thrive VOLUME 1 • ISSUE 1
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CHILLIWACK The Chilliwack
ROLLER DERBY Derby dolls leading roller revival
CHILLIWACK’S BUSINESS OUTLOOK Local optimism despite global credit crunch
BACK TO SCHOOL HEALTH Prevent injuries by choosing the right back pack for your child HEALTH • WELLNESS • LIFESTYLE • FASHION • FOOD • FUN
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W H AT ’ S I N S I D E PRO-BUSINESS OUTLOOK KEEPS THEM COMING
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Thrive spoke with Chilliwack Mayor Sharon Gaetz to find out why there’s such a sense of optimism in the Chilliwack business community despite the ripples of a global credit crunch these days.
Nina Lehtonen, who goes by the roller derby moniker ‘Boot KickHer’, founded Voodoo Derby Dollz, Chilliwack’s all-women roller derby league, along with eight other women last year. Jenna Hauck photo.
Chilliwack’s Business Outlook p. 6 Chilliwack Mayor Sharon Gaetz tells us why business is growing in Chilliwack.
A diagnosis means a lifetime of eliminating all gluten from your diet - how to cope.
Roller Derby Time
WINE FEST SET TO WOW FANS OF THE GRAPE
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Chilliwack’s first ever Garlic Festival is fast approaching Sept. 17,18, 2011.
Organizers of the 3rd Annual Rainbow International Wine Festival will be ready to pop the corks on Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Best Western Rainbow Country Inn in Chilliwack.
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Gary and Lisa Moran, owners of Fantasy farms are gearing up for their first ever garlic festival September 17/18 in Chilliwack.
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C H I L L I WAC K
Pro-business outlook keeps them coming
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The pro-business billboard has been scanned by many motorists zooming by on Highway 1 over the years. It reads: “Chilliwack — where business grows. Phone the Mayor.” Ripples of a global credit crunch aren’t readily apparent in Chilliwack these days, where the future still looks fairly bright despite some ongoing challenges. Thrive spoke with Chilliwack Mayor Sharon Gaetz to find out why there’s such a sense of optimism afoot. “There are several reasons for it,” explains Chilliwack Mayor Sharon Gaetz. Chilliwack Economic Partners
Corporation, a separately incorporated entity from the municipality, has the City of Chilliwack as its sole shareholder, is part of it. “I don’t know of a single other community that has this type of entity working for them,” she says. Gaetz credited CEPCO staff and board for consistently using creativity and innovation to incubate business growth locally. Major employers have opted to settle in Chilliwack in recent years, like Stream International, Soprema and Kal Tire. It has successfully recruited a series of major business and industrial players to Chilliwack, which has
effectively kept it from becoming a bedroom community — where people leave the community to work, and then return to sleep. “We are not a bedroom community,” she says. “We’re pretty self contained.” Maintaining some of the lowest residential and business tax rates in the region makes a difference, too, Gaetz says. “That directly affects the decisions being made about which communities people and businesses are moving to.” Chilliwack has used a “pay-as-we-go” financing strategy for major projects, explaining why recent improvements have been paid for — up front without
financing. Recent examples include the construction of the new Chilliwack Cultural Centre as well as the newly rebuilt Cheam Centre. The Canada Education Park is a key part of the puzzle, which has attracted institutions from University of the Fraser Valley, to the RCMP and Canada Border Services. But the ongoing challenge is always business retention as well as recruitment, since competition can be stiff from other communities trying to bring in commercial owners and tenants. Any city striving to be a complete community with ample job
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C E L I AC D I S E AS E
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Celiac disease is a medical condition in which the absorptive surface of the small intestine is damaged by a substance called gluten. This results in an inability of the body to absorb nutrients: protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals, which are necessary for good health. A diagnosis means a lifetime of eliminating all gluten from your diet.
Whole grains are an essential part of the typical Canadian diet, taking prominence not only in the Canada Food Guide, but on grocery store shelves and in most popular dishes. But for a growing number of Canadians, many whole grains are strictly off-limits due to celiac disease or wheat sensitivity. Since the only way to ‘outsmart’ celiac disease is to completely avoid wheat, barley, rye and triticale, a diagnosis means a lifetime without items like take-out pizza, mom’s homemade lasagne, or a simple hamburger. And while that may have seemed limiting a decade ago, manufacturers are quickly coming in line with this growing trend. Gluten-free products are becoming more readily available, so choices are becoming more diverse. You can now find glutenfree cake mixes, breads, cereals and pastas in most grocery stores, as well as all-purpose gluten free flour mixes to substitute into your old, beloved recipes. While the number of undiagnosed celiacs remains unknown, the Canadian Celiac Association estimates
that one in 133 Canadians are affected by celiac disease. And children are certainly not immune to the trend. So, what do you make for a child that has celiac disease? Packing a celiac friendly lunchbox is getting easier every day. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you through the process: 1). Educate your family, close friends and teachers. Having a support system that understands your child’s dietary restrictions is not only helpful when planning and cooking meals, but can help avoid painful – and dangerous – mistakes in the kitchen. Get your child involved in the meal planning process, and provide written information about celiac for your child’s teacher. 2). Remember the Canada Food Guide. Like all children your child needs fruits, vegetables, proteins, dairy products and safe grains more than they need sugar, fat and corn syrup. Start with a healthy protein. Most local delis and all grocery stores carry lunch meats you can trust, from brands like Freybe’s and Grimm’s. Pepperoni strips and cheese, deviled
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Derby Dollz leading roller revival By Eric Welsh
“Roller derby can be fast and it’s definitely physical” Her name is Nina Lehtonen and she is a dog groomer. From nine to five, she makes our canine friends look good at her inhome salon in Abbotsford, cutely called Fetching Fur. She is polite and engaging with her customers, gentle and caring with the dogs. Watching her shave a sheepdog or trim a terrier, one would never suspect that by night she goes by the name Boot Kick-Her, training fresh meat (rookies) with the Chilliwack-based Voodoo Derby Dollz. Get her inside the Landing Sports Centre with women to coach and her true personality starts to shine through. She is loud, odd and quirky and she is in her element. She’s got 25-plus students and one goal, give them the skills and attitude they need to not just survive, but thrive in the rough and tumble world of roller derby. “I’m kind of like a roller derby pusher, infecting everybody,” she laughs. “It’s
great to see new recruits get in here and change, going from sheltered and closed females to being open and loud and excited. It is infectious, and as soon as you talk to someone about roller derby they go on and on and on and on and on.” Lehtonen’s roller derby history can be traced back four years, to the Taboo Naughty but Nice Show in Vancouver. The Vancouver-based Terminal City Rollergirls were recruiting fresh meat at their booth. “It seemed like something for me and I was excited,” Lehtonen recalls. “I went out and got my first pair of roller skates and for months I skated in my living room. There was only six feet of space, so I skated one way, turned around and skated the other way. I was just so excited to get started.” Like so many women, Lehtonen was looking for something to call her own. “We’re always taking care of someone else, whether it’s kids or
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the household or our husbands and jobs,” she explained. “This is one thing where we can get away from everyday life, focus on ourselves and have something other than getting up, making breakfast, doing laundry and going to bed.” Like most fresh meat, Lehtonen was timid at first. But her natural tomboyish nature made for a quick transition. Society expects you to behave and we’ve (women) been trained to do girly things, but I’ve always liked hunting, fishing and getting dirty,” she says with a smile. “So right away, I had 25 sisters and it strengthened my self esteem. I wasn’t the most popular kid in school. I was beaten, tortured, teased and told I was good for nothing. Roller derby made me feel good about myself.” When Lehtonen started coaching, it was in part because she wanted to witness that same growth in other women.
“I smirked when Donna (now known as Poison Allie) joined because she’s prim and proper and goes to church and seems very nice on the outside,” Lehtonen laughs. “All of a sudden she was getting really aggressive in practice. And now, she’s in there and you can see on her face that she’s going to get you.” Roller derby can be fast and it’s definitely physical. With positions like ‘blockers’ and ‘jammers,’ you know there’s going to be contact as packs of women circle a relatively small track. But Lehtonen bristles when her sport is called violent. “Roller derby has changed since 2002 and it’s not your mama’s roller derby from back in the day,” she says. “There’s no fighting. No kicking the ankles. No punches or elbows. It’s been fine-tuned to be an authentic and athletic women’s sport.” Lehtonen bristles even more at the perception that roller derby is little
more than ‘fishnets, short skirts and sluts on skates.’ “We do have a dress code because we want to remove that stigmitism,” she said. “We want to look like a sports team and we’re saving up for uniforms. The girls can still add their flair, but we want to be sexy but not whorish.” Lehtonen and eight other women founded the Voodoo Derby Dollz last year. Their first public event is Saturday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. at the Landing Sports Centre, and Lehtonen plans on having a team competing full time against other associations next spring. The long term goal is to have four teams (they currently have enough members for three). “We want to be inclusive, and no matter what your skill level or physical level, I’m going to teach you to play,” she promises. “I want women who are going to be excited to come to practice, get their butts kicked by me and feel good going home afterwards. And I think Chilliwack can handle it.” Get Voodoo Doll info online at www.voodooderbydollz.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org. They also have a Facebook fan page. Learn the rules of the sport online www.wftda.com.
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Garlic lovers will be flocking to Fantasy Farms By Jennifer Feinberg
They’re doing it for the sheer love of garlic. The folks at Fantasy Farms are gearing up for their first ever garlic festival Sept. 1718 in Chilliwack. Gary and Lisa Moran, owners of Fantasy Farms are aiming high, right out of the gate. They’re out to make Chilliwack the garlic capital of B.C. with the launch of the festival — in much the same way the town of Gilroy has become in California. “We honestly don’t know where this garlic festival is going to go, but we promise it will be a celebration of all things garlic,” Gary says. The new festival is going to add another layer of excitement to offer visitors who search out their Gibson Road farm for the infamous
Reapers Haunted Attraction, the Maze of Terror, and their kid-friendly pumpkin patch. “We planted about 18 varieties that range from mild
Get ready for the First Annual Chilliwack Garlic Festival at Fantasy Farms, September 17-18 to oh-my-God,” says Gary. The Morans truly love the “stinking rose,” which is what the ancient Romans called garlic.
“Are you kidding? Lisa would put garlic on my corn flakes,” he jokes. “She makes her own Caesar dressing with garlic that is just fantastic.” The buzz around this tasty new event is growing already. Garlic is known for health benefits like lowering blood pressure and blood thinning. It has gained a reputation as a super-food, natural antibiotic, antifungal, and antiviral. Eventually the business plan at Fantasy Farms will include the sale of garlic starts, for other garlic growers, Moran says. Some of the garlic varieties they planted the first year have tantalizing names: Thai, Russian Elephant, Korean Spicy, or Yugoslavian. The best of those will go into the greenhouse for next year’s
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crop. The Morans have been building their entire multifaceted business for years, around the experience-based concept of agri-tourism. Thousands of visitors make the trek to the farm every year to see how things are grown, and to be entertained in the process. “We are one of the few in the region, and even the province, to become 100 per cent dedicated to agri-tourism,” Moran notes. Also at the festival, kids will get a kick of out the family fun zone, or riding on Petey’s Pumpkin express to visit this year’s patch on a little train where they can see the pumpkins while they’re still on the vine. Although their garlic crop will be harvested by the time the event opens, there will be several garlic-themed activities going on. Foodies and garlic lovers will be tasting samples, watching
demonstrations, and perusing a gaggle of garlic-related products. A celebrity chef challenge is in the works, along with a contest for the best recipe. Mayor Sharon Gaetz will figure prominently as the honourary Mayor of All Things Garlic, and Steve “Elvis” Elliott will be entertaining crowds along with Patsy Bartholemew as Patsy Cline. There will be a section for vendors and artisans, too. “We put the word out to garlic growers from the four corners of B.C. to bring their very best to dazzle your senses,” he says. There’s even a community service angle, with partial proceeds from the event going to the Chilliwack School Garden program, which teaches children the joy of gardening. Get ready for the First Annual Chilliwack Garlic Festival at Fantasy Farms, September 17-18. For more call 604-7928572 or www.garlicfestival.ca or email@example.com
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While looking for a solution, many are Ànding that their problems are not solved but only postponed. Laser hair removal, the newest fad, will not deliver permanently beautiful hair free skin. In fact, recent studies show it could actually result in an accelerated hair growth and/or pigment discoloration.
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Wine fest set to wow fans of the grape It’s the perfect opportunity to sample and savour wines and spirits from around the world. Organizers of the 3rd Annual Rainbow International Wine Festival will be ready to pop the corks on Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Best Western Rainbow Country Inn in Chilliwack. “We will be sampling more than 90 wines,” says Deanna Johnston, manager of the liquor store at the BWRCI. Wine popularity has been growing exponentially and with so many new vineyards being planted, everyone is becoming a just a little more wine savvy, she says. On the incredible tasting list this year are some some crisp sauvignon blancs from New Zealand, rich amarone and Chianti from Italy, some amazing B.C. wines, fresh German rieslings, and
fruit-forward cabernet sauvignon from California. Three ice sculptures will be filled with ice wines and champagne to try. Some people may have the perception that concentrated ice wines will be too sweet or cloying. But Johnston suggests it’s more of an intense flavour explosion. “The flavour just pops when it hits your mouth,” she says. For fans of the suds, some international and local beer will be on tap. A special addition this year is a scotch table, with a variety of single malts and blended scotches. As an oenophile with a penchant for Italian wines herself, Johnston is looking forward to sampling the amarone wines. It’s a little known fact that “amarone” actually describes a
process — not a grape. “They hang the grapes, where they’re dried naturally on trays,” she says. “They leave them there until the fruit is mostly dehydrated. When it hits your tongue, it’s like velvet. It’s fantastic.” Many will want to try one of the three different Eco wines from Chile. “The winemaker (of the Eco Balance series) created one of the most bio dynamic areas on earth, with an organic farm and vineyards.” So here’s what you do. Buy your tickets and show up. Feel good just knowing that partial proceeds from the night are going to Rotary International’s End Polio Now campaign. When you get to the Best Western, grab a tasting booklet and throughout the evening make
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here’s something wonderfully satisfying about the rich, hearty nature of fresh vegetables that lends them star status on the plate. The following two end-of-summer recipes put the spotlight on two stellar vegetables
I grew in my garden for the first time this season: beets and yellow zucchini. Beets were always front and centre in the ruby-red borsht soup I often had as a kid. It was a part of the cuisine my Russian-Polish relatives brought with
Yellow or golden zucchini are just as appealing as their green cousins, but both are extremely versatile players of the summer squash family. Barbecued, fried, sautéed, steamed or baked there are so many tasty options to explore with a range of texture options. Here we’re blending a delicious soup that can be served hot on a cool, fall day, or chill it for a refreshing treat on a warm night. • 1 tbsp olive oil • 2 minced shallots • 3 cloves garlic • 2 lbs. yellow or green zucchini • pinch of madras curry powder • 3 c. veg or chicken stock • handful of mint or cilantro • lemon juice and zest • salt and pepper to taste • 1/2 c. table cream Sauté the shallots and garlic until soft, add zucchini sliced in coins, herbs and spices, and continue until just cooked. Add spices and lemon juice, mix, and then add stock and bring heat up to just before boiling, and then simmer for half an hour. When mixture cools, purée in a food processor, blender or in the pot with an immersion blender. The cream should be added slowly at the end of the cooking process, and just before serving.
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them to remind them of home when they came to this country at the beginning of the last century. But I’m going to take the beets in a slightly different direction here, presenting them in a fresh salad that could easily be served as a side dish,
• 3 beets • 1 sweet potato • 1/2 red onion • 4 oz herbed goat cheese • handful sunflower seeds • pancetta (optional) • fresh tarragon or dill sprigs Boil the beets and sweet potato separately in their skins, cool and then peel. Slice into bite-sized pieces. Shave slices from half the red onion. Toss all veg into a bowl and add cheese chunks, seeds, fresh herbs, and fried, crumbled pancetta. Top with a light dressing of extra virgin olive oil and your favourite vinegar, salt, pepper, tarragon and a bit of honey.
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or as the main event on a warm summer night. I had something similar in Whistler this year and it was something about bringing together the brightly coloured beets with a zingy cheese taste, and a nutty crunch that just made it a winner.
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Whether it sports a cartoon superhero like Batman, pop star Miley Cyrus or is covered in band logo patches, a backpack can be the ultimate way for students to express their unique personality. While style is surely detrimental to little tykes, tweens and teens, safety should also play a deciding factor in the purchase of a brand new backpack. When it comes to backpack safety, most people tend to think about injuries caused by a heavy backpack or one worn improperly. However, there are other dangers associated with backpacks and caution should be used. Backpacks come in all shapes and sizes and can be a handy tool for students or adults. When worn correctly, with weight evenly distributed across the back and shoulders, backpacks can be safer and more effective than using a purse or briefcase. But many people wear overly loaded backpacks slung over one shoulder, which can pose problems with posture and lead to
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“Choose a lightweight backpack. Canvas backpacks are generally lighter in weight than leather backpacks” a backpack can take up. Entering the tight quarters of a school bus or commuting on a train or bus means a bulky backpack can knock into other people. If that backpack is full of heavy, cumbersome books or even a laptop computer, an inadvertent bump
tucking backpacks into lockers or classroom cubbies may find that they slide out and hit another classmate. Backpacks change the way individuals walk. Because the person is carrying around extra weight, he or she may lose balance or trip and fall,
especially when going down steps. To avoid these secondary hazards from backpacks, consider these tips. • Don’t overload a backpack. Carry only what is necessary. If too many books are the issue, parents should talk to the school administrators and teachers to reach a happy medium regarding textbook usage. • When on the bus, safely store the backpack on a lap or under the seat. Be sure straps or the pack itself is not extending into the aisle. • Avoid rolling backpacks, which can be difficult to roll. Some schools ban these styles because of tripping hazards. • Recognize how much space the backpack takes up when worn. Be conscious of others when turning around or entering a confined space. • Hold on to stair rails and do not run with a heavy backpack to help avoid slips and falls. • Choose a lightweight backpack. Canvas backpacks are generally lighter in weight than leather backpacks. Do not add extra weight unnecessarily.
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BAC K TO S C H O O L Practical solutions to organize your child by Ranka Burzan Clean your room! Your child might tune you out because you’re nagging him or her again or know that, if you get frustrated enough, you’ll clean the room yourself. Nobody wins this one. Your child needs your help and guidance. More likely your child doesn’t have the skills, enough space, shelves or containers to organize his room. Also routines are a great way to get your kids to keep their rooms clean. At the beginning of the school year, have a family meeting and assign a chore for each of your children. Make sure this will include morning routine, homework, help with a dinner and bedtime routine. Kids thrive on
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Keep in mind that 25 T-shirts is a barrier to the things they really need. • To reward your child for donating his or her clothes and toys to a less fortunate child, take him to a movie, offer to do some of his or her chores or have his or her friend over for a sleepover. • Use open shelves and containers instead of a toy box to store his toys. He will have a better view of their belongings and easy access. • Help your child choose a color for their personal containers, baskets or shelves. Let your child decorate his or her containers with stickers, stenciling or pictures of animals, flowers or their favorite sports stars. Label everything. Buy a laminated chores poster and help him or her write down weekly chores, then erase the board when the chores are finished. • Lower the rods in your child’s closet to make it easier for him to hang clothes. • To make it easier for your child to hang his or her clothes, buy child-size hangers. • For older children, buy a portable
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