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2016 Women to Watch: Our 5th Annual Women in Business Special Issue Can We Talk: Gwen Curry, Visual Artist and Author, Talks Influence, Creative Process and Cultural Stewardship Local Theatre Showcases Local Talent: Documentary Features Unlikely Friendships

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COLUMNS 8 First Word 31 Ignition 39 Common Cents 48 Smell the Coffee 57 On Design 58 West Coast Gardener 63 Near & Afar 66 In Pursuit of the Golden Years 70 Book Review 77 Last Word Letters Friends & Neighbours New & Noteworthy Seaside Arts Scene Peninsula Restaurant Profile



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seasidemagazine.ca janice henshaw

There I was having a wonderful winter holiday cycling in Palm Springs when the concrete path ended. My front tire jerked sideways and so did I, landing in the warm desert sand. Some things never change, I thought as I scrambled up and dusted off the sand. As a writer and producer of life story and retirement gift books, I spend quite a few hours inside and it's always a great pleasure to finish my day's work and rush out for some sort of fitness activity. Writing about Vibes Fitness this month gave me insight into another world of activity, and I recognized the happiness and satisfaction that clients experience when they engage in their fitness regime. As the saying goes: "Use it or lose it!" I welcome your visit at www.yourlifestorywriter.com.

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chantelle mclarty

Much of what we do and feel is related to our interior environment. Having a functional and beautiful space that my client can enjoy and relax in is my main focus on designing any interior. Earning a diploma in Interior Architectural Design in 2000 was the starting point of my career. After developing my skills in the industry, I established my own interior design business in 2013, specializing in custom kitchen and bathroom cabinetry design, space planning and interior finishing for residential renovations and new home construction. Having been involved in and managed award-winning projects, I am now partnered with local businesses, including custom cabinetry shops, design firms and custom home developers. I draw inspiration from the natural beauty of the West Coast and integrate those elements into the interior spaces I design.

Event Coordinator Elizabeth Moss elizabeth@seasidemagazine.ca This Month's Contributors

Pene Beavan Horton, Gillian Crowley, Shauna Dorko, Doreen Marion Gee, Lara Gladych, Valerie Green, Janice Henshaw, Tina Kelly, Barry Mathias, Chantelle McLarty, Stu Rhodes, Deborah Rogers, Steve Sheppard, Chris Sigurdson, Susan Simosko, Hans Tammemagi, Virginia Watson-Rouslin, Jo-Ann Way P.O. BOX 2173, SIDNEY, B.C. V8L 3S6 news@seasidemagazine.ca

deborah rogers

My first coffee of the day is always drunk from a "Little Miss Sunshine" mug. It's an old gift from my young children (guided, no doubt, by their dad). I took it as deeply ironic: I'm not at all sunshiny in the mornings! I've never thought of myself as light and smiley and I assumed the gift was a bit of a joke. And yet, I think other people do see me as sunshiny these days. Maybe the mug has subtly influenced me. Perhaps I've got a better sense of humour as I've got older, or I'm less afraid to show it. Whatever the reason, I like to think people can change, and I'd much rather be Little Miss Sunshine than Little Miss Grumpy any day. It's March, spring is on its way, change and growth is all around us. This month I'm reinventing myself as a motoring columnist. Strange choice? See "Ignition" on page 31 and judge for yourself!

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susan simosko

Endings are always difficult for me. This one in particular. After several years of writing for Seaside, I am refocusing on personal writing projects I've had on the go for years, but never quite finished. Sometimes you need to let go of something to start anew, right? Writing "Friends & Neighbours" has been such pleasure, not just because of all the great people I've met, but because sharing their stories has showcased what a truly extraordinary community we live in. People are so giving and so committed to going beyond the expected. This month's column – about an amazing woman to watch – is certainly no exception. Many thanks to Seaside staff and valued readers for your ongoing support and encouragement. It's been a great run!

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first word Last month, Dragons' Den auditions were in full force in Victoria and it got me thinking. Entrepreneurship is such a hot topic these days: countless articles and books have been written about it, entire universities' curriculums have been built upon its principles and success stories touting billionaires who went from zero to hero abound. So what makes a successful entrepreneur? Circumstance, genetics, experience, perseverance? Above all, I think experience is key. Successful entrepreneurs find a viable example to follow when they wish to start a business in a particular industry. They study the strategies of successful businesses already doing what they wish to do, and incorporate the best strategies into their own. A lot of useful information can be gathered by reverse engineering another company's business processes. I think some would-be entrepreneurs make the mistake of focusing too much on the idea of success; it's better to focus on working on something meaningful by making a difference in the lives of customers. Such meaningful work often leads to success. For most of my career, I've worked for someone else but about

five years ago, my dream of having my own business came alive with Seaside Magazine. There is no question that owning your own business is a risky proposition, but with risk comes reward. Said another way: the better you are at managing risk, the more rewards you can reap. Consider the flexibility that comes with it, along with a better work/life balance, working from wherever you want, setting your own hours, wearing your PJ's all day or even sitting next to your pets while you work. I may still have to endure the long hours that help invest in growing the business, but it also doesn't feel like work because I'm having fun while doing it.How great it is that I make a living doing what I love; it's my passion. But likely the best part, and the most rewarding for me, is having more time with my two kids. In this issue, we are celebrating women in business; you can read about the stories of female entrepreneurs from all walks of life and hopefully get inspired to succeed in your own business. They come from all backgrounds but despite their differences, these women do have a few things in common: they are passionate, determined and committed to turning their ideas into reality, building successful businesses and living the dream. I hope their stories inspire you and leave you feeling fired up, ready to achieve incredible things!

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I love your magazine and read it cover to cover every month. I find it entertaining and informative. Your readers will never know the truth about what your mental health story on page 11 of the February issue [Minding Our Mind: The Importance of Mental Health] had to say. It sounds a lot like a boot-strapping solution. "Nothing can replace proper medical and counselling treatment for serious mental health conditions – those interventions are essential for recovery and can be lifesaving." Here in Victoria, as a person with a serious mental health condition, I can tell you that the "necessary medical and counselling treatment" is simply not available. Your published story would lead citizens to think those things are available. They are not. What you have published denies the reality of what is available. My GP was unable to get a referral for me to a psychiatrist after many attempts. At one appointment, out of frustration he said, "The only way you are going to get a psychiatrist is if you attempt suicide." Many months later, I did, and finally got the offer of psychiatric help.


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Madeline Tymchuk: Professional Cook by Stu Rhodes

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given to practitioners trained and certified in the craft of cooking in a restaurant or institution. Most often they are commonly referred to as "chef." Madeline Tymchuk could certainly be an ambassador for why the word "professional" is part of the name of this Red Seal trade. She is enthusiastic, bright and articulate. She explained to me that "there is way more to cooking than just following a recipe. There is a lot of science going on. A recipe is really more like the equation for a scientific formula." Madeline is intrigued by the changes at work when different ingredients react with one another and/or react to varying amounts of heat throughout the cooking process. Her fascination for cooking, and especially baking, reaches back to her early childhood. "I guess you could say I grew up on a lot of cooking shows," she admitted. While other kids were watching cartoons and playing tag, she was watching the likes of Rachael Ray and learning, then experimenting, in the kitchen. In 11th grade she went to a school assembly at Claremont where she learned about the Professional Cook foundation program available in partnership with Camosun College and she knew she had to give it a try. Madeline's 12th-grade year looked quite different than most. She completed her academic requirements online during the fall while she went to work full time as an apprentice cook under the tutelage of Andrew Faucett at Med Grill, where she got to sample firsthand what it's like to work in an actual production kitchen. Later she began the training program at Camosun, where she started to really learn the technical side of the craft and photo by www.nuttycake.com

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became increasingly interested in the complex science behind cooking. Upon successfully completing the program, Madeline moved across the street to Fireside Grill where she currently works under the mentorship of Red Seal Professional Cook Jonny James. Jonny appreciates the intelligent questions Madeline asks at work and added that she has advanced very quickly up the line of tasks for such a young apprentice. "When she is in charge of the veggie prep, she owns the station! It is very clear that she wants to be here," he said. It's obvious that in addition to developing the right knowledge and skills, Madeline possesses the right attitude too. Eventually Madeline would like to use her trade ticket like a passport to travel the world, seeking learning and employment opportunities in different countries and cultures so she can advance her knowledge and skill in the culinary arts. Her mother, Anne Tymchuk, figures if that's what she is planning, it will probably happen. She describes Madeline as a determined young woman whose focus and maturity grew immensely through participation in the program. Anne said: "It would be nice if every student had the opportunity for experiential learning in an adult setting and a real workplace." She encourages other parents to support their children's interest or desire to try this out the way her daughter did. Madeline says: "Try an apprenticeship. Explore. You might find your passion where you least expect it!" Contact Stu Rhodes at 250-415-9211 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. View the promotional YouTube video, "Jump Start Your Career" at http://www. youtube.com/user/ saanichcareers.

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can we talk As a Fine Arts teacher at the University of Victoria and an artist with a long career, you've worked in many media. You've done a 10- by 10-foot piece called "Inventory III: Requiem," 25 paintings of leaves from around the world. Some might view it as a beautiful piece, while others may see it as a dark work with the "requiem" in the title (the extinction of leaves due to pesticides and environmental degradation). How are you able to create works with various levels of meanings? Contemporary visual artists create works that operate on various levels as a natural consequence of their own art practice. This applies to any artist: musician, composer, playwright, dancer, choreographer, etc. After many years of working, an artist builds upon a repertoire of ideas, ways of working, emotions and even influences. These layers are usually seamless (invisible) to the average viewer and it is only with real interest in the subject, the artist or the medium, that the viewer goes deeper. Just as I might attend a respected dance company's performance and enjoy it, I wouldn't necessarily be aware of the history of the choreographer, what period in her life this piece was created, how some of the movements broke away from traditional practice, what influences she was embracing or breaking away from. Art in all forms strives at times to challenge the viewer's assumptions,

and can also make us feel quite uncomfortable. You created an installation in 2001 called "Email: Tod Inlet" which was 10 feet by 15 feet and made of transparent fabric called toile which cascaded from high on a gallery wall to the floor. It was an email to a friend in Germany about a winter's day at Tod Inlet – each word stitched by a digital sewing machine onto small pieces of the same fabric. Can you describe the evolution of this creation to photo essay to a book full of history and stories of Tod Inlet? This is a difficult question, as my own creative process is a bit of a mystery to me. As strange as it may sound, I had forgotten about this piece when I began my photo essay at Tod Inlet in 2006. One observation is that my artwork had been as much about words as imagery for many years. I didn't question this as a valid way of working in my artwork, although I had always been a voracious reader and loved good writing. Perhaps more of a thread to the evolution to the book can be seen in my travels and rediscovery of the camera. I have been fortunate to have experienced many wilderness journeys, and two in particular north of the 60th parallel in Canada probably had an

publisher sue hodgson talks with visual artist and author gwen curry influence. The first was a canoe/rafting journey down the length of the Bonnet Plume River in the northern Yukon and the second was a very different experience on the tundra hundreds of miles east of Yellowknife. Both were scenic in the extreme and the landscape, whether appreciated on a microscopic level or the expansive views from mountain ranges, was overwhelming. The tundra trip included well-known photographers who were flown in to this remote tent camp to capture images of musk ox and caribou. I was a tagalong artist, generously invited by the late photographer, Courtenay Milne. My initiation back to enduring interest was in the rich minutae on the ground: bleached bones of animals in the red bearberry covering the ground, white sand eskers with thousands of bird and mammal footprints ringing the clear lakes. I upgraded my camera equipment soon after returning home. How do the many protagonists of this story (First Nations, industry, tourism, environmentalists) fit together in your book? Hopefully, there is a flow between these subjects, but this was the most difficult part of writing the book. In a manuscript writing/editing workshop at the Banff Centre we were asked to draw an image of the flow of our work. Mine was a meandering pathway with short detours branching off. My walks through the seasons were a natural way to accomplish this. On a more literal level, the question might be "How do these different subjects rub shoulders with one another?" In my mind Tod Inlet is an entity or a spirit that has experienced many things, and these various subjects are a tiny part of Tod Inlet's consciousness. What are the important messages you hope people will come away with after reading "TOD INLET, A Healing Place?" I will limit this to three thoughts. Firstly, the

importance to all of us of the healing qualities of a walk in the woods and by extension, our need to respect all that exists there. Secondly, the understanding of First Nations' cultural stewardship of this land and something of the price they have paid historically. Thirdly, the ongoing community spirit of our Peninsula environmental groups who have worked for decades as volunteers to revitalize our streams, ocean and forests. Do you think there's something essentially empathetic about women that traditionally makes them the teller of these stories? I think women as a whole have had the luxury of expressing their feelings for nature and animals, but I think there are a lot of descriptive and moving books that have been written by men (from Thoreau to modern-day Craig Childs). This is your first book; how did you find the publishing process? I found it to be quite impersonal. My publisher is a man of his times – thoroughly digital. When I first met Don at a coffee shop in Cook Street Village to sign the contract, his parting words were (admittedly with a charming smile) that this would probably be the last time I would see anyone in person! It was true – a bit daunting for an older first-time author with a very complex set of decisions ahead and only email as a contact. But that is the way of publishing today. Now that I've been through the fire, I'm eager to do it again. What's next? Is there another area of the Peninsula of which you could imagine making the same sort of careful study? Tod Inlet was a unique set of circumstances that came together. I'm currently working on non-fiction works loosely based on travel and the natural world. Photo by www.nuttycake.com.

Gwen Curry, Visual Artist & Author Gwen Curry has shown her work extensively in Canada and abroad. Her media has included printmaking, mixed media drawings, painting, sculpture and installation. She was a professor in the visual arts department at the University of Victoria for 15 years and her work has been collected by many public and private institutions. Her interests include writing, photography, environmentalism and adventure travel. These interests have become her main focus in recent years, resulting in her first book, TOD INLET, A Healing Place, published by Rocky Mountain Books in May 2015.


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Fresh Esthetics Studio Why do I do what I do?

Revolve, Evolve, Involve!

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.

At Exist, we love to keep expanding our expertise and continue to constantly educate ourselves. We’ve brought in a new line of hair care aid called “Color Proof,” one of the first salons on the island to carry it … 100% vegan! We have a full time esthetician on staff offering a wide range of waxing and nail services. We thank you, our loyal clients new and old, for voting us “Favourite Hair Salon on the Peninsula” for seven years running!

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.

Exist Hairworx 3 - 2310 Beacon Avenue, Sidney 250.656.2321 www.existhairworx.com

Fresh Esthetics Studio 312 - 2453 Beacon Ave, Sidney 250.686.6208 | www.fresh-studio.ca

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Groom That Dog

D o n n a S t e wa r t Hear Central Saanich Donna Stewart, Audiologist, realized a long-held dream when she opened the doors of Hear Central Saanich in 2010.

With over 17 years in the dog grooming industry, Janet is dedicated to the people and animals who put their faith and trust in her.

After years of accompanying her mother to audiology appointments, Donna knew she wanted to pursue a career in the field from a young age. She completed her Master’s degree in Audiology in 1991 and after 19 years of working in government, hospital and corporate clinics, she is thrilled to finally be able to offer an increased level of customer-focused service in her own clinic.

She offers grooming to all breeds at her new studio, and also recently added "Anesthetic-Free Teeth Cleaning for Dogs & Cats" by Cheyanne Cave of Happy Tails Teeth Cleaning. Integrity is a core value at Groom That Dog. Mainly, it is all about caring. After her tender loving canine grooming, Janet loves to "see the dogs happier and their owners pleased." (by Doreen Marion Gee)

Groom That Dog by Janet Lynch Groom That Dog 10109 McDonald Park Rd, Sidney 778.977.3647 www.groomthatdog.ca

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2 0 1 6 w o m en t o wa t c h K at h r y n h o d g s o n Massage Therapy

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.

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In 2014, Christine Downing opened Laloca to sell unique, Fair Trade handicrafts from local and global social enterprises. The store's mission is to improve people's lives and bring out the potential of disenfranchised citizens – all through the kinds of products it sells.

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.

Laloca only sells products from businesses and organizations that abide by standard "Fair Trade Principles," such as: creating work opportunities for workers; paying them promptly and fairly; providing safe working conditions free of discrimination; and zero exploitation of children. (by Doreen Marion Gee)

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Caroline Paterson, CPA, CGA and Sheila Henn, CPA, CA are proud of their firm’s attention to detail and the professional services it provides. This includes individual Canadian and U.S. tax returns.

After moving to Sidney in 1993, the owner of Nancy's Sew Creative saw an untapped market in our indoor/outdoor active and pet-friendly Peninsula lifestyle, so she started sewing slipcovers for indoor furniture. More recently, she added refurbishing outdoor furniture to her repertoire. "Slipcovers that are easily removed for washing are the answer to keeping furniture clean and refreshed. They also protect furniture from the damaging rays of the sun." Nancy also refurbishes boat interiors and makes draperies, valances, shades and bedding. (by Doreen Marion Gee)

Paterson Henn also assists businesses, estates and not-forprofits with their accounting/audit needs. Living locally and being active in our community is important to us. New clients are always welcome!

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Learning to Eat Better, Live Better & Feel Better Local blogger, nutritionist and now author, Julie Cove is releasing her first book this March. Beautifully illustrated with hundreds of photos and whimsical colour drawings, Julie is bringing the knowledge gained from healing her own body to a larger audience. Julie suffered debilitating back pain for many years until she discovered the alkaline lifestyle and healed herself from the inside out. A former interior designer and retail shop owner on the Saanich Peninsula, Julie is now a certified holistic nutritionist and an avid blogger, sharing her recipes and dietary advice at alkalinesisters.com. Her new book Eat better, live better, feel better: Alkalize Your Lifestyle is a four-step program for cleaning up your diet, detoxifying your body, and maintaining your overall well-being with exercise and positivity. Encouraging you to eat your way to better health for life, the book details how too many acid-forming foods in your body create an ideal environment for the growth of bacteria, molds and fungus that cause inflammation, from headaches to muscle pain to chronic illness. It suggests ways you can improve your digestion, eliminate ill health, and increase your energy by loading up on alkaline foods. The first part of the book explains the basics of alkalizing, the science behind the food choices you make and what's happening in your body during each of the four steps. In the Inspire stage you learn about the program and begin to ease into the alkaline lifestyle. The Desire phase is when you begin detoxification with the veggie feast. Next, you will excavate deep tissues and dump years of toxins in the Aspire stage. In the final Acquire stage you learn to maintain a balanced lifestyle with alkaline foods, exercise and a positive outlook. The second part of the book provides the delicious recipes that will help you achieve your goal. Whatever style of eating you choose; if you're new to alkalizing or just need some fresh, healthy ideas, there are many options for nourishing smoothies, breakfasts, salads, soups, warm dishes, savory bites and sweet treats. The recipes are clearly laid out and easy to follow. Julie suggests you mix and match the dishes here or use the recipes and the alkaline food guide as inspiration for your own meals. Alkalize Your Lifestyle could be your blueprint for years of lasting good health. Julie will be appearing at Sidney's Red Brick CafÊ on Friday, March 4; tickets available in advance from Tanner's Books.

There are women to watch in all areas of our community. Former designer and store owner Julie Cove has retrained as a holistic nutritionist and brings her first book to stores this March.

2 0 1 6 w o m en t o wa t c h t h e w o m e n o f n e w p o r t r e a lt y Having Heart and Passion is the Key to Real Estate

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Newport Realty is local and community based, with a global reach and a goal of helping the community be the best place to live. Our team always represents the buyers' and sellers' best interests, and provides full disclosure regarding all pertinent information to the transaction. We owe a duty to act fairly and honestly with all parties, every time. You can count on us … with high expectations.

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We recruit and develop the best individuals in our industry. As a Newport Associate, each of us is sensitive to our clients' needs and dedicated to their satisfaction. Newport is recognized for its high-caliber sales force, its distinctive advertising and most importantly, the successes it has brought to sellers, buyers, investors and developers on southern Vancouver island. Linda Egan

We believe that superior service encourages customers to return willingly for that service … and to share their experience with others.

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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, Kinesiology, Cranial Sacral Therapy, TMJ, Dizziness (Vestibular Therapy), IMS, Acupressure, Joint Manipulation, UBC Clinical Education, and Traditional Chinese Acupuncture. 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. Our newly-renovated clinic reopens in early March; please drop by our Chamber of Commerce Open House on April 14th from 5 to 7 p.m! Brentwood Physiotherapy& Massage 6967 Wallace Dr., Brentwood Bay 250.652.6515 | BrentwoodPhysio.com

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Helping to Grow the MWC! Carey Salvador loves to make a difference. And working at the Mary Winspear Centre (MWC), Sidney’s busy cultural hub, gives her ample opportunity! Carey is Marketing Coordinator and is responsible for just about everything that beckons people to the Centre. She approves all ads, designs posters, manages the Centre’s social media and updates the website. She also serves as the Centre’s community liaison to the Sidney Event Advisory Group and the SBIA’s Marketing Committee. As if that weren’t enough, she serves as Secretary for the Memorial Park Society Board and works with Sidney Cops for Cancer. Carey has worked at the MWC for three years and her passion for the place and the people show in everything she does. In conversations and at meetings, Carey showcases all that’s wonderful about the Centre—the headliners, conferences, and all the community groups that flock to the MWC. As Carey puts it: “The MWC is a very special place. I feel so fortunate to work here.” Carey was born and raised in Sidney. She attended North Saanich Middle School and graduated from Parkland in 2009. After that, she earned a Diploma in Business from Camosun and is about a year away from earning a BA in Marketing, also from Camosun. With a full-time job, Carey has had to trade her full-time student status for parttime evening classes, “but really,” she says, “in a way, it’s ideal because I get to put into practice what I learn.” Not surprising, working with so many different groups of people excites Carey. She says that meeting clients’ needs is the Centre’s number one priority. “I love helping people get exactly what they need to be successful, whether it’s a conference, concert or some other event.” According to Carey, the Centre’s size, facilities and staff make it more flexible and accommodating than other, larger venues. “We get to tailor things to make sure everyone is happy. I firmly believe that a client’s success is, indeed, our success.” Looking ahead, Carey hopes to stay with the MWC and contribute to its steady growth. She is passionate about all the Centre brings to the community and all the community brings to the Centre. “It’s the perfect partnership,” says Carey. “And look what we’ve achieved so far!” Carey’s vision and passion for the Centre, Sidney, and life in general, inspire. This young woman already makes a huge contribution to our community and we celebrate all she is—and will become!

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Dr. Kristen Bovee is a naturopathic physician who has served on Vancouver Island for 15 years.

With over 25 years of experience and a genuine passion for helping people, Colleen makes filing your income tax return as painless and straightforward as possible. Whether you start with a shoebox overflowing with receipts, or a single T4 and a well-ordered stack of papers, Security House Accounting is the answer to all your income tax needs.

She is board certified in anti-aging and natural hormone therapy, prolotherapy and PRP, nutritional IV and chelation therapy. Kristen is a member of the BCNA and CNPBC and holds a prescribing authority license for B.C. Dr. Kristen has special interest in treating women’s hormone imbalances, osteoarthritis/ pain syndromes, and food allergies. She is accepting new patients in Victoria and Sidney where services are covered by extended health plans with direct billing.

Colleen and her staff are excited to serve the Saanich Peninsula community from their new location in Sidney.

Sidney: 102 - 9725 Fourth St, 250.655.1660 www.peninsulanaturopathic.com Member of Security House Accounting Services 3 - 2490 Bevan Avenue, Sidney 766 Hillside Avenue, Victoria 250.590.5162 www.securityhouseaccounting.com

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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 interior design team has been busy with new designs for residential and commercial properties on the Peninsula and throughout Greater Victoria since 2008. Their passion is creating spaces that truly reflect the way their clients wish to live. Your home and décor should not only make you feel comfortable, it should feel like it "fits." A fresh set of objective eyes on a home is a first step in understanding renovation and new design; these designers are able to break down and simplify the process by eliminating the feeling of "don't know where to begin." Reusing or reinventing materials and furniture already in the space is a key to their design, and an unexpected bargain or vintage find can be the final piece of the puzzle. This team is also very active staging properties for sale. Victoria’s hot real estate market now demands every property be presented at its very best for a fast sale at the best possible price. Staging creates a neutral appeal to a very broad audience, thereby opening it up to a greater pool of prospective buyers. Call today for your one-day room makeover, design and renovation project, colour consultation and real estate staging needs.

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Krista Loughton wrote, directed and produced the emotional documentary Us and Them. Outstanding audience response makes Krista a filmmaker to keep our eyes on in the future.

Local Theatre Showcases Local Talent We are fortunate in Sidney to have a local movie theatre, otherwise it's unlikely that small, independent films would be accessible to many of us. At the Star Cinema in February an important film about homelessness, addiction and healing was shown, with a Q&A with Writer, Director and Producer, Krista Loughton. The world premiere of Us and Them was held at Victoria City Hall in December. The film has screened to standing-room only audiences in Victoria and the documentary is now going on a Vancouver Island tour. Filmed over most of a decade, Us and Them is a feature documentary about the unlikely friendships that develop between four homeless and addicted people and filmmaker Krista Loughton. Loughton has been passionately working on this, her first feature length documentary, for the past eight years. Us and Them chronicles Loughton's experience befriending four addicted and homeless street people with tragic pasts who ultimately change the course of her life. She participates on-screen in the film, while producing and being one of its writers and directors. This visceral film digs deep into the

root causes of chronic homelessness while showing the capacity for transformation through human connection. The film is written and directed by Loughton and multi-award winning filmmaker Jennifer Abbott who joined the project in 2013. Abbott is the co-director and editor of the widely acclaimed film The Corporation, frequently billed as the most successful documentary in Canadian history. Krista Loughton's future aspirations are to take Us and Them On The Road. The first trip would be to La Loche, SK, participant Karen Montgrand's hometown. To finance the trip Loughton plans to do a "Let's Take Karen Home" crowd funding campaign. Loughton also hopes to plan a screening in Ottawa for all of Canada's MP's. This idea is still in the works, and ideally would involve a 10-city cross-Canada tour to raise awareness about chronic homelessness, addiction, and Housing First. This will also require further crowd funding and corporate sponsorship. For more information visit www.usandthemthefilm.ca. SEASIDE | march 2016 | WWW.SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 25

2 0 1 6 w o m en t o wa t c h judy costanzo & becky brigham

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. 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 Scooters

Barbara Brunlees, a retired nurse, moved to Sidney from Powell River four years ago and, together with her brother Tom, bought Sidney Scooters Ltd. She has found that being in the mobility business in Sidney is a wonderful match for her love of of meeting new people, hearing their stories and helping them with their challenges. Sidney Scooters carries a complete line of mobility products for sale or rent: electric scooters, walkers, wheelchairs, scooter accessories, designer canes and many more great mobility aids. We pride ourselves on outstanding and friendly customer service. Stop in and say “Hi!” We’d love to meet you!

Sidney Pharmacy is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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D o n n a F i n l ay s o n Wine Kitz Sidney Donna co-owns Wine Kitz, an independent, family-run business, with her husband Derek. Locally-owned and operated, Wine Kitz provides clientele with excellent product, great customer service and awardwinning wines.

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. 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.


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The modern U-Vint facility offers equipment that makes bottling wine fun, easy and affordable! There is an option for everyone, whether you simply enjoy an occasional glass or are a connoiseur with your own cellar! Whether you make wine on-premises or at home, Donna invites you to visit Wine Kitz and “Enjoy the Experience!”

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

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RENN BIBEAU | Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation The newest addition to the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation, Renn brings passion and dedication to everything she does. She throws herself entirely into each new endeavour, charming everyone as she goes. Renn has a diverse background with a passion for adventure and a strong need to do work that matters. Hailing from Calgary, she spent the early years of her career on the frontlines of healthcare. She worked with various departments within the Calgary Health Region to help clinics hone their Patient Relation practices and craft effective patient care databases. After an extended trip to India, she set her sights on Vancouver Island to complete a Bachelor of Music in Classical Vocal Performance. A member of Victoriabased band Fox Glove, Renn can be heard on the CBC, movie soundtracks and a number of collaborations with other artists. Though they perform extensively, Fox Glove also makes time to entertain residents in the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Extended Care. In May 2014, Renn began working with the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation, and has already become deeply imbedded in the life of the hospital. A week after starting work, she began her volunteer career at the hospital. For some time she played cribbage with residents in ECU on Tuesday evenings. Then she began taking photos of the PATS animal volunteers and their owners, who deliver animal therapy to SPH residents. If that wasn’t enough, she took on the task of managing a group of teenage volunteers. Her boundless energy continues to inspire (and surprise!) SPH staff. Renn believes in fostering strong connections with others to help create environments of great potential, and she is delighted to spend her days nurturing those bonds with donors, staff and patients at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital. She also plays a mean ukulele.

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friends & neighbours "every business and property owner is part of my professional family. I want each and every one to succeed."

A Passion for Sidney! by Susan Simosko

Spend one day with Donna Petrie and your head will spin. With astounding energy, Donna fulfills the complex role of Executive Director for the Sidney Business Improvement Area Society (SBIA). At any given moment, she juggles dozens of projects and initiatives, speaks with SBIA members, supports, promotes and helps coordinate large-scale community events, works with the media and designs the SBIA's next brochure or ad – and that's just for starters! Donna's workload is not for the faint of heart! What's most impressive, however, is Donna's passion to get the job done right, always with a smile, and always in a way that celebrates Sidney. After working many years in the hospitality and film industries, Donna arrived in Sidney two years ago to work with the newlyformed SBIA. As she puts it: "I always wanted to work in a small town and collaborate with others to make a noticeable difference. I couldn't be happier with how it's worked out." Her primary role as Executive Director is to help the SBIA fulfill its mandate to "increase footsteps to Sidney." She does this in multiple ways, primarily by creating and implementing innovative marketing and promotion strategies to showcase Sidney as a unique, fun and beautiful destination. "Our marketing strategies focus on attracting people from local and regional communities," Donna tells me, "but we also market well outside the region too, such as in Portland and Seattle. And of course through social media, we reach people around the world too." She loves hearing stories of people from Mexico, Scotland, or Japan, for example, who have learned about Sidney through the SBIA's social media efforts. "It's crazy," she says, "just how powerful social media is!" The SBIA's Facebook page has become a regular repository for photos and stories about Sidney. The SBIA is funded through a levy on commercial properties so, as Donna puts it: "Every business and property owner is part of my professional family. I want each and every one to succeed and make the most of the footsteps – the potential customers – we attract to the town." Donna works as effectively with not-for-profit organizations as she does with the business community. "We are so lucky," she says. "Look

Donna Petrie's primary role as the Executive Director of the SBIA is to help it fulfill its mandate to "increase footsteps to Sidney."

at the incredible cultural and recreational resources we have: the Mary Winspear Centre, the Sidney Museum, the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre, the Community Arts Council, the Peninsula Celebrations Society, Panorama, and so forth! It is such a rich and wonderful place – and that doesn't even include the natural beauty that surrounds us all. Truly, I landed in a remarkable community." Donna also has high praise for Town of Sidney staff. "Right from day one, everyone has been so welcoming and supportive of our work," she says. "Just look at Christmas in Sidney or Family Day – these events would not be possible without the collaborative efforts of the Town working closely with the business community and our local organizations." In addition to her job, Donna is mom to Rowan, aged seven. She is also completing a diploma in Public Relations at UVic and serves on the Victoria Film Commission Board. "The purpose of the Commission is to market and promote the Greater Victoria area to the film industry," she tells me, quickly adding, "and that includes Sidney too, of course!" Donna can be contacted at info@distinctlysidney.ca. SEASIDE | march 2016 | WWW.SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 29

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Girls and Their Toys

by Deborah Rogers

I might be a surprising choice

for the motoring column, but I do love cars! Not in a "tinker-with-theengine," "spend-weekends-at-autoshows" sort of way; I just love to drive a really nice car. I've used the excuse that there's never the perfect vehicle for all occasions to try lots of different machines. I love to drive a great car, but I don't always enjoy shopping for them. Turning up at a showroom with kids in tow often leads to assumptions about the type of vehicle I'll want. I've actually never driven a minivan, and have no desire to. I'm not really interested in where the cup holders are, and if you think what's on my mind when I'm looking at the back of that convertible is "I wonder if I'll fit the groceries in?" – well, no! I get annoyed when a salesman makes assumptions about me, but have to admit it's hard not to fall into playing along. Currently I'm driving a 1991 Mazda Miata: it's gorgeous, British racing green with a tan interior, zippy five-speed gearbox and a rear-wheel drive that can raise your pulse on a traffic-free, winding road. I knew I was in love when I first sat inside. Low to the ground and compact, it reminded me of the Mini Cooper I used to drive. I felt right at home

before I even turned the ignition, so why did I feel I had to say on the test drive "I'll try not to drive like a girl?" As soon as the words were out of my mouth I took it down a gear and accelerated around a corner like the pro I believe myself to be, but still, I was disappointed in myself. It's happened before when taking a car to the garage for repairs. If I don't really understand what's wrong with it I find myself playing dumb, hoping I won't get ripped off, deep down believing that probably I will. I don't like that feeling. I'm a capable person so I took steps to remedy it. I can't recommend highly enough the benefits of educating yourself! Once I was the owner of my fantastic little car I took it to a local garage and asked an expert to talk me through all the things I should know. He showed me under the hood, the fluids, the warning lights, the sneakily-hidden button to open the gas cap. Best of all he talked to me as an enthusiast, encouraging me to ask more questions. Now I have a car I love, and feel confident looking after. (Thanks to Ian at Deep Cove Auto for the non-condescending maintenance tips.) Photo by www.nuttycake.com.

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We’re celebrating In 1995, a proposal call went out to build a new 30,370 square foot facility, with an estimated cost of $6 million. Through an impressive “Honouring the Past Building the Future” fundraising campaign by the newly formed SANSCHA Community Cultural Centre Foundation, and the involvement of several generous donors, the re-development project was successfully completed. To honour the rich past of SANSCHA Hall and its volunteers, the new Centre was built around the original hall, upgrading it acoustically and seismographically. In September 2001, the Mary Winspear Centre opened its doors to an excited, proud community. The new facility was named after the inspirational Mary Winspear. William Winspear, her nephew, was a very generous contributor to the campaign in honour of Mary. She dedicated her life to educating youth and retired to the Peninsula where William would visit in the summers. Like SANSCHA Hall in the early years, the Mary Winspear Centre has continued to evolve since its opening into a gathering place for our community to enjoy arts and culture, recreation and social engagement on the Peninsula.

2016 will be a year to celebrate the Mary Winspear Centre and the community that supports it everyday. This year, again, we are bringing world class entertainment and events to Sidney for everyone on the Peninsula to enjoy. In September we will open our doors to the public for a 15th Anniversary Party. Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Charlie White Theatre, meet our community partners, and learn the history of the land dating back to 1921. For more information please visit www.marywinspear.ca to keep up to date on all the events happening in 2016 and help us celebrate 15 years of being the Centre of your Experience!

Friends of the Mary Winspear Centre Starting this March, as part of our anniversary celebration, the Mary Winspear Centre will be offering a Friends of the Mary Winspear Centre membership. This membership is a way for us to give back to the community that has supported the Centre over the past 15 years. We recognize that many of the Centre’s patrons attend multiple events throughout the year and this membership will now give everyone a way to stay connected to the Centre with many perks!

What ’s Happening Members will enjoy a variety of benefits to enhance their experience. For an annual fee of $50 all members will receive:




Dance Extravaganza



Lennie Gallant

Gilbert & Sullivan The Gondoliers


Bazan Bay 5k


Go Figure Art Exhibit


Dance Unlimited


Inspired Wellness Holistic Fair

Beaded Shibori Silk Bracelet Class

Pre-sale period for tickets

Invitations to member events

Advance notice of exhibitions, shows and events

10% discount on all ticketed shows and events (maximum 2 tickets per show)


Subscription to e-news letters

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Voting membership to the Memorial Park Society


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April 16th & 17th Visit Sidney’s vibrant boutique shopping district for a weekend of fun and surprises. Stroll the avenues and see all the latest and greatest our Sidney merchants have in store.

There will be product demonstrations, refreshments and your chance to win one of three fantastic prizes. Remember to save the date and we’ll see you soon for this great event!

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New & Noteworthy by Lara Gladych

waterfront Happenings Lift Your Spirits Victoria Distillers (formerly Victoria Spirits) is nearer to opening on Sidney's waterfront. The 8,500-square-foot space on Seaport Place, which will house the distillery, received the critical distilling system back in January. The building has been undergoing renovations over several months to prepare for the system (built by Saanichton's Specific Mechanical Systems). The arrival of the distilling system is a major step closer to the completion of the facility. Keep an eye on this local business, another to soon open on Sidney's revitalized waterfront. Learn about them online at www.victoriadistillers.com.

events Sidney by the Sea Turned NYC Bright Lights Big Sidney, a fundraising event benefiting the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre, was held at the Sidney Pier Hotel on January 23. It was the Pier's annual theme event, which this

News, changes, updates, launches? Email news@seasideamagazine.ca. year was a Times Square and Studio 54 inspired disco party! 340 "New Yorkers for a night" attended, visiting the various NYC locales. Many Saanich Peninsula businesses supported the fundraiser by donating prizes or buying tickets, and local artists also donated pieces for the silent auction. The Pier would like to thank their many sponsors. Almost the entire staff at the Sidney Pier contributed in some way to the event, and altogether, with the generous support of the community, just over $10,000 was raised in support of the Centre!

Taking It To The Street Seaside Magazine is pleased to announce its 3rd Annual Taking It To the Street event, in support of Help Fill A Dream Foundation. The road hockey charity event takes place Saturday, June 11 at the Mary Winspear Centre. In celebration of Help Fill a Dream's 30th anniversary, this year's goal is for 30 teams to raise $30,000. As space is limited, teams are encouraged to register early and take advantage of early bird registration pricing! Teams of up to 10 players can register for

$250 before March 1, or $300 after that. For more information and to register, contact Panorama Recreation at 250-656-7271 or www.panoramarecreation.ca.


There's An App For That A newcomer to Sidney, Advantcomp Consulting Inc. builds custom mobile apps and web software. While staying current with emerging technologies, they couple a passion for producing elegant code with the skills to develop various platforms, thereby transforming clients' concepts into apps they can be proud of. Bring them your idea and they can help articulate your concept into an app-based product or service. You'll find them at 303-B 2537 Beacon Avenue. For more information visit www.advantcomp.com.

anniversaries In Full Bloom

Meadow Oak Nursery, in Deep Cove, is celebrating 20 growth rings! Over the years the nursery has found its niche

growing unusual flowering shrubs, rare species rhodos, a huge selection of perennials and gorgeous summer annuals. They're 20 on the 20th, and are celebrating with 20% off storewide from March 20 to 27. Alison, Sonja and Sue are happy to share their passion and knowledge in helping you select the perfect plants, whether you're new to gardening or an experienced green thumb. Visit them at 1070 Wain Road. They're open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and may be reached at 250-655-1756.

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Hi-Tech Collision in Sidney, and Keating Collision in Saanichton, have recently been acquired by Boyd Autobody & Glass. The Boyd Group Inc. is one of the largest operators of non-franchised collision repair centres in North America. They are excited to add these local businesses to their Island network, further expanding their presence in B.C. With a total of 11 locations in the province, Boyd is a leading provider of collision repair services.


Recipe of the Month Come gather at the farmhouse for the second in a series featuring our gourmet products. This month is about using our local Fruit Infused Vinegars!

Did You Know ... In a hotly debated council meeting, Jack Barker and town staff fought to purchase the north end of Eastview Park. This saved our waterfront walkway and park from becoming a duplex.

Beets, Greens & Goat Cheese Topped with Strawberry Infused Fruit Vinegar Raw Beets, selection of coloured greens, broken goat cheese, cucumber slices, grape tomatoes, mushroom shavings, mashed avocado. Warm vinegar and serve over salad on individual plates. Lemon Verbena Infused Vinegar Prawns Olive oil, fresh rosemary, prawns, lemon verbena vinegar. Place oil in glass dish with fresh rosemary or bay leaves, add prawns, drizzle with lemon verbena vinegar and top with a little thai chili sauce. Cook at 350° till pink; serve hot.



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March 23rd, 2016 1 - 2:30 p.m. Come gather at the farmhouse for the second in a series featuring our local fruit infused vinegars. Discover several new salads, Lemon Verbena Vinegar Prawns, Blackberry Vinegar sorbet. Use our Vinegars for appetizers, entrées and desserts. Email info@snowdonhouse.ca or call 250-658-3419 to register. Limit 15.

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Thrilled parents Delia and Cosmin look on at a recent Peninsula Panthers game as Help Fill a Dream Executive Director Craig Smith gives 11-year-old Dacian Filipescu a trip to Edmonton to see the Oilers play.

Local Boy's Dream is Filled Help Fill A Dream surprised 11-year-old Dacian Filipescu at the Peninsula Panthers home game February 12th with a trip to Edmonton to see his all-time favourite hockey team play. Dacian and his parents flew to Edmonton to see the Oilers play two games, attended a morning skate with the team and received a few other surprises. Dacian has Duschenne muscular dystrophy, a rapidly progressive form of muscular dystrophy, but he has not let his condition diminish his love of sports. He has a keen interest in playing baseball, football, soccer, basketball and especially hockey! "This is such a thrill for us. We are overwhelmed by the generosity of everyone involved," said Delia Filipescu, Dacian's mother. "This means so much to Dacian because he realizes that due to his condition, he won't be able to play sports or even walk in the future." "What Canadian child has not dreamed of seeing their favourite hockey team play? Help Fill A Dream is very excited to be able to

make Dacian's Dream come true. We believe that Dreams change lives and that happiness heals," said Help Fill A Dream Executive Director, Craig Smith. Help Fill a Dream provides hope, help and happiness for Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands children with life-threatening conditions. The foundation fulfills dreams, improves quality of life and assists families with care and financial support. Help Fill A Dream is proud to be celebrating 30 years of making Dreams come true. Join Seaside Magazine from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sidney's Mary Winspear Centre for their 3rd Annual "Taking It To The Street" road hockey fundraiser in support of Help Fill A Dream Foundation. "30 for 30" is the theme for this year's event; the goal is to have 30 teams participate and raise an ambitious $30,000. For more information visit www.helpfilladream.com. Photo by www.nuttycake.com. SEASIDE | march 2016 | WWW.SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 37

seaside arts scene by Gillian Crowley

Sidney Classical Orchestra Celebrates Talented Youth

Is there something happening in the Peninsula or Gulf Islands Art Scene we should know about? Email gillian@seasidemagazine.ca.

PEI's Lennie Gallant This renowned Canadian singer-songwriter has recorded 10 albums (eight in English and two in French), which have won him a host of awards and nominations from the JUNOs, the East Coast Music Awards and Les Prix Eloizes. He was recently honored with the Canadian Folk Music Award for Artist of the Year for his latest recording Live Acoustic at The Carleton. Lennie is also celebrating the launch of a new book titled Peter's Dream – a collaboration with visual artist and sibling Karen Gallant. Presented by the Deep Cove Folk Music Society. Tickets at the Mary Winspear Centre box office or via www.marywinspear. ca. March 5, 8 p.m., Bodine Hall, Mary Winspear Centre.

For the fifth year in a row, the SCO will provide an opportunity for talented young musicians to perform publicly with a professional orchestra. "Often their performances have launched noteworthy careers," says music director Stephen Brown. This year's seven soloists will be Bonnie Lu, age 11, on piano; Erik Lin, also 11, on piano; Sophie van der Sloot, age 13, on cello; Emma ReaderLee, age 16, on violin; Kate Moran, age 16, on violin; Rebecca Bracewell, age 18 on accordion; and Leslie Opatril, age 21, composer (Mary Byrne will play Leslie's composition Tangled Thoughts – Piccolo Concerto). Here's your chance to hear and encourage some outstanding young musicians. For tickets call 250-480-1133. March 11, 7:30 p.m., St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church, 10030 Third Street, Sidney.

Beauty in "Small Expressions" The Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula has challenged its member artists to create "Small Expressions" within 12 by 12 inches or smaller, two- or three-dimensional. On display you'll find paintings, collage, photography, fibre arts, pottery, metal and wood expressions. Admire their creativity and find that small jewel for just the right place in your home. March 4 to 30, Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tulista Gallery, 9565 Fifth Street at Tulista Park.

"Women Hold Up Half the Sky" The Victoria Community Arts Council is sponsoring an exhibition in celebration of International Women's Day on March 8. Women artists who live full or part-time on Vancouver Island or the Gulf Islands have been invited to submit their work. The theme is: Women Actively Engaging

with the World through Their Art / Art as an Active Agent Promoting Positive Change. Much scope for artistic interpretation! February 25 to March 13, CACGV Gallery at the Bay Centre (1150 Douglas Street, third level).

Attention Singers! The Victoria Mendelssohn Choir, directed by Simon Leung, is looking for new members in all sections for their 2016 Spring Season. Auditions will end March 6. The programme will be Haydn, St. Nicolas Mass No.6 in G Major, Secular; Beethoven, Meeresstille und glückliche Fahrt; Schumann, Romanzen und Balladen, op.67 and Brahms, Vier quartette, op.92. The Spring Season will conclude with two concerts on June 25 and 26. Rehearsals Monday evenings, 7 p.m. at St. Peter's Anglican Church, 3939 St. Peter's Road (off Quadra Street) in Victoria. To arrange for your audition, contact Clara at cchay@live.ca or 250-590-6335.

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Financial Planning for Women Putting some time and thought into your financial future is a fantastic way to celebrate International Women's Day this year. Although the basics of financial by Krista Scotvold Senior Advisor, Investments planning are Island Savings (a division of the same no First West Credit Union) matter your gender, women face unique lifestyle and economic issues that require special consideration. Here are just a few examples: Women Usually Live Longer Recent data from Statistics Canada put women's life expectancy at 83.3 years while men tend to average 78.8 years. Most Canadian retirees live on $2,400 a month – so this extra 54 months of life expectancy means that women need to have approximately $130,000 more saved for retirement than their male counterparts. Women are Multitaskers Although both genders face a swarm of competing priorities, it's typically women that attempt to plan for everything at once by balancing the goals of retirement planning with college funds, vacation savings, rainy day expenses and more. The ability to prioritize these competing goals well (plus the art of time management) can have a major impact on the success of your financial plan – especially now that women are quickly becoming the primary investment decisionmakers in their households. Women are Still the Primary Caregivers in Canadian Households Our social role as nurturers (66% of caregivers are women) can be costly in terms of earning potential outside of the

home – as much as $325,000 in combined salary, social security and pension benefits, according to a recent report. As we age, we often take on caregiving responsibilities for aging parents too. Our ability to absorb this loss in income requires a strategic and disciplined investment and savings plan that your financial advisor can help you build and manage. Women Need to Protect Their Wealth and Legacy Many women now marry in their 30s and 40s when they've already built up a career, net worth and major assets. As a result, serious consideration should be given to both pre-nuptial agreements and, at minimum, an updated will and power of attorney (especially if you have children). A will lets you identify legal guardians for your children and protect

what you're leaving them. The bottom line? If you don't already have a clearly prioritized savings and investment plan in place, get started on one right away with your trusted advisor. It's never too late to focus on becoming financially independent, and it's essential that all women take ongoing measures to protect their current wealth, their retirement plans (which should include continued investing – you need to plan to fund at least 20 years of expenses) and their legacy. Island Savings, a division of First West Credit Union, offers more than 60,000 members on Vancouver Island and the Southern Gulf Islands a suite of innovative products and an extensive branch network. As a leading employer in the region, First West Credit Union provides generous community investment to the Island Savings region through the Growing Island Families Together (GIFT) program in support of Island children and their families. Looking to build a financial plan? Email kscotvold@islandsavings.ca with your questions or to set up an appointment.

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expectations with Rudi Hoenson's $200,000 Matching Gift Campaign in support of purchasing overhead lifts at Broadmead Care. It was expected to take two years to raise the funds needed but support was overflowing by the end of December thanks to the generosity of community business leaders and residents. Because of this amazing response, Rudi (pictured) increased his match to $250,000. When asked why he wanted to increase his already generous gift, Rudy's reasoning was: "It sounds so much nicer to say half a million dollars!" The funds not needed to complete the Overhead Lift Project will be used to refurbish residents' rooms at the Veterans Memorial Lodge at Broadmead, providing new clothes cupboards, night tables, and draperies. The furniture and drapes are 20 years old and need to be replaced. In some cases, the laminate is peeling off the furniture, making it difficult to clean and causing residents' rooms to look shabby. The draperies have been laundered so many times that they are faded and worn. The cost to replace the furniture and drapes (which must be fireretardant) is $1,500 per room. Broadmead Care is also planning its 13th Annual Commissionaires/ Broadmead Care Charity Golf Tournament in support of refurbishing resident's rooms. Organizers are hopeful this year's tournament, taking place

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May 6, 2016 at Uplands Golf Club, will raise $100,000. Always a sellout, the event will feature fun and interactive course play, followed by an amazing dinner and charity auction in the Club House. For more information on the golf tournament and Broadmead Care visit www.broadmeadcare.com or call Shannon Donnelly in the donations office at 250-658-3274. Broadmead Care is Vancouver Island's designated residential care facility and adult day programs provider for hundreds of WWII and Korean War veterans, seniors and adults with disabilities. Broadmead Care operates the Veterans Memorial Lodge at Broadmead, Nigel House, Harriet House and Veterans Health Centre.

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

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Peninsula Celebrations Society Annual Easter Egg Hunt Join the Peninsula Celebrations Society for its Annual Easter Egg Hunt at 1 p.m. on March 27, 2016 at Dominion Brook Park (across from Panorama Recreation Centre in North Saanich). Children are invited to bring their Easter baskets to the lovely heritage park – the Easter Bunny will have been up since dawn hiding eggs in nooks and crannies. Find them and bring them to the Easter Bunny and you'll receive a scrumptious chocolate and perhaps other tasty treats! Parents and grandparents are welcome to take part in the fun. Remember to bring cameras! Admission is by donation.

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The Sunny Side of Canoe Cove Joe's by Lara Gladych This is the fifth in a six-part series of profiles featuring some of the Saanich Peninsula's wonderful restaurants and pubs. Rise n' shine! It's breakfast time at Canoe Cove Joe's. The restaurant's namesake and chef, Joe Bourdeau, and I sit in the back corner of the restaurant, each with a latté in hand. I notice a few more additions to the décor since my last visit, each playing into either the ocean-grey colour scheme or nautical theme. I also see Muse Winery promotional

cards on each table. The restaurant is now featuring two Muse wines, the Pinot Gris and the Cabernet Sauvignon, both of which Joe's very fond of and which pair well with everything. What are people eating at this time of year? It continues to be the Ultimate Burger, which is fitting as it's what he hoped would be his biggest draw. "We get a lot of comments on the burger. People come in and say it's the best burger around." According to Joe, they are slowly becoming

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recognized as a burger joint, and their image is gradually lining up with his original vision: "Burgers and beer." As this is our first breakfast interview, Joe decides to serve me something else he may soon generate a following for: his "Bennies." Four varieties of eggs benedict make their way onto the space in front of me. Before I cut into them, Joe tells me they've recently substituted crumpets where the English muffins used to be. They better absorb everything, and are easier to cut.

With my very first bite I agree: the crumpet is a perfect choice. The hollandaise is delicious, and not too heavy. It has a nice translucent-ness that in effect veils the egg. The Classic Benny is made with finely sliced ham, and nothing more. Classic. On to the West Coast, which is made with smoked wild salmon and topped with capers. Again, it's nothing more than it claims to be, but the presentation and taste are clean and simple. Thumbs up. Joe mentions that at one point he considered "knocking out" some of the Bennies, taking them off the menu, but realized that they're all popular, and that none outsells any other. I move next to the All Aboard, which I think would be my husbands's favourite. It's topped with bacon, tomato and lots of sauteed mushrooms. The mushrooms really carry the flavour in this one, and yet the bacon and tomato remain distinct.

Lastly, my favourite: the Jolly Roger. Next to his burgers, Joe's crab cakes have been a huge success for him, and he has carried

"You have to live in the moment. You can't worry about what wasn't done, what you should have done. You do the best you can." the taste over into this Benny. The cake on its own is a stand-alone hit, so compound the flavour with hollandaise, young butter lettuce, spinach and a topping of sauteed onions, and you've got yourself some Benny heaven. It is rich, but with flavour, not heaviness. The greens are a brilliant addition because they contrast the rest in colour,

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texture and taste. I ask Joe if he's having fun. "Yeah, I am. I get to talk to my customers every morning." He enjoys hearing what everyone is up to, and is on a first-name basis with many of his regulars, some of whom he sees every day. What are the biggest lessons he's learned since opening his own restaurant? "You have to live in the moment. You can't worry about what wasn't done, what you should have done. You do the best you can, and hopefully that's okay with everybody." If you're looking for a place to hold your next private function, Joe would like you to consider using the restaurant in the afterhours. Meetings, parties and even weddings – he's already hosted one! He'll tailor the menu to your liking and budget. The patio opens on April 1. Until then, the cozy inside awaits, and so does your breakfast, Canoe Cove style.

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this month in history "it's a capital mistake to theorize before you have all the evidence" - sir arthur conan doyle

25 Years Since Michael Dunahee Vanished by Valerie Green

Can you imagine

the force, one being retired officer Fred Mills who was in charge. Police Chief John Ducker also had one desire before he retired in 2014 – to what it must be like to have the case solved. Sadly, the Dunahee abduction remains a cold case, have your child taken despite thousands of tips and even the publication of from you the book Vanished – The Michael Dunahee Story. One in a split second, and 25 years later still not know of the most promising recent tips was when a young where he is or whether he is alive or dead? No one Surrey man with a background history that seemed to could – unless they had experienced it. fit the scenario agreed to have his DNA taken. Hopes For Crystal and Bruce Dunahee, that has been their were raised but then dashed when his DNA did not reality since March 24, 1991 when their son, Michael, match Michael's. Through the years there have been was abducted in the Blanshard Elementary School other DNA testings which have led nowhere. "These playground. They have somehow managed to keep leads are all treated with integrity and compassion," going, living on the hope that Michael is alive and one stated one police officer. day they will know what happened to him. To mark this 25th year, there will be more media But how have they survived those years? In the attention. A CBC Radio One documentary ran beginning it was a roller coaster of emotions as tips and leads came in – then fell apart. They continued Michael at age four. locally in January and is being aired nationally. The annual Keep the Hope Alive Run is on Sunday, April to get the word out with posters, through the media, 3, in Esquimalt, but this year the Dance, usually held appearing on talk shows, talking with psychics, and on the Friday night before (this year April 1), is being holding annual dances and the Keep the Hope Alive billed as The Last Dance. It seems appropriate to Run every March. Crystal hung on for her daughter end on the 25th year. However, that does not mean Caitlin's sake. She worked at her day job as well as for the Dunahees have given up. Hope IS still alive and Child Find. She is now President of Child Find BC always will be until an answer is found. An event is and Child Find Canada and has received the Order of also being planned at the old Blanshard Elementary British Columbia for her work. School to unveil a new plaque on Michael's Tree of And, she runs … "Running," Crystal said, "is Remembrance in May. cathartic." Pounding the pavement allows her to turn Michael would be 30 this May 12. His parents, off her thoughts and concentrate on something other sister, grandparents, family and friends have been than the misery in her heart. As the years passed, she deprived of a lifetime of memories: attending has entered many marathons. She still runs and cycles Age progression to kindergarten, grade school, graduation, postand keeps herself in good shape, always trying to Michael's possible appearance now. secondary education, marriage and perhaps even improve on her "personal best." grandchildren for Crystal and Bruce. Someone stole In the beginning there were rumours about the all that from Michael and his family. Someone, somewhere knows the Dunahees' marriage. Would they separate and go their separate truth and someone should pay the price. ways? Facing similar heartbreak, many couples divorce. Others If you know anything, please contact the Victoria Police come together in solidarity. For the Dunahees, the first years Department, or Crime Stoppers Anonymous (1-800-222-TIPS), were difficult. However, in the year 2008, on their 25th wedding or email me (address below) and I will pass on the information to my anniversary, they renewed their wedding vows – an act which speaks police contact. Thank you. for itself. Valerie Green is an author/historian and can be reached For the Victoria police, the passing of the years has also been hard. at valgee@shaw.ca. Many police officers who were initially on the case have long since left SEASIDE | march 2016 | WWW.SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 47

smell the coffee "it's fitting that this, volume 65, will be my last in seaside magazine. My coffee journeys are taking me to central america"

Coffee and Retirement The Saanich Peninsula is no stranger to retirees; they represent the largest demographic in the picturesque area and every day local coffee houses are filled with lively banter and stories of life experience. As a former barista, I've had the pleasure of serving many retirees, and my multitude of discussions with them are proof that so much awaits people after age 65 if you set your mind to it. by Steve Sheppard

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Until a few years ago, the magic age in Canada for retirement was 65, and it's fitting that this, Volume 65 of "Smell The Coffee," will be my last in Seaside Magazine. I would like to thank Sue, Deborah and Allison at Seaside for the opportunity to share my passion for locally roasted coffee. My coffee journeys (and sailing) are taking me to Central America and I am excited about the possibilities that lie ahead. Being an avid lover of coffee, I will always be intrigued by how our simple daily cup has woven itself throughout our society and weathered a number of proverbial storms through time: prohibition, drought, financial meltdowns, war and greed. I think coffee has endured due to the single most important element in our society: friendship. More friendships are born over a cup of coffee than any beverage worldwide, and it has become a daily ceremony which is different for each of us. In a nostalgic moment I was looking through my archives and realized we've covered a lot of territory! During the past six years we've talked about: coffee and hydration, how coffee impacts teenagers, green coffee and the terroir, the negative environmental impacts of the K-Cup, coffee and its similarity to wine, famous people and their coffee habits, cowboy coffee, and coffee and breast cancer. We've even talked about coffee, sex and politics, and this past summer touched on the newest up-and-coming trends: cold draught coffee and caskconditioned coffee. My all-time favourite column was "The Music of Coffee" in June of 2012. Great music and coffee go hand-in-hand and a large majority of people enjoy both together. Reflecting on what coffee has endured and comparing it with the stories I've heard from retirees in our community, they have much in common. Many retirees have experienced war, the Great Depression and hard times. Maybe we need to give more credit to the retirees in our community and listen a little more intently when they speak, because they do so from experience. In so saying I bid adieu, quoting the immortal words from Bob Dylan's song One More Cup of Coffee: "one more cup of coffee for the road, one more cup of coffee before I go, to the valley below" … Steve out.



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The spacious house is set in the middle of a well-treed, five-sided two-and-a-half acre lot with views of Prospect Lake. This distinctive house, with its four bedrooms and three bathrooms, is the result of close collaboration in 2010 between the owners, John and Jeanette, and Mike Nixon of Broadmead Designs Ltd. As I approach up the sloping drive, past grassy areas, I am aware that considerable thought has gone into the visual impact of this 3,500-square-foot house. "Our builder was Wayne Davis of Award Builders," says Jeanette. "He's highly recommended." The faรงade of the house has three sections. On the ground floor to the left is a double garage, with three attractive hand-peeled fir pillars delineating the doors. This section has been slightly advanced to support a wide, glass-sided balcony that flows into a partly covered patio at the front and encompasses the whole of the

end section of the house. The middle section has a matching door and long window; this combination is twice duplicated in the next section. On the main floor, a dramatic effect has been achieved: two windows, with contrasting right angular ones above, reach up to a large triangular extension of the roof. The edges are emphasized by inlaid wood, and the delineation achieved by more fir pillars is very pleasing. The impact is enhanced by the subtle contrasts of the grey walls, dark metal roofs and the black window frames. "We wanted to bring the outside in," Jeanette says when I remark on the enormous use of large, unclad windows. This is a house of light, with views of trees, lawns and the lake; the home is a blend of successful innovation with artistic enthusiasm. There are numerous plants and even a tuneful canary in an airy cage! SEASIDE HOMES | march 2016 | WWW.SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 51

A large, quartz-topped triangular island separates the kitchen from the main living space. The bright red surface is a vivid contrast to the smart black drawers and cupboards and the stainless steel appliances.

Beyond the front door is a welcoming space with numerous framed wildlife prints. To the right, an open staircase with thick fir steps leads up to the main floor. It's an attractive feature with a wooden banister and ornamental, black metal spindles. It curves round and continues on the left, down to the ground floor. At the top, a door on the left leads out to a path; it winds around the house to the car park. "Planning for the future," John explains, "when we don't want to climb stairs anymore." The main living area is spacious, comprising a comfortable lounge, a six-seat dining area and an unusual kitchen. The lounge has stained 52 SEASIDE homes | march 2016

triangular beams supporting the high ceiling, like a baronial hall. "I like triangles," Jeanette smiles. With the help of Creative Spaciz, she also designed the imposing black metal wood stove, set into a surround of black porcelain tiles that cover the chimneybreast, and the long, raised hearth. "We have a heat pump and electric forced air for our main heating," John says. The kitchen is separated from the main room by a large, red quartz-topped triangular island. Three stylish metal high stools face towards a wide 30" raised fir counter that is, once again, delineated by the ubiquitous fir pillars that are such a distinctive

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From the main area, a corridor leads to a modern three-piece washroom, a tidy office/exercise room and a spacious walk-in twin closet. Their master bedroom is airy and comfortable, with tasteful furniture and large, scenic windows. An unusual feature is the use of an ornamental double sliding glass door opening into their washroom. Their en-suite is spacious, with twin stainless steel sinks, a glass enclosed shower, and a very large soaker tub "instead of a hot tub," John explains. From the tub one can enjoy the space of the bedroom and outdoors. Downstairs is a social room with a full sized snooker table, a pristine white laundry room, and an entry into the double garage, with garden machinery, bikes and tools. "My man's cave," John jokes. There is a comfortable bedroom, and the ability to convert one room to a kitchen: "Behind this wall, all the pipes and electrics have been installed," he pauses, "in case an elderly relative moves in." Jeanette and John have created a home of which they can be justly proud. To view all of the photos from this shoot, visit http://www.nuttycake. com/Vault/Architecture/Meadowbrook-Home/

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My adrenaline surged and my knees wobbled as I went to the head of the Olympic ski jump and stepped onto long boards. Moments later I hurtled down the seemingly vertical track and then soared, OK, trembled, through the air. I barely managed the landing and slid to a stop. Actually, the skis never moved. I was in a simulator, but the film and sound of wind whistling made it seem very real. My actions (when I took off, how I leaned, when I landed) were translated to a jump of 97.5 metres. Sadly, I didn't qualify for the national team. I was at the Richmond Oval Experience (ROX), which opened in late November in Richmond, B.C. and is North America's first official Olympic Museum. Fittingly, it is located in the massive edifice that was the speed-skating venue at the 2010 Olympics. What makes the ROX museum special is that it offers one of the most interactive experiences in the world, headed by five state-ofthe-art simulators that are synchronized with athletes' motions to replicate the actual experience and feel of various sports. I sat in a kayak and felt the buffeting, wind and water as I paddled down raging, frothing rapids. I drove a bobsled at frightening speed down the perilous Whistler course. I experienced being a para-skier on the Olympic slalom course. I tested my accuracy and pace at shooting hockey pucks and kicking soccer balls. Then I compared my standing jump, strength and agility to Olympic athletes. Sadly, I didn't fare very well and even young kids easily beat my scores. I thought I would recover from my exertions by quietly watching the film Pursuit of a Dream, which shows the drive behind becoming an Olympian. To my surprise, the seats moved,

synchronized with each athlete's motion to replicate the experience. Bumping along with the action, I had no rest. There is much more. Because the museum is sanctioned by the International Olympic Commission, it contains a wealth of Olympic artifacts including historic medals, Olympic torches, film clips of dramatic moments, and even Donovan Bailey's track shoes. Unfortunately, I didn't have time to sit in a broadcast booth and announce an Olympic sporting competition, or search the computer databases for special Olympic facts. After several hours, emotionally and physically worn out but very happy, I exited the ROX and decided to tour the rest of the Oval. I was astounded by the building's immense size and the way it has been reconfigured to provide a vast array of activities for the general public. There are two Olympic-sized ice rinks used for hockey, figure skating, short track speed skating and community skating. Eight sport courts were packed with people playing basketball, indoor soccer, volleyball and badminton. I was almost run over crossing a 200-metre training track! The fitness centre was enormous, an acre of buff people using a multitude of strength and cardio equipment while enjoying grand views of the Fraser River and snow-capped mountains. I gazed longingly at the state-ofthe-art climbing walls and the climbers dangling like spiders from their ropes. Outside, I circled the mammoth building, meandering along the boardwalk in the Water Sky Garden, admiring the large flapping banners depicting Canadian athletes, and following a mock Olympic torch relay. I vowed to return: I will never compete in the Olympics, but the experience here will be almost as good. SEASIDE | march 2016 | WWW.SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 63

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Return to Health, Movement, Joy and Calm 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. Our bodies were designed for movement, pleasure and enjoyment of living. In this short stint on earth, we are meant to enjoy good health and an active bountiful life. The staff at Reach Health work hard to help their clients have the best quality of life possible. Two valuable members of their team exemplify exactly what they mean by their tagline: "Reach Your Health Potential!" A Registered Massage Therapist with Reach

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in p U rsuit of the G olden Y ears flu season poses extra risks for seniors While we head down the homestretch towards the rewards that accompany spring, flu season is holding us back with determined fingers. I remember the days when the flu was nothing more than an inconvenience. These days, flu and cold viruses are stronger than ever, and for seniors by Shauna Dorko Owner, Sidney SeniorCare who often have weak or compromised immune systems, they can have frightening consequences. Protecting ourselves from contracting these often seasonal sicknesses is not an easy task, but here are some tips that can help keep ourselves and our senior loved ones healthy and at their strongest. 1. Get the Flu Vaccine. Flu viruses are constantly changing; the vaccine will help to protect against new strains and build up antibodies to fight seasonal flus. 2. Wash Your Hands A Lot. We've been told this all of our lives and it seems so simple, but it's true, especially after exposure to public places or someone who is sick. You do need to scrub for at least 20 seconds to completely rid your skin of viruses. If you can't access soap and water, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer. 3. Keep Your Home and Surroundings Clean. Make sure your home environment is cleaned and disinfected on a regular basis. Frequently touched items such as doorknobs and light switches should be given special attention. 4. Eat More Fruits and Vegetables. Try to integrate more of these foods into your own and your senior's daily routine. Good nutrition is the foundation to a stronger body. 5. Regular exercise. Exercise is a proven immune system booster, so help your senior to stay moving during these cooler months. For those seniors who don't have mobility issues, walking four times a week can reduce the risk of contracting a cold by one third. 6. Adequate Sleep. Make sure you and your loved ones get plenty of sleep to keep your immune system functioning well. 7. Prevent and Prepare. Steer clear of people you know who are ill and avoid physical contact, especially hand shaking. Keep supplies on hand such as soap, hand sanitizer, tissues, pain relievers/ decongestants, a thermometer and comfort foods like chicken soup and herbal teas. If you feel a cold coming on, research has shown that zinc lozenges may shorten its duration and lessen its severity. Be proactive; take care of yourself, your family and your senior loved ones and you'll bring seasonal-related illness to its knees. Until we meet again … let's continue to partner together in advocacy for seniors!

Written in collaboration with Sherrin Griffin. We welcome all comments, suggestions and ideas for future columns. Please email us at news@seasidemagazine.ca with "Seniors" in the subject line.


Women Whales in Charge

by Tina Kelly

For Resident Killer Whales, or Orcas,

women are in charge. These women aren't selling merchandise, crunching numbers or running a marketing campaign, but because of their social and familial structure, they most certainly could be considered CEOs of their family. Much has been discovered about these whales since the early days of killer whale research – the 1970's. An animal that once instilled fear in boaters and fishers is now considered an iconic West Coast species and loved worldwide. Vancouver Island's Resident Killer Whales are the most studied Killer Whale ecotype in the world. These Resident Killer Whales are fish – primarily salmon – eaters and are separated into Northern and Southern Resident communities based on their geographic preferences. Northern Residents' typical range lies north of Campbell River, whereas Southern Residents spend summer travelling around the Southern Gulf Islands, San Juan Islands and southern Vancouver Island and winter as far south as California. Decades of research has taught us what these animals eat, how they communicate and how we can identify one whale from another. Years of observations and photo-taking determined each whale has unique and identifiable characteristics on their dorsal fin and saddle patch. Identifying the same individual whales over time allowed scientists to determine these animals consistently stuck together in tight social

groups. Genetic analysis added to photo-identification data proved these groupings weren't gangs of friends or whales interested in the same hobbies, but were close family members with mom in charge – a matrilineal system. In a matrilineal system, the mom or matriarch leads the way. All of her offspring stay close by, learning to hunt, to communicate in their dialect and gain other life skills they need to survive. They not only stay close by, they live with mom forever and so do the grandkids, great grandkids and so on. If a daughter has had several offspring of her own or the mother dies, they may break off to start their own matriline. Sons just simply "never leave home" and stay with mom for the duration of her lifetime. What happens to sons after their mother passes away? In mom's absence, they maintain the tight family bond with their siblings. Those are strong ties, and the women lead the way. The Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre features a complete skeleton of A9, a female Northern Resident Killer Whale suspended from the ceiling of the Touch Pool gallery. A9, also known as Eve or Scar, had two sons. When A9's sons passed away in 2000 and 2001, her matriline died out as well. You can check out this skeleton along with many other interesting and unique marine mammal artifacts from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Photo: Northern Resident A30 Matriline (courtesy Leah Thorpe). SEASIDE | march 2016 | WWW.SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 67

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Sidney Casuals by Hans Tammemagi

"I love dealing with people,"

says Sue Taylor, the owner and manager of Sidney Casuals. "It's my favourite part of the job." Sue, who's been involved in the clothing retail business since her late teens, knows the trade. Her store, Sidney Casuals, was started by her late husband 33 years ago. It has carved out a niche in the regional market for men's and ladies' apparel and is a mainstay of the Sidney business community. Conveniently located in a spacious shop at 2513 Beacon Avenue near the water, Sidney Casuals offers a broad range of leisure and travel clothing. "We're not a boutique shop focusing on what's trendy," says Sue with a wide smile. "Instead we have carved out a position where we offer practical, functional clothing for men and women, including lightweight, quick-dry travel clothes. We're not high-end, and not low-end either." She describes her product as "quality casual clothing" consisting of reputable, premium quality brands that are wearable and classy. "We are one of the few stores, for example, that carry a wide range of men's cardigans," Sue says. Originally the store was called "Sidney Men's Wear." Ladies' wear was added around eight years later; 18 years ago they moved to their present location as Sidney Casuals with an expanded selection of women's wear. It is presently the largest clothing store in Sidney, with over 5,000 square feet of retail space on two levels. Sidney Casuals caters to people in their late 30s to seniors. "Our oldest customer is 102 years," says Sue proudly. She and her staff pride themselves on the lost art of spending time with a customer and providing good personalized service. Sue considers it especially important to provide great service to seniors, particularly if they have any physical ailments. If necessary, she even assists them with trying on clothing so they can be assured of exactly the right fit and the style they want. Sue's generosity and caring for people extends beyond the store. She gives time to the community and donates door prizes for the fundraising events of local organizations such as the Legion and Little League. She also holds occasional fashion shows for charities such as the Stephen Lewis Foundation campaign for African grandmothers. Sue has lived in Sidney since 1979. She finds it a beautiful town and is proud to be a part of the community. "I value the small town feel, rather than that of a bustling city," she says, "it develops a level of trust that isn't found in larger centres." With two grown daughters both living in the region, her favourite hobby is spending time with her four grandchildren.

How Kind Are You?

"I hope he is all right," she said. "So do I," I said, looking back the way we had come to see if the man had moved. I confess I would have kept going, hoping vaguely that he was all right. Betty pulled over, turned the car and drove back to the park to check on the man. I learned a big lesson that day. There are two kinds of people: those who think about being kind, and those who are kind. Betty was by Pene Beavan Horton kind enough to act on her worry. As it happened, the man was just sleeping. He didn't need anything, but I did … I needed to find out which kind of person I wanted to be. Times have changed a lot since then. These days a woman would be In a world reeling from atrocities near and far, it is foolish to try to help in a similar situation. Sadly, it is now necessary heartwarming to discover simple kindness in unexpected places, at to exercise caution with kindness. unexpected times. Our world needs kindness. The news Out for a walk one evening, we passed a home "There are two kinds is full of ugliness and tragedy. Leaving where the owners had placed a stainless steel of people: those who a dish of water for someone else's dish of water near the sidewalk, for thirsty dogs. think about being dog is not newsworthy, but perhaps Perhaps they were doing this in memory of a it should be! Too often unnoticed is dog they had loved and lost. Perhaps it was just kind, and those who the extraordinary kindness of ordinary a thoughtful gesture, like those benches people are kind … Kindness people, people who care … our place for others to sit on, with a sign saying "Rest takes many shapes, neighbours, in fact. a While." and is often found in Kindness takes many shapes, and is On a different walk we came across a often found in small, simple acts, from wheelbarrow full of a homeowner's apples, with a small, simple acts." a smile, to a helping hand as someone "help yourself" sign … the added touch was the elderly crosses a busy street, to a donation to the Food Bank. It is not provision of shopping bags so those who partook had something to hard to be kind, so perhaps learning to notice an opportunity to help carry the apples in. is the first step to a life-changing awareness of other people's needs. The latest discovery for me, just yesterday, was a beautiful wood I have wept in the night cabinet with a glass front standing by the sidewalk. It was full of For the shortness of sight books. Passersby were invited to take a book and leave one. That to somebody's need made me blind; Mostly, when I think of kindness, I remember being in a car with But I never have yet my friend Betty Griffiths. We were driving past a small park and Betty Felt a tinge of regret noticed a man lying face down on the grass. There was something For being a little too kind. about the way he was lying that worried Betty. She was a nurse, and Anon one of the kindest people I have ever known.


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saddened to know that this master of crime fiction died last May, shortly before the publication of this, her 66th book. There will be no more of Inspector Wexford's wise and thoughtful solutions to ordinary reviewed by Virginia crimes or the brilliant insight Rendell Watson-Rouslin showed in unravelling the psychology of those who commit crimes. That's true of her last featured performer, a hapless fellow named Carl Martin. Carl's father has died, and his mother has left him the house in London's Falcon Mews where he can live and rent out the upstairs to supplement his non-existent income. Until royalties pour in from his first novel Death's Door, Carl will take in a lodger. Too lazy to interview candidates, he takes the first on offer, an apparent milquetoast named Dermot McKinnon, he of the "toothy yellow smile." They agree that Dermot will simply hand over the month's rent in cash on the due date instead of putting it in the mail or direct deposit. Carl's indolence also means that he doesn't bother getting rid of his dad's horde of vitamins, including controversial diet pills, in the bathroom's medicine cabinet. Carl's friend – though most "friends" in this novel are nothing but self-serving acquaintances – Stacey's acting career is in the toilet because she's become fat. She pays Carl a visit, accidentally sees the pills and demands Carl hand them over if he wants to help her get her career back on track. Carl does and charges her. Someone has to die in a Rendell mystery, and that would be Stacey. She expires from an overdose, the repellent Dermot finds out and blackmails Carl. No more rent from Dermot, who plays a wicked game of psychological warfare on Carl. You can't cheer for either character or really, few elsewhere in the book. Even Carl's pleasant girlfriend deserts him, failing to take a strong stand against Dermot. But Rendell weaves an irresistible tale, one you can't stop reading, wondering about everyone's fate. You'll be surprised. As crime novelist Ian Rankin has written: "you never feel cheated by a glib conclusion or some deus ex machina" in Rendell's novels.

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Seniors Keep Young at PROBUS by Gillian Crowley

"Learning is a treasure that

will follow its owner everywhere," says a Chinese proverb. Gerontologists agree that maintaining an active mind and friendships is a route to happiness for seniors. PROBUS, a social club for retirees and semi-retirees, was founded on a similar premise: to promote lifelong learning and social connections. The Saanich Peninsula boasts three of the seven PROBUS clubs in the Greater Victoria area. March is National PROBUS month, when clubs across Canada celebrate the 29th anniversary of their founding in Cambridge, Ontario. Originally a spin-off from Rotary for retired Rotarians who still wanted to meet, the PROBUS clubs are now open to anyone. The name is an acronym of PRO for professionals and BUS for business to reflect a membership of those with past careers in either area who are now retired or semi-retired. Members' ages typically range from late-50s to mid-90s. Fun and fellowship are core principles at PROBUS clubs. "I tell new members we encourage them to not act their age and to keep on learning," says Rod McLeod, past president of the Saanich Peninsula PROBUS club. This club and the Brentwood Bay club are designated "men only" while the Sidney club is co-ed. In Canada, 62% of the clubs are co-ed, 19% men-only and 18% women-only. Each month an events committee organizes a speaker and/or a tour that reflects the members' interests, such as environmental and health issues, local industry tours, a space exploration presentation, legal issues, and tours of a mainland mosque and CFB Naval Museum,

to name just a few. In addition, like-minded members get together informally to socialize through bridge, dinner parties, book clubs, walking and hiking groups, curling and golf groups, genealogy, theatre, car rallies and other activities. Jack Parry, president of the Saanich Peninsula PROBUS, says their members have such interesting and varied backgrounds that some have agreed to be "pinch hitters" if a speaker runs into a last minute problem and can't show up. Members give a variety of reasons for joining a PROBUS club. Longtime Sidney PROBUS members, Jennie Hurley and Viv Harding, note that many people come to Vancouver Island for their dream retirement lifestyle, but in the process leave family and friends behind. "That's why it's so important to join something like PROBUS to make new friends," Viv says. Beyond the social aspect, Sidney's PROBUS president, Jane Hall, says: "We bring in top-notch speakers and often members tell me they find the presentations and tours make them more receptive to new ideas and activities." Past members of service clubs will find PROBUS social clubs much less structured. Pepper Nicholls, current Brentwood Bay club president, says that they don't require compulsory attendance and there's no restriction on the number of members who may share a former vocation. "We're also non-political, non-sectarian and nonfundraising. It's all about continuing to learn and have fun doing it." For more information, visit www.probus.org/canada.htm or email the local club presidents: Jane Hall, sidneyprobus158@gmail. com; Jack Parry, sanpenprobus37@gmail.com; or Pepper Nicholls, BrentwoodBayProbus@gmail.com. Photo by www.nuttycake.com. SEASIDE | march 2016 | WWW.SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 71

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a retired Calgarian teacher, a former naval officer and a university professor all have in common? All are members of the Civic Orchestra of Victoria (COV) who are rehearsing for their March 12th concert when internationally acclaimed violinist, Moshe Hammer, will perform Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D Major at the Alix Goolden Performance Hall in Victoria under the baton of Yariv Aloni. Born in post-war Budapest, Moshe Hammer was raised in Israel and became a Canadian citizen in 1975. Hammer has studied with Ilona Feher at the University of Tel-Aviv's Rubin Academy of Music and the Julliard School in New York and was privileged to take part

in special classes with Jascha Heifetz in Los Angeles and Yehudi Menuhin in London. He has performed extensively with orchestras and as a soloist throughout North America and Europe and is also the founder and namesake of the charity The Hammer Band (from violence to violins) that provides violins and lessons to children living in "at-risk" communities in Toronto. "Mingle with Moshe," a charity soirĂŠe, with limited tickets, will be held on March 13 with proceeds to benefit the COV and Hammer Band. Since 1983, the Civic Orchestra has dedicated itself to providing an opportunity for musicians of varying ages and abilities to perform a wide repertoire of symphonic music. From September through May, some 50+ musicians meet Thursday evenings to rehearse for each of four concerts during the year. Membership is $175 a year but assistance is available to anyone who is unable to pay these fees. However, a passion for your instrument and orchestral music is essential! Anyone seeking further information about playing with us is invited to contact us through our website (www.civicorchestraofvictoria.org). In keeping with our mandate to provide quality performances at affordable prices, this year's season tickets for four concerts is $75 ($55 for seniors). The final concert of our 2015-2016 season on May 7 is entitled Animals Through the Ages, with Brian Wismath conducting, and will feature Bob McDonald, host of CBC's Quirks and Quarks, narrating. SEASIDE | march 2016 | WWW.SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 75


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Saanich Peninsula Toastmasters Meeting 7.30 p.m. at Vancouver Island Regional Library, Sidney http://1288toastmastersclub.org

Toastmasters has a specific structure that provides a safe forum for speaking while giving encouragement and support. 2nd Thursday of Every Month Peninsula Newcomers Luncheon

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Sidney Sister Cities Association General Meeting 7 p.m. at the Nell Horth Room, Sidney North Saanich Public Library More information at www.sidneysistercitiesassociation.com

Guest speakers and discussions on the association's ongoing projects. march 4

Speaker Series 1:30 to 3 p.m. at The Centre for Active Living 50+ 1229 Clarke Road, Brentwood Bay (next to the library) 250.652.4611 | www.centralsaanichseniorscentre.org

The guest speaker will be Sarah Hofing of the Boys and Girls Club. She will speak on the topic "Cyber Seniors –Connecting Generations." Admission by donation. Refreshments served. Everyone welcome. march 13

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Tracks & Traces! (Guided Walk; 8 yrs +)


Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park (Saanich) 1 to 2.30 p.m. 250.478.3344 | www.crd.bc.ca/parks

Become a nature super sleuth. Join a CRD Regional Parks naturalist to explore the evidence and investigate clues left behind by animals. Meet at the Elk/Beaver Lake Nature Centre off the main parking lot. BC Transit #70 or #75. march 21

Myths and Legends in March: Stories at Fern St. 7:15 p.m. at 1831 Fern St. (Park on Begbie.) 250.477.7044 | www.victoriastorytellers.org

The Victoria Storytellers Guild welcomes you to hear and tell stories! Come celebrate International Storytelling Month. Admission $5; students $3 (includes tea and goodies). "For people who love to tell stories, For people who love to listen, For people of all ages." march 22

Canadian Federation of University Women (Saanich Peninsula) Meeting 7 p.m. at the Mary Winspear Centre 2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney | www.cfuw.org

Alan Cassels, noted UVic policy researcher, will be speaking: "Just because it's healthcare doesn't mean it's good for you." Everyone welcome. march 22

The Amazing Race (Drop-In Event; All Ages) Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park (Saanich) 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 250.478.3344 | www.crd.bc.ca/parks

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last word In our annual issue we focus on "Women to Watch." In this context, the term refers to women doing great things in our local business community, but at its core it could simply mean "Women Who Inspire." Whether you are a woman who works full time to grow your business, or someone who has chosen to be a stay-at-home mom, every woman can be an inspiration to someone. It's important to me that my daughter have lots of strong female role models in her life, and I'm lucky to have many women that fit that criteria all around me. They come from different walks of life, have unique aspirations and have chosen different career paths, but they have one thing in common: they are my personal "Women to Watch." My Auntie Debbie was divorced at a young age and left with a young daughter to raise and support as a single mother. She had no option other than to work full-time as a care aide. She mastered the juggling act of being a working mother and went on to have two other daughters, one of whom she has inspired to follow in her career footsteps. A registered nurse, my mom continued to work part-time after the birth of me and my sister, but after my brother was born she became a stay-at-home mom. For many years, her job was taking care of us – a job she excelled at – but after we were all in elementary school she rejoined the workforce in a more casual capacity. My sister took a very different career path, one that is becoming more popular with mothers today. After years spent working in the hotel industry, she left the corporate world to stay home with her daughter, and figured out a way to make that financially viable for her family. After experiencing problems with her daughter's sleep habits, Kathryn retrained as a baby and toddler sleep consultant and started her own business. That initial decision to become a "mompreneur" – and starting two other businesses since – has enabled her to be home with her children but also contribute monetarily to her household. "With risk comes reward," says Sue in her First Word, and that's

true of any major decision we make as mothers, as women … as people. It all comes down to asking yourself: What life do you want to have, and what are you willing to do to make it happen? Women to Watch are all around us. Whether professionally or personally, they all have taken risks in their lives, and reap the rewards now. Let them be your inspiration – take a chance, take the leap, and find your passion.

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Think of our publication as an extra dimension of our community space, a place where the voice of the Saanich Peninsula is treasured and cel...

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Think of our publication as an extra dimension of our community space, a place where the voice of the Saanich Peninsula is treasured and cel...