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The Archers Local musicians right on target

Rose & Bill Golly Life a precious gift when won with sweat and tears

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A few years back, I opted out of being a land-lover because I found myself losing some life perspective. On the open sea, you are constantly reminded that you're a very small piece in someone else's bathtub. That, and Mother Nature is either your best friend or like a bad relationship which you can't afford. I am constantly humbled by things much bigger and more awe inspiring than myself, and often on land things happen far too fast for a person to absorb and enjoy. Being an authentic writer that people can learn a bit from is all I have ever wanted … in addition to a great cup of coffee and conversation with friends, of course. Perspective compass, check … Steve out. nancyannecowell

A Canadian Artist of contemporary painting, I am making art at a time when technology, our culture and our physical world are changing at rapid speed. With the depth of experiences life takes us through, the light in my paintings is perhaps strength aspiring within the human soul and my unbound drips are drawings of people's thoughts, finding their way. My paintings are like a snapshot of people and nature interconnecting … held in the promise of hope. Writing this month's West Coast Gardener was special for me, as I painted a series of glass vases, living in the perennial garden. Being a lover of gardening, mixing shapes with perennials is a natural extension of my artistic thinking. Perhaps gardening is hope, in its purest form. arlene antonik

It's been my pleasure over the past four years to write about people who make a difference on the Saanich Peninsula for this magazine. The March issue focuses on "Women To Watch" and the contributions they're making to this community. One of these women is Cheryl Young, founder of Sidney Meet Up, and you can read all about her ideas for promoting local business in my article this month. You'll see Cheryl out and about town, involved in all kinds of special events, perhaps handing out pamphlets down Beacon Avenue or maybe zipping around in her red VW emblazoned with the slogan "Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the World!" Having a chat with Cheryl is always an invigorating experience – but you have to catch up to her first!

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If you've read any of my articles in Seaside Magazine over the past few years, you probably know a little bit about me. You may have learned that I host a morning radio show and my on-air partner in crime happens to be my wife. I have also shared the antics of our two boys. Noah is now 14, six feet tall and claims he has a mustache which no one else can see. His brother Adam is 11 and plays soccer like he's six feet tall. This month, our family proved that if you're lost in the wilds of Thetis Lake, you just may find … a dinky toy and an Orange Julius coupon. And maybe yourself.

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What three words best describe you? Passionate, fun-loving and naughty.

You mention great mentorships. How important has this been to your overall success? I found most of my mentors much later in life, but I have been blessed with wonderful friends – a great support system – with some doubling up as my personal life board members. I have often been showered with love, honest advice and meaningful help from many people over the years, including family, friends and clients.

What is your recipe for success? Hard work, great work ethic and respect for humankind … but my greatest contributor has been the alignment of

What obstacles have you faced in your career, and how have you overcome them? I’m thankful that I have dealt with only one person in my entire life and career,

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I enjoyed reading your writeup on the Subaru Outback.

Along with many, many others, I'm the happy owner of one. Mine is a 2005, 6-cylinder VDC (highest model they had in 2005) and so far it's been in every province of Canada except Newfoundland. With 162,000-odd kms, my only repair has been a wheel bearing and a fan belt. It's taken us through heavy snow up around Whistler in the winter, cross country on the Island via logging roads and mud, and never a whimper. Keep them happy with good service, oil changes and so on, and I think they'll last pretty near forever. Incidentally, nobody beats the level of service given by Bob Saunders and his people out in Colwood. Great magazine, enjoy every issue. George Cousins

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Watching The Archers perform at the Seaside Magazine celebration on January 23rd, I was amazed at the naturally beautiful voices that shot straight through the air like sweet springs of water. As I learn more about this young band of musicians, I see shooting stars gaining momentum. Like the classic archer drawing his bow, the youthful musicians are aiming at that dream target of letting the world know about their melodic, elegant music. It looks like their arrow is off to a solid start. Five close friends form this tour-de-force called The Archers: Ethan Caleb, Sandy Hughes, Liam McLaren, Liam Moes and Robert McMullen. They show unusual talent as musicians, songwriters and performers – playing "Folk Music" with an added dash of "rock." The band members share the roles of guitar, piano, bass, drums, mandolin, banjo and multiple other percussion instruments. With angelic voices in harmony, their music shoots like an arrow straight to the heart. Sandy and Ethan started the band in early 2010; during the year, the two Liams and Robert joined them; "The Archers" were born in September 2010. Ethan bubbles over with excitement: "I love to sing. Sandy, myself and Liam(McLaren) are the lead singers and we did a lot of three-part harmony at the beginning," he recalls. The three took vocal

lessons with Heather McLeod, who works in Deep Cove: "She is amazing and is one of our favourite people in the world. She was a real inspiration in teaching us how to meld

"Like the classic archer drawing his bow, the youthful musicians are aiming at that dream target." our voices together to get the right tone." Ethan developed his performance confidence in a remarkable student-run musical theatre program at Stelly's Secondary School. Ethan is proud of the authenticity of their music: "We are an honest band." They create everything themselves, all original work. Every song on their new CD is a genuine work of art in itself. The Archers are the real deal, singing live, their own natural voices caressing the listener. The Archers' list of achievements in two years show a meteoric rise in the music world: nominated for a "Young Performer of the Year Award" by the 2012 Canadian Folk Music Awards; Youthink's "BC's Best Teen Band" in April 2011; Victoria's Times Colonist Music Award "Act to Watch for 2013;" Victoria's

"Garage Band Live" winners in May 2011; produced their own EP, "Much More Than Merry Men" in August 2011 and played on CBC Radio; and Victoria's Zone 91.3FM's Band of the Month in June 2012. A huge thrill for Ethan was playing at the Rifflandia Festival in 2012. Their role model is the progressive rock band "We Are The City." The Archers are doing a "crowd-funding" campaign to pay for the costs of recording their first full-length album with Tom Dobrzanski in Vancouver in March. Anyone can support them by purchasing valuable "perks" until the end of February via "IndieGoGo" at homewww.indiegogo.com/thearchersalbum/. After that, please contact the band directly at theband@thearchersband.com. Their fourweek tour departs May 23rd from Victoria to Montreal, which includes showcasing in Toronto's music festival, NXNE. Keep your eye on that night sky, to watch the "archer" in Sagittarius take aim. And if you see a streak of light one moonlit night, you know that our hometown boys are just doing what comes naturally. The Archers links: www.thearchersband.com; www.facebook.com/thearchersband; https://twitter.com/TheArchersTweet; EPK: www.sonicbids.com/thearchers. Table of contents photo by Brian Van Wyk.


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Has Spring Sprung?

The two most frequent questions asked of me are: "Will spring be early this year?" and "What did you do to your hair?" Let's go back to the first question and talk about Groundhog Day. According to legend, if a groundhog by Steve Sakiyama emerges from its den on February 2nd and sees its shadow, expect six more weeks of winter weather. If not, expect an early spring. The most famous groundhog weather prognosticator is Punxsutawney Phil, although there are others such as Staten Island Chuck ("Cold? Aw fuhgeddaboudit"), General Beauregard Lee ("Make no never mind. It's cold.") and the Canadians such as Shubenacadie Sam, Fred la Marmotte and Wiarton Willie ("Wow, cold eh? Let's go to Timmy's"). According to a Canadian study, Phil is correct only 37% of the time – which some would say is no different than trained meteorologists. Not to be outdone, last month on Groundhog Day I took a stuffed teddy bear outside … and yes, it did cast a shadow. It looked at me with those big, dark, button eyes as if to say: "Spring? Fuhgeddaboudit" (this teddy bear is obviously from Staten Island). So when does spring really begin? Perhaps it's according to the adage: Spring has sprung, The grass has riz, I wonder where the birdies is? Or is it according to the definition of Friend Owl in the movie Bambi, when every living thing is "twitter-pated" (@ Thumpertweets #saysomethingnice)? But seriously, according to the Astronomical definition, the official start of spring occurs when the Sun is exactly overhead of the equator as it makes its way northward – which in these parts occurs around March 20th (the specific time and date depends on the year). This is called the vernal or spring equinox (equi, "equal", and nox, "night") since at this point in time, day and night are equal in length. There is also the Meteorological definition of spring, which starts on March 1st. Temperature rather than astronomy is used to determine the seasons where the three coldest months are winter (December, January and February in the Northern Hemisphere), the three warmest months are summer (June, July and August) and spring is the three-month transition period 12 SEASIDE | march 2013 | www.seasideMAGAZINE.ca

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What's in Your Attic? details about the board and the game," says Peter, "but so far no actual board has made its way to our collection. We so hope someone in The Sidney Museum on Beacon the community has one hidden away in their Avenue is about to undergo a major attic of hidden treasures." transformation. If all goes according to plan, Other artifacts on the Museum's wish list the Museum will soon become a dynamic, include articles woven with dog fur, a metal bustling hub that tells the Peninsula's story school desk, men's period clothing from the with the help of interactive technology, 1920s, men's and ladies' hats, and a Marcell creative lighting and new displays. And that's waving machine used in hairdressing salons. where we – you and I – come in! "No doubt we'll identify other gaps in our As Peter Garnham, executive director, puts collection, but any of these items would really it: "The Museum is in need of specific artifacts help us out," Peter tells me. to help tell unique aspects of our story." One Artifacts alone, however, will not complete such item, for example, is a nine-squared the renovations or update the Museum's checkerboard that had black squares in all four displays. "We also need money," says Board corners with no black square in the centre. member Peter Wainwright. "Donations in any Invented by entrepreneur Hugh McIntyre, amount will be essential to our success." editor of the Peninsula News Review during the The Museum is in the early days of 1920s, the game was manufactured in Sidney fundraising but already has created several and played around the world. In 1925, Frank unique options for supporters to consider. Holdridge and Caroline McKenzie were the "For example," Peter tells me, "we have school-aged world champions. "We know introduced a Patrons Wall, composed of

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every day since 1992, 82-year-old Rose Golly has been riding around the Peninsula, picking up bottles and cans

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says, but her humility doesn't hide the fact that the lives of Rose and Bill Golly resonate way beyond merely interesting. Their story is a gripping and fascinating trip back in time to a way of life so steeped in hardship and adversity that it is incomprehensible to most of us. Survivors of the Great Depression, they brought their resilience and strength into building a good life for themselves and their family in Brentwood Bay. Their hard-won wisdom about what really matters in life is a lesson for all of us. It is a tale worth telling. Every day since 1992, 82-year-old Rose Golly has been riding her bicycle around the lush Saanich Peninsula countryside, picking up bottles and cans. The money garnered over the years from cashing in on other people's waste has helped fund a marathon for their granddaughter, anniversaries and an Alaskan Cruise. Also, the bottles have been used for fundraising drives in the community and Boy Scouts. Rose and Bill's diligent "waste not, want not" credo comes from stark lived experience: At an young age, those tossed bottles could have helped feed them when they were hungry. Rose was born in Saskachewan in 1930

under the black skies of the "Dirty Thirties." The fallout from the Wall Street financial

"We just don't waste anything. If we see a penny we pick it up. It is ingrained in us, part of our being." collapse had plunged people into lifethreatening poverty overnight. Hellish weather stripped farmland of topsoil, rendering it useless as a food source. Death lived only a few doors down for people who were starving, destitute – who watched their farms taken by banks and their futures crushed into the foul dirt. As teenagers, Rose and her sister found themselves fending for themselves. Rose worked as a waitress to survive, sometimes for 50 cents a day. Born in 1928 in Saskachewan, Bill sadly recounts a bleak hopeless time. His family lost their farm and his parents had no choice but to feed six kids on a $10 monthly "Aid and Relief" cheque provided by the government. Rose and Bill married, had three children and eventually came to the Saanich

Peninsula. But the memory of those early hard times never left them. Even now, everything is used in the Golly household. The Gollys' story is a treasure chest of wisdom and life lessons. When survival once hung on a thread, priorities quickly gel. What is important in life becomes crystal clear. With the present homelessness issue, it seems our modern society has lost that sense of caring about our neighbours. But when Rose and her sister were in need, the small town watched over them and families took them in without question. They quickly learned the life-saving value of human kindness. Their grim early days taught them the value of family. Life is still practical and simple. They never buy anything unless they can afford it. "Now, we just don't waste anything. If we see a penny we pick it up. It is ingrained in us, part of our being." Life is a precious gift when it is won with sweat and tears. "Never give up," says Bill. "We have such a short time here!" Rose and Bill Golly squeeze every second out of life: "Being alive is fantastic. We shouldn't waste it!" This is the piece of gold from a tale that bears telling over and over again.


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It's a GROWTH Industry Michell Valley Plants re-opens this month from Wednesday to Sunday and is excited about the upcoming growing season. Known for their unusual selection of plants, Tara's team invites you to drop by and pick up some veggies and herbs for your garden along with some helpful suggestions for container planting. No time to plant? Bring along your containers and they can plant them up for you. Find them on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ pages/Michell-Valley-Plants or at Island View Road and the Pat Bay Highway. Adding to an already wonderful selection of fruits and vegetables, Michell Bros Farm in Saanichton also offers limited quantities of frozen meats including their own pasture raised beef along with local pork and chicken. The perfect accompaniment to fresh produce, their limited meat offerings are available while quantities last. Check out this family-run farm and other southern Vancouver Island growers at www.islandfarmfresh.com

MUSE Winery, celebrating March Madness with their members until March 8th, has been busy pruning for the spring bud break and is planting two more vineyards of Ortega on the Peninsula this year. In May, they will release their 2012 whites, and have added Viognier back into their portfolio. Wine and information are flowing at www.musewinery.ca. s e rv i c e s

A BRAND new business and the business of personal BRANDS Business advisor Pauline Penner announces the relaunch of her brand under JumpStart Business Solutions (formerly Simply Solutions). Accurately reflecting what she delivers to her "emerging entrepreneur" clientele, a jumpstart on the road to prosperity, Pauline's JumpStart website www. jumpstartsolutions.ca boasts a new logo and an Ask an Expert forum. Sidney's downtown is home to a new Tattoo Shop on Second Street. After a decade running his shop in Montreal, Dave Knight has happily returned to his western roots and is looking forward to inviting guest artists

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In the world of comfort food, there is nothing more divine than a morsel of fluffy Sunday morning pancakes, smothered with creamy butter and warm maple syrup. This weekend breakfast classic embodies coziness, and conjures up some fantastic childhood memories for me. But who said pancakes have to confine themselves to breakfast only? What if they wanted to branch out a little? Try on a new suit and see if they could slip into the supper club for a few nights? This month, I will introduce you to a fantastic savoury griddle cake packed full of intense flavour that puts a serious spin on any meal: brunch, lunch or dinner! Starting from the top, the base for this griddle cake is the same as its breakfast partner, but without the sugar. Your options for "add-ins" are truly endless. While experimenting this month I came up with an amazing savoury recipe: pancakes peppered with Gruyere cheese and sautéed leeks. Gruyère is noted for its creamy, toasted, nutty notes, and it pairs perfectly with the gorgeous spring-fresh oniony taste of sautéed leeks as they dance into the batter. Together they turn the pancake world on its side, and turn your everyday griddle cake into a knock-your-socks-off dish! Savoury pancakes are worthy of a lot of praise on their own and are perfect for a snack anytime, but when I entertain they can be a showstopper. They are a simple and delicious solution when you have little time to prepare and need something light, elegant and easy. I go for these every time and I've never had a single complaint. This month I'll show you how gorgeous a simple pancake can be, topped with a pat of lemon-lime cilantro butter and a handful of fresh spring greens and spicy arugula kissed with bright lemon vinaigrette. It's incredibly easy, and will take about 25 minutes start to finish. You won't need to be a pro to pull this off (but you'd never be able to tell from the result) and your guests will feel perfectly satisfied. This dish works as an appetizer, side or main for any meal. Let's get started! Step One: Lemon, Lime & Cilantro Butter ½ cup salted butter zest of one lime and one lemon 1½ tbsp chopped cilantro Mix together well and refrigerate. The pro option? Place a large square of cling wrap over your cupped hand. Spoon the butter onto the saran into the center of your palm. Take the butter in the cling wrap and make a sausage shape, wrapping the butter completely. Twist the ends and refrigerate or freeze until you to use it (PS – Amazing over steak!) 20 SEASIDE | march 2013

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Toss together. Step Three: Pancake Mix 1 cup flour 1 tsp baking powder ½ tsp salt ⅔ cup milk 1 egg 1 tbsp canola or olive oil ¼ cup diced leeks, lighty sautéed ¼ cup Gruyère cheese, grated Mix the first six ingredients together until lumpy and then fold in your leeks and cheese. Set your griddle or pan on medium/high and coat with oil or, if you prefer cooking spray, that's fine too. Fry up your cakes and ensure you get a nice brown crust. Plate your cakes, and let cool slightly, toss your greens and top on the cakes, add a pad of the citrus butter and serve. Enjoy! Wine pairing courtesy Liquor Express: This savoury pancake deserves a savoury wine. The fresh citrus and vegetables in this dish lean toward white wines. An herbal-tinged, fruity Italian white would match well. You could go with crisp and bright Pinot Grigio from the Veneto, especially if you're serving this for lunch or brunch. For something more substantial, look for a Fiano, from southern Italy. These strong-flavoured, textured whites have notes of pine nuts, fresh herbs, honey and hazelnuts.

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I dropped in on Parkland Secondary School the other day. Having retired from there some years ago, I thought it time I checked in to see how they were doing. It was a treat to talk with students, to see the preparations for a musical and to chat with the few colleagues still there from my era. It was also a treat to hear about the new Parkland Marine Institute, a suite of courses that will guide students from ninth grade to graduation into the world of the marine sciences, technology and recreation. It took some careful engineering to assemble, but the major players seem to have crafted a brilliant vehicle for realizing the potential of a school based in a marine-focused community. A major partner in this enterprise is Quadrant Marine, a private institute on Canoe Cove Road composed of personnel and facilities based in Sidney. The names are a directory of longtime local businesses such as Jespersen Boat Builders, Gartside Marine Engines, Blackline Marine and Sidney North Saanich Yacht Club. Quadrant presently provides apprenticeship training and other marine courses for students from industry and educational institutions. Parkland Secondary School has teamed with Quadrant to create one component of its Marine Institute, and even now the first cadre of six apprenticeship students is enrolled, joining other apprentices from local industry. Campbell Black of Quadrant and Mark Fraser, principal of Parkland, are excited about the prospects of the partnership. With the average age of tradespeople in the marine services sector of the workforce being 50 years, there will be a large demand for skilled workers in the years ahead, and students at Parkland will have a unique opportunity to get a head start in preparing for entry into that field. For students, the benefits of entering the Marine Institute will be immediate. Certification courses, previously only available through local Power Squadron chapters or employment with Transport Canada or Marine Rescue Services, will now be an integral part of the course offerings. A sailing academy will provide classroom instruction by Parkland staff as well as on-the-water experience by members of the Sidney North Saanich Yacht Club. Whether aiming for marine biology or engineering degrees or apprenticeships in marine restoration and shipbuilding, this institute will give counseling and practical classroom and fieldwork to support student career goals. In the next few months, Parkland students will be filling in course selection forms for the next academic year, and many of them will be opting for courses in this Marine Institute. It is probably only a matter of time before part of the playing field becomes a runway and a new Aviation Institute is announced.

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sit down and talk with some interesting characters from Greater Victoria's past? If so, wonder no more. Although these conversations are merely creative figments of my by Valerie Green imagination, they are all based on fact. Thomas Brydon was the first mayor of Saanich, sworn in to head up council in 1906 when Saanich became a municipality. Mr. Brydon, you've led a fascinating life since coming to Victoria in the 1880s. Can you tell me about your early life? I was the ninth child in my family, born in Selkirk, Scotland in 1857 to Adam and Jane Brydon. I grew up on a sheep farm. We bred the hardy cheviot sheep, which could survive those bleak, cold Scottish winters. Three of my siblings died of typhoid fever and that same disease hit all our livestock, so eventually the farm could no longer support us. Our family dispersed in all directions. I headed for Edinburgh where I learnt carpentry. What made you come to Canada? Well, from Edinburgh I headed to London where I heard about the opportunities to be found in Canada. Being adventurous, I decided to head for the new world but first I returned to Edinburgh to persuade my dear Mary Ann (Malcolm) to marry me and accompany me on the journey. We were married in 1884 and then took the long sea voyage around the Horn travelling with only one trunk and a box of tools between us! Where did you live when you first arrived in Victoria? On Pandora Avenue. Later we built a house on Denman Street where our four children were born between 1885 and 1894. Jobs were scarce in my trade, so eventually I built coffins for Hayward's Funeral Home – a never-ending job! By the end of the 1890s you were very involved with St. Andrew's

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in the garden, under a shrub and out in the field. It's nature's way! We have a fondness for the beauty of these little creatures, until they devour our lettuce patch! We have discovered that domesticated rabbits are delightful pets. As herbivores, I often liken them to miniature horses, as they have similar digestive systems. Many of their health problems revolve around intestinal issues. Irregular or elongated teeth, bloat, stomach impaction, caecal colic and inflammation … sound familiar, my equestrian friends? Their optimum health is achieved by managing their nutrition. Pellets should always be fed in restricted amounts for rabbits of all ages, and hay should be freely available at all times. Young rabbits and nursing mothers need higher protein, and should be fed an alfalfabased diet of hay and pellets. Once rabbits reach maturity or are not rearing young, they need to be converted to freely available Timothy hay, and a set amount of Timothy pellets per day. Alfalfa should no longer be a part of their diet. Pellets should be greatly restricted, as this is where most of the digestive problems arise. Fresh greens and vegetables are usually provided daily in an amount to roughly equal to the dimension of the rabbit's head. If your rabbit gets diarrhoea from eating fresh greens, there may be low-grade digestive issues lurking. All rabbits pass soft night droppings that they ingest for some essential nutrients without which they cannot live. If your rabbit is not eating these, you will find a dirty bottom. Once again, that digestive system is out of balance and they need medical care. Bunnies are playful, easily house trained, quiet and companionable. Sometimes they can be a bit pushy or territorial. This is often managed with neutering. Many female rabbits develop ovarian tumours as they mature, and thus we recommend getting them spayed to avoid health issues and heartbreak when they become ill. Not to forget, bunnies in spring are also reminders of Easter. They may bring chocolate eggs to your home, but please do not adopt one spontaneously because they are cute. Consider them as pets that can be with you for many happy years. Take time to learn about their husbandry and health needs, and plan to give them a caring home. You will not be disappointed! For more information visit www.breadnervet.com. Photo courtesy Tiia Monto courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

MLS Awards for ROYAL LePAGE By the Sea Award Status was achieved by each of the three REALTORS® on the team at ROYAL LePAGE By the Sea in the 2013 Victoria Real Estate Board award standings. Jean Dunn, real estate agent and coowner of the franchise, achieved "Gold," while Vicki Hall and Glynis MacLeod both received "Silver." "This is a testament to the work effort in our office," says Jean, "and we are most grateful to our many clients who made this possible." MLS® Awards are based on sales volume achieved during the calendar year. The awards thresholds are as follows: the top 105 of membership receive a Gold Award, the next 10% receive a Silver Award and the next 10% receive a Bronze Award. ROYAL LePAGE By the Sea operates as a boutique real estate office with Jean's team acting in tandem working with both buyers and sellers. Founded in 1996 by Jean and her husband Edward, the Team also includes Paula Brown, managing broker. With approximately 18 to 20 listings at any one time, the company offers full service marketing on a range of properties. For information contact Jean Dunn or Paula Brown at 250-655-1816.


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co m m on cents the true cost of things! I often wonder how many people travelling the Pat Bay highway are taking their money into Victoria under the assumption they're saving money on an upcoming purchase? I believe purchasing based solely on price and not on "longterm value" is short-sighted at best. We hear the term "Buy Local" all the by Jim Townley time, but individually people need to Fresh Cup define what this truly means. For me, it's Roastery Café more than just a nifty marketing catchphrase. For me, buying local is essential in the process of creating a sustainable community. Ponder for a moment the word "sustainable," when used in the context of community and the environment together. I break down purchases into two specific categories that constantly remind me of the long-term impact of my buying decisions and they are: "community-breaker" and "non community-breaker" purchases. Community-Breaker purchases start with answering two questions: "Can I buy the item I am looking for on the Peninsula from someone who makes it?" or "Can I buy it on the Peninsula from someone I know who sells it?" If the answer to question one is yes, then I buy the item, despite the fact I may (or may not) pay a bit more for it. Question two is more complicated, but I think locally first. In a global economy, I think it's safe to assume that most industries are price competitive. Paint, tires, hardware and dish soap are all fairly close in pricing, unless it's a specialty item or drastically different in quality. HOWEVER, buying items here on the Peninsula means your money cycles multiple times and provides long-term value, which supports sustainability for the community. Aside from the listed price of an item, there are the hidden costs (time and gas) that impact the true cost of goods. All too often people hop in their cars and drive off in search of unimportant items, forgetting the expense of time and gas. If you value your time at $15 per hour and gas ($1.37 a litre for mid-grade), then the items you think you are saving money on when you travel to Victoria may not be such a great deal after all. At the end of the day, each person needs to define what good value looks like, and I think everyone would agree that time is the most valuable commodity we possess. I am not suggesting for one moment that anyone compromise on quality or selection; however, in order for a sustainable business community to continue offering products and services, WE must look towards our community first when we make purchases. Otherwise, buying local will be an experience similar to the time you desperately needed something on Christmas morning and went driving around hoping some place would be open … but nothing was. SEASIDE | march 2013 | WWW.SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 27

How many times have you heard the word "compassion" in conversations recently? In today's lean downsized world of "fast-track" love in a Blackberry tweet and frenzied Facebook

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ever. They help us to survive as humans by facilitating that loving, supportive connection between ourselves and others. At the Zanzibar Café in Brentwood Bay, the owners are serving up "compassion" as a hearty menu item. The pair wanted to do something to give back to the community and show their deep regard for their Peninsula family who dine with them in sunshine and rain. They came up with a smart idea that says "we care about you!" to members of this resplendent Saanich Peninsula community. 28 SEASIDE | march 2013

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Toni Brassard and Mohamed Dehairi are the friendly owners of the Zanzibar Café business. They realize that there are many wonderful people out there who may not get any community awards, but are still "special and good" in their own unique way and deserve recognition. The thoughtful pair came up with the perfect plan: They are creating a little box that they will put in the front entrance of their café, along with note paper and pens. Patrons are invited to come in and write a note nominating someone to receive a $25 gift certificate to eat at Zanzibar's.

taste of Zanzibar delights. This will be a regular ongoing promotion every month. One or more names will be chosen each month by the owners based on the background story. People are invited to put the worthy recipient's name and address down on the note. Imagine the jubilation of receiving a $25 gift certificate in the mail from the Zanzibar Café! And Toni wants to assure customers that if their story is not picked one time, it may be selected the next time. Ever the objective Seaside writer, I gushed, Wow, what a fantastic idea, Toni! Toni's usual animated voice was low and quiet:

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"It is all about being compassionate. People in the community are like family – we are taking care of them, giving them the gift of food." When they hear of someone who is housebound or in hospital, Toni and Mohamed take them something to eat from their café. This promotion is a remarkable way to give people an opportunity to be good to someone else. It brings out their caring side and inspires them to see others as valuable and worthy of a treat. I envy anyone who receives

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The note will contain a little background story on why they are choosing this specific person. The lucky nominee can be anyone who is deserving in any way – just for being a treasured friend or relative or just a really kind and good person. They don't need to be leaping over tall buildings, but just someone who needs and deserves a special treat. It could be a friend going through a hard time, a lonely senior, a worried aunt waiting for surgery or someone who did a kind deed. It's quite a spirit-lifter to get a complimentary serving of the delectable cuisine at the Zanzibar Café! Toni and Mohamed want you to give someone a special

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These books inspire you to think local … as local as it gets, in fact: with food and flowers grown in your own backyard! These books can become essential guides, with step-by-step instructions, or, if you don't have a green thumb, they can simply be a pleasure for the eye. If you have a neighbour who brings you flowers and veggies, why not say thank you with one of these books this spring? (Free Range Chicken Gardens $23.95; The 50 Mile Bouquet $19.95; All the Dirt $29.95) Tanner's Books 2436 Beacon Avenue, Sidney 250.656.2345

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Island Glass Wings Jewelry is all handmade in Victoria, B.C. The butterflies used in the jewelry are farmed at ecologically-friendly butterfly farms that help preserve the rainforest and help the local people. These farms help preserve the species, are sustainable and reduce the need for wild-caught butterflies. The one-of-a-king butterfly wings are enclosed in lead-free silver between two glass plates. (Large $44.95; small $38.95) Butterfly Gardens 1461 Benvenuto Avenue, Brentwood Bay butterflygardens.com 30 SEASIDE | march 2013 | www.seasideMAGAZINE.ca

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Coming up the meandering country lane leading to Ruth and Don James’ home, the anticipation grows, for this is a special place, steeped in the history of the Saanich Peninsula – the Moses farm, lovingly restored and transformed for contemporary living, its history enhanced and refreshed. In the paddock Arabian horses wicker softly, curious and watchful. And then the house comes into view, like a Victorian gingerbread confection, all dormers and finials, nestled in a sheltered fold of the valley, with restful prospects of field, meadow and forest. When Welshman Daniel David Moses bought the property in 1864 under a crown grant, adding to the 100-acre parcel until it went down to Lands End, and he set to growing hops for the local breweries. According to great granddaughter Fran Robertson: "You can still see the hop field from the veranda." Fran reveals that her great grandfather was "… more interested in buying land than in farming." An ambitious entrepreneur, he owned a hotel in Victoria, while his wife 32 SEASIDE homes | february 2013

Mary competently managed the farm. In 1904 their son Christopher acquired the property, and with his wife Emily specialized in mixed farming as well as breeding silver cup horses. In 1906 Christopher built a summerhouse for Emily, enlarging it in 1911 to accommodate their growing family of three children: Grace, Daniel and Irene. This extension forms part of the present home. Grace, a qualified teacher, eventually took over from her father. She developed a dairy farm of blue ribboned Jerseys, cofounding the Jersey Breeders Association and actively participating in the life of the community. Fran, who spent much of her youth at the farm, enjoyed preparing the calves for showing at the Saanich Fair. With great fondness, she remembers the home as very much a "family place" where everyone would gather in the huge country kitchen for special occasions. When Ruth and Don purchased the farm in 1989, some 40 acres remained of the original 600 and much work was needed. Over a two-year period the farmhouse, originally set on wooden blocks which

MOSES FARM Continued were no longer fit for the purpose, underwent some serious upgrading and remodelling, including lifting in order to create a contemporary lower level that puts the focus on fun and fitness. The summerhouse removed, a new addition was built to accommodate an open concept country kitchen, dining area, sunroom doubling as a breakfast nook, and a sunken living room with walk-out veranda and patio. The glass conservatory extending from the sunroom was custom designed to resemble a classic Victorian greenhouse, with architectural elements perfectly in tune with the exterior period features of the home. A flowing abstract in Italian marble by Kent Laforme, a Cordova Bay sculptor who trained in Italy, occupies a special place in the conservatory. Ruth and Don have commissioned Kent to complete a piece for the new studio. Continued next page


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"There is so much local talent right on the Peninsula and why not use it!" enthuses Ruth. Ruth and Don’s obvious appreciation for the historic fabric of the farmhouse is evident when mounting the original stairs to the second floor. The fittings, fixtures and furnishings impart a turn of the century feel, the spaces retaining much of their original features, including fir flooring, wood panelling, an inviting sleeping porch off one of the bedrooms and enchanting stained glass windows. Enhancements and refurbishments carried out with sensitivity, such as the stained glass skylight illuminating the upstairs gallery space, exposed roof beams in the master bedroom and the anaglyptic ceiling in the generous entranceway confirm a happy synergy of heritage and modern refinements. Throughout their home, Don and Ruth have thoughtfully displayed

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and Don’s farm is The Studio. Connected stylistically to the main farmhouse yet set apart physically in its own special space, this artist’s retreat enjoys views over the meadow and valley while nestled against a forested hill. The studio is the creative hub for Ruth and her friend Anne Pearson’s charity, the African Children’s Book Box Society. Initially formed to promote literacy in Africa, distributing locally made boxes filled with African children’s literature to schools and mobile libraries, the project has grown to include a Children’s Village for orphaned youngsters, Meal in a Mug to feed pupils a nutritious breakfast ("because kids work better on a full stomach") and an HIV care and treatment clinic with volunteer community outreach. "The need just keeps growing," explains Ruth. The studio’s north-facing orientation provided the sort of challenge designer Keith Baker of KB Design loves. The building’s proximity to the hillside on the south precluded the provision of windows on that side as did Ruth’s need for extensive cabinetry and counters. Knowing that plenty of light would be crucial to the building’s success, Keith designed skylights in the overhang as

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well as the roof, suffusing the interior space with soft luminescence so important for a studio. A bank of windows low to the ground makes the most of the valley view, perfect for restful contemplation and inspiration. For Keith it was all about "… letting the light and the outside in." Another link to the original farmhouse, quite apart from the iconic veranda, occurs in the use of stained glass windows, created by local glass artist Ed Schaefer, to depict, according to Ruth, "the progression from day to night with the changing patterns of light, wind and weather," leaving one with a reminder of life’s universal diurnal rhythms which connect us all to the earth. Keith’s choice of open beams in the ceiling, similar to those found in the master bedroom of the farmhouse, provide a light, airy space, lifting the eye up to the skylights, forming for Keith an "interrelationship that adds a really nice feel." The wood clad ceiling offers a visceral connection with the forest, enhanced by the shingling of the exterior walls. The hand carved arched entrance door, one of Ruth’s inspirations, is decorated with swirling leaf tendrils and glowing with a golden orb of the sun in a sumptuous stained glass, mirroring the artistry of the lunette in the west gable. The pattern of curves and arches continues to Ruth’s circular work surface, as inviting and inclusive as Ruth herself. The African Children’s Book Box Society has found a very special home indeed.

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here. Stretching forward, I touched the blemish where once was a crack. The vase found its sense of place amongst the luscious leaves of my perennial garden. Claiming its spot. This led me to imagine a garden drunk with vases, crisscrossed with stone paths, secret, and scattered between the waking, then sleeping, perennials. Over time, a collection of garden vases formed a curious community – each with its own personality. Some stand in honesty, both flaws and perfections offered as an open vessel. Others hold the innocence of freshly plucked sweet peas, purposely out of reach of the daily deer crossing. And when the garden looks tired, robust vases are stuffed with yellow long-stem silks, smiling like a Mona Lisa in disguise. It is a perpetual symphony of vitality! The domesticity of the vases shimmering in the garden lured me to create a series of paintings, reflecting their personalities. The rhythmic ease of the pulled paint was infectious, and making the series was like a lyrical ceremony. With vases swaying to "Tango Trance" and wiggling to "Salsa Spell," the nourishment of one's soul is well worth exhibiting to a wider public during the month of March. Come along, it is inside of you. Nancyanne Cowell is a Canadian Artist of contemporary paintings and her studio is in Cordova Bay. Visit www.nancyannecowell.ca for more information about the exhibition, Recycled Vases … in the garden.

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Quirky, cute, and zippy; there's much to like about this pocket-sized Mini Cooper. Its blasts around corners, yet still sips fuel. Its style is classic, (and yes guys, you'll still get the looks from Quirky, cute and zippy: there's much to like about the Mini Cooper the gals), yet so modern. But, imagine you're driving down the highway features and rock-solid build quality tells us it's a tough German car. and you feel like you're travelling at about 80 km, and you look at your All this happens as you sit in a well-appointed cabin, but I would say massive dinner-plate-size speedometer in your Mini and you realize it's a little over designed for the interior, with cabin controls scattered you're going 120 km. It's pretty wild! The turbocharged BMW – Peugeot confusingly around the dashboard, making it a bit difficult to navigate. designed 1.6L cylinder engine cranks out 181 HP, which is borderline However, it's among the quietest of compact cars, with a crystal-clear excessive for this car but actually makes for a super controllable and sound system, superb visibility, a low cost of maintenance, long service predictable thrill ride. life and a list of options longer than the car itself. And best of all? Thank heavens the massive and powerful anti-lock brakes There's never a parking spot that the mini can't squeeze into. make it easy to drive fast, yet safely. Model as tested: 2010 model Cooper "S", 6-speed automatic I've driven a BMW for years and the Mini definitely has the power, transmission with steering wheel shifters, 80,000 kms, $22,950 plus tax. reliability and conveniences of a current BMW. The impressive safety

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When Taylor Orr first contemplated taking apprenticeship training as part of her high school education, she had her sights set on becoming an automotive service technician. While taking an introductory auto shop class, she learned for certain by Stu Rhodes that she was really good at working with her hands and she realized she'd never been as engaged in her learning as in that auto class when theory and practise became a tangible reality for her. A gifted artist as well, she began to wonder if there was somewhere she might also be able to use her artistic creativity at the same time as engaging in the craftwork of a trade. When a friend suggested hairdressing to her, she initially rejected the idea but upon further consideration decided to give it a try. Taylor recently completed the intensive 12-month Cosmetology/ Hairdressing program offered by Saanich School District in partnership with Vancouver Island University and the Industry Training Authority of B.C., where she earned high school credits, trade certification and a university diploma from VIU, finishing near the top of her class. What's even more impressive is that her employer, Brett Lacey of Arq Salon, says: "Taylor is an amazing young lady with a dynamic and mature personality and excellent customer service skills." He went on to say: "She may very well have the potential to be the best new employee I've ever hired. She has all the attributes to create the 'perfect storm for success' in this industry." Taylor was much more humble about how well she's doing, but was able to clearly articulate how participating in the hairdressing program has truly enriched her life. She has focus and passion and says she was "deeply moved by this rich learning experience." "My creativity has totally evolved since starting the program. I always liked drawing but this is more like 3D sculpting with various

shapes and natural textures." Having developed a renewed enthusiasm for learning, Taylor has embarked on an ambitious and personalized educational plan to continue working part-time at Arq Salon at the same time as she finishes her remaining graduation requirements at the Saanichton Individual Learning Centre (where the teaching salon, "Studio 63," is also located). This plan sits well with her mom, Diane Landega, who credits the program for "igniting a passion for creativity in Taylor and giving her a focus on a solid career pathway." The program provides specific technical training in the art of hairdressing and transitions students into the workplace by helping them find a good fit at the right salon. Taylor acknowledges that Anastasia Antoniadis gave her the confidence to develop her skills and Colleen McNamee was instrumental in facilitating her placement at Arq Salon. She also appreciates the mentoring at the salon by the senior stylists. When asked what she would say to other high school students about apprenticeship programs Taylor said: "It's the best possible thing you can do! You get a job, you get certification in your trade, and you won't have any debt as you embark upon your dream career!" For more information on how to get involved as a student apprentice, or as an employer sponsor in this, or any other career program in Saanich School District, contact Garry Arsenault, 250-658-6679; Roger Pires, 250-655-2715; Wendy Walker, 250-514-0259; or Stu Rhodes, 250-415-9211. Visit http://www.youtube.com/user/ saanichcareers to view the promotional video Jump Start Your Career.

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Victoria's Gilbert and Sullivan Society Presents Ruddigore This time around I'll bravely reveal that one of my guilty pleasures is Gilbert and Sullivan's light operettas. The melodies and words are so memorable that they bounce around in my head, even though it's more than a century since they were first composed. "Three Little Maids are We" from The Mikado? "A Policeman's Lot is Not an 'Appy One" from Pirates of Penzance? All wonderful songs to belt out in the shower, preferably when no one is home. If you too share a love of G&S operettas, or are just curious, there's a chance this month to see the rarely-staged Ruddigore performed by the Victoria Gilbert and Sullivan Society at Sidney's Charlie White Theatre. You'll have to hurry, though, as tickets go fast.

To fully enjoy a G&S operetta, it's best if theatre-goers check their logical modern minds at the door and dive into Gilbert's topsy-turvy world of fantastical plot turns, ghosts, evil spells and melodramatic characters. The operetta was first called Ruddygore, but Victorian sensibilities demanded this be changed to Ruddigore (or The Witch's Curse). It's a parody of the stock melodramas of the era, with a mustache twirling villain who carries off the maiden, a hero in disguise, an over-the-top mad girl and a faithful old family retainer. Spoiler alert! Be prepared for a few surprises in the second act. Framing all the fun is Sullivan's delicious musical score, which takes us effortlessly from soaring arias to amusing patter songs and rousing marches. Why has Ruddigore not been staged more often? Linda Troke, president of the Victoria G&S Society, says: "In my opinion, the music is as good as that in The Mikado. But Ruddigore suffered by immediately following the Mikado's immensely

popular production." Frankly, I'm looking forward to learning another song or two to add to my shower time repertoire. Friday, March 22nd to Sunday, March 24th. Friday at 8 p.m; Saturday and Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. Charlie White Theatre, Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney. For tickets visit www.marywinspear.ca or call 250-656-0275.

"Small Expressions" Art Show – Artwork Under a Foot Squared The Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula will be exhibiting “Small Expressions” at the Tulista Arts Centre. Members’ art will include mixed media, painting, collage, photography, fibre, pottery, metal and wood, all on a small scale. Free admission. March 6th to 24th. Tulista Arts Centre is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 9565 Fifth Street at Weiler, Sidney. www.cacsp.com.


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s m ell t h e co f f ee "when it comes to my daily americano, i have a simple standard: coffee so fresh you can drink it black"

Hold the Cream & Sugar

As a former barista, I often

found ways to amuse myself with those people who came into the café looking for their daily cream and sugar fix, but disguised it as a coffee order. Did you know that over 95% of by Steve Sheppard the people that order coffee at Charbucks add cream and sugar? Not sure what this says about their coffee, but most coffee houses serve stale coffee so I'm not surprised when I hear stats like these. In my past two articles I covered the relationship of wine and coffee and how they share a similar "terroir," touching on the complexities of their tastes and how they can be impacted by growing region and roast level in the case of coffee. What I struggle with is this: We would never think of adding cream or sugar to a glass of wine, so why would we do this to our beloved cup of coffee? The answer to all this starts with the freshness of the beans, and how coffee is prepared. Coffee, when "polluted" with cream and sugar, goes by many names, and the most popular urban reference is … well, not a publishable word in a community magazine like this, but suffice to say it's close to a "nasty woman" coffee, or strangely enough a "Halle Berry," "double-double," or a "Wayne Gretzky," as it's referred to at

Tim Horton's when you add nine creamers and nine sugars. Try keeping your head up crossing the blue line with that coffee in your system! Adding cream and sugar to fresh black coffee only masks the stale taste, plus it adds a ton of calories to what is intended to be the world's tastiest beverage. Coffee on its own can be complex in flavour without the additives, and when served "freshly roasted, freshly ground AND freshly brewed" is an amazing low-cal experience. When it comes to my daily Americano I have a simple standard that applies only to certain coffee places in Greater Victoria, which is … "coffee so fresh, you can drink it black" and if it's not, I go someplace else … Steve out. Photo courtesy Renee Comet via Wikimedia Commons.

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my wife and I, sitting exposed in front of a live audience, playing a version of the Newlywed game. I was asked to guess what she felt was my most annoying habit. by Michael Forbes I, being just about the perfect specimen of a man, could not think of anything. She, however, turned over her card to reveal one word written in bold black Sharpie. It simply read "iPhone." I think I would have been more upset if I wasn't looking down at my iPhone. She has her smart phone too, but really doesn't care very much about it . Which is why every time I phone or text her, she has left it in the exact place she is not. Lisa is more of a "get away from technology, go for a walk in the woods" type girl. This is why I was pleased to find a way we could both enjoy our respective passions: Geocaching.

For the unenlightened, you download a geocaching app for your iPhone and it gives you a list of treasures hidden by others all over the great outdoors. Then you, your GPS and your posse hunt for booty that's stashed under a log, a shallow grave, a nook, and maybe even a cranny. Last time, we found a small dinky toy, a plastic ring and an expired Orange Julius coupon! (Which coincidently are three things Lisa said could best describe her honeymoon.) These dollar store gems are not really worth trudging through a mosquito-infested bog to get to, but if you're under the age of 11, it's pretty awesome. The challenge is that the iPhone GPS gets you lost more than not. Encouraged by our last success, we recently took our kids and their cousins to Thetis Lake to go geocaching again. For the first 20 minutes they were laughing, singing songs and really pumped about finding buried treasure and then it became decidely "unfun" when it seemed we found everything but what we were looking for. First on the tour was a dead raccoon which had to be poked with a stick. Then we stumbled upon a homeless person's campsite. But the most bizarre encounter was a high pitched squeal we heard from the bush. Lisa said it was a bird, I was thinking Deliverance. Turns out it was a man and the only clue as to what he was doing was his "Gone Squatchin" ball cap. I don't even want to know what squatchin is. At this point in the search, poor Lisa clearly had enough. She was decorated with a couple of prickle bush scratches on her arm, she had an arbutus twig sticking out of her hair and she was sporting a pretty decent soaker. This inspired her to lunge into my coat pocket, pull out a box of Tic Tacs, toss them on the ground and say "found it!" I could tell the kids were a tad disappointed but relieved, as I placed a tiny breath mint in each hand as their reward. I now suspect that Lisa has found new and creative way to combine my love for the iPhone and looking for things … which probably explains why I haven't seen it in three days. Forbes & Marshall are the hosts of Ocean 98.5's popular morning show. They are one of the few married morning show teams in Canada and have two children, Noah and Adam. Join Forbes & Marshall weekday mornings from 5:30 to 10:30 a.m.

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salis h sea news "the intertidal zone has four sub-zones, each featuring organisms with special adaptations to increase their chances of survival"

Stayin' Alive Between the Tides

Life in the ocean poses many challenges and no zone may be more difficult to survive in than the rocky by Tina Kelly intertidal zone – the area between highest high tide and the lowest low tide. When the tide recedes, marine organisms face the challenges of sun exposure, wave action, changes in salinity, and predation by land predators such as raccoons and gulls. The intertidal zone has four sub-zones, each featuring organisms with special adaptations to increase the chances of their survival. Spray zone: Just as it sounds, the inhabitants of this zone experience the salty spray of the wind-blown ocean. Not many organisms can survive here, but those that do have a high tolerance for salt and strong winds, including certain grasses and various lichens. High-tide zone: This area is exposed for the longest period of time, so adaptations need to be very good at preventing desiccation and predation. Barnacles and periwinkle snails are two high-tide animals. Hard shells and the ability to stay put help them survive; barnacles are permanently attached and periwinkles have a strong muscular foot. The latter clamps down tightly, preventing water loss, and barnacles close their shell doors to do the same. Their dull colouration minimizes their visibility to land predators. Mid-tide zone: Mid-tide receives the greatest wave action but the mussels, whelks, chitons, limpets and purple stars you find here are up for the challenge! Whether they are using one strong foot – as with chitons, whelks and limpets – or many feet, as on seastars, animals in this zone won't be washed away. Mussels excrete extremely strong threads that cement them in place. "Staying put" may also prevent predators from removing them for dinner. To avoid desiccation, mussels "clam up" their two protective shells and seastars position themselves in the shade or tidepools. By huddling together and overlapping arms, purple stars can also create crevices where water remains, keeping them wet. Small shore crabs take shelter under rocks that often match the colour of their hard exoskeleton. Low-tide zone: This zone spends the least amount of time exposed and its biodiversity is higher than any other zone mentioned. These species prefer to be wet and many have soft bodies rather than hard protective shells. With less exposure to land predators, low-tide animals can be more colourful than those at high-tide. Species found here include cucumbers, sunflower stars, anemones and urchins. The algae diversity is also higher; it provides shelter and moisture to low-tide inhabitants.

Want to see animals and their adaptations at low tide? Visit www.tides.gc.ca for tidal heights. To view intertidal organisms in spite of the tides and without getting your feet wet? Visit Stayin' Alive through May 24th at the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre. Image: Clockwise from upper left: spray zone, low-tide zone, mid-tide zone and low-tide zone. Photo courtesy Tina Kelly.

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Pacific Brant Carving and Art Show by Dennis Drechsler

Sidney's Mary Winspear

Centre will be the site of the 23rd annual Pacific Brant Carving and Art Show on April 6th and 7th, 2013. The first Brant Carving Show was held in 1991 as part of the original Brant Wildlife Festival in Parksville. In 2011, the show was moved to the Victoria area and the 2013 event will be the second time the show has been held in Sidney at the Mary Winspear Centre. The event will feature the works of painters Sue Coleman, Morgan Warren, Mark Hobson, Terry Isaac, Esther Sample and Cim MacDonald. Photographers Mike Yip, Todd Ross and Alan Cornall will be on hand as well as the bronze work of Craig Benson, Nathan Scott and Paul Harder. Stuart Duncan of Wren Silverworks will have his nature inspired jewelry on hand. Bob Lavender, one of Canada's premier bird carvers, will also have a sales booth at the show. There will be a silent auction, art and carving sales, carving demos and a Saturday night "Wine and Cheese" event as well as a "Cocktail Carvings" auction on Saturday evening. The main attraction on Sunday afternoon will be a live auction. Visa and MasterCard service will be available. Three-time Ward World's Miniatures champion carver Jeff Krete from Cambridge, Ontario will offer a three-day carving seminar April 3rd, 4th and 5th and Terry Isaac, one of B.C.'s most accomplished wildlife artists, will be teaching a three-day acrylics painting seminar on April 2nd, 3rd and 4th. Both seminars will be held at Mary Winspear and carvers and painters of all skill levels are welcome. Information on the seminars is available by e-mailing ddrex@shaw.ca. The woodcarving portion of the show attracts amateur and professional carvers from across the Pacific Northwest. Subjects are mostly wildlife, but some other aspects of woodcarving are also featured such as woodburning, chip carving, intarsia and native style. The woodturning portion of the show features items from the purely decorative to the fully functional. The characteristics of wood contribute to the beautiful contrasts in a turned wooden salad bowl or a fancy decorated vase. The Fish Carving portion of the competition is growing and each year more carvers take part. Cash prizes and awards are offered in the four skill levels of novice, intermediate, advanced and expert in each area of competition. Many of the carvings in the competition are also for sale. Show hours are Saturday, April 6th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday evening from 7 to 9:30 p.m. with a wine and cheese service. The show will open again on Sunday, April 7th at 10 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. Admission is $7 per person. For more information visit www.thebrant.ca. 50 SEASIDE | march 2013

Mary Winspear ED Gives Community What it Wants Brad Edgett has now been on the job as Executive Director of the Mary Winspear Centre for six months. In that time, he asked the community to let him know what they would like to see at the Winspear. The community responded, and Brad listened. He heard that the Centre needs to give back to the community and support local organizations. The community pointed out that the Winspear needs to provide more opportunities for children, and more teen activities. It became clear that fun is very important to our community. "Dances are what we need, bring back the dances."The list goes on. Brad has started to meet your requests. The Mary Winspear Centre donated $350 to the Youth Employment Program, housed at the SHOAL Centre. Students supported by the program have opportunities at the Centre to volunteer and obtain knowledge about cultural events and activities. Watch for "Swing in to Spring," an evening of music this April. Yes, that means dance, dance, dance! Brad’s goal is to ensure that the Centre is the "Heart of the community," and that all our residents enjoy, laugh, sometimes cry and have fun at the Mary Winspear Community Centre. Don’t hesitate to contact Brad with your suggestions – 250-656-0275.

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The Victoria Storytellers Guild welcomes you to hear and tell stories. Admission $5 adults, $3 students (includes tea and goodies).

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Recycled Vases … in the Garden Solo Display by Nancyanne Cowell Saanich Municipal Hall, Main Floor 770 Vernon Avenue, Victoria Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm www.nancyannecowell.ca

The Annual Saanich Municipal Hall Art Exhibition 2013 presents a solo display by Nancyanne Cowell, Canadian Fine Artist of contemporary paintings. Vases swaying to “Tango Trance” and wiggling to “Salsa Spell,” inspired from the garden. until march 31

8th Annual LEGO Exhibit Sidney Museum 2423 Beacon Avenue, Sidney 10 am - 4 pm daily www.sidneymuseum.ca

Hundreds of sets, thousands of blocks and fun activies for the family await! Visitors come from all over B.C. to see this exhibit – it really is worth a visit! Admission is by donation. Pick up your map for the townwide LEGO treasure hunt! march 6

Real Women, Real Success Alix Goolden Hall 907 Pandora Ave, Victoria 5 - 7 pm 250.405.2400 www.realwomenrealsuccess.ca

Please join the Women Advisors of Raymond James Ltd, Victoria Branch as we present to you to some of BC's most talented and inspirational women. Our event will showcase the experiences and observations of our guest speakers as they aim towards creating a Work/ Life balance. Guest speakers to include Karen McCoy of McCoy Fitness. Tickets $15; available through www.ticketweb.ca.

Canadian Blood Services Blood Donor Clinic

march 11

"The Luck of the Irish" Companions of the Quaich Dinner and Whiskey Tasting Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa, 7 pm 250.658.1109 wuhrer@shaw.ca

Ireland is where whiskey started and Ireland is where exceptional whiskey is still distilled. This event will honour St. Patrick with Irish whiskey, food and music featuring “the Old Black Rum” ensemble comprised of members Heather Collins, Bill Collins, Steve Martin and others. We will nose and taste some amazing Irish drams that punch well above their price. Three-course dinner, four whisky tastings: members $60, guests $70, dinner only (designated drivers) $50. march 14

Peninsula Newcomers Luncheon www.peninsulanewcomers.ca

Just moved to the Saanich Peninsula? Why not join our club to make new friends and get to know the community! We meet for lunch on the second Thursday of every month in Sidney, with an invited speaker on diverse topics. Share in a variety of interests and activities organized and run by our members. For more information, please visit our website. March 17 & 25

Snowdon House Farms Papardelle's Pasta Nights 1890 Mills Rd, North Saanich 250.658.3419, www.snowdonhouse.ca

Come join Laura in the farm kitchen for an exciting gourmet tasting of Pappardelle’s scrumptious pastas, accompanied with salad and bread. March 17th, 12 to 3:30 pm: take home a floral centrepiece and taste the incredible flavours of lemon chive angel hair and prawns, $45/person. March 25th, 6 to 8:30 pm: mild spice red pepper pasta with smoked chicken, $20/person. Limited seating for eight. Please phone and book ahead. March 18

Celebrate World Storytelling Day with Stories on Fern Street 1831 Fern Street, Victoria Doors @ 7:15 pm, stories @ 7:30 pm

Skullduggery (Drop-in Event) All ages Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park, Saanich 11 am - 2 pm 250.478.3344 www.crd.bc.ca/parks

Drop in and join in the sleuthing fun. Through displays and activities use your finest detective skills to help uncover the clues that animals leave behind. Meet at the information kiosk in the Beaver Lake parking lot. Wheelchair accessible. march 22 - 24

Victoria Gilbert and Sullivan Society presents Ruddigore Mary Winspear Centre Charlie White Theatre, Sidney March 22nd @ 8 pm; 23rd & 24th @ 2 pm 250.889.5962 www.gilbertandsullivanvictoria.ca

Produced in 1887, Ruddigore, one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s lesser-known operettas, contains much of their best work. The operetta is, essentially, a parody of the domestic melodrama so popular in its day. Get your tickets early for this great show. march 24

Sunday Serenade Concert featuring Philomela Women's Choir St. Mary's Church, Saanichton, 2:30 pm 250.652.5392, sueandjohn@shaw.ca

The choir of approximately 50 members performs repertoire from Canada, US, England and France as they prepare for their upcoming choir tour to England. Wheelchair accessible. Tickets: $15 adults; $10 students, at the door or pre-order via above contact info. march 31

14th Annual South Pender Island Easter Art Walk South Pender Island 12 - 5 pm

Walk, bike or drive South Pender Island’s daffodil-lined roads to see what our artists have created over the winter months. Twelve participating studios marked with daffodilyellow balloons will open their doors to greet you. Maps will be available at each studio. Enter at each studio for a chance to win an Easter basket of gifts from the participating South Pender Island artists.


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ARIES (march 21 april 19) Go over details

of a plan before moving it forward. There are people or circumstances to consider. Visit shutins, investigate or get test results. You need a clear path when ready for launch. It all works out in the end. Relax.

TAURUS (april 20 may 20) Spread your

wings when looking for opportunities. Contact those who can open doors for you or call in favours. Your hopes and wishes get a boost. Rub elbows with the powerful or wealthy. It will become a win-win situation. GEMINI (may 21 - june 20)

Take a new approach to your business or career goals. Sort out duties and responsibilities to see where changes can be made. Your climb up the ladder 52 SEASIDE | january 2013

will be easier than you think. You have many talents that you can use. CANCER (june 21 - july 22)

Travel over distance opens up your world even though you are attached to home and property – it's all good. Increase knowledge or education if it will help pave the way to your goals. Others come on board with you now. LEO (july 23 - august 22)

Confidential meetings bring key people together with the same ambitions. Decide who gets what part of the pie when it's divided up. Give some credit to the effort some put in and not just the investment amount. Negotiate it. VIRGO (august 23 september 22) Relationships

become more important to your future. Decide who will walk the path with you in personal or business matters. Your goodhearted attitude has allowed some

to hang on longer than necessary. It's time to clean house. LIBRA (september 23 october 22) Change occurs

with personal or work mates. Information brings out motives for their behavior. Play your own cards close to the vest until you decide which avenue to pursue. Time is on your side. Consider the possibilities.

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last word energy) in the world to whip up gourmet meals; that my timing will My name is Allison Smith and I am be perfect and the side will always be ready at exactly the same time as a recipe hoarder. I realized this after the main dish; that the iced sugar cookies for my niece's birthday I got the much anticipated Smitten will turn out just as beautifully as the picture in the book, despite Kitchen Cookbook for Christmas: when the fact that I've never done "fancy" decorating … I went to put it on my cookbook shelf, confession: I don't, it never is, and they won't. there was no more room. Maybe I just need to accept my standing as a somewhat amateur The problem isn't really that I have cook who dreams of bigger things: yes, I would love to make my own a shelf full of cookbooks: it's the two focaccia bread, or dazzle dinner guests with a dessert of gorgeous three-inch binders I have absolutely cherry panna cotta … but for now, I guess I'll just content myself stuffed with recipes I've never tried. with hoarding "someday" recipes and stick to spaghetti. They're organized into categories, and even slipped into plastic sleeves to avoid getting spilled on, but there's just so many! Editor Tucked in the front are recipes I use all the time and, as such, there doesn't seem much point in taking the time to refile them: there's my spaghetti sauce, adapted from the one my dad made for us growing up; cinnamon swirl banana bread; spaghetti with broccoli cream pesto, an absolutely fantastic, easy and delicious dish that I got from the Smitten Kitchen website; and pasta with slow cooker pork ragu, another hit. (Email me if you'd like any of these recipes!) But also tucked in the front of the book are the recipes I keep meaning to try: slow cooker french dip sandwich, a thai chicken soup by Chef Michael Smith, crispy potato rösti with bacon and goat cheese, and two more Smitten Kitchen recipes (can you tell I'm a fan?), these ones for "ethereally smooth hummus" and "carrot soup with tahini and crisped chickpeas." Haven Spa • Seaside Times March 2013 Ad • Size: 7.75” (w) x 4.925” (h) • Final File • Feb 13/13 I seem to suffer from delusions: that I have all the time (and

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WO M E N TO WATCH "One woman can make a difference ‌ many women working together can make a big difference." ~ Arlene Antonik

Celebrating Success! Pursuing your passion and a rewarding life … by Susan Simosko By any definition, the women of the Saanich Peninsula represent a myriad of success stories, one more interesting and vibrant than the next. Just ask Sue Hodgson, Publisher of Seaside Magazine. "There is no limit to what women can – and have – achieved," says Sue. "Did you know that women own and operate 80% of the Susan Simosko (right) speaks with Carolyne Taylor (left) and small and medium businesses Sue Hodgson about the importance of women in business. on the Peninsula?" I agree that's reason enough to focus on and celebrate women's successes. "But," she adds, in their choices and are often eager to share their skills and knowledge "it's not the only reason. We are so fortunate to with those who are just starting out," Sue enthuses. A bit wistfully, have such a large pool of talented, hard-working and creative women she adds: "I wish I'd had a strong support network of experienced on the Peninsula. They make a major contribution to the economic women when I was younger. It might not have vitality of our community." taken me so long to get on board with my current Carolyne Taylor, owner of 24 Carrot "It's all about risk career." Sue worked at Black Press for 17 years Learning, which sponsors an annual before leaving and "taking the biggest risk of my women's conference called "yoUnlimited," taking and creating life" to find a new path "on my own two feet." agrees whole-heartedly. "Many of us are the kind of life Carolyne echoes a similar story: "It's all about delighted that Seaside has decided to you truly want." risk taking and creating the kind of life you spotlight women in business annually. I truly want," she says. "Believing that you can do believe that women approach business something is key; having a network to support you is the differently than men," she says. "More often than not, they operate icing on the cake." from the heart, however eager they are to ensure their businesses are Not surprisingly, both women know firsthand that hard work, economically viable and sustainable." persistence and creative problem solving is essential. "There's no Lifestyle is one reason Sue and Carolyne think there are so many getting around it," Carolyne says. "Hard work is critical. When you women business owners in the area. "Women want to raise their own your own business, it's often a difficult balancing act to meet the families here on the Peninsula and have an income," Carolyne says. needs of family, business and self all at the same time!" "That often propels them to think out of the box and start their own So as you read this special issue, raise a glass in celebration of the many businesses." Sue fully concurs: "Many women who have lived and hard working and highly successful women in our community. And gone to school here want to stay. The best way to do that? don't hesitate to contact one or two, if you need help or advice. They're Start a business!" experienced, dynamic and eager to share their skills and knowledge! Sue and Carolyne also highlight women's entrepreneurial spirit and Photo by www.joannway.com. generosity of heart. "I think women today have far more confidence




Introducing Laura Waters, Our 2013 Woman to Watch!

"My company focuses on creating high quality products that are produced in a local environment and, whenever possible, using local farm ingredients. A passion for sharing my love of cooking, gardening and creative design results in products that I know my customers love," says Laura Waters, owner of Snowdon House Gourmet & Gifts Ltd. in North Saanich. And love her products customers do … how could they resist? Laura not only provides clients with exceptionally high quality products such as gourmet foods including fruit vinegars and bread mixes, she offers creative, distinct and memorable packaging that she designs and manufactures herself. She starts with a variety of recycled products such as aluminum can fibers, reclaimed gold, recycled polyester, spices and floral petals, and then fuses the materials on recycled paper to create Snowdon House's uniquely designed packaging sheets. The colourful material is then cut into assorted box shapes. "Our packaging alone is enough to intrigue customers to explore our products further!" Laura says. A feature product at Snowdon House is the wide selection of flavoured dry pastas from Pappardelle's Pasta, a company known for its penchant for perfect pasta and for fusing international flavours

Shelley breadner B r e a d n e r Ve t e r i n a r y S e r v i c e s Shelley Breadner is proud to have served the community as a veterinarian for the past 30 years. Her practice is designed to provide exceptional veterinary medicine for dogs, cats, birds and exotic pets in a warm and caring environment. Enabling animals to receive medical treatments with minimal stress and anxiety has become a focus for Dr. Breadner. With the goal of improving healing and recovery, she has succeeded in developing positive relationships with her patients and their families.

with traditional Italian artisan pasta production techniques. Snowdon House is one of the very few locations where Pappardelle’s can be found. During the last year Laura opened her farm kitchen and house to host pasta demonstration evenings as a way to excite people about the variety of gourmet foods she makes and imports. "It has really allowed me to meet some very truly interesting people. This has been a very different way to assist me in marketing my business," she notes. When asked what three words best describe her business values, Laura quickly responds: "Passionate, unique and local!

T h e s Ta f f aT b u d d i e s T o y s Once upon a time … in the town of Sidney, there were two sisters who wanted their work to be fun. They wanted to do this fun work while raising their children, so they decided to open a toy store. In 1989 they opened Buddies Toys on Beacon in Sidney. And it was fun! In 1996 they expanded to a secondary location: Buddies Toys in Victoria’s Estevan Village. The staff of Buddies Toys have gotten to know many neighbourhood children over the years, providing all the right toys as they grew from babies and toddlers to budding scientists, engineers, athletes and artists. Buddies has become a part of many childhoods: some of the nicest children have been carried out crying for “just one more minute!” Buddies continues to support our community and appreciates the same in return.

Beyond veterinary medicine, Shelley’s known artistry reflects her keen interest in the environment and connection to the wilderness. Breadner Veterinary Services 2126 Keating X Rd, Saanichton 250.652.9700 www.breadnervet.com

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On behalf of everyone at Cabinet Works, I must first say how grateful we are to our wonderful clients for their tremendous support of our Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce Crystal Award for Outstanding Customer Service win; it’s all thanks to you!

the rose girls Cameron Rose Gifts Suzanne Rose and daughters Kristin and Lisa would like to thank their customers for making every day at Cameron Rose Gifts so much fun. Their goal is to provide people on the Peninsula with a selection of completely unique gifts and friendly customer service.

For 2013 the excitement continues as we plan the expansion of our showroom at Henry Avenue West in Sidney. Watch for our feature ads in Seaside Magazine! Cabinet Works #11 - 2075 Henry Avenue West, Sidney 250.652.5081 viv.cabinetworks@gmail.com www.cabinetworksvictoria.com

Whether you’re looking for a hilarious card, a beautiful handbag, jewelry or a cheeky novelty item, they have something for you. Come by and say hi; their wonderful employee Lisa Sedgwick and the Rose girls would love to help you find that perfect gift! Cameron Rose Gifts 2447 Beacon Ave, Sidney 250.656.8782 www.cameronrose.ca

C a r o ly n e Tay l o r Carolyne Taylor is a mother, grandmother, friend, daughter and social entrepreneur. When you hear the word “community” or networking,” Carolyne’s name comes up more often than not! Examples of where she has built and contributed to a strong and vibrant community include her own personal event planning company, 24 Carrot Learning, that provides consultants, trainers and those seeking professional development a place to share and connect. She is the founder of the wildly successful yoUnlimited conferences and events, creating opportunities for women from all over to learn, grow and connect personally, professionally and physically.  Her most recent successes are the Victoria Yoga Conference and the formation of the You Unlimited Community Society. She is also the Vancouver Island Member Relations Manager for BC HRMA, where she is the foundation of community to over 600 members. Carolyne is well known in the community for identifying and connecting the right people together at the right time. She has some pretty amazing success stories which she shares in her “Building Community through Authentic Connections” workshops.

Check out the March 9th yoUnlimited Women’s Conference in Sidney – www.yoUnlimited.com www.carolynetaylor.com


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… it’s feeling good about yourself I’m not an athlete. I work out to alleviate stress, to balance mind and body, and to feel strong. It’s satisfying to throw a 20-pound slam ball, work battle ropes, or box a 60-pound punching bag. Whether it’s a personal training session, an early morning Garage Fitness class or an evening bootcamp, I’ll make sure you leave feeling good about yourself.

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C h a r m a i n e l . va n t i n e Notary P ublic | Notary Corporation Charmaine Van Tine has 22 years experience in “happy (non-contentious) law.” She has two adult children … “they stayed at home and we flew the coop!” Charmaine says –Trainer, she and husband Darryl Personal Fitness Instructor moved from a home on land to a home on water.

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An avid kayaker, water biker and scuba diver, Charmaine also loves to dance, horseback ride, study Spanish, ski and travel British Columbia … especially on her 750 Shadow motorcycle! She is a board member and motorcycle instructor for 250.893.5055 non-profit Vancouver Island Safety Council. joanna@champspersonaltraining.com

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(Marley the Yorkie is here Wednesdays!) “It will be nice to see you again,” she says, “and if we have not yet met, I look forward to meeting you!” Charmaine Van Tine Notary Corporation 7159B West Saanich Rd, Brentwood Bay 250.652.4321 • cvantine@shaw.ca 28/01/13 1:04 PM Member www.bc-notary.ca

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Do or Dye? Why Not Both? Our salon, established in 1999, prides itself on being voted “Favourite Hair Salon” on the Saanich Peninsula for five years in a row, a feat we credit to the love of our craft, our great team of stylists, and all of you of course! We keep up to date on the latest trends, with ongoing education in techniques, tools and products. We look forward to another great year on Beacon Avenue in beautiful Sidney B.C. Exist Hairworx #3 - 2310 Beacon Avenue Sidney 250.656.2321

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Marigold Nurseries With 69 years strong in the community and four generations of the Smith family involved in the business, Brooke, Rayanne and their mom Libby have lots to celebrate this year with two locations of Marigold Nurseries. The Saanichton location is the oldest running site, managed by Brooke, and in September 2009 their Duncan location opened, with Rayanne relocating to take on the day-to-day operations. This family takes pride in the fact that they grow and sell local products, and they hire local.

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The Saanichton garden centre is the largest on Vancouver Island, offering free tours to schools and daycares to show kids around and give them a sense of how things are grown, from seed to seedling to the finished product. To all of you “moms” out there, get your children involved in gardening. It’s a fun, inexpensive way to spend time together and teach them some aspects of living green. And remember, regardless of how much rain we get this March, there is a huge amount of retail space under cover at both locations, so you can enjoy gardening year round with the family!

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publisher sue hodgson talks with rosemary scott, owner of Deep cove Market The original "Deep Cove Trading Co." building dates back to 1940. Upon your purchase of the property, it was in terrible condition and needed a complete makeover. What inspired you to take on such a prodigious project? My inspiration came from my husband, Kevin Scott. I was contemplating starting a restaurant in Sidney, but he felt that my passion leaned more toward a country market flavour. Yes, a serious injection of time, hard work and money was needed to bring the store up to a standard befitting this wonderful community while retaining its historical charm. Deep Cove Market will celebrate its eighth anniversary this year. With no real grocery experience, other than running the Deep Cove Farm Market more than 15 years ago, you've created a community gathering place and a grocery experience that provides healthy fresh choices, as well as gourmet culinary delights. Where did this vision stem from? Running the Deep Cove Farm Market for five years gave me the opportunity to meet the local growers and producers on the Peninsula. This, coupled with being a serious foodie and enjoying 60 SEASIDE | march 2013

shopping at many specialty food stores throughout North America, helped give me the vision of what I wanted to be able to offer. My husband and I also wanted to provide the locals with an oldfashioned, relaxed gathering place to not only shop, but talk about the weather or shoot the breeze over a good cup of coffee. As a resident of Deep Cove, and virtually living next door to your business, I've been fortunate enough to see your continuous success. One area that always struck a chord with me is the influx of young people that you hire. They are happy, and always have a smile on their faces. What's your secret? I have been very blessed since day one with an incredible team! This community has offered a wealth of wonderful kids to employ. A lot of my younger staff have started their first job at 15 or 16 years of age. I have been so fortunate to watch them grow, not only in years but in confidence, and many have remained employees right through university until they move on in life. They not only work hard, but they have built strong friendships with each other. My secret? Care about your employees – they are the face of your business.

Accommodate their heavy school schedules and extracurricular activities that are so important to their development. Treat them with respect– they deserve it! Offer good training and support when they need it, and always be there to listen to their concerns. I love my staff – each and every one of them. I'm so proud of them and very grateful for how they represent a business that is so important to me You're an aficionado of gourmet foods from around the world. What have you been able to bring into the market that is unique and hard to find? Gizella's lemon squares, chocolate caramel & sea salt sauce, French Cluizel chocolate sardines, balsamic fig pepper jelly, applewood smoked bacon mustard, Liege waffles from Belgium, local flavoured finishing salts, French sea salt caramel lollipops, Best Vietnamese spring rolls and smoked Arbequino oil from Spain. You've often mentioned that you couldn't do this business without the support of family and friends but, most importantly, your sister Joanne. Can you expand on this? Without the support of my husband, emotionally and financially, this whole venture would have been a non-starter. So thank you so much honey! My sister Joanne – where do I begin? She's the definitive "can-do" person, be it staff training, computer whiz, coordinating maintenance contractors, working endless nights dreaming up and executing in-store displays with an enthusiastic passion and opening the store in the a.m., making sure the coffee pots are full for our locals. She is my executive secretary, dealing with suppliers and orders, my stockroom organizer, maker of personalized birthday angel food cakes for my staff … and the list goes on! She's my right arm and my left. I wouldn't want to do this without her and certainly cannot accept the credit without a huge kudos to her! I love her so much. You bring in an abundance of fresh local fruits and vegetables throughout the year. Do you find there is still an availability of local produce, or do you find yourself having to go further afield? Yes! There is an amazing array of fruits and vegetables available to us thanks solely to our hardworking local growers. It disheartens me when people continue to shop at big chain stores and buy produce out of region just to save a few dollars, which impacts our local farmers. There is nothing more delectable than eating freshly

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Owner, Deep Cove Market Rosemary Scott was born and raised in Winnipeg, where she completed a Commercial and Industrial Sales and Marketing program. She moved to Vancouver at the age of 21 and entered into a career in advertising sales with Pacific Yachting Magazine, through which she met her husband Kevin Scott. The couple moved to Victoria where they had two children, Alexandra and Graham. After moving to North Saanich in 1995, Rosemary ran the Deep Cove Farmers Market for five years. Her experience there made Rosemary decide that running a market in this community would be her passion!

picked fruits and vegetables. This is my favourite time of year! We are very proud of what we are able to offer in season. Please help us to continue supporting our Peninsula farmers by shopping locally! Your "Market Kitchen" has been a big hit in the community – in particular your breakfast bagel and daily sandwiches. What makes this community kitchen such a popular eatery? First off – my market kitchen team is simply the best! They're friendly, they're fast, efficient, food safe trained, and are a lot of fun! Secondly, our meats, cheeses and veggies are sliced on premise fresh daily. Menu items include all-day breakfast, soups, burgers, wraps, sandwiches, salads and numerous savory selections. Every day a lunch special is offered. Gluten free options are available and an espresso bar tops off your meal. With a broad menu and a very talented staff who can customize your order, the Deep Cove Market kitchen has indeed become a popular eatery in our neighbourhood. As you know, we are celebrating Women To Watch in this issue, a month-long celebration happening across the world for International Women's Day on March 8th. If you were able to give some advice to women, of all age groups, what would it be? Whatever path you choose – have confidence in your abilities. Follow your dreams. Be passionate about what you do. Take time out of your busy schedule for you and your family! For more information visit www.deepcovemarket.com. Photo by www.joannway.com.

g e r a l d e n e c o at e s M a r m a l a d e Ta r t B o u t i q u e A Yorkshire lass with flaming “marmalade” hair, Geraldene Coates started Marmalade Tart Boutique in 2009. Because of her lifelong love of fashion and a devotion to customer service instilled by her previous career, Marmalade Tart has grown rapidly despite the economic climate. The key to Marmalade Tart’s success is a fun, fabulous shopping experience, great clothes, good prices, kind, honest advice and a friendly atmosphere, all served with lots of laughs. Marmalade Tart Boutique #102 - 2506 Beacon Ave, Sidney 778.426.3356 www.marmaladetart.com



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N a t i o n a l B a n k F i n a n c i a l We a l t h M a n a g e m e n t Susan’s 33 years of experience in the Financial Service Industry is a definite asset as Markets around the world manoeuvre their way through these volatile times. Her primary objective has always been to work with and assist her clients in striving to meet their financial and investment goals. You cannot predict the future, but you can plan for it. The Saanich Peninsula is made up of such a diverse group of residents: no two people are alike and needs and desires vary from person to person, whether it is preservation of capital or fixed income required for day-today living. There is no “one size fits all,” and Susan’s ability to really connect with each and every client results in a very personalized service that is very beneficial to her clients. National Bank Financial Wealth Management is a wholly owned subsidiary of National Bank, which is the sixth largest bank in Canada. The second annual Bloomberg Market’s ranking of World Banks once again ranked National Bank #5 amongst Global Banks and #3 in Canada. National Bank Financial Wealth Management #205 - 2537 Beacon Avenue, Sidney 250.657.2224 • 1.866.678.2200

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Susan Adam and Jennie McIntyre practice Registered Massage Therapy at North Saanich Massage Therapy Clinic, open since May 1998. Susan and Jennie value their longterm clients and welcome new clients as well. People of all ages suffering from illness and injuries are using Massage Therapy in lieu of prescription medication. It is a safe and effective treatment on its own or with Acupuncture, Chiropractic care and Physiotherapy. You don’t need a doctor’s referral to receive Massage Therapy and the services are covered by extended medical benefits.

c a i l i n e at o n Nurse Next Door Home Care Services

Registered Nurse and first time entrepreneur Cailin Eaton brought Nurse Next Door Home Care Services to Saanich in 2012 with the belief that aging should be celebrated and that it’s about caring, not just health care. Nurse Next Door is a leading provider of home care dedicated to delivering flexible, affordable and quality care options to seniors ranging from three hours per week of friendly companionship right through to around-the-clock care from a registered nurse.

“Thank you Saanich Peninsula for choosing our clinic for your healthcare and wellness for 15 years.” North Saanich Massage Therapy Clinic 1864 McTavish Rd, North Saanich 250.656.2858

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Nuttycake Photography Jo-Ann Way is a local photographer available for both personal and commercial photography. She excels in making each experience unique for every client. Her favourite food is chocolate and she can frequently be found working at her PC, drinking green tea (usually cold) in her jammies … who doesn’t love their job when they can wear jammies to work? She’s a loving wife and mom of three teens, with baby number four on the way. She’s married to a great guy named Marke and they are in love, that kind that makes you smile when you see them together. Jo-Ann is professionally trained through the Western Academy of Photography, has been in business locally now for over four years and works with everyone for any need. Her work is featured frequently in Seaside Magazine and through many local business advertisements. You will find an amazing selection of her work at nuttycake.com or joannway.com; check it out! She’s always happy to meet new people and is available for tea – cold or hot, anytime, at your convenience.

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The Old Attic With a photography background and an eye for detail, Lynne Parker found herself in a growing business, placing online ads for clients. Just over two years ago, that business took an exciting turn and Lynne, along with her partner Vic Clive, opened The Old Attic, carrying a selection of unique quality items from past to present. Lynne grew up in Central Saanich and brings her extensive background in retail buying and merchandising back to the Peninsula at The Old Attic. Expanding after just a few months in business, the shop has quickly become known as a weekend destination on the Saanich Peninsula for folks on the hunt for interesting collectible pieces: everything from vintage, modern and retro to antiques. The Old Attic became so well known that Lynne and Vic found a new location for their growing business. “The Old Moose Hall” on East Saanich Road is now being converted it into the new location for “The Old Attic.” Stay posted to the website for updates or drive by the building to watch the progress. They will be open in early April. The Old Attic 7925 East Saanich Rd, Saanichton 778.426.1660 www.theoldattic.ca


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Patio Gardens

Patio Gardens is a local, family run garden centre in Saanichton. We are located on the scenic West Saanich road at 6536. Please come in to our garden centre, where you will be greeted with a friendly smile, fresh air and fair prices. We specialize in hanging baskets and container gardens, growing the best moss and fiber baskets on the Island. Come in and pick from over 3,000 homegrown baskets and container gardens. We also have a great selection of bedding plants, perennials and succulents, and we offer a nice variety of Mexican, Colombian and ceramic pots at great prices.

julie banister & the team P e b b l e s a t M i n e r a l Wo r l d Pebbles is always evolving and 2013 is going to be our best year ever! We are now offering the most unique selection of offbeat and affordable gifts on Vancouver Island.

Practical and playful … and under $50! While you’re shopping, the kids can play and learn: admission to the Scratch Patch is always free. “Don’t take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.” ~ Elbert Hubbard

We open April 1st and are open every day from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Patio Gardens 6536 West Saanich Rd, Saanichton ph: 250.896.8338 cell: 250.896.8338 yvonne@patiogardensvictoria.ca Patio Gardens Victoria

denise tidman The Peninsula at Norgarden Denise Tidman is a true Sidneyite: she was born at Resthaven Hospital and has lived on the Saanich Peninsula for 42 years. For the last 14 years, Denise has been Executive Director of the family owned and operated Norgarden and The Peninsula, Independent and Assisted Living residences in Sidney. The Tidman family has deep business and philanthropic ties to the Peninsula community, dating back 65 years when grandfather Roy Tidman started his construction company. Denise has an extensive background in development sales and marketing and health care administration. On the board of British Columbia Senior Living Association for five years, she helped develop the Seal of Approval program, geared toward standards of excellence for B.C. Independent and Assisted Living communities. The Peninsula at Norgarden 2290 Henry Avenue, Sidney 250.656.8827 www.peninsulanorgarden.ca

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Pebbles at Mineral World 9808 Seaport Place, Sidney 250.655.4367 www.mineralworld.ca

j oa n n e & w e n dy a b b o t t Positive Path Early Learning

Start Your Child on a Positive Path … It’s more than a catchphrase: it is the personal commitment of business owners and sisters, Joanne and Wendy Abbott. Combining their extensive and diverse professional backgrounds has allowed Joanne and Wendy to create an exciting and enriching place for children to learn and grow. Positive Path Early Learning opened its doors in Spring 2012, guiding children with Christian values and virtues, and is fast becoming the hallmark of quality child care. Positive Path Early Learning 2269 Mills Rd, Sidney 250.655.7244 positivepath@shaw.ca

t r a c e y j o n e s & s ta c e y k a m i n s k i Create. Inspire. Live Beautiful. Your Peninsula Interior Stylists – Tracey Jones and Stacey Kaminski – are a fresh set of eyes that know how to transform any room with up-to-date polish and style. This dynamic duo joined together in 2008 to take on the Peninsula – styling homes and property staging for developers and real estate. Celebrating what the homeowner has and giving their possessions a different perspective, these Certified Stylists will up-cycle, reinvent and repurpose what the client already has and turn it into something fresh, fabulous and new!

ReMarkable ReDesign & Home Staging Inc. 250.812.1625 www.remarkableredesignstaging.com

Styles By Stacey Interior Styling & Staging 250.208.5025 www.InteriorStylesByStacey.com

S h e l l e y m a n n & b e v e r l e y m c i vo r re/max camosun

For many people, Real Estate is their most valuable asset. As leading Real Estate Agents, Bev and Shelley’s focus is to help make your Real Estate process a positive one. Blending their long time knowledge and no pressure approach along with your complete satisfaction is the basis of their future business. Bev and Shelley take success seriously, however they are aware that no one succeeds alone.

“Lets Succeed Together”

When talking design and décor, people often comment: “I wish I could afford a designer to guide me.” Now you can! Interior styling with ReMarkable and Styles is the perfect combination of interior designer expertise and do-it-yourself implementation. It makes beautiful spaces affordable to everyone. From one day makeovers, colour consultation, special piece or accessory shopping, this local team can realize your decorating dreams and resolve design dilemmas. Determined to keep their service unique, interesting and fun, they say: “Why Wait?!” Live Beautiful now!

rosemarie bandura Rose Impressions A self-employed Graphic Designer located in North Saanich, I made the move west two years ago from Ontario to experience the West Coast lifestyle firsthand. I am a very proud mother of one grown son, an avid golfer and horse lover. I have been designing ads for Seaside as the need arises, as well as launching the design of Seaside Homes in September 2012. I continue to build my business here on the Island as well as maintaining my established client list in Ontario. I offer design service plus top-notch print quality, complete with delivery right to your door! Please visit my site to view my work and testimonials. “Rose Impressions has contributed to Seaside Magazine immeasurably – both with ad design and, more recently, the design and layout of our very popular Seaside Homes section. Her eye for graphics and creative flair really add “that little something extra” to the work she does.” Allison Smith, Editor of Seaside Magazine

re/max camosun #14 - 2510 Beacon ave, sidney 250.655.0608 • 250.744.3301 www.mcivorandmann.com

Rose Impressions 250.415.0054 www.roseimpressions.ca



RBC Dominion Securities Inc.

Planning for Your Retirement? Investment Advisor & Financial Planner Deborah Reid can help An experienced financial advisor in Sidney, B.C., Deborah utilizes the extensive resources of RBC Dominion Securities to help prepare clients for the relaxed and enjoyable retirement they have worked their whole lives to achieve. Deborah has devoted her professional life to providing clients with the peace of mind they deserve. Her disciplined approach based on logic and quality investments benefits clients looking to grow, protect and pass on their wealth. Ensuring that her clients are well informed about their complete financial picture is central to Deborah’s approach. Known for being considerate and resourceful, she believes that “informed investors make informed decisions.” Deborah takes the time to ask the important questions to ensure that your needs are being met. If you have questions about retirement or the management of your wealth, please contact her today.

Deborah Reid, FMA, FCSI, Investment Advisor & Financial Planner 250-655-2884 | deborah.reid@rbc.com | www.rbcds.com/deborah.reid RBC Dominion Securities | 2491 Bevan Ave., Unit #1 | Sidney, BC V8L 1W2

Professional Wealth Management Since 1901

RBC Dominion Securities Inc.* and Royal Bank of Canada are separate corporate entities which are affiliated. *Member-Canadian Investor Protection Fund. RBC Dominion Securities Inc. is a member company of RBC Wealth Management, a business segment of Royal Bank of Canada. ®Registered trademarks of Royal Bank of Canada. Used under licence. © RBC Dominion Securities Inc. 2013. All rights reserved.

2 0 1 3 wo m en to watc h t h e r e a lt o r s ® at r o Ya l l e P a G e B Y t h e s e a Real Estate is our Career … We are Full-Time Professionals ROYAL LePAGE By the Sea is the unique, boutique real estate office owned by Jean Dunn and her husband Edward Dunn. At ROYAL LePAGE By the Sea, you have not just one REALTOR® but a Team of experienced, award-winning REALTORS®, working for you to sell your home or help you through the purchase process. The office is open seven days a week and operates from its highly visible location at Bevan and Second streets in Sidney. The Team offers full service real estate marketing, from Sidney to Victoria. Call the Team with the highest dollar volume per agent on the Peninsula.

Helping You is What We Do! ROYAL LePAGE By the Sea 3 - 2491 Bevan Avenue, Sidney 250.655-1816 1.800.326.8856 service@realtyvictoria.com www.realtyvictoria.com

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S a s sy ’s Fa m i l y R e s t a u ra n t Is your stomach growling? Craving something delicious? Head to Sassy’s Family Restaurant for some Modern Family Cuisine! As part of Brentwood Bay for over 30 years, Sassy’s supports the community by serving up fresh food which is sourced locally and seasonally whenever possible. The restaurant makes food a family affair – three generations make the Sassy’s experience a warm welcome. Owner Corey Porter works alongside his daughters, Carley Panzer and Jenifer Porter, who manage the front of house, and his granddaughter, Isabella Panzer, greets you with a smile as hostess and server. And if you’ve been to Sassy’s lately, you may have noticed the family is about to grow – both Jenifer and Carley are expecting babies this year! Bring your family down to Sassy’s Family Restaurant for a visit! We make almost everything from scratch and Monday and Tuesday nights kids eat free after 3 p.m! (1 adult meal = 1 free kid’s meal). So come join the family! Sassy’s Family Restaurant 6719 West Saanich Rd, Saanichton 250.652.1764


2 0 1 3 wo m en to watc h OUR TEAM | Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation Recently, I met a woman at a networking event in Victoria. After I told her what I did, she said, “I love your hospital! I had surgery there recently and they treated me like family!” What great words to hear. It’s been an exciting start for SPH’s new Operating Rooms. Even before the first surgery on September 4, 2012, staff members marvelled at the changes. The new technology has been an inspiration, while stress in the OR is reduced, thanks to increased space and better organization of materials. Barb Mollberg, clinical Nurse Leader of Surgical Services discovered an unexpected benefit: “While daylight is taken for granted in so many walks of life, it has become a focal point in our lives. Some of us used to arrive at work in darkness and go home in darkness, missing the light of day. Now, there is light in one of the operating rooms and in the little lunchroom staff and doctors share.” Erma Pacheco, the “poster girl” for this year’s campaign, says “Everyone is looking forward to the new Pre- and Post-Operative area! Renovations will provide greater comfort for patients and better flow for OR staff.” The five of us who work for the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation are passionate about the Saanich Peninsula Hospital and we want everyone in the community to feel that same passion. After all, it’s our hospital. From left to right: Linda Doctoroff, Angela Aarts, Karen Morgan, Lesley Webb & Donna Randall Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation 2166 Mt. Newton X Road Saanichton, BC V8M 2B2 250-652-7531 www.sphf.ca

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Seahorses Café

Drawing on over 30 years in the hospitality industry, Sandi Harte has created a casual, nautical atmosphere at Seahorses Café which appeals to locals and out-of-towners alike. “We want people to feel this is a place to meet neighbours and friends and enjoy our fabulous food and picturesque view of the Saanich Inlet,” Sandi said. “I almost called the restaurant ‘Your Place,’ because that’s how I want people to feel about coming here.” Seahorses Café is perched alongside the seashore next to the Mill Bay ferry terminal in Brentwood Bay. Walk down the stairs, over the gangplank, choose your table on the deck and feel at home. (text by Arlene Antonik) Seahorses Café 799 Verdier Avenue Brentwood Bay 250.544.1565

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Sidney Pharmacy

Sidney Pharmacy has been a family business for over 50 years. Originally opened in 1959 by Jim Brigham, the pharmacy is still operated by his wife Frances and their two daughters, Judy and Becky. Also part of the pharmacy family is David Randall, who has been with them for over 30 years. The staff at Sidney Pharmacy offers free prescription delivery and will supply compliance packaging at no extra charge. Also for sale or rent are walkers, crutches and canes. Sidney Pharmacy is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sidney Pharmacy LTD. 2425B Beavan Ave, Sidney 250.656.0744

t h e t e a m at t h e s i d n e y P i e r h o t e l & s P a The Mission at the Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa is to “embody home-away-from-home comfort,” and these are the women who make this business tick! An incredibly dedicated team, led by Akiko Suda-Meyer, cares for every guest who stays with us, even if it’s just for their morning coffee. The Housekeeping department is the heart of the hotel – the most vital operation in the business, and the effort is often behind the scenes, unobservable to guests. However, those familiar with the industry know that without this committed team of individuals the doors could not open. They are women with diverse backgrounds and interests, but they share a common goal in keeping our rooms sparkling, our guests happy and each other sane! They are artists, athletes, students, mothers, outdoor enthusiasts, world travelers and community volunteers, all of whom are amazing Ambassadors for Sidney. Hats off to these ladies – Akiko, Karen, Rose, Kim, Lynn, Mary, Aillen, Teresa, Elvira, Wendy, Paige, Janet, Judith, Lien, Ella and Pinky – Women to Watch at the Pier.

Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa 9805 Seaport Place, Sidney 250.655.9445 • 1.866.659.9445 • www.sidneypier.com


2 0 1 3 wo m en to watc h c a r e l l - ay n e W h a l e n Simply Staged to Sell Your Home Styling Fashionista – Style on YOUR Budget! Carell-Ayne has been in the business of providing great home styling since 1998, when she and her partner started an antique business in Sidney called Funtiques. She started her “Style on Your Budget” journey during this time, since she had a limited budget, but always had to dress like a million bucks for those clients! That’s where she fell in love with and mastered the art of using colour and accessories. Carell-Ayne offers three services: home staging to sell; home styling redesign using clients’ existing furnishings; and rental location assistance. Simply Staged To Sell 250.889.0022 ca@simplystagedtosell.ca www.simplystagedtosell.ca

Complimentary 30 min. In-Home Consultation! * Offer ends February 28th, 2013 *

s u s a n s i m o s ko Susan Simosko Associates Inc.

l a u r a wat e r s Snowdon House Gourmet & Gifts Established in 1996, Snowdon House is renowned for its handmade cards, paper goods and a wide array of sumptuous edible delights. My company focuses on creating high quality products that are produced in a local environment and, whenever possible, using local farm ingredients. A passion for sharing my love of cooking, gardening and creative design results in products that I know my customers love. I also want to provide my customers with very creative, distinct and memorable packaging, so at Snowdon House, we design and manufacture our own packaging! Snowdon House Gourmet & Gifts Ltd. 1890 Mills Rd, North Saanich 250.658.3419 • www.snowdonhouse.ca

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For more than 25 years, Susan Simosko has led innovations in the fields of business development and communication.

Radka is originally from Prague, Czech Republic, and has lived on the Peninsula for over 15 years.

Her creative and collaborative approaches to tackling challenging problems has contributed to her international reputation as a highly skilled facilitator and workshop leader. She stimulates and supports groups to find creative and effective solutions to complex problems.

She is excited about the Tower Garden, a revolutionary aeroponic vertical gardening system. With it, you can grow your own fresh, organic, & nutritious produce. All year, almost anywhere!

She works with organizations, public and private, large and small, and specializes in mentoring teams, managing change and improving communication. Susan is also the author of eight books and dozens of articles. Susan Simosko Associates Inc. #204A - 2453 Beacon Ave, Sidney 250.655.6773 • ssimosko@telus.net www.susansimosko.com

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No weeding, tilling, kneeling, or getting dirty. It’s simply ‘plug-and-play’. Watch your food grow from seed to an abundant harvest, fresh for dinner. Radka is here to help you grow! New representatives are welcome. Tower Garden by JuicePlus+ Radka Prusha, your local representative www.radka.towergarden.ca 250.888.1339 | radkaprusha@gmail.com

m e g h a n r a z a & d aw n r o b e r t s o n Vibes Fitness

Vibes specializes in quick 15-minute low impact workouts by combining advanced technology with the personal attention of certified trainers Dawn and Meghan. We genuinely care about your fitness needs and provide a positive, social environment where you feel comfortable tackling your goals. We have watched as members throw away their canes, climb mountains, fit into their “skinny” jeans, and most importantly: learn to love who they have become by spending time at Vibes. Vibes Fitness 108 - 2506 Beacon Ave, Sidney 778.426.2146 www.vibesfitness.ca

Winner of the 2012 Crystal Award for New Business! w e n dy e v e r s o n We n d y L . E v e r s o n L a w

Wendy is in the business of providing legal and notarial services to the residents of the Saanich Peninsula and the surrounding Gulf Islands. She delights in working in a small community and especially values her relationships with her clients. Full legal services are available, including Wills & Estates, Real Estate and Business. For more information, please visit www.eversonlaw.ca or call 250.665.6869.

#307 - 2453 Beacon Avenue Tel: 250.665.6869 Sidney, BC V8L 1X7 Fax: 250.665.6969 www.eversonlaw.ca weverson@eversonlaw.ca

s a n d y B ay n t o n Wa t e r l i l y S h o e s , B a g s & Ac c e s s o r i e s Sandy Baynton first envisioned Waterlily four years ago. Her favourite little shoe shop had closed and, while sitting enjoying a chai at Georgia’s Café, she noticed a “For Lease” sign across the street. The pen started doodling, the mind pulled up an image, a business plan emerged … and the rest, as they say, is history! Now after almost four years in her original location, it was time to take advantage of an opportunity for more floor space, brighter windows and higher visibility. More drawing, planning and optimism have brought Sandy and Waterlily to her new location. Drop by and say hi; you will see why Waterlily has become a destination for so many visitors! This is an exciting time for Waterlily, and a great success story for Sidney and the Saanich Peninsula. Waterlily Shoes #101 - 2537 Beacon Ave, Sidney 250.656.5606 info@waterlilyshoes.com

a n i ta r y d y g i e r We s t C o a s t E C O H o m e At WestCoast ECO Home, proprietor Anita Rydygier has sourced some of the most talented local artisans and craftspeople for their quality of workmanship and their ecological philosophy, utilizing local, natural, environmentally sustaining and non-toxic materials. WestCoast ECO Home provides full interior design services, home staging, healthy home consultations, excellence in handmade furniture, lighting, handmade wool rugs and objet d’art. 100 Mile Design is our motto. Join us in supporting a healthy planet. WestCoast ECO Home 2348 Beacon Ave, Sidney 778.426.2762 Online store at: WestCoastEcoHome.com @wcecohome

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Community Arts Centre Tulista Park, Sidney – 9565 5th at Weiler 250.656.7400 • www.cacsp.com

sPrinG 2013 events march 6th - 24th: “small expressions” Artwork under a foot squared

11 am to 4 pm, Wednesday through Sunday

April 1st - 13th: “What makes you Happy” the sidney shutterbugs Annual show April 14th - 21st: “touch of Art” shirley marshall and Friends may 3rd - 5th: sPAC scholarship Committee show the saanich Peninsula Arts & Crafts society April 11th @ 7 pm: CACsP AGm at tulista Art Centre For over 20 years, the Arts Council has organized visual and performing arts events, offered grants to local musical, theatrical and literary organizations, and given arts support to young people. Through membership, raising funds and accessing grants, all these activities are possible. Help keep your community artistically vibrant. Please show your support and attend the AGM. Membership forms are also available.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the British Columbia Arts Council, Town of Sidney, District of North Saanich and the Municipality of Central Saanich. town of


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Profile for Seaside Magazine

Seaside Magazine March 2013 Issue  

Think of our publication as an extra dimension of our community space, a place where the West Coast culture is treasured and celebrated. We’...

Seaside Magazine March 2013 Issue  

Think of our publication as an extra dimension of our community space, a place where the West Coast culture is treasured and celebrated. We’...