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January 2018

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Fall in love with Sidney this Valentine’s. On Saturday February 10th, Sidney businesses will share the love with their valued customers by featuring an all day celebration. Just look for the I Love Sidney icon in store windows to identify participating merchants. For event details, visit:


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Budgeting your money is a good practice for everyone, but it’s especially important for seniors who are often on a fixed income. In fact, the number of seniors declaring bankruptcy each year is on the rise. These budgeting tips for seniors will help you make the most of your income.

jo barnes page 35, 39, 40 A brand new year begins. I’m reminded to get back to the basics: the three R’s. R for Resolution – It all starts with intention. Put your best foot forward. R for Resources – Be informed, seek out guidance, try new approaches. R for Relationships – Family and friendships underpin your whole journey ahead.

linda hunter page 24 While there is no antidote to aging, there is an antidote to aging alone and lonely: create “intentional” community. We invite you to share in our family’s newest adventure as we revisit the village culture, live together and support each other, with a dream to age and die in place.

chantelle mclarty page 62 When you walk around your home and look at each space, how does it make you feel? If something doesn’t feel right it is likely because the scale or proportions are off. Small adjustments to the objects in your space can make all the difference and help create proper balance.

carolyn o’meara page 17 I know I am not alone when I say this – I love to travel! Always have and I hope I always will. Exploring each new destination one step at a time. What better way to relive and share the experiences than putting pen to paper.

rhonda todrick page 26 Our work force is changing! Job postings are everywhere and employers are struggling to find innovative solutions to staffing their businesses. The Boomer generation is living longer and living more active lives than any previous generation. Could they be the solution, rather than the problem? What can they offer employers?

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first word “I have an idea …” We’ve all been there – those four words that push you toward your notebook, laptop, or a snippet of paper torn off a bag of dog food. Grab whatever is nearest to jot down your next big idea, before you forget it! As we launch into a New Year, this likely becomes a common theme for many of us. It’s a time to assess our lives both personally and professionally. We are so passionate about what we do at Seaside Magazine that we are always conjuring up exciting new twists to editorials, developing new columns designing new pages and creating covers worth talking about! With a tight monthly publishing schedule, sometimes it’s hard to bring all our ideas to life, but we’ve been working hard to keep coming up with something new to say. We are the voice of the Saanich Peninsula, so we make every effort to keep up with the trends and listen, as well as take the time to observe what’s happening in our community. We’re not immune to the changes that sweep fashion and design. Observe them long enough and you’ll detect a pattern, a sort of bounce-back effect.

Stand still long enough and they will pass you by repeatedly. Designs get recycled from one decade or generation to the next. Did you miss the mini-skirt fad of the 60’s and 70’s? No problem: hemlines are high again. Polyester leisure suits and wide ties? Wait – they’ll return soon enough. Ditto for interior design. The minimalist design spirit that dates back to the mid-20th century is back in full sail. And the fabric-effect wallpaper that you were glad to get rid of after it had seen better days, well, it’s back too! In this issue of Seaside Magazine you’ll notice some dramatic changes to a few pages, and some subtle ones in others. What hasn’t changed is our strength in editorial content – 80 pages worth! We’re devoted to uncovering the creative talent that runs deep throughout the Saanich Peninsula and we’re thrilled about the opportunity to bring these stories to life on and off the pages. Big thanks to our readers, advertisers and partners for all the support and love you’ve shown Seaside Magazine over the years. Here’s to another great year ahead!

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Dependency Without Danger: Tips for Preventing Elder Abuse

In the past 30-some-odd years I have had the distinct honour of being chosen to take care of elderly clients’ by Laurie Salvador affairs. This is probably due to the Salvador Davis & Co. longevity of our firm’s presence in the Notaries Public community and our reputation for honesty and integrity. I have been power of attorney for many clients, and executrix for many more. My pet peeve is elder abuse, and I have seen some pretty unsavoury situations. More often than not, the abuser is dependent on the older person for money, food or shelter and has a false sense of entitlement. This sense of entitlement can come through being the eldest, taking care of an aging parent, or simply being inconvenienced by a seemingly endless series of phone calls from the parent. Sometimes the adult child is still hanging on to the apron strings (or in this case, the purse strings) of the parent and is living at home or drops by every other day for spending money. There certainly are situations where one adult child has a greater need than other siblings. My recommendation for families where one child is at home or is the main caregiver is to have a family care giving agreement drawn up. This would start with setting out who is responsible for the various duties. To keep things on the up and up, a budget should be drawn and someone other than the child caregiver should be responsible for paying the bills and accounting for the parent’s money. Another scenario that we see all too often is the private caregiver targeting elderly people who don’t have children. They become overly involved in the older person’s affairs, including taking them to the bank

and sometimes obtaining power of attorney. As the elder person ages, they become more and more dependent on the private caregiver. Either knowingly or not, they start to give the caregiver assets or money in the hopes of keeping that person close to them. As dementia or decline weaken the senior, the taking of money other than hourly pay increases. I have even seen cases where the older person wants to transfer their home to the caregiver. That request is usually made with the caregiver in the car outside having primed their client for the meeting. I once had a client who gave very large amounts of money to the caregiver’s children, whom she didn’t even know. The way to prevent this is to have a separate person taking care of all finances, including the payment of the caregiver’s salary. Hiring caregivers from reputable care agencies is the best protection. It might cost a few extra dollars, but professional caregivers are forbidden from accepting gifts and would be terminated if they did so. Beware: a caregiver who brings his or her personal issues into the elder person’s home is seeking sympathy and is, more likely than not, greasing the wheels for assistance with their financial problems. Open communication is essential in taking care of the elderly. Whoever has that responsibility should have a meeting every few months to go over the care plan, as things change frequently. The care team would include family, the caregiver agency, and the person appointed as Power of Attorney and Health Care Representative. We are all responsible for taking care of our aging parents and neighbours. If you see something suspicious, you should report this to the authorities. In our area, the number to call for health or neglect issues is Island Health at 1-888-533-2273 or for suspected financial abuse call 1-800-663-7867 and ask for the Public Guardian and Trustee. january 2018 | 9

word on the street

What's On Your Bucket List? To kick off the new year, Seaside Magazine is introducing something new for readers. We want to live up to our slogan of being "the voice of the Saanich Peninsula," so, in every issue, we'll be asking people to answer a simple question. We're looking by Lara Gladych for responses from all ages and across the diverse neighbourhoods that form our community. This January, as some of us set goals and resolutions, we inevitably ponder what the year ahead holds for us. In keeping with this sentiment, our very first Word On the Street question is: "What's on your bucket list?" I admit: I had to think really hard about this one. Although I'm always thinking of things I would love to do, skills I hope to learn, places to see, etc., when put on the spot to answer this question, I had to pause and dig down deep. In my lifetime, I would like to own a guitar and be able to knock off a couple of really great songs

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at a party. I want to do more exploring of the Four Corners, in the southwestern United States, and travel through the Scandinavian countries. I want to spend a summer sailing around Lake Huron and Lake Michigan with my family. I hope to do another Outward Bound adventure, to measure how I've grown and what I've learned since I did my first one at age 21. Lastly, I'd really love to get back to dance class. I love being on stage and want more of that experience before I'm old and unable. So, what do people on the streets of the Peninsula have to say about their bucket lists? Travel is, of course, an enormously popular answer. Diane, 66, wants to travel to Australia and New Zealand. I ask what "bucket list" means to her. "It's something that you want to do while you're still able to do it. My mum's 93, and there are things she wishes she'd done." Diane's friend, Kate, 65, says that a bucket list to her is "a wish list with no regrets." "My biggie," she continues, "would be to see the Greek Islands … and Australia and New Zealand, as well … That's why we're best friends." It's a sweet moment between the two ladies. Rick, 69, says: "I think I'm still fit enough for Machu Picchu. I

think a bucket list to me is … well, of course there's the movie, and it's about a couple of retired individuals, and that's what I am. Money is not plentiful, but I have enough now that I can do some travelling, and do some of the things that I've never been able to do while raising a family, working, and so on." "A lot of people have a bucket list; a big list of things they should get done, or want to get done. You should let those things go. There's another expression that rhymes with ‘bucket’ that you can do with these things …" and Richard, age 60, is at this moment cut off by his wife. Maybe he has a point? Maybe we shouldn't hold ourselves accountable to a list of "wants" and "shoulds" that we believe will round out our lives. Do we worry that we will die with regret for not having seen, experienced and accomplished more? Not everyone I stop has a bucket list. For some it's simply happiness, health and family that they feel compelled to nurture and enjoy before they die. One of the more interesting responses I hear is from a young geologist, Elijah, 30, who would like to experience an earthquake, and get lost – presumably not all at the same time. I then speak with Kim, 37, who says that as a runner she would like to see more of the Island by means of trail running, and then to broaden her terrain and see more of the world on her feet. I meet a group of flight attendants out of Seattle. Lucas, 35, would like to get back out on the Strait in his kayak come summer. Michelle says her husband would like to visit all the state parks in the U.S., and at 49, she plans to do some rock-hounding alongside him. One of the flight attendants, Corey, hopes to find himself flying a plane one day, and Karen, 59, would like to see Big Ben, in London. I love the practicality of Kirsten's answer. She has to think for a minute, but at 24, she looks forward to one day owning a house. Among my youngest interviewees are a Maja and Sawyer, both eight, who dream of going to Disneyland. And then there's little Mina, age six, who hopes to go back to Switzerland one day to see her best friend, and revisit the land where she could walk to school from home. Paul , 44, sums it up when he responds simply: "It depends on the day."

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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.

Wendy L. Everson Lawyer & Owner Wendy L. Everson Law Legal Services Planning for tomorrow? Questions today? Wendy will assist you. Please call 250-665-6869 for an appointment, or visit our website.

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BMO Financial Group - 2461 Beacon Avenue, Sidney Financial Planner, Investment & Retirement Planning I can significantly enhance my clients’ overall long-term financial success with personal attention, proper planning and ongoing counsel. I also work with qualified and dedicated associates within BMO Financial Group who can provide specialized services to help ensure that your broader financial needs are met. I am committed to building solid, lasting relationships with all of my clients. Together, we will regularly review your plan, and make adjustments to accommodate life changes as they arise. 250.655.2122 |

McVagh Cunningham Group Financial and Estate Planning Whether single through death or divorce, many women are, and will be, faced with the need to rethink their financial priorities. Deneen takes complicated strategies and puts them into plain language to develop your customized plan. We’re here to help you with the many decisions you’ll face being on your own. 250.475.1100 |

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Deborah Reid, FMA, FCSI® Financial Advisor

Raymond James Professional Wealth Management Deborah’s success as a financial advisor is the result of being true to herself. She truly cares for her clients, and she has a passion for what she does. When she started working in this industry 25 years ago, she learned that it is most important to take the time to listen, in order to learn what is most important to her clients. Only then can she tailor a solution to help them meet their financial goals. 250.657.0700

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With over 30 years’ experience in the financial services industry, Alistair has been assisting clients with all aspects of their financial planning needs. Once your plan is in place, we will review and monitor it together to ensure it still needs your needs. Disclosure: Mutual Funds offered through Worldsource Financial Management Inc, sponsoring mutual fund dealer. Financial planning services offered through Alistair Mackay Financial Planning. 250.514.8424

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.

Gordon Benn Lawyer

Pearlman Lindholm Law Firm Legal Services Assisting clients with financial decision-making is a large part of practicing law. Gordon will assist in the fields of Business and Property transactions, Wills and Estate Matters. He has also served his community with highlights including acting as President of the Victoria Symphony, the Sidney Rotary Club, the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation, a Director of the Sidney Classical Orchestra and currently he is the Vice President of the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce.

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When the market has "bad breadth" By: James McCrodan, January 2018 Issue

Scotia Wealth Management™ is an innovative team-based approach to wealth management that addresses the entirety of your life—your family, your business, your future—one facet at a time. James McCrodan, FMA, CIM® Portfolio Manager Senior Wealth Advisor 250.389.2123

Market breadth very simply put is the measure of companies advancing in price relative to the number declining within specific indices. It is a tool used by technical analysts to gauge market strength and potential turning points. Portfolio managers often look at breadth when deciding on the allocation of new cash. If markets are rallying on broadening participation this is a positive sign suggesting the rally has some potential to continue. If markets are rallying on narrowing participation this suggests a short term top is nearby and odds favour caution. Typically as the breadth of a rally narrows it's the lower quality stocks that fall off first. Traders tend to reduce risk first by upgrading holdings. This is why at the latest stage of a rally the index is being carried by just a handful of high quality stocks (bad breadth). Market breadth always narrows prior to any pullback or correction, short-term or long-term. In the case of major market tops the breadth narrowing trend can take place over months as it did in the 2007-2009 time period. US equity markets topped out in October of 2007 after which they ground downward to the 2009 lows on a trend of deteriorating

breadth. Contrast that with the TSX which also made a top in October of 2007, but counter-rallied from April 2008 to August 2008. However, that rally was on narrow breadth supported by Potash, RIM, and the energy sector. But a quick look under the top line of the index revealed the narrow breadth. A clear warning when viewed in the context of broader global market weakness. Market breadth analysis is no silver bullet for market timing, but it is an important tool when viewing and evaluating trends. We want to have some measure of whether conditions are improving or deteriorating when making major portfolio decisions with clients, or assessing market risk within the context of the current business cycle. As we move further into the late stages of this cycle and the equity market rally, breadth analysis can help provide an awareness of underlying market deterioration and point the way to general portfolio risk reduction.

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Budapest, One Step at a Time by Carolyn O'Meara Vision Travel Solutions

46,259 steps is a good walk;

it would get you most of the way from Victoria to Sidney and back again. That's a pleasant walk but plain vanilla ice cream; take those steps in Budapest and you are on your way to a whole sundae. Budapest is fondly known as the Queen of the Danube. Its two cities, Buda and Pest, straddle the meandering river. It offers an efficient and inexpensive public transport system, but this October, our transport of choice was our feet. There is no better way to explore a city than on foot: you can focus on the smallest details, stop and smell the flowers, the local sausage or the delicious chimney cake called kurtoskalacs. Instead of passing that quaint café, you can go in and enjoy it. Two days and 46,529 steps later we just scratched the surface of what this grand old city has to offer. Pedometer in hand (and a pocket full of forint for the pay toilets), we set out to explore what Condé Nast Traveler calls "the world's second best city." We can say Conde Nast got it right: from the stately mansions lining Andrassy Boulevard to the imposing Basilica of St. Stephen to the cafés and restaurants that are simply everywhere, there is more to see in Budapest than two days or even two weeks could satisfy. Our two-day hike around Budapest left us foot weary but appreciative of its natural and manmade beauty. We started our adventure at the shore of the Danube and worked our way through Pest. Changing course, we crossed the Szechenyl Chain Bridge to Buda, ready to explore. A choice of the Siklo, a funicular

railway built in 1870, or a walk up the gentle slope brings you to the top. With its romantic streets and alleyways, Ottoman-era thermal baths, Royal Palace and Fisherman's Bastion to the Matthias Church, impressive views from the top of Castle Hill and the Hungarian Parliament, Buda has much to offer. Let's not forget to try a nice cold beer and Hungarian sampler plate at one of the many cafés. Back to Pest we go, this time exploring the remarkably intact Jewish Quarter, the sobering Shoe Memorial to Holocaust victims and hunting down the last intact stretch of the Jewish Ghetto wall, Budapest's past was not always peaceful. From the Jewish Quarter a good stretch of the legs gets us to Heroes' Square and City Park, Pest's green lung. Present-day Budapest is not made of just its history but also its vibrant present. Pedestrian-friendly plazas abound and offer a shopper's delight. Stroll the cobblestone back alleys and courtyards and you will find cafés and restaurants offering everything from traditional Hungarian goulash to decadent pastries. Dig deeper and you will find the Michael Jackson memorial tree located across from the Kempinski hotel, Jackson's favourite and ours too. Time to rest the feet: climb on to the enormous ferris wheel in Erzsebet Square, sit back and a watch a spectacular view of the lights of Budapest all at your feet. If Budapest is on your bucket list do your research, buy good shoes and bring along your spirit of adventure. You won't be disappointed. For more information email january 2018 | 17

can we talk owner / publisher sue hodgson CHATS with cst. meighan de pass, sidney and north saanich community policing officer

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You have just recently taken on the role of Sidney and North Saanich Community Policing Officer, taking over from Constable George Phipps. What are the priorities of this position, and what key areas will be focused on for the two communities? As a personal priority, it’s important to me that I properly identify the needs of my community groups: our merchants, our residents, the schools and the seniors of our communities. Each of these groups have individual needs which can be addressed in a variety of ways. I am seeking feedback and suggestions from the communities, supported by my position as cochair of the Sidney/North Saanich Community Consultative Group. We are starting “Coffee with a Cop” in January, a relationship-building event where the public can speak with police in a casual setting. Our detachment priorities for our Community Policing Section include education and prevention programs covering topics such as BlockWatch, Citizens on Patrol, Frauds, Scams, Internet Safety, Illicit Drug and Substance Education and promoting pedestrian and cycling safety. We also work with our business community to assist in Loss Prevention strategies. To assist us in meeting these priorities we have Auxiliary members and volunteers. We are also looking to increase our RCMP Volunteer base to support our local programs, and also to support the roll out of some new ones. We are having a Volunteer Information Session on January 29 at the SHOAL Centre. How will you work to keep residents safe, including our youth at the local schools? Crime Prevention is a cornerstone of Community Policing, which serves as an effective method of education therefore increasing the safety of residents and youth. The WITS and

DARE programs which are delivered to our elementary school students are designed to prepare kids for the challenges and pressures they will be exposed to. I will be teaching DARE and conducting training for our community groups on personal safety such as Fraud Prevention, Internet Safety, and Personal Safety etc. As a liaison officer, I aim to develop relationships with anyone I meet, hopefully letting that person know that their local officers care about them and are here for them regardless of the situation. We work with our communities on educational initiatives, addressing concerns of our residents such as distracted driving, panhandling, theft from automobiles etc. We also utilize Crime Statistics to plan our patrols and operational enforcement in areas where they are most needed. My role in this is to roll out these great programs and facilitate relationships in the community which allow for a more effective flow of information in both directions. The more information we receive from the public, the better we can serve them. Are older people disproportionately affected by crime? Our senior population is no more likely to be affected by crime rates than any other demographic. The exception to this statement is fraud-related or trust-based schemes. Criminals tend to target their scams and trickery based on their likelihood of success. Our senior population is often targeted due to their tendency to trust and accept people at their word. The less scrupulous in society capitalize on this. It’s important to also note that this may not always be perpetuated by a stranger on the phone or via email: it may be a person known to the victim or a family

member. Care workers, family members, close friends and spouses are in excellent positions to be aware and prevent these incidents by noting changes in financial habits or state of mind. Is cyber-crime really a threat to seniors, or is it exaggerated by the media? The media is not exaggerating it: this is a real and consistent threat to seniors that is constantly evolving and adapting to security measures. There are safeguards in place to assist in preventing these incidents but it is important to take steps to ensure your own safety. What are some ways residents can protect themselves from fraud? Some tips that we recommend are as follows: • Never give out financial or personal information. • Never advance funds up front. • Do not feel pressured by statements such as “Last Opportunity,” “Only good for today” etc. • Have a lawyer or family member review all contracts before signing. • If you are suspicious, trust your instincts and call the police. • Do not allow a family member or friend to pressure you into giving them your cash, debit or credit cards. What is the biggest threat seniors should be aware of, and what is a simple safety checklist you can offer them? The biggest threats to seniors are online/telephone frauds and basic safety when out and about. In relation to the fraud safety I recommend the above tips as a starter for all seniors looking to safeguard themselves. There are many ways to take steps toward becoming safer and more prepared. I encourage our seniors to take advantage of reflectors (available at our detachment) and high visibility clothing while outside, especially at this time of the year. The rain and cloudiness can make visibility difficult for drivers and pedestrians alike. Use the crosswalks, make eye contact and remember that not all drivers will see you immediately. Having the right of way doesn’t prevent injury. Our Crime Prevention team has put together some fantastic resources designed for our senior community. They are called Ageless Wisdom and speak to the three main categories pertinent to seniors: Frauds, Personal Safety and Abuse. I have ordered these and placed them at our detachment and the SHOAL Centre. I also present Seniors Safety presentations, which can be tailored to specific concerns or more general. I am available to meet with any group who wishes. Can you tell us about a couple of unique calls that you remember receiving while serving the community? My favourite is from last summer. One of our volunteers was on patrol when he was shot by a BB gun. The BB grazed his head and luckily he was OK. The investigation determined that the BB was shot by some local youth who were shooting signs and had no intention of harming anyone. I referred this to Restorative Justice where the youths and the victim resolved this informally. The relationship that developed between the BB gun owner youth and the victim was so positive that a year later, the victim took the young man out fishing for salmon with him. Another call that has remained with me was when a local resident called to report a suspicious door-to-door sales person. Someone was selling a service which was vastly overpriced and unnecessary. Thankfully, the caller’s young neighbour was a construction worker who walked over and intervened, thus preventing our caller from being scammed.

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Back by popular demand Canadian music legend, Valdy, with a solo performance Saturday, January 13 at the intimate Charlie White Theatre.

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The Deep Cove Folk Music Society is proud to present Connie Kaldor on Saturday, January 20.

Paul “Valdy” Horsdal has been part of the fabric of Canadian pop, country and folk music for over 40 years. Combining the art of storytelling and music, Valdy captures life’s most special moments with warmth and magic. Playing around 200 shows a year for 4 decades, performing live is still enjoyable to the long-time Salt Spring Island resident. He was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005, and the Victoria Rock n Roll Hall of Fame in ‘08, something he says is an honour, if not somewhat perplexing. “As a folksinger, I play it all. I was inducted into the Victoria R’n’R Hall of Fame, but I’m still a folksinger, thus cover ALL styles of music,” he commented. In June 2012, he received the Order of Canada for his lifelong dedication and achievements in the world of music, as well as his humanitarian, philanthropic, and social work. Playing crowd favourites, an evening with folk icon Valdy will entertain those both young and young at heart.

Woodstock alum Creedence Clearwater Revival ruled the late 60’s and early 70’s. Their Southern Rock style encompassing roots rock, swamp rock and blues produced the hit titles “Proud Mary”, “I Put a Spell on You”, “Suzie Q”, “Bad Moon Rising”, “Midnight Special”, “Travelin’ Band”, “Down On the Corner”, “Fortunate Son”, “Have You Ever Seen the Rain”, “Sweet Hitchhiker” and many others. Completely Creedence is the Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute band, inviting you to be transported back in time to an era of intense passions. This four-piece group from Vancouver Island, also known as Mr Completely, has been recording and performing together for more than a decade. Come join us for a perfect musical experience as we transport you back in time to an era of incredible music of the times.

A native of Regina, Saskatchewan, Connie Kaldor has been performing for most of her life. Born into a musical family, she grew up singing in the choir. Her love of performing led her to a theatre degree from the University of Alberta, and then to alternative theatre companies such as the Mummers and Theatre Passe Muraille, an influence still very much in evidence at any Connie Kaldor concert. Although she left theatre to pursue her songwriting career quite early, her engaging character and storytelling skills are hallmarks of her live performances. Connie Kaldor is a Juno award winning artist who has sung for royalty (Joni Mitchell, the Queen) and is a member of the Order of Canada. Her touring has taken her across North America and around the world. She has fourteen albums to her credit; three award winning children’s books/cd’s, a musical and much more. Her original songs and riveting performances evoke the powerful and unique presence of

the Canadian prairies. Witty and serious, down-home and metropolitan, her versatility and talent ensure that she is an artist whose fan base expands with every show.

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Morning chores include the feeding of my chickens and the collection of the eggs. My feathery Snowdon House friends now number 48. After a Gourmet & Gifts nasty racoon and mink attack in the summer I lost 25 birds but, armed now with an electric fence to protect my girls, we are back in business. Twenty-five young birds were purchased and they are now laying eggs, with colours ranging from green, cream, spotted and dark brown. Dr. Seuss was right when he wrote Green Eggs and Ham. I find it quite funny when someone opens a carton of eggs and wonders how one egg is green. Araucanas are the breed of the chickens that lay the green eggs. Kids love them. The darker and shorter days of winter means we will see a decline in egg production over the next months. A reminder to everyone: farm fresh eggs do not need to be refrigerated – they will keep up to 90 days. In Europe you will see eggs everywhere unrefrigerated. If you ever visit the farm, you will be greeted by chickens that have decided that for the day the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. There are some regular escapees. Eggs are a simple meal that takes very little effort; they can be served as a main course or easily as an appetizer in small tart shells. They're my go-to for comfort food, whether they are scrambled, poached, hard boiled or a served as an eggs benedict or in a quiche. I stumbled upon a recipe using quinoa as a crust for a tart and thought I would modify it as a crust for quiche. The thing I love most about this crust is how when it's mixed with my farm eggs it is bright

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yellow: sunshine on a gloomy day! So below follows my rendition. A great way to add extra protein to a recipe is to use quinoa as a crust. Preheat the oven to 375°. ½ cup quinoa 1 cup water 6 eggs ⅓ cup parmesan cheese ¼ tsp garlic powder 1 yellow pepper, sliced 1 red pepper, sliced 6 mushrooms, sliced ½ red onion, diced ½ cup cream 4 oz goat cheese, crumbled 2 tbsp butter Place quinoa and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil on high heat. Reduce to low, covering and cooking until quinoa is tender and water is absorbed (about 15 minutes). Remove from heat; leave covered for an additional five minutes. In a medium bowl stir together one egg, parmesan cheese and garlic powder. Add quinoa and stir until mixed. Turn mixture into a lightly oiled pie plate or glass baking dish and press evenly along bottom and up sides. Bake until crust is slightly brown (about 20 minutes). In a fry pan, sautée the mushrooms, onion and peppers until tender. Place in the bottom of the cooked crust with crumbled goat cheese. Whisk together the remaining eggs, add the salt and pepper and gently add the cream. Pour over mixture in baking dish and bake for 30 minutes until done. Cool before serving (about 30 minutes). Lovely served with some hot buttered bread. Enjoy!

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We're All Just Walking Each Other Home For some, starting fresh represents possibility: for change, for something better than before, a chance to begin again. For others, a new year is filled with trepidation and a renewed isolation. For all, January marks the progression of time, our own season of winter, bringing us closer to our journey's end. We are all growing old. For seniors, it may feel as though things are ending rather than beginning, a daunting thought especially if we are living alone or lonely, with reduced resources or limited health. In the 2016 census, Stats Canada revealed that seniors make up almost 17% of the country's total population, and that we have more than 8,000 centenarians in Canada, the fastest-growing population for the past seven years. by Linda Hunter

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For those of us standing at the threshold, there are many things to consider, not the least of which is how we intend or hope to live out our days, how we will afford the lifestyle we want, and who we will live with as we age, possibly as we become ill or less able. And, while some will spend their days and inheritance travelling far-off lands, many others will be living alone, on less money than they imagined and navigating the worlds of healthcare and homecare solo. According to that same 2016 census, more than 28% of Canadian adults are living alone – the highest proportion since Confederation. U.S. researcher, Julianne Holt-Lunstad, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Brigham Young University, finds that "social isolation contributes as strongly to mortality as does smoking 15 cigarettes a day." A global problem, U.K. charity Independent Age shows that severe loneliness in England blights the lives of 700,000 men and 1.1 million women over 50. And while these studies may appear dark to an already greying population, there are solutions to the problem. The antidote to loneliness is community. When our family moved to Sidney over two decades ago, it was with the intention of living communally, of raising children and supporting elders to age in place and die at home. And while I recognize that not everyone can live together, and many are separated by miles or memories, I do know that we are all meant to be connected, and that if we are to grow old in the most beautiful and fulfilling way possible, it is essential that we lean into the idea of living with each other. We may need to revisit our "village culture" and to remember what it is to live with vulnerability and collaboration, to depend on and provide for one another, and to rediscover what it means to lift each other up, at a time in life when we may no longer have the strength or are worn down by circumstance. With my parents gone, our now grown family looks to move forward to create yet another intentional community. We are going to live together and support each other, share what we have and take only what we need, while we are led back to the land and to each other. We intend to reduce expenses and our footprint and increase resources and our collective strength, all while we examine what a good life and a good death might look like. * Join Linda bimonthly in her column LOVING LARGE, living small as her family designs a plan to share a life which includes listening to their land and to each other, introducing themselves to the place and the people, and eventually living a communal future in Shirley, B.C. ** Headline quote courtesy Ram Dass.

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as those born between 1946 and 1965, are now 50 to 69 years old. The Boomer generation comprises 27% of the population and those over 65 make up 16% of the population. The number of new retirees in Canada has jumped from 170,000 annually five years ago to nearly 250,000. We are seeing a huge spike in Canadian workers over 65 in the past decade – a 140% increase, and women over 65 have doubled their participation in the workforce. Who will make up the workforce in the coming decades? Is 65 still a valid age to retire? I decided to ask three seniors employed on the Peninsula why they are still working, past retirement. We also spoke to their managers to determine why including this demographic in their workforce adds a special component. How old are you and how long have you worked for your employer? Mark Harrison, The Beach House Restaurant: "I'm 66 and I've worked for Kate for 20 years." Kenny Podmore, Concierge Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa: "I’m 73, in my 10th year with the hotel and have been with them since 26 | january 2018

they opened." Sandy White, Tanner’s Books (now moved away): "I’m 69 and it is my second time working for Tanner’s, for a total of seven years employment with them." Why have you chosen to work beyond retirement age, and how long do you hope to work? Mark: "I have never been happier! I believe I can lead by example for the younger employees: 'money isn't everything and you have to love your job.’ My goal would be to work until I’m 70, health permitting." Kenny: "I feel that I still have a lot to offer, and this position gives me the opportunity to find job satisfaction working with people. I hope to work 'Forever!’ I tried retirement but it only lasted two weeks." Sandy: "I have worked in the book industry since I was 17 years old. I like working with people, especially kids, and I feel that I still have a great deal to contribute and hope to work as long as I’m still upright!" Share your philosophy about work. Mark: "For me it is fairly simple – be on time, show initiative and integrity and don't underestimate the gifts or skills that you can share

with younger employees." Kenny: "My philosophy is to lead by example – have good time management skills, enjoy a good interaction with co-workers of all ages and exhibit loyalty, honesty and integrity. It is lovely to wake in the morning and want to go to work!" Sandy: "Customer service is a huge part of my philosophy because repeat customers matter." What do you see as negatives in the workplace now, and why should employers consider hiring seniors? Mark: "I believe complacency and a sense of entitlement are the worst problems facing employers." Kenny: "It must be frustrating and costly to be a business owner who gets young employees trained and then they quit. I believe employers can rely on seniors because of their work ethics and many are working because they want to – not because they have to. Attitude is everything." Sandy: "I believe Customer Service is lacking in most stores but seniors have grown up in the era of customer service."

What do you consider to be the benefits to having seniors make up part of your workforce? "Seniors have proven to be reliable, kind, compassionate, and they broaden our team to then stabilize interpersonal dynamics," says Kate Phoenix, owner and manager of The Beach House Restaurant. "People all over tell me how much they like the English fellow in our café. Mark is a draw for us and we are proud and honoured to have him on our team." "I believe people of varied demographics, cultures, and walks of life bring tremendous value to our team," shares The Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa General Manager Natalie King. "Seniors specifically bring life experience, an ability to relate to people of all ages, and a maturity to any work force. "Our team is richer and more capable because we have senior members. Seniors have outstanding interpersonal skills – they understand the value of good communication." Notes Cliff McNeil-Smith, owner of Tanner’s Books: "Having worked in the book industry for 25 years, I recognize the importance of a team environment with staff of all ages. "Seniors bring the experience and maturity to the workforce that creates interesting dynamics with the younger employees. They may have different perspectives on life but they can learn from those differences."

For seniors who need to supplement their income, or simply feel that they just aren’t ready to retire yet, it seems that staying in the workforce is often a viable option, one that is welcomed by local employers for a variety of reasons. "I certainly would recommend having seniors as part of any company's workforce," says Natalie. "Diversity is strength, and seniors offer mentorship potential, life experience and an ability to handle challenging situations. Our customer base crosses all demographics – our team should too."

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Golden year financial Pitfalls to avoid in the New Year—and beyond According to the Government of Canada's most recent statistics, 11.4% of seniors (65 and older) declared bankruptcy in 2016. The number appears to be on an upward swing – in 2014, 10.9% of seniors reported insolvency, compared to only 9.2% in by Dan Adair 2012. Yes, there are several Branch Manager factors influencing this trend, Island Savings Brentwood Bay but nevertheless, seniors need to be vigilant when it comes to managing their finances in the golden years. Here are some common pitfalls and advice for navigating them. Beware the easy money trap. The attractiveness of easy money – borrowing at low interest rates – as well as borrowing beyond our means is usually thought of as a stumbling block for younger Canadians. But seniors aren't immune to falling into the debt trap. Saddling yourself with debt later in life or during retirement years can be a problem, largely because your income is likely to be fixed (pensions and retirement savings) and much less than it was during prime earning years. This also applies to co-signing loans for family members or friends. Know that as a co-signer, you could be on the hook for the debt if the loan isn't paid. You may be retired, but your financial plan isn't. Thorough and thoughtful financial planning is essential, regardless of age, because life circumstances may change. Review your financial plan at least once a year to make sure it reflects your current life situation and things you anticipate in the near future. Get a second opinion on financial advice from loved ones. Family and friends may be well-intentioned with their financial advice – but could be drawing on past experiences that aren't likely to happen in today's financial services marketplace. Hear their advice, but confirm with a trusted financial advisor in the industry who knows the current landscape. Be careful with joint account scenarios. There can be good reason for having a loved one as a joint account holder on your bank account. For example, a trusted family member or friend might help manage bill payments and a joint account makes this easier. But putting a joint holder on your account carries substantial risk because it gives this person access to all the money in your account. So trust is paramount – carefully consider the character of those you want to have access to your accounts. Ask yourself how well you know them. Newly-met friends or long-lost family members are not good candidates for joint access, nor are family members who have a history of financial mismanagement. Dan Adair is Branch Manager at Island Savings' Brentwood Bay location and has more than 20 years of experience in financial services and providing personal financial advice.

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Dr. Hashemi's Unique Approach: Modern Dentistry You'll Look Forward To by Phillip Van de Ruyt This is one of a series of profiles on some local businesses that are working to keep us all in good health. Is it possible for dental surgery to feel like a day at the spa? Coast Dental Care comes pretty close with a modern, calming atmosphere, comfortable private rooms, and implant procedures that cause less discomfort than a basic cleaning. Dr. Mitra Hashemi has created an oasis in a world typically surrounded by hesitation, anxiety and fear. Her main focus is on the modern surgery

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technology that's improving lives around the world, though she does practise standard family dentistry as well. Mitra knew when she entered the dental field that she wanted to specialize in surgery. After receiving her Associate Fellow from the American Academy of Implant Dentistry her fate was sealed, and Sidney was an easy choice for her practice. With Sidney being a small town, Dr. Hashemi sees her patients encounter friends and neighbours in her waiting room regularly. They don't necessarily want to be within


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those who need it. In Mitra's words: "We are standing on more solid ground than in the past." She explained that modern technology has overcome virtually all concerns and reservations that patients and doctors once had about dental implants. "We don't consider anyone not a good candidate" for titanium alloy implants. The vast majority of Dr. Hashemi's implants are made of a titanium alloy. This material is even stronger, more durable and resistant to fracture than the pure titanium implants of the past. It's the same material used for surgeries throughout the body, so its safety is well proven. For those concerned about metals though, Coast Dental also offers zirconia implants. "We get a lot of people walking in just looking for implants, and our office is more equipped to do that." Dr. Hashemi has noticed that people's "dental IQ" has greatly improved in recent years, so they know


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what they want. People know how much implants can improve their quality of life, especially when replacing dentures. Gone are

"People's 'dental IQ' has greatly improved in recent years. They know how much implants can improve their quality of life." the days when you had to be of a particular age, with no cancer history and not taking certain medications to receive an implant. Even cancer patients, and those in their 90's, undergo the procedure now. Dr. Hashemi told me about her happiest patient: an 88-year-old woman who received an implant, and sees the value in how much

her quality of life has improved. People are staying active in their communities and living longer, so there's reason to consider replacing dentures with dental implants at any age. Of course Dr. Hashemi always prioritizes saving natural teeth whenever possible, but we've never had a better alternative than we do today. Insurance providers are slow to catch up with implant coverage, but Mitra predicts "a huge shift in the next couple of years". Coast Dental Care is a shining example that dentistry today is so far from the bygone days, when the man with the shakiest hands and biggest pliers in town loomed over you. The trial and error is over, and today's doctors know exactly what you need. These modern procedures may involve a higher initial investment, but result in many years of carefree service. Visit or call 250-656-1199 for more information.

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10113 West Saanich Rd 9165 Lochside Drive 7458 Mark Lane MLS 384171 $2,750,000 MLS 385583 $2,995,000 MLS 385430 $1,099,000 This exquisite estate sits on almost 2 acres of woodland property with 150 feet of ocean frontage. Over 4,500 square feet of luxurious living space with a natural design aesthetic. The main level offers a chef’s kitchen, formal dining room, and impressive living room with soaring ceilings. The master retreat, with walk-in closet, fitness room and ensuite completes the main. The lower level offers a studio, spacious family room and 3 additional bedrooms, one with an ensuite. Outside enjoy an extensive slate deck, manicured gardens and a boathouse to store your marine vessels. World class attractions such as Butchart Gardens and the 5 star Brentwood Bay Hotel and Spa are within minutes, and downtown Victoria is a short 25 minute drive.

This home looks west over Patricia Bay with sunset ocean views. This 4 bdrm 3 bthrm home has just been totally updated with every attention to detail and many extras. Your personal elevator will take you to the main level where a spacious open floor plan awaits including a new gourmet kitchen with top of the line appliances. Retire to a luxurious master suite with private deck, walk in closests and updated en suite. Bring your kayak, surf board or beach shoes for clam digging in the bay. When finished relax or entertain in the beautiful mature landscaped yard. You can listen to the water fall and watch the koi fish in the lily pond. In the winter enjoy a rare sight of the Trumpeter Swans. Relax and enjoy nature on display.

This captivating beachfront home is a harmonious marriage of Westcoast beauty and state-of-the-art luxuries. The modern interior allows the dynamic 180-degree ocean views to be the focal point. The chef’s kitchen is equipped with Miele appliances and a casual eating area. The master retreat is appointed with a walk-in closet and lavish ensuite. A spacious living room, additional bedroom, music room and laundry room complete the main. The lower level offers a sophisticated media room, rec room, office and guest room. Outside, enjoy the swim spa, manicured gardens or the sandy beach accessed directly from the property. Minutes from Sidney, the ferries and airport with Victoria a 25-minute commute.

6601 Razor Point Road 10643 Blue Heron Road 2245 Tryon Road $9,850,000 MLS 386020 $2,099,000 MLS 385609 $4,950,000 MLS 371714 A rare chance to own this vast parcel, offering incomparable privacy, acreage, & almost a mile of ocean frontage. 60 acres, rich with old & second growth. A beautiful reef is exposed at low tide and abundant with ocean life. Modern upgrades allow you to live in this serene environment, with effortless access to Pender Islands many amenities, such as fine dining and first class spas. A helicopter landing area is provided at the tip of the point; Seaplanes may approach the float unobstructed. Foreshore development includes an aluminum ramp & catwalk that leads to a 40 by 10 ft concrete float to secure your boats. Accommodation includes a 3 bed main residence, 1 bed cottage, bunkhouse & cookhouse. Behold Nature’s Wonderland!

This beautiful waterfront home features abundant natural light, provided by picture windows, which artfully frame the ocean vistas. The kitchen features a central island and adjacent eating area. The formal dining room opens to a generous living room with a lovely fireplace. The sunroom is flooded with light and enriched with views. Two bedrooms complete the main floor. The upper level hosts the master retreat, complete with walk-in closet, four piece ensuite and private balcony. The lower level is ready to be transformed to fit your needs. Outside, mature trees, manicured gardens and direct beach access. Set in North Saanich, a vibrant community that affords progressive amenities, the airport and Ferries are nearby and the Inner Harbour is a short commute.

Amazing 5.14 private oceanfront acres on stunning Curteis Point; one of the largest building sites available on the Peninsula, a spectacular opportunity! Two separate land titles with subdivision potential. The main home offers 4,000+ sq ft, ample space to develop; or renovate into your Oceanside dream. A fully renovated, self-contained 2 bedroom, 1,300 sq ft Guest House easily houses a caretaker or family. The surrounding acreage is sublime; old growth trees provide a network of trails; the Point provides views of Mt. Baker and the surrounding archipelago of islands. The western view on the ridge provides views of the stunning sunsets and Tsehum Harbour. The private beach is easily accessible to enjoy a multitude of water activities year-round.

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p.m. as well as one-to-one telephone caregiver coaching for complex care-giving situations. The first step is to work with the Health Authority. Caregivers can go to Home Health Care and book an assessment. A nurse will visit and assess what the needs are and what kind of nursing support is needed," shares Lycia Rodrigues, Caregiver Support and Engagement Lead. Assessment involves looking at needs such as transportation, house cleaning, and meals. Family Caregivers of BC provides detailed information about what is available in the community in terms of home support. An online resource library, quarterly newsletters, regular webinars and educational events all provide valuable information. As well as one-on-one coaching, there are caregiver support groups available to meet the emotional needs of caregivers. "We provide information on available groups they can join, where and when they meet, and this provides peer support," shares Lycia. A support group offers a place for a caregiver to join with others of similar situations, voice their concerns, share their story and just get a break from the demands of care-giving. "There are such positive outcomes," says Lycia, adding: "One woman found friends she didn't have before. She met people with the same experience she was facing." It's critical that caregivers care for themselves by lessening their load. Family Caregivers of BC will provide information about local community resources and support for caregivers so they can connect with a friend or catch up on rest. Caring for your loved ones starts with caring for yourself. Reach out for help; there is someone there to take your hand.

dad, but it goes far beyond that. You have to be nurse, counsellor, legal advocate, and you might find yourself overwhelmed with the realization that there's so much more to know that doesn't come with just being a good son or daughter. "We find the biggest challenge is caregivers take a long time to 'selfidentify,' meaning they don't think of what they are doing as care-giving but as just part of their relationship with their care recipient," shares Janet McLean, Education and Engagement Lead, Family Caregivers of BC. With improvements in nutrition and education and medical advancements, life expectancy is much higher now. People stay healthier and active longer. Says Janet: "The trend in health care is to support people to stay healthy and age in place in the community. All of this signals a need for caregivers to be supported in order to meet the demands that will be placed on them." Those who care for others face challenges for which they may or may not have knowledge or experience like legal representation, understanding dementia or navigating the health care system. Mom needs home care or dad's health is deteriorating so he needs more help. On top of it all, you have family and work demands. It's like the walls are pressing in; it's overwhelming. "The recent report released by BC's Seniors Advocate on August 31 indicates that caregiver distress is growing and needs to be addressed," shares Janet. But a caregiver doesn't need to go it alone. Family Caregivers of BC provides resources, advice, guidance and most importantly support. A Caregiver Support Line is available weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4

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ask a stylist 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 January Style Tip: Happy by Shai Thompson

New Year! This is your time to House of Lily Koi make the positive changes you have been dreaming of. I would like to encourage you to make a style vision board. This will give you an opportunity to manifest a new fresh look for the spring season. Furthermore it is creative and fun. Have a few friends over, have a glass of wine and dare to dream big! Q: My husband bought me a dress I am not fond of but I don’t want to hurt his feelings and return it. What should I do? When a gift is not a perfect fit for your style but he loves it, I suggest having a date night at home and wear the dress. Wear your favourite lipstick and earrings. This will make you feel good and let him see you in his gift. And you are not wearing it to a social event where there may be a ton of pics posted to Facebook! Q: I’ve gained 10 lbs. and I don’t fit anything. What should I do? This is the holiday bloat that most of us endure as a result of eating and drinking the good stuff. No need to state the obvious, but until you get back to your regular weight, try products with stretch. Leggings, pencil skirts and tunic tops are also great for “stretching” your wardrobe size. Embellish with your new favourite blanket shawls and jewelry that you were gifted at Christmas. Boots will also slim your leg as well as skinny stretch denim. Most of all, rock your confidence. Q: I’m going on holidays and I can’t find any summer clothes this time of year. I did no shopping this summer and now I am in need. Where can I shop to get a few nice items for my trip? Do not fret; you’re not alone. I would pick up the phone and call some of your local retailers and ask if they have any resort wear rocking their racks. Some do! If you are size specific, ask them if they have your size as well. You don’t want to make the trek to the store and find they have nothing for

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you that fits. When you arrive at your destination, go shopping and make sure you leave room in your suitcase to bring your purchases home. Q: I need new underwear that shows no panty lines; what brand would you recommend? I am a big fan of Hanky Panky undergarments. They are an investment item but they last, as long as you hand wash and hang to dry. They are also very sexy and have tops and beautiful slips. Q: How do I fix my grey “racing stripe” between colourings? There is a killer product by Aveda that you simply spray onto your roots and it covers the grey immediately. Make sure when you are spraying your head you have a towel around your shoulders so you don’t ruin your good clothes.

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2507C Beacon Avenue, House of Lily Koi offers high quality clothing brands and style and image consulting that is second to none. "Our wish is to give clients an education in style, how to look at themselves, what foundation pieces to wear," says owner Shai Thompson. "They walk out with a new idea and a higher sense of self esteem." A professional musician for 20 years, Shai has always been interested in presentation and style. She comes by it honestly; her great grandmother was a custom tailor. A desire to coach others about style prompted the opening of her shop in 2015. Shared Shai: "I recognized that people needed wardrobe education services at the street level." Along with her knowledgeable staff, Shai provides services that also include home closet audits. "We look at sizing, colours and textures; we work out a seasonal wardrobe. We look at what's missing and go shopping for wardrobe pieces," says Shai. Shop inventory is varied, showcasing brands including Hugo Boss, Louis Vuitton and Yves Saint Laurent. Customers repeatedly comment that they have "come away with a treasure" at House of Lily Koi. For Shai, it's all about bringing out someone's inner beauty and enabling them to look and feel their best. Maybe life has been demanding and you've neglected your appearance, or maybe you're struggling with body image. Shai and her team are keen to consult and offer ideas and guidance in defining your style. "Our shop is a gentle place to land when you're unable to connect with yourself. You find something that reminds you of your confidence again," shares Shai. House of Lily Koi: where coy is only in the name; bold and beautiful are the beginning to a whole new you.

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Retirement: Preparing the Road Ahead by Jo Barnes

Low on gas. The occasional pothole.

And to top it all off … those nasty inflation speed bumps. Navigating the road of retirement is like handling the hazards and unforeseen events along the highway, but with the assistance of reliable expertise and good planning, you can enjoy the journey. "You have to plan for the worst and hope for the best," says Darren Proulx, CPA. While planning for retirement seems overwhelming, knowing some key things will kick-start the process. Take a good look at how you'll be spending your time. Will you still be working part time, full time or not at all? Will you be travelling or developing new hobbies? Will you be selling your home and relocating? Taking inventory of your assets and reviewing spending habits and overall lifestyle is fundamental to planning. Perhaps you don't have a financial advisor or someone who can guide you with all of this. So, where do you start?

"You will need a team/combination of legal, financial and accounting/ taxation assistance to assist with a retirement plan," says Darren. "Seek the assistance of a qualified financial professional (preferably with the Certified Financial Planning designation). Not only will a professional help you to get organized, but they will also help to make the process much easier," says David Mason, Director, Financial Planning, Donnelly Advisors Group. Viola Van de Ruyt, Investment Advisor, National Bank Financial adds: "Be cautious of well-meaning advice from friends and family. Get professional advice." It's essential to take time to find the right advisor. Shop around and research the designations, certifications, years of experience, and education of each professional. Beyond the credentials, what else should you keep in mind? David suggests: "Three words: trust, competence and integrity. Interview a few to find someone who you trust and relate to and who understands your values." "You want a professional that will listen, work with your 'team' and


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help explain the situation in plain language along the way and you want to be comfortable with them," says Darren. You might be anxious about retirement planning. For example, you might be facing retirement without your spouse who has recently passed away. "Get professional advice. Don't be afraid to ask questions; there are no dumb questions," shares Viola. "Realize that on your own, your expenses won't be half of what they were with spouse. Many costs may even increase such as home repairs that your spouse used to do." Working with expert guidance, prepare an inventory of assets and expenses, set goals and build an overall retirement plan. Keep in mind individuals are living longer, which means savings are being applied for an extended duration. "Unlike previous generations, most baby boomers retiring today will need their savings to last 30 years or more. Inflation will wreak havoc on your purchasing power overtime. Therefore, it's important to plan for the effects of inflation and to understand how to position your retirement savings to help you maintain your standard of living," shares David. To set up your goals, you'll need to get an accurate pulse on your spending. "Determine what your current expenses are – what expenses are essential, what expenses are lifestyle. And then you can look at what will decrease and what may increase," says Viola. Planning for the future, of course, means taking into account the unexpected. You need to consider long-term health, emergency situations, and beneficiaries. Surprises in life can happen, but if you're armed with a retirement plan, it can really help. Shares David: "Home repairs, market corrections and unexpected health care expenses are some of the unexpected life events that we incorporate into our retirement projections to help stress-test someone's plan." "Make sure you have an updated will and other legal and medical documents in case of an emergency," says Darren, adding, "And always keep your beneficiaries aware of your plans or requests." Insurance is an important piece of retirement planning. It can provide protection against the financial impact from outstanding debts, unexpected illness or death for family dependants. Notes David: "Insurance is an incredibly important consideration since we will all eventually get sick or die at precisely the wrong time. Insurance can help us cover healthcare expenses or provide our family with the funds to pay debts, funeral expenses or taxes that are due." Retirement planning is different for each person. You might be dealing with a physical condition which is becoming more serious. You might have turned a hobby into a business and are facing additional expenses. You might need to step in financially and assist a son or daughter. Whatever your situation, proactive planning is critical. Who knows what detours lie ahead on life's retirement highway? But with professional guidance and a retirement plan, you'll be able to navigate the journey more easily.

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Promoting the Mind/Body Connection at Every Age by Tara Logan

Chair Yoga is a modified version of a few different styles of traditional yoga practice with a priority focus on breathing exercises. It is taught as a therapeutic practice to meet the needs of seniors who have different health issues, ranging from strokes to dementia to ALS. Classes are typically kept small to be able to address individual needs. Taking care of our community, focusing on health and wellness and building relationship has been one of the best outcomes we could have hoped for as Lotus Village Yoga collaborated with recreation therapists at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital in a program funded by the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation. Our class at the Extended Care Unit at the hospital has grown into a weekly relationship for seniors in extended care – ranging in age from 70 to 102 – who have become some of my greatest teachers. It began as a practice once a month and in a very short time we had a family member of one of the seniors step up and bring it in weekly as the benefits were so huge for her dad – a man from India who taught me as much as I taught him! It wasn’t just the small group, or the lovely sunroom we practice in: it was the increase in mobility, Lotus Village Yoga

friendship, and mental health benefits that were so astounding. I also welcomed spouses and family members to join in while visiting the extended care unit, expanding this to all who could benefit, and demonstrating yoga’s strength as a tool of connection. Some of my elderly students have suffered a stroke, have dementia, Alzheimers or many other health issues that occur as we age. Therapeutic yoga has been able to meet their needs as we worked to create relationships and personalize the practices week-to-week. The classes have been taking place for a year now, and a regular group gathers weekly: they choose to come and join their friends in the amazing health benefits that science tells us the ancient practice of yoga has to offer. I am very grateful that I get to be a part of supporting these seniors’ health and wellness and hope that as a community we will all consider that as we age we are vulnerable and need connection to thrive. Supporting our seniors for all they have done for us and this planet is imperative: their wisdom can teach us so much. At Lotus Village Studio we teach Chair Yoga consistently: offered privately as a one-on -one session or we always have chairs to offer for any of our many types of meditation/mindfulness classes. We welcome all to join us!

Attention Saanich Peninsula Charities: The Saanich Peninsula Community Foundation is Currently Accepting Grant Applications Deadline February 28, 2017

“I hold my fellow veterans close to my heart and it gives me great pride to know my gift will endure and our veterans will continue to receive the best in care long into the future.” Rudi is a long-time benefactor of Broadmead Care and WWII veterans and ex-prisioner-of-war and survivor of the atomic bomb in Nagasaki. Please consider joining Rudi by including Broadmead Care in your will or other future plans. Contact: Mandy Parker, Director of Development Call direct at 250-652-3226 42 | january 2018

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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.

When you shop local, more revenue remains in your community, supporting parks, schools and more! For every $100 spent at a locally owned business, $46 is recirculated back into the local economy.

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Local, affordable custom cabinets … right here on the Saanich Peninsula! We offer a full-service shop, from design and manufacturing through to the installation of our exceptional product. 250.412.3472 | 2071 Malaview Ave Sidney (call for appt.)

Welcome to Beacon Pet Hospital, your friendly community veterinary hospital in Sidney. We provide medical and surgical care to a wide range of pets including cats, dogs, birds, ferrets, rabbits and pocket pets – visit our website (www. for additional information. Our very well-equipped facility is fully digital, allowing our trained team to provide the highest quality medical and surgical care to our patients. Our services include: Medical Exams, House Calls, Dental Care, Surgery, Cat Therapeutic Grooming and Boarding. We also carry a wide range of therapeutic diets and products to meet your pet's needs. At Beacon Pet Hospital, it is our priority to provide our clients and patients with the best possible service and care in a professional manner. Our appointments are specifically scheduled for 30 minutes, which allows us to dedicate additional time for the care of your beloved family member. A thorough examination of your pet is done in a calm environment to make sure you are well informed about the health status of your pet and you can make an informed decision about his/her care. Our well-trained staff will always be willing to provide their best to make you feel comfortable with the quality of care at our facility. New clients and walk-ins welcome! Open Monday to Saturday.

Don't miss our winter sale! Take 20% off storewide (in Dig This too!) and on paid bedding and towel orders from M&L December 28 to January 14. Don't forget we've moved! Our new address is below. 250.656.0011 9813 Third St, Sidney

Wine Kitz Sidney "Whatever the mood, no matter the moment, create your own Atmosphere™!" An independent, family-run business, Wine Kitz Sidney is a retail and onpremises wine-making facility. Locally owned and operated and celebrating 15 years in business, Wine Kitz offers excellent quality and award-winning wines. 250.654.0300 | #5A - 2042 Mills Rd West, Sidney

Dockside Realty Welcome to our Gallery of Gulf Island Artwork and Real Estate Properties. Come and meet Suzi, your local Real Estate Agent, providing full services for the Peninsula and Victoria regions. 250.656.5062 9713 A Second St

Rascals Pet Market Good nutrition is vital for your pet's health and happiness! We offer locally sourced raw food, treats and chews, dry food and supplements. Let Rascals take the worry out of what to feed your pet! 778.426.4290 #5 - 7103 West Saanich Rd, Brentwood Bay

You are investing in your community by supporting its unique businesses. Appreciate what makes our neighbourhoods different. Our one-of-akind businesses are an inherent part of the distinctive character of our Saanich Peninsula neighbourhoods; that is what brought us here and will keep us here. Stay local and stay connected to the merchants in your community. By supporting independent businesses today, you are investing in a unique and sustainable future for the Saanich Peninsula community.

Beacon Pet Hospital We provide care and treatment to a wide range of pets including cats, dogs, birds, ferrets, rabbits and pocket pets. Additional time for each visit is scheduled to ensure the best pet care is provided. Bring your pets to experience our high quality services. For special offers visit our website.

Going Platinum Hair Design & Esthetics Going Platinum is a Full Service Salon located in the heart of Sidney, B.C. Whether receiving a Platinum Pedicure or a Colour and Cut service, all our staff are highly experienced and will be sure to exceed your expectations! 250.655.3443 | 2426 Bevan Ave, Sidney

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Acanthus by the Sea Home Décor Inc. Unique home and garden design solutions in a refreshing shopping experience right in the heart of Sidney. Offering custom blinds at 50% off with FREE in-home consultation and on-site upholstery. Mention this ad for 25% off your purchase. 778.426.4436 #11 - 9843 Second St, Sidney

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Dockside Realty Ltd. is a friendly, community-oriented, family-owned business with offices on Pender Island, Saturna Island, and the recent opening of their new location in Sidney. Dockside Realty opened their first office on Pender Island in 2006 and Sherrie Boyte, Dockside’s Managing Broker, has been licensed since 1991. They are a team of multiple MLS Award winners who are dedicated to providing the highest level of professional and friendly service to buyers and sellers. The Sidney office has more than just Real Estate! The office features a display of Gulf Islands art for sale, along with their Gallery of Fine Homes and Properties. The Dockside team would love to have you visit their Sidney office, where you can view exquisite artworks and beautiful properties and homes. They hope you will enjoy this unique experience! A community focus with a local approach – call anytime for an appointment! Suzi Jack, Dockside’s Sidney-Victoria Agent, looks forward to meeting you at 9713 A Second Street in Sidney.


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Vibes Fitness Do you always promise to get more exercise, lose weight or improve your health at this time of year? Have you thought: what will help me to stick to a wellness plan? How can I create a lasting change and make this coming year different? Research shows that there are key elements to create desired behaviour changes. They include the habit of repetition; the development of automaticity (when things feel effortless); and lastly accountability: embedding yourself within a group of respected and valued others helps create positive peer pressure to engage in your desired behaviour. At Vibes we have addressed the key elements to forming a successful wellness plan. Our inviting spa-like studio offers 20-minute strength training programs for any fitness level, which allows you to effortlessly incorporate your sessions into your week. Our appointment-based sessions keep you on track and accountable to keep your session time, while our trainers provide a workout that is tailored to you. Our comfortable atmosphere makes coming to Vibes an enjoyable experience, as well as allows you to work towards your wellness goals with like-minded people. We now offer holistic nutritional support to both members and non-members alike. Vibes wants to help you make 2018 Life Changing!


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HEALTH & WELLNESS Tissue Issues Samantha Whitney and her staff would like to welcome you to Stem to Stern Massage Clinic, at 333 - 2453 Beacon Avenue. Their belief is that massage enhances life by balancing, restoring, relaxing and rejuvenating. Stress and pain levels are reduced as they listen to and work with you, with the goal of achieving wellness. Certified massage therapists and practitioners, working in a scent-free environment.

Home Care Bayshore HealthCare has acquired Elder Life Advocacy and In Home Care, in Qualicum Beach. As such, they have opened their fourth office on the Island, under the Bayshore Home Health brand, to support the staff and clients of Elder

Life involved in the transition. Canadian owned and operated, Bayshore has offered quality home health care and family caregiving to aging seniors and others in need for over 50 years.


Air Escape There's a new way to island hop! NorthStar Air Tours has announced North America's "shortest international scheduled flight," connecting Canada to Washington with a flight time of 15 minutes. They offer daily flights from Victoria International Airport (YYJ) to Friday Harbor (FDR), on the San Juan Islands, and can accommodate all your sporting equipment, golf clubs, skis/boards, fishing and golfing gear. They are easy, fast, reliable, convenient and affordable with Early Bird Fares starting at $49 one-way, plus airport fees and taxes.


Changing Spaces Wendy Everson Law has moved, from Beacon to 104 9840 Fifth Street, still in Sidney. Note that phone, fax, and email remain the same.


new name Bark & Fitz. Find them at 7154 West Saanich Road.

Emergency-Ready Now in its new location in Saanich, Total Prepare provides the most comprehensive lineup of preparedness products in Canada. They strive to ensure that their products meet the strictest standards of quality and innovation, and offer the best value available for the consumer. Shop online at www.totalprepare. ca, or drop by the showroom at 5471 Hamsterly Road (near Pat Bay Highway and Sayward Road).

Baby Boom Bubba Loo is moving! Watch for their reopening at the Landmark building, at the bottom of Beacon in Sidney, and for a name change to Kimberly Dawn Baby Boutique!

More For Pets Greenhawk Harness & Equestrian Supplies Vancouver Island, in Brentwood Bay, has acquired the neighbouring groomer's space, and has expanded their retail area to include more of their dog and cat products including high-quality pet food, toys, beds and more! They now also offer dog and cat grooming services, all under the

Nursery News In its 25th year of business, Brian and Michele Russell are selling Russell Nursery. On January 1, 2018, Susan Tice and Laurel Rassenti, two of the nursery's senior staff, will assume ownership. "I am so very glad of the chance to have met so many wonderful people over the years. People who love plants are the best kind of people and we could not have asked for finer customers and co-workers," says Brian.

Design & Furnishings Designer Kristy Palmer has recently expanded her showroom, Homefront Ideas, at 2017 D Malaview Avenue in Sidney. Kristy has worked in all aspects of home design and renovations for the past 18 years, specializing in kitchen and bath. She now offers premium, custom-made, all-Canadian furnishings from a family-owned company in Calgary, in addition to area carpets, pillows and custom-designed tables. She has a new art gallery, too, showcasing the work of three local artists.

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SHOAL Centre: So Much More Than Meets the Eye

by Paula Kully

You can walk into the SHOAL

Centre at 10030 Resthaven Drive in Sidney on any given day and find it a bustle of activity. People coming and going, a fitness class underway in the auditorium, a glass case full of handcrafted gifts for sale, friends chatting over a cup of tea or coffee and a fresh-baked scone from the Tuck Shop, volunteers brushing past you and up the stairs to a meeting – this is not your average seniors' centre. SHOAL, which stands for "Sidney Healthy Options for Active Living," lives up to its name in a big way. The Centre offers a wide range of workshops, fitness classes, games, entertainment and much more. SHOAL opened its doors in 2005 and has been operated by Beacon Community Services since 2007. It houses the community centre, kitchen and 80 residents who live in independent and assisted living apartments upstairs. The driving force behind the energy at SHOAL is a result of the management, dedication and influence of Glenys Cavers, Director of Thrift Shops and SHOAL Centre for Beacon Community Services and her exceptional team of staff and volunteers. Glenys' past experience encompassed managing and motivating large groups of people and developing great teams. Before moving to the Peninsula in 2001, she was a professional swim and water polo coach in Ontario. She oversaw programs for a swim club that included 500 three- to eight-year-olds and 100 six- to 12-year-olds. She also managed a staff of 50. Glenys brought the skills she acquired coaching to her position with the SHOAL Centre in 2013. Under her direction, SHOAL is thriving and growing. The activities that the general public may be aware of such as yoga classes, fitness classes, pickleball, painting, table tennis and the like, are only the tip of the proverbial iceberg at SHOAL. Glenys has focused her energies first on developing a remarkable team of people that consists of 20 paid staff and hundreds of volunteers. Beacon Community Services is supported by 543 volunteers – 200 of these volunteers assist with services offered

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through SHOAL. In what you might consider an interesting and successful reversal of roles, staff of SHOAL support the volunteers rather than the other way around. In this, Glenys has created a volunteer team that is dedicated to delivering services to 2,300 clients annually. This includes preparing income tax returns, the Better at Home program which provides subsidized housekeeping and providing transportation to and from medical appointments. To put these services into perspective, consider that annually, volunteers clock 120,000 kilometres driving clients to medical appointments at a cost of $63,000 in mileage. SHOAL also oversees the Youth Employment Program that provides students between 14 and 18 years old with both paid and volunteer opportunities throughout the community. The Centre's kitchen is another area of SHOAL that offers a number of great services. To begin with, many people may not be aware that the dining room is open to the general public for lunch and dinner 365 days a year. The daily meals are preset and include coffee, tea, dessert and tax. In fact, anything you purchase at SHOAL has taxes included in the price. Beyond the dining room, the kitchen provides catering for room rentals and events. The Centre can accommodate everything from small meetings to birthday parties, anniversaries, celebrations of life and large events of up to 300 people. The kitchen's chef works with clients to prepare a menu that is suitable for their event and the team at SHOAL set up and take down. The facility is also equipped with audio-visual equipment for presentations. Membership at SHOAL has grown to 1,000 and is open to anyone. The cost is $50 per year unless you are 100 years old. Once you reach this milestone, membership is free. The Centre currently has two such members. Benefits include free admission to many of the seminars, workshops and activities hosted at the Centre, access to special events, discounts on rentals and free treats on your birthday! So, next time you happen by the SHOAL Centre, drop in and have a look around; you might be surprised by what you find there. january 2018 | 49

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business on the Saanich Peninsula. Recently I was telling my best friend about how much my life has improved in the past few years, personally and career-wise. Out of the blue, she said “Doreen, I noticed many positive changes in you after you joined Sidney Meet Up.” Patty nailed it. A huge part of the transformative power of this business networking group is its focus on people and the importance of human connections. When people feel supported and cared about, there is no limit to how much they can achieve. Sidney Meet Up Business Network is based on the premise that one person’s success is usually made on the shoulders of other people who have helped and supported them along the way. Members grow and prosper within a positive group dynamic: “The purpose of Sidney Meet Up is to offer networking opportunities and inspire, educate and motivate us to be the best we can be in our business and personal lives.” Cheryl Young, one of Sidney Meet Up’s founders, believes that the close caring friendships developed within the group are a driving force behind the remarkable business accomplishments of many members. “I have never been to any other networking group where there are so many hugs!” remarks the affable entrepreneur. “We have each other’s backs in Sidney Meet Up” says Cheryl. She is proud of the fact that members help one another out when facing the many challenges of being an independent business person. Friendship turns to gold when one group member refers their contacts to a Sidney Meet Up buddy who specializes in the product or service they need. Even within the group, “people do business with people that they like.” A friendship nourished in Sidney Meet Up could mean money in the bank if one member needs the business services of the other. There are countless ways that members can save the day, such as providing a space in their new office for a friend’s business mixer or fundraiser. With the explosive networking power of social media, members can amplify their web presence when they link websites with their pals in Sidney Meet Up. Sharing their friends’ business achievements and plugging their skills and talents on Facebook could be the ticket to a lucrative contract. Friendships through Sidney Meet Up can open doors to new adventures in business. Yours truly is now writing web content for a marketing professional whom I met at a group workshop recommended by my friend, Cheryl Young. For me, it is the pats on the back from Sidney Meet Up members that have made all the difference in my life. Those kind cheerleaders kept believing in me until I believed in myself. Contact:

Moving Into Care Isn't Always Living Apart by Deborah Rogers

Immediately noticeable when you meet Ruth and Ward Gammell is the warmth and affection between them. They sit close together and Ward touches Ruth's arm and checks she is comfortable before they turn their attention to the question asked. Theirs is a story of lifelong love – two people married for an extraordinary 73 years, true partners since they met over 74 years ago. After a busy lifetime together, Ward and Ruth now live at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital. Ruth has been there since October 2015 and Ward followed in November 2016. The couple are able to remain as close as ever in the supportive environment of the Residential Care unit. An important part of both of their days is that Ward has a chair in Ruth's room and each morning he goes in and sits with her by the window. "We enjoy being together," says Ward; they spend most of the day together, eat together and play cards – they don't necessarily join in a whole lot of activities but you'll often find them sitting hand-in-hand. Ward and Ruth enjoyed a big celebration last year with children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary in June, Ruth's 100th birthday in July and Ward's 101st birthday in September. Ruth tells me her secret to a long life: "you should be lazy – you don't wear any parts out!"while Ward puts it down to "good cooking. And a contented life." Listening to their story though, it seems that Ruth was far from lazy. They met and got engaged during the war and lived in Ontario and Manitoba before moving to Vancouver Island. At the Saanich Peninsula Hospital the couple are able to enjoy the gardens – even those who are in a wheelchair (like Ruth) are able to access them. Ward enjoys being able to walk through them, and he also told me about the calisthenics he does daily (standing, sitting and lying). It's clear from their busy life together that they have always been outdoor types. When the couple moved to Victoria they bought an acre of land and Ruth went into the flower business: "she sold baby's breath wholesale to places

in Vancouver and Victoria. Ruth worked from dawn to dusk! She enjoyed the flower business and all the people she met through it. One day she made and sold 300 bundles! She was a busy girl! We had 100 fruit trees as well." With three children, eight grandchildren, and nine greatgrandchildren, the Gammells have left a true legacy, and a great example of lives well lived. Their family visits and supports them, and the hospital provides opportunities to continue that lifelong interest in hobbies and trying new things. Currently Ward is participating in an art program at the McTavish Academy of Arts. It's these types of programs that "keep people going," says Ward. He's also using the internet to learn Spanish, an inspiring example of continuing to learn and develop new skills right into his second century. The Gammells are happy to tell me that they love living at the hospital – "the food is good and the staff treat them so nice." Ruth adds that "they don't have to do anything, people even make the beds!" Simple comforts after a life of hard work, but important touches in someone's day. january 2018 | 51

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Seaside’s publisher recently downsized and thought the New Year was the perfect time to start fresh with a new look! She asked local design duo, Tracey Jones of Remarkable Interiors and Stacey Kaminski of Styles by Stacey, to put her on the right path to a bright new space. Mostly using items that Sue already owned, the main living, kitchen and eat-in areas were redesigned. The original furniture layout just didnt have a cosy, connected feel. Separating the eating area from the living area was key. A new larger neutral area rug connects the living room furniture and grounds the room, defining the two spaces. Although the rooms had recessed lighting in the ceiling, it is so important to bring that light down to eye level. A floor and table lamp were added to create this in-between visual. Lamps cast a warm glow to create comfortable coziness. Layering accessories into the built-in unit allows for contained storage and also a way to display special items like photographs or collectibles. Just keep it simple to maintain a clean and uncluttered look. Accessories brought in were carefully chosen to work with Sues’s aesthetic and also the function of the space with her family and pets. The wood pieces and colour of the textured baskets connect throughout the space. Greenery of some kind in every room adds a punch of life that makes the space feel real.


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Sometimes we don’t need to tear it all out to get a fresh new look. We hear this question all the time! This recent kitchen makeover started with paint. The client wanted new wall paint and suggestions on how to refresh her really large high functioning (but kind of tired!) kitchen.

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found their niche painting kitchens. We connected and confirmed that the quality and care would be high. Spaying with lacquer ensures a hard, long-lasting finish. From there the cabinets were prepped – the doors and drawers removed and sprayed off site. New decorative wire-faced doors were built on the island to enclose and contain cookbooks and collectibles – wire was also inserted into previously glassed panel doors. Once painted, new hardware was attached and new quartz countertops were measured, ordered and installed. The original bar height bartop was cut down to counter height to give a really big work surface and breakfast bar. The butcher block on the island was given new life with a beautiful darker stain. A antiqued hand cut style subway tile was installed on the backsplash. Once complete we used all of the client's favourite things and layered them throughout the space for a pulled together look. Same footprint, fresh new lease ! This kitchen is ready for family gatherings for years to come.

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Is your New Year’s resolution a renewed yard? Does the thought of landscaping fill you with more dread than hitting the gym? Is it 100% because of the cost? Don’t worry! If a DIY streak runs through you, here are some tips to help you keep your garden installation costs down. Understand your abilities. Moving soil and digging holes isn’t rocket science, so even a gardening neophyte can carry some of the landscaping duties to cut costs. That being said: there are some tasks where a DIY streak can end up costing you money. For example: if you want a garden that looks like The Butchart Gardens, you’ll probably want to spend a bit on a design. It’s much easier (and cheaper) to follow someone else’s plant list than landscape by trial and error. Another professional to talk to would be an irrigation specialist. Irrigation installation is relatively simple (in theory) but if done incorrectly can cost thousands in water bills, flood damage or dried-out plants. Even an inefficient watering system’s costs can compound into thousands of dollars of wasted water. Watering. We have punishingly hot and dry summers here in the Capital Region, which means that drought stress is the leading cause of plant loss in the garden. Even if plants survive the heat, a few periods of drought can cause damage that may take years to repair (if at all). As stated before, irrigation is also one of the most expensive parts of owning a garden. The best way to mitigate this is in proper plant choice. There are some great native plants that can handle a bit of drought. That said: not all native plants can take sustained periods without water. Personally, I’m a huge fan of plants like rockrose, raphiolepis and lavender, which are from similar climates and really like it here on the Island. One must also remember that all new plantings will require more frequent watering than established plants. If you’re interested in really saving water, xeriscaping

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is a movement where gardens are planned to require little or no water at all (and they really don’t have to look like the Mojave Desert either). Understand your property. Before breaking ground, get to know what’s going on in your space. How much sun do planting areas of your property get during the spring and summer? Where is the drainage good or bad? What are some sightlines you want to keep or block? Understanding these factors will help you make the right decisions when it comes to garden layout and plant choice. Every good decision means fewer plant replacements which will save you loads of

money in the long run. Think twice; cut once. It’s easy to get carried away when tearing out your old garden, but mature plants take years (or even decades) to get established. Be sure you really want them out as mature replacement plants are very expensive and will quickly deplete your budget. Ask yourself whether a refurbishment (via pruning and fertilizing) could be the answer instead? Also, you may be able to use them elsewhere in your garden as many smaller shrubs, perennials and bulbs can be transplanted. Have questions to ask our team of experts? Send your gardening queries to

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Growing a Caring Circle: Mount Newton Centre Aging well is a community affair. Health care services remain important but that is not enough to age well. Green's book You Could Live a Long Time: Are You Ready? suggests an "emotional circle" is needed, which cannot be bought but grows from an investment of time. For 38 years the Mount Newton Centre has been all about giving time to seniors and their families. The Centre offers an Adult Day Program, Health Equipment Lending Cupboard, and Keep Well Clinics like a Community Bathing Program, Podiatry and Blood Pressure Clinics. As a notfor-profit charitable organization, its grass roots approach honours the history of pioneer families. Information from the World Health Organization, Island Health and the BC Ministry of Health provides a road map to what must be accomplished to aid seniors and their caregivers to live well. How to accomplish what is needed is more difficult. The Centre has found a way to focus on what matters most: a philosophy of personcenteredness within a caring circle. A caring circle is a sanctuary that honours a senior's abilities – their unique values, personal history and right to dignity and respect – as well as a family's heartfelt wishes. All Centre programs bring a "breath of fresh air" to old ideas like caregiving, social networks, dementia and empowerment. When seniors arrive to the Adult Day Program on the Centre's community-donated bus, they are greeted with the aroma of home-baked muffins and fresh coffee. The bus transportation uniquely extends the social aspects of the program for isolated seniors. A homemade lunch is reminiscent of earlier days. This simple uncomplicated approach, provided without fanfare, leaves

a powerful impression of home. The Health Lending Cupboard provides hope and encouragement when life circumstances require a need for short-term equipment loans to ensure independence at home. Finally, the Keep Well Clinics address a range of issues like mental health, education on chronic health problems, and coaching and mentoring on how to navigate the health care system. All Centre staff are devoted and committed to ensuring a sense of belonging by attending to personal details, and taking time to answer questions to promote well-being. Staff shore up caregivers so their journey can continue. They concentrate on what it takes to remain living independently in the community. When a person feels personally cared about, their function improves, their capacity to be independent strengthens, and their caregivers are given support to continue. The magic of the Centre is about generosity of time, its size, and making visible the abilities of each person in the face of their frailty. So listening to and embracing the wisdom from seniors' points of view is essential to setting Centre priorities. The Centre remains dependent on the goodwill of the community and the generosity of seniors, their caregivers and community volunteers. Donations from the citizens on Saanich Peninsula, plus a grant from Island Health for partial funding of the Adult Day Program, have assisted to ensure the work of the Centre is "of the people, for the people, by the people." The population aged 75 and over in Saanich is expected to increase by 77%. This re-enforces the continuing relevance of the Mount Newton Centre Society into the future. For more information visit january 2018 | 65

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Inspired by a visit to an Independent Magazine Publisher’s conference at the end of 2016, Sue and I brainstormed ways to not just engage Seaside Magazine’s readers, but to actually connect with them. To make it meaningful, we decided that we had to find a point of connection that really mattered to us, and the thought I kept coming back to was a group with shared interests. Over the years I have moved many times, to new places, new countries even, and one way I’ve always had success in meeting people is through book clubs. These have ranged from a very erudite group of elderly ladies in Ontario who presented essays each month inspired by their reading, to a library-run group in the east of England, to an offshoot of the Canadian University Women’s Club who managed to get me to work through a section of Homer’s Odyssey before I realized it was going to be a bit too academic for me! I’ve been in book clubs that rotated between members’ houses each month and clubs that met in coffee shops. There has been value in all of them. Creating a Seaside Magazine Book Club then, became an obvious choice. Teaming up with our local library has been really beneficial. Library Book Club book sets are provided so that members don’t need to buy their own copies, though we know our local book stores will always order in copies if you do want to purchase your own. We also learn a lot by having a librarian at our meetings, helping us find additional titles by the authors, sharing information about upcoming book-related events, and generally being an enthusiastic supporter and knowledgeable resource. The members of the club are as varied as our community. Although there have been mainly women at the meetings, I know that there are men reading along too! There’s a variety of ages, background and life experiences which is what always creates diverse reactions to our reading material and sparks discussion. I love to learn from those who come along. Now here we are at the start of 2018 with a whole year of reading behind us and 11 (or more) books in front of us! At our January meeting we will be discussing Jo Walton’s My Real Children. I encourage you to come along to the meeting at Sidney/North Saanich library on January 17 at 6:30 p.m. and share your thoughts, or just to read along with us for your own pleasure. Sign up to our mailing list to stay up-to-date with all information at

Marker Group Launches Dual Developments

Well-known Sidney real estate development firm, Marker Group, recently launched presales for its newest Saanich Peninsula condominium offerings "The Quartet" in downtown Sidney and "The Arbours" in downtown Brentwood Bay. Marker has been making significant investments in the Saanich Peninsula since 2002. The firm's portfolio includes a number of notable projects located in Sidney's downtown and waterfront including: "The Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa", "The Meridian Residences", "Victoria Distillers" and "Seaport West". Marker has a reputation for forward thinking, high quality developments designed to meet the needs of Saanich Peninsula residents. Located at 7162 West Saanich Road in Brentwood Bay, The Arbours (above right) offers 30 one- and two-bedroom homes, and four live/work spaces, in a five-storey building. Located at 9775 Fourth Street, Sidney (on the former Sidney Professional Building property), steps away from Beacon Avenue and the downtown waterfront, The Quartet offers 19 one-, two- and three-bedroom homes, and three live/work spaces, in a five-storey building. The teams behind the developments represent some of the best design consultants available in the area. The architect is awardwinning, Victoria-based de Hoog & Kierulf architects and the interior designer is Vancouver-based Inside Design Studio Inc. This is the same architect and interior design duo that collaborated on the highly regarded "Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa". The downtown cores of Brentwood Bay and Sidney are being transformed with the replacement of aging buildings with new ones. The Arbours and The Quartet will make significant contributions to this evolution. Charles Kierulf of de Hoog & Kierulf architects provided his insights on the architectural design of these new developments: "The buildings are a contemporary expression of

West Coast residential design tailored for their active, street-oriented community locations. Each is a unique expression and interpretation of “home� within the evolving downtown cores of these wellestablished communities." Marker Group Principal Grant Rogers, who has spent more than 40 years living on the Saanich Peninsula, commented on the changes that are taking place in the downtown cores of Sidney and Brentwood Bay: "It is refreshing to see these former bedroom communities of Victoria begin to be revitalized while maintaining their small town appeal. Changing needs and demographics, as well as aging buildings, are creating an opportunity to renew these communities with younger generations. We live in one of the most beautiful areas in Canada; people want to live here. We are very excited to contribute to the revitalization of Sidney and Brentwood Bay with new, well-conceived housing options." The Arbours and The Quartet floor plans are designed to appeal to a broad range of Saanich Peninsula buyers who value "Saanich Peninsula living" including downsizers, young professionals and small business owners. The developments provide homeowners with the opportunity to live at the centre of lively, compact Saanich Peninsula towns and benefit from all that these communities have to offer including nearby shopping, dining and services options, as well as an abundance of community amenities and natural beauty. More information on The Arbours and The Quartet can be found at and Ingrid Jarisz of Newport Realty will be hosting information sessions in Sidney and Brentwood Bay for both developments in the New Year. A schedule for these information sessions can be obtained by registering at the development websites or by contacting Ingrid at 250-661-2312. january 2018 | 69


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Valdy Coming to Sidney

Lafayette + Saguenay Quartets

Canadian music legend Valdy will be playing crowd favourites, new material and even a few surprises in an evening aimed to entertain both young and young at heart. Paul "Valdy" Horsdal has been part of Canadian pop, country and folk music for almost 40 years. Combining the art of storytelling and music, Valdy captures life's special moments with warmth and magic. January 13, 7:30 p.m. at Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney.

This is a not-to-be-missed concert of two extremely talented string quartets. The Saguenay Quartet (formerly Alcan) of Quebec joins UVic's renowned Lafayette String Quartet to perform a program of string octets by Gade and Mendelssohn. Included is a special premiere of an octet by Airat Ichmouratov written for the Lafayette and Saguenay Quartets in celebration of Canada's 150th Anniversary. Colleagues for decades, the musicians are playing this concert as part of their touring project in B.C. and Eastern Canada. Tickets at UVic's ticket centre, phone 250-721-8480. January 21, 8 p.m. at Phillip T. Young Recital Hall, UVic, MacLaurin Building, B-Wing.

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These wardens aren't in charge of the local jail but from Canada's national parks. Based in Banff, the trio's music and stories rise from the very land they've protected over the years. Their blend of folk, roots and western styles captures the pristine wilderness of the Rocky Mountains. Celebrated at Connie Kaldor a variety of western folk festivals, in Concert the trio has also shared the stage with Blue Rodeo, Paul Brandt Connie Kaldor's original on parati e r p x nal ta perso ry


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Parkland Theatre Presents Parkland Secondary School's Musical Theatre Program presents Into the Woods, a fairy tale musical conceived by James Lapine with music composed by Stephen Sondheim. This clever and beloved musical, inspired by The Brothers Grimm, follows a baker and his wife who long

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A Glimpse into Game Day - by Brad Tippett, Head Coach Friday evenings during the fall and winter, Peninsula Panthers’ fans gather at Panorama Recreation Centre ready to watch their favourite local hockey team. Most fans arrive around 7:15 pm - just in time to grab a coffee and catch a glimpse of the Zamboni as it finishes its last few laps of ice re-surfacing. For the next two hours they enjoy cheering on this young and entertaining edition of the Panthers. What they don’t see is all that goes on behind the scenes on what we call “Game Day”. It’s all about the fans. It’s all about the players. The players start Game Day early. I have a couple of little traditions that I have passed down over the years. Every morning you look in the mirror and brush your teeth. On Game Day – look yourself in the mirror – smile, and say to yourself “GAME DAY”. Mental preparation starts then. The second involves the players coming to the games in suits and ties. One of the last things they do when getting dressed is to snug their tie up to their shirt collar. That's the second Game Day signal. Time to “Punch in – it's Game Day”. The real trick is to teach them how to tie a tie! Most players have a game-day ritual. They want to eat certain pre-game meals at a certain time. Some of them meet at one player’s home or at a restaurant and eat together. Some make sure they find time to fit in an afternoon snooze. Each player knows what works for them. There are really two distinct operations at work during all Junior hockey games. The first and most obvious is the game itself - the players, coaches and referees. The multiple non-game participants who are at work behind the scene are involved with the preparation, logistics, technology and use of the building infrastructure and this is a huge component of the entertainment package. Game day operations start well before the game and end well after. In the days leading up to each game, GM Pete Zubersky is updating the team's website, marketing the team on Twitter and preparing the program insert for the upcoming game. Statistics, roster moves, injuries, a brief snapshot of the opposition are some of the hot topics he pulls together to compose the two-page insert. Although it is usually written a day or two before the game, the final key strokes are added on the morning of the contest in order to include last minute changes before it is shipped off to the printer. Although Pete does the write-up, his wife and Team Owner Coreen Zubersky pulls everything together to make the insert a perfect product for the fans. Game night is Pete and Coreen's passion. Pete takes care of everything that goes on inside the arena while keeping a close eye on the game, while Coreen works the front end and handles the team tickets, programs and souvenir sales for each game as she welcomes each and every person arriving at the rink. She is the perfect host, coordinating the fans, the security staff, paying the game officials and managing all marketing and administrative activities. Tanya Fletcher is at her side helping out during a hectic hour when fans arrive, while long-time Security volunteers Dennis Varga and Peter Besteman ensure any issues that arise are handled. The Kiwanis Club of Sidney run the Concession and handle the game Security. In the off-season, the team undertook a complete review of the “gamenight experience” in an effort to make the evening as fan-friendly as possible. Newman Shiphorst has taken over responsibility for the music and public address system. He has worked with Pete and the players to create a set of “warm-up tunes” that can be enjoyed by both the players and the fans (not an easy job). He verbally choreographs welcoming the fans, introducing national anthem singer Clayton Butler and between-period promotions. Equipment Manager Mike Berti arrives at 5:15 pm. He prepares the dressing room area and ensures the jerseys are hung in the proper places. One of the two long tables set up in the hallway is filled with tape, hardware for equipment adjustments, laces, visor cleaner and other tools. The second 72 | january 2018

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table is for player refreshments including a large Gatorade Igloo, cups, bananas and energy bars. Malcolm “Sticky” Fletcher assists Mike and prepares all the equipment that needs to be on the bench for the game including visor towels, extra sticks, coaches dry erase board and water bottles. Student Athletic Therapists Rachel Schmidt and Katelynn Harness are completing their Camosun practicum with the Panthers. They work directly with the players and Team Chiropractor Dr. Stan Marcus and Physiotherapist Tyler Lawson treating injuries and rehabilitation, arriving at the same time as Mike Berti. They set up in Dressing room B2 which doubles as an area for treatment/ taping and stretching as players get ready for action. Most nights they are involved with loosening tight muscles and taping shoulders, wrists, ankles and knees. They are regularly called upon during games to diagnose and treat both “owwies” and injuries. All VIJHL games are streamed live on HockeyTV. Second year play-by-play announcer Will Bryant, who is the voice of the Peninsula Panthers, and colour man Isha Jahromi begin set-up and preparation at 6:30 pm. Video/audio equipment and internet connections are tested, statistics, lineups and pronunciations of names are reviewed, interviews with coaches are taped for play between periods. Both of these young men are seeking careers in the sports broadcasting arena and the adrenaline these two possess, often rivals that of the players. Ken Charlish (scorekeeper) and Jason Fletcher (timekeeper) make up the minor officials crew. Ken can be found meeting with both coaches to complete the VIJHL scoresheet and to confirm each team's lineup of the players who will be dressing for the game. Jason inputs those lineups into the league's live internet game summary system. After a call is made by the officials during the game – either a goal or penalty - Jason radios these details to Newman for broadcast over the new public address system and then enters the data from the penalty box so that fans who are following the box score are immediately updated. The referees arrive at approximately 6:30. They have their own warm-up routine which sometimes includes a handball game outside the arena. All game officials are required to observe the warm-up to ensure players do not cross the center line into the oppositions’ end and have fully exited the ice at the conclusion of the allotted warm-up time. The officials' dressing room is strategically located between the teams' dressing rooms. These three are considered the “3rd Team” and are as important to the entertainment package as are the players. A well-officiated game allows it to flow and it is often said that if you do not notice the officiating crew, they have done a good job.

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Assistant coaches Matt Sheeran and Justin Isaac and I usually meet to review the lineup and the players we will be using on special teams. Our opposition is reviewed as well. Both Matt and Justin observe the warm-ups while recording the opposition forward lines, defence pairings and players not in uniform. As the home team, we have the last change and this allows us to match the opponent's lines as we see fit. I am usually at the arena on Friday morning playing old timer's hockey. This gives me a chance to get the office cleaned up and all the video equipment ready for team and individual player's meetings. At 4:45 pm I am turning on the coffee pot in the coaches' office. This is a quiet time where I can focus on some of the key points we need to address before the game. As a player, I enjoyed coaches who had short and pointed pre-game meetings and allowed players to get themselves ready in their own unique ways. The evening's lineup and special teams are posted along with a motivational message. There are some very quick one-on-one meetings that are very player-specific. At 6:00 pm we will have a short “punch in” meeting which includes a couple of video clips of the team we are playing. I meet with scorekeeper Ken Charlish and I finalize and sign the official scoresheet. Team rules have the players at the arena by 5:45. Some players are early, some arrive at 5:44:59. They change from suits and ties to underarmour and running shoes. Sticks are taped, treatment is administered, skate laces are changed. Following the brief 6:00 pm meeting, the players head outside with a soccer ball and a football for some team bonding. The mood is light and enthusiastic. The crisp fresh air is a wake-up from their pre-game snooze. At 6:40 pm, the tunnel underneath the stands is loud and raucous and is now booming with rock music. The dressing room and the hallway right outside the room is beginning to bubble over with adrenaline. Some players are verbally outgoing using this time to get rid of excess energy while others are quietly focusing and visualizing. Dressing rooms are designed for everyone to see almost everyone else. There is no place to hide. One of the biggest pressures in team sports is not letting your teammates down. The players all feel the weight of the Panthers' crest on the front of their jersey as it slips over their head. They are taught from a young age to play for the name on the front of the jersey and not the name on the back. It's Game Day. The coaches will have a few short words before leaving the room. Players are jostling with each other in the hallway as the 7:00 pm warm-up approaches. One player is usually tending to the young McDonald's player of the week. The 15-minute pre-game warm-up is both structured and yet has enough freedom for players to be creative. The drills are all choreographed and 100% game-related. The sweating starts. Some players like to leave the ice as soon as the routine concludes, others stay and shoot pucks to the last second.

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Puck drops Fridays at 7:30 p.m.

vs. Saanich Braves

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(3:30 p.m. Monday)

vs. Victoria Cougars vs. Westshore Wolves vs. Saanich Braves vs. Kerry Park Islanders @ppanthersvijhl

Visit our website: “NOBODY EVER INJURED THEIR EYESIGHT LOOKING AT THE BRIGHT SIDE OF THINGS” One of the messages that appear in the Panthers dressing room for each game

The coaches will again have a short meeting just before the game and the starting lineup is announced in the dressing room to the Club. The players have their own mantra / war cry. Game Day changes to Game Time. Jack McMillan guards the gate and has a high-five for his teammates as they hit the ice. The game itself is a chess match. Coaches are trying to get the maximum effort from their charges. We try to get everyone a shift as early as possible to get everyone engaged. One-on-one match-ups start to emerge. The verbal bravado escalates with jabs relating to such things as the military footwear worn by an opponent's mother. By the end of the first period, Brendan Martin ensures he has been crossed off the Christmas card list of all his opponents. Adjustments are made by the coaches between periods. Lines are sometimes shuffled, injuries and penalties alter the lineup. No two games are ever alike. There is excitement, encouragement, anger, frustration and the odd bit of colourful language. Three periods later, the game is in the books. Coaches’ post-game meetings are obviously dictated by the score. They are also dictated by when and where we play next. I try to keep it positive and usually short. I will exit the room and Captain Ty Hermsen will coordinate the passing of “The Hammer” to the game's hardest worker. Equipment manager Mike Berti is busy gathering game jerseys and loading them in the two washing machines. The equipment and remnants of the food and Gatorade are cleaned up and stored. Rachel and Katelyn are dealing with injuries and bringing the coaches' reports on the status of players. The dressing room is now filled with steam from the showers. After a win, the stereo is blaring. On nights when we are on the losing side, there is quiet. The final buzzer has long gone but there is still plenty of activity. In the Panthers' office, Jason is completing the input of the game statistics. The goals are checked on the video for proper scoring before the scoresheet is scanned and emailed to the league. Will Bryant is storing the equipment for the next HockeyTV broadcast. The players have now all departed. The staff is winding down and heading home. Sometime around 11:00 pm Pete and I will spend some analysis time – what we did right? –where we need to improve? – what's on deck for tomorrow? We cross the parking lot together and as we say our goodbyes, our thoughts are not only on the game that just played out but we are both already looking forward and cannot wait for the next “Game Day”. january 2018 | 73

the light side

Growing Older Ain't Much Fun by Craig Campbell

You would think aging and

finances should make an easy humour column given, for me, both are a joke. In fact I can practically hear a conversation my doc and banker might have, if they got together for a beer and held an honest conversation. "You should see the size of his liver!" "Haha, bet it's way bigger than his bank balance." "And his knees, why my god, they are done." "Ha, not as ‘done’ as his credit rating!" Yeah, it would be downright mirthful. But I think I will skip finances: too painful and tears are unbecoming in a man. We retired to Vancouver Island a few years ago, perhaps a bit earlier than planned or perhaps than we should have, financially speaking, but retirement was slightly hastened and possibly in part caused by aging. What occurred was I fell skiing and bonked my noggin and, though one could argue that scarcely mattered as I had no brains to

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begin with, what little I did possess got a tad scrambled. The silver lining is we ended up here, in the most amazing part of this beautiful and wonderful country. Now, as this column is supposed to be funny, let's see. It's "funny" how my hearing is disappearing, my reflexes are going south, and I get the weather via my knees. And where did I put my reading glasses? The other day I was running the dogs in the bush. One is large, powerful and has high drive, and for some strange reason likes to pick up the largest sticks he can find and run with them. I see Douglas fir trees being hauled by logging trucks smaller than the sticks this idiot picks up. We were walking on the old forestry spurs I so love here. There are miles of these unused roads in the interior and I can go the entire day without seeing a single soul. In any case, we were on such a road and I bent to pet the young lab pup, when the other big idiot decided it was time to play. He picked up a log – or perhaps a battering ram – and because of failing hearing, non-existent reflexes and poor peripheral vision, the #$%^^, @#$&^, #$%*# SOB rammed the #$%^& log into the side of my head! I collapsed to the ground like I had been pole-axed. You gotta realize: my old melon just can't take this abuse like it once could. I found myself lying there, a bit stunned and confused, and the pup thought it was a wonderful game and pounced on my face. Great. If it wasn't for what my wife calls my old man's hat, which didn't soften the impact but likely reduced the size of the gash, perhaps I would still be lying on the side of the path, wondering what my name is and trying to figure out why two dogs are staring at me. But by getting onto hands and knees (how I normally rise from a prone position these days, as my amazing Ninja agility has abandoned me) I managed to slowly stagger to my feet, not seriously injured but definitely battered and bleeding. This incident would never have occurred in my youth. Growing older ain't much fun.

what ’ s happening january 6: New Year, New Beginnings

january 23: Canadian Federation of University

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park, Saanich 250.478.3344 |

7 p.m. at Mary Winspear Centre 2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney

(guided adult walk - 18yrs +)

Burn off some of the holiday treats on a 10-km walk around the lakes with a CRD Regional Parks naturalist. Discover the fascinating cultural and natural history of this multi-use park. Bring a lunch and water and wear sturdy footwear. There is no fee for this program but you must pre-register by January 3 as space is limited. january 13 - 14: Workshop: Is Cohousing For You?

Women Saanich Peninsula Meeting

The CFUW Saanich Peninsula invites the community to our January meeting to hear a presentation by three young scientists from UVic, speaking on “The Fascinating World of Brain Research.” Free admission; all welcome. 3RD THURSDAY OF each MONTH

January 13th 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m; January 14th 9:30 to 4 p.m. December 20-23, 2 p.m. matinee December 23 Nell Horth Room, Sidney Library 10091 Resthaven Drive, Sidney

Sidney Sister Cities Association General Meeting

Facilitator: Dr Margaret Critchlow, Anthropologist, Educator, Cohousing Consultant, and Founding Member of Harbourside Cohousing. Learn about a creative alternative to today’s culture of individualism and materialism. Cohousing is a neighbourhood design that values privacy and community, independence and interdependence. Recommended for anyone interested in the Ravens Crossing Cohousing initiative on the Saanich Peninsula and other cohousing projects, such as West Wind Harbour Cohousing (Sooke). Tickets $125 to $175. **A Free Information session about Ravens Crossing Cohousing will follow Saturday’s workshop from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

2nd Thursday of each Month

january 15: Celebrating the New Year Stories at Fern Street (since 1989)

7 p.m. at Vancouver Island Regional Library, Sidney

Speakers and discussions on the association’s ongoing projects. Peninsula Newcomers Club Luncheon Haro’s Restaurant & Bar, Sidney Pier Hotel Pre-booking required. More information at

Just moved to the Saanich Peninsula?Ladies – come join our club! tuesday evenings

Saanich Peninsula Toastmasters Meeting 7:30 p.m. at Vancouver Island Regional Library, Sidney

Toastmasters has a specific structure that provides a safe forum for speaking while giving encouragement and support.

7:15 to 9:30 p.m. at 1831 Fern St. (Park on Begbie.) 250.727.3097 |

Join us for stories told in the oral tradition by members of Victoria Storyteller’s Guild and friends. Doors open at 7:15 p.m; stories start at 7:30 p.m. Admission $5; students $3 (includes tea and goodies). “For people who love to tell stories, For people who love to listen, For people of all ages.” january 18: Seaside Splash at Kindergym 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Greenglade Community Centre 2151 Lannon Way, Sidney 250.656.7271 |


Expand your horizon 100+ films | 9 programs

Join us for some under the sea-themed fun at Kindergym! Event will feature face painting and some sea creature crafting. One to five years with parent. Regular program drop-in rates apply.

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january 19: Speakers Series

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1:30 to 3 p.m. at The Centre 1229 Clarke Rd, Brentwood Bay 250.652.4611 | www.

Speaker will be Dr. Patricia Roy, History Professor at the University of Victoria. Topic: A Humorous History of Highways in B.C. With the help of several generations of editorial cartoonists, this presentation traces the development of the road system of the province and its political manifestations from 1858 to the present day Admission is by donation. Refreshments served. Everyone welcome. january 20: Mystery Creature (guided walk – 5yrs+) 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Coles Bay Regional Park, North Saanich 250.478.3344 |

Solve the riddles to and the clues hidden along the trail with a CRD Regional Parks naturalist. Then piece the puzzle together to discover who the mystery creature is.



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3. and gets hit by a black cab UK PROGRAM

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similar feel to newsprint) and ran about 40 pages long. Oh how far we’ve come! Full colour, a minimum of 80 pages and crisp, vibrant colour – the Seaside Magazine of today bears little resemblance to its fledgling issue. Despite all the changes, one thing has remained a constant over the years: our commitment to our community and the people and businesses in it. Although the team at Seaside is proud of what we’ve accomplished, we feel we have one “simple” job, one we take very seriously: to be the voice of the Saanich Peninsula. We are always looking at what niches need to be filled and what topics should be covered within our pages. To that end, 2018 sees the launch of three new columns. Globehopping (p. 17) will share the stories of various people (both professionals in the travel industry and those who just love to travel) as they visit locales both near and far. Loving Large, Living Small (p. 24) will talk about the journey of writer Linda Hunter and her family as they “design a plan to share a life which includes listening to their land and to each other, … and eventually living a communal future.” And finally, the column that really does embody our goal of being the voice of the Saanich Peninsula: Word on the Street (p. 10), in which writer Lara Gladych will chat with local people of all demographics to find out their answers to our “question of the month.” I wish you all the best for the coming year, and thank you for your continuing support. Happy New Year everyone!

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Seaside Magazine January 2018 Issue  

Think of our publication as an extra dimension of our community space, a place where the voice of the Saanich Peninsula is treasured and cel...

Seaside Magazine January 2018 Issue  

Think of our publication as an extra dimension of our community space, a place where the voice of the Saanich Peninsula is treasured and cel...

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