FRIDAY SEPT. 25, 2015 VOL. 42, NO. 35
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James Tuer wins design award
Weighing in on LNG safety
Western Living magazine has chosen him as Eco Designer of the Year
Wade Davis and Thomas Rafael add their voices to the debate
Reach for the SKY
As Seniors Keeping Young prepares for its 21st birthday, new members sought
Fixed-link study puts ‘everything on the table,’
Beyond the Happy Isle
including Bowen bridge
BIM wants to hear your story as part of its initiative to re-brand Bowen Island
MARTHA PERKINS EDITOR
MARTHA PERKINS EDITOR
Squamish is Hardwired for Adventure. British Columbia used to be the Best Place on Earth. And Bowen Island is… During the month of October, Bowen Island Municipality is asking everyone to help it fill in the blank by taking part in a resident survey. Why did you move here? Why do you stay? “If you want to understand the values of a community you have to understand their experiences and personal stories,” says Mayor Murray Skeels. For council, he says the survey will provide “a pretty good feel for the values [we] want to reflect and what [our] priorities are.” For the municipality’s economic development committee, which is spearheading the project, “It will really help us understand what is making Bowen unique and special,” says committee chair Gord Ganong. “It is a learning process.” It’s the stories that we tell one another that tell us who we are. Islanders Ed Wachtman and Sheree Johnson , the dynamic force behind Storytellings Consulting, have devised and will analyze the survey pro bono. They’ve taken international clients such as Ford Motor Company and Jack Daniels on a similar journey to discover the heart of who they are and what they represent. Continued page 6
Keeping a smile on your face helps, whether you’re a flagger, such as Greenscapes’ Jewal Maxwell, a person trying to drive through Snug Cove, or a member of the paving crew that is giving the main thoroughfare a new asphalt surface this week. Martha Perkins photo
Paving expected to continue on Saturday as crews respond to weather MARTHA PERKINS EDITOR
It’s not the easiest task to pave a road that is not only a main thoroughfare but also the place to line up for a ferry, but the crews overseeing the Snug Cove project seem to be pulling it off with relatively few complications. After towing a couple of cars off the street on Tuesday morning, crews got to work grinding portions of the south side of Bowen Trunk Road. They switched to the north side, and the portion around BICS, on Wednesday. Although the plan had been to
start paving on Thursday, the forecasted rain was expected to delay it for a day. (The Undercurrent goes to print Wednesday afternoon.) It is now very likely that the paving that starts Friday will continue Saturday, Monday and Tuesday. “We’re so late in the season you can’t wait on the weather,” says public works superintendent Bob Robinson on why the change of plans to include working on Saturday. The plan was never to grind up the asphalt on the steep portion of the hill leading to and from Snug Cove. Because of the grade, and not knowing how deep the gravel would
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be, the road surface would become like a washboard as vehicles traversed the hill. Instead, they’re grinding down speed bumps and creating the proper surface grades at intersections in preparation for paving the entire stretch. Robinson reminds drivers to respect the flaggers, and the flaggers’ and crews’ safety, as they navigate through the Cove. If you have to come to stop and wait to proceed, please put on your four-way blinkers to alert other drivers. Bowen Island Municipality is providing constant updates on its website, BIMBC.ca.
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Everything is on the table when it comes to a study into the possibility of a fixed link between the mainland and Sunshine Coast, says Jordan Sturdy. But the table can just as easily be cleared, the MLA for West Vancouver-Sea to Sky said in a telephone interview on Saturday morning. “We may find out that the naysayers are right — [the Howe Sound] is too big, too deep, too whatever to even begin to consider any type of crossing but let’s get a little more information… about what’s potentially realistic and what’s not,” he told the Undercurrent. While Bowen Islanders may instantly think of the possibility of hopscotch bridges from the coast to Bowen Island to Keats Island to Gibsons — an idea that’s been bandied about for years — Sturdy says the study will also look at the possibility of road access. “There are people who ride bicycles from Squamish to Sechelt. There’s a twokilometre hike-a-bike but it’s otherwise doable.” There’s also a group called the Third Crossing Society which is proposing a 173km road from Powell River to the Sea to Sky highway south of Whistler. Other groups point to fixed links in Norway, where the fjords have a similar topography to the Howe Sound. Transportation minister Todd Stone announced the survey last Friday morning. Continued page 6
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WAT E R U S A G E R E C O M M E N D AT I O N S LIFTED
Thank you to all Bowen Islanders for following the recommendations of the Bowen Island Volunteer Fire Department and the Municipal Utilities Department throughout this very dry summer! Please continue to act responsibly and maintain general efforts in regard to conserving water. Reminder: The outdoor burning season does not begin until October 15, 2015. Please ensure you get a burning permit from the Bowen Island Volunteer Fire Department by calling 604-947-9324 prior to planning your burn.
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PAV I N G W E E K *
*Weather Dependent Bowen Island Trunk Road - From BC Ferries’ property to the top of the hill by BICS and including Cardena Road to the Library Parking lot. General Information ● The Snug Cove paving project will improve and maintain Bowen Island’s essential infrastructure. ● Work will take place over six weekdays. ● This project will benefit the entire community - please be patient and courteous. ● Two lanes of traffic will be open whenever possible. ● Trained traffic control persons will be on-hand during construction. ● This project will be funded by the annual roads budget.
More detailed information is available at www.bimbc.ca.
Bowen Island Municipality seeks a qualified Administrative Assistant. For more details, please visit the BIM website at www.bimbc.ca.
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Bowen Island Municipality is thrilled to congratulate Diana Izdebski, winner of the “Crosswalks, Bowen-Style” competition! Diana is the designer of Bowen Island’s first-ever custom crosswalk with her salmon design. The winning design was decided in an online voting contest that resulted in 953 total votes from the community. For more details, please visit the BIM website at www.bimbc.ca.
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As part of Bowen Island Municipality’s efforts to clean-up the Island’s foreshore, effective September 25, 2015, all small watercraft stored at Sandy Beach must be labelled with the owner’s name and phone number. All non-compliant small boats will be removed at the owner’s expense. If you have any questions, please contact Bonny Brokenshire, Manager Parks and Environment at email@example.com or call 604-947-4255.
→ THE 5TH ANNUAL DIVE AGAINST DEBRIS
Come join the clean-up efforts in Mannion Bay and protect marine life from the harmful effects of debris.
Since 2011, over 100 volunteers have helped improve our aquatic habitat by removing over 1600 kg (3600 lbs) of discarded items from Mannion Bay. Meeting Place: Sandy Beach, Mannion Bay Event Date: Saturday September 26, 2015 Event Time: 12 pm (noon) until 2 pm (rain or shine) Equipment: Will be supplied (please bring gloves for smaller helpers, adult sizes will be available) Light refreshments and snacks will be provided. Please contact Bonny Brokenshire, Manager of Parks and Environment at 604 947-4255 or Amber Spitkovski at 604 454-4676 for additional details.
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M U N I C I PA L I T Y FA L L G R A N TSnI NnA I D A P P L I C AT I O N D E A D L I N E
The deadline for BIM Fall Grants-in-Aid application submissions is September 30, 2015.
Application forms and information about evaluation criteria, and the Grants-in-Aid Policy can be found on the BIM website at www.bimbc.ca or can be picked up at Municipal Hall. If you have any questions, please contact the Finance Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 604-947-4255.
→ WAT E R M A I N F L U S H I N G As part of the regular municipal water system maintenance program, Bowen Island Municipality (BIM) will be flushing water mains in all municipal water systems; Cove Bay, Eagle Cliff, Hood Point, Bowen Bay, Blue Water Park, King Edward Bay, and Tunstall Bay from October 3 – November 13, 2015. This procedure is necessary to remove sediment that gradually deposits in the pipes and will not pose a health hazard. Municipal staff will try to minimize any inconvenience. Flushing will take place 7 days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in most neighbourhoods. Every effort will be made to ensure that water quality is not affected but some turbidity and higher than normal chlorine concentrations may be present for short periods of time. Running your tap briefly should clear this up. In addition, temporary pressure fluctuations may occur. Please note: Snug Cove and Cates Hill to Millers Landing areas will be flushed on Saturday, October 3 to alleviate water interruptions for Bowen Island Community School (BICS). Reminder: It is recommended that water users with compromised immune systems ensure their drinking water is boiled, filtered or distilled.
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If you’re 15 years of age or older, and live on the island full-time or part-time, please take 10 minutes to share your story. This is your opportunity to focus on what’s right about Bowen by sharing your story. In October, please visit www.bimbc.ca to complete “My Bowen Island Story”. Your stories will help support and sustain the values of our community, assist in municipal communications and provide input for the Bowen Island branding initiative.Don’t have a computer? Please go to the Bowen Library or contact municipal staff at 604-947-4255 for a printed copy.
The “My Bowen Island Story” link opens on October 1.
How I Got Here: James Tuer
Bowen architect wins Eco Designer of the Year award MARTHA PERKINS EDITOR
James Tuer had a dilemma. As a young architect who didn’t want to work for big firms, he needed a professional calling card, something he could show people about his vision for West Coast living. His dream was to hang up his own shingle, but what could he use as a portfolio to show potential clients? And then he struck upon the perfect solution: he’d build a house for himself in one of the most quintessentially West Coast places — Bowen Island. The house would be both his home and the best marketing tool for his yet-to-be formed business, JWT Architecture. The irony is that he was living in Florida at the time. He knew Bowen Island from his years in Horseshoe Bay, when he’d take the ferry across on a Sunday and ride his bike to Tunstall Bay and back. But work commitments didn’t allow him to fly back to Bowen to find the perfect piece of land. Instead, he bought the property, sight unseen. The property had been owned by Dai Roberts, an engineer who had had plans to build a log home there. If Dai could make the property work, Tuer reassured himself, then he could. Since Bowen was several hours behind Florida time, Tuer could work at his day job and, in early evening, phone contractors and suppliers at three in the afternoon Bowen time. For the first year after the house was built, Tuer rented it out and then, in 2004, made the move. On September 17, Tuer was at a gala party in Vancouver to accept the prestigious Eco Designer of the Year award from Western Living magazine. A runner-up twice before — once in the eco
category, once in the landscape architecture category, a nod to his initial training — it’s a huge honour, especially for a one-person firm such as his. “It’s about looking at buildings as functional art objects and thinking about all four elevations,” he says in the September issue of the magazine. “It’s about thinking holistically — how it’s going to look from all the views, how each side will react to its environment.” Tuer grew up in Toronto and spent summer weekends at his family cottage in Barry’s Bay, a tiny community where the Ottawa Valley meets the Canadian Shield. It’s bit like a smaller version of Bowen Island, with rugged hills instead of mountains, lakes instead of coastline. As a kid, he’d wake up on a Saturday morning and pinch himself, feeling incredibly lucky to be surrounded by nature. He got his landscape architecture degree from the University of Guelph, lived in Whistler for seven years as a designer for ski resorts, and then did his master’s degree at the eco-friendly University of Oregon in Eugene. When he moved to Vancouver, he found an old “character cottage” in Horseshoe Bay that was within his budget but not quite surrounded by the natural coastal environment he had in mind. In these post-9/11 years, work was hard to come by so Tuer moved to Florida for three years before finally calling Bowen Island home in 2004. “Bowen has everything — the Whistler feel with the mountains but it also has the oceans and the beaches… if you can put up with the ferry and local politics.” (The last point was said with a smile — a knowing, somewhat rueful smile.) If his house on Bowen was to be his calling card, what did he want it to say?
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with angular lines and oversized windows aplenty. A tilted roof on one home embraces the energy of the bustling streetscape; a curved roof on another echoes the curve of the floor plan.” Tuer is also working with Neilsen and Holly Graff on Garden Gateway, a linear garden next to Rondy Dike’s parking lot at USSC Marina. With the Bellringer family, he did the redesign of Village Square, including the new home for First Credit Union and the expanded bistro space for the Ruddy Potato. He’s also “fully into” the two-stage design of The Pub corner redevelopment for Glenn Cormier. But his passion, and source of polite frustration, is Snug Cove, which has the potential to be so much more of a village community, not a ferry line up. With the council from two terms ago and planning staff at Bowen Island Municipality, he worked on a Snug Cove plan, complete with designs for laneway housing, that has fallen off the official radar. “I’ve always seen Snug Cove as an incredible gem,” he says, “with its sense of character and wonderful people places.” He’s started a Facebook page called Imagine Snug Cove. “Facebook is generally a happy Passionate about Snug Cove, James Tuer designed the place because you can only ‘like’ permanent new home for First Credit Union and the Ruddy things, you can’t ‘dislike’ them.” Potato bistro space in Village Square. Martha Perkins photo Such a trait is welcome on an island such as Bowen, where people are “I wanted it to say, ‘West Coast, lots of natural light, known to dig deep trenches into their side of an capturing all the views, working with the topography, argument. working with Douglas fir in a contemporary. “Patience is a virtue, especially on Bowen,” he says As an architect, Tuer’s passion for landscape comes of what he’s learned since he built his house. “If you to the fore. Western Living cites the second house want to live on Bowen, you’re trading off lifestyle he built, the Pearson residence, as well as Wynn with opportunity but that’s why I love it here — it Nielsen’s Bluffs on Bowen B&B. “His spaces,” the doesn’t change. It’s hard to make a mistake when you article says, “are also designed with beauty in mind, don’t do anything.”
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Please define ‘definitive research’ on LNG safety Thank you Woodfibre LNG for directing me to this video in February 2015 when I asked you about the safety of my daughter who attends Bowen Island Community School and how you will be providing the ‘world class safety’ that our BC government has promised: “Floating Disaster? LNG Tankers and the Reality of Risk” https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=xTbfjz61wpI The video said, “When you’re in need of definitive research covering the risk around LNG tankers you’re to look no further than to Mike Hightower from the US Dept. of Energy Sandia National Laboratories. He is the lead author of “Guidance on Risk Analysis and Safety Implications of a Large Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Spill Over Water.” I did read this ‘LNG industry Bible’ along with their recommendations to ensure ‘world class safety’ measures are in place. They use a ‘worse-case scenario’ of a tanker losing 40 to 60 per cent of its LNG cargo over water and recommend a two-mile exclusion zone ahead of each tanker and one mile on either side as the tanker navigates close to communities. This means that no other vessel can be within this zone except for the LNG tanker escort boats. I do understand that this could be a nightmare for BC Ferries and other commuter and recreational boaters but am still confused as to why you are choosing not to follow this world-class safety recommendation. I also wonder why you are only using a worse-case scenario of 20 per cent loss of cargo instead of the recommended 40 to 60 per cent. I would really like to hear your reasoning. Does the minimum of 9,000 souls required to provide world-class safety also include government establishments such as elementary schools with over 400 children? I tried to look for this report on the BC Environmental Assessment website but could not locate it. When I asked the BC EA officer at the January 2015 Bowen Island open house about this Sandia report, he had never heard of it which really surprised me. Here is a link: http://www.energy.ca.gov/lng/ documents/2004-12_SANDIA-DOE_ RISK_ANALYSIS.PDF Janine Brossard
Every dollar spend on LNG is money not going towards a renewable energy future, which we can start building tomorrow. The technology is here! Anton van Walraven On behalf of Concerned Citizens Bowen
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Council kudos for NAPTEP
Enough is enough
Thank you, council, for passing the resolution that will allow Bowen Island landowners to consider placing NAPTEP covenants on their property if they wish to reduce their taxes to preserve special places on their lands. NAPTEP is the Natural Areas Protection Tax Exemption Program, administered by the Islands Trust Fund, and has been used for many years by landowners on other islands in the Islands Trust area. I was a member of the Islands Trust Fund Board from 2008 to 2011. As such, one of our tasks was to consider applications from landowners for NAPTEP. Due to a wrinkle in the legislation, as a municipality, Bowen Island had to wait until the provincial legislation was amended in late 2011 to include an island municipality in the NAPTEP. I understand there is a resolution before the Union of BC Municipalities that will allow other areas in the province to introduce a similar program. They have seen the benefits of this program in the Islands Trust area. For those who wish more information about NAPTEP and how they may apply, go to islandstrustfund.bc.ca, or ask one of your Bowen Island Trustees. This approval by our council provides another tool for islanders who wish to conserve places on their land that deserve special protection, while offering a tax reduction incentive. Mayor and council members, I thank you for this. Nerys Poole
While for some 10 years, the Friends of Mannion Bay have focused their efforts on the “surface” abuse and misuse of Mannion Bay as well as Sandy and Pebbly Beaches, we are thankful Amber Spitkovski, “The Underwater Angel”, and friends are doing their clean-up part on the bottom of the bay with their September 26 Dive Against Debris. DAD has removed a remarkable 3,607 pounds of junk/ debris from the bay bottom, which is a small fraction of the “refuse” the community has had to deal with by way of derelicts and unwanted/discarded boat parts from some of the live-aboards and undesirable long-stay anchorages. I say “some” because not all long-stay anchorages are undesirable. The timing of the dive is a perfect segue to the September 29 meeting at which council is being requested to move forward with some positive action and regulations which are needed to stop the abuse and disrespect of this iconic public amenity. These guilty individuals’ relentless disregard for the environment sadly trumps the general public’s desire to use the public beaches and bay, safely and enjoyably, which is appalling. As Bowen Island and Mannion Bay are an important part of the western boundary of the beautiful Howe Sound, we all love so much, it is important we take better care of our own backyard! As a community, our failure to stop the unacceptable conduct in the bay has made us the laughing stock of the marine/boating community. We all deserve so much better, whether residents or tourists. R.B. (Bruce) Russell
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The science of LNG risk assessment
Marc Baur made a tree out of pipes and then asked people to tie a ribbon on the branches to voice their opinion about the future of the Howe Sound. A yellow ribbon indicated a lack of concern; a blue ribbon indicated concern. The tree, originally part of the Vanishing exhibit at the Gallery @ Artisan Square, is now on display at First Credit Union.
WADE DAVIS AND TOM RAFAEL SPECIAL TO UNDERCURRENT
LNG has a bright future but it must be a safe future*. Woodfibre LNG has proposed the construction of an LNG facility at the head of Howe Sound, an iconic fiord much beloved by all British Columbians and especially those of the lower mainland. Opposition to the project to date has largely focused on whether we as a province should be reindustrializing a waterway that has only recently and at great expense been cleaned up. Having finally staunched the flow of heavy metals from the Britannia copper mine, at one time the largest in the British empire, do we want to allow LNG tanker traffic in a fiord only now being repopulated with herring, salmon orcas and humpback whales? Every municipality on Howe Sound has passed resolutions opposing the project. The project is currently under review by the BC Environmental Assessment Office (EAO), whose formal mandate is to give “full and fair consideration to all interests” Their process obliges the EAO to examine the Woodfibre proposal for, among other concerns, all potential adverse health effects that may occur during the life cycle of the project. To accomplish this the EAO is expected to consider technical studies that may identify significant adverse effects, reasons in effect to deny an application. The proponents of Woodfibre maintain that LNG is a perfectly safe gas. We beg to differ. In liquid state (-162 C) methane does not burn. A LNG spill on land can be a nonevent. A spill over water presents an entirely different and potentially dangerous scenario. In the wake of 9/11 the U.S. Department of Energy commissioned Sandia National Laboratories to undertake the first scientific assessment of risks associated with LNG tankers. Critically this report focused on LNG spills over water. The Sandia Reports (2004, updated 2008) provide the foundation for the U.S. Coast Guard’s current position on LNG safety, and provide it with the basis for evaluating the risks associated with LNG marine traffic. The science demonstrates that LNG spills over water can result in the liquefied gas mixing with water vapor from the ocean, creating a vapor cloud, which being heavier than air, will not instantly evaporate and will instead spread over the sea and adjacent lands. As it disperses, mixing with the surrounding air, the concentration of natural gas lowers. When it reaches fifteen percent the vapor cloud becomes highly flammable. The Sandia Reports suggest two equally haunting scenarios. In the wake of an accident the gas may ignite and burn as a pool fire in the immediate area of the spill. Alternatively, in the absence of an “ignition event”, the LNG may disperse as a vapor cloud spreading more than a mile from the spill, covering ocean and land until it encounters an “ignition source”, sparking a conflagration. While the Sandia Reports acknowledges that such “unignited” vapor clouds are “unlikely”, the very fact that they are possible led the U.S. government to place simple and fundamental risk management controls on all LNG tanker traffic and new facilities. According to these stipulations the route from any shore facility to international waters must be carefully mapped, taking into account three zones. The first considers the risk of pool fires and extends 500 meters on each side of the tanker’s route. The second, extending 1600 meters on either side, anticipates the consequence of an accidental spill, leading to an unignited vapor cloud. The third zone extends a total of 7000 meters, reflecting the greater danger of a spill caused by a deliberate act of terrorism. By law, proponents of any new LNG facility in the U.S. must identify along the entire tanker transit route any population centers, residential or commercial districts, including schools, hospitals and churches found within the outer perimeter of these zones. Woodfibre’s proposed tanker route extends from the head of Howe Sound, south past the shores of West Vancouver. Were the U.S. risk assessment criteria to be applied, significant parts of West Vancouver, Bowen Island and other Howe Sound communities, home to tens of thousands of people, would fall within the hazard zones as delineated by the U.S. Coast Guard. Indeed were the Woodfibre project to be in play in the U.S. it would categorically be rejected, on the basis of risk assessment and safety alone. The fact that Canada, unlike the U.S., has no regulations concerning the positioning of LNG facilities and the tanker routes that serve them, does not absolve our provincial government and its agent, the EOA, from its primary obligation to look after the safety of its citizens. There may be places along the coast of British Columbia where LNG facilities can be safely established. But Howe Sound is not one of them. *LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) is methane gas super cooled to -162 C where it becomes a liquid and its volume diminishes by a factor of 600. Wade Davis and Tom Rafael live on Bowen Island. Davis is Professor of Anthropology and the BC Leadership Chair in Cultures and Ecosystems at Risk at the University of British Columbia. Rafael, a retired lawyer, holds a Doctor of Law degree from the University of British Columbia. This column first appeared in the Globe and Mail.
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Not many people, it seems, want to tie a yellow ribbon on Marc Baur’s tree. The tree, made of pipes, was part of Vanishing, a recent exhibit at the Gallery at Artisan Square. Visitors were asked to tie a ribbon to the sculpture. A yellow ribbon indicated they were not concerned about development in the Howe Sound. A blue ribbon indicated that they were concerned. The gallery soon ran out of blue ribbons. Now, the tree lives on in its new temporary home, First Credit Union. It will be interesting to see, Baur
says, if the branches start to sprout more yellow leaves now that not only art enthusiasts are weighing in. Baur was one of three landscape artists who contributed to Vanishing. Through their work, he and Georgina Farah and Janet Esseiva wanted people to talk about the issues facing the Howe Sound. “We have to make mindful decisions because what we have now is very valuable,” he says. After reading a Globe and Mail article about the Sound’s future, including nine development plans worth more than $15 billion, Baur put the article on display and built the tree, evoking the many pipeline debates. “I don’t mind I you agree or disagree; just have an opinion,” he says.
A ballad for John Weston and the Conservatives I read with interest the article about Conservative MP John Weston’s re-election bid where he subtly (or not) paints himself as a radical in his Conservative Caucus, standing up for his constituents, the environment and going against the grain. Perhaps he is not aware of the damage to Canada done under the Conservative leadership? I dedicate this political parody song to John Weston, to help him remember the record of his party. You can sing along with the music of that Ballad of John Henry, or add your own tune.... “Oh Conservative Party, What Have You Done For Me Lately” You said that the evil Liberals Must be ousted at any cost And started traditions of robocalls To make sure that they (and everyone) lost You promised change to the cushy old Senate And promised greater reform But refused to get tougher on Duffy, (and Wallen, Boi svenu, Brazeau, Oliver,Germain, and Meredith) ….. For wasting my tax dollars as is their norm. You entered the government crying That you would be tougher on crime, Now how many of your corporate bureaucrats Are now doing some serious prison time?
You fired the scientists working Unless filling the petrochemical plate And are calling David Suzuki An enemy of the state You took 200 million from salmon fisheries Then proudly give 26 million back Scientists, libraries, and Kitsilano Coast Guard Were given the literal sack. You deleted the Liberal gun registry Was that a sardonic grin on your face? As you put in secret-police tribunals Named “Bill C-51” in its place Local jobs and economy are prime This is your favourite ditty But you give foreign companies secret deals The right to sue our small towns and cities... Now, John Weston, how did you vote on every one of these acts? You say that you work for the folks The Parliament record states That maybe you are saying a joke…? ….Oh John Weston, what have you done for me lately? Jayeson Hendyrsan
A shout-out to firefighters and local restaurants As the warm days and evenings fade into memory, I am grateful for two groups of our fellow islanders for their sacrifice and caring this summer. One, our restaurateurs. While I enjoyed tranquil beachside dinners, they worked flat out until late every evening, and spent ‘days off ’, restocking. My freedom to dine out on a whim was possible only because of their long hours. Squeezing a year’s worth of viability into a few short months… not for the faint of heart. And a bonus: both my teenagers, and many other families’, have had great workplaces for their first taste
of a real job. Thanks for breaking them in! Second, our firefighters. You vigilantly guarded us in the tinderbox. But taking care of our island went beyond the danger of fire. During the July open house in the new firehall, Fire Chief Ian Thompson and the firefighters took extra care to protect the Tunstall Bay watershed from fire extinguisher releases into the groundwater. (The firehall sits atop our most important creek for community drinking water). Protecting our homes, forests and our water – you guys are great! Thank you! (The other) Ian Thomson
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Here’s what visitors have to say about Bowen As part of the branding exercise, visitors were asked to share their impression. Many say the journey is part of the destination and, combined, they offer an escape from the stresses of everyday life and an opportunity to feel connected with what’s important. • Close – our proximity to Vancouver gives us a clear advantage • Nature – our beaches, hiking trails, views • Safe – there is a feeling of trust here; visitors don’t have to fear crime or bears • Quiet activities – we provide opportunities for swimming, hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding; the quiet activities that allow people to be both active and take in our beauty • Artisans and galleries – our vast talent of creative artists Events – Places, Plants and People; Bowfest; Steamship Days; Round Bowen Race • Amenities – our great restaurants, lodging and shopping; the conveniences • Friendly people – we smile, we’re welcoming to strangers • History – though not mentioned a lot, we have our history that says we’re not new at providing these amazing experiences and visitors have been coming here for decades • Island/water crossing – along with being close, one our biggest assets is that we are an island that requires a watercrossing. Symbolically this water-crossing is extremely powerful. In literature it signifies going from one state of being to another.
‘Just think of those things that make you smile:’ residents survey from page 1 All the survey questions are open ended except for those that help define the survey’s demographic. The survey is one step in many — there was a visitors’ survey in 2014 and a business information-gathering process earlier this year — that the municipality is undertaking to come up with a new brand for “The Happy Isle.” “Our economy is not only tourism,” Skeels says during an interview with Ganong and Councillor Maureen Nicholson. “We want the brand to be something residents can be proud of so there’s a consistent message. It’s much broader than trying to bring tourists to the island.” The committee stresses that a brand is not a logo or a slogan. “A brand is the meaning of a place, the heart and soul… How it emotionally connects with you. A place brand reflects what a place currently is and inspires what it can be in the future.” Once the stories from online survey are analyzed, Rethink Communications will take over the process. Responsible for one of the most successful recent marketing campaigns — the Molson Canadian Beer Fridge that opened when a Canadian swiped their passport — Rethink would be far beyond the municipality’s price range were it not for another island connection. Rethink’s founder, Chris Stewart, lives on Bowen and has also agreed to do the work pro bono.
“Their track record is outstanding,” Ganong says, with Skeels adding that one of the things that makes this community of 3,600 souls so dynamic is having all this world-class talent at its fingertips. When it comes to the survey, Nicholson says “Just think of those things that make you smile and couldn’t happen anywhere else.” “We want the vignette,” Skeels says, “the memorable.” But just like Canadians don’t like being described as “not American”, the municipality does not want to define itself by the negatives. “We’re not looking for the good, we’re not looking for the bad. We’re looking for what is,” Skeels says. The survey, which is anonymous, is open to anyone 15 years of age or older. It’s available online but you can also call the municipality to ask that a hard copy be mailed to you. It’s expected to take 10 to 15 minutes to complete. “We know from previous research that residents feel a strong sense of community,” the committee says. “We need to know what specific things about living on Bowen bind us together. “This survey is about our future, ensuring that we can protect those aspects of Bowen Island we collectively value. What is the Bowen Island story.” To tell your story go to http:// www.surveymonkey.com/ MyBowenIslandStory from October 1 to 31.
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The Bowen Island Golf Association presented scholarships of $750 each to two young members. Kim Stephen, a Bowen Island Community Foundation director (BICF administers the Bowen Island Golf Club Junior Scholarship Fund) presents Lucas Puri with his BIGC-Penny Moul scholarship while BIGC director Bruce Russell presents the BIGCHerb Paterson scholarship to Jack Welsh. Wayne Seaman On your mark, set, go! Alicia Hoppenrath sends 65+ runners on their way at the start to Handloggers Half Marathon. Janis Treleavan photo
Handloggers Half Marathon off to a fantastic start Law, Community Safety Net, Cocoa West, Bowen Island Massage Therapy, McTaggart Water and Bowen Island Coffee for generous donations. The funds raised from this year’s event went towards the construction of a new classroom block at Akili Preparatory School, an all-girls school in Obunga slum in Kisumu, Kenya. Next year the run plans to fundraise for both global and local community initiatives to reflect the interest of the organizing team of thinking globally but acting locally. Alicia Hoppenrath and Colin Kerr, both born and raised on Bowen Island, have had a dream of creating an epic trail running event for a long time. Their goal of giving back to the community, promoting and further establishing the network of trails, as well as developing a larger recreational scene on the island, is what they would love to see happen. This year the event brought the majority of its racers from off island, from as far away as Alberta and Massachusetts which just goes to show the potential of Handloggers Half becoming a recognized race in the series of trail running on the lower mainland. Bowen is a beautiful accessible destination for an event like this, and organizers were so pleased to see such great success.
On behalf of the club, I was delighted to be joined by Kim Stephens, Bowen Island Community Foundation director, for the presentation of the Bowen Island Golf Club’s two $750 Junior Scholarships on September 5. The scholarship awards, to Jack Welsh and Lucas Puri, are in keeping with the club’s belief that “golf + education = a good combination.” Jack was awarded the BIGC – Penny Moul scholarship while Lucas received the BIGC – Herb Paterson scholarship. Both Jack and Lucas have been active junior members of the club, worked summers at the course, had excellent scholastic marks and are good members in the community. They are two fine young men. Jack is entering his second year at the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences at the Okanagan UBC campus, in pursuit of a major in history. In accepting the award he thanked the club for its generous support, his years as a junior and
his summer employment. Lucas is entering his first year at Simon Fraser University at the Beedie School of Business in pursuit of a Bachelor of Commerce degree. He too thanked the club for the financial support, his enjoyable years as a junior member and his summer employment at the course. The Bowen Island Community Foundation has administered this unique scholarship program from the outset; unique because there are very few clubs which have such a segregated program. Our scholarship program is a great source of pride. The fund balance is currently $36,000+ from which only the interest can be used for annual scholarships. Donations to the Bowen Island Community Foundation, earmarked for the BIGC Junior Scholarship Fund, qualify for income tax receipts. Yours truly, R.B. (Bruce) Russell BIGC Vice President, Special Projects
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The top three winners are: Men: Ryan Johnson (1:47:24), Greg Curtiss (1:52:03), Colin Kerr (1:53:24) Women: Margaret Butler (2:10:57), Sarah Stark (2:15:49) and Jessica Slater (2:21:12).
The Handloggers Half Marathon Trail Race on September 5 put a buzz in the air for the 65+ runners and supporters of the event’s official debut here on Bowen Island. A beautiful day of sunshine made for perfect conditions on the trails and a glorious finish along the causeway in the cove with mountain and ocean views. After running 21km and nearly 3,500 vertical feet, the finishing times spanned from 1:47 to four hours. A challenging but remarkable route showcased the best of Bowen Island’s trails, mountain views, bluffs, single track, and a few burly creek beds too! This year’s event would not have been possible without the collaboration between Phil Osborne, Alison Osborne and Alicia Hoppenrath. The success of the event was a true testament of their collective efforts. In addition to the foundational team of event planning, it was the volunteers who brought it all together on the day. From road marshals, aid station hosts, time keeping, registration, food prep, set up and take down, and of course the private property owners that enabled us to create the route we did…. Thank you to Reidun Van Kervel, Diana Romer, Janis and Colleen Treleaven, Jerry and Sue Hurn, Jane Osborne, Julie Van de Valk, Nicole Winstone, Kathleen O’Connor, Jenny Harris, Angela and Basil Huxham, Jess and Scott Slater. Thank you to all the participants who challenged themselves and thank you also to our sponsors: Downunder Travel, Lambert Intellectual Property
Two young golfers receive scholarships
Dive Against Debris will give Mannion Bay a deep cleaning on September 26 This Saturday morning, a group of volunteers will be cleaning up Mannion Bay, both on the shore and under the surface. Diving Against Debris is an annual event organized by Amber Spitkovski and Adam Taylor. Divers, boaters and kayakers are asked to meet at the Bowen Island Marina at 9:45am. Please
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Ron Woodall captured Dorothy Lawson’s spirit and pride in this portrait.
Community honours Dorothy Lawson, the ‘accidental archivist’ Abandoned children rediscover the joys of childhood at Abetavu.
Carli Travers and her husband Robert Birungi have five children and are legal guardians of 16 children, all of whom live at Abetavu in Uganda.
One child at a time... Carli Travers’ story illustrates that the actions of a single person can change many lives MARTHA PERKINS EDITOR
Seven years ago, Frank Gish was deeply moved by a story in the Vancouver Sun about a young woman who could no longer blithely walk by a group of abandoned children in the streets of Kampala. Just as Carli Travers, a social work graduate from Vancouver, was compelled to do something to help these children, Gish knew he too could not stand idly by. “I think sometimes you’re just ready for something,” Gish says of why this story resonated so strongly with him. “It was Carli’s courage and compassion that jumped out at me. I needed to find out more about her.” Travers’ email was in the story and so he wrote her a note, asking how to make a donation. The email exchange continued and evolved into a friendship. A few years ago, Gish and his wife, Joanna Mereu, travelled to
the Abetavu, the Ugandan home that Travers’ has created for abandoned children.. As the legal guardian of 16 children and mother to five of her own, there is constant chaos and activity even before you add in the five dogs, three cats and a monkey. “You just kind of roll with it,” says Gish, who, on October 4, invites Bowen Islanders to meet Travers. Travers will be at the Little Red Church at 10:30 that Sunday morning and then will make a longer presentation at the Tunstall Bay clubhouse from 2 to 4pm. Gish says people don’t need to make a donation to Abetavu (although donations are most certainly welcome and needed.) He wants people to hear Travers’ story, which she’s recounted in a book called And Then She was Free, so they know that there is so much we all can do. “She’s given children, with no chance at all, security. They’re safe, they don’t have to steal to eat, they have a chance to get an education. ”Just come out and hear the story and be inspired. What I’ve learned is we don’t have to be a Carli to make a difference. There are some things you can do to help her. She needs us. “If we all do something, we’ll make a difference.” To learn more about the community Travers has created, go to Abetavu.com. She will be on Bowen Island October 4.
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Bowen Island archivist, Dorothy Lawson, wondered “who would have known when I was born on a farm in Nebraska in the Twenties that this is how I would end up?” She called herself the “Accidental Archivist” but we are convinced it was not an accident. Perhaps she was drawn to Bowen to make certain our history would not disappear. To appreciate the accomplishments of this “Accidental Archivist” visit our website (bowenislandmuseum.ca) and take a look at the photographs, history, maps, biographies, interviews and artifacts. This significant collection of community history was carefully gathered under her conscientious care. We continue to build on the strong foundation that Dorothy created at the community museum and archives and hope that we will make her proud of our accomplishments over the years. There will be a gathering to celebrate the life and honour the memory of Dorothy Lawson at Evergreen Hall in Deep Bay on October 4 from 1 to 3pm. Please join us. Bowen Island Museum & Archives Board of Directors, Deidre Farah and Catherine Bayly
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Bike-building workshop says thanks A big thank you to all the people who helped make the recent bikebuilding camp such a success. Six kids got to work with a professional bike mechanic to build bicycles from scratch. Two of the bikes were donated to kids on Bowen. Thanks to Sarah Haxby for arranging use of the outdoor classroom at BICS and the many people who offered to donate old bikes, parts and tools: Benjamin Faber, Margit Griffiths, Simon Bates, Siobhan Catchlove, Van Hayden, Robert Torok, Cindy De Connick, Singne Palmquist, Erik Wyatt, and Rob Gloor. It takes an island... Gil Yaron
Clemencia Brararten donates a bushel of lovely red potatoes for the Bowen Grows Community Feast that Matt Matheson, chef and caterer of Vine and Garden catering, is going to cook up (with the help of a number of volunteers) in the BICS kitchen. Sarah Haxby of the CSA’s Bowen Grows Project Committee invites others to contribute to the September 25 feast, which will include a cornucopia of local talent as well.
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Out of the Attic to Oct. 12 Gallery @ Artisan Square Long-forgotten attic masterpieces by various artists uncovered. Bowen Island International Wine Festival September 24 6:30 to 9:30pm Lodge at Old Dorm Tickets: $50 in advance at Phoenix or Beer and Wine Cellar. 100% of proceeds go to Bowen Children’s Centre. Rotary Club September 24 Collins Hall, 7:30pm Guest speaker: James Glave on climate reality and solutions No charge, all are welcome Alicia Hansen album launch September 24 Pyatt Hall, Vancouver 8pm Bowen Island-based singer launches her experimental album, Companion with Ben Brown $8 in advance from BrownPaperTickets.com or $10 at the door Bowen Grows Community Feast & Cornucopia Variety Show September 25 5-9pm BICS Contribute Bowen-grown fruits, greens and vegetables at BCS kitchen Sept. 23 and 24 from 6-8pm and Sept. 25 from 9am to 1pm Legion Dinner September 25 6:30pm (doors open at 5) BI Legion Pam Cleary will prepare chicken in cashew cilantro sauce with rice and vegetables. Brownies for dessert Dive Against Debris September 26
9:30am: divers, boaters and kayakers gather at Bowen Island Marina 11am: Shore volunteers gather at Sandy Beach
Bowen Island Writer’s Group September 26 Noon - 2 pm Collins Hall, Open writer’s forum, all levels, all writing projects welcome. Enquiries to: bowenwriters@gmail. com Passionately Speaking: Pecha Kucha on Bowen Island September 26 Gallery @ Artisan Square Doors open at 7pm; event starts at 7:30pm Each presenter has 6.66 minutes to present 20 images for 20 seconds each. Tailgate Market September 26 BICS parking lot Local producers share bounty of their garden from 10am until they sell out
Gerard, left, and Marie Martinez, right, were the highest bidders for a two-night stay at Tinhorn Creek Vineyards at Friday’s Wine is Bottled Poetry fundraiser for the Bowen Island Arts Council. Making the presentation were event hosts Sandra Oldfield, CEO of Tinhorn Creek Vineyards, and Paul Rickett of the Bowen Beer & Wine Cellar.
Raise a glass to the success of wine and poetry fundraiser BOWEN ISLAND ARTS COUNCIL CONTRIBUTOR
The Bowen Island Art Council sends special thanks to Paul Rickett of the Bowen Beer & Wine Cellar and Sandra Oldfield, CEO of Tinhorn Creek Vineyards, for Friday’s Wine is Bottled Poetry event. The winery donated a two-night stay at its guest suite as the prize for a silent auction, while the store hosted the wine tasting, donated 50 cents per bottle of Tinhorn Creek wine sold Friday to BIAC, and provided prizes for our poetry winners. Thanks also to the public for its cash donations and for bidding on the silent auction prize. Congrats to Gerard and Marie Martinez who cast the winning bid. In total, we raised close to $650 to help support our programming and services. We are very grateful. Our poetry contest proved popular with 120 votes cast. Hats off Pat Adams and Alan Whitehead, the poets whose words attracted the most votes from the public.
The winning poems are... At sundry events among friends of mine I’m offered refreshment, but I must opine That when it comes to choice, I walk a fine line. Don’t offer me vodka, for I must decline Forget about gin — it’s too benign If you give me rum, I’ll continue to whine. My only request is not out-of-line I simply demand that fruit of the vine— That liquid nectar of Grand Design Which bears the brand of Tinhorn Wine! there was a time before BC wine when I felt less fine than now.
PechaKucha a night of speaking passionately
Heather Haley at Word Vancouver September 27 1:30pm Library Square, Vancouver Public Library Bowen Island poet will read from her debut novel, The Town Slut’s Daughter.
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SKY September 28 Bowen Court 9am: Exercises with Ali Hartwick 10:30am: 21st Birthday Party, with refreshments; everyone welcome Rotary Club October 1 Collins Hall, 7:30pm No charge, all are welcome Legion Dinner October 2 6:30pm (doors open at 5) BI Legion Yvonne McSkimming is chef.
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Island Discovery Learning Community’s Zoe and Arjun pour water carried from Seymour Bay to Alder Cove, a symbolic gesture of Terry Fox’s wish to carry water from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean. Saffron Gurney photo
A Bowen mini-version of TED Talks rolled into a fun and casual evening where ideas and images flow — that’s one way to describe Passionately Speaking, an evening of short visually evocative and emotionally engaging presentations hosted by the Bowen Island Arts Council on September 27 at the Gallery. The evening, which also includes entertainment featuring the robust music of Marc Gawthrop, has been produced in the style of PechaKucha. PechaKucha is a simple presentation format whereby speakers creatively address their audience, displaying 20 images each shown for 20 seconds. The talks are designed to inspire and invigorate. The line-up on Saturday includes six presentations on a diversity of topics, from cultivating selflove through self-talk, letting go of hope during turbulent times, finding inspiration by exploring the outdoors to resisting challenges to our rights and freedoms, living our true story, and the joy of making music for the very young. Admission is by donation and everyone is welcome. Doors open at 7 pm.
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Inspire a book Julie Salisbury workshop explores how to get your book published KAMI KANETSUKA CONTRIBUTOR
Are you working on a book you want to publish? Often the intention is there but the route to publishing seems overwhelming. Julie Salisbury, who has travelled the world (mostly on small boats), is now living on Bowen Island. She has developed a program that covers all you need to know to get your book ready to pitch to a publisher. This intensive eight-week course offers the best tools and information for success. Julie has been teaching this program for 10 years on Vancouver Island, Vancouver and retreats in Mexico. She also has her own company, Influence Publishing. Originally she wrote and selfpublished her own book Around the World in Seven Years – A LifeChanging Journey. This experience informed her that most new authors have no idea of all the work that is involved in getting published. Julie researched the changing industry and was moved to create her own business, ‘InspireABook’. She started a hybrid category of publishing, which offers all the services that
a traditional publisher offers. She says, “It is a joint venture between publisher and author, they share the costs but the author keep the rights to the book and receives higher royalties.” Her publishing house has a very tight genre and Julie calls her authors “wisdom keepers, or people who influence the way we look at the world.” She has published 70 books including her own. Julie also advises authors how to find the right publisher whether traditional, independent or to selfpublish. And she helps them find a publisher after self-publishing. She says a successful book needs a platform, so the author needs to develop entrepreneurial skills, be a speaker, be prepared to use social media and self promote. This course is for people who are committed to getting their story published. There will be assignments at the end of every class, which will give the book a structure and flow. Basically you will be building your book, with commitment, and perseverance. Julie inspires people to write books – to leave a legacy. It’s about publishing your wisdom and experience. The course costs $395, with a provisional starting date of October 13. Each session is two hours. Contact Julie at president@inspireabook or Kami at 604-947-9713.
BIAC celebrates launch of new book by Lisa Shatzky The Bowen Island Arts Council invites everyone to join them on Saturday, October 10 at the Gallery @ Artisan Square for the launch of When the Colours Run, published this summer by Black Moss. This is the third book of Lisa Shatzky’s work published by Black Moss. The others include Do Not Call Me By My Name (2011), which was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Poetry Award in 2012, and Blame it on the Moon (2013), shortlisted for the 2014 Acorn Plantos Award for People’s Poetry. When the Colours Run is a collection of 41 poems that speak to the human condition as well as the fragile state of the planet with a voice that is deeply personal, eclectic, and universally evocative. At times meditative and at times darkly humorous, the poems in this collection wrestle with the timeless questions each of us must walk with in some way throughout our lives: “Who am I?” and “What does it all mean?” Using the seasons of the earth in sometimes playful and often startling ways, as well as drawing on cycles of light and dark, the poems move from one season to the next, and illustrate how not only do we move through the seasons but the seasons also move through us. The poems in this collection talk about love and relationships, loss and grief, impermanence and transcendence and beg the reader to listen and listen well to the human heart, which is so deeply connected to the blooming and evolving patterns and cycles of the earth. Lisa, a long-time Bowen resident, has had her prose and poetry widely published in magazines, journals and anthologies. Her work has appeared in the Vancouver Review, Room Magazine, Quills Canadian Poetry Magazine, The Nashwaak Review, The Antigonish Review, The Vancouver Sun, The Dalhousie Review, Canadian Literature, Canadian Woman’s Studies, The Prairie Journal, Jones Ave., The New Quarterly, Monday’s Poem, and in six chapbooks by Leaf Press (edited by Patrick Lane).
At the launch and celebration, Lisa and friends will read from the new collection and Ruta Yawney will provide beautiful music. Signed copies of Lisa’s books will be available for purchase with 100 per cent proceeds from the sale of books to benefit the Sea Shepherd Conservancy Society. Admission is by donation. Doors open at 7 pm and the event begins at 7:30 pm.
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Tir-na-NOg thanks Building Centre The Tir-na-nOg Theatre School board of directors and student body express a profound appreciation for the Bowen Building Centre’s donation of $2,000, raised in its annual golf tournament, to the school’s building fund, and to Timbermart’s Timbrkids Charitable Foundation for providing a $2,000 matching grant. These generous gifts take us another step toward the fulfillment of the Tir-na-nOg vision of establishing, and securing a permanent home for young people’s theatre on Bowen Island, in order to ensure that this remarkably rich educational experience in the theatre arts will always be available to our future generations. The Building Centre has supported the theatre school for many years through its countertop sales of Tir-nanOg cookies, so we are doubly grateful for this thoughtful contribution to the great adventure of live theatre by young people for the world! Jack Headley & Julie Tetzner
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Bev Rogers focuses on her breathing and her sense of inner calm during Monday’s yoga class.
Instructor Diana Kaile checks Louise Dale’s posture as she leads the group through yoga.
At the age of 94, Doreen Broughton is game for all the things that let her have a healthy, as well as long, life.
Reach for the SKY Seniors who want to keep young, and healthy, know where to spend their Monday mornings MARTHA PERKINS EDITOR
There are no Lululemon leggings in sight, and the Downward Dog is
You too can be smiling after a morning of exercise for the mind and body. SKY is looking for new members and the next meeting is the perfect opportunity to discover the benefits: on September 28, SKY is turning 21 and it’s throwing itself a birthday party. Everyone is welcome to attend, starting at 10:30am. Students from BICS will be helping with the refreshments. Inviting you to join them are, from left: standing, Louise Dale, Dave Hazlewood, Bev Rogers, Pat Pinch, Joan Henley, Louise Ferguson and Doreen Broughton. Seated: Elizabeth Storry and April Sear.
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replaced by a sit-down stretch, but Diana Kaile’s yoga classes at Bowen Court every Monday morning are seriously good for you. “Let the head down and breath
into the spine,” she tells the group of Seniors Keeping Young. “With each exhale, release, let go…” Taking part is Doreen Broughton, one of two 94-year-olds who faith-
fully spend their Monday mornings at SKY along with the younger crowd of seniors. She’d put off joining for years because Mondays were her day to recoup from a weekend of entertaining guests but “I came once and I’ve been coming ever since.” The advantages of spending a morning exercising, socializing and learning were underlined this past Monday by guest speaker Dr. Dooley Goumeniouk, a psychiatrist with a special interest in neuropsychopharmacology. When he’s not travelling around the world — during a recent 14-day stretch he was in Munich, Hong Kong, Belgrade, Amsterdam and London — he’s in his magnificent Mount Gardner garden. His talk focused on the importance of having meaningful interactions with our environment as a way of improving our brain’s health. Every little bit helps, says Kaile with a smile that’s all sunshine, no rain. It can be as simple as changing which hand you use to perform an every-day task, or standing on one foot while you brush your teeth. Get your brain out of its usual groove and shake things up a bit. “I think I just shimmied a bit too much,” one woman laughs as she catches her breath during the class. SKY is a place of happy people, and we all need to surround ourselves with happy people, Doreen says. There’s more laughter when you’re with others, says Elizabeth Storry, who adds that SKY is also a place to make friends who will be there for you when you need them. SKY has been around for 21 years — it invites you to its 21st birthday party on September 28 — and when
Joan Henley was first approached about joining in the early years, she politely declined. “The public health nurse said, ‘They’ll take your blood pressure.’ It finished me for years.” On the morning of the Undercurrent’s visit, Dave Hazlewood was carrying the flag for all men on the island. It’s quite common for husbands to drop off their wives before returning home, a habit that SKY hopes to change with its fortnightly community lunches at the Legion. (More details about the $5 luncheon, which are the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, in next week’s Undercurrent.) Dave enjoys the morning, and despite restricted mobility, gamely takes part in all the activities, including yoga. “You meet people you wouldn’t meet otherwise,” he says. When Bev Rogers’ husband had a stroke, she’d bring him to SKY for a morning’s respite for both of them. After he moved to a nursing home, “I realized that I needed something” and so she’s now she’s the regular visitor. A SKY morning begins with an exercise class with Ali Hartwick at nine. There’s tea, coffee and goodies before the guest speaker arrives at 10 and Kaile’s yoga class begins at 11. Everything wraps up with friendly goodbyes at noon. More members are welcome and the definition of “seniors” is not set in stone. The 21st birthday party for SKY begins at 10:30am on September 28. Everyone is invited to drop by to discover for themselves why keeping young gets off to a good start on Monday mornings at Bowen Court.