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AWestVancouver woman accused of keeping a slave in her British Properties home was acquitted of human trafficking Friday morning after a B.C. Supreme Court justice concluded the complainant likely made up the story to stay in Canada. Mumtaz Ladha, 60, was found not guilty by Justice Lauri Ann Fenlon of all four charges she faced under the Immigration and Refugee Act. “I am left with the conviction that the allegations made . . . are improbable,” Fenlon told a packed gallery of Ladha’s supporters as she delivered her verdict Friday morning. See Complaint page 5

INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE Emelda Wong (left) and husband Sheldon Trainor flank Capilano University’s vice-president Catherine Vertesi at the opening of the university’s Wong and Trainor Centre for International Experience Wednesday. The couple provided a $500,000 gift to establish the centre and provide scholarships for students to participate in a range of overseas exchange programs. PHOTO PAUL MCGRATH

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WV land sale cash would pay for public safety building BRENT RICHTER brichter@nsews.com

The last words that West Vancouver council members can legally consider about the proposed Grosvenor development have been said. More than 50 speakers approached the mic over

four hours at the official public hearing Thursday night to share their passionate but disparate views on the divisive redevelopment of the 1300block of Marine Drive. Grosvenor has applied to build 98 condo units, 37,000 square feet of retail space and 55,000 square feet of office space

in six- and seven-storey towers on the south side of Marine Drive, which would require buying the land where the West Vancouver Police Department now sits. Council has signalled it will spend the proceeds on building a new police headquarters and fire hall in a $37-million public safety building next to municipal hall. The debate that played out for the 100-plus attendees to Thursday’s meeting pitted competing

values against each other: revitalization versus preserving village character, the allure of acquiring the public safety building without costing taxpayers versus the loss of views for Lower Ambleside residents. Clive Bird, a retired lawyer and former chairman of the West Vancouver school board, encapsulated the pro-Grosvenor argument, saying the development is essential to turning around a decaying Ambleside. “I believe that the

revitalization of Ambleside is essential.West Vancouver has the potential to be a world-class ocean-side community,” he said, adding praise for Grosvenor and the changes the developer has made to the project after public feedback. “Now it’s time to get on with it. If we don’t go forward with it, much as I hate to say it, Ambleside will continue to wither and die.We can’t just stand still and cling to the present. Cities all over the world

go through this kind of change every day. It’s part of maturing as a community.” That position was also taken by the West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce. The main points hammered on by opponents were that, at six and seven storeys, the Grosvenor towers would be too big, that council should reject the notion of selling the land when it would be in the public interest to keep it as a See Referendum page 5

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Diamond Jubilee Medals The 60th anniversary of the Queen’s accession to the throne took place in 2012 with much fanfare. In recognition of that milestone a Diamond Jubilee Medal was created and presented to 60,000 deserving Canadians.Those recipients were nominated by various organizations across the country to ensure that a variety

of fields of activity were recognized. InWestVancouver there were 165 recipients while NorthVancouver had 146. Medals were presented throughout 2012 and well into 2013. Recently the Governor General’s website provided a complete list of all the recipients: gg.ca

Diamond Jubilee Recipients — North Vancouver Mary R. Agnew Susan Archibald Mary-Sue Atkinson Habib Bajwa Cathy Beehan Donald Bell Zack Bhatia Steve Bush George Cadman Kristine Chambers Shala Chandani Alex Chisamore Pu Sun Chu John Grant Congdon Catherine Coulter David Critoph Greg D’Avignon Mike Danks Stella Jo Dean Dee Dhaliwal William Diamond Victor Elderton Scott Ellis Barney Ellis-Perry James Elton

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Complaint not credible: judge From page 1 “It appears far more likely that the complainant took advantages of Mrs. Ladha’s generosity in order to come to Canada and then took advantage of an opportunity she saw to remain in his country, showing a callous disregard for her benefactor and the truth in the process,” Fenlon said. Ladha’s supporters broke into applause at the acquittal. Outside the court, Ladha wept and hugged family and friends. Ladha’s lawyer Eric Gottardi said outside the court Ladha is now finally

free to get on with her life after enduring a long shadow of false accusations. “It’s a very sad and tragic chapter for Mrs. Ladha that she’s happy to have behind her now,” said Gottardi. “It’s the ultimate nightmare, being falsely accused of very, very serious crimes.” Ladha was charged in 2009 of illegally bringing a 26 year-old woman from Tanzania into the country and forcing her to work long hours doing domestic labour for free in the Ladha family’s West Vancouver mansion. During the trial the woman — who under a publication ban cannot be named— testified that she was lured to Canada by a

promise of a job in a beauty salon but instead found herself a slave in Ladha’s Bramwell Road home. The woman said she worked up to 18 hours a day, washing windows, scrubbing floors and doing the Ladha family’s laundry. Ladha family friends who testified for the defence said they never saw the woman doing domestic labour and said she appeared to be a guest in the Ladha home. “This is a she-said, she-said case,” Fenlon said in delivering her verdict. “Someone is not telling the truth in these proceedings.” In the end, the judge didn’t believe the complainant, pointing to the

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long-term asset, and that the public process was slanted in Grosvenor’s interest from the start. Ambleside, they argue, isn’t in nearly the terminal condition that Grosvenor supporters say it is. “I walk in Ambleside every day. I shop in Ambleside. I bank in Ambleside. . . . Ambleside is alive and well. It’s not withering. It’s not dying. It’s a vibrant community with residents who walk the streets,” said Elaine Fonseca, an Ambleside Dundarave Ratepayers Association director, before admonishing council for believing the only way it could pay for a new public safety building is through selling land and allowing a

seven-storey building on the property. “If we are buying into this financial mantra, we are selling out our community to more traffic, less parking and a loss of our community character and spirit.This proposal is too massive and we are selling out the character and a way of life.” The proposal was particularly unpopular with residents of Keith Road, Clyde Avenue, and Duchess Avenue on the north side of Marine Drive. Several said they would rather pay for the public safety building with an increase in taxes than a land sale. Council faced demands from attendees who wanted to know why the district never sought other potential buyers or proposals for the land where

the West Vancouver Police Department now sits.Those questions were typically followed by requests that council hold a referendum on the Grosvenor development. As the night wore down, opponents of the development began to target their pleas to Coun. Bill Soprovich, who after earlier reticence to Grosvenor’s plan, voted earlier in the year with the majority to allow the needed change to the official community plan, and is largely seen as the only swing vote on a split council. Council will now consider the comments delivered Thursday night along with more than 500 letters and emails on the subject.The vote has not been scheduled.

woman’s testimony about wearing a uniform every day that no other witnesses recalled, not being allowed to eat with the family when other witnesses testified she did and details like being forced to carry three sets of ski equipment around during a holiday at Whistler — which the judge said would likely be physically impossible for the woman. Fenlon added Ladha is a “wealthy woman” who has employed paid housekeepers before and had no reason to bring an unpaid servant into the country. The complainant, on the other hand, had a motive to lie so she could try to stay in Canada, said Fenlon. When police told Ladha about the allegations, she gave an immediate statement that had “the unmistakable ring of truth” said Fenlon. Outside court, Gottardi said he hopes the verdict will restore Ladha’s faith in the Canadian justice system.

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Bully bill I f at first you don’t succeed. . . . After seeing the growing sentiment against online bullying crystallized in the tragic cases of Amanda Todd and Rehtaeh Parsons, this week we saw the federal Conservatives introduce a bill aimed at protecting Canadians from what can be life-ruining bullying online. The bill, if passed, gives police powers to seize computers and smartphones in cyberbullying investigations and imposes a prison term of up to five years for sharing “intimate photos” of another person without their permission. But packed in with those laudable and timely updates to our legislation is a whack of things that don’t have anything to do with protecting Canadians from cyberbullying. Much of it is leftovers from Bill C30, the bill then-public safety minister

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A Wal-Mart in Canton, Ohio, made headlines when it was revealed, a week before American Thanksgiving, that it was holding a food drive. Nope, not for the less fortunate members of its own community. For some of its own staff members. Wal-Mart has defended this, saying it shows how wonderful it is that its associates — as it classily dubs its low-paid employees — care about one another. Yeah, I’m sure it’s not demoralizing at all to work at a company that rewards its CEO with $20.7 million last year, while giving many of its workers so little that they need charity to put food on their tables. McDonald’s, meanwhile, has started offering its employees odd advice, including to eat their food in small bites, so they feel fuller quicker.That’ll help keep their stomachs from rumbling if their only source of income is the Golden Arches. Of course, McDonald’s doesn’t expect you to just work for them.Their own budget calculator, to “help” their employees, includes a second job.The company’s McResources line was also recently recorded advising a 10-year employee — naturally still making

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minimum wage — to apply for food stamps and other government programs to keep her head above water. Studies show that, in the United States, one in five families of fast food workers live below the poverty line, and 52 per cent of them rely on government programs like Medicaid and food stamps.That’s bad compared to the 25 per cent of the workforce that uses government programs — but that simply makes me wonder why 25 per cent of working Americans also can’t make ends meet. In the past couple of years, there have been rumblings from the world of fast food and the frontline retail sector. Low-paid workers have been trying sporadically to organize into unions, have staged walkouts, and are starting

to demand a living wage. So far, their demands have been largely ignored. This is stupid. If you’re the CEO of a large company, you should be sharpening your pencil and slashing your own salary and distributing it among your employees. Maybe you don’t want to do this unilaterally — maybe you’re worried it will cut into your profits too much if you actually pay your workers a living wage, something that allows them to cover rent and food and save up a little. In that case, millionaires of the world, I would advise you to start lobbying for

higher minimum wages and stronger union laws. I’m serious. Because there are a couple of ways this can go, and not all of them are good for the superrich. About the least-bad scenario for the private jet class is that eventually, once the middle class has been eliminated, the poor will simply vote for new politicians who will cram living wage laws down the throats of the business elite. Most of the other scenarios involve torches and pitchforks, or angry guys with beards and AK47s.Those don’t tend to end well for anyone, rich

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filed suit against Langley Township for approving construction of the controversial Coulter Berry building in the historic community’s downtown core.The project has been a hot-button issue in the Fraser Valley, which is experiencing unprecedented growth as young urban migrants flock eastward. Despite waves of public protest and the ire of Langley’s Heritage Society, the township’s mayor and council in a 7-1 vote approved a three-storey mixed-use redevelopment last year. Earlier this year, concerned residents formed The Society of Fort Langley Residents for Sustainable Development with the purpose of filing suit in B.C. Supreme Court to halt the project.Their actions are reminiscent of GUARD in the district here back in the mid-’90s, only more legal. On July 8, they sought an injunction. The argument they advanced is that the proposed building is out of character with the old fort community’s heritage ambience.They also charge that it exceeds density specified in the area’s official community plan. These committed folks know what they’re talking about. On Oct. 25, Justice Joel Groves in the Supreme Court of B.C. in Chilliwack ruled that the alteration permit for the site issued by Langley Township is invalid. Construction work on the building’s foundation halted forthwith. Mayor Jack Froese and five councillors have since voted in camera to appeal the court ruling. So much for the voice of the people. I’m told planning

staff advised against the contentious project design, but were overruled by their developer-cosy political bosses. Construction on the site remains shut down. Couldn’t someone there cut a deal that worked? Didn’t elected officials read the Local Government Act, or like Rob Ford, did they just know best? Should be an interesting municipal election there next year. That dubious distinction the Metro Vancouver area received a week or so back of being the most congested city in North America sums it all up, doesn’t it? The usual real estate industry spin doctors have been on the morning talk shows explaining how it really isn’t all that bad, but they only think money and don’t read the term papers we see written by young people in universities.The anxiety the present generation reports about its place in the unfolding scheme of things around the Lower Mainland is disheartening. They give a damn.They lament the diminishing quality of living here, the loss of nature.They’re turned off by politics. For this they can thank their local politicians and the urban planners who claim to have a vision, but it’s an unrelentingly cruel vision unless you love those rabbit-hutch condos, pencil-thin greenspaces, and trendy playgrounds among the highrise blocks where stylish moms push $1,200 strollers. If anybody asks, you can tell ’em that’s why people have started pushing back.We’re a different kind of nation here on the Pacific coast. PoeticLicense.NS@gmail. com

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Homeless numbers grow JEREMY SHEPHERD jshepherd@nsnews.com

Homelessness is a largely invisible problem on the North Shore and it may be getting worse. A delegation from the North Shore Homelessness Action Task Force discussed the myriad causes of homelessness at a West Vancouver council meeting Monday. “I think the problem is getting worse based on the numbers that we’re seeing,” said Lynne Henshaw, co-ordinator for the task force. “The Salvation Army has had to start a familiesonly day. When I start to hear that from them, the Harvest (Project) and other groups, then I start to wonder what’s going on.” There are likely 300 homeless people on the North Shore, according to Henshaw. Nurse practitioners and other outreach workers offered their services to homeless and at-risk people at Connect Day, held at John Braithwaite Community Centre in October. “This year we had over 130 people come, which I think is the highest number that attended ever; which is good in terms of us getting the word out but also a sign that this is a problem that still exists,” said David Newberry, community liaison at the North Shore’s Lookout shelter. Homelessness is largely linked to the lack of affordable rental housing, according to Newberry. “Any time there’s going to be a crunch like that it’s going to hurt people who are marginalized the most,” he said. While other municipalities offer less expensive apartments, many homeless people

are reluctant to leave their hometown, according to Newberry. “People who are from the North Shore tend to feel very strongly about the fact that this is their community,” he said. “When we go onto Craigslist it’s often difficult to find anything that’s under $1,000 if there’s anything listed at all that day.” People on social assistance usually get $375 a month for shelter. For many homeless people, their situation is exacerbated by the difficulty of finding mental health resources. “We’re constantly reaching out to the services that are available and certainly mental health services are . . . very difficult to connect with because the services that do exist are swamped,” Newberry said. Other health problems are also frequent, according to Newberry. “By the time somebody shows up at the shelter, it’s very rare that there’s one reason for them being homeless,” he said. An emphasis needs to be placed on invisible homelessness, according to Newberry, who said many at-risk and homeless people are couch surfing or camping as opposed to sleeping on the street. “There are literally hundreds of people on any given day staying somewhere that we would not consider a home,” he said. “In the spirit of poverty reduction and economic inclusion, I would just like to say let’s continue to work together,” Henshaw said. The next homeless count is scheduled for March.

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We’re not talking blanket approval: Coun. Craig Cameron. permit process too onerous for the homeowner, according to Mikicich. A homeowner hoping to build a coach house would likely face a two-phase approval process. The first step would be determining whether a detached suite could be built on the lot, the second stage would include an examination of the proposed design. “I think the jury is still out in the community,” said Coun. Michael Lewis, discussing the plethora of unanswered questions, including just how many lots in the community may be eligible for a coach house.

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Their excitement is infectious. Fresh from the Monday school day and fueled by a healthy snack, a group of 20 or so Thunderbird elementary students are ready for the host of after school activities that await. For the members of the school’s Kid’s First Program, first things first: hit the playground. Second: homework time, aided by the group of West Vancouver high school students on their way, followed by creative crafts and reading. “Look!” A little girl exclaims, proudly holding up a piece of paper bigger than she. “It’s a penguin!” she explains, her larger-than-life drawing’s rounded head and googly eyes spot on. Such is the scene at the East Vancouver elementary school Mondays to Thursdays, from 3 to 5:30 p.m.The Kid’s First Program is in its second year, launched in October 2012 thanks to the efforts of visionaries: the school’s former principal Henry Peters (who’s since moved to Lord Roberts elementary); Birgid Lehmann, inner city project teacher for Thunderbird; and Heidi Bensen, community schools co-ordinator for the Vancouver School Board. “It was a labour of love,” says Lehmann.

Collingwood School’s Kelsey Petersen works with Thunderbird elementary student Elizabeth Monday during a session of the East Vancouver school’s Kid’s First Program, made possible through the support of the Cause We Care Foundation. PHOTO CINDY GOODMAN

Thunderbird, located at 2325 Cassiar St. and serving grades K-7, is considered an inner city elementary school (one of 14 in the district). “The VSB’s definition of inner city school is a high proportion rate of children who meet the criteria of being considered vulnerable and at-risk,” says Bensen.The Thunderbird community is diverse, and examples of challenges facing some families include lack of connection to their community, poverty, mental health issues and language barriers, she says. Inspired by research that shows if you extend the school day, children are more successful, Kid’s First was viewed as a “natural

fit” for the elementary. While there were some after school programs offered at the adjacent Thunderbird Community Centre, there were no after school programs offered at the school on a regular basis. “We see it as an extension of the school day,” says Bensen. “It lives the life of a Thunderbird child, just a longer day in a lot of ways.We’re not saying that there’s anything missing in these children’s lives, we’re just here to add on and extend the great day to a bit longer with healthy snacks, recreational activities, some great partners that want to come in and expose kids to some really cool things

here at the school, and more than anything that they get a soft, safe place to land,” says Bensen. The program takes a kind, gentle, non-punitive approach, and is not to be viewed in the same way as detention, like the students are being forced to stay after school. “Kid’s First is an opportunity for kids to figure out how to fix whatever went wrong during the day, how to get some support for something that’s not working in their lives, how to just come and hang out and be with their friends, take a risk and try something new, but more than anything just be well cared for by our staff. That’s what we’re here for,”

says Bensen. Participating students are identified by staff, believing them to be vulnerable or at-risk and that they would benefit from having a positive environment in which to go after school. There are currently 42 children enrolled, in grades 2-6. Kid’s First is donor-run. The Vancouver School Board provides the space and staff time, including inner city neighbourhood assistant Kathy Froncisz, who is on hand to oversee each session, in addition to two programmers. The program got up and running thanks to a See Program page 14

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LIVE Non-profit supports single mothers From page 14 so knows firsthand how important it is to have support and extra homework help. She says she feels pleased with the opportunity to be able to give back and help inspire her buddy. “It also shows that you can do it and everybody’s the same,” she says of the program’s ability to break down barriers. ••• Deep Cove resident Michelle Jankovich serves as a board member of the Cause We Care Foundation. She’d love to see Kid’s First grow to serve more Thunderbird kids, be extended to offer Friday programming, and potentially even see a similar model offered at additional local schools. She feels incredibly fortunate to be part of the program. “I take away complete gratitude. . . .To see these kids benefit. If you make a difference in one child’s life, let alone 40 kids’ lives, think of the impact that has on community and their lives going forward. . .This is life-long benefits to these children,” she says. Kid’s First is just one of the initiatives supported by Cause We Care, which was founded in 2007 by Andrea Thomas Hill, current chairwoman. From humble

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many opportunities to come on board as a volunteer, explaining they’re happy to link their donor and support base with identified needs in the community at Thunderbird and beyond. She invites more schools on the North Shore to get involved as well as individual adult volunteers who may wish to come in and offer a session on their respective specialty, gardening for instance. ••• With the five o’clock hour creeping closer, another session of Kid’s First is about to wrap for the day. The excitement level is still high as Thunderbird and Collingwood students work away on their various endeavours. Lehmann chats with program staff about one little boy’s rough day that she helped turn around, and scans the room reflectively. When asked what she takes away from her involvement in Kid’s First, she says, “Thankfulness that there are these wonderful people like Michelle (Jankovich) out there and I also marvel at the amazing resilience of the kids here.” For those with challenging home lives, “They still come to school, they still smile.They do have their occasional bad day but they’re back here again trying again,” she says. “I want to make a difference for these kids because they deserve good stuff,” she adds. causewecare.org


Sunday, November 24, 2013 - North Shore News - A17

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Sarah Fourssman has a new confidence about her career future. The North Vancouver resident is among the most recent batch of students to graduate from the Tradeworks Women’s Workshop, a 10-week program that teaches women with barriers to employment qualifications in carpentry, first aid, forklift operation, and materials and safety. “I’m really excited to learn more and I’m really glad that I did the program because for people who don’t have a trades background or don’t know a lot of people in the trades, it can be kind of confusing as to how to even get started,” she says. Students divide their time between the classroom and Tradeworks’ 6,000square-foot carpentry

workshop located on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.Though the program focuses on basic carpentry skills, Fourssman says it opens doors to a wealth of opportunity. “It can be a jumping off point for any other trade,” she says, explaining one of her cohorts has gone on to do an auto mechanic apprenticeship and another is pursuing landscaping. “So it’s quite diverse.” Over the 10-week course, Fourssman developed a liking for cabinet-making and has enrolled in BCIT’s Joinery Foundation program starting in 2014. Before studying at Tradeworks, she was working in retail, but says she couldn’t picture a longterm future in the industry. She knew she enjoyed working with her hands, but didn’t have any experience in the trades. “This is the first time

North Vancouver resident Sarah Fourssman (right) and her female classmates get some hands-on experience in the Tradeworks carpentry shop. PHOTO SUPPLIED WENDY D PHOTOGRAPHY that I’ve ever been in a shop environment like this. I’ve been curious about it for a long time but I’ve never gotten to do much handson, so this was a really great learning experience,” she says. “It helped demystify

some of what people need to know to be successful in the trades.” The program is a good way for women to “dip their toe” in the world of professional trades, she adds.

“It’s really great to get into that with other women in areas that might be perceived more as men’s work.” Tradeworks has been running employmenttraining programs since

1994, working with two marginalized groups — atrisk youth and women with barriers to employment — with the goal of supporting them towards employment. Maninder Dhaliwal, executive director of the program, says many of the female students are at first apprehensive about working in the trades. “Whoever’s thought of making things with their hands and thought this was a man’s job, they should come in and give the program a try,” she says. B.C. is poised to experience a skills deficit by 2016, according to a Tradeworks press release, which goes on to say that women held barely one per cent of construction industry jobs in 2006, a percentage that has been fairly stable since 1991. “Training 40 women per year, the Tradeworks Women’s Workshop is working to change the gender divide and provides much needed skills to women entering the workforce,” the release states.

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holiday happenings A PUBLIC HANUKKAH LIGHTING will take place Thursday, Nov. 28, 6-7 p.m. at the West Vancouver Community Centre, 2121 Marine Dr. There will be children singing, speeches, sufganiyot (doughnuts) and hot chocolate.

CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR Squamish Nation Chief Joe Mathias Recreation Centre will hold its annual fair Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at 100 Capilano Rd., North Vancouver. 604-9806338 HOLIDAY ARTISAN FESTIVAL Get into the holiday spirit with live music, crafts and a supervised kids’ play area, plus more, Saturday, Nov. 30, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Gleneagles Community Centre, 6262 Marine Dr., West Vancouver. HOLIDAY BAZAAR Get an early start to your holiday shopping Saturday, Nov. 30, 1-4 p.m. at Amica, 659 Clyde Ave., West Vancouver. 604-921-9181. LYNN VALLEY LIONS CHRISTMAS TREE SALES features a variety of fresh trees at the Karen Magnussen Community Centre lot, 2300 Kirkstone Rd., North Vancouver from Nov. 30 to Dec. 20, weekdays from noon to 8 p.m. and weekends 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Non-perishable food donations will be accepted for families in need. lynnvalleylions.com COATS FOR KIDS The Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association (GVHBA) will hold its annual campaign in support of the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau until Dec. 6. Drop-off locations can be found at gvhba.org CHRISTMAS CRAFTINESS Saturday, Nov. 30, 2-3 p.m. at Parkgate library, 3675 Banff Court, North Vancouver. Registration required. 604-929-3727 x8168 GIFTS FOR SENIORS FUNDRAISER DANCE PARTY will feature an evening of live jazz, snacks and prizes Saturday, Nov. 30, 7-9:30 p.m., at OneDance Creative Art Centre, 286 Pemberton Ave., North Vancouver. Proceeds will go to purchase gifts for seniors. $25/person, $50/family. studiowild.ca UPCYCLING, WORKSHOP A free workshop to re-purpose old pieces Saturday, Nov. 30, 1-3 p.m. at Capilano libraryRegistration required. 604-987-4471 x 8175

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A20 - North Shore News - Sunday, November 24, 2013

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This holiday season, The Body Shop is pledging $300,000 from its gift sales to build five schools in India, Nepal, Honduras and Ghana. Holiday gift sets, ranging from $9 to $75, include the Joyful Gingerbread House ($20). The cheery red schoolhouse keepsake box, designed and handmade in Nepal by artisans at Kathmandu’s Get Paper co-operative, is packed with travel-size festive favourites: Cranberry Shower Gel, Gingerbread Shower Gel, Cranberry Body Butter, Gingerbread Body Butter and a Mini Crinkle Lily shower puff. Get Paper also supplies the packaging for The Body Shop’s Born Lippy Fruity Lip Balms ($20), five moisturizing lip balms in a fun lollipop box.

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Community Bulletin Board CAPILANO U INFO NIGHT Meet with faculty members and current students, hear a presentation about programs and talk with admissions and financial aid advisors Monday, Nov. 25, 7:15 p.m., 2055 Purcell Way, North Vancouver. 604-986-1911 x7468

Van. $12/$10 capilanou. ca/blueshorefinancialcentre/joeclark/ THE MAINSTREAM LAST FIRST A team of four men will recount their attempt to cross the Northwest Passage by rowboat,Tuesday, Nov. 26, 7:30 p.m. at Centennial Theatre, 2300 Lonsdale Ave., North Van.They’ll

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GIFT WRAP Volunteers are needed to wrap gifts during a holiday fundraiser for a local charity.Training is provided and shifts are available throughout the holiday season until Dec. 24. Come and meet new people, support a local nonprofit and enjoy the festive season. FOOD BANK VOLUNTEERS North Shore Salvation Army seeks volunteers five days a week to help with organizing donated food items, lifting boxes and moving shelves. VOLUNTEERS Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society offers various opportunities for volunteers. Check the website for more details: foodbank.bc.ca ENGLISH TEACHER FOR CONVERSATION Lead a group of older adults once or twice a month who would like to get together and practise their English conversation skills over a cup of coffee.Teacher and participants will work together to build a list of conversation topics. No lesson preparation will be required, but the ability to guide the conversation and encourage all to participate is required. If you are interested in these or other possible volunteer opportunities, call 604-9857138.The society is a partner agency of the UnitedWay.

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People (That Should be Shot). $25. 604-987-9125 604985-4986 Compiled by Debbie Caldwell Email information for your non-profit, by donation or nominal fee event to listings@ nsnews.com.To post online, go to nsnews.com, scroll to Community Events and click on AddYour Event.

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NVMA administrative services manager Jan Manaton, volunteer Anil Mayar and director Nancy Kirkpatrick Friends of the North Vancouver Museum and Archives Society presented A Magical Night of Celebration and Entertainment, a celebratory fundraising evening, Oct. 22 at Presentation House Theatre. The evening started with appetizers and drinks and guests had a chance to view photographic exhibit The Great Cut: the Land, the Men, the Work about the North Shore’s logging industry before taking in a performance of Good Timber. The evening was capped off with a post-show reception. nvma.ca

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Seattle programs inspire Wash.’s amalgamated treatment of programs for the elderly cover all the bases I’m just back from a weekend away in Seattle. Money Magazine ranked Seattle 10th on its list of best places in America for a healthy retirement. Let’s see if the Emerald City has something to teach us about how to deliver services to seniors. The Mayor’s Office for Senior Citizens in Seattle offers a wealth of services including referrals, an employment resource centre, a utility assistance program, computer training classes, arts and special events as well as a Gold Card that entitles cardholders to discounts on a variety of things around town. We have a long way to go before we catch up to Seattle on this one. Establishing a seniors’ advisory council that reports directly to each of the three North Shore municipal councils would be a good place to start. The Area Agency on Aging for Seattle and King County delivers a comprehensive service program for older adults, families, caregivers and people with disabilities.

It’s the mix of services that interests me here. I’m not aware of a single agency on the North Shore that has a mandate to provide services to seniors, caregivers and the disabled all under one roof. Indeed the whole spectrum of service delivery in Seattle is marked by a much closer collaboration between the delivery of services to seniors and the disabled than we see on the North Shore. I think Seattle may be on to something here and I’d like to see a local agency like the Lionsview Seniors’ Planning Society research this model further. We have numerous information lines on the North Shore but I’m not aware of a service here like Seattle Medfinds that focuses exclusively on alternate health care providers, holistic therapies and natural health remedies or a service like the Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound, a consumergoverned, non-profit health care system that

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Older andWiser co-ordinates care and coverage for members in their own operated medical facilities. There are numerous directories and searchable online databases of seniors housing and retirement communities here and in Seattle. Senior Outlook in Seattle takes this one step further with accommodation listings that contain floor plans, virtual tours, maps and photos, and information about amenities on their website. Thinking of moving? SNAPforSeniors in Seattle offers a searchable database of listings for more than 200,000 seniors service providers in the United States. Seniors Services of King County is the most comprehensive nonprofit agency serving seniors and their families

in Washington State. Serving approximately 50,000 clients a year, their programs include adult day centres, caregiver and fitness programs, Meals on Wheels, mobile markets, transportation and senior activity centres throughout the city. Again, we have those services but the amalgamation of services under one umbrella is quite different from the model we have here. Is bigger really better? Seattle thinks so and the North Shore municipalities have been urging their smaller service providers to amalgamate for years now. I’m not convinced that is the way to go but there is no harm in trying something new. Speaking of which, Seattle’s Merrill Gardens Retirement Community shares a space with college students and is the first retirement community to get its own government liquor store. I haven’t checked it out myself but as your representative that oversight will be corrected on my next visit to Seattle. Tom Carney is the former executive director of the Lionsview Seniors’ Planning Society. Ideas for future columns are welcome. tomcarney@telus.net

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GLAUCOMA AND EYE CARE Find out how to keep your eyes as healthy as possible, what help there is out there and what symptoms to look for with Dr. Pavan Avinashi Friday, Nov. 29, 1:30-2:30 p.m. at the West Vancouver Seniors’ Activity Centre, 695 21st St. $3. Registration required. 604-925-7280

DANCE WITH GWEN GOUCHEE Bring a dance partner or come and listen to her music Thursday, Nov. 28, 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the West Vancouver Seniors’ Activity Centre, 695 21st St. $10. Registration required. 604-925-7280

DUNDARAVE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS Revera — Hollyburn House will offer a free bus tour to Dundarave from 2095 Marine Dr.,West Vancouver Wednesday, Dec. 4, 4-6 p.m. RSVP by Nov. 30. 604-9227616 reveraliving.com

PREPARING FOR TRANSITIONS North Shore Community Resources Caregiver Support Program will present a free program designed for those who provide emotional or practical support to a family member or friend Thursday, Nov. 28, 1:30-4 p.m. at Lynn Valley library, 1277 Lynn Valley Rd., North Vancouver. Learn tools and tips for making care decisions. Registration required. 604-

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GIFTS FOR SENIORS OneDance Creative Art Centre’s Aubry Osborne (left), Gifts for Seniors founder Jaimi Sinclair, StudioWild’s Donna-Lynne Larson and studio mascot Lego invite community members to a Gifts for Seniors Fundraiser Dance Party, celebrating the spirit of the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s with live jazz music, Saturday, Nov. 30 at OneDance from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Sinclair founded Gifts for Seniors 30 years ago and the volunteer-run project provides gift bags to elderly community members in need over the holiday season. Items are still being accepted for the event’s gift auction and guests are encouraged to bring goodie donations for the bags. A family-friendly event, tickets are $25/person or $50/family, visit studiowild.ca/Shop_Wild.html. giftsforseniors@hotmail.com PHOTO MIKE WAKEFIELD

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Notable Potables The first time I laid eyes upon Harper’s Trail I was on my way to the IceWine Festival at Sun Peaks. As we left Kamloops and headed east along Highway 1, we crossed over the South Thompson River and arrived at what was still the relatively early stages of Vicki and Ed Collett’s winery.They drove us up to a bluff where we could survey the winter vineyard shrouded in snow. Harper’s Trail (which has claimed the moniker of “Kamloops’ First Winery”) has already won kudos for its mineral-streaked Riesling and Field Blend, and has rolled out its first red wine. If you had asked people a decade ago (even five years ago) what the chances were that Kamloops would produce a decent red wine they would’ve been a tad skeptical, and that’s being polite. Over the last short while, the Colletts’ vineyard manager John Dranchuk

and Okanagan Crush Pad winemaker Michael Bartier have been working hard to figure out which red varieties with which to work. Gone are trials of Syrah and Merlot. Instead they’ve planted Pinot Noir and Gamay. And last week they released their inaugural Cabernet Franc 2012. Cabernet Franc makes absolute sense here as it does in many more marginal areas. It’s regarded as being the most hardy of red vinifera and is also an early ripener much more forgiving than Cabernet Sauvignon. This is a groundbreaking wine on so many levels. But most of all it confirms Harper’s Trail as a serious player in and worthy pioneer in B.C.’s newest wine region, and bestows promise that their considerable gamble has paid off. If you can get your hands on a bottle or two, you’ll be pleasantly surprised and the owner of what will surely become a collector’s item. ■ Harper’s Trail Cabernet Franc 2012 Bright red fruit on top followed by a mediumbodied palate of blackberry and raspberry notes wrapped in easy tannins and juicy acidity, with slightly mineral undertones and good length to finish. This is not an overblown, powerhouse red but a wellbalanced red that cries out for good food.Think winter dishes like cassoulet, duck breast or firm cheeses like

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Lech rolls out green carpet in summer Austrian mountain village more than just a winter resort

munch on a smorgasbord of herbs and grasses up here between 1,100 and 2,000 metres and provide the raw material for all those cheeses, butters and yogurts. On our final evening, the light softens as the clouds tuck the mountains into bed. Quietly contemplating the giant contours of the Rüfikopf, we notice that those supremely contented, designer-taupe cows are making their way home to be milked, ambling gently and unerringly into their personally reserved slots in the byres.They are pampered creatures, as we too have been pampered in the pristine mountain air.We didn’t need snow, after all, in order to fall in love with Lech.

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A group of designer cows lounges across the walking trail ahead of us. Fashionable shades of taupe and ecru, bony hips and eyelashes to die for, they are not about to move aside for us.They gaze at us haughtily as we detour around them through the soft wet grass of their pasture. The cows are not the only things of beauty here in the small town of Lech and its upper extension Oberlech in theVorarlberg region of western Austria. Known as a winter skiing wonderland, ski champions, celebrities and royalty visit regularly and the winter holiday scenes from Bridget Jones’ Diary 2 were filmed here. But forget freezing temperatures and snow. Summer here in the Arlberg mountains is equally gorgeous, with soaring peaks, alpine hiking and hillsides carpeted with wild flowers. There’s more beauty here than you can shake a stick at — or a hiking pole, for that matter. With all those celebrities and royalty, Lech has some grand old hotels like the family run Berghof, the Romantik Hotel Krone sitting large and solid beside the Lech River, the fourstar Hotel Gotthard or the highest hotel in Lech, the Mohnenfluh (1,750 metres) with its beautiful sun patio. Our budget runs to an impeccably run B&B perched above the town in Oberlech (“upper Lech”) with sweeping views of the area’s most dramatic peak, the 2,350-metre Rüfikopf. We’re away from the bustle of Lech but the marvellous Lech “Active Inclusive” card (available late June to early October) allows us free use of local cable cars, chair lifts, buses, swimming pools, driving range, leisure centre and more. It’s a huge bonus, tough to believe it’s all free, and we take every opportunity to use it. We shop via cable car gondola; zip up and down on chair lifts to some of the hundreds of walking trails up in the Petersboden area or pop down to the village to take in local events and concerts.The car gets lonely, parked at the B&B, while

Dairy farming is the Vorarlberg region’s most important source of income. we commute by cable car so frequently, the lift operators start greeting us like family members. The area is a real playground for sporty types, with a huge choice of activities including rafting, mountain biking, climbing, hiking, fishing, jogging, golfing, paragliding, tennis and Nordic walking.We feel exhausted just contemplating the options.We decide on some relatively sedate walking: the Lech area alone has some 250 kilometres of well-marked trails.We find the seven-kilometre ZweiTäler Rundweg (Two Valley Loop), a network of easy walking trails that wind through those cow pastures beneath the towering bulk of the mountains. As we rest on a sunsoaked bench, the solemn “klonk” of cowbells is the only sound we hear. One hour further along in the direction ofWarth is Bodenalpe, a small cabincum-restaurant that is open only in summer. Our hiking has given us huge appetites and Bodenalpe’s menu is worth the walk, offering local favourites like Gröst’l (onion, potato, bacon hash topped with an egg) or Käsknöpfle (an upscale, made-fromscratch version of mac-cheese with carmellized onions). Craving that Sound of Music mountain solitude (and time to digest), we ride a chairlift up to where trails crisscross the peaks in endless patterns. Here we can get as far away from people as we wish, calves straining and hearts pumping in the pure alpine air.We sit admiring the distant Rüfikopf, with acres of wildflowers colouring the meadows at our feet:

Known as a winter wonderland, the Arlberg mountains are equally gorgeous in summer, with soaring peaks, alpine hiking and hillsides carpeted with wild flowers. PHOTOS SUPPLIED MANDY TRICKETT mountain cornflower, goldenrod, heart’s ease, wild orchids.This prolific blooming period is called the “Blütezeit” and it’s a fairyland of colour: yellows, whites, pinks, purples and blues that range from cornflower to harebell. Our pace slows in the heat of the day.We arrive at Kriegeralpen, a pub with a sun terrace and the promise of live music. Its rustic timbers huddle in a small dip in the landscape in the middle of nowhere, but with its long rows of wooden tables, it’s obviously a well-known watering hole for hikers in these parts. It’s crowded with patrons enjoying an afternoon beer with super-sized soft pretzels. The serving staff wear traditional Dirndls and Lederhosen and, in European fashion, people bring their dogs, which lounge around beneath the benches. The entertainers start to belt out American standard rock ‘n’ roll favourites, the music so unexpected that we feel caught in a cultural time warp. Much as we love Credence Clearwater Revival, they really don’t fit the surroundings.We move on, awestruck, through scenery that moves from simply drop-dead-gorgeous to truly stupendous. It makes you want to put on one of those Julie Andrews costumes and burst into song.

In between our hikes, we explore Lech’s historic St. Nicholas Church, dating from about 1390, with its mysterious rune stones and landmark 33-metre onion-shaped dome.We spend a couple of hours exploring the small museum in the Huber House, with its fascinating insights into the area’s history and how people lived here before the mod cons that we now take so much for granted. It was a harsh existence and the town’s very existence was often in question. In fact, 100 years ago, Lech was dying and needed a new career in order to survive.Tourism was a leap of faith back then: visitors came by horse cart and sleigh from the railway station over in Langen. If avalanches threatened, they simply took the bells off the horses to make less noise. Back in the sunshine, we stroll Lech’s main street with its babbling brook and picture-perfect buildings, brightened by scarlet geraniums cascading from window boxes.We sit in a small plaza, toes tapping to traditional oompah music played by a local band, the men in crisp white stockings and felted jackets, the women in quaint headdresses and silver buckled brogues. On Sunday afternoon, we attend the annual village festival. A keg of beer is broached by the mayor in traditional costume and the frothy contents shared

out. We stand, squashed shoulder to shoulder with the locals, whose good humour increases in direct relationship to the sharing of that cask of beer. But it’s dairy farming, not beer, that is the region’s most important source of income. Making cheese is a symbol for local culture and a life lived in harmony with nature, so we cannot miss Lech’s famous cheese and meat shop (Speck-Käsekeller). Its tiny space is packed with smoked hams, cured sausages and local honeys alongside some 40 local artisan cheeses like Alpkäse, Räskäse or Ziegenkäse. Those dewy-eyed bovines are not just pretty faces: they

If you go: Good information on getting to Lech can be found at wikitravel.org orvorarlberg. travel.The area can be accessed by highway, plane or train. Official website: lechzuers.at Lech Information Office has all manner of maps and information, many of which are in English. Email: info@ lech-zuers.at The Lech Active Inclusive card. Available June to October. Ask your hotel or B&B to arrange this through the tourism office in advance of your arrival, using the information you give on the accommodation registration form.The card is valid on the day of arrival as well as the day of departure, but you must stay at least one night in the area.There is a small deposit for the card, refunded when you return it to any of the issuing points.

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homeless cats.” The BC SPCA spends nearly $2 million a year on spay/neuter initiatives across the province, including the provision of free and lowcost spay/neuter operations through SPCA clinics in Vancouver, Prince George and Kamloops and by ensuring that every cat, dog and rabbit leaving the SPCA is sterilized prior to adoption. The deadline to apply for a BC SPCA grant is Feb. 1, 2014. For more information, visit spca. bc.ca/spayneutergrant to download the application guide. — Christine Lyon

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There’s no reason to think that divine intervention would come into play with something so seemingly trivial as a provincial soccer tournament. But when all the facts are laid out in the amazing late-season run of the St. Thomas Aquinas senior boys soccer team, the results start sounding pretty miraculous. The Fighting Saints, who barely qualified for the playoffs after finishing in a tie for fourth in the North Shore AA league, capped off an incredible run with a 1-0 overtime shootout win over defending provincial champions Okanagan Mission to win the British Columbia AA title Wednesday at Burnaby Lake Sports Complex. To get there the team went undefeated in their final eight games — winning three shootouts along the way — despite being considered the underdog in every single match. “It’s been a wild ride,” said Loui Salituro, co-head coach along with Fernando Grossling, adding that there was no talk of winning provincials when the Saints squeaked into the North Shore playoffs by coming out ahead in a tie-breaking formula against Seycove and Rockridge after all three teams finished with 13 points in eight regular season games. Not only were the Saints the lowest ranked playoff team but they were also playing without their captain, Isaac Ferguson, who broke his foot in the dying moments of a crucial 2-1 win over Seycove Oct. 21. “(Winning provincials) wasn’t even in the conversation,” said Salituro. “It was like, just give ourselves a chance to go to provincials.We know we’re good enough to be there with the best of the best. . . . The focal point was just to get to — we called it the dance — let’s just get to the dance and see what happens from there. That was the main focus. There was no talk of going in and capturing a blue banner.” Around that time, however, the team added a new wrinkle to their game day routines. Several players and the coaches would attend 7:30 a.m. mass before walking together to school. It was optional, and at first just a few players made the early morning trip. But then the wins started piling up. “All of a sudden we have

STA’s Stefan Tomas takes control against Okanagan Mission in the provincial AA final played Wednesday in Burnaby. The Saints won the game in a shootout, capping an incredible playoff run. PHOTO MIKE WAKEFIELD over half the team at mass in the morning,” said Salituro with a laugh. “The kids kind of did it at first because we asked them too — we made it optional — but they really bought into it and it was nice to see. It’s a faith-based school so the kids can kind of make that connection there.” Properly centred in their faith — and dedicating their play to their captain who was now watching from the sidelines on crutches — the team took that spirit onto the field when their playoff journey began with an elimination game at Windsor against the third place Dukes Oct. 29. At halftime, however, the score was 0-0 and the Saints were being outplayed. “I was thinking that this could be our last game of the season,”

said Salituro. “Windsor came out really hard at us and we didn’t play particularly well. Our goaltender (Sam Macdonald) just bailed us out in the first half. It was all Windsor. If it wasn’t for our keeper our season would have ended right there.” Macdonald shut the door long enough for the forwards to find their range and the Saints came away with a 2-0 win. One week later it was do-or-die again versus second place Collingwood and Macdonald posted another shutout to seal a 1-0 win. That set up one final provincial qualifier on the road against Cariboo Hill, the No. 1 team in the Burnaby league and also the team that knocked STA out of the playoffs in 2012. The Saints were looking for a provincial

berth as well as revenge, and they earned them both. It wasn’t easy though. “That was a bit of a crazy game,” said Salituro. “Our boys really got up for that game. It was a year, almost to the day, to when we got eliminated by Cariboo Hill last year and then they went to provincials and finished third.We felt that we were right there with them.” Up 1-0 and then 2-1, STA couldn’t hold their leads and the game went to a shootout. Macdonald again shone — that’s a theme developing here — making two saves as STA won the shootout 3-1. The team that barely made the playoffs was going to provincials. “We were ecstatic,” said Salituro. See Hundreds page 32


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“Everything fell into place for us . . . we looked stronger each game out.” Provincials began with a 0-0 tie against Hugh Boyd followed by a 1-1 tie against Aldergrove, champions of the powerhouse Fraser Valley league. The Aldergrove game was yet another moment where the season teetered on the edge as the Valley boys broke a 0-0 tie with just six minutes left in the game. “Now I’m thinking third place in the pool, this could be like a ninth place finish in the tournament,” said Salituro. “But we pushed back.” Star Grade 11 midfielder Dan Morello provided the magic for the Saints, blasting a free kick around the wall and under the crossbar with almost no time left to salvage another tie. Heading into their final pool game the Saints, with just two points, knew that they needed an outright win against Prince George’s D.P. Todd if they had any chance of finishing first in the pool. They got it, Morello again providing the winning goal. It came early this time, six minutes in, and STA added another before halftime before cruising to a 2-0 win. The Saints were then tied with Aldergrove in pool standings and forced into a tie-breaking shootout to decide first place. “They just get the two teams together on a field

and have a shootout. It sounds crazy,” said Salituro. Macdonald again made his customary two saves and the Saints won it 2-1. “When your goalkeeper can save you one, and sometimes even two shots, that gives your team a huge advantage,” the coach said. “Sam has been unbelievable for us in net. If our shooters have the confidence that our goalie is going to come up with a big save it just gives them more confidence to come up to shoot the shot as well.” The semifinals against Gulf Islands saw STA put together one of their strongest games of the year as they battled to a 2-1 win. “We played a great game against a team that was a lot bigger than us in physical stature,” said Salituro. The game, however, was tied 1-1 with five minutes left. Cue more heroics from Morello. He ended up with the ball at his feet at the top of the 18-yard box when a hole opened up. “It was on his left foot but he cracked it anyway,” said Salituro. “He’s rightfooted but he’s got a killer left foot — it was just under the bar top corner. It sealed the deal. The kids were kind of looking at each other like, ‘Wow.We’re in the provincial final.’” On the morning of the final the coaches told the players to get their rest instead of going to early mass — the two of them would go for the team. But when Salituro and

Grossling arrived at the church they found it locked, no mass scheduled that morning. Could the miracle run end outside an empty church? “We looked at each other and we said, you know what — the intention was there,” said Salituro. “I think we’re good to go, I think the big guy is still on our side.” They’d need all the help they could get against Okanagan Mission. The defending champs were a perfect 4-0 in the tournament and coming off a big win over a very strong Archbishop Carney team in the semifinals. “They were a very cool, composed team — very skilled, and bigger than us,” said Salituro. The Saints may have been outsized on the field but they won the battle of the stands — nearly half of the 600 students from the school were let out of class and made their way to Burnaby to cheer on their boys.What they saw was a very tight match that ended 0-0. “We played our style that has gotten us to where we are,” said Salituro. “It’s probably not the prettiest to watch, spectator-friendly soccer but that’s the style we need to play if we’re going to be successful. It was a bit of a battle of attrition at times and we battled hard right to the end.” Now it was another shootout, a familiar place for the Saints. Macdonald again came up with a big

Playoff goal-scoring hero Dan Morello puts the ball in play in front of a huge STA crowd during Wednesday’s provincial final. PHOTO SUPPLIED PAUL YATES, VANCOUVER SPORTS PICTURES save and Ricardo Dutouy slotted in the winner to polish off the win. The moment the ball hit the back of the net, hundreds of STA students hopped the fence and stormed the field. “It was pretty crazy,” said Salituro. “There was a big pile of kids on the field. It was a great end to a great run.” Ferguson, still on crutches, couldn’t run into melee so coach Grossling picked him up on his back and carried him into the celebration. “Isaac was a key component of our team last year and this year,” said Salituro. “I think the boys kind of rallied around his injury. They used it as a

rallying point in the season and they kind of turned the page from there.” Fellow Grade 12 Stefan Thomas took over the captaincy when Ferguson went down and the Saints kept playing their defensive, determined style of play. “Our whole defensive line throughout this tournament has been absolutely fantastic,” said Salituro. “There was some luck involved with the shootouts and stuff but I’ve got to give credit to our guys — when their backs were against the wall they came through to put themselves in this position.” So maybe it wasn’t divine intervention after all. Maybe it wasn’t attending

mass that turned the players from also-rans into champions. Maybe it was that whatever they did, they did it together as a team. “It’s a special group of boys — they’re a very tight-knit group,” said Salituro. “Things fell nicely into place for us and we took advantage of the opportunities when they came. It’s just unbelievable. . . . It’s one of those storybook seasons that really couldn’t have been scripted any better.” ••• North Shore champs Sentinel secondary also took part in the tournament and finished a hard-luck sixth after losing their top two scorers to injuries.

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