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seasidemagazine.ca Publisher Sue Hodgson 250.516.6489 firstname.lastname@example.org
Some call me a "woman with lots of hats:" mother, event organizer, environmental advocate, woodworker, child care provider, face painter, sales specialist for sleep products and Seaside's trendspotter. With this diverse collection of jobs I have a diverse community of friends, which makes my job as a trendspotter easy. There is always something new – a product or a service – and we can't forget to look locally and see what kind of businesses are really perfect to support our lives … for example the little Spin Coin Laundry Service in Sidney, or our beloved Star Cinema right next to it. I love to put the spotlight on all of these businesses, whether they are new or long-valued. All of them make our community diverse and valuable and the best place to live. hans tammemagi
My love of nature takes me traipsing around the world from Amazon jungles to towering sand dunes in Africa to swimming with spawning salmon in western Canada. I love to dig below the veneer, seeking out local traditions, rare wildlife and eccentric characters. But a common thread is that I always sample the local vintages, for nothing is better than combining my three great loves: travel, writing and wine. My articles and images appear in newspapers and magazines across North America and internationally. I've also written 10 non-fiction books (one national bestseller). I live with my wife and two cats on Pender Island. Rumour has it I carry my camera everywhere, even when kayaking on tempestuous seas. deborah rogers
It's six years since I left England and made North Saanich my home. I've been here long enough that I recognize people everywhere I go. Whether I'm at the grocery store, Panorama, Horth Hill or simply having coffee in Sidney, any outing is a chance to chat and catch up with someone. Often when I meet people for the first time they want to find out where I'm from and why I'm here; interviewing people for Seaside Magazine lets me turn the tables. What a great way to meet new faces on the Peninsula and find out their stories. Making new connections reminds me time and again that it's community that sustains us, and how lucky I am with the community I've found myself part of.
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Semi-retired and loving life! I am committed to enjoying this astonishingly beautiful world we live in. I love to read, travel, cook and bake, design and create interesting spaces, capture beautiful moments with my camera, and read about all of these passions … and more! With a little more leisure time on my hands now, reading gets a bigger chunk of each day. Mostly I prefer non-fiction, like The Fishing Fleet I reviewed in this issue. "Shooting" the sunrise is where I can be found on many mornings. I like to be out of the house by 5 a.m. so I am set up and shooting before the sun comes up. To me, there is nothing more peaceful, yet energizing and somehow inspiring, than being kissed by the morning sun!
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What does giving back to your community mean to you? As the responsibilities of our daily life pull us in many different directions and we get stuck into solving problems in our own personal world, it is easy to forget about the bigger picture of what is going on in your community, city, and the world. I've said
this quite a bit in my First Word, but I do believe things happen for a reason. Late last year, I had a meeting with my editor and Brian Losie to talk about Access Awareness Day, happening this month in Sidney. It so happened that my editor was running late and, as time permitted, I got to know Brian quite well. I'm someone who wants to know who we are dealing with, what they are all about, and what's their story. Within seconds we were both in tears. As he continued to tell me the story of how "Help Fill A Dream Foundation" came to the rescue of his daughter, I paused, thinking, and said without hesitation: " I need to get involved; what can I do?" I'm very proud that every month Seaside Magazine tells many stories about our community and unites us. Just today, out of the blue, I received a call. The woman tried several times before getting through, and all she wanted to tell me was "thank you for producing Seaside
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Magazine and sharing our local stories; it's made a difference in my life." I know that on paper Seaside is making a difference in our community but it's time for more depth to what we can do. So, on June 14th, Seaside Magazine will be hosting its first-ever charity event: "Taking It To The Street, in support of Help Fill A Dream Foundation. It will be a family fun event at the Mary Winspear Centre complete with entertainment, prizes, food, celebrities and the main event is bringing back one of Canada's favourite pastimes – a street hockey tournament. The Foundation assists children with lifethreatening conditions (to age 19) with the ultimate goal of giving the children a reason to move through their illness. Kelly Slater, at age 15, is one of these kids. He has Cystic Fibrosis, and there is no cure. Imagine: his day starts at 5:30 a.m. each weekday with the first of two inhaled nebulizer drug treatments and a chest physiotherapy regimen to loosen the mucus in his lungs. This routine is performed morning and night and takes at least two hours out of Kelley's day. With all this, his love of hockey stays strong. He plays on the ice at least five or six times a week during hockey season. At the Taking It To The Street event, Kelley will be presented with his "dream" of playing hockey in Europe with his team this summer. I'm thrilled to work with the Foundation and to be able to assist in fulfilling dreams. Giving of yourself freely without expecting anything in return can be one of the best experiences. We don't always have to make a big time or money commitment to make a big difference in our community; it's the little things that count. Seaside Magazine is making a commitment to making a difference in our community. "I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do." ~ Edward Everett Hale
letters Seaside Magazine welcomes your feeback! Send letters to the editor via allison@seasidemagazine. ca or post your comments on our Facebook wall! Letters may be edited for space and content. Thank you Barry Mathias for writing such a great article about Curves Sidney (In Good Health, May 2014). My members are talking about it on the circuit. Carolle Batham (via Facebook)
We commend you on featuring Melinda's Biscotti in your May issue (Peninsula Restaurant Profile). As facilitators for the "School to Work Transition Project" we can't say enough good things about Melinda, Alun and their wonderful staff. Their attitude toward and support of our student currently completing a work experience at their restaurant have been incredible. Melinda and Alun are inclusive, resourceful and open-minded in their beliefs. We'd love to clone them. They are truly making a difference in our community! "It takes a village to raise a child." Anne Light and Trudie Collishaw co-facilitators, School-to-Work Transition Project: Saanich & Victoria School Districts
Well done, Doreen. I like how you wove the various elements of time, subconscious workings, deeper meaning, and transformation into the recent experience you had of how warm, entertaining, professional and memorable an evening it was at Fern St. (Honouring Our Voices: The Victoria Storytellers Guild, May 2014). Well crafted. Nejama Ferstman
I was just thrilled to see our article in Seaside Magazine (The Little Paper That Could, May 2014). Several of my friends have commented that they were also delighted to see the article. Very much appreciated. Dana Waite Publisher, The Paper Mache
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at the taking it to the street event, teen Kelley Slater will be presented with his "dream"
The Magic of Hope & Angels: Help Fill a Dream Foundation by Doreen Marion Gee
The mind's power is
boundless. The opportunity to hope and dream may have profound positive effects on well-being. Enter those angels of the Help Fill a Dream Foundation, staff and donors alike. With their magic wands, they sprinkle joy into the lives of children with lifethreatening conditions. The long term life-changing effects of this extreme kindness we can only imagine. The magical support of the Dream team gives sick children a reason to keep going when the battle is endless. It could be the spark that ignites hope in a child'sÂ life. The humanitarian work of the Help Fill a Dream Foundation and their generous donors is a remarkable testament to the innate goodness of people. Since 1986, Help Fill a Dream Foundation has been spreading its wings over Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Craig Smith, the congenial Executive Director, proudly states that in 10 SEASIDE | june 2014
2013, they celebrated their 2,000th "Dream" for a sick child. "We touch an average of 60 to 80 families a year," says Craig. The Foundation assists children with life-threatening conditions (to age 19) with three different programs. First, they fulfil the dreams and secret wishes of children. It could be an adventure in Disneyland or a laptop full of software fun. Families are included in the "dream." Second, the Foundation's Family Assistance program eases the burden when families are dealing with hospitalization of their loved ones. They provide funds for travel to hospital, accommodation and paying bills. The third service is improving "Quality of Life," supporting families returning home in any way they can: modifications to accommodate disabilities, learning devices, dancing lessons for a little girl, therapeutic horse-riding. When families are in hospitalcrisis-mode, the Foundation angels work silently behind the scenes to provide "Emergency Packs" with food vouchers for a cafeteria or
grocery cards. "The magic of hope is the premise that keeps Help Fill A Dream operating!" reflects Craig. "Hope helps the healing process" is a tag line. The Foundation's "ultimate goal is to give the children a reason to move through their illness." Emily Young is living proof of their success. At age 27, she looks back on her "dream" trip to Disneyland: "For those 10 days I was given not only a dream, but the gift of a real childhood experience. One that allowed me to just be a kid, not a kid with cancer." The magic: "The assistance we were provided absolutely gave us hope. I think that they showed us some light and that everything just might, maybe, be okay. I think having those 10 days of pure happiness and joy really helped get me through my remaining treatments." Emily epitomizes the long-term positive impacts on kids: "Being a (Foundation) board member now gives me the opportunity to change someone else's life. I guess you could say the Foundation "Whatever the child's continues to situation or diagnosis, change and impact my life Help Fill a Dream is there 20 yearsÂ later." to embrace them with Seaside love, support and a Magazine is gift of happiness." the presenting sponsor of a fundraiser for the Help Fill A Dream Foundation on June 14th: "Taking It To The Street. A Road Hockey Charity Event" (http://tinyurl.com/mbl6ern). Sue Hodgson (publisher) was hooked: "Last year I met a father in our local community who told me about his daughter and how she had undergone a serious medical condition and how Help Fill A Dream came to their rescue." At the event, Kelley Slater will be presented with his "dream" of playing hockey in Europe with his team this summer. Lynda Slater describes her son's life with cystic fibrosis: "Kelley's day starts at 5:30 a.m. each weekday morning, beginning with the first of two inhaled nebulizer drug treatments and a chest physiotherapy regimen to loosen the mucus in his lungs. Both of these are performed morning and night and account for at least two hours of Kelley's day, if there is no infection in his lungs." Lynda is grateful for the long-term assistance of Help Fill a Dream: "Their generosity has been so great and very much appreciated." Craig Smith sincerely thanks the hovering angels who give so graciously: "Quite simply, Help Fill A Dream wouldn't exist without the generosity of our donors." They fundraise about 93% of their budget and the demand is steadily increasing. No donation is too small; everything helps. Whatever the child's situation or diagnosis, the Help Fill a Dream Foundation is there to embrace them with love, support and a gift of happiness. "We hope that while they are here, we make a difference in the time they have." And whatever the time frame, hope is still working its magic. For details, visit www.helpfilladream.com or call 250.382.3135 or (toll-free): 1.866.382.2711.
Now a Foundation board member, as a child Emily Young received a trip to Disneyland from Help Fill a Dream
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forbes & marshall "you see, our bailey was not your regular bichon, and was just about the opposite of what we thought a dog should be"
For the Love of Dog by Michael Forbes
She wanted a Bichon Frise because a friend had one and said they were good with children. I thought "we don't have any kids," so why do we need a dog that would be good for these alleged future children? Seriously, I couldn't think of one good reason to get a mutt and I had mentally populated a list of a bazillion reasons why not. That's why I sat in the car in the driveway with my Lisa for a while, grumbling about this being a lousy idea until she finally persuaded me to just meet the pup. When I emerged from the long hallway I was greeted by a makeshift pen where I spotted a tiny tuft of white belly button lint looking up at me with jet black eyes. It was as if a miniature grenade exploded right in the middle of a cotton ball. I took one step and it skipped toward me, its tiny tongue peppering my neck with rapid-fire kisses. My grey matter became awash with an overdose of cute and I knew I was in love. You see, our Bailey was not your regular Bichon, and was just about the opposite of what we thought a dog should be. She was very small for her breed, somewhat timid and never barked. She wasn't affectionate and when we came home with our first human-born, she sniffed the baby then seemed quite happy to fade into the background. One day though, she hobbled to the forefront when she began to limp. After the operation, we shovelled money and a multitude of vets her way to help her hind leg heal, but it was a losing battle. She couldn't walk, she was delirious with pain pills, stopped eating and refused water. So we made the decision to end her suffering.
The night before we took her to the vet I cried like a baby. She was just 10 years old – it was too soon and outrageously unfair. As a family, we prayed for a miracle, a sign that she wanted to live. The next morning, like a governor's reprieve, Bailey's appetite suddenly returned, delivering her from a most certain fate. It was the chance we hoped for, and in that moment we were determined to do anything we could to save her. Last month, our little fluff ball had her 17th birthday. She gets around very slowly and now has to wear "doggie Depends"while in the house. We have experienced the subtle scorn of some relatives and friends who feel that we are prolonging her life needlessly. I can assure them that it's not her time … not yet. I know this because she is one of my oldest and dearest friends, and I still see the spark that has sustained her all these years. She was our only "child" for a time and has been an aloof observer of the first steps, the Happy Birthdays, the heartaches and the laughter that has become the tapestry of our lives together. She didn't turn out to be the companion we expected, but her very nature has given us the unexpected. She's allowed us to practice selflessness … all for the love of dog. Forbes & Marshall are the hosts of Ocean 98.5's popular morning show. Join them weekday mornings from 5:30 to 10:30 a.m.
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Heating up June, the Mary Winspear Centre is excited to welcome back Thunder From Down Under. Gather your friends for the ultimate “girls’ night outback” with the blokes from the Las Vegas top-rated male revue show on Thursday and Friday, June 19th and 20th, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Thunder is all about letting loose and having a great time. The show includes seductive dance moves, cheeky humour and chiseled abs. You won’t want to just sit and watch – full audience participation is a must! The blokes dance on tables and even invite a few lucky ladies up on stage. To enhance the experience and add a special feature to this event, we’ve added a pre-show cocktail party! Guests are invited to arrive early – at 6 p.m. – to enjoy a few drinks and nibble on complimentary appetizers provided by Island Culinary Service. During the cocktail party the gallery space will be filled with local vendors catering to women with tempting booths showcasing jewelry, cosmetics, health products and networking.
Winspear Summer Concert Series
New this summer, the Mary Winspear Centre is excited to present the Winspear Summer Concert Series. There’s something for everyone: a mix of musical genres and dance from local performers at affordable prices. Those attending the Sidney Street Market on Thursday nights will have a chance to enjoy an evening of entertainment after they have strolled the market on Beacon Avenue. The Winspear Summer Concert Series kicks off on Thursday, May 29 with “stomp rock” band The Lion The Bear The Fox with special guest Sam Weber. On Thursday, June 12th, Byrd Dawg will present the ultimate tribute to The Everly Brothers and Simon and Garfunkel. Canadian singer-songwriter Holly McNarland appears on July 3rd.
Summer Camps for Kids
Summer is a time for fun, friends, and sunshine! The Mary Winspear Centre is excited to announce the return of our wildly successful Summer Camps. Be sure to register soon as space is limited! Musical Extravaganza is a two-week camp for ages nine through 18 presented by the Mary Winspear Centre and Mountain Dream Productions. It offers fun-filled and action-packed full day classes consisting
of acting, singing and dancing! At the end of their sessions, watch your future stars as they present a full musical theatre performance in the Charlie White Theatre. Peninsula kids will be making some noise as the Mary Winspear and Peninsula Academy of Music Arts host two week-long Summer Rocks camps. Join Directors Lloyd English and Anna Shill along with the Summer Rocks live band and production team for a week of performance and creative arts discovery while producing an original live show. Week one Summer Rocks for Creative Kids (ages 7 to 11) will focus on providing a number of arts-related activities that include singing and performing as well as hands-on arts and crafts designed to stimulate minds and teach the value of the creative process. All this is accomplished in a fun and supportive atmosphere with the camp directors being joined daily by a mentoring team of senior high students as well as the camp live band on stage. Week two Summer Rocks Open Stage (ages 12 to 17) will guide the participants into producing a complete show on the Winspear Stage – yes, the stage is yours for one intensive week. Bring your voice, bring an instrument, bring your ideas; this will be an opportunity to cover everything from stage and performance techniques to the fundamentals of singing and songwriting and performing while being coached by career professionals and being backed by a live band. For more information, tickets and registration please visit www.marywinspear.ca or call 250-656-0275. Written by Carey Salvador.
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Seaside Magazine's 1st Annual Pet Photo Contest winners! huey My name is Huey and I'm a French Bulldog. My mom and dad had a white male before me and were determined to get a female brindle colour but settled for me instead. Because I wasn't their first choice, I have to try very hard to be cute. This is a picture of me just having had my feet washed after I helped them with some gardening, my favourite hobby. My likes are: fetching the morning paper; bugs; measuring the length of toilet paper on the roll; two-leggeds, especially children; four-leggeds; tooth brushing; car rides; lying in the sun. Dislikes: stairs and my harness.
ze k e My name is Zeke, and I'm an Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog. I'm a different breed from the Australian Cattle Dog. They have curvy long tails; my stumpy tail is genetic. My mama loves to take photos, especially of me. She took this one after she'd tried about a hundred different angles; that's why I look a bit bored. I like to be busy doing things, so she's always coming up with fun activities for me: teaching me tricks, playing find-it games or agility. She uses positive reinforcement training to teach me everything. You can learn more at http://www.viata.ca.
poppy Hi everyone! My name is Poppy, and I am a Daschund. I should be a bit smaller, as I am a miniature; however, I just can't seem to stop eating everything. As you can see by my picture, I was into some suet. My mommy had a human baby, and well, now it rains food! What can I do about that? I stand in the kitchen, and it literally rains food! A girl's got to eat. Life is pretty great. I have a brother like me named Riley, and a nice yard with an awesome garden. I do enjoy suntanning whenever possible.
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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 second annual Men to Watch special issue. We asked Ian Hennigar, senior manager of the Peninsula Recreation Commission, to tell us what it means to do business in our community. I have been very fortunate to lead a great team that is creative, dynamic and passionate about ensuring Panorama provides great value to the Saanich Peninsula. It is a very significant business, and certainly one of our major social gathering centres locally. That is one of the things I really do enjoy the most: how Panorama plays a significant role connecting the Saanich Peninsula community through the programs and facilities it offers. Listening to the excitement of parents watching their children learning to swim, skate or play tennis; the fun and joy on the children's and parents' faces when their young one learns a new skill or does something they thought they couldn't do â€Ś those are some of life's amazing moments and they happen every day at Panorama's various venues. We value working with Peninsula businesses; we have for many years and will continue to do so. These local business relationships are important to us: they allow us to deal with quality people providing quality products and services and in turn that provides great value to our operations and keeps our local dollars local. There are so many amazing businesses and individual contractors that we utilize for everything from running some of our recreational programs to servicing our vehicles; from heavy equipment operators to remove ice from the arenas to the suppliers of the many products we use every day. We play a role in the business community by being an active member and sitting on the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce Board, being a member of the Sidney Business Improvement Association, participating in various civic committees and groups and playing host to many special events that attract thousands of people to the Peninsula and Vancouver Island every year. I am very lucky to meet so many people every day from the Saanich Peninsula who remind me that we live in an wonderful community. Your energy, your commitment and your character make it amazing! I am so thankful to be a part of it.
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Roofer Paul Pellow on supporting the local community, giving back and seizing an opportunity
How did you get your start in this profession? I worked as a roofer for a number of years with Bill, the original owner of Admirals Roofing. One cold and rainy November day after we finished a church roof, Bill said: “I’ve had enough; I’m not doing this anymore.” At the time I had a mortgage and a very young family; I needed to be working. Bill had a few contracts lined up so I said “if you don’t want to roof anymore, I would carry on.” I traded my 1980 Honda CBX motorcycle for a pickup truck and the next day my life as the owner/operator of Admirals Roofing had begun! We celebrate Father’s Day in
June. What is the best advice your dad ever gave you? Be honest with people and treat them how you would like to be treated.
What is your business best known for and why? We are known for being professional, respectful, hard-working guys and as a well-established, long-term business. We get feedback from our clients, and this is what they repeatedly tell us.
What is the secret to success? Say what you do and do what you say, and always remember: you’re only as good as your last job. Three words others would use to describe you? I think they’d describe me as considerate, trustworthy, and a “good guy.”
What makes Admirals Roofing unique? We are unique because we have had one local owner for over 30 years with a core of long-term employees who work to our standards and
continue to support our business practices!
What does “business” mean to you? It means supporting the local community through having longterm local employees and sponsoring local charities when possible. Also, servicing our past and present clients to the best of our ability.
What is your guilty pleasure? Getting away for a few days on my Ducati motorcycle with no planned destination.
If you could start your business over again, would you? What would you do differently? Yes I would, but I would spend more time on the “business” details.
Can you give us a glimpse into some of the future plans for Admirals Roofing? Future plans for Admirals Roofing are to maintain our growth and continue to work hard at keeping true to our values of good, honest, hardworking, reliable service.
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Hotel general manager Scott Hoadley on living life to the fullest, spending time with man’s best friend and taking a different path
How did you get your start in this profession? I needed a job to pay for college, so a friend helped me get a job as a bellman in a local hotel. It turned out to be a lot of fun and very lucrative for a guy in school. Successes then came in the hospitality industry, and not in my first career choice of policing.
We celebrate Father’s Day in June. What is the best advice your dad ever gave you? My father was an RCMP Inspector, so besides the usual – keep your shoes polished, don’t drink and drive,
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don’t do anything you will regret or more importantly that will instigate a call to him about – he always reminded me to enjoy life, live it to the fullest, and that perfection is not guaranteed in all you do, but excellence is!
What is your business best known for and why? We are a clean, comfortable Inn with great and caring staff. We have a wonderful offering of services and amenities, at a great value in a spectacular location! Best Western is known for its consistency and
5 4 value wherever you go. Don’t forget the Smitty’s pancakes! Three words your pet would use to describe you? “Scrufty” the dog would describe me as loving, firm but fair and a great attentive place to put his head. What do you and your pet have in common? We both enjoy walks in the forest and on the beach, being outside and the occasional treat. Can you give us a glimpse into some of the future
Investment Advisor Todd Hummel on finding a new direction, treating others well and maximizing your return on life
Todd Hummel, CIM, PFP
BMO Nesbitt Burns 2461 Beacon Ave, Sidney 250.655.2210 www.thehummelinvestmentgroup.com
How did you get your start in this profession? In my late teens, I considered becoming a commercial pilot as a future profession. Around the same time, a friend/mentor of mine (who was a retired stockbroker and is now a client) encouraged me to personally invest in the stock market. After following his advice and becoming more familiar with the business, I knew this was the direction I wanted to take in my career. With a finance background and several designations from the Canadian Securities Institute, I became an
plans for Best Western PLUS Emerald Isle? The Best Western PLUS Emerald Isle is about to undergo some improvements to upgrade the bathrooms. This will create a more up-to-date offering, improving the lighting in the bathroom areas. We are continually maintaining and upgrading the property with recent completed work in the gardens, and a refurbishment to our Smitty’s Restaurant. Over the next while you will see improvements in the other guestroom areas as well … keep an eye on us!
Investment Advisor in 1998 and never looked back. We celebrate Father’s Day in June. What is the best advice your dad ever gave you? Believe in yourself and treat others as you would want to be treated.
offering a financial plan the way they want it, while being fully transparent, accessible, quality focused, and pricing our service with integrity.
3 4 What is your business best known for and why? We are best known for providing full service wealth management advisory solutions that meet our clients’ financial and estate planning needs. Our clients understand that we are committed to their success by
Three words that others would use to describe you? Three words you would use to describe yourself? I think others would describe me as genuine, trustworthy and capable. I’d describe myself as pro-active, persistent, and accountable. Glimpse of the future? Personally, it has already arrived as
my family and I have recently moved to the Island (from the Edmonton area) to “maximize our return on life.” From a business perspective, my office location at the BMO Sidney branch is now able to offer a one-stop total solution for all of our clients’ P&C banking, Trust and Wealth Management needs. With my recent relocation to the Sidney BMO branch, I am looking to selectively grow my clientele locally, while continuing to work with my existing long-term relationships from Alberta.
Chef Herb Konig on using all your senses, building a business and attention to your craft y kl s ee ly al Weekecials WSpeci Sp
How did you get your start in this profession? Funny thing is, my first hospitality job came from me offering to accompany two friends to a restaurant job fair, with no expectation of getting a job; I was the only one to be offered a position as a server.
We celebrate Father’s Day in June. What is the best advice your dad ever gave you? More than any one piece of advice my
Catalina Grill House #202 - 9800 McDonald Park Rd, North Saanich 250.665.7353 www.catalinagrillhouse.com
father passed on to me, he was a great example of what hard work and attention to your craft will bring. My father was a master millwright, and master sawyer; when he was troubleshooting a planer or molder he would use all his senses to correct a problem, and I have taken that same approach to food. More than just taste, you can see what the affect of a hot grill, or an acid will do to food and how it tastes and looks as a finished result!
3 5 4 What is your business best known for and why? The Catalina is best known for its honest food, like our Prime Rib Dinner or our east India Style Curry Bowl.
Three words others would use to describe you? Three words you’d use to describe yourself? Others might say I’m thoughtful, kind and passionate. I describe myself as motivated,
strong-willed and hardworking. Can you give us a glimpse into some of the future plans for Catalina Grill House? In the immediate future we are focusing on building our business, creating more awareness of our open air deck overlooking the Airport, and establishing our private dining room as the place to host a party.
SPHF Board Member Matt Peulen on contributing to a better community, being bold and rising to a challenge
Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation 2166 Mt. Newton X Rd, Saanichton 250.652.7531 www.sphf.ca
1 2 3 5 4 How did you get your start with the Board of the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation? I’ve been volunteering in the community for a number of years, much of it through the Sidney by the Sea Rotary Club and the “Purple Day Plane Pull” for Epilepsy and Parkinson’s diseases. This gave me the opportunity to get to know some of the Foundation’s Board Members and they also got to see how committed I am to making the Peninsula a better place to live.
We celebrate Father’s Day in June. What is the best advice your dad ever gave you? I am very fortunate to have many wonderful male role models in my life. My dad has encouraged me to keep my goals written down on paper. My wife’s grandfather is another wonderful mentor in my life; his advice to me is to “work hard, care about others, and success will come.” What is the Foundation best known for and why?
The Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation is known for its willingness to be bold, to take on important projects, work to succeed and contribute to a better community. That’s the kind of organization I want to be a part of. Three words others would use to describe you? Three words you would use to describe yourself? According to one of my friends: driven, but generous and family-oriented. According to me: husband/father, hard working
Can you give us a glimpse into some of the future plans for the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation? There’s never a shortage of needs at our hospital – ensuring facilities are up-to-date and keeping up with technological advances is a constant challenge. However, we are fortunate to have the support of so many caring people and I know we will rise to whatever challenges the future brings.
Lawyer C.J. (Kip) Wilson on giving back, his secret to success and staying connected to your community.
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 your pet would use to describe you? “He has cookies.” What do you and your pet have in common? We both like cookies. What makes C.J. (Kip) Wilson, Law Offices unique?
My long-term connection and commitment to the Saanich Peninsula community and great relationships with my clients, who are my neighbours and friends.
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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 timely and effective solutions at a reasonable price. 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 Saanichton 250.544.0727 www.saanichtonlaw.com
Accountant Chris Cowland on aiming high,having a detailed plan and finding the perfect job.
How did you get your start in this profession? I studied modern languages at University and communicating comes easy to me. A rare but important skill for an accountant is the ability to explain fairly complex tax and financial matters to clients in terms they can readily comprehend, without putting them to sleep. We celebrate Father’s Day in June. What is the best advice your dad ever gave you? My dad spent most of his life as an employee, but when he turned 50 he established his own business, the “Eton Wick School of Motoring” in our village in England. He was never happier. It was a huge out-of-theenvelope career move, but he would remind me of my school motto “Ad Astra” – “To the Stars” – in other words, aim high. What is your business best known for and why? We have over 1,000 personal and business clients on the Peninsula and in Victoria, we have been around for many years and our business is growing, so we must be doing something right. We network on a regular basis with other professionals – bankers, lawyers, tax specialists, investment advisors – and this enables us to offer
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complete solutions to our clients. What is the secret to success? First of all, clearly define what you mean by success. Then lay out a detailed plan of how you will get there, and ask yourself again if it is what you really want. Keep on top of your results; always have Plan B. And never give up. Three words others would use to describe you? Informal, communicative and caring. Three words you’d use to describe yourself? Affordable,
approachable and experienced.
What makes Cowland & Associates unique? We have a great team with complementary skills. Our four qualified accountants have an average of 16 years of post-qualification experience, and our experience is not confined to public practice. Several of us have run our own businesses, so we know firsthand the marketing and cash flow challenges faced by entrepreneurs. We are more interested in next year’s results than historical financial statements. Our motto is “Planned Success.”
What does “business” mean to you? Business is often used in the context “business or pleasure,” but the perfect job is one which you enjoy and would do anyway, paid or unpaid.
What is your guilty pleasure? Restoring old English cars: Jaguars, MG’s and Morris Minors. If you could start your business all over again, what would you do differently this time? I would make few, if any, changes.
Can you give us a glimpse into some of the future plans for Cowland & Associates? Very exciting stuff. First, we are moving our office literally 100 yards across the road to a super-convenient location on ground level between Capital Iron and Medichair. The Sidney Centre has extensive free parking and easy access. Our previous business had expanded to include six qualified accountants, so the nest was becoming crowded. Two have moved out, but four of us and our technicians and support staff will continue to provide quality services. The letterhead has changed over the years, but our commitment to service stays the same, and we continue to welcome new clients.
Cowland & Associates #7 - 9764 Fifth St, Sidney 250.656.5547 firstname.lastname@example.org
Cowland & Associates
Denturist Robin Postings on exceeding expectations, achieving your goals and being open to new ideas
How did you get your start in this profession? I grew up watching my father working in the clinic, and was always interested in working with my hands and clients. When he opened a second clinic in Sidney, I asked if I could try my hand at being a lab assistant, for him and Ken Blunt. After one year, I entered the Denturist Program in Vancouver, which I graduated from in 2007. We celebrate Father’s Day in June. What is the best advice your dad ever gave you? He
The Denture Clinic #3 - 2227 James White Blvd, Sidney 250.655.7009 3937 Quadra St, Victoria 250.383.7227
taught me early on that honesty, hard work and education is essential to achieve your goals. He also stressed how important it is to constantly be open to new ideas, and that in life there is always something new to learn. Knowledge is a lifelong journey.
qualified Denturist,on site, at both locations, Monday to Friday and Saturday by appointment, and can be reached by an emergency phone number anytime, priding ourselves on being there for our clients.
4 3 What is your business best known for and why? I believe customer service and quality product is what makes our business special; we pride ourselves on not only meeting the clients’ expectations but exceeding them. We have a fully
Three words others would use to describe you? Three words you would use to describe yourself? Others would say I’m friendly, courteous and knowledgable. I would say I’m dedicated, loyal and enthusiastic. Can you give us a glimpse
Architect Art Finlayson on never giving up, the importance of collaboration and visible advertisements
How did you get your start in this profession? I grew up in the construction world working with my father who was a contractor. In that environment I enjoyed working with my hands and learning how things were built, but I also thought that there was another and more exciting side to it: to imagine the building before it was built and to be able to design. During my high school years, attending woodworking classes and talking to my teachers my career choice became clear and I enrolled in the School of Architecture at the University of Manitoba,
into some of the future plans for The Denture Clinic? The Denture Clinic will be continuing to provide exceptional client service while constantly being open to new techniques and products. We attend regular educational seminars to keep current. Dental implants are becoming the norm for denture wearers, therefore we work very closely with many dentists and dental specialists to achieve the best treatment plan for each individual. Quality, workmanship and service is our top priority.
Finlayson Bonet Architecture #4 - 7855 East Saanich Rd, Saanichton 250.656.2224 www.finlaysonbonet.ca
later transferring to Bozeman in Montana. I graduated in 1964 with a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Architecture.
We celebrate Father’s Day in June. What is the best advice your dad ever gave you? My Dad taught me never to give up. If you want something that is worthwhile, you work hard until you get it.
What is your business best known for and why? We believe that a successful project is the result of the collaboration of all parties and the ability to prepare
for each unique requirement. We pride ourselves on good service by providing timely solutions and meeting or exceeding our clients’ expectations. The test to our services are the repeat clients we have been fortunate in keeping.
Three words others would use to describe you? Three words you’d use to describe yourself? Others might say I’m diplomatic, patient and energetic. I would describe myself as progressive, trustworthy and honest. Can you give us a glimpse
into some of the future plans for Finlayson Bonet Architecture? Our future plans are to continue producing projects that are unique and meet the clients’ requirements. Each project is a collaboration with our clients, the design team and our technical expertise. We are building our office team with creative and competent staff so that each completed building becomes our visible advertisement. Cordial service, creative design and up-to-date technology is what we strive to give each project and to each client.
Sidney accountant Darren Proulx on having faith in your abilities, financial responsibility and the importance of solid foundations 1 Darren Proulx
C e r t i f i e d G e n e r a l Ac c o u n t a n t
Darren Proulx, B.Comm, CGA
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. We celebrate Father’s Day in June. What is the best advice
Darren J. Proulx, CGA #105 - 9717 Third St, Sidney 250.656.1107
your dad ever gave you? He 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!
with a team of professionals to grow and progress with the 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
Three words your pet would use to describe you? I would say “friend,” “loyal,” and “foodsource.” What do you and your pet have in common? Our
We celebrate Father’s Day in June. What is the best advice your dad ever gave you? It
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.
Financial services professional Rainer Kastens on making a difference, personalized service and caring for your community
Island Savings #1 - 7103 West Saanich Rd, Brentwood Bay www.iscu.com
How did you get your start in this profession? While I was an accounting student in Vancouver I took a summer job in the financial services industry – it was my first time making real money. When September rolled around, the bank asked if I’d like to stay on in management training. I said yes because no two days are alike; there’s incredible diversity in the people I get to meet every day and the jobs I get to do.
rugged good looks and we’re both always happy to see people.
wasn’t so much his words – it was more his actions. He demonstrated for me how to be independent and how to look after family and friends.
What is your business best known for and why? Island Savings is probably best known for how it makes the communities it serves flourish. In Brentwood Bay, that means a team of financial experts committed to the wealth and well-being of our members. It also means investing our profits right back into our neighbourhoods through our Growing Island Families
Together (GIFT) program. Our branch staff award funding locally and volunteer countless hours with nonprofits around the Peninsula each year. It’s all about relationships – like the Saanich Fair, our local Chamber and the Children’s Book Recycling Program, to name just a few – that make a difference in our community.
Three words that others would use to describe you? Three words you would use to describe yourself? I think others would describe me
as trustworthy, dedicated and professional. I would describe myself as a husband, father and friend.
Can you give us a glimpse into some of the future plans for Island Savings? We’re committed to making banking and investing even easier and more personalized for you in 2014 with ongoing investment in both our product development and our technology to ensure that the Islands’ most recommended banking experience is even more accessible, collaborative and remarkable in the future.
9 4 1 10 7 5 Landscapers Colin Eaton and Chris Stansfield on a great team, opportunities and treating business personally How did you get your start in this profession? Chris: After years of tree planting and extensive backpack travels, my wife and I decided to put down some roots and start a family. I enrolled in the Horticulture program at Malaspina University/College. After graduating we asked ourselves where was the best place to live and to practice my education. Of course the Garden City was an easy choice. Colin: I spent about eight years working in Insurance here in Victoria and in 2000 I decided I needed a career change. I grew up on a dairy farm in the Kootenay. I enjoy being outside and working with my hands so I worked briefly with a landscape maintenance company and loved it; 14 years later and I still love it!
What is the secret to success? Colin: Is there a secret? Hard work, honesty and knowing when to delegate (and I continue to work at the delegating part!).
Three words others would use to describe you? Three words you would use to describe yourself? Chris: Passionate, reliable, and animated. Hard worker, industrious and protective. (Colin: and he is a funny guy so that helps).
6 2 3 7 We celebrate Father’s Day in June. What is the best advice your dad ever gave you? Colin: Always ensure you pay your debts, whether a friend loan or a bank loan; never forget those that lend you money! This excellent advice was key to my establishing excellent credit at a young age.
What is your business best known for and why? Chris: Excellent staff and consistent, reliable service.
What makes Garden City unique? Colin: I would have to say, without a doubt, our people. Not only is every one of them a unique and kind spirit, they believe in our philosophy that attention to detail and quality of work equals repeat business and they live it every work day. They are the best!
What does “business” mean to you? Chris: It drives me crazy when people say “it’s business, it’s not personal.” Of course it’s personal: people are making decisions that control business decisions. I take business personally and I treat the customer like a person.
What is your guilty pleasure? Colin: Ice Cream! I love it! And skiing, but not in the same season!
If you could start your business over again, would you? What would you do differently? Chris: I was thinking of my “exit strategy” the other day. You know what I came up with? Death! I can’t see myself doing anything else until I die; I love it! Can you give us a glimpse into some of the future plans for Garden City Tree and Landscape Ltd.? Colin: If you asked me this question five years ago, I could never have imagined Garden City creating and maintaining commercial and residential properties to the level we are today. Last year we started another company, Garden City Snow and Anti Ice Services, to meet the needs of our growing winter activities. We also supply and install redi-rock products to the Greater Victoria market. Redi-rock creates engineered concrete blocks for retaining walls, freestanding walls, even stair treads, so we are very excited about the opportunities this presents because there is nothing like it in the Greater Victoria market.
Colin Eaton Chris Stansfield
Garden City Tree and Landscape Ltd. 250.385.4858 www.victoriagardencity.ca
Design • Construction • Maintenance
Creative Director Sean McNeill on sharing knowledge, collective vision and believing in your abilities
foundations for success.
Three words others would use to describe you? Others may describe me as creative, focused and knowledgeable. I consider myself to be personable, dependable and honest.
business relationships within my community.
What is your guilty pleasure? I come from a family with a great love for music and dance. I share my passion for Ballroom and Salsa dancing with my lovely lady.
1 6 9 4 7 2 10 6 3 How did you get your start in this profession? While pursuing a post-secondary education in business, an opportunity arose to work with three friends in a start-up tech and marketing company in Vancouver. During this time I began to develop a keen interest in web design and marketing, where I found a perfect fit for my creative and technical skills. We celebrate Father’s Day in June. What is the best advice your dad ever gave you? As a father, policeman, coach and personal development instructor, my dad always emphasized the power of visualization. He taught me to visualize the outcome I wanted and to believe in my ability to achieve that outcome. This continues to serve me well in my business and personal life.
each project, business and client relationship is one measure I use to judge my own success. I am also fortunate to be associated with a business and artistic collaborative where the group shares ideas and expertise in support of each other.
What is the secret to success? I believe the secret to success is to never be afraid to ask for advice and to always be willing to share your knowledge with others. Open communication and commitment are
What is your business best known for and why? My business is best known for a creative approach to website and e-commerce design. These services are enhanced by marketing, affiliate marketing, customer acquisition and email management strategies. The success of
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What makes McNeill Solutions unique? I believe McNeill Solutions is unique in that I combine a traditional online service with face-to-face communication. This interaction promotes the best possible fit for each project with a clearly defined project plan. What does “business” mean to you? “Business” is a creative lifestyle wherein I live and work while continually building personal and
If you could start your business over again, would you? What would you do differently? Each project offers a new beginning and each beginning an opportunity to work in a new and evolving environment. This ever-changing world provides an invigorating, fresh start to each day. Can you give us a glimpse into some of the future plans for McNeill Solutions? Working with a diverse network of knowledgeable entrepreneurs and businesses on Vancouver Island, there is an immense opportunity to grow together. A positive lifestyle, improving the environment and helping others is all part of our collective vision. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead
McNeill Solutions 250.208.8729 www.mcneillsolutions.com
Store manager Geoff LaPlante on going the extra mile, expanding to meet the needs of your customers, and the measure of the man
How did you get your start in this profession? I have been in retail for almost 20 years, 15 of which were with Office Depot and Old Navy. Six months ago I was excited to be brought on with Monk Office and work alongside the great team at their Sidney location.
We celebrate Father’s Day in June. What is the best advice your dad ever gave you? Unfortunately my Dad isn’t with us anymore, but I took from him what
Monk Office 9839 Fifth St, Sidney 250.655.3888 www.monk.ca
5 4 3 I want to instil in my son – that a “Man is measured by his actions.” The right decisions are not always the easiest or most popular.
What is your business best known for and why? Monk Office is best known for the service we give. We go out of our way to satisfy your needs with our products and programs. “If it’s not on the shelf, we probably can get it,” thanks to our in-town Distribution Centre and willingness
to go the extra mile.
Three words that others would use to describe you? Three words you would use to describe yourself? Others may see me as “light-hearted, passionate, and forward-thinking.” I see myself as “imaginative, curious and maybe a little stubborn.
Can you give us a glimpse into the future plans of Monk Office? Monk Office is
Business partners Darryl Adrian and Tom Bazin on finding a good fit, unconditional loyalty and keeping your word
Darryl Adrian & Tom Bazin
How did you get your start in this profession? Tom: Darryl’s mother-in-law told us the Murphy Wall-Bed owners wanted to retire. We looked at the business and and loved the concept; both Darryl and I had extensive building and reno experience and felt it was a good fit. That was eight years ago.
We celebrate Father’s Day in June. What is the best advice your dad ever gave you? Darryl: My dad was a successful contractor in Victoria for 50-plus years. He told me a man is measured by his actions, not
expanding to meet the needs of our customers. At store level we now offer technology solutions and services with printer, tablet and computer sales and repairs. Our furniture selections meet the needs of everything from small homes to large offices. Our Imaging Centre is expanding into large binding jobs, and soon poster printing. I am also excited about the relaunch of our website that will provide a fun and easy online shopping experience.
Murphy Wall-Beds of Canada 3075 Douglas St, Victoria 250.744.2195 or 1.800.670.5505 www.murphybeds-victoria.com
his words. I have taken the lessons my father taught me and applied them 100% to our business. I would rather be run over by a dump truck than break my word to customers, or anyone for that matter. My word is my bond for my actions.
What is your business best known for and why? Tom: Our business is best known for quality and service. We obviously make Murphy Beds, and our business makes the most of small spaces, but we go above and beyond for our customers and that results in a lot
of repeat business and referrals.
Three words your pet would use to describe you? Darryl: Dependable: Henry depends on me to let him out early every morning, feed him on time and watch the news together. I then head out to the office and he retires to his chair for his morning nap. Oh the life of a dog … . Energetic: I am no puppy, but my family and I do our best to keep our high-energy beast burning lots of calories every day. What the hell is in that dog food any way? If I only had that much energy I could
conquer the world! Loving: Henry demands affection; I am happy to give it. The unconditional loyalty and love of a pet is truly one of the great joys in life. No matter what the day brings he is there wagging his tail, hoping a ball is thrown his way. We can all learn something from that.
Can you give us a glimpse into some of your future plans? Tom: Murphy Wall-Beds of Canada is looking to purchase a retail space in the near future. We purchased a shop space in Sidney about four years ago.
Investment Advisor Allan R. Green on loving what you do, staying true to who you are and doing right by your clients
1 4 5 2 6 3 How did you get your start in this profession? Being the youngest of four boys, the concept of money and its value came very early: I was shining my brothers’ shoes at five for 25 cents, cutting lawns, working at 12 and made my first investment in gold bullion at 16. I tried to get into the brokerage business after university but was told I was too young and needed some life experience … which, in hindsight, was good advice. I ended up in the oil and gas industry, worked in North Africa, ran my own business and finally returned full circle to the investment field 20 years later, and much wiser. We celebrate Father’s Day in June. What is the best advice your dad ever gave you? My father was a quiet man who led by example; he never finished grade eight yet he was very intelligent and his advice wise. He encouraged us all to get a good education and follow our passion. What is your business best known for and why? My team manages over $200 million for high net worth clients, who are some of the nicest people you could want to meet. Obviously we are in the business of making money for our clients but that aside, it comes down to our core values of professionalism, integrity and trust. These are hallmarks which separate the truly successful in our business and they are the ones which we live by every day.
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What is the secret to success? In my opinion there are no “secrets” when it comes to success. It’s all about hard work, persistence and staying true to who you are as a person and your values. Follow your passion. Three words others would use to describe you? I guess that would depend on whom you asked. My team members would say that I’m a perfectionist, professional, and detail oriented, while my daughters would say that I am kind, caring and compassionate. I would agree with both. What makes Allan R. Green Wealth Management unique? What sets us apart is our focus on the core values of professionalism, integrity and trust and the fact that we treat our clients like family and friends. Many of our clients
are on their own and I have helped them find a repairman, get their roofs repaired or sell their house after a loved one has passed away. It’s the personal side of our business and it speaks to the strength of our relationship with our clients.
What is your guilty pleasure? After a stressful day I like nothing better than to come home and enjoy a smooth single malt scotch and remind my 12-year-old black lab how lucky he is.
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What does “business” mean to you? At the end of the day it means doing the right thing for your clients.
If you could start your business over again, would you? What would you do differently? I get up every morning and smile. I love what I do, and I would not have done it any different. Can you give us a glimpse into some of the future plans for Allan R. Green Wealth Management? The demands of our business and our client’s needs continue to grow. We are broadening our Wealth Management offering to include Estate Planning , Financial Planning, Insurance and drawing on our partners within the community in the legal and accounting areas. We are in a time of “lifelong learning” and that makes the journey so much more interesting. I look forward to tomorrow and I enjoy today.
Allan R. Green
Vice-President Branch Manager Sr Investment Advisor National Bank Financial Wealth Management #205 - 2537 Beacon Ave, Sidney 250.657.2206
Registered onsite wastewater practitioner John Langard on working with nature, being hands on and leaving things the way you find them John Langard
NEWater Septic and Drainage Ltd. 250.213.3834 www.newaterseptic.ca
How did you get your start in this profession? I became interested in onsite sewage systems after spending a day with a ground water expert looking at property in the Nitinat area. I found the idea of native soils treating wastewater before it re-enters the ground water such a simple and effective way to handle a large part of our daily waste.
We celebrate Father’s Day in June. What is the best advice
your dad ever gave you? My Dad was, and still is, an intense business man … I learned from him that life has to have a balance. It’s great to be busy with a business, but work is just one part of life.
starts to explore every option available. We also strive to leave the work site as close to the way it was before construction started.
4 3 What is your business best known for and why? The process of installing septic systems can be a bit overwhelming. I hope we’re known for spending enough time with the client before construction
Two words your pet would use to describe you? Lazy and slow! What do you and your pet have in common? My dog is probably the happiest when our family is all together, like a camping trip or just a simple family walk in the forest. We also share a love of food.
I’m not interested in expanding my business to a point where I’m not handling every aspect; I am hands on and accountable for every detail that takes place.
Physiotherapist Scott Simpson on integrity, the work/life balance and evolving to meet the needs of your community
Scott Simpson, PT, BSc. Kin
questions How did you get your start in this profession? When I was 14 or 15 I had a bad knee injury. I was given the choice of having surgery or working hard at Physiotherapy. I was amazed by what Physio could do! Over the years I grew increasingly fascinated with training, exercise physiology and performance. This interest was also channeled into athletics as I competed in a variety of sports. Physiotherapy was the natural convergence of my athletic and academic interests.
Can you give us a glimpse into the future plans for NEWater Septic and Drainage? My future plans are very simple: continue designing and installing safe, effective onsite sewage systems.
Saanichton Physiotherapy #2 - 7865 Patterson Rd, Saanichton 250.652.0132 www.saanichtonphysio.com
We celebrate Father’s Day in June. What is the best advice your dad ever gave you? I’m fortunate to have a great Dad. He has given me lots of great advice over the years. He has taught me to work hard, but at the same time make sure I spend lots of quality time with my own daughter – as she will grow up quickly. I cherish our time together. What is your business best known for and why? Our goal
is to treat people with integrity, intelligence and energy. Over the years we have moved towards research-based solutions by integrating manual therapy and home exercise prescription.
strengthsfinder, and the three strengths I most closely related to were: Analytical, Positivity and Harmony.
5 4 Three words others would use to describe you? Three words you would use to describe yourself? Others: (I asked my partner) Generous, energetic, compassionate. Me: That’s a tricky one! I recently did a test called
Can you give us a glimpse into some of the future plans for Saanichton Physiotherapy? Our goal at the clinic is to empower physical health for the Saanich Peninsula. We pride ourselves on staying up to date with the latest research, providing good value for our patients, and evolving to meet the needs of our community.
Landscaper Merle Kroeker on his father’s influence, connecting with people and West Coast goals
1 5 6 2 7 3 4 8 How did you get your start in this profession? I was a graphic designer looking for a new challenge in 2003 when I heard about a landscape company that was hiring. I loved it from day one. A few years later, my boss moved away and I took over the crew. That boss and I are now BFF’s and I am eternally grateful that he hired me and opened my eyes to the best job in the world. We celebrate Father’s Day in June. What is the best advice your dad ever gave you? My dad is not a man of words but rather leads by example and has taught me how to be an entrepreneur. He is a man of integrity, hard working, loving and full of joy. He is a skilled artisan with his own kitchen cabinet business. I should be so lucky and honoured to be half the man he is. Thank you for the influence you have had on me dad. What is your business best known for and why? We have the vision and the skill to create your dream landscape. We take this privilege very seriously and are passionate about creating beautiful spaces for our clients.
What is the secret to success? Don’t take yourself too seriously, laughter, forgiveness. This is the man I try to be every day. Life is short; you have to enjoy what you do. I’m blessed to have found a profession I love. It’s extremely rewarding.
Three words others would use to describe you? Others would say I’m: Visionary, Dedicated, Funny. I would say I’m: Creative, a Perfectionist, Kind.
What makes Pacific Ridge Landscapes unique? We are a husbandand-wife team and take a personal approach to every project – from the first concept sketches till the installation is completed, we are involved in every stage. We truly are a design/build landscape company. What does “business” mean to you? Business is the vehicle that allows me to do what I’m passionate about. It’s connecting with people. It’s about helping others and getting involved. And, especially in the landscape industry, it’s about constantly learning something new … I love it. What is your guilty pleasure? ‘80s music … so
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many amazing one-hit wonders.
If you could start your business over again, would you? What would you do differently? Absolutely I would do it again. For me the landscape industry is the perfect place to highlight my strengths in design, construction and making the world a more beautiful place. I’ve learned over the years that bigger isn’t necessarily better. As a business owner you are always looking for ways to grow and improve your business. We are back to being a small company and that’s the way I like it – one project at a time.
Can you give us a glimpse into some of the future plans for Pacific Ridge Landcapes? Katie and I just made our dream move from Edmonton to the Saanich Peninsula in November of 2013. Community is very important to me and I lost that feeling in the big city over the years. We are blessed to have found it here. Future plans include: launching our online design services, learning to sail and catching my first salmon.
Pacific Ridge Landscapes Ltd. 250.891.9424 www.pacificridgelandscapes.com
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.
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.
Eyeland Optical 316 Cook St, Victoria (Cook Street Village) 250.380.2735
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.
Fire Chief Jim Tweedhope on the importance of volunteers, community and man’s best friend
Sidney Volunteer Fire Department 9837 Third St, Sidney 250.655.5421
1 3 4 5 How did you get your start in this profession? I started as a volunteer firefighter in 1989 after my neighbour, who was a volunteer firefighter, suggested that I join. I enjoyed the teamwork and the camaraderie, took some courses in training and fire prevention, and became the fire prevention officer in 1997 when the job became vacant.
We celebrate Father’s Day in June. What is the best advice your dad ever gave you? Dad
always said to treat people the way you want to be treated.
business, through sports, or one of our department’s activities.
What is your business best known for and why? The Sidney Fire Department would probably be best known for its biggest resource: its volunteers. We have such a diversity of members, and they all interact with the rest of the community one way or another. I’m sure that most residents in Sidney know at least one of our members, whether it be through a local
Three words your pet would use to describe you? Cookies, walks, cookies. What do you and your pet have in common? I am scruffy sometimes; he is all the time. We both love camping, walking the beach or trails.
Could you give us a glimpse into some of the future plans
for the Sidney Volunteer Fire Department? This year, the Sidney Volunteer Fire Department is celebrating its 100th anniversary and there will be a parade, fire truck show and banquet on August 2nd. We also hope to be able to build a new post-disaster public safety building in the future which will give our members a larger area to practice, and will house the fire department, emergency operations centre and possibly the ambulance service.
Chef Randy Davis on choosing the challenging path, getting up when you fall and being part of a great team
How did you get your start in this profession? Well, my Mother was a baker; I’ve been cooking in the kitchen since I was three years old. My mother gave me two choices: I could either be an accountant or a chef. I did a year of accounting, then changed my focus to become a chef. At that time, it was the more fun and challenging option! It also gave me the opportunity to work with people from all over the world.
What is the secret to success? To be happy and get up off your feet when you fall.
Three words others would use to describe you? Others would say I’m dedicated, happy and talented. I would say I’m hardworking, compassionate and knowledgeable; I have had the great fortune of being trained by some of the best in the world.
2 6 7 3 We celebrate Father’s Day in June. What is the best advice your dad ever gave you? To be honest, my dad was an officer in the Navy and wasn’t around a lot when I was a kid. My mother has been the one who has shaped my life. I know: it sounds like a cliché or like I’m a “momma’s boy!” What is your business best known for and why? Sidney All Care Residence is best known for being the “total package,” from our recreation department to our 24-hour nursing staff and down to our kitchen, where we make our food fresh daily. We have overheard our residents saying: “The best part of this meal is I don’t have to do the dishes!” We believe in a high quality of life for our residents – we definitely achieve that at All Care!
What makes Sidney All Care Residence unique? The staff. We have a great team and love what we do. What does “business” mean to you? Being successful at what you enjoy doing.
What is your guilty pleasure? Riding motorcycles. I am a member of Canadian Motorcycle Cruisers, a national club here in Victoria. We are over 100 strong and dedicate a lot of time to fundraising. On May 24th we sponsored a Fallen
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Riders’ Ride with a charity BBQ. All the money raised went to Hayley, a little girl here in Victoria with leukemia.
If you could start your business over again, would you? What would you do differently? I wouldn’t change a thing.
Can you give us a glimpse into some of the future plans for Sidney All Care Residence? I would like to build a culinary competition team and have our kitchen/dining department become award winning! I have been a competition chef for the past 30 years, winning 18 medals, local, national and international. I believe building a team means reaching to achieve all there is. We are new and growing business – come say “hello!” and see what is happening!
Sidney All Care Residence 2269 Mills Rd, Sidney 778.351.2505 www.allcarecanada.ca
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Celebrate Access Awareness Day on the Peninsula! Celebrated annually on the first Saturday in June, Access Awareness Day is a comprehensive campaign to raise awareness about disability, accessibility and social inclusion. Access Awareness Day has been made possible because of dedicated and inspired individuals who understand the importance of social inclusion: the recognition that both the right and the opportunity to participate in all aspects of human life enable individuals and communities to celebrate their diversity and recognize their responsibilities. For more information on Access Awareness visit http://www.sparc.bc.ca/access-awareness-day.
Peninsula Celebrations Society has been appointed by the town of Sidney to become the host agency to organize and stage Access Awareness fair in Sidney June 7th and 8th. Events to be staged over the weekend include:
Saturday, June 7th: An Accessibility Fair showcasing products and services available to support handicapable residents at the Shoal Centre on Resthaven drive; Open House at Panorama Recreation Centre; promotion of the town’s accessible businesses on www.planat.com.
Sunday June 8th: A “Road-eo” to promote mobility scooter safety and manoeuvrability; a movie matinee supporting close captioning services for the hearing impaired; an Accessibility Audit of facilities by the town of Sidney and the creation of a geo-referenced map and brochure; a wheelchair tennis demonstration at either Iroquois park (weather dependent) or Panorama Recreation Centre; promotion of the town’s accessible businesses on www.planat.com. Did you Know? Access Awareness Day originally arose in conjunction with the Rick Hansen Man in Motion Tour (2012 was the 25th anniversary) to promote changes in facilities and infrastructure that had barriers to those with mobility issues. Sidewalk curbs, handicapped accessible washrooms, automatic door openers and a lot more have changed for the better (see images at right).
Peninsula Celebrations Society Invites You To
SIdneY aCCeSS awareneSS faIr June 7th & 8th, 2014 June 7th The Shoal Centre 10am - 4pm June 7th Panorama recreation Centre (Open House) free admission 6am - 10pm June 8th Sidney all Care residence Scooter “road-eo” 10am - 12pm
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For Little Paws Grooming Studio by Doreen Marion Gee This is part of a rotating series of articles on members of Sidney Meet Up Women's Networking Group, featuring women in business on the Saanich Peninsula. At For Little Paws Grooming Studio in Sidney, they don't just make Rover pretty. When dogs sashay out their doors, they know they look good. But they probably remember the tender loving care from dedicated professionals, committed to their health and well-being as valued canine members of our seaside community. Sometimes when previous doggy clients pass by the entrance to For Little Paws Grooming Studio, they scratch on the door and want to come back in. "Honestly, I cannot think of a better compliment of our services!" says Carol-Marie Crofton, the sunny and charismatic owner. The studio is as clean, chic and beautiful as any human spa. They do partial cuts customized for the customer as well as standard full grooming. Their services include brushing, coat trimming and shaping, teeth cleaning, bathing, nail clipping and paw pad trimming – all done with tender and caring fingers. Carol-Marie is passionate about her dog "boutique," clarifying that her services are for all sizes and dogs of every breed. She is excited about their new large "skookum" hydraulic table for big dogs, where heavier canines are raised and lowered during their treatment. It makes the grooming job much easier, enhancing the dog's experience and the overall doggy makeover. For Little Paws has a pick-up and delivery service – free for seniors – and only $10 for others. They plan to extend their hours to late afternoons and want to open up on Sundays, accommodating busy work schedules. "K-9 Brite Bark Oral Health Care Day" is July 6th, with a free no-anesthetic teeth cleaning/scaling treatment and consultation. The loving care at the grooming studio extends further than a shiny coat. The well-being and health of the dog is paramount to the staff: During the grooming treatment, they check the dog's mouth, search its skin for irritated "hot spots" and remove objects around paw pads. They catch lumps and bumps and any weeping sores. Carol-Marie: "The health portion of what we do is huge. It is way bigger than how good they look." In fact, a For Little Paws groomer noticed an enlargement of a lump on the nose of Carol-Marie's dog which turned out to be pre-cancerous. Her groomer's smart observation "saved my dog's life!" To Carol-Marie, it is essential that dogs be professionally groomed because sometimes problems are found that are not obvious to an owner. A smart entrepreneur, Carol-Marie knows the value of networking; she works with and supports other Sidney business owners. And she is proud of For Little Paws and and the wizardry of Janet Lynch, her head groomer: "Our work is exceptional, our prices are fair. We really love our dogs." For Little Paws Grooming Studio will help Rover live a happier life – and maybe a longer one. Contact: www.forlittlepawsgroomingstudio.ca.
g r e y m at t e r s "St. John's Hospice, london, is one of the oldest in the world, a warm welcoming place filled with laughter, love, caring and pets"
Pets and Seniors Mix Well
Grizwald, a black spaniel with a shiny coat and ears like silk, lived at a seniors' home in Victoria. He spent his days napping under a resident gentleman's chair, going for walks and eating. But Grizwald was most famous for by Trysh Ashby-Rolls negotiating the legs of guests drinking afternoon tea, served in delicate china cups and saucers, without breaking a single one – yet managing to keep his beady eyes open for anyone ready to part with a piece of cake or bite of cookie. Then one day, the resident gentleman was taken to hospital and sadly, did not return. Depression, high blood pressure and loneliness are often alleviated by stroking a cat or dog. Perhaps senior pets are similarly affected: after Grizwald's special friend disappeared, he became most confused. There is a war memorial on Park Lane in London, England, that depicts dogs, elephants, horses and other animals, a fitting tribute to fur friends who served on active duty and, at the same time, kept their human companions company. One famous story is about a bear given to members of the newlyformed Polish Army evacuated to Persia (Iran) toward the end of the second world war. Known as Voytek the Soldier Bear, he kept "his" men warm at night, provided companionship during lonely times – and unloaded ammunition and supplies side by side with them. War animals aren't quite pets in the usual sense but their role is invaluable, like Seeing-Eye dogs, Hearing dogs, PTSD dogs, and companion animals found in hospices and care facilities for seniors. Watching a kitten chasing after its tail is more than a distraction: it's a way of focusing on something outside one's own problems.
Moreover, small animals at play can be highly amusing – and we all know that laughter is the best medicine. Those caring for people with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia, or those that are terminally ill, have observed some improvement when a pet is introduced. St. John's Hospice, London, is one of the oldest in the world, a warm welcoming place filled with laughter, love, caring and pets. Several cats roam the corridors or sleep on patients' beds. Birds twitter and sing from an aviary near the "Known as Voytek the entrance. The lives Soldier Bear, he kept of hospice patients are often extended 'his' men warm at because of their interaction with pets. night and provided The Wellesley companionship during Victoria Retirement lonely times." Home on Blanshard Street is a seniors' community made up of independent supportive living and assisted living. Independent residents are allowed to keep pets in their suites. For those residents needing care in the assisted living wing, a resident cockatiel keeps the atmosphere cheerful. Many senior homes, nursing homes and hospices allow live-in animals, or schedule regular visits from specially-trained animals. Administrators and staff see how beneficial it is when these working pets interact with seniors in their care. Pets are welcome at Sunrise Seniors' Living on Humboldt Street, Victoria. One resident has her own dog with her, and a staff member brings her dog in to visit several times a week. This is where the black spaniel, Grizwald, used to live until his pal didn't come back from hospital. Staff assumed the dear old dog would carry on as usual. Unfortunately, he became so unruly without his "master," the sad decision was made to find Griz a new home – mine! Having him to care for, including those necessary daily walks, and his companionship gave me a new lease on life. It's taken three cats to fill his boots.
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Sea Star Vineyards: Serenity and Great Wine by Hans Tammemagi
Set in a towering forest on rolling slopes in the southeast corner of north Pender Island, Sea Star Vineyards offers solitude, serenity and beauty. Carrying a wine glass, you can stroll in the mountainside and oceanview vineyards while befriending five cute sheep, the resident lawn-mowers. The name Sea Star was chosen because it's the only winery in Canada that touches the sea. Needless to say, the setting is delightful. The 27-acre property with seven acres of vineyards was purchased by David Goudge in 2011, and Sea Star officially opened its doors on April 18th, 2014, releasing three white wines, which have a distinctive West Coast character, are beautifully balanced and ideal with sea food (Siegerrebe, Ortega and Stella Maris), a rosé (Blanc de Noir) and two dessert wines (Prose and Poetry). Goudge proudly says: "All our wines are from Pender Island grapes, either grown here or at Clam Bay Farm." This year the winery produced 1,400 cases. Next year, Sea Star will also offer a Meritage (Encore), using grapes
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from the southern Okanagan Valley, where the hot climate yields superior red wine. It plans to double the number of cases produced. Sea Star's tasting room is spacious and attractive, with large windows and doors onto the nature outside. A patio and garden seating area provide tranquil places to enjoy the wines. When asked about his goals, Goudge smiles and says: "First is to embed the winery in the fabric of the community. I'm working hard to build good, friendly connections. We will host Jazz in the Vineyard on Sunday, June 22nd. We will also hold five art shows by local artists." "My other goal is make excellent wines," he continues. "That's essential if we're to be successful." To this end, he's hired Ian Baker as the winemaker. Formerly of Mistaken Identity Winery on Salt Spring Island, Baker knows how to tease the best out of the West Coast terrain and grapes. His expertise has already been recognized. Three of Vancouver's top restaurants – Hawksworth, Blue Water Café and Reflections in the Rosewood Hotel Georgia – carry Sea Star wines. The Stella Maris wine has already sold out, all taken by Blue Water Café. These are astonishing achievements for a winery that has only been open two months. Locals should note that Sea Star wines are served at the Beacon Landing Restaurant in Sidney. Baker points out that conservation and sound environmental practices are paramount. The winery building has thick concrete walls and is built into the hillside so it is energy efficient. "We operate following organic practices," says Baker, "and much of the work is done by hand, and, of course, by the sheep." These values resonate with islanders. Photo by Hans Tammemagi.
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