DURHAM’S BUSINESS & LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE
Issue #1 WINTER 2014
of Dance in Durham
Catch Up with Durham’s Star
GREAT ALL SKIN WINTER LONG!
MINUTES A DAY KEEPS THE FLAB AWAY
DURHAM COLLEGE’S CENTRE FOR FOOD AMBASSADOR
E FRE ON
AV LE SAMP INSIDE
S U N D AY, J A N U A R Y 11T H 2 015 • 11A M - 4 P M ADMISSION IS FREE
2 7 0 0 AU D L E Y R D. N O RT H , A J A X , O N L 1 Z 1 T 7 ( 9 0 5 ) 4 2 7 - 7 7 3 7 E X T: 3 0 0 • E V E N T S D E E R C R E E K . C O M
Gain a fresh perspective on your marketing.
Our leadership team blends their extensive experience in consumer marketing, research, sales and business strategy. We have a shared dedication to helping our clients grow their business and achieve their desired results.
Mystery Shopping Program
Web & SEO Development
Creative Design Strategy www.graymatterms.ca
Custom Publishing Event Planning email@example.com
Graymatter MARKETING SOLUTIONS
contents WINTER 4
Publisher’s Letter Editor’s Letter
Meet the Team
Life & Style
44 Education 28
A School, a Castle, a Home
Durham Teacher Spotlight: Nathan Karstulovich
Straight Shooter Hits the Mark
Victory Cigars and The Spa on King
Best School Practices: Jupiter,
A Step Above
For The Love of Sport: Anyone Can Take a Stab at Fencing
Adult Education: Montessori Methods for Dementia
Technology at Every Age
Social Media: A Teen’s Perspective
Skin Care in Winter
Service Dog in Training
Starting Your Business: The Secrets Help for a New Life
10 Steps to Business Success
5 Tips for Social Media Marketing
Life in Motion
Exercising at Home
Why You Need a Health Advocate
Carbon Monoxide: The Silent Killer
How to Choose a Personal Injury Lawyer
Home Insurance: Make Sure You’re Covered D.O.N.T. Quick Facts
Making It Beautiful for 42 Years
5 Minutes With:
Durham’s Unsung Hero: Colin James
Bon Voyage and Stay Safe
“I Can’t Go On Vacation, I’m a Caregiver!”
Ready, Set, Winter!
Olympic Gold Medallist Tara Watchorn
How a Pardon Can Change Your Life
Fostering Jupiter, the challenges and joys
Grow Locally at Durham College
Jamie Kennedy’s Bread and Butter Pudding with Maple Walnut Ice Cream
Butternut Squash and Chickpea Chili
Texting and Driving:
Peace of Mind
Denise Lester, owner of Durham Region’s longest running dance studios
On the cover: Photo: Taanis Smith 3
“Nothing happens until you move.” It’s a quote I read, and it sums up the philosophy of Move perfectly as we bring you our inaugural issue. Whether you strive for success at home, at work or both, you can only achieve your goals if you move. Success takes constant movement in terms of what you do, your mindset and your work. As a business owner, wife and mother, I find it challenging to combine work and home life, as I’m sure many of you do. I also find that this topic of conversation is predominant in many social circles. When I was planning my own business, I didn’t want to lose sight of the important things in my home life while I was striving for success in my work life. My goal is to create a business that allows my team to find that balance in their lives, and I want Move to reflect that balance as well. I have been a resident of Durham for 20 years, and I love the community that I call home. I moved my business here last year, and haven’t looked back. The business community in Durham is very supportive. The advertisers and contributors in this issue have been so helpful in making this issue come to life, offering story suggestions and asking friends and other business owners to be part of our magazine. The camaraderie between business owners has been wonderful, and I can honestly say that Durham has opened its arms to us. I am thrilled to be publishing Move. We offer solutions to help you in all areas of your life, from health and education to business and travel. We feature key people in the Durham area that are doing amazing things, and we highlight how great it is to live and work here. I am so proud of the team we have working on this publication, most are Durham residents so it was near and dear to their hearts as well. I couldn’t be happier that we are creating jobs and giving companies affordable ways to promote their businesses and tell their stories. And I couldn’t be happier with the magazine that we have created for you. But a magazine is nothing without its community, its readers, you. Tell us what you think of Move, and let us know if there is a business or person you’d like featured in our pages.
Moving Durham Forward Publisher • Audra Leslie
Editorial and Design Editor-in-Chief • Karen Sheviak
Lead Creative Director • Candace Morgan Graphic Designer • Cidalia Campos Zelaya Publishing Coordinator • Dawn Riddoch Director of Operations and Education • Ann Woodside Photography • Taanis Smyth Social Media • Julie Ford
Advertising Account Managers
Vanessa Blue and Victoria Danks
Graymatter MARKETING SOLUTIONS
MOVE is published by
“Hey there, I am looking for a writer and editor. Let’s talk.” That quick message on Facebook from Audra started me on this journey as editor of Move. And what a journey it’s been to bring you our first issue. Tons of collaboration to decide what works and what doesn’t, meetings, interviews — not to mention writing and editing! I have always loved magazines, and I have more than 15 years of experience in the magazine industry. But being editor of Move is unlike any opportunity I’ve ever had, and I love the challenge. Talking to different people every day, and the learning that comes with it, is truly a gift. We are so excited to bring a magazine like this to Durham Region. We’ve included a lot in these pages for you, our readers: helpful information on everything from health (there are ways to stay fit in the winter!), inspiring stories (check out our hometown hero, a man who has helped more young people than he can count); and profiles on local businesses (read about a luxurious spa in Oshawa and Denise Lester, owner of the longest running dance studio in Durham Region). Our goal is to celebrate your communities and the people and businesses that make them home. If there is something, or someone, you’d like featured in Move, let us know — we’d love to hear from you. ‘Till next time,
Breeze Publishing 1550 Bayly Street, Unit 16A, Pickering, Ontario, L1W 3W1 Phone: 905-420-1810 To subscribe visit www.movemag.ca Advertising Policy move accepts advertising based upon space availability and consistency with its mission to promote Durham Region health, wellness and lifestyle. Move is not responsible for the content of advertisements, the products offered or the viewpoints expressed therein. Editorial Note The information provided in this magazine is for educational and informational purposes only. It should not be used as a substitute for the advice of a qualified and licensed practitioner or health care provider. The opinions expressed here are not necessarily those of Breeze Publishing, its affiliates or parent company. Different views may appear in future articles or publications. Articles in Move are copyrighted and must not be reprinted, duplicated or transmitted in any way without permission.
“Nothing happens... until you meet the team CANDACE Morgan
Lead Creative Director
National Sales Director
Candace was born and raised on a dairy farm in the rural areas of North Durham. The art department at Port Perry High School is where she was finally able to hone her love of art, and she decided to stay in Durham to study graphic design at Durham College. Candace has never left Durham, settling in Port Perry, where she enjoys a wonderful, quiet, close-knit community with her family and fury pets.
CIDALIA Campos Zelaya Graphic Designer and Illustrator Cidalia is an art enthusiast, a fashion lover with a trendy design appeal that surfaced early in her childhood. While attending George Brown, Cidalia’s artwork was selected by a panel of judges and featured at the Design Exchange downtown Toronto. Since then, Cidalia never looked back and has been in the design and media industries for more than 10 years. When she’s not behind the computer designing, she enjoys a good DIY project, tutorials, gardening and the outdoors. Originally from Toronto Cidalia now resides in Pickering with her family.
VICTORIA Danks National Sales Events Director
Vanessa is an intelligent, energetic and passionate sales associate with extensive corporate and entrepreneurial experience in helping organizations with their marketing, sales and business development efforts. She has worked for companies such as Brookfield Properties, Ikea Canada and Barbour Index England. Vanessa has achieved tremendous success throughout her career, and is responsible for growing business. Vanessa prides herself in real selling techniques to ensure her clients monitor and maintain profitability.
JULIE Ford Content Marketing and Communications Julie Ford is a marketing professional who recently took the leap into the world of small business ownership. She spends her days helping clients in a wide range of industries achieve online marketing success. She loves the flexibility her career affords her and spends her free time playing with her young daughter, walking her dog, breaking a sweat and strolling the streets of Toronto.
TAANIS Smyth and
Victoria Danks acquired a business drive early on while helping out with the family business at the age of 12. Growing up, she was a highly competitive dancer; she won a Grey Cup dancing with the Toronto Argos Cheerleaders in 2012, which was an experience of a lifetime. She is interested in real estate, and just purchased her first investment property in Oshawa.
Photographer A native of Kirkland, Que. Taanis is a 36-yearold semi-professional photographer who resides in Toronto with her husband and two young children. She decided to pursue photography as a hobby after her second child was born, over four years ago, and now runs a small business out of her home. You can usually find her walking her dog on the beach, running to parent council meetings or teaching fitness classes at a local gym. This is her magazine début.
Dawn is a wrangler of stories, writers and deadlines. She has exceptional organizational skills, which are critical to keeping things on target behind the scenes. Her insatiable appetite for good reads and writes makes her role in the saddle very exciting. When Dawn isn’t reading or writing, she enjoys travelling, making moccasins, and spending time with her family. Dawn feels lucky to live in Durham region where she can stroll along a beautiful waterfront, go hiking on a forest trail, purchase produce fresh from a local farm, or shop at a quaint small town mom-andpop store.
ANN Woodside Director of Operations and Education Ann worked at IBM Canada as a marketing manager for most of her 15-year career, after graduating from Ryerson University with a BA in Business, and before having her children and taking on an equally challenging and rewarding role as full-time stay-at-home mom. Ann enjoys working with people and is both creative and motivated by new marketing challenges. She has returned to her marketing roots by joining the Graymatter marketing team. If you don’t find Ann in our Pickering office or at home with her family in Ajax, you will find her running in Durham, which has some of the best trails with the most scenic views of Lake Ontario.
move life & style
Technology at Every Age by Karen Sheviak
From cellphones to concerns about Internet safety to social media, parents have a lot to worry about when it comes to technology. Kids needs and desires change very quickly, and now seniors are increasingly tech savvy, so there is a whole new generation that may need help with their computers once in a while. Here are some ideas to help you manage technology for all the generations in your family. Children are exposed to all kinds of technology at younger and younger ages. From toddlers playing on Mom’s smartphone, to eight-year-olds downloading apps onto their iPods, it can be hard to keep everything straight. Start by considering how much use of technology is OK with you, and make that limit clear to your child. It’s not just TV time to keep track of — using computers, iPods and your smartphone all count as screen time.
“One of the determinants of health is community connections. Technology can offer that to seniors who would be otherwise isolated.”
Put a password on your child’s iPod or tablet that is required before any purchase, including in-app ones, especially if you have a credit card attached to the device. It’s possible for a young child to spend hundreds of dollars in a game, without even realizing what he is doing, and it takes only minutes to change those security settings so that never happens. 6
Some devices allow a password for permission to download an app, to restrict apps and Netflix shows to age-appropriate ones, and to prohibit the Internet or YouTube. This prevents your child from stumbling upon anything inappropriate. As he gets older and you let him download apps without a password, check his apps regularly. Visit websites such as www. commonsensemedia.org, which has reviews, ratings and recommended ages for everything from apps and TV shows to movies and video games. If you’re the parent of a tween, you’ll know that the request for cellphones starts early. Consider how your child would handle the social aspects of having a phone. You may want her to have the phone off at dinnertime and after 9 p.m., but she may feel pressure from friends to stay constantly in touch. The most important thing here: model the behaviour you want to see in your tween. If she can’t use her phone during dinner, neither can you.
As kids get into their teens, they will expect to have more privacy on their phone. Tell your teen that you still want to have occasional access to make sure she is using it responsibly. Remind her that potential employers and university admissions departments check applicants’ social media profiles. She should only post whatever she www.movemag.ca
move life & style might want the whole world to see! It’s an exaggeration (unless her post goes viral), but it illustrates the point. If your teen is old enough to have a part-time job, will she pay for the phone herself? What happens if she goes over her limit on texting or data use? Work these issues out ahead of time, including what the punishment will be, so everyone is clear on the expectations and consequences.
THE OLD NEWCASTLE HOUSE
While most parents are more concerned with guiding their children with technology, many seniors are online now, and that creates a whole new dynamic for families. According to Statistics Canada, seniors have the fastest growing rate of Internet usage: from 2000 to 2007, it increased by four times. By 2010, 29 per cent of people over age 75 had used the Internet in the previous month; the figure was 60 per cent for those aged 65 to 74. Many seniors have cellphones (although not smartphones) and over half regularly go on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
We shouldn’t assume that seniors aren’t computer literate, says Susan Eng, vice-president of Advocacy for the Canadian Association of Retired People (CARP). While they may require help with certain things, such as setting up an account on Facebook or Twitter, once they get past that, how they use the technology is no different than any other generation. If your parents do need help with their computer or cellphone, assist them (instead of doing it for them), and write the steps down afterward so they can do the task on their own in the future. Remember that while an in-person visit is best for the seniors in your life, technology can help them keep in touch. “One of the determinants of health is community connections,” says Eng. “Technology can offer that to seniors who would be otherwise isolated.” And sometimes, she says, the best people to offer those connections, and help with technology, are kids and teens, not their parents. “When you want to program your VCR, call someone under 17,” says Eng, laughing. She adds that CARP has offered programs for seniors and teens to learn about technology together, and the learning went both ways. “Once the senior learned how to hit this button and not that button, what they were searching for was a revelation to the kids,” she says. It helped seniors develop a skill that gave them more connections to their families, and at the same time bridged a generation gap so teens could connect with their grandparents in a new way.
The Old Newcastle House is the result of a vision. A vision that owner Kevin Newman had of the perfect traditional pub, one with an atmosphere that everyone in Newcastle could enjoy. Open since 2009, The Old Newcastle House combines classic pub style with updates such as a sunny outdoor patio, perfect for warm summer days. The menu ranges from traditional favourites such as Shepherd’s Pie to signature items like the Tuscan Penne Pasta. The Old Newcastle House is perfect for family dinners, special occasions, catering or, of course, a simple pint with friends. It offers good food, great staff and friendly customers, so you get that old-time atmosphere every time you visit. Pubs in England were one of the cornerstones of the community, and The Old Newcastle House is no different. It hosts charity events, donating to causes such as the Newcastle Lions Club and the MS Society of Canada. Check us out online at WWW.THEOLDNEWCASTLEHOUSE.COM
For more information, visit www.carp.org.
move life & style
t h g i a St r Shoote r
by Rob Caldwell
Hits the Mark
he crowd is fired up tonight. Song requests are shouted out and a large contingent of dancers has congregated by the stage. There are smiles on the faces of people in the audience as well as the musicians beneath the spotlights. These are the kinds of shows Durham Region band Straight Shooter lives for. The trio includes brothers Pete Carpino on guitar and lead vocals and Frank Carpino on bass and backup vocals, in addition to drummer Warren Lastewka. Formed over a decade ago, they’ve been building a strong following on the southern Ontario live circuit in recent years. “We were born with the love of music in our veins,” says Lastewka. All three bring a wealth of experience to the stage, having played in numerous rock and jazz bands. In addition, the Carpinos have years of Royal Conservatory of Music training. Though classic rock is Straight Shooter’s speciality, reggae, country, dance, pop, soul and blues tunes also find their way into set lists. An openness to different sounds has resulted in an extensive repertoire they can tap, ranging from the Eagles’ “Take it Easy,” to the Beatles’ “Ob-LaDi, Ob-La-Da” and The Clash’s “Train in Vain.” “We pick up new songs in any genre from 1957 to the present,” says Lastewka, adding “the band is always progressing. We’re always challenging ourselves and experimenting with different musical ideas.”
Female backing vocals are such a large part of Marley songs. That was a memorable moment.” Each has a day job, but Straight Shooter is a big part of their lives. “It takes serious work to play as much as we do. But it’s a labour of love. I think people can see that when we play,” says Lastewka. If they aren’t rehearsing, you might find them playing in a club in Barrie or at a business staff party in Mississauga. Just as likely, you’ll find them performing in Pickering or Whitby — places close to their heart. As Lastewka says, “Durham is home.” Visit www.straightshooterband.ca Tell us about your favouite entertainment in Durham at www.movemag.ca.
ONE PERSON GROUP INSURANCE
This variety keeps things interesting and enjoyable for them. It can also result in serendipitous situations, such as the time they were playing a club in Markham and a vacationing Jamaican girl in the audience asked to sing backup on a Bob Marley song. “She was absolutely perfect,” recalls Lastewka. “She seemed to be able to capture the magic, and we ran with it. 8
Prescription Drugs Dental
Travel to 75 years of age STARTING AT $64.15
QUICK QUOTE 1-800-267-7781 affordablebenefits.ca
Victory Cigars I
move life & style
The SPA on King
nside the building at 215 King St. E. in Oshawa, you can see the original hardwood floors, fireplaces and stairways. The crown mouldings and original doorways have been restored, and replica tin ceilings add shine and authenticity to the first floor. This is a far cry from just a few years ago, when the historic building was unused and had fallen into disrepair. It was built in 1922 as the home of the Cutler family, prominent members of Oshawa’s gentry in the roaring 20s. A.E. Cutler was a one-time treasurer of General Motors, while his wife, Bertha, served as the City’s chief librarian. Around 1928, Cutler formed a partnership with R.D. Preston as Cutler and Preston, offering real estate services, insurance, loans and mortgages.
By the 1970s, ownership of the property had changed and for many years, DePaul’s dress shop was situated in the building. However, a general decline in downtown Oshawa’s fortunes meant that by the turn of the millennium, the property had fallen into disuse. Then almost 100 years after it was built, the Cutler house was completely renovated to house two new family businesses, The Spa on King, opened by Gillian da Silva in 2004, and Victory Cigars, opened by her husband, Julian Luke, and his brother-in-law Kevin Newell in 2009. In 2012 The Spa on King was named one of the Top Fifty Spas in Canada by spAwards, an industry group. Clients enjoy coming to The Spa on King for owner Gillian’s signature Blissed Out Back Treatment. And Victory Cigars features Durham Region’s only walk-in humidor, with cigars from Cuba, Nicaragua and other countries, plus gift lines such as shaving supplies, Lampe Berger products, humidors, pipes and walking canes.
Left to right: The owners of Victory Cigars and The Spa on King, Julian, Gillian, Diane and Kevin
For more information, visit www.thespaonking.com and www.victorycigars.ca. Winter 2014
move life & style
From dancers flying high above the stage on ribbons of silk, to amazing routines with hoops, to risqué burlesque dances, Sky’s the Limit Productions and Co. has a wide range of classes for people of all ages and skill levels. You can customize a class to suit your needs if you have a group of four people, or arrange a private class. Beth Danks, the artistic director and founder of Sky’s the Limit Productions, is an award-winning performer and choreographer from Durham Region. She won numerous awards in Canada and the United States when she was a competitive dancer, and has more than 15 years of teaching experience. She has worked with Canada’s Wonderland, Scotiabank and The Toronto Zoo, among others, and has appeared in Degrassi: The Next Generation, Life with Derek and more. Danks has a group of performers that are available for all types of show bookings, such as weddings, charity events and corporate events. You can also come into the studio for children’s birthday parties, bachelorette parties or even to choreograph a dance for your wedding day.
For more information, visit www.skysthelimitprods.com. 10
move life & style
Anyone Can Take a Stab at Fencing Fencing is a safe and fun Olympic sport with a long history and tradition, and it’s right here in Durham. Run by Bob and Carol Weese, the Ajax Fencing Club has a great atmosphere for that child that wants to participate in a sport but is looking for something a little different. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or experienced fencer, and whether you’re looking for recreation or competition, the Ajax Fencing Club has a program to suit everyone’s needs. It has fencers representing the club at the provincial, national and international levels – as well as those who just come out for the pure enjoyment of the sport. For more information, visit www.ajaxfencingclub.com.
A Teen's Perspective
Dear Broanne, We have two teenage daughters who spend a lot of time on social media. We know about Facebook and Twitter, but what else is there, and what do we need to know? Stumped by Social Media Dear Stumped, We love social media. It connects us to our friends and lets us share ideas and thoughts that we might not normally share. But there are drawbacks if it’s not used properly. Some teens use it for online bullying, and it can hurt teens’ self-esteem if they take it too seriously. We all wait to see how many likes we get for pictures we post.
Photography credit Dreamstime
Here is a guide for parents on the most up-to-date social media apps. Snapchat is a mobile app that allows users to send and receive “self-destructing” photos and videos. Photos and videos taken with the app are called Snaps. The sender determines how many seconds (one to 10) the recipient can view the Snap before the file disappears from the recipient’s device. Vine is a video-sharing app that lets you film short, separate instances that can be linked together for a total of six seconds. Each short video plays in a continuous loop, and is viewable directly in Twitter’s timeline or embedded into a web page.
Instagram is an online mobile photo-sharing, video-sharing and social networking service that enables its users to take pictures and videos, and share them on social networking platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Flickr. Teens don’t like parents “creeping” them, but we know they have to. Talk to your child and work out a plan together that you both feel comfortable with. For example, sit down one day each week and look at social media together so you can talk about what is appropriate. As teens, we understand that you might get mad or upset about pictures we like and post. We want to talk to our parents and help you understand our social media world. Next issue, we will be sharing stories of our peers do’s and don’ts for parents on social media.
Do you have a question for Broanne? Visit www.movemag.ca or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SKIN CARE by Karen Sheviak
The last leaves on the trees and first flurries of snow can only mean one thing: months of dry skin ahead! From dry indoor air to bitter cold and biting winds, winter in Canada can leave skin looking and feeling rough, dry and tired. These Avon products will keep skin hydrated and healthy no matter what the weather. Avon Anew Clinical Absolute Even Clarifying Hand Cream DSX My hands felt softer for hours after using this thick and luxurious cream, and they even looked younger after just a few days of use. Bonus: It has SPF 15 to protect hands from sun damage. 75 g, $14.99
Avon Skin So Soft Winter Soft Body Cream I liked the thick texture and not-overpowering scent of this cream. It can help protect skin against the elements in winter, and even prevent the return of dry skin. 200 mL, $10
Avon Skin So Soft Winter Soft Hand Cream This hand cream absorbed quickly and left my hands feeling instantly soft. It has a white jasmine and sandalwood scent, and is rich in babassu oil, shea butter and vitamin E to help protect skin from winterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s elements. Plus, you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t beat the price! 100 mL, $5 12
move beauty Avon Skin So Soft Winter Soft Polishing Body Wash Tiny granules in this creamy body wash gently exfoliated my skin, so it felt smooth and silky. It renews skin’s radiance while leaving a delicate scent of sandalwood and jasmine. 350 mL, $10
Avon Foot Works Beautiful Deep Moisturizing Cream My feet felt soft and rejuvenated after applying this cream. Formulated with cocoa butter, it penetrates deep into skin to provide long-lasting moisture. 75 mL, $7.99
Product Photography by Candace Morgan • Stock Photography from Dreamstime • Icons made by Freepik, OCHA from www.flaticon.com
Avon Elements Refreshing Cleansing Wipes These wipes are convenient for anyone on the go, removing dirt, oil and makeup with a single wipe. They left my skin feeling clean, refreshed and not at all greasy, and I liked the delicate scent. Package of 24, $7.99
Avon Anew Vitale Night Cream This night cream felt great when I applied it, and made my skin look revitalized and refreshed in the morning, even when I got less than the recommended eight hours of sleep. Over time it can even skin tone and make skin look more vibrant. 50 g, $30
Avon Speed Dry + Nail Enamel in ASAP Pink This nail enamel is formulated with volcanic rock to make nails feel rock hard. My first hand was dry by the time I finished applying polish to the other hand, and the delicate pink color gives a subdued, elegant look that works with any skin tone. 12 mL, $6.99
Try these tips to help keep your skin beautiful and soft all winter long. Use hand cream rather than lotion because it is thicker and will better absorb into your skin. Moisturize hands and feet within a few minutes of getting out of the shower. Creams are designed to hold in moisture that’s already on your skin, so they work best when skin is still moist. Use gloves when cleaning so your hands are not exposed to drying detergents and cleaning products. If you can, avoid warming up with a fireplace or electric heater; these can dry out the air, making dry skin worse. Use a humidifier to combat dry air in your house.
Hair by Rachel Moriarty. Makeup by Jade Sowa. Both Studio 165, Port Perry.
MAKEOVER By Karen Sheviak
onna Irwin was looking for a low-maintenance update to her look when she came in for her makeover. Her skin and hair had changed after having chemotherapy seven years ago, and she had stuck with the same hairstyle and makeup routine for about 10 years. “I wear no makeup when I stay home, and when I go out, just lipstick, but only for special occasions,” says Irwin. “We changed her haircut slightly so it’s easy to style, taking some of the bulk out. And we added warmer tones to remove the ash and silver in her hair,” says hairstylist Rachel Moriarty. “We made her look 10 years younger!” Moriarty also put in tons of fine highlights in a similar shade to her natural colour. This is a great way to blend in grey as it grows back in, so roots aren’t as visible. The cut is similar to what Irwin had, just a much more defined version of it, says Moriarty. She can style it by blow-drying and using a flat iron or curling iron, and she will only need to come in every six to eight weeks to maintain it.
When applying makeup, start with moisturizer to help give foundation a flawless finish. Makeup artist Jade Sowa applied foundation to create an even base, then concealer over spots or redness. She finished with translucent powder to set the foundation and leave a
matte finish. Bronzer and blush add colour and help define her cheekbones. “She has small eyes, so I put a little dark shadow in the corner, then a light shadow over the rest of her lids to brighten them up. “I love the result!” says Irwin. “I have been cancer-free for seven years, and it was so nice to have something special done.”
Must-Have Hair Products A light styling foam, applied before blow-drying, will keep her hairstyle in place, and a polishing oil or wax will add shine.
Colour Me Beautiful Sowa used warm peachy tones in blush, lipstick and lipgloss to flatter Irwin’s skin. Earth tones for the eyeshadow and eyeliner bring out her eyes without overdoing it. Studio 165 is a full-service salon for everything from cuts and colour to wedding packages complete with makeup. For more information, call 905-985-9502.
Know someone who desperately needs a makeover? Visit www.movemag.ca to nominate someone! 14
delight Dressing in one colour makes deciding what to wear effortless, and it looks great on any body type. “Irwin is wearing clothing from Sympli, a Canadian company with an amazing amount of styles in dozens of colours,” says Connie Heron, owner of Connie’s Brooklin Village Shoppe. “The clothes they make are easy to wear, flattering and won’t crease.” Connie’s features a wide range of ladies clothing lines, including Sympli from British Columbia, plus a large selection of jewelry, faux fur pieces, scarves and hand-knit sweaters.
Photo courtesy Candace Morgan
For more information, visit www.conniesinbrooklin.com.
Clothing: Sympli skirt, $120; top, $138; pants, $115. Silk scarf, $62.98. Necklace, $52.98. All clothing styled and provided by Connie’s Brooklin Village Shoppe. MUST VISIT! Shot on location at Endless Ideas, Brooklin. Endless Ideas offers interior design services and colour consultations as well as custom drapery and a large selecton of furniture and accessories. For more information, visit www.endlessideas.ca. Winter 2014
by Alvin Brown, B.Sc., D.O.M.P, R.M.T.
here is no life without movement! Change, growth and movement are a constant in life. Everything in our natural world has the ability to move, and that movement is essential to survival. Even when to the naked eye it looks as if there is some kind of stillness, at its deepest level, everything is in motion. Lack of efficient and effective movement can lead to dis-ease, ill-health, stress and stagnancy. This applies to all areas of your life: health, relationships, business and personal growth. In this inaugural edition of Move, I want to take a look at movement from an integrated perspective, looking deeply at the idea of life in motion. In my role as an integrated peak performance consultant, I’m always focused on how I can help my clients move from mediocrity to their personal greatness in mind, body and soul. Due to my belief that we need to be liberated and free from restrictions in order to achieve our greatest selves, my primary focus is on finding out at what level, or essence, are they are most stuck: mental, emotional, physical, digestive, financial or spiritual - or maybe even a combination of all six. Here are some clues to know whether you’re lacking flow on any of the six essences:
Some emotions, such as guilt, shame, regret and remorse, can cause you to feel stuck and immobilized. Living in these states for prolonged periods will often lead you to a state of mediocrity.
Inactivity and a sedentary lifestyle go against the natural order for all human beings. Adopting an active lifestyle is conducive to peak performance in the mind, body and soul.
Chronic debt can be insidious in its effects on the mind, body and soul. We live in a material world, and being stable financially allows you to focus on what matters most in life: reaching your personal greatness.
Creativity comes from having a streamlined and clear mental processing. Repeated negative stress can cause stagnant and poisonous thinking.
Stagnant organ function leads to improper gut health, and improper gut health is often the underlying reason for many psychological disorders and feelings of physical malaise and dysfunction.
Spirituality is not synonymous with being religious. Spiritual balance occurs when you are able to connect with your authenticity and your true self.
Living the good life is living life in full motion, free of roadblocks and restrictions. When you’re stuck and feeling stagnant, you should focus on regaining balance in a number of areas of your life. This will free you up and help you return to balance and a sense of peace. My coaching tip to you: step back and take inventory of your life on all levels, then make a solid step-by-step plan to return to balance. That will truly be a life in motion. Alvin Brown is the owner and clinical director of TCHPP, an integrated peak performance consultant, and an osteopathic manual practitioner email@example.com http://mediocrity2greatness.com 905-420-4325 16
Exercising at Home by Camille Cherry
orking out at home can be a lovehate struggle. You love the travel time (steps away from the basement or home gym), dress code (you can wear that stained shirt you would never leave the house in but still love), and choice of music (ahh the 80s). Although convenient, it can be challenging to have the discipline to keep up a routine. You start a warm-up and suddenly notice how dusty the floor is. Out comes the vacuum and, well, now that it’s out you might as well continue throughout the house. There goes your workout. But you can turn that at-home workout waffling into a strong commitment. Here are some tips to help you be consistent, along with some essential exercises that take no equipment. Find a time that works best for your schedule. For example, if you are a morning person, perhaps waking up a bit earlier to do your workout is best for you. These exercises can be completed in less than 20 minutes (less time than a TV show).
Find an area that is clear of clutter. It does not need to be an entire room, just a space that you can stretch out in. Set the area up in advance so that when you do start, your routine, you know the space is ready.
Find something visually appealing. Work out in front of a large window overlooking your backyard or turn on your favourite TV show while you work out. You will be amazed how quickly time goes by when you are able to focus on something other than the exercise.
Now that you have the proper setting, start off by keeping it simple. If you start a complicated workout, you are more likely to get frustrated or, worse, injured. These three basic exercises work the entire body and are functional (how many times a day do you sit down and stand up there’s your squat).
Learn how to do the exercises properly. These illustrations show the correct and incorrect way of performing the exercises. If you are unsure, watch yourself in a mirror.
Start with a five-minute warm-up. This could include walking up and down a few flights of stairs, doing jumping jacks or running in place. Do anything that will increase your heart rate and get your body warmed up. Do three sets of eight repetitions for each exercise. After a few workouts, try 10 6 repetitions. Once you have mastered the exercises, mix it up by, for example, alternating lunges with a squat in between, or lifting one leg at a time for your planks. Time your planks and try to beat your previous time. Keep it exciting so you don’t get bored with the exercises (or find them too easy) and start to come up with excuses for not working out. Spend a few minutes stretching after your workout. Simply lie on your back and draw your knees in toward your chest. Take a few breaths, then place one foot on the floor while you extend the other leg up toward the ceiling, holding on to the back of that leg and feeling the stretch in your hamstring. Switch legs. Then bend both knees, keep your feet off the floor (shins parallel to the ceiling) and allow your knees to fall to one side, keeping your arms out to your sides, and looking in the opposite direction of your knees. After a few breaths, switch your knees to the other side and look in the opposite direction.
Camille Cherry, certified yoga instructor/personal trainer, CACYOGA Cacyoga.com • 416-629-9820 Cacyoga@gmail.com
Incorrect Hips too low Winter 2014
Incorrect Knees are beyond toes
Incorrect Upper body is leaning over
Incorrect Back heel is on the floor
Incorrect Hips too high
Why You Need a Health Advocate by Jana Bartley, RN, BScN, MBA, LNC
ou’ve just had a baby and you both need medical care afterward, but you’re so stressed and exhausted that you can barely remember the day of the week, let alone what the doctors and nurses have told you. Or your elderly father has chronic kidney problems, and between all the doctors’ appointments he has, the many drugs he is on, and concerns about the future of his medical care, you are overwhelmed and confused. These scenarios are different, but the same solution could work for both of them: hiring a health-care navigator and advocate. We spoke with Jana Bartley, a registered nurse and the founder and CEO of Integrity Healthcare Consultants, about being a health-care advocate.
What is a health-care navigator and patient advocate? A health-care navigator and advocate has knowledge of the health-care system as a whole. She is able to see the bigger picture in health care so she can better understand it, work within it and respond to challenges as they occur. An independent navigator and advocate ensures that his client is getting effective and efficient care from our healthcare system in a timely manner, with the professional guidance to help him make informed decisions.
Who is a health advocate? Anyone can act as an advocate for themselves or someone else. But a trained health-care advocate such as a nurse has in-depth understanding of the health-care system. A nurse can also educate the client on his health status and help him make informed choices about treatments.
discuss goals, and I think that this is the most important part of the process because this is when we discuss what the patient wants. Not the family, not the doctor, but the patient. We then create an action plan to achieve our short-term goals and long-term goals. The key is lots of communication and understanding between the client and consultant.
When or why should someone hire a health advocate? There are many people out there who receive a diagnosis and they are scared, confused, frustrated and perhaps alone. Doctors are busy and unfortunately don’t have unlimited time to talk to their patients, discuss treatment options and answer many questions. Knowing all of your options and making the right choices for you is invaluable. Patient empowerment is so important on many different levels, but most significantly when it comes to healing and recovery. Often we get calls from clients or family members who need to be accompanied to appointments. This is common with an elderly parent who has many medical appointments and the children of the parent all have fulltime jobs. We also work with families who struggle to coordinate medical treatment from other provinces or countries. We have a teleconference meeting with the family and create a medical plan that is what the patient or substitute decision maker has agreed to. We follow through with the plan and update the family as needed. At Integrity Healthcare, we want our clients to focus on recovery; we deal with the steps of their treatment plans.
What will a private independent health navigator or patient advocate charge for his or her services? No two advocates charge in exactly the same way. The cost will depend on the advocacy services, the client’s location, the advocate’s experience and other factors.
How does an independent health advocate help a client?
Health insurance does not ordinarily cover the cost of patient navigation and advocacy fees, although some employers will assist with payment.
Each client has an individualized action plan based on their specific health status, needs and personal goals.
Do clients have a responsibility when it comes to their own health?
We take a complete and thorough health history so we can understand the client’s full medical picture. We then 18
Absolutely! Nurses and doctors rely on the information that they receive from patients to help them with a www.movemag.ca
plan of care or diagnosis. We encourage our clients to complete a personal health record (PHR) so they have an accurate copy of their health information. A PHR is highly recommended for individuals who have chronic illnesses or have just been diagnosed with an illness that will require visits to specialists and likely require the client to have multiple tests or procedures. Integrity Healthcare navigators and advocates can help.
Why did you become a health navigator and advocate?
Quite simply, making a positive difference in someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life. It is difficult to see people struggle, especially when they should be using their energy to get better. Knowing that our services offer them peace of mind is rewarding. For more information, contact Jana Bartley, principle consultant, Integrity Healthcare Consultants, at 1-888-299-2017 or visit www.integrityhealthcare.ca.
Photography courtesy Dreamstime
I have been a nurse for more than 20 years and have practised advocacy throughout my career. After working as a patient-relations consultant and a legal nurse consultant, it was obvious to me that, although our health-care system has the ability and resources to provide care and services to patients, many slipped through the cracks. Often, patients werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even aware that they werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t getting the care that they required.
What do you find most rewarding about being a health advocate?
3-Minute Exercises by Trainer Jane
n today’s hurried society, it’s easy to feel that you don’t have time to exercise. It’s too time consuming, and just one more thing to fit into your already busy day. But with the correct plan, you’ll be able to fit in a workout no matter how time-crunched you are. I am a personal trainer and nutrition coach, author and motivational speaker. I became interested in health and fitness when my dad was crippled with rheumatoid arthritis and some of my relatives were dying of heart disease. That led me to research health and nutrition, fitness and wellness. As a personal trainer, I chose to become Vitruvian Training Certified because it studies the imbalances and limitations of people’s bodies, due mostly to inactivity and inflexibility (lack of exercise and lack of stretching) and how they can be greatly improved with the correct exercises and stretching techniques. My passion is to take away people’s pain through movement, which is what our bodies are meant to do. No Pain, All Gain is my slogan.
My book, The 3 Minute Workout: How to Lose Your Muffin Top, Thunder Thighs and Other Jiggly Bits (Haly Publishing, December 2014) will be available soon. And the workout in the book is all you will need to get in shape and increase your energy!
The 3 Minute Workout is based on the science of highintensity interval training (HIIT), and Tabata training. Research shows that when you do high-intensity short workouts, you burn lots of calories in a very short amount of time, and that the calorie burn continues for as long as 36 hours, depending on the intensity of the intervals. The 3 Minute Workout is designed to get you exercising, moving and stretching. It will teach you to take care of yourself, to make your life and health a priority, and to find what motivates you to do it forever — or however long you want to live healthfully, happily and pain free!
Marching on the Spot
Lying face down, place your forearms on the floor with your feet side by side resting on your toes. Raise your torso off the ground, holding it rigid, with your legs straight. Pull your stomach in and hold this position until you need to rest, breathing slowly throughout.
Lying on your back with your head resting in your hands, twist your upper body up, pointing your right elbow to the left and bringing your left knee up toward your chest. Return toward the starting position and do the same on the other side. Continue alternating sides, at a slow pace, until it’s challenging.
Alternate raising one knee up in front of you, to waist height if possible, balancing on the other leg. Hold your arms straight in front of you at shoulder height. March in place quickly to raise your heart rate.
Starting with a wide stance, lunge to the right, bending your right knee only. Twist slightly and touch your left hand to your right knee, while moving your right arm up and back. Repeat on left and continue alternating sides until it’s challenging.
For more information, visit www.trainerjane.ca, www.the3minuteworkout.com or 905-422-9998.
Get more of the care you need in the home you love
Receive 3 Hours of FREE home care when you book 12 hours of service! Valid at Premier Homecare Services Durham West only. Not to be combined with any other offers. Receive 3 hours of free service after booking 12 hours of service. One-time offer. Expiry date March 31st 2015. Not redeemable for cash value.
Contact us today! PremierDurhamWest.com
For seniors. For independence. For quality of life.
by Karen Sheviak That childhood joy turned into one of Pickering’s longest running businesses, and a lifelong passion for Lester. Lester grew up in Pickering, living there from the time she was two years old, when she immigrated to Canada with her parents from England. Lester’s mother, Irene, introduced her to tap dancing and later ballet and jazz. Irene had danced as a child, and taught ballroom later on. Lester loved dance from the beginning, and started the transition from student to teacher when she was just 14 years old, filling in for her teacher when she was sick. Only three years later, she started her own dance business when she was 17 in 1972. Her first class took place in her parents’ basement, and her mother went door-to-door to help her find students. Lester taught in Whitby after that, and as her dance business grew, she moved it to a number of different places before it ended up in its current location, first in one unit, now in three. She now has 250 kids dancing at her studio, and they range in age from 3 years old to 20, plus adults that take a hip hop class.
hen Denise Lester was a child, she would walk to the bus stop at Liverpool and Kingston Roads to get to dance class in Ajax. The stop was right by Liverpool House, which had a small convenience store that sold bus tickets. While waiting for the bus she would dance all over the patio by the house. The owner, Mrs. Jackson, kept telling her to get off the patio, but she danced there day after day anyway. 22
Dance “Mom” The teenage girls in Lester’s studio are warming up as class gets started. They are 14 and 15 years old, and are preparing for the Elementary Ballet exam, just a few weeks away. Lester walks around the room, correcting a foot position here, arms there. “During the exam I’ll do this [exaggerated smile] to remind you to smile, and this [standing extra straight] to remind you to check your posture.” “How will we know if your smile is to encourage us or to remind us to smile,” asks one student. “This,” says Lester with a natural smile, “is my smile of encouragement!” The students pepper Lester with questions about the exam, and she responds patiently before redirecting them back to practising. “Physically, this is the hardest exam www.movemag.ca
move feature you will ever do,” says Lester, as she pushes her students to finish rehearsing the entire routine during the one-hour class. After class, the girls respond to questions about Lester. “Denise is like a second mom to us. We can talk to her about anything,” says Sarah Earle, 14, who has been dancing at Lester’s studio since she was just two years old. The statement is echoed by the other girls. “She tries so hard, pushing all her students to be the best they can be, and accepting who they are,” says Bryanne Leslie, 14, a dancer at Lester’s studio for eight years. That the studio feels like home to the students is no surprise, since some of them have literally grown up there. There are even two mother-daughter duos that are all teaching at the studio after dancing there from the time they were children.
Photography by Chuck Shumilak Photography • Taanis Smith
“The transition from dancing to teaching was a nontransition. Most of us started teaching when we were still taking dance lessons — it was natural,” says Suzie Brown, who danced with Lester from the very beginning, when she was just three years old, and started teaching at 16. Her daughter, Mohogany, also started dancing when she was three, and is now also a teacher there at 16. “Not all studios have the relationships between the teachers that we have here,” says Wendy Scharien, 47, who has been dancing at the studio since she was 13 and teaching since she was 18. “People from other studios envy that.” Her daughter, Christina Matos, 21, danced there since she was three and has taught for the last three years. Christina and Mohogany have both had many opportunities through dance. They danced at Wonderland, as have other students. And Lester has a long list of dance alumni who have had success professionally, from Jenna Higgins in So You Think You Can Dance Canada, to Shannon Lewis on Broadway, to others who have performed everywhere from Disney to Las Vegas. Winter 2014
Lester’s students also compete several times a year. She looks forward to the competitions, but not to some of the realityTV-type drama that comes along with it. Some studio owners hide the kids so they have to dance last because the judges tend to hold back high marks until later in the competition, says Lester. She does not do that. “What kind of influence do you want to have on the kids?” she asks. “Do you want to be upfront and honest, or sneaky? How you grow up is who you are as an adult. What life lesson do you want to provide?” The life lessons provided to Lester came from a few people, but her biggest inspiration was her mother. “My mom started the whole thing. She pushed me, and encouraged me when I felt discouraged.”
“Denise is like a second mom to us. We can talk to her about anything,”
Irene recently passed away, and Lester gets emotional talking about her but says that she has no regrets. “We spent so much time together, and my dad and sister, too. They helped backstage, built props. At 79 years old, my mom spent as much time at competitions as I did — she was there from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.”
The Next Step When the subject of slowing down or retiring comes up, Lester says, “I have a five-year plan, but the five years seems to start fresh every year!” Lester spends five to six hours every day just on business at home, plus another 30 hours per week in the studio. In spite of the time she spends running the business, she says, “I am a dance teacher first, business owner second.” Her motivation hasn’t changed since that first class in her parents’ basement 42 years ago. “It’s the kids. I want to do well for them,” she says. “I would teach in a walker if I could.” What is she most surprised at after 42 years of teaching dance? “That I’m still doing it,” she says, laughing. “That it has actually gone well.” For more information, call 905-839-3041 or visit www.deniselesterdance.com. Want to be the feature in Move? Visit www.movemag.ca. 23
5 Jackie Minutes With:
Crandles by Karen Sheviak
ackie Crandles is a reporter for CP24 and resident of Ajax. She took time out of her busy schedule to answer questions about her job, her life in Durham Region and a few of her favourite things.
Tell me about growing up in Durham region.
Toronto International Film Festival is always fun. It was also interesting and exciting to cover the 2014 municipal campaign and election.
My parents moved to Pickering when I was very young. I went to elementary and high school there along with my four siblings. My parents still live in What do you love about your job? the house I grew up in. I meet so many people in my job and How did you get started in journalism? they all have something different to share. I’m privileged to say they I knew in high school that I wanted to share their stories with me. Every day study broadcast journalism in postbrings a different challenge! secondary. I chose the joint program with York University and Seneca Do you have advice for young people College. In my final year I interned at pursuing a career in journalism? 680 News in Toronto, and I was hired Feed your natural curiosity and work at the end of my internship. After hard at making connections in the a few months I was offered a job at industry. Be prepared and willing what is now CTV Barrie. I moved to to pick up a camera, ask a lot of Aurora and worked in Barrie for four questions and prove that you want to years before I was offered a reporter improve and succeed. job at CP24.
Photography by Candace Morgan • Icons made by Freepik, OCHA from www.flaticon.com
What do you report on for CP24? As a general assignment reporter at CP24, I cover a variety of stories, everything from politics, crime, education, sports and human interest stories, even the Santa Claus Parade! I never know what I’ll be doing or where I’ll be. I am frequently in Durham Region and was most recently there when Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was brought home along the Highway of Heroes. What was your best experience there? I’ve had many and all for different reasons. I’ve covered Royal visits to Toronto, including Prince Charles. I covered Mayor Ford when he travelled to Austin, Texas. The
What is your favourite thing about living in Durham Region now? Our house is in a quiet, family-friendly community in Ajax near the water, which is perfect because I like to go running on the trails near the lake. All amenities are within walking distance from my home, and the commute to work is convenient, too. But my favourite thing is being close to my family here. Family is very important to me and my husband. My parents have been an incredible support system to me. I attribute my success so far to how they’ve raised me and the life skills they’ve taught me. It’s nice to be a 10-minute drive from their kitchen table for a home-cooked meal or for a chat and sound advice.
THINGS JACKIE CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT Family and friends. After living outside of Durham for a number of years, my husband and I moved back to Durham to be closer to the most important people in our lives. The gym. I try to work out or run three to four times a week. It allows me to clear my head, work through the events of the day and stay healthy. A warm cup of tea...or coffee. I just recently started drinking coffee. Sometimes a warm “cuppa,” as my English in-laws would say, is the perfect pick-me-up! My iPhone. It’s hard to imagine being a reporter without it! I’m rarely in the same place for long. My phone is my connection to the newsroom, to Twitter and other social media tools, and it’s my main means of research on the fly. Also, it’s an important tool for news gathering - I can even stream video that can be aired live on CP24. My hair straightener. It’s vain, but it’s true! It doesn’t necessarily make my life better, just my hair!
Durham’s Unsung Hero:
“Giving a Hand Up” to Generations of Youth
by Audra Leslie
utting out a call for ideas for a Durham hero to feature in our magazine was an amazing experience. So many wonderful stories came my way. One came from someone I have great respect for and consider a friend. I know one of the people that this hero had helped, and I couldn’t imagine that this person was once a troubled youth. I had to talk to the person that helped turned that kid into such a valued member of society — a great dad, business owner and leader.
When I first called Colin James, he sounded tough, very direct and right to the point. He had a busy schedule but said he would fit in an interview. Honestly, I was a bit nervous. He didn’t seem at all phased by having his story in a “...if every sports magazine. Being in team in Durham let four the spotlight wasn’t really a big deal to kids on the team for free, him. He has changed we would have a different the lives of many attitude from our youth. youth in Durham for If every business brought the better, and not by being a pushover.
one kid in to learn a skill, we would have a different outlook and better youth. If every person smiled at a youth, asked him how he is doing, we would have a different youth.”
However the man that walked into our office, was warm, had a twinkle in his eye, a firm hand shake and easily accepted a cup of tea. In the middle of our talk, my kids came in and out, a girlfriend stopped by, but nothing flustered him. He took it all in stride while telling me his story. James moved to Durham Region from England at the age of 15. As a newcomer to Canada, he quickly made friends and started to help and get involved. He came 26
from a very loving family, a family that taught that him to give back. “It’s just what you do,” he said. “You give people a hand up, not a hand out. You show them how to be better.” More than once in our interview, he said, “Bring people up; don’t let them take you down.” At about the age of 20, he started helping teens. A friend let him use an empty warehouse and he opened a tae kwon do centre. He had friends in the police department, and when youth got in trouble, the police would send them to James. He would talk to them, train them and show them a better path. He would take in kids who couldn’t afford to take classes or join teams. When asked how many young kids he had helped, he had no idea. I don’t think he kept score. It wasn’t always easy, but James found that talking to young people, keeping them busy and off the street, allowed them to feel part of something. The tae kwon do centre, and the people belonging to it, became their family. Most of these kids still contact James to this day. So how should the average person give back? “Keep your kids accountable, know who their friends are and invite the friends over,” he said. “Expect goodness, teach your kids to give back, don’t let them get away with being rude and keep them busy.” After a moment of silence, he added, “You know, if every sports team in Durham let four kids on the team for free, we would have a different attitude from our youth. If every business brought one kid in to learn a skill, we would have a different outlook and better youth. If every person smiled at a youth, asked him how he is doing, we would have a different youth.” James also helps shelters across Durham and raises money for abused women, all while working full time and raising his own young family. James doesn’t want praise for all the work he has done. All he asked was that we ask residents of Durham to help a youth when they can, to give him a chance and say hello. After all, a simple smile can change someone’s life. If you would like to nominate a Durham Region hometown hero, visit www.movemag.ca and tell us in 100 words or less why the person you’ve chosen is your hero. www.movemag.ca
Olympic Gold Medallist by Vanessa Blue
ara Watchorn is a member of Canada’s 2014 Olympic Champion Women’s Hockey team, a professional hockey player with the Boston Blades and a native of Newcastle, Ont. She spoke with us about hockey, life as an athlete and, of course, that gold medal moment! What coach has stood out in your career and why? I have worked with many amazing coaches, however one always stands out in my mind: Rick Palmateer. Rick coached me in Newcastle when I played minor hockey with the boys, and he taught me the fundamentals of hockey and how to be a great teammate. What one or two things do you currently do in your training that are the keys to your success? Nutrition is extremely important as it fuels your body to perform and work hard every day. One of my favourite quotes is, “You can’t out train a bad diet.” Also, learning how to push past that initial feeling of pain and finding a place that is so uncomfortable is key to improving every day.
During the Olympics, were you kept up-to-date about the events in your hometown of Newcastle? My family and social media kept me up-to-date. It was such a warm and motivating feeling knowing that I had the town behind me. How did Durham Region support you in hockey? Durham has always played a major role in my hockey career and they were supportive and excited for me after the Olympics. I played hockey in Durham right up to college, and it provided me with the best leagues and development anyone could ask for. What advice would you give girls starting out in hockey? I would tell girls to play for the love of the game. There are so many opportunities for girls in sport and in hockey. It can give them lifelong friendships, amazing teamwork skills, a scholarship for university and the ability to travel the world. Enjoy it and have fun!
What is your biggest challenge, and how do you manage it? My biggest challenge is balancing all the aspects of my life. I enjoy spending time with friends and family, and I have to make sacrifices in this area of my life. What was the best advice you were ever given? I have always had great leaders and role models, and I have been given a lot of great advice. I will never forget my dad telling me that I have the potential to be one of the best defensemen in the world if I want to be, but I would have to work for it. Do you have a saying or motto that you live your life by? “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”
Photo by Vanessa Blue
What is your biggest accomplishment in your sport? There have been many, such as being a part of Boston University’s first Hockey East Championship and scoring the game-winning goal in overtime. But making the Olympic team and winning gold in 2014 would definitely be my biggest accomplishment. What was the first thing you did when you won your gold medal? I looked up into the stands to find my family. Then took in the moment with my team and family.
377 Wilson Rd. South Tel. (905) 433-2319
email: firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.sequinsplus.com
by Karen Sheviak
efore our daughter, Zoe, was even born, we had decided to homeschool our child. My husband, Taras, had been the first to mention homeschooling to me. He loved the idea, and the more I researched it, the more I did, too. We started by meeting other new homeschoolers when Zoe was four years old (she is eight now). Some of the people we met then are still her friends today. Our days looked much like kindergarten: lots of playtime, reading, and teaching numbers, letters and early reading skills.
For the first few years, every spring and fall, a friend of ours ran a “forest kindergarten” for the kids. We called it the Forest Garden. We would go to an outdoor spot, with a cabin that we could use occasionally. We were there in all kinds of weather — rain, snow and sun. We would bring lunch, sometimes with items to cook over a campfire, go for hikes, do crafts, teach the kids about trees, seasons, animals - plus there was a tire swing and “climbing tree” in the forest. It was idyllic. The kids got plenty of fresh air and free play, and witnessed firsthand the changes in the forest over the weeks. The adults got to know each other, and over time, friendships developed. People came and went from the Forest Garden, but a core group of about 10 kids remain, and they are now some of my (and Zoe’s) closest friends. I literally couldn’t homeschool without their friendship and support.
And speaking of friendship, the most common question homeschoolers get asked is: What about socialization? My friends and I always smile at this one. Socialization is one of the last things we worry about. My daughter takes 28
She has cousins she sees regularly, comes to work with me sometimes, and is pretty much comfortable with anyone and in any situation. It’s more of a challenge for us to have an entire day at home for schoolwork than it is for her to have enough social activities. Some homeschoolers spend hundreds of dollars on an all-in-one curriculum to teach their children. Others use no curriculum (known as unschooling) and simply follow the kids’ interests, trusting that by the time they are older, they will have covered all the basics. (That may sound crazy, but Dr. Francis Collins, the head of the Human Genome Project was unschooled until Grade 6). My approach is somewhere in the middle. I insist that Zoe learn “the three Rs” but I love how I can teach whatever she is interested in and tailor the approach to her learning style.
These days, a typical school day for us doesn’t involve hours of sitting at a desk doing work, but it is more structured than when she was younger. We get up whenever we wake up in the morning, usually before 8. My husband and I both work from home most of the time, so the flexibility of homeschooling suits us as well. We have breakfast, she might play on her iPod while I check email, then we get started. Math, reading and writing (including cursive) happen every day, and we alternate other subjects on other days of the week. Music and science are her favourites, and we also cover history, geography, art and French. By the afternoon, we are usually done with schoolwork, so she is free to play, come on errands with me or go somewhere else so I can get my work done! I’m fortunate that my husband, my parents and my mother-in-law can all hang out with Zoe and help her with her schoolwork while I work. It’s a constant juggle, but it’s worth it. One day a week we do a group lesson with the other homeschoolers. It could be anything from learning about birds or artists to a lesson on mindfulness and meditation. In nice weather, we always choose outdoor activities, usually a forest walk with nature journals.
For our family, homeschooling is a luxury. The luxury of time that we have with Zoe. The luxury of flexibility to teach according to her abilities and interests. The luxury to go to museums, or even fun things like Great Wolf Lodge, when everyone else is at work or school — we save money and avoid lineups!
In a world in which most kids are simply gone from 9 a.m to 3 p.m. every day, I feel lucky to have Zoe with me for that whole time. The years have gone quickly since she was born, and she seems more grown up every day. There may come a time when she will want to go to school, perhaps in high school when peer relationships become even more important. But for now, I know I’m blessed to share this experience with her. www.movemag.ca
Photo Courtesy Dreamstime
martial arts twice a week and musical theatre three times per week. She meets with her homeschooled friends at least once a week, usually more often.
A School, a Castle, a Home by Audra Leslie
riving toward the castle, one notices that the expansive 25-acre grounds are immaculately manicured, framing a wide driveway that elegantly leads to the front door. The castle wouldn’t look out of place in a centuries-old town in England, but it’s not there. It’s in Whitby, and it houses Trafalgar Castle School, a 140-yearold girls’ school with about 200 students.
Photo courtesy Trafalger Castle
The castle was originally the private residence of Nelson Gilbert Reynolds, a business man who was appointed sheriff of Durham. He wanted to build a spectacular home for his family, and began construction in 1869. The castle, complete with towers and turrets, took three years to build, and the wood and glass was shipped from England — no small feat in those days. He sold the home in 1874, and it became the Ontario Ladies College. It was named Trafalgar Castle School in 1979, apparently because Reynolds was a fan of Lord Nelson, famous for the Battle of Trafalgar. “Our school is unique,” says Sharon Magor, director of admissions and marketing for Trafalgar. “Most other schools were built as schools; ours was built as a home.” And that sense of home has not been lost in the school. Inside are 73 rooms, along with tunnels and passageways. The wood and glass that was so painstakingly shipped from England 140 years ago has been perfectly preserved. “We try to maintain the castle in its original state, but inside is the latest and the greatest,” says Magor. The latest and greatest includes courses from around the world. The school teaches critical thinking and analysis based on a program from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. An English writing course is from Winter 2014
the University of Chicago, Latin is based on a program at the University of Cambridge in London, and since math students in Singapore consistently rank first in worldwide testing, Trafalgar students learn Singapore Math. The continually evolving courses give the students an advantage, as does attending an all-girls school. “Girls learn differently so we can adjust the curriculum to the needs of girls,” says Magor. “They gain self-confidence, have improved self-esteem and develop their own voice. They don’t have to impress anyone, and they can be who they are, the smartest person here.” Trafalgar also has programs to encourage leadership. Students meet twice a day with an academic advisor so they can get help with learning strategies and social issues. There is a young sister-older sister club to provide role modelling opportunities. And students who board at the school have resident teachers so they have someone they can go to in the evenings and early mornings. Susie Healy’s three daughters, Meagan, 16, Rachel, 14, and Bridget, 12, attend the school now. “Trafalgar has given our daughters a strong sense of self-esteem and confidence,” she says. “They all feel empowered to reach beyond expectations, and they surprise us with their poise and determination in all kinds of situations.” “Girls at Trafalgar will thrive and shine,” says Magor. “We are like a big family here because of our size. Being in a place like this with the support they have here is an opportunity of a lifetime. The gift that boarding school gives students is the gift of time. We have so much time to work with them, that it’s priceless.” 29
by Karen Sheviak
ne of the most important people in your child’s life is his teacher, and when he has a good one, everything improves, from marks to social activities to general happiness. Move wants to celebrate the teachers who make a difference in your children’s lives. For our first issue, we profile Nathan Karstulovich, a Grade 3-4 teacher at Gandatsetiagon Public School in Pickering. On the first day of school each year, Karstulovich gives the kids in his class an important message: “I tell them, ‘This is a chance for you to start fresh. I’m not worried about your reputation from last year, or whether or not you can do math. I want to give you a chance to have a positive experience with each subject. It’s your opportunity to show me your best and to show me the person that you are.’” Although he often has some idea about which students are coming into his room, where they might stand academically, and what social issues they may have had, he tries to put that behind him so it’s not on his mind at all. That idea of a fresh start, something new every year, is one of the things that attracted him to teaching. Karstulovich was not a teacher right from university. “I started out in business as a product manager at a furniture company,” he says. “I was bored, but I had friends who were teachers, and I liked what they were doing.” He had also coached hockey and baseball and enjoyed those things. So after four years working, he went back to school, completing teacher’s college in Buffalo. One of his biggest challenges as a teacher is students who don’t believe in themselves. They may have struggled in the past, and even when he tells them that this is a chance to start again, it’s hard for them to get there. “Students tend to get really worried about marks,” he says. “But I find that elementary school is more about positive relationships, positive social aspects, trying 30
different subjects and finding out what you’re good at.” Karstulovich helps students get past that attitude with lots of positive comments. And he uses a technique called a Bump It Up wall, popular in Durham Region. There are four levels on a chart on the wall, and the students’ work gets posted at a certain level, with the goal being a level three or higher. He makes sure that each student’s work is on the wall, even if it’s at a level one. Then he helps students “bump up” their work to a higher level. And, he says, the students help each other with that as well. That work to improve is not limited to the children in his class. “I tell the kids to tell me about what I am doing wrong in the classroom,” he says. “The kids are shy at first. But I will be first one to bring things up. I’ll say, ‘You know what, I tried this today and I didn’t really like it. And I am going to change it.’ They get to the point where they know they really can say it.” And, when that happens, he knows that he’s achieved one of his primary goals: building positive relationships with his students. Those strong relationships develop partially because he is so involved with extracurricular activities. He coaches several teams, including cross-country, volleyball, softball and track and field. “Coaching definitely has a positive impact on my relationships with the students, says Karstulovich. “It allows me to have a relationship with students who are not in my class, which helps build respect between me and students around the school. ”Students tend to have more respect for a teacher when they see the teacher as a person rather than just a teacher. Being a coach allows them to see that person side of me.”
To nominate your teacher, visit www.movemag.ca and tell us in 100 words or less why he or she is the best.
Photo courtesy Audra Leslie
Durham Teacher Spotlight:
Best School Practices:
SERVICE DOG IN TRAINING
When Robin Helgesen was 10 years old, she saw the movie Atta Girl, Kelly! about a boy who fosters Kelly, a canine vision puppy. “After watching that movie, I decided that I would foster a service puppy sometime during my life.”
by Vanessa Blue
t’s Monday morning at 9:20 a.m. and classes are about to begin at Newcastle Public School. Among the students and teachers is a very special dog. Jupiter is a four-month-old standard poodle who is getting ready to start work! Robin Helgesen, is his foster mother and a special education teacher for Grades 4, 5 and 6 at the school. She puts a green coat on Jupiter, which signifies that Jupiter is a working dog in training. He is one of only four dogs in Ontario whose foster mom is a teacher. Jupiter is in a program run by the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides, which provides dog guides to people in Canada at no cost. Dog Guides placed 141 dogs last year — and they hope to surpass that this year. Puppies are bred at the Lions Foundation’s facility in Breslau, Ont. At about eight weeks old, puppies are place in foster homes, where they are trained and socialized. Helgesen meets monthly with a Dog Guide staff member who teaches her how to work with Jupiter and how to teach him the basic skills he needs to learn while living with her, such as sit, down, stay, stand and off. Training a dog can be challenging, and although Helgesen says she doesn’t love the 6 a.m. walks when it is -20 outside, there are really no negatives. “Every day, Jupiter puts a smile on my face,” she says. “It can be as simple as the way he cocks his head to the side when I am talking to him or the sounds he makes when he yawns upon awakening.” Back at the school, Jupiter is on a leash and is led by Helgesen to classes. The children know to ignore him Winter 2014
while his coat is on. He sits in classes to get used to the school atmosphere, in hopes of becoming a guide dog in one of six different programs: vision guide dog for people who are blind or visually impaired; hearing ear dog for people who are deaf or hard of hearing; service dog for people who have a physical disability; seizure response dog for people who have epilepsy; autism assistance dog for children who have autism spectrum disorder; or diabetic alert dog for people who have type 1 diabetes with hypoglycemic unawareness. Jupiter, while learning his job in the school, also assists children that may be restless or nervous. During EQAO testing (standardized tests the children take in Grades 3 and 6), the children get worried and stressed, and Jupiter can sense this. He might lie down beside an upset child, and unknowingly teach the child to cope with stress in a healthy way — by relaxing and petting the dog. That lesson can stay with the child for life. Jupiter is loved by the entire school and is welcomed everywhere he goes. And everywhere Helgesen goes, Jupiter follows. He visits grocery stores, libraries, movie theatres and restaurants. She even takes him to meet with cats so he gets used to them. As a service dog, Jupiter won’t be allowed to just bolt off to chase a cat or squirrel whenever he wants! He practises using elevators and escalators in the shopping mall, learns about fire drills and attends assemblies. He learns to share his food and toys so that he won’t be possessive. This prepares him for his life with his new owner so he becomes familiar and comfortable with just about everywhere his owner may need to go. 31
Jupiter SERVICE DOG IN TRAINING
Environmentally Friendly Cleaning & Organizing Residential • Commercial Kara Hornsby
This is Helgesen’s second service dog that she has fostered. Her first dog was Upton, a cream standard poodle. He was in the school last year, and the students still ask about him. Upton is now at Breslau, training to become an autism assistance dog. When Helgesen was 10 years old, she saw the movie Atta Girl, Kelly! about a boy who fosters Kelly, a canine vision puppy. “After watching that movie, I decided that I would foster a service puppy sometime during my life,” says Helgesen. “Last year, my youngest daughter left for university, so it was the right time to start fulfilling my dream.”
Decal Industries Inc. Custom Printing Solutions
She is an unpaid volunteer, and receives food from Purina. All veterinary visits are covered by the Lions Foundation of Canada. When Jupiter is about 12 months old, he will return to Breslau to begin his training in one of the six services. That will take about six months, and he will undergo extensive health checks and one-on-one training in the service he is chosen for. But first, Helgesen has to give him up. Most dog owners couldn’t imagine giving up a puppy after having it for a year, but Helgesen has a selfless explanation of how she feels. “I have loved both of my foster puppies dearly, but all you have to do is meet the people who receive these dogs and, believe it or not, they love them even more,” she says. “I feel that the dog guide and his or her person become one. They adore each other, they form a special bond and they become inseparable. My puppies will change someone’s life in a way that I can only imagine. Someday, Upton and Jupiter will be loved and treasured more than I ever thought possible.” To learn more about service dogs, contact the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides at www.dogguides.com. 32
1175 Squires Beach Road #3 Pickering, Ontario L1W 3V3
Tel: 905 428 1400 Fax: 905 428 1563
Toll Free: 1 888 456 9999 www.decalindustries.com www.movemag.ca
Montessori Methods for food. Notes taped to walls can remind seniors to turn off lights or lock doors, tasks that they tend forget.
by Tammy Day
osing a loved one years before they actually pass away is a long and difficult journey. Seniors who are diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease can often remember every minute detail of their childhood but may ask the same question 15 times in 15 minutes as if it’s a new question. This is frustrating for caregivers and loved ones, who may not be able to relate to the person they are now dealing with. Boredom can cause outbursts or behaviours that agitate others, but these behaviours can be minimized, and often eliminated, if the senior is stimulated in a meaningful way.
Photo courtesy Dreamstime
Enter Montessori Methods for Dementia (MMD), a method of improving the quality of life in seniors and adults suffering from dementia or other brain injuries or trauma. The premise is to offer meaningful activities to people living with dementia to allow them to maintain independence and to enable them to continue living on their own longer. It is based on Montessori Education, developed by Maria Montessori. She worked with “deficient” children, simplifying each task and ensuring they practised regularly, and found that the so-called deficient children excelled and surpassed their “regular” classmates. For dementia patients, keeping things simple makes even the more complex tasks manageable. MMD involves creating signs or aids to help them remember how to do certain tasks. For those who cannot dress themselves without help, a poster depicting the process step-by-step might be all that is needed. Cupboards can be labeled so the senior can easily find
But MMD goes far beyond teaching everyday tasks, and so do the benefits. Take my client Gladys (not her real name). Her behaviour included counting by rote in the dining room, which made other residents angry, and they yelled at Gladys a lot. I gave her playdough to squeeze and manipulate. I had some balls I asked her to match by touch. I kept stimulating her hands, all the while chatting about mundane things. Then I struck gold. She began to tell me what she was shaping with her playdough, and then had what is called a cascade of memories. She began to talk all about her husband, who would take her and her friends dancing, she in her red shoes and party dress. She then thanked me for my time and told me how I made her feel smart again.
MMD techniques can bring quality back to the lives of seniors with dementia, and more importantly, bring back a little bit of who they really are.
The use of therapy dolls is also effective. Often a baby will calm an agitated senior, and many nursing homes have created a nursery for their residents so that they can rock their babies and/or change them or put them to bed as part of their evening routine. Another helpful tool is giving a senior a job. For instance, Mary could be asked to take attendance every day. Mary will then stop bullying Violet, who cries often for her husband. It can be this simple and yet this effective. MMD techniques can bring quality back to the lives of seniors with dementia, and more importantly, bring back a little bit of who they really are. Tammy Day is certified to develop and implement Montessori Care Plans for private home or public facilities. For more information, call 289-251-1162 or email email@example.com.
START YOUR BUSINESS
S T E R C E S E TH Starting a business can be scary, but there are certain principles most entrepreneurs follow. Michael Danks, an entrepreneur, farmer and real estate investor, has demystified the process in his upcoming book Start Your Business. A high-school dropout who started in the mailroom of a company earning $58 a week, he has started and built eight businesses to date and has a great lifestyle. He believes that to build a successful business, you don’t have to get it right; you just have to get it started. Here are his top tips. 1. Start small. Buy a domain, write out a page plan (a one-page business plan), print business cards and start in your basement or garage like Steve Jobs (Apple) or Frank Stronach (Magna). 2. If you wait for the perfect time, you will never begin. Just get started and make it work.
he New Life Neighbourhood Centre is a nonprofit community service organization and Registered Food Bank that serves more than 3,000 underprivileged homeless people in downtown Oshawa. They have been serving the people in need of food and other services in the Oshawa area for more than 12 years. Some of these individuals are stuck in a cycle of poverty, addictions and homelessness, suffering the effects of the economy.
5. Be cheap — Whether it’s equipment or office space, get the best you can (even used) to do the job for the least amount of money.
New Life makes approximately 500 connections each month with underprivileged individuals and families, either by providing them with a meal boxes, feeding them a hot pancake breakfast or a continental breakfast, supplying them with life’s essentials in a hygiene bag, or providing blankets for the homeless. Most of the food items are donated.
6. No grand plan, a simple plan. Be flexible. Sam Walton (Walmart), Bill Gates (Microsoft), Richard Branson (Virgin Group) didn’t have grand plans at the beginning.
As a small food bank, they rely on volunteers and donations to help us run the programs they provide.
3. Start part time. Keep your job if you can, and work on your business on nights and weekends. 4. Never risk more than you can afford to lose.
7. Always be selling — nothing happens till someone sells something. There’s no such thing as a born salesperson. You can learn or hire.
Their services have increased fourfold since they have opened their doors 12 years ago.
If you would like to volunteer or donate, contact New Life at 905-404-2004.
8. Improve yourself and your business every day — your business can’t be better until you’re better. 9. Work on your business, not in it. That’s how it will grow.
11. Don’t get caught up in big for ego. Keep your ego out of your business, and don’t expand your business until you can truly afford it. 12. Take time to enjoy the process. You started your business because you were passionate about it — never forget that.
Call for a great rate today! FSCO#11764 | Head Office: 1140 Stellar Drive, Newmarket, Ontario, L3Y 7B7 Independently Owned & Operated
Photo courtesy Dreamstime
10. Develop extreme customer service because without customers, you have no business.
10 Steps to
BUSINESS SUCCESS by Audra Leslie
Making changes in your professional life can keep you feeling challenged and fulfilled. These tips can help you create the career you’ve always wanted. • Find your passion. If you are doing what you love, it won’t even feel like work. • Make a plan and set goals. Your goals should be SMART: specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-based. • Surround yourself with positive people. It’s true that you might fail, but you don’t need people telling you that. Supportive people will build your confidence and keep you moving forward. • Start. Do one thing every day that moves you toward your goal, even if it only takes five minutes. • Stop making excuses. Write down your usual excuses, then come up with ways to get around them.
• Do it for yourself. Permanent change will only come to you if you are doing it for the most important person: you! • Be patient. Change doesn’t happen overnight, but small changes add up to big ones over time. • Stay positive. If something bad happens, think of what good has come from that. • Don’t try to be perfect. When you make a mistake, you learn more than when you do things right. Perfection teaches you nothing. • Never give up. Many self-made millionaires have previously been bankrupt. Every problem can be overcome in some way.
for Social Media Marketing by Julie Ford You’re on Facebook and LinkedIn, your kids are on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and just about every social media network out there. Social media is great for staying in touch with friends, family and colleagues.
Regardless of what type of business you own, or whether you’re an artist, a handyman or a baker, you can benefit from starting up a social media strategy. It doesn’t have to be stressful or time-consuming, and it can actually be a lot of fun when you follow these simple tips. 1. START SMALL. Your business doesn’t need to be on every single social media network that your kids are on. Choose the one or two that make the most sense for your business. For example, if you’re a personal trainer, you may want to choose Facebook and Pinterest so you can post photos of different exercises and postworkout meal ideas. Create business accounts on the social network or networks you’ve decided to start with. Be sure to add all of the important details about your business as well as your logo. 2. SET A SCHEDULE. Decide how often you’re going to post. It doesn’t have to be daily but at least once every week is ideal. It’s easy to get caught up in your work and forget to post so it’s a good idea to set up a reminder in your calendar. For example, if you plan to post every Tuesday and Thursday, put a recurring appointment in your calendar on those days. 3. FIND CONTENT. Figuring out what you’re going to post can be scary and daunting, but it’s easier than you think. There’s so much content available on the Internet that you can share with your social 36
networks. You don’t have to come up with something new every single time. Find news, photos, videos, blog posts, funny cartoons and inspirational quotes that are relevant to your industry and post them. 4. CREATE CONTENT. Your smartphone is a great source of content. You can easily snap photos at events, of your products, or while you’re working with clients and post them to your social networks. These kinds of posts show that you’re active and involved and give your audience a more personal perspective of your business. If you have your own website and/or blog, link to specific pages or posts. 5. USE HASHTAGS. Many (but not all) social networks use hashtags. If you’ve chosen a social network that uses hashtags, take advantage of that. They help get your posts seen by a larger audience. For example, if you’re posting about a home renovation that you just completed for a client, use hashtags like #home and #renovation. That way, when people search for either of those terms, your post will be more likely to show up. Be consistent with these easy steps and before you know it, you’ll have a thriving social community and a thriving business. The hardest part about social media is getting started, but it’s a worthwhile leap to take – you’ll know it when the follows, fans, likes and customers start rolling in!
Follow Julie Ford on Twitter @_julieford.
Photo courtesy Dreamstime
But social media isn’t limited to personal communication anymore. It has become a powerful marketing tool. More and more businesses are using social media to help increase their brand’s reach, increase sales and expand their professional networks.
move peace of mind
Carbon Monoxide: The Silent Killer by Julie Ineson CFEI Fire Inspector | Fire Services Department
n Ontario, more than 80 per cent of carbon monoxide deaths and injuries occur in homes. Most people have heard of carbon monoxide and know that it’s dangerous. However, they often don’t know where it comes from, how it’s produced and what precautions they can take to ensure it doesn’t endanger them or their families. Carbon monoxide (CO) is commonly produced as a byproduct of combustion when common fuel-burning appliances and equipment that use natural gas, oil, wood, propane and kerosene don’t get enough air to burn up completely. When this happens, carbon monoxide can build up, especially in a confined room or space. This can lead to toxic effects on humans and pets. Most households have on average four to six appliances that produce carbon monoxide. Here is how to prevent the buildup of CO in your home. • Ensure fuel-burning appliances, chimneys and vents are cleaned and inspected by professionals every year before cold weather sets in. Visit www.cosafety.ca to find a registered contractor near you. • Ensure vents for the dryer, furnace, stove, fireplace and other fuel-burning appliances are always clear of snow and other debris. • Gas and charcoal barbecues should only be used outside, away from all doors, windows, vents and other building openings. Never use barbecues inside garages, even if the garage doors are open.
Photo courtesy Dreamstime
• Portable fuel-burning generators should only be used outdoors in well-ventilated areas away from windows, doors, vents and other building openings. • Ensure all portable fuel-burning heaters are vented properly, according to the manufacturer’s instructions. • Never use the stove or oven to heat your home. • Open the flue before using a fireplace for adequate ventilation. Winter 2014
Never run a vehicle or other fueled engine or motor inside a garage, even if the garage doors are open. Always remove a vehicle from the garage immediately after starting it.
Install carbon monoxide alarms; it’s the law! A properly installed and maintained CO alarm can alert you to when the poisonous gas is present. They usually have a life expectancy of five to seven years. If the alarm sounds, evacuate your home quickly. Call the fire department from outside and ask them to check your home for the presence of carbon monoxide. If your home has a fuel-burning appliance or an attached garage, install a CO alarm adjacent to each sleeping area. • For optimum protection, it is recommended that additional CO alarms be installed in other levels and/or areas of the home that are in proximity to a CO source, subject to the distance limits provided in the product’s instruction manual. Help prevent carbon monoxide from harming you and your family by: 1. Getting an annual inspection for all fuel-fired appliances in your home 2. Installing and regularly testing carbon monoxide alarms
For more information, visit the Technical Standards & Safety Authority at www.tssa.org.
move peace of mind
How to Choose a Personal Injury Lawyer by John Russell
“I can’t believe this happened to me!” The first thought that goes through anyone’s head when they suffer an injury is one of disbelief. We all know that accidents happen, but we often don’t believe they will happen to us, or to our loved ones.
As Canadians we have access to one of the best, if not the best, medical system in the world. We do not have to worry about which hospital to go to or which clinic has the best doctors when we are injured. We can simply go to the closest hospital or doctor and know that we are going to receive excellent care. Our doctors and other health-care professionals all receive world-class education and training. Canadians have a strong belief in everyone’s right to have access to the best possible medical care regardless of how much money they have. Some things are just too fundamentally important to be left to chance — or to advertising. I think it is this belief that causes people to react with disdain when they see aggressive advertising by personal injury lawyers.
When you have been injured you are at one of the most vulnerable times in your life. You need help. People naturally resent being manipulated at the best of times, but especially when they are in need. As soon as you have a need for a personal injury lawyer, you will notice how many of them advertise on TV, the radio and other media. All of the ads, of course, explain how the lawyers in question are “leaders in their field.”
So how do you choose a law firm? Choosing a personal injury lawyer is too important a decision to be based solely on information contained in an ad or on a website. Advertising can lead you to a lawyer but there is no question that the best way to find a personal injury lawyer is through a recommendation from a friend, family member or some other trusted adviser such as a doctor or other health-care professional. Simply put, you want to be referred to your lawyer by someone who has your best interests at heart and is not motivated by financial gain. • You need to select a lawyer who practises only personal injury law and has extensive experience with the system you will have to navigate on your way to physical, mental, emotional and financial recovery from your injuries.
• The lawyer should have the resources to spend whatever is necessary to build and present your claims properly to the insurance company that will be responding to your claims.
• The lawyer should be able to help you access the benefits and funds you will need to support yourself if you are unable to work following your injuries. • The lawyer should be able to explain the claims process to you plainly and let you know when you can expect things to happen.
You need to be comfortable with your lawyer and confident in his abilities. The process of choosing a personal injury lawyer should feel natural and not forced in any way. Many lawyers are more focused on getting you to “sign up” than they are with making sure you understand the claims process. If you do not feel comfortable with a lawyer when you speak to him, that lawyer is not right for you.
Dye & Russell
My partner, Peter Dye, and I believe we have created a different type of personal injury law firm. We are not desperate to expand our brand everywhere and anywhere by advertising aggressively. Instead of spending a lot of time and money saturating the market with ads, we spend our time making connections with doctors and other health-care professionals that you will encounter on your road to recovery. We take care of our clients. Current and former clients, as well as doctors and other health-care professionals, know that we care and that we get results for our clients. We trust that they will refer people to us. We get results because of our unique experience and approach. Personal injury law is all we do. We understand the system you will have to navigate during the claims process better than most other personal injury lawyers because we have been involved on both sides of the claims fence. Prior to starting our firm, we worked as lawyers for the insurance companies to which you will have to present your claims. We understand what motivates the insurance companies better than other lawyers. We know from experience that the approach most other personal injury lawyers take often leads to unnecessary delays and sees claims resolve for less than they should. For more information or to schedule a time to speak with either lawyer, call 1-877-883-6171 or visit www.dyeandrussell.com. If you don’t get paid, we don’t get paid.
move peace of mind
TEXTING & DRIVING
Make Sure You’re Covered by Donna Danks Your home is probably the most expensive asset that you will ever own. You spend a lot of money taking care of it, but when it comes to insuring it, many people opt for the lowest price. The old adage of “if it seems too good to be true, it probably is” is often accurate when it comes to home insurance.
Photo courtesy Dreamstime • Icons made by Freepik, OCHA from www.flaticon.com
It is imperative to purchase insurance not based on price alone and make sure you have the proper coverage to protect your home, your personal contents and your liability. Confirm that the guaranteed replacement cost is adequate. If you have made any improvements to your home, inform your insurance broker. Check your sewer back up/water damage coverage, and make sure that you understand any limits or exclusions. If you have a home-based business, many policies will include this coverage at a minimal cost, but they need to know the details of your business to add it to your policy, so always be upfront. Discounts you could be eligible for include being claims-free or mortgagefree or being a nonsmoker. Increasing your deductible and paying your bill annually rather than monthly can reduce the cost of your policy. And something simple like adding an alarm to your home can bring you a discount that can outweigh the cost of the alarm. When you have the proper coverage for your home, you are not only protecting your largest asset but also your family and their financial future. And nothing is more important than that. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 905-683-9725. Donna Danks is a registered insurance broker with 21 years of experience at Pine Ridge Insurance. Winter 2014
D.O.N.T. Quick Facts 15x 40% ?!
Brain injury is the leading killer and disabler of people under the age of 44 and kills more people under the age 20 than all other causes combined. (U.S. Centers for Disease Control) Acquired brain injury is 15 times more common than spinal cord injury, 30 times more common than breast cancer and 400 times more common than HIV/AIDS. (U.S. Centers for Disease Control) 40 per cent of acquired brain injury survivors sustained their brain injury as a result of an automobile collision (2012 OBIA Impact Report) Distracted driving is cited as a causal factor in 30 to 50 per cent of traffic collisions on Ontario, but is probably much higher due to under-reporting. (Ontario Provincial Police) Texting while driving is the same as driving blind for five seconds at a time. (Virginia Tech Transportation Institute) In three seconds, at 60 kilometres per hour you travel 50 metres — that’s the distance across half a football field. (Ontario Ministry of Transportation) In 2012, 83 people were killed in motor vehicle collisions within OPP jurisdiction in which distracted driving was a causal factor. (Ontario Provincial Police)
DRIVE ONLY…NEVER TEXT (D.O.N.T.) Take the pledge www.idont.ca 39
move peace of mind
How a Pardon Can
Change Your Life
ravelling to the United States. Applying to the university you’ve always wanted to attend, or for that dream job. Getting custody of your child after a divorce. These things may all sound different, but they have one thing in common: they can be difficult or impossible to do if you have a criminal record. Fortunately, there are ways get a pardon or waiver so you can start living the life you truly want. A Canadian pardon or record suspension is a document issued by the Parole Board of Canada confirming that your criminal record has been sealed and placed separately from public view and the national criminal database. Once pardoned, absolutely no individual in Canada or the U.S. can view your criminal record without permission from you or the Public Safety Minister. In essence, a pardon gives you a second chance. A U.S. Entry Waiver is a legal document issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that grants advanced permission to cross the border by land or air for a specific number of years. If you’ve ever been criminally charged (convicted or not) in Canada, committed a criminal offence in the U.S., overstayed your visa, or been previously refused for other reasons, you will require a waiver to enter the United States. A waiver offers you hassle-free border crossing and unlimited entry for set period of time — for dream vacations, employment opportunities and so much more. It allows you to avoid being arrested, refused entry or detained, and prevents property seizures, trip cancellations, and lost money and business opportunities, not to mention embarrassment. If you need assistance in getting your pardon or waiver, here are some points to keep in mind. • Look for a company that offers employment advocacy, which includes employment letters and packages. • Ask to be kept up-to-date on the status of your application throughout the application process.
• Make sure the company guarantees that they will follow your request through to the end. • If your request is denied, will the company file an appeal at no extra cost to you? • Find out if there is a payment plan, or even the option to skip a payment. This is especially important if you have experienced unemployment due to your criminal record. Freedom Canada, Pardons and Waivers is a Canadian owned and operated company. They are an application processing firm for pardons and waivers, plus more. They have exceptional staff with over 20 years of experience. For more information, visit www.freedomcanadapardonsandwaivers.ca, or call 1-888-729-2313 or 289-638-1998 for a free no-obligation consultation.
Have a Holy and a Merry Christmas DRIVE SOBER!
Joe Dickson, MPP Ajax – Pickering
• Choose a company that explains each step of applying for a pardon or waiver and has the knowhow to complete it quickly and efficiently.
e g a y o V n o B
me mor ie s
and Stay Safe
After you pack your suitcase reduce what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re taking by 25 per cent.
Buy a luggage scale to weigh your bags.
Book quickly as prices and space change.
Buy tour operators cancellation insurance if it is available.
Change your currency in Canada because you will get a better rate, and there is less chance of getting counterfeit currency.
Leave a copy of your passport, credit card information and itinerary at home with family.
Carry small bills for tipping.
Pack essentials and prescription drugs along with a change of clothes in your carry-on in case your luggage is lost.
Pack some rain ponchos. They can be purchased at a dollar store.
10. Use a travel agent because you will get the same or better price than the online price. You will be dealing with a real person who has probably visited your destination. They can answer your questions, save you time and hassle and your trip is insured.
Photo courtesy Dreamstime
Colleen Danks of SOHO Travel provides exceptional advice and service. Colleen and her staff are all experienced travelers who have most likely visited your desired destination. Call 905-683-9863 or 1-800-267-7781.
The only thing harder than letting go is moving on . . . Winter 2014
Dream Honeymoons Cruises Disney adventures River Cruises Sandals & Beaches Specialist We are travel experts with insider tips on many destinations Check with us for last minute deals! We can meet or beat Web pricing and are insured through TICO
SOHO TRAVEL Call Colleen
905-683-9863 or 1-800-267-7781 41
"I Can't Go on Vacation... I'm a Caregiver!" by Will Graber
very winter, there’s a mass exodus of Canadians to warmer climates for some much-deserved rest and relaxation. Yet not everyone is so lucky. If you are a family caregiver, you may work 24 hours a day without benefits, compensation or vacations.
Although many families take pride in helping their aging parents and loved ones stay at home as long as possible, the physical and emotional toll can be extremely high.
• Respite care is a service that provides a much-needed break from around-the-clock responsibilities. This is always an option, but many people find that uprooting Mom or Dad from the comforts of home leaves them nervous and worried.
• Ask another family member to take over your responsibilities while you are away, provided there is someone who is capable and willing to step in.
Professional home care can be a cost-effective way of ensuring your loved one’s needs are met while you get the vacation you deserve.
• Even though you might like to consider taking your loved one with you, this wouldn’t really be a vacation because it would prevent you from getting the rest and rejuvenation you need.
Will Graber, Managing Director, Premier Homecare p. 905.492.8200 | e. email@example.com www.premierdurhamwest.com. 905 Dillingham Road, Suite 7, Pickering, Ontario L1W 3X1.
Family caregiving is a demanding and stressful job, usually with only intangible rewards. Taking a break from these responsibilities is essential, say many health professionals. A vacation provides a mental break, which helps you recover from the day-to-day stresses of a busy lifestyle. Vacationing once or twice a year can help you feel relaxed and refreshed.
Photo courtesy Dreamstime
If you are a family caregiver, here are several options to help you take a much needed vacation:
• In-home caregiving services can provide a vacation respite, or scheduled weekly respite ranging from a few hours a week to live-in and 24-hour care. Professional caregivers offer companionship, and they can do everything from cooking meals, cleaning and doing laundry to assisting with the responsibilities of daily living, which provides a break for you and your loved one. Another benefit of home care is the ability to schedule a transition period before the vacation. This gives the caregiver time to learn your loved one’s routines, and gives your loved ones time to get used to a new caregiver. Family members can have peace of mind knowing their loved ones are in good hands while they’re away.
Catalogues • Postcards • Booklets • Letterheads Notepads • Brochures • Labels • Packaging Providing Quality Printing Since 1988
A Maintenance Guide for Your Vehicle by Karen Sheviak
glimpse of the first snow flurries of the season can give drivers a sense of dread. Visions of scraping ice off windshields, skidding on snowcovered roads and struggling to start your car on ice-cold mornings can make you long for spring before winter has even started.
There are also steps you can take at home to maintain your car. Replace any wiper blades that do not clear the windshield in a single swipe. Keep your gas tank at least half full. And frequently check the tire pressure. Tire pressure is often reduced in cold weather, which can affect mileage and traction.
Instead of contemplating hibernation Finally, everyone should keep an for the next several months, take some emergency kit in their car. Here are the essentials, according to the Ontario time to ensure your vehicle is ready for Ministry of Transportation (MTO). the snow and cold, even if you aren’t. • Shovel , ice scraper and snow brush First and foremost, have four matching winter tires installed. They start • Bag of sand or kitty litter for traction if you get stuck working below 7 degrees Celsius, and
Photo courtesy Dreamstime
are designed to give you the best traction available in very low temperatures, and in snow and icy conditions, according to Endras BMW in Ajax. Braking distance for winter tires can be up to 25 per cent shorter than all-season tires, according to the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA).
• Windshield washer fluid
• Booster cables and tow ropes
• Road flares or warning lights • Fuel line antifreeze • Fire extinguisher • Small tool kit
And make sure there is a good amount • Blankets, extra clothing and footwear of tread on your snow tires. The experts • Bottled water and energy bars at Endras BMW say that if it gets close • Flashlight and batteries to 3/32”, you should replace the tires. • First aid kit Make an appointment for a winter • Smart phone and charger checkup for your car before the forecast is predicting a blizzard. This could • Candles and waterproof matches or lighter include any of the following: belts, hoses, radiator, oil, lights, brakes, The experts at Endras BMW also exhaust system, ignition system and recommend a puncture repair kit in a heater. But the most important part to can, which seals the tire temporarily and check is the battery. The average battery can be helpful in stormy weather. They lifespan is three to five years, but harsh also suggest that you pack a tool such as winter weather can shorten that time. the LifeHammer, which can help you cut CAA suggests what to watch for so you a seatbelt or break a window so you can will know if it’s time for a new battery: get out of the vehicle in an emergency. your vehicle is slow to start; you hear grinding, clicking or buzzing when you Endras Automotive Group, turn on the ignition; your headlights Lakeridge Premium Automobile dim when you idle the vehicle, but 100 Achilles Rd, Ajax brighten when you rev the engine; or 905-619-5522 your vehicle has stalled before. firstname.lastname@example.org Winter 2014
Slip, Sliding Away
So Old Man Winter throws his worst at you on the one day you can’t stay home. Whether you have to drive in extreme cold, snow, freezing rain, or a brutal combination of all three, here are some tips to make the trip less dangerous. • Check the forecast, leave early and dress appropriately for the weather.
• Remove all snow and ice from your vehicle. • Drive slowly and leave double or triple the normal space between you and the vehicle ahead of you so you have extra room to stop. Never pass a snowplow. • On snowy roads, drive in the tire tracks of the car ahead of you — this usually gives you more control of your vehicle. • Watch out for shady areas, bridges and overpasses because ice and snow may linger there longer than in sunny spots.
• If you start to skid, remember to look where you want to go and drive in the direction of the skid. Skidding is usually caused by driving too fast for the conditions, accelerating too quickly or braking too hard. • If you would like to learn more advanced techniques, contact a winter driving school and take a few lessons.
• Download the brochure Winter Driving from Transport Canada and CAA at www.caa.ca/working-foryou/safe-driving/winter-driving/. 43
Grow Locally at Durham College I’m sitting at a long table studded with poinsettias, elegant place settings and bubbling bottles of sparkling water in Bistro ’67 next to my son, Scott, a prospective Durham College culinary student. The restaurant is abuzz with excitement in anticipation of today’s special guest, the Centre for Food’s ambassador and celebrity chef, Jamie Kennedy.
The duck is so delicious that I want to close my eyes and be alone with it! I look over at my son and notice that his plate is completely empty. “You must have enjoyed that,” I say. He nods his head in approval and smiles. “It was really good.” Kennedy was at the Durham College Centre for Food (CFF) in Whitby to share the realities of life as a chef with the 130 plus field-to-fork culinary and hospitality students, answer their questions and give them a signed copy of his newly released cookbook J.K.: The Jamie Kennedy Cookbook. The students prepared and served a threecourse meal using recipes from the cookbook, for which they received a standing ovation from Kennedy. “I think I have reached a point in my career where sharing of knowledge is key,” says Kennedy. “It’s important to instill this 44
Are you thinking about a career in culinary arts? Why not choose Durham College and grow locally? ideology in younger cooks coming up, and I’m looking for ways to practically get involved.” And Durham College has a spectacular way to “get involved,” embracing local, organic, sustainable agriculture and food. It now offers Durham Region’s first field-to-fork programs at the Centre for Food, a $23 million, 36,000 square foot facility that can accommodate 900 students studying in the culinary, hospitality, tourism, agriculture, and horticulture sectors. The facility is equipped with the latest culinary equipment, plus a lecture theatre that seats 130 students and is fitted with a convection oven, gas stove, induction stoves, deep fryer, griddle and grill. There is an overhead camera and large-screen projector, which faculty members can use to demonstrate a new recipe from start to finish to students while answering their questions. It is also, appropriately, home to the first green certified teaching kitchen in Canada and is a working example www.movemag.ca
Photo courtesy Durham College, Dawn Riddoch and Scott Riddoch
After the opening ceremonies and speeches, a parade of decadent plates made their way from the kitchen to our table. Cucumber and Sheep’s Milk Feta Salad with Bulgur Wheat and Cherry Tomatoes to start, followed by a plate of appetizers: Aunt Myrtle’s Mustard Pickle, Marinated Pickerel, Curried Sweet Potato Swiss Chard Croquettes and Chicken Liver Paté. Roast and Confit of Duck with Potatoes and Sour Cherries was the main course; and Golden Plum Upside-Down Cake with Dulce de Leche Ice Cream made a divine dessert.
move food of sustainability and environmental consciousness. It recycles the hot air from the kitchens and uses biodegradable environmentally friendly cleaning solutions. “Students are challenging institutions to be more sustainable and environmentally conscious,” says Darrin Caron, the dean and principal of the CFF.
When diners leave Bistro ’67 they are encouraged to visit Pantry, the CFF’s unique retail store, where they can purchase ready-made meals, jams, preserves, fresh baked breads and much more all prepared by students. Chef Hugo Baumann of Pine Ridge Secondary School was in attendance at the lunch with Kennedy, along with three of his high school culinary students. Baumann encourages all of his students to apply to Durham College’s culinary program. Earlier this year, Baumann brought his culinary students to a Chartwell-hosted farmers’ market, where they were able to purchase fresh produce, learn about the culinary program and ask questions.
The site wouldn’t be complete without greenhouses and almost two acres of land to grow herbs and vegetables. The front walkway of the CFF is lined with apple vines that will be harvested by the students to make cider, apple sauce and apple crumble. Don Lovisa, president of Durham College, says that the CFF is a boutique cluster of small programs that stay integrated in agriculture. Students are involved in the planting, harvesting, storage, processing, sale and consumption of food. “We want a culinary student that gravitates to the field-to-fork belief,” says Caron. But the pièce de résistance is a stunning living wall, the cornerstone of the building. “It represents what we’re trying to achieve here,” says Caron. The living wall refreshes air by taking in carbon dioxide and giving off oxygen with growing herbs. The fresh herbs are handpicked and used in the culinary labs and kitchens. Bistro ’67 is the campus’s 70 seat green certified teachinginspired restaurant, where culinary and hospitality students work together to prepare and serve meals to the public. The students are overseen by a paid member of the staff, who observes them and gives immediate constructive feedback.
1604 Champlain Ave., Whitby, ON Reservations: (905) 721-3312 or visit www.bistro67.ca
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 11:30 a.m. Note: Reduced menu from 2 to 5:30pm
Tuesday to Saturday, 5:30 p.m. Note: Last reservation taken at 9:45pm
Field to Fork:
Durham College’s administration is in continuous communications with community and business leaders. This enabled the college to roll out 40 new programs over the last five years to meet the growing demands of industry, says Lovisa. One such venture includes community partner WindReach Farm. Students are able to gain hands-on experience working in the fields, planting and harvesting fruits and vegetables that will be used within Bistro ’67 and Pantry. This year, students harvested 17 different vegetables, including beets, zucchini and eggplant, which were grown on two acres of land at WindReach Farm. Students also planted, harvested and processed 2,500 pounds of tomatoes. The CFF truly embodies the field to fork philosophy, and Lovisa sums up the student experience this way: “Our students graduate with a different perspective.”
Durham College Centre for Food Programs & Courses ww.durhamcollege.ca/cff www.facebook.com/durhamcollege Twitter: @durhamcollege
Connect with Centre for Food
• book a campus tour • ask questions • receive invitations to college events visit https://myplace.durhamcollege.ca/
Sowing the Seeds of our Community Crowdfunding Campaign Winter 2014
Jamie Kennedy’s Bread and Butter Pudding with Maple Walnut Ice Cream This is a homespun classic and a good way to make use of stale bread and cake. Keep a container going in the freezer until you collect about 2 cups (500 mL) of crustless cake or bread cut into small cubes. We like to serve our house-made maple walnut ice cream with this pudding, but a pint from your local ice cream maker will pair nicely as well. Makes 8 servings
⅔ cup + 1 tbsp
Pinch of salt
cubed bread or cake
3 tbsp 6 tbsp
raisins, rehydrated in water 50 mL and drained apricot jam, melted 90 mL
150 g + 15 mL
5 mL 15 mL 500 mL
DIRECTIONS: In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and ⅔ cup (150 g) sugar. Add the milk, cream, vanilla and salt and mix well. Grease a 9-inch (2.5 L) square baking dish with the butter and sprinkle bottom and sides with 1 tablespoon (15 mL) granulated sugar. Place the cubed bread and soaked raisins in the dish. Pour the egg mixture on top and let sit until the egg mixture is well absorbed. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 325°F (160°C). Bake the pudding for about 1 hour or until a cake tester comes out clean. Spread the melted jam over the surface and bake for an additional 15 minutes to form a glaze. Let cool for 30 minutes before serving.
Portion onto 8 plates. Serve with a dollop of maple walnut ice cream on the side. Recipe from: J.K.: The Jamie Kennedy Cookbook by Jamie Kennedy. (c) 2014. Photography by Jo Dickins (c) 2014. Published by HarperCollins Canada. All rights reserved. 46
Butternut Squash & Chickpea Chili
This chili will warm you up on the coldest winter day. Plus, since it’s made in your slow cooker, it’s super convenient. Butternut squash and chickpeas are a healthy update that will make this a family favourite. YIELD: 8 servings (serving size: 1 cup/250 mL chili and ¾ cup/175 mL couscous).
Large (5-Quart) Slow Cooker
In large skillet, heat 1 tbsp (15 mL) of the oil over mediumhigh heat, swirling to coat pan. Add onion and sauté, stirring occasionally, until translucent, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and sauté, stirring constantly, until softened, about 1 minute. Stir in tomato paste, cumin, salt, red pepper flakes, cinnamon and turmeric; sauté, stirring constantly, for 30 seconds. Add onion mixture to slow cooker. Add stock, raisins,tomatoes and chickpeas to slow cooker; cover and cook on High for 8 hours.
Photography by Candace Morgan
INGREDIENTS: 2 tbsp 1 cup 4 2 tbsp 1½ tsp 1 tsp ½ tsp ½ tsp ¼ tsp 3 cups ½ cup 1 1 4 cups 1 cup ¼ cup 2½ cups 8
olive oil, divided 30 mL chopped onion 250 mL cloves garlic, minced 4 tomato paste 30 mL ground cumin 7 mL kosher salt 5 mL red pepper flakes 2 mL ground cinnamon 2 mL ground turmeric 1 mL fat-free reduced-sodium chicken stock 750 mL golden raisins 125 mL can (28-oz/796 mL) whole tomatoes, 1 undrained and crushed can (19 oz/540 mL) chickpeas, 1 drained and rinsed chopped peeled butternut squash 1L frozen green peas, thawed 250 mL chopped fresh cilantro 60 mL couscous 625 mL lime wedges
OPTIONAL FOR COUSCOUS: 2½ cups chicken stock Winter 2014
In a large skillet, heat remaining 1 tbsp (15 mL) oil over medium-high heat, swirling to coat pan. Add squash and sauté for 5 minutes; Add to slow cooker. Cover and cook on High for 1 hour or until squash is tender. Meanwhile, in a saucepan, bring 2½ cups (625 mL) chicken stock or water to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in couscous. Cover and let stand for 10 minutes. Fluff with fork. Stir peas into chili; sprinkle with cilantro. Serve over couscous and garnish with lime wedges. Enjoy!
To make this chili vegetarian, substitute vegetable stock for the chicken stock in the chili and in the couscous.
To make this chili vegetarian, substitute vegetable stock for the chicken stock in the chili and in the couscous.
you had an
Avon Lady? Love your morning face! Visit avon.ca to find out more.
w e n A y Tr ! w o N e l Vita
Tour 1000â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s of Homes at DanPlowman.com
1 *Dan Plowman
In Sales Volume & Units Sold for Durham Region
Based on the combined areas of Pickering, Ajax, Whitby, Brooklin, Oshawa, Courtice, Bowmanville & Clarington
For all of 2013!*
*Data compiled from IMS Inc. Based on the area of Pickering, Ajax, Whitby, Oshawa, Clarington. Over November 2012 - November 2013.
REALTY INC., BROKERAGE