Seaside Magazine February 2017 Issue

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The health & wellness Issue Scene Around Town | Fit Tips from Local Champions | Trendspotting Kids’ Calendar | Design Trends & Decorating Must Dos | Can We Talk HeadWay Health Fair | Behind the Scenes | Seaside Book Club

February 2017


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Local Champions. Design by Kelsey Boorman; photos by THE HEALTH & WELLNESS ISSUE Scene Around Town | Fit Tips from Local Champions | Trendspotting Kids’ Calendar | Design Trends & Decorating Must Dos | Can We Talk HeadWay Health Fair | Behind the Scenes | Seaside Book Club

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Fit Tips from Local Champions: Inspiration and Insight for a Healthy Year A Whole Month of Health: 28 Healthy Ideas A Literary Love Story: Poets Lorna Crozier and Patrick Lane HeadWay Health Fair 2017: Food, Fitness & Fun for the Whole Family! Seaside Homes: Home Design Trends and Decorating Tips to Brighten Your Winter

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First Word Scene Around Town NEW! Inside Out Behind the Scenes NEW! Trendspotting Island Dish Seaside Arts Scene New & Noteworthy Salish Sea News The Natural Path NEW! The Light Side Ask a Stylist Common Cents Kids’ Calendar Seaside Book Club NEW! In Pursuit of the Golden Years Last Word What’s Happening





A New Generation of Creating Outstanding Communities Stride Properties is a real estate development company that also offers consulting services to property owners through development planning and asset management. Real Estate Development is just one part of the larger picture: president Matt Peulen strives to work together with owners to maximize their property’s potential. Involved in a variety of projects over the last 15 years, Matt is quick to recognize several close mentors who have been instrumental in teaching him the business: local developer Jim McLaren and his weekly lunch group of retired and active developers. “They have all helped me grow by sharing knowledge, experience, and friendship,” Matt says. “I feel Stride is the next generation following in their footsteps.” Called a “bridge-builder” in the local business community, to Matt that honour means being recognized as someone who can introduce and connect people, whether through business, personal, or non-profit organizations. One of Stride’s current projects is the upgrade of a Central Saanich heritage home. The project has three different housing types, benefitting a wide range of ages, incomes and lifestyles. The Greater Victoria Housing Society will own and operate the affordable rental building for seniors and workers. While meeting with the community, Matt discovered that one of the main concerns was preserving the home. “We took this into account and designed a plan which incorporated the house and the history it has in the community,” says Matt. A bridge-builder indeed.




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In my 35 years of providing advice for clients, I find that most have never heard of “Long-Term Care Insurance.” Helping my clients determine which financial burden they choose to pass on to an insurance company is one part of a financial plan that is important to me.

We all want to approach old age with the knowledge and resources we need to stave off illness, while remaining active and happily engaged with life. Understanding that health and wellness are about much more than simply the physical body will help us achieve optimum health during the aging process.

This month’s “Island Dish” is all about homemade convenience. As a mother and a small business owner, finding a balance between eating healthy and time management can be challenging. Creating weekly rituals around food is something I strive for and this article shares some of my secrets with you.

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I wanted to remind our community about the basics (and importance) of a healthy lifestyle. Activity is very good for you no matter your age. The strength and balance we develop reduces our chances of falls and fractures, and is good for our hearts, weight control, blood pressure … the list goes on and on!

My grandmother used to say “Everything has its place.” When her eyesight diminished, she was still able to find her favourite teapot, wallet and keys without any trouble. Honestly, I am far away from that stage and I wouldn’t be surprised if I found myself pouring my tea into a watering can. Let’s start getting organized!

In my years of marine education and outreach, one question repeatedly arises and always confounds me: “What is its purpose?” I believe a plant or animal should just be allowed “to be,” but if you find yourself wondering how important a species is, consider these medical breakthroughs.

Publisher Sue Hodgson 250.516.6489 Editor in Chief Allison Smith 250.813.1745 Associate Publisher Deborah Rogers 250.857.8590 Design Assistant Kelsey Boorman 250.580.8437 Staff Photographer Jo-Ann Way Event Coordinator Elizabeth Moss

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This Month's Contributors Jo Barnes, Kristen Bovee, Gillian Crowley, Deneen Cunningham, Shannon Donnelly, Shauna Dorko, Robin Dunn, Doreen Marion Gee, Lara Gladych, Solara Goldwynn, Sherrin Griffin, Janice Henshaw, Tracey Jones, Stacey Kaminski, Tina Kelly, Paula Kully, Ambrose Marsh, Susi McMillan, Lea Silver, Shai Thompson, Tom Watson, Jo-Ann Way, Kamma Wiggins P.O. BOX 2173, SIDNEY, B.C. V8L 3S6 Seaside Magazine is printed 12 times a year by Mitchell Press. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. Reproduction requests may be made to the editor or publisher via the above means. Views of contributors do not necessarily reflect the policy or views of the publisher and editor. Staff of the magazine cannot be held responsible for unsolicited manuscripts or photographs.

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first word In the time it takes you to read my column, your heart is pumping about five quarts of blood (that’s about 10 pints) through more than 60,000 miles of arteries, veins and capillaries-that’s further than twice around the world. Depending on how long you live, your heart could beat three billion times in your lifetime. Your fist is about the size of your heart. The organ is not heart-shaped at all; it’s more like a cone and weighs about 11 ounces. The heart is a muscle sandwiched between two protected layers. Inside are four chambers, two on the right and two on the left. Blood that is low in oxygen, from all parts of the body, returns to the right side of the heart to be pumped through the lungs where oxygen is replenished. Then, once again, it is pumped all around the body by the left side of the heart. So, you’re wondering why I’m telling you all this? Well, quite simply, your heart’s purpose in life is

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life support. No heartbeat: no life. February is National Heart Month and in this issue’s “Can We Talk” column (pg 16), I interview Colin Eaton and his son Eric. Eric was born with Aortic Stenosis, a narrowing of the aortic valve in the heart, which in turns restricts blood through the valve. This is an amazing story of courage, strength and inspiration. In “Inside Out” (pg 15), Ambrose Marsh, Chief of Staff at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital, paints a better picture of your heart but expresses that ultimately, it’s up to you what advice you will take. Then there is love of the heart. Valentine’s Day is around the corner and love is in the air. With heartshaped goodies, chocolates, roses and love and romance everywhere, it’s the week of the year when it’s OK to be sappy and happy. In the “Light Side” (pg 50), Tom Watson shares his thoughts on The Big V! So follow the yellow brick road to health and happiness, counting yourself lucky that, unlike the Tin Man, you have a heart, so let’s protect it.

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Fall in love with Sidney this Valentine’s. On February 11th, Sidney businesses will share the love with their valued customers by featuring an all day celebration. Just look for the I Love Sidney icon in store windows to identify participating merchants. Customers have the chance to win 1 of 3 fantastic prizes including spa treatments, roses from Brown’s the Florist and chocolates from Rogers Chocolates. Seek out the roaming Cherub to enter to win! Leading up to this event, enter the name of that special man in your life to win a complete make over sponsored by various Sidney retailers. Attend the winner announcement party that night at Victoria Distillers where you can enjoy custom-made cocktails and live music. For all event and contest details, including how to nominate that special guy, visit:


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Find the Roaming Cherub Giving Out Free Flowers and Chocolates Attend the Makeover Announcement Party at Victoria Distillers (Seaport Place) 6pm-8pm

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Seaside Writers’ Lunch SBIA Grand Reopening of Sidney Visitor Centre Seaside Book Club







1-7 Seaside Magazine Writers’ Lunch: 1. Tina Kelly and Lara Gladych 2. Publisher Sue Hodgson thanks the writers: Gillian Crowley, Krista Rossato, Deborah Rogers, Valerie Green 3. Seaside’s Editor-in-Chief, Allison Smith 4. Trysh Ashby-Rolls 5. Stu Rhodes 6. Shauna Dorko, Jo Barnes, Paula Kully 7. Doreen Marion Gee 8-9 SBIA Grand Reopening of the Sidney Visitor Centre: 8. Elizabeth May, MP (and puppy); MLA Gary Holman, Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea’s Mark Loria; Chris Cowland, Cowland & Associates 9. Counsellor Cam McLennan and SBIA President Susan Simosko perform the official ribbon-cutting duties 10-11 Seaside Magazine Book Club: 10. the group discussing January’s pick 11. enthusiastically hosted by Sidney/North Saanich Library’s Virginia MacLeod and Seaside Magazine’s Associate Publisher Deborah Rogers. photos by

Fit Tips from Local Champions: Inspiration & Insight for a Healthy Year by Paula Kully

You know the old saying "New Year – New You." How do some people really make that happen? Let’s take a look at several locals for some inspiration and insight. Randy Humble, Chief Administrative Officer for the Town of Sidney, began running nine years ago. Last year, he completed his first Iron Man Triathlon. Not everyone is inclined to run marathons, but Randy has many great habits that are relevant to living better. He suggests that on the days when you wake up and don’t feel like exercising, say to yourself – "okay, I’m just going to slip on my runners and get out the door and if I still don’t feel like going for a run, then I’ll come back in." Once you’re out it’s relatively easy. Randy’s main piece of advice is to avoid processed or fast foods. Instead, your diet should be full of natural, whole foods. Corporal Erin Fraser is a member of the Sidney North Saanich RCMP. Her weekly routine incorporates two cardio workouts per week, the gym once a week and group fitness classes one to two times per week. She rounds this off with walks and hikes with her husband and their Mexican rescue pup. Erin recommends starting small, with an aim to incorporate healthy living into your world gradually and to eat well! “You can’t out-exercise a bad diet,” she says. “But give in to your cravings on occasion as you will be less likely to over indulge.” Most importantly, planning for both food and exercise is essential to staying on track. Pack your workout gear and enough good nutritious food when you go to work. Ted Daly is well recognized locally from his time on the Sidney and North Saanich Council. After the loss of his father, mother and wife in three consecutive years, Ted was determined to work on his own health. He began running the TC10k in 2002, took the TC Health Challenge in 2015, and in 2016, he walked the famed Camino Trail, completing 920 kilometres in 33 days. "The walk was life changing. It was all february 2017 | 11

I expected and more," he says. Ted had the image of a seashell tattooed on his right shoulder with the phrase "El Camino sanó mi corazón," which means the "Camino healed my heart." Ted maintains his healthy lifestyle by eating well and daily exercise at Panorama which he says he is "addicted to." Gerald Kazanowski is a local financial advisor and a two-time basketball Olympian who was drafted by Utah Jazz and played professionally for 10 years in Europe, Mexico and South America. Gerald maintains a healthy lifestyle by walking, swimming, biking along the Lochside trail, light weights, low impact skiing and basketball a few times a year. Gerald and his family grow many of their own fruits and vegetables. He recommends eating less sugar, salt and meat; eating more fresh fruit and veggies, drinking lots of water and avoiding coffee and alcohol. In regards to exercise, he says: "Make it a personal thing. We are all unique and different. Don’t be afraid of hard work and discipline, have a plan, have a reason, and have fun! Be comfortable with some uncomfortableness; with growth you need some risk." Lorraine Brewster is the Senior Manager of Panorama Recreation Centre and has worked in the recreation and parks field for over 30 years. She believes variety is the key to keeping motivated. Some of her activities include walking, hiking, running, gym workouts, biking, fitness classes, tennis, and playing with her granddaughter.

Lorraine grew up in an Italian family where food was a big part of life. She sticks to a Mediterranean diet with lots of vegetables, grains, and healthy rich olive oils. "I actually schedule exercise time into my calendar as a daily appointment. That way I am committed," she says. Lorraine recommends the best time to exercise is when you feel overwhelmed, as it provides the clarity and connection to mind, body and spirit. Peninsula resident Brenda Houston has been a Pampered Chef representative for 15 years. The business worked perfectly for her as a stay-athome mother when her kids were small, and now supports her philosophy on healthy eating at a local level. "I strongly believe in shopping local, eating from farm stands, eating what’s in season, and shopping the outside aisles at the grocery store," she advises. Brenda lives in Deep Cove and stops at three local farms before even entering a grocery store. As an avid runner and cyclist, she believes in keeping fitness fun with adventures and friends. This year, she has decided on a "150 Day Work Out" to celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary. No matter what your age or fitness level, take inspiration from these local people, take your health into your own hands and be fit! Photos by

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Paint by Numbers: by Dr. Ambrose Marsh Chief of Staff, Saanich Peninsula Hospital

Simple Ways to Improve Your Heart’s Health Work in my office and in

the hospital was extraordinarily busy when the SPH Foundation staff asked me to suggest a general theme for Heart Health month. I hadn’t finished my Christmas shopping, and I was distracted by the fact that all my boys were coming home for the holidays so I tossed out: “Eat less salt and increase your activity,” and left it at that. A couple weeks later (still having not finished my shopping), I was asked if I might actually write the article and make it an engaging one at that. This led to a discussion (or was it a debate?) about health advice in general. How to deliver it, why it doesn’t always work, requests to stop stating the obvious, and why stating the obvious doesn’t always lead to the expected changes. So that is my question and the theme of my article – how do we as doctors, health care professionals and governments teach, lead and encourage some very basic health facts that we believe will improve the quality and quantity of most of our lives? I can point out a significant number of examples of patients I have met who did not listen to some basic health education about weight, activity or blood pressure and have had very frustrating outcomes they have expressed regret about. Certainly the changes in society, work, and dietary options have led to an obvious shift in health and illness patterns. There is also no

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shortage of information (and maybe misinformation) about solutions, cures or diets for those evils. That vast array of information may be part of the problem. In medical school I was taught the health and lifestyle theories of the day, but I was certainly not taught how to effectively impart that information to my patients in a way that might lead to habit changing behaviour. My use of lectures and guilt has seen minimal effects, so recently I hired a nurse who has more health educational skills. Playing good cop, bad cop, I lecture my patients and my nurse supports, empathizes, advises and together, we get improved results. So I am going to try again with the above in mind, and hope that my comments that follow will resonate with our community. Good lifestyle habits that you’re able to maintain most of the time can have a huge effect on your health outcomes. Those habits and any attempt at changing health-damaging habits (smoking, inactivity, obesity, salt and alcohol overuse, etc.), must be tolerable, sustainable forever (or at least until the week before we die!). So think about it from that perspective as you incorporate changes to your routine. That said, I understand that changing habits is not always easy. You might feel hungry or stiff, you may have to say no to something that you enjoy, but I promise you that your efforts will pay off to increase your quantity and quality of life. It really is as simple as that to paint a better picture of your heart’s health. Please be well.

I’m very aware of it because heart disease has been in my family, and it’s a killer.

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can we talk publisher sue hodgson talks heart health with colin eaton, owner of garden city tree & landscape, and two-year-old Eric eaton Your son Eric was born with Aortic Stenosis, a narrowing of the aortic valve in the heart, which in turn restricts blood flow through the valve. How was this discovered? It was not evident until the umbilical cord was cut. In Eric’s case the valve was completely closed and he was immediately critical. We were flown to Children’s Hospital where he underwent emergency surgery. Surgeons went into his heart via the artery in his neck. They completed a balloon valvuloplasty where they inserted a balloon into the closed valve and enlarged the balloon to open the valve, although to about 50% of normal. This bought us some time until he was older. It was an incredibly dangerous operation because he was only two days old. Two months later they repeated the procedure because the valve began to narrow again. The second operation bought us some time until he was one year old and big enough to lower the risk of the open heart surgery. What complications occurred during the surgery and why? Eric went into cardiac arrest on three occasions immediately after the surgery – once while we were at his bedside. At some point post-surgery, he suffered a massive stroke that paralyzed the left side of his body so he went from a walking, active boy to being unable to sit on his own. He has regained some abilities: he is walking again and he has limited movement of his right side, but we are told he will always have limitations with that side of his body. In this issue of Seaside, we are focusing on “heart health” and other topics of health and wellness. What are some of

your favourite activities to do with your son? His heart is now working great so he is not restricted on his activities, although the stroke has limited his ability to walk and climb. He loves to play like any typical two-year-old so we love taking him to the park. Eric’s sisters are a bundle of energy and the three of them are playing all day every day. At just two years old, do you think Eric understands the depth of what he’s going through right now, and what is to come? If so, what sort of questions does he ask and how do you answer them, especially the tough ones? Eric’s speech was also affected by the stroke. He understands what we are saying but he has trouble communicating. We are all learning sign language and he is picking that up quickly. I don’t think he has any recollection of the surgery but the next time he has to go, he will be school age, and I am sure he will have many questions then. In addition to owning your own busy garden and landscaping business, Garden City Tree & Landscape, you also have two beautiful four-year-old twin girls. Life at the Eaton home must be super busy! Describe a day in the life of your family for our readers. Busy is correct, but no more so than any other family with children. We are typically up at 6 a.m. seven days a week. Mornings seem to be the toughest, probably because my partner Rachel and I miss our sleep. I am off to work by 7:30 a.m. and hopefully back by 6 p.m., so it is a lot for Rachel each day. I have so much appreciation for how much she does for our family. Once home I try to take the load off by helping with whatever I can. By 7 p.m. it’s bedtime for the children, which gives Rachel and I some downtime together. It is tiring but so rewarding.

What community outreach organizations and programs have been available to help you and your family through this process? Has there also been financial aid available? There have been many; if I miss anyone below I truly apologize. • The BC Family Residency program has assisted with finding us accommodation during the many extended trips to Vancouver. • Variety – The Children’s Charity helps to fund the Easter Seal House in Vancouver where we usually stay. • BC Ferries covers our ferry trip to the mainland when we have to go for surgery. • Help Fill A Dream Foundation provided funds to help with the extra expense of having to live in Vancouver out of a suitcase for weeks at a time. • Queen Alexander Centre provides the orthotics that Eric now requires to walk properly. • Neuromotion Physiotherapy has been amazing. They really work hard to help him recover from his stroke. • The Brain Injury program through VIHA has helped us handle the help Eric requires. Surgical treatment has greatly improved the outlook for people who have a severe stenosis and surgery to widen or to replace the valve has a very good success rate. What is the long-term prognosis for Eric? Eric will have to undergo several more heart surgeries until he stops growing, because the replacement valve does not grow with him. Right now and because of his size, those surgeries are open heart, which increases the risk and recovery time. Technology exists for the valve replacement to be completed via an artery, thus avoiding open heart surgery, but that technology does not currently exist for young children. We hopefully have two to three years before he requires another surgery and each day brings new technology forward. We hope that at some point, open heart will no longer be required. With all the unrest that goes on around us and the world, Eric is truly an inspiration for us all. Do you see life differently now? Before Eric I took my children’s health for granted. I now appreciate how fortunate I am that my twin girls were born healthy and that Eric is doing fine. To sum it up, not long ago I was sitting with my family as we waited to have a routine heart appointment for Eric at the local hospital. In the waiting room was a six-year-old girl who was bald. My girls thought she was a baby because of the loss of hair. She was such a beautiful little girl. I was talking with her mother, who told me her daughter was terminal and did not have much longer to live. It hit me so hard I immediately grabbed my children and I held them so tight and cried. It has been tough at times, but so many parents are dealing with much more than I can imagine. Life is great and I am one proud and happy dad. Photo by

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Special Feature Maintaining your health is a great gift you can give yourself! It doesn’t matter what age you are or where you’re starting from: here on the Saanich Peninsula there are so many choices to help you take your first steps toward good health or the next step to another level of fitness. Why not try something new in 2017?

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Sidney Family Day Weekend – A LEGO Brick Festival Come Get Your Share! For the fifth consecutive year downtown Sidney businesses are gearing up for another Family Day weekend of LEGO based events. On Sunday, February 12 & Monday, February 13, the Mary Winspear Centre will host professional LEGO builder Robin Sather who will be constructing a 6-foot LEGO tractor. Do your part and help build a large LEGO mosaic sponsored by Peninsula Co-op! The Mary Winspear Centre will also have LEGO play areas for all ages, and a community open house where families can learn about the activities available to family and youth in the Sidney area. Panorama Recreation will be hosting a Kids Zone including face painting, LEGO bowling, mural colouring and an appearance by Slider the Penguin! New this year - the McTavish Academy of Art will be hosting a children’s art workshop. With a weekend’s worth of activities, Sidney should be your destination for a fun-filled Family Day!

Nellie Quinn & Chris Meredith Join us on Saturday, February 18 at 8:00pm in the Charlie White Theatre for folk duo Nellie Quinn & Chris Meredith. Having grown up in Victoria, Canada and Drumnadrochit, Northern Scotland respectively, these diverse fiddlers met through traditional session playing. They draw upon their experience as performers, tune collectors, instructors and collaborators as they reunite for what promises to be a very special performance. “We are players, from two distinct styles and traditions” remarks Quinn. “This project is very much a celebration of our common ground and stylistic nuances.” You are sure to hear their own blend of traditional and modern Celtic fiddle styles! This collaboration is the sharing of lively renditions of tunes old and new. Nellie Quinn & Chris Meredith combine fun, drama, and spontaneity, so you can experience the joy of being at a true music session of close friends. With their North American tour under their belt, Nellie Quinn & Chris Meredith will be releasing their first album together entitled The Greenside Sessions and gearing up for a CD release tour in North America in 2017.

The Celtic Tenors “Three Tenors, One Voice” For the first time on the Charlie White stage, the Mary Winspear Centre presents the Celtic Tenors for two evening performance on February 28 and March 1 at 7:30pm. With a polished international reputation and just over one million albums sold, the Celtic Tenors have established themselves as the most successful classical crossover artists to have ever come out of Ireland. They continue to stretch musical boundaries while playing homage to their traditional Irish roots. The Celtic Tenors offer more than beautiful voices and musical knowledge, comfortable in all genres from classical and folk to Irish and pop, they bring their audience on a real musical voyage. With their pioneering approach, they’ve welcomed a wider audience and fostered a fresh and invigorating style which has won them both critical acclaim and many fans world over. From topping the charts in Ireland and Germany, to their three platinum selling albums, their

international reputation continues to grow. Across the Atlantic, they have achieved Top Ten spots on both the US Billboard and Canadian charts. Having given private performances to world leaders from Bill Clinton to Kofi Annan and many more in between, the Celtic Tenors are a real worldwide phenomenon.

haunting Danny Boy and exhilarating classics like Nessun Dorma. Join us for an unforgettable evening with these global stars!

Whether playing a neighbourhood cathedral or major concert halls in international cities like New York, Amsterdam or Shanghai, they genuinely love what they do and you’ll see that shine through in each rendition of beautiful Celtic songs like the

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correspondence which has totalled 7,000 items. I was lucky enough to steal a glimpse at the 2017 Spring Prelude indoor garden just before it opened to the public this year. Intended to provide an escape from winter, the moment you walk in you are met with life, colour and heavenly fragrances. To make this happen, the Blue Poppy Restaurant is completely cleared out, leaving nothing but a large, empty room that is miraculously transformed into a summer oasis in just one week. The garden is complete with goldfish ponds, fountains, paths winding from one "garden room" to another and a wooden foot bridge. Rick Los, Director of Horticulture; and Master Designer and Planner, Ross McKay, who have both worked at Butchart for over 30 years, design the garden. Rick insists that the power behind the display is Ross, who is dedicated to integrating the history of the Gardens into the displays with features such as fence posts and arbors made from cement but designed to look like wood. Artifacts that have been found in the forest around the property, including an ore cart, are incorporated into the displays. Numerous truckloads of bark mulch are brought in for the plants. Ponds are created with pool liners, and a temporary irrigation system is installed. The Butchart Gardens are a self-contained community, employing 200 people year-round and 550 at the peak of the season. All the trades are represented: carpenters, electricians, mechanics, chefs, and the list goes on. A surprising number of people have worked at the Gardens for several decades: people like Maria Pancel, Greenhouse Consultant, who has been an employee for 50 years; or Tony Furtado, Supervisor of the Japanese Gardens, who has worked at Butchart for 55 years. "Working here is like being part of a family," explains Rick. "Once people start, they don't want to leave." The final component of a winter visit to Butchart is a relaxing High Tea in the Dining Room Restaurant. Sitting there, with soft classical music playing in the background, nibbling on delicate finger sandwiches, and looking out over the Italian garden, you can imagine the wonderful world of Mr. and Mrs. Butchart who opened their home and gardens to everyone, from local neighbours, to movie stars and royalty. They cultivated flowers, but they also cultivated friendship and a sense of family which is still very much alive and well today.

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In a society where we have

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the world at our fingertips, we have many ways to gather information about any and every interest we wish to pursue. For the majority of the population, health and fitness has been a search at some time or other. However, it can be hard with such an onslaught of information to determine what is right. To explain, I am not referring to


cut it down

make a move

Help yourself get a few extra steps in each day by taking the stairs or parking a little further away from your destination. You probably won’t feel the extra mileage but your body will thank you.

don't find time, make time

If you have time to watch your favourite TV show every night, you can squeeze in a little time for exercise. And if your gym has TVs in their cardiovascular equipment, you can do both!


be the change

Can’t help yourself at the company potluck? Bring a healthy option like fruit or veggies to share. That way you’ll have at least one option for yourself and others amongst the cookies and cakes.


objects in motion …

… Stay in motion. If you’ve started an exercise routine, try not to skip workouts (shorter or easier workouts are better than none at all). It’s easier to stay active than to start again.


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right as in “right vs wrong” but in the sense of what is right for YOU. The chart below is not meant as a checklist to ensure you follow each and every piece of advice and add it to your already busy life. It is meant as suggestions for trial and error to find what works for you and your life. Yes, I am sure there is a list out there of the top 10 best things you can do to achieve ultimate health, but I would wager that no one has the time, energy or finances to follow it. Instead of looking at the information coming at you for suggestions


On your next meal, cut your portions in half. You can always get more food. This will give you a chance to listen to your body and stop when you are 80% full.

cooking with kids

Teach your kids to put together a healthy meal with real ingredients. They’ll use the lessons for the rest of their lives and not have to rely on store-bought, processed foods.

don't go solo

do what you love

Don’t force yourself to do activities that you hate. Instead, search for a way to move your body and enjoy the time spent doing it.

keep it out


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It is much easier to avoid eating unhealthy food if it isn’t in your house. Stock your fridge and pantry with healthy choices to snack on and keep the treats out.

be a little negative

While lifting weights, make sure you control the “negative,” or downward portion, of the movement. This can help produce more strength in the muscle you’re using.


Take your furry friend with you – or a buddy with similar goals. You’ll be motivated to push each other through your workout and can chat to pass the time.

do monday’s workout on sunday



No fighting the after-work crowds, no rushing in from work tired, and you’ll be one step ahead on your weekly workouts.

find your balance


Many strength training programs focus on the "Mirror Muscles" (chest, arms and abs). Make sure you work the back side of your body to prevent muscle imbalances.

of health and fitness as gospel, look at them for ideas and starting points to find something that works for you. Health and fitness, especially for those just starting their journey, should be looked at in terms of choices. Is eating an apple or a piece of chocolate cake the best choice for me? Is taking the elevator or the stairs the best choice for me? If you choose the cake and the elevator that is okay, but be aware that is your choice to make. This is not meant to make anyone feel poorly about their past choices; it is to

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If you overindulge, don’t beat yourself up over it. Move on and make a healthier choice next time.

shake the salt The habit, that is. Try getting flavour from lemon, herbs and spices instead.

no one youer than you

No one else in the world has the body you do so don’t compare yourself to others. If you do compare, compare to yourself one week, month or year ago.



focus on form

If you’re working out with weights take the time to learn proper form. You’ll get more benefit from doing it correctly and prevent injury.


read it

Many food packages make “healthy” claims (low-fat! low sugar!) that aren’t true. Make sure you read the nutrition label to check if you’re making the healthiest choice.



with a side of guilt

tortoise & the hare

Slow and steady wins the race for long term health and fitness. Continuously make the healthier choice and you’ll make progress.

wash your hands

Hand washing is the number one way to prevent illness. Wash after using a bathroom, after the gym, using public transportation. Even better if you are not feeling well – wash before to prevent others from getting sick.

sharing is caring About your waistline. Most restaurants have such large portions, split your next meal with a friend to avoid the post-dinner bloat.


rehab it

If you find yourself with an injury, don’t push through the pain. Seek the help of a professional, who can teach you to modify your training and still exercise safely.


eat before you shop

Never grocery shop while you are hungry. You can choose healthier options rather than grabbing the snacks on impulse.



Don’t use food as a reward or punishment. Instead, think of it as a way to provide your body with the nutrition it needs. Find another avenue to reward yourself for all your hard work.

Bring water with you everywhere. Even better if it’s in a container that doesn’t seal – you’ll have to keep it in your hand. If it’s there, you’re more likely to drink it.

Besides messing with your hormones, the more time you are awake, the more time there is for extra snacks. Midnight Munchies have their name for a reason!



sip, sip, hooray

sleep on it


help you gain ownership over your future choices. This does not take into account limitations on physical ability, mental health, financial status, etc., but even with our individual limitations we are constantly making choices, they just may look different from those of others. So, use the chart for ideas, make a healthy choice, then make another one. “I am who I am today because of the choices I made yesterday.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt


rise & shine …

… it’s exercise time. Having a hard time getting to the gym after work? Try getting up to exercise before work if you can. You’ll get your workout in and get a running start to your day.

make a date!

A fitness date! Instead of grabbing a coffee or drink with a friend or partner, take a walk or drop in to a spin class together.

something fishy



Fish is hearthealthy, low in fat and loaded with omega-3 fatty acids. Try to switch another protein for fish one meal a week.

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Crozier and Patrick Lane, Officers of the Order of Canada and each winners of the Governor General’s award for poetry, have made the Saanich Peninsula their home together for 25 years. Silvered by frost, their elegant Japanese-style garden reflects both their creativity and shared interests. Although each is on a separate journey in their poetry, exploring very different styles, tone and subjects, their regard for each other’s talent is evident throughout our conversation. Patrick recalls that when they first met over 30 years ago he was “stunned” by the quality of Lorna’s writing. At the time, Lorna was familiar with Patrick’s writing as he was already a well-respected published writer. “His work really hit me in the gut and made me want to learn to be a better poet,” she says. Early in their relationship, Lorna and Patrick tried writing alternating poems and once conducted an argument by writing angry poems back and forth. Eventually they decided that they were on their own creative paths and for Patrick, especially, writing is “an extremely solitary art.” Even so, they still ask for feedback on each other’s drafts. Lorna laughs: “Sometimes we want to say ‘What do you know?’ but we really respect each other’s opinions and usually rework the piece after hearing what the other has to say.” Their mutual affection and respect are reflected in the way they often finish each other’s sentences and express appreciation for one another’s particular turn of phrase. Some of Patrick’s poems, like his meticulous creation of bonsai trees, can take up to five years to complete. His often dark poetry is meant to challenge his readers: “I don’t want the reader to escape through my writing but to engage with their lives.” Lorna’s desire is to have each of her poems be full of “surprise and wonder for me, and for the reader.” If Lorna revisits an earlier unpublished poem, she tries to “startle” it into becoming something different. In fact, the couple can still surprise

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Local Community Supports Heart and Stroke Foundation For more than 60 years, Canadians have been helping to save lives from heart disease and stroke through National Heart Month. On the Saanich Peninsula, family, friends, neighbours and businesses all step up in February to help raise funds for life-saving research, and to encourage those they care about to learn the risks of Heart Disease. Nine in 10 Canadians over the age of 20 have at least one risk factor for heart disease. Risk factors include a lack of exercise, high stress levels, poor diet, smoking, genetic factors and other health conditions. On the Peninsula, we have an advantage over many of our fellow Canadians when it comes to heart health. Our doorsteps lead to beautiful scenery and a temperate climate, making it easy to go for a walk, jog or kayak. We can visit local farms and markets for fresh produce to make our diets healthier. We can move at a slower pace to reduce our stress. Are you seizing every opportunity to lower your risk? There are 100 canvassers on the Saanich Peninsula who are participating in the 2017 Heart and Stroke Canvass. These volunteers will be going door to door asking for donations and encouraging you to take the Online Risk Assessment to determine what steps you could take to improve your heart health. Every seven minutes a Canadian dies from heart disease or stroke, the Heart Month Canvass Volunteers are helping to fund 850 of our country’s best researchers who work tirelessly to protect Canadians’ health. Last year, Canvassers in our area raised $17,500, and this year we have a goal of $18,000! Outside of the Heart Month Canvass, Thrifty Foods, Country Grocer and VI Fitness are local businesses working alongside volunteers to raise funds in February. Businesses are also stepping up to participate in the Big Bike Ride, which will have teams riding around Sidney on May 29 on a bicycle built for 30. It is the dedication of community members and local businesses that keep the life-saving research of the Heart and Stroke Foundation running. Dr. Roberta Bondar, Canada’s first woman astronaut and a neurologist, is encouraging Canadians to become part of this February tradition. “I truly believe in the spirit of volunteering; it is something very close to my heart,” says Dr. Bondar, who joined the Heart and Stroke Foundation last year as Honorary Chair of both Heart Month and Stroke Month later in June. “Volunteers not only help raise funds, which is the most urgent research challenge we’re facing today, but also have the opportunity to provide critical information about heart disease and stroke.” If you, your friends and family or your business would like to support the Heart and Stroke Foundation, please visit www. or call the local Victoria office at 250-4108091. To take the online Heart Disease Risk Assessment, visit The Heart and Stroke Foundation’s mission is to prevent disease, save lives and promote recovery. A volunteer-based health charity, we strive to tangibly improve the health of every Canadian family, every day. Healthy lives free of heart disease and stroke. Together we will make it happen.

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Rosemary & Parmesan Spelt Crackers Snacks are a crucial part of my day. A snack can immediately stop a meltdown of a two year old; it can bring back mental function by Solara Goldwynn after a sleepHatchet & Seed deprived night; it can be turned into a game (put the snack into the bowl, where’s the snack? etc.); and it can be shared with friends. Lately though, as an environmentally-conscious mother of a toddler, I’ve noticed that most snacks come covered in plastic and are filled with sugar. Sometimes you buy something that is in a cardboard box and you think, oh good! I can easily recycle this. You bring it home and there could be two layers of unrecyclable plastic wrapping before the snack. I could go on for hours about how bad plastic is for our bodies, and our environment, but it’s a short column so let's get on to my small snack solution: the homemade cracker. I make crackers weekly, and often the ingredients change based on what I have available. This week it’s a mixture of B.C.grown spelt flour, chickpea flour, herbs from the garden, and a few other things. All healthy ingredients, super simple to make, very easy to eat, and no plastic! This takes about 20 minutes to put together (mostly cutting the crackers with a form) and 20 minutes to bake, and depending on the size of cookie cutter you use can make approximately 100 crackers (potentially averting 100 meltdowns!). 2 cups spelt flour ½ cup chickpea flour ½ cup olive oil 1 tsp Vancouver Island Sea Salt (or other sea salt) ¼ cup parmesan cheese 1 tbsp dried herbs (I used rosemary and sage from the garden) ¼ cup water

Put all ingredients in a food processor (or mix together by hand) until you form a ball of dough. Roll out the dough with a rolling pin so that it’s approximately ½ an inch thick or less. Use a small cookie cutter to cut out the crackers. Place on baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes at 350°F.

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students find strength inside they never knew existed. To Andre Gogol, Assistant Instructor in the Judo Academy, the youth learn invaluable life lessons as they tackle the intense and fiercely competitive sport. The participants learn to endure great physical difficulty on the mats. Andre believes that inner strength transfers to their daily lives. The students learn mental resilience: “The kids are constantly practising not giving up while they overcome obstacles. We tell them that they can't use the word 'can't.' ” They learn perseverance through adversity and how to solve problems, not avoid them. The instructors in the Hockey Academy teach the youth life skills, such as being respectful to and getting along with others. According to coordinator Bryan Sutton, self-discipline is a big part of Academy life: Kids are out the door by 6:45 a.m. and on the ice by 7:30 a.m. Bryan sees the overall benefits to kids: “It gives them an opportunity to be successful and improve. The ones that are not the best players when they start are the ones that excel the most, showing the biggest increase in skill and confidence. They see their success – “I can do this! – which makes them try harder.” A dance instructor in the Fine Arts program, Stacey Frith finds that some students show a unique confidence and ability in creative expression that they do not have in the classroom. To her, the dancing program is a healthy outlet for kids to let out their feelings and emotions. And it helps the girls with positive self image and positive body image: “It doesn't matter what size you are or how you look, you can still do it.” These exceptional programs at Parkland teach students valuable life lessons: tenacity, emotional competence, resilience, and problemsolving. Armed with these life skills, young people have a fighting chance of successfully dealing with the challenges of adulthood. These gifts from Parkland Secondary School are priceless beyond measure. Contact: february 2017 | 35

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Proactive on Pain:

Brentwood & Peninsula Physiotherapy and Massage by Jo Barnes This is one of a series of profiles on some local businesses that are working to keep us all in good health. What a pain in the neck. It’s a pain in the butt. You’re wracked with pain. For one woman, this four-letter word inspired her life’s work. People like to be active, but when serious injuries happen, it can knock motivation on the head. Physiotherapist Linda Walker used to play high-level hockey when a knee injury led to surgery and a long painful recovery. This event motivated and inspired her to go

after a career in physiotherapy. She didn’t shy away from pain but actively pursued the study of it so she could help others. She obtained two Bachelor of Science degrees – one in Physical Therapy and the other in Kinesiology – as well as other certifications, and is a UBC Clinical Educator. In speaking with Linda, it becomes clear that she’s on a mission to help others move beyond immobility and pain towards optimum health. “Anyone who becomes pain free, it’s always a win for me,” says Linda. “I like to get them back up and running. I like to do this the most,” says Linda.

Linda and co-owner Suzie Cutt, a registered massage therapist for over 25 years, opened Brentwood Physiotherapy and Massage at 6967 Wallace Drive in 2003. They gathered capable and dedicated staff around them to help clients with their injuries, conditions and, above all, their pain. The practice thrived, but there was a desire to offer more service options to clients and to reach those living farther along the Peninsula. So in 2013 the pair opened a second location at 9733 Fourth Street in Sidney. “We bought to get a bigger variety of practitioners, not just physiotherapy and

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massage,” says Linda. A successful vibrant clinic, Peninsula Physiotherapy is a state-of-the-art facility with an in-house rehabilitation gym and offers a wide spectrum of services like physiotherapy, intramuscular stimulation, yoga, massage and acupuncture. The diverse team includes newcomers Craniosacral Therapist and Pilates Instructor Charlotte van Bassen and Massage Therapist Eva Neufeld. Both clinics represent a community of skillful practitioners who share common values of compassion, hard work, motivation and excellence. Come and meet them February 18 at the Headway Health Fair at the Mary Winspear Centre! “We have some really skilled, talented people working with us,” says Linda. It’s all about striving to help each client by determining what’s really going on and finding a solution. “I enjoy problem solving,” shares Linda. “I like dealing with difficult things, thinking outside the box, getting to the root of the problem.”

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Often people will just put up with a tender shoulder, a sore back or some other annoying ache or pain. They’ll find ways to cope and

"Each therapist addresses a different piece of the customer's health puzzle, and then works as a team to bring about healing." assume it will just pass on its own. “We wait until we have pain and then find ways to mask it,” comments Linda. Often clients present conditions that are complex, like dizziness, chronic pain and constant headaches. There can be numerous factors involved. This is where the strengths of the diverse team at Brentwood and Peninsula Physiotherapy clinics really shine.

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Here knowledge and expertise are shared, and practitioners try to think outside of the box. One therapist might do acupuncture; another might apply craniosacral therapy. Each therapist addresses a different piece of a customer’s health puzzle, and then working as a team, brings about healing, enhanced mobility and prevention against reoccurrence. Client education is integral to this process. Through rehab exercises and self help techniques like yoga, clients learn how to help themselves. “It’s one-on-one education. It’s so important that you as a client learn about the underlying issue and get the tools to help yourself, to get mobility back and maintain it,” says Linda. Every day at Brentwood and Peninsula Physiotherapy they work to unravel the pain puzzle for each and every client. You might arrive in discomfort, but these therapists will take great pains to help you to return to activity and better health.

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Hook & Hook Renovations by Doreen Marion Gee This is part of a rotating series of articles on members of Sidney Meet Up, featuring people in business on the Saanich Peninsula. Within the realm of design, renovation and construction, it is rare to have all those industries under one roof. Hook & Hook Renovations is a unique one-stop shop, treating customers to the ultimate experience in sculpting a beautiful home. Fortunately, the dynamic husband-and-wife duo bring their expertise and creative talents to the Saanich Peninsula. Larry and Andi Hook are a local tour-de-force. Arriving in Sidney a few years ago, they bring a proven track record in the building trades along with them. With a large financial investment in a home, people save money, time and effort when dealing with one company; they can rest assured that every aspect of the work will flow seamlessly from conception to the finished product. Andi is keen to explain their competitive edge: “We have been building custom cabinetry and millworks for over 18 years. We also have over 20 years of construction knowledge and experience along with over 14 years of professional design knowledge and experience. When you bring all of those together paired with the experience from New York, California and Eastern Canada, we’re a dynamic team that can provide clients with everything. There is no need to go anywhere else.” Andi has always had a gift for design, completing her degree in Interior Design in New York in 2004, then running a design firm with her mother in California. “Hooking up” with Larry was the perfect combo; he owned a custom cabinetry and residential construction business. The pair offer expert services in interior design, renovations and new builds, and project management. Personalized service is paramount: “You are unique, and your home should be a reflection of that.” Innovation and imagination shine through everything they touch; they present their vision to clients in multiple dimensions. Experts at kitchen and bathroom renovations, “We create virtual 2D and 3D design renderings so you can see exactly what your new space will look like in detail.” They specialize in custom cabinetry and “bringing new life to historic homes.” Most important, they fit all the jigsaw puzzle pieces together – suppliers, contractors, timelines, regulations, inspections, permits – to build the perfect retreat from the world, polished with beauty and style. The pair have solid plans for Sidney: “We are in the process of renting a space for a shop and showroom here in Sidney and we want to have a grand opening by June 1.” They strive to make a difference: “We hope that we improve people’s lives by giving them what they desire as far as making their living space functional and beautiful.” By ensuring the journey is smooth and efficient, Hook & Hook Renovations makes dreams come true.

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A Google search shows the definition of empower as: "to make (someone) stronger and more confident, especially in controlling their life and claiming their rights." This sounds very appropriate; it's what HeadWay does. The best way I can explain this is to look back at what happened to me when I discovered I had Parkinson's disease. I'd developed an intermittent tremor in my right hand, and no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't stop it. My family doctor, who had administered several tests, delivered the preliminary diagnosis: "Parkinson's Disease. You will need to see a neurologist." Discovering that you have a progressive, lifelong disease with no cure can be a frightening prospect, and a depressing one. Even with a very supportive family around me, I felt alone. I was now "different;" not logical maybe, but that is how it seemed: I had lost any sense of control over my life. At about the same time, I heard from a friend about the Victoria Epilepsy and Parkinson's Centre (now known as

HeadWay). As soon as I had my first meeting I realized I had help: HeadWay counselled me about this disease, and most importantly shared the knowledge to manage my symptoms. I was able to gradually take back control of my life; simply put, I was empowered. I asked Mira Laurence, Executive Director of HeadWay, to share her perspective of their role: "Our purpose is to strengthen clients' and families' ability to manage the physical, psychological and social effects of Parkinson's and epilepsy." Lynn Fanelli, HeadWay Health Fair Coordinator, told me that my story reflects her own experience. She said to me over coffee: "We are not prepared to handle the news of a debilitating diagnosis of poor health, whether it is the dying process of our parents, or illness with our children or with ourselves. I am not sure why we as humans do not instinctively have the ability to cope. With knowledge, we can and DO." I wholeheartedly agree with this: HeadWay's familyinclusive approach was a critical part of both my and my wife's learning how to live and thrive together regardless.

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Tam Plays Sibelius Hear Terence Tam soar through the haunting and passionate Violin Concerto of Sibelius. Currently concertmaster of the Victoria Symphony, Tam is also an active chamber player who performs internationally. Included in the Victoria Symphony’s program is a world premiere by Jeffrey Ryan, inspired by Canadian poet Patrick Lane’s poem Water. Royal Theatre, Victoria. February 4 at 8 p.m. and February 5 at 2:30 p.m.

Lorna Crozier and Patrick Lane Read in Sidney Speaking of Patrick Lane, you can hear his poetry and that of his partner, poet Lorna Crozier, as they share their newest works

in a reading that supports the 2017 Sidney Literary Festival. Both well-respected poets are winners of Governor-General awards for their poetry and we are fortunate they have made their home on the Peninsula. Learn more about them in an article on page 30. All proceeds will support the upcoming fall Literary Festival. Tickets at Tanner’s Books or online at Shoal Centre Auditorium, 10030 Resthaven Drive, Sidney. February 10 at 7 p.m.

Via Choralis: Viva Vivaldi Joyous music awaits in this winter choral concert. Via Choralis, together with a string orchestra, will perform settings of the Gloria by Antonio Vivaldi and Canadian composer Jeff Enns. Also on the program will be Winter from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, with guest violin soloist Nelly Tian. Currently in Grade 12, Tian has served as concertmistress and performed solo roles with both the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra and

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the Victoria Conservatory of Music Senior Orchestra. Recently she starred as a soloist at the Victoria Splash. Via Choralis is a mixedvoice auditioned community chamber choir based on the Saanich Peninsula and led by Nicholas Fairbank. St. Elizabeth Church, 10030 Third Street, Sidney. February 18 and 19; both concerts at 2:30 p.m.

Robert Bateman Centre: Boxed Sanctuary Don’t miss the Centre’s collection of local artists’ work as they explore their personal expression of “sanctuary.” This exhibit is a precursor to the Robert Bateman Centre’s 2017 Urban Sanctuary Project – the 100-year celebration of the Migratory Bird Sanctuary spanning the Inner Harbour to Esquimalt Lagoon. More at February 1 through 28, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Celtic Tenors Enjoy all your favourites from Ireland's Celtic Tenors, a popular crossover trio who perform a mix of classical music, opera, traditional Celtic songs, folk, and pop. The group has its origins in a vocal ensemble called the Three Irish Tenors, who performed on radio and television of Ireland’s Theatre Nights program in the mid-'90s. You’ll have a night to remember as The Celtic Tenors perform a sparkling, good-humoured concert with familiar songs like Danny Boy and classics such as Nessun Dorma. Mary Winspear Centre, February 28 and March 1, both at 7:30 p.m.

Bryan Bowers For over four decades, Bryan Bowers has been to the autoharp what Earl Scruggs was to the five-string banjo. You’ll enjoy instrumental virtuosity combined with warmth, eloquence, expression and professionalism. Beginning as a street singer, Bowers has become a major artist on the traditional music circuit. He has redefined the autoharp and is also well known as a singer-songwriter with an engaging stage presence. Presented by the Deep Cove Folk Club. Tickets at the door. St. John’s United Church, 10990 West Saanich Road. February 10 at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30).




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

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

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The Dancing Orchid PYRRHA: a perfect gift for the one you love! This Talisman collection offers a heartfelt and sentimental gift. Mention this ad in February, and receive a $20 gift certificate with each Pyrrha purchase. 250.656.1318 2416 Beacon Ave

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Pitt & Hobbs Pitt & Hobbs Gift Shop started as a mail order Paper Co in 1989 and now we can personally serve you at our storefront on Beacon Avenue (under the black and white striped awning). We carry a great selection of the most beautiful card lines, in every palette, and many nostalgic and European gift and home items from some classic, age-old companies. Should you enjoy tea in the garden on a beautiful summer day, Royal Albert has fresh new patterns that you will love. For the Scotch enthusiast, the feel of a heavy crystal Waterford tumbler cannot be matched. And every baby deserves their own Bunnykins dish set! To add a little fun, we now carry FAT Paint to repurpose old furniture and create your own shabby chic style. It blends perfectly with our beautiful Bone China. Our newest additions are Garnier-Thiebaut, one of the oldest French Linen companies in France. Each tea towel is a work of art. We recently received our Mosser Glass, handmade in the U.S. by the same family since 1959 – just the type of company we want to work with! You can find us online at for more information and updates.

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

Barking Dog Studio Great Valentine Cards and Gifts! We feature the imaginative works of over 85 Vancouver Island artisans for Unique Furniture and Décor, Pottery, Jewelery, Health and Beauty … and we are specialists in refinishing furniture with Chalk Paint! 250.216.3423 | #109 - 2506 Beacon Ave

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

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"A rose can never be a sunflower, and a sunflower can never be a rose. All flowers are beautiful in their own way, and that's like women too." ~ Miranda Kerr. Celebrate this Valentine's Day with fresh flowers from Brown's The Florist. Sidney: 250.656.3313 2499 Beacon Ave Downtown: 250.388.5545 | 757 Fort St Westshore: 778.433.5399 #102 - 2972 Jacklin Rd

One Stop Furniture Shop Modern elegance or traditional style. Your choice of stain and fabric. Your style – your way. Meet one of our Product Advisors for free advice! 250.655.7467 (SHOP) 9819 Fifth St

Laloca - Fair Trade and Local Products Traditional Indian, African and Middle Eastern spice mixtures made accessible to the western palate – known to transform an everyday meal into a tasty sensation. 778.351.3844 | 2367 Beacon Ave

Mermaid’s Lair Market Offering a unique and wide variety of giftware from local businesses such as Purple Urchin, Salts West and Green Valley Aromatherapy; and ice cream, candy, beverages and fresh baking. Watch this spring for exciting new products and body care. 250.508.8661 | 10251 W Saanich Rd mermaidslairmarket

LALOCA LALOCA provides quality fair trade products from Vancouver Island and around the world. We have a range of unique and innovative handcrafted homewares, arts and crafts, natural fibre clothing, spices, incense and essential oils. We are the sole Canadian retail outlet for a Bolivian artisan cooperative that makes unique alpaca and wool home decor and knitwear. We also supply organic fairtrade chocolate hand crafted here on the Island. We have a popular line of Crinkle Cotton clothing in a variety of flattering designs and colours. They are easy to care for and made from 100% Thai cotton. Each style is one size. The Many Button blouse has an attractive flare, is cut on the bias, has a V neck, coconut buttons and a longer pointed front. This blouse has slim and slightly bell long sleeves and is sewn by a small group of women in suburban Bangkok. Check out our organic cotton socks, “Conscious Step,” that are fair-trade produced in India, and contribute to charities for health, water, education and poverty reduction work. Come in and check out our range of quality products, all of which make a positive impact on the lives of people and communities here on the Island and around the world.

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New Voices by Lara Gladych

business New Owners After over 30 years in business, Grant Cornwell, founder of Grant's Small Motors, has sold the business to Luc and Stan Roberts. The Roberts’ priority at Grant’s is to provide the utmost in customer service. Peninsula Crossfit is also under new ownership! The gym has been fully renovated and equipment updated. The four new owners, longtime “Crossfitters” themselves, are dedicated to ensuring that each member receives attentive coaching. All levels welcome.

New Ventures Stride Properties is a real estate development company that also offers consulting services to property owners through development planning and asset management. Owner and president Matt Peulen strives to work together with owners

The Central Saanich Community Association is new to the Peninsula It serves as a conduit for the wishes, hopes, ideas and concerns of the community, and came into being to fill the void left by the demise of the Residents and Ratepayers of Central Saanich Society. Phillip Van De Ruyt has launched a professional writing service. As a trained technical writer and passionate creative writer, his services are available to write letters, resumés, technical documents, notes and poetry. In addition, he offers editing, ESL proofing and basic graphic design services.

New Spaces Peoples Drug Mart has opened at 2-2379 Bevan Avenue, in Sidney. Peoples Drug Mart is a group of independently owned pharmacies across B.C.

Changing Places The Lawless Brown office is now closed in Sidney, but they continue to operate as a Mortgage Depot by appointment only. Call Kristy, Sherri, Arlene or

Carol at 250-656-0855. Yami Sushi has also moved, from Fourth Street in Sidney to 7103 West Saanich Road in Brentwood Bay. They would like to thank their loyal Sidney customers. The Outlooks Design showroom has moved to 101 - 9818 Third Street, in Sidney. Full of fabrics and hardware ideas, everyone is welcome to the studio by appointment only.

Moving Manoeuvres RE/MAX Camosun Real Estate agents are hosting an event at the Mary Winspear Centre February 25 from 1 to 3 p.m. The event is a collaboration of realtors, a mortgage broker, home inspector, lawyer and home stager, who will enlighten buyers and sellers about various real estate and home ownership issues. Admission is free.

Open Again The Sidney Visitor Centre’s grand reopening ceremony happened January 16. The Sidney BIA hosted with a ribbon cutting and refreshments to celebrate. 2281 Beacon Avenue.


Tasty Tutorials Snowdon House has a new

YouTube channel with cooking tutorials! See Laura Waters at work, preparing Snowdon House inspired dishes.


Farewell Jim Parker, Publisher of the Peninsula News Review and former board member of the Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, has retired.

Accolades Beacon Community Services’ Nurse Manager Mari Green has been named the 2017 BC Care Provider of the Year, in the Home Care category. This honour is awarded by the BC Care Providers Association, as part of the BC Care Awards.

Giving Back First Western Credit Union has announced the launch of #SimpleGenerosity, a year-long campaign throughout communities in B.C. to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary. They’re selecting 52 exemplary volunteers – one every week for a year – and giving them $1,500 to donate to a charity of their choice. The #SimpleGenerosity nomination form is available for download along with all the campaign details at

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Nature's Biomedical Breakthroughs by Tina Kelly

Breaking it down

to the basics, we have to acknowledge that a healthy watershed literally keeps us alive; our every breath of oxygen is thanks to the ocean and each sip of water is a product of healthy rivers, streams and the land surrounding them. But sometimes our health gets more complicated and viruses or disease strike. Is there help out there in our watershed for these? The answer is yes! It’s been more than 100 years since the common pain relief, Aspirin, was derived from the bark of a willow tree in Germany, but did you know it’s been almost half a century since a cancer treatment was discovered right here in the Pacific yew (taxus brevifolia). Taxol (now called paclitaxel), found in the bark of this evergreen tree, has been successfully used for treating AIDS-related Kaposi sarcoma and breast, ovarian, lung and pancreatic cancers. As critical as this compound is, destroying all of these slow-growing Pacific yew trees is not sustainable. Knowing this, scientists worked hard at – and succeeded in – making a semi synthetic version in the lab. A glowing green rabbit may not appear directly helpful to what ails you, but scientists have been doing just that as part of important biomedical research; an essential part of this process requires our local bioluminescent crystal jellyfish (aequorea victoria). Photoorgans found in this jellyfish are the source of the green fluorescent protein (GFP); this protein glows green when subjected to ultraviolet light. By attaching this protein to an object of interest – a cell, virus or another protein – scientists can track the object’s movement through a host by following the green glow. This process has been used to track the spread of cancer cells and progress of HIV. The discovery of this protein won its founders a Nobel Prize in 2008 and it is estimated to be used in more than one million experiments annually. Currently a multitude of studies are looking at treatments and cures in the natural world: deep sea sponge compounds as anti-tumor agents, cone snail toxins as pain killers and sea whip extraction as an anti-inflammatory and wound healing accelerator. These are examples from the species we know about

– 95% of the ocean is unexplored and new species are regularly discovered in our oceans, forests and other habitats worldwide. It happens that we take clean air and water for granted, but let’s give more

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Many health experts claim that certain fats are bad for you. While this can be true, ultimately we end up thinking all fat is bad. Current research has shown that the real culprits in poor heart health have to do with low nutrition status, high inflammation, stress and consumption of refined sugar. So if fats can be good for your heart, which ones do we need to consume? Here are three of my top choices for healthy fats that offer up multiple benefits in preventing cardiovascular disease, as well as being tasty and useful in the diet. Coconut oil – The Polynesian, Indian and Asian culture has survived on coconuts for centuries. Sri Lankans traditionally consume about 120 coconuts per year, and its population has less than 4% rate of hypertension despite up to 40% being smokers. Unprocessed pure coconut oil tastes great, is high in antioxidants, reduces oxidative stress and increases good cholesterol, all of which are excellent for our cardiovascular system. The medium chain fatty acids in coconut oil supports fat metabolism and aid in weight loss. Other benefits of coconut oil include maintaining healthy skin, brain and thyroid function. Try adding a small amount to your rice and soups and as a wonderful replacement for butter. It is safe to use at higher cooking temperatures. Olive oil – Olive oil is a staple in the Mediterranean diet, believed to be one of the healthiest diets for overall health. Extra virgin olive oil is high in oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat, and has been researched extensively for its cardiovascular benefits by reducing oxidative stress on blood vessels. Studies show that diets high in monounsaturated fat help lower bad – or LDL – cholesterol and triglycerides better than low-fat and high-carb diets. Olive oil is also high in antioxidant and anti-inflammatory polyphenols. It can also reduce blood pressure by dilating arteries, allowing for better blood flow. Other benefits of olive oil include helping in fighting cancer, aiding in weight loss, easing depression, supporting brain health, preventing diabetes, and maintaining healthy skin and hormones. This wonderfully healthy oil can be used in larger amounts than coconut oil but should never be heated to high temperatures on the stove or these benefits will be lost. Omega oils – Author of the book Fats that Heal Fats that Kill, Udo Erasmus raised the awareness of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids and researched the best polyunsaturated fats to consume in our diet. Omega 3 fats are found in high concentrations in fish, flax, hemp, and chia seeds. These polyunsaturated fats or (PUFAs) have the most direct link to reducing inflammation thereby preventing heart and blood vessels from becoming damaged. Omega 3s

Heart Disease: Fat or Fiction? have also been shown to lower blood pressure, regulating heart rate and lowering triglycerides. While we still need omega 6 fats in our diet, most North Americans take in far more of this compared to omega 3 fats, causing increased inflammation in our bodies. While it is still important to be aware of harmful fats in our diet, there are many sources of good fats that can do a great job of keeping our hearts and blood vessels healthy. Incorporating these fats in addition to doing regular exercise, managing stress and consuming a balanced diet high in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals can significantly reduce your risk for heart disease.

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the light side

by Tom Watson

The Big V

Valentine’s Day is upon us, yet again – the one day a year when the pressure to deliver is astronomical. How did it come about, and why am I a schmuck if I’m not standing in line at a local gift boutique, then florist and finally chocolate shop, in order to deliver a bounty to signify my love? Actually, I’m pretty lucky and expectations of that kind have never been enforced … or she just gave up hope long ago. Back in the Third Century AD, from February 13 to 15, the Romans celebrated the feast of Lupercalia. Whilst drunk and naked, the men sacrificed a goat and a dog,

then whipped the equally drunk and naked women with the hides of the animals they had just slain. Although this practice would raise eyebrows today, back in the days when the world was still very flat, young women would actually line up for the treatment as they believed it would make them fertile. By the time the Fifth Century hit, Pope Gelasius I and the Christians had tempered things a little: they put the kibosh on the sacrifices (pleasing goats and dogs to no end) and insisted everyone was clothed. It wasn’t until the 14th Century when Geoffrey


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Chaucer is credited (blamed) for turning this feasting holiday into the expression of romantic love and traditional “courting” more akin to what we have today. You have to hand it to the marketing wizards at Hallmark: they took a semi-harmless practice of sending a loved one a romantic note and turned it into a global pressure-cooker of expectations. In 2016, over 145 million Valentine cards were exchanged and in the most recent sales meeting, you have to believe the boss wanted to surpass that target. Over the last few decades, Valentine’s Day has been massaged and manipulated to make sure everyone was included, not just those who happen to be romantically involved. Kids at school exchange little cards; parents get a card; siblings, best friends and even pets get a card! Don’t get me wrong: I like cards, in fact, I love cards! I have actually spent quality time nestled in between the racks of quality cards at local stores and burst out laughing at some of the stock they carry. Humourous cards by “Tim Whyatt” are my favourite. If you’re not familiar with his work, stop by and ask Kristin at Cameron Rose to show you her secret stash; you’ll be glad you did. So, now that the whole “drunk and naked” thing could annoy the neighbours, sacrificing a goat or a nearby dog is frowned upon and beating your loved one with a pelt is totally out of fashion, sending a card doesn’t seem like too bad an idea. So start 2017 off right (it’s not too late to fire out a few Happy New Year cards), arm yourself with some Valentines and send them to your bosses, co-workers (vetted through HR first), teachers, siblings, friends and maybe even one to Fido, even though he already loves you and will really just be thrilled with your attention.

fashion focus Q: I live in two different homes – one in Sidney, and one in the desert. How do I keep my wardrobe organized? You have a couple of options here: buy two complete wardrobes for each climate you live in; or get super organized by only buying foundation items that are multi-seasonal, but have a few add-ons that are climate specific. For example: you may not take cashmere or your down coat to the desert; however, your favourite go-to jeans will transition into all climates. Doing a needs assessment based on activities, climate, function and style will have you rocking your wardrobe wherever you are.

Q: This cold air is drying out my skin even though I moisturize. What do I do? This year, I am hearing more women talk about their chapped lips and dry itchy skin from this cold dry season. Here is the deal: we have just come through the holiday season where we all enjoyed a few alcoholic cocktails and what does alcohol do? It dries you out! No matter how much you may slap on the moisturizer, you need to hydrate from the inside out! Water, water, water! When I'm drinking alcohol I always have a glass or two of water with every drink – it’s the rinse cycle!

Q: As a first-time online shopper, what should I keep in mind when purchasing products I can’t touch or try on? Being a virgin online shopper can be a bit scary at any age! You don’t know what to expect and you are so used to touching before you buy. I suggest shopping from an online store you're already familiar with. Things to look for? Always read the return policies, you want free shipping, and make sure it is a reliable site. I know if I shop Holt Renfrew I am in good hands. If I shop "Hoot Renfrew" it may not be reputable. If you don't have a good experience, try again. Just like shopping in stores, it may or may not live up to your expectations.

Q: I'm new to the Island and I notice most people dress very casually here. What is the local wardrobe style culture? If you've moved here from Toronto, Calgary or anyplace east of Vancouver, you may be in for a culture shock. Most corporate dress is business casual, retirees are most commonly seen in fleece and their best Lulu’s, and local fashionistas rock the secondhand shops to repurpose and reuse. Stay true to yourself and your personal style. Being new to the Island, you may have a style influence that encourages your new peers to raise their own style bar. Find boutiques that host brands you love by clicking on "store locator" on the brand websites. Have fun trying yourself on for size and welcome to the Island!

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It can be difficult to feel amazing every day, but I'm here to help you find answers and give direction when it comes to creating and organizing your wardrobe. Always remember: nobody's perfect! Email your questions to Q: What do I need to know about eyelash extensions? I love how glamorous eyelash extensions look. When shopping for a salon that applies them, always ask to have the glue tested on your skin before a full application. If you wear glasses, I suggest getting the lashes shorter or you will be touching them up all day and making sure they're not all bunched up in one clump. All in all, they are a fun experience! So go rock the lash bar.

February’s Style Tip: This is the month retailers receive their spring inventory. If you want to get a head start on your wardrobe choices, get into the shops early. Connect with sales reps that will call you when brands and colours in your size and style come in. This is truly what I love about boutique shopping: service!

Feminine Elegance

all part of the personalized service at Sweet Talk & Lace: there is no charge for a fitting. Just like regular clothing, one’s preference in sleepwear changes seasonally according to the temperature outside. During the chilly winter months, Marie suggests flannelette and cuddle skin. She also recommends the new fabrics such as modal (derived from birch trees), bamboo and of course cotton – all natural and very comfortable fabrics. Lingerie care is also important. All bras should be hand-washed to extend the life of the product, and it is recommended that they are replaced every year or two. Two events to watch for: the semi-annual storewide sale February 12 to the 28 AND the new spring arrivals coming in March … shop early for the best selection. Form, fit, elegance and femininity … look no further than Sweet Talk & Lace Lingerie.

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This is one of a series of profiles on some local businesses that keep us all in fashion. Marie Rosko opened Sweet Talk & Lace Lingerie in 1989 – almost 30 years ago. The boutique name is an allusion to the "sweet talk between couples" and the femininity and elegance of lace. When asked what some of her personal favourites are, Marie mentions the elegant Diamond Tea robes, the beautiful French lace bras and the seasonal changes in the boutique's lovely nightwear and robe selections. With Valentine’s Day coming, there are great gift ideas for that special someone! Marie assures the gentleman buyer that just in case, gifts can be exchanged so don’t hesitate to come in and find that special something. Many women are wearing the wrong size bra because they have never had a proper fitting; it is one of the things that they do not like to do. Sweet Talk & Lace's manager Hazel, with over 30 years’ experience, and associate Bea, with nine years’ experience, are committed to giving each customer a personalized and enjoyable bra fitting experience. They have been bra fitting for many years, and ladies should realize that just as one’s doctor has seen it all, so have Hazel and Bea – Photo, L to R: their main objective Bea, Marie and Hazel is fitting their customers with the perfect fit and style. Sweet Talk & Lace carries a wide selection of bras, including several European brands. Marie recommends a fitting every two to three years. It’s

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TO WATCH 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 11 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 2016. • 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?

WIN! Winner will be showcased in the April issue of Seaside Magazine and honoured at a private Seaside Women To Watch reception March 8. Winner will also receive one hour of graphic design time with Rose Designs to be used toward a logo or business card design; a $50 gift certificate from House of Lily Koi; and an express manicure, haircut, scalp massage and style from Going Platinum Hair Design & Esthetics.

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Reclaim Your Life! Sidney Scooters by Doreen Marion Gee

This is part of a rotating series of profiles on some of the Saanich Peninsula's unique businesses and services. A trip to Sidney Scooters could change your life. Their mission is to give people back a full bountiful existence when everything seems to be shrinking. Chronic illness, injuries and disabilities can be debilitating, keeping people housebound and cut off from the world. With state-of-the-art equipment and new exciting "tools" for independence, the owners are opening the door for you. Business is bustling at Sidney Scooters: seven customers came into the store during my talk with owners Barb Brunlees and her brother, Tom Cuthbertson. When illness and disability curtail one's mobility, isolation and depression sometimes follow. The caring owners focus on opening up people's worlds. “We want them to enjoy life, be out in the sunshine, get some stimulaton,” remarks Barb. Tom believes that their products give people back their precious sense of autonomy and freedom: “It is that feeling of independence that helps keep people alive.” Sidney Scooters has a dizzying array of modern marvels to get people out and about, from premium-quality lightweight walkers and power wheelchairs to high-tech scooters that resemble tiny cars. Colourful stylish canes sparkle on the shelves. “Our customers can be fashionable too!” exclaims Barb. “We have a great selection of canes.” The first steps of

independence start in the home, with the basic ability to get in and out of bed and up from a couch or chair. Barb reveals a shocking statistic: one of the main reasons why people have to go into assisted living is because they cannot get up from the toilet. The owners are very excited about their new line of stability aids that reinstate these vitally important functions. Their "Security Pole and Curve Grab Bar" provides the stability that makes standing and sitting easier. Tension mounted with no attachments, it can be used in the bathroom or anywhere in the home. The "Stable Rail" provides the support to get in and out of bed and the "EZ Stand-N-Go" railed stabilizer facilitates standing up from a chair or couch. Tom and Barb offer an online store where you can order an electronic stair-lift system, a bed, a specially designed mattress – and much more. They provide rentals and expert servicing of scooters and wheelchairs. The foundation for their successful business is a commitment to outstanding customer care: “The most important part of this business is service to our customers. We will always find a way to help someone or fix a problem.” If needed, they can bring their store to the customer with in-home delivery and service. In a nutshell: “We want people to live a little.” At Sidney Scooters, they help customers reclaim the lives that they once had – a precious gift indeed. Contact: or

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Home Design Trends and Energizing Projects to Brighten Your Winter Story by janice henshaw Photography by

The nights are still long, the days short and grey. Snowbirds are Facebooking and emailing stories of the good life that include sun and surf. What can we stay-at-homers do to give our spirits a lift? Well, we can design and decorate! Now is the time to take a good look at our homes and pick a project or two to tackle before spring arrives. Once they are done, we can plan a dinner party and enjoy accolades from our friends. But where to start?

2017 Design Trends

I asked Interior Designer Cydney Hellier of Cydney Hellier Gray Design to share some of her thoughts on trends to expect for 2017. Her response: • We are continuing to see lots of white – layers of white mixed with bold colour. Rich tones. Subtleties of gold. • Reclaimed materials are still popular and are often mixed with polished items, like marble. We want to balance luxurious materials and textures. • Good design is always about classic lines and balance with added excitement. We are always fine-tuning our aesthetic and what we present to the world. • It’s time to tone down all the grey we’ve had. (Grey is challenging to use in this part of the world.) It might also be the year to lose all the blush and soft pink−and throw out those written art pieces!

Small Projects and a Touch of Luxury That Won’t Break the Bank. Cydney also has some small project ideas,

ranging from the luxurious to the practical that we can tackle between

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February and March that will help lift our spirits, and that won’t break the bank. • It’s always time to streamline our homes. The beginning of the year creates a natural urge to purge. Think of your day-to-day functioning. Plan to streamline. Create a place for everything, a docking station, hidden storage. • Treat yourself to some luxury: great art, inspirational cooking pieces, coffee table books, soothing music streaming through your rooms. • Why not create an exercise-to-go area, where your bags are prepacked, ready for you to grab and go to the gym, yoga studio or hike the trails. Cydney concludes that we can find inspiration from anything, including art, travel, photography, pottery, funky cafes, graphic design and fashion. Websites can also provide great new ideas; Cydney is a fan of Dwell, Pinterest, Design-Milk, and all the “rabbit holes one goes down from these.” Paint Colours of the Year. The Benjamin Moore Colour and Design Team has chosen “Shadow” for its colour of the year for 2017. Ellen O’Neill, Benjamin Moore Creative Director, describes it as a rich, royal amethyst that can “fade into the soft lilac-grey of distant mountains or morph into lustrous coal. Indulge your mysterious side.” The Pantone Color Institute has chosen “Greenery” for its colour of the year. They describe it as a “fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew.”

"What can we do to give our spirits a lift? Now is the time to pick a project to tackle before spring arrives."

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Does this mean that taupe has had its day? Not so fast, according to the website of Sherwin-Williams, which reports that they don’t usually like to play colour favourites, “but in this case, we can’t resist. The color we anticipate defining 2017 is Poised Taupe.” This colour “creates a cozy lifestyle and brings a sense of sanctuary into our homes. It diffuses the stresses of the world outside our doors – so much so that we feel restored and in balance when we walk across our threshold.” As a first step in choosing colours, it’s easy and time-saving to check out intriguing paint combinations online to see how they affect our mood and perception of a room. All three paint companies allow us to “paint” their sample scenes or upload photos to see colour on our walls. It’s fun, inspiring, and sure beats realizing you’ve picked the 58 | february 2017 | seaside homes

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Your Natural Resource ... Top: the best option when it comes to window treatments may be new blinds for privacy, an innovative drape for an awkward window or retractable screens. Left: wallpapering a room is a small project that has big impact.

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Instead of Paint, How About Wallpaper? “Wallpapering a room is a small project that has a big impact,” says Lana of Lana Lounsbury Interiors, a full-service interior design firm specializing in renovation and decoration. Lana passionately believes that interior design is an “essential, transformative tool to reinvent oneself throughout life.” She says: “Wallpaper isn’t just for feature walls anymore! We wrap powder rooms, ceilings, entry halls, dining rooms and bedrooms with pattern, texture, and colour.” Jewels of Any Room. Creating and installing blinds is, luckily, not something we have to do ourselves! Sidney’s Paula Grypma of Outlooks Design specializes in window coverings and soft furnishings. She says they are the “jewels of any room. Get them right, and your room will feel and look complete.” Paula likes to start with an in-home consultation to see the space and discuss with the homeowner what is needed. It may be new blinds for privacy, an innovative drape for an awkward window, retractable screens, or fresh upholstery for an old heirloom.

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Paula predicts that this year, “We will see a greater use of bold colours, especially in green palettes for window coverings, furniture and paint. Mixing prints is big, including florals and geometrics. Panel tracks, shutters and other roller fabric design window coverings such as the Silhouette manufactured by Hunter Douglas are some styles which provide fresh solutions.”

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Even if we are not planning to sell our home, it’s always a good idea to consider a real estate perspective before taking on the expense and time of renovations, large or small. Marilyn Ball and Ian Heath of JONESco Real Estate Inc. suggest that we think of preparing our home as if we are having a dinner party. “Clean exceptionally well, wash windows, organize closets and edit clutter to magazine standards without being sterile. The key words are ‘let in the light,’ either with candles, or bright sunny rooms.” Marilyn and Ian note that when purchasing a new home, people are buying a lifestyle, and so sometimes “it’s the almost imperceptible, the whole sum of the effects that wins the most gains, not always the huge, expensive renovation that typically centers on kitchen and baths.”

Small Touches Mean a Lot!

Additional suggestions from Marilyn and Ian include fresh paint, towels, linens, and flowers – inside and out. “A big plus is a tidy yard and landscape, with neatly trimmed borders, edging, and pruned bushes. Potted outdoor plants can add instant colour, and punch! It’s incredibly potent to get that first impression right.”

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Top: reclaimed materials are often mixed with polished items. We want to balance luxurious materials and textures. the master bedroom is airy and filled with light. Bottom: change up the stock pillows that came with your sofa!

It’s encouraging to hear from the experts that we don’t have to plan major renovations to give our home and ourselves a lovely winter lift. And please remember: our homes reflect our personalities, they are our personal palette on which to invoke creativity. So stretch out and enjoy your inspiring choices, whether it’s new paint, window coverings, fabrics, or a simple, elegant vase of flowers. seaside homes | february 2017 | 61

Rooms Resolved:

10 Decorating Must-Dos! by tracey jones – remarkable interiors & stacey kaminski – styles by stacey


Know Your Colour Palette! 10-30-60. Create flow by choosing one colour for the main living areas (60%), then shades and tones of that colour in adjacent rooms and furniture (30%) and an accent color to finish the space – usually décor pieces (10%). When you do this first, decorating is much easier.


Edit! The key to understanding design and décor is knowing when enough is enough. All furniture, art and accessories require breathing room. It’s OK to edit things out when their day is done – donate or recycle!




Create Contrast! Layer layer! Combine materials, shapes, textures and patterns. If you have lots of square hard edges in the room, throw in a round table or mirror. Add cozy pillows and a textured area rug to contrast hard surfaces. Group accessories in threes.


Go Big on Area Rugs! Furniture in a seating area should ideally touch the front of the rug (front feet on) or have just a little floor peeking through. No more tiny rug islands!


Furniture off the Walls! Float furniture away from the walls to create defined and intimate seating areas. (Remember “breathing room.”) Aim to be looking towards a natural or created focal point … this will keep the space connected.


7 Fake Height! Create the illusion of higher ceilings by hanging drapery above the window at the ceiling and have it just skim the the floor. Use mirrors in every room to reflect light up and down, “creating” space. Choose lower profile furniture to give the illusion of grander ceiling height.


Change up the Stock Pillows (that came with your sofa)! For an instant refresh, invest in sets of 20- by 20-inch feather-filled pillows in complementary solids and patterns. PILLOWS = LUXE.



Understand Scale! When buying new furniture, tape out potential new pieces on the floor before you buy. Make sure there is room around every piece. Scale is also really important with art. Consider the rule of thirds – a piece of art or mirror over the sofa should be 2/3 (ish!) the size of the sofa. Group art to create the scale required for a bigger wall.


Refresh with Greenery! Live or a good faux stem of greenery goes a long way to wake up a space. They are always the final finishing layer. Ditch the dusty dried arrangements and outdated florals.


Be Authentic! Your space deserves your stamp! Plan ahead to integrate everyday pieces and add in interesting and the unexpected – a special heirloom or antiques and collectibles. This will give your space personality. Add in the “I never would have thought of that piece!” photos by


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It’s a beautiful Sunday morning: you’re enjoying a coffee, reviewing the retirement income report from your financial advisor. You smile, thinking retirement looks comfortable. by Deneen Cunningham Then you receive a phone call McVagh Cunningham Group from your dad, who shares the news that your mom has fallen again. He doesn't think he can look after her anymore, but doesn’t know how he will afford care for her. You realize you haven’t factored this cost into your own retirement plan, and your smile disappears. Statistics tell us improved health care is allowing Canadians to live longer. This is great, but there may be significant costs to consider as you age. If you require in-home care, or need to move to a facility, have you planned for these costs? One solution is Long-Term Care Insurance, a product designed to help ease the financial burden. Many experts say the ideal time to purchase this coverage is in your 50s. The monthly cost usually begins at roughly $200, depending on the amount you purchase. Now, how much will you need? Home care services provided by the government vary, depending on the resources available in your community. The Government of B.C. website is a good resource for the available services. It’s important to look at what is available after you have exhausted government-provided resources: does one of your children have a basement suite? Can they help you with your daily needs? You may not want to be a burden to your children, or rely on them to have the time and resources to look after you, so now you need to look at additional options. The costs for a care facility vary greatly. Your out-of-pocket monthly expenses can range from $1,000 for ward-level accommodation in a government-subsidized facility, to over $5,000 for a private room in a non-subsidized facility. If those numbers are not factored into your retirement income plan, Long-Term Care insurance is something to consider. These plans are designed to bridge the gap between government benefits and the additional care or services you might want to access. Long-Term Care insurance can be an important component of your retirement plan. The application process will likely include answering some medical questions, and additional information may be requested from your doctor before a decision is reached by the insurance company. The best way to determine if LongTerm Care insurance is right for you is to discuss your needs with a Financial Advisor who is qualified to help you buy insurance products.

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FOR TOTS, KIDS & TEENS March to May: A new venue

for interesting kids activites: art, dance and yoga at the McTavish Academy of Art. Please visit during these months to see various kids’ activities and multiple start dates. A teaser? Create Your Own Comic Book & Create Your Own Colouring Book.

March 5: Sea Shirt

Sunday. Create your own ocean-themed

fashion T-shirt, pillow or bag. Bring pillow case, cloth bag or T-shirt (white shirts available for purchase), fabric paint $2. 1 to 3 p.m. All ages. Regular admission; passes and memberships accepted. Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea. 250.665.7511.

March 11: Free Underwater Hockey Lessons. Enjoy this new funfilled challenging sport. Learn stick and puck handling and take part in a match. Saturday, 2 to 3 p.m. All ages. Free with admission. Must be comfortable in the water. Panorama Recreation Pool. 250.656.7271

March 11 to 31:

Spring Break: Teen Mini Challenge. Take part in our Spring Break Teen Mini Challenge and you might win a mini prize! Get a mini task booklet on our website, complete tasks and return it to our library to be entered into the prize draw. 12-18 yrs. Free. Sidney/North Saanich Regional Library. Get started at or sidney-north-saanich. 250.656.0944.

March 23: Spring Break Puppet Show: The Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark. Fun-filled underwater version of the Three Little Pigs. Thursday, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. All ages. Free. Sidney/North Saanich Regional Library. 250.656.0944.

April 1 to June 10:

Chinese Art & Calligraphy. Exciting Introduction to Chinese calligraphy, poems, paper-cutting and music enjoyment. Kids learn all about Chinese culture and take home their own works of art. Saturdays, 1 to 2:30 p.m. 6-12yrs. 9/$126. Gordon Head Recreation Centre. 250.475.7100.

April 2: Sea Shirt Sunday. Create your own ocean-themed

fashion T-shirt, pillow or bag. Bring pillow case, cloth bag or T-shirt (white shirts available for purchase), fabric paint $2. 1 to 3 p.m. All ages. Regular admission; passes and memberships accepted. Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea. www. 250.665.7511.

April 3 to May 31:

Junior Judo A. Children learn Judo skills and important values of self-respect, discipline, commitment, perseverance and concentration through games and activities. Uniform and annual insurance fee required. Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. 7-10 yrs. 16/$171. Gordon Head Recreation Centre. 250.475.7100.

March 16: Stained Glass – Fused Glass Ornaments. Teens will love making three glass ornaments from dragonflies and Pokemon to their own unique creation. All materials provided. 1 to 4 p.m. 12-18yrs. $40. G.R. Pearkes Recreation Centre. 250.475.5400.

April 6 - May 25:

Good Morning Storytime. Bring your tiny tots to the library for stories, songs, rhymes and movement. Thursdays, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Up to 5 yrs. Free. Sidney / North Saanich Regional Library. branches/sidney-north-saanich. 250.656.0944.

April 8 to 29:

Little Bogeys. Introducing toddlers to the game of golf. Little ones learn through play and lots of fun. Saturdays, 10 to 10:45 a.m. 3-6 yrs. 4/$75. Ardmore Golf Course. 250.656.7271.

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World Cup Soccer. Kids will enjoy learning soccer moves: dribbling, passing and shooting through playful fun and games. Parents encouraged to join in. Mondays, 3:45 to 4:30pm. 4.5-6 yrs. 8/$76. Keating Elementary School Gymnasium. 250.656.7271.

Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea and participate in daily activities that include games, hands-on activities and presentations. Some teasers: Crab Survivor, Seal vs.Sea Lion and Octopus Creature Feature. Open daily 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. School-age. Free Drop-in. Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea. 250.665.7511.

April 21: Snorkeling for Kids. Underwater fun. Kids are taught

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the basics of snorkeling and then try out their new skills with games. 4 to 5 p.m. 7-12yrs. $20. Saanich Commonwealth Place. 250.475.7600. 6 to 8 p.m. 5-15 yrs. Free. Elk Lake. 250-475-5422.

May 14:

Free Admission – Mother’s Day. Hey kids! Take mom out for Mother’s Day at Panorama Rec and she gets FREE admission to all drop-in activities. Maybe you can have some fun too. 1:30 to 3 p.m. Panorama Recreation and Greenglade Community Centres. 250.656.7271.

May 1 to June 12: Mixed Media

Sculpture. Let your imagination go wild as you make shadow puppets, animal masks, kinetic sculptures - using found objects. All materials included. Mondays, 4 to 5:30 p.m. 8-11 yrs. 6/$85. Cedar Hill Recreation Centre. 250.475.7121.

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Gymnastics. Wildly fun-filled program for tiny tots to

engineers build airplanes, rockets, helicopters and more – through open exploration and learning new concepts. Tuesdays, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. 5-7 yrs. 6/$100. Greenglade Community Centre Room #6. 250.656.7271.

introduce them to gymnastics through games and play. Wednesdays, 9:30-10:30 a.m. 3-5 yrs. 7/$47. Gordon Head Recreation Centre. 250.475.7100.

May 8: Muddy Fun in Clay – Pro

D Day Camp. Giggle and laugh as wet gooey clay seeps through your fingers. Kids will love moulding and sculpting their own little pottery masterpieces. Bring a nut-free snack. Monday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. 6-12 yrs. $35. Greenglade Community Centre Room #3. 250.656.7271

May 27: Low-Tide Family Fun Day. Explore and learn

about the marine biodiversity along Sidney’s shoreline with educators from the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea. Meet at the scuba diver statue on the waterfront walk. Wear appropriate footwear for slippery rocks and getting your feet wet. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. All ages. Free or donation. Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea. 250.665.7511.

May 11:

Learn to Fish. Learn the fundamentals of freshwater fishing with the Freshwater Fisheries Society of B.C. Must register and be accompanied by an adult. For information visit or email

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It was cold and dark outside but inside the Nell Horth room coffee and treats from Quince Café warmed everyone up, ready to tackle the serious issues of January’s Book Club picks. Jumping in with both feet, we kicked off the Book Club year with two books: Persepolis, a graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi and Pico Iyer’s The Art of Stillness. Both sparked discussion and some strong opinions. Why choose the graphic novel form? What even is a graphic novel? We found the format of Persepolis almost as interesting as the content. Opinions differed as to its effectiveness as a format for storytelling, but for most participants, as it was their first experience of a graphic novel, it led to some interesting thoughts and suggestions for further reading from Virginia, our library liaison. Most readers felt that the story had told them details of Iran’s history they hadn’t known before and judged the child’s-eye view an effective way to simplify a complicated narrative. It was an interesting perspective, a feminist viewpoint and a family not quite like the ordinary people. Were we glad we read it? Definitely. Would we read on to the sequel and prequel? Not many hands up for that! The Art of Stillness is a very slim volume, originally devised as a TED Talk, and some readers felt it should have remained as that. Whilst there was a lot of interest in and support for the idea of “stillness” as translated to mindfulness, a few of our readers felt quite strongly that Iyer was not the man to be prescribing this. From his privileged position it seemed hard to take seriously the idea that we should all step away from our lives and experience stillness, especially in the extreme forms presented by him (who has time to become a monk, or retreat for months at a time?) However, several readers were quite affected by his concise style and regular references to Leonard Cohen, a recurrent theme. Oh, and the photographs, we loved the photographs! The Book Club selection for our February meeting is All the Broken Things by Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer. The meeting will be held on February 15 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Sidney/ North Saanich Library. Visit www. for a more in-depth summary and to sign up.


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A Pub & A Hub: The Prairie Inn

This is the third in a six-part series of profiles featuring some of the Saanich Peninsula's wonderful restaurants and pubs. In the 1860s locals tied up the reins of their horse, parked their carriage and dropped in for a 10-cent shot of whiskey. While that quick pint and set of wheels cost considerably more now, the warm and welcoming atmosphere of this pub in the heart of Saanichton remains unchanged. The Prairie Inn opened its doors in 1859 when then owners Henry and Adelaide Simpson built their homestead here. It was a place to refresh, chat with neighbours, transact business and cast your vote. Now, 158 years later, the Prairie Inn is still inviting

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“We give the best customer service we can. People like coming here. We’re going to keep going. If it’s not broke, don’t fix it,” says Jamie. The neighbourhood supports this pub; in turn the pub supports the community around it. Frequently it sponsors fundraisers like the recent Parkland Secondary School Dry Grad, or sports events like the annual Harriers Pioneer 8K Road Race. “Since I’ve been here this past 18 years, we’ve probably raised $200,000 or so towards charities,” shares Jamie. It’s a recipe that still works: helping the community, providing phenomenal food and service, and creating a home away from home. This pub is a piece of the past still very much resonating in the present.

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Peninsula Panthers

February 2017 - Action-packed Month

As the 2016-17 edition of the Peninsula Panthers Jr. Hockey Club roll into the final several games of the regular season, there are a lot of chips still out there on the table and although much of the heavy lifting both on and off the ice has been taken care of, there is still a lot work to be done.

Management was busy as the trading deadline of January 10th drew near and several tough decisions were made with a view to ensuring the cupboard was full for seasons to come. Twenty-year-olds Josh Poland and Garnett Roberts playing in their final year of Junior were moved to the Kerry Park Islanders for future considerations, with younger players coming to the Panthers at the end of the current season. And 19-year-old forward Michael Sproule was dispatched to the crosstown Saanich Braves for 18-year-old defenceman Gavin Yee who the “Cats” from the Peninsula believe will anchor their back end for the rest of the season and for a couple more. General Manager Pete Zubersky opined that the moves had to be done. “Garnett and Josh were both great kids but we are really building what I believe will be a special Club for the next several years. We wanted to give them a chance with an older group of players but we also wanted to ensure that our younger kids had a chance to play valuable minutes going into the final stretch of the regular season and beyond - games that are really very meaningful. Both kids understand the situation and although they have moved on, I think their hearts are probably still out here on the Peninsula. We wanted to bring in a defenceman who would have a couple more years in the VIJHL and could lead a talented young group on defence and we think we did just that in obtaining Gavin. We had to give up something to get something and so Michael Sproule was that piece.” Brad Tippett, who was formally a Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations for the Western Hockey League Prince Albert Raiders and the Regina Pats, jumped into the same position back in August right here on

After playing a couple seasons out on the Penisula, 6’4” defenceman Garnett Roberts was moved to the Kerry Park Islanders in a deadline deal. He is pictured here in his last game with the Panthers. the Peninsula with the Panthers and seems to be enjoying every minute with the Club and is certainly looking to be part of the future with this group. “I joined the Club just a couple of weeks before the start of the season and it took me a while to really identify our strengths and weaknesses. We made a commitment to this young core group. Our job was to make our players better instead of being a team with a constantly revolving door of players. We are very proud of the fact our roster boasts far more local players than any other team in the VIJHL and we are very excited about some of the local players who we think will be Panthers as early as next season. I leave every game and practice feeling good about our team and about the future. Some days I might be upset and feeling like pulling my hair out, but then I take a deep breath and remind myself that in 28 years of coaching, this is arguably the best group of young men with whom I have been associated. They all want to get better. They are willing to do the things they don’t like to do in order to be the players they want to become. We tell them all the time that tough times don’t last, tough people do!” Tippett then spoke a bit about the development of his Club. “Just thinking back to September and seeing how far this group has come is really amazing. They are a resilient lot who have remained very positive. They are standing up for each other, picking each other up when someone needs it and working with each other. We lost Trevor Owens and Marshall Brown the first weekend to injuries. To illustrate how deep that loss was, in spite of both of them missing two and a half months, they are currently two of our leading scorers. The Panthers are now coming down the home stretch and will play in the Wild Card game against the Oceanside Generals on February 20th at 7:30 pm. It is yet to be determined where that knockout game will be played, but the Panthers seem like they are ready to embrace opportunity. The winner of the game will move on to play the Campbell River Storm in the best-of-7 series, a match-up that should certainly excite the fans on the Peninsula. “The last two times we played the Storm right here at the Panorama Recreation Centre might have been the best two games of the regular season,” said Zubersky. “Our kids would love to get a shot at that series and so from here on in and for the remainder of the regular season, we have a focus on the Wild Card game. It will be a great experience and one which will be important to our development.

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The final regular season game of the season will take place on Friday, February 17th and it will be a very special evening for everyone in attendance. The vs. Westshore Wolves Panthers have designed and will be cracking open a 3rd jersey which will be vs. Oceanside Generals used for this game only, and after the contest there will be an on-ice ceremony where the players will gift their jerseys to Minor Hockey players as well as fans AWARDS BANQUET - 5:30 pm in attendance at the game. A draw will be held and 20 PMHA players and five Public Welcome - Tickets available fans will be paraded onto the ice and will then be gifted a jersey. It is truly one WILD CARD GAME- 7:30 pm of the highlights of the year! Every single PMHA player, manager, coach and - Location - T.B.A. referee will be admitted into the game for free and the Panthers are hoping that @ppanthersvijhl the barn will be absolutely packed for this event. “There is always a real buzz around this appreciation game,” explained Zubersky. “We always have a loud, Visit our website: boisterous crowd and it really sends us off into the playoffs on a high note.” Our record in this game is off the charts, I just believe that #29, 19-year-old Ty Hermsen (left) & #18, 20-yearthe excitement surrounding the contest brings out the best “ 28 years of coaching, old, Kai Turner (right) are two Peninsula Minor Hockey products who are veterans on the Panthers this is arguably the best in our Club - at least this has been the case in the past. I Club. Both play a gritty and “In your face” game would expect that the game will be a great one. group of young men with and will be important pieces as the Panthers come down the stretch and into the playoffs this next whom I have been The Panthers will be in the lobby after the first period and month. Turner is in his 3rd season with the associated.” the players will sign autographs at this point. As in the Panthers and is playing out his Junior eligibility. past years, the Club will provide their program to the Brad Tippett, youngsters who are looking for the players’ signatures. Head Coach / Director of Hockey Ops. The Panthers will begin their marketing campaign for the 2017/18 season commencing in February. Inventory will include rink and wall boards, backlit signage, sponsorship bars on jerseys, program ads, game day promotions & other opportunities. If you or your company has interest in being a partner with the Hockey Club, you are asked to contact Coreen Zubersky to discuss a package that will work for you.

Peninsula Panthers Annual Awards Banquet

Saturday, February 18, 2017 at the Glen Meadows Golf & Country Club Refreshments 5:00 p.m. Dinner 5:30 p.m.

Last season’s winner of the Most Sportsmanlike Player presented by GM Pete Zubersky went to this year’s Captain, #4 Trevor Owens.

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 from Coreen Zubersky in the Lobby at any Peninsula Panthers home games or by calling 250-652-1804. Tickets for the deluxe buffet are $40. and the dinner will be an enjoyable one. 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

in pursuit of the golden years a balanced approach to seniors' health and wellness As we settle into a fresh, new year, our thoughts move towards resolutions and goals for 2017 – many of them geared towards health and wellness. Who doesn’t want to feel the very best they can, especially in an age where superbugs, chronic disease and mental health issues seem more prevalent than ever? It’s challenging at any age to avoid by Shauna Dorko Owner, Sidney SeniorCare sickness, chronic fatigue, impaired mobility or a weakened immune system, but the degenerative process of aging can make us more susceptible to these conditions. For example: while we struggle to get rid of a stubborn winter cold, that same winter cold or flu for a senior has much more potential to turn into viral or bacterial pneumonia, or other complications including the worsening of an existing health issue such as asthma, heart disease,

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of a 25km trail race that took me to the edge of a glacier. Months of training, early Sunday starts (not my favourite), and some major mental battles, especially when a mandatory kit list was introduced in case of bears or other emergencies. On the day, setting off in the dark, heading up a really quite huge mountain, it just didn’t seem like me or my life. But I set a goal last January and was so proud of myself when I limped through the finish line. I hope that this issue of Seaside Magazine will spark some lifestyle changes, challenge you to try a new activity or even set a goal for yourself this year. You’ll find me on the trails again, aiming high for the Kusam Klimb in June. With over 4,800ft of climbing I’ll need to stick with my training plan!

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After the disrupted routines of the holiday period I love to take time in January and February to settle back into my rhythm and make plans for the year ahead. I’m not going to call them resolutions because I’ve not had a lot of success with those in the past; rather I like to think about goals – something to keep me on track and heading forward. I like crossing things off lists; I like deadlines and targets; I do not do well when drifting! Pulling together this Health and Wellness issue has been great inspiration as I look at my 2017 personal goals. I think most people struggle with balance, and I see how easy it is for exercise to take a back seat when there are competing calls on your time. But really, what’s more important than our health? Body and mind – if we can’t take care of these then how will we do taking care of everything else? 2016 was an exceptional year for me. I’d noticed that with a busy work and home life my activity levels had dropped (and let’s be honest, waistband increased) and I needed a way to change things. I’m not a natural “exerciser” but ever since I had my first baby I’ve run in some form or other. It might be that all I can manage is 5km twice a week, but some years I have trained for 10 k races or halfmarathons. I’ve been through a number of injuries and recoveries, some waning of enthusiasm and some periods of total dedication. I have never been even close to the top of a finish board! This picture though – and that smile – show me achieving my 2016 goal. It was taken in Whistler just after I’d reached the summit


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what ’ s happening february 12: Love Is In The Park (guided walk - all ages) 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park, Saanich 250.478.3344 |

Come discover what animals are breeding in the park. Participate in family fun and all age-appropriate activities related to tree frogs singing, eagles cartwheeling, hummingbirds dancing, owls hooting and more. Meet at the grassy area adjacent to the picnic shelter in the Filter Beds parking lot off Beaver Lake Road. february 13: FREE Family Fun Day!

All day at Greenglade Community Centre and Panorama Rec Centre 250.656.7271 |

Celebrate Family Day with FREE admission to swimming, skating, weightroom and fitness classes sponsored by Peninsula Co-op. Skate 1 to 2:20 p.m.; Swim 1:30 to 3 p.m. february 14: Cupid's Cuties at Kindergym 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Greenglade Community Centre 2151 Lannon Way, Sidney 250.656.7271 |

Happy Valentine’s Day! Bring your little one for a morning of fun at Kindergym! Join us for some special treats and make a card for that special someone! february 20: Fables in February: Stories at Fern Street 7:15 p.m. at 1831 Fern St. (Park on Begbie.) 250.477.7044 |

Sidney’s Pet Centre Come See Us for All Your Pet Needs! Proudly Serving Sidney & the Peninsula for 28 Years #4 - 9769 Fifth St, Sidney

The Victoria Storytellers Guild welcomes you to hear and tell stories on the third Monday of every month September through June (except December and June when we meet on the second Monday of the month istead). Admission $5; students $3 (includes tea and goodies). february 26: Capriccio Vocal Ensemble 2:30 p.m. at St. Mary's Church, East Saanich Road @ Cultra Avenue, Saanichton 250.652.1611 |

A Celtic Celebration! Tickets $20; reserve via the contacts above. For more information visit february 28: Canadian Federation of University Women Saanich Peninsula Branch Monthly Meeting 7 p.m. at the Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney

The CFUW, Saanich Peninsula invites the community to its monthly meeting to hear a presentation by Isobel MacKenzie, presenting "Findings of the Senior's Advocate." Free presentation.

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y life working for the Canadian forces (Army and Air) took my wife Edna and I all over Canada – and to Europe. We raised three amazing daughters along the way! A career change and opportunity brought us to lovely Sidney-by-the-Sea and we couldn’t have been happier! I became a Special Constable with the RCMP at the Victoria Airport. I loved the job, the airport staff, the travelling public and all the crazy adventures the airport brought. To this day, locals still remember me working at the airport and I forged lasting friendships – I was known to all as “LAP.” I was the first RCMP officer stationed in Sidney to elect to work beyond the mandatory retirement age when the government changed the law! After eventually retiring, I worked summers at Sandown Racetrack - a highlight of my life. I had over 35 years of volunteer recognition, and in 2012 Edna and I were awarded the Hearts of the Community for service which was a great honour for both of us! After celebrating our 60th wedding anniversary I had to say goodbye to my Edna. Now I’m learning to find my way without her, and my path has brought me to Sidney All-Care where I have formed some wonderful friendships. ~ Rene “LAP” LaPrairie, Resident at Sidney All Care Residence

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