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10030 Resthaven Drive, Sidney, BC V8L 3G4 Monday – Friday: 8:30am – 9:30pm; Saturday: 8:30am - 4pm Phone: 250-656-5537 Web:

Thank You... ... to the members of the Victoria Accordion Club who helped us host a very successful Oktoberfest event to a sell out crowd. We appreciated the rousing music, door prizes and a silent auction. Well done and looking forward to next year’s event! ... to our volunteers Bonnie Jean and Joanne who have taken on training to provide new programs here at SHOAL, allowing us to expand services (learn more on page 7). ... to the Sidney Single Seniors who are organizing the bake sale portion of the Christmas Craft Fair this month – we couldn’t do it without you! ... for the donations of current books and jigsaw puzzles that help in our library lounge and lobby games area.

What’s Inside Mark Your Calendars Notices Activity Office News SHOAL Wellness Programs Chef’s Corner/Food Services Volunteer Services News Youth Employment Program News Spotlight On... Drop-in Schedule

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Celebrating Canada’s 150th! Mark Your Calendars Barrier Buster Lunch November 7 • Free

SHOAL Centre is proud to celebrate this Access4All accessibility awareness event!

Barrier Buster Lunch Tuesday, November 7 Doors Open: 11:30am • Lunch: 12pm As part of Canada’s 150th, the Rick Hansen Foundation, with support from the federal government, launched the Access4All Canada 150 Signature Initiative. As part of this project the Foundation offered Barrier Buster grants to organizations to help improve accessibility. We are grateful to be one of the recipients of a grant, and SHOAL is now celebrating the completion of the projects we undertook for those with mobility, vision and hearing impairments with a complimentary lunch on November 7.

Menu Baked Ham • Tortellini with Cream Sauce Green Salad • Pickle and Olive Platter • Buns with Butter Dessert Platter Stop by SHOAL reception or call 250-656-5537 to RSVP by November 3. Transportation provided by our volunteer drivers as requested. We look forward to celebrating all of SHOAL Centre’s accessibility improvements with you! This Barrier Buster project is made possible by the Rick Hansen Foundation Access4All Canada 150 Signature Project, supported by the Government of Canada.

SHOAL Annual Christmas Craft Fair and Bake Sale Date: Saturday, November 18

Time: 10am - 2pm

Cost: $2 Door Admission

Our biggest fundraiser is here again. With great door prizes from Sidney businesses to delicious shortbread cookies, this Fair will give you lots to see and purchase as part of your early Christmas shopping. Our Fair highlights all the craft departments that make SHOAL such a busy place – clay works, silversmithing, lapidary, crafts, knitting and so much more. The Sidney Single Seniors will also be on hand to sell home-made baking and lots of goodies!


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From the Director’s Desk Glenys Cavers, Director of Thrift Shops and SHOAL Centre Beacon Community Services Phone: 250-656-5537 ext. 102 E-mail:

We start November off with our second flu clinic, then host a large Barrier Buster Celebration lunch, thanks to the Rick Hansen Foundation; begin our new Advance Care Planning programing funded by the BC Centre for Palliative Care; honour Remembrance Day with a special dinner in the Dining Room; host the Christmas Craft Fair – one of our biggest fundraisers of the year; offer a presentation by the Saanich Peninsula Stroke Foundation, and provide rental space for the Sidney Literary Festival author readings at the end of the month. And those are just the highlights! We had over 160 new members sign up during our Open House in September, and everyday we are following up on ideas and suggestions to improve and expand the services we offer. If you are new to the community and have not been to the Centre, come by and have a tour, stop for a coffee at the Tuck Shop or lunch in our Tides at SHOAL Dining Room, and take a look at everything we have to offer. You won’t be disappointed!

Notices Holiday Hours

To observe Remembrance Day, SHOAL Centre will be closed Saturday, November 11. The Centre will also be closed Monday, November 13 in lieu of the Saturday statutory holiday. The Tides at SHOAL Dining Room will be open regular hours for lunch and dinner with a special menu. See page 5 for details.

Salute to Our Veterans

The Salute to Our Veterans Remembrance Concert by the Sidney Concert Band happens on Sunday, November 5 at Charlie White Theatre in Sidney. Doors open at 2pm, concert at 2:30pm. Tickets are $15, and available at Mary Winspear Centre at 250-656-0275, or online at

Flu Clinic – Last One! Date: Monday, November 6

Time: 1 - 4pm

Cost: Free for seniors and their families

Our final clinic for this year. No appointment necessary. Dates subject to change on availability of serum. Flu shots provided by Shoppers Drug Mart.

Sidney Literary Festival

An Evening with Ulrike Narwani and George Mercer , Friday, November 24, 7 pm in Auditorium A. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Tickets $10 at Tanner’s Books and online at Ulrike Narwani will be reading from Collecting Silence, her debut volume of poetry. National park warden George Mercer brings mystery and suspense to Canada’s national parks in Dyed In The Green and Jasper Wild.

The Gym at SHOAL with Savin Elite Training

Chad Savin, certified training specialist, offers personal training, fitness assessments, nutrition programs, and small group classes such as Pilates. Call him for rates and availability at 1-250-895-1838. SHOAL Activity Centre Annual Membership • $50 per year (approx. 14¢ / day!) • Memberships are non-refundable • Reduced rates on drop-in programs and registered classes • A 10% discount on facility rentals • Includes a Beacon Community Services membership • Use of free wireless internet • Free seminars and workshops • A free coffee and scone or cookie on your birthday



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News from the Activity Office

Pilates Program

Date: Tues. & Thurs., 9 am; Wednesdays, 12:30 pm & Saturdays, 9 am Cost: Members - $15 Drop-in; Non-Members - $20 Drop-in

Improve Posture/Strengthen CORE/Increase Flexibility Call Chad at 1-250-895-1838 for more information or to register.

Drop-Ins to Note Saturday Sing-a-long

Anna Hudson, Activities and Rental Coordinator Phone: 250-656-5537 ext. 117 E-mail:

Date: Saturday, November 4 &18 Time: 2 - 3 pm Jennifer Van Es, Activities Cost: Members - Free; Non-Members - $3.50

and Rental Coordinator Phone: 250-656-5537 ext. 117 E-mail:

Do you have something to donate?

We always collect Christmas cookie tins, good used paperback books, and jigsaw puzzles (no missing pieces, please) to sell as part of our fundraising efforts at the Christmas Craft Fair. If you have any of these items, or other “treasures” you are ready to pass on, please bring them to the Centre. All of the funds raised go to support the many arts and crafts activities.

Call to Register for these Courses Arts & Alzheimers

Date: Wednesdays, ongoing; last class November 15 Time: 1:30 - 3:30pm Cost: $15 drop-in

Gentle Yoga (Co-Ed)

Thursday Morning Gentle Yoga: Nov. 2 - Dec. 14 Time: 9 - 10am Friday Chair Yoga: Oct. 27 - Dec. 15 Time: 12:30 - 1 :30pm Cost: $78.75 (7sessions); $12 Drop-in

Ukulele Jam

Date: Thursdays Time: 9:30 - 11am Cost: Members - $2; Non-members - $3.50

Come Listen to Music

Victoria Accordion Club: Sundays, November 5 & 19; 11am - 3pm Mendelssohn Choir: Mondays, 6:30 - 9pm (no concert November 13) Sidney Wednesday Night Accoustical Jam: Wednesdays, 7 - 9:45pm

Movie Nights

Date: Friday, November 3: “Grease” Friday, November 24: “Maid in Manhatten” Time: 7pm Cost: Members - Free; Non-members - $2

Computer Clubs (By Appointment Only)

Friday, computers & tablets Time: 1 - 3pm Tuesday, Apple products only Time: 10:45am - 12:45pm Cost: Members - $2; Non-members - $3.50

Health and Wellness Seminars Holistic Nutrition Discussion

Retrofit Chair Yoga/Dance

Date: Wednesday, November 1 Time: 1:30 - 3pm Cost: Members - Free; Non-Members $3.50

This class offers 50s/60s music, yoga, stretch and strengthen with weights and low impact movement.

Foot Care Clinic

Date: Mondays, November 6 - 27 Time: 1:30 - 2:30pm Cost: $37.80 (3 sessions); $15 Drop-in; no class November 13

Tai Chi Qi Gong

Date: Tuesdays, November 7 - December 5 (5 sessions) Time: 10 - 11am Cost: $57.00; $12 Drop-in

Experienced Shiatsu Therapist and Qi Gong teacher Brenda Davie, specializing with seniors, teaches gentle movements that are suitable for all levels of fitness.

Join Angela Cuscianna, RHN, discussing the topic of “Important things to know regarding good health”.

Date: Thursday, November 9 & 23

Cost: $65

Call to book your footcare session with Soul to Sole Foot Care Clinic. A 45-minute session includes a foam foot wash, toe nail cleaning, clipping and trimming, special diabetic feet care, thick nails, fungas, calluses and corns. Sessions end with a soothing foot massage.

Therapeutic Yoga

Saanich Peninsula Stroke Recovery Association (SPSRA)

This class is created for people with various health conditions. By using the chair and small weights, the person can improve balance, strength and flexibility.

Interested in hearing about programs and resources available for stroke recovery offered by SPSRA? Come and listen to this informative presentation about exercise programs, speech maintenance and music therapy. Please call to register.

Date: Tuesdays, November 7 - 28 Time: 1:30 - 2:30pm Cost: $50.40 (4 sessions); $15 Drop-in

Date: Monday, November 20


Time: 2:30 - 3:30pm

Cost: Free

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Profile: Clay Works

As our Annual Christmas Craft Fair and Bake Sale draws near, it felt appropriate to highlight one of the creative departments at SHOAL that will be featured at the Fair. SHOAL is fortunate to have a group of members who love to express their creativity in clay hand building. Headed up by Activity Leader Janet Remmer – an artist of various media in her own right – we have a thriving and growing group who make items that we can sell in our lobby display cabinet, and for the Craft Fair. From raw green ware, to bisque and then final glazing, each piece undergoes a unique process to produce individual, one-of-a-kind art work. If you want to see more of what Janet and the group can produce, come to the Fair! Annual Christmas Craft Fair and Bake Sale Saturday, November 18, 10am – 2pm Admission $2 • Door Prizes • Tea Garden

Clay Works Activity Leader Janet Remmer

SHOAL Wellness Programs Be Well Clinic checks blood pressure and glucose every Monday (no Clinic November 13) in Auditorium A, 1 - 2pm. Admission by donation. Better Breathers Program, for those with breathing difficulties, is held the fourth Monday of each month in Auditorium B. The next meeting will be November 27. For information please call Kelly Ablog-Morrant at the BC Lung Association at 1-800-665-5864. Dementia Caregivers’ Support Group for those who are caring for someone with a diagnosis of dementia or

Alzheimer’s, meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month, 1:30 - 3pm. The next meeting is Wednesday, November 8, 1:30 - 3pm.

Free Legal Clinic is held on the first Thursday of each month, 1 - 4pm. Book your 30 minute appointment in advance by calling us at 250-656-5537. The service is provided by Gordon W. Benn, Senior Partner of Perlman, Lindholm, Barristers and Solicitors. The next clinic is Thursday, November 2. White Cane Club meets at SHOAL for those with vision impairment, on the first Thursday of each month. The next

meeting is November 2 at 2 - 3:30pm in the Tides at SHOAL Dining Room with facilitator Ellen Gallacher.



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Chef’s Corner Chef, Karen Taylor Phone: 250-656-5537 ext. 107 E-mail:

Wow! It has been a busy fall for Food Services and the season has flown by. I did get a chance to be away in Italy for a wonderful vacation which I thoroughly enjoyed. Now it’s back to hot ovens and lots of baking as we head into the Craft Fair season! Once Halloween is over, it seems Christmas is upon us and I am already thinking of shortbread cookies and turkey orders and stocking up on all the basics. The Dining Room staff have been busier than ever, and those who come to lunch and dinner in the Dining Room can appreciate how much the servers do. Along with waiting on customers, they also put together catering trolleys for meetings, seminars and workshops – sometimes several a day – while making sure dishes are done, floors washed, countertops and tables sanitized, along with all the many small tasks required to keep this operation going. My hats off to you – you do a fabulous job! And thank you to all our patrons who purchase meal cards or buy their lunches and dinners each time they come to the Tides at SHOAL. We appreciate your patronage, especially all the regulars who enjoy eating in the dining room on a frequent basis. We are always happy to serve you.

SHOAL Activity Centre Members’ Birthdays If you are a current SHOAL Activity Member, you can drop by on the day of your birthday to receive a gift certificate for a free hot beverage and a cookie or scone at the Tuck Shop. Come during the week preceding a Saturday or Sunday if you have a weekend birthday. We would love to acknowledge your special day!

The Tides at SHOAL Dining Room:

Remembrance Day Dinner Saturday, November 11 Chef’s Pork Ribs and Baked Potato with all the trimmings or Cheese Ravioli (new to our menu) Served with: Winter Broccoli Plated Salads Chocolate Cake and Ice Cream Please make reservations at 250-656-5537 for 4:30 or 5:30pm seating. Cost: $15 Tides at SHOAL Dining Room is open seven days a week for lunch (12 - 1:30pm) and dinner (4:30 - 6pm). The public is welcome and reservations can be made by calling the main SHOAL number: 250-656-5537.

Dining Room Prices for Meals & Meal Cards

For Remembrance Day we are offering a special dinner – see menu in the next column. Shortbreads are coming… In preparation for the Christmas season here at SHOAL, I am starting to bake shortbread cookies. I am getting ready for the Christmas Craft Fair where we sell these tasty treats at the Christmas Tea Room, and also at the bake table. Before the year is out, SHOAL Food Services will have produced hundreds and hundreds of home-made shortbreads. Watch for them to go on sale at the Tuck Shop in December, along with mini mince tarts – also a real favourite. - Chef Karen

Single Meal Senior Lunch*


Cards for 15 Meals (save $1 per meal) $105

Senior Dinner*



*For Bigger Appetites: Lunch $10; Dinner $15 All prices include tax, and gratuities are gratefully declined. Refund Policy: We regret that we are unable to issue refunds for meals remaining on unused cards.

Muffins and Fruit at the Tuck Shop More great reasons to check out the Tuck Shop! Did you know we added fresh fruit and muffins to our line-up of scones, cookies and other snacks? And this cool, rainy weather might tempt you to savour a hot apple cider, hot chocolate, or herbal tea – just ask our Tuck Shop Volunteers, and enjoy!


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Volunteer & YEP News Sara Lawton, Volunteer Services & YEP Coordinator

Deb Greenaway, Community Services Coordinator

Phone: 250-656-5537 ext. 118 E-mail:

Phone: 250-656-5537 ext. 106 E-mail:

Hire a Student

Youth can help around the house and yard YEP provides clients with affordable help around their homes or businesses, and assists seniors who are looking for help with their computers and tablets. Students are available in a variety of fields including yard work, computer support, cleaning, clerical, pet care and more. Contact Sara Lawton by email at, or call 250-656-5537, ext. 118.

Now Recruiting

Thrift Shop Clerk Did you know that Beacon’s programs are funded by our 7 Thrift Shops? If you like to be the first to see the Thrift Shop treasures, we have sorting positions available that offer a flexible schedule. Gain valuable skills in cash sales, pricing, organizing and displays. All training is provided. Shifts can be scheduled to accommodate seasonal travel schedules too!

“Coffee’s On” Drop-in coffee morning for our Volunteer Drivers and Schedulers is on the first Tuesday of every month. Drop by the Lounge anytime between 10am and noon. The next date is Tuesday, November 7. Hope to see you there! Project Serve

Beacon is proud to have been chosen as one of the beneficiaries of Project Serve – each year Volunteer Victoria partners with the University of Victoria to choose a project. We were lucky to have 9 volunteers from UVic paint some areas at Beacon’s Laurel House and the Out of the Rain shelter for homeless youth, as well as to help give the gardens a fall clean up. Many fresh and delicious foods were found in the garden…Yum!

Medical Drivers Access to health care is a team effort. Support the “age in place” advantage by driving seniors to medical appointments. Meet your neighbours and get to know your community, while fostering independence and improving quality of life. Trips are tailored to your schedule and mileage is reimbursed. Volunteer Visitors Share your time and make the difference! The benefits of a friendly visitor can be life-changing for seniors who are isolated. Your visits will be a gift that makes a world of difference to someone who is alone.

Welcome New Volunteers Medical Drive: Robert Atkins, Bob Jones Parry Place: Brianne Broadhurst Restorative Justice: Megan Heke SHOAL Activities: Jennifer Bennet (Minds in Motion), Janice Dickens (Computer Lab support), Joanne McGowan (Advance Care Planning facilitator), Norma Steven (Arts and Alzheimer’s support) SHOAL Office: Barbara Neill SHOAL Assisted Living: Maya Phagura, Guleena Sandhu Sluggett House: Sylvia Bradshaw Thrift Shop Pandora: Shirley Coon, Linda Norman


Sidney Single Seniors 55+

Do you want to start meeting people and socializing more? The Sidney Single Seniors 55+ might be the perfect thing for you! Annual membership is $20. The next regular meeting will be Wednesday, November 15 at 2pm in Auditorium B, SHOAL Centre. (There will be no meeting during December). The next meal out will be at Boondocks on Fifth Street on Wednesday, November 23. The annual Christmas lunch/dinner will be at Glen Meadows Culf Club – time and date to be announced. For more information call Gillian Else at 250-656-3971.


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Spotlight On: Advance Care Planning Program at SHOAL SHOAL has received a grant to provide Advance Care Planning education in Sidney and the Saanich Penisula. We will present 3-part workshops at least every season, beginning this month with the dates below. Registration is limited so sign up early.

Date: Tuesdays, November 14, 21, December 5 Time: 10:30am – 12pm Cost: Members – free, Non-Members – $3.50

Limited to 10 people (all 3 sessions be taken together). Call to register: 250-656-5537 Meet our two volunteers who received their certification in Vancouver recently and are launching this valuable program! Bonnie Jean Devine came to our attention at Beacon Community Services when she volunteered to do Medical Drives. She told us that it combined her passion for driving and her passion for helping people. Bonnie Jean has been driving for us for six months now and loves being out and about in our community and values the appreciation expressed by her clients. Bonnie Jean lives in Saanichton and is the mother of two grown sons. She has a Master’s degree from the University of Alberta in Educational Psychology and was a board member in the early days of the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. She has been a facilitator since 1976 presenting a variety of workshops topics for single parenting, career change, women re-entering the work force, healthier lifestyles, and more. This active woman has done extensive volunteering in the Greater Victoria area over the past 30 years but feels like she truly came home when she became involved with Beacon Community Services. Bonnie Jean is very excited by the prospect of using her group facilitation skills in the Advance Care Planning workshops and is looking forward to meeting the people who attend them. Joanne McGowan credits the starkness, the loneliness, and cold harsh winters of her formative years on the Prairies for her imagination, her love of literature and learning, and a zest for challenge and adventure. She earned a Masters of Education degree at the University of Saskatchewan and, later, was contracted by the Saskatchewan Department of Education to revise the English Language Arts Curriculum. Following the sudden death of her husband, and her daughter’s decision to pursue further studies in Toronto, Joanne left the cold winters behind and moved to Sidney in 2001. Many Saanich Peninsula residents will remember Joanne from her participation in the Newcomers Club, Sidney Sister Cities, the Canadian Federation of University Women, and the Victoria Symphony Guild. The energy and talents she devoted to various community endeavors earned her a nomination for Beacon’s 2007 ‘Overall Community Service’ Hearts of the Community Volunteer Award. In 2010, Joanne moved to the Comox Valley where she enjoyed many enriching experiences and was involved in ‘third age learning’ at one of Canada’s largest elder colleges, CVEC. There her role included coordinating 55+ health and fitness courses and coordinating and editing printed and online course information. In 2016, Joanne returned to the Saanich Peninsula, where she continues her dedication to community volunteerism. Joanne is looking forward to facilitating Advance Care Planning sessions for Beacon Community Services and working with everyone interested and involved in important advanced care issues.


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SHOAL Activity Centre Weekly Drop-In Schedule

Tuck Shop Open: 9am - 3pm; Evenings: 6 - 7pm; Board Games in the Lobby

Woodworking Shop - 8:30am - 9pm


Woodworking Shop - 8:30am - 9pm

Circuit Training - 8 - 9am


Woodworking Shop - 8:30am - 9pm Carving - 8:30am - 12pm

Balanced Strength - 9 - 10am


Woodworking Shop - 8:30am - 9pm Circuit Training - 8 - 9am

Gentle Yoga ($12/class) - 9 - 10am


Woodworking Shop - 8:30am - 9pm Faceting and Lapidary - 9am - 12pm Balanced Strength - 9 - 10am

Monday Circuit Training - 8 - 9am Tai Chi ($12/class) - 10 - 11am

Balanced Strength - 9 - 10am

Contract Bridge - 1 - 4pm - Foursome Required

Chair Fit - 11:30am - 12:30pm Competitive Singles Table Tennis - 12:30 - 3:30pm Games and Social - 1 - 3pm - 1st and 3rd Thursday Practice Bridge - 1 - 4pm Clay Works - 1 - 4pm White Cane Club - 2 - 3:30pm - 1st Thursday Table Tennis - 6:30 - 9pm

Duplicate Bridge - 6 - 9:45pm - Partner Required

Knitting/Crafts - 1 - 3pm

Pickle Ball - 2 - 4pm

Computer Club - 1 - 3pm

Progressive Contract Bridge - 1 - 4pm - Singles Welcome

Chair Yoga ($12/class) - 12:30 - 1:30pm

Stretch & Strength -10:15 - 11:15am

Ceramics - 1 - 4pm

Table Tennis - 9:30am - 12pm

Silversmithing and Lapidary - 9am - 12pm

Table Tennis - 1 - 3pm

SHOAL Portrait Painters - 1 - 4pm

Uke Jam - 9:30 - 11am

Table Tennis - 9:30am - 12pm

Computer Club (Apple) - 10:45 & 11:45am - By appointment only Stretch & Strength - 10:15 - 11:15am

Crafts/Knitting - 1 - 3pm

Clay Works - 10am - 2pm

Table Tennis - 6:30 - 9pm

SWNAJ Music Group - 7 - 9:45pm

Duplicate Bridge - 6 - 9:45pm - Partner Required

Sidney Single Seniors - 2 - 4pm - 3rd Wednesday

Duplicate Bridge - 12:45 - 4pm

Chair Fit - 11:30am - 12:30pm

Oil/Acrylic Painting - 9am - 12pm Table Tennis - 9:30am - 12pm Stretch & Strength - 10:15 - 11:15am Competitive Singles Table Tennis - 12:30 - 3:30pm Cribbage - 1 - 4pm Be Well Clinic - 1 - 2pm Mah Jong - 1 - 4pm Better Breathers - 1 - 3pm - 4th Monday Contract Bridge/Euchre - 6:15 - 9:45pm - Singles Welcome Meditation - 6:30 - 7:45pm Mendelssohn Choir Practice - 6:30 - 9pm

Movie Night - 7 - 9pm - 2 times a month (see page 3)



Sing-a-long - 2 - 3pm - November 4 & 18


Accordion Club - 11am - 3pm - November 5 & 19

Duplicate Bridge - 12:45 - 4pm - Partner Required

All Activity times are subject to change.

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TideLines November 2017  

The newsletter for Beacon Community Services at SHOAL Centre

TideLines November 2017  

The newsletter for Beacon Community Services at SHOAL Centre