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FRIDAY DEC. 14, 2012 VOL. 39, NO. 31


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Creating a safety net

Caring Circle offers to extend a hand to those facing health challenges

Spirit of Solstice

Island musicians gather to bring light and tunes to the year’s longest night

From fact to fiction

Island author transforms her experiences into award-winning stories

Docks and wharves Council looks at options and tools for foreshore stewardship SUSANNE MARTIN EDITOR


“It would need some draining, fencing, a garbage can and a bag dispenser,” she said. “We are seeking formal support from council when we approach Metro Vancouver.” Cleary added that the main meadow was not under consideration because of its proximity to the equestrian rink. Councillor Wolfgang Duntz spoke to the need for a dog park as dogs currently don’t have an opportunity to socialize off leash.

t the Monday, December 10, special council meeting, several speakers and delegations spoke about the need to protect Bowen Island’s shoreline, especially in light of the application to build docks and wharves at Cape Roger Curtis that has gained provincial approval this fall. Bill Newport of the Bowen Island Fish and Wildlife Club presented a document entitled District of West Vancouver Shoreline Protection Plan. “It is a comprehensive document and it covers shoreline rehabilitation as well as guidelines for future growth and planning,” Newport said. “I think this is what Bowen Island requires - it could be an Official Community Plan (OCP) for the shoreline.” Newport said that it is a “living document” where changes and new information can be incorporated on an ongoing basis. “It would give us a valuable tool to protect and enhance one of our greatest natural assets,” Newport said, adding that he would like council to view the document in light of the issues that are currently on the table. During the public comment part of the meeting, Trisha Beaty and Dee Anderson also spoke about foreshore protection. “I’ve lived on Bowen since my pre-teens and know about the difficulty the municipality has over controlling the foreshore,” Beaty said, suggesting that the municipality obtain more tools to deal with applications that affect the foreshore as well as interfere with public and private access. She added that she envisions modifications in the bylaws to that effect and a moratorium on current applications until the structure to deal with them is in place. Anderson added that the moratorium should include the docks that have recently been approved. Everhard van Lidth de Jeude spoke on behalf of the Bowen Island Conservancy (BIC), presenting options to protect the public use of Bowen’s beaches. “We recommend that council instruct staff to examine all possible options that ensure Bowen’s public beaches, i.e. all beaches with beach access points, are protected from the construction of docks for private moorage or other purposes,” Van Lidth de Jeude said, adding that the Conservancy board suggests implementing a provision in the OCP that states that the Land Use Bylaw (LUB) will set out detailed parameters

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A place for dogs to socialize off the leash SUSANNE MARTIN EDITOR


am Cleary and Nancy Joyce came to the special council meeting on December 10 with the idea to establish an off-leash dog park on Bowen Island. Joyce said, “We suggest implementing a fully-fenced dog park and the area we are looking at is the centre field in the meadow.” Joyce explained that she understands that the area is used as an informal dog park and suggested

approaching Metro Vancouver Parks for support. Cleary told council members that a petition to create the dog park has seen 130 signatures in a day a clear indication that this is something Bowen Island needs. She explained that there are issues with dogs being unleashed and that creating a formal off-leash area would alleviate the problem. “The area is known as the sheep meadow, it’s situated north east of the main meadow,” she said, adding that it is wetland bordered by two creeks that form a natural boundary.


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ast Saturday was the first Photos with Horses event. Why go to the mall? The afternoon was clear and cold, the hot chocolate and coffee were warm, and the cookies delicious. We had a steady stream of kids, parents and grandparents. Some kids were dazzled, some were a little scared and some liked the balloons

the most. It was fun and we hope to do it again next year. Special thanks to Gino at Bowen Coffee Roasting Co., the Ruddy Potato for the cookies, Cindy May for the photos, Evergreen for hosting and all the great BIHORA volunteers, not to forget, the horses. Merry Christmas! Vivian Pearce, BIHORA

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detailed provisions related to siting, setbacks, size, configuration, width, materials and projections for private moorage. Van Lidth de Jeude also listed potential additional conditions and stipulations and added that examples can be found in the Saltspring Island Land Use Bylaw. Until such measures are in place, the BIC board proposes a moratorium on municipal approval of any water lot applications. The applications at Cape Roger Curtis were recently granted approval by the B.C. Integrated Land Management Bureau (ILMB) but are “subject to terms and condition that need to be met before tenures are issued,” according to a letter by ILMB, that also states that “the clients need to consult with BIM prior to constructing their private moorage to ensure that their facility designs are in compliance with BIM’s bylaws.” The BIC board requested council to direct staff to enforce the restrictions set out in the land title act covenants that put limitations on construction, excavation and plant removal within the covenant area. Van Lidth de Jeude added that as part of the subdivision approval, the owners were required to provide expanded street end accesses and that a public walkway was negotiated by the owners in lieu of the 20-metre-wide beach accesses that were required every 200 meters by the legislated requirement under the land title act. Mayor Jack Adelaar drew attention to the question of jurisdiction. “When dealing with docks and wharves, the granting of licences comes from the province,” he said. “We understand where you are coming from but we have very little ammunition.” Van Lidth de Jeude replied, “Let’s change that so we have more ammunition.” Councillor Andrew Stone explained that the municipality has to issue building permits for the docks and this process could ensure a measure of control if the Land Use Bylaw included the relevant guidelines.”If you look at our Land Use Bylaw, it’s almost open season,” he said. “Going forward, we need to put measures in place.”

Councillor Cro Lucas said that the issue of the moratorium was raised and he wasn’t certain that BIM had the authority to impose such restriction. CAO Kathy Lalonde promised to look into the matter. Lucas added that the municipality has considered taking control of the foreshore but that the process could take 10 years to complete. Councillor Wolfgang Duntz referred to a letter council had written to the province in regard to the CRC water lot applications. “We did our best to advise the province and proposed a number of conditions,” he said. “But the province granted the application and at this point, we don’t know if what the owners want to build would violate the covenant.” Councillor Daron Jennings said that he understood that the docks were a “hot button issue” for the community and that the CRC owners were made aware of that fact. At a later part of the meeting, Stone talked about the issue of foreshore stewardship from his perspective as Metro Vancouver director and Islands Trust trustee. “What’s happened is that everyone has started to realize how important marine stewardship is,” Stone said, adding that various governments have put in place bylaws, policies and regulation to protect and also to recreate habitat. Stone explained that the aim is not to prevent private owners to build docks and wharves, but to protect habitat. He mentioned the example of the Britannia Mine area rehabilitation that has led to a return of dolphins and herring. “Eelgrass and mussel beds are parts of the food chain and it is important to protect shallow areas that ultimately feed the whales, dolphins and fish,” Stone said, adding that he believes that Bowen Island needs to establish what Bill Newport called an “OCP of the foreshore.” Duntz said that he also sees the issue as much larger than just dealing with dock applications as it directly relates to rising sea levels. “Rising sea levels will cause more erosion and there are serious repercussions and financial consequences,” he said, suggesting to refer the issue to the planning department. Lalonde added that staff will report back to council about the existing tools to deal with docks.

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Councillor Alison Morse suggested that since the area has a natural boundary, the first step would be to designate it an off-leash area with plans for fencing as a future option. Councillor and Metro Vancouver director Andrew Stone said that there have been a number of dog parks created in Metro Vancouver but they are not fenced. “[Metro Vancouver] will ask why it needs to be fenced,” he said. Joyce explained that her dogs are terriers who like to hunt and are likely to take off after wildlife. Bill Newport of the Bowen Island Fish and Wildlife Club also thinks that a fence is a good idea. “The area is bordered by a couple of creeks that are fish-bear-

ing streams and we have salmon spawning there,” he said. “Since our hatchery is right there, Metro Vancouver Parks is likely going to approach us. And we will say no if it isn’t fenced.” Stone said that the argument for building a fence is out of consideration of the wildlife on Bowen, a different case from other Metro Vancouver Parks. Mayor Jack Adelaar had concerns about dog dropping but Cleary assured him that the people using the off-leash area were likely to pick up after their charges. “The people who take their dogs to a dog park are generally very good,” she said. “And if you’re there, there is a good chance that you are not alone. I think that the incidents of dog feces that are not picked up in the park will drop.”

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t’s a trip down memory lane for Edye Hanen as we walk through Davies Orchard after a visit to the Undercurrent office. She points out the various cottages and connects them with names and stories, woven together by the sense of community that used to prevail when Edye lived there. At the cottage closest to the wintering pond, Edye pauses - this is where she lived for 15 years until 1999. She looks toward the bay and recalls her daughter walking to the water’s edge with all of her six cats following her - and returning home in the same manner. “The cat door is still here,” Edye says, remembering a particularly cold winter when a goose had been trying to enter the home through there, seeking warmth, while another one froze to death on the lawn. In the winter of 1990, the power had been out for days and the poorly insulated wall of the cottage had been covered with frost - on the inside. “The orchard has been a huge part of my writing,” says Edye. She edited the Undercurrent for many years and, after retiring from the job in 2007, has dedicated her days to writing. This year, Edye has won two prestigious awards: the second place from the Canadian Authors Association for her story The Escape, and the first place from the Federation of BC Writers for The Hard Box. Edye has also been shortlisted for a non-fiction story titled The Chrystal Set by the CBC’s Close Encounters with Science writing challenge. Her award-winning stories are included in an anthology titled National Voices, published by the Canadian Authors Association’s Vancouver branch. This recognition serves as an encouragement for Edye - a sort of confirmation that her stories are worth telling and appeal to a larger audience. And she is gratified to get that opportunity. “My reason for doing this is that I believe that women should be telling their stories, over and over again,” she says. The heart of her writing is autobiographical, Edye explains, but lately she has redefined the material as fiction. “I’m now avoiding the idea of calling it creative non-fiction,” she said. “The stories originate from my own personal experiences but they are fictionalized. Very few of them tell it exactly how it happened.” Edye gives the example of reading Alice Munro and being convinced that the stories are about the author’s personal life, yet they read like fiction. “It’s truth laced with fiction,” Edye laughs, saying that she is becoming more and more comfortable with pushing her writing into the direction of fiction. “At least three of my stories are set in the orchard,” she said. “One of them is called Saturday Night and talks about a party that was going on. I lived there for so long and it was such an amazing time.” She adds that the orchard also provides the backdrop for her novel. At the centre of Edye’s desire to write is the realization that women’s lives undergo a profound change through motherhood, the raising of children and trying to find a balance in their working life. “By telling my story, I’m telling every woman’s story,” Edye says. It was a difficult time for Edye who was living as a single mother of two teenagers in a cottage that was not winterized and had to cope with freezing temperatures and winter storms. “We had to get up every few hours to put a log on the fire to stay warm,” she says. But it was one of the best times in her life as well and it certainly provided a fertile ground for cultivating stories. “Most of us in the orchard were women. And most of us were struggling,” Edye recalls.

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“We were barely scraping by and now I’m amazed how each of us has grown and bloomed.” Edye remembers a neighbour going into the woods with a sheet to collect twigs and fallen logs for firewood. Another one placed the phone outside on the stairs so that friends would answer it when it rang. Those were formative years but they were far from idyllic. “We were looked down on in the community,” Edye said. “We were often referred to as the riff raff in the cove.” The experiences have found their way into Edye’s writing. She has completed a novel, titled The Weight of Words, and 15 fiction stories that all stand on their own but Edye envisions publishing them as a collection. Since two of them have won awards, she hopes that the recognition will generate some interest from publishers. Edye has also published a number of travel stories at Mexconnect (, an online travel magazine specializing in material about Mexico. It currently features her story about a skating rink in Mexico City front and centre. “It isn’t a straightforward travel piece about where to stay and what to eat,” Edye explains. “I like to get to the story under the story.” Every year, she spends a part of the winter in Mexico with a base in San Miguel del Allende from where she explores other areas. “Some of the places are quite unusual and I like to tell the stories about that,” she says.


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Edye is pleased to share the pages of National Voices with Patrick Taylor, a writer who used to live on Bowen Island but moved to Saltspring. “He came to see me in the Undercurrent office and asked whether I would like to be introduced to his editor,” Edye says, adding that this editor had a huge influence on her writing. “It was because of her that I was able to finish my novel. She helped me shape it, sending me stack and stacks of notes. I was able to really connect with her.” By the time the novel was finished, Edye felt she had a better handle on the craft of writing. “At some point, it just clicked and I understood that every story must answer a question. And it’s up to me to know what the question is, even if it is something we may not even be conscious of. In the earlier days, I know that I wrote well, but the understanding how structure works didn’t come until later,” she says. “Now, I know how to structure a story and how to make it work.” Part of Edye’s learning process has been to read works by her favourite writers and analyze them. She has also taken a number of workshops and classes and says, “[Writing] is really a lifetime apprenticeship.” National Voices includes work from Edye as well as Bowen Island poet Bernice Lever. It features 150 pages of poetry, fiction and non-fiction pieces and costs $20. On Bowen, it is available from Edye or Bernice.

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Re: Rudolf makes house calls n impatient Rudolf did not wait for the arrival of Santa; he was out and about doing his thing since November 30. Thanks to the Bowen Island Rotary Club, Operation Red Nose (ORN) is in full operation again this holiday season providing a unique service that gets both the driver/ passengers and their vehicle home when too much alcohol has been enjoyed to prevent a safe drive home. Yes, driver, passenger(s) and vehicle. While ORN is a free service, the first objective of which is to keep our roads safe after celebrating (too much), it is a Rotary fundraiser and donations are gratefully accepted, making it a very practical and inexpensive way for everyone to get home in a safe manner. And Rudolf makes

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house calls. He will pick clients up at a house function and get them home safely. It doesn’t get any better. While volunteering last Friday, I was somewhat amazed to hear it suggested a few do not embrace the ORN program as they believe the Rotary is in “cahoots” with the RCMP, with it further being suggested the Rotary informs the police of the names of people calling for the service. Nothing could be further from the truth. Indeed, the RCMP is aware of the program, highly endorses it and praises the Rotary for organizing it. And if they did know who used it, they would likely call them to express their thanks for having been of sound enough mind to call Rudolf when they were not in good enough shape for a safe drive home. Long live Rudolf and thank you Rotary! Bruce Russell

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he full consequences of our municipal council’s response to the CRC wharf applications marked the anniversary of their first year in office almost to the day. The province’s approval of the four giant breakwater and wharf applications should not be a surprise. The municipal council’s weak resolution about the docks essentially asked the province to conduct the local land use planning that properly was the responsibility of Bowen’s local government. When I was one of the elected Islands Trust trustees that formed Bowen’s local government in the pre-municipal incorporation period, we received many referrals from the province about applications for access across Bowen’s Crown land. The province never overruled Bowen Island’s resolutions about those applications. That reality was borne out as well in 2007 when the municipal council of the day did not support an application by the CRC owners to build a road through Crown land, crossing near Fairy Fen, to access the proposed development. Supporting local government, the province rejected the application.

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But in the matter of the CRC wharves, our current council did not take a firm position. Bowen’s council certainly did not stand with the vast majority of the community who would have preferred a comprehensive plan for the coastline. I believe that council had a choice. They could have told the province that with our island’s OCP updated, they intend to review the Land Use Bylaw, which includes regulations addressing wharf placement and conservation of the coastline. They could have mentioned that they wish to establish a foreshore lease, as has been done in West Vancouver, which could limit or in some cases prohibit the placement of wharves. This was recommended in a consultant’s report to council last fall. But instead, they relinquished their duty to assert Bowen’s public interest. Some current councillors have tried to deflect criticism over what happened at Seymour Bay and the municipality’s lapse of responsibility to supervise the Environmental Management Plan for development at CRC. But the failure to find a satisfactory solution over the wharves on the pristine CRC coastline rests entirely with this council. Eric Sherlock

e have been overwhelmed by the generosity of our Bowen friends and neighbours as Joyce recovers from her illness. You have expressed your care and support in countless imaginative ways – enticing food, flowers, cards, respite care, visits, phone calls, equipment, supplies, advice, help, prayers, smiles and hugs. You have no idea how much this means for us. We hope that our donation

to the Bowen Island Community Foundation, in support of its contribution for the design of the Caring Circle brochure, is a way of giving back to all of you. The brochure will be published early in 2013, and is a listing of all the health care and related support services available. You’ll likely be surprised to see how many there are, and hopefully you will find it a valuable resource for you, your families and your friends. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you! Gordon & Joyce Ganong

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o all our friends, neighbours and colleagues who helped with Peter’s Celebration of Life, I would like to especially thank Rev. Shelagh McKinnon for officiating the service at the Little Red Church with her warmth and humour, Alison Nixon for her beautiful musical leadership, Lynn Beattie for organizing the wonderful community tea in Collins

Hall,and Angie McCullough for arranging such beautiful flowers in both places. Also to the many who attended and brought delicious food and their love. Peter’s sister Shirley and brother-in-law Wolfgang attended from Maryland, and were very impressed with our friendly island and everyone they met. I know Peter would have been very pleased. Bill Granger

Thank you to the Legion Dear Editor, owen Island Community School Parent Advisory Council wishes to gratefully acknowledge the generous donation provided by the Royal Canadian Legion Bowen Island Branch #150.  The Legion kindly donated $6,000 towards replace-


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Bowen holiday memories Canada. Robert Bringhurst’s book Welcome to year 22 of Island was The Elements of Typography. Neighbours: stories of island history, Brad Ovenell-Carter and Scott people, activities and events. To share Mowbray had produced One an item, phone Lois at 947-2440 or Hundred Favorite Restaurants. e-mail to: • In December of 1993, owen’s Christmas season Neighbours described the colorful has taken many forms over multi- generation Christmas herithe years. One of the earlitage of the Goth family who made est Christmas memories came from up the backbone of that year’s Lunch Norah Mannion whose well-to-do family built a grand house on Bowen with Santa. • In December of 2005, an in the 1880s. Young Norah had two all-male group of eight performbrothers so Christmas was definitely ers, members of Bowen’s Black a family time. As an adult, lookSheep, were playing another role as ing back, Norah said “ We never Christmas Mummers. The mumhad a Christmas tree: our presents ming tradition is an English one in were laid in three separate piles on which masked and costumed revelthe dining room table. They were ers enact an age-old play, often on mostly books and many games. I Christmas Day. The story usually never played with a doll and didn’t tells of St. George’s victory over his own one until I was about seven or infidel antagonist. 2005 was the year eight. Then a friend of my mother’s in which the group was calling itself brought me one back from her the Mummers and the Paupers and first visit home to Ireland. The doll was looking for places to perform. was beautiful, wax-faced and well • Ten Years Ago in the dressed. I remember sitting beside Undercurrent of December 6, 2002: the fireplace in the big old drawing room, holding her and to my horror, The new municipal council inaugural meeting was fractious and watched her face disintegrate into a acrimonious over the appointment streaming mess. I never played with of Bowen’s director to the GVRD her again.” That was quite a vivid board. Some audience members and memory. the mayor took issue with the • There was the dramatic island process. A full story explained 1940s Christmas when the Neighbours the situation. Happily, the islanders realized that the meeting’s atmosphere was Union Steamships storeredeemed by the comedy roukeeper, Cecil Black, had tine presented by Kingbaby flubbed his mission and Productions: New News at there were no turkeys availNine. able for holiday dinners. • A delightful photograph Islanders were ready to tear highlighted the ad congratuCec apart until postmaslating the Laudrum twins, ter Murray Hume manMichael and Matthew, on their aged to calm the mob. Mrs. 18th birthday. •The Bowen Black may or may not have Island Golf Club full report highshowed a gun! The event was caplighted the progress made so far. tured in a classic humorous poem, • The Charles Dickens classic The Story of a Black Christmas, Christmas Carol was being hosted by reputed to be written by sports writthe Friends of the Library. The cast, er Eric Whitehead also traditional, was Graham Ritchie, • Over the years, there are hunTina Nielson, Angie McCulloch dreds of Bowen memories recorded, and Martin Clarke. • Real estate a few of them relate to the weather. ads were numerous and offered In December of 1991, every islander great variety. Prices ranged from who had been on island the previ$ 253,000. to $ 498,000. • In the ous year was taking precautions. Undercurrent of December 13, 2002, The big snowstorm during the 1990 a charming ad from Joanne and Christmas made it clear that the Carlos expressed their pleasure at island needed solutions for some their first six months in business as of the crisis situations that came Cocoa West. up. There was the elderly lady who • The BICS students were presentcouldn’t get outside to her wooding two evenings of entertainment. pile and was reduced to burning books. And there were islanders who which would also offer opportunities to donate non-perishable food items had trees crashing through their to the Christmas hampers. In addiroofs, rendering the homes unlivtion, the Grade 7 leadership group able. On the other hand, there were was inviting islanders to help with some wonderfully thoughtful and their Shoebox for the Homeless. kind actions taken by individual • In the issue of December 13: the neighbours. The community was Bowen Preschool’s ‘senior class’ visvery glad when a group of volunited the Tuscany Restaurant whose teers got together and began to plan owner, Sarah Allen, had the woodfor long-range solutions to a varifired oven roaring and helped the ety of emergency situations. Their children participate in pizza producwork is why in Bowen’s Gold Pages tion from start to finish. • A fulltelephone directory, the blue page page ad was hosted by community resource section has a listing for members to discuss the future of NERPS, Neighbourhood Emergency Cape Roger Curtis. Resource People. • A Neighbourly Last Word: Much • In 1992, several Bowen authors had new books for gift giving: Maria appreciation to the Knick Knack Nook group for their second annual Tippett’s By a Lady: Celebrating special afternoon where kids aged Three Centuries of Art by Canadian Women. Charlotte Townsend-Gault’s three to 12 can choose gifts for their parents: it’s set for Saturday, book was Land, Spirit, Power, First December 15, from 2 to 4 p.m. Nations at the National Gallery of


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he Community School Association (CSA) would like to thank every one who came out on Sunday, December 2, to take part in making the 27th annual Christmas Craft Fair such a success. We couldn’t do it without you and your generous spirits and support are very much appreciated. It was an amazing atmosphere. The craft fair is the CSA’s biggest fundraiser of the year but it really goes beyond that as it is ingrained in the fabric of our community. It is a part of the Christmas spirit for many people. As we all know, Santa keeps a pretty tight naughty and nice list and I am happy to report that I have nary a soul to add to the naughty side but the list of names is long for the nice list! To all of the creative adult vendors, you make up the heart of the craft fair. There were so many beautiful items, so much hard work to create, so much pride! Thank you for sharing your wares. Our youth entrepreneurs did a great job and we thank them for their efforts. The best part for me was their glowing expression as you approached their tables. The craft fair is not only the CSA’s biggest fundraiser but it also offers a wonderful opportunity for other non-profit organizations to offer information and fundraise. Our thanks go to Jennifer Pardee, principal of BICS, for always supporting the efforts of the CSA and everything else happening at the school. The CSA craft fair committee: Sarah Haxby, Sheana Stevenson, Helen Wallwork, Libby Beck, Nicola Murray, Pernille Nielsen, Katherine Gish, Kim Eifler, Lorraine Ashdown, Yvonne McSkimming, Ann Silberman, Christine Walker and Andrea Little. Every event needs an angel and we had one too. Special thanks to Tim Hausch for hanging the new bright red Christmas banner. And thank you to Frank

Gish and Joanna Mereu for donating the funds for the banner. Thank you to our volunteer coordinators Nicola Murray and Kim Eifler. Thank you to our new volunteer vendor coordinator Libby Beck, and BICS office elves in helping keep track of folks coming in to register their tables. Deb Donnelly, Elle Glave and Helen Wallwork braved the elements as parking elves. David Collings and Ian Kennard, BICS custodians, thank you for your kindness and support on craft fair day. Thank you to all of the BICS parents, and their children who volunteered their time: Sherri Lalonde and Gabbi, Bonnie Wright, Bowen, Casey and Cooper, Anne Wilson, Max and Jack, Ali Hartwick, Teagan and Maesy, Elle Glave, Debbie Ross, Becca Laursen, Ali Hartwick, Gillian Drake, Selena Cox, Barb Guilfoyle, Rina Freed, Ann Walters, Nancy Casalese, Deshai Brar, Terri Dewar, Toni Leverett, Karen Nichols, Milena Robledo, Margo Osinski, Rebecca Salmon and Pam Matthews. Thank you to those who just came and helped out: Toby Creswick the lunch elf, Kat Haxby, Martin Beck, Frazer Elliott, Janina, Claudia Schaefer for being the event’s official photographer, Santa, the Black Sheep Morris Dancers and the Black Lamb Morris Dancers. Rest assured, if we somehow missed your name, you are still on the “nice” list and we will not forget your generous gift of time. The CSA is a volunteer organization and our mandate is “to support the community school as a hub for community learning and development. The CSA will strive to represent and engage all sectors of the community in identifying needs, developing goals and work with community partners to develop and implement action plans.” We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Healthy New Year! Katherine Gish, chair of the CSA.


Re: Relocating the cenotaph an you imagine what the people of Vancouver would say if a planner declared that the city needed to relocate the Victory Square Cenotaph to accommodate traffic? Although there are not many of us left on this island who were here when the Bowen cenotaph was erected, I think everyone should have respect for its history and significance. I remember well the ceremony held to consecrate the ground on which it first stood. In attendance were the Spencer’s Remnants Pipe band, a presiding Legion chaplain, Gerald Rushton of the Union Steamship Company and several Bowen veterans and Legion members who had experienced the horrors of the Boer and First World Wars. The building of the cenotaph was initiated in 1936 by the newly-formed Bowen branch of the Canadian Legion. It was designed by my great uncle Bill Linklater and erected with volunteer labour and financial help from the Union Steamship Company. Several old bed frames were incorporated inside the structure for strength. These were the Depression years when expenses were kept at a minimum. The names of my uncle, Cameron Smith, and sons of other pioneer families were placed on the newly erected memorial.

Cameron was my mother’s brother and, even though I was born several years after the war, I sensed her great sorrow at his loss. Cameron was a well-known long distance runner before he went to war and unfortunately died during the battle for Vimy Ridge. His commanding officer declared after his death that “he was first over the top” (at Vimy). On a small island with a population of about 100 people, the losses affected many. Today, the cenotaph has become a centre for hundreds of Bowen Islanders to gather on November 11, and pay their respects to the men and women who have been lost to global wars. We also gather to pray for world peace. Every year, the attendance grows, showing that there are many people on this island who feel attachment to this monument, as and where, it stands. It now occupies a spot a short distance from its original site, having been moved in the 1980s to accommodate the wishes of the new marina owner, but it is still within the marina boundaries. The suitability of the general location, with its proximity to the sea, the open view of the sky and the human activity close by, was no doubt a consideration when it was first chosen in 1936. I sincerely hope that the present site will be respected and maintained. It defines our place as an island and the monument stands out as an important part of our history. Marion Moore



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Mountain Chocolate Factory went to three-year-old Marek Pelzer (Don’t forget to share, Marek). Thank you to all the donors of prizes and to those of you who sold tickets. Special thanks to our sponsors: Brian Park (Snug Cove General Store), Julie Cree (Artisan Eats), Ruddy Potato, Save on Foods, Caulfield Safeway, Thrifty Foods, and Extra Foods. Thanks to Dayna Purdy for photographing all the kids who sat on Santa’s lap and for sending digital images to their parents. This event wouldn’t have been possible without Santa’s elves. From decorating, flipping pancakes, facilitating craft and game stations to cleaning up, we had a lot of help from our youth elves as well as friends and staff. Thank you to all who assisted in making special memories for the children and families on Bowen Island. Bowen Island Community Recreation wishes everyone a merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year. Shelley Shannon and Shauna Jennings Community Recreation Programmers

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• Legion Dinner: 6:30 p.m. • Youth Centre: 6 to 10:30 p.m. Free food, free music - drop in. • Operation Red Nose: running Friday and Saturday nights in Dec. 604-619-0942. • Cram the Cruiser: 3 to 8 p.m. Foodbank fundraiser outside Snug Cove General Store. • Dazzle & Couture: 4 to 8 p.m. Christie Grace Studio and Wren.


• Christmas Jazz concert with Jennifer Scott, Rene Worst: 8 p.m. Tir-na-nOg Theatre. • Collins Hall Craft Fair: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Collins Hall. • Knick Knack Nook shopping extravagancy for three to 12-year-olds: 2 - 4 p.m. Knick Knack Nook re-use it store.


• wOW Worship Team: Bowen Community Church music ensemble meets after 10 a.m. service at Bowen Court. For info, call 947-2063. • The Christmas Carol - a dramatic reading: 7:30 p.m. Collins Hall. Fundraiser for Snug Cove House Society.


• NA Meeting: Open meeting, 7:15 p.m. Cates Hill Chapel. • Open Mic Night at the Pub: starting at 8:30 p.m. • Medieval Candlelight Christmas: 7 p.m. at the Little Red Church.


• AA Meeting: 7:15 p.m. Collins Hall. 604-434-3933.


• Drop-in knitting: 2 to 5 p.m. at Bowen Court with Pat Durrant. All levels welcome. • Weight Watchers: Collins Hall. 6:15-7:15 p.m. Call 2880.


• Duplicate-style bridge: 7 p.m. sharp. Bowen Court lounge. Call Irene at 2955. • Youth Centre: 4 to 6 p.m. Jam practice and free food.

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he 113th Christmas Bird Count season is here and, once again, I am organizing the count on behalf of the Bowen Nature Club. Every year, the Christmas Bird Count relies on the dedication and commitment of volunteer citizen scientists. In other words, it begins with you. Bowen’s count will be on Saturday, January 5, 2013 and if you would like to take part, please contact me at 605-947-9558 or There will be a post-count gettogether at my home.

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Creating a safety net for health challenges SUSANNE MARTIN EDITOR


any island residents choose to live on Bowen because they value the quality of life. But in times of accidents or failing health, they may re-evaluate their choice. Diane Marshall believes that we need to build a safety net, especially for the times when our health is compromised, and that is why she has mobilized a group of people who are passionate about health services. Together, they founded the Caring Circle. “The health safety net is simply not there on Bowen,” Marshall said. “We based that assumption on the Seniors’ Needs Assessment that was done by Abbeyfield in 2007 and identified that 39 people left Bowen over the course of four years because they couldn’t get the health care they needed.” And while Marshall doesn’t know how many of those seniors would have chosen to stay, she believes that a better system and more support could give them the option. The Seniors’ Needs Assessment was followed by the 2009 report on age-friendly communities by Faye White that drew attention to the same issues. Marshall became interested in exploring the topic because she has worked as a nurse, social worker and counsellor over her career and had participated in an age-friendly focus group. “In 2008, when I was recuperating from a heart incident, I realized that I was afraid of coming home to Bowen,” Marshall recalls. “I wondered why that was. I also became aware that there was a lot of uncertainty about whether people had a choice to die on Bowen Island - according to the needs assessment report, this didn’t seem to be an option.” Marshall explained that a close friend of MERCHANDISE FOR SALE



hers wanted to spend the last few months of her life in her home on the island, and, with the help of friends and dedicated health care professionals, she was able to make that wish a reality. But putting the necessary support system in place was challenging and Marshall envisions making it easier for other island residents with a similar desire. “We often hear of people leaving Bowen because they don’t have enough health support,” Marshall said. “People who are dying often move to North Vancouver. But we don’t know if that decision is made by choice or from necessity.” Marshall added that the Caring Circle does not only concentrate on end-of-life care but strives to help people of all ages who are grappling with a disability, critical illness or a chronic condition. “We talk about creating a more sustainable community but that needs to include a look at health care services that are closer to home,” Marshall said. In 2010, she started to phone islanders to find out about the range of challenges they are facing. Marshall decided that a formal group on Bowen was needed to effectively speak on behalf of people with health concerns. In May this year, she asked Colleen O’Neil if she was interested in joining the group and also started discussions with health care aid Sally Molino, Marilyn Harris from Seniors Keeping Young (SKY), palliative care nurse Jane Henley, pharmacist Bud Massender, emergency social services coordinator Amanda Ockeloen and physiotherapist Sandy Logan, who also manages the med shed. The group decided to focus on three tasks: creating a guide of resources, a website and establishing the position of a coordinator who can help people find the support they need to deal with health challenges. “Since we started working on the [health resources] guide, there have been so many



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people phoning us,” she said. “It’s become evident that there is a real gap and we can serve as a focus for people’s concerns.” And to address that gap, the Caring Circle has looked at different examples and funding options. In November, Marshall travelled to Gabriola Island together with a group of six Bowen residents. Three representatives of the Caring Circle were joined by Gordon Ganong, chair of the Economic Development Advisory Committee and councillors Tim Rhodes and Andrew Stone, “It was a fact-finding trip,” Marshall said, explaining that they learned about the fundraising campaign that made the Gabriola Community Health Centre a reality. “It is a $4 million-centre and was built with $1.4 million.” Marshall explained that, in addition to personal financial donations, much of the work was donated. “I believe the average donation was $20,” she said. Marshall learned that Gabriola Island has 5,000 residents, the ferry ride is 20 minutes and that is what it takes to get to the hospital. The feedback Marshall has received about the centre is that it transformed Gabriola Island and is a source of pride and inspiration. “I don’t know what will be useful for Bowen but I understand that they did a major survey on Gabriola to find out about the need,” she said, adding that the need on Bowen Island has already been determined by a number of studies as well as informal response to the Caring Circle, but a formal assessment would be valuable. Marshall believes that the Caring Circle could facilitate the coming together of other groups. “We have a number of community support groups that have different purposes and little interaction,” Marshall says. “This is where we are coming in with our resource

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