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Senior Celebration Festival Report

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FEATURES 2 La Dolce Vita

Fred Colussi lives the “sweet life” in Port Alberni.

6 The Chain Gang Nanaimo cyclists advocate for safer roads for every mode of transportation.

8 The Art of Balance

Departments 10 VICTORIA’S PAST REVISITED Governor Richard Blanshard

38 TASTY TRADITIONS Fond memories and heritage recipes

46 AUTHOR Lyn Hancock

Maintaining physical balance into old age.


12 All Things Musical

4 The Family Caregiver Barbara Small

Judith McIvor lives a musical life as the leader of the Duncan Probus Choir.

26 Ask Goldie

14 Celebration!

28 Scam Alert

Annual Festival showcases activities and lifestyles for seniors.

18 Life Fully Lived

Goldie Carlow Mayo McDonough

36 Courageous & Outrageous Pat Nichol

Tony Phillips-Montgomery’s reflections on life in Always Up in the Air.

37 Bygone Treasures

20 POG

48 Just Rambling

Members of the Printmakers Only Group maintain a traditional art.

24 Something for Everyone The Juan de Fuca Senior Citizens Association offers numerous hobbies and interests to keep seniors active.

30 Senior Living Character

Michael Rice Gipp Forster

and nd... Home Support Directory 34 Crossword 39 Classifieds 42 Events 44

Retired violinist Uldis Lepmanis continues to conquer mountains.

40 Creative Play

Western Canada’s oldest art group is still going strong 98 years later.

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orn March 8, 1925, Ferruccio Colussi (a.k.a. Fred) was the third son and the fourth child in a family of 11 siblings. His birthplace, Casarsa, Northern Italy, approximately 100 km from Venice, continues to sustain itself primarily through farming and winemaking. “What I remember most is our home always being filled with people,” says Fred. “There were 14 of us altogether. My unmarried aunt and my grandfather lived under the same roof. We did not have a great deal of money, but we were fortunate that my father had a steady job as a bookkeeper and worked until over 70 years of age. We also owned land, a few cows and a horse. Although we didn’t have much, we always had food to eat and a roof over our heads.” At 18, Fred became employed as a millwright for three years during the Second World War. He avoided enlistment because of his age, too young by four months, however, after the war he was conscripted for a year. When the veterans returned, Fred lost his job as a millwright and moved to Belgium to work in the coal mines for a few years before he returned to Italy. “My older sister had already moved to Trail, B.C. and because she was willing to sponsor me, I jumped at the opportunity to begin a new life. I looked forward to steady employment and the resulting security of having a regular paycheque.” But life in Trail fell short of Fred’s expectations. Unemployed for seven months, he finally landed a job in a dry cleaning shop, earning 75 cents an hour. “I was good and ready to make a

change when I heard, through a priest I had met, about the abundance of forestry and construction jobs in Port Alberni. Four of us quit our jobs and came to Port Alberni in 1955. I still keep in touch with two of those men. One was best man at my wedding and now lives in Coquitlam. The other is a neighbour and friend to this day.” Fred worked as a labourer for 18 years at the plywood factory. He takes great pride in the fact that, at age 45, he apprenticed and received his journeyman ticket in welding. Until his retirement at 65, he was a certified welder for Alberni Plywood. He recalls the 1964 tsunami in Port Alberni. He had taken his wife and children to higher ground and returned to witness the water rolling up his street, getting ever closer, only to stop directly across the street from his home. “It was like Venice,” he says. “There was water everywhere and the houses

just up the street were [submerged]. I remember building a fire and hosting several of my neighbours to food and warmth. It was a frightening, almost surreal experience. I believe the only reason there were not deaths, as a result of the tidal wave, was the time at which it occurred.” The first wave of the tsunami hit at about 10 p.m. on a Sunday night. The second wave hit around midnight. Most people were home in bed, asleep. Families awoke surrounded by water, but lives were spared. Fred says this year’s storms were more frightening than the ’64 tsunami. “I could see and hear the swaying of the trees in my own backyard, which was an indication of the magnitude and force of the wind.” As part of an active, healthy lifestyle, Fred continues to follow some of his homeland’s traditions, including making wine, sometimes using grapes he grows



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in his bountiful garden. This award-winning winemaker enjoys the fruits of his labour in front of his fireplace stocked with wood he chops himself. His well-tended garden also offers vegetables and herbs he uses as head chef for family gatherings. To round out his days, Fred remains active in the community as a member of the Italian Club where he plays bocci ball and cards. During Saturday night dances at the Canadian Legion, he practises his dance routines. And every day, rain or shine, he ventures out for a onehour walk to keep his body limber and his mind clear. “I enjoy an active life. I gave up smoking years ago, eat a diet consisting mainly of fresh food without preservatives, and I eat with gusto! I am one of the lucky ones who has been fortunate to have had a life free of serious illness. I realize no one lives forever, and I am grateful for each day. I am happy to be able to live life with my mind and body fully functioning. It is la dolce vita – the SL sweet life!”

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Preparing for the Move to a Care Facility

reparation ahead of time can make the move from home to a long-term care facility emotionally and practically easier. As caregiver, your focus will likely be on what the move means for your family member, but it is also important to recognize the major change you will experience. Expect a broad range of emotions. These could include guilt, or possibly relief that the responsibility of care is no longer solely on your shoulders. You may even have second thoughts about your decision. These are all normal reactions. Remind yourself that it may no longer be safe for your family member to live at home and you alone may be unable to provide the care they need. If there are several family members involved in the caregiving, it is helpful to have a meeting as the process unfolds, so everyone is informed. But be prepared. The process may cause mixed emotions, even if everyone has agreed it is necessary. The person moving into the facility should also be involved in the decision-making as much as possible. Fear of the unknown can make an admission more difficult. Collect as much information as possible about the facility. If time permits, visit the facility before moving day with your loved one. Meet the staff, and possibly participate in some social activities. Make a plan for the kind of support you will need during this time. Bring a friend along on moving day or plan to have someone at home when you return so you are not alone. On the more practical side, ask the facility for information on room sizes, furnishings provided by the facility and any limitations on the type or amount of personal belongings that can be brought in. These guidelines will often be


dependent on the facility, the set-up of the room and the care your family member requires. Objects brought from home, such as photographs, favourite items and books help a person feel more comfortable in his or her new surroundings. More clothing than usual may be needed due to laundry cycles. Try to avoid clothes that require special care and ensure clothing is easy to put on and take off. Label all clothing. Some facilities have their own method for attaching labels, which remain intact during laundering. To avoid loss, also mark (with permanent ink) the following items with your family member’s name: glasses, dentures, hearing aids, canes, walkers, and wheelchairs. Review with the staff the kind of care you provided – what worked and what didn’t. Your valuable information will help the facility staff create a care plan. While the caregiving role shifts upon facility placement, caregiving does not end. Your loved one’s personal care will be provided by someone else, but you will still provide emotional support, visit, advocate for them and perhaps take them to appointments. Next month: Creating Wellness and a Balanced Life SL

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an (John) Van Beek, Dave Beer, Jim Kirby and Debby Keith have been working on The Chain Gang. Far from wearing leg irons and black-and-white stripes or doing hard time, the members of this Chain Gang dress in brightly coloured spandex (stripes optional) and pedal. And they’re hoping more people will join them! Debby, Jim, John and Dave are members of the Greater Nanaimo Cycling Coalition, a group of cyclists ranging in age from children to octogenarians. As members of The Chain Gang, they ride every Sunday, weather permitting, usually around the Nanaimo area. They never travel faster than the slowest cyclist, and no one is left behind. “We’re very social, not a bunch of racing cyclists,” says Dave. John agrees: “Midway through our ride, we stop at a pub.” Longer trips are usually scheduled in advance. The Chain Gang has taken B.C. Ferry to Horseshoe Bay, ridden along Vancouver’s John van Beek’s (front left) 90km 82nd Birthday Ride. quieter streets, lanes, trails and dikes to becoming organized and developing an advocacy group [in NanTsawwassen and then ferried back to Duke Point. The Chain Gang also carpools to favourite spots like Skutz aimo],” says John, one of the founding members. The Vancouver Falls, then cycles the Trans-Canada Trail to the Kinsol Trestle Area (VACC) and Greater Victoria (GVCC) already had cycling near Shawnigan Lake and back to Skutz Falls. A 54 km round coalitions and “we felt it was time to have one here, too.” As trip on an old, tree-lined railway grade, there is no traffic apart members of the British Columbia Cycling Coalition, they meet from pedestrians, so if they pack a lunch – even inexperienced with communities, regional districts, bus and railway companies and the Ministry of Transport advocating for cyclists. cyclists can spend a pleasant day. The GNCC advises the City of Nanaimo about cycling safety While The Chain Gang is the social arm of the GNCC, the organization has a more serious side. Founded in 1987, the GNCC issues. For example, some of Nanaimo’s streets were notoriously consisted of “a bunch of bicycle enthusiasts who saw a need for narrow in areas, such as the Quarterway Bridge on Bowen Road.




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Photo: GNCC Collection



Photo: GNCC Collection

Because of GNCC advocacy, Bowen Road and the bridge were widened. “Now there are Share the Road symbols all along there,” says Debby. The City consults GNCC about road maintenance and cycling standards. Worn and potholed shoulders don’t affect cars, but they can be fatal to cyclists. When the Nanaimo Parkway was being planned, the City wanted a multi-use trail for pedestrians and cyclists alongside it. GNCC supported that initiative, then helped push for the E&N Trail, a paved path adjacent to the railway tracks on the former CPR (now Island Corridor Foundation) right of way. Now that the ICF owns the rail lines, GNCC and communities throughout Vancouver Island are working for continuous trails, just like Nanaimo’s. John wants Canadian trains to accept bicycles the same way their European counterparts do: by putting them in a separate baggage car. Cyclists could board the train in Victoria, ride to Parksville, take the Alberni Pacific “Steam” Railway to Port Alberni, visit the National Historic Site at McLean’s Steam Sawmill, cycle to Tofino and back, then catch the train or ride along adjacent trails toward their next adventure. John also wishes Canadian bus companies would take the same attitude toward bicycles as European ones do. Then cyclists could load their bikes on a bus without first having to dismantle and box it – providing their own box – and ship it as freight. Island Coach Lines/Greyhound won’t guarantee that cargo will travel on the same bus as the passenger, or even to the same depot (Vancouver freight and passenger terminals are several blocks apart). Thanks to GNCC advocacy, city buses have bicycle carriers. Another part of GNCC’s mandate is cyclist education, much welcomed by Nanaimo’s Manager of Parks Richard Harding. He says many cyclists act like pedestrians: they ride on sidewalks, ride against the flow of traffic, and cross lanes without consideration for motor vehicles’ much longer stopping distance and drivers’ inability to see small moving objects – all this while wearing dark clothing and no helmets! RCMP Traffic Sgt. Mike Legassicke agrees. He says that although many cyclists have driv-

ers’ licences, they forget driving rules when they mount their bicycles. Some people don’t know bicycles fall under the Motor Vehicles Act and are subject to the same rules of the road. Unfortunately, there’s minimal enforcement and when cyclists do get a ticket, it’s usually after they’ve caused an accident. Since cyclists are the most vulnerable, they’re most likely to get injured, too. Both Legassicke and Harding agree that the GNCC does a fine job educating cyclists. Together with Nanaimo Parks, Recreation and Culture, GNCC cycling instructor and physiotherapist Taryn Langford teaches Can Bike, a course in how to ride in traffic and survive, how the rules of the road pertain to bikes, simple maintenance and fitting the bike to the rider’s body. Debby credits Can Bike with giving her the confidence to find her passion. Debby’s siblings have myotonia, a muscular disease that prevents them from participating in athletic activities so, like them, she’d rarely ridden a bike. “It wasn’t until I was an adult I realized I’m not physically handicapped, I’m only psychologically handicapped by being raised as though I was.” Shortly after her 40th birthday, Debby took Can Bike One. Until then, whenever something “felt scary to me, I would panic and fall over.” John says: “You should see this girl bike now.” In 2005, “this girl,” a retired social worker and Jim, a retired forestry firefighter, cycled the coast of Australia. Debby and Jim have cycled to Nelson and the Columbia Ice Fields, explored Nova Scotia, and cycle-toured the islands of Hawaii and Cuba. As this issue goes to press, they’re exploring Mexico. In 2006, John, Jim and Debby cycletoured Ireland, France and Spain, taking the pilgrims’ Santiago de Compostela trail. Later this year, they’re touring the Netherlands, John’s homeland. Debby proves anyone, not just an ex-marathoner like her partner Jim, can learn to cycle safely and well. If you long to feel sun on your face and wind in your hair, grab that dusty

old bike in the garage and come to one of the GNCC’s safe cycling classes. You may find your passion, too. For more information about the Greater Nanaimo Cycling Coalition, or safe cycling, visit: • • • • • pdf Cycling Traffic Skills Course for Adults (Nanaimo) – April 29. Learn how to ride more safely and comfortably in traffic; taught by an experienced CAN-BIKE 2 cycling instructor. Nocost workshop (9 am to noon), on-bike/ on-road training ($35, 12:30 to 5:00 pm). Do you know a child aged 10–14 who would benefit from cycling training? An all-day course is being held on Monday, April 30. Cost is $30 per student. Space is limited. Details/registration online at or by calling 250-721-2800. SL

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alance, in any area of life, is often more evident by its lack than its presence. Physical balance, effortless when young, becomes harder to maintain as one ages. People start to trip over small irregularities in the pavement; turn their heads quickly and the world spins; stand still with eyes closed and reel as though intoxicated. Restriction of physical activity for fear of falling feels safer, but it is the worst thing to do. “Use it or lose it” is as true of balance as of any other physical function. Balance comprises three sensory systems working in harmony. Proprioception receptors in muscles, tendons and joints constantly respond to movement and tension through feedback with the brain. The vestibular system in the inner ear transmits information about orientation in space, combines with proprioception to keep people upright and with vision to keep objects in focus as the head moves. These systems deteriorate with age and lack of use, and therefore require more conscious focus on balance. But these systems can be strengthened. The following are some resources available in the Victoria area that may help improve and maintain balance. Vestibular Therapy: People who suffer from dizziness, which is not related to medication, can benefit from a specialized form of physiotherapy called vestibular therapy. Physiotherapist Lorelei Lew often sees complex cases that result from accidents or neurological diseases, as well as those with dizziness caused by ear problems such as viral infections, benign positional vertigo or age-related degeneration. “With ear problems, we are mostly retraining the brain,” says Lew. “It is very satisfying because people get a lot better. With other conditions, it is a mixed bag. For some, it is teaching them how to cope, for others it is more curative – getting the dizziness down and the balance better.” Most patients with balance problems due to age-related degeneration visit Lew for about four sessions and learn exercises that help recalibrate the vestibular nerve and strengthen proprioception. During this time, patients perform exercises daily from home, then continue them three times a week in order to maintain improvement. The Royal Jubilee Geriatric Out-Patient Clinic (GOPC): This recently expanded clinic consists of a team of physiotherapists, rehabilitation assistants, nurses, social workers and an occupational therapist, who work together to keep their clients safely active and living at home. There is no charge to attend. Patients are referred to the GOPC by a geriatrician, but may also attend following referral by their physician to VIHA’s single-entry system for geriatric services. Michael Pohlmann, a GOPC physiotherapist, says that after the clinic receives the referral, patients are usually contacted within 8


a week. Patients requiring physiotherapy are given individualized exercises to improve stamina, strength and active control of their muscles, and, if necessary, receive basic vestibular therapy. They may see a physiotherapist one-on-one, join a circuit-training class or both; the schedule depends on their energy level. Patients with an active lifestyle may come to the clinic for only one visit. Inactive patients may come up to three times a week for a couple of months. “I’ll bring some seniors in for 30 minutes, maybe three times a week, before or between classes,” says Pohlmann. “We may not be exercising for all that time, but they are slowly building up their stamina. Their homework is then to do some active walking with their spouse or caregiver – but also to make sure they are resting enough.” Community-Based Activities: Both Lew and Pohlmann say that keeping physically active is crucial to maintaining balance into old age, but they stress safety. Lew suggests that people who can no longer bend from a standing position to pick items off the floor do so while sitting – provided they can do this safely. Pohlmann says some people initially resist using walkers that will enable them to safely increase their activity, but then find the added mobility opens up new opportunities. Both therapists emphasize the use of community-based activities such as walking, yoga, tai chi and exercises in a pool or gym. For those who have not been to an exercise class for years, deciding where to start can be daunting. Senior’s yoga, tai chi or exercise classes can be found in the Silver Threads’ publication, Seniors Moments. Recreation Centres provide calendars of classes, and each centre has a Recreation Co-ordinator who can help people find the best option for their needs. The Yakimovich Wellness Centre has an eight-week course, Living Actively in Your Community: Steps to Connect, starting April 3, that introduces seniors to the use of recreation centres. Dr. Elaine Gallagher, Associate Director of The Centre on Aging at UVic says, “Poor balance is the number one risk factor for falls. However, some major U.S. studies done in the 1990s on healthy seniors showed that tai chi stood out among all the other environmental things people could do, as the best exercise for preventing falls. The Taoist Tai Chi Society, a non-profit organization, holds classes to teach a set of tai chi moves and offers health recovery classes, where the emphasis is on using tai chi to improve overall health, including balance. People in this group proceed at their own pace. They are encouraged to stand as much as possible, but can also exercise while seated. Yoga also helps people improve their balance and provides other health-related benefits. Different types of yoga may vary in focus and intensity. Speak to the instructor before signing up. And always check with a physician before starting any new exercise SL program.



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VICTORIA’S Past REVISITED “N othing” may be an unfair summary of the first Governor of the colony of Vancouver’s Island’s achievements, but it comes close. He arrived with a flourish. As the two-masted H.M.S. Driver sailed into port in March 1850, there was a somewhat half-hearted gun salute. This was probably the most impressive event of his short and sour tenure. Without doubt, Richard Blanshard was deceived. Unquestionably naïve and more than a little gullible, he was born on October 19, 1817, the son of a wealthy London merchant. He graduated from Cambridge University with a master of arts degree and completed his training as a lawyer, but never took any interest in pursuing law. In fact, travel was much more to his liking and he served a term in the British Army in India. At 32, some strings were pulled on his behalf and in July 1849 he was appointed Colonial Governor of Vancouver’s Island; a posting that went wrong from the beginning. A series of delays before he set sail meant he did not assume office until almost a year later. He knew there was to be no salary, but the promise of a furnished Governor’s Mansion, together with 1,000 acres of farmland would support him comfortably.

The Man Who Did Nothing

His manner was quiet and polite, without any trace of pomposity. This was in marked contrast to the man who was his future archrival in the struggle for power, James Douglas, the Chief Factor for the Hudson’s Bay Company Fort. Blanshard, described as a “great smoker and a great sportsman,” was a thoroughly decent young man, even if a bit on the dull and melancholy side. He was no match for the conniving of those who were determined to make life difficult for him. The welcome he received was about as warm as the weather on that cold March day, with a foot of snow on the ground. No one greeted him officially, so he had to scurry around to find some reluctant representatives of the colony to listen to the proclamation announcing his appointment. As soon as it was over, they went back to work. Douglas was visibly displeased because he had wanted the job. Blanshard asked for the whereabouts of the Governor’s Mansion and was shown some ground on the corner of what are now Yates and Government Streets. His house would eventually be here, but unfortunately, there were not many skilled craftsmen and they were needed elsewhere, so the building had not yet begun. Clearly disappointed

and not even offered a room at the Fort, Blanshard had no alternative but to make his way back to the ship and install himself into the cramped quarters of the cabin he had just vacated. The ship, however, needed to make a run down the west coast for supplies. Blanshard sailed along with her, and returned accompanied by a flock of sheep and a herd of cattle. This unsatisfactory state of affairs continued for a month, after which, Douglas grudgingly gave him a room at the Fort. Here he soon discovered the ero Arch Pablo tion: a tr s truth of a Illu remark made later by Dr. John Helmcken: “Blanshard had all the authority, but Douglas had all the power.” The Governor had arrived to govern a colony with no colonists, only Hudson’s Bay Company employees, who were fiercely loyal to their autocratic Chief Factor. Douglas, encouraged by London to make the situation in the colony conducive to English immigrants, dragged his feet be-

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cause it was clearly not in his best interests to do so since he would lose the total control he enjoyed over his employees. Furthermore, the Hudson’s Bay Company was extremely powerful and well established. Humourists remarked that “HBC” really stood for “Here Before Christ.” Out of his depths and at his wits end, Blanshard made inquiries about the promised 1,000 acres of land. He received vague answers and was shocked that the land was only his to use while he was Governor, after which it would revert to the Hudson’s Bay Company. He was also told that there were no farmhands available to work the land, so it was useless to him. Blanshard was unwelcome and made to feel an interloper in a situation that worked perfectly well until he appeared. Douglas consistently ignored his suggestions and spurned his recommendations. After considerable urging by the Governor who was losing patience, the “mansion” was finally completed – all 800 square feet of it! Its four tiny rooms fell far short of expectations and were hopelessly inadequate for any civic receptions. This was the last straw. Blanshard’s money was running out, the cost of supplies at the Hudson’s Bay Store – the only store in Victoria – was pro-

hibitively high and there was neither income nor adequate housing. Blanshard threw up his hands in frustration and tendered his resignation to London on November 18, 1850, after only seven months in office. But the Colonial Office was in no hurry to accept it. While awaiting his answer, he was suddenly propelled into a flurry of excitement over a coal mining dispute at Fort Rupert on the northern tip of the Island. The mines, along with every other business, belonged to the Hudson’s Bay Company. Miners were leaving to venture to the goldfields in California and disputes escalated; natives murdered two miners. Blanshard hurried to the scene and dealt poorly with the matter, destroying a whole native village and summarily executing those he assumed were the offenders. When he returned to Victoria, he found a growing restlessness among the settlers tired of the James Douglas’ autocratic methods. Realizing Blanshard had issues with Douglas, the disgruntled settlers recruited him as a powerful ally. The situation between the two men became bitter and all Blanshard wanted was to go home. His health was failing. He developed tic douloureux and had recurring bouts of malaria.

Blanshard’s inconspicuous career as Governor was fraught with errors and miscalculations and so too was the street named after him. A surveyor’s error resulted in two segments of the street not jibing correctly at the intersection with Pandora Avenue. Originally, there was an awkward jog in the road until subsequent planners turned the blunder into a sweeping curve. Finally in September 1851, he received word from London that his resignation was accepted and he took the first available ship back to England. He carried with him the petitions of the unhappy residents, together with blistering reports he had written, attacking the Hudson’s Bay Company, in general, and James Douglas, in particular. The reports were carefully documented and persuasive and left no doubt that, in his opinion, the current state of affairs where Douglas operated, as a virtual dictator, could not be allowed to continue. But his words fell on deaf ears. The next Governor appointed by the Colonial Office was James Douglas. SL

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hen she was 12 years old, Judith McIvor heard a high school choir sing so beautifully it sent shivers down her spine. “It became a dream of mine to be in a choir like that or to lead such a choir,” she says. Now, as the soaring voices of 14 female members of The Probus Choir join in a practice session, Judith realizes her dream has come true. Growing up with music all around her, Judith spent her early years in Vancouver and later in Nelson. “My dad was my mentor and kept me at it; he’d sit beside me while I practised the piano,” she says. Judith’s father was a choir leader, and Judith belonged to two choirs. She later spent some time at the Banff School

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the musical styles of the Courtenay Evergreen Choristers, the Swingin Strings Ukulele Band and the Pension-Aires Barbershop Quartet (to name only a few of the performance groups in attendance), visitors of all ages found themselves thoroughly entertained. Between pauses in the stage performance, many festival attendees took time to enjoy a snack and peruse the exhibition booths. On hand to visit with guests were characters profiled in past issues of Senior Living magazine. Everyone from authors, to musicians, to actors and performers were readily available. As well, a number of vendors, craftspeople, travel agents and seniors housing and care providers presented colourful products, banners, displays and information kits. For many festival attendees the great variety of activities and people to see made for a busy day. “My daughter told me about the festival,” said Hanni Iaonnides, festival visitor. “I feel I have only just got here, and it is already about to wrap up. There is a lot of information here. I didn’t realize there would be so many interesting things to X

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nformation, music, dancing and laughter marked the 2nd Annual Senior Celebration Festival. Hosted March 9 at the Pearkes Recreation Centre in Victoria by Senior Living magazine, the Festival showcased a variety of activities and lifestyle options available for those 55 plus. Artists, musicians, craftspeople, social clubs, community organizations and seniors’ service providers were on hand to share talents, information and resources available in the local senior community. Over 100 exhibits and a dozen performance groups kept over 2,500 visitors informed, inspired and entertained. Senior Living columnist and motivational speaker Pat Nichol amused visitors and kept the performance stage on time, as Master of Ceremonies. “The great thing about the performances we’ve seen here today,” said Nichol, “is that there has been something here every one of us can relate to.” From dance performances by the Monterey Tappers, the Silver Senioritas and the Victoria Ballroom Dance Society, to

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First, all the talented performers who gave voluntarily of their time to provide a full day of enjoyable entertainment. We would also like to express our gratitude to the following businesses who contributed in a variety of ways: The Municipality of Saanich, CFAX Radio, Times Colonist, Island Displays, BC Ferries, Pacific Audio Works, Tom Lee Music, St. John Ambulance, Kettle Catering, A&W, Swiss Chalet, Kelsey’s Restaurant, Seattle Clipper, Tillicum Mall, Coast Hotels, CH TV, Shaw Cable, A Channel, News Group, Greater Victoria Eldercare Foundation, Berwick Retirement Communities and Attractions Magazine. Thank you to Master of Ceremonies Pat Nichol. A big thanks to all the volunteers, especially Gail Fattore and Karen Brantley for doing such an excellent job of running the administrative and information booth. Thanks also to Saanich Volunteer Services for providing a number of volunteers to help us out. Thank you to Bill Cove for organizing all the buses from North Island. Also Linda Moore of Campbell River Parks & Recreation, Taim Rose of Port Alberni Echo Sunshine Club, Sheila Jackson of Qualicum Seniors and Edna Hahn of Parksville Happy Wanderers Travel for their assistance with organizing and filling the buses.

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see. This event is very important. Not all seniors get the chance to get out, to find out all this information. Here, everything is all in one place. The information is easy to access, and people are so friendly.” Guests to the festival travelled from as far north as Campbell River to partake in the celebration activities. Douglas and Audrey Best caught a bus from Nanaimo for the event. “We saw the show advertised in the magazine and thought we would come see what it was all about,” said Audrey. “We’ve collected a whole bag of information about seniors’ activities. We’re mostly interested in information about seniors travel groups, and we were able to find a lot of information here.” Frank Pernigoni and his wife came from Cobble Hill to check out the festivities. “It’s nice to get out, and go for a stroll,” said Frank. “I’m enjoying the music and entertainment. It’s nice also to see what people my own age are doing, and nice as well to meet some younger people. Meeting them helps to make sure I don’t get fossilized!” Robert Law, activity coordinator at Photo: Starr Munro


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Glengarry Hospital used the Senior Celebration Festival as an opportunity to organize a special residents outing. Sitting in the performance area enjoying the entertainment, Robert smiled and clapped as the Vancouver Island Scottish Country Dance Society performers wrapped up their final number. “This is the first time I’ve come to this event. Not only are the residents with me enjoying the exhibits and entertainment, but [also] they are here meeting people and friends that some of them haven’t had the chance to see in a while,” said Robert. “And as an activity co-ordinator, this event is a great opportunity as well for me to see what activities are out there that might be of interest to seniors.” Networking and meeting new people was as much an important part of the Seniors Celebration Festival for the exhibitors as it was for the guests. “I’m truly amazed at how much there is out there in terms of a senior’s community,” said newly published author Ken Merkley. “When you retire it is definitely not the end of life. As an author, I’m sitting here with other authors not only selling our books but, even more importantly, sharing ideas about printing and publishing and our experience as authors.” “This festival is so wonderful,” said exhibitor Joyce Sandilands. “The diversity of it, so many people to talk to. We’ve had so many people coming to our booth to chat that I haven’t had much chance to get out to all the great displays, myself. I’m a big fan of Senior Living magazine, and this festival, it sums up and brings to life the essence of the magazine. The amazing stories of seniors are magnified at a show like SL this.”



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Already experienced in the art of printmaking, Edie nonetheless joined the other three POG originals in 1974 to take a twoyear course at Malaspina College. By comparison, fellow POG founder, Lynn, was still learning printmaking basics from her good friend Beverlee. Inspired, both Lynn and Jim bought their own presses. “Jim took off and really found his niche,” says Lynn, “that’s all he does now.” Jim’s recent exposure to Mexican culture, history, society and scenery has influenced his subject matter, as depicted in the fascinating and startling image “The Day of the Dead.” As for Beverlee, she is known for her Vancouver Island miniatures, a series of tiny etchings of Island landmarks. She loves to create with paint, paper, wood, metal, fabric and/or furniture, but returns to printmaking because of its limitless possibilities. Being a member of POG “keeps the interest going because you are with fellow printmakers and share the enthusiasm,” she says. “We like working in the different mediums, and the more experienced members share their expertise with the others.” As well, guest teachers are often brought in, and workshops offered, so members can expand their skills and knowledge. All agree printmaking demands precision, dedication, strength, creativity, engineering skills and a great deal of patience. Not the least of which is handling heavy-duty equipment. Presses, for example, demand strength to operate and serious money to purchase. While some members have their own presses, POG has equipment available to all members, as they say, “equipment is so expensive that people have to get together in groups to maintain it



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seamstresses in Kristine Parker’s quilting class. Up to 15 members at a time come to donate their expertise to produce two quilts a year. One quilt goes to a charity of their choice; the other is donated to a Christmas raffle near the end of the year. Kristine began volunteering at the Centre three years before she was old enough to become a member. Membership starts at 55. While the seamstresses donate their quilts to a raffle, a knitting group makes teddy bears to send to foreign countries for children who don’t have toys. Next to the library, Dianne Davey and her kitchen volunteers organize nourishing lunches at a reasonable price. On the regular lunch menu, homemade soup (two choices) and a half sandwich (three choices) costs a dollar and a half. A salad plate is $3. The prices of other dishes vary. Every month at the Centre, there are opportunities to socialize. And every day, there’s a chance to learn a new hobby or make a new friend. For more information about the Juan de Fuca Senior Citizens Association, or to become a member, visit the Centre at 1767 Island Highway. Pick up an Expressions newsletter to see what’s available, or call them at 474-8618 Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m. and 6 SL p.m.–10 p.m.

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wedding anniversary and, as you can imagine, was a terrible shock. Our children have successful lives, but live out of the country. We are always in contact, but seldom visit. BY GOLDIE CARLOW, M.ED I feel very alone now without a family here. Dear Goldie: My life was always so involved with I am a widower in my 70s. My wife my home and, until retirement, a teachdied of cancer 10 years ago. She was an ing career. Suddenly life seems over. invalid for a year, and I am glad I could I enjoy reading your column. What do care for her. She was a wonderful wife. We you suggest for my period of life? B.N. never had children. Since my wife’s death, I have only as- Dear B.N.: sociated with male friends, most of them I am sorry to hear about the loss of veterans like me. We usually go to danc- your husband. es at the Legion on Saturday nights, and In this era of super communication, I always have a good time dancing. I am you must enjoy the contact with your teased about never having a steady partner, children who live so far away. Family is but I enjoy dancing with all the ladies. so important in our lives. A few weeks ago, I met a lady in her When you used the words “period of 50s and she seems to like me. She’s a good life,” I knew you must realize the trandancer and very friendly. My friends think sitions we experience throughout our I should ask her to be my girlfriend, but lives. In spite of all our knowledge of I’m not too sure. I had a good marriage and aging, we seem little prepared for the like to keep my wife as a fond memory. I losses and changes. In my later years, I don’t mind being single, and I don’t want am convinced this may be the result of to mess up my life. What do you think? not allowing ourselves time for grieving L.P. the deaths of loved ones.


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Dear L.P.: Well, you do seem to be in a dilemma, but I get the feeling it is one sponsored by your friends. It sounds like you really loved your wife and appreciated your marriage. However, that is in the past, and now you are free to choose another partner, if you want. You give the impression it is your friends who want to do the matchmaking but, as far as you are concerned, you are happy to remain single, have no attachment and enjoy dancing with all the ladies! You have to decide what is best for you. Your friends may mean well, but they may also unintentionally get you involved in an unhappy situation. Only you can decide on your future. Good luck with your decision. Dear Goldie: My husband passed away a year ago at age 65. It happened suddenly on our 32nd 26

As a spouse and parent, we usually have a close, loving connection over decades. We are so busy on a daily basis that we give little thought to death and separation. When death strikes suddenly, we experience a sense of overwhelming loss, grief and even unfairness. At the same time, well-meaning family and friends remind us that “life must go on” and “keep your chin up,” as if you were performing and it was time to exit from the stage. Death is loss and you have a right to express your grief. How you express it may determine the length of the grieving period. Instead of burying your feelings, keep them out in the open – crying when you feel sad and laughing aloud at wonderful memories. Talk about your husband. Memories act as a tremendous healer and, eventually, become a source of insight and wisdom about the journey of life.

Your life is not over. You are young enough to begin new endeavours. I imagine you have a few grandchildren to interest you, as well. Just remember that grief is not something to “get over,” but a time to express love and to remember. Dear Goldie: I have just signed on for a subscription to Senior Living. Your column was indeed one of the PLUSES! In the February issue, you published a short note from L.S. (Victoria?) regarding previous frustrations of P.T. and T.K. I quote: “Hopefully something can be done to get people together in the ParksvilleQualicum area.” I am writing to suggest a couple of contacts could be made in the Parksville-Qualicum Beach area, to explore the possibility of a seniors’ singles group, for mutual enrichment and social get-togethers – on a small scale, to begin. Larger groups, like the PGUSA Singles (100 members), have their disadvantages, especially for shy singles. Well, I stand ready to help. I host potluck dinners at my home, love to dance, etc. Please contact me at G.C. Dear G.C.: Thank you for offering to start a social group in your area. I am sure your e-mail will be overflowing. Hopefully someone in the Victoria area will follow your example. Character references are necessary for the safety of group members. Best of luck. SL SENIOR PEER COUNSELLING CENTRES Victoria (250)382-4331 Duncan (250)748-2133 Nanaimo (250)754-3331 Sidney (250)655-4402 Courtenay/Comox (250)334-9917 Salt Spring Island (250)537-4607 Port Hardy (250)949-5110

Goldie Carlow is a retired registered nurse, clinical counsellor and senior peer counselling trainer. E-mail questions or comments to or send a letter to Senior Living, 153, 1581-H Hillside Ave., Victoria, BC V8T 2C1.



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Senior Discounts and Special Offers

Businesses and Organizations offering Senior Discounts and Special Offers to Readership Club members



Visit and click on Readership Club for discount details and web links to these businesses and organizations.







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This month is the launch of the Senior Living Readership Club. With your FREE membership card, you can visit any of the businesses registered on the Senior Living Readership Club website and qualify for the special discount or offer listed. SIGNAT


To get your card, just fill in the application form below and mail to the address at the bottom of the form. Check this website frequently for new businesses to be added weekly. Over the coming months, expect a steady increase of registering businesses as word spreads about this opportunity.


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2046-B Keating Cross Road, Victoria (250)544-4999 15% off all birdbaths until May 30/07. Visit our retail display yard to see our extensive selection of fountains, benches, planters, statues, and more. Check out our on-line catalogue.

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Shimmer Jewellery 4th Floor, Yarrow Building, 406 - 645 Fort St., Victoria (250)380-1333 Bring in two jewellery items and we will professionally polish, clean, and check them free of charge (offer limited to twice/yr per customer and does not apply to costume jewellery). 10% Discount on repairs and merchandise

Sunrise Senior Living 920 Humbolt St., Victoria (250)383-1366 You are invited to come for a tour of our home and enjoy a complimentary lunch for you and a guest. If you are interested, please call today and ask for Shelly or Christa. For more info, visit our website.

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pring is the time of year many seniors consider “age-friendly” modifications to their homes. To help generate renovation ideas, a number of home and garden shows across Vancouver Island use the season to showcase innovations in landscaping and renovation paraphernalia. But before jumping into any project, the BBB recommends taking the time to consider the following tips to ensure the project is completed to satisfaction:

of similar quality. Don’t assess based on cost alone. If one version of a bathtub is considerably cheaper than another, find out why. Many high-end products are made of more durable materials and often come with labour and service warranties.

Some questions to consider: • What end result do I require? • How fast do I want or need this project completed? • What are my priorities? What needs to be done first? • How much can I afford?

2. Know who you are dealing with: Once you have a good idea of the type of changes you want, the basic costs associated with them, and an idea of the type of contractor who can best complete the project, get some contractors/companies to provide written estimates on the project. Provide each company or contractor with the same specific criteria of what you want. Ask them to outline in writing explicit details pertaining to product and labour costs associated with the project. Also, get the following information in writing whenever possible: • Name, address, phone number • Estimated project start and end dates • Will they provide a written contract? • Name of two customer references • Do they have WCB and liability insurance? How much is the coverage? • What warranties do they offer? • What would be the payment schedule? • Who will arrange necessary permits?

Spending time thinking about what you want and researching what is available will help you make the right choices for you. Comparison shopping will give you an idea of what options are available. But be sure to compare apples to apples. For example, if you are looking to install a new bathtub or shower, there are a number of different products available at a wide range of prices. When comparing products, make sure they’re

The BBB recommends a minimum of three estimates, and possibly more if the first three estimates vary significantly. The BBB has a database of member and non-member companies that provide a wide range of contracting services. Be sure to look up the BBB Reliability Reports of each company that provides an estimate. Be aware that many contractors charge a service fee to provide a quote. Ask in advance what the service

1. Know what you want: Before hiring a contractor to rip apart your bathroom to install handrails, bathtub lifts or to make the space wheelchair friendly, take the time to think about what renovations, modifications or changes to your home you really need and want. Research available products and services, how much they cost and what suits your budget and needs in the existing space. Write down your thoughts and draw out the project on paper.


charge is. Once you have the estimates, compare them. Keep in mind the best proposal may not be the lowest price. Once you’ve chosen the best contractor or company for your job, ask them to provide a written contract (that you both sign), which includes all the same information you would have collected when getting an estimate. Check with the Home Builders Association for sample contracts. 3. Follow the work progress: Check in regularly to see if the project is on target and in-line with your contract agreement. If you are uncomfortable or unable to oversee the project, consider finding a friend, advocate or even hiring a general contractor to help you work on your project. By partnering with someone who can help you through the decision making process, you can reduce the chances of making the wrong choice, if you’re feeling under pressure. By carefully planning your home modification project, taking the time to do the necessary research, ensuring you get a written contract from a trustworthy business and by following through on the work progress, you will improve your chances of achieving contracting satisfaction this spring. SL

Mayo McDonough is the Executive Director of the Better Business Bureau of Vancouver Island. If you believe you have been the target or victim of a scam, please call the Better Business Bureau Vancouver Island at 386-6348 in Greater Victoria or at 1-877-826-4222 elsewhere on the Island, so others can benefit from your experience. E-mail



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CSA’s realize that “A life well lived deserves professionals well trained!� People First. Products Second. Seniors ALWAYS.

When you choose a professional who has earned the CSA designation, you can rest assured that you are working with someone who has committed to addressing the issues that are important to you. You are to be treated with respect, honesty and understanding. This is a relationship you can trust, and a referral you can make with confidence.

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fter 38 illustrious years as principal second violinist for the Victoria Symphony, Uldis Lepmanis, 73, is enjoying his first year of retirement. But retirement hasn’t slowed him down. While Uldis’ next adventure doesn’t include a trip to the North Pole, “which I’m getting a little bit old for,” he chuckles, he does want to study nature and biology and climb mountains for as long as he can; something he has enjoyed ever since he encountered the majesty of the Alps as a young boy. “I fell in love with mountains when I first saw them,” he says. “It was a second spiritual awakening for me.” The first was music. Conquering mountains, both literal and figurative, the one Uldis has climbed the most is Mount Angeles, which is the highest summit (6,454 feet) between Hurricane Ridge and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. “An unbelievable view,” says Uldis. “The last 100 feet is a scramble – you need to have the right handhold and foothold or you could fall a 1,000 feet. I’ve climbed it 11 times now.” Growing up in Latvia, Uldis experienced the country’s violent and tumultuous history under the occupation of Hitler followed by Stalin’s regime. He remembers, at age 12, the day his family decided to leave. “We had ‘enjoyed’ Stalin’s regime for a whole year and we didn’t want to go through another. We left on October 11, 1944. We were on a very crowded train and we could hear the fighting on the Russian front, just five miles behind us as we left.” While he witnessed the violence of war firsthand as a child, he remained, in many ways, untouched by its horror. With a boyish smile that lights up his face, he talks about his two greatest passions: music and nature. And while he left the bloodshed of his homeland far behind, he inherited his people’s love of nature. 30


“We had a naturalistic religion that worshipped the earth,” he says with pride. “I believe the original Latvian nature-based religion was very much like the American Indian’s beliefs that [honour] the spirit existing in the trees and animals.” From Latvia, Uldis and his family travelled to Gdynia, Poland and, finally, to a Latvian camp in Austria. Young Uldis was allowed to forge his own way in life. His parents never forced him to take music lessons, even though both were professional violinists in the Riga Symphony Orchestra. When his family ended up in a Latvian camp in war-torn Austria, with long waits between jobs, Uldis’ father encouraged his son’s interest in the violin when he picked up his father’s instrument to try it one day. “I took to it like a duck to water and it became the most important thing in my life,” beams Uldis. “I practised on my father’s violin and I have it to this day.” Uldis’ father dreamt of going to America, as his older sister had done. So the family applied to emigrate. When the paperwork was nearly completed, he died suddenly from meningitis at age 42. “I remember my youngest sister was five months old and I was 16. My mother had to apply all over again and we waited another two and a half years for the slow wheels of bureaucracy to turn.” All the while, Uldis constantly practised his violin. “My father was the more inspiring teacher, and my mother was more of a disciplinarian. And I enjoyed it. I always had the violin on my neck.” Finally, in 1949, the family sailed into Boston harbour, and then caught a train to New York. “I recall sailing into the Boston harbour and getting pooped on by a seagull,” jokes Uldis. “I was ready to call it quits on America right then.” The incident may have been a premonition for how he would come to feel about his new home. At first, he was thrilled having Photo: Mathieu Powell


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never seen anything like the Empire State building, Carnegie Hall or the old Metropolitan Opera House. “I had some wonderful experiences there – being accepted at Julliard, getting married to my first wife, but I got really sick of New York City. It’s such a cesspool,” says Uldis. “It has the greatest things in the world and the most disgusting things in the world. It’s like life, but all mixed together – a monstrosity; I had to get out of there.” So he and his wife moved to New Orleans, where they lived for 11 years before moving to Dallas. Uldis escaped the draft for the Korean and Vietnam War through fortuitous technicalities, plus the strong resolve of a peaceful man who never wanted to see another war. Eventually, the couple decided they had had enough of America, and they set out to fulfill their dream of moving to Canada. It happened in 1968. “More land and less people,” he says. “Even if people were just as bad, at least there were fewer of them. And plenty of new mountains to climb.” Senior Living Characters is collaboration between Embrace Aging Radio and Senior Living magazine. Four times a year when there is a fifth Thursday in a month, a “character” is featured in Senior Living magazine and on the Embrace Aging Radio show in conversation. Embrace Aging Radio can be found on CFUV at 101.9 FM, 104.3 Cable or via audio streaming on the Internet at SL

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 Activies & much more Suites Available Now Call today for a viewing appointment (250) 383–0414

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If you are adept at closing sales, providing reliable service to clients, and understand how to create effective print ad campaigns for businesses, this opportunity may be for you. We are looking for one dedicated, experienced, reliable sales rep to add to our Victoria sales team. An excellent rapport in the business community is essential. Must be able to work ahead of deadline. If you view commission sales as a positive challenge, and would like an opportunity to work with a company that has great growth potential, please send details about your experience and capabilities to

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Forwarding e-mail, No >>> about it!


’m often asked, “How do I forward an email without including all the sender information and those >>> things?” The answer is simple: Highlight, Delete, Find and Replace. When you forward e-mail, the body of the e-mail will hold all the sender information that’s been passed along. Simply highlight and delete that sender information to get rid of it. Here’s how: HIGHLIGHT Click your mouse at the very end of the text you want to delete. Hold down the Left-click button and drag the cursor up and over everything you want to disappear. When done, release the button. It will look something like this. There are lots of ways to delete highlighted material: just hit the Delete key on your keyboard, or Right-click and slide your mouse up to “Cut,” Left-click. Or, go to “Edit” at the top of your screen and select “Cut” from there. FIND AND REPLACE To get rid of all those annoying >>> marks, the e-mail you are forwarding should be open. At the top of your screen is the Edit button (beside File). Left-click on Edit. Near the bottom of the drop-down list is “Find.” Leftclick on Find. A window will open, and a cursor will blink in the “find” box. Type the > key in it. (On your keyboard, > is below the L. Use the shift key.) Now look for the “Replace” window, also under the Edit drop-down menu. Using your mouse, place the cursor in the box marked “Replace with.” Don’t type anything in it. You will see an option that says, “Replace All.” Left-click on it. Just like that, >>> are gone, and you’re ready to send a much cleaner looking piece of mail. Louise Latremouille is the author of My Parents First Computer and Internet Guide. Available at bookstores or Proceeds fund cancer research.

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THINK. FEEL. DRIVE Financing programs available through GMAC on approved credit. Offer of 1.9% financing for 24 months is available on all 2007 Impreza models. Example: $20,000 financed at 1.9% equals $849.92/mo for 24 months. Total interest paid is $398.08. Model shown is the Impreza 2.5i wagon (7G1 RS) with MSRP of $24,990 including freight and PDI. Administration fee, license, insurance, taxes, PPSA and registration are extra. Down payment or equivalent trade-in may be required. Accessories offer available at participating dealers only and is not applicable to Impreza WRX or STi models. Dealers may sell for less. Finance and accessories programs expire March 31, 2007. Visit for more details.

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Courageous Outrageous There are no wrong turns. Only wrong thinking on the turns our life has taken. –Zen saying


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hat is on your Lifetime To-Do List? And why are you waiting to do it? On television, there is a commercial about a couple taking a trip to China. It ends with, “Crossing off number six on your lifetime to-do list – priceless.” What’s on your to-do list? Have you done most of the things you wanted to do with your life? Or are you drifting from day to day? I’ve said it before: “Don’t die with your music unsung.” Recently, this sentiment was driven home on a personal level. My husband and I were working


out at the gym when he collapsed. After an ambulance ride, and every imaginable medical test, he was sent home. “Fine,” according to the doctors. Or rather, “we can’t find anything wrong.” If any experience solidifies the thought that all we have is this moment, this certainly did it for us. Don’t wait until the sun is shining to take that walk. We live in a beautiful place – year-round. Don’t wait for an invitation to visit an old friend, they may not be around when you are ready. Don’t wait for the ideal circumstance to cross off those items on your Lifetime To-Do List. Don’t put off that trip to Amalfi or to see the kids in Toronto. Our world holds magic, but we have to venture out there to experience it. We won’t get any younger. Don’t save travel points until you have to be wheeled around your dream vacation. Recently, I received an e-mail from Rick & Ruth Anne who run a B&B on

Saltspring Island. They are about to cross off five of those Lifetime To-Do List items in one go. They are sailing from Tahiti through the islands of Bora Bora, Robinson Crusoe to the Galapagos, Machu Picchu, then to Costa Rica and home. I was drooling all over my keyboard while I read the itinerary. Make a list of the 10 things you MUST DO before you die. They don’t have to be huge. Have you walked a labyrinth? You don’t even have to leave your city limits. Have you taken a hot-air balloon ride? If these don’t appeal to you, find your own excitement. Live Wonderfully. So what is on YOUR Lifetime ToDo list? Share those ideas with me and the rest of the readers. Let’s get SL busy! Pat Nichol is a speaker and published author. She makes her home in Victoria, but travels the world. She can be reached at



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other’s dressing table is an old-fashioned piece of furniture, bought second-hand when we arrived from Wales in the ‘50s. Along with a photo of Dad from the War years, its small surface was once covered with fascinating trinkets – a brush and comb set, little scent bottles and other sundries that were a mystery to an inquisitive little boy. A generation earlier, my grandmother had the same items on her dressing table plus other objects, once indispensable, but later just decorative as years passed and fashions changed. Just as large floral hats were the rage in Edwardian times, so were hatpins. A common sight was a holder on the dresser, well porcupined with pins, some made of jet black glass for mourning occasions, but mostly ornate displaying rhinestones or seed pearls, semi-precious stones or intricate metalwork. Hatpins are a personal favourite to collect since such an enormous range exists. The head of a pin may appear to be glass but could actually be amethyst or citrine; both types interest collectors. Even pins made with Alaska black diamond, rhinestones, ruby glass, turquoise or mother-of-pearl have value. English hatpins were often made from nine carat gold, which resembles brass, so it’s worth having them checked. (Values are modest for plain pins made from base metal, but pins with large glass or jewelled heads range from $30 to over $100 apiece. A small English gold hatpin with a weight of only four grams is valued at $35 for the gold alone). Also in demand, tall and ceramic hatpin holders, which often resemble a salt shaker gone wild. Look for pieces marked Limoges, or holders with pretty hand painted flowers done in Victorian style. If you visit flea markets or antique malls, you may have seen a variety of buttonhooks for sale. Many garments (some of them unmentionable here!), and even shoes, were once fastened by slipping tiny loops over equally tiny buttons, an almost impossible task for fingers, no matter how slim and feminine. Enter the buttonhook, with its handle of French ivory, bone, faux amber or silver, often part of a dresser set, or an advertising premium given away with a printed message encouraging return to a shop for future purchases. Buttonhooks are a popular collectible, though the growth of the Internet has brought many onto the market, keeping values low. (All-metal buttonhooks given away by shoe stores range in value from $5 to $15, while ornate examples with sterling silver handles can bring $20 to $30). People still use powder compacts, but the older ones are a reflection of their times. The swirled floral designs of Art Nouveau gave way to the zigzag machined look of Art Deco, and these in turn were replaced by plainer styles used during the war and afterwards. (Values of compacts vary from low for plain to substantially more for ornate designs or shapes, those with inlays or those made of precious metal. To have value, they must open

easily and have an intact mirror, free of black spots. Having the original applicator pads is a nice touch, but any remaining powder has done its duty and should be carefully removed). One bottle on mother’s dresser, “toilet water,” smelled much nicer than the label suggested when I worked up enough courage to take the top off. Perfume and scent bottles fall into the collectible ranks, particularly if they are ornate and French in origin. A basic vanity or dresser set could contain a hand mirror, a hairbrush, one or more combs of different sizes, a buttonhook, a shoehorn, a trinket box, small scissors, nail files, a nail buff, a clothes brush and a whole range of powder and cosmetic jars. Pieces could be enamelled or made from celluloid, polished wood, plated metal or sterling silver. The more pieces in good condition, equals more desirability to the collector. Items that are hallmarked or stamped “sterling” frequently have only a thin layer of silver over a base metal core. Sadly, when silver prices were high, many of these were dismantled, the silver crushed for melting and the rest discarded and lost forever. Mother’s old dressing table is still in the family, now in her great-grandchild’s bedroom, and over the coming years I expect it will see all the excitement of a first date and will be covered with photos and little treasures that are new memories in the making. Next time – A look at cowboys of the Silver Screen, and some thoughts on downsizing old accumulations. Comments and suggestions for future columns are welcome, and can be sent to Michael Rice at Box 86, Saanichton, SL BC V8M 2C3 or via e-mail to

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n my recipe book, I found a tattered, yellowed piece of folded paper. On it is written, in faded pencil, one of my mother’s recipes: Welsh Cakes. Because my father was from Wales, this recipe was a favourite in our house. I can still remember coming home from school on Mondays, with the sweet aroma of baking greeting me and a pan full of these mouth-watering delicious little cakes on the counter. My mother died of cancer when she was only 53, but she left me a legacy of wonderful memories including some of her recipes, like this one, which I used to bake for my own family.

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“There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun.” -Pablo Picasso


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n 1909, a small group of art enthusiasts – among them Emily Carr – decided to form an arts society as a wake-up call to inspire a community seemingly uninterested in the arts. They called it the Island Arts Club. Today, Canada’s oldest art group west of Ontario, now called the Victoria Sketch Club, celebrates 98 years of unbroken activity. For nearly a century, the artists have gathered weekly to paint and sketch either local scenes outdoors, or live models and still life indoors. This week, it’s van Gogh who inspires them, and Phyllis Albone’s turn to bring the still-life set up. Phyllis became a member of the Club in 2002. Dressed in a pink smock stained and smeared with acrylic, she sets up her display of yellow flowers and a fan, which members will paint with their own interpretation of Van Gogh’s style. Phyllis used to work with watercolours, inks and collage, but has found inspiration in acrylics. “During the past four years, I have enjoyed the freedom and challenge of creative art using acrylic paints and inks, and either acrylic is a filthy job or I am just a messy painter,” she laughs. Victoria Sketch Club President Barbara Lover says the club is made up of members of all ages. Taking pride in its long history, the club welcomes new members to maintain tradition and

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COLLECTOR SEEKING vintage/collectable cameras, binoculars and microscopes. Nikon, Leica, Contax, Rolleiflex, Zeiss, Canon, etc. Mike (250)383-6456 or e-mail:

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MID-ISLAND WIDOW, 74, petite, slim, active, seeks single man, educated (university) & cultured, with interest in country living, nature, literature, world affairs, etc., for committed relationship. File 102 (c/o Senior Living).

JIM’S HOME CLEANING. Mature. Attention to detail. Flexible. Respectful. Uses environmentally friendly solutions. One hour minimum. $20/hr. References provided. 995-3084.

McMorran’s Beach House BANQUET SERVICE STAFF F/T Physically Fit and Vibrant Seniors Are encouraged to apply. 2 salary positions average annual hours 28 hrs/week, also P/T. 2 hourly positions average annual hours 16 hrs/week. Hours range weekly from about 12 to 40 hrs depending on the period in both postings. Candidates must enjoy working in banquet system team environment, preferably have banquet service experience, be physically fit and able to set up tables and equipment, carry banquet trays of 8 settings, be available for day and evening shifts. There is limited public transportation. As we cannot provide seniors our extended health package; in place of that we would provide a cab voucher for $10 to assist in getting home to any senior working after public transporation. Please mail your resume or summary to Wallace McMorran, 5109 Cordova Bay Rd., Victoria V8Y 2K1 or email to by April 10th.

ATTRACTIVE, HONEST WIDOW early 60s likes gardening, walking, small trips, seeks sincere, honest gentleman for friendship. 479-5691.

WANTED: OLD POSTCARDS, stamp accumulations, and pre-1950 stamped envelopes. Also buying old coins, medals and badges. Please call Michael 6529412 or e-mail LOVING GRANNIES NEEDED - local Victoria babysitting service requires Mature women to go into families homes to care for their children. Grannies who love children, are creative and energetic are a perfect fit! We have on call, permanent and part-time jobs available. For more info call 516-5004. OLD MAGAZINES WANTED. 1900-1950. Cash paid. Most kinds wanted. Please call 743-8343 (Mill Bay). HAIRSTYLIST has a private and comfortable studio in her Sidney home. Christine offers a full, professional service. Special senior rates. Please call 882-4247. PLAY FOR PLEASURE piano lessons for beginners. Never too late with the right teacher! Call Elizabeth at 658-0246. FREE ON REQUEST a list of 100 Vancouver Island mineral deposits with locations and mineralogical data. Send SASE to Walter Guppy, Suite 214A – 4646 Headquarters Rd., Courtenay V9N 7J3 VACATION FUN for “Kids� of all Ages! CustomizedInclusive-Escorted from Victoria. Call about “Young at Heart Travel Club� events. Carole J. Farley 250896-2109. Certified Senior Advisor, Group Vacation “Fun� Specialist. MyTravel 382-3121 or 1-800-297-7723. MUSIC LESSONS NOW! Piano, voice, guitar, violin, woodwinds. Experienced, patient instructors. Instrument rentals & sales, free delivery. Sidney Musicworks 656-1900. 9773 Fifth St., Sidney. THE BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU of Vancouver Island is located at 220 - 1175 Cook Street, Victoria BC V8V 4A1. Toll-free phone line for Up-Island 1-877-




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A massive retrospective of the “father of modern sculpture” and creator of The Thinker, The Kiss and The Burghers of Calais at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria for the summer. Seniors $10. 1040 Moss St. For more info, call 384-4101.

WHAT’S IN A DECADE Apr 20–June 17

Hand-pulled prints and drawings emphasize originality, imagination and creativity; appearing in regional/juried exhibitions. The Union Club of BC, 805 Gordon St. Private club, those interested in viewing the exhibition are asked to contact the Union Club front desk at 384-1151. Info and inquiries about the opening reception, or for viewing during the remainder of the exhibition, call Judith Saunders at 598-7363.


Saanich artists invite you to visit them in their studios. Pick up a tour brochure at a Saanich Recreation Centre and drive through the rural country side. Stop by any studio displaying the yellow STUDIO TOUR sign. Painters, potters, sculptors, jewellery makers, wood carvers and turners, artists working with clay, stone, hypertufa, wood and concrete. No charge. Free parking. 11am-4pm. For more info, call 479-6470.


14 participating artists. 11am to 4pm. For more info, contact Judi 472-2429 or Kristi 477-7464.


Presented by the Canadian Pacific Ballet. An afternoon and evening of classical and romantic ballet featuring excerpts from Swan Lake, La Flute Magique, Dying Swan among others. Victoria (Apr 5). Sooke (Apr 6). Sidney (Apr 7)

To avoid disappointment, check ahead to make sure the event you want to attend is still happening. If you have an event listing seniors might like to know about, e-mail info to

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& Salt Spring Island (Apr 8). Tickets $20. For tickets, venue info and times, call toll free 1877-335-2522.


Over 50 health and educational exhibitors. On-stage entertainment, music, magic, dance, demonstrations. Fun activities including Jumping Castle, Clowns, hockey shoot, face painting and more. 11am-4pm. Admission free. Game tickets 5/$1 or .25/ea. (Free Childminding service 11am-3:30pm in the Seniors Wing). Cedar Hill Rec Centre, 3220 Cedar Hill Rd. For more info, call Anna 475-7124 or Paul 388-6905.


Presented by the Sooke Quilters. Admission $2. Refreshments by donation. Sat–Sun, 10am -4pm. Sooke Drop-In Centre, 6689 Sooke Rd, (down from Village Foods, same building as Curves. Parking at rear.) For more info, call 642-2032.


Dinner, dance and silent auction. Help bring an orphaned family (ages 7-22) to safety from troubled Zimbabwe. Doors open at 5pm, dinner at 6, silent auction, 5-8pm. Tickets $15. Chemainus Legion Hall, 9737 Chemainus Rd, Chemainus. For more info, call Jackie 250-416-0487.


With Michael Morwood. These days of prayerful reflection will focus on Jesus’ life, message, death and resurrection in terms of the Divine as a universal permeating presence holding everyone and everything in connection. Retreat begins with dinner on Wed and ends with lunch on Sun. Centre for the Earth and Spirit, 6040 East Sooke Rd, Sooke. For more info, call 642-3546 or


95 years ago the Titanic struck the iceberg that sent it to the ocean floor. This travelling exhibit features more than 275 artifacts recovered from Titanic’s undersea resting place. Daily 9am5pm. The Royal BC Museum, 675 Belleville St. For more info, call 356-7226.


See what lawn bowling is all about. Get a brief introduction to the sport, bowl a few bowls and learn more about this great game over tea. 1:30pm. Admission free. Wear flat-soled shoes. Carnarvon Park (2190 Harlow Dr, one block off Cadboro Bay Rd). For more info, call 592-1823 or visit


This fun-filled event brings artists and commu-


nity members together to celebrate BC Arts and Culture Week. Hands-on activities for all ages: pottery, arts & crafts, activities, entertainment, exhibitors and more. Admission free. 11am3pm. Cedar Hill Rec Centre, 3220 Cedar Hill Rd. For more info, call Anna Haney 475-7124.


Love, betrayal, conflict and confrontation between two warring nations in the Middle East; all set to the gorgeous, regal melodies of a baroque master. Thurs, 8pm. Sat, 2pm and Sun, 8pm.Tickets $29.50 at 386-6121. McPherson Playhouse, 3 Centennial Square. For more info, call 370-SING or


Music and the spoken word plus coffee, tea and dessert. 7-9pm. No cover charge. Fairfield Community Place, 1335 Thurlow Rd. For more info, call Barbara 592-9340.

DON GIOVANNI April 19, 21, 24, 26, & 28

Presented by the Pacific Opera Victoria, in Italian with English subtitles. The often amorous, sometimes murderous, and frequently comic Don Giovanni is in trouble. He failed to win the lovely Donna Anna and killed her father in the mix. Ultimately, past deeds intervene to deliver the libertine a one-way ticket to the underworld. 8pm. The Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton St. For tickets, call 385-0222.


Presented by Mountain Dream Productions. Follow Heidi on her trip to Frankfurt. Experience the comedy and drama as Fraulein Rottenmeier attempts to tame Heidi, the free spirited mountain girl. (Gala Night Performance Apr 19, 6pm with all proceeds going to the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation). Fri, 7pm. Sat, 2pm & 7pm. Sun, 2pm. Tickets $15. The Charlie White Theatre, 2243 Beacon Ave, Sidney. For tickets, call 656-0275.

THE CELTIC TENORS Apr 21, 22 & 24

The Celtic Tenors and their trademark soaring harmonies are Ireland’s most beloved and best-selling classical artists. Sat, 8pm at the Alix Goolden Hall, 907 Pandora Ave. Tickets 386-5311. Sun, 7:30pm at the Cowichan Theatre, 2687 James St, Duncan. Tickets 250-7487529. Tues, 7:30 pm at the Tidemark Theatre, 1220 Shoppers Row, Campbell River. Tickets 250-287-7465. For more info


The program includes the “Gipsy Rondo” Trio by Haydn, Dvorak’s “Dumky” Trio and four evocative Preludes by Debussy. Bruce Vogt, piano, Klement Hambourg, violin, Joyce Ellwood, Cello. 2.30pm. Admission $10 seniors. St. Mary’s Anglican Church, 1701 Elgin Rd. For more info, call 598-7726.


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favourites such as Vive L’Amour, Let there be Music, Java Jive and a Cole Porter medley. 2pm. Tickets $18/$12. Tickets may be available at the door. St Michael and All Angels Anglican Church, 2858 Mill St, Chemainus. Reception to follow. For more info, call 250-715-3007.






Join us for an open discussion and bring your questions. 7 pm. James Bay New Horizons, 234 Menzies St. $2 suggested drop-in fee. For more info, call 721-0880.


Michael Morwood’s “Living as Easter People in the New Story.” Queenswood, 2494 Arbutus Rd. Tues, 7pm. Cost $15. For more info, call 642-3546 or

CARP Apr 19

The Canadian Association for the 50 Plus’ next meeting of the Victoria chapter. 7pm. Feature presentation Real Estate: The Good the Bad and the Ugly. Saanich Commonwealth Place, 4636 Elk Lake Rd. For more info, call Susan Sowden 384-7723 (weekdays).


Many Baby Boomers plan to work in retirement, but on their own terms. Barbara Winter, author of the best selling book Making a Living Without a Job, will review their options in a 2-day workshop. Fri, 1-4pm & 6-9pm. Sat, 9am-noon & 1-4pm. Seating limited to 75. Register early. Cost single class $60, 4 sessions $199. Uvic Cadboro Commons Bldg, Haro Room at North entrance. Parking Lot #5. Parking $1 hr or $5 all day. For more info, call Jan Moore 250-2479929 or


If you’d like to eat healthier to decrease your risk of diabetes, heart disease and cancer then the Canadian Diabetes Association’s hands-on cooking and nutrition program is for you. Learn to make healthy food choices, sample new recipes, and get motivated to live healthier.Cost $75 (including handbook). Classes run four consecutive Wed evenings from 6:30-9:30pm. Stelly’s Secondary School, 1627 Stelly’s Cross Road. To register, call 382-5454 ext 222.


For more than 4 decades, revolutionary stand-


up comedian, actor, author and social commentator Carlin has used his razor sharp humour and irreverent attitude to tackle controversial subjects with a daring wit few others have matched. (Performing six days before his 70th birthday). 8pm. Tickets $69.25 to $74.25. The Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton St. For more info, call 386-6121 or

Bill Magee finds graves of the famous, curious and often unsung heroes of Victoria’s past. 2pm. Cost $5. No reservations needed. Hatley Memorial Gardens, 2050 Sooke Rd, opposite Royal Roads University. (Meet inside the main entrance). For more info, call 598-8870.


Our Place Society, a drop-in centre and soup kitchen, serving inner-city Victoria has a strong need for volunteers in all areas. Contact Bob Frank, Volunteer Coordinator at 385-2454 or Open your heart & volunteer with us. No experience necessary. NEED Crisis and Information Line Training starts May 12. Next Info Sessions: Apr 12 – 6:30pm-7:30pm at the UVic Sub, Room 110B 1700 Finnerty Rd. Apr 17 – 6:30pm7:30pm at Victoria YMCA, Chapel Room, 851 Broughton St. May 3 – 6:30pm- 7:30pm at UVic Sub, Room 110B 1700 Finnerty Rd. For more info, 386-6328 or


The Seniors Entitlement Service is looking for more advocates for seniors in April. For more info, visit Blanshard Community Centre, 901 Kings Road or call 360-1068.


Fashion show and silent auction followed by BIG SALE at Yours & Mine, across the street. 2pm. Admission $5. All proceeds to Nanaimo Community Hospice Society. St Andrews Hall at Fitzwilliam and Wesley streets. For more info, call Joy Lacey 250-758-8857.


Presented by the Malaspina University-College to benefit Hospice and honour the memory of Frank Arnone. 7:30pm at the MUC Theatre. Tickets $10 at the door. For more info, call 250758-8857.


Art Gallery, 900 Fifth St, Nanaimo. For more info, call 740-6350.


In this 2-day workshop with Susan Cain, learn techniques to build armatures in order to make a lively free-standing, 3-D sculpture that delights and speaks to its maker. Basic materials will be provided. Workshop fees $150 + $15 materials fee. Sat & Sun, 9:30am-3:30pm. The Denman Arts Centre, 1016 Northwest Rd. Parking at Buckley Bay; walk onto the ferry & up the hill to the Arts Centre. For more info, and to register, please visit or leave a message at 250-335-1224, or toll free 1-888-335-1221.


Cellist Tina Guo joins the Vancouver Island Symphony and guest conductor Salvatore Di Vittorio for Dvorak’s Violoncello Concerto Op.104 in B minor, part of a sizzling program that includes Symphony No. 3. Op. 18 by Jacques Hetu, and Slavonic Dances Op. 46, also by Dvorak. 7:30pm. (Pre-Concert Talk at 6:30pm) The Port Theatre, 125 Front St, Nanaimo. Tickets 7548550 and at


Add a piece of this Heritage Garden to your own garden. A large selection of propagated material will be offered for sale. Demonstrations, advice, live music, afternoon tea. By donation. 10am4pm. Milner Gardens and Woodland, 2179 West Island Highway, Qualicum. For more info, call 250-752-8573 or


World premiere of Being Frank, produced and developed by TheatreOne, is the story of one of Nanaimo’s most dynamic, passionate & colourful individuals & former Mayor, Frank Ney. Call for Pre-show chat times. Wed to Sat, 7:30pm. Sat & Sun, 2pm. Tickets $30, $26 members. The Port Theatre, 125 Front St, Nanaimo. For more info, call 250-754-8550 or



Apr 11 – THE SMOTHERS BROTHERS, with The YoYo Man. 7:30pm. Tickets $49, members $45. Apr 15 – The Nanaimo Concert Band presents SPRING CONCERT. 2:30pm. Tickets $10. The Port Theatre, 125 Front St, Nanaimo. For more info, call 250-754-8550.

An afternoon with well-known Canadian humourist, TV host and radio personality, Arthur Black. A fundraiser hosted by The Friends of the Library Wellington Branch. 2pm. Tickets $10. Bowen Park Auditorium, 500 Bowen Rd, Nanaimo. Tickets available at the Wellington Library, or by calling 250-758-8651.



An Italian Jazz Cabaret dance with a devilishly delectable dessert buffet. Featuring vocalist Maria Manna and the Ron Hadley Quartet. Admission $18. 7pm. The Old School House Arts Centre, 122 Fern Rd West, Qualicum Beach. For more info, call 250-752-6133.

REGIMENT Until Apr 14

Sophie Jodoin’s exhibition focuses on a series of small-format black and white oils on mylar. Jodoin’s oils depict a series of torsos presented from below the eyes to the waist. The Nanaimo

Morrell Nature Sanctuary is hosting their 13th annual plant sale. 8:30am to 1pm at 787 Nanaimo Lakes Rd. Rain or Shine. For more info, 250-753-5811.


Morrell Nature Sanctuary is currently looking for volunteer Nature Interpreters to lead school children on nature hikes. A love of the outdoors and working with children are prerequisites. Call 250-753-5811 to arrange an interview.

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Touching the Wild


ike a playful otter who’s shared her home and been featured in her books, Lyn Hancock slides lightheartedly from one adventure to another, always curious and always fun. Her passion for learning about nature firsthand has led her on many merry expeditions all over the world. Lyn shares her experiences through 19 books and entertains countless groups, of all ages, with her slides, DVDs and personal tales from the past. Her most recent book release, Tabasco the Saucy Raccoon, has been No. 1 on the B.C. Association of Book Publishers Children’s List since 2006. Tabasco, the raccoon, came into Lyn’s life as an orphan in 1974. Born in a Kitsilano attic, the tiny fluff ball was handed over for Lyn’s loving care. Tabasco, the book, is a good read for adults, too. Lyn held the story of Tabasco in her heart and in her journals for over 30 years. In the ’70s, publishers looked for Disneylike happy endings, while Lyn’s intent has 46

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always been to tell the truth. The truth helps educate people about the wild creatures that share this province, sometimes living in close proximity to civilization. Tabasco does that and more. A self-taught writer and photographer, Lyn’s formal university degree is in education plus she holds a masters degree in cougars. While teaching at Monterey Elementary School, Lyn and her biologist husband, David Hancock, shared their home and backyard at Island View Beach on the Saanich Peninsula with countless wild creatures. The couple mended broken bones and wings and provided food and protection until the animals were ready to be reintroduced into the wild. Her “foster kids,” including cougars, bears, raccoons, otters and seals, accompanied her through city streets, into classrooms and radio and television studios. Today, liability laws preclude that sort of contact with the animals. However, Lyn, with her photos, videos,

Tabasco the Saucy Racoon By Lyn Hancock Sono Nis Press $12.95

DVDs and priceless wit, is able to bring the animals to the audience in an entertaining way. Her audiences respond with laughter, enthusiasm and memories of their own. Originally from Australia, Lyn says, “I must have my grandmother’s genes. She [went] to Australia’s most remote area in 1899, alone, because her sister backed out just as they were about to board the ship.” When Lyn was eight years old, her grandmother started giving her five shillings a week. She saved those shillings to help finance her dream of exploring her family’s past in England, her grandmother’s birthplace. History repeated itself, when a friend



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who agreed to accompany her backed out at the last minute. Undaunted, Lyn carried on. Arriving in Cape Town, South Africa, she hitchhiked from Cape Town to Cairo, her first real adventure. An era of civil unrest, being a white female could easily have resulted in catastrophe. Good guides and good sense had her arriving unscathed in Cairo. After teaching in England for a few years, Lyn decided to fly to the New World to explore the U.S. before heading back to a job teaching university in Australia. While in the States, Lyn mentioned to a group that she would like to visit Norway because she wanted to see the forests and fjords. A gentleman, who was the President of the Vancouver Board of Trade, suggested, “Why not visit the Norway of Canada and come to British Columbia? We have everything that Norway has and we speak English.” So, a chance encounter led to a life exploring the beautiful wilds of British Columbia. For a number of years, Lyn lived in the Far North, but eventually re-

turned to her beloved Vancouver Island. When she isn’t travelling, she writes for travel magazines from her oceanfront home in Lantzville. Her small office is purposely set in an area where there are few distractions. Countless journals are filed in upper cabinets and photos, DVDs and file folders surround her computer. When she breaks from her writer’s toil, she recharges her batteries by gazing at the amazing vista at her doorstep. Large windows and doors afford a view of the Winchelsea Islands in Nanoose Bay. “Sea otters drop fish on my doorstep,” she says. One can picture them gambolling in the snow, sliding down the driveway with abandon and flinging themselves across the lawn before slipping into the ocean. A kayak rests at the edge of beach, ready to transport Lyn to her favourite oyster bed to gather supper. A tour of Lyn’s home is like a travelogue: photos of exotic places, souvenirs like tuftedmoose artwork and incredible photos of eagles, raccoons, bears, cougars and

seals – a life well-lived. Lyn’s love of teaching extends to all ages. “Books begin in backyards,” she says. Lyn’s backyard is an exceptional source of exciting stories for a book, as were her adventures in the wilds. “You find things in your backyard, literally and factually,” she says. “Find what fascinates you. Write about what you know best.” Every person has unique experiences that no one else has. “Paint pictures with your words. And tell stories with your pictures. You teach yourself writing by writing.” Like this exuberant adventurer, others can share their unique life with family, friends or the world. Everyone has a little “Tabasco” in his or her heart, waiting to be shared. Look for Tabasco the Saucy Raccoon at your local bookstore or e-mail Lyn Hancock at To book Lyn as a speaker for your group, SL call 250-390-9075.

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have always been an adventurous kind of guy! When I was three years old, I rocked my crib to the top of a flight of stairs and, without hesitation, went over the edge. I broke my collarbone. When I was about five, I ventured into the pen of a Boston bulldog after I was told not to. The dog bit me in the leg and I had to be taken to the hospital, but was back within the hour. When no one was looking, I went back into the pen and the dog bit me again – right over the bandage of the first bite. On the return trip to the hospital, I heard my uncle say to his friend, “How stupid can you be?” My uncle didn’t understand bravery or the heart of an adventurer. On my first date when I was 14, I was brazen enough to try to steal a kiss in a dark movie theatre. My date, however, didn’t know my moves and wasn’t ready. I bumped her eye with my front teeth, and she never talked to me again. It was then I decided that romance wasn’t all it was cracked up to be! Now that I am older (but never old), I find that same spirit of adventure remains with me. Three times in the past year, I’ve stayed up ‘til after midnight. I go to Safeway without my walker. I venture to the Mayfair Mall alone. And it only takes me two or three hours to find the exit where I parked my car. I tuned into a rock and roll radio station on my car radio for almost five minutes recently, and I even chewed gum! My adventures are too numerous to name. My wife admires my spirit, I know, even though she goes to great pains to hide it. I heard her say to someone on the phone the other day, “I don’t know what he’s going to get into next! It’s begin48

ning to frighten me.” That just shows how dangerous my adventures can be. I smiled at her and gently said, “Don’t worry!” She, in turn, suggested I take a nap. Then asked how long it had been since I had a check-up. She’s always thinking about me. But when adventure calls – no matter my age – I must bravely answer. It’s the code of the brave and the true. As a younger man, adventure led me to different parts of Canada, the United States, Australia and New Guinea. I travelled with a carney and worked in pulp mills. I even stayed overnight in Duncan! If the truth were known, I went to the store for a quart of milk and a loaf of bread and lost my direction. I wandered the earth searching for my way back home. I guess I could be called a “reluctant adventurer.” When I was in Australia, I signed a contract with the Collier Watson Coffee Plantation in New Guinea. They were in need of an accountant. It wasn’t very honest on my part. I almost have to remove my shoes and socks to count to 20. But it sure was adventurous! That combined with being kicked out of New Guinea. I eventually ran off, left the plantation, and got a job with a white trader near Kundiawa. I might still be there if it hadn’t been for another adventure. I drove a Land Rover over a vine and grass bridge and went sailing down into the Chimbu River. Word travelled by drum across the highlands that the stupid white man had done it again. Like my uncle, they didn’t understand. I miscalculated. That’s all! It was very exciting being escorted out of the country. In 1986, I killed a bear coming down from Banff in my best friend’s vintage station wagon. It was about three in the morning and bitterly cold when I

Photo: Krystle Wiseman



got out of my vehicle with the crushed fender and went back to see if I could help the bear. I nudged him a few times with my foot, but he was dead. I was told later that was a dumb thing to do. I can’t believe so many people don’t understand adventure and insist on playing it safe. I sure wish I hadn’t killed the bear though. I guess I’ll continue being adventurous until the good Lord calls and tells me it’s time to come in. Yesterday, I let my gas tank go below half full and last night, I dared to watch Millionaire and not Jeopardy. Talk about living on the edge! Tonight, I’m going to shock my wife and have my milk cold instead of warm, and I’m not going to get into my pajamas until at least 8:30. Life, I guess, is one big adventure, when you stop to think about it. But the senior years are the best because most accomplishments are harder earned, and adventures far more appreciated; like wearing shorts and sandals without socks or trying to arm wrestle your wife. I’m an adventurer for sure. That’s the way the Lord made me. And who can SL question that?



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