SPRING '12 Issue #28
Revelstoke's Arts, Culture and Lifestyles Publication
Natalie Harris Photo: Natalie Harris
is this issue's Artist in Profile. See Page 2 for her story.
Artist in Profile
Late afternoon at the farm
Summertime “I took a mountain photography course there and was very inspired to take my love for taking pictures further and perhaps pursue a career in outdoor adventure photography.”
Outside Looking In by Emily Beaumont
A picture is worth a thousand words, maybe more. I had the pleasure of meeting with Natalie Harris to learn what it is she loves about taking photos and what the art of photography means to her. The visit was very inspiring. Natalie knows how to bring elements together to create a timeless photograph. She uses our surrounding natural landscape as a backdrop, lit by the sun at precise times of the day, and focuses in on skiers’ lines and magnificent snow covered trees. Her work feels alive. It’s like you are there. She captures the essence of motherhood by portraying the beautiful belly bump of an expecting mama giving love and patience to her new little one. Natalie’s use of our natural world enhances our connection to the photo and to each other. These are the sweet moments in life to be treasured and Natalie’s work is a product of these moments. Natalie started out with a little point and shoot camera at age 12. Her mom was a photographer and just like mom she started documenting everything. Snapping photos as a hobby over time turned into something much more. Her love for the outdoors influences her greatly for taking the photos she does. Natalie grew up on a small farm outside North Bay, ON and spent many weekends camping, hiking and canoeing with family. After high school she went on to get her Forestry Technician diploma. She spent a summer tree planting and the following 10 summers forest fire fighting. One fall she found herself enrolled in the Adventure Guide Diploma Program at UCC in Kamloops, B.C. (now Thompson Rivers University).
The guiding program also gave her the skills to begin to explore some beautiful places and opened the door to some exceptionally stunning landscapes to photograph. “My passion for the outdoors provokes me to showcase its beauty for others to see through my images.” Natalie met her husband Dave while fighting forest fires in Kamloops and eventually they moved to Revelstoke. As Dave is a guide for STHS (Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing) she has on occasion been given some privileged opportunities to capture some of the spectacular scenery the Selkirk and Monashee Mountains have to offer. “I feel so fortunate when I get to go to the top of a mountain and take these shots. Not everyone gets to see this.” British Columbia was always a mystical place she wanted to see. “Dave has always been supportive and was always saying that what I was doing was good. You need people to believe in you so that you take that next step.” Her friends also played an important role with encouragement and praise and when the occasion arose they asked if she would be their wedding photographer; a rite of passage for the resume of a shutterbug. Having the good fortune to explore diverse types of photography has given Natalie different rewards. “I find myself smiling a lot when taking pictures of smiling people. You share the moment when you’re taking pictures of people.” On the other hand Natalie also finds photographing landscapes and scenery very relaxing. This past November Natalie was honoured to be one of six artists chosen from 57 applicants around B.C. to participate in the Art in the Park 2011 show at the Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre. This was her first show and was an important step for Natalie as it fur-
ther encouraged her to start presenting her work as art pieces. The chosen artists were sent to a cabin in the mountains for a week to indulge in the surrounding landscape and bring back for us their insight into our treasured Glacier National Park. Natalie with all her camera gear relished her time with the sole purpose of taking photographs. This was an extra special treat with her days being full raising their two boys, running a B&B and her budding photography business. There isn't a whole lot of time leftover to devote to fine art photography just yet. Some of her printing is done on canvas, which is an excellent way to really make abstract photos take on a life of their own. Another very exciting medium Natalie is experimenting with is printing on metal. These winter wonderland scenes are revealed with a unique beauty in a whole new way - a must see. The whole world of digital photography has opened up boundless new creative outlets. Natalie is having a lot of fun with the processing and enhancing of the original thought and helping it take on a different feel. She takes the Raw image, which is the largest file setting that lets the camera take the picture as it sees it, and then does the processing from there allowing for more creativity to be put into the final piece. Anyone can take a picture but it takes that special eye to really capture the moment and the feeling of what is being experienced. Natalie is always looking for a picture; the search and ultimate capture of a shot that stills your breath and makes the viewer feel or hear what was happening. It is why Natalie does what she does. It is a true skill to be able to bring these moments to life, to preserve in our hearts and minds what once was. Natalie Harris’s Art in the Park pieces can be seen in different venues around Revelstoke. You can also view and purchase Natalie’s work at Art First, The Modern Bakeshop and and Cafe and Wareabouts. She can also be found on Facebook and at natalieharrisphotography.com
Just married! All photos contributed by Natalie Harris.
Who Are You Six Steps Away From? by Heather Lea
Karinthy had believed the ‘shrinking’ world was due to, “this ever-increasing connectedness of human beings,” so that despite physical distances between people, human networking made soIn February I was glancing through Facebook up- cial distance far smaller. dates while eating; a terrible habit affording me the disillusion I’m killing two birds with one stone. Modern day connections and reunions have exploded with social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and A few posts down my friend Petra had added a LinkedIn, to name a few. photo of a woman. I thought, "Hey I know her!" She, Marla, was an ex-roommate from when I On Facebook you can see if someone you have just befriended is connected to any of your other Facebook friends. When I was lived in Banff over 15 years ago. moving to Vancouver my friend Drew said I should befriend a Immediately I wrote Petra and said “I know guy named Ryan. Ryan turned out to be friends with Kyle, my your friend…ask her if she remembers sharing sister’s ex-boyfriend from the story above. an apartment in Banff with me.” Sure enough it was her and we made plans to meet sometime for Twitter users ‘follow’ each other based on similar interests. You may not know the person you are following or who is following you, drinks and catch up. unlike Facebook where you are at least acquainted with all your A relevant tale, which I’ll remind Marla of when I ‘friends’. A social monitoring firm named Sysomos did a study on see her next, is when I’d moved in I took the place 5.2 billion social media relationships and found that almost every of a cute, red haired guy, who was leaving to go Twitter user is five steps or less away from each other.
travelling. A few years later I ran into him in a mountain guide's LinkedIn is another social connector though on a more professionoffice in Peru of all places. al level. It operates on the concept that after making a connection This happens to me a lot. I'm not sure if I just remember faces with someone, say, in your field, you may be only so many steps well or if my abundant travels subject me to random run-in's or if away from another person with whom you wish to communicate. it's simply the Six Degrees of Separation at work.
According to Wikipedia this theory …refers to the idea that everyone is on average approximately six steps away, by way of introduction, from any other person on Earth, so that a chain of, "a friend of a friend" statements can be made, on average, to connect any two people in six steps or fewer.
This is a savvy and accepted way to get that interview. It’s prudent to use LinkedIn to arrange a connection with someone who may work somewhere you’d like to work. By passing on a message through one of your connections – a sort of middle man – that meeting can be arranged in a more timely fashion than just cold-calling.
This fascinates me. It means anywhere in the world I go I’m In 1990 an American playwright, John Guare, wrote a play aconly six phone calls or coffee chats away from bumping into tually named Six Degrees of Separation. It later became a film starring Stockard Channing, Donald Sutherland and Will Smith. George Clooney! One of the characters in the play states: When I moved to Vancouver to go to school last year I was walking down the street and bumped into my sister’s ex-boyfriend, whom I'd last seen over 15 years ago. I knew Kyle lived in the city but what were the chances I’d move within two streets of his place and would see him coming out of a store within a month of moving?
“I read somewhere that everybody on this planet is separated by only six other people...The president of the United States, a gondolier in Venice, just fill in the names... I am bound to everyone on this planet by a trail of six people.”
One of my favourite stories is of my friend Sasha, now a Revelstoke local. Years ago she walked by me in Revelstoke outside of what was then known as Woolsey Creek Café and is now The Modern Bake Shop and Café. We both stopped dead in our tracks and exclaimed the other's name: Sasha?! Heather?!
Once while climbing a peak in Lake Louise, AB called Mount Temple I recognized a woman on the summit. It wasn’t obvious at first how I knew her but within a short while after staring like a psycho I placed her as a former neighbour from a cabin my parents used to own up until the late 1980s.
The coolest story I heard lately was from my cousin Kari, who has been living in New Zealand and working for their government. At work one day her co-worker called her over to where she and a guy Kari didn’t know were watching an iPhone movie of a wedding. As she sat watching she realized she knew the groom. They’d actually been friends at one point in Ottawa, where she’s Sasha was visiting Revelstoke trying to decide if it was where she originally from. So here Kari is halfway across the world with a would consider living. We stayed in touch and when she eventu- co-worker she just met and they all know the same guy. ally moved to Revelstoke and started a family we would recount That same cousin, Kari, does a lot of travelling and many years ago the story of how we re-met to anyone who’d listen. she spent some time in Ecuador with Canada World Youth. While In his 1929 volume of short stories, called Everything is Differ- there she became friends with a girl named Danielle. Out of the ent, Frigyes Karinthy, a theorist on the Six Degrees of Separation blue I meet Danielle over a decade later on Cortes Island at a retreat. She came up to me at one point and said she knew my cousin. hypothesis, writes: We had gone to elementary school together at St. Sylvester in Calgary, AB. We lived a few blocks from each other during our childhood and the last I saw of her was when she was 18 and working at a clothing store in a Calgary mall. To have bumped into each other over 10 years later was so random.
[We performed an] experiment to prove that the population of the earth is closer together now than they have ever been before. We should select any person from the 1.5 billion inhabitants of the earth—anyone, anywhere at all. [Someone] bet us that, using no more than five individuals, one of whom is a personal acquaintance, he could contact the selected individual using nothing except the network of personal acquaintances.
I love experiencing Six Degrees of Separation. It pleases me to know that among all the connections I already have there could be that many more a mere six steps away. Well I’m off to go find the six steps that will lead me right to George Clooney.
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by Emily Suchy, aged 14
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"I've learned a lot about the process of applying for grants and what makes good grant applications," says Taryn, who gives input into the decisions the committee makes together.
Taryn Walker nominated for Columbia Basin Trust's Youth Advisory Committee. Photo: Emily Suchy
Recently supported projects are: Creston, which hosted a youth action theatre program; Invermere, which created a mural for their local youth centre and at Mount Baker a virtual tour for a community organizations' office is being created by video students. In a way you could say the Youth Advisory Committee "helps others help."
Taryn Walker was nominated to be a member of the Columbia Basin Trust Youth Advisory Committee last July. She submitted an application in June after finding information on how to apply on the CBT's website.
The CBT Youth Committee itself is lead and directed by Michelle D'Entremont, CBT Youth Liaison, and Wayne Lundeberg, Director of Youth Initiatives. Taryn encourages youth to be more involved. "It is extremely rewarding and you learn so much," she says.
The Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) is an organization of people working together to improve social, economic and environmental well-being.
The Committee doesn't only do grant work though; they are also organizing a Youth Summit for ages 15-29. It's an annual event and this year it's called Connect. The theme is connecting with communities. It will be held in Kimberly from May 3 to 6, 2012 and will be lead by the Advisory Committee members. The event will gather 100 youth from the Columbia Basin to "get inspired, get empowered, to take action in their com- Developed by the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy and now entering its munity."
The Youth Advisory Committee is only a small sector of that and involves youth, as the name implies. It was formed in 2002 and is currently in its 10th year. New members are chosen every year by the existing committee members. They try to keep a balance of the members to be of both genders, different ages and from different areas of the basin. They also look at the application responses to determine the new member. The CBT Youth Advisory Committee is a group of young people, who are passionate about helping to get youth involved. They meet every two months in a different part of the Columbia Basin. "It's a great way to get to know some really cool and interesting people," says Taryn, "and it's also a great way to see the basin and places you haven't been to before." Basically if any youth has a project or idea that would benefit youth and has youth involvement and engagement they can apply for grant money from the committee. At the meetings they review a lot of grants and proposals looking through all the details. If the proposal meets the criteria of the grant they hand over the money and the idea is set into action.
Taryn is currently the youngest person on the committee and promptly answered "Yes!" to whether she is planning to stay on the committee next year as well.
The camp will provide inspiration, skills and tools for action. The whole event is completely free; accommodation, food and transportation are all covered for those who are chosen to go. "It's a great opportunity to meet other youth in your region and it's a good learning experience," says Taryn.
Peter Puzzuoli helps a One to One student at Columbia Park Elementary. Photo provided by Tracy Spannier
One to One Literacy Program by John Devitt
Do you remember learning to read? I remember being a huge fan of the Berenstain Bears books when I was very young. Growing older I absorbed Hardy Boys books, the Chronicles of Narnia and the Three Investigators series. The love of reading was established at a young age and has carried on into my adult life. Now it is very common for me to be reading two or three books at a time with a constant stack of novels in the “to read” pile. If this sounds familiar then it means we are both great candidates for the One to One Literacy Program.
10th year, the One to One Literacy Program is designed to help reluctant readers ranging in grades from one through seven. Tracy Spannier, Community Literacy Coordinator explained, “The program is primarily about building confidence in children, who may be behind their peers in reading ability.”
Children are identified by their school’s principal and learning assistants and then paired with a volunteer adult. In a safe, one to one environment, the child Each participant will be guided through meets four times a week with a variety steps on how to plan an "action event" they of volunteers for a 30-minute session to will host for their community in May. There practice reading skills. This continues will be engaging, motivating speakers and for 12 weeks and occasionally is followed planning sessions to dream up their day of by a four week “top up” session at the action back home. end of the school year to refresh skills.
For people interested in journalism, photography, video or any multi-media, applications to be on the Summit's multimedia team are being accepted. Pacifique Cinimiteque will be bringing in their entire media tech team and teaching about the subject of multi-media. The Media Team will be interviewing, taking pictures and shooting videos to report the events of the Youth Summit. For more information on the Youth Summit visit www.ctb.org/connect. 4
“We have approximately 30 to 40 volunteers currently assisting the program,” says Tracy. “Our volunteers come from all over the community. We have grandmothers, aunts, neighbours, substitute teachers, community professionals and lots of people new to Revelstoke looking to get involved.” Tracy smiles as she speaks of a volunteer who was trained and welcomed into the program after only two weeks of living in Revelstoke. “I think it’s really cool that so many new people want to get involved,” she says.
Volunteers are given a three hour training session that provides tips, tools and strategies to use when reading with children. Once in the system, volunteers are asked to commit from one to one-and-ahalf hours per week. They are also asked to visit children in their school and assist with reading practice. If that sounds like too much of a time commitment Tracy indicates they are always looking for substitutes, who may not be able to commit to the same time every week but who can swoop in when another volunteer is sick or unavailable. The One to One Program is a great way to support Revelstoke's children. It provides an opportunity to build skills and confidence assisting the child throughout life. The program is always looking for enthusiastic volunteers interested in sharing the love and importance of reading. If you are reading this paper right now it is probable you fit the bill. “We are always looking for volunteers,” says Tracy, “because the more we have, the more we can do and the more children we can help!” If you are interested in volunteering for the One to One Children’s Literacy Program, contact Tracy Spannier, Community Literacy Coordinator via e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at
"Giving encouragement and support to our children through reading and teaching them how special they are keeps me coming back . "One to One gives hope and teaches growth [and] may set the student up for the love of literature forever." - Bonnie Teed, One to One volunteer since program inception (10 years)
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Sasha Walsh, owner of Stoked Baby Equipment Rentals Inc., and her daughter Emma on Eagle Pass Mountain. Photo: Darcy Purcell
Sasha Walsh is Stoked, Baby! by Alison Lapshinoff
The wheels of production are constantly turning, pumping out products geared toward the world’s smallest travellers. Babies may be little but they require an astronomical amount of stuff making travel a cumbersome proposition for parents. Throw on a backpack and hop on a plane? Forget it! Diapers and wipes, clothes and receiving blankets, bottles, soothers, toys and teddies - all fill a suitcase with alarming speed.
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“Air travel costs so much with extra things,” she explains. Often it is cheaper and less cumbersome to simply rent items like a playpen and a stroller where you visit." Sasha has been in business since November of 2011. Getting started involved, for starters, speaking with others in the business and checking out the Small Business B.C. website at www.smallbusinessbc.ca
Despite the challenges, last fall Sasha Walsh and her partner Darcy Purcell packed up their toddler and all her accessories for a two week holiday in Hawaii. It was there, on the lush, tropical island of Kauai, the idea for her new business, Stoked Baby Equipment Rentals Inc., was conceived.
Then there was the necessary business of speaking with a lawyer about drawing up a rental agreement and discussing things like liability.
“There is SnuggleBug Baby Gear in Canmore, One Tiny Tourist in Kelowna, Calgary has three or four [and] Vancouver has some,” Sasha says of other baby equipment rental companies.
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Sasha’s target market however, are tourists with young children and grandparents with families coming to visit. The convenience of having baby equipment available for rent is something both will appreciate.
And that is before one has even considered a playpen, stroller, highchair and car seat. The daunting task of packing for a trip with a baby can give a parent second thoughts about even leaving the house.
“I met a woman from Sun Valley, Idaho,” she explains, “who happened to be the proprietor of the wildly successful Babies Away franchise in the U.S.” This led to Sasha doing research on baby equipment rental companies and speaking to their owners.
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dred and fifteen dollars new but only eight dollars a day to rent. This is an example of a product that may make more sense to rent. Or if a new parent is considering one for purchase they could spend the eight dollars to try the backpack out for a day and make sure it is right for them.
“I was looking for something new and different that was not yet offered in Revelstoke; something with low overhead.” Besides being a professional massage therapist, Sasha has a three year old daughter. Acutely aware of the environmental impact of modern mass production Sasha feels that by offering baby items for rent, she can in her own small way contribute to slowing the wheels of production. “Environmental impact is important to me,” she explains. “If I can stop someone from buying something that they can rent instead it slows down the production line of stuff.” A minimalist, Sasha is all about re-using, buying secondhand and reducing consumption. Often baby equipment is expensive to buy and seldom used. She uses the Deuter baby backpack as an example. It's pricey at three hun6
Sasha credits Shannon Broza, a local graphic designer, with helping to come up with the Stoked Baby logo and Heather Lea, publisher of Reved and a freelance multimedia designer, with creating her website. Sasha has also joined the Chamber of Commerce. From her conveniently located downtown home Sasha offers delivery of the baby gear all kept in a designated storage room. Things like strollers, playpens, highchairs, booster seats, baby backpacks and monitors are only some of the products she has available. Conspicuously absent is the car seat because most people tend to get one with their rental car at the airport, she explains. Just added to her inventory is a Chariot ski kit, which can be attached to the chariot stroller already in her collection. Safety is a key issue with baby gear and Sasha makes sure to keep up with standards and recalls on the Health Canada website. She also uses cleaning products that are friendly for kids and the environment. Passionate about reducing consumption in a society addicted to having masses of ‘stuff’, Sasha makes a point of purchasing good quality products that will last as opposed to poorly made, cheap goods destined for the trash heap. “The environment is important to me,” Sasha says with conviction. “If I can stop people consuming, that’s great!” To contact Stoked Baby Equipment Rentals Inc., please visit stokedbaby.ca
Revelstoke native turned NHL player Aaron Volpatti pictured here in his #54 Canucks jersey. Photo: Jeff Vinnick / Vancouver Canucks
Volpatti: What's His Goal? by John Devitt
Mention the name Aaron Volpatti to hockey fans anywhere and you might be met with a smile and some sort of phrase describing how awesome he is. Mention the name in Revelstoke and words like "hometown hero" and "local legend" are just some of the expressions used to describe this former resident turned pro hockey player for the Vancouver Canucks. Born and raised in Revelstoke Aaron began his hockey career playing Junior A for the Vernon Vipers in 2003. Flash forward several years to when Aaron received his call up to the NHL in 2010 and started playing for the Canucks. There were few fans in Revelstoke who did not watch his first game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on December 18, 2010. Upon completion of his college hockey career at Brown University Aaron signed with the Vancouver Canucks the very next day and went to work with the Manitoba Moose to prove himself ready for the big leagues. “It wasn’t a big surprise that I landed in Vancouver,” he says during a phone interview from his parent’s home. “There were about seven or eight teams offering contracts and Vancouver offered the best.” Even then as a native British Columbian it was a no-brainer for him to play for his “home team.” For Aaron this was the culmination of many years of training and goal setting, however it had never been his end target. Aaron explains how initially when he started junior hockey in Vernon he aimed to play hard and win a scholarship to play college hockey. Once he had achieved that, he set his sights on the NHL and playing professionally. Aaron would simply look towards the most immediate goal and focus on that. “I never really thought about the NHL when I was playing in Vernon. I just set realistic goals at the time and worked towards them.”
“It felt different than any other goal I’ve ever scored. Not a lot of people can say they’ve scored a goal in the NHL.” Did he expect to score in only his second career game? “I hadn’t really focused on goal scoring. I was thinking about being a physical player and contributing that way. So when it happened it was a bonus. I didn’t even know how to celebrate because I wondered if it really happened” he finishes with a laugh. For Aaron that goal was icing on the cake letting him know he had finally arrived to a professional hockey career with the Vancouver Canucks. It helped shake off any nerves that might have remained after his first game.
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“That first game during warm-ups I was pretty nervous. I didn’t even want to touch the puck at first but once the game starts everything happens so fast. It’s hard to stay nervous.” To shake off those nerves every night he remains focused on the little things that come together to make the game. Whether it’s blocking shots, scoring goals or being physical, Aaron makes sure to bring something to the ice. How does it feel to step on that ice in front of Canucks fans? Electric. “Playing in Winnipeg we’d get about fourteen to fifteen thousand people so that was a pretty big crowd experience but nothing like playing in Vancouver,” he says. For friends and family in Revelstoke there’s nothing like seeing Aaron wearing number 54 in Rogers Arena. Aaron is one of us and he is grateful for our pride. “I feel honoured to have taken part in the History of Hockey day on February 25th in Revelstoke and see kids in my jersey. It’s pretty cool.”
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What are his objectives now that he’s playing for the Canucks? To play to his ultimate potential, meaning a 10 year career in the NHL. A more present goal is to heal his shoulder and get back on the ice as soon as he is capable. Aaron is sidelined for the season with a torn left labrum that required surgery after a crushing hit from LA Kings defenceman, Matt Greene. “I don’t think I’ll be back for the regular season,” Aaron says in regards to his shoulder. “Hopefully playoffs though. You just have to take it with a grain of salt and deal with it. Injuries happen to everyone.” Without pushing himself too hard Aaron hopes to be back skating on his own in a couple weeks but definitely wants to make sure he has all his strength back so he doesn’t re-injure himself again. As a fan of the Canucks growing up Aaron remembers photos of himself, his sister and cousins all wearing Canucks gear. It’s hard for him to believe that kids in Revelstoke are wearing his jersey now but he thinks it’s great. The fan in him talks about some of the key moments of his Canucks career so far, like his first goal against the St. Louis Blues.
Get Outta Here Travels From Afar
Catherine Tracy meets a new friend in Taro, Bali. Photo: Colleen Tracy
Uluru, (a.k.a. Ayers Rock), is a large sandtone formation in central Australia. Photo: Catherine Tracy
Travel Chills by Catherine Tracy On July 2, 2010 I applied for a one year working holiday visa to Australia and after nearly a year of saving and anticipating on June 4, 2011 I boarded the bus from Revelstoke to begin what has, so far, become the most wonderful time of my life. During the first three months I was accompanied by my sister Colleen and together we saw Sydney’s Opera House, held a Koala in Newcastle, whale watched in Port Stephens, hiked around Uluru (a.k.a. Ayers Rock) in Australia and survived a 24 hour train journey from Alice Springs to Darwin at the top of Australia. Because airfare was so affordable we then flew to the island of Bali in Indonesia where we ate $1 meals, observed a simple way of life in an ashram, snorkelled a shipwreck, listened to the call of the mosques and encountered elephants and monkeys. Following the two months of pre-planned travel we flew back to Australia to look for the work that would allow us to keep travelling. Nothing was planned and we decided to just let go and watch things unfold as they would. I eventually found a job at a gymnastics club on the Sunshine Coast north of Brisbane. Colleen’s trip came to an end when she decided four months of travel was long enough. My journey however, was just getting started and I have since been going it alone. I’m very familiar with solo travel having taken several quick trips over the past few years to places such as Hawaii, Mexico and Belize. This time though it’s much more than a vacation of a few weeks. Going it alone for this long has forced me out of my comfort zone and made me very self-reliant. I have only myself to depend on and I am starting to realize how strong and brave I am to venture out into the unknown, let go and just live. I have discovered not only a deep appreciation for other lands and cultures but a newfound appreciation for me. I have not been completely alone though. All along the way I have met people, mostly other working holi-
day makers, who have also packed up and left their home countries. They are kindred spirits these fellow travellers and I have often found myself sitting at a picnic table in a hostel surrounded by people, who are strangers one day and become great friends by the next. Many days are spent sharing food, language and culture and I have learned that no matter where we come from we are all basically the same. Just as these friendships are formed so quickly eventually everyone goes their separate ways hoping to possibly meet up again somewhere else down the road. Not every moment of this trip has been wonderful though. Along with all the enjoyable aspects of travel there is certainly much difficulty. Uncomfortable beds, long bus rides, directions lost in translation and money worries can all make travel a tedious affair. The constant packing of bags and moving somewhere new can be trying and with no real homebase it can be difficult to feel settled. There have been some very frustrating times where I have considered returning to the comforts of home in Revelstoke. I have had moments where I had to ask myself, "Why am I here?" When the difficult times pass I can easily find the answer to my question. I don’t travel to experience luxury or to bring home expensive souvenirs. I travel in order to experience fleeting moments that send a chill down my spine and show me how beautiful life really is. There are different circumstances in which these moments occur. Some of the more powerful are in the presence of great natural beauty like at Uluru, for example. I was standing at the viewing area humbled in the presence of this lonely monolith so massive I had just spent the last four hours walking all the way around it. The sun was going down and Uluru started to change colour. I remember a moment from my childhood when I saw this very scene on TV and said to myself, "I have to go there one day." The colour brightens and Uluru is glowing in such a bright, beautiful red I think for a moment I might burst from pure joy. I am here. Chills run down my spine. This is why I travel.
Other times it is the connection to people that make these moments possible. The trip to Indonesia was my first time in Asia and I was fascinated at the differences in culture but more so by the similarities. People everywhere are fundamentally the same. Language barriers can be overcome with a smile and gestures or body language. I volunteered to teach gymnastics to a group of Balinese preschoolers, aged three to four, at an ashram. None of them spoke English and my Bahasa Indonesia was limited to simple greetings. Somehow the gymnastics transcended language and the group of 40 children were following my instructions and cartwheeling across the grass. Previously shy and withdrawn they now rush up to me excited and show me their cartwheels, saying, "Terimah kasih!" (Thank you!). A genuine human connection across cultures. Again, chills run down my spine. This is why I am here. As I write this it is February, the middle of the Australian summer, and I am in the Barossa Valley of South Australia. I am cleaning the hostel in exchange for accommodation and have found a great group of friends. In a few weeks I will most likely be picking grapes for the wine this region is famous for. This job should last a few months then the journey may continue into Western Australia and perhaps Thailand before I return home. I don’t know what will happen over the next four months. I don’t actually know what I’ll be doing next week. It is this uncertainty that makes it so exciting and so worthwhile. In fact just thinking about all the possibilities I’ve got chills again.
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Spring Cleaning - It's Not Just For Closets! by Alison Lapshinoff
They’re everywhere. No matter your lifestyle toxins are almost impossible to avoid. We ingest them, breathe them and absorb them through our pores. Herbicides and pesticides are sprayed on our fruits and vegetables. Artificial hormones and antibiotics lace our meat and our processed foods are full of unnatural preservatives. Aluminum sneaks in through the use of antiperspirant and a host of other heavy metals can be found in common cosmetics and body products. Chemicals like sodium lauryl sulphate, a degreasing foaming agent, and ammonium are commonly found in household cleaners and are easily inhaled or absorbed through the skin. Besides these there are also plenty of toxins we knowingly take in through the use of alcohol, cigarettes and pharmaceutical drugs.
Besides the physical aspect of yoga, Paula explains how breathing exercises help to calm the mind and oxygenate the brain. Increasing your lung capacity helps these important organs to function at their full potential by bringing as much fresh oxygen into the body as possible and thus improving their ability to detoxify. The first stage of a cleanse is neutralization. The liver filters blood and neutralizes toxins transforming them into fat and water soluble compounds. This is aided by herbs and all the nutrient rich, easily digested food you are eating. Then comes elimination - the first thing many think of when a cleanse is mentioned.
A toxin is a substance that causes irritating or harmful effects in the body. And although they are tough to avoid, toxins can be purged from the body through things like cleansing and yoga. By doing a detox or a cleanse you are essentially reducing toxin intake and improving elimination by following a specific meal plan based on whole foods and supplementing with herbs, if you wish.
“Cleansing is not about shitting your brains out but sometimes that happens,” Melissa says with a laugh explaining that the stronger your body’s reaction the more likely you need to cleanse.
Registered holistic nutritionist, Melissa Hemphill, has an honours degree in bio-chemistry as well as a diploma in natural nutrition. She believes firmly in the benefits of detoxification.
For proper elimination lots of water and fibre are needed. Water soluble compounds head for the kidneys for elimination as urine while fat soluble compounds go to the gall bladder to produce bile and are eliminated through the colon. Bile is absorbed by passing fibre, a result of a diet rich in whole grains, and is passed as feces.
“The purpose of a cleanse is to ‘reset the clock’; to give your body a break from the unavoidable toxins in our lives,” she explains. “Cleansing does two things: It gives you a conscious break from intake of toxins by eating whole foods, relaxing and reducing exposure [to toxins] and it stimulates the elimination systems with [optional] herbs, increased fibre intake and water.” Although there are several different ways to cleanse such as fasting, consuming only juices or eating only one specific food, a less drastic and more nourishing approach may be to follow a cleansing diet. Such a diet would eliminate all red meat, dairy, flours and sugars and instead focus on whole foods like fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts and seeds. These foods are easier for the body to process and tend to have properties that neutralize free radicals, molecules that damage cells, compromise the immune system and cause degenerative disease. Taking specific herbs can also help to support detoxifying and eliminating organs such as the liver, kidneys and colon. “People often feel they are a slave to sugar and caffeine; they can’t control themselves,” Melissa explains. “We have an emotional connection to sugar.” Certainly for many a large slice of chocolate cake is a soothing balm after a stressful day. Cleansing is about breaking bonds and gaining more control over what you eat and consume. Making consciences choices versus habitual. Besides diet, practicing yoga can help to cleanse and detoxify. Paula Martens has been practicing yoga for over 10 years and teaching since 2007. “Yoga as a whole is an eliminating, cleansing process,” she says. Using a seated twist as an example, she likens it to wringing out a dirty cloth. “The idea is you’re compressing your organs to rid them of blood, then releasing to bring in fresh, oxygen rich blood.”
“Cleansing is not appropriate for everyone,” Melissa warns, cautioning pregnant and lactating women against it as well as those who are under-weight, have known deficiencies or a chronic disease. “We store toxins in our fat and cleansing pulls them out of storage.” Spring being a natural time of change is the perfect time to detoxify our bodies. There are loads of fresh, green foods available and thoughts turn to our health after a long winter of indulgence. “In an ideal world we wouldn’t need to cleanse,” Melissa muses. “Our bowel movements alone would ensure the elimination of toxins.” But as more and more toxins find their way into our everyday lives it seems we must take cleansing our bodies into our own hands. In any case, for most of us a week or two of consuming nutritious whole foods certainly could do no harm and may even result in a renewed sense of control over what we eat.
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Sow What’s in a Garden? by Margo Westaway
There is a special spirit within the gardening community. We are all happy to share our wisdom, experiences, ideas, tools, seeds and plants and some even make the time to help others with their gardens. We share a passion for tending the soil and nurturing plants and we know the rewards it can bring us. Indeed what would our world be without our farmers, gardeners and landscapers? They collectively ward off famine by providing food for both people and animals; create beautiful urban and rural landscapes around homes, businesses, schools and communities and also create memorial and dedication gardens. What would those grand palace and monastery grounds look like without those incredible landscapes surrounding them? How many weddings have been performed surrounded by lovely gardens? They create habitats for animals, birds, reptiles and insects and damaged spaces are restored back to a healthy state. Gardens are one of the few universal languages among the peoples of the world and they help to erase the religious, cultural and economic lines that can divide us. Science is starting to catch up with the ancient teachings of our ancestors throughout the world: that the earth, known as Gaia in latin, is a giant living and breathing organism and that the topsoil acts as its skin. We now know more than ever that we must treat this home of ours with care and respect and stop soiling our own nest. What befalls the earth befalls the children of the earth. Many things are threatening the well-being of our precious earth and all living creatures that dwell on or within it. The constant stream of bad and scary news can be incredibly disheartening, discouraging and even hopeless. But if there was one thing I understood after taking the Organic Master Gardeners course in Duncan, B.C. at the Gaia College, it was learning nature has a powerful toolbox. We tenders of the land can make a huge difference by utilizing the excellent knowledge available to us, both old and new. Collectively, the gardeners, landscapers, farmers and agriculturists the world over can help to restore our planet back to a healthy and vibrant state by studying nature’s principles and adopting and practicing the best organic methods available. We need to ensure we stop the
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Canadian Pacific Rail Station in Albert Canyon, circa 1900. Photo courtesy of Revelstoke Museum and Archives
The Canyon Nearby by Colin Titsworth
Albert Canyon is the unincorporated community on the west border of Glacier National Park where the mountains rise abruptly and the scenery reeks sweetly of wilderness. This unique location has a dynamic history dating back to its discovery along the connecting route for the national railway. In 1882 the ornery mountain surveyor Major Rogers earned a $5,000 cheque for finding a way for trains to get over the Selkirk Mountains. He also scored the rights to name a bunch of landmarks along the way, including Albert Canyon, after his nephew. Veins of valuable minerals and the promise of ore lured prospectors here during the feisty mining years of the late 1800s. In 1885 English based companies established the Tangiers and Waverly mines, which turned this locality into a quaint hub. Some miners chose to search for valuable deposits in this area instead of taking the journey to the Klondike or other promising locations in the Kootenay region. Mining the hillsides around Albert Canyon boomed and busted although there was usually work in the area for those dedicated to making a living. Resurgence in mining during the 1920s saw additional claims being staked. The Snowflake, Woolsey, Bell Point and Topnot were up and running while old mines were resurrected back to life during this growth period in ore extract. The Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) was the best method for moving materials out of this wilderness community. Horse trails switch-backed through the surrounding valleys but when tons of material needed to be shipped for smelting it could only be done via the train. In 1916 a railway station with a roundhouse was constructed at Albert Canyon for workers to occupy while based from this “pusher” location. The steep grade in Rogers Pass required extra locomotives to boost railcars to their eastern destinations. Moving trains over these mountains in the time of steam powered locomotives had significant challenges regardless of the season. Trains rolling through this district always made time to pause at the “Canyon” so passengers could admire the surging Illecillewaet River from a viewing platform perched 150 ft above the rapids. The manicured picnic grounds around the station were also a draw for Sunday school groups and Revelstoke locals, who took daytrips on
the train. The natural hot springs at Albert Canyon were a luxury for prospectors and rail workers, who battled their mountain surroundings with courage. CPR workers constructed the hot pools by excavating a basin and reinforcing it with hefty timbers. The rustic bathing area was a highlight for those passing through the area and became a social hangout for the people who called Albert Canyon home. A few hospitable lodging options were also available for those wishing to spend extra time in the mountain setting. AJ Strand & Co. operated the hotel during the early mining years and the caretakers grew large gardens to have produce available for guests. Supplies were delivered by the railway on a regular basis but the locals did their best to live off the land. If extra supplies were needed the local post office was also a makeshift store with rations available. The advertisement in the local flyer from 1898 explains the options: “Hot cross buns, sourdough, coal oil, cigarettes, salt cellars, salt side, dried apples, condensed milk, German socks and eggs to be had at the post office.” Fred Forrest lived in Albert Canyon for 50 years and provided humour through his quick witted newspaper and his strong presence in the community. His newspaper, called The Canyon Reporter, kept locals laughing and informed on daily life. His short blurbs were an effort to update the status of those in the small community while providing an avenue for individuals to voice their opinions. The completion of the TransCanada Highway in 1962 created easy access to the once secluded Albert Canyon. It took another decade before the commercial resort, Canyon Hot Springs, opened for business. Water from the mountainside is piped several kilometres then reheated to fill the 60,000-gallon swimming pool and the 15,000-gallon hot pool. The fully serviced resort has rustic chalets and over 200 campsites scattered around the large property, which is open from May through September. Modern day Albert Canyon is known by truckers for a randomly placed brake check and by Selkirk Tangiers heli skiers who stage from here. It’s not the same funky mining town it once was but the beauty of this location has not dimmed. Trains roll through at a steady pace and the logging trucks tote timber from the surrounding valleys when permitted to harvest. Albert Canyon sees thousands of motorists passing by but it maintains its lackadaisical state as a forgotten site on the edge of Glacier National Park.
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The Shin Bang bandmembers. Left to Right: Denis Severino, Tashi Townley, Shey Townley and John Townley. Photo: Amy Flexman
Steaming Hot Music by Rory Luxmore
The quiet surrounding the streets of Revelstoke is being replaced by the sounds of guitars being tuned, pianos warming up and drum sticks beating a tune. The inviting smell of hot chocolate wafts through the basement of the United Church and friendly conversation fills the air. Sitting alone enjoying the scene is Denis Severino. He has a reason to be content. Since moving to Revelstoke a few years ago he has been instrumental in building a vibrant local music scene. In January of last year he organized the first Coffee House in Revelstoke. He explains he wanted to “give performers a chance to be heard in an atmosphere where people come for music, not drinks.” He also wanted to create a music culture where music is accessible and participatory. In his words a place where “people are getting together and having a jam.” Well that’s the scene tonight as youth shuffle through the doors with their parents and supporters to sign up for the Youth Cocoa House event. As Denis and I talk a parent can be heard encouraging his daughter to take the plunge and sing under the bright lights. A young woman’s beautiful voice rises above the friendly chatter. A door is flung open, followed by trays of hot pizza. Amidst all this activity is Amy Flexman, the inspiration behind the event. She generously donates a few minutes to talk. Arriving in Revelstoke last fall Amy started to help build the music scene in Revelstoke right away. She was pivotal in bringing local music into the Big Eddy Pub but soon realized there was also a need for youth to have the opportunity to showcase their talent. Last year she organized a successful youth music event during Screen Smart Week, an annual event educating the public about the impact of digital media. Since then she has not looked back. Amy needs to dash away and make last minute preparations. This is an opportunity to track down the owner of the beautiful voice. Hailey ChristieHoyle joins me at a table and talks about her love of music. Last September at the age of 13 she won the Revy Rocks talent show. Today, she will have another opportunity to showcase her talent as both a soloist and as the lead singer with the youth band What’s That Noise? She says she gets nervous before going onstage but finds per-
forming exciting and feels really good after she's finished. She states she sings because “music makes me feel happy” and she “likes to make everyone feel better.” What helps young people like Hailey get up in front of an audience to perform? She says she gets a lot of support from her band members, family, friends and the community. When I look around the hall it’s apparent there is much support and encouragement present. Waiting for the music to start I talk with long-time singer and arts contributor Krista Stovel. I ask if she feels the music scene in Revelstoke has changed lately. She remarks, “Oh my gosh, yes!” Krista attributes the change to “people willing to organize events and having the drive to create a place for community based music.” Looking around the hall I see Amy making her way to the front of the hall to introduce the first act. Hailey’s voice breaks the silence and marks the start of the evening. The audience relaxes into their chairs in anticipation of a warm evening of entertainment. Hailey’s voice breaks the silence and marks the start of the evening. Over the next two hours young men and women get off their comfortable chairs to stand proudly in the light and share their musical gifts. In the background Denis, Amy and the army of supportive family and friends cheer them on. The smiles in the room at the end of the evening stand as a testament to the success of the event and the blossoming music scene in Revelstoke. I think Denis and Amy would agree.
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RecReation Use of DRawDown Zone LanDs in the UppeR aRRow Lakes ReseRvoiR
BC Hydro would like to remind local residents about the rules and code of conduct in the Upper Arrow Lakes Reservoir Drawdown Zone. Public use is guided by a management plan developed in consultation with local community groups which strives to provide a balance between recreational, fish, wildlife and habitat needs in the area between Revelstoke Dam and Shelter Bay. BC Hydro is committed to ensuring that members of the public are kept informed about acceptable uses of the Drawdown Zone, which refers to exposed shoreline lands between the high-water mark and the current Arrow Reservoir water level. The Drawdown Zone contains sensitive fish and wildlife habitat. Please adhere to the code of conduct posted at major access points around the lands, and respect the environment by staying out of streams and upland grasslands and using only main roads. As the area becomes accessible here are a few things to keep in mind: • Public motorized use is permitted on the East side of the reservoir at the Illecillewaet River, “6-mile”, “9-mile” and “12-mile” access points. Motorized access and use is not permitted in Montana Slough to protect the sensitive wetland. • The Drawdown Zone area south of the 12-mile and Drimmie Creek flats area is closed to both motorized and non-motorized use to protect wildlife and wildlife habitat. • The newly constructed Illecillewaet pedestrian bridge is available for non-motorized use only. Please be aware that adjoining trails south of the river may not be available year round. • BC Hydro does not sanction the public use of private property to access the Arrowhead historical area or any part of the Drawdown Zone. Such access is trespassing unless first authorized by the property owner(s). • Users of off-road vehicles must have proof of general liability insurance (minimum of $250,000). It is recommended that users of motorized vehicles carry $2 million liability insurance. • Protect sensitive vegetation, nesting birds, wetlands, and streams by using main roadways and following the Code of Conduct posted at public access points. • Do not camp, light fires, or dump garbage or other refuse in the Drawdown Zone. • Please make safety a priority when using Drawdown Zone lands. BC Hydro communicates regularly with an advisory committee whose members represent a range of local interests as part of our efforts to implement the Management Plan.
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