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We love our Grads!

BLUSH It is wonderful that grads have the freedom and ability to express themselves in more unique ways - be bold or beautifully understated - it’s your choice. - Gabriele Gottschlag Our days are never more fun than helping grads find their perfect dress. Over the years we have helped generations purchase gowns for their special events. Grads have come in to find their gowns, who later come in as brides and then with their own daughters who are graduating. It is so lovely to see generations come back again to share their special life events with us! Grad shopping is often a family affair and many family members are not only involved in helping the grad choose her gown but also wish to help out financially. Grandparents, aunts, uncles and siblings often pitch in to make this once in a life time purchase a little easier for the grad and her family. To facilitate this, Ten Fashions offers ‘gift certificates’ that can be purchased and presented to the lucky grad.

GIFT CERTIFICATES MAKE THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS GIFT! At Ten Fashions the emphasis is on service and customer care. We offer valuable tips regarding, fashion trends, the ins and outs of ordering, alteration options to accommodate a grads fitting preference and much more.

We pride ourselves on offering a personal touch, we want customers to feel at home in our store and leave feeling like they have been treated like a friend and valued customer. The grad shopping period is starting earlier every year and many want to make sure to claim their dress and secure it as the style they will wear on graduation. We suggest posting a photo to your school page or your own social media page to let the other grads know you have picked your style.

HINT, if you are on a tight budget, it is a good idea to start shopping early, sometimes you can find the gowns from the previous year at discounted prices. You will not only get a good deal but have a unique gown that no one else in your school year will have, as it is from the previous year’s stunning collection. If you are excited about a particular prom designer and have trouble finding them in your local area, we invite you to share your ideas with us. Designers often create similar styles and we may be able to help you find your preferred designs from the collections we carry; and we would be happy to order for you.


We strongly emphasize to be wary of shopping on-line. Often gowns are knock

offs and are not quite the same style, quality or colour of the illustrated images, which can be very disappointing in reality. We have had grads come to us in tears last minute having to buy a new gown-adding to their cost and their stress. We sincerely promote the ease and guarantee the benefits of shopping with us locally. Every year the fashion industry announces new trends; sleek, ballgown, lace, or two piece for example. It is exciting to predict what the new year will bring, but these days everything goes and it is really what the grad feels most comfortable in, what suits her best and what statement she wants to make.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

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8 Cover Shoot 10 Fashion Forecast 2019 16 Reclaim your Sparkle 22 Thrive the Holidays 24 Romance Revisited 26 Time to Travel 28 Love Local 30 Managing your Business 34 MistleToe Magic 36 Sustaining Backpacks 38 Home is Where the Art is 39 STEM 40 School for Skiers 43 Honey at Home 44 Relationships & Retirement 46 Ladies on Literature 56 New Year, New Word 57 Your Year Ahead 58 Heathers Horoscopes

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Like all of our covergirls, Heather is local to the Okanagan, currently working with Shine Models, Kelowna, and living in Lake Country with her husband and 15 month old son. Becoming a mother inspired Heather to leave her past career in insurance and pursue her passion for health and wellness. She now teaches Pilates at NeuMovement in Glenmore and is beyond grateful to be so fulfilled and aligned in her work. Heather also teaches Yoga, and plans to focus on working with prenatal and postnatal women in the near future.


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JESSICA LANGEDYK was born and raised in Kelowna, BC. She is an award-winning, internationally published hair stylist and makeup artist. From dramatic theatre work and special event looks to behind the chair at NV Studio, Jessica loves connecting and creating with the Okanagan community.

RAMONA SATAR Internationally trained, award-winning Makeup Artist, Ramona Satar began her career in Gini’s Hairport at age 15. Her talents have taken her from weddings to photo shoots and from runways to television. Ramona now works at Gini’s Salon International at Landmark 6 in Kelowna.

JENNY KAMO A modern portraiture and authentic lifestyle photographer, her goal is to create beautiful and memorable images. Jenny lives in Kelowna with her husband and two daughters. A lover of all things vintage, good entertainment and dinners out!


Team JILL KERRY LOUISE Publishing Assistant Enjoying her new career in publishing and social media, Jill is a Fashion Design graduate and has a love for everything apparel. She’s drawn to the quirky and weird! With an extensive lipstick collection, she aims to bring a little colour to the world around her.

SHANNON LINDEN LOL Ladies on Literature Shannon was a desk reporter in radio before she taught elementary school and journalism in the Middle East. An avid traveler and fitness aficionado, she loves outdoor recreation, indoor cake-baking, and anywhere shoe shopping.

DEANNA RAINEY Time to Travel School for Skiers Deanna’s greatest passion, outside of writing, is taking ‘staycations’ in the Okanagan with her family and her dog, Guinness. One of her favorite pastimes is the pursuit of a good glass of bubbly!

GISELA SCHOLZE MistleToe Magic A New Word


Brrrr… a chill is in the air, but you would never know looking at the warm glow on our front cover.. we hope you like the new look of our vintage theme... on page 8 you can read more about the talented professionals involved in creating this masterpiece. Though we may not love the cold, we love the parties, presents and passion that the winter brings. See how you can keep cozy without compromise this winter, on page 10 - 13 you’ll find some winter fashion trends that you are bound to fall in love with. Don’t miss out this festive season, we have tips on how to enjoy your favorite treats and remain balanced and healthy. Feel free to party without packing on the pounds over the holidays! Kids need stimulation and these days we constantly see them in front of screens mindlessly watching and listening without interaction or any thinking required. In order for our children to grow and learn they need to have the right tools and creativity. Check out pages 38 - 41 to find new ways to entertain your family while offering them the creative boost to exercise their mind and body. We tend to take for granted our own comforts and can often forget that not everyone is so blessed. That being said, there are many people and organisations that have made it their purpose to help wherever they can. We wanted to introduce you to a couple of Okanagan women who do just that. Meet them on page 36. Relationships may not be that easy for some, read our articles on Romance Revisited and Relationships in Retirement where we offer some practical advice to strengthen the bonds with our partners and help to minimize conflict. As an alternative to the rich festive foods I’m sure you’ll be enjoying over the holidays, see our heart warming, comfort food recipes on pages 48 – 52. And of course, to support you through the stresses of the holiday season, we’ve chosen a few spirited cocktails to lighten the load.

Gisela is an avid educator passionate about interior design. Her life interests are often generously seasoned with a fabulous glass of Okanagan wine while discussing globe-trotting adventure tales.

If you’re looking for something for family and friends, take a look at our shop local guide. If you’re still struggling for that perfect Christmas gift idea, how about a gift that gives back subscribe to Okanagan Woman Magazine, it’s easy – see on page 8.


Cheers, Suzy x

Sustaining Backpacks When not travelling, Patti can be found at Silverstar Mountain Resort, gazing out of her office window, combatting writer’s block, absorbing the antics of the Steller’s Jays and squirrels eating her prayer flags.

Wishing you all a Healthy, Happy and Prosperous New Year.

What would you like to see in the magazine next year? Tell us, we’d love to hear from you. info@okanaganwoman.com


Winter is here and there’s no denying the chill in the air, yes, it’s time to bundle up, but there’s no need to sacrifice fashion for function this year, there are plenty of snug styles and cozy accessories to keep you warm and looking good throughout the season.

Easy wear continues to be big,

we’ll still be wrapping up warm in cozy clothes that make us feel safe, the cape and the blanket come to mind, easy pieces to whip on and off. The overall trend is towards real clothes that are easy to throw on and a way of dialing seduction down to the everyday, but fashion didn’t forget about fun, color and glamour.

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FASHION FORECAST 2019 TOASTY TEXTURES This winter calls for lots of texture in our outerwear and accessories. The fabric of choice for most designers this season is bouclé wool, along with plenty of suede, sueded fabrics and fun faux furs for coats and jackets. The texture trend does not stop there. We see bouclé wool mittens and socks, along with loads of fun fur wraps and stoles to add to the aesthetic layering and cozy factor to battle the elements.



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There was a huge array of animal prints prowling over the runways across NYC, London, Milan, and Paris this year. Coats, dresses, pants, handbags, scarves and shoes, in leopard, zebra, cow, croc, cheetah or snake prints were all on show, but it’s the leopard who is the king of the jungle this season!



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for a winter night out; this season with the 70’s trend prevailing, you can bring out the sleeveless dresses and layer them with a contrasting knit turtleneck underneath.

Comfort will also mean an eclectic succession of familiar pieces that are also fail-safe in the style stakes. Legging lovers rejoice, tunics are in!

Puffer jackets are finally cool,

Tunic length sweaters and dusters allow the comfort of leggings without showing off a bit too much. It’s an easy way to get away with leggings at the office and still look professional and put together. In the Okanagan we see a lot of overly casual styles that push the boundaries of “business casual” so, as a reminder, when wearing leggings, tunics should cover your tushie to be workplace appropriate. Also remember that not all leggings are created equal, fashion leggings are designed to be worn under longer tops and dresses, fitness leggings are designed for the gym. Flashing popular athletic logos on your legs should be avoided unless you are employed by your neighbourhood gym or fitness center.

less bulky and extremely lightweight with high tech insulation, all make for a cozy night out on the town. When it’s too hot for a winter coat, but too cold for a jacket, the Trench is just perfect; this season it’s favoured in metallic or bright patents.

Party time. You’re definitely going to see a lot of super-elaborate dresses. Yes, it’s party time which means satin, silk, velvet, crystals, brocade, and sequins used in abundance. These fun flirty frocks are worn with equally elaborate jewellery, shoes, bags, hair accessories and gloves.

COLOUR CODE It will be a season of solid colours taking the forefront with two major groups this season; The jewel tones of deep wine, rich deep teal and subdued dusty pink take the stage. These colours are being used everywhere for every type of garment. The best part about this colour palette is its diversity, these colours are a great balance of cool and warm tones, so they look amazing worn together and work on every skin tone. The Winter Neutrals of black and grey have become our staples at this time of the year, but to brighten those dull days try mixing with a little soft powdery blue, the strongest highlight of the season. Winter whites are a must along with retro brown in all shades creating that warm hot chocolate, drizzled caramel sensation.



NEW KNITS You can pack away the Fair Isle and stripes, this year the sweaters are solid. Thank goodness! Solid colours are much more slimming than the horizontal knit patterns of previous years and offer a cleaner, younger aesthetic, not to mention the decreased risk of mixing the wrong patterns! The grandpa cardigans have been left far behind for open-front duster cardigans. But watch out, this longer style can be very slimming on those with the height to pull them off, but can be a trap for those that are vertically challenged. This style can make petite women look even shorter. So be careful when choosing; this style is meant to hit between your knee and mid-calf, any longer and you’ll look like you are drowning in duster!

SNUGGLY SCARVES The world of fashion has also moved on from the circle scarf and is favoring a more classic style scarf this year. Though not as effortless as a circle scarf it allows for more diversity depending on how you wrap it, or try twisting a couple of different colours together.

Layer upon layer is the theme and with all of the solid coloured garments you will see this year, getting creative with beautiful patterned scarfs and wrap styles will help you show off your personality this winter.

GIVE WINTER THE BOOT You can’t polish off any winter outfit without a great pair of boots. Maybe due to the 70’s revival or maybe just because they’re easy to tuck into, the slouch boot is making a big comeback - perfect in suede. Cowboy boots are set to continue as they work so well with the layering trend. You’ll also see more of the romantic Victorian high heeled bootie, along with the cone shaped heel and lots of chunkier embellished heels. Speaking of embellishments, look out for the ‘notice-me’ details jazzing up the black ankle boots this winter. PHOTO CREDIT: STRUT FOOTWEAR & APPAREL


GOING UNDERCOVER Let’s face it, women’s breasts are custom sized! No two are identical – even left to right may differ – yet we’ve never been so spoiled with our bra options as we are today across the Okanagan. A rainbow of colours at our fingertips, cute, sexy, uplifting and form fitting bras like we’ve never seen before. Anything in the nude family will work well with the cream or winter white garments of the season. Also watch for the extra comfort features like; foampadded hook & eyes with scratchfree, printed labels or flexible nylon coated, nickel free wires and extra wide plush straps if you’re looking for extra support. Whatever your choice, please note that underwear should be discreet in public!

Have fun shopping this winter and rest assured, our local boutiques have you covered with fabulous selections of winter coats, jackets, separates, accessories… and when you’re uncovered, there’s an abundance of fashionable and functional lingerie options available to meet your desires!


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WHY WOMEN MATTER Looking to the future, it’s becoming clear why women need to be engaged in planning for their future. Take a look at some of these findings: • Statistically speaking, women live longer than men and are likely to live on their own at some point. According to StatCan, the average life span for Canadian men is 80 and the average life span for women is 84. • 90% of women will be single at one point in their adult life by either divorce or widowhood, meaning 90% of women will manage their finances alone at some point (*1).

LORI SAMUELS, BA, CIM®, FCSI® | Wealth Manager

Women, if they aren’t already, need to be engaged in planning for their future. It’s important for women to think about their financial vision and goals because: • Getting finances organized will determine what women and their families have and what they will need to have in the future. • Ensuring a plan that takes into account their priorities and goals is essential for growing wealth. • Hiring the right professional to assist in this process will determine the success of their financial future.

Currently the financial services industry is dominated by male advisors (85%); only 15% are female advisors (*2). Changing demographics are creating a population that is more female and it is essential for the financial services industry to reflect this evolving investor base.

The largest wealth transfer in history will be to the baby boomer generation. However, the largest wealth transfer of our time will first be to women. Women are going to control the bulk of wealth before they transfer it to future generations. When female investors are looking for an Advisor to help them through this process, they may want to consider the following: • An advisor who has effective communication and listening skills. • The ability to connect with the advisor on a personal level and have their objectives fully understood. • An advisor who encourages a collaborative process and involves her in the decision making process. • Someone who can talk about her portfolio and how it relates to achieving her goals. • A relationship based on trust. • A professional who knows her needs may be different from a man’s and addresses those specific concerns. This is an exciting and possibly stressful time for women as they become more involved in planning for their future. Hiring the right professionals with the skill set listed above will make the transition and journey a rewarding experience.

Lori Samuels, a wealth manager at Raymond James, spends quality time getting to know her clients well in order to help clarify what is important to them and plan for their future with that in mind. Lori truly understands the importance of building strong relationships with her clients and interacting with them like people, not portfolios. Lori, one of a few female wealth managers in the industry, takes a special interest in helping and empowering women going through major life events such as divorce or death of a spouse.

500-1726 DOLPHIN AVE. KELOWNA, BC V1Y 9R9 | 250-979-2712 | 1-877-979-2700 | WWW.JOHNSONLEGACY.CA Lori Samuels is a Wealth Manager with Raymond James Ltd. Information provided is not a solicitation and although obtained from sources considered reliable, is not guaranteed. The view and opinions contained in the article are those of Lori Samuels, not Raymond James Ltd. Raymond James Ltd. member of Canadian Investor Protection Fund *1 (Kerry Hannon, Suddenly Single, (New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1998). *2 Investment Executive Industry News May, 2012



Is your jewellery box full yet you have nothing to wear? Broken this, ugly that, sentimental value and raw value, but no bling! What’s a girl to do?

You need to repurpose those investments and here’s how:

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e l k r a p S REDUCE the unwearable clutter:

If you’re like me, you have a jewellery box full of earrings with missing mates, broken chains stretched beyond repair and pieces from teenage days (maybe from old boyfriends – what?!). What on earth do you do with these pieces? While you won’t get the value from the labour the goldsmith put into making these, the gold itself may be worth more than you think. AND in some cases, the price jewellers will buy scrap gold for is more if you use the value towards something else in the store… sometimes as much as 25% more! Your old, unwearable pieces could buy you a beautiful, fashionable new piece of jewellery!

REUSE the pieces that have life left in them: Ever treat yourself to a new haircut/ colour, time at the spa, or a makeover? Your jewellery needs that too sometimes. Lotions and hair products can stick to your gemstone and won’t necessarily wash off with just water. Often times it takes as little as a professional cleaning at your favourite jeweller, a service which should be free! You’d be surprised to know how often I see people shocked or teary-eyed when they see their clean jewellery come to life again. Sometimes it may take a bit more work and there may be a small charge, but the results are worth it. Small scratches can often be polished out and if your white gold pieces have gone dull they may just need to be re-rhodium plated! Some jewellery in your drawer could be as clean as a whistle, but the ring doesn’t fit, the clasp on the chain is broken, the claw on a gemstone catches on everything….. all solvable problems and usually very inexpensive to fix. Imagine all those pieces, back in the land of the sparkly after a quick visit to your favourite jeweller.

Ready for some new, wearable bling? Stop by your favourite jeweller to discover the possibilities of what you can reduce, reuse or recycle from your old jewellery!

RECYCLE the pieces that are just not you … into the new you: But what about those pieces that are too sentimental to get rid of? Perhaps you’ve inherited Aunt Gertie’s hideous “1970s Special” loaded with tiny diamonds or rich Grandma Mae’s enormous diamond solitaire that sits so high you’re just sure you’d poke an eye out if you wore it. The solution? Melt it down and have those gems and gold remade into a fashionable WEARABLE design. All the sentiment but beautiful and fitting of your lifestyle -so you can enjoy it! After all, that’s what Aunt Gertie would want, wouldn’t she? When you have something custom made, your jeweller can help you create a design that suits you by combining all of the features of pieces you like and eliminating the features you don’t. Once you have a concept, the goldsmith designs the piece, creating a computer generated picture so you can see your design from all angles. Then, a 3D printer is used to grow a resin model so you can actually try it on! Here’s where you make sure its just right. If its too high/low, too square/round … or just not quite what you imagined, it’s revised until it’s perfect. Only then are your sentimental pieces melted down and used to bring your beautiful new, custom piece of jewellery to life! KIM BERG- Owner, European Goldsmith


A DREAM COME TRUE As I reflect on our first year at Strut Footwear, I AM FILLED WITH GRATITUDE.

I still walk into the store each morning, in awe of the fact that this is how I get to spend my day again! I absolutely love my new career. There are so many highlights that I’d like to share. First, I have met the most wonderful people; our customers are truly a special bunch. From our loyal customer base, to the new gals we meet each day, I’ve come to know some incredible women. Some of the best conversations have happened right here, and some very meaningful relationships have formed. What a gift. I am so proud of the brands we have in the store from high fashion European lines such as Hispanitas, Peter Kaiser, and un Tour en Ville, to the more supportive brands like Vionic. With these quality brands, we have helped women who have struggled with foot issues to find comfortable and fashionable footwear. When women walk into the store with a deflated look, because shoe shopping has become a frustrating experience for them, and then leave the store with a smile and the perfect shoe, that not only looks good but feels great, is absolutely exhilarating!

We’ve also had the opportunity to give back to our community in a variety of ways. We have raised over $2500 and given out 4 bursaries, through the Central Okanagan Bursary and Scholarship Society (COBSS), to local graduates pursuing post-secondary education. We raise funds by asking our customers to round up their transaction to the nearest dollar, which has been generously embraced by our customers. We sponsor other events in our community to support organizations that encourage women and education, such as Mamas for Mamas, The Kelsey Serwa Scholarship Fund, and The Run for the Cure, just to name a few.

To say our first year here at Strut has been fabulous would be an understatement; it has surpassed all of my expectations and is an


To top it all, we had our first birthday celebration in the spring and we had more than 300 people drop by throughout the day. We gave away over $3,000 in shoes, handbags and accessories. It was a party! I’d like to thank my extraordinary staff for their commitment to Strut and invite you to come and say hi, we’d all love to help you find your new favorite pair of shoes! Shandi Schwartz, Owner

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Living in the beautiful Coldstream Valley, Kiley just needed to step out of her back door to appreciate the abundance of wildcraft indigenous herbs, roots and berries that inspired her to create a unique collection of pure, handcrafted earth friendly products.

L e t’s G e t B a c k t o E a r t h ! The genesis of Back to Earth™ was driven by Kiley’s concern about having products in her household that she knew were toxic, contained carcinogens and was ultimately a danger to her children. She set out on a journey to educate herself on the power of plants and all they had to offer. She spent the subsequent years engrossed in the teachings of respected herbalists, aromatherapists, naturopaths and biochemists, all of whom she continues to work with today. She found herself awake in the middle of the night with concoctions, recipes, and names for products she hadn’t even created yet. Through hard work and perseverance, Kiley created a line of products ranging from personal care, baby care, facial care, cleaning products, essential oils and loose-leaf teas.

KILEY ROUTLEY is a mother of 3 and a born entrepreneur, with an innate artistic flare, a love for the earth, and an internal drive that started 12 years ago to create a ‘green’ company now known as Back to Earth™.

Initially, Kiley sold her products at local Farmer’s Markets and small trade shows. Over the years the demand for her products has grown exponentially and Back to Earth™ products can now be found in many like-minded organic businesses across Canada, along with the original flagship factory store in Coldstream and online through the Back to Earth™ website. Since the conception of Back to Earth™, Kiley can attest that she has had more and more customers who are hypersensitive to artificial fragrances, parabens, and other toxic additives. Decades of harmful agricultural standards, monoculture, chemical based fertilizers & pesticides, irradiated processed foods, hazardous cleaning and personal care products, have found us with a generation wanting to revert back to more natural products. Back to Earth™ works in harmony with other like-minded business owners to offer a variety of Canadian made, tinctures, cleaning products, anti-aging remedies, probiotics, baby and personal care collections, loose leaf teas and herbs, alongside her own Health Canada approved lines at her Coldstream storefront.

Kiley points to the current trend she is witnessing where people are taking their health concerns far more seriously and are

saying 'no' to toxic and 'yes' to organic

There is also a growing demand for recycling and refill programs that cut down on landfills and are cruelty free. To this end, Back to Earth offers a bulk and re-fill program that reduces the use of single use packaging on all products. Today, the ‘family run,’ Back to Earth™ business boasts over 50 earth-friendly products. Along with the use of certified organic herbs and 100% pure essential oils, Kiley is honored to announce a new line that includes BC’s own Glacial Kisameet™ Clay. This powerful, ethically harvested, nutrient rich glacial clay is now available in a number of certified personal care, spa and facial care products. While Kiley does not profess to have all the answers, she is committed toward a solid ‘green’ footprint for future generations.

Visit www.getbacktoearth.com for a list of all businesses that carry Back to Earth products, you can also purchase online or visit our storefront at 6326 Hwy 6 in Coldstream, B.C. 18 OKANAGAN WOMAN WINTER | 2018

"We are our own perfect selves" Confidence is beautiful. Don’t you agree? Hi, my name is Christina Conquergood and I proudly own Peaches Lingerie in beautiful downtown Penticton. I’m going to get straight to the point, I am a curvy confident woman. I spent 20 years in the banking industry working primarily with women. We do NOT treat ourselves as well as we should! When I purchased, rebranded and reinvented this chic boutique 8 years ago, I vowed to make ‘attention to detail’ my priority to help women boost their confidence and see themselves as what they truly are… beautiful! As women, we look at ourselves in the full gambit …. from too small to too big… why? After all, we are our own perfect selves and my goal is to have every single woman believing that when she leaves my boutique.

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Women, Wealth

and the Financial Tsunami

Wiman Wealth Group

I have three very close women in my life: my wife, and my two daughters. In our recent family meeting, it was with a heavy heart that I shared statistics of life and death with them.

Consider some of the following points: •

Women’s average life expectancy is 83 (STATISTICS CANADA 2016)

The average age of widowhood in Canada is 56 (STATISTICS CANADA 2016)

Women control $1.1 Trillion of wealth in Canada and this is estimated to grow to $2.7 Trillion by 2024. At that point, women will represent over 50% of total wealth in Canada (INVESTOR ECONOMICS, 2017)

Longevity risk is the fear of outliving your money. 42% of women are afraid they will run out of money by the age of 80 (WOMEN AND FINANCIAL WELLNESS, MERRILL LYNCH 2018)

Women handle two thirds of care provided to older adults (WOMEN AND FINANCIAL WELLNESS, MERRILL LYNCH 2018)

Hello. We’re people-first, process driven wealth managers and we believe listening to our clients is the key to finding the right solution for them. John Wiman Director, Wealth Management Portfolio Manager Wiman Wealth Group 1.866.358.2863 John.Wiman@RichardsonGMP.com

As a steward of wealth, my main goal when meeting with a client is to understand what money means for their family, and to create more value for what is most important to them. Essentially, I help build peace of mind by creating the right plan for my clients and their families. Significant life events require significant expertise. If any of the statistics above resonate with you, I invite you to have a one-on-one chat with a member of our team. Also, I am pleased to invite you to our Women and Investing Lunch Seminar on Thursday January 31st 2019 in Kelowna. For more information and to reserve your spot, please call 1-866-358-2863.

Richardson GMP Limited is a member of Canadian Investor Protection Fund. Richardson is a trade-mark of James Richardson & Sons Limited. GMP is a registered trade-mark of GMP Securities L.P. Both used under license by Richardson GMP Limited.


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On average, women will be actively and exclusively in charge of managing assets for 16 years following the death of their husbands. Moreover, many of women, particularly in the early to late baby boomer generation, are juggling parenting and senior caregiving at the same time.

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John Wiman of Wiman Wealth Group at Richardson GMP works out of offices in Kelowna and Toronto and can be reached at 1-866-358-2863.


Beautiful and Confident

It doesn’t take long to realize after meeting Dr. Corrina Iampen that she’s not only enthusiastic about her business but also very passionate about meeting her clients’ expectations in the beauty battlefield. Her sense of humour and lighthearted quipped nature creates an environment that is comfortable, refreshing and professional. Dr. Iampen owns and operates Sensei Laser & Vein Rejuvenation Centre in West Kelowna that opened in 2012 but her expertise and experience in the industry takes her back 20 some years as a medical doctor/ entrepreneur. “People love coming here because everyone is treated equally.” Dr. Iampen loves what she does and loves working with people, helping them look and feel the best they can for the age that they are. She truly cares for her clients as though they are friends or family. People make the journey from Calgary, Vancouver, Saskatchewan, etc., to Kelowna to have treatments performed by Corrina,” said Fran, Clinical Nurse and Office Manager. With a full array of non-surgical treatment options clients can seek assistance with confidence in dealing with a variety of conditions including wrinkles, volume loss, skin care, varicose and spider veins, body image, toe fungus, hyperhidrosis, joint injections, hair loss, fat pad reduction, female issues such as urinary incontinence and so much more. Dr. Iampen and her highly trained staff have a comprehensive understanding of the biology behind treatments of skin and body functions and are gifted at illustrating to clients the small changes that will allow them to see major results in a short period of time.

In the year 2000, Dr. Iampen was involved in studying hair loss and the art of surgically transplanting hair follicles for hair regrowth in Sitges, Italy.

She knew that this type of clinic was much-needed due to the self esteem and confidence builder it would provide for not only men but women as well. However, the long and tedious surgeries required to perform these operations, eliminated the reality of doing so at the Elle Ambiance Medical Spa in Calgary, owned and operated by Dr. Iampen at the time. As fate decided, three years ago, the company that bought the medical spa, asked her to stay on for three years as a medical director to perform these surgeries, triggering her dormant desire to perform this type of treatment once again. While the industry is constantly changing with advancement in treatments and technology, Dr. Iampen works hard to stay on top of the rapid changes and spends many hours studying and traveling around the world attending seminars to advance her skills and educate herself on the latest trends, treatments, and developments.

“There is such a great need for advanced treatments and we look forward to being among the elite in the advanced technology of stem cell treatments for arthritic joints, torn ligaments and sport induced injuries and offering PRP (platelet rich plasma) injections for hair loss in both men and women” “Dr. Iampen strives to maintain a high level of service and maintains strong integrity and values. She is recognized by patients and colleagues as being one of the leaders in the industry, which gives her the incentive to push forward and go that extra mile for all of her clients,” said Fran.

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Having Seconds May Actually Help You Lose Weight! And no, this is not a misprint.

Don’t just survive,

THRIVE THE HOLIDAYS! Unfortunately, many people are still under the impression they need fewer meals in order to lose or maintain their weight when really it’s all about the balance. And, as winter through to spring is literally an entire season of food, why not find out how to master those meals rather than skip them.

Beginning with Christmas and stretching clear through until Easter in April this chunk of the calendar is chock full of one indulgent celebration after the other. Just the thought of all those dinners, parties, and occasions for indulgence have some people loosening that top button already. Without a plan to navigate the many feast-ive occasions, you may take off the layers of clothing in spring but still have some insulation around the middle.

There are a few easy things you can do to set yourself up to win in an effort to keep those unwanted pounds off your waistline when it comes to all those dinners and parties. 1. NEVER ARRIVE HUNGRY. Skipping lunch, or worse, not eating all day in anticipation of that dinner out doesn’t do your body any favours. Starving yourself all day causes the body to burn muscle and slow metabolism. 2. PAIR ALCOHOL WITH FOOD. If the event includes dinner, waiting to have that glass of wine with food will go a long way to keep blood sugar balanced and avoiding fat storage. For those gatherings that are not a full-on meal and you still want to have an alcoholic bevvy, look for the snack table and choose a few slices of meat or cheese, or grab a handful of nuts to munch on while sipping. The protein and fat work to balance the carbohydrates in the alcohol, helping to minimize the blood sugar spike and subsequent fat storage that always accompanies alcohol. 3. WATER IS A MUST. Hydrating well before arriving at the party and remembering to drink water throughout the evening and following any alcohol, goes a long way to flushing out excess salt and sugar in the food as well as any alcohol from your system. And as all of those things cause the body to retain bloat and waste, you’ll do well to get rid of them. 4. BE CHOOSY. If you decide to take the off-plan route and indulge in dessert, choose one that really and truly appeals to you. Something you’ve always wanted to try, or is your favourite. In doing this, studies show that having one small dessert of something you’ve really been looking forward to, will likely satisfy and you will not feel the need for seconds. 5. PFC YOUR PLATE. The better we are at keeping our bodies in balance and our blood sugar stable, the more successful we will be at keeping the weight off. For those new to PFC, it stands for Protein, Fat and Carbohydrates. Yes, we do need carbohydrates, the fruit and veggie kind. And yes, fruits and veggies are carbohydrates. 22 OKANAGAN WOMAN WINTER | 2018

So, whether you’re ordering off a menu, or it happens to be a self-serve buffet, being mindful to ensure all three PFCs make it onto your plate. Filling the space with extra steamed veg or salad if need be, keeps your metabolism turned on and burning fat. Taking it a step further and eating PFC every three to four hours throughout the day allows your body to burn fat all day long. And wouldn’t you rather emerge in the spring looking lean and feeling energized and not like you’re storing up for hibernation? IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO GET STARTED. Regardless where you are in your weight loss or health journey, if you’re ready to take back control of your health, book your complimentary health assessment – in person or online – with Tania today.

Why weight?

TANIA GUSTAFSON Nutritionist & Fitness Coach (IBNFC)

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RO M A N C E Revisited

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It’s funny. I overheard a couple of ladies chatting recently. One was lamenting that her husband was always surprising her with last minute getaways which drove her crazy. He just expected her to drop everything and go. Her girlfriend replied that she’d love it if her husband did the same. It’s all a matter of perspective. Some of us are lucky enough to have a partner with a similar “Love Language”, others not so much. But it is still love and it’s their way of showing it. For those of you not familiar with the Five Love Languages here’s a very brief explanation. The concept is that everyone has a preferred way of showing and receiving love.

1. ACTS OF SERVICE: Actions speak

louder than words. You feel best loved when your partner takes care of you and makes your life easier by helping out with everyday chores. 2. QUALITY TIME: These people feel best loved when they know their partner listens to and understands them. Makes them a priority. 3. PHYSICAL TOUCH: Handholding, hugs, kissing and touching are heart and soul to these people. Not only in the bedroom but as a part of everyday life. 4. RECEIVING GIFTS: Some feel most loved by receiving thoughtful and insightful gifts. This is not based on materialism but in fact in knowing that their partner was thinking of them.


Be their cheerleader. Be their support. Be in their corner. A heartfelt “I love you” means everything.

Now you can imagine the confusion when a woman complains that her husband never spends any alone time with her because he’s always busy fixing her car or working on the house. His “Acts of Service” conflicts with her need for “Quality Time”. Reconnecting with each other is crucial to understanding where the miscommunication exists. Re-kindling those romantic feelings that were so prevalent in the beginning starts with a plan to make each other a priority. Relaxation allows you to put new behaviours into practice. As the ultimate opportunity to allow you to focus on each other, why not consider gifting your partner with the most romantic of ways to spend time together – a luxury cruise on Regent Seven Seas, where your every want and every whim is taken care of in six-star style! Re-connect, rekindle and relax aboard one of their all-suite ships as you sail along exotic coastlines. Walk arm in arm on the moonlit decks and breathe in the warm sea-scented air. Explore foreign ports of call, re-discover your inner wanderlust and share the adventure of new places, people and cultures with the one you love.


Allow yourself to be pampered letting the crew and staff anticipate your every need. Best of all, everything is included – airfare, impeccably designed staterooms, premium liquors, award winning wines and your shore excursions - so there’s zero stress and no decision making needed!

YOU CAN’T PUT A PRICE ON LOVE BUT IF YOU CAN GET A GREAT DEAL ON REGENT, SO MUCH THE BETTER! Currently they are offering incredible savings to their Canadian market with CANADIAN DOLLARS @ PAR on up to 25 voyages! Pricing for a 10-night Caribbean cruise with all of the above inclusions and more starts at $6699 CAD per person with 10-night Mediterranean voyages starting at only $8,999 including business class airfare! This limited time offer requires that you act quickly! Recapture your romantic selves. Share new experiences. Be honest. Be open. Be vulnerable. Whether it’s a walk in the park or a luxury cruise, the point is to focus on each other. Who knows, you may learn a whole new language.

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ANTICIPATING YOUR UPCOMING VACATION IS AS CLOSE AS YOU’LL GET TO THE FEELING OF KIDS WAITING FOR SANTA. Whether you’re travelling with a partner, a group of friends or alone, the opportunity to discover new sights and meet new people or perhaps dip your toes in the ocean, all adds up to an exciting adventure.

And, as with any adventures, a little pre-planning goes a long way.

Time to Travel? What do you want to experience: culture, good food, beaches, sports, wildlife?

Local travel expert Brenda Baer says your choice of destination should be based on your personal interests rather than price. Be sure to do lots of research on your own with guide books or travel apps. There are a host of apps to help with your planning, including google road trips, the FLIO airport app and several helpful language apps.

Check your passport well in advance of your departure. Many countries require a passport that is valid for three to six months after your planned departure from their country. And go online to see if the country or countries you’ll be visiting require a visa. These can very often be organized at the time you book your flight at little or no extra cost.



Packing can be one of the most complicated parts of your trip. There’s a thin line between taking just the right amount of clothes and amenities, versus lugging a heavy bag full of things you’ll never wear. And that can also become costly these days. As Brenda says, “Pack everything you’d like to take… then put a third back!” TIP: GENERALLY, IT IS LESS EXPENSIVE TO TAKE AN EXTRA BAG THAN IT IS TO STUFF ONE EXTRA LARGE BAG AND END UP PAYING OVERWEIGHT FEES.

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Regardless of your destination, you’ll want to arrive feeling relaxed and looking great. This is easily doable with some basic guidelines: Get as much rest as you can just before or during your travel - even if it’s just a little bit here and there. Watch what you eat and drink. Caffeine and alcohol are dehydrating; best to stay away from heavy meals, keep them light and drink plenty of water. Comfortable footwear and loose-fitting clothing will serve you well as there is a lot of walking, standing and sitting when travelling through airports and making connections. As soon as you reach your destination, immediately change your watch to the current time zone. If you don’t, you’ll drag on the jet lag for much longer. Take a small make up bag to freshen up before landing. Cleanse your face, moisturize, touch up your hair and makeup, and you’re ready for day one! TIP: CONTAINERS MUST BE 100 ML OR LESS AND THEY ALL HAVE TO FIT WITHIN A ONE-LITER ZIPLOC BAG.

Whether you’re travelling for a week or spending several months in another country, it’s time to embark. SIT BACK IN YOUR SEAT, CLOSE YOUR EYES AND YOU’LL SOON FIND YOURSELF DISEMBARKING ON ANOTHER ONE OF LIFE’S GREAT ADVENTURES! Check that your carry-on bag meets the size restriction on the airline with which you’re travelling. And if you change airlines mid-trip, you should be aware of the size restrictions for any other airline you are using. Cherise Gosselin, Proprietor of Bags’n’All, says that the basic international carry-on bag is under 22 inches, which should work with all major airlines. Your carry-on bag should include; moisturizer, sanitizer, aspirin, ear plugs, prescription medications in their original bottles, valuables, such as jewelry, and a wrap… TIP: THIS VERSATILE PIECE CAN BE USED AS A BLANKET, TO SIT ON OR AS A PART OF YOUR TRAVEL OUTFIT. Eye drops and a full or partial change of clothing are a good idea too, especially if your checked luggage becomes lost. Brenda suggests you leave your diamonds at home and have some fun with costume jewelry while travelling. If you’re making an investment in new luggage you should be aware of three key things: the warranty, the wheels (if they are screwed in, they can be replaced) and what material the bag is made of. If you plan on putting your bags through some rough areas like cobblestones or a lot of stairs, Consumer Report recommends Briggs and Riley, which comes with

a lifetime ‘no matter what’ warranty. Eagle Creek luggage and backpacks are the best for a rustic outdoor adventure vacation, and for good quality luggage for the average user, you can’t go wrong with Samsonite or Delsey. It is important to check out the safety tips and laws of the country you’re visiting. Have an understanding of the basic customs of that country so you don’t inadvertently upset the locals. Take the same precautions you would at home. Back packs are dangerous as they can be cut off of your back while walking. If you do want a back pack, be sure to buy the ones with the metal screen lining. Travel experts highly recommend medical insurance. If you incur major costs such as an air ambulance back to Canada or an overnight stay in a hospital, these can run into thousands of dollars. Travel agents also recommend travel insurance for trip cancellation or interruption. Now all you need is a quick check on the currency and currency conversions, and you’re ready to go!

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Key Business Agreements, Managing Risk and Planning for Retirement Andrea East is a business lawyer at Pushor Mitchell LLP. She has extensive experience in reviewing and drafting contracts, and in buying and selling businesses. You can reach Andrea at 250-869-1245 if you would like help conducting a contract review, implementing contracts material to your business, or preparing for selling your business.

What is it about your business that makes it successful? For many, it is key business agreements that are the primary source of revenue and value. Well defined contractual relationships are important for business stability and capturing the value of your hard work, both now and when you decide it is time to sell your business. Every once in a while it is a good idea to dust off copies of your major contracts and take a look at them to see what they say. What is considered a major contract varies from business to business, but some of the usual suspects include major suppliers, major customers, key employees, commercial leases and equipment leases. Major contracts are those which present the greatest benefit and pose the greatest risk to your business. It is a good practice to make sure they are in order, unexpired, being complied with, and that you have a contingency plan in place if there is an unexpected breach. Some of the things you should consider are:

Just a handshake. Some contracts are “just a handshake”. But your major contracts should be in writing. There are a couple of reasons for this: firstly, a written contract is easier to deal with if something goes wrong and you need to be able to enforce your rights under the contract, and secondly, if you decide to sell your business down the road, a buyer will require your major contracts to be in writing and getting them organized now is a best practice to prepare for your future.

Whoops, when did that expire? Most contracts relating to on-going relationships have a “Term and Termination” clause which sets out how long the contract lasts, how it can be ended early and what the rights and responsibilities of the parties are at the end of the Agreement. All contracts with a fixed term should have their expiry date diarized in your calendar, preferably with a warning in advance reminding you to contact the other side to negotiate a replacement contract before the old one expires. You may also find it helpful to track the termination rules, so you know how and when you can terminate the contract if the relationship is not to your satisfaction.


Well, things have changed a bit since then.

So you have been doing business with the other party for a while now, and things have changed a bit. New arrangements have been made, new systems have come in, payment procedures have been updated, and generally things are going well but just not the same as when you first entered your agreement. It is time to update your contract too; it is binding on the parties and it needs to reflect what is actually happening. Sometimes this can be as simple as updating payment terms, other times it involves a completely new agreement. Having a contract that is stale and out of date can be like having no contract at all.

I didn’t know I had to do that… Sometimes there is a devil in the details, and reviewing your contracts may bring to your attention an obligation which you didn’t realize you had. For example, one of your major contracts may include an “Insurance Clause” requiring you to have certain coverage and add the other party to your insurance. If you have changed your insurance, you may not be meeting this requirement. Or there may be a requirement that you give notice to the other party of certain events. Reviewing your contracts periodically will give you an opportunity to refresh yourself as to your obligations and will help you remember so you do not inadvertently breach them. Carefully read the fine print, and if you do not understand you should take the time to review with your business lawyer.

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So I am thinking about retirement. When you sell your business, you are selling a lot more than assets and inventory. You are selling the business relationships set out in your major contracts. Having those major contracts well documented, up to date and properly complied with will help you when it comes to selling your business. Further, you will want to have an understanding of which contracts impose obligations on you to contact the other side when you sell your business. Some contracts may also impose

obligations on you personally as an indemnitor or guarantor, and you will want to make sure that those personal obligations are terminated when you sell your company. You do not want them following you into retirement. This review can be done at the time of the sale, but if you keep retirement in mind at the time you are negotiating the agreements you can negotiate clauses that will help ease the process of transferring your business to new owners.



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One of Canada’s unofficial national pastimes is keeping in step with Mother Nature’s next major weather event. “Tis the season” is synonymous with keeping our extremities coddled in protective layers of clothing; from down filled jackets to fur lined boots. Accessorized with an endless fashion parade of gloves, scarves, toques and hats; we endure the chilly elements swaddled within layer upon layer of winter wear.

Well hidden and cocooned deep within our winter woollies are our tender tootsies; ensuring that we can navigate from work to play time with aplomb.

Kissing your feet with

MistleToe Magic Our feet are amazing masterpieces of biodynamic engineering and are truly a work of art. Tiny but mighty for their physical size, feet host some pretty amazing anatomical statistics. The human foot is comprised of 26 bones, 33 joints, over 100 tendons, muscles, and ligaments and approximately 250,000 sweat glands. Packed into these ten toed little dynamos are over 7,200 nerve endings that link every major organ and body part to our feet. Keeping all those delicate and intricate body parts happy and comfortable can be challenging during our damp and chilly seasons, especially when our feet are cold, tired or just plain worn out. Nurturing these magnificent modes of locomotion is as vital to one’s overall well-being as moisturizing your skin and brushing your teeth. Improving a few small steps in your foot hygiene routine will take you giant leaps forward, changing how you sleep at the end of the day and transition into tomorrow. CLEAN YOUR FEET NIGHTLY Feet release toxins by sweating throughout the course of the day. Soak your feet at night - paying close attention to washing between the toes and under toe nails with the use of a soft toothbrush. When plagued with winter colds or the flu; soak your feet with Epsom salts and herbal sachets. For the athletic type - try a warm water soak with organic apple cider vinegar for 10 minutes to help with tired feet and fungal infections like athlete’s foot. DRY THOROUGHLY BETWEEN EVERY TOE After washing your feet, focus on drying between each toe carefully. Feet are happiest when they are dry and allowed to breathe comfortably. LET YOUR TOE NAILS BREATHE Remove nail polish during winter months. Bacteria and fungus like to hibernate underneath polish. Take a break and allow your toe nails to breathe while tucked into winter’s protective gear. 34 OKANAGAN WOMAN WINTER | 2018

REMOVE CALLUSES with a quality foot file SEVERAL TIMES A WEEK Gently and lightly buff off hard or callused skin after drying your feet; then apply lotions containing aloe vera, tea tree oil or shea butter that nurture the skin and bolster foot health. KEEP TOENAILS TRIMMED Regularly trim toe nails straight across and at a length to prevent injury to adjacent toes. Pamper your feet with a professional pedicure each season and for those on a tight budget; try DIY at home or contact your local cosmetology school. Your feet will love you for it. WEAR ROOMY FOOTWEAR Wriggle your toes in your shoes - they should move freely within the toe box (the front area of the shoe housing your toes) without any constraint. Wearing thicker and warmer socks may require buying a half-size or bigger footwear in order to accommodate the bulkier layer without squeezing the tender parts of your feet or squashing your toes. KEEP YOUR TOES AND FEET WARM Troubled with cold feet at night? Invest in a microwaveable thermal bag or an electric mattress pad. One can also restore warmth by massaging in foot cream - start with circular motions from the heel up to the toes.

Kissing your feet with some mistletoe magic will ensure you will be clicking your heels on the road to a happier and healthier you in the New Year. WINTER WOOLLIES NATURALLY When wearing socks, focus on wearing only natural fibres, like bamboo, cotton or wool. Avoid synthetic blends as they can cause your feet to sweat and smell. Fungus infections like to grow in sweaty dark conditions – especially inside synthetic footwear. Synthetic fibres can also wick away the natural oils in your skin, which may result in rough, dry calluses. Carry an extra pair of socks in your exercise gear bag to change into after a workout and avoid wearing damp, sweaty or soiled socks. BAMBOO LINER SOCKS Bamboo socks keep feet fresh and have superior moisture absorption, ventilation and warmth. Feet stay cool in summer, warm in winter and dry all year around. Bamboo fibre has antibacterial and antifungal properties which can help to combat common skin disorders such as athlete’s foot. Bamboo is nonallergenic and will not irritate skin in the way that many man-made fabrics will.

INSULATED SOLES Keep feet warm with insulated boot liners to prevent cold from creeping in through the soles. Natural fibres are best: sheep skin is divine. REMOVE FOOTWEAR Toxins, bacteria and chemicals accumulate on the soles of your shoes as you walk around in public areas and are best not tracked into the sanctity of your private home. Have one pair of house shoes or slippers that are used only inside your home. Keep your floors sanitary for the sake of your foot hygiene and personal wellbeing. Request that your house visitors follow suit and take outside footwear off at the door. Gisela Scholze

FOOT MASSAGE The major organs in the body are directly linked to areas on each foot. The right foot is associated with the right side of the body and left foot is associated with the left side of the body. •

The toes are linked to your head and neck. Massaging your toes will directly affect your neck area. Avoid wearing toe jewelry during the winter months as rings can create pressure on the toes that can result in a sore neck and shoulders.

Your ears are affected by the inside area of your feet just below your toes.

The big padded area of your soles on both feet, corresponds to the chest and the lungs.

The arch of your foot correlates to your spine. Wear shoes with proper arch support for a healthier back.

The narrowest part of your foot, usually found towards its center, is known as the waistline and is connected to your small intestine.

The stomach is primarily located on the left side of the body so massaging and applying pressure to the left foot can help to treat stomach aches and digestion issues.

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From her early years of helping her parents with church fundraisers to her first formal volunteer work as a 14-year-old Candy Striper at St Joseph’s Hospital in Comox, Kalamalka Rotarian of the Year Carmen Heather Larsen was encouraged to give back to the community. Her Rotarian dad, Don, a hardware store manager, and her mom, Judy, a retail worker, have been her greatest inspiration for involvement in Rotary. “Dad was the one in his club in charge of logistics, very organized, knew how to get things done and knew the right people for the job,” says Carmen. “My mom was his right hand. She would be there to support him, help with anything she could because she also believed in the ideals of Rotary.” Carmen spent her high school years in Courtenay, then went on to McGill to pursue a BA in Asian Studies and History. During that time, she worked at a sexual assault crisis line. Later while completing her MEd in educational psychology and special education at UBC, Larsen spent six years as a Big Sister with Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland. “This was the volunteer work that had the biggest effect on me,” says Carmen. “I learned so much about poverty, addictions and class from these experiences.” After completing her MD at Dalhousie and post-graduate work in family medicine at the University of Alberta, Carmen and her husband, local otolaryngologist Jacek Szudek, relocated to Vernon with their three daughters, Mira, Leni and Esme. “I always wanted to join Rotary once I settled in one place. I looked for a club that had active women members in leadership roles and had a strong community focus,” says

Carmen, who became a member of Kalamalka Rotary in 2014. Carmen’s current favourite long-term project is the Starfish Pack Program, an initiative that addresses food insecurity and hunger by providing a weekend backpack of two breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners, fresh fruit and snacks for children in need. Carmen heard about the program, started in 2013 by the Rotary Club of Abbotsford. As Community Projects Chair, Carmen spearheaded the development of the program facilitated by Kalamalka Rotary. “We started a pilot program with 20 backpacks in one school in April 2016. Now, I know each weekend 90 kids in Vernon have some extra food in their tummy because of individuals and businesses in Vernon who have donated to this project. I also know many more children need these meals.” 36 OKANAGAN WOMAN WINTER | 2018

Carmen Larsen and family

So how does she fit Rotary into her busy schedule as a mom, wife and doctor? “I prioritize Thursday as me-time. My husband and kids know how much it means to me.

The day starts at Vernon’s Salvation Army Food Bank Warehouse. A dedicated cadre of volunteers gather each week to fill the backpacks, then deliver them to the schools involved. Later in the day Rotary lunch is my oasis of fellowship, laughter and belonging. I always feel good leaving the meetings. Around the world, other Rotarians like me are also trying to make the world a better, more equitable place for all.” In an effort to expand the Starfish pack program into other areas of the Okanagan, Carmen travelled south to make a presentation to the Penticton Rotary Club. Almost immediately enthusiastic Penticton Rotarians Gord Watson and Milton Orris came north to gather more information and join a Kalamalka Rotary Starfish packing session. They started the Penticton program in April 2017.

Enter Tracy Van Raes. Chair of the parent advisory committee of the first school involved, Tracy was also active in Penticton JCI, an organization that trains young adults to affect positive change in themselves, their community and their world. “At 40 years of age I was about to ‘age out’. Rotary caught wind of this. I joined in August 2017 and was asked to take the project over from outgoing Starfish Chair Gord Watson.”

“I remember the feeling of teamwork and hard work – both by the volunteers and the triathletes. My inspiration for involvement in community projects comes from the results.

WHEN YO U C AN MAK E A CHA NGE I N ON E PERS ON ’S L I FE, EV ERY MOM E NT O F THE TIME SPE NT ON A PR OJ EC T MA KES EV ERY T H I N G W ORT H I T.” Tracy describes herself as driven, passionate and dependable. “I will not commit to anything unless I am 110 per cent in it. That’s my Golden Rule.” Each week Tracy personally delivers Starfish packs to two schools. Currently our program services five schools, distributing 45 backpacks. Each week five volunteers pick up and deliver, five others pack. What does she get out of it? “There is great satisfaction in making a difference in the lives of children, directly and indirectly, the children getting their backpacks, their siblings as well as their classmates who learn empathy from this program,” says Tracy. “Starfish is my number one community priority right now. Children having enough food is first and foremost in my world. What I know for sure: Once I have committed to something, you can always count on me.” Tracy Van Raes and family

“I saw the impact of the project on our students first hand. I knew the need and wanted to help grow the project.”

Born in Princeton, BC, Tracy attended numerous schools in her early elementary school years then arrived in the Okanagan at the age of ten. “My mother, Kim Kirkham, was in banking. As she moved up through the ranks we moved around a lot. My father is a retired Care Aid.” Tracy attended Summerland Secondary then studied arts at Okanagan College at the Kelowna Campus.

There is no doubt the lives of many Okanagan children are healthier and happier because of dedicated leaders like Tracy Van Raes and Carmen Larsen.

For further information or to make a donation go to www.starfishpack.com.

Teaching Excellence, Inspiring Futures, Shaping Character

By day, Tracy is the Marketing and Community Relations Manager at Penticton’s Total Restoration Services. Twenty four/seven she’s a busy single mom. “My daughter Jordynn, 18, graduated in June and has moved to Castlegar to study Wildlife, Fish and Recreation at Selkirk College. My son Jackson, 11, attends late French Immersion at KVR middle School.” Tracy counts working at an aid station for Ironman in the early 90s as her first volunteer experience. Further motivation presented itself close to home in the form of two local women. “My top two mentors would be Diana Stirling, owner of Loco Landing Adventure Park and Mare McHale of Redhead Mare Media. I like to surround myself with like-minded individuals. It pushes me to do better, to always strive for more.” Perhaps her greatest inspiration comes from Penticton philanthropist David Kampe. “My daughter was honoured to receive one of his vocational bursaries in June this year. I am humbled by the small amount I do compared to him. He is an extraordinary man.”


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H O M E I S WH E R E TH E A RT I S. Creating an artful home with a collection of one-of-a-kind treasures makes a home an extension of yourself. An art collection may consist of sculptures brought home from special journeys and collaborations created by your home’s little and big hands. Possibly included in this collection is a painting inherited from a grandparent or acquired at a local art auction. An art collection grows and changes with you, although sometimes it happens that something no longer quite represents the entire you. Perhaps you rebuild, or declutter and downsize, and your art collection needs a facelift. This is an excellent time to venture out to local art galleries and custom framers. Your grandmother’s oil painting deserves new appreciation by way of a contemporary new frame. Your child’s set of drawings can be framed in similar frames and hung in a ‘gallery’ hallway. There are all types of frame choices with budget friendly solutions to give a collection new life. It’s also an exciting challenge to have a blank wall in your home that needs something. Visiting your local public and commercial art galleries will help you to know what you really love and what size will best fit. Many people are visual thinkers. By stepping into art galleries and visiting community art shows, you can build a soft and gradual appreciation for an artist’s particular style, or find yourself in pure love, boldly and ecstatically, at first sight.

Building an appreciation for art starts with encouraging it in the family. Bringing your children to art workshops, shows and galleries can be a very positive, artful experience. Ask your children to walk around a gallery at their own pace and decide on their favourite piece of art to share with you. Ask them to explain their choice and listen to their ideas. Perhaps something in the gallery inspires them to draw or paint what they saw. This keeps children engaged and included, comfortable and not anxious. They will be building their own artful homes and sharing their enthusiasm for creativity with their own children someday.

How do you know if a piece is right? You’ll know. Ask to take it home on approval and observe how its colours change dramatically throughout the day with the type of lighting, depending on where the windows are and the time of day. The cool morning sunlight breathes life into it and the warm afternoon sun makes it dance. Inside spotlights are great at highlighting a painting’s features so consider the importance of good lighting especially when building or remodeling. Many galleries offer interest-free payment plans to purchase something you fall in love with (but can’t afford to splurge on) over time. Let your art collection be an expression of what you love most, welcoming you home. Marjo Thompson 38 OKANAGAN WOMAN WINTER | 2018

Science : Technology : Engineering : Mathematics STEM education integrates into a cohesive learning model, based on real-world applications. STEM prepares kids for the technological innovations they will undoubtedly experience in their lifetime. Creativity can co-exist with science and technology and lead to creative careers like Architecture and Graphic Design. In our world of innovation, creativity is the fuel for new technologies and ideas. STEM fosters a love of learning, instilling a passion and drive to learn. It drives curiosity and a belief in the abilities of the child and a thirst for knowledge. Observing needs, developing ideas, and experimenting with solutions encourages an important level of risktaking that many kids want to avoid. Children will learn to stand up for their idea, make it happen, and if it fails, to try again. Today’s children are lucky being surrounded by such advanced technology. STEM education is in the schools, but there’s so much more that can be done in the home to encourage kids to really look at the world around them, ask lots of questions, and get them to observe their surroundings...try these ideas with your kids: 1. Explore through hands-on demonstrations and i teracti e experiences. Workplaces and factories are great places to see how things are created. 2. Read together - books open your kids’ eyes to new ideas and fresh perspecti es 3. Take family fun trips to the zoo, museum, planetarium, or go on a nature trail and bring along a notebook to record observations o sketch pictures. 4. Building model planes, rockets or ships can pique a child’s interest and build confiden e and perseverance when completing p ojects. 5. Cooking and preparing foods can lead to research in culinaryscience and create inquisiti e questions and obser ations 6. Small boxes, plastic o cardboard tubes, PlayDoh, LEGO blocks, balls of string, etc. all encourage creativit , building, and invention 7. Get digging in the garden with your kids. Let them create their own garden plot and calculate the yield of produce, how many seeds to plant, how far apart and how deep. They’ll be amazed and proud when they see the results of their actions

Plant STEM seeds early in children’s lives and see them grow!

With the abundance of career opportunities in our computerized technological world… you can help to secure their future. OKANAGAN WOMAN WINTER | 2018 39

There’s a hot spot for hip, young kids and they can’t seem to get enough of it. You’ll see them lined up, sparkling eyes surrounded by lashes with frozen snow and a smile a mile wide. These little faces are heading out for their first experience with the Big White Ski and Board School.



P rodu ce s De cad e s o f Gre at S kie r s ! BY DEANNA RAINEY


I spoke with many moms for this article, and without exception they extol the values of having their children participate in Big White’s ski school programs. Aside from the obvious benefit of learning a life-long sport, they talk about confidence, friendships, discipline, being active and a host of other benefits. Some had their kids involved as young as two or three years old! The success of Big White’s ski school is due in large to two components – the vast array of programs for kids of all ages, and the great work done by ski school instructors. A typical story from the ski school goes something like this: A little girl named Jaxon Slaney started skiing when she was just two years old. She started her skiing career in the Kid’s Centre then moved on to the Big White Blazer’s program. Jaxon started racing around seven or eight years of age. Her dad, Bill, had always been an ardent skier and she figures she got her love of the sport from him. In the last year, Jaxon got her level one and two teaching certificates and is now teaching within the Kids’ Centre and doing the Blazer program for skiers under age ten. Jaxon enthuses about her own experience as a participant in the Big White Ski School.

The Ski School at Big White offers a host of programs to suit any age and level of young skier and boarder. It is not unusual to look back at pictures of children about a dozen years ago and somehow recognize those faces. That’s because many of them have gone through a series of ski school programs and are now teaching the little ones in the next generation.

“Skiing only takes place for a short time in the winter, so you certainly don’t get bored with it. Most people are super excited to constantly develop their skills. Now that I don’t do it competitively I just simply enjoy it. I still set new goals for myself,” she says. “I really encourage parents to let their children give it a try. Just do it! If they like it – and most kids love to ski – it can eventually open doors for career options and you make many friends you wouldn’t otherwise,” she says. “It’s a great family outing that you can do well into the future. You can grow as a family. Life skills, organizational skills, relationship building, and being responsible…it’s all part of skiing. I can balance five or six things with ease, including my job at Sport Check, and skiing has taught me all that.” Andrew Ramsay and his Mom, Jazmin Tomichich, speak excitedly about their experience with skiing and boarding. “I started to ski when I was three,” says nine-year-old Andrew. “My favorite part of being on the mountain is going fast and the Park!” At age four he was involved in the Kid’s Club and by seven he was taking on the freestyle program. He loves the tricks and bumps best.



“I’ll wake up in the morning and Mom will say ‘Come on, let’s go skiing!’ Those are my favorite days,” he recalls. Andrew’s Mom was a ski instructor herself, both at Silver Star and Big White. “I tried to teach my own kids but it’s like teaching them how to drive…far better if it isn’t their parent!” This is an active family, who are engaged in biking, running, hiking and back country camping. Jasmin says skiing with the family is important to all of them.



“The ski instructors are amazing. They have so much energy and the kids love them. They hardly know they’re learning!”

Seven year old Theo Dessaulles, has been taking ski lessons for three years. His Mom, Val, enrolled the kids in the daycare program when they were three, then the Kids’ Centre when they turned four. By the end of last year, the Dessaulles children were very confident skiing on their own. Val and her husband, Connor, both taught in the ski school. She highly recommends that children are enrolled in the ski school as young as possible.

Big White has always recognized the importance of the Ski and Snowboard School. One of the mountain’s longest-term employees, Jim Loyd, has worked on the mountain for 42 years, of which he spent 20 teaching kids and adults alike to develop and improve their skills. When he first started out with the ski school there were about a dozen full and parttime employees. Now there are hundreds. “Anybody of any age who is interested in skiing should start with the ski school. It introduces you to the sport in the most positive way, and provides you with good fundamentals. That builds confidence, which is a fast track to higher level skills. It’s also a very social sport,” Jim says. Jim recommends you check out the Masters’ Mondays through the ski school, and the ever-popular Ladies’ Day program. Blaise D’Albertanson has been involved with ski school program since age 7 and his favorite is the freestyle program. Now, at 15, he’s ready to teach freestyle this year to the younger demographic at Big White’s Ski School.

“It’s definitely been worth it,” says Blaise. “It’s fun and you learn a lot faster.” Blaise’s Mom, Lynn, wanted him to follow in her footsteps, getting involved with skiing. “One of my favorite memories of when the boys were young was making the decision to take them out of hockey and become a skiing family,” she recalls, “Skiing in general has meant more family time. It’s a lifelong sport. Downhill skiing is the great equalizer…spend time with your family on the chair lift, and ski down at your own pace.”


“Younger kids have far less fear and they tend to learn more right away. One of my favorite things is having the entire family sitting on the lift together after they acquired enough skills to ski as a group,” she says, “The cost may be a little intimidating but it’s very well worth it. They come out of it very good skiers with a sport for life. Big White’s is amongst the best Ski Schools anywhere. The safety aspect is amazing. They all have trackers on them and bar codes for identification.” Remember early in this article meeting Jaxon Slaney, who is now working for the ski school? Jaxon got her love of the mountain from her dad, Bill Slaney, who just happens to be the Assistant Director of the Big White Ski and Board School for 20 years. “Every day, we cater to kids from all over the world in our ski school, “says Bill. The staff are also very international, with about 1/3 coming from Canada; 1/3 from Australia and 1/3 coming from Europe.” The flexibility is amazing…

check WWW.BIGWHITE.COM for a complete list of Big White’s Ski and Board School’s vast array of programs for kids and adults of all ages. There is even an after school program that includes a fully chaperoned set of three evenings on the mountain including lift passes, lessons, meals and all transfers. OKANAGAN WOMAN WINTER | 2018 41

A real place your heart will call home. “How soon can we move in?” is often asked when we are showing our beautiful

resort style living but it’s not the seniors asking it’s their adult children!! Some are kidding but people are looking at this wonderful option earlier and earlier.


After all, who wouldn’t want to have chefs prepare fabulous meals, leave the dishes to someone else and use the spa in your own building?

A SHIFT IS HAPPENING. In the past, seniors graduated from their residence to a care home or facility. Most places were very institutional in nature. Usually there was a sense of loss in such a move. But today’s lifestyle choice brings a whole new perspective of enriching and enhancing our elder years. Some have felt the answer was to have parents move in with them, soon finding that with busy work and family schedules there wasn’t the quality time they thought they would have to spend together. “Please don’t tell my family that I am looking” one woman said to me lately. She didn’t want to hurt her children’s feelings, but she wanted to be with more people of her own age. Many studies indicate that socialization is a key factor in keeping the mind active and where else would you find so many people that have lived through countless life experiences? Just having a meal in the dining room turns into a social event! ANNOUNCING 2018 AWARDS

IT’S ALL ABOUT LIFESTYLE. Many Boomers today are living healthy active lives and want to continue that way as they age. They have worked hard, made sacrifices and are ready to enjoy life. Elderhood can continue to be a celebration of that life. KEEP THE MEMORIES BUT GET RID OF THE STUFF. Not surprisingly it can be the material things that can make the decision to move on so difficult. Thankfully there are companies today that can help families dealing with the move from near or far. They pack, sort, haul to goodwill and can even set up the new home if required. WE HAVE NEVER LIVED IN A TIME LIKE THIS. I am excited about my elder years knowing that it will be a continuation of a long healthy life, green smoothies and all. The hardest part of my days will be deciding whether to go to the wine tour offered that day or stay for the live entertainment, the art classes or salt water pool classes. CATEGORY: Business of the Year


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At The Heritage Retirement Residence, we want you to live life your way and enjoy the positive energy in our dynamic community. Share experiences, interests and talents through unexpected and inclusive activities and learn new things about yourself and the people around you. Entertain family and friends over a great meal and leave the dishes to us. Be as busy as you would like to be, make new friends & live a rich quality of life with purpose!

To discover The Heritage Retirement Residence,

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Add some Romance with Raspberry Mead Looking for a unique

Valentine’s Day beverage

crafted locally, deliciously sweet to drink and complete with a romantic history that includes being the drink of Royalty? Look no further than Honeymoon Meadery’s Raspberry Romance dessert Mead crafted on site at their Meadery in Vernon, BC. This dessert Mead offers notes of sweet raspberry jam and begs to be paired with dark chocolate ganache or drizzled over your favourite ice cream. Stop by their tasting bar to sample some for yourself – called the beverage of love, it just might get you buzzing!

Honey I’m Home!

With so many beauty products and techniques promising a more radiant, youthful complexion, it can be difficult to know where to turn. Many cosmetics only target the surface of the skin, instead of getting to the underlying tissue and muscles which can really make a difference in your skin’s appearance.


WOULD YOU SOMETHING AS EASY AS USING HONEY ALONG WITH A SIMPLE ANCIENT MASSAGE TECHNIQUE COULD IN FACT DELIVER ON THE PROMISE? It is important to use raw honey because it contains superior healing qualities and higher levels of antioxidants. You may be familiar with honey masks or face washing techniques, but where this massage is really unique is in the lifting and compressing action of the massage. After the massage, make sure all traces of the honey are removed. Once completed, your skin will look and feel softer, smoother, and more radiant. This honey massage will actually “wake” up tired and dull skin by stimulating the underlying facial muscles and tissue, this is what encourages healthy skin and a youthful complexion. The many benefits include encouraging

collagen and elastin production, improving blood circulation to cells and stagnant muscles in the face and neck and an increased flow of the lymphatic system, thereby providing excellent drainage of toxins and excess fluids. The raw honey offers a powerhouse of benefits - honey is antibacterial and antifungal, so this massage is especially beneficial for sensitive and acne-prone skin. Honey contains vitamins, minerals, and enzymes that your skin will love. Honey is also a humectant—it attracts water and promotes water retention. It is, therefore, a good way to provide moisture to the skin without added chemicals, heavy oils, or other harmful ingredients found in manufactured moisturizers.




Your Wealth. Your Future. Our Focus.

With the recent volatility of the equity markets and the rates on Government Bonds and Guaranteed Investment Certificates (GICs) near historical lows, you may be uncertain about which investments will be most effective for you. Introducing TD Structured Notes (TD Notes), an investment product designed to help you combine the potential for higher returns offered by the equity markets with downside protection if held to maturity. Whether your focus is on generating more income, growing your initial investment or reducing the risk of what you currently have invested in the stock market, TD Notes offer a wide variety of options to help you reach your goals and diversify your portfolio. In addition, we can recommend TD Notes that can meet your unique investment objectives, such as term, yield and downside protection. Investors have used TD Notes as replacements to Preferred Shares, High Yield Bonds, Mutual Funds and ETFs. Practical Investment Solutions for Investors Seeking Safety, Growth and Income Meghan MacDonald, CIM® MacDonald Wealth Group TD Wealth Private Investment Advice 1633 Ellis Street Suite 410 Kelowna, BC V1Y 2A8 | T 250 470 3026 meghan.macdonald@td.com Macdonaldwealthgroup.com

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Investors are encouraged to read the Information Statement or Notes to obtain additional Prospectus for the Structured information and all material facts relating to the Notes TD Structured Notes are offered by TD Wealth. The offering documents and certain additional information about the Notes can be found on tdstructurednotes.com. MacDonald Wealth Group MacDonald, Investment Advisor, Meghan consists of Dan MacDonald Investment Advisor, Laura Wierzbicki Client Service Associate, and Kathleen Brouse Client Service Associate. MacDonald Wealth Group is part of TD Wealth Private Investment Advice; a division of TD Waterhouse Canada Inc. TD Waterhouse Canada Inc. is a subsidiary of The Toronto-Dominion Bank. TD Member of the Canadian Waterhouse Canada Inc. – Investor Protection Fund. ® The TD logo and other trade-marks are the property of The TorontoDominion Bank. 44 OKANAGAN WOMAN WINTER | 2018

Relationships & RETIREMENT


Retirement can mean a cessation of work life; it can also be a time of financial worries, health problems, and a crossroads for personal growth, all of which can place a tremendous amount of pressure on your relationship. And while we are inundated by ads emphasizing retirement finances, if you don’t have a happy relationship with your partner, you aren’t going to be happy during your retirement, no matter how many sandy beaches you walk on, how much gardening you do or how large your RRIF is. The actual problems couples face in retirement are no different than issues couples might have in any stage of a relationship. However, there are steps you can take to help your relationship survive and even thrive in retirement. 1. DON’T PUT PROBLEMS OFF All relationship problems can be complicated if one or both partners are unable to communicate or deal with stress. The solution to dealing with personal problems with your partner is to learn to communicate and plan together. 2. GET A PLAN AND PLAN IT EARLY While mapping out every week of your retirement might be stressful, ensure you and your partner have a sense of each other’s concrete expectations and your hopes and dreams. Plus, have some financial data in front of you so that your plans can be built on a solid foundation. Before retirement day comes, the two of you should know the answers, or at least be thinking of the solutions, to these big questions: 1. Where will your income come from when you stop working? 2. Will you relocate? Are you prepared for a move? 3. What’s your health like? How will it influence your retirement plans? 4. Will your kids’ or grandkids’ lives intersect with yours daily? Monthly? Only yearly? 5. Estate planning: You will likely owe income taxes when you and your partner pass away: do you have a plan in place to pay this? 6. Do all the above answers align with each other? (Not sure of the money aspects? Speak to your financial advisor.)

Plan your retirement together; don’t let retirement plan your relationship.

STATISTICS SHOW THAT THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE OVER 65 WHO DIVORCE IS GROWING. Being away at work, and the time and effort of raising kids and getting through day-to-day life means that relationship problems often take a back seat to life’s other issues. When work disappears and the kids leave the nest, relationship problems remain.

3. PLAN FOR HEALTH CHANGES Not nice to think about, but unfortunately, it is important. If you want to hike the Bruce Trail or ski the Rockies, don’t put it off until later in retirement or you may not have the option to pursue your goals. As well, when health problems do hit, it means the time and resources of the couple may be now focused slightly away from their retirement activities as they both cope with health issues. In addition, many serious illnesses are accompanied by depression which could put additional strain on the couple. Another issue to consider is what would happen if one partner is far healthier and is more active than their partner, this can put extra stress on a relationship as people feel guilty and resentful about the predicament. No one can tell what the future brings. Couples who are inflexible in their thoughts, attitudes and plans will have a hard time adjusting to every curve life throws them. But if you keep an open mind and plan for the unexpected, you’ll get through it together with your relationship healthy and intact. 4. NEW RETIREMENT ALSO HAS NEW STRESSES We are living longer and healthier. However, it is a double-edged sword; while we may be physically healthy as we age, rates of Alzheimer’s and dementia are climbing. And while many retiring

baby boomers may be an affluent lot, our children and our grandchildren may not be. We may be financially obliged to help them out even as we wind down our working lives. We may have adult children at home and even elderly parents we are responsible for. Couples should look ahead and agree on how they plan to face these situations. 5. CARVE OUT YOUR OWN TIME You can celebrate your retirement with a whirlwind vacation and then take on a big remodeling job and then spend two weeks with the kids, but eventually you will have to settle down to a routine with your partner. Take a hard look at what you want, what your partner wants and the resources you have to fulfill these wishes.

The key is to spend time with your partner and be active together but also have your own activities, friends, hobbies and interests. Meghan MacDonald, CIM® is an Investment Advisor with the MacDonald Wealth Group, who serves, retirees, business owners, professionals and their families throughout the Okanagan. Meghan specializes in building relationships with, and meeting the unique wealth management needs of women investors.


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L O L | L A D I E S O N L I T E R AT U R E


Join us here, for reviews of what we’ve read, and online at shannonlinden.ca for recipes and more.

Just as Mother Nature’s blossoming beauties surrender to sleep beneath their blanket of snow, so we should take shelter this wintery time of year. Nestled hearthside with a good book, it’s time to celebrate the art of slowing down. And if you’re feeling particularly cold, cuddle beneath a cozy comforter, a fat glass of red in hand, and open up this honey of a novel. It will surely warm you.


Louie’s ordeal is a testament to the unshakable power of the human spirit, as he eventually finds forgiveness through his faith. -Shannon

BY LAURA HILLENBRAND Maybe, like me, you were astounded by the movie, directed by Angelina Jolie, which premiered on Christmas Day in 2014. But those who have read the book, say it is one of the best non-fiction titles they’ve encountered. Laura Hillenbrand, acclaimed author of Seabiscuit (another true story that got turned into a movie), writes with “a rich and vivid narrative voice.” The book opens with feisty Louie Zamperini, the son of Italian immigrants in California, getting himself into trouble in high school. At his brother’s urging, Louie channels his rebellion into running. In fact, he becomes a track star and goes on to compete in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. He comes eighth, setting a record in his final lap, shaking hands with Adolf Hitler. Perhaps a sign of things to come, Louie is poised to excel at the 1940 Olympics, when WW II blows up his dreams. The course of the talented athlete’s life is irrevocably changed when he enlists, becoming a bombardier in the American air corps.

Louie not only survives a plane crash into the Pacific, he miraculously makes it through forty-seven days adrift at sea in a tiny life raft with two other men. Dehydrated and delusional, one man perishes, but Louie and his colleague survive by catching and eating albatross, all the while fighting off sharks, starvation, and bullets beamed at them by Japanese warplanes. When the Japanese Navy picks up the men, their nightmare is just beginning. For two unthinkable years, Louie survives exposure, starvation, isolation, and near daily beatings. Despite being


tortured by a sadistic commander nicknamed, The Bird, the American serviceman refuses to be broken. Hillenbrand receives plenty of praise for fastidious research that brought this hero’s story to life, not to mention shed light on the less-told story of the atrocities suffered by POW’s in the Pacific. Following Louie through captivity to freedom, Hillenbrand doesn’t hold back as she details his torture, both as a POW and a traumatized free man. Suffering from PTSD, Louie declines into alcohol abuse and becomes obsessed with returning to Japan to face (and ultimately kill) his former tormentor, The Bird. While it sounds like a lot of darkness and despair, this is actually a pageturning story of hope.

Get this one and get inspired.

4/5 Cheers!

Beautifully told, it unfolds in delicious language; full of warm, golden imagery, sticky and sweet, like honey.



Spoiler Alert! This is a feel-good book. And isn’t that exactly what the dark days of winter demand? A heart-happy read, full of humor and whimsy, Monk Kidd’s debut novel, with its light touch and satisfying ending, made me smile. That’s why I was astounded. I guess some critics disliked the book for the very reason I loved it: they found it too darn sweet. The Secret Life of Bees is not new. In fact, I first read the book in 2003, just a year after it was published. Adapted for the big screen, the movie premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2008, where it won the Peoples’ Choice Award and the NAACP Image Award. In this time of partisan politics and climate change, the LOL felt it might be fun to lighten things up a little, and I was happy to revisit this one. If you need a break from the heavy literature that so often takes top spot in contests, store shelves, and book reviews, grab this beautiful book.

Fourteen-year-old Lily is a feisty white girl, living with her bigoted, violent, abusive father in South Carolina. Always in search of information about her mother, who was killed when Lily was just four-years-old, the teen struggles to find her place and a sense of family. She connects most deeply with Rosaleen, the black housekeeper who has lovingly raised her. When Rosaleen registers to vote and is badly beaten by a group of angry white men, Lily has had enough. Set against the racial tensions cloaking the South in the 1960’s, Rosaleen is jailed, but Lily finds a way to free her. Together they travel to a town Lily believes holds the clue to her mother’s death. Three black women who live in a bright pink house welcome the unlikely duo. The calendar sisters—August, May, and June—keep bees and sell their honey, all whilst worshipping at the feet of a black Madonna. The sisters adopt Rosaleen as one of their own, while teaching Lily about beekeeping and the power of the female divine. With strong feminist undertones, the sisters’ role model strength and courage, creativity and spirituality, love and acceptance—all virtues Lily eagerly embraces. Things get complicated when Lily falls in love with a black boy and her father tries to track her down. Each chapter opens with a quote about bees, alluding to the coming content. Not only will you learn a little something about honey making, you’ll surely laugh a little at this touching story, and maybe even cry. Beautifully told, it unfolds in delicious language; full of warm, golden imagery, sticky and sweet, like honey.

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PEACH PECAN CINNAMON BUNS PEACHES and PECANS make these gooey, delicious cinnamon rolls even more


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2 tsp active dry yeast (one package) 1 cup warm milk I used almond 1/4 cup granulated sugar 1/4 cup butter softened 1/2 tsp salt 2 large eggs at room temperature 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar 3 tbsp cinnamon 3/4 cup butter melted 1 1/2 cups chopped toasted pecans 3 cups peaches pitted, and chopped (3-4 peaches)


In the bowl of a mixer dissolve yeast in warm milk. Add sugar, butter, salt, eggs and three cups of flour to the bowl, using the dough hook attachment, mix on low (speed 2) until combined and dough comes together. Add more flour, in 1/4 cup measures, continuing to mix until dough cleans sides of bowl. Dough should be very slightly sticky. Shape dough into a ball and place in a greased bowl, turning to grease the top. Cover with plastic wrap and set in a warm place to rise until doubled in size, about an hour. While dough is rising, preheat oven to 350°. Spread pecans on a baking sheet and toast in the oven for 6 minutes, turning halfway through. Remove nuts from oven and allow to cool. Combine brown sugar, cinnamon, and melted butter to make the filling. Line a 9 x 13 baking pan with parchment paper Punch dough down to release air. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to form a rectangle about 18” by 12”. Spread the cinnamon filling evenly over the dough. Sprinkle with pecans, then with chopped peaches. From the 18” edge, carefully roll the dough into a long roll. Cut the log into 12 equal rolls using a very sharp knife. Place the rolls in the parchment lined baking pan. Cover with a clean damp dish towel and allow to rise again in a warm location, about an hour. Bake in center of oven for 20-25 mins, or until golden and a wooden skewer poked in the center comes out clean. THEFOODBLOG.NET




CRANBERRIES and WALNUTS combine beautifully in this easy to make, and delicious quick loaf. INSTRUCTIONS 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Preheat oven to 350° Lightly grease a 9x5 loaf pan, or use a non stick pan. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and orange zest. In a smaller bowl beat egg, milk, and oil together. Add egg mixture to the dry ingredients.

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2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup sugar 1 tbsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 1 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp nutmeg

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Zest of one orange 1 egg 1 cup milk I used almond 1/4 cup vegetable oil 1 cup fresh cranberries 1/2 cup toasted walnuts

Note: Frozen or dried cranberries can be substituted in equal quantities for fresh.

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• 3 pounds scrubbed potatoes • 3-4 Tbsp vegan butter • Salt and pepper (to taste) COOK TIME: 45 MINUTES

• 1 medium onion (diced) • 2 cloves garlic (minced) • 1 1/2 cups uncooked brown or green lentils • 4 cups vegetable stock • 2 tsp fresh thyme • 1 10-ounce bag frozen mixed veggies: peas, carrots, green beans, and corn TOTAL TIME: 1 HOUR

Preheat oven to 425° F (218 C) and lightly grease a 2-quart baking dish. Slice potatoes in half, place in a large pot and fill with water to cover. Bring to a low boil on medium high heat, then generously salt, cover and cook for 20-30 mins. 3. Drain, add back to the pot to evaporate any remaining water, then transfer to a mixing bowl. Mash until smooth. Add desired amount of vegan butter and season to taste. Loosely cover and set aside. 4. In a large saucepan over medium heat, sauté onions and garlic in 1 Tbsp olive oil until lightly browned and caramelized - about 5 mins. 5. Add a pinch of salt and pepper. Add lentils, stock, thyme and stir. Bring to a low boil. Reduce heat to simmer. Continue cooking until lentils are tender (35-40 mins). 6. In the last 10 mins of cooking, add the frozen veggies, stir, and cover to meld the flavors together. 7. To thicken the mixture, whisk in 2 Tbsp cornstarch or arrowroot powder. 8. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Transfer to your prepared oven-safe baking dish and top with mashed potatoes. Smooth down with a spoon or fork and season with another crack of pepper and a little sea salt. 9. Place on a baking sheet to catch overflow and bake for 10-15 mins or until the mashers are lightly browned on top. 10. Let cool briefly before serving. The longer it sits, the more it will thicken.



• 1/2 cup low sodium vegetable stock • 3 tbsp soy sauce • 1 tbsp rice vinegar • 1 tbsp Asian chili sauce • 1 tbsp cornstarch • 2 tbsp peanut or vegetable oil

• 1 tsp sesame oil • 1 medium cauliflower cored and cut into bite sized florets • 2 cups sliced cremini mushrooms • 1 green onion thinly sliced • Salt to taste

INSTRUCTIONS 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Boil a large pot of water. Add cauliflower and allow to par boil 2-3 minutes. Drain and set aside. In a jar with a lid, combine stock, soy sauce, rice vinegar, chili sauce, cornstarch. Put lid on jar and shake well to combine. SERVE HOT, WITH Heat a medium skillet over medium high heat. Add peanut and sesame oil. Add mushrooms and cook, turning, until starting to brown, about 2 minutes. STEAMED RICE OR Add cauliflower and cook, stirring, until brown and fork tender, about 1 minute. NOODLES Shake jar one more time, and pour sauce over cauliflower mushroom mixture. Cook, stirring, until sauce is thickened and glossy, about 1 minute. Salt to taste. THEFOODBLOG.NET Remove from heat, and garnish with green onion. PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES









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1 large head garlic 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 2 cups packed flat-leaf parsley leaves (from 1 large bunch) 1/4 cup packed fresh sage leaves 1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper 1 boneless rib-eye roast (4 to 5 pounds)

TIP: To save time with the butterf ly technique, ask your butcher to butterf ly it for you. INSTRUCTIONS 1.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Using a serrated knife, slice off top quarter of garlic, exposing as many cloves as possible. Place garlic, cut-side up, on a piece of parchment-lined foil. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons oil, wrap tightly, and roast until cloves are tender, about 40 minutes. Let stand until cool enough to handle.


Squeeze garlic to push out cloves; transfer to the bowl of a food processor. Add parsley, sage, vinegar, and remaining 2 tablespoons oil. Process until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.


Arrange roast on a large cutting board, fat-side down, with short end toward you. Holding a long, sharp knife parallel to (and about 1 inch above) cutting board, start to butterfly the roast. Make a shallow cut along length of roast, stopping about 1 inch from edge. Open roast to the side, and continue slicing until about 1 inch from next edge. Open to same side again, and continue slicing until roast is completely flat. Season meat all over with salt and pepper.

Season meat all over with salt and pepper. Spread all but 2 tablespoons of garlic-herb mixture over meat. Roll meat up, starting from left side. (Fat cap should end up on top of roast.) Tie at 2-inch intervals with kitchen twine. Rub outside with remaining garlic-herb mixture. Let stand at room temperature 1 hour (or refrigerate, covered with plastic, overnight; bring to room temperature before cooking). 4.

Place meat on a rack in a roasting pan and roast, rotating pan once, until meat is golden brown, 40 minutes. Reduce heat to 300 degrees and continue roasting until a thermometer inserted in thickest part reads 125 degrees, 50 to 60 minutes. Let rest at least 30 minutes before slicing.

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Snowbank Cocktail •


1 ½ ounces Malibu rum 3 Tbsp coconut cream • 6 large ice cubes


Place ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth. Coat the rim of the martini glass with finely shredded coconut and chill.




4 Cups heavy whipping cream • 4 Cups milk • 2 ½ Cups white chocolate chips • 1 ½ Cups Green Mint Liqueur • 1 Cup Jameson • Whipped Cream (optional)


Place heavy whipping cream, milk, chips, mint liqueur and Jameson into slow cooker Heat on Low Temp for 2 - 2 ½ hours stirring occasionally Add whipped cream


Winter Cosmo •


1 ½ oz Vodka • ¾ oz Cointreau 1 Tbsp St. Germaine Elderflower Liqueur • ½ oz Fresh Lime Juice • ½ oz Simple Syrup • 1 ½ oz White Cranberry juice


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A NEW WORD! We participate daily with communication using language learned since our earliest childhood. From text messaging to rap songs, we all bear witness and participate in the simultaneous corrosion, implosion, erosion, and explosion of the English language. While attempting to express ourselves within the confines of our educational upbringing and the boundaries of English grammar, we all face the hidden language embedded within global communications. With Elaine coining the phrase “yada, yada, yada” in Seinfeld, we grew to appreciate and interpret the phrase as the modernized interpretation of “etcetera”. The term quickly became a means of skipping part of a long winded story that was dull, repetitive and boring with a predictable ending not worth repeating. Essentially it was your own thoughts and imagination that were left to fill in the blanks. A creation of a new word or expression is called a neologism and can also be a brand-new meaning for an existing word that is in the process of entering common use but not fully adopted into mainstream language.

Onomatopoeia is the creation of a new word by imitation of the sound it is supposed to make. Plop, woof, shazam and barf all started out this way, with a tone and stylization familiar in comic book writing. Repurposing is paralleling a word from one context and assimilating to another. An example of repurposing is the naming of the computer mouse as the physical similarities resembled that of the little tailed rodent. Portmanteaus are new words that are compounded or spliced together that take on a bit of a slangy twist. Take one word, remove a portion of it, then put in its place either a whole word, or a similarly clipped one. “Sexting and staycation” are millennial examples of words born by compounding words together to create a new expression with communication brevity in mind. In grade school, Pig Latin was an invented language spoken by anyone capable of mastering conjoining and twisting consonants with “ay” at the end of a word. Learning the rules were painful for many; while to others Pig Latin communications were disjointed, playful and fun. But most importantly it was an assembly of code words that created a secret language riddled with hidden meanings between friends. Creativity and brevity will continue to be the impetus for new slang being woven into the tapestry of our daily vocabulary. With altered expressions and words being twanged, tweeted and twisted through the portholes of social media, we all have a role and social responsibility in maintaining, adopting and upholding our literary skills. Understanding millennial speak and being woke is the alluring message deeply embedded within the global crystal ball and spheres of communication.

Dead heading needless words seemingly appears to be in the forecasted future of the English language. As words are being blended, spliced, diced and squished - into a whole new trendy slanguage or “Engsquish” is immerging. A few of the “au courant” words are presented in this listicle:

AD UL TIN G - all responsible duties associated with being a bona fide adult: such as paying taxes, working through the summer and taking care of your car. BIN GE-WATC H - to watch many or all episodes of a TV series in rapid succession.

BOKEH - the visual quality of the out-of-focus areas of a photographic image.

FL AWS OME - embraces awesomeness with inherent quirks, unique traits and scars of life.

GOAT - an abbreviation for the Greatest of All Times with a dose of personal swagger. KEEP IT 100 - stay true to yourself. L IS TIC L E - an article consisting of a series of items

presented as a list.

ON FL EEK - looking perfect. PHOTOBOMB - to move into the frame of a photograph

as it is being taken as a joke or prank.

S AL TY - to be bitter, agitated or irate over a past event. TR AIN WR EC K - an utter disaster or mess: a disastrous

calamity or source of trouble.

TR IL L - what is true and real V OC ABUL UXIOUS - the delicious enrichment of self

invented words despite the fact they have not yet been officially adopted into the English or Scrabble dictionary.

WOAT - opposite to GOAT - Worst of All Times.

WOKE - being well informed and aware in politics and culture change. A keen awareness of racial or social discrimination, change and injustice.

YOWZA - used to express surprise or amazement.

Vocabuluxious is the hook for us all - self inventing a new word that is truly supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! -Gisela Scholze


2019 Your Year Ahead

by Heather Zais

CAPRICORN Dec 22 – Jan 19 Your strength of character shines through making others comfortable. Take leadership role.

TAURUS April 20 – May 20 Extend your connections or influence over distance. Lay the groundwork privately then disclose.

VIRGO Aug 23 – Sept 22 Choices affect residence of you or others. Some luck attached shows how this will all play out.

AQUARIUS Jan 20 – Feb 18 You have power behind the scenes and should pull strings from there. Proceed carefully.

GEMINI May 21 – June 20 Relationships are affected by what others say or do. Final decisions must meet certain criteria.

LIBRA Sept 23 – Oct 22 Work around others’ expectations to arrive at a conclusion that all involved will be satisfied with.

PISCES Feb 19 – Mar 20 Step into the spotlight this year. Share responsibility or have a change of position or career.

CANCER June 21 – July 22 Making sudden job or career changes will work out better in future. Powerful associates help.

SCORPIO Oct 23 – Nov 21 Your personal position carries weight with those who are on the fence. Your experience helps.

ARIES March 21 – April 19 Focus on your climb up the ladder. Others are willing to back you or at least give verbal support.

LEO July 23 – Aug 22 Certain expectations need to be adjusted according to what is really happening. Navigate details.

SAGITTARIUS Nov 22 – Dec 21 Behind the scenes matters blossom in natural ways. Wording paves the way to success.

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HOROSCOPE by Heather Zais


MAR 21 - APRIL 19 Dec - Expand your horizons or travel. You need a time out to consider changes that are right for you and others. Jan - Apply subtle pressure in ways to advance your goals or those that involve others. All will benefit from it. Feb - Reboot your past connections. Certain associates are more helpful as they want in on things now.


JUNE 21 - JULY 22 Dec - Check out work prospects or opportunities for advancement. Moves or other adjustments are needed. Jan - Discuss your future agenda with those who can help or cut through red tape etc. Proceed carefully. Feb - Intense talks or negotiations should be confidential in order to get the results you seek. Meet up.

SEPT 23 - OCT 22 Dec - You are a beacon to others as you lend your words or support to those who need it. They appreciate it. Jan - Chats or surprise encounters cause plans to be revised or put on hold temporarily. It all works out okay. Feb - Be open to change or sudden spontaneous activity. It will be stimulating on more than one level.

DEC 22 - JAN 19 Dec - Stay strong in your convictions, even if you are the only one standing on principle. Others fall in line. Jan - Stand up for what you know is right and how rules need to be followed for a worthwhile result. Feb - A focus on finances shows where areas of increase or recovery are. Review relevant details. 58 OKANAGAN WOMAN WINTER | 2018


APRIL 20 - MAY 20

MAY 21 - JUNE 20

Dec - Consult with those who are powerful or well connected. You are mutually beneficial on various levels. Jan - Widen your influence as you take on more responsibility or control. Personal life or business improves. Feb - Steps up the ladder will be easier than before. The respect you get from others helps to pave way.

Dec - Go beyond the financial consideration when making personal or business decisions. There is good will. Jan - Clarify information or adjust comments to suit the situation in question. Status or reputation affected. Feb - You will be lucky with travel or enhancing relationships over distance. More freedom feels good.

JULY 23 - AUG 22

AUG 23 - SEPT 22

Dec - You can wing it a bit more as you have some added luck this month. Push your agenda forward safely. Jan - Time your moves for best effect. The element of surprise works in your favour. Step past opposition. Feb - New or renewed relationships will be interesting or enlightening on some level. Find common ground.

Dec - Make changes that allow you to live more the way you would like. Keep costs in line so you can relax. Jan - Loosen restrictions on expectations and things will unfold more to your liking. You have added luck. Feb - You can be the star on the job or through what you do for others. They count on your expertise.


OCT 23 - NOV 21

NOV 22 - DEC 21

Dec - Your power and influence grows to a higher level. This will secure or improve the bottom line as well. Jan - Show your strength in more tangible ways and others will fall in line with your plans going forward. Feb - Look at ways to improve surroundings even if the decision is to move eventually. You have luck.

Dec - Focus on what gives you power or strength, especially in the financial department. Activate income. Jan - You feel generous as your influence grows behind the scenes. Focus on finances and assets. Feb - Sweet or comforting words will smooth things over or bring a sense of closure where needed.

JAN 20 - FEB 18 Dec - You can be the toast of those in high places. There is an easygoing relationship developing with them. Jan - Less is more right now and you can successfully block opposition or stone wall any conflict now. Feb - Step into the limelight on some level. Others want to see you or at least hear what you say.

FEB 19 - MAR 20 Dec - It’s your time to take centre stage one way or the other. Go for the brass ring. Opposition to you will fade. Jan - Enjoy or share the glory with powerful or well-connected friends and associates. Count blessings. Feb - Investigate deeper to clear any misunderstandings from before or those causing the confusion.

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