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Donna Finlayson Wine Kitz

Donna is the co-owner of Wine Kitz, which is an independent, family-run business they’ve owned since 2002. Locally owned and operated, she and her husband pride themselves in providing excellent product, great customer service and award-winning wines. Donna and her husband offer wines to meet their customers’ exacting standards. Whether you enjoy a glass of wine occasionally or have a wine cellar your friends would envy, Wine Kitz can help you enjoy your favourite wines, all for a fraction of the cost of commercial equivalents. Their modern U-Vint facility offers equipment that makes bottling wine fun and easy and, most of all, Affordable! Oak and Acacia Barrel aging is available. Whether you make wine on-premises, or at home, Donna invites you to visit their store and “Enjoy the Experience”! Hours: Tuesday to Friday – 9:00 am to 5:30 pm; Saturday – 9:30 am to 5:00 pm

#5A - 2042 Mills Road West


250.654.0300 winekitzsidney.ca

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Sidney SeniorCare Lending a Helping Hand to Seniors for Over a Decade


t’s been 12+ years since Shauna Dorko, the President and Owner of Sidney SeniorCare (SSC), first started the little home support agency with the big heart. More than a decade later, Shauna and her “raison d’être” are not only still going strong, but have grown into the largest private home support agency on Vancouver Island, as well as earned multiple awards including Best Senior Health Services and Favourite Home Support Agency for the last three years in a row.

Last year, Shauna and her team at SSC developed and oversaw one of the largest community promotional campaigns in the area, “The Year of the Senior” campaign, where SSC partnered with Saanich Peninsula business owners to give each and every senior the opportunity to connect with local businesses, providing free accessibility to attractions, programming and services that they might not be familiar with or had the opportunity to connect with before. The campaign was instrumental in helping seniors to engage more with their neighbourhood, and creating more awareness for the local business community.

Shauna’s passion for seniors’ well being and their care inspired her to expand her singular location in Sidney and open the Sidney Senior DayCare & Educational Centre, located next to the home support office, as well as add a sister location in Oak Bay. She’s also joined forces

Always looking for opportunities to extend the reach of her personalized brand of home support services, Shauna launched Salt Spring Island SeniorCare this past September 2015, and has been working with several key contacts on the Island to ensure that seniors on the Gulf Islands have the opportunity to experience the same renowned service that seniors on southern Vancouver Island have access to.

with Panorama Recreation in a multi-year partnership with the goal to provide seniors more access to programming and activities, encouraging them to be more active and participate more with their local community. A big believer in giving back to the community who first supported her and her budding enterprise, Shauna and her premier location, Sidney SeniorCare, have become a very prominent presence on the Peninsula.

As Shauna reflects on her decade-plus journey of building her unique brand of home support agencies, she’s realized that the keys to her success are simple…

“Surround yourself with a hand-picked team of likeminded people that share your passion and desire, and BELIEVE in your independent capabilities. Always think outside of the box, and then anything becomes possible!”

The SeniorCare Group of Companies is proud to serve you with the following locations:

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Katie MacDonald joined the McNeill Audiology team in December of 2012 after completing her Master’s degree in Audiology from the University of British Columbia. She is extremely knowledgeable about hearing loss and hearing aids and is committed to providing the best possible options for her clients. Chelsea Burdge joined McNeill Audiology in July 2015 after spending some time experiencing northern life as an audiologist in Nunavut. For Chelsea, audiology is the perfect combination of working hands-on with technology while also helping people with their health. Both Katie and Chelsea enjoy the ‘soft sell’, no pressure philosophy that McNeill Audiology implements, utilizing their knowledge and experience to advise and empower their clients to make their own choices for their hearing health.

#5 - 9843 Second St. Sidney, BC





Peninsula Naturopathic Clinic

Restore Balance ~ Feel Rejuvenation ~ A Natural Approach Women’s Health Restore Balance, Rejuvenate Yourself, Feel Better Naturally The delicate balance of hormones in a women’s body is unique and is what helps us sleep, maintain our moods, give us energy, determine our weight, control our appetite, and much more. Many factors including diet, lifestyle, environment, and stress can all upset these delicate relationships. Dr. Kristen Bovee and Dr. Dana Tishenko are licensed naturopathic doctors who can order laboratory test for your hormones, review with you and interpret results and guide you through an effective treatment plan to restore inner balance naturally. Services Offered Laboratory testing Women’s Physical Exams (PAP&Breast) Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy Clinical Nutrition Herbal Medicine Acupuncture Naturopathic Aesthetic Medicine

Dr. Bovee Naturopathic Physician

Common Conditions Treated Premenstrual Syndrome Menopause Insomnia Chronic Fatigue Stress/Anxiety/Depression Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Breast and Thyroid Health Food Sensitivities/Allergy Testing

Dr. Tishenko Naturopathic Physician

peninsulanaturopathic.com • 250-655-1660 • 102 - 9725 Fourth St, Sidney *covered by most extended health care plans

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Making a move to Sidney Victoria Graham Victoria Distillers


ne of Sidney’s newest arrivals, Victoria Graham brings with her the experience to tackle anything. A confident person at heart, willing to take risks both personally and professionally, Graham is the new Marketing Manager for Victoria Distillers, soon to be open on the Sidney waterfront. The last two months have been a busy time for Graham, as she works to have Victoria Distillers ready for making its final transition from Central Saanich this spring. In terms of being a leader and being a woman in the community, Graham said it was all about risk-taking for her. “What was hard for me was

breaking those barriers of thinking can I do as good or even a better job as someone else?” she said, adding, “for me it was (having) that confidence to take the risk.” With a background in marketing and sales, Graham worked in advertising for Tourism Vancouver Island. That experience, she said, helped her see the other side of advertising, and allowed her to apply that knowledge to the marketing and public relations world. For Graham, although she has only been in Sidney for two months, she has noticed a growing following and excitement building over the new distillery on the waterfront. For her, it’s about getting the word out there to the people of Sidney. Graham said her job is about

trying to allow Victoria Distillers to break through into local events and to help expand that destination feel in the community. Victoria Distillers isn’t just a tour and taste, she said, but a place people can come and sit down, have a drink and enjoy the atmosphere. “I like the community feel it brings so far and how everyone has been really excited with what we’re putting together and what we’re putting out there for Sidney,” she said. In offering advice to women wanting to break through into the business world, Graham said it’s about taking chances. “Just get out there and make mistakes,” she explained. “I’ve made many of them. And when I’ve made a mistake, I’ve actually learned from it and been able to tackle it and be even stronger.”

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Helping to inspire others in the unique owner operated boutique like shops that line its streets. “Our town has personality and atasha Crawford has charm. Our challenge is to retain owned Brown’s the that feeling — encouraging small Florist in Sidney business to exist and thrive. By since 2007. “We’re privileged to be a fixture keeping it local, we differentiate in Sidney and have been since the ourselves from many other shopping districts in Canada 1960s,” she said. thus retaining our competitive The store’s manager and floral consultant (meaning she does the edge. “Our very own BIA is the buying for all three locations), Kathy Blaine (pictured), has been perfect voice to share our collective story and market our with Brown’s for over 35 years, strengths.” so she’s seen Sidney grow and Crawford said she believes mature into what it is today. being involved and a part of the “We care deeply about the town is a privilege. community and believe in She added that as a business keeping involved with things like owner, she hopes she can inspire Sidney’s Business Improvement others to be involved in and Area,” Crawford said. “We give engaged with their town. back as much we can to the “It takes a lot of different community because it has given people from different us so much.” backgrounds, with different She said Sidney’s appeal lies

Natasha Crawford (right) Brown’s the Florist


opinions to create a town as amazing as Sidney.” Customers, she continued, in all three Brown’s shops are great but in Sidney there’s a whole other level. “Our customer base in Sidney is also incredibly stylish and design conscious as well, so that’s very fun for our designers because they can get a little more creative with designs out here.” Crawford said she thinks Sidney needs to work on bringing more footsteps through the town. The BIA is a great start, she said, adding it’s time for people to step up and be a part of the bigger picture. “I feel we will see growth in terms of how many people from Victoria or the West Shore visit the Peninsula.” This year, Crawford added, Brown’s will focus on personalized service.

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SALVADOR, DAVIS & CO. NOTARIES PUBLIC The dedicated women at Salvador, Davis & Co., Notaries Public are the kind of people you would like to have as daughters and friends. For 30 years, Salvador, Davis & Co. has handled real estate conveyancing, mortgage re-finances, wills and estate planning needs for their clients. Laurie Salvador, our senior partner, served 9 years as a Director of the BC Notaries and the Notary Foundation. She has developed and teaches the Practical Training Course on Estate Planning for graduates of the SFU Masters of Legal Studies designed specifically for new notaries entering practice. Laurie sits on BC Law Institute committees for legislative change in the area of Undue Influence and the Common Law Test of Capacity. She keeps the office current on changes in health care and estate legislation, particularly since there were major changes to health care and estates legislation in 2011. Partner, Lisa Ehrlich ensures that the office has the most up-to-date technology, offering clients conveyancing and re-financing paperwork with efficiency and precision. Whether you need a new Will, Power of Attorney, Representation Agreement for health care or you are buying or selling a home, the staff at Salvador, Davis & Co. are ready to assist you with a warm welcome. Whatever the reason you are coming to us, we want to make you feel at home.

Suite 101, 9830 Second Street, Sidney, BC, V8L 3C6 Phone (250) 656-3951 Fax (250) 655-0878 s-d@salvador-davis.com www.salvador-davis.com

Real Estate Transfers,

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Representation Agreements Notarizations

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Love the place in which you live Debra Bartlett Holmes Realty


ebra Bartlett is one busy woman. Having worked with Holmes Realty for six years as a Listing Partner on Michele Holmes’ team, she branched out to co-founder of the Saanich Peninsula chapter of 100 Women Who Care. Originally from Newfoundland, Bartlett has been in real estate since 1992 and came to Vancouver Island in ’95 to continue her career. Helping the community in different ways, for the real estate business, Bartlett said it’s about helping individuals move from place to place, which she said is a big deal. Having someone experienced on their side is helpful as it’s a huge thing to sell or buy a home

and Bartlett said it’s nice to be able to help people in that way. For 100 Women Who Care, she said it’s been a great experience, as four times a year they able to give to a local charity. Beginning with raising $8,400 at their first meeting, they are now up to over $12,000. “We’ve had those women from those organizations come back at each meeting to tell us what they did with the money and how it helped them. “It’s absolutely incredible what $10,000 can do for a charity.” Bartlett said she feels like women can put their own touch on things because of their nurturing role. For women wanting to become leaders, Bartlett said they can do so in any way they want. Looking at the many businesses in the area, lots are owned by women. As a Sidney resident, Bartlett

loves the community she lives in. “It’s just a really warm community. I don’t think you go anywhere where you don’t recognize people.” Attending 100 Women Who Care meetings, it never ceases to amaze Bartlett how quickly women step up to the plate when asked to do something. “We put this idea out there just as a little idea on Facebook, and how quickly it grew was amazing.” In terms of what Sidney needs, she said from a real estate perspective, it’s affordable housing for young people and those starting families. Her advice to women in finding success is to volunteer. She said it’s always great as it sets individuals up to meeting new people involved in a business or industry, to potentially get a job down the road.

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At Pharmasave Brentwood Bay, we PRIDE ourselves on being LOCAL! Locally owned, all the women on our team have ties in various aspects of the community. We wish to acknowledge “Women in Business on the Saanich Peninsula”. We express our sincere appreciation to our employees for their loyal support as we celebrate fifteen years in business this May on the Saanich Peninsula. Please join Kara, Aara, Susan, Savanna, Paige, Jessica, Kelsea, Isabella and Madelaine during our week long celebration including a variety of events, in-store specials, door prizes and a draw for a 32” LCD Television.

Back Row: Kara - Assistant Manager, Jessica – Associate, Madelaine – Associate, Paige – Associate. Front Row: Susan – Associate, Aara – Office Manager/Trainer/Associate, Savanna – Trainer/Associate, Isabella – Associate, Kelsea – Associate. Missing from picture: Shayla - Pharmacy Assistant, Helena – Bookkeeper

Locally Owned & Operated!

7181 West Saanich Road, Brentwood Bay


Mon. - Fri. 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., Sat. 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Closed Sundays & Holidays

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Chelsea Young is the restaurant manager at Sea Glass Waterfront Grill. She has spent sixteen years in the hospitality industry on Vancouver Island. Her passion for excellence in customer service and her love of community are what drove her to join the Sea Glass Waterfront Grill team. You can always find her at the restaurant serving the creative and delicious food that Sea Glass Waterfront Grill has become famous for. When not serving, Chelsea can be found training the front of house team to ensure they love where they work & that the guests have an extraordinary dining experience!

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Maureen Vincent is co-owner with husband & chef Ron Vincent. She has spent her entire career working in sales & financial institutions that centre around customer service. Maureen has always believed in giving back to her community through volunteer work with children & seniors. Currently she volunteers with the Sidney Lions Food Bank. Although you may not see her in the restaurant often she is working behind the scenes in a more administrative role while balancing a real estate career with DFH Real Estate in Sidney. Â

Open 7 days a week from 8AM - 9PM 2320 Harbour Road Sidney Call for a reservation at 778.351.3663 Find out more and view our menu at sgwg.ca

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We Take Pride in Our Attention to Detail

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Caroline, Sheila and their team provide conscientious and detailed professional accounting services to small businesses, not-for-profits, individuals and professionals. SMALL BUSINESS ACCOUNTING NOT-FOR-PROFITS AND AUDITS CANADIAN AND US PERSONAL TAX TRUSTS AND ESTATES BOOKKEEPING AND SOFTWARE TRAINING Referrals and new clients are always welcome.

Caroline M. Paterson, CPA, CGA | Sheila C. Henn, CPA, CA

Drop in and see us‌ Suite 103 - 9710 Second Street, Sidney 250-656-7284(PATH) www.patersonhenn.com

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A proud member of


he Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business on the Peninsula. Formed in 1912 as the Sidney Board of Trade and incorporated under the Board of Trade Act as the Sidney and North Saanich Chamber of Commerce in 1947, it is the Peninsula’s senior business organization. In 1983 the Chamber’s territory expanded and the name was appropriately changed to the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber leads by supporting economic development and business interests, and by building strategic relationships between the business community and its stakeholders. The Chamber currently serves over 325 members, and offers a variety of tangible benefits that include cost-saving measures, marketing, tourism and public relations opportunities, as well as workshops, training and seminars. Formally defined, a Chamber of Commerce acts as the conscience and the will of the business community it serves. Specifically the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce is an action-oriented, not-for-profit business organization that exists to meet the needs of local business. Chamber staff and directors are passionate about the community and the businesses that they serve and they are committed to providing value by association. They are continuously improving services for members and the business community at large. The Chamber would not exist without its members. Members are the Chamber of Commerce and we thank them for their participation, their ideas and their support. The role of Executive Director of the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce is to implement the policies of the Board of Directors and manage day-to-day operations in the provision of programs, advocacy and leadership on behalf of member businesses.

A proud member of: Collaboration with other Denny Warner Executive Director

stakeholders in the community is a key component of the position. Also important is an understanding of financial management, strategic planning and visioning, marketing and event planning.

Meeting the varied needs of our members can be challenging but it is tremendously rewarding to work with people who are passionate about their businesses and the community. Saanich Peninsula Visitor Services is about ensuring that exemplary visitor information is available when and where visitors need it, with easy and dynamic access from anywhere in the region. Located at the gateway of Vancouver Island, local Visitor Centres are the place to make travel plans and arrangements. With a team of over 100+ Morgan Shaw volunteers the professional and Manager of Visitor Services highly trained counselling staff help visitors make the most of their Vancouver Island experience.

Linda Duivenvoorden Membership Services

Membership Services is key to the success, not only of the organization, but to the members within it. There is the obvious need to provide value in services which will ultimately benefit the bottom line of the member’s business. The Chamber continuously seeks new cost saving incentives that are relevant and practical.

We also recognize that not every business owner is an expert on everything, so we offer an informal mentorship program where we will match a business’ challenge with a local mentor who has “been there and done that”. We live in a community of enriched talent, whether retired or still active in their own successful business. And we believe that challenges facing business are not really new, but just new to that business. Promotion and local awareness are keys to the success of business on the Peninsula. Members can benefit by speaking to the business community at one of our events or by showcasing their business by hosting a Chamber of Commerce mixer. These are just some of the advantages that the Chamber can provide for business. Depending on the nature of the organization, this promotion may consist of highlighting the member in our weekly newsletter or providing an insider look through our Tour of Industry. Our focus is to refer, introduce, promote and assist members as often as we can.

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Dr. Sue McTaggart DVM Dr. Sue McTaggart is a veterinarian who practices advanced dentistry and sees dental referrals from colleagues on Vancouver Island. She started out as a wildlife biologist on Vancouver Island after receiving a bachelor’s degree in Honours Zoology from the University of British Columbia. One of her accomplishments during that time was the successful relocation of sea otters from Alaska back to the west coast of Vancouver Island. After graduating from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatchewan, she started a veterinary practice in North Saanich on Cromar Road where she raised a son and daughter. Later the veterinary practice expanded and moved to the current McTavish Road location. Dr. McTaggart has achieved her ‘International Fellow of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry’ degree and she is one of eleven veterinarians in Canada with this advanced training. She has a passionate interest in creating a healthy, comfortable mouth in dogs, cats, guinea pigs, chinchillas and rabbits. Dr. McTaggart teaches veterinary dentistry to fourth year students at the University of Saskatchewan and is the chairperson for the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association’s professional development committee. Each year at the annual convention she serves as a dental instructor for veterinarians from across the country. When she is finished her day at the clinic, Dr. McTaggart can be found playing her trombone in the Commodores Big Band or the Sidney Concert Band. She also likes to make blackberry jam and frequently goes hiking with her dog Norman.

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Viola specializes in helping women make sense of their financial affairs. For an informal chat over coffee, or to be invited to her next informative workshop please call 250.657.2220.

Viola Van de Ruyt FCSI, CIM, CPCA • INvESTmENT AdvISor #205-2537 Beacon Avenue, Sidney BC • dIrECT: 250.657.2220 • EmAIl: viola.vanderuyt@nbc.ca • WEB: www.violavanderuyt.ca

National Bank Financial is an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of National Bank of Canada. The National Bank of Canada is a public company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (NA: TSX).

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I initally became an Accountant because I felt I was good with numbers, I enjoyed working with people and loved the thought process involved in making a business successful.

peggy yelland & associates inc. is a local Saanich P

My first question to clients is: What can I do to help? How can I make a difference? My favourite question from a client is: “I am thinking of starting a business, can you provide guidance?“ I much prefer this question to: “I have made a mess and need your help,” but those challenges are often just as rewarding! • My team and I treat our clients as friends and we consider the effect of any decisions on their financial well-being and the impact to their lives. We take pride in our work by not shying away from businesses and individuals • in difficulty and once we’ve resolved past concerns, we endeavour to ensure their future is problem-free.

Peggy Yelland & Associates Inc. is a local Saanich Peninsula accounting • Consulting & New Bu Personal & Corporate Income Tax firm which provides: Bookkeeping/ Payroll/Bill paying

Financial Statements

Personal & Corporate Income Tax

call us: Bill 250-652-7845 Bookkeeping/ Payroll/ paying

Our firm provides a variety of accounting, tax, and financial management services. They are designed to make our clients’ jobs easier and provide them with more time to focus on building their business and personal wealth, and help to take advantage of all tax incentives.

For myself and my team, paying close attention to clients’ needs, as well as staying current with the industry and tax law changes, are always top of mind.


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peggy yelland & associates inc. is a local Saanich Peninsula accounting firm which provides: •

Personal & Corporate Income Tax

Consulting & New Business Advisory

Bookkeeping/ Payroll/Bill paying

Financial Statements

Construction Specialists

call us: 250-652-7845 102-7851 east saanich road www.peggyyelland.com saanichton, b.c. v8m 2b4

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N A E E BODY D SHOP? Lorraine May Partner Lorraine moved from England 35 years ago and pursued a career in the criminal justice system in Vancouver and after moving to Vancouver Island 6 years ago again worked in the criminal justice system. 3 years ago, seeking a change Lorraine made the leap to one of her passions – cars and now is the coowner of Fix Auto Peninsula and Fix Auto Victoria. An Autobody collision is a big disruption in your daily life and she aims to give peace of mind by taking care of everything from the handover of your keys to delivery of your vehicle including filing your insurance claim. When an accident occurs she quickly sets her expert technicians in motion in order to deliver a flawless vehicle back to you, ensuring her business delivers excellent customer service, superb workmanship from a team of qualified professional Autobody experts, valet service and a rock solid lifetime guarantee. Being part of the community is very important to her and she finds time to volunteer with children and animals and participates in various fundraisers.

Green Products - Experts in the use of water-based car paint. FREE ESTIMATES | 250.652.3221 | fixautopeninsula.com 6722 Bertram Place (at Keating Cross Rd.)

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Helping to inspire others Viola Van de Ruyt National Bank Financial


s retirement looms, many people wonder about whether they will be able to enjoy life after work and it becomes a very real concern. Viola Van de Ruyt of National Bank Financial Wealth Management, a brokerage and wealth management firm, has been working with people on those very issues for more than 30 years. Based in Sidney, Van de Ruyt says many people reaching retirement rely on their investments and upon their financial advisor to help ensure their income will be sufficient to last throughout their retired years. Among women, that concern is very real. Van de Ruyt says her focus of the years has turned to working with women

from the Baby Boomer era. She says they make up a large segment of the population and many are on their own, following the death of a spouse or divorce. “When they go looking for a financial advisory, they are looking for someone they can trust. Many times, they are worried about having enough money for their retirement, or about outliving their money.” That’s where her expertise and skill comes in, having made women’s financial well-being a priority for years. “Anyone working with women has to have patience, as in many cases, as they reach retirement age, they have gone through a loss. They want to know that you have a plan to help ensure they are going to be okay. And it’s all about creating that relationship.” And more than just accumulation of wealth, Van

de Ruyt says preparing for retirement means making sure someone has the security and freedom to try new things once their working career is over. Van de Ruyt is also the President of the Saanich Peninsula Community Foundation, an active organization that helps other groups through their annual grants program. Stepping up and being involved in the community is not a competition, she says, but an important role for anyone who wants to see their community grow and improve. To be leaders, she says people have to be willing to step up and contribute. “The Peninsula is growing in so many ways, wineries, distilleries, agri-tourism … it’s becoming a destination for people from all around Greater Victoria. Over the years, it has been going from strength to strength.”

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Learning new skills all the time Kerry Readshaw Beacon Community Services


erry Readshaw has been the Director of Communications for Beacon Community Services (BCS) for one-and-a-half years. She says BCS is an integral part of the community. “We offer programs that are essential to many people, including support programs for virtually every stage of life. By offering that support, the community is able to grow and thrive.” She said the main force at BCS is volunteers and they make a huge difference in terms of making Sidney and all of Greater Victoria a better place to live, work and play. “I think people getting involved and volunteering

and participating in various ways around their community involuntarily creates wonderful leaders and role models. Someone who may not otherwise have considered volunteering or getting involved might see a friend or acquaintance who is enjoying volunteering their time and think “hey, I’d like to do that too.” It was only 42 years ago that BCS started as a small group of like-minded people who came together with a similar vision of making this a better place to live. As BCS has grown, Readshaw said people get an idea for how one person getting involved can inspire another, and another. She said her favourite thing about this area is the sense of community the residents and business owners have. “I raised my family here, I love it here. The people are what make

the Peninsula what it is.” She added, however, that there are people who are struggling, who need additional opportunities, community connections or assistance in a variety of areas. To achieve the vision of a healthy community, people need to keep working together to help them meet their needs. “There’s always work to be done.” BCS is in the process of launching a new website. They are also continuing to provide the support they have always offered, while also growing their programming at the SHOAL Centre. Readshaw encourages people to volunteer. It’s a great way to give back, she said, to meet new people, to make connections. And there are always chances to learn new skills.

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We are fortunate to have Christine Aske manage our Sidney office, she makes life easier for everyone, staff and patients, with her bright smile and super organization skills. Christine: "I work as the office manager, in Sidney, for Postings Denture Clinic. I have been employed with them for four years. Prior to that, I worked in the food and beverage industry. I spent 11 years as the daytime supervisor for Dunsmuir Lodge. I also worked for Sean and Jack McNeill at Squid Roe and Boondocks restaurants for eighteen years. Yes I am A SIDNEY girl, having spent most of my childhood and all of my adult life living here. The common theme of all my employment is the number of wonderful people that I have come to know, and services that I have provided through my employment. Many people that I have served in the restaurant industry are now patients of the Postings Denture Clinics. This applies to young and old as the Clinics provide a wide variety of dental services. As a woman working in this role, I feel the sense of community that develops between our patients and myself provides for a more compassionate and wholesome experience. What I enjoy the most about our community is the sense of belonging. It is very rewarding to feel that what you do has a positive effect on the people you are providing a service to. I am fortunate to be able to live and work in this community, I feel it is very important that we continue to offer more opportunity to the young people wanting to live and work here. WE most definitely need the growth but also maintain that sense of community. “We are not a city” As I grow further in my position as a woman working hard in this community I would like to get involved in some volunteer work as this is very important to me and others in need."

Christine Aske

3-2227 James White Blvd., Sidney | 250-655-7009 | postingsdentures.com The Smile You Deserve!

West Coast Realty

The Professional Approach to Real Estate As with any investment, an experienced professional will guide you through the process and assist you in making a decision. Licensed in 1988, I have continually advanced my education to obtain the knowledge and skill to serve the best interests of my clientele. Real Estate is my full time career, I put the needs of my clients first, and am proud to be with the “Number 1 Office for Production Per Realtor” out of all Sutton West Coast Offices in B.C. – for the third year in a row! If you are thinking of buying or selling, give me a call – and I will put my experience and knowledge to work for you.

Call today and see what a difference the right agent can make!

Inez Louden, FRI Direct: 250-652-7707 Cell: 250-812-7710

• Associate Broker

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Elaine Kirwin and her amazing team of travel professionals at Expedia CruiseShipCenters, Sidney have been selling travel to Sidney and community since 1997. With a combined experience of almost 100 years of selling travel and first-hand knowledge of having traveled all reaches of the globe, we strive to deliver Our Promise:

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Taking care of business Maia Kozak Shoppers Drug Mart, Saanichton


aia Kozak celebrates in May, two years as the associate owner of Saanichton’s Shoppers Drug Mart. As a pharmacist, she helps patients with their day to day medications. Saanichton, Kozak says, reminds her of where she grew up outside of Halifax. “It’s nice ... we’re close to the city but we still have the farms, so you get a really interesting mix of people. You see all walks of life.” Within the store itself, she said they are currently trying to get a lot of renovations completed to improve the look of the store, while possibly adding more

products. She said they are also providing newer services, especially within the pharmacy. “So we have a diabetic health nurse coming in at the end of this month that’s going to do a session about proper eating with diabetes.” Kozak added the pharmacy sees plenty of elderly customers as well, which is just part of the overall area demographic. It does mean, however, that Shoppers must be able to provide specific services for them. She said they also have hearing clinics and other health-related programs that can benefit their clients’ health — which goes above and beyond the typical pharmacy atmosphere. Kozak said all of the managers, with the exception of one person at Shoppers, are women. “So we definitely have a lot of

women that are influential in the store and we just help manage the business and take care of our customer.” Kozak said women can be leaders in their community in any one of many ways. “I think that men and women both can do whatever it is that they desire,” she said. “If you want to take on that leadership role, whether it’s within business or within volunteering or anything that you enjoy doing, the opportunities are there if you want to make them for yourself. “It’s always nice to see how everyone works together to contribute to the community overall,” she said. Her advice to women is to follow their passions and when they meet the right people, opportunities will always present themselves.

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Caring in the community & for the community: Meet the women of Bayshore Home Health! Stasia Hartley, Area Director of Bayshore is excited to introduce you to her Sidney administration team. Led by Debbie Short, RN and Manager of Clinical Practice, Debbie has over 10 years of home and community care experience and she oversees the case management of all Bayshore home care clients. Our client service coordinators, Colleen Frampton, Kerry Bowman and Lucia White help support our care workers who provide outstanding nursing, personal care, home support and companion services. As care coordinators, their role is to serve our clients and our employees, to ensure the best experience possible. They know very well that happy employees equal happy clients! Caring in the community and for the community, Bayshore employees strive to make a difference. From pushing beds at the Beacon Bed Races to ‘Hiking for Hospice’, to raising money for the Alzheimer Society of BC, Bayshore employees are becoming well known not only for the great care they provide to their clients but for their active involvement in caring for their community. In fact our Bayshore office on 5th street (across from Monks!) is designed to serve the community; with resources available to families to help them navigate the health care system. Bayshore client service coordinators can help people access information on dementia, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes or other health issues. We welcome residents to visit with Colleen, Kerry or Lucia at our Sidney location and learn more about what Bayshore has to offer.

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Teri Brigden of Terrace HR & Business Solutions As Owner and Principal Consultant, Teri offers clients over 18 years of experience in human resources, leadership and career transition coaching, as well as business and commercial management. Whether it is HR consultation for a growing company; strategic planning for a structured firm; or individual coaching, Terrace HR & Business Solutions can assist your organization in moving beyond the ordinary. To learn more please call 250 208 0254, e-mail terracehr@shaw.ca or visit us online at www.terracehr.com.

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Carell-Ayne Whalen Certified Professional Stager

Carell-Ayne Whalen of Simply Staged I don’t believe people buy or live in perfect houses. Together, we can create a comfortable, real, liveable and happy home. “Not only was Carell-Ayne able to work within our budget, but she has a gift of being able to translate what we wanted into a “winning home.” Dawne C.... British Columbia. Call Carell-Ayne at 250-889-0022 or find out more online at simplystagedtosell.ca. Member of Saanich Peninsula Chamber

Jacquie Theroux of Future Friends Bed & Breakfast Hi, I’m Jacquie Theroux. I’ve lived on the Peninsula since 2004. I fell in love with it instantly. My husband and I thought that it was the perfect place for a B&B, so we built FUTURE FRIENDS BED & BREAKFAST in 2010. Along with the most impressive views of the sunsets with the oranges and pinks of the sky, stunning views of the Patricia Bay and the Malahat keep guests coming back for our stellar service.

Cheryl Young of Norma Jeans Closet Ladies’ Consignment Boutique Fashion has always been my passion! NORMA JEANS’ CLOSET, now well into the second year is the talk of the town.

We are members of the Chamber of Commerce, Sidney Meet Up, The Cordova Bay Bed & Breakfast Association that have 12 other B&B members and booking.com where we have proud ratings of our stellar service.

Recently nominated in the Chamber of Commerce “New Business of the Year” category has brought further attention to this eclectic boutique of wonderful new, gently used and vintage & designers ladies clothing & jewellery selection. “I enjoy being instrumental in creating community and awareness of helping others whenever possible. Through Sidney Meet Up we host fundraisers to support local enterprises and most importantly, people!”

Check out our website at futurefriends.ca. Find us in North Saanich at 10118 Tsaykum Road and you can call us at 250-654-0289.

We are located 2405 Beacon Ave in Sidney. You can call us a 250-516-7653 and find out more about us online at upstairsonbeacon.com.


We are a network of business people doing business in and around Sidney, BC. Come out, meet us and let’s join forces. More info call 250-516-7653

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LocaL women making a diffeRence

Investing in the community

Renn Bibeau Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation


enn Bibeau has been working with the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation for two years this May. She has also volunteered for the hospital’s Extended Care Unit, engaging and managing youth volunteers, since 2014. “I think that the Saanich Peninsula Hospital and the Foundation play really interesting roles in the community. The hospital isn’t just a facility within which to undergo surgery or receive treatment — for some, it is a hub of activity and engagement. For others it’s home.” The Foundation engages volunteers, an active and varied board of directors, as well as

offers bursaries for staff members and volunteers to pursue further education, which in turn, benefits both patients and the community as a whole. “ I think that women have a unique perspective on the idea of care. We care for ourselves, our families and our communities every day. I think that there are many avenues through which we can encourage others to use their talents, get involved, and help create a more positive, effective and inclusive community.” Bibeau said the community never ceases to amaze her with the beauty of the people who live her, the close connections between people and the support that follows those bonds. She added she feels the creation of a primary health care centre on the Peninsula is important to address the lack of sufficient family doctors.

Bibeau added she would love to see the Foundation work to expand facility and care requirements for patients living with long-term aging conditions, such as dementia. She said she’s in the process of completing a Leadership Victoria program, working with an inspired team to conduct a life-skills workshop to aid youth in their transition to the world beyond high school. “My next goal for the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation is to help increase awareness about the pertinent healthcare issues our community is facing while encouraging the next generation of donors, volunteers and partners to get involved.” Bibeau said there are so many worthy causes to support. “If you choose to invest in the community, the community will invest in you.”

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LocAL women mAking A diffeRence

Growing company, growing community Robin Ambrose Viking Air


he workforce at North Saanich’s Viking Air is made up of 25 per cent women. And for Robin Ambrose, taking the step to include more women at higher levels within the company and the aviation industry as a whole, has been a major goal. Ambrose is Viking Air’s Direction of People and Wellness and had been with the company for 18 years, watching it grow quickly over that period to become a business with an international reach. She said she’s currently the only woman on the company’s executive team and has made strides to create an all-female safety team. It’s responsible for the well-being of every employee once they arrive on-site.

“I’m proud of the team I put together six months ago,” Ambrose said. “It’s important to me to lead by example, especially in a male-dominated industry.” Ambrose comes from an aviation background and could talk the talk when she first came to Viking Air. What’s more, was she was confident in her abilities — something she said people need to have if they are looking to be leaders at work on in their communities. Gaining that confidence to succeed, she said, means taking advantage of education opportunities, finding mentors will to help you grow — and be willing to speak your mind. “Women have a unique, different voice and it’s a voice that needs to be heard equally.” Ambrose is lending her own voice to the push for more workforce housing on the

Saanich Peninsula. Viking Air, she said, employs 550 people. They make good wages, yet many are still unable to afford a home here. Ambrose said the situation on housing is improving, but still people need a starting point from which to leap to bigger and better things. A mom of two children, Ambrose has lived on the Peninsula for 10 years and enjoys all that it has to offer. From this base she has offered her leadership to the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Victoria, helping raise money for after school programs. Helping create the kind of community she wants to live in helps Ambrose perform better at work. “I’m one of the lucky people who get to say that they are excited to go to work today.”

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Hunger has no Seasons. Helping those in need through those who care.

Since 1984, the Sidney Lions Food Bank has serviced the Saanich Peninsula relying solely on the generosity of the community. As we head into a busy time of year we are appreciative of our community’s continued generosity and donations.

To find out how to help, visit sidneyfoodbank.com or call us 250-655-0679 Office Hours: Monday to Friday 8AM - 2PM

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Ashley Augustine RMT

Stephanie Woodsworth RMT

Ashley’s passion is massage! She has been an RMT for 7 years with special interest in chronic headaches and postural imbalances. Taking advanced courses on postural rebalancing, muscle energy, TMJ treatment, reflexology and aroma-touch Ashley designs a specific treatment plan for each patient’s goals with home care exercises and stretches that provide lasting results.

Stephanie graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2015. She enjoys running and triathlons, hiking and yoga and believes that having balance in one’s life by taking care of the physical self is essential to health and happiness, and hopes to help you accomplish that through massage therapy. She has a special interest in Neurology, after completing a case presentation on Brachial Plexus Birth Palsy and hopes to explore this field further.

Karli Goller RMT

Rong Chuan (Jane) Hsu (R.TCM.P)

Motion is important in our day to day lives and motion without pain or discomforts is much easier! Practicing as a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) for the past 2.5 years has given Karli the ability to improve and educate her clients about their body and promote health and wellness. Karli’s RMT practice focuses on injury prevention and rehabilitation together with postural imbalance, using deep tissue techniques, Myofascial Release and Joint Mobilizations. Karli’s goal as an RMT is to help you have a happy healthy and well-balanced body!

As a Registered Acupuncturist and Herbologist, Rong Chuan provides safe and effective treatments for both physical and psychological ailments. Her practice also focuses on health maintenance and illness prevention by balancing body energy flow. Rong Chuan also offers acupuncture, facial rejuvenation, Chinese herbal medicine, cupping, food therapy consultation, and life style consultation to help you achieve your health goal.

If you are looking for answers about Massage Therapy and Acupuncture for wellness and vitality for your family, just call us at 250-652-4347 or visit our website at peninsulachiro.ca. There are 33 vertebrae in the human back. These bones protect your nervous system and spinal cord. We’ll keep them healthy! #4 - 7816 East Saanich Rd., Saanichton Village


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Good leaders project their values and passions Laura Jones hat is this thing we call leadership? That’s the question I was asked to decode for an audience of woman business owners. Who can argue with leadership advice like listen more than you talk and set high standards for yourself? I came across a little gem in a book from management guru Peter Drucker. He says: “the definition of a leader, the only definition, is somebody who has followers.” I was a little perplexed. You don’t


have to achieve results to be a leader? You don’t have to be a good person? You just have to have followers? Mother Teresa has followers, she was a leader. Justin Trudeau has followers, he is a leader. Donald Trump has followers, he is a leader. So, what is the commonality that attracts those followers? I think to attract followers (and therefore be a leader), you have to be authentic and willing to project your values and passion through your work. It’s

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not enough to just have values and passions. They have to be important enough that you will project them into the world in spite of what people might think. Leadership is that easy and that hard. Because to do that you have to stop worrying about what others think you should want or think you should do. You have to stop thinking about appearances. You have to take risks. You have to be true to yourself and stand up for what you believe in.

Not long ago a friend challenged me to come up with my leadership statement. My statement is simple: “I want to inspire others to work toward a mission that makes the world a better place. I want to lead with integrity, courage, fairness and passion.” The more important question for leaders is a much more personal and practical question: What kind of leader do you want to be? Laura Jones is Executive Vice-President of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB)

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Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation The newest addition to the Saanich Peninsula Hospital

Saanich Peninsula Hospital Extended Care.

Foundation, Renn brings passion and dedication to

In May 2014, Renn began working with the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation, and has already become

everything she does. She throws herself entirely into each new endeavour, charming everyone as she goes. Renn has a diverse back-

deeply imbedded in the life of the hospital.A week after starting work, she began her

ground with a passion for adventure and a strong need

volunteer career at the hospital. For some time she

to do work that matters. Hailing from Calgary, she

played cribbage with residents in ECU on Tuesday

spent the early years of her

evenings. Then she began

career on the frontlines of healthcare. She worked with

taking photos of the PATS animal volunteers and their

various departments within the Calgary Health Region to help clinics hone their Patient

owners, who deliver animal therapy to SPH residents. If that wasn’t enough, she

Relation practices and craft effective patient care databases.

took on the task of managing a group of teenage volunteers. Her boundless energy continues to inspire (and surprise!) SPH staff.

After an extended trip to India, she set her sights on Vancouver Island to complete a Bachelor of Music in

Renn believes in fostering strong connections with

Classical Vocal Performance. A member of Victoriabased band Fox Glove, Renn can be heard on the CBC, movie soundtracks and a number of collaborations with other artists. Though they perform extensively, Fox

others to help create environments of great potential, and she is delighted to spend her days nurturing those bonds with donors, staff and patients at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital. She also plays a mean ukulele.

Glove also makes time to entertain residents in the

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