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YOUR WEST COAST CULTURE

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Peninsula Restaurant Profile: Sea Glass Waterfront Grill

Seaside Homes: The Art of Restoration and Improvement 2014 Women to Watch: Our 3rd Annual Women in Business Special Issue salish sea news

Can We Talk: Shauna Dorko talks Passion, Education, Commitment, Belief and Strength

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seasidemagazine.ca ann squires ferguson

I am by profession a Registered Interior Designer, but I'd always rather be outside. I grew up on the banks of the Stikine River in far northern B.C., just south of the Yukon border, where my parents had cleared a homestead, planted a garden and built a log cabin. We grew up eating organic long before it was cool, running barefoot in the forest, and line fishing for dolly varden trout. That clarity of existence – the people I love, the fresh air I need and the fascination of daily discoveries – is what informs my professional interior design practice and my life. If I'm not on the job site, you'll find me splashing in puddles with my husband and our twin four-year-olds, Daring & Danger. susi mcmillan

Some call me a "woman with lots of hats:" mother, event organizer, environmental advocate, woodworker, child care provider, face painter, sales specialist for sleep products and, finally, trendspotter. With this diverse collection of jobs I have a diverse community of friends, which makes my job as Seaside's trendspotter easy! There is always something new to find out about, and often trendspotting is just a time to discover what local businesses perfectly support our lives: like the little Spin Coin Laundry Service in Sidney, or our beloved Star Cinema right next to it. I love to put the spotlight on all of them: the brand-new businesses and the long-valued ones. All of them make our community diverse, valuable and the best place to live. kelsey boorman

A recent graduate of Emily Carr University's design program, I've settled back in my hometown of Victoria with a new appreciation for the Island pace. I love to paint, and I move my paintings through galleries and shows and by commission, specializing in pet portraits. For more information about my art visit www.kelseyartonline.com. Currently I am screen printing and creating graphics at LJC ART in Sidney, as well as producing graphic design for Seaside Magazine and other local businesses. I hope to stay young, travel the beaches of the world, and explore many more avenues of creative employment.

Publisher Sue Hodgson 250.516.6489 sue@seasidemagazine.ca Editor in Chief

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Design Kelsey Boorman Assistant kelsey@seasidemagazine.ca Advertising Marcella Macdonald Sales Diana Sutherland 250.516.6489 This Month's Contributors Trysh Ashby-Rolls, Jennifer Bowles, Gillian Crowley, Susan Dafoe, Al Duncan, Ann Squires Ferguson, Doreen Marion Gee, Jennifer Hill, Linda Hunter, Tina Kelly, Barry Mathias, Susi McMillan, Sean McNeill, Lorne Peasland, Stu Rhodes, Steve Sakiyama, Steve Sheppard, Susan Simosko, Jo-Ann Way P.O. BOX 2173, SIDNEY, B.C. V8L 3S6 news@seasidemagazine.ca

Seaside magazine is printed 12 times a year in Richmond, B.C. by Rhino Print Solutions. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. Reproduction requests may be made to the editor or publisher via the above means. Views of contributors do not necessarily reflect the policy or views of the publisher and editor. Staff of the magazine cannot be held responsible for unsolicited manuscripts or photographs.

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Lorne Peasland was originally due to arrive in Sendai for an extended visit with his Japanese family, in April, 2011, but had to cancel at the last minute – the city and its airport were devastated, the rail lines twisted off their beds and the Japanese government wouldn't let foreigners into the country. But he got there in mid-May, 2013, for a long overdue five-week immersion course that turned out to be an emotional roller-coaster that haunts him still. He returned in October with his 24 yearold daughter, Victoria, to pass along the experience, and is on his way again this month for an extended stay. "Mata kimas," indeed.

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first word As we celebrate all our Women to Watch in this issue, I thought it might be nice if you got to know me a little better! What three words best describe you? Passionate, fun-loving and naughty. What is your recipe for success? Hard work and passion. The harder you work, the luckier you get. One of my greatest contributors has been the ability to align my natural capabilities and my passion for my work. That makes me look at my career not as "work," but rather as a place of living out my passion and being able to contribute to the greater good of our community. 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, thus far, that has caused harm and no good to those that I cared for on a professional level. I do believe things happen for a reason and that we are all on individual journeys. I have learned much from my own journey and it makes me the stronger person that I am today. What is your advice to young people who are looking to follow in your footsteps? Create your own path and avoid living a life based on other people.

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Make your own footsteps, and follow them. It is also important for young people to receive proper guidance and mentoring; it's something I wish I had when I was younger. It empowers them, so they can make sense of and navigate their own lives. How do you successfully juggle business and family obligations? It can be difficult, but I try not to make my family suffer by working after hours or allowing work to infringe on family time. To achieve this I prioritize scheduling, and if I have a really pressing deadline, I work after everyone has gone to bed. The secret is not to take on more than you can chew. If something doesn't contribute to my goal for the day, if it doesn't add value, I skip it. I'm able to say no and be at peace with that decision. What have been your proudest moments? I've had a few, but I have to say being blessed with my two children, Lucas and Eva. What is the one thing your colleagues probably don't know about you? There is lots they shouldn't know! I adore music. Besides dancing at home, as often as I can with the kids, I sing wildly in the car … thankfully for most, it's solo!

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The ninth year of the Lego Exhibit sees the introduction of a special theme to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Sidney Volunteer Fire Department with model fire trucks, fire halls and other related models. The Family Day feature Lego build will be a six-foot fire truck that will then be on display at Sidney Museum. Admission by donation.

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Speaking to thousands of people annually, Jeanne Robertson utilizes her positively funny style to illustrate that a sense of humour is much more than a laughing matter: it's a strategy for success. Tickets available at the Mary Winspear Box Office 250-656-0275, www.marywinspear.ca.

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Saanich Peninsula wine pairings, local foods buffet dinner, live local music. Tickets $55, available from the Mary Winspear Box Office 250-656-0275.

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Ages 7-12. A feel-good fusion of music, games, mandalas, meditation and relaxation. A fun-filled night to nourish your body, mind and spirit! Pajamas, pillows and blankets welcome. Healthy snacks provided! $20.

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letters Seaside Magazine welcomes your feeback! Send letters to the editor via allison@seasidemagazine.ca or post your comments on our Facebook wall! Letters may be edited for space and content. I wanted to let you know how thrilled we all were with the article about our dance group (Tripping the Light Fantastic, January 2013). The tone of the article was energetic, positive and playful. It exactly suited the tone of our group. I loved how you managed to integrate all kinds of details, from the wood dance floor to the history of the group, and all the contact information. What a delight it was to read all those amazing quotes. We had no idea that we could actually sound good talking about our dancing; mostly we just do it, rather than talk about it. The very best part of the wonderful piece was that it convinced 11 individuals to come to our first night of dancing! Our group has suddenly doubled in size and we couldn't be more delighted. Many thanks to Seaside Magazine for agreeing to cover our group. Linda Sheridan

Caring forwill Your Pet’s Gifts that command your attention! Wellness & Nutrition

I always look forward to reading your magazine, especially the Friends & Neighbours articles but it would be much more interesting if there were photographs of the subjects. I look forward to seeing at least their head shots in future issues. Newton Hockey

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Doug Evans

They say "The best way to predict your future is to create it." Well, in part that's what Doug Evans did when he wanted to learn more about working in the marine service sector. His inquiries about Marine Service Technician (MST) helped prompt Saanich School by Stu Rhodes District to develop a three-way partnership with Industry Training Authority of B.C. and Quadrant Marine Institute. Doug was one of five students in the first-ever cohort of high school students enrolled in MST apprenticeship training. The delivery model integrated a transition to work in the field of marine service and repair.

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Doug secured a practicum placement with Ben Gartside of Gartside Marine Engines, then became indentured as an MST apprentice, where he continues to work on a fulltime basis, more than a year after the program start date. Owner Ben Gartside admits to a personal and business philosophy, "apprenticeship training is essential," and credits industry guru Campbell Black for helping promote this shared philosophy within the local marine industry sector. Gartside said it is a pleasure to hire a young, enthusiastic apprentice who comes to work with the right attitude. There is a certain vicarious reward that comes from mentoring an apprentice with an appetite to learn, and a passion to understand how things work. "I like the way he asks questions out of the blue. Then I know he's been thinking about stuff." Talking to Doug, it's clear that he enjoys working in this field. "It's absolutely mind opening!" he said. He is particularly taken with working in the mechanical domain of MST and loves to tear down and rebuild engines. "It's so amazing how much goes into this stuff, and how little the average person actually sees." He loves the problem-solving challenges of getting old engines to operate smoothly again. Doug's parents are thrilled with his success too. His father, David, was quick to tell how Doug is already working on his level-two certification and also taking evening courses in welding at Camosun College. He is so proud that both his sons took advantage of trade training programs as part of their high school education, which allowed them to transition directly into the work force with the training they got during school. "These days lots of jobs go begging for candidates. It's nice to see youth being trained to fill these spots." When asked what he'd be doing in five years' time, Doug said he'd be a certified MST, and working on his MMT (Marine Mechanic Technician), and he'd still be working and learning at Gartside. His advice for students still in high school? "Take advantage of 'Work Experience' courses to explore possible occupations. When you find something you like, just do it. And, make sure you capitalize on trade training opportunities offered in high school." For more information on how to get involved as a student apprentice, or as an employer sponsor, contact your neighbourhood school or Stu Rhodes at 250-415-9211. Be sure to view our promotional YouTube video, Jump Start Your Career, at http://www.youtube.com/user/saanichcareers.


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An Evening With Ben Heppner

Back by popular demand, the Mary Winspear Centre and CBC Radio One 90.5 proudly present world-renowned Canadian Tenor Ben Heppner. Join us on Friday, March 21st for an elegant evening including a champagne reception and recital with Ben Heppner accompanied by John Hess on piano. In addition to an exclusive performance, the Mary Winspear Centre invites you to attend a rare opportunity to both meet and greet Mr. Heppner following the show. Born in British Columbia, Ben Heppner grew up in Dawson Creek before attending the University of British Columbia to study music. He first gained national recognition after winning the CBC Talent Festival in 1979. From there Mr. Heppner went on to win the 1988 Metropolitan Opera Open Auditions, which led to his U.S. debut at New York’s Carnegie Hall. The list of accolades has


Lorne Elliott A night full of music, humour and wit is coming to the Charlie White Theatre on Monday, March 31st. For the second time the Mary Winspear Centre along with CBC Radio One 90.5 are proud to present the very talented Lorne Elliott. Elliott’s monologue and songs are always changing as he interprets life’s events and the world around him. His audiences have come to expect a family friendly oneman show that is both foolish, thought provoking and completely original. A regular on Just For Laughs and Comedy Variety Specials, Lorne was also the star and host of the CBC Radio Comedy Series Madly Off in All Directions for 11 seasons. In 1974 Lorne Elliott began his career as a folk

musician in East Coast Canada. During that time he continued to write skits, songs and jokes eventually incorporating it all into a unique performance which he has become known for. Currently touring his show “The Collected Mistakes,” don’t miss Lorne Elliott when he performs in Sidney. Tickets for the show are available now at the Mary Winspear Box Office: 250-656-0275 or www.marywinspear.ca.

Monte Carlo Gala

Exciting Fundraising Gala With a Russian Twist The Rotary Club of Sidney by the Sea is excited to announce the fourth annual Monte Carlo Gala to be held June 7th at the Mary Winspear Centre. The 2014 Monte Carlo Gala “From Russia with Love” supports the community projects of The Rotary Club of Sidney by the Sea. The event will have a martini bar, music, dancing and Monte Carlo style games of chance, as well as silent and live auctions and excellent food. This is the club’s biggest fundraiser during the year, and enables our support of many community programs. Rotary is very pleased that the Mary Winspear Centre is the venue for this event as the two organizations have a long-standing tradition of supporting each other. The platinum sponsor this year is WestJet. This Gala event will be a night to remember. Tickets sales will commence in March at the MWC box office: 250-656-0275. Don’t miss out as tickets are limited. Written by Carey Salvador.

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continued throughout his career, including Juno and Grammy awards and being named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2002. Recognized worldwide as the finest dramatic tenor today, Ben Heppner excels in the most challenging roles, from Wagner’s Tristan to Verdi’s Otello. His performance on the opera stage, in recital and on recordings has created a following around the world for his beautiful voice, intelligent musicianship and dramatization. A regular performer at opera’s most prestigious venues such as the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera and Opera National de Paris makes his upcoming performance in Sidney very special. Don’t miss being a part of this special evening and your chance to hear a Canadian treasure. Tickets for this event are on sale now at the Mary Winspear Box Office: 250-656-0275 or www.marywinspear.ca.


peninsula restaurant profile

We Strive to be Extraordinary: Sea Glass Waterfront Grill by Doreen Marion Gee

This is the fifth in a six-part series of profiles on some of the Saanich Peninsula's wonderful restaurants and pubs. A U.S. research study in 2005 concluded that "a successful restaurant requires focus on a clear concept that drives all activities," including food, service and operations. A relatively new Peninsula restaurant, Sea Glass Waterfront Grill is enjoying remarkable success in a very short time. After tasting their cuisine, I totally get it. So what is that overriding concept that fuels the engine at Sea Glass? Read on to find out.

The sun was dancing on the water and harbour as I chatted with Ron and Maureen Vincent, owners of the Sea Glass Waterfront Grill. A first-rate chef in the restaurant biz for years, Ron takes care of the food and service end of things; Maureen is involved in administration, accounting and meeting customers. The pursuit of excellence is the ever-present concept that drives every activity at Sea Glass – from the food, to its preparation, to how they treat their staff and customers. Ron regularly analyses his fare, constantly striving to improve the product,

paying attention to every detail. Maureen's perspective: "Ron puts everything into his food – the time he takes and the way he creates, visualizes and presents his food. And he expects his kitchen staff to do the same. Our standards are high. We never cut corners. We set the bar high right out of the gate!" Everything is made to order using the highest quality, freshest ingredients possible. Here 's the drill: At Sea Glass, the quest for excellence results in ambrosial food – a guaranteed recipe for success. The Sea Glass only opened in October 2012 but is already

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thriving. "We have regulars that come back five times a week," Ron comments. Maureen is happy: "We had a really good first year. Summer was crazy." Ron again: "Yesterday we were so busy that we had to turn away people at lunch – they had to make a reservation to get a seat." The same scene repeats at Sunday breakfasts. Our taste buds are the final judge when it comes to the calibre of restaurant food. On that sublime Saanich afternoon, mine were begging for more. Did the kitchen staff wave a magic wand over everything I ate, pumping up the flavours to the maximum explosion in my mouth? Every item was infused with colourful flavours and textures. Certainly I am no food expert, but it seems to me that only the finest cuisine made with the best quality food could cause such a blissful party on the palate. The sinfully scrumptious tangy "Sea Glass Caesar Salad" burst forth with garlic, cream, cheese, lemon,

bacon – a bit of heaven on earth. As I sat there overlooking the peaceful cool blue ocean, I was treated to a purely remarkable food experience. The "Deconstructed Pork Spring Roll" was full of exotic tastes that

"We want to go the extra mile … Your experience should be extraordinary from when you walk in the door to when you walk out." perfectly complemented each other. The pulled pork tasted like warm sweet licorice; the crusty roll pieces were golden buttery sunshine; the fresh veggies dipped in savoury vinaigrette stroked my senses. Oh my God! Oh my God! was my gut reaction to the "Blue Crab and Romano Dip with House

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new & noteworthy by Linda Hunter community

Raising the Bar It may be March, but play is always in season on the Peninsula. Just ask the children who are enjoying the latest addition to Centennial Park in Central Saanich: a new playground. Funded by a Government of B.C. Community Recreation Program grant, the municipality worked with Canadian playground company Henderson Recreation, along with local contractor Michell's Excavation, to create the new play area. Located next to the field house and main parking area, the playground was completed in December and features barrierfree pathways, park furniture, new landscaping and irrigation system along with two distinct separated play areas for older and younger children, with inclusive features for all children to enjoy. Learn about more upcoming enhancements to Centennial Park at www.centralsaanich.ca. entertainment

The Best Seat in the House

"Please take your seats," a brandnew beautiful blue seat that is, at Sidney's Star Cinema. The new

seats, which boast armrests and are much more comfortable than their 45-year-old predecessors, were installed in late December. Tremendous gratitude goes out to a community of supporters and fundraisers who made it happen and raised over $185,000 for the seats and two recently purchased digital projectors. Staff will soon be installing name plaques on behalf of seat donors and announcing a date for their upcoming Gala. Stay tuned and find out more about upcoming films and events. http:// tinyurl.com/mfpeawm. services

Measure Once, Cut Twice Eight years after opening Jeremiah's Carpentry, Andrew Charles-Roberts has recently put down stakes on the Peninsula. He is pleased to offer a wide variety of customized construction including custom-built porches, sundecks, fences, playhouses and sheds as well as home service for small repairs. Andrews' team works six days a week at both residential and commercial properties with company principles that are centred on creating long-lasting, quality work and an effort whenever possible to "repair" rather than

"replace." Named after his son Jeremiah, Andrew is pleased to continue to build a company and raise his young family in a quiet Sidney community. www.jeremiahscarpentry.com; 250-656-0052. Aveda-trained hairstylist Carlie Martin is excited to be working independently, having honed her skills over the past seven years at Sidney's Salon J. With extensive knowledge of industry changes, modern and classic hair designs and hair care techniques for women, men and children, Carlie's passion is helping clients look and feel their very best. Staying current with the latest styles, trends and techniques in mind, Carlie offers a variety of services including highlights, coloring, cutting, perm, up-do's, extensions, and makeup application. You can find Carlie's Hair sharing home salon space on Calvin Avenue in Sidney. Contact by email at carlie.02@hotmail.com or call 250-818-2328. retail

Creations & Carnations Four years into their business, Heather and Gord at Pleasant Street Studio have flung open their metal doors to invite those

interested into their home-based studio and workshop. Creating one-of-a-kind items while saving the planet one piece at a time, they offer an array of garden and interior steam punk, and whimsical reclaimed metal art. Dedicated to renewal and thinking outside the box, Gord and Heather create from recycled metal by making use of landfilldestined everyday objects such as shovels, fire extinguishers, cutlery and tools. Find out more at www.pleasantstreetstudio.com. The flower count just went up, with Thrifty Foods opening Flowers and More, in Sidney's Mariner Plaza. The new floral shop represents an expansion of the bouquet of services offered in the grocery store, creating onestop personalized service from Manager Yvette Bhatoa and her friendly, helpful staff. Customers will still be able to pick up items such as fresh flowers, chocolates and cards at the grocery store, but will find a larger floral presence and assortment in the new space. Open 8 to 8, seven days a week. Place orders: http://floral. thriftyfoods.com/; 250-654-0159. News, changes, updates, launches? Email linda@seasideamagazine.ca.

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Women Helping Women The room buzzes with women talking about everything from the latest book they've read to golf scores, a hiking trip and the next education awards. These are the lively members of the Saanich Peninsula's Canadian Federation of University Women club at their monthly meetings. Started in 1994 as a spin-off group of 18 from CFUW Victoria, the Peninsula club now boasts 85 members and continues its tradition of women's networking and financial support for women's education. Long-term member, Myrtle Siebert, joined CFUW after university graduation in 1960 and is now an active member of both the Peninsula and Victoria clubs. Siebert recalls looking for a group to help her "get away from diapers and babies for a while and enjoy adult conversation." She became the first president of CFUW Saanich Peninsula in 1995 and later president of CFUW BC Council. "I've found it very satisfying over the years to connect with many fine, bright women," she says. The Saanich Peninsula chapter is open to all women who have an interest in the group's aims, which promote lifelong education and advancement of the status of women and girls. Gail Argatoff, fund-raising chair, says the chapter attracts many "early retirees" seeking ways to meet other women and get involved in new activities. The CFUW has a long, proud history. In 1919, leaders among Canadian university women brought their dream of a national federation to fruition. At this time women were already well established in the teaching profession and entering medicine, law, journalism, nursing and social work in larger numbers. The Victoria University Women's Club (established 1908) was one of the first clubs to join the Federation, supporting its focus on women's education. CFUW Saanich Peninsula continues that focus today through funding assistance for female students from the Saanich Peninsula. Today their Education Trust Fund stands at more than $10,000. Annual awards of $1,000 each are given to female graduates at the three Saanich Peninsula secondary schools and similar amounts go to Camosun College, the Saanichton Independent Learning Centre and to First Nations female students at Camosun College. The Audrey Mawby bursary is granted each year to a student enrolled in History at the University of Victoria and one-time member bequests have also been made on occasion. Funds are raised through membership dues, book sales and other initiatives such as cookbook sales and antiques appraisals. Fun activities and intellectual challenges are all part of the club's attraction. Members are 18 SEASIDE | march 2014

treated to interesting speakers at monthly meetings held every fourth Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Mary Winspear Centre. The March 25th speaker will be Sue Colgate, Executive Director of the Victoria Therapeutic Riding Association, discussing "The Benefits of Therapeutic Riding." Many members also join interest subgroups ranging from outdoor

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like me, your television is usually tuned to the by Jennifer Bowles Food Network. Shows featuring greasy-spoon diners, lunch counters, and (my all-time favourite) food trucks are all the rage. While food trucks offering all manner of gourmet street food are now the hot places to eat, it can be argued that they all have deep roots in the humble taco truck. Tacos are the perfect street food: they're portable, packed with huge flavours, and most importantly: FUN! This month I want to showcase how something as (seemingly) simple as a taco can be elevated into a culinary event. The recipe is for pulled chicken tacos – essentially chicken poached in a flavourful liquid – served on tortillas with a few simple toppings. We make these all the time at our house, and they're always a hit. We make everything from scratch where possible, and put together a variety of fresh and tasty toppings. You can make them as spicy or mild as you like as the recipe is really easy to customize. You can be really authentic and make your own tortillas, or go with any of the really great store-bought options. The final essential pairing is a few homemade lime margaritas or ice-cold cervezas!

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Chicken: We use boneless chicken breasts, but it works for any cut. Tortillas: We usually buy the smaller corn tortillas as they are closest to the authentic handmade ones. Pickled Onions: Pickle some thinly sliced red onion in lime juice, orange juice and sugar. Put them in the fridge for an hour and they're ready. Avocado: Sliced plain, or make some guacamole. Pico de Gallo: this is a basic tomato, onion and cilantro salsa. Simply dice, mix and let sit for an hour. Something cool: you can be authentic and go with queso fresco, or

simple with sour cream. Poaching the chicken: Make a flavourful poaching liquid with chicken stock, red wine vinegar (about ¼ cup per litre of liquid) onion, lime, peppers (we use chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, adjusted to your taste) and salt and peper. Make enough liquid to cover the chicken and set to simmer for about 25 minutes. Once the chicken is fully cooked, remove it from the liquid and set aside. Strain the liquid back into another pot and simmer until reduced by about half. While the liquid reduces, shred the cooked chicken with the back of two forks – it should fall apart easily. To finish, toss the shredded chicken with the reduced liquid and keep warm. The mixture should be nice and moist (have the napkins ready). Get all your accompaniments together, assemble to your liking and enjoy! Buen Provecho!

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friends & neighbours "isabelle yoxall has some advice: do something. anything. just get started – there's so much to do, so many people to meet!"

There's Something About Isabelle by Susan Simosko

Friends & Neighbours is a column about the people who quietly enrich our lives personally and collectively every day. They distinguish themselves by the incredible things they do, whether or not we even notice. It is my pleasure to introduce you to a few of these remarkable people and to share something of their stories. Lonely? Without a driver's license? Wondering what life has in store for you? If so, talk to Isabelle Yoxall. The long-time Sidney resident has some advice: "Do something. Anything. Just get started – there is so much to do, so many people to meet!" And she should know. Isabelle volunteers her time and energy with Beacon Community Services, Rotary Bingo at the Fairgrounds, and several other community organizations. She delivers 200 TideLines a month, helps in the Shoal Centre coffee shop, and works in the Thrift Shop. Remarkably, she still has time for friends, exercise and movies. Until recently, before she voluntarily gave up her license, she drove people to doctor's appointments too. Even without a car, she still lends a hand to families or individuals in need. She's seemingly unflappable and manages to move through life with purpose, grace and compassion. Yes, there is something about Isabelle: she's awesome! Raised on a farm in Saskatchewan, Isabelle came to the Peninsula some 30 years ago. She and her then husband owned a service station and when that phase of her life ended, she worked at Glen Meadows Golf Club as "chief cook and bottle washer." One day, when the banquet chef was unable to work, Isabelle stepped in. I ask how she learned to prepare banquets so quickly. She is incredulous that I would ask such a question: "I was a wife and mother for years!" she laughs. "Whether you cook one roast or six, there's not much difference!" That's Isabelle: modest, self-effacing and taking life in stride. Isabelle says she enjoys all of her volunteer activities because "I love people and like to be involved." She particularly enjoys the friendly

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Keeping it Simple and Personal by Sean McNeill

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When we decided to revamp our website, our goal was simple: create something user-friendly that truly reflects Seaside Magazine. Local web designer Sean McNeill quickly helped us come up with a design that met that goal and more with patience, skill and intuition for what we were looking for. We couldn’t be happier. ~ Allison Smith, editor-in-chief Seaside Magazine

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a graduate of Claremont High School, I began my online career in Victoria in 2006, shortly thereafter moving to Vancouver in 2008 while working with a group of young entrepreneurs. We began building an online marketing company specializing in product sales and customer acquisition, and during the next four years we honed our skills by seeking out and working with many specialists in the field. Throughout this time I began to undertake online contract work for several business interests in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario, connections I maintain today. Here at home, I readily offer my expertise and enthusiasm to charitable organizations Zajac Ranch and Living Rock Ministries, enhancing their fundraising capabilities and online presence. Initially specializing in online product sales and customer acquisition, I identified a need, not only in myself but also in the ever-changing world of online marketing, to become more connected with clients and my community. I have a strong belief in simplifying the online presence while enhancing the business and its products in a manner easily identified and accessed by the consumer. In 2012 I returned to Victoria and formed McNeill Solutions, a website and e-commerce design company enhanced by affiliate marketing, customer acquisition and email management – with a twist. While continuing education and commitment are essential in such a complex industry, working alongside successful, entrepreneurial mentors has been a key to my personal and professional growth. The insights and personal tools I've developed through these relationships are evident in the increased value and expertise I now readily share with my clients. I have developed and maintained close contact with a number of local entrepreneurs and artists, incorporating their skills as I build my business. Valuing face-to-face meetings and a handshake, as the creator of McNeill Solutions I seek a personal connection with clients. I strongly advocate personal meetings to discuss business operations, goals and dreams in order to clearly understand the needs of the client. Through this depth of understanding, I become invested in the success and continued growth of the company I'm showcasing. With the focus on personal interaction, McNeill Solutions furthers my goal to create a collaboration of artists and entrepreneurs working together, building the business community. I strongly believe that through the strengthening of these relationships, we will not only benefit from the reintroduction of personal interaction but steadily grow as we add diverse creative perspectives to our projects and products. "Thank you to Seaside Magazine for the opportunity to collaborate with such a talented and innovative team. Seaside Magazine has embraced the community spirit, showcasing the inspirational lifestyle and commitment of our Island residents and the environment we embrace." McNeill Solutions – complexity in its simplest form.


island life "when you reach the international airport the real fun begins: the hundreds of people pushing and shoving are reminiscent of Island Yard sales"

Up, Up and Away by Barry Mathias

When the tourist season is over, Islanders'

minds turn to holidays. In its simpler form, a "holiday" was literally a "holy day" – a day off work. Now, it has come to mean seemingly endless weeks of enforced inactivity, sweating in unpronounceable foreign places, where the food causes havoc with one's internal plumbing and the washrooms are found not to have any. Jilly Cooper said: "I'm not wild about holidays. They always seem a ludicrously expensive way of proving that there's no place like home." Islanders have the opportunity to fly from their nearest government-inspired dock in a marvel of the creative mind: an aircraft that lands on water. Providing you don't take more than a toothbrush and a spare handkerchief, there is no bother with weight although, strangely enough, the individual weighing 200 pounds pays the same amount as the 100-pound variety. When you reach the international airport the real fun begins: the hundreds of people pushing and shoving are reminiscent of Island yard sales conducted on a mammoth scale. There is the drama at the security desk: your detailed explanation as to why your passport photograph resembles a well-known member of the Cosa Nostra. How do you pronounce your name? Next, you are required to remove clothes, shoes and empty your pockets. If you are unlucky, you will win the "strip search of the day" award, and earnest protesting only encourages an examination more rigorous than your doctor's annual. The contents of your limited "carry-on luggage" (which used to be a euphemism for trunk) is given public scrutiny, and strangers smirk at your numerous and exotic pieces of underwear, if you are a pessimist, or the lack of it, if you

are daring or optimistic. Finally, like a survivor of a closing down sale, you stagger away trying to repack your bags and regain your tarnished composure. Always remember, uniformed employees at airports do not have a sense of humor, unless they are viewing you with their X-ray machine. With luck, the strangled hoots of mirth are aimed at someone else. Eventually, after a route march down unending embarkation tunnels you find your seat: an oasis in a desert of struggling humanity. You listen to the announcements from the captain, always a confidencebooster: the height that the plane can fall from the sky; the position of the exit doors, and how to put on your flotation device … particularly useful when flying over the

Rockies. Billy Connolly said in one of his skits: "In the unlikely event of this plane crashing into a mountain and bursting into flames, there's a life jacket under your seat. Put it on. Come back to life. No problem." There is the "in-flight magazine," with its magnificent views of villas in exotic resorts such as Losta Yemind and Wesees Yecoming. When the steward provides an exorbitantly priced gin and tonic with a packet of exactly13 peanuts, you wonder why you decided to leave your lotus isle? Instead of a cramped and interminable flight, you could be relaxing on your deck, stuffing yourself with as many peanuts as you like, sipping large gin and tonics, and without a brown bag in sight! As Rose Macaulay said: "The great and recurrent question about abroad is, is it worth getting there?"

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Good Hearing on Our Doorstep: Hear - Central Saanich by Barry Mathias

This is the fifth in a six-part series of profiles on some great local businesses that are working to keep us all in good health. If you are aware of a gradual or sudden loss of hearing, you need to consult an audiologist. If you live near Brentwood Bay, you are lucky to have one close at hand: Donna Stewart is the well qualified audiologist and owner of Hear - Central Saanich. As she says: "Because we are privately owned, we work for you, not a hearing aid manufacturer." Donna has 20 years in the hearing industry, and has been interested in audiology since

she was young. "My mother wears hearing aids, and I often accompanied her to her appointments." She set up her own clinic in Brentwood Bay four years ago, and recently began Friday clinics on Pender and Mayne Islands. To get established, Donna took a "grass roots" approach and went into the community, giving talks to organizations such as the Senior Centre and Rotary, and introducing herself to the local doctors. "I like small communities, where everyone knows and supports each other." Her thriving

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practice at 7159 West Saanich Road offers "the highest level of customer care and professionalism." Clients do not need a doctor's referral, but can attend for a simple baseline hearing test, or a full evaluation and explanation of the range of devices that are available to improve their hearing. "Sometimes, an individual presents with a condition that may be medically or surgically treatable," Donna says. "In that case the person will always be advised to consult their family physician for treatment prior to purchasing hearing aids."


"People are often tentative, and have a certain anxiety when they first arrive," she smiles. "My aim is to alleviate any fear, showing them this can be a positive and even enjoyable experience." She likes it when couples attend together: "Often it's clear that one spouse has agreed to have their hearing tested simply as a way of getting the other to come in!" Hearing aids can cost from under $1,000 to more than $3,000. Donna explains these are small computers and, like the cost difference between laptops, they vary considerably in price: it is a question of processing speed and "brain" power. "Lower-priced hearing aids basically amplify sound," she says. "The more refined products can differentiate between speech and noise to determine how best to manage these sounds to maximize comfort and speech clarity." There is also a range of hearing aid accessories available, including wireless links to Bluetooth for phones, iPad and mp3

players, and adapters that specifically improve television enjoyment. The size of the modern device is unimportant regarding its capability. Whether

Donna is able to help her clients apply for funding from Veterans Affairs Canada, Workers Compensation, and a range of other benefit providers. "Almost half of the people we see have full coverage for hearing aids." Those without funding can apply "To get established, for short-term loans in partnership with Donna went into Island Savings. the community, When you deal with Hear - Central Saanich, the cost includes more than giving talks and just the hearing aid: you get a 90-day introducing herself to trial period. "Research shows that it the local doctors." takes about eight weeks for the brain to relearn sounds that haven't been a client decides on a tiny aid fitting inside the heard for several years; it is often in the ear, or a larger item positioned behind the last four weeks of the trial that the hearing ear, is determined by the person's aesthetic aid user begins to realize the full benefit," preferences and dexterity: the tiny device Donna says. Also, you get a three-year repair might be suitable for those able to change warranty, a one-year loss warranty, a threesmall batteries. Donna's expertise helps them year supply of batteries, and annual hearing make the right choice. tests and hearing aid reprogramming. With the help of Caroline Marchessault, the A visit to a qualified audiologist could office manager and audiometric technician, improve your quality of life.

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smell the coffee We would meet up after dinner to talk and drink cup upon cup of coffee (when refills were free and the coffee tragic)

Teenage Coffee Culture Pt 1

When I was

a teenager, a group of six or seven of us would meet up after dinner at a local restaurant to talk and drink cup upon cup of coffee by Steve Sheppard (when refills were free and the coffee tragic). We would add lots of cream and a couple of sugars, when our metabolisms were kinder and gentler and we didn't know about good coffee. We would pay for one cup and sit in a big booth for hours talking with friends about what we thought were, at the time, HUGE problems (little did we know) and we never used the word "stressed" as it didn't exist in the context of life pressures at the time. I've spent a lot of time in coffee houses since then and I've noticed that there are fewer "gaggles" of young people sitting together talking and laughing. It seems that most young people sit in smaller groups, and even more seem to sit alone with their face buried in their smart phones and laptops. I can't help but wonder what will become of their ability to "debate" the important things of life in group settings, working through the normal processes of learning to defend your position in live conversation. I mean, communicating through Facebook and typing a comment to someone's post is not the same thing as having the ability to speak up to someone face to face. I'm not suggesting that teenagers aren't bringing something to the table in terms of intelligence, and I'm under no illusion that some are far more advanced in areas than I ever was at their age, maybe even

now. Despite the individualism of today's teenager, there is a growing trend towards coffee and the teenagers who drink it. According to the National Coffee Association, young people are now the fastest growing population of coffee drinkers. Whether the enthusiasm is fueled by the social aspect; the caffeine craving to make up for lack of sleep and too much time in studying, sports and late nights; the idealism of pop culture, or a thousand other possible influencing factors, the numbers all say the same thing: teens are drinking more coffee every year and continually starting at a younger age. Teenage Coffee Statistics: • The number of teenagers drinking caffeinated beverages has tripled since the 1970s. • Teens purchasing coffee in cafés or restaurants jumped by 12% since 2010. • 10% of all visits to gourmet coffee shops were by consumers under 18 years of age. • In 2002, 24% of 18 to 24-year-olds drank coffee. By 2010, that number was at 37%. For teenagers, it's like coffee is becoming one of the Five Food Groups! Next month I will deliver the second part of the teenage coffee culture consumption topic, and you might be surprised … Steve out.

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Beacon Landing Restaurant and Lounge Celebrates a Decade of Dining by Linda Hunter

When asked why the restaurant business, Donna replies "after 40 years, it's what we know." The popular owners of Sidney's Beacon Landing Restaurant and Lounge, Donna and Bill Phillips, have been involved in the industry for decades and combining Donna's background in interior design and Bill's chartered accounting expertise has been a recipe for success. While Bill's first love is accounting, he made his foray into hospitality when he built the Bedford House Restaurant in Fort Langley in 1974, where he later met Donna. Settling on Vancouver Island, the two later built or rebuilt some of the Island favourites including B.C.'s oldest pub, the Six Mile; the Cowichan Valley Inn, the Charles Dickens Pub at the Fairmont Empress Hotel; and then, most recently, the Beacon Landing , where at age 65, Bill signed a 30-year lease. As Donna says: "with this waterfront view, we had to do it and age doesn't mean anything in Sidney!" "Beacon Landing is a great place to work; on the water and with great owners," says the Landing's Gold Seal certified Chef who, along with a winning team, is proud to be dishing up fresh, creative, sustainable, and primarily locally-sourced food. Serving over 50,000 customers in 2013, Miguel Goncalves prides himself on successfully adapting and improving the menu over time. Miguel's menu is 99% gluten free, includes a new British-style senior menu with smaller portions, healthy fare for children, and extensive vegetarian options. His playful attitude toward cuisine includes healthy, fun food, with almost everything made in house. Preferring to anticipate expectations rather than manage them, Miguel's team is consistently changing while maintaining what the regulars love about their local favourite restaurant, including his special menu features: Grilled Quadra Island Scallops with Bacon Risotto, Prawn and Scallops with house-made Gnocchi, and an off-the-chart seaside chowder that he believes

"is the best one around." With a main street location and spectacular water views, the restaurant has it all; an 85-seat family friendly restaurant, a 125-seat fully-licensed lounge, and a spacious outdoor patio, along with an address at the water's edge. Living in Sidney, only steps away from the restaurant, Donna happily admits: "I can't walk anywhere without seeing someone I know; we belong here." When asked what's changed in a decade, the Phillips agree: "it's so much busier now down at this end of town, with the waterfront walkway, the Pier Hotel, the aquarium, and there's lots of marine activity

too." Stepping into their 11th year, what does the future hold? "Much of the same; there is nothing we would rather be doing, so we'll stay doing this for as long as we can, it just doesn't get any better than this." Visit www.beaconlanding.ca for details.

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During my younger, wilder years I had the brilliant idea of driving mom's by Steve Sakiyama blue convertible with the roof down during a beautiful, calm starry night. Sounds good, except it was January in Northern Ontario when the temperature was a balmy three zillion degrees below zero. I bundled up and quietly slipped out, then opened the car door and slid onto the ice-cold vinyl seat. With a "scruunnnnck" the car groaned to life. The top creaked as it slowly opened and flipped down while I turned the heater to max in some bizarre attempt to keep warm. As the car got up to speed the dashboard lights glared "are you kidding me?" The air was … um … bracing. I hunched lower into the seat as my scarf flailed wildly in the buffeting wind. After the initial shock I began to enjoy the benefits that come with an open convertible. The vista of the night sky enveloped me as the car sailed along, immersed in an incredible starry panorama. The experience was like a nature documentary narrated by the resonant voice of Morgan Freeman: "Steve and the emperor penguins clamber onto the desolate Antarctic ice to begin their arduous journey in the most inhospitable place on earth …" Fortunately my survival instincts led me back to the warm glow of home. Speaking of the warm glow of home, at this time of year it's nice to feel the touch of sun after the outbreaks of cold air and thick fog we experienced this past winter. "Steve, why so dense and persistent?" people asked – referring to the fog, not me (I think). With more glimpses of the sun people ask a new question: why is the sky blue? Most of the sun's energy that we receive is visible as white light and is comprised of a variety of wavelengths. If the wavelengths are separated we see them as a spectrum of colours (when sunlight goes through a prism for example). Short wavelength light includes violet, blue and green, whereas longer wavelength light includes yellow, orange and red. As sunlight moves through the atmosphere, air molecules scatter the short wavelength light in all directions more than the long wavelength

light. On a clear day this shortwave scattered light (the violet, blue and green) is picked up by our eyes from all directions. Since our eyes are more sensitive to blue than violet or green, the sky looks blue. So will March bring blue skies and warmth? For the Victoria region the March-April outlook points to a greater chance of near normal temperatures, so expect an average month for warmth. For precipitation the road ahead is not as clear as the outlook has no preference toward wetter or drier conditions. Whatever the weather, this month get out and enjoy the emergence of light and natural beauty. Last year there were three-quarters of a billion flowers counted during the annual blossom count. Wow. Makes me feel like driving around in an open convertible immersed in a panorama of colour that fills our sky and landscape. And I won't even turn on the heat. ~ Weatherwit. Questions or comments? Visit weatherwit.wordpress.com or email weatherwit@gmail.com.

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grey matters "now we're in the senior class, there are new reasons to eat up. But, how much should we eat? what should we eat?"

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or caregivers told us to eat everything on our plate so we'd grow into strong boys and girls. Now we're in the senior class, there are new reasons to eat up. But, how much should we eat? What should we eat? According to the U.S. National Institute of Aging, a woman of 50+ who is not physically active needs about 1,600 calories a day, up to 2,000 if she is very active. Her male counterpart needs about 2,000 calories a day if he is not physically active up to a maximum 2,800 calories if he is very active. In real terms that means go for a cup or two of fruit and two-and-a-half cups of veggies a day in a variety of colours. In the calcium department – to keep bones strong – your intake of milk, yoghurt and cheese should be about four cups. Or, if you prefer: tofu, broccoli, almonds and kale.

You require six to seven ounces of grains in the carbs department. These include pasta, bread and cereal. "Whole" in the product description beats white and processed hands down. One slice of bread equals one ounce. As for protein, do the math on how much you need by dividing your body weight in half. A 130-pound woman will need around 65 grams of protein a day. A serving of tuna, for example, has about 40 grams of protein. Vary your sources with more fish, beans, peas, nuts, eggs, milk, cheese and seeds. It's also important to drink adequate amounts of fluid to avoid dehydration. Many of us lose our sense of thirst and need reminders to sip water regularly. Set a timer. Use post-it notes. Keep a glass of water by the sink and take a sip each time you go into the kitchen. Dehydration can contribute to constipation, urinary tract infection and even confusion. To say nothing of bad breath. More tips for eating right might include: reduce your sodium intake; raise your good cholesterol levels (avocado, olive oil, flax seed, salmon, walnuts); add fibre; beware hidden sugar. Read the labels when you shop. Steam instead of boil veggies. Add a multivitamin to your regimen, or at least vitamin B and D. Check with your health care professional first. Go online for recipes; borrow cookbooks from the library if you're new to cooking for one. Consult a dietician for more information about nutrition, especially if you are overweight or have a particular health concern. Make mealtimes a pleasure. Set the table with flowers, candles and pretty dishes. Invite friends over for potluck suppers. Invite a new friend to share dinner. Limit the number of times you eat in front of the television, and then choose your dinner companion with as much care as you would in real life. Avoid show hosts and news anchors who give you indigestion. Personally, I like dining with Peter Mansbridge.


Opening Up New Worlds for Seniors by Doreen Marion Gee

The cultural myth that aging inevitably means deterioration is being turned on its head in the new millennium. Instead of winding down, people in their '80s are winning marathons and going to university. A remarkable new partnership between Panorama Recreation Centre and Sidney SeniorCare is connecting seniors to the community and introducing them to new worlds of learning, exercise and recreation. This new adventure is a game changer for seniors, boosting their quality of life. The air was full of sizzling optimism when I interviewed five newage thinkers from Panorama Rec and Sidney SeniorCare: Shauna Dorko, Sidney SeniorCare CEO; Panorama's Lisa Sneek, Marketing; Kerry Broome, Program Services; Martine King, Recreation, Elder College; and Dustin Ray-Wilks, Recreation. "The sky is the limit" to Shauna, who sees the immense possibilities of this new partnership that treats seniors to the mental and physical benefits of Panorama programs. Already, Sidney SeniorCare has helped many clients revel in a new world of exercise and wellness at Panorama Rec. Lisa Sneek views this innovative alliance as another vehicle in creating a healthier, stronger community, while Kerry believes that the partnership has the potential to effect real positive change on the Peninsula. Within this creative new partnership between the two strong community-builders is a special symbiotic collaboration between

Sidney SeniorCare and the Peninsula Elder College. Each is helping each other to ensure as many Peninsula seniors as possible benefit from the mind-expanding educational courses and workshops offered at Panorama's Elder College. Shauna's staff are presently introducing clients to an amazing new universe of learning, curiosity, technology and intellectual pursuits. In her role spearheading Elder College programming, Martine will be talking with Sidney SeniorCare about more options for Fall 2014 courses. Dustin is passionate about giving seniors the opportunity to exercise both their minds and bodies through Panorama Rec and Elder College. Certainly this is a progressive shift in our mindset about aging. Instead of slowing down, this new partnership enables older adults to get out of the home, become physically and mentally active and be involved in their community. New research shows that regular mental and physical workouts keep our bodies and brains young. Many seniors will probably enjoy longer and happier lives due to this marriage of Panorama Rec and Sidney SeniorCare. Sidney SeniorCare plays a vital role in reaching out to seniors in the community and easing their transition into Panorama programs. And the friendly Rec Centre makes it all possible with their state-ofthe-art all-inclusive facility. Shauna: "Our goal is to enrich the quality of life of each and every client of ours." That is the ultimate pay-off as people get older, stronger, fitter and smarter. Contacts: Panorama: www.crd.bc.ca/panorama; Elder College: mking@panoramarec.bc.ca; Sidney SeniorCare: shaunadorko@shaw.ca, info@sidneyseniorcare.ca.

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The Ultimate Compact SUV by Al Duncan

Well, at least some folks think so! Toyota's RAV4 has been around since 1996, when it resembled a pumped-up station wagon in four-door trim and a fun looking PEZ dispenser in two-door trim. This ultra reliable Toyota, known as the RAV4, is actually a "Recreational Active Vehicle with 4-wheel drive;" who knew? We see many older generation RAVs on the road today and those who have them rarely seem to want to give them up. It's no shock to see an early 2000 model with over 400,000 kms on the clock and no reported issues. A major redesign came about in 2005 for the 2006 model year and gone with it was the two-door offering. The new RAV was bigger than its predecessor and was offered with both 4-cylinder and V6 engine options as well as the option of 2 wheel drive instead of all wheel drive. Amazingly, the RAV was the only compact SUV offering a third row of seating, not so for 2014 where others have followed suit. These things are amazingly tough and while the 4-cylinder is a great engine choice, the V6 is a must in my opinion, giving up a mere two miles per gallon to provide the driver with a full 270 HP of thrust when needed for hill climbs, towing and outrunning zombie attacks. The interior, even in Limited trim with leather, is a little plain in a Toyota sort of way but very functional none the less.

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I'm a proud member of the Order of the Eastern Star. What's Eastern Star, you ask? Well, we're one of several organizations that have the dearest of ties to the Masonic family that includes Shriners, Daughters of the Nile and the Order of the Amaranth. Together, in North America alone, we contribute over $1.5 million each day to charity. Eastern Star chapters encircle the world with over 10,000 "chapters" in Canada, United States and 18 other countries. There are three chapters in Greater Victoria. My chapter, Queen City Chapter #5, meets monthly at our Eastern Star Hall on Harriet Road

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in Saanich. We have served our community for over 100 years! As the chapter's historian, I've learned about the activities and volunteerism contributed over these many years, during times of War, Depressions, Disasters, and all the good times in between. I've learned that whatever challenges we face in our personal lives, in the community or world around us, members of Eastern Star pull together to help. When the First World War began, many of our members joined up. Looking back, we can appreciate the example of perseverance set by women of that period including members of our chapter who joined as nursing sisters and served overseas at the front along with soldiers in battle. Although women didn't yet have the right to vote, their influence and actions were deeply felt. On the home front, men of our chapter voted to use the monies raised to purchase the new machine gun for "our boys" overseas. Wouldn't you know it? The influence of the ladies became apparent at the very next meeting when another motion was approved to use these monies for "comfort packages" instead. We women always did have our ways! Members visited the convalescent hospitals and provided social evenings with refreshments, music, dancing and entertainment at our meeting hall, with returning veterans and their families as special guests. In 1914, the presiding officer of Queen City Chapter was honoured to be presented with a Canadian Red Cross insignia pin and a certificate of recognition as a Lifetime Member of the Canadian Red Cross for the work of our chapter during wartime. Each Worthy Matron since that time has worn this pin during her term of office. It's a reminder of our chapter's contribution that began during the Great War and serves as an inspiration to continue our community service forward into the future. Most recently, our chapter partnered with the BC Cancer Foundation to produce the exciting "SWING FEVER" Concert that was held at the Alix Goolden Performance Hall. This event featured the fabulous Starlight Pops Choir, led by director Sue Doman, with songs and music of the Swing Era. It was great fun! Its financial success resulted in a cheque presentation to the BC Cancer Foundation in the amount of $4,000 to assist in the development of the Patient Navigation Program at the BC Cancer Agency (Vancouver Island Centre). Eastern Star is an organization that creates lifelong friendships and one that truly "makes a positive difference" to the lives of others. Being a member of "the Star" is a fun and fulfilling way of life. For further information please call 250 475-7560.


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attached garage at one side of the building; a concrete path curves to the front door to the right. However, once the door opens, everything changes. Tom welcomes me into his house, and the natural light that is an essential element of this building immediately impresses me. I walk into a bright, spacious entrance with ample closets and large sandcoloured travertine tiles on the floor. "When I bought this house two years ago, the outside was painted a deep, reddish brown, and the entrance was a dark cubby hole, only four by four feet in area, typical of houses built in the 1980s," Tom explains. He increased the space by removing one of the four bedrooms on the right, enabling him to enlarge the next-door bedroom; he introduced a staircase down to the basement, at that time undeveloped, and was able to add a welcoming increase in area to the entrance hall. He moved the front door to the left, and replaced it with two long windows to provide the natural light. We cross a wood-floored corridor into the kitchen, with its continuation of wide travertine tiles. To the right is a large U-shaped space, ideal for those parties where the visitors like to gather near the food! There are wide quartz countertops on either side of a modern stove with a microwave situated above, and a sink to the left. Tom has used textured glass tiles as a backsplash beneath matching wall cupboards. Opposite, a huge refrigerator is artfully inset with fine cabinetry, so that nothing sticks out and everything blends. The kitchen countertops flow into a four-person island with high stools, and beyond is a comfortable, yet informal, sitting area. "When I redesigned the kitchen," Tom says, "I kept the stove and


(left, top) In the kitchen there are wide quartz countertops on either side of a modern stove. The original kitchen (left, bottom) was dark and confined, with a small island and an elderly fridge.

sink in the same place, but everything else changed." His starting point was the floor. Two weeks before he moved in, he replaced the "wood-look laminate" and laid the tiles throughout this area. "It saves a lot of moving if you can get your floors established first." He reused the unattractive, but well-made, wall cupboards by covering them with wenge, a man-made wood composed of obichee and poplar, that produces a very expensivelooking finish but, unlike exotic woods, can be easily reproduced ‌ "and at one third of the cost of similar products. It's also an environmental consideration," Tom adds. Originally, the kitchen was dark and confined, with a small island and an elderly fridge preventing easy access. It had restricted SEASIDE HOMES | march 2014 | WWW.SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 37


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on design lookin' for love We as designers are expected to be the never-ending wellspring of creativity, but there are days when – at least for me – the well simply runs dry. I've been mired in tendering or project management, and find myself utterly without inspiration. Then the terror sets in – what if I have simply run out by Ann Squires of good ideas? Is this, finally, the end of Ferguson Squires Ferguson what has been a fairly good run? Before retraining to be a dolphin trainer, though, I try to reignite the spark and go looking for love. Love of colour, or loving a new trend, or love of a whimsical take on an architectural staple. These are a few of my favourite sources of inspiration when I'm lookin' for love: PINTEREST http://pinterest.com/ Pinterest is an online bulletin board, and is soon to be named the ultimate time suck – you can lose hours on it – trust me! Think of it as the ultimate visual candy – and an incredible tool when creating online concept boards. Its randomness is actually its best feature – you'll find yourself seeing things you would never have searched out – and that can be a very good thing! This morning I saw a beautiful farmhouse washroom that has me thinking about, rather than taking the indoors out, to instead bring the outdoors

in, with a shower enclosure reminiscent of a greenhouse. INHABITAT http://inhabitat.com/ The Inhabitat tag line is "Design will save the world." As such, it is a community of designers and architects promoting the best in green ideas and innovations. It is intellectual and optimistic, and I always find I feel so much more positive and capable after reading a smattering of their articles. The recently profiled Altaeros Energies Inflatable Wind Turbines mean free power anywhere, with minimal infrastructure! I find myself visiting Inhabitat on days when I need an infusion of positivity. The most disturbing of fears regarding the fate of our natural world can often be directly counteracted with a few minutes reading about truly creative solutions. DWELL http://www.dwell.com/ The Dwell magazine website is my go-to site for residential inspiration. I haven't yet found the client who wants to do a home in a converted barn – someday, someday – but the Dwell slideshows regularly allow me a window into so many design fantasies – small spaces, prefab, repurposed shipping containers, plywood interiors, converted industrial spaces, live/work studios – this really is design candy at its best! The editors are so gifted at distilling the commonality of far-flung destinations, and to have a studio in Belgium profiled next to a float home in Vancouver frees my own creative synapses to fire, hopefully kick-starting that lost spark. All the best in your own search for true love – true design love, that is! For more information visit www.squiresferguson.com.

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west coast G ardener fighting the war on wasps! I know what you're saying to yourself: Why would anybody write about wasps in March when there are none around? Simple: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! In the early spring (as early as now) the mated queen wasps come out of hibernation and start setting up their by Jennifer Hill new "homes." They take up to two SeaSide Home & Garden Gift Shop weeks looking for the right spot and (formerly the Victorian Bird Shop) when they decide to "settle" they begin building their hives and laying their first eggs. For the next three weeks, each queen tends to her own "babies" (e.g., leaving the hive to find food for them) until they become mature adults (all sterile females) who in turn take over her work, hence, they are called "workers" (e.g., building, cleaning the hive; feeding the emerging workers), allowing the queen do what she does best – stay at home laying eggs – 1000's of them, each one capable of developing into a mature stinging wasp. Towards the end of the summer, the queen lays one last set of eggs. Theses eggs include both fertile males and yet-to-be-queens. The females leave the hive searching for a "compatible" mate and once impregnated look for a suitable hibernation spot as winter is fast approaching. At that point the remaining wasps, both male and female, including the no-longer useful "old" queens die off; the nests are abandoned and they fall into disrepair. When spring comes the "new" queens emerge and the process starts all over again. By putting out wasp traps now and not waiting until summer, you will be ridding your local area of as many queens as possible before they establish their hives and start to reproduce. If you put out your traps in the summer (which is the norm), you are merely catching the nuisance workers that are foraging for food. Unfortunately, even if you trap hundreds of them, the queens are back at the hives continuing to reproduce "young 'uns" faster than you can trap! A local company, Contech, has developed a non-toxic solution (or "lure") that is absolutely incredible. You can put it out in one of their plastic traps (which look like an industrial-strength baggie) or if you already have a trap you can add it to your existing device. The solution attracts the wasps and they quickly drown in the liquid – and, importantly, the lure does not attract beneficial bees! So, put out your traps now and have a wasp-free summer. Contech Wasp Traps and Refills are available most fine garden centres. For more information on how to minimize your risk of being stung, visit www.thevictorianbirdhouse.com.

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Personal Safety Seminar

Whether at home or away on vacation, working alone or venturing out in the evening, personal safety is always a priority. We have all experienced the feeling that someone is watching or we've been in a strange city unsure of our surroundings or even lost and wound up in a less desirable area. This seminar, presented by Sidney Meet Up Womens Networking Group and the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, is for everyone from students to seniors, and of interest to business owners in order to train staff who may be alone at work. The more you know about protecting yourself and the people you care about, the better. Attendees will learn steps to ensure their safety and be given tips on prevention. The most important thing in any of these situations is to be aware of your surroundings. Presenters include The Sidney and North Saanich RCMP and the Sidney Volunteer Fire Department in conjunction with BC Ambulance and will include a "bonus" demonstration from Puckett's Karate. The Personal Safety Seminar takes place March 4th from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Sidney Fire Department (9837 Third Street, Sidney). Cost is $30 and includes a light snack and hot and cold beverages. A portion of all ticket sales will go to the Sidney Lions Food Bank. Please RSVP through cbythesea@shaw.ca or 250-516-7653.

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The Arts in March by Gillian Crowley Is there something happening in the Peninsula or Gulf Islands Art Scene we should know about? Email gillian@seasidemagazine.ca. "Daffodils,/That come before the swallow dares, and take/The winds of March with beauty." Shakespeare in The Winter's Tale. Beauty, music and humour are all in store this month. Enjoy!

Ben Heppner Returns to Sidney If you missed Ben Heppner's sellout concert last year, here's another opportunity to hear his glorious voice. Heppner is one of Canada's foremost dramatic tenor opera singers who specializes in some of opera's most challenging roles. He has performed nationally and internationally in operas ranging from Wagner's Tristan and Lohengrin to Verdi's Otello and Berlioz' Aeneas. Originally from Dawson Creek, Heppner has a down-to-earth personality and humour that makes opera and other classical music accessible. Don't miss this big man with the

big voice in the Charlie White Theatre's intimate setting. Friday, March 21st @ 7:30 p.m. Mary Winspear Centre 250-656-0275.

Land and Seascapes at Village Gallery Works from Vancouver Island artists Mark Cramer and Dan Telosky can be viewed at Village Gallery in Sidney throughout March. Cramer is an emerging artist known for his paintings of the Mount Douglas area and other nearby locales. He finally found time to devote to his lifelong passion when he took early retirement from the Victoria Fire Department. With a keen eye for light and shadow, Cramer brings familiar landscapes to life. Telosky, who grew up along the shores of Discovery Passage, is known for his marine acrylics that capture the ever-changing coastal seascapes. What marks his style is a focus on detail and his need to get as close as possible to the real thing. "I live in an absolutely beautiful place and have a great boat to get out and see it. To be able to try and

capture the beauty by painting is just another bonus." Village Gallery, 2459 Beacon Avenue, Sidney. Open 9:30 to 5:30 every day except Sunday.

Jeanne Robertson, Funny Lady

It's just what the doctor ordered – a dose of hilarity to welcome spring. At 6'2" and age 70, Jeanne Robertson charms audiences with her humorous observations about life around her. This former Miss North Carolina has an infectious personality and sense of humour. Some of her most popular anecdotes include "Don't Go to Vegas Without A Baptist," "Don't Bungee Jump Naked" and "Don't Send a Man to the Grocery Store." Her family-friendly comedy and witty depiction of everyday situations ensure you leave laughing. Monday, March 3rd @ 7 p.m. Mary Winspear Centre 250-656-0275.

Small Expressions at Tulista Arts Centre On your next walk along Sidney's seawalk, drop into the CACSP's art centre in Tulista Park to see how local artists have

adapted their art forms to a small space. About 30 artists have taken on the challenge to create exquisite paintings, sculptures, pottery and fibre art no larger than 12" x 12" x 12." All artwork is for sale. Sponsored by the Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula. Tulista Arts Centre, 9565 Fifth Street, Sidney. March 5th to 30th, Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Discover Hidden Ocean Beauty Peter Mieras, owner/operator of Rendezvous Dive Adventures in Barkley Sound, educates hundreds of divers on the wonders of the sea. An active participant in research projects with data collection on lingcod egg masses, rockfish and reefs, Mieras has taken countless hours of underwater footage and photos to use for educational purposes. One such compilation is Blue Notes, a 55-minute film featuring ocean footage that explores the behaviours, interactions and survival techniques of the incredible creatures found in our local Salish Sea. A Q & A on the film and Mieras' work with the ocean will follow. March 3rd from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre.

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What if it Happened Here?

Three-Year Anniversary of Japan Tsunami

nobiru beach will become a national monument to those killed in the Japan tsunami by Lorne Peasland

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was hit by an enormous tsunami three years ago, on March 11th, 2011. What you may not know is that Sidney-by-the-Sea – 20 minutes north of Victoria – is about the same elevation as the township of Nobiru Beach, 20 minutes north of Sendai. Both were hit hard; Sendai is recovering, while Nobiru Beach no longer exists, except for the beach itself. Could it happen here? Yes. Is it likely? Who knows? And if you think the Gulf Islands will save Sidney from the same fate, think again. Nobiru Beach has a huge seawall. Sidney doesn't. I saw the impact of that devastation two years after it happened. It was depressing sitting on top of that seawall – a huge mile-long concrete structure more imposing than Victoria's breakwater –

looking seaward at the idyllic islands and calm seas we see in typical photos of Japan, then turning landward to watch bulldozers and backhoes load the last of the matchstick debris of destroyed buildings and God knows what personal possessions into dump trucks. Then it got a whole lot worse. A woman walked slowly toward me, in 25°C heat, wearing a coat. Her arms were wrapped around herself and she shivered as she stared down at the concrete in front of her every step. She was five feet away before she noticed me. Her head jerked up, her eyes met mine and the tears pouring down her cheeks rocketed me to my feet. I bowed. It's what you do in Japan. "Sumimasen," I said. Excuse me. She returned the bow, as all Japanese will, but covered her face with her hands, as many do, but for other reasons.

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"Did you live here?" I asked mindlessly, sweeping my arm over the empty fields full of shallow ponds of seawater and detritus. And that's when hell hit me with a handbasket. The poor woman collapsed to her knees, bent forward and issued the most horrifying wail I've ever heard. And hope never to hear again. What in God's name had I done? Then the full force of what I said slapped me upside the head, and I did something terribly un-Japanese – I knelt in front of her, raised her head and hands from the ground, kissed her forehead and put my arms around her. "Gomen nasai," I said. I'm sorry. "Nippon watashi dai-suki." I love Japan. And she sobbed. And sobbed. And I choked. That beach was – and is – so beautiful, so pristine, with wide golden sand in an arc more than a mile long that not only beckons enjoyment, but commands it. But enjoyment will not happen at Nobiru Beach, commanded or otherwise, for at least a generation, the woman told me when our tears stopped. There will be no new township. Instead, it will become a "national monument," a shrine to those who will no longer dine, dance and live a delightfully pleasant life there. I thought about that when I had lunch on the waterfront in Sidney, shortly after returning home, and asked Seaside Magazine to allow me to tell you this story because if the (so-called) "reduced effect" tsunami that hit Nobiru Beach was to hit Sidney-by-the-Sea, everything from the shoreline to the Pat Bay Highway would be flattened, every life lost. With little, if any, warning. As you read this, I am either on my way back to Japan, or already there, to sadly pay my respects yet another time and gladly enjoy an amazing culture. My Japanese family was asked, after we attended a tea ceremony in my honour: "Are you sure he doesn't have any Japanese in him?" The youngest boy was quick to reply: "He always says, 'mata kimas,' when he leaves. And he does." Yes, I will return, and not just for the tea.

A Small Expressions Show 2D and 3D Artwork Within 12” x 12” x 12” March 5th - 30th, Tuesday through Sunday, 10 - 4 Tulista Community Arts Centre, 5th & Weiler, Sidney CACSP AGM, March 27th @ 7pm, Tulista Community Arts Centre

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Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa, 7 pm 250.658.1109, wuhrer@shaw.ca

1229 Clarke Rd., Brentwood Bay, 1 pm

Sidney Fire Department 9837 Third St, Sidney, 6 to 8 pm RSVP to cbythesea@shaw.ca or call 250-516-7653 for info

Single Malts are now a world commodity. This event features four non-Scottish whiskies that are enjoyed worldwide and have won prestigious prizes in Scotland and elsewhere. So, forget what you have learned about Scotch malt and treat your nose and palate to a new experience. Three-course dinner, four whisky tastings: members $60, guests $70, dinner only (designated drivers) $50.

Bingo at "The Centre"

Cash prizes, special games and a progressive jackpot. Refreshments available. Open to everyone. Proceeds go to operating costs for The Central Saanich Senior's Centre. Come out and support this nonprofit facility which provides recreation and support for all seniors on the Saanich Peninsula. until march 31

Sooke Harbour House Gallery presents Featured Artist Nancyanne Cowell: "West Coast e c o s c a p e s" 1528 Whiffen Spit Rd., Sooke Open daily 9 am to 9 pm 250.642.3421 www.sookeharbourhouse.com

Nancyanne Cowell's latest collection of evocative abstract paintings focuses on innocence with nature and suspending time. She has an endless fascination with the serene beauty of our vigorous living ecosystems on the West Coast. This evocative exhibit is romantic and captures the spiritual quality of nature and love. Nancyanne's work is now collected and she is more committed than ever to painting West Coast ecoscapes that have a strong Canadian cultural influence. march 2

Young Soloists & The Sidney Classical Orchestra St. Elizabeth's Church 10030 3rd St, Sidney, 2 pm www.sidneyclassicalorchestra.ca

Adults $20; adult students $10; youth under 19 yrs free. Tickets available at Tanner's Books, Russell Nursery, Tom Lee Music and at the door. march 3

Floating Ideas Lecture Special Presentation Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre, Sidney, 7 pm 250.665.7511 www.oceandiscovery.ca

Special Presentation - A Screening of the Film Blue Notes (featuring in-depth ocean explorations) and Q&A with Ocean Hero and Diving Expert Peter Mieras. Follow along with him as he examines the behaviours, interactions and survival techniques of the incredible creatures found in our Salish Sea. Standard admission rates apply; FREE for Annual Pass holders/Members. 50 SEASIDE | march 2014

Personal Safety Seminar

Presented by Sidney Meet Up Womens Networking Group and the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce. This seminar is for EVERYONE. The more you know about protecting yourself and the people you care about, the better. Presenters include: The Sidney and North Saanich RCMP, Sidney Volunteer Fire Department in conjunction with BC Ambulance and Puckett's Karate. Cost is $30 and includes a light snack and hot and cold beverages. A portion of all ticket sales will go to the Sidney Lions Food Bank. Must RSVP (see info above). March 4

Presentation by Dr. Cam McCrodan of McCrodan Vision Development Berwick Royal Oak Theatre 4680 Elk Lake Dr, Victoria, 7 pm (next to the Howard Johnson Hotel) 250.590.7384

Do you have a child or student who is struggling with reading, or working hard to achieve mediocre grades? Learn more about underlying, and often undiagnosed, visual conditions that could be the cause, and the treatment for them at this presentation sponsored by the Greater Victoria Rotary Literacy Roundtable. march 7 - 9, 14 - 16

Peninsula Players Presents The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery Berwick Royal Oak Theatre, Victoria and Charlie White Theatre, Sidney www.peninsulaplayers.ca

For full showtime info visit www. peninsulaplayers.ca. Tickets available online at www.peninsulaplayers.ca or at the door one hour prior to curtain. Tickets for The Charlie White Theatre are also available at the Mary Winspear Centre box office. A Comedy – every drama group has experienced the horrors of what can go wrong on opening night, and the ladies of the F.A.H.E.T.G. Dramatic Society are no different, with the possible exception that almost everything that could go wrong does! march 10

Companions of the Quaich Dinner and Whisky Tasting "Whiskies of the World"

March 11, 13, 18, 20

Spring Break at the Maritime: Pirate School Maritime Museum of BC 28 Bastion Square, Victoria 1 - 3 pm 250.385.4222 www.mmbc.bc.ca

Included with admission (two kids under 12 free with paying adult. Additional kids $5 ea.) Learn the fine trade of all things pirate-y! Create your own pirate identity, get covered in tattoos, make a piece of scrimshaw and get initiated into the world of pirates with your personalized pirate certificate. Parental supervision is required. Drop in anytime between 1 and 3 p.m. march 17

Stories at Fern Street 1831 Fern Street, Victoria Doors @ 7:15 pm, stories start @ 7:30 pm 250.477.7044 www.victoriastorytellers.org

The Victoria Storytellers Guild welcomes you to hear and tell stories. Admission $5 adults, $3 students (includes tea and goodies). march 23

Sunday Serenade Concert St. Mary's Church, Saanichton (East Saanich Rd @ Cultra Ave) 2:30 pm 250.652.1611 stmarys.saanichton@shaw.ca

Featuring the Greater Victoria Police Chorus. Tickets $15 – available at the door or by reserving via contact above. March 29

Raincoast Conservation Foundation presents Brad Hill, Nature Photographer Venue TBA, 7 - 9:30 pm www.raincoast.org

Slide presentation, discussion and Q&A on the Raincoast campaign to end the grizzly hunt and protect large carnivores in the Great Bear Rainforest. Exhibits, music, books, slide show and presentation. Admission by $20 donation. Proceeds go directly to Raincoast's campaign for ending commercial trophy hunting of grizzlies, and protecting the lives of wild animals, now and forever.


Pacific Brant Carving and Art Show The 24th annual Pacific Brant Carving

and Art Show will be held at the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney on Saturday April 5th and Sunday April 6th. Admission is $5 per person or $10 for a family pass, with children 12 and under free. The show opens at 10 a.m. both days and features a wildlife woodcarving competition, a woodturnings competition, an art show and free demos. Nature painters, sculptors, photographers and others will have their work on display and for sale. New this year is a kids' painting event, where youth 10 and over will show their talents painting at wood duck carving on Sunday afternoon from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Cocktail carving entries will be auctioned off to the highest bidder on Saturday evening at 7 p.m., plus you will be able to bid on numerous items in the Silent Auction. On Saturday at 1 p.m. you can watch the decoy floating event. The show has woodcarvers competing for cash awards and ribbons awarded in four skill levels: Novice, Intermediate, Advanced and Expert in Wildlife, Non-wildlife, Fish and Woodturnings. Each competition has numerous Divisions and Categories in the four skill levels, so carvers and turners get to compete at the same level of proficiency. Carvers advance through the four levels of competition by winning Best of Division ribbons. All entries are judged by a panel of carvers, biologists and naturalists. Come and see what we can do with a block of wood! For more information, visit www.thebrant.ca or email Dennis Drechsler, Show Chair, at ddrex@shaw.ca. Photo: Large Mouth Bass and Frog, by Bob Lavender.

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THURSDAY • MARCH 27th • 6-10 pm Some amazing flavours await on the Saanich Peninsula

Join us at the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney to experience Sip & Savour and taste all the deliciousness in one place.

We work with you to speed recovery and prevent injury. We Keep you Moving!

MICHELL’S FARM FRESH LOCAL PRODUCE YEAR ROUND

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Sip & Savour TICKET PRICE:

$55

INCLUDES: • Wine pairing reception • Local foods information booths • Local foods buffet dinner with entree options • Live local musical entertainment • Cuisine inspired and created by 'Red Seal Certified' executive chef, Graham Little of Island Culinary Services

Caring is our Passion

250.656.5525 106-9710 2nd Street, Sidney www.sidneyphysio.com

Purchase your tickets at: MaryWinspear.ca or call 250-656-0275

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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


Marie Rosko:

Energy Personified! Pursuing your passion and a rewarding life …

Marie Rosko

believes women in business can have it all, and she should know. For the past 50 years, Marie has owned and managed multiple by Susan Simosko businesses, enjoyed a happy marriage, raised seven children, and made major contributions to the community. She is energy personified. Born in Edmonton but brought up in Victoria, Marie spent a brief time in Alberta, but returned to the Island in 1964, settling in Sidney. Her husband opened a dry-cleaning store first, but she changed direction and opened the well-known Sidney jewelry store, Christine Laurent, followed by Sweet Talk & Lace Lingerie. In addition, Marie owned and operated a pet store, a housecleaning service, and co-owned Brenmar Consulting, dedicated to mentoring start-up businesses. How did she do all that? "Who knows what "Well," she explains, "when will next inspire I saw an opportunity, I acted. For example, years Marie's creative ago, I purchased a gift from impulses and a local jewelry shop that actions!" did not offer a box for my purchase. Upon my request, the salesperson ran down the street to get me a used box from another store. I felt strongly that Sidney would sustain a first-class jewelry store!" She developed a business plan and applied for a bank loan, but the first bank turned her down, saying: "You should be home looking after your husband and children!" While taken aback, Marie was undaunted. She applied to a different bank, secured the loan, and opened the store. "Yes, I was busy," Marie says, "but during this period, my kids learned to cook dinner and help out. I'd do the prep but once they

hit 10, they took turns and were responsible for feeding all nine of us, even if it was only soup and a grilled cheese sandwich. In the process, they learned to be responsible, collaborative and darn good cooks!" Marie has provided leadership on other fronts too – to the Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, and the Sidney Business Association. She served as Mayor between 1990 and 1996. Marie believes that volunteering is critically important to "enhancing the community, empowering yourself and others, and following through on what you believe in. It's all about creating constructive change collaboratively!" she says. Marie's main advice to people starting or expanding a business today: develop a good business plan based on solid research about your potential customers' wants and needs and give yourself time to be successful – one to three years – which means you probably need to sustain yourself by other means." Marie and her husband, Lorne, plan to retire sooner rather than later. "We want to do things on our bucket list before we kick the bucket," Marie says laughing. But, given Marie's incredible energy, who knows what will next inspire her creative impulses and actions! Photo by www.nuttycake.com.

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Shirley Lang, Our 2014 Woman to Watch Considering Shirley Lang's commitment to altruistic ideals and compassionate social values in every aspect of her work, it is no surprise that she has been honoured with the 2014 Woman to Watch Award. A native Cree woman, her spirit name means Festival of the Raven. As an entrepreneur, Shirley is riding the wings of that iconic bird who symbolizes creation, knowledge and prestige. A solid sense of ethics and fairness permeate Shirley's presence in this world. She used her Aboriginal Justice education to develop a celebrated model of writing sentencing reports for aboriginal offenders that considered all aspects of their background. Just as Raven represents a catalyst for change, Shirley has courageously transcended adversity to use her talents in new innovative ways. She formed her own private catering company in 1999, Kitchens of Distinction (www.kitchensofdistinction. ca), where Shirley treats her customers to a fresh, delicious, premium quality, culturally diverse culinary experience. The cooking maven "creates each dish out of love, passion and positive energy." Shirley Lang injects a keen sense of professional integrity into her business: "I want people to know that I am extremely passionate about learning, experiencing and creating many diverse cultures' cuisine. I am also someone who was taught that you must always treat everyone with

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the highest regard." An outstanding role model for women, Shirley's culinary art crosses all cultures, featuring traditional ingredients prepared with modern elegant finesse. The mindful business professional puts social and environmental values at the forefront of her successful business. Every kitchen scrap is composted and recycled. Shirley mentors young aboriginal chefs and created a fund for their education. Her values shine like moonbeams: "I believe that through this process I have an opportunity, in a small way, to dispel racism." An impressive list of awards attest to Shirley's talents and skills: "2011 Chef Member of the Year Award" – Canadian Culinary Federation, two Peoples Choice Awards, "UnSung Hero 2012 Award" (Victoria Native Friendship Centre) – to name but a few. Shirley Lang's personal brand is "Honesty, integrity, transparency and a massive amount of love and passion." Raven knows that this a winning recipe for a thriving business.

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Beacon Law Centre

Lianne is a founding partner at Beacon Law Centre. The award winning firm, established in 2000, believes simply in excellence for its clients. Every clients’ experience with Beacon Law Centre’s staff and lawyers should be outstanding. How is this achieved? • Through careful listening to your needs, coupled with a friendly but frank and practical approach • With prompt, timely guidance, offered in most circumstances for a flat fee that demonstrates high value for money • With carefully crafted, plain language paperwork that avoids legalese • Through trusted and long-standing relationships with clients who can rest assured the firm has their back • With conveniently located offices in Sidney, Brentwood Bay and Royal Oak Lianne brings 23 years of experience and care to bear upon her clients’ matters. Her core services include real estate, wills, estate and executor services, and business law. If you would like to use Lianne for your legal needs, please give Beacon Law Centre a call. Beacon Law Centre 250.656.3280 www.beaconlaw.ca #140 - 4392 West Saanich Rd, Victoria

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Beacon Cat Hospital

Beacon Community Services

Beacon Cat Hospital is a full service veterinary hospital dedicated exclusively to providing “Special Care for Special Kitties.” Dr. Ellen Guttormson founded the hospital more than two decades ago, with the commitment of providing exceptional and compassionate veterinary services in a supportive, community-based environment. At Beacon Cat Hospital, the health care team enjoys meeting new clients as much as we cherish returning clients, and we treat every cat as a beloved family member.

Beacon Cat Hospital 9711A Fifth St, Sidney 250.656.5568 www.beaconcathospital.com

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

Care – Commitment – Compassion Shelley Breadner is proud to have served the community as a veterinarian for the past 30 years. Her team is committed to providing 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 Shelley. With the goal of improving healing and recovery, Dr. Breadner’s team has succeeded in developing positive relationships with patients and their families. Beyond veterinary medicine, Shelley’s known artistry reflects her keen interest in the environment and connection to the wilderness.

Beacon Community Services provides a full menu of employment services to the Saanich Peninsula and Southern Gulf Islands region. We have been helping people find work since 1982! Our programs build on a client’s strengths and resolve barriers to securing and maintaining employment. Furthermore, we work in tandem with our employer network to support unemployed Canadians looking for work. If you need help finding a job or need employees, please pay us a visit! It’s FREE. Please contact Nicole Eyre, Community Coordinator, Employment Services at 250.655.5313.

9860 Third St, Sidney 250.656.0134 www.beaconcs.ca

ja n e p ow e l l B u d d i e s To y s

The story continues: With the support of awesome staff, community and family Buddies is celebrating 25 years of fun. They opened in Sidney on April 1st, 1989 and expanded to the Estevan Village shop in Oak Bay in 1996. 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.

Please feel free to contact us for a tour of our hospital. Breadner Veterinary Services 2126 Keating X Rd, Saanichton 250.652.9700 www.breadnervet.com

Sidney Store 2494 Beacon Avenue Sidney 250.655.7171

Oak Bay Store 2533 Estevan Avenue Victoria 250.595.6501

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RBC Dominion Securities Inc.

Planning for Your retirement? Investment Advisor & Financial Planner Deborah Reid can help

An experienced financial advisor in Sidney, 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 “informed investors make informed decisions.”

Deborah reiD, fma, fcsi Investment Advisor & Financial Planner

250-655-2884 deborah.reid@rbc.com www.rbcds.com/deborah.reid

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.

RBC Dominion Securities 2491 Bevan Ave., Unit #1 Sidney, BC V8L 1W2

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. 2014. All rights reserved.


2 0 1 4 wo m en to watc h vivienne scott C a b i n e t Wo r k s

“You can learn a great deal from 20 years in business, but in the end it always comes down to service.”

C y d n e y H e l l i e r G r ay Cydney Hellier Gray Design “I believe great design lifts the spirit; the balance of colour and materials calms the soul. Functioning in a well-designed space optimizes performance and effectiveness. Clarity and purpose is attainable in a clean, well interpreted environment. Personality and uniqueness is expressed through one’s environment; I like to empower my clients!”

This is a lesson Cabinet Works continues to keep as its focus, and as a client liaison professional, I am thrilled to offer our clients every required aspect of service with their custom cabinetry, including qualified designers and full project renovations.

Cydney Hellier Gray Design can help you achieve your dreams. We work with a team of qualified professionals and can assist you with any or all aspects of the design and renovation process.

Call me to arrange a home visit, and let Cabinet Works do the rest!

#11 - 2075 Henry Avenue West, Sidney 250.652.5081 viv.cabinetworks@gmail.com www.cabinetworksvictoria.com

Kitchen and bathroom design and installation completed to NKBA standards. We are adept at working within all budgets.

Cydney Hellier Gray Design 250-896-HOME(4663) www.chginteriors.com

C a r o ly n e Tay l o r You might know Carolyne Taylor as an event planner and producer, but really she’s a connector and communitarian. Known for creating experiences where people can make a new friend, connect or learn something new, she believes in a world where each person is shining their own special light, and helping others to do the same. When she’s not building community, she can be found playing on the swings with her granddaughters, serving up a bowl of soup or coming up with new ideas about making this a better world! Connect with Carolyne at carolynetaylor.com or at one of her events, including: • yoUnlimited.com – Women’s Conference May 10th at Mary Winspear Centre, plus studio sessions, Unlimited Woman Awards, Mexico Retreat, Women and Song and so much more! • VictoriaYogaConference.com – held annually the first week of February – for the curious and the serious – over 70 workshops and classes to choose from + Living Extraordinary Live • Women’s Travel Tour with Carolyne to Italy’s Amalfi Coast September 22nd to October 2nd, 2014. www.carolynetaylor.com

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can we talk publisher sue hodgson talks with business entrepreneur and sidney & oak bay seniorcare owner shauna dorko After years in hospital administration and working in various home support agencies, what were some of the deciding factors in starting your own company: The SeniorCare Group of Companies in Sidney and Oak Bay? I wanted to start an agency that could provide total quality of care that encompassed all the unique needs of seniors, enabling them to live independently in their own homes. I felt that their needs were not being completely, or effectively, met by any one agency. What was then, and still is, key to us as a "complete" homecare agency was the provision of 1) consistency of care providers, 2) customizable service to each individual's specific needs, and 3) excellence in quality of care and to make this care affordable to all. We wanted to make sure that Sidney and Oak Bay SeniorCare provide the most comprehensive care available at the most reasonable cost. Having been on the Board of Directors for Beacon Community Services for six years, I understand the intricacies and the constant development of high quality care it takes to provide the services you do with your company. What would you say was the most challenging part of starting your business nine years ago?

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The most challenging part was the care and attention it took to build our distinct identity, so that the community would not only know of us, but trust us, and that as a result we would be the agency people would call upon to provide home support for their loved ones. This carefully-crafted identity, partnered with the superior quality of care we provide, made an unbeatable combination. And, certainly, partnering with a great advertising agency gave us the ability to work with professionals to custom build our brand which, we feel, is at a superior level in our field. Our health care systems are always in a state of evolution, but in the last two decades we have witnessed a tidal wave of change that has swept across most components of the health care system. In fact, we are in a new era of health care, eCare, impacting care recipients, their families and friends as well as in-home service providers, but this period of change is just the beginning of a new era which will see the return to in-home care, just as the home was the setting for health care in the last century. How do you think this will impact your business in the next 10 years? It is true that the health care system is ever changing, and that


home support continues to be a main focus in our industry. VIHA and other agencies such as DVA, ICBC, etc. are working very closely with home support providers to facilitate the smooth transition to complete in-home care for seniors which benefits all involved and prevents long hospital or facility stays. It goes without saying that one-on-one care in the home is definitely the preferred and most comfortable option. As far as our business being impacted, this return to in-home care will result in even faster growth for our agency. It will be very exciting to see how in-home health care will evolve over the next few decades. As you yourself have noted, one thing we certainly are aware of is how home support has come full circle. As you continue to look at ways to expand the company, you've also looked at developing partnerships locally: finding ways to build a better community. Tell us a little bit about your new partnership with Panorama Recreation and how this came about. We approached Panorama Recreation Centre last summer with the vision of providing our senior population an outlet that could be of benefit to body and mind, to bring together all ages in our community to participate in the various programs that Panorama offers, which are extensive. Our health care aides are now accompanying our clients to the Centre, assisting them to participate in activities they might not have otherwise been able to do, such as swimming, skating and yoga. The socialization aspect is a crucial element as well, helping to keep the mind active and provide a healthy social element to their lives. As you know, we are celebrating Women To Watch in this issue, a month-long celebration happening across the world for International Woman's Day on March 8th. If you were able to give some advice to women, of all age groups, what would it be? Passion, Education, Commitment, Belief and Strength. I feel these five words lead to a successful career no matter what it is. Independently seek and achieve this on your own, if able. Then you'll have full control of all that you do. Believe in yourself and you will gain the strength you need to look beyond the conformities that inevitably come with being a strong, independent woman building a successful business. Be aware of your particular strengths and focus

Shauna Dorko President/Owner Sidney SeniorCare & Oak Bay SeniorCare Business entrepreneur Shauna Dorko has taken her passion for seniors' health care and turned it into one of the largest privately-owned enterprises on the Saanich Peninsula.

on fine tuning and perfecting them. And, remember always, to look outside that proverbial box. Your company is the largest private home support agency for southern Vancouver Island, with over 150 field staff. Considering the dramatic expenditure growth in your industry, what's on the horizon for your company? We will continue to expand our offices so that we are able to meet the needs of the rapidly growing senior population. What is also important to me, though, is the fine balance between healthy growth and growing too quickly. We always want to, and must continue to, keep the excellent quality of care we provide throughout each and every location. I continue to look for ways to be able to enrich the quality of life in our aging population and their families as well. You have an incredible inner passion for what you do. What motivates you to wake up every day, and do what you do? Each and every day provides a new challenge to me with our everevolving health care system and the unique needs of our growing client base. We must never stop learning and bettering ourselves to be the best we can be. Seeing the happiness in seniors' eyes when their quality of life is improved substantially, and knowing in your heart that you can make that difference in their lives, keeps me going, striving to make their lives easier and more comfortable. After all, we are all getting older, right? Photo by www.nuttycake.com. Editing by Kelli Brunton.

d o n n a fay e r a n d a l l DFR Enterprises Incorporated I’m dfrent, and I’m dedicated to making a ‘dfrence’ for you. I do this by communicating, relating, and writing, in these ways: • as author of Menopause or Lunacy … That is the Question • as creator of The Essential Family Caregiving Agreement • as writer of persuasive, creative, humorous, and biographical materials, for work and for play I’m Donna Faye Randall. Allow me to make a ‘dfrence’ for you!

After working around-the-clock for many years, she has finally been able to free up some spare time to dedicate to her other joys in life: travel and her 13-year-old son, Connor. Shauna laughingly says the travel part is easy, but the recentlyturned teenager part not so much … The main value she makes sure she instills in her son's mind is "Always respect your elders, because, believe it or not, you'll become one too someday!"

DFR Enterprises Incorporated 250.216.1956 dfr@dfrent.org www.drent.org www.menopauseorlunacy.com

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melanie winnicki Flying Fish Winery

Finlayson Bonet Architecture Silvia Bonet is an Architect and Principal of Finlayson Bonet Architecture and is a proud and active member of the Saanich Peninsula community. Trained in Argentina, over the past 15 years Silvia has been responsible for the design of many buildings throughout Vancouver Island. As a partner in Finlayson Bonet, Silvia is a team leader who is backed up by a group of colleagues who have specific expertise making buildings come to life. Silvia has the vision to make your dreams a reality!

The most unique U-Brew establishment around! Your wines are made WITHOUT clearing additives and with only minimal sulfites. Using our fivechamber filter system, your wines are not stripped of their body and flavour. We help you create the best wines, beers and ciders. Our speciality is enabling you to turn your fresh and frozen fruits into wines, ciders and ports! We have front door parking and loading too!

#4 - 7855 East Saanich Rd, Saanichton 250.656.2224 www.finlaysonbonet.ca

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Island Hand Therapy Clinic

Try Us - You'll Be Hooked! Flying Fish Winery #3 - 6782 Veyaness Rd, Saanichton 250.652.8818 www.flyingfishwinery.com

m e l i n da c ow n d e n Melinda's Biscotti

Since 1983, Island Hand Therapy Clinic has been committed to working with those who have hand or arm problems and help them return to maximum functionality.

It all started just eight years ago when Melinda made a biscotti recipe to enjoy at home.

With three locations within the Greater Victoria area, Island Hand Therapy Clinic is able to serve its clients even better. We treat all conditions including arthritis, post-surgical issues, overuse problems, nerve injuries, etc.

Encouraged by the folks she worked with, Melinda started to supply her biscotti to a few coffee shops in Sidney and now you can find our 12 flavours in shops and grocers across B.C. and beyond.

After an initial assessment, treatment may include splinting, scar management, exercise programs, manual therapy techniques, modalities, etc.

Sidney: #106 - 9710 Second Street 250.656.8839 Victoria: #310 - 1900 Richmond Road 250.598.8814 Langford: #303B - 582 Goldstream Avenue 250.474.1128

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Visit the bakery, enjoy breakfast or lunch in the cafĂŠ; Melinda is always there to greet you!

Melinda's Biscotti 10134 MacDonald Park Rd, North Saanich 250.896.1964 www.melindasbiscotti.com


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M a r m a l a d e Ta r t B o u t i q u e Geraldene Coates, after a successful career in corporate administration and just as the recession hit in 2008, took the courageous decision to follow her passion and open a new fashion boutique in Sidney, B.C. The rest, as they say, is history. Despite having no previous retail experience, Marmalade Tart Boutique has blossomed into one of the top ladies’ fashion shops in the Greater Victoria area. Geraldene credits her unswerving commitment to exceptional customer service, together with a great eye for colour and shape, for the shop’s success. “Fun, Flirty, Fabulous Fashion” really does say it all. The clothing and accessories are flirty and fabulous, designed for real women with real curves. Geraldene and her staff, including daughter Rachael, definitely provide a fun and rewarding shopping experience, with kind and honest advice served up with a laugh.

Marmalade Tart Boutique #102 - 2506 Beacon Avenue, Sidney 778.426.3356 www.marmaladetart.ca

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Rachael’s addition to the business has brought a new energy together with the same commitment to fun and fashion excellence. Come in and experience the difference that comes with local, passionate ownership.

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 34 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. This past year National Bank ranked in the Top 20 of the annual Bloomberg Market’s ranking of world banks. National Bank Financial Wealth Management #205 - 2537 Beacon Avenue, Sidney 250.657.2224 • 1.866.678.2200

National Bank Financial is an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of National Bank of Canada which is a public company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (NA: TSX).

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2 0 1 4 wo m en to watc h shannon hall Anam Cara Spa + Beauty Bar I have been an Esthetician for 18 years and I truly feel that this journey I have been on has been Divinely led. I enjoy my clients and building meaningful relationships! This is my true passion; it is very important to me to hear the hearts and needs of my clients.

Curves Sidney

We are excited to introduce Curves Workouts with Jillian Michaels.

I have created a place where women and men can come to be treated and feel comfortable being themselves. So many of us want to feel good about ourselves, but the real healing comes from the inside and radiates out. I will always take great efforts to help you look and feel your very best. My passion is to walk with you one manicure, pedicure, facial or Reiki treatment at a time and to be a vessel of LOVE that touches not just your skin, but your soul. Anam Cara Spa + Beauty Bar 10299 Bowerbank Rd, Sidney 250.655.6571 www.anamcaraspa.com

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The workouts are designed for women at every age and fitness level and include simple modifications for each and every movement. Combining the power of the Curves Circuit with a trained Coach, women will get the results they want.

It Was the Kick in the Butt I Needed! Curves Sidney 2425C Bevan Ave, Sidney info@curvessidney.com 250.656.9870 www.curvessidney.com

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For Little Paws Grooming Studio In two short years Carol-Marie Crofton’s For Little Paws Grooming Studio has become the #1 dog grooming business in Sidney due to compassionate care, expert grooming techniques and a beautiful, calm location. Our amazing staff offer our services to all dogs, from the smallest of Yorkies to the largest of Great Danes. Our highest compliments are the relaxed and happy dogs (and people!) that leave our shop every day. Events in support of our canine community such as oral health care day, photography day, dog first aid and more will be proudly offered throughout 2014. Come and visit our shop and see for yourself how muddy, shaggy dogs can be turned into cheerful, clean and bouncy canine companions again!

#3 - 2490 Bevan Ave, Sidney 778.426.2587 www.forlittlepawsgroomingstudio.ca 62 SEASIDE | march 2014

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With over 36 years’ experience in the financial industry and 16 years of mortgage experience, Fran brings a wealth of knowledge to serve you. She has earned the following designations: Certified Financial Planner, Personal Financial Planner and Accredited Mortgage Professional. Customer service is Fran’s passion and thus she brings enthusiasm to finding a mortgage that fits your life. As an independent mortgage broker, her business has been built on offering honest, impartial advice with attention to detail.

Fran Daviss, CFP, AMP mortgage consultant

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T: 778.426.0749 F: 778.402.6528 frandaviss@invis.ca www.mortgagesbyfran.com


monica reekie I am fortunate to be able to pursue my love of animals, nature, art, travel and photography, combining all of my passions into my work and career.

Newport Realty

I am a dedicated real estate professional with the goal of providing exceptional service to my clients and, in turn, building long-lasting relationships. Born and raised on the Saanich Peninsula, I have over 30 years of real estate experience from real estate law, multi-phase project sales, custom luxury properties to first-time home buyers and everything in between.

There are a wide variety of subjects in my portfolio simply because I glean inspiration from so many aspects of the beauty in the world around me.

Capturing moments in time and the beauty around us

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Sometimes elaborate details, sometimes a sleeping puppy … I love capturing moments in time as seen through the lens of my camera. Member of

The Art of Monica J Reekie 250.744.2047 or 250.888.8410 khyllah1@gmail.com www.theartofmonicareekie.com

I offer proven marketing experience, including social media, extensive local real estate knowledge, strong negotiating skills and a broad network of colleagues, associates and friends.

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Real estate is my passion; people are my priority!

SELLS VICTORIA Member of

Ingrid Jarisz 250.882.5295 www.ingridjarisz.com

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Select Mortgage Corp Do you need an independent mortgage consultant on your side? Of course you do!

barbara brunlees Sidney Scooters

Barbara Brunlees, a retired nurse, moved to Sidney from Powell River a year ago and, together with her brother Tom, bought Sidney Scooters Ltd. This was an ideal fit for a woman who has spent the last 10 years of her career caring for older clients!

Banks, Credit Unions, Trust Companies and Private lenders have different interest rates, terms and qualifying criteria. You don’t know if you have the best if you only ask one of them! I do business with all, but work for you! Whether you are refinancing or renewing your mortgage, buying a home, or wonder if you can … Call Sharon Bolton at 250-655-0632 for a free consultation. After all: my best interest is in your best interest!

Sidney Scooters carries a complete line of mobility products for sale or rent: electric scooters, walkers, wheelchairs, scooter accessories, designer canes and many more great mobility aids. We pride ourselves on outstanding and friendly customer service. Stop in and say “Hi!” We’d love to meet you! Member of

Sharon Bolton 9785 Fourth St, Sidney 250.655.0632 sharonbolton@vericoselect.com

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Sidney Scooters 2378B Beacon Ave, Sidney 250.654.0021 www.sidneyscooterrental.com

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2 0 1 4 wo m en to watc h c a r e l l - ay n e w h a l e n Simply Staged

I’ve often asked myself: “are you a Collector or a Clutterer?” All my clutter was put in “the junk drawer” – out of sight, out of mind. But where to put the “mind clutter?” I recently realized if I didn’t go through the process of letting go and moving forward, I couldn’t help others do the same. Recently, I’ve been decluttering my home and my mind. It has been cathartic and a blessing. Two years ago, my very special life partner, Charlie, passed away. I never grieved, let go or even accepted that after 24 years, he wasn’t going to walk through that front door. Finally, I was able to start my journey of healing and letting go, and out of this experience I can finally say: I rescue people from drowning in their own clutter, whether you are selling or dwelling or juggling a fine line.

nicole wilford Slegg Mortgage

Being part of the Slegg Mortgage team and Dominion Lending Centres gives my clients access to the very best mortgage rates and options, as well as home improvement discounts and expertise at our Slegg Stores. If your mortgage is up for renewal and you have been told that it will be difficult or impossible to move to another lender for a lower rate, please contact me.

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There may be a way!

I can help you, one room at a time! Member of

250.889.0022 www.simplystagedtosell.ca

ta r a k e e p i n g Tiger Lily Events

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

create immaculate and stressfree events for our clients.

Tiger Lily Events 250.668.6757 tara@tigerlilyevents.ca www.tigerlilyevents.ca

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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.

We offer a host of packages and services tailored to the needs of each client, from the bride to the corporate customer. We are professional and passionate coordinators who use our expertise to

TIGER LILY EVENTS

Nicole Wilford 250.686.2927 nwilford@dominionlending.ca www.nicolewilford.ca

We are the one stop shopping of wedding and event planning. Tiger Lily Events: Timeless Elegant Planning.

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.

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Nurse Next Door Home Care Services 250.665.4535 www.nursenextdoor.com


S P H S TA F F | S a a n i c h P e n i n s u l a H o s p i t a l F o u n d a t i o n Recognize these women? You may not know this, but they are the glue that holds the Saanich Peninsula Hospital together. The Foundation office receives letters all the time, letters that praise the staff and care at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital. It’s not uncommon to hear people say, “I love the Saanich Peninsula Hospital! I had surgery (or went to Emergency or had a family member in Extended Care) and they treated me (or my relative) like family!” Well, you can thank these authentic, passionate leaders. In a system that is constantly changing, they understand renewal and reinvention. They enjoy a good challenge and work to provide care that our community can be proud of. Carmela Vezza (left) is the Manager of Residential Care at the hospital, and Marg Tennant (right) is the Site Director of the hospital. As the senior managers of the hospital, they inspire others. They work behind the scenes, enabling others to create the compassionate, professional environment that leads to the outstanding care we see and experience at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital. Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation 2166 Mt. Newton X Road Saanichton, BC V8M 2B2 250-652-7531 www.sphf.ca

Help us replace our aging CT Scanner with one that is faster and that provides more detail to our doctors. See your donation do wonders.

Your donation gives our doctors x-ray vision.

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2 0 1 4 wo m en to watc h t h e l a d i e s at S i d n e y A l l C a r e R e s i d e n c e

We’re All About Care! The management team at Sidney All Care Residence is a group of young, dedicated women. They have provided their residents with a wonderful place to call home since opening their doors last year. They have done this by capitalizing on their different backgrounds in management, health care, marketing and recreation. This is what the dynamic team had to say about each other: “Working with Sheila, our General Manager, has provided me with an opportunity to work alongside someone who strives for excellence and inspires others to do the same. She is focused, intelligent, and a lot of fun. Sheila is dedicated to her position, the staff and the residents at Sidney All Care and it shows in the way she approaches each day with determination and vitality. It is a pleasure to be part of such a outstanding team!” “Susan, our Director of Care, is one of the most caring women I have ever met. She is never without a smile. Susan is both dedicated and compassionate; she brings years of nursing experience to Sidney All Care. With her strong direction, our nursing department provides our residents with innovative practices and quality care to enhance their daily lives. I am honoured to work beside such amazing women.” “I have been fortunate enough to work with Terra, our Community Relations Manager, who is highly dedicated and ambitious. I have learned many new things from Terra’s diverse background in fundraising, health care and marketing. Her compassion and loving nature shines when she is with our residents. Terra is well-loved by all the residents and their families at Sidney All Care Residence. I look forward to continuing to learn from our remarkable team.” “Our Recreation and Admin Assistant is new to our team and a very valued addition. When I first met Lisa, I just knew she was the perfect fit! She brings an extensive recreation background and an outgoing personality. She is the perfect combination of energy and intelligence as she effortlessly manages the varied spectrum of her role. Our residents’ favourite thing about her is her ‘Bingo Voice.’” Want to join our growing team? Apply Today Online!

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Patio Gardens is a local, family run garden centre in Saanichton. We are located on scenic West Saanich road at 6536.

Linda Walker, PT, Suzie Cutt, RMT and their health team are proud to be serving the Saanich Peninsula with two clinics in Sidney and Brentwood Bay.

Please come into our garden centre, you will be greeted by 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 3000 homegrown baskets and container gardens.

The team provides Physiotherapy, Registered Massage Therapy, Kinesiology, Acupuncture, IMS, and Surgical Rehab.

We also have a great selection of annuals, perennials and cut flowers. We carry a nice variety of Ceramic pots at great prices. New this year we will be offering floral and gardening workshops, see our website for details.

They have the PHYSIOTHERAPY expertise to treat AND MASSAGE special areas like Pelvic Floor Rehab, Chronic Pain, Vestibular Dysfunction (Dizziness), Injury Prevention, Sports Rehab and Performance, Aging Education and Rehab, Return to Work Rehab, and TMJ. The clinic also offers educational seminars on a variety of health topics.

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We open April 1st. Monday to Saturday 9 - 5:30, Sundays & holidays 10-4. Patio Gardens 6536 West Saanich Rd, Saanichton 250.652.8338 Yvonne@patiogardensvictoria.ca Patio Gardens Victoria www.patiogardensvictoria.ca

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Nuttycake Photography Jo-Ann Way is a local photographer available for personal and commercial photography. She excels in making each experience unique for every client, and guarantees her photoshoots: if you’re not happy with the photos we will retake them! Her favourite food is chocolate and she can frequently be found working at her PC, in her jammies, drinking green tea, with a baby helping edit … who doesn’t love their job when they can wear jammies to work and snuggle babies at the same time? 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. She’s a proud mom of four amazing kids, the kind that you know are good warm people. Jo-Ann is professionally trained through the Western Academy of Photography and has been in business locally now for over five years. Her work has been featured in Seaside Magazine, Monday Magazine, the Nuttycake Pin Up Calendar and through many local business advertisements. You will find an amazing selection of her work at www.nuttycake.com or look her up on Facebook and Twitter; just search Nuttycake!

Nuttycake Photography by Jo-Ann Way 250-857-2799 • www.joannway.com • www.nuttycake.com

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2 0 1 4 wo m en to watc h O U R D E D I C AT E D A D M I N T E A M AT S I D N E Y S E N I O R C A R E Award-Winning, Consistent Quality Home Support

Sidney SeniorCare (SSC), the largest private home care agency on the Saanich Peninsula and in Greater Victoria, is setting new standards in the home support industry by providing better service levels, customized care and unlimited flexibility. These high standards have also earned the agency a Crystal Award for Business of the Year by the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce as well as a Peninsula News Review’s Reader’s Choice Award for Best Senior Health Services. Privately owned and operated, SSC is able to provide a greater range of home support services essentially around-the-clock with availability and response time second to none, a level of service that is making its competitors sit up and take notice. This kind of flexibility is simply not offered anywhere else, and is critical in households where family members are struggling to meet the demands and time constraints of everyday life.

Shauna Dorko, President and Owner of Sidney SeniorCare, along with her administrative team and skilled health care workers, accurately assess individual situations to come up with effective, customized solutions. SSC’s goal is to promote independence in the familiar home environment where seniors are most comfortable. The agency understands that consistency and flexibility are critical for seniors’ peace of mind, and the SSC staff work to help their clients get things done with grace, respect and dignity. The SeniorCare group of companies also includes Sidney Senior DayCare & Educational Centre, conveniently located next door to the SSC home support offices, and Oak Bay Community SeniorCare, recently opened in Oak Bay. For more information on Sidney SeniorCare and its services, call us for a free consultation today!

SIDNEY AND EDUCATIONAL CENTRE

9752 Third Street, Sidney 250-656-7176 or 250-589-0010

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9756 Third Street, Sidney 250-656-7176 or 250-589-0010

#209 – 2250 Oak Bay Ave., Victoria 778-433-4784 or 250-589-0010


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Peninsula U-Brew Winery A 26-year resident of North Saanich, Maureen, mother of two sons, is dedicated to her community and spends many hours volunteering. She has owned the winery for seven years, after being a customer for 15 years. “So I have 22 years experience!” she laughs. Peninsula U-Brew Winery is the Saanich Peninsula’s only authorized Winexpert retailer, and they are proud to guarantee their products 100%. Dedicated to wine-making excellence and customer service, the winery is backed by a wonderful and knowledgeable staff. Award winning wines at a fraction of the cost … what’s not to love?

Peninsula U-Brew Winery 2031 Malaview Ave West, Sidney 250.655.7121 www.peninsulaubrewwinery.com

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The dedicated women at Salvador, Davis & Co. Notaries Public are focused on assisting you whether you are doing a complex purchase or sale, completing a will, estate planning or doing a Notarization. Partners Laurie Salvador and Lisa Ehrlich are committed to making you feel at home while providing these services efficiently and with the precision that 28 years in the business can bring.

250.656.3951 #101 - 9830 Second St, Sidney s-d@salvador-davis.com | www.salvador-davis.com

t r a c e y j o n e s & s ta c e y k a m i n s k i L o v e W h e r e Yo u L i v e a n d H o w Yo u L i v e I n I t ! After joining forces in 2008 this team has been busy staging homes for sale and designing and styling interiors for homeowners looking for change and that sense of completeness. "When a client says 'it finally feels like us' then we know we have done our job. On the other side of the business, when a house is prepared or 'staged' well and sells fast then everybody is a winner!" Both aspects of the business rely on similar principles: a fresh set of eyes on a space. Designing and styling “to live” allows for more personal taste and a freedom of style whereas staging demands that a space appeal to a very broad audience. In this ever-changing financial market a staged home is a priority in the listing and selling process. Stage it first … sell it fast!

Tracey Jones

ReMarkable

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

Stacey Kaminski

Styles

Residential Styling & Staging 250.208.5025 www.interiorstylesbystacey.com

These local Peninsula professionals take pride in their ability to see beyond the norm to reinvent a space, making it fresh, fabulous and new without breaking the bank! Their attention to detail and those very important final layers of décor set them apart in this business. Their motto – "Create. Inspire. Live Beautiful” – can absolutely be your reality. Give them a call now for your one-day room transformation! They also offer full service real estate staging and design consultation for your renovation projects.

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Snowdon House Gourmet & Gifts

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.

At Snowdon House, we design and manufacture our own packaging that is distinct and memorable. New for 2014: Pumpkin Crunch Beer Bread Mulligatawny Soup Raspberry & Chili Brie Topper Vinegars: Kiwi Strawberry, Arctic Kiwi and Raspberry Chili We are open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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 a 15-minute low impact workout by combining advanced technology with the personal attention of certified trainers Dawn and Meghan in a comfortable spa-like environment. We genuinely care about your fitness needs and provide a personalized workout for your body in a positive, social environment where you feel confident tackling your goals. Do the same thing and get the same results! We urge you to try something new and get amazing results! After three years in business we have watched members meet and surpass their fitness goals. Call or Drop In to book your Free Trial!

Vibes Fitness 108 - 2506 Beacon Ave, Sidney 778.426.2146 www.vibesfitness.ca

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Sandy Baynton and Waterlily Shoes are celebrating five years in business and one full year in their new location! The new space at First and Beacon is bigger, brighter and full of Spring’s hottest styles! Waterlily Shoes was nominated for Best Small Business of the Year 2013. Sandy’s new store – Provenance Fine Things – is just across the street from Waterlily in the Sidney Pier Hotel. Going back to her roots as an interior designer and her passion for jewellery and other fine things, Provenance is a fitting complement to Waterlily, with unique and exquisite gifts for loved ones or yourself!

#101 - 2537 Beacon Ave Sidney 250.656.5606 info@waterlilyshoes.com

2536 Beacon Ave Sidney 250.656.5676 provenancefinethings@gmail.com


last word I had a Skype call recently with my twotablet, texting furiously or trying to get to the next level in the game of the year-old niece. I was on my computer; she was moment. And it's not just the kids who are checking out. on my sister's iPad. Just a few minutes into the I love reading. I love baking with my stepdaughter. I love chatting conversation Cassidy said: "All done. Thank with my fiancé, rehashing our days. I don't LOVE my iPhone … you. Bye bye" and she pressed the "hang-up" and it's time I quit Candy Crush cold turkey, put the phone down button. Yes, the kid knows screens. It's kind and check back into life. of scary, really, when I think about how far Editor technology has come and how much we've gained (and lost) in the process. It's pretty amazing what a simple "phone" can do nowadays – not only make calls but plan a route, look up information, allow you to play games or watch a TV show or movie – but their many features are what make them so addictive. Full & Partial Dentures My fiancé and I were watching The Ellen DeGeneres Show recently. Dentures Over Implants Relines & Repairs Guest Adam Levine was talking about how he's hooked on the game "Candy Crush." It's a simple, but quickly addictive game wherein your No Referral Necessary friends can send you lives. Well, Adam ran out of lives while playing All Dental Plans Accepted in bed one night. He just had to beat that level … His fiancée was New Patients Welcome sleeping peacefully beside him. He grabbed her phone, manoeuvred FREE CONSULTATIONS her sleeping body to use her finger to unlock her phone using the fingerprint technology … and then sent himself a life so he could R.D. R.D. continue playing Candy Crush. My fiancé and I looked at each other and laughed. Unfortunately, we could relate. It's so easy, when there's so much on offer on that little screen, to "check 3937 Quadra Street #3 - 2227 James White Blvd out" of everyday life. When I was a kid we used to play outside all the (2 blocks south of McKenzie) (behind Thrifty Foods) time. When we weren'tSidney outside,Pier we were withTimes our Barbies and2014 My Ad • Size: 7.75” (w) x 4.925” (h) • REV2 • Feb 13/14 Spaplaying • Seaside March Little Ponies. Now, kids sit inside, eyes and fingers glued to their phone or

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A radiant & healthy look begins with your face Start your skin care regime with the guidance of our experienced Estheticians who will create a personalized program to meet your individual needs for a healthy skin that glows. Your Skin Care Program Includes 6 customized facials and a $25.00 retail voucher to follow your program at home. Sale Price: $500 Savings: $50 per series

Haven Salon Referral Program Book any hair service of your choice with our experienced Stylist Carla Shaw and receive a $50 Gift Card when you refer 3 of your friends or family members. How it works: • You will receive 3 cards to be given to the person of your choice. • The cards will need to be presented at the Haven reception at the time of booking. • Only after receiving all 3 cards back, will the $50 gift card be awarded. • All hair services will be booked and performed by Carla Shaw. • Promotion valid until March 31st, 2014.

To book your appointment call 250-655-9797

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Open Tuesday - Saturday #203- 2031 Malaview Avenue Sidney, B.C. V8L 5X6 (across from Slegg Lumber)

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Your Car Guys

Motorize is your boutique car store. We strive to offer our clients an exceptionally honest car buying experience. We sell everything from 2014 models to economical commuters to true exotics. Celebrating six years on the Island, we have hundreds of happy customers and our feedback is 100% positive. At Motorize Auto Direct we go above and beyond to make you happy, guaranteed.

Buy Local. Buy the Best.

Phone: 250-655-3534 Text Message: 250-884-2698

www.motorizevictoria.ca

Seaside Magazine March 2014 Issue  

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