Seaside Magazine April 2019 Issue

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Contents APRIL 2019



HAIDA GWAII Local Man Takes Sea Voyage

MEET YOUR NEIGHBOURS Hazel Phillips, Hostess Extradordinaire



LIVING OFF THE LAND Ethical Farming Comes Home

SEASIDE HOMES A B.C. Box House Transformation


VANESSA LEE Teacher. Yogi. Entrepreneur. Woman to Watch.

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EVERY MONTH 8 First Word 9 Scene Around Town 19 Trendspotting 28 Living Off the Land NEW! 35 The Natural Path 37 Common Cents 38 Word on the Street 43 Meet Your Neighbours NEW! 44 Behind the Scenes 49 Seaside Book Club

53 Inside Out 54 New & Noteworthy 64 In Fashion 67 Cowland’s Chronicles 72 Art Scene NEW! 75 Take Note 89 West Coast Gardener 92 Sudoku 95 Last Word



JO BARNES PAGES 22, 27, 28, 60, 71, 75


What is home? Is it a geographical location or a place in your heart? Those I’ve interviewed recently at family farms and natural sanctuaries like Tod Inlet have enhanced the definition of home and reminded me about the importance of our connection to the land and to each other.

An avid reader, I was delighted to learn about Sidney’s first literary festival in 2013. It amazes me that this festival is organized totally by volunteers and it draws such wellknown Canadian authors. Every LitFest I discover a new author or two and learn more about some of my favourite writers.

ANNE MILLER PAGE 43 As a personal historian, I’m reminded that ordinary people often do extraordinary things – to bring peace to our world, ideas that benefit lives and health to our communities and families. This column highlights some of those people so they may be acknowledged and honoured. I welcome your ideas:

CHARLOTTE MUSGRAVE PAGE 53 Having a career based on therapeutic touch is continuously rewarding. I am constantly learning through my hands, and enjoy treating a wide range of conditions in my practice. I love my job, and am thrilled to have the opportunity to share some of the many benefits massage therapy can offer.

REUBEN PARKER PAGE 64 As a barber, I know that men often underestimate how important personal grooming is in making the right impression. A few small changes can make a big difference in others’ perception of our competence. I want to remind men of the value in spending a little extra time on themselves.

TODD WIEBE PAGE 37 In estate planning keeping it simple is a high priority for me. One of the most popular questions I receive in this regard is whether to add kids to the title of a home. There is a great deal of misinformation and misconceptions of what this really means and the benefits or costs of doing so.

Owner / Publisher Sue Hodgson 250.516.6489 Editor in Chief Allison Smith 250.813.1745 Account Manager Steven Haley-Browning 250.217.4022 Editorial Director Deborah Rogers Design Assistant Kelsey Boorman 250.580.8437 Staff Photographer Cassidy Nunn This Month's Contributors: Jo Barnes, Kristen Bovee, Yvonne Bulk, Chris Cowland, Amanda Cribdon, Gillian Crowley, Doreen Marion Gee, Lara Gladych, Janice Henshaw, Jesse Holth, Paula Kully, Debra Lewis, Anne Miller, Charlotte Musgrave, Cassidy Nunn, Reuben Parker, Axle Riley, Deborah Rogers, Todd Wiebe P.O. BOX 2173, SIDNEY, B.C. V8L 3S6 Seaside Magazine is printed 12 times a year by Mitchell Press. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. Reproduction requests may be made to the editor or publisher via the above means. Views of contributors do not necessarily reflect the policy or views of the publisher and editor. Staff of the magazine cannot be held responsible for unsolicited manuscripts or photographs.

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So what makes up a great community? Is it the architecture? The people? The scenery? The gathering places? When I was a little girl growing up in the Maritimes, it was the park at the end of the street, where we had an ice rink in the winter; the local church, where we had Brownies; the public school I went to; and our favourite gathering place, the beach, where we went to boil the clams we’d dug that day. I think about what was important back then and it was the sense that you lived in a safe place with nice people. I don’t think it’s much different now, but what has changed is where those places can be found. As the prevalence of online communities continues to grow, this question becomes more relevant and worth reflecting upon. In fact, the notion of community itself seems to have changed due to the growth of social media platforms. Many wonder whether the loss of a “real’ connection in online communities makes them inferior. Have we lost the ability to form communities in the real world and be able to touch each other physically? I don’t think so, but it’s a question worth asking. The internet seems to have the potential to widen our communities and grow them in new and positive ways. Sure there are problems and we can’t forget their limitations, but there are advantages. Issues which might normally impede the formation of communities such as race, socio-economic status or culture can be more easily overcome in online communities. A great example is a Vancouver-based company called Curatio – “the world’s first social health prescription.” It’s a mobile health platform that connects individuals with chronic health issues to a circle of support, including family, friends, caregivers and medical professionals, with a goal of better managing ongoing treatment and wellness. Now that’s the power of social networking! I’m certain we can learn from both types of communities – exploring and embracing the possibilities of each. So as you sit down and enjoy another issue of Seaside Magazine, tell us what you think makes up a great community. Don’t be shy: we welcome your ideas, comments and questions. We would love to hear from you!

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Scene Around Town Seaside Magazine's 2019 Women to Watch Event









1. Seaside's 2019 Woman to Watch, Vanessa Lee, Storyoga 2. Susi McMillan, Storyoga and Panorama Recreation Centre; Deborah Rogers, Seaside Magazine 3. Alana Delcourt, Fresh Esthetics Studio 4. Karen Elgersma, Karen Elgersma Media 5. Andi Hook, Hook & Hook Renovations and Design; Katie Kroeker, Pacific Ridge Landscapes 6. Maryan van Stolk and Lori Ann Sutherland, Newport Realty 7. Irene Stevens, Seaside Magazine 8. Tine Jorgensen, Deep Cove Market; Stacey Kaminski, Styles by Stacey 9. Karen Morgan, Saanich Peninsula Hospital & Healthcare Foundation 10. Sue Hodgson, Seaside Magazine; Catherine Potin, Engel & Vรถlkers Vancouver Island 11. Tracey Burns, Tracey Burns Coaching & Consulting All photos by Amanda Cribdon APRIL 2019 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 9

LETTERS Seaside Magazine welcomes your feedback! Send letters to the editor via or post your comments on our Facebook wall! Letters may be edited for space and content. article “Tell me a story” (February 2019). When I read it I thought how I am a senior and have just been reading your magazine. I came across well the writer Jo Barnes had done in capturing the essence of what it an article by Doreen Marion Gee (“Getting Your Due: the Self-Advocating means to me to be a companion. I look forward to reading more of her Senior,” January 2019) and it was so helpful. I live on a pension and my stories about people in our community. Thanks again, from a Seaside fan! rent takes most of it. I had no idea there was a program called Safer through Susan Anderson BC Housing and called them immediately. I found out that after some paperwork I will qualify for a monthly supplement for my rent. I just wanted you to pass on a very big thank you to [Doreen]! Jeannette Campbell

I love your magazine! I’m a new resident of North Saanich and read it cover to cover. Best part of the Sunday newspaper (well, after the crossword puzzles). Debbie B

Where is the male voice of the Saanich Peninsula? Are there no men to watch? Your magazine reads as a ladies journal. Is this really a representation of the voice of the Saanich Peninsula? M Thompson Editor’s Note: don’t worry; June is our “Men to Watch” issue!

I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed reading about myself [haha] and the wonderful feedback I have received from people on the


I just love Seaside, I moved here two years ago from Sooke. Thanks to all who contribute and who bring it all together you make Seaside of interest to all. Loretta Boerkamp

Seaside remains my favourite go-to magazine for southern VI! Nancy Wood

Thank you for inserting our article in the February issue (Saanich Peninsula Better Breathers Program). It was helpful, and a number of newcomers at the meeting mentioned seeing the article, and therefore came to the meeting. Thank you so much for your help. It is highly appreciated! Hans Smit Editor’s Note: in “Going Solo: The Single Woman in Today’s World” (March 2019), the words “happy is different for every woman” were mistakenly attributed to Geraldine Bruckel, but were in fact the writer’s own words.












Haida Gwaii: A Sea Voyage by Debra Lewis

Local retired naval officer,

Doug Mitchell, decided to journey to Haida Gwaii in his 45-foot boat for several reasons. He had not yet seen the central and north coasts of British Columbia, and he had a yearning to take his 65-year-


old decommissioned BC Forest Service patrol vessel further afield. Mostly, though, he was "fascinated by Haida Gwaii, a unique area which has been inhabited by the Haida people for over 12,000 years." Doug and his friend, John Gourlay, made the 2,300-nauticalmile round trip to Haida Gwaii via Prince Rupert in September and October 2018, but it had been months in the planning: "We had predetermined tracks with multiple options built in," Doug explains. "Our daily routine was dependent on weather, sea conditions and tidal currents. You have to be ready to make changes to suit the local conditions." Of the 10-day journey to Prince Rupert, Doug says: "It was rewarding in its own right just to travel through those waters." He remembers "granite cliffs, dense forest, and very deep narrow channels." And of course, the wildlife: "We had to be very careful not to run into a surfacing humpback whale." Other marine life they met included seals, sea lions, otters and Pacific white-sided dolphins that would swim off the bow of the boat. After a smooth journey as far as Prince Rupert, their passage across Hecate Strait to the Haida town of Massett at the top of Graham Island was more challenging. "The tidal currents entering Hecate

Strait from both ends are strong," explains Doug, "and that invariably means that a northerly or southerly wind can stir up short, steep waves. So we had about three hours of rough water." A safe arrival at Massett, where John's wife, Lily, joined them, was followed by three weeks touring the islands which make up the archipelago. Doug is without doubt that the highlight of the tour for him was the visits to the five First Nations heritage sites in the Gwaii Hanaas National Park Reserve, remains of long abandoned Haida villages. The sites have a unique historical and cultural value and their integrity is carefully protected. On their arrival at each site Doug, John and Lily were met by a Haida Watchman, who explained the features and significance of the ancient remains. "Each Watchman gave us a slightly different perspective of the history of the Haida people." Doug remembers weathered, carved cedar mortuary poles which once bore the bones of Haida chiefs and notable elders, longhouse remains which the Haida people have largely cleared of the trees which grew up over the years, and an environment he describes as "predominantly uninhabited and wild. There's a feeling you get that you're in such a remote area. It's kind of a magic. You try to visualize the Haida communities that lived there so long ago." Of the Haida people today, Doug says: "I came away with an enormous respect for them. There is so much we could learn from them that would be of advantage to us." He was struck by their relationship to their environment and to their far-sighted approach to its preservation. "They have respect for orcas, ravens, eagles … all of nature. They see themselves as 'part of' and not as dominant, as custodians whose job it is to take care of the creation around them during their life span." He adds: "They have the ability to think longer term for the benefit of their children and grandchildren, to consider what kind of land or culture they are going to leave for the next generation." Asked what he took away from the experience, Doug says: "It's given me a small insight into aspects of a better way of living, of how to treat people and the environment, to value the moment but also to think of the future." Photos by Doug Lewis.

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Ferry Between Friends by Paula Kully

I think many people, myself included, take the Anacortes Ferry for granted. We pass by the ferry terminal on our way in and out of Sidney, but we may not consider the importance of the ferry route or recognize the economic impact it has on our community and the community of our American sister city, Anacortes. The Anacortes to Sidney Ferry route is about a 2.5-hour trip that meanders through the beautiful San Juan Islands, connecting Washington State with Vancouver Island. The San Juan Islands are an Archipelago of 172 islands. Historically, they were part of the traditional area of the Coast Salish people who used them for fishing, harvesting and a gathering place. The ferry makes a stop at Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, the second largest of the Islands next to Orcas Island. Friday Harbor is an enchanting seaport pedestrianfriendly community that is well known for its colourful buildings fronting the shore and as a cycling destination. The ferry route has been named one of the most scenic in the world by numerous travel writers and has been featured in many travel magazines and online sources. It is no wonder when you consider that along the way, visitors will see islands covered in thick forests, snowcapped Mount Rainier, the famous pods

of resident orcas and other wildlife including harbour seals, river otters, sea lions, porpoises, humpback and minke whales. Washington State Ferries owns and operates the Anacortes to Sidney run. They have a long-term lease agreement with the Town of Sidney which, in turn, contracts Flair Hospitality to operate the ferry terminal in Sidney. In the last five years, the ferry has seen between 140,000 to 143,000 passengers board its vessel each year. The ferry runs for nine months of the year between late March and early January. In a few years, 2022 to be exact, the Anacortes to Sidney Ferry will have operated for 100 years! Surprisingly, every so often throughout this near century, the political will of Washington State threatens to close it down, citing financial considerations as the reason. The ferry run has been slated for termination at least three times since being established: first in 1997, again in 2002, and most recently in 2009 when Washington State Governor Christine Gregoire proposed a budget that eliminated the run between Anacortes and Sidney. In response, the two communities

rallied together to save their beloved ferry and all that it brings to the two communities: tourists, convenience, jobs and more. The “Save Our Ferry” campaign resulted and with it, the threat of closure ended. The first ferry of the season arrived in Sidney this year on March 31. For those who are not familiar with the annual “Ferry Between Friends,” it is a quick celebration and meet and greet that involves a delegation from Anacortes that includes the Mayor, Sister Cities members and others, who come over to Sidney on the inaugural sailing of the season. Upon arrival, Sidney’s Mayor, Sister Cities’ members and other delegates greet them. There are a few speeches, snacks and beverages and the delegation promptly turns around and sails home. It is a symbolic gesture of the importance of this ferry run to our respective communities and the friendship that has been nurtured between sister cities who rally together for a common cause. Photo by Nat Klein.

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learn the ropes have ye? Well come aboard and join me on a voyage to learn the nautical origins of some common idioms. So “anchors aweigh” me hearties! The “anchors” in this well-known phrase refers to the moment when an anchor has just started to put weight onto the chain or rope by which it is being hauled up. Once it’s hoisted up, the boat can sail away. Likewise, we too can now start our journey into words. For our next idiom we’ll need to “learn the ropes.” Many believe the phrase, which means to learn or master the basic details, is an old nautical term. Sailors needed to know how to tie knots to secure the rigging on boats and the types of ropes to raise the sails. Thus they would learn the ropes. Of course, no sailor would dare refer to them as ropes but instead would use the nautical term sheets. The sheets were critical in controlling the sails. Woe betide any sailor who allowed their sheets to be untied and flapping in the wind. If you had three sheets loose in the wind, your vessel would careen about the waters in an uncontrolled drunken manner. It’s not too difficult to understand why sailors on the shore might refer to another sailor who’d had too much grog as being “three sheets to the wind.” We’re off to a good start, but the waters of the English language can be a bit tricky to navigate. Words and phrases can be like “loose cannons,” unpredictable and confusing. Centuries ago cannon, the main type of weapon onboard wooden warships, were mounted on rollers that were secured with rope. If not properly tied or under pressure from storms at sea, cannon could become free from such restraints and go rolling around deck posing a threat. It might be “touch and go,” but our journey will be just as interesting as the days of sail when a ship might “touch” the rocks. If the contact was slight enough, the vessel could “go” on with its journey, hence the phrase we use today to describe a near brush with disaster. Sometimes we’re faced with challenges and difficulties, and the choices are equally unpleasant. We are caught “between the devil and the deep blue sea.” It’s an old phrase. The devil refers to the seam around a boat’s hull located just near the water. It’s the longest seam in the ship and runs from bow to stern. A sailor had to caulk the seam so that in bad weather, the ship wouldn’t fill up with water and sink. He had to hang overboard to do the work, and in stormy seas, he ran the danger of falling overboard and sinking. He was between the devil and the deep blue sea; he had to risk his life or risk the survival of the boat, two difficult choices! Yes, sailing the sea of language might mean choppy waters. You might need to “batten down the hatches!” Commonplace to old sailing ships were hatchways that provided ventilation. In stormy weather, tarpaulins were used to cover them up, and wooden strips called “battens” were nailed down at their edges to prevent the tarpaulins from blowing off. It’s time to go ashore matey. Just remember: knowing your words and idioms makes for smooth sailing.

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Taking an Eco-Approach to Anti-Fouling by Jesse Holth

What is "biofouling?"

For as long as humans have been using ships, they have also tried to prevent the growth of marine organisms on hulls. Early peoples like the Phoenicians and Carthaginians used sheets of copper and lead to protect their boats from biofouling. In 1955, North Saanich-based EMCS Industries pioneered a new technology using electrolytic anodes to avoid the development of barnacles, mussels and other sea life. Known as "antifouling," these technologies became extremely important for vessels spending time in shallow waters, such as passenger ferries and cruise ships.

place. By emitting a frequency that larvae consider a predatory environment, ships can avoid marine growth in their internal piping systems, starting at the intake grate. The product, which uses the hydrosound frequency range, resonates through the walls of the sea chests, crossover tanks and pipes that run throughout the vessel. While technologies like ultrasound can interfere with whale communications, kill marine larvae and food sources and produce cavitation that can affect the integrity of the ship's metal, hydrosound is a safe alternative. This is especially important for customers like BC Ferries, whose vessels operate in waters with significant whale populations.

What's the big deal, anyway?

Local first.

Marine fouling can cause serious problems, especially with seawater intake systems. Seawater is necessary for heating and air conditioning, potable water, cooling engines, fire systems and other vital functions on sea-going vessels. If underwater growth prevents seawater from entering, it can shut down essential parts of the ship. Trevor Tasker, President and CEO of EMCS Industries, who bought the company in 2015, says antifouling products are "absolutely critical to a ship." Fouling can also lead to the inadvertent transfer of invasive aquatic species, which often has a negative impact on local ecosystems.

Tasker, who emigrated here 25 years ago, says it's been rewarding to give back to the country that has treated him so well. He considers it a personal achievement to be able to contribute to the economy by providing employment to local Canadians. "We make it our business to buy locally, too," he says, and they only buy elsewhere if they can't get what they need on the Island or in B.C. "From Duncan to Nanaimo to Victoria to Sidney, we keep it as local as possible."

The company. EMCS Industries is a world leader in antifouling solutions. Their products are used all over the globe, and they currently look after 147 vessels. Everything is manufactured and assembled in Victoria and Sidney, and then shipped to customers, including some of the biggest cruise ship companies in the world, like Princess Cruises and Holland America. Tasker is proud to say that "BC Ferries has been our longest relationship," noting: "we've been supplying them since 1970." He says they are part of the family there. They have also supplied Washington State Ferries since the early 1970s, and, more recently, ferries in Alaska, Texas, North Carolina and elsewhere. EMCS is known for their customer-based approach, their focus on people, and a longstanding history of trust in their service and expertise. Customers often call for their help to solve problems, and with a small and dedicated team, they can respond quickly to make an action plan.

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SeaChange Society:

The Impact of Small Footprints by Jo Barnes

Tackling climate change and restoring

the environment are daunting challenges, but when young people are given a chance to actively engage in these issues, it's a win from every angle. Based out of Tod Inlet, SṈIDȻEȽ (pronounced "sneed-kwith"), SeaChange Marine Conservation Society (SeaChange) offers dynamic ways for youth to not only learn about the environment and our relationship to it but to actively become part of that restoration process. "Young people hear the bad news all the time like climate change or the problems with plastics. They're not given enough opportunities to do something about it. Recently we had students here removing invasive plant species. One of the students was so excited and exclaimed 'I finally get to do something,'" shares Executive Director Nikki Wright. Since 1998 SeaChange has been doing extensive shoreline, marine and native plant ecological restoration and conservation work at Tod Inlet as well as in the Gulf Islands, Howe Sound, and Burrard and Sechelt Inlets. The Beach Enhancement Project at Tod Inlet is a beautiful example of community working together to restore the natural beauty and health of the ecosystem here. Many contribute time, energy and money including First Nations, BC Parks, Pacific Salmon Foundation, Sidney Anglers Association, Peninsula Streams Society, Environment Canada, and Fisheries and Ocean Canada. Prior to initiating SeaChange, Nikki was part of a small conservation marine group in Victoria that used scuba diving to collect sea creatures to show youth what we have living in our local marine waters, but there was a desire to do more. Says Nikki: "In 1998 there was an awareness that everyone was taking from the ocean. We needed to figure out a way to give back. Our group looked at eelgrass and thought we can start to restore it. It's close to the shore, kids can relate to it, explore ecological areas, and learn about living systems." For 20 years SeaChange has been providing year-round school programs. The fall arts and nature program includes nature exploration, painting, and storytelling. Come the spring, Eco-Rowing is in full swing. Youth learn about marine restoration, study water quality with scientific equipment, have an opportunity to paddle a

canoe, and learn about native plants and their uses, often from local First Nations. "It's a hands-on, feet-wet, outdoor experience. We want to excite children and help them become passionate about our environment," shares Nikki. The students engage in invasive species removal and planting native species enabling them to become active stewards in restoration and conservation of this environment. "With outdoor programs, parents have become more aware that kids need to be outside. Children are spending too much time on their screens, losing touch with natural beauty and where food comes from, and they're losing opportunities to learn about indigenous cultures," says Nikki. Addressing the realities of what is going on in our environment begins with kindling the passion to care about the earth within our youth. When they begin to understand their connection with the plants, the water, the people around them, then restoration can really begin. "One student said 'this is the best field trip I've ever had! You taught me how important it is to be outside.' We need to heal that separation between ourselves and our planet; that's the real restoration," shares Nikki. They may be young, but with education and hands-on experience, children can discover and become impassioned enough to start the change so needed in our world.

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Ethical Farming Comes Home:

Berryman Brothers Meat Ltd. by Jo Barnes

markets, or at best tend to backyard gardens, there are still those in our community for whom living off the land is a way of life. A critical part of farming is getting the product to market, and one local

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Many years ago, living on the Saanich Peninsula required people to draw their sustenance directly from the land upon which they lived. While most of us today rely on grocery stores,


farming enterprise is not only working hard to bring fresh locally raised product to its customers but helping other Island farms do likewise. "I wanted to make it a lot easier for people to get that farm fresh meat and make it more attainable," shares Justin Berryman, owner of Berryman Brothers Meat Ltd. The family farm, off Dooley Road in Central Saanich, has changed over the years: the old barn has been converted into what is now a state of the art meat processing facility. Coolers and freezers have been installed, and there's a new retail storefront being built onsite. Raising livestock, farming and contributing to community are cornerstones to the lifestyle in which Justin has been raised. "I'm from a family of 11 kids. The farm started as a hobby farm. We bred for a bit, showed the animals, went to all the local fairs, and were heavily involved in the 4H program," says Justin. When growing up, like his brothers and sisters, Justin did his part around the farm. Animals were tended; it was a means of providing for a large family. After many years, the focus turned more towards processing, butchering and smoking meats. "We actually started our service for local farmers who were looking for ways to take their animals and butcher them up for their customers," says Justin. Justin has continued to build close working relationships with local farmers providing them with meat cutting services. Some farmers are aging with no successors to help them; many just need help with accessing sales. "Maybe they can't connect with the local consumer. It's very easy for me to go to a farm and check out their livestock, see how they're raising them, assuring it's the best of quality and then buy it from them." For Justin, it's all about offering a product that is flavourful, fresh, nutritious and above all local. "People want to eat more locally. Growth hormones and mistreating animals are the biggest concerns. They want to know more about the food they're eating," he says. It's hard work but efforts are paying dividends. The staff number 12, including Justin's brother Gregory, sausage kitchen and smoke house manager for the facility; and Justin's father who is in charge of the hogs at the farm. "My dad, he raises them. That's transportation, feeding, care and cleaning. Everything is tied to the welfare of these animals. We want to make sure the animals are happy, healthy and clean." What began as wholesale orders to grocery stores and restaurants is now expanding to individual sales. Visits to farmers markets, social media activity, a new website platform, and good old-fashioned word of mouth have resulted in increased interest. Customers can choose from a menu including beef, pork, sausages, cured meats, chicken and turkey. There are pre-made boxed selections that provide many meals or more individual options. The onsite shop currently being built will provide a personal shopping experience. "For me, my product is about family and the connection between consumer and local farmer. My main goal is to connect those people and make it readily available to everybody." Supporting farmers who raise their livestock with integrity, knowing where your product comes from, and helping your local economy – three things that any thoughtful shopper would crave.

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Rick Mercer Winspear Speaker Series proudly presents Rick Mercer on Thursday, April 18. Rick Mercer’s top-rated, award-winning CBC show, The Rick Mercer Report, routinely trampled even its American competitors in the ratings. The show featured Mercer’s trademark rants, satirical newscasts, commercial parodies, and comic encounters with famous Canadians, talking about Canada. More than any other comedian (or journalist for that matter), he talks to Canadian newsmakers with a refreshing candour, and is uniquely able to spin topical hilarity from the people and the things deeply embedded in the national consciousness. Coast to Coast to Coast is Mercers epic new keynote that will make you appreciate, as never before, this unique nation we all call home. It’s a heart-soaring and laugh-out-loud funny affair, and a perfect way to celebrate what our great country has to offer. Few people know Canada like Rick Mercer knows Canada. Whether prodding at our institutions, celebrating our unsung heroes, or illuminating everything wonderful and weird about our country, Mercer is a galvanizing speaker.

He’s our fiercest critic, our sharpest mind, and our most hilarious comic. This is a onetime talk that gathers together all his—and our—strengths. It is a talk that connects to the past, evaluates our present, and looks forward, hopefully, into the future

George Canyon Canadian country legend and multiple Juno Award winner George Canyon will bring his national Hit After Hit Tour with Doc Walker and Charlie Major to Sidney on April 21. Canyon rose to becoming one of Canada’s hottest Country Music stars in the early 2000’s and has won countless accolades and awards, including Juno Awards, CCMA Awards, and ECMA Awards to name a few. He has been inducted into the Nova Scotia Country Music Hall of Fame, recorded 12 albums, and was recently presented a certified Platinum Award for his debut album ‘One Good Friend’. With country hits like Just Like You, I Believe in Angels, Drinkin’ Thinkin’, Daughters of the Sun, I Got This, I Want You To Live, Slow Dance and many more, he is also a highly regarded humanitarian, strong supporter of the military, and, most important, a proud father and devoted husband.

With over 20 Top 10 singles, Doc Walker is one of the most recognized Canadian country acts of the past two decades. The group has received multiple Canadian Country Music Awards, including Fans’ Choice, Group or Duo of the Year, CMT Video of the Year, Single of the Year, and Country Music Program or Special of the Year. Charlie Major is a true Canadian legend. He has sold nearly half a million records in Canada alone, and has been the recipient of 3 Juno Awards and 7 CCMA Awards. Rising to the forefront of the Canadian Music scene in the early to mid-nineties, Major holds the distinction of having six consecutive #1 hits off his debut album.

Chris Hadfield The second speaker in the four part series is Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield on Tuesday, May 7. “Good morning, Earth!” That is how Colonel Chris Hadfield – writing on Twitter – woke up the world every day while living for 5 months aboard the International Space Station. Through his 21-years as an astronaut, 3 spaceflights and 2600 orbits of Earth, Colonel Hadfield has become a worldwide sensation, harnessing the power of social media to make outer space

accessible to millions and infusing a sense of wonder into our collective consciousness not felt since humanity first walked on the Moon. Called “the most famous astronaut since Neil Armstrong,” Chris Hadfield continues to bring the marvels of science and space travel to everyone he encounters. Colonel Hadfield is a pioneer of many historic “firsts”. In 1992 he was selected by the Canadian Space Agency as a NASA Mission Specialist – Canada’s first fully-qualified Space Shuttle crew member. Three years later, aboard Shuttle Atlantis, he was the first

Canadain to operate the Canadarm in space, and the first Canadian to board a Russian spacecraft as he helped build space station “Mir.” In 2001, aboard Shuttle Endeavour, Colonel Hadfield performed two spacewalks – the first Canadian to do so – and in 2013 he was Commander of the International Space Station – the first and only Canadian to ever command a spaceship – so far. A heavily decorated astronaut, engineer, and pilot, Colonel Hadfield’s many awards include

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Teacher. Yogi. Entrepreneur. Woman to Watch. At Seaside Magazine’s eighth annual Women to Watch event, Vanessa Lee, the Founder and Director of Storyoga, was honoured with the 2019 award. “I always knew I wanted to teach but I never knew that I wanted to be a business owner or entrepreneur,” she says. Her entrepreneurial spirit has led her to a very successful career here on the Saanich Peninsula inspiring the next generation through her Storyoga programs and preschool. Born and raised on the Peninsula, Vanessa left the Island to attend school at Capilano University where she studied Early Childhood Education (ECE). She also began practising yoga during this time and now reflects that she “could have used it sooner,” in her life. After completing children’s yoga training, she was inspired to bring yoga and her love of literature together. And thus, the concept for Storyoga was born. After working in the ECE field on the mainland, as so often seems to happen with islanders, she soon found her way back. “The Island has always been home to me,” she says. “There’s something different about the community here.” With the support and encouragement of the Peninsula community, her business Storyoga was born in 2009. Vanessa began by offering the program and workshops at various locations and then in 2012 she was approached by several families to start a preschool at Greenglade Community Centre. The preschool was born out of the desire to share a unique and intentional approach to working with children. The program, for children aged 30 months to school age, is rooted in yoga, nature and mindfulness. Students are given the opportunity and freedom to explore the space, and the environments are filled with sensory-rich materials that provoke curiosity and a sense of wonder. “Fostering kindness towards each other is a daily practise that ties into mindfulness as well,” says Vanessa. Yoga and breathing exercises are woven into circle and story time. At snack time, they practise peaceful eating where the lights are out, voices are quiet and music plays in the background. The hope is that these practices can support kids through their growing years, to give them a sense of self to return to. The second Storyoga location, a full-day program, was opened in August 2018 at the McTavish Academy of Art (MAOA) and both locations are full with waitlists. A second classroom at MAOA will be opening in July 2019 and Vanessa says they’re “proud to be continuing to meet the growing need for quality care.” by Cassidy Nunn

Committed to creating a rich overall experience for her staff, parents and children, Vanessa incorporates a lower teacherchild ratio, which means more one-on-one connecting and individualized care. She seeks to provide the space for people to be who they are when at Storyoga – and that’s across the board for teachers, students and staff. Congratulations are due to Vanessa on more than one account! She and her husband welcomed their healthy baby girl, Aurora Rose Lee into the world on March 10. Aurora will soon be joining Vanessa to start her own Storyoga journey in the months to come.

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Itchy eyes? Runny nose? Yes, it’s hay fever time! For most of us this marks a joyous return to spending time outdoors; for others it’s the start of congestion, discomfort and daily annoyance. Most people who have allergies are aware of what they are allergic to, but other than taking antihistamines and keeping away from the offending elements, there is little more people know how to do to manage their condition. In my practice, quercetin is often the first line of defense to assist in alleviating the symptoms of hay fever. Quercetin is a plant nutrient called a “flavonoid” in the polyphenol group (like that in red wine) that gives plants their vibrant colours of reds, purples, orange and yellows. Foods such as apples, grapes, capers, red onions and kale contain significant amounts of quercetin. Being a flavonoid, it exhibits similar protective antioxidant effects on the body as vitamin C and resveratrol. It also has supportive benefits to the immune system and helps to stabilize the release of histamine by our mast cells, making it an excellent alternative to pharmaceutical antihistamines. Below are three main areas in which quercetin has been used therapeutically; it’s an exciting nutrient we should be getting enough of in our diet. Environmental allergies. Mast cells are the immune cells responsible for allergic responses from the foods we eat or elements in our environment. When triggered, the cells produce a molecule called histamine that is responsible for the swelling, itching, mucous and tears we experience with allergies. In a peer-reviewed study, quercetin was shown to be more effective than the pharmaceutical cromolyn sodium for mast cell stabilization. This makes quercetin an effective natural alternative for IgE-mediated immune responses such as hay fever and other allergic conditions like contact dermatitis. Gastrointestinal health. Most of our gut issues stem from inflammatory reactions to foods or toxins acquired from our environment. Our GI tract can also be victim to allergic responses that cause histamine to be released and cause our gut to become “leaky.” Because these cells are overturned at a higher rate than other cells in our body, it’s important to protect our gastrointestinal cells to keep them functioning optimally. Most flavonoids, including quercetin, exhibit protective antioxidant and antihistamine effects preventing damage to our tissue including our gastrointestinal wall. Quercetin specifically has also been shown to protect liver cells from damage due to ethanol (alcohol) consumption. Cancer treatment. Quercetin could potentially rise to the forefront for cancer prevention and treatment. There have been clinical trials performed using it at different doses intravenously with very encouraging results. It has been shown to inhibit cancer

An Amazing Flavonoid to the Rescue progression by blocking growth signals and triggering tumour cell death. It also has been shown to act by MCT1 inhibition associated with mechanisms of some anticancer drugs used today. Currently in my practice, I have begun to utilize intravenous quercetin as an adjunctive anticancer therapy. With limited options to aid and assist our body from allergic reactions, quercetin is a nutrient that should not be overlooked. Because it can have more difficulty absorbing gastrointestinally, therapeutic doses are usually high. Consider using 500mg two to three times daily a few weeks prior to the start of allergy season for the best responses and to enjoy spring to its fullest.


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COMMON CENTS THE HAZARDS OF ADDING A CHILD TO THE TITLE OF YOUR HOME When conducting an estate plan, many of my clients are asking how to make it as simple as possible. For many, this means exploring ways of avoiding probate, particularly when they have seen the work involved in obtaining probate. by Todd Wiebe Notary Public, Partner One of the ways that we can Salvador Davis & Co. ensure probate is not going to apply for an estate is to have joint owners on assets. This means that when you pass away the remaining person on the assets simply have to remove the deceased from the asset. This can mean a substantially reduced workload as compared to probate. Regardless of the intention at the outset, the act of adding another person to an asset means that we are giving up some amount of control over our own assets – assets that we still need to maintain ourselves. A mistake that some people make is thinking that just because they bought it alone, or that the others on title don't live there, that they are solely in control of the asset. Regardless of the initial intention, when we add another person to an account or the title of a home that means that this person will now have equal rights with you. Moreover, you would need their permission to sell or transfer the house. The risk in adding another person is solely held by the original owner rather than the person we are adding. Their only concern could be capital gains, whereas this is your home and needs to be protected at all costs. When we own assets jointly with spouses, we accept the risk and trust that they will not compromise those assets. The dynamic is merely different when we add others, and we need to appreciate that we are now adding their liabilities to our own asset. If they are sued or go through a divorce, for instance, it is possible that those creditors could claim against that asset. When there are multiple children but we only add one of them, assuming that they will share with their siblings upon our death, we must appreciate that they may not do so and this can often lead to either disappointed beneficiaries or court challenges. For these reasons it is often preferable to keep the asset in your name alone and allow it to pass through your estate. Probate will be necessary but this method is much less likely to lead to issues and carries no risk for you, especially since the cost of probate is often much less than people assume. Adding others onto title or other assets does have benefits, but it requires an appreciation of the risks and requires good advice. For more information, visit

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What Are We Missing? by Lara Gladych

Seaside Magazine wants to live up to our slogan of being "the voice of the Saanich Peninsula," so, in every issue, we ask people to answer a question. We're looking for responses from all ages and across the diverse neighbourhoods that form our community. Walk down the main street in your neighbourhood on the Saanich Peninsula, and you'll likely notice several retail spaces sitting vacant. In Sidney, you may have also noticed the "Start Up In Sidney" campaign banners decorating empty storefront windows – an effort by the Sidney BIA to attract new businesses to our fabulous little town. Each of these vacant spaces screams opportunity for the right person with the right idea, if you frame it the right way. I often spend time contemplating what new additions would both complement and add to our current retail and eatery selection, and as such, I thought I'd ask Peninsula locals their thoughts on the subject. At the heart of my interviews was an attempt to provoke some discussion about what might be missing from what our neighbourhoods currently offer, and what would excite people in 38 SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA | APRIL 2019

terms of invigorating our main streets. People had a lot to say on this subject. The sadness at seeing several long-loved local shops close was apparent. Many respondents couldn't think beyond their disappointment that some of their favourite businesses were no longer open, but on the flip side, there were some very interesting and divergent answers about what people could envision in terms of filling voids in our current retail environment. "Well, a very practical [business] would be a place where you can take electrical things and have them repaired. I mean, what do you do when in this day and age so many things are just throw-away? It would be electrical and electronics." This is Helen, 83. Mike and Kenda, 29 and 28, say that they are happy to have the Canadian Tire here now, but that overall they prefer the smaller storefronts rather than big box stores. They hate to see small, independent stores going out of business. Alun, 59, owns Melinda's Biscotti, a thriving Saanich Peninsula business. He had many thoughts to share with me. First and foremost, he sees what is essentially an identity crisis in Sidney: confusion around

whether we are a tourist town or residential community. He believes that more attention needs to be paid to what works for locals when the tourist season wraps up. He highlights, too, the difficulty in finding lower-paid workers on the Peninsula when many of those same people can't afford to live here. Clothing was mentioned by Sharon, who is 63. She would love to see more galleries, but also "more specialty clothing," and stores featuring dressier attire. A high-quality Italian bakery and café, a new lingerie store and "another place we can go sit with our dog and have coffee and food," are a few of the businesses that Angela, 72, and her husband Barry, 73, would like to see open. If they could open something themselves it would be a Wild Birds Unlimited franchise. I speak with another couple, Ron and Elaine, 79 and 76. "We definitely don't want any more coffee shops, bookstores or clothing stores." They would, however, like to have an A&W, and something in the way of a furniture store. Their dream store would be an IKEA, but they admit "We aren't huge consumers. We're seniors and we live in a condo." Trevor, 48, "would really love to have M&M Meats back. It was so convenient for [locals] and because there are a lot of older people here, it was so convenient for them." His boys, Brook, 10, and Austin, five, agree that they would love to have a hobby shop and/or RC shop. Ted, 89, and Saif, 23, were the two men to address clothing. While Ted would like to see a store than offers casual men's clothing for retirees, Saif envisions a high-end unisex clothing boutique. What do teens have to say about retail in our neighbourhood? I was lucky enough to engage with six 14-year-old boys and girls who mentioned shoes for young people, "urban" clothing, sporting goods and high-end skin care and cosmetics as being absent for their demographic. Paul Ryan said something that captures what I see every time I look into a store or restaurant window: "Behind every small business, there's a story worth knowing. All the corner shops in our towns and cities, the restaurants, cleaners, gyms, hair salons, hardware stores – these didn't come out of nowhere." I, personally, look forward to seeing what stories the future has "in store" for us.

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This is part of a rotating series of articles about some of the unique shops and services available on the Saanich Peninsula. For over 15 years, Sidney By The Sea Dental Hygiene Clinic has provided quality oral hygiene services. Only the second of its kind to open in Canada, it paved the way for independent dental clinics. Focusing on prevention, public education and periodontal care, patients come to the clinic from Sidney, North and Central Saanich, Victoria, the Gulf Island communities, Sooke, Mill Bay and Duncan. Owner Paulette Reid emphasizes good oral hygiene practises and their connection to physical, social and mental wellness. Paulette became the owner of the clinic in 2017, and has more than 15 years of experience in the dental hygiene industry. "I [was] thrilled at the opportunity to be a part of this pioneering clinic," she said, noting her passion for providing "outstanding oral health services." She stays updated on current research and dental hygiene trends so she can help her clients with the best tools for proper oral health care. She is a Registered Dental Hygienist in B.C. and a member of the Canadian Dental Hygiene Association. Dental hygiene is more important than many people may think –

modern research continues to link poor oral health with other illnesses. For example, studies have shown a connection between periodontal disease and heart disease. Oral diseases are often chronic, painful, and can disrupt eating, sleeping and growth patterns. The result can diminish one's quality of life, which is particularly concerning since most oral diseases can be prevented by daily home oral care and professional dental hygiene services. The services offered at Sidney By The Sea Dental Hygiene Clinic include overall dental hygiene, teeth cleaning, periodontal disease screening, ultrasonic cleaning of full and partial dentures, scaling, teeth polishing and stain removal, oral hygiene, gum disease prevention, visual mouth cancer screening, periodontal health assessment, cavity prevention and dental referrals. Paulette knows how important it is for seniors to take care of their oral hygiene, especially now that people are living longer, healthier and fitter lives. She is eager to contribute to the senior community by making sure all of her clients are aging well. Part of this means avoiding periodontal disease – a bacterial infection of the gums and bone, caused by a buildup of dental plaque. Warning signs include gums that bleed when you brush or floss your teeth; gums that are red, swollen or tender; and gums that have pulled away from your teeth. Dental hygiene is a vital part of health and wellness: you can visit the clinic at #102 - 2423 Beacon Avenue, or call 250-655-4884 to book an appointment.

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Hostess Extraordinaire How would you describe an amazing host? How about this: someone who welcomes you warmly with a smile; someone who puts you at ease in her home and makes you feel welcome; someone who shares her home with joy and pride; someone who wants to know about you and who listens to you, making you feel significant and interesting. That matters, doesn't it? Sidney has the good fortune to have such a person in Hazel Phillips, who is among the 60 or 70 visitor counsellors who volunteer at its Visitor Information Centre. In addition to that role, Hazel also greets visitors arriving in Sidney from the Anacortes ferry. The consummate hostess, Hazel intuitively knows that a visitor wants not only information about what to see and how to get there, but also to feel welcome. She does that brilliantly. Hazel is a shoo-in for her position. Having lived, gone to school and worked in Sidney over the past eight decades, she knows the town intimately. She is a treasured source of information about the history of its citizens and its buildings, as well as future plans for the town. She also truly enjoys the people she meets as a volunteer. Hazel enjoys hearing their interesting stories, giving her an opportunity to travel vicariously and broaden her horizons through her conversations with them. She recalls asking a visiting couple to tell her their favourite country to visit. Without hesitation, they said: "Iran. The people there are so absolutely friendly and so amazing." It reminded her how we tend to look at other cultures through our own biased lens and that this couple's perspective opened her mind. She said: "We become aware that those people have red blood in their veins, just as we do," noting that tourism can build such understanding and tolerance. Hazel sees the economic value of tourism too. She knows how tourists can build the economy and reputation of a community. While greeting visitors from the Anacortes ferry, the most common question she gets is how to get to Victoria by bus. Shrewdly, she offers them a circuitous route through Sidney, instead of a more direct route. She explains they may need to exchange their currency and, along the way, might want to explore the shops or have a nibble. Going the extra mile, Hazel will look at licence plates from outside B.C., approach the visitor and say, "Welcome. What was your favourite time on your visit here?" Expanding her contributions to the community, Hazel offers her by Anne Miller

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time to the Compassionate Resource Warehouse, whose mission is "to gather and provide resources for international relief." While speaking of her involvement there, she admits she has two compulsions – one to knitting (“I'm a yarnaholic”) and the other, to collecting stuff, calling herself a "garage sale junkie. My garage is a repository for a strange collection of stuff, from hand saws to stuffies to 13 sewing machines" over time, all to be sent to third world countries. It satisfies her to know that what she collects is going to be used by those in need and is saved from the landfill. Sidney is fortunate to have such a caring and welcoming member of its community. Visitors are lucky too, ending their visit to the Visitor Information Centre with the warm words from Hazel: "Thank you for coming. Come again. Safe journey home."


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bakery on the Saanich Peninsula has grown exponentially over the years to become one of the largest and best-known local bakery brands: Portofino. Jaap Verbeke, who is still involved with the company as


the General Manager, started the bakery as a small retail outlet at the Broadmead Shopping Village. Since then, the wholesale bakery has continued to outgrow its locations, moving several times, until it landed at the current location on the Peninsula, a 23,000-square-foot facility. The company has 145 employees and one of them, Bridget Hennessy, who has worked for Portofino for the past 10 years in a variety of roles, took me behind the scenes to see what running a large commercial bakery is all about. For me the brand conjures up images of hearty breads and buns, but their product line includes so much more: pan loaves, rolls, cakes, cookies, pastries, baguettes, gluten-free breads and baking. Three of their products are made with local wheat and they have also paired up with the local Phillips Brewery to take the “mash” (spent grains which are a by-product of beer production) and use it in the Phillips Maltygrain bread. A strong local connection has always been important to the company and using local wheat, which is grown by Saanichton Farm, Michell Farm (both on the Peninsula) and Hillcrest Farm in the Comox Valley, was a natural fit. “When we started there was nowhere on the Island to mill it and it had to be shipped to Vancouver,” says Hennessy. Portofino now has a silo and mill on site so they have the ability to mill the local wheat themselves. There are 15 trucks delivering Portofino breads and baking across Vancouver Island and over to the Gulf Islands, as well as an additional five trucks servicing the Vancouver area, with plans to expand on the Lower Mainland (although all the baking will still be done here on the Peninsula). The first shift for bakers begins around 4 a.m. and baking continues throughout the day while the delivery truck drivers can start as early

as 2 a.m. As we walk through the busy production zone, Hennessy explains the company aims to “protect the employees as much as possible,” as she points out the dust collections system which captures the flour dust. For the process of making bread, the dough is first prepared in either the sponge and dough method (which is used for the majority of Portofino’s bread products; it’s a longer fermentation process that is said to improve the shelf life, flavour and texture of the bread), or the straight dough method (a single fermentation process that is quicker). Next, the dough is put through a rheon machine which cuts, weighs and forms the dough into a loaf before it enters a proofer where it can rise. The loaves are then brought to the oven room where the bread is baked then transferred to the cooling area. After the loaves have cooled, they are sliced, packaged and labelled. Each loaf is put through a metal detector as an extra safety precaution before the product leaves the facility. Gluten-free products are made in a separate, self-contained gluten free room, but because they are processed in a wheat facility, extra steps such as having the air flow push particles out rather than in to the gluten-free room have been taken to ensure the products have a low risk of cross contamination. The gluten-free room also has dedicated utensils, equipment and baking trays and ingredients used in this baking require a certificate of analysis from the suppliers to confirm they are gluten free. The bakery also sends the gluten-free products out for testing to ensure gluten levels stay below the allowable limit. Healthy ingredients are a common interest for most consumers and as Hennessy says: “we really try and listen to the customers.” This has meant implementing changes over time such as “reducing sodium levels, increasing fiber, changing out oils for non-GMO or coconut oil.” While the bakery itself is wholesale only and doesn’t have a retail outlet on site, thankfully you can find Portofino products in a wide variety of local grocery stores and markets. And in a time where supporting local business has never been more important, the next time you’re out shopping be sure to try a loaf of Portofino or sample some of their incredible baking!

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able to walk away with no injuries – not even a scratch or a bruise. When I pondered why I was so lucky, I realized that my constant attendance at ZUMBA® Gold fitness classes could be the secret to my bounce-backability. One of my instructors, Heather LaPage, explained the mechanics of how it happens. In her sixth decade, Heather's quick moves and smooth facility on the studio floor defy her age. To her, exercises to improve our balance "are so important in building resilience and preventing falls." The objective is to engage and strengthen the core of our bodies, which improves our stability and balance overall and prevents us from falling. Strength, cardio and endurance exercises help make our muscles and bodies sturdy and resilient as we get older, so we can also recover quickly if the worst happens. Physical activity enhances the functioning of our brain, the control centre of every move we make. Specifically, "research has discovered that we can foster new brain cell growth through exercise" (How Exercise Makes Your Brain Grow, Forbes Media, 2013). Heather believes that the unique ways her Zumba routines affect the brain can actually keep people from losing their balance. In her opinion, exercises to improve balance forge new corrective pathways in our grey matter that come into play to catch a fall before it happens. Heather is especially excited about the potential of regular exercise to expand the quality of life for seniors by building their physical ability to perform daily tasks. She sees improved functionality as the biggest pot of gold for them. As they get fitter, stronger and steadier in their balance, seniors are more able to put groceries in the bottom tray of the fridge, use the toilet and get in and out of the bathtub. Consequently, they are able to stay in their homes longer and maintain their independence. Claire Handley, another inspiring instructor, remarks that "ZUMBA® is like Sudoku for the body;" it promotes overall resilience and functionality. She explains that her classes build up the ability to walk properly – "lifting our toes and striking first with our heels. Walking this way limits the chance that we will fall as a result of snagging our toes on any uneven surface." Of course, ZUMBA® is only one way to achieve physical fitness as we age. Walking, swimming, water fitness and a wide variety of exercise classes will achieve the same goal. Heather leaves us with the most important message of all: "It is never too late to exercise!"




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March Book Club by Deborah Rogers

Thank you for the patience of those who came out to a really well-attended meeting for the wait whilst the Shoal Centre tried to accommodate our numbers. With the library closed for renovation we are having to do our best to find a meeting space. Thanks also for letting me know that there are many of you who read along with the group, but don’t attend the meetings. That was my hope when we started the book club. As anticipated, our selection for March sparked lots of debate! Naomi Alderman’s The Power was first published in 2016 and has become a bit of a phenomenon in the past year. Even Barack Obama has got on board, endorsing this thought-provoking book. The Power fits in the sci-fi genre, positing a time and place that is familiar to us, but with a big difference. In the world presented in the book, women develop a physical power that makes them stronger than men. That’s a pretty simple concept for sci-fi, but it’s where Alderman takes us that is extraordinary. Mentored by Margaret Atwood, Alderman’s angle is unashamedly feminist. The world she presents us with as the women in the book learn to use their power to gain power and influence is dark, violent and fear-filled. Well, it is for men. Using four main characters whose stories become interwoven, we see a world descending into terror and authoritarianism. Many of our readers found the violence presented too much to stomach. Our discussion focused a lot around this. Perhaps there was a generational split, with those used to The Hunger Games, Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead more able to countenance the subject. I also wondered if a part of the unpalatability was that it was women committing these rapes and murders. It’s something depicted in every murder mystery, but very rarely with a female protagonist. The message that power corrupts is woven through the book. But so too is the obvious implication that all this book has done is transpose some pronouns: the endgame of the inequality demonstrated in this dystopian world might be cartoonish in its extremity, but the nature of the inequality is only that of the world we currently live in, where men’s power has determined society for millennia. I’ve focused on the darkness and violence, but in fact the book has lots of fun in it too. There’s a marvellous ending that causes a real mind-flip and throughout lots and lots of layers. It feels like a very modern book, using our current obsessions to reflect back to us. From start to finish there are moments that cause a reader to stop and question everything they take as normal. At our next meeting on April 17 we’ll be discussing First Snow, Last Night by Wayne Johnston – an author coming to the Sidney Literary Festival. Find out where we’ll be meeting by visiting

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Sidney Centre Family Dentistry by Paula Kully Doctors Loren Braun and Jaci Sollid met while they were completing their undergraduate degrees at the University of Victoria. They were married in 1994 and moved to Vancouver in 1995 to take their dental degrees at UBC. After graduating in 2000, they moved to Sidney and opened their current dental office located above Capital Iron at 9764 Fifth Street. Today, Jaci works at home and homeschools their two sons while Loren maintains their family dentistry practice. It's always great to see couples work together for a

common dream. Here is what this lovely pair has to say about their adventure. Why did you choose to open a practice in Sidney? We lived near the University while doing our undergraduate degrees, but spent some downtime wandering Sidney. We loved it – loved the slower pace of life and the smalltown country feel, and knew it would be a wonderful place to raise our family. What prompted both of you to go into dentistry? My dad is a retired orthodontist, so dentistry


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is in my blood! I "worked" at his office while growing up (seating patients, typing envelopes) and got a feel for what being a dentist was like. Loren was accepted into both dentistry and optometry and decided to pursue dentistry because, along with following his dream of being a health professional, it would allow us to have a partnership. What is the most important thing people can do to protect their teeth other than daily brushing and flossing? Limiting the exposure your teeth have to sugar is huge. By decreasing the amount of

time sugar is in contact with your teeth, you can greatly reduce the amount of decay. Bacteria in your mouth create an acidic environment when they break down sugar, and it is this acid that causes tooth enamel to dissolve, resulting in decay. It is best to reduce how much time you have an acidic environment in your mouth, by not sipping sugary drinks all day, or sucking a lollypop for hours. If you are going to eat something sugary, eat it in one go and then rinse your mouth with water, or chew some sugar-free gum to stimulate saliva flow. Are electric toothbrushes really better than standard toothbrushes? Yes! With a manual toothbrush you can press too hard, and over time you will damage your gums and wear down the enamel on your teeth. Along with providing a standard pressure (some electric toothbrushes will stop if you press too hard), it has a timer so you know when to switch quadrants in your mouth, and how long you should brush for. Most people stop way too soon!

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"Limiting the exposure your teeth have to sugar is huge. By decreasing the amount of time sugar is in contact with your teeth, you can greatly reduce the amount of decay." concerns such as baby bottle tooth decay and to educate parents on how to care for their child's teeth properly. After that, regular visits beginning at age three are appropriate. In your professional opinion, what do you

think are some of the biggest breakthroughs in modern dentistry and why? The ability to take digital X-rays has dramatically decreased both the patient exposure to radiation and the chemicals needed for processing images. Digital intraoral photos have helped immensely with patient education because as you know, a picture is worth 1,000 words. The role of computers in fabricating crowns and other dental restorations has increased and improved significantly over recent years. These advances improve the fit of dental restorations and thereby increase their longevity. What services do you offer? We provide preventative and emergency dental care, cosmetic dentistry, surgeries and extractions. Our website has a full, extensive list of all our services. We are the only Peninsula office to offer IV sedation, for wisdom teeth removal, medically compromised patients, extreme gaggers and those with phobias.


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Healing with Massage Therapy The therapeutic effects of massage therapy are understood now more than ever before, and each year more individuals by Charlotte Musgrave incorporate massage into Peninsula Naturopathic Clinic their regular self care routines. Whether your body is debilitated by constant arthritic aches, a headache that appears when stress levels increase, a muscle injured at the gym or a body that just wants a monthly maintenance "tune up," massage therapy is beneficial for all body types. Chronic Pain. Dealing with chronic pain is challenging enough, without the additional exhaustion of driving from one appointment to the next and trying multiple types of therapy, only to end up feeling overwhelmed by not knowing which therapeutic approach is most effective. Consider the rule of three: no single treatment is going to cure a chronic issue, but a single repeated modality over time can certainly have an effect. The musculoskeletal system, like all other systems in the body, strives to function optimally; muscles, ligaments and joints (known as soft tissue), know exactly where and how they should be positioned. Chronic stress on any of these structures leads to pain and even loss of mobility. By working therapeutically, the body's soft tissue is encouraged to return to its optimal position. Remember: soft tissue knows where it wants to be; sometimes it just needs some guidance. To try massage therapy for a chronic pain issue, consider a minimum of three sessions before re-evaluating whether it is directly aiding in the healing process. Stress Reduction. Taking time for self care is often placed at the

bottom of the priority list, when it deserves to be at the top. A little can go a long way in preventing stress levels from accelerating, when one remembers to take the time to slow down. There are many simple massage techniques that directly address the sympathetic nervous system, which is our "fight or flight" mode. Soothing this system allows the parasympathetic system, or "rest and digest" mode, to activate, which helps keep us calm. Massage therapy can be a wonderful, effective method of care for people who suffer from anxiety and other stress related conditions. Release: What to Expect. The release that might occur from a therapeutic massage can be unpredictable, both physically and emotionally. Traumatic events from the past can linger in the body's fascial network, which can be released through therapeutic touch – but not always intentionally. If you find yourself overcome with emotion during (or after) a massage, know that you are not alone: it happens more than you might think! The best thing to do is let it happen; this is your body telling you it's ready to let go. The "No Pain, No Gain" Theory. Does massage have to hurt? Absolutely not! Is there therapeutic benefit to feeling sore after a massage? Definitely! As the saying goes, what works for one person doesn't work for the next, and so with massage: the way two bodies respond to the same treatment can be drastically different. It comes down to the reason a person is seeking treatment and how their body responds to touch. One person can have great therapeutic release through the gentlest nurturing touch, while another needs their pain tolerance tested in order to feel therapeutic gain. Both are equally effective – it's what works for you that matters. For more information, visit


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NEWS FROM YYJ Time to Build On and Up The Victoria Airport will be adding a new work of art called “Time Catcher,” by renowned Artist Charles Campbell. The installation is part of the lower passenger lounge expansion to be completed by 2020. The piece includes a 36-foot diameter ring suspended from the ceiling with pieces reminiscent of three-sided wooden vessels based on designs of ships and canoes.

Final Flight After three years, Delta Airlines is calling it quits. We will say farewell to Delta on September 2, as they make their final flight out of YYJ.


The former owner of 3rd Street Café, Scott Keanie, will be opening

Wine & Cheese Al Fesco Style Seriously, if you haven’t been into the Farmer’s Daughter on Beacon Avenue yet, what are you waiting for? This lovely little fromagerie and wine bar easily rivals the culinary and wine tasting experience of big cities and – bonus – with its European flair, it is only fitting that outdoor seating will be added in the lovely Garden Court alleyway. If all goes according to plan, 10 seats will open outside on the Easter weekend.

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THE PENINSULA ARTS SCENE What’s Your Sign? ArtSea’s Gallery in Tulista Park is a wonderful asset to the Peninsula, bringing arts and culture to the community by providing space for local artists and community events. Now, the Gallery has new signage to better identify it as a public Gallery while adding some vibrancy to the building. The new signage is part of a larger rebranding project, undertaken to support ArtSea’s vision of the Saanich Peninsula as a major art and cultural centre in British Columbia.

Author, Author! Mark your calendar – the Annual Sidney Literary Festival has been moved to April 11 to 13 this year. The event takes place

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LAST BUT NOT LEAST Expanding Horizons Our own Sidney BIA is happy to announce that their Executive Director, Donna Petrie, was recently appointed to the provincial Business Improvement Areas of British Columbia Board of Directors. Don’t worry, we aren’t losing Donna – the appointment is in addition to her work with the BIA. We know she will bring the same professional enthusiasm to the BIABC Board as she has to Sidney!

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Saanich Peninsula Shops & Services Part of what makes our neighbourhoods special are the businesses that thrive within them. As Saanich Peninsula entrepreneurs we strive to meet the needs of, and give back to, our diverse community. We ask that you please take a minute to think about the large potential of your consumer dollar.

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

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Breathable cottons, lightweight linens, and silhouettes that are the perfect fit for spring have arrived! Shop our latest selection of versatile, effortless pieces that will have you looking and feeling your best this season.

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Wine Kitz Sidney For over 60 years, WINE KITZ has been perfecting the consumer wine-making experience and is recognized as one of the largest and most respected consumer wine-making retailers in Canada. Locally, you can find WINE KITZ Sidney, independently owned and operated by Peninsula residents Derek and Donna Finlayson since May, 2002. Since opening their doors, they have been creating high quality, award-winning wines in their on-premises wine-making facility to meet their customers' exacting standards. The Finlaysons love their community and the people in it, socializing and wine-making, so WINE KITZ is the perfect fit for this duo! Their passion is evident to all who step through the doors – the environment is clean, friendly and inviting. They are proud to serve not just the Peninsula, but the Gulf Islands, Greater Victoria, and Sooke as well. In addition to providing on-premises winemaking services, WINE KITZ offers wine kits, equipment and supplies for the home vintner. Spring is in the Air! Are you ready? This is a great time to check your wine supply and insure you are prepared to just sit back and relax while enjoying a glass of fine wine. Don't get caught short! For more information and full details, please visit Derek and Donna for a wine-making consultation and further product information.




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Seaside Cabinetry & Design Seaside Cabinetry & Design is a family-run business that is owned and operated by husbandand-wife team Tony Rechsteiner and Jessica Kwasnica. Since they opened in 2015, they've expanded to their beautiful new showroom in downtown Sidney at 9715 First Street. Before opening Seaside Cabinetry, Jessica was a kitchen designer for 10 years and Tony a home builder and renovator – the perfect team to work together on transforming their clients' spaces! They do cabinetry for all rooms: Kitchens, Butler's Pantries, Dining Rooms, Libraries, Living Rooms, Bathrooms, Mud Rooms and Laundry rooms. Their showroom is beautiful and spacious and has hundreds of cabinetry and countertop samples to work with at-hand. Jessica loves taking a space and designing the unexpected, while Tony gets creative with grand spaces. They are both extremely passionate about design and love working with the Sidney locals as well as people from and all over Vancouver Island. Getting to know their clients is a key aspect to their success. Seaside Cabinetry & Design prides themselves on quality cabinetry, professional design services and installations and personalised service. Come and meet them at their showroom by appointment and get going on your new space; maybe a new kitchen is in your future!

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or more of a slow walk? How about trying a Nordic walk? An increasingly popular activity, Nordic Pole Walking, a type of fitness walking using specially designed Nordic poles, is one of many outdoor recreational activities offered by Panorama Recreation. Exercising outdoors provides a host of physical benefits like lowering blood pressure, helping maintain a healthy body weight and decreasing the risk of chronic disease, diabetes and osteoporosis. Whether it's walking, hiking, biking, paddling or some other outside recreational activity, an outdoor setting offers social and mental benefits too. It can improve your mental outlook, reduce your stress levels and improve creativity and self esteem. The Saanich Peninsula boasts numerous beaches, hiking trails and parks where you can stretch your legs, unwind and meet up with friends and neighbours. Come enjoy a free class in Nordic Pole Walking on April 4. Poles are provided at no charge. After you've learned some basics, continue on at the regular Thursday sessions April 11 to 25. Pole walking uses 90% of the body's muscles, improves posture and reduces stress on knees and hips, so it's an excellent cardiovascular workout. You'll "net" some amazing new skills in Intro to Fly Fishing (age 18+) on April 6. Professional Fly Fishing Guide Ian Muirhead will

teach you basics on casting, fly selection, entomology, knots and equipment as well as strategies for catching salmon and trout in both salt and fresh water. How about combining fitness with an opportunity to appreciate and understand our feathered friends? In "How to Identify Birds" (age 18+) from April 21 to 28, participants will travel to various local sites to search for, observe and identify birds in their natural habitats. A fun way to connect with other families, Parent & Baby Hiking from April 10 to May 8 is a moderate hike on a local trail. Parents need to be able to carry their baby for at least 90 minutes over uneven terrain. Children too can enjoy fresh air and the many benefits of outdoor recreation. The extremely popular Panorama Forest Explorers (preschool age three to five), running April 2 to 16, enables little ones to engage with the natural world through art, music, physical education, dramatic play and literature. Spring Break Camps guarantee plenty of outdoor fun. Outdoor Explorers offers kids age eight to 12 lots of adventure opportunities including beachcombing and hiking. Spring Seekers for children age five to seven offers creative crafts and dynamic games each week as well as a couple of out-trips to local sites. Whether you hike the Peninsula trails or explore the shores of the ocean, you'll be refreshed and revitalized. And Panorama's outdoor recreational programs are the perfect springboard to get you there!

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Men’s Grooming in the New Millennium Old-fashioned shaving is having something of a renaissance. Men's hair has also Manager, Cut Cartel Barbers begun to embrace the traditional, with styles that wouldn't look out of place on a 1920's gentleman topping the list of requested cuts at barbershops. When it comes to grooming, paradoxically, the men of today may have more in common with their grandfathers than their fathers in the style and self-care department. There has also been a huge uptake in the consumption of men's skin care products, traditionally a largely female market. So what exactly should your grooming routine look like? First and foremost, get a good barber. I'm biased, as a barber, but that's not the reason I'm telling you this or at least it's not the only reason. Your barber won't just give you an awesome haircut: they will tailor it to your face shape and lifestyle. Barbers can also teach you how to properly style your hair, maintain your facial hair and how to shave properly. In addition they tend to offer style advice, and are trained to keep an eye out for skin conditions or other signs that may require intervention. Regarding a good grooming routine: the next step is to shower regularly, but not excessively. Your skin is a delicate organ, and can easily be stripped of its natural oils, leading to a whole host of problems. Your hair is even more sensitive, and should be washed three times a week, on average. I recommend a shampoo specific to your hair type and condition. As for shaving: immediately after the shower is the best time, which by Reuben Parker


is the main reason for the hot towel service available in the shop. Showering softens the facial hair, making it easier to shave. Use a pre-shave lotion, as well as a lathering shave soap, and opt for a safety razor rather than a multiple blade razor. When used properly, safety razors cause less irritation, and are easier and safer than a straight razor (leave these to the professionals). Follow with an aftershave or witch hazel to close the pores and reduce the risk of breakouts. If you have a beard, trim the stragglers with a pair of scissors and use a beard oil. Most will want to leave the full beard trim to their barber: it's a tricky task to do at home. A man should wash his face with a cleanser specifically designed for his skin type. Your face has a different pH than the rest of your body and is the last place you want skin problems. Exfoliate, but not too often. About once a week is sufficient. Moisturize. Seriously, just do it. There are two things I want to impart regarding hair styling. Firstly, use a hair dryer. Your hair contains hydrogen bonds that are broken when the hair is wet, and reform when it dries. So if you comb your hair into its style while blow-drying, these bonds will reform in the direction of the desired position. This means your style will last longer, and require less product. Which brings me to my final grooming tip. Apply your product, whether it be pomade, wax, clay, cream or gel, from the back forward. If you start at the front, you will inevitably overload in this area. Starting at the back ensures even distribution of product. So there you have it. While the preceeding is by no means an exhaustive list, it's a good outline that should have you well on your way to looking and feeling good.

SEASIDE talks with Axle Riley, general manager of Ardmore Golf Course, about what’s

in FASHION … In your shaving

In the kitchen? I like to grill;

my wife is an incredible cook and baker In your closet? Under Armour golf clothing and one lonely suit When you want a night out? With four kids under nine years old it doesn’t happen often, but when we can, a date night at The Keg with my wife for a steak dinner On your walls? Blue Jays Jose Bautista framed photo from the “bat flip” game in 2015 Adding colour to your outfit? I am a black, blue and grey kind of guy.

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kit? Gilette triple blade shaver In your bathroom cabinet? Axe Effect spray; given the fact that my nickname is “Axe” it seems like a no brainer On your bedside table? Usually a book about sports, most recently Theo Fleury’s book Playing With Fire In haircare? Axe Effect hair gel

Drake, Eric Church, Post Malone, Eminem and The Hip On your feet? One of my 15 pairs of Footjoy golf shoes (my wife says I have a problem) On your luxury wish list? A trip to Vegas to stay in the penthouse at Aria with my wife In home décor? 65-inch HD TV’s to watch sports (and kids’ cartoons of course) When it comes to your go-to “uniform?” Being a golf professional, it’s slacks and sweaters most of the time On your Netflix queue? Last Chance “U,” Ozark, Ted Bundy Tapes, Making A Murderer and Narcos. When you want to throw fashion out the window and be all about comfort? Sweat pants or cargo shorts When you don’t care how much it costs? Spoiling my four boys on Christmas morning.



Cabin Fever

I must admit that I complained just like everyone else about being inundated with by Chris Cowland snow for the last four weeks, but then I thought back to the five years I spent in Winnipeg when I first came to Canada in 1980. A colleague had forewarned me that Winnipeg was “the place where God would visit if He wished to administer an enema unto the world,” but that was actually a slight exaggeration. Despite having snow for six months of the year, blackflies the size of sparrows and mosquitos that could blanket you in seconds, the wonderful part about the city is its proximity to Lake Country. There are so many choices within a couple of hours’ drive: west to Gimli and Lake Manitoba, north to Lake Winnipeg or east to Falcon Lake, and, just over the Ontario border, that piece of paradise called Lake of the Woods where my in-laws had a cottage on a small island. It is not well known, but it extends 110 kilometres in length and breadth, and contains 14,552 islands. In those days you could buy vacation property quite cheaply, especially in remote locations. We fell in love with a tumbledown cabin built in 1925, located on Corkscrew Island near Ptarmigan Bay. It was about a 30-minute boat ride away from the mainland and the in-laws. It had no running water, a dodgy diesel generator that had not run for years, and a luxurious two-seater outhouse a short walk away. Judging by the empty cans and bottles that littered the floor,

it had been abandoned many years before and used as Party Central. But what a view. It was a two-acre peninsula facing west, and was surrounded on three sides by gorgeous clear water, with Garry oaks, cedars and fir trees. We had many great memories there, but some of the near disasters were quite comical in retrospect. Our maiden voyage in a boat I had just bought was probably the scariest. We had arrived late, as packing for a baby and a two year old takes forever, and it looked like a storm was rolling in from the east. We quickly loaded the boat with tools and supplies, noticed that it was sitting somewhat low in the water, but concluded that at full plane it would be just fine. 15 minutes later we were heading away from the relatively populous mainland into the back woods, and the engine suddenly stopped dead. The wind was picking up, the flashes of lightning were getting closer, and it was quickly getting dark. I fiddled with the motor and it sputtered into life, but only for a few minutes. I realized that we were quickly taking on water at the stern, so everyone moved to the front of the boat and I started throwing stuff overboard. We were being swept out into the main channel, but my Amazon of a wife leaped overboard, grabbed the bow rope, and started pulling us back to shore as I paddled from the side. We spent the night in the rocking boat, tied to a tree, as the storm crashed all around us. Nobody got much sleep, but the positive side of the story was that it was so wet and windy that not one mosquito was able to fly. APRIL 2019 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 67

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Long Term Care: Continuum of Compassion by Jo Barnes

"You should receive as

much care, comfort and dignity in the end as you receive when you come into this world," shares Marie Johnson, nurse, Long Term Care, Saanich Peninsula Hospital. That idea of treating those in their final days with the same love and attention that we pay to those at the beginning of their lives is the driving philosophy behind many local long-term care homes. It can be offered in a hospital setting or in a private residential format, but long-term care is definitely prevalent in our society as people are living longer. From 2011 to 2016, the number of people aged 85 and older increased by 19.4%, a number which was four times the rate for the overall Canadian population. The fastest growing age group comprised those who were age 100 and older, a number which grew by 41.3%. And while many continue to live in their private homes, many relocate into collective kinds of dwellings. In 2016, a third of Canada's population who were 85 years or older lived in nursing homes and residences for senior citizens. "People are living longer. There's a need for this kind of care," says Marie. So what is the value of long-term care? First, seniors can age in one setting without the trauma of relocation. "It benefits seniors by not having to move, which is very upsetting to their lives; they're able to stay in the same suite until end of life," shares Judy Peterson, Community Enrichment Manager for Sidney All Care Residence. In long-term care, seniors are in a place where both medical and non-medical assistance is available and where committed, compassionate people can help them transition to other stages of life. There are also benefits to the larger community. "The value to the community is being able to keep seniors safe and to have seniors feel they are still a valued part of the community," says Judy. These settings provide access to assistance with activities of daily living, meals, medical needs and transportation. This all provides peace of mind for residents’ families. "I find that families have so much going on that they can't do it; it's just too much for them. They know that their loved ones are well taken care of and they don't have to worry so much. It's a good feeling," shares Marie.

Long-term care offers an environment where seniors can feel safe, supported and interconnected with others. The greatest benefit is how these connections impact those who care for them. While they may be less independent and need assistance, these seniors positively impact their community in numerous ways. "The seniors contribute to those around them through friendships and life experience, teaching us that moments matter," says Judy. "The residents are so interesting. They each bring their own character. When they go, we definitely miss them. We miss their sense of humour; we miss just their being, their warmth," shares Marie. The circle of life comes round. As babies, we're dependent on those around us and our abilities are limited, but we're loved and cherished nonetheless. As we move into our final years, we should be viewed and embraced in the same way. In Marie's words: "You know, I hope someone is there for me when I'm at that stage of the game."

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Canadian Authors Celebrated at Sidney LitFest by Gillian Crowley

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Since its inception in 2013, the Sidney LitFest has grown to become a major event for those who love to read and write. This year the organizers – all volunteers – have added an additional evening event and invited authors who represent some of the best in Canadian fiction, non-fiction and poetry. The April 11 to 14 festival also offers three writing workshops led by well-known authors Fred Stenson, Carla Funk and Susan Juby. For anyone new to such an event, the festival can be a revelation. "When authors discuss and read from their books, it brings a whole new dynamic to the listener," says Janet Daines, president of the Sidney Literary Society. "The chance to discover more about the writer and their process can deepen and broaden our understanding of their work." Deciding which authors to invite to this year's festival was not an easy task: Daines points out that our area is rich in talent. "In fact, four LitFest authors in the region have won major awards in the past year – Esi Edugyan, Darrel J. McLeod and Kathy Page as well as poet Lorna Crozier who recently received the George Woodcock lifetime achievement award for her body of work." Sidney LitFest launches on the evening of April 11 with a conversation between Esi Edugyan, two-time winner of the prestigious Giller Prize, and Carla Funk, Victoria's inaugural poet laureate. Esi Edugyan The discussion will revolve around by Tamara Poppitt Edugyan's latest book, Washington Black, followed by questions from the audience. This event and two of the writing workshops will be held at the SHOAL Centre with the majority of events taking place at the Mary Winspear Centre.

Friday evening, a cabaret style "Wine, Words and Music" kicks off with local swing, blues and roots band Beats Workin' while participants relax with a complimentary glass of wine and appetizers. The main event is a lively panel discussion led by Susan Reece who also hosts Sidney LitFest's annual reading series. Panelists will be authors Kathy Page (Dear Evelyn), Kate Harris (Lands of Lost Borders), CC Humphreys (the Jack Absolute series) and Carla Funk, poet and essayist. Saturday will be a busy day for book lovers and budding writers. Festival-goers can attend author readings and a panel discussion or choose from three half-day writing Kathy Page workshops on fiction, poetry and by Billie Woods memoir writing. Saturday's authors include Carmen Aguirre, Monique Gray Smith, Timothy Taylor and others mentioned above. In between the sessions, participants can purchase books at the Tanner's Books table and have them signed by the authors. Saturday evening's "Authors Ashore" celebration is hosted by the inimitable Jack Knox, author and Times Colonist journalist. He will moderate a panel of five: David Chariandy, Lorna Crozier, Steven Heighton, Wayne Johnston, and Darrel J. McLeod. Chariandy's Brother received the 2017 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize and McLeod won the 2018 Governor General's Literary Award for nonfiction for Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age. Lorna Crozier by Chris Hancock-Donaldson The festival winds up Sunday morning with the popular "Breakfast with the Authors" which gives small groups of participants a chance to sit and talk with an author over a hot breakfast. Daines is pleased that a long tradition of support for the visual arts on the Peninsula has now embraced the literary arts as well. "Lit fests are important because they allow us to step into the lives of others, be it the authors themselves, or the characters they've created," she says. "We learn about and can empathize with those who are worlds away. I believe it makes us Darrel J. McLeod by Ilja Herb better people."

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SPAC Spring Show by Tracy Pike

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Pinterest, ads, mail, phone calls all day long? Need a mental health break, a time and place to give part of your busy brain a rest? It is time to


switch the analytical part of your brain off and switch on the creative side, which releases those wonderful endorphins that we all so desperately need. Well here it is. Over 400 local artists are showcasing their creative works on April 27 and 28, at Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre, celebrating the 66th annual Saanich Peninsula Arts and Crafts Society (SPAC) Spring Show. Power off that phone for a couple of hours and feel the stress dissolve as you stroll through Bodine Hall and explore over 700 original, unique and imaginative works of art, including paintings, mixed media pieces, sculptures, pottery, jewelry, fibre arts and other fine crafts. Witness the creative process in action by watching a variety of live art demonstrations. Engage the artists with your questions, and then browse the Gift Shop for smaller original items, like cards, jewelry, pottery, scarves, wall hangings and more. All art on display is for sale, with prices to suit every budget, so you’re bound to find something for yourself or for a loved one. Delve deeper into the healthy benefits of viewing art by becoming a SPAC Art Patron. Patrons (and one guest) enjoy a private reception on the evening of Friday, April 26, which offers the first chance to see and purchase the art, enjoy a bite to eat, wine and music, and chat with the artists. The Art Patron fee of $150 includes a $100 credit towards the purchase of art at this reception. Patron tickets are available at The Art Exhibition runs on Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., which includes a wine tasting event from 6 p.m. to closing, and on Sunday April 28 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Entrance to the Show is just $5 or $2 if you’ve also attended the Peninsula Singers performance next door! Don’t forget to vote for your favourite piece. See for more information. Think of it as a spa day for your brain!

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Brushstrokes” Art Show


APR 12-18

Artsea Gallery in Tulista Park, 9565 Fifth Street, Sidney Featuring artists Sharon Klein, Marilynn Murray, Shirley Roberts, Happy Smith and Gerie Turner. Admission is free. Everyone welcome. Opening Reception April 14 from 2 to 4 p.m. For more info: Marilyn Murray at 250-652-4455.

Sidney Classical Orchestra: “ APRIL 12 Passion and Tenderness” 730PM

Panorama Recreation Centre

Beginner Beekeeping Course

including some who are winners of major Canadian book awards. Full line-up and tickets: https://www.sidneyliterary or tickets at Tanner’s Books.


Panorama Recreation Centre 1885 Forest Park Drive, North Saanich $2 skate or $2 swim. Skate from 1 to 2:20 p.m; swim from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Creative Kids Pro-D Day Camp


APR 8-12

St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church 10030 Third Street, Sidney With piano soloist Jamie Syer – program includes Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in B Flat major, Op. 19 and Haydn’s Symphony NO. 91 in E Flat major. Adults $25, Students $13, age 19 & under free, at door, Tanner’s Books, City Scribe Printing & Stationery in Brentwood Bay, Long & McQuade in Victoria.

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St. John’s United Church 10090 West Saanich Rd, North Saanich Presented by the Deep Cove Folk Music Society. Come enjoy a great mix of music from sea shanties and ballads to rural blues and jug band. Tickets at the door. https://www.

Ukranian Egg Decorating

APR 12 & 14

McTavish Academy of Art

McTavish Academy of Art

1720 McTavish Road, North Saanich A camp for five to eight year olds designed to provide opportunities for physical activity as well as fostering creativity and imagination. Activities include nature walks, games, yoga, dance, quiet time, art and much more. Cost $54 (all supplies included).

1720 McTavish Road, North Saanich Ages 5+. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 12; 1 to 4 p.m. April 14. Have you been “dye-ing” to try traditional Ukranian egg decorating? Learn this beautiful art form using wax and candles. $20/person or $30/family up to four people (all supplies included).

Sidney Lit Fest

Busy Beavers (Guided Walk)

APRIL 11-14



Mary Winspear Centre & Shoal Centre

Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park (Saanich)

2243 Beacon Ave, Sidney / 10030 Resthaven Drive, Sidney With panel discussions, readings, writing workshops and other special events, this popular literary festival celebrates both readers and writers. The event features 16 Canadian authors

Ages 5+. Fun for the whole family! Come see an active beaver lodge and learn all about this amazing mammal. Meet at Beaver Lake Ponds parking lot off Beaver Lake Road.


Stories at Fern

Mens Singles Tennis Tournament




APRIL 26-28

Victoria Storytellers Guild

Panorama Recreation Centre

1831 Fern Street, Victoria Everyone welcome. Admission $5; students $3. 250-727-3097.

1885 Forest Park Drive, North Saanich Play begins Friday night and continues to Sunday afternoon. Each player is guaranteed three matches. Women welcome to enter. $42/player.

Scott Cook and The Second Chances


APR 18

Brentwood Bay Village Empourium 7103 West Saanich Road, Brentwood Bay Balladeer and Canadian Folk Music Award Nominee, Scott Cook and his band, The Second Chances, perform. Tickets are $20 in advance. For info: 778-351-0178.

Easter Egg Hunt



Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea A fun educational way for parents and little ones to start the day! Ages three to five. Ocean-themed stories, crafts and activities are offered. No registration required. Standard admission rates apply.



Dominion Brook Park 8801 East Saanich Rd, North Saanich Hosted by the Peninsula Celebrations Society, this egg-stravaganza is fun for the whole family! As well as an egg hunt, there will be children’s activities including face painting.

(CFUW) Saanich Peninsula Meeting


APR 23

Mary Winspear Centre 2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney Come hear guest speaker Kerri Isham speak on the topic: “The Changing Landscape of Gender and Sexual Orientation.”

Hook, Line and Sinker Comedy Series


APR 26

McTavish Academy of Art 1720 McTavish Road, North Saanich Presented by Ratfish. You’re invited to a great night of stand-up comedy featuring local talent! Beer and wine will be available for purchase. Doors open at 7p.m. 19+. Tickets $15, available at the door.

Dreams Come True” The Music and Magic of Disney

Tot Tuesday Series: Tidepool Explorers

APRIL 26-28

Mary Winspear Centre, 2243 2243 Beacon Ave., Sidney Presented by The Peninsula Singers. 7:30 p.m. April 26 & 27; 2 p.m. April 28. Featuring jazz, gospel and pop choral numbers, solo ballads, performances by young singer Abby Blecic and the Allegro Performing Arts Centre. Tickets:$28 adults/$14 children. 250-656-0275


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

Caregivers of Family and Friends Support Group

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

Sidney Sister Cities Association Vancouver Island Regional Library, Sidney 3rd Thursday of each month at 7 p.m.

Peninsula Newcomers Club Luncheon Haro's Restaurant & Bar, Sidney

2nd Thursday of each month at 11:30 a.m. Pre-booking required:

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Is it possible to transform a BC “Box House” built in the 1970s into a classy, clean-lined family home that is perfect in every way? To make it contemporary, comfortable, full of light and crowned by a private rooftop deck that has an amazing ocean view? Yes, it is! How do you do it? Well, you zipper off the roof, strip the house down to its bones, and throw out the old floor plan. Move the bedrooms to the back of the house, and the living room and kitchen to the front view side. Using imagination and a desire for light, bump out the living room wall to raise the ceiling from eight to 12 feet, add upper windows, and then bask in all the lovely sunshine that warms your house and energizes your spirit. Oh yes, you have to beef up the studs too, and add engineered roof trusses so they will support a relaxing rooftop deck that takes in 360-degree views of the Victoria airport, Robert’s Bay, Haro Strait, Sidney Island, James Island, the Gulf Islands and the San Juan Islands. Add a built-in sound system, a gas fireplace, comfy outdoor furniture, a barbecue, and it’s a relaxing haven in which to enjoy precious family time or entertain guests. Make no mistake, this renovation was a complex undertaking – and a quality build – skillfully designed and built by Tidman Construction, which undertook all aspects of the project including design and landscaping. Those of us who have been involved with even a simple DIY renovation can only imagine the amount of planning that is necessary for a project of this size. Tidman Construction’s Andrew Tidman offers very wise advice, that “if a client is going to spend a year building or renovating a house, they should spend half of that time in the planning stage.” Choosing products and finishes while underway is not fun! The number of decisions really can be mind-boggling, because there are now so many products, store inventories and websites to check out. If building or renovating a house is in your future, then time spent researching what you like in terms of style and finishes, flooring, and cabinets, etc. is well spent. It is much easier to focus on just a few decisions when construction is underway.

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And, with the pressure of scheduling trades, it is more cost efficient if everyone keeps on schedule. Trade availability, says Andrew, is not what it used to be! But let’s go back to this lovely renovated 2,900-square-foot house that so ably demonstrates a contemporary style of easy-living, clean modern lines and finishes. The main entry originally opened up to a set of stairs, but its exterior wall was moved out and the roof built higher to create a foyer that is filled with light from the new windows (Starline windows) and glass panelled front door (Home Lumber). The light is further enhanced by the large marble tiles on one wall. The opposite wall features white, high-gloss cabinets with a special nook built above to house a model of the famed Canadian sailboat, “The Bluenose.” Walls are painted in Benjamin Moore’s White Wisp, which has a hint of grey. The light colours of the home are enhanced by texture such as the quartz ledgestone accent wall at the top of the stairs, which matches the new gas fireplace façade. The open floor plan on the main upper level ensures that the kitchen is the centre for social activity and allows the cook to be part of everything that is going on. In the kitchen area, the five- by seven-foot quartz-topped island is perfect for entertaining and serving because its clean work surface is not marred by a sink or cooktop. Bar stools nestle under the counter and are almost invisible due to their short, transparent backs. Quartz countertops were chosen throughout the home because of their colour, finish, durability, and low maintenance. DuChâteau solid oak wide plank hardwood floors (Island Floor



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Centre) provide interesting detail and elegant base warmth to the main rooms and stairs. In the three upper-level bedrooms and sitting room area, beige carpet adds quiet and comfort. Heated porcelain tile floors in the three bathrooms are an undeniable luxury. The main bathroom, instead of being one large area, has been divided into three rooms so that the bath area with its 6’ soaking tub can be closed off while leaving access to the central powder room area and the separate toilet area on the other side. In addition, both bedrooms have their own vanities for their teenage occupants. The master bedroom has an ensuite that includes a six-foot frameless glass walk-in shower with walls clad in polished travertine stone tiles (a form of limestone). Ceiling pot lights provide the main lighting in the bathroom, but two pendant lights add sparkle, and movement-activated undercabinet lighting is another attractive and energy-saving touch. All lights are LED and the owner notes that, because of the change from conventional incandescent or halogen bulbs, there has been a substantial reduction in the home’s hydro costs. The warmest

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spectrum bulbs were chosen to create a cozy, warm feel instead of the icy blue or grey look that results from cooler spectrum bulbs. The house is very efficient energy-wise, because, even on cold winter days, the large windows absorb heat from the sun. Installing a heat pump was a wise choice: it helps keep the house warm in winter and cool in summer. On the lower level, there is one additional bedroom or storeroom, bathroom and office, and a legal self-contained one bedroom suite. A side entry through the carport provides a roomy mudroom for shoes and outdoor gear, and it also provides a convenient space for laundry machines. Easy-care grey Hardieplank siding, stained cedar, standing seam metal panels, large windows and black trim all combine to give the home a stylish, modern look. Black powder-coated aluminum spiral stairs lead up to the panoramic rooftop deck. The deck’s main view panels are clear and have no top framing, so the view of sky and sea is, in a word, marvellous. And what a location for a home: easy walkability to Sidney and a nearby beach faces Mount Baker and amazing sunrises. Tidman construction Ltd. turned this homeowner’s dream of clean, contemporary lines, comfort, and low maintenance into reality. A transformed B.C. Box house indeed!

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Patio Gardens is a local, familyrun garden centre. We specialize in hanging baskets and container gardens, growing the best moss hanging baskets on the Island. We also have a great selection of perennials, bedding plants, small trees, shrubs, succulents and indoor tropical and flowering plants. Our gift shop is filled with garden accessories, ceramic pots and unique gift ideas. We offer a variety of garden and floral workshops, and events such as a Vendors' Market. We look forward to serving you. 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday; Sundays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 250.652.8338 | 6536 W. Saanich Rd, Saanichton

Your Saanich Peninsula Gem! Lochside Nursery is centrally located on the Saanich/Central Saanich border and is a gem surrounded by horse farms on the Lochside Trail. Available are a wide variety of trees including gorgeous Japanese Maples, Magnolias & Gingkos, plus Shrubs, Perennials and Grasses with a Clearance on ‘Thuja plicata.’ Lochside strives to provide landscape professionals with a convenient, friendly and easy place to shop, partly because of its smaller acreage. Please visit our website for our "non-commercial" customer details and our current opening hours! 250.544.3100 | 2716 Dooley Road, Saanichton (Lochside Dr & Dooley Rd) |

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Waterfront condominium with spectacular views of Ocean-Mountains-Islands-waterfront and parks and waterfront walkway at your doorstep. Spacious 2 bedroom, 2 bath unit with over 2,400 sq. ft of living space in sought-after Sail Pointe. $1,499,000. MLS 406309. Michele's Team | 250.656.0911

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The moment you enter, the views, natural light, soaring 12' ceilings, quality finishes & upgrades set this top floor home apart. Professionally reno'd in 2014 with a fantastic open plan, this luxury home has it all, and is move-in ready. Mattick's Market/Lochside Trail only steps away! Bonus - 2 parking stalls! ML # 406403. Ingrid Jarisz* 250.656.4626 (personal real estate corp*)

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7986 Wallace Drive

Charming 4 bedroom home nestled in a sought-after Saanichton neighbourhood within walking distance to all amenities. Main level offers a large living area that opens to partial ocean/mountain views. Three bedrooms up with a self-contained one bedroom suite on the lower. Kid and pet friendly with a fully fenced yard. $799,900. MLS #406673. Stephanie Peat 250.656.0131 |

2242 Markinch Place, Sidney $999,000 GST Included! Walk through & feel like you are on the set of a home design show & imagine yourself living here surrounded by beauty. Located a stone’s throw to Roberts Bay & a short walk to all the amenities of Sidney By the Sea. For more information, photos or floorplan please visit my website at MLS #406532. 250.656.3486

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Seaside in Sidney $1,050,000

Enjoy breathtaking views of the ocean, nature and endless marine life from this beautifully finished one level 2 bdrm + den townhouse located just a short walk from local marinas and downtown Sidney. Balcony with glass railings for unobstructed views plus double garage! This is truly a rare offering! MLS 405011. Julie Rust* 250.385.2033 (personal real estate corp*)

Let's Get Planting!

Now that winter is over – and what a winter it was! – it is time to get our hands dirty. It's still a little early to plant by Yvonne Bulk any tender annuals, but let’s talk Patio Gardens about some ways you can already get out there. April is a great month to start your vegetable garden as long as the soil is not compact, and water logged. Once you have prepared your soil by removing weeds and applying manure or compost, you can sow cool weather veggies: arugula, broccoli, leeks, lettuce, kale, peas, spinach, cabbage, onions, turnips, parsnips and radishes. Wait until late April to plant carrots, chard and beets. Dig over your potato patch and plant seed potatoes. Avoid manure where potatoes will be planted as it can cause scab on them. Sow peas every month through June to ensure fresh peas into October. Similarly, for your greens, plant a little each month for succession harvesting. If starting from seed is not your thing, nurseries are stocked with veggie starts that are ready to be planted. And what is summer without strawberries? Yes, summer will come, and you’ll want to have some of that luscious fruit! If you plan to grow strawberries, be sure the bed has plenty of manure or compost, and while you are at it put some compost on your rhubarb as well. If you are tight on space, many veggies and some fruits can be planted in large pots for a patio garden. Some good choices are arugula, spinach, kale, swish chard, lettuce, carrots, bush beans, strawberries and even potatoes. Later in May you can add tomatoes and cucumbers that you have already started indoors or bought from your local garden centre. Needing some colour in your life after this white winter?


Perhaps plant up a container with pansies, flowering bulbs and primulas to brighten up your front door. Now is also a good time to plant new perennials, roses, trees, shrubs, small fruits and hardy herbs. Make the planting hole two times the size of the root ball and add some bone meal and a modest amount of compost. Don’t forget to water new transplants frequently during their first year of growth. Give fertilizer to all your established trees, shrubs, and perennials. Divide early spring flowering bulbs, such as snowdrops, when they have finished flowering. Replant immediately and water well. Hold off trimming down bulbs such as tulips and daffodils until the foliage is yellowing, as this process is feeding the bulb for next year. Purchase summer flowering bulbs, roots and tubers such as dahlias, lilies, gladiolas and plant as recommended. As soon as forsythia and other early spring bloomers are done flowering, prune them back. If your forsythia has become massive give it a hearty prune – don’t worry: it’ll come back. You do, however, need to be gentle with pruning your lavender – avoid cutting back more than 25 percent of each stem. If you have not yet done so, it is time to put lime on your lawn. It is an important soil conditioner that helps your lawn absorb fertilizer and deters moss from growing. Lime does not kill moss, but does neutralize the pH of the soil, making fertilizer applications more effective. With our heavy West Coast rainfalls much of the fertilizer in the soil is washed away and needs to be replaced at regular intervals. Early April is the time for its spring feed. Need more advice? Head over to your local garden centre and have a chat with the experts there – we want to be sure you start out this season with a spring in your step! Ready. Set. Garden! APRIL 2019 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 89

French Shabby Sale:

A Fundraiser for Alzheimer's and Crohn's Colitis by Joanne Egan

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pain and uncertainty of a future with Alzheimer's will understand that doing something creative and fun with friends can be very therapeutic. My husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease four years ago, and since that time my life, both emotionally and physically, has been a roller coaster. I have been fortunate to have so much support from my friends, family and the wonderful folks at the Alzheimer's Society. My friends Anna and Laurie and I came up with an idea last October that would give us a big new purpose on life and help me

keep my sanity. We love thrift shopping, upcycling and decorating. So, we decided to find awesome furniture that requires a little TLC! We repair, paint and generally breathe new life into beautiful things, all while using our creative skills and avoiding the landfill! We have a few interesting and funny stories about where the items have come from. In our circle of friends there are scouts and pickers. Many generous folks have donated items to us, and sometimes the scouts find things and we call upon the pickers to rescue them for us. We have had a lot of laughs! What are we doing with all of this? We will be emptying my basement (our workshop) and the completely upcycled treasures (see above pic for an example) will be available at our French Shabby Sale on May 4 and 5 at my home, 9500 Lochside Drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Early birds will be asked to donate $20. You will find dining room suites, chairs, beds, cabinets, dressers, china, linens and many French themed items for sale. All supplies, paint etc. have been purchased by us and ALL proceeds will be donated to the Alzheimer's Society and Crohn's Colitis Canada. Please join us at our sale and witness why we are so excited about our work. Come pick out a beautiful piece to take home. Your purchases will help both of these organizations, the people they support and will prove that our time has been well spent! 90 SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA | APRIL 2019

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Victoria Author Valerie Green Releases New Historical Book "Fifty Conversations from the Past" with Sue Hodgson, publisher and owner of Seaside Magazine

Telling tales from B.C.’s history from the perspective of the people who lived it

Fifty Conversations From The Past

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It was a tightly wound, tightly bunched group that night at the Beach Club Resort in Parksville. Tickets had been taken, names crossed off the master list and 2019 Parksville Uncorked memento wine glasses given out. But a drop of wine musn’t be poured until 6:30, we were told, and the crowd was getting restless, choralled as we were in a space that was tight for the numbers. But what was happening down there? The group seemed to be moving down the hallway and amassing in an adjoining room! What’s that? Rumours murmured down the hallway … they had started POURING! Perhaps a few minutes early, but easily overlooked and quickly taken advantage of by the thirsty travellers. Soon all the bottle-slingers were happy to tempt our tastebuds with their wares, from the lightest, barely-there bubbles to the fullest dessert wine. The numbers quickly swelled to 340 bodies, happy to oblige and indulge. The winemakers were knowledgeable – proud of their wares and eager to share the details, but the crowd was loud and much was lost to the air at the top of the room. Phones were out, snapping photos of favourites, for no matter the stories, it was taste that ruled all. The bordeaux and pinots; the syrahs and cab sauvs, started blurring together. How lucky are we!? was the feel of the room. To have all of these vineyards almost in our backyard. And how lucky are we, we asked ourselves as we held out our glass for yet another generous pour, to be able to try so many of their products (from 50 wineries!) in one place? The 2019 Parksville Uncorked Wine & Food Festival, despite being in its 11th year, was a first for my partner and I. And a first weekend away since our daughter was born over four years ago! And what a weekend it was – not only were we guests at the Swirl wine gala, but we were invited to try the Endless Tapas dining experience at the Treetop Tapas & Grill and attend a winemakers’ dinner featuring Black Hills Estate winery and the culinary creations of Tigh-Na-Mara’s Executive Chef Eric Edwards. There was never a more perfect opportunity to jump in with both feet and embrace new experiences and flavours. And with spring upon us and with it the season of new growth and rebirth, there is no better time for you to take your own leap and try something different, whatever that may be!

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SIDNEY All Care Residence We’re All About Care … Sheila Ripley - testimonial

What advice would you give to a new resident at Sidney All Care Residence? “Everyone here is willing to help and you won’t find anyone without a smile on their face.” At Sidney All Care Residence you will enjoy comfortable amenities, delicious home cooked meals and a recreation calendar filled with opportunities for fitness, fun, creativity and connection. We believe in the power of community and family. At Sidney All Care Residence we go out of our way to make sure our residents that call us home, feel at home. You’ll make new friends and experience a sense of belonging with our team and residents. Our residents consist of a vibrant group of individuals – teachers, artists, engineers, homemakers, farmers and doctors who have led fulfilled lives and continue to do so within our community. Join us for a tour and complimentary lunch or at one of our life enriching recreation events and discover why you will love it here.

To book a tour or complimentary lunch please contact Judy Peterson at 778-351-2505 or email

All Care, We Care, I Care!

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