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CENTR AL ISL AND LIFE AT ITS FINEST

COSY & COMFORT

FINDING HYGGE

Creating "cocoon-able" spaces

THE SPICE IS LOADED

Exploring the savoury side of cinnamon

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LIFE ON THE EDGE

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On the Cover

Stunning views and fine details at Stephenson Point home

Photo by Dirk Heydemann Beautiful interior and gorgeous ocean views of a Stephenson Point home built by Pheasant Hill Homes Ltd.

By Darcy Nybo

50 HIGH COUNTRY ROMP

This season’s look is all about fun outerwear, slouchy knits, faux fur and punches of soft metallics.

By Katherine Suna

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HOT PROPERTIES

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Dr. Gabriele Weichert: on work and family

By Tess van Straaten

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Creating a “cocoon-able” space for winter

By Lorin Turner

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Exploring the savoury side of cinnamon

By Chef Heidi Fink


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EDITOR’S LETTER

Dreaming of a Green Christmas?

By Susan Lundy

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Pierre Simard

By Katherine Suna

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inspiredCHEFS

Lauren Cartmel, Ma Maison

By Angela Cowan

18 WELL & GOOD

70 TRAVEL

Movement on the Brain

High in New York

By Kaisha Scofield

By Susan Lundy

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78 FRONT ROW

Deeply Rooted: the Art of Kelly Corbett

What’s on this winter

By Lauren Langston

By Sherry Conly

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Purely Penticton: A wild winter escape

By Lauren Kramer

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Heart & Home: Stu Hopewell

By Sean McIntyre

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By Lia Crowe

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WRITER: CINNAMON

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DIRK HEYDEMANN PHOTOGRAPHER: LIFE ON THE EDGE

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“Passing through Saltair, south of Ladysmith, the last thing one expects to discover is a classy but quaint cafe — let alone one owned by a chef who has worked for years in London and Los Angeles, before deciding to return to her roots. Lauren Cartmel’s Ma Maison, housed in a former rail station building, is a hidden gem, although the crowd of lunchtime clients suggests it won’t be a secret for much longer.” Don has photographed numerous high-profile events, including the Olympics, World Hockey Championships and a royal wedding. “Modelling for the food story photos in this edition was hilarious. It seems funny to step in front of the camera after spending so much time working behind the scenes. I don’t know if my photo will make it in, but I had a ton of fun holding my cup of chai, inhaling the fragrance of cinnamon on a grey, west coast day.” Heidi is a chef, food writer and culinary instructor, specializing in local foods and ethnic cuisines.

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"I met Pierre at the Port Theatre in Nanaimo, and we had the grand space to ourselves to take the photos. Pierre’s presence is a joy to photograph." Izabel Kazenbroot-Guppy is a photographer and graphic designer from Vancouver Island.

"I loved discovering the winter beauty of Penticton in the off-season, and getting to know the city's cosy, unique nooks and crannies." An award-winning writer, Lauren pens food, travel and lifestyle features from her home in Richmond, BC.

WRITER: IN STUDIO

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“Visiting Kelly Corbett’s house was like walking through a beautiful art gallery and seeing one gorgeous image after another on every wall, and it left me eyeing my own walls and wondering where I might hang one of her spectacular pieces.” Laura Langston is a freelance writer and award-winning novelist who has recently relocated from Victoria to Qualicum Beach.

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SEAN MCINTYRE

KAISHA SCOFIELD

WRITER: LIFE ON THE EDGE

WRITER: HEART & HOME

WRITER: WITH MOVEMENT ON THE BRAIN

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PAGE 30 “Building on a lot with a steep embankment is not always easy. This three-level home has the owners living on the edge in style.” When she’s not playing with words, Darcy is usually outside in her garden, or exploring the island with her dogs.

"The most inspiring people are often the most unassuming. Stu Hopewell has helped create an innovative and successful company based in downtown Nanaimo, while constantly striving to make his hometown a better place." Sean is a freelance writer based on Salt Spring Island. He enjoys writing about the people, places and flavours of Canada’s West Coast.

PAGE 18 “Writing about the profound effect that dance can have on brain health was especially interesting because I spent much of my childhood in a dance studio, and credit dance training for my own agility and love of movement.” Kaisha is a nutritional therapist and the owner of Well and Strong Health. Her motto is “Move your muscles, fuel your brain and love your guts.”

KATHERINE SUNA

LORIN TURNER

TESS VAN STRAATEN

WRITER: HIGH COUNTRY ROMP

WRITER: FINDING HYGGE

WRITER: SKIN DEEP

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PAGE 50 "Our team spent the day at Bird's Eye Cove Farm exploring the lush fields, curious pigs and beautiful Highland cows. This issue we focused on mixing feminine silhouettes with casual pieces, and capturing bursts of movement. Metallic details were also mixed into some of the looks to celebrate the upcoming holiday." Katherine is a fashion stylist and freelance writer living in Nanaimo, BC.

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EDITOR’SLETTER

Dreaming of a “green” Christmas? BY SUSAN LUNDY

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food, you’ve got the booze. Should you FTER 30 years of also buy a few joints or edibles now Christmas column that marijuana is legal in Canada?” writing — often for Here are some other headlines I multiple publications found: “What I Learned From My — I realized last year Christmas Edibles Nightmare;” “21 that the well of Christmas creativity was Compelling Reasons Why You Should running dry. I’ve pulled anecdotes from Smoke Weed On Christmas” (most are every holiday season I can remember. not compelling at all); “15 Ways Weed I’ve gone serious; I’ve gone humorous. Can Make Christmas Better” (pretty To gift or not to gift? Christmas with sure the writer was high on this one); a holiday humbug husband; Christmas and the intriguing “Which Is Cheaper: with a festive fanatic husband. I’ve Walmart’s ‘Weed Christmas Tree’ or written about the true meaning of Actual Weed?” the season (I’ve found several) and I also found “green” gifts — like the I’ve attended myriad holiday events, “Let’s get baked” T-shirt — and some all seeking fodder for the Christmas very exciting YouTube videos with column. titles such as: “Girl gets boyfriend So last year, as I struggled to find a pound of weed for Christmas.” unique holiday theme, my mind settled So I crafted it all into a column, on a recent media trip to Jamaica, which chortling as I wrote it, and thrilled I had a new holiday angle. had occurred just weeks after the legalization of marijuana in Ready to submit, I started thinking about the publication’s Canada. On the trip, the two of us Canadians were regarded demographic, which, I realized, was heavy on seniors. No with a new aura of respect, tinged with envy at our country’s matter, I thought, I’d run it past a couple of church-going progressive attitude. And how ironic, everyone noted, to be women in their 70s. sitting in the “ganja” capital of the world, where recreational So what do you think? Funny, right? pot use is still illegal. It didn’t help that in my rough draft, Early one morning in Jamaica, I’d Sad? Confusing? So much there was a typo on the word ganja stumbled bleary-eyed out of my room for my sense of humour. in the first reference. The woman (pre-coffee, so you can picture that), and saw a fellow beckoning to me from the I sighed, filed the column wrote back, saying, “At first I couldn’t figure out what you were talking about beach. Without my glasses (or coffee!), I and cobbled together because I didn’t know that ganja was mistakenly recognized him as one of the a term for marijuana. I looked up ‘the group, and trotted towards him. a string of memories ganga capital of the world’ only to “Wanna buy some ganja?” he asked. around gift-giving. discover that it is the river Ganges, Two weeks earlier, I would have gulped hence my confusion.” and said, “No, thanks” and scuttled Oh dear. away. Now, however, I could toss my head and give a little Neither woman took offence at the column, but the second laugh. “Dude, I’m from Canada. I don’t need to buy ganja on one added, “I think it’s a bit sad that it’s such a big deal.” the beaches of Jamaica.” Sad? Confusing? So much for my sense of humour. I sighed, What does this have to do with Christmas, you ask? Well, filed the column and cobbled together a string of memories last year, in an effort to find a unique column theme, I around gift-giving. (However, all is not lost, because one year wondered if I could write something humorous about how the later, it turns out I have a holiday-themed subject for Boulevard legalization of pot might change up the season for some. So I readers!) did a little internet research. I hope you enjoy this edition of Boulevard. And from First, I found seasonal edibles. “Dreaming of a Green everyone here, we wish you the very best of the season, whether Christmas?” one pot website asked. “Here are 11 cannabis you’re hoping for a white Christmas, a green Christmas — or recipes for the holidays.” Recipes followed for holiday both. essentials such as Smashed & Roasted Red Potatoes with Herbs & Cannabis; Cream of Cannabis Soup; Ganja-Glazed Susan Lundy has been writing stories since she was six years Nuts; Cannabis Gravy; and Ganjabread House. old. She has a degree in creative writing from the University of I also found the expected hand-wringing and angst: “It’s Victoria, and after working for many years as an award-winning December 2018 and you’re responsible for organizing your journalist, is now a magazine editor, author and freelance writer. office Christmas party,” wrote one newspaper. “You’ve got the 12

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LIFE

FAVOURITE LOCAL RESTAURANT OR CAFE: Modern Cafe/Board Game House. FAVOURITE COCKTAIL/WINE: Vintage Ink Rebel Red is my go-to red or Chateau Simard St-Emilion for grand occasions. FAVOURITE CITY TO VISIT: I know it’s cliché, but I dig big cities like New York, Paris and London. FAVOURITE HOTEL: Coast Bastion Hotel. FAVOURITE APP: A tie between Kindle and Zinio. FAVOURITE PLACE IN THE WHOLE WORLD: A podium, in front of an orchestra, creating and recreating LIVE music. FAVOURITE THING TO DO IN YOUR FREE TIME OR DAY OFF: Composing, reading, gaming and being reminded I have a family — so I can share free time with them! FAVOURITE WORKOUT ROUTINE: The sixkilometre walk around Westwood Lake. FAVOURITE THING TO DO ON A SELF-CARE DAY: Pinball — and the best place is Pinball Hall of Fame in Vegas. A UNIQUE QUIRK THAT MAKES YOU YOU:  I can usually identify a piece of orchestral music after hearing only the first note or chord. 

STYLE INSPIRATIONS + GROOMING

FAVOURITE ARTIST: Kandinsky and Vermeer. PIECE OF ART: Pre-Raphaelites, medieval pieces by Edmund Blair Leighton. FAVOURITE FASHION DESIGNER: I really admire what the 20th-century French have done for fashion: Pierre Cardin, YSL, Givenchy, etc. ERA THAT INSPIRES YOUR STYLE: Currently, everything retrowave, synthwave, neon-purple excessive ‘80s. FILM OR MOVIE THAT INSPIRED YOUR STYLE:  Anything from sci-fi — from Tron to Star Trek — to The Prisoner and Ready Player One. NECESSARY INDULGENCE: The occasional man-spa outing (facial, massage, electrolysis, etc.). GROOMING SECRET: Neutrogena products, water and smiling a lot. HAIR SALON: Coiffure Nouvelle Vague in Ste-Thérèse, Québec.


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GO-TO OUTFIT: Blue or WHAT YOU READ ONLINE purple shirt, blue or black jeans FOR INSPIRATION: Computer and black long coat. FAVOURITE PLACE Music Magazine. COFFEE TO SHOP: Simons for mainstream and TABLE BOOK: 1001 Inventions quirky; self-owned shops for everything else. That Changed the World. LAST ALL-TIME FAVOURITE PIECE: My white tux, GREAT READ: The bought for a song at Simons Laval. CURRENTLY whole Game of Thrones COVETING:  Noble House Perfecto motorbike series by George R.R. leather jacket for riding on my V-Star. FAVOURITE Martin. BOOK CURRENTLY PAIR OF SHOES: Italian, soft leather casual shoes from READING: Waterdeep: Spring. FAVOURITE WATCH: Swatch! FAVOURITE TIE/ Dragon Heist. FAVOURITE BOW TIE COLOUR AND BRAND: My Cirque du Soleil BOOK OF ALL blue acrobat tie — this one is a collector’s item. FAVOURITE TIME: Alexandre Dumas JEWELLERY PIECE OR DESIGNER: Medieval — Complete Works. brooches, which I attach on my tux lapel (always hunting for those). ACCESSORY YOU SPEND THE MOST MONEY ON: Black concert shoes, which I prematurely overuse through NGENIOUS is a word that comes to mind after excessive dancing spending a lovely morning with conductor, on the podium. composer and arranger Pierre Simard. Pierre’s passion and commitment to music emerged as luminous as we chatted about his 13th season with the Vancouver Island Symphony, now celebrating its 25th anniversary.    During his free time, Pierre’s love for music continues at Pierre’s humble beginnings in Montreal — raised in a family home. He enjoys discovering and creating new music, in who shared a love of music — shaped his instinctive desire to particular, electronic music using his digital audio workstation. learn, create and discover music from the age of four. Pierre also loves spending time outdoors with his wife and “I was the curious child in the family, I loved to read books, three children. and it eventually triggered a desire to discover music and new “My wife helps me, as I’m in my own world a lot with music composers,” he says. and reading. She always suggests I get fresh air, so we walk a lot It was not until Pierre attended music school in Montreal outside,” he jokes. and was exposed to the subject of concert and symphonic bands The love of “stories” extends beyond music and includes that he discovered his love for the symphony. Following this reading books, mostly time-tested tales, from Hemingway to Poe, new passion, he became a professional oboist in Montreal, and with side visits to Tolkien or Walt Whitman. then expanded his talents to become a conductor.  “I conduct a lot of music from previous centuries and I need “I wasn’t satisfied with a relationship with an object. It was to hear all those voices from the past.”  really the desire to always discover, and always be on the hunt We ended our visit chatting about Pierre spending time with for the next piece that I found to feed my musical appetite,” his son playing board games, such as Dungeons and Dragons, explains Pierre. and how he encourages everyone He soon realized his true interest, and calling, was ETC to come out and enjoy the orchestral music. MUST-HAVE upcoming concerts the “I just wanted to be with an orchestra as many hours as I CONDUCTOR TOOL:  Vancouver Island could, and I realized that would be as a conductor rather than Mollard Conducting Batons: mine Symphony has to offer.   playing an instrument.” is a silver-handle, 16-inch Lancio. Pierre also wanted to showcase new music he discovered FAVOURITE COMPOSING STUDIO:  along the way. A digital audio workstation (DAW), “As a conductor, one of my missions is to bring forward Ableton Live (living on my MacBook Pro). compositions and/or composers that have been forgotten. FAVOURITE FURNITURE PIECE: My desk, It’s part of my own personal artistic statement, and it has a unique producer’s one: Output Platform. had an impact here at the Vancouver Island Symphony’s FAVOURITE MUSIC TOOL: My programming,” he explains.    keyboard, sometimes used in VIS Pierre graciously educated me on protocol as a conductor, productions for instruments which and the importance of wearing black so that the orchestra can we don’t own (celeste, pipe see the baton while performing. organ, etc.). “I wear a black tuxedo to blend in, and so do the orchestra members, helping everyone focus solely on the music.”

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Lauren Cartmel Chef at Ma Maison 

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HERE WERE YOU BORN AND WHERE DID YOU GROW UP? I was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and I grew up on Vancouver Island in Ladysmith.   HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN AT MA MAISON AND WHERE WERE YOU BEFORE THAT?   I opened Ma Maison in March this year, and before that I was in LA for many years. I ran Messhall in Los Feliz, Comme Ça in West Hollywood, and the Polo Lounge in the Beverly Hills Hotel. Before LA I was in London at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in Chelsea.    WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO BECOME A CHEF?  Mrs. Helmkay, my high school home ec teacher, really inspired and encouraged me, so I decided to enrol at the culinary program at VIU (which was still Malaspina College at that time).     WHAT’S THE ONE INGREDIENT YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT? That’s a tough one! I’d have to say olive oil, then butter, then lemon.     WHAT IS YOUR GO-TO MEAL WHEN YOU’RE LOW ON TIME?  At home it’s tacos. It’s something my kids will actually eat.    WHAT WOULD YOUR LAST MEAL BE?  Dinner with friends at Osteria Mozza’s mozzarella bar.    

WHAT IS THE BEST RECENT FOOD TREND? Eating more local, but I think that’s an old trend that happily has come back to us.    WHAT IS THE MOST OVERRATED RECENT FOOD TREND?  Sous vide red meat. I’ll take a charcoal grill any day.    WHAT IS A GOOD SIMPLE PIECE OF ADVICE FOR PAIRING WINE AND FOOD?  Pair like with like if you’re unsure. Big bold flavours can take a big wine; delicate food flavours will need a softer wine. When in doubt ask an expert. I always ask for recommendations when looking for something new. We have such great vineyards and wine stores to choose from on the island.     WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE CUISINE TO COOK?  French.    WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE CUISINE TO EAT?  Italian.    WHEN ARE YOU HAPPIEST AT WORK?  When a farmer or forager walks through my door holding a box to surprise me.    WHEN ARE YOU HAPPIEST OUTSIDE OF WORK?  River days, farmers’ market shopping and hiking.   

(above) Ham and cheese sandwich with a pumpkin soup with truffle cream. Pecan pie at Ma Maison.

CAN YOU SHARE AN EASY, SEASONAL RECIPE FOR A QUICK BITE THIS WINTER?  See below.

PUMPKIN CHEESECAKE 2 lbs cream cheese  1 3/4 cups sugar  2 cups sour cream  1 3/4 cups pumpkin purée   1 tsp  ground cinnamon  1/8 tsp ground clove  1/4 tsp ground ginger  1/4 tsp grated nutmeg  5 eggs    In a food processor, thoroughly purée cream cheese, sugar, sour cream, pumpkin and spices. Then add eggs and purée until incorporated, about 1 minute. 

Pour into prepared cake pan with crust. Bake 1 hour at 300º F, then remove from oven and cool. Refrigerate 3 hours before serving.   CRUST  1 1/2 cups graham crumbs  2 Tbsp sugar  5 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted  1/2 tsp salt  Mix ingredients in a bowl, then press into a non-stick springform cake pan. Bake at 350º F for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and cool. Set aside until ready to fill with cheesecake mix. 

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AVE you ever tried texting while walking? Did you end up tripping over a dog or walking into an unsuspecting sign post? Your brain is great at preventing you from walking into things, but it can be easily overwhelmed when asked to do more than one task at a time. Tasks like walking (motor function) and reading (information input) simultaneously require what’s called cross-lateral brain activity and they can tax an untrained brain’s ability to keep up.   We build these physical and neurological connections as children but they can become weakened with age. A healthy interaction between the mental and physical body leads to a more completely balanced self and there are activities that challenge the brain to process multiple inputs to build better


connections. These activities often combine movement, memory and process, while triggering important crosslateral brain activity.   One of the most prominent examples of this is dance. Dancers must learn to process multiple inputs, while also expressing physical movement. Simply being in a dance class exposes the brain to a variety of processes, such as identifying the beat of the music, receiving instructions from the teacher and repeating memorized steps, all while engaging muscles and the cardiovascular system, and making sure you don’t step on anyone’s toes. Dancing is as much a mental workout as a physical one. Building these neural pathways through cross-lateral stimulation is how coordination is developed.   Dancing, from flamenco to ballet styles, is enjoying a bit of a renaissance. In Victoria, BC, this is due in part to Raino Dance, a studio that has been training dancers for more than 30 years. Founded in 1982 by modern dance icon Lynda Raino, it is now run by her former student and protégé Monique Salez. Raino Dance delivers six different genres of dance to over 250 dancers with the students ranging in age from 18 to 80. Most enter the studio with little to no dance experience at all.   Listening to Monique talk about her 20 years as a dancer and teacher, it is clear that she has a deep knowledge and passion for movement. She has witnessed students experience physical growth through building muscle and flexibility, and points out that dance gives the brain and body a vessel to expand beyond the confines of daily routine and structure. Asked if she believes dance can improve brain function and create neural pathways, she states: “Absolutely! It absolutely creates pathways. People who commit to the training are getting the positive effect of creating those pathways. And it expresses differently in everyone’s bodies, but they are absolutely experiencing increased agility, increased strength, increased flexibility of body and mind. They experience an openness and the ability to respond. The ability to be in a situation and respond effectively. The ability to be in a community, to have their energy bounce off other people. There is no doubt. There is nothing else that is more beneficial than dance; it is just an amazing tool.”   Clearly, dancing can help us improve our physical and brain health, but if you aren’t quite ready to throw on your legwarmers and bust a move, other activities provide these benefits. Marital arts, spin class, various forms of yoga, gymnastics, boxing and even walking while listening to a podcast, can get those cross-lateral brain waves working.  


Essential Nutrients for the Brain Enhancing your brain health doesn’t have to end in the studio or gym. You can support your brain every day through the foods that you eat, and a great place to start is a diet full of nutrient-dense foods, free from excess preservatives and sugar. Even keeping yourself hydrated can make a big difference to brain function. You can, however, go even further with targetted nutritional supplementation.   Healthy fats and essential fatty acids (or EFAs) are crucial for the development and maintenance of our cells and delivery of nutrients throughout the body, especially the brain. EFAs are found primarily in fatty fish such as mackerel, salmon, sardines and, to a lesser degree, legumes, seeds and nuts. As well, it is important to include other fats, for example those sourced from coconut, avocado and clean meat and animal products. The human brain is made up of nearly 60 per cent fat. The fat molecules needed to support brain function are not synthesized in the body and must be obtained by external sources, i.e., from your diet.   A great way to get healthy fats into your diet — that also happens to be great pre- or post- workout — is the fat bomb. Fat bombs have a coconut base and can be combined in a variety of delicious flavours and fun shapes.  

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HEN Kelly Corbett was eight years old, her mother enrolled her in art lessons. For the shy little girl, it was a big push out of her comfort zone. Unbeknown to Kelly and her mother, however, it was a push towards Kelly’s future. “I was always drawing, always crafting, and Mom wanted to nurture that,” Kelly says. “I ended up staying with the same instructor until I was in university.”   Today, the 43-year-old Nanoose Bay artist is garnering attention for beautiful and realistic paintings featuring the stunning landscapes and wildlife of Vancouver Island and the Okanagan Valley. While her mother started her down the artistic path, it was her father who helped her foster a love for her subject matter. “We always went camping or hiking or boating as a family, and we still take annual week-long family kayaking trips together,” Kelly says. “Being in nature inspires my art.” Born and raised in Chilliwack, Kelly originally wanted to be a marine biologist, but her distaste for chemistry and physics ruled out that career. “So, I decided to follow my talent.”   After graduating with a Fine Arts Diploma from University of the Fraser Valley and a Diploma of Photography from the Western Academy of Photography, Kelly became a professional photographer. She pursued that passion for the next 14 years, though she always found time to paint or draw. It wasn’t until 2014, however, when Kelly moved to the Okanagan with her partner, Joe, that painting became the sole focus of her professional life.   Soon after arriving, Kelly went into the Lloyd Gallery in Penticton to get one of her pen-and-ink drawings framed. She mentioned she was looking for work. Impressed with the detail in her drawing and needing someone on staff who had a meticulous eye, the gallery offered her a job.    After a few months, Kelly worked up the courage to ask her boss if she could show her work in the gallery. “She wasn’t sure if I could paint enough to be a gallery artist,” Kelly remembers. “I took that as a challenge and decided to try.”   Her boss eventually agreed to display a few of Kelly’s pieces on the back wall near the framing area where there wasn’t much traffic. That first year, Kelly sold 12 paintings. Spurred by her

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“I’ve been lucky enough to travel to many different places, but there’s an endless amount to see at home and I only want to explore and paint BC now. I am rooted here.” success, Kelly asked if she could display some of her work in the main part of the gallery. In the second year, Kelly sold 36 paintings.  She went on to approach a new gallery every year and she’s now represented by six galleries, including the Mark Penny Gallery in Ucluelet, the Village Gallery in Sidney and the McMillan Arts Centre in Parksville, where she’s also the artist in residence every Friday from 10 am until 3 pm.  Kelly’s work has a strong sense of place. She draws deeply from her surroundings, and she especially loves Vancouver Island. She and Joe moved to Nanoose Bay in 2018, but the year prior she was on the island five times, drawn back by her love of the ocean, the big mossy trees, and her best friend in Errington.   “I’ve been lucky enough to travel to many different places, but there’s an endless amount to see at home, and I only want to explore and paint BC now,” Kelly says. “I am rooted here.”    Kelly paints every day. Her chosen medium is acrylic on

canvas. She doesn’t have the patience for oils (they take too long to dry) and while she started out using watercolour, she prefers acrylics because she can paint over them. Her self-described method is thin, watery layers that mimic watercolour.  The artist loves large canvases because they look so impressive. Whether it’s large canvases of the majestic west coast, or her smaller pieces featuring quail or other BC birds, Kelly’s attention to detail is evident in everything she paints. She has an eye for beauty and a particular talent for capturing the play of light as it dances off the water or filters through the leaves of the trees.   Passion for her art makes it easy for Kelly to go weeks without a break, particularly when the weather is poor. In the spring and summer, however, she’s off hiking or kayaking almost every weekend, capturing interesting reference images for future paintings. She plans what she calls her adventure calendar at the beginning of every year. Telegraph Cove and Desolation Sound are on the list for 2020, as is seeing more of northern Vancouver Island in general.    Also in the works for 2020 are solo exhibitions in Parksville in February, Peachland in May and Qualicum Beach in September. And if you’re passing through Victoria International Airport between now and mid-January, look for Kelly’s art on display there.      Kelly has come a long way since starting art lessons all those years ago. But those early efforts aren’t forgotten. “Mom still has paintings on her wall I did when I was 12,” Kelly says with a smile. “And they’re actually pretty good.”  For more information on Kelly Corbett’s art, visit her website: kellycorbett.ca 

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’M standing on the frozen expanse of Chute Lake, 4,000 feet above Penticton, staring at a hole in the lake beneath which the trout are supposedly large, hungry and just waiting for my bait. Warmed by the crackle of a firepit a few feet away, I’m realizing the middle of Chute Lake is not a bad place to reflect on life and the winter beauty of the Okanagan. Behind me the rustic Chute Lake Lodge is caked in snow, its 100-year-old facade framed by trees and shadowed by the sharp rise of steep mountain cliffs. A few Canada geese fly overhead, but apart from their brief farewell cries there are no sounds but the crackle of the fire to punctuate the sweet stillness of a snowy morning. By February, the lake’s four feet of ice make a great surface for a meditative walk with snowshoeclad feet, on a lake that feels literally lost in time. Situated smack-bang on the historic Kettle Valley Rail Trail, the lodge at Chute Lake has long been known as the place for a nostalgic family vacation or an afternoon tea of signature homemade apple pie. Recently under new ownership, its eight cabins have been lovingly repaired and updated without erasing their historic charm. Look carefully and you’ll find log-hewn walls bearing graffiti dating back to the 1930s, and ancient, wood-fired stoves

now used to heat the cabins. Kids toboggan outside, guests sign up for yoga classes and a session in the sweat lodge, and families chat over home-cooked meals in the warm friendliness of the lodge’s communal dining room. It’s an intimate, recuperative experience that couldn’t be more different from today’s “resort-style” accommodation. After a less-than-successful fishing experience I warm up over a steaming bowl of nourishing beef stew. Then I tackle the mountain switchbacks to return to Penticton for an afternoon of wine tasting. It’s low season in the Okanagan, a great time to enjoy the city, its breweries and wineries, without having to wait in lines or hunt for parking. In the off-season you have the place all to yourself, a great opportunity to fill your time with tasty libations, winter biking, breweries and ski resort options. Sandwiched between lakes Skaha and Okanagan, Penticton is an unpretentious city where old and new collide, offering a heady mix of recreational offerings all year round. This winter, don’t let the colder temperatures deter you from visiting. There’s a good chance you’ll be swept away by the serene beauty of this Okanagan destination.

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To gain a deeper appreciation of the complex flavours of the region, visit Great Escapes Okanagan, a downtown wine experience centre and store that specializes in pairing the valley’s best wines with carefully selected local cheese and chocolate. This is a tempting one-stop shop for those who want to sniff, swirl and sip their way through a portfolio of Okanagan wineries without visiting each one.

Some of the Kettle Valley Rail Trail’s most popular terrain for cyclists lies between Penticton and Kelowna, a segment that includes the Myra Canyon trestles and the most spectacular scenery. Don’t be deterred from venturing this way when there’s snow on the ground. With a fat-tire electric bike you have all the traction you need. With the aid of battery power, most of the work is done for you, giving you the freedom to enjoy the view and climb the hills without concern for breathless exhaustion. Freedom Bike Shop, on Penticton’s main drag, is a quick ride from the trailhead.  (freedombikeshop.com) 

Apex Mountain Resort, a playground for downhill skiers since 1961, has more than its share of adrenalinepumping mountain trails, but it also boasts a good selection of ski alternatives and softer winter adventures. Rent skates and take to the Adventure Ice Loop, one kilometre of magical skating terrain surrounded by trees. For a faster ride, rent a tube and slip down a gentle slope at the tube park. Or if the hiking trails are calling, strap snowshoes onto your feet and venture into the valley and down by the creek on a selfguided trail. There’s a good chance the only tracks will be yours. (apexresort.com)  

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Chute Lake Lodge, 30 kilometres from Penticton, is a picturesque lodge with a history dating back to the construction of the Kettle Valley Railroad in the early 1900s. Newly restored, its eight cabins are a great venue for a back-to-nature family retreat, with a plethora of recreational possibilities that include trout ice fishing, tobogganing, snowshoeing, a sweat lodge and yoga classes. Chute Lake delivers the kind of serenity that only comes from a remote mountain lodge steeped in snow, solitude and timeless charm. (chutelakeresort.ca)

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A southern exposure oceanfront lot, an outdated cabin and an eye on energy efficiency started the journey for this stunning Nanaimo home.

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HE perfect property for a forever home is a journey that starts out in anticipation, then turns daunting. Once the perfect spot is found, the journey emerges into excitement. Dan and Sharon, owners of the newly built “Living on the Edge” home in Stephenson Point, knew they wanted an oceanfront home with a southern exposure. Nanaimo is, in general, a city that sits facing the northeast, so to find a property they could build on that was central and faced the sunny south was a challenge that required some brainstorming as they visited potential home sites.  The journey began with the purchase of a steep, wooded property with a 1970s oceanview bungalow cabin augmented with stairs down to a private dock. The dream of a private, peaceful property for the family of five to grow into was within reach on this lot. Raymond de Beeld Architect Inc. was enlisted to design the home on the challenging site and Pheasant Hill Homes Ltd. was hired to make the vision a reality. Together, they created a jaw-dropping home in the Harbour City.  Priorities were to ensure the home would be energyefficient and that as little damage as possible was done to the surrounding trees. The challenging site required the home be designed according to the land. This meant having the front door accessed by an architectural bridge to the top floor, which contains the main living space.  The building process began first with deconstructing the cottage. It was important for Dan and Sharon to be able to upcycle material from the original cottage when possible. Cedar from the cottage was reclaimed and used for their bridgeway entrance, to rebuild the dock and eventually for a tree fort.   Because of the grade of this property, the build required around 200 tons of concrete for the foundation and retaining walls. Pheasant Hill’s site manager, Burke Stoller, stayed on top of getting the equipment in and out and staging the work to be completed properly and safely.  Even before you enter the home, you can see that it features large glass windows that create a living space incorporating the outdoors and highlighting the mature trees on the lot. Windows are usually a weak point in retaining heat in a home, but high-quality triple-pane windows were used, which increases comfort for the occupants.  “Even in the cooler months, we don’t need the heat on, or at least not for long,” says Dan, adding that, due to the extra layer of insulation around the structural components of the home, their highest gas bill (for cooking and hot water) has been $60.  Interesting mechanical features of this home include in-floor radiant heating, a natural gas-fired boiler, hookups for solar panels, electric vehicle charging stations,

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and a 30x30-inch dumbwaiter. The dumbwaiter is a unique feature that the architect recommended as a huge convenience in a three-storey home. It’s not only used for carrying food from the top-floor kitchen to the bottomfloor play room and hot tub area, but also for moving visitors’ luggage from the top floor to the lower-floor guest area.  The interior spaces are creative and fit the needs of a bustling family. Upon entering the home, you see that each family member has his or her own cubby to contain footwear, sports equipment and jackets.  The top floor has an open-concept kitchen to living room area, which displays a grand vaulted ceiling highlighted with clerestory windows to allow the flow of natural light and a view of Departure Bay.  The top floor features two separate decks. The covered deck off the living room is nestled near a neighbouring arbutus tree, allowing enjoyment of the sea breeze in the summer. It can also be used in the winter, heated by an exterior wood fireplace. The deck off the kitchen is perfect for sunny dinner evenings. The windows separating the kitchen from this deck are truly unique as they can fold away like an accordion to allow both the fresh air and the food to pass easily from kitchen to patio.  There are personal touches throughout this build from Dan and a helpful friend who enjoy woodworking. The large kitchen island top, the kitchen patio bar and the raw-edge shelving are all made from arbutus trees logged from the property.  Descending down the first set of custom stairs, you notice a unique wall of glass. The fir treads on the stairs grew in that outdoor space beyond the windows. The staircase is unique as the steps tuck in and out of the window openings and sit on a raw steel beam, surrounded with that same steel for the railings. This theme of raw steel is carried throughout the home, used in the balcony railings as well, ensuring strength and durability.  This home was designed to suit this family’s busy lifestyle that includes night shifts and three young boys. A smaller footprint for the master sleeping area was designed so that a roomy en suite bathroom and large walk-in clothing closet could be created. This area was thoroughly thought through so that there would be as

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HE’S one of Nanaimo’s top skin doctors, but Dr. Gabriele Weichert hadn’t planned to to specialize in dermatology. “When I was going to medical school I thought I would do something really acute, like working in a hospital or intensive care unit,” explains Gabriele, who also did a PhD in medical research before training to become a doctor. “But in medical school I was exposed to the dermatology clinic and all of a sudden I was just captivated … I think it really appealed to my visual core to see all the diseases laid out visually, instead of inferring them from other signs of health. It was an absolute lock for me.” Gabriele’s been practising for more than 15 years now and she says it’s been incredibly rewarding. She’s treated thousands of patients, covering a wide range of serious conditions like skin cancer, inflammatory issues, infections and skin disorders, as well as aesthetics. “I love the variation,” the 52-year-old says. “Every time I walk into a room to see someone, I don’t know what I’m going to see and yet sometimes — literally within two seconds of laying eyes on someone — I know what they have just from the experience of seeing thousands of cases over the years.” Gabriele has a busy medical practice, SkinCareWest, and two years ago, she founded Synergy Medical Aesthetics in partnership with Dr. Phil Barnsley, a plastic surgeon. “We share a similar philosophy and we shared a lot of patients already with skin cancer management so we

felt our expertise melded very well together and we were both sending patients elsewhere for device-based treatments like laser, which we couldn’t offer in our individual small practices, but we could do together,” Gabriele says. But the majority of Gabriele’s time, about 75 per cent of it, is spent on the medical side. She says it is a big misconception that dermatology is all about aesthetics. “People don’t always appreciate how emotionally challenging skin disorders are,” she explains. “When people are itchy and uncomfortable and they feel that everyone can see what’s happening to them because of an external condition, it’s very hard. So to be able to offer the expertise to help manage their condition can be really gratifying, and there’s such profound relief in people.” The popularity of shows like Dr. Pimple Popper, who is one of Gabriele’s academic friends, has helped raise awareness about the serious and life-altering conditions dermatologists help treat. But Gabriele feels the specialty is often undervalued. “I had a patient ask me the other day if I had to go to medical school to be a dermatologist,” she laughs. “We actually have to do five years of specialty training to be a dermatologist.” But Gabriele says the biggest challenge is that there just aren’t enough dermatologists in Canada, which can lead to longer wait times. And with an aging population and increasing rates of skin cancer, more dermatologists are desperately needed. “I have trainees with me all the time and they’re always amazed I’m not treating acne all day. The vast majority of

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what I do is skin cancer management on Vancouver Island,” Gabriele explains. “We have an older, largely Caucasian population that’s had a lot of sun exposure.” Learning to run a business hasn’t been without its challenges. Like most doctors, Gabriele received no formal business training. “They give you exactly zero hours of training on how to run a business when you’re in medical school,” she says. “It takes time to learn everything and it’s not easy. Every couple of months you have to change things because there are constant moving parts that need to be tweaked and updated, and it takes much more time than one would expect.” Gabriele says one of the biggest challenges now is technology. Photo capture and electronic record-keeping are valuable tools, but they’re expensive and she says little work is being done to make sure different systems talk to each other. That means doctors often can’t see a patient’s records from other clinics or practitioners, which can be a barrier to treatment. “Patients expect we have access to all of their information because we have computers. But it doesn’t mean my computer can talk to a computer from the Lower Mainland,” she says. “There’s so much promise in the technology, but there are a lot of technological glitches that need to be worked out in terms of access and privacy and security. But who’s going to take the lead on that and also the cost? We’re constantly in negotiations with the government.” With so much to juggle, Gabriele says, the biggest lesson has been to slow down and go easy on herself. “I put a lot of pressure on myself to do everything right and I think one thing I’ve learned over the years is everything doesn’t need to be solved that very second,” she explains. “If I have a patient care issue or a business issue or something I’m struggling with, I can just exhale and take time to think about it. I don’t have to have all the answers right away. And when changes have to be made, it’s not a failure — it’s a way of moving forward.” With two teenagers and a physician husband who does shift work, Gabriele’s also learned the importance of balance, and she made a conscious effort to only work part-time after having her kids. “I’ve always had a philosophy that when school is out, I’m out. So I start work early and I’m home when my kids come home from school,” she says. “I’ve always had a couple afternoons a week to make sure my head is screwed on and it doesn’t matter if the kids are young or old, we just need to be on the ground — almost more at this age than when the kids were babies because there’s so much going on these days for kids.” Gabriele says the best advice she ever received was from one of her dermatology professors, when she was getting ready to move to Nanaimo to start her practice. “He said to always take one day off a week. You’ll never look back at the end of your career and think you need more money, but you’ll always wish you had more time.”


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At its core, hygge is about giving yourself permission to slow down, live in the moment and celebrate the cosy comfort within your home and with your loved ones.

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UTUMN on Vancouver Island is a uniquely beautiful time of year. Warm pockets of sunshine left over from the summer are accentuated with the riot of changing colours, blending into cool autumn nights. But as the golden days fade into endless gray, rain-soaked weeks, the anticipation of a West Coast winter is not the easiest on our mental well-being. Not quite the festive holiday season, this sudden change of atmosphere can affect our energy and dampen spirits. We retreat into our homes, instinctively yearning for hibernation. Instead of fighting against this need, we should prepare our spaces to maximize our enjoyment of this season.

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Enter “hygge.” You may have heard of it. Over the past couple of years, this Danish lifestyle has gained international attention. Pronounced “hoo-ga” or “hue-gah,” hygge is more about embodying a sensibility of comfort than the creation of a defined design trend. It is the practice of mindfulness brought to life within our homes. At its core, hygge is about giving yourself permission to slow down, live in the moment and celebrate the cozy comfort within your home and with your loved ones. Even with the long months of bracing Scandinavian winters, the Danish are consistently ranked as the happiest people in the world. They’ve leaned into the idea of wellness and it has become a core element of their daily lives, regardless of the season. It seems so contrary to today’s thinking, but one of the main tenets of hygge is slowing down, doing less. Focusing on the deliberateness of simplicity, it’s about enjoying the process of brewing tea or slow cooking a stew and giving yourself permission to just curl up and read a book. How can you not love a lifestyle movement that encourages you to swaddle up in knits or hunker down in your favourite pair of old sweats? 46

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Decorating for hygge When it comes to decorating our homes, hygge relies on the “less is more” approach. For furnishings, think modern Scandinavian pieces, streamlined shapes with open legs. Upholstered furniture pieces should be comfortable, not rigid. This is a time to sink down and relax. Dining chairs need to be cushy enough for extended social gatherings. There is a nod to minimalism with hygge: never crowding your space with more than you need. Don’t assume you need to replace everything to embody the hygge mandate. Cherishing the past and highlighting your family’s heritage is as important as the new. Be open to paring down. A little de-cluttering can better honour the mementos that hold deep meaning for you and your family. Cultivate your inner Maria Kondo (many of her practices align with the hygge mentality). Consider the items and pieces that spark joy and warm the cockles of your heart. Another objective of hygge is to quiet the busy mind. Soften your home with whites, creams and naturally derived neutrals


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to amplify peace in the overall visual effect. The intent is to create a space of comfortable ease for you, your family and your guests. Reduce the use of bright colours, sharp geometrics and polished objects; embrace the calming effects of wintry whites. Look for matte textures such as concrete or clay when choosing dishware, table lamps and accent pieces. Layered textures are key to creating a “cocoon-able” space. Chunky knits, nubby fabrics and sinkable furnishings add natural calmness. Warm and cozy throw cushions, blankets and plush area rugs are great additions to your current space. Look for natural materials in wools, cottons, linens. Textiles should be soft to the touch. Natural wood elements are a perfect way to add warmth to your space, whether it be a teak end table, a walnut candleholder or a handcrafted acacia bowl. The gnarled and knotty textures of wood are a perfect companion to the snowy whites. Increase the calming power of nature by adding plants and greenery. Stick with hardy varieties that thrive in dry environments with minimal sunlight like succulents, aloe, and jade.

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And for the simplest step of all, dim the lights. Candles and their gentle glow embody the cocooning mentality. Light a fire and set the ambiance to low. Accent lights and fixtures can be warm as well as energy efficient. Look for LED bulbs with a warm white temperature of 3000k or higher. Hygge embodies the joy to be found in the quieter moments of our hectic lives. Too often we focus on efficiency and the ability to multitask as key aspects to a successful life. But understanding and supporting our very human need to retreat can be just as beneficial. Give yourself a cosy sanctuary where you can recharge and rejoice in the wintry days ahead.

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Two-tone snap button coat ($204) by Carre Noir, twill print blazer ($139) and cropped pant ($89), both by Renuar, velvet printed mock neck top ($55) by Soyaconcept, all from Shades Ladies Clothing; “Basque” beret ($25) by Parkhurst from Fabrications; rutilated quartz statement ring ($700) from Impeccable Jewellery; and black lace-up “Suamy” boots ($275) by David Tyler from Cardino Shoes.


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Feel alive and carefree this winter as Boulevard takes you to Bird’s Eye Cove Farm, where the rolling fields are endless and the landscape beacons you to run, jump and play. This season’s look is all about fun outerwear, slouchy knits, faux fur and punches of soft metallics. Grab your dancing boots and warm layers, and celebrate the joyous spirit of the season!


Long green blazer jacket ($200) and multi-coloured stripe scarf ($100), both by Sandwich, grey turtleneck sweater ($90) by Renuar, and cropped metallic pull-up pant ($145) by Joseph Ribkoff, all from Refresh Clothing; silver hoops ($150) from Impeccable Jewellery; and black lace-up “Suamy” boots ($275) by David Tyler from Cardino Shoes.


Pink belted trench coat ($179) by Angeleye, metallic stripe “Sobel” tee ($55) and black pull-up “Gall” pant ($80), both by ICHI and all from Archer + Arrow; rutilated quartz statement ring ($700) from Impeccable Jewellery.


Quilted black jacket ($439) by Barbour, faux fur green vest ($119) by Echo, and off-theshoulder dress with floral print ($419) by Ted Baker all from Fabrications.


Rose pink quilted “Olias” jacket ($199) by Part Two, grey chunky knit sweater ($315) and contrast panel print pleat skirt ($315), both by Ted Baker and all from Fabrications; black lace-up bootie ($292) by Yuko Imanishi+ from Cardino Shoes.

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Exploring cinnamon’s savoury side BY HEIDI FINK | P H OTO S BY DON DENTON

By turns spicy, sweet and fragrant, cinnamon can richly complement savoury foods as much as it does sweets like cookies. It’s time to explore what this lovely spice can do.


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INNAMON is unfairly relegated to the baking cupboard when it has so much to offer to the entire kitchen. By turns spicy, sweet and fragrant, cinnamon can richly complement savoury foods as much as it does sweets like cookies. It’s time to explore what this lovely spice can do. In my kitchen, you will find cinnamon roasted with winter vegetables, steeped into a warming cup of tea, mixed into a dry rub, or simmered into a fragrant Moroccan-influenced stew, to name a few outside-ofthe-bakeshop cooking ideas. I find the culinary strength of cinnamon lies in its complex, spicy and warming qualities, and not necessarily in its sweetness. boulevardmagazines.com  |

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There are several types of cinnamon, each with its own flavour profile and kitchen power. In fact, the cinnamon in your cupboard is not likely real cinnamon at all, but a related species, cassia. True cinnamon is harder to find and more expensive, but definitely worth seeking out. Where our familiar “cinnamon” (cassia) is a rich, strong, spicy and dark powder, true cinnamon is milder, fruitier, lighter in colour, with a distinct flavour reminiscent of Valentine’s Day cinnamon hearts. Cassia pairs well with strong flavours and spices — curry, gingerbread, cloves — and true cinnamon pairs perfectly with milder foods, like apples, pears, cardamom and natural cocoa. I keep both types in my cupboard and use them in different ways. Cassia always goes in my gingerbread cookies and pumpkin spice loaf; I use it as part of my garam masala mix, used in many Indian dishes. Cassia also makes a frequent appearance in Moroccan tagines (stews) — where its liberal use distinguishes the flavour profile from Indian — and in my Mexican cooking as a subtle enhancement to taco fillings and grilled meats.


True cinnamon appears more frequently in desserts. I love to mix it into an aromatic cup of chai, sprinkle it on my morning bowl of oats, or use it instead of cassia in apple pie, where its milder aroma doesn’t out-compete the taste of the apple. I absolutely love true cinnamon when paired with natural (not Dutch-processed) cocoa powder. Try it in your next cup of Mexican-inspired hot cocoa, or in the chocolate variation of my rugelach recipe, below. Whether or not you decide to add true cinnamon to your pantry, you should definitely explore the savoury side of cinnamon. Its warm spiciness and subtle sweetness will add complexity, warmth and delicious flavour to all areas of your cooking.

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8 pods green cardamom 5 ml (½ tsp) sliced fresh ginger 5 cm (2 inches) true cinnamon stick, crushed or broken into small shards 2 cm (1 inch) regular cinnamon (cassia), in half 620-750 ml (2.5 to 3 cups) water 125 ml (½ cup) whole milk 15 ml (3 tsp) black tea leaves (I prefer Jewel of India from Silk Road Tea) sweetener to taste If possible, crush the cardamom pods and the true cinnamon in a mortar and pestle, or place them in a zipper-lock bag and roll over them with a rolling pin. This helps release the essential oils from the spices. In a medium pot, combine the lightly crushed spices, plus ginger and the piece of regular cinnamon (cassia) with the water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 2 minutes. Add milk and bring to a boil again. Remove from heat and immediately add the tea leaves and some sweetener (start with 1 Tbsp) and let steep gently for 3 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Taste for sweetness. Strain chai through a tea strainer into individual cups and serve. Note: if making more than one batch of this, strain the chai through a cheesecloth-lined strainer into a large pot or pitcher before serving.

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CINNAMON RUGELACH Makes 4 dozen These delicious and easy-to-make mini pastries are a traditional Jewish treat served during the holidays. Dough 250 g (8 oz) cream cheese, at cool-room temperature 227 g (1 cup) unsalted butter, at cool-room temperature 50 g (¼ cup) white sugar 350 g (2.5 cups) flour 2.5 ml (½ tsp) salt Filling 150 g (⅔ cup) melted butter 50 g (¼ cup) white sugar 100 g (½ cup) brown sugar 25 ml (5 tsp) regular cinnamon (cassia) 2.5 ml (½ tsp) allspice 250 ml (1 cup) finely chopped medjool dates (optional) 1 ml (¼ tsp) salt Topping: Milk, for brushing Sugar, for sprinkling Dough: In the bowl of a standing mixer using the paddle attachment, cream butter and cream cheese together until light and fluffy. In separate bowl, whisk together sugar, flour and salt. Add flour mixture to butter mixture and beat well to combine.


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Divide dough into quarters. Flatten each into a round disk of 1-inch thickness, wrap in waxed paper and refrigerate 1 hour. Filling: Keep the butter separate. In a medium bowl, mix together white sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice, salt and finely chopped dates (if using). To make cookies: Preheat oven to 350 F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. Set aside. Take one dough disk out of the fridge at a time. Roll it out on a well-floured surface to a thickness of ¼-inch. You should have a 10-inch circle. Brush with 2 to 3 Tbsp melted butter. Sprinkle evenly with ¼ of the sugar-date mixture. Cut the circle into 12 wedges, like a tiny pizza. Roll up each rugelach from the wide edge of the wedge to make a mini croissant shape. Place on a cookie sheet with the point of the dough facing down (so it doesn’t unroll). Repeat with remaining wedges. Brush each lightly with milk and sprinkle with sugar. Bake one batch at a time, for about 20 minutes, or until puffed and firm to the touch. Transfer to wire racks to cool. CHOCOLATE-CINNAMON VARIATION Substitute the cinnamon filling, above, for the following:


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MOROCCAN LAMB TAGINE WITH PEAR & CINNAMON Serves 6 to 8 Fragrant cinnamon has long been mixed with other spices into meat stews in North Africa and the Middle East. This recipe is adapted from one I was taught to make by a chef in Morocco. It can be made in either a tagine or a heavy pot with a tight-fitting lid. I prefer cubed lamb shoulder in this recipe, but any lamb stew meat will work. Spice mixture 5 ml (1 tsp) ground cumin 5 ml (1 tsp) ground turmeric

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5 ml (1 tsp) regular cinnamon (cassia) 10 ml (2 tsp) dry ground ginger 5 ml (1 tsp) sea salt Tagine 15 ml (3 Tbsp) extra virgin olive oil 1 onion, diced 3 cloves garlic, minced Spice mixture, above 900 g (2 lbs) stewing lamb, cut into ½-inch cubes 500 ml (2 cups) chicken broth 250 ml (1 cup) water 3 medium-sized firm pears, peeled, cored and cut into large pieces Finish 180 ml (¾ cup) dried cherries or dried apricots, or a mixture (cut apricots in half) 15 ml (1 Tbsp) butter 15 ml (1 Tbsp) honey 2.5 ml (½ tsp) true cinnamon (or ¼ tsp regular cinnamon) Mix the spices together in a small bowl. Have all your ingredients chopped and ready to go. In a large saucepan or medium pot with a tight-fitting lid, heat the olive oil until just shimmering. Add onion and sauté gently for about 7 minutes, until translucent. Add garlic and spice mixture and sauté briefly, 10 to 15 seconds, until just aromatic. Add the chicken broth, water and prepared lamb.

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Bring to a boil, reduce heat to lowest setting, cover and simmer gently, 1.5 to 2 hours, until lamb is tender. Add pear and simmer very gently, covered, for about 10 minutes. Remove pan from heat (just while doing the next step). Scoop out as much of the liquid from the tagine as you can and transfer it to a small pot. Add the dried cherries or apricots, butter, honey and true cinnamon. Bring to a boil, reduce heat partially, and simmer vigorously for 3 to 5 minutes, until liquid is reduced by at least one-third. Scrape the contents of this pot back into the lamb mixture, return it to the heat and simmer gently to meld the flavours, about 10 minutes more. Serve immediately with warm bread. Decorate the tagine with pomegranate seeds or toasted almonds, if desired. Tagine can be made up to 4 days ahead and reheated before serving.

ROASTED WINTER VEGETABLES WITH CINNAMON-CHILI BUTTER Serves 4 to 6 as a side I love to pair warming spices with roasted winter vegetables. The combination of sweet earthy vegetables with the tingle of cinnamon and cayenne makes for a delicious and satisfying winter side dish. 680 g (1.5 lbs) winter squash, peeled and cubed 680 g (1.5 lbs) parsnip, peeled, cored (if desired) and cut into chunks


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454 g (1 lb) shallots, peeled and cut in half 15 ml (1 Tbsp) vegetable oil 5 ml (1 tsp) salt ~ 30 ml (2 Tbsp) butter, melted 7.5 ml (1.5 tsp) regular cinnamon 2.5 ml (½ tsp) cayenne, or to taste Preheat oven to 400 F (or 375 F on a convection setting). Line a baking tray with parchment paper. In a large bowl, toss chopped squash, parsnip and shallot with oil and salt to coat evenly. Spread vegetables on tray in a thin, even layer. Place in the oven and roast for about 30 minutes, stirring halfway through the cooking time. Meanwhile, melt together the butter, cinnamon and cayenne. After the vegetables have roasted for about 30 minutes, remove from oven. The vegetables should be not quite cooked through. Drizzle with cinnamon butter and use a flipper or spatula to mix well and spread the vegetables out again. (I often lift the vegetables back into the big bowl, drizzle with the cinnamon butter, mix and then return to the tray.) Return to the oven for 5 to 10 minutes, until vegetables are cooked through and spices are fragrant. Serve immediately.


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BELONGINGS There is something very charming about a lazy stroll through the shops of downtown Duncan. On your way through Lois Lane, a stop at Belongings is an absolute must. The owner, Jeanette, carefully selects and displays one of a kind vintage pieces and quality used furnishings throughout the shop’s two floors. You never know what you might find. If you’re searching for a statement piece for your home, you’ll likely find it here. And with some luck she may even be able to share its history with you. Open Monday - Saturday 10am-5pm & Sundays 12pm-4pm. 55 Lois Lane, Duncan

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THE OLIVE STATION The Olive Station is Duncan’s premier gourmet olive oil and vinegar tasting room. With over 50 different flavours of gourmet olive oils and balsamic vinegars the combinations are endless! From simple salad dressings to decedent roasts we have you covered. Our products are easy to use and sure to elevate your home cooking to a new and exciting level.. www.theolivestation.com

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ROCKEFELLER AND EMPIRE STATE BUILDINGS: Iconic views that every visitor to Manhattan has to see at least once. We each picked up a CityPASS, which at $184 CAD provides entrance to six of nine possible NYC attractions, ranging from Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise to the 9/11 Memorial Museum. You can order it online direct to your phone; it gives expedited entry at several of the attractions; and it’s valid for nine days after the first day of use. We did the Top of the Rock Observation Deck by day and the Empire State Building by night. This may be the highest you’ll get in Manhattan, but it is by no means the only way to get high!


SUMMIT ROCK Every trip to Manhattan needs a visit to Central Park with its tranquil pathways that meander under a canopy of trees, alongside gardens, around ponds and over stone bridges. It’s a soothing contrast to the horn-honking hubbub outside the park. But could we get high in Central Park? As it turns out, Summit Rock — at a height of 141.8 feet — is the highest natural elevation in the park. Located at Central Park West and 83rd Street, Summit Rock was the site of Seneca Village in the 19th century. Apparently “visitors often climb to the top of Summit Rock, where they can view the city below and even catch a glimpse of New Jersey.” It took a bit of navigating to find the rock and the view was slightly underwhelming on that day, but the few hours we spent in the park definitely elevated our experience.

THE VESSEL Rising like a giant beehive in NYC’s newest district, Hudson Yards, this interactive, glass and steel sculpture is a whole lot of fun to do — especially if you’re into working off all those New York pretzels. The Vessel consists of 154 flights of stairs and 80 landings that visitors can climb (or bypass via elevator) to the top. At each landing, there’s the option of turning left or right, but if you choose the same direction each time, you’ll circle the entire 150-foottall structure, and get a 360-degree view as you ascend. Entrance is free via timed-entry tickets.

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HIGH LINE Another must-do in New York, the High Line is a public park built on a 1.45-mile-long elevated rail structure above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. There are several access points to the High Line; we entered right beside The Vessel and walked to the Chelsea Market. The walkway winds through gardens, public seating areas, performance spaces and the back sides of residential and commercial buildings. There are numerous places to stop and eat along the way, and we sipped and savoured at Hearth on the High Line, an open-air wine bar and cafe with impressive views of the Hudson River and skyline.

PIER 17 Pier 17 is located in NYC’s founding neighbourhood, the recently revitalized Seaport District, which was devastated by Hurricane Sandy in 2012, but now rises in all its glory on the East River in Lower Manhattan. The historic cobblestones of the Seaport have been transformed into 450,000 square feet of culinary, fashion, entertainment and cultural experiences, including the recently re-launched Pier 17. Home to the Seaport Museum and the city’s largest concentration of restored maritime buildings, Pier 17 is being hailed as NYC’s new cultural hub. But can you get high? Yes! The Rooftop at Pier 17, located waterside with panoramic views, is a 1.5-acre space atop the pier. It offers a Summer Concert Series that features performances by A-list artists and likely appears from space as a massive throng of humanity

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gyrating amid bursts of colour. We didn’t get to an event but walked around the area and confirmed the rooftop would certainly elevate the heart rate.

HIGH TEA Enter Baccarat Hotel New York directly across from the Museum of Modern Art, take an elevator up to the Grand Salon and prepare to pick your jaw up off the floor. Baccarat Hotel, part of the famous crystal brand in France, features some 15,000 iridescent crystal pieces throughout the 50-storey structure, which includes guests rooms and residences, and a total of 17 Baccarat crystal chandeliers throughout the first and second floors, which can be accessed by the public. Crystals gleamed and glimmered around us in the Grand Salon as we partook in a “unique immersion in the fine art of afternoon tea.” Living high in New York? High Tea at the Baccarat is not to be missed. Our experience included a chat with tea sommelier Gabrielle Jammal, whose astounding knowledge was both enlightening and confounding — how do we choose from the vast selection of tea offerings? Ultimately, we ordered a la Tombee du Jour (from Quebec) and Rose Scented Evergreen (Taiwan) as well as a glass each of Ruinart Rosé. We sipped, enjoyed the view over the street below and basked in the sumptuousness of the room. And then the food arrived on tiered platters: three layers each of canapés and petit fours presented as bite-size works of art. “There’s no way I can eat all this,” I said of my gluten-free, dairyfree bounty. And then I did.


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While the area was completely devastated by Hurricane Sandy, it has re-risen alongside the neighbouring Seaport District

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from Brooklyn’s old Domino Sugar Factory, walnut from the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, and pine flooring from the Old Crow Distillery in Kentucky. Every detail has a story, including an art piece that uses shingles reclaimed from Hurricane Sandy. The hotel is leading the charge of gentrification in the area, which has beautiful cobblestone streets and repurposed brick buildings, waterfront parks and easy connections to both Manhattan and Brooklyn. The hotel also has a spa, restaurant and numerous other amenities. GET HIGH: You don’t even need to leave the building to access the best rooftop bar in the neighbourhood (and possibly all of NYC). Harriet’s Rooftop & Lounge has indoor and outdoor spaces, a plunge pool and those stunning, unobstructed views.

ANDAZ WALL STREET We took a quick ferry ride across the river from the dock just below 1 Hotel Brooklyn and, once on the other side, walked a couple of blocks to Andaz Wall Street. There is a lot to love about the Andaz — especially if you want to spread out in your room or invite a few people back for a nightcap — but you simply can’t beat the location. While the area was completely devastated by Hurricane Sandy, it has re-risen alongside the neighbouring Seaport District and is within walking distance of numerous NYC attractions, as well as subway stops that will get you anywhere in Manhattan. The hotel lobby — once entirely submerged in water — is now spacious and welcoming, featuring a 24-hour coffee and snacks bar and a daily complimentary wine hour. At 450 square feet, our sun-filled king deluxe room had an oversized work station, large soaking tub next to a walk-in rain shower, 12-foot ceilings, hardwood floors and massive windows. The smallest rooms at the hotel are 345 square feet, while the Buttonwood Suite is a full 1,465 square feet! The hotel is also pet friendly, and has a restaurant, fitness centre and licensed outdoor patio. GET HIGH: We love to walk in New York, so our rooftop bar-hopping occurred all over Lower Manhattan. But Jimmy at the James in SoHo stole the show with its 360-degree views of the Manhattan skyline.

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POD HOTEL BROOKLYN For an entirely different experience, the Pod Hotel Brooklyn offers 249 rooms that are chic, simple, spacious, cosy and functional. We’ve stayed here twice, partially due to the proximity of our two kids who live nearby, the relative low-cost (rooms range from $200 to $300 US a night) and the superb location in Williamsburg right next to the bridge, and cool restaurants, bars and coffee shops. The hotel’s largest rooms are Pod Suites at 300 square feet, but our 110-square-foot Queen Pod met our needs with a super comfy bed, glass-enclosed bathroom and even a work desk, chair and flat-screen TV. Based on the concept that many hotels offer unnecessary amenities, the Pod Hotels (there are four in New York) offer “stripped down” sleeping rooms alongside funky and spacious public areas, such as work stations, courtyards and a restaurant. GET HIGH: While the Pod Hotel Brooklyn has its own, foliage-framed rooftop patio and bar, we decided to line up for a spot at Westlight at the William Vale Hotel, where a dedicated elevator rises 22 floors to the top of the area’s tallest skyscraper. The glass-encased bar and wrap-around terrace overlooks Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan.


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O Christmas Tea: “complete and utter fun.”

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ALLED “complete and utter fun” by CBC, this is the tale of straight-laced James (Aaron Malkin), eccentric and flighty Jamesy (Alistair Knowles), and a wish for tea that is answered with catastrophic repercussions that push the limits of imagination and create a sense of magic and merriment with a quirky undercurrent. Reminiscent of Monty Python and Mr. Bean, O Christmas Tea is an annual holiday tradition for thousands of theatre-goers. “When tea fills Jamesy’s flat and bursts through the fourth wall to flood the world, our performance spills from the stage into the audience. Classic aquatic narratives like Jaws, Noah’s Ark and the Titanic are all steeped together and thematically wrapped up in the Christmas spirit,” says Knowles.    A combination of British humour and staged comedy with a healthy dose of audience interaction, no version of the play is ever quite the same, making O Christmas Tea a favourite holiday tradition and immersive performance for all ages.

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imaginative redheaded girl brought life to a small, close-knit farming village. Penned by Lucy Maud Montgomery in 1908, the story in all its forms has been a Canadian favourite. And now Anne will light up the stage in Anne of Green Gables — The Ballet.   When orphaned Anne is accidentally sent, instead of a boy, to middle-aged siblings Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, Matthew and Anne bond immediately and 11-year-old Anne finally finds a permanent home, despite Marilla’s initial reservations.    Adapted for the stage, the ballet created by artistic director Bengt Jörgen features music by orchestrator Alexander Levkovich inspired by Anne of Green Gables - The Musical. Heiner Pillar, the stage director and co-creator of this adaptation, describes their vision. “Our version will be quite different from the musical, telling Anne’s story from a different

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NANAIMO ARTWALK  DECEMBER 7 AND 8  DOWNTOWN NANAIMO AND OLD CITY QUARTER Slip on a scarf and sip a hot coffee to beat the chilly temperatures as you meet artists and view their works of art executed in a wide variety of mediums. The Nanaimo Artwalk is an annual self-guided tour that encourages lovers of art to come out and explore the art and


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artists occupying storefronts throughout downtown Nanaimo and the Old City Quarter.   For 20 years, Artwalk has been shining a light on community artisans while offering the chance for the public to purchase these unique pieces. The art on display ranges from original paintings to basketry, fused glass, textile art, sculpture and everything in between. This year will feature over 50 artists in 29 locations, with artists as young as 12 years old, like Lydia Nixon, who will display her watercolour paintings inspired by a seven-month trip around the world.  Paula Beltgens is brand new to the Artwalk as a jewellerymaker and sculptor who works with metal clay, just one example of the wide variety of art mediums on the tour.   “It seems like a wonderful opportunity to connect with the members in the community, have a chance to share what I’m working on and get some input and feedback,” says Beltgens. “For me, it’s a bit of a coming-out year.”   Metal clay is a unique medium made out of ground metals (like silver, bronze or copper), much of which is recycled. The ground metal is mixed with an organic binder and then liquid is added to make it malleable. The pieces are then etched, carved,

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sanded, shaped and then fired in a kiln at high temperatures before being further refined, shaped and polished — ceramics taken a few steps further. While on Commercial Street, be sure to visit the unique Generate exhibit at Art Lab in the Nanaimo Art Gallery. Kids, teens and adults have all contributed to this large installation of community art spanning many different mediums, from sculpture to sound.    For complete details, including a tour map and full list of artists, visit nanaimoartwalk.jimdo.com

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LOCAL BRANDS GET THE SPOTLIGHT BEST COAST POP UP SHOP UNTIL DECEMBER 23 DURING ALL MALL HOURS  WOODGROVE CENTRE 

  A unique new way to explore the best locally made products, the Best Coast Pop Up Shop will offer a curated collection of over 100 BC brands.  Located just past the food court near the mall entrance of Landmark Cinemas at Woodgrove Centre, the shop will be an accessible and fun way to explore a variety of items. Everything available, from clothing, décor and jewellery to foods and home goods, is all handmade.  “These items are made with real passion and hopefully that passion shows through in what we’re doing,” says organizer Janice Roberts.   With the ability to touch, feel and experience high-quality products created by makers from all over the West Coast, Best


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Coast aims to create a connection with many incredible brands, without the admission fees of traditional holiday markets. Also unique is the time frame: Best Coast runs until two days before Christmas, during all mall hours. Because makers aren’t on site, shoppers can really immerse themselves in exploring the products without feeling pressure to buy. Instead, the Best Coast team handles the marketing, merchandising, explanation of the products and sales on behalf of the creators.   “We’re creating a cohesiveness between all brands,” says Roberts. “Because we’re only temporary, we want our brands to succeed after us, to get that elevated presence and to grow their business. Our goal is to give them a larger platform for business growth.”  Gift wrapping will be offered on site by donation with proceeds going to the Child Development Centre, a communitybased not-for-profit organization that provides assessment, support and therapeutic services to children and families located throughout Vancouver Island, from Nanaimo to Ucluelet. (nanaimocdc.com)   For a full list of makers and products, visit bcpopup.ca.

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Heart Home

Stu Hopewell builds houses — and community BY SEAN MCINTYRE | P H OTO S BY DON DENTON

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LD pumpkins, a trebuchet and a man with an idea. Stu Hopewell of Alair Homes is all about building custom homes as well as community.  Stu’s neighbourhood has long been known as the place where Nanaimo residents discard unwanted pumpkins. In the days that follow Halloween, the pumpkins proliferate along the side of the road, creating an alluring seasonal attraction, until time and November rain take their toll.  “It’s nice, but generally ends up as a big greasy mess,” he says.  Always innovative and having a knack for practicality, Stu built a giant catapult to launch what he hopes will become an annual community tradition: The Great Pumpkin Toss. The inaugural event, undertaken in partnership with the Nanaimo Science and Sustainability Society, will see a few creative and fun ways to dispose

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of post-Halloween pumpkins. For a modest donation, Stu will load people’s old, unwanted pumpkins into the launcher and send the sad squash soaring high through the sky and into a field behind the East Wellington Fire Hall on Jingle Pot Road.  “Depending on the weight, we can usually launch them between 150 and 200 feet,” he says.  Funds raised from this year’s event were donated to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Vancouver Island and the Nanaimo Science and Sustainability Society, whose members built a pumpkin cannon as part of the project.  The pumpkin toss is a whole lot of fun, but it’s also just one of the many ways the successful businessman and long-time builder has found a way to give back to his hometown and support local charities. Stu hopes other companies will join the event in future years, helping to raise more funds for great causes that need ongoing support.  “The more participants, the bigger the event and the


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more dollars raised, which is our overall goal here.”  Last summer, Stu was part of the Alair Homes team that had a solid finish in the city’s annual Silly Boat Race. The team engineered a Jaws-themed shark boat that took a bite out of the competition and helped raise more than $100,000 for the Nanaimo Child Development Centre.  “My family moved to Canada from England in the late ‘70s, and the CDC helped me at that point by doing some speech therapy, so they’ve made a big difference in our lives,” he says.  Stu gave back by serving on the CDC’s board of directors, a position that showed him how much the organization helps disadvantaged and disabled kids in spite of a slim budget. Continual funding uncertainty, he says, means the CDC has a waiting list of anywhere between 300 and 400 children who need assistance at any given time.  “That, to me, just doesn’t make sense. If we can increase funding and decrease those waiting lists, then the kids that need help will get help much faster,” he says. “Just getting out in the community and giving back is important for me. It’s not about dollars and cents, it’s about making a difference while you’re here.”  Engaging in more community events is part of the company’s long-term strategy, he adds. Building annual traditions where residents can have fun and have an impact is a great way for him to increase the quality of life in the region that he and his family are proud to call home, he says.  Stu is in a place where he can make a difference. Back in 2011, tired of working for someone else, he decided to speak with fellow builder and friend Blair McDaniel about going into business.

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Within a decade, Stu had become the co-owner and chief operating officer of Alair Homes, North America’s largest custom home company. Starting out as a general labourer during summers at 14 years of age, Stu has risen to the top of his field. He now works with 60 employees out of the company’s home office in downtown Nanaimo and assists hundreds of the Alair franchisees in towns and cities across North America.  “We handle all of the back-end business in this office here,” he says. “Most builders are excellent with clients and the sub-trades, but they struggle with the paperwork like paying bills and processing their payroll. As a result, good builders have struggled to be successful.  “That’s where we can help, doing the payroll, HR, accounting, payables, receivables, operations, marketing and legal.This allows our builders to handle a much higher volume than on their own.”  Stu’s success and Alair’s expansion mean he arrives at work early, usually by 6 am, to coincide with business hours on the east coast.  “It’s hard work, but I enjoy myself,” he says. “If you love what you do, it’s not difficult to go to work.”  Making time for work and family means he’s had to reconsider some of his priorities.  Once a stalwart at Vancouver Island race tracks such as Saratoga and Western Speedway, Stu has shifted gears. Once an avid racer of the pint-sized and high-powered dwarf-series race cars, family and work responsibilities have encouraged Stu to grab the keys of his family car to wheel his two teenage children

around the streets of Nanaimo. “Now it’s really about chasing around my kids, dropping them off and picking them up,” he says. “There’s always a skating event, dance lesson or karate tournament.”  As Alair Homes expands, Stu has been racking up some hefty frequent flyer points by visiting new locations. One week he’ll be in Alberta or Ontario, while the next will see him travelling to Texas or Florida. As someone who has worked in the industry since his early teens, Stu is continually fascinated by the different approaches and building techniques he encounters in different regions.  Outside of work, he shares his desire for travel with his wife and two teenage kids. The family takes frequent trips overseas as a way to broaden their horizons and remember the triviality of “first-world problems.”  “We feel it’s important for us and our kids to see other parts of the world,” he says.  On a trip to Africa, the family was awed by the scale of the continent’s wilderness and wild creatures. They also visited an orphanage run by an Australian ex-pat with no government funding. Despite the challenges and poverty, he recalls, all the children had access to clean beds and regular meals, and had smiles on their faces.  “That was a life-changing trip for me,” he says.  It’s experiences like these, Stu adds, that remind him to be grateful for what he’s achieved and aware of how we can all make our communities, be they on Vancouver Island or overseas, healthier and happier places to live. 

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HOTOGRAPHING this edition’s fashion story at the tranquil and inspiring Bird’s Eye Cove Farm — with its sweeping views to the cove — unfolded like a storybook tale. Picturesque Highland Cattle gently roamed the pastures, and chickens and pigs wandered about freely, all seemingly curious about our shoot. (One chicken appeared determined to be the photos.) As we shot in the pasture with the Highland Cattle, people driving by stopped their cars to get a better glimpse, sometimes snapping their own photos. And although the cattle were quite shy, we got the impression they were used to the adoring attention. One sweet cow insisted on being in the photos, creeping closer and closer to the model as we were shooting.

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WE INVITE YOU TO DISCOVER THE NEW 2020 LINEUP. Call Rob Willoughby, your Lincoln Concierge, at 250-824-0816 for a unique and personalized extended Lincoln driving experience before the reveal.

2020 LINCOLN CORSAIR

Let in the light with an available Panoramic Vista Roof that adds a spacious and airy feel to the interior.

SYNC AppLink allows you to voice-control some of your favourite compatible mobile apps. The experience is truly smart.

With the key fob nearby simply kick your foot under the rear bumper to open or close the Hands-Free Power Liftgate.

We offer Lincoln owners Pickup & Delivery service because there’s no greater luxury than your time.

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