Seaside Magazine March 2015 Issue

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March 2015



Women to

Watch Edie DaPonte Her Music, Passion & Philosophy

Jill Doucette

Granny Power

Striking a Balance

2015's Woman to Watch

Local Activists Sing at Star

North Saanich Housing Explored

Bringing colour to new heights.


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philosophy, started by the Zubersky’s back in the late 1990s, trumps all. The Panthers’ owners are entirely committed to giving individuals o Peninsula an opportunity to play the game at the Junior level - kids who Edie Daponte otherwise have had the opportunity. The players range in age from 16 to manyJazz have dreams and goals of competing in the Western Hockey Leag singer “A”, the NCAA or Professional Hockey. Many young players who have or two on the team have gone on to play at much higher levels including Photo By Hockey League. Perhaps the most well-known player to go through the none other than Jamie Benn, an Olympic Gold Medal winner with the C Men’s Hockey Team this past winter and currently Captain of the Dallas brother Jordie also played for the Panthers and plays on Defence for the Stars. Both Benn boys played minor hockey out here on the Peninsula. Come watch the stars of the future - join the Panthers every Friday entertainment value is excellent and the Club appreciates the ever so im support of our community. See you on Friday night. @



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A Fresh New Look

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The Peninsula Panthers Hockey Club play in the nine-team Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League and partake in a 48-game Regular Season schedule. The League is comprised of two Divisions of five and four teams. The Panthers compete in the South Division Student and this includes Kerry Park Islanders, Trade Saanich Braves, Victoria Cougars and the Westshore Wolves. The North Division include the Campbell River Storm, Comox Valley Glacier Kings, Nanaimo Buccaneers and the Oceanside Generals. The Peninsula Panthers Mission Statement can be found on the Club’s website. It is the goal of the Team to develop young hockey players in order that they have the opportunity to move to the next level in hockey and beyond. This goal has been clearly established by the current ownership group and goes back as far as 1999 when Pete and Coreen Zubersky purchased the Club from Mark Wagstaff. John Wilson, who also owns Wilson’s Transportation, is now part of the ownership team and he too believes that the


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Seaside Homes: Part Two of Our Hunter FRAMPTON Ben MEYERINK Jordan LAW Cole GLOVER Exploration Issues Defence - 1996 Forward - of 1996Peninsula Forward Housing - 1995 Forward - 1994

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Trysh Ashby-Rolls

In September, 1981, Scarborough Cable Television paid me to write and present Canada's first professional cable news program. From there I moved on to CHCH-TV – winning an award for responsible journalism – and then to the CBC. But I didn't reach my goal of reading CBC National News. Peter Mansbridge, one of my mentors, got there first. I trod a different path. How and why do some 'make it' and others don't? At age 17 I met a skinny lad who played guitar in the back-up band to the one I followed. Their lot were so awful we headed to the bar. Little did we know they were Stars-in-Waiting: Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones.

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Editor Deborah Rogers 250.857.8590 in Chief Lead Kelsey Boorman 250.580.8437 Designer Advertising Marcella Macdonald Sales Diana Sutherland 250.516.6489 This Month's Contributors

Gillian Crowley

I may not be an official "granny" but I do rage sometimes at the injustices in the world. That's why it was a delight to interview Fran Thoburn, one of Victoria's original "Raging Grannies." It's encouraging to know that women in their later years are still vociferously standing up for what they believe is right. In the film Granny Power one woman said, "being an activist keeps you young." Perhaps it's also having a voice that's heard. I'm now a semiretired communications specialist who chooses writing as my voice. I've appreciated the opportunity to write a number of articles for Seaside over the last few years, including the monthly Arts column. As the years whiz by, owning a flowered hat is unlikely but I will look for more ways "to think global, act local".

Andrew Tidman

As part of a third generation family business, I enjoy working with clients to help make their vision for their home become a reality. Tidman Construction has been a legacy of custom building excellence since 1948, and is now the oldest family-owned custom home builder on Vancouver Island and leads the industry in award-winning custom homes and renovations. Whether helping a client decide to renovate or rebuild, navigating the way through the permit process, or organizing materials and tradespeople, I believe in working as a team with our clients to achieve their dream. This month I share some answers to common renovation questions and concerns.

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Being a photographer for one of the most popular magazines on Vancouver Island is really a dream come true for me. I am blessed to meet and work with fascinating women on the peninsula on a day-today basis. The magazine staff is a jam-packed group of amazing women whom I am grateful to call friends. Meeting all the beautiful, talented local women I've had the chance to photograph over these few years is really motivating. Not only are many of these local women creating their own purpose with their business choices; their stories are truly inspiring! Between these pages you will be meeting ladies who created businesses from nothing and made their passions into their dreams, and I have been fortunate to meet them all.

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first word I'm a sports enthusiast. I not only love to watch it 24-7, but at 48, I still love to play it too. I don't profess to know the ins and outs of all sports but I could literally spend all day and night being its very best friend. With my kids trying out for baseball this year, this particular sport has been on my mind. Sadly, just last month, pioneering Toronto Star baseball writer Alison Gordon passed away at the young age of 72. She covered the Blue Jays for the Star from 1979 to 1984 and was Major League Baseball's first female beat writer. That had to be a tough gig. After Sports Illustrated reporter Melissa Ludtke was barred from the New York Yankees' clubhouse during the 1977 World Series she filed a discrimination lawsuit against Major League Baseball. She won the suit and by the end of the 1978 season the league's clubhouse ban on women was overturned. A few months later Gordon became the first woman admitted to the Baseball Writers Association of America. And that got me thinking as we are celebrating women in business this issue. It is tough running your own business and at times being equally represented as a woman, even as a journalist. But what about the world of sport, is it much different for women? One of the most notable cases of a woman participating in a male dominated sport was during 1931, when 17 year old Jackie Mitchell became the second woman in history to be signed to a professional baseball team. She had a chance to play in an exhibition game against the New York Yankees and at one point in the game, she was able to strike out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in succession while pitching.

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She was then pulled from the game without explanation. Back then, many not only saw a woman striking out two of baseball's greatest players as an embarrassment to the MLB, but also as a display of the great athletic abilities and talents that women athletes possess. The sporting world of the 21st century looks very different to that of the Victorian period , or even the 1960s. Across the country, women are participating in high numbers in sports, including those traditionally seen as masculine or inappropriate for women. Young girls play rugby, soccer and softball. Yet many women's competitions are not televised on the major networks, and relatively few men (or women) follow female sports teams or athletes. The best-known women athletes are those who win Olympic medals or world championships, and who therefore contribute to the national image. I don't put pressure on my kids to do a sport, but I do encourage the idea of it, as it relates to good health, team work and great fun. There is an obvious correlation between girls' participation in sport and a greater achievement in higher education – in fact, a majority of leading female executives first found success in athletics. Think of Nancy Green – not only is she a champion alpine skier and voted Canada's Female Athlete of the 20th Century; she was awarded the Order of Canada and has become an instrumental player in the development of a number of world class ski resorts. By combining the power of sport with the power of women leaders around the world, the impact could increase exponentially. Now there's no pressure for my daughter to be the next Mary Barra, the first ever woman CEO to lead a global automaker (General Motors). But what if we were to build a bridge between athletes and top women leaders? We could create a support network that would contribute to individual success, inspire the next generation, and enrich our communities. So, time to get out there and get playing!

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Your Legacy

Seaside Magazine welcomes your feedback! Send letters to the editor via or post your comments on our Facebook wall! Letters may be edited for space and content. It was with great pride that my family and I read the article in the January issue (Trade Student Spotlight). The article was fantastic, inspiring and did an excellent job of capturing what Cai is passionate about and the skills he has acquired. Louise Brown and & family

Correction: February's Baseball article (Teaching Life Lessons at the Field of Dreams) was written by David Tonken - apologies David for not crediting you.

While trying to read this month's Seaside magazine, I became somewhat disenchanted by your typos: The first is on page 4, the ad for Thrifty Foods which mis-spelled the word "DIVINE" Another is on page 11: "Heart and Stoke" Month??? That is sad. There was a third one before I gave up altogether. Mrs. I. Ostrander editor's note - I'm sorry that the mistakes in this month's issue were enough to stop you reading, it is certainly very frustrating after such a lot of work to get each edition out, when errors are spotted too late. I absolutely accept responsibility for the Heart & Stroke month header, no one could feel worse about it than me, as I invested a lot in commissioning Janice Henshaw's story. If you could have seen past the typing error you would have found a very touching story about loss and moving on, I'm sure you would have been impressed with the way Kerry was presented and the gentle interweaving of the personal story alongside facts and information about the important subject of personal health.

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isn't big in stature, doesn't mean she isn't big on performance and potential. Her shop supervisor at Sherwood Industries, Jeff Ferguson, couldn't agree more, "In this type of work it's not about whether you're a man or a woman, it's about whether you can do the job or not." Kennedy certainly gets the job done, and in fine style too. In addition to her skills, what makes her especially valuable as an employee is her reliability. Kennedy has a bit of history with Sherwood Industries. While still in high school she set her sights on the welding program. She needed to log a minimum of 30 hours of unpaid work experience in the welding field as a prerequisite to the program to ensure it was a good fit for her. She liked it so much she offered to continue working for an additional 70 hours, which then transitioned into a part-time paid employment offer, before she even started her rigorous seven month training program at Camosun College. (It's worth mentioning that Sherwood Industries has been an amazing supporter of Saanich students by providing dozens of work experience placements over the years.) Upon completion of the dual-credit welding program at Camosun, and graduation from Stelly's Secondary, she returned to Sherwood looking for work. She was snapped up immediately and has been putting her skills to use on a full-time basis ever since. "There are only three girls working on the production floor, and I'm pretty proud that I'm the only one who's a welder," Kennedy said. "Sometimes the job is pretty physical, but I can do it, and I

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like it." Her mother, Lori Mills, is pretty proud of her too. She described how Kennedy first discovered her interest in the metal trades by sampling a metal class in grade nine at Stelly's with Mr. Hack, who encouraged her to explore welding. "Once Kennedy applied for the Camosun welding program it gave her a focus and she not only excelled in her shop classes, but focused and improved in her academic classes as well." Once you get out in the work force, your skills develop, you get noticed, and you get to do more challenging tasks. "I really like it when I get to weld some of the stainless steal components for the wood stoves I build. I'm pretty good and it, and I get a lot of work done in a short time. I like being a valued member of the team." "Welding is a great trade to learn because it is a skill that takes practice. Someone shows me and I can copy it. I don't like bookwork ‌ I can do it; I just don't like it. I'm way better at learning by doing!" When asked about being a young woman working in a nontraditional trade, Kennedy was pretty clear that it really made no difference to her. What mattered most was being proud of the work she was producing. To other aspiring young women she had this to say, "Sample and explore. Find your passion. If you want to do it, do it. If you like to do it, do it. If it is your passion, you can do it." SAANICHTON ONLY In keeping with this month's theme, Kennedy Jasken truly is "a Woman to Watch!" Contact Stu Rhodes for more information on how to get involved as a student apprentice, or as an employer sponsor in this, or any other career program in Saanich School District, at 250.415.9211. View the promotional YouTube video, "Jump Start Your Career" at

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"Granny Power" Comes to Sidney 9/11, some members find they can't attend their biannual Unconference Who are these greyin another country because they've been arrested in the past. haired women in frumpy There's a disturbing image in the documentary that shows New York dresses and outrageous hats policemen handing a walker into a paddy wagon and then assisting warbling protest songs? They're the Victoria Raging Grannies, a very elderly woman into the van after it. Arresting grandmothers marching down the aisle of the Star Cinema to introduce a and great-grandmothers for peacefully protesting a war is bound to documentary titled Granny Power about this international reflect badly on the powers-that-be. In fact, phenomenon. Started in Victoria 28 years in a court case that received wide media ago, the Raging Grannies now have more Sung to Glory, Glory, Halleluiah: attention, all charges were dismissed. than 80 chapters across North America. Some question whether the funny The film, part of the Victoria Film "We learned that politicians do not like to look like fools get-ups and irreverent songs might not Festival, makes clear that these women are Police look somewhat flummoxed undermine the very serious messages they more than "eccentric old biddies" or "senior when a Granny breaks the rules. hope to deliver. In response, Thoburn citizens' street theatre" as some have called Laughing at authority is really, says, "The attention we get makes sure the them (or worse). The women featured in really cool message gets across. We make a difference this documentary have a mission and a And that’s what works for us!" by bringing issues to people's minds." steely glint in their eyes. By using songs, Many members of the Raging Grannies sarcastic humour and passive resistance, they have always been activists; others discovered make the point that "women of a certain their voices much later. One woman in the film said she'd been a quiet, age" have the wisdom and freedom to resist social injustices, militarism shy person all her life but eventually became angry enough about certain and other wrongs in society. The stereotypical "granny" outfits are their issues that she was able, through the Raging Grannies, to finally speak way of mocking society's expectations that older women are irrelevant out. "I find by putting on my Granny outfit I become another person, a and should fade into the background. If grandmothers are standing up braver person, and I feel supported by the others in the group." for what they believe in, it raises the question, why aren't others? In 1987 the Victoria Raging Grannies were born out of a group reacting to health and environmental threats posed by U.S. Navy nuclear subs and warships coming into Victoria's waters. "We were also reacting to some of the attitudes towards our age within the peace group we were involved with," says Fran Thoburn, a founding member of the Victoria "gaggle" (their term). Thoburn explains, "We're not anarchists but we do feel the government needs to be accountable to the people." She is proud of the "remarkable" things her group has done. "When the US Navy was here conducting war games we actually got a meeting with provincial politicians and asked them, who owns the seabed that's being impacted? They couldn't answer that and had to bring in the legal experts." The Grannies have challenged nuclear-armed ships, forestry companies, arms manufacturers, multinational corporations, pharmaceutical giants, makers of war toys, the World Trade Organization and every level of government. Anne Moon, a forthright member of the Victoria RGs says, "We want to challenge people to get up and off their behinds." There's often a price to pay, though, for defying the status quo. Since

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Jane & Lauren Powell: Handing on a Legacy Buddies Toys is a Sidney institution today. A huge success story that will inspire anyone who has a dream of taking control of their life, and the tenacity to pursue it. The story begins 25 years ago, with the desire for change. Jane Powell had been working in child care and her sister, Carol van Adrichem, in dental office assisting and office management. They started planning how to open a business so that they could find a way to take charge of their own work lives. Jane had two children and Carol was expecting her first. They admit they were green around the business-edges and encountered a steep learning curve. "It's hard to believe now, but we had to have our husbands co-sign our initial business bank loan and our first lease! We found space on Beacon and opened on April 1st 1989." With very little stock, their early days were filled with making clothes for Troll dolls, selling stickers by the single square, and hand stamping each and every bag. To grow the business Jane recalls making lists of what customers were asking for and trying to figure out suppliers they could buy from, and then resell at a good price. Annual trips to Toy Fairs in Toronto and membership in the Neighbourhood Toy Stores of Canada (NETS) have been pivotal to their business development. Jane and Carol have attended workshops hosted by the association and discovered business friendships that have developed across Canada: a great source for product knowledge and support. In 2006 Carol left the business as an owner; "thankfully, after a break, she has returned to manage the Sidney Store." Now Jane's

daughter, Lauren, who grew up in the business, is planning to take over the reins in the next few years. Lauren has a degree from UVic and is a mom of two bright children, Gabe and Sadie. She and her husband Jared are raising their kids in Sidney. It's been 25 years and Jane has a wealth of experience and knowledge to share: "I have learned that in a family business everyone may not be ready for transition at the same time but these differences, when recognized, can be planned around." Jane is pragmatic that Lauren may discover her interests and strengths lie in other areas of the business. "It is very exciting for me to work with the next generation; they seem less encumbered by old traditions. Lauren is a mom of two preschoolers and we talk about how not to rush this precious time but how to make decisions that support motherhood and to seek support outside your own area of expertise." For Jane and Lauren "the future is exciting and in the hands and influence of young staff." They have led to a change in how Buddies Toys handles their 'garbage' – "now we are recycling soft and hard plastic, mixed paper and cardboard. They also remind me to plan for personal time and I am appreciative of the energy they bring to the business. They are technically savvy and remind me to check Facebook more than once a week!" Last year Jane, Lauren and Carol began a rebranding exercise with Holy Cow Communication Design. To celebrate 25 years in business, and with two stores under the name, perhaps it is time to bring those Buddies Bears out of the early nineties!

Green Pioneer: Jill Doucette Our 2015 Woman to Watch Winner If Jill Doucette was a cocktail, she would have one shot of pioneering spirit and one shot of bravado – all served in a 'green' recyclable glass. Already a tour de force at 28, Jill is a hard working visionary who wants to make a real difference in this world. She is living proof that success involves risk and that uncertainty is a necessary part of any dream. After university Jill decided to dive into the world of business; to her there is no better

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way to learn than by just doing it. This calculated boldness underscores everything Jill does; she believes that taking risks can be a sure-fire winner. Jill founded Synergy Enterprises in 2008 because she saw a niche for businesses to be intimately involved in sustainable practices and have a huge 'green' impact in our communities. Jill envisioned a model that had never been created before, where businesses could both learn environmentally sustainable practices and still make a profit. Charting unknown territory with no map, Jill and her team built a successful enterprise helping businesses thrive while they reduced their environmental footprint. Through years of struggle and uncertainty, Jill was sustained by the knowledge that her company was doing important work that mattered to the future of our planet. Jill's success shows how adaptability and a positive attitude are life-rafts to a neophyte entrepreneur. Even launching her business during the recession didn't faze her; it was merely an opportunity to learn how to be a lean sustainable operation. Her advice to women in business is to be bold, take a chance and figure it out when you get there. And spread your wings, engage the community and enjoy the adventure. Let's raise that cocktail to Jill Doucette, a bright young star rising.

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The story continues: With the support of awesome staff, community and family Buddies continues to flourish. 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.

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can we talk Publisher Sue Hodgson talks with Jazz Singer Edie DaPonte

With your family roots in Portugal, you’ve always had a strong connection to Fado, or fate, as it can be translated into a genre of Portuguese music originating in Lisbon. I’ve read that this music was born 200-300 years ago and sung by Portuguese seafarers. How has this influenced your style as a musician today? My parents emigrated from Portugal to Canada and I grew up listening to their vinyl records of the legendary Singer, Amalia Rodrigues from Lisbon. For sure I can still hear her voice in my head when I'm singing. She sings with a striking emotional tone that touches your heart. I try to sing from that emotional place when delivering a song. Influenced by Fado music but drawn to the Brazilian Portuguese Bossa Nova, I found my real voice there. Ironically, it was my Spanish friend, Rafael Gonzalez from Chile, who encouraged me to sing the Bossa. It's fragile but powerful, sexy yet solemn and highly accessible to the listener. I enjoy singing in English and other languages too but Portuguese is effortless and natural for me.

Your affinity to music started at the young age of 15 playing in various bands but over the years the corporate world took its place as your career and then in 2001, you and your husband decided to move to Victoria. What prompted the move and your encouragement to allow yourself back into your love of music?

We both turned 40 that year and decided we would stop "making a living" and "start making a life". Ontario had its beauty but we had a desire to live on the west coast and near the ocean. Living here opened up exciting new possibilities and that included pursuing our passions. It was magical and it still is. We both love our town of Sidney and the community of people here! What do you personally consider to be the decisive moments in your music career? My friend and champion is Donna Phillips. She and her husband, Bill, own the Beacon Landing in Sidney. Several years ago, she encouraged me to reignite my singing career from its dormancy. After mentioning to her my love of singing as a young woman, she suggested I pick a date and perform in the lounge. I responded "But you've never heard me sing?" She said "I know you'll be great!". From that first show with my friend Rafael Gonzalez on guitar, I've been finding my voice again. I've also learned to find musicians with all the right elements: talent, professionalism and generosity of spirit. I am so grateful for Donna and Bill for providing me with such a beautiful venue and foundation for sharing my music. Another decisive moment was when I started singing with Victoria musician, Joey Smith. An enormous talent, he is a friend and mentor who encourages, coaches and supports me while providing me with total freedom of expression when I'm singing. He also makes it so much fun. We both appreciate the importance of entertaining the audience and making it all about them. How do you balance your music with other obligations – family and full time job? Music is only one aspect of my life. Everything has a special place and I try to wake up early and stay organized and focused on enjoying the process. Every day begins and ends with walking my wonderful goofy dogs, Dixie and Vinnie. During the weekdays I focus on my job on the road as a medical representative. I try to do something every day which contributes to improving my music – singing and vocalizing or thinking up new songs while I'm driving up island. I take one day a week for family, friends, rest and play. It seems like a busy schedule on the outside but I love my life and I'm doing what I like to do at the pace I want to do it. I’ve recently watched a movie called Grace Unplugged; a coming of age movie about a young Christian teenager following her music career in the wake of her father’s deep opposition. How relevant is it to chase ones dreams and passion in life?

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Fresh Esthetics Studio That's a tough question. I think it's important to follow your dreams and do what you love but when we're young we're still strongly influenced by our upbringing with limited life experience. I was raised by caring working class parents with a strong work ethic. They were loving, and provided for our family, but music was not a career option. This definitely had an influence on me but essentially I didn't have the courage and confidence to pursue a singing career when I was young. In my first year of university, I was scouted by an agent from Toronto and offered a gig with a touring big band. I turned it down for the easier path of finishing my degree and inevitably pursuing a safe day job. At the time it seemed frivolous and irresponsible to quit school and join the band. The truth is I was unequipped and unwilling to take the risk at that age. Still, I have no regrets and I'm very grateful for all my life experiences so far. You produced your debut album in 2012 and plan on another one this year. In your first one, you wrote a remarkable song called ‘Broken Dreams’. How do you see the role of music writing in the creative process? Should it satisfy public taste, entertain or educate listeners? Thank you! I think music writing can do all those things and is an honest expression from the artist. Personally, when listening to music, I'm entertained by the emotional feeling or memory a song evokes. As you know we are celebrating ‘Women To Watch’ in this issue, a month long celebration happening across the world for International Women’s Day on March 8th. If you were able to give some advice to women of all age groups, what would it be? Well, here's some advice I've heard along the way that may help. Spend time with optimistic, supportive, loving people and go to the edges of your capability, to the places you fear. Don't hesitate to be yourself and shine your light at any age. Find your champions and be a champion to others. Be wary of wolves disguised as sheep and don't be afraid to walk away when it's not working. The effect you have on people is the most valuable currency there is. Be the best version of yourself. I think it can be simplified to "Love, laugh, share, relax, listen to music and dream up a good life!"

Why do I do what I do? Because I love helping people feel great about themselves. Like many of you, I believe we should take the best care possible of ourselves. I believe that if we take care of our bodies from the inside out, we are not only healthier, we are happier. Whether through my training in esthetics, advanced skin care, oncology or nutrition – my goal is to continue contributing to my client’s health, well-being and happiness. Fresh Esthetics Studio 333 - 2453 Beacon Ave, Sidney 250.686.6208 |

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Island Family Chiropractic Education and empowerment are the cornerstones of our practice as we work with people from newborn to 100 to help them with their health concerns, and give them tools to build their potential for health.

Edie Daponte – Jazz Singer Edie Daponte is a jazz singer who entertains audiences at local venues and concerts including the TD International Victoria Jazz Festival and the Vancouver Latin Festival. As the house singer at the Beacon Landing Lounge in Sidney, she sings as part of a duo or trio with various musicians including Joey Smith, Karel Roessingh, Damian Graham, Steve MacDonald and Tom Vickery. Her first Bossa Nova album was recorded and produced at Baker Studios in 2012. Look for her second album later this year which will include several of her originals. Performing a versatile collection of music, Edie sings in English, Portuguese, Spanish and French.

“I always say that I didn’t choose to become a chiropractor; chiropractic found me, and it has been my great joy to help my patients lead healthier lives since starting practice in 1998.” Health is an inside job. We’re here to help. 250.652.9350 | SEASIDE | MARCH 2015 | WWW.SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 19

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Donna Stewart, Audiologist and owner at Hear Central Saanich, has a Masters’ degree in Audiology and more than 24 years of experience in the hearing industry. After years of working in government and corporate environments, Donna is thrilled with the increased level of service she can offer in her own clinic. Donna also enjoys the freedom to choose the best product for each individual’s hearing loss, lifestyle, aesthetic preferences and budget. Because Hear Central Saanich is privately owned, she works for her customers, not a hearing aid manufacturer.

Hear Central Saanich 7159A West Saanich Road, Brentwood Bay Victoria | The Peninsula | Mayne Island | Pender Island 778.426.4876 |

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A good plan, like a road map, helps you visualize your destination and the route to take. With over 10 years at Investors Group, I am with clients every step of the way, providing the options and knowledge needed to make sound financial choices. Whatever your financial goals – taking care of today, living well in retirement or planning your estate – I will work with you to develop a plan to help get you there.

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101-4400 Chatterton Way, Victoria 250.727.9191 ext 285 or toll free at 1.888.475.3499

Nuttycake Photography

Nuttycake Photography presents the Ladies of Upstairs on Beacon: a place to collaborate and share retail space together as a group of business women. Located on the corner of 5th and Beacon Avenue in Sidney. It has been an amazing and fun time working with all the different ladies of Upstairs on Beacon. Each has a new and exciting business, and by collaborating on costs we are able to make a great space for start-up businesses to grow together.

Norma Jean’s closet has new and consigned clothing. Bus Stop is full of that sparkle of jewelry for every occasion. Nancy’s Sew Creative has that special item to make your room pop and is also available for designer slipcovers for any décor. Glamour Girls Vintage has the vintage style just for you. Pretty Mad Hatter is a hat designer. And there are Nuttycake photos along with Helen Windsor Art on the walls alongside other local artists. We even have men’s consignment that just opened up in one of our rooms.

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Helping people to feel their best is Kathryn’s passion. As a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) and Certified Manual Lymph Drainage Therapist (MLD), she directly massages the body’s tissues and systems towards optimum functioning.

Lifestyle Select has been serving Sidney and the Peninsula with the best selection of vitamins, supplements, and sports nutrition products since 1996.

Kathryn’s clinic is warmly welcoming, peaceful, and calming: It is the perfect environment for Kathryn to focus compassionate care and attention on each patient and for patients to receive the full benefits of the attentive and thorough treatment they deserve.

Stephanie, the general manager for the past 13 years, brings with her over 32 years of health food experience along with the other friendly and knowledgeable staff who are the heart of the store. Whether you’re searching for gluten free, raw or non-GMO goods – we will gladly assist you to find the right product.

Kathryn Hodgson Massage Therapy 876 Verdier Ave, Brentwood Bay 778.676.0145 |

Lifestyle Markets 9769 5th St., Sidney 250.656.2326 |

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Odette Laroche Gallery

Odette was always drawn to art. Mostly self-taught, she explores colour and its application. Passion is provoked in her by nature’s various, sometimes violent, cloud displays portrayed through colours, shapes, intensity, and mark making with heavy use of palette knife for texture and a 3D effect. Her strength is celebrating the many daily dramas of nature, painted in an expressive postimpressionistic style. Bold marks and layered hues optically mix creating a dazzling array of colour, contrast, and dynamic composition for a captivating painting. Most of the paintings are executed without reference to a photograph. People call them the “Living Paintings”. She is passionate about people and portraiture that reaches deep into the soul and psychology of the subject. Odette also helps run two weekly life-drawing sessions to hone her skills. The opportunity to open an art gallery in Sidney presented itself in 2003 and she has been showing her work ever since. Artists began asking her to help them solve issues with their work; through word of mouth this has evolved to an almost full-time teaching job. She has a strong following due to a lot of patience and building confidence in her students. Her classes are small and personal, addressing the needs of each artist. She also organizes an annual student art show.

Call to ensure gallery is open Federation of Canadian Artists, Oil Painters of America, VCA 2002

Odette Laroche Art 250.655.8278 |

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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.

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Newport Realty Sidney I am a dedicated real estate professional with the goal of providing exceptional service to my clients and, in turn, building long-lasting relationships.

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.

Born and raised on the Saanich Peninsula, I have over 30 years of real estate experience. From real estate law, multi-phase project sales and custom luxury properties to first-time home buyers and everything in between. 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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Nicole Wilford Slegg Mortgage

As an independent mortgage advisor, I deal with many different lenders including banks, credit unions, mono-line lenders, and private lenders to suit your needs. These lenders, individually, cannot offer the same competitive advantage. I am paid a fee by the lender based on the mortgage amount NOT the interest rate so I always have your “interest” at heart. Remember, all mortgages are not created equal.

My subject matter varies as the beauty of the world around me provides constant, ever-changing inspiration. My work depicts life and its wonders as I see them through the lens of my camera, often focusing on the details. I use photography to infuse wonder and joy into life, finding something beautiful, something to be grateful for, give pleasure to the senses and exalt the mind simply by taking a closer look at things around me. Capturing moments in time and the beauty around us Member of

The Art of Monica J Reekie 250.744.2047 or 250.888.8410 •

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Dispel the Myths at Annual Orchid Show by Geoff Haywood

From over 25 years as a wealth management expert, Viola knows that women considering their retirement years face distinctive challenges. Women want trustworthy, straightforward advice that takes into consideration their complex responsibilities. Viola is proud to specialize in the relationship between women, wisdom and wealth by offering educational seminars to inspire women, and works one-on-one with her clients to establish a realistic strategy for creating their own ideal life after work.

Beautiful, exotic, arrogant, glamorous, outrageous, even sinister words that have all described orchids over the years. Once plants that were fought over – stolen, hidden – even killed for, they are no longer the whims of the rich or the prizes of daring collectors who risked life and limb in the Amazon and African jungles during the Victorian era. Today orchids have become 'tamed' and many are house plants. You don't need to be rich to own one, and they constitute possibly the fastest growing plant market in the western world, having long since conquered the eastern world. Many myths about orchids still abound however: hard to grow, finicky, needing a greenhouse. Well not so! In fact several orchid species and hybrids could be described as easy house plants, providing a little common sense is applied. Given that there are over 26,000 species of orchid worldwide – living on every continent except Antarctica – and now thousands of man-made hybrids , you have a great deal of choice. Canada and BC in particular has many native species growing right here in our backyards and certainly as beautiful and exotic houseplants they are often breath taking. The Victoria Orchid Society has encouraged the growing and understanding of orchids amongst enthusiasts since around 1971 and will be presenting its annual show and plant sales this year on Saturday March 14 and Sunday March 15 at Our Lady of Fatima Hall, 4635 Elk Lake Road, in Royal Oak. Come join us and experience the wonder of orchids and collect some culture tips on growing the orchids of your choice. Discover the relative ease of growing some species. Contrary to popular misconceptions, very few orchids require full sun – most prefer dappled or semi-shade conditions which makes them excellent house plants. Check out your local paper for dollar-off coupons nearer the time. Give them a try and their showy and often fragrant splendour will make you a believer!

205-2537 Beacon Ave., Sidney 250.657.2220 | National Bank Financial is an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of National Bank of Canada. The National Bank of Canada is a public company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (NA-TSX).

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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. 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. Come visit our boutique where we have great gift ideas and a wide selection of outdoor ceramic pottery, or take one of our floral or gardening workshops where your inner artist will flourish. See our website for details. Monday to Saturday 10 - 5, Sundays 10 - 4. Patio Gardens 6536 West Saanich Rd, Saanichton 250.652.8338 Patio Gardens

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M a r m a l a d e Ta r t B o u t i q u e Sidney’s Destination Boutique Since opening in 2009, Marmalade Tart Boutique has built a solid reputation for its great vibe, fashions and service. Currently at its third location, Marmalade Tart Boutique has really arrived as a destination boutique. A great space, lots of seating for husbands, generous fitting rooms, knowledgeable staff providing exceptional service and kind, honest fashion advice (and a few laughs.) But best of all? The fun, flirty, fabulous fashions – come see us soon.


Marmalade Tart Boutique 102 - 2506 Beacon Avenue, Sidney 778.426.3356 |

PA U L A G R Y P M A Outlooks Design Paula has worked specifically with window coverings and soft furnishings for more than 20 years. Outlooks Design, her studio located in Sidney (by appointment), offers inspiration for your home. It is chock full of samples from local suppliers! “I specialize in window coverings and soft furnishings because I love what they do:

get them right, and any space – whether it’s a room, a boat, a store or an office – will feel and look complete” Upholstery • Window Coverings • Retractable Screens • Marine 250 . 889 . 4585 |

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Peninsula Landscape Supplies

At Peggy Yelland and Associates inc. we think of our clients as our friends. When assisting them in making business decisions we consider the effect of those decisions on their entire lives. Our services include monthly bookkeeping, financial statements and tax return preparation as well as business consulting. We pride ourselves in not shying away from clients in difficulty and once we have resolved the past problems we endeavor to ensure the future is problem free.

102-7851 East Saanich Rd, Saanichton 250.652.7845 |

Heather is an owner of Peninsula Landscape Supplies. She has owned the company since 1994 and now runs it with her husband Chris. Peninsula Landscape Supplies services homeowners, contractors and landscapers alike. They carry an extensive line of bulk landscape materials including: composts, aggregates, sands, mulches and their own blend of soils, which they have been mixing themselves for more than 15 years. They also carry a variety of fertilizers, grass seeds, slate, landscape fabrics and much more.

2078 Henry Ave.,Sidney 250.656.6719

SHELAGH BELL | Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation In the 30 years that the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation has been raising funds for the Saanich Peninsula Hospital, one of the major achievements has been the building of the Palliative Care Unit in 2004. In ten years of operation, this hospice facility has garnered a reputation for quality, compassionate care -- care that extends further than the hospital, to friends and family members through the Bereavement Programme. It is Shelagh Bell, a long-time volunteer, who coordinates the programme. She’s caring and compassionate, plus doggedly determined (a necessary requirement!) and highly professional. Shelagh arranges for bereavement cards to be signed by staff, medical staff and volunteers, and sends them to the family member about two weeks following the death. Then trained volunteers make follow-up calls; one month, three months and one year after death. Recently, Shelagh received an email from one of the volunteer phoners, whom Shelagh had asked for feedback: “I want to let you know that these are one of the most profound and powerful experiences of my volunteer work at PCU, and I am continually grateful to be part of the program. Families are almost without exception touched and delighted that we remember them and are willing to be present in their journey of grief and loss. To you, their thanks for creating this sensitive and caring part of our work together.” For Shelagh, there is no greater reward.

We’re celebrating 30 years and we couldn’t have done it without you. It’s our hospital 250-652-7531

2 0 1 5 w o men t o wa t ch K r i st e n B ov e e Peninsula Naturopathic Clinic

For many people, Real Estate is their most valuable asset. As leading Real Estate Agents, Bev and Shelley’s focus is to help make your Real Estate process a positive one.

Dr. Kristen Bovee is a naturopathic physician who started practicing in Sidney 14 years ago. She opened Peninsula Naturopathic Clinic in 2002 and grew the practice into a multidisciplinary centre. She has extensive clinical experience and special training in anti-aging and bioidentical hormone therapy, prolotherapy and platelet rich plasma therapy. She is board certified in chelation therapy, acupuncture and has prescription writing authority.

Blending their long time knowledge and no pressure approach along with your complete satisfaction is the basis of their future business.

She has special interests in food allergies, autoimmune disorders, pain syndromes and chronic fatigue. Dr. Kristen is currently accepting new patients, and her services are covered by most extended health plans. 102 - 9725 Fourth St, Sidney 250.655.1660 |

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Bev and Shelley take success seriously, however they are aware that no one succeeds alone.

“Lets Succeed Together”

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Peninsula Physiotherapy and Massage Brentwood Physiotherapy and Massage

We are committed to helping you be the healthiest you can be! We work as a team of health professionals to prevent injuries, prepare for surgery, and guide you to fully recover from any injury. What we’re best at: Helping you understand what’s actually causing the problem, then applying the most current, relevant rehab treatments to get you better fast. You will always be encouraged to be actively involved in your recovery. You will be given tools to prevent the injury from re-occurring. What we specialize in: Orthopaedics, Sports Injuries, Sport Performance, Registered Massage Therapy, Chronic Pain, Pelvic Floor Therapy, Kinesiology, Cranial Sacral Therapy, TMJ, Dizziness (Vestibular Therapy), IMS, Acupressure, Joint Manipulation, UBC Clinical Education. Educational Seminars: Sign up for one of our in-house seminars and learn about your body and take an active part in your health! All our talks are by donation with proceeds going to local charities. We accept all patients including DVA, DND, RCMP, WSBC, ICBC, and MSP. Call to book an appointment today. Brentwood Physiotherapy& Massage 6967 Wallace Dr., Brentwood Bay 250.652.6515 |

Peninsula Physiotherapy & Massage 9733 4th St., Sidney 250.656.4717 |

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Peninsula U-Brew Winery

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Sidney Pharmacy Sidney Pharmacy has been a family business for over 56 years. Originally opened in 1959 by Jim Brigham, the pharmacy is still operated by his wife Frances and their two daughters, Judy and Becky. Also part of the pharmacy family is David Randall, who has been with them for over 35 years.

A 27-year resident of North Saanich, Maureen is passionate about her wine, people and her community. She has owned the winery for eight years after being a customer for 15 years. “We liked the wine so much that we decided to buy the place!” 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 personalized customer service, the winery is backed by a welcoming and knowledgeable staff. Award-wining wines at a fraction of the cost ... what’s not to love?

Peninsula U-Brew Winery 2031 Malaview Ave West, Sidney 250.655.7121

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, wheelchairs, crutches and canes. Sidney Pharmacy is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sidney Pharmacy LTD. 2425B Beavan Ave, Sidney 250.656.0744

t r a c e y j o n e s & s ta c e y k a m i n s k i Creating Fresh Interiors This local design team is injecting their unique style into homes across the Peninsula and Greater Victoria. Elegance and good taste never go out of style throw in some fun, some fresh and a little of the unexpected and that’s a recipe for success! We create inspired, beautiful and highly livable spaces. Making a design change can be overwhelming; our fresh set of eyes will examine what is working and what is not. Staging a home to sell demands that a space appeals to a very broad audience. In our ever-changing market a staged home is no longer an option it is a priority. Tracey and Stacey collaborate to provide every client focused attention, carefully address needs, and produce a beautiful and functional place they are proud to call home. Both women are members of RESA (Real Estate Staging Association).They are also honored to be a part of a yearly design group “HandsUp!” a project partnering with local charities giving back to our community.

ReMarkable ReDesign & Home Staging Inc. 250.812.1625

Styles By Stacey Interior Styling & Staging 250.208.5025

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Sheila Minten & terra Munro Sidney All Care Residence

We’re All About Care! Sidney All Care is an 88 bed care residence complex that is different. You’ll notice we do not refer to ourselves as a “facility”. We prefer to think of Sidney All Care as our residents’ home and our staff as an extension of their family. Nearing two years since first opening our doors at Sidney All Care we have provided our residents with a wonderful place to call home. We have done this by capitalizing on our different backgrounds in health care, marketing, recreation, and management. Our staff cares for those that mean the most to you. I used to dream of a workplace like Sidney All Care, where I could utilize my 15 years of experience in the Health Care field – I jumped at the opportunity to be the Community Relations Manager: a position that combines my nursing skills, sales experience and my love of seniors into one. I have matured and grown so much over the past two years, I give much of the credit to the residents I have Sheila Minten (left) and Terra Munro the privilege of getting to know. I love my job and look forward to the residents’ stories, seeing the love they have for their families and listening to the knowledge that comes with age. Their stories are like a hidden time machine, taking us back to a simpler era. Our residents have travelled much farther along life’s journey than us and have a lot to teach about what matters most. I have also been very fortunate over the past two years to work alongside Sheila our General Manager. When I first met Sheila, I instantly knew she shared the same passion for success as I did. Sheila strives for excellence and inspires our team at Sidney All Care to do the same. She is focused, intelligent, and a lot of fun. Sheila is dedicated to her position, the staff and the residents. I am so thankful to have been given the opportunity to work as part of the Sidney All Care team and to learn from such a strong leader and friend.

Sidney All Care Residence | 2269 Mills Road, Sidney | 778.351.2505 |

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Snowdon House Gourmet & Gifts Established in 1996, Snowdon House is renowned for its wide array of sumptuous edible delights and award winning packaging.

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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.

My company focuses on creating quality local made products using local farm ingredients. A passion for cooking and gardening results in products my customers love. We make a fine selection of farm fruit vinegars, soup mixes, brie toppers, beer and cider bread mixes.

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 create immaculate and stress-free events for our clients.

We are open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Wine Kitz Sidney

Building memorable holiday experiences has been a passion of Carolyn’s for over 38 years. Her extensive travel experience gives her the knowledge to deliver value and exceptional service. Bring Carolyn your ideas and let her create the perfect vacation for your budget and your imagination. Ocean & River Cruises. Land Tours. Custom Holidays. Sun Vacations. All your travel Dreams!

Donna is co-owner/operator of Wine Kitz in Sidney with her husband, Derek. Wine Kitz Sidney was established in 2002 and is an independent familyrun business which prides itself in providing excellent customer service with high-quality wine-making product. Donna and Derek have won numerous awards and achieved international recognition by competing in the largest, and worldrenowned, WineMaker International Amateur Wine Competition, as well as local competitions. Donna invites you to visit Wine Kitz Sidney and to “Indulge in the Experience!”

Vision Travel Solutions 116 - 4480 West Saanich Road, Victoria 250.412.1877 |

5A-2042 Mills Road West, Sidney 250.654.0300 |

smell the coffee "Women's attention to detail in the preparation of specialty coffees cannot be matched by a push-button Barista"

A Woman’s Place in the Coffee House It is hard to tell if anyone's paying attention to what's been happening in the Coffee House scene these days because of the fixation with smart-phones. People are less observant than ever before with their heads cranked downward staring lovingly into their screens, so here's an update: Women are the bomb (rad, dope, sweet, awesome) in coffee houses all across Canada, and if it weren't for them our coffee would be a lot less special. Having worked alongside many women in the industry, I quickly came to realize that a woman's place in the Coffee House was … everywhere. More and more woman are jumping into the specialty coffee scene, from Barista's to Roasters to owners. Women possess two very special qualities that are the foundation of every successful coffee business: their natural sense of nurturing, and their creativity. Think about the current trends in the specialty coffee industry and you will find women at the heart of a number of the newer concepts, such as

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the 'Roastery Café'. More and more women are focusing on high-end specialty coffees, and some are even roasting. My favorite female roaster is Kat Stewart, who lives in Vancouver, she does an amazing job roasting some of the best coffees I have ever tasted. One of her recent private label blends, created for Beachcomber

WHAT’S HAPPENING at the Tulista Park Gallery CACSP Small Expressions Show March 4th to 29th Tuesdays - Sundays, 10am-4pm

Join us for our SMALL Expressions Show. Both 2D and 3D artwork all sized to fit within a 12” x 12” x 12” space. Featuring: painting, collage, photography, glass, sculpture, fibre, pottery, metal, wood and more.

5th & Weiler, Sidney Free Admission & Parking We acknowledge the assistance of the Town of Sidney, District of North Saanich, Municipality of Central Saanich and the Province of BC through the BC Arts Council.

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QuintEssence Favourite opera arias and other well-loved classics will be delivered by internationally renowned vocalists Robyn Driedger-Klassen, Barb Towell, Frédérik Robert and Peter Alexander. With celebrated pianist Tina Chang, the five members of QuintEssence offer a fresh and innovative concert experience for lovers of classical music of all styles. Their concerts showcase the most beloved and familiar opera favorites, along with musical gems by celebrated songwriters who span the ages, from Schubert to Poulenc, Britten to Heggie, and Gershwin to Weill. Friday, March 13, 7.30 p.m. Mary Winspear Centre. Tickets online or call 250.656.0275.

Plein Air Artists When the rain stops, what could be more pleasant than

March winds may blow, but on the Peninsula we shall have art, readings and music shows. painting outdoors? Brian Buckrell and Jim McFarland know all about creating art on-site, or en plein air. Penticton born and raised, Jim enjoys painting outside where he can capture the ever-changing colours and light of the world around him. Brian's paintings also reflect his love of the outdoors, travel, agriculture and rural communities. The more he paints, the more his work moves towards abstract impressions of his subjects. All March at the Village Gallery, 2459 Beacon Ave., Sidney.

M.A.C. Farrant and Stephen Hume Two well-known BC writers will read excerpts from their work in support of the 2015 Sidney and Peninsula Literary Festival. M.A.C. (Marion) Farrant's writing has been described as "infused with acerbic wit and iconoclastic innovation." Her unusual life growing up in Cordova Bay is revealed in her 2004 memoir

My Turquoise Years which she later adapted for stage. Her most recent book, The World Afloat – Miniatures, won the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize in 2014. Stephen Hume is a well-known journalist and writer who for 25 years has been a columnist and senior writer at The Vancouver Sun. His most recent book is A Walk with the Rainy Sisters which invites readers to share his love and awe of this beautiful province. Advance tickets $10 at Tanner's Books, Sidney, and Munro's Books, Victoria. (Hint: the February readings sold out well in advance. Thursday, April 2, 7.00 p.m. (doors open 6.30) Red Brick Café, 2423 Beacon, Sidney.

Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe Iolanthe is the seventh of the Gilbert and Sullivan collaborations and is their most charming with

some of the best music Sir Arthur Sullivan ever wrote. Fairyland, splendorous peers of the realm, a singing Grenadier guardsman and memorable music, all led by Maestro George Corwin and a 13 piece professional orchestra. You’ll be humming the tunes as you leave. March 20 & 21 at 8.00 p.m.; March 22, 2.00 p.m. Mary Winspear Centre.

Small Expressions "Small is beautiful" could be the motto of this art show. Artists are encouraged to let their imaginations run wild and whatever they create is accepted into the show – as long as it is within 12x12x12 inches. Painting, fibre art, slumped glass, metal sculpture, photography … the list goes on. What's more, the viewer tends to linger and really look when the image is small. Tulista Art Gallery, Sidney. Sponsored by the Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula.



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The Mary Winspear Centre is proud to present QuintEssence on Friday, March 13th at 7.30 p.m. in the Charlie White Theatre. Featuring internationally renowned vocalists Robyn Driedger-Klassen, Barb Towell, Frédérik Robert and Peter Alexander, with celebrated pianist Tina Chang, the five members of QuintEssence offer a fresh and innovative concert experience for lovers of classical music of all styles. Their concerts showcase the most beloved and familiar opera favorites, along with introducing audiences to delightful and delicious musical gems by celebrated songwriters who span from Schubert to Poulenc, Britten to Heggie, and Gershwin to Weill. QuintEssence dazzles audiences with vocal pyrotechnics, melts hearts with beautifully sung poetry, and stretches the musical frontier to the limit with adored music from around the world. QuintEssence concerts even encourage audience participation with their “a la carte” programmes; the listener gets to choose what they wish to hear! While audiences delight in their charm and entertaining antics, this remarkable vocal quartet also invites audiences to become fully engaged participants in the concert experience via the inclusion of theatrical and narrative twists within their performances.

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Brent Butt Brent Butt, the creator and star of the wildly popular television sitcom CORNER GAS is coming to the Charlie White Theatre in Sidney on Wednesday, March 25th at 7.30 p.m. Butt became known in Canada for his clean and relaxed comedic style, and after several TV specials, he created CORNER GAS in 2004, and starred in the role of Brent Leroy. The series was an instant hit for CTV, becoming the top sitcom on Canadian television and eventually aired in 26 countries. The final season for the show was 2009, but it continues to maintain its popularity today, with constant reruns on the Comedy Network and CTV. Making his home in Vancouver, Brent Butt continues to tour the country performing in theatres and clubs. “I love what I do” Butt says. “I look at it as just having coffee. Only now it’s with hundreds of people at a time.” Tickets for this memorable night of comedy with Brent Butt and special guest Ivan Decker are on sale now at the Mary Winspear box office 250-656-0275 or online at

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An Ounce Of Prevention: Dr. Mitra Hashemi, Coast Dental Care by Doreen Marion Gee

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. Dr. Mitra Hashemi loves her dental practice but she probably wishes sometimes that she did not have such a jam-packed schedule. She sees many serious problems in her office that could have been prevented in the first place. The dedicated dental professional firmly believes that people need to be educated and proactive about their own dental health and

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information, people can make informed decisions." With her gentle supportive approach, Mitra encourages children to have healthy habits. Proactive prevention is key. As well as brushing, flossing and regular visits to the

"On average every citizen consumes about 150 pounds of sugar a year, or forty teaspoons a day" dentist, many simple measures are highly effective in preventing cavities. Avoid processed dinners, boxed juices and dry fruit; instead enjoy fresh vegetables and fruits that are high in nutrition and low in sugars and starches. Rinse the mouth with water after coffee, juice or sweets to get rid of the sugars and reduce the acidity. Eat less soft foods that stick to the teeth. "It all works!" claims Mitra.

The good dentist recommends chewing gum containing Xylitol, a natural sugar alcohol and easy preventative measure. Xylitol has no white sugar, actively fights against cavity formation, lowers acidity in the mouth and increases saliva and its anti-bacterial and mineral-depositing functions. In Mitra's professional opinion, fluoride is one of the best ways to prevent decay. "The beauty of fluoride is that it will stop cavities." Fluoride lowers the bacteria count in the mouth and is extremely effective in hardening enamel. "Preventative dentistry is the goal nowadays – we want to do as much as we can to save teeth. We encourage people to take advantage of this profession and all the technology involved in it to improve their oral health" reflects Mitra. Plus, a few simple measures to maintain a healthy mouth can help keep us well overall, boost our confidence and success, and raise our quality of life. Pretty small ounces. But one doozy of a pound. Contact:

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Lamb, you either love it, or ... you simply won't go there. Well, I'm going to roll the dice today, and you might just cross over the pasture for this one! The first time you have lamb, the taste is somewhat perplexing. Delicious, but bold. Your palette tries to reach for beef, but it can't seem to maintain that identity. Lamb is sharper, grassier and has a fresh finish. Any way you slice it, lamb remains one of the most versatile carnivorous treats around; whether you bring it to the plate as succulent sausages, lamb chops, the classic leg, or a full rack, kissed with rosemary and mint. This month we are going to welcome Mr. Lamb into our burger world. Dress him up in a coat of sharp Red Leicester cheese, pickled red onions, lemon black pepper aoili and arugula; all atop a lightly toasted brioche bun. Behold! The most impressive lamb burger that is dead easy to make, and will blow the socks off any lamb-dodger!

This works best with a cast-iron pan, but any good, heavy frying pan will do. Lamb likes a little searing. Place seasoned patties in a lightly oiled hot pan. Cook about 3-4 minutes then flip once and cook another 2 minutes. Don't overcook these, but for the ground lamb, don't leave them rare. Once the patties are cooked, turn the heat off, and place the slices of cheese over the patties. Cover with a pot lid to allow the cheese to melt (about 2 minutes).

Assembly Toast your brioche bun, slather the inside with the lemon aioli, top with fresh arugula and those pickled onions. Nestle the cheesy patty onto one side of the bun and close the deal. Grab a bottle of a peppery Pinot Noir and get ready to spring into March! Enjoy.

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Mary Winspear Centre, April 11 & 12 The 25th annual Pacific Brant Carving and Art Show will be held at the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney on Saturday and Sunday, April 11 and 12. Admission is $5 per person, with children 12 and under free. The show opens at 10 a.m. both days. The main attraction at the show is the Brant Wildlife Woodcarving Competition. Wildlife carvers from across western Canada and the US compete for ribbons and cash awards. The Pacific Brant Carving and Art Show is one of the top carving shows in Canada and is featured annually in the national publication Wildfowl Carving and Collecting, a Fox Chapel publication from New York. The carving show first came to life in 1991 as the main event at the Brant Wildlife Festival held in the Parkville-Qualicum area. The show and competition relocated to Sidney in 2010. The show is organized by the Vancouver Island Woodcarvers Club (VIWC) and is a combined event of the Pacific Brant Carving Show, the Pacific Northwest Fish Carving Competition, the Pacific Brant Woodturning Show and the Pacific Brant Art and Photography Show. The art and photography show features the work of the province's top wildlife and nature artists, photographers and sculptors. They will have their work on display and for sale. The featured artist for 2015 is Terry Isaac, one of Canada's best known wildlife painters. Terry is teaching a three day pre-show acrylic painting course at the Mary Winspear Centre at the beginning of the week. The Pacific Brant Carving and Art Show has woodcarvers competing in four skill levels: Novice, Intermediate, Advanced and Expert in Wildlife, Non-wildlife, Fish and Woodturning events. Each skill level has numerous divisions and categories, so competitors compete at the same level of proficiency. Carvers advance through the four levels of competition by winning ribbons according to guidelines set down by the Pacific Northwest Carvers Advisory Council. All entries are judged by a panel of carvers, biologists and naturalists. On Sunday afternoon, all cocktail carving entries will be auctioned off to the highest bidder. A cocktail carving cannot be any larger than four inches and are sought after by collectors. They are an inexpensive way to start your collection. As well, attendees will be able to bid on numerous items in the Silent Auction. On Saturday at 1 p.m. the decoy floating competition will be staged in the pool at the front of the hall. The show will also have free demonstrations in the hall during the show. For more information: or e-mail Dennis Drechsler, Show Chair, at

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years old, my family lived next door to a woman who resembled a witch in an illustrated children's book. Her cheeks were sunken, she chewed on her gums where once she had rows of teeth. Her face bore wrinkles and crinkles and hair sprouted from her chin. We kids swore we could see warts on her hooked nose. "Poor old Coley," mother said. Too bad she didn't know the old lady's story or we might have viewed 'Coley the Witch' with less prejudice. Perhaps in awe that she had helped win the war – spying for the Brits behind enemy lines or helping to decipher codes at Bletchley Park. Or working in a munitions factory putting together intricate pieces of machinery. Maybe she nursed injured soldiers in terrible conditions overseas, yet managed to survive the bombs, firestorms and bullets. She may have had mental health issues, hardly surprising after enduring six years of war. We had no idea and cared less. We never wished her a good morning, or asked after her health like we did the cemetery workers or the man who'd had one of the first facial reconstructions after World War 1, although it made him look like Pierrot. We didn't give Coley so much as a wave or a smile. Mother never took her a freshly baked loaf of bread or a batch of cookies. Miss Coleman was old, a has-been, dismissed, discounted. We didn't even mock her like we did the retired schoolteacher on her other side – but that's another story. How do younger generations view those of us in our sixties, seventies, eighties and up? Dismiss us as silly old farts? If they stopped to talk to us they might discover Fred once played on a famous hockey team. Irene may not be much of a looker now, but decades ago she strutted her stuff as a fashion model. Kathleen flew Hurricanes throughout the war but no commercial airline would hire a woman pilot. Instead, she married and spent her days cooking, sewing, cleaning, and ironing hubby's shirts before producing several children in quick succession. "She still doesn't look her age!" her friends say. Ivan in the wheelchair invented household articles that today are name brands. I live at Wrinkle Ranch, as I've heard my small seniors' complex called, but my neighbours have fascinating stories about their lives. I've asked; I'm nosy like that. How do we view kids with tattoos and piercings, weird outfits, hair every colour of the rainbow? Do we say hi to the boy skateboarding along the sidewalk? What about the bored-looking girl who wipes

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It's shellfish-free, which is a treat for those with shellfish sensitivities. Jenni and Bill decide that I really ought to sample the chowder, and to go with it, Jenni chooses the seafood crepes. The Rumrunner is located just above Port Sidney Marina. Bill makes a presenting gesture with his hands in the direction of the uninterrupted views of the water and Gulf Islands. "This is my office," he says, which needs no further explanation. He contemplates his words further. "This is the business I've

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eat. I can tell at first glance that the chowder isn't floury, which I like. The pink of the salmon and the bright yellow of the corn add

"We talk a great deal about food, a lot about pickles and smoked meat, but also about many other things" great colour. I have to ask for help discerning what this one particular flavour is, and Bill tells me that smoked salmon is used as an alternative to bacon to give the soup a smoky taste: it's a really pleasing difference. It's light and not overwhelming, leaving lots of room for me to sample the crepes. A fantastically buttery and creamy sauce

compliments the crepes, which are stuffed with tender shrimp and crab. This sauce is not for the faint-of-heart, reminiscent of French cuisine. I finish what I can, but Bill isn't quite satisfied that I've sampled enough. Next is the Montreal Smoked Corned Beef sandwich, and their very special deli pickle. The meat is tender and lean, and the sandwich is uncomplicated. Horseradish faintly kicks up the coleslaw that tops the meat. I look at my watch and realize that we've been sitting together for over an hour and a half. It's this place, the view and the genuine company: I've completely lost track of time, which I suppose is something we're all looking for in our neighborhood pub, isn't it? Visit the Rumrunner Pub & Restaurant at 9881 Seaport Place. You can find out more about them at, and contact them at or 250.656.5643.

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SEASIDE Striking a Balance: Density and Development in North Saanich International housing affordability survey 'Demographia - 2015' rated the greater Victoria region as the second most expensive place to live in Canada. Housing was certainly on the agenda for many at recent local elections. We asked writer Barry Mathias to investigate the challenges, and solutions that affect our market here on the Peninsula. The second report in the series looks at the District of North Saanich.

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North Saanich is a unique

municipality, renowned for its rural beauty, its spacious residences, its attractive farms, and its seven idyllic marinas. Yet, it is also home to the busy Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal, to the expanding Victoria International Airport, and to the convenient floatplane aerodrome near the Institute of Ocean Sciences. These contrasts are reflected in the ongoing debate regarding the provision of housing in this District. It's interesting to note that in 2006, when the population was just over 10,800, over 86 percent of housing in North Saanich was single detached residences on an average of one acre, and 10 percent of the housing stock was rental. This contrasted with Sidney, which had a population of just over 11,300, with 40 percent single-detached housing and 23 percent rental. This difference continues. Today, the population of North Saanich is approximately 11,200. In 2011 it was 11,089, 2.5 percent up on the 2006 assessment. This contrasted with the national average growth of 5.9 percent. It is separated into seven neighborhoods with Dean Park in the south east of the district being the most populous and dense part of the municipality, with approximately 3,200 residents, and reaching up to McDonald Park/Curteis Point, north of Sidney, with a population of approximately 900. Density is the big issue. Alice Finall, the recently re-elected Mayor, is quite clear: "I am against increasing density in North Saanich with no benefit to the community." She is concerned with the impact on the rural/ 48 SEASIDE homes | MARCH 2015

residential designated role of the municipality in the Regional Context Statement, and the impact of urban sprawl on rural infrastructure. "Urban levels of density are incompatible with the character of existing residential neighborhoods," she says. Secondary suites were an issue in 2009 when it was recognized that, although illegal at the time, they were flourishing in certain areas of the municipality. Mayor Finall was first elected in November 2008. In 2009, with the support of her Council, it was decided to try a pilot scheme: "We agreed to allow a pilot for secondary suites in the south east quadrant of the municipality," where 45 percent of the municipality's illegal suites were situated. "However, there was not much take-up." Those who wanted to take advantage of the 'pilot scheme' would be faced with the cost of bringing their property 'up to code', and some perhaps did not want their property's income to be noticed. "Council is now considering the possibility for people throughout the municipality to apply to the District to install a secondary suite; whether this will encourage more applications remains to be seen." "Among the 13 Greater Victoria municipalities, North Saanich is the second highest priced market," says Karen Dinnie-Smyth, an award winning Realtor at the Re/Max Camosun office in Sidney. "The average sale price for 2014 was $827,000; only Oak Bay is more expensive at $924,000." She explains that in the last two years "nine houses have sold for more than $1.5 million, and three of those went for more than $4 million." "We have an aging demographic," says John Upward, Freelance

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Consultant, "this is reflected in a lower school population." Reports indicate that by 2016, 48 percent of residents will be over 55. He maintains that there is a real need for low cost housing in the municipality. "We have a strong employment base focused on major employers: the Airport and its industrial estate; the Ferry Terminal, the marinas with at least 200 employees, and the Canadian Coast Guard development at Pat Bay with a potential for 400 jobs." He points to the fact that the majority of workers drive considerable distances to get to work. "Why is North Saanich encouraging the expansion of companies and their work force but against providing the necessary housing?" There are, and have been, only a few 'density' developments approved in North Saanich. "They mainly exist to the north of Sidney in the McDonald Park Estates, and below Sidney in what is termed the South East Quadrant, including the Dean Park and Canora Mews areas," says John Upward. North Saanich Council recently approved a Development Permit for the building of three, SEASIDE HOMES | MARCH 2015 | WWW.SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 49


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eighteen unit condominiums (total 54 units), at McDonald Park Estates. "Work on these condominiums is yet to begin." Density exists in the less obvious areas of the District. Karen DinnieSmyth referred to the Canora Mews development: "situated at the end of the airport runway, and across the road from Sidney, 40 single-family 'affordable' units on smaller lots were allowed, and these sold quickly." Mayor Finall pointed out that although these units were originally proposed as 'affordable housing', they ended up selling for between $400-$550,000. "After GST and Property Transfer Tax, can these still be considered affordable?" Housing is considered 'affordable' when the cost of a mortgage is taking less than 30 percent of a family's income. "I opposed this development as the lot sizes were inconsistent with the OCP," she says. Karen Dinnie-Smyth confirmed that there has been some density added in more rural areas of North Saanich, "but it has been added to areas where greater density already existed e.g. Pat Bay and Deep Cove and along the eastern section closer to Sidney." She came up with some interesting statistics. "There were 171 houses 'Sold' during 2014, and the average property took three months to sell. Contrasting with Oak Bay where there were 256 houses 'Sold' during 2014, the average sale time was only 48 days." "When talking about the slower market in North Saanich, the aging demographic has to be taken into account," she said. "With the current average sale price and a need for down payment of 20

With an increasing workforce in North Saanich more developments like Canora Mews may be needed, if the prices are truly affordable.

percent, an income of approximately $100,000 has to be earned to qualify for a mortgage; this leaves little to no financial ability to update or do maintenance that may be required." 'There is a need for more development that young people can afford," says John Upward. He maintains that Council has used delaying tactics, and refers to the Reay Creek Meadows development: "First proposed in 2001, it was only last year that Council agreed to the rezoning." He revealed the developer has to pay the Council $1.8 million to get started. "At this time, the current Council's attitudes increase the risks for developers." Steven Heywood, reporting in the Victoria News in July 15th 2014 edition, on Bylaw 1352, wrote that the District's Regional Growth Strategy was changed at the Public Hearing, and the OCP was amended in a 4-2 vote to allow greater development, "the likes of which the community hasn't seen in recent years." Referring to the Regional Context Statement, the Mayor remained unconvinced that the proposed increased housing density between Canora and Rideau Roads and along McDonald Park Road would lead to affordable or workforce housing. There is clearly a big divide between the Council and those who would like to see changes in the policy of North Saanich regarding the provision of density. However, as Mayor Finall says, "I have just been re-elected on my policies. The majority of residents in this municipality do not want change."

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on design Renovation Q & A with Tidman Construction My family has outgrown our house, but we love our yard and property, should we tear down and rebuild or renovate what we have? It would depend on the scope of what you wanted to do. Often tearing down completely can end up being cheaper than extensively piecemealing. The first step would be to determine a budget, and then stick to that budget. The budget that you have will drive the amount of renovations you can do and how extensive you want them to be. Spend the time in the planning stage and plan around your budget; designing as you build is an expensive way to do it. Think of what you would like to spend on a renovation and then meet with a professional contractor at your home to see what they feel would be possible with that amount. Remember, when moving to a new home is an option you're thinking about, you are not just buying a new home, but also new neighbours in potentially a new neighbourhood. If you love your neighbours and your neighbourhood, often renovating can be the better "known" option. Will I have to move out during renovations? Depending on the scope of the renovations, often it is better for the homeowner to move out. There can be a lot of mess and disruptions with tradespeople working in your home. If you are just doing a minor renovation (kitchen, bathroom, etc.) then the mess and disruptions can most likely be contained and you could probably stay in your home. Many people enjoy watching and being involved in the process … others don't

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since my last Weatherwit article, and many people (well actually three) were asking when my next one would appear. I take these queries as compliments, although I wonder if there are many who think I should stick to things that I'm really good at. You know, those risky adrenaline-pumping activities like shopping at Costco without a list. Actually those who can point out something that I would have otherwise missed are really, really helpful people in my life. They are the

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ones at an elegant dinner party that whisper: "Great smile Steve, but is that a broccoli cluster wedged in your teeth or a Douglas fir?" My most recent example of this occurred while on a trip, madly rushing to catch a flight at an airport somewhere. I just passed through the metal detector with flying colours when Mr. Security politely asked me to wait. When there was a pause in the traffic, he asked: "Sir, those jeans you're wearing, are they new?" "My jeans? Uh … yes they are new" I said nervously. "Well sir, they are still covered in price tags and labels, so you should remove them" Yep. There they were, in all their glory. "Oh silly me. Thank you so much … in a hurry … didn't notice … ha, ha, ha," I said while rolling my eyes and spinning awkwardly around pulling the tags off as fast as possible. At that moment it seemed that I was the pre-flight entertainment to millions of amused passengers walking by. "Have a good flight, sir …" Thank goodness for those with a keen eye of observation and training to point out important things that otherwise would be missed – like doctors, detectives and parents. I include meteorologists in this illustrious group as they can look at the sky and point out signs in the clouds and winds that most people would not notice, such as the potential for a thunderstorm to form or the indications of an approaching cold front. They analyse and synthesize information that includes weather observations from around the world, charts of various parameters such as air pressure, and output from sophisticated computer models. Since the atmosphere is always changing, they constantly review this pool of data, extracting messages about its current state and finding signals that point to future conditions. Well, what is the atmosphere and ocean telling us about what to expect for our March weather on the south Island? The longrange outlook points to a greater chance of warmer than normal temperatures, which is always welcome news. For precipitation the signals are not that obvious, as the outlook has no preference toward wetter or drier conditions. No matter what kind of weather shows up, we are guaranteed to see nature begin its parade of this year's spring attire with vibrant colours under glimpses of blue skies. So in our rush to fly from A to B, take a good look at what is around outside and don't miss the obvious. The spectacular emergence of nature's spring wardrobe is a panorama that can't be described by any label, or valued on any price tag. Weather questions? Email


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

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is funky. Can we call it SuperFly? Probably. It's not boring or usual. The auto marketplace is filled with new electric vehicles, all competing for your business, Korea's Kia is no different. I was able to drive this little gem for a couple of days, starting with only 275 kms on the clock. As a driver accustomed to electric vehicles (E.V.s), I really got a feeling for the SOUL EV. You can't get a feel for an E.V. if you don't put it through its paces, so I drove with more gusto than I shake my grandmother's hand with, but with respect. Quoting my significant other – a tough sell on any electric – "The vehicle performed marvellously." Whether in Victoria, Langford, or Sidney, people stared at the vivid colours. Reminding me of a white sky up-top, and a Caribbean ocean blue body, a BOLD EV badge, and wheels that resemble your in-laws' dinner plates: I'll emphasize people stared. It's 100 percent electric and it's fun, funky, and futuristic, with a truly modern twist on the interior. You'll find totally unique grey cloth seating surfaces accented by blue stitching, heated seats and steering wheel, piano white plastic décor, easy-to-read navigation, Bluetooth for your endless supply of calling and media streaming, and easy to use climate control. The car keeps tabs on your driving habits and displays your range and E.V. info on the large, colour infotainment screen. This will ease your range anxiety. Compared against the staple, Nissan LEAF electric, Soul offers a taller ride height paired with a larger view of the road, and with that comes a sense of safety. Trying to guess where the end of your hood is can be a pain in parking situations, however the back-up camera earned its keep in the parking lots.

KIA offers a few electric range-conserving driving modes, ECO and Brake mode. ECO mode numbs the accelerator pedal, making it easier to hold road speeds with fewer fluctuations in your acceleration. ECO mode also engages a sliver of regenerative braking resistance when you let off the accelerator. This is your "Anti-Sport Mode". Brake mode on the other hand is exactly like its sounds, foot on the accelerator everything works normally, as soon as you let off the accelerator it's like KIA reached out and put their foot on the brake pedal for you, but gently. One pedal driving? Not quite, but used properly on a steep hill, or approaching a stop on the highways here on the peninsula, brake mode is a relaxing way to kick back and watch your KIA come to a slow stop. The passenger compartment is not huge, but is ample for four adults and a small person in the middle. Split folding back seats make room for your shopping adventures and allow for some interior flexibility. The onboard charger is a BIG 7.2kw/h, bigger than many E.V.s, and you can charge at home on 110v in a pinch. With a lower cost of maintenance compared to even the most frugal and fuel efficient vehicles, the SOUL EV won't trash your wallet's relationship with your service center. No transmission, no exhaust, and no engine … what could go wrong? I would be lying if I said these vehicles were perfect but I'd invite you to ask any current E.V. owner how they feel about their vehicle. It usually encompasses a great big smile and generates a dialogue as though that driver is a sales rep for the product. E.V. owners are fanatic about their rides, and they should be for very good reasons. A big thanks to Graham Kia for the demo. For more info, call 250.655.3534, and we will get you on the road in an E.V.

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once wrote, "Those who can, do. Those who can do more, volunteer." Volunteers enrich and build our community in more ways than we could ever imagine. They are the catalyst that makes things happen. The volunteers at Peninsula Elder College are a shining example of caring community engagement. Peninsula Elder College, a program offered through Panorama Recreation Centre, provides a variety of interesting courses for people over fifty with young minds and a passion for learning. This innovative program is only made possible by their talented volunteers. To Dustin Ray-Wilks, an Elder College coordinator, many local volunteers are "key players in the delivery of community programs and services." They provide the manpower not available anywhere else. Because volunteers keep the costs down, services and programs are lower-priced and accessible to everyone. Accordingly, the hard-working volunteers who teach the courses and sit on the advisory committee at Peninsula Elder College are paving the way for anyone from any walk of life to get an enriching life-changing experience. Dustin is deeply grateful for the expertise of the volunteer instructors who bring a life-time of experience and knowledge to the classroom: "I appreciate the skills they bring to the community. The volunteers energize people, getting them excited about something new and interesting. The instructors give the participants new directions in their lives, new interests and knowledge. They enrich their lives." Cliff Cunningham teaches "Travel for Seniors" at Peninsula Elder College and joins his wife in "Cliff and Diana's Travelogues." They love what they do: "We benefit from the satisfaction of sharing our experience and knowledge." Cliff encourages other local people to "consider volunteering because everyone has something to offer." He feels that their classes truly help seniors by giving them valuable tips for safe, comfortable travelling and by offering a thrilling ride for the 'armchair' adventurer. "We received very positive feedback" from participants. The Volunteer Advisory Committee is always looking for skilled instructors to bring their talents to the classroom and keep the Peninsula Elder College program vibrant and interesting. In appreciation of their wonderful volunteer instructors, they offer a small honorarium. As Dustin says: "Peninsula Elder College creates connections in the brain and in the community." To him, a major contribution of the volunteer instructors is building a sense of community: "They instill so much passion in the participants that they are making friends in the class and getting together afterwards for coffee." The amazing volunteers at Peninsula Elder College are community-builders, the foundation supporting this lifeenhancing program for seniors. They make it all possible. Contact:

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ON THIS MONTH Each person had had a major impact on Saanich as a community over the century


On This Month in History This month I begin by writing

by Valerie Green

about some prominent March dates which were particularly important in our local area. The first occurred on March 1, 1906 when the municipality of Saanich was incorporated. Andrew Henderson Strachan, as Justice of the Peace, was the man who swore in that very first council: Reeve Thomas Brydon and councillors Quick, Deans, Grant, Dunn and Puckle. To celebrate that auspicious date, one hundred years later (in 2006) a committee of seven compiled a book called One Hundred Years; One Hundred Stories highlighting 100 special citizens of Saanich, ten from each decade. Each person had had a major impact on Saanich as a community over the century. Short biographical sketches of these people were written up telling of their achievements in the areas of the arts, agriculture, business, sports and government. In the year 1950, Ward Six in Saanich was incorporated as Central Saanich Municipality on the Peninsula. In March of 1958 Saanich hired its first qualified Municipal Planner, A. L Parr, and in the following year, an Assistant Municipal Planner was also hired, T.W. Loney, at which time the Planning Department was officially formed. Who can forget the horrendous winter of 1968/1969 when snow covered the ground from Boxing Day until the middle of March? It was my first winter in Canada and I had been told beforehand that the west coast rarely saw much snow! A few ill-fated events have also occurred in March through the years. For instance, on March 1, 1932 the 20-month old son of aviation pioneer Charles A. Lindbergh was kidnapped from his home in Hopewell, New Jersey. A kidnapping/disappearance much nearer

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home happened on March 24, 1991 when little Michael Dunahee disappeared without a trace from a playground area in Victoria. This case has never been solved and remains a cold case with investigators. The police, his parents, his family, his friends and the whole community have never given up hope that he will one day be found and the mystery solved. Every year since, a Keep the Hope Alive run and dance has been held close to the anniversary date in March to raise funds for Child Find BC in Michael's name. Many famous people were also born in March. Band leader Glenn Miller; telephone inventor Alexander Graham Bell; Albert Einstein; explorer David Livingstone; Wild West lawman, Wyatt Earp; magician and famous escape artist, Harry Houdini; playwright Tennessee Williams and Vincent Van Gogh. One last March birthday belonging to a lady by the name of Lucy Hobbs (of whom you have probably never heard) would make a useful piece of trivia for trivia buffs who like to amaze people with their knowledge. Hobbs was the first female dentist, and was born on March 14, 1883 in New York State. Finally, we also connect two very famous events with March. One occurred many centuries ago on March 15, 44 B.C. when Julius Caesar was assassinated in Rome by conspirators bearing knives including his friend Brutus. Caesar's famous words "Et tu, Brute" (You too, Brutus?) lived on and the event became known as the Ides of March. In addition, every March 17, we celebrate Saint Patrick's Day, honouring the patron saint of Ireland. So, again, March is full of surprises – just remember to beware of the Ides of March and continue to wear the green for St. Patrick! Valerie Green is an author and historian and can be reached at

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7.30 p.m. Vancouver Island Regional Library, Sidney 250.544.1819 |

Toastmasters has a specific structure that provides a safe forum for speaking while giving encouragement and support. It is a program designed to broaden our abilities and comfort in public speaking. If you are looking for an enjoyable, challenging and rewarding experience, please come out to one of our meetings.

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2nd Thursday of Every Month

Peninsula Newcomers Luncheon

11.30 a.m. at Haro's Restaurant & Bar, Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa

Just moved to the Saanich Peninsula? Join our club to make new friends and get to know the community! We meet for lunch with an invited speaker on diverse topics. Share in a variety of interests and activities organized and run by our members. March 1

Beginner's Birding Basics - Guided Walk 9.30 a.m. - 12 p.m. at Island View Beach Regional Park 250.478.3344 |

Discover why so many people are heading to the fields and forests in search of feathered fauna. Wear warm clothes and bring binoculars if you have them. Binoculars will be available for loan. Meet at the grassy area adjacent to the picnic shelter off Homathko Rd. 12 years and up. Visit website for more fun activities including nature talks and guided family hikes. march 6

Central Saanich Senior Centre's Guest Speaker

March 14

Eagle Heights Africa Fundraiser. Noon - 3.30 p.m. Paul’s United Church (Malaview and Fifth Street, Sidney) Tickets at Tanner's Books or at the door. Contact Hazel at 250.656.6143 for more info

Come and join us for our 2nd annual St. Patrick’s Bridge Luncheon. This annual fundraiser provides much needed funding for our Kenyan students. Join us for a fun afternoon of lunch and bridge or scrabble.

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The Victoria Storytellers Guild welcomes you to hear and tell stories! "For people who love to tell stories, For people who love to listen, For people of all ages." Admission $5; students $3 (includes tea and goodies). March 23

CFUW Saanich Peninsula' Guest Speaker 7 p.m. at the Mary Winspear Centre

CFUW Saanich Peninsula presents Dr.Andrew Wender, Assistant Teaching Professor at University of Victoria. He will speak on "The Middle East in a Time of Convulsive Transformation: The Urgent Legacies of History." 62 SEASIDE | MARCH 2015

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1.30 p.m. - 3 p.m. at The Centre For Active Living 50+ 1229 Clarke Rd. (next to the library), Brentwood Bay. 250.652.4611 | |

Guest Speaker Mr. Dwight Owens presents “Sea of Plastic: Trash in Our Oceans.” Admission is by donation. Refreshments served. Everyone welcome. Join the Centre for more activities.




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last word I've had some self-reflection to do this month. The subjects of success and achievement have been top of my mind as I've watched all the entries for our Woman to Watch contest come in. There are some seriously impressive women out there, working hard. I saw examples of innovation, perseverance and great strength. All around me are women aiming high and achieving great things. Is that why it's so hard to admit to making mistakes myself then? Somewhere along the line I have been sold a lie that perfection and success are really the only options. As a girl I was always encouraged to try anything I wanted; to aim to be anything I wanted to be. How liberating for me not to be limited by my gender (and I'll be forever grateful for the birthday when I received my first sewing kit AND toolbox on the same day. Complete with soldering iron, now what little girl doesn't want one of those?) My parents were great role models for being self-reliant and independent, something I've strived to emulate. But it seems that society has added a caveat to that – not only are women capable of doing anything, but they should be able to do everything. So yes, great to work the same job as a man

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(and possibly be paid at the same rate) but also you can train for a triathlon, and bring fresh baked cupcakes into school for your kids' class and don't forget to grow your own vegetables and organise a regular manicure because women today must have 'me-time' too. There is an insane pressure on young women to achieve in all areas of their lives, and believe me nowhere is that pressure felt more than at the schoolyard! Competitive parenting seems to me to be the worst example of the achievement arms race that women have embarked on. And to run alongside it, a constant media stream of the physical perfection we are expected to aspire to; unhealthy and unrealistic though it may be. I like the idea of women being people, just another part of the great mess that is the human race. While celebrating their successes let's not forget that for every success story there's a challenge overcome, a sacrifice made and probably a few mistakes along the way too. I'm learning all the time that while I may be capable of many things, there's only so much I can do well. My thought for International Women's Day is let's forget about women 'having it all': why not just aim for the things you really want, and leave the rest of it for someone else, female or male.

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