Seaside Magazine May 2018 Issue

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our kids & Pets Issue Financial Literacy for Kids | Landscaping for Your Dogs | 2018 Kids to Watch Seaside Homes: European Elegance | Seaside Book Club | My Pet Octopus Trade Student Spotlight | Canadian Sport School | Cooking With Kids

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Contents may 2018



word on the street How do you keep your pets happy & healthy?

2018 Kids to watch Help us celebrate some of our community’s bright lights!



What’s happening this summer Event Calendar for Tots, Kids & Teens

behind the scenes Training sheep dogs

27 A Peak performance education Victoria’s Canadian Sport School

ON THE COVER “Nero” photo by Sue Ferguson

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First Word Inside Out Common Cents Behind the Scenes Can We Talk New & Noteworthy Salish Sea News Loving Large, Living Small Word on the Street Globehopping Ask a Stylist

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The Natural Path Motoring Trade Student Spotlight Island Dish Seaside Homes West Coast Gardener Seaside Arts Scene Seaside Book Club Last Word What’s Happening



dan adair page 16 Making sure that we are educating the next generation on financial literacy is so important. My wife and I have two teenage children, including one who just got his first job. By instilling good financial habits early, I’m hopeful that they can avoid some of the financial missteps that impacted me earlier in life.

natalie bell page 13 I’m endlessly curious about how we tell the stories of our lives and the different forms that can take. I see yoga as a language we can use to translate the stories held in our movement, in our breath and in our bodies, and how we can teach that to our children as a second language.

sue ferguson cover I’ve been an artist and a horse person for as long as I can remember. One day, my son suggested that instead of painting, I try a certain style of photography (where the photo looked like a painting). The fire was lit. Since then, I’ve been a passionate photographer with a special interest in artistically enhancing my work.

Matt hall page 63 I adore dogs, but my life right now can’t include one. Luckily, I live vicariously through my customers and spend time with their pooches. So I dedicate this article to: Blue, Khaleesi, Bob, Jackson, Biggs, Bear and all the others (but not to you Maggie, because I still haven’t found that glove!)

janice henshaw page 57 Have you ever seen a great looking home and wondered what it was like inside? As a lifestory writer I love to check out interesting homes and hear the owner’s stories. For this issue I met Grace and Jan and was impressed by how grateful they are for what they have.

Normand Schafer page 37 Having travelled the world with my wife and seven children, this month’s column shares some tips on creating meaningful family travel memories. I’ve worked as a travel designer for family, friends and with Far and Away Adventures for 25 years.

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Dan Adair, Jo Barnes, Natalie Bell, Kristen Bovee, Jordan Caldwell, Chris Cowland, Gillian Crowley, Sue Ferguson, Doreen Marion Gee, Lara Gladych, Matt Hall, Janice Henshaw, Linda Hunter, Tina Kelly, Paula Kully, Phillip Tiicham Muir, Cassidy Nunn, Bob Orchard, Stu Rhodes, Deborah Rogers, Normand Schafer, Shai Thompson, Jo-Ann Way 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 heldresponsible for unsolicited manuscripts or photographs.

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first word There is a reason why “new car smell” holds a place of affection for some people: newness signifies perfection, that moment before something pure and clean and fresh becomes, well, something average. Before the cookie crumbs get between the seats, before the coffee spills in the cup holder, before life turns something ephemerally beautiful into the everyday. But there is a different perspective we could all take. I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately because, as my kids grow into young teenagers, the pressures of life slowly start creeping towards them, and the pressure of doing everything perfectly surrounds them. My daughter is involved in competitive sport, and for her, performance perfection is an innate quality, with winning and losing a fierce battle – and she’s only 14. And my son, a master builder at 16, expects every piece of LEGO to still have its place, and only the best engine will suit his newly built go-kart. Perfection has its moments but imperfection is where life happens, and that’s something we could all embrace. I tell them both that it’s important to be aggressive in achieving their goals, but it’s also important that they derive great joy from their pursuits, which obviously serves as an amazing motivator.

In this issue we meet some amazing kids in our community, who do things well beyond their years, in our inaugural Kids To Watch feature. As well, you’ll meet a young lady, Sam Gillan-Kennedy, in our Can We Talk column, a student at SD63’s Individual Learning Centre. As a mother of two she is determined not only to raise her daughters, but also committed to making time for her education. She has learned from her rebellious years to overcome many obstacles, and has become an obvious role model for her peers. Alongside our articles on kids, we also look to our community on how best to care for our fur babies, in Lara Gladych’s column, Word on the Street. We also find the inside scoop on sheep dog training in Paula Kully’s Behind The Scenes column. And if furry friends aren’t your thing, then Tina Kelly from the Centre for the Salish Sea talks about how to care for a cephalopod, aka giant Pacific Octopus, in this month’s Salish Sea News. Lastly, I must give a shout-out to photographer Sue Ferguson, as our cover is graced with her passion for horses, a pure picture of perfection.

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On Tyson’s 10th birthday he realized that his friend Rene would likely not be having his 10th birthday. Rene had brain cancer. “I wish there was something I could do to help,” Tyson said. He decided he wanted to grow his hair and donate it to make a wig for a child that has cancer, and he set a goal of raising $5,000 for BC Children’s Hospital as they had supported Rene and his family so much. For two years my son grew his hair and not once did he waiver from this goal. Rene died in the first year of Tyson’s project but he continued to hold a powerful part of his heart. On Tyson’s 12th birthday he had grown over 12 inches of hair and raised over $6,000 for BC Children’s Hospital! I know that Tyson will go on to do many other heartfelt and amazing things in this world.

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Kids to Watch

in March we celebrate our “Women to Watch” and in June our “Men to Watch.” We know how much readers enjoy meeting the movers and shakers in our community, and that it is meaningful for those individuals who are featured.

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Inspired by We Day, an annual youth empowerment conference held in Vancouver, 12-year-old Ethan LeBlanc has been willingly getting up at 4 a.m. on Fridays since October, heading downtown to volunteer with Reverend Al Tysick of the Dandelion Society. Together they serve coffee, hand out treats (Ethan makes a tray of rice krispy squares the night before which are always a big hit), socks, blankets and whatever else is needed to those who make their home on the streets of downtown Victoria.

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Brighton Tweedhope is five years old. What makes Brighton so amazing is that he has such a great interest in Science and Astronomy. His curiosity for any knowledge around these two subjects is amazing! Brighton always has a new fact to share. He is also a very kind, spirited little boy who thinks about others. He has a little sister, who is two, and he cares about her feelings so much. We were recently at an event and Brighton had a treat. There was another little boy sitting beside him that he did not know; Brighton offered him some of his treat all on his own. He is always thinking about other children’s feelings.


Desiree Young, a 16-year-old Parkland Secondary Student, is amazing! Not only is she involved in very high level athletics, she really gives back to the community, her peers and is a wonderful dedicated, conscientious student. She participates in both Wheelchair Rugby and Wheelchair Basketball at the Provincial Level. She owns and operates her own line of Clothing (Wheel and Axel) and she takes a leadership role in our school and in our community. Desiree was responsible for Parkland getting a Terry Fox/BC Access Grant to make our school fully accessible. Desiree was our Cops for Cancer student liason for the yearly event. Desiree’s clothing line, Wheel and Axle, is a brand that draws attention to, raises awareness of and assists in bringing the disability community to the forefront.

This year, in our Kids issue, we wanted to meet some of the future women and men to watch – and asked readers for their nominations. Introducing the “Kids to Watch” of the Saanich Peninsula, each special in their own unique ways …

Caleb lives in Bazan Bay and loves to paddleboard, fish and explore the ocean right at his back door. He even has his own little boat and, with the boating safety and fishing skills he has learned from his father, he can explore, fish and catch crabs very close to home. Hiking in Dean Park is another favourite activity. Caleb has had the opportunity to learn how to grow vegetables, care for them and harvest the produce at a young age in his Great Grandmother’s garden in Bazan Bay. Caleb loves sports such as lacrosse, biking and surfing. He had a key role in a NSMS production and was on the school honour roll for 2017.

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Kahlil is a keen supporter of the environment and endeavours to do his part in keeping our planet healthy. He loves nature, enjoys hiking on local trails, and shows caring and compassion to the needs of his family and friends. He has inherited the artistic ability of his Great Grandmother, Edith Jones, a pioneer of North Saanich. Music inspires Kahlil: he takes drumming and piano lessons. He has earned his orange striped belt in Karate and strives to reach the next level. Kahlil is a keen mountain biker, and has recently been inspired to perform his own magic tricks! He loves the concept of illusion and likes to explore it. He is an amazing kid to watch who has amazing potential to set his own amazing dreams in motion!!

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Summer is a student at Kelset Elementary School. She lives in Bazan Bay and loves to paddleboard and explore the ocean where she lives. She also likes to hike in Dean Park with her pet dog Bauer and the family. Summer is very creative and spends many hours drawing, painting and doing arts and crafts. She is an outstanding young artist! She is also a very creative writer and loves to write stories. Summer has received awards for public speaking and writing, and takes part in many different activities such as soccer, running and hip hop dance.

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Canada’s Economic & Political Future

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Thursday, June 7 Explorer in Residence National Geographic Society Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory and the Conquest of Everest. In a monumental work of history and adventure, ten years in the writing, Wade Davis asks not whether George Mallory was the first to reach the summit of Everest, but rather why he kept on climbing on that fateful day.

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Thursday, September 27

Our National Stories

Peter Mansbridge ties all of his talks together with his desire to see Canadians celebrate their heritage: to recognize that a shared national story has shaped us at both an individual and a collective level.

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Sunday, November 25

Feeding My Mother

Feeding My Mother is a frank, funny, inspirational and piercingly honest account of the transformation in Jann Arden’s life that has turned her into the primary “parent” to her mom, who is in the grip of Alzheimer’s.

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Teaching the Language of Connection

My parents enrolled me in a French immersion school right from the get-go; they wanted me to have a possible advantage later on in life with a second language under my belt, or maybe just wanted someone to translate if we found ourselves in a French-speaking city and they needed to find a restroom. Regardless, it was a gift, and having learned a second language at such a young age made it something that became instinctual, a thread woven through me that would always be there. I haven't spoken French in many years, but I can still use it if called upon. It still lives inside me, and it created a love and thirst for language, a desire to understand words and how people use them and how we tell the stories of our lives with the language we know. Yoga is the language of connection. When you boil it down, it's about being present in our bodies and our minds, and recognizing that they are threaded together. To teach yoga to our children is to teach them how to meditate through movement, how to give form to tension and release it, and to give words to their inner world. Yoga is the gift of a second language. In a yoga class, the intention is to teach people to be able to recognize what they can physically feel in their bodies, but then also stay aware of what is happening mentally and emotionally. This is mindfulness: to be aware of our physical, mental and emotional bodies, and to stay present with those bodies regardless of how they may feel. Often, I'll take my students through a physically challenging sequence and then have them

hold in one of the poses. While they are holding I ask "Where do you go when you feel uncomfortable? How do you react when you feel confronted or challenged? Do you disconnect? Do you mentally shut down or emotionally shut out? Can you watch as different emotions or thoughts arise, but then do nothing except take a deep breath and hold?" And then we'll hold in the pose and breathe. It's all about learning to deal with discomfort without having to run away or react, but instead giving ourselves room to take a deep breath and then choose how we'd like to act next. Try it with your kids; they'll pick it up faster than you know. Put it into their words and use yoga as a tool to better understand themselves, their reactions and their mind-body connection. Practise some poses together and while you're in a pose ask them what they can feel in their bodies – where is it tight? Where is it open? Where can they feel their muscles working, and what muscles can they relax? Then ask them how they feel and why. Take a deep breath, and then another. Show them that as long as they're physically safe, it's okay to feel things other than just good or happy. Show them than even if something feels hard, it's possible to stay there for a few breaths, but that it also won't feel that way forever. What you practise doesn't even have to look like yoga: it might be Star Wars-inspired poses, or the shapes of animals, or just stretches themed to something in their wheelhouse. The yoga is in the breathing; the yoga is in the connection. For more information, visit

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I can't recall the last time I used calculus or quadratic functions in my day-to-day life, but I can tell you that I've had several conversations about compound interest and mortgages already this week. Granted, I am a financial advisor, but I think most Canadians would by Dan Adair agree that financial topics like Branch Manager budgeting and credit come up more Island Savings Brentwood Bay frequently in their daily lives than some of the subjects they studied in school. That's why it's important to teach our children about money at an early age. Here are some financial literacy tips, broken down by age. Ages 3 to 6. At this age, you'll want to introduce some basic fundamentals such as how money is earned and what to do with it. Suggested actions: • Give them a piggy bank separated into three sections: share, save and spend. Whenever the tooth fairy pays a visit, or they have some birthday money, it can be split evenly between the three areas. • To teach the concept of earning, give them a little job and reward them with a small amount of money. Ages 6 to 10. Introduce the concept of financial decision making and reinforce the importance of saving. Suggested actions: • If your child is looking to purchase a larger item, help them develop a savings plan. This helps them recognize that sometimes we have to wait (save) for things we want. • Begin to give them an allowance in exchange for completing chores. Their age plus $5 is a good rule of thumb. Ages 10 to 14. Focus on the concept of debt at this age and demonstrate real-life examples of how money works. Suggested actions: • A loan from the "Bank of Mom & Dad." I'm not suggesting that you loan your child enough money to buy a new car, but helping them out with a small expense and having them pay you back over time is a great exercise. • Explain a utility bill. If your child is leaving every light in the house on, the hydro bill may be wise. This shows that there are real costs to our behaviours and teaches them controllable ways to save money. We tend to focus on concepts that are either too complex or too far away to be relevant for our children. Explaining how a mortgage works to a 12-year-old is going to result in blank stares from your child and a headache for you. By making money lessons fun and relevant, children are much more likely to pay attention. Dan Adair is the Brentwood Bay branch manager at Island Savings, a division of First West Credit Union.

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I love dogs and I know I'm not alone

in this here on the Saanich Peninsula. No matter where you go, you will find people and their fur friends out and about. People love their pets and go to great lengths to keep them happy and healthy. This includes training. We are fortunate to have one of the top dog handlers on the Island right here in North Sannich. Julie Carter, Head Instructor and Owner of West Coast Canine Academy, is a three-time Regional Agility Champion and much soughtafter trainer. For 15 years, she has been providing instruction in herding, agility and obedience and is wholly devoted to her work, her dogs and her clients who come from all over the Island and the Lower Mainland. Julie began her career in sheepdog training 14 years ago when she bought her first dog with the intention of competing in agility. The farmer who sold her the dog did so with the condition that she also train it for herding. She soon learned to love the work and the sport and discovered that everything she learned about training dogs came mainly from her experience with herding. Border collies are one of the most popular breeds for herding due to their genetic instincts and high energy. They are used for both cattle and sheep, but the approach of the dog is significantly different. Cattle dogs sometimes need to nip heels and noses to move cows, whereas sheep dogs use their eye to manoeuvre their timid quarry. 18 | may 2018

People who are serious about competing in "trails" (herding competitions) look for a dog whose lineage includes winning parents and whose herding instincts are strong. This is identified in puppies when they are about six months old. The pups are placed into pens with sheep, and if they begin to chase, chances are they are going to make a good working dog. By 10 months, female dogs begin their formal training. For males, this starts around 12 months. Julie starts working with the pup first to get them started and then brings in the owner and trains the pair together. Julie explains that the process is not about obedience, but instead developing a relationship with the dog. Based on its instinct, the dog wants to chase the sheep. Through hand gestures and a series of directional whistles, the handler guides the dog. In order to get to this level, the handler blocks the dog when they go in the wrong direction and only allows the dog to have the sheep when the dog moves in the direction the handler wants. Over time, and because the dog's ultimate goal is to chase the sheep, the dog begins to trust and obey the handler's direction until they are working as a unit. Sheep dog owners compete in trials where they can test both their and the dog's skills. Every province in the country has a Stock Dog Association, and many of the trials and events are promoted or hosted through these. There are various levels of competition including local, regional, the Western Canadian Finals, Canadian Finals and Nationals

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which include Canada and the United States. Trials test the dog's ability to move sheep around a field, fences, gates and enclosures as directed by their handlers. Competitions involve various levels that range from Nursery to Open or beginners to experienced. As one of the top handlers on the Island, Julie was approached to help revitalize the Metchosin Sheepdog Trials held at Swanwick Ranch. The event, which takes place July 28 and 29 this year, had run for some 20 years up until the organizers moved away. Julie has been involved in bringing the trials back to the community with a goal to make them some of the best in the country. When Julie introduced me to her dogs, I was amazed by the discipline and easiness between them. They stay close to her, lean on her looking for affection, and are always ready for her direction. When she talks about her work and her dogs, there is visible emotion, passion, a sense of humble pride, and the kind of love that comes from the undisputable bond between Julie and her dogs.


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can we talk owner / publisher sue hodgson CHATS with Sam Gillan - Kennedy, Individual learning centre (ILC) & Continuing Education student, and wendy walker, Principal, continuing education & ilc Can you tell us a bit about how your life changed when you had a child? When I had my first child in 2014, my life changed drastically; I struggled a lot with not only being a first-time mom but also the fact that I had lost a lot of friends. I never felt like I fit in because I was “the 18-year-old with a baby.” It was a constant struggle of trying to get out and go do things but also not wanting to because I would be alone. My partner and I had struggled with him not being able to hold down a job and I had to go back to work when my daughter was only seven months old. Why is it important to you to finish high school while your children are still young, thereby making it a lot tougher for you to do so? I feel as though I would much rather get my schooling done and over with now than push it for another however many years and risk losing my motivation to do it. Even though it is tougher (oh my gosh is it tough), I feel

that the toughness is temporary for a long-term achievement where I can be set up for success down the road. What example do you think finishing high school while a young mom is setting for your children? I feel the example that I would be setting for my children is that education is important, it is everywhere and if you work hard enough you can achieve your dreams. I want to be a role model; I know they won’t understand it now, but I hope one day they realize why I decided to come back. I didn’t wait until they were older when it might have been easier to manage their needs and my studies. Who are some of the people in your life making up your support system while you go through this journey?

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I have a lot of people who support me: my partner, Reid, is one of my biggest supporters and he has stuck by my side through all the ups and downs. There is also my mom, who has been ongoing throughout my life. My best friend, Caleigh, always manages to pick me up when I’m down and helps me to get through things by just being there. A good portion, if not all of my family, show their support in one way or another. The teachers and staff at the ILC campus who were here to support me six years ago continue to do so every day. Lastly, Stephanie Tiede and Meredith Barwick have helped me in every way they can since I met them last September. How does the Individual Learning Centre (ILC) make it easier for you to complete your schooling? ILC has not only been very accommodating in regards to my children, but they are also very understanding when it comes to the fact that it is very difficult to get homework done at home while trying to care for both of my girls. I appreciate the fact that I am able to work at my own pace and get things done on my own time. I find it very helpful that they have counsellors on site; I’ve never been one to talk to counsellors in the past but I find it very easy to open up and talk if I’m having an off day. Another big thing is the childcare centre that ILC has that runs through Beacon Community Services. I know that a lot of young moms struggle to find childcare that is near by and convenient, so having this on site is more than helpful. (Questions posed to Wendy Walker, Principal, Continuing Education & ILC) Can you give us a glimpse of what the ILC offers? The Individual Learning Centre (ILC) “School of Choice” is part of the Saanich school district. We have two primary campuses, and two satellite locations on the Peninsula. We offer standard B.C. ministry Grade 9-12 courses. The focus is on core academics with students in a personalized program that honours their learning needs. Students work at their own pace, which means they can accelerate or slow down their course work as needed. A very important aspect of the of ILC is the dual credit partnership with post secondary institutions. Students can take college level courses while still completing their high school education. On the Saanichton campus, we host the Vancouver Island University Hair program and the Camosun College Trades Sampler (TASK) program. Beacon Community has shared a long time partnership with SD 63 and we host the Beacon Community Preschool and Teen Motherhood & Education program and the Early Years centre. How much need is there for the ILC program here on the Peninsula? Five years ago we serviced around 220 students, whereas the 2018 snapshot shows we now service around 320 students. We have expanded to include two satellite locations to meet this growing requirement of learners. With mental health needs growing among our adolescent students, the demand for flexible, supportive wraparound learning options increases students’ opportunities for academic success. may 2018 | 21

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Broadmead Care Society and Rest Haven Lodge have merged. Rest Haven Lodge provides 73 residential complex care beds for seniors in Sidney, and is funded by Island Health. Rest Haven will continue to operate under the same name, but will now be owned and operated by Broadmead Care Society. This merger will help to ensure a strong and secure future for Rest Haven Lodge in continuing to provide high quality care for seniors in the Peninsula Region.

Water Works Reg Kirkham is in his 19th season of operation with Island Water Taxi, at Port Sidney Marina. This water taxi service between Sidney and the Southern Gulf Islands operates year-round, seven days a week, and around the clock. With room for up to 11 people and/or cargo, Reg provides convenient, safe and flexible transportation to accommodate your needs. He also offers commercial services, and recreational Salish Sea Marine Adventure Tours, with a

list of favourites to choose from and the option to plan your own special trip. Reg prides himself on his environmentally-conscious practices and his commitment to wildlife preservation and rescue. Learn more at

COMMUNITY Model Behaviour Are you a senior looking for a way to connect the Saanich Peninsula community? Vancouver Island Model Engineers, at Heritage Acres, might be the group for you. Beyond being the people who run the miniature trains around the track, their members are men and women who share an interest in model engineering in all forms. Members are actively engaged with the public during site events, and are regularly involved in charitable events supporting our community. Stop by any Friday or Sunday between 9 a.m. and noon to converse with a member and see the grounds, or call Don Wigen at 250-2085501 for more information.

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A Pet Care Centre That Loves Your Pets as Much as You Do!

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Walk on the Water Side What's new at the Panorama pool? While you won't exactly be able to walk on the water, the programs, including walking in the water, can bring miraculous results. Panorama Recreation offers an array of aquatic opportunities for all ages including classes in water walking. Gaining popularity, this excellent fitness regime, often recommended by doctors and rehab experts, involves walking and exercising in chest-level or deep water. "It is gentle on the joints, but you are able to have resistance in the water to strengthen and gain muscles," shares Cathy Watts, Aquatic Coordinator. As well as water walking, there's a diverse menu of aquatic classes including Light and Easy Aquafit, designed for those who have recovered from injury or illness; Aqua Spin, taught on specialized Hydrorider bikes; and Deep Shallow Combo which includes warmup, cardio and strength and stretching. Very popular right now is Aqua HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) which runs Tuesday and Thursday from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. Says Cathy: " HIIT alternates between high intensity and low intensity sets of exercises. Numerous studies have indicated that working hard is key to boosting endurance, increasing metabolism and losing fat. Plus, it is low impact because it is in the water!" Panorama has always endeavoured to provide high-quality swimming instruction for children and adults, but one new program is definitely gaining popularity with parents. "For children for ages 3+ we are offering Low Ratio Group Swim Lessons. The new group lessons provide individual attention in a comfortable and fun group lesson environment but only a maximum of three kids in each lesson," says Cathy. Panorama is all about community, and its upcoming events provide an avenue to celebrate fitness, family and fun. May 10 is Move for Health Day. Initiated by the World Health Organization in 2003, this international event promotes physical activity, health and well-being. All drop-in programs including the pool will be only $2 admission. Celebrate National Aboriginal Day on June 21 and enjoy a free swim from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Looking for a fun way to celebrate Mother's Day on May 13 and Father's Day on June 17? Bring the whole family and enjoy free admission to drop-in activities at both Panorama and Gleenglade. It's definitely a way to make a splash in your day! Panorama has been helping create memorable birthday events for years with their delightful Aquatic Party programs. Parties can be booked on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 3 p.m. Included is a one-hour room rental and one hour of pool time for up to 15 guests and five adults. For $20 extra, add 30 minutes exclusive slide access or for $50 add exclusive Wibit access (inflatable games and water fun). Come on in; the water's great. Aquatics Panorama will amaze you! by Jo Barnes

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Innovations in Hearing Technology Hearing aids have changed dramatically in my 27 years as an audiologist. Innovations such as rechargeable batteries and the ability to wirelessly connect to the television or a cell phone have made hearing aid use easier and more enjoyable. As an independent clinic, Hear Central Saanich has access to a range of devices from the world’s top hearing aid manufacturers. Call to schedule your evaluation and hearing aid demonstration. Locally owned and operated by:

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My Pet Octopus Are their eyes weepy? Are there any noticeable changes in the colour of their skin or thickness of their fur? Check the condition of their paw pads and look for tartar buildup on their teeth. These are all important wellness checks when your pet is a four-legged mammal, but not at all helpful when it is an octopus. Lead Aquarist, Nick, qualifies as having a one-of-a-kind job. Caring for thousands of animals, from the smallest sea monkeys to our largest resident – the giant Pacific octopus – is not only unique but critical. But before you can care for an octopus, you need to have one, so scientific divers take the plunge to find an octopus. After gently and ethically collecting a suitably-sized octopus, extreme care is taken to transport it to the Centre. So how do you care for a cephalopod? Feeding time offers Nick the best opportunity to conduct a health check. When the habitat lid is removed, curious octopuses opt to interact and Nick takes this time to examine the arms and check the skin for abrasions or scratches it may have arrived with or received from a too-close encounter with a sea urchin or a crab. Daily behavioural observations are another way to ensure the octopus is healthy. Optimal pet health requires quality food. The giant Pacific octopus receives a variety of top-notch sustainable protein – prawns, clams, squid and their favourite prey: crab. Live crabs are ideal: this helps maintain the ability to hunt. Live crab are offered tucked inside a sealed jar. Known to scientists as extremely intelligent invertebrates, the puzzle of jar opening offers some stimulation. Duplo blocks along with dog toys and Kongs

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also add to what is described as enrichment for the octopus' mind. During his six-plus year tenure, Nick has cared for many octopuses – Emily, Norm, Mo, Sidney, Hermione, Steve, Jar Jar, Sylvia, Polkadot, Nellie – and observed what could only be likened to individual personality traits. Anthropomorphism may make some scientists cringe, but Nick is willing to note some were cheeky, some were feisty and some definitely more playful. And then there was the octopus who would squirt Nick, but no other member of the animal care team. When pressed to name a favourite Nick hesitates, then answers: "the current one is always my favourite." Saying goodbye to an octopus is bittersweet. After their four- to six-month stint at the Centre, Nick knows them well – their likes and dislikes, their quirks and their favourite foods and toys. But he also knows giant Pacific octopus reproduce only once before their end of life and recognizes the importance for that to happen in the wild. After receiving approval from a veterinarian and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Nick recently returned Nellie to Tofino where she had been collected. Ideally, on the same trip, a new smaller octopus is collected and the process is repeated. This trip was no exception. Nick returned with a new octopus to care for and a new octopus to act temporarily as a steward for ocean education and conservation. Salish Sea School summer camps go behind the scenes to learn about animal care. Registration on now!

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drawn carriage service in the City of Victoria. To mark this milestone, the company is proud to honour its former leader by launching the Larry Friedlander Memorial Scholarship. Tally-Ho suffered an indescribable loss in August 2015, when its long-term, charismatic and distinctive leader, Larry Friedlander, passed away suddenly. For 35 years, he personified the character of the company: it was his lifelong work and passion. His breadth and depth of knowledge was insurmountable, and his death left massive operational shortfalls. Larry’s wife, Donna Friedlander, found herself in an unfamiliar world where in addition to her grief she left her own successful career and stepped into the dual roles of single mother and leader of an iconic tourism business with over 20 animals. Over the past two years Donna and her team have worked tirelessly and thoughtfully to transform Tally-Ho into a progressive company that is setting new standards for ethics, care and advancements in the carriage industry. Tally-Ho is a family-owned business predominantly staffed by women, which is unique in the global carriage industry. Owners, staff, and a team of veterinarians, farriers, chiropractors, and masseuses deliver 24/7 care to the ever-changing needs of 20 horses. Local certified journeyman farrier, Will Clinging, affirms “I have met very few horses that are as wellkept and as happy as the horses that work on the streets of Victoria!” As part of the healing process, the Friedlander family, friends and colleagues: “are honouring Larry in a way that is meaningful, reflects his love for the horses and his enjoyment of supporting and mentoring youth.” Adds Donna: “He got so much pleasure in seeing young kids connect with horses.”. The scholarship is focused on assisting young adults to further develop their understanding and deepen their communications with their equine partners through clinics and non-post secondary level courses. One scholarship up to $1,000 will be awarded in 2018, for youth aged 12 to 17. Applications are being accepted until May 31, 2018. Information package available at

A Peak Performance Education Student/athlete Noah Bettauer photo by Nunn Other Photography

by Phillip Tiicham Muir

It's no secret that

secondary school students and their parents often choose a school based on its athletic programs. It's not even uncommon for a family to uproot and move for the sake of their child's sports career. What if they were to take it one step further though, and turn all school electives into a unified pursuit of athletic success? That's where Canadian Sport School comes in. The program is part of the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific, and is located at their Victoria campus on Interurban Road. The school offers Greater Victoria high-schoolers the opportunity to seriously hone their athletic abilities. Canadian Sport School Victoria (CSS Victoria) offers exceptional athletic students going into grades 10 to 12 a chance to spend half of every school day in a dedicated sports facility. Students must fit required academics into the morning or afternoon, then travel to or from CSS Victoria, where they earn six elective credits over the course of the entire school year. While CSS Victoria requires and gives credit for regular involvement with a Local Sports Organization, they focus more on mentally and physically preparing their students for life as a professional/competitive athlete, than on teaching individual sports. "We work with each athlete to really enhance their strength, their power, their core stability, their flexibility, and their overall athleticism," says Jennifer Joyce, Canadian Sport School lead. To enroll you must be between the ages of 14 and 17 at the start of the school year, be registered and in good standing with a Provincial or National Sports Organization, train regularly with a Local Sports Organization, and have competed at a provincial/national level, or been involved with a provincial/national program. As Joyce simply

puts it: "The Program is for elite high school athletes who are tracking to be future Olympians, Paralympians, or National Team athletes." While CSS Victoria is all about the pursuit of physical greatness, they never let any student's academic success fall to the wayside either. Every day at CSS Victoria involves a study block. Teacher Christina Kadin says: "The main challenge that elite high school athletes face is balancing their academic workload and the demands of being a high performance athlete." This program was developed with those challenges in mind though, and the results speak for themselves. Student-athlete, Sophie De Goede, finds it to be "‌ a really supportive environment that helps you do your best in the classroom and on the field or in the court." The school is designed to foster the success of young athletes by teaching dedication to sport while maintaining a balanced lifestyle. "We're bringing together all of these like-minded athletes, we're putting them in a culture that promotes excellence in all areas of their life," notes Joyce. Student-athlete Brendan Hoff agrees: "although it's in different sports, everyone is on the same kind of pathway, and it's nice to be around an elite group of people every day." Joyce describes the CSS Victoria vision as being "for ‌ athletes to leave [the] program and be able to seamlessly integrate into the next level, whether that's the junior national team, senior national team, or university." If this is the goal for you or your child, visit to learn more about what it takes to be eligible. It's thanks in part to these amazing resources that Victoria and the Saanich Peninsula has turned out so many incredible athletes over the years. I also like to think that growing up on a small island motivates young people to go beyond its shores. But whatever the motivation, CSS Victoria is a near sure-fire way to athletic greatness. may 2018 | 27

in good health

Putting the Patient First:

SPSC Clinics Use Evidence & Caring by Phillip Tiicham Muir

This is one of a series of profiles on some local businesses that are working to keep us all in good health. In our last feature of Saanichton Physiotherapy and Sports Clinic, we unveiled their new location, Saanich Physiotherapy and Sports Clinic (SPSC) at Elk Lake. A year has gone by since they renovated in Saanichton and set up shop in Saanich, so it was about time I checked in with owner Scott Simpson. He reports: "both of the clinics are thriving, and have brought on a number of

fantastic therapists." Though they've grown and added personnel, the philosophy of SPSC remains the same, to put the "patient first using evidence and caring." It's amazing to see any local business expand its horizons, though for some there comes a point when they hardly feel local anymore. Scott is determined to never let this be the case at SPSC; however, by "making sure it doesn't get too big or too busy in any specific location. If that happens we tend to lose ambience. I think we've all been to

businesses where we feel like we are going through an assembly line!" To keep things personal, SPSC therapists and staff assure that there's "ample quality one-on-one time with patients, to fully engage with their needs." Scott explained that theirs is a very scientific approach to unveil a patient's underlying problem. Therapists study pain responses in great detail to find their root causes. Much of it comes down to listening, as only the patient can feel their pain, and it's the therapist's job to ask the

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right questions about it. So what is the patient-therapist relationship like, when the level of care is so highly personal? "As a health care practitioner we must always be objective in our process," Scott reassured me. "I would never suggest anything to a patient that I didn't truly believe in myself." Their clinics prioritize integrity, intelligence and energy, always in that order. Without integrity, ethical patient care falls to the wayside, no matter how much knowledge and skill the practitioners may have. Knowledge is not to be undervalued either though. Scott explained that: "As scientists we will always adapt our skill set to the latest research – we can never stop learning. What we do is also a nurturing art, and different people respond to different types of care within this framework." By always taking in the latest research, SPSC therapists develop a wider range of methods. With each case

being so unique, this allows them to further personalize patient care. As Scott simply puts it: "the best way to serve our community is by focusing on quality rather than quantity."

"Their clinics prioritize integrity, intelligence and energy. Without integrity, ethical patient care falls to the wayside." On a daily basis, healthcare practitioners deal with some of human nature's challenges. I think we can all admit to thinking we know best sometimes, despite sound advice from a professional. Where some may give up on a non-compliant patient, or take a more direct approach, Scott simply believes "an excellent

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therapist [will] find the keys to empower the patient." He uses "expert clinical reasoning and research integration to find the right keys," he then hands them "to the patient, with the knowledge that they are in charge." While Scott is an incredible driving force at both SPSC clinics, his entire team is top notch. Scott himself feels "so privileged to work with such an intelligent and caring group of individuals." It takes just the right formula to grow from humble beginnings without losing the personal touch, and SPSC has hit that nail on the head. Just read the therapists' bios on both clinic websites, and you'll find no shortage of accolades. Book online while you're there, or call your nearest location to learn more. Think about joining the SPSC family, because from the sounds of it, it's a pretty special one. Visit and for more info.


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Listening to the Land From the time we are young, much of our path is laid out for us with many of the early decisions made on our behalf. We follow the direction that others send us in, listening to those around us and taking guidance from those who are older and perhaps wiser. We are shaped by the advice we are given, the messages we are sent and the fears that are encouraged. As we age and grow, our lives may take us in new and different directions as we face forks in the road along with exciting prospects and unforeseen challenges. Some of us choose the road less travelled, while by Linda Hunter

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others prefer to wind their way down a wellworn path. Either way, we are seldom faced with the opportunity to blaze a new trail. For our family, that is exactly what lays before us as we lean into the idea of a communal future – building homes and adapting to existing habitats. With 10 acres of land, much of it covered in foliage and small trees, we are left with the decisions around how best to find our way forward. With no obvious paths or developed trails, and with time on our side, we are mapping out our own future, making collective decisions as to which direction to go in, both figuratively and literally. As a group, we have chosen to move

slowly and tread lightly, intently listening to the land. We have unrushed conversations and make lists. On weekend visits, we intuitively walk the property with an eye to preserving what we can. Instinctively, we make our way around the trees that already have a firm grip, sweeping past existing shrubs and carefully stepping over flowers. We take out stumps and fill holes that could cause harm and we move through our new property, letting the land show us the way. With a vision of living and dying here, we carve out paths as we go along, winding our way through this beautiful space and reminding ourselves of our vision and the important answers: "what kind of life we want here", "how much space we really need", and "how we honour those who came before us and plan for the generations to come." Among the dreams, we are well aware of the practicalities. This is a different way of life for us and it requires a fresh approach. There are bylaws and bears to consider. There are budgets that will dictate decisions, and there is the ongoing awareness that we will all live and support each other, together in one space. We gather information, recording our thoughts in a communication book, noting weather and temperature patterns, which way the winds blow and where the sun sets. We remain curious, writing down ideas along with discoveries and heeding the wisdom of our neighbours, who have spent more time here and are eager to share their lessons. In the end, we will make the final decision on where to plant ourselves, based on all the information gathered and while doing our best to be good stewards, respecting the land, and taking only what we truly need. * Join Linda bimonthly, as her family designs a plan to share a life which includes listening to their land and to each other, introducing themselves to the place and the people, and eventually living a communal future in Shirley, B.C.

The Centre of Your Experience

What’s Happening at the Mary Winspear Centre

Winspear Speaker Series Taking a step away from the lights and sounds of rock concerts, this Spring the Mary Winspear Centre will present a four-part speaker series that will run through the Fall season. “We are always open to ideas,” says Brad Edgett, Executive Director of the Mary Winspear Centre. When a group of longtime patrons approached him on the idea of a speaker series it was something he jumped on right away. “Some of the best shows we have produced lately have come from suggestions by the public. The Centre is here for the people; our audience is craving intellectual programming on matters that resonate with our community.” First speaker is nationally syndicated political journalist Andrew Coyne. The former national editor of Maclean’s—one of Canadian journalism’s most prestigious and influential positions—and an original member of the National Post, Andrew Coyne has established himself over the last two decades as one of this country’s most thoughtful, passionate, and articulate commentators on political and economic issues. Speaking on Canada’s economic and political future Andrew Coyne translates the new energy and

cross-country insight of his column at the National Post into this dynamic talk, commenting on and bringing clarity to the social, political, media, and economic issues shaping the country today.

by all Canadians. Drawing on the world leaders he has interviewed, Mansbridge also talks about leadership: what it takes and how it can be achieved, whether in politics, academia, or business.

Speaking on his novel, Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory and the Conquest of Everest, is Wade Davis, Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society (1999-2012) and Professor of Anthropology, and the BC Leadership Chair in Cultures and Ecosystems at Risk at UBC. In a monumental work of history and adventure, ten years in the writing, Wade Davis asks not whether George Mallory was the first to reach the summit of Everest, but rather why he kept on climbing on that fateful day. His answer lies in a single phrase uttered by one of the survivors as they retreated from the mountain: ‘The Price of Life is Death.’

Renowned musician and bestselling author Jann Arden presents Feeding My Mother. Based on her popular Facebook posts and Instagram photos, Feeding My Mother is a frank, funny, inspirational and piercingly honest account of the transformation in Jann Arden’s life that has turned her into the primary “parent” to her mom, who is in the grip of Alzheimer’s.

Peter Mansbridge is one of Canada’s most respected and recognizable figures. For five decades, including 29 years as anchor of CBC’s The National, he has guided us through the political, economic, and cultural events that have shaped the country. Mansbridge ties all of his talks together with his desire to see Canadians celebrate their heritage: to recognize that a shared national story has shaped us at both individual and collective levels. This story is being written and re-written, every day,

The Winspear Speaker Series will welcome Andrew Coyne on Thursday, May 31, Wade Davis on Thursday, June 7, and Peter Mansbridge on Thursday, September 27, with the final speaker, Jann Arden, on November 25, 2018. Tickets can be purchased individually or as a series at a discounted rate. For more information please contact the Mary Winspear Centre box office, 250-656-0275.

How to Survive Spiritually In Our Times Spiritual gold awaits your discovery at this three-day seminar offered by Eckankar, The Path of Spiritual Freedom, from May 18–20.

This is a celebration for people of all ages and backgrounds, each taking the next step in their personal spiritual journey. Enjoy a variety of roundtable discussions, dynamic workshops, insightful talks, and original creative art performances including activities for teens, children, and parents with tots. The FREE Opening Event begins 6pm Friday, May 18 with the creative arts exhibit, Celebration of Light and Sound. ECK artists and musicians share their inspiration. Explore Light and Sound activities for the whole family. Experience HU - The Sound of Soul from 7– 9pm.

HU is an ancient name for God. It can uplift people of any religion, culture or walk of life. Experience a 20 minute HU chant. Share in relaxed, spiritual conversation. Enjoy live music. On Saturday, May 19 from 1– 3pm participate in a FREE dynamic spiritual exploration workshop and discussion Experience Your True Identity. People of all faiths are invited to explore their eternal nature with others who have similar spiritual interests. The goal of this workshop is to offer tools and techniques to help you thrive spiritually.

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Sidney Anglers Fishing Derby DanceWorks Gala Ken Lavigne Mental Health: Citizens Speaking Their Minds Stevie Ray Vaughan Tribute How to Survuve Spiritually in Our Times Bette Midler Tribute Sidney Concert Band’s SCB’s Got Talent Blood Donor Clinic Andrew Coyne

Registration from 12:30 pm. FREE copy of the book ECKANKAR - Ancient Wisdom for Today will be available for each guest. Please join us for an exciting spiritual adventure!

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Seaside Magazine wants to live up to our slogan of being "the voice by Lara Gladych of the Saanich Peninsula," so, in every issue, we'll be asking people to answer a question. We're looking for responses from all ages and across the diverse neighbourhoods that form our community. For this month's column, I was curious to know how people keep their pets happy and healthy. We have such a variety of accessible outdoor spaces for dogs, in particular, to walk, hike and play with their owners. On the Peninsula, we also have a wide selection of pet stores and animal food suppliers to choose from. Going out to speak with the public, I expected to come across a range of answers in terms of what people are doing for their beloved animals in terms of activity, nutrition, care, etc. My dilemma was that the pet owners who are most visible are dog owners out for walks, and in my experience, it's also with dogs that you see the greatest range in dietary variation, as well as with ownerpet involvement given their needs versus those of say cats or rabbits. For this reason, my question of the month more narrowly addressed what dog owners had to say. When I first shared my column topic with a friend, she immediately recounted to me the success she's had with a raw-food diet for her dog. Nadine, 41, told me how quickly and significantly several of her dog's ailments and skin issues cleared up once they made the switch to raw food, and that the change has even been noticed by friends. 34 | may 2018

I visited Cy Hampson Park on Lochside Drive, where I found people of all ages out with their dogs on a glorious April afternoon. Perfect subjects for interviews. "How do you keep your pet happy and healthy?" I asked. Ken, 71, and Alexandra, 72, are parents to a nine-year-old dog, and they told me that they do exactly as she says. She lets them know when she wants to go out, when she wants to play, when she's hungry ‌ They tell me that they simply "listen" to their dog to satisfy her needs and keep her happy. Fresh vegetables and meat are what's on the menu at their house. Next I meet another Alexandra, 28. Daily exercise is key for her pet, and Cy Hampson is their favourite dog park, not in small part because of its beautiful view. Parks like these fulfill the socialization aspect for dogs, she says, which can't be satisfied through walks alone. Alexandra happens to be studying to become a veterinary assistant, and her focus is on holistic health for animals. She prefers flash-frozen and freeze-dried food. Robin, 49, and Alexandra clearly know each other, as do their dogs. Exercise and socialization are what she feels is most important for her dog's health and happiness. Again, the dog park is important in her eyes because it allows pets to interact not only with other dogs, but with other people, too. Her choice for mealtime is kibble mixed with raw food. Before we parted, Robin and Alexandra noted how this is a wonderful place to meet other dog people, from which comes conversation about pet issues and a sharing of ideas around problems, concerns, questions, etc. Friendships for both animals and owners

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I don’t think it’s the destination that really matters; to me it is all about the time together and how we spend that time. Here are a few tips on how to make the most of family travel experiences. Build anticipation and talk about it early. Surprising kids with a trip is cool but the anticipation of the trip is what really starts to build your family through the discussion and planning process. Plan what you will do when you get there. While too much structure can be restrictive, too little planning can drive people to their electronic devices. Plan key games or activities that get everyone interacting with each other, such as climbing trees at a zipline elements park. Set electronics ground rules before you leave. If you or your children spend lots of time on smartphones or gaming, decide if you want to leave the devices at home or agree together in advance when they will be used. Lead by example and realize that work will not fall apart if you turn the phone off, even if you have to pick up the pieces later. Let down your hair and have fun. Do something a little crazy, scary and unusual. Your kids will love you for it and will never forget it. My teenage kids still delight in knowing they convinced my wife to scream as she swung from a rope and harness under a 300-foot-tall trestle bridge. No matter what you do or where you go, create memories with your family and kids. You’ll never regret building travel memories together. I still have never heard anyone reflect on their life and say: “I wish I had spent more time at work” may 2018 | 37

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May Style Tip: We are at the beginning of the wedding season and finding that perfect look and fit is what we all want. Whether you are a guest, or in the actual wedding party, this can be a daunting task. I just have to ask this question to all brides and grooms: "since when do you decide what your parents wear?" I hear people all day long say: "I know my job: show up, shut up and wear beige." My take is that parents should look their best and stand out in age-appropriate, sexy and stylish outfits. A million photos will be taken, so how cool would it be to look back on your special day and be reminded of how beautiful your parents looked too? We all know the bride is going to be hot no matter what, but she needs to remember she is standing on the beauty shoulders of the woman that came before her. I do wish brides and grooms would celebrate their parents "good lookingness" (new word), especially if they have great style already. What is the hot trend for spring? Florals are rocking the racks like its 1990! So many of the same styles have come full circle this season as well. Long pleated skirts with flower power paired with a cropped denim jacket and Ray Bans with a designer sneaker. Some of my fellow Stelly's grads will be saying when reading this: "OMG we invented that look." True, but like all fashion, it's back. Be brave with your florals and remember they attract butterflies! Also true. If I was to pick a label, any label, which would you direct me to? Holy Halston, with everything from glorious ready-to-wear street style to evening glamour, is one of my top three. This price point is not out of sight and the sale rack frequently looks as good as the new arrivals. It's not just about the amazing cut: it's the fabric choices and size range that make this appealing to a large audience of fashionistas. Get your online shop on people! Are tassels still on trend? The tassel is killing it as a top trend for this season. Not only are we seeing it in leather, gracing shoes and handbags, but the tassel earring is "the" hot accessory. The bold expression is my pick with tri colours, gold tiered, sweeping the top of the collar bone. This look is also a fun craft to create your own tassel out of repurposed material you already own. This playful fringe will add swag to any look from denim to cocktail. I've noticed my skin has a few broken blood capillaries. What can I do to repair or hide them? This does happen to skin

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Our skin is a reflection of our internal health. When our cells and organs are healthy, our skin reflects this in its radiance. Our skin also gives us hints that our internal environment is unbalanced and ironically, sometimes it is what we are putting on our skin that is the cause. Cosmetics, soaps, creams and shampoos we put on our body every day can contain hidden (and not so hidden) ingredients causing us harm. These products, although purchased and intended to support our skin in having an appearance of health, can often contain toxic, cancer-causing ingredients that do the complete opposite. New information on the risks and health concerns about what is found in our skin care products and cosmetics is coming out regularly. The following are the top five ingredients found in many skin care products that need to be avoided to protect us from harm. Phthalates. These are most often found in cosmetics; other names to look for are DBP, DMP and DEP. These chemicals are used to make plastic and vinyl soft and flexible. Phthalates are endocrine disruptors, making them mimic our own hormones and cause cellular changes in our organs leading to hormonal conditions such as early onset of puberty and breast cancer. Sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate. This chemical is a foaming agent that makes things "sudsy," such as shampoos, cleansers and toothpaste. It is an irritant that causes inflammation, dryness and premature aging of the skin. It has been shown to damage hair follicles. Parabens. These are used in makeup, moisturizers, hair products and shaving products as preservatives. Be on the lookout for methyl, propyl, and butyl forms. Parabens mimic estrogen, leading to breast cancer. They lower male sperm count and increase skin damage from the sun. Imidazolidinyl urea. This is found in water-based cosmetics (concealers and coverup), hair dyes and shaving cream. It is readily absorbed by the skin and is used as a preservative. It releases formaldehyde and is an allergen and carcinogenic. Other similar chemicals are DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, methenamine, and quarternium-15. Triclosan. This is an antibacterial and antifungal agent found in toothpaste, soaps, detergents and hand sanitizers. It has been used since the 1970s as a surgical scrub. It can act as an endocrine disruptor by mimicking both androgens and estrogens. So What Should You Use? I encourage everyone to head to their bathrooms and read the lists of ingredients in their daily cleansing and beauty products. You will be shocked at how many contain toxic ingredients. So what to look for? If you go to a

How to Choose Clean Cosmetics pharmacy, department store or large box store to purchase your skin care products, read your labels carefully. If you head to your local health food store, there are usually large sections for body care that you can get advice on from staff. If you're not sure, you can always look online at the EWG (Environmental Working Group) database for cosmetics and skin care products that will give you a rating on the safety of the product (www. Regardless, it is important to know that your skin is a permeable barrier: it will not only absorb what is put into your body, it will also absorb what is put onto it.

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business on the Saanich Peninsula. “There is no such thing as a ‘self-made’ person. We are made up of thousands of others. Everyone who has ever done a kind deed for us, or spoken one word of encouragement to us, has entered into the make-up of our character and of our thoughts, as well as our success.” Every thriving business can attest to the veracity of this beautiful and timeless quote by George Matthew Adams. Successful entrepreneur Janet Lynch knows full well that bringing workers into her business that possess her same deep love for animals is a win-win-win for the new staff, her business and the community at large. As the very personable owner of Groom That Dog Expert Dog Grooming Service, Janet Lynch is already enjoying amazing business success after only four years. Her website comment “Janet has done it all” encapsulates over 17 years of experience in dog obedience, dog showing, kennel work, dog sitting and more. The dog-grooming professional’s love for dogs and passion for her work underscores every business success. Janet has a very practical and common sense attitude towards being an entrepreneur. She knows the value of humility, that she cannot do everything on her own: “Asking for help when needed is one of the biggest factors in success!” In May, a new apprentice, Vikki, will be learning the ropes from Janet. Totally in character, Janet chose her for the qualities that truly matter: a deep caring for animals, attention to detail, being methodical, and having a people-pleasing personality. “On select Sundays, by appointment only, we will be offering apprentice rates on select dogs. Anyone interested in helping Vikki on her apprenticeship journey is asked to contact us.” Vikki will benefit immeasurably from Janet’s skilled mentorship. Through this hands-on direct learning process, side by side with an expert, Vikki will learn how to assess a dog’s personality and specific needs and how to spot and interpret medical cues such as dental concerns, skin issues and changes to the animal’s physical well-being. To Janet, passing along her skills “is a way of giving back,” thus enriching her own life. The help from Vikki enables Janet to accept more customers and expand her business, and frees her up to do more marketing. Our dog-loving community also wins big-time. The additional skilled staff at Janet’s dog-grooming studio “bring talent into a market desperate for caring qualified technicians and apprentices.” In the end, the clients of Groom That Dog, both human and fur-covered, benefit greatly from increased access to and availability of grooming services at Janet’s canine oasis. Sometimes the biggest successes in life are helping others to achieve them. Contact:




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.

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You are investing in your community by supporting its unique businesses. Appreciate what makes our neighbourhoods different. Our one-of-akind businesses are an inherent part of the distinctive character of our Saanich Peninsula neighbourhoods; that is what brought us here and will keep us here. Stay local and stay connected to the merchants in your community. By supporting independent businesses today, you are investing in a unique and sustainable future for the Saanich Peninsula community.

Lotus Village Yoga Lotus Village is a local therapeutic yoga studio providing mindfulness, meditation and yoga programs to help manage stress, chronic pain, mental illness, trauma and injury prevention. New to Yoga? First-time visit is only $5 when booked online! Quote "Seaside" to receive a gift card towards your next Mindfulness or Meditation Session. 778.351.3934 | 617 Wain Rd, North Saanich |

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Brown's the Florist A customer walked into Brown's The Florist Sidney. When asked "have you been in before?" he nodded. "In 1956 I sat on the board of the West Coast Credit Union when we approved a business loan in the early '60s for a man named Frank Wright to purchase Brown's The Florist, he shared." When he left, I had to stop and think. I was born in 1976 ‌ how old was this gentleman in 1956 to have been a businessman at that time? Mr. Ed Gait was only 17 when he became a member of the Credit Union, and a year or two later became the chairman of the credit committee. As the town of Sidney is going through its structural changes and small business is facing increasing challenges, we all have a role to play, from Mayor and Council to landlords and retailers. As the owner of a small business, I am so grateful to you, our customers, who have supported us through the decades and allowed us to be part of the fabric of this wonderful town. We look forward to a bright future. Natasha Crawford is the fifth owner of Brown's The Florist. She bought it in 2007 from Christine Dysart who bought it from Frank Wright in 1977. This local small business is over 100 years old!




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It sucks to have a birthday close to Christmas. A cloud of inner resentment builds up as you pass by Chris Cowland through your childhood and realize the extent of your parents’ lies when they tell you that you are receiving a “double present” every year. This cloud swiftly dissipated when I reached my 11th birthday. I came down the stairs to see a brand new blue-and-chrome Raleigh three-speed bicycle standing beside the Christmas tree. The cost was around £20, if I remember correctly, and at that time, it would have been the equivalent of a full week’s wages for my dad. I rode that bike to school in the next town, about six kilometres each way, every day whatever the weather. I remember huddling up to classroom radiators with my wet trousers steaming, but with a grin on my face because the alternative – taking the bus to school – would have deprived me of 40 minutes of daily sleep. The village bus left punctually at 8 a.m., but I could leave on my bike at 8:40 and still be at school on time. That bike taught me many lessons. I performed all my own maintenance, I cleaned every speck of dust off it each weekend, I nearly wore through the chrome polishing it with Dura-Glit, and the SturmeyArcher gears were thoroughly doused in 3-in-1 oil once a month. There was a garbage dump about two kilometres away, and although it was closed to the public, a bunch of us kids would sneak in every weekend and rummage around for discarded stuff, mainly old bikes. I once found a seized-up moped, and removed the front

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suspension forks, and built one of the first ever off-road bikes with spring suspension, from bits and pieces, way before the concept became popular 20 years later. It was a huge sensation at school: everyone wanted to ride it. I have to admit that over the last few years though, riding pedal bikes has become an increasing challenge. When faced with a hill, I would swear that gravity had intensified over the years, so I began to think that bikes were a thing of the past for me. All that changed a month ago when I bought an electric bicycle. With gas at nearly $7 a gallon, the economic sense of riding a bike that propels you effortlessly up to 35 kilometres for about 16 cents worth of electricity is very compelling. Zero pollution and practically silent motion adds icing to the cake. Top speed is not far short of my Morris Minor, at 32 kph. But the ultimate bonus is something that Germans call “Fahrvergnugung” – joy of travelling. Once again, I am out in the fresh air, I can set the controls on the lowest pedal assist setting, and pedal if I want to, and I feel I have more time to just think as I am riding along. Joggers and fellow bikers wave as you pass by; the world is a friendlier place. Conor from Russ Hay’s bike shop adds: “People who have never tried one are genuinely surprised when they invariably come back from a test ride with a big, silly grin on their faces. It’s just like riding a bike, but you feel like a superhero!” Try one and see! Get one for your birthday! Get two if your birthday is close to Christmas! may 2018 | 49


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This is not an offering for sale which can only be made in conjunction with the delivery of a Disclosure Statement. A filed Disclosure Statement for The Arbours may be obtained from the developer BB West Developments Limited Partnership. Illustrations and renderings are proposals only and do not represent the finished building, suites or views. The developer reserves the right to alter plans, designs, specifications and finishings from those shown without notice.

Discover Brentwood Bay Living: The Arbours Construction of “The Arbours,” Marker Group’s latest condominium project on the Saanich Peninsula, has commenced. The development includes a five-storey building with 30 one- and two-bedroom condos and four Live/ Work spaces. Construction completion is scheduled for late spring 2019. Pricing at The Arbours starts at $369,000 for a one bedroom and $434,900 for a two-bedroom home. Presales have been very successful with almost 40% of the development presold to date. The Arbours is located in the heart of the village of Brentwood Bay at 7162 West Saanich Road. Brentwood Bay is an idyllic seaside community, situated on the Saanich Inlet about 30 minutes North of Victoria, and is characterized by numerous unique and desirable attributes. Local Saanich Peninsula residents are well aware of how fortunate they are to enjoy Brentwood Bay’s village community atmosphere. However, many Greater Victoria residents are unfamiliar with all that the community has to offer. With its central Brentwood Bay location and attractive pricing, The Arbours represents an exciting alternative for prospective purchasers who are discouraged by the rapidly appreciating Victoria condo market. A number of the members of The Arbours development team have strong connections to and an affinity for Brentwood Bay. We asked them to tell us why the village appeals to them so much. Ingrid Jarisz, The Arbours lead salesperson, has enjoyed living in Brentwood Bay for almost 25 years. She points to the variety of terrific local businesses that service the community as one of her favourite things about living in Brentwood Bay. “From Brentwood Crossing to Roundabout Square, the village has so many options for local food, beverage and entertainment. We can grab delicious lattés at Brentwood Bay Village Empourium or JJ’s Coffee House and then purchase wonderful ingredients for dinner at stores such as Breadstuffs Bakery and Carnivore Meats & More. If we don’t feel like

Left to right: Tony Zarsadias, CEO of The Condo Group; Ingrid Jarisz, Newport Realty Sidney - Christie’s International; Michael Cronquist, Vice-President of Business Development with the Marker Group. Construction of Marker Group’s latest project The Arbours in Brentwood Bay started recently.

cooking, we can pop down to the Brentwood Bay Resort, where we are sure to run into many friends and acquaintances while enjoying a wonderful meal. For a summer weekend or evening activity we can rent kayaks or paddle boards from Pacifica Paddle Sports and explore the natural beauty of the Saanich Inlet.” Meghann Watson, Marketing and Development Administrator for Marker Group, and her husband bought their first home as young professionals in Brentwood Bay in 2005 and fell in love with the community. Some of her favourite things about the village include the direct access to the natural beauty of the Brentwood area and the active community. “My family has enjoyed many strolls along the village’s waterfront walkways and hikes along the trails of Gowlland Tod Provincial Park.” Grant Rogers, Principle of Marker Group, has lived on the Saanich Peninsula for the majority of his life and has resided adjacent to Brentwood Bay for the past 16 years. Brentwood Bay’s unique microclimate is a highlight for him. “Summers are unique and special in Brentwood Bay. The temperature is often four to six degrees warmer in and around the village than in the majority of Greater Victoria.” If you would like to learn more about The Arbours and the village of Brentwood Bay, attend one of the weekly Open Houses for the development at Newport Realty, 2444 Beacon Avenue, Sidney, every Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. or contact Ingrid Jarisz at may 2018 | 51

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Our Client Service Manager Lisa has over 18 years of home support experience. She began her career as a care aide, then moved into a scheduling position with a government-funded provider before moving to the private side of home care. “Being able to provide clients with a service that attends to all aspects of care makes working for Bayshore very fulfilling,” commented Lisa, when asked what it is she likes about her work. Area Director Stasia Hartley says: “Lisa provides the perfect blend of compassion for clients and care teams, with an attention to detail that ensures all follow up is done. Her leadership has been instrumental in the success and growth of our company during this past year. We are so fortunate to have her on our team!” If you would like to experience care that makes a difference in your loved one’s life, call Lisa and her team at Bayshore today! 778-749-0014. Sidney 778.749.0014

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Morgan Morneau: Sheet Metal "When I was in grade 10 I didn't get all the electives I'd selected and found myself stuck in a metal work class, much to my dismay. My parents both told me: 'Too bad. Suck it up princess.'" Fast forward four years and what is Morgan Morneau doing now? She is a second-year sheet metal apprentice with Great White Cladding and Decking, one of B.C.'s leading structural and architectural sheet metal contractors. It didn't take long before Morgan started to take a keen interest in the processes involved in working with various metal products. "I'm a hands-on learner. I learn best by doing," she said. She also told me learning needs to be relevant. She never really liked math and when she started metal work she certainly didn't like the drafting component. "But now I like them both. I use the math to help me do the calculations and I like the drafting because it allows me to accurately lay out projects and work pieces. I'm a very precise person and with math and drafting, there is usually only one right answer, and I like to get things perfect." Morgan's employer, Daniel White of Great White Cladding and Decking, said: "I jumped at the chance to get Morgan on our team because I'm a big supporter of women in the trades." Her foreman, Rick Huggins, said: "Morgan's biggest strength is she does any job assigned without hesitation. She jumps right in and sticks with it until it's done. Her work ethic is above average and she stays focused on assigned tasks." Morgan's parents, Darryl and Sandra, were both on board when she came home from Stelly's and told them she was interested in the Sheet Metal / Metal Fabrication Foundation program offered in partnership with Camosun College. They are thrilled with the transformation they see in their daughter. "As soon as she started at Camosun, you could see her heart was in it. Getting her up in the morning for high school was a chore, and she barely did enough work to get by. That all changed when she was at Camosun and now she's up at 5:30 every morning and out the door by six." As parents, they couldn't be more proud of Morgan's accomplishments. They want to encourage other parents to be particularly open minded, and careful not to let their own perspective limit their children's choices or opportunities, especially when it comes to exploring the trades or exploring non-traditional careers for women. Morgan confided she's still not really a morning person, but she looks forward to going to work every day. "I've worked in both residential and commercial and much prefer the commercial work so far. I really enjoy being part of the production team and the people I work with at Great White are awesome too. "I guess I've always been a bit of a tomboy and took a bit of an by Stu Rhodes

interest in projects my dad was doing on cars, but now I feel like I have even more in common with him. He's in auto body so our trades are different, but we both have to be inventive to create our products." Even though Morgan dons her Carhartts like the rest of the crew for work each day, she was quick to point out that she can still "glam it up" with a "full face" of makeup and stylish clothes after hours. Morgan will be attending her next level of technical training this summer and already has her sights set on getting her Red Seal. She had a few simple pieces of advice for other students: "Try something new; you might learn to like it. Do what feels right. Be different." Contact Stu Rhodes for more information on how to get involved as a student apprentice, or as an employer sponsor in this, or any other career program in Saanich School District. 250-415-9211. View the promotional YouTube video Jump Start Your Career at user/saanichcareers. Photo by Nunn Other Photography. may 2018 | 53

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Get the Kids in the Kitchen! My earliest memories of cooking are rooted deeply in my grandparents' kitchen. Enjoying Training by Tara Brunet a wonderful lunch was something for me to look forward to. To this day I can trace my love for cooking to these little moments, not knowing at the time that they would stick with me forever. Some of us may feel like our kids have become disconnected with the kitchen or the grocery store. So for this Mother's Day, it would be a great idea to get your children into the kitchen and have them help you with setting the table, folding napkins or stirring the sauce. Perhaps you want to surprise a mother in your life with a fantastic lunch. Whatever the plan is, this recipe is an excellent opportunity to get the kids involved. For myself, every Mother's Day was a ritual. My parents and I would get into the family car, drive the three minutes it took to get to my grandparents' house (why we did not walk I still have no idea) and sit down as a family to enjoy my grandmother's cooking. Almost 100% of the time, the dish that was served is the very same dish that we will be looking at for this issue. So here is what you will need: (Serves 4)

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450g fusilli or macaroni 1 litre of 2% milk 40g flour 40g butter 200g sharp cheddar (grated) 1 large yellow onion (small dice) 1 tsp nutmeg 1 tsp paprika 2 tsp ground mustard salt and pepper

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#101 - 9830 Second St, Sidney 250.656.3951 | Before we start cooking, measure and gather all of the ingredients. Measure out 3L of water, add a bit of salt and put it onto the stovetop to boil. Pour the milk into a pot and heat until the milk starts to steam (do not boil). This is called "scalding" the milk. While that is heating up we can start to make the cheese sauce. Melt the butter in a saucepan and add the onions. Cook until the onions become soft and translucent. Once the onions are done, we can now add in the flour. Slowly add the flour to your onions and butter; this is called a "roux" (rew). Now that we have formed our roux, turn down the heat, and now we need to leave it on the heat for about 2-3 minutes, just to make sure that we cook the starch out or else it's going to leave a gritty texture to our sauce. By this time our milk is hot and ready to be added into our roux. 1/3 cup at a time, add the milk and stir with a wooden spoon. Once all of the milk has been added, switch to a whisk, because this will make the sauce nice and smooth. Here comes the best part: adding the cheese! Whisk that in, add in the nutmeg, paprika, ground mustard, salt and pepper. That's it – the sauce is done! Your salted water should be boiling at this point, so add in your dried pasta and cook for about 10 minutes or until the pasta is cooked all the way through. Strain and dry. Pour the sauce onto the pasta, mix and serve! You can always add a bit of breadcrumbs and/or green onions to the dish for garnish. Enjoy!

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The ocean and sky form a brilliiant light-filled backdrop for the 4,100-square-foot home. The garage door faces away from the street, giving the entry a spacious courtyard appearance.

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The Bourne Terrace home of Jan and Grace has an elegant curb appeal. Built next to the Sidney Centre for Plant Health in North Saanich, it has an expansive view of green fields to the north, and ocean to the east. Palm trees and edged gardens of spring bulbs, rhododendrons, and an interesting variety of flowers, vegetables and other young trees add beauty and texture to the sloping half-acre terraced lot. Privacy is assured by the ornate black aluminum fence and gate that is adorned with gold metal stampings. Jan designed and built it himself; as a pipe fitter by trade, this was a project he really enjoyed. Jan emigrated from Poland in 1984 with very little cash in his pocket and a determined work ethic with which he used to build a flourishing company in Calgary. “Grace and I have worked hard in life, and now we can reap the rewards of our work and sacrifice,” said Jan. They took their ideas for a European-inspired dream home to David Lunt, of T-Square Designs, who drew up the plans, and hired LIDA Homes to make it a reality. The ocean and sky form a brilliant lightfilled backdrop for the 4,100-square-foot home. Architectural fibreglass shingles give the roof a three-dimensional look, and the grand arches, dark trim and large columns faced in cultured stone add drama to the home’s neutral stucco exterior. Frosted glass panels frame the large burgundystained wood and glass entry doors. The aluminum and opaque glass garage door faces away from the street, enhancing the entry and giving it a spacious courtyard appearance. The open concept living and dining spaces have large windows that bring in lots of light. Jan said: “We have light from morning to dusk, and we absolutely love it!” Decorative mirrors and shiny white porcelain floor tiles reflect the light while

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blooming orchids, green ferns, a rug, and carefully chosen dark accent pieces add impeccable finishing touches to the room. A stunning 10-foot wide wall-mounted electric fireplace with a frame of coloured light adds drama to the living room wall, and above it is a large screen TV. The ceilings are 10 feet high, which gives a lovely airy feeling to the home. In the main entry and the living room, barrel ceilings rise to 12 feet and create an added architectural feature. “Every Christmas our granddaughters choose the largest Christmas tree they can find,” said Jan. “The tall ceilings ensure there is space to accommodate that request which we are thrilled to do!” The white quartz-topped island in the kitchen was perfectly designed to ensure that whether you are peeling carrots or baking a pie, you will be able to enjoy the view. The island has double sinks and angles back on both sides, which gives the kitchen its defined space yet at the same time offers a curved and inviting look. Stylish bentwood barstools have black leather cushioned seats and are easy to adjust for height differences. The cherry wood kitchen cabinets provide a rich contrast to the white floor tiles, quartz countertop and beige walls. In this home, you can’t help noticing how the flooring enhances every room. Jan laid porcelain tiles throughout the entire home which creates a gorgeous flow of energy and light. To highlight the entry and kitchen area he used dark tiles to create a distinctive pattern. Grace and her daughter Sylvia designed the kitchen backsplash, and it took Jan three attempts to bring it to fruition. Grace said, “My daughter and I really appreciate interior design and Jan was on board to bring our vision to life.” A powder room, laundry room, three bathrooms and two bedrooms are also located on the main floor. Wallpaper is used to good effect in the bedrooms along with an attractive assortment of pillows, fabrics, and area rugs. The ensuite has quartz-topped cabinets and frameless glass shower doors. There is a free-standing soaker tub in front of a window and a separate toilet room. The spacious stairwell to the basement looksFeaturing striking with its detailed black railings, tile trimmed risers and richly stained dark wood treads. We pause at the landing. It is unusually roomy here, and Jan explained: “It was very important to me that the stairwell and doorways be as spacious as possible. Moving furniture is difficult enough without the added headache of narrow spaces that can damage the walls. The few extra inches of space makes a huge difference.” A very good point for home designers! The basement family room is warm and cozy from the wood stove which Jan and Grace love to use; it easily heats the whole house. A black sectional sofa is offset by blue and red cushions, blue vases and a Persian rug. Because the basement is at ground level, it too has a nice view, and the outside concrete patio and gardens are accessed

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through French doors. Other rooms include a third bedroom that is used as a playroom for their grandchildren, a fourth bedroom, and three bathrooms. Energy efficient windows and appliances, LED light bulbs, a heat pump, and on-demand hot water provide all the conveniences of a contemporary home. The fine sea view, terraced grounds and sophisticated design make this a truly livable and enjoyable custombuilt home. However, Grace said that she hasn’t finished decorating yet. “There is always something to improve on.” They have been through the home building process a few times and know that you cannot have everything work out perfectly. “You will always find something to correct for the next time.” But they are very happy with this home. Grace added: “The view means there is always something to watch and to be inspired by.” They share a positive attitude, and Jan summed it up: “I have been very fortunate to have a great career, and with the support of my wife and her efforts, we have been able to provide a beautiful life and home for our family. We have so much to be grateful for and to be appreciative of. It is our greatest joy to watch our grandchildren enjoying this home and having fun outside.” At press time, LIDA Homes Interior Designer & Project Support Manager Shawn Richardson had entered Grace and Jan’s home in the Vancouver Island Building Excellence Awards (VIBE). Winners were announced April 20 and can be found online at

west coast gardener landscaping for – and around – your dogs Other than deer, there isn't an animal that creates more gardening headaches than the family dog. Whether they are digging, chewing or trampling, it's hard to control that force of horticultural destruction we call "Fido." That said: here are a few tricks and tips by Matt Hall that can help you achieve balance in Red Feather Horticulture your garden (with your dog). Lawn. If it wasn't hard enough keeping a healthy lawn in our climate, then adding a dog to it makes it downright impossible. Using a more rugged lawn blend (often called "Backyard" or "High Traffic" blend) often is enough to counter damage from "zooming" sessions, but avoiding spots from urine can be a tougher task. Some alternates like clover are tougher than turf so won't discolour when exposed to urine. I'm itching to try a blend called "Bee-turf" that's brand new this year. Paving and Mulch. Paved pathways can be invaluable during wet weather as paws (and your car) will stay mud free. Running on hard surfaces can be tough on a dog's paws and joints so a balance between lawn/mulch and pavers is ideal. When mulching, a larger chip or nugget is way less likely to get caught up in longer coats and dragged into the house. Planting. As a general rule: bigger is better. Having just finished an install on a backyard with two very active Dobermans, we chose to install only plants that were, at least, three gallons. This meant that the plants are larger and more deeply rooted so can take more abuse from romping dogs. Plant Toxicity. One of the most common concerns that homeowners bring to me is the toxicity of plants to their pets. Personally, I think the danger is somewhat overblown as many of the toxins need to be ingested in very large quantities to be harmful whereas others are very rarely ingested by pets. However, if you have puppies (or chronic chewers) then I would advise reading over some toxic plant lists before visiting a nursery. I've pinned several good ones to the top of our Facebook page if any readers need a recommendation. If you're concerned that your dog has ingested a highly toxic plant, play it safe and get them to the vet immediately! If you need ideas to make your space more dog friendly, are concerned about a plant in your garden or if you just need some landscaping done: drop me a line anytime at matt@ or at Red Feather Horticulture on Facebook. Have questions to ask our team of experts? Send your gardening queries to

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This 3 bed/3 bath, 2175 sqft half duplex commands a panoramic ocean view of the sunrise over Mt. Baker and the Gulf Islands. Open concept kitchen, cozy living room with ocean view and a private family room. Steps to an oceanside park/ walking path and a short stroll to all that Sidney has to offer. Winnie Wu 250.656.4626 MLS 389485. $1,298,000.

OCEANWOOD is an award-winning enclave of West Coast inspired homes in Cordova Bay and this custom Built Green BC Platinum home by Citta Construction is a work of art! Well positioned on a sunny, large, scenic lot and set amongst majestic firs, golden arbutus and treasured garry oaks, this home is an architectural masterpiece. $1,650,000. Ingrid Jarisz (PREC*) 250.656.4626

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928 sqft 1 bed/ 2 bath condo is steps away from marinas and everything you need for boating services. Wellmaintained building offers an indoor swimming pool, billiard room, library, rec room, laundry facilities and secure underground parking. Suite features large SE facing balcony and 6x5 storage room. New kitchen, paint, and light fixtures. MLS 389270. $369,000.

The Pearl of Cordova Bay, this exquisitely renovated, 5 Bedroom, 5 Bathroom, 4,300+sf, 1989 custom family home blends West Coast Contemporary with City Chic! You’ll be impressed with the superior finishing & detail that has transformed this stunning home located on a private 1/3 acre on a sought-after street on Cordova Bay Ridge. MLS 388835. $1,598,000.

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Contemporary Custom - Treadwell Drive Picturesque Ocean & Mountain site-lines are showcased from this 2018 custom built Contemporary residence. Offering over 4000fsq ft of luxurious finishing detail and capturing water views from all 3 levels. Thoughtfully designed with an extraordinary amount of oversized windows, 14-17' vaulted ceilings and a flexible floorplan that appeals to all demographics. $2,400,000. MLS #389941. Mike Chubey* (*PREC) 250.385.2033

1,600 sq ft Seaside Condo $599,900 – Sidney Stunning renovated south west facing top floor corner suite with 1604 sq. ft. on 2 levels w/ 2 bedrooms, 3 baths + office & 2 large decks. Enjoy the luxury of seaside living, keeping your boat nearby and within walking distance! Upgrades include bamboo flooring, all new windows, bathrooms, kitchen upgrades, built-ins, crown mouldings, wool carpeting. MLS #387052. Karin Barlow 250.661.4747

seaside arts scene the Second World War. More at May 11 at 7 p.m. at Shoal Centre, Sidney.

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Mother's Day Musical Garden Tour

An Evening of Amazing Stories

This Mother's Day weekend, invite someone special to enjoy gorgeous gardens with the Victoria Conservatory of music at "secret gardens" during this highly anticipated tour. A two-day pass grants passage to 10 hand-picked, enchanting oases where you can revel in the inspiration and joy of gardening while enjoying music from VCM students, faculty and guest musicians. Proceeds from tickets and the plant sale raise funds for student scholarships and programming. More at www. May 12 and 13, starting at 10 a.m.

Ron Norman and Keith C. Ogilvie will bring politics, laughs and stories of amazing survival to an evening of readings and discussion to support the 2019 Sidney Literary Festival. Ron Norman's debut book, Slouching Towards Innocence, is set in the combative and darkly comic world of British Columbia politics. A B.C. journalist and editor for 20 years and then a senior civil servant, Ron Norman is bound to have the inside story! He is joined by Keith C. Ogilvie who was inspired by a treasure trove of personal correspondence, newspaper clippings and other historical material collected by his parents. The Spitfire Luck of Skeets Ogilvie tells the story of a young Canadian spitfire pilot who finds adventure, love and a remarkable dose of luck on the frontlines of

Explore at ArtSea Gallery Explore "Here and Elsewhere" through the artwork of some of our talented Island artists: Wendy Picken, Liza Robertson, Anina Kunstler, Rose Spahan,

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Alison Garrett-Hanneson, Colleen Toohy and Dorothy Haegert. Discover a variety of media – painting, sculpture, mixed media, glass work, drawing and photography – and learn more from the artists who will be present at the gallery. Free admission and parking. May 23 to June 3, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ArtSea Gallery in Tulista Park, Sidney.

Soloists Celebrated – Sidney Concert Band Sidney Concert Band will introduce the audience to a number of its members as soloists in its annual Spring concert: "SCB's Got Talent!" Featured are Jim Kingham who at 76 has been playing wind instruments since his early teens and Ryan Kelly, 17, youngest member of the trumpet section who has been affiliated with SCB for several years through local Air Cadet and school bands. Stephanie Benbow, trombonist and singer, has been a SCB member since graduating high school six years ago. Peter Gardner has played clarinet in the band for several

years and the SCB will play his arrangement of Nice n' Easy in this concert. Enjoy a wide range of musical styles from Mozart's Overture to the Magic Flute and the March from Holst's First Suite for Band to Highlights from Camelot and Seventy-Six Trombones from The Music Man. May 27 at 2 p.m., Mary Winspear Centre.

Chamber Music for Springtime The West Coast Chamber Players will present a chamber music concert to celebrate Spring. Featured will be the glorious Ode by Handel with Nancy Washeim, Soprano and Jim Stubbs, Trumpet. Another highlight is The Silver Rose, composed by CBC's own Peter Tiefenbach. May 27 at 3 p.m. First Unitarian Church on West Saanich Road. ArtSea Community Arts Council is seeking a few more board members. If you'd like to help the Saanich Peninsula grow as a hub for arts and culture, contact Diane at

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Celebrating over 22 years in business, Alison and her staff at Meadow Oak owe the success of the nursery to the love of plants. They are happy to share their passion and knowledge to help everyone make the perfect choice, whether you are Meadow Oak Nursery a new or seasoned green thumb. Choose from a huge selection of gorgeous annuals, hanging baskets and custom moss planters for a stunning summer display. Enjoy a relaxing shopping experience in the heart of Deep Cove.

Victoria's Favourite Garden Experience! Your garden expresses your love of beauty and nature. Discover exciting new plants and show-stopping garden art with our team of garden design experts.

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You can take home spectacular flower arrangements too – welcome spring in style!

Visit the team today at Matticks Farm on Cordova Bay Road. Let’s get growing! 250.590.3777 5325 Cordova Bay Rd, Victoria

Tree & Landscape Ltd. Certified Kelp Mulch! Garden City Kelp Mulch is made using organic tree waste and kelp. This fantastic product benefits your garden and flower beds. · Reduces the amount of weeds; · Retains moisture so you don’t have to water as often, · Breaks down to provide your garden and flower beds with natural fertilizer so you don’t need synthetics; · Its dark, rich colour looks fantastic. Garden City uses this product exclusively on all of our client’s properties. To order your own shipment of this product, please contact us through our website. 250.385.4858 |

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Victoria’s all-in-one destination for all your outdoor needs! The Wildwood Outdoor Living Centre is a local, family-owned company that takes pride in supplying high-quality plant material, gardening supplies, outdoor furniture and décor, hot tubs and BBQs. We also offer services including water feature and landscape design and installation, custom patios, stonework, fences and more! Online Shopping Now Available! 250.658.5415 | 4660 Elk Lake Drive, Victoria

Patio Gardens is a local, family-run 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 studio 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

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mixed peppers, black olives, jalapeño, tomato, green onions, salsa & sour cream lg $19, md $17, sm $14; ADD guacamole $3, spicy beef/chicken $5, BBQ pulled pork $5, extra dips $2

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Cobb Salad mixed greens topped with fresh turkey, smoked ham, hard-boiled egg, cheese, tomato, cucumber and green onion served with garlic toast. sm $13 lg $16 Greek Salad tomato, cucumber, peppers, red onions, feta cheese, and kalamata olives sm $12 lg $15

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tenders with fries salad or coleslaw $15

English muffin baked with cheese served with soup, salad, coleslaw or fries $17

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bavarian smokies, bacon, sauteed onion, green onion and sour cream with soup, salad, coleslaw or fries $17

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April Meeting by Deborah Rogers

It was another large group for our April meeting to discuss Kevin Wilson’s Perfect Little World. Wilson presented us with a neatly wrapped-up tale of a social experiment. At the start of the novel we meet Izzy, soon to become a teenage single mom, and we meet Dr. Preston Grind, a psychologist about to meet a wealthy benefactor. With her funds, and vision to guide him, Dr. Grind begins a 10-year project called the Infinite Family, with Izzy and her baby one of the 10 families involved. The project was rather utopian in its aims, and some of our readers felt fairly certain that it was doomed to failure. I noticed a bit of a spilt in the room between those who I suspect had wanted it all to work out for the subjects, and those who suspected fracture right from the outset. Whatever their expectations, everyone was invested enough in the outcome to read to the end. It’s a quick and funny read with some truly quirky characters as well as likeable main characters that it was easy to get behind and wish only the best for. We discussed Wilson’s ability to write the female characters in a believable way, and in fact to make a far-fetched hypothetical story seem very real too. Of course family was the big theme. Is there any such thing as a “perfect” family? Is it possible to escape from your own upbringing? Is all parenting merely reactive to the way you yourself were brought up? Inevitably there was a lot to say about this subject, and it was interesting to hear the wide range of perspectives from our members. In the end, opinion seemed to be that the book was a little too neatly wrapped up. We could only suspend our credulity for so long and the final third of the novel seemed to rush to its conclusion, giving everyone their just desserts. On a completely irrelevant side note, I was especially taken with Wilson’s description of food and food preparation throughout the book; Izzy’s character came alive when she was immersed in cooking, and I felt that I was with her in the kitchen, or by the side of the barbecue pit! For our May meeting we’ll be reading a mystery – a first for our group – Earthly Remains by Donna Leon. We will be at the Sidney library in the Nell Horth room for great discussion, and coffee and treats from Quince Café: May 16 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Visit for more information and to sign up! 70 | may 2018

Autism Family Behavior Toolbox:

New Tools for Autistic Kids by Jo Barnes

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‌ the right tool in the right situation can mean the difference between a job being easy or impossible. The same applies to families: the right tool applied to a given situation can make being a family so much easier. The Autism Family Behavior Toolbox (AFBT) is just such a resource and is one of the tools developed by David Erickson through his counselling work over the last 25 years. "People wanted practical strategies," shares David. " I wanted to make the process of getting information to people faster and more efficient." Shares Sarah Reves, school teacher and the mother of a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): "As our struggles change day to day, sometimes we are faced with a new challenge and feel at a loss. It's nice to be able to refer to the AFBT for ideas." Now a resident of Brentwood Bay, David has a PhD in Counselling Psychology from the University of Alberta and for 25 years worked in Pediatrics at Edmonton's Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital. In his early years there, he began to develop databases to track ongoing research findings relating to managing children's behavior. Subsequently he worked seven years in private practice, which included working as a government consultant seeing nearly 300 families with children on the autism spectrum. Says David: "There was an extensive outpatient load. There was a need to keep up with literature and current treatments and to access it all easily." David spent years hearing the same kinds of concerns being voiced. He saw that there was plenty of information online, but it took time to filter it and find reliable, evidence-based items. What was needed was a database of helpful valid approaches. So, working with a programmer, David created his first CD ROM, the Child Behavior Toolbox. Since then he has added other products, all which run on PC, MAC and tablets. For details about the Behavior Toolbox Series visit The Autism Family Behavior Toolbox provides families of children with autism proven, practical strategies for home, school and community settings. There are 12 categories of developmental and behavior concerns with accompanying positive strategies. Over 60 behaviors are covered. Users simply enter the age of the child, choose the behavior and then find relevant strategies. It's a phenomenal practical source where parents, grandparents, professionals, teachers, and caregivers can find information and support. David and his team just developed two new applications for the iPhone and iPad. Challenging Behaviors provides strategies for parents of children on the autism spectrum with very challenging and difficult behaviors. Social Skills provides information on how to help the child develop independence in school and the community. Results

can easily be shared with friends, family and caregivers. "There are so many people involved with a child with autism," says David. "The program encourages communication with everyone." David has been surprised at the demand and growth of his software products. "It's gratifying. The software is being used in Canada, the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, China, India, Russia, and extensively in the U.K.," says David. He shares the story of a teacher who used the software to provide strategies to parents before their arrival at parent/teacher interview night. For a parent who was already feeling defensive about their autistic child, the information paved the way to conversation. "It set the stage for a cooperative relationship, one where everyone was working together," says David. Embracing his lifelong passion for helping people and his interest in computers, David is making a difference in the lives of families and the community around him. The AFBT is filled with ideas and strategies. It's just like finding the right sized wrench to do the job.










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FOR TOTS, KIDS & TEENS **The Saanich Legacy Foundation and the District of Saanich want ALL kids to benefit from recreational opportunities. The “kidsFUNd” provides assistance if funds are a barrier to recreation. Call 250.475.5407.

June 1 to 15: Small Group Fitness 101. In a small group, teens

will learn techniques for strength training, using their core, stretching, and how to optimize cardio training. Fridays, 5:30-7 p.m. 13-16 years. 3/$43. Gordon Head Recreation Centre. Register: 250.475.7100.

June 2: McTavish Road School Reunion. Previous students, families,

and staff of McTavish Road Elementary School, and community members, are invited to join the reunion party. Food, drinks, inflatable obstacle course, painting stations. Saturday, 2-6 p.m. All ages. Admission by donation. Please RSVP at https://mctavishacademy. ca/mctavish-road-school-reunion-party/. McTavish Academy of Art. 778.351.0088.

June 9: Pottery - Make a Mug.

Create a handmade clay mug in one class. Feel the thrill of squishing wet clay with your hands! For teens or parents and tots together. Supplies included. Saturday, 1-2:30 p.m. 2 years+ with parent or 16 years+. $25. Greenglade Community Centre Room 3. Register: 250.656.7271.

June 16: Low-Tide Storytime and Beach Exploration.

Join us for storytime on the beach, then explore rocks and tide pools at the Sidney waterfront. Hosted by the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea & Vancouver Island Regional Library, Sidney/North Saanich Branch. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. All ages. Free. Meet at the scuba diver statue above Glass Beach. Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea. Info: 250.665.7511.

June 17: Pop Up Mermaid Swim. Attention all mermaids: Join

our royal “merperson” in a mermaid-safe swim. Bring your own tail or try one of ours. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. 7-12 years. Free with regular admission to the swim. Saanich Commonwealth Place. Info: 250.475.7600.

June 22: Preschoolers in the Park. Tots and kids will enjoy playing on an adventure playground, circle time, and a nature/urban walk. Bring stroller, child carrier.

Drop-in. Friday, 10-11:30 a.m.1 month to 6 years. Free. Mount Douglas Park: meet at the end of Ash Road at Cordova Bay Road. Saanich Parks, Recreation, and Culture. Info: www. 250-475-1775.

June 24: Skateboard Sessions. Avid skateboarders will enjoy a wild

and exciting Sunday evening with lifelong skater Jimmy Miller as they learn tips, tricks, and etiquette and play games. Beginner to intermediate. Helmet required. Knee and elbow pads recommended. 9-10:30 p.m. 6-14 years. $20. Tulista Park Skatepark. Register: www.crd. 250.656.7271.

July 2 - 6: Horse’n Around Horseback Riding Camp. Children will learn to ride on safe schooled horses. For beginners, the camp covers basic riding skills, horse care and safety. Mon-Fri, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 6-12 years. 5/$299. Full day option available $499. Westside Stables. Register: 250.656.7271.

July 3, 10, 17, 24: New

Junior Naturalist program at Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary instills a love of science in budding biologists and ecologists. Over four Tuesdays, kids will explore real research techniques such as collecting data and observing animals in their natural habitats. 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 11-14 years. 4/$105 (members), 4/$125 (non-members), or $30 each. Meet at Nature House. Info: Register: 250.479.0211 or in-person.

July 4 to 6:

Witchcraft and Wizardry Arts Camp. Pretend that you have been accepted to Hogwarts’ Summer School of Arts and Crafts! Fans of Harry Potter will make their own wands, sculpt a mandrake, and paint a sorting hat portrait. Wed - Fri, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. 10-14 years. 3/$198. Supplies included. McTavish Academy of Art. Register: 778-351-0088.

July 6 to August 31: Free Friday Fun Swims. All summer long, kids, friends, and family members can enjoy the pool at Gordon Head Recreation Centre for free! Fridays, 1-4 p.m. All ages. Gordon Head Recreation Centre. Info: 250.475.7100.

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See individual websites for more information, registration and online brochures with lists of more classes & programs.

July 16 to 19: Summer Biology Buddies – Searching the Sky. This session explores backyard birds, bats, owls, and dragon and damsel-flies. Little ones will enjoy the natural wonders around Swan Lake through games, stories, crafts and an outside walk. Mon-Thurs, 1-3 p.m. 4-6 years. $60/wk (members), $80/wk (nonmembers). Meet at Nature House. Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary. Info: www. Register: 250.479.0211 or in-person.

July 23 to 25: Wild & Funky Animals Painting Camp. In this fun-filled summer camp, children will learn the basics of drawing animals, composing a picture, painting with acrylics, and adding finishing touches. Mon-Wed, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. 7-10 years. 3/$180. Supplies included. McTavish Academy of Art. Register: 778.351.0088.

July 30 to August 3: Film Making & 360 VR Video Camp. Future directors and film crews will use the latest digital equipment and hardware to film and edit the next Hollywood blockbuster! Supplies included. Mon-Fri, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 10-15 years. 5/$280. Cedar Hill Recreation Centre – Activity Room. Register: 250.475.7121.

August 5:

Sea Shirt Sunday. Create your own ocean-themed fashion T-shirt, pillow or bag. Bring pillow case, cloth bag or tee (white shirts available for purchase). $2 for fabric paint. 1-3 p.m. All ages. Regular admission; passes and memberships accepted. Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea. Info: 250.665.7511.

will be a game they take home on USB and/or share online. Mon-Fri, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 9-12 years. 5/$260. Greenglade Community Centre Room 6. Register: 250.656.7271.

August 24:

Creatures of the Summer Night. Enjoy a fun-filled evening walk looking for fascinating wildlife such as bats and owls, and learning how they adapt to their nocturnal existence. Friday, 8-9:30 p.m. Families with kids 6+ years. $5/person (members), $6/person (non-members). Pre-registration required. Meet at Nature House. Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary. Info: www. Register: 250.479.0211 or in-person.

August 27: BIG & little – Super Squirrels. Accompanied by adults, little ones will enjoy this naturethemed activity with hands-on discovery, an outside ramble, a story and a craft. Monday, 10-11:30 a.m. 3-5 years plus adult. $15/adult-child pair (members), $5/extra child. $18/pair (non-members), $6 extra child. Meet at Nature House. Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary. Info: Register: 250.479.0211 or in-person.

August 7 to 16:

Summer Favourites. For kids who prefer a less structured camp experience, there is a different theme in each class chosen from popular activities such as nature, dinosaurs and messy play. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30-2:30 p.m. 3-5 years. 4/$56. Saanich Commonwealth Place – Douglas Fir Room. Register: 250.475.7600.

August 8 and 10: Barnacle Buddies Camp: Who Eats Who – Food Chain Fun. Little biologists will explore the diverse beauty of ocean animals with hands on learning inside and outside of the aquarium. Games, activities, crafts! Wed & Fri, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 4-6 years. 2/$58. Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea. Register: 250.665.7511.

August 13 to 17:

Introduction to Rowing (beginner). Hey, teens! Imagine learning to row on beautiful Elk and Beaver Lakes. Experienced coaches will teach teens about safety, boat balance, and all things “rowing.” Mon-Fri, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. 12-17 years. 5/$250. Victoria City Rowing Club. Register: panorama. 250.656.7271.

August 20 to 24: Byte

Camp – Introduction to Coding. Build your

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A BIG Little Company: Rodco Draperies & Interiors by Doreen Marion Gee

This is part of a rotating series of articles on some of the unique shops and services available on the Saanich Peninsula. On the surface, Rodco Draperies and Interiors seems like just another modest unassuming family-owned local business. Nothing could be further from the truth. This so-called "small" business is actually immense in what it delivers. Its list of achievements is mind-boggling in an industry full of much larger competitors. Every day they prove that the true measure of any business has less to do with the size of their payroll than with the amount of skill, talent and heart they bring to the table. For over 25 years, Rodco Interiors has been consistent in offering premium quality customer service. Father and son owners, Roger and Field Comartin, specialize in custom window treatments from manual to motorized curtains, drapes and blinds. They are skilled artisans, designing and installing sophisticated coverings for windows and sky-lights; for the ceilings and sides of solariums and sun rooms; to maintain privacy but still let in light; and to provide protection from sunlight without losing the viewscape. They also offer other interior decoration services such as finding the right furniture, upgrading bedrooms and taking care of upholstery and flooring needs. It seems counter-intuitive that a two-man operation could have such an extraordinary resumé. As well as beautifully crafted installations of

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curtains and blinds on all shapes and sizes of windows in homes that range from ranchers to Deep Cove mansions, Roger and Field have left their creative mark on many large commercial projects. Along with the Doubletree by Hilton hotel in Victoria, the Best Western Carlton and the Strathcona Hotels have started using Rodco’s hookless drapery which has proven so effective at VGH, Baptist Senior Care on Carey Road and Sidney All Care Residence. Patients at Royal Jubilee Hospital have the father-son team to thank for increased safety and comfort during their stays. Roger and Field installed the motorized blinds that patients can operate from their beds as they recover from illness. When the Patient Care Centre was built, Rodco Interiors installed special mesh shower curtains in all 550 private accessible stalls. These curtains seal to the wall, preventing water spills on the floor and accidents. Made from antimicrobial fabrics, the curtains help maintain a clean sanitary environment. Why should people do business with your company, I ask Field Comartin. He replies: "As the smallest big company on the Island, our service is second to none." His dad enthusiastically adds that "when you are a Rodco customer, we take good care of you. Your life is better!" It is a no-brainer: Rodco Draperies and Interiors may be small in size but it's gigantic in making customers happy. Contact:

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Creating an Experience at the Van Isle Con:

June 10 at the Mary Winspear Centre The second annual Vancouver Island Comic Con is coming to the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney on June 10 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. This one-day comic convention brings together artists, creators, exhibitors, attractions, panels, presenters, special guests, food trucks and a cosplay show and contest. Convention organizer Josh Kully is thrilled to announce this year's headliner: Janeshia Adams-Ginyard! Janeshia is an American stuntwoman and actor who appears in the blockbuster movies Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War as one of the Dora Milaje, the all-female special forces of Wakanda. She is also the stunt double for Danai Gurira, who

The ArtSea Gallery Presents: Colourful Memories – A Retrospective of Places Near and Far: David Johns April 30 - May 6, 2018 Oil, pastel and acrylic paintings.

Explorations – Oil and Cold Wax Workshops: Donna K. Williams May 7 - 13, 2018 Friday Fibre Friends May 14 - 20, 2018 A group of 12 fibre artists

Here & Elsewhere: Liza Robertson, Anina Kunstler, Rose Spahan, Alison Garrett-Hanneson, Colleen Toohy, Dorothy Haegert, Wendy Picken May 21 - June 3, 2018 Mixed media artists. The ArtSea Gallery has many creative and imaginative shows scheduled for 2018. Come in and enjoy the wonderful local art. Visit our website for more information:

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plays Okoye, the Dora Milaje General. This means Janeshia has spent a lot of time on screen, and much of it with the lead actors in these action-packed movies Other special guests include Disney Studios' Chris Williams, who will be doing a Q & A, giving aspiring artists the opportunity to talk to an Academy Award-winning director. Williams' film Big Hero 6 won the Oscar in 2015 for the best animated feature film. During his over 20-year career with Disney, Chris has been involved with many of their major, animated productions and has a wealth of experience to share. Informative panels offer an unprecedented opportunity for convention goers to learn from professionals working in the industry. This includes concept artist John Gallagher, who works for shows like The Flash and Supergirl. Set decorator Terry Lewis, who has worked on big-budget Hollywood films including Deadpool 2, which was partly filmed in Victoria, is another panelist. Five published authors who write young adult fiction will discuss their experiences getting published and the influence of books like the Harry Potter series on geek culture. Some of the attractions you can expect to see include Dr. Who's TARDIS from Holy Cow Communication Design, Used Victoria's Chill Lounge, 9D Virtual Reality, Mirror Me photo booth and a board game zone. Van Isle Con also hosts one of the biggest cosplay contests on the Island with $1,000 in cash prizes up for grabs this year. The Comic Con will also have a raffle with all proceeds going to the Help Fill a Dream Foundation, a charity that provides assistance to sick children and their families. Admission to Van Isle Comic Con is by donation. For more information about the event, visit or follow them on social media.

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Mental Health:

Local Residents Speaking Their Minds "Nothing is at last sacred, but the integrity of your own mind." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson Each day we awake to find what we must manage to continue. Some days bright; some days dark. Our minds whirl to keep us going ‌ eating, working, playing, sleeping. It is this integrity of our mental well-being that challenges us through the journey of life. For many, the challenge of just one day, never mind life's journey, is overwhelming. Even the simple tasks can evade one. How does one find support and care for themselves or their loved ones? What are the resources available? Where does one find help? Who can one speak to? When does one seek help for their own wellbeing, a family member or a friend? The questions flood the mind. Treating a broken arm or an infection is relatively easy: the steps are there. But what about a confused mind or a lost soul? On May 9, in the midst of Mental Health Week, several speakers are coming together to share stories of the journeys they are living, their experiences of youth, friends, families and systems shaken by the complexities of the mind. Solutions, answers and therapies differ for every person and each of these people will speak to how this struggle came and continues to be a part of their daily life.

Two of the speakers are extraordinary women who through many years have managed their own well-being in the midst of challenging, changing and relatively unknown treatment and management options. Emily Olsen continues her journey as woman, wife, mother and poet, managing to nourish those around her while finding her own path. Emily has been living with mental illness for 25 years. Recently, she decided to start talking about her experience publicly to be part of a more open conversation about mental health and wellness. Daisy Anderson is someone who has seen it all and shares the lifelong challenges of systems, drugs, therapies through her book, The Daisy Project. Her story, both as a consumer and survivor of the mental health system, challenges the idea that drugs and psychiatry are the only way to deal with mental health issues. Her story will warn, inform and inspire anyone who might identify with her experiences. Join two amazing women and others speaking their minds at the Mary Winspear Centre on Wednesday, May 9 at 7 p.m. Come listen to the journeys, explore questions and share understanding.

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last word I admit I’m feeling a little down right now, having found out that our lovely neighbour passed away suddenly and that a dear family member is very ill. When bad news seems to be all that surrounds you, it’s hard to be cheerful and craft something – hopefully interesting and a little bit funny – for Seaside’s readers. And then a video came across my Facebook feed that made me smile. Titled “When you lied on your resumé about having previous sheepdog experience,” the video featured a terrier-type pup who was supposed to be gathering a flock of sheep. The sheep had other ideas, however, and ended up chasing the dog around the field. Now a terrier is not a traditional sheep dog, of course, but it made me think about the concept of animals going against their instincts to do something unexpected. Rudy, our neighbour’s cat, has started coming to visit almost every day. Despite not being a cat lover, my husband was very welcoming, in the hopes that Rudy would help alleviate our rats-in-the-shed issue. One day, I came outside and Rudy

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was laying in the driveway with a little lizard in front of him. As it’s still been quite cool, we haven’t seen many lizards yet and this one was obviously regretting his decision to venture out into the early spring day. He kept trying to sneak under the cat’s belly for warmth, and Rudy would all of a sudden notice the wiggling underneath him and, startled, would spring a few feet into the air before settling down again. This happened over and over, to the delight of myself and my daughter. I think the rats are safe for now. The internet is full of stories about animals going against their natural instincts and forming unlikely friendships: chimps and tigers, bears and lions, a dog and a fawn, a fox and a cat … it goes on and on. My all-time favourite is the tale of Bubbles the African elephant and Bella the black Labrador retriever, who live at Florida’s Myrtle Beach Safari and seem to think they’re the same species. If you’re not familiar with this duo, do yourself a favour and Google them! Can we learn something from this? So often we stick to the same group of friends we’ve had for years, and hesitate to get to know someone new because they may not be the type of person we’d usually spend time with. Sometimes animals go against their instincts and become the unlikeliest of friends. And maybe sometimes, if we befriend someone outside our comfort zone, we’d have the potential to form the unlikeliest, and strongest, of bonds.

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what ’ s happening may 5: Saanich Peninsula Hospital Auxiliary Annual Garage Sale

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at upper parking lot at the hospital (2166 Mt. Newton X Rd, Saanichton)

on mindfulness and practice some basic mindfulness tools to bring into your own life. Admission is by donation. Refreshments served. Everyone welcome.

may 5: Mamma Mia! Fashions for All Ages –

may 19: The Beach Rocks (guided walk - all ages)

1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Shoal Centre, 10030 Resthaven Drive, Sidney 250.656.6857

The tide is out! Join a CRD Regional Parks naturalist and get a glimpse of the creatures that live beneath the rocks. Be prepared to get your feet wet (bring sandals or beach shoes). Meet at the grassy area adjacent to the picnic shelter off Homathko Road.

CFUW Afternoon Tea, Fashion Show & Silent Auction

Featuring moderator Lorna Crozier. In support of the new "Moms and Mentors" program at the Individualized Learning Centre. Adult fashions by Suzanne's and Jenny's; children's fashions by Beacon Community Thrift and Kiddin' Around. Tickets: $25 adults; $15 students. Available at Suzanne's and Jenny's (Sidney and Broadmead locations), Janet's Teas (Sidney) and by calling the number above. May 5 - 6: Workshop: Is Cohousing For You?

9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days Sidney/North Saanich Library, 10091 Resthaven Drive, Sidney

A two-day experiential workshop with facilitator Dr Margaret Critchlow, Anthropologist, Educator, Cohousing Consultant, and Founding Member of Harbourside Cohousing. A cohousing community is a neighbourhood designed and developed by its members to combine the independent autonomy of private homes with the social benefits of a congenial and energetic community. Workshop participants explore how to access the creative power of community to build a better world and improve quality of life. Margaret draws on examples from other cultures, old-fashioned neighbourhoods and contemporary cohousing communities. You will learn together how to work through differences collaboratively, make decisions well, and find creative solutions that enable the best in all of us. Recommended for anyone interested in the new Ravens Crossing Cohousing initiative on the Saanich Peninsula and other cohousing projects, such as West Wind Harbour Cohousing in Sooke. Tickets $125 to $175. **A free information session about Ravens Crossing Cohousing will follow Saturday’s workshop from 4:30 to 6 p.m. may 9: “Sharing Our Lives” workshop

2 to 4 p.m. at Amica Beachwood Village, 2315 Mills Rd., Sidney

A multi-generational event for women, in celebration of Mother’s Day. Bring your mother, daughter, sister, friend, or just yourself. Let’s share afternoon tea and some special gifts. “How & Why to Have a Family Meeting” presented by Viola Van de Ruyt; and “How & Why to Document Your Life Story” presented by Deborah LeFrank. Reserve your spot by calling Annette at 250-657-2222. may 13: Mother's Day – Free Admission

All day at Panorama Rec Centre and Greenglade Community Centre 250.656.7271 |

We are celebrating Mother's Day! Moms receive free admission to drop-in activities such as swimming, weight room and fitness classes. may 14: Speakers Series

1 to 2:30 p.m. at Island View Regional Park, Central Saanich 250.478.3344 |

May 19: Royal Wedding Breakfast

Doors open @ 8:30 a.m; breakfast @ 9 a.m. Shoal Centre, 10030 Resthaven Drive, Sidney 250.656.5537

Breakfast buffet, town crier Kenny Podmore, Craig Henderson Trio, video of the Royal Wedding. Prizes for best hat and best British costume! Tickets $20; call number above. may 21: Stories at Fern Street (since 1989) 7:15 to 9:30 p.m. at 1831 Fern St. (Park on Begbie.) 250.370.2964 |

Join us for stories told in the oral tradition by members of VSG and special guests: young performers at the GV Performing Arts Festival category of Spoken Word: Poems, prose and stories. Admission $5; students $3 (includes tea and goodies). may 21 - June 3: Here & Elsewhere Art Show

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday ArtSea Gallery at Tulista Park, 9565 Fifth Ave, Sidney 250.656.7400

Artists Liza Potinho-Robertson, Anina Kunstler, Rose Spahan, Colleen Toohy, Dorothy Haegert, Wendy Picken, Alison Garrett-Hanneson with painting, photography, mixed media, glasswork and sculpture. June 2: Access Awareness Day

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at SHOAL Centre, 10030 Resthaven Dr, Sidney | 250.656.5537

Mark your calendars for Access Awareness Day! This yearly event put on in collaboration by the Town of Sidney and Beacon Community Services is a coming together of resources, agencies and businesses to provide information focused on raising awareness about disability, accessibility and inclusion on our community. The event begins with a scooter rodeo and parade at 10 a.m. and the doors open for the resource fair at 11 a.m. there will be tons of door prizes and refreshments available. 2nd wednesday OF each MONTH

Caregivers of Family and Friends Support Group 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Saanichton Bible Fellowship Church 2159 Mount Newton Cross Road |

Find comfort and camaraderie in a safe setting. 3RD THURSDAY OF each MONTH

Sidney Sister Cities Association General Meeting 7 p.m. at Vancouver Island Regional Library, Sidney

1:30 to 3 p.m. at The Centre 1229 Clarke Rd, Brentwood Bay 250.652.4611 |

Speakers and discussions on the association's ongoing projects.

Guest speaker will be Dr. Mark Sherman with a presentation on mindfulness and meditation, evidence on how these ancient practices change our brains, and how to help us navigate stress and embody wellness in our lives. Topic: The Role of Mindfulness in Waking Up In Our Lives. Learn some of the clinical and neuroscientific research

Peninsula Newcomers Club Luncheon

2nd Thursday of each Month Haro's Restaurant & Bar, Sidney Pier Hotel Pre-booking required. More information at

Just moved to the Saanich Peninsula?Ladies – come join our club!

We’re All About Care …

Get to know us better & discover why you’ll love it here. Mrs. Garland and Kate love to visit with our special needs therapy dog, Odis. Odis is a one-year-old rescue dog who is full of love and smiles. He often visits and brightens the day of our residents and team members.

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