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Island Parent Family Resource Guide Celebrating

28 Years


Over 900 Listings from Victoria to Parksville


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Sooke: #5–6726 West Coast Rd 250-642-4311

Pregnant? Pregnancy is a state of health. Midwives recognize what an extraordinary time this is in your life and we are available to support you through your childbearing year. Covered by Your BC Health Care BC’s Medical Services Plan pays for midwifery care, including in-home check-ups in labour and after you’ve had your baby. You can self-refer to a midwife.

Quality Care Studies show that midwifery clients have lower rates of episiotomies, infection, Caesarean sections, forceps and vacuum deliveries and newborns that require resuscitation.

‘Resource-full’ Parenting


aising kids is a big job. And it’s one of, if not the,­most important jobs we’ll ever tackle. There’s no training, no user’s manual, no annual review to let you know how you’re doing—not to mention any time off or regular coffee breaks—but the position offers a surprising amount of job satisfaction, plenty of challenges, and lots of room for advancement. More than just a “job,” though, parenting is an immense responsibility, an honour, a privilege and, if all goes well (granted, not according to plans) it’s an absolute joy. One thing’s for sure, parenting is easier, more rewarding and enjoyable with support from and connection to community. You’ll find that community—other parents, childcare providers, teachers, health care professionals, family-centred businesses and services, and many other kidfriendly comrades—in the pages of this year’s Family Resource Guide. You’ll also find resources for new parents along with information on family support, education, classes and programs, health and wellness, legal and financial services, family fun and entertainment, party planning, retail products, family restaurants and food markets, overnight camps and family travel. There are articles on topics including Low Carbon Adventures, Child Proofing, Making Waves with Ocean Literacy, Island Hopping During the Off Season, An Ode to Kale, A Good Enough Mom, Sleep, or the Lack Thereof, Encouraging Social Skills in Your Child, and Playtime with Baby. And for listings on birthday party ideas and things to do, check out the Party Directory and the calendar of Annual Family Events. We hope the listings, articles and resources in this guide—along with Island Parent’s monthly magazine—help you in your job raising healthy, happy kids. Keep this issue on hand so you can refer to it throughout the year. And for a comprehensive list of where you can pick up a free copy of Island Parent every month, visit and click at the top of the home page “Where to Pick-Up a Copy.” Here’s to “resource-full” parenting.

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Important Phone Numbers South Island (Greater Victoria, Saanich, Sidney, Westshore, Sooke) POLICE (NON-EMERGENCY)

East Sooke 250-642-4411

Central Saanich 250-652-4441

Esquimalt 250-414-7126

Sooke (East Sooke, Jordan River, Otter Point, Port Renfrew, Shirley) 250-642-5241

Highlands 250-474-1773

Esquimalt 250-995-7654

Metchosin 250-478-1307

Oak Bay 250-592-2424

North Saanich 250-656-1931

Saanich 250-475-4321

Oak Bay 250-592-9121

Sidney (includes North Saanich, Willis Point) 250-656-3931

Otter Point 250-642-6211

Victoria 250-995-7654 Western Communities (Colwood, Highlands, Langford, Metchosin, View Royal) 250-474-2264

Langford 250-478-9555

Saanich 250-475-6111 Sidney 250-656-2121

OTHER IMPORTANT NUMBERS Emergency Fire, Police or Ambulance 9-1-1 BC Association of Family Resource Programs Child Find BC 1-888-689-3463 Options Pregnancy Centre 4-855 Caledonia Ave  250-380-6883 HealthLink BC 8-1-1 Help Line for Children 250-310-1234 Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868 Poison Control Centre 1-800-567-8911 Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness Campaign 604-988-5281 Sexual Assault Crisis & Information Line 250-383-3232

Sooke 250-642-5422

The Representative for Children & Youth 1-800-476-3933

Victoria 250-384-1122

Vancouver Island Crisis Line 1-888-494-3888

View Royal 250-479-7322

Women’s Transition House 250-385-6611

FIRE (NON-EMERGENCY) Central Saanich 250-652-4444


Colwood 250-478-8321

All areas 250-727-2400

Make sure your children know to call 911 for Emergency Police, Fire or Ambulance

1Up Victoria Single Parent Resource Centre

offers a revolving selection of life skills and parent development programs that are scheduled from September to June. Programs include topics such as: • Relationships and Boundaries • How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk • Anatomy of Anger • Dads with Dads Support Group • Surviving Grief, Loss and Other Life Changes • Anxiety Reduction • Personal Transformation: Designing Your Life • Lighthouse Parent • Tools to help you ‘move on,’ and more! Our courses are open to everyone in the community and fees are on a sliding scale.

For more information and to view a full course schedule, visit our website at 250 385 1114   602 Gorge Rd East, Victoria BC V8T 2W6 Generously funded by


Listings      6 Important Phone Numbers

  New Parent Resources      8 South Island            9 Cowichan Valley        10 Mid-Island     Family Support         16 South Island      21 Cowichan Valley           22 Mid-Island    Education     26 South Island        30 Cowichan Valley             31 Mid-Island Classes & Programs      44 South Island       49 Cowichan Valley             50 Mid-Island    Health & Wellness     60 South Island          62 Cowichan Valley        62 Mid-Island      Legal & Financial Services           62 South Island     Family Fun & Entertainment          64 South Island      66 Cowichan Valley           66 Mid-Island

FEatures    13 Rachel Dunstan Muller:    Low Carbon Adventure

25 Sarah Milligan:     Child: Proof

  32 Tina Kelly:      Making Waves with Ocean Literacy

   34 Serena Beck: Island Hopping During the Off Season

  42 Emillie Parrish:      An Ode to Kale

  52 Diana Hurschler:    Good Enough Mom

54 Tamara McNeil:        On Sleep, Or the Lack Thereof

 56 Cindy Knott:        Encouraging Social Skills in Your Child     57 Dough Play 58 Susan Gnucci: A Grandmother’s Reading Pledge


61 Daniel Griffin:    Learning to Drive

62 Rainy Day Boredom Busters   

76 Playtime with Baby 78 Allison Rees:       Take the Bull by the Horns

Party Planning       68 South Island            68 Cowichan Valley      68 Mid-Island    Retail Products      68 South Island        71 Cowichan Valley            71 Mid-Island    Family Restaurants & Food Markets          72 South Island      73 Cowichan Valley              73 Mid-Island Overnight Camps


     Family Travel         74

In Every Issue Party Directory. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38,39 Annual Family Events. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Family Resource Guide 2016/2017  7

Island Parent Family Resource G20u16-id20e17 Celebrating

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Aboriginal Prenatal Support 231 Regina Ave 250-384-3211

West Coast Fertility Connections 250-589-3270

Birthright Victoria 516–620 View St 250-380-0305


Camosun College 250-370-3550

Happy Island Diaper Service 1-866-922-7377

Mothering Touch Centre 975 Fort St 250-595-4905 Prenatal classes taught by certified childbirth educators. Pre- and post-natal yoga and fitness, breastfeeding education, parenting the newborn, baby groups.


Please visit any of our valued partners to pick up your latest copy of Island Parent. GReAteR vIctoRIA Greater Victoria Public Libraries Vancouver Island Regional Libraries Greater Victoria Recreation Centres Thrifty Foods All 25 Serious Coffee locations Island-wide Victoria Gymnastics Country Grocer Chapters Vitamin Shop The Bay Centre (info booth) Scallywags Royal BC Museum Buddies Toys Crumsby’s Market on Yates Market on Millstream Victoria Conservatory JamTots Lifestyle Market Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre

DUncAn Duncan Mall (centre court) Indigo Red Balloon Cowichan Recreation Centre Cowichan Aquatics Centre Kinderbeez Duncan Tourist Information cHeMAInUS Chemainus Theatre SHAWnIGAn LAKe Community Centre LADySMItH Ladysmith Recreation Centre nAnAIMo Nanaimo Aquatic Centre Quality Foods Country Club Mall Regional Library – Boban Fairway Market Island Natural Health Foods Woodgrove Centre

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Western Communities Midwifery 287 Stewart Ave 250-589-3417

Victoria Doula Directory VIDA Doulas 250-661-2544

MIDWIveS Access Midwifery & Family Care 208–2951 Tillicum Rd 250-380-6329 Birthways Midwifery Service 2254 Belmont Ave 250-384-9062 Community Midwifery Care 130 McPhillips Ave Salt Spring 250-537-2243 Cook Street Community Midwives 101–1005 Cook St 250-386-4116 Dandelion Midwifery 709 Connaught Rd 250-590-7770 Midwifery Care 547 Michigan St 250-592-5407

Sooke Family Resource Society Prenatal Program 250-642-5152 Vancouver Island Naturopathic Clinic Inc. 204–4480 West Saanich Rd 250-881-1806

BeST BABIeS ProGrAMS Esquimalt Neighbourhood House 250-385-2635 ext. 203 Peninsula Best Babies 2410 Malaview Dr 250-655-5300 Saanich Neighbourhood Place Best Babies 250-360-1148 Sooke Family Resource Society Best Babies Program 250-642-5152, ext. 237 Victoria Best Babies 1240 Gladstone Ave 250-381-1552 Victoria Native Friendship Centre 250-384-3211

The Midwives Collective 107-1120 Yates St 250-590-7605 Midwifery Services of Victoria 2000 Beach Dr 250-592-0099

WestShore Best Babies 250-217-6787 ext. 204

PUBLIC HeALTH (vIHA) Esquimalt 530 Fraser St 250-519-5311

Sooke Midwifery 2050B Townsend Rd 778-425-0780 Victoria Midwifery Group 35 Cambridge St 250-381-1977

Gulf Islands 250-539-3099 Peninsula 2170 Mt. Newton X Rd 250-544-2400

Saanich  3995 Quadra St  250-519-5100

Peninsula Best Babies Program 9860 Third St, Sidney  250-656-0134

Yoga, Support and Fun!

Saltspring Island  1-137 Crofton Rd  250-538-4880 Sooke  104-2145 Townsend Rd  250-642-5464

HappyBaby Sleep Solutions 250-857-1408

Victoria  1947 Cook St  250-388-2200

Oyaco Products Inc. 1-866-272-7864

West Shore  345 Wale Rd  250-519-3490

Tender Care Nannies & Manpower Services Ltd. 410-620 View St  778-432-2073


Vancouver Island Baby Fair

La Leche League of Greater Victoria 250-727-4384

Vancouver Island Multiple Birth Association


Victoria Pregnancy Centre 4-855 Caledonia Ave  250-380-6883

Aboriginal Infant Development Program 231 Regina Ave  250-384-3211 BC Association of Family Resource Programs 604-738-0068

Welcome Wagon 1-866-518-7287

ADOPTION SUPPORT Adoption Support Program 2400 Arbutus Rd  250-721-6751 Choices Adoption & Counselling Services 100–850 Blanshard St  250-479-9811

The Cridge Young Parent Outreach Program 1307 Hillside Ave  250-995-6421 This dynamic service for young parents, parentsto-be, and their children offers support, mentoring and advocacy to young parents as they endeavor to have healthy babies, develop their parenting skills, and pursue their education and employment goals. Family Eyecare Centre 250-383-2411 Greater Victoria Down Syndrome Society 250-479-7450 Infant Development Program 3970 Haro Rd, Victoria  477-1826 International Nannies & Homecare Ltd. 250-383-9566 Island Parent Magazine 830A Pembroke St  250-388-6905 Island Parent Online

Family Services of Greater Vancouver 1616 West 7th Ave  604-736-7613 Fernwood Foundation 1-877-236-7807

October 2016 Schedule 975 Fort Street,Victoria | 250-595-4905

We have lots of classes, activities and support groups for Parents, Babies and Toddlers. All classes are drop-in. Come on down and tryy them out!


Prenatal Yoga 10:30am Family Yoga 12 noon

(all ages, all genders)


Motherhood Circle 11am(by registration) Mommy & Baby Yoga 1pm Baby Massage 2:30pm Yoga for Labour & Birth 5:15pm


Songs & Rhymes for Babies & Toddlers10:15am Mobile Baby Group (9-18mos) 11:15am Mom & Baby Strength & Stretch 1:00pm Prenatal Strength & Stretch 5:15pm


Fun in French 10:15am Listening Mothers 11:15am Older Baby Group (4-9mo) 1:00pm Prenatal Yoga 5:15pm


Toddler Yoga 10:15am Mom & Baby Yoga 11:30am New Baby Group (0-4mos) 1:00pm Prenatal yoga 5:15pm

Options Pregnancy Centre 4-855 Caledonia Ave  250-380-6883


Origins Supporting People Separated By Adoption 250-419-1200

Prenatal Yoga 10:15am Sing and Sign with Baby 12 noon Pregnancy Happy Hour 5:00pm

Cowichan Valley DOULAS Cowichan Birthwise 250-748-8493 Cowichan Childbirth, Prenatal & Doula 250-510-0805

MIDWIVES Cowichan Midwifery Group 164 Station St  250-709-2040

Find more information on all of our classes and groups, on our website at

Are you about to become a Dad? Are you a Dad with a baby under one year? Come and join our Dads’ Workshop A workshop for new fathers and fathers-to-be to discuss new roles, expectations, life changes the joys and woes, challenges and the deep pleasure of being a DAD! Thursday, October 27, 7pm. $35 See our website for more information.

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PUBLIC HEALTH (VIHA) Duncan  675 Canada Ave  250-709-3050 Lake Cowichan Health Unit 58 Cowichan Ave  250-749-6878

NEW PARENT SUPPORT Aboriginal Infant Development Program, Duncan  5768 Allenby Rd  250-746-6184 Island Mother, Cowichan  250 737-1687

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Mid-Island MIDWIVES/DOULAS Born Healthy 630 2nd Ave, Ladysmith  250-245-3079 Jennifer Hewko, Registered Midwife 3799 Avolea Dr  250-760-1080 Mid-Island Midwifery, Nanaimo 2506 Maxey Rd  250-741-1294 or 350 Stewart Ave  250-716-1366 West Coast Doulas, Port Alberni, Parksville, Tofino & Ucluelet

PRENATAL SERVICES Crisis Pregnancy Centre of Nanaimo 1717B Kerrisdale Rd  250-714-2191


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Parksville/Qualicum Health Unit 249 W. Hirst Ave  250-947-8242 Port Alberni Health Unit 4227 6th Ave  250-724-1315


Tofino and Ucluelet Public Health and Coastal Family Place  265 First St  250-725-4020

NEW PARENT SUPPORT Aboriginal Infant Development Program, Nanaimo  668B Centre St  250-470-2348 Central Vancouver Island Crisis Society, Nanaimo 250-754-4447 Family Resource Association, Parksville 198 Morison Ave  250-752-6766 Hands On Prevention & Education Centre, Gabriola Island  790 North Rd  250-247-8730 Healthy Beginnings Ladysmith, Nanaimo  250-755-6230 Island Parent Magazine 830A Pembroke St  250-388-6905 Island Parent Online Ladysmith Association of Family & Friends 250-245-6424 La Leche League, Nanaimo 409 Belmonte Place  250-754-5853 La Leche League, Parksville  250-954-2922 Nanaimo Infant Development Program 1135 Nelson St  250-753-0251

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Low Carbon

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he world has changed beyond recognition since the Colony of Vancouver Island was established 150+ years ago. Distances that took many weeks or months to cover by ship now take hours by plane. And we like to travel by air: according to StatsCan there were more than half a million passenger flights in B.C. alone last year. But as exciting as our 21st century mobility is, it comes at a cost. Air travel is responsible for about six per cent of the climate change impact attributable to human activity, while transportation in general accounts for 14 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions.

Happily for those of us who live on Vancouver Island, we don’t have to travel far to seek adventure. We may not have any large theme parks, but we do have a mountain range, 3,400 km of coastline, and an extensive network of rivers and lakes. These geographical features form the backdrop for an impressive mosaic of marine, freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems, which in turn offer endless opportunities for exploration.

Rachel Dunstan Muller My online dictionary defines adventure as a “daring and exciting activity calling for enterprise and enthusiasm.” A low carbon adventure takes this a step further, relying on human power, and beginning as close to home as practical to limit transportation emissions. Look around your own corner of the Island, and chances are you’ll find many options suited to your family’s abilities and appetite for thrills. A copy of the 7th Edition Vancouver Island Backroad Mapbook is an invaluable resource when searching for local ideas. Here are a few to get you started: Climb a Mountain. There’s something extremely satisfying about reaching a summit after a challenging climb—and it’s excellent exercise. I don’t know of a single Island community that doesn’t have a mountain or two somewhere nearby, and many of these mountains have trails to the top. Set realistic goals based on your children’s ages and family fitness level. Start with a smaller hill if your children are young, or aim for a viewpoint partway up a higher mountain. Ready for a serious climb? Try Mt. Finlayson (415 m) in Victoria, Mt. Tzouhalem (536 m) in Duncan, Mt. Benson (1,019 m) in Nanaimo, or the Judges Route to Mt Arrowsmith (1,819 m) in the Parksville/Port Alberni area. Be prepared and check the weather before you head out, and be aware that many Island summits will be unreachable during the winter. Take an Epic Bike Ride. While our steep geography often makes cycling challenging, the Island’s many converted railway trails offer ideal routes for even the youngest riders. In the Victoria area cyclists can choose from sections of the Lochside Trail, which stretches 29 km from Saanich to Swartz

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Bay, or the Galloping Goose Trail, which runs 55 km from Victoria to Sooke. (The Galloping Goose Trail from Matheson Lake through to the Sooke Potholes is especially beautiful, but be alert for sharp drop-offs on the side.) Further north, the Cowichan Valley Trail offers easy riding, and some gorgeous pastoral views. The Kinsol Trestle is one of six historic trestle bridges along this trail, which stretches from Shawnigan Lake all the way to Lake Cowichan. The northern section of Port Alberni’s Log Train Trail is another option for a family cycling trip. To access the northern section of this 25 km trail, start from the McLean Sawmill National Historic Site. If your family’s taste runs to more rugged cycling adventures, visit for an ever-expanding guide to the Island’s best mountain biking.

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Community Living Victoria If you are a family raising a child with developmental disabilities or autism, we can connect you to resources, information and services that meet your child’s needs. Autism Services offers: · 1:1 Behaviour Intervention · Social Skills Groups · Day Camps – winter, spring and summer breaks · Specialty Camps – computer camps, physical literacy and more To learn more, contact 250-477-7231 extension 237 or e-mail Visit to explore our wide range of services.


Visit an Ancient Forest. There’s nothing like standing beside an ancient giant hundreds of feet high and centuries old to make you feel a sense of wonder. Vancouver Island is the perfect place to commune with these venerable conifers. With a circumference of over 18 metres and an estimated age between 2,000 and 3,000 years old, the Cheewhat Lake Cedar is considered to be Canada’s oldest and largest tree. We can also claim Canada’s tallest known tree, a 96-metre Sitka spruce known as the Carmanah Giant. To find out where the old growth is in your area, visit, and click on the ‘See Big Trees’ tab. Explore the Water. Vancouver Island is a premier destination for every kind of water sport and every level of experience,

from ocean, lake or river swimming in the summer, to paddling year-round. You don’t need to make a big investment to get your family out on the water—many Island businesses offer canoe, kayak, and paddleboard rentals, as well as beginner classes.

Happily for those of us who live on Vancouver Island, we don’t have to travel far to seek adventure. We may not have any large theme parks, but we do have a mountain range, 3,400 km of coastline, and an extensive network of rivers and lakes. Use Google to see what’s available in your area. For family-friendly destinations— from sheltered coastal waters to glacier-fed lakes—consult the Paddling Adventures section of the Backroad Mapbook. Take it Up a Notch! For the real thrillseekers in your family, a visit to the nearest eco-adventure business might be in order. Guided tours of the Horne Lake Caves range from one to two hours for participants ages five and up, all the way to the five-hour Extreme Rappel Expedition for ages 15+. Two of the wild caves are also accessible for self-guided tours during opening hours. If you’d prefer to stay above ground, consider a ziplining adventure in Sooke or on the highway to Tofino, or a challenging obstacle course high in the trees of Nanaimo or Victoria. For adventure on the water, consider family surfing lessons in Ucluelet or Tofino. Try Something New. Not all adventures need to take place outside or involve adrenaline. Every time you introduce your children to something new, you expand their horizons. Visit a new bakery, or an ethnic grocery store. Try a new vegetable, a new recipe, or a new restaurant. Learn a new craft or skill. Read aloud a classic adventure story. Participate in a community or cultural event. Take your kids to a family-friendly concert or an art gallery opening. Bring home interesting music from the library—the Putumayo Kids series is a great place to start. Most of all, teach your kids to keep their eyes open. With the right attitude, every day can be an adventure!

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Rachel Dunstan Muller is the mother of five, and a children’s author. Her previous articles can be found at Family Resource Guide 2016/2017  15

Is Your Child’s Face Developing Well? Does your child breathe through his/her mouth? Does your child suffer from allergies? Does your child have any oral habit such as thumb or finger sucking? Does your child have an untreated tongue tie? Does your child have crowded teeth? Does your child have jaws that seem too far forward or back?

Early Intervention can have far reaching benefits.

Family Support South Island COMMUNITY CENTRES Beacon Community Services 9860 Third St, Sidney  250-655-5313 Blanshard Community Centre 901 Kings Rd  250-388-7696 Braefoot Activity Centre 1359 McKenzie Ave  250-721-2244

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Burnside/Gorge Community Centre 250-388-5251 Esquimalt Neighbourhood House 511 Constance Ave  250-385-2635 Fairfield Community Association 250-382-4604 Fernwood Neighbourhood Resource Group 1240 Gladstone Ave  250-381-1552 Inter-Cultural Association 930 Balmoral Rd  250-388-4728 James Bay Community Project 547 Michigan St  250-388-7844 Oaklands Community Association 1-2827 Belmont Ave  250-370-9101 Saanich Neighbourhood Place 3100 Tillicum Rd  250-360-1148 Sooke/Westshore Early Years Centres 250-217-9243 Victoria Immigrant & Refuge Centre 637 Bay St, 3rd Floor  250-361-9433 Victoria West Community Association 521 Craigflower Rd  250 590-8922 YM-YWCA of Greater Victoria 880 Courtney St  250-386-7511

COUNSELLING Discovery Youth and Family Substance Use Services Island Health 2nd Fl–530 Fraser St  250-519-5313 Dr. Allison Rees 250-595-2649 Esquimalt Neighbourhood House 511 Constance Ave  250-360-0644

Hertford Therapy 778-350-0774 Life Dances Counselling

Nurture Your Natural Curiosity

Maxine Fisher, M.Ed., RCC, MTA 250-686-7582 Men’s Trauma Counselling Centre 250-381-6367 South Island Centre for Counselling & Training 250-472-2851 Vancouver Island Naturopathic Clinic Inc. 204-4480 West Saanich Rd  250-881-1806 Victoria Counselling Service 420-1105 Pandora Ave  250-418-0550 Photo William Ng

GRIEF SUPPORT Circle of Friends 250-384-9133 Compassionate Friends 1346 Ravens View Dr  250-478-9270 Living & Learning Through Loss 250-413-3114 Origins: Supporting People Separated by Adoption 250-419-1200 Rainbows 250-479-0766 Victoria Hopsice Bereavement Services 250-370-8868

PARENT EDUCATION Children’s Health & Human Rights Partnership LIFE Seminars Parenting Programs Dr. Allison Rees  250-595-2649

The CRD offers outings and activities for nature lovers of all ages in every season: guided nature walks, hikes and drop-in events.

Most are free. All are fun!

There is a whole world of natural and cultural history to explore in CRD’s 33 parks and trails, and at the three nature centres at Elk/Beaver Lake, Francis/King and Witty’s Lagoon Regional Parks.

See the full calendar at Capital Regional District | Regional Parks @crd_bc | CapitalRegionalDistrict | 250.478.3344


Need financial advice? Give yourself every Need financial advice? Give yourself every Need financial advice? Give yourself every advantage including convenience Need financial advice? Give yourself advantage including convenience Need financial advice? Give yourself every every advantage including convenience advantage including convenience advantage including convenience 1UP Single Parent Resource Centre 602 Gorge Rd 1Up offers a wide variety of 3- to 8-week personal growth and parenting courses, a mentoring program for single moms, and a single dads’ support group. Courses open to all. Dr. Allison Rees 250-595-2649

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RBC Financial Planning is a business name used by Royal Mutual Funds Inc. (RMFI). Financial planning services and investment advice RBCprovided Financialby Planning is a business name used by Royal Mutual FundsBank Inc. of (RMFI). Financial planning services of and investment advice are RMFI. RMFI, RBC Global Asset Management Inc., Royal Canada, Royal Trust Corporation Canada and The Royal are by RMFI. RMFI, RBC Global Asset Management Inc., Royal Bank of Canada, Trust Corporation of Canada and The Royal RBC Financial Planning is a business name used by Royal Mutual Funds Inc. (RMFI). Financial planning services and investment Trustprovided Company are separate corporate entities which are affiliated. RMFI is licensed as aRoyal financial services firm in the province ofadvice Quebec. Trust Company are separate corporate entities which are affiliated. RMFI is licensed as aRoyal financial services firm in the province of Quebec. are provided by RMFI. RMFI, RBC Global Asset Management Inc., Royal Bank of Canada, Trust Corporation of Canada and The Royal ® / ™ Trademark(s) of Royal Bank of Canada. © Royal Bank of Canada, 2015. 36425 (10/2015) RBC Financial Planning is a business name used by Royal Mutual Funds Inc. (RMFI). Financial planning services and investment advice ®/™ Trademark(s) of Royal Bank of Canada. © Royal Bank of Canada, 2015. 36425 of (10/2015) Trust Company are separate corporate entities which are affiliated. RMFI is licensed as aRoyal financial services firm in the province Quebec. RBC Financial Planning is a business name used by Royal Mutual Funds Inc. (RMFI). Financial planning services and investment advice are provided by RMFI. RMFI, RBC Global Asset Management Inc., Royal Bank of Canada, Trust Corporation of Canada and The Royal ® / ™ Trademark(s) of Royal Bank of Canada. © Royal Bank of Canada, 2015. 36425 (10/2015) are byare RMFI. RMFI, RBC Globalentities Asset Management Inc., Royal Bank of Canada, Trustservices Corporation of the Canada and The Royal Trustprovided Company separate corporate which are affiliated. RMFI is licensed as aRoyal financial firm in province of Quebec. Trust are separate entities© which affiliated. RMFI2015. is licensed as a financial services firm in the province Quebec. ® / ™Company Trademark(s) of Royalcorporate Bank of Canada. Royalare Bank of Canada, 36425 of (10/2015) ® / ™ Trademark(s) of Royal Bank of Canada. © Royal Bank of Canada, 2015. Resource Guide 2016/2017  36425 (10/2015) Family 17

Big Brothers Big Sisters 230 Bay St  250-475-1117 Bridges for Women Society 320–1175 Cook St  250-385-7410 Child Abuse Prevention/Mary Manning Centre 210–1175 Cook St  250-385-6111 Child Care Resource and Referral Sooke 250-642-5152; Westshore 250-391-4324; Victoria & Gulf Islands 250-382-700 or 1-800-750-1868 Family Caregivers’ Network Society 6-3318 Oak St  250-384-0408 Family Services of Greater Victoria 899 Fort St  250-386-4331 First Metropolitan United Church 250-388-5188 First Unitarian Church of Victoria 5575 West Saanich Rd  250-744-2665 F.O.R.C.E. Society for Kids Mental Health 250-818-4810 Foster Parents Support Services 145-735 Goldstream Ave  250-598-1500 Hulitan Family and Community Services Society 902A Caledonia Ave  250-384-9466


The Cicada and the Ant Sursaut Dance

The soil, a field, an empty space where anything is possible. A choreographic work for young and old. December 4 at 11am

January 15 at 11am

As seen on Kids’ CBC

Axis Theatre

Wil Stroet of Wil ’s Jams

Hamelin, a New Fable



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Island Parent Magazine 830A Pembroke St  250-388-6905 Island Parent Online Lighthouse Church Military Family Resource Centre Work Point  250-363-3443 Niecia A. Dunn, Coaching & Parent Education 778-977-2088 NIL/TU,O Child & Family Services Society 250-544-1400 Pacific Centre Family Services Association, Colwood & Sooke 250-478-8357 Parent Support Services Society of BC 250-468-9668 1-877-345-9777 PSS offers support circles for those in parenting roles (including grandparents). Circles operate in various languages and diverse communities. Parenting workshops also available. Contact us about a circle near you. The Representative for Children & Youth 1-800-476-3933

WIN Administration Office 812 Cormorant Ave  250-480-4006

Sooke Family Resource Society 250-642-5152 Sooke Options for Community Living Association 250-642-6364

also throughout the year. In order to access programs, families need to become CAN members and pay an annual fee of $25 per ASD individual. Join today at


Communica Dialogue and Resolution Services Society  102-2220 Sooke Rd  250-383-4412 Perfect Day Special Needs Store 250-216-2445 St. Barnabas Anglican Church 1525 Begbie St  250-595-4324 Autism Services, Community Living Victoria 250-477-7231, ext. 237 Success By Six BC Lions Society for Children with Disabilities TS Consulting 250-590-4114 250-386-0668 UVic Family Centre BeConnected Support Services 39208 Lam Circle  250-472-4062 250-727-3891 Vancouver Island Parenting Consultations 250-510-5611 Victoria Immigrant & Refugee Centre 637 Bay St, 3rd Floor  250-361-9433 Victoria Native Friendship Centre 231 Regina Ave  250-384-3211 Victoria Sexual Assault Centre 201-3060 Cedar Hill Rd  250-383-5545 Young Parents Support Network 404–620 View St  250-384-0552

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Canucks Autism Network 604-685-4049 Providing highly supported sports and recreational programs for children, teens and young adults living with autism. Free family events are

Child & Family Counselling Association (Autism Program)  5–230 Menzies St  250-595-4423 Community Options for Children & Families 1595 Bay St  250-380-6363

The Cridge Respitality Service 1307 Hillside Ave  250-995-6412 Our unique Respitality program provides parents of a child with disabilitiy with a chance to pause and be refreshed with a complimentary overnight stay for two in a hotel or bed-andbreakfast.


by day is

8 & 9, 15 & 16, 22 & 23, 29 & 30

10 am - 4 pm

Spookier Fun Nightly 6-10 pm Oct 13th to Oct 31st

Kid Friendly Come and ride in the Cow Train!

Ride the Cow Train! Hayrides to the Pumpkin Patch Corn Maze • Kids Games • Train Rides Petting Farm • Haunted House Face Painting • Live Entertainment • 4150 Blenkinsop Road • 250-477-5713

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The Cridge Respite Resource Service 1307 Hillside Ave 250-220-8569 This vital service keeps an up-to-date listing of people able to provide respite care and parents who need respite services for their child. If you are either a parent or a respite care provider, please contact us for more information. Family Support, Community Living Victoria 3861 Cedar Hill X Rd 250-477-7231, ext. 236


Greater Victoria Down Syndrome Society 250-479-7450 HeadWay Victoria Epilepsy & Parkinson’s Centre 250 475 6677 Supports families and children living with seizures

family centered practice extended hours evenings and weekends the latest equipment and caring staff request an appointment online 119–1591 McKenzie Ave, Victoria

250 477 7321

Victoria’s favourite dentists believe a healthy smile starts early. Free first visit for children under 5.

Lifetime Networks Providing creative and inclusive programs welcoming people with disabilities, including a Continuing Education Program, Employment Programs, friendship building, personal support networks, fine arts, social events, cooking and independent living. Little Steps Therapy Services 250-386-1171

They’ll be at university sooner than you think.

Mosaic Learning Society Victoria 500 Admirals Rd 250-382-0848 Pivot Point Family Growth Centre 778-410-2319

Make sure your family knows about the Canada Learning Bond


If your child was born in 2004 or later and your family income is less than $45,000/year, you are eligible for up to $2,000 of free money for your child’s education after high school. For more information visit

Power To Be 250-385-2363 A non-profit organization that empowers people living with barriers or disabilities to explore their limitless abilities through inclusive adventures rooted in nature with a focus on community connections. Activities include kayaking, canoeing, hiking and more. Queen Alexandra Centre For Children’s Health 2400 Arbutus Rd 250-477-1826 Ronald McDonald House Schizophrenic Society, BC Chapter 941 Kings Rd 250-384-4225

©2016 Kumon Canada, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Special Olympics 250-477-7106 Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus Association of BC 4480 Oak St, Vancouver  604-878-7000 Victoria Brain Injury Society D & E, 830 Pembroke St  250-598-9339 Victoria Group Perspectives 250-590-7624 Victoria Society for Children with Autism 778-557-7749 Westshore Child & Youth Family Centre 345 Wale Rd  250-391-4320

YOUTH SERVICES Island Sexual Health Society Clinical Services  250-592-3479 Community Ed  250-388-2202 Parents Together Program 250-384-9133 PFLAG of Greater Victoria 250-385-9462

Give your child an academic advantage in school and beyond! Schedule a Parent Orientation today. Kumon Math & Reading Centres of West Shore - Langford 115-963 Langford Pkwy, Victoria 250-516-2991

Saanich 204-3965 Quadra St, Victoria 250-479-1800 • 250-216-2142(c)

Sidney 10091 Resthaven Dr, Sidney 250-896-8879

Youth Clinic  533 Yates St  250-383-3552 547 Michigan St  250-388-7841 Young Parent Support Network 2541 Empire St  250-384-0052 Youth Space Victoria Youth Empowerment Society 533 Yates St  250-383-3514

Cowichan Valley

Everybody’s So Excited: Mineral World Has Reopened!

COMMUNITY CENTRES Shawnigan Lake Community Centre 2804 Shawnigan Lk Rd  250-743-1433

COUNSELLING Canadian Mental Health Association 371 Festubert St, Duncan  250-746-5521 Central Vancouver Island Crisis Society, Cowichan 250-748-1133 Community Options Society, Cowichan 200 Cowichan Way  250-748-0232 Cowichan Family Life 250-748-8281 Duncan Mental Health & Addiction Services 250-709-3040

Mineral World has reopened in beautiful Sidney-by-the-Sea where we are once again offering our distinctive Earth Science experience. Visitors are able to spend time in the Earth Science Centre and Scratch Patch where they can collect gemstones and learn about the wonders of our planet or wander through our store of amazing gifts, jewellery, minerals and fossils collected from around the world. Our well-respected School and Community Earth Science Program will also be returning in September.

mineral world and the scratch patch 250.656.0791 | 9808 Seaport Pl, Sidney Family Resource Guide 2016/2017  21

South Vancouver Island Assessment & Resource Service, Duncan 305–394 Duncan St  250-746-6900

Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association  250-746-1028

Ladysmith Parks, Recreation & Culture 810-6th Ave  250-245-6424

Clements Centre Society 5856 Clements St  250-746-4135

Ladysmith Resources Centre Association 721 First Ave  250-245-3079


Early Intervention Team 202–394 Duncan St  250-709-9022

Gabriola Community Centre 250-247-9291

Rainbows, Duncan 371 Festubert St  250-746-5521


Community Options Society 200 Cowichan Way  250-748-0232

Big Brothers Big Sisters, Duncan #1-60 Ingram St 250-748-2447 Child Care Resource and Referral  250-746-4135 ext. 231 Cowichan Family Life Association 2C–2753 Charlotte Rd  250-748-8281 Parent Support Circle Shawnigan Lake  250-384-8042

Mid-Island COMMUNITY CENTRES Central Vancouver Island Multicultural Society, Nanaimo  114-285 Prideaux St  250-753-6911 Cherry Creek Community Centre, Port Alberni 3720 Moore Rd  250-724-1923


Child Development Centre 1135 Nelson St  250-753-3521

BeConnected Support Services 250-727-3891

District 69 Family Resource Association, Qualicum Beach  181 Sunningdale Rd 250-752-6766

GRIEF SUPPORT Child & Youth Grief Support, Nanaimo 1729 Boundary Ave  250-758-8857 Rainbows, Nanaimo 2221 Bowen Rd  250-751-7888 Rainbows, Parksville (4-12 yr olds) 345 N. Pym St  250-248-3927 Spectrum, Parksville (13-18 yr olds) 345 N. Pym St  250-248-3927

PARENT SUPPORT Associated Family & Community Support Services Ltd, Parksville 155 Weld St  250-248-0076 Big Brothers & Big Sisters, Nanaimo #3-2350 Labieux Rd  250-756-2447

S T A G E S Performing Art School since1980

Come Dance With Us

es lass C l hoo .. e -S c angels. r P e e l t im itt • Offering classes for Teens and Pre-Teens in Jazz, Day or the l f Ballet, Lyrical, Tap. Musical Theatre, Acrobatics

& Hip Hop, in a non-competitive atmosphere.

• Not sure which class to take? Try a Drop-In: No hassle, No Obligation.

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Child Development Centre 1135 Nelson St  250-753-0251

Nutsumaat Lelum, Ladysmith 3947 Shell Beach Rd  250-245-0994


Family Caregivers’ Network Society 526 Michigan St  250-384-0408

PacificCare 250-756-2022 or 1-888-480-2273

Child Development Centre 1135 Nelson St  250-753-0251

Family Resource Association, Qualicum Beach 181 Sunningdale Rd W  250-752-6766

Parent Support Circles, Nanaimo 250-468-9658

Footholds Therapy Centre, Nanaimo 250-585-4411

Family Services of Greater Victoria 899 Fort St  250-386-4331

Parent Support Circles, Parksville 250-468-9658

Island Deaf and Hard of Hearing Centre 205-55 Victoria Rd  250-753-0999

Foster Parent Support Services 3D 132 Roberts St  250-245-2622

Parents Together Parents Line 20 5th St  250-754-9661

Kw’umut Lelum Child & Family Services, Ladysmith  7973 Chemainus Rd  250-246-3336

Princess Royal Family Centre 260 Irwin St  250-755-7855

Kardel Consulting Nanaimo 250-729-7401 Parksville 250-248-8336 Campbell River 250-287-8397 Courtenay/Comox 250-338-6557

Nanaimo & Area Resource Services for Families 210–170 Wallace St  250-754-2773

Salvation Army Meal Program 505 8th St  250-754-2621

Nanaimo Family Life Association 1070 Townsite Rd  250-754-3331

Snu Ney Muxw First Nations 668 Centre St  250-740-2300

Nanaimo Mental Health & Addiction Services 250-755-3361

SOS Child Youth & Family Centre, Parksville 245 West Hirst Ave  250-248-2093

Nanaimo Women’s Centre 285 Selby St  250-753-0633

The Representative for Children & Youth 1-800-476-3933

Nanoose First Nations 111 Snaw-Naw-As Rd  250-390-0003

Tillicum Lelum Friendship Centre 927 Haliburton St  250-753-8291

Nanaimo Brain Injury Society 101-55 Victoria Rd  250-753-5600 Nanaimo Unique Kids Organization #2-5801 Turner Rd

YOUTH SERVICES ADAPT Society, Nanaimo 206-96 Cavan St  250-754-0600 Nanaimo Youth Services 290 Bastion St  250-754-198

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Fred Penner 2 SHOWS: DUNCAN &


JUNO award-winner and beloved family entertainer, Fred Penner brings 25 years of commitment, consistency and depth to his performance. Fred is a musical master and has truly established himself as a fundamental part of Canadian family entertainment.

“Fred Penner is as culturally relevant today as he’s ever been.” Winnipeg Free Press

Friday, October 28 - 6:30PM Phone: 250.748.7529 2687 James Street, Duncan

Saturday, October 29 - 2:30PM Co-presented with Phone: 250.754.8550 125 Front Street, Nanaimo


Child: Proof


was consoling a dear friend the other day, after hearing about her ongoing struggles to child-proof her home. My friend’s daughter, at 11 months, is in that delightfully busy stage in which babies master the art of exploring their environment—tearing the leaves off houseplants, scaling the stairs at lightning speed, and attempting to ingest any small random object they find. My friend, defeated after a day of installing baby-deterrents on her front door, her kitchen cabinets, her cat litter box, her toilet seats, and several other places, asked me when the need for child-proofing ends. How long before she could once again pee without first having to decipher a combination lock in order to open the toilet lid? When would her house and life return to normal? I wasn’t sure how to answer her because, the truth is, I wonder the same thing. Though my kids are now 10, eight, and five, we are still child-proofing, and I think we always will be. True, we’ve ditched the baby gates, and we no longer have foam padding stuck on everything resembling a corner. Overall, our house resembles a normal adult residence. But in truth, it’s still a carefully child-proofed environment because the older the kids get, the more new and previously unchartered hazards we discover. As a result, we are constantly honing our child-proofing game. Take the kitchen, for example. We no longer need those fiddly doohickies which safeguard the contents of a drawer from baby raids. But to this day, we only own plates that can survive being used as a Frisbee, and we only keep table linens that match the colour of ketchup. The freezer, too, is an easy indicator of the current stage of child-proofing. In years past, our freezer sported a cumbersome safety latch, installed to deter my toddler son from stashing things inside, such as his soother, his father’s socks, the cordless phone, and so on. The latch is gone, and we no longer find random things in the freezer, but now, the child-proofing challenge is how to hide the Really Expensive Ice Cream from the kids. (The best approach, by the way, seems to be piling bags of frozen veggies on top of it, the greener, the better.) Then there is the bookcase. At first, we bolted it to the wall and removed everything

from the bottom five shelves. Today, the bookcase is once again a safe place to keep books, but with three kids who can read, the challenge is to protect their innocent eyeballs from undesirable influences. In other words, our job is to filter out books that may have too much advertising, too

Sarah Milligan much politics, too much makeup, too much sarcasm, too skinny characters, and so on. This leaves us with a rather bland assortment of inoffensive volumes—healthy cookbooks, grammar texts, and so on—but it does make for a kid-safe bookcase. Child-proofing for the older child also becomes more abstract, involving slippery areas such as conversation. A baby doesn’t mind what his parents are discussing, but with older kids, in order to have discussions over their heads, we have to be nimble. At first, we disguised hot topics with rapid-fire spelling, but when our oldest got quick enough to decipher our code for her siblings—“Aha! Mommy thinks Daddy should take us to the swimming P-O-O-L but Daddy wants to take a nap instead!”— we had to get more creative. Between code words, significant looks, and covert hand gestures, we get it done, but it’s not easy. But back to my friend, and what I finally realized I should tell her about childproofing. In the long run, child-proofing isn’t so much about the house becoming child-proofed as it is about the parents becoming so. We learn to tailor our children’s environment according to what is best for them, in whatever stage they are going through. We get used to wrapping every aspect of our homes and lives—from bookcase to bathwater—around them. A child-proofed home is visual proof of the privilege it is to be a parent; unlocking the toilet lid at 2 a.m. is a small price to pay. Sarah Milligan lives on Vancouver Island. She is grateful to her children for the joy they inspire, not to mention the endless writing fodder.

Does your child have difficulty reading? • can’t read words just read earlier • letter reversal • symptoms of dyslexia • “sounds out” words but can not blend them correctly • confuses similar sounding words • avoids reading/poor speller I offer an effective program that works! Call for more information or to arrange your individualized one-on-one tutoring solution.

Brenda Osadchy 778-440-0997

Art Classes Drawing • Painting Sculpture • Cartooning Portfolio Preparation • Day and Evening Classes • One or Two hour sessions • Technique Oriented • Ages 5 and Up


Now Registering for Fall Artistic Statement Gallery & School of Fine Art Call Joan at 250-383-0566 or 250-885-7353 Family Resource Guide 2016/2017  25

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Arbutus Grove Children’s Centre 3905 Haro Road 250-477-3731 Formerly known as Goosey Gander Kindergarten. Half-day & full-day Early Learning Programs. Children’s learning is nurtured and supported through inquiry, exploration, play and creative expression.

ArtsCalibre Academy 3220 Cedar Hill Rd  250-382-3533 “The Art of Preschool”—an engaging, comprehensive program infused with music, dance, theatre and visual arts, giving children confidence and the social and academic skills to thrive in kindergarten and beyond. Excellent staff and outstanding facilities within the Cedar Hill Recreation Centre. Babies to Big Kids Childcare 949 Fullerton Ave Daycare owner  250-818-9225 Bee Happy Montessori House 250-516-6191 Big Kids’ Corner 250-590-2722 Camosun College Child Care Services 250-370-4880 Carrot Seed Preschool 813 Claremont Ave  250-658-2331

Castleview Child Care 250-595-5355 Centennial Day Care 250-386-6832 Christ Church Cathedral Child Care and Junior Kindergarten Program 1670 Richardson St  250-383-5132 ECE & Specialist teachers provide an outstanding all-day licenced program for 3 and 4-yearolds in our bright, spacious and welcoming facility in Fairfield/Gonzales. You’ll love the huge backyard! Chrysalis Child Care, Saanichton 250-652-0815 Ciara Early Childhood Centre 846 Phoenix St  250-386-7369 Cloverdale Child Care 3427 Quadra St  250-995-1766 Cordova Bay Preschool 250-658-3441 CTots Childhood Education Centre 2955 Glasgow St  250-589-7677

The Cridge Childcare Services 1309 Hillside Ave  250-995-6516 Our quality daycare, preschool and out-of-school care programs offer an environment that is safe, stimulating, nurturing and responsive to every child. Emmanuel Preschool 2121 Cedar Hill X Rd  250-598-0573 Full o’ Beans Preschool 250-360-1148 Goldstream Co-op Preschool 250-474-3011 Gonzales Co-operative Preschool 250-727-1003 In the Garden Childcare Centre 250-654-0306 International Nannies & Homecare Ltd. 250-412-3730 Island Kids Academy 542 Fraser St  250-381-2929 286 Island Hwy  250-727-2929

Island Montessori House 5575 West Saanich Rd  250-592-4411

Positive Path Early Learning 250-655-7244

Kingfisher Preschool 250-642-5152

Rainbow Express Daycare 433 Kingston St  250-382-2314

Kiowa Farm Preschool 5433 Kiowa Rd  250-858-5330

Rainbows & Dreams Preschool 250-479-1966

Lakehill Co-op Preschool 3821 Cedar Hill X-Rd  250-477-4141

Ready Set Grow Preschool 250-472-1530

Lakeview Christian Preschool/Daycare 250-658-5082 Lambrick Park Preschool 250-477-8131 La Pre-Maternelle Appletree Preschool 500 Admirals Rd  250-479-0292 Leap Forward Childcare 2758 Peatt Rd  250-818-9225 Lexie’s Little Bears’ Child Care Inc. 1931 Millstream Rd  250-590-3603 Little Wonders Preschool (VROSCS) 250-744-2718 Maple Tree Children’s Centre 3130 Jutland Rd 100 Aldersmith Pl  250-588-0512 Metchosin Co-op Preschool 4354 Metchosin Rd  250-478-9241 Miles of Smiles Licensed Childcare 778-265-4374

Rogers Child Care Centre 250-744-2343 Ross Bay Preschool 250-383-7445

For more information, please see our website:

St. Joseph’s Catholic Preschool 757 Burnside Rd West  250-479-1232 ext. 120

Storyoga Preschool 778-679-4004 Vancouver Island Co-operative Preschool Association 250-598-2667

Considering your first home purchase?

Victoria Montessori 750 Front St  250-380-0534 View Royal Childcare 250-479-8067

Westmont Montessori School 4075 Metchosin Rd  250-474-2626

Nightingale Preschool and Junior Kindergarten Ltd.  1340 Balmoral Rd 250-595-7544

Willows Coastal Preschool 2253 Dalhousie St  250-858-5330

Parkdale Early Childhood Centre 250-382-0512 Preschool and daycare emphasizing learning through play with children of various ages in stimulating activities with educational materials. We believe every child is unique and special. Everyone welcome.

Private instruction is tailored to individuals, business and government agencies.

St. Christopher’s Montessori School 250-595-3213

Neighbourhood Junior Kindergarten 250-479-4410

Pacific Christian School Preschool 250-479-4532

Classes at various skill levels are offered though community centres.

The Sir James Douglas Playschool 250-389-0500

View Royal Preschool 279 Island Hwy  250-479-8067

Oak Bay Preschool

The Alliance Française is a worldwide organization based in Paris, offering language instruction by certified teachers, adapted to the needs of learners.

R.I.A. Early Learning Centre 3307 Wishart Rd  250-590-0781

Montessori Educare 250-881-8666

Oakcrest Preschool  3738 Cedar Hill Rd 250-472-0668

AllianceFrançaise de Victoria

Recreation Oak Bay 1975 Bee St  250-370-7200

Four secrets you need to know! What to do and what not to do.

Wiseways Preschool & Daycare 250-477-1312 YMCA-YWCA Child Care Centre 851 Broughton St  250-386-7511

SCHOOL DISTRICTS Conseil scolaire francophone de la ColumbieBritannique  #180-10200 Shellbridge Way, Richmond 1-888-715-2200 School District #61 Victoria 556 Boleskine Rd  250-475-3212 School District #62 Sooke 3143 Jacklin Rd  250-474-9800


Call now to discuss a step-by-step approach to buying your first home.

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School District #63 Saanich 2125 Keating X-Rd  250-652-7300 School District #64, Salt Spring 112 Rainbow Rd  250-537-5548


ArtsCalibre Academy 4201 Tyndall Ave  250-382-3533 Imagine a school where music, dance, theatre and visual arts are infused into all aspects of an outstanding curriculum. Academic excellence is achieved in a dynamic, engaging and safe environment. Small class sizes, individualized education plans, highly skilled and dedicated teachers, excellent facilities and location.

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potential With professional, one-on-one, tutoring. 1-on-1, In-Home, Professional Tutoring Math | Language Arts | Languages | Study Skills | Homework Support Call 250.544.1588 to learn more Enriching Young Minds in Victoria since 2002.

Glenlyon-Norfolk School 801 Bank St (Admissions)  250-370-6801 801 Bank St (Middle Years)  250-370-6803 801 Bank St (Senior)  250-370-6802 1701 Beach Dr (Primary)  250-370-6854

Pacific Christian School 671 Agnes St (Elementary)  250-479-9365 654 Agnes St (Secondary)  250-479-4532

Full Time K-12 Fine Arts eCademy Gr K-8 ENTER Robotics Gr 6-9 Cross Enrollment Gr 8-12 iClass Interactive Days K-12 Unparalleled Personalized Learning


Elizabeth Buckley School 250-995-6425

Oak & Orca Bioregional School 2738 Higgins St  250-383-6609

Shouldn’t their education be as well?

Discovery School 4052 Wilkinson Rd  250-595-7765

Lakeview Christian School 250-658-5082

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Christ Church Cathedral School 912 Vancouver St  250-383-5125 CCCS is Victoria’s Anglican Elementary and Middle School for boys and girls. Small classes, enriched programs, after-school care and a welcoming community.

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READ Society Learning Centre 817A Fort St 250-388-7225 Qualified BC teachers design individual learning programs that build skills and create confident learners. Parents whose children come to READ tell us that “it works!” For 39 years, families have been expanding their knowledge and their opportunities by learning with us. School Is Easy In Home Tutoring 1-877-ITSEASY Smart Tutor Referrals 250-544-1588 Sylvan Learning Centre 1623 McKenzie Ave  250-477-3212 3145 Jacklin Rd  250-590-6211 Proven results. Digital tablet technology. Innovative teaching techniques, motivational programs and the Sylvan Insight assessment continue to make Sylvan Learning the leader in personalized learning from K-12. Call today to find out more. Total Learning Services 778-440-0997  See ad on page 28. Tutor Doctor 250-386-9333 Victoria German School 250-886-1420

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here does the salt in the ocean come from? What is the biggest animal in the ocean? When students in grades seven to 12 in the coastal province of Nova Scotia were given a test on general ocean-related questions, the resulting overall score fell just below 50 per cent, with critical gaps of knowledge in the topics of ocean chemistry and geology. Would the outcome be different here on the country’s west coast? Researchers believe not. They’d argue ocean examples are not incorporated into the classroom unless a teacher has a real passion and interest in it. A movement to introduce ocean topics into the core curriculum is taking place and the concept of Ocean Literacy has unfolded. Ocean Literacy is the understanding of the ocean’s influence on you and your influence on the ocean. An ocean-literate person understands the principles and concepts, can communicate about the ocean in a meaningful way, and is able to make informed and responsible decisions regarding the ocean and its resources. Create and build the framework for your family to increase their ocean literacy with these investigative or experiential activities. (Note: each Ocean Literacy principle incorporates multiple ideas, too many to cover here; check out oceanliteracy.wp2. for more information and educational resources.)

Principle #1: The Earth has one big ocean with many features.

• Follow a river or stream all the way to the ocean. • Learn about watersheds using the CRD’s online educational resources and their Ollie the Otter Watershed Warden program. • Use a globe to visually understand most of Earth is covered by ocean. • Study the watercycle and look at rain differently.

Principle #2: The ocean and life in the ocean shape the features of Earth.

• Visit your favourite beach before and after a storm. Are there physical or biological differences? Are there differences in summer and winter? Are these different than beaches you experience on vacation? • Go storm watching and take in the power of waves. • Look at a sand sample under a microscope or magnifying glass.

Principle #3: The ocean is a major influence on weather and climate.

• Take out a book on meteorology from the library. • Watch the weather channel as a prompt to learn about El Niño, La Niña, hurricanes, cyclones, and other weather patterns or phenomena. • Conduct weather experiments; many ideas can be found online.

Principle # 4: The ocean made life on Earth habitable.

• Google stromatolites, cyanobacteria and plankton. • Conduct experiments that demonstrate photosynthesis. What undergoes photosynthesis in the ocean? • Embrace your child’s interest in dinosaurs or fossils. How many came from or lived in the sea?

Principle #5: The ocean supports a great diversity of life and ecosystems.

• Visit an aquarium or marine education centre to get up close with marine diversity (see; Hands-wet, Hand-on Learning by Tina Kelly highlights centres up and down the Island).

• Journal different beach ecosystems— sandy beaches, rocky beaches, sheltered bays, estuaries, spits, among others. • Understand tide charts ( and survey the species you find at lowtide. Are the animals at hightide different—in colour, shape, size, texture, etc.? Why—predators, salinity, temperature, substrate? • Challenge your child(ren) to pick a lesser-known creature or a microscopic organism when tasked with a school project on the ocean.

Tina Kelly • Join a free nature program offered by CRD Parks; you’ll learn about local animals and ecosystems. • Take a magnifying glass to the beach with the sole purpose of finding creatures smaller than a grain of rice.

Principle #6: The ocean and hu- Principle #7: The ocean is largemans are inextricably intercon- ly unexplored. nected. • Follow deep sea explorations live on • Participate in a beach clean. Talk about where the garbage may have come from—a beachgoer, ocean currents, storm drain? • Learn where your drinking water comes from. Take a tour of the Sooke Lake Reservoir offered by the CRD. • Conduct an inventory of your bathroom and kitchen cupboards. Do any of your products contain sea salt, carrageenan, algin or seafood? • Visit the Royal British Columbia Museum to understand First Nations’ connections—food, transportation, clothing—to the sea. • Learn what makes seafood “sustainable” with • Count freighters passing Southern Vancouver Island—a busy marine highway. Visit, plug in your coordinates and observe the numbers and types of vessels using our waters for pleasure, carrying ferry passengers or bringing goods from overseas. • Contribute to a citizen science project (see for Cellphones and Citizen Science by Tina Kelly).

your computer with Ocean Networks Canada (ONC, You’ll observe engineers, computer programmers, and scientists (chemists, biologists, geologists) at work with advanced technology, tools, sensors and submersibles. Citizens watching online can interact with scientists and ask questions. ONC also has remote live cameras displaying underwater reefs and vents. • Have a friendly chat with a scuba diver about undersea conditions and how they overcome them, for example, pressure, oxygen, visibility. • Check out live dives with the Fish Eye Project, The biggest animal in the ocean is of course the blue whale but do you know where does the salt in the ocean comes from? Additional activities can be found at ONC’s Ocean Aware Girl Guide Challenge.

Tina Kelly is the Director of Learning at the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea (formerly the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre).

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Island Hopping

During the Off Season

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om, can we go to that island where they put flowers in our drinks?” asks my three-year-old son. He is referring to the thirst-quenching homemade lemonade that was served at Woods, a lodge we stayed at on Pender Island. While we were there, we found a geocache in the Prior Centennial Campground, we explored the beaches on North and South Pender, and we put together a picnic lunch using various items foraged from the farmer’s market. Our kids had a great time shopping in the Pender Island thrift store, visiting the library, playgrounds, a lake and even a waterfall in the Enchanted Forest. My husband and I enjoyed the samples and stunning view from the Sea Star winery. Along the dense tree-lined roads, there are car stops where you can wait for a ride, so if you don’t own a vehicle, you can still get around the island. Island hopping during the off season, typically October to April, can save you money. For accommodations that require a minimum number of nights stay, the minimum number is usually reduced. For example, a five- to seven-night minimum in the summer might be reduced to a one- to two-night minimum in the winter.

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My family’s decision to island hop during the off season was partially based on cost and partially based on not wanting to get stuck in ferry line-ups. No matter what time of year, children under the age of five are free on the ferry. During the off season, some hotels offer special weekday packages such as accommodation with a restaurant credit. Or, to save money, try off-season camping—just double check the campsite you’re heading to is open in the off-season. Another way to cut down on costs is to plan a day trip to explore a smaller island or a smaller area.

Our decision to island hop during the off season was partially based on cost and partially based on not having to wait a few sailings to get on the ferry. When we visited Saturna Island, we explored Winter Cove, enjoying the water on either side of us. Our favourite meal was at the Wild Thyme Coffee House which is inside a converted 1963 double decker bus. The bus was the mascot and team transport during the 1978 Commonwealth games in Edmonton, Alberta. Some islands warrant multiple visits. For example, Salt Spring. We have been there many times, but still haven’t explored all of the lakes, trails, and restaurants. Our favourite restaurant is the Tree House Café. The food is impressive and it’s a unique experience to eat in a building that was incorporates a tree. My son loved the Muesli Goat Cheese balls and I loved the Jalapeno Honey-Lime kaleslaw. Our kids also loved the bumpy drive to the top of Mount Maxwell. Another great advantage of travelling during the off season is that the ferries aren’t as crowded. I love travelling by ferry because then our kids aren’t stuck in the car and they can stretch and roam around the boat. During the off season, the weather may be cooler, but it can also be a great time of year for storm watching. We’re looking forward to more island hopping this fall and my son is looking forward to the culinary part of our adventures. Serena Beck works full time as a technical writer and enjoys writing magazine articles. She also loves spending time with her husband and three children at the beach. 36







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The Nutcracker at the Royal Theatre. Dance Victoria presents the Winnipeg Ballet’s performance of Nutcracker, a treasured holiday classic. December 2-4. 2pm & 7:30pm. Will Stroet at UVic Farquhar. Catchy and kinetic, Will and his Backyard Band perform a high-energy show for young audiences with fun actions and sing-along choruses. December 4, 11am. 250-7218480. O Christmas Tea at Cowichan Theatre. Fans of Monty Python, Mr. Bean, and Dr. Suess, rejoice. Multi-award-winning British comedians James and Jamesy present their outrageously funny and brilliantly inventive Christmas comedy. A jubilant celebration of friendship at Christmas. December 13, 7:30pm. 250-748-7529. The Nutcracker at Cowchan Theatre. A traditional holiday favourite. The Royal City Youth Ballet returns to the stage with its enchanting production.

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Babar & Three Fun Fables at Royal Theatre. Pack your trunks. You’re invited to Babar’s coronation! Jean de Brunhoff’s popular children’s story of one little elephant’s epic rise from rags to riches is eloquently set to music by Francis Poulenc, and expressively re-imagined by Really Inventive Stuff with all the enthusiasm and pomp worthy of a royal gathering. Also on the program, a retelling of three of AeSnow White and the Seven Dwarfs at McPherson sop’s Fables: The Fox and the Crow, the Dog and his Playhouse. Traditional British Panto. Cast out by Reflection, and the Tortoise and the Hare. January her jealous stepmother and tricked into eating a 29, 2:30pm. 250-385-6515. poisoned apple, the beautiful Snow White must defeat the wicked queen and find her way back to FEBRUARY the palace—with the help of seven new friends, a handsome prince, and you—the audience. A win- The Magic Flute at the Royal Theatre, Duncan. ning combination of incredible musical numbers, Enigmatic and sublime, full of mystery and joy, slapstick comedy, double entendres, outrageous this most bewitching of operas is an unforgettable costumes, local celebrities and audience participa- journey from darkness to light, full of peril, magic, tion that encourages you to cheer for the heroine and the most enchanting music in the world. Februand boo for the evil villain. December 27-29, 7pm. ary 16, 18, 22, 24 & 26. 250-383-8124.


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transformed into a brilliant ballet where magic and humour light up the stage in a tour de force. Two ballets by celebrated Canadian choreographers Shawn Hounsell and Peter Quanz open the show with passion and dramatic dancing. March 14 & 15, 7:30pm. Peter Pan at Malaspina Theatre at VIU. For families and children aged 5-12. March 18, 1pm. 250-7547587.



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An Ode to Kale

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friend once told me, “You know that kale is good for you because it tastes so bad.” She said this as she shoved raw kale into her toddler’s lunchtime wrap. Unsurprisingly, he wasn’t at all interested in eating the wrap. It was as though the whole meal was contrived simply to prove his mother’s point. Kale was only worth eating because it was healthy, and the best way to consume it was ground up in some power protein shake with a sprinkle of spirulina for good measure. My children love kale. That said, I don’t think they would enjoy a large mouthful of chewy raw kale.

can just dedicate a patch of soil to your plot of kale and it will self-seed for years. Growing kale in your garden means that you get to enjoy all of its incarnations. The young kale leaves are so tender that they can be added raw to a salad. The big thick leaves can be bitter, tough and chewy, so they are best for cooking. However, if you have kale in your garden over the winter, then the leaves will become sweeter as the weather cools because the plant needs to store sugars to protect its cells from freezing. The late flowering kale is my favourite. If the flowering stems are picked early enough, they are soft and succulent. I eat them like I would asparagus or sprouting broccoli.

The kale most people are familiar with is the type with the big bunches of leaves that is sold at farmers markets and grocery stores. This is the mature kale, and I use it as my go-to for a cooked green. It can work like steamed spinach in lasagna or like chopped cabbage in a soup. I add it to stir-fries and casseroles; it’s extremely versatile. If you are lucky enough to have space for a garden, or even a large planter, then I recommend planting kale. It’s so easy to grow that it’s almost a weed, and it’s a plant that keeps giving to the gardener throughout its life. You can buy kale as seedlings in the spring and fall. Alternatively, you can start it from seed in the garden from March to September. If you’re a recreational gardener, then you

Pick them early as the stems become woody once the flowers start to open. The small leaves of a flowering kale are also sweet and tender, and though my kids will eat them raw, they prefer it when I make them into kale chips. These recipes are designed to be easy enough for older children to prepare on their own. However, it’s important for younger children to learn to cook, too, so I’ve included some suggestions for ways that young children can help out.

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Kale Chips

Kids love kale chips. It’s definitely a good-for-you treat that will get everyone eating their greens. Ingredients: 1 bunch of kale

1 Tbsp olive oil pinch of salt Directions: 1. Wash, de-stem and chop the kale leaves—you will need enough to cover one baking sheet.

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Emillie Parrish 2. Toss the kale with the olive oil, then spread it out in one layer on a baking sheet. 3. Sprinkle with fine salt. 4. Bake at 350˚F for 10-15 minutes, until the edges of the leaves are slightly browned and the kale is crispy. *Young children can help wash and destem the kale leaves. They can also toss kale with oil and spread it out on a baking sheet.

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Kale pesto is a great way to incorporate greens in your diet. You can put it on pasta or pizza. You can use it as a sandwich spread or as the start of a salad dressing. It’s pretty darn versatile. Ingredients: 3 cups of torn kale (no stems) 1⁄2 cup olive oil 1⁄2 tsp salt 2 cloves garlic 1⁄4 cup sunflower seeds 1⁄2 cup Parmesan cheese (optional) Directions: 1. Pack all of the ingredients except for the cheese into into a food processor or blender. 2. Pulse until everything is evenly chopped. You may need to scrape down the sides of the blender a few times to get everything mixed. 3. Add the cheese, if using. 4. If you don’t have a food processor or blender, then make a “deconstructed pesto” by simply chopping everything up and lightly sautéing before adding it to pasta. *Young children can be afraid of noisy kitchen appliances. Try letting them push the ON button so that they aren’t so surprised when it starts to whir.

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Classes & Programs

Girl Guides of Canada 938 Mason St  250-383-1712 Navy League Cadets 250-565-3344.

South Island ART PROGRAMS Art Gallery of Greater Victoria— Children’s Studio 1040 Moss St  250-384-4171 Artistic Statement Gallery & School of Fine Art 107-2250 Oak Bay Ave  250-383-0566 Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula 250-656-7400 Fiddlesticks Studio of Fine Arts for Young Children 250-858-7034 Fired Up Ceramics

McTavish Academy Of Art 1720 McTavish Rd  778-351-0088 Let the Creativity Out! Art, music, dance, yoga, mindfulness, and creative expression. Accessible to all ages and families through classes, workshops and events. Beginner to Advanced, Kids to Adults.

Royal Canadian Air Cadets

Open Space 510 Fort St, 2nd Flr  250-383-8833


Poppet Creative 1508 Haultain St Robert Bateman Centre Junior Nature Sketch Club 250-940-3630

CLUBS & ACTIVITIES Boys & Girls Club Services 301-1195 Esquimalt Rd  250-384-9133 7162 West Saanich Rd  250-652-3021 410 Macaulay St  250-380-9250 830 Pembroke St  250-370-5909 626 Hoylake Ave  250-478-0721

Scouts Canada 1-888-726-8876 Victoria Sea Cadets 250-363-0864 Victoria Flying Club 250-656-2833

Arabesque Dance Studio 250-595-3107 Boston Dance Collective 2750 Quadra Street  250-658-1818 Dance Unlimited 250-361-3267 dansko Studios Inc. est. 1993 4814 W. Saanich Rd  250-475-6606 Leap Forward Dance School 2758 Peatt Rd  250-818-9225 or 778-265-5955 Lighthouse Academy of Dance 934 Goldstream Ave

Transforming disability into ability. At Discovery School, learning disabilities are transformed into valuable skills and abilities. Students work at their own pace in small classes, with focused, individualized instruction. • Experienced, highly-qualified teachers • Ongoing assessment, evaluation & feedback • Improves organizational & study skills • Boost confidence, independence & responsibility • Nurturing environment based on Christian values • For students aged 7 – 18 in grades 1 – 12 • Individual Education Plans • Low student/teacher ratio

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Kids’ Dentist

Maple Leaf School of Ballet 310 Henry St O’Brien School of Irish Dance 604-340-2370

Dr. Anita Gadzinska-Myers

Pacific Dance Centre 5182 Cordova Bay Rd 250-477-6114

is a Board Certified Specialist in Pediatric Dentistry and has a Fellowship in Special Needs Dentistry for children

Stages Performing Arts School 301–1551 Cedar Hill X Rd 250-384-3267

• Accepting new patients now (infants to teenagers) • Referral not needed • Member of Cleft Lip and Palate Team

The Beat Dance Studio @Royal Roads University 250-514-2788 Victoria Academy of Ballet 716 Johnson St 250-590-6752 Victoria School of Irish Dance 250-888-9421

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Victoria Pediatric Dental Centre 206–1830 Oak Bay Ave

Wendy Steen Mitchell Dance 2033 Belmont Ave 250-598-7679 Westcoast Academy of Performing Arts 250-415-1477 Whitespace Dance Westshore Zumba 250-413-7213

DAY ProGrAMS (See also “Recreation Centres”) Autism Services, Community Living Victoria 250-477-7231, ext. 237 Boys & Girls Club 250-384-9133 Byte Camp 250-661-3358 Canadian Forces Sailing 250-385-8873 FUN Camps 600 Richmond Ave 778-712-2267 Glenlyon-Norfolk Marine Adventure Program 250-370-6852 Hands On Summer Camp 250-995-6425 Christ Church Cathedral School 912 Vancouver St 250-383-5125

Emmanuel Preschool 2121 Cedar Hill Cross Road (by entrance to UVic) Children learn through play in our all inclusive, non-denominational Christian preschool. Great facility; outdoor play area and a gym for rainy day play! Two teachers with ECE certifi cation plus an assistant teacher to help with special needs children. A competent and caring teaching team!

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Victoria Academy of Ballet 716 Johnson St 250-590-6752 YM/YWCA 880 Courtney St 250-475-3777



Tennis Kids 250-412-1406


Science Venture 250-721-8661 SMUS Education Extension Holiday Programs 250-370-6120


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Kaleidoscope Theatre 2780 Richmond Rd  250-383-8124 Vancouver Island’s resident professional theatre company and theatre school for young people and families. Offering year-round professional theatre classes, camps and productions for all ages. Kate Rubin Theatre & Drama Studio 250-386-8593

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Vancouver Island Regional Library Sidney-North Saanich Branch 10091 Resthaven Rd  250-656-0944 Sooke Branch 2065 Anna Marie Rd  250-642-3022

MUSIC Fiddlesticks Studio of Fine Arts for Young Children 250-858-7034 Girls Rock Camp Victoria

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Kid’s Works Art Music and Drama Classes 250-884-1290

Screen Actor’s Studio 845 Fisgard St  250-595-1339

Larsen Music 250-389-1988 Mary Rogers Music Studio 250-744-9049 Music for Young Children®

GYMNASTICS Falcon Gymnastics Centre 208–721 Vanalman Ave  250-479-6424 • Ongoing registration. • Classes for boys and girls. • Ages 20 months and up. • Beginner through advanced. • Teen and adult drop-in. • The best birthday parties in town. •

Pivot Point helps children, youth, and adults to rise towards their best! From Victoria, through Cowichan, Duncan, and throughout BC, we tailor behavioural, educational, and mental health services to each individual with Autism and other Diverse Abilities and needs.

Juan de Fuca Branch 1759 Island Hwy  250-391-0653 Nellie McClung Branch 3950 Cedar Hill Rd  250-477-7111 Oak Bay Branch 1442 Monterey Ave  250-592-2489 Saanich Centennial Branch 3110 Tillicum Rd  250-477-9030

Robin’s Nest Recording 250-580-2522 Tom Lee Music #105-2401D Millstream Rd  250-838-5222 Victoria Children’s Choir 250-721-0856 Victoria Conservatory of Music 900 Johnson St  250-386-5311 210-1314 Lakepoint Way  778-265-5355

Lion’s Pride Gymnastics 1060 Henry Eng Place  250-383-3547

Victoria Good News Choir 250-658-1946

Victoria Gymnastics 2051 Store St  250-380-2442

Youth Choir 61 250-477-5569

LIBRARIES Greater Victoria Public Library Bruce Hutchison Branch 4636 Elk Lake Rd  250-727-0104 Central Branch 735 Broughton St  250-382-7241 Central Saanich Branch 1209 Clarke Rd  250-652-2013 Emily Carr Branch 3500 Blanshard St  250-475-6100 Esquimalt Branch 1231 Esquimalt Rd  250-414-7198 Goudy Branch 119-755 Goldstream Ave  250-391-5702

RECREATION CENTRES Archie Browning Sports Centre 1151 Esquimalt Rd  250-414-7103 Cedar Hill Recreation Centre 3220 Cedar Hill Rd  250-475-7121 City Centre Park 250-391-1738

Crystal Pool & Fitness Centre 2275 Quadra St  250-361-0732 Swimming lessons for all ages and abilities; 50m pool with waterslide, two kids’ pools and sauna/ steam rooms; full fitness facilities and wellness programs. Esquimalt Parks & Recreation 527 Fraser St  250-414-8500 Gordon Head Recreation Centre 4100 Lambrick Way  250-475-7100 Henderson Centre 2291 Cedar Hill X Rd  250-370-7200 Panorama Recreation Centre 250-656-7271 Pearkes Recreation Centre 3100 Tillicum Rd  250-475-5400 Recreation Oak Bay 250-595-7946 Saanich Commonwealth Place 4636 Elk Lake Dr  250-475-7600 Salt Spring Island Recreation 145 Vesuvius Bay Rd  250-537-4448

Island Swimming

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Island Swim Skills Programs Available Now! Suitable for Children Aged 6-10

Save On Foods Memorial Centre 1925 Blanshard St  250-361-0732 Passport to skating lesson programs for all ages and abilities; special events and theme skates; youth and sports programs; rental opportunities for ice/dry floor/meeting rooms. SEAPARC Leisure Complex, Sooke 2168 Phillips Rd  250-642-8000

Programs Available at: Saanich Commonwealth Place Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre

For more information on our Island Swim Skills programs contact:

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West Shore Parks & Recreation 250-478-8384 Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre and Centennial Centre offer a variety of programs for preschoolers, school age and teens, plus drop-in swimming, skating, child minding and more.

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SCIENCE/NATURE BC SPCA 250-388-7722 CRD Parks Programs 250-478-3344 Friends of Uplands Park 250-595-8084 Gorge Waterway Nature House Gorge Park  250-380-7585 Greater Victoria Compost Education Centre 250-386-WORM Mad Science 250-391-1814 Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary 3837 Swan Lake Rd  250-479-0211

SKATING Oak Bay Figure Skating Club

Matinees for KIDS! OCT 1 & 2 – 12:45 PM   Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory Oct 8 & 9 – 12:30 pm   The BFG

Saturdays & Sundays All Seats

Oct 15 & 16 – 12:45 pm   Kubo & The Two Strings


Oct 22 & 23 – 1:00 pm   The Secret Life of Pets

Juan de Fuca Skating Club

SPORTS PROGRAMS Boardworks Diving 4636 Elk Lake Dr  250-479-0330 Gorge Soccer Association Hampton Little League Hampton Park  250-385-0022

Oct 29 & 30 – 12:45 pm   The WizArd of Oz

Highland Pacific Golf 450 Creed Rd  250-478-4653

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Island Swimming 250-479-3909 Lakehill Soccer Association Ages 4-18, co-ed, year round soccer Operation Trackshoes 3100 Foul Bay Rd  250-721-2233 PISE (Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence) 250-220-2510 Pacific Coast Swimming  250-727-9243 Royal Victoria Yacht Club  250-592-6113 Sportball 250-590-4625 Victoria City Rowing Club 250-658-5331 Victoria Judo Club 250-886-0056 Victoria Junior Field Hockey Victoria Sea Cadets 250-363-0864


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Victoria Synchro Syncronized swimming combines swimming with music, dance, gymnastics and drama and it’s a team sport. Beginner Synchro classes offered for school ages to adult. Email jennifervicsynchro@ for more information. Victoria Youth Paddling Club Westshore Motocross Assoc. 250-590-8088 World Cup Soccer Camp

What we treat with Acupuncture: nutritional and environmental allergies, digestive complaints, developmental and growth support, anxiety, emotional stress, insomnia, skin conditions including acne and eczema, hormonal issues, painful menstruation, immune system issues and much more.

Dr. Katrine Hegillman Dr. TCM, B.Sc. Acpuncture and Acupressure, Herbal and Nutritional Supplements for children and adults. Please visit our website OTHER Andrea’s Sew Easy 250-592-7879 CISV Victoria The Makehouse 8331⁄2 Fort St  778-432-2294

Cowichan Valley CLUBS & ACTIVITIES Boys & Girls Club, Duncan 2471 Beverly St  250-748-1171 Girl Guides 321 Cairnsmore St  250-748-1052

DAY CAMPS BC SPCA 250-388-7722 KinPark Kid’s Camp, Duncan 360 Duncan St  250-748-8506

LIBRARIES Vancouver Island Regional Library Cowichan Branch 2687 James St  250-746-7661 Lake Cowichan Branch 38 King George North  250-749-3431

MUSIC PROGRAMS Music for Young Children  1-800-828-4334

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RECREATION CENTRES Cowichan Aquatic Centre, Duncan 2653 James St  250-746-7665 Cowichan Lake Sports Arena 311 South Shore Rd  250-749-6742 Cowichan Sportplex 5847 Chesterfield Ave  250-746-5666 Kerry Park Recreation Centre 1035 Shawnigan-Mill Bay Rd  250-743-5922 Shawnigan Lake Community Centre 2804 Shawnigan Lk Rd  250-743-1433

RIDING Alpine Stables 250-743-6641 Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association 250-746-1028





Boys & Girls Club, Chemainus 3172B Garner St  250-246-5421

Flipside Gymnastics 250-756-9102

Boys & Girls Club, Ladysmith 730 3rd Ave  250-245-8921 Boys & Girls Club, Lantzville 7-7221 Lantzville Rd  250-390-4001 Boys & Girls Club, Nanaimo 20 5th St  250-754-3215 Nanaimo Navy League and Sea Cadets 750 Fifth St  250-753-3797 Royal Canadian Sea Cadets 136 Amphion, Nanaimo  250-3797 Royal Canadian Air Cadets 205 Collishaw, Nanaimo  250-754-0076

SKATING Duncan Skating Club

DANCE Glengarry School of Celtic Dance 250-758-0208 O’Brien School of Irish Dance 250-340-2370

BC SPCA 250-388-7722

LIBRARIES Vancouver Island Regional Library Campbell River Branch 1240 Shopper’s Row  250-287-3655 Chemainus Branch 2592 Legion St  250-246-9471 Hornby Island Branch 1765 Sollans Rd  250-335-0044 Ladysmith Branch #3-740 1st Ave  250-245-2322 Nanaimo Harbourfront Branch 90 Commercial Dr  250-753-1154 Nanaimo Wellington Branch 3032 Barons Rd  250-758-5544 Parksville Branch 100E Jenson Ave East  250-248-3841 Port Alberni Branch 4245 Wallace St  250-723-9511 Qualicum Beach Branch #101–660 Primrose St  250-752-6121

sunday october 30, 2:30 pm royal theatre Maestro Joey Pietraroia, conductor Trick or treat to a wicked beat and celebrate the magic and mystery of Halloween with the Victoria Symphony! Ghosts and goblins come out from every corner of the orchestra to play frightful favourites including Hansel and Gretel and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Come early for the VS Instrument Petting Zoo and other activities starting at 1:30 pm in the lobby.

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MUSIC ProGrAMS The Music Chord 250-619-5871 Nanaimo Community Band 250-722-3088 Nanaimo Conservatory of Music 250-754-4611

reCreATIoN CeNTreS Beban Park Social Centre 2300 Bowen Rd 250-756-5200 Bowen Park Complex 500 Bowen Rd 250-756-5200 Frank Crane Arena 2300 Bowen Rd 250-756-5200 Kinsmen Park Pool 5779 Alderlea St 250-246-3811

Bumble & Hive is a fun, modern, clean and very unique space to hold your party! Book your children’s birthday parties (ages 1–6), baby showers, Mommy / Parent related event, or gatherings with friends and family today! No prep, no clean-up. Let us take care of it for you! Call or check out our website for package options and time availability. 2 hrs Free Parking behind the Market off Fisgard.

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Nanaimo Aquatic Centre 741 Third St 250-756-5200 Nanaimo Ice Centre 750 Third St 250-756-5200 North Cowichan Parks & Recreation, Chemainus 2876 Fuller Lake Rd 250-246-3811 Oliver Woods Community Centre 6000 Oliver Rd 250-756-5200 Ravensong Aquatic Centre 737 Jones St 250-752-5014

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SCIeNCe/NATUre Morell Nature Sanctuary 787 Nanaimo Lakes 250-753-5811 Kool Toys & Teaching Tools

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Good Enough Mom I

think I can safely say that the majority of us enter motherhood with a set of beliefs or expectations—sub-consciously or consciously—about what it means to be a good mother. We develop these beliefs from the pressure of our communities and society as a whole, the experiences with our own parents, and through the expectations of friends, family, and media. These outside influences can have such surprising power and influence over us that when we finally do become mothers ourselves, it is often difficult to listen to our own ideas of what this “good mom” thing is all about. So difficult, in fact, that sometimes overwhelming emotion can creep in—sleepless nights of worry, lack of appetite, fear and insecurity about being alone with baby, and the pure distress that can accompany early motherhood. The recent movie, “Bad Moms,” stars a mom, overwhelmed and downright sick of trying to keep it all together, who gets a couple of other mothers to join her in

being a “bad mom”—mothers who give up the struggle of trying to do everything perfectly and enjoy their newfound freedoms. Although the comedy provided some good laughs, I think it can strike a subtle chord in most mothers. Every mother has felt overwhelmed and like a failure at some point in her life—probably at countless points in her life. The pressure to be all things to all people is overwhelming, as is the feeling of guilt that you are constantly letting someone down: your kids, your significant other, your fellow moms, your boss, yourself. We put so much pressure on ourselves to be perfect! Or at least, if not perfect, then definitely good. I hear the phrase “I feel like such a bad mom” in my professional and personal life frequently and I think these powerful words have the potential to haunt mothers. What, exactly, is a “Good Mom” anyway? Is a good mother the one who breastfeeds her baby until he is two? Is a good mom the one who cooks all of the

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family meals from scratch? Is she the mother who always puts others before herself? Is this good mom the one who is constantly smiling, has a perfectly clean house, and clean, folded laundry put away before

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anyone notices it was even dirty? Or is she the mom who never feeds her child sugar or lets her watch TV? Is she the one who is always happy, never anxious, definitely not angry, and seems to know exactly what to do with her child at every developmental stage? Is she the one whose baby is never crying? Is she the one whose children are always happy, too? Most of us carry at least one of these expectations with us into our definitions of “Good Mom.” Sadly, definitions of good motherhood may not even be ours: they may be society’s. Or they might be in the books on our bedside table. Or they could come

from our neighbour, husband, or woman we sat next to at the baby drop-in class. Each of us enters motherhood with some idea of what we “should” do in this new and often overwhelming role. The abundance of child-rearing advice out there can make your job as a parent easier, but also more difficult. While it is great that all this information is available, it sometimes ends up putting a lot of pressure on moms to have all the answers and to attempt to live up to unattainable ideals. Besides feeling guilty because we have unrealistic expectations of ourselves, sometimes we feel guilt when we compare ourselves to other people or situations. The key is to remember that there truly is no right way to be a mom, and that every baby and family is different so there are no cookie-cutter answers. Trust yourself to make the right choices for your child and family and that you are doing the best you possibly can. It took me until my third child to close the books and navigate with my heart, not my mind So please go ahead and ask yourselves what you believe to be a “good enough” mom to your children and to write down your own list. Take note of the “shoulds” and the “always” and whether or not you are noting ideas that are truly yours or whether they are someone else’s or your assumptions of someone else’s. I encourage you to be mindful of what comes to you. For this exercise, give yourself permission to own this definition, regardless of what others might say or think. What do you believe goes into being a Good Enough Mom? Go through your list and ask yourself if you are doing or being anything on your list. Try your best to think of at least one thing or one time that you have met each piece of your definition. For example, if “being present” is on your list, what exactly does that look like and how have you been present to your baby? Post your list in a spot that you can see it. Every day, ask yourself if you have engaged in any of the Good Enough Mom elements that you have noted. My guess is that each one of you reading this is a darn Good Enough Mom. You just might not have noticed.

Diana Hurschler, RN BscN, childbirth educator, certified breastfeeding counselor has been helping families in their childbearing years and beyond since 1998. Diana is the proud Mama of four little ones. She can be reached at

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On Sleep, or the Lack Thereof T

here’s this luscious commodity, extremely precious because it’s in such high demand and so incredibly hard to get. It can’t be bought (not really) but it’s still on the wishlist of every new parent. Its absence causes considerable unhappiness and not just a few tears in a new parent’s life. It’s sleep. Anybody who has considered starting a family has likely taken note of the cadre of red-eyed adults who appear in cafes in the mornings. Those folks with babies strapped to their chests in carriers, like plump little starfish, happily flapping their arms and legs, while the adults attached to them rub their eyes and mainline their caffeine. If you are on the road to parenthood, you should know that in spite of all your secret hopes, this will soon be you. I used to laugh at the time stamps on my best friend’s texts. She would ping me to tell me about a great new book at 2 a.m., or send a recipe for mint-pea couscous at midnight. Sometimes it seemed she never slept. She said she rarely did. Lots of new parents say that. But that, obviously, is impossible. Sleep is necessary to sustain life. There’s even a

condition called “fatal familial insomnia” where the sufferer literally stops being able to sleep, and the outcome is pretty obvious, judging by the condition’s name. So parents have to be exaggerating, don’t they? Surely they’re running on more than an hour and a half’s worth of sleep. Surely they’re just rounding their hours down to sound tougher and more impressive to their friends. Imagine my surprise when I had a little sprog of my own and, spoiler alert, found out they weren’t exaggerating at all. In fact, studies show that if parents lie about how their babies sleep, it’s in the opposite direction; they lie about how well their babies sleep. It’s as if there’s a baby Olympics and everybody wants to medal in Sleeping Through the Night. As it happens, there’s no baby Olympics. Instead there’s the Sleep Deprivation Olympics which, unfortunately, everybody has to try out for, and nobody wants to medal in. There’s a sort of bloody-minded raceto-the-bottom when it comes to parental stories of sleep deprivation. You might even hear good friends one-downing each other in a conversation: “Clementine only

slept in one-hour intervals during the four-month sleep regression.” “Oh, well, when little Hugo was teething, we slept in 15 minute shifts.” It’s incredibly tough, and just getting through it without giving up and running away to join a circus is something of a badge of honour. Unfortunately, the effect of sleep deprivation on new parents isn’t well understood. The methodology of the studies done on sleep deprivation are often incompatible with the experience of parenting—study subjects agree to be subjected to sleep deprivation for a set amount of time, and know they can drop out if they wish. Not so for actual parents who never know if Little Hugo is going to ever learn to self-soothe, and just have to cope with night wakings and whatever else life throws their way. Because so little is known about the effects of parental sleep deprivation, all that can be said about the early years are generalities: Sleep deprivation stacks, meaning you can bounce back from one bad night with one good night, but not so for two or three bad nights. For those you need two or three good ones. Sleep deprivation also impairs working memory, increases risk of depression, and enhances negative moods. People who are seriously sleep deprived may even suffer auditory or visual hallucinations (I did. I swore up and down someone was knocking on the door. They weren’t. My husband looked at me like I was nuts. Which, I’ll fess up here, I kind of was.) But there is some good news to be had on the sleep front. There are many great resources to help you get through (see this issue, the Family Resource Guide, for example). And nothing about babyhood is forever. Bad nights of fussing and crying are just one of those transient things. Colic

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tends to peter out for most around six weeks, and for nearly everybody by four months. Teething comes and goes. Sleep regressions happen—often hand-in-hand with a new skill—then fade away again, leaving behind the exciting new skill. Even better for parents who plan to have more than one child, some studies suggest that we become more efficient sleepers after going through a long period of sleep deprivation. That means, as with so much about parenthood, the trials of the first baby are front-loading some of the work for the second. While there’s no one-size-fits-all answer to the question of how to get baby to

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sleep through the night, there are plenty 757 West Burnside Road  250 479 1232 of tips and tricks that might help. But the fact is, rest is just hard to come by in that first year, and it can be difficult to nap when the opportunity presents itself, St. Joseph’s Elementary School has limited space in all because there’s other essential work to grades (K–7), as well as space in our licensed Group Day Care do—like, for example, feeding yourself. You’ll soldier on. And, as with everything and Preschool Program. Applications are available on-line or in childhood, this too shall pass. Nothing from the school office. St. Joseph’s offers a rigorous academic is permanent. program in a Catholic Christian atmosphere. So when you’re at the café, bleary-eyed, We are pleased to announce that our Early Learning Centre is now waiting for desperately-needed caffeine, with your infant happily open! We are starfishing offering infull time daycare for children who are 3 and 4 their carrier, and somebody tells you, years of age. Applications are available on-line or from the Early “Enjoy this time! You’ll miss it when it’s gone!”Learning just smile and nod and remember: Centre office. St. Josephʼs offers anPacific excellent program in a is dedicated Centre Family Services Association to maintaining outstanding services for the people we work Eventually Clementine will get all her Catholic Christian atmosphere. with through education, counselling and creative programming. teeth. Eventually Hugo will learn to selfWe have locations in Colwood, Langford and Sooke, soothe. None ofof this is forever. are 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM. For Hours operation additional information British Columbia, Canada and feature the following programs: And, besides, you’re highly sleep deplease contact Susan Clifford at 250-479-1237. · Affordable & Fee for Service Counselling for · Youth & Child Counselling & Expressive Therapy prived. Your memory is impaired. You’ll Individuals & Couples (offered by Registered Clinical Program (SAIP) probably forget all this anyway. Counsellors or Master’s level counselling interns on a · Youth Services (parent/teen counselling and mediation)

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sliding scale based on family income) · Substance Use Program (counselling and referrals for adults) · Safer Families (counselling for families who have violence/abuse history) · Stopping the Violence & Family Violence Programs (Group and individual counselling for women and men who have used violence or who have experienced abuse in their intimate relationships)

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For more information, please contact our intake direct line at 250.391.4321 West Shore Child, Youth and Family Centre 345 Wale Rd., Victoria, BC V9B 6X2

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Encouraging Social Skills in Your Child

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hildren who have good social skills find it easier to make and keep friends. They tend to be liked by their peers and generally get along well with others. They also tend to have fewer arguments and disagreements. Friendships are important but children do not always know how to look after them. Many parents feel there is little they can do to influence their children’s friendships. However, parents have an important role in monitoring and encouraging social skills. Triple P—the Positive Parenting Program provides the following tips for encouraging friendships and social skills:

• Expect appropriate behaviour from your child when they have a friend over. If there is a problem discuss some rules and talk about what will happen if the rules are not followed.

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• Expect appropriate behaviour from other children. • If the children do have a conflict, separate them for a short period of time. If the problem is not resolved after discussing rules about playing together and appropriate behaviour, speak to the other child’s parent about the problem and how you both might work to prevent the conflict in future. • If aggression or teasing becomes a problem, discuss the problem with your child and let your child know that this type of behaviour is not acceptable. Explain the consequences and follow through. • Remember to always praise your child and give them positive attention for playing nicely. Helping your child to develop good social skills is one way of building confidence and competence. Having good friends has • Help your child to make friends by a major impact on children’s self-esteem. For more Triple P tips and ideas for all showing an interest in their friends and by talking about what it means to be a ages and stages of development or to find Triple P services in your community, visit good friend. • Suggest to your child that they invite or another child over to visit at your home. • Teach your child how to interact with their friends including allowing a friend to Cindy Knott has worked for over 25 years choose games or activities, sharing their supporting children and families in Manitoba things, speaking nicely, and listening. and British Columbia. She is currently the Vancouver Island Triple P Coordinator.

Dough Play I

t is important to help children develop the skills they need to work with their hands. Building hand and eye coordination is an important first step in developing writing skills. For a fun, hands-on family activity, make your own play dough. Play dough can be used in all types of learning adventures. Try out some of the following ideas or let your imagination run wild.

Simple Play Dough Recipe

1⁄4 cup salt 1 cup flour 1⁄4 cup water 1. Have your child mix the flour and salt in a large bowl. 2. Add the water slowly, mixing with your hands until the dough feels like clay. 3. Take the dough out and have fun. Optional: Add food colouring to give your dough a little more zing.

Learning Activities

Art Make sculptures with different shapes. Push the dough flat and place it on paper to create raised pictures. Science Press leaves into the play dough to get an imprint, and explore the structure and design of each leaf. Literacy Roll the play dough into long “snakes” and make letters. Write names, favourite toys, and other familiar words in the dough with your finger. Practice with tools Play dough can be cut with scissors, poked with forks, rolled with rolling pins, or shaped with cups. Take a look around your house to find tools that your child can use to shape the dough.

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y sons are both grown now but I still think back to the days when they hopped on the bed at bedtime, eager for our nightly ritual of reading together. I started reading to them when they were all of six months old. Long after they learned how to read for themselves, they both still wanted to be read to each night. There is a special

through reading, whether it was dinosaurs (like his daddy), pirates, jungle animals, or whatever else took his fancy. As it turns out, he is obsessed with vehicles—cars, trucks, trains, fire engines, police cars, ambulances, buses—any transportation-themed book is sure to draw his interest. As soon as I clued into that fact, I scurried off on a mad hunt,

magic in reading to a child—how they hang onto your every word, how they point out new insights to a story even though they’ve heard it dozens of times before, or how they can recite the text of their favourite books verbatim but they still want you to read them anyway. With the birth of my first grandson two years ago, I made a pledge to myself that I would buy books for him every chance I got and I would read to him on every visit. Although he is impatient at times to sit for long, he always responds when I suggest— “Let’s read a book.” Upon hearing that, he immediately toddles over to his bookcase and carefully selects a book, often dumping a number of them on the floor in order to get to the exact one he wants. (Little does he know how much I also treasure our reading time as a chance to cuddle together!) When my grandson was younger, I couldn’t wait to discover his interests

scouring local bookshops and toy stores for any book I could get my hands on that had vehicles anywhere in it. In all honesty, I think I have scooped up every such book within the city limits. Because my grandson is a toddler, I buy him board books; made of sturdy layered cardboard, they allow him to easily turn the page. I wouldn’t say they’re exactly bullet-proof, but they are for the most part gnaw-resistant and they can survive a lot of wear and tear. I marvel at the creativeness of today’s children’s authors. So many of the board books are interactive, stimulating a toddler’s natural curiosity—there are flaps to open, windows to slide, textures to feel, and buttons to push. Being an “old-school” elementary teacher, I scoffed at such gimmickry at first, but when I witnessed the delight with which my grandson played peek-a-boo with the flaps, or ran his hand over the fuzzy fur of a kitten, or pushed

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the ‘flush’ button of his potty book for the umpteenth time, I quickly realized and appreciated the value of stimulating all of a young child’s senses during the reading experience. As my grandson gets older, I look forward to the trips we will make together to our local library branch. Purchasing books is a passion and a privilege I am now able to afford, but back when I had my own children

Susan Gnucci and money was tight, we made weekly trips to the library. I hope my grandson will come to appreciate all that a library can offer him—from story times and puppet shows, to exhibits and displays, to craft and hobby programs, and most importantly, to a world of books at his fingertips. I’ll never forget the first library I took my sons to; it was a small local branch and as we approached the door, I noted the colorful poster of a character from the well-known children’s

book, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. “MAGIC happens here,” it read. How very true. One of the fondest memories I have of reading with my own sons is the summer we read The Swiss Family Robinson together. Being a fan of classic children’s literature, I proposed this epic novel and the boys readily agreed to it once I told them it chronicled the adventures of a family on a deserted island. What I didn’t know at the time was what a wonderful bonding experience it would be for the three of us. It took us all summer to read it and I enjoyed it every bit as much as they did. We all learned lessons about the challenges of survival, the ingenuity of human mind, and the importance of family. I remember we continued to talk about the book, revisiting all the different adventures, long after we had read it. Over the years, as my sons moved into middle school, I held garage sales at which I sold most of their toys, but something I refused to let go of were all the children’s books I had acquired for them over the years. I made a point of keeping them carefully tucked away for over two decades through every move I made in the hope I would have grandchildren one day. When my grandson was born, one of the first things I did was unearth my boxes of books in my

storage closet. I look at those books lined up neatly once again on my bookshelf, of all the stories and adventures they impart, and I am filled with fresh excitement at the thought of sharing them with my grandson. Which ones will be his favourites? Which ones will he learn to read first? Which ones will inspire him? The other day as we sat reading one of his many books, my grandson suddenly pointed a chubby finger at the text on the page and asked “What’s that?” I smiled to myself, pleased he had finally noticed the words on the page along with all of the colorful illustrations. “Those are the words, and they tell the story,” I explained to him. I await his discovery and awe of the written word, how it can free our spirits, touch our lives, and enrich our experiences of the world. As he gets older, I hope he reads stories that will make him laugh, wonder, question, imagine, and yes, even cry. If I pass anything on to him, I want it to be a love of reading.

Susan Gnucci is a local author and a proud “nonna” to an adorable two-year-old grandson. She enjoys sharing her experiences as a first-time grandparent.

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Health & Wellness South Island ACUPUNCTURE Oriri Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine 250-886-8863

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PHARMACIES Cadboro Bay Peoples Compounding Parmacy 3825 Cadboro Bay Rd  250-477-2131 Fairfield Peoples Compounding Drug Mart 15-1594 Fairfield Rd  250-598-9232 Fairfield Peoples Compounding Pharmacy 1282 Fairfield Rd  250-595-5997

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Shelbourne Plaza Peoples Compounding Pharmacy 3643 Shelbourne St  250-577-1881


UVic Campus Pharmacy UVic SUB 3800 Finnerty Rd  250-721-3400

Oaklands Dental 202-1581 Hillside Ave  250-592-7874 Saanich Dental Group 119-1591 McKenzie Ave  250-477-7321


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HEALTH CLINICS St. Anthony’s Medical Centre 582 Goldstream Ave  250-478-6242 Tillicum Mall Medical Clinic 14–3170 Tillicum Rd  250-381-8112

MASSAGE THERAPY Remedy Wellness Centre 250-590-5221 Vancouver Island Naturopathic Clinic Inc. 204-4480 West Saanich Rd  250-881-1806

Iyengar Yoga 202–919 Fort St  250-386-9642 Mothering Touch Centre & Birth Services 975 Fort St  250-595-4905

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Tigh-na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort & Conference Centre, Parksville 1155 Resort Dr  250-248-2072

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Victoria Pilates Inc. Mattick’s Farm  250-727-0075

Juniper Family Health 314-1175 Cook St  778-265-8341 Vancouver Island Naturopathic Clinic Inc. 204-4480 West Saanich Rd  250-881-1806

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Cowichan Valley HEALTH CLINICS Coleman Medical, Duncan 186 Kenneth St  250-746-4102

Learning to Drive


y eldest daughter turned 16 this month. Like most kids her age, Evelyn has been looking forward to getting her learner’s permit so she can start driving, but I was surprised to learn she had no plans to read the provincial driving guide. When I was her age, I spent hours going through it and getting ready for the test. Evelyn just spends hours taking and retaking ICBC’s sample driver tests through an app on her phone. When Evelyn told me this, I asked if she didn’t think it worth reading the drivers manual at least once just so she could also learn all the things that might not be on one of the sample tests. “That’s not how you do it,” she said. “They make the sample tests so you can practice, so you can pass, so you can get your learners permit.” I assured her that there were going to be things she needed to learn about driving that didn’t appear on those tests—that the 100-page booklet I’d poured over when I was 16 had more information in it than repeated 25 question multiple choice tests were going to convey. One morning though Evelyn came down saying she got 100 per cent on a sample test and was ready to go. The next day she took the test, got her license and is now learning to drive. I first watched Evelyn behind the wheel when we rented a golf cart to get around an island in Belize earlier this year. It’s a pretty safe way to start driving. The only real concerns on the island roads are pot holes and other golf carts, but there are also no seat belts in a golf cart. Every member of our family held onto the cart a little tighter whenever Evelyn got behind the wheel. My wife even screamed once or twice when Evelyn drove too fast or hit a pothole. Evelyn’s next driving experience came in a parking lot with a family friend who’d been offering to get her started driving. I only heard about this after the fact. Alex and Evelyn came back after their half-hour practice in an empty lot at UVic. They worked on parking until Evelyn overshot her spot and got the car up on the grass, passenger side door just an inch from a lamp post. According to Alex, she’d mistaken the gas for the brake. I was the next one to take Evelyn driving. On our way up to UVic, I asked what she knew so far. “The pedal on the right is the gas,” she said. “And the pedal on the left

the brake.” Obviously she’d learned from her driving practice with Alex. “What else do you know?” “I’m not sure,” she said. “It would be easier if you ask me questions.” That of course is exactly what the ICBC app does—asks her questions and turns driving knowledge into multiple choice.

Daniel Griffin Once we got to UVic, we spotted another new driver already in the lot. He guided his car from one side of the lot to the other, forward, reverse, forward, reverse. We got close enough that Evelyn recognized the boy from school then we decided it would be better to go to the far side of the lot so we had a bit more space. Evelyn drove well. She practised parking, turning, accelerating and stopping and never mixed up the pedals. She was careful on every turn, panicked only when other cars pulled into the lot and passed too close to us. We’d staked out the near side of the lot. The other new driver had the far side. We hoped people who actually wanted to park would use the space in between. At one point, Evelyn managed to get the speedometer up above 30 kilometres an hour and that’s when I stopped biting my tongue and told her to slow down. So much of parenting is about letting go, trusting and allowing our kids to lead their own lives— teaching someone to drive feels like a bit of a microcosm of that. My mother told me she thought it was her job to teach her kids to drive. She didn’t let me or my brothers go to drivers ed. I’m not sure I feel the same way about drivers ed, but at UVic, while Evelyn zipped past parked cars at 30 kilometres an hour, I did realize there’s lots that parents can learn about trust and letting go when teaching their children to drive.

Daniel Griffin is the father of three children and the author of Stopping for Strangers (Vehicule Press, 2012), a collection of short stories about parents, children, brothers and sisters.

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Matraea Centre, Duncan 250-597-0085

Collaborative Family Law Group 250-704-2600

Millstream Medical Clinic 107–2349 Millstream Ave  250-391-7554

Legal Aid Legal Services Society 200–747 Fort St  250-360-4516

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PHARMACIES Valleyview Peoples Drug Mart 26-1400 Cowichan Bay Rd  250-743-1448

PHYSIOTHERAPY South Cowichan Physiotherapy 59-1400 Cowichan Bay Rd, Cobble Hill 250-743-3833

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Rainy Day Boredom Busters


e West Coasters have to be creative when it comes to handling rainy days—even during the summer months. There are plenty of options: from visiting a museum or trying a new at-home activity, to arranging a play date or braving the inclement weather. Here are 10 other suggestions for rainy day fun. Learn how to knit. If you already know the basics of knitting, set your kids up with some wool and large knitting needles, and get them busy making a coaster or pot holder. If you don’t know anything about knitting, get a book or check the internet for instructions and patterns. With a few supplies you’ll be ready to start. Once you get the hang of the basics, try Googling “knitting plastic bags” for an idea on how to use up old shopping bags. Camp indoors. If you’ve got a free-standing tent, set it up in the family room, complete with air mattresses, sleeping bags and pillows. Now for your supplies: books, board games, snacks, music makers, stuffies, favourite toys, art supplies—whatever you need to make your camping trip fun. At the end of the day, have a sleepover in your warm, dry campsite. Make simple instruments from household items. Grab an empty coffee can, cooking pots and wooden spoons for drumming. Take a shoe box, cut a hole in the lid, wrap rubber bands around the box and over the hole, and strum for your strings section. Small yogurt containers filled partly with rice make perfect maracas. Now add anything you may have lying around in the toy box such as a recorder or harmonica. For some easy-to-make ideas, visit and do a search for “Make a Kazoo out of a Toilet Paper Roll.” You’ll also see links for making a rain stick, chimes, trumpet and more. Take your marching band on a Rain Parade. Now that you’ve encouraged your kids to make a variety of noise makers, you need somewhere to make noise. This is the time to suggest they take their band on the road. Have them dress up in their raincoats and rubberboots and let them march in the yard or up and down the sidewalk. Go for a blanket ride. If your kids need to burn off energy and your house has wood or linoleum floors, get ready, get set, get out a blanket for racing around the house. Have one child sit on the blanket and either pull them around yourself or have another child

pull them (the “puller” will burn off energy, always a good idea when cooped up indoors on a rainy day). Make fabric art pillow slips. Get a variety of colours of fabric paint from your local arts and crafts store. The ones that are like big felt pens are easiest for little hands to use, and they’re not as messy as pots of paint. Lay a white pillow slip on a flat surface and slide a piece of cardboard between the layers so none of the paint will soak through. Tape the edges of the pillow slip down with masking tape so your surface is flat and taut, and have your young artist work from left to right (if they’re right-handed; vice versa if left-handed) so they don’t smear their work. Once dry, either use the pillow slips or set them aside as a gift. Make sand candles. You’ll need a bucket of damp sand, parrafin wax and/or old crayons and lengths of string for wicks. Push your fist or any object into the sand—this will be the shape of your candle. If you want legs, use a finger to poke three leg-holes into the bottom (angle them slightly outwards from the centre). Tie a length of wick onto a stick that can rest across the top of the bucket: dangle it down into the centre of the candle and tuck it into the bottom. An adult should handle the melting and pouring of the wax. Use a coffee can in a pot that has a couple of inches of simmering water. Melt the parrafin or crayons in the can and then pour carefully into the candle mold. You can experiment with layers of plain parrafin interspersed with layers of coloured crayon wax. Once the candle is cooled and hard, remove from the bucket and brush off excess sand. Explore your community. Rainy days are the perfect time to use what the community offers: recreation centres, movie theatres, museums or other tourist attractions, art supply stores, libraries or book stores. Make a movie or create a photo story. Have your kids shoot a mini-movie using siblings, friends or stuffies as the actors. Or they can take a series of photos and incorporate them into a story. Help them set up the pages on the computer and place the photos within the text. Let them print out the finished story and read it to their friends and family. Get busy in the kitchen. One of the best ways to share time with kids is to make a yummy treat and then eat it fresh from the oven—or pot or bowl or pan. Get out your favourite cookie recipe, search through your cookbooks, check online for new ideas—you’ll find something tasty that you and your assistant chefs can create. Even the smallest one can help with mixing, stirring, measuring and (of course) sampling.•

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Family Fun & Entertainment South Island FAMILY FUN Affordable Hot Tubs & Saunas Ltd 4649 West Saanich Rd  778-433-6786 All Fun Karts, Cages, Clubs & Camping at Western Speedway 250-474-1961 Bumble & Hive Play Centre 778-265-4466 City Centre Park, Playzone 1089 Langford Parkway  250-391-1738 Hatley Park National Historic Site 2005 Sooke Rd  250-391-2666 Highland Pacific Golf 450 Creed Rd  250-478-4653 Hillside Sea Rangers Kids Club 250-595-7154 Great fun and adventure for children 5-10 yrs who are interested in the ocean and local marine life. Free activities include Beach Clean Ups, Ocean Side Discoveries and more. Mattick’s Farm Mini Golf 5325 Cordova Bay Rd  250-658-4053 Tumblebums Play Centre & Toy Shop 133-735 Goldstream Ave  250-474-PLAY WildPlay Element Parks 250-595-2251

FESTIVALS & FAIRS Creatively United for the Planet Festival Festival de la francophonie 250-388-7350 Fringe Festival 250-383-2663 Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival 250-386-9223 Pacific Rim Whale Festival Rifflandia Festival Rock the Shores Saanich Fair 1528 Stellys X Rd  250-652-3314 64

Shakespeare Festival Victoria Dragon Boat Festival 3651 Shelbourne St 250-704-2500 Victoria Independent Film & Video Festival 1215 Blanshard St 250-389-0444

MUSeUMS BC Aviation Museum, Sidney 1910 Norseman Rd 250-655-3300 Craigdarroch Castle Historical Museum 1050 Joan Cres 250-592-5323 Craigflower Schoolhouse & Manor 2790 Shoreline Dr 250-383-4627 Fort Rodd Hill & Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites of Canada 603 Fort Rodd Hill Rd 250-478-5849 Come run, climb and go underground at Fort Rodd Hill. Then steer a ship, sound the fog horn and master the games inside Fisgard Lighthouse. Royal BC Museum 675 Belleville St 250-356-7226 Saanich Historical Artifacts Society 7321 Lochside Dr 250-652-5522

NATUre CRD Parks 250-478-3344 Galey Farms Corn Maze & Market 4150 Blenkinsop Rd 250-477-4450 Goldstream Park Nature House 250-478-9414 Gorge Waterway Discovery Centre Gorge Park 250-7585 Gulf Islands National Park Reserve 2220 Harbour Rd 250-654-4000 Horticultural Centre of the Pacific 505 Quayle Rd 250-479-6162 Parks Canada Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea 9811 Seaport Pl 250-665-7511 Victoria Butterfly Gardens 1461 Benvenuto Ave 250-652-3822

THeATre & ArT Art Gallery of Greater Victoria 1040 Moss St 250-384-4101 Cinecenta Student Union Building @UVic 250-721-8365 Dance Victoria 250-595-1829

The Ultimate Hair Salon, Shoppe & Party Place! Haircuts for Girls & Boys Fun Spa Services Theme Parties Ear Piercing DIY Spa Products Bead Bar Unique Gifts/Products Day Camps & Special Events 250.590.5568 Family Resource Guide 2016/2017


Four Seasons Musical Theatre 250-478-0329 Intrepid Theatre Company #2-1609 Blanshard St  250-383-2663 Kaleidoscope Theatre 3130 Jutland Rd  250-383-8124 IMAX® Victoria in the Royal BC Museum 675 Belleville St  250-480-4887



Navy Run, CFB Esquimalt 250-363-1008

Chemainus Theatre 9737 Chemainus Rd  1-800-565-7738

Victoria Good News Choir 250-658-1946

Cowichan Theatre 2687 James St  250-748-7529

Pacific Opera Society 250-382-4944

Cowichan Valley

University Centre Farquhar Auditorium 250-721-8480


Victoria Operatic Society #10-744 Fairview Rd  250-381-1021

Islands Folk Festival Duncan 250-248-8975

Victoria Symphony #610-620 View St  250-385-6515



BC Forest Discovery Centre 2892 Drinkwater Rd  250-715-1113

Beacon Hill Children’s Farm Beacon Hill Park  250-381-2532


Victoria Bug Zoo 250-384-BUGS

The Raptors, Duncan 1877 Herd Rd  250-746-0372


Mid-Island FAMILY FUN Romper Room Indoor Climbing 4835B Boban Dr  250-751-7625 Tiger Lily Farms Barnyard & Trail Rides 1692 Errington Rd  250-248-2408 WildPlay Element Parks, Nanaimo 35 Nanaimo River Rd  1-888-716-7374

FESTIVALS & FAIRS Filberg Festival  Comox Valley  1-866-898-8499

Gabriola Theatre Festival

O’Brien School of Irish Dance

MUSEUMS Alberni Valley Museum 4255 Wallace St  250-723-2181 Black Nugget Museum, Ladysmith 12 Gatacre St  250-245-4846 Comox Air Force Museum 19 Wing Rd  250-339-8162 Courtenay Museum 250-334-0686 McLean Mill National Historic Site 5633 Smith Rd  250-723-1376 Nanaimo Museum 100 Museum Way  250-753-1821

NATURE Butterfly World 1080 Winchester Rd  250-248-7026 Filberg Heritage Park 61 Filberg Rd  250-339-2715 Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park Qualicum Beach  250-248-7829

Cadboro Bay, Esquimalt, Downtown Victoria and Duncan Recreational, performance and competitive classes Dance, dance wherever you may be….

Morrell Nature Sanctuary 787 Nanaimo Lk Rd  250-753-5811 North Island Wildlife Recovery 1240 Leffler, Errington  250-248-8534 Pacific Rainforest Adventure Tours 250-248-3667 Seaview Game Farm, Black Creek 1392 Seaview Rd  250-337-5182 Tiger Lily Farm 1692 Errington Rd  250-248-2408

THEATRE & ART Chemainus Theatre 9737 Chemainus Rd  250-246-9800 Nanaimo Theatre Group 2373 Rosstown Rd  250-758-7224 Port Theatre, Nanaimo 125 Front St  250-754-8550 Theatre One 250-754-7587

Foliage, Flowers and Tutus in Full Bloom A Fundraiser for Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary in Partnership with Moscow Ballet’s New Horizons Program. All proceeds to benefit the Bridges to Nature Campaign

Saturday, October 8th


(Junior Swans ages 5–9) 10:00 – 11:30 am Member rate $20 Non-Member rate $35


(Intermediates ages 9 & up) 12:30 – 2:00 pm Member rate $20 Non-Member rate $35

Register your Cygnet or Swan today: 250.479.0211

Interested in donating to or sponsorship of the Bridges to Nature Campaign? Contact Kathleen Burton, Executive Director 250.479.0211

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Party Planning South Island

Par-T-Perfect 250-386-5867 The Party Boutique 250-999-9313 Top Notch Parties Let us style and cater your dream party.  250-896-5544

ACTIVE PARTY PLACES Bumble & Hive Play Centre 778-265-4466


Falcon Gymnastics 208–721 Vanalman Ave  250-479-6424


Games2U 250-661-2219

Horse Play Parties, Duncan  250-701-9116

Lion’s Pride 250-383-FLIP Recreation Oak Bay 250-595-7946 Victoria Gymnastics 2051 Store St  250-380-2442


ENTERTAINERS & CLOWNS Donald Dunphy’s Professional Magic Entertainment 250-727-6505 Enchanted Fables Princess Parties The Puppet Booth 250-472-3546

MUSEUM/MOVIE IMAX® Victoria in the Royal BC Museum 675 Belleville St  250-480-4887

Mad Science Vancouver Island 250-391-1814

PARTY SUPPLIES/PLANNING Funtime Inflatables (Victoria) 656 Caleb Pike Rd  250-474-0556

Retail Products South Island

SilverCity  3130 Tillicum Rd  1-888-3FAMOUS

ART & CRAFT STORES SCIENCE/NATURE Mad Science Vancouver Island 250-391-1814 Victoria Bug Zoo 631 Courtney St  250-384-BUGS

PARTY SUPPLIES/PLANNING Cafiker Castle 250-889-9062

BABY SUPPLIES Bellies in Bloom Maternity 104-4489 Viewmont Ave  250-479-0803 Momease Baby Boutique 121-5325 Cordova Bay Rd  778-265-5432 1581 Hillside Ave  778-265-5651

Funtime Inflatables 250-474-0597

Mothering Touch Centre & Birth Services 975 Fort St  250-595-4905

Island DJ Services 250-686-2038

TJ’s The Kiddies Store 3045C Douglas St  250-386-2229

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Island Blue Print  905 Fort St  250-385-9786

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BICYCLES Fairfield Bicycle Shop 1275 Oscar St  250-381-2453 North Park Cycle 1725 Quadra St  250-386-2453 Recyclistas  25 Crease Ave  250-418-8867

BOOKS Bolen Books 111–1644 Hillside Ave  250-595-4232 Barefoot Books 250-380-7197 Chapters  1212 Douglas St  250-380-9009

CLOTHING Abra Kid Abra 2005 Oak Bay Ave  778-265-5430 Mothering Touch Centre & Birth Services 975 Fort St  250-595-4905

Moscow Ballet in partnership with Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary present

Persnickety For Kids, Salt Spring 250-931-0091 Sailor Jack Family Consignment Store 424 Craigflower Rd  250-382-5225 Thistle & Wren 1292 Gladstone  778-265-9736 TJ’s The Kiddies Store 3045C Douglas St  250-386-2229 Victoria Kids Consignment 250-514-4080 WIN Resale Shops 1803 Cook St  250-389-2203 785 Pandora Ave  250-361-9303 174-160 Wilson St  250-412-0369

COMPUTERS Restart Computers 847 Yates St  250-995-3020

Royal Theatre Saturday, November 12th, 2016 ~ 2pm performance Tickets on sale now through the box office of the Royal Theatre

Please use the direct link which will pre-apply a code ( or type ‘SWAN’ in the promo code field manually ensuring a portion of the tickets will support the Bridges to Nature campaign. This code must be mentioned when purchasing over the phone 250.386.6121 or in person as it is only by using the code SWAN that the Sanctuary can be assured they will receive a portion of the proceeds of the ticket sales.

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Mac Zen 250-999-0036

DANCE SUPPLIES Toes ’n Taps  1733 Cook St  250-480-0017

HAIR SALONS Lizzy Lee & Me 3655 Shelbourne St  250-590-5568

HOME DECOR/FURNITURE TJ’s The Kiddies Store 3045C Douglas St 250-386-2229

Offering Ballet, Tap & Jazz Register Today!

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West View Plumbing & Ventilation 250-886-2141

Belinda Fontes Photography 250-885-0146 Erin Wallis Photography

MATERNITY Bellies in Bloom Maternity 250-479-0803

Fotoart Photography

Mothering Touch Centre & Birth Services 975 Fort St  250-595-4905

Images By Bethany McKinnon Photography

MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS Larsen Music 1808 Cook St  250-389-1988 Tom Lee Music #105-2401D Millstream Rd  250-838-5222

TOYS Buddies Toys 1831 Oak Bay Ave  250-595-6501 2494 Beacon Ave, Sidney  250-655-7171 Discovery Toys 250-477-9891 Tumblebums Play Centre & Toy Shop 133-735 Goldstream Ave  250-474-PLAY

Squishy Prints Photography 250-634-3444 Thayne Photography 250-812-4572

SHOPPING CENTRES Broadmead Village Shopping Centre 777 Royal Oak Dr Hillside Shopping Centre 1644 Hillside Ave  250-595-7154 Mattick’s Farm  5325 Cordova Bay Rd

Nicole Israel Photography 250-889-5639

Mayfair Shopping Centre 3147 Douglas St  250-383-0541

The Light Within Photography 250-589-2534

Tillicum Centre  3170 Tillicum Rd  250-381-7123

PR Photo Creations 778-433-1660 Rebecca Wellman Photography 250-480-8756 Regal Portraits

Uptown Westside Village Shopping Centre 172 Wilson St WestShore Centre 2945 Jacklin Rd  250-474-3269

Ryan MacDonald Photography


Sarah Booth Photography 250-882-0172

Mineral World & Scratch Patch 9808 Seaport Pl  250-656-0791 Soccerworld  831 Vernon Ave  250-475-3777

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OTHER Better Business Bureau 220–1175 Cook St  250-386-6348

Cowichan Valley BEDS AND BEDDING Resthouse Sleep Solutions 126 Station St, Duncan 250-597-REST(7378)

CLOTHING Kinderbeez, Duncan 2755 Beverly St  250-748-2345 Matraea Mercantile, Duncan 170 Craig St  250-597-0085

MATERNITY Matraea Mercantile, Duncan 250-422-3003

PHOTOGRAPHERS McKinnon Photography 250-890-9222 Tony Colangelo Photography 778-422-1422

TOYS Red Balloon Toyshop, Duncan  158 Craig St  250-748-5545

Mid-Island CLOTHING Huckleberry Baby Shop A-3148 Barons Rd  250-585-5552 Indigo Children’s Consignment 436 1st St, Ladysmith  250-245-2042 Kit n’ Caboodle, Nanaimo 36-1925 Bowen Rd  250-585-KIDS Planet Kids 1743B Comox Ave  250-339-3422 308-5th St, Courtenay  250-871-7771

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Family Restaurants & Food Markets

Pumpkin Pie Kids Wear 411A Fitzwilliam St  250-754-3933

MUSIC STORES Tom Lee Music #10-6894 Island Hwy N  250-390-2626

South Island

PHOTOGRAPHERS Erin Wallis Photography, Campbell River

HOME DELIVERY Island Farms 250-360-5222


Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery

The Market On Yates, 903 Yates St  250-381-6000 On Millstream, 2401 Millstream Rd  250-391-1110 Save On Foods Mt. Tolmie Market Unit A, 3517 Richmond Rd  250-590-8460 Thrifty Foods 250-544-1234

RESTAURANTS/COFFEE SHOPS Lucky Village Chinese & Japanese Restaurant 100 Aldersmith Pl  778-406-2238 Pizzeria Prima Strada 230 Cook St  250-590-8595 2960 Bridge St  250-590-4380 1990 Fort St  250-590-8599

Woodgrove Centre, Nanaimo 6631 Island Hwy North

The Apple Box  1725 Cook St  250-590-6257



Kool & Child, Nanaimo 250-585-1778

Country Grocer

Red Robin 800 Tolmie Ave  250-386-4440

Goldstream Station Market May-October

The Roost 9100 E Saanich Rd  250-655-0075

James Bay Community Market May-Oct

Serious Coffee

The Children’s Treehouse 15-3200 N.Island Hwy  250-714-0026

OTHER Chemainus DBA

Wendy’s Restaurants

Lifestyles Market #180-2950 Douglas St  250-384-3388 343 Cook St  250-381-5450 9769 5th St, Sidney  250-656-2326

Natural Help for Developmental & Behavioural Disorders Dr. Anke Zimmerman, BSc, ND, FCAH One in six children is now diagnosed with a developmental or behavioural disorder. Naturopathic medicine can help to identify and address the underlying causes, such as epigenetic factors, nutritional and microbiome imbalances, emotional traumas, head injuries, chronic infections and adverse reactions to antibiotics and vaccines.

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Cowichan Valley MARKETS Community Farm Store, Duncan 2-5380 Hwy 1  250-748-6227 Country Grocer, Cobble Hill Save On Foods The Old Farm Market, Duncan 5164 Francis St  250-748-7141 Thrifty Foods Mill Bay Centre  1-800-667-8280

RESTAURANTS/COFFEE SHOPS Catrina’s Grill  Mill Bay Centre  250-743-7277 Pioneer House Restaurant Whippletree Junction  250-746-5848 Serious Coffee Wendy’s Restaurant

Mid-Island MARKETS Country Grocer Thrifty Foods Nanaimo 650 Terminal Ave  250-754-6273 5801 Turner Rd  250-729-4950 Parksville 280 E. Island Hwy  250-248-8823 Courtenay 250-338-1383 Campbell River 250-850-3581 Chemainus Health Food Store 9738B Willow St  250-246-9838

Workshops Crafty Parties Drop-In Sewing Local Design Fabrics & Notions

Lantzville Market 7201 Lantzville Rd  250-390-4232 Save On Foods

RESTAURANTS/COFFEE SHOPS ABC Country Restaurant 6671 Mary Ellen Way  250-390-4064 809 Island Hwy  250-754-8171 Serious Coffee Wendy’s Restaurant

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Overnight Camps

Family Travel

Malahat Farm Heritage Retreat

BC Camping Association Information on summer day camps and residential camps for children.


Strathcona Park Lodge 250-286-3122

Boys & Girls Clubs Wilderness Camp 250-384-9133

Living Forest Campground, Nanaimo 6 Maki Rd  250-755-1755

Camp Barnard 250-642-5920

Pacific Playgrounds, Black Creek 9082 Clarkson Dr  877-239-5600

Camp Imadene Mesachie Lake  1-800-445-7575

Park Sands Beach Resort 250-248-3171

Camp Narnia

Weir’s Beach RV Resort 5191 William Head Rd  250-478-3323

Horne Lake Campground 250-248-1134

Camp Pringle, Shawnigan Lake 250-743-2189


Camp Qwanoes Crofton 1-888-99-QWANOES

Accent Inns Toll free  1-800-663-0298

Camp Thunderbird 250-418-1840

Tigh-na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort & Conference Centre, Parksville 1155 Resort Dr  250-248-2072

CanAdventure Education Gulf Islands Centre for Ecological Learning 250-539-0619 O.U.R. Ecovillage 250-743-3067

Travelodge 1-800-578-7878 YWCA Hotel, Vancouver 733 Beatty St  1-800-663-1424

RESORTS Alert Bay Lodge 1-800-255-5057

Outward Bound 1-888-688-9273 A little challenge can help you discover your true potential. Since 1969, over 150,000 Canadians have stepped out of their comfort zone with our unforgettable outdoor adventures Youth courses qualify for Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Pioneer Pacific Camp Thetis Island  1-800-784-1415 UVic Vikes 250-721-8406


Beach Acres Resort, Parksville 1051 Resort Dr  1-800-663-7309 Blue Vista Resort, Mayne Island 1-877-535-2424 Kye Bay Guest Lodge, Comox 1-866-658-6131

Pacific Sands, Tofino Cox Bay  1-800-565-2322

The Haven 250-1-877-247-9238 Tigh-na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort & Conference Centre, Parksville 1155 Resort Dr  250-248-2072

NATURE Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park 250-248-7829 Raincoast Interpretive Centre, Tofino 451 Main St  250-725-2560 The Land Conservancy of BC 1-888-738-0533 Wickaninnish Interpretive Centre, Tofino 250-726-7721

OTHER Best Holiday Stays 778-679-0376 Lady Rose Marine Services 250-723-8313 Mayne Island Community Chamber of Commerce Tourism Tofino 1426 Pacific Rim Highway  1-888-720-3414

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Playtime with Baby Learning and growing in the first year


s a parent, you are your baby’s first playmate. Play is a fun way for the two of you to bond and it encourages healthy child development. Play is how children learn—about themselves, other people, and the world around them. Play helps to build confidence, relationships, and basic skills. Toys for babies don’t need to be expensive. They can be things you have around the house, as long as they are unbreakable, safe (no loose parts, broken pieces or sharp edges), and the right size (anything that can fit through a paper towel roll is too small). Good toys are washable, made to last and appeal to parents, too. After all, you’ll both be playing with them!

Here are some suggestions: Use rhymes, games and songs as you go through the routines of your day. You can make up a diaper-changing tune, or try a little rhyme as you’re putting shoes on. Play with books. Read to your baby every day, and remember that babies also want to play with books. They like to put books in their mouth and try to turn pages, so provide clean and sturdy board books. Encourage babble. It’s how babies learn to make different sounds using their own voice. Repeat these sounds, and turn them into real words. As you do this, you can make up all sorts of language games that are sure to delight your baby.

Words and music: Instant playtime

From birth to 3 months

For the first year of your baby’s life, play won’t involve toys much at all. Reading, speaking, and singing are fun and easy (and portable) ways to play with your baby. And they are rich learning experiences.

Your newborn baby is developing handeye coordination. Reaching for and touching things, and learning how to hold them provide wonderful stimulation. Good playthings for this age include:

Cloths or transparent scarves that can be used for peek-a-boo An unbreakable mirror placed so that baby can see himself Fabric “bracelets” (soft rattles that can attach to your baby’s wrists) A set of plastic measuring spoons Pieces of brightly coloured cloth with different textures Wooden or plastic bracelets that don’t have loose parts Anything with a face on it—dolls, pictures, stuffed animals.

From 3 to 6 months

At this age, your baby is developing both fine motor (using hands and fingers) and gross motor (moving arms and legs) skills. She’s fascinated with her own hands, and starting to connect how arm and hand movements feel with her desire to make them happen. Toys that can help support your baby’s development include: Sturdy rattles Peek-a-boo scarves Doughnut-shaped objects made from plastic or fabric, large enough to grasp Pieces of brightly coloured and textured fabric (terry cloth, silk, fake fur)

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A play arch where baby can lie on his back and bat or kick at toys hanging above Toys that make interesting sounds (rattles, shakers, chimes) are better than toys that make electronic sounds. Just be sure they are not too loud for baby’s sensitive ears.

From 6 to 12 months

In the second half of the first year, your baby sees anything within reach as a potential toy. And if he can reach it, he’ll probably put it in his mouth. He wants to know how things work, and what they do when they’re dropped, rolled, shaken, banged or thrown. Toys that are safe for and appealing to babies this age include: Stacking and nesting toys: A set of nesting cups and some sturdy blocks are a great investment. They’ll provide hours of playtime well beyond your baby’s first year. Cups, little pails and other unbreakable containers Large building blocks Board books Any ball, as long as it is too big to fit in a baby’s mouth. Avoid balls with a plug/pin that could be a choking hazard if it comes out. Shape sorters Trucks, cars Riding toys designed for babies this age Soft toys small enough to handle Percussion instruments: shakers, a small drum, or a “rain maker.” You can also make these from containers and fillers you have at home (for instance, put lentils or dry beans in a water bottle and secure the top tightly closed with some tape). Toys that encourage “visual tracking” (following a moving object with your eyes), like a ball ramp, or a push-and-go rolling toy. Safety tip: Always check the label to make sure the toy is right for your baby’s age.

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Active play

Active play really does start from birth. Very young babies need “tummy time” each day (while they are awake) to help strengthen the muscles in their neck and upper body. As you encourage your 6-month-old to reach for objects or try new things, you’re encouraging active play. When he starts to crawl, he’ll need lots of supervised floor time to explore. Finally, make sure your baby doesn’t spend long periods of time in a seat, high chair or stroller. Avoid TV and other electronic media.

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can’t read your mind. Speaking up protects your boundaries and puts you in charge. It doesn’t guarantee, however, that the bull won’t charge you. Once you’ve attacked the problem and come up with a solution or strategy that makes sense, stick to your position. That might mean that you have thought about it, talked about it, considered many sides and have settled on something that feels

Take the Bull by the Horns


eflection is a wonderful thing but when do we just have to take the bull by the horns and take action? When do we just confront a problem head on and tackle it? Grab that bull by its horns and wrestle it to the ground? Of course we need balance, but isn’t there a time when—after enough thoughtfulness and consideration—we just need to deal with it? If you are letting the horns send you flying, you might want to stop! When fear or what ifs or self-doubt take over, you’ve lost your backbone—that part of you that helps you stand up straight and deal with the bull. Problems are bulls, people aren’t. We don’t confront the person, we confront the issue. When the bull becomes people it creates a mess. We label them, put them down and attack their character. We spend

time blaming them which only makes us victims—victims to a whole lot of bull! Problems need to be broken into facts not assumptions. What do you know to be absolutely true? How do you know that it is really true? Can you see it or hear it? Are you sure of what you heard? Problems can represent something that really matters to you. Boundaries don’t exist unless you speak up and enforce them. Yes, some boundaries are so obvious that you don’t have to, but most of the time if something matters to you, you need to start by expressing that. Remember this is you controlling what is in your ring, not other people’s ring. Speaking up is showing your red cape. Otherwise, people are busy tackling their own bulls and might be too preoccupied to notice what is going on for you. People

Allison Rees right to you. When you get to that point, get clear and focused. Recognize when you are reacting emotionally with fear and selfdoubt. If you don’t, you may be impacted so severely that the bull just continues to take over your life.

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