THURSDAY JULY 26, 2018 VOL. 44, NO. 28
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FAREWELL SHELAGH MACKINNON
The Undercurrent and a small number of the people she’s helped over her 20 years on-island pay tribute to the departing United Church minister and community volunteer extraordinare.
The first wave of swimmers launches into the frigid waters of Tunstall Bay for the inaugural SwimBowen cancer fundraiser last weekend. Fifty swimmers competed in the challenge, which managed to raise more than $30,000 for lslanders undergoing cancer treatment. Photo: Tristan Deggan
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Today marks the second time this year that we are delivering the Undercurrent to every mailbox on Bowen. Why are we doing this? Simply put, if you haven’t read the paper lately, you would not be in a position to evaluate the ask we have. So here it is. Local journalism continues to matter and will matter even more
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Meeting Calendar July 30 2018 7:00 pm Public Hearing - Lot 1 All meetings are held in Council Chambers unless otherwise noted.
Fire Ban in effect
PROCEDURE BYLAW AMENDMENT
On Monday, July 23, 2018 Bowen Island Municipal Council gave ﬁrst reading to “Bowen Island Municipal Council Procedure Bylaw, Amendment Bylaw No. 464, 2018” a new bylaw to reflect the change in date for the Inaugural Council meeting. The inaugural Council meeting date requires updating as a result of the legislation to change the term of ofﬁce for local elections from November to October. In keeping with the Community Charter’s principles of openness and accountability, Council must not amend, repeal or replace its procedure bylaw without ﬁrst giving public notice. A copy of the “Bowen Island Municipal Council Procedure Bylaw, Amendment Bylaw No. 464, 2018” is available at Municipal Hall and on the municipal website at www.bowenislandmunicipality.ca
The forest ﬁre danger rating is currently HIGH. Forest fuels are very dry and the ﬁre risk is serious. New ﬁres may start easily, burn vigorously, and challenge ﬁre suppression efforts.
Please direct any comments regarding this proposed bylaw in writing via mail, e-mail or fax by Monday, August 6, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. to: Hope Dallas, Chief Election Ofﬁcer Bowen Island Municipality 981 Artisan Lane Bowen Island, BC V0N 1G2 FAX: 604-947-0193 e-mail: Election2018@bimbc.ca
Council has adopted Bowen Island’s ﬁrst Transportation Plan! The Plan identiﬁes and coordinates transportation priorities over the next 20 years to help realize the community vision of:
Water Conservation Guidelines In 2016, Council endorsed Metro Vancouver Regional District’s Water Shortage Response Plan (WSRP) in order to promote awareness about the importance of water conservation. The plan deﬁnes guidelines for four levels of water conservation for users of municipal drinking water systems, aiming to manage demand for drinking water during the summer months, and if necessary during times of emergencies.
“Simple, seamless, sustainable transportation options for every Bowen Islander.” The Plan focuses on connections, choices and health. Implementation actions include increasing transportation funding for road maintenance and developing pedestrian and cycling networks. Getting on and off the island will be more convenient and affordable with better regional partnerships and coordination. Health of people and environment will be improved with more access to active transportation and less greenhouse gas emissions. Implementation of the Plan is already underway and you should start seeing projects pop-up throughout the year! Go to www.bowenislandmunicipality.ca/reports-publications for more details!
Throughout the summer, water conservation stages will be posted and updated regularly on the Municipality’s Alerts and Advisories webpage. For more information, please go to: www.bowenislandmunicipality.ca/water-conservation
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Fireﬁghters respond to fallen man at Cape BRONWYN BEAIRSTO
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Charity status in good standing, all accounts are up to date and in order, lots of support for popular events, history of successful grant writing and summer student experiences. And an opportunity to negotiate with Metro Vancouver Parks. Apply today to email@example.com Bowen’s volunteer fire department members picking their way over the rocks to rescue fallen visitor at Cape Roger Curtis. Photo: Lucia Frangione ates the air ambulances. Due to privacy concerns, the man’s identity and condition since Saturday are currently unknown.
Lucia Frangione, Johnson’s wife, was also nearby when the young man fell. “Before he fell our children were climbing all over that [lighthouse],” she said. “I didn’t see any warning or anything,” she said. “I’m concerned about safety there.”
Muni morsels: the costs of business BRONWYN BEAIRSTO EDITOR
The following are briefs from the July 23 Bowen Island Municipality council meeting.
In case you missed the Facebook frenzy: A proposed rezoning and covenant
amendment to the Bowen Island Lodge property will undergo neighbourhood consultation. The application from the current owners, the Hundred Year Education Group, would see the primary use of the property on Cardena Drive, originally owned by the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, changed to remove the phrase, “... for the care and rehabilitation of persons with disabilities.” The application states that this amendment would be “intended to reflect the current use of the property.” After a social media outcry, mayor and council received at least 12 letters from concerned community members, voicing their dismay at a potential rezoning and covenant amendment.
The municipality’s chief administrative officer Cathy Lalonde assured the audience at the relatively packed July 23 council meeting, “This is just an introduction report.” “We are as a council obliged to consider a rezoning application,” said councillor Maureen Nicholson.
But still no pet licences: A business
licence bylaw passed its first reading. The revenue-neutral endeavour would include commercial and private businesses, along with short-term rentals. It would employ a parttime licence inspector. Lalonde emphasized the valuable statistics that would come out of having such a licence requirement. Mayor Murray Skeels voted against the bylaw saying, “You’re going to do a lot more harm to Bowen Island.” Skeels said he was worried about making it more difficult for off-island contractors to work on Bowen. Councillor Gary Ander responded, “That’s the cost of doing business.”
Bowen is not immune to drunk drivers
Drinking and driving is “a national problem that Bowen Island is not immune to,” says Cpl. Paulo Arreaga of the Bowen Island R.C.M.P. detachment. “We have had about 10 impaired driving investigations this summer with five of those leading to charges.
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A man from off-island fell from the rocks around the Cape Roger Curtis lighthouse July 21, resulting in serious injury. He was hastily taken to a Vancouver hospital by B.C. air ambulance. Surrey firefighter, Scott Johnson, who lives on Bowen with his family, was the first on scene. He said that the man, who appeared to be in his early twenties, fell back off the cliff and landed on the jagged rocks below. The injured man had been on a short trip to the island with four friends when he fell, said Johnson. Bowen Island firefighters and paramedics responded to the 911 call, at about 1:40 p.m., along with the coast guard. “He was still unconscious when we got there,” said Bowen Island Fire Chief Ian Thompson. “We were there for about 45 minutes and he never woke up.” Bowen’s volunteer firefighters moved the man from the cape, with the help of a spine board and clamshell, to a flat area where the helicopter could land. “Our rescue team worked extremely well to get him out of there,” said Thompson. “There’s shore on both sides and it was a really good effort to get him out as fast as we did.” “The injured man was taken to hospital in serious condition,” said a representative from B.C. Emergency Health Services, which oper-
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“Summer brings good weather and this tends to increase people’s opportunities to drink. It’s a huge risk to take; drivers risk losing more than they realize. “Our road blocks will continue to pop up around corners. We believe the majority of the island is getting the message.”
NOTICE Date of initial publication of this notice: July 26, 2018 TO THE OWNER(S) OF THE VESSEL WITH RESPECT TO THE VESSEL NAMED “ISKA” LOCATED AT MANNION BAY, BOWEN ISLAND, BC, CURRENTLY CONSIDERED TO BE ABANDONED:
A request for authorization to take possession of and remove this vessel under section 20 of the Navigation Protection Act has been made. If the owner(s) does not contact Transport Canada to demonstrate ownership and reclaim this vessel by July 26, 2018 the Minister of Transport may authorize the undersigned, to take possession of, permanently remove and dispose of the vessel. If you are the owner(s) or if you have any information about the owner(s) of this vessel, it is important that you contact Transport Canada, Navigation Protection Program at 604-775-8867 or firstname.lastname@example.org and reference ﬁle number 2017-500523
Notice posted by: Bowen Island Municipality
NOTICE Date of initial publication of this notice: July 18, 2018 TO THE OWNER(S) OF THE VESSEL WITH RESPECT TO VESSEL WITH REGISTRATION # 13K 63989 LOCATED AT MANNION BAY, BOWEN ISLAND, BC, IS CURRENTLY CONSIDERED TO BE ABANDONED AND WRECKED:
A request for authorization to take possession of and remove this vessel under section 20 of the Navigation Protection Act has been made. If the owner(s) does not contact Transport Canada to demonstrate ownership and reclaim this vessel by July 18, 2018 the Minister of Transport may authorize the undersigned, to take possession of, permanently remove and dispose of the vessel. If you are the owner(s) or if you have any information about the owner(s) of this vessel, it is important that you contact Transport Canada, Navigation Protection Program at 604-775-8867 or email@example.com and reference ﬁle number 2018-500147.
Notice posted by: Bowen Island Municipality
The forests are crisp and dry so campfires are prohibited and be careful with your cigarette butts.
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Thank you for your support, Bowen If you haven’t read the paper over the past two and a half months, hello, I’m Bronwyn. I’m the new editor of the Undercurrent. I’m a recent journalism graduate from Carleton University and was raised in (the) Yukon. I’m living on island but am not yet jaded enough to curse B.C. Ferries. If you want to know anything else, I’m always hanging around the Cove. As this paper is going out to every mailbox on the island, this is my chance to address everyone, so I thought I’d take this opportunity to write a thank you letter. First off, thank you for not throwing this in the recycling bin before reading it. Thank you everyone who emails, calls, drops by, or stops me on the street or in the store with stories, comments, even criticisms. It shows you care and in an era of apathy engagement in local and national affairs is critical. To the contributors, I’ve been so pleased with and thankful for the wealth of bylines, and the interesting stories you bring me. I love the humour and warmth that each contributor adds to the paper, and I couldn’t do it without you. Thank you for putting up with my edits (the ones you agree with and the ones you don’t), and for bearing with me as I request details, different pictures and even more paragraphs. It’s a necessary, but not always fun part of the process. To our readers, thank you for noticing and being kind about my typos (yes, I notice them too). We aspire to be every bit as profession-
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al as we can be at the Undercurrent, but I am a one-person editorial team. I am the only photographer, writer, editor dedicated solely to this paper, and things slip by. That being said, if you notice errors in fact, name spelling or the like – this I take seriously, so please do let me know. I can change (nearly) anything paper-related online. To Bowenians (what do you call yourselves?), thank you for welcoming me, guiding me, knocking me down when I need it, and helping me back up. It’s only been two and a half months (and I have yet to weather a winter), but I enjoy getting to know you, your history, your successes and squabbles. It feels family-like which, for me, far from my own home, is nice to find. To the individuals who’ve made this a home, thank you. Now, this paper in your mailbox is part of a drive for subscriptions, ads, and general community support. Our publisher, Peter Kvarnstrom, made our case on the front page but, I reiterate here, we couldn’t do this paper without you. And this support is not just in terms of buying the paper or buying ads, but supporting Bowen as a community. We all know and rely on one another as people and as businesses, which is the beauty and curse of small towns. So if you can, support your local liquor store, or artist studio or grocery or gas station, and please support your local paper. Bronwyn Beairsto, Editor
Bowen legend prepares to leave the rock As Norma Dallas’s retirement date is quickly approaching, her Snug Point neighbours would like to take this opportunity to wish her well and to thank her for all her many years of hard work and efforts as owner/operator of the Bowen Island Marine. Her easy smile will be truly missed.To the new owners – welcome on board. We look forward to meeting you. Leanne & Brian on behalf of the Snug Point Property Owners Association
From Facebook We got many online comments on the story the Undercurrent ran about Norma Dallas’s retirement. Here are some of our favourites. You are rich in every way Norma because you enriched those around you with your care, confidence and humanity. Lots of Love Moritz Behm Norma just makes you feel like family. She is one of those people I so wish I had made more time to get to know better. Barbara Wiltshire Decades of wonderful memories! Thanks, Norma, for just always being you! You will be greatly missed. Tara Meal
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So you want to be a mayor? Featuring Murray Skeels BRONWYN BEAIRSTO EDITOR
We at the Undercurrent are starting to look toward the October 20 municipal election. As this council starts wrapping up their term affairs and community members start thinking about running for office, we’re asking current and previous politicians about their experiences running for municipal office. To start off we spoke with current mayor Murray Skeels who has already announced that this will be his only term as mayor. Why did you run for mayor? I had recently retired and felt I had the skill set required to help the community realize some
long-standing goals. What do you wish you had known before running? Just how open-ended the job is. You have to deal with everything from time limits on parking spaces to how best to obtain government grants. What would you do differently if you could redo the past four years? I’d push for increasing staff capacity and reducing the role of council in operations. Council’s main function should be to protect the public interest if staff makes a poor decision. But our staff are the professionals who know how to run a municipality. When you are understaffed
Letter: Where’s the protection protocol for liquid natural gas in Howe Sound? Dear Editor, Well over two years after the provincial and federal governments approved the Woodfibre LNG project, the liquid natural gas company is getting ready to start construction early next year. On the risks of the project we can be short: with respect to global warming, LNG is part of the problem, not the answer. With respect to the risks LNG tankers could pose to people living and using Atl’Kistem/Howe Sound, especially around the marine bottleneck between Bowen Island and Horseshoe Bay, we have still no answers. Besides that, there’s the question: if we are willing to allow for large LNG shipments into Atl’Kistem/Howe Sound, and the risks they entail, how do we in the communities of Bowen Island and West Vancouver protect ourselves from a potential LNG tanker emergency? How do we communicate an accident: by sirens, by phones, or both? Do we need to build special shelters and provide for escape routes? And what about the effects of an earthquake and/or a tsunami: Aren’t we waiting for the Big One? The problem lies in this: none of Canada’s acts that govern secure and safe shipping apply to LNG shipments the size that Woodfibre LNG and governments want to see going through Atl’Kistem/Howe Sound. A review to determine any safety risks to communities from LNG tanker routes, similar to the well-researched and well-designed assessment done by the U.S. for proposed LNG tanker routes there, is simply not available in Canada. What comes closest is a navigational risk assessment. There was the TERMPOL review, a voluntary and non-binding assessment. The TERMPOL review does not mention ‘earthquake’ or ‘tsunami’, so we assume it does not consider the risks associated with these events. Woodfibre LNG did commit to the review in its letter to the Undercurrent, published August 12, 2016. But do note Woodfibre LNG is only responsible for its project area. It is not responsible for what happens to LNG tankers when they navigate through Atl’Kistem/Howe Sound, other than this 500metre area. The review was about to start two years ago, but currently we don’t know if it is happening at all. And if it were to be done, isn’t it a bit late? Why is such a risk assessment not part of a protocol when government and the public consider the suitability of a project? Shouldn’t public safety be pretty high on the list? It seems not to be in Canada, and any review that addresses it is done when the proponent has fully committed itself, when the design is finalized and construction is about to start. So hurray for public safety! And hurray to all the politicians who have been unwilling step up and let it come this far. Now, our communities are supposed to suck it up, because provincial and federal governments haven’t done their work. Well Ms. and Mr. Politicians, maybe we don’t want to suck it up! Anton van Walraven; on behalf of Concerned Citizens Bowen
council members start helping out and that can lead to a lack of oversight
What’s an unexpected pleasure of being mayor? I really enjoyed meeting with other mayors and politicians and learning just how our system of government works.
What’s the most rewarding aspect of being on council? I think the community is more harmonious now than when we started. We worked hard to be fair and balanced and I think people appreciate that.
What’s an issue you feel will be very important for the next council? We have to decide whether we want to have local light industry or not. If we don’t zone some land for light manufacturing and service industries we will be destined to become a residential suburb. West Vancouver decided on very restrictive zoning in 1927. Today it is an enclave for the very wealthy. Some islanders want that for us. If that is the route we’re going it
What’s an unexpected challenge of being mayor of a small town? I realized that I’m not very good at being a public figure. I’m fine one on one, but speaking to larger groups isn’t something that comes easily to me.
should be a conscious decision rather than simply blocking individual rezoning applications. What do you think Bowen will look like in 20 years? It will still be a very good place to live. We are a pretty happy lot with a strong sense of community. We’ll work together as needed to protect our natural spaces while slowly building the infrastructure we need to support the vulnerable among us. Climate change will push a lot of people in our direction but I believe our culture is strong enough to attract those who share our ethos. Tourism will be a strong growth industry worldwide, including here. I don’t know how that will play out.
Notice of Public Hearing Lot 1 Rezoning
HAVE YOUR SAY. Public Hearing July 30, 2018 7:00 pm Council Chambers
981 Artisan Lane
Questions? Contact Daniel Martin, Manager of Planning and Development
Ofﬁcal Community Plan Amendment Bylaw No. 432, 2017 Land Use Amendment Bylaw No. 433, 2017
About the bylaw
Currently, Lot 1 is designated as “Rural” in the Ofﬁcial Community Plan, and it is zoned “Rural Residential 1” in the Land Use Bylaw. Council is proposing to change this designation. Bylaw No.432, 2017 would amend the Ofﬁcial Community Plan designation from “Rural” to a combination of “Light Industrial, Rural Residential and Village Periphery.” Bylaw No.433, 2017 would amend the zoning in the Land Use Bylaw from “Rural Residential 1” to “Comprehensive Development 21”, with four “sub-areas” as follows: Area 1: Light Industrial, Artisanal, Retail, and Residential uses Area 2: Residential, up to 20 homes Area 3: Rural Residential (Land Bank) Area 4: Rural Residential, one dwelling
Bylaw timeline Council 1st Direction Reading
November February 2017 2018
Public 3rd Reading Bylaw Hearing Adoption
(Estimated) (Estimated) Sept. 2018 Sept. 2018
How to get more information
The proposed bylaw and background material may be viewed at Municipal Hall, 981 Artisan Lane, during ofﬁce hours of 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday (excluding statutory holidays), or on the Municipal website at www.bowenislandmunicipality.ca/planning
Ways you can Have Your Say bowenisland municipality.ca /planning
Speak at the Public Hearing: July 30th, 2018. 7:00PM at Municipal Hall.
Write to the attention of Mayor and Council: E-mail: email@example.com Mail: 981 Artisan Lane, Bowen Island, BC, V0N 1G2 To ensure a fair process, Council cannot consider any submissions received after the Public Hearing has ended.
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SwimBowen success Community members flocked to Tunstall Bay beach and waters Saturday to participate in the inaugural SwimBowen challenge. There was hooting and hollering as beach-bound supporters cheered on the athletes. Participants wore satisfied grins as they padded onto the beach after completing their 1,000-metre swims. The cancer fundraiser managed to raise more than $30,000. Online donations at SwimBowen.com remain open until July 27 at 9 p.m. Top left: Ann McDow preparing for her swim. She placed second for women. Photo: Jason Wilde Photography Above: The first wave of 1,000metre swimmers gets ready to go. Photo: Jason Wilde Photography
Right: A swimmer emerges after completing the SwimBowen challenge. Photo: Bronwyn Beairsto Left: Cathy Robertson and Kate Coffey wait for swimmers to cross the finish line. Photo: Jason WIlde Photography
The second annual Bowen Island Classic Motor Show took place last weekend at Raef and Darla Grohne’s property on Adams Rd. Photo: Emily Erikson McCullum
Clemencia Braraten at the Bowen Island Farmers’ Market July 21. The market runs throughout the summer at BICS. Photo: Emily Erikson McCullum
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Norma Dallas’s goodbye party: there was laughter and sadness on the pier last Saturday as Norma’s friends, patrons and many acquaintances gathered for a fond farewell to the retiring marina master. Norma is moving to Kitsilano and a group of six people is taking over the Bowen Island Marina. Above left: Wes Magee, Norma Dallas and Ralph Fleming share a chuckle. Above right: some of Norma’s friends spend a pleasant Saturday afternoon chatting and eating together. Photos: Bronwyn Beairsto
Left: For two weeks Opus art supplies is running Art in the Garden children’s camp at the Van Berckels’ home on Cates Hill. Pictured is the 10-to-13 year-old group (left to right): Sydney, camp facilitator Rebecca Smith, Ella, Riley, Esme, Sam and Max. Photo: Bronwyn Beairsto Above (left to right): Luman, Eva, Levi and Owen, seen at Snug Cove Field, are among the best foul ball fetchers in the Bowen Island Men’s Fastpitch League’s storied history. Kids earn a bit of money by racing to grab up foul balls and homeruns, and return them to the umps. Photo: Marcus Hondro
Running throughout the entire summer, Bowen Island Community Recreation day camps have a variety of activities and beach adventures in store for Bowen children. Summer camp staff create programs to keep participants entertained, active and interested. The camps are focused on getting outside and have got loads of games and activities that will ensure kids have a blast. For more information: www.bowencommunityrecreation.com or call 604-947-2216. Photos: Sheana Stevenson
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Shelagh’s last Bowen service is Sunday BRONWYN BEAIRSTO EDITOR
In a little red church, in a grassy orchard, on a sea slope, on a small island in the Salish Sea, lays Shelagh MacKinnon’s dominion. The United Church minister has spent the past 20 years nurturing her healthy-sized – for an island of 3,600 – congregation. (The church can hold 80; sometimes it’s full, sometimes it’s not.) But this Sunday, for the last time as their minister, Shelagh will stand in the glow of the Celtic stain glass windows and tell the loyal crowd, “There’s nothing you can do to make God love you less, there is nothing you can do to make God love you more.” And then she’ll leave. Shelagh is heading to Victoria to sermonize a new congregation and rejoin her wife, Cheryl Black, who is a church minister in the provincial capital. Her departure is a loss that reverberates into the quiet corners of a community that relies on volunteer work. Beyond Sunday services and the regular ministerial duties, Shelagh’s served on dozens of committees, organized dozens of events, and become a spiritual advisor to many outside her congregation. When she started in September 1998, initially as a part-time employee but later becoming the church’s first full-time minister, Shelagh understood that the job would entail more than preaching. “They wanted my time to be spent immersed in the community,” she says. “And I have loved doing that job.” But there is a certain acquired taste to being a small town minister. “When I’m on this island, I’m at work,” says Shelagh. “I would think that would be something that every rural minister understands. “I do not feel that I would be free, if it would ever be of interest to me,
Shelagh MacKinnon has spent 20 years serving on nearly every board imagniable, but is now leaving Bowen. Photo: Bronwyn Beairsto which it isn’t, to go and have too much to drink at the bar and say, ‘It’s my night off. See you Tuesday.’ “I don’t want that, because often times I’ll be somewhere and someone will say, ‘You know my mum’s just going into care.’ “But I don’t resent it in the least,” she says. After all, Shelagh knew what she was getting into when she took the posting. It was a winding road that led Shelagh to Bowen Island. Born in Vernon, B.C. but raised in Ottawa, joining the church wasn’t always Shelagh’s plan. She did an undergraduate degree at Trent University in Peterborough and then her path shifted. “It was little bit of a fragile time in my life,” says Shelagh. “I’d been a victim of a very serious crime and had never planned to be a minister. “But when I discovered this awesome love of God was bigger and stronger than the worst humanity had thrown at me, I thought, well, I guess my life has just changed for the better and went off to college.” Graduating from Queen’s University with a master of divinity, Shelagh was ordained in 1980 and headed off to Saskatchewan. Landing in a town of 1,500 peo-
ple, about an hour and a half away from Saskatoon, Shelagh didn’t take to Lanigan immediately. “When I first got there I thought I’d been sent to die,” she says. “Then after a few years in I just got to see their struggles. “I learned the power of community because those prairie towns had come through a combination of the Depression plus the Dust Bowl and that had really eviscerated the financial life, but not the community. “In fact, that’s where they learned how to be community.” “I learned about how community dealt with loss and all those things that are still the cornerstone of life in a small church, which is in many ways what we’re doing here.” “Like here we have an open pantry food bank. You just go and help yourself. And you know what else happens there? People who will put stuff up,” she says. “I used to sit in Collins Hall for an afternoon and people stop by and they’d come in with three bags of groceries, just to fill the shelves. They don’t leave their name. They don’t get a receipt. They just do it. “That’s why it feels like a continuity from Lanigan. Small communities know that unless we all do it, it
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won’t happen.” After six years in Lanigan, Shelagh moved to St. Thomas Wesley in Saskatoon. “It was in what’s called the inner city and was night and day difference,” says Shelagh. “That’s where I started doing my training in drug and alcohol addictions.” It was while on the prairies that Shelagh met her now wife. “We were not a love-at-first-sight couple,” laughs Shelagh, who’s been married to Cheryl nearly since the law changed to allow gay marriage, “She looked at me and thought I was a wing nut. “I think she still thinks I’m a wing nut.” Also while on the prairies, Shelagh sponsored two girls from El Salvador, Ana Luz and Marina. They’ve both since grown up and had children of their own and live in the Lower Mainland. Shelagh smiles fondly, describing her tallerthan-her grandson. “I love them to bits,” she says. In 1993, Shelagh moved to St. Andrew’s-Wesley in downtown Vancouver, which proved to have its own set of challenges. “It’s hard to believe now, but in ’93, AIDS was still an epidemic emerging crisis in that part of Vancouver,” she says. “It was on the edge of the gay village at Nelson and Burrard.” But then, Bowen called. Helen Wallwork was on the hiring committee back in the 90s. “It was love at first sight,” describes Helen. The seasoned, community-minded Shelagh was exactly what the committee had been searching for and they were hooked. Under Shelagh’s watch, the United Church on Bowen, known as the Little Red Church, blossomed. The congregation grew such that they had to expand the church building, knocking down a back wall. Dogs in the pews, peals of laughter and themed services became the norm on Miller Road.
“We’re kind of buried in banners,” chuckles Lynn Ellis-Williams, the church’s part-time minister of music. Most recently Shelagh held a Christmas in July service, though that was because she’d be missing Bowen’s December version this year. Beyond the church, Shelagh’s been a spiritual advisor for the island’s Orchard Recovery Center since 2002. Craig Trunkfield was a client at the Orchard six years ago. The lumber broker was struggling with alcohol addiction when he met Shelagh. “She was instrumental in my recovery,” says Craig. “I was really resistant,” he says. “I had no religious background. “She had to teach me that there was a difference between spirituality and religion. “She’s incredibly intuitive,” he says. “I guess it’s compassion when you come down to it.” After completing the Orchard’s program, Craig stayed in touch with Shelagh, attending the odd service at the Little Red Church and, when his mom died a few years ago, she went over to the mainland to conduct the service. “She knows my whole family,” he says. In a funny twist, the island became home for much of Shelagh’s family. After becoming minister here, both of her elderly parents moved to the island, living across the street from her. Both have since passed. Shelagh’s sister Carol also lives on island. After this week’s service, Bowen’s United Church will go without a permanent minister for a while, says Helen, who is still on the church board and hiring committee. She says that the island needs some transition time. “She’s leaving big shoes to fill,” says Helen. As for Shelagh, she’ll be back to visit. But in the meantime, she’d like to say, “Thank you, thank you, thank you to Bowen Island.”
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Real estate rule changes pose problems for islanders The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver released new rules governing realtors’ client representation on June 15. We caught up with Tim Rhodes, a local realtor, for a quick Q&A. What’s the most significant change that’s come with the new rules? Prior to June 15 a realtor could represent both the seller and the buyer, or more than one buyer in a real estate transaction. With the change in rules, this is no longer permitted (except in remote and underserved communities) and this has had a significant impact on providing real estate services in BC. The rule change is intended to avoid the conflict of interest for a realtor, which arises when one client
in a transaction wishes to make an offer on another client’s property, or when two or more clients are interested in making an offer on the same property. When either of these conflicts arise, the realtor now has two choices. One is to stop acting for both clients, step away from the transaction, and refer both clients to other real estate professionals— not an easy choice for real estate professionals who have worked, sometimes over a period of years, to create relationships with and understand the needs of their clients; and not a comfortable situation for the client who is not able to complete the transaction with the realtor they originally chose to represent them.
The other choice is to stop acting for one client (the ‘released client’) and continue representing the other (the ‘continuing client’)—another difficult choice for the realtor, as both may be long-standing clients. Both clients must agree in writing to proceed as continuing and released clients, and the realtor must maintain the confidentiality of information shared by the released client. If both parties do not agree, the real estate professional cannot act for either client. If the consumer has no current or past client relationship with the realtor, they can also choose to be an ‘unrepresented party’ in a transaction. This is not recommended because the real estate professional
representing the other party can only give the unrepresented party limited assistance and information, and cannot provide advice with respect to the offer, the amount, or the subjects to include. How has this (from your view) affected Bowen Islanders? The new rules force awareness on the consumer of the prudence of using independent professional representation in a real estate transaction. In the past, buyers could be represented in real estate transactions by the seller’s realtor. These transactions could be in excess of $1 million. If considering buying a business with a similar value, few would think it wise to be represented, and advised, by the seller’s
accountant and could not be represented by the seller’s lawyer. This said, there is justifiable concern, by both clients and real estate professionals, that clients who enter the most crucial stage of the transaction represented by a real estate professional with whom they have no previous relationship are not being well served. There’s also a concern by real estate professionals that, because of Bowen’s small population, years spent developing relationships may make it more difficult rather than easier to represent their clients throughout the process of buying a home. There’s a good summary video at rebgv.org/whats-happening-real-estate.
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Historical (wishful) selections for Bowen citizen of the year
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With Bowfest coming up next month, the Citizen of the Year committee is already debating (arguing) over who should become Bowen Island’s Citizen of the Year 2018. As a mainlander who spends most of her time either grocery shopping or in the archives as a summer student, I don’t have much to say on who of the current nominees is most deserving of standing in a car in the Bowfest parade this August. What I can do, however, is talk about what I’ve learned in the archives about the people on Bowen, and who, of them, should be Citizen of the Year(s). Munroe “Minnow” Davies: People
from Bowen Island seem to like citizens who volunteer in the community and make things happen on the island. Minnow Davies was a guy like that. According to Mike Braraten, Munroe Davies earned this nickname because he was just shy of five feet tall and was known as the man who kept the Bowen Island Salmon Derby running for years on end. He also worked with the fire department, the Island Cub Pack of Boy Scouts with his wife Dorothy Davies, and coached baseball and soccer. Minnow also helped run the historian’s auction as the auctioneer, during which he would fill a water jug with vodka and drink it during the auction. He really brought the community together
through the yearly derbies and was always pictured wearing a floral dress or large salmon baseball cap. Laura “Lolly” Cochrane: Laura’s obituary in the Undercurrent read, “Friends will miss sweet Lolly.” Anyone who is known as Lolly really should be up for Citizen of the Year. She published 14 years worth of Undercurrent articles under “Observations” (as C. Gull), “Children’s Story” and “Island News”. Her articles were always sweet and funny, and the idea of the Children’s Story is adorable and should be returned to the weekly paper. [Bronwyn’s note: I’m down!] Near the end of her life, she published a Christmas letter in the Undercurrent. It was her way of
addressing the community in the holiday season. She discussed her own personal failing health, but emphasized her gratefulness and love she has for her family and her community. Along with Lolly’s nomination, Lolly’s dog Shanee should also be considered for Dog of the Year. Lolly wrote a full-page article on Shanee in 1986, and I’m sure she was a very good girl. Lonnie Hindle: I had the great pleasure of interviewing Lonnie Hindle in his own home this summer. He told me about his childhood in Hazelton in northern BC, his time in the USA working with Bruce Rigsby on the Gitksan dictionary, to his adult life where he met politicians from across Canada
when he worked in Ottawa. Though much of Lonnie’s work comes from his experiences in his earlier life outside of Bowen Island, he is an outstanding man that has overcome hardships and made his way into government positions and academic circles in order to properly represent Gitksan people and the Gitksan language. He is well loved by everyone he meets, and is well deserving of recognition federally, provincially, and locally. Lonnie is quiet in his achievements but won’t hesitate to talk about all aspects of his experiences – the good and the bad.
What historical figure would you nominate for citizen of the year? Send firstname.lastname@example.org a note.
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BOWEN’S SUPER SUMMER
THURSDAY, JULY 26 Duplicate Bridge Bowen Court 6:45 - 10 pm For info call Irene 604-947-2955
Men’s Fast Pitch league game at Snug Cove Field 6:30 pm FRIDAY JULY 27 Men’s Fast Pitch Final scheduled game of the regular season. Snug Cove Field 6:30 pm Dustin Bentall An acoustic show with Dustin for Friday Night live at the Pub 7-10 pm with dinner specials. Bowen Island Pub Bowen’s fashion foray into the 80’s A wine and cheese video screening of a ‘Fashion Show in the Royal Canadian Legion circa 1980’ (Wait, weren’t we still all hippies on Bowen back then?) Bowen Island Museum Archives 7-9 pm SATURDAY JULY 28 Pickleball Serving up a whole lotta fun. 10:30 am – 11:30 am at BICS Gym Drop in Seniors. $4.50 adults $5.60
Bowen Island Farmers Market For things made, grown and baked on Bowen. Every Saturday 10-12 pm at BICS @bowenIslandFarmersMarkets on facebook Bowen Island Mixed Slo Pitch League Game times 10am, noon and 2 pm at Snug Cove Field.
Bowen Logging Show Get going with a pancake breakfast 8 – 10:30 am Axe Throwing, Pole Climbing Chokerman’s Set, Cross Cut Saw ,Hot Saw & more. There’ll be logging events for kids and Elsa (Let it Go…you know her) will be there from 1– 4 pm Food & Beer Garden Tickets $10 at the gate ( cash only) Free shuttle bus leaves from the library bus stop hourly. 10 – 5 pm at Veterans Park. www.bowenloggingsports.com DJS @ PUB “Get your dancing shoes buffed!” DJ Roraven starts with some soulful funky house, Anton follows with vinyl panning disco, funk and soul and Leo ends with deep house remixes. Bowen Island Pub 9 pm No cover
SUNDAY JULY 29 Yoga on the Pier 9- 10 am beside the ferry dock Drop in $10
Bowen Logging Show Flapjacks and lumberjacks – all the fun continues at Veterans Park. 10 – 5 pm. Today Batman drops by for the kids 1 – 4 pm. www.bowenloggingsports.com Basics of Chi Kung Free talk with Denise Richard Bring your chair. 7:00pm Grafton Community Garden fiveblossomgatherings.com TUESDAY, JULY 31 Bowen Island Mixed Slo Pitch League game 6:30 pm at Snug Cove Field. Bowen Island AA Collins Hall at 7:15 pm Two for one Tuesdays Paddleboard, Kayak Bowen Island Sea Kayaking 604-947-9266 THURSDAY AUGUST 2 Duplicate Bridge Bowen Court 6:45 - 10 pm For info call Irene 604-947-2955 FRIDAY AUGUST 3 Friday Night Live Live music and dinner specials 7- 9 pm Bowen Island Pub
SATURDAY AUGUST 4 Pickleball 10:30 am – 11:30 am at BICS Drop in Seniors. $4.50 adults $5.60
Bowen Island Farmers Market Every Saturday 10-12 pm at BICS @bowenIslandFarmersMarkets on facebook Bowen Island Mixed Slo Pitch 10am, noon and 2 pm Youth Drama Workshop With Jared Brown Free workshop for our youth ages 10; Everyone welcome! 10:00-12:00pm at library Random Acts of Comedy A hilarious series of skits 7 pm Tir-na-nOg Tix $20 at Cates Pharmacy The 27th annual Dock Dance! Brought to you every year by Bowen’s amazing crew of volunteer firefighters Featuring The Sly Virus, the Dustin Bentall Band and The Hip Show. SUNDAY AUGUST 5 Yoga on the Pier 9- 10 am beside the ferry dock Drop in $10
Line Up for Fun – learn to Slackline Info at bowenislandadventures. com
Random Acts of Comedy A hilarious series of skits 7 pm Tir-na-nOg Tix $20 at Cates Pharmacy TUESDAY, AUGUST 7 Coding Workshop Learn from the expert, Leo Peterson. No experience required and the event is free! Kids & Teens Bowen Island Library 3-5 pm Bowen Island Mixed Slo Pitch League game 6:30 pm Bowen Island AA Collins Hall at 7:15 pm Two for one Tuesdays Paddleboard, Kayak Bowen Island Sea Kayaking 604-947-9266 THURSDAY AUGUST 9 Duplicate Bridge Bowen Court 6:45 - 10 pm For info call Irene 604-947-2955 FRIDAY AUGUST 10 The 32nd annual Bowen Island Men’s Fastpitch Tournament. Meet at the ballpark for a burger and cheer on Bowen’s very own league of ballers - many are second and third generation players. Snug Cove Field
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SATURDAY AUGUST 11 Pickleball 10:30 am – 11:30 am at BICS Drop in Seniors. $4.50 adults $5.60
Bowen Island Farmers Market Every Saturday 10-12 pm; BICS @bowenIslandFarmersMarkets on facebook Intro to Outdoor Climbing Propel yourself out of your comfort zone! Info at bowenislandadventures. com Youth Drama with Jared Brown Presented by the Bowen Youth Centre 3:30-5pm Ages 12-16(ish) $5.00 Register at bowencommunityrecreation.com Bowen Island Men’s Fastpitch Tournament Continues today and Sunday at Snug Cove field Don’t miss the highlight of a Bowen summer SUNDAY AUGUST 12 Yoga on the Pier 9- 10 am beside the ferry dock Drop in $10 Bowen Island Men’s Fast Pitch Tournament Today is championship day!
Basics of Feminine Health Free talk with Denise Richard Bring your chair, sit back and be inspired 7:00pm Grafton Community Garden fiveblossomgatherings.com TUESDAY, AUGUST 14 Bowen Island Mixed Slo Pitch League Take yourself out to the ball game League game 6:30 pm at Snug Cove Field. Bowen Island AA Collins Hall at 7:15 pm Two for one Tuesdays Paddleboard, Kayak (bring a date!) Bowen Island Sea Kayaking 604-947-9266 THURSDAY AUGUST 16 Duplicate Bridge Bowen Court 6:45 - 10 pm For info call Irene 604-947-2955 FRIDAY AUGUST 17 Friday Night Live Live music and dinner specials 7- 9 pm Bowen Island Pub SATURDAY AUGUST 18 Bowen Island Farmers Market For things made, grown and
baked on Bowen. Every Saturday 10-12 pm at BICS @bowenIslandFarmersMarkets on facebook
THURSDAY AUGUST 23 Duplicate Bridge Bowen Court 6:45 - 10 pm For info call Irene 604-947-2955
“ Beyond Dreams” Artist Reception Bill Hoopes & Andrea Klann The Gallery at Cove Commons 6 – 8 pm Exhibit runs Aug 15 –Sept 17
FRIDAY AUGUST 24 The Marwills Release Tour Bowen Island Pub
Chanting—live musicians, open hearts! Chanting with musicians Ron Serna, Elle Burke, & Matt Maxwell. 7 pm By donation The Well at Artisan Square SUNDAY AUGUST 19 Yoga on the Pier 9- 10 am beside the ferry dock Drop in $10 TUESDAY AUGUST 21 Bowen Island Mixed Slo Pitch League Take yourself out to the ball game League game 6:30 pm at Snug Cove Field. Bowen Island AA Collins Hall at 7:15 pm Two for one Tuesdays Paddleboard, Kayak Bowen Island Sea Kayaking 604-947-9266
SATURDAY AUGUST 25 Bowen Island Farmers Market For things made, grown and baked on Bowen. Every Saturday 10-12 pm at BICS @bowenIslandFarmersMarkets on facebook Rotary Run for Rwanda 2018 8:30 am: Kids’ 1.5K run 9:00 am: 10K and 5K run/walk Register at raceroster.com or pick up a registration form at Phoenix or First Credit Union BOWFEST 2018 Mark the date, invite the mainlanders, ready your parade float -this year’s theme is Carnival! SUNDAY AUGUST 26 Yoga on the Pier 9- 10 am beside the ferry dock Drop in $10
SATURDAY SEPT 1 5th annual Handloggers Half Marathon 21 km counter clockwise loop around Mt Gardener Register by Aug 31 at raceroster. com MONDAY SEPT 3 Men On the Rock BBQ Calling all MEN! Bowen’s all male choir needs you. No auditions required. Rehearsals are on Monday nights 7:30pm BBQ start up for newcomers tonight. Contact Nicole for details 778 926 4286
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ANNA STRUMECKI Sat. Aug. 18, 2-4pm Collins’ Hall, 1122 Miller Road Please bring: potluck nibbles, photos, games. Dress-up optional. Bring any photos or stories of times with Anna to share. This is a community gathering for people of all ages who knew Anna to come together to remember her, and to share a cup of tea.
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Start training your slugs Bowfest Country Fair is only one month away
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There is just under a month to get ready for the Bowfest Country Fair contests. In response to feedback from the public, we’re bringing back many of the classics, and a few new ideas, too. So get your cameras ready, pull out your best Bowen cookie recipe and keep watering that special zucchini! Be part of a Bowen tradition and enter the contests for youth and adults. There’s the classic slug race: bring a (well-treated) slug in a container and a bribe to place at the end of the track. No water spray bottles and no snails. The Bowfest slug races have been an annual tradition that has been ‘running’ since the very first Bowfest, and is part of the reason why Bo the banana slug is Bowfest’s mascot. Other contests include: the biggest (heaviest) zucchini, best photo of a bee, best photo of a slug, tallest flower grown on Bowen and best cookie baked on Bowen (please include a list of ingredients). Contests just for the youth (under 18) include best Lego design. You can design any-
The most anticpated gastropod race of the year is coming up. The Bowfest slug race contestants must be well treated and must consume no performance enhancing substances. Photo: Sarah Haxby thing you want, just make sure you have a write up letting us know about your inspiration. If it is too big, you can bring a photo in. There’s also your favourite animal (farm or pet) contest. Bring in stories and photos of said animal. Last year the slug races were so popular we ran three races. Slugs were setting records as both being at their slowest and the fastest time ever: a leopard slug raced by team CR slimed down the track in a record-breaking 5.5 minutes in race 2. Races
1 and 3 had very slow starts, but race 1 was won by Isla and her slug named Sailor, with Shah and Angus’s Smiley coming in close behind in second place. Dawn and her slug Crash won race 3. Another highlight is the country fair tent which features a mini farmers’ market sponsored by the Bowen Agricultural Alliance displaying items made, baked and grown on Bowen. Please contact shaxby@ hotmail.com regarding table space, or if you’d like to help out or be a judge.
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New play exhibits Bowen’s comedy stylings
TANYA VOORMEIJ -DE ZWART
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During these past few weeks people in the Cove might’ve heard sounds of uncontrollable laughter, inconsolable weeping, spine-tingling opera performances, as well as some horrible off-key singing. The exact source of these concerts has been the de Zwart family’s colourful living room. It has been transformed into a rehearsal space for their little theatre production company, Coracina Theatre. The name “Coracina”, meaning “raven black” in Latin, was chosen to reflect the Dutch meaning of the family’s surname, de Zwart, which translates into “The Black”. Under the direction of their eldest (almost 19-year-old) son, Robin de Zwart, and with consultation provided by Jack and Julie Headley (of Tir-nanOg Theatre), Coracina Theatre is producing its very first play: Random Acts of Comedy. This is a hilarious series of skits based on the popular British comedy show Smack the Pony.
Tina Overbury and Eva de Zwart rehearse a scene. A small group of British women, including Fiona Allen, Doon Mackichan and Sally Phillips, wrote and performed Smack the Pony. They wanted to promote female comedians on television and were very successful doing so. The Emmy Award-winning series ran on Channel 4 from 1999 to 2003, featuring a hysterical mix of physical comedy, delightfully bizarre scenarios and just plain silly sketches. Comedic targets and recurring themes included the medical community, the new-age movement, unsuccessful relationships, as well as competition in the workplace. With the creators’ written permission, 24 Smack the Pony skits will be brought to the Tir-na-nOg Theatre stage
by a wonderful mix of actors, ranging from seasoned thespians to enthusiastic newbies: Lisa Black, Eva de Zwart, Jim de Zwart, Robin de Zwart, Thomas de Zwart, Heather Hodson, Tom Matzen, David McCullum, Laura O’Neill, Tina Overbury, Chiara Perin, Beverly Rapley, Tanya Voormeij-de Zwart, Lynn Williams, and Jara Zeimer. Most of the cast consists of community members, but two of them travel back and forth from the mainland. All for an excellent cause! The profits from Coracina Theatre’s inaugural play will be donated to a scholarship fund for the Tir-na-nOg Theatre School as a way for Robin to give back to the school he attended for 12 years. Performance dates will be Saturday, August 4 and Sunday, August 5 at 7 p.m., at Tir-na-nOg Theatre, at 585 Rivendell Drive. The show is expected to be under two hours, with ample time to head over to the island’s Dock Dance, or catch a ferry back to Horseshoe Bay. Tickets, priced at $20, are available at Cates Pharmacy or may be bought at the door. PG 13+ recommended!
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Logger teammate Nancy Lee swings for a ball Tuesday night. Photo: Marcus Hondro
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Big Robbie Watson of the Cruisers is a moment away from sending this pitch up against the top of the fence at Snug Cove Field on Monday, July 23. Watson also hit a homer earlier in the game as his team beat the Brewers. The catcher is Scott Miller, the umpire Doug Durrant. Photo: Marcus Hondro
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Local baseball fans will be able to catch a lot of competitive games over the next few weeks. Both island leagues are gearing up for the playoffs. The men’s fast pitch league is two weeks from its year-end tournament, the most watched event on Bowen’s sporting calendar, while the co-ed slow pitch league is past their season’s halfway point. In the men’s league, the Diggers are running away with the regular season crown, but the league, established in 1986, has never cared as much about winning the regular season as it has about winning the tournament. The Diggers, led by pitchers Adam Woodward and Dan Guillon, are the clear favourites heading into the August 10-12 championship tournament, so the pressure is on them. But there are three other teams in strong contention. The Cruisers, Fireman and Shakers have all shown flashes of being contenders and have battled one another all season for second place. It’s still not clear (as of 9 a.m. Wednesday) in what order the three will finish. Just two seasons ago the Cruisers and Shakers each won only a handful of games and finished fifth and sixth (in a six-team league) but now both are in a youth movement that is paying off in wins. The Shakers continue to be led by veteran pitcher Noah Pryce-Jones, but their young wave includes experienced players Doug and Jesse Durant, who grew up in the game playing hardball on the North Shore. If Pryce-Jones is on his game, and he gets some help on the mound,
the Shakers could surprise. For the Cruisers, youth has all but taken over their roster. Young players on the team include the behemoth slugger Robbie Watson, sure-handed first-baseman Charlie Welsh, his brother Jack, shortstop Jack De Sante, Peter Blomberg, the hulking Hunter-James brothers, Clayton and Eric, and teenage catcher/infielder Keelan Hondro. The team, and league’s, most senior player, pitcher Eddie Weismiller, is used sparingly, but still capable of getting outs. The Fireman last won in 2013 but have many players who were there when they won the tournament regularly. They, too, are mixing in young players, such as Cole Jennings, whose father (Burns) is a mainstay on the team and whose uncle, Daron Jennings, is a former Fireman. They also have the hard-hitting Franklin boys, Johnny and Adam. The Twins are having an off year, but with so many championships - including last season - they can never be counted out. Veteran Twin players such as Andy Behm, Duy Son and coach Julian Stevenson will be ready to defend their title. The Brewers, formerly the Celtics, are battling the Twins to stay out of last place. The club has had problems with pitching depth this season, but have enough young players, such as the speedy Jackson Miller and power-hitter Derek Sinke, that they, too, cannot be counted out. Their youth movement includes outfielder Matt Reese. The five-team Bowen Co-ed Slow Pitch League, founded three seasons ago, will continue to play regular season games from now until August 23. Since their season began on June 9, they have played exclusively on Tuesday and
Saturdays, but with more field availability some of their games will move to Thursdays. The slow pitch league is being dominated by the Sluggers this season, led by the pitching of Greg Sims and Dean Nickle. The Sluggers have only lost once, while the Slow Cruisers have been the opposite, sitting at 1-9 (wins to losses). Though finding wins is hard, the team is getting slick fielding from Christina Atkinson and Keona Hammond and timely hitting from Perry Carroll and Diana Jennings. A league season highlight was a recent home run by Andrea Layzell of the circuit’s new team, Phoenix; as far as I’m able to ascertain, it marked the first time a woman has put one out in the league. Layzell didn’t take the easy route, either, crushing a high, spinning pitch from Mark Pennington. In one of the season’s more exciting games, on July 10, the Mad Batters came back from five down in the final inning to beat the Slow Cruisers, 14-13, on the strength of Gillian Drake’s game-ending ‘run-off ’ homer. After the regular season wraps up, their schedule takes a two-week break for make-up games and to accommodate Bowfest and Labour Day celebrations. Their one-game year-ending tournament is Saturday, September 8. Note that both leagues have food and beverages available during their tournaments. In a new innovation, the men’s fast pitch league will be providing some shuttle services at this year’s tournament for anyone who may need a ride home from Snug Cove Field. More information about each league is available on their respective Facebook pages.
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DEAR SHELAGH We asked some of the organizations Shelagh has been a part of and people she’s helped over her years on Bowen Island to send in some short notes. Over the next few pages, we’ll share the lovely responses.
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Shelagh’s kindness and grace made one of my most meaningful Bowen Island experiences possible. My sister Mary died of pancreatic cancer just after Thanksgiving 2011. I’d just been back to Ontario to see her and I couldn’t fly back for her memorial. I wanted — needed — a holy place where, at the precise time my family was gathering in Ontario, I could feel their presence and be part of the process of providing strength and comfort to one another as we honoured
Mary’s life. I chose the Little Red Church as that place but, since the memorial was on a Saturday, I knew the church would be closed. I called Shelagh and, that Saturday morning, walked to her home to get the key to the church. I sat in the church alone and filled my thoughts with memories of my strong-willed, independent and travel-loving sister. I reflected on her life and, person by person, conjured up images of each of my other siblings and parents.
The Orchard Recovery team says “Thank You Shelagh!” for 16 awesome years of service. I acknowledged their grief, and my grief, and cried. The serenity of the church provided a receptacle for my outpouring of emotions. When I walked back to Shelagh’s to return the key, she too calmly absorbed my sadness without trying to “fix” it. She let me talk and she let me be. She knew exactly what I needed from her and she gave it, seemingly without effort but not, I expect, without the wisdom gained by experience. Martha Perkins, Past Undercurrent editor
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Dear Shelagh, The Community Lunch Program, which is now in its third year, came to fruition with you at the table in many of our early meetings, trying to imagine how it could work. These kinds of complicated initiatives with lots of moving parts can often get the kibosh put on them because of fears that it will get too unwieldy for volunteers to manage. You were one of the people in the room who could see through the complications, to the end vision, of a gathering of Islanders over a meal in pursuit of community connectedness and could see it as a tool to reduce social isolation. This endeavour has been incredibly successful and has brought together old friends who had become disconnected and has introduced new friends to each other. You represented and advocated for this program with two different hats on…the Legion and the Little Red Church. Your smiling face at the door and “let’s do it” attitude will be missed. On another note, you agreed (of course) to be an advisor to the Caring Circle Board. It has been reassuring to know you were at the end of the line when we needed support for the work we’re doing. Such big shoes to fill! We love you and will miss you so much Shelagh. Colleen O’Neil Program director for Caring Circle
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Dear Shelagh, Working and volunteering with you on many community initiatives, events, committees and boards including the Community School Association, the Greenman Festival, and more, has led me to appreciate your vision, passion and sense of humour. I appreciate that you have the true heart of caring individual. The time you have invested in our community over the years has been a good investment, with the returns benefiting the whole community in a manner that will continue for years to come. Joie de vivre is a French phrase often used in English to express a cheerful enjoyment of life; an exultation of spirit, and, dear Shelagh, you truly embody joie de vivre, in a way that inspires others. Thank you for being you. (P.S. Please sell your house to someone who likes Halloween).
Sarah Haxby, community school coordinator and a neighbour who will miss you. Shelagh is one of those islanders who has made me feel welcome to Bowen Island. I lean on her to help me out if I ever have to deliver bad news to a family. Her calming smile and words are reassuring to anyone who meets her. I have a lot to learn from her. Paulo Arreaga, Bowen R.C.M.P
A newly ordained Shelagh in 1980. Dear Shelagh, My family and I have been on Bowen Island for only a handful of years, but we have felt fortunate to be welcomed into the home-like church community. We loved your humorous sermons and particularly your fabulous ad libs and your light-hearted time with the children. I can’t remember when I last heard such a natural and gifted orator. Not only was the delivery of your sermons superb, but also the content was always well thought out, highly relevant, and thought provoking. We will miss seeing you at the “Little Red Church”, but we are so pleased that you will be reunited with Cheryl and your family in Victoria. Thank you for all you have done. Euan Sinclair, Church board
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Dear Shelagh, Rotary will not be the same without your cheerful presence: your year and a third as President; your ‘Inspiration’ tidbits each week, crammed with interesting stories; your enthusiasm for Rotary and all it embodies; your willingness to initiate and support all our projects; your amazing readiness to step up in moments of emergency; your wealth of words of comfort and hugs at the right moment ! all this, despite the other numerous calls on your time on Bowen Island and elsewhere. We will all miss you! Please don’t forget to come and visit us on Thursday evenings when you are on Bowen. Your friends at the Rotary Club of Bowen Island
Dear Shelagh, Before we moved to Bowen and when just visiting the island one Sunday, we decided to check out the Little Red Church. Early in the service you announced that the offering would be taken up and it was dutifully collected. A little later in the service you once again indicated that the offering would now be received. Again? People shuffled awkwardly. We both looked at each other wondering what was going on. As the ushers moved to get the offering plates again, you smiled broadly and called out “April Fool’s Day!” We knew immediately that we had found a
good place to be! You will be remembered on Bowen for countless gifts of care and compassion and creativity, Shelagh, but your remarkable sense of fun and humour - its timing, delivery and scope - is an intrinsic part of who you are, and of how you share yourself and your faith, to support your community. Thank you! Fraser Simmons & Jane Miller, Congregation members and friends Dear Shelagh, On behalf of the Bowen Island Community Foundation, I wish to commend you on your vision in co-founding the Helping Hand Fund. You embraced this outreach to the most vulnerable in our community served as chair of our Helping Hand Committee for the last five years. Comprised of community volunteers, the committee did its work quietly and with compassion. In the ensuing years, approximately 50 confidential grants have been made to our neighbours in need of a ‘helping hand’. It has been an absolute joy and privilege to work with someone that exemplifies the very best of Bowen Island. Shelagh, we embrace your contribution to building our community. Soren Hammerberg, Past chair of Bowen Island Community Foundation
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Shelagh with some of her friends, including sister Carol, out and about on Bowen Island. Dear Shelagh, Thanks a lot, Shelagh, for leaving the board of the Snug Cove House Society just as the plans for our supportive residence for Bowen seniors are coming to fruition. That’s typical of your disappointing attention span -- signing on to get a job done and then abandoning ship after only two decades. How that attitude ever won you the heartfelt respect and fulsome admiration of your fellow directors and entire community is a mystery, and those who claim that your humour and humanity were the only saving graces for an otherwise curmudgeonly board of
directors are clearly misguided fools. And I suppose we’ll only get Christmas one day a year now. Thanks. Yours with heartfelt respect and fulsome admiration, Graham Ritchie, the Snug Cove House Society We refuse to say goodbye to Shelagh, who joined our Orchard team as spiritual director in the spring of 2002. Yes, Shelagh is leaving our island for another. However, we created a way to stay connected. Shelagh will build a Victoria alumni meeting! This idea came up when Shelagh came to me with one of her famous smiles saying,
“Can I just have 36 seconds of your time?” This 36 seconds inevitably led to brainstorming a new initiative or a way to help others, including Orchard staff, alumni, and the Bowen Island community at large. As I reflect on the many years I have known Shelagh both personally and professionally, I have memory after memory bursting into my consciousness providing me with a joyful smile, a safe, comforting feeling and a heart full of gratitude. And so, in true Orchard style, Shelagh remains a treasured part of our extended family. Lorinda Strang, The Orchard
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SwimBowen was an afternoon of magic
Last Saturday was one of the most extraordinary days I’ve had the pleasure to experience. Plucking away at building SwimBowen during last winter’s darkness, my hope was to cajole 20 swimmers to sign up. It seems the universe had a different plan altogether. The astounding response has come from every corner: sold out registration, amazing volunteers, an army of generous sponsors, and the absolutely stunning $30,000 (and still counting) we have raised together. Jaw dropping. My biggest takeaway is how SwimBowen inspired swimmers from all levels of experience to dive in and get back to swimming, learn to ocean swim, or learn to swim faster. It’s my passion and my business to help people source, build and nurture their strength and SwimBowen did all of that and more. There were participants unsure that they could complete the event and then overcame their fears and nailed it. This courage alongside experienced and elite athletes travelling from afar was part of the SwimBowen magic last Saturday. That’s the Bowen I love with all my heart. Years down the road we may not remember the details of the event. We will, however, remember how the event made us feel, and how a little community pulled together and changed their corner of the world for the better. Thank you Bowen Island and beyond!
Tina Overbury is ecstatic as she finishes the 1000m swim. Photo: Jason Wilde Photography
Congratulations, thank you and well done Bowen Islanders JILLIAN WALKER SWIMBOWEN VOLUNTEER
We did it! Our inaugural race was held last Saturday at Tunstall Bay beach. It was a beautiful blue sky day and other than a bit of wind, it was a perfect day to gather our swimmers for a great cause. The race kicked off at 3 p.m. and before you knew it, our leading 1000 metre swimmers were headed back towards the beach. Rod Castellanos came in first place in a time of 13:05, with Scott Curry (15:00) and Brian Smallwood (15:36) shortly behind. Michele Roblin placed first in the female division with a time
of 17:09. She was followed by Ann McDow in second (18:24) and Roseline Grimm from the Squamish Titans in third (19:53).Curious how other swimmers placed? Check out: www.swimbowen.com/results After all swimmers arrived back on shore, we kicked off our barbecue celebration and awards. The Soup Fairy treated us to burgers, snacks and refreshments. Thank you, Frank! We handed out prizes for top finishers, top fundraisers and a number of draw prizes thanks to local businesses. Our top fundraisers were Catherine Shaw (who raised a whopping $4,285!) and Team Seas’tas (Mary McDonagh
and Leah Cline) who raised $3,915! Once awards wrapped off, Shelagh MacKinnon took the stage as our official auctioneer for Mary Letson’s wig. There were laughs (and tears!) as Shelagh hosted an entertaining bidding war, with the final bid of $250 going to Angela McQuade. Angela has kindly donated the wig to the Caring Circle for other islanders going through chemotherapy. Overall, SwimBowen 2018 has been a roaring success. We sold out the race, we raised a ton of money for a great cause and we had a whole lot of fun! Over the coming weeks, we’ll be announcing our grand total raised and a save-thedate for next year’s race! Thanks to each and every swimmer, we have raised over $30,000! If you are keen to support our cause, get your donation in before the cutoff on July 27 at 9 p.m. To donate, visit www.swimbowen.com. We couldn’t have done this without our crew of 50 swimmers (we feel so fortunate that you chose this cause), our sponsors and of course, our volunteers. To our sponsors, thank you for your generosity and unwavering support. An extra big thank you to Tunstall Bay Beach Club’s president James Lafferty and the board of directors, along with Toni Leverett, facility manager, for providing the venue and going above and beyond to make our day both smooth and special. A special shout-out to Elliot Rushton, Cameron Rolfe, Bruce McTaggart, Jason Zahara and the
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Bowen Island Yacht Club for making our swim course come to life. Thank you to Peter Scott and Billi Behm for spreading the word about our inaugural event and for leading our open-water swim clinics. Thank you to Caroline Walker and the Bowen Island Flower Shop for the beautiful bouquet for Mary and to Tyler Ruggles for lending us Bowen Island Municipality’s defibrulator. And lastly, we are beyond grateful to have local and wildly talented photographers Jason Wilde and Tristan Deggan generously donate their time to capture the event. The images are stunning! To our volunteer tribe, your commitment, enthusiasm and expertise made this event possible! Thank you to our directors, Katherine Gish, Wendy Alexander and Cathy Robertson. And to our incredible event day crew: Billi Behm, Lisa Brougham, Kate Coffey, Kathleen Daniels, Cheryl and Phil Evans, Phoebe Gilday, Phil Kemp, Rob and Maureen Mackey, Eliza McCullum, Brenda Morrison, Qurban Naismith, Jo Quarry, Elliott Rushton, Lexy Schimmel, Ben Shapland, Ava Shaw, Mike Stask, Jill Taylor, Derek Zandvliet and Sophie Walters. Lastly, thank you to Quinn Buchanan and Dean Maidment for ensuring SwimBowen funds are professionally managed. An extra special thank you to our race director, Mary Letson. She created the SwimBowen Society and her positivity, energy and courage brought this event to life. We couldn’t be more proud.
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Professor Emeritus of physics at the Royal Military College in Kingston died on July 21 in the West Vancouver Care Centre in the loving company of his wife of 67 years, Bev Rogers and one of his daughters. Doug and Bev retired to Bowen Island in 1984. While Doug lived on Bowen he enjoyed singing in the community choir, sailing, monitoring the well that used to serve his community and helping Bowen to achieve municipality status. He is survived by his wife, Bev, who continues to be a passionate resident of the island, two daughters, a son and six grandchildren.
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Delicate business A city slicker’s introduction to chainsawing
Moving to Bowen from the city added a new dimension to my skill sets. Activities that would simply be unacceptable in downtown Vancouver are common place on the island. Many of us who were not raised in rural settings learn these skills as we go, often through trial and error, hoping to eventually get it right. For instance, I’m still getting the hang of putting up fence posts and metal fencing; at least I didn’t install the deer fencing upside down this year as I did on my first try. Note to self: smaller squares go on the bottom. Another skillset I have slowly been perfecting, somewhat, is chainsawing. We heat our home with wood and have access to mature forest to gather fallen wood from. Being of Dutch ancestry I refuse to buy wood … although last year I was scavenging wood mid-winter and drying it out in the living room. This year we will start the collection process earlier. My first year of sawing wood was interesting. Just getting the saw started was a 10-minute cardio workout interspersed with bouts of cursing. Mixing fuel, not forgetting to add chain oil,
keeping the chain tight but not too tight, were early lessons, often learned through mechanical breakdowns. My first attempt at cutting a dead standing tree involved about 60 seconds of cutting and two hours of removing the pinched saw from the tree. It did eventually come out, but I had almost given up on the saw to go purchase a new one. I’m Dutch, so I stuck to it and eventually freed the blade. While chainsaws look and sound robust, they are actually quite finicky. I cut a lot of old downed trees and I’m not one to spend too much time planning my cuts. Through trial and error I learned that sand and rocks don’t mix very well with the chain, one touch on a rock and the chain is pretty much useless for cutting anything more dense than a block of cheese. This is unlike circular saws which I regularly use to cut through planks embedded with nails. Thankfully Jeff at Bowenworx helps keep our chains in running order. As a fitness professional I have also grown to appreciate the physical demands of using a chainsaw. Gary Anderson recently showed me a picture of him operating a massive saw that probably weighed the equivalent of a
medium-sized deer, one that is belching fumes, vibrating and emitting enough noise to drown out the horn on the Queen of Capilano. All this while standing on an unstable surface and wearing heavy clothes in hot conditions. I don’t know how he does it, but I was impressed. I don’t have the confidence to put my chainsawing skillset on full public display, but I am looking forward to the upcoming Logger Sports competition on July 28 to 29. t will be a great chance to sit back in the beer garden and see some pros work their saws along with axe throwing, pole climbing and much more. Gary mentioned that this year they will also have a gold panning station with real gold, an event that may appeal to those planning an early retirement. The event will be held at Veterans Park with beginner and intermediate events on Saturday and the pros coming out on Sunday. While I’m not expecting to get my cutting skills up to Gary’s standard and I’m sure I’ll keep Jeff busy enough sharpening my chains, next week will be a great opportunity to develop a bit more of my cutting skills. Hope to see lots of you at the event!
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WIN two tickets to DOCK DANCE XXVII To e nt e r : l o o k fo r o u r co nt e s t p o s t o n f a c e b o o k a n d co m m e nt o r e m a i l yo u r e nt r y t o e d i t o r @ b ow e n i s l a n d u n d e r c u r r e nt . co m Ru l e s : o n e e nt r y p e r p e r s o n s t o r i e s m u s t b e a b o u t yo u o r yo u m u s t k n ow i t t o b e t r u e - (n o f a n n i n g r u m o u r s) ex p l i c i t d e t a i l s l e a v e t o o u r i m a g i n a t i o n s . E nt e r by Ju l y 3 0 , 5 p m
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UNION STEAMSHIP COMPANY STORE Welcomes Bowen Islanders!
Come see what’s new in the store this summer. Locals will receive 15% off their purchases from August 1st to 15th. (with proof of residency)
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