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A Day in the Life



Jamie-Lee Young holds a ball up in the air while her dog, Sadie, a two-year-old American Staffordshire terrier, leaps in the air to grab it. Jonathon Howe photo

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Furred, feathered or finned...all pets are created equal at Pets West! Celebrating a remarkable 22 years serving Greater Victoria’s pet lovers, the Broadmead Village store has earned a deserved reputation as the place to go both for all your pet supply needs, and for expert advice. “From the outset, we wanted to make a difference,” says owner Lisa Nitkin. “Our goal is really to educate people about pet care without being judgemental.” The pet industry has changed greatly over those 20-plus years. Today, for example, Nitkin doesn’t sell dogs, and any cats or rabbits sold are rescue animals, not from breeders. Animal care and food has also changed greatly, and the Pets West crew – including those who have been there for five, 10 and even 20 years – are constantly exploring the newest research to keep up on what’s best for your pets. Part of Pets West’s mandate since the beginning has been to support community groups and rescue organizations, whether through advertising events in-store and online, donating auction items for fundraisers or sponsoring worthwhile events.

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“We want to be there to support anything pet-related that is going on.” The growth in pet-related events and accessories points to a growing tendency to include pets in more family and community activities. “The more people are involved with their pets, and the more they do on a daily basis, helps the pet become more of a valued family member,” Nitkin says. “We’re certainly trying to promote pets being a part of the family – we want to foster that relationship, right down to the smallest hamster.” As awareness grows, pet owners are seeking more information – asking questions such as how long the breed lives and what kind and size of home will keep them happiest. And Pets West staff are well-equipped to answer the questions. In addition to their in-store experience, staff members are also involved in other related areas, such as grooming, breeding, training or agility. Working around animals all day, “it’s a feel-good job,” Nitkin says. “They get great feedback from the customers because they’re good at what they do. They enjoy their work and it shows.”

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Our community on the record On the longest day of the year we sent five photographers into our community to record a day in the life of Saanich 2011. From dawn to dusk, we captured images of people at work and play throughout the district. With 110,000 people calling this place home and a land mass of more than 100 square-kilometres, Saanich is both the most populous municipality on Vancouver Island and the largest geographic region in Greater Victoria. We hope you enjoy our record of a single day in Saanich. – Jim Zeeben, editor, Saanich News

Our photographers • Don Denton • Kyle Slavin

• Gunnar Freyr Steinsson

5:30 a.m.

• Jonathon Howe • Adriana Durian

David Bird waters the garden surrounding the Christian Life Church on Wilkinson Road. Don Denton photo

Dempster’s delivery man Brady James wheels a load of bread out of his truck and into the Royal Oak Country Grocer store.

5:56 a.m.

Don Denton photo

6:05 a.m.

Gabriel White enjoys her morning coffee at Starbucks before heading across the street to the Lodge at Broadmead where she is doing a practicum as part of her Health Care Assistant program. Don Denton photo

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TD Canada Trust

A&W Restaurant

of the Shelbourne Valley

Starbucks Cards & Gifts

Shelbourne at Cedar Hill X Road La Dolce Vita Grocery & Bakery

Lizzy Lee & Me Sports & Bikes

Peninsula Cards & Gifts Runners

Fairway Cards &Market Gifts

People’s Pharmacy

Little Thai Place

Grocery Bakery Cobbs &Bakery

M&M Meat Shops Cards & Gifts

Wild & Birds Sports Bikes Unlimited

City Nails Cards & Gifts

Squeaky’s Laundromat

Mac’s Cycle Sports & Bikes Centre

Booster Juice

Discovery Grocery & Bakery Computers

Liquor D Distribution Br.

Merit & Travel Cards Gifts


Grocery & Bakery

Carlie’s&Dollar Sports Bikes Store

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6:23 a.m. Manager Leah Cunningham fills the milk containers at the Red Barn Market on Vanalman Avenue in preparation for the morning coffee rush. Don Denton photo

Victoria City Rowing Club members Audrey Van Eerden, left, and Ann Gargett pull into the dock after a morning row on Elk Lake.

6:50 a.m.

Don Denton photo

Gary Graham walks out of the sun and into the shade along a path in Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park. Graham gets out for a walk every second day.

6:56 a.m.

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Don Denton photo

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7:15 a.m. Traffic, silhouetted by the morning sun along McKenzie Avenue. Don Denton photo

7:51 a.m. Venessa Justice, who has worked at Lumberworld for four-and-a-half years, is ready for customers. Adriana Durian photo

8:14 a.m. Amanda Restall cycles up Quadra Street with her daughter Lauralyn Levesque. Adriana Durian photo

Becca Zwicker waits for the bus before the start of school.

8:13 a.m.

Adriana Durian photo

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8:05 a.m. A buck casts a shadow as he runs past a sand trap on the Cordova Bay Golf Course. Don Denton photo

Cyclists head towards Cordova Bay Road as they bike down Lochside Drive.

8:15 a.m.

Don Denton photo

Brianna Botelho makes an espresso at the Euphorium Bakery on Cordova Bay Road.

8:22 a.m.

Don Denton photo

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Carpenter Adam Poitras tears off some of the old wall coverings during the refurbishment of the old McMorran’s Beach House restaurant building on Cordova Bay Road.

8:30 a.m.

Don Denton photo

Wispy clouds fill the sky overhead as farm workers hoe between rows of pumpkin plants in a field along Blenkinsop Road.

8:50 a.m.

Don Denton photo

On the job for just his fifth day, Jordan White stocks the organic vegetables at Planet Organic in Saanich Centre.

9:11 a.m.

Adriana Durian photo

Four-and-a-half-year-old Jeffrey Chin proudly shows off his Kinder treats while waiting for his dad, Dr. Victor Chin, at Saanich Optometry.

9:31 a.m.

Adriana Durian photo

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9:55 a.m. Hockey players run sprints on the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence field as part of their off-season training program Don Denton photo

First-year electrical apprentice Julian Pick turns a picnic table into an outdoor study area at the Interurban campus of Camosun College. Angele Vautour cuts matting for a shadow box at Picture Perfect in the University Heights Shopping Centre.

10:05 a.m.

Don Denton photo

9:57 a.m.

Adriana Durian photo

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Kathy Nguyen styles Andrea Howie’s hair at Natural Look Unisex in the University Heights Shopping Centre.

10:30 a.m.

Adriana Durian photo

Deborah Ferris watches as her new horse Brew enjoys the grass on the edge of her property along Markham Road. Ferris had purchased the horse in Powell River the week before and was letting him get to know his new home.

Mid-morning happenings

10:15 a.m.

Don Denton photo

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Carin Lindsay and Judy Hall shop for shoes at University Heights Shopping Centre. Adriana Durian photo

10:40 a.m.

Farm worker Francisco Flores is part of the crew picking strawberries for Galey Farms on the first day the crop was ready for harvesting. Behind him are Johnna Palmer, left, and John Hughes.

10:40 a.m.

Don Denton photo

10:43 a.m. Grade 11 students at Reynolds secondary take the Social Studies 11 final exam in the school’s gymnasium.

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Kyle Slavin photo

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11:11 a.m. Saanich police spokesperson Sgt. Dean Jantzen speaks to the media, including CFAX’s Frank Stanford and 100.3 The Q’s Jennah Stavroff, during a press conference at the Saanich police headquarters. Kyle Slavin photo

Saanich Parks and Recreation maintenance workers Chris Dal Bianco, left, and Oscar Cruz repair handrails at the pool in the Gordon Head Recreation Centre.

11:39 a.m.

Adriana Durian photo

Grade 10 Reynolds secondary student Ceara Fitzpatrick, 15, reads a book in the school’s hallway.

10:45 a.m.

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Kyle Slavin photo

Saanich Parks and Recreation worker Hadi Sadek checks out electrical wiring during annual maintenance of the Gordon Head Recreation Centre pool.

11:51 a.m.

Adriana Durian photo

Greenskeeper Ed Avery cuts the grass at Cedar Hill Golf Course.

12:00 p.m.

John Basten, with Groeneveld, attempts to fix the auto greaser on the Saanich fire department’s new fire truck.

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Don Denton photo

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Kyle Slavin photo

12:26 p.m.

A-Channel reporter Meribeth Burton interviews 10-year-old Tomas Kalyniuk at UVic’s Centennial Stadium. Cameraman Brad Macleod films the segment.

12:53 p.m.

Kyle Slavin photo

Sean Hay perfects his swing at the Cedar Hill Golf Course driving range.

12:41 p.m.

Adriana Durian photo

Hazel Smart, left, Ann Young, and Mary Bennett enjoy lunch and coffee at the restaurant at the Cedar Hill Golf Course.

12:53 p.m.

Adriana Durian photo

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Randy Leggett, of RC Groundskeeping, trims a Portuguese Lilac outside the Catherine Court Apartments on Gorge Road West. Jonathon Howe photo

12:59 p.m.

Grad students in forest biology Vasko Veljanovski, left, Andrea Coulter and Annette Alber enjoy a late lunch on the grass outside the University Centre at the University of Victoria.

1:03 p.m.

Don Denton photo

1:11 p.m. Fourth-year mechanical engineering student Timothy Dunbrack, 21, pieces together parts to build an autonomous robot that can manoeuvre through an obstacle course. Kyle Slavin photo

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1:30 p.m. Ann Johnston, left, and Helen Schwartz enjoy an afternoon bingo game at the Cedar Hill Recreation Centre. Adriana Durian photo

An afternoon full of activities 1:35 p.m. Tennis instructor Nathan Bailey demonstrates a serve to Heather Plavins, left, Doreen Hawthorn, Linda Mullback and Sandi-Jo Ayers at the Cedar Hill Recreation Centre. Adriana Durian photo

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1:23 p.m.

Kevin Kivari, owner of Saanich Auto Repair, gives a Ford Taurus a quick tune-up. Jonathon Howe photo

District of Saanich area planner Harold Stanley (second from right) meets with Shelbourne Valley Action Plan stakeholders on the corner of Shelbourne Street and McKenzie Avenue. Pictured are: (L-R) Ken Josephson, Tom Newton, Jean Newton, Elsie Habbick, Harold Stanley and Ray Travers. Kneeling is Soren Henrich.

Sprinkler fitter Danny Nystrom, from SRC Fire Protection, installs a new fire department connection in front of the Cedar Hill Recreation Centre.

1:45 p.m.

Adriana Durian Photo.

Adriana Durian photo.

2:06 p.m.

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2:13 p.m. First Nation Dancers celebrate a new Salish welcome totem erected in front of the Victoria Native Friendship Centre. The new totem is called Connected Through Our Roots. Jonathon Howe photo

Petal Plus Florist owner Jane Travis arranges some of the floral arrangements in the store located on Shelbourne Street. Adriana Durian photo.

2:47 p.m.


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3:18 p.m.

Jarret Sawyer demonstrates the fine needlework of a 10-needle embroidery machine at Sawyer Sewing Centre. Jonathon Howe photo

Saanich Mayor Frank Leonard feeds the ducks at King’s Pond with 10-year-old stepson Magnus Lam and 16-month-old son Atticus.

3:08 p.m.

Kyle Slavin photo

3:45 p.m.

Emily Wise and Madison Nowell give the thumbs up to Mr. Tubbs ice cream. Jonathon Howe photo


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4:21 p.m. Bonnie Secret weeds a garden plot at the Red Damsel Farm. Gunnar Freyr Steinsson photo

3:57 p.m. Todd Morrison helps a pepper find its place before moving on to stocking mushrooms in the produce department at the Red Barn Market. Gunnar Freyr Steinsson photo

Cameron Maysmith, manager of the service department at Ryder Cycles, preps a bike for a spring tune-up.

4:34 p.m.


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Jonathon Howe photo

Little Pirate Peter Bilenkinsop wanders around Rudd Park hunting for buried treasure.

5:20 p.m.

Jonathon Howe photo

Graeme Cathcart runs the stairs just off of Regina Avenue and the Galloping Goose trail, as his dog Barkley looks on from below. Jonathon Howe photo

5:05 p.m. Sebastian Pfnuer, Lisa Kouzmina and Michael Kelly check out the interpretive marker at the top of Mount Doug.

5:27 p.m.

Gunnar Freyr Steinsson photo

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Into the evening 5:54 p.m. Chantelle Ohs and Nick Aktarian relax on Cordova Bay beach. Gunnar Freyr Steinsson photo

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7:08 p.m.

Applebee’s Athletics Pitcher Adam Kerr hurls the ball towards home plate as Mike Evans of the Colwood Dental Cardinals eyes the pitch during Mavericks seniors men’s baseball league action at Lambrick Park.

Gunnar Freyr Steinsson photo

Jonathon Howe photo

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Ann Collins works out at the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence.

Lex Delbouis butters some popcorn at SilverCity Victoria Cinemas.

7:38 p.m.

Lucas Fowler jumps off his skateboard at Lambrick Skate Park.

8:52 p.m.

Gunnar Freyr Steinsson photo

Gunnar Freyr Steinsson photo

8:00 p.m. Helen Salmon untangles a clematis which had taken a Flowering Currant in a stranglehold in her garden. Gunnar Freyr Steinsson photo

Homer, an 11-year-old border collie cross, relaxes by the announcer’s booth during a Mavericks men’s league baseball game.

7:12 p.m.

Jonathon Howe photo

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Rachel Hatlelid throws a baseball to a friend at Lambrick Park.

8:55 p.m.

Gunnar Freyr Steinsson photo

Ross Paterson takes a flip off one of the diving boards at Saanich Commonwealth Place.

9:28 p.m.

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Gunnar Freyr Steinsson photo

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July 20, 2011 Day in the life Saanich  
July 20, 2011 Day in the life Saanich  

Day in the Life Saanich