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May 2014


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Can We Talk: Publisher Sue Hodgson Chats With Laura Bemister, Dress Designer and Owner of Muse Clothing Company

The Mary Winspear Centre: Into the Future With Pride! 2014 Spring Style: Fresh, Wearable & Fun

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Who could imagine that ladybugs need wrangling, but after working with Tom (aka "The Ladybug Wrangler") on designing The Paper Maché, I understand why it's a profession! Placing those ladybugs, using InDesign software, is often a hit-and-miss affair, hence the need to wrangle them. It's like a magic show every month working with children's artwork and writing; we never know how the paper will look until it's done. I'm always amazed at children's imagination and skills. My teaching and journalism background sparked the vision of a venue for children's creativity, and Tom's years as a photographer and designer pulled the rabbit out of the hat. I'm pleased to hear The Paper Maché newspaper delights readers of all ages, and happy to share its story in this issue of Seaside. kathryn wood

Being the parent of a young child can be overwhelming at times, to say the least. I get advice from all angles, on all topics, all the time, and sometimes it can be hard to know where to turn. Like many parents, I struggled with my daughter's sleep (or lack of it!) and realized quite quickly through mom's groups and parenting forums that there's a real need for support and guidance on just that subject. Being a Certified Sleep Sense Consultant, I am passionate about providing parents with the knowledge to teach their children to become independent sleepers living healthy, active lives in which they are able to thrive. In this month's issue, I share a few of my "top tips" that will hopefully help you too! rachael holland

With a lifelong love of fashion, I came to the Island a year ago from North Vancouver to work with my mother at Marmalade Tart Boutique. Since the store opened I've helped with buying and the opportunity to work with clients has really awakened a passion in me for customer service. I love finding that piece or outfit that makes someone look absolutely fabulous. Every day I learn more about colour and shape and what works for whom. It is so satisfying to show something fantastic to someone who would not normally look at it and help them see how to wear it and how great it makes them look. I am extremely happy to be living in such a magical place, the Saanich Peninsula, and to have the opportunity to do something that I love. I'm looking forward to sharing some of that with you in this edition's fashion spread.

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Growing up in a small farming village in Yorkshire, England, I very quickly decided that I did not want to follow in my father's footsteps as a very hardworking (for very little pay) farm labourer. However, in my '50s I "discovered" organic food and, wanting to know more, I started volunteering my time on organic farms in different parts of the world. In 1997 my "organic travels" brought me to Vancouver Island and the rest (as they say) is history. I became involved in growing certified organic vegetables and I was hired byThrifty Foods as an organic consultant. I volunteered my time talking to school students about the benefits of eating locally-grown, healthy food, and four years ago I created the Growing Young Farmers School Program, which I chat about in this issue's West Coast Gardener column.

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first word I was at the gym the other day and was greeted by a client of mine; he's since retired but still lives in the community. With a bright, wide-eyed smile he says: "Sue, I just love your magazine. Seaside has really become part of our community, a real pleasure to read and it possesses such personality. But how do you do it? It must be so much work!" I bring this up to raise a few points about creating a balance in our lives. I have a confession: I was a workaholic in my early '20s. I badly wanted not only to achieve, but to overachieve: to go farther, faster, and do more than anyone else. Whatever it took to get ahead in my career, that's what I spent time doing. I was really happy during those years, and honestly don't regret a moment of all that hard work. Yet today, with two almost-teenage children, an acreage to maintain, the gym three times a week and two rescue animals, I have a keener appreciation for all the non-work pleasures life can bring. I still work very hard, but when I'm away from work, I'm truly away from it. Don't get me wrong: there are many 5:30 a.m. days, thinking up and creating new ideas for the magazine. But the reality is: you're going to be a better, more effective person with your work if you have a more satisfying personal life. So I responded by saying: "Well, I truly love what I do and I think having that 'passion' makes all the difference." I know

sometimes using that word, passion, sounds cliché, but I believe it's absolutely true. And besides, if you're doing something you enjoy, you'll be better at it. And how great it is that I make a living doing what I love. I don't write here suggesting I know it all, because I certainly don't. But it's always fascinating, once in a while, to look back over my career and life. What has struck me, time and time again as I've recalled stories and thought of the experiences that have shaped me, is how lucky I've been. But we create our own luck, don't we? Opportunities will come – they always do. We just need to see them, add that passion … and wow, the world is our oyster! "It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves." — William Shakespeare

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I just absorbed the latest [Can We Talk] article with Bryan Imber, Environmental Scientist and President and CEO of the ICC Group. It is highly educational and informative, capturing the essence of why garbage deeply matters. There are many articles written on this subject, however your writing captures the heart of the matter. The supporting statistics and real-time implementation strategies are what I find most interesting. In addition, the writing clearly demonstrates a case study for how the coupling of science and the free market system can contribute to rethinking with new models of education that reinvent caring for our planet. Nancyanne Cowell Federation of Canadian Artists

Your April magazine was diverse and interesting and a wonderful read! Evelyn Wiggins

I wanted to thank you for publishing my article on learning to live with Parkinson's Disease in April's issue of Seaside (Shaken Not Stirred: A Journey With Parkinson's Disease). I surprised myself in that I enjoyed writing this piece and to be published was an amazing feeling. Robin Dunn

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The CACSP had a very successful 2013. Events & shows the CACSP presented or supported this year. Small Expressions Show Summer & Christmas Artisans Shows Spring & Fall Studio Tours Summer Kids Craft Camp Summer Easel Art in the Park Sidney Fine Art Show ArtSea Festival Arts in the Schools Sidney Literary Festival Tulista Gallery available to Local Artists to show their work

Your donation gives our doctors x-ray vision. Artisans Gift Gallery Through December 22 Tuesday to Sunday, 10am-4pm Give a gift that reflects the creativity of Peninsula artists! Tulista Community Arts Centre Fifth & Weiler, Sidney We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Town of Sidney, the District of North Saanich, the Municipality of Central Saanich, the CRD and the Peninsula Foundation.

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can we talk publisher sue hodgson talks with Laura bemister, dress designer and owner of muse clothing company After graduating from film school and then a few years in the hospitality industry, what led you to designing dresses? One day my mother asked me: "What do you think of my dress sweetheart?" My reply: "I like the colour mum, but not the style." I was five years old. I have always been a designer; it was just something I knew I could do very well. I have more ideas in my head than there are grains of sand on the beach; this is my gift. I wanted to create something that would be remembered, that would give me independence, something that mattered. Bamboo is one of the world's most sustainable resources and its use seems to be a natural evolution for the times we are living in. There are so many new eco-materials and eco-friendly production processes, especially during this era of corporate responsibility. What do you think of eco-fashion? I had a nightmare just last week. I received a shipment of dresses and when I read the label, it said Made in China; I was mortified! Eco fashion to me means supporting your local economy. Be it fashion, farming or anything else, we need to support each other. I attended a seminar recently on Shop Local, and I was amazed at how simply spending 10% of your income locally can greatly impact the economy. I have been overwhelmed with the support I've received here in Victoria and am delighted to live in a community that cares.

Your designs are made from beautiful bamboo knits. Because most bamboo fibre production is in China, it is difficult to monitor the manufacturing processes, and as consumer interest for bamboo fibre builds, it's likely to apply more pressure for transparency among manufacturers. What are your thoughts on insuring that the manufacturing and finishing processes are healthy? Manufacturing practices are largely dependent upon consumer demand. There is a growing movement of consumers who care about where their products are coming from and they are willing to pay more for ethical brands. Bamboo manufacturing processes are still in need of improvement, but the fabric has numerous beneficial qualities for the wearer and the environment. The processing of bamboo fibres is actually more efficient than most. Bamboo fabrics absorb dye faster and more thoroughly than cotton, modal and viscose with better colour clarity and they do not need to be mercerized to improve luster and dye-ability. Women are still wearing dresses they purchased from me five years ago due to the sustainability of the fabric. I believe manufacturing processes will improve over time. What is your favourite part about being a dress designer? It gives me freedom. I can create my own destiny. It is a career that allows me to evolve, emotionally and spiritually. I love the challenge of combining creativity with business. They are very opposite and yet equally important to ultimate success. I actually enjoy the process of dealing with the extremely difficult decisions I have to make. That is where my growth comes from. I think fashion is one of the most influential industries in the world. Designers influence not only the way we look and the shape of things around us, but also how we think. At first glance your designs evoke simplicity, but once you've put them on an incredible magic happens. I know; I have five of them! Explain to our readers what I'm talking about when I say "magic."

Laura Bemister Dress Designer & Owner Muse Clothing Company In the beginning they called me the free range child. My parents raised me in a tiny community with no pavement or fences, just land, a river and freedom to grow. My baby brother Luke called me La La and later Lauralye. So I grew up, travelled, loved culture and fashion. I settled in Victoria, where I met the women who inspired me to create Muse Clothing Company.

Magic relates to how the dresses make my clients feel. It's a transformation, like the caterpillar into the butterfly. Donning a Muse dress makes a woman glow. Even the most ardent tomboy feels entirely feminine and exceptionally comfortable in their Muse dress. I feel a deep sense of purpose when a new client puts on her first dress and she starts to dance. What were your inspirations for the 25 styles you've created? I started with the name Muse – I knew the name before I knew what it was going to look like; it just was. I had such wonderful supporting, inspiring women in my life. They became the Muse, each one brave and unique. I like to understand their character. A "grass roots" girl has equal amounts of "uptown" in her. Character must come into play with design. A woman's character dictates her style. She can be whoever she chooses to be on any given day, by just putting on a versatile Muse dress. It's playtime every morning! Choose your style; dress up. You've got some exciting things planned for the future. Give us a glimpse of what's ahead. 101-2537 Beacon Avenue (in the Cannery building) Every successful company has a responsibility to give back. I design dresses so the choice Sidney 250.656.5606 was simple. Dresses for a Cause was created to support charitable groups of women helping women. For a $9 donation you will have nine chances to win a "Muse by Lauralye" dress of your very own. Dresses For A Cause will draw one name a week for each nine-week campaign and the funds raised anagIng the orlD S will go directly to the participating organization at the end of the oSt mportant nveStmentS campaign. I am extremely excited about this project because it comes from my heart. For more information visit Photo by


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young readers book review finisher, by david baldacci Courageous and inspirational, Vega Jane is one of those characters who will not give up until the end; she's likeable, quick-minded and cheeky and often stands alone. This dystopian-themed book is focused on the village of "Wormwood," located in the middle of nowhere, but surrounded by "The Quag." This mysterious, deathly forest often translates into reviewed by eminent death for all who dare to venture within; Isabella Gonzalez it's filled with the most hideous, vile creatures Kaminski, 12 imaginable. Though this frightens her fellow "Wugs" (humans), as well as Vega herself, this fear of the unknown also compels her to seek the truth; her ambition to unveil the unknown is stronger than what she has always been told to fear. Through David Baldacci's The Finisher, we venture through Wormwood on an inspiring expedition of bravery and persistence, in hopes of revealing the true answers Vega Jane is set on finding: who she is, where she is, and how she can escape.


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Doesn't this sound like an exhilarating read? The plot captivates, the characters inspire, the adventure is gripping – and though these may contribute to an excellent book, there is one catch: the writing. David Baldacci is known to be a remarkable author, with novels such as True Blue and Camel Club. Yet I found in The Finisher, Baldacci lacks explanations when introducing new fictional aspects of the story, and consistently uses incomprehensible lingo. Sure, eventually the reader will decipher his meaning, but it is not something that I wanted to be doing all through a 512-page book. As I said earlier, Vega Jane is an inspirational character, having all of the perfect traits to make her a heroine: determination, drive and courage. However, I feel that Vega is an amazing character in the wrong book. As Baldacci's first attempt at children's fiction, understandably his writing style will be somewhat different, but by using his own idiom, this potentially extraordinary novel suffered. New Releases – Available at Tanner's Books: Chicken Squad by Doreen Cronin Dangerous by Shannon Hale Exposure by Kathy Reichs Finisher by David Baldacci Hi Koo! by Jon J Muth Lord and Lady Bunny – Almost Royalty by Polly Horvath My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish, the Seaquel by Mo O'Hara Pete the Cat's Big Easter Adventure by Kimberly and James Dean Poached by Stuart Gibbs Soccer Fence by Phil Bildner

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The Mary Winspear Centre: Into the Future With Pride! by Susan Simosko

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Centre (MWC) parking lot these days and what do you see? Cars, cars and more cars! Step inside and you begin to understand why residents and visitors alike flock to the Peninsula's cultural hub. Whether it's to enjoy a concert by world-class performers such as Colin James or Ben Heppner or attend a conference, special event or class, the Centre is alive with activity and controlled chaos. According to Brad Edgett, the Executive Director of the MWC, over 185,000 people visited the Centre last year, with an economic impact to the area of $6.5 million. "The average conference attendee spends $330 dollars per day on accommodation, food, entertainment and gifts," Brad says. Last year alone, the Centre hosted seven conferences, with more planned into 2017! "Organizations know a good thing when they see it," Brad tells me. "Not only do we have a spacious, state-of-the-art facility, we enjoy an astoundingly beautiful and vibrant community with great amenities at affordable prices – and that includes direct travel by air and sea. Truly, it's an extraordinary deal for most organizations." According 14 SEASIDE | may 2014

to Brad, one such organization, the American Rhododendron Society, already has scheduled its 70th anniversary conference at the MWC in 2015. Check out their dynamic promotional video at While Brad loves to share the economic good news story, he's equally pleased to share another aspect: "Not only are the arts an incredible force for economic development, they contribute to the community's social health too." He tells me that arts and culture create important community networks, reduce isolation by enabling people to make friends, and provide valuable cross-generational opportunities. Brad also shares a fascinating statistic: people who attend arts and culture events are 47% more likely to volunteer and donate to local charities. Brad and his staff are also proud of the growth of visual arts events at the Centre. Among others, the Centre hosts the highly-regarded Sidney Fine Arts Show and one of the largest exhibits of First Nations and Métis art in Canada. "The calibre of work in both shows is amazing," Brad enthuses. "I already look forward to the next ones in August and October."

The Centre opened its doors in 2001 with hard work from people like Richard Holmes, John Bell, and others in the community and generous donations from the Winspear, Bodine and Charlie White families, among others. For all who lived here then, it was an exciting time: from the day it opened, the Centre offered inspiring possibilities for the entire community. "What most people don't realize," Brad reminds me, "is that the Centre is actually three separate entities bound together. The Foundation raises funds to support the Centre, the Memorial Park Society oversees the land, and the building serves the people!" Memorial Park Society, established in 1921, is a direct result of the First World War. With

"Not only are the arts an incredible force for economic development, they contribute to the community's social health too." its 100-year history, the Society is the steward of the land, which continues to serve as a living memorial to those who gave their lives for future generations of Canadians. The District of North Saanich and Sidney provide 27% of the Centre's funds. The rest comes from the tickets you and I purchase, rental fees, and donations. "Right now," Brad tells me, the Centre has a significant challenge. "In spite of our continued growth and commitment to attract first-rate entertainers and events, we desperately need to plan for the future. And that will require raising money – approximately $2.5 million – for capital restoration over the next 15 years." Working with Kinetic Construction, Ltd., the original builders of the MWC, the Centre has developed a plan to guarantee that the building and its contents continue to meet the expectations of users and comply with legislated standards for health and safety. "That's the only way we can ensure the continuity of the Centre," Brad says. "I want people to understand that we have an incredible community facility, but it needs care and periodic upgrades." Along with Brad, the Centre employs 10 full-time staff, several part-timers and an

Brad Edgett, Executive Director of the Mary Winspear Centre "awesome group of volunteers," as Brad puts it. "Together we have an amazing team. Their dedication and hard work truly inspire me." This month the MWC launches a new website (www.marywinspear. ca). It's easy to use, informative, and designed to attract – and excite – local and

international visitors alike. Hats off to all, past and present, who have contributed so much to the growth and development of our treasured MWC. We are lucky to have it – now and for generations to come! For more information about the MWC, or to give input on Centre happenings, contact Brad at

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Patchwork, Pets & Pantry Eighteen years after opening her Patchworks Studio, Daphne Greig has relocated to her home studio in North Saanich. While her working studio is not open to the public, Daphne's website is always open. An award-winning quilter pattern designer, author and international teacher, her books and patterns are sold in independent quilt shops all over the world. When she is not presenting lectures and workshops throughout North America, you can find Daphne by phone at 778-426-3101 or on Facebook daphnegreigartist. All Pets Food & Supplies opened their doors in December in Saanichton's "Pioneer Village" and already changes are afoot. Currently carrying brand-named dog and cat foods, healthy treats and supplies, they will soon offer on-site dog grooming along with an opportunity for owners to wash their own dogs, supplies included. Watch for the upcoming opening of their parrot viewing area, Spring Days, and a new website. Open seven days a week, find out more by calling 778-351-4PET (4738) or come by and visit their friendly staff!

The Overwaitea Food Group has opened the doors at one of their newest Save-On-Foods locations. Housed in the former Safeway in downtown Sidney, the grocery store is open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Community

Connections From Sea to Sky Get your bib on and celebrate the second annual Lobsterfest. Join the Rotary Club of Brentwood Bay Foundation and the Saanich Peninsula Foundation for a delicious event on May 10th at the Saanich Fairgrounds. Guests will be entertained by The O'Briens while enjoying live and silent auctions and making a difference for two important local organizations. Email BrentwoodBayRotary@outlook. com for tickets. Join the yoUnlimited community of women on May 10th at the Mary Winspear Centre for another full day of inspiration and connection with a great lineup of speakers dedicated to mind, body and spirit. Registration is open at This month has many opportunities to connect and support local organizations. The Sidney Meet Up group will host

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here's nothing quite like that fresh burst of spring promise, especially when it comes beautifully tailored in a rainbow of soft shades that showcases the season's hottest looks. Inject new vitality into your spring outfits by choosing your favourite colour and wear it in whatever silhouette flatters and excites you. From pale yellow to cobalt blue, the sky's the limit on how pastel-happy you want to get!

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Layered looks continue to dominate. This easy way of dressing is incredibly flattering and allows you to play by mixing interesting textures and hues. Soft and gently flowing wide-leg trousers are easing their way back into our wardrobe and are ultra chic when paired with loose tops or menswear-inspired

looks. Skirts and dresses coupled with summer knits pave the way for autumn's knitwear extravaganza. Pop on your jewelry and you're good to go. Comfortable and easy-to-wear cottons and linen blends in playful plaids paired with a clean neutral bottom have our men looking and feeling cool. And let's not forget the kids! Little girls will delight in vintage-inspired paisley prints and polka dots embellished with frills and bows. Boys will be boys, and today's hardwearing fabrics offer any number of looks, from bold graphic tees to classic checks and sportswear shorts. With a spring in your step, be bold, be yourself and have a fling with your closet!

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by Adam Olsen

This time of year everything is coming alive. With so much to do around the house and yard, the sun out and the golf clubs or hiking trails to sidetrack you at a moment's notice, a versatile wardrobe will help you slip away with ease. But you can't count on the weather around here, so you need clothes that are adaptable to sun, rain or wind and that are durable and can stand the test of time on our rugged West Coast.

1. Shoes

I have heard it said that the shoes make the man. It's about quality, not quantity. A picture is worth 1,000 words; respectable footwear is worth at least 2,500. Your shoes connect you to the earth, so comfort is critical (especially if you're going to do some bushwhacking) but never underestimate how they look. Wear ugly shoes and you will be judged harshly. Don't say I didn't warn you! my pick: Merrell Pro Terra Sport (Walk in Comfort, $130)

2. Socks

Normally I wear socks with some personality; I like them to clash heavily with my ties. That said, good socks are critical when you are off the beaten path. Warmth and comfort are the

first choice here, so no colour, no splash: it's about function over fashion. my pick: Dri Wear Anklet

(Mark's Work Wearhouse, $14.99)

3. Jacket

Whether in the bush or on the boulevard, a high-quality shell will protect you whatever the conditions. In our mild climate and unpredictable weather, a light waterproof jacket is essential. Unlike other parts of the country, you can get away with a three-season jacket if you can manage the layers underneath. my pick: Stormtech H2Extreme Waterproof Shell (Hypersport Activewear, $179)

If you need something to hold yourself together like I do, you need a good belt. Simple and sophisticated, a quality belt is essential for every wardrobe. Casual or refined ‌ a superior belt says more about you than you can ever imagine. my pick: Vernizzi Italian Leather Belt (d.g.bremner & co., $215)

5. Toque

I used to have hair, so I didn't need North Saanich sheep to keep my head warm. In a fit of shameless self-promotion, I can't help myself. A toque is a lot like a sock for your head. Balance fashion and function, while sending a message, in a true West Coast way, that you are Canadian. my pick: Chevron Toque (Salish Fusion, $50)





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Find some equilibrium with a short-sleeved button-up shirt that says you're just about to get to work cutting the lawn but also fits nicely into the dress code of Ardmore or Cordova Bay, just in case you decide it's better to distract yourself with a round of golf. Really, you can cut the grass anytime. my pick: Dickies Sussex Drive (Capital Iron, $27.99)

7. Jeans

Go for high quality every time. Sure you can buy 15 pairs for the same price as one high quality pair … but worn for work or play, jeans can be dressed up or dressed down. They are a staple of every closet, so why not invest? Besides, every confident stroll down Beacon Avenue requires a Bremner.

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8. Underwear

A lot can be said about superior underwear. A lot more can be said about inferior underwear … and most of it can't be published in a family-friendly magazine. Once you have worn excellent gonch you will never, ever, ever reach for that multi-pack of bargain basement undergarments again. The unsung hero of everyday comfort, if you are going to invest in anything, invest in your undergarments; you'll never regret it. my pick: Saxx Underwear Co Vibe Modern Fit (Cottons and Blues, $32.99)

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fun for the sunny months ahead. This season we are offering a wide selection of footwear from many well-respected brands that we choose for both comfort and style. Lots of styles offered; sizes 6-11.

Momease Baby Boutique A unique retailer specializing in innovative and functional baby gear, maternity essentials and parenting accessories. From strollers to swaddles, car seats to carriers, teethers to toys, and diapers to décor, we’re the little store that’s big on gear! Looking for the perfect baby shower, birthday or “just-because” gift? We love spending the time with our customers to uncover just the thing to make that special little one smile!

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Mattick’s Farm Mini Golf Watch for our grand re-opening for our 18-hole mini golf course! We are next to Cordova Bay Golf Course at Mattick’s Farm. Our course is both tranquil and beautiful as it winds through the forest floor. Be wary of the resident dragon and mind the pixies! After the game, enjoy our selection of refreshments or some local, Island Farms ice cream on the patio overlooking the natural setting. Mattick’s Farm Mini Golf 250.658.4053


We’re all dressed for Spring with bright, colourful textiles, placemats, glassware and candles. We are chock full of goodies for Mom, wonderful teachers’ gifts and nice little treats for special friends. Our line of “House Mouse” cards, enclosures and stickers, a perennial favourite, is too sweet for words!

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Honouring Our Voices: The Victoria Storytellers Guild by Doreen Marion Gee

Everyone has a

story, a tale to tell. From when we rise to when we shut our eyes, we are telling stories. The Victoria Storytellers Guild is reviving and honouring an old art that is at the heart of being human. Storytelling is like mining for gold: our lives and our community are richer for it. Storytelling is an ancient art form going back to the dawn of human history. The members of the Victoria Storytellers Guild are aware of the vital importance of storytelling in all of our lives. "Stories at Fern" takes place once a month to celebrate our communal voices. They want "to promote and further develop storytelling as an art form by providing services to storytellers and to the general public in the Greater Victoria area." The group was born in 1989, catalysed by storytelling workshops at the library. Over the years, they have evolved into a vibrant registered society. Nejama Ferstman has been involved with the Guild from its inception. Nejama is a lively, likeable person and a passionate spokesperson for the group and the magic of story telling: "Change happens when two people talk." To Nejama, storytelling has always been essential to our culture as a way of preserving our history. And when a story is told, a vital connection is formed between the speaker and the listener that could change someone's life forever. Nejama relates her own transformative journey with the storytellers group. In a challenging marriage for years, Nejama found it difficult to confide in friends. Within the Storytellers Guild, there were specific stories she told that aroused her passion, having a common thread: the heroes' survival against all odds. In telling the fictional tales, Nejama absorbed the characters' experiences and gained insights into her own unspoken story. This gave her the courage to talk about the challenges in her own life. In some strange unknowable way, her protagonists' victories over adversity helped give Nejama the fortitude to face her own demons. She eventually found the strength to turn her back on her marriage. Her experience illustrates the power of telling stories. Integral to the group is gentle caring support and encouragement of one another. The Storytellers Guild is a confidence builder, helping new members hone their speaking skills. They give skill-building workshops; their monthly gatherings are open to the public with new members always welcome. March 17th was a remarkable evening. I was not prepared for the extraordinary talent and skill in the room when I attended a

meeting of the tellers-of-tales. Spellbound, I witnessed polished deliveries of mysterious tales, hilarious comedy routines and stories that made my heart stop. There was magic in that room. How could I forget a woman who told a story in a silvery river of words and by forming string art creatures – at the same time! I loved the atmosphere of frenzied and animated creative expression. I left inspired, my imagination tingling with glee. Nejama sums it up well: "When we started there was a feeling of excitement at bringing an art back that seemed to be dying. We have to be careful that technology does not take the place of people meeting face to face. When people get together to tell stories, they are keeping their communities healthy and alive." Contact and info:

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Panorama's Extreme Teen Lounge Panorama Recreation operates two free Teen Lounge programs, for youth 11 to 16 years, one at Greenglade Community Centre in Sidney and one at Bayside Middle School in Central Saanich. The Greenglade Teen Lounge runs every Friday and Saturday night from 6 to 8 p.m., and the Bayside Teen Lounge runs every Friday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. After Teen Lounge the youth can take the shuttle to Panorama for skating (September through March) or swimming. Both programs are run in partnership with Beacon Community Services and the Boys and Girls Club of Central Saanich. The teen centres feature air hockey, foosball, pool, music, games, and Xbox 360. Each month we host a special event; this season has included Sport & Spa Night, Extreme Movie Night, Talent Show, Minute to Win It, and a Foam Party and Giant Hampster Balls (June 21st) by Games2U Victoria. Saturday nights at Greenglade, teens will enjoy free Panago Pizza and our giant inflatable obstacle course. Greenglade and Bayside teen centres offer a safe, supervised and welcoming environment for pre-teens and teens to socialize. Teens will be issued a VIP pass which will provide FREE access to Panorama's drop-in activities. One free drop-in will be issued each time teens attend the teen lounge. The goal of the program is to provide youth with opportunities for constructive use of their weekend time where they can learn and develop new skills and interests with other youth. The Teen Lounge program offers youth the opportunity to participate fully in the life of community and recreation in a healthy and positive way. In addition to the Teen Lounge, Panorama offers Free Sport Dropin and Teen Only Weightroom at Greenglade on Friday evenings. For further information visit the teen section of Panorama's website:

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weatherwit "although fit enough to chase down a pulled-pork food truck (or at least wave one down), I figured it was time to go to a real fitness centre."

Fitness Centred by Steve Sakiyama

Sometimes I wonder how I would fare in the Couch Potato Olympics – you know, where there are events like Couch Diving, Cushion Swimming and the Glazed Donut Throw. Although fit enough to chase down a pulled-pork food truck (or at least wave one down), I figured it was time to go to a real Fitness Centre, just to be inspired by those who live by the "I sweat therefore I am" philosophy. Upon entering, the place was abuzz with fit-conscious folks expending calories while flailing about on shiny machines. Perfect. I quickly signed my name on a whiteboard to reserve time on a treadmill, thus avoiding a Centre etiquette faux pas. Imagine me gleefully jumping on a machine only to feel a light tap on my shoulder by a muscular Arnie look-alike, gently reminding me that it was his turn. "Hasta la vista baby." The treadmill was of the Star Trek variety, where the control panel had several touchscreen buttons and even cable TV. Pushing various buttons initiated a launch sequence, and with a 3-2-1 countdown the belt started at a relaxed walking pace. Nice. After a while I upped the speed to the point where I imagined the voices of the uber-fit cheering me on. "Run Forrest Run!" Everything was fine until I tried to change the TV channel to the Food Network. As you can imagine, trying to push buttons while running on a belt moving at warp seven is my version of distracted driving. This momentary lapse of judgement caused a loss of stability and my limbs began an odd gyration. If left unchecked, these motions result in the classic treadmill flop, so I instinctively punched the big red STOP button and thus averted an

embarrassing end. Beads of sweat were now on my brow, but it wasn't from exercise. Speaking of motion and balance, the atmosphere can also be in different states of stability. An "unstable" state means that vertical motions are enhanced. For example, on hot sunny afternoons enhanced vertical motions create puffy clouds that grow upwards, resulting in towering clouds of large vertical extent. Conversely, the atmosphere can be "stable" where vertical motions are suppressed. Stable conditions are common during calm clear nights, where the lack of vertical motion results in quiescent layers of cool air near the ground. Understanding the stability of the atmosphere helps meteorologists determine whether there is a potential for thunderstorms to form for example, or whether the skies will be clear.

So will the outlook for May and June be filled with a balance of unstable and stable conditions? The long-term models indicate a greater chance of above-normal temperatures, and no particular preference toward wetter or drier conditions – so expect something better than your average run-ofthe-treadmill kind of transition from spring into summer. I love Fitness Centres. As the full display of nature's spectacular glory emerges during May, I'll exercise in the biggest one around: our spectacular outdoors. Whether you want to treadmill through lush, forested trails or along a sandy beach – the whiteboard to reserve a time is completely clear. ~ Weatherwit. Questions or comments? Visit or email

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Morning Mist Canoe Adventure An awesome morning adventure paddling on a lake searching for eagles, herons and turtles with a CRD naturalist. No experience needed. 8 - 11am. 5yrs+. Pre-register by June 6th: $20+GST (15 yrs+); $10+GST (5–14 years). Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park. 250.478.3344.


“Just Me and My Dad” Storytime and Craft Hey Kids: Bring Daddy to storytime at the library on Father's Day and enjoy fingerplays, puppets, stories and and a special craft. 11 - 12. Tots. Saanich Centennial Library Branch. 250-477-9030.

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The Beach Rocks! Guided Walk with a CRD naturalist to explore all those strange little creatures who live and wiggle around under the rocks. 12 to 1:30 pm. All ages. Bring beach shoes. Island View Beach Regional Park. parks. 250.478.3344.

June 30 - Aug 22


Home Alone Program Preparing Youth This program teaches children aged nine to 14 how to be alone at home safely, teaching personal safety and emergency procedures. 9 am - noon. $31. Gordon Head Recreation Centre. 250-475-7100.


Family Kayaking 45 minutes of kayaking fun! Join the “Family Swim” before or after and have splashy fun with your family. Price included with swim admission. 8 yrs+. 4:30 - 5:15pm/5:15 - 6 pm. Saanich Commonwealth Place. 250-475-7600.

June 30 Aug 9

Sunseekers Camp Laughs and fun as kids enjoy the summer with swimming at Panorama Rec, outings, group games and sparkly crafts. Mon-Fri. Full days: $32/day; $160/week. Half days: $18/day panorama. 250.656.7271.

June 30 Aug 25

UVic Science Venture Martial Tots Little Camps An awesome ones can learn hands-on adventure karate, boxing for kids to learn biology, chemistry, physics and and self-defense. engineering in a university setting. Grades 1-9. 8/$80. 3-5 yrs. Pearkes Recreation Schedule: Register: 250-721-8983. Centre.

June July 2 - Aug 27

Sportball Soccer Children are taught fundamental skills of kicking and catching a ball. Promotes self-confidence and self-esteem. Includes soccer ball and jersey. 2-3yrs. Wednesdays, 5:15-6pm. 9/$164. Gordon Head Recreation Centre. 250-475-7100.


Play in the Park Launch Party Families will have fun at Rodolph Park, 5:30 - 8:30pm. Free BBQ dinner. Prizes. 10% discount for some August camp registrations. 250.656.7271.



Strawberry Festival Yummy strawberries and ice cream from 1 to 3pm for 50 cents. Pony rides, relays, arts and crafts, bouncy castle and a pie-eating contest. 11 am to 3 pm. Free. All ages. Beaver Lake Park. More info: www. 28 SEASIDE | may 2014

July 21-25


ECO Camp (Educating Children Outside) A wild outdoor adventure for kids in the natural world. Children discover the wonders of a lakeside ecosystem. Exploring, play and nature study sessions. 3-5 yrs. Monday to Friday, 9-12. 5/$99. Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary. 250-479-0211.



Ready, Set, Pedal! Little riders learn fundamental skills, bike and street safety. Bike rides, crafts, field sports. Kids should have a sturdy bike and bring a helmet. Mon-Fri, 9-11am. 5/$80. 4-7 yrs. Greenglade Community Centre. www.crd. 250.656.7271.

Musical Extravaganza at the Mary Winspear Centre. Outdoor Action packed, two-week camp to for kids and teens Pursuits to learn how to act, sing, dance and perform. Ends with Camp their own show on July 19th at 7 pm. Mon-Fri, 9am-3pm, 9-18 yrs. Explore the seas with Details/costs: or by calling 250-656-0275. kayaking and paddleboarding, hike up peaks on the Peninsula, swim at Panorama Art Stars – Sock Monkey Factory It's sock monkey mania! Rec, go on adventurous trips. Monday to Make as many sock monkeys as you can in a week. Laugh, sew Friday 9 am to 4pm. 9 to 13 years. 5/$180. and have fun. All materials are provided. 10-15 years. Monday Greenglade Community Centre, Room #9. to Friday 2 to 4pm. 5/$159. Gordon Head Middle School. 250.656.7271. 250-477-1855.

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Young Chef – Having Fun With Food Customize your very own book of recipes, take a trip to a grocery store, prepare food and take home a chef's apron. 9-12 years. Tues-Fri, 9am-noon or 1-4pm. 4/$20. North Saanich Middle School Foods Room. Register through Panorama Recreation: 250.656.7271.


August 11-15

Judo Camp This amazing camp introduces children to the Martial Arts through play and fun. Kids learn through Judotype games and drills. 7-11 yrs. MonFri, 9am-Noon. 5/$86. Gordon Head Recreation Centre.


Crafty Camps MultiMedia Children will draw, carve, sew and learn techniques of printmaking, embroidery and decoupage. The little artists will take home a portfolio of drawings, prints and collages. Mon-Fri, 1-4pm. 5/$155. Cedar Hill Recreation Centre. 250-475-7121.

2014 Camps


Sketching for Novices Teens will learn sketching, shading and drawing of landscapes, seascapes and still life scenes. Take home two finished projects. All supplies are included. Saturday workshop. 10am-noon. $25. 13yrs+. Greenglade Community Centre, Room #8. panorama. 250.656.7271.

Power Unlimited Youth Power Skating with Denisse Bowles Initiation Camp, 5-6yrs. Little tykes will become familiar with the basics of balance, speed and agility on the ice. Full gear required. Mon-Fri, 8:30-9:20am. 5/$85. Panorama Recreation Centre Arena B Ice Rink. www. 250.656.7271.


Archery Camp Young people will learn basic archery techniques and different styles of shooting, use balloons targets and play games to get prizes. 8-16yrs. Tues-Fri, 10:30 noon. 4/$60. Saanich Commonwealth Place. 250-475-7600.


ABC Family Camping Great venue for family bonding. Learn the basics of camping at Mount Douglas Park and enjoy sleeping under the stars. Food and camping equipment provided. $35. All ages. More info and register: 250-475-5462, Pearkes Recreation Centre.

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Panorama Recreation is excited to offer over 50 exciting camps this summer! We’ve carefully planned our programs to accommodate the interests, needs and abilities of all of the youth in our community. We’ve even included some flexible options at Greenglade Community Centre and Centennial Park, where you can choose between morning, afternoon or full-day camps, and where you can also choose between daily and weekly registration! How convenient is that?! 250.656.7271 SEASIDE | may 2014 | WWW.SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 29

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Sidney Anglers Salmon Derby Awards & Banquet


Peninsula Singers: From White Cliffs to Emerald Shores

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The Lion The Bear The Fox

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West Coast Ride to Live

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Winspear Pro-Am Charity Golf Tournament

West Coast Amusement Midway Variety Fare “Broadway Showcase” yoUnlimited Women’s Conference Best of Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Tour Whitespeace Dance “The Magical Garden” Parkland Secondary School 40 Year Celebration

Monte Carlo Gala Rotary Fundraiser Murray Hatfield Magic Show Victoria Toy Show Byrd Dawg Tribute to the Everly Brothers & Simon and Garfunkel Taking It To The Street: A Seaside Magazine Road Hockey Charity Event Thunder From Down Under Let’s Go to the Hop Garden City Cat Show

Best of Yuk Yuks If laughter is the best medicine, then we’ll be handing out a healthy dose when the Best of Yuk Yuks comedy tour comes to town on Saturday, May 10th. Kicking off the careers of comedy legends Jim Carrey, Howie Mandel and Norm McDonald, Yuk Yuks has been a staple of the Canadian comedy scene since 1976. Starting with one underground club in Toronto by founder Mark Breslin, the now world-famous troupe has clubs in more than 10 cities across Canada. The May 10th show in the Charlie White Theatre features “The Best of Yuk Yuks” including Damonde Tschritter. Tschritter is the first Canadian in 27 years to win the Seattle International Comedy Competition, the biggest in the U.S. Not only has he performed at every comedy festival in North America, his television specials have aired on CBC, CTV and HBO. With a laid back, unique and hilarious style, The Globe & Mail has coined him “[Canada’s] finest

Winspear Summer Concert Series

New this summer! The Mary Winspear Centre is proud to present the Winspear Summer Concert Series. The run of shows will follow the Thursday night Sidney Street Market. As the market ends walk up Beacon Avenue to the Mary Winspear Centre and enjoy live music featuring performers of all different genres. The series kicks off on Thursday, May 28th

with “stomp rock” band The Lion The Bear The Fox. On June 12th, Byrd Dawg will present the ultimate tribute to The Everly Brothers and Simon and Garfunkel. Singer-songwriter Holly McNarland appears on July 3rd. Stop by the Mary Winspear booth at the Street Market to purchase your tickets and find out about upcoming shows and community events. Watch for more performers to be added to the series at or call 250-656-0275.

Monte Carlo Gala 007 Bond Returns to Sidney

We are excited to invite the community to the fourth annual Rotary Monte Carlo Gala being held June 7th at the Mary Winspear Centre. “007 Bond Returns to Sidney” is in support of community projects of The Rotary Club of Sidney by the Sea. This event will have a martini bar, music, dancing, Monte Carlo style games of chance, silent and live auctions and excellent food. This is the club’s yearly fundraiser to enable the support of many community programs. Be part of helping others. Rotary is very pleased that the Mary Winspear Centre is the venue for this outstanding event. Major supporters for this year’s Gala are WestJet and Thrifty Foods. Rotary’s Monte Carlo Gala event will be a night to remember. Good Times; Good Fun! Tickets are on sale now at MWC box office: 250-656-0275. Don’t miss out as tickets are limited. Written by Carey Salvador.

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comedic storyteller.” Sam Easton began his comedy career winning the Humber College Phil Hartman Award, presented to him by legend Dan Aykroyd. From there Easton’s success has allowed him to participate in many film and television roles including the series Supernatural, voice work for the movie Taken and a prominent role in Final Destination 3. Easton’s stand-up routine has taken him all around the world. Voted the funniest comedian in Vancouver and returning to the Mary Winspear Centre is Toby Hargrave. Still a comedian at heart, Hargrave has recently appeared in over 10 film and television productions and has performed at countless festivals including Just for Laughs in Montreal. Audiences are drawn in by his humble charm and ability to connect with diverse crowds. Yuk Yuks boasts 30 years and counting, providing audiences with the top-rated comedy this country has to offer. Don’t miss your chance to catch the Yuk Yuks in Sidney! Tickets at the Mary Winspear box office: 250-656-0275 or

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Sushi For Kids

When I first took

my daughter to a sushi restaurant, the plan was to try something new and exciting. I explained to her what each of the pictures on the menu was, only to be met with by Jennifer Bowles a dismayed look. "I don't think I like that, it doesn't sound like it tastes good" was pretty much the standard reply to each description. However, I won the day when she hesitantly but bravely tried a small teaspoon of eel roe on top of some sticky rice. The tiny golden pearls were almost like pop-rock candy and she absolutely loved it! Right there and then, that experience broke down the barrier to trying new things, and brought in an element of playfulness and experimental cuisine (much appreciated to this day). This month to celebrate our little ones, I would like to harness that sense of playfulness and adventure with some sushi recipes that kids can make and eat with just a little help from Mum or Dad. Rolling up sushi is a ton of fun, and it takes some of the mystery out of the dish which can help with winning over a picky eater. Follow along below with an easy sushi roll recipe, keeping in mind these basic ingredients can be changed a thousand ways to make any kind of roll you or your kids like; just use your imagination! To get started, you'll need a few sushi basics: a bamboo rolling mat, some nori sheets (dried seaweed) and maybe some pickled ginger and wasabi if your family is more adventurous. Most of these items can be easily found at any grocery store. On your first go-round, don't worry if the first few rolls don't cooperate: a quick internet search on You Tube will turn up some useful how-to pictures and videos. Cook & Oscar Photography

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Teriyaki Chicken Pineapple Roll

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thought we were done with fuel efficiency and hybrids for a while when out of the corner of my eye, I spied this Lexus. And I couldn't resist just one more … This is the hybrid you can and will love. So you want to feel the comfort, the build quality, the luxury and have a great manufacturer's label on the front grill without driving the same thing as everyone else. Look around and ask yourself if you have ever seen one of these gems. There are quite a few Lexus CT200H's on the road, but they blend in. Not in a bad way: they seem to catch my eye and then they are gone. Stylish good looks but easily mistaken for any number of similar silhouettes in the hatchback class. The Lexus CT200H is a fusion of fine Toyota componentry such as the uber-refined Toyota Prius 1.8l hybrid drivetrain. I'll take it: it's refined and smooth and virtually seamless in its fuel-saving antics. Take the Toyota Matrix chassis, rigid yet compliant, well designed and long lasting as well. Lexus agrees and uses it in the CT200H. Mix it all in a large cauldron of computer-aided design and simmer. When removed, mix up some typically perfect Lexus interior potion and ice the cake (or the CT200) with it et voila: the under-appreciated Lexus hatchback that everyone should know about but don't.

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Friends & Neighbours is about the people who quietly enrich our lives personally and collectively every day. They distinguish themselves by the incredible things they do, whether or not we even notice. It is my pleasure to introduce you to a few of these remarkable people and to share something of their stories. Sheilah Fea makes people happy. A lot of people. As President of the Peninsula Celebrations Society (PCS), Sheilah and her team bring smiles to over 40,000 people each year. With those footsteps comes an enormous boost to the local economy too. Sheilah is the driving force and prime organizer behind an extraordinary list of Sidney events: the Christmas and Canada Day parades, the fireworks, Sidney Days, the Polar Bear Swim, the Easter Egg hunt, and Summer Sounds, to name just a few. "These are true community events," Sheilah says, "made possible through the significant financial and in-kind support of local organizations and individuals." Sheilah tells me that most people think the Town of Sidney pays for everything, but as she says, "We appreciate all the Town does for us – they have so many competing priorities – but are grateful that other organizations such as eninsula Co-op, the Victoria Airport Authority, Salvador Davis and others help out too. Each year we squeak through!" Before becoming President four years ago, Sheilah served on the Board for several years. "The Society's mandate is to provide free fun and recreational opportunities to families and children," Sheilah tells me. "What's not to love about a mission like that?" Under her leadership, Sheilah and her team of 12 volunteers harness the commitment, creativity and time of literally hundreds of people to ensure the success of every event. This year, the PCS has taken on another event: Access Awareness Day, June 7th. Sheilah believes that "working with others on this important event provides yet another opportunity to collaborate and build a stronger community." And let's talk about the pig! Anyone who has attended a Summer Sounds concert knows the pig needs feeding to help pay the musicians and keep the concert series running from year to year. Although Tom Watson generously donates his time to organize and emcee the concerts,

PCS must pay each group. "We needed a mascot that would help people to understand the importance of making donations at each concert," Sheilah tells me. "We looked around and found just the one we wanted – in Edmonton. The float takes several minutes to blow up, but doesn't he make quite the statement? Kids and adults love him!" The big pink pig reminds the audience to "feed" the little piggybank that volunteers pull around during each concert. Mentioning money, Sheilah tells me that because of a lack of funding, North Vancouver and Port Alberni have had to cancel their parades. "I so hope nothing like that happens here," she says, "because in many ways the parades demonstrate the very best of our community – our creativity, community spirit, and sense of tradition." Although Sheilah devotes most of her time to the PCS, she also serves on the Community Development Committee, an organization that provides advice, when asked, to Council. Previously she served on the School Board and North Saanich Council and ran a successful business with her husband, Dennis. One of her proudest efforts, she says, was serving on the Memorial Parks Society Board during the building of the Mary Winspear Centre. "It was an exciting time," she says. "I learned so much and fought hard to get all those stalls in the ladies' washroom! That's Sheilah: standing up for what she believes in and helping to make it happen.

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partnered with Alun, she was selling to five shops. With Alun's wizardry in sales, their biscotti business mushroomed during the next seven years; today, their one-of-a-kind biscotti is sold in most of the major grocery store chains in B.C. and in a multitude of local coffee shops. Their bakery makes 2,000 products a day for 300 customers in four provinces. People love the biscotti all the way to Toronto and even the President of Italy fell in love with the tasty long biscuits. Their customers call them the "Cheers" coffee shop, after the TV show "where everybody knows your name." Melinda: "It is all about the people and making them happy. We are making a difference. We employ many people and treat them well." Alun and Melinda are giving back to the community by providing work experience to autistic kids from local schools. "Some people are just born different," says Melinda. "They can't help it. We have to accept them

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comfortable space, with fitted carpets, easy chairs and a large television. A wide window looks out on their outside office situated to the left of their back garden, with the bay beyond. "We only have the one television," she says. "We restrict the technology as a way of preserving the personal interactions with our children." A glass door at the end of this corridor provides more light and a fine

view of the water. On the right is a sliding glass door into a large space, comprising kitchen, dining area and lounge. The immaculate kitchen is to the right; it has a quartztopped island in the centre with two heavy-bottomed leather stools, and a modern four-burner gas top inset into the right corner. A wall of windows looks out onto the front garden. "We replaced everything in the kitchen, apart from the windows," Betty says reflectively. Below the glass runs a long, uncluttered quartz kitchen top with a sink in the middle, a dishwasher at one end, and a stove at the other. Both appliances are flush with a variety of matching white drawers and small cupboards in between. At both sides of this area are large, spacious floor-toceiling cupboards with well-designed storage facilities, also in white. The effect is of a cool, modern environment, well lit, and with an emphasis on clean lines and no unnecessary objects; everything is bright and modern. A rich, light oak wood floor continues throughout the extended room, including the dining area and the lounge. "We removed the fitted carpets, and the tiles in the kitchen," she says with a smile, "and replaced them with wood floors, both here and along the corridors." The effect is of space and light. After the modernity of the kitchen, the dining area with its simple wood table and its four smart molded chairs is


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Why do I do what I do? On foodgrowing Vancouver Island we have become dependent on imported food, to such an extent that at any given time we now have only 72 hours of food supply! Consequently, we now need more people growing more food in their by Dave Friend community for their community – on aka "Mr. Organic" Vancouver Island! And we also need to Friendly Organics teach people how to grow food – on Vancouver Island! In two local school districts, 61 and 63, there are approximately 20,000 school students who are able, and as it turns out very willing, to grow food. So, four years ago I created the Growing Young Farmers School Program. The Program? A Grower Educator (predominantly myself at the moment) visits classes on a regular basis. Through classroom learning and (mainly) outdoor hands-on learning, and with the support of their teacher, the Grower Educator educates, encourages and empowers the students to grow health-friendly organic food. They learn what, when and how to grow chemical-free food. Their handson activities include making their own potting soil, seeding (trays and direct), mulching, composting, transplanting, companion planting, good bugs v bad bugs, lasagna gardening (a big hit), seed saving (also a big hit), weeding, irrigation, EATING what they have grown and oh yes: having FUN! Food is grown on school property and/or within walking distance. For instance, students at Sidney Elementary grow at the school in four lasagna gardens and a raised bed. Kelset Elementary students grow at the school and also on an area at Panorama Recreation Centre – a five-minute walk from the school. And now, a personal huge thank you to all you "champion" teachers who have welcomed me into your classrooms, because if you hadn't … there would be no Program! What's next for Growing Young Farmers? More and more teachers are requesting the Program, which is great because it should automatically translate to more students growing more food! However, for this to happen we need more Grower Educators, and the funds to pay them. We also need funds so we can provide financial support to schools to create, build and develop those additional food-growing areas. Please forgive my forwardness but we would welcome and appreciate donations, whatever their size, and as a Canadian Registered Charity we are now in a position to provide tax-deductable receipts for donations of $50 or more. Thank you for taking the time to read all of the above; much appreciated indeed For more information visit

on design LOVE IT or LOSE IT, but LAUGH THROUGH IT! Did you know that Noah Webster (creator of America's first dictionary) was a man driven by his obsession and compulsions? Clutter was one of them. Stay with me, as I share a few more. Aspirational Clutter. This is where plenty of unnecessary purchases make by Carell-Ayne me feel better.All those beautiful books Whalen decorating my coffee table. Yet, I have Simply Staged To Sell never read one of them. And what will I do with those Ping or Nike golf clubs that I purchased after only one golf lesson? Clutter without Storage. Benjamin Franklin used the phrase: "A place for everything, and everything in its place." Those nasty books, magazines and newspapers stacked up for further reading are definitely not "in their own place." Trash Masquerading as Clutter. We all have one: a decorative box that sits on a shelf, counter, or top drawer filled with items you don't have anywhere else to put. Bargain Clutter. Yep, this is me: can't resist a good Flea Market, garage sale or auction. After being in the antique business for several years, I have collected some "great finds." And yet, to this day, I still don't know their value. Abundance Clutter. I have friends that are stocked up for any event, be it earthquakes, wedding, those occasions that require an "extra gift," and all other special events. Or there's the folks (including myself ) that keep stacks of cookbooks … which we haven't even opened to read the recipes. Want to be clutter-free? Try this recipe. 1. Start slowly. Just 10 minutes, the first day. One day, one item at a time. Half an hour the next day. One room at a time. Sort through the piles of magazines, newspapers and books. Love it, lose it or laugh at it! 2. Ask for help. I finally bit the bullet and asked my girlfriend. Believe me, this woman is ruthless. She is not related or passionate about "MY" stuff. The reward? A good meal, great wine and good conversation works every time. 3. Purge "techie clutter." Get rid of the orginal boxes. Just keep cords, batteries and remotes. This is the age of technology and as soon as you purchase it it becomes obsolete. 4 Don't worry about perfection. "Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to throw away." Now contemplate this one: Albert Einstein used to say "If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?" For more information visit

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they are all based on fact. At the turn of the century, this time-travelling reporter met with Baroness Angela Burdett-Coutts in London, England. By that time, the Baroness had had a great influence on British Columbia and, in particular, Greater Victoria. She became known as "the Benevolent Baroness" because of her generous financial donations. I am delighted to finally meet you Baroness. Can you tell me something of your early life in England and why you decided to give away so much money? I was born in 1814, the daughter of Sir Francis Burdett and Sophia Coutts. My grandfather was Thomas Coutts, the banker who founded Coutts & Company. When I was 23 I inherited my grandfather's fortune of nearly £2 million and I decided it was my duty to share my wealth with those less fortunate. I could have simply spent it recklessly. However, after learning of the plight of the poor, I decided to use my money for good. I understand you also became a benefactor of the Church of England. Yes, I was able to build and endow churches and church schools in Africa, Australia and in British Columbia. Even though you have never visited British Columbia you have given a great deal of money to our province. I gave where the money was needed. I knew Bishop George Hills of Victoria required money to purchase acreage for the building of a small school chapel in 1862 (later St. Luke's Anglican Church on Cedar Hill Cross Road.) I also donated money for building an Anglican school for young women on Burdett Street. You also enabled something very important to occur in 1862 I believe? Yes – financing the bride ships travelling from England that year carrying young women to Victoria because of the great shortage of females in the colony. I hope you don't mind my asking about your private life and why you never married until very late in life. I always had many suitors, possibly because of my wealth, but I turned down all marriage proposals until I met William Bartlett. I was 67 and he was only 27, but such a charming man … . He was a Member of Parliament and my secretary. (I did not suggest that he also might have been attracted to her money! Bartlett even

Your Happy Ever After … changed his name to Burdett-Coutts following their marriage.) Two other important events occurred in your life, I believe? In 1871, Queen Victoria bestowed a peerage on me. I became Baroness BurdettCoutts of Highgate and the following year I was the first woman to be given the Freedom of the City of London. Honours you rightfully deserved. When the Baroness died in January 1907, King Edward VII stated "… after my mother (Queen Victoria) she was the most remarkable woman in the kingdom." It was estimated that by then, she had given over £3 million to many needy causes around the world including the Ragged Schools, numerous Soup Kitchens and had paid for the bells at St. Paul's Cathedral. We are fortunate in Victoria to have benefitted from some of her generosity. Valerie Green is an author and historian and can be reached at



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Can you imagine a science lesson where a class of young children is totally absorbed with the subject, rocking with laughter and shrieking with delight? This is the normal reaction to Glenn Kachmar's approach to science: "One of my goals is to motivate kids," he says. "I want children to be scientifically literate." My own memories of early science lessons were to watch, over many weeks, as frogspawn slowly became a tadpole and then a frog. I never knew what happened to the frog? Laughter only happened when the teacher dozed off to sleep. With Glenn's lessons there are never any dull moments. "My aim is to engage the children, and allow them to experience new things." In his younger days he would often be seen cycling along the road with a hula hoop, a wide plastic blow-up pool and an array of bubble liquids. With these simple items he would attend birthday parties and create large bubbles that enclosed the children – all keen volunteers. From these modest beginnings Glenn has developed a lively interactive approach to science, which on one occasion was taken up by a film student who was doing an assignment at Camosun. "I was studying for an education degree at the University of Victoria," he explains, "and I worked for a Brentwood firm, the East Bay Science and Nature Company." Glenn put on workshops for children to try hands-on science while visiting the store. He realized that interactive simple science "experiments" had huge entertainment value, and he found himself much in demand at parties. At that time, party surprises were limited to hiring a clown, who often frightened small children. So, Glenn became very popular and was often doing four shows in a weekend. "Since 1990, I must have done literally thousands of shows and workshops at parties and in the classroom." His website,, shows excerpts from his

amazing science shows, which include safe "experiments" under four main headings: Electricity, Whiz-Bang, Dry Ice and Bubbles. "I bought myself a Van de Graff generator," Glenn explains. This is a globe that, when a person places their hand on the top, it causes their hair to stand on end. "Only in dry conditions," Glenn adds. In his lively lessons, children experience things that cause wonder and laughter: the colours revealed in ultraviolet light, small explosions, strange "stuff" emerging from glass vessels – almost magical. "I encourage children to ask questions, such as what happens when two bubbles touch each other? The result is not predictable: sometimes they form one big bubble." "My strength is that I'm not an expert," Glenn says. "My degree is in education, not science; I don't use complicated ideas or language." Recently, he and his class constructed a detailed Rube Goldberg Device, where one action leads to another: a marble knocks down a row of dominoes, which releases a spring etc. Watch it on his website! Recently, Aaron Bannister, an astrophysics student, has been helping at his presentations. Glenn is writing a book: Science With Young Children. It is packed with photographs of his work: "I asked permission of the parents, and used some of the children's photographs as well," he says. It is sure to be a "must buy" for the parents of young children.

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Keeping the Community Working by Deborah Rogers This is part of a rotating series of articles on members of Sidney Meet Up Women's Networking Group, featuring women in business on the Saanich Peninsula. Beacon Community Services should be the first place you go if you are looking for work. At their Sidney offices on Third Street, the Employment Services team hosts a variety of services to help the whole community. It is immediately apparent that Nicole Eyre, the Community Coordinator for Employment Services, is in the right job, as we discuss the success of the centre and her passion for helping people find work that's right for them. She has worked at Beacon for four years but is new to the Sidney Meet Up group, and is enthusiastic about the opportunity it gives to share resources and information. Although she used to do employment counselling herself, Nicole's role now sees her promoting Employment Services, to ensure the Employment Service Centre is used by the community it was set up to serve, and co-ordinating job fairs in collaboration with partners across the area. There is great satisfaction in networking and bridging the gap between people who need work and where the work is. There is undoubtedly a need for the service. In 2013, 963 people were served by Beacon's employment services programs, with 700 WorkBC "case managed" clients (those with an employment counsellor to assist them.) Other services offered are free workshops, assessments, retraining and job-specific training such as Food Safe, Forklift, Serving It Right and First Aid. There are employment advisors to help guide you toward the correct training for the job you want to do, and the opportunity for wage subsidies. Other programs include Springboard to Success (for youth) and JobOptions for those who have been outside the world of work for some time. Nicole talks passionately about working with youth and the importance of helping young people make good decisions about what they want to do with their lives. Beacon's Employment Services can help with work placements for work experience as well as trades or apprenticeship programs. There is additional support for immigrants and First Nations and a fantastic resource room that anyone can use to help update their resumé, use a computer or photocopier. For more information, visit the Celebrate Beacon event on May 2nd, 1 to 4 p.m. at 9860 Third Street, commemorating 32 years of employment services. There's a chance to meet the team, explore tools and resources, take a free personality quiz and receive free professional resumé advice. Providing employment services since 1982 also means some retro fun with a photobooth, games, activities and prizes. Beacon's mission statement is "people helping people help themselves." Nicole's promise is that "we really care about people and about giving them the tools and resources they need to stand out in this job market."

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Artists Graham Herbert and Kenna Fair in Sidney The Village Gallery is featuring two renowned West Coast artists this month. Hornby Island artist Graham Herbert is sought after for his bold compositions of nature and beach rocks. Recently his love of boats and painting have merged in brightly coloured images that represent a return to the simplicity and joy of childhood. His work is found in many corporate and private collections as well as The Victoria Public Art Gallery. Kenna Fair's paintings reflect a deep-seated connection to the landscapes and life-forms of the West Coast. Each painting of birds or tidal pool inhabitants begins with a wood carving, helping her appreciate the interconnection between these creatures and their habitats. Kenna's treatment of light, vivid use of colour and richly textured works bring to life the eco-systems she paints. Barry Tate and other local artists are also on display at the Gallery. Village Gallery, 2459 Beacon, Sidney.


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Peninsula Country Market: The Heart of a Community On a sunny Saturday morning on July 6th, 1991, Mayor Ted Jones of Central Saanich cut the ribbon to open the new Peninsula Country Market at the Saanich Fairgrounds in Saanichton village, introducing the community to a cherished tradition that begins its 23rd season in June. The bustling market operated on the Old Fairgrounds in the village for just a few years before moving to its current central location at the new Saanich Fairgrounds on Stelly's Cross Road. Throughout the 1990s, the Peninsula Country Market was the only community market on the Peninsula, attracting thousands of enthusiastic visitors from throughout region. Some of the original market vendors, musicians and shoppers remain part of this important cultural tradition over 20 years later. This year the market opens on Saturday, June 7th in Pioneer Park in Brentwood Bay as a proud partner in the annual Brentwood Bay Festival (www., continuing a market tradition of supporting the community. The festival kicks off with a traditional Central Saanich Lions pancake breakfast at 8 a.m. in Pioneer Park, followed by a spirited community parade winding its way through the heart of Brentwood village. The focus then returns to Pioneer Park for a day of family activities and great music, and of course, a vibrant market with

over 60 vendors offering a broad range of local products and services including seasonal farm fresh produce, crafts and clothing, food service and much, much more! The festival is organized by the Brentwood Bay Revitalization Committee, the same group that presents Music in the Park on Wednesday evenings in July and August. The following Saturday (June 14th) the market returns to its familiar stomping grounds on the Saanich Fairgrounds midway between Brentwood Bay and Saanichton. You can drive (plenty of free parking), cycle, walk or take the bus to the market – or even come on horseback! Enjoy a country morning among friends surrounded by the bustle of a country market, your shopping bag bulging with just-picked veggies and homemade bread, enjoying a coffee and sweet treat with friends while tappin' your toes to market music. Dogs of all shapes and sizes are also welcome – cool water and doggy treats await! The market runs every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through to Thanksgiving, rain or shine, except for the weekend of the historic Saanich Fair. To find out what's happening at this year's market, check out the revitalized market website at

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Monica Reekie:

The Art of Monica J Reekie

Finding the Beauty in the Ordinary

Capturing moments in time and the beauty around us

by Doreen Marion Gee This is part of a rotating series of articles on members of Sidney Meet Up Women's Networking Group, featuring women in business on the Saanich Peninsula. A professional photographer, Monica Reekie doesn't just point and click. When she takes a photo, Monica immerses herself in the experience, capturing a flash of beauty, a moment in time, a deep emotion or a transcendent pattern of colours. Ultimately Monica wants to open our eyes to the majesty around us, to the beauty in the ordinary. As we gaze out over the serene cobalt water and lighted boats in the Inner Harbour, Monica Reekie analyses the horizon, catching patterns in red splashes. Travelling fuelled her zeal for photography – Monica wanted to immortalize the diversity around the globe and hold it close forever. To Monica, capturing images parallels everyday life. She muses: "Sometimes it isn't pretty. It is hard to find the beauty but if you really look closely, you can find something that is beautiful and something to be grateful for." In her photography business, Monica sidesteps the panoramic shots that show everything – and nothing. She focuses on that unusual detail, the odd angle that sparks the imagination. It could be eight red things or a wiggly reflection in the water "that somebody else would never notice." Her mental windows are open to everything, letting anything happen. "Sometimes you just have to stop, look and focus on one thing." When Monica shot the winning cover photo in Seaside's contest last September, she aimed for a sense of "absolute calm and stillness" in the glorious misty birth of a Pat Bay sunrise. Monica looks for the nuance, the feeling. The unconventional artist reveals her inner motivation: "I want to share the beauty that I see with others who can't see it" because they are too busy, too distracted. The artist never uses photo-editing software; the natural world needs no enhancement. Monica invites us to pay attention to the rapture around us. An iguana on the Galapagos Islands stole her heart: "The detail in her skin and her eyes and nails was beautiful to look at!" In her evolution as an artist, Monica is inspired by the environment and the need to preserve the natural world and the life within it. Her images reflect those hills, trees, waters and wild things that need our protection forever. "Sometimes when you are on the bottom, you know the beauty is up there and you have to just go for it – because you don't want to be on the bottom again." A survivor of "unpleasant" periods in her life, Monica uses her photography to transcend the negative and to infuse wonder and joy back into her existence. Monica's photography celebrates life. It is all about finding the extraordinary in the ordinary. For contact information, to see Monica's photos and find out about her upcoming shows, visit Monica thanks Sidney Meet Up for their support.

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Beacon Community Services/WorkBC 9860 Third St, Sidney 1 - 4 pm 250.656.0134

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We are celebrating our 32nd year of providing employment services! Join us if you are looking for work, need to change careers, or simply want to use our employment resources – we can help! Open to the general public. Enjoy free popcorn and refreshments, join in the fun with games and a retro photo booth, win fabulous prizes, take a free personality quiz, receive free professional resumé advice, explore the latest employment tools and interactive resources and meet our employment team. may 2 - 4

The Peninsula Singers present From White Cliffs to Emerald Shores: Music from the British Isles Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney May 2nd & 3rd @ 7:30 pm, May 4th @ 2 pm 250.656.0275

Glenda Korella and her Singers will take you on a magical journey of memorable songs from England, Ireland, Wales and Scotland. Spotlight on Young Artist: The Lisik Family Dancers + Katrina & Cadence. Proceeds to the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation's Music Therapy Program Non-perishable donations to the Sidney Food Bank gratefully accepted. Adults: $25; children $13. Available through the Mary Winspear Box Office.

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Jennifer Jade Kerr Live in Concert

$10 per person; proceeds support the work of Canadian Lutheran World Relief. May 4

Talk With Local 4-H Club Members Log Cabin Museum 7910 Polo Park Cr, Saanichton @ 3 pm 250.652.1116

The 100th Anniversary of the 4-H Club in British Columbia is this year. Local 4-H members will talk about its history and many current activities on the Saanich Peninsula. The talk will be followed with tea and goodies. Part of the "Talk and Tea" series. May 6

Vision Therapy Discussion Berwick Royal Oak Theatre 4680 Elk Lake Dr, Victoria 250.655.1558

Vision Therapy: Help for the one in four who experience difficulty with reading/spelling/writing or demonstrate challenging behavior regarding school work. Dr. Cameron McCrodan will demonstrate and explain the vision process and the success he has seen with his patients (adults and children). Sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Greater Victoria Literacy Roundtable. may 10

Combined Sailpast Beacon Pier, Sidney, 3 pm

Capital City Yacht Club and Sidney North Saanich Yacht Club hold their first combined Sailpast! Sidney citizens and visitors are invited to view this on-the-water spectacle anywhere along our waterfront between Port Sidney and the Fishing Pier at the foot of Bevan Avenue. may 10

North Saanich Farm Market 10990 West Saanich Rd, North Saanich 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Seasonal vegetables and fruit, eggs, baking, meat, fish, crafts. may 10 & 11

Studio Tour: Cordova Bay Broadmead Artistry All studios open 10 am - 4 pm

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Our studios are special worlds where we do the work of creating. We welcome you to experience our work. Discover the process and stories of how we transform materials into new meaning. Free admission. Tour maps and information available at GoBC (, BC Arts & Culture, Artist Studio Tours. Printed maps available at each studio. May 19

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

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

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Wear Blue, Tell Two by Tina Kelly

"Wear Blue, Tell Two" is the motto to be followed on June

8th, World Oceans Day – a day to celebrate all things ocean! Throw on a blue shirt and share with others two reasons to conserve the ocean environment or two tangible actions to take to make it happen. Can't think of two? Heed the advice of these Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre summer camp graduates! What do you like to do at the beach? Eve (10): My family likes to explore and go geo-caching. Ava (10): We like to look for animals, like shore crabs, and other treasures, including beach glass and shells. Dylan (6): I enjoy swimming at the beach and making up different games to play. Sometimes I rescue sunflower stars. Quinn (9): I like to look for animals. Crabs and clams are pretty common and when I find clams they often squirt out water. Sometimes my brother, Dylan, and I find animals that need our help. Ian (10): I love to walk on the beach looking for cool stuff on the rocks and listening to the relaxing sound of the waves crashing. What is one reason it's important to protect the world's oceans? Eve (10): Protecting the ocean is also protecting the animals that live there. Ava (10): A lot of people rely on the ocean for fish to eat. Dylan (6): Creatures in the ocean are an important part of the world.

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Quinn (9): The ocean gives us food and provides us an opportunity to learn. Ian (10): Without animals, humans can't survive, so polluting isn't a great idea. What is one thing we can do to protect the ocean? Eve (10): Washing your car on the grass is a better option than on the driveway; if you water on pavement, the water takes the soap and chemicals down the storm drain to the ocean. Ava (10): Educate yourselves about the ocean with good books like The Big Green Book of the Big Blue Sea (by Helaine Becker). Dylan (6): Try our best not to litter or put bad chemicals onto the beach or into the ocean. Quinn (9): It's important to clean up after your dog and when exploring the beach, remember to place rocks back as you found them because it could be acting as an animal's home. Ian (10): There are lots of things we could do but the big one is STOP LITTERING! Garbage slips down the drain and is polluting our waters. So, think again about just leaving it there. Celebrate World Oceans Day with the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre, Sunday June 8th, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., in Beacon Park, Sidney. Don't forget to "Wear Blue, Tell Two!" Tina Kelly is an Ocean Advocate at the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre. Visit for more information.

Access Awareness Day Open House Saturday, June 7th

Panorama Recreation understands the importance of social inclusion and believes that everyone has the right to participate in all aspects of recreation. Join Panorama Recreation and the Social Planning and Research Council of BC on Saturday, June 7th, as we promote accessibility and inclusion for everyone during a special open house! Enjoy FREE admission to our drop-in programs at Panorama Recreation Centre and Greenglade Community centre and learn about some of the exciting programs we’ll be offering in the summer. Our summer camp staff will even be on site at Panorama Recreation Centre to answer questions and provide information.

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last word In putting together Seaside's first annual Kids Issue, my thoughts naturally turned toward Mother's Day. I'm a "twice-a-week mom" to my lovely stepdaughter, but I can only imagine the pressure that comes with being a fulltime mother. When we were growing up, my mom seemed almost superhuman: there was a homemade meal on the table every night (always with a salad on the side), elaborate cakes every birthday and hand-sewn Halloween costumes every fall. I honestly don't know how she did it. Now, my mom admits she wishes she'd worried less about being perfect, and what others thought of our family, and just enjoyed being a mom while we were growing up. Today, social media has taken being a supermom to even more unachievable new heights – specifically, the image-sharing site Pinterest ( Most of you will know what I'm talking about; for those who don't, it's basically a website where you can look up, and share, ideas for everything from recipes to paint colours to ways to make your garden grow the perfect tomato. It's a helpful and amazing social media platform, don't get me wrong; I love it. However, in the past little while I've noticed many articles, blogs and Facebook posts on the subject of "Pinterest Pressure." From "Pinterest in particular is stressing out close to half of moms, according to a TODAY Moms survey of over 7,000 mothers across the country. Pinterest culture can generate feelings of inadequacy by creating a pressure to throw elaborate birthday parties, attempt intimidating DIYs and bake pictureperfect cupcakes. Comparing the less pristine reality of motherhood to the polished sheen of online images may cause moms to worry about falling short if their culinary or crafting skills don't seem to measure up." The article goes on to say that the pressure, surprisingly, doesn't come from other moms: it's self-inflicted. I get that. I have often fallen prey to the notion that everything created by my own two (decidedly non-crafty) hands will turn out exactly as it looks on Pinterest. I guess the key is to let go of the idea that we have to be perfect moms. Whether we're baking, attempting to create a princess costume or planting our first vegetable garden, we're spending time with our kids, learning and trying something new, and that should be our only goal, no matter what we end up with when we're finished. Happy Mother's Day to all the super moms out there!

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