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our women to watch Issue Speaking Up About the Wage Gap | Seaside Homes | Trade Student Spotlight Loving Large,March Living 2018 Small | Can We Talk: First Nations Languages On Design | Behind the Scenes: Women in Aviation | West Coast Gardener

March 2018

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Contents march 2018



speaking up about the wage gap The Situation on the Saanich Peninsula

2018 Women to watch Our 7th Annual Women in Business Special Feature



globehopping Winter is Here: Moving North

can we talk Chatting With Jacqueline Jim About Keeping First Nations Languages Alive

22 Casman Properties’ Margie shenduk Leader and Mentor

ON THE COVER “Red Ribbon”

EVERY MONTH 8 9 10 16 31 35 36 39 42 44 46

First Word Scene Around Town New & Noteworthy Can We Talk Ask a Stylist Loving Large, Living Small Behind the Scenes The Natural Path Word on the Street NEW! Seaside Book Club Trade Student Spotlight

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Inside Out Deb’s Day Out Seaside Homes On Design West Coast Gardener Sudoku Globehopping NEW! Seaside Arts Scene What’s Happening Last Word

by Wendy Oppelt



tara brunet page 12 Are you a woman in business or thinking about starting one? I share my tips on pursuing your passion, and having an ultimate vision to help get you through the challenging times. Know that all endeavours start small and take time to build, but anything is possible with the right mindset!

alison coley-donohue page 75 Fragrance in the garden is always a sweet treat. I find early blooming shrubs with perfume are such cheery, happy creatures. What brave souls, these ambassadors of spring, to burst forth their “scentsational” blooms when days are still short and the weather cool, whilst their garden mates persist in winter slumber.

jessica kwasnica page 73 Flowers are blooming and a new season is just around the corner! About this time, we get in that spring-cleaning mode and begin to analyze what works for us and what doesn’t in our home. It is a great time to re-set, re-invent and get organized for a fabulous year ahead.

lindsay neal page 79 Leaving Vancouver Island at the age of 25 to survive the winter months of Whitehorse was a gamble. Without work or half of my belongings, I found myself exploring more terrain than expected. Sometimes a change in location is the best way to push our comfort zones, and climate zones.

wendy oppelt cover artwork My intent was to create a piece for the International Women’s Show, “Strong Women, Strong World” (March 1-11 at The Bay Centre). I began painting my daughter but soon into the piece I abandoned my reference and just let whomever needed to appear do so. The Red Ribbon represents passion, unity and positive energy.

denny warner page 53 I am interested in moving the equality issue from conversation to action. I value the strengths both genders bring to discussions, relationships, offices and board room tables and confidently anticipate the time, likely in my grandchildren’s generation, when women’s talents are valued, equally and universally, in the workplace and elsewhere.

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Jo Barnes, Kristen Bovee, Tara Brunet, Alison Coley-Donohue, Doreen Marion Gee, Lara Gladych, Linda Hunter, Paula Kully, Jessica Kwasnica, Phillip Tiicham Muir, Lindsay Neal, Cassidy Nunn, Wendy Oppelt, Stu Rhodes, Deborah Rogers, Shai Thompson, Linda Walker, Denny Warner, Jo-Ann Way P.O. BOX 2173, SIDNEY, B.C. V8L 3S6 Seaside Magazine is printed 12 times a year by Mitchell Press. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. Reproduction requests may be made to the editor or publisher via the above means. Views of contributors do not necessarily reflect the policy or views of the publisher and editor. Staff of the magazine cannot be heldresponsible for unsolicited manuscripts or photographs.

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first word I’m having a real war of words in my head as I decide what to write about for this issue. The news has two objectives it seems: to report what’s just happened and to rehash, in the most sensational terms, what is apparently always happening. Like the obesity beat, the “what gives you cancer” scares, and most recently the sexual harassment scandals and the shooting frenzy horrorshows. I’m feeling so tired of it all. You’ll often hear me saying “things happen for a reason” and with this we can learn some life lessons. But you have to be present for them, want them and then learn from them. I’m not saying we should have to go through all these terrible tests in our life, but we have to adapt and get stronger. Do I want us to fight a war against each other? Of course not. My 92-year-old friend Rudi Hoenson continues to teach me so many life lessons and I really listen. Mostly he has taught me that it’s not how to fight a war, but it’s how to live a life. In WWII Rudi fought in the Indonesian jungle before he was caught and imprisoned. He remained a prisoner of war for over three years. How many people in our day and age can ever experience that and still want to live a life of peace?

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We always talk together like old friends. I asked Rudi about conflict today and he closed his eyes, bowed his head and remained silent, as in disbelief over what’s going on around the world. Among the majority of the world’s nearly 200 states, conflicts are much more likely to take place within states than between them. It’s really about people against people now. And not just wars, it’s everything in between! When will it stop? Why all this talk about war? Well, it’s not so much about the war, it’s more about what we can learn from those that have endured the trenches. And that’s not just the Rudis of the world: it’s also our family, friends, and neighbours that have been through difficult times. I love what Deborah Rogers, my editorial director, says at the end of her “Last Word” (pg 86) about changing up our narrative and trying to find a different way to look at the world. This could mean so many different things to so many people. It got me! What’s the story that you want to be a part of, and how will you tell it?

Sue Hodgson,


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Peninsula Celebrations Society Polar Bear Swim: 1. Some hearty local residents brave the frigid waters off Lochside Drive in Sidney Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa’s Tombstone Fundraiser for the Sidney Lions Food Bank: 2. Current and past Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa team members Emily Watson, Emily Moray, Jess Ward and her gunslinger, Nancy Gullason 3. Ashlie Sweeney and Ashley Stelck, Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa 4. Steve and Nia King 5. Lucas Copplestone, LJC Art; Marke Erickson Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce Tour of Industry: 6. Marc Bourdon, Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce; Cam McLennan, IslandPro Mowing. 7. David Cardinal, Level Ground Trading 8. Adrian Round, Ocean Networks Canada EduTech 2018: 9. Julian Sale, Motorize Your EV Store 10. Volunteer Sue Maitland, Town of Sidney Councillor Erin Bremner-Mitchell, Volunteer Debbie Sherwood 11. Pat Taylor and Denny Warner, Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce Photos by

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FOOD & BEVERAGE Raise Your Glass Deep Cove Winery, formerly Muse Winery, is set to open to the general public this May, with a Grand Opening weekend on June 1. Elyse and Tasem Ramadan, a young family from Sidney, took possession of the property in June of last year. In addition to the focus on crafting a variety of sustainably produced wines, the newly renovated winery will also host private events, live music nights and outdoor theatre performances.

New Face Jess Birring is the new owner of 3rd Street Café, in Sidney. Jess took over in January, and

the transition has been seamless with business as usual. He's looking forward to meeting you the next time you're in for breakfast or lunch, so stop by soon for the same great food and service you're accustomed to at 3rd Street.

RETAIL Fresh Foot Forward Waterlily Shoes is undergoing some exciting updates. They want to express more of their fun, playful side, so they've got a new logo that does just that! Christina would like to extend her thanks to Holy Cow Communication Design for the creation of their new logo. The store also has a new website where you can view all their great merchandise. Stay tuned for the big reveal!


Warm Welcome Cowland and Associates

Chartered Professional Accountants has added a fourth accountant to their staff. Nathaniel Moreby studied Mathematics at the University of Victoria, started accounting at a small tax firm in Victoria, and then articled at the Auditor General of BC, to receive his CPA, CA designation. He served five-and-a-half years with the provincial government before joining Cowland & Associates. Originally from Deep Cove, he's returning to his roots here in Sidney. Welcome, Nathaniel!

BEAUTY & GROOMING Expanding Her Services Abby Lopez has acquired Bell Buoy Barber Shop from previous owner Pamela Glover. Abby wishes Pam well in her new adventures, and invites new and returning clients to visit her

at the shop, where she returns to her roots in men's barbering services. Abby will divide her time between Studio A and the barbershop, so don't fret – she will still have a strong presence at the salon! Congratulations on your expansion, Abby! 9769 Second Street, Sidney.

ART Something Different Art in the Barn Gallery is a new approach to art viewing from partners Jacqui Austin and Gabriel Taschereau. "Realistic and accessible art" is showcased across 235 linear feet of gallery wall display, featuring over 100 2D and 3D works of art including watercolours, acrylics, pottery, photography and woodcarving. Visit their five-acre woodland property in Saanich, Thursday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Presently exhibiting five local artists. www.artinthebarngallery.

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TO WATCH "One woman can make a difference … many women working together can make a big difference." ~ Arlene Antonik As the 2017 Woman to Watch award recipient, I am so honoured to by Tara Brunet be writing this introduction for the Training by Tara Brunet next Women to Watch special feature. I am incredibly inspired by female entrepreneurs and seeing their businesses grow! My philosophy has been to remain as authentic as possible in my endeavours and create a lasting change and impact on women. I know that any sort of growth comes from changing your mindset first, before anything else. I love to help women change their mindset around their bodies and nutrition in order to see real results without dieting or punishing exercise. I believe mindset is the key to any sort of transformation: from changing your body to starting your own business. My business started very small, in my bedroom in fact, where I started taking on personal training clients and then running bootcamps out of parks. From there, I Humaira Ahmed moved my “gym” into a carport, and was Spice Marketing Consulting able to successfully take the leap into full-

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time entrepreneurship. I have always had my heart set on owning my own studio, and in 2017 I was able to turn that dream into a reality and lease my own space in Sidney. I truly believe that if you have an idea that you want to see come to fruition, anything is possible if you are persistent and relentless in your goals. My advice to any female entrepreneur is to not let anyone tell you that you can’t achieve something. I had a lot of obstacles to overcome when finding my space, and it was very important to continue reminding myself of my vision daily. The first space I wanted to purchase fell through just a few days before receiving the keys. I found out that I was homeless (I had already given my notice) and that I wouldn’t have anywhere to run my business! If I didn’t believe in my ultimate goal, I probably would have given up. The first year of business has been very challenging, with long hours and a big learning curve, but I know my vision of something greater continues to push me through the fear and out of my comfort zone. Don’t be afraid to think bigger and to continue to challenge the societal norms with your business and your ideas! If you create something in the service of others and always keep that in mind, you’ll never fail.

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Introducing the 2018 Applicants We asked women in business to nominate themselves based on their business model, innovations, environmental credentials and challenges met. The 2018 “Woman to Watch” will be announced at Seaside Magazine’s cocktail event March 8th. To reserve your space email

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can we talk edito r i a l d i r e c t o r D e b o r a h Rogers CHATS with Jacqueline Jim, SENĆO Ŧ E N I m mer sion T ea c h er, la nguag e co ach a nd m emb e r of t h e Fir st N ations E d u c a tion S tee ring Co mm ittee Four of the W̱SÁNEĆ first nations, W̱JOȽEȽ(Tsartlip), BOḰEĆEN(Pauquachin), W̱SIḴEM(Tseycum) and SȾÁUTW̱(Tsawout), created the ȽÁU, WELṈEW̱ Tribal School in 1989, teaching students from preschool to grade 10. The introduction of  full language immersion teaching is still very new and the students in your school are some of the only SENĆOŦEN speakers in the world. How do you use this thought to inspire young learners, and what do you hope learning their own native language will do for them and their community? My hope is to see language spoken naturally in the homes of our community members. I am inspired and encouraged by this work because I often envision our immersion students 30 years from now. It is my hope that many of them will be teachers, mentors, advocates, parents, elected leaders, and fluent SENĆOŦEN speaking people. I hope learning SENĆOŦEN builds confidence and pride in our students. Pride and confidence in using the language wherever they go and with their families in their own homes. I hope that they will join our team and help us with this movement and our efforts. We will become a stronger nation as a result of culturally relevant programming. We will become more confident in who we are as a people and pass on our knowledge and teachings to those will follow us. Our students are strong role models for their peers, for their families and their community, and that gives me hope. They are part of a very unique and special group, who are making positive changes at a very young age. The ȽÁU,WEL,ṈEW̱ school is unique in the way it’s structured – with solid support from the school board – allowing a total

immersion approach to language. In fact there are only two other schools in B.C. which follow the same approach to language revitalization. Your other role is as a language coach with the First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC); what does this involve and what are you learning about First Nations language teaching across B.C.? In my role with FNESC I travel to different First Nations communities and support language teachers with the implementation of the First Nations Language Essentials curriculum. This curriculum was developed by Dr. Kathryn Michel, from Chief Atahm school, the first First Nations immersion school created here in B.C. It was created as a means to strengthen the oral language literacy of students learning their First Nations language. This curriculum uses well-researched language teaching methods that have been proven to develop strong oral language in immersion settings. This is the vision for our hundreds of nations that make up this beautiful province. We offer support to many language teachers who are not trained as a classroom teacher but are first language speakers in their community. It is rare to find a fluent speaker who is also formally trained as a teacher. So, we have to be unique in supporting these special teachers who have a great gift of language to share with our students. Orange Shirt Day, September 30, is an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come. Can you explain how your school recognized Orange Shirt Day this year, and used it as a learning tool for the students?

I hosted an Orange Shirt Day assembly this year and every student received a specially-designed orange shirt to wear for the day. I hosted the same assembly the year before and showed a YouTube video of Brian Sampson and Addie Elliott singing their song titled Re-educate which touches on the history of residential schooling. The video was created in collaboration with students from our school and was filmed on school grounds as well. So this year, I decided to invite Brian and Addie to perform live for our students and to share about their experience creating the video! It was a great opportunity to bring strong young role models into our school to discuss such a raw and emotional subject for our community in a way that young students could relate to. Dr. Martin Brokenleg provides training worldwide for individuals who work with youth at risk. He speaks of the power of “Mobilizing Communities” where “populations display complex social patterns that are the result of history, Aboriginal youth display inter-generational trauma but usually receive symptom treatment. Returning to traditional Aboriginal ways of raising youth will restore youth to the heart and mindset that supported survival of indigenous peoples through many centuries.” How do you take this idea that “culture is subconscious” into your classroom and teaching methods? I try my best to honour my students. I meet them where they are. I come from the same culture and was raised in a very similar fashion to many of my students. So, I show them love and a deep sense of care and compassion for their everyday struggles and their accomplishments. I have strong connections to many staff, students and families that I work with; that has been a great advantage. It has allowed me to have safe, trusting and respectful relationships with students and families. Before any kind of teaching can happen, there has to be safety, respect and love. My hope is that a higher level of learning can happen because we share the same values and culture on a deeper level. I think because culture is subconscious we have a deeper trust which many families still do not have with the education system. You have achieved a lot at only 29! You have a Masters degree and are surrounded by other young women who have also risen to the occasion, breaking through barriers to further education and becoming role models for your community. Traditionally women have held important roles of leadership in First Nations communities, who or what motivated you on your path? I was motivated to have an active role in my community because I wanted to become the role model I needed as a young person. I had good role-modeling from my mom and an older sister who both went to college and university while I was growing up and I was given the task of being the eldest of four sisters in my household so it was more of a job given than a choice to be a good role model and a teacher for those who followed behind me. I remember my mom telling me that my sisters look up to me and I need to show them how I do things because they are watching me and want to do what I’m doing, and so naturally I became their teacher.

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I became a certified professional bookkeeper because I genuinely wanted to help businesses and individuals achieve what I have: happiness, success and the ability to provide for my family. I know that not everyone loves bookkeeping, taxes and numbers but I do, and I am good at it! I have been working as a bookkeeper since 2011 and I have three daughters who I strive to be a role model for. I feel that the most important gift I can give to my girls is setting a positive example and showing them that they can do whatever they want to do and be whomever they want to be. I grew up on the Island and am proud to call the Peninsula my home. It truly is a great place to live and work, and I have come to realize that this isn’t a city where who you know opens doors for you, but rather a collegial business community where hard work, determination and word of mouth is the key to growing your business.

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Donna’s interest in hearing started at a young age while sitting on her hard-of-hearing mother’s lap during visits to the audiologist. She was fascinated with the entire process. Donna went on to obtain her Masters’ degree in audiology and after years of working in government, medical and corporate clinics, she realized her long-time dream of opening her own clinic in 2010. The majority of hearing clinics in the greater Victoria area are either wholly or partially owned by hearing aid manufacturers. Hear – Central Saanich is one of the few remaining 100% locally-owned clinics. The focus at Hear is on the full spectrum of hearing health care: prevention, assessment, diagnosis, management and treatment, rather than strictly on the sale of hearing aids. If hearing aids are the best option for treating your hearing issues, Hear gives you access to products from the six major manufacturers in the world.

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Dominique is a partner at Henley & Walden LLP. Dominique has over 20 years of experience and provides her clients with sound, practical and easy to understand legal advice.

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Her practice areas include real estate; business (corporate and commercial); estate planning (such as wills, powers of attorney, representation agreements and trusts); and estate administration, including executor services.

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Margie Shenduk: Leader and Mentor by Doreen Marion Gee

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“I haven’t taken a sick day in 17 years” speaks volumes about Margie Shenduk’s dedication to excellence in her work for the Casman Group. Margie’s story illustrates the power of education, hard work and determination in attaining personal success. But she goes one step further by paying it forward, drawing on her skills and experience to help others achieve and enjoy their own day in the sun. Alberta’s Casman Group of Companies is expanding its legacy into British Columbia with new housing projects sprouting in Saanich and Sidney. As a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), a LEED® Accredited Professional, and with an Interior Design Technology diploma and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration under her belt, Margie Shenduk is the Director of Operations for the Casman Group. Her skill set is awe-inspiring: a technical understanding of building design and construction, strengths in communications, and a thorough knowledge of contracts and construction processes. Utilizing her expertise in operations, client relations, project development, project management, and project controls, Margie oversees the projects of Casman’s clients from

development to close-out. Margie’s career has evolved into a passion for giving back – through mentoring and championing others on their own road to prosperity: “In more recent years, I love growing and mentoring our Casman team, expanding into new regions like Victoria. I am lucky that my responsibilities at Casman include recruitment and passing on my construction process knowledge to our more junior staff. I have watched the people I’ve hired grow from junior Project Coordinators to running multimillion dollar projects as very capable Project Managers.” Taking on the role of leader seems a natural fit for the seasoned professional: “Leadership is providing skills, the climate, and the opportunity for those junior to you to take on new challenges and being excited and never threatened when they rise to the occasion. Good leaders don’t let great skills go unused.” She is paving the way for future visionaries: “Margie is passionate about recruiting, training, and mentoring Casman’s future Leaders.” ( Not surprisingly, Margie’s choice for her biggest achievement involved giving back to the community: “I am very proud to be a part of a team that has almost completed construction of a two-phase project in which we managed the design and construction of a women’s shelter and affordable housing facility in Alberta for women and children fleeing abuse.” As she oversees Casman’s present project in Sidney, the “Cameo,” Margie promises that the condo units “will vary from studios to three bedrooms, offering a range of price points and finishes for buyers.” Our own success can be measured by how much we encourage it in others. For more information, visit www.

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My childhood included a family of avid gardeners, so early life exposed me to all the benefits of gardening, both aesthetically and materially.

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Helping clients realize the ongoing benefits of good design and maintenance of their gardens is always a satisfying experience. Complementing my business with the recent addition of my daughter provides an even wider knowledge base and a strong camaraderie.

Assisting and communicating with our clients is important to our team. Come check out our new location at the corner of Fourth and Bevan in Sidney. New clients are always welcome!

It gives us great pleasure to offer garden consulting and coaching along with design and maintenance services to Saanich and surrounding areas.

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For over 25 years, I have been providing window covering and upholstery design solutions for clients on the Peninsula, Victoria and Gulf Islands. For the past nine years I have had a local studio, recently moving into a new showroom in the heart of Sidney, on Third Street. I am excited to work with clients on several aspects of their interior solutions, from upholstery or new furniture selection to window coverings and custom bedding. With the showroom by appointment, it allows me the ability to provide personal attention to your project without interruption as well as the flexibility to consult directly in-home. I like to start with an in-home consultation to see your space and discuss what you are looking to create. It may be simple new blinds for privacy, an innovative drape for an awkward window, fresh upholstery for an old heirloom – whatever your home needs, we can come up with a solution together. We will then put together a selection of fabrics and hardware ideas for you, along with a sketch of what your space will look like using different options. From there, we can narrow down to the final, perfect option that combines both beauty and function: no surprises, no mistakes. The final step is to have your custom design brought to life and installed by talented local trades people, who provide quality workmanship at a competitive price.





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Life is complicated enough when you are in full control. Losing control because of an injury, illness or death makes it 10 times worse. Sure, it is uncomfortable to talk about it, but why make things so difficult for yourself or loved ones? I will guide you in preparing a personalized comprehensive plan, so you all can get on with enjoying life. Get the peace of mind that comes when you "Know Your Way."

Quince is about community and making people feel welcome. Our priority is to create a space that feels cozy and friendly and welcomes customers to come relax and be themselves. We value homemade food, great coffee and excellent customer service. Courtney was born and raised in Sidney and it is wonderful to fulfill a dream of owning a little shop that brings a bit of daily joy and community to people’s lives.

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Many of you know Ann now: the highly motivated, successful Gold MLS award-winning local realtor. But what many of you don’t know is that Ann has worked in the Real Estate Industry for over 12 years, all while being a single parent to four daughters and going the extra mile for the people of her community. A master multitasker, during this time Ann also owned and operated Dig This when it was first located on Beacon. Community oriented, she participated as the fundraising coordinator for Peninsula Baseball & Softball Association, raising enough money for the two digital scoreboards you see at the parks today. “From friends driving the kids while I had to work, to constant client referrals from people … I couldn’t have done it without the support of the people of the Peninsula,” Ann says of her quick rise to success as a realtor. “We are all so blessed to have that small home town feel and sense of community here; I couldn’t have done it without living in a place that provided that.” “Three years ago I met Ann and she educated me on the differences of buying versus renting and the reality of investing in my future. Ann’s friendly but professional way of teaching and encouraging me to look outside the box took me from paying someone else’s mortgage to paying a little bit more and investing in myself. Ann’s knowledge and experience has proven beneficial in many ways. I too am a single parent; I look up to her for her genuine concern and care for all those around her, not just clients.” ~ Jennifer Williamson

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Radiance Body Wax & Sugar Studio offers hair removal services to achieve smooth, radiant, hair-free skin.

For the past five years, I have been set up in my private home salon offering professional salon services, with a passion for helping people find the right fit in their hairstylist through honesty and integrity of work.

As an Esthetician, I always encourage women to embrace their most radiant self, which starts with basic and essential self care. Sometimes we need a reminder that when we take time out to care for ourselves, our inner resources are replenished. This leaves us feeling more confident and connected with family, friends and our community.

I love helping people find their perfect style and educating them on how to maintain it at home.

Radiance My focus at Radiance is nurturing trusting, positive client relationships while providing efficient, thorough, discreet and comfortable professional service with a warm and personal touch. body wax & sugar studio 250.889.3310 |

I continue my education and love to share knowledge through being a National Colour Educator with Paul Mitchell. Find something you love to do and you'll never work a day in your life – I truly work in my dream job.


Local interior design business owners Tracey Jones and Stacey Kaminski have partnered for the past nine years creating beautiful interior spaces. Really connecting with the homeowner is key to a successful design plan. Every space is unique, so really listening to all the wishes and concerns (including budget!) of the client is a priority. Form AND function! If you are taking on a renovation big or small, these Peninsula-based stylists invite you to call them for a design consultation. If you are getting ready to sell, they are active in the real estate market staging homes. Bringing in an objective set of fresh eyes to an older space can do wonders for a quick update – resulting in a better listing that sells faster! Making what you have work and injecting new creative ideas to pull it all together is their passion. “We are inspired by the beauty of the Island we live on. Fresh, comfortable, well designed rooms not only look great but are timeless! We love using the colours, texture and natural elements reflected in our environment.”

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RE/MAX Agent Georgia Wiggins Earns Lifetime Achievement Award

Victoria BC February 19 2018 - Georgia Wiggins, with RE/MAX Camosun, has been presented with the prestigious RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Award, which honours highly successful agents who year after year have achieved high standards and earnings and assisted their clients to achieve goals, dreams and success in their Real Estate pursuits. Less than six percent of all active agents in the RE/MAX network have achieved this prestigious award since its inception. She along with her partner Tim Wiggins have been working in the real estate industry for 26 years and have established the trust of buyers and sellers in their community. Please Call them at 250 415 2500 and they will guide you successfully through your Real Estate journey and you will become part of this Success Story.

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In 2015, Jessica opened Seaside Cabinetry & Design. After working for almost a decade in downtown Victoria, she saw the need for a boutique cabinetry design studio in Sidney so she took the plunge and seized the opportunity. Within a year, Jessica and her husband, Tony, had outgrown their original showroom. They moved into downtown Sidney and are now located at 9715 First Street. Jessica loves working with local customers and local suppliers and has such a wonderful time working with Women on the Peninsula. The tight-knit community has been very welcoming and she feels at home in Sidney. Seaside Cabinetry & Design exclusively sells Merit cabinetry and carries two cabinet lines to accommodate any budget. Jessica has a genuine interest in getting to know her clients and works tirelessly with them to help create rooms that are unique and special to them. Every kitchen bears Jessica’s signature stamp: innovative, personalized design and absolute quality.

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Streams Counselling is a safe, nonjudgemental and respectful environment that allows people to explore and gain selfawareness through creative solutions. Anne Brodbeck is a registered counsellor who specializes in complex life transitions. She has expertise in self care, loss and relationships. Bea Bussiere is a counsellor with extensive experience in crisis counselling. She has strong abilities in helping addiction dynamics in families, grief and life skills. To schedule a time to talk, visit


In the three years since purchasing Studio A Hair and Beauty Bar, Abby has extended the already fullservice salon to include the latest in men's barbering, acrylic nails, microblading and eyelash extensions. Come in and enjoy a day of beauty with one of Studio A's talented team members: alongside Abby work stylists Brigitte, Henry, Annabelle and Jenny; lash and microblading tech Taeha and nail tech Harmony. Follow the salon on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date with the latest promotions: @studioahairdesignbeautybar.

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As a small business owner, Colleen knows firsthand the importance of a business having timely and accurate information. We take pride in delivering a range of services including bookkeeping, accounting and tax preparation. With our help, small and medium-sized business work smarter, have the peace of mind to concentrate on their business and individuals release themselves from the burden of annual tax reporting. Colleen and her Team provide the personal service that has been a hallmark of Security House Accounting Inc. over four decades. We are here to help our clients stay focused on their core business. Give us your books – take back your life!™ Ask us about our new paperless bookkeeping systems that you can access straight from your smart phone!

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Michelle Bourgeois’ approach to health, well-being and fitness emphasizes the "personal" in Personal Trainer.

Celebrating life’s moments through the many different events is important to us and that is why we are passionate in creating that event for you.

By supporting each individual on their journey to actively live their best life possible, Michelle teaches and inspires her clients to increase their ability to fully engage in and enjoy the activities they love.

We offer a host of packages and services tailored to the needs of each client, from the bride to the corporate customer. We are professional and passionate coordinators who use our expertise to create immaculate and stress-free events for our clients.

Now is the time to commit to your health and reap the rewards and many positive benefits you will experience at Michelle’s welcoming private studio.


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I began my beekeeping journey 10 years ago and then started a business in Vancouver, Urban Bee Supplies, where I sold beekeeping supplies, taught classes and sold honeybees. The business grew quickly, and I started consulting for large U.S. beekeeping operations, teaching at the American Beekeeping Federation and consulting the Canadian Senate on honeybee health. Despite this success, my true dream was to move home to Saanichton so I could raise our three kids in the same amazing town I grew up in and be closer to my family. In March 2016 we sold our home in Tsawwassen and moved our family back to Saanichton. We invested everything we had into building our dream, Urban Bee Honey Farm. Everyone thought we were nuts … and we were! There’s a reason people don’t take risks like this; I cried a lot through the process, and at times wanted to quit, but my husband held our vision of what we wanted to build and we eventually saw our dream become reality. We now sell locally-produced honey, cropped and infused honeys, seasonal turkeys, chickens, pork and a load of other locally-produced goodies. We offer a tasting bar so visitors can try all the honeys we offer. Lots of people come in and say “honey’s just honey,” but after they try a few they understand the difference. Honey tasting is like wine tasting: there are many different flavour notes and intensities. Still to come are beautiful walking pollinator gardens with picnic tables for you to enjoy a fresh brewed coffee and honey treat. There will be an area where kids can check out the farm animals, and inside we’ll have an observation hive so you can see the bees in action. This spring we’ll have seed and bulb kits available so everyone can easily do their part to help feed the bees, and we’ll also sell packaged honey bees and nucleus colonies available for local beekeepers. Without bees we won’t exist – if everyone does a little something to help we can have a huge impact on their existence.

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by Shai Thompson House of Lily Koi

March Style Tip: What does spring mean to you? To me it means COLOUR COLOUR COLOUR. The number-one colour for spring this season is purple. Red haters celebrate! In the spectrum of purple there are many tones. Pick the tone that best reflects in your skin, eyes and hair. Personally, I think all colour is in style all the time … so whatever works for you rock it! I'm a professional corporate woman living on the Island; where do I find a strong corporate look? Suiting is difficult to find here on the Island at the best of times, especially for women. Aside from going custom which has great value, sourcing a product line that works for your budget and body shape is key. This means “work” by trying on an assortment of suits at a variety of stores and locations. Holt Renfrew hosts the higher end price point pieces where you will usually find better fabrics. Here are my top three go-to suits when I'm dressing corporate women: Hugo Boss, Judith & Charles and Carolina Herrera. I have a girlfriend who keeps nagging on me to cut my hair short, saying that long hair is for young women only. My hair length is at my shoulders and I'm 55. What can I tell her so she stops bugging me every time I see her? She thinks she is being helpful when in fact she is hurting my feelings! I don't mind when people use their better judgement to assess the situation. But outright judgment is borderline bullying; I will not take it so neither should you! Everything we judge in others is something within ourselves we don't want to face. To be clear with another is to state your peace graciously. For example: "Jane, since you are being so honest and clear with me, I need to

be honest and clear with you. Every time you judge my hair, you hurt my feelings and it makes it uncomfortable to be around you." If discussion ensues in a positive way afterwards then you have a valuable friendship; if not perhaps you should reconsider it. I am new to the iPhone world and see all these cute phone covers that don't look like a big ugly chunky brick. Where do I find one that will protect my phone and also look stylish? It's time to hit the mall, as there are kiosks everywhere with fashion covers for your phone. I love that you can personalize your phone. For example: if you are in business, placing your logo on your device is another way to advertise. You can also take a favourite picture. My friend used a picture

of her and her dad when she was a little girl. It's a feel-good thing! I've been using gel nail polish for quite a few years now and have recently taken it off to find my nails are in bad shape. HELP? Unfortunately, that can happen with gel nails, and it can take quite a long time for them to heal. When I had mine done it left my nails brittle and vulnerable to breaking. UV is used to cure the gel and acetone is used to soak the polish off. Those that have them love them, so this really is a matter of choice. One of my clients stopped polishing altogether and now just files and buffs and her nails look healthy and polished. Here is some random info: the nail industry in North America sold $800 million in nail polish last year!


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A Tale of Three Women: Local Sucess by Jo Barnes Making a business plan. Making family and work balance. And making … mistakes. The three women at left are successful members of our business community who understand that persistence, meeting challenges and learning curves are all part of success. We asked them: “What does it mean to you to be a female entrepreneur in the Saanich Peninsula business community?”

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Abby Lopez, owner of Studio A Hair and Beauty Bar says: “Being a female entrepreneur means everything to me! As the owner of a hair salon and a barbershop, this fast-paced business world really keeps me on my toes! The first few years were definitely the hardest for me because of the intense learning curve. I quickly learned that staying organized was a key to success! The best feeling that I have as a female entrepreneur is being able to take a step back and look at everything that I have accomplished and say ‘I did it!’ I am so proud to be a part of this great community!” Marie Rosko, owner of Sweet Talk & Lace Lingerie shares: “Being part of the exceptional growth of the Saanich Peninsula business community as a ‘woman in business’ has been a positive career opportunity. To see Sidney emerge from a sleepy little village to a vibrant seaside shopping plaza and to have been part of that positive movement over the years has been extraordinary. Lucky me to have been given the opportunity to work within well organized business community groups that not only promote our business attributes but are very cognisant of the needs of families, seniors and tourists who come to enjoy the many attributes of Sidney. “As I shall be closing the lingerie store sometime in March, I would like to thank the very kind residents, customers and fellow business merchants that have enhanced my life and business career here in Sidney. I have been putting off retirement for some time and with the necessity of closing the store, it seems like the opportune time to look forward to a few years of rest and relaxation. My sincere thanks for allowing me to be part of your lives and the ever-changing, everwelcoming Town of Sidney.” Shai Thompson, owner of House of Lily Koi says: “Coming from a long line of strong independent entrepreneurial woman, it just seemed to be a matter of course. I never really thought much about launching my business because it all came to me so naturally: the plan, the execution and the kill. Believe me when I say that all my learning comes from a long list of mistakes. It’s all about how you move forward. When I’ve been knocked down, the only choice I have had is to get back up, dust myself off and proceed as a champion.”

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We ARE the Village by Linda Hunter

In January, shortly after my

writing about living alone versus sharing a home, I was pleased to learn that Britain has appointed a Minister for Loneliness "to tackle the isolation felt by more than one in 10 people in the U.K." At home here in Sidney, I continue to do my research, hoping to discover best practices along with what to avoid, as our family builds a shared vision for our cohousing adventure. Fortunately, we have some great examples of communal living here on the Island. On the Peninsula, Tracy Mills and Barb Whittington have helped found the cohousing initiative Ravens Crossing (formerly Saanich Peninsula Cohousing), a wonderful and welcome introduction to the dynamic and collaborative process that creates intentional community. Their initiative will bring together a collection of 25+ creatively designed apartments whose owners have set their sights on building connection, looking forward to the privacy and equity of owning their own homes. This while enjoying all that communal living offers: common spaces for gathering, a workshop and garden as well as joint ownership of whatever they decide upon as a group. Add to this an ease of living that comes from the mutual friendship and support of others and you have the beginnings of a successful endeavour. As Tracy reminds us: while this concept may be new to many, it's old news in Denmark, where in 1972 Saettedammen, the world's first recognized cohousing community, opened its doors. Like the Danish, Tracy and Barb's group recognizes the social benefits of member-designed and developed cohousing where as Tracy states "you can enjoy independent living: "privacy when you want it, connection when you need it." For Barb, that lifestyle "includes a more vibrant, environmentally responsible community with different ages and different interests." For more information, visit For Susana Michaelis, coming home to Nanaimo's Pacific Gardens was 11 years in the making, but worth the wait to turn the key on her dream of creating an intentional, resident-planned sustainable housing development. In 2009, situated on 4.37 acres of natural beauty, this cohousing project welcomed families with a focus on community, cooperation, fun and quality of life. In addition to living in their private and personal homes, these neighbours jointly enjoy a large common kitchen, dining hall and activity space that features a children's play area, crafts room, music/meditation room and conversation lounge. They also share an office, elevator, woodworking shop, laundry, guest rooms, exercise room, storage and organic gardens. Nine years on, Susana and her neighbours continue to embrace connection and welcome

visitors to their Thursday community dinners. Information at With such great examples leading the way, our family will move our communal planning forward by marrying the best of what we have learned from others with what we have discovered together: that a sense of humour is necessary, that the whole is often better than the sum of all of our individual parts, and that while we have always believed "it takes a village," we have now come to understand that we ARE the village. Join Linda bimonthly 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.

The ArtSea Gallery Presents: Boreal Expressions & Prairie Landscapes March 2 - 7, 2018 (10 a.m. - 5 p.m.) Paintings by Local Watercolour Artist Louise Piquette.

ArtSea Small Expressions March 10 - 31, 2018 This unique show challenges the artists to fit their creations into 12 x 12 x 12 inches finished size. Painting, collage, photography, sculpture, fibre, pottery, metal and wood could all be represented. Come and see what happens when your favourite artists dream up “small expression� masterpieces. The ArtSea Gallery has many creative and imaginative shows scheduled for 2018. Come in and enjoy the wonderful local art. Visit our website for more information:

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by Paula Kully

Since the beginning of human

aviation, the desire to fly has been just as fascinating to women as to their male counterparts. However, due to social norms and prejudices, women didn’t truly enter the world of commercial air travel until the 1970s and even now face barriers in this male-dominated industry. Most people are familiar with Amelia Earhart, who is seen as having paved the way for female pilots. She received her pilot’s licence in December 1921 and among her many accomplishments, she was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. Sadly, Amelia’s plane went down in 1937 during an attempt to fly around the world. Her body was never found, but her contributions and her inspiration lives on. Prior to Amelia, Raymonde de Laroche was the first woman in the world to receive a pilot’s licence on March 8, 1910. More than a century later, the industry continues to be a difficult one for women to break into. Canada didn’t see its first female commercial pilot until 1973 when Rosella Bjornson began flying for Winnipeg’s Transair. But even since then, the percentage of female commercial pilots hasn’t increased much since the ’70s and is still only about 6.8% of the total. The process for obtaining a pilot’s licence involves a significant time and financial commitment, and in the past, this may have contributed to the low female enrollment. The first step to becoming a pilot is to take a Discovery Flight, such as the Victoria Flying Club offers, to determine if flying is really something you have an aptitude for. The trained team can usually tell if someone will make a good pilot. Then, there are a number of licences an individual can obtain, beginning with a recreational pilot’s licence which involves a minimum 25 hours flight training and costs just under $6,000. There is also a private pilot’s licence which necessitates 65 to 75 hours flight training at a cost of just over $10,500. A commercial pilot must complete a minimum 65 hours of flight training and 80 hours of ground school, at a cost of over $24,000. There is also the airline transport pilot, which is the highest licence that can be held by a civilian

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pilot. In addition, there are a number of ratings including night rating, sea plane rating, and multi-engine. These stringent licensing requirements and hours are prescribed by Transport Canada. In our own community, at least one woman is working hard to open the doors for women who want to fly. Ramona Reynolds (above) is a pilot and the first female President of the Victoria Flying Club, which has been in existence since 1926. She is an absolute dynamo who is passionate about her work in the field and determined to make it easier for women wanting to become pilots. Growing up with a pilot father combined with her background in law, Ramona has the tools and skills to be a leader and mentor for others. Seeing and experiencing the challenges women face in the field of aviation, Ramona was instrumental in starting a local chapter of the International Women in Aviation Club to provide a safe place for women to learn while they pursue their careers. While membership is restricted to women, participation is not. For example, the organization’s leadership learning series brought in many guests including coaches, leadership experts from Royal Roads, helicopter pilots, military pilots, and women who flew in the Arctic and Antarctica; at one point in the series the male attendance even surpassed the female attendance. The organization has also coordinated flying events, orientation events, networking and mentorship events, a leadership learning series, held fundraising events for scholarships for women in every aspect of aviation and they have connected with the Aviation Leadership Foundation which was started by a woman who found that there were limited leadership opportunities for women in the industry. Through her own experiences, Ramona has discovered that perseverance and embracing the responsibility and accountability that comes with being the President of the Victoria Flying Club has enabled her to be a leader and undoubtedly has made her a role model for other women who have their sights set on the sky. march 2018 | 37

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Xenoestrogen and its Impact on Breast Health

Our environment has an immense affect on our health. Our modern-day practises of industrialization, business and farming all have an integrated link to one another. As living organisms, we are dependent on our environment to survive and as such, it’s imperative that we look at and address our effects on our environment. One of the most significant environmental toxins that has the biggest impact on breast health are xenoestrogens. These are synthetic man-made molecules that mimic estrogen and alter the natural function of our cells. What’s wrong with Xenoestrogens? The issues with xenoestrogens are a) they’re everywhere in our environment; b) they mimic strongly the effects of estrogen; and c) they can wreak havoc on the cells in our body that use estrogen in their function. This becomes important in women (and men) who have high risk or have breast cancer or other hormoneinduced cancer (such as prostate or uterine) because they stimulate cancer cell growth. Where are Xenoestrogens found? Many man-made products have xenoestrogenic activity. Some of the most widely used chemicals are: Parabens, Bisphenol A, phthalates, PCB’s, BHT and DDT. These products are found in skincare, industrial and home plastic items, food dyes, building supplies, fire retardants, insecticides, and herbicides. Just read some labels of your favourite household personal products; they are found in just about everything. How can one minimize the exposure to xenoestogens? 1) Eat Organically. It is best to eat organic whenever possible. Choose pesticide-, herbicide- and fungicide-free fruits and vegetables. Minimally, peel any skins and wash produce thoroughly. Buy locally grown, in-season produce, as these tend to be less sprayed. Choose hormone free and organic meats and dairy products. The more we consume this type of food, the cheaper they will become from demand.

2) Avoid the use of Plastics. It’s best to purchase and use items that are made from a natural source. Some of my favourite alternatives to plastic in the kitchen are glass or steel containers for storing and serving food, natural storage wrap made from cloth and beeswax, and wooden cutting boards. Remember to never reuse plastic bottles and never microwave food in or around a plastic container. 3) Use only clean household and beauty products. My favourite motto when talking to people about skin care is: “if you can eat it, you can put it on your body.” Our skin is a porous organ than can absorb anything that looks hormonal. Consider using chemical-free and biodegradable cleaning and laundry products, essential oils for

perfumes, natural soaps and toothpaste and avoid skin products that contain parabens. Did you know the carbon paper we touch and handle every day from the cash register is covered in a highly absorbable estrogenic chemical? As a result, I would recommend not taking a receipt or if you can, have one emailed to you. For our kids, we can consider toys made of wood or natural cloth. It can be overwhelming to consider significant changes in our daily lives. However, we need to start making wiser choices in what we buy, use and consume. With the rise in hormone-related cancers, it is essential that we begin to make the changes necessary for our environment to support us in health rather than being a risk for disease.

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Brett Kissel Canadian country music star Brett Kissel brings his We Were That Song Tour with guest Dan Davidson to Sidney for three performances March 20-22. Some would imagine that Brett Kissel is settling perfectly into the role of one of the nation’s leading country music creatives, but settling is not a word in Kissel’s vocabulary. In fact, with his new album in tow, just ask him: he’s only just begun! Just like Kissel’s real life now-a-days, the top three tracks of We Were That Song explode into your life with purpose. “I feel the most connected to my fans while up on stage; I’m an entertainer, it’s what I do best.” Kissel shares. Kissel has evolved immensely by using his unique charisma to share and connect with his audience. His remarkable level of transparency awarded him with his fourth consecutive CCMA for Interactive Artist of the Year. He confidently shares his own learnings and cheeky life-advice, in songs like Drink, Cuss, or Fish and Nights in the Sun. “I’m heavily influenced by my grandparents - especially my grandfathers, and their root-wisdoms.

“We are always on the road - we want to entertain - and can’t wait to hit the stage every night,” Kissel beams. As more and more tour dates keep piling on, Kissel humbly forges ahead with steam roll intensity. Indeed We Were That Song is his best album work yet, drawing on a plethora of inspirations to satisfy everyone’s audio senses. The new recording that is both exciting and diverse, is again, specifically designed to disarm anything you ever thought you knew about Brett Kissel.

Most recently Bell Media announced an all-new animated version of the iconic franchise entitled Corner Gas: Animated. Re-imagined by creator and star Brent Butt the first 13 episode season is expected to premier as part of the Comedy Network 2017-2018 broadcast season.

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Making his home in Vancouver for more than a decade, Brent continues to tour the country performing in clubs, theatres and as a much sought after corporate entertainer. “I love what I do.” Butt says. “I look at it as just having coffee. Only now it’s with hundreds of people at a time.”

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Comedian, and creator of the wildly popular television sitcom Corner Gas will bring the laughs to the Charlie White Theatre on Saturday, April 7.

The Rotary Club of Sidney by the Sea is excited to announce its 7th annual “New Orleans style Gala” in support of charitable projects. This year to be held on April 21st at the Mary Winspear Centre.

Butt became known in Canada for his clean and relaxed comedic style, and after several TV specials, he created Corner Gas in 2004, and starred in the role as Brent Leroy. The series was an instant hit for CTV, becoming the top sitcom on Canadian television and eventually aired in 26 countries. The final season for the show was in 2009, but the show continues to maintain its popularity today, with constant reruns on the Comedy Network and CTV.

This Gala event will be a night to remember, featuring a martini bar, music, dancing, Monte Carlo style games of chance, silent and live auctions, as well as delectable appetizers for you and your friends to enjoy. The Rotary “Monte Carlo Gala” is the club’s premier fund raiser of the year, and enables Rotarians to support many worthy projects. This year’s proceeds will go towards support for the

Youth Health Clinic, Mt. Newton Centre Society, and Sidney Elementary School; all worthy causes! Rotary Sidney by the Sea is excited that the Mary Winspear Centre is once again the venue for the Gala, continuing a long-standing tradition of partnering on events that benefit our local community. Tickets can be purchased at the Mary Winspear box office.

Fawlty Towers Audiences will get another chance to watch the antics of the snobbish and obtuse Basil Fawlty, bungling waiter Manuel and other iconic characters this spring at the Charlie White Theatre in Sidney. Following Peninsula Players’ two highly successful previous shows in the series, this production will feature the episodes “The Builders”, “The Anniversary Party” and “Gourmet Night”.

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#PressforProgress Seaside Magazine wants 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 question. We're looking for responses from all ages and across the by Lara Gladych diverse neighbourhoods that form our community. This issue sees us celebrating women at Seaside. March 8 is International Women's Day, and this year's campaign theme is #PressforProgress. As such, this month I asked people: what would progress in our community look like for you, or alternately, what progress would you like to see in our community around the issue of inequality? This question, for me and for all of those I spoke with, required some rumination. It's a heavy question during these days of heightened awareness about sensitive issues – for both women and men – around interactions, expectations, abuses, and tolerance between the sexes. Not everyone I approached was willing to speak with me, and some quite sternly declined to comment, one even citing that I didn't want to know what he had to say. Women I spoke with repeatedly acknowledged that this is a scary time for men to speak out on topics relating to women, for fear of condemnation should their remarks be misinterpreted. I'm pleased to say that everyone I spoke with agreed that here in our community, there's no perceived inequality between the sexes,

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and that rather than speaking of progress yet to be made, people wanted to comment on the state of things as they are. "I think that women are well represented and there are some strong business women here. You only have to look at the magazine to see it," says, Mike, 76, with a nod to Seaside. "I find, especially with the senior population, where there are proportionately more women than there are men because women live longer, that in organizations or churches, women are more involved partly because they have to be," comments Judy, 79. Her friend, Jane, 76, agrees, and adds that "the volunteer part of this community is very well represented by both men and women, but mainly women. I think that women are well represented in the business community, too. A lot of women own the businesses in town, are involved in the financial realm, are doctors, dentists … ." Harry, 83, says with a sincere smile that he doesn't see an inequality. "I think the men are down a little bit. There certainly have been more women coming onto Council [in the time I've lived here]." His wife, Doreen, 82, adds a profound thought: "For my generation, we've never had the chance to think we're equal, even though we are." I meet Kim, 29, and Alison, 47, who are visiting from the mainland for a dance competition. "Because we're in such a chick industry there aren't many boys in the first place," says Alison. "Boys get paid more to [draw] them in," according to Kim. Alison adds that "equal pay would be desirable for doing the exact same job." Clearly this is frustrating. Alison continues: "When we go to conventions, the teachers will be like: 'Let's get all the boys out on the floor!' and there

are 100 girls in the room, and seven boys get to have the individual attention. How about we go: 'Let's get all the blonde girls on the floor,' or 'Everyone born in November, on the floor.' Why does it have to be 'Let's get all the boys on the floor?'" She realizes the reasons that people want to highlight the males, but sees the hardworking females falling to sidelines in an unfortunate manner in these instances. I speak with Christina, 52, who is a local business owner. "You've got Donna in charge of the BIA, and you've got Susan there as well. I find a lot of the business owners are women in our community. A lot of these shops are owned by women or run by women. I think women seem to be well represented here. I think the environment here is such that it allows women to be successful, and to do whatever they want to do. I've never come across any issues where I've felt that because I was a woman anything was different for me." Kristin, 35, feels similarly. "I don't see any apparent difference in my world. I'm not saying that others do not. I have not seen an inequality, and I feel fortunate to live in a community where women are valued." Moving along, it's a frigidly cold day, so I pop into one of the local realty offices to see who might be in to answer my question. Terry, 52, also feels fortunate to live where we do. "Professionally speaking, I am judged by my abilities. It has nothing to do with my gender. I have never been overlooked for a man based on the fact that he is a man and I am a woman. I have never felt that, fortunately. My business is based on quality, and what I can do for you, how I can best help you achieve your goals. It's more about a personal connection, not a gender identity." One of the last people I speak with is Julie, 50, who says she has recently had this very conversation with friends. "Men and women are not equal physically, but we are equal in so many other ways. It all balances out." #PressforProgress, and embrace the progress made.

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There was a big turnout for our discussion of Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? by Frans De Waal despite it being another of those books that many wanted to like, but struggled to read. Primatologist De Waal has spent his life researching animals and is clearly an expert in his field. He poses the question of the book’s title as a way to make us examine the barriers we have put up between humankind and animals as we assess intelligence and skill. De Waal’s argument is that we should be attempting to understand a species’ intelligence within its own context and world – that there are many different forms of intelligence and each should be evaluated relative to its environment. “It seems highly unfair to ask if a squirrel can count to 10 if counting is not really what a squirrel’s life is about,” de Waal writes. There were two overwhelming reactions from the many readers at the meeting: firstly “why” all the animal testing, and secondly that the style of the writing was very dry, making it hard to plough through. The resounding “why” that many readers came with relates to the waste that all the animal testing demonstrates. Wasted resources, and animal lives, to prove a point that seems to largely miss the point. Animal tests have been conducted over the years as if to prove that humans really are the top of the pile, superior in every way, but in striving so hard to prove that point the testing methods and skills tested for have disregarded the different, quite incredible, innate intelligences different species have. Addressing the second point, the tone of the book surprised some readers. For a science topic that would obviously have a lot of interest from the general population, there was none of the humour that popular science books often use to help relay complex material. The animal anecdotes were intriguing, sometimes surprising and often a bit heartbreaking, but De Waal himself remained dispassionate. It’s a methodical analysis, which made one member question if perhaps we weren’t the audience he was writing for. Another member of the group found some YouTube videos of De Waal at a TedTalk and remarked how much more accessible the subject matter was, and that the scientist was funny and engaging. Perhaps that is a better starting point for anyone interested in his research. At our next meeting we will be switching gears to a novella based on an Athabascan Indian legend: Two Old Women: An Alaska Legend of Betrayal, Courage and Survival by Velma Wallis. The meeting will be held on March 14 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. upstairs at the Shoal Centre, Resthaven Drive. Visit for more information and to sign up!

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Isabella McHenry by Stu Rhodes

Every year young women in Saanich School District take advantage of the growing number and variety of trade training programs available to them. Past Seaside Magazine columns have featured profiles on girls who have completed the Welding program, Hairstylist program, and even the Dairy Production Technician program. In this month’s “Women to Watch” edition, we get a chance to check in on two young ladies pursuing their passion as an Automotive Service Technician and a Professional Cook. “I might be tiny, but I’m tough,” proclaimed a five-foot, two-inch Isabella McHenry when asked how she was managing in her nontraditional role as an apprentice Auto Service Technician (AST). “My uncle owns a commercial transport service shop. I first got interested in the trade listening to my cousin and him talking about the kind of work they do at my uncle’s shop.” After completing a summer of work experience at her uncle’s business, Isabella applied for the AST Foundation program at Camosun College as part of the Youth Work In Trades program Saanich offers in partnership with Industry Training Authority of BC. Isabella also took the small engine course at Claremont Secondary, which further piqued her interest in mechanics in general. After successfully completing the AST program, Isabella landed a job at Dunsmuir Super Service where she recently became indentured as a youth apprentice. She loves working there and loves the way they treat her. “They treat me like an apprentice, not like a girl. I like the work, even when it isn’t easy. You have to be all in, or don’t bother at all!” Apparently they like her too. Her boss, Doug Buchanan said: “She works extremely well with others; gender doesn’t even come into play. She takes initiative and finds tasks to keep herself busy.” Though her father was a little skeptical at the start, he’s always supported her ambition to get a trade ticket. Her mom also supported her quest and can’t say enough about what a positive experience it has been for Isabella. “Absolutely fantastic,” said her mom, Angela Trad-

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I am often inspired to look for common links to ill health performance. I look for common denominators to great performance, and filter down to the essence of what creates the most impactful treatment effects. It helps to use the "think outside the box" method, which is a blend of the most up to date health care research, years of clinical experience, then adding outside health philosophies. In other words: combine as much knowledge from as many sources as possible. An example of this is the importance of body and joint alignment. When attending a conference in Vancouver by the top surgeons at UBC they spoke about the importance of joint alignment for the health and longevity of your joints. A month later I heard the same teachings at an Iyengar yoga course given by the revered yoga teacher Jawahar Bangara from Pune, India. The message was clear: learn to use your joints in a neutral, optimally aligned position and they simply last longer over time. So how is this achieved? The solution starts with an assessment of the position of your joints now, and educating you so you're aware of your alignment tendencies. Treatment is then a combination of manual mobilizations to allow freedom of joint movement, and a home program to back it up. Home exercises usually consist of lengthening short muscles, which pull the joints out of neutral alignment, then adding "alignment strengthening" so you can use the joint in a more neutral

position during your daily activities and sporting activities. If done regularly, injuries will not occur as frequently, or can be avoided completely, and performance improves! Once pain in a joint is resolved, your ongoing stretch and strength program is designed to prevent the pain from recurring. Once you're feeling better, clients often ask me: "How long do I have to keep doing these exercises?" My cheeky answer? "Until you die, or you don't need to use that joint anymore!" With a little daily practise, you can happily keep your body tuned up and enjoy the activities you like. The other question I am often asked is: "How hard should I stretch?" The answer is not as simple as you might think, so I will explain. Studies show that a "mild stretch sensation" is all that's necessary to safely elongate a muscle over time. If you try to impatiently get the job done too quickly, it can backfire. When you stretch into the "moderate to severe" stretch sensation realm, your protective autonomic nervous system (ANS) kicks in and tightens the muscle you're trying to lengthen! Your ANS thinks you might tear the muscle and it protects against this. So you must be aware of your "nature" and if you tend to push too hard and do too much, it's time to back off a little. A gentle, frequent approach will get the results you want and will sustain you over time. So enjoy getting active again as the weather improves and as always, we are here to help along the way. For more information, visit

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programs are just for the birds. But aren't you glad they are! "How to Identify Birds," a new program offered by Panorama Recreation Centre, offers a wonderful opportunity for recreation, education and enjoyment in the great outdoors. "Birding is exciting, challenging and rewarding. As a pursuit, it gets us outside while experiencing the natural world," shares Dannie Carsen, Program Instructor. The new program offers adults (age 18+) information and methods to identify birds of the Capital Region based on their shape, size, behaviour and time of year. Various classes are offered this spring – March 13/15, April 20/21 or May 5/12. Each session runs from 7 to 10 a.m. and includes two hours of field work and one hour in the classroom. Participants meet at Greenglade Community Centre then travel to a variety of sites, from Island View Beach to Observatory Hill to Witty's Lagoon. While bird watching may seem straightforward, it involves in-depth knowledge complemented by technique and experience. Shares Dannie: "As you dive deeper into this pursuit and get out in the field, seeing and identifying birds in many different habitats at different times of year becomes more complex." Dannie has been involved with birding since the 1970s and has led trips for Victoria Natural History Society, BC Field Ornithologists, and local elementary schools. His bird explorations have taken him all over B.C., the Yukon, Saskatchewan, and farther afield to Arizona and western Mexico. "Birding enhances your abilities to notice animals or birds in your everyday landscape. The entry cost is low," shares Dannie. "It's accessible to almost everyone. You can bird on foot, use your bicycle, or even use public transit to get to local parks, trails and natural areas." It's easy to look up birds on the internet, but this program lets people learn about bird taxonomy, as birds are not in alphabetical order in field guides. Identification involves learning distinctive bird features and markings and teaches how to use a field notebook to record observations which can be used to locate the bird in your field guide. Classroom time offers the chance for participants to build an identification framework so they can identify birds more easily.

"I want to concentrate on helping others learn about the natural world through experiencing it, not receiving it through electronic devices." The birding program joins the Outdoor Education line-up at Panorama. "We offer day trips to the Galiano Conservancy, Introduction to Fly Fishing, Nordic Pole Walking, and a Native Plant

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Speaking Up About the Wage Gap by Denny Warner Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce

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have to have been in a media bubble not to have noticed how women's issues have proliferated in the media lately. The #MeToo movement has emboldened women and their allies to also speak out about inequalities like the wage gap and gender parity. Recent Statistics Canada income reports indicate that the current wage gap between men and women in full-time jobs stands at 26%. In 2015, Justin Trudeau responded to a question about why it was important to him to have gender equality in his cabinet by saying: "Because it's 2015." Many women were encouraged to hear that response. By most reports, his efforts to attain gender equality have paid off, as the women appointed to those cabinet positions have performed well. What is disheartening is that gender and wage equality is taking so very long to achieve. The issue of women's inequality has been discussed and debated for a depressing length of time, with very little movement on the wage front or in the numbers of women holding executive or board positions. So what's the situation for working women in our area? The Saanich Peninsula, while a particularly lovely, safe place to live and raise a family, presents challenges for those on the lower end of the income scale to thrive. Housing and childcare are both expensive and difficult to find. Public transportation is limited in its coverage of the Peninsula, and buses do not run as frequently as would be necessary to be a viable option for commuting to work. The increase in minimum wage is good news for women, as more women than men are currently paid at that level. On the Saanich Peninsula, the largest numbers of jobs are in the service and care-giving sectors and these typically lower-paying jobs are most often filled by women. The manufacturing and technology sectors offer higher-paying entry-level positions which more often appeal

to men, but women are beginning to make inroads here. The culture is changing as more women adopt leadership roles in these formerly male-dominated industries. Male leaders are beginning to understand and appreciate how the soft skills women bring to the workplace contribute to creating more productive, profitable, collaborative environments. Women are proficient at dealing with diverse ideas, handling multiple personality types and managing multiple tasks simultaneously. Women have options to increase earnings other than employment in the manufacturing or technology industries. One is to start your own business! Women make successful entrepreneurs because they ask for help, are great communicators, make good team leaders and are smart about building relationships with their various

stakeholders. If you happen to be working in someone else's business where there is wage inequality, ask for the pay you deserve. Research indicates that women actually are asking for raises but are less likely to receive them because of social penalties, but these can be overcome. Go into negotiations prepared. State your case with compelling evidence including research of what people are paid in comparable positions, outline your achievements and be prepared to substantiate why it is that you merit receiving the amount you are requesting. And when your business is thriving or you have got that raise you requested and are rocking those expensive dry-clean only suits at work, you can cast your attention to the issue of gender pricing, sometimes called the "pink tax." The fight for equality continues.

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ARMD – A Central Concern Dr. Bourdeau Talks Macular Health by Phillip Tiicham Muir This is one of a series of profiles on some local businesses that are working to keep us all in good health. We're often told we should wear sunglasses to avoid cataracts, quit smoking to care for our respiratory system, and be mindful of our diet to reduce cholesterol. We know these are all healthy choices, but are they beneficial in other ways too? A certain local optometrist says all of these factors play a big part in the health of a little thing called the macula. In our August 2017 issue we featured Ray

Eyes irritated, gritty, scratchy, burning, dry or even blurred and watery eyes?

Dahl Optical and Optometrists, and got to know their highly skilled optometrist, Dr. Samantha Bourdeau. This month Dr. Bourdeau is letting us peer into her optometric mind, to learn a little about macular health. Dr. Bourdeau describes the macula as "the area of the retina that is responsible for our central vision." While only about 5.5mm across, we could not "read, write, recognize faces or distinguish colours" without it. As we age there is progressively greater risk that the macula will

degenerate, causing a condition aptly named Age-Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD). Dr. Bourdeau cautions that prevalence increases with age, and "it is the leading cause of severe vision loss in those over 60." There are two types of ARMD, dry and wet, explains Dr. Bourdeau. "The dry form is characterized by yellow deposits called drusen, which can also be accompanied with pigment clumping and a thinning of the retinal tissue." Retinal imaging at a routine eye exam can show drusen under the macula,


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even in the early stages. The wet form appears on photos as red spots or bleeds. It is more severe and "characterized by abnormal blood vessels growing at the macula." "Early stages of dry macular degeneration may cause mild blurring of vision, whereas more advanced stages may cause a blind spot in the centre of the vision." Wet ARMD shows similar signs, but the early stages "can cause distortion in the vision, making straight lines appear curved." In either case it's clear we should take every measure to preserve a healthy macula. The most important step you can take is to attend regular eye exams, where trained optometrists like Dr. Bourdeau can detect early risk factors of ARMD. For those at risk, Ray Dahl Optometrists have equipment called an Ocular Coherence Tomographer (OCT). An OCT scan uses a cross section of the retina to possibly show signs not visible in a retinal photo. Between exams you can monitor your own

macular health by using something called an Amsler grid. If the grid appears distorted or parts of it are missing, an extra visit to

"The prevalence of Age-Related Macular Degeneration increases with age, and is the leading case of severe vision loss for those over 60." the optometrist may be necessary. Most optometry clinics like Ray Dahl Optical and Optometrists give away Amsler grids for free, or you can find a printable one online. If ARMD is detected at your exam, your optometrist will likely recommend changes to your diet, sun exposure and/or smoking habits. There are also ocular health vitamins based on

a formula called AREDS2, which have proven effective in reducing the progression of ARMD. For wet ARMD Dr. Bourdeau reassures us that treatments exist in the form of "injections of drugs like Avastin and Lucentis that will block the formation of new blood vessels and help shrink the ones already there." The doctors at Ray Dahl Optical and Optometrists are determined to catch ARMD in the early stages whenever possible. Because of hereditary risks, they're currently looking into genetic testing for ARMD. A Macula Risk profile allows optometrists to decide what dietary supplements may be beneficial or harmful for the unique individual. It's pretty safe to say though, that what's healthy for the rest of our body is more than likely healthy for our eyes too. We can thank Ray Dahl Optical and Optometrists this month for a healthy reminder that the daily decisions we make affect us in more ways than we may realize.

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What are your priorities? By: James McCrodan, March 2018 Issue

When people think about financial planning the first thing that comes to mind is likely budgeting. When, in fact financial planning is very often an essential vehicle for achieving our most important goals. Solid financial planning starts with an understanding of what your personal and family priorities are. To help with this process I've listed some general categories for your consideration. Think about what's really important to you. Then ask yourself if your current financial plan/arrangements accurately reflect your priorities. If in this process you feel your financial road-map needs some refinement, then please contact me. Family and relationships

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Streams Counselling Life's journey has many challenges and at some point in their lives, most people seek counselling to overcome hurdles of various kinds. I admire anyone who wants to brave the path of growing in all its shapes and forms. My desire is to provide a safe, non-judgemental and respectful environment to allow people to explore and gain self-awareness by creative solutions. I believe that recognizing existing strengths provides a solid structure on which to build strategies for successful living. As a counsellor, I facilitate discovery by helping my clients draw their own conclusions and make autonomous choices. I assist in considering new perspectives from which a wider range of options become available. My approach to counselling is tailored to the needs and the pace of each client. Through the therapeutic process, I help my clients learn to gain insights about themselves. Personal independence helps in caring for emotional needs, and increases confidence to navigate the future for a more fulfilling life. Everyone is capable of making changes for positive outcome – hope is on the horizon. Let's talk! Anne Brodbeck is a registered counselor and coach who works with clients in her private practice in Saanichton or online via Skype. To schedule a time to talk, visit

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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.

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Rascals Pet Market Meet Jimi Hendrix, a 10-year-old Labrador retriever and the inspiration behind Team Rascals! Due to Jimi's health struggles at four years of age, Sue learned the importance of understanding the ingredients in pet food products as well as the growing need for healthy, biologically appropriate pet foods. Sue opened Rascals Pet Market to offer the same good health and happiness for everyone's pets in the community. CEO Jimi and Team Rascals (Howard,Sue, Martha and little Lucy) offer a different approach to feeding your pet. No two pets are identical, so they should not be treated or fed exactly the same way. Located at Brentwood Crossing in Brentwood Bay, Rascals has one of the largest selections of locally-sourced raw dog and cat food, raw meaty bones, bulk treats and chews on the Saanich Peninsula. Rascals also supplies a selection of carefully chosen dry food and supplements for your pet. "The local community was 100% behind us," explains Sue. "Working with the pet community is only one reason we choose to offer so many locally made and sourced products. All products are thoroughly researched by the Rascal's team, so every pet owner knows – if it's from Rascals, it's got to be good."

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submitted by What would you miss most Saanich Peninsula if your partner had to move into Hospital Foundation Residential Care? The companionship? The company? The contact? There's an inevitable loss of privacy and intimacy for a couple once one of them has to move into a care facility, and that can be especially hard for the partner who is left at home. Ten-and-a-half years ago, Cheryl Driscoll's husband Terry had his first stroke, at 59, just shy of retirement. It was two years before he could live a fairly normal life again, walking with a cane. Subsequent strokes since then reduced his mobility to the point where Terry moved into Extended Care at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital last year. As Terry approached his 70th birthday, Cheryl was chatting with Jennifer Wear, Clinical Nurse Leader at the hospital, and Jennifer asked an honest question: "would you like some time alone?" The thought of it brought Cheryl to tears. Cheryl and Terry have been married for 47 years, sharing a wonderful adventure-filled life. Now Cheryl visits Terry almost every day and is able to converse with him and share some of the hospital's entertainment or outings, but they never have time alone together or spend the night together. Jennifer had the idea to make use of the newly renovated Palliative Care room as it wasn't in use at the time. She says that she was really thinking with her heart, imagining herself in the same position and knowing how much it would mean for the couple to have a little

time and space. Her philosophy "love is the answer to everything" is a beautiful sentiment in an environment that by necessity has to be determined by policy. She wanted to give them all the good things they deserved. So how did Jennifer and the nursing staff turn a hospital room at SPH into a romantic boutique hotel getaway? Thanks go to Physiotherapist Val Watanabe who found twinkly lights and fake candles and even quickly learned to make a towel "swan" for the bed. There was a tray of goodies, chocolates and rose petals creating a beautiful, special atmosphere. The evening didn't end up quite as imagined, however. When grandson Noah heard about the chance for a sleepover with Poppa it was impossible to turn down his request to join in, too! Cheryl smiled as she explained how she and Noah ended up sleeping on the pull-out couch. When she woke in the night she could see Terry looking across at her from his bed, a moment that captured the intimacy Jennifer had hoped for the couple. It's a tiny thing: one night, for one resident of a busy hospital, but there's an important message in the tiny details. Jennifer more than anything wants people to know that they shouldn't be afraid if a nursing home is in their future. There's a lot of good that happens at the hospital, with patients and residents treated as individuals. Cheryl can't say enough positive things about the funny, loving and caring staff at SPH; they have helped make a very difficult situation more tolerable, bringing many positive moments to the couples' challenging new living arrangements. march 2018 | 61

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been practised around the globe for at least 5,000 years. Lucky for me, I only had to go around the corner to try my hand at the classic target sport of archery. With visions of Wonder Woman’s Gal Gadot, and Katniss Everdeen from the Hunger Games, I imagined myself elegantly taking aim and piercing my target with a no-nonsense confidence. When I met instructor Jarrod Ball of Pacific Archery Academy, he informed me that it is Disney’s Princess Merida, from the movie Brave, who brings most girls to his programs! Having shot in his youth, Jarrod picked up a bow again eight years ago and has been obsessed since. Currently he is President of the Victoria Bowmen and runs the junior program. He’s an NCCP coach and learning facilitator for the NCCP too. It’s safe to say that Jarrod lives and breathes archery, so expanding to open an archery academy seemed a natural next step. There’s nothing like an enthusiastic advocate to encourage a beginner to give it a go, and so I found myself on a Saturday morning in the North Saanich Middle School gymnasium, armed! Jarrod had the able support of his father David, another NCCP Certified Instructor, and clearly an inspiration figure. Beautifully simple, archery is just you, a bow (we used all new equipment, simple and lightweight) the arrows and a target. In fact we were in a line with five targets in front of us. A whistle system told us when we could shoot and when we had to put down bows to walk to the targets and collect the arrows. Trying to pull them out of the

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It’s a private, peaceful West Coast setting where beautiful Douglas firs and cedars surround you both outside and inside. “We’re trying to bring natural elements into our home,” shares owner Treana Clarke. Situated on the edge of Broadmead is the home of Bruce and Treana Clarke and their two children. With its warm fir flooring and cedar accents, the home eloquently reflects the natural beauty of the neighbourhood. “We live in a park-like setting with lots of vegetation. It’s not a cookie cutter property; all the properties here are different,” shares Treana. “We love the clean streets and minimal sidewalks. It’s very quiet here.” The couple felt their previous home was becoming too small, and so they moved to this area nine years ago. Raised in the Cordova Bay area, Treana is enthusiastic about living in Broadmead. “I loved the idea of bringing up family in the same general neighbourhood,” she smiles. The five-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom home with double garage was built in 1985 and the couple decided the time was right to update the look and renovate. “We are updating for aesthetics. We’ve just finished the first floor reno. Phase 2 will be the staircase and bathrooms,” says Treana. “In the end we want to have done the whole space.” The renovation work done by Kevin Teal Construction and Seaside Cabinetry & Design involved significant changes to fireplace layouts, flooring, kitchen, dining and family rooms. “Our style is simple, traditional, with clean lines,” shares Treana. “We want the whole house to have flow and feel like a place to be lived in.” Renovations began August 21 and were completed in about 13 weeks. Flooring was given a total facelift. Says contractor Kevin Teal: “The old flooring was a mix of hardwood, ceramic tile and carpet which was all removed. We installed seven-inch vertical grain fir flooring.” A skylight at the entranceway brings in lots of light. Passing through it, an unusual central coffee table in the sunken living room immediately catches the eye. “It washed up in English Bay. We found it at Inside Out here in Victoria.” The attractive polished piece, made from a Douglas fir stump, beautifully echoes the themes of wood, nature and light throughout the home. The wool rug with its

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Top: the coffee table, made from a Douglas fir stump, echoes the themes of wood, nature and light throughout the home. Bottom: in the dining area is a harvest table complemented by a colourful Tiffany replica lamp, a dearly treasured item. 68 | march 2018 | seaside homes

ivory and brown tones complements the natural fir living room floor. A unique light made from a Japanese fish float found on the Oregon coast hangs above on the vaulted ceiling; a copper dairy can sits on the floor beside the sofa. Says Treana: â&#x20AC;&#x153;We love functional art and signature pieces.â&#x20AC;? Artwork, both functional and visual, is everywhere including many paintings by Bruceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sister, artist Sharon Clarke Haugli, which feature still life, flowers and wildlife in vibrant colours. The original floor-to-ceiling fireplace in the living room was dated and unsound, so the entire structure was rebuilt. The rock was removed and a new gas fireplace was created featuring a natural granite face, a ledge for seating, and fir mantle. The shorter overall height allows more wall space for enhancements like a cedar eagle carving by artist Simon Louie which ties in beautifully with




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the West Coast style and natural wood themes. One step up from the sunken living room is the formal dining room boasting the new wide plank fir flooring. On it stands a harvest dining table complemented by a colourful Tiffany replica lamp hanging above it. Shares Treana: “This lamp is very special to me; it’s a piece from our first home.” The dining area features a picture window overlooking the beauty of the backyard with its mature trees, rockery and an adorable playhouse. “It was built by my husband; it’s a replica of our first house,” smiles Treana. “It’s made from 90% recycled materials including flooring from the old Hudson’s Bay Building.” An exciting part of the renovations, the kitchen has been significantly transformed from its ’80s look to an updated country look. “Overall the previous kitchen was dark, dated and closed off. Although it was actually open to the living room, the island and peninsula restricted the flow,” shares Jessica Kwasnica of Seaside Cabinetry & Design. The new kitchen features one main island. At almost 13 feet, with seaside homes | march 2018 | 69

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its attractive grey Caesarstone (quartz) countertop, it is definitely the focal point of the room. “It is a calm look overall. This is a beautiful stone with just the right amount of detail,” says Jessica. The island boasts a built-in microwave, shelves, an eating space at one end and prep area at the other. “This way we’re still all together. The kids can play or do homework while my husband or I are in the kitchen,” shares Treana. Three pendant lights above provide excellent light and a simple classic look. A deep double farmhouse sink, electric cooktop with much more efficient venting and delightful bay window overlooking the backyard round out the kitchen highlights. As always, it’s the attention to detail that makes the statements. The wall of art near the kitchen island is a perfect example. Here the kids’ drawings and paintings are displayed in attractive frames or attached by colourful clips so that pictures can easily be swapped out for new ones. The clean white shaker drawers, variety in fixtures like cup pulls, handles and knobs and plays with colour such as antique nickel knobs on black cabinetry really bring personality to the overall kitchen look. At the other end of the room is a welcoming family area. Somewhat dark before, the cozy space now features a spacious cranberry sofa, built-in television and warm ambiance provided by a new zero clearance gas fireplace. It has the same lovely Kettle Valley granite exterior as the front room fireplace, but features a rounded hearth and two-tiered mantle. The Clarkes are thoroughly enjoying their newly renovated living area, but like most couples, also have dreams for additional enhancements. But for now, it’s a new vibrant living space for this family whether they’re inside enjoying each other’s company or exploring the natural beauty of their Broadmead neighbourhood.

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Renovating the Heart of the Home

Why do people take the plunge and renovate their kitchen? It's a thought that crosses most people's minds at some point in their lives. How we live, work and use our home has evolved drastically and an outdated kitchen may not serve our needs. Whether it's time to say goodbye to dated 1970s cabinets, replace that humming fridge, you're longing for an open floor plan or you need more workspaces, I've heard it all. In 13 years I've had the pleasure of helping hundreds of people see their kitchen dreams fulfilled. Witnessing the happiness that a new kitchen brings is what makes my job so gratifying. When I initially meet with a client we discuss WHY they want to renovate. At the top of their list is the desire to have an open floor plan, something which incorporates the kitchen, the hub and heart of the home, into the family living space. People are now creating beautiful, open and inviting spaces that they not only want to show off, but which allow them to be included in the party. Sometimes this can be achieved by opening a single wall; however, it can go as far as relocating the kitchen to another area of the home completely. Room shapes, sizes, scenic views, lighting and access to the outdoors are all important aspects to consider. Household appliances have come a long way in recent years. Updating appliances can create much-needed calm, functionality and convenience in today's busy lifestyles. Pieces like multi-oven ranges, steam ovens, plumbed-in coffee makers and double-drawer dishwashers have gained popularity and created solutions to kitchen issues of the past. Cooking has become more of an art form and a team sport. Getting to know the end user is a large part of my work. Creating extra room for multiple chefs in the kitchen can make cooking and clean-up easier and more enjoyable. Adding islands, additional counter space and enlarged walkways allows people to work and navigate the kitchen together with ease. Increasing kitchen storage in today's Costco-style grocery shopping craze is something that needs to be planned for in advance. Adding inserts, roll-outs in a pantry, or an entirely separate walk-in pantry is something that needs to be discussed

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west coast gardener making scents in your early spring garden It's easy to get enticed by all the beautiful flowering plants of late spring and summer, as typically that's when we spend the most time in our yards. We like to reward our senses with colourful flowers and pretty fragrance when we are enjoying the warm, outdoor living seasons. But by Alison Coley-Donohue there are many benefits of planting Meadow Oak Nursery late winter and early spring flowering shrubs that shouldn't be overlooked, with lovely fragrance being one of the best rewards. The first group of hardy, evergreen flowering shrubs are irreplaceable for dimly lit and sometimes dry, difficult borders along covered walkways and front doors. All three choices – skimmia, sarcoccoa and osmanthus burkwoodii – are attractive, small, flowering evergreen shrubs with amazingly sweet fragrance from February to April. Coming home from work when the skies are grey and the daylight is waning, you can still enjoy these little gems in your garden as they greet you with their heavenly perfume. The next group of treasures may have your neighbours knocking to see if you'll share the name of these unusual collectors. Michelia are small, evergreen trees that are closely related to magnolia. I've got one growing against my house and if you open the windows in March, the most exquisite sweet citrusy scent comes deliciously wafting into the house. The flowers are porcelain white and pretty vase-shaped buds open to cheerful starry flowers. Featuring Paperbush, otherwise known as edgeworthia, have people coming into the nursery every March to ask if we can identify the uniquely shaped bush with the divine fragrance that's blooming in the gardens at the Sidney library. It's a very interesting collector's plant with large umbral flower heads that bloom on bare branches. Daphnes are renowned for their perfume and there are a couple of species that bloom in early spring. Daphne odora has been called a siren, as she tempts you with seductive perfume but challenges you with her specific needs. These fickle floras aren't for the faint of heart, but treat them right and you won't be disappointed. Last but not least is the native flowering currant. Ribes, while not as strongly scented as some of the other plants talked about, cannot be overlooked because it is so important for the returning hummingbirds and the bees and pollinators that flock to it upon awakening from their winter slumber party. It is versatile, hardy and native so it requires little maintenance, but gives back in spades. Having a garden with year-round floral interest is rewarding for not only you, but it keeps the pollinators and birds happy as well. Planting early blooming shrubs with sweet perfume gives you a little welcoming taste of what is to come while awaiting to have fun in the sun.

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Winter is Here: Moving North by Lindsay Neal

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to Whitehorse was in July, and I was given the grand tour. I rode along as a passenger in my boyfriend Eli's office (more commonly known as a floatplane). We flew over a Yukon sunrise, landed on McClusky Lake, soared above the Peel River and the mountains towards the Arctic Circle. We hiked around Fish Lake, walked the Millennium Trail, visited the S.S. Klondike and the MacBride Museum, dined at Klondike Rib & Salmon, roadtripped to Carcross Commons and the Carcross Desert (the world's smallest desert), crossed the Robert Lowe Bridge, saw the Klondike Follies perform and met some of Eli's friends and family. In only four days, I was sold on Whitehorse's charm. Later in the year, Eli accepted a job and asked me if I would come to live with him in Whitehorse. In January. After 25 years of living in Victoria, I decided to go. I knew I would miss my friends and family but I saw it as a chance to find a new job and live in a new location. I wanted to see the Northern Lights and discover more of Whitehorse, even if it were in the blistering cold, darker days of winter. Oh, and also to live with my boyfriend. Equipped with two suitcases, 300 pairs of wool socks and no source of income, I was ready for the challenge ahead. I boarded the plane sweating, wearing layers of clothing that wouldn't fit into my suitcases. "Don't worry, it's a different type of cold," I was warned by anyone who had been to Alberta. When I arrived, the Wilderness City warmly welcomed me with -17°C weather. Every drop in degree since, down to -39, was the coldest I had seen in my life. I learned balaclavas are not the same as baklava, and if you layer enough socks, you can cut off your circulation and still get frozen toes. Produce turns to frozen food quickly if left in your car and boiled water transforms instantly to snow when thrown into the air. This "different type of cold" I had been


warned about still feels like the same type of "really cold" to me. I continue to explore the icy landscapes as far as my amateur winter gear and poor circulation will let me. The hikes have all been breathtaking, literally. The crisp air and small change in altitude put my cardio to shame. From Behind Yukon College on the Trans Canadian Trail, to the backyard neighbourhood paths in Copper Ridge and Hillcrest, the frozen-over Hidden Lakes, the Black Street stairs and beyond the Airport Trail towards Whitehorse Clay Cliffs, the explorer in me has yet to be disappointed.

We road tripped on the Alaska Highway to Haines Junction and hiked across a frozen Kathleen Lake. The Kluane Range peaks were outlined by the vanishing sunlight behind them. Our chilling day on the road ended with a dip in the Takhini Hot Springs. I ran from the warm pools into the snow, and back into the water, to get the full effect. Whitehorse has kept me on my frozen toes and shown me my first real winter. No matter the temperature, I am excited for the adventures ahead. Determined, I will find the elusive Northern lights, and employment. Photo by Eli Pasquali.

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A Week of Watercolour Visit the Tulista Park ArtSea Gallery March 2 to 7 for a look at the beautiful watercolour work of Louise Piquette. Her "Boreal Expressions & Prairie Landscapes" take you to a serene place, where you'll become lost in a world of incredible colour, lighting and scenery. Free drop-in admission. Open Monday to Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sugarcane-Sweet Melodies Take a night to unwind to the peaceful melodies of Latin Grammy/Juno award winning singersongwriter Alex Cuba. Alex embraces his Latin roots, but diverges from the region's typical sound with jazz-pop ballads and sweet melodies. Cuba has written for the likes of Nelly Furtado, and collaborated with stars like Ron Sexsmith. He will delight Sidney audiences with an intimate performance at Mary Winspear Centre on March 7. For more information visit

Spring Reading Series Hear first-hand insight from award-winning authors Bill Gaston and Margriet Ruurs on their latest books. Gaston's new collection of short fiction, A Mariner's Guide to Self-Sabotage, centres around society's rejects, who, despite their demons, find wisdom and peace on their paths. Ruurs is known for her children’s literature and educational books. Her newest is a picture book entitled Stepping Stones. The book is inspired by Syrian artist, Nizar Ali Badr’s evocative pebble pictures, depicting the civil war in his country. Ruurs' story follows a family forced to flee their village, as the conflict moves closer and closer to home. Purchase tickets through Tanner's Books for this March 23 event at The SHOAL Centre. More information available at


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Peninsula Panthers

A Look Back at the 2017-18 Season

The Peninsula Panthers Jr. Hockey Club will look back at the 48-game Regular Season and although at times for the Club - laden with 13 rookies - there were struggles and the learning curve was steep, the team is set up to compete at or near the top of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League for the next two or three years to come. The Organization made a conscious decision to go with young and talented players and to put building blocks in place for the next few years. Although they knew that at times it would be painful over the course of the 2017/18 season, they never deviated from the plan. The Panthers opened the season playing their first seven games on the road due to an extensive renovation taking place at the Panorama Recreation Centre. The VIJHL undoubtedly had more parity than any other year in the last 20 and it seemed as though every single game was up for grabs going into the final few minutes. The Panthers finally opened up at home on the 6th of October and edged the Westshore Wolves 2-1 in a heart-stopping 60 minutes. A huge crowd gave the Club no less than three standing ovations before the game was in the books, a game that was one for the memories. And in a game just a week before Christmas, the Club hosted the Campbell River Storm for their annual PMHA Appreciation affair. A special Team Canada red 3rd jersey was worn by the Panthers for this game. In a warm on-ice ceremony after the final buzzer, fans and PMHA players alike marched onto the ice and were gifted jerseys right off the backs of the players. It truly was a classic example of the Panthers working in the community for the benefit of the community and there were wide eyes on the faces of the younger winners as well as the young Panthers’ players.

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“When I look back at late August, it is hard to believe the extent in which this group has evolved,” said General Manager Pete Zubersky. “We were the youngest Junior Club in B.C. now we are ready to do some serious winning next season and beyond. We are very excited about the core group that is returning and so will see what will happen over the coming months as we hold our camp and begin recruiting. We are saying good-bye to 20-year-old Captain Ty Hermsen. Hermy has now aged out after three years in Junior here on the Peninsula but his character and heart have made an impression on the Club that will last forever. Braeden Hansen has a year remaining however, might not return due to school commitments. He is one of our leaders and we are all hopeful that the stars align and he will be back in the lineup next season. The season is just ending but I am excited for next year!” The Panthers are currently in the middle of the playoffs with Round 1, best-of-7 playoff series up Island versus the Campbell River Storm. The series is slated to end on March 3rd and was in progress at the time Seaside Times went to press. The Panthers have started their 2018/19 marketing campaign headed by Team President Coreen Zubersky and she will be out in the community over the next several months. The Panthers wish to take the opportunity to thank each and every sponsor - it is the lifeline of the hockey club.


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The Awards Banquet was held on February 17th at the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney where 120 players, family, friends and fans gathered on a chilly Saturday evening. The night was both entertaining and memorable. The families of Skyler Diamond-Burchuk and Matt Lawrence flew in from Winnipeg to share in some memories with the two Panthers’ players. Seventeenyear-old Shota Yamamoto and 18-year-old Thomas Spink were named cowinners of the Most Valuable Player Award. The two were defensive partners for the better part of the last two seasons and have grown and developed together, becoming one of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League’s very best tandems. The most emotional moments came when the Steve Simpson Memorial -Character, Courage and Heart - was awarded to Ty Hermsen. Simpson was a 20-year-old former Panthers’ player whose life was taken when he was a passenger in a motor vehicle accident on the Pat Bay Highway in the early morning hours of November 2nd, 2001. Pete Zubersky discussed the incident and how it impacted the Panthers, including Steve’s 16-year-old cousin, Michael Simpson. Hermsen, a 20-year-old himself and playing in his final year of Junior Hockey eligibility, gave a short speech and was given a rousing round of applause by every single person in attendance. Goaltender Chris Akerman was a two-time award winner taking home the Community Leadership for his work with Peninsula Minor Hockey as well as sharing the Most Valuable Player award with Lawrence. Peter Besteman collected the Volunteer of the Year award. He has worked the front end on Security for a decade and is one of many treasured long-time volunteers with the Panthers. Sixteen-year-old Riley Braun was the co-winner of the Rookie of the Year with Diamond-Burchuk and also a co-winner of the Fan Favourite, this time sharing the award with the other 16-year-old on the Club, Logan Speirs. Josh Lingard lead all scorers on the Panthers and took home the hardware in that category while also sharing the Most Sportsmanlike Player award with the silky smooth Marshall Brown. It was Brown’s second year in a row winning the award. Braeden Hansen was named the Club’s Best Defenceman in what could possibly be his last season with the Club. Jack McMillan and Tanner Wort shared the Unsung Hero Award.

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2017-18 team awards Presented February 17, 2018 Most Valuable Player - Shota Yamamoto & Thomas Spink Rookie of the Year - Riley Braun & Skyler Diamond-Burchuk (pictured at right) Top Scorer - Josh Lingard Best Defenceman - Braeden Hansen Steve Simpson - Character, Courage & Heart - Ty Hermsen Unsung Hero - Tanner Wort & Jack McMillan Most Improved - Chris Akerman & Matt Lawrence Community Leadership - Chris Akerman Most Sportsmanlike - Josh Lingard & Marshall Brown Fan Favourite - Logan Speirs & Riley Braun Volunteer of the Year - Peter Besteman

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The Latch: A Legend Reborn by Doreen Marion Gee

This is part of a rotating series of articles on some of the unique shops and services available on the Saanich Peninsula. Amidst the tall trees and lush countryside of the Peninsula is a living legend. The Latch Inn and Restaurant, built in 1926, still retains its elegance, old-world luxury and charm. Once the playground for the upper crust, it hosted sumptuous garden parties and welcomed visits from dignitaries and royalty. The new owners are on a mission to restore the grand dame to her former glory. In 1925, the Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia, Walter C. Nichol, commissioned famous architect Samuel Maclure to build him a summer home on a piece of forested property on the Saanich Peninsula. The residence, coined "Miraloma," was a brilliant confluence of the environment and artistic design. Today, its original rustic beauty still shines through fir slabs on the exterior, porches and balconies built of tree trunks and large panels of fir, cottonwood, spruce and beech in the interior. The landmark has been reincarnated multiple times by different owners over the decades. In the 1940s, the house became "The Latch," reflecting locks on all the doors. The iconic property is under new ownership once again – Ken Chu and Jennifer Wang have been at the helm for a year. Francis Autendyke, the affable Assistant Manager and

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Guest Relations Director, treated me to a historical tour. Impeccably maintained, the linen-covered opulence of majestic dining rooms invoke memories for a lifetime. The luxurious and exquisitely decorated rooms upstairs were breath-taking and immaculate. Brand-new chef Tyler Handy showcased his elite Red-Seal-certified culinary skills in a delicious meal of pan-seared halibut and poached crab over risotto made with prosciutto and asiago cheese. Francis has a grand vision for returning The Latch to its former glory. He wants to bring back traditional values of respect and courtesy for customers by "making people feel important, valued and appreciated." The personable concierge envisions a return to old-world fineries such as valets and taking guests upstairs for coffee and conversation after dinner. Splashes of class would include turning down the beds at night and leaving chocolates on the pillows. A major goal is building a stellar reputation for superb international cuisine. Plans for refurbishing the patio area are a priority for Francis, who can already see the starry nights, smell the beautiful food, and hear the music. "We offer a fine-dining experience to our guests along with a million-dollar view. My vision is a house that is truly enjoyed by people just like it was in its heyday!" says Francis, his voice crackling with excitement. A legend is reborn – back to its former glory. For more information, visit

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what ’ s happening March 2 - 4: Men's Singles Tennis Tournament

All day at Panorama Recreation Centre 1885 Forest Park Drive, North Saanich 250.656.7271 |

Each player is guaranteed three matches. Play starts Friday evening and goes until Sunday afternoon. Women welcome to enter. $40 per player. march 16: Speakers Series

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

bring art work with healing colours that are reflected in nature as there is research indicating the beneficial effects on patients. Patients, visitors, staff , volunteers and doctors take great pleasure in viewing the beautiful art while walking the hallways. Many people become so attached to a particular piece they have to purchase it so they can enjoy it at home! Some of the artwork is purchased as gifts for family members. 10% from the sale of each piece is given to the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation. march 29: Amazing Race (drop-in event - all ages)

Speakers will be David Spence, president of the Royal Commonwealth Society Vancouver Island and Donna Otto, secretary of the group. Topic: The Royal Commonwealth Society and how it is alive and well on Vancouver Island. Admission is by donation. Refreshments served. Everyone welcome. march 19: Myth in March; Magic in March; Mirth in

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

Challenge yourself on this skill-testing and fun jaunt through the forest. Drop by anytime between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and get the scoop from a CRD Regional Parks naturalist. Meet at the Beaver Lake Nature Centre off the main parking lot. march 31: Teen Lounge – Extreme Easter Scavenger Hunt

March. Stories at Fern Street (since 1989)

6 to 8 p.m., Greenglade Community Centre, 2151 Lannon Way, Sidney 250.656.7271 |

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. 7:15 to 9:30 p.m. Admission $5; students $3 (includes tea and goodies).

Join us for an Extreme Easter Scavenger hunt that includes plenty of egg-citing treats and prizes! Be sure to bring a jacket. Eggs will be hidden indoors and out. 2nd wednesday OF each MONTH

march 19: Mystery Creature

Caregivers of Family and Friends Support Group

(guided walk - all ages)

10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Coles Bay Regional Park, North Saanich 250.478.3344 |

Solve the riddles to find the clues hidden along the trail with a CRD Regional Parks naturalist. Then piece the puzzle together to discover who the mystery creature is. Meet at the information kiosk in the parking lot off Inverness Road.

1 to 2:30 p.m. at Saanichton Bible Fellowship Church 2159 Mount Newton Cross Road

Find comfort and camaraderie in a safe setting.

march 27: Canadian Federation of University Women Saanich Peninsula Meeting

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

The CFUW Saanich Peninsula invites the community to our February meeting to hear a presentation by Liz Cox, speaking on "Restorative Practices, What They Are & How They Work." Free admission; all welcome. March 28 - May 6: Saanich Peninsula Hospital Extended Care Unit SPAC Art Exhibit 2166 Mount Newton Cross Road, Saanichton

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last word At the Victoria Women’s March in February, the prevailing mood of those watching us take our protest to the Parliament Buildings, as well as online commentators, was an incredulous: “what do you have to complain about?” and “What rights don’t women have in Canada?” And if they were looking at me, they would have been right. White, educated, financially secure; I’m of the generation that was told I could do or be anything (if I worked hard enough). No particular person has stood in my way or held me back and I find myself living a life where I feel valued and respected by my colleagues and my family. Lucky for me. Yet I often find myself enraged! It’s 2018, over 100 years since women got the right to vote in Canada, yet women on average earn less than men, are victim to more violent crime and are subject to much higher levels of sexual assault and harassment. In addition, women continue to be

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under-represented in politics and positions of power in the workforce, and continue to be responsible for the majority of caregiving.* My thought here isn’t to complain about the way I’m treated, it’s to speak up for all the women who are not only under-represented, but who are consistently unheard. Indigenous women, Muslim women, women of colour, sex workers, gay women, trans women, poor women: voices that we don’t hear or don’t listen to. These were the voices that spoke to us at the Women’s March, and it was in support of them that I was happy to take my privileged self downtown and add another body to the crowd. I was unsurprised but disappointed to read the responses to our “Word on the Street” question this month (pg 42), and I worry that Seaside Magazine is complicit in perpetuating the myth that everyone here has equal opportunity. Me shouting “take your head out of the sand” won’t change anyone’s mind, but I am interested in getting better at telling different stories – and representing experiences different from my own – more regularly. I challenge you to question what you are fed by books, movies and the press. Make no mistake: there’s a whole patriarchal system in place to tell us things can only look one way, and if someone doesn’t keep pressing we’ll never get the chance to experience a world that has a different narrative. * don’t believe me, check out the stats:

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Seaside Magazine March 2018 Issue    
Seaside Magazine March 2018 Issue    

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