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Longtime resident of the community gets things done Story and photography Alistair Taylor

Morgan Ostler is a force to be reckoned with


here is a force at work in Campbell River that never stops pushing the community towards the future, relentlessly shaping it in pursuit of a vision, doggedly leading it toward a goal.

That force is Morgan Ostler. And if Campbell River is being picked up by the scruff of its neck and marched towards a bright future, it’s a reflection of how Ostler relentlessly pursues her agenda. “I am not driven, but I definitely have goals,” Ostler says. The 81-year-old Ostler’s latest vision is to transform Campbell River into a community that grows more of its own food. For the last few years she has been involved in the adoption of a municipal agricultural plan that was included in the official sustainable community plan. She also helped get council to approve backyard chicken coops. Ostler likes to point out that Vancouver Island produces only 6-10 per cent of its own food and Campbell River only produces about one per cent. Yet, the community is surrounded by Agricultural Land Reserve – land officially designated for agricultural use. And although that land is covered in forest, the soil beneath is excellent for growing things. Soil testing done during the process to adopt an agricultural plan turned up surprising results. “It showed we had soil values as high as those in the (Fraser River) delta of Vancouver,” Ostler says. But because Campbell River has been a resource-extraction based community for so long, it’s taking a long time to convince residents and the powers that be to see this community as an agricultural community. But Ostler never shies away from a challenge. She came to Campbell River in 1964 as a wife and young mother of two children. She eventually had to support herself and her children working as a journalist in town with the old Upper Islander newspaper. In those early years she was active in the effort to replace the Old Island Highway which back in the seventies was seen as narrow, windy and dangerous, particularly after a young girl was killed in a tragic accident. In 1996, after decades of pursuing a new highway, Ostler “presided” over the opening of the new Inland Island Highway as Queen Elizabeth the Second, a persona she is known to put on now and again for the entertainment of the masses.


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Whether presiding over highway openings as “Queen Elizabeth” or serving as the agricultural queen of the community, the 81-year-old Ostler doesn’t like to sit still for very long.

“So, you can see I’m never bored,” she says. And you know that through it all, Ostler is having fun. “I enjoy my life,” she says. “I think my life is a gift.” But if her life is a gift, it’s a gift that she pays forward. Community service has been a big part of Ostler’s life. She considers herself privileged to have married a man who became a mayor who was much loved in the community for his vision. She married Bob Ostler in 1970 and between the two of them, they raised eight children. She now has 11 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Bob passed away in 2001 and Morgan is proud of many things about him. One of the things she’s most proud of was his vision for the community’s accessible waterfront. Bob Ostler was the force behind the city’s waterfront acquisition program which provides for the purchase of waterfront property so that it can be opened up for use by all the residents of Campbell River. Ostler contrasts Campbell River’s open waterfront with that of Parksville where you used to be able to see the sandy beaches from the highway but which are now blocked by high rises and development. “They have essentially separated the people of Parksville from their waterfront,” Ostler says. It was also her husband’s city council that began the Seawalk which the Rotary Club took on as a project and completed. He also help spearhead the Discovery Pier project.

A rebellious youngster Ostler’s gifts were given to her at an early age, under circumstances that might not, at first, seem to be such a nice present. Ostler was born in Victoria to prosperous parents, her father being a former military commander stationed in India and who loved Indian and Asian philosophies. “My father was very, very spiritually-inclined towards Oriental and Asian beliefs.” But along with that Asian sensibility came the British tradition of sending your children away to boarding school. At the tender age of five, Ostler

“I am a very happy person,” she says, “and I find hilarity in the human condition.”

Because of my optimism, I see that it maybe developed a side of my character that maybe would have remained latent if I hadn’t been challenged.

and her sisters were sent to a Catholic boarding academy in Victoria. “It seems strange now,” Ostler says. But that was the norm in her family’s social circles. “My father lived in a society where they were sent to military school at five years old,” Ostler says. “When we were placed in an academy as a little girl, it was simply a reflection of how society was.” It was hard at times, she admits. The nuns were harsh disciplinarians. But Ostler was no shrinking violet as a student. She was a curious and lively child who would frequently challenge her Catholic overseers. “I was quite rebellious and I got expelled several times.” Each time, her father managed to negotiate her return to school. Demonstrating a dramatic flare early on in life, Ostler liked to sneak into the school auditorium and put on events on the stage. Once a nun caught her and tied her to a chair and locked her up in the attic on the eighth floor of the school. “I was terrified, as a small child,” Ostler says. But Ostler sees the boarding school experience as shaping her in a positive light. “Because of my optimism, I see that it developed a side of my character that maybe would have remained latent if I hadn’t been challenged like that,” she says. She says later in life she was able to test herself psychologically and confirmed that she had, in fact, Attention Deficit/ Hyper Activity Disorder. “I knew very little about what that meant, other than I was a very hyperactive person.”

of energy and a tremendous amount of curiosity,” she says. “I don’t see myself as being disabled in any way,” she adds later. She believes that children should be taught to treat their condition as a gift that can help them.

“That might explain why in my 81st year, I get up in the morning with my list,” she says with a grin. Ostler served two terms on city council from 2003 to 2008. During her years on council she often felt out of place because she is inclined to work independently. “I had my own agenda to move forward and that was out of place on council,” she says. But her council experience gave her a useful insight into how the system works. And now she’s using that experience to continue her agenda. She practices “creative magnetism” which she learned at an early age. “My father taught us that we could create our own life by our thought processes,” she says. It’s worth paying attention to what Ostler is creating for her life because, with her go get ‘em attitude, you know her vision will have an impact on Campbell River in some way. Now that the city is incorporating Ostler’s agricultural vision, she is in pursuit of another goal. She wants to convert Campbell River and the rest of Vancouver Island’s municipalities into genetically-engineered free zones. She wants to ban genetically-modified foods. And Ostler is just the kind of force to make that happen.

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resh off the sale of their own company, Campbell River entrepreneurs Marion and Bernard Eberlein wanted to break away from the small-business model and instead do something meaningful. So the pair started their own brand – a brand that supports children’s charities and provides consumers with a healthy, all-natural product that is produced close to home. Thank You Products is a line of organic matcha and loose leaf teas, organic coffee, natural spring bottled water, and hand-crafted soaps. All the products are fair-trade and produced in Canada. The bottled water, for example, is spring water produced by a family company in the Kootenays. “We see Thank You Products as a brand, a brand that stands for 100 per cent giving,” Marion says. “It’s a new brand that stands for a good cause. What makes the company unique is that it’s not-for-profit and all of the proceeds go to five different children’s charities – the Help Fill a Dream Foundation in Victoria, the B.C. Children’s Hospital in Vancouver, the Nicaragua Children’s Foundation based in Vancouver, the Mary A. Tidlund Foundation based out of Alberta and the Vitamin Angels, which operates worldwide.” The Eberlein’s connection to the Nicaragua charity stems from Bernard’s days as a pilot for the United Nations when the Eberleins were living in Germany, where they’re originally from. “I was inspired by my job in the United Nations,” Bernard says. I did a lot of work where we were bringing food and essentials to local villages. In the UN I was based in Honduras and Nicaragua is close to Honduras so we did a lot of humanitarian work in Nicaragua. This is where the inspiration came from and we hope to get it back in our lives.” After emigrating to Canada from Germany in 1996, the Eberleins settled on Quadra

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hen Kim Emsley-Leik rollerskates around a rink, it’s no leisurely roll. She takes numbers and clears bodies.

Emsley-Leik is one of a growing number of local women who have taken up the thrilling sport of roller derby. But it’s more than a sport. It has a culture all its own. It even comes with its own rough and cheeky nicknames. At the rink, Emsley-Leik becomes Foxie McMuff and her job as a blocker is to block the opposing team’s jammer from passing Emsley-Leik’s fellow blockers and scoring points. If the jammer gets around twice, she racks up one point for each skater she passes on the second lap. Emsley-Leik is one of seven from Campbell River who skate for the Rink Minx, a team based out of the Comox Valley. The other members are: Lindsey Ryzak, who’s known around the rink as Lita Riot, Peggy Benoit (Ballsy Benoit), Lisa Jackson (Whiskey Jack), Chantelle McPherson (Chantos Sanchez), Kari Barker (Swifty), and Taisa Brown (Lumber Smack). Though so many members of Rink Minx call Campbell River home, the team has had a difficult time bringing the sport to the River City. “What’s challenging is finding the space,” Emsley-Leik says. “A lot of facility staff assume our roller skates will ruin the floor, which is not the case. So we practice in Courtenay, which is unfortunate because half the team is from Campbell River.” But having said that, Rink Minx will be hosting its first ever Campbell River bout at Strathcona Gardens on Saturday, July 5.

gear which includes a helmet, mouth and wrist guards, knee pads, elbow pads, and roller skates.

Emsley-Leik said she hopes the bout, which will attract teams from all over Vancouver Island, will show the viability of having the sport in Campbell River.

While serious injuries are rare, Emsley-Leik says she does come home with some “wicked” bruises. “We call them trophy bruises,” she says smiling. “They’re these huge things sometimes. We’re actually kind of proud of them.”

“Every time we host a bout there’s an influx of skaters,” Emsley-Leik says. “They spend money on hotels, on restaurants, they go shopping, they go to bars. The more events we have, it only benefits the community in the long run. People want events to go to, they want to be entertained.” And roller derby is no doubt entertaining. It’s a full contact sport full of positional, or booty blocking, ride outs, and hip whips. For that reason, each skater must wear full

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have a certain amount of pride in trying to bring the sport to Campbell River because we live here, it’s our hometown,” Emsley-Leik says.

Bouts are typically held Saturday nights at the Comox Valley Sports Centre between May and July. But Emsley-Leik says the team is trying hard to bring some of the games to Campbell River. “I think the Campbell River girls definitely

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It all leads to the ocean

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Two men combine their passions: diving and photography


lip below the surface into the surreal. It’s a world of vivid, eye-popping colours; creatures that both amaze and alarm; and out-worldly landscapes seemingly dreamed up by a sci-fi artist.

This dreamy underworld is right on our doorsteps too. Just slip on a dry suit, gear up with a buddy and splash down below the waves to glimpse a very different world. “As soon as I was underwater for five minutes I knew this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life,” says 22-year-old Dylan Smith. Smith was teaching courses at the Tribune Bay Outdoor Education Centre on Hornby Island when he first tried scuba diving. Five years later, he’s now in Campbell River managing Beaver Aquatics dive shop, teaching others how to dive, and just beginning to hone his underwater photography skills. “I was always kind of artsy. I liked drawing and painting…and then I realized I could use my art skills underwater,” he says, and then adds, “but it’s a whole different level of diving.” An ordinary dive in safe water is challenging enough for a novice diver, but the ocean presents far greater dangers even to veterans. That level of difficulty is compounded when you’re trying to focus on a subject, while trying to maintain neutral buoyancy and trying not to get swept away in the strong currents and tides. “You get excited and start following something and suddenly you become unaware of your surroundings… you can get caught focusing on dolphins and suddenly you’re at 120 feet!” says Eiko Jones. Jones, a Campbell River resident, makes a living cutting and installing granite, but he’d rather be in the water with his dive and photography gear. In just a few short years, Jones has developed an international following for his stunning underwater photographs. One in particular kickstarted his photographic career; it’s a “cloud of tadpoles” that he captured while diving in a local swamp. National Geographic featured the picture last April in “Your Shot” and since then it’s been viewed more than 14,000 times. “The tadpole photo has been my most successful, but salmon has been my specialty,” says Jones, as he sips at his coffee in Starbucks. Last summer and fall, Jones spent much of his free time in area rivers and streams adding to his catalogue of salmon images.

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“It’s something I’m quite passionate about and I want to get the story of the salmon out there,” he adds. But this time of year is for the ocean. Jones and Smith are avid diving buddies who take a co-operative approach to underwater photography. In a nutshell, Jones goes for the big picture while Smith gets up close to capture “out of this world” macro images. One example is Smith’s close-up of the head of a giant Pacific octopus which better resembles the surface of a craggy asteroid. He also enjoys telling the story of his little octopus buddy. Smith was photographing the juvenile octopus when it appeared to “take a liking” to the man in the black suit. “It climbed right up my arm and then stayed there – for almost 40 minutes! It was amazing,” says Smith. Every dive is a new experience, but sometimes it’s not so amazing. Every

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year local divers volunteer their time to clean trash out of McIvor Lake, a popular recreation area just west of the city. “Last year we cleaned 1,200 pounds of trash out of the lake. The worst was around the ski dock. The bottom was littered with beer cans. It was terrible,” notes Jones.

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By documenting local sea stars or the life cycles of Pacific salmon – through dramatic photography – Jones hopes his passion for the marine world spreads to others, before it’s too late.

I’m not a guy to preach. I just want to create awareness and appreciation. I even have a hard time eating fish because why would I eat my subjects?”

“I photographed 11 species of sea stars, probably more, on the pilings of the Argonaut Wharf. I can go back a year from now and see what’s there,” says Jones.

“The last bluefish tuna will probably sell for $5 million so that some people can say they had the last piece of sashimi,” says Jones. “A big part of my work is trying to bring awareness to the watershed because it all leads

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what you eat and how much produce the household consumes, then choose vegetables that fit your diet. Some vegetables produce throughout the season. Others produce one crop and then expire. Plan accordingly when you purchase plants or seeds. Choose three to four different vegetables and plant them in the garden. Select varieties that require similar soil conditions, so that you can adjust the pH and mix of the soil accordingly.

Know when to plant Many of the foods grown in vegetable gardens, including tomatoes and peppers, are summer vegetables, which means they reach peak ripeness after the height of the summer season. It is less expensive to start seedlings indoors and then transplant them to a garden when the time comes. Seeds can be started three to four weeks before they would be put outdoors. Many vegetables are planted outside in April or May, but definitely after frost conditions have waned. Vegetable gardens can become central components of outdoor home landscapes. Not only do gardens add aesthetic appeal, but also they produce fresh fruits and vegetables to enjoy throughout the season.

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The top ten wedding to-dos


e has finally proposed? Then your top priority is to tell everyone the good news! Once your initial excitement has calmed down a touch, though, you’ll have to take time to do some serious thinking. There are so many details to plan, a budget to draw up, and deadlines to be met: it seems so overwhelming. If you are finding it hard to get some traction and launch your wedding planning, here are ten tips to give you some direction and help you get moving.


Establish your budget per guest. In fact, this is the perfect time to draw up your guest list.


Order your invitations, being careful to include your names, the date, time, and place of the wedding and reception, as well as the date by which you need to receive replies. Being clear about this will help you save a lot of precious time and money. Be sure to include stamped, addressed envelopes if you can.

3. 4. 5.

Book the reception hall. The reception hall is often one of the biggest expenses, so be sure to reserve one as quickly as possible. If you want to keep expenses down, think about holding the reception at a family home or in a garden. Choose a caterer. Creating a good atmosphere is just as important as choosing a caterer, although you don’t want to skimp on food either. To cut costs, consider serving fewer courses, with a focus on excellent quality instead of quantity. Make up or order wedding favours for your guests. These are put with their place setting or offered at the end of the reception. Let your imagination run wild: you could offer small homemade soaps, candles, local produce in mini format, bath pearls, or small boxes of candies. It can also be fun to have a “retro” favour, such as a pack of matches with the bride and groom’s names embossed on the matchbook cover.


Shop for a wedding gown. Give yourself enough time to find a wedding gown that really suits your personality. It is also possible to rent a dress for the occasion, much as your beloved can buy or rent his tuxedo.

7. 8. 9.

Book your hair, make-up, esthetician, and manicure appointments several weeks before the wedding. If possible, plan a test run. Write wedding vows. Put all your heart into writing down the vows that you would like to make during the marriage ceremony. If you plan to make a speech at the reception, be sure to get that down in writing as well. Plan the reception down to the last detail: create the atmosphere you like with suitable music, entertainment, and a decor that matches your personality. (Don’t forget to decorate the bathrooms, a place everyone will see at some point!)

10. Organize your honeymoon so that you can celebrate your new life together.



Trends for the groom: tone-on-tone


n the wedding day, it may be true that all eyes are on the bride, but a well-dressed groom will still be appreciated. He is one of the main stars of this celebration, after all! A classy and unique suit is on the agenda; after those criteria, the groom should choose a suit he feels comfortable in, one that corresponds to his personal style and that is tailored to his body shape. For an impeccably fitted suit, the groom

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should have a last fitting, two or three weeks before the wedding. The fabric of the groom’s suit should be chosen according to the season and its overall style should match the tone of the wedding; a suit is perfect for an afternoon wedding, while a tuxedo is required for an evening event. When choosing a suit, think of it as an investment;

it should signal sophistication and elegance rather than office-job functionality. Once a suit has been chosen, the next secret to a refined look lies in the tie. A contemporary finish requires a tone-on-tone tie that matches the colour of the shirt; it is a very attractive look, especially if both are pale in colour. Pale tone-on-tone will brighten up the complexion and highlight the smile.

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Tips for trying on wedding gowns


housands of different styles and models of wedding gowns are available on the market, one more beautiful than the next. From white to cream, from long to short, and lace, pearls, and silks: there is certainly no lack of choice. But before you set out on a marathon tour of all the wedding dress boutiques, it is important to get to know your body type so that you can know what style of dress will best suit you. • Do you have an hourglass shape (shoulders and hips of equal width, with smaller waist)? You could treat yourself to a “mermaid” gown that accentuates your curves. If you dream of a royal wedding, the princess dress is perfect for you, as is a twopiece dress with a bustier. In short,

anything that flatters the waistline will emphasize your feminine curves. • For apple or V-shaped figures (shoulders broader than the hips), look more for an empire waist or A-line dress which will balance your proportions.

dress without too many frills. Belts should be avoided, as they will cut your silhouette in two where a lengthening effect would be more desirable. No matter what your body type, let your instincts guide you towards the dress of your dreams. Don’t hesitate

to ask for a few extra adjustments so that you will feel completely comfortable in your gown.

There are certain tips that can make the experience go more smoothly and potentially reduce the amount of time it may take to find the perfect gown.

• If your hips are wider than your shoulders, you have a pear or A-shaped figure. Look for an A-line style and avoid a straight or mermaid dress that draws eyes where you don’t want them to be. • When your shoulders, hips, and waist are all of a similar width, you have a straight or I-shape. Avoid a straight dress, opting for an A-line or princess style or one with a bodice, which will create a more curved effect. • If you’re petite, look for a simple



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• In British Columbia, couples can choose a religious or civil ceremony, which must be witnessed by two people. • To perform the religious ceremony, you can choose a religious representative who must be registered with the Vital Statistics Agency, under the Marriage Act. • If you plan to have a civil ceremony, contact and book a marriage com-

missioner as soon as possible once you set your wedding date.

Register the Marriage • The marriage commissioner or religious representative who will perform the wedding ceremony will help complete the Marriage Registration Form. Within 48 hours of the wedding ceremony, the form will be sent to the Vital Statistics Agency, where the marriage will be registered and a legal record will be kept.

Proof of Marriage • At the time of the ceremony, your marriage commissioner or religious representative may provide a statement of marriage, which can be used temporarily as proof of marriage. However, it is not a legal document. You will receive a legal Marriage Certificate from the Vital Statistics Agency after the registration of the marriage.

Which name can I use? • After marriage, you can continue using or choose to use your own surname at any time. You also gain the right to use your spouse’s surname. This does not result in a legal change of name or any automatic change to your identification records. If you choose to use hyphenated surnames, a legal Change of Name is required.

Fun ways to involve your guests: Beat wedding-goer boredom blues with post-ceremony and pre-reception activities. guest book. You can make them from twigs which are arranged in clear vases, perhaps spray them gold or silver, or the colour of your wedding theme. Use lovely luggage labels printed with wishes that your guests can write their own special wish for you and then tie them to the tree. If you’re not feeling creative or crafty, your florist can easily create one for you.


hy not use a Wishing Tree? These are a great idea and a fun add-on or alternative to a

fun for everyone and involve minimal set-up.

rapher shoot against a neutral background.

Photo booths are gaining more and more popularity at weddings and give guests a chance to ham it up for the camera.

Be sure to bring in lots of props for your guests to dress up in and have fun with. These goofy snapshots can make for great casual and candid memories of your night, and the prints can be great additions to thank-you cards.

You can bring in a real photo booth, or keep it simple and have your photog-

If your location offers up plenty of outdoor open space, take advantage of it and set up some outdoor activities for your guests. Traditional backyard games like croquet, bocce ball, and horseshoes are

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Wedding guest attire - what to wear For an important event such as a wedding, it is absolutely essential to dress in an appropriate manner and appear well-groomed. owever, it isn’t always easy to make the right choice for these occasions, especially because of the great variety of styles that blur the boundaries between casual and formal. For women, there is one golden rule to follow: never wear a white dress. The bride should be the only person to dress in this colour; for someone else to wear it would show very poor manners, as if they were trying to steal the show. Provocative styles, such as very short, tight dresses with plunging necklines, should also


be avoided. Dresses made of a silky fabric are classics, and a light woven wool is alright, but avoid knits and worn looking fabrics. Long dresses are not obligatory, but hemlines should never go too high — a dress cut just above the knee is the most appropriate choice. For men, a long-sleeved shirt tucked inside the pants with a belt and a tie is a basic courtesy. Smart pants in a dark colour complete the outfit. Wearing a sports jacket or suit jacket will depend on the type of wedding you’ve been invited to. The important thing

is to forgo casual clothing and bright colours, like those flashy Hawaiian shirts, unless specified! Usually there are hints that will offer you ideas about the formality of the wedding. • Look at the invitation. Typically the invitation will set the tone of the wedding. • Consider the location of the ceremony and reception. Chances are if the couple is being married on the beach they won’t expect women to wear an evening gown or gents to wear tails. • Take your cues from the bride and her wedding party. If you’ve heard that the bride will be wearing a cathedrallength veil and elaborate

wedding gown, chances are she’s going for formal. If you know the bridesmaids are wearing sarongs and flip flops, it’s probably a casual affair. • Don’t be afraid to ask. Call the bride or groom, or their parents, and inquire as to what type of atmosphere it will be. The following are not appropriate to wear to a wedding. • Black to a daytime wedding. • Any form of jeans. • Anything torn, dirty or illfitting. Don’t forget that this is the bride and groom’s day, not an occasion to try to stand out from the other guests.

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he song goes: “Goin’ to the chapel and I’m … gonna get married…” but when it comes to tying the knot in the Campbell River area, the community is blessed with a bouquet of options for wedding locations. With spectacular ocean, mountain or forest backdrops, Campbell River specializes in outdoor weddings. Take, for example, Robert Ostler Park along the blue waters of Discovery Passage and the azure skies above the forests of Quadra Island. With that kind of a backdrop, your wedding photos will be nothing less than spectacular. One of the most popular wedding venues is the Maritime Heritage Centre with its open views to Discovery Passage. Plus the Discovery Pier can add even more choice when it comes to after ceremony photographs. Other waterfront locations and full service facilities include Dolphins and Painters resorts. Or head over to Quadra Island’s April Point Resort.

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CHECK LIST 12 Months to go

❏ Announce engagement ❏ Set a budget ❏ Determine who will be paying for what ❏ Decide what type of wedding: Style, size, location, time of day, etc. ❏ Draft preliminary guest lists ❏ Register for engagement gifts ❏ Gather ideas for the ceremony and reception ❏ Order thank-you notes for engagement gifts

11 Months to go

❏ Interview and hire wedding planner ❏ Plan engagement party ❏ Begin dress research ❏ Set a wedding date ❏ Start ceremony and reception location search ❏ Create a wedding web site

10 Months to go

❏ Determine wedding’s color palette and theme ❏ Reserve a ceremony and reception site ❏ Research marriage licence ❏ Select the members of the bridal party ❏ Reserve a block of rooms for out of town guests

9 Months to go

❏ Make bridal salon appointments ❏ Try on wedding gowns ❏ Schedule alterations to the wedding gown ❏ Gather vendor referrals from friends and relatives ❏ Interview officiates ❏ Order and mail save-the-date cards ❏ Start meeting with vendors – photographers, caterers, bakers, videographers, florists, bands & DJs

8 Months to go

❏ Start a fitness/workout regime ❏ Contact lighting and tent rental companies ❏ Delegate agreed responsibilities to the groom

7 Months to go

❏ Finalize wedding theme ❏ Research wedding customs and traditions

6 Months to go

❏ Book baker and decide on cake flavor, design and style ❏ Book caterer ❏ Book florist and determine overall style for personal flowers and ceremony and reception décor ❏ Book ceremony musicians and reception band or DJ ❏ Book photographer and videographer ❏ Finalize guest list and mailing addresses



❏ Research invitation designs ❏ Select an officiate and discuss ceremony service ❏ Order wedding dress and accessories ❏ Book day of transportation for the bride, groom and bridal party ❏ Reserve a hotel room for the wedding night ❏ Update passports, if necessary

5 Months to go

❏ Select bridesmaids’ attire and confirm that each bridesmaid has ordered her dress ❏ Select attire for the flower girl(s) and ring bearer(s) ❏ Provide bridal shower guest list to maid-of-honor ❏ Update registry lists for bridal shower ❏ Research honeymoon destinations ❏ Finalize invitation design and order wedding invitations with extra envelops ❏ Test drive directions before printing direction cards ❏ Reserve rental items

4 Months to go

❏ Book honeymoon ❏ Meet with hair and makeup stylists to discuss ideas ❏ Create song play and do not playlists ❏ Select first dance and other special dance songs ❏ Order wedding rings ❏ Reserve tuxedos for groom, dads and groomsmen ❏ Draft wedding program information ❏ Schedule wedding rehearsal with officiate and bridal party

3 Months to go

❏ Attend first dress fitting ❏ Plan rehearsal dinner, book space and order invitations ❏ Order or make wedding favors ❏ Purchase guest book for guest notes ❏ Request time off from work for the honeymoon ❏ Finalize flower arrangements for ceremony, reception and personal flowers ❏ Order wedding programs

2 Months to go

❏ Mail wedding invitations ❏ Keep a record of RSVP cards received ❏ Schedule a makeup and hair trial ❏ Select gifts for attendants and parents ❏ Attend bridal shower ❏ Write and mail shower thank-you notes ❏ Start drafting the wedding vows ❏ Schedule a tasting with the caterer and confirm reception menu ❏ Send wedding announcement to The Campbell River Mirror newspaper

1 Months to go

❏ Draft seating chart ❏ Confirm that each bridesmaid has received her dress ❏ Review ceremony details with the officiate ❏ Apply for a marriage license ❏ Send photo shot list to photographer ❏ Send the play list to band/DJ ❏ Attend bachelor/bachelorette parties ❏ Write your wedding speech/toast ❏ Prepare bride and groom emergency kits ❏ Start breaking in wedding day shoes ❏ Attend a hair and makeup trial and (take pictures) ❏ Schedule a haircut appointment for the groom ❏ Find something old, new, borrowed and blue ❏ Attend final dress fitting ❏ Pick up the wedding rings ❏ Send seating and place cards to calligrapher

1 Week to go

❏ Pick-up wedding dress ❏ Have groom and groomsmen pick-up their tuxedos ❏ Give the caterer final head count ❏ Send reception location manager final seating chart and drop off seating cards ❏ Distribute wedding day timeline to vendors and bridal party ❏ Distribute contact list to vendors and bridal party ❏ Give ceremony and reception location managers a vendor contact sheet ❏ Confirm wedding day beauty appointments ❏ Confirm wedding day details with all vendors ❏ Pack for honeymoon ❏ Assign day-of responsibilities to attendants ❏ Arrange for someone to send your wedding dress to a preservationist ❏ Arrange for someone to return your groom’s tuxedo to the rental store

Day Before

❏ Organize tipping envelopes ❏ Attend rehearsal and rehearsal dinner ❏ Drop off ceremony accessories at ceremony site ❏ Give attendants and parents thank you gifts ❏ Get a manicure and pedicure

After the Wedding

❏ Mail thank you cards to guests ❏ Send thank you notes to vendors ❏ Send change of address form to post office ❏ Change bride’s last name on necessary forms





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bride’s hairstyle is essential to the look she wishes to create for her wedding day. Choosing among this year’s trends is one way to find the perfect style.

ation before creating a hairstyle with a part. If the bride has a round face, a middle part will not be flattering; inversely, thin, longer faces are particularly suited to a middle part.

The classic bun is a popular choice, especially because it fits with the retro chic trend. In 2014 we will see lots of elegant buns and twists, just like Audrey Hepburn wore. Brides with fine hair can opt for a cut and style, with a square cut or a plunging bob. If they want to keep their hair long, extensions are ideal for filling out some volume.

Choose an accessory to add a more personal touch to a hairstyle. Tiaras or headbands are lovely; some wrap partially or completely around the head and come decorated with flower and leaf patterns, curves, arabesques, pearls, or Swarovski crystals. Such jewels are as perfect in loose hair as they are with loose braids or buns.

Braids are also making a comeback, but, for a more natural look, they should be soft and loose, with a few locks falling around the face to create a slightly tousled look. The shape of the face must be taken into consider-

With the help of your hairdresser, you can create the hairstyle you’ve always dreamed of. Be sure to make an appointment well ahead of your wedding day for a consultation.

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When oysters meet miso Story and photography by Paul Rudan

Ol’ man Rockefeller gets a Japanese twist


hink Oysters Rockefeller with an Asian twist. “It’s the Japanese miso,” explains Marc McGraw of his baked oyster recipe. McGraw is executive chef at Quay West Kitchen and Catering located on the foreshore beside Robert Ostler Park.

Over the last 26 years, McGraw has worked in several restaurants preparing a variety of world-wide cuisine. It was during a stint at Wasabiya Japanese Sushi Cafe in the Merecroft Village where he started tinkering with Asian ingredients and West Coast-inspired dishes.

Executive chef Marc McGraw serves up his signature oyster recipe.

Later, he brought that knowledge to Quay West and created the restaurant’s signature oyster recipe. “When you get locals loving your seafood you know you’re doing it right,” says Quay West owner Debra Cunningham as she bites into a perfectly-cooked oyster.

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Seasoned Arugula

12 medium fresh oysters shucked Oyster Flour .5 cup all purpose flour .25 cup corn flour .25 cup corn meal .5 oz Cajun spice .25 oz salt Mix all ingredients in a bowl

1 lb arugula (spinach can substitute) 6 strips bacon – diced .5 red onion – small diced .75 tsp ground black pepper .5 tsp salt .5 tsp nutmeg

Miso Mayonnaise 500 ml Japanese mayonnaise (Kewpie brand) .5 oz white miso paste .5 oz Mirin Place items in a bowl and mix well.

Sauté diced bacon until fat renders out and bacon crisps, add diced red onion and sauté over medium heat until translucent. Add seasonings and arugula, cook until arugula is wilted.

Dredge oysters in oyster flour and sauté in butter over medium high heat until oysters are seared. Cover bottom of a baking dish with the seasoned arugula, place seared oysters on arugula. Cover oysters with miso mayonnaise and bake at 400 F for 5-7 minutes until top has browned.

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Pet Profile

Meet Kobe, the water cat Kobe jumps into the big soaker tub and loves to shower and then drink under the faucet.

Story and photography by Paul Rudan

Most felines can’t stand the water, but this one jumps right in!


t probably started with the squirt gun when they were kittens. Five kittens in all: four males, one female; three jet-black just like dad and two grey/black tabbies like their momma.

Rio was an excellent mother, but her kittens got into everything, particularly plants. It wasn’t unusual to find them indoor plant climbing, so a fellow cat owner suggested “training” them with a squirt gun. It worked really well. The four males would scatter in four different directions while the female would sit down and put up a paw to cover her face. She rarely got squirted, but the boys did, and it seems that at least one kind of liked a good soaking. That turned out to be Kobe, the biggest black male of the litter which I chose to keep while the others found very good homes. He’s 14 now, but since he was a year old, Kobe loves to jump in the tub at ANY opportunity! He starts by showering his head and sometimes he even likes to sing too. Then, when he’s clean enough, the drinking begins – heavy drinking. It’s as if the boy has spent the last 10 days in the desert. Finally, when his mighty thirst is quenched, he leaps off the tub and shakes like dog to dry himself off. That’s Kobe, my water cat.

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While the greatest responsibility pet owners have to their pets is to ensure their furry friends live as comfortable and healthy a life as possible, pet owners also have a responsibility to the planet. Eco-conscious pet ownership can have a positive and substantial impact on the environment and the following are a few simple ways for pet owners to care for their pets and protect the planet at the same time.

Say so long to plastic bags Picking up pet waste is arguably the worst part of owning a pet, and some pet owners simply want to pick up the waste without giving it a second thought. But how pet owners pick up their pets’ waste can impact the environment. Using plastic grocery bags leftover from trips to the store is bad for the planet, research shows that such bags can take as long as 1,000 years to degrade. That means that plastic bags full of pet waste might still be around come the dawn of the next millennium. Instead of using plastic bags to pick up pet waste, owners can use biodegradable waste bags made from materials other than plastic.

Embrace organic pet foods Organic pet foods make for healthier alternatives for pets, eliminating the buildup of residues of chemical additives, pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides in pets. A study funded by the European Union found that organic fruits and vegetables have up to 40 percent more antioxidants than non-organic alternatives, adding to the nutritional value of organic pet foods. Organic pet foods are produced without the use of conventional pesticides or artificial fertilizers, benefiting the planet as a result.

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Look for products made from recycled materials More and more pet products are being made from recycled materials, and pet owners can encourage manufacturers to keep that trend going strong by purchasing such products whenever the opportunity to do so presents itself. Leashes, bowls, toys and scratching posts for cats are just a few of the many pet products made from recycled materials. Before buying pet products, owners should read labels to determine if a given product is made from recycled materials.

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Clean green Like their human counterparts, pets need to bathe. While they might not bathe every day like their owners, pets such as cats and dogs need to be shampooed and cleaned every so often. When buying cleaning products, pet owners should look for nontoxic products. Many traditional pet shampoos or pet beauty products are laced with chemicals, and such ingredients can have an adverse effect on pet health while also harming the environment. Nontoxic grooming products can still give pets’ coats a beautiful shine, but they do so without taking a toll on the planet or the animal’s health. Pet ownership is a significant responsibility, and pet owners should recognize that part of that responsibility involves caring for their pets in an eco-friendly way.

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fter a tough period, the forest industry in B.C. is heading into a period of regrowth.

With a lower Canadian dollar and a slow recovery in the U.S. and around the world, the Business Council of B.C. says things are looking up, particularly for the forest industry. “The U.S. economy is gaining ground, the Eurozone is out of recession, and Asia, particularly China, continues to expand at a robust clip,” said executive vice president Jock Finlayson as he released the BCBC economic outlook in January. “The weakening of the Canadian dollar relative to the U.S. dollar will also help lift B.C.’s export of goods and services to the U.S., prompt more U.S. travellers to come to B.C., and serve as a headwind to cross-border shopping.” The report forecasts improvement in U.S. demand for lumber and other building materials, wood pulp and even natural gas, which has fallen to historic lows with a surge of shale gas production around North America. Recovery of the struggling B.C. coastal forest industry was echoed at the Truck Loggers’ Association convention in January. And it’s enticing B.C. workers to come back home. “I’ve got a desk covered with resumes of people who work in the oil patch,” said Don Banasky, operations manager at CopCan Contracting Ltd. and FallTech Logging in Nanaimo and vice-president of the TLA. Banasky said there are openings for road building, driller-blaster, grader and excavator operators in his operations, and some employees at remote oil and gas developments are anxious to work closer to home. And that includes the Campbell River area. That means employment in the forest industry has become appealing once again. One of the best ways to get into the industry is to take post-secondary training.

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iving alone in the wilderness can often lead human beings to choose unusual companions. In an era when domesticated pets were scarce to come by but wildlife was plentiful, early settlers in the Campbell River area were often known to adopt wild animals like deer, bears and cougars. Some of them, like Jim Forbes of Forbes Landing Lodge, had a special gift for communicating with wild animals. The family kept a pet deer, Trixie for many years, but even more curiously, kept a pet wild black bear. This bear was known to have a foul disposition. One day it was being bottle fed by Forbe’s daughter but was interrupted, and the angry bear sunk his teeth into her leg. Forbes was going to kill the bear, but luckily for the offending animal, a visiting officer from the British Naval ship HMS Hood witnessed the incident and intervened.

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became a sailor and went on to spend several years at sea aboard Hood. Cougar kits were also occasionally adopted. A famous local story about raising cougars involved the Schnarr sisters; Marion, Pansy and Pearl of Owen Bay on Sonora Island. Their father August shot a female cougar one day, then noticed that it had recently become a mother. He found her den with four little kits inside, and brought them home to his daughters.

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Two of the cougars, Leo and Girlie, survived and lived to be three and six years old respectively. Francis Dickie, who visited Owen Bay in 1937, wrote: “Thus on a lonely island three girls and two ordinarily savage beasts have grown to maturity together – a unique companionship, perhaps the first on record on the North American continent.”

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Parting Shot I grew, and now raise two human beings with a wonderful man, supportive family and a lot of love. Although I have a diploma in photojournalism I like to believe that my “eye” comes from my mom pointing out beautiful moments my entire life. I believe that the most beautiful quality one can have is a beautiful heart. I am a firm believer that love is art, that anything is possible and that you have the ability to design and create your own life. I eat nectarines in the shower, oatmeal cookies in the bath, and love to walk my dog in the rain. I have a peaceful heart. I like things with stories, be it an heirloom ring passed down from generations or a special stone found on a beach from your favorite far away land. I love the sea, think mermaids are probably real and will stop the car for beautiful light. As a child, my favourite toy was a wooden Buddha doll. I brushed his teeth and he was my best friend. I have traveled all over the world as a photographer, seen the Great Pyramids of Egypt, stood inside the Sistine Chapel, ate lunch outside the Eiffel tower, wandered through Monet’s garden and bought wool and wine in Chile. I’ve had coffee in Turkey, sat in massage chairs in Japan, and I once skipped out on visiting the Great Wall of China to buy the Soprano’s box set in a crazy seedy downtown Beijing market. I like to think that the world is good, that my children are my soul mates and my images might bring you happiness. I love fresh air, big skies and a room with a view. I choose to see beauty everywhere.

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