Seaside Magazine February 2016 Issue

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Love is in the Air!

February 2016


HeadWay Health Fair

Mental Health

Seaside Homes

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Minding Our Mind

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features Minding Our Mind: The Importance of Mental Health A Whole Month of Health: 29 Healthy Ideas Can We Talk: Katy Fairley, HeadWay Board member and Business Development Manager at Kinetic Construction What's Happening This Spring: Events Calendar for Tots, Kids & Teens

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HeadWay Health Fair 2016: A Showcase of Helpful Fitness, Health & Wellness Information

COLUMNS 8 First Word 14 Island Dish 22 Grey Matters 43 Veterinary Voice 59 West Coast Gardener 60 On Design 64 Island Life 69 Last Word



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Letters In Good Health Inside Out Common Cents This Month in History Salish Sea News Ignition

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29 Healthy ideas

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New & Noteworthy Peninsula Restaurant Profile Trendspotting Seaside Arts Scene Book Review What's Happening


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Women in Business: Inspiring & Celebrating Your Success.


Are you a woman in business? If so, Seaside Magazine, in recognition of International Women's Day, is looking for you! If your business is 51% or more owned by a woman, and you are doing business on Vancouver Island, you are eligible to apply. All applications will be reviewed by an independent panel of judges and a winner will be selected. Please answer all questions below. Winner will be notified by February 11th and will be honoured at a reception to be held March 4th as part of Seaside Magazine’s Women to Watch event.

Please answer the following questions about your business: • Describe your business: Please provide a summary and description of your business, including how long you've been in business, number of employees and products and services offered. • Innovation & Change: Please list all of the changes and innovations your company made in 2015. • Environmental and Community Advances: How does your business contribute to the community and environment? • Challenges: What is the single most difficult challenge you have faced and how was it overcome? • Integrity: What three words best describe your business values?


Winner will be showcased in the Women To Watch special edition of Seaside Magazine (March edition) and honoured at a private Seaside Women To Watch reception March 4th. Winner will also receive a one-hour Branding consultation with Holy Cow Communication Design; a two-hour private wardrobe consultation with Shai Thompson, professional wardrobe consultant, at House of Lily Koi (value $150); and a hair style from Exist Hairworx.

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february.2016 YOUR SAANICH PENINSULA VOICE jennifer bowles

I began my career in food and beverage early on in life, and have worked in the industry for over 20 years. My resumé includes some of the top hotels in the region, including overseeing the food and beverage departments at the prestigious Fairmont Empress and the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. I'm always looking to expand my horizons: I recently completed a Tea Sommelier Certification, and I am currently collaborating on a Health and Wellness lifestyle book with Sandra Froher, internationally-recognized world fitness champion. In my spare time I can always be found experimenting and discovering new and whimsical creations in the kitchen with my daughter Ella and husband Mark.

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Growing up, I would spend my summers in North Saanich visiting family on a small acreage bearing fruit trees, flowers and vegetables. Coming from New Brunswick, this West Coast landscape gave me a deep admiration for the natural world, leading me into an environmentally-focused career path. My partner Tayler and I own an edible landscaping and permaculture consulting business, Hatchet & Seed. Three years ago we moved onto that same acreage, living and working in an incredible garden setting. We grow edible plants for our clients, and grow food, flowers and medicine for our small family. My other job is market manager for the North Saanich Farm Market, where I get to interact with some of the finest food growers on the Peninsula.

Staff Photographer Jo-Ann Way This Month's Contributors

Trysh Ashby-Rolls, Jennifer Bowles, Shelley Breadner, Rachael Coates-Holland, Gillian Crowley, Lynn Fanelli, Doreen Marion Gee, Lara Gladych, Solara Goldwynn, Valerie Green, Trudi Jones, Tina Kelly, Barry Mathias, Susi McMillan, Deborah Reid, Deborah Rogers, Maureen Sweeney, Hans Tammemagi, Jo-Ann Way, Kamma Wiggins, Ed Wignall P.O. BOX 2173, SIDNEY, B.C. V8L 3S6

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Since starting my own business last year, I have realized that it is never too late to go forward with a dream. When I first start working with a client, it is very important that we discuss who they are, their lifestyle, hobbies and vision, so that together, we can achieve their dream. Having worked with my husband for over 30 years in the building business, I have an understanding about the importance of working collaboratively: it is very important to listen and be respectful of everyone who will be involved in the process to make the end result both aesthetically pleasing and practical. To me that is how flow and harmony are established. In this issue I talk about designing for small spaces.

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kamma wiggins

Prior to my role as the Acting Fitness, Weights and Rehabilitation Coordinator at Panorama Recreation, I spent seven years working in the field as a personal trainer, group fitness instructor, weight room supervisor and cardiac rehabilitation service provider. I have a degree in Athletic and Exercise Therapy and am certified as a CSEP Certified Personal Trainer, NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and Yoga Fitness Leader. I have always been enthusiastic about health and fitness, and love discovering new exercises and developing new plans. I believe that everyone can truly enjoy fitness; it might just take a new perspective on what it means. The trick is to "Fall in love with the process and the results will come." (Eric Thomas)

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first word How do we find love? Perhaps with a little help from our friends, family and fate? I sat down with my 12-year-old daughter recently to talk to her about the importance of love and friendship in her life. We talked about the girlfriends she has now, and her hope that they will remain close as they grow up. At her young age, she is only beginning to grasp the importance of friendship and love and how those experiences will come and go. When I lost my mother last year, the experience was one of unspeakable words and feelings. I crossed over many emotions. At the time, none of it made sense but as my experiences in life have grown, the memories and wounds have been better understood and healed. I've recently been faced with a few more challenges, and have been thinking about the fact that we don't get to choose our parents and siblings. Those are given to us at birth. But what about our friends and lovers? Do we choose them, or do they stumble into our lives for a reason? Perhaps it's both. Just like life itself: do we have full control of it, or is it predetermined by

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some mysterious force? Recently I've been reading bits and pieces of Wayne Dyer's blogs, and in one he writes about trusting divine order, explaining that everything arrives from intentions, where invisible life flows through everyone and everything. He then asks us to think about all the people who share the stage with us as we move through life. The good times, the struggles, the tears, the abuse – all of it involved people coming into our lives, and then leaving. He says "viewing the past as a play in which all characters and all entrances and exits were scripted by your Source and represent what you attracted at the time, frees you from guilt, and even revenge. As a result you go from being an actor who's influenced by others playing the roles of producer and director, to being writer, producer, director, and the star of your glorious life. Imagine, you can audition anyone you choose." I think this is brilliant. So, I tell my daughter, regardless of how, where and why people come into our lives, we should gain and fill our plates with knowledge, and take trust from it. If they go, we let them go from a place of love, not of fear or anger.

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Minding Our Mind:

The Importance of Mental Health by Doreen Marion Gee

Everything that happens in

our lives – every thought, feeling and action – is controlled by three pounds of soft tissue in our skull. Good mental health is arguably the most important determinant of our quality of life. Fortunately, we live in an age of incredible advances in knowledge about mental health and illness and in treatments for disorders. Many services in our community give hope to mental health clients that they can live productive and normal lives. But we can also learn from the "overcomers" and the strengths they bring to the table. Resiliency and the power of the human spirit are valuable contenders. Ordinary people with mental health challenges slay dragons every day. Their tenacity, bravado and ability to turn fire into gold are also strong determinants of recovery and better mental health. A unique education about the abstruse concept of "mind" can come from an intimate look into the life of someone whose mental health was skewered by trauma. Trysh Ashby-Rolls' raw personal story is agonizing and painful, but ultimately triumphant. A Pender Island writer for Seaside, her candour in ignoring the do-not-trespass stigma is commendable. Trysh has "Post-Traumatic Stress"; she rejects the "Disorder" part. She illuminates the condition: "Basically, PTS is a normal response to extraordinary circumstances. Triggering events could be experiencing interpersonal violence, a natural tragedy, a man-made disaster or an accident." The body's physiological responses to the trauma upset the brain chemistry and may result in depression, anxiety, phobias, and other symptoms. The power of the human spirit to endure against "Everestlike" odds defies reason. The trauma that Trysh experienced is an unnerving tale of childhood abuse. Trysh was haunted by nightmares and flashbacks, insomnia, anxiety and depression. Her determination in reclaiming her life and health is staggering: gathering a support group around her, learning to cope with the nightmares and getting therapy directly geared to her history. Out of the fires of her past, she claimed a victory with a golden sword – her book: Triumph: A Journey of Healing from Incest. Trysh acknowledges the positive benefits of getting proper professional treatment for PTSD: "I've had three fantastic counsellors" – one reminding Trysh of her own coping skills and strength. Like a phoenix rising from the embers, the gifted writer graduated with Distinction from the University of London, England, for her dissertation on "Fostering Self-Capacity in Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse: A Psycho-Educational Approach." These days, new treatments for previously intractable illnesses have revolutionized the field of mental health. A registered psychologist, Dr.

Eric Ochs has a private practice in Victoria, works for Island Health and is an adjunct professor of psychology at the University of Victoria. He has over 10 years' experience in providing expert mental health care to adults and specializes in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, a treatment that focuses on changing thinking and beliefs that are at the root of emotional problems and negative behaviours. Dr. Ochs has hopeful news: "Many anxiety conditions are getting easier to treat, either with medications, or Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) techniques, or both. We can talk about curing panic disorders and some specific phobias, and we can successfully manage many other anxiety conditions. CBT, with its focus on both behavioural and cognitive intervention, has proven very effective at managing depression." The genial psychologist recommends his methods for anyone who wants to enjoy better mental health: "CBT techniques, such as questioning our own beliefs, are good tools that anyone with or without any specific mental health condition can apply to improve their own lives. Our emotions tend to follow from what we believe is happening. Practising curiosity and exploring alternate explanations for events opens us up to many options in life. Flexibility in thinking and responding to events are the hallmarks of good health and are great coping mechanisms with difficulties and challenges." The stigma about having mental health issues makes no logical sense – it can happen to anyone at any time. There is no "us and them": "One in five adult Canadians will suffer a mental disorder in their lives," according to the Canadian Mental Health Association. 2016 brings hope: "Most people with mental illness recover well and are able to lead fulfilling lives in the community – when they receive appropriate ongoing treatment and support." Statistics from the World Health Organization prove that nobody is alone: "Globally, an estimated 350 million people of all ages suffer from depression. It is the leading cause of disability worldwide." In addition, mental health problems don't always involve trauma: genetics, physical illness and severe stress "triggers" are also causative factors. Nothing can replace proper medical and counselling treatment for serious mental health conditions – these interventions are essential for recovery and can be lifesaving. But never underestimate the power of ordinary humans to pull themselves up out of the worst hells imaginable. They have valuable lessons to teach us about how to be mentally resilient in an imperfect world, how to draw on our inner well-springs to cope and recover from illness, and how to mould our own mental health into a strong foundation for good living. Contacts:, Mental Health Resources:;;;; SEASIDE | february 2016 | WWW.SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 11

A Whole Month of Health by Kamma Wiggins, BAET, CAT(C)

As we move out of January

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Healthy Ideas

and into the year ahead, and the years to come, where are we with our New Year's Resolutions? Are we achieving them, are we struggling, or have we forgotten all about them? If you find yourself in the latter category you are not alone: you belong with 92% of the population. Unbelievably, only 8% of New Year's resolutions are kept. We set resolutions based on what we plan to do for the next 365 days, when we should instead be looking at setting healthy lifestyle

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goals that we can maintain for the rest of our lives. Think about setting realistic goals. For example, the goal of reducing our sugar intake is realistic; vowing to never eat a cookie again is not (at least where I'm concerned). We often set our goals too broad: "I want to lose weight," without thinking of the specific steps it will take to achieve them. For example, if we take small steps like substituting one cup of coffee, pop or juice for one glass of water per day, over time we will see results without feeling deprived. Many of our daily activities are habits, from brushing our teeth to



Overwhelmed? Take a few minutes to practice some deep breathing. Inhale for a count of 4 and exhale for a count of 4. Repeat 10 - 12 times to feel relaxed and refreshed.

relax, don't do it

When is the last time you set aside time just to relax? Carve out one hour per week to do something that lets you recharge. Take a bath or do yoga – anything that helps you wind down.


don't wait …

We all try to fit our exercise in but we also need to work on less sitting time. Studies show increased sedentary time leads to early mortality. Try parking your car a little farther from the door.



eat fruits & veggies

Aim for 4-6 servings (the size of one fist for women and two fists for men) of fruits and vegetables per day.


The colouring of fruits and vegetables shows a difference in nutrients. To cover your bases aim for a rainbow: green Spinach, red pepper, white apple, yellow sweet potato, purple blackberries.

WHITE OUT MISSING MUSCLES? Not seeing the muscle definition you’d like? You may not be getting the protein you need for muscle growth. Aim for 0.5 – 0.8 grams of protein per pound of body weight per day.

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That thing behind you is for more than sitting on. Studies show increased glute strength leads to less back pain. Channel Jane Fonda: Lying on your side with knees bent 90°. Lift top knee and lower. Repeat 10-12 times. essentialsomatics photo

active transportation LOOK ON THE How often do we drive BRIGHT SIDE somewhere that’s close enough to walk? Challenge yourself to walk to the store or work one day per week (just budget more time) you’ll be happy when you spend less time at the gas station!

… and make it colourful!

It’s too easy: I’m tired, this traffic is so slow … See if you can manage 24 hours without a single complaint. You’ll be amazed how your perspective changes when you can find the silver lining in everything.



If you choose white bread, rice and pasta over the brown or whole grain version you’re packing in unnecessary simple sugars and missing out on nutrients. Reach for whole grains next time you shop.

take your pulses

No not your heartbeat; pulses are part of the légume family; more specifically dried peas, edible beans, lentils and chickpeas. Pulses are high in protein and fiber, and low in fat. Mix some together for a savory trail mix.




In our quest for health and fitness, sleep is the first to go, but there is a link between insufficient sleep and health problems like heart disease, diabetes and obesity. The Sleep Foundation recommends adults get seven to nine hours per night.

making our coffee. Think of something you do every day subconsciously without making the choice. For instance, how many of us check our phone immediately upon receiving a message, without considering letting it wait, because we want the "reward" of knowing who sent it? Believe it or not, healthy lifestyle choices can become a habit, just like checking your phone. You simply need to begin with small steps. A marathon runner did not start with a 42-kilometre run, but rather reached their goal one kilometre at a time over several months. There is a theory that it takes 21 days to form a habit. Using the calendar below, choose one idea (or use the ideas to create your own) and stick with it for 21 days. Choosing several at once can leave us

5 bust a move

The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) recommends 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous aerobic activity per week. That can be broken up any way that suits you. Try five 30-minute bouts.

pucker up

No need to cleanse or detox. Drinking hot water with the juice of half a lemon in the morning will help flush out toxins in your body by enhancing enzyme function, stimulating your liver.



We are lucky to be living on the Saanich Peninsula and have such great access to sustainable seafood. Swap out red meat for seafood wherever possible to get your omega-3’s.



write it down

One way to stay on track is keeping yourself accountable, but that is easier said than done. Try writing it down. Everything you eat, how far you walk, what weights you lift. Seeing it on paper can be really motivating.



150lb person needs 75 oz or 2 litres every day. That doesn’t include what you sweat out!


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smooth move

Looking for a quick and healthy breakfast to start your day off right? Try a smoothie. Mix the following in a blender to grab and go: 1 banana, 1 cup frozen strawberries, 2 tbsp chia seeds and 1.5 cups almond milk

feeling frustrated if we are unable to achieve them. Once you have formed a 21-day habit with one idea, add another for 21 days, and another, and another. Before you know it you will have formed many healthy lifestyle habits. Remember: "when things go wrong as they sometimes will, when the path you're on seems all uphill, when life is pressing you down a bit, Drink Water rest if you must, but The 8 x 8oz glasses plan isn’t for everyone. Aim for don't you quit." half your body weight in (Edgar Guest). ounces. For example: a

say cheese!

Smile at everyone for 24 hrs (or longer) and you’d be amazed at how just a curve of your lips can improve someone’s day. And it’s hard to feel down with a big smile on your face.


treat yourself

You’ve made it 21 days! Be sure to do something to reward yourself for all of your hard work. Take a trip to the Spa or buy a new workout top. Whatever makes you feel special.


pay it forward

Remember that wonderful feeling you get leaving spin class? Why not share it with someone else. Introduce a friend to an activity you love, they may find a new passion and you might get a new workout buddy.

be a social butterfly Exercise becomes much more enjoyable when there’s someone else sweating there with you. Bring a friend to try out a new drop-in class or to your next Weight Room session.

love yourself

In a world of comparisons we forget how wonderful and unique we are. Write down one thing every week that makes you an awesome person. By the end of the year you’ll have 52 reasons to keep being you!


put down the devices! “I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots.” - Albert Einstein. Go a whole day without your phone! Too much? Try one evening out without peeking.


the power of positive thinking

Every day you have a choice of a negative or positive attitude. We cannot control what life throws at us, but we can control our attitude towards it; choosing positivity is a much more enjoyable way to live.



don't lose it, use it!

You can lose 3% to 5% of your muscle mass per decade after age 30! To combat this adopt a strength training program 2-3 times per week focusing on large muscle groups.


kick the habit

The similarities between sugar and cocaine are frightening. For starters, the ability to quit either is nearly impossible, but it can be done! Start reducing one added sugar item at a time (one spoonful in your coffee for example).

meatless mondays


Try adopting a vegetarian attitude one day per week. Mix up eggs, red pepper, scallions and goat cheese for a yummy meal for breakfast, lunch or dinner. No meat, but packed with protein and nutrients.

get out!

Help combat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) by getting outside for exercise wherever possible. Exposure to natural light will increase your levels of Melatonin, Seratonin and Vitamin D.



island dish "the journey to health and wellness is an adventure aptly named 'loving your way back.'"

Pepper Power! by Jennifer Bowles

2016 is here! January is over and we're off with gusto into February. Are you among the millions who made that pact with yourself to finally get fit this year? Are you sticking with it? Travelling down the path to your new self can be overwhelming for certain; slapped with the thought that you might have to shop at expensive grocery stores and purchase crazy new kitchen gadgets to achieve your goal can be completely boggling and is often a deterrent. If you feel that way, you are not alone. According to my friend Sandra Froher (voted Victoria's Best Personal Trainer 2015 for Ageless Living), the journey to health and wellness is an adventure aptly named "Loving your way back." I recently had the opportunity to spend an afternoon talking with Sandra about building one's inner machine – intelligently and through mindful practise. A colossal inspiration to so many people, and an incredibly learned health and wellness expert for over 20 years, Sandra wasted no time guiding me through the process of rebooting my mindset in order to create my ultimate inner machine. As we talked, both energized and brimming with ideas, we had a momentary pause where we looked at each other and had a flash: "Let's write a book!" We decided then and there to collaborate on a health and wellness book. The focus will be to guide your journey to your "Highest Health Self," and we should have it complete in about a year. So to take a page out of our upcoming book (literally), here is a

sneak peek into one of the recipes from our collection of powerhouse smoothies! This little number packs a wallop: plenty of nutrients to fuel your "machine," including fibre, protein, essential vitamins and minerals and an extra punch from a jalapeño pepper that can work as an anti-inflammatory and promote healthy blood flow! This is perfect for any morning or afternoon to get you in the game! Here's to health! Vanilla Boom 2 tbsp organic hemp hearts ¾ cup natural vanilla almond milk (sub in skim milk if you like) ¼ cup coconut water 1 scoop vanilla protein powder 2 tbsp natural coconut flakes ½ cup frozen cherries (or berry mix) ¼ jalapeño with seeds 4 cubes ice dash of natural vanilla extract Mix all ingredients in your blender until completely incorporated. Knock it back and feel your inner machine fire up!

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can we talk publisher sue hodgson talks with katy fairley, HeadWay Board member and business development manager at kinetic construction As you know, HeadWay, Victoria Epilepsy and Parkinson's Centre, is presenting its first annual health fair at the Mary Winspear Centre on February 27th. You were diagnosed with Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy (JME) at the age of 17. How did you get involved with the Centre and how important is it to have a resource like this? I first heard of HeadWay via a Google search shortly after I was diagnosed in 2001. I was seeking any and all information on epilepsy, the prognosis, and its treatment. I found all of that through HeadWay and, over the course of a couple of months, spoke with the organization's staff, who gave me the information I sought. Flash forward 14 years and

I was approached to sit on HeadWay's Board of Directors. HeadWay provides important services and resources to those in Victoria living with Parkinson's and epilepsy. It also supports their loved ones. While there is no medical link between the two, HeadWay is able to pool resources to assist the greater Victoria community. Give us a glimpse of how you dealt with being diagnosed with epilepsy at such a young age? I was diagnosed after a documented seizure the morning after my high school prom. I was 17. Documented just means it was seen by someone, and I was lucky that my best friend was there and called an ambulance. The ER doctor, to her credit, recognized immediately it was JME after talking with me, though more tests would be required. As she described the various symptoms of JME, it occurred to me that I had been experiencing this form of epilepsy for years, probably since I was 14 years old. I was leaving for university back east in three months. This was just one more thing I had to deal with and it was added to the laundry list of changes I was facing as I graduated. Looking back, it was a good distraction! My parents, somewhat surprisingly, let me work through it on my own. This was very helpful and I think it allowed me to "grow up," feel like an adult, and deal with adult issues. On the internet, I found a message board dedicated to various neurological disorders and a board focused specifically on epilepsy. I posted a few times but did far more reading. Through that site, I learned how many types and forms of epilepsy there are. What is the outlook for people with JME and how is it treated? While I'm no doctor, JME is fairly benign and "easy to treat," meaning it responds well to, and can be controlled by, medication. There are numerous types of AED (anti-epilepsy drugs) and I have taken three of them so far. For me, the most disruptive aspect of having epilepsy has been the side effects that come with the medication. The first drug I took caused me to gain a great deal of weight and my hair to thin (just what you want when you are 18!). I was put on a second drug to mitigate those side effects. Thankfully, I've been on a drug with little to no side effects for nearly two years. I am very grateful; not everyone who has epilepsy has that same experience with medication. As Business Development Manager for Victoria's Kinetic Construction and a key force for establishing the Women in Construction group, numbering close to 200 members, are there factors you have to consider with epilepsy that might affect your active role within the company? None at all – and I am thankful for that. I have to be cognizant of my stress level and make sure I

get the sleep I need. Both stress and lack of sleep are triggers for me. I had a seizure in March of 2014, the first in 11 years. I hadn't told anyone at Kinetic that I had epilepsy and now that I couldn't drive for a few months until I was cleared by a neurologist, it was time to tell them. Kinetic was incredibly supportive and also gently curious. This gave me an opportunity to inform and educate, which is so crucial to changing people's perspectives on epilepsy. Seaside Magazine works with many of the high schools in our community encouraging young people to consider the trades industries. You are a great advocate for encouraging women toward a career in construction and trades. What makes you so passionate about this? I am passionate about construction because I love it and want other women to find that same level of satisfaction in their careers. Construction isn't for everyone, men or women, but it should certainly be an option that women consider. It is challenging and best of all, fun. You are an active woman in business. Do you come across people surprised that you have epilepsy, as there is often an assumption of developmental problems associated with it? I've had people comment upon learning I have it: "but you are so well spoken!" This is always a bit of a head scratcher for me. Do they mean that people with epilepsy can't be well spoken or that every "normal" person does have that trait? Why is it important to feel free to talk about the fact that you have epilepsy? It's important because there is still a great deal of stigma surrounding it. It turned out others in my family had seizure disorders but it was not mentioned or talked about until after I ended up in the hospital. It was swept under the proverbial rug. Additionally, I strongly and passionately dislike the term "epileptic." I am not an epileptic: I have epilepsy. It does not define me, no more than my blonde hair does. I'm not a blonde: I have blonde hair! Photo by


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Oasis in the Storm: Fresh Esthetics Studio by Doreen Marion Gee

This is the fourth in a six-part series of profiles on some great local businesses that are working to keep us all in good health. One of my dear friends has just fought and won the battle of her life: she has survived a particularly aggressive form of breast cancer. Many nights we would sit for hours alone in the final hours of the local mall and she would tell me every single harrowing detail of the grueling ordeal of chemotherapy. Aside from the disease, how could any human being survive the treatment? I thought. I remember her saying that any relief, any comfort, any

kindness was a godsend at that time. A very compassionate local professional is giving cancer patients the essential caring and soothing treatments so badly needed. Alana Delcourt provides a calming oasis where clients can begin to recover from the storm. A licensed esthetician since 2000, Alana is the owner/operator of Fresh Esthetics Studio in Sidney. Passionate about her work, the very soft-spoken and warm professional is committed to perfecting her craft through learning new skills. Alana has an Advanced Certificate in the field of Oncology Esthetics.

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training includes topics such as understanding cancer, learning about different types of surgery and treatments, and how the diagnosis impacts someone's life and mental health. Alana's choice of profession was no coincidence: "I lost my mom to a disease very similar to cancer and I do have a unique understanding of the physical and emotional challenges of cancer patients, survivors, and those with other health challenges. This experience helped me recognize that people living with, recovering from and surviving cancer require special treatment and led me to become certified in Oncology Esthetics. I spent lots of time in the hospital with my mom caring for her and I realized that sometimes patients prefer a nurturing and 'loving' touch." Alana's treatments boost wellbeing: "If people are stressed, this is a way for them to decompress. People learn how to take good care of themselves." Standard treatments for cancer such as chemotherapy can be brutal to the skin –

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Latin singer-songwriter Alex Cuba pays his first visit to the Charlie White Theatre, Sunday, February 7. Alex has a vast musical vision not tied to tradition. His sugarcane-sweet melodies, pop-soul hooks and powerful guitar riffs, turn the conventional stereotypes of the Latin music landscape upside down. His music is shaped by the experience of singing in Spanish in an English/French nation and by his choice of home base in the northern town of Smithers, BC. Born and raised in Cuba, Alex studied guitar with his music teacher father and played bass in a pop band, before moving to Canada and launching a career performing his own original works. He’s toured his trio to venues around the world, released four albums and earned 18 awards and nominations for his music, including two Junos and three Latin Grammys. His latest album, Healer, refers to the need we all face to grow and heal in our lives physically, spiritually and emotionally. Using a live rhythm section, the songs take on a live appeal and Alex has traded in horns for guitars and vocal harmonies that take him back to his roots. It is an upbeat, acoustic soul album full of optimism and reality as Alex manages to find the silver lining from seemingly melancholy subjects.

Jann Arden Jann Arden is Canadian music royalty, with 12 albums, 19 top ten singles, 8 Juno awards and countless other honours. The Calgaryborn singer, songwriter, broadcaster and author catapulted onto the Canadian music scene in 1993 with the release of her debut album Time For Mercy featuring the hit single I would Die For You. A year later with Living Under June, she released her career breakout hit Insensitive the song that solidified her position in the music world. Her most recent album, Everything Almost was released in 2014, peaking at #2 on the Canadian Billboard Chart. This album is considered to be amongst Jann’s finest work. The lead single, You Love Me Back, is right on point – progressive, yet retaining the magic that is distinctly Jann Arden. Whether she is captivating audiences with her heartfelt music, entertaining them with her quick wit or sharing her written word in a boldly honest voice– Jann Arden is a Canadian original – a brilliant multi-dimensional talent. Performing in the intimate Charlie White Theatre, Thursday, March 10.

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When Theo Fleury says that, it’s hard to argue. From his small-town upbringing to the heights of hockey glory, the Canadian icon’s 47 years come packed with enough triumph and tragedy to inspire not just a single song but an entire album. The NHL superstar, Olympic gold medal winner, best-selling author, motivational speaker and entrepreneur is tackling a new game: Country singer-songwriter. And it’s a more natural fit than you might expect. “We wanted this to be a real grassroots album — ‘Let’s get back to fiddles and steel guitars and accordions and honky-tonk pianos, but put our own stamp on it,” Fleury states about his first album, I Am Who I Am. “We’re a bunch of guys who love that old-school country sound.” It’s about more than just entertainment or nostalgia, however. For Fleury, it’s also about helping others by sharing his story. “The album is definitely dark,” he admits. “The songs are all about my life, my experience, my struggle. But they’re also about coming through that struggle. At the end of every song, there’s hope. That’s what the lyrics and music reflect: Hope and healing. If people listen to this and there’s a line or a word or a phrase that helps them get out of the situation they’re in or how they’re feeling, that’s really why we’re doing this. The message is that no matter how far we may fall, we can make it back.”

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Canada is ranked last out of 11 developed countries when it comes to hospital emergency rooms, according to a doctor speaking on a CBC-TV medical panel recently. Vulnerable and complex cases – usually elderly patients over age 75 – have to wait longer in emergency situations than other patients, the doctor continued. Before I tell you about my emergency trip to the ER just before Christmas, let me note that I am two years away from "elderly," as it is deemed at age 75. It all started on a flight returning from Bali, where I'd been for a month's vacation and research trip for a book. Bali is one of thousands of islands that make up Indonesia and takes about 20 to 24 hours, including stopovers, to reach by air. If you are caught short with the runs an hour or two after takeoff – well, bad luck! E.coli (diagnosed later as a strain outside the Dukoral vaccine spectrum) is no respecter of persons or places. Arriving at YVR, high winds prevented a quick flight from Vancouver to Pender Island. It took another day to get home and literally collapse. Unable to keep down even a sip of water, I dialled 911. Things then became a bit of a blur. "Well aren't you popular," my neighbour said as I opened my eyes. "Four strapping, handsome lads all sitting on your bed." Four front-line chaps from B.C. Ambulance whose personal attributes I was quite unable to appreciate. Dazed, I stared at the one nearest me all bundled up in his uniform and wearing a mask, trying to figure out if he was the same man I often see in the coffee shop wearing shorts and a knitted hat. But they needed answers to their questions before they trundled me outside to the ambulance. "Good luck," called a neighbour. And we

were off to the water taxi, across to Sidney, then down Pat Bay Highway to the Saanich Peninsula Hospital. The Saan Pen, as the hospital on Mount Newton X Road is affectionately known, serves all Saanich and the Gulf Islands. It has operating rooms that are the most up-to-date on Vancouver Island and is in the process of raising funds for renovations to its Day Surgery Unit. Procedures that once required a weeklong stay can now be done the same day. This means less pain, medication, complications and faster recovery. The ER is already five times its original size and serves the community's needs promptly and efficiently. Which is where a nurse not much younger than I, with kind blue eyes – yet standing for no nonsense – told me to undress and put on a regulation gown, ties at the back. In short order a special nurse who, coincidentally, had also recently returned from Bali (she didn't like it much either except for the north shore) set me up with an IV and the first of several bags of solution to rehydrate me. During the night nurses popped in and out, giving me Gravol shots and bringing soothing warm blankets to stop my shivering. Something else that CBC-TV panellist said, "The best outcome is not being admitted," was certainly true for me. Next morning my "honorary" daughter and son-in-law sprung me from the ER, with permission, and took me to their Victoria home to recover. Deep appreciation to Saanich Peninsula Hospital Emergency Room staff and to B.C. Ambulance. You're top notch. If you would like to donate to the new Day Surgery Unit Renovation Fundraising Campaign, visit or call 250-652-7531.

Vision for Equality of Access to Dental Care What started as a desire to treat the many children lacking adequate dental care has become a reality for Sidney dentist Dr. Mitra Hashemi and retired School Principal Heather Burkett as co-Chairs of the ORCCA Dental Clinic Society. ORCCA (Oral Care for Children and Adolescents) and their friendly, toothy whale logo can now be found in their own clinic in the annex of Sidney Elementary School. With the purpose of providing children and adolescents under 19 years of age, from low-income families, with access to oral care in a not-for-profit setting, ORCCA stems from the belief that this demographic has the right to healthy oral care. It would be hard to find anyone who disagreed with the principle that effective oral care positively transforms the health and lives of those under the age of 19. Yet the current Provincial healthcare system does not include oral care as part of the Medical Services Plan, and even the Healthy Kids Program, for very low income families, comes with a dollar restriction on work covered. Many families are falling through the cracks of the system, especially the "working poor" who by Deborah Rogers

are often without medical benefits at all. Children are suffering from pain, decay and dental disease due to poverty. For the dentists volunteering their time and skills at ORCCA, there is disappointment in the system as a whole and shock at the levels of oral problems some children are suffering. The desire to see change has prompted many new recruits and Dr. Hashemi (above, third from left) was proud to introduce me to (as pictured left to right): Dr. Anna Wang, Dentist; Caroline Paterson, Treasurer; Dr. Jeremy King, Oral Surgeon; Dr. Vohn Rosang, Orthodontist; and Dr. Ron Walsh, Dentist, all of whom have offered their services on a regular basis to address the crisis in oral health that's been recognized here on the Peninsula. Other dentists involved are Dr. Heather Cook and Dr. Peter Culligan. Dr. Walsh told me of his shock at seeing the level of need in this affluent society, and made the point that many children are travelling from further up the island or from the Gulf Islands. One patient even booked an appointment from Richmond. The increase in the number of dentists and dental experts involved in the project shows how the dental community is standing behind ORCCA. There are also volunteer hygienists on board. New since the clinic opened is a full-time Certified Dental Assistant, Lauren Hafey (above; seated), who has made all the difference to the efficient running of the clinic, providing a friendly face to new patients, reassurance to worried parents and qualified assistance to the dentists themselves. Caroline Paterson explained how valuable all the donations they have received have been in establishing the two-chair clinic. There was support from across the community with special thanks to the Victoria Foundation, Norgaard Foundation, Telus, WestJet and Seaside Rotarians. What they have discovered now that they are seeing regular patients is that some families have multiple children with dental problems, and ORCCA is unable to meet all their needs. A new funding idea has been developed to address this, with donors being asked to sponsor a specific family or one child's whole treatment, to ensure the work that has been assessed is completed. The dentists recognize that what they are doing can be lifechanging for a child and for the parents. People are incredibly grateful for the service and those generous volunteers and donors who have made it a reality. To find out more and how to support ORCCA: SEASIDE | february 2016 | WWW.SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 23

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This is part of a rotating series of articles on members of Sidney Meet Up, featuring people in business on the Saanich Peninsula. Two exquisite cushion covers crafted by Nancy McMillan turn my dull old sofa into a thing of beauty. Turquoise and orange seashells jump off my couch. Nancy's creations are one-of-kind marvels, and she has sage advice for entrepreneurs on how to succeed in business. In a rural area of Saanich, tucked away behind lush trees and bushes, Nancy McMillan works magic on her sewing machine. The owner of "Nancy's Sew Creative" saw an untapped market in our indoor/outdoor active and pet-friendly Peninsula lifestyle, so she started sewing slipcovers for indoor furniture: "Slipcovers that are easily removed for washing are the answer to keeping furniture clean and refreshed. They also protect furniture from the damaging rays of the sun." Later on, "my environmental concerns have prompted me to add refurbishing outdoor furniture to my repertoire." Nancy reveals that many manufacturers cover furniture in inexpensive fabric that lasts less than one season. "Instead of buying new furniture, why not refurbish the soft-furnishing element? It makes good sense monetarily." To ensure premium quality, Nancy uses the "best of the best" fabrics on the market. Nancy also refurbishes boat interiors and makes draperies, valances, shades and bedding. Nancy's sales are steady and strong: "The outdoor-cushion business was brisk last year." She offers valuable advice on how to succeed in business: "I enjoy success here on the Peninsula because I consistently offer a quality product at a very reasonable price. I listen to my clients and find the best quality I can in their price range. I depend on word of mouth to survive, so this is the most important thing to me. I want the product people buy from me to serve their needs for a very long time. I want them to find comfort and enjoyment in exchange for trusting me with their hard-earned money and I try to do that with every customer no matter the size of the job." Nancy knows how to make a home-based business viable: "There are many benefits to having an at-home business in that you can write off a portion of the cost of maintaining your home against earnings from your business. The down side can be interruptions at home. Setting realistic goals and hours of work, getting support from those around me and sticking with those goals has allowed me to earn income." It is also a way to be with her precious family. The business owner acknowledges the role of Sidney Meet Up in her success: "It has provided me with a wealth of marketing information and the moral support any endeavour needs to prosper and thrive." Nancy McMillan's works of art stand alone. I have never seen anything quite like them. Contact:

inside out Skin: The Dynamic Interface Between our Inner Selves and our Environment Skin is our largest organ, but did you know that it is much more than a 3.5-kilogram, 2.5-square-metre passive covering for our body? There is a delicate interplay between by Dr. Maureen our skin and our internal health. Sweeney Its function as an organ is multi Live Young Medical dimensional: it acts as a barrier to outside threats, providing physical protection against trauma and the environment and antimicrobial signals to ward off infectious invaders. It can heal itself when damaged where many organs cannot. Skin and its substructures, such as the sweat glands, hair follicles and small blood vessels, are indispensible in managing homeostasis (keeping our internal environment and temperature in just the right balance) and in the elimination of internal waste. Like our ears, nose and eyes it is a sensory organ sending vital touch, temperature and vibration communication to our brain. The skin is where the interface with sunlight allows biochemical interactions critical to health to take place, such as the metabolism of bilirubin in a jaundiced newborn and the first steps in Vitamin D production. Medicine has traditionally divided skin disorders into those unique to the skin and those of internal illness that may manifest in the skin. In some conditions the divide is pretty clear, but in many instances this categorization is too simplistic. Eczema, acne and psoriasis are considered to be skin specific, however psoriasis can cause arthritis, stress aggravates eczema and hormones wreck havoc with acne. More recently we are appreciating that rosacea severity is linked to our intestinal health. An interesting example that demonstrates the

interconnection between the skin and the inner body, specifically the nervous system and its sensory connection to the skin, is in the viral infections shingles and herpes simplex eruptions. These are both considered to be skin specific infections; the virus becomes dormant in the nervous system after the initial infection. Stress or another physical illness may then trigger the virus to become active again; it multiplies and travels to the skin surface along the sensory nerves, producing a painful blistering rash on the skin surface. Conversely, diseases which are internal, such as lupus, may present with a typical rash and systemic viral and bacterial infections with measles and strep (GAS) can cause specific rashes that help diagnose the illnesses. Gluten intolerance may cause a blistering eruption and hives indicate we have been exposed to an allergen that has activated our immune system. Medical doctors and researchers were first alerted to the existence of HIV/AIDS by the sudden appearance of Kaposi sarcoma in young men, which until that point in the 1980s had been a very rare skin cancer. Due to its exterior location, our skin has its own unique vulnerability to the effects of the external environment and it visibly shows the burden of toxins, lifestyle and exposure. Ultraviolet rays are the most important accelerant of skin aging and cause more serious consequences such as melanoma and other skin cancers. Many of the examples used in this article are instances where the severity of the condition can be impacted through dietary and lifestyle modifications. Others can be prevented through immunization or through implementing sound sexual and general health practises. Protecting yourself from harmful environmental factors, such as using sun protection or managing stress, are also areas where you can have an impact on your skin health. For more information visit

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I've been excited about since it was introduced to me. I feel like this may be more than just a trend; as more and more people embrace the new year, I healthier lifestyles, this just makes perfect sense. The search for wardrobe wonder if anyone functionality ends here: Athleisure offers flexibility in both your has really embraced their New Year's resolutions. personal and professional wardrobe. Perhaps you have decided to travel, or spend more time at home, or Athleisure allows you to feel comfortable, while still feeling and looking maybe you've decided that this year, for real, you're going to get healthy stylish. You'll find that there are fun prints and colours, but what really and active and stick to it. New year, new you? What does that look excites me is the fit. It tends to be more tailored than traditional workout like? Is it a new haircut or a new lipstick, or is it a complete wardrobe wear, creating lines and silhouettes overhaul? that are pleasing to the eye. It really I've decided that I'm going to travel ‌ although I probably "Athleisure means should have chosen the wardrobe overhaul because as you can you can go to the gym could be worn to the office and then the gym and then out for dinner with imagine, my closets are stuffed to the brim! or for a power walk your other half. You could choose When I think about travelling, I think about long hours spent with your girlfriends, a great jacket with a sweet peplum on a plane, and then I think about what I'm going to wear. detail, a perfect tank to wear with Obviously it needs to be something comfortable, but it needs or sit on a plane for to be stylish too! Doesn't everyone dress up to sit on a plane for hours, and look super your jeans, leggings that could be worn with tunics and boots, or great hours? stylish while doing it." short- and-long sleeved T-shirts that Well, let me introduce you to the latest buzzword in the can be layered or worn alone. All of these pieces are made with fabrics that fashion world: "Athleisure." You're probably asking what the heck wick away and mask sweat. that is. Well, it means you can go the gym or for a power walk with your girlfriends, or sit on a plane for hours, and look super stylish while The search for versatility in our closets will probably always be a struggle, as we are all different in our wants and needs. I think if we doing it. It means that gym clothes don't have to look like gym clothes embrace the current trend, and look at "workout wear" with a little anymore; Athleisure pieces are designed to support, perform and flatter, open mindedness, we may surprise ourselves. Maybe we might just from sport to street. start that New Year's resolution of becoming a little more active; it'll be As a fashion buyer, I have the unique opportunity to see what's up simple when you're sporting an outfit you look and feel great in! and coming well before it's up and coming, and Athleisure is something SEASIDE | february 2016 | WWW.SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 27

A Little Something for Your Little Loved One

This is the fourth in a series showcasing some of the unique fashion boutiques in downtown Sidney. "We strive to be different," says Kim Bremner, the owner of three retail establishments, one of which is Bubba Loo Children's Boutique on Beacon Avenue. "Our focus is on old-school customer service, but that isn't all it takes to have a successful store these days. We know we can't be everything to everyone, so we have developed a business that caters to gift-giving from the grandparent." Bubba Loo does this very well, and the majority of their merchandise is unique to the region and even Canada. "Importing our goods ensures that we have truly unique product, so when a gift is given you'll be sure the receiver won't be receiving duplicates." However, if there should be a need to exchange, Bubba Loo offers a very flexible return policy. "It's our job to take care of you!" says Kim proudly. This philosophy was carried over from Kim's husband's store down the street, d.g.bremner & co. "We built our menswear store on service. We started with a dream of being known as the great shirt store, but that has evolved over the past 14 years into a luxury men's clothing boutique offering shoes, pants, jeans and sweaters – still with a focus on fabulous shirts." Late last year Kim and her husband, David, opened another menswear store in downtown Victoria on Broughton Street. The ladies at Bubba Loo have a variety of experience and background, but come together to make up a wonderful team, with truly the best interest of their customers at heart. "We spend so much time with the merchandise, we just want to offer honest suggestions to those that come in," says Kim about her staff, Mary and Susan. Bubba Loo specializes in timeless heirloom gifts as well as unique and whimsical clothing for children six years and under. "There is a special place in my heart for the preemie collection because I was a preemie myself," admits Kim with a blush. "We like to offer thematic options, for example there is a beautiful muslin swaddle blanket to coordinate with the sleep-sheep newborn set." It would not be difficult to put together a beautiful gift package for any expectant Mom with all of these choices. And they offer complimentary gift wrapping too … just in case you happen to be on your way to the shower. But it's not all just about the babies. If you think that cute boys' clothes are hard to find, you must discover Bubba Loo and

their interactive T-shirts! A variety of popular, yet classic, themes from dinosaurs to motorcycles are part of this winter's collection from Le Top. Their other major clothing supplier, Jo Jo Bébé, does a full cotton lining under their embroidered T-shirts so you don't have to worry about itchy stitching irritating your little loved one's skin. These are the kinds of details the ladies at Bubba Loo are proud to point out. If you're looking for something really impressive for a little girl, you must see the Dream Coat from Bunnies By The Bay. This amazingly plush coat comes with hat and muff to match, in a box that looks like a book, but I won't tell you what the story is inside. Just pop in and discover it for yourself, and bring a tissue. The philosophy of service carries from the front lines to behind the scenes. "We do a large amount of business with a small number of suppliers, therefore we have great relationships with the brands we work with. They understand it's essential to the success of our business to keep our product exclusive." Stock arrives throughout the season, replenishing popular styles and sizes, and twice a year they put select clothing items on sale. "Children's wear for us is not about what's popular on TV or in the movies" says Kim, "so we have less of a need to clear out merchandise at the end of the season. We buy inventory that we would be proud to give as gifts ourselves, today or a year from now." Next time you're shopping for a gift for a little one, a baby shower or special occasion (such as Valentine's day), stop in at Bubba Loo and let one of the ladies give you a tour. You might just enjoy some pleasant conversation, or find a little something for your little loved one. Photo, L to R: Mary, Kim and Susan.

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Ray Dahl Optical Ray Dahl Optical has been a part of our community for over 22 years. Our experienced staff are here to help you. Check out our fashionable eyewear collection to make that finishing touch to your wardrobe. Our on-site Optometrist, Dr. Samantha Bourdeau, welcomes new patients; call for an appointment today. Open Tues-Fri, 9-5:30 and Saturday 9-4 250.655.1122 104-2376 Bevan Ave, Sidney

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Tot Tuesday Parents and preschoolers can join the Oceaneers on Tuesday mornings for interesting stories based on ocean themes, fun activities and crafts. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Pre-K. Admission rates; annual passes accepted. In the "Ocean's Heartbeat." Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre., 250-665-7511. March 4 - 18 & Apr 1

Biology Buddies: Exciting educational series

of four classes bringing children close to nature's wonders. Topics: Predators of the sky; Super Swimmers; Let's Rock; Awesome Adaptations. Register for one of two sessions – 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. or 1 to 3 p.m. – in person or call 250-4790211. Ages four through six. $60 (members) or $80 (non-members). Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary.

Mar 5 - Apr 23 Learn to Figure Skate:

An introductory course where kids learn spins, twirls and jumps. Skills in skating forward and stopping are required. Saturdays, 10:30 to 11 a.m. Ages five to 12. Seven sessions/$42. Panorama Recreation Arena A – ice. Register:, 250-656-7271.

March 14 - 18

Future Leaders: Excellent training for teens in leadership

skill development. Topics include motivating others, decision-making, communication skills and preparation for employment. 10 to 3 p.m. Ages 13-16. Five sessions/$115. Greenglade Community Centre, Room #6. Register:, 250-656-7271.

March 17 Spring Break Puppet Show:

Laughter, fun and mystery with a fractured fairy tale. Join the librarians for a puppet show based (sort of) on a popular fairy tale. Can you guess what it is? 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. All ages. Free. Sidney/North Saanich Library. www.virl., 250-656-0944.

March 21 - 24

Spring Break at Swan Lake: Marsh Mania

(March 21); Super Snakes (March 22); Wild about Wildflowers (March 23); Birds of Prey (March 24). Activities, crafts, games and fun for the whole family. Snake and Birds of Prey events feature live animals. 12 to 3 p.m. every day. Drop-in anytime, by donation. Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary.

Mar 30 - Apr 27

Cartooning – Cartoons Galore: Children will kick

back, laugh and learn how to draw goofy faces with fun expressions, model a sculpture out of clay and create a flip book. Wednesdays, 4:30 to 6 p.m. Ages 9 to 12. 5 sessions/$71.

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April 2 - June 18

Synchro School Fun is

the theme as kids learn the basics of synchronized swimming. The program teaches skills based on the Synchro Canada Star Awards. Saturdays 10 to 11 a.m. Ages 7 to 11. 12 sessions/$120. Panorama Recreation Pool. Register:, 250-656-7271.

April 3

Sea-Shirt Sunday! Bring your wild imagination, pillowcase, cloth

bag or T-shirt and craft your own ocean-themed fishy fashion. 1 to 3 p.m. All ages. Admission rates, annual passes accepted. Additional $2 for fabric paint. Plain white T-shirts: $6.25 + tax at Centre. In the "Ocean's Heartbeat." Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre., 250-665-7511.

Junior Development Water Polo: Learn from competitive water polo coaches. Teaches ball handling, power swimming and shooting techniques. Requires ability to swim in deep water. Sundays, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Ages 8 to 12. 11 sessions/$110. Saanich Commonwealth Place. Register:, 250-475-7600. April 3 - June 12

April 5 & 12

Tot Tuesday: Parents and preschoolers can join the Oceaneers on Tuesday mornings for interesting stories about ocean themes, fun activities and crafts. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Pre-K. Admission rates, annual passes accepted. In the "Ocean's Heartbeat." Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre., 250-665-7511. April 7 - 28

Red Hot Robots:

Cool adventure with robots: sound sensing, line-tracking and amphibious types. Find out how and why robots use sensors. Build a robot to take home. Thursdays, 4 to 5 p.m. Ages 8 to 12. 4 sessions/$105. Greenglade Community Centre, Room #8. Register: www., 250-656-7271.

April 7 - 29

Homeschool Science:

Educational series of four classes where children discover magical science. Topics: Ecosystems & Habitats, Weather, Extreme Environs and Entomology. Ages 7 to 10. $60 (members) or $80 (non-members). Register for one of four sessions – Thursday or Friday

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By Doreen Marion Gee See websites for more classes & programs. Panorama Rec & Saanich Rec: Registration can be done online, in person or by phone; see online brochures for full lists of classes and programs. April 7/8, 14/15, 21/22, 28/29, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. or 1 to 3 p.m. – in person or call 250479-0211. Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary.

Family Discover Scuba: The whole family can enjoy the thrill of Scuba Diving. All ages will learn the sport in shallow water – taught by Rockfish Divers. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Ages 8+. $36. Saanich Commonwealth Place. Register: www., 250-475-7121. April 23

May 1

sand on board to create your own artwork. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Ages 9 to 12. $22 plus $10 material fee. Greenglade Community Centre, Room #6. Register:, 250-656-7271.

May 29 Bee Day: "What's the buzz about

Sea-Shirt Sunday! Bring your wild imagination, pillowcase, cloth

bees? Bee songs, bee crafts and some bee spit to taste. You'll bee amazed, bee enchanted and bee happy. Bee there or bee square." All ages. 12 to 3 p.m. By donation. Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary., 250-479-0211.

bag or T-shirt and craft your own ocean-themed fishy fashion. 1 to 3 p.m. All ages. Admission rates, annual passes accepted. Additional $2 for fabric paint. Plain white T-shirts: $6.25 + tax at Centre. In the "Ocean's Heartbeat." Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre., 250-665-7511.

May 7 - June 18

Mountain Biking for Teens: Skill-building includes

descending and climbing, crossing challenging trails. Bike repairs also covered. Well supervised. Saturdays, 1 to 4 p.m. Ages 12 to 16. 6 sessions/$135. Hartland Landfill. Register: Register:, 250-475-5421.

May 9

Horseback Riding Day Camp: Learn to ride on trained horses. Lessons, horse care and keeping safe around horses. Beginner to intermediate. 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 1 to 5 p.m. Ages 7 to 13. $49. Braes Mhor Farm. Register:, 250-475-5421. May 11

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Ceramic Painting – Monster Mugs &

friends and family for free. Win prizes. Wear your helmet. 3:10 to 4 p.m. All ages. Pearkes Recreation Centre. Register: www., 250-475-5400.

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this month in history "here in victoria we remember our own black pioneers such as mifflin gibbs, john deas and charles and nancy alexander."

Celebrating Black History by Valerie Green

In the 1800s many black slaves escaped to Canada through the "Underground Railroad." Some free blacks came to Victoria, encouraged by Governor James Douglas who was himself of black heritage. In 1858, Douglas formed Victoria's first black constabulary. Racist attitudes, however, still existed north of the border, and the unit disbanded. Another 800 black folk came from San Francisco but faced numerous setbacks including being rejected

by the organizing committee of the volunteer Fire Department. They offered their services to a volunteer militia group and by the

spring of 1860 approximately 50 black men were enrolled in the Victoria Pioneer Rifle Company – a big step forward. Some black families also settled on Salt Spring Island. In February 1926, Black History Month was created in the U.S. to honour those early pioneers. Here in Victoria we remember our own black pioneers such as Mifflin Gibbs, John Deas and Charles and Nancy Alexander. Mifflin Gibbs, born in Philadelphia, was the son of a Wesleyan Methodist Minister who died when Mifflin was only eight. He went to work as a carpenter's apprentice and in

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1839 joined an African American literary society working with the Underground Railroad. He was later invited by abolitionist Frederick Douglass to go on a lecture tour of New York State, after which he left for the California goldfields, arriving in San Francisco in 1850. He worked as a carpenter and boot-black in partnership with Peter Lester. A few members of the black community, including Gibbs, then decided to immigrate to Victoria where he became a property owner. He was elected to Victoria city council in 1866 serving two terms. Gibbs later returned to the U.S. and went into law. In 1897 he was appointed American consul to Madagascar. He died a very wealthy man in 1915 in Little Rock, Arkansas. John Deas, born in 1838 in South Carolina, earned his living as a tinsmith. He moved to Victoria around 1862. By 1868, he was an established tinsmith and hardware dealer. Although constantly scorned because of the colour of his skin, he continued to buy up property and in 1871 started making salmon cans for Captain Edward Stamp. After Stamp's death, Deas continued to can salmon himself on what is today known as Deas Island. In his early years of operation, he owned one of the largest canning businesses on the Fraser. Eventually he moved to Portland, Oregon. Charles and Nancy Alexander were Free Blacks born in Missouri who travelled west to the goldfields of California in 1855. Having little success in the goldfields, Charles and his family moved to Victoria which was then a tent city. Charles was more successful searching for gold on the Fraser and in 1861 the Alexanders moved to South Saanich and farmed there for 33 years, helping to build the first school there and the Shady Creek Church where Charles was one of the first preachers. In 1894, the Alexanders moved to the Swan Lake district and Nancy was one of the first ladies to join Lake Hill Women's Institute. She died in 1912 and Charles in 1913. The African & Caribbean Cultural Society is holding a Black History Month celebration on February 27th at 6:30 p.m. at the Cedar Hill Recreation Centre. Everyone is welcome. Valerie Green is an author/historian and can be reached at

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area, Level Ground Trading is a gem of a company to take in. Take a tour should you ever have the chance; it's an eye-opening and thought-provoking experience that will conjoin farmers' stories with each sip of their coffee or tea, and each taste of their many other fairly-traded products. I met with marketing coordinator Robyn Neufeld. "Our big push this year is letting people know that we're more than just coffee," she says. Level Ground currently sources their products from 10 different countries and 5,000 farmers, and they are always looking to add to their lineup. They currently sell coffees, teas, dried fruits, spices, sugar, coconut oil, vanilla and heirloom rices. All Level Ground coffees originate from South America and Africa. Each is carefully considered to be sure it fits the farmer-focused, ethically-produced profile of the company, and they are selected not only for their quality, but for the relationships that will ensue from their procurement. The same goes for all Level Ground products. I ask Robyn what's special about working for this company. "Working hard to make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged famers in a way that is sustainable as a company." When farmers, too, are benefiting, it allows them to further build at the origin, adding value at the source.

Four couples started Level Ground in 1997, and the same families still own the business today. They are a for-profit, pro-farmer business. Stacey Toews is one of the cofounders, and he comes in to meet with me. In my eyes, he embodies the dynamism and vibrancy of Level Ground. "In my mind, Level Ground is not a coffee company," says Stacey. "We're in the business of eradicating poverty." Level Ground operates on a farmer-first basis. "We go to the countries, we meet the farmers, and we mutually address both our needs and the farmers' needs," says Robyn. When you pick up a package of Level Ground coffee, you'll see a farmer's picture on the bag. Stacey knows these farmers by name. They've been paid for their image to be used, and they take pride in knowing that this is their product out there. The way Level Ground looks at it, "this is not our product, it is the farmer's product." There's so much to learn from Stacey. What I take away as being of primary importance is that there is a "relational connectedness" at the core of Level Ground Trading. Very simply put, they want to sell everyday products, pay the farmers who produce these products well, help sustain thoughtful farming practices and effect positive change as a result. Yes, they are coffee, and so much more. For more information visit

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Feasts of the Forest by Tina Kelly

Seaweed, blackberries and mushrooms: flora of the forest and sea, enjoyed by many for their edibility and health benefits. These, however, represent only a few of more than 3,000 plants and 600 macroalgal species in British Columbia. Ethnobotany studies the relationship between plants and people and, not surprising here on the coast, plants played an important role in the health and wellness of First Nations. A wide variety of flowers, shrubs and trees were consumed, aided in medicinal treatments or provided raw materials to make tools for hunting and fishing.

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Common camas, a member of the lily family, is found in a relatively small area of Vancouver Island, predominantly in Garry Oak meadows. The bulb of the plant was tremendously important for WSANEC people, providing a carbohydrate to accompany their diet heavy in fish and meat. In order to avoid gathering the bulbs of death camas – a toxic relative – bulbs were collected immediately after the plants flowered; death camas has white flowers, whereas common camas has pale- to deep-blue blooms. Salal is a common evergreen shrub with delicate pink flowers and dark purple berries found throughout Vancouver Island and most of coastal B.C. A common plant with plentiful berries, it's no surprise they were enjoyed by all coastal First Nations. Think berries three ways: fresh, dried into cakes to enjoy in winter and, more recently, jams and jellies. For some First Nations, they were used as a sweetener and the Haida used them to thicken salmon eggs. Oceanspray: this four-metre-tall shrub's name to some degree misrepresents its habitat. Though found along coastal bluffs, it also flourishes at mid-elevation open woods, ravine edges and logged areas. This plant's fruiting clusters were boiled and used to treat diarrhea, however a more significant use for the oceanspray shrub was for making hunting and fishing tools. Also known as "ironwood," the incredibly firm wood of oceanspray becomes even more solid when heated, making it perfect for constructing digging sticks, harpoons, and bows and arrows. The WSANEC used this wood to make salmon-barbecuing sticks and halibut hooks. To learn more about the traditional uses of local plants, pick up a copy of Food Plants of Coastal First Peoples by Dr. Nancy Turner or Saanich Ethnobotany, Culturally Important Plants of the WSANEC People co-authored by Dr. Nancy Turner and Dr. Richard Hebda. Photo credit left to right: Common camas, Beeran Photography; Salal, Beeran Photography; Oceanspray, Tina Kelly.

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This is part of a rotating series of articles on members of Sidney Meet Up, featuring people in business on the Saanich Peninsula. Ingrid Jarisz is a familiar and trusted name in real estate here on the Saanich Peninsula, currently working with Newport Realty and Christie's International Real Estate. I recently had the chance to ask Ingrid a few questions about her work and who she is as a professional. Ingrid, what is it that you are most proud of as a professional, and in your daily work? Becoming an independent Realtor was one of the most rewarding yet challenging ventures I've ever undertaken. I always knew I had that entrepreneurial spirit but until you take the leap, you don't know what you are able to accomplish. Building my brand and reputation and being recognized as a leader in my industry is what I am most proud of. What is the most satisfying part of your job? I love people and being part of their journey through real estate, as well as getting to know them throughout this sometimes very stressful process. Whether it is a first-time homebuyer or seasoned seller, the variety of people and properties is what keeps it interesting and challenging for me every day. What community work do you enjoy the most? Being part of the community is very important to me. Getting involved with helping to shape and improve the lives around me is what keeps me committed to working with various local agencies including the United Way, HeroWork, 100 Peninsula Women Who Care, Habitat for Humanity, Team4Hope, and many other worthy causes. What impression do you hope to leave clients with? Acting with respect and integrity are some of the most important aspects of my interactions with my clients. The feedback I probably hear most often is that clients know and appreciate how hard working and dedicated I am to them. They also notice my personable approach and genuine, caring and patient persona. Are there professional goals you feel you have not yet achieved that you continue to strive toward? With my background as a legal assistant, and the opportunity to work the past 20-plus years with the Jawl family (Jawl Development), I feel I am at the pinnacle of my career, which has provided me with the experience, confidence and knowledge to achieve a high standard as a real estate professional. Having said that, this industry is always changing and improving to keep pace with professional standards, ethics and technology. Gone are the days when you could just put out a For Sale sign on the front lawn and expect it to sell; I think that is what keeps me striving to stay ahead of the game, using my creativity and ingenuity to continue to improve and achieve my Gold MLS Awards standing. For more information visit

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ignition Buying and owning a car has become increasingly complicated, so Seaside has decided to lend a hand! With the assistance of OK Tire, this month we turn on the Ignition for our readers.

A Healthy Vehicle Has a Happy Owner by Ed Wignall

There are four services a vehicle

service facility should provide: diagnostic, inspection, maintenance and repair. In this article we will concentrate on the maintenance of your vehicle. As space does not provide for a complete list of all requirements, the following is a general guideline only. As reported by Lloyd Robertson on CTV News, the average Canadian family spends $35.71 of every $100 of net income on their vehicle. This number includes all costs including purchase, fuel and insurance as well as regular maintenance. As this is a significant amount, it makes sense to properly maintain a vehicle to make it last as long as possible. Regular maintenance as listed in your owner's manual provides a guideline to procedures required for your specific vehicle's good health. To maintain a new vehicle warranty, you must be able to prove that these services have been performed. Returning to the dealership is not required, as most reputable service facilities keep a computer record of services performed. As you would try to remain with one doctor for consistency of diagnoses, you should also remain with one service provider for the life of your vehicle. By doing so, a history of repairs can be maintained and future repairs can often be predicted. Most repair shops have required warranty services on their computer

program. A reputable shop will represent the customer's best interest, thus saving the vehicle owner time and money. With proper maintenance, modern vehicles last much longer than vehicles of old. The average Canadian vehicle is over 11 years old, with owners spending an average of $1,384 per year on maintenance. With the current trend to self serve fuel, the regular check of fluids like oil is often ignored. Regular maintenance by changing the oil and oil filter every 5,000 km or three months only partially fulfills warranty requirement for most manufacturers. Additional routine checks should also be performed to assure safety as well as warranty requirements. Other items inspected may include fluid levels, brake condition, tire condition, suspension and drive train. An inspection report should be provided upon completion of the service and a discussion on possible further repairs needed should be had. Most reputable service providers can take the stress out of vehicle ownership with consistent reliable service to maintain the vehicle, whether in warranty or long after the warranty has expired. Ed Wignall is a retired automotive teacher and service writer at OK Tire. Questions or feedback? Contact him via

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to the firm as an Associate Lawyer Chris was born and raised in North Saanich. After obtaining his Bachelor of Science (Hon.) and Juris Doctor from the University of Victoria, he moved to Calgary to work at a large national firm. After five years away, Chris moved back to the West Coast last year and couldn’t be happier. Called to the Alberta bar in 2011 and the British Columbia bar in 2015, Chris maintains a broad practice with particular expertise in facilitating all aspects of private business transactions, as well as the establishment and ongoing management of corporations. He also practices in the areas of real estate, estate planning and estate administration. Chris prides himself on his strategic foresight and attention to detail, and strives at all times to anticipate the issues which may impact his clients as they manage their affairs. Chris recently became a director of the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre and is looking forward to giving back to the community he grew up in. He lives in Ardmore with his wife Paige and two young sons. When not in the office, Chris can usually be found puttering around the yard or out and about with his family. Chris is welcoming new clients and looks forward to continuing to build on his existing relationships on the Peninsula and throughout Southern Vancouver Island.

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Sleepless in Saanichton by Dr. Shelley Breadner

On these cool winter nights,

it is comforting to pull the blankets up and be warm and safe. What could be better than cuddling in with your feline, or sharing morning stretches with your dog? Is it okay to allow your pet to sleep in bed with you? There may be many opinions around the water cooler at work, but it is not so black and white. What side of the bed are you on? Pets bring us comfort, and improve our physical and mental health. Having a pet to sleep with can allow us to feel safer, happier and more relaxed. Some people have difficulty sleeping when they are away from their pets, even for one night. The NO Side: If you don't want your pet sleeping with you, be sure to start out that way with them. Cats are nocturnal and are often interested in getting up too early in the morning for breakfast or birdcalls. They are all or nothing about being on the bed, so if you don't want your cats sleeping with you, keep them out of the bedroom. If you have allergies, this means zero tolerance for pets in the bedroom. This, along with a HEPA filter, may be enough to allow your pet to live with you without overwhelming your allergies. If you are a light sleeper, a snoring hound or meowing cat can lead to chronic sleep deprivation for their humans. This has many workand health-related consequences. Cats may become demanding and aggressive to their sleeping owners when they want something such as food or attention. The last thing one wants is a face scratched or nose bitten for not getting their telepathic message in your dreams. Some dogs will guard their sleeping space, and once on the bed,

claim this for their own. They may growl or display aggression with the person whose bed it is, or to another family member when they enter the room. In these cases, it is always advised that the dog have a sleeping area outside the bedrooms and away from family members. The YES Side: If your dog is always responsive to moving for you, and is not a restless sleeper or bed hog, then no more guilty feelings about this one. By all means, they can sleep on the bed! If your cat is a cuddler, let their purr help soothe you to sleep. If your pets are allowed outdoors, be sure to have them on a flea prevention program so that you and your bed don't get infested. If your pet likes to stretch out and take up most of the bed, consider getting a larger bed, or change your sleeping location. Wait a minute … should that be the other way around? After all, whose bed is it? Often having a comfortable sleeping area nearby will make the adjustment fairly smooth, after a few restless nights during the transition. We don't get many calls to help people get their pets to sleep in the bed with them, but we do get lots about how to get them out! If you are Sleepless on the Peninsula, we can help get you on your way to a good night's sleep. Who knew veterinarians could be good sleep therapists?

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New Ownership Fans of Sidney's Lolly Gobble Sweet Shop will be interested to know that the store is under new ownership. Ron Buschgens recently moved here from Australia, and is excited to be both living in Sidney and a part of our retail community. Welcome, Ron! Lolly Gobble is located at 9774 - A Third Street. Find out more about what's in store online at, or call 778-426-2541.

New Business House of Lily Koi Luxury Consignment & Wardrobe Service is a new consignment boutique in Sidney. Professional image consultant, wardrobe specialist and stylist Shai offers private consultations and makeovers tailored to create a look that is uniquely you! You'll find Shai, and HLK, at 2507 - C Beacon Avenue (entrance on 2nd Street). You can also follow them on Facebook for updates on what's new.

Trudi Jones Interior Design has just opened up shop locally. Trudi comes from a background in construction, in which she worked alongside her husband, Alan Jones, for over 30 years. During that time she helped with interior design for clients and also oversaw personal projects. Trudi has built up a significant resource pool of trades and suppliers, and has recently completed her schooling in interior design. She looks forward to working with clients to help identify which ideas will work for them to create flow and harmony. To contact Trudi, call 250-213-7508 or contact her via email at

Expansion Thanks to the generous support of the community, Everything Old Canada has expanded their retail space! They have many new items on display, and a new upstairs gallery to peruse. Visit them in Brentwood Bay to see all their furniture and huge

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Business Helping Business Beacon Landing Liquor Store is now selling Category 12 Brewing beers. Get your new favourite local beer right in Sidney, and support two local businesses at the same time!


Signs of Summer Exciting news from the Sidney Business Improvement Area Society! For the first time, residents can participate in the Summer Banner Program. Previously a sponsorship opportunity open only to businesses and not-for-profit organizations, the colourful banners line the streets of Sidney between April and October, and this year will depict a 1930s photo of Sidney along with a modernday image. The cost of sponsoring a

banner is $175 each or $295 for two. Interested local residents are encouraged to sign up quickly, as there are a limited number of banners available. At the end of the season, banners will be returned to their sponsors, or donated to a special recycling program to be transformed into colourful bags for charitable fundraising. For more information, or to register for the program, contact Donna Petrie at or 250-893-0093.


Water Works The Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre will be hosting a special day of learning about our local watershed at an event called Watershed Wonders. Join them on Friday, February 19th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a day of activities, presentations, guest speakers and demonstrators. Learn what a watershed is, who lives there and how to protect it. You can read more about this educational family event at www., or call them directly at 250-665-7111.

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Victoria Film Festival Returns to Star Cinema The Victoria Film Festival is back to chase away your February greys with a return to Sidney. After the smashing success of the 2015 lineup, the VFF is bringing more must-see films to the Star Cinema in February 2016. With multiple sellouts during the 2015 Festival – including local film Seventy-One Years, Boychoir, and All the Time in the World –

2016 promises to be another exciting year. For the 22nd annual Victoria Film Festival, a selection of 12 films will screen at Sidney's Star Cinema during the week of February 5th to February 11th. Kicking off with Canadian director Patricia Rozema's latest film Into the Forest starring Ellen Page, Evan Rachel Wood and Callum Keith Rennie, the week

continues with a variety of Canadian and international titles. If you'd like to explore the life of one of Canada's iconic poets, catch the documentary Al Purdy Was Here, from Maclean's film critic and first-time director Brian D. Johnson. Johnson will be attending the screening with a Q&A following the screening.

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From the French Canadian Wave there is The Heart of Mrs. Sabali and the opening Gala film, My Internship in Canada – the latest from Philippe Falardeau (Monsieur Lazhar). Exploring families, The Steps takes viewers to rural Ontario and Lost and Found examines the debris from the 2011 Japanese tsunami on the west coast of Canada. Local filmmaker Patricia Sims has the hometown premiere of her documentary, When Elephants Were Young. If you're looking for something for the young ones, there's Oddball, about an eccentric Australian family and their dog. Explore grief with wide-open eyes in the powerfully acted Five Nights in Maine, with Oscar-nominated actor David Oyelowo and Dianne Wiest. Get a glimpse into the future of "partnering up" with the criticallyacclaimed film The Lobster. Tickets can be purchased at the Victoria Film Festival box office at 1215 Blanshard Street, online at boxoffice.victoriafilmfestival. com, or over the phone at 250-389-0444. The Victoria Film Festival is Vancouver Island's largest and longest-running film festival. Celebrating 22 years, the Victoria Film Festival screens over 150 films over 10 days. With a selection of films from local, Canadian and international filmmakers, the Festival offers a variety of films for every taste. Special Programs include Canadian Wave, French Canadian Wave, Indigenous, Asian and World Perspective, the Festival brings the world of film to Victoria.

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Sandy Bligh and Diane Thorp will once again be setting up their studio at Tulista. The artists have a number of their works on display during the week. Come see the techniques they use to create their work.

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Warm Up to An Old Favourite: The Rumrunner Pub & Restaurant by Lara Gladych

This is the fourth in a six-part series of profiles featuring some of the Saanich Peninsula's wonderful restaurants and pubs. The bustle of the holidays has died down, and we've officially entered the lull of winter that comes with January. The pace at Port Sidney isn't what you'd find in the busy summer months, but it still has that beautiful seaside quality that lures us throughout the year. The same can be said for the Rumrunner

Pub & Restaurant. The draw in January is that it has a warm, rustic, familiar appeal that is inviting on a cold, bright, post-Christmas day such as this, and that mesmerizing ocean view we can't get enough of. There's something very cozy and hearthlike about the Pub on a crisp winter afternoon. People come in with heavy coats, and are greeted by a warm fireplace. They order heartier, more substantial comfort foods than usual to ward off the cold.

As owner Bill Singer has remarked in the past, the view outside is like an everchanging piece of art. The Rumrunner in wintertime is a place to warm up, shake off the chill and absorb the ocean, island and mountain views. There's no rush here, so just relax and take it in. Bill and I meet at the bar, where I often find him conversing with friends. He is, as always, a cordial and welcoming host. He suggests that we take a table, but I have the

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idea that writing from the viewpoint of the bar would be a nice change. I peruse the menu; there's an enticing array of seafood dishes and other classic pub foods. I order the nachos: the quintessential bar food. Sometimes it's fun to order an old standby. Bill leaves me momentarily. His longtime customer and friend, Peter Chance, and I strike up a friendly conversation. Peter has known Bill since his days at the Snug, at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel, and after all these years, Peter still comes in to the Rumrunner to see Bill regularly. "I've known him for a long time," he says pensively, then grins, "and he's been good. He's a genial and generous host, for whom I have great respect." My order is placed on the bar top in front of me, along with a sleeve of Blue Buck. Really good nachos, strangely, can be hard to come by. A good indicator to me that they've been carefully prepared is when no chip has been left untouched by cheese and toppings. This order hits the mark: each bite is full of

cheesy, flavourful goodness. I take a second look over the menu. It's an appetizing, seafood-heavy selection, though

The menu is an appetizing, seafoodheavy selection (including celiacfriendly fish and chips), and there's something for all palates, even the kids! there's something for all palates. There's a children's menu, incidentally, and celiacfriendly fish and chips, as always. When Bill returns we talk a bit about how much the business front has changed in this part of Sidney since my last visit. New businesses have moved in and brought with them a new crowd of fresh faces and vigour. It's

a welcome change for Bill, who is delighted to have neighbours. "There's a higher presence, and the buildings are being brought back and refinished. It raises the profile of the whole site." An onslaught of foot traffic will be the natural result of the new developments on Seaport Place. There's a new distillery coming in next door, which is something else to look forward to. "People beget people," Bill says. I rattle off some questions for him, just for fun, starting with: "What's the best sunny cold day meal at the Rumrunner?" to which he responds: "Calamari, a burger and a Lighthouse IPA. This beer cleanses your palate and keeps tastes fresh." Best February rainy day meal? Seafood chowder and the Asian Jumbo Shrimp Salad, with a glass of either pinot gris or sauvignon blanc. Bill's other favourite choice for a rainy winter day would be the baked onion soup and a pot pie. Hearty and comforting. Come in and warm up. For more information visit

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reconnect Yoga classes bring a whole range of physical, mental, spiritual and emotional benefits, offering a holistic approach to exercise. The community studio located in Brentwood Bay offers different styles and levels of yoga to nourish your body with what you physically or mentally need. Dropin fees or value packages make it easy and affordable to participate within a busy lifestyle. This is a perfect gift for yourself and the ones you love. Drop-in class $16; memberships: see website for details.

RELAX Instant body relaxation and stress relief are just one of the several health benefits of epsom salt. Reset your mind by soaking in the tub and adding some Epsom salt and drops of essential oils like lavender. One of the easiest and most affordable ways to relax. Natural sea sponge $6.80; Aroma Force lavender oil $12.99 for 15ml; Epsom salt (Bulk) $0.67/100g. Sidney Natural Foods 2473 Beacon Avenue, Sidney 250.656.4634

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release An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but sometimes it takes a little more help to keep mind and body on the right path. Health starts with the right mindset and a partner who supports you. Reach Health's Lisa Cumberland, R.TCMP, has what it takes. Her gentle approach helps in releasing everyday stress and tension but also aids in the relief of chronic pain and improvement in mental health. Initial consultation is free! Reach Health 102 - 9710 Second St, Sidney

retreat Walking through the gardens of the Horiculture Centre of the Pacific is like a mini retreat. From the hands-on Children's Garden to the Zen Zone with the largest Bonsai Garden in Canada, you will find something to inspire you during your visit. Workshops and events like the Annual Arts and Music summer festival make it easy to opt for an annual membership. It's a wellkept secret and one of the best outdoor sanctuaries on the Peninsula for a picnic or just a cup of tea, with yourself or company. Admission, non-members $11/adult; memberships $45/adult to $55/couple. For senior and student prices see the website. Horticulture Centre of the Pacific 505 Quayle Rd, Victoria

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Visit Sidney's HeadWay Health Fair 2016, a showcase of helpful fitness, health and wellness information. Gain useful tips and practices to be a healthier you. Communicate with over 60 exhibitors and interesting presenters. This is a great opportunity to invite your best friends and family to connect with healthcare providers in our community. Tickets $7.



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Live on a Boat Story by Barry Mathias | Photography by

Ever wanted to live on a boat? I ponder this question as I "battle my way" (definitely a landlubber's expression) along a seemingly endless dock, one of five, at the Van Isle Marina. I pass dozens of large vessels, each securely moored in its own slip; as it's December, the few

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inhabitants of this stationary armada are all wise enough to stay inside and avoid the pounding rain and turbulent wind. I'm greatly relieved to reach "Arctic Viking," the home of Jocelyn and Trevor Rod, and be welcomed aboard as I enter into their warm, snug saloon. "The boat is a 40-foot Nordhavn," says Jocelyn. It's a strongly-built vessel with a pilothouse that gives it a tugboat appearance. "There are six other Nordhavn boats in this marina; we share a passion." On either side of the door is matching white seating, providing comfort with storage areas beneath. "This is the lounge area," she says, pointing to an L-shaped settee with an ingenious matching stool. When the padded top is removed a table is revealed, and when that is removed a space for shoes is revealed. "We had a craftsman build it, but the rest of the interior is mostly how we found it," says Jocelyn. The boat, launched in 2002, has four previous owners, although it looks brand new. Windows surround this social area, providing natural light and interesting views of the marina. To the right is the dining area: comfortable seating around three sides of a solid table with a thick wooden rim to protect meals from being dashed to the floor in storms. The walls, cupboards and trim are in a high-gloss rich brown wood, and the use of space has been very well planned. "You really have to like each other to live in a small space," Jocelyn smiles. "We used to live in a 7,000-square-foot house on six acres, before we bought this boat in March." They had always intended to buy a boat, but had planned for a time after Trevor, Jocelyn's

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48-year-old husband, had retired. "He's a pilot for WestJet, and I work for Pacific Coastal Airlines. We don't see a lot of each other when we're both working." In their former life, they ran a business in Qualicum Beach: a retreat bed-and-breakfast for women that focused on four-day craft courses. "We grew the business. Soon, we were booked up a year in advance." The pair had no problem selling Wyldflower B&B and moved down to Sidney, where they bought Arctic Viking. "It's named after my husband, who is 6'2", and is distantly related to Eric the Red." Jocelyn agrees that both of them are: "definitely planners." A curved, wooden-paneled counter with a ceramic top delineates the corner kitchen. It has two stainless steel sinks above a variety of drawers and cupboards. Inside the kitchen space is a propane stove and oven, which Jocelyn says is "too small to cook a turkey." A stainless steel dishwasher and a double fridge complete the ground space, with an inset microwave at eye level. The large fire extinguisher on the wall is a reminder that fire is always a concern at sea. Right of the kitchen is a four-step staircase with two large built-in stainless steel freezers on the other side. "We want to travel and see as much of the world as possible, and this boat can do a full circuit navigation of the earth. When we go on this voyage, we will be taking our home with us!" Above the freezers is a large flat television pointing towards SEASIDE HOMES | february 2016 | WWW.SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 55

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the lounge area, with an expensive amplification system. There are discreet pot lights and lamps, and the emphasis is on comfort and a lack of clutter. The selection of navigation books and photographs of family add a homely touch. "We have two children from Trevor's first marriage," Jocelyn says. "They are 21 and 15, and when they stay, the boat comes alive." As we go up the short staircase, she points to a glass display that provides a clear indication of the remaining water in the port and starboard tanks. "We use a fraction of the water we used to use in our house." While electricity is supplied to the boat at a cost of between $20 and $50 a month, the couple has to connect their own water pipe to a nearby faucet when needed. "We have two heating systems and air conditioning, powered by electricity or diesel. It's very cheap." Jocelyn explains that they chose their mooring because "it's quiet, protected from the worst of the storms, and swans and seals visit us. We pay moorage fees by the year, and a live-aboard fee of $225 per month. All in all, it works out at about $1,000 per month. It's very economical." Upstairs is the pilothouse: an impressive high-tech space with a large silver wheel, ship-to-shore radio, gleaming apparatus and large radar and television screens. It's an ideal nautical cockpit for a pilot, with wide windows allowing all-round vision. For long voyages, there is a fixed table with a long bench seat, and behind is a raised bed allowing one to be sleeping while the other is on duty. "We wear radio earphones at sea, so we are always in contact with each other." Down a short staircase and to our left is the immaculate engine room stretching to the back of the boat; it controls the fuel, water and electrical systems. You need to have mechanical knowledge to operate this vessel. "Prior to this, the biggest boat I'd been on was a canoe!" Jocelyn laughs. She's obviously a quick learner.

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Next door is a tasteful two-bunk bedroom with cupboards and modern portholes. "Ideal for when the children come to stay." Opposite, the washroom is surprisingly spacious, with toilet, sink and walk-in shower. The shower has a seat that is useful in rough weather. Finally, we come to the master bedroom. This is a welcoming, wood-paneled room that is wide at the door end, with attractive fixed cupboards providing useful surfaces, built-in wardrobes and discreet lighting. A large double bed faces the door, and the space on either side narrows with the shape of the boat, giving it a womb-like feeling. "The bed suits me," Jocelyn says, "but is only just big enough for Trevor." "It's a very well-planned boat, although I miss my bubble bath, and the large washer/dryer takes about four hours to complete its cycle." They have kept their apartment in Victoria, which they rent out, but their world cruise is their dream. "We go out on two- to four-day voyages, and have been to Gabriola and other islands, all part of getting to know the boat. In January we travel to Seattle for the Boat Show," Jocelyn says. "In April, the boat's one-year anniversary, we're going to Princess Louisa Inlet, with Desolation Sound next on the list." "We've had a lively month," she admits. "Things like head issues and water pumps go wrong on a boat." She praises Philbrooks Boat Yard Ltd., the nautical servicing firm. "We have a good relationship with them." Living aboard is not for everyone, but if you want to see the world on a reasonable budget, then this is the life for you.

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seaside arts scene by Gillian Crowley Is there something happening in the Peninsula or Gulf Islands Art Scene we should know about? Email It's leap year, which gives us an extra day this month to enjoy music, film and the visual arts.

Film Festival at the Star Cinema Here's your chance to see a number of the Victoria Film Festival offerings in nearby Sidney. This year the Star Cinema will be showing 11 films, from documentaries to comedies and dramas, including several B.C. premieres. Block out the week to enjoy the diversity of cinematic arts available. Details at February 5th at 7 p.m: Into the Forest. February 6th at 3 p.m: Le Coeur de Madame Sabali; at 7 p.m: Al Purdy Was Here. February 7th at 3 p.m: Oddball; at 7 p.m: My Internship in Canada. February 8th at 7 p.m: When Elephants Were Young

(local director Patricia Sims). February 9th at 3 p.m: Five Nights in Maine; at 7 p.m: The Lobster (Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize Winner). February 10th at 3 p.m: Miss India America; at 7 p.m: A Month of Sundays. February 11th at 3 p.m: The Steps; at 7 p.m: Lost and Found (after Japan's 2011 tsunami).

George Canyon Hurtin' songs and cowboy boots just naturally go together. Get your hit of country music from Canadian country legend and multiple JUNO Award winner George Canyon. He'll be sharing new music with his fans as well as classic crowd favourites at the Charlie White Theatre. Hear some of the latest songs from his new album I Got This. Monday, February 8th at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: Mary Winspear Centre.

Deep Cove Folk Club – West My Friend The foursome West My Friend creates an acoustic blend of instruments and four-part

harmonies that challenge the conventions of popular music. Described as everything from indie-roots to chamber-folk, the group's performances are engaging and innovative. West My Friend is part of the new generation of grass-roots folk music taking off in Victoria, Vancouver and across British Columbia. "Quirky and tight," says Valdy. Friday, February 12th, doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $7 at the door. St. John's United Church – 10990 West Saanich Road.

Winter Journeys – Via Choralis Forget the weather and let Via Choralis warm your hearts with songs for a winter afternoon. Their 30 voices will celebrate music by Canadian composers Eleanor Daley, Mark Sirett, Nicholas Fairbank and Kathleen Allen, by the Australian Dan Walker, and also music for travelling by Cherubini and Lili Boulanger. The Sequoia Women's Ensemble will be part of the program. Relatively new to

Victoria's choral scene, this nine-member group will delight with their close harmonies and eclectic repertoire. Sunday, February 21st at 2:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth's Church, 10030 Third Street, Sidney.

Artists' Work on Display Kathy Cameron's whimsical creations will bring a smile on your face with small originals of ravens, fellow birds and flights of fancy at the Village Gallery in Sidney. During your visit you can enjoy local photographic seascapes by Sue Ferguson and Glenn Wainman. These join other Vancouver Island artists who convey a variety of artistic visions at the Gallery.

Changes at CACSP A fond farewell to Frankie Allen, executive director of the Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula as she takes the next step in her career. And a warm w elcome to new administrative assistant, Brenda Milne.

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Islands are often surprised and delighted by the variety and population of the wild animals that inhabit them, although the word "wild" might, sometimes, be confused with domesticated, or even farmed. A visitor's first interaction is often with the native black tail deer or, on Mayne Island, the non-native fallow deer. These attractive creatures will happily pose for photographs on steep, winding roads, adding unforeseen adventures for those who are compelled to stop and record everything. Taking pictures of the police station later is not encouraged. Deer can be found enjoying high-quality food in manicured gardens, lined up like the recipients of a food kitchen outside certain houses, or playing "dare" at busy intersections. As hunting is banned, their numbers rise and fall at the whim of the motorized vehicle, combined with the fawns' lack of parental control. These are docile creatures, although stags do break out of their rut occasionally. Raccoons are great favourites on the other side of glass and on other people's properties. These gangster look-alikes, with their dexterous hands, approach closed bins like safebreakers without explosives. Although recent immigrants, these omnivores have adapted to the menus of the Islands, and there has been a noticeable diminution in feral cats. Llamas, usually kept as farm animals, can present an interesting challenge to walkers on lonely lanes. A while ago, a large individual on Saturna would often block a narrow path and stare at advancing walkers with unblinking eyes; their decision was either to pass in front and risk being spat on, or get knee-capped from behind. This idiosyncratic creature is rumored to have met its demise in a neckripping confrontation with a wolf. For many months, this news-grabbing wolf would, without the use of a ferry, travel back and forth between Saturna and Mayne, outwitting numerous hunting expeditions. Eventually, to the relief of horse owners and farmers, and the laments of the media, Canis lupus was forced to take early retirement. Another fairly recent arrival is the alpaca, a South American settler. It is a politer and smaller version of the llama; it spits 64 SEASIDE | february 2016

less and offers the expensive possibility of warm, exotic clothing. While not so good as a beast of burden, it shares the llama's remarkable dexterity for uninhibited lower jaw movement – truly a dentist's nightmare! The rat, mankind's historical adversary, is rumored to have taken up residence in Island homes in the last few decades. Those who rent their property as "vacant" are, understandably, unhappy about this possibility. Most people do not want to contemplate the fact that there are two separate versions: the black rat Rattus rattus, a name much beloved by little boys, and the brown rat, Rattus norvegicus, which is virtually unpronounceable. Its eradication does, however, provide yet another form of Island employment, besides getting rid of ants, hornets and mosquitoes. The Islands attract visitors, although we are long past the time when an athletic cougar or an ambitious brown bear might try to rediscover his ancestor's hunting grounds. However, I live in hope.

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Peninsula Panthers Playoffs Imminent - It’s Crunch Time

The Peninsula Panthers Hockey Club has played 44 of their 48-game Regular Season, but all the chips are still on the table. Final South Division standings have yet to be decided and each game has significant implications as to whom the “Cats” first-round playoff opponent might be. This is the way hockey was meant to be in a season where parity is leaking out of every crack in the boards. It is a great time to be a fan. It is a great time to be a Peninsula Panther! An extremely young squad started this current campaign back on September 4th and although they won their season opener that evening against the visiting Saanich Braves, they struggled for many of the next 20 games. On November 11th, before an afternoon Remembrance Day game against those same Braves, the Club had only garnered six wins in 22 games. Management had predicted the slow start, however they had also stated all along that it would take time for the youngest team in Junior Hockey in British Columbia to find their footing. And that they did! The Club went on a run through the VIJHL, knocking off opponents and closing the gap on the League as they moved their way up in the standings. The rise was remarkable and exciting for fans and players alike.

With a flurry of wins, comes expectations - something that every single sports organization understands and appreciates. Leading the South Division of the VIJHL is the Victoria Cougars, a Club that is the toast of the League as the Regular Season comes to a close. The Cougars will go up against the team that finishes in 4th place in the South Division and that could be the Kerry Park Islanders, Westshore Wolves or Peninsula Panthers. The 2nd and 3rd place Clubs will face each other in the other first round match-up in the South, a situation in which all three teams want to see themselves. “The music is playing and three are in the game of musical chairs,” said Panthers’ General Manager and Owner Pete Zubersky. “There are only two chairs. When the music stops, one of the three will be left standing and they will be going up against the Cougars in the first round. We have such a young Club and I really believe that we need to get some playoff experience under our belt before we face them. We have played them tough all season long and we would relish a chance to play them in the playoffs, but would rather get some games in before going head-to-head. We will be ready to go no matter how the cards fall.” Standings as of January 21, 2016

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After a slow start to the season, a youthful squad has found traction as of late and have been coming up all smiles. But the real hockey has yet to be played, the post-season is lurking just around the corner. The Peninsula Panthers will play three of their final four games in the friendly confines of the Panorama Recreation Centre, their home and a place where the Club feels extremely comfortable. They will host the Victoria Cougars on February 5th, a real measuring stick for the youthful group who will tangle with a much older and experienced team. “We have one player from out of the Greater Victoria area and our average age is probably under 18 years old,” said Zubersky. “They have a Club that averages out over 19 years old and the vast majority come from all over North America. I always tell our kids that we are lucky that they put together such a strong Club to play us,” he said with a chuckle. The Panthers will play the Westshore Wolves in a home-and-home series during the second week of February before finishing off at home against the North Island Oceanside Generals. On February 12th when the Wolves come into town, a very special evening is planned, one that most fans will not want to miss. The Panthers will be wearing a special 3rd jersey for the night, a game which is being dubbed, “Fan and Peninsula Minor Hockey Appreciation Night.” Once the game is in the books, an on-ice ceremony will take place at which time the jerseys will be gifted to lucky winners, PMHA players and fans in attendance. Peden RV Superstore is the sponsor for the game and a one-week trailer rental will be drawn on-ice after the jerseys are handed out. Fans must be in attendance to be a winner for all on-ice draws. There is more! Craig Smith, Executive Director for “Help Fill a Dream” Foundation will make a very special presentation during the 1st intermission of the game. A young person, who has been identified by the Foundation will be present at the game however, he/she will have no idea that they will be the recipient in the exciting “Reveal.” This will undoubtedly be the most special night of the season and a game that most fans will not want to miss. Yes, it is crunch time for the “Cats.” “We are looking forward to the challenge of the final games of the Regular Season and of course the rigors of going into the playoffs,” said Zubersky. We do not have the experience, but to a man, we are primed and ready to compete.”

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Panthers’ Captain and 20-year-old Spencer Loverock led a trio of Peninsula Panthers into the VIJHL All-Star game on a Sunday afternoon on January 17, 2016. Joining the VIJHL’s best-skating defenceman, were forwards Cam Thompson and Grayden Hohl. Panthers’ silky-smooth forward Trevor Owens had also been a selection to the game however, an injury in a game against the Nanaimo Buccaneers the previous night forced him to withdraw from the affair. A banquet was held prior to the game, which was hosted by the Westshore Wolves and played at the Q-Centre. The North and South Division selections were introduced and each player received his jersey. The players for the two Clubs made their usual preparations and then it Visit our was out for the pre-game warmup, something that was as natural for them as putting on a shirt each morning. At 5:00 pm, “We have several kids the Captains came to centre ice for the ceremonial puck drop and then it was down to business. The South was on the Club who have an determined to avenge a loss from the All-Star game last opportunity to move on to season and it would be the trio of Peninsula Panthers much higher levels, and who would lead the way in an amazing 14-5 win for the Cam Thompson showed South Division. And the day would belong to one of that he is one of them.” the youngest players in the contest, Cam Thompson. Pete Zubersky, The skilled and offensively-talented Panthers’ forward General Manager / Owner was the stick that stirred the drink for the South Division, racking up an impressive three goals, three assists for a six point night. Loverock raced up and down the ice while Hohl had a big night chipping in with four assists. But it was Thompson who had everyone at the Q-Centre buzzing. The youngster has his sights on an NCAA ride, and nights like Sunday won’t hurt the cause.

Puck drops Fridays at 7:30 p.m.

vs. Victoria Cougars vs. Westshore Wolves vs. Oceanside Generals AWARDS BANQUET - 6 pm Public Welcome - Tickets available


website: #7, 17-year-old Cam Thompson is pictured wheeling through the neutral zone in the VIJHL All-Star Game at the Q-Centre on Jan. 17, 2016. Thompson, Panthers’ Captain #18, 20-year-old Spencer Loverock, and #11, 19-year-old Grayden Hohl (below) represented the Peninsula Panthers at the game. All three played a significant role in a South Division victory.

Peninsula Panthers Annual Awards Banquet

Saturday, February 20, 2016 at the Glen Meadows Golf & Country Club Refreshments 5:00 p.m. Dinner 6:00 p.m. As the Club closes in on the final game of the regular season and looks forward to the post-season, they also have a focus on their annual Awards Banquet. The night is a real highlight of the season and a chance for family, friends and fans to come out and mingle with the players and management of the Peninsula Panthers. The evening always proves to be one packed with laughs and emotions as stories of the season gone by are discussed. Tickets are available for purchase at any Peninsula Panthers’ home games at the ticketing table located in the Lobby during the intermissions.

Last season’s winner of the Steve Simpson Memorial Trophy was Drayson Lum, pictured above with Head Coach, Rob Mortin.

Photos by Gordon Lee Photography

AWARDS TO BE PRESENTED: Most Improved Player Community Leadership Volunteer of the Year Top Scorer Most Sportsmanlike Player Unsung Hero Best Defenceman Steve Simpson Memorial Fan Favourite Rookie of the Year Most Valuable Player Top Playoff Performer



w h at ' s h a p p e n i n g February 3 - 6

Parkland Secondary School's Musical Theatre Program Presents: Legally Blonde 7 p.m. at Parkland Theatre 10640 McDonald Park Rd, North Saanich 250.655.2736

Since September, Parkland students in grades 9-12 have been very busy preparing for an exciting show run of "Legally Blonde, the Musical!" Based on the popular movie from 2001, the storyline explores the character of Elle Woods, a California sorority girl who follows her heart and ends up studying law at Harvard University! Almost 80 students are involved in this production and they appreciate the community's support! Tickets are $13 each and are available in advance at the School office or by calling the number above.

February 7

"Musicians for Refugees" Benefit Concert 3 p.m. at St. John's United Church 10990 West Saanich Rd, North Saanich |

The Saanich Peninsula Refugee Initiative Group (SPRIG) is holding a benefit concert featuring the West Coast Chamber Players and the Sooke Harbour String Quartet. Tickets are $25 and are available at Tanner's Books. For more infor, visit the website above. February 9

Presentation: Our Crowded Planet – What is the Future? Salt Spring Island Public Library, 7 to 9 p.m.

Dr. Hans Tammemagi will describe how the ever-growing human population is the most significant factor shaping the world today. In spite of its critical importance, population is virtually ignored in government policies. This presentation discusses population and its impacts and shatters two major myths. Bottom line: population growth is more serious than commonly perceived. Hans has penned 10 books and is a former adjunct professor in environmental sciences. February 15

Fables in February: Stories at Fern St. 7:15 p.m. at 1831 Fern St. (Park on Begbie.) 250.477.7044 |

The Victoria Storytellers Guild welcomes you to hear and tell stories! Admission $5; students $3 (includes tea and goodies). "For people who love to tell stories, For people who love to listen, For people of all ages."

Attention Saanich Peninsula Charities The Foundation is Currently Accepting Grant Applications Deadline is Feb. 29th, 2016 Please Visit

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Orchids for Valentine's Day What to give that special person for Valentine's Day this February? Why not an orchid? Moth orchids (phalaenopsis hybrids) are easy to grow, and their beautiful pendulous stalks covered in a dozen or so wide, mothlike flowers are a common sight today. They are of course not the only orchid variety, and given that there are around 30,000 species of orchid known to date, there is still a good deal of variety for the customer to choose from. What a perfect gift for that significant other in your life! Whatever variety you choose – there are many colours available – you are sure to find something that has exquisite patterns and intricate flower structures. Flower colours have long been associated with certain emotions and for orchids the same holds true. White is the symbol of purity, beauty and innocence; choose this colour for someone dear to your heart. Pink conveys happiness, joy and youthfulness; this colour might suit a teenage daughter. Purple is a regal colour, conveying respect and admiration; choose this colour for a mother or grandmother. Lavender speaks of grace and elegance; opt for this hue for a mother, favourite aunt or a sister. Yellow denotes friendship and also new beginnings, perfect for a special friend, a favourite sibling or a new romantic partner. You can also get away from straight single colours and find multicoloured or "splash-petal" orchid, both as moth orchids and in another popular orchid: the pansy orchid (miltoniopsis). The latter often have very beautiful "waterfall" patterns on their pansy-like petals. Lady slipper orchids (paphiopedilams) have a delicate pouch to the flower, are easy to grow, and again come in many colours. This Valentine's Day (Sunday) will be the second day of the Victoria Orchid Society's Orchid Show and Sale, held each year at Our Lady of Fatima Hall, 4635 Elk Lake Drive and proudly sharing its proceeds with the Children's Health Foundation of Vancouver Island. Come join us on the Saturday (February 13th). It may give you an idea for the perfect gift for that special person!

last word With all due respect to my fiancé, two years ago I found out I was just eight months away from meeting the real love of my life. On February 15th, 2014 we celebrated Valentine's Day with the wonderful news that I was pregnant with our now-15-month-old daughter Tessa. We were thrilled (and scared!), and when I finally saw that tiny scrunched-up face it was love at first sight. The love has only grown from there. Being a mom is challenging, exhausting and frustrating, but ultimately awesome. That's what true love should be: not always perfect, but always the thing that inspires you to be a better person. Watching Tessa change and grow every day has brought me more joy than I ever thought

possible. We are infatuated with each other. The early mornings and temper tantrums … best part is knowing she loves me just as much ain't love grand? as I love her – sometimes she'll look at me, her eyes will get that glassy look and she'll come Things I Learned This Month in for a big smooch … or 10. We just can't get ❖❖❖ enough of each other. The chemistry behind this mother-andGlobally, an estimated 350 million people baby love has recently started to be explored of all ages suffer from depression. It is the by scientists. leading cause of disabililty worldwide. While pregnant, "your body is already p. 11 laying the foundation for a strong emotional The eight, eight-ounce glasses of water bond. As your due date nears, your brain starts per day plan isn't for everyone. Aim for producing more and more oxytocin, a hormone half your body weight in ounces. that literally helps bring out the mother in For example: a 150lb person needs two you. This single hormone is like a switch that litres every day, not including turns on parental instincts … When you finally what you sweat out. get to hold your baby, you'll be practically p. 12 swimming in the hormone. Oxytocin can break through your exhaustion and pain to give you The average Canadian family a feeling of euphoria and intense love." (http:// spends $35.71 of every $100 of net income on their vehicle. The oxytocin that's been coursing through p. 41 my body since early pregnancy must be what keeps me going through the sleepless nights, Editor

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