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Fall 2012

Publisher and Editor: TJ Wallis Advertising Sales: Arlene Paulsen Layout & Design: Penny Christensen & TJ Wallis Administration: Caralyn Doyle

Contents

Cover Model: Taylor Miller Hair and Make-up: Iona Philips About Us: Okanagan Woman i s an indepen d e nt q u a r te r l y publication, locally owned, produced and distributed throughout the Okanagan / Shuswap areas by 0727724 BC Ltd. The opinion s a n d vie w s contained in submitted articles to Okanagan Woman magazine are not necessarily those of the publisher. The publ is h e r re ta in s th e r i g ht t o e d i t a l l s u b m i s s i o n s , inc l u di ng ar ticles a n d l e tte r s to the editor, for brevity and clarity. Copyright is retained on a l l m ate r ia l, tex t a n d g rap hi c s in this publication.

05 | First Thought 06 | Letters to the Editor

Breaking through the glass ceiling

06 | Fashion Forward - News from the Biz 08 | Women at Work. Breaking Through the Glass Ceiling

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12 | The SHEFILES: Joanne DeVries, Fresh Outlook 14 | A Photographic History of Fashion 1940 - 2012

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20 | SHEROES: Alexandra Henderson: Going to X-Tremes 22 | Quiz: Who’s That Girl?

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23 | Meet Kathleen Logan, Entrepreneur 24 | Ladies on Literature - A Book Club Blog

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26 | Lise Simpson - Communication Breakdown 28 | Laurie Calloway - As Colourful as the Frames She Fits 30 | Food Glorious Food, Recipes Grandma Used to Make

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34 | The Tale of the Salmon Mousse

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36 | The Hunkin Files: A Man’s POV 37 | HERstory - Mary Spencer The Lady Photographer

Editorial: Shannon Linden, TJ Wallis, Jeff Hunkin, Sherril Foster, Lise Simpson, Nina Winham, Linda Schaab, Angie Bricker Photography: TJ Wallis, Katie Corneille, Kyle Pearson Photography


First Thought It’s hard to believe this issue completes a full year of publishing Okanagan Woman Magazine. The Winter issue (which will hit the streets by December 1st) will be the first issue of our second year! Okanagan Woman has been incredibly well received and I can’t thank you enough for all the kind letters and encouragement. Please keep those letters and emails coming. It’s a way for us to gauge how we are doing. Thank you to our advertisers who believed in the concept and helped us survive the first year unscathed!

Men didn’t cook meals or do laundry - and those few who helped around the house certainly weren’t bragging about it to their buddies. Change came slowly, but it did come. And it will continue to come. We’ve all changed; men and women. And, to my way of thinking, it’s all good!

October is Women’s History Month and the UN has declared October 11th the world’s first International Day of the Girl, so in this issue, we wanted to celebrate some of the changes we’ve seen over the last few decades. We’ve come a long way baby, right? Yes, we have. Mostly, what’s changed is that we women have choices our mothers and grandmothers could not have imagined. No starry eyed dreams for them. But for us ... the world is our oyster ... except for that whole wage disparity thing, of course. Women earn more money than they did in the past, but they still earn - on average - 23 percent less than men. Most of us aren’t starving, and we know we’ve got it better than our mothers - but think about what 23 percent means. It means if a man is earning $50,000, a woman is earning $38,500. $11,500 difference is a lot of groceries - $958.33 each month to be exact. My generation (born in the late 1950s and early 1960s) may have been the first where women could truly have aspirations in careers and business. Women have always been resourceful - but in the past, women faced discrimination and limitations - imposed by society or family - that we can’t truly understand today. Imagine that you have no say in the political system, in legislation - you cannot vote! Imagine that you have no say in property ownership, that if you divorce, you must leave your children behind. If you become pregnant outside of traditional marriage, don’t expect to keep your child. It’s hard to imagine because it is not our reality. My mother was born in 1918, the same year most Canadian women got the vote. In her day, t’was rare for an unmarried woman to keep a child out of wedlock, to work outside the home. Women as business owners - no way! Her options? Get married or get married. Fall 2012 | Okanagan Woman Magazine

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Your Letters Dear TJ: Thank you for your honest commentary in the most recent edition. I applaud you on a number of fronts and admire your courage in facing your fears and sharing them. Good for you! I also wanted to comment on your most recent hire. Your question came at an opportune time. My business is focused on women and how we have needs that are different and unique from our male counterparts. When I made the decision to concentrate on helping women, I took the time to seek out a mentor. Amongst the list of required traits, I wanted to work with someone whom I felt had a unique perspective on women and could offer invaluable insight into what women wanted, why, and how. I chose Mel Kotler who passed away this weekend. Our mentoring relationship with him was all too brief. My point being, it’s not only women who “get” women. Sometimes the additonal effort (for lack of a better word) on the part of a man to understand a woman can be insightful and profound. Bravo for yet another bold step on your part. Birgit P. Badke FMA, FCSI | Wealth Advisor, ScotiaMcLeod® Dear Jeff Hunkin Thank you for the refreshing honesty and a well written first column for the Okanagan Woman magazine. As we are bombarded daily with images that show woman as being only beautiful if they are skinny, toned and a size 2, it is wonderful to hear the male view on such things in a women’s magazine. My spouse is of a like mind. A woman should be “womanly”. The curves that make us women are beautiful. With so much focus on being extra thin to model what the media tells us is beauty, woman are losing those curves and their feminine flare. Women start to look like taller versions of their 12- year-old selves and not that sexy just skinny. I’ve noticed that as we age, our body changes the way we carry weight as well. Many women are so focused on the number on the scale, and what they weighed at 20, that they forget to consider that their bodies are looking less womanly as they struggle to keep that number consistently low. We need more men to step forward and share their thoughts on skin and bones versus womanly curves. Thank you for your thoughts. Kathryn Dell Dear TJ Thanks for another great issue. I have enjoyed the magazine cover to cover, but I think a horoscope would be a wonderful addition to Okanagan Woman. R.D.

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FASHION FORWARD – News from the biz!

Contrary to any recent comments you may have seen posted on my Facebook page, I did not take this editor’s job so I would have an excuse to go shopping in the middle of the work day. Though, it’s a perk I do rather enjoy. I am not justifying my newfound interest in shopping, but it was on my day off, whilst driving down Westside Road, en-route to visit my son and his family in [Westbank/West Kelowna,the Westside] – please pick your preference - that I came across an unexpected little gem - The Boutique at Newport Beach. I discovered some wonderfully unique lines, including Bryn Walker, a natural fibre line designed and made in California and Rosalita McGee, a truly beautiful and quirky line of jumpers, skirts and jackets from Spain. I am in love with Bali (the Canadian fashion line in the Frank Lyman tradition - not the tropical island, though I suspect it is lovely, too). This boutique is definitely worth the drive, and you can’t beat Westside Road for gorgeous lake views either! Vernon’s 104 Grey has taken a page out of Dove’s ad campaigns - using real, relatable women in their marketing campaigns. They call it their Grey Girl campaign and the contest is run twice a year, spring and fall, to find their model for the season. The Grey Girl is pampered with professional hair, makeup and a professional photo shoot – complete with styling from 104 Grey! Naturally the ‘model’ gets some cool perks – and indeed, you will find mom and homemaker, Kate Melvin, the Spring Summer winner on page 19, modeling great trendy fashions from 104 Grey. Aldila Boutique in Kelowna’s Mission Park mall is celebrating Fall 2012 on September 22 with a fabulous one day event. They’re offering great discounts on new collections by Boo Radley, Sandwich, Joseph Ribkoff, Soya Concept and many more. Remember that hot pink dress ye olde editor was wearing in the Summer issue of Okanagan Woman? Joseph Ribkoff ... just saying. Talk about retro! Suzy Shier in Vernon has brought in a delightful new line called – get this – Mary Tyler Moore. Think 70s prints with teals, browns and mustard. Think pant suits, hounds tooth print skirts and blazer jackets. Another fall line to scout


out in Suzy Shier’s Village Green Mall store is Russian Princess, boasting marvelous mauves, wine and royal blue, some paisley prints in both tops and dresses. If you’re a dancer – even if you’re not – you have got to check out Dance Essentials on Springfield Road. They’ve brought in a new line out of Alberta for fall. It’s called Lime Apple, and it’s a new exerciseslash-school dress wear for teenagers and tweens. But you don’t have to be under 19 to shop here! With the dance season just getting started, this is the place to find new arrivals in beautiful and comfortable ballroom shoes. Armstrong’s Silhouette Fashion Boutique reports they had great success at their tent at the Interior Provincial Exhibition (IPE), where they opened up shop for five days to showcase the store’s inventory the more than 100,000 people who turned up for the annual fair! Now that the fair is over, they invite you to visit their Armstrong store. For fall, Silhouette has introduced two new lines - Tribal and Parsley and Sage. They’re still carrying mostly Canadian made clothing, such as Libra, Crystal and Juli, too. And while you’re there, pop around the corner to Frugal Frocks. Don’t fret if you missed the free coffee and cake that was offered during their 20th anniversary celebration at the beginning of September, because there are always great finds at this Armstrong vintage clothing (and more) store.

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REAL WOMEN. MICHAEL KORS, MAISON SCOTCH, EMU AUSTRALIA, HILLBERG & BERK, A G J E A N S , B R A V E B E LT S , C O V E T & M O R E

And that is just a tidbit of my recent shopping experience. Whew, that was a lot of work – and a lot of fun! I am so looking forward to Christmas shopping! TJ

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BREAKING

glassceiling ceiling through the glass As the old saying goes, “A woman’s work is never done.” Unfortunately, many women find this adage still rings true, particularly in regard to the workplace. According to the AFL-CIO, the average 25-year-old woman who works fulltime, year-round until she retires at age 65 will earn $523,000 less than the average working man.

The U.S. Department of Labor says that women earn roughly 20 percent less than men. Though women have made large advances toward economic equality, a disparity in pay between men and women still exists. As if unequal working wages weren’t enough, many women face barriers in finding jobs and advancing their careers. The term “glass ceiling” refers to the unseen, yet unbreachable barrier that keeps minorities and women from rising to the upper rungs of the corporate ladder, regardless of their qualifications or achievements. Many women feel they have gone as far as they can with their employer thanks to a lack of options at the supervisory level, or an unwillingness of higher-ups to consider them for advancement. As difficult as it can be for women to advance, there are ways to break through. In 2009, a report by Bloomberg News discovered that many women in top CEO positions earned substantially more than their male counterparts. Female CEOs of Yahoo!(R), PepsiTM and KraftTM earn salaries as high as $45 million. Despite progress, there are still many women earning less

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and getting left behind. There are strategies women can employ to change this. * Be more aggressive in negotiations. When negotiating salary, don’t be shy. Be aggressive when pursuing a salary that is commensurate with your experience. * Get involved. Network with like-minded women who have already paved their own way in the business sector. Women working in predominantly male fields can develop networking opportunities that are enjoyable to both men and women. * Find a mentor. Networking remains one of the key ways to advance in the business world. Relying on the experience of a mentor can help you with your career and the pressures that come with it. Seek mentors whose accomplishments you admire and who are willing to offer advice and encouragement. * Start your own business. Women who find their careers have hit dead ends may want to consider going into business for themselves. This way they can spread their wings and be in charge.


How do women fare across BC & the Okanagan?

Quick Facts

Every year the Vancouver Sun surveys the top100 executive compensations in BC for publicly traded cmpanies. In 2010, 99 of those (earning an average of $3.54 million) were NOT women. The lone woman who made the list was luluemon athletica’s CEO, Christine Day, who weighed in at number 30.

According to Statistics Canada, these are the Highest Paying Careers in Canada 10. Banking, credit and investment managers – $101,845 9. Engineering Manager - $113,403

In 2011, Thompson-Okanagan had a population (15 years and older) of 527,700. In 2008, 265,000 people were employed in Thompson-Okanagan. Women make up 47% of the region’s workforce, about the same as the average for B.C. Source: Stats Canada

ICBC pays its executives very well. Chief Business Transformation Officer, Shiela Edden earns $419,799, according to a report in the Vancouver Sun. ICBC’s Chief Actuary and Vice President of BICC, Camille Minogue earns $414,388 and Chief Financial Officer, Geri Prior weighs in with an annual salary of $464,971.

There are 85 MLA’s sitting in the BC Legislature; 27 are women. Premier Christie Clark earns about $200,000 a year. Source: Elections, BC

8. Lawyers $123,632 7. Senior Managers of Trade, Broadcasting and other services $124,080 6. Dentists - $131,552 5. General Practitioners and Family Doctors $132,615 4. Senior managers of goods production, utilities, transportation and construction -$160,947 3. Senior managers of financial communications and other business services - $162,376 2. Judges - $178,053 1. Specialist Physicians - $179,514

Since physicians rank among the top ten paying careers in Canada, we thought we’d find out how many female doctors are practicing in our region. There are 428 doctors in general practice in the Okanagan; 137 of them are women. 338 specialist physicians practice in the Okanagan; 64 are women. Source: BCMA Fall 2012 | Okanagan Woman Magazine

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SHEFILES

Joanne de Vries a profile of a woman of merit

The Passion and Power of One Small Girl by Nina Winham In 1988, Lake Country resident Joanne de Vries had an epiphany that radically changed her personally and professionally. The catalyst? Her six-year-old daughter, Jocelyn. “She came home from school one day ecstatic that we could save the world,” remembers de Vries. “I asked how, and she said, “Simple, by recycling!” But de Vries says she was “too tired and selfish to care about cans,” so she put her daughter off. Not to be ignored, however, Jocelyn lobbied her mom daily for a week. Finally, with feet stamping and tears streaming down her cheeks, she said, “Mommy, we just HAVE to!” Her passion softened de Vries’ heart to recycling and, eventually, other sustainability issues such as water

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and energy conservation, which she then built into her practice as a communications consultant to local government. In 2007, de Vries established the Fresh Outlook Foundation (FOF) to put what she’d learned over 20 years of consulting into practice not only for government, but also for the private, nonprofit, and academic sectors. The resulting events and projects stimulate crosssector communication and collaboration, which de Vries says will accelerate the move toward community sustainability. FOF’s hugely popular events include the Building SustainAble Communities conference, the Reel Change SustainAbility Film Fest, the Breakfast of Champions,


and the Thompson-Okanagan Climate Action Exchange. de Vries is currently working to develop an annual kid’s camp and concert, and a regular get-together for women of all ages and interests committed to sustainability. “Men and women think differently,” explains, de Vries, “so it’s important that we explore those differences as they relate to sustainability and our responses to it. Historically, women were more involved in the nonprofit sector focusing on areas of social and cultural change. But now, women from all sectors are fully engaged in all aspects of social, cultural, environmental, and economic problemsolving. “Given that we play such a key role,” she continues, “I believe we should talk about how to optimize the use our innate traits and our extensive networks at home, work, and play.” Despite being passionate about her work, de Vries says launching and sustaining FOF has been a “tough haul,” taking seven years and a significant personal financial investment. But with charitable status now secure, and given the introduction of FOF’s consulting arm, SustainAbility Support Services Inc., she is looking forward to a new chapter of growth and impact, the success of which she measures with actual behaviour change. “When we truly impassion people,” says de Vries, “they adopt new behaviours that contribute to individual and community sustainability. They model these changes to their families, friends, and colleagues, who are then inspired to make changes as well. The potential for exponential impact is mindboggling.”

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Vintage fashions from Georgie Girl, Ellis Street, Kelowna. Models, above Kayla Neufeld, opposite page, l-r, Kayla Neufeld & Alica Meiers Photos, Make-up & Hair,page 14 & 15, Katie Corneille of Front Shop on Ellis Street, Kelowna Location: Lois Lane Warehouse

Whatever your style, you were likely influenced by the fashions popular in your formative years. Today you might prefer bold and blingy, bohemian or basic. But do you remember the first item of clothing you purchased with your own money? Maybe it was with your allowance or when you received your first paycheque. It might have been pedal pushers or bell bottoms, a shift dress, a pantsuit or a Jackie O influenced pill box hat? Maybe it was paisley prints or penny loafers. This issue we bring you a photographic essay of fashion through the decades, a trip down memory lane. As consignment stores gain in popularity, and new fashions offer unique twists on the classics, it is hard to argue with the old adage that “everything old is new again.�

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Fashion from the 1940’s was heavily influenced by WW2. Wartime meant austerity programs were in place, and women, ever the fashion innovators, reworked their 1930’s drop waist dress to rest at a more fashionable natural waistline, resulting in higher hemlines. Skirts also became shorter as fabric was scarce. Ladies reworked the menswear to more feminine silhouettes, as seen in slim fit trousers, contoured jackets and blouses. Colours like maroon, gray, beige and white became popular due to dye rationing, as the greens and browns were used for military uniforms. This was also a time where women painted seams on their legs to mimic the appearance of hosiery. After 1945 and the end of WW2, dressing was for luxury. Pleats, peplums and full skirts were back. The wartime leggy look was replaced by the buxom and curvaceous. The 1940’s were a time when accessories made the look! Hats, handbags, gloves, scarves added the feminine touches women were seeking. Makeup was dramatic and bold, and the lipstick was applied beyond the lip line to emphasis the “Cupid’s Bow”. Lipstick and fingernail polish matched, and brightly coloured.

“Everything old is new again” Toward the end of the 1940’s, hair styles became longer and commonly arranged into loose curls. Horn rimmed glasses became stylish, and have been ever since. Cat eye glasses are also still a classic, introduced during this exciting fashion era.

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1950s, 60s and 70s

Below: L - Vintage 1950s, 2 pce taupe satin shift and bolero $39, 1950s hat $15, Gucci red purse $39, 2 pc choker necklace/earring set $9, sunglasses $12. Entire ensemble from Frugal Frocks, Armstrong, Model: Megan Gagnon R - New Frank Lyman design, inspired by 1960s shift dress, $189, neck scarf $4, Available at Silhouette Fashion Boutique, Armstrong. Model: Samantha Joy.

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Opposite page: Top row, L-R Vintage purple hot pants, $39, 60s mustard tee $7, interchangeable coloured lens “Lennon� glasses $60. . Available at Frugal Frocks, Armstrong. Model :Shaleen Toney New Black dress by Enchante, $99 available at Silhouette Fashion Boutique, Armstrong. Model Taylor Miller. New Frank Lyman orange and blue floral design, $189, available at Silhouette Fashion Boutique. Model : Samantha Joy

Opposite page: Bottom: Vintage 1960s pastel paisley print dress $24, from Frugal Frocks., Model: Megan Gagnon, Hair and Make-up for models Megan Gagnon and Shaleen Toney by Krea, journey person stylist and certified esthetician, owner of Shear Kreation hair and esthetics, Armstrong. Hair for models Samantha Joy and Taylor Miller by Iona Philips, Armstrong

Location, Armstrong Heritage Home


Barbie Cut Out book and JFK magazine (from cover shot) courtesy Allen’s Antiques, Armstrong

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Opposite page: Top L-R, vintage 1970s crochet drss from Africa $65, Medicine bag necklace (on books) $59, wooden bangles, set of 3 $9 Model Megan Gagnon. Vintage 1980s Black studded dress $35, stretch bracelet $7, shoes $24, Earrings $18. Model Shaleen Toney. Outfits and accessories, Frugal Frocks, Armstrong Bottom: Arvanti beaded tunic $58, TruLuxe bootcut jeans $114, Model: Taylor Miller, Outfit from Silhouette Fashion Boutique, Armstrong

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This page: Left, Denim jacket by Esprit, yellow silk blouse by Maison Scotch, P Hillberg & Berk Pearl and Sterling Silver necklace and bracelet Above, White blouse by Esprit, blue pants, AG Jeans, Hillberg & Berk Gemstone and Sterling Silver Necklaces and Earrings, Leather Bag fromAbro Bags All fashions this page from 104 Grey, Vernon Model: Kate Melvin Photographer: Kyle Pearson Fall 2012 | Okanagan Woman Magazine

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SHEROES

a courageous woman who has the principle share in some exploit.

Alexandra Henderson: Young Woman of Promise

Meet Allie Henderson: From jumping horses to jumping ramps, this woman wants to fly.

Going to X-tremes Twenty-three year old Allie Henderson is not what she seems. With her lovely, long locks and striking features, you might mistake her for a model. Sandwiched by an older brother and sister and younger twin sisters—she’s more daredevil than typical middle child. Dressed for success at Kelowna’s Access Furniture by day, she shields herself, head to toe, in protective sporting armor by evening (and weekend too).

Enthusiastic but controlled, articulate yet introspective, Allie is many things but her most authentic self might just be the most surprising: Fearlessly flying through the air, she’s a woman looking to make a soft landing in the hard-edged, male-dominated world of Freestyle Motocross (FMX). An extreme sport, FMX involves riders racing a dirt bike up a ramp, propelling over an average 75-foot gap, and performing an acrobatic trick in the air,

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before landing—on the bike—on a ramp, on the opposite side. Dangerous? Yes! Scary? Sure. No place for a lovely young lady? Whoa, that’s where this former equestrian jumper challenges stereotypes. “I always wanted a dirt bike as a kid but I wasn’t allowed to have one,” Henderson explains. Instead, she had a horse.


story by Shannon Linden

From 12 to 18 years of age she was involved in show jumping. After graduating from Kelowna Secondary School, she travelled to Europe, riding professionally in Corfu, Greece. While the experience was enriching, it required complete commitment, to the exclusion of Henderson’s varied goals. “A quote came to me,” she explains. “I could have anything, if I gave up everything.” Being a well-rounded woman, she sought to satisfy her many sides and in the end, craving balance and missing family and friends, she found her way home. Buying, training, and selling horses, she made a living, re-investing in more horses until at 19, she sold one named Chevy and bought a bike that brought her the freedom to fly. “It was too big for me,” she recalls. “It was too heavy and I had no idea what to do with it if something went wrong.” Watching u-tube videos, she learned a lot about her equipment, but it was her passion for the sport that kept her riding through thick and thin. “Even when I hated it, I loved it,” she grins. “Even when my bike broke up in the bush and I had to push it back home, I loved it.” Watching freestyle for the first time when she was fourteen, Henderson says a spark was lit but it wasn’t until recently that she fanned the flames. With only a handful of women in the world competing in the sport, few know much about it, and even less have the opportunity to delve in. “You need property,” Henderson explains. You need to build or buy

ramps, you need big dirt mounds to land on...there is no coaching, schooling or programs, it’s really an independent sport.” With no women currently competing in the sport in the X Games, Henderson sees a gap of opportunity—quite literally. “This past March I started jumping ramps on a friend’s compound, ” she says. Bruce Cook—who became the first Canadian to compete in the “best trick” in the 2012 X Games—coaches Henderson, mentoring her amazing progress. Within five rides she went from a gap of 10 to 50 feet, pulling “no hand landers” and fender grabs, while progressing toward seat grabs. Sponsored by Dan Kenzie of Pinnacle Elite Athlete, she spends early mornings at the gym, performing freestyle specific routines Kenzie creates, before heading to her day job at Access. After work she rides, does yoga, and enjoys free time with friends. “Right now women are where the men were when this sport first started,” she explains. “They’re doing freestyle shows and u-tube videos. They have to do their time.” And so will Henderson. While she dreams of joining the ranks of women like Canada’s Jolene Van Vugt—the first female to backflip on a fullsize dirt bike and winner of the first Women’s Canadian Motocross National Championships—Henderson has even higher hopes. “I love freestyle but I also want to help people turn their own dreams into reality.”

notoriety, Henderson ultimately sees herself as a personal development coach. “I believe every woman must break barriers to be exactly who she is meant to be,” she explains. “Though there are many barriers that could prevent me from jumping my dirt bike through the air, I do it because I love it and my goal is to challenge women to do what it is they uniquely love, to blow through their own limitations.” It’s an empowering message, applicable to women of all ages. If Henderson has her way, more of us will value our brains over looks, our passions over men, and our experiences over safety. “I’m compelled to share my message,” she says. “I challenge women everywhere to be better, to be bolder, and to start living by their own rules.” X-tremely good advice, don’t you think?

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Meet Kathleen Logan: Entrepreneur

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Kathleen Logan may be a valley import (she moved here from Calgary), but it didn’t take her long to become a quintessential Okanagan Woman. Operating a campsite at Newport Beach, at the north end of Westside Road, for many years, she and her husband are now cultivating their 50 acres, planting orchards and gardens and building a new house. Logan still operates a community store on site, but it’s her creative side that has found expression with the addition of a specialty store, the Boutique at Newport Beach. Catering to women who fill their days making the most of our beautiful valley, the boutique offers its own bounty in a range of clothing, bags, and shoes. Inspired by her own perfect day—Logan might spend the morning in the garden, followed by lunch, an afternoon at the beach, culminating in dinner out or the theater—that’s a lot of footwear—and maybe some dresses too.

“We carry everything the Okanagan Woman might need,” Logan explains. “Rubber boots for the garden and flipflops for the beach, then maybe a pair of heels for downtown. The only thing we don’t carry is underwear,” she laughs. “Although I can tell you where to get that too!”

“Reflect upon the positive aspect of existence to remove the negative.”

Encouraging women to experiment with style, Logan loves to hold “dress up nights” where customers can come in and try anything on. Whether it’s indulging her latest passion—making jam—connecting with the women in the knitting club she and her sister started last year, or stretching mind and body in the yoga classes she teaches in Vernon, this lady of the lake lives consciously and creatively. “Life is not work and non-work,” Logan explains. “It’s all just part of the day.”

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Fourteen fabulous women who love their wine...and their shoes... as much as their books, LOL is back for a second season! The Ladies on Literature wrapped up our first season in a manner fitting for a book club as passionate about wine and a good time as we are reading. In support of Project Literacy—and in a fine display of shoes—many of us showed up at Words and Wine, PLKS’s 25th anniversary celebration held in June, at Kelowna’s Laurel building. A non-profit organization, PLKS provides free tutoring in reading, writing, and math to needy individuals in the community. Pleased to support Project Literacy, some

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LOL members act as tutors and all generously donate funds, collected at our monthly meetings. So, what does this have to do with shoes? Also in the spirit of giving, the LOL have added an interesting element to our get-togethers: a sexy shoe exchange of sorts. It all started when one of my best friend’s was given a pair of prancy stilettos worthy of some serious dancing—or maybe just sashaying across the bedroom floor—by one of her best friends. When said shoes did not fit, my friend-disappointed but determined to find worthy feet—sent them to me. I squealed with delight at the purpleheeled sight of the Marciano’s, but

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sadly they were too big. In a bid to find them a pretty place in some Cinderella’s closet, I brought them in a gift bag to an LOL meeting. Around the room the shoes went to the sound of appreciative gasps followed by wishful murmurings, until, at last, they landed in Cindy W’s lap. And fit her feet. Perfectly. Cindy saves the shoes for special occasions—like the PLKS fundraiser—but her husband would be happy to see them anytime. You never know what may happen at an LOL meeting. Join us online at shannonlinden.ca to see what we’re reading, sipping, savoring, and yes, what shoes we’re exchanging. Welcome back to our second season! www.shannonlinden.ca


Moon Festival, September 30th at Rutland Centennial Hall

On the evening of Sunday September 30th, look up. According to the ancient Chinese lunar calendar, this night marks the 15th day of the 8th month (the 8th full moon) in the Year of The Dragon. Look up and check-out the breath-taking bright full moon that’s hanging low in the dark twinkling skies The Chinese Moon festival, also called the Mid-Autumn Festival, is associated with legends is full of colourful characters, dramas, dances, feasting, moon gazing, storytelling, and, of course, making and tasting moon cakes! There are hundreds of varieties of moon cakes with different styles of pastry, wrapping and rich, dense fillings of nuts, bean or lotus pastes, dry or fresh pork meat. A whole egg yolk is often placed in the filling to symbolize the moon. Moon cakes can be made at home, but today, they are usually purchased from Asian food and grocery markets. Moon Festival originated in China and is celebrated in many South East Asian countries. In late evening of this holiday, families typically sit together on their patios to appreciate the beauty of the full moon, to tell stories of ancient tales to the children, and to enjoy a variety of moon cakes. Our Canadian version of Moon Festival will be held at the Rutland Centennial Hall on Friday Sep. 28 6-9pm, two days ahead of the actual holiday to maximize participation. We would like to share cultures, traditions and stories about the moon with all other communities. For those pre-registered to tell a moon story or how to celebrate moon in your culture, such as the Harvest Moon, on the stage of our event, we will reward you a moon cake! There will be stage performance, dancing, singing, poem reading with subject of moon, as well as onsite activities for whole family enjoyment - cultural and historical exhibition, children story telling contest, ethnic food booths, moon cake sampling and more. Come and join us for moon gazing ! This event brought to you by Okanagan Chinese Canadian Association, Intercultural Society of Central Okanagan (ISCO) and Okanagan Korean Culture and Knowledge Society (OKCK). Free Amission. No reservations necessary. FMI occa@hotmail.ca Fall 2012 | Okanagan Woman Magazine

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Lise Simpson Communication Breakdown

Karen is in the courtyard of the

Junction Café in Armstrong, enjoying lunch in the dappled sunshine with a special friend. She’s in the midst of telling him something very personal when his cell phone bleeps. He quickly snatches up the phone, mutters “sorry, I’ve got to take this”, and begins talking to someone, leaving Karen to stare into space and pretend she isn’t listening to the call. Dave runs into an old high school friend in Orchard Park Mall. They greet each other enthusiastically and begin catching up. While chatting, Dave’s cell phone trills and without hesitation he checks the screen and reads a text message. He begins typing out a text reply, looking down at his phone, while still chatting to his friend. Ahh, communication in the modern world. The changes brought about by ever-evolving technology have certainly affected our lives, and vast improvements have definitely been made in many areas. The impact of technology is now so deeply embedded into the fibres of our lives that it scarcely registers. But in the arena of human interaction, are we becoming so obsessed with instant, rapid-fire dialogue that we are losing the ability to truly communicate with each other? Have we succeeded in developing technology, while diminishing a deeper human connection?

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Certainly our manners are deteriorating. Back in the day, it was unthinkable that someone would sit talking on a phone in a restaurant while ignoring his companion across the table. For many of us it is virtually impossible to have a worthwhile conversation with someone who is pecking away on his phone texting to someone else. Is he really listening to us? I hesitate to pour my heart out to someone who has iPod cables dangling jauntily from their ears. I’m pretty sure they are more into their music than they are to what I’m bleating on about. The communication gadgets that people use can create a barrier between them and the world that is happening right in front of them. The gadget prevents its user from being engaged with us, from being in the moment. And isn’t that ironic! We are failing to communicate because we are communicating! But…hang on to your Blackberry… millions would disagree. Ask anyone born since about 1980 and they would insist (while they were texting someone) that there is no communication breakdown. They aren’t annoyed when their companion answers his cell phone, because they would answer theirs if it rang too. They can text AND talk as rapidly as Apple can invent another gadget. They are stupefied by tales of waiting

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three weeks for a letter to arrive by Air Mail, because they have become used to communicating instantly with their friends and family – no waiting required. They argue that modern technology allows them to communicate better, faster, and more often than at any time in the past. That technology makes things faster today cannot be disputed. But are we communicating better? The letter that took three weeks to arrive was certainly a letter of substance and thoughtfulness. It meant something. Why are we quickly grabbing our cell phones to read a text message that says “yo, watch doin?” This was worth reading in a hurry? Surely we do enough things in a hurry these days. Perhaps the depth and quality of our modern communicating is diminishing, simply as a by-product of the frequency with which we do it. We are dumbing down, in other words. Maybe it’s time to back away from the gadgets, look each other in the eyes, remember our manners and really listen to each other, before we forget how.


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Part scientist, part artist, entirely passionate, Laurie Calloway is as colourful as the frames she fits. An optician for 38 years (she says she started when she was four), she describes her profession as similar to that of a pharmacist. Precisely filling patient prescriptions is essential, but also knowing what’s available, how specific lenses will fit certain frames and of course, how those frames will fit faces. Laurie loves that no two people are alike. Employed at Downtown Eyewear (547 Bernard Avenue, Kelowna) for the past four years, she’s embraced the evolution of rimless, custom created glasses in all shapes, colours, and sizes, and relishes the opportunity to help people venture into previously unchartered territory of the prescription kind. Love bling? Bring it on! Prefer something subtle? She does that too. “Everyone has a frosted and a conventional side,” she says, laughing. That certainly seems to be the case for this energetic lady who describes herself as “an old soul.” Moving with the ups and downs of life, she believes you can’t appreciate one without the other. She loves to travel extensively, garden and cook, eat Japanese food. A summer goddess, she especially enjoys soaking up the sun at Spirit Ridge, Osoyoos. Just don’t expect to catch a run with her on any of the surrounding ski hills. “The only thing snow is good for is a blanket in front of the fire,” she heartily laughs. Add a glass of Okanagan wine, and this dynamic woman might slow down for a while. Favourite quote: “Everyday you learn something new.”

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As we celebrate women’s history month it seems appropriate to bring you a little food history & some ‘vintage recipes. Like classic clothes, some foods just never lose their popularity. These three recipes are from this editor’s treasured, but tattered, black duo-tang, a collection of recipes started in my teens. The ink has faded, the tape and paper yellowed, but the recipes are as tasty as the day I inserted them in the book.The last recipe has proved too time consuming for this working editor, but I would love to hear from anyone willing to give it a try. The recipes have been transcribed exactly as they appear in my notebook.

Mary’s Stew Ingredients: 1 lb stew beef 1 large onion, chopped Sauce: 1/4 cup catsup 1/2 tsp brown sugar 1/2 tsp paprika 1 TBSP Worschestire sauce 1 c. water 1/2 tsp salt 1 TBSP vinegar 1/2 tsp chili powder Directions: Pour over meat, put in 325 oven for 3 hours or more. Mary was a friend of my grandmother’s and the recipe has been copied by every member of the family. Easy, tasty and the slow cooking makes for the tenderest of stewing beef! Eat over mashed potatoes or rice.

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Chicken Cacciatore Brown 2 1/2 to 3 lbs ready to cook broiler - fryer chicken (cut-up) (or several chicken pieces to serve 4 people) in 1/4 cup hot salad oil in skillet. Remove chicken and cook 2 medium onions, cut in 1/4 inch slices (rings) and 2 cloves of garlic (minced) in oil until tender but not brown. Return chicken to skillet. Combine in a bowl: 1 - one lb can tomatoes 1 - 8 oz can tomato sauce 1 tsp salt 1/4 tsp pepper 1 tsp dried oregano or basil 1/2 tsp celery seed 1 or 2 bay leaves (Sauce will improve with flavour if made early in the day and left to sit) Pour sauce over chicken. Cover and simmer 30 minutes. Stir in 1/4 cup sauterne. Cook chicken uncovered 15 minutes longer or until tender. Turn occassionally. Remove bay leaves and skim excess fat. Ladle sauce over chicken in a dish.

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Savoury Buffalo Stew Cut into one inch pieces - 1 medium buffalo (about 800 lbs) Dredge with - 200 cups all purpose flour. Heat into extremely large heavy pan - 80 lbs shortening Add floured pieces and brown well. Add 400 cups chopped onion 20 gallons tomato juice (freshly squeezed) 8 lbs salt 1 can pepper (freshly ground) 4 lbs Monosodium glutamate 2 lbs garlic powder Stir to blend evenly. Simmer very slowsly for 2 days, stirring occassionally and add water when necessary. Add: 2 sacks potatoes (peeled) 4 sacks carrots (peeled) 200 stalks of sliced celery 2 bottles Worcestshire sauce 2 lbs dried parsley flakes 20 - 25 galllons water. Continue simmering for 1/2 day. Thicken gravy with flour and water mixture. Yield - about 5000 servings. This freezes well. Great leftovers.

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Food trends that are growing in popularity There are many different food trends that come and go throughout the years. Whether linked to recent medical research or brought on by experimentation, different foods or ingredients can quickly become the must-have items for foodies. Every year seems to boast its own trends, and 2012 has proven to be no exception. Based on the latest buzz as well as information from this year’s Fancy Food Show, here’s a look at a few up-and-coming trends. * Korean food: Move over Chinese, Japanese and Thai, Korean food is now the select Asian cuisine among many foodies. The spicy and robust flavors of this cuisine make Korean meals popular across the country. * Artisan chocolates: Forget those run-of-the-mill chocolate bars sold at the convenience store; small producers of carefully sourced cocoa beans are turning up left and right. These types of chocolates appeal to ecoconscious consumers as well as those who simply enjoy good food. The chocolates cater to adult tastes and veer away from standard chocolate and nut creations. * Gluten free: The demand for gluten-free products has increased significantly, as many people are in tune with their personal health and reticent to consume products that feature gluten. Look for new blends of soy, rice and corn flour used in everything from pastas to pancakes.

* Resurgence of butchers: Fed up with the humdrum flavor of mass-produced beef from the supermarket, consumers have essentially driven the resurgence of independent meat markets across the country. There is also a growth in heritage cattle and pig breeds to produce more flavorful meats. * Fancy salts: Although salt has not always been trendy, new opinions on salt may be helping reshape salt’s reputation, and it all starts with artisan salts. Today’s gourmands are enjoying Black Hawaiian sea salt, aldersmoked salts and merlot-infused crystals. * Cooking kits: The do-it-yourself-chef has been spurred on by the wealth of information available over the Internet and on television. Still, some would-be cooks find it intimidating to put all of the necessary ingredients together. Pre-packaged kits with step-by-step instructions can help with the creation of a variety of food from cheeses to pies. * Quick response codes: Though not edible, QR codes are being used by more and more food manufacturers. These scannable codes enable consumers to use their phones or tablets to learn more information about an item than can actually fit on the packaging. Winemakers are using QR codes to help consumers make informed decisions about pairing wine with different meals.

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The History of Rogers Foods In the early 1950’s Alfred J. Rogers, a farmer in the North Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, Canada, acquired a small stone milling device for the purpose of grinding grains for his own family’s use. Gradually his neighbours in the Okanagan Valley began coming to him for the same service. Eventually some of the local food stores asked that he grind local grains to produce natural, non-additive flours and cereals. Thus a hectic part-time milling business evolved for Alfred. By 1971, Alfred Rogers was ready to retire from both farming and milling. He handed the reins over to his youngest son, Stan. Quick to realize the potential of supplying the public with natural whole grain products, Stan began an expansion program to have the sales of Rogers Foods Ltd. products grow from the Okanagan Valley across Western Canada and into Ontario. In September, 1989, majority ownership of the Canadian company Rogers Foods Ltd. was acquired by Nisshin Flour Milling Co. Ltd. of Tokyo, Japan. Since acquiring Rogers Foods, the Company has expended millions of dollars on capital modernization, expansion or improvements. In addition, the labour force has grown, now totaling approximately 100 employees. In the last fiscal year, Rogers contributed 3 million dollards in wages and benefits into the North Okanagan and Lower Mainland economies. Today, Rogers Foods continues to be a well-financed company comprised of the following components: a) a thoroughly modern flour mill b) a state-of-the-art, value-added mix facility c) a cereal production unit, and d) bulk flour processing capabilities

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The Tale of the Salmon Mousse By Linda Schaab

My Aunt Chris grew up in Glasgow, Scotland. Her family lived on the wrong side of the tracks, but Chris was very fortunate. Intelligent and beautiful, she was engaged to a good-looking young man from a prominent family that owned a large construction company. Chris and George shared a love of art and had met in an art gallery. A year later they were married in a lavish ceremony in a beautiful cathedral. As a wedding present George’s parents gave them a luxurious home in an upscale neighbourhood. His grandparents’ gifted the couple with money so they could follow their dream of owning an art gallery. When they had the gallery open for business, Chris decided to throw a lavish party. She invited the crème de la crème of Glasgow society and was thrilled to learn that prominent businessmen, lawyers, the Mayor, and their high-society wives, were planning to attend her party. As she prepared for the party, one detail had Chris stumped. She wanted a spectacular dish for the buffet. Finally she came up with the idea of a salmon mousse. Chris was pleased with the artistry of her creation when it was finished. The pink mousse was in the shape of a salmon, with a thick, curved tail. Sliced almonds were set in rows along the salmon’s back for scales, with a slice of black olive and a piece of almond for its eye. The guests were about to start arriving when Chris was walking through the dining room. To her horror, spotted their orange cat on the table. The cat was chowing down on her salmon mousse! Angrily, she grabbed the cat and tossed him out the kitchen door. Chris just couldn’t bring herself to throw the salmon mousse out. So she took a spoon and smoothed over the spot where the cat had eaten. She was just finishing the job when the doorbell rang with the first of the guests. The party was going well when Chris suddenly remembered the cat. Going to the kitchen door to let him in, she was shocked to find the cat lying on the doorstep – stone cold dead. Realizing that the cat had been the first to eat the salmon mousse, in a panic Chris phoned the hospital and told the doctor-on-call what had happened. There was no alternative – everyone who had eaten the salmon mousse would have to go to the hospital. Chris was mortified. How would she and George ever live this down? Hours later the guests had all had their stomachs

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pumped and Chris and George returned home, exhausted and depressed. They were just getting out of the car when their neighbour rushed over from her house. ”I’m so sorry!” the woman said. “Your cat ran behind me just as I was backing out of my driveway, and I was so rushed that all I had time to do was put him on your step. I came over as soon as I got back, but you were gone!” It was not long after the disastrous party that my Aunt Chris and Uncle George decided to move to Canada.

Chris’ Salmon Mousse To make this dish you will need a 6-cup salmon-shaped mold. Stir together in a saucepan or microwave-safe cup: ½ cup fresh lemon juice 2 envelopes unflavoured gelatin Let stand for 5 minutes to soften. Heat for 1 to 2 minutes over medium heat or in a microwave oven, covered, on high until dissolved, about 45 seconds. Let cool for a few minutes, then stir in: ½ cup mayonnaise ½ cup sour cream Combine in a food processor: 2 cans Sockeye salmon, drained, skin and bones removed ½ cup chopped fresh dill 2 shallots, minced 2 tablespoons drained capers, chopped sweet pickles, or pickle relish 2 teaspoons sweet paprika Ground red or white pepper to taste Pulse briefly just until combined. Do not overprocess. Add the gelatin mixture and pulse once just to combine. Using a mixer, beat until stiff peaks form: ¾ cup whipping cream Gently fold the salmon mixture into the cream. Oil the fish mold and spoon the mixture into it. Smooth the top, cover, and refrigerate until firm, 3 to 4 hours. To unmold, submerge two-thirds of the mold in very hot water for 20 to 30 seconds and immediately invert the mousse onto a serving platter. Garnish with Watercress sprigs, thinly sliced cucumber, or lemon wedges.


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THE HUNKIN FILES A Woman’s Work is Never Done

For a lot of men, working women are a natural progression from what they grew up with. Girls were our peers, lab partners and teammates throughout school. Now in adulthood, women are our co-workers, associates, and business partners. In this modern, fast-paced world, women are receiving men’s complete attention. The comprehensive, modern working women we see everyday are living big, and dreaming bigger than ever before. They’re living life at full throttle: embracing life, nurturing life, maintaining life, bearing life, and loving life. Why are working women so attractive to most men? It’s simple. By being engaged in the bigger picture, a woman is personally invested in the world around her. She shares the gratification the world can bring and understands the anxieties the world can impose. With life’s pleasures and pressures, she’s a partner in the challenges and celebrations of the world, forming a bond that can unite a couple on a grand course of action. For decades, men have heard women’s issues being discussed on talk shows and in the media. Today’s men are better informed than ever. A man’s notion of the ideal partner has changed with the times. Contrary to the image the media often portrays of men, we don’t all spend our time in sports bars discussing cheerleader-type women. A lot of discussion revolves around more cerebral women. The allure of a partner, versus a playmate, has taken precedence in our world. Given the zest for life many women demonstrate, the

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unbridled passion, and the accomplishments many have achieved, many men find this to be the umbrella of companionship we desire. In today’s economic reality, where it can take two to adequately provide, a working partner has almost become a prerequisite for achieving a comfortable lifestyle and financial security. Statistically, women are working more now than ever, yet most working women still carry the duties of homemaker, child raising and caretaking a husband, simultaneously. We recognize that many working women have little time and energy left over for themselves at the end of the day, yet they always seem to have time for one more hug, one more task, one more story and maybe even a little romance. The breadwinner role is shifting and it’s time to take into account those women doing both jobs: running a home and managing a career. According to salary. com, the working mom’s home salary (cooking, cleaning, housework, laundry, etc.) is worth more than $80,000. Add to that her income from a job outside the home, this would easily put most women in the breadwinner’s circle. However, changes in society take time, and not all men are embracing change as well as others. Some men are still are insecure about losing the breadwinner role, and keeping “the man of the house” identity alive and their place in the family dynamic intact. Some men have a hard time dealing with a woman who values

herself as a partner and equal, not just a stereotypical housewife who happens to work. With more female managers, politicians and leaders rising to the top, perhaps acceptance by men of the changing times is now the realistic and prudent thing to do. They may not like it, they can’t fight it, and that’s too bad. Those men have had their day and can retire to the den now. After the dishes, laundry and lunches are made, that is. There are many men who are enjoying what women have brought to the workforce and home. It’s invaluable and irreplaceable and we are really wondering how we ever got along without you. Jeff Hunkin is a 48 year old writer from Coldstream. He has a monthly column on Castanet entitled “Adult Reality Check 101” He is a Community Service Worker with adult males in Vernon and is engaged to an older beautiful woman, who has tamed his wandering ways, and allowed him to settle down and write.


by SHerril Foster

HISTORY HERstory Mary Spencer

The Lady Photographer

“Hands up!” ordered outlaw Bill Miner as he perused the train’s baggage car for cash and bonds. Known as the “Gentleman Bandit,” Bill claims he never shot a soul and he did quite well in the burglary department. But what does this have to do with Women’s History Month? One of the reasons that Miner became so well known was because photos of his capture, arrival at the Kamloops jail, trial and his mug shots received a great deal of attention in BC and in fact, across Canada. After all, his was the first robbery of the Canadian Pacific Railway at Mission in 1904, followed by another attempt by Bill near Kamloops in 1906. The Vancouver Daily Province hired a Kamloops photographer to document the events of that second hold-up and the provincial police retained the same photographer to take mug shots of the alleged robbers. One of the muggers was George Edwards, a.k.a. Bill Miner. The photographer was Mary Spencer. Not that Mary received any accolades for her fine work at the time; she wasn’t given any credit in the newspapers and then, when the photographer was mentioned, Mary was referred to as “he.” Since then, historical reenactments, plays and an award-winning movie about Miner have featured a lady photographer in their story lines. However, the resulting portrayals have been so far off the mark, it’s high time that Mary’s true story be told. Mary’s relationship with Bill Miner has been briefly explained; Mary simply photographed Miner. Wayne Norton, author of Kamloops History: Fictions, Facts and Fragments notes that the misinterpretation of the real Mary is because very little was known about her and thus authors and film makers speculated about what her

motives and feelings may have been. “[Mary’s] chief reward for taking Miner’s photograph has been to provide the romantic interest for him in fictionalized representations of his life. Most people are aware that fact and fiction are being mixed for entertainment purposes, but few will take time to determine which details are true and which are not.” Who was Mary Spencer, really? According to her family and in particular, her great nephew, J. Donald Spencer, she was admired by all who knew her as described in his family history book; “Mary was a talented artist. She did oil paintings, pen and ink sketches and she was an accomplished photographer.” But Mary was also a school teacher, an active member of the Women’s Christian Temperance movement and a staunch Baptist. Also during Mary’s time, many changes were in the works that would eventually alter the traditional female role; an unsettling period for any woman in Canada. In 1898, Mary and her sister Isobel, two fortyish spinsters, along with their widowed mother, headed west to Kamloops, BC. Here Mary ran a very successful photographic studio; her portraits were unique in their style and were in demand. Again, in 1911, the two sisters packed their bags, sold their businesses and headed south to Summerland where they ran an orchard and had a beautiful fieldstone home built. Mary switched her interest to another art form, hand-painted china, and very rarely photographed anyone or anything. Researchers, archivists and authors interested in Mary’s photographic prowess have written many articles questioning her motives and lamenting the fact that she abandoned her true talent and

Mary Spencer, photo courtesy of J. Donald Spencer

“faded into obscurity.” There are answers and they have come to light; Mary was a quietly determined and compassionate woman and one of BC’s most notable photographers. She certainly was not Bill Miner’s paramour! Mary’s true significance resides in the magnificent legacy she created. The sheer artistry that her photographs convey was sufficient to establish an enduring reputation. Herstory will be told. Sherril Foster enjoys Okanagan history and has written a book about Mary Spencer, “Along Comes Mary” (working title) which will be published in the near future?

Roland Chute was Mary’s photographic assistant in Kamloops, Photo Courtesy: Joseph Chute

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Quiz:

Who’s That Girl?

ANSWERS

1. Journalist, Michaelle Jean, served as Governor General of Canada from 2005 to 2010. She was the third woman (after Jeanne Sauvé and Adrienne Clarkson) to hold the position. 2. Christie Clark is the 35th premiere of British Columbia. She is the second, and longest serving, woman to serve as premier of British Columbia, after Rita Johnston in 1991 3. Mother Theresa was an Albanian–born Indian Roman Catholic nun. She founded the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic religious congregation, which in 2012 consisted of over 4,500 sisters and is active in 133 countries. 4. Gloria Steinem is an American feminist, journalist, and social and political activist who became nationally recognized as a leader of, and media spokeswoman for, the women’s liberation movement in the late 1960s and 1970s. 5. Rosa Parks was an African-American civil rights activist, whom the U.S. Congress called “the first lady of civil rights”, and “the mother of the freedom movement.” Her refusal to give up her seat for a white passenger on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama in 1955. Parks’ act of defiance and the Montgomery Bus Boycott became important symbols of the modern Civil Rights Movement. 6. Angela Merkel is the Chancellor of Germany and Chairwoman of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU). Merkel is the first female Chancellor of Germany. 7. Kim Campbell was the 19th Prime Minister of Canada, and so far the only female, and the only one to be born in British Columbia. 8. In 2005, two time academy award winner, Jane Fonda worked with Robin Morgan and Gloria Steinem to co-found the Women’s Media Center, an organization that works to amplify the voices of women in the media through advocacy, media and leadership training, and the creation of original content. 9. Academy Award winning actress, Angelina Jolie promotes humanitarian causes, and is noted for her work with refugees as a Special Envoy and former Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

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