PEI Living Magazine Spring 2023

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AsI write this, I feel so grateful that winter is behind us, mild as it was. I’m so over it and ready for what spring will bring and I cannot wait to store winter boots and outerwear in favour of sandals, light coats, and sweaters.

This is one of my favourite issues of the year, our annual Women in Business edition, where we celebrate female entrepreneurs and women in leadership roles. The inspiring group of ladies on our cover varies in their business endeavours but the one thing they all have in common is the desire and determination to succeed and grow their businesses.

Women-owned and/or womenoperating businesses play a key role in our local economy. It takes a lot of hard work, tenacity, passion, confidence and courage to own or run a business. We hope that sharing the stories and achievements of women in our province who lead the way will encourage other women to pursue their dreams of business careers. We’ve come a long way, baby, and we applaud you.

Much of this magazine is created by women. PEI Living Magazine is locallyowned by a woman, Jacqui Chaisson, and many of the people who work with us to make this magazine possible are also women. Each of the department editors are women who run their own businesses on top of providing the timely content you see on our pages in every issue.

It is also a fact that our advertisers are locally-owned small-and mediumsized businesses. Whether they are owned and operated by women or men, each and every one of them make up the heart of PEI Living. With their loyal support we are able to introduce you to the people, businesses and stories that count. It's important that you support these local businesses.

If you want to see your business profiled, we welcome you to reach out to us and be part of the PEI Living Magazine community.

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PEI has amazing women entrepreneurs. They have survived COVID with multiple shutdowns, the devastation left by Fiona and a plethora of winter snowstorms. The six women gracing our spring cover are true examples of tenacious business women. They power through challenges and face adversity head-on. We know you'll be inspired by their stories!

(top L-R) Kristell Geffroy {SWENN}, Melanie Press {Impress Island Realty}

(middle L-R) Dawn Sullivan {Carpet One Floor & Home}, Jana Hemphill {Storybook Adventures}

(bottom L-R) Shannan Noonan {Spot On Dog Training}, Lauren Williams {TNC Kitchens}



(L-R) Dawn Sullivan, Jana Hemphill, Lauren Williams, Kristell Geffroy, Shannon Noonan & Elroy, Melanie Press

Photo: Kimberly Rashed Shot on location at Charlottetown Library Learning Centre


14. Local Craft Beer Hold the Heavy Hops

64. Artfully Curated

The Home of Michael and Chastity Smith

84. Escape into Spring

92. Wild Rose Sanctuary

Fundraising to Save Lives

94. Creating a Buzz for Three Decades 30 Years of Entertainment

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Alana Lauren

Susan Rodgers

Susan Snow

Jackie Herbert

Kimberly Rashed

Darren LeBlanc


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Lisa Enman

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Evan Ceretti

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FOOD & DRINK 7. Happy Hour Wheat Ale & Whiskey Cocktail 8. Chef Profile Chef Patrick Young 10. Wine On Cloud Wine 12. Good Eats Honey Citrus Glazed Salmon 20. Happy Hour Virgin Caesar HEALTH & WELLNESS 24. Building Resilience BUSINESS 35. Women in Business HOME & COTTAGE 63. Trending Now Six Timeless Trends 74. Design Notes Island Designers Share Their Tips 79. Simple DIY Spring Wreath STYLE 82 Shades of Gray Transitioning to Gray ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT 95. Six Books Spring Reading List 96. In The Spotlight Katie Murray and Stephanie Dawson 98. Six Books Spring Reads VOLUME 6 • ISSUE 3 SPRING 2023 CONTENTS PEI LIVING 10 64 84 82
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Welcome to the spring edition of PEI Living's food and drink section. As the weather warms up, it's the perfect time to experiment with new recipes and try out some refreshing beverages.

In this edition, we've got a fantastic recipe for Honey Glazed Citrus Salmon that's sure to impress your guests. This dish combines the sweetness of honey with the tanginess of citrus to create a flavour explosion that's perfect for any occasion.

If you're looking for a refreshing beverage, why not try a beer cocktail? We've got a recipe that combines your favourite wheat beer and whiskey along with some delicious ingredients to create a unique and tasty drink. It's perfect for sipping on a warm Spring day.

For all the wine lovers out there, we've got a list of some fantastic wines to try at the upcoming wine festival. From crisp whites to full-bodied reds, there's something for everyone.

And last but not least, we're thrilled to feature the restaurant FiN at Blackbush Resort in this edition. FiN offers a unique and delicious menu that's sure to impress even the most discerning foodies. So why not head out to their patio and experience it for yourself?

We hope you enjoy this edition of the food and drink section and try out some of the recipes and beverages we've featured. Cheers to a delicious Spring season!

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Wheat Ale & Whiskey Cocktail


1 1/2 ounces rye whiskey

3/4 ounce ginger syrup*

1/2 ounce lemon juice, freshly squeezed

1 ounce wheat beer

Garnish: lemon wedge


Add the whiskey, ginger syrup and lemon juice to a shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled.

Strain into a chilled glass, and top with the beer.

Garnish with a lemon.

*GINGER SYRUP: In a small saucepan, heat half cup fresh ginger juice (squeezed from freshly grated ginger root) until warm over low heat. Do not let the juice boil. Add one cup sugar, and whisk until sugar is dissolved. Store the syrup in a sealed container in the refrigerator until ready to use.



Chef Patrick Young brings a diverse and impressive culinary experience to the Salvador Dali Café and Trailside Music Hall.

By Jackie Herbert, Food & Drink Editor Photos Evan Ceretti

Red Seal certified chef who graduated from the Culinary Institute of Canada, Chef Young served in world-class dining establishments in Switzerland, Alberta and Ontario before returning to his native Prince Edward Island and joining the Dundee Arms Inn. Chef Young was the executive chef at the Dundee Arms for 21 years until the restaurant closed due to Covid.

He joined the Salvador Dali Café and Trailside Music Hall to help establish and create the menu. The Salvador Dali Cafe and Trailside Music Hall have unlimited potential: from large groups and catering events to the small café experience to their Grab & Go and take-out, Chef Young and his culinary team have created a unique dining experience.

We sat down with Chef Young and got to know a bit about him.

Why did you decide to become a chef? I decided to become a chef because cooking came naturally. I started in fast food and progressed from there. What other back-of-the-house positions have you previously held?

I have worked various positions in professional kitchens, including restaurants, hotels and a catering company, starting out as a commis de cuisine (chef's assistant) and working my way up to chef. I have also worked front-of-the-house as a server and a maître d’. The only other job I had outside of the culinary industry was building bikes in the sporting goods section of a big box store.

You’re at home, what are you making? At home, I mostly make comfort food such as soups and stews. I also like to bake when I can, especially biscuits. My mother always made great biscuits.

Favourite ingredient to cook with? Butter.

Highlight of your far?

Being initiated into the Chaine de Rotisseurs and preparing dinners for the group is the big highlight of my career.

Foodie pleasure(s)?

Fresh East Coast seafood

What’s your absolute must-have kitchen tool, something everyone should have at home?

A good sharp paring knife is a musthave for everyone and a sharp chef's knife.

Five ingredients that should be in everyone’s kitchen, including yours? Butter, eggs, bacon, flour, buttermilk are must-have ingredients.

Proud moment?

Whenever I learn something new and then impart that knowledge to someone else.

Who are your biggest supporters? Biggest supporters are my partner and best friend, Pamela Good, family and friends.

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Five Fabulous Wine Fest Wines to Fill Your Glass

Part of the pleasure of fine wine is not simply opening the bottle and pouring the wine. Fine wines have this ability to transport you to the time and place they were made. While wine seems intimidating, even the novice can quickly learn to identify regional differences in wine.

These Italian wines will be featured at the PEI Festival of Wines on April 28th and 29th.

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Agriverde 'Riseis' Pecorino

Terre di Chieti IGT Organic (05006W)

Some say this varietal is named after the sheep (Italian: pecora) that would often be found feasting on the vine grapes high in the Sibillini Mountain range of the Marche region of Italy.

Riseis Pecorino is fresh and vibrant with peach and exotic fruit aromas that also reveal a touch of liquorice in the background. The palate is medium-bodied and brightly structured with acidity that brings flavours of minerality and succulent fruit with a lengthy finish. A fantastically pleasing expression of Pecorino. Drink as an aperitif or with lighter fare such as shellfish or white fish.

Tenuta Viglione 'Maioliche'

Falanghina Puglia IGP Organic

Falanghina thrives in Campania’s limestone and granite soils and is often consumed alongside shellfish and other seafood in the Southern Italian region.

Tenuta Viglione provides exciting aromas of bright white blossom and peach notes, while on the palate it is medium-bodied with a viscosity that resists the tongue. Brightly structured acidity brings flavours of lemon, bitter almond and stone fruit with a lengthy finish.

Nestled amongst the rolling hills of the Piemonte, Roero is located just north of Alba across the river Tanaro from legendary Barolo and Barbaresco denominations. Salvano produces an Arneis that is resplendent with honey lacquered apricots, pears and a slight pepper note. On the palate it is mediumbodied with a creamy richness and flavours of bitter almond, stone fruit and light spice from lees aging. This is a complex wine with a lengthy finish. It would be an injustice not to pair this with a creamy garlic pasta or avgolemono which is an egg drop soup with lemon and chicken.


Puglia IGP Organic (04972W)

This blend is 50% Primitivo and 50% Aleatico - a lesser known grape variety related to the ancient Muscat a Petit Grain, often known for its rose petal and lychee flavours. Tenuta Viglione ‘Johe’ has a fruity richness on the nose that is complemented by floral and tropical fruit flavours on palate. There is a touch of residual sugar to help balance the intense aromatics with very soft acidity leaving this wine slightly sweeter than your average dry red. A accompaniment to exotically spiced lamb curry or vegetable korma.

Organically farmed, the ‘Rossofuocco’ from Vite Colte is 100% Barbera grapes fermented and aged in stainless steel. On the nose is field berry, liqourice and dried oregano. The palate is medium-bodied with exuberant acidity, crunchy red fruit, a touch of savory spice and liquorice-scented medium tannic structure. Pair this with fresh tomato pasta, meat lasagna or mushroom risotto.

Darren LeBlanc is the Specialty Product Advisor at Notables by PEI Liquor in the Founders’ Food Hall & Market. He is a certified sommelier with 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry and continues to contribute as a restaurant consultant and wine writer.

All wines will be available at Notables following the PEI Festival of Wines on April 28th & 29th.

Limited quantities available. While quantities last.

RossoFuocco Barbera D’Alba (04961W) Salvano Roero Arneis DOCG (05007W) Viglione 'Johe' Rosso (Photo: Evan Ceretti)

Honey Citrus Glazed Salmon

With Rice Pilaf & Grilled Vegetables

The sauce in this recipe is bright and fresh. The sweetness of the honey works with the lime to shine through the richness of salmon, and the whole dish is carried home by the warmth and comfort of browned butter. Best when served with fluffy rice pilaf and grilled vegetables. This fish pairs exceptionally well with the honey notes of sweet Rieslings or with a bold, buttery Chardonnay.

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Recipe courtesy of Chef Nathan Schoenfeldt, Redwater Rustic Grille.

Rice Pilaf Honey Citrus Glazed Salmon


1 per portion salmon fillet, skin off

1 tbs butter

1 tbs honey

1 fresh lime (cut in half)

Salt and pepper to taste

1/2 tsp canola oil


Heat a frying pan with a half teaspoon of canola oil.

Season the salmon with salt and pepper on both sides. Place the salmon in the pan, skin-side up. After five minutes, flip it over. The fish is done when the flakes slip apart when gently pressed on. If your salmon can stand on it’s side, sear the sides.

Drop a tablespoon of butter into the pan. Pour a tablespoon of honey directly on top of the butter. Squeeze all of your lime into the honey-butter. Stir it up with a spoon and reduce the heat. Baste the fish to make it glossy, and let it rest for a minute before serving.


1 C Basmati rice

1 C broth (chicken or vegetable)

1/4 minced onion

1/4 minced celery

1 clove minced garlic

1 tsp butter

Salt and pepper to taste


Wash the rice using a bowl and strainer. Fill the bowl with water and agitate, straining regularly until the water runs clear.

Heat a heavy-bottom sauce pot over medium and sweat the garlic, onion and celery in butter until just soft.

Stir in the rice, and add the broth. Water can be substituted in this stage too! Bring water to a boil and reduce the heat to low, cover and cook for 10 minutes.

Turn the heat off completely and let it stand for another 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork and serve.

Grilled Vegetables


Whole mushrooms (three per portion)

Onion, sliced thick (one per portion)

Red and green bell pepper (half of each per portion)

1 tbs olive oil

1/2 fresh lemon

Salt and pepper to taste


Cut the vegetables into a desired shape, thick enough to not fall through the slats of the grill.

Toss them together in a mixing bowl with olive oil, salt and pepper. Place them on the grill and cook until slightly charred. This also works in a hot frying pan.

Plate immediately, and give them a squeeze of lemon on top.

Saskatchewan trained and PEI polished, Chef Nathan Schoenfeldt moved to the Island ten years ago and fell in love with the culinary community.

“Leading the Redwater Rustic Grille kitchen team following the pandemic has been a pleasure,” Schoenfeldt said, “I’m looking forward to seeing what new, exciting dishes we can create together this summer!”

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BEERLocal Craft Hold the Heavy Hops

We've all heard it, “I just can’t get past the hops; it’s too much." Baulk not beer beholder! These brews are aromatically hoppy beers but low on the bittering alpha acids that leave some squinting in agony. These are hop selections that add tons of flavour to the beer, allowing for a punchy, refreshing, lightto-bitter beer perfect for those who would prefer to hold the heavy hops.

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Photo Story Thorburn (Shot at Redwater Rustic Grille)

Gahan Honey Wheat Ale (BIN#81646X)

Pearly white head in glass. Sweet malt and honey combine with fruity aromas. There is a light sweetness to this mildly hopped ale brought on by the honey. Clean finish with a great mouthfeel.

Upstreet Commons Pilsner (BIN#81758X)

This style of lager hails from the Czech Republic. Light gold in the glass with fine bead and ample white head. This is hopped with saaz to provide a light hops bite. There is an easy drinking fruity, peppery mix on this Pilsner that really stands out. Fresh, complex, and abundantly enjoyable.

Moth Lane Drag N’ Anchor Summer Wheat Belgian Pale Ale (BIN#80102R)

Medium golden yellow in the glass with a slight haze and a lovely full head. Bright pear combines with a biscuit aroma that is very pleasing. Mildly fruity with a touch of toast on the palate. Crisp and clean with a dry finish. The perfect patio sipper!

Copper Bottom Brewing Centennial Stock Blonde (BIN#81691X)

Medium golden yellow, with a good head. Approachable with a good mouth-feel and a slight bitter nip from the hops. Originally created for the brewer's hometown centennial celebrations, it has become a beer for many occasions because of its easy drinking style.

Bogside Lighthorse Lagered Ale (BIN#81749X)

Made in the Kölsch style using traditional methods for an ale but cold aged like a lager. Deep hazy gold with a persistent head. Malty notes come forward then mingle with cereal aromas. Light-bodied and mild with fantastic crispness, and low bittering, finishing dry. Exciting, refreshing, energetic.

Lone Oak Boat Traffic Oatmeal Stout (BIN#01848Y)

Deep malty richness mixes with burnt caramel, espresso and gumdrop cake. On the palate the addition of oats to this stout brings out the generous viscosity and mouth feel. Full-bodied and rich with light bitter coffee notes to help round out the malty sweetness. A wonderfully satisfying stout.

NOTABLES BY PEI LIQUOR Located inside Founders’ Food Hall & Market 6 Prince Street, Charlottetown 902.368.4836
Discover these local craft beer selections and more at Darren LeBlanc is the Specialty Product Advisor at Notables by PEI Liquor in the Founders’ Food Hall & Market. He is a certified sommelier with 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry and continues to contribute as a restaurant consultant and wine writer. (Photo: Evan Ceretti)


The Salvador Dali Arts Hotel & Café

Free live music isn’t generally the first thing that comes to mind when you think of The Salvador Dali Arts Hotel & Café. Dreamlike art, fabulous food, and eccentric rooms usually top that list, but the Dali is so much more!

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Dueling pianos, blues, and Drag Queen brunches highlight the spirited, playful entertainment found in one of the Island’s most lively, happening settings.

Owner Richard Homburg chose Salvador Dali’s fantastical Surrealist art as the inspiration for The Arts Hotel & Café. Wild and wonderful original Dali paintings enhance a fun, relaxed experience. The overall vibe is artsy, with a Spanish feel. “We also feature the work of some terrific local artists," says Jenny Allen, the Dali Café’s Director of Food & Beverage. "The Cafe's events and atmosphere perfectly encapsulate the themes of the Arts Hotel and the Kent Street Entertainment District.”

Come by the Dali for tasty menu offerings. “Enjoy a Spanish-themed special or come to brunch on the weekend—it’s very popular,” says Allen. “Chef Patrick Young serves up Crispy French Toast with cinnamon. The Eggs Benedict is also a fan favourite. Or enjoy a killer steak sandwich or savoury fish tacos at lunch or dinner.” Dali also provides delicious, hassle-free office catering on weekdays with no delivery fee in the downtown core.

The Café provides the tasty menu for Trailside Music Hall, also located on the ground floor of the Arts Hotel, which is owned by Pat and Meghan Deighan. The music hall is a 3000-square-foot uniquely styled space utilized for a variety of special events including ticketed intimate music performances, comedy shows and business conferences.

Time your visit with any of the entertainment offerings in The Arts Hotel and you’ll leave with a smile on your face and a tune in your heart. A highlight of the Dali is the Steinway grand piano. What a gift to sit and

enjoy a cocktail or meal listening to the lovely melodies of a talented pianist gracing the ivories on Fridays and Saturdays from 6pm-8pm.

"Visit the website to keep up with our special events. In the Cafe, we never charge a cover," says Allen. "In winter, spring, and fall, we host Got Blues two or three Saturdays a month from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. In summer we have Dueling Pianos most Saturdays at 10 p.m. with Craig Fair and Ben Aitken. It’s a fun event that really gets the audience involved. We also offer Trivia and Drag Bingo. You can win all kinds of great prizes.”

An inclusive environment guaranteed to add some spice to your day or night, the Salvador Dali Arts Hotel & Café is a bright, welcoming star on Kent Street in downtown Charlottetown that opened during the pandemic and is now coming into its own. At the Dali, unlock your imagination with some of the best food, cocktails and coffee available on the island. Pair it with spirited, lively entertainment, or perhaps a night at the Arts Hotel, and your dreamlike experience will be complete.

155 Kent St, Charlottetown 902.370.2787

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Virgin Caesar HAPPY HOUR


1 lime wedge

To taste, celery salt

7 mL (0.25 oz.) Monsieur Cocktail

Sirop de gingembre

7 mL (0.25 oz.) Monsieur Cocktail

Mix à bloody

120 mL (4 oz.) Clamato juice

A drop of sesame oil

15 mL (1 tbsp.) sliced green onions


Rub lime wedge on the outside rim of a highball glass.

Dip moistened rim in celery salt. Fill glass with ice and add all ingredients.

Mix with a bar spoon. Garnish with lime and green onion.

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THERE’S A NEW F i N IN TOWNRestaurant Shifts Gears to Focus on Community and Sustainability

Fans of FiN Folk Food at the Blackbush Resort in Grand Tracadie will notice some big changes at the restaurant this summer. Don’t worry – menu favourites like the delicious lobster rolls, fish tacos or fish’n’chips are not going anywhere anytime soon- but for the upcoming season, owner Tim Banks says visitors and locals can expect a more compelling experience, all with one goal in mind: putting Grand Tracadie back on the map as a must-see tourist destination.

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“We want to see the economic revitalization of Grand Tracadie and make it a tourist destination for all visitors, which it was in the old days,” Banks says. “In the late 1800s there was a famous health and wellness resort in Grand Tracadie called the Lorne Hotel. Tourists would travel from all over, with some travelling over 30 hours by boat to visit in the summers. Unfortunately, the hotel burned down in 1906. The area was also known for canneries which have since closed.”

Now, says Banks, the resort wants to restore Grand Tracadie back to its former glory through their sustainability program. “We want to bring jobs to the area and teach entrepreneurship. Supporting the local community is a key strategy for Blackbush, prioritizing hiring from the local community and having many employees from the North Shore surrounding area.”

On the restaurant front, Banks says they want to work with as many local suppliers as possible. “Prince Edward Island has some incredible products and services and we're proud to showcase them. We want to work with as many local suppliers as possible. One of our key local suppliers is Maple Bloom Farms, which is an organic farm located in Grand Tracadie. Other suppliers include East Point Potatoes, ADL, and Duinkerken Foods.”

When it comes to the resort and adding value to the property, Banks

says that will also be done through partnerships with external local companies. The resort will partner again this summer with Outside Expeditions at Blackbush who will continue to offer kayak and paddle board rentals. An exciting

new addition will be Harry’s Dairy Bar at Blackbush operated by young entrepreneur Harrison Duffy of Somerset Ice Cream from Kinkora, PEI. Also new to open will be a fish market that will serve the North Shore, providing fishermen with an outlet to sell their catch, and where customers

can purchase fresh seafood. “We will continue to leave open opportunities for other prospective operators who wish to get involved with our Blackbush revitalization development,” Banks says. “We encourage them to reach out with their proposals and how they can bring value to the resort.”

Overall, “It's about giving back to the communities that have helped shape who we are and always giving more than we take,” Banks explains. “By partnering with local businesses, supporting local entrepreneurs and providing youth employment opportunities we're not only providing our guests with a truly authentic and locally-sourced experience, but we're also helping inject some economic vibrance into the local economy and into the people who live here. Blackbush is a win-win situation for everyone involved.”

Other changes to the resort include adding an oyster bar called Jimmy & Brenton Still Fishin’ to showcase local flair. “The oyster bar upstairs is sure to wow guests with some of the best products on the island,” Banks raves. FiN also has a new upstairs patio deck with exceptional views that will surely add to the enjoyment of your meal. Among FiN menu favourites like the cold and hot lobster rolls, fish tacos and

fish’n’chips, Banks also recommends the featured seafood platter called ‘FiN Sampler’ which allows guests to try a little bit of everything. “The panoramic views from our restaurant are truly incomparable to anything else on the island,” Banks says. “At FiN, you get to enjoy your meal with a captivating backdrop of Tracadie Beach, the ocean and the grand dunes of Blackbush. It is something you need to see for yourself to understand the significance that is in our own backyard.”

After dining at FiN Folk Food, Banks’ desire is for Islanders “to take away a sense of community and an appreciation for natural beauty. From the local wildlife, legendary beach and the grand dunes, it’s a pretty special place. It sometimes reminds Islanders that they live in such a remarkable spot in Canada.”

As for the upcoming season, Banks says the future is bright for FiN and Blackbush. “It’s very much a local secret that is about to be loudly rediscovered again in more ways than one. Our goal is to create an atmosphere that is not only enjoyable and delicious but also an experience that fosters a sense of connection and belonging. That’s when you know you’re at Blackbush!”


106 Beach Road

Grand Tracadie


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“We want to see the economic revitalization of Grand Tracadie and make it a tourist destination for all visitors, which it was in the old days.”
-Tim Banks



the capacity to withstand or to recover quickly from difficulties


Building capacity for resilience is discussed a lot these days. A quick search on Google will yield nine million results. Resilience is the capacity for bouncing back after difficulty. It is an important topic, post pandemic, as it concerns a changing world. When I think of resilience, a popular toy comes to mind: fidget toys. People use these squishy toys to relieve tension. When in use, the toy will be bent out of shape—compressed and crushed. When the pressure is off, the toy resumes its original shape. It is a picture of resilience.


According to the Institute for Solution Focused Therapy (2022), the Solution Focused Brief Therapy approach supports the client’s capacity to endure adversity and achieve post-traumatic growth. This therapy starts with the premise that the client has the capacity for change, as well as the belief that clients have the resources to build a more fulfilling life. How is this change achieved? Through conversation. Often, sessions start with the client establishing what they want to see happen in their life—and there are many who want to live more mindfully, as well as who want to create meaningful coping strategies while preparing for small next steps.


The qualities of the solution focused approach, that support resilience, are the emphasis on relationship and on creating safe, supportive environments for movement and progress. The client and therapist build space for reassurance and rapport from the first

counselling session, through to the last. The therapist is equipped to see the potential in the client, viewing each individual with positive regard and an eye for change. This keeps the focus on progress, which is essential for resilience to flourish.


Individuals can take steps toward their desired future prior to their first counselling session. Tiny mental shifts toward hope are a means of developing resiliency. Willingness and desire to change are the necessary first ingredients. So to support one’s journey toward growth and recovery, with the hopes of cultivating resiliency, just small steps are necessary. Only one small step at a time. Growth is not always about mapping out a longterm plan. Post-traumatic growth and resiliency development entail whatever steps toward recovery the client is able to manage. The first step starts with making a commitment to reach out for support. That step is often the hardest one. Those changes that follow can be achieved through the momentum created by that initial first step.


We all have capacity for cultivating resiliency. The human story is one of adversity; it is also one of hope. The experience of cultivating resilience can happen vicariously. When individuals are able to see that the experience of resilience is possible, the potential to bounce back from challenge and hardship is then possible. That is the way resilience grows: little by little, in supportive, caring environments infused with hope.

Lori Gard is a registered counselling therapist at Your Life Design Inc., a PEI based company offering online therapy and training. Gard is also a Canadian Certified Counsellor and holds separate bachelor’s degrees in history and education. Gard also has a Master of Science degree from the University of West Alabama, as well as a Master of Education from UPEI.

She has a certificate in Solution Focused Brief Therapy through OISE at the University of Toronto, and she is currently studying for her Advanced Certificate in Couple and Family Therapy at the University of Guelph. Gard specializes in working with children and their parents, with youth, teenagers, couples, and families, and offers Solution Focused Brief Therapy to her many clients.

Gard lives in Mill River East with her husband Brian, and their four children. 902.316.0745

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Meet Dr. Adam Drake, Optometrist


Tell me a bit about yourself.

I was born and raised on PEI. Studying for my optometry degree at Aston University in Birmingham, England was a fun adventure, but it made me realize how nice it is to be home. I live with my wife and two young children in Stratford.

What is an optometrist?

An optometrist is a health care professional who provides primary eye care services to members of the public.

Why should I attend for an eye exam?

When you attend for regular eye exams, your optometrist can establish a baseline and monitor for changes to your eye health and vision. Some serious eye health conditions may have little to no noticeable symptoms in their early stages. People who live with diabetes or who have a family history of glaucoma should be seen regularly. Early detection of some eye health and

vision conditions may help improve prognosis with monitoring and/or management. Children who have a family history of amblyopia or lazy eye should be seen at an early age. You can turn to your optometrist for help if you develop any new issues or concerns with your eye health or vision.

What is patient-centred care?

Patient-centred care puts the patient at the forefront of decision making about their own care. This is achieved after understanding symptoms and concerns, taking a careful case history, and performing necessary examinations. Providing advice and taking time to answer questions is the most important part of the eye exam because it helps ensure best outcomes.

What are some common eye health conditions?

People develop cataracts as they age and symptoms may include increased glare and reduced clarity. UV protection is important, and polarized lenses can help with glare reduction. Some people develop age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and your optometrist can advise if you have dry AMD or wet AMD. If you ever notice sudden onset of wavy lines or distortion in your vision, report this straight away as sightsaving treatment could be needed. Glaucoma is less common, however, it can be thought of as the silent thief

Dr. Adam Drake, Optometrist, introduces himself and answers your questions about how to care for your eye health and vision.
Photos Evan Ceretti

of vision because it may have little to no symptoms in its early stages, and damage to vision is permanent. Regular eye exams are important to monitor for these and other conditions. Optometrists can provide advice and refer you onwards for secondary care with an ophthalmologist (medical eye specialist) when necessary.

When should I schedule an eye exam?

If you are having trouble seeing, or if you have concerns about your eye health, schedule an eye exam. Our vision changes throughout our lifetime and so does our need for optical correction and eye health management. It is a good idea to have an up to date eye exam. If you are having an eye health or vision emergency, schedule a same-day eye exam or visit your nearest emergency room.

What is an eye health or vision emergency?

An eye health or vision emergency is an urgent situation whereby a person experiences symptoms which may indicate a detrimental risk to eye health, vision, and/or general health if not seen to urgently by an eye care professional or physician.

Can an optometrist help in the event of an eye health or vision emergency?

Yes. Optometrists have the knowledge, skills, training, equipment and experience necessary to be able to diagnose or gain insight into your condition in times of an emergency. Direct access to secondary care with an ophthalmologist is available when you visit your optometrist. An optometrist and an ophthalmologist can collaborate to determine your level of urgency and have you triaged to receive timely care. Schedule a same-day eye exam or visit your nearest emergency room if you are experiencing an eye health or vision emergency.

What is a retinal detachment?

A retinal detachment occurs when the retina separates from the back of the eye. This is an emergency because it can lead to permanent vision loss in the affected eye without urgent intervention. Always report sudden onset of flashes, floaters, curtain/ veil, and/or missing area. Retinal detachment is a painless condition. Advancing age and high myopia or nearsightedness are two common risk factors. A dilated eye exam with an eye care professional can detect retinal holes, tears, and detachments. Always get checked if you have symptoms or concerns. This is one example of an eye health or vision emergency.

What is your favourite part of your job?

Empowering people through knowledge. The eyes and how they function can be somewhat mysterious for many people. I enjoy explaining concepts and helping people understand how to achieve and maintain their best vision and eye health. I encourage people to ask questions and express concerns. I want people to feel welcome, and for them to feel like they can reach out for help when needed.

Are you accepting new patients?

Yes. I have a growing practice, and new patients are welcome. I look forward to being able to meet your vision and eye care needs. Ravneet Brar is my optometric assistant. She has been part of the team since July 2020. Ravneet is happy to receive your calls, share information with me, and arrange your eye exam.

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(L-R) Ravneet Brar, Dr. Adam Drake


Diane MacDonald opened Youthful You Medaesthetics with the goal of providing the latest innovations in skin care and rejuvenation services. With her newest offering, she continues to be ahead of the curve.

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“Ialways try to keep current with technology around the world and which new technologies and techniques are delivering what they claim,” says MacDonald. When a longtime friend in the industry told her about the NeoGenPSR–a plasma skin regeneration device that had shown excellent results in the UK–she was immediately interested. A trip west to see it in person sealed the deal. “I had already attended some online webinars on the device, treatment and results and was totally sold on what it could do. Once I saw it and tried it out in Toronto, my belief in its ability to perform was confirmed.”

NeoGenPSR is manufactured in the UK by Energist, a pioneer in the field of plasma skin regeneration. It has just recently entered the Canadian market,

“The NeoGenPSR is primarily used for skin rejuvenation and repairing skin imperfections from acne, traumatic scars,and basic aging. It can tighten, smooth, and create volume in the skin, reduce wrinkles, and provide a clear surface by reducing and minimizing hyperpigmentation,” MacDonald notes. “It offers more intensive, dramatic results in comparison to older fractional technologies without the downtime of the ablative treatments.”

risen scars,” says MacDonald. The two treatments can be used individually or together as complementary services. Both treatments have garnered high praise from clients. “And that’s what it’s all about,” says MacDonald, “offering clients a wide range of options so we can customize a treatment plan that meets their individual needs and gives them the best possible results.”

and with only four such devices in the country, MacDonald joined an exclusive club when she acquired one for her Charlottetown spa.

The NeoGenPSR takes medicalgrade nitrogen gas and, through an ionization process carried out in the device, converts it to plasma, the fourth state of matter after solid, liquid and gas. It then delivers the nitrogen plasma in controlled, highly targeted pulses, penetrating all the way to the bottom layer of the skin, which creates inflammation that promotes the growth of new tissue and collagen, rejuvenating and tightening the skin. The top layer of the skin stays intact to act as a natural barrier and protector during the healing process.

Because plasma thermal energy reaches deep into the skin, it treats the entire architecture of the skin for longlasting results. In fact, studies have shown continued collagen production and skin rejuvenation even a year after treatment. As a less invasive and more scalable, precise procedure, plasma skin regeneration can be used anywhere on the body–including the delicate eye region, neck, hands, jawline and chest.

The NeoGenPSR pairs perfectly with Plexr, another plasma treatment available at Youthful You. Where NeoGen works below the surface, Plexr plasma “actually removes tissue on the surface such as wrinkle folds, moles or

BEFORE BEFORE AFTER AFTER Youthful You Medaesthetics 902.394.6500(phone or text )

Mysa Nordic Spa & Resort Invites Islanders to Unwind in a New Way

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“It all started from a place where a spot could be created to help people feel even a bit more present and take time from the stresses of everyday life,” Isaac Murphy says. “We wanted to create a spot in PEI where Islanders and visitors can come to feel better physically but more importantly mentally. A place where everyone feels welcome and present.”

Built within 18 acres on St. Peters Bay, the spa was inspired by Murphy and his partner’s personal experience with visiting Nordic spas throughout Canada. “We visited over a dozen sites throughout PEI but fell in love with St. Peters the moment we came down the lane here on Greenwich Road,” he recalls.

Surrounded by beautiful greenery that’s inherent to the area, Mysa sits on over 600 feet of shoreline which offers some pretty spectacular views at any time of the day. The space was designed to help clients set aside stress, immerse themselves in nature and connect to the present moment with all their senses. The year-round outdoor spa is focused on the hotcold-relax cycle, and is inspired by an ancient Scandinavian ritual that alternates hot, cold, and rest modalities to release tension and achieve a deep state of rest within the body and mind. This is done via the spa’s many

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tranquil and relaxing getaway sounds like a perfect idea given the events over the last couple of years, which is exactly the idea behind Mysa Nordic Spa & Resort.
▲ Isaac Murphy

luxurious amenities including saunas, steam rooms, outdoor thermal baths, Nordic plunges, cold buckets and multiple relaxation areas.

For example, one might try a thermal bath as their "hot," which helps improve blood circulation, relieve sore muscles and activate the lymphatic system for 10-15 minutes. Next, for the "cold" cycle, you immerse yourself in the cold Nordic bath that helps stimulate the cardiovascular system and place you in the present moment for 10-15 seconds. To wrap up the cycle, you’ll "rest" by unplugging and recentering yourself with a self-guided meditation on the spa’s tranquil mezzanine for 20 minutes or so.

While the traditions are based in Scandinavian culture, Murphy says they have been adapted worldwide in other cold climates to deliver similar results. In total, the spa recommends at least two to three hours to complete your experience at Mysa, and to repeat the hot, cold, rest cycle three to four times to maximize the benefits.

To further indulge your senses and ramp up the relaxation factor, the spa also offers massage therapy services in their two treatment rooms to help soothe your muscles.

No doubt you will work up an appetite. Thankfully another unique feature of Mysa is the full-service world class restaurant. “Our head chef Seth Shaw and farmer Margie Loo have teamed up to create an on-site greenhouse which will supply our restaurant year-round,” Murphy says. “Our spa guests will be able to tour the greenhouse to see the produce used in all dishes!”

For those who want to make the most of their stay the resort has 17 year-round accommodations with full access to the spa. Guests will also have the option of buying a day pass. The restaurant will be exclusive to their day guests and accommodation guests.

The spa is also committed to a fully renewable resource to power their spa facilities, which includes a biomass

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▲ Chef Seth Shaw

wood chip boiler that creates optimal efficiency and emissions through a commercial thinning wood chipping method. This ensures Prince Edward Island’s forests remain strong and lush for generations to come.

Ultimately Murphy says he wants clients to experience a space to recharge and relax. “I want all guests to leave feeling better than when they came. This will be new for a lot of Islanders but the benefits of treating and exposing your body and mind to the hot-cold therapy are hard to describe until you experience it

yourself. I think I’m most excited to be able to expose another way to just feel good and be present to the Island.” Plus, he adds: “The sunsets on St. Peters Bay are hard to beat.”

The spa began welcoming guests November 2022. “It’s been a crazy couple years from inception to now, but it’s really exciting to let the people of PEI and beyond see what we created and be a part of our story.”


1668 Greenwich Rd, St. Peters Bay, 902.739.2112

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Women in Business LEADING








PEI has amazing women entrepreneurs. They have persevered despite COVID with multiple shutdowns, the devastation left by Fiona and a plethora of winter snowstorms.

In the following pages you can read the stories of this year's Women in Business profiles. We know you'll be inspired!

Sources: Catalyst (2022); Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub; Women in Business, Grant Thorton (2022)

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SWENN Express Your Natural Character

Photos Evan Ceretti

Models: Damien Packwood, Emily Press

SWENN is a sustainable Canadian fashion brand that was created in Montreal five years ago. Now based in Charlottetown, SWENN offers locally made unisex clothing and accessories for all ages. Timeless, modern and casual chic style pieces such as plain and graphic tees, sweatshirts, Merino wool knitted sweaters, toques, stationery and iconic docker hats are the cornerstones of the collection. All are inspired by traditional fisherman's clothing and are crafted with natural and/or organic, recycled fibers.

“I’m drawn to the ocean,” is what fashion designer and retailer Kristell Geffroy will say if you ask her why she moved her eco-friendly clothing brand SWENN to Prince Edward Island. “I missed the sea.”
▲ Kristell Geffroy

Born in Brittany (France), Kristell worked in fashion in Montreal after training as a designer in Rome, Italy. But the ocean always beckoned. “Energy returns by the sea,” says Kristell. “It’s calming. Refreshing.” A summer trip to the Maritimes a few years ago with her husband and baby led her to PEI. In December 2022, Kristell opened a retail space in Charlottetown’s Confederation Court Mall.

SWENN’s elegant store, decorated with colourful paddles that bring the sea’s essence indoors, is warm and inviting. Kristell navigated the challenges inherent in evolving SWENN’s designs into the retail space and now, with five years nurturing SWENN behind her, she believes there is great potential within the maritime market. Kristell is excited to grow the company even further, into a community space that celebrates collaboration and creativity. Pop-up events and a happy hour are part of the cool vibe she envisions for the future, where folks can meet and share their mutual passion for local design.

Kristell talks enthusiastically about her desire to make the world a better place. She is committed to clothing that is created with respect and born with eco-sustainable, fair labour practices — for instance, she sources wool

from Merino sheep in New Zealand, a country that is mulesing free (the wool was sourced from a pain-free process.) Kristell believes that each one of us can make a positive difference in the world, and she holds herself and her business to that goal. Part of this commitment is made clear on SWENN’s website, where clicks of the mouse reveal each product’s origins.

SWENN is a dream come true. Although Kristell admits it was somewhat scary to take the leap from designer to retail—partly because of the financial dependency engendered by this new phase of her business— she’s a dynamic, engaging, strong woman who knows that a single step each day is another step forward. Sometimes these steps lead her back to the ocean, to the graceful, beckoning waves that inspired SWENN’s first breaths — the cool Atlantic where the horizon seems infinite, where life is rejuvenated.

Designer Kristell Geffroy has captured the ocean’s vitality, comfort, and freshness in her eco-friendly, sustainable clothing brand. Drop by her store at the Confederation Court Mall in Charlottetown with a welcome and a smile. Soak up SWENN’s traditional, comforting essence and, perhaps, the aura of the sea will carry you home.

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SWENN Confederation Court Mall 134 Kent St, Charlottetown 902.370.2317

Realtor® Melanie Press has been driven to ‘Impress’ since a young age


Melanie Press, the owner of Impress Island Realty, is one of those rare people who always possessed an entrepreneurial spirit, even as a young child.

“I have always been a very independent person, even as a child, so the desire to earn my own money and have that financial independence was very strong early on,” Press says. Her ambition led her to start her own party business when she was only 16, and still at school, with the proceeds going towards buying her first car.

and was true to himself, even when things didn't work out.” It’s that same philosophy that has helped her sustain and grow her Realtor® career and business over the last two decades.

“The greatest lesson [my dad] taught me was that you are better to try and fail than left wondering ‘what if?’ So I kind of live my life with that intention.”

When it comes to taking that first leap into entrepreneurship, Press admits that it's scary for everyone, but her advice for budding entrepreneurs is straightforward. Here are her three tips for going out on your own:

1. “You need to start before you are ready. If you wait until you're ready, you'll never make that leap.”

2. “Never be frightened to change things up as and when you need to. Business, like life, is all about trial and error. Some things we try will work well and some things won't. It's a constant learning curve.”

3.“Be clear and direct, be bold and be yourself. Never compare yourself to others. Don't try to fit into a narrative that is not yours.”

For immigrants who are new to the Island and want to establish their own business, Press says networking is vital to get your name out there. “Friends will become clients and clients will become friends. People in your life are your sphere. Champion yourself, talk about your business and don't be afraid to ask for the business.”

The broker and Realtor® says she was inspired to start her own real estate brokerage by her father. “My dad always worked for himself and had multiple businesses and I was his sidekick growing up. I was always inspired by him to do things for myself and go out on my own. He never seemed scared to try new things

Another tip? Place your personal story into your professional one. “People are intrigued by newcomers and their story, especially in a small place like PEI, so don't be frightened to put yourself out there and tell your story,” Press suggests.

While she’s accomplished much success, Press also understands firsthand how challenging it can be to start your own business. “Honestly, when you step out on your own, you must often leave many people behind and that can be lonely. For me that was my biggest challenge,” she shares. That's why she says, “having a core group of people you can rely on to bounce ideas off or get advice from is imperative.”

As for what drives her to succeed, Press says it’s simple: her children. “I'm mindful that they are always watching and it's my job to ensure they know nothing is unachievable with the right attitude and work ethic.”

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“The greatest lesson [my dad] taught me was that you are better to try and fail than left wondering ‘what if?’ So, I kind of live my life with that intention.”

The businesses share the same space and, by working together, offer customers a complete home design experience, whether they are building new or updating their existing home.

A Love of Design Brings Friends Together in A New Business Venture

When looking to expand their business, the co-owners of Town N’ Country Carpet One–Dawn Sullivan and Mike and Pam James–all agreed that kitchens would be a natural next step. To bring their vision to life, they turned to a familiar face: Sullivan’s friend and experienced kitchen designer Lauren Williams.

“Weshared a friendship outside of work and a love of design and construction,” says Sullivan. That is not all they had in common, Sullivan explains: “We both grew up in the industry, with our fathers being contractors and each of us working in the industry.”

It was a perfect pairing. In the spring of 2022, Williams became a partner and TNC Kitchens was born.

The businesses share the same space and, by working together, offer customers a complete home design experience, whether they are building new or updating their existing home.

(L-R) Dawn Sullivan, Lauren Williams

“We have a design team that can take customers through the entire process,” says Sullivan.

Flooring, area rugs, cabinets and hardware, blinds, wallpaper, countertops, sinks, faucets–all are available in one location along with the expert advice and guidance needed to pull a look together, “whether you know exactly what you are looking for, or need a helping hand with defining your style,” says Williams.

Bathroom design is also available and features the same high-quality products from leading vendors, including custom cabinets from Glenwood Kitchens, stone countertops from Victory Stone, brand-name blinds

like Hunter-Douglas and Shade-OMatic, and wallpaper from JF Fabrics. Installation of cabinets, flooring, and blinds is also offered to create a fullservice shopping experience.

The partnership has been ideal in a business sense, but also from a personal perspective. “Our partnership works well since we are both growing our business and our families. We are going through the same life stages and can rely on each other and bounce ideas off each other and gain advice,” says Sullivan.

Among the many things they love to talk about is design trends. For this year, Sullivan and Williams are seeing a move toward warm/natural tones

and dark/moody elements: think warm whites, muted beige/browns, and deep earth tones. Area rugs and textured fabric blinds add to the warmth to complete the design.

Self-care is a top trend for 2023. Customers are seeking to add a sense of serenity to their home environment with an investment in luxurious bathrooms, saunas, and home studio gyms.

In the kitchen, butler’s pantries are a popular choice for adding storage and extra space for meal preparation. Quartz backsplashes with dimensional patterns and unique cabinet hardware add visual interest, as does textured tile, like 3D or “imperfect” zellige tiles which give a hand-cut appearance.

“There are so many options for personalizing a space and making it your own,” says Williams. “And we love facilitating that process for customers and making their design dreams a reality.”

205 Macewen Road, Summerside 902-436-7714/902.436.7710

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Bring the dream to life

Early on a spring morning, a six-year-old in rubber boots enters the hen house. Gently scooping up the eggs, she smiles at the warmth of her freshly laid treasures.

Nearby, goats bleat eagerly at children approaching with their morning meal. A rooster crows in the background while horses, sheep, pigs, cows and a friendly donkey munch happily nearby.

In the ring, the sound of hoof beats pats the sand, as a young rider canters down a line of jumps, under the watchful eye of her coach.

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The setting is Storybook Adventures, a 24-acre equestrian centre and hobby farm set in the rolling hills of Brookfield, PEI. The scene is everything owner Jana Hemphill envisioned when she opened the doors 18 years ago.

“I wanted a venue where riders of all levels, from recreational to the serious equestrian athlete, could develop and grow,” Hemphill explains. “But I also wanted to provide a peaceful, compassionate space where children and families could disconnect from the hectic pace of everyday life and connect with animals and nature.”

The year-round equestrian centre features indoor and outdoor riding, where experienced coaches and 20 seasoned school horses support the beginner rider’s journey to master the building blocks of classical equitation, and the high-performance riders as they grow the skills needed to excel at competitions throughout PEI and beyond.

Popular day camps allow children to learn about animals and explore fields, forest and streams, discovering the mysteries of the natural world, something Hemphill says is often lacking in today’s tech-rich world.

“Studies show that contact with the natural world improves children's mental, emotional, physical and social health,” she says. “Activities in nature go a long way toward keeping kids healthy and happy.”

Of course, farm camp is more than just play. Campers also spend a portion of each day assisting camp leaders with feeding, watering, collecting eggs, grooming animals and even cleaning pens.

“Running a farm is a big job and the children are eager to help care for the animals,” says Hemphill, a lifelong

animal lover and advocate. “These responsibilities help build confidence, empathy and pride in caring for others.”

The transformative power of working with animals inspired Hemphill’s interest and training in Equine Assisted Learning, a powerful, evidencebased approach that is particularly effective for children and young adults. Facilitator-led activities with horses help participants gain the skills and confidence to handle real-world challenges. The new, ‘horse-powered’ programs focus on three main areas: leadership, literacy and life skills, and families are already reporting positive results.

“My daughter has generalized anxiety, PTSD and struggles with social and emotional regulation,” says Stephanie K. “She joined the Leadership program at Storybook last year, and I watched her confidence boosted week after week. She now tries things in her everyday life that before, she would not. The sessions at Storybook have helped change her mindset. I have seen as much improvement in attending just weeks of horse sessions, as I have seen in a year of therapy. I can’t recommend it enough.”

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Rte 2, Brookfield

Pawsitive Support with SPOT ON DOG TRAINING

Whether it is the stress of a new puppy or the emotional toll of living with a dog presenting with some very difficult problems, everyone— including your pup — deserves to learn how to cope and make changes for the better.

By Brianne Hogan Photos Kimberly Rashed, Evan Ceretti

Owner Shannon Noonan comes to dog training from previously working alongside her rescue dog, Blue, as a therapy dog team for students at Carleton University. There, she created the integrated Carleton Therapy Dogs Program, which is now recognized nationally as a leading, evidence-based approach and continues to share ongoing research on the therapeutic effects of the animal-human bond on mental health.

Noonan says her therapy dog work led her to learn as much as she possibly could about dog training in order to pay extra attention to the dog welfare side of the therapy program. In 2019, she started teaching puppy and obedience classes in Ottawa’s premier dog training facility, Best Friends Dog Training (where she still remains a virtual consultant) and soon thereafter became a Certified Professional Dog Trainer. After moving home to PEI, she opened her business in January 2022

and since then has helped over 250 dogs and families on the Island through exceptional client education and high quality classroom experience.

Spot On Dog Training operates as a mobile service, meeting clients in their homes or public dog-friendly spaces for sessions, as well as renting three separate spaces for group classes: CrossRoads Animal Health Centre in Stratford, Wilmot Community Centre in Summerside, and For the Love of Dog! agility facility in New Dominion. Noonan recently brought on two dog training apprentices, Beth (in Charlottetown) and Dawna (in Summerside). Together as a team, they provide puppy classes, early socialization, obedience, reactive dog classes and private lessons on just about any issue.

“There aren’t many trainers I know doing behaviour consulting in the area, and I’m often the first point of referral from veterinarians and other trainers, walkers or daycares,” she says. “Many people really like the mobile in-home private lessons and behavioral consults for the convenience. The business is very versatile and adaptable as you can see by the variety of what we offer, so it is always growing and changing.”

Prior to her dog training career, Noonan’s background was in mental health, and as such says her driving force “is the human connection and helping to solve problems that are truly impacting people’s daily life.” Noonan, who continues to further

evolve her training and education, says it’s important that she and her team members lead with compassion, “and educate owners on how to meet their dogs where they are; their doggy needs, their emotions, and connecting with them in a way that is effective for them.”

As a dog lover, she says she “obviously wants to give back to dogs themselves, for they have given us so much. They deserve to be seen, helped to realize their potential and spared of fear, anxiety and stress. They do that for us simply by being there. However, to be helpful for dogs we need to be empathetic and supportive, with the welfare of the humans in the forefront as well.”

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This is the mission of Spot On Dog Training, which provides private lessons and group training to help Islanders train their family dogs with humane, science-based methods.

Quality Home Goods and Inspiring Living Products

“Work hard for what you want, don't give up and if you don’t know where to start, start by asking questions.”

Hogan Photos Lisa Enman

Before she opened Hester House, her home goods store in Mill River, MacNeill was working as a registered pharmacy technician with Health PEI and decided on a career change. Being an entrepreneur had been a long-held dream and she’d had a passion for home decor and design for as long as she could remember. Opening the store “made sense at the time,” she says. “There was a need in the area.” MacNeill’s drive to open up her own business pushed her to take workshops through CBDC and Innovation PEI to help create a business plan.

“It required a lot of research and talking to people. I pitched the idea to a few family members and friends and then ran with it,” she shares.

MacNeill says her biggest inspiration as a business owner are fellow women entrepreneurs inside and outside the industry. “There are so many female powerhouses in the design and decor industry; it’s very inspirational. So many of them started from the ground up and they grew to be huge household names.”

In the meantime, MacNeill is doing her part to help other entrepreneurs by offering products from local artisans and sourcing Canadian companies as much as possible. Carrying quality home goods and inspiring living products that are truly unique is very important to MacNeill. Included in her shop are artisans like MacAusland’s Woolen Mill blankets, “an Island staple,” and greeting cards that are made with seed paper. “You

can plant the card under a thin layer of soil, water, and ta da! You've got some beautiful sentimental flowers.” Customers can expect a carefully curated mix of products at Hester House, including an arrangement of things from home decor to gifts, pet goods and a small selection of children's things, to name a few. “We try to have an assortment of tastes so we have a little something for every style and budget,” MacNeill says.

“There is nothing around like it. Our items are unique and ever-changing. It is a spacious, cozy storefront that really adds to your shopping experience.”

Her advice for aspiring entrepreneurs is something she still uses herself: working hard and asking questions. “Work hard for what you want, don't give up and if you don’t know where to start, start by asking questions,”’ she says. “I love the networking and connections you get with customers and clients. I’ve met so many great people and have had so many good conversations along the way.”

MacNeill’s gamble to open her business and go all in on her passions has paid off in spades, and it’s something that MacNeill is aiming to do for a very long time. “I love that my job is ever-changing. There’s always something to be learned and there’s no glass ceiling, the sky is the limit.”

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Itwas Kendra MacNeill’s passion for home decor and design that led her to open Hester House last June.
32 MacKenzie Crescent, Mill River 902.859.3776


AtSherwood Styling Salon and Inspire Esthetics, owner Sandra Weeks has an amazing team of stylists and estheticians that go the extra mile to make your experience memorable. Whether you’re dropping in for jazzy colour, a fun new cut, a touch-up of your regular ‘do, or one of the many spa treatments the long-term business offers, you’ll be welcomed like an old friend.

Weeks speaks with pride when she talks about her team, which includes her daughter, Brittany. Many of the salon’s clients have been coming for years, through all of life’s ups and downs. “We’re one of the largest salons on Prince Edward Island but we have a true intimate family feel,” Weeks says. “We travel through life together.”

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Ah, that wonderful feeling of relaxation that comes with settling your body into a chair at a trusted salon or spa! It’s all about letting go, valuing some quiet time and allowing yourself the grace and selflove that comes with special treatment.
Photos Evan Ceretti Model Robin Gamble

The salon offers head-to-toe services for men and women. Time out to treat oneself can include full body waxing, facials, electrolysis, eyelash perming and lifting, manicures and pedicures, gel nails, eyebrow and eyelash tinting, and makeup for all kinds of occasions, including weddings, graduations, proms and other special occasions.

Looking for a particular product?

The huge showroom features a fun assortment of colourful brands. Shampoo, conditioner, hair accessories, makeup, skincare products, even jewellery, wallets, scarves, purses, hair straighteners and curling irons are all available. Just pop in and one of the helpful staff will navigate you towards the products most suitable for you. Anything not on the shelf can be ordered in, so don’t hesitate to ask.

A salon or spa visit offers so many benefits, it’s tough to list them all. You'll leave feeling so relaxed, you may end up sleeping better. Stress can play havoc with nighttime hours. Serotonin and dopamine enhance the quality and length of sleep. Both are released as the body de-stresses. Other perks include more radiant, healthy skin, reduced pain, lowered blood pressure, and improved confidence and self-esteem. A visit to a salon can be a meditative experience. At Sherwood Styling Salon and Inspire Esthetics, the friendly team will ensure you leave with a skip in your step and a relaxed smile on your face.

The salon has a loyal clientele but is always welcoming new clients who appreciate the artistic cuts, styles, and esthetic work of the team. Hop on the Facebook page to see some recent glamorous nail designs and fun hair

colour/cuts. Four new team members are joining the salon this season. They’ll bring new life and energy; at the same time, Weeks holds regular classes to keep her team current and on top of all the new trends.

166 St Peters Rd, Charlottetown 902.892.2334

“We’re one of the largest salons on Prince Edward Island but we have a true intimate family feel.”
- Sandra Weeks

GM Louise Arsenault

Mill River Resort's Key to Success

Tucked in the picturesque Prince Edward Island countryside is Mill River Resort, a four-star, fourseason, dream getaway. This resort is the ideal destination for couples and families. Whether you’d like to hit the links on the world-class golf course, splash in the newly renovated aquaplex or dine at the finest restaurant in western PEI, Mill River Resort has something for every guest.

General Manager Louise Arsenault is one of the keys to Mill River Resort’s enduring success. President Geoffrey Irving says, “Louise has been my mentor since I started working at Mill River Resort. With her years of experience and positive attitude, Louise is a huge asset to our staff and a fantastic representative of West Prince Tourism.”

Arsenault is a good-natured woman with a happy laugh. Over the years she has helmed multiple areas of the resort, earning the role of general manager. She started as a hostess in the Hernewood Dining Room and had the opportunity to learn and grow before eventually becoming the assistant manager for the entire resort. In 2001, Arsenault was offered the top job of general manager.

Irving says, “The most impressive thing about Louise is her work ethic and dedication to hospitality. Louise is constantly committed to creating a

“You must be willing to learn, to create the perfect atmosphere for the guests, and you must be able to work with a team.”
- Louise Arsenault

positive experience for guests and staff. She is the backbone of our operation.” Arsenault loves to nurture personal connections and relationships. “At Mill River, we provide experiences that create memories. Over the years I have gotten to know so many people. I am now seeing their children and grandchildren.”

Arsenault is motivated by seeing the Mill River staff succeed. “We celebrate when we’ve exceeded the expectations of our guests. Staff leave feeling they have accomplished something in the workplace.” She also finds value in ensuring the staff have a healthy work-life balance. “We are flexible to accommodate our staff’s lives outside of work. The team gives their hearts and souls to the resort to provide exceptional experiences for our guests. We do what we can to give back to them.”

A career in tourism means lots of long days. Arsenault had an excellent support system right from the start. “That’s key,” she says. She adds that it’s important to participate in industry associations, organizations and boards. “Networking and working with Industry stakeholders is invaluable.”

For those interested in a career in tourism, Arsenault has this advice. “Dive in, get as much experience as possible from all departments.” Those who are the best fit are those who understand the hospitality industry. “You must be willing to learn, to create the perfect atmosphere for the guests, and you must be able to work with a team.”

Western PEI is close to Arsenault’s heart. “This part of the island has so much to offer; it’s phenomenal yearround.”

Louise Arsenault is proud of her accomplishments over a thirty-fiveyear career, but even more so, she’s proud to work with others to nurture and grow Mill River Resort, a true Prince Edward Island gem.

MILL RIVER RESORT 180 Mill River Resort Road, Route 136, Woodstock 902.859.3555 Toll Free: 1.844.375.3555


Photos Evan Ceretti

Jess Clark worked as a nurse and saw a need for specialized foot care services. She opened Zenflex in Stratford in May 2022. “Nurses really don’t have time to work with their patients’ foot issues while on shift,” Clark says. “Yet often those issues will magnify and contribute to larger problems.”

Those with diabetes, arthritis or underlying health issues can benefit greatly from nursing foot care and reflexology, which are the cornerstones of Zenflex’s services. Foot care includes nail trimming, reduction of thick and fungal nails, corn and bunion care, callus buffing, ingrown nails, skin, nail, foot assessments and specialized education.

Reflexology works with the body’s pathways. Gentle pressure forces a nervous stimulation that triggers a response in the area where pressure is applied. This promotes healing and well-being. Reflexology is relaxing, stress-reducing, and aids circulation. It’s a great tool for better sleep and pain reduction. Clients who have enjoyed reflexology sessions also report improvement in gut health.

Clark, who has two small children, reflects on the challenges of opening her business. “I left my job and took the leap.” The first year threw all kinds of roadblocks her way. “I did my research and was self-aware but there are things you just can’t prepare for. I had to organize everything — plumbing, construction, electrical…” Clark says she really had to find her big girl voice and push her way through a maledominated industry to get Zenflex open.

“My first year was all about education, networking, and building a client list.” For example, someone newly diagnosed with diabetes likely isn’t thinking about their feet when they are trying to adjust their life. Yet diabetes can have many complications. Some people develop neuropathy (lack of sensation) in their feet; they may step on something and not feel it, which creates a wound. Ingrown nails can also get infected and cause bigger issues for people with diabetes.

“Lack of care can create bigger problems,” Clark says. “Zenflex works on the preventative side to keep feet healthy, and in turn helps take a load off of the health care system.”

Clark’s mother works with her, which is a fun perk. “She knows my schedule better than I do, and she can take off and help with the kids if they need something.” Clark has advice for those considering entrepreneurship. “Don’t give up. If you are truly passionate, just keep going. Think outside the box to solve challenges.”

Foot and toenail disorders affect over eighty per cent of our population. Yet feet are often the last thing on anyone’s mind when they consider their overall health. Comfort and functionality can

be increased by taking proper care of feet. Limb-threatening issues typically related to infection or poor circulation can be moderated and avoided. At Zenflex, Clark discusses issues with her clients, and together they create a treatment plan. “At the end of the day I really care about helping people. That’s what Zenflex is all about.”

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Foot care is an often overlooked aspect of health care. Yet taking care of our feet is an important step towards feeling well in body and spirit.
“Lack of care can create bigger problems, Zenflex works on the preventative side to keep feet healthy, and in turn helps take a load off of the health care system.”
ZENFLEX 175 Shakespeare Dr, Stratford 902.569.0349
- Jess Clark

Do you have an older dog or cat at home? Does your pet struggle to stand, or limp on the way to the water bowl? Pets age the same way we do—they slow down as their joints stiffen. Inactivity can lead to obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and organ failure.

Monica Bondre of Active Animal Rehab and Fitness is a licensed physiotherapist. A few years ago, she identified a need for rehabilitation services for pets.

Zoey, Bondre’s older dog, was the catalyst. “She had a cut on her paw after a walk on the beach. Her activity decreased and she started to gain weight.” Bondre wanted to help Zoey. She decided to train in canine anatomy and physiology and will soon complete a Canine Rehabilitation Diploma program.

Bondre can help before or after your furry friend has surgery or with general obesity or weight management. Active dogs can receive a specialized sport assessment to improve performance or prevent injuries related to sport and play.

Bondre analyzes the animal’s gait and observes their movement patterns to gain a solid understanding of each pet’s needs. She operates a convenient come-to-you mobile service. Follow-up visits ensure faster recovery.

Sometimes therapeutic modalities are utilized to speed up healing and manage pain. Laser or ultrasound, TENS, NMES (neuromuscular electrical stimulation), biofeedback, heat and ice can be safely used to aid in a pet’s recovery. Assistive devices and braces are also available for pets with special needs.

Try puppy or kitten screening to ensure the littlest furballs in your life get off on the right paw. Does your frisky young dog slip during an energized run down the hall, or have pain jumping off the bed? Bondre can help optimize living space to ensure your pet thrives in a healthy, safe environment.

Bondre, the first in PEI to offer a canine and feline rehab service, works with you and your vet to develop the best program for your pet. She has a gentle touch and a kind nature. These are the cornerstones that make Active Animal Rehab and Fitness the perfect choice for your pet’s mobility care.

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Gentle Touch
ACTIVE ANIMAL REHABILITATION AND FITNESS Monica Bondre 902.789.9542 Owner/Operator Contact Information
The first in PEI to offer a canine and feline rehab service, Bondre works with you and your vet to develop the best program for your pet.

For Toshia Noye, her store Tosh Co. Home Store is the fulfillment of a long-cherished dream. “Since I was a teenager, having my own store was always my dream. But at that time, my life wasn’t exactly on a path to success. At 17, I was a high school dropout, living on my own on social assistance. I was in my late 20’s before I got my Grade 12 diploma. When I would tell people my dream, they would look at me like I was crazy, but I held on to it anyway. With a lot of hard work and determination, I turned my life around and that hard work is how I am where I am today.”

Her store and online presence showcase her vision. “I want people to come to be inspired and find the go-to spot for their home decor and furnishing needs. I have a full range of prices so that everyone can find something they love.” Her Heritage Collection features one-of-a-kind and

Turning a House into a Home


affordable items. “These are gently used that I hand pick, including vintage art, vases and lighting.”

Most importantly, “I love connecting with people and I’ve always wanted to create a space where people felt peaceful and inspired, but most of all, welcome. I want everyone to feel my store is a place they can come to get inspired and have a great experience while there.”

Her husband Ryan has been with her all the way. “Ryan’s support is a huge reason why my dreams became a reality. He’s my biggest cheerleader.”

Above all, Tosh Co. is proof that though the road can be hard, it’s worth it. “Even if someone’s path to success looks different than most, their dreams are still possible and worth fighting for.”

Owner/Operator Contact Information

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Photo (above) Danielle Gillian Photography Tosh's Photo Christina Getson Photography
53 Thompson Drive, Charlottetown 902.368.1216
“I love connecting with people and I’ve always wanted to create a space where people felt peaceful and inspired, but most of all, welcome."


Meet a few of the exceptional women behind the scenes of Confederation Centre of the Arts.

Mary-Ellen Davies had always planned to lend her skills to a charitable organization before retiring. Having worked in the accommodations and golf sectors, she had envisioned a second career in health care. Instead, she ended up at Confederation Centre of the Arts and couldn’t be happier. “I feel very fortunate, as the arts play as much a vital role in our community as health care and education,” she says as she reflects on her six years as Director of Development at the Centre. In her senior management role, she oversees the Centre’s fundraising activities and is currently gearing up

for a capital campaign to renovate the South Pavilion. Fundraising is always challenging, but Davies has high praise for the generous donors of PEI, a place she has lived her entire life. “The donations and sponsorship help us create children's smiles, create a sense of home and belonging for many, support vibrant artists and create meaningful moments for people across our country.”

Among those vibrant artists is dancer and choreographer Dawn Dames, the Associate Artistic Director of the Charlottetown Festival. Dames first studied dance at the Bahamas Dance Theatre in her hometown of Freeport. After a brief stop in Trinidad for additional dance education, she moved north to attend Holland College, then Acadia University, where she studied English literature and theatre production. Her first experience with the Centre

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▲ Mary-Ellen Davis, Director of Development
Photos Evan Ceretti

was a role in its 2014 Cinderella Christmas pantos. From there, she moved into dance education and then into her current “dream job” which encompasses both directing and choreography with the “best theatre team anyone could ask for.” As a young black woman and new Canadian, Dames says people have sometimes doubted her, but she has always felt protected and valued by the Centre. “That is what is rewarding about this job,” she says. “When you experience that type of discrimination, but you are surrounded by allies … it doesn’t feel like work; it feels like a home away from home.”

Francesca Perez also began her career as a performer. Having trained as a classical musician, she sang professionally but soon realized that her passion was in “making the arts accessible for everyone.” With a

music degree from McGill University and a Master of Performing Arts Administration from New York University, she moved from the stage to the office, working with the Canadian Opera Company and Tafelmusik before joining the Centre as Director of Arts Education and Heritage. She feels very lucky to be part of the Centre and is particularly proud of its Inclusive Dance Program, which provides a safe and welcoming space for dancers of all abilities. She concedes that it can be difficult to balance the Centre’s dual identities of national monument and “beloved local institution,” but Perez says that tension is also the most rewarding part of her job: “Either way, the outcome is having as many Canadians as possible see themselves in the work that I do … There is no better reward than that.”



145 Richmond Street, Charlottetown 902.628.1864

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▲ Dawn Dames, Associate Artistic Director ▲ Francesca Perez, Director of Arts Education and Heritage CENTRE OF

Although working in the banking industry in Vietnam, Khue Phung had always loved beautiful things created from natural materials. To further explore the possibilities, she and a friend worked together to run a workshop that helped people learn more about producing bamboo, rattan, wicker and watergrass products.

“When I moved to Prince Edward Island, I found a second home,” says Khue. “In the same way as I had used natural materials to create home décor products, I wanted to bring my favourites to introduce to Islanders.” She is justifiably proud of her shop in the Confederation Court Mall, The

Where Love Grows From Nature

Bamboo Home, as a place where people can find all different kinds of handcrafted bamboo, wicker and rattan items.

After just a few months in operation, it is clear that Islanders love her products. “I think the items in my shop attract people because they are so unique.” The beautiful items Khue has on offer are not only environmentally friendly but can warm up and brighten up all types of spaces, from kitchens to bathrooms and bedrooms.

“We have products from the best artisans in Vietnam,” she says. Visitors to her shop can choose from a wide range of household items such as baskets, trays, papasan chairs, lanterns,

Khue Phung

Owner/Operator Contact Information

134 Kent St, Charlottetown, 902.388.1915

mats, cups and mirrors. Khue’s future plans include helping more and more people discover The Bamboo Home. She’s also planning to develop online channels through her website so that more customers can see what her shop has to entice them.

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“I think the items in my shop attract people because they are so unique.”

The story of Luxury Market Consignment, which sells designer brands like Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, and Aritzia, starts in 2018. Mary Beth Campbell was in school full-time. “We started with clothing I had thrifted and a change room made from a piece of plywood and a shower curtain. Cash was tight and the store was 100% selffunded. It took three years of 70-100 hour weeks before I was able to take my first pay cheque.”

More and more people became consignors. “We grew from just a few and now it’s over 1,000. Consignment is an environmentally friendly way to buy high quality designer items at great prices. It's an awesome way to update

Designer Clothing Without the Designer Prices

your wardrobe.” Consignors receive 40% on items under $500, 60% on items $500 plus, and 70% on items $1500 or more, and can track their sales online. They can choose to be paid in cash or store credit.

After graduation three years ago, “I was excited to finally be able to pay myself and then bam...Covid. I had to lay off my staff and come up with another plan. I decided to try reselling online. Online was unfortunately not as profitable as I had hoped. I was ready to shut down the business completely,” she says.

“And then an amazing thing happened. My customers, consigners and roommates volunteered to help

me. They’d stay for hours and push me to keep going. Without them, I would have closed the store. Now it’s profitable and growing, I was able to bring back my amazing team, and I could not be happier. I am so thankful for everyone in the community who have supported me. Consigners, customers, friends, and family. I cannot be more excited for the future of my business and look forward to seeing beautiful people and beautiful items walk through the front door.”

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94 Queen Street, Charlottetown 902.370.1576 Owner/Operator Contact Information
Beth Campbell
" I am so thankful for everyone in the community who have supported me."

Isla Clothing

Isla Clothing is celebrating its third year in November 2022.

“We were only open for four months before Covid hit and closed PEI. We had to adjust reopen like any other business owner, but you do what you must do to make it work," said Hill, "Being shut down different times and trying to navigate getting people orders when people were scared to leave the house was challenging."

Born and raised in PEI, Hill lived in Halifax and travelled internationally before returning to the island and realizing her dream of opening a local clothing shop – like the ones she had fallen in love with during her time away from the Island.

“I wanted to bring in different brands and different unique styles so if you’re

looking for that you know you’ll find it at Isla,” she said, noting the store carries everything from dressier apparel to more casual clothing, to lounge wear. For the spring/summer 2023 season expect lots of bright fun colours!

Hill's advice to new business owners, is go for it! "As stressful and scary as times maybe it is extremely rewarding at the same time."

"My biggest supporters in my business are my family, friends, staff and customers," said Hill. "I have always loved fashion and clothes so being in this industry is my dream. Helping people find an outfit they feel beautiful in is a great feeling for me and them!"

Madison Gallant opened Silver & Sage in March of 2020. “Little did I know a global pandemic was about to hit us.” Gallant said, “It’s been my dream to open my own shop for as long as I can remember. I come from an entrepreneurial family so that support and guidance has been an integral part of the journey.”

Silver & Sage offers a wide variety of products besides crystals! Silver and gold jewelry, home decor items, candles, artwork, plants, curated vintage items, metaphysical products and much more. They also offer a wide variety of workshops every weekend that have become quite popular. It’s a great way for people to get out and try something new and possibly pick up a new hobby!

Gallant states that her favourite thing about operating the business is the

people she has met and continue to meet. “I love chatting with everyone and I can honestly say I’ve made some lasting relationships with my workshop instructors, artisans and some really great customers.”

Her advice to someone thinking of opening a business, “It’s a lot of work and can feel like a roller coaster at times with lots of ups and downs but don’t give up because it’s absolutely worth it and so rewarding.”

Gallant is working on establishing an online store and expanding their workshops.

"We made it through all of the challenges in the past three years, Silver & Sage is definitely here to stay!"

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Silver & Sage
64 Queen Street, Charlottetown | 902.393.1842 | WOMEN IN BUSINESS
134 Kent St, Charlottetown | 902.892.4048 |

Hello Spring - it’s nice to finally see you again.

When the sun begins lengthening our days, warm the earth and melts away winter's snow, most of us start to feel just a little happier after a long winter of white and grey landscapes, it’s traditionally the time of the year when many people start to change their décor, take on home improvement projects and tackle spring cleaning tasks.

In our Design Notes feature, we are highlighting three decorating and design businesses: Alisa Beck of Beck's Home & Heating, Sara Dykerman of Plank and Pine, and Kelly Enright of Bliss Interiors. People often ask, “Why do I need a designer?” There are so many ways to answer this question but essentially it comes down to a few things. A designer or decorator's role is to use the principles of form and function along with their education and work experience to invent, visualize and create spaces where their clients are happy and feel completely at ease in their home.

Every individual has different likes and dislikes which means in the world of design there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all styles. There are many options out there such as minimalism, maximalism, mid-century modern,

contemporary, Scandinavian; cool industrial; warmer, cozier aesthetics like farmhouse, shabby chic or grandmillenial; casual beach house or coastal styles; and bold maximalist design. A good designer will pull it all together for you, listening and guiding design choices that work for you, feel right, resonate with your personal vibe, and bring you comfort and joy.

Yet sometimes there are those rare people who don’t need professional design help because they know what they like, and they possess the innate or learned ability to create extraordinary spaces. I’m talking about the homeowners who can do it themselves. In our feature home we are sharing the stunning home of Chastity and Michael Smith, owners of The Inn at Bay Fortune.

Their home brings all the qualities of maximalism into play – lots of saturated colour, bold patterns, luxurious velvet, floral and silk fabrics, old masters style artworks, gilded gold finishes, extensive wallpaper and mouldings and layer upon layer of carefully collected, displayed and loved accessories.

Best to all,

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Susan Snow Home & Cottage Editor
Read PEI Living Magazine online:
“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”
-William Morris


Bold patterned marble is having a moment. By creating eyecatching focal points in kitchen and bathroom countertops and backsplashes, showers walls, flooring and table tops, this trend just oozes luxury.

Mirrors are an elegant way to create the illusion of extra space, add depth and distribute both natural and artificial light.

Trés chic are groupings of dark framed mirrors hung together to create one large mirror.

Think warm colour tones and earthy hues. Green kitchens are literally exploding on social media. For those who are commitment-shy consider using these colours in smaller doses in toss cushions, accessories, artwork, throws and upholstered goods.

Ribbed, fluted, and slatted wood details have been around for years, but as of late they have become mainstream, adding elegance and architectural detail to boring walls and surfaces.


To create seamless kitchens, appliances like refrigerators, ventilation covers, dishwashers and microwaves are easily hidden out of sight with cabinetry panels.

Black remains hotter than ever and will always deserve a place in your home decorating and design. Add class and depth with hits of black in feature walls, doors, cabinets, hardware, fireplace surrounds, furniture and accessories.

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Artfully Curated

Words and photos Susan Snow, Home & Cottage Editor

Interior design is something that Chastity is particularly passionate about and it’s easy to see that she has an enormous amount of talent, creativity, energy, and a well-honed eye for her “more is more” style. In their home maximalism rules. Asked how she describes her home's design aesthetic, she said, “I see it as a mix of grandmillennial chic combined with old world charm with the element of unexpected tension, such as pairing modern area rugs with traditional furniture.”

Most people know Chastity Smith, as the co-owner of the award-winning The Inn at Bay Fortune, along with her husband, celebrity chef, Michael Smith. In addition to being a successful entrepreneur and host at the inn, she is a mom, singer, talented musician, fashion model, community philanthropist, and the creative force behind the design of their famous inn and the decorating of their family home.

Homeowner, Chastity Smith

Starting in her early twenties, Chastity began collecting antiques, original artwork, and objets d’art, all of which are found displayed to perfection at their forever home in Fortune. Using her innate ability and imagination to mix, match, layer and play with patterns, she has created a seamless, elegant home that is rich in texture and dynamic colours, in conjunction with bold patterns and striking wall coverings. Far from being old school stuffy, this home exudes a warm, enveloping atmosphere mirroring the personalities of both Chastity and Michael.

The layout of the house is not quite open plan, nor is it all closed-off rooms; it falls somewhere in between. A large foyer connects the entry, the kitchen, living room, and dining room with only minimal separation, creating a sense of continuity and space.

The artfully curated living room reminds one of being invited into a velvet-lined jewellery box filled with cherished antiques, comfy sofas, personal memorabilia, family photos and flea market finds. The thoughtful mix of soft furnishings, animal prints and handpicked art pieces begs one to sit down and relax.

(below, L-R) The hallway connects the kitchen, living room and dining room. Gilded framed artwork were some of the first pieces Chastity purchased in Europe. Beautifully arranged vignettes adorn every surface, each telling a story of what was past and is now present.

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Living room wall colour is Benjamin Moore, Winding Vines (532)

The most recently completed project is also one of the most dramatic. The dining room walls were papered in a traditional pattern that picks up on upholstery fabrics and accent colours. Dining room chairs have been upholstered in a rich blue velvet for the seats and fronts while the back is finished in a stunning bird inspired pattern.

Material Girl in Charlottetown sourced Chastity's wall paper and fabrics, and completed the custom upholstery. The Steinway & Sons piano is a family heirloom. Above the piano is an original painting from artist Beverly Hawsley. Coco (the cat) matches the home's aesthetic.
Chastity's secret power is her ability to visualize what a space can be and then fearlessly move forward.

As with any house, the kitchen is the heart of the home and, for a celebrity chef Michael Smith of Chef at Home, it comes with all the bells and whistles that one would expect. The kitchen features state-of-the-art appliances, a restaurant-style sink, a huge island featuring a butcher-block counter and a prep area with a clever decorative wall completely organized with all the tools of the trade. The open pantry was a must for ease of cooking.

When asked what his favourite room in the house was, Michael replied “Of course, it’s the kitchen. The thing I love is that when I’m in the kitchen the view from here allows me to see all the rooms at once, enabling me to see Chastity’s hands at work in all of our surroundings. I’m so proud of her.”

While the upper cabinets have white doors, the lower cabinets feature drawers made from rustic reclaimed wood. The appliances are industrial-grade with lots of storage, perfect for a professional chef.

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During the downtime caused by COVID and with her “can do” attitude, Chastity turned a negative into a positive by taking the opportunity to spend time on home improvements. Being a hands-on person and an avid DIYer, she tasked herself with learning new carpentry and woodworking skills; making and installing new mouldings and trim work for their home. She also refreshed the kitchen cabinets, removing them and painting them by hand.

A project that she and her family enjoy together is the one-of-a-kind home media room that gives them a true movieW experience. This project took her only one month to conceive, design, install and complete. The deep green wall colour, Art Deco wall decorations, moody lighting and wall motifs are reminiscent of the golden age of going to the theatre. A big screen TV stage, complete with velvet curtains, sets the stage for popcorn movie nights and cleverly hides all electronic equipment.

Thank you to Chastity and Michael Smith for sharing your home with our readers.

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Inspiration comes from meaningful collected items. Wall colour was extended to the mouldings and window trim. The media room is a family favourite that provides a true movie experience.

What's in store for Spring at TOSH CO. HOME STORE?

"Beautiful neutrals and earthy tones create calming spaces. Add pops of terracotta, black accents and greenery (real or faux) - that's how we welcome spring."


53 Thompson Dr. Charlottetown


Hanks One Light Large Pendant

The Hanks large globe style pendant is crafted with an antique finish and white glass shade, offering an approachable style with direct lighting. The multiple use of colour and finishes exude mid-century modern style to help entice any updated space. There are many additional choices in our lighting selection.


Art can be the perfect addition to any space. Choose vintage or modern.

A trio of candle holders

These set of black candle holders is the perfect addition to any space. With their timeless shape and colour, these holders will look amazing all year round. They pair perfectly with our pack of four tapered candle sticks.

The Silverlake Upholstery Collection is a Scandinavian-inspired seating design that strikes an elegant balance between minimalist styling and a casual, inviting feel. We have so many additional furniture pieces. Drop in and let's find the perfect option for you.

Silverlake Sofa

Pillow Talk

Clean and crisp, our Ella Linen Pillows feature hand screen printing on quality linen fabric. Pair them with the hand embroidered Ikat Pillows, an ode to traditional ikat designs, all done by hand by skilled artisans in India.

Floor Coverings

We carry a beautiful selection of rugs and floor coverings.


Bring the outside in with this earthy and robust table lamp. With a beautifully handcrafted wooden base and a linen lampshade, this piece brings an element of warmth to its surroundings.

tosh co. amber glass soap dispensers

With their waterproof labels and metal pumps, these amber glass soap dispensers will stand up to heavy use, and look beautiful in any space. Pair them with our Tosh Co. small wooden tray and scrub brush to complete the look.

vases and faux stems

Searching for the perfect vase, planter or pot? Tosh Co. has the one you're looking for.

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MLS® # : 202223358


Take in the stunning panoramic salt water views or, for a closer look, take your own private steps to the beach! Built in 2018 and situated on over 3.6 acres, the home has been cleverly designed to take in the breathtaking vistas from nearly every window, creating a lightfilled, warm and welcoming space. The home is finished on all three levels and offers over 4000 sq.ft. of accommodation plus a 900 sq.ft. attached garage.

The inviting main level offers a gorgeous living room with fireplace and vaulted ceilings with access to the seasonal sunroom. The huge dining area offers enough space for the largest of family gatherings and the custom kitchen is all set for the chef in the family. The main

level also has that must-have home office, powder room and mudroom. The second level includes an incredible principle suite with full ensuite bathroom including free standing soaker tub and separate shower. There's a walk-in closet as well as a private balcony for you to take morning coffee and enjoy those inspirational views. There are two large bedrooms on the second level, a family bathroom and a laundry room. The basement is fully finished and offers a family room and guest bedroom suite with full bathroom and walk-in closet and its own private patio doors to the rear of the property, perfect for visiting guests. The basement, as with the rest of the home, offers extensive storage areas. A stunning waterfront home for the most discerning of

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This stunning oceanfront property is calling you home.
50 Allans Lane, Rice Point
Located on the idyllic South Shore area of Rice Point on the red sand shores of the Northumberland Strait, you are only 10 minutes from the delightful town of Cornwall and 25 minutes from historic Downtown Charlottetown.
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PLANK & PINE - Timeless, distinct, and designed for the way you live.


When I begin working on a new build or large renovation, I typically begin with the hub of the home — the kitchen. Open concept homes are still taking centre stage and I don’t foresee this drastically changing anytime soon. This makes the design of your kitchen so important as it serves as the anchor to the rest of your home.

Determine Colour Palette & Vibe:

► The most important question I always ask my clients is “how do you want this space to make you feel?” The answer to this question can then be translated into the desired colour palette and vibe, functionality and aesthetics, and material and decor selection.

Functionality and Aesthetics can Co-exist and Should:

► Envision cooking a meal in your kitchen for your family—what do you need and where are you in the kitchen when you use those items? Where are your large appliances located and have you considered the “kitchen triangle”? What are you always reaching for time and time again? What is it about your current kitchen that really bothers or hinders you? It’s questions like these that you must ask yourself to gain an understanding and appreciation of how you need/want your new kitchen to function.

Determine a Focal Point:

► Determine the focal point of the kitchen because everything else is built upon this. A focal point is that area in a room where your eye naturally lands first, and it instantly draws you in. A kitchen without a focal point, in my opinion, just doesn’t feel right. (The same can be said for any space in your home.)

Material Selection:

► Nature has a profound impact on our wellbeing. Bringing natural materials, like wood into our interiors creates a sense of feeling and connection to the outdoors.

► Selecting and sourcing materials that are in their most natural states (or look like they are) lends to a more timeless look and feel, plus these materials are typically kinder to the environment.

Little Luxuries:

►Perhaps you cannot afford that built-in wine cooler but you can invest in the “little luxuries” of life.

►Invest in solid pieces that you use all the time like salt and pepper mills, beautiful glass and dishware.

► Lastly, add greenery. Fresh cut stems, flowers, and real house plants add a lush natural element to our spaces, that we cannot achieve from anything else. In addition to air purification, studies show they improve our mental health, so treat yourself!

At Plank & Pine, we specialize in a holistic approach to design that accounts for the look, feel, and livability of every detail. We specialize in extensive projects like new construction homes and comprehensive renovations that allow us the opportunity to see your space as a whole and curate elements that work together to enhance every moment.

Sara Dykerman


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Kelli Enright opened her business, Bliss Home Interiors in November 2022, “I was working in the family service field and decided that it was time to take the leap of pursuing my dream of working in the interior design industry.”

Enright was always drawn to interior design, “Design is a constant that runs in the background of my mind, consciously and subconsciously. With interior design having such a strong presence and influence in my life, I knew that it was time to follow my passion of working in this field.”

Enright chose the name Bliss Home Interiors because it signifies her desired outcome for each client, “Whether it’s a design project for a homeowner, or a home staging project for a seller, my priority is to create a space that elicits an emotional connection with its intended audience – a feeling of bliss!”

Enright enjoys a diverse selection of design styles, “I like to combine traditional and classic design elements with modern and contemporary styles while maintaining the home’s original charm and character.”

Bliss Home Interiors offers interior decorating and professional home staging. “I recently added short-term rental styling, a service that prepares

a rental property (i.e. AirBnB and VRBO) using effective planning and styling strategies that maximize the rental's appeal to the largest number of potential guests. This is a great service for rental owners who want to ensure a fully booked calendar and offer the ultimate guest experience to their visitors.”

Enright dreams of having a brick-andmortar studio with enough space to house the supplies of her design services. “My true goal is for my business to grow enough to be able to bring others on as a part of my team in a range of roles. I would love to

share and extend my experiences with others, and someday be a mentor to those who are interested in pursuing a career in this field. Trusting my heart by living and leading life through my passion is a path that has taken me many years to navigate. If I can be a voice of encouragement and offer guidance to like-minded Islanders, that would be truly rewarding.”

Kelli Enright


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Even as an interior decorator, I sometimes find myself reviewing plans multiple times to ensure the proper use of timeless and trendy items and elements in my finishes and accessories. Along the way, I have discovered a balance that seems to work well, optimizing the use of these elements to create a space that allows you to stay easily 'on trend' for years to come without breaking the bank and renovating every couple of years.

Below are a few tricks that may help guide you through the decorating process and help you stay up to date without creating a space that is dated in six months.

Items and Spaces to keep 'Timeless' would consist of:

Main living areas such as kitchen, dining and living rooms where you and your family spend most of your time. The main and most permanent elements such as flooring, cabinetry profiles, trim profiles and main countertops would be best to keep timeless. This way you are able to add items that are more trendy through accessories, artwork, pillows, throws, paint colours, cabinet hardware and accents. These items will not break the bank, are easy to access and less permanent.

Items and Spaces to add a little 'Trend" to:

Spaces that you and your family spend less time in like your spare bedroom, laundry room, home office and guest bath would be good spaces to incorporate more trendy elements in your permanent finishes. Maybe

there is a sweet tile floor that would make a huge statement that you are drawn to, but adding it to your foyer, where you come and go every day, would be overkill and you would tire of it too quickly. Placing it in your laundry room could be the perfect way to add that pop and incorporate the trend in such a way that you will not tire of it too quickly and if you decide to change it down the road, it is a smaller space with lower traffic creating ease in replacement.

From a young age Alisa Beck knew that designing and executing home décor projects truly was a passion. "I’m so grateful for the opportunity to enter people’s spaces and transform them to their full potential. I believe every space is individual and I apply that philosophy to every project, creating affordable, unique, custom spaces for people to live and work in for years to come."

Alisa Beck

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Take inspiration from nature to make a themedspring front door wreath.

All the natural elements needed to make this wreath were foraged while walking in the woods.

The wicker wreath was purchased at a second-hand store for next to nothing and stripped of the tattered and dated faux florals.

Using nothing more than glued-on branches, birch bark, moss, sprigs of greenery and bits of dead grass, this simple DIY wreath is perfect to adorn your front door and welcome your friends and family to spring.

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Cut the tree bark into the shape of birds and glue them directly to the wreath or natural elements. Thrift stores are the perfect resource for outdated wreaths. Photos and words by Susan Snow


I'mrunning, not walking into spring this year. Heck I'm jumping in with both feet! Is anyone else feeling like this seasonal emergence is going to be something of a rebirth? I've been working in a number of clients' wardrobes lately prepping for a new season, and feeling this vibe is resonating with so many.

Not gonna lie, for me it could be a bit of an age thing. My birthday is in early spring, so it always feels like I'm stepping into a clean slate. And these last few years I've really grown into my "zero (beeps) left to give" attitude. Even though I have always walked to the beat of my own drum, coloured outside the lines, etc., etc., this just feels different. I think so many echo the same sentiment because we're still healing from these last few years.

I see it in the fashion world as well. That zero (beeps) attitude. We all know the fashion industry can be eccentric and we typically use the runways as a guide to amplify our monotonous staples. Don't get me wrong, those basics are a requirement for your wardrobe to function, but when they

need some zhuzh-ing we look to the latest looks strutting the catwalk. But I feel like the translation is becoming much less watered down. The runway vs reality gap is closing. Finally, retailers are giving us consumers the 'cred where it's greatly due. We're all cool to toss out the style rules, right? We want an invite to the party too.

We're finally seeing models that look just like us on the runways. Those looks we never found quite attainable just became so much more relatable. It's 100% why I love what I do. Yes, you can and should wear that fit you've been pining over. Let's meld your personal style with all of the latest trends for spring. It's going to be killer.

At the end of the day "Self-confidence is the best outfit, rock it and own it." The outfit is actually only a small percentage of style. It's the confidence that you bring to the table that really counts. But we still gotta wear something, so let's make it great!

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Trends watch

Glam Utility

Did somebody say pockets? Well we've got 'em. Like all of them everywhere on everything. Taking that cargo pant trend a little further and applying the pockets to unlikely satin dresses, trenches and your best workwear vibes.

No surprise we're breaking maxi skirts out this spring but we're adding a definite nod to the 90's with longer length denim, satin and draped waterfall knits. Show off your best assets with body skimming sexy silhouettes.

Sheer beauty

Skin is in. Embrace this look with whatever level of comfort is your own. Cover up with a high waisted brief and bralette, or mini slip. The most important element of this look is to wear it with confidence.

Denim details

Taking denim to the limits with excessive details, maxi lengths, and roomy fits. We're also mixing it up with multiple washes and head-totoe odes to the Canadian tuxedo, bag included.


Throwing a little romance into our trends this season with waterfall draping of skirts, dresses and blouses. Excessive amounts of fabric ruched, puckered or cascading, fitting quite nicely to our over-the-top theme.

Mega bags

Drop those micro bags. They never fit anything anyway. We're toting all of the things this season. Even the clutches of the season have taken on an oversized slouchy vibe. If it looks exaggerated, you've got this trend down.

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Maxi hemlines

shades of Gray

Lately there’s been a debate about women going natural and ditching the dye. You would think the popularity of younger women choosing to colour their hair various shades of silver and gray would mean embracing your natural colour is easier. But there is a big difference between colouring your hair silver or gray and growing out your natural gray.

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Book a consultation with your stylist who will help you with your expectations while providing a plan to help you achieve your gray goals. Your stylist will be able to help you avoid stark gray roots and a lengthy, awkward grow-out phase with strategically placed highlights and toning treatments. Opting for a short cut in the beginning will make the process easier but many don’t want to lose their length. One thing is for sure: going from coloured hair to natural gray requires a transition stage that can be slightly less noticeable by getting a chop.

Use the right shampoo to remove brassiness. “A toning shampoo can help keep things cool or warm, depending on your objective. Purple shampoo is the best choice to use when it comes to gray hair because it neutralizes brassiness caused by heat styling, medications, product buildup, sun, salt, chlorine and environmental pollutants,” said Sandra Weeks, owner of Sherwood Styling. “Why purple shampoo? It’s basic colour theory: yellow is opposite from purple on the colour wheel, indicating these two tones cancel each other out.”

Weeks explains that’s also why blue shampoo is not the choice for gray hair. If we look that same colour wheel, we know that yellow and red make orange and red and blue make purple etc. So, when someone with yellow-y gray hair uses a blue shampoo, they’ll get green hair. Blue shampoo is not designed to be used on gray hair; its function is to neutralize orange tones in brown hair. It’s also important to note purple shampoo will only work for gray hair that is a level eight or higher (which in this case, means lighter), so if you have darker gray hair or dark hair with just a few grays, purple shampoo may not work for you. Surprisingly, it’s not so straightforward – this is why we always recommend a visit to your stylist first.

“When you decide you’re ready to go natural, a step in the right direction would be to start going lighter so the

roots grow in a little more gracefully. Note that this may depend on how dark your hair currently is. It can be very damaging to lighten your hair drastically, so be patient,” says Weeks.

The texture of gray hair is quite different from the hair you remember from when you were young. Gray hair is typically more coarse, frizzy and dehydrated and it’s recommended you use a haircare line with moisturizing products that will keep it silky and shiny.

Going natural doesn’t mean you’ll look older. Wear your gray with confidence and remind yourself you’ve earned every glorious strand!

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Contrary to popular belief, going au naturel takes more work than you think. It can be big commitment and take a lot of patience. There are a few tips when embracing the gray that make sure the transition from colour-treated to completely naturally occurs without any doubt or discomfort.
Use a good-quality purple shampoo, look for one that has high moisturizing qualities to combat both brassiness and keep your hair silky and shiny.

Wild prints, dramatic details and bold hues. We emerge with all the confidence and vigor this season.

Wearing Luxury Market Consignment


Words and photos by Kimberly Rashed , Style Editor Styled by Style Becomes Her Models: Jillisa Jay, Kelly Reddin, Alla Lebedeva, Catherine Gallant Model: Alla Lebedeva
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Model: Kelly Reddin, Owner of Perfect Pear Bridal Wearing Lady Slipper Boutique Maxi hemlines paired with maxed out bags create the ultimate update in chic wardrobe staples.

Romantic draped fabrics and easy silhouettes are on our radar now, but will serve us very well straight through the upcoming summer months.

Model: Kelly Reddin Wearing Luxury Market

When utilitarian meets glam, it's all in the details. We can never get enough pockets.

Model: Jillisa Jay, Owner of Divine Haven Spa Wearing Luxury Market Consignment

Colorful simple suiting takes our comfortable capsule wardrobe to the next level. Once you've got the basics covered this is your next step.

Model: Kelly Reddin Wearing Lady Slipper Boutique

Living in ease and comfort in natural fabrics while supporting an eco friendly lifestyle.

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Jillisa Jay Wearing SWENN

Sheer elegance mixed with a little sex appeal for that ideal contrast of yin and yang.


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Model: Jillisa Jay Luxury Market
Catherine Gallant
Wearing Isla Boutique Denim dressing from head-to-toe in throwback washes because the 80s were all about amplified style.



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Photos Courtesy of Wild Rose Sanctuary

the summer of 2016 Diane Proper, Gerhard Foerg and their family moved from Ontario and Wild Rose Horse Sanctuary, a registered non-profit horse sanctuary was opened at 284 Upton Rd, St Peters Bay in eastern PEI. The 55 acre property is home to approximately 77 animals consisting of wild mustang horses, domestic horses, ponies, mules and donkeys that were either slaughter-bound, neglected, or just not wanted any more. All of these animals will live out their lives in peace and know they will be cared for and loved. Everyone at the sanctuary has a name and everyone knows their name when called, Wild Rose provides a forever home to 44 horses, 20 mules, seven donkeys and six ponies, as well as, one steer and a cow, two lambs and three alpacas.

"So many of these animals have a story, whether it be of not trusting humans, being neglected or abused, not knowing where they were going to be tomorrow and wondering what they did wrong to deserve this fate," said Proper, "We felt compelled that we had to do something to try and help these animals. Saving one horse will not change the world but will change the world for that one horse. It is just such an overwhelming feeling to walk among the horse herd knowing these animals now trust again after the trauma they have been through."

Proper also wants to raise public awareness to the horse slaughter industry. "We saved a saddle mule in 2019 that had been advertised on the internet. We called the number listed on the ad and were directed to contact a kill pen to save this mule because she was being shipped to Mexico in the next 24 hours for slaughter. We were totally blind to the horse slaughter industry until this point."

InAfter managing to save this mule and upon speaking to many rescue people and organizations this was a whole new journey for Diane to try and save more animals that were so deserving of being given a second chance. Thus the beginning of Wild Rose Sanctuary.

"After we found out about all these horses going to slaughter we wanted to help and began to save as many as we could care for. Reba was the first mule we saved from the kill pens." Said Proper.

With Gerhard's passing the responsibility of the sanctuary has fallen on Proper's shoulders. A typical day consists of checking all three barns several times a day to ensure all animals okay, feed and water all those that require extra nutrition and put hay bales in feeders where required daily and put straw in barns as needed.

"We try to keep barns cleaned out with our skid-steer and I spend time just walking and talking amongst animals to keep building trust with us." Said Proper.

Proper's biggest concern at this time is finding volunteers to help with daily and weekly tasks and additional help during the haying season. The task of acquiring enough funding to ensure the sanctuary can continue operating is an ongoing issue.

Although Wild Rose already has a few volunteers and their vet offers reduced rates for some procedures, the sanctuary would appreciate any donations either monetary, services, hay bales and hay fields, and feed.

At Wild Rose Sanctuary we they committed to caring for each and everyone of the animals and providing them with quality of life and respect as long as they live.

In addition, they felt the need to raise public awareness about horse slaughter in North America and in the hope that other people might save some lives as well. "A very dear friend we met while on this journey of saving horses, Mae, who is an advocate for saving wild mustang horses, was a real inspiration to us starting a sanctuary as well." Said Proper.

Wild Rose Horse Sanctuary faced its biggest challenge in February 2020 Gerhard Foerg was diagnosed with multiple myeloma cancer in his blood, immune system and bone marrow. He lost his battle with cancer June 30, 2021.

"At this time we cannot save any more lives but, we certainly can use help to continue in caring for the horses we have saved by volunteering services, supplies or by donating to Wild Rose Sanctuary." said Proper. "Through our horse sponsorship program, direct donantions to the sanctuary and donations in the sanctuary's name to the accounts of our suppliers, we hope to fundraise enough for the exspenses from day-to-day operations."

For more information or to donate visit the website,

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Visit the GoFundMe account where donations can be made directly to Wild Rose Sanctuary. Contact Wild Rose Horse Sanctuary by visiting their website, by phone or stay in touch by liking their Facebook page 902.978.1819


Everyone has read the Buzz! Since its beginnings in 1993 under Peter and Nancy Richards, the Buzz has been the way to find out what’s happening on the Island.

“At the time, there was a well-established arts scene on PEI - music, theatre, art galleries, publishers, dance and film,” says Peter. “What was needed was a way to let the public know about it and to help the arts community get the word out.”

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Peter and Nancy turned the reins of the family business over to Yanik Richards and Michelle Ollerhead in 2020. Yanik joined The Buzz at the end of 1999, and Michelle came on board in 2015. “The Buzz is PEI’s biggest fan,” says Yanik. “We’re that friend who is obsessed with one thing and can’t stop talking about it. We really just want everyone to enjoy it with us.”

Aside from the hard work of staff, writers, photographers and others behind the scenes, Yanik and Michelle credit the ongoing success of The Buzz to “our avid readers, all the creators and performers who give us so much to write about, and the steady support from advertisers who choose The Buzz to reach locals and visitors.”

The Buzz has been quick to adapt to the changing media landscape. “Digital media, and its spawn social media, are transforming trends that we’ve had to continue to dance along with.” The Buzz had the first electronic publication (website) on PEI in 1995. It’s now the familiar site, supplemented by @buzzpei and #buzzpei.

Hurricane Fiona 2022 was a challenge like no other. “Fiona arrived Friday and continued into Saturday, but our deadline to have the files for the October issue delivered to the printing press was on Sunday evening. By early Saturday morning, the whole family (son Logan and dog Maya) was camped out in our living room with computers and makeshift workstations. We put that issue together with generator power and spotty cell phone hotspots, while the shingles were being ripped off the roof and water was

coming in through the light fixtures. We were exhausted from working round the clock with almost no sleep for two days while Fiona roared outside, but we met our deadline.”

Producing the Buzz is simultaneously rewarding, demanding and overwhelming at times. “Delivery day remains one of our favourite times because we get to see the fruit of the month’s labour. It’s great to hear “Yay! The new Buzz!”when the new issue arrives!”

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◄ Yanik Richards, Michelle Ollerhead


Katie Murray & Stephanie Dawson


Who came up with the concept for the book?

Katie Murray: One evening I was doing some sketches and I messaged Stephanie saying I wanted to write a therapeutic children’s book and asked if she wanted to help me out with the therapy aspect of it. We both love literature and joked that one day we might write a book together. Something just sparked the motivation and now we have “Dinos Have Emotions” and we are so proud!

Why did you feel this is an important book to write?

Stephanie Dawson: When we opened our centre in 2019, we were so excited to purchase various resources to use in our therapy rooms. To our dismay, there were very few books created for children and their families that explored emotions and introduced coping skills. Over time, we felt it was important to address the gap in the resources, so we created a book that we are proud to share publicly and professionally. In addition, we thought it was important to describe all facets of emotions such as their accompanying thoughts, behaviours, and body sensations, and to explore lesser discussed emotions, such as shame and disgust.

Did you write the book together or did one do the copy and the other do the illustrations?

Stephanie: While Katie did all of the illustrations for the book, we collaborated on the written aspect. I created a list of therapeutic coping skills that help the readers to reframe negative thinking patterns, manage intense emotions, and promote selfregulation. Katie contributed creative coping skills that target creative outlets to manage big feelings.

How long did it take to write the book?

Katie: Honestly, it came together fairly quickly. The rough draft took maybe a week. The illustrations were done in about two to three days and then we

went back and fine-tuned the writing, only having to swap out a few words here and there so it flowed a little better. The therapeutic techniques took maybe a week to put together.

Give me a brief description of "Dinos Have Emotions".

Katie: It is a therapeutic children’s book that explores ten unique Dinos and their emotions. The focus of this book is to help children and their grown-ups tackle everyday struggles with emotional regulation.

How can parents or caregivers use this book?

Stephanie: This book is meant to be informative and to invite conversations surrounding emotions and coping skills, while relating them to day-to-day life. Adults can either read the book to the children, or have the children read to them, while pausing to discuss. Additionally, they could analyze the accompanying illustrations to explore body language/actions that may relate to the emotion. Furthermore, adults are encouraged to practice the coping skills with the children, and invite them to use them when they are experiencing big emotions.

Do you have any plans to write another book?

Katie: We actually have the second book completed, Chickens Have Emotions, and are currently working on the third book, Insects Have Emotions Each book in this series tackles 10 new and more complex emotions and introduces more unique coping skills.

We are excited to continue producing resources for adults and children to use. We also plan to branch out and create additional children’s stand-alone books that tackle things such as grief and self-esteem.

Dinos Have Emotions can be purchased in Summerside at Beyond the Bridge Therapy Centre or via their website: www.

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▲ Katie Murray is a professional Art Therapist who studied in Nelson, BC. Murray was born and raised on PEI and has always loved art and being creative. She spent many hours drawing and colouring as a child and always wanted to make a children's book when she got older. ▲ Stephanie Dawson is a Registered Counselling Therapist. Dawson has a Bachelor of Science from UPEI and a Master of Counselling Psychology from Athabasca University. As a parent to three children, and a therapist, she was excited to combine both roles and collaborate with Murray on the children’s book.


Never Tell

(by Wendy Heard) No one at Hollywood High knows who’s behind We’ll Never Tell—a viral YouTube channel where the anonymous creators trespass behind the scenes of LA’s most intriguing locales. The team includes Casey, quiet researcher and trivia champ; Jacob, voice narrator and video editor, who is secretly dating Eddie, aspiring filmmaker; and Zoe, coder and breaking-and-entering extraordinaire.

Someone Else's Shoes (by JoJo Moyes) A story of mix-ups, mess-ups and making the most of second chances, this is the new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Jojo Moyes, author of Me Before You and The Giver of Stars Who are you when you are forced to walk in someone else's shoes?


The Sweet Spot


In the heart of Greenwich Village, three women form an accidental sorority when a baby—belonging to exactly none of them—lands on their collective doorstep.

The Half Moon (by Mary Beth Keane) From the beloved author of the triumphant New York Times bestseller Ask Again, Yes comes a magnificently told novel about the complexities of marriage, family, longing, and desire. Malcolm Gephardt, the handsome and gregarious longtime bartender at the Half Moon, has always dreamed of owning a bar. When his boss is finally ready to retire, Malcolm is inspired to buy the place. He sees unquantifiable magic and potential in the Half Moon and hopes to make it a bigger success—but quickly realizes that his customers don’t like change and that making a profit won’t be easy.

The Soulmate (by Sally Hepworth) There’s a cottage on a cliff. Gabe and Pippa’s dream home in a sleepy coastal town. But their perfect house hides something sinister. The tall cliffs have become a popular spot for people to end their lives. Night after night Gabe comes to their rescue, literally talking them off the ledge. Until he doesn’t.

Always the Almost (by Edward Underhill) Sixteen-yearold trans boy Miles Jacobson has two New Year’s resolutions: 1) win back his ex-boyfriend (and star of the football team) Shane McIntyre, and 2) finally beat his slimy arch-nemesis at the Midwest’s biggest classical piano competition. But that’s not going to be so easy. For one thing, Shane broke up with Miles two weeks after Miles came out as trans, and now Shane’s stubbornly ignoring him, even when they literally bump into each other. Plus, Miles’ new, slightly terrifying piano teacher keeps telling him that he’s playing like he “doesn’t know who he is” whatever that means.

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This nationally touring exhibition demonstrates the range and depth of the Sobey family’s engagement with Canadian art, and their prescient and visionary leadership in the cultural sector—a gift to Canada like no other.

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Curated by Tak Pham

This exhibition presents work that offers insight into the impact of Canada’s immigration policies and history: how it treats humans as capital, and the role it plays in shaping the complex and contested formation of a “Canadian identity”. admission by donation

Kent Monkman (b. 1965), Study for “mistikôsiwak (Wooden Boat People): Resurgence of the People,” (Final Variation), 2019, acrylic on canvas, 107.3 x 213.4 cm, Collection of the Sobey Art Foundation, © Kent Monkman Curated by Sarah Milroy

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