Seaside Magazine January 2017 Issue

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L ove Seaside x o The financial Issue The Peninsula’s Financial Experts | Essential Questions for Aging Wills: The Ins and Outs | New & Noteworthy | Ask a Stylist | Seaside Book Club The Natural Path: A New Commitment to Health | Historically Speaking

January 2017

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Let’s Talk: Essential Questions For Aging Special Feature: The Peninsula’s Financial Experts Wills: The Ins and Outs School District 63 Receives Equipment and Training Grant Seaside Homes: Artistic Vision & Determination

First Word New & Noteworthy Peninsula Eats Ask a Stylist The Natural Path NEW! Seaside Book Club NEW! In Good Health Seaside Arts Scene Historically Speaking NEW! Offshore NEW! Island Adventures Island Dish Inside Out On Design What’s Happening Sudoku Last Word






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When a family member moved to the Pender Islands in 1990 I came for regular visits, wondering how anyone could live in such a small isolated place where nothing ever happened. But the land called me. Writing about it now evokes many memories of living here for 13 years.

Natural disasters, shootings, famine, social injustices – there’s plenty to overwhelm us daily. But my writing work this month has shown me that there are also remarkable and sincere expressions of compassion around us by individuals reaching out and making a difference in our communities. Change really does start with one person.

It is wonderful to have this platform to write about the support of seniors and adults with disabilities in our community. Sharing the stories of our donors at Broadmead Care, and the impact they have on our residents, will hopefully inspire others who are searching for an opportunity to give.

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In modern times, it’s a continual challenge to find enough time or money to get our bare necessities done. In this column, I’ve reflected on my own daily life and how I manage the pressures and stresses of keeping on top of things, in particular, the health of my family and myself.

The “Island Dish” column is a good fit for me because I simply love food! Owner of the Deep Cove Market and a foody at heart, I am always on the lookout for recipes and the latest new products on the market that will tantalize your taste buds and mine!

I’m always reading! Without the guidance of other sensible adults though, I often get stuck in a rut with the same types of books. That’s why Book Clubs are so great – reading widely, following recommendations and sharing your love of (or antipathy for) the last selection. I hope you’ll join us!

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first word Putting together a January issue is not always easy. Not only do the deadlines align with the busy season, but it can also be a strain to come up with compelling content. After the excitement and abounding creativity of the holiday, January at times might seem like the downward descent, the letdown period that brings us back to the real world. Plus, it’s been cold. Really cold! But the power of words is amazing: they save lives, circulate powerful ideas, preserve traditions and memories and so much more. For centuries, back to a time which probably can’t be traced, the power of the written word has proved to be something undeniably beautiful. We are so fortunate at Seaside Magazine to have the opportunity every month to connect with readers with our words and your stories … all about the community we love. It’s not, however, only the written word that is so commanding: the spoken one is just as powerful. The words people speak to or about us –

both positive and negative – have the ability to carve a new path for our future. As we launch into a new year, let’s pay attention to the words we speak and those we allow to be spoken in our lives. Let’s focus on sharing words of encouragement, bringing hope and possibility in our lives and into the lives of others. We should never want to have a careless word slip out that lingers, hurts or discourages someone. We want to be a source to build others up, to encourage them, see their potential and the possibilities their life holds. So this year, after the holidays have come and gone, let’s choose to focus on the warmth, beauty and opportunity this year will usher in. We hope Seaside Magazine can be some help in bringing out the best in our community with our storytelling and the power of our words in the magazine each month. On behalf of the entire staff at Seaside Magazine, we wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. Best Wishes,

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Essential Questions for Aging Fred was hospitalized after a stroke. Thankfully he is able to return Salvador Davis & Co. home, but his mobility is not what Notaries Public it once was. He needs more time to process information and he doesn’t have the memory and energy he enjoyed as a young man. Fred has always looked after the finances. Fred’s wife, Edna, has always looked after the household but things have slowed down for her too with diabetes and associated nerve pain. Their son, Tony, is very concerned, even though his parents insist they are fine and can look after themselves. Tony approaches this situation carefully, knowing his parents are fiercely independent. He increases how often he visits and slowly, taking one issue at a time, is able to arrange for things that will make their lives more comfortable. He picked up some aides at Mt. Newton Centre Society (a walker for his mom, a raised toilet seat, several bath bars, a pole beside the toilet and bed). He arranged for a fall detection bracelet through Phillips Life Line for both of his parents so if they should fall, an ambulance will be called automatically. Through Seniors Outreach he arranged for some home support (help with bathing and meal preparation). Tony is surprised how much time this all takes. He has to arrange for his parent’s utilities to be paid automatically at the bank and with Thrifty’s Sendial program for groceries to be ordered and delivered to their home (his mother doesn’t like the idea of someone else choosing her food, but she is getting friendly with the volunteer). More importantly, Tony realizes he has to have some serious talks

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with his parents about the “what ifs.” What if one of them dies or is permanently incapacitated? They need to discuss it and decide where they would want to live if they could no longer live at home. This involves reviewing finances to see what they can afford and visiting various care residences to get a feel for what it would be like to live there. Perhaps Tony may be surprised to learn that his parents would prefer in-home care to a care residence, even if it means putting a reverse mortgage on their home. All of this planning starts with the conversation and plenty of patience. For those who have older parents, if you have not already had this discussion, the time is now. Delaying will often mean that when an emergency arises there is no plan in place and people are frantically grasping for whatever services they can find. Parents: the best gift you can give your family is to have a plan which includes: • a properly prepared will; • a power of attorney appointing someone to look after your affairs if you become incapacitated; • a representation agreement appointing someone to help make decisions about your health care, where you would like to live if you cannot live at home; and • a health care directive outlining your wishes for care you would want as you age including your wishes for end of life care. Adult Children: the best thing you can do for an aging parent is to engage them in this process with all the care and grace you would want for yourself. january 2017 | 11

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Security House Accounting: An Arm Around You by Doreen Marion Gee This is part of a rotating series of articles on members of Sidney Meet Up, featuring people in business on the Saanich Peninsula. According to Insight-Squared, a firm that analyzes companies' sales performances, the number one essential ingredient of good customer service is empathy: “When a customer reaches out for service, she wants to be heard and feel like the person on the other end of the conversation truly understands what she’s going through.” Colleen Hoggarth is the founder of a very progressive business that stands by their clients through every challenge. The owner of Security House Accounting Services, Colleen Hoggarth is a genuinely nice and personable individual. With over 25 years in the industry, the Certified Professional Bookkeeper is very excited about a recent award that recognizes her achievements. She won a "Fellow Award" from the Institute of Professional Bookkeepers of Canada in recognition of her accomplishments in moving the bookkeeping industry forward as well as her hard work within her profession. Essentially, Colleen promotes excellence within her industry, and a pivotal part of that is top-notch customer service. At Security House, everything revolves around the people they serve – their needs, their well-being and their satisfaction. “Personal service has been a hallmark of Security House Accounting Services over the past four decades.” Their Mission Statement sets the customer service bar high: “We treat everyone with courtesy, are considerate of the unique needs of each client, and are committed to long-term relationships.” Sometimes people just need an ally: “We work with clients who are in trouble with the CRA. A client was going through an audit and it was very frightening for them. I was there through the tears and the smiles, and helped them achieve a successful resolution. We held their hands.” Literally? I ask. “Yes, I hold people's hands all the time,” Colleen answers; empathy is an integral part of business at Security House. Colleen appreciates people helping her when she needed it and “Now I want to be a champion for others. I treat other people exactly how I want to be treated.” Providing competent helpful service to their clients is how Security House shows their esteem for them. Colleen assists business professionals to stay on top of their finances, helping them avoid problems and setting them up for success. She emphasizes the expertise of her staff: SAANICHTON “I want ONLYpeople to remember that we are extensively trained in this area!” They also understand how stressful it can be to deal with financial issues: “Many people who walk through these doors have concerns and we want to help them.” The new year is the perfect time for people to get their finances in order. Colleen extends a warm welcome to visit their office in Sidney or Victoria.

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The Peninsula’s Financial Experts

There is no time like the present to get a handle on your personal finances. Regardless of your age or income, there are many ways that good financial planning can benefit you. Your first step towards a secure future should be to take advice from an expert. Professionals will work with you to maximize the assets you have, and could reduce your debt in the long-term. Seaside Magazine is pleased to present a selection of the qualified professionals located on the Peninsula who are available to help you.

Caroline Paterson, CPA, CGA

Chartered Professional Accountant / Partner Paterson Henn CPA Personal US, Canadian and Estate Tax Communicating with clients is of the utmost importance in our office; whether through a face to face meeting, email or telephone conversation, we are available to offer sound advice quickly. Offering a wide range of services and expertise, including U.S. and Canadian personal tax, Audit, Not-For-Profit, Estate, SR&ED claims and small business accounting, we work with you to ensure deadlines are met and the best tax outcome is reached. 250.656.7284 |

Wendy L. Everson Lawyer & Owner

Wendy L. Everson Law Legal Services Planning for tomorrow? Wendy provides legal advice and guidance on the variety of considerations that can influence daily, and future decisions. Wendy will assist you with structuring and implementing strategies for your business, and your legacy estate planning. For more information, please call 250-665-6869 or visit our website.

Peter Dolezal, BA, MBA

Financial Author, Consultant, Columnist, Lecturer Dolezal Consultants Ltd. Comprehensive, Objective, Independent Financial Planning Peter assists individuals and families striving to make sense of their oftenmuddled financial "picture." An indepth consultative process results in a customized, all-inclusive, objective Financial Plan – a personal financial road map with a dual focus: optimal wealth creation prior to retirement; and wealth-preservation throughout retirement. NO financial products are sold by Peter, nor by his Company.

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Accounting, Tax & Financial Management Services We think of our clients as our friends, and when assisting them in making business decisions we consider the effect of those decisions on their entire lives. We provide a wide variety of accounting, tax, and financial management services tailored to meet the needs of our business clients, make your job easier and provide you with more time to focus on building your business. We keep abreast of tax law changes to ensure that you are taking advantage of ALL tax incentives. 250.652.7845 |

Assisting clients with Financial decision-making is a large part of practicing Law. Gordon is dedicated to serving you in the fields of business and property transaction, wills and estate matters. He has also served his community well and has met many of you through these efforts. Some highlights of his community work include acting as President of the Victoria Symphony, the Sidney Rotary Club and the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation. He is presently on the Board of the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce and the Sidney Classical Orchestra. 250.388.4433 |

Janine Morris, CPA, CA

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At Hughesman Morris we are passionate about helping people understand and feel comfortable with their taxes. We continually strive to ensure each person has a positive experience when visiting our office and aim to relieve anxieties by providing clients with the knowledge and confidence that we are here to help. Whether you need accounting assistance, or require help with personal, corporate or estate taxes, Janine and the Hughesman Morris team are here to meet your needs. 250.656.3991 |

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Personal & Business Law Planned giving is an important part of any estate plan. It is a way of showing you care about the future and what is important to you. As a lawyer, Dale is experienced in helping clients fulfil their estate planning goals. As an involved member of our community, he understands the practical side of charitable giving as a past/present board member of the Saanich Peninsula Hospital, BC Cancer Foundation, and Alumni Association of UVIC. Dale also serves as co-chair of the Saanich Peninsula Primary Health Care Society. 250.656.7231 |

Chartered Professional Accountant Cowland & Associates, Chartered Professional Accountants Corporate & Personal Taxes Most accounting firms focus on the past, producing historical financial statements and tax returns that reflect what has happened already. We’re a little different. You can’t change the past. We like to plan towards the future, how to expand and revitalize your business, reduce your taxes, or plan for your retirement in a tax-efficient way. We’re here to support you at every step. Success is planned; it doesn’t happen by accident. 778.351.3737 |

Deborah Reid, FMA, FCSI Financial Advisor

Raymond James Ltd. Investment Advisor Deborah’s success as a Financial Advisor is the result of over 20 years of experience in the investment industry and genuine caring for her clients. She prides herself on being a "solution provider," not a salesperson. She provides strategies and investment recommendations tailored to the client to help them meet all their financial goals. Deborah takes the time with every client to ensure that they understand their investments, giving them the peace of mind they deserve. 250.657.0700

Darren Proulx

Chartered Professional Accountant Darren J. Proulx, CPA Corporate, Personal & Estate Accounting Services My firm provides a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Our goal is to make the taxation and accounting experience as stress free as possible. We are here to answer any questions clients may have and provide solid advice. We will work with your team of professionals to achieve your financial goals. It is critical that the client has a clear understanding of what is being done and to constantly be proactive with their needs.

Deneen Cunningham, CFP, CLU, CHFC, CHS Certified Financial Planner, President

McVagh Cunningham Group Financial Planning and Employee Group Benefits The McVagh Cunningham team use their Wealth Optimization process to address the four essential elements of a complete financial plan: taxation, return, inflation and longevity. Once your plan is in place, they will review and monitor it to ensure your plan continues to stay on track. Deneen takes a realistic and practical approach to developing a personalized financial plan tailored to meet your goals, helping you navigate a clear path to your future. 250.475.1108 |

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Do you own a business? It is important to consider what is going to happen to that business when developing your estate plan. Dominique has 20 years of experience helping clients to achieve their estate planning goals, including individuals who own and operate their own businesses. Dominique provides practical and effective legacy planning advice tailored to each individual set of circumstances. Contact Dominique for your estate planning as well as business and property transactions. 250.656.7231

Wills: The Ins and Outs I made a will – a while back. Hmmm, could be quite a few years back, now that I think of it. I wonder if it's still valid. Would it be much of a process to update it? Or, as one of my friends asked the other by Janice Henshaw day: “I wonder if I really need to make a will?” For answers to these questions and more, I consulted with some of our helpful legal experts based in Sidney. Del Elgersma is a founding partner of Beacon Law Centre in Sidney. He tackles the first set of questions. A will allows you to do several important things: • Appoint the person who will administer (manage) your estate (called an executor); • Appoint a guardian for your children who are not yet adults; • Name the beneficiaries of your estate; and • Specify how your beneficiaries will receive your estate (outright or

through a trust). A will is probably the most important part of an estate plan, but it is not the only part. Some assets do not pass through a will. For example, if you own an asset with another person as joint tenants and you die first, the asset passes to the other owner by right of survivorship, no matter what your will says about it. Also, assets that have a designated beneficiary (RRSPs, RRIFs TFSAs, pension benefits and life insurance proceeds) pass directly to the designated beneficiary, regardless of what your will says. Who can make a will? To make a will you need to be 16 or older, and the document needs to be signed and witnessed in a specific way. Spouses and children can apply to court to vary a will if they have not been adequately provided for. As a result, if you have a blended family your estate planning needs extra care to avoid this type of litigation. Who should make a will? Parents, and anyone with assets. Why make a will? Because it is much easier for your family to deal with your estate if you have a will, it is less costly, and may save taxes. Also, it allows you

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to decide how to distribute your estate, rather than the government deciding for you. How do I go about making a will? Can I use a drugstore “will kit”? We don’t know what we don’t know, so it is generally best to get professional help from a lawyer that specializes in estate planning. They will not only help with your will but also help identify opportunities to save on taxes and probate fees, and ensure that you have also considered a power of attorney and representation agreement. Often the initial consultation is free. Some people use a drugstore “will kit” or an online service, but there is a higher risk of costly mistakes, and you don’t get the value-added advice that a specialist provides. Dale Henley, founding partner, and lawyer Christopher A. Straub of Henley & Walden LLP answered the final set of questions. What happens to my child/dependents if I die? If a parent dies without a will that appoints a guardian, someone, whether it is an extended family member or close friend, will have to apply to the Supreme Court of British Columbia to be appointed a guardian of the minor child. This can be a costly and time-consuming process. What happens if I divorce or separate after making a will? If you divorce or separate after making a will, and although the terms of your separation agreement or divorce order will probably include a waiver of claims against your estate, the legislation provides any bequest you have made to a former spouse becomes void, to the same extent as if the former spouse has died. For example, if your will provides that you leave everything to your spouse and, if she or he is not alive, to your children, if you have separated from your spouse at the time you die the law will presume that your spouse is also not alive and your estate would pass to your children. I made a will a few years ago. Is it much of a process to update it? A good rule of thumb is to revisit your will every five years or so. However, you should also revisit your will after any major life changes, such as getting married or divorced, having a child or grandchild, the death of one of your executors or beneficiaries, or any major changes to your financial situation, among others. Revisiting your will is also an important part of your financial planning, as there are multiple ways to structure your assets and how they can be dealt with once you are gone.

"A will is probably the most important part of an estate plan, but it is not the only part. Some assets do not pass through a will.”

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Crossroads Grillhouse has opened in place of the former White Spot restaurant at the corner of Mount Newton X Road and Pat Bay Highway. Under the same ownership, they are a family restaurant featuring a wide range of menu items for everyone, including kids' dishes and senior-sized meals!

Buying and Selling MacDonald Realty is now open in the Watertower building, at 2411 Bevan Avenue in Sidney. Serving the real estate needs of British Columbians for over 70 years, they offer an exceptional level of service and bring analysis, guidance and negotiating skills to the table.

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Sidney Town Council has provided assistance to the Saanich Peninsula Health Care Society by approving a loan in the amount of $192,000. The money will be used to complete a second phase of renovations to the primary health care centre at the Peninsula Medical Centre, ensuring that members of the community in need can be accommodated with good primary health care. A repayment agreement will be entered into with the Society, and phase II of the urgent renovation will move forward.

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On January 1, 2017, Sidney celebrated its 50th anniversary of becoming a town, being reincorporated from its previous status as a village. To celebrate, Mayor Steve Price and Sidney Council hosted an afternoon tea and family fun day at the Mary Winspear Centre. A great start to a new year and many successful decades ahead!

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Jimmy Rankin The Mary Winspear Centre presents Canadian singer songwriter Jimmy Rankin on Monday, January 30 at 7:00pm. Hailing from Mabou, Cape Breton, Jimmy Rankin rose to fame as a lead singer, guitarist and songwriting lynchpin for multi-platinum Canadian Celtic-pop heroes, The Rankin Family, who sold over 2 million records and earned five Junos including the coveted “Entertainer of the Year” award. In 1990, Jimmy embarked on a solo career, winning numerous awards and accolades over the course of six CD releases. Jimmy has built his reputation on the power and dynamism of his live shows which while moving effortlessly between roots, country and Celtic stylings and drawing on an impressive catalogue of hits, appealing to fans of all ages. After twenty-five years in the music business Rankin has decided now is the time: on his new album Back Road Paradise, you’ll hear him like never before, full-on country. “To me, it’s the most country I’ve been, ever. I’ve always sort of dabbled with country, even way back with The Rankins, and this is where I am right now.”

Don’t miss Jimmy Rankin’s return to Vancouver Island. Tickets are on sale now at the Mary Winspear box office or online at The Mary Winspear Centre also presents Jimmy Rankin at Salt Spring Island’s ArtSpring Theatre on January 29 and Nanaimo’s Port Theatre on January 28.

Brent Butt Comedian and creator of Corner Gas Brent Butt brings the laughs to the Charlie White Theatre on Saturday, February 4 at 8:00pm. Born in Tisdale, Saskatchewan, Brent Butt discovered early that being funny was a good way to get attention. Brent honed his comedy in school and at the age of 20 moved to the city to pursue a career in standup. Within months he was headlining top clubs in Toronto, and within a couple years he was touring internationally and appearing at major festivals. His television specials quickly secured his reputation as one of the funniest people in the country, but he was also busy creating his own TV series – a sitcom called Corner Gas. It became an instant hit with unprecedented ratings and numerous accolades including

an International Emmy Award nomination, and was named Funniest Show on TV by TV Guide readers. Canada’s favourite comedy is now shown in over 26 countries including the US. The final episode of the series was the highest (rated) on record for a Canadian scripted series since it began keeping track in 1994. Recently, the highly anticipated feature film Corner Gas: The Movie saw the entire beloved cast reunited to the delight of rabid fans and new fans alike. The movie received a special Golden Screen Award at the 2016 Canadian Screen Awards recognizing the project’s stellar ratings and most watched status. Making his home in Vancouver for more than a decade, Brent continues to tour the country performing in clubs, theatres and as a much sought after corporate entertainer. “I love what I do.” Butt says. “I look at it as just having coffee. Only now it’s with hundreds of people at a time.”

magazines. Les Scènes de Quartiers, the group’s second CD, was awarded Le Prix Trille for instrumental album of the year in 2005. Original guitar quartet music combined with arrangements of great classical masterpieces make the Canadian Guitar Quartet concert an unforgettable experience!

CGQ has appeared with orchestras across Canada, and has recorded three critically acclaimed CDs.

The Canadian Guitar Quartet The Mary Winspear Centre presents The Canadian Guitar Quartet on Sunday, January 22 at 7:30pm.

The ensemble has been featured on a national Bravo! TV special, on CBC’s English and French networks, a worldwide webcast from Chicago’s Northwestern University, Radio Canada overseas broadcasts as well as in numerous international

Since its debut in 1999, the Canadian Guitar Quartet has toured extensively in Europe, North and South America, from one standing ovation to the next, establishing a reputation as one of the finest guitar ensembles in the world. The

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This is the second in a six-part series of profiles featuring some of the Saanich Peninsula's wonderful restaurants and pubs. The Roost Farm Bakery & Bistro has been offering guests a down-to-earth farm experience since its doors first opened in 2002. It’s a place where chickens sometimes roam at your feet, where much of what is on your plate comes from their own farmland, and where there’s a wonderful comfort and familiarity in the air. I recently spoke with owner and operator Dallas Bohl. If you haven’t yet had a chance to take in the changes happening recently at The Roost,

then consider a visit out their way in the new year. A major expansion was completed at The Roost in late November, and the size of the addition in itself is noteworthy. This isn’t an attempt at reinventing themselves, but rather a natural evolution and growth that Dallas sees as part of their willingness to always try new things. “Not a makeover, just more of what we love … Hope you do too!” It’s a sight to behold when you walk into the new bistro for the first time. “There are so many components that it takes a few trips to appreciate it all. Long live fir countertops, custom wood-fired pizza oven, 100-year-old piano, etc,” says Dallas. It’s all coming together. “Most of what we are doing now we have done at some point in the past. The

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new facilities allow us to do it better and year round. Having the pizza oven moved indoors, a new tasting room, indoor seating, and increasing the size of the bakery display all help us, but it’s the same commitment to the ‘Passionate Farm Experience.’” Great food continues to be the biggest draw for customers, according to Dallas. “It’s what we strive for and it’s what we are known for. I hope our dinners get noticed more because they are fantastic.” I have to agree. The Roost is now open for dinner seven nights a week, and most of the dinner items are new and will change seasonally. “I think the lamb shank entree and mushroom pizza are my current favourites,” shares Dallas. Table service is something else that’s new,

available throughout the day, and you’ll find Roost-inspired wine cocktails on the menu as part of The Roost’s continuing effort to always offer the best combination of food and drink. Their Ginger Sweetheart and Blackberry Bramble wines are signature products from the vineyard, and you can pair them with anything “from sushi to ice cream and everything in between.” What’s Dallas most excited for guests to try? He can’t wait for temperatures to warm up so that everyone can enjoy the patio. It will play into that unique “farm experience” that you can’t get anywhere else. “We find that as long as we’re having fun, the community responds the same way.” What a great way to look at it.

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Q: What's the proper etiquette when you receive a gift that is just "not you?" I spend a lot of time organizing closets and keep coming across “undesired” gifts. We all I know what I mean … that gift from the mother-in law that just isn’t you. Don’t fret: there are many options available to get something you want and make sure no feelings are hurt in the process. Selling your unwanted gifts via consignment, clothing swaps, VarageSale, Craigslist and UsedVictoria are all great options to grab some cash or a different item to round out your closet!

Q: I see belts on others and love them, but can't seem to make them work for me. What should I know when buying a belt? I love belts as they add dimension to all figure shapes. When buying a belt to fit your pant loops, buy two to three sizes larger than your pant size. A belt worn outside of the loops can go over anything from a sweater to your outerwear. A low-slung belt gives a casual visual and layering more than one belt is super vintage '80s and fun. If you want to create a strong feminine hourglass shape, wear a cinched belt at your true waist. When wearing a large belt with embellishments, stay away from bold necklaces as this will look over done.

Q: How do I find my best fit in anything? I'm a size 12. Sizes vary from one designer to the next. If I had a dollar for every time someone expressed frustration with size, I’d be living in Manolos. Every brand has a way of sizing their product and our job as consumers is to understand and find the brands that work best for your style, body type and budget. There is a sizing technique called vanity sizing. When you try on an item that fits and says it’s a size eight (when you are a true size 12), it's simply playing on your ego. Reality check, my beauties: it’s just a number. Fit is key, not the size on the label. So try sizes on both sides of your “suggested size:” go up one size and down one size. Then decide what your best fit is.

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It can be difficult to feel amazing every day, but I'm here to help you find answers and give direction when it comes to creating and organizing your wardrobe. Always remember: nobody's perfect! Email your questions to Q: How do I get my husband to dress better? My favourite solution is to raise your own style bar. Be the example and rock your frocks girl! People will be giving you the compliments and he will be receiving comments like: “Your wife looks amazing.” If he lives in shorts and a T-shirt, getting him into pants and a shirt might be a stretch. Offer a reward. They say that a suit to a woman has the same effect as lingerie does for men.

January’s Style Tip: It’s the new dawn of a new year and with that comes the opportunity for change. Every rack in retail is rocking killer sales so get out there and invest in your fall winter wardrobe for next year. This will save you buckets of cash! With the money you save, take a chance on trying a new style you have favoured on others.

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Happy New Year! Brentwood Bay Village Empourium offers a cozy alternative to hibernation this winter. Our hybrid shop and café features a beautiful selection of warm winter accessories as well as jewelry, art, home décor, gifts and cards. Relax with an espresso, glass of wine or light BRENTWOOD BAY VILLAGE meal and bask in the warm glow of community. Open till LOCAL FLAVOUR 9 p.m. on Fridays with live music. Cheers!

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Our Canadian facilities allow us to take products from the farm to store shelves, so we can quickly meet the needs of our retail customers while maintaining superior quality control. Natural Factors has grown to be a North American leader in our industry, but our roots are right here. Local raw materials, local people, and a long history as a neighbour and friend to the community – these are the special ingredients that go into Natural Factors supplements.

Canadian made, Canadian grown Natural Factors grows its own organic echinacea (E. purpurea) on hundreds of acres near Kelowna, BC, adjacent to its state-ofthe-art laboratory and extraction plant. The company has set herbal standards worldwide with its ECHINAMIDE immune-support products made from fresh, hand-picked echinacea. We also have extensive demonstration gardens where we propagate and test other organic herbs, fruits, and vegetables. The purpose is to control the quality of our products from the ground up. By growing raw materials within a few miles of the Company’s quality control laboratory and extraction plant, Natural Factors ensures freshness, potency, and quality of finished products. This arrangement also reduces the environmental impact of our operations by reducing the transportation emissions required to get herbs from field to finished product.


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A New Year; A New Commitment to Health

The New Year brings new resolutions, and often that includes making new commitments to our health and wellness. Whatever your health goals may be, there are ways to achieve them on a budget. Here are five ways to stay committed to your health: Plan your meals. You eat the best when you take the time to shop for your food and prepare it at home. When you are busy with work or family this can be a challenge, but it can be done if you do a bit of planning. Purchase locally-grown food; it is generally cheaper. When you do find organic fruits and vegetables on special, buy these for added health benefit. Pick a day in the week and make a hearty stew or soup that you can eat for packed lunches, have leftovers for dinner, or freeze for later. Eat less meat. Lets admit it: we over-indulge during the holidays, and eating meat and dairy can be expensive. For the New Year, commit to eating more fruits and vegetables and consider using beans as a main source of protein. Beans are high in trace elements and good fiber that support digestion and detoxification. Make smoothies in order to get the daily fruits and veggies in that you need. You can blend fresh or frozen and use green smoothie recipes such as those found on Join for free and do the 30-day Smoothie Challenge! Exercise. Investing in exercise is an investment in yourself. Choose to set up a 30-minute daily routine of exercise, making sure you get outside once a day. If the weather doesn’t permit, there are classes you

can watch online (YouTube is a great resource) such as yoga and pilates, or dance programs such as Zumba. Your local recreation centre is a wonderful place to work out, you pay as you go and it's inexpensive. Supplementation. Nutritional supplements can be pricey; however, there are basic nutrients we all need a little extra of during the winter months. Vitamin C is necessary for nearly all body systems, the immune system, tissue repair and energy production. It comes in powder form that you can add to water and get doses of throughout the day. Vitamin D is often deficient in most of us. Studies show we all need 2,000IU daily during the winter months. Zinc is also an often-deficient nutrient, and is involved as a cofactor in a number of enzymatic processes including liver detoxification, methylation and insulin regulation. Zinc lozenges are inexpensive and an excellent way to get more in your system. Consider using teas instead of capsules or tinctures when choosing agents to cleanse and detoxify. Some herbal medicines to consider using in teas are burdock root, stinging nettles, dandelion and ginger. Destress! After the holiday season we all can use a bit of downtime and chronic stress causes cortisol levels to rise. It is important to take time for yourself, even if you have to schedule it in and catch up on sleep. Spend time on a hobby you love, read a good book that’s been waiting for you to pick up, avoid watching TV or the news, limit social media usage and begin using your extended health care again for a massage, a visit to your chiropractor, acupuncturist and naturopathic doctor.


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by Deborah Rogers

Is one of the commitments you’ve

made for 2017 to read more? To do something social? To join a group and meet your community? Maybe just to do something for yourself? Well great news: Seaside Magazine is launching a Book Club, so you can satisfy all of those resolutions! We’re excited to be working together with Sidney/North Saanich Library, connecting readers with readers and hopefully having some great discussions and good fun along the way! The idea is to select one book to read and discuss each month. Those that wish to come along to an informal discussion are welcome at our monthly meeting, but maybe you’d just like to read along at home, or with a group of friends or colleagues. We’ll be hosting some of the post-meeting debate on our website and in this column of the magazine, and welcome feedback and comment along the way. Thanks to all those who came along to our first meeting. It was a great opportunity to meet each other and find out what everyone wants from a book club. Meeting dates for 2017 have now been set and those who attended the meeting have copies of our first book (actually books) to read. It was agreed that a p ./wide range of books would give the most varied discussion and we’re kicking off in quite some style with a graphic novel and short nonfiction selection! Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, January 18 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Nell Horth Room, Sidney/North Saanich Library. We’ll be discussing Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis and Pico Iyer’s The Art of Stillness. Please ensure you have read the books if you plan to attend the meeting. You can keep up-to-date with the Seaside Magazine Book Club on our website – – or contact deborah@ if you’d like to subscribe to our mailing list. Are you in a book club already? Let us know what you’re reading – we might want to read it too!

SD63 Receives Equipment and Training Grant During a recent ceremony hosted by principal Peter Westhaver at Claremont Secondary School, the Canadian Welding Association (CWA) Foundation and the Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation in conjunction with Seaspan unveiled their most recent contribution to the Saanich School District. The District will share a $300,000 equipment and training grant with three other school districts over the next three years: Sooke, Victoria, and North Vancouver. The announcement and unveiling showcased significant contributions made to Claremont, Parkland and Stelly’s Secondary schools. CWA Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Canadian Welding Bureau Group (CWB Group) and their mission is to identify and support educational initiatives that will help meet the needs of the welding industry now and into the future. In addition to the amazing equipment provided, CWA Foundation has made a commitment to providing professional development for Saanich Tech Ed teachers to ensure they are well versed and confident in the use of all the apparatus. William Clewes, Operations Manager from Seaspan, noted how pleased they are to be a part of this initiative. He made a commitment to explore the possibility of introducing high school welding students to the culture of the workplace at Seaspan. It should also be noted that CWA Foundation recently joined forces with CSETS (Coast Salish Employment Training Society) and together were instrumental in supporting a “Mind Over Metal” welding camp for Indigenous students in the Trades Awareness, Skills, & Knowledge Program offered at the Saanichton Individual Learning Centre this fall. The formalities of the announcement were followed by a trip to the metal shop where Tech Ed teacher Les Lowe had students showing off some of the new equipment. The entourage of dignitaries in attendance were able to see first by Stu Rhodes

hand the benefits of putting this sort of new equipment into our schools. Mitch Sarton, a grade 12 student had this to say: “How do you know if you might like welding if you never get to see it? We can really see it now!” Mitch has his sights set on an apprenticeship as a heavy equipment technician but fully understands how beneficial it will be for him to be "that guy" in the heavy duty shop that can actually weld as well. Claremont has several other students who are candidates for the next intake of the Welding Foundation program offered to Saanich students in partnership with Camosun College.

Peter Westhaver summed it all up when he expressed his gratitude and said: “Any time industry comes knocking on our door and wants to partner with us to enhance the learning opportunities for our students, we’re going to invite them in for a chat.” Saanich School District is very grateful for these generous contributions. Photo by

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in good health


Healing Through Healthy Smiles by Jo Barnes

This is one of a series of profiles on some local businesses that are working to keep us all in good health. We live in tight knit families. Our sense of self includes others. Our older members pass social wisdom to younger ones. Such is the life among a pod of orcas. While we may differ greatly in size and how we communicate, as you can see, we are very similar to the orca whale when it comes to valuing community and family. Echoing its namesake, ORCCA, a Sidney

Healthy Smiles for Neighbourhood Kids

non-profit organization, mimics this strong sense of community. Its name stands for Oral Care for Children and Adolescents, and its mission is to provide oral care for children and adolescents who are under 19 years old and from low-income families. “I was chatting with a friend about the poor oral condition of some of the children in the local school district. We said to each otherr: 'let’s start something; let’s make a difference,'” says Mitra Hashemi, Vice Chairman, ORCCA. Mitra’s friend is Heather Burkett, a former

district principal for School District 63 and the Chairperson for ORCCA. In 2011 the two women created the bylaws and sought out funding. Their organization answers a critical need in our community. “For families whose earnings are less than $21,000 annual income, the children are only eligible for $1,400 government coverage for dental every two years. This is not a lot for a child,” states Mitra. “And for situations where the income is $20,000 to $40,000 and there’s no insurance coverage, ORCCA is trying hard to help this particular group.”

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Located in the annex of Sidney Elementary School on Henry Avenue, ORCCA opened its doors in March 2015. It offers various services including dental cleanings, fillings, root canals, and other dental work. As well as Dr. Mitra Hashemi, other dedicated dentists volunteer their time and expertise including Drs. Vohn Rosang, Jeremy King, Anna Wang, Ron Walsh and Peter Culligan. Patients access the clinic through their Care Card, Status Card or if the annual family income is less than $40,000 with no dental insurance coverage. It just takes a phone call and an appointment is made. Dental care not only brings healing but self confidence. It’s life changing. “It was looking like one young 11-year-old might have to have her front teeth removed because of infection. Can you imagine? 11 years old and having to deal with that?” says Mitra. “We found a sponsor and managed to resolve infection through a root canal procedure. It was a huge win all around.”


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monies but also specialized equipment like a Statim Sterilization Center donated by Sidney by the Sea Rotary. “It’s the most rewarding part of it all; it’s so heartwarming that people give,” says Mitra. “I am an immigrant myself who has been embraced by Canada. We can all make a difference.” The clinic has helped over 200 children with dental care so far, but it’s clear from the passion in Mitra’s voice that there is still more work to be done. “We’re looking for more volunteer dentists, for more sponsors, for more help to make changes for these kids,” states Mitra. “Our first sponsor was the Sidney by the It all began with a private response, but as Sea Rotary Club who donated funds. It was a awareness grows, hopefully young people will dream for us,” says Mitra. no longer have to struggle to get the basics of Since 2011, sponsorship has grown to health care because the community around include numerous groups such as Co-Op, them answers the call. Like our great finned Telus, Norgaard Foundation, Victoria friends that swim our waters and stand by Foundation, Rotary Club, and Saanich Fruit each other, we too need to reach out and take Growers Association. There has been an outpouring of community support not only of care of our own.

"ORCCA's mission is to provide oral care for children and adolescents who are under 19 and from low-income families."

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by Gillian Crowley Is there something happening in the Peninsula or Gulf Islands Art Scene we should know about? Email There’s much to explore in the Peninsula arts scene to keep winter weather at bay this month. With all the entertainment here, who needs to get away?

Robbie Burns Dinner You don’t have to be Scottish to enjoy the skirl of the pipes, although you might need some Scots’ blood to fully enjoy the haggis. The Greater Victoria Police Band and guests will honour the Bard, Robert Burns, with a night of dinner, music and entertainment. Proceeds go to

support the Band’s community and cultural initiatives. Wearing a kilt is optional. January 21, doors open at 5 p.m, dinner at 6 p.m. Cash bar. Tickets: Mary Winspear Centre.

Canadian Guitar Quartet This quartet has been lauded for its “fantastic, spirited playing and sheer inventiveness.” Created in 1999, the quartet has toured across North and South America and has gained a reputation as one of the finest guitar ensembles in the world. They have been broadcast on both CBC and Radio-Canada and have played in major concert halls across the country. Grab this opportunity to hear the Quartet’s mix of dynamic original music and classical masterpieces in the intimate atmosphere of the Charlie White Theatre. January 22 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: Mary Winspear Centre.

Dave Brubeck Tribute The music of this iconic jazz composer is instantly recognizable. Few American jazz artists in the '50s and '60s were as influential or popular as Dave Brubeck. In 1959 his quartet released the groundbreaking Time Out album, which featured Brubeck’s unusual time signatures. Montreal’s Remi Bolduc Jazz Ensemble is bringing their tribute to Brubeck to UVic. Remi, who is considered one of Canada’s best jazz saxophonists, will be accompanied by a number of renowned jazz musicians. More at www.uvic. ca/auditorium. January 21, 7:30 p.m. Farquhar Auditorium, UVic. Tickets: 250-721-8480.

The Forgotten Children All ages will enjoy this innovative presentation by the students of the Mountain Dream Triple Threat musical theatre school which asks: “What if things had turned out differently for Oliver and his

chums from Dicken’s Oliver Twist?” A fast paced, feel-good musical drama with familiar characters such as Oliver Twist, The Artful Dodger and Little Nell. January 27, 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets: Mary Winspear Centre.

Jimmy Rankin You won’t want to miss this popular Canadian singersongwriter who rose to fame as lead singer, guitarist and songwriting linchpin for Cape Breton’s Rankin Family. The Rankin Family sold over two million records and earned five Junos including the “Entertainer of the Year” award. In 1990, Jimmy embarked on a solo career and has built his reputation on the dynamism of his live shows, moving effortlessly from Roots to Country and Celtic stylings. He is a top ambassador for Cape Breton’s Celtic music sound. Expect to leave humming his tunes. January 30 at 7 p.m. Tickets: Mary Winspear Centre.

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Saanich Peninsula Shops & Services Part of what makes our neighbourhoods special are the businesses that thrive within them. As Saanich Peninsula entrepreneurs we strive to meet the needs of, and give back to, our diverse community. We ask that you please take a minute to think about the large potential of your consumer dollar.

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Going Platinum Hair Design & Esthetics With 2016 behind us, January is a time to reflect on the past year while making new resolutions and goals for the exciting new year ahead. Going Platinum Hair Design & Esthetics would be the perfect choice when it comes to your personal design and maybe even your 2017 makeover! Going Platinum has been serving Sidney for over eight years now. We pride ourselves on our creative, highly educated and professional stylists who understand the importance of a long term relationship with their clients. We are committed to give each guest their own personal touch and a lasting experience. 2016 was a big year for us! We introduced a fulltime Esthetics menu with our esthetician Shannon Denny. Shannon was formally trained through the Aveda Institute in Victoria. We also welcomed two stylists to our growing team: Elyse Rosling and Jessica Hogg. Elyse just recently finished her Colour Certification as a Redken Colour Artist. Celebrating another year together are senior stylists Kelsey Moniz, Danika Sweet, Kim Vandenbulk and Jessica Leavitt, who welcome new clients into 2017. From all of us here at Going Platinum, we wish everyone a happy and healthy New Year, and look forward to making beautiful memories together during 2017.

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Co-owners Janet and Shirley Henly would like to extend their gratitude to all Peninsula residents and visitors who support The Dancing Orchid and who share their appreciation for beautiful, unique and high quality products that entice the senses. Shirley and Janet pride themselves on seeking out home décor, giftware and accessories that offer a "wow" factor and sophisticated style. It's always exciting to take a stroll past The Dancing Orchid to see the gorgeous selection of products showcased in their eye-catching window displays. Along with one-of-a-kind seasonal items, this shop offers a great selection of "tried and true" products, from PYRRHA talisman pendants, the Maxwell and Williams collection of ceramic tableware and stainless steel flatware to LAMPE Berger Home Fragrances, THYMES Bath and Body and Charlie Paige Clothing. To make room for the new Spring/Summer line of Charlie Paige, they will be offering 50% off all fall/winter clothing. Be sure to stop by in the New Year and take advantage of this fantastic discount on this fashion-forward clothing. Whether you are in search of a beautifully scented bath product, stylish décor and textiles for your home or even just that creative and charming greeting card, The Dancing Orchid offers you your "Accessories for Life."

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A new column is always fun and, because of my love of history, this one is going by Valerie Green to be especially enjoyable. Please join me through the year as I travel back in time to visit some old heritage buildings of interest including homes on the Peninsula, Greater Victoria and further afield on Vancouver Island. In addition, I will be exploring some interesting characters and stories from the past. I hope you will be pleasantly surprised! The English Tudor-style manor house, Dunmora, off McPhail Road in Central Saanich, is possibly one of the best kept secrets on the Saanich Peninsula. It is a magnificent house situated high up on a bluff overlooking the Saanich Inlet and surrounded by acres of woodland. Built by D.W. Burnett in the early 1920s and designed by architect J.C.M. Keith (who also designed Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria), it is one of the most spectacular homes in the area. The current owners of Dunmora are only the sixth titleholders in almost a century of Dunmora’s existence. The first owners were Gerald and Léonie May, a young couple who fell in love at first sight with the view and surrounding 60 acres and decided to purchase the land in order to build their dream house. By 1922 they had moved into their home, which was comprised of 10,000 square feet with six bedrooms, formal living and dining rooms, wrap-around verandas, a sun room and large third-floor attic area. Dunmora’s red roof was a landmark from the Malahat across the Saanich Inlet. Soon the Mays were raising their family of two sons and a daughter. Despite the isolation of the area, they enjoyed a blissful life, entertaining friends and being taken care of by many faithful Chinese servants, housekeepers and nannies. It was an ideal and rather typical existence for wealthy folk at that time in history until war intervened in 1939, the ravages of which even stretched to the idyllic lifestyle enjoyed by the Mays. Over the next two decades their life at

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Dunmora changed. Due to Gerald May’s ill health, by the early 1960s they had sold the house and for the next decade there were two other owners, the Battys and the Simpsons. Like all Dunmora’s owners, they also left their footprints on the fabric of the house. Then in 1969, Dunmora was purchased by Donald and Eivor Cormie whose political and legal connections meant that the home (which they had renamed Collessie) saw the comings and goings of the rich and famous. At various times, it was visited by Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and his wife Margaret and many movie stars including Jack Nicholson. Movies were filmed at the house and in the exotic grounds and one episode of the then popular Love Boat series in which actor Lorne Greene was featured. The Cormies were also involved with the David Foster Foundation and hosted lunch in the gardens for many celebrities one summer at one of Foster’s Baseball Tournaments. Those celebrities included Gordie Howe and Wayne Gretsky, to name but a few. The Cormies stayed until the late 1990s. Another young family owned the house for a few years and resurrected the name Dunmora. After they left, the surrounding acreage was sub-divided and the house was restored and renovated with meticulous attention to its heritage by Grant Rogers of the Marker Group in Sidney. The current owner, who purchased the house in 2015, strongly believes that it has an aura of mystery surrounding it. Any ghosts that might today reside at Dunmora (and there have been people who have felt a “presence” there!) would certainly be happy ones. A book about the house is in production and depicts a story of love over nearly 10 decades. Valerie Green is an author and historian and can be reached at Photo by

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days, unusual for this island’s inhabitants. They usually dress in jeans, hoodies and gumboots. Or shorts, tees and sandals. Not this morning. It’s unusual weather. An Arctic outflow bringing below-freezing temperatures has blown off to grip the rest of Canada. The legacy of two major storms and a power outage is incrusted snow that crackles and squeaks underfoot. After two mild winters I can’t find my winter coat and certainly not my woolly mittens. The car heater is turned all the way up. Down in the vineyard the grape vines are dormant. It will take warm spring sunshine to swell the buds, just as it will take the heat of summer to bring back the part-timers who own property here, and the thousands of tourists who swell the island’s population at the height of the season. They flock here to kayak and hike, and fill up the variety of restaurants and cafés that suit every taste and dietary need. Maybe look at a cabin to purchase. You can’t find cheap cabins here anymore, say at $60,000 or $70,000. Or rent an overnight shack for fifty cents a night. Or even dance on the bouncy floor at the Browning Pub. Those days are gone. But ask an old-timer, if you can find one among the influx of newbies, about Ashton Ross-Smith. When the lads came home after WWII without jobs to go to and with only one set of clothes on their backs, Ross-Smith gave them work on his 350-acre farm and told them to build their own cabins with whatever they found lying around the property. Likewise with shell-shocked escapees from the Vietnam war, draft dodgers from across the U.S. border mere kilometres to the south and later, a few hippies. Even RCMP officers have a special welcome for certain newcomers. Corporal Linda used to make a point of visiting convicted felons who moved here. She’d knock on the door and say: “Just want to welcome you to Pender Island. If there’s anything you need, let me know. Don’t worry, I know where to find you.” A pedophile who thought himself safely hidden didn’t stay long after that. We’re not called the “friendly islands” for nothing. However, as in any small community, we have our share of gossip. One icy Christmas I had a serious car accident. We have no hospital and my injuries were such that I had to be medevaced to Victoria General. In answer to whomever put it about that I’d lost an eyeball, I started a counter rumour: it had rolled down the road and, after dropping off the bridge linking the north and south islands, had fallen into the water. A fish then ate the tasty morsel for supper.

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This is part of a rotating series of profiles on some of the Saanich Peninsula's unique businesses and services. Hair loss is a difficult issue for those affected. In an often judgemental world with impossible standards for beauty, it can be devastating to lose a prominent source of personal leverage and self-esteem. Since male hair loss gets so much attention, we tend to forget that many women are also afflicted. Thankfully, modern technology is giving new hope to both sexes. Nicole Payer is eager to deliver the good news. The first word of Nicole Payer’s business – Hope Bay Hair Salon – may just be a positive harbinger of things to come. The Pender Island native owns the enterprise where she helps clients realize their dreams of full healthy hair. At her salon on Pender Island and in Sidney at Hair District, Nicole offers a remarkable array of services to the community: hair cuts for the whole family, styling, colour treatments, perms, image consulting and another invaluable service for men and women: hair loss treatment, prevention and regrowth. According to Nicole: “Hair loss is an everyday occurrence. But when it starts to be more than the average amount, it is time to ask yourself ‘should I look into this? Is it normal?’” She understands the personal impact of a diminishing head of hair: “In today’s world, hair

loss for men and women is a big issue.” It is important for women to have “hair that is full, that shines and is healthy.” And it is just as vital for men “to look the way they used to when they were younger.” A typical consultation with Nicole begins with a scalp analysis: “Healthy hair starts with a healthy scalp.” The caring professional takes a close look at the scalp, diagnoses the issue, and creates an effective treatment plan. Nicole is a Trichology specialist. “A Trichologist is an expert in all types of hair loss, hair disorders and scalp problems,” she explains. “We can treat hair loss, baldness, scaling of the scalp, itching, hair breakage, dryness and oiliness amongst other things.” Among Nicole’s expert skills are help with regrowing hair, preventing hair loss, and treating dandruff, psoriasis and other scalp conditions. “One in four people suffer from scalp issues and 75% of our population suffers from fine and thinning hair.” Nicole is the proud messenger of encouraging news: “Today’s growing practice of Trichology allows us to actually see scalp issues and contain or cure them. The success rate is very good. Men and women are amazed at how their hair feels, how the texture is more manageable.” Hope shines brightly on the horizon on Pender Island and in Sidney: “Slowly but surely their hair comes back to life.” Contact:

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Need a way to beat those post-holiday blues? Ring in the new year at Cattle Point! Nothing beats fresh, wintery ocean air – just make sure to bundle up! At this time by Jesse Holth of year, the grass is lush and green. The vernal pools are also full: these temporary pools fill with water once the rainy season starts, providing habitat for a diverse and unique ecosystem. It’s a great place to do some winter storm-watching – gusting winds and strong weather fronts create a beautiful and invigorating spectacle, with waves crashing along the shore. You’ll also have the opportunity to spot some marine life, usually on the calmer days. Seals, otters, sea lions, herons, oystercatchers, killdeer and other wildlife all frequent this rocky outcrop. In winter, the majestic Olympic mountain range appears in crisp definition, and the snow-capped peaks are simply gorgeous. If you happen to catch a beautiful sunset, the open sky provides a perfect venue to witness the bright pinks, purples and oranges glowing in the frosty air. Any geology buffs out there? Cattle Point has a wealth of fascinating rock features, including erratics – rocks that were left behind from ice age glaciers. Dragged along with glacial movement, they hail from distant geological terrain and therefore look somewhat out of place. See if you can spot them! In some of the bedrock, you can also see striations – long, parallel lines. These marks were created by the movement of

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glaciers, as meltwater streams carved grooves in the rock. Fun fact: Cattle Point gets its name from an interesting history. In the 1800s, it was a drop-off point for cattle – they were pushed overboard so they could swim ashore! You can also explore Uplands Park, a Garry oak meadow just across the street. Or, if you take the stairs on the right (just beyond the first car park area) they’ll take you down along a promenade towards Willows Beach. This sandy beach is popular with families, and there is a playground in the adjacent park. If it’s calling for clear skies, take note – Cattle Point is a designated dark sky preserve. This means it’s the perfect spot for star gazing, and you can even join the Royal Astronomical Society to observe the night skies. Don’t forget about this special place for meteor showers, full moons and other astronomical events! There are a number of wonderful viewpoints, and benches located all around Cattle Point. You’ll be able to see some Victoria landmarks, like the Oak Bay Beach Hotel and Discovery Island. If it’s not too cloudy, you may even find the ubiquitous Mount Baker dominating the skyline. Cattle Point is ideal for winter rejuvenation, breathing in the brisk ocean air, and taking advantage of storm-watching season. Just remember to be prepared: it can be wet and muddy if there has been heavy rain, and you’ll want to wear your hat, mittens and scarf to keep out that winter chill! To find out more, visit

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Position a rack in the centre of the oven and heat the oven to 325°F. In an eight-quart Dutch oven, heat 2 tbsp of the oil over medium heat. Season the ribs with 2 tsp salt and 1 tsp pepper. Add half of the ribs to the pot (or as many as will fit without overlap) and cook, turning with tongs, until nicely browned on all sides – 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a platter and repeat with the remaining ribs. Pour off all but a thin layer of fat from the pan. Add the remaining 1 tbsp oil, carrots, celery and onions to the pan. Season with 1/2 tsp salt. Cook, stirring and scraping up any browned bits on the bottom of the pan, until the aromatics are soft and lightly browned – 6 to 8 minutes. Add bay leaves and garlic and cook, stirring, until well distributed and fragrant – about 1 minute. Pour ½ cup of the red wine into the pot and cook, stirring to scrape up any browned bits on the bottom of the pot, until the liquid is reduced to about 2 tbsp – about 1 minute. Transfer all the ribs (and any juices that have accumulated) back into the pot. Pour 1¾ cups water, the beef broth and the remaining red wine over the ribs and, using tongs, arrange the ribs as evenly as possible and no more than two layers deep. Bring the liquid to a simmer, cover, and put the pot in the oven. Cook, turning the ribs with tongs about every 40 minutes, until they are fork tender, about 2¾ hours. (The meat may fall off most of the bones about midway through cooking; this does not mean they are fully tender.) Transfer the ribs to a serving platter or dish. Let the sauce and solids sit in the pot for a few minutes to cool and with a shallow spoon, skim off as much of the fat as possible from the surface. Season the sauce to taste with salt and pepper, and add the vinegar. Serve the ribs with the sauce spooned over.

Burns Night Celebration If you are Scottish, wherever you are in the world there is one date that is indelibly marked in your annual calendar: January 25. It is an evening when every Scot celebrates the life of poet Robbie (pronounced Rabbie to those in the know) Burns. Yet how did this tradition start and why has it become so popular? In 1796, Burns died tragically young at age 37. Five years later, to commemorate his passing, nine friends led by the Reverend Hamilton Paul – a very liberal minister – hosted a Masonic type dinner at Alloway, the cottage where Burns had lived. They feasted on haggis with plentiful recitals of his poems and the singing of his verses. A magnificent time was had by all and they decided to repeat the event the following year, little knowing that they had started a tradition. It was a tradition that spread quickly, thanks to the growing popularity of Burns' poetry, and many people were captivated by the idea. By 1802, many of the west coast towns that had ties to Burns were hosting dinners. These evenings were either loosely organized by friends or by the clubs dedicated to the poet. It was, however, Walter Scott, who hosted a large literary Burns Supper in 1815, that first made the event famous. And Burns dinners were not limited to Scotland. Students at Oxford University fêted "Burns Night" as early as 1806 and by 1812,

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the dinner was being celebrated in New Zealand, India and Canada. Burns Night now takes place in almost every country of the world and is embraced by Chinese, Russians, Europeans and North and South Americans. What is it about Burns that transcends language, nationality and political ideology? The poems of Robert Burns have inspired such diverse luminaries as Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson and John Steinbeck, yet no other poet is celebrated quite like Burns. His face has been planted on stamps and bank notes and he has even been credited with promoting women’s rights, 100 years before the Suffragette movement. After all, it was Burns who wrote that nature may have created men first, but she perfected the process with women! However, the best way to understand the universal appeal is to go to a Burns dinner, many of which are offered on the Island. The epic slaughter of the haggis, the songs, the performance of the poems and the sound of the bagpipes all add up to theatre at its finest. So what are you doing this January 25? There will be a Burns Night celebration at Sidney's Mary Winspear Centre on January 21 (see and Victoria Caledonian Distillery & Brewery will be hosting a Burns Night celebration on January 25 at their facility. For details visit

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Beacon Community Services Volunteers Comedian Dave Barry once called tax season “the time to gather up those receipts, sharpen up that pencil, and stab yourself in the aorta … .” Fortunately, a local group of caring volunteers can take away income tax pain and anxiety – for free. Beacon Community Services’ Community Volunteer Income Tax program offers free tax preparation and filing for those with low income (individuals earning no more than $30,000/year, less than $40,000 for couples). Files must not involve investments or self-employment income, but the confidential service is open to clients of any age or background. “Some who come in are very anxious. Maybe they’re nine or 10 years behind on

their taxes. And the volunteers just take it away and get everything settled down,” says Deb Greenaway, Beacon Community Services’ Volunteer Services Coordinator. All 15 Beacon tax volunteers are trained by Revenue Canada. Many have also opted for additional training to assist those who may have specialized tax needs. Some have professional backgrounds in accounting or bookkeeping, and all are keen to help people. One volunteer spends hours dealing with others’ taxes because

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it “brings the satisfaction of being the connection between a need and a solution.” Another considers it “A privilege. “It’s particularly rewarding to help those who qualify by ensuring they receive the disability tax credit to lower their taxable income,” he adds, after 15+ years volunteering with Beacon’s program. “It’s important to file even if you’ve earned nothing during the year,” counsels another. “We can often identify credits and rebates that are available only to tax filers: so filing might actually mean more money in your pocket.” The program served 860 people last year, each with a unique story. One yearly client, who was first referred by the Lions Food Bank, calls the program a godsend. “When I received some pension from the U.K., Beacon volunteers took the time to explain the impact it would have on benefits I was receiving at the time,” explains the senior. “And now I know that when I fill out my paperwork with the volunteer, I never have to worry. When I’m anxious, they’re always able to explain things in a way that I can understand. They’re very caring and professional.” They’re usually also quick. Clients meet with the volunteer (typically for 10 or 15 minutes), leave their information, and get a call within seven days to say their return has been e-filed. … No hair pulling or aorta stabbing required! From March to April, Beacon’s Volunteer Income Tax program is “drop-in” at SHOAL Centre: Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. The rest of the year, service is Wednesday afternoons, by appointment. Visit for more information.

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Child & Youth Mental Health on the Peninsula As the holiday season ends,

I breathe a sigh of relief. Not just because the chaos and expectation of the season is behind us, but also because it is such a difficult time of year for so many of my patients. For those experiencing loneliness or grief and loss, the holidays can be very painful and isolating. Families being thrown together at this time of year can bring on added stress that may manifest in symptoms of depression, anxiety, or other mental health challenges. As a family physician I see the effect these pressures can have on children and youth in our community. Fortunately, there are local services that are here to help. During an acute mental health crisis, there are several places to turn. The first is to call 911 or the 24-hour Vancouver Island Crisis Line (1-888-4943888). The Crisis Line has access to the Integrated Mobile Crisis Response Team (IMCRT) – professionals who can travel to the scene of a crisis and decide on the best course of action. The Victoria General Hospital Emergency Department will see those under 17, while the Royal Jubilee Hospital is the place to go for older youth and young adults with acute mental health problems. NEED2 also operates an online chat line for youth experiencing thoughts of self-harm or suicide ( What about in a non-crisis situation? If you have access to a Family Physician, that’s the place to start. Teachers and school counsellors are also there to help. If you have extended health benefits or an employee assistance program, then make a call to get a list of counsellors; otherwise choose your own from the many listed online ( is one example). The Saanich Child and Youth Mental Health Centre is an outstanding resource. Located at #201 - 4478 West Saanich Road, the Centre employs mental health clinicians who will do an intake interview with you and/or

your child. They will then let you know what services would best suit your child’s situation. Instead of waiting for a referral, families can present during “walk-in” hours. Phone 250-952-5073 for more information. First Nations families can call 250-952-4073 to access the Aboriginal Child and Youth Mental Health office. One of the biggest tragedies of the past year has been the number of overdose deaths in our province due to the fentanyl crisis. Sadly, youth on the Saanich Peninsula can be counted among those at risk. Island Health operates Discovery Youth and Family Substance Use Services; be it drugs or alcohol, this is a free program with outreach, counselling, education and support. Call 250-519-5313 for more information. Youth forming caring relationships with committed adults is a huge asset in developing mental wellness; we’re so fortunate on the Peninsula with the myriad of opportunities that promote this through sports teams, youth groups and recreation centres. For LGBT youth, this sense of connection and acceptance is even more important, as their rate of suicide attempts can be as high as 30 to 40%. Saanich Commonwealth Place offers a drop-in for Queer, Trans and Allied Youth on Friday nights, as well as a support group for parents and families. Call 250-475-7624 for more information. No child or family should struggle alone with mental health or substance use issues. Please reach out to any of the resources above if you, or someone you love, is affected. In the meantime, here are some excellent online resources with more information:,,,,, Dr. Kate Evans is a mother of three and co-chair of the Saanich Peninsula Local Action Team, part of the Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use Collaborative.

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After living in Mill Bay for two years, Terri sold her house and began the search for a new community to call home. She explored properties from Victoria to Comox. Finally, in the Patricia Bay neighborhood, she found the site she wanted. The house was advertised as a “fixer-upper.” Unfortunately, it was well past the point of fixing up, but Terri thought the location had great potential. It was close to the beach, had a generous glimpse of the ocean, and was conveniently close to the airport and ferry terminals. Terri purchased the lot in June 2015 and initiated the design process. Terri’s vision for her new home was a beach shack with a “little bit more!” Construction of the two-storey, 2,400-square-foot home and garage began in February and was completed by July 2016. Terri was on the job site every day, overseeing the work and throwing herself headlong into any job that needed doing. “I took the whole fence down. It was rotten, so I ended up using a rake to pull it down, and I stomped it flat,” she remembers. Other jobs included clearing and burning brush, stacking firewood, painting trim and shakes, and staining cedar beams and posts. When the derelict shed needed taking down, Terri went in with a screwdriver and removed all the drywall and insulation and then, with the help of a sledgehammer, demolished what she could reach. “That felt good!” Terri says with a smile. The most exciting point in the construction for Terri was when the crane truck came bearing trusses. She remembers it as a beautiful, hot sunny day, but she was concerned about the safety of the workers, who were walking along rather nonchalantly on the skinny top plates of her high new walls. Everything went smoothly, however, and once the trusses were up, “It finally looked like a real house.” During the process of building a house, there are a great many construction decisions to be figured out. Selecting materials can be time consuming and challenging due to the almost overwhelming number of choices available. Waiting for materials to arrive can be frustrating too; in a hot building market, delays can stretch from weeks to months. Terri likes to buy local, and she is especially proud of the edge-grain fir doors she selected from the clearance section

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of Slegg Building Materials. The doors were sanded and finished with Sikkens wood coating, and now they look flawless. From the street, Terri’s home clearly reflects the West Coast contemporary look. Concrete columns were poured on an angle to support chunky cedar beams and posts from Salt Spring Island timber, highlighting the entry and supporting the upper deck. Stylish grey HardieShingle siding softens the functional look and contrasts cleanly with white trimmed windows and glass-paneled decks. When it came to her kitchen cabinetry, Terri selected Jeff and Vivienne of Cabinet Works, a family firm based in Sidney. They led Terri through the design process of exploring what kind of cabinetry would best suit her needs. Vivienne explains that after determining function, the next step was to create the look and style of the custom cabinets. The finished cabinetry was certainly worth the invested time.




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In the kitchen and main bathroom, the cabinet fronts are a clean white Shaker-style panel with a V-groove. The kitchen perimeter countertops are Formica Calacatta Marble, while the island and main bathroom countertops are Cambria Black Leather Quartz. The ensuite and laundry room cabinet fronts are “wenge” coloured, a rich brown with copper undertones, slab style, and the countertops are Formica Crema Mascarello. Bubble pendant lights hang above the island. “They are fun,” says Terri. “As much as possible, I chose everything to do with being near to the beach.” Terri’s artistic eye is evident everywhere, showing up in the accents that warm and grace every room. As an inveterate traveler, Terri has brought home paintings, metal sculptures, a gorgeous red Madison clock, and handsome antique furniture from Australia. The lovely Amish walnut dining room table and maple chairs were purchased from Whippletree Junction. seaside homes | january 2017 | 49

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Terri’s flooring choices were narrowed down in part by her energetic dog, Rufus, a five-year-old golden doodle. To avoid problems with scratches, Terri chose Maestro Barbirolli, which she describes as “a raked vinyl coated laminate that is very durable.” It looks like a wide plank hardwood floor and carries through her beach-inspired theme. Dozens of vibrant, intricately patterned quilts created by Terri hang elegantly from wooden racks in many of the rooms. They provide gorgeous splashes of colour that are complemented by the soft grey walls. Terri reflects that many of the same skills she used in creating her unique quilts, such as patience, attention to detail and artistic creativity and vision, came in particularly handy while building her new home. Exquisite hand-painted floor cloths created by Salt Spring artist Terri-Ann Dunning adorn two bedroom walls. Several of Carol Evans’ watercolours are also featured throughout the home. Funky

and fun artwork lines the stairway. “I went through a stage of whimsy in my life – I am still in whimsy,” quips Terri with a laugh. Outside, she is developing low maintenance landscaping combining themes of a beach and desert. A fire pit with seating is also on the to-do list. For now, a beautifully detailed set of wine barrel furniture from Chemainus sits outside on the deck, waiting for a sunny day. “It’s been a process,” says Terri, “and I would do it again, but differently next time. I learned a lot. Some of my friends thought I was nuts taking this on, but now they can see what I have achieved. It’s so peaceful here; I love it. I can hear owls hooting at night, and the sunsets in Pat Bay are beautiful!” Terri’s home, created from a vision, completed with determination and filled with art, is beautiful too. To see all the photos from this Seaside Homes shoot, visit

Top: Terri’s artistic eye is evident everywhere, showing up in the accents that warm every room. Bottom: dozens of vibrant, intricately-patterned quilts provide gorgeous splashes of colour that are complemented by the soft grey walls.

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Upon reflection after the year gone by and the wear and tear of the Christmas Season, I realize that for many of us, our beautiful interiors need a little TLC. While consulting with clients, I am often asked for insight on maintenance. Lack of by Paula Grypma understanding of how to care for some Outlooks Design finishes, or perhaps not realizing that they are in need, prevent our interiors from reaching their beautiful potential. When disaster strikes, like the red wine spill on the white wool rug, it prompts us to take action. I had a great conversation with a favourite of many homeowners, good old “Mr. Clean” (you know: the bald man in the white T-shirt and bulging biceps) about reaching out to professionals who furbish our interiors and he provided valuable insight. Chad Parker from Abstract Stone suggests the easiest way to keep your stone looking great is to avoid bad habits that may damage it. Natural stone and solid surfaces are similar in many ways, but their differences require varying degrees of maintenance. Keep it simple, he says. “Clean surfaces using a sponge or soft cloth with a mild soap and water solution. And, blot up spills immediately!” Our floors take a beating! Many flooring types do well with minimal water and a superior microfiber cloth (mop). Leanne Rowan, Sales Rep for Norwex Cleaning Supplies, which is a provider of many chemical-free cleaning aids, explains: “the Norwex mop with a detachable 'wet' microfiber cloth is ideal for cleaning all types of hard floor surfaces, and because of the very high count of microfibers, it disinfects as it cleans without chemicals!” What about the broadloom and area rugs that give us warmth and softness? How do they stand up to daily use? Rob Green, owner of Greenway Carpet Cleaning Ltd., recommends MicroSeal®, a stateof-the-art non-toxic stain guard that penetrates all fibers including wool and leather. Because MicroSeal® penetrates, it withstands many cleanings and will not wear off, offering superior results in cleaning both carpets and fabrics. “Wouldn’t that have been a good plan before that red wine spill!" exclaimed Rob. One of my favourite applications for seasonal changes and easy maintenance is using slipcovers. They can be taken off for dry cleaning or laundering (depending on fabric type and size), allow the base fabric to stay free of soiling, and offer sun protection. The applications I have worked on range from dining room Parson chairs to a mini grand piano! Thank you Mr. Clean, but I have one last question: what is the secret to your shiny head? He smiled his big-toothed smile, and winked. “I’ll never tell.”

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older generation, and enjoyed her time sitting and listening to stories and enjoying their company. Her husband, Fred Harris, was with the Canadian UN and stationed in Golan Heights in Israel. It was there that she met Fred while watching the Canadian UN Troop play against the Americans at a baseball game. “It was love at first sight,” she says. Aliya and Fred married and she became a Canadian citizen in 1984 and they both settled in Victoria. Fred was a Korea War Veteran and had soldiered with the PPCLI and Airborne Regiment for almost 27 years and it was Fred’s affiliation with a retired military organization “Fourandex” that donated to veterans care at the lodge that connected Aliya and her husband to Broadmead Care. Both were impressed with the services provided to the residents, and how their gift provided the opportunity for such programs like creative arts and the best in medical equipment. Fred passed away in June 2008, and Aliya continued supporting the lodge with annual donations and extra gifts of crocheting beautiful lap blankets for residents. In 2014 Aliya put in motion to leave a legacy gift in her will to Broadmead Care. “You hear often of charities for young people, or diseases like cancer, and you don’t often hear of charities supporting older folk. They get neglected a lot of the time,” says Aliya. “It is just such a nice feeling to be able to give in my will, rather than leave the money to the government. I am supporting the Veterans who were there in the war.” Through years of hard work and financial struggles of her own, Aliya says it is a wonderful feeling to be in a place financially where she can give this gift. Aliya’s legacy gift will see that services provided for the Veterans and seniors at the Lodge continue for years to come. Broadmead Care runs Vancouver Island’s designated residential care facility and adult day programs for hundreds of WWII and Korean War veterans, seniors and adults with disabilities. For more information on how you can support through legacy giving at Broadmead Care, call 250-658-3274, email donations@broadmeadcare. com or visit

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Jessie’s Island, the beloved bestselling children’s classic set in Sidney and the Gulf Islands, celebrates its 25th year in print. Local North Saanich illustrator Sheena Lott and author Sheryl Mcfarlane will be present for a book signing. Cake will be served. All welcome. January 28

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about reflection and renewal: reflection on the past year’s ups and downs, and renewal of body, mind and spirit to address the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. This is just as true for an organization as it is personally. And the Sidney Business Improvement Area Society (Sidney BIA) is no exception. Looking back, we take pride in our accomplishments of 2016: events like Family Day LEGO Festival, Sidney Days, Treat Street and Christmas in Sidney were all judged successful by businesses, residents and visitors alike. Behind the scenes, breakfast meetings with commercial property owners, member forums, brown-bag professional development sessions, thousands of dollars of earned media and much else, all served to stimulate awareness of the BIA’s value to Sidney, foster respectful dialogue about important community issues, and establish critically important links to help promote Sidney locally, regionally and internationally as the vibrant destination it has become. As an organization, we are particularly pleased with the number of members and associate members who have come forward to support a wide range of business and community initiatives. There is something to be said, truly, about all singing from the same song sheet! Things get done more easily and quickly and the shared vision reduces obstacles to effective communication. All of which lays a strong foundation for several key initiatives in 2017. Effective this month, the Sidney BIA assumes responsibility for the development and management of Sidney Visitor Information Services. “We are so pleased,” says Morgan Shaw, the new Visitor Experience Manager. “We have a unique opportunity to build on the groundwork laid by the Sidney BIA and the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce to create an extraordinary experience for visitors.” Morgan and her extensive team of knowledgeable and highly skilled volunteers will introduce a wide range of new services, several drawing on the latest in technology to enrich visitors’ experience before and during their visits. “It’s going to be an exciting time,” says Morgan.

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“We’ll continue to put Sidney on the map in brand new ways!” Also on the agenda for 2017, the Sidney BIA will seek renewal through the Town of Sidney for another five-year period beginning in January 2018. “We’ve been very fortunate,” says Donna Petrie, Executive Director of the Sidney BIA, “to have the help and support of an outstanding renewal working group.” Composed largely of commercial property owners, the renewal group has worked with Donna and the Board to identify the many reasons businesses and property owners fully support the renewal. “The SBIA has proved time and again capable of creating inspired initiatives for making Sidney an attractive shopping and business centre.” says Mark Dickinson, Beacon Avenue property owner and President of Van Isle Marina. “It is especially reassuring to know that the SBIA is striving to maximize marketing efforts to bring more shoppers to Sidney's downtown core.” Photo by Nat Klein.

If you would like information on how to leave your legacy to benefit the Saanich Peninsula please email or call President Viola VandeRuyt at 250-580-2676

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Peninsula Panthers

Optimism Abound for the New Year

As the yearly calendar is about to turn to 2017, it’s hard to believe that the past twelve months have counted down so quickly. And with the New Year will arrive new hope and promise for a young Peninsula Panthers Team that is starting to have a look and feel about them like they belong. After struggling for much of the 2016/17 season, the Club seems to have matured and are just starting to put up wins.

players in the room. It will take him a month or so to really kick it into gear but when he does, the fans on the Peninsula will love his play.” Cochrane’s younger brother, Holden also plays on the Panthers, a sharply skilled 17-year-old with a big upside to his game. Holden Cochrane attended the Tri-Cities Americans’ Camp of the WHL in late August but struggled at first to find his footing with the Panthers. Although playing much better as of late, the Club believes that adding Duncan will assist.

The Panthers made a huge transaction just before midnight on December 1st when they moved 18-year-old Chase O’Keefe to the other side of town where he joined up with the Victoria Cougars. And coming out to the Peninsula might be exactly what the Club was looking for if early returns are any indication. Eighteen-year-old Justin Anderson, who hails from Red Deer, Alberta, is probably the biggest netminder in the VIJHL and he played his size in his first two games immediately after the trade. Anderson was told that he would be moving late on December 1st and the following night he backstopped his new Club to a dramatic double - OT 4-3 win against the Saanich Braves at the George Pearkes Arena. And the following night, he followed it up with a 3-1 win back in his new home at the Panorama Recreation Centre against the same Saanich Braves squad. It was a busy couple of days for the Panthers new stopper however, his weekend was not over. He joined his mates on Sunday evening when the Panthers partnered with the Panorama Recreation Centre in the Santa Clause Parade in Sidney. Anderson was front and centre handing out schedules and waving to a large gathering on Beacon Avenue as the Panorama float moved slowly along the parade route.

A couple players who played their Minor Hockey with the Peninsula Minor Hockey Association are winding down their Junior Careers including 20-year-olds Garnett Roberts and Kai Turner. Both are attending post-secondary education here in Victoria and chose to pair the game of hockey with their studies. “We always put significant importance to education and it trumps the game. We have had a number of occasions this season and in past seasons where our players had to attend school to complete assignments or write a test and we always make that a priority,” said Zubersky. Both Garnett and Kai have career goals but also enjoy playing the game and we try to make it work for kids like these. Earlier this season our Head Coach Brad Tippett brought in all the kids playing in their last season of Junior and asked them if they would like a move. They all wanted to stay right here and it says a lot about the program; it says a lot about the players.”

The Club made another move one week after acquiring Anderson when they brought in 20-year-old Duncan Cochrane. The smooth forward had not played hockey last season as he was focused on obtaining his commercial flying certification however with only a few months of Junior eligibility remaining, he decided to pull his hockey gear from the corner of the garage and join the team. “We don’t usually go looking for 20-yearold players who have not been playing the game, but Duncan is a special person and this is a special case,” said General Manager Pete Zubersky. “He is a very, very good player and he will help on the ice but he is also a quality young fellow and his leadership qualities will help the younger

The other 20-year-old on the roster is Captain Josh Poland. He was previously a member of the Saanich Braves but the Panthers made a move for him two years ago and it has been a great fit. Josh has been a forward for his entire time in the game starting as a young child however, earlier this season Tippett needed some help on the back end and Poland was there for him. Although unfamiliar with the position, the 4-year veteran of the VIJHL has filled in admirably and has added some scoring punch from the defensive corps. Poland attends Camosun College and a couple of weeks ago received some interest from Oklahoma University which is an NCAA Division III School and he is looking at his options. The VIJHL allows for teams to carry a maximum of eight players in their final year of Junior but with Cochrane, Poland, Roberts and Turner, the Panthers only have four such players. “We always have a youthful group

Photos by Gordon Lee Photography Newly-acquired goaltender #1 Justin Anderson holds down the fort in a The Panthers’ best players and one of the top forwards in the VIJHL, #4 game against the visiting Victoria Cougars in early December of this year. Trevor Owens battles in a November game against the Saanich Braves. 58 | january 2017

Jr. Hockey Club The Panthers will play seven home games in the regular season in the New Year, the last of which coming on February 17th in the PMHA & Fan Appreciation game. The Panthers will wear a specially designed 3rd jersey for that game and will gift the jerseys to PMHA players and fans in an on-ice presentation once the game has been completed. It is one of the highlights of the season. The team will hold their annual Awards Banquet on February 18th and all fans are welcome to attend. Tickets will be available at all Panthers games on Fridays at 7:30 pm. The Peninsula Panthers Organization take this opportunity to thank the fans and sponsors who make Junior Hockey on the Peninsula a possibility. Without the support of the community it would be impossible to provide a program for these young men to continue to develop in the game both on and off the ice. And finally, the Organization hopes that you are all enjoying the festive season and hope you had a very Merry Christmas and wish you all the best in the New Year!

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to whom we remain committed and therefore we don’t actively pursue 20’s to fill our roster.” explained Zubersky. “And with a focus on youth and development, the 20’s are even that more important. Our players in their final year need to enjoy the game but they also have to help create an environment where the rookies can also enjoy the game and succeed. We have that in spades.”

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Get Fit and Have Fun! TC10K Registration for TC10K training clinics, through area recreation centres, is now open. Clinics cater to all ages and levels. Whether you are a walker or runner, participating for the fun and fitness or looking to set a personal best as a seasoned runner, our clinics have a spot for you! The 14-week gradual training programs include your entry in the TC10K, a technical training shirt, event shirt, expert training tips, use of the recreation centre on clinic training days, experienced leaders and group support and camaraderie! The culmination of your training will lead you to the start line of the 28th Annual TC10K on Sunday, April 30, 2017, where you will join 8,000 other participants on one of the most scenic 10K courses in Canada with on-course entertainment and charity aid stations. The TC10K continues to support Help Fill A Dream Foundation, Every Step Counts, Victoria Hospitals Foundation, Raise-A-Reader, Heart & Stroke Foundation, BC Cancer Foundation and Cystic Fibrosis Canada. Teams and individuals can raise money for their charity of choice ongoing until race day or as a one-time donation at the time of registration. New this year: employers who wish to support their employees’ efforts to enter the race can pre-purchase entries on our site and simplify the registration process.

Peninsula clinics start the third week of January, at Saanich Commonwealth Place on Saturday mornings and at Panorama Recreation Centre (Greenglade) on Sunday mornings. More information about registration for the race, clinics and our charity partners is available at Let fitness and fun be your resolution in 2017: let our clinics and leaders help get you to the start line and let’s celebrate your achievement at the finish line!

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last word I love my job, and after eight years I think I’ve gotten pretty good at it. That being said, there are always times when you question yourself and your abilities, but there are also signs from time to time to let you know that you’re on the right track. I’m given one of those signs when I receive the occasional email from a client that says something along the lines of “can your graphic department work on this ad?” I always giggle a little when I read this as Seaside Magazine’s “Graphic Department” has a population of just one: me (the secret is out!). I do have a great assistant, Kelsey Boorman, who helps out when things get overwhelming, but on a day-to-day basis I’m it. So I get a little chuckle out of it, but when I stop to think I realize that if our readers and clients are under the impression we have a whole team of graphic

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designers working on the magazine every month, I must be doing something right! The best part of my job is the variety of things I get to work on every day; working with writers to finetune their articles or plan future features, corresponding with clients to talk about what photos will work with their ads, and of course, the final result: the layout of the magazine. The New Year is always seen as a fresh start, and at Seaside when January rolls around we take the opportunity to look at the magazine objectively and ponder what’s working, what’s missing, and what needs adjusting. This exciting yearly planning meeting always results in some great fresh ideas for the upcoming year, and 2017 is no different. This issue sees the launch of three new columns: two featuring regular writers (“Offshore” with Trysh Ashby-Rolls and “Historically Speaking” by Valerie Green) and one with a new voice (Dr. Kristen Bovee’s “The Natural Path”). Editorial isn’t the only area that sees some sprucing up come January – the design of the magazine is looked at critically and new elements are brought in. My favourite addition to Seaside are the snapshots of our regular writers that will now grace our pages every month. We hope you enjoy 2017’s Seaside Magazine and look forward to being your Saanich Peninsula Voice for another year.

Allison Smith, Editor


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