Seaside Magazine February 2019 Issue

Page 1








A Wedding for

Every Budget


You're the smile to my face and the beat to my heart...

Suite 201 – 2400 Bevan Avenue 250-656-7176 or 250-589-0010

Let Sidney SeniorCare show YOU some love this month with consistent quality, award-winning home support services customized to fit your schedule and personal needs. Give yourself or someone you love a special Valentine's Day treat – call now for your FREE consultation!

Oak Bay Community 778-433-4784 or 250-589-0010

NEW LOCATION 250-656-7176 or 250-589-0010

Salt Spring Island 250-538-7411 or 1-855-252-5641 (toll free)

Contents FEBRUARY 2019



WORD ON THE STREET Getting Out With Your Family

SOMETHING DIFFERENT Unique Local Venues for Your Special Day



SEASIDE HOMES A Dream Renovation in Deep Cove

A WEDDING FOR EVERY BUDGET Getting the Most for Your Money

23 - 31


OUR FOCUS ON Health & Wellness

“Johnny Cash” photo by Nunn Other Photography

EVERY MONTH 8 First Word 9 Trendspotting 15 Common Cents 19 The Natural Path 23 The Golden Years 29 Inside Out 30 Deb’s Day Out 36 Behind the Scenes 38 New & Noteworthy 39 Out for a … Run NEW!

43 Cowland’s Chronicles NEW! 50 Island Dish 51 Take Note NEW! 54 Art Scene NEW! 57 Seaside Book Club 58 In Fashion 67 West Coast Gardener 70 Tell Me a Story NEW! 79 Last Word





Do you know that actress? With that hair? It’s hard to put what we want into words sometimes, especially at the hairdresser. The hair nerd is back to help! This month I have the pleasure of helping you navigate some of those fancy terms when it comes to hair colouring!

We rarely think about our mobility until it fails us. Our bodies are meant to move! Walk in nature, dance in your kitchen, touch your toes, reach for the sun; move whatever and whenever you are able to. Welcome movement back into your life, and enjoy improved health well into your senior years.

TARA MACDONALD PAGE 39 The Saanich Peninsula is home to many amazing trail systems and parks that are not well known. With a sense of adventure, I got to explore as many new trails as I could while training for ultramarathons. I love sharing the amazing places I have found with other runners and hikers.

CASSIDY NUNN COVER, PAGES 9 & 36 I have a deep love for chocolate as well as shopping local; the best of both worlds came together when I learned about how chocolates are made at Rock Coast here in Central Saanich. It’s not a simple process by any means, and I have a whole new appreciation for my favourite treat!

STEPHANIE STAPLES PAGE 29 I love words! Words matter. The words we think, we speak, we feel and we hear all matter. But sometimes English just can’t get the meaning across; good thing there’s Japanese! This one word literally changed the trajectory of my life; it has impacted my health, wellness and lifestyle. Kaizen!

BRAD TIPPETT PAGE 15 For couples, learning how to work to together is a good start. Then learning how to make the work fun is great progress. Learning how to work together to make work fun is the ultimate. As advisors, the more we can educate our clients the more the work becomes fun.

Owner / Publisher Sue Hodgson 250.516.6489 Editor in Chief Allison Smith 250.813.1745 Account Manager Steven Haley-Browning 250.217.4022 Editorial Director Deborah Rogers Design Assistant Kelsey Boorman 250.580.8437 Staff Photographer Cassidy Nunn

In-Room at:

This Month's Contributors: Annilee Armstrong, Jo Barnes, Kristen Bovee, Anne Brodbeck, Chris Cowland, Gillian Crowley, Art Finlayson, Lara Gladych, Sherrin Griffin, Janice Henshaw, Jesse Holth, Tara Keeping, Katie Kroeker, Paula Kully, Tara MacDonald, Cassidy Nunn, Deborah Rogers, Stephanie Staples, Brad Tippett, Laura Waters 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.

Cedarwood The

Inn and Suites

Emerald Isle Motor Inn Victoria Airport Area

Victoria Airport/Sidney




In the time it takes you to read my column, your heart is pumping about five quarts of blood (that’s 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 3,000,000,000 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. It’s a muscle sandwiched between two protective layers; inside are four chambers, two on the right side 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 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 is life support. No heart beat: no life. All the press lately about Canada’s New Food Guide got me thinking about what could happen to our vital organ if we don’t start changing our established lifestyles and ensuring we are feeding our body well, both physically and mentally. With two busy teenagers, I know how hard it can be to have “sit-down” family dinners together. For us, it’s all about planning. I map out what the week looks like for each of our schedules and make sure the refrigerator has a mix of everything, but not too much as to have very little waste. It can be tough, as my children have very different tastes. But my go-to is still the ol’ crock pot! It has saved the day, time and time again. With a dual focus on both Health & Wellness and Weddings this month, we’ve packed this issue with plenty of features to inspire you on your journey, whether it be to a healthier you or to the altar. So follow the yellow brick road to health and happiness (and love!), counting yourself lucky that, unlike the Tin Man, you have a heart, so let’s protect it.

e u S


Publisher & Owner 8 SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA | FEBRUARY 2019


Theracumin 2x $68.38. Tall Tree Integrated Health Centre 250.658.9222

Mindfulness Meditation Classes $15 drop in.

McTavish Academy of Art 778.351.0088

Veggie Box Subscription Season runs JuneDecember. Weekly $650; bi-weekly $325. Little Mountain Farm

Cuisinart SmartPower Blender Series $99.99. Capitol Iron Sidney 250.655.7115

Good Our


From smoothies to storage, this month Seaside’s Trendspotter Cassidy Nunn brings us some suggestions for maintaining our good health.

Mineralized Alkaline Water Recovery Stick $19.20 and Power Stick $17.25. Sidney Natural Foods 250.656.4634

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up $19.99. Tanner’s Books 250.656.2345

Protein Bars Vegan: $48/case of 12; whey: $45/case of 12. Rock Coast Confections 778.351.3311

Fermented Protein & Greens Vegan Protein Powder $63.98. Lifestyle Markets 250.656.2326 photos by Nunn Other Photography

Something Different: Unique Local Venues for Your Dream Wedding

by Jesse Holth

The Saanich

Peninsula has a number of gorgeous locations to host your dream wedding. Each of these venues holds its own unique charm and style, with a range of amenities to make your big day come to life. From organic farm-to-table feasts, to intimate elopement packages, to elaborate large-scale weddings, choose the special celebration that’s right for you.

Prospect Lake Community Hall Located at 5358 Sparton Road, this beautiful and rural venue is quite affordable. For only $1,000, you can get married against a scenic background of lush trees and continue your celebration outside in the garden, or have a reception inside the hall. This venue has room for 148 guests, parking for 70 cars, and includes tables and chairs. There is also a bar space, an industrial kitchen (catering and alcohol not included), and a projector with pull-down screen. If you choose a playlist or DJ for music, this venue has a sound system for laptop or iPod hook-up; however, bands are also welcome. 10 SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA | FEBRUARY 2019

A take-down service is available for hire, and this venue offers multi-day rentals in addition to special off-season rates during October through April. It’s the perfect space for a simple, delightful celebration! Visit the website at or call 250-686-3742.

Kildara Farm Located in Deep Cove, Kildara Farm (shown at right) features English country gardens, a view of the ocean and mountains, a mature apple orchard, and close proximity to the beach. Many couples opt to take their wedding photos around the property, capturing the venue’s rustic style. Part of its charm lies in the recently renovated great barn, which was built with posts and beams milled right from the property. This venue works with caterers (Toque Catering or Food for Thought) who utilize produce from the farm itself, providing a unique, organic, farmto-table feast for your guests. The rate for this venue is $4,950 plus tax, based on 100 guests, and includes: use of the grounds until 11 p.m.; tables, chairs, linens and place settings;

parking (cars can be left overnight); extension cords; a WPIC-certified planner on-site for the day; rehearsal time; décor options and more. One of the special features about this venue is the loft space in the barn – it’s the perfect place to get ready for the ceremony, as it’s been transformed into a charming bridal room. For more information, email

Church & State Wines Located in Brentwood Bay, this venue offers an expansive property with views of their sprawling vineyard. Elegance is the key word at this venue, with options to celebrate your special day in a simple ceremony or an elaborate event. With an on-site team of culinary professionals, they curate a menu paired with B.C. wines from their own vineyard estates. This picturesque setting offers three ceremony sites: the Tasting Room (200 guests, outdoor); the Terrace Patio (75 guests, outdoor); and the Cellar Space (90 guests, indoor). There are two large parking lots, with bookings available from 4 p.m. to

midnight, Wednesday through Sunday. Both family-style and plated dining experiences are offered, as well as options for hors d’oeuvres service and cellar service post-ceremony. Pricing varies from $6,500 in non-peak season to $10,000 during peak season, with the venue rental costs of $3,000 and $5,000 respectively (includes microphone system, flatware and glassware, tables and chairs). Find out more at

HCP (Horticulture Centre of the Pacific) Located at 505 Quayle Road, this quaint garden venue (shown at left) offers plant lovers a space to celebrate their special day. A stunning nine acres of land with a variety of scenic backdrops for the perfect wedding photos, HCP also has a Pavilion for food and drink. With an aisle of roses and a fragrant eucalyptus tree, this nature paradise is affordable, costing $3,000 for an outdoor ceremony and indoor reception. The rate includes tax, tables and chairs, white tablecloths, indoor A/V equipment, and admission to the Gardens for all guests. The Pavilion holds 96 guests (110 max.) and your choice of catering, bar service, or other vendors. Discounts are available in the off-season (October through April), and for daytime-only or eveningonly bookings. This venue is also perfectly suited for elopements and tiny weddings! For $500 ($300 off-season), you can have an intimate ceremony for up to 20 people in the Gardens. HCP also offers its grounds for wedding photography alone ($300 for up to 20 people for two hours). Contact for more information.

Deep Cove Winery Located at 11195 Chalet Road, this boutique vineyard is just steps to the ocean and offers two unique wedding spaces. The Amphora Room has a flexible floor plan of 1,800 square feet, vaulted ceilings, and a natural-edge marble bar. Double French doors open to the vineyard terrace for an air of classic romance. The Crush Pad is a wooden, open-beam space offering 1,200 square feet of rustic elegance. It’s a great option for a covered outdoor wedding ceremony, or a beautiful cocktail reception. The Wedding Package at Deep Cove Winery costs $5,995 and includes a private, brand-new Bridal Lounge for pre-ceremony pampering. With an on-site team to handle wedding details, there are also custom décor, planning, and floral packages available. Visit to find out more. Photo at top left: Jesse Holland Photography.


Through March 17th

Stroll through the Spring Prelude; our indoor garden is bursting with thousands of fragrant blooms while outdoor gardens stir. View the Historical Display in the original residence. Explore the history of The Butchart Gardens from cement factory to garden glory. 250.652.5256



Planning a wedding do esn't have to be overwhelming!






MAGAZINE We've brought together helpful resources to inspire – and make life easier – as you prepare for your big day

Everyone else is catching up to what we’ve always

known: the West Coast is the best coast! Apparently “the West Coast” was a look that featured at wedding celebrations around the world last year. Across America and in Europe, wedding décor and design has taken inspiration from our natural surroundings, with masses of greenery, ferns, florals and wood. There’s definitely a trend toward natural in wedding stylings, but that doesn’t necessarily mean simple! Flowers and fresh greenery can be used to create spectacular displays for the venue and tables, and for floral headpieces such as a flower crown for the bride.

You can expect to see a rise in eco-friendly weddings in 2019, featuring flowers that can be replanted, farm-to-table menus and minimal plastic. In fact plastic-free is the trend for table settings and decorations. Whatever the trend of the day though, the most important thing is that you are creating joyful memories for years to come. Whether you are planning your own wedding, or helping someone else plan theirs, there are hundreds of decisions to make in the months leading up to the big day. Don’t worry if you can’t keep up with changing fashions; there are a whole host of professionals who have made it their job to do that for you!



Brown's The Florist

Award-Winning Florals Your wedding is a series of details, each carefully considered to reflect your special day. Our wedding team has been creating wedding flowers in Victoria for over 100 years. We are only focused on one thing on your wedding day: your wedding flowers. Trust our floral design team to take care of this very special detail for you.


Sidney Downtown Westshore

Wedding & Event Planner, Owner

Tiger Lily Event s Timeless Elegant Planning


Tiger Lily Events

Packages & services for everyone from brides to corporate clients Tiger Lily Events is dedicated to executing every detail of the weddings we plan. We are the one stop shop for wedding and event planning. We will plan your wedding with excellence, care and dedication so you will have the wedding you always wanted. Tiger Lily Events: Timeless Elegant Planning.

250.668.6757 • • TIGER LILY EVENTS

Since 1912


SARAH HUGHES, Principal Designer

Field & Vine Gift Co.

Fresh View Events

Unique and thoughtful gifts for all of your special occasions We have taken a modern twist on gifting for clients, friends and family by curating beautiful gift boxes for holidays, weddings, celebrations and all other occasions. We provide our clients with the opportunity to give quality, exceptional gifts featuring items made locally here on Vancouver Island and surrounding coastal communities across B.C.

Event Planning & Floral Company Fresh View Events is an award winning event planning and floral company. We offer a wide range of services to customize your event and create a memorable experience for you and your guests! From intimate dinners to full wedding planning and floral design, let us bring your dreams to life!












Edie Daponte delivers passion, playfulness and an evident love of performance to her live shows. To suit many occasions, from duo to big band, Edie offers a unique globally inspired selection of music from well loved jazz standards and ballads to toe-tapping swing and Latin grooves.


Nuttycake Photography

Edie Daponte Music for All Occasions


EDIE DAPONTE, Singer/Songwriter

latio EM ns A

Michele Holmes & Debra Bartlett Expect the Excep оal









1.877.656.0911 | 250.656.0911 MICHELESTEAM@HOLMESREALTY.COM



by Brad Tippett

Financial Management in Marriage

Tippett Asset Management of Raymond James Ltd.

February brings Valentine's Day – timely for that romantic topic couples so enjoy: family finances. First let's ask ourselves these questions … Do happily married couples always agree on financial decisions? No. Do happily married couples ever have arguments over finances? Yes. Communication. Simply discussing financial matters can cause tension in marriages and many problems occur due to communication failure. Avoid keeping money secrets from your spouse. Be honest and truthful. Communicating about your finances is just as important as communicating about any other issue in your relationship. If there is something you are not happy with, just talk about it with your partner. Discussing how money should be spent or invested can be a less than romantic experience, but agreeing on it can be. Goals and priorities. Financial behaviour can reveal much about a person's values. Discuss your short- and long-term goals. What needs to be addressed immediately and regularly? Prioritize your list of needs (necessities) to wants (luxuries). You will gain a clear understanding of each other's philosophies. Define roles. It is important that both partners are equally involved in financial decision making – even when one spouse typically handles the day to day responsibilities. Budgeting and record keeping. Jointly prepare a budget for home operations and planning for the future. It will include incomes, expenditures, major purchases, retirement and education savings. Reviewing the prior year can help provide the necessary information. Both partners in a relationship must be aware of the overall financial situation. I suggest couples have at least one annual planning meeting and then schedule regular reviews. Keep separate files for bank accounts, expenses, taxes, investments and insurance. Prepare a summary sheet and store with other important

documents in a fireproof container. Plan for emergencies. Nobody expects an emergency or disaster, yet the simple truth is that they can strike anyone, anytime. Not planning for emergencies is a common financial mistake. Emergencies will cause emotional and usually financial stress. Few people can think clearly and logically in a crisis. If only one spouse is handling the finances it is imperative to prepare an emergency kit with statements and advisor contact information. Think of insurance as an investment in peace of mind. Have FUN with it. If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. We would all rather play than work – so make this a game. Be teammates, not opponents. Make a chart, stick it on the side of the fridge and

track your successes. A great way to learn about investing is to open online practice investment accounts – have a spouse stock market contest. Create a "change jar" for coins. Reward yourselves for staying on budgeting or reaching goals. Some couples have agreed on each having a personal "mad money" account. There are no set rules – it is just important that both spouses know the rules. Life is too short not to be happy and couples who make joint decisions are more likely to be happy. Brad Tippett is a financial advisor with Raymond James Ltd. Information provided is not a solicitation and although obtained from sources considered reliable, is not guaranteed. The view and opinions contained in the article are those of the author, not Raymond James Ltd. Raymond James Ltd. member of Canadian Investor Protection Fund.


7-Day, 5-Day and After 3pm Memberships Ranging from $750-$1200 Annually, $20 9-Hole Green until April

Established 1933

250.656.4621 • FEBRUARY 2019 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 15


READY TO DOWNSIZE? Consider Marigold’s collection of spacious, luxurious duplexes and townhouses.




office . 250.213.8229 email . web . 2481 Beacon Ave. Sidney B.C., V8L 1X9

This is not an offering for sale, which can only be made in conjunction with a disclosure statement.

Indulgence without the guilt 60 MINUTE

Chocolate St rawberry Facial $105

Book either treatment at the same time as a loved one or friend and each receive 10% off your service* 60 MINUTE

Chocolate Haven Pedicure $75

We are located in The Sidney Pier Hotel 9805 Seaport Place, Sidney, BC • Tel: 250.655.9797 • *Friend or loved one has to make appointment at the time of booking to receive the 10% off 16 SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA | FEBRUARY 2019

Wedding Budgets Budgets are never exciting or glamorous; nonetheless, they have an important role in wedding planning. Let’s face it: those shiny extra details are not cheap and knowing when to say no can be overwhelming! With careful planning and discipline, a budget can help. With the average cost of a wedding in Canada at $30,000, let’s take a peek at three budgets: $10,000 (yes you can … and with a splash!), $25,000 and $50,000. $10,000 Budget. The venue is a good place to start trimming as it usually takes up half of the budget. Some reasonable venue options: a friend’s beautiful backyard, family owned restaurants that rent for free when covering the costs of food and drink, and Airbnb. With Airbnb, check first to confirm that hosting a reception is allowed and you will definitely need insurance. Purchasing your own alcohol and preparing your own food are all good ways to keep to a $10,000 budget. Invitations are another easy way to save. Choosing digital will save on printing, design, product and postage. Invitations are also an easy DIY. For music, keep it simple by renting a mic and speakers to connect to a smart phone. For budget trimming tips when choosing florals: pick in-season flowers and fillers (greenery/baby’s breath); opt for wholesale and arrange your own centrepieces while having bouquets and boutonnières florist made. When hiring a photographer, ask to have just one shooter and reduce the hours you want them at the wedding. Choosing a local bakery to make your cupcakes (cheaper than cake) without mentioning the word wedding will reduce costs. Vendors often have a price premium for weddings. Another factor to consider when working with a smaller budget is keeping your guest list small. Fewer guests will create a more intimate and relaxing reception, with more time to visit. Changing the day saves money – instead of the typical Saturday reception, change your day to a Friday or Sunday. $25,000 Budget: where to splurge and where to rein it in. Splurges could include: dress, food, photography and flowers, whereas with makeup, pedicures, manicures, cake, favours, bar and officiant you can be more frugal. I recommend finding a venue that offers a package deal or allows for you to bring in your own caterer. Also try and stick to $100 per guest. Buffets are the most reasonable option as it reduces serving staff. Choose more vegetarian dishes and comfort foods (Mac & Cheese) to reduce expenses. Opting to serve wine, beer and two signature cocktails instead of a full bar is helpful in cost reduction. For wedding favours, you can DIY some really nice gifts: a potted plant, a sweet treat or cookie ingredients in a mason jar with a recipe. Using more basic flowers such as daisies or by Tara Keeping

hydrangeas would allow you to splurge more with centrepieces. I would also consider including a $500 buffer in your budget for any incidentals that may arise. With a $50,000 budget you can definitely incorporate details that can make your wedding unforgettable. Some special and more elaborate details to add to this budget include: more flowers (and not having to think about whether they’re in season!), having designed arrangements, incorporating some interesting themes, unique favours for your guests, ice sculptures, a premium bar, a string quartet for the ceremony/cocktail hour and a band for the reception. The biggest splurge I would recommend is photography! Photos will be a lasting memory, so invest well. Simplicity is true elegance and style. As long as there is good food, drink and music for your guests, however that may look to you, your day will be fabulous.

Elegant wedding cakes, spectacular flowers & more!

Thrifty Foods Sidney • 9810 Seventh St.


Connect with us


in Our Community

Dedicated to High Absorption Curcumin

CurcuminRich Cardio Optimizer ®

Undesirable inflammation and free radical damage are key processes contributing to poor cardiovascular health. CurcuminRich Cardio Optimizer from Natural Factors contains Theracurmin, the #1 absorbed form of curcumin, and 630 mg of heart-healthy omega-3s for synergistic support for healthy heart function.

4 Supports cardiovascular health 4 Promotes a healthy inflammatory response for optimal health and wellness

Theracurmin is an advanced form of curcumin, the yellow pigment in turmeric, widely used to promote a healthy inflammatory response and for potent antioxidant protection against free radicals. Scientific scrutiny has shown that Theracurmin is more bioavailable than other leading enhanced and regular forms of curcumin, ensuring a therapeutically effective level in the blood.

4 Extra strength source of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids

CurcuminRich Cardio Optimizer also features omega-3 essential fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which are vital for healthy cardiovascular function. EPA and DHA also promote healthy vascular function and elasticity, and together with Theracurmin encourage a normal inflammatory response and provide protection against oxidative damage, including damage related to the oxidation of LDL cholesterol.

4 Provides 400 mg of EPA and 200 mg of DHA 4 Provides antioxidants protection from free radical damage

CurcuminRich Cardio Optimizer provides an optimal 2:1 ratio of EPA (400 mg) and DHA (200 mg) alongside 30 mg of Theracurmin in each softgel.

Essential Mineral Support

Purica Magnesium Effervescent ®


Magnesium is truly a miraculous mineral and essential to our well being. Yet Health Canada reports that over 42 per cent of Canadians are deficient in this mineral. Calcium directly opposes magnesium within the body and a high intake of calcium — relative to magnesium — can throw off the delicate balance. PURICA® Effervescent Magnesium Glycine is a delicious drink that will ensure you obtain the optimum daily dose of this vital mineral. Available in two flavours: raspberry and lemon-lime.

4 Helps to metabolize carbohydrates, fats and proteins 4 Assists in developing and maintaining healthy bones and teeth 4 Plays an important role in tissue formation 4 Helps to maintain proper muscle function 4 Supports physical workouts and athletic pursuits




Love is the Drug: the Science of Love

by Dr. Kristen Bovee Peninsula Naturopathic Clinic Hydrate IV Wellness Centre

February is the month of

love, where we are encouraged to make special time to appreciate our family and friends. Although we are able to do this any time of the year, Valentine’s Day is a good opportunity to reflect on what love really is and how it affects us. The following are the four neurochemicals produced when we feel love and how they positively affect our health. Oxytocin. The hormone oxytocin is often termed the “cuddle” hormone. It is released in our brains by way of touch and social trust. It is the hormone responsible for male/female orgasm, childbirth (contractions) and lactation in breastfeeding. Giving and receiving hugs, holding hands and nurturing children and adults also triggers oxytocin release but in a smaller amount. It has been found to reduce cortisol levels (stress), relieve anxiety and can reduce the feelings of aches and pains. It helps with reducing blood pressure and can improve fertility. It is important for social interaction/bonding such as with mother and child, which is essential for human survival. It is arguably our most important love hormone. Dopamine. This is our reward neurotransmitter. It is stimulated by the “chase” aspect of love and is released when our needs are about to be met. It stimulates the euphoric feeling associated with the use of certain drugs and alcohol, which is why it is studied in regards to addiction psychology. Its benefits are that it helps us be alert, aids in memory and help us be creative. Dopamine can aid in our motivation to be more active, as well as stimulate our interest, focus and attention in learning new things. In the case of love, an increase in dopamine can

help us learn better and retain memories more effectively. Some studies have shown it to be important for regulating the inflammatory cascade in our bodies and also partially responsible for regulating calcium metabolism in regards to bone density. Serotonin. This is our body’s natural antidepressant. If our brains don’t have enough, we can suffer low moods and anxiety. In terms of the chemistry of love, serotonin plays a role more in our long-term relationships. When falling in love, our dopamine levels rise and our serotonin level actually drops. However, as time goes on and our relationship grows, serotonin plays a bigger role in maintaining that relationship. Serotonin is stimulated by the “status aspect of love;” a pride of associating with a person of a certain stature leading to better reproductive success and security. This relates to better survival of our offspring, which is a primitive drive in us all. Endorphins. These are the body’s natural painkillers. With regards to love, endorphins also play an important role in long-term relationships. They are released during physical activity and exercise, and they produce a general sense of well-being, including feeling soothed, peaceful and secure. Endorphins are linked to treating mild depression, support positive feelings about your body (self esteem), reduce stress and can improve sleep. Feeling and being in love is essential to our human survival. The cascade of hormones and neurotransmitters our body produces is a complex system that explains why love is a powerful “drug.” It has the ability to help us in our immunological, physical, mental and emotional health.

creating fresh interiors

Remarkable Interiors Tracey Jones 250.812.1625

Styles by Stacey

Stacey Kaminski 250.208.5025


Creating Strong and Healthy Partnerships by Anne Brodbeck Streams Counselling

Malcolm Forbes once said: "Diversity is the art of thinking independently together." Think about it for a minute. The appeal to think independently together is grand. There is strength in numbers and potential to climb loftier mountain peaks than by one-self. Whether in love, friendship, family or business, partnership is in every relationship. And strong, healthy partnerships share some common principles worth exploring. Before beginning any partnership, consider the following. Common Goals. Take a hard look at the intention and purpose of wanting to partner. Ask: Are we compatible? Are our core values similar? Are our vision and goals mutual?

Look at what each of you brings into the partnership. Would our partnering make a healthy outcome, where both of us flourish? Flexible Boundaries. Be specific about your respective roles, responsibilities and limitations. Are the boundaries clear, yet flexible? Honesty. Honesty encourages healthy partnerships; anything else is unhealthy game playing. Be true to yourself, others and the common goals. Trust. Have the courage to be vulnerable. It develops trust and a key component in any healthy long-term partnership. Respect Differences. Respect is seen in the "golden rule" – treat others like you would like to be treated, and earn respect through our actions. This is especially true when looking at differences; they can become assets. Differences, when respected, can be fused together, making the partners stronger. Know


Eat, live and give from the heart!


how your contrasts bring depth and value to what you are building together. Communicate. Say goodbye to guesswork. Healthy partners learn to actively listen in order to promote understanding. They never assume, but speak out respectfully, and when they're uncertain they ask questions to deepen comprehension. Gain clarity by reiterating what you think you heard. It's important to understand and be understood. Learn to amicably agree to disagree, and be humble enough to apologize when it's warranted. Acceptance. Let's face it: nobody's perfect! While being aware of the other person's limitations, keep in mind their strengths. It's unreasonable to expect a green granny smith apple to be red, when it is a perfect green apple. Keep your expectations realistic. Accept who you are and who the partner is, and work with each other instead of pointing out flaws. Commitment. Commitment is a choice, and healthy partnerships are mutually chosen agreements. Through dedication they grow closer with time. Keep your promises, and nurture trust. This is the rock to rest healthy partnerships upon. Encouragement. Encourage relentlessly. You can be instrumental in another's success by believing in their ability, and being their cheerleader. They in turn can be yours. Interestingly enough, looking for a good partnership can appear to be self-serving, while in reality carving out strong healthy partnerships is selfless. Give in order to receive … rather humbling! Maybe the golden rule is more than just a common cliché. Humour. While healthy relationships are serious work, they also need rest. Make room for fun, and exercise your sense of humour. Developing a sense of humor is invaluable. The stress it releases is worth the effort. When you find those treasured partnerships in your life, don't stop there. Notice your partnership's progress, change of course, and signs of growth. Celebrate the successes, while taking time to work out the kinks. It's golden. Anne Brodbeck can be found at https://

Karen Dinnie-Smyth

Ron Phillips

Jeff Meyer

Denise Gallup

Brooke Miller

Dan Juricic

Angie Hughes

February is “House Hunting Season.” We have you covered.

Craig Walters

Jeff Bryan

Peninsula Properties Don Bellamy

250.655.0608 #14-2510 Bevan Ave, Sidney Each Office Is Independently Owned And Operated

Gay Helmsing

Stephen Gagnon, AMP Kelly Curtis, AMP Mortgage Planners

#2-4440 Chatterton Way, Victoria BC

Debbie Gray

250.744.5557 |


WOMAN - 8 T H A N N UA L -

Women in Business: Inspiring & Celebrating Your Success. Are you a woman in business?


If so, Seaside Magazine, in recognition of International Women's Day, is looking for you!


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 9 and will be honoured at a reception to be held March 7th as part of Seaside Magazine’s Women to Watch event. Tamara Knott, Seaside’s 2018 Woman to Watch Award Recipient

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 2018. • 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, honoured at a private Seaside Women To Watch reception March 7 and receive a prize package of hair, makeup and a portrait shoot from

Deadline for application: noon on February 13th Apply at



Finding Antiquity in Modern-Day Movement

by Sherrin Griffin

Aging is a funny thing … I'm

sure I'm not the first to wonder at the irony of how our bodies seem to break down while our experience and wisdom ramps up. If only we could age in reverse like the cinematic "Benjamin Button," with our body getting younger with each passing year. Many of us notice the first real signs of aging as we approach middle age. I, for one, have walked upstairs in my own house countless times with the sole purpose of getting something, only to forget what that "something" was upon arrival. Not to mention, the seemingly simple task of climbing stairs now brings out aches and pains that are beyond disturbing. As a competitive gymnast, exercise was a huge part of my young life, and because I worked out so diligently back then, I assumed I was all set to sail through the rest of life unscathed by the physical ailments that plagued others. Boy, was I wrong: after my gymnastics career ended, I exercised sporadically, at best, and now have the residual cramped muscles and stiff joints from years of neglect. We didn't fully understand back then how critical regular exercise was for achieving and maintaining optimum health into our senior years. We've since learned that the benefits of regular activity at ANY age can't be denied, and studies show that there are more reasons than ever to keep moving as the years go by: Disease Prevention. Extensive studies show that consistent physical activity, even light exercise, can help prevent heart disease, stroke and diabetes, and boosts our immune system, especially important for seniors. Exercise also improves strength, flexibility, balance and coordination, helping to avoid falls which can be VP, Operations, Sidney SeniorCare

catastrophic for the elderly. Improved Mental/Cognitive Health. Regular exercise increases "feel good" endorphins, lifts depression and increases happiness. Studies link physical activity to better sleep quality, which tends to decline as we age, and improved cognitive function including a lower risk of dementia. Social Engagement. Joining a walking group or exercise class not only benefits seniors physically, but adds much-needed social stimulation and sense of being part of a greater community. The secret formula for achieving better overall health, well into our senior years, is not complicated – the key is to simply move on a regular basis. Walk, stretch, dance … live life with movement. And if you can possibly incorporate the outdoors into your regular activity, that's even better. Interestingly, some of the current trends harken back to our ancestral roots: walking in groups, forest bathing, earthing, yoga. Focused on a hunting and gathering lifestyle, lack of movement was never an issue for our early ancestors, and in less modern civilizations today seniors are moving easily and comfortably, many still highly active well into their 80s and even 90s. Looking for inspiration? Someone once told me the story of a friend who ran into Sir Paul McCartney down in California. Where did she spot him? Well, the funny thing is, he was upside down in a yoga studio, looking quite comfortable in headstand posture. The shocking part – he was in his mid 70s at the time and he apparently still does them today. While the headstand may seem a lofty challenge, our bodies are designed to move, no matter our age. Even gentle exercise will go a long way towards greater health and wellness into our senior years. FEBRUARY 2019 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 23

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 2019?


Fitness & Wellness Panorama Recreation offers a wide variety of fitness and wellness programs for the Saanich Peninsula. From the beginner to advanced participant, our experienced instructors will help you reach your goals and get you “Living Well and Having Fun.”


BeMoved® Dance Victoria Joyful, safe, dance fitness classes for all ages and abilities

Mary Alice Jenkins

Certified BeMoved® Instructor Movement that impacts clients' emotional, spiritual, intellectual and physical well-being. Join us for fun, safe and creative dance fitness classes Wednesday nights from 5:15-6:30 and 6:45-8pm at McTavish Academy of Art & Saturday mornings from 10:30-11:45am at Studio Fitness (inside Quadra Fitness).



Peninsula Yoga Studio is located in Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre. We have classes for all levels and abilities taught by certified Iyengar teachers. Required teacher training is a minimum of three years followed by ongoing professional development. For classes visit our website. 2243 Beacon Ave, Sidney

Peninsula CrossFit Elevating Functional Fitness Our goal is to help you work towards your health and fitness goals in a fun community of like-minded individuals. The daily workouts are constantly varied, functional movements that apply to everyday life. You will achieve results and overcome obstacles you never thought possible!

778.426.3308 #20 - 2075 Henry Ave, Sidney

The Connection Project by Lara Gladych

"I feel like we should love each

other more than we do," says Emily Olsen, founder of The Connection Project, as she reflects on how the undertaking came about. Early last October, Emily and a cast of friends participated in a two day showing of "mental health storytelling" at the Charlie White Theatre. It was a collage of very intimate, very poignant performances of music, spoken word, movement and art that depicted individual struggle with mental illness. It was, for Emily, the culmination of the energy and time she has spent healing herself along with a desire to change our perceptions of those who suffer with depression, anxiety and related disorders. Emily spoke candidly with me about her journey from childhood onward with depression and later anxiety, and the suicidal thoughts that have plagued her over the years. There is a dark space for those suffering with mental illness, where that all-too-familiar inner voice says "I can't bear it, it's too much," and where it feels like life or death in the moment. She knows she is not alone in this, and yet people often don't find the support and resources they need because they feel shrouded in shame and stigma for their suffering and won't ask for help. Listening to an episode of CBC's Now or Never, Emily found herself deeply moved and inspired as Trevor Dineen shared his own experience with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. As Emily listened she recognized her enormous compassion for Trevor, and began to realize how sharing your story has the capacity to touch or even save another life. Emily has opened up about her bouts of depression and anxiety, and as she's done so she says: "I've seen people who know me, who didn't really 'know me,' react differently to me. Some gravitate; some pull away." Her openness has changed the conversations at home, where she and her husband, Adam, now have a more candid dialogue with their young children. They make it safe and okay to talk about all feelings, good and bad, happy, scary and sad. Emily's greatest fear in admitting her challenges to her children was that they would no longer perceive her as safe and strong. She wanted to be solid in their eyes – revealing the self-judgment that sufferers so often feel. She sees more compassion in her family now, allowing her to "let go of everything she felt about wanting to keep her illness secret." Producing The Connection Project, working on it with the many others involved and asking for public support brought Emily into her community, and as a result she says she "found [her] community by going to it." What does the future hold for her and for this event? "I know that I want to be speaking. It just comes. I see [the project] going in many different directions for many people; it's not necessarily about me." In witnessing the healing and magic created out of the Connection Project, Emily felt compelled to further explore what happens when people come together

to share their stories. What evolved is Magic, a seven-part workshop series running through April at The Gardens at HCP. "I see where I have my own hangups, my own judgements. The fears encountered all around are proof that this needs to keep going, that these conversations must be had, and that more light must shine in as this door opens." For a glimpse into The Connection Project, visit www., and watch for a link to the recently completed documentary.

ArtSea Gallery 2019 TASTE OF TULISTA February 2 - 7 Preview of the upcoming shows for the year.

ORIENTAL PAINTING BY PATRICK CHU February 8 - 14 An introduction to Oriental painting.

100 BOXES!! A Family Day Event February 16 - 21, 12-4pm It’s a room full of boxes! Just boxes! Kids can play, create, explore and use their imagination (and Mom and Dad can play with them too!)

ARTISTS GARAGE SALE February 23 & 24 A great chance for artists to do an early spring studio clean out and sell those supplies they no longer use or never got around to using. A fantastic opportunity to get some cool stuff!.

ArtSea Gallery Hours: Every Day 10 - 4 (unless otherwise specified)

Visit our website for more information: by the sea



How Do You Get Out With Your Family on the Peninsula? Seaside Magazine wants to live up to our slogan of being “the voice of the Saanich Peninsula,” so, in every issue, we’ll be asking people to answer a question. We’re looking for responses from all ages and across the diverse neighbourhoods that form our community. February is a month my friends often feel arrives with the winter blahs. We're typically steeped in cooler, rainier weather, and sandwiched between the come-down from Christmas hustle and the activity and vacationing that comes for younger families when Spring Break rolls around. I think it's fair to say that by February most everyone is longing for more outdoor time and the longer days ahead in March and April.

by Lara Gladych


Family Day is February 18, and to tie into the Health & Wellness focus, I thought it would be a good idea to ask people what they do in terms of family outings and outdoor activities here on the Peninsula. It's always nice to hear fresh ideas on what to do and where to go right here in our own communities. Heather, 43, said that to get their kids out of the house they tell them they're going to Pickles Bluff in Dean Park. Her kids like saying "Pickles Bluff," which makes us both giggle. Tulista Park and walking in Sidney, combined with a visit to Sidney Bakery and a stop at Glass Beach, are favourite pastimes for Melissa's family. She's 40. I approached Jane, who is 47. "It's a little bit harder for us here because we're from Australia. Everything is indoors here. My son

likes going to the skate park. The skate park down in Sidney is his favourite, so that's what we do." Nicole, 40, said: "The favourite family activity would be hiking around Pickles Bluff and John Dean Park. The kids love it and I do, too. Honestly, I also love spending time at The Roost, just hanging out. I can read a book and my kids go and check out the whole farm and the surroundings … I relax; they relax. We go into the Magic School Bus – that's what we call it." "I love Tod Inlet. Walking Tod Inlet is one of our favourite things to do," said Linda, 39. "It's great for the kids, great for the dog." Kate is 37, and she said that they, too, frequent Tulista Park by the ocean. I spoke with Jason, 43, and he told me that they have many favourite local activities. He said they enjoy a local Sidney playground, going to Star Cinema and riding their bikes. "Daddy likes to golf." I asked if the whole family will eventually join him on the golf course and he indicated that he's keeping that one for himself. From a grandparents’ perspective, I heard from Ray, 77, and Pamela, 72. "We have taken our grandchildren to Panorama and they've really enjoyed it," said Ray. "And the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea," added Pamela. I met three young men, all aged 13, who gave me some thoughtful answers about fun things to do close by. Denby likes bowling at Miracle Lanes, as does his friend, Callum. Denby adds that the skate park is one of his favourite places, and that their families like to watch them there. Callum plays baseball at Centennial Park, and suggested playing some catch, or even a game of pick-up at the park. Brody mentioned hikes in Dean Park, and that he joins the boys at the skate park on his scooter. "Golf is my favourite outdoor activity," said Brett, 46, who typically plays at Cordova Bay Golf Course. I couldn't agree more with Tina, 44, whose favourite thing to do outdoors is paddle boarding at Pacifica Paddle Sports, in Brentwood Bay. "If anyone is going to get families on the water it's Pacifica. We also like that Lego exhibit [in Sidney]. We've been doing that every year since my son was a baby." Jason is 30, and, like Callum, his family loves to visit Centennial Park, going for walks and playtime at the playground. Susan, 47, was the first to mention walks at low tide along Roberts Bay Beach, and hikes at Horth Hill, where they go as a whole family. Island View Beach was mentioned by both Jeannie, 35, who walks there with her dog, and by Darren, 53, who said it's their family's favourite beach destination. Darren also mentioned floating about Tod Inlet in their boat. Among other previously mentioned hikes, Chris, 34, added Mount Work to the list of their preferred trails. The sweetest response, the one that capped off my interviews, came from Madison, who is six. "I like to take my toys with me and play with my family." I like your style, little one.

“It’s always nice to hear fresh ideas on what to do and where to go right here in our own communities.”



The Kaizen Mindset You don't need to read one more book to tell you how to be happier and healthier. You already know exactly what by Stephanie Staples to do and if by chance you Professional Speaker aren't sure, you can Google the question and get 62 billion hits for advice. The problem is not that we don't know what to do, it's more that we are overwhelmed by the magnitude of what there is to do and when we are overwhelmed, typically we do nothing. Before you know it another year passes and we are in the same shape, both figuratively and literally – desiring for, hoping for and wanting more but stuck as to how to get it. I know this because that was my life too until I stumbled upon a powerful, two-syllable Japanese word and implemented its concept; that word is "kaizen." Kaizen is my secret sauce. Kaizen is the reason for my success. Kaizen is how I try to live my life day in and day out. It means small, continuous improvement and it has helped me be happier and healthier than ever before. The Kaizen approach asks: "What is a small thing you can do, continuously, to get to where you want to be?" So instead of declaring: "I'm going to the gym for an hour a day! I'm going vegan! I'm doing Fung Shui!" and then quitting everything three weeks later, the goal is to lean into the area you want to go to and stick with it, instead of jumping in with both feet and falling flat on your face soon afterward. Pairing the Kaizen with a "Cue" will really help too. A Cue is

something that comes easily and effortlessly to you; it's something you don't even have to think about; it's a trigger to remind you to do the Kaizen. It's habit that is already part of your routine. When you pair a Kaizen with a Cue, the formula looks like this: K + C = H2. Kaizen + Cue = Happy & Healthy! Easy, peasy! So for example, if you want to: • Make a significant relationship better: whenever that person comes home or is going to leave, get up and give them a genuine greeting or farewell. • Get more exercise: every time you see a park bench, do some triceps dips, or as soon as you get out of bed, do some pushups. • Be happier: every time you open the fridge think of three things you're grateful for. • Eat better: eat two vegetables with every meal. • Be more generous: give a pair of socks away every time you see a person who is homeless. Everyone can benefit from sprinkling a little bit of Kaizen into their life and, for all you Type A perfectionists out there, this word and formula can be the ultimate game changer. You can't do everything, but you can do something. You can't help everybody, but you can help somebody. You may not be able to have it all, but you deserve to have more … more fun, adventure, learning, health, happiness, creativity, stimulation, laughter (or fill in your word here). You deserve more and you can have more in whatever situation you find yourself. Your circumstance doesn't necessarily have to change but your mindset may have to. Apply a Kaizen mindset now and buckle up for an amazing 2019!

“Now that I’ve had a valve replaced, I take my heart health even more seriously. And as a doctor, I know that a healthy heart contributes to a healthy brain. What a great combination!” - Dr. Ambrose Marsh, GP, Island Health Medical Director Saanich Peninsula and the Gulf Islands


D E B ' S D AY O U T

An Alternative Approach

Dr. Samantha Bourdeau O.D Dr. Andrew Lewis O.D. 101-2376 Bevan Ave Sidney, BC V8L 4Z9 Phone: 250-655-1122


It has been a bad season for flu. Anecdotally I’ve heard of many people who’ve been hit hard, and spent days in bed. Well, this by Deborah Rogers Christmas I had my first taste of flu for a long time, and boy, did it wipe me out! The fever and respiratory issues were one thing, but the total exhaustion afterwards was unlike anything I’ve experienced. Stuck in bed, then on the couch, by the end of week two I was starting to despair that I’d ever feel like moving again! Lucky for me then that my convalescence coincided with the February issue’s Day Out. You might remember (OK, you might not!) for last year’s Health & Wellness issue I challenged myself to a week of workouts at Panorama Recreation. I was in no fit state for such an energetic activity this year – instead I’m approaching health from a different angle. On Cook Street, near the corner of Fort Street, is Hydrate IV Wellness Centre. I made an appointment with Kristen Bovee, owner and naturopathic doctor, to sample an IV infusion treatment. (Disclosure: I’m not recommending this type of treatment for anyone; I’m just presenting my experience.) Wellness has become something of a buzzword these past few years, but my observation of Victoria and the Saanich Peninsula is that residents have always been open to the idea of health and wellness as something individuals should pursue. You can take the number of physiotherapists, chiropractors, RMTs, acupuncture practitioners, naturopaths and vitamin stores as informal evidence of this. Put those alongside the numerous yoga studios, gyms and personal trainers and I think it would be hard to dispute that people here are eager to look after their own health, and don’t mind looking outside of the medical system to do it.

Oncology Esthetics® expands the practice of cosmetic medical treatments to serve people with, or recovering from, cancer. “My focus is to help you feel healthy & whole during or after cancer treatments. Therapeutic sessions will lead to improved complexion and decreased stress and anxiety.” ~ Alana Delcourt, the Peninsula and area’s only Certified Oncology Esthetician

Oncology Esthetics services are known to reduce the side effects that can be common from radiation or chemo therapy. Esthetic skin therapies can improve complexion and decrease stress. Using correct and safe skincare products will restore your skin’s health!

IV therapy is having a bit of a moment internationally with clinics proliferating around the globe. Kristen has been offering this service for many years though, although the idea of a dedicated clinic is fairly new for her. We did an intake interview where I answered questions about my health and lifestyle, and together identified where I might be lacking in nutrients, and the treatment that would best help me. There are various vitamin and mineral formulations to choose from. You could go for an “Energy-Blast” packed full of B vitamins and amino acids, or a “Hangover Cure” with electrolytes to help you shake off a big night out. It’s also possible to get formulations specific to a health condition you might be suffering. I selected an “Immune Boosting” bag, to try and shake off the last of the flu and get me back to my usual healthy self. I’m a little bit wimpy about needles, so I opted to look away as Kristen got me hooked up to the IV. It was no big deal though, just the usual pin prick, and pressure feeling. Soon enough the bright yellow bag was dripping into the IV tube, and infusing my system with a high dose of vitamins. Kristen had cautioned me that I might get a strange taste in the mouth, and that really was the only noticeable thing as I relaxed back in the chair, feet up, and a magazine in hand. It was a very chilled experience for me, and I let my mind wander and body relax. Posters on the wall promoted a pre- or post-New Year’s infusion and I could see the appeal. In this age of trying to have it all, and do it all, I like the idea of setting aside a quiet moment to prioritize feeling healthy. Whether the treatment hastened my recovery I can’t say for sure, but I definitely experienced a feeling of euphoria as I left the clinic. I was super-charged for the New Year, and all the experiences that lie ahead! What do you want to see Deb do next? Send your ideas or invitations to

312 - 2453 Beacon Avenue, Sidney 250.686.6208 |

Something Happens to You … Happens to Him?

Notaries Public • Wills • Power of Attorney

#101 - 9830 Second St, Sidney 250.656.3951 | FEBRUARY 2019 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 31

The Centre of Your Experience

What’s Happening at the Mary Winspear Centre

Doug and the Slugs They’re Back! Doug & the Slugs are thrilled to be returning to The Mary Winspear Centre to celebrate their 40th anniversary on February 1st. Doug Bennett, John Burton, Richard Baker, Steve Bosley, Wally Watson & Simon Kendall first played together in December, 1978. This was the band that went on to record 6 albums and toured throughout North America. The 5 surviving original Slugs and singer Ted Okos look forward to playing their favourite songs for generations of Slugmaniacs.

Led ZepAgain Celebrating 30 years, Sony recording artists LED ZEPAGAIN captures the heart and soul of “the world’s greatest band”, replicating the ultimate Led Zeppelin expierence. From the high-energy electric classics to the beautiful acoustic works, you will be mesmerized as Led ZepAgain resurrects Page’s soaring guitar leads, Jones brilliant keyboard passages, Bonham’s trademark pounding rhythms and the signature Robert Plant vocals. As you expierence immortal classics “Stairway to Heaven,” “Immigrant Song,” “Whole Lotta Love,”

“Rock n’ Roll,” and “Black Dog,” you’ll understand why Led ZepAgain has become highly regarded as the most authentic representation of Led Zeppelin in the world today. The band consists of vocalist/harmonica player Swan Montgomery (“Robert Plant”), gutarist/mandolinist Anthony David Thymiakos (“Jimmy Page”), bassist/keyboardist/mandolinist Jim Wootten (“John Paul Jones”), and drummer/percussionist Derek Smith (“John Bonham”), playing to packed houses around the world. From the sound and the loook to the vintage equipment and costuming, Led ZepAgain will be the closest thing that your will ever see to a live Led Zeppelin performance! Come on out and see what Jimmy Page was talking about. Don’t miss Led ZepAgains return to the Charlie White Theatre stage on Tuesday, February 12.

Family Day Weekend The Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney is set to welcome families to their Family Day Weekend featuring TV’s very own Max & Ruby and The Backyardigans. With three shows daily the Centre is thrilled to offer affordable entertainment enjoyable for the whole family.

On Sunday, February 17 celebrate the universal nature of sibling relationships in Max & Ruby’s Musical Playdate. Max & Ruby never quite want the same thing and their plans always collide – with hilarious results. Featuring upbeat and original songs, this Playdate is sure to have the whole audience singing and hopping along! Monday, February 18 we’ll welcome the five pals from The Backyardigans; quick-moving penguin Pablo; mellow moose Tyrone; thrill-seeking, purple-spotted creature Uniqua; lady-like hippo Tasha; and Austin, the new kangaroo on the block. For the Backyardigans gang, daily backyard play dates bring fantasy to life. Each musical adventure encourages kids to develop their imaginations and express themselves creatively as they sing and dance along with the gang. Performances run at 11:00am, 1:30pm and 4:00pm on both days. Each show is 45 minutes long and comes with a meet and greet with the stars. Tickets are on sale now at the Mary Winspear Centre’s box office and online at

ISSAMBA Productions Pulchérie Mboussi on Behalf of The Victoria African & Caribbean Cultural Society presents ISSAMBA on Thursday, February 21. Join us for an unforgettable evening to the depths of African rhythms with ISSAMBA! ISSAMBA is a interactive musical spectacle that showcases African Roots, Rhythms & Music, featuring world-renowned Africanborn artists. Issamba means “come together” in Cameroon.

ISSAMBA brings together music from across African cultures to present a unified African groove. Immerse yourself in a mix of African instruments, traditional rhythms, and dancing styles. These artists will travel from abroad, gracing BC with their special talents and sharing aspects of their culture with Victoria. ISSAMBA, a 90 minute show that gives you a glimpse into the rich musical culture of Africa, an invaluable experience you won’t want to miss!

Coming Events

2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney | 250.656.0275


1 2 4 7 9 10 12 17 18 21 23 24 28

Doug and the Slugs Victoria Master Gardeners Blood Donor Clinic Palm Court My Valentine to You Salish Sea Feis PYP Solos & Small Groups Led ZepAgain Max & Ruby The Backyardigans Issamba PYP Dance Extravaganza Dance Unlimited OACP On Stage Sidney’s Got Soul

March 1 3 4 7 9 10 12 & 13 15 15 & 16 22 23 & 24

Karen Clark “Stage Stars” Chance to Dance Blood Donor Clinic Completely Creedence Alfie Zappacosta Barney Bentall & the Legendary Hearts Tom Cochrane The Comic Strippers Crafted Farmhouse Market Aretha Franklin Tribute Show The Sleeping Beauty

We Love Our Clients!

L to R: Deb, Brian and Pam

February is the month of love and at Bayshore we love our clients and our employees! We know that clients may come to us for a service, but they stay with us because of a relationship. At Bayshore, clients have wonderful caregivers (like Pam!), who are supported by a clinical care team and a scheduling team that works with clients to find the right fit for all their needs. From a personalized care plan to finding resources for clients, Bayshore works hard to help seniors stay safe and independent in their homes. To experience the award winning care of Bayshore Home Health, give us a call! Sidney 778.749.0014

Victoria 250.370.2253

#102 9840 Fifth St

#380 1900 Richmond Rd

Nanaimo 778.841.0109 Qualicum Beach 250.947.9775 #204 1650 Terminal Ave

650 Berwick Road North

Bayshore HealthCare has been enhancing the quality of life, dignity and independence of Canadians in their homes since 1966. Recently awarded a 2017 Vancouver Island Business Excellence Award in the Health Care category, a 2016 Crystal Award for Business Excellence in the category of Contribution to the Community and named one of Canada’s Best Employers 2016 by Forbes Media.





Visit us Saturday Feb 9th. 11-1pm at The Sidney Pier Hotel to learn about downsizing on the Peninsula this year!




FEBRUARY 09, 2019 | 11am — 1pm

WWW.THEQ UARTET. CA This is not an offering for sale which can only be made in conjunction with the delivery of a Disclosure Statement. A filed Disclosure Statement for The Quartet may be obtained from the developer Sidney Fourth Street Development Limited Partnership. Illustrations and renderings are proposals only and do not represent the finished building, suites or views. The developer reserves the right to alter plans, designs, specifications and finishings from those shown without notice.


Real Esta People a

U N I Q U E LY P E N I N S U L A The Farmer’s Daughter Fromagerie. Bistro. Wine Bar

fromagerie . bistro. wine bar

Fondue Wednesdays Triple Cheese Fondue for Two

A taste of Switzerland with a Canadian flair

Slipcovers for Living! Removable • Washable Custom Cushions & Shades Available

Reserve Now! 778 - 351 - 3500 101 - 2360 Beacon Avenue, Sidney, BC

250.655.1257 |

The Farmer's Daughter: Fromagerie & Wine Bar by Jesse Holth

This is part of a rotating series of articles about some of the unique shops and services available on the Saanich Peninsula. Who doesn't love wine and cheese? This age-old pairing brings out the unique flavours in each mouthful. At The Farmer's Daughter Fromagerie & Wine Bar, you can enjoy flights of cheese, wine or both. Owners Jessica and Tom offer carefully chosen complementary pairings, served on farm-made boards with fresh baguette and detailed tasting cards. Their best seller is the farmer's board, an in-house cheese and charcuterie platter featuring selected meats and cheeses. The Bistro also features a grilled cheese bar, served on sourdough bread with a side of house-made tomato jam, and a variety of smaller plates, such as baked brie with honey and truffle oil, an antipasto board, and chocolate cheesecake. As if this mouth-watering menu isn't enough, they also offer Fondue for Two; a great idea for a romantic date night, these reservationonly evenings feature a classic, three-cheese fondue, with sides of marinated mushrooms, cornichon, fresh baguette, roasted veggies, and fresh fruit. The Farmer's Daughter is aptly named: Jessica grew up on a dairy farm in Ontario, where she first developed a love for cheese. After working at a winery in Australia, she moved to Victoria to pursue

her dream of opening a wine and cheese shop. She took courses in cheesemaking, received certification in wine and spirits, and became a member of the American Cheese Society. She met Tom while they were both working at a local wine shop, and with Tom's passion for food and wine, the dream became a shared vision. Looking for a unique, rustic-themed wedding cake? The Farmer's Daughter offers fantastic cheese-wheel wedding cakes! Styled with whole wheels of handmade, artisan cheese, these "cakes" are decorated to match your wedding theme using flowers, ribbons or fresh fruit. Cheese platters are also a great option for any event. They include hand-selected cheeses, crackers, fresh baguette and specially chosen condiments. The space itself, located in the heart of Sidney, is able to host private events for up to 30 people. There are also some great gift options available, like customized baskets including a selection of cheese and other goodies, or the wonderful Cheese of the Month Club. Delivered right to your door on the third Wednesday of every month, this package includes half a kilo of three unique premium cheeses plus detailed descriptor cards and an accompaniment to highlight the flavours. The Farmer's Daughter is really every wine-and-cheese-lover's dream come true. Find out more at

Framing Your View With Motorized Heat Control The Membership With More!

Draperies & Upholstery (hookless EZ Drape) Great Pricing!

Penthouse Doubletree Hilton


for $1* with annual membership

New Larger Space!

A Curves membership gives you the tools and support you need to reach your goals and set the stage for a healthier, more active future.

Locally Owned and Operated

Commercial & Residential • Sales & Installation • Sidney & Victoria 250.656.4642

250.656.9870 • 2425A Bevan Ave, Sidney


Rock Coast Confections

by Cassidy Nunn

Anyone who knows me

knows my extreme love for chocolate (paired with a good cup of coffee; not much is better than that!) so when I found out that delicious chocolates are being made right here on the Peninsula I was eager to sample them


and to see how the treat I enjoy so often is actually made. Amber Isles founded Rock Coast Confections out of her home around six years ago and began by selling her English toffee and chocolates at local craft fairs. “I didn’t know anything about sugar and chocolate before I started doing this,” says Amber. She’d spent years working in the restaurant industry and has continued her chocolate schooling by taking online courses and travelling to meet other chocolatiers around the world. Her business continued to grow over the years until she found her 400-square-foot, home-based kitchen had been outgrown. In October of 2018 her company expanded into a commercial kitchen space in Central Saanich where they continue to operate from. It’s large enough for the business to have a storefront area where customers are welcome to drop by Monday to Friday (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) to purchase toffee, boxes of chocolate, protein and energy bars (with vegan options too) and gluten-free ice cream sandwiches. English toffee is the number one seller for Rock Coast and therefore “it’s what I concentrate most on,” says Amber. The toffee making begins in a gas kettle where the caramel is heated up until it’s liquid. Then a mechanical lift is used to transfer the large cauldron to a refrigerated candy pouring table where the caramel is poured and then flattened out evenly with trowels. After the caramel has cooled and hardened, a cutter is used to slice the toffee into even parts. Amber used to break it up by hand into different sized pieces but it’s quite strenuous work and makes keeping a consistent weight to the toffees too difficult. The toffee is then weighed before it enters the chocolate machine, which was imported from Italy, and is a tempering machine that enrobes the toffee in an even coating of chocolate. The tempering process is incredibly

important as is prevents the cocoa fat from separating which can then give the chocolate a waxy texture or little white spots on the surface. The machine blows the chocolate off to a desired level so that all the toffees come out with the exact same amount of chocolate on them. Weighing is crucial as the nutritional information that appears on the labels needs to be accurate and that’s determined according to weight. The toffees are then transferred to racks where they sit and cool at room temperature until the chocolate has hardened. They then spend some time in the fridge before heading back out to the cooling racks. It’s all a part of the tempering process – so much with making chocolate has to do with having the exact right temperature, which is very difficult here in Victoria because, as Amber says: “chocolate doesn’t like our climate; [it] doesn’t like humidity or drastic changes in temperature.” Any nuts used in the chocolate recipes are all roasted in an oven in the kitchen, but the roasting has to occur at a different time from the chocolate-making process as the oven heats up the space to a point where any chocolates in the area would be negatively affected. Packaging the chocolates takes about 50% of the production time – it’s a laborious process involving packaging each individual treat, adding nutritional information labels and branding stickers and preparing them for their final destination, whether that’s the storefront, on a hotel pillow, or one of the many retailers that are now selling Rock Coast treats. The recent arrival of a new flow wrapping machine is going to cut the packaging time way down; the machine can process 40 to 230 pieces per minute (yes, you read that right!) depending on how fast the goodies can be fed into the machine. The flow wrapping machine has just arrived and it will take some practice to operate but Amber is very excited about the newest addition to the kitchen. I had no idea how much work goes into the chocolate making process, and I don’t think it’s an activity that I’ll be trying my hand at any time soon. After spending time in the Rock Coast kitchen, I have a whole new appreciation for my favourite tasty indulgence (not to mention its packaging)! Rock Coast will be a presenter at Culinaire on March 7, 2019. Tickets are still available for this event.


From $55

2536 Beacon Ave, Sidney, BC 250-656-5676 © 2019 Pandora Jewelry, LLC • All rights reserved

Interior Design Services • Furniture • Reupholstery • Window Coverings

778.265.8002 \ 2541 Estevan Avenue in Oak Bay FEBRUARY 2019 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 37

N E W & N OT E WO R T H Y News, changes, updates, launches? Email More Fun Than a Barrel of Monkeys

by Paula Kully

A FEW FIRSTS Who Said Video Killed the Radio Star? Do you ever find yourself wishing that the local radio stations provided more Saanich Peninsula relative content? Welcome Radio Sidney, the Peninsula’s first all-local radio station. Operated by the nonprofit Sidney Arts and Media Society, their mandate is to be the local voice of the Saanich Peninsula. The station currently streams via the Internet (www. or through their app but they are in the process of applying for an FM frequency and broadcast license. The station’s programs cover local politics, music and arts including featuring local musicians, lifestyle, First Nations, sports and more. If you miss something, don’t fear as you can usually find it on their podcasts.

Category 12 Brewing, located on Keating Cross Road in Central Saanich, is expanding their offerings with the acquisition of Vancouver Island's first foeder. What is a foeder you ask? Well, essentially it is a huge oak barrel used for beer-ageing. Foeders hold around 600 liters (160 gallons) – roughly three times the size of the average oak barrel. Handcrafted by Foeder Crafters of America, the new foeder will allow the brewery to enhance and expand their wood ageing program and their Barrelholder 2019 program, which is a membership that provides exclusive access and perks to some of the cool work they are doing!

Be Like a Ninja You too can now be a ninja warrior! Pacific Ninja Gym recently opened at 2340 Bevan Avenue in Sidney. Owned and operated by Brad Armstong, Pacific Ninja is Vancouver Island's first Ninja Warrior Obstacle Gym. It offers both adult and youth fitness classes as well as birthday parties.

TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS This Could be the Start of Something Big The Sidney Business Improvement Area Society (Sidney BIA) is at it again. Recognized for their creative programs that support local business, the BIA recently launched their new "Startup in Sidney" campaign ( The initiative is designed to encourage new and existing businesses to do business in Sidney. Part of the campaign includes an online job bank where employers and job seekers can connect.

With a Little Help from Our Friends The Mt. Newton Centre Society recently received a generous contribution of $17,000 from the 100 Women Who Care – Saanich Peninsula! Mt. Newton Centre has been quietly serving seniors of the Peninsula for the past 40 years with the Adult Day Program and the Medical Equipment Loans "Cupboard." 100 Women is a simple but powerful organization that brings together 100 women in the area who are committed to community service for just one

hour every three months. At their quarterly meetings, they jointly select a local charity or not-forprofit organization and each writes a $100 cheque to the selected organization. Now that's teamwork!

Trading Places Ecotopia Naturals' owners Mara and Morgan passed along ownership of Sidney's eco-clothing store to new owners Martin and Lisa Pedersen at the beginning of February. The store, which has been a mainstay on Seaport Place since 2013, carries Canadianmade clothing, jewelry and accessories as well as natural body care products. It is also Sidney's authorized Soap Exchange Refill Centre. Farewell and thank you to Mara and Morgan for bringing this lovely shop to town and welcome to Martin and Lisa!

New Space for a New You Curves in Sidney has moved into a new space! They are in the same building, at 2425A Bevan Avenue, but now have a larger space that allows members extra room for large movement activities and floor activities. They also hope to reintroduce Zumba, yoga and other classes.

Don’t just tell her …

David Busch

for Saanich-Gulf Islands for every occasion

The Dancing Orchid 250.656.1318

2416 Beacon Avenue


Real Representation, Real Results 250.479.1241

Authorized by Joey Vaesen, Financial Agent

Show Her . |


Jocelyn Hill

by Tara MacDonald

Jocelyn Hill is the most beautiful viewpoint on the whole Peninsula. It is located in the Gowland Tod Provincial Park.

Route Details

• The trailhead is located just to the right of the park map; it heads down. • Stay to the right at the first intersection. • Follow the orange blazes and the intersection signs towards Holmes peak – about 1.2km from the start. Be sure to head out to the Holmes viewpoint for an incredible view of the inlet. • Continue down off Holmes, still following orange blazes and the intersection signs towards "the ridge trail" and Jocelyn. • About 4kms from the trailhead you arrive at the top of Jocelyn – pictures and a snack! • Head back the same way, first following the intersections for Ridge Trail and Holmes and then to Caleb Pike.

RRSPs, TFSAs, T4, T5, We T3,Aim To Be T4AP, T4AOAS, RRSPs, TFSAs, That Friendly It's pT5, T4, T4AP, T4AOAS, ronounT3, Partner! ced RRSPs, T4, T5, T3, (pro o) TFSAs, At Darren J. T4AP, T4AOAS, RRSPs, TFSAs, Proulx, CPA, we T4, T5, T3, T4AP, T4AOAS, can make the RRSPs, TFSAs, T4, T5, whole T3, experience of understanding T4AP, T4AOAS, RRSPs, TFSAs, and handling your T4, T5, T3, T4AP, T4AOAS, accounting needs RRSPs, TFSAs, T4, T5, simpler T3, and easier. T4AP, T4AOAS, RRSPs, TFSAs, T4, T5, T3, T4AP, T4AOAS, Let us start RRSPs, TFSAs, T4, T5, working T3, on making your T4AP, T4AOAS, RRSPs, TFSAs, personal, estate T4, T5, T3, T4AP, T4AOAS, or business tax RRSPs, TFSAs, T4, T5, and T3,accounting situation add up T4AP, T4AOAS, RRSPs, TFSAs, to more than just T4, T5, T3, T4AP, T4AOAS, puzzle pieces. RRSPs, TFSAs, T4, T5, T3, T4AP, T4AOAS, RRSPs, TFSAs Tax & Accounting for Individuals, Businesses Trusts & Estates 250.656.1107

#105 - 9717 Third St, Sidney

A Pet Care Centre That Loves Your Pets as Much as You Do!


• Lots of free parking at Caleb Pike. • There are outhouses. • No water, so come prepared. • Trail is marked, with orange blazes and signposts at most intersections. • Year round, but a bit muddier and slippery after a rainfall. • Allow about three hours to hike or two hours to run.

Comfortable, clean & healthy fresh air environment Quality, nutritious foods • Exercise yards up to one quarter acre Feline “Cuddle Time” • K-9 Playschool course All managerial staff “Certified Kennel Technicians” Recommended by veterinarians • Full grooming services available

A Full Service Pet Care Facility

250-652-2301 2918 Lamont Road, Saanichton • email: Just minutes from Victoria Airport & BC Ferries Terminal FEBRUARY 2019 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 39


Talking with Mitra Hashemi: Coast Dental Care by Paula Kully

If the eyes are the window to the soul, then your smile is the doorway to your heart. At Coast Dental Care, Dr. Mitra Hashemi and her staff work hard to preserve your pearly whites and keep you smiling with confidence. I had the opportunity recently to speak to this lovely, personable professional about her business and what brought her to Sidney. How long have you been practising in Sidney and what brought you here? I have been practising for 11 years in

Sidney. I call it destiny which brought me to this little town. I took over a practice and moved to this beautiful community – that was all. I had no idea how I would fall in love with this place and its people. What services do you offer? We offer complete family dental services ranging from regular cleaning and prevention to restoration and cosmetic dentistry. A full list can be found on our website at What would you say sets Coast Dental


New Patients Welcome!

Dr. Dana Tishenko, ND

Family & Implant

apart from other dentists in the area? We are up to date with all advances and new technologies in the dental world. We are very patient-oriented and strive to meet all their dental expectations and needs. My team and I continually take lots of training to enable us to offer a mixture of traditional and modern dentistry. Nowadays, patients have many choices. They have the right to know all their options and choose the one that works the best for them. We value their rights! It's not uncommon for people to have


Dr. Loren J. Braun New Patients Welcome • Emergency Treatment Insurance Accepted • IV Sedation Available

Dr. Tishenko, a licensed naturopathic physician, can help you identify hormone imbalances, nutritional deficiencies, and establish healthy lifestyle habits for optimum physical and mental health.

Hormone Health

Dr. Mitra Hashemi

Digestive Health


Naturopathic Medicine Can Help!

#104 - 9845 Resthaven Drive, Sidney 40 SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA | FEBRUARY 2019 250.655.1660 #102-9725 Fourth St, Sidney


#215-9764 Fifth St

Above Capital Iron

a fear of dentists and as a result neglect their dental health. What would you say to these people to encourage them to maintain regular visits to the dentist, and what does your clinic do to put them at ease? I always say "less dentistry is the best dentistry." If you visit your dentist for regular maintenance, then you won't need to see them for complicated procedures. It can be that simple. Regular maintenance can be a pleasant visit. Our office has a happy, relaxing atmosphere. Patients have the opportunity to watch other patients or our travel pictures on screens and we share a lot of funny stories about them. This changes the quality of the time they are in the chair. It is not a complex approach and it works as they are immediately relaxed, maybe even distracted. I understand that you are involved in a charitable program that provides dental

do not qualify for the program, the family still has the chance to be evaluated by our team to receive the dental treatments at 30% less. If families make less than a certain amount and do not have dental insurance coverage, they can benefit from this program. More information can be found on ORCCA's website at How much these kids are in need of dental care and how positively we are impacting their lives by improving their self-confidence is what encourages all of us to continue the work despite its challenges. Can you provide feedback from your youth recipients of the program and what Dental Society and provides dental care for kids under 19 from low-income sort of impact it has on their life? We have a lot of happy kids in the office families. Qualification is based on the family income and number of kids in the who proudly show off their teeth and their family. If kids qualify for the Healthy Kids smiles to the others! We are making them Program, then they will receive their dental healthier and happier by providing a clean and care with no need for co-payments. If they healthy mouth. services to children and youth. Can you explain what this program is, what it involves and how clients qualify? What motivates you to be involved with? The program is operated by ORCCA

"Less dentistry is the best dentistry. If you visit your dentist for regular maintenance, you won't need to see them for complicated procedures."

Hear the Difference

We Are Proven to Get You Better Faster!

As an independent clinic, Hear Central Saanich gives you the opportunity to see, feel, and most importantly, hear the differences between hearing aids from six of the world’stop manufacturers. Hear the difference for yourself! Locally owned and operated by:

Donna M. Stewart, Audiologist

250.652.0132 7865 Patterson Road, Saanichton 5401 Hamsterley Road, Victoria

7159A W Saanich Rd, Brentwood Bay

Call 778-426-4876 FEBRUARY 2019 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 41

2017 09 Seaside - In Good Health.indd 1

8/17/2017 12:38:55 PM

Sidney’s Got Soul A benefit concert in support of SAANICH PENINSULA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

Thursday Feb 28

7 pm Tickets: $30.00

TICKETS $30.00 Mary Winspear Centre - 2243 Beacon Ave W

Sponsored By:

Newport Realty Seaside Magazine Times Colonist


Baby, It's Cold Inside by Chris Cowland

Sometimes we take for granted

some of the small things in life. Every house has a dial or a push button on the wall. Too hot? Crank it down. Too cold? Crank it up. The joy of central heating … that is, until the worst wind storm in 50 years brings down power lines and leaves you in the middle of a cold, dark winter's night. We set off on Boxing Day for the cottage at Lake Cowichan, only to find that two trees had brought down our hydro line almost a week previously. The house was at 10°C, exactly the same temperature as the contents of our thoroughly thawed freezer. The British have several descriptive phases for this weather condition – "as cold as a witch's spit" (or something similar) and another anatomical reference to brass monkeys. Brits know cold! My house in England was built in 1885. The walls were solid brick, no insulation. The windows were single glazed. Drafts would blow through the wooden floorboards that vented directly outdoors. On many occasions, the lead water pipes would freeze in the bathroom but, unlike several neighbours, we had an inside loo, not an outhouse. We were privileged! If you left clothes soaking in the bath, you might have to chip them out of the ice in the morning. There was no central heating. The only sources of heat were two small coal fires in the living room and dining room. When you light a wood stove, you are rapidly rewarded with a crackle of sparks and almost instant heat. Coal, on the other hand, has more in common with the above-mentioned witches. Just as your last paper and kindling dwindles to extinction, you might barely create a small, red spark in the black heart which you blow on until your lungs are expiring. Two hours later, you are rewarded with a few candle power of heat, but by then it's time to go to bed. One of my family heirlooms from my Grandmother in Wales was a long-handled, copper lidded pan, called a "warming pan." You would scoop fireplace embers into this gadget, run up the stairs to the bedroom, swish it between the sheets for a few minutes, replace it safely in the fireplace, then run back into bed before those few

Elizabeth May, OC, MP Saanich - Gulf Islands

250-657-2000 | 9711 4th St., Sidney BC V8L 2Y8

precious calories dissipated back into the permafrost. That would be my daily routine when I worked in London for Price Waterhouse, commuting through the winter rain on my motorbike. The rain gear that everyone wore in those days was made by a company called Bellstaff. It consisted of wax-impregnated pieces of canvas which worked for a couple of weeks, and then acted more like blotting paper. You would arrive wetter on the inside than on the outside. If Lucas electrical systems gave rise to the nickname "Prince of Darkness," Bellstaff was "Lord of the Leaks." Lake Cowichan on Boxing Day brought me a stark, abrupt memory of those days, but there was no warming pan. I couldn't even persuade "man's best friend" to be a substitute: she ran off and snuggled into her dog blanket. My wife was already asleep in our only sleeping bag. I shivered uncontrollably in bed for about 15 minutes, thinking of my spartan youth. Then the brandy kicked in!

We are a leading local brand with world-class business resources and national and global connections.

Dan Van Der Vlugt

Maureen Vincent

David Thickens

Stephanie Peat

John Bruce

Frances Wade

Bill Knowles

Robin Lewis

Tony Clemente

Anna Clemente

Our commitment to you includes a quality customer experience and if you require it, professional property management services.

DFH Real Estate Ltd. • 2405 Bevan Ave. • Sidney, BC • 250-656-0131





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.

Statistics courtesy of Photos courtesy,




Saanich Peninsula Shops & Services

Wine Kitz Sidney Are you interested in SAVING MONEY? WINE KITZ offers a great selection of quality, award-winning wines at a fraction of the cost of commercial equivalents. Wine you'll be proud to serve! On-premises wine-making available. 250.654.0300 #5A - 2042 Mills Rd West, Sidney

Celia Louise Studio

Brown's the Florist At Brown’s The Florist our designers create some of the most modern and stylish bouquets on the Island. For 2019 we are seeing a trend toward free flowing, West Coast, loose styles. Locally grown flowers are often paired with exotic imports and the blooms are a mix of large focal flowers with smaller detail flowers. Colours tend to be soft greys and pale peaches with hints of pink. We are also seeing some stand-out colours like deep burgundy or vibrant chartreuse greens to offset the pale tones. This is a change from the tighter round shape and all white that we were seeing a few years back. At Brown’s The Florist, we take pride in each and every bouquet we create, both for everyday occasions as well as with our wedding design. We look forward to working with you to discover the details of your next special event and how we can make your flowers stand out … or fit in! Come see us at the flower shop or email us directly:

Designs by: Celia Louise and Silk Girls! Kate King Jewellery Certified Vibrational Consultant: Book your signature vibrational analysis with Celia. By appointment: 9715B Second St, Sidney

Brown's The Florist Our wedding work showcases our attention to detail. Know someone getting married this year? We would love to offer them a free floral consultation. Email us at Sidney • Downtown • Westshore

Muffet & Louisa Focus on Health and Wellness and SAVE with our February Mattress Promotion. Get a great sleep while you dream about the money you’ve saved. Visit our store or website for full details. 250.655.7467 (SHOP) 9819 Fifth St, Sidney

Don't miss our February Winter White Sale! Great discounts on towels, bed linens and down duvets and pillows (in-stock and special order) from February 8 to 23. 250.656.0011 | 9813 Third St, Sidney

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.


MODEN is a store where function meets fashion. You don’t need a special occasion to look and feel your best. With our selection of quality, current and classic clothing and accessories there is something for everyone. 250.655.0774 2418 Beacon Ave, Sidney

From top quality Canadian raw, dry, or dehydrated foods to local treats, chews and accessories, Rascals only provides the very best for your furry friend at great prices for you. Open 7 Days a Week & We Deliver!

778.426.4290 | 5-7103 West Saanich Rd, Brentwood Bay

Chef on the Run Seven different meals each week: your choice of rice, pasta or potato and two vegetables plus main for just $9.50. Balanced and nutritious; cooked and ready to reheat for an easy meal! Delivery available; call for details. 250.655.3141 9781 Second St, Sidney

Groom That Dog We offer expert grooming in a relaxing, safe atmosphere for your dog. We also feature anestheticfree teeth cleaning for dogs and cats by Cheyanne Cave of Happy Tails Teeth Cleaning. Two new groomers will soon be joining our team; stop by and say hi! 778.977.3647 10109 McDonald Park Rd, Sidney

Brentwood Crossing Shopping Centre

BRENTWOOD CROSSING SHOPPING CENTRE Located in the heart of Brentwood Bay, this vibrant shopping centre boasts ample parking, a vast array of local businesses and shopping experiences. We appreciate your business! 7103 West Saanich Rd Brentwood Bay

One Stop Furniture Shop HERE'S TO A LONG & HEALTHY LIFE … The three main requisites for health and longevity are exercise, diet and sleep … that's it! Diet and exercise are outside our area of expertise, but we can sure help with the sleep category! Did you know a good night's sleep can help with: Stress. Your body produces higher levels of stress hormones when it doesn't get enough rest in the deep (REM) sleep. Cellular Repair. While in the deep sleep, your body produces extra protein molecules that can strengthen your ability to fight infection. It also carries out all the cellular repairs necessary to maintain good health. Getting more restful sleep encourages a state of relaxation that can also help reduce blood pressure. Happy Lifestyle. Lack of sleep can make us more agitated, so we're more likely to snap at the boss or a loved one. The better you sleep, the better your ability to remain calm and upbeat. These are just a few benefits. Go to www. for information on how mattresses and adjustable beds can help with issues such as asthma, snoring, reflux, circulation and more. Come see us for great deals and good advice on mattresses and adjustable beds and sleep like a baby again.




Saanich Peninsula Shops & Services


professional house cleaning

Our house is a mess, oh all the stuff, Mom said let's clean up – enough is enough! Nothing to worry about; no need to be sad, Keekeeklean to the rescue, nothing that's bad.

keekeeklean Professional House Cleaning

778.426.1800 | 1662 Mills Rd, North Saanich

250.896.6540 | Seaside Cabinetry & Design is a boutiquestyle cabinet showroom located in downtown Sidney. Custom Design, Merit Cabinetry, Lifetime Warranty. We have hundreds of styles and colours to choose from. Come and visit us by appointment at our showroom by the sea!

Keekeeklean will clean your house and everything in it. Floors, doors, walls halls, there really is no limit.

Showroom Open by Appointment

We will clean a kitchen sink quicker than a wink

250.812.4304 | 9715 First St, Sidney |

Focus Hair Design

We will polish, we will dust Our cleaning you can trust

Happy February from Focus Hair Design! Visit our Green Business of 2018 and remember to check out our monthly promotions. We look forward to meeting with you! (Located in the Seaside Plaza).

We will wash and clean your house and always do our best so you can enjoy other things and give yourself a rest!

Residential $35hr; Holiday/Office $35hr; Final clean $50hr. Licensed | Registered | WCB Protected

Your community music school offering instruction for all levels. Ukulele and guitar classes for adults and children, private lessons for piano, guitar, bass, voice, drums, violin/fiddle and more.

Residential $35hr; Holiday/Office $35hr; Final clean $50hr. Licensed. Registered. WCB Protected.

for all your housekeeping needs

You matter to us. Book a clean and experience our attention to detail.

Peninsula Academy of Music Arts

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

250.656.8122 #102 - 2527 Beacon Ave, Sidney

#107 - 2360 Beacon Ave, Sidney | 250.656.3486 | |

A Home is Not a Place, it’s a Feeling. Let your Saanich Peninsula Real Estate Specialists at Pemberton Holmes Sidney put you in touch with that feeling.

Patrick Achtzner

Walt Burgess

Harry Fowler

Inez Louden

Stephen Postings

Providing Service to Your Community Since 1887

Ann Watley



Tomato & Pomegranate Salad by Laura Waters

I don't know where the time has

flown! It seems like only yesterday I was taking the Christmas decorations out, hosting dinner, putting everything away and now it is the middle of January. Both my boys are choosing to go vegan, so my traditional cooking is being challenged. Looking for substitutes for butter, milk and eggs was my first test. So many things I cook use either one (or all three!) of these ingredients. I never liked the texture of tofu, but I found if I chopped it up really small I didn't even notice it. Years ago when I tried non-dairy cheese, it would not even melt, but now it's much easier because there are so many more products to choose from. My goal for 2019 is to cook three vegan dinners a week. It's a new challenge I think I am up for! My job for Christmas dinner this year was to bring all vegan items. The first thing I prepared was sweet potatoes. Normally I would add butter and bake them; instead I used coconut oil. Once baked, I then mixed the sweet potato with coconut milk, more coconut oil and my Yam and Curry Dip Mix. I then puréed it. Everyone raved about the sweet potatoes. My next challenge was to prepare another dish using mushrooms and spinach. I made a quinoa crust and filled it with Snowdon House Gourmet & Gifts

mushrooms, onions and spinach. Usually I would have used an egg to hold the quinoa together for the crust but instead, I mixed flax seeds and water with the quinoa and then baked it. I sautéed the spinach, onion, garlic and mushrooms together in coconut oil, mixed in a little flax seed and water and added a non-dairy cheese. I put it in the crust and baked it once more. I surprised myself again! The recipe for the tomato pomegranate salad below is one I always love this time of year. Everything can be chopped ahead of time and then mixed just before serving. Pomegranates are at the end of their season, but what a beautiful, tasty salad for a cold wintery day. 1 large pomegranate ½ cup red cherry tomatoes ½ cup yellow cherry tomatoes ½ cup plum coloured tomatoes 1 cup Roma tomatoes 1 yellow pepper 1 orange pepper 1 red onion, finely diced 2 cloves garlic, chopped ½ tsp allspice 2 tsp Plum and Basil Infused Vinegar (Snowdon House) ¼ cup olive oil 1 tablespoon chopped basil ¼ tsp salt Mix together the tomatoes, pepper and onion in a bowl. In another bowl whisk together the garlic, allspice, Plum and Basil Vinegar, olive oil and ¼ tsp salt. Pour over tomato mixture and mix gently. Place the tomato mixture and its juices on a large flat plate and sprinkle with pomegranates and basil on top. Serves 6. Enjoy!

Let Us Do The Work … ... so you can sit back and take life in! Books In The City can help you get – and stay – in great financial shape!

250.813.2880 | 50 SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA | FEBRUARY 2019

Take What to See & Where to Be





by Jo Barnes

Our NEW & Expanded Community Events Calendar!


FEB 24

Via Choralis - "Eat, Drink and Be Merry" Concert St. Elizabeth's Church, 10030 Third Street, Sidney

Come enjoy a special concert. It's not only appealing to the ear, but also to ... the tastebuds?

Via Choralis, a mixed-voice auditioned community chamber choir, presents "Eat, Drink and Be Merry," a presentation of delightful choral selections based on the theme of food and drink. Led by artistic director Nicholas Fairbank, the group will sing pieces by composers such as Rameau, Ravenscroft and Rutter as well as West Coast composer Brian Tate. Lovely food and wines will be provided by local producers to tantalize the tastebuds. Tickets: or Tanner's Books, 2436 Beacon Avenue.

Have something for Take Note? Email FEBRUARY 2019 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 51

Looks Good Donut? Paint Party



Scottish Fun Friday



McTavish Academy of Art

The Centre for Active Living 50+

1720 McTavish Road, North Saanich A donut-themed paint party to satisfy your sweet tooth! $35; all supplies, snacks and beverages included. Bring a smock or clothes for painting.; 778-351-0088.

1229 Clarke Road, Brentwood Bay Fun and easy Scottish country dances – wear lightweight soft-soled shoes. All ages welcome. Free for members and first timers, $3 drop in for others. 250.652.4611,

Fabulous Over Fifty Strength Training


FEB 5-28


The Roost Farm Centre

Panorama Recreation Centre 1885 Forest Park Drive, North Saanich Tuesdays and Thursdays. Intro to equipment in weight room; get set up in a program designed just for you!

Valentine Mixed Doubles Tennis Tournament

Daniel Cook in Performance



FEB 8-10

9100 East Saanich Road, North Saanich Award-winning Daniel Cook, singer songwriter in the West Coast Roots tradition.

Love is in the Air – Winter Nature Outing and Event


FEB 10

Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park, Saanich

Panorama Recreation Centre

1885 Forest Park Drive, North Saanich Go to the "heart" of fitness and fun and lob a few on the court with your friends! Each team is guaranteed three matches, $50 per team.

Because family matters. Let us take care of yours. Our people do things differently, they are trained to focus on your family’s specific needs and help you say good-bye. • Cremation services to suit your budget • Environmental products available • Serving all faiths and cultures At your time of need, or when planning ahead, rely on your community cremation specialists:


Sands Eco-Cremation Centre by Arbor Memorial 2355 James White Blvd, Sidney, BC

Eagles are cartwheeling and tree frogs are singing! Come discover what animals are breeding in the park. Enjoy a variety of family fun activities. Meet at the grassy area adjacent to the picnic shelter in the Filter Beds parking lot off Beaver Lake Road.

Fred Penner


FEB 10

Farquhar Auditorium, University Centre, UVic Award-winning music legend Fred Penner performs. A gifted artist and communicator, he brings joy and inspiration to children of all ages. Tickets: ticket-centre/index.php, 250.721.8480.

Cupid's Cuties at Kindergym


FEB 14

Panorama Recreation Centre 1885 Forest Park Drive, North Saanich Bring your little ones in for a morning of fun – special treats provided and a chance to make a card for someone special!

West Coast Chamber Players (part of the Westshore Arts Concert Series)


FEB 14

1314 Lakepoint Way, Langford Program includes pieces by Mozart, JS Bach, Borodin, Handel, Robert and Clara Schumann and more. Tickets:

Arbor Memorial Inc.


Arbor Memorial


Sands Eco Family Matters Ad


5”w x 7”h




0.3125” all around


4 Colour Process

Speaker Series



Sidney Better Breathers Club

FEB 15

The Centre for Active Living 50+ 1229 Clarke Road, Brentwood Bay Guest speaker: Alan Perry of Egurus & Ron Fraser of London Drugs. Topic: "The Latest Technology for Seniors" 250.652.4611,

Winter Olympics


FEB 16

Greenglade Community Centre Teen Lounge 2151 Lannon Way, Sidney Winter Olympics – inspired fun for teens including cross country skiing, skeleton, curling and more!

Family Day Photo Scavenger Hunt FEB 18


Bayside Middle School 1101 Newton Place, Brentwood Bay A fun family event to help support Bayside French Immersion students fundraise for their trip to Quebec in May. Register between 10 a.m. and noon. Entry fee by donation.

Family Day


FEB 18

Shoal Centre

10030 Resthaven Drive, Sidney. 4th Monday of each month. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. A free support and educational group for people with lung conditions (sponsored by the BC Lung Association). 1-800-665-5864.

Caregivers of Family and Friends Support Group

Saanichton Bible Fellowship Church: 1 to 3 p.m. second Wednesday of each month. Shoal Centre, Sidney: 7 to 9 p.m. second Thursday of each month.

Sidney Sister Cities Association

Vancouver Island Regional Library, Sidney

3rd Thursday of each month at 7 p.m.

Peninsula Newcomers Club Luncheon Haro's Restaurant & Bar, Sidney 2nd Thursday of each month at 11:30 a.m. Pre-booking required:

Saanich Peninsula Toastmasters Meeting Vancouver Island Regional Library, Sidney Tuesday evenings.

Panorama Recreation Centre 1885 Forest Park Drive, North Saanich Celebrate family and fitness and free admission! Skate is 1 to 2:20 p.m. and swim from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Emily Carr String Quartet


FEB 23

St. Elizabeth's Church 10030 Third Street, Sidney Musical Legacy from 1939-1945, featuring music of the war time. Tickets available through Tanner's Books.

ArtSea Artists Garage Sale



FEB 23/24

ArtSea Community Arts Council 9565 Fifth Street, Sidney Come one, come all! Artists/Vendors will bring supplies for arts and crafts they no longer use that are in good condition.

CFUW General Meeting

The last Thursday of every month is


FEB 26

Mary Winspear Centre 2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney Guest speaker: Sonia Drummond. Topic: "Opioid Crisis: "How We Got There & Is There a Path Forward?" Members free; non-members $10.



on regular price merchandise


*Some restrictions apply. See in-store for details.





#4-2353 Bevan Avenue




Helen Thomas: Weaving Fibre Magic

by Gillian Crowley

A soft woven blanket captures

West Coast ambiance in muted turquoise and green. An intricately knitted sweater combines indigo with other colours of the rainbow.










SPECIAL EVENT Visit us Saturday Feb 9th. 11-1pm at The Sidney Pier Hotel to see what’s available in one of the most anticipated buildings this year.




This is not an offering for sale which can only be made in conjunction with the delivery of a Disclosure Statement. A filed Disclosure Statement for The Arbours may be obtained from the developer BB West Developments Limited Partnership. Illustrations and renderings are proposals only and do not represent the finished building, suites or views. The developer reserves the right to alter plans, designs, specifications and finishings from those shown without notice.


These are just two of several items on display in Helen Thomas' loom and spinning room in North Saanich. A spry 88-year-old, Helen is a long-time knitter and weaver, starting in World War II when knitting was considered a necessity. Helen is now a life member of the Victoria Hand Weavers and Spinners Guild and a long-time member of ArtSea (previously the Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula). She says, with understandable pride: "Weaving and knitting have now become recognized as an art form." Originally from Wales, Helen first learned to knit at age eight under her mother's tutelage. She recalls that during the war unprocessed wool would be delivered to the schools to be knitted into socks for the soldiers. She says, "It was called wool 'in the grease' and I can still smell that awful stench of lanolin mixed with who knows what!" She and her husband Les moved to Canada in 1954. They started out in northern Alberta and then spent two years in Tuktoyaktuk, NWT where Les taught school. Helen immediately set about learning from the local Inuit women how to tan hides, chew sinew to soften it for thread, and sew parkas and mukluks. She says: "In return, I taught them to knit so that we learned from each other." At that time in the far north, the ability to make warm clothing and footgear was essential, as supplies arrived only once a year by ship.

After living more than a decade in Northern Alberta, the couple decided to move to Victoria in 1974. Knowing Helen's love of knitting, Les bought her a small hand loom to try weaving. She says she immediately fell in love with the techniques and the variety of possible colour combinations. Two years later she had purchased a large loom and was busy turning out rugs, blankets, shawls and smaller items such as shoulder bags and table linens. Helen also spins her own yarn from carded fleece and at one time dyed her own yarn. This hobby/artwork is obviously a labour of love as it takes her about 50 hours to spin enough wool to knit an adult's sweater. From 1987 to 1997 Helen enjoyed selling a range of woven and knitted goods each summer at the Swartz Bay ferry terminal when outdoor space was made available for local artisans. "Visitors really appreciated being able to buy local arts and crafts," she says. As Helen demonstrates how she sets up the warp and weft of the loom, it's clear she loves to engage people in her love of this fibre art form. She's delighted there's an increase in younger people, usually women, taking up knitting and weaving. "I think it relates to the younger generation's interest in holistic living, including using natural fibres and making what you need." Helen is still active in the community as both an artisan and a mentor. Each year she is part of ArtSea's Fall Studio tour and the Artisan show and sale at the ArtSea Gallery. A long-time member of the Deep Cove Weavers, she enjoys meeting regularly with other weavers. On warm summer Tuesdays this group can be seen demonstrating their spinning skills outside the ArtSea Gallery in Tulista Park. Helen has also demonstrated her weaving techniques at the Gallery, Sidney's Abbeyfield seniors home and the Shoal Centre as her way of contributing to the community. In 2013 she was given the Hearts of the Community award for Service to Seniors by Beacon Community Services in Sidney. This gracious octogenarian is still fully engaged in her fibre art. Most days she'll spend at least four hours a day either knitting or weaving, with her big tabby cat at her feet. Or, she'll relax watching TV while she spins. Casually she mentions: "Oh, I usually read while I'm knitting ‌ " For this left-hander who could barely knit an afghan square in Girl Guides, my admiration knows no bounds. Photo by Gillian Crowley.

Heating Bills Giving You Chills? Heat Pumps are a smart, eco-friendly choice for your home. Get consistent and economical heat in the winter and air conditioning in the summer. Experience energy savings of up to 50%. Save up to $2,700 with the new BC Hydro Rebates!

We Have a Heat Pump for Every Budget!

2475 Mt. Newton X Road, Saanichton 250.656.6868 |


Dominique Alford ALFORD WALDEN LAW Alford Walden Law offers a wide range of legal and notary services from their premises in the Landmark Building in downtown Sidney. Dominique has more than 21 years of extensive legal experience in a variety of practice areas, and particular expertise in business and corporate law, commercial law, real estate, wills and estate planning, estate and trust administration, and maritime law. She is devoted to providing wise counsel and guidance to clients across a wide range of legal services. Her admirable credentials and accomplishments include admission to the bars of British Columbia, Alberta and Manitoba. Originally from Manitoba, Dominique began her practice in British Columbia in 2009 at the firm then known as Henley & Walden. When Michael Walden retired in 2012, Dominique acquired his law practice, integrating his clients into her own practice and becoming a partner at Henley & Walden LLP. On October 1, 2018 Dominique and her team of dedicated staff changed their location and established Alford Walden Law. With strong connections with her community, Dominique currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Saanich Peninsula Community Foundation, is the President and active member of both the Brentwood Bay Rotary Club and the Rotary Club of Brentwood Bay Foundation and is a founding member of 100 Women Who Care – Saanich Peninsula. Dominique and her trusted and highly experienced legal assistants are here to serve their clients and the Saanich Peninsula community as a whole. *Alford Walden Law is a division of Dominique J. Alford Law Corporation

778.426.3330 • #216 -2506 Beacon Ave, Sidney •

Roll Dice Win! AND



hidden somewhere in this issue



EMAIL by February 28 to let us know where you found the dice

Roll the Dice with 56 SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA | FEBRUARY 2019


Be entered to

WIN A $50 GIFT CERTIFICATE to the matching business found on pages 72-73!

January Book Club by Deborah Rogers

Jean Perdu is the owner of a floating bookstore: a barge on the river Seine. He’s a literary apothecary, aiming to diagnose what ails his Parisian clientele, prescribing books to cure or ease them. As the main character of Nina George’s The Little Paris Bookshop, Perdu was one of the main discussion points of our extremely well-attended January meeting. I feel touched by, and proud of, the continuing growth of our book club. It must be due to the stellar selection of titles (thanks Sidney/ North Saanich Library). Everyone who came to the meeting had read the book, and the majority had something positive to say about it. It’s a setting that’s hard to resist, opening in Paris, then taking us on a journey through the canals and rivers of France, right to the south coast. George writes as if she were right there in the French countryside, detailing the landscape, weather and changing skies. In fact she is German and the book we read is a translation. Books in translation always lead to good discussion points as we wondered about how close our version was to the original. There was also some interesting thoughts about the fact that the author is female, writing a male main character, translated by a man. We had some back-and-forth about how feminine, or not, Perdus’ voice and nature were. Mainly though, our discussion points centred around the readers’ frustration at Perdu’s paralysis in his life. He loses a great love and becomes stuck, unable to grieve, unable to move on. Lulu (the book barge)’s journey through France then becomes a metaphorical journey too: for Perdu to reckon with his past and find out who he is now, and how he should be living. There are wonderful side characters who help him along the way including a young novelist, Max; a literary sage; two boat-dwelling cats; a host of tango dancers; and overshadowing it all, Perdu’s lost-love Manon. It is undoubtedly a feel-good book, but not necessarily an easy read. There’s a lot of philosophy woven into the chapters, and the literary themes and quotations take some work. I was pleased to get a message from a reader who couldn’t attend the meeting, but wanted me to know that as they had recently suffered a loss, the quotations had been very helpful. George ends the book with a list of her prescribed reading for various maladies: “fast-acting medicines for minds and hearts affected by minor or moderate emotional turmoil.” This was a wonderful starting point for our group to discuss the books they return to in their lives to soothe and comfort. Our next meeting takes place February 13 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Shoal Centre. We’ll be discussing Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance. For more information and to sign up to our mailing list: FEBRUARY 2019 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 57


Your Stylist:

Asking for What You Want Hair colouring has come a long way since its inception in 1907. With new technology and Red's Chair techniques available all the time, we have to keep up on it. With social media and misinformation, it's no wonder we have trouble communicating what we're looking for from our stylist! I often get asked what the hardest part of my job is. I never hesitate with my answer: communication. Here's a list of what some of the most common hair colouring terms actually mean, so you can be sure you're communicating well! Balayage. This is the one that gets asked for and mispronounced the most! It's pronounced "ball-eee-aahhge." It is a French colouring technique developed in the 1970s. Balayage is a freehand technique where the colour is applied by hand rather than using foils, or a cap. This is a process that takes time to apply and due to this it generally costs more than other techniques. OmbrĂŠ. This is similar to balayage, but is focused on the lower half of the hair only. It is a two-tone technique; the two colours are blended together in the middle to create a diffused line. Highlights and Lowlights. Highlighting means to brighten things up; lowlighting means to darken. Full placement means all over the head, and partial is just placed around the face, and through the top. Since highlights remove pigment from the hair, it's lighter until you colour over it. Either one creates a good amount of contrast, depending on the shade chosen. Choosing a similar shade to what you already have gives your hair an all-over lighter shade, while

by Annilee Armstrong

choosing a lighter colour will give your hair a blonder look all over. Root Touch-Up. This is done on just the regrowth area, the new growth, closest to the scalp. On average, our hair grows approximately a half-inch per month; that is what we retouch. Semi Permanent Colour (aka "fashion shades"). This is temporary hair colour. Those bright fashion shades are considered semipermanent, or temporary. While fun, they aren't made to last longer than a few washes. Demi Permanent Colour. Depending on how often you wash your hair, it's designed to fade out with each shampoo. This will only blend grey hair, not fully cover it. It's a great option for those who want to try out colour without committing! It's also a great option for those who don't want to deal with a regrowth line. Permanent Colour. This one is meant to last! Your stylist will need to use permanent to cover grey hair, and for a longer-lasting option to a demi-permanent. Colour Correction. Oy. Sometimes it seems convenient to reach for that box of colour from the drug store, but often, it's not. Sometimes it doesn't go your way. Then we get a panicked call asking if we can fix it. This is a colour correction! When "box colour" is mixed with professional colour, we get unpredictable results. Due to the nature of the different chemicals, it's a lengthy process to attempt to remove it, or colour over it. It doesn't always go our way! This process will be lengthy, pricey, and always avoidable. That should clear up a few grey areas in hairdresser terms (see what I did there?).

But They Tried to Shut we J us D ust Got o More I nter wn est Prohibition ing is Alive and Well ! We have been forced to relocate due to reasons beyond our control.

Opening our NEW LOCATION at 2425 Bevan Ave, Sidney February 23, 2019. Join us at our Prohibition Style Party from 3 - 7 pm! The Cut Cartel Barbers: For Those Who Crave Style 58 SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA | FEBRUARY 2019

SEASIDE talks with Art Finlayson, senior partner, Finlayson Bonet Architecture Ltd., about what’s


When you want a night out? B.C. Air Museum lectures On your playlist? Matovani, Nat King Cole, Johnny Mathis, Andre Rieu In haircare? Clipper #4 on top and #3 at the back, and Old Spice shampoo and conditioner On your Netflix queue? Any action film In the kitchen? Marilyn, my wife, who is a great cook

photo by Nunn Other Photography

In your closet? d.g.bremner & co. slacks and sweaters On your walls? Artwork that has meaning to me In your bathroom cabinet? An electric razor On your bedside table? Ken Follet, Clive Cussler, and historical sailing stories When you want to smell irresistible? Old Spice On your feet? Clarks, Crocs, Florsheim

When adding colour to your outfit? I mainly wear black and grey slacks, but my favourite colour is maroon! On your luxury wish list? I have travelled most of Europe but there is one area that is on my wish list: the Scandinavian countries When it comes to your go-to “uniform?” My Tilley blazer; it’s designed for travel as it doesn’t wrinkle and keeps its press well When you want to throw fashion out the window and be all about comfort? My Montana State sweatpants and sweatshirt When you don’t care how much it costs? I eat out at Deep Cove Chalet FEBRUARY 2019 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 59


Expert Advice and High Quality Work Create a Dream Renovation



The only thing harder than living in your home and struggling with your own renovations is to live in your home while contractors are busy at work, hammering, drilling, sawing and creating drywall dust. Dawn and Charlie are veterans of this process – this is their third renovation in 18 years. For this renovation, they emptied the contents of their Deep Cove house into a storage unit, packed their bags, and moved to The Cedarwood Inn & Suites on Lochside Drive where they enjoyed two-and-a-half months of peace and quiet and a lovely ocean view. Meanwhile, their three-bedroom, 2,400-squarefoot, one-level home became a hive of activity as workers moved in and tore things apart, gutting the bathrooms, kitchen, living room and laundry room. The textured ceilings were scraped, sanded smooth and repainted. Crown mouldings were added to make a dramatic visual upgrade. Walnut-stained engineered wood floors replaced the previous multi-coloured wood flooring. Ceiling pot lights now brighten the kitchen area, and a stunning globe-shaped LED chandelier is displayed over the dining room table. Dawn says she was making a half-hearted attempt at being frugal while she shopped for light fixtures at Illuminations but when she saw this light, she knew it was game over. "It's a piece of art, that's what it really is," she says, and, when Charlie arrived at Illuminations to check out it out, he agreed. Seaside Cabinetry & Design from Sidney installed the beautiful maplewood cabinets and quartz countertops in the bathrooms and kitchen. Bi-colour cabinets in the kitchen are finished in two serene colours, Rain for the perimeter cabinets, and Cascade for the island. "It is one of my favourite finishes," says Jessica Kwasnica, senior designer and co-owner with her husband Tony Rechsteiner of Seaside Cabinetry & Design. "It's a solid opaque stain in which the woodgrain peeks through just the right amount." Lighting mounted under the cabinets adds to their elegance, while also helping improve visibility for cooking. Grey glass tiles provide a clean looking, lightreflecting backsplash, and there is a handy pot filler faucet behind the stove. Brushed nickel hardware adds to the classy modern look. There is generous storage space for everything, including a pantry area with




Your Towel Warmer Headquarters Made in Canada Left: a stunning globe-shaped LED chandelier is displayed over the dining room table. Above: clean lines, contrast and limited colours work well in the renovated bathrooms.

convenient pull-out shelves. Strategic pull-out inserts provide order for knives and utensils. Another has racks for spices and oils, and a third insert holds a convenient two-bin recycling unit. Tucked beside the wall unit is an unexpected drinks area with gorgeous mullion glass doors and a criss-cross wine rack. “We added glass knobs on these two cupboards to make them really stand out,” says Jessica. The new island is glossy and rich looking, and luxurious in size at 10 by three feet. The Caesarstone quartz countertop is called Statuario Maximus and has warm grey veins running through the soft white base colour. The edge of the island is finished in a decorative Ogee curve (an “S”-shaped curve made out of two opposing arcs) while the other countertop is square edged. Stylish white leather bar stools snug up to the island, which contains a microwave and bar fridge. All of the kitchen appliances are new, including the wall oven and fridge. “I loved working on this home with Dawn and Charlie,” says Jessica. “I had a great connection with them, and we spent a lot of time going over our options to make each room unique.” The renovated bathrooms have the luxury of heated tile floors (Decora) and a towel warmer from Flush Bathroom Essentials in Sidney. The main bathroom has a shower/tub combo outfitted with new glass, an under-mount sink in the new cabinet and large wall mirror from HomeSense. Clean lines, contrast and limited colours – it all fits so well.

In stock now

102-2537 Beacon Ave Sidney 250-655-7732

Your Natural Resource ... Quality Hardwood | Live-Edge Slabs | Wood Countertops

Made in Sidney!

250.656.0848 • 10189 McDonald Park Rd., Sidney, BC


Stereo cabinets installed by Seaside Cabinetry stylishly take care of audio equipment.








HWY. #17








The ensuite is stunning, with two under-mount sinks, white quartz countertops and dark cabinetry that divides the two sink areas (Cherry wood with Old Grown Stain). Two mirrors and crystal knobs reflect the light and add sparkle. The original small corner shower has been replaced with a spacious glass-walled walk-in shower that has a rain shower head and a centre strip of contrasting dark wall tiles. The expansive den is a fun space where Dawn says everyone likes to hang out. An electric fireplace adds warmth to the dark leather couches and large TV screen. A small office opens off of this room. All the furniture in this room along with the dining room table and chairs was bought at The House Dressing Company. For warmth during winter power outages, Dawn and Charlie have a wood-burning heatilator fireplace in the living room. A new heat pump was added during the latest renovation, and Dawn and Charlie are very pleased with its performance. Other features of the renovation include solid exterior wood doors, and, in the great room, stereo cabinets installed by Seaside Cabinetry that stylishly take

Our Amazing Crew Makes Us the Natural Choice!

Design • Construction • Arbor Services Irrigation • Maintenance • • 250.385.4858


care of audio equipment. The cabinet doors are vented to keep the components from overheating. New Hunter Douglas motorized blinds adjust for light control with the touch of a finger. Wider mouldings make the windows look new in the great room and the whole wall of windows slides open to an expansive wood deck. Glimpses of Patricia Bay can be seen through stately trees. The landscaping is largely natural and, although Dawn once had an abundant vegetable garden, she now takes it a bit easier, growing perennials like rhubarb and raspberries. Dawn is an accomplished cook, baker and canner. She places a plate of her home-baked goodies on the island and offers espresso drinks to Jessica and me. “We spend a lot of time around this beautiful island.” It’s a great place to have a good chat. Dawn nods to Jessica. “Throughout the whole renovation project, I was really comfortable with Jessica, she was so helpful, and her knowledge and experience greatly assisted in the makeover. She was recommended to me by our neighbours and various contractors who said that Seaside Cabinetry provides a superb product that will stand the test of time. We are absolutely thrilled with the renovation. Now I have the kitchen I always dreamed of.”

• Specializing in designing & renovating kitchens & baths • Additions & floor layout renovations • Computer space planning • Celebrating 19 Years

250-656-2691 |

2071 D Malaview Avenue, Sidney | FEBRUARY 2019 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 65

Ask our residents:

Life is joyful here.

Independent and assisted living choices for today’s senior


2290 Henry Ave. Sidney l 250.656.8827 l

Shot on location at Peninsula at Norgarden

Newly acquainted Eileen and Joyce share piano keys and laughter.

concept | construction collaborate | create At Tidman Construction, we can help turn your dreams into reality, from concept to completion, on time, and on budget.


The Quiet Garden

Are you looking for a little hideaway? Where silence can surround you, where you can breathe and reflect before by Katie Kroeker life comes rushing in at you? Pacific Ridge Landscapes Sounds like it might be time for a serenity garden. Although, maybe "serenity garden" sounds too much like a cemetery for your taste. What about a meditation garden, zen garden, contemplative garden, prayer garden or even just quiet garden. Regardless of the name we give it, we are following a millennia-old tradition of setting aside a sacred space in nature. Many people find just as much rest in simply being in a garden as others do in tending one. We don't have to be gardeners to enjoy a garden. In fact, there can be great freedom in knowing that our garden exists without our constant attention and meddling. Fortunately it doesn't take much to make a quiet garden. The first step is determining if it will be a solitary garden or a shared garden, as this dictates the amount of space you need. Will it be a spot for contemplation or conversation? It could be the perfect spot for a screen-free morning coffee or it might be the place you and your loved one catch up at the end of the day. Decide if it is a place for sitting, reclining or even walking a labyrinth. Everyone's spacial needs are different, but as a general rule of thumb, keep the size small enough that you feel grounded in the space but large


enough so that you don't feel cramped. Creating a sense of enclosure is important, but it doesn't necessarily mean installing a fence or privacy hedge, although in some cases, those might be appropriate. Choosing plants, shrubs or ornamental grasses in the three- to four-foot-tall range will help you feel nestled in, especially when seated, without blocking the broader view. It's a personal preference as some people love being tucked in, away from the other parts of the garden, while others need a larger vista: a view of something bigger than themselves. If enclosing your quiet space isn't an option, you could still define the boundary by creating some type of entrance or threshold to the space. A single piece of flagstone between two matching plants to signify the transition would work, or maybe you could step up or down into the space. As our bodies meet and cross these physical landmarks, it helps us to make the mental shift we need towards quiet and contemplation. Traditionally these gardens are weighted to green and white, but if colour makes you happy, pick one and repeat it. Stay simple with your materials. A chair on the lawn or a little gravel area surrounded by pretty plantings can be all you need. If you can tuck the chair(s) under a tree canopy, even better. This is not the place for seasonal containers and accessories because it needs to feel different from the rest of your garden. It is the place for beautiful focal pieces: an antique garden bench or a vintage urn that is as lovely empty as it is when filled, a statue of buddha or even a simple birdbath for a guaranteed front row seat to nature's playtime. So go outside. Celebrate silence. Repeat. FEBRUARY 2019 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 67

Hot Properties

Brentwood Bay WATERFRONT! $2,475,000

Seldom do homes with SW exposure and access to the warm, calm waters of Saanich Inlet become available. Immaculate home features approved and professionally built dock with deep water moorage and foreshore lease. Incredibly maintained, 1996 quality built 4 BD, 3 BA home of 3,025sf with natural light and views from almost every room. MLS 390937.

For Sale on the Island

Dockside Green - Balance #111 - 379 Tyee Road

Chic West Vic Living in this bright 536 sqft like-new bachelor suite. Feels like 1 bedroom with modern finishing, 9’ ceiling, granite, stainless, patio, loads of light and an easy stroll to the ocean and heart of Victoria’s vibrant downtown. A great starter condo or the marketing & sales perfect pied-a-terre.

Ingrid Jarisz* 250.656.4626


(personal real estate corp*)


Sayward Hill $1,280,000

1751 Patly Place Rockland, Victoria

Offers Victoria's best VIEWS & WEST COAST LIFESTYLE, sandy beaches, world-class golf at Cordova Bay, biking trails & local shops all at your front door yet only 20 minutes to Downtown or Airport. This home offers exquisite finishing in a spacious 1,882sf open concept that has been meticulously maintained. ML #402245.

real estate

(personal real estate corp*)

Experience the allure of beautiful Rockland. Traditional yet modern describes this executive style family home featuring 4Beds 4Baths in 3049sqft of well-designed living space. Granite, wood floors, elegant staircase, updated baths and potential mortgage helper. Surrounded by easy care perennial gardens. Situated at the real estate marketing & sales end of a charming no through lane. 250.217.9751

Spectacular Views! $1,400,000

Executive Dean Park $1,690,000

Ingrid Jarisz* 250.656.4626

From this 1-owner, bright & meticulously maintained 2,010sf, 2BD/2BA, luxury home features floor-toceiling windows capturing brilliant sunrises, panoramic unobstructed vistas over both golf courses, Gulf Islands, Salish Sea & Mt. Baker front & centre! Open concept designer plan, includes entertainment-sized living/dining, balcony to enjoy the views/BBQ's, chef's kitchen and luxurious master suite. ML # 399744. .Ingrid Jarisz* 250.656.4626

(personal real estate corp*)


A spectacular Dean Park Home with views of the snow capped Coastal and North Shore Mountains, Mt. Baker and the San Juan & Gulf Islands. Level entry to an expansive 3 car garage and main floor. Approx. 5,100 square feet of living space. This is a must view home! New ML. Willy Dunford* *personal real estate corp. 250.656.4626

Almost New Family Size Duplex Sidney

Over 2320 sq.ft. on two levels, plus a double garage, beautiful fenced yard and lots of parking located within walking distance to downtown Sidney. Don't miss the finished, insulated and heated outside office/studio building! This home is only two years old with the balance of the new home warranty in place. ML #396990. $799,000.

9578 Epco Drive Sidney Wonderful family home in move-in condition with a main floor open living plan, three bedrooms up with a bedroom bedroom suite. Situated on a 7,500 sq ft corner lot. $679,900. Shelley Mann 250.213.8229

Tom Fisher 250.656.4626

Spacious North Saanich Rancher $975,000

4C - 9851 Second Street $1,185,000

Bright open plan design, well defined spaces, from the south facing living room, to the spacious dining room and comfortable family room directly off the kitchen. 3 spacious bedrooms & 3 bathrooms. A fabulous bonus games room on the upper floor. West facing patio, landscaped, private yard on. 47 acre. A must see. .Karen Dinnie-Smyth Personal Real Estate Corporation 250.655.0608

Spectacular Unit featuring a Round Solarium with a 90 Degree View of Sidney Waterfront, San Juan Islands & Mt. Baker. Massive Master Bedroom with double sink ensuite. Den could hold Murphy Bed. Open Floor Plan. Original Condition. Gas Fireplace. Secure Underground Parking. Steel & Concrete Building. Amazing Location, Close to Downtown. MLS#404791. Gay Helmsing and Anthea Helmsing 250.360.7387 |

Your Family's Best Move! 1199 Stelly's X Road

Family Perfection in the Heart of Saanichton 7986 Wallace Drive

Immaculate 3 bedroom contemporary home in beautiful Brentwood Bay. Great family features including an open living/dining plan, nicely appointed kitchen, fully fenced yard and all bedrooms on the upper level. Close to all levels of schools and within walking distance to the shops and services of this friendly seaside community! $699,999. MLS #400588. Stephanie Peat 250.656.0131

Well maintained family home bordered by pastoral fields offering an ideal layout with 3 bedrooms up, a large living room boasting partial ocean/ mountain views and an entertainment size dining area adjoining the kitchen. One-bedroom self-contained accommodation on the lower, extensive deck space and fully fenced yard. $849,000. MLS #404423. Stephanie Peat 250.656.0131 |


Finding Your True Calling by Jo Barnes

Magazines and newspapers often focus

on the famous and newsmakers of the day. Some of the most interesting stories however involve those everyday people that we meet anywhere in our community. Here are some of those stories. It has been said that if your job is what you love to do, then you never really work a day in your life. Seaside Magazine recently caught up with three local women for whom this is the case. While all these women work in very different occupations, they all share the same love of what they do. In a warm and welcoming coffee shop in the heart of Saanichton we meet a young woman who begins her daily routine when most of us would still be fast asleep. She is usually there by 5 a.m. or so to prepare things for opening at 7 a.m. "I come in early to make muffins and other baked goods," shares Sandy


Personal Financial Consulting Services for Individuals, Families & Businesses Peter Dolezal B.A., M.B.A. Author of: • The Naked Homeowner • The Naked Traveller • The Smart Canadian Wealth-Builder Truly objective advice and assistance in developing your comprehensive FINANCIAL PLAN for Wealth Creation & Preservation

NO Products to Sell Ensures Objectivity

“Net Worth Growth & Wealth Preservation” Contact Panorama Recreation Centre at 250.656.7271 to register for Peter’s Spring session: Wednesday mornings, April 3 to May 1 70 SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA | FEBRUARY 2019

Kirby, an employee at Fresh Cup Roastery Café. Sandy grew up in the Saanichton area and knows it well. The café is a bustling business frequented by locals and visitors. During the brief time of interview, one fellow came in to get a coffee and sandwich to go, two contractors swapped stories over a coffee, and a husband and wife nearby sipped hot drinks. Sandy shares how some customers visit every day. "I like the regular customers. One lady, her name is Anne; she comes in all the time," says Sandy. "There's a running group that comes in every Monday morning. They come in at about 20 minutes after six for coffee and snacks." The heart of Sandy's job is dealing with people. And it's here she finds enjoyment. "I know a lot of people," says Sandy. "I like this job. It gives me a real social part to my day." She returns back to the service counter. The smile on her face as she passes along a cup of coffee to a customer says it all. It's a relatively quiet Tuesday morning at Sidney Municipal Hall, so we have an ideal opportunity to chat with one key member of staff. "We were gone for almost two weeks at Christmas holidays, so we're getting back into the saddle," shares Paula Kully, Executive Assistant to the Mayor of Sidney. Along with three other staff, Paula assists with the daily municipal minutiae. With a newly-elected mayor, there's plenty to be done. The job though is more than a set of tasks for this woman and provides deeper meaning. "I enjoy it because you're giving something back to your community.

You really feel like what you're doing is making a difference to people," she says. "It is fun to be a part of the inner sanctum decision making and to feel a part." Paula's contribution to local governments goes way back, some 20 years, beginning in the small town of Horsefly where she and others started a development centre and initiated the town's first website and computer centre. As we chat, it becomes clear she has a passion for community involvement. She served as constituency assistant for MLA Terry Lake and did marketing and communications for Kamloops 2011 Western Canada Summer Games. Job locations, populations and coworkers have changed over the years, but one thing remains constant. Paula is still drawn by the desire to give back and make a difference. Sometimes we don't find a job; the job finds us. Such is the case with a local woman who has discovered ways to marry her love of theatre with her passion for working with seniors. "The universe has an incredible way of putting two things together so that it can work to the benefit of everybody involved. I have loved theatre since I was a little girl," shares Susan Anderson, Companion at Saanich Peninsula Hospital and throughout Sidney. The suspension of disbelief, which is central to theatre, is a useful application when meeting those who are living with dementia. "They are in a world that is not a world that we relate to but it's a world real to them." Susan uses role play and puppetry and also reads books to seniors. "One lady I read 500 stories to her for five years, and I used a stable of voices. It took her to a different dimension. She was able to go into a place that was untouched by dementia," she says. It can be challenging work. Individuals can be confused, depressed and distraught. Susan however relishes the opportunity to be there for each person often sharing with seniors, "I hear you, and you are not alone, and we're going to journey this thing together." For Susan, what began as a job has become so much more, a daily direction that gives her purpose and value, a vocation if you will. "I think it's what I've always been meant to do," she says.

C.J. (Kip) Wilson

SAANICHTON LAW OFFICES • Wills & Estates • Estate Planning • Real Estate • Mortgages • Corporate

Reasonable, Common Sense Legal Advice

#6-7855 East Saanich Road, Saanichton 250.544.0727 • • FEBRUARY 2019 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 71

Peninsula Eats:

MENU of the

A Delicious Meal. Our Glowing Fireplace. The Warmth of Family & Friends

MONTH Days n e v e S Opena Week! . 8

9881 Seaport Place, Sidney 250.656.5643


.5557 6 5 6 . om 250 jo es.c cove

cano e


Take a Closer Look at Canoe Cove Joe’s


orth Sa

Cano e

Real, Delicious Food for the Active Appetite!


hidden somewhere in this issue



EMAIL by February 28th to let us know where you found it

Group Bookings Available! Open 11am - Late Night


2476 Mt Newton X Road, Saanichton


Follow Us On


Canoe Cove Joe’s is proud to feature Vancouver Island Brewery products. We carry four brews on tap because we think they’re the best! They are all 4.8% alcohol and will please your taste buds.

Victoria Lager (How can you not be proud to be from

the Island and have a beer named after our capital!) This is a clean, crisp lager in a bold classic German style. It features high carbonation, a spicy hop character and is a little bit malty with a deep golden colour.

Juan De Fuca Cerveza A traditional Mexican style,

Get the chance

to WIN A $50

GIFT CERTIFICATE to the matching business found on these pages!

modern interpretation of Mexican cerveza which uses toasted flared corn to lighten the body and suggest a hint of sweetness. A highly drinkable pale lager – clean, refreshing and sweet! Joe’s favourite!

Piper’s Pale Ale A traditional English pub style ale with

medium hop bitterness and earthy flower undertones. With a brilliant copper colour, this well-balanced beer boasts a malt flavour.

FEATURE $14.95 Dinners (served from 5-8pm)

Mon. Tues. Wed. Thurs.

1931 Mount Newton X Road, Saanichton

Dominion Dark With medium body and medium carbonation, this is an authentic Bavarian crafted brew with a blend of caramel, chocolate and wheat malt.

Roll Dice Win! THE

Mon-Fri 7am to 5:30pm Saturday/Sunday 8am - 5pm

Pub & Restaurant


-3p a.m.

oad, N Cove R

The Peninsula’s Only Micro Coffee Roaster

Savoury Pies Pastas Pizzas Chicken

Sunday Roast $25 250.655.0075

Global Flavour, Local Tastes. Daily Breakfast, Lunch and Espresso. Dinner Thurs - Sat

Zanzibar Cafe

1164 Stelly’s X Road, Brentwood Bay



Fresh-Baked Bread and Muffins, Espresso Beverages, Tasty Sandwiches

12” x 16” take and bake



Open Monday - Friday 8am to 4pm (closed Sat /Sun) Winter Hours: Closed until February 10

#17 - 2235 Harbour Road, Sidney

Co-op Food Centre 2132 Keating X Rd


Homemade, from Scratch Food Variety of Baking • Ice Cream Lunch Items Including Quiche, Soups, Salads and Sandwiches #104 - 2527 Beacon Ave, Sidney 250-656-1657

Breakfast with Benny All Eggs Benedict breakfasts are served on a lightly toasted English muffin topped with hollandaise and served with breakfast potatoes and eggs poached as you like. The Classic Benny served with slices of juicy ham All Aboard Benny grilled

tomatoes, bacon, sautéed mushrooms and onions Smoked Salmon Benny smoked sockeye salmon with cream cheese, topped with capers Crab Cake Benny breaded crab cakes on a bed of greens and topped with red onion

Daily Soup Specials

Check out our daily soup specials; our Chef is a soup genius! Our daily creations are a quick tasty treat, not to mention filling!

Burger Business

We boast the Best Burgers Around. Our fresh ingredients and hand-cut Kennebec fries are a combination that can’t be beat! Be sure to try our Red, Hot & Blue Burger – our ultimate burger with the addition of Red Hot Sauce and Bleue Cheese; a tempting taste that makes you want more!

Great Food. Friendly People. The Best Selection of Local, Craft & Import Beers on Tap

Contemporary West Coast Dining

Open Monday/Tuesday 9 to 3 Wed. through Sunday 9 to 9

Family Friendly Until 10pm!

2250 Beacon Avenue, Sidney


Home of the Skookum

Open 10am to 12am Daily Neighbourhood Pub & Liquor Store

2320 Harbour Road, Sidney


7806 East Saanich Road, Saanichton

250.652.1575 Find Us On Facebook!

Almost two good to be true! *11am - 3pm


with the purchase of any beverage (alcoholic or non-alcoholic)

Every Monday (Beef burger or veggie burger)


$10 CRAFT MAC & CHEESE* Every Wednesday (Includes your choice of pulled pork, bacon, crab or tofu!)

The Sidney Pier Hotel 9805 Seaport Place

Your Neighbourhood Liquor, Wine, Cold Beer and More Store! Knowledgeable, Friendly Staff | Loyalty Program | Extensive Selection | 9am - 11pm Every Day

2134 Keating X Rd 250-652-4400

3170 Tillicum Rd 250-384-0060

759 Yates St 250-383-2588

Liquor Express Vancouver Island


#12 - 1153 Esquimalt Rd 250-361-3530

930 View St 250-361-1469 @liquorexpressbc

498 Old Island Hwy 250-391-4458

Saanich Peninsula Better Breathers Program Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a respiratory condition that causes the airways of the lungs to be inflamed and become obstructed or blocked, which makes breathing a struggle. It is a general term used to describe two specific lung diseases: chronic bronchitis and emphysema. COPD is one of the fastest growing diagnoses in Canada and is most commonly caused by smoking. Approximately 6% of British Columbians aged 45 years and over have been diagnosed with COPD and many individuals have unrecognized COPD and remain undiagnosed. The disease can't be cured, but there are treatments available to prevent further damage to the lungs and to slow down the disease progression. For over 100 years, the British Columbia Lung Association has championed the cause of those afflicted with lung diseases. BC Lung's Better Breathers program is just one of the organization's many initiatives to meet the needs of the growing number of British Columbians suffering from lung disease. It is an educational and support group for people with COPD and other lung conditions. At present, there are 14 Better Breathers groups in the province, scattered throughout the Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley, Vancouver Island and Interior and northern B.C. The Better Breathers groups meet once a month and a variety of speakers are invited to present on various health and wellness topics. The program is organized to help improve the quality of life of people with COPD, provide them with self-management skills to control their symptoms and prevent exacerbations, educate and increase awareness, as well as provide a forum for sharing mutual concerns, emotional support and friendship. The presence of the Better Breathers group in a community also helps increase public awareness of COPD. The Saanich Peninsula Better Breathers group meets the fourth Monday of every month from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the SHOAL Centre in Sidney. Anyone with a lung condition is welcome to attend

s turn .95 e R ic 59 Bas g at $ x.) n ti ma Star slips (5

the meetings, as are their family, caregivers and friends. Members of the Better Breathers know firsthand how meaningful support and education can be when dealing with chronic lung disease. For more information about the Better Breathers support groups, contact British Columbia Lung Association at 1-800-665-5864 or e-mail

SIDNEY’S ART STORE imagine • create • inspire

art & framing

Victoria: 905 Fort St., Victoria BC V8V 3K3 Tel: 250-385-9786 Sidney: 2455 Beacon Ave., Sidney BC V8L 1X7 Tel: 250-656-1233

Making Taxes Easy.


Peggy PeggyYelland Yelland&&Associates AssociatesInc. Inc.isis aalocal localSaanich SaanichPeninsula Peninsulaaccounting accounting firm firmwhich whichprovides: provides: • • Personal Personal&&Corporate CorporateIncome IncomeTax Tax


Peninsula Panthers

February 2019 - Action-packed Month

Hockey fans, both young and old, on the Saanich Peninsula are in for a bevy of treats in the shortened month of February. There may be only 28 days in the month, but there is plenty happening and it will seem like a season. On Family Day Monday, February 18th at 1:00 pm, the Peninsula Panthers will welcome in the visiting Saanich Braves for their annual Peninsula Minor Hockey Association Appreciation Game. Twenty-three jerseys, pictured to the right, will be gifted immediately after the final buzzer to the lucky PMHA winners in a random on-ice draw. There will also be five of the special Family Day jerseys gifted to lucky fans in the audience. All names drawn Must Be in Attendance when the draw is made to win the jerseys. This event is one of the highlight games on the Panthers’ schedule and there will be a lot of wide eyes throughout the afternoon. After the 1st period, the Club will attend to the Lobby and will sign souvenir programs which will be gifted to the autograph seekers. This moment is as special to the players on the team as it is to the young fans, and is a memorable time in the game. Last season the game was held on December 17th, and pictured below are various fans and players involved in the autograph-signing session. Please ensure that you mark down the start time: 1:00 p.m. on Family Day, February 18, 2019. All PMHA players wearing jerseys, and coaches/managers, will be admitted a no charge. Fans are encouraged to arrive early for this special event!

P.M.H.A. / Fan Appreciation Game - December 17, 2017 Last Season’s Lucky Winners of the Panthers’ 3rd-Jersey Draw

Jr. Hockey Club

Panorama Recreation Centre

Puck drops Fridays at 7:30 p.m.


Coming Soon

UPCOMING home games 1 8 15

vs. Nanaimo Buccaneers


vs. Saanich Braves

22 24

vs. Westshore Wolves

vs. Saanich Braves vs. Kerry Park Islanders

(Hometown Hockey Night)

(1:00 p.m. Monday - Family Day)

On Friday, February 15th, Rogers Hometown Hockey and host Tara Slone will AWARDS BANQUET - 5:30 pm grace the confines of the Panorama Recreation Centre. (Public Welcome - Tickets available) The Panthers will welcome in the Kerry Park Islanders in a game which is shaping up to be an important one @ppanthersvijhl in terms of the Vancouver Island Jr. Hockey League “We are incredibly standings. The Hometown Hockey crew will arrive Visit our website: in Greater Victoria on this date and will begin fortunate to be now hosting shooting film for their presentation slated to air Hometown Hockey after having nationwide on the Rogers Television Network won Kraft Hockeyville back in Sunday afternoon. Tara Slone will be greeting the 2015.” audience at the Panthers’ game on the Friday night and she will also conduct the ceremonial face-off at Pete Zubersky, center ice. The majority of the footage after the game General Manager will be filmed at the Canadian Forces Naval Base in Esquimalt. The Canadian Military will play a significant role in the pre-game ceremonies and one which should be quite heartwarming. After the warm-ups conclude at 7:15 p.m. there will be some interesting viewing on the large Jumbotron located on the north wall of the Arena. As mentioned, this is a game where you will want to arrive by 7:00 p.m. to ensure good seating as a capacity crowd will certainly be expected. The Peninsula Panthers will hold their Annual Awards Banquet on Sunday, #15 Matt Lawrence February 24th - dinner is served at 6:00 p.m. sharp. The banquet will be held at Mary Winspear Centre on Beacon Ave in Sidney - all tickets are $50. The Panthers invite all family, friends and fans to attend the festivities and tickets may All Photos by Gordon Lee Photography be purchased at any Panthers’ game or contact Coreen at 250-652-1804.

Peninsula Panthers Annual Awards Banquet Sunday, February 24, 2019 at the Mary Winspear Centre Refreshments 5:30 p.m. Dinner 6:00 p.m.

Last season’s winners of the Rookie of the Year Trophy - shared by Riley Braun and Skyler Diamond-Burchuk pictured here with Head Coach Brad Tippett.

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 laughter and emotion as stories of the seasons 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 $50. and the evening will be an enjoyable one. Photo 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 Scholastic Achievement (in memory of the Humboldt Broncos)

We Reach The Capital Region Victoria Composition of Population

Composition of weekly Readers (Print/Digital)

Reach of Weekly Readers (Print/Digital)









University Grad Plus




Adults WIth Children




Home Owner




Victoria (18+)

*Source Vividata Fall 2018

Fun & Events

for allll ages


FEBRUARY 17 – 18th • 2019 For a full list of events visit: 78 SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA | FEBRUARY 2019

100 Boxes. Come play, build & have fun! February 16-19th at Tulista Park, 12-4pm daily



With Valentine’s Day around the corner and love in the air, in a rare few quiet minutes recently, I reflected on how lucky I am: I have a lot of love in my life. The dawn of the new year slipped by without me giving much thought to resolutions, but in reading a piece by a fellow local editor-in-chief, I was inspired by the idea that perhaps the notion of resolutions needs freshening up anyway. For me, that’s where love comes in! I love where I live; getting outside as often as possible is a must. In this issue we launch our “Out For A … ” column. Every month different local people will share where they go to get out on the Peninsula, whether that be for a run, like Tara MacDonald in this issue (page 39), bike ride, walk or a hike. Hopefully we can share some new “hidden gems” with our readers and inspire you with new spots to get your exercise! I love crafting, and trying DIY projects. As the mom of a four-year-old, I don’t get a lot of time to myself, but working towards bringing back this part of my life will bring me some joy. I love reading, but books took a backseat to motherhood a few years ago. Deborah Rogers’ very successful Seaside Book Club (page 59) was launched just a bit too late for me, as I’d just started my own book club, but I can’t say enough about how instrumental these groups can be in jumpstarting your passion for reading. Making sure my book club ticks along well this year is an obvious item on my list. I love opening my closets and drawers and seeing not just well-organized items but space! Thank you to Marie Kondo and The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up for helping me with this one! Keeping on top of this, and not forgetting what Marie has taught me, is key. And finally, I love my daughter, and being around to watch her grow up is the most important thing on this list. In this issue, we have a focus on Health & Wellness (pages 23-31), with lots of features to help you be in good health, both mentally and physically. If you find yourself frustrated by the February slump and your inability to hold on to the resolutions you made so hopefully a month ago, try simplifying things: make a list of what you love and what you need to do to make those things possible, then just let it evolve from there.

n o s i l l A



SIDNEY All Care Residence We’re All About Care …

At Sidney All Care Residence we offer many exercise classes and activities to promote health and wellness for our residents and team members. Michelle our Lifestyle and Wellness Manager and resident Darol are enjoying some fresh air and wind in their hair courtesy of Cycling Without Age Sidney. For more information on our health and wellness programs or to book a tour please contact Judy Peterson at 778-351-2505.

All Care, We Care, I Care!

Proudly Offering Long Term and Palliative Care

778.351.2505 • • 2269 Mills Rd, Sidney