210; 5840 Glover Rd.; Capacity: (I) 115; (C) 40 Starting Price: (I) $2225/month; (C) $200/day Amenities/Services: activity programs; billiards table; close to amenities; hair salon; guest suite; housekeeping; social programs; greenhouse; 24hr emergency response; 24 hour staffing; no pets Sunridge Gardens 604-510-5091; 22301 Fraser Hwy.; Capacity: 145 suites Starting Price: $2125 Amenities/Services: guest suite; theatre; games room w/ pool table; fitness room; wellness room; spa room with walk-in tub; private dining room; social activities; bus outings; greenhouse; hair salon; pets allowed

Let us welcome you with open arms!

Setting the gold standard for senior living Our beautiful community offers first-class amenities and team members to ensure that our residents and their families experience the “Maison difference� every day. From Professional Nursing Care to incredible meals and motivating life enrichment programs, we always work to exceed expectations. ASSISTED LIVING MEMORY CARE LICENSED RESIDENTIAL CARE

Limited number of Assisted Living/Residential Care suites available. Call 778-280-8540 today.

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A better way of life... MAPLE RIDGE Maple Ridge Seniors Village 604-466-3053; 1-844-603-4663; 22141 119th Avenue Capacity: (I) 49; (A) 33; (C) 108 Starting Price: call for rates Amenities/Services: (I) 2 meals a day; (A) 2 meals a day; (C) 3 meals/day; (A) home support avail; (I/A/C) 24hr emergency response; recreation; hairdresser; small pets allowed in (I/A)

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NANAIMO Berwick on the Lake 250-729-7995; 1-866-525-3111; 3201 Ross Road Capacity: (I) 120 units; (A) 28 units; (C) 36 units; private Starting Price: call for rates Amenities/Services: lake view; chef prepared meals; housekeeping; linens; 24hr emergency response; recreation programs; transport; fitness centre; library; theatre; games room; gardens Nanaimo Seniors Village 250-729-9524; 1-844-603-4663; 6085 Uplands Drive Capacity: (I) 56; (A) 152; (C) 150 Starting Price: call for rates Amenities/Services: (I) 1 meal a day; (A) 2 meals a day; (C) 3 meals a day; (A) home support avail; (I/A/C) 24hr emergency response; recreation; hairdresser; small pets allowed in (I/A) Oak Tree Manor 250-716-1799; 325 Hecate Street Capacity: 61 units Starting Price: $1450 Amenities/Services: downtown location; waterfront views; 24hr medical alert button; continental breakfast; 2 meals/day; housekeeping/linen service; activities program; small pets on 1st floor Origin at Longwood 250-751-7755; 6205 Oliver Road Capacity: (C) 30; (I) 146 - (A) in-suite if needed; 30 memory care Starting Price: $2800 Amenities/Services: gourmet meals; 24hr emergency response; enrichment programs; arts/crafts; woodwork; fitness classes; pool; nordic pole walking; think fit; housekeeping; pets welcome Trillium Woodgrove Manor 250-390-1036; 6304 Metral Drive Capacity: 43 units Starting Price: call for rates Amenities/Services: housekeeping; laundry services; activity program; foot care; emergency call system; memory care; pharmacy care; home cooked meals; spa; sunroom; pets allowed

NEW WESTMINSTER Dunwood Place 604-521-8636; 901 Colborne St.; Capacity: 191 units Starting Price: call for rates Amenities/Services: in-suite full kitchen; salon; activities lounge; near transit; wheelchair access; woodworking room; 24hr manager; lockable suite doors; café; patio; dining club Thornebridge Gardens 604-524-6100; 649 8th Avenue Capacity: 144 units Starting Price: $3150 Amenities/Services: delicious dining services including all meals; weekly housekeeping; full calendar of events; 24 hour emergency pendant; utilities and cable TV; pets welcome

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Every line tells a story Look into the faces of seniors.

Every hard-earned line is a legacy, and lessons for us all. Since 1981, we’ve championed quality of life for all seniors. Let us help you add a wonderful new chapter to your story.

Sunrise of Victoria provides:

• Exceptional licensed residential care • Excellent accommodation and hospitality services • A special neighbourhood for memory care

Please call 250-383-1366 or drop by for your personal tour. Also visit our website for a virtual tour.

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Amica at Edgemont Village 604-929-6361; 3142 Highland Blvd.; Capacity: 127 units Starting Price: all-inclusive, please call for rates and availability Amenities/Services: premium on-site amenities and services; fitness centre; theatre/chapel; arts and crafts kitchen; library with internet; beauty salon; and On-The-Go bus

Amica at Beechwood Village 250-655-0849; 2315 Mills Rd.; Capacity: 106 units Starting Price: all-inclusive, please call for rates Amenities/Services: premium on-site amenities and services including gardens, patios, potting shed and greenhouse; fitness centre; library with Wi-Fi; hair salon; On-The-Go bus


Norgarden 250-656-8822; 2300 Henry Avenue Capacity: 42 units Starting Price: $3100 Amenities/Services: individualized lifestyle; underground secure parking; salon/spa; activities; bus; spacious suites; refrigerators; family owned; near amenities; guest suite; pets welcome

Wesbrooke Seniors Living Community 604-460-7006; 12000 190A Street; Capacity: 114 units Starting Price: call for rates Amenities/Services: 3 meals chef prepared; housekeeping; linens; 24hr emergency response; 24hr care aides; recreation & fitness programs; bus trips; central; family owned; warm & friendly

RICHMOND Courtyard Gardens 604-273-1225; 7051 Moffatt Road Capacity: 107 units Starting Price: $4210 Amenities/Services: 3 meals & snacks; housekeeping; rooftop garden; wellness consultation; 24hr emergency response; activities; bus outings; personalized support; BCSLA Seal of Approval Gilmore Gardens 604-271-7222; 4088 Blundell Rd.; Capacity: 117 units Starting Price: $2960 Amenities/Services: homestyle dinner; weekly housekeeping; 24hr emergency response; recreational activities; wellness coach/nurse; BCSLA Seal of Approval; pets allowed

Peninsula, the 250-656-8827; 2290 Henry Avenue Capacity: (I) 42 units; (A) 25 units Starting Price: $3400 Amenities/Services: individualized lifestyle services; underground parking; salon/spa; activities; bus; spacious suites; locally owned; near amenities; guest suites; pets welcome

SURREY Amenida 604-597-9333; 13855 68th Ave.; Capacity: (I) 134 units; (A) 20 units Starting Price: $1780 Amenities/Services: fitness & recreation programs; easy access to: park, senior/recreation centre, library, shopping & services; visiting medical professionals - no office waits; phone & emergency pendant; pets welcome


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Amica at White Rock (Opening 2019) 778-545-8800; 15333 16th Ave.; Capacity: 152 units Starting Price: all-inclusive; please call for rates Amenities/Services: premium on-site amenities and services; pool; fitness centre; theatre; arts and crafts kitchen; beauty salon; roof terrace with greenhouse; On-The-Go bus

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Guildford Seniors Village 604-582-0808; 1-844-603-4663; 14568 104A Avenue Capacity: 98 Starting Price: $195 per diem Amenities/Services: personalized 24hr nursing care; memory care; secured; furnished studios w/ en-suite; 3 meals; snacks; therapeutic spa; recreation; laundry/housekeeping; courtyard gardens Peace Portal Seniors Village 604-535-2273; 1-844-603-4663; 15441 16th Avenue Capacity: 84 Starting Price: call for rates Amenities/Services: 24hr full nursing care; controlled access community; furnished studio suites w/ en-suite; housekeeping/ laundry; 3 nutritious meals and snacks; therapeutic recreation Suncrest Retirement Community 604-542-6200; 2567 King George Blvd.; Capacity: (I) 78; (C) 124 Starting Price: $2000 - $4500 Amenities/Services: 24hr professional care; 3 meals (C); 2 meals (I); recreation; lounges; outdoor space; tea/coffee; snacks; resident/family centered care; large, inviting, spacious areas to relax & socialize

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Summerland Seniors Village 250-404-4400; 1-844-603-4663; 12803 Atkinson Road Capacity: (I/A) 120; (C) 112 Starting Price: call for rates Amenities/Services: chef prepared meals; shuttle; recreation/entertainment; fitness classes; theatre; library; salon; guest/respite suites; (I/A) small pets okay

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VANCOUVER Amica at Arbutus Manor 604-736-8936; 2125 Eddington Drive; Capacity: 114 units Starting Price: all-inclusive; please call for rates & availability Amenities/Services: premium on-site amenities and services; beautifully landscaped courtyards; theatre; fitness centre; salon; library; Wi-Fi; pub; On-The-Go bus BG Aspen Green (Life Lease) 604-255-3365; 3365 East 4th Ave.; Capacity: 54 units (46 2bdrm - 8 1bdrm) Starting Price: $299,900 (Life Lease) Amenities/Services: rooftop deck; amenity spaces; on-site management; laundry in-suite; in-floor radiant heat; no pets; activities; library

Featuring a mix of 46 two-bedroom and 8 one-bedroom residences, open-concept living, master ensuites, bright rooms, spacious storage and incredible amenities, this is Vancouver living at its best.

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Crofton Manor Retirement Residence 604-269-3241; 2803 West 41st Avenue; reveraliving,com Capacity: 187 units Starting Price: $4300 Amenities/Services: Our pet-friendly residence is conveniently located in Kerrisdale. We offer a continuum of care, with 87 suites dedicated to private long-term care including light to moderate memory care.

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Chalmers Lodge 604-731-3178; 1450 W. 12th Avenue; Capacity: 110 studios w/ balcony Starting Price: $2399 Amenities/Services: affordable assisted living for seniors in the heart of vibrant S. Granville. Includes meals & snacks, weekly housekeeping, 24hr nursing support, medication dispensing, activities & entertainment

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Granville Gardens 604-563-3540; 1550 W 49th Avenue Capacity: 62 units Starting Price: $4055 Amenities/Services: all day dining; snacks Bistro; weekly housekeeping; laundry amenities w/ soap; life enriching programs; 24hr emergency; custom support services; basic cable; Wi-Fi; telephone; pets welcome

Amica at Somerset House 250-380-9121; 540 Dallas Road Capacity: 136 units Starting Price: all-inclusive, please call for rates & availability Amenities/services: stunning ocean view; premium on-site amenities and services; pool; fitness centre; library; lounge with WiFi; hair salon; private landscaped gardens; On-The-Go bus

Shannon Oaks 604-324-6257; 2526 Waverly Avenue; Capacity: 145 units Starting Price: $3830 Amenities/Services: housekeeping; activities; fitness studio; auditorium; library & computer lounge; dining; coffee bar; salon; A/C in suite; courtyard gardens; 24/7 emergency assistance; pets welcome

Berwick House 250-721-4062; 1-866-721-4062; 4062 Shelbourne Street Capacity: (I) 99 units; (A) 25 units; (C) 37 units; private Starting Price: call for rates Amenities/Services: chef prepared meals; housekeeping; linens; 24hr emergency response; recreation programs; transport; fitness centre; library; theatre; games room; gardens


Berwick Royal Oak 250-386-4680; 1-866-721-4680; 4680 Elk Lake Drive Capacity: (I) 201 units; (A) 25 units; (C) 27 units Starting Price: call for rates Amenities/Services: chef prepared meals; housekeeping; linens; 24hr emergency response; recreation programs; transport; fitness centre; library; theatre; games room; gardens

Amica at Douglas House 250-383-6258; 50 Douglas Street Capacity: 102 units Starting Price: all-inclusive, please call for rates & availability Amenities/Services: premium on-site amenities and services; suites with full kitchens; fitness centre; gardener’s greenhouse and gardens; ocean view lounge; hair salon; On-The-Go bus Amica at the Gorge (Opening 2018) 250-220-8000; 994 Gorge Road West Capacity: 159 units Starting Price: all-inclusive, call for rates Amenities/Services: located on Gorge walkway; fitness centre; theatre/chapel; arts and crafts kitchen; library with Wi-Fi; garden walkway & inner courtyards; games room with billiards; beauty salon; and On-The-Go bus

Carlton House of Oak Bay 250-595-1914; 2080 Oak Bay Ave.; Capacity: 88 units Starting Price: call for rates Amenities/Services: located in Oak Bay Village; meals made by in-house chefs; social activities; secure u/g parking; 24hr staff; emergency call system, taxi to Dr appt.; pets w/ restrictions


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The Cridge Village Seniors’ Centre 250-384-8058; 1307 Hillside Ave.; Capacity: 38 private units, 38 VIHA units Starting Price: $2515 - private pay Amenities/Services: beautiful heritage building; walking paths; excellent food; modern construction; grand lounge; extensive recreation programming; common areas; visiting pets only Glenshiel Retirement Residence 250-383-4164; 606 Douglas St.; Capacity: 68 units Starting Price: $1275 Amenities/Services: social activities; movies; exercise classes; three home cooked meals a day; daily housekeeping; laundry facilities; hair care available; overlooks Beacon Hill Park; no pets Legion Manor 250-652-3261; 7601 East Saanich Road; Capacity: 146 units Starting Price: call for rates Amenities/Services: We are a not-for-profit retirement residence located on the beautiful Saanich Peninsula of Greater Victoria. Open to all individuals 55 years of age and up.

Minton House (Rent or Own) 250-380-4977; 1070 Southgate Street Capacity: 26 units Starting Price: call for rates Amenities/Services: weekly housekeeping; 3 course dinner; personal emergency response system; seasonal events; daily opportunity for social engagement; small pets allowed; fully functional kitchens Revera - Parkwood Place 250-598-1565; 3051 Shelbourne Street Capacity: 100 units Starting Price: $1989 Amenities/Services: spacious studios; 1&2bdrm suites; 3 daily chef-prepared meals; fitness equipment; 24hr service/emergency response; shuttle; outings; near Hillside mall, doctor’s offices, pharmacies; pet friendly Revera - The Kensington 250-477-1232; 3965 Shelbourne Street Capacity: 113 units Starting Price: $2210 Amenities/Services: chef prepared meals; 24hr emergency system; housekeeping; recreation/fitness; walking path; community vegetable garden; library; salon; lounges; pets okay Rose Manor 250-383-0414; 857 Rupert Terrace Capacity: 70 units Starting Price: $1300 Amenities/Services: 3 meals and tea times daily; weekly laundry and housekeeping; entertainment and activities; no pets allowed

Starting Price: call for rates Amenities/Services: heart of Victoria; beautiful gardens and secure courtyard; chef inspired meals; entertainment & recreation gardens; 24/7 emergency assistance; pets welcome

Shannon Oaks 250-595-6257; 2000 Goldsmith Street Capacity: 102 units Starting Price: $3710 Amenities/Services: dining; housekeeping; activities; fitness studio; library & computer lounge; salon; A/C in suite; courtyard gardens; 24/7 emergency assistance; pets welcome Sunrise Senior Living of Victoria 250-383-1366; 920 Humboldt St.; Capacity: 93 units; private Starting Price: $5200/month Amenities/Services: 24/7 nurse & care; emergency call system; memory, complex & palliative care; secure environment; walking club; activities; bistro; salon; lounge; pets with restrictions Trillium Clover Point Care 778-817-1139; 90 Linden Ave.; Capacity: 14 units; private Starting Price: call for rates Amenities/Services: 24hr care; emergency call system; activity programs; memory care; music therapy; arts & crafts; dental hygiene; hairdresser; church; spa; walking program; pets allowed Trillium Craigdarroch Care Home 778-817-1139; 1048 Craigdarroch Road Capacity: 16 units; private Starting Price: call for rates Amenities/Services: 24hr care; emergency call system; activity & walking programs; memory care; music therapy; arts & crafts; dental hygiene; hairdresser; church; spa; bus trips; pets allowed

Beauty, dignity and the best value in Victoria. The Oak Bay Kiwanis Rose Manor Society invites you to join us at Rose Manor, a comfortable, warm and friendly home in downtown Victoria. 3 meals and 3 tea times Weekly laundry & housekeeping Activities & much more Call today for a viewing appointment (250) 383–0414

Ross Place Retirement Residence 250-381-8666; 2638 Ross Lane; Capacity: 185 units Starting Price: $2300 Amenities/Services: premium on-site amenities and services such as: pool, fitness centre, theatre, arts and crafts kitchen, billiards room, beauty salon, and On-The-Go bus Saint Francis Manor by the Sea 250-382-7999; 1128 Dallas Road; Capacity: 13 units Starting Price: $1975 Amenities/Services: Saint Francis Manor by the Sea is a Supportive Living Senior Residence on Dallas Road in Victoria, BC. There are spectacular mountain and oceanfront views to enjoy with 3 home-cooked meals daily. Selkirk Seniors Village 250-940-1028; 385 Waterfront Cres. Capacity: (A) 52; (I) 217

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Trillium Douglas Care 778-817-1139; 660 - 647 Niagara Street Capacity: 28 units Starting Price: call for rates Amenities/Services: weekly bus outings; full time activity & exercise program; walking program; library; craft kitchen; heated sunroom; lounges; hair salon; outdoor patio; small pets allowed Trillium Hart House 778-817-1139; 1961 Fairfield Road Capacity: 20 units; private Starting Price: call for rates Amenities/Services: 24hr care; emergency call system; activities; memory; arts & crafts; dental hygiene; foot doctor; spa; housekeeping; walking program; bus outings; pets allowed Trillium Highgate Lodge 250-472-0077; 1538 Cedar Hill X-Road Capacity: 54 units Starting Price: call for rates Amenities/Services: 3 meals; housekeeping; 24hr staffing; 24hr emergency call system; salon; all utilities; activity & fitness rooms, library, lounges; outdoor patios, small pets allowed Trillium St. Charles Manor 778-817-1139; 1006 St. Charles Street Capacity: 53 units Starting Price: call for rates Amenities/Services: bus outings twice weekly; full time activity & exercise program; library; 3 lounges w/ TV’s; arts & crafts room; outdoor patios; games room; salon; walking path; garden Trillium West Shore Village (Opening Fall 2018) 250-478-7527; 333 Wale Road Capacity: 162 units Starting Price: call for rates Amenities/Services: In-suite laundry; two-burner cooktops; ample storage; library; tech room; fireside lounge, pub, movie theatre, café; salon; multi-purpose room

Victorian at McKenzie, The 778-403-4038 / 250-381-9496; 4000 Douglas Street Capacity: 117 units Starting Price: $2800 (studio) - $5300 (2 bdrm) Amenities/Services: shuttle service; all day café; housekeeping; library; maintenance person; full calendar of activities; exercise classes 5 days a week; monthly chef meeting; pets welcome Wellesley of Victoria 250-383-9099; 1-844-603-4663; 2800 Blanshard Street Capacity: (I) 141; (A) 24 Starting Price: call for rates Amenities/Services: salon; store; bistro; housekeeping; room for private functions; library; recreation; shopping shuttle; rooftop gardens; patio; theatre; AC; secure parking; pets w/ restrictions

WEST VANCOUVER Amica at West Vancouver 604-921-9181; 659 Clyde Avenue Capacity: 121 units Starting Price: all-inclusive, call for rates & availability Amenities/Services: premium on-site amenities and services such as: pool, fitness centre, theatre, arts and crafts kitchen, billiards room, beauty salon, and On-The-Go bus Maison Senior Living West Vancouver 778-280-8540; 701 Keith Road Capacity: 90 units Starting Price: all-inclusive, call for rates Amenities/Services: premium on-site amenities and services such as: activity room, theatre/chapel, Tea Room, beauty salon, gardening centre, walking path, and On-The-Go minibus



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TFSA VS. RRSP In an ideal world, you would maximize your contributions to both RRSPs and TFSAs. Most Canadians, however, can’t afford to do that while paying a mortgage, helping their kids through school and keeping up with the Joneses. So, what’s the best way to maximize the investment dollars you have this year and beyond? Both RRSPs and TFSAs shelter you from tax as long as your investments are held within your account, but differ in two important ways. With an RRSP, you can deduct the contribution from your income, which earns you a tax refund, but the money becomes fully taxable when you take it out. A TFSA is the reverse: You don’t get a tax break on contributions, but you don’t pay tax on withdrawals either. So, what should you do? The best answer is that it depends on your tax rate. If you’re in a higher tax bracket when you contribute the money than when you expect to take it out, it’s better to use an RRSP. Make the contribution now and take the tax receipt; then when you withdraw, you will be making less money and will be taxed at a lower rate. On the other hand, if your income is expected to increase in the future, it’s better to go with a TFSA and avoid the higher RRSP tax rates on withdrawal. That is the best general answer I can provide, but it’s not a rule – it’s impossible to know what tax bracket you’re going to be in 10 years or a few decades from now. The RRSP has made sense for many years, as most Canadians earn about

70 per cent in retirement of what they earned while working. This lowers their tax bracket and makes an RRSP the ideal choice. However, a TFSA may be the better choice if you value flexibility and potentially need to withdraw money while still working. Withdrawing from a TFSA never has a tax impact, and a TFSA allows you to reinvest that money the following calendar year. This contrasts with an RRSP, which you are forced to convert to a RRIF the year you turn 71, and then make the minimum withdrawals. When you start drawing down your savings in retirement, RRSP and RRIF withdrawals count as income, whereas you don’t pay any tax on TFSA withdrawals. Your best option is to reach out to a financial advisor and have them review your situation in detail to determine which is best for you. They can guide you through many important factors that may sway your decision, such as if your employer offers RRSP matching or provides a defined benefit pension. After a conversation with your financial advisor, the choice will become much clearer and you will feel confident that you’re on the right track. |

Chris Mills can be reached at or 604659-8061. Chris Mills is a financial advisor with Raymond James Ltd. The views of the author do not necessarily reflect those of Raymond James. This article is for information only. Raymond James Ltd., member – Canadian Investor Protection Fund.

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SMOOTH SAILING by JOHN KELLY In an episode from a famous sitcom of the ’90s, two characters discussed the whys and whens of “pulling the plug.” It’s funny, but if I’m writing about it now, then surely, I must have at least given a thoughtful “hmm” as the gag played out. “Pulling the plug” is an obvious euphemism for a grave situation. Surely it is a discussion to be had. But, hang on; we’re not there yet. Let’s talk about “jumping ship,” my own euphemism for that time when a decision about where, as a senior couple, you are going to live, and if you plan to “jump ship.” By the way, in case you haven’t gotten your sea legs yet, matey, the ship is your home. Mulling over senior housing decisions inevitably brings about thoughts of one of life’s two inescapable realities (not taxes), and that’s not a whole lot of fun. But even if you’re not sailing in a leaky boat on choppy waters, there are reasons to consider your options. Besides, an “I’m going down with the ship” outlook seldom ends well. Debbie Clarke is the Marketing Manager at Verve Senior Living. As the name suggests, these retirement residences focus on activity, inspiration and fulfillment. Clarke agrees that preparing for and making the move early comes with many advantages. “I like to focus on the benefits of still being active enough to enjoy your freed-up time (no longer having to care for the home, yard, groceries and meal prep),” she says. “We do have a few [residents] that moved in while considered young and completely independent; their reasoning was for the enjoyment of continuing their hobbies/crafts or focusing on teaching their expertise at the local community centre. Others still like to travel three to six months of the year, and all they have to do is lock the door and be carefree knowing all is safe.” Jeff Nahnybida is Community Sales Director at The Victorian at Mckenzie, an Atria Retirement residence. He agrees that the positive spin is not just spin. “The key is to get families in the door, and this is where I show them that we are a fun place to be and, on top of that, we look after the daily burden of cooking their meals and housekeeping. I like to say we are almost like a university residence for seniors.” Perhaps not a kegger every night, but more leisure time isn’t the only reason to move to a retirement residence. All too often, when a spouse dies, one is left fending for themselves. 22 20


Fending, floating or even flailing is far from flourishing. Sure, preparing for an ocean cruise is easy under blue skies on still waters. We can all sail smoothly in those conditions. But life’s nautical disasters can sometimes leave us feeling stranded at sea. And it’s a long, lonely journey back to shore. Preparation for the predictable (it’s going to happen) and the unpredictable (when) is your best partner. “One other thing I have noticed when a couple moves here and, later, one of the spouses pass away, the [survivor’s] transition is so much easier, their support system is in place and they do not have to make major decisions or changes in their time of grief. Many get more involved socially and end up making more friends and are more active than before,” says Clarke. We no longer stay up all night partying. We take extra care on icy surfaces. In short, we realize we aren’t bulletproof – never were. So, why the reticence when it comes to a shift in accommodation? Maybe it’s good, old human pride that gets in the way. “Far too often potential residents and seniors looking at options feel they are not ready when they take that initial tour of a community. In fact, they are, or they would not be asking the question,” says Nahnybida. Clarke agrees, “Many do wait too long, turn down multiple suites and eventually are unable to make the move and end up in full care. Often the services provided here appear to prolong individuals’ health and longevity (healthy meals, social opportunities, peace of mind with less stress).” Perhaps this all comes down to perspective, one’s mindset vis-à-vis leaving the family home for a retirement residence. Some consider the change a defeat, a giving up of one’s way of life or letting go of hard-fought-for independence. Others can embrace the move as a positive modification, another step in their personal evolution. Leaky or not, it’s not about the boat. It’s about the sea. |


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BUILDING COMMUNITY IN THE THIRD ACT by VERENA FOXX What are today’s choices for living an engaged and meaningful life when staying at home is no longer an option? Jane Fonda, in a TEDTalk in her mid-70s, famously referred to the now 30+ years of life expectancy past 70, as the Third Act. “How do we live this time successfully,” asks Fonda, acknowledging that while the aging body has its issues, the Third Act can be a fulfilling one in other ways. Gerontology research has shown that the benefits of continued socialization and meaningful engagement result in an overall physically and emotionally healthier and joyful life. Retirement residences, now referred to as Independent and Assisted Living Residences, are working to create environments that welcome Third Act residents. There are choices. Don’t want to live in your home any longer? Can’t manage daily chores on your own? Feel socially isolated because of life circumstances? Senior residences, like the Origin group, work with the guidelines and research support of the International Council of Active Aging (ICAA). The goal is to create housing situations that honour and meet the health and well-being needs of seniors. The belief is that the quality of life people experience in their later years can drastically improve by staying physically and socially active and being mentally engaged. Origin residences also offer support, if required, to fulfill the seven dimensions of geriatric wellness (eating, bathing, dressing, grooming, medication, transferring and housekeeping). Nanaimo Origin at Longwood resident Penny McClung says, “Living here has been a total change to our lives. There is so much to do.” She and husband Hank say they’re having so much fun and have never been busier. She only wishes they had moved in earlier to have made better use of the extensive facilities. Creative solutions that successfully address communal living environments for like-minded elders have existed for centuries. In some cultures, families continue to support elders in their homes, but, given issues such as smaller houses and families spread around the country and globe, this model is no longer as feasible and common as it once was. Even in 1896, the Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi had 24 22


the vision to found a home for retired musicians and opera singers who were alone or had met with financially hard times. It still operates in Milan, Italy, today. In Vancouver, the successful PAL (Performing Arts Lodge) was founded in 2006 for retired members of the professional arts and allied industries. It continues today, with an ongoing wait-list of industry retirees. Neighbourhood residential community initiatives are emerging with the idea of creating “block” or “building” solutions that can support at-home aging, such as sharing services amongst neighbours. For seniors not linked to specific professional or other interest groups, there are residential options that honour, value and create a quality of life that supports the Third Act for its residents. Migs Turner, for example, is convinced that moving into Carlton House, an independent retirement residence in Victoria’s Oak Bay, eight years ago, was the right choice for him and his wife. Migs did plenty of research, which he recommends spending the time on, to find a residence that suited their needs. (See his checklist). Carlton House met all their criteria. “We are very happy here and we made the right choice,” says the retired navy and coast guard officer, who adds that being able to stay in his former neighbourhood made the transition easy. Nanaimo’s Oak Tree Manager Paul O’Neil says residents appreciate having others to talk to because many have come from living alone. He also points out that the central location gives

ABOVE | Carlton House residents Diana and Migs Turner at an Armistice Day ceremony at the Oak Bay Cenotaph. Photo: Werner Stanieski


This is the Cridge Village, this is Home. �������������������������������������� residents the freedom to access services and appointments without having to call on family and friends. “We want residents to feel at home, like our employees, and to feel that their fellow residents are their family. It works, for the most part.” Jean MacKnight made the decision to move to Oak Tree three years ago. “I love it here”, she says. “I don’t have to do anything.” Except play bingo three times/week, which is what she likes doing and where she’s made friends. “It didn’t take long to get acquainted with others. Everyone is so friendly.” Residents who have chosen the Independent and Assisted Living lifestyle say they feel at home by being part of an active community of staff and fellow residents in their Third Act. Evelyn Fleming says, “It’s the place for me to be for this phase of my life,” referring to the Nanaimo Origin residence that she has lived in for two years. “Do I like it here? No, I LOVE it!” | Checklist for Choosing a Residence Source: Carleton House resident Migs Turner

• Location (Is it close to the community that is important to you?) • Layout (Does it meet your space needs; is there enough light; what do you see when you look out the window? Are you close to elevators or stairs; is there outdoor access?) • Meals (Do the meals support your culinary tastes and dietary restrictions?) • Facility and Programmes (Is there a library, a computer room, an exercise facility, movement classes, cultural opportunities like concerts, movies, opera, and access to a garden or the outdoors?)

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BREAKING NEW GROUND by SHERRY CONLY If researching potential retirement residences is on your to-do list for 2018, consider one of the many new developments projected to open this year and next.

Cherish Central Park Opened November 2017

Brand new this winter is Cherish Central Park. The newest home in the Cherish homes roster, Cherish Central Park has been designed to be a lovely independent living home in downtown Langford. A short distance to the YM/YWCA, parkland, shopping malls, the Conservatory of Music and all major amenities, it’s also conveniently located across the street from the new Belmont Retail Centre (currently under development). With a large, attractive courtyard and generous, bright suites with spacious balconies, Cherish provides the option to buy or rent suites, with or without an all-inclusive package. Like Cherish’s other residences in the Victoria area, an emphasis is placed on encouraging hobbies, an active lifestyle and community involvement. “Our residents are most excited about the plethora of amenities. We’re building a beautiful home for our new Cherish Family and have a courtside Lounge and Jazz Bistro as a general meeting place,” says Lisa Church, Executive Director. With secure underground parking, 24/7 emergency response and a rental package including meals created by Red Seal Chefs, Cherish is a community of luxury condos designed and built with care in an up-and-coming neighbourhood.

Chartwell Carlton Opening Summer 2018

Burnaby’s newest retirement residence, Chartwell Carlton is an intimate boutique-style community set amidst mountain views, and pleasantly close to lakes, forests, trails and parks. At the corner of Canada Way and Gilmore Street, this ideally located residence is also moments from the Metrotown SkyTrain station, and Grand Villa Casino. With a sunroom and rooftop patio, the emphasis is on bringing the outdoors in, with plenty of natural light and airy open-concept spaces. Chartwell Carlton has a refined

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elegance, with exposed beams, wood finishes and stunning views of the city. “We’re very proud to say that Chartwell is Canadian owned and operated, and part of our community,” says Alya Niang, Communications Manager. “Our dedicated team members strive each day to exceed expectations and make people’s lives better,” she adds. With studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites available, this independent living residence is designed to help keep residents independent and actively involved in city events and activities.

Trillium West Shore Village Opening Fall 2018

“We’re very excited about our upcoming project because of the incredible response we’ve had from our community and the City of Colwood. We’re already over 50 per cent leased and three of our five floor plans have already been 100 per cent leased. It’s an exciting time for Trillium,” says Lesley Sikorski, Director of Marketing and Public Relations. Located moments from Esquimalt Lagoon, West Shore Community Centre, golf courses, the Galloping Goose Trail, and all amenities, Trillium West Shore Village is tucked away on a quiet street but will still be a stone’s throw from everything residents could want. “All the amenities available will give our residents multiple places to connect with friends and family, whether it’s in the Fireside Lounge, the Café or the Pub, and we will have everything our residents need to feel comfortable and taken care of,” adds Sikorski. The new building features floor-to-ceiling windows and spacious suites. It features in-suite laundry, large patios, beautiful views, and a host of fantastic amenities, including a self-serve café, movie theatre, pub, entry lounge, library, gym and more.

Amica at the Gorge Opening 2018- TBD

Amica at the Gorge is designed to be a multi-functional residence with independent, assisted and memory care facilities. It will also offer respite and short-stay care with all-inclusive accommodations, ideal for recovery periods. Located in the historical residential community of GorgeTillicum, Amica will be surrounded by nature trails and close to hospitals, shopping (Tillicum and Mayfair Centres), the Victoria


Canoe and Kayak Club, Pearkes Rec Centre, and the Arts Centre at Cedar Hill. The restored Brookman’s Grocery heritage building will act as a community meeting place for all area residents. Amica at the Gorge will offer studio, one-bedroom and twobedroom options, personalized wellness plans, 24/7 support, and personalized services ranging from laundry service to daily room tidying, depending on need and request. Residents will be able to live life to the fullest in a comfortable and dynamic environment.

The Village – Langley Opening March 2019

The Village is a five-acre memory care village modelled after the Dutch “de Hogeweyk” dementia village concept. Slated to open in March 2019, this village is a small community with single-story, cottage-like homes in a natural, green setting. Walking trails, flower and veggie gardens, a community centre, a relaxing fish pond and even a barn with friendly farm animals all contribute to a feeling of peace, community and a happy life. This new development is designed to ensure the highest level of independent living possible. In the Village Square, residents can enjoy salon and spa treatments, order a coffee, enjoy a meal with family or pick up some groceries. The hub of the Village, the Community Centre, is meant for not just residents but all members of the surrounding community. “What stands out to me about The Village is the freedom to choose, the ability to live with meaning and purpose. The programming brings a new level of colour, reflection and creative arts to people’s lives,” says Lynne Colman, Life Enrichment Director of Verve Senior Living. This project is a partnership between Canbrit, the developer and owner, and Verve Senior Living, the day-to-day operator. For 40 years, Verve has built and managed some of the top residences in Canada with an award-winning standard of care.

Ambleside Kelowna (modeled after Hearthstone Vernon) Opening TBD

ABOVE | Artists’ renderings of new retirement residents. Top to bottom: Trillium West Shore Village, exterior; Trillium West Shore Village, unit interior; Amica at the Gorge, located steps from its namesake waterway.

In the beginning stages of development is Ambleside in Kelowna, which will be located in a quiet residential neighbourhood near the Capri Mall area. Close to all amenities, Ambleside is being designed as a small, close-knit community of one-bedroom suites, with a few two-bedroom suites offered to couples who wish to stay together. “We believe small is best. We want to create a home for people, not a facility. We want to explore people’s past lives and memories and create new ones for them,” says Jeanette Henley, a GP who is part owner of the new assisted living residence. “We want to create a warm, stimulating home for people. We want to be proud of it, and we want somewhere we would happily choose for our own parents,” she adds. Possible design ideas include a central courtyard with a Japanese-themed garden and a garden room in the front, with some rooms opening into the courtyard. There is also emphasis on creating plenty of areas for indoor recreation. A private-pay concept, the overarching goal at Ambleside is to build strong, positive relationships between staff, residents and their families. |



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When Eve Weimer learned her grandchildren were coming home from university for a visit, she decided she needed to update her look. What better way than by taking a chance and throwing her hat in the ring for INSPIRED’s makeover contest? “The makeover made me feel confident and glamorous,” says Eve. “I was happy that, at my age, I was still able to participate.” With a passion for travel sparked as a little girl growing up on a farm in Saskatchewan, Eve traversed the globe during her long career with Air Canada. “My most memorable trip was taking the Trans Siberian Express train from Moscow to Beijing,” she says. “The herds of gazelles and camels in the Gobi Desert were truly amazing, and I enjoyed a meal in a yurt with Mongolian nomadic people.” An avid reader, Eve now has more time to devour the books she calls companions during key parts of her life. “Books allow me to see how other people live, and enable me to learn about new places.” Actively involved in environmental causes, Eve has volunteered for the Council of Canadians, the Suzuki Elders, and has helped in several local causes, like Communities and Coal and lobbying to move the BNSF railroad. To stay fit, dance is one of Eve’s constant pastimes. “Learning new steps and meeting new people keeps my mind engaged,” she says. “I am hoping to learn Salsa for my upcoming trip to Cuba.” Eve’s friends and family attended the September Lifestyle Show in Vancouver to cheer her on. “The whole experience was fun and inspiring,” she says. “My favourite part was having my hair styled by Hana and meeting people at the Lifestyle Show. I would definitely recommend it to friends.”

What the stylist did:

Hair: “Eve came to me with a beautiful smile and shoulderlength blonde hair. She had not coloured her hair for several months, and she had been colouring her hair herself. The result was roots a few inches long and dry, compromised ends. To improve the health of Eve’s hair, I decided to cut it into a chinlength classic bob, keeping Eve’s classy look and leaving her with some length. I also created a side-swept bang to give her a softer look around her face with some texture to create a little movement. This style will be easy for Eve to do at home.

Photos: Tom Gould


For the colour, I started with a pre-colour treatment from Redken to remove build-up, so we could get the best result from the colour. I then gave Eve a protein treatment called Chemistry by Redken to help strengthen her compromised hair. I lightened her roots to match her ends and added Redken’s pH bonder to protect the hair. I then did a Balayage highlight for a soft sun-kissed natural look, and added a gold iridescent and a cool blonde into the hair to create a slight contrast. I used the Shades EQ colour gloss by Redken because it is gentle on the hair and creates a beautiful shine. I left her with a gorgeous soft blonde, and her hair felt soft and silky afterwards.” Makeup: “For Eve’s makeup, I started with a primer, which makes the skin beautifully smooth for makeup application. Then, I added some contouring with foundation. I used a slightly darker foundation to shadow some areas; and a slightly lighter foundation to brighten some areas. I applied an eye primer and a little concealer for extra brightness around the eyes. For Eve, I wanted to bring the focus mainly to her eyes, so I downplayed other aspects of her face and kept them very natural. I darkened around her lash line and added a purple shadow to bring out her blue eyes, combining subtly with a little drama. On the apple of her cheeks, I used a cream blush; on her lips, I used a pink stick to give them a healthy glow. My focus with Eve’s makeup was to enhance her natural beauty.” | Special thanks to the entire INSPIRED Makeover team: Hair Stylist – Hana Akai of Akai Hair Design 2559 Quadra St. Call Hana for details about hair and makeup 250-383-3227. Visit online at Hana is an educator for Redken; all the hair products were sponsored by Redken 5th Ave. and Icon Salon Systems. Makeup provided by Hana Akai. Clothing was provided by Olsen Europe, stores in Vancouver (Oakridge Centre & Park Royal) and Victoria (The Bay). For more info, visit



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FASHION PREVIEW by CALLIE MARTIN Despite a bitter cold still haunting the air, the gentle whisper of springtime flowers and salty summer air lurk patiently around the corner. With a new season comes new fashion trends designers are ready to set loose, and this year is no different with head-to-toe pastels, and an update to the good old-fashioned “Canadian tuxedo” (denim-ondenim).


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Pastels have long been a spring trend with their soft hues of pink, blue and green allowing us to match nature’s abundant bouquets in a rainbow of colours. This year, however, a slight adaptation has been made; rather than simply one item of clothing being a soft hue of violet or yellow, designers in 2018 (like Michael Kors, Chanel and Alexander McQueen) have opted for a tip-to-toe ensemble. Now don’t panic — it may seem like an overwhelming decision to cover yourself completely in a subdued red, but it is incredibly workable and a fashion-forward choice, if you’re keeping the clothing tidy, tailored, and focused on texture. Alexander McQueen and Chanel, for example, opted for longer dresses in a single pastel hue, but managed to keep the looks modern by emphasizing numerous textures. Let’s pretend you want to follow this trend by wearing a pastel blue jacket, t-shirt and pants. If all your pieces are plain linen or cotton, you’re going to look washed-out, rather than the daring fashionista you are. However, if the jacket is covered in a short fringe, the t-shirt WWW.SENIORLIVINGMAG.COM

is a simple cotton and your pants are denim, you’ve successfully compensated for the monochromatic statement by breaking up your look into cohesive segments.

DENIM Another trend coming back this year is a staple no Canadian should be unfamiliar with: denim. Unlike previous years, however, where the fabric was distressed, bleached and oversized, denim in 2018 is working to elevate itself from backyard barbecue to borderline formal wear. Designers (like Mugler, Nina Ricci and Tom Ford) have opted for slim-fit, dark-wash denim that’s cut and tailored to fit your body like a glove. Unlike the resurgence of the ’90s trend of “grunge” denim in recent years, this year’s denim is designed with working women in mind. Meant to provide a casual edge, it still maintains a professional, clean silhouette. If you’re looking to rock this trend, it’s important to keep the “fit” in mind (no “mom jeans” allowed!). For pants, straight-leg styles are often flattering on any body type, and can be paired with nearly any kind of top, sweater or jacket. If a skirt is more your style, straight or pencil cuts will likely be the most flattering as they compliment the natural shape of a woman and often end somewhere around the knees. Those in the market for a jean-jacket should be prepared to see lots of collars and tailoring, which is the key to turning denim from casual to chic. Keep an eye out for slim-cut jackets that skim your hips while emphasizing your natural waistline to really stand out in this crowd this year. It’s never too late to try new trends, and 2018’s are here for the bold and the brazen to stand out with simplicity. |

TRANSLATING MILLENNIAL TRENDS by CALLIE MARTIN Clothing is an exciting way to express your personality. But when it comes to fashion, Boomers are no longer leading the charge. The baton, it seems, has been passed to Millennials, who now dictate the direction in which designers focus their energy. Keeping your wardrobe current without falling prey to looking age-inappropriate comes down to interpretation. After all, fashion is just another type of language, and languages are always translatable. Researchers can’t seem to agree on the age range of Millennials, however, they approximate that the majority were born between the early-1980s and the mid-1990s, putting the oldest in their late-thirties and the youngest in their early-twenties. Millennials are known for their sense of individuality through style, as well as their love of leggings, oversized sweaters and avocado toast. Much of Millennial fashion for women emphasizes femininity: the oversized trend makes one appear “smaller” (than men); and “chic comfort” clothing, which feels like sweats, but looks appropriate enough to leave their rented apartments. This “chic comfort” is something any generation can get on board with – in a slightly updated way. Here’s a translation of a standard Millennial outfit: the dress, heels and leggings combo. Go to nearly any shopping mall, university or workplace and you’ll see numerous young women rocking this look. It’s popular for three main reasons: comfort (often feeling like wearing pyjamas), ease (only three items needed for a complete outfit) and fashionability (looks just as cute shopping for groceries as it does working at the office). This is one of the most easily translatable looks for anyone to have, so let’s break it down: Going back to the debate on leggings (are they pants? are they tights?), I’m going to stress that anyone can wear a pair of leggings, but not everyone should style them the same way. Treat leggings like a cross between a pair of comfy pants and tights; though they can technically be worn as pants, they’re probably better paired with skirts and dresses. When shopping for leggings, I recommend a “squat test” to check the sheerness of the fabric once it stretches. While Millennials chose to go for neon colours and busy patterns on their leggings, I recommend sticking to

neutral colours for more mature trendsetters (black and grey are the most popular options). This brings us to the dress. Most 20- and 30-something women are currently wearing the “shift dress” style, which is a loose, almost boxy-type of dress that allows for a lot of mobility and comfort (and can run anywhere from a mini-dress to knee-length). While this works for young women, mature clientele may feel more comfortable in a sleeker, tailored dress (not to be confused with a “body-con” dress). When choosing to update a Millennial trend – no matter what it may be – it’s important to keep classic shapes and silhouettes in mind to keep you on the cutting edge of modern fashion. Nobody wants to look as though she’s raided the closet of her daughter (or granddaughter). Stick to dresses that emphasize your natural waist, while still falling at an appropriate length (typically no shorter than the knee). From here, the only final touch you need is the heels. The best part is that shoes are the most easily translatable item of clothing, which means you have almost free range in your choices. That being said, steer clear of any “obnoxious” shoes (ones with spikes, multiple neon colours, etc.) to keep your look age-appropriate. If comfort is your jam, avoid any and all stilettos and opt instead for a wider heel. For a daytime look, a neutral coloured low-heel will be suitable for the home or office while maintaining your trendy appearance.  Unlike generations, fashion doesn’t have an age-range, so own your style with confidence and flair with these Millennial trends. |







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COLOUR YOUR COCOON by DIANA WING Do you love a neutral room awash with whites, greys, creams and beiges? It’s tempting to stick to neutrals as they are considered more versatile and everlasting than colours. A completely beige room, however, can feel unremarkable – even bland. Especially during dreary winter days, the grey outside gives a delightful chance to bring colour inside. What’s the easiest way to decide on a palette? Consult the colour wheel. Expert interior designer and popular TV personality, Jane Lockhart says, “On the TV show, Colour Confidential, we personalized the colour wheel with objects the client loved or related to, to help make the decision for colour easier. Don’t be afraid to add one wall of colour in a room, it’s your space and you should surround yourself with what you love.” Spot your favourite colours and note their position on the colour wheel to understand how they work together to create the palette you desire. Here are some groupings to try: 32 30


Analogous colours. Though the name sounds scientific, the concept is simple. Pick a colour on the wheel and note the two or three colours on each side of it. Because of their proximity to each other, they will blend well together. If you’re shy about colour, it’s a good idea to use this harmonious palette in your room with up to two similar colours, such as blue and green. Your room will feel more alive yet serene.

ABOVE | Example of a complementary colour scheme. Photo: Feverpitched RIGHT | “On the TV show, Colour Confidential, we personalized the colour wheel with objects the client loved or related to… it’s your space and you should surround yourself with what you love.” –Jane Lockhart, B.A.A.I.D. Photo: Brandon Barre


Complementary Colours. For a bold and pleasing effect, opt for a complementary colour scheme using colours opposite to each other on the colour wheel. For example, blue/orange and purple/yellow are opposites. These are the friendliest, happiest, most energetic-feeling combinations because of the stimulation felt by both colours individually, and combined. Used together, they intensify each other. This scheme is very effective with a main colour for the walls, and decor in various complementary colours. You can “ground” it all with a neutral area rug. Contrast. If simply a pop of colour is what you’re after, you may enjoy a high-contrast look. Generally, black or white with any strong colour creates a clean and vibrant effect. For example, an otherwise monochromatic room gets instant light and energy with black accents and yellow highlights. A space with clean lines has high visual impact and is dramatic and unforgettable.

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STOLEN MOMENTS by SHERRY CONLY “Philomela and I sometimes see our sentences slurring with alliterations – caused perhaps by verse writing. We also both like shoes,” says Benni Chisholm, on Philomela Nightingale, the protagonist in her mystery series. With three Philomela novels already published, the quick-witted mystery novelist’s career is on a steady track as she’s recently sent her fourth Philomela manuscript to her publisher, Black Opal Books. Protagonist Philomela Nightingale was inspired by a Greek mythology about Philomela and her sister, Procne. When the sisters committed murder after being treated brutally, the gods took pity on them and Philomela was transformed into a nightingale, her sister, a swallow. Philomela has travelled with each new book and now she and her engineer husband are settling down in the quintessential fictional seaside town of Saltair, based on Benni’s home of Sidney and areas on Central Vancouver Island. Due to popular demand, fans will begin to see Mr. Nightingale become more involved in unravelling the mysteries that keep his wife hopping. Rather than have Philomela as a murderess or a victim, Benni decided to make her an amateur sleuth, a nod to Agatha Christie classics or Nancy Drew tales. Nor did Benni turn to brutality; her novels are “cozy” mysteries, so there may be murder and betrayal, but the stories don’t rely on gore and shock value. “Our basic philosophies are similar. We both wonder about the mentality and motives of people who commit dastardly acts. Both our studies indicate that most murderers, though not all, are beyond narcissistic and are true psycho34 32


paths,” says Benni, of her character. The similarities end there, for the most part. “Philomela is close to my oldest daughter’s age, not to mine,” she says. “Also, Philomela helped solve five murders. I helped solve none.” Born in 1930 in Saskatchewan, Benni was named after RB Bennett – the Prime Minister of Canada during the major recession in the 1930s. A retired Registered Nurse, Benni took writing courses during her undergrad, using the craft as an emotional release throughout the intense five-year program at the University of Alberta. Later, as a young mom, she continued writing while her four children slept, and carved out whatever time she could to create light verse pieces, articles and even a shortlisted manuscript, “which is, in retrospect, a pretty big deal,” says Benni. In the heyday of her professional career, Benni was a Health Director at the Holy Cross Hospital, ran the Cancer Clinic, and later worked as a Public Health Nurse in Regina. Through all those busy years, she took writing courses, including a Science Fiction course led by Robert Sawyer. Oddly enough, that course led to writing mystery novels when the stories she was working on stubbornly refused to conform to Sci-Fi tropes and devices, morphing instead into mysteries. “I used to really like reading Science Fiction. Then I discovered all my writing turned out to be mysteries,” says Benni.

ABOVE | Author Benni Chisholm spent a lifetime carving out stolen moments to pursue her passion. Photo: Merritt Chisholm


“Finally, the light went on and I thought ‘I really should be writing mysteries.’” After retirement, her focus shifted heavily toward writing, and her Philomela Nightingale series was inspired by the late Agatha Christie, and Canadian writers Gail Bowen and Louise Tammy – all personal favourites. Benni’s first work, Stained Sand, was the premier Philomela Nightingale mystery, released in November 2011 (Friesen Press). The second novel was Odd Odyssey in June 2015, and the third, Showman or Shaman, was published in January 2017 (both Black Opal Books). Benni is a member of various writing groups, including the North Saanich/Sidney Library Writing Group, International Thriller Writers, Crime Writers of Canada and, most recently, Sisters in Crime, the Canada West Branch. She also divides her time between her husband of 63 years, Merritt, and their large family of four children, 14 grandchildren, and five great grandchildren. Benni is by no means chained to her keyboard, but she does write daily, working hard to keep distractions at bay, and reach the mini goals she sets for herself. When Merritt is busy with his own hobby – restoring classic cars – Benni tends to write the most. “It’s good when he’s very busy because it gives me lots of time to write,” she says with a chuckle. “When I’m really on a roll, I try to work every minute I can. I’ll often break off and do chores around the house, then I’ll come back to it.” When she’s not writing or spending time with family, Benni enjoys sewing, doing a bit of deck gardening at their condo, working out at the local gym, walking with Merritt or spearheading get-togethers with former nursing buddies. With a friendly demeanour and a relaxed sense of humour, Benni is living a rich and fulfilling life with never a dull moment. “I would recommend if you have a hobby you enjoy, pursue it without question,” says Benni. “I think especially after you retire, it’s really great to expand on that.” “If you want to write, it doesn’t need to be a novel, perhaps it could be a memoir, or simply writing down the quirky story that has been churning around in your head. If you are inclined towards doing anything creative, work towards it.” |

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REBOOT by VERENA FOXX PIET RUTGERS moved from making significant creative decisions in his role as former Director of Planning and Operations with the Vancouver Parks Board (up to and including the 2010 Olympic planning), to designing and building furniture for his family and clients in his Comox Valley 1920s cottage workshop. “I’ve always been in the business of creating things,” he says, “so I just had to continue.” After taking some night school woodworking courses, Piet felt confident developing his own style. “I now spend about 40 per cent of my time building furniture,” he says. That includes a custom Tavolino di Violoncello for a cellist who commissioned him to build a side-table for her music books and accessories. Piet’s work, through Sandpiper Studio Arts & Crafts Furniture, is regularly shown at juried artisan booths at the

annual Filberg Festival in Comox. “It’s a hobby I get paid for,” he says, “and it keeps me connected to designing and doing.” LUCINDA JONES says that growing up in Canada and New Zealand led her to environmental activism. She co-founded and volunteered on projects that drew awareness to issues in her West Vancouver community. It was her three grown children, however, that inspired and empowered her to support, fund and shape policy for youth-initiated projects that would “make life better” for future generations. It’s with this focus that Lucinda has emerged as an environmental film-maker/producer of the 3E (Energy, Environment, Economics) Film Festival in West Vancouver (2015) and in Strongoli, Italy (2017), both at which she presented a film about her daughter’s bold farming venture in Saanich. “There is no time to waste; no time to ask for permission,” she urges. “The projects now find me as a moth finds the light.” |

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Improve your health by eating more vegetables. Besides being rich in necessary nutrients, vegetable fibre is a major contributor to the “good bacteria” in your gut. And a healthy balance of intestinal microbiota is vital for good health. Studies find poor gut health is linked with almost every disease and disorder humans suffer. But what if you hate veggies? Step out of your comfort zone. Each week, introduce one you’ve never tried before. How about jicama? Perhaps celeriac? There are thousands of vegetables; many you’ve never tried or even heard of. For those you tried and disliked, experiment with them again. Eat them cooked, if they didn’t appeal to you raw – or vice versa. Season with herbs and spices or eat with healthy, homemade sauces and dips. Here are a few ideas to add more vegetables to your diet and enhance their taste: Make your salad less boring; add carrots slices, strawberries, water chestnuts, kiwi, orange slices, sliced grapes, sweet peas, avocado, nuts and seeds, beet slices. Use your imagination: How about (pesticide-free) rose petals from your garden? There are no rules for a tasty salad! Instead of lettuce in your salad, use kale, Swiss chard, endive, spinach, or a combination. Add shredded cabbage, too. Try another type of lettuce you haven’t had yet. Add a mix of vegetables to rice or other cooked whole grains like quinoa. Try chopped spinach, carrots, onions, peas, beans or tomatoes. Grill “kabobs” in the oven or the outdoor grill: Skewer various veggies like mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, car-

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Roots & Grooves. Australian husbandry? Hippie genealogy? No and no. Roots & Grooves is a project, a movement in some ways. It is the melding of musical styles under the direction of a fast bond of brotherhood. It’s also the name of the band and their debut record. They call their music a smorgasbord of folk, jazz, classical and blues. This story isn’t about a curtain call, let alone a swan song. Rather, it’s the tale of how music has woven itself into the lives of two men, made them unlikely collaborators, and how it’s keeping one young, the other aspiring to age with the kind of youthfulness his partner does. And having way too much fun on the ride. Now, back to the beginning. Our story kicks off as something of your typical May/ November bromance. First, a note of admiration is sent from the former to the latter. “Rick came to my school when I was in Grade 4. I wrote him a fan letter and he wrote me back!” Rick is Rick Scott, three-time Juno nominated singersongwriter and dulcimer whiz. When he isn’t spreading love and laughter via music, he acts as Goodwill Ambassador for the Down Syndrome Research Foundation and is curator of the Protection Island Museum. After the letter, Rick, the autumn month, plays coy for several years. 38 36


The spring-ish kid who wrote the letter? That’s Nico Rhodes. “In my life, music came from my family,” says Nico. “I grew up on the road with my mom, international touring artist Joelle Rabu, and her musicians. They taught me what it means to be a musician from many distinct and personal perspectives. So, family always has a part in everything I play. Rick’s music was a huge part of my formative years. My childhood playlist was Beethoven, Jerry Lee Lewis and Rick Scott.” Their relationship grows slowly and organically. “We’d hired Nico to work with us on a couple of other projects and, when he was 23, we commissioned him to orchestrate our educational concert, My Symphony, for 50 players and a 50-voice choir for the Vancouver Island Symphony. He did a phenomenal job. It became their most popular educational show, seen by 7,500 kids,” says Valley Hennell. Wait. Who’s Valley? She is Rick’s long-time partner, the ampersand in Roots & Grooves, he says. In this union of youthful virtuosity and seasoned style, Valley is, let’s say, the officiant. And promoter. And collaborator. She saw the potential in the ABOVE | Roots & Grooves band members Rick Scott and Nico Rhodes. TABLE OF CONTENTS PAGE | Rick and Nico with instruments. Photos: Adam Kennedy, F8 Photography


merger of Rick and Nico, their styles and sensibilities. The consummation of this musical marriage produces Roots & Grooves. “Nico is a classically trained jazz pianist and I’m a self-taught Appalachian mountain dulcimer player,” says Rick. “So, Roots & Grooves is an unlikely convergence of 88 keys meeting four strings tuned to two notes. Our music is a beautiful volley back and forth where the sum becomes much larger than the parts. The more we play, the more intuitive we become, which makes the music shimmer. I wrote some of these songs when I was Nico’s age, some before he was born, but his mastery, energy and enthusiasm make old songs new.” Of Nico, Rick says, “he is just starting out in his career and is destined to go far, there is no doubt his journey will lead him away to bigger things and I completely support this.” Like any healthy couple, the two complement and compliment each other. “My youthful exuberance occasionally takes us down some unexpected turns, and Rick’s clarity of experience allows us to dig deeper into the story and truth of the music,” says Nico. “I like to think we shake each other up and the audience gets to come along for the ride.” Rick is philosophical about the ripening process nature has in store for all of us; he looks back fondly on the past and cherishes the memories and the music, not the endless flights and strange beds. “My career seems to go in eras, starting with the Pied Pumkin in the ’70s, acting for theatre in the ’80s, then two decades touring the world performing for children. Roots & Grooves has brought me back to playing for big folks and we’re finding our audience spans three generations,” says Rick.  With 70 and… err… 30 on the horizon, there are no signs of slowing for the pair. In addition to writing and recording their sophomore offering, a full-length stage musical adaptation of Rick’s audio novel The Great Gazzoon is in the works. At the core of the piece is Gazzoon, a little boy who overcomes his fear and changes his community through his love of music. If music is the universal language,

then surely there are dialects. The folk singer doesn’t always pick up what the jazz man is putting down, and the rocker doesn’t always get what the mezzosoprano offers up. Rick and Nico come from different musical worlds; their backgrounds could be more disparate, but not much. It is their profound love of music and a mutual respect that has given way to a deep communication. It flows between them on and off stage and then makes its WWW.SENIORLIVINGMAG.COM

way out into the crowd. And at its core is a hybrid musical language, their very own pidgin. With every show, they spread the word, leaving audiences smiling and humming tunes with a sort of new accent in their way of speaking, feeling – improvisational mountain. The last word goes to Rick: “Love, laughter and groove makes us never want to stop, it’s simply too much fun.” | FEBRUARY 2018

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AFTER THE GOLD RUSH by JACQUIE D. DURAND & ALAN G. LUKE Our Yukon expedition began in Whitehorse, which was named for the White Horse Rapids due to their resemblance to the mane of a white horse. We were eager to witness the launch of the “Yukon River Quest” as some 88 teams prepared to make the mad “Dash, Splash & Paddle” down river in canoes, kayaks and even paddle boards. They faced 715 km of hard paddling to Dawson City. On the way to the first stopping point for the River Quest group, we stopped to enjoy the beauty of Emerald Lake, named for the intense colouring caused by the high concentration of calcium carbonate from limestone gravel deposited here 14,000 years ago. Glacial erosion during the last ice age is responsible for the formation of the lake bed. Soon, we came upon the Carcross Desert. A phenomenon of nature just one kilometre north of Carcross, we took a leisurely walk in the sands considered to be the smallest desert in the world. Measuring approximately 2.6 km, a series of sand dunes, formed this desert during the last glacial period with the silt deposits of large lakes. The Yukon Territorial government made efforts to protect the Carcross Desert in 1992, however, locals opposed these efforts as they would often use the dunes for recreational purposes. The Carcross/Tagish First Nation (CTFN) is one of 11 Self-Governing First Nations in the Yukon. Originally a fishing/hunting camp for inland Tlingit and Tagish people, artifacts dating back 4,500 years have been found in the area. Here, we found Matthew Watson’s General Store, the Yukon’s oldest operating store from 1898. In the days of the Klondike Gold Rush, Carcross (Cariboo Crossing) was a major stopping point for prospectors. The Royal Mail and the Dominion Telegraph Line also had installations here and served as a communication point along the Yukon River. The original discovery of gold has been attributed to two natives of the Carcross region. Skookum Jim Mason (a.k.a. Keish) and Dawson Charlie (a.k.a. Tagish Charlie or Káa Goox), and accompanied by George Carmack, staked their first claims on Rabbit Creek, in August 1896. The group later

TOP | Emerald Lake, Carcross, Yukon. Photo: Jacquie D. Durand

MIDDLE | Whitehorse Mounties at shoreline of YRQ race. Photo: Alan G. Luke BOTTOM | Dawson City Downtown Hotel, home of the SourToe Cocktail. Photo: Alan G. Luke TABLE OF CONTENTS PAGE| Carcross caribou sign. Photo: Alan G. Luke 40 30



renamed their claim “Bonanza.” More gold was soon found on Eldorado Creek, and so began the Gold Rush. The ensuing settlement of early miners soon developed and became known as the “Town of the City of Dawson,” or Dawson City. In earliest times, this was a fishing camp and base for moose hunting in the warmer months. Located at the confluence of the Klondike and Yukon Rivers, the current city was officially founded by Joe Ladue who, in 1897, named the city for noted Canadian geologist, George M. Dawson, who explored and mapped the region in 1887. Many other notable personages are known to have made their mark on Dawson City. Robert Service (1874-1958) a.k.a. the “Bard of the Yukon” lived in a two-room cabin on Eighth Ave from 1909-58. Pierre Berton (1920-2004) lived in Dawson City until he was 12, when his family moved to British Columbia. Now known as Berton House under the Writers’ Trust of Canada, it is used as a retreat for professional Canadian writers. Jack London (1876-1916), an American novelist, joined in the Klondike Gold Rush at age 21 but, like many other miners, became ill with scurvy and returned to California in 1898. The Yukon, however, became his inspiration for one of his most successful works, To Build a Fire, in 1902. Alexander Pantages (1867-1936), vaudevillian, motion picture producer and impresario, travelled to the Yukon where he became partner and lover to saloon dancer and brothel-keeper “Klondike Kate” Rockwell. Operating a small vaudeville/ burlesque, the Orpheum, the pair began building a chain of theatres and, in 1914, he married musician Lois Mendenhall. Klondike Kate sued him for a breachof-promise-to-marry and later wrote that he had stolen money from her with which he purchased the Crystal Theatre in Seattle, WA in 1902. Joseph W. Boyle (1867-1923) arrived in Dawson City in 1897 just ahead of the Gold Rush. With business ventures in utilities and supplies, he also became deeply involved in all aspects of Dawson’s community life. In 1905, he organized and managed the Dawson City Nuggets hockey team, taking them to Ottawa to play the Silver Seven to compete in the Stanley Cup

final. Unfortunately, they did not win the cup. But that was then. Today’s Dawson City is still a vision from the past. Yukon’s original capital (moved to Whitehorse in April 1953), it grew to 30,000 people by 1888, and is now a National Historic Site of Canada. Strolling along the current day streets of Dawson City, we admired the restored façades of saloons, rooming houses, blacksmith shops, general stores, banks and other businesses necessary for a community to prosper. Passing by the Dawson Gold Shop, I found a crowd gathering at the riverfront. The annual gold-panning competition was in full swing. As we watched in fascination, I discovered the victor of this competition could win a chance to travel to Scotland to compete in the World Gold Panning Championship. While at the competition, I learned about a place where we could do some panning of our own. Claim 33, just 2.5 km south of Dawson. Well, maybe on the way home as we didn’t want to get caught up with gold fever. The Downtown Hotel was the place to stop to learn more about the strange tradition of the Sourtoe Cocktail. In the 1920s, rum-runner Louie Linken encountered a nasty blizzard while trying to direct his dogsled team when he slipped into an icy overflow and froze his foot completely. With the police after them and prolonged exposure to cold, Louie was facing gangrene from frostbite. His brother did the only thing he could think of and amputated the toe, preserving it in the only thing they had, alcohol. Years later, Captain Jack Stevenson discovered the toe in an abandoned cabin

and established the Sourtoe Cocktail Club, currently on its thirteenth (donated) toe. Naturally, I just had to buy myself a shot to take the challenge. Swearing the “Sourtoe Oath,” I watched as a real (dehydrated) toe was dropped into my drink, and tossed back my shot of Yukon Jack, allowing the toe to touch my lips, remembering just in time not swallow it. Having followed all the rules, I was awarded club certificate number 72033. We reserved a table at Diamond Tooth Gertie’s Gambling Hall for our final evening. Canada’s first and most northerly casino, the building was established by the Arctic Brotherhood in 1901 as the AB Fraternity Hall. Their motto: “No Boundary Line Here.” Members included William McKinley, Warren G. Harding, King Edward VII and Theodore Roosevelt. The city of Dawson obtained the title in 1951 when it became the community hall and, in 1967, was renamed Centennial Hall for Canada’s 100th birthday. When the building was leased to the Klondike Visitors Association in 1971, it became Diamond Tooth Gertie’s and is now a mainstay of Dawson’s entertainment scene. After trying our hand at the tables, we settled in to watch the popular Cancan show and enjoy a beverage or two to rinse the residual toe out of our mouths before turning in for the night. Tomorrow, there would be many more interesting stops along the Klondike Highway. | For IF YOU GO information, visit www.

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IMPECCABLE SERVICE by HANS TAMMEMAGI I’m sitting next to a window with views of Victoria’s Inner Harbour and the stately provincial Parliament Buildings, where a statue of Queen Victoria gazes dourly through the mist and rain. Inside Fairmont Empress Hotel’s Tea Room, however, it is warm and pleasant. A piano tinkles in the background. Crystal chandeliers hang from above. And flames dance in the fireplace. Marlene Watson, my server, brings a tiered platter of attractive sandwiches, scones and pastries – I’m indulging in the renowned Empress Afternoon Tea – and explains that this month the dishes are custom designed to reflect the favourites of the British Royals. The atmosphere is elegant and comfortable. What really sets it apart, though, is the service provided by Marlene, who is knowledgeable, attentive and friendly. And little wonder, she has been at the Empress for 48 years. I’m astonished, for most companies in Victoria haven’t even been in existence that long. “I’ve continued working here because I love the ambiance,” says Marlene. “It’s so relaxing. We don’t have enough of this kind of atmosphere in North America.” As I savour an Empress cake, which features a unique chocolate developed by the executive pastry chef in a French chocolate laboratory, Leonard Lim, who works at the Tea Room counter, approaches. “Marlene mentioned that you’re interested in Victoria’s history,” he said, pulling out his phone and showing me a video of the city in 1907. Although grainy and in black and white, it is fascinating to see old trams and buildings. “I’ve been here 47 years,” he says proudly, “I’m No. 2 after Marlene.” Leaving, I’m thankful for the service, something I don’t usually think about. It was of impeccable quality and provided 42 40


in a friendly, yet confident manner. It was like an old, comfortable sweater that fit absolutely perfectly. Great service is based on experience and, astonishingly, the Empress has 153 staff – over a quarter of the total – who have worked there for more than two decades. And 16 of them have more than four decades at the hotel! Later I meet Cathy Spencer, a server in the Tea Room, who gives an impish smile and says, “I’ve worked at the Empress for 33 years because I enjoy the job, there are good benefits – while most restaurants have none – and I like the people. The Empress has been a joy, and my home for all this time.” She continues, “I’ve seen famous people including the Queen and President Bill Clinton. I served Jerry Seinfeld, who was full of smiles. When I first started, the steamship Princess Mary would unload 1,000 passengers from Seattle in the Inner Harbour and they would rush to the Empress. I worked in the Garden Café then and remember crowds straining at the gate to get in. My, we worked!” Leaving the Tea Room, I notice a man making delicate adjustments to the grand piano. Keith Allison quickly establishes his credentials. “I’m 66 years old and have been tuning here as a contractor for 41 years,” he says. “The Empress is one of the few places that cares about music, something live is playing here every day.” He describes how in times past big bands used to play here. “I have fond memories of meeting famous musicians such as Buddy Rich, Oscar Peterson and Duke Ellington.” Allison smiles and concludes, “The Empress is a good hotel to work for.” An old iconic hotel, a national historic site, staffed by mature experienced people. How appropriate, I think. Christine Willow, a human resources WWW.SENIORLIVINGMAG.COM

specialist and owner/partner at the firm of Chemistry Consulting says, “The number of long-term staff at the Empress is unusual. It’s caused not only by a healthy working environment, but also because of the age of the Empress and that Victoria is a great place to live.” She feels that other established hotels like the Ocean Point Resort and Chateau Victoria also have good employee retention. “Long-term staff is a huge positive for companies,” says Christine. Retaining employees is important. It reflects a stable work environment, which improves morale. Employee turnover costs a company money. Long-term employees have considerable knowledge of the company’s culture, and have developed excellent people skills.

ABOVE (top to bottom) | Marlene Watson, Cathy Spencer, Pam Sundher and Keith Allison have all worked at Fairmont Empress for more than 30 years. Photos: Hans Tammemagi

“Furthermore, older people are perfectly capable of working, and to a high standard,” she says. “My mother, who is 78, just began a part-time position with a major grocery store. They were delighted to have her because of her dependability and knowledge.” Back at the Empress, I meet Pam Sundher, who looks so young it’s hard to believe she’s worked here for 44 years. She’s No. 3 after Marlene and Leonard. “Everyone is like a family; we support one another in every way.” She explains why she loves her job, “There are lots of opportunities here, and the staff committee organizes great events almost every month. We’ve been kayaking, whale watching and there is a super Christmas party.” That Pam enjoys and is very good at interacting with people is shown by the several employee awards she’s won. Pam recalls some of the big names she’s met. A while ago, Pernell Robert, who played Adam in Bonanza and Trapper John, MD, came to the front desk and told Pam, who is of Indian descent, that she had a nice tan. Pam handled the situation with aplomb, answering, “Yes, my mother baked me in the oven too long.” Robert apologized, and they shared a good laugh. Another time, Pam met Angela Lansbury (of Murder She Wrote fame), who was very friendly and down to earth. As Pam and her colleagues at the Empress demonstrate, seniors can continue to work into their later years, making a significant contribution to society. Perhaps the fear that an aging demographic will cripple the economy needs re-evaluation. |


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Personal Planning Tools By Joanne Taylor


ax season is a reminder to family caregivers to check on the necessary legal authority that allows them to help a spouse, aging parent or other person they support. Many people tend to focus on estate planning and making a Will. This type of planning is for after death. It is also important to do personal planning – in case help is needed when a person is alive. Personal planning is about making legal documents in case of incapacity, for end-of-life and for other support needs. This article only discusses personal planning for financial and legal affairs. What if the person you support is not mentally capable of signing their homeowner grant on the municipal tax form? A caregiver needs legal authority to sign on the person’s behalf. Other financial matters a caregiver may have to manage include applying for the Disability Tax Credit, renewing or cancelling car insurance, redirecting the mail and/or arranging for direct bill payment of residential care fees. There are two legal documents available in BC to cover financial affairs. An Enduring Power of Attorney is the most familiar and can give the most authorities. An Enduring Power of Attorney can be “general” or

it can be limited to “specific” matters. Unlike a Power of Attorney that automatically ends if the person who made it becomes mentally incapable, an Enduring Power of Attorney will continue or endure despite mental incapability. Sometimes it is tempting to ask a legal professional to include wording that says the document only comes into effect when the person becomes mentally incapable. Although this idea seems logical, it is not helpful given the variety of circumstances that can arise. Sometimes a person is mentally capable but needs help due to a physical illness. Mental incapability is generally not an “all or nothing” situation; it can fluctuate. An Enduring Power of Attorney is most helpful when it gives general authorities and the flexibility to act in all circumstances. You must be 19 years or older and mentally competent to make this document. A lawyer or notary public can draft it. The other legal document in BC that covers some financial and legal affairs is the Representation Agreement. It is for routine finances, as outlined in section 7 of the Representation Agreement Act. Routine finances include the types of matters discussed earlier in this article, but it cannot cover dealing with real estate, business matters or lending or using the person’s money to benefit someone else. You must be 19 years or older to make a Representation Agreement with routine finances. This document has proved very helpful to family caregivers because, under section 7 of the Representation Agreement Act, a person can make it even if they cannot make an Enduring Power of Attorney or manage their own affairs. It avoids adults losing their rights and becoming a non-person under guardianship. The Nidus Personal Planning Resource Centre and Registry is a non-profit charitable organization. You can find more information and legal forms on the website of the Nidus Personal Planning Resource Centre at

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A LOVE STORY This is a love story. Not your usual love story. It is a story about the love a community can share from a distance. On a brilliantly sunny day in December, I was on Salt Spring Island, a 45-minute ferry ride from my home. My friend Laurie was with me. The island has peace and tranquility that is sometimes missing in larger urban areas. As we were headed for breakfast, I went to bounce up onto a boardwalk and caught my foot. I flipped a couple of times and ultimately landed on my back. The love begins here. Within seconds, Dan from Parks raced out of his office with a blanket and a first aid kit, telling me not to move. I wasn’t planning on it just yet. Laurie took over, driving for the rest of the day. I got home thinking it wasn’t too bad. I sort of felt fine, a little shaky, but I could overcome this. I’m tough. I wasn’t aware of how shock can protect the body. Thirtysix hours later, it hit. I could not move without groaning and moaning. It hurt – it really hurt. The lessons for me: I’m not 25 any more; my body does not bounce back as it once did; and life can change in an instant. My takeaways were to be vigilant, be aware and be present every moment. I posted a light tale of what had happened on Facebook and more love began to flow. Dozens of virtual hugs, offers of soup delivery, flowers from a neighbour, many good wishes and


lots of good advice. It went on, message after message from around the world. I truly felt surrounded by love. Days later as more people read by PAT NICHOL the original post, the love kept flowing. I am grateful for the love that can flow virtually. It doesn’t take away the pain, but it does make me feel like I am wrapped in a warm embrace. Thank you all for that. It also makes me aware that sometimes a simple gesture of love, no matter how trivial it may seem, can go a long way to making another’s road less rocky. |


On March 13th, I’ll be at the 55+ Lifestyle Show at Pearkes Recreation Centre in Victoria. If you are there, and you see me, please come and give me a real hug – and I will give one back. Pat Nichol is a speaker and published author. Connect with her at or visit Pat’s website at

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February 2018 issue of INSPIRED Senior Living magazine, BC's largest senior magazine.