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seasidemagazine.ca nicole wilford
I like to think of myself as an "Island girl," having lived on Vancouver Island for more than 40 years. Growing up in Comox, our family did a lot of skiing, camping and swimming. I moved to the Victoria area over 28 years ago with the past 13 years in Sidney raising my two teenage daughters who currently attend Parkland Secondary School. After having a long career as a travel agent, I decided to go back to school a few years ago to get my Mortgage Broker license. As a mortgage broker, I spend time searching for the right product, the most creative solution and the best fit for my clients. In most cases, my fees are paid by the lender, and I handle mainly residential business. yvonne bulk
Yvonne and her family live in Saanichton, where they run Patio Gardens. Yvonne has worked professionally with flowers for 30 years. Nine years ago she started Patio Gardens with one greenhouse, 400 hanging baskets, and a lot of gumption. Today, she and her team create over 3,000 hanging baskets and container gardens filled with stunning annuals, in addition to stocking an array of perennials, trees, herbs and vegetables in five greenhouses. Because not everyone has a yard, Yvonne specializes in container gardens so everyone can have a gorgeous garden. She endeavors to provide a variety of bedding plants, as well as advice to go with them. With genuine care for people, she strives to always provide every individual with top-quality product, exceptional service and an uplifting experience. carole pearson
Local history has always been an interest of mine. Since moving to the Saanich Peninsula 13 years ago, I have learned a lot about the early farming communities and the settlers who created these farms out of wilderness and built roads following trails used by our aboriginal people. I met descendants from the Brethour, Sluggett and Butler families, among others, who can trace their presence on the Peninsula back several generations. For me, this creates a tangible connection to our history and reflects how much our community has changed and will continue to change. Still, when researching my article about the Keating area, I could not help but feel taken aback to realize the 1960s and 1970s are now considered "history." Seems like only yesterday to me.
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Suzanne Morphet is an award-winning travel writer and a former CBC Radio news reporter and editor. Her passion for discovering new places and cultures has taken her to the far north (she worked for CBC Radio in Yellowknife for many years) and around the world during a one-year sabbatical with her husband. This month she begins a new column for Seaside called Secrets From My Suitcase. For this issue she writes about seeing both sides of the Adriatic Sea. Suzanne recently visited Croatia and Italy and travelled between them on one of the numerous ferries that crisscross the Adriatic. You can see more of Suzanne’s stories and photos at www.suzannemorphet.com.
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f irst word I sat down with my 1o-year-
old daughter to talk to her about the importance of love and friendship in her life. We talked about her girlfriends now and her hopes that they would remain close as they grow up. At her young age, she is only beginning to grasp the importance of friendship and love and how those experiences will come and go. As we celebrate Father's Day and our inaugural issue of Men To Watch, it got me thinking about my Dad. Eighteen years ago, at age 28, I lost my Dad to cancer and at the time the experience was one of indescribable words and feelings. I crossed over many emotions: disappointment, anger, disbelief, sadness and confusion. I really thought it was all his fault. I blamed him. After all, he was my best friend. I can remember for months after his death, having his picture in my office and talking to him and asking: "Why did you do this to me? Why did you end our relationship so quickly?" At the time, none of it made sense but as my experiences in life have grown, so have those memories and wounds been better understood and healed. I've recently been faced with a few more adversities, and been thinking about the fact that we don't get to choose our parents and our siblings; those are given to us at birth. Our friends and lovers â€Ś do we choose them, or do they stumble into our lives for a reason? Perhaps it's both. Just like life itself: do we fully have control of it or is it predetermined by some mysterious force? It could also be both. I think it's part of life to think positively of negative people in our lives. These people give us the opportunity to learn more about ourselves. We learn about our own reaction to their negative energy
and realize who we really are, and we end up growing emotionally and intellectually. But we also encounter people who bring positive energy to us and come into our lives to pull out the underdeveloped part of us, beyond what a teacher would teach us. They help explore the unknown within us, and that journey can change our perspective of who we really are. I've recently been reading bits and pieces of Wayne Dyer's blogs and in one he writes about trusting divine order, explaining that everything arrives from intentions, where invisible life flows through everyone and everything. He then asks us to think about all the people who share the stage with us as we move through life. The good times, the struggles, the tears, the abuse â€“ all of it involved people coming into our lives and then leaving. He has an interesting perspective where he says: "viewing the past as a play in which all characters and all entrances and exits were scripted by your Source and represent what you attracted at the time, frees you from guilt, and even revenge. As a result you go from being an actor who's influenced by others playing the roles of producer and director, to being the writer, producer, director, and star of your glorious life. Imagine, you can audition anyone you choose." I know it's easy enough to write about this topic, then to put it into real practise. But I've given great thought to all of this; regardless of how, where and why people come into our lives, we should gain and fill our plates with knowledge, and take trust from it. If they go, we let them go from a place of love, not of fear or anger. Even after all this time The sun never says to the earth "You owe me" Look what happens with a love like that It lights the whole sky? -- Hafiz
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As a freelance journalist and former book club columnist for Boulevard Magazine, I especially look forward to the Young Readers Book Review every month. I'd like to congratulate each of your young contributors and encourage them to keep reading, writing, and marketing what they write, and to thank Seaside Magazine for shining a spotlight on talented young writers from our community. The road to publication is often difficult and fraught with disappointment, but these young writers are getting early encouragement that may very well inspire them to pursue a career in writing. And what a rewarding career it is. Well done! Cheers, Adrienne Dyer
It's wonderful to have such a positive media source in
support of Sidney, and as a small business owner I am thrilled to be supporting your publication. Natasha Crawford Brown's The Florist
Seaside Magazine is usually the bearer of positive news
and a celebration of West Coast culture, so it was with dismay that I read Brad Morrison's article "Sidney's Chinatown." I was struck by the prejorative tone and the disparaging remarks. Not a single positive note of what the Chinese have contributed to the Canadian community. One expects historians to do more than merely quote the words of prejudiced old-timers. I have no connection to the Chinese culture myself but an apology to the descendents of the Chinese immigrants would be in order. Dorothy Siebert Pender Island
The article is amazing! Doreen Gee has such a wonderful way of
capturing ideas and packaging them so concisely and in a way that the reader can really "get it." Thanks so much for thinking of us! Rebecca Phillips Forward Equestrian and Wellness Centre
I am amazed with Seaside Magazine and its staff and the support I've received from them. As a small business owner, who is still trying to make the transition from a day job to part-time so I can focus and do more with my business, I find Seaside Magazine offers so much support for the small business owner. It's like they're in my corner in a boxing match saying "yes you can do it, you can do it!" Joanna Vandervlugt Champs Personal Training
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f rie n ds & n eig h b ours "i personally believe that healthy individuals make healthy communities. that's the bottom line."
Running For Life and a Lost Brother by Susan Simosko
Friends & Neighbours is a column about the people who quietly enrich our lives personally and collectively every day. They distinguish themselves by the incredible things they do, whether or not we even notice. It is my pleasure to introduce you to a few of these remarkable
people and to share something of their stories. Kelly Paul is a strong, focused athlete, an inspirational role model, and a young leader with guts and determination. This spring she's running – that's right, running –the length of Vancouver Island, 535 kilometres, with friends Bernice Smith and John Sampson. Why? Well, that's Kelly's story. When she was young, Kelly was inspired by Terry Fox. "At the time," she recalls, "I thought: 'I may not be able to run across Canada, but I bet I could run the length of Vancouver Island.'" That was the beginning of Kelly's lifelong dream. She could not anticipate, however, the tragedy that would lead her to fulfill the dream. Five years ago, Kelly's younger brother, Isaac, committed suicide. He was only 17. "We never saw it coming," she tells me. "He didn't seem anxious or depressed. Just one day, he was gone. It was – is – a terrible loss." Kelly and her family, members of the Tsartlip First Nation community, lived with the pain of Isaac's death every day for years. They kept looking for answers. Then, last year, Kelly, a First Nation Education Assistant at Bayside Middle School and a mentor for Power of Hope, called up her old dream to run the length of Vancouver Island. The three runners set out on May 17th. Along the route, Kelly says they want to talk about suicide prevention and the importance of cherishing life. They named their run the HELISET HALE marathon that translates to "let life survive within you" and "value all of life." During the run, Kelly and her team will visit First Nation communities and schools to share stories, connect with others, and create hope that something can be done – must be done – to reduce the high level of suicide in First Nation communities, particularly among young men. According to Health Canada, First Nations youth commit suicide five to six times more often than non-Aboriginal youth. "It's happening all across Canada," Kelly says soberly, "but there is so much that could be done to create healthier communities. I personally believe that healthy individuals make healthy communities. That's the bottom line." As an intrinsic part of the marathon, the three runners hope to raise $250,000 seed money towards the building of a community and 10 SEASIDE | june 2013 | www.seasideMAGAZINE.ca
activity centre in the Tsartlip community. "Our vision," says Kelly "is to create a place open to all that can host major sports and cultural events." The estimated cost of the new facility is $1.8 million. To prepare for the run, Kelly, Bernice and John engaged in multiple cross-training activities to increase their strength and stamina. They also took yoga classes. "This will be a life-changing journey, I know," Kelly tells me. "I just hope that my personal story brings hope to others affected by suicide. Just like I connected with Terry Fox all those years ago, I hope people connect with us and realize the true power of hope, the value of healing, and the importance of fulfilling your dreams." Kelly and her colleagues plan to complete the run on June 21st, 2013, Aboriginal Day. Everyone is welcome to Brentwood Bay to share in the celebrations! To learn more about Kelly or to make a donation visit www.helisethalemarthon.com.
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BUSINESS BUSINESS BUSINESS BUSINESS BUSINESS BUS Seaside Magazine is honoured to celebrate those men who sustain our business community with our first annual Men to Watch special issue. We asked long-time Peninsula resident and business owner Ron Spelt to tell us what it means to do business in our community. When our family moved to Saanichton in 1971 you could wave at a car that drove by without looking first, because you usually knew who was inside. That's not the case anymore, but much like then, the people that choose to live on the Saanich Peninsula are generally personable and a pleasure to deal with. Many people have moved into the area over the years, and along with increased population has come many businesses and services. Through all that growth, the overall character of the communities on the Peninsula hasn't changed much. Each local area is still unique and so are the businesses that make their home there. When you own a business on the Saanich Peninsula, you work with and serve people that live in the same community as you do and, because of our slower community pace, you get to spend extra time with them. We all do the same thing; we provide products and provide a service â€“ it's how we do it that makes the difference. Peninsula businesses have an opportunity the larger corporate businesses do not: to give more personal service. Another benefit to doing business in your community is the opportunity to support the other businesses nearby. Businesses also get to shop local, and most do! Over the past 42 years I've had the opportunity to be part of the lives of hundreds of people I have employed, and have even hired some of their kids years later! On the Peninsula many businesses can offer opportunities for the next generation. My business has offered me the chance to be a part of my community in many different ways. I have had the opportunity to support many local causes, and as a result have a number of team photos posted. Parents will often stop by and show their children what they looked like wearing a baseball, lacrosse, soccer or hockey uniform 15 or 20 years ago. When you have a business you meet many people, all with different passions, and those people helped me to be a more active part of various associations and committees that affect our community. When you live where you work, what happens in the community and how it is shaped is doubly important to you. A big part of my work day is interacting with people, and what hasn't changed over the years is that every day I get to meet the great people who make up the character of my community. Thank you for that opportunity!
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Saanich Peninsula lawyer Del Elgersma on trusted advice, providing an exceptional client experience and the wise advice of a father Del Elgersma, B.A., J.D.
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1 2 5 3 4 How did you get your start in this profession? My Dad went to law school while I was in high school and at dinnertime would tell us what he learned. I found it fascinating and knew it was also what I wanted to do. When I was called to the bar I was the youngest lawyer in B.C. I practiced law in Vancouver for four years before my wife and I decided to move to the Island. We celebrate Father’s Day in
June. What is the best advice your dad ever gave you? My Dad is the wisest man I know and I still turn to him for advice. He taught me to do everything with excellence and to always speak the truth.
and estates. From our use of flat fees (rather than hourly billing) to our use of plain language (we were one of first law firms in B.C. to prepare wills without legalese), we provide our clients with clarity and confidence.
What is your business best known for and why? Beacon Law has a great reputation for providing trusted advice and outstanding service in the areas of business law, real estate closings and wills
Three words that others would use to describe you? Three words you would use to describe yourself? I think others might describe me as kind, wise and an adoring husband
We celebrate Father’s Day in June. What is the best advice
Can you give us a glimpse into some of the future plans for Beacon Law Centre? We are often asked when we will open our next office, but we are happy with our three locations! We want to continue to improve our processes and create value so that our clients have an exceptional experience with our firm.
Fire Chief Ron French on serving our community, dedication and plans for the future of firefighting in Central Saanich Ron French
questions How did you get your start in this profession? I started in the fire service as a “volunteer” firefighter with the Kelowna Fire Department. After relocating to Vancouver Island in 1990, I continued as a volunteer firefighter with the District of North Saanich. I spent about a year as an aircraft firefighter with VAA before moving to the District of Central Saanich and holding the position of Fire Chief for the past 12 years.
and father. I’d describe myself as grateful, discerning and curious.
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your dad ever gave you? He always said: “Whatever you do … work hard, make sure your job is done to the best of your ability, and make a difference for the better. What is your business best known for and why? The Central Saanich Volunteer Fire Department is not so much a business as a service provider. The Department is known for providing excellent emergency services to the District of Central Saanich. This service is provided by the dedicated, well
trained Volunteer firefighters who make up our Fire Department. Three words that others would use to describe you? Three words you would use to describe yourself? Others would say I’m fair, competent and dedicated. I would say I’m motivated, demanding and a perfectionist.
Can you give us a glimpse into some of the future plans for the Central Saanich
Volunteer Fire Department? The District of Central Saanich will be opening a new main fire station in early July of this year. This will provide the District with a post-disaster Emergency Operations Centre as well as a Fire Department training facility which will help provide a more efficient and effective fire service for many years. The fire department will also be operating out of the current locations as a satellite station to improve response times for emergency calls.
Commercial vehicle mechanics Fraser Sim and William Whitelaw on steady growth and the meaning of business
Three words others would use to describe you? Fraser – friendly, trustworth and loyal. William – reliable, helpful and hardworking.
It also provides employment.
What is your guilty pleasure? Fraser – chocolate and golfing.
1 3 6 9 4 7 2 10 How did you get your start in this profession? Fraser – I was always working on motorbikes or cars and my friends father suggested working for a freight company when I left school, which I did. William – I got started in the business helping my father clean and repair his buses and when I left school entered the profession.
We celebrate Father’s Day in June. What is the best advice your dad ever gave you? Fraser – Work hard and take pride in what you do. William – Treat people as you expect to be treated by others.
What is your business best known for and why? Fraser/ William – It is a young business but we feel people come to us as we provide quality service and are there for them when they most need us.
What is the secret to success? Fraser/William – Work hard, provide quality service, believe in your product and have employees that do likewise.
What makes BMT Group Services unique? Fraser/ William – We are a one-stop-shop for bus, motorhome and truck owners providing quality mechanical services as well as collision repairs and painting.
What does “business” mean to you? Fraser – An opportunity to work for myself, be my own boss and make decisions that we can react quickly on. William – It gives me the opportunity to expand my skills and knowledge.
William – Fishing or golfing (I guess we feel guilty leaving the business to go golfing!)
If you could start your business all over again, would you? What would you do differently this time? Fraser/William – Tough question, we guess we would. We came into this knowing there would be some sacrifices for a few years and it certainly has been the case but we don’t think we would do anything differently.
Can you give us a glimpse into some of the future plans for BMT Group Services? Fraser/William – At this point we are looking for a nice steady growth but certainly down the road we would like to have our own property with purpose-built building and vehicle wash facilities with the addition of a frame rack bay for frame straightening.
Fraser Sim William Whitelaw
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Business development manager Doug Grover on comfortable retirement lifestyles, accessing home equity and enhancing client experience Doug Grover
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How did you get your start in this profession? After 14 years in real estate I felt it was time for a career change, and I wanted to help more people in my community. With CHIP I am now helping more Canadian seniors stay in the homes they love and do more of the things they enjoy. This was a tremendous opportunity to help people in my community while providing a product offering I find very valuable to today’s seniors. We celebrate Father’s Day
in June. What is the best advice your dad ever gave you? He told me to always be punctual.
What is your business best known for and why? With
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Three words that others would use to describe you? Three words you would use to describe yourself? I think others might describe me as caring,
We celebrate Father’s Day in June. What is the best advice your dad ever gave you? He
Can you give us a glimpse into some of the future plans for CHIP Home Income Plan? From a business perspective, HomEquity Bank is continually improving our product offerings and streamlining business processes to better accommodate increased consumer demand and enhancing our client experience.
Sidney accountant Darren Proulx on having faith in your abilities, financial responsibility and the importance of solid foundations 1 Darren Proulx
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How did you get your start in this profession? I had a work term through the University of Victoria Co-op program with an employer who recommended me to their accountant. It was a small local firm which gave me early insight into all aspects of the accounting cycle. From this experience I learned quickly the do’s and don’ts of running a small accounting practice.
knowledgeable and punctual. I’d describe myself as caring, understanding and punctual.
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always told me that persistence and effort goes a long way. Hard work will pay off; just have faith in your abilities … and of course, nothing in life is free!
client. We do our best to explain accounting situations in a language the client understands so that when their appointment is over, they don’t leave with more questions. If the clients do have questions we are very accessible and attend to their needs promptly.
3 4 What is your business best known for and why? It is our goal to provide accounting, business and taxation services that exceed our clients’ expectations in relaxed and comfortable surroundings. This is done with our flexibility and mobility of staff and our willingness to work with a team of professionals to grow and progress with the
Three words that others would use to describe you? Three words you would use to describe yourself? Others might describe me as patient, thorough and consistent. I’d describe myself as stubborn, frugal
(cheap, according to most, although “financially responsible” is the way I prefer to put it!) and persistent.
Can you give us a glimpse into some of the future plans for Darren J. Proulx, CGA? A continued focus to provide quality service and a positive experience to existing clients that will solidify our foundation for future growth. I want to make sure all our clients have received our full attention to detail and walk out of our office feeling like they are a part of our extended business family.
Lawyer C.J. (Kip) Wilson on giving back, his secret to success and staying connected to your community.
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How did you get your start in this profession? When I finished high school I had a choice between medicine and law; I chose law and was admitted to the bar in Alberta in 1973. This is my 40th year practicing law; it’s an occupation I enjoy because it allows me to be my own boss and provide great and competent service to my clients while making a reasonable living. We celebrate Father’s Day in June. What is the best advice your dad ever gave you? When I was 12 my father gave me a job sweeping the shop of his construction firm; he taught me that good hard work is the only way to earn a living. What is your business best known for and why? Fast, reasonable legal advice and work liberally laced with common sense done for a fair price. I take a genuine interest in my clients, I help them make sound plans that result in their estates going to their families in an efficient manner, I help clients buy and sell and mortgage their homes and I assist my clients to incorporate, expand, amalgamate and buy or
sell their businesses. I can claim that in 40 years of practicing law there is virtually no problem I have not seen and handled.
What is the secret to success? Listening to clients and providing them with what they require in a timely fashion for a fair fee. Three words you would use to describe yourself? Three words others would use to describe you? It’s the same in both instances: fair, reasonable and ethical.
What makes C.J. (Kip) Wilson, Law Offices unique? My longterm connection and commitment to the Saanich
Peninsula community and great relationships with my clients, who are my neighbours and friends.
timely and effective solutions at a reasonable price.
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What does “business” mean to you? Providing a needed service to a client, applying my extensive experience and good sound common sense to their problems and seeking
What is your guilty pleasure? I love giving back to my community and actively participate in several service organizations, including the United Peninsula Masonic Lodge, the Sidney Shrine and Central Saanich Lions … and, of course, golf. If you could start your business all over again, what would you do differently this time? I would have come to the Saanich Peninsula right out of law school instead of working in Edmonton, Alberta and then downtown Victoria for the first 20 years. Can you give us a glimpse into some of the future plans for C.J. (Kip) Wilson, Law Offices? I plan to continue practicing law for many more years, although I would like to take more time off and travel.
C.J. (Kip) Wilson
C.J. (Kip) Wilson, Law Offices #6 - 7855 East Saanich Rd. 250.544.0727 www.saanichtonlaw.com
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publisher sue hodgson talks with hamish crawford, owner of highland house farm, home of the roost garden centre, bakery, winery and bistro
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Your family name of Crawford carries heavy significance in Scotland, England and Northern Ireland and you saw some of the toughest times in Scotland growing up. However, you completed a degree at the University of Edinburgh, ran a number of service stations for 30 years in Canada and within all this time, you continued to stay true to your passion for farming: in 1990 you bought a 10-acre experimental farm in North Saanich without actually even seeing it! Can you give us a glimpse of what you were envisioning back then and why you took such risks? The Crawford clan was prominent in the military for generations. William Wallace's mother was a Crawford, but judging by the number of Crawfords in Calgary (more than in Glasgow, Scotland) and here on the Island they must have been very good at leaving the old sod. I feel very much at home on the Island as there are a lot of similarities between North Saanich and where I grew up. For some reason, I feel more at home here than I ever did in Scotland. We had made the journey to the Island and knew that this was the place we wanted to live and farm long term. We found a small one-inch advertisement in the community newspaper and asked a close friend to look into it and assess it for us, as were not able to make another trip back here. Next thing we knew, we bought it. It fit all the requirements needed to run a farm operation long term and everything felt right.
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In my 46 years, I have interviewed several people. You look like you are in your prime, but are carrying an age much greater than your outward appearance. With no retirement plans for the future, I can think of only a handful of people that can strive to continue to enjoy their fruits of their labour. What keeps your passion so strong? Farming has always been my passion and I can't think of anywhere in the world it would be better to have a farm than right here in North Saanich. From 1990 to 2000 we raised ostrich on the farm and grew some fruits, but that was a hobby as I still had other business interests in Victoria. In 2000, I decided to concentrate my efforts on the farm and after a few trips to check out direct farm marketing both here and abroad, it was decided that a farm bakery would be a good fit. That was the start of the Roost. I get incredible satisfaction in making land produce, growing things and managing animals. A new year, a new crop; it's very motivating and rewarding and has always been at the heart of the matter for my life and family. You often talk about the "Value Added" in farming. Can you expand on your thinking with this and why it is so relevant for a sustainable business on the Saanich Peninsula? Our main product on the farm is wheat. We grow approximately eight tons per year and it all gets milled on site for use in the bakery. We have a vineyard on the farm, primarily planted with an early maturing white wine grape called siegerrebe. There is a small planting of red wine grapes: marechal foch, leon millot and pinot noir precose. Since 2011 we have been a licensed winery. We also produce chickens, eggs, blueberries, lamb and some veggies, fruit and herbs. It is almost impossible to make any economic sense of a farm operation in this area without adding value to your products, but this is often where farmers get into difficulty working plans through the various levels of government and bureaucracy. The majority of the products we sell are produced on the farm, this being the added value that goes back into being able to run many parts of the farm operation.
Currently on site at The Roost there is a café / bakery, a restaurant, a vineyard and a farm, and there are still great plans for the future of your property. Can you tell us what we can expect to see in the coming year and who is currently running each area of the business? The whole family gets very excited about what we are doing and we love the fact that it is a passionate farm operation.The farm has never been so productive and we think it has been a great fit for the community. For the first few years Darlene Robertson and her family ran the bakery operation, but unfortunately Darlene died three years ago. As her health was declining she decided to give up the business and since then the Roost Farm Centre has been operated by my son-inlaw Dallas Bohl and my daughter Sarah, so now it's all in the family. We are working to expand the facility with a new winery building that will include an expanded bistro with the addition of 10 sleeping units for farm B & B, our vision of an old Scottish farmstead. So far the planning phase has been quite a journey. What we are planning is all permitted by the ALC regulations, but many of the municipal rules, licensing branch rules and ministry rules are conflicting. The provincial government should work harder at ensuring everybody works together and trains their staff thoroughly. Red tape is bad enough but when it is all pulled apart it is very difficult to put back together. This family farm will survive and thrive and we already have a very serious egg collector in our four-year-old granddaughter, Mackenzie. We are celebrating our Men To Watch in this issue, and one of the questions we asked our men is: "We celebrate Father's Day in June. What is the best advice your Dad ever gave you?" Could you please share what values your Dad instilled in you? My father was a successful art college teacher and principle. He was a great role model that taught us to lead by example and to be an honourable person. I couldn't have asked for a better father.
Owner, Highland House Farm Born in Kilmacolm, Scotland, Hamish Crawford spent his early years living in a fishing village on the east coast of Scotland and spent most of his spare time helping at the local dairy farm. He went to school in Aberdeen, Broughty Ferry and then on to the University of Edinburgh to complete the Scottish diploma in agriculture.
Before moving to Canada he worked on a hill farm and converted an old Church of Scotland church into a studio and living quarters for his parents. First stop in Canada was Winnipeg, where Hamish worked at various locations across the prairies for a grain company. After four years with the National Grain Co., he decided to strike
out on his own with a service station in Calgary, and spent 30 years owning service stations in Calgary and Victoria. For 20 years he owned a small grain farm close to Red Deer. Hamish moved to Victoria with his family in 1990 and bought a 10acre experimental farm they now call Highland House Farm.
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Automotive technician Ian Calvert on customer service, surrounding yourself with a good team and making a difference
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Deep Cove Auto Service 10930 West Saanich Rd, North Saanich 778.426.1321 www.deepcoveautoservice.com
1 5 3 2 4 How did you get your start in this profession? I began working part-time at a Cadboro Bay garage as a teen. I had always liked the challenge of figuring out how things worked, and this provided me with an opportunity to explore the profession. It was a natural career pursuit for me to follow. We celebrate Father’s Day in June. What is the best advice your dad ever gave you? When I was growing up, one lesson I learned from my Dad is to know yourself, both strengths and weaknesses. Secondly, map out a course and do your homework. I
have approached most challenges by weighing out pros and cons. Knowing my weaknesses has become one of my strengths: I surround myself with employees and colleagues who complement my personality and skill set.
What is your business best known for and why? In the one year I have been in the Deep Cove community, one thing I hear about time and time again is our level of service. I have buffed out tree scratches from a car that met the wrong end of a hedge, rooted through someone’s yard for tires too heavy for them to bring to the shop, and ridden
Can you give us a glimpse into some of the future plans for Deep Cove Auto Service? I am happy with the reception that Deep Cove has given us: it’s obvious we are making a difference, and will continue to steer in the direction of offering a high level of service. I am keen on growing strong roots in the Deep Cove community and I’m proud of how we have become the “go-to-guys” for automotive advice – no matter how trivial it may seem – and service. It all matters to us.
Doug Wedman Financial Services 2480 Beacon Ave, Sidney 250.655.0707 email@example.com
1 3 We celebrate Father’s Day in June. What is the best advice your dad ever gave you? As
Three words that others would use to describe you? Three words you would use to describe yourself? Sincere. Hardworking. Driven. My fatherin-law said to me when I was first considering opening up shop in Deep Cove: “Ian, if it fails it
certainly won’t be from lack of trying.” I’d say I’m congenial, empathetic and trustworthy.
Chartered Financial Planner Doug Wedman on offering great rates, working hard and serving the Peninsula
questions How did you get your start in this profession? I’ve spent my entire working career in some type of financial service. In 1989 an opportunity to join a national trust company became available, and I decided to join the company and obtained my Investment and Insurance License. In 1995 I received my Chartered Financial Planner professional designation.
a ride-em lawnmower along West Saanich Road because the customer didn’t know how to get it back home to their property. I also take the time to explain what is happening and help the customer explore all options with confidence. We treat people how we want to be treated. No special sauce – just exemplary service.
best I can recall it was something like “work hard and you will succeed.” My father was a successful farmer in Alberta. What is your business best known for and why? We are best known for consistently having the highest available interest rates on GIC deposits on the Peninsula. These GICs are all protected by Deposit Insurance. Through our affiliation with GICdirect.com (representing over 40 different Banks, Trust Companies, and Credit
Unions) we have access to rates that are 1.00% to 1.50% higher than retail bank rates. We are also known for our Employee Benefits plans on the Peninsula. As the Master Agent for the Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan we offer some unique features for owner/employee groups from one to 50 with guaranteed issue plans of three or more and cover all industries. Of course we also have a huge selection of individual investments and insurance services.
How would you describe yourself? Provider of good and fair financial services.
Can you give us a glimpse into some of the future plans for Doug Wedman Financial Services? We will assist clients with new GIC strategies in our low interest rate environment, such as laddering GICs. We will also offer business seminars to assist managers in hiring and retaining good employees, by using a good Benefits Plan.
Sidney eco-clothing store owner Morgan MoonObendorfer on caring for the planet, inspiring a community and pursuing your passion Morgan Moon-Obendorfer
Ecotopia Naturals 2348 Beacon Ave, Sidney 778.426.3088 www.facebook.com/ecotopianaturals
How did you get your start in this profession? Ecotopia Naturals has been a long-time vision. All my life, I’ve been drawn to wear natural clothing such as hemp, organic cotton and bamboo. I’ve worked as a wilderness skills teacher, natural builder, landscaper and with organic food before deciding with my wife Mara to move with our four children to Sidney and establish an ecoclothing store. It has been a lifelong journey towards right livelihood.
We celebrate Father’s Day in June. What is the best advice
your dad ever gave you? He always reminds me to be deeply grateful for my blessings. Also, to never take things for granted!
Three words you would use to describe yourself? I think others might describe me as generous, loving and calm. I think I’m devoted, sincere and optimistic.
3 5 What is your business best known for and why? We are best known for our quality, comfortable clothing and top-of-the-line natural soaps and body care products, as well as for our uplifting, beautiful atmosphere and friendly openhearted staff. Three words that others would use to describe you?
Can you give us a glimpse into some of the future plans for Ecotopia Naturals? To evolve with this community and play our part in establishing this place as a magnet for likeminded people who deeply care for our planet and wish to live in alignment with the values of
sustainability and vitality. To keep sourcing the best eco-clothing and products and to support ethical companies, local designers and artisans. Beyond the retail realm, we will keep striving to inspire our community with culture, collaborate with others, promote social/environmental awareness, and be a dynamic hub for the emerging green movement in Sidney. We will do our very best to give back and make a positive impact to this very special community.
Accountant Rhys March on professional growth, individualized service and never giving up Rhys March, BBA, CGA
First Island Financial Services Ltd. #101 - 727 Fisgard St, Victoria 250.388.5441 www.firstisland.com
1 3 4 5 How did you get your start in this profession? Having started my career in the forestry industry, I was able to gain a solid understanding of the construction process. Recently completing my CGA professional designation has enabled me to deal with complex business situations. I look forward to continued professional growth in this industry.
We celebrate Father’s Day in June. What is the best advice your dad ever gave you?
He taught me to never give up.
What is your business best known for and why? First Island is best recognized for being a preeminent real estate investment company. This year marks First Island’s 40th year of providing quality first mortgage investment opportunities to investors. Our longevity is a testament to the diligence and knowledge of our experienced management team and our comprehensive loan evaluation process. By carefully selecting our
projects, we are able to minimize risk and provide our investors with high-yield returns.
Three words that others would use to describe you? Three words you would use to describe yourself? I think others might describe me as diligent, having a good sense of humour and confident. I think I’m trustworthy, outgoing and reliable. Can you give us a glimpse into some of the future plans
for First Island Financial? We have a tried and true business model that really appeals to our investors, so future plans include more of the same: continue to grow the business at a measured pace, so as to maintain our solid record, and still be able to offer our investors quality individualized service. This year we also plan on adding to our registered services by offering Tax Free Savings Accounts, along with our no-fee RSP and RIF plans.
Roastery café owner Jim Townley (with father Mel, Roastmaster) on what it takes to be an artisan coffee roaster, and visionary
1 5 How did you get your start in this profession? I’ve always loved having coffee with friends. In high school we used to go to the “Country Kitchen” in Brentwood and I remember all the good conversation we would have. In my mid-20s I went on a trip to Costa Rica, learned more about coffee and fell in love with it all over again. For 10 years I knew this is what I wanted to do, and seeing the growth of brew pubs through the ‘90s I saw that typical coffee houses would evolve too, which is why I started a “Roastery Café,” not just a coffee shop.
We celebrate Father’s Day in June. What is the best advice your dad ever gave you? Dad tries not to give advice as much as he likes leading by example. He’s a hardworking guy, who is well-liked by the locals here in Saanichton and he will do anything for family. What more can you ask for? What is your business best known for and why? Our business will always be known for being the first micro coffee roaster on the Saanich Peninsula. I think we’ve really impacted the way residents of the Peninsula enjoy freshly roasted coffee, not to mention our efforts to create a truly sustainable coffee roasting model.
What is the secret to success? There are many secrets to success. For us it comes down to: freshness,
consistency and having a passion for creating an exceptional product. Three words that others would use to describe you? Three words you’d use to describe yourself? Others would use: intense, dependable and outspoken to describe me. I would describe myself as: tenacious, committed and industrious. I will do whatever it takes to get the job done!
What makes Fresh Cup unique? We wanted to do more than just roast the freshest and tastiest coffee on the Peninsula. We wanted to challenge ourselves when it came to the current methods of roasting coffee. We believe that we can always do better in terms of our
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energy consumption and reduction of emissions; ongoing improvements in sustainability is our goal.
community you live in, and giving back when you can.
What does “business” mean to you? Building relationships is what doing business is all about. Business is about being involved in the
What is your guilty pleasure? I have a weakness for wine gums, and red wine. I don’t count calories and I love food … a lot! If you could start your business all over again, would you? What would you do differently? That’s a tough one because I typically don’t look back and regret anything I have done. The most successful people are typically the ones who have taken some risks and made a lot of mistakes. Life is not about perfection (there’s no such thing) … life is simply about continuous improvement! Be better today than you were yesterday, and better tomorrow than you are today.
Can you give us a glimpse into some of the future plans for Fresh Cup? Our vision is to take what we’ve learned from operating our Roastery Café and share that knowledge with others in the industry. We are expanding into manufacturing of our coffee roasting technology with the intent of selling the Roastaire™ across the country to other cafés, grocery stores and hotels. We would love to put the Saanich Peninsula on the map in terms of what “Clean Air Artisan Coffee Roasting” means to Canadians.
Jim & Mel Townley
Fresh Cup Roastery Café 1931 Mt. Newton X Rd., Saanichton 250.652.5678 www.freshcup.ca
Stylist Jamie Poll on community involvement, karma and getting hooked on the world of beauty and hair Jamie Poll
Haven Salon 9805 Seaport Pl, Sidney 250.655.9797 www.sidneypier.com/spa
How did you get your start in this profession? It all started with a great love for the world of beauty and hair. My first work experience in grade 10 was at The Hair Company in Fort St. John. That was in 1992 and the salon was the first Aveda Concept salon in Northern B.C; after that I was hooked.
We celebrate Father’s Day in June. What is the best advice your dad ever gave you? Wading through the humour-
drenched attempts at advice that my dad has ever given me over the years, one of the few pearls is “No one has ever died from working too hard.” This resignated with me at a very early age and is something I apply daily in my life.
thankful for all that the community affords us and feel that giving back is the best way to complete the circle of “what you put out into the universe eventually makes its way back to you.”
5 4 3 What is your business best known for and why? My business is known for a friendly atmosphere with a strong commitment to community involvement. We are
Three words that others would use to describe you? Three words you would use to describe yourself? I like to think people would describe me as caring, funny and energetic. I would describe myself as a
Lucas J. Copplestone
LJC ART 250.686.5522 WWW.LJCART.COM
1 4 3 5 2 We celebrate Father’s Day in June. What is the best advice your dad ever gave you? Being from London, my father showed me that it is only through adventure that some people succeed in
Can you give us a glimpse into some of the future plans for Haven Salon? The community is going to get a chance to see and work hand-in-hand with a group of artists whose focus will be in building a strong relationship connecting beauty, environment and well-being.
Creative director Lucas Copplestone on minding the gap, building momentum and the importance of freedom of expression
questions How did you get your start in this profession? Art is not a thing: it’s a way of life. To create and communicate through the language of art is something that I’m deeply passionate about; I have always wanted to work for myself and it was this passion that motivated me to do so.
very caring individual with a servant’s heart who enjoys making everyone’s day a little brighter!
knowing themselves … if I never seek adventure then I will never find anything new or different; you can’t make either life or art, you have to “MIND THE GAP” in between which is undefined! What is your business best known for and why? LJC ART is best known not for what we do but for why we do it. We bring creative passion, adventure and out-ofthe-box thinking and infuse this into everything we do: ART, Screen Printing, Fashion, Design, Web and Music. This results in a fresh
outcome for our clients. Three words that others would use to describe you? Three words you would use to describe yourself? Friends would say that I am unconventional, inspiring and expressive. I would describe myself as colourful, driven and adventurous.
Can you give us a glimpse into some of the future plans for LJC ART? I see LJC ART as a movement; moving forward
we’d like to create art facilities where people can have freedom of creative expression in a supportive entrepreneurial environment. We are currently converting shipping containers into satellite ecostores, art galleries and apparel print studios. In the past five years LJC ART has raised over $30,000 for various charities including the Zajac Ranch for kids; carrying this momentum forward we’d like to empower more children through the freedom of expression and teach them to use art as a weapon.
Owner operators Matt Coste and Seth Finlayson on the importance of customer convenience and professional ability Matt Coste & Seth Finlayson
Mobile Tile by Madico Unit 1, 17 Cadillace Ave, Saanich 250.590.5920 www.mobiletile.com
5 1 2 3 4 How did you get your start in this profession? Matt: I was in woodworking before tile. Tile was much better money than woodworking, and the woodworking skills translated very well into tile work. I was also able to utilize the creativity and craftsmanship I developed through woodworking. Mobile Tile was a way to leverage my knowledge into expanding my existing business. Seth: I was working at UVic in their entrepreneurial support centre ICE. Matt came to me with the basic idea for Mobile Tile, and I kept getting more and more involved.
We celebrate Father’s Day in June. What is the best advice your dad ever gave you? Seth: Always do a better job than you have to. Matt: There are more important things than money, but if you have those, money’s nice too.
there are no skill gaps between us. This is a product of years of training and education, each in different facets of the business. Combined we make up a very efficient machine that produces high quality tiled spaces and happy customers.
What is your business best known for and why? Obviously our business is well known for its unique mobile store service, but we think it goes beyond that. Clients who have dealt with us feel we are best known in town for our professional abilities. Each member of Mobile Tile is an experienced expert in their field, and as a team
Three words that others would use to describe you? Three words you would use to describe yourself? Others: Friendly, knowledgeable, inspired. Us: Friendly, knowledgeable, inspired. Things are as they seem! What makes your business unique? At Mobile Tile, we
believe purchasing tile doesn’t have to be a daunting task. We want to make purchasing tile convenient and hopefully fun. It’s a much more enjoyable experience to shop in your own home with a selection of products customized to your preferences, than in an overwhelming show room. The convenience of being able to choose your tile in the space it is intended, get a quote for it and have it ordered while simultaneously getting an installation estimate and booking a start date is a huge benefit and time saver.
Chiropractor Dr. Mark Smith on answering a calling, being a valuable resource and offering a higher quality of life Mark Smith, DC, BSc Knes Progressive Chiropractic #207 - 1595 McKenzie Ave, Victoria 250.590.7319 www.chiropractorvictoria.com
1 2 5 3 4 How did you get your start in this profession? Chiropractic found me. A desire to help others and learn more about wellness culminated in a fire that was lit the moment I first saw a chiropractor at work. The “inside-out” chiropractic philosophy of health and healing resonated with me and working in a one-on-one setting with clients turned out to be a great fit. I do feel as though my profession is more of a “calling” than a “job.” We celebrate Father’s Day in
June. What is the best advice your dad ever gave you? “Define the moment, don’t let the moment define you.” I have certainly found these words to live by!
throughout care. Patients rave about our adjusting and massage tables as well. Our approach is an effort to get our clients the best results and best office experience possible.
What is your business best known for and why? Our clinic’s technology is a great differentiator. Video motion X-ray allows us to literally see the spine in motion and identify issues accurately while our thermal scanning tool helps track nerve system progress
Three words that others would use to describe you? Three words you would use to describe yourself? I think others might describe me as passionate, thorough and personable. I think I’m optimistic, ambitious and loyal.
Can you give us a glimpse into some of the future plans for Progressive Chiropractic? I envision Progressive Chiropractic becoming Victoria’s premier chiropractic clinic both in terms of the caliber of care we provide and our contribution to the community. I’d like to see health care practitioners seek out our technology and advice as a valuable resource in assisting with difficult cases and to continue to offer hope and higher quality of life to those who seek our help.
Realtors Patrick Killeen and Patrick Schörle on the measure of success, being straightforward and two shades of Patricks
1 4 5 2 6 How did you get your start in this profession? Patrick Schörle (PS): With a background in classical music, orchestral conducting in particular, I sought to further develop my marketing skills in a business which I could find both compelling and challenging. Real Estate in some sense seems to be a stark departure from the world of classical music but you’d be surprised to hear of the many parallels. Patrick Killeen (PK): After a career of general management I was looking for something of my own with more control over my business. We celebrate Father’s Day in June. What is the best advice your dad ever gave you? PS: My dad was successful as a European entrepreneur operating in a niche market and he taught me that timing means everything when it comes to a fruitful venture. He is also an inspiration for me when it comes to sticking to one’s beliefs, regardless of some of the challenges that can sometimes face a business owner. PK: My dad was a stickler for honesty. He taught me the value of honesty and that all things come around.
What is the secret to success? PS: Success should probably be measured not by recognition of a particular achievement but rather by the laudable persistence of a person’s willingness to overcome obstacles in life. PK: Creativity, persistence and being goal oriented. Three words that others would use to describe you? Three words you would use to describe yourself? PS: Creative, talented and driven/multi-faceted, multi-cultural, multitalented. PK: Straightforward, logical and interesting. What makes Schörle & Associates unique? PS: Two shades of Patricks that bring different perspectives and backgrounds to the table. We strive to build and develop long lasting relationships with our clients. PK: We see the client relationship as a much bigger thing than a sales contract.
3 7 What is your business best known for and why? PS: Dedication, knowledge and in-depth research along with the ability to have a frank discussion. PK: Being straightforward and a no-nonsense kind of guy.
What does “business” mean to you? PS: Professionalism and dedication to your values and goals. PK: The general activity of creating value.
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What is your guilty pleasure? PS: Single malt Scotch and French food (especially a good saucisson sec!). PK: A good wine on Friday evening.
remember to stay true to one’s values prior to entering the real estate profession. PK: Develop some business background. Broaden what you can bring to the table.
What advice would you give someone considering a career in your profession? PS: Bringing a multi-faceted experience or a rich and varied background to the table is paramount, but the most important is to
Can you give us a glimpse into some of the future plans for Schörle & Associates? PS: On April 1st my wife Stephanie and I opened up the doors of Pacifica Real Estate Inc., a new brokerage in Sidney. I am excited to be able to have more options and solutions for how Schörle and Associates can tailor its services and marketing strategies. Pacifica’s vision is to be a supporting platform for real estate agents to grow by valuing their individual businesses and achieving success by marketing themselves as well as building their own brands. It is the perfect fit for Schörle & Associates; we are looking forward to working alongside other agents at Pacifica who possess a like-minded business approach. PK: We are looking to further develop our high quality services and stay on top of current trends and changes.
Patrick Schörle Patrick Killeen
Pacifica Real Estate 2444 Bevan Ave, Sidney 250.984.2310 www.pacificarealestate.ca
Laboratory site coordinator Don Chan on channeling the king, the importance of a team atmosphere, and service to his community Don Chan
Saanich Peninsula Hospital 2166 Mt Newton X Rd, Saanichton 250.544.7676 www.sphf.ca
How did you get your start in this profession? I’ve been working in laboratory medicine for over 35 years, the last nine at Saanich Peninsula Hospital. I began organizing fundraisers as a member of the Chinatown Lions Club, then came “pizza staff meetings” and Christmas parties (happy staff means happy clients!). This year I organized a Chinese New Year Dinner to benefit the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation. More than 300 people came, raising
over $5,000. I made my annual appearance as “Little Elvis.” In Elvis costume, I sing and tell jokes after the professional Elvis impersonator sings.
We celebrate Father’s Day in June. What is the best advice your dad ever gave you? Live life fully. What is your business best known for and why? The Lab at SPH prides itself on providing prompt, courteous service, a result
of the team atmosphere that encourages technologists and lab assistants to work together and back each other up. I’ve discovered that if you make staff meetings fun (we sometimes have door prizes along with the pizza or Chinese food), it’s reflected in the service we give the community.
Three words that others would use to describe you? Three words you’d use to describe yourself? At work, people would describe me as quiet
Can you give us a glimpse into some of your future plans? Next year I’ll be organizing another dinner for two families facing health and financial challenges. Your readers are invited!
Optician Fima Korduner on staying on top of the newest developments, giving customized service and finally realizing a West Coast dream Fima Korduner Sidney Eyeland Optical 2451 Beacon Ave Sidney 250.656.3626
1 2 How did you get your start in this profession? I started working at an optical laboratory in Calgary, and after a few years of doing all aspects of the lab work I decided to further my education and profession by going to the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology where I took the Opthalmic Dispensing program. After graduating, I went to work in a major optical company in Calgary. I always dreamed of moving to the West Coast. After a wonderful fishing vacation on the Island, I decided to move here and opened my store in Sidney in 1997.
and serious, although considerate. However, once I become Little Elvis, I’m a wild and crazy guy. I would say of myself that I treasure my friends and work colleagues and love to have a good time, while doing good in the world (more than three words, I know).
We celebrate Father’s Day in June. What values do you try to pass along to your son? I try to teach him the importance of hard work and excelling in school. What is important to me, and hopefully my kids, is staying in touch with their community and family … going out of your way to please your next door neighbour, or your friend.
What is your business best known for and why? We are known for excellent customer service – going above and beyond to ensure customers are seeing
better and have a customized experience for their prescription and type of lenses. We also have a great selection of frames. Being totally independent, we’re free to custom order frames and lenses for individual customer needs.
Three words that others would use to describe you? Three words you would use to describe yourself? Others might describe me as patient, fair and meticulous. I would hope that I’m viewed as honest, courteous and hard working.
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Can you give us a glimpse into some of the future plans for your two Eyeland Optical locations? Since opening, I’ve always strived to keep up with the newest advances in the optical industry, from the new laboratory equipment to the newest styles of frames, colours etc. I undergo continuous education on the newest developments in prescription contact lenses and lens development, and I’m happy to say we offer our customers a full range of digital prescription lenses.
Chartered accountant Erik Solbakken on the importance of balance, good advice and life experience
1 4 5 2 How did you get your start in this profession? In my last year of high school I decided to take an accounting course as an elective. I was always good at mathematics so I thought it would be a good filler course. The “penny” dropped for me when I realized I could use mathematics to earn a living by becoming a Chartered Accountant.
We celebrate Father’s Day in June. What is the best advice your dad ever gave you? My father and uncle ran their own construction company. My dad told me that they always paid their suppliers and employees first before paying themselves. He said as a business owner you must pay yourself last. Without suppliers and employees you can’t run a business, so you must ensure you take care of them first. I’ve always followed this advice and I share this message with business owners I work with.
What is the secret to success? Balance. I’m constantly working at it. When you’re running your own business you think about it all the time. The key is to make sure you spend time not working. That’s the hard part. What makes Solbakken | Chartered Accountants unique? We offer our business owners a Fixed Pricing Agreement (FPA) option as opposed to billing by the hour. The FPA gives our clients unlimited meetings and consultations with us without fear of the “clock ticking.” Anytime they have a question or need assistance they don’t hesitate to contact us.
6 3 What is your business best known for and why? We are best known for providing accounting, tax and advisory solutions to owner/ manager businesses and their families. Our clients understand that we are also running a business and face the same challenges that every business owner must face. We share our personal experience and the experience gained from all the businesses we’ve been exposed to over the years with our clients to help them make decisions.
What does “business” mean to you? It means life. I really don’t see a line between business and personal. When you own your own business, it’s part of who you are. I’m the same person
regardless of whether I’m doing high level corporate tax planning or playing with my children.
mistakes in the past I wouldn’t have that experience to offer my clients today.
What is your guilty pleasure? ‘80s metal music.
If you could start your business all over again, would you? What would you do differently this time? I know it sounds cliché but I honestly wouldn’t do anything differently. Experience is the most important asset to be able to share with others. If I hadn’t made
What advice would you give someone considering a career in your profession? Be patient and persistent. The schooling and training process to get your CA designation takes time and is a lot of work, but it’s worth it. At each step of my career I’ve experienced points where I could have easily thrown in the towel because of the stress, but I’m very grateful I stayed with it as I really enjoy what I do today.
Can you give us a glimpse into some of the future plans for Solbakken | Chartered Accountants? Over the last two years we have been focusing time and resources internally on building an improved business model as opposed to growing our client base. I’ve always thought there must be a better way to provide professional accounting services to clients and I believe we’ve achieved that now. We moved our offices to a more convenient central location, improved our internal systems and created a better value proposition under our Fixed Pricing Agreement. Our focus is now on growing our business externally by being more visible in the community and taking on new clients.
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Hairstylist and salon owner Jamie J on treating others well, top service and going mobile
1 4 5 2 6 3 How did you get your start in this profession? My parents raised me in Alberta and Saskatchewan to be a farmer. At 13, we moved to British Columbia and I began noticing the amazing hairstyles women had that I had never seen before. After personally suffering through many horrific hair cuts, at 16 I began to cut my own hair. Having the opportunity to work in many different trades, I realized that the trade for me was hairdressing and I became determined to train in that field.
We celebrate Father’s Day in June. What is the best advice your dad ever gave you? To quote my father: “Get a haircut you hippie!” In all seriousness, my father taught me to treat others the way I would wish to be treated myself. That is, with honesty, fairness, and respect. This is the way I run my business and the way I treat my staff. I believe my father brought me up well. Thanks Dad! What is your business best known for and why? I pride my salon on offering the best talent on the Peninsula with cutting edge design fused with contemporary thinking for clients from every walk of life. Salon J is known for its fun, friendly and upbeat atmosphere. When a client sits down in our salon, they notice that they are surrounded by a team of talented and creative stylists. My salon offers
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an experience above and beyond the average salon visit.
What is the secret to success? After personally training with Angus Mitchell and John Paul Dejoria of Paul Mitchell, I became aware that all clients must be provided top service and given the utmost respect. Everyone deserves to look fantastic! Three words you’d use to describe yourself? Three words that others would use to describe you? I would describe myself as dedicated, unique and forward thinking. Others may call me supportive, kind and generous. What makes Salon J unique? I lead an unbelievable group of style experts who work as a team. We ensure that the client’s visit is always as amazing as possible. As a group we all specialize in different
areas, so every beauty need is covered. You, as our client, are our primary focus.
local organizations and charities, and I love that aspect of my business.
What does business mean to you? I believe that business is being a contributing part of a community. I am grateful every day to have the loyal clientele that Salon J does. These clients allow us at Salon J to support many
What is your guilty pleasure? Lemon drop martinis.
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If you could start your business all over again, would you? What would you do differently this time? I would absolutely do it all again! It has been an amazing journey. I don’t think I would do much differently because I am so proud of Salon J and everything it is today. Can you give us a glimpse into some of the future plans for Salon J? I am happy to announce that I am now the sole owner of Salon J! We are now focusing on Jane Iredale, Eminence Organics, Paul Mitchell and Bumble and bumble as our product lines. We will continue to provide our current services with the addition of a focus on bridal beauty with various specialty packages. This summer, we look forward to offering on location services with our new mobile unit, as well as the launch of Salon J’s new website. My staff and I are very excited about our future.
Salon J Hair Studios #101 - 2506 Beacon Ave, Sidney 250.656.9111 www.salonj.ca
Journeyman refrigeration mechanic Kristen Fletcher on doing it right, personal connections and being just a phone call away Kristen Fletcher
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1 3 How did you get your start in this profession? I had some great advice from mentors and saw it as an opportunity to one day start my own company. The diversity of the trade appealed to me, because no two days are the same! Also, job security was a deciding factor: people will always need a warm room and a cold beer, and that’s what I provide!
We celebrate Father’s Day in June. What is the best advice your dad ever gave you? If it’s
not worth doing right, then it’s not worth doing. What is your business best known for and why? Providing expert level service with the personal connection of a local company. We are concerned with customer satisfaction first and foremost and we aren’t happy until our customers are. I think of the care and compassion I’d want a company to provide for my Grandma and that’s our benchmark, our barometer if you will.
We make sure that the equipment is working properly and our customer understands how to operate it best. Taking the time to explain how a heat pump works can save the customer much frustration in the future, and if they have a question, we are always just a phone call away.
Three words that others would use to describe you? Three words you’d use to describe yourself? I think others might describe me as genuine, capable and
passionate. I’d describe myself as driven, loyal and dedicated.
Can you give us a glimpse into some of the future plans for Uptown Air Conditioning? We’ll be expanding our residential service to provide efficient, high-value home heating and cooling products to the Peninsula with quality workmanship. Whether you’re upgrading your home’s heating system or building a new home, we have the knowledge and experience to help you choose the right system.
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smell t h e co f f ee the joy that a cool coffee brings is a special thing: that sunny day and carefree feeling unlocks the stress in most of us
The Calories Behind Iced Coffees by Steve Sheppard
With the recent burst of warmer weather on the West Coast it has been virtually impossible to ignore the increased number of iced-coffee drinks in people's hands. The joy that a cool coffee brings is a special thing; that sunny day and carefree feeling you get knowing that you made it through another Canadian winter unlocks the stress in most of us. But, I thought people should know what they are getting into with this seasonal change in their coffee choice in terms of their caloric consumption. With a change in your favourite coffee drink comes more calories for some people, and the bottom line is … you will definitely need to exercise! Through the cold winter when we were drinking our 12 oz. cups of black coffee we consumed anywhere from two to five calories, and in a 2 oz. shot of espresso about the same. Black coffee or a shot of espresso in their pure forms are low in calories and have been proven to be good for our overall health. The calories in people's coffee do not come from the coffee itself; the calories come from additives like cream, sugar, or the double-double, which really piles on the calories. When you move to the iced coffee drinks, like those from McCafé, even with sugar-free vanilla syrup they can yield in the neighbourhood of 120 calories and 11 grams of fat. Then there is another level to the ever popular blended coffee drinks, which are commonly referred to as Frappuccinos or Frapps. The coffee world has yielded some defining moments
in its history and the Frapp would be one of them. This category of coffee drink alone has added many inches to waistlines all over North America! Frapps vary in caloric value depending on the ingredients. Some places will use different "mixes" or powders which may contain hydrogenated oils and other ingredients to create texture and thickness with little regard for overall nutrition. A 16 oz.
Charbucks Mocha Frappuccino has 270 calories, 11 grams of fat, 42 grams of carbohydrates and four grams of protein. A 16 oz. Tim Horton's Iced Cappuccino contains 410 calories, 21 grams of fat, 56 grams of carbohydrates and one gram of protein. If you seek iced coffees, my suggestion is to look for independent cafés that engage in a more pure form of iced coffee and blended drinks. These cafés will typically use homo milk to thicken the frapp, and syrups to sweeten the coffee a bit. But, given the choice of calories from milk over that of a synthetic powder I can't pronounce the ingredients of, I will take my chances with a cow … I can always ask for skim milk to lighten up my calorie intake, and less syrup to reduce the sugar … Steve out.
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As a young teacher, I settled in Somerset, England's cider-making County, and became enamored with the wonders of this golden drink. Here I am, many years later, on the Gulf Islands, and find to my delight that Saanichton's Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse at 2487 Mt. St. Michael Road is on my doorstep. "I've been involved with apples since I was a child" says Kristen Jordan, the owner and driving force of this remarkable establishment. But, she admits that it was not until she was educated at the prestigious Atlantic College in Wales that she became familiar with the drinking of cider. On her 10-acre organic farm with over 1,300 apple trees and more than 50 varieties, Kristen produces "a selection of critically acclaimed artisan ciders." She named it Sea Cider Farm when she acquired the land in 2004. "I had no idea it would become the large and dynamic operation that it is today, employing 15 staff throughout the year and more in the busy season and for special events," she says. The farm boasts an attractive Ciderhouse with an airy, welldesigned tasting room where a variety of delicious and different ciders can be sampled and enjoyed, together with a gourmet range of
cheeses, breads and chutneys. Casual visitors can relax in comfortable chairs at long rustic tables, while enjoying the view through the large windows of the grounds, and the sea beyond. Kristen agrees that the most satisfying element of her business "is connecting with customers and the surrounding community." The Ciderhouse operates throughout the year, and can accommodate up to 64 diners at a sitting or up to 100 for a reception event. For much of the year, larger events can be held in a heated tent in the grounds, which makes Sea Cider an ideal venue for weddings and corporate events. "The most demanding aspect of my work is the running of the farm itself," she says, for Kirsten not only grows popular cider apples, but buys from small farms, encouraging them to grow unusual and "oldfashioned" varieties. By doing so, she is helping to preserve local farming, and as she puts it: "It's a way of preventing lesser known apples from disappearing. It's a way of preserving the past." To this end, she deals with Life Cycles, a non-profit organization that purchases apples from small-scale local growers. Sea Cider is a certified organic farm, and many of its ciders have won national and international awards. Famous names such as the crisp, effervescent Pippins, and the sparkling Rumrunner, aged in old rum barrels, are examples of the quality of their product. But for Kristen there is a satisfaction over and beyond the running of a successful business: "Every season has its beauty: the spring flowering of the apple trees, and, perhaps in late November, the first dusting of snow."
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