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June 2014



Our First Annual Pet Photo Contest

2014 Men to Watch

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June 14th Charity Event

Happy Father's Day!

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Taking It To The Street



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The Magic of Hope & Angels: Help Fill a Dream Foundation

Seaside's 1st Annual Pet Photo Contest Winners! 2014 Men to Watch: Our 2nd Annual Men in Business Special Issue

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Citizen Canine: Responsible Dog Ownership

COLUMNS 8 First Word 13 Forbes & Marshall 41 Secrets From My Suitcase 52 On Design 61 Inside Out 70 Island Life 75 Ignition 79 Last Word

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DEPARTMENTS 9 Letters 37 Grey Matters 40 Veterinary Voice pullout Seaside Arts Scene 42 In Good Health 46 Trendspotting 54 West Coast Gardener 57 Smell the Coffee

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Garden to Table New & Noteworthy Peninsula Restaurant Profile Common Cents What's Happening Book Review Sudoku

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june.2014 YOUR WEST COAST CULTURE Publisher Sue Hodgson 250.516.6489

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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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Design Kelsey Boorman Assistant Advertising Marcella Macdonald Sales Diana Sutherland 250.516.6489 Marketing Coordinator Elizabeth Moss This Month's Contributors Trysh Ashby-Rolls, Laura Backstrom, Shelley Breadner, Gillian Crowley, Dianne Connerly, Peter Dolezal, Al Duncan, Michael Dunsmuir, Colin Eaton, Michael Forbes, Doreen Marion Gee, Tana Gerry, Ian Hennigar, Carolyn Herriot, Pene Beavan Horton, Linda Hunter, Doug Johnston, Barry Mathias, Susi McMillan, Suzanne Morphet, Deborah Rogers, Terrie Rolph, Steve Sheppard, Mark Smith, Hans Tammemagi, Jo-Ann Way, Dee Woodhead P.O. BOX 2173, SIDNEY, B.C. V8L 3S6

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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

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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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The Magic of Hope & Angels: Help Fill a Dream Foundation by Doreen Marion Gee

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

CRD Regional Parks Public Consultation Musical Extravaganza Summer Camp Summer Rocks Creative Kids Camp Claremont 50th Class Reunion Photography Workshop at Butchart Gardens Summer Rocks Open Stage Camp

Girls’ Night Outback

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 or call 250-656-0275. Written by Carey Salvador.

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Come for great entertainment – this encore performance by Australia’s hottest imports Thunder From Down Under.

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

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 ‌ 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.

Ian Hennigar

Senior Manager Peninsula Recreation Commission


10 questions

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.

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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

Scott Hoadley



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


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Investment Advisor Todd Hummel on finding a new direction, treating others well and maximizing your return on life

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BMO Nesbitt Burns 2461 Beacon Ave, Sidney 250.655.2210



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

Herb Konig



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

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

Matt Peulen


Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation 2166 Mt. Newton X Rd, Saanichton 250.652.7531

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

and caring.

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.

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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.

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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

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Accountant Chris Cowland on aiming high,having a detailed plan and finding the perfect job.

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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.

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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.

Chris Cowland

Cowland & Associates #7 - 9764 Fifth St, Sidney 250.656.5547

Cowland & Associates


Denturist Robin Postings on exceeding expectations, achieving your goals and being open to new ideas

Robin Postings



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

Art Finlayson



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

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

Rainer Kastens

Island Savings #1 - 7103 West Saanich Rd, Brentwood Bay


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.

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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

Design • Construction • Maintenance

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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

Sean McNeill

McNeill Solutions 250.208.8729


Store manager Geoff LaPlante on going the extra mile, expanding to meet the needs of your customers, and the measure of the man

Geoff LaPlante



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

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

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.

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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



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


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.

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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.

Merle Kroeker

Pacific Ridge Landscapes Ltd. 250.891.9424


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

Jim Tweedhope


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.

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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!

Randy Davis

Sidney All Care Residence 2269 Mills Rd, Sidney 778.351.2505

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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

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

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 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:

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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The Price of Compassion by Dr. Shelley Breadner

When the days are long

and the sun shines bright, it is natural to want to share the delight of the great outdoors with our companions. When the evening is quiet, it is always nice to know there is someone nearby to keep us company. For many people, that wonderful companion is their pet. Statistically, people who own pets live longer. People in senior care facilities are revitalized by having animals come to visit them. The joy of giving and receiving unconditional love works positive magic on our brains and our hearts. It is no wonder we are emotionally affected when our pet becomes ill or aged. In these times, it is essential to have a trusting relationship with your veterinarian. Compassion, knowledge and guidance, along with an incredible amount of skill to provide medical care, is what you will find with these dedicated professionals. In my 31 years as a veterinarian, I have met many others in this profession and they are amazing and talented individuals. These people are dedicated to caring for animals, and for most it is their passion; it is their life and their livelihood. As vets, we have all spent nights poring over medical journals, solving medical mysteries – working out the best treatment for a patient we saw earlier that day. Long after the doors close and the employees go home, veterinarians can be found working through their cases.

When you and your pet develop a connection with us as your veterinarian, your pet also becomes our companion for a lifetime. We have shared laughter and tears, stories and confidences. We have known many pets from birth to their last breath. We also know heartbreak when we and our friends lose our companions. It is difficult to put a price on compassion. We want to do the best for our patients and for their families. The realm of medical care is comparable to human medicine, with access to intensive care, specialists and a vast array of medical options. Yet the reality of today's world can restrict how much we can do, financially or emotionally. We understand this, and always want to work together with families to make the best plan for our companions. The only way to do this is through communication and awareness of options. Be sure to ask questions and get explanations. The final choice always rests with the pet's owner and guardian, and the support and counsel should always be available from your veterinarian. My advice to all who share their lives with non-human companions is this: please ensure your pet has an annual exam, to ensure their health. Equally as important, this allows you to build a trusting relationship with your veterinarian. It is worth the investment. You never know when your pet's life will depend upon it. For more information visit

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something. The big blonde mutt wades chest-deep in the clear green water. Occasionally he plunges his head under the surface, but whatever he's after is faster than he is. I watch, amused, from the open-air timber frame cabana where guests can help themselves to coffee and tea, read a book, stretch out on a yoga mat or simply watch a dog at play. It's another laid-back start to the day on Maurelle Island, one of the Discovery Islands near Campbell River. There's no ferry service, no utilities, and almost no people. But there are giant cedars and Sitka spruce, bald eagles, crystal clear water lapping the shoreline and spectacular kayaking through channels that team with life. In other words, a piece of paradise. Arriving in the rain a few days earlier, and wading ashore at mucky low tide, I wasn't so sure. But entering the forest was a magical moment. The rain stopped – or at least it seemed to. "The trees capture 45 percent of the rain," explained Cristina Fox, who was standing on shore with her baby daughter to greet me and five other guests. Fox, and partner Brody Wilson, have based their business – Go With the Flow Kayak Adventures – on Maurelle, the same Island where Brody grew up. His was one of those idyllic childhoods spent outdoors: running through the forest, swimming in the ocean and fishing and foraging for food. At 11, he learned to kayak and now he leads guided tours through some of B.C.'s most beautiful seascapes. But it's their home base that captures attention first. The setting is delightful: what looks like a dark and impenetrable forest from

the water opens up into a light-filled space the size of a cathedral. Pine-needle paths wind through a tangle of native ferns, salal and huckleberry bushes and lead to three cedar cabins and a large white teepee. Even though it's completely off the grid, this place has plenty of comfort. Sunlight pours through an open-ended cedar structure housing showers and modern vanities. With fluffy white towels and bathrobes, it feels like a spa in the wilderness. And did I mention wine and appies every afternoon in the wood-fired hot tub? But it's the kayaking I came for. Three provincial parks lie within easy paddling distance – Octopus Islands to the north, Main Lake to the west and Surge Narrows to the south. We devote a day to each, stopping to picnic and swim along the way. We admire pink and purple starfish clinging to the rocky shorelines in Surge Narrows as we paddle leisurely through at slack tide. At Octopus Islands we explore the always-open driftwood art gallery and add to the collection while Brody dives for crab for dinner. We greet sunbathing seals on our way to Main Lake at the north end of Quadra Island, the closest we get to civilization. On our hike through the forest there, Liana Turrin, a corporate lawyer from Toronto, pauses. "The air smells different here," she says. No kidding. The air, the trees, the water … life is good. Especially from this vantage point. Go With The Flow Kayak Adventures offers all-inclusive four- and five-day Luxury Base Camp tours ($1,269 and $1,499 per person respectively based on double occupancy). See www. or call 1-888-435-2925 for details. SEASIDE | june 2014 | WWW.SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 41

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This is the second in a six-part series of profiles on some great local businesses that are working to keep us all in good health. Dr. Kristen Bovee is a Naturopathic Doctor (ND) and the founder and medical director at Peninsula Naturopathic Clinic. "I started in Sidney 12 years ago," she says, "because it reminded me of where I grew up in Alberta and the previous doctor had just moved. I was able to fill a need." Kristen has a B.Sc. in Biochemistry and worked for two years in cancer research. She graduated from the Canadian College of

Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) and has been board certified with the College of Naturopathic Physicians of BC (CNPBC) since 2001. She is also board certified in prolotherapy, chelation therapy, ozone therapy and acupuncture. Up until my interview with Dr. Bovee, I was relatively uninformed as to the scope and range of treatments available through her clinic, and it was, therefore, a pleasure to talk with someone who is so knowledgeable. "I was attracted to Naturopathic medicine because of my firm belief that Nature heals and our body's innate need for balance can

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"I was first attracted to Naturopathy because of my firm belief that nature heals, and our body's ability to fight illness can be enhanced." example is high-dose vitamin C therapy for treating cancer. Its effect has been extensively researched. Neural Therapy involves small injections under the skin and treats chronic pain and inflammation. Lifestyle counselling explores the link between disease and the cause; for example: a person's joint pain may be linked to diet. Blood testing is available to identify food

or environmental allergies. "Identifying and treating patient allergies is probably one of the most effective means I have in improving patients' well-being". Dr Bovee is one of few ND's using Prolotherapy for arthritis, sports injuries and tendonitis. It stimulates the growth of new joint tissues to improve mobility. She also uses PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) therapy in more severe or acute cases. PRP uses patient's own blood to extract growth factors and is injected back into injured areas to accelerate healing. "This is very successful with athletes and arthritis sufferers." She is also trained in aesthetic injections such as Mesotherapy for anti-aging. Kristen says patients come to her rather than an MD, "because we take more time." The Province recognizes the value of the profession in helping patients achieve wellness. Most extended health plans cover Naturopathic Medicine and its partially covered through BCHealth for low income. "Naturopathic Medicine works," she says. "I see the proof every day."

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Greater Victoria not-for-profit society, was borne of need, originally coming together in response to oppose proposed restrictions on dog access in three of Victoria's regional parks. More than a decade later, this evolved group promotes responsible dog ownership through advocacy, education and canine community-building. President Mark Hawkes is proud of a substantial collection of accomplishments achieved in the spirit of collaboration and cooperation, counting among the most significant those around "off-leash" park use. He reminds dog owners that if they "have ever walked their dog off leash in Mill Hill Park, Thetis Lake Park or Francis King Park, that privilege is a direct result of the work of Citizen Canine." Having grown with time, in both size and strength, an organization of more than 2,200 members provides a voice that is recognized and valued, where educated and well-intentioned individuals, in consideration of all, offer creative and strategic solutions. Mark admits that with increased building and growing populations, the availability of green spaces, parks and beaches has decreased and he acknowledges that municipal parks departments have a tough job to do "managing the desires, needs and demands of several different user groups while providing solutions that preserve both the park and the peace." When asked about changing times, Mark points out much in the way of transformation; there has been a tremendous increase in responsible dog ownership with more training by dog owners along with a greater emphasis on providing good health care. "And notably, 15 years ago, there wasn't a scoop to be seen, whereas now, most dog owners won't leave the house without 'bags' in hand; a social 'must do'." Having accomplished much in the political realm, Citizen Canine has been able to shift its focus from advocacy to community building and creating new programs and fun events. Included in the success story and featured on a comprehensive website is a list of on- and off-leash parks, emergency planning for pet owners, a resources page featuring a wealth of information, tips, guidelines and links and a community Discount Card Program that entitles holders to discounts off purchases of goods or services at a number of the Victoria region's participating businesses. In addition to these offerings, Citizen Canine now has a social media presence, replacing The Scoop newsletter with an online face: and community: One of the Organization's greatest accomplishments has been its annual Everybody and Their Dog Walk event at Beaver Lake, which, for the first time in a decade, won't happen this month due to a lack of available volunteers. The event has historically been a huge success, operating with more than 200 people and dogs, on- and off-leash, completely without incident. Encouraging news, however: Citizen

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I arrive at a large, well-appointed, light-reflective home and meet Edward, who built the house in 1996. We enter through the front door into an attractive, open hallway with a fine curved staircase that is a powerful focal point. The steps and handrail are maple, stained a deep brown with red undertones to pick up the hardwood floors.

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It has contrasting wrought iron spindles of a deep bronze – a dominant detail of metal used throughout the house. "The original staircase was typical L-shaped 1990s," Edward says. I meet Paula Grypma of Outlooks Design, who has been responsible for this major project over the last 18 months. "My job was to provide an overall plan based on Edward's ideas," she says. Her role is twofold: to interpret the ideas of the homeowner and to make them a reality – having access to trades and artisans. "The staircase was custom-made and erected by Chris Bradshaw." At the top of the stairs is an open-plan series of rooms that are, at this moment, the heart of the home. Ahead is a compact, modern kitchen with a black granite L-shaped breakfast bar with curved, slat-back walnut bar stools, customordered from Outlooks Design. To the right is a useful seating area with built-in storage cupboards. "This was a small redundant bedroom, and by removing the wall it made the kitchen area come alive," Paula explains. The white wood cupboards and drawers, with bronze handles, embrace a modern double sink set in a snowdrift granite kitchen top. The two styles of granite blend together perfectly. There is a sophisticated backsplash of glass and gold leaf subway tile. The modern range, dishwasher and large refrigerator are in stainless steel and flush with the cupboards, producing a kitchen that is both relaxing and well designed. To the left is the eating area with a long maple table and matching spindle-back chairs of Vilas maple. There

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are plenty of windows with discreet blinds, and both here and in the adjoining lounge are artistic skylights with metal filigree on acid wash glass. "A Huper Optic film has been applied to keep out the heat," Edward says. "In the summer there used to be a 15-degree difference between this floor and downstairs." Completing the circle, we move into a welcoming, well-designed lounge, with picture windows on two walls, and the open staircase to the left. The focus of the room is a stylish fireplace: a black granite hearth with a multi-coloured stacked stone tile finish, surrounding an impressive gas log fire. There is a "Live Edge" maple mantle with built-ins above for memorabilia. Paula specializes in drapery and soft furnishings. She completed this room with the stylish appearance of the loveseats, chair and ottoman facing the fireplace, and chose the modern glass coffee table and the imposing bronze Pharmacy lamp. This room is a delight, enhanced by soft curtains of a linen print of whimsical seagulls. SEASIDE HOMES | june 2014 | WWW.SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 49

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The wall colours are very important to the overall design. "Cotswold" was used on the upstairs walls and "Interlude" downstairs; these light grays and browns give a sense of space and coolness. Hardwood floors have been installed throughout except for the entrance and in the bathrooms, which have been replaced with heated tiled floors, and there is a forced-air heating system throughout the house. "Since installing the in-floor heating, I have saved 40% on the heating component of my Hydro bills," says Edward enthusiastically. To the right of the staircase is a corridor with two bedrooms and a completely refurbished washroom. It has been beautifully conceived with a large walk-in Schluter shower – a maintenance-free, watertight system – augmented with colourful slate tiles. Black granite on the custom free-standing vanity, and a large mirror with cleverly concealed backlighting, have converted a relatively small room into a bathing room experience. Doubling back on the open staircase is the master bedroom: a spacious, multi-angled room with a large bed complete with traditional brass bedstead. A corridor leads to the en suite with a custom built-in wardrobe and storage cupboards on each side. The en suite has a deep triangular tub and designer fittings. "Apart from the entrance area, the bottom of the house had remained undeveloped," Edward says. Now, the downstairs boasts a further two bedrooms, a large room that will become a games room, and a spacious laundry room with another tiled, Schluter shower. "Useful, when you come in from the garden," Edward smiles knowingly. The project is about 80% complete, with landscaping plans in the works. "This is the nicest project to showcase," Paula explains. "The improvements are beautiful and functional. Lots of positive, creative energy made it happen!"

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I have seen quite the variety of retaining walls throughout the Greater Victoria area: some good, some very bad. What is a retaining wall? Retaining walls are usually created when there is a desire to manage or hold back soils or other hardscape materials. A retaining wall can be anywhere by Colin Eaton from six inches to in excess of 60 feet Garden City Tree and Landscape Ltd. high. I have seen them constructed of everything from used tires to blast rock to engineered retaining wall systems. Concrete blocks are commonly used in Greater Victoria so I will touch on this type of construction in this article. A retaining wall can result in significant changes to yours and a neighbouring property. Drainage, safety concerns and cost are only a few important things to consider before constructing a retaining wall. Altered Drainage: A retaining wall can act as a wall to any natural water drainage which can have a positive or negative affect on a property. When considering a retaining wall system, ensure your contractor has considered drainage and its affect on the wall system and two properties. The placement of a drainage system behind a retaining wall is not uncommon and it can alleviate many problems before they develop! Safety Concerns: The safety of a retaining wall system is probably the most important aspect to consider. If the retaining wall system should fail, it could result in significant financial loss. More importantly, it could result in serious injury! Here are some important points to remember with cement block retaining wall systems: • Was the block constructed using a single pour of concrete or was it constructed of excess concrete over many pours? The structural integrity of the concrete is assured with a single pour. • Is the construction of the block engineered? Only a few products in this market provide internal and corrosion-free reinforcement. Internal reinforcement will allow for greater wall height without the need for expensive reinforcement grid. Ask for proof the blocks are engineered. Costs: An engineered retaining wall system might be slightly higher in value than a non-engineered block, but consider the cost of having to reconstruct the retaining wall if and when the product fails … or the cost of repairing damages caused by a falling wall on a neighbouring property! In the end, building it right the first time is always a cost savings. For more information visit

"Human Grade" Food For Non-Humans: Healthy Pet Food As thinking human beings, we need to remember that our furry friends are sentient creatures who can tell bad food from good. Our pets deserve a pleasurable eating experience with good nutritious food that will build their health and give them a long satisfying life (with us!). Pets have a right to benefit from the same high-quality food that their owners enjoy. If we value our pets, then we will make sure that what they eat is the best choice for them. My late father was a meat-cutter and we always had delicious fresh meat at every family dinner. Our treasured cat, Smoky, got no less than the humans around him; he pounced on his fresh liver pieces with a frenzy. It is important to distinguish between "Human Grade" pet food – fit for human consumption, full of healthy ingredients and devoid of chemicals, preservatives and fillers – and "Feed Grade" regular pet food, which is not fit for human consumption because of substandard, unhealthy ingredients. The best food for our beloved pets is Human Grade products. After all, if we wouldn't eat it, then why should we be feeding it to our wonderful loving companions who make our lives special every day? According to Heidi MacAulay of Buddies Natural Pet Food, the allover best diet for dogs and cats is a natural raw food diet. According to Heidi, "Dogs are omnivores and are designed to eat raw meat, bones and organs best with little amounts of veggies in their diet. Cats are obligate carnivores and are designed to eat raw meat, bones and organs best with no grains, carbs or veggies in their diet." She recommends a diet of fresh raw unaltered meats, fish and organs as the most healthy nutritious one for our furry companions (and only a small amount of fresh vegetables for dogs). Raw bones provide calcium and phosphorous and clean your pet's teeth. Giving raw food to your pet helps prevent allergies, dental and gum problems, gastrointestinal problems and degenerative diseases. A raw diet gives your pet proper nutrition and fends off illness; according to Heidi: by Doreen Marion Gee

"Raw-fed pets live longer, healthier, happier lives." Typical commercial dog foods are not a healthy choice for pets. They contain carbohydrates (causing weight gain and diabetes), preservatives, additives, and cooked ingredients lacking any nutrition. Worst of all, the main ingredients in commercial dog foods are cereal grains, which cause allergies, rashes, "hot spots," shedding, dental problems and intestinal problems in pets. "Canines should get little to no grains in their diets but cats should not eat any grains at all!" says Heidi. Raw pet food is available at any butcher or in any grocery aisle. Also, there are a huge variety of raw pet foods sold in stores. The next best option are Human Grade prepared products, bagged or canned, as long as the first ingredient is a meat protein. Heidi: "Look for high protein, low carbs and lots of moisture to avoid dehydration – especially with cats!" Any health-conscious human is fussy about what they eat, wanting only the best for their body. Our non-human friends are completely dependent on us to be just as fussy with them. How can we let them down? Sources: Heidi MacAulay,;;;

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smell the coffee although coffee has been in existence for thousands of years, it's only in the past half century or so that scientists have identified what exactly is contained in this magical bean

Things You Didn't ThinkWere in Coffee by Steve Sheppard

Throughout history, coffee has taken on several

transformations, initially serving as an energy source when nomadic tribes combined coffee berries with animal fat as an early form of an energy bar. It's gone through a couple of iterations as a hot drink before coming to the beverage we've come to identify with today. Coffee has always been a product of great mystery, and although it has been in existence for thousands of years, it's only been in the past half century or so that scientists have been able to truly identify and understand what exactly is contained in this mystical bean. Scientists have identified over 1,000 compounds in coffee. Products such as wine or chocolate, composed of a few hundred compounds, pale in comparison to that of coffee. Luckily, through advancements in technology, much of coffee's chemical makeup has been unlocked and we now have a better perspective on the chemistry contained within this mystical bean. Caffeine: For many, coffee drinking is simply a delivery medium for a potent alkaloid we have come to identify as caffeine. Although caffeine is strongly associated with coffee, its production within the plant kingdom is not exclusive to the coffee plant: Mother Nature was quite generous when it came to distributing it. For humans, caffeine is very unique. So far we are the only living forms on Earth that readily seek caffeine for both its stimulatory and psychological effects. But what else is in coffee, other than our friend caffeine? Trigonelline: Although its concentration is slightly less than that of caffeine, it plays a significant role in the development of important flavour compounds during roasting. Modeling studies show that during the roasting process, 60% of the initial trigonelline is decomposed, leading to the formation of carbon dioxide, water and the development of a large class of aromatic compounds. These compounds play an important role in flavour and are responsible for producing the sweet/caramel/ earthy-like aromas commonly found in coffee. Vitamin B3: More commonly known as niacin and depending on roasting conditions, niacin can increase up to 10 times its

initial concentration, providing anywhere between 1mg of niacin per cup for Americano-type coffees and roughly two to three times this concentration in espresso-type beverages. Lipids: Lipid production and its subsequent survival after the roasting process play an important role to overall coffee quality in the form of coffee oil. In Part II of this series we will discuss the role of carbohydrates, proteins and a number of aromatic compounds that give coffee its alluring flavor … Steve out.

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g a r d e n t o ta b l e Add the refreshing zip of mint to summer salads and drinks with these three easy-to-make recipes!

Refreshingly Minty by Carolyn Herriot

Growing pots of assorted mints means you can add the refreshing zip of mint to summer salads and drinks. My favourite is Moroccan mint for refreshing tea (hot or cold) and Black peppermint for extra zippy mint flavour. Here are three easy-to-make summer recipes that are delicious and healthy!

Fresh Mint Tabouleh

Makes 6 to 8 servings 2¼ cups dry bulgur wheat 3 cups boiling water 1 tsp sea salt

Combine the bulgur, water and salt in a bowl. Cover the bowl and

let stand for one hour or until all the water is absorbed and the bulgur is chewable. TIP: Replace quinoa for bulgur for a gluten-free option. Add: ½ cup lemon or lime juice ½ cup extra virgin olive oil 1 tsp garlic, finely minced ½ cup fresh parsley, minced ½ cup fresh mint, finely chopped or 3 tsp dried mint ¼ cup scallions or onions, finely chopped 2 large tomatoes, diced small Toss the bulgur with the dressing. Refrigerate before serving.


Makes 1½ cups 1 cup garbanzo beans (chickpeas), cooked ¼ cup cooking liquid left over from beans, or water 3 medium garlic cloves, chopped coarsely 1 lime, juiced ½ cup sesame tahini 1 tsp sea salt ½ tsp fresh ground pepper ½ tsp ground cumin ½ tsp ground coriander ½ tsp chili powder 3 tbsp fresh mint leaves (or 1 tbsp dried mint) Puree all ingredients in a food processor to your desired consistency – smooth or slightly chunkier if you prefer. Store in the refrigerator.

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Makes 2 servings You won't believe how good this tastes, and it does you a power of good. This was my favourite drink last summer. 1 cup organic green grapes ½ ripe bartlett pear 1 cup kale leaves 3 sprigs fresh mint leaves, washed and stripped off stems ½ cup water ½ cup yogurt few ice cubes (optional)

Put all the ingredients into a blender or food processor and combine until smooth. Carolyn Herriot is author of "The Zero Mile Diet" and "The Zero-Mile Diet Cookbook" (Harbour Publishing). She grows "Seeds of Victoria" at The Garden Path Centre.

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Salvador Davis & Co:

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. Salvador Davis & Co. is renowned as the Notaries Public for Sidney for two reasons: their excellent history of client relationships, and the fact that they are an all-women practice. Laurie Salvador, the chief partner, is happy to confirm the first reason: "80 percent of our business comes from 'word-of-mouth' recommendations." She agrees it is the most powerful form of advertising. "We didn't set out to be an all-women firm," Laurie explains. "It just happened." Laurie spends much of her time mentoring notary students at Simon Fraser University. "I'm teaching a young man in the notary class at the University, and it is very likely he will join our firm." He will be the first male in the firm since John Salvador, Laurie's father, founded it in 1968. "My father urged me to consider being a notary," Laurie smiles. "I thought it would be boring, but I soon realized that it was anything but!" She discovered that the essence of the job involved getting to know the clients. "Every person is different," and each case revealed a variety of problems and successes. In 1986, Laurie Salvador took over the practice from her father, and shared the partnership with Susan Davis, who worked with her as a notary for the next 14 years, eventually becoming a Notarial Assistant, specializing in sub-divisions. In 2000 Lisa Ehrlich became a partner in the practice, and specializes in conveyance. Laurie has always focused on the areas of estate and incapacity planning, dealing mainly with older clients, "I am keen to help in adult guardianship matters," she says. Laurie explains why people might go to a notary rather than a lawyer: "People come to notaries because we are approachable," she says. "Clients can share their stories with us, and not feel that the clock is ticking. We do not charge by the minute." In most cases, lawyers' charges are based on the time spent on the case. There is an unmistakable enthusiasm that Laurie brings to her job. She describes how she approached the advent of computers: "In 1986 it was unusual for an office to have a computer." However, she quickly embraced the 'new age:' "I have always loved new things, and computers were wonderful." In former days, people often made mistakes when typing legal letters; "this involved the constant use of 'liquid wipe-out.' But when computers arrived, everything was fast, easily altered and accurate." Laurie remembers her partner was not keen to change to the use of computers. "I had to insist," she jokes. Laurie is well known at speaking engagements, where she explains the complexities of estate planning. If you have legal problems, then Laurie Salvador can help.

inside out as young boys it's ingrained into our psyche: you grin and bear it, gut it out, suck it up and certainly don't cry My appointment schedule this week is pretty typical of most chiropractic offices. Most of the clientele are women, and many of by Dr. Mark Smith these women are scheduled Chiropractor for wellness, or maintenance Progressive Chiropractic care. The men make up the rest and many have no intention of returning after they're feeling well enough to get back to their usual routine. After several years in practice it's clear that men often wait until they get hit with the proverbial "sledgehammer" before they seek my help. As young boys it's ingrained into our psyche: you "grin and bear it," you "gut it out," you "suck it up" and you certainly don't cry. The ability to push through injury and nagging health issues is a trait that has long been glorified and revered in our culture; heroes are made of athletes who do exactly this. So when a man ignores a health issue, he is simply living up to a social standard he's become accustomed to, and for a lot of men there's no changing this. A "Disease" can be found in a medical textbook with a neat symptomatic explanation and picture beside it along with a recommended drug or procedure to treat it. This is the sort of issue most people are taught as children to seek help with. However, most of the human suffering I see and help people with can't be defined and put into a neat little box this way, but can be described as "Dis-Ease," or a lack of smooth, normal body function. It's this sort of thing that gives people headaches for no apparent reason, causes aches and pains, unexplained digestive

problems, occasional chest pains, or numbness in the fingers. It's this sort of thing that most people – especially men – struggle seeking help with. They might think differently though if they stopped to consider how their health is affecting those around them. They would probably tune in and listen to that wee little voice, that "alarm bell," that nagging health issue, sooner if they stepped back and considered what affect their health was potentially having on their families, coworkers and friends. Maybe that nagging issue causes just enough pain and discomfort that your temper with your spouse or children is shorter. Maybe you're less efficient at work, and others to have to pick up the slack because of it. Maybe the pain is putting just enough stress on your body that it's raising your heart rate, releasing stress hormones and slowly causing your health to deteriorate. When you throw a stone into a pond, it creates ripples; the same thing happens when your health is suffering. Your loved ones are affected whether you intend for them to be or not. As important as your health is to your own quality of life, it's important to the lives of those around you – the ones you love who are depending on you to be the true version of yourself that you are when you're healthy. Sometimes men do tune into the fact that they need to take better care of themselves, but they do it far too late. Maybe they're 80 years old, entering my office using a walker and relying heavily on a loved one for care, 30 or 40 years late for their first appointment. No one wants this reality, so regardless of your gender, consider scrapping the silly notion of your indestructibility and listen to that little inner voice telling you that you know better. Otherwise, be prepared, because sooner or later the sledgehammer tends to make people listen. For more information visit

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Pets Rule! Nichole Moser is the owner and Pack Leader of CalmFort Kennels, where "a calm pet is a happy pet." Located on five acres in Saanichton, this dog and cat kennel is conveniently located for those heading out to the ferry or airport. Nichole's team is dedicated to meeting the unique needs of each of their clients while offering quality care in a stress-free environment, which means both pets and owners can remain calm while apart. Pet parents can even check in on their loved ones while away, via text, email and Facebook. Learn more at . Sue Wilson and the Animals for Life Society continue to meet the needs of an animal rescue, adoption and surrendered pet service for the Peninsula, in their new, large, pet-friendly location in downtown Sidney (on Second Street by Stonestreet Café). Sales from the thrift store support the ongoing effort to care for animals, which has found loving homes for

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more than 2,000 cats and dogs. This independent, non-profit organization operates entirely on donations of supplies, services, time and funds. Donations are accepted on the website and directly at the thrift store and new volunteers are welcome. The Society continues to operate a furniture and art/collectibles thrift shop at the original location, next door. www. . Someone has let the dogs out, and they are on the patio at Melinda's Biscotti in Sidney. Dogs are welcome to join customers on the patio while they enjoy their daily Blue Plate Specials – breakfast for $6 or lunch for $12. With their newlyexpanded Bakery Café space, larger groups can also now enjoy all that this Sidney gem has to offer. shopping in sidney

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A Return to Good Food: Tonolli's Deli & Café by Doreen Marion Gee

This is the second in a six-part series of profiles on some of the Saanich Peninsula's wonderful restaurants and pubs. Sadly, today's kids may never know what it means to enjoy truly good healthy food full of flavour. With grocery aisles full of additive-laden, processed and geneticallymodified food, and produce that comes from half way around the globe, something important has been lost. Susan McCarten of Tonolli's Deli & Café is bringing back the old recipes from Europe passed down through generations. Her eatery offers the

savoury healthy food that pleased palates for centuries, and she wants people to enjoy eating again as a treasured experience, not just a necessary task in between board meetings and conference calls. Tonolli's opened for business in November 2011. From Hungarian roots, Susan and her sister always wanted to open a deli with food from many European cultures. A warm and likable person, Susan shares some interesting history behind her delicious food. Centuries ago in central European countries, local people survived on regional foods that they

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grew themselves. In Hungary they had pork and grew potatoes and onions – so they made cabbage rolls from those ingredients. Susan prepares them the same way in 2014. "Those flavours are what we are losing now," laments Susan. "People shop at the Big Box stores and they buy all these processed foods and they have no idea what the original foods even tasted like." They miss all that beautiful flavour of being cooked from scratch. Susan worries that the delectable flavours of rich cultural food are dying along with the original European immigrants who

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brought them here. "If their children didn't learn those recipes from them, those recipes have been lost and are gone forever!" Susan definitely sees her Deli and Café as a way to bring those old recipes back so people can enjoy them: "My goal is to bring Nana's food back, with those flavours and traditions that make it a little bit of Europe." "Many people do not know what real bread tastes like." According to Susan, the bread that European peasants ate hundreds of years ago was full of nutrition and whole wheat grains, unlike its white counterpart reserved for royalty. Russian loaves were the size of tables and lasted a month because of natural preservatives: "It was amazing, unbelievable bread." Susan loves the pure grain taste of rye bread. Her husband makes it by hand so that their Deli customers can relish the extraordinary taste and health benefits. "Soup was huge in Hungary," and Susan makes a variety of hearty ones without flour

or fillers; she freezes them ready for takeout for a memorable dinner. Everything at Tonolli's is made from scratch. Susan cooks; her sister bakes. The miracles start with

"My goal is to bring Nana's food back, with those flavours and traditions that make it a little bit of Europe." good basic ingredients: butter, real lemon, different kinds of nuts, ground nut flour and nothing processed. They offer succulent breakfasts and lunches and prepare beautiful main courses that are frozen and available for a dinner take-out. Tonolli's offers many flashbacks to a time of magnificent flavourful food: Hungarian crepes stuffed with ricotta cheese and s s n es ard io sin Aw ent Bu al M w st Ne Cry ble 13 ra 20 ou



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lemon and covered with sour cream and vanilla sugar; French baked eggs: two fresh eggs baked with white truffle cream, brie cheese and ham; or a Vienna panini with rye bread, Montreal smoked beef, cheese and sauerkraut. Susan wants to reignite the joy of food: "We have lost the culture of sitting down together." The team at Tonolli's want their patrons to check out everything in the Deli, converse with them and enjoy the whole experience of having a meal and loving every bite. Tonolli's Deli & Café sits quietly on a hill at the intersection of East Saanich and Island View Roads. You would never know that behind those walls lies a treasure chest of mouth-watering culinary delights. Go inside and taste what real food is all about. Address/contact: 778.426.2822;; 6991 East Saanich Road.

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Animals in Need:

Helping Our Furry Friends by Deborah Rogers

There's no doubt that the

Saanich Peninsula is a community of animal lovers. It's the perfect place to own a pet, with our green surroundings and large number of trails and parks. It's estimated that approximately 38% of Canadian households own a cat and 35% a dog, but a visit any morning to one of our local parks could make you think it was much larger

than that. At Dominion Brook Park last week I met Pico (short for Picorita), a playful year-old pup, out for one of her many daily walks. As I chatted to her owner I heard a story that seemed familiar. They had found Pico on the street in Mexico, injured and in a bad way. She was brought to a vet and fixed up a little, and, despite not having owned a dog for over 30 years, they decided they couldn't return to Canada and just leave her there.

It's not the first time I'd heard a story like it. It seems kindhearted Canadians often come home "It seems kind-hearted from holiday with more than a Canadians often come suntan and happy home from holiday with memories: they more than a suntan and have a long-term happy memories: they companion too. Sue Wilson, have a long-term at local not-forcompanion too." profit Animals for Life, is very positive about the fact that there isn't an animal problem here on the Peninsula. Currently they have a wait list for people wanting to adopt cats through them, and she relates with pleasure that there has never been an animal they couldn't find a home for (even the 16-year-old Mary, a lynx point Siamese cat found abandoned with abscesses and dental problems). This is why people will often reach out to shelters abroad, usually in the United States or Mexico. Local organizations Mex-can pet partners ( and Mexpup ( can provide further information. In Sidney, Animals for Life ( has been helping animals in our community for nearly 10 years, finding homes for over 2,000 animals in that time.

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Protect your pet. Make sure that you have ID for your pet, whether it's a microchip, tattoo or simply a collar and tag. Vets suggest using two methods is best. Help lost animals. Being lost is very stressful for both the animal and its owner. If you find a lost dog or cat in your neighbourhood first try and reunite them locally by asking around, putting up posters or putting a notice somewhere like If you have no luck then you need to bring the animal to your local B.C. SPCA. If the animal has a microchip or tattoo they will be able to check it there. Not all animals should be approached. Wild animals or injured animals can be unpredictable. If in doubt call the SPCA or Wild ARC 250-478-9453 for advice. Support animal charities. You can make a difference simply by shopping at the local Animals for Life thrift store, or donating items to be sold there. You can also volunteer to help out at an animal charity or support a local fundraiser. Consider adopting. If you are thinking about adding a pet to your home, consider adopting an animal first. With many local organizations available (Google "Animal Rescue Victoria") to help match you with a pet you could provide a home to an animal in need.

Peninsula Country Market: The Village Scene Unseen The transient nature of farmers' markets has always fascinated

me. When I arrive at the market early Saturday morning, I stand alone in an empty field in silence, clipboard in one hand, coffee in the other, waiting for vendors to arrive. By 7:30 a.m. the first vendors start to drift in. Most are familiar faces – or better said, familiar cars and trucks overflowing with tents, displays, farm produce and crafts. The pace accelerates as more and more vendors arrive, and I dodge among rising tents to direct newcomers to their appointed spots. In just over an hour, an empty field is transformed into a colourful village of more than 50 small businesses housed under portable canopies. By 9 a.m. the first customers arrive and over the next four hours the market is a boisterous town centre. By 1 p.m., shopping is done and the vendors are packing up and heading home. The field is soon empty again, save for the cries of rowdy crows scavenging for abandoned market morsels. Our market vendors are small businesses, mostly home-based farmers and artisans. The market isn't just about the pleasure of

a country morning: it's also about local small businesses whose temporary stores are open for just a few hours every week. Just like a town centre needs shoppers to remain viable, a sustainable farmers' market needs lots of customers too! This year you'll meet familiar vendors, and new ones too. The 4-H club, celebrating 100 Years in B.C. this year, is back serving coffee, cold drinks, breakfast buns, hot dogs and more. And everyone looks forward to Captain Pete and his catch from the sea! The Peninsula Country Market opens Saturday, June 7th in Pioneer Park in Brentwood Bay, part of the Brentwood Bay Festival. It returns to its regular location the following Saturday (June 14th) at the Saanich Fairgrounds with music from Chick Wagon. The market runs every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through to Thanksgiving, rain or shine, except for the weekend of the Saanich Fair. If you haven't yet been charmed by the market experience, watch Brian Trotto's video on the front page of our website at

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Saying the Wrong Thing: Causing Eating and Weight Problems by Dianne Connerly

Parents can forget that

they are raising adults, not children. The goal is to equip kids with the skills and increasing responsibility for managing their lives without constant vigilance. One key life skill is the ability to navigate an abundant food environment while maintaining optimal health. Here are some things parents say that may have unintended consequences, and what to say instead: 1. You are such a good eater! Mealtime should be a pleasant time to connect with your children and eating should remain intrinsically driven to meet your child's fuel need, NOT to earn praise. Instead, say: "You must have been really hungry!" Or: "I love spending time with you while we have dinner." 2. You are such a picky eater! Children have some foods that they just don't like. Some are highly taste and/or texture sensitive, but most will outgrow it. Picky eating becomes an entrenched behaviour when we berate, beg, bribe … or worse: feed kids only what they say they'll eat. Instead, say: "I know you didn't like it previously; tell me what you think about it now after having a bite." Or: "I wonder if you like this big kid food yet?"

3. Clean your plate; there are starving children in ___. Avoid teaching children scarcity eating behaviours in our plentiful food environment. Instead, say: "It's important to not be wasteful, so please only take as much as you think you need." 4. You have to eat all your vegetables or no dessert. When you bribe children for eating certain foods, they quickly realize that those foods must be yucky and that dessert is the reward. Instead, say: "I love all kinds of different foods that make me healthy and strong and some that are just for fun. What kinds of foods do you like?" 5. Eat all your dinner or you don't get dessert. This variation on the threat above translates to "you must overeat and I will reward you by giving you more to eat!" Instead, say: "Save room for dessert tonight!" 6. I am so gross and fat! Kids learn from adults even when we think they aren't listening. Statements like this teach kids it's okay to put yourself and others down and judge people for their weight or other physical attributes. Instead, say: "I'm not perfect, but I do my best to make healthy choices." And whatever else you say, remember to say often: "I love you just the way you are." Dianne Connerly is with TOPS, a nonprofit, affordable weight loss support and wellness organization. For info visit

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Katie Kroeker: Inspired Design by Deborah Rogers This is part of a rotating series of articles on members of Sidney Meet Up Women's Networking Group, featuring women in business on the Saanich Peninsula. Looking Pacific Ridge Landscapes up on Facebook, or through their beautiful website, is highly recommended. There is a strong design aesthetic that runs through all their promotional material, and as owners Merle and Katie Kroeker have produced it all themselves, it gives a pretty strong indication of the quality of their garden visions. Katie seems delighted to have relocated to Sidney. Together with her husband Merle, she has been working as a garden designer for seven years. Despite having a successful and award-winning company based in Edmonton, the couple made the decision last fall to relocate to the Saanich Peninsula. They fell in love with Sidney on their first visit, and are thrilled to have found a situation where they can do what they love year-round. "There's triple the amount of plants we can use and the palette is amazing." Katie has found that the beauty she relies on for inspiration is abundant in their new home, which has been great for creativity. She stresses that "learning is always important, whether I stayed in Edmonton or here, it's always about continually being at the forefront of what's happening in the industry." I appreciated Katie's seriousness as she told me some of her sources of inspiration. The beauty of Vancouver Island provides natural colour and texture combinations, but Katie says she is also inspired by beauty in general. Fine Arts, such as dance, sculpture or painting, determine the direction trends are heading. She rounds out her knowledge by reading about garden design and design philosophy. She can't help but use her hands to describe the current obsession with meadows and wild plantings: landscapes that shift and move. Although their website and Facebook page are filled with photos and advice, in Sidney you can also view a completed project in person. Katie describes the great opportunity they had to help Margot Wilson develop the outdoor area of the newly relocated Sidney Dig This (on Third Street). An uninspiring plot has been transformed with some hardscaping, including a pergola, water feature and deck, along with container plantings. There will be a grand opening in June to celebrate the collaboration. Each client and each design is very different: "we don't have a cookie-cutter plan that we roll out for each garden." Knowing how to translate a client's understanding of what will work for them into a design that will enhance and express their personality is one of the key skills, "most importantly the garden should be inviting but not demanding." For Katie it's about the design, and installation of that design, rather than the gardening. Pacific Ridge Landscapes doesn't do landscape maintenance, but will work at either new build properties (like the Spirit Bay site in Sooke) or to overhaul existing gardens.

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island life "the modern washroom encloses all manner of possible forms of ablutions and necessary fixtures"

In Praise of Washrooms by Barry Mathias

Life from a Gulf Islands persepective.

One of the greatest of the many interesting phenomena on the

Islands has been the unbridled development of the modern washroom. No longer called "the little boys room," "the privy" or "the WC" in hushed embarrassed whispers, the modern washroom encloses all manner of possible forms of ablutions and necessary fixtures, including … yes, you can now say it: the toilet. It has become a status symbol, and the temple of the discerning and the ultra clean. In the early days of Island habitation, a wash involved hands, soap and cold water in a bucket, and usually only before a meal. More detailed washing was often confined to the horse trough in the summer and in winter was a complicated and protracted process involving small metal tubs, kettles of hot water and a complete lack of privacy. The practice of summer swims for hygienic purposes was confined to local lakes, often brackish, where the brave and the wellendowed coped with the problems of being unable to buy swimsuits on the Islands. There was always the ocean to dunk in; at least, that was the occasional boast. But it was, and is, an element so cold, even in summer, that only those with ample covering, those who have consumed enough alcohol, or those who have heroic aspirations could last more than a bare moment. Which presumably gave rise to Polar Bear (bare?) Swims.

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It was a time of the outside "biffy," always located as far away from the house as possible during hot and aromatic summers, and whose protracted distance was much lamented, in unseasonably bad language, during snowy winter visits. These were tough people who always found a good use for political pamphlets with which they disagreed. Then, there was a period when flush "loos," that fitted into spaces the size of broom cupboards, were attached to the outside of houses. These were never spoken about until winter froze their pipes, resulting in long, metaphoric conversations with "In the early days of plumbers involving Island habitation, a wash terms like: "the 'thingy' has frozen" involved hands, soap … "the outside and cold water in a 'what's-it' won't work," or best of all: bucket, and usually "can you unfreeze my only before a meal." 'you know'?" Finally, modernity reached the Islands when city folk insisted on houses with allembracing washrooms. To begin with, there were cavernous tubs, so deep you needed life-saving belts at strategic points along the wall. They had huge dragon-like feet and taps resembling fire hoses, and those brave enough to climb into them frequently had to be rescued by earnest firemen, who later provided raucous entertainment at the local pubs. Eventually, they became popular in farmers' fields, for the use of cows and horses, or as an alternative to dumped cars. Today, the Islands can boast washrooms that are the epitome of modern civilized development, yet with regard to their use of marble and size, resemble closely the Roman baths of 2,000 years ago. There are cavernous walk-in showers, sunken tubs, hip baths, foot baths and wet bars. No longer the need for chains or handles – there are now automatic flush "loos," that cause extreme consternation for the uninitiated. Somewhere, amid the piped music, the television, the cell phone and the computer you might find the soap!

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be an overwhelming selection if it weren't for Jan's expertise. She explained to me (over a delicious cup of Black apricot-peach) that when she first worked at the store she didn't know the differences herself. She would select one tea a week and drink it each shift, gradually working her way along the rows, developing a sense of the subtleties and contrasts between them. When she reached Chinese Black tea she'd found the one for her. "Tea is the most relaxing thing," Jan explained. "It was what I grew up with and was the cure for all, if I said 'mum I have a headache' she'd say 'have a cup of tea!' " That sense of comfort comes through in small ways, like being able to buy just a sample of a new tea to decide if you like it, and the unintimidating manner with which Jan throws open a lid and lets you inhale the fragrance of as many teas as you like before you come to a decision. In-store trade is thriving, but so is the mail-order business. Jan has sold peppermint to Scotland and tea cosies to Bermuda; she's even sent tea to Dubai. It comes to Sidney from all over the world (of course tea doesn't grow in North America) and will often travel again to homes across America and beyond. With the store's 10th anniversary, opening will increase to seven days a week to keep up with customer demand. For more information visit


This is the second in a four-part series on some of the unique and local shops the Saanich Peninsula has to offer. Jan Thompson is more enthusiastic about tea than I thought was possible, and I consider myself a big tea drinker. Stepping off Beacon Avenue on a miserable wet day and entering Janet's Special Teas is the shopping equivalent of snuggling down under your covers on a cold morning. It smells heavenly: exotic and fruity and spicy all at once. Then there's Jan herself, ready to help you find the tea that's going to be just right for you. Tea is big business for Jan. She started working at the store (then just Special Teas) part-time and quickly fell in love with the venue and its customers. In 2005 Janet bought the store from its original owners and has run it single-handed ever since. The quality of the tea has remained the same, but from the 99 varieties on sale then Janet has expanded to an enormous range of 175 different types and blends. The store has undergone other subtle changes, becoming the bright and quirky venue that it is today. To really appreciate the volume of tea that Jan handles, you have to see the canisters that line the store's walls. They fall into categories such as Assam's; Darjeelings; Green Teas and Black blends. It could

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Unless exclusively in savings accounts or GICs, there are very few bullet-proof investments one can make which provide total peace-of-mind for an investor. Unfortunately, such safe choices will result in after-tax returns unlikely to even keep pace with by Peter Dolezal inflation. Hence the need for at Dolezal Consultants Ltd. least a portion of equity-based products in most portfolios. Equity investment products that pay regular, and ideally increasing, dividends, should go a long way toward reducing investment risk, and hence an investor's stress level. A rather dramatic example will prove the point. The decade bookended by the high-tech meltdown of the early 2000s, and the major 2008/2009 downturn, ended on December 31st, 2009. Had an investor bought, and held, the entire TSX Index through a low-cost Exchange-Traded Fund at the beginning of that decade, he would, surprisingly, have achieved a respectable 5.6% average annual total return. Had he focused solely on the dividend-paying component of the Index, the return would have zoomed to an average annual return of 11.4%. Even more dramatically, had he selected only those equities which had increased dividends annually for at least 10 years, the return would have risen even further, to a spectacular average 13.5% annually. If dividends can make such a significant difference to investment returns in a decade which experienced the two most dramatic market adjustments of the past 50 years, surely there is a lesson to be learned: the awesome power of dividends to super-charge a portfolio's returns. In any past 50 years, dividends have been responsible for over 40% of total returns of market indexes in North America. The logic is easy to understand. If a portfolio delivers, for example, a steady, and easily-attainable 3.5% average dividend yield, it will partially be insulated against market downturns. When markets rise, because dividend-paying products are generally the cream of an Exchange, the portfolio should outperform the total Index. Dividend-investing is by no means a one-stop solution for all investment concerns. Equally important are: minimizing investment holding costs; achieving broad product, sector, and geographic diversification; and an appropriate fixed-income allocation. Although dividend investing does not provide the unconditional security of a GIC, it produces a much higher yield and, over a longterm investment time horizon, it can provide a major boost to a welldesigned portfolio. A retired corporate executive, enjoying post-retirement as an independent Financial Consultant (, Peter Dolezal is the author of three books: including his most recent, The SMART CANADIAN WEALTH-BUILDER.

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Living Our Passion:

What we want to be and do when we grow up a nagging sense that there should be more to life than the work we do. If we want to get out of bed in the morning full of excitement because we have another day to follow our passion, then we need a passion to follow. What many people don't realize is that passions can be developed. The secret? Choose something, then throw yourself into it wholeheartedly. Focus on it. Think about how to enhance every aspect of it. The more we think, plan and study how to improve even the most mundane job, the more it will appeal to us. Try it. A focused effort to improve what we are doing in every possible way may lead to an exciting discovery … that even if our job isn't something we want to do forever, by exploring every possible way to improve our performance we will have created in ourselves a different kind of passion: a passion for excellence. Excellence is worth pursuing for its own sake. For our own sake. Excelling at something makes life joyful. We feel we are contributing to our family and our community. We are making a difference. A passion for excellence stains everything we do with light and colour. We can follow this passion whatever we choose to do, whether we're eight or 80 … If we cultivate a mindset of gratitude and the pursuit of excellence, no matter our situation, we won't have to look back on our life and feel sad because we have never had a passion to follow. We can look back over our life with pleasure and think: "I was the best darn bottle washer … or whatever … on the planet!" That's what I wanted to be when I grew up … and I did it!

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are still wondering what we want to be or do when we grow up – other lucky ones have known since they were eight or younger. Why do some of us spend our whole lives passionately pursuing our passion, while others have no passion to pursue? Is this just the luck of the draw for people who find their passion early? Or is the passion born out of the environment in which we are nurtured as we grow up? Is our "luck" due to passionate parents and opportunities for growth, or are some people born with more imagination than others? Are some people born creative and others not? Where does passion come from? Some of us have a passionate desire to help others in need, while others set their hearts on becoming great athletes, artists, explorers or political leaders and spend thousands of hours working towards their goal. But what of those who "lead lives of quiet desperation?" Are they desperate because they don't know what their passion is, or desperate because they have never had the means nor the energy to pursue it? How many of us are passionate about our jobs? For most of us our jobs are not our passion. But can we make them so? We often have

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ignition Buying a car has become increasingly complicated, so Seaside has decided to lend a hand! With the assistance of Motorize Auto Direct, this month we turn on the Ignition for our readers.

The Ultimate Affordable Driving Experience by Al Duncan

I get to test a lot of different cars every month and I am also privilege to all sorts of analytics in the wholesale car world. The numbers are often surprising. A $100,000 car that isn't part of a limited production run can often be had for half its original purchase price after a mere four years on the street. This sort of high dollar hit can spell bonanza for those looking to get into a lot of car for a modest bit of change. The typical scenario is 20 to 24% depreciation in the first year alone (taxes excluded; you are never getting that cash back). A substantial 20% of the remaining value the second year and 16 to 18% the third year. We can see a trend here. The depreciation curve is very steep at the beginning and then slowly levels off to approximately eight to 10% a year until the car is really not even worth the sum total of its parts and a high school kid is now driving it around with giant speakers mounted in the trunk. So why would anyone ever consider actually spending their hard earned cash on a new car only to lose a large part of their "investment" (I use the term loosely) in the first year alone? I have heard it all, from "I didn't want a car that was abused by someone else" to "I didn't want a car that someone else had sat in." OK then, spend away. Here is a great example. So you want a big fancy sedan with all the bells and whistles, but you don't want to spend a ton of dough and you don't want a car that looks dated. Enter the Mercedes Benz S class, the big gun in Mercedes' line-up, built to exacting standards and sashaying off the showroom floor new for upwards of 100K. The new generation was just introduced for 2014 and the last generation was produced between 2007 and 2013. Let's buy a 2008, for good measure, so we're sure that all the

There are countless examples of great deals around bugs were worked out after the first year in production. Now, it's important to note that our 2008 will be out of factory warranty by now so we will want to "invest" in a warranty of some sort to protect ourselves from the failure of hi-tech electronics and expensive components. Warranties can be bought after the fact from just about any licensed motor dealer and are as good as a factory warranty is. So we hunt around and find a nice 2008 for $43,000 with low mileage. The S class is built so well that it most certainly will drive like new, look like new with a good detail and treat its new owner to 10 plus years of loyal service without a hiccup. And the best part is that you don't have to spend that $100K plus to own it; someone else took the hit just for you. That was nice of them now, wasn't it? There are countless examples of great deals around; you just have to do a little homework.

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1229 Clarke Rd., Brentwood Bay, 1 pm

Cash prizes, special games and a progressive jackpot. Refreshments available. Open to everyone. Proceeds go to operating costs for The Central Saanich Senior's Centre. Come out and support this nonprofit facility which provides recreation and support for all seniors on the Saanich Peninsula.

tuesday evenings Saanich Peninsula Toastmasters Meeting

Vancouver Island Regional Library Sidney, 7:30 pm 250.656.3738

Toastmasters has a specific structure that provides a safe forum for speaking while giving encouragement and support. It is a program designed to broaden our abilities and comfort in public speaking. If you are looking for an enjoyable, challenging and rewarding experience, please come out to one of our meetings. every saturday june 10 till oct 11

Peninsula Country Market Saanich Fairgrounds 1528 Stelly's X Road, 9 am - 1 pm

On opening day ONLY, market will take place at the Brentwood Bay Festival in Pioneer Park from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Now celebrating its 23rd year! Live music, local produce, crafts, specialty foods and more! Free admission and parking, dog friendly! every saturday June 7 - october 11

North Saanich Farm Market in the garden of St. John's United Church 10990 West Saanich Rd, North Saanich 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Seasonal vegetables and fruit, eggs, baking, meat, fish, locally produced crafts. Live entertainment. thursdays till august 28 Sidney Street Market

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Art Gallery of Greater Victoria 1040 Moss Street, Victoria 250.384.4171

An engaging four-part series of interactive interior design presentations. Ten of Victoria's leading designers will share their experiences and ideas. The two-hour sessions will include opportunities for questions from the audience. Tickets $20 per session ($15 for students) or $60 for all four sessions ($45 for students). Proceeds from this event will go towards ongoing programming at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. For full speaker lineup visit website above. june 7 & 8

Sidney Access Awareness Fair Various locations on the Saanich Peninsula

June 7th: The Shoal Centre 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 7th: Panorama Recreation Centre Open House, free admission, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. June 8th: Scooter Rodeo, Sidney All Care Residence, 1 to 4 p.m. For full details see website. june 8

World Oceans Dave Celebration Beacon Park, Sidney, 11 am - 3 pm

Honour World Oceans Day with live entertainment by the Cascadian Crusaders, kayak skills and drills with Sidney Whalewatching, shore cleanup and critter finds with Rockfish Divers, facepainting, games, and more! Over a dozen exhibitors, including Parks Canada and the CRD, as well as local artists who will be doing live demonstrations. For more details and full list of exhibitors visit website above. june 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 29

2014 Eine Kleine Summer Music Chamber Music in the Country Saturday Concerts: Muse Winery, 11195 Chalet Rd, North Saanich @ 2:30 pm Sunday Concerts: First Unitarian Church of Victoria, 5575 West Saanich Road.

June 8: Boccherini, Anton Arensky, Max Reger; June 14 & 15: Arthur Bliss, Schoenberg, Elgar; June 21 & 22: Alcan String Quartet; June 29: Mendelssohn, Schumann, Beethoven. Saturday concerts: $27 per concert (one price only). Sunday concerts: adults $25; seniors/students $20; four-concert subscription $85/$70. Tickets available from Raincoast Business Centre: 250-413-3134.

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Jumpin' Junipers it's June at Fern Street 1831 Fern Street, Victoria Doors @ 7:15 pm, stories start @ 7:30 pm 250.477.7044

The Victoria Storytellers Guild welcomes you to hear and tell stories. Admission $5 adults, $3 students (includes tea and goodies). june 12

Peninsula Newcomers Luncheon

Are you new to Saanich Peninsula? Saanich Peninsula Newcomers' Club offers friendship, fun activities and valuable information to all women who moved here less than two years ago. For further information visit the website. june 14

Victoria Therapeutic Riding Association’s Rideathon and Dog Poker Walk Elk and Beaver Lake Equestrian Ring 720 Beaver Lake Rd, Saanich, 9 am to 2 pm

The Rideathon is a pledge event and participants can ride, walk, jog, or bike the designated trail. Dog Poker walk is approximately one hour and the registration fee is $5. Prizes for both events. Come and join us for a pancake breakfast. For more information visit the VTRA website. June 19 & 20

Thunder from Down Under Pre-Show Cocktail Party 6 - 7:30 pm Show @ 7:30 pm Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney 250.656.0275

Enjoy the pre-show cocktail reception, with vendors such as Vancouver Island Bead & Jewellery Show, Sidney Meet Up, Isagenix and Avon, $5 drinks and complimentary appetizers provided by Island Culinary. Following this is the show everyone's been waiting for! Tickets: gold $30; platinum $40. june 20 & 22

Starlight Pops Ensemble presents "Legends of Swing!" St. Aidan's Church 3703 St. Aidan's Street, Saanich June 20 @ 7:30 pm June 22 @ 2:30 pm

Featuring classic hits from George and Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington, Natalie Cole, Manhattan Transfer, Frank Sinatra, and many others. With special guests The Four Neat Guys, a male quartet. Tickets $20. Cash at door or purchase online.

Eine Kleine Summer Music by Laura Backstrom

Chamber music in the country! Twenty-seven years ago, an inventive and musical family dreamed up an idea for a unique sort of chamber music festival. Instead of a typical city location, this would be held among the fields and farms of the Saanich Peninsula. Larry and Dayna Fisher selected a rustic old community hall, convinced their musician friends from near and far that they simply must come and play, and created a friendly, informal, yet musically first-rate series. As years passed and the audience grew, Eine Kleine Summer Music moved a short distance up the road into a more comfortable hall, the newly-built Unitarian church across from the Red Barn Market on West Saanich Road. Eventually some of the musicians found that they also loved the acoustics and intimacy of the Muse Winery on Chalet

Road, so EKSM began to repeat some of the concerts there every summer. As always, this year's EKSM roster includes artists of international standing. The Alcan String Quartet, one of Canada's premiere chamber ensembles for over 20 years, will play in both the church location and at Muse Winery. Enthusiasts are looking forward to the ASQ's interpretation of Bedrich Smetana's first quartet, the beloved, semi-autobiographical work subtitled "From My Life." Lately there is a buzz of excitement surrounding the critically-acclaimed Canadian cellist Ariel Barnes. Canada Council awarded him the use of their finest cello: proof of his position as one of our country's top instrumentalists. Known internationally as a mesmerizing soloist and chamber musician, he was recently appointed Principal Cellist of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Local talent includes two of our

region's most popular artists: Terence Tam (Concertmaster and frequent soloist with the Victoria Symphony) and pianist Lorraine Min (a Steinway Artist with a large and enthusiastic following). Sundays: June 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th at 2:30 p.m. at the First Unitarian Church, 5575 West Saanich Road. Saturdays: June 14th, 21st at 2:30 p.m. at Muse Winery, 11195 Chalet Road, North Saanich. Tickets: 250-413-3134.

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June Shows (daily 10 am - 4 pm) Dernier Cri Jewelry, Michael Harvey Fine Woodwork, Marie Nagel Paintings June 2nd to 5th CACSP Spring Studio Tour June 7th & 8th (map online or at the gallery) 11am - 4 pm Fun with Fibre, Cloth and Wood Show June 7th to 15th Peninsula Painters Dancing Brushes Show June 16th to 22nd What’s Afoot? Show June 23rd to 27th PK Designs June 28th to July 8th

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the fishing fleet: husband hunting in the raj, by anne de courcy The jewel of the British Empire in the 1800s, British India was known as the Raj. Starting in 1858, the Raj disappeared overnight in 1947 when lndia gained its lndependence.The Fishing Fleet was the name given to the English girls who travelled to lndia with the hopes of finding a husband. Most of reviewed by De Courcy's book centres around stories Dee Woodhead from the 20th century, but the origins of the Fishing Fleet goes back to when the British East India Company was beginning its trading empire. Most of these young women, girls really, were leaving England and their families for the first time. Some were daughters of British families stationed in India returning to their families, while others were on their second or third trip. Mostly, they were all making the journey due to the fact they had a much greater chance of finding a husband in India. While some of the girls from the Fishing Fleet might be considered too plain or even too old to get a husband at home, they were successful in the Raj. In England, women outnumbered eligible men, so many were sent by their families, some even against their will. lndia was full of Brits desperate for companionship, so marriage proposals were swift and many, often happening within days after the Fishing Fleet's arrival! De Courcy presents a very informative and descriptive narrative. Her research included memoirs, diaries and letters of the women of the Raj and we are treated to a memorable view of this most fascinating era. Upon the arrival of these brave adventurers, there were all kinds of social events to attend. lf they were succesful in their quest; however, hardships awaited them: extreme heat and incredibly high humidity; snakes, monkeys, bats and mosquitoes; and all kinds of disease. However, this is how Rumer Godden, at her happiest in India, characterized its appeal: "the honey-smell of the fuzz-buzz flowers, of the thorntrees in the sun, and the smell of open drains and urine, of coconut oil and the blue smoke from cow dung used as fuel; it was a smell redolent of the sun, more alive and vivid than anything in the West." New Releases – Available at Tanner's Books! Paris by Edward Rutherfurd (fiction) The Girl Who Saved The King Of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson (fiction) River Of Stars by Guy Gavriel Kay (fiction) Chestnut Street by Maeve Binchy (fiction) Be Careful What You Wish For by Jeffrey Archer (fiction) Behind The Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo (non-fiction) Cooked by Michael Pollan (non-fiction) North Of Normal by Cea Sunrise Person (non-fiction) The End Of Eating by Joel Fuhrman (non-fiction) Flash Boys by Michael Lewis (non-fiction

last word For June, Seaside Magazine marks both our Second Annual Men to Watch feature and our Annual Pets issue. For a fun twist, and to bring these two themes together, we suggested to our featured "men" that, if they'd like, they could have a favourite pet in their photo with them. As you can see on the resulting pages (beginning on page 18), many of them took us up on our offer! With everything from mutts and labs to dachsunds and terriers, it's clear these men love their dogs ‌ and vice versa. Since the dawn of time (it seems), man has had his trusty companion, his dog, by his side. In fact, according to www.wikipedia. org, "The origin of the domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris) began with the domestication of the Grey Wolf (Canis lupus) several tens of thousands of years ago. Domesticated dogs provided early humans with a guard animal, a source of food, fur, and a beast of burden; humans provided the dogs with food and shelter." A quid pro quo that continues today: as lawyer C.J. (Kip) Wilson put it when asked what three words his dog would use to describe him: "He has cookies."

In a article by Jim Thornton, Why Every Man Should Own a Dog, the author writes: "Women, money, and friends come and go, but dogs are forever." Well, this woman has always owned a dog; one of the earliest pictures of me shows me curled up with my golden retriever Kelly in her bed. Later came Barney, another golden retriever whose greatest honour it was to watch over me and my siblings; he couldn't relax unless the three of us were in sight. In high school along came Odie, a black lab/Chesapeake Bay retriever who, while a lovely, affectionate "lapdog" (at over 100 pounds) had an extremely high energy level, a stubborn view toward obedience, and a keen interest in all things stinky, which made for some interesting walks. After that I was dogless for many years, as I went through school and moved from one rental to another, but two years ago James and I adopted Dexter (pictured) from local rescue organization The Nana Foundation. Dex is a shepherd husky cross, as many of the "rescues" in the area seem to be. Raising this goofy, vocal dog, whose favourite things include mud puddles, fresh chicken, and going completely nuts for no apparent reason, has been a challenge. He came to us at six months with no manners, no leash skills and no bathroom etiquette, but over our time together he has become a valued member of our family. Man's best friend indeed.

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My Vacation Was The Best Ever!

I met lots of friends and had oodles of fun

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It was great, I was calm - so I was happy! When can I go again?

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