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June 2015

Dexter Captures Our Hearts

2nd Annual Pet Photo Contest

Men to Watch 2015

Access Awareness Day

Can We Talk

Fathers, Mentors & Role Models

Sidney Supports Annual Event

Philanthropist Rudi Hoenson


has declared 2015

The Year of the Senior

Enjoy a FREE Senior Appreciation event or service every month! This year is all about you! Every month of this calendar year we’ll be organizing an exciting FREE special event or service for our seniors, which will be announced in the Peninsula News Review, Seaside Times magazine and on our website at www.sidneyseniorcare.ca. In June, we are partnering with Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse to offer you the following:

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CONTENTS

june.2015

ON THE COVER

YOUR SAANICH PENINSULA VOICE

Pet Photo Contest Winner, Dexter For more see page 12

features

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SPCA Profile

Pet Photo Contest: See Our Top Three Readers' Submissions

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Common Cents: Dr. Ellen Guttormson Examines Pet Insurance Can We Talk: WWII Veteran & Local Philanthropist Rudi Hoenson

Men to Watch 2015

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Trendspotting: Father's Day Ideas for Dad

COLUMNS 8 50 60 61 69 75 79

Seaside Homes

First Word

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Ignition West Coast Gardener On Design Inside Out Smell the Coffee Last Word

Men's Health

DEPARTMENTS 16 17 38 47 48

Common Cents Veterinary Voice New & Noteworthy Seaside Arts Scene Secrets From My Suitcase

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Trendspotting In Good Health What's Happening Peninsula Restaurant Profile Sudoku


CONTRIBUTORS

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Brad Edgett

I am honored to have been invited to write the introductory piece for the Men to Watch special. As you will read, Father's Day has incredible meaning for me. Writing the piece brought back vivid memories of my own dad and reminded me the kind of dad I want to be for my daughters. As the Executive Director of the Mary Winspear Centre, I have the opportunity to work with hundreds of people a year – something I truly love about my job. In each and every interaction I try to pass on the legacy of my dad who taught me not only to work hard but to express compassion and gratitude on a regular basis. I am happy to share my Father's Day reflections with Seaside readers.

Publisher Sue Hodgson 250.516.6489 sue@seasidemagazine.ca

Editor Deborah Rogers 250.857.8590 in Chief deborah@seasidemagazine.ca Lead Kelsey Boorman 250.580.8437 Designer kelsey@seasidemagazine.ca Administrative Assistant

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Dr. Ellen Guttormson

I graduated in 1976 from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatchewan. After graduating I practised in a number of practices, including working as the track vet for Sandown Park racecourse. I founded Beacon Cat Hospital, a full service veterinary hospital dedicated exclusively to cats more than 20 years ago, with the commitment of providing exceptional and compassionate veterinary services in a supportive community-based environment at an affordable price. At Beacon Cat Hospital, the health care team enjoys meeting new clients as much as we cherish returning clients, and we treat every cat as a beloved family member. In this issue of Seaside I share some information about pet insurance with readers.

Dr. Ambrose Marsh

I'm a GP and Chief of Staff at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital but I've dreamt of having a bakery (where I don't have to wake up at ridiculous hours) but just sell my favourite baked goods from different bakeries. (Giving full credit): Bagels from Mount Royal, Baguette from Frye's, Copenhagen from Lunn's, Scones from Tonolli's, Almond croissant from Patisserie Daniel ... I haven't done it yet. Similarly if I am going to write an article about Men's Health why not poll some favourite physicians (give full credit) and wordsmith an essay that hits some important high points … you'll find my men's health advice on page 69 – I guess I better not go to the bakery today!

Dr. Shelley Breadner, Gillian Crowley, Colin Eaton, Brad Edgett, Doreen Marion Gee, Dr. Ellen Guttormson, Lara Gladych, Barry Mathias, Dr. Ambrose Marsh, Susi McMillan, Suzanne Morphett, Joel Radford, Deborah Rogers, Julian Sale, Jim Townley, Virginia Watson-Rouslin, Jo-Ann Way P.O. BOX 2173, SIDNEY, B.C. V8L 3S6 news@seasidemagazine.ca

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Joel Radford

One of the things I love about my job as the flooring manager at West Wind Hardwood is working with a range of people and projects on an ongoing basis. Last year I had the pleasure of working with Rick and Lynn McCarthy whose home is featured in this issue. Their wood floor is unique in that it was partly milled in Sidney from recycled joists. When given the opportunity to contribute to Seaside's On Design column I chose to write about sustainability which I feel is an important part of working with a natural resource like wood. I am very pleased West Wind was able to play a role in Rick and Lynn's new home!

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happened and to rehash, in the most sensational terms, what is apparently always happening. Like the obesity beat, the 'what gives you cancer' beat or the housing crash beat. What about the WWII veteran beat? After interviewing Rudi Hoenson for Seaside's Can We Talk article (page 24), everything changed for me. You'll often hear me say "things happen for a reason" and with this we can learn some life lessons. But you have to be present for it, want it and then learn from it. I've discovered so many lessons from Rudi that I'm not really sure where to start. One that I think is most relevant is that Rudi taught me that it's not just about how to fight a war, but it's how to live a life. He is never preachy, never full of himself. Rudi knows that he participated in something great and special but he remains very humble about himself. Rudi fought hard 70 years ago against the Japanese in the Indonesian jungle before he and 500 Dutch soldiers were caught and imprisoned. He remained a prisoner of war for three and a half years, until U.S. soldiers showed up a month after the war's end in 1945. With the exception of his slight hearing loss, you would never know

that there was a 43 year difference in age between us. How remarkable is that? He speaks with such proficiency, yet is playful when the time is right. He walks with distinction and lights up a room with his engaging and enduring smile. We talked together like old friends. I asked Rudi about the wars today and he closed his eyes, bowed his head and remained silent, as in disbelief over what's going on around the world. From what I've researched, the 20th century was the most murderous recorded in history so far, with the number of deaths caused by or associated with its wars estimated at 187 million, the equivalent of more than 10% of the world's population in 1913. Conflicts in the 21st century are going to look much different from those of the century before. The two wars launched in response to 9/11 – one justifiable in Afghanistan and the other unjustifiable in Iraq – are likely to be the last examples of 20th century-style warfare: large scale multi-year conflicts involving ground invasion of one country by another. The 21st century warfare is more likely to be fought on the digital frontier, or by Special Forces. Among the majority of the world's nearly 200 states, conflicts are much more likely to take place within states than between them. It's really about people against people now. Why all this talk about war? Well, it's not so much about the war, as the prospect that a century of peace is very remote. It's more about what we can learn from those that have endured the trenches. Even though Rudi and I only shared a few memories of his time in war, it was just enough. The Second World War was arguably the most significant period of the 20th century and we only have about another decade to appreciate all that these veterans did for us. I'm the luckiest person to have met Rudi as he has reminded me of the life I want to lead. It's made up of forgiveness, kindness, compassion, appreciation and lots of love. Hugs to all the fathers this Father's Day!

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letters Seaside Magazine welcomes your feedback! Send letters to the editor via deborah@seasidemagazine.ca or post your comments on our Facebook wall! Letters may be edited for space and content.

I have just been reading the recent issue of your magazine, I was so hoping that the fashion portion would be addressed to the majority of women here in Sidney, the over 60s mostly well over 60, sadly that is not what I found. It seems that just about every fashion magazine or articles in any magazine are for the young, it would be refreshing to find a publication catering to us OLD GALS. The next time you are walking along Beacon Ave. I think you will encounter more ladies with gray hair than the young, so please consider doing an issue catering to the Older Woman who still wants to look good if she could only find clothes suitable. Regards, Louise Worrall Loved "First Word" May issue. Mom "your first, your first friend, even your first enemy". A touching remembrance of your mom. A very wise person once said to me "in the end, all that is important are the memories. I had my mom's wedding ring melted and added to mine when I redid my engagement ring. Every now and then I get an angry red rash under my ring. I like to think it is her telling me not to worry. Thanks for a heartwarming read. Nancy McMillan Hi Sue, What a beautiful ending to your May story. Thank you. From an old new friend, Rudi Congratulations from the team at Seaside Magazine to our Golf-a-Round Giveaway contest winner, Cris Turcotte. Make sure you 'like' us on Facebook for more contests and to keep up to date with everything happening on the Peninsula.

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CHU My name is Chu and I am 11 years old. I came from the SPCA when I was about 3 months old. I live with my two moms and 3 other furry brothers and sisters. My most favourite thing, other than eating, is lying on my back in the sun. I dislike like it when people wiggle my tummy and make fun of my size. I enjoy my indoor life and get lots of love. Thank you for choosing my picture.

L una Woof. Woof. I'm Luna, an eight month old pure breed border collie, living in beautiful Deep Cove. I enjoy the West Coast beaches, especially Mystic Beach where this amazing shot was taken of me playing my favourite activity of fetch. I love to collect seashells and splash through the chilly ocean water, although the breaking waves frighten me. If you see me down on the beach in Sidney, feel free to give me a pet.

Dexter My name is Dexter, I’m from Duncan, BC. I'm a very handsome Scottish Terrier cross. A good day for me is taking a dip in the river and tucking into a nice cookie. I'm not keen on bath time, but if I hear a motorcycle I’m not above hiding in the bathtub! I’m only 5 years old, but people say I have an old soul. I guess I’ve got it all figured out!


Holidaying with the Hound Pets & Your Vacation

Vacation plans are pretty well complete and … oh, oh, Fluffy and Brutus are staring suspiciously. What to do about the pets? If a mystery puddle recently appeared by the front door, you might be inclined to think: Kennel, serves 'em right. Usually, though, pet owners are hoping to find other arrangements for their "best friends". Don't get me wrong, many boarding facilities are well-run, clean operations with caring staff who will exercise your animals. But if your pets could speak, they'd tell you they'd much rather stay on home turf. The lucky ones, like us, have dog-loving friends who are only too happy to take our pooch and spoil him rotten. Even so, it takes some advance planning to ensure our schedules coincide and to give Max a couple of short sleepovers to make him comfortable with a different routine. He started out as a traumatized SPCA rescue which makes us unwilling to return him to a similar environment at a kennel. Another option is to hire an in-house pet minder. House and pet sitters aren't cheap, but if they have good references they are worth their weight in dog biscuits. If you're going to be away for weeks or months, try a short-term stay first to help your pet get to know the new person and put your mind at ease. All dogs and cats need sufficient exercise and stimulation which a good sitter will provide. One way to find a trustworthy person is to ask your veterinarian. Some people are more cavalier about cat care, believing felines can look after themselves. They leave a window open so that the cat can prowl and ask a neighbour's kid to drop by daily to check on food and water and empty the litterbox. Well, maybe this particular teen is really responsible and actually shows up every day. But what if the cat itself doesn't reappear? It's too easy for roaming Fluffy to run into belligerent raccoons or speeding vehicles. The cat usually loses. Some pet sitters prefer to look after your animal in their own home. Again, preparing the dog or cat is essential. If you visit the caregiver in advance and let them play with or brush your pet, it reassures the animal this is someone you trust. When the pet sitter has animals of her own, it makes sense to introduce yours slowly into the home and observe their interactions before making a decision. For RV travellers, the question is whether to bring the dog or cat

along. Donna says, in her experience, most cats are less stressed left in their home surroundings. If a pet sitter isn't possible, do some test drives to make sure you aren't going to be dealing with an agitated or carsick cat. Fluffy will likely try to escape home at the first gas station visit so having her caged or on a harness at stops will prevent a vanishing act. If you've acclimatized your dog to the RV, the trip can be enjoyable as long as you take enough rest stops to stretch his legs and do the necessary. Access to water is vital as a panting, stressed dog can lose a lot of fluid. Snowbirds and summer vacationers have to be vigilant considering that a parked vehicle can heat to boiling hot in mere minutes. Some RV's can run air conditioning from their generators but others rely on plug in power. The big question is, how much will your pet limit your vacation activities? Hotel stays with your best furry friend are becoming more the norm. If you can afford the surcharge ($25-$35/night) this is another possibility. I wouldn't consider it with our rescue Cocker Spaniel who has separation anxiety, but it might work if you've got a laid back dog. However, if Blasé Brutus turns into Anxious Andy, you'll be stuck in the hotel room while your travelling companion enjoys a delicious restaurant meal. Planning ahead is the secret to a happy pet and a relaxed vacation. Pet personality, available care, cost and length of trip will all factor into your decision. Bon Voyage! Look for my new column, Pets Patter, in future issues where I'll introduce you to Max and discuss pet care and pet ownership. Your ideas for topics can be emailed to gillian@seasidemagazine.ca.

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Along with strengthened provincial legislation on animal abuse, some municipalities are also doing their best to increase penalties on animal abuse, including North Saanich which now restricts the number of cats allowed per owner. Erika, a Brentwood Bay resident, remembers being called to a North Saanich residence where the neighbours suspected a woman of hoarding cats. Sure enough, there were 20 felines all in small cages, so small they couldn't stand up. On a warm spring day, I travel with Erika on her daily rounds. We visit a place where horses from the carriage trade live, to check on how the new shelter for them is progressing (because of our damp climate, Victoria regulations now require this). We listen to a licensed pest control owner ask what steps he can and cannot take to deal with an overpopulation of cats on a reserve. And we make our way out to North Saanich to see how a young bay horse is doing. She's being boarded and taken care of, but is suffering from colic. That's because she has spurs on her teeth, tearing the insides of her mouth, making it impossible for her to properly digest her food. As is often the case, a Good Samaritan, not the horse's owner, called the SPCA. Sometimes in recounting her work, Erika's eyes will tear up. She sees mostly the downside of animal welfare. But she also sees hope in the next generation of school children, now being taught about responsible animal ownership. "I do this because I can," she says. "And I ask myself, 'who else would do it?'" To report animal abuse call 1.855.622.7722 or email callcentre@spca.bc.ca

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buying pet insurance? I wish my daughter Gillian were here to write this article for me, as she has had two very different experiences relating to emergency veterinary care, and by Dr. Ellen Guttormson the ability to pay for that care. Veterinarian The first instance over six years ago involved her much loved two year old dog, Sebastian. Sebastian had a life threatening condition called Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia. Without extensive treatment and blood transfusions at the Victoria Animal Emergency Hospital he would have died. The bill of just over $3000 was paid for by her father and I as Gillian was a student without pet insurance and with limited financial resources of her own. Today Sebastian is a happy dog who lives with her in-laws here in Canada. Gillian now lives in Scotland. Three years ago she and her husband acquired a lovely new puppy from a breeder in England. Along with the puppy came a complimentary one month of pet insurance. Within the first week this new puppy required emergency abdominal surgery. Between surgery and treatment at the local veterinary hospital and the University of Glasgow Veterinary Hospital Henry quickly bounced back. He is now a healthy and happy three year old dog. The total bill was almost $4000 Canadian. The difference with the emergency situation this time was that, with the exception of a small deductible, the whole bill was paid by the pet insurance company. And has Gill continued on with the monthly payments for the pet insurance … YOU BET. As veterinary medicine becomes more sophisticated from a diagnostic, treatment, and surgical standpoint prospective veterinary fees have escalated. Routine veterinary health care is still very affordable for most owners, but it is the extensive emergency medical or surgical treatment that can produce fees beyond the ability of many to pay. And there are the older geriatric patients who may require ongoing medications and diagnostic follow ups. All of these situations are ones where paying a monthly pet insurance premium could mean the difference between keeping your beloved pet or having to say goodbye. There are a number of pet insurance companies and a number of different levels of insurance. The monthly premiums are most reasonable when a dog or cat are enrolled at an early age. If you are considering buying pet insurance please contact more than one company and carefully compare and consider the options before making a decision. For more info visit www.beaconcathospital.ca


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A Veterinarian's Life: What it Takes by Dr. Shelley Breadner

We had a young

enthusiastic student attend our hospital to learn more about being a veterinarian. She was so excited and committed to learning everything she could from her experience. We found ourselves caught up in that enthusiasm of youth, and wanted to see her hold fast to her dream. Within the same week, we received a visit from one of our former employees. She is freshly carrying the title of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, and we are extremely proud of her accomplishments in achieving this honour. For me, the devotion to being a veterinarian started at the age of three. It remains deep within me. As spring 2015 comes to a close, it finds me a 32 year veteran of the veterinary profession. I ask myself now, as I did so many years ago. What does it take to be a good vet? Has anything changed? The Science: Devote one's self to constant learning. Understand the foundations of anatomy, physiology, behaviour, chemistry, math, construction. Develop the skills it takes to do the work. The Quest: Have a thirst for knowledge. Desire to learn who, what, where, when, why, how. Be resourceful. Never leave a stone unturned.

Think outside the box. The Inner Nature: Be inquisitive, contemplative, decisive, persistent. Above all, remain patient, kind, understanding, compassionate and supportive. To others and to yourself. The Heart: It takes great courage to accept the role of being advocate for those without voices. To be there in the middle of a crisis, intensely fighting to support vitality in a being. To hold a paw in one hand and a human's hand in the other. To return a wild thing, healed, back to its rightful place. To witness the last breath in one moment, and the first gasp of life in the next. As the world has changed, our profession has taken on new roles, more demands and more pressures. We have seen losses due to stress, burn out and depression. We are the caring profession, and with that comes great burden at times. We take our work home with us, spend long hours to help the animals we tend, and feel the emotions of being involved with our patients and families. We want to do our best for the animals and their people. I tip my hat to all the amazing vets, be they promising, newly minted or very well-seasoned. Next time you see your veterinarian, look them in the eyes, feel their compassion and devotion for what they do. And if I may ask, take a moment to share with them what you see.

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Celebrating Dads, Mentors and Our Men to Watch Growing up, I had an amazing relationship with my father. He

was the one who drove me to hockey and baseball, always cheering in the stands. He was also the dad who would extend himself to any teammates who needed a ride. He was incredibly supportive, nurturing and loving. And oh yes, he was as strict as he needed to be to keep me in line! Without doubt, my dad instilled in me a strong work ethic but also compassion, respect, and kindness. He led by example and believed that as part of your own success, it was important to empower the people around you to be successful too. This incredible man, my dad, passed away at the age of 45 after losing a short battle with acute leukemia, one month before I graduated from high school. I had the best father for 18 years of my life. Wow, I was lucky! People often ask me if I'm sad, angry, or resent the unfairness of losing him so early in my life. Yes, I was sad, but angry, no. I had the best father for 18 years. I was incredibly lucky. My dad's legacy will live through me and I hope the values and generosity of spirit he extended to me and so many others will live on too. Father's Day is always a special time of the year for me. I think about the many great things my dad gave me and look to the future with my two wonderful daughters, Hannah, age 11, and Cheyne, 7 months. I ask myself, what sort of dad am I? Will I ever play half the role in my daughters' lives that my dad played – plays! – in mine? I

sure hope so. Together with my wife, Deryn, I express gratitude every day that I have the gift of such a beautiful family. Being a father for the second time has reinforced the wonder of it all. I arrive home after a busy and often stressful day, take one look at Cheyne or Hannah and suddenly the stress melts away and the sun peeks out, even if it's raining hard. Recently, the sun burst out in full when Hannah said to me, "Thanks, Dad, I always wanted a sister." At moments like that I can assure you, life doesn't get any better. So what's the real message here? That as fathers I think we need to be supportive, nurturing, loving and caring, and most of all 'be there' for our partners, children, and our community. We need to be good listeners, keep an open heart, share a smile and a laugh, say thank you as often as possible, and step up to the plate in whatever ways we can to enable others to succeed and grow; skills that are also so essential in our business community. It's a tall order but, hey, that's what dads do, isn't it? So as you read this special Men to Watch issue think about the impact you can make on someone else's life and most of all, take time to hug the ones you love!

Brad Edgett

Executive Director Mary Winspear Centre


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Admirals Roofing

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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!

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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.

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What is your business best known for and why? We are known for being professional, respectful, hard-working guys and as a wellestablished, long-term business. We get feedback from our clients, and this is what they repeatedly tell us. What is the secret to success? Say what you

Roofer Paul Pellow on supporting the local community, giving back and seizing an opportunity.

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do and do what you say, and always remember: you’re only as good as your last job. Three words your pet would use to describe you? What do you and your pet have in common? My dog would describe me as routine based, freedom giving, and a pushover. We are both routine based, big hearted, and affectionate with those we love.

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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!

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economy by paying attention to and utilizing other local businesses and making local purchases. I think this is the best way to support our community for the short and long term. What is your guilty pleasure? Getting away for a few days on my Ducati motorcycle with no planned destination.

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What advise do you have for upcoming generations of business owners? Have a plan and adjust accordingly to market conditions.

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What place does creativity have in your business? Not a significant place in the true sense of creativity, although I have to be creative in a sense of matching crews and homeowners to ensure to give the best experience with the entire process of having a roof replacement done. Different clientele work better with certain crews, it’s a constant conscious juggling act to ensure the best experience and best job done for our clients.

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What does business mean to you? Business means being involved in the community

Paul Pellow

Admirals Roofing #9 - 6782 Veyaness Rd, Saanichton 250.652.1818 www.admiralsroofing.com


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Saanich Peninsula lawyer Del Elgersma on flat rate fees, setting up systems and the wisdom of his dad. Del Elgersma, B.A., J.D.

Beacon Law Centre | 250.656.3280 | www.beaconlaw.ca #5 - 7115 West Saanich Rd, Brentwood Bay #104 - 9717 Third St, Sidney #140 - 4392 West Saanich Rd, Victoria

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What is your business best known for and why? Beacon Law has a great reputation for providing trusted advice and outstanding service in the areas of business law, real estate closings and wills and estates. From our use of flat fees (rather than hourly billing) to plain language (we were one of the first law firms in B.C. to prepare wills without legalese), we provide our clients with clarity and confidence.

turn to him for advice. He taught me to do everything with excellence and to always be truthful.

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How did you get your start in this profession? My Dad went to law school while I was in high school and that inspired me. I was called to the bar five years after my Dad, becoming the youngest lawyer in B.C. at the time. I practiced law in Vancouver for four years before my

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We celebrate Father’s Day in June.What is the best advice your dad ever gave you? My Dad is the wisest man I know and I still

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What advice do you have for upcoming generations of business owners? Pick a niche that is profitable and enjoyable, and become the best at it. If you are going to do something more than once, create a system for doing it the best way. Three words your pet would use to describe you? What do you and your pet have in common? Reggie would describe me as adventurous, curious and really nice (because I bring him to the office). We both love to eat, hike and spend time with family.

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

BMO Nesbitt Burns 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 Investment Advisor in 1998 and never looked back.

wife and I moved to the Island.

Todd Hummel, CIM, PFP

BMO Nesbitt Burns 2461 Beacon Ave, Sidney | 250.655.2210 | www.thehummelinvestmentgroup.com

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planning needs. Our clients understand that we are committed to their success by offering a financial plan the way they want it, while being fully transparent, accessible, quality focused, and pricing our service with integrity.

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We celebrate Father’s Day in June.What is the best advice your dad ever gave you? I am that I am. Believe in yourself and treat others as you would want to be treated. 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

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. Opinions are those of the author and may not reflect those of BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc. (“BMO NBI”). The information and opinions contained herein have been compiled from sources believed reliable but no representation or warranty, express or implied, is made as to their accuracy or completeness. BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bank of Montreal. Member-Canadian Investor Protection Fund. If you are already a client of BMO Nesbitt Burns, please contact your Investment Advisor for more information.


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Financial Advisor Greg Shearing on taking care of clients, finding the right motivation and a growing business. Greg Shearing

Cooper Financial

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Cooper Financial Group #402 - 1245 Esquimalt Rd., Victoria 250.475.0557 | www.cooperfinancial.ca

money, but you can’t make more time.” It’s important to spend time building memories in life, much more important than buying ‘things’. Money is a byproduct of taking good care of people. It can’t be the motivator in life.

As Father’s Day is approaching, what is the best advice your dad ever gave you? One that has always stuck with me is “You can make more

Three words others would use to describe you? Three words to describe yourself? This is a humbling question. I answered my own

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What is your business best known for and why? Caring for our clients’ financial well-being, so both protecting (insuring against risks), and growing, for life’s goals. That ranges between retirement and financial planning, helping business owners to protect what they’ve built and reduce the tax they pay, and ensuring that senior clients’ estates are sheltered from probate. We always aim to take great care of our clients.

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first: Caring, Relaxed, Happy (by far the most important!) I asked my fiancée, as she would know better than anyone else: Caring, Thoughtful, Funny. Glad to see that caring showed up again, as I certainly like to hang my hat on that!

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Sidney accountant Darren Proulx on having faith in your abilities, business goals, and industry changes. Darren Proulx, B. Comm., CPA, CGA

Darren J. Proulx CGA

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How did you get your start in this profession? I had a work term through the University of Victoria Co-op program with an employer who recommended me to their accountant. It was a small local firm which gave me early insight into all aspects of the accounting cycle. From this experience I learned quickly the do’s and don’ts of running a small accounting practice.

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We celebrate Father’s Day in June.What is the best advice your dad ever gave you? He always told me that persistence and effort goes a long way. Hard work will

What advice do you have for upcoming generations of business owners? Clients are the lifeblood of business. If you listen more than you speak, and ask questions to really find out what matters to them, you will succeed. Everyone’s wishes and desires are unique to them, so take the time to find out what matters most. Then work to help with that problem!

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Can you give us a glimpse into some future plans for Cooper Financial Group? My partner Carol Cooper (who started CFG 30 years ago) and I have a terrific working relationship, and have really seen tremendous growth since we joined forces two years ago. Our firm has continued to expand to keep up with the demand. Two years ago we made

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the move to a beautiful top floor office in Esquimalt to fit our needs, and have grown into it quickly with an expanding staff. Happy, well looked after clients are the best marketing there is!

Darren J. Proulx, CGA #105 - 9717 Third St, Sidney 250.656.1107

pay off; just have faith in your abilities … and of course, nothing in life is free! 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? We are both always happy to see people and we both enjoy BBQ’s with the family.

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owner you must have a business plan and set some goals. When you start your business make sure you know all the governmental and regulatory requirements and deadlines so that you do not get behind from the beginning. Seek advice if you have to so that you can be cost efficient and efficient with your time. What, if anything, has changed in your business within the last year? There were many changes in tax rules and accounting policies to keep ahead of and our profession is moving towards a single designation of CPA (Chartered Professional Accountant).


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

Cowland & Associates

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How did you get your start in this profession? I wanted a job where I could travel and use my skills anywhere in the world, and hopefully earn a decent living and meet interesting people. I interviewed with several London, England accounting firms, and chose Price Waterhouse due to their international presence. My transfer to their Winnipeg office made immigration simple.

because I initiated the request to CRA to change the tax filing deadline to May 5. Even though CRA is one of the largest and most powerful government departments in Canada, I guess dad’s advice came through. What is the secret to success? It depends how you define success. If being rich equates to being successful, I probably couldn’t answer your question. If raising four great kids means being a successful parent, the secret is to be a big brother to your children, not a dominating parent.

We celebrate Father’s Day in June.What is the best advice your dad ever gave you? Although I came from a working class background, dad would remind me that nobody was “better” than the next person just because they were bigger or had more money. This advice goes both ways.

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What is your business best known for and why? My business has received quite a bit of publicity recently

Chris Cowland CPA, CA & Mark Lotocky, Employee Cowland & Associates #7 - 9764 Fifth St, Sidney 778.351.3737 chris@sidneycpa.com

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What is your guilty pleasure? Finding an old car in a barn and making it run again after 20 years.

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What, if anything, has changed in your business within the last year? The move across the road to our new office beside Capital Iron and Jazzaniah was the best thing ever. We planned for easy ground level access, parking all around, a wheelchair accessible washroom and a two level reception desk. Our new office is bright and airy, and has individual private offices for all the staff. What advice do you have for upcoming generations of business owners? Listen to the advice of those with more experience, and do not discount it because you think you know better. If you are the one with experience, share it.

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What place does creativity have in your business? There are many overly creative accountants behind bars! However, we deal with around 1,000 business and personal clients every year, so we are able to sift through hundreds of situations where some work, and some fail. We work to create successful solutions by sharing this knowledge with our clients.

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What makes us unique My team works together really well. We have a wide range of experience in business, not just public practice, and we can closely relate with our clients because we have walked in their shoes, rather than just reading case studies in books. We don’t just talk, we listen.

Can you give us a glimpse into some of the future plans for Cowland & Associates? My big project right now is to persuade CRA to implement a third tax filing deadline, May 31, for people who receive T3 (investment) slips. Right now, the deadline is April 30, but these slips typically arrive in mid to late April, so taxpayers have only two weeks to get their returns prepared. This artificial deadline makes no sense.


can we talk Publisher Sue Hodgson talks with Rudi Hoenson, a WWII veteran and ex-prisoner of war, now a local philanthropist History has a way of creating awkward situations for future generations. I can't think how many times I've asked my grandfather, who also fought in the Second World War, how it

was to attempt friendly conversation with our Japanese in-laws. He would smile, often with gestures of humour in his words and would say, 'well Sue, they are our family'. In reality, it is not weak, nor is it rare to show forgiveness and kindness toward those who wronged you, especially over the course of generations. However, my grandfather never endured what you did. You were a teenager when captured as a prisoner during the Second World War, held for three and a half years, you went in at 130 pounds and came out less than 80. You've seen mankind at its worse. How do you cope with these life long memories?

Rudi Hoenson WWII Veteran & Local Philanthropist Rudi Hoenson immigrated to Canada in 1951, working hard to become a Canadian. He settled in Calgary during the oil boom and married his sweetheart, Sylvia, in 1956. Rudi and Sylvia’s first donation of $20,000 to the Victoria Foundation started the Rudi and Sylvia Hoenson Foundation, now worth in excess of $1,000,000. Over the years there have been very many donations to charities and local organizations. Rudi has a deep connection and respect for veterans and is one of their staunchest supporters. He has donated over $600,000 to Broadmead Care to provide equipment and programs to make veterans’ last days comfortable and dignified.

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In Japanese culture surrender is not possible; in their eyes we were the lowest of the lowest and consequently treated that way. I do not blame the soldiers, mostly peasants, they were ordered to treat us like scum. I have no hard feelings against the Japanese. I had pneumonia and was sickly for some time, and finally decided to immigrate and luckily picked Canada over the USA. I was so busy working, playing the Calgary Stock Market, taking advantage of the booming oil industry and chasing Sylvia. All those things stopped me from dwelling on the past. World War II may be the most documented event of all time. In the next 10 years, the number of surviving Second World War veterans will go from two million to very few. With them will disappear their unique ability to bear witness, to remind us of the awful toll of all-out war, though historians will surely continue to document the time. As we move towards the day when not a single participant remains alive to tell his tale, what does it mean to you for a nation to lose what has been deemed its 'greatest generation?' Yes the number of vets is dwindling. The younger generation know about this, but that war is antiquated now. With all the new technology and weaponry dwelling on World War II is a thing of the past. It is helpful for history but I don't think will impress the younger modern generation too much. We don't dwell on the Napoleon war, or the Canadian war between the French and the Brits, or the American war. Consequently, after all the vets are gone, I don't think WWII will be talked about much more. Despite seeing civilization at its worst, you've chosen a life of quiet philanthropy. You've given in excess of four million dollars in donations to a number of local charitable organizations. What lead you down this road of tremendous generosity? Sylvia and I used to live in nice houses, spend a lot of money on travel, but when Sylvia was sidelined that was the end of it. I have not travelled in over 20 years, since I lost my lovely partner. I could not because of her illness, and after Sylvia passed away seven years ago I just lost all interest to go anywhere. I started donating and increased the amounts when I was by myself. I could not see any other option, so don't look at me as being a generous person – what am I to do with the loot otherwise? You strongly believe that we all need to be more supportive of the veterans, not just in Victoria, but all over Canada and in the past four years your philanthropic work with the Lodge at Broadmead senior care home has lead you to donate over $600,000 to provide equipment and programs to make veterans' last days comfortable and dignified. The Lodge at Broadmead, a 229-bed residential care facility, has 115 priority beds for veterans, 110 community beds and four respite care beds for veterans. With the Lodge at Broadmead in its 20th year, how vital is it that this kind of funding continue? Jennifer involved me with the veterans and seniors at Broadmead Care

and advised me about their biggest wish; to completely renovate the old bathrooms with tubs to be able to recline in, (the old tubs were square and the patients had to be lifted in and were only able to sit in it). After that donation some new beds were required, and then we started with the fitting of the overhead lifts campaign which is still going on today. So far I believe 50 percent of the rooms have been upgraded with overhead lifts. My hope is to help raise the finances so we can finish off the rest of the lifts, a present for the 20 year anniversary of the Lodge at Broadmead. I am very fortunate to have been able to do a little for the Vets, being able to associate myself with them. You've just recently donated $60,000 to Government House. Tell us a little more about this donation and how it came about. Jennifer got involved with Government House and found out some key priorities. First, was the rose garden, complete devoured by deer (old plank fence collapsed), and a new rod iron fence has now replaced the old one. Last year the roses started to come back, but this year they will be at their prime! The other item was the coffee shop. Inside is not too big and a large deck was added and tables and chairs with umbrellas and the visitors started to come. After its success it was obvious the deck had to be covered and a new deck built alongside. Also it was a real pain to have the dirty dishes wheeled to the main building two, three times a day with lots of breakage, so now there is a big commercial dishwasher right there. The new addition has been completed and the big official opening will take place sometime in June with her Honour presiding. Donations are so needed for certain projects; hopefully with more visitors to the tea house more donations will be made. Again, I am pleased to have been able to help. In my 48 years, I have interviewed many people but you top the charts for me. You seem like you're in your prime at 91. What keeps your passion for giving so strong? I'm shocked! Not only by your statement Sue, but you 48? You're pulling my leg. Your words about me being in my prime, goes to you too baby! I am very honoured by what you said. Remember at my age there is not much time left to part with my loot, so don't look at is as passion to give, but a necessary evil to unload. We are celebrating our Men To Watch in this issue, and one of the questions we asked our men was: “What is the best advice your Dad ever gave you?� Could you please share what values your Dad instilled in you? I've not been back to Holland for over 25 years. My parents are both gone, and I did not have any advice from my dad. My own values are few; try to cheer up people you meet, a smile, a remark, be helpful. Try to follow the rules of the olden days, of opening the door for a lady, getting up for a lady, pulling out her chair, let her go first. I was brought up that way, and I have always done it and still do it. Don't dwell on the past (except for keeping the memories of the love of your life) be happy and share it! SEASIDE | JUNE 2015 | WWW.SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 25


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Denturists Ron Posting, Robin Postings, and Tan Nguyen on the benefits of going above and beyond.

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Tan Nguyen answers: What is your business best known for and why? We are known for our great service and quality denture treatments. We believe that a smile can make a difference in a person’s life so we provide the best care we can offer. We also understand that some patients, due to mobility issues, are not able to make a visit to the clinic. For these special patients we do offer house call visits.

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We celebrate Father’s Day in June.What is the best advice your dad ever gave you? Growing up, I saw my father work very hard to provide for our family. He told me that hard work,

Men to Watch

The Denture Clinic

Sidney: #3 - 2227 James White Blvd | 250.655.7009 Victoria: 3937 Quadra St | 250.383.7227

integrity and perseverance will always pay off. After a few years of schooling and practicing in Toronto my hard work did pay off once I became an associate Denturist at the Postings Denture Clinic.

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Three words other would use to describe you? Three words you would use to describe yourself? Others would describe me as positive, hard-working, and friendly. I think I would use the same words. I always keep a positive outlook in any work

situation and make sure I exert myself 100% in my profession.

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Robin Postings answers: What if anything, has changed in your business within the last year? In March 2014 we were fortunate to add Tan Nguyen as an associate to give us three fully licensed Denturists. With our business growing this gave us the ability to extend our hours, and be available on weekends by appointment and offer home and hospital visits.

Architect Art Finlayson on meeting customer needs and treating others as you would like to be treated.

Art Finlayson

Finlayson Bonet

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What is your business best known for and why? Customer relations and excellence in design. Meeting the clients’ needs and expectations. We celebrate Father’s Day in June. What is the best advice your Dad gave you? Be honest to others and yourself. Use the Golden Rule, to treat people as you would like to be treated.

Can you give us a glimpse into some of the future plans for Postings Denture clinics? As we continue to grow myself, Ron Postings, and Tan Nguyen we plan on continuing to provide the best service possible for our clients. We achieve that by going above and beyond, continuing education, and providing quality treatment plans. We provide everything from standard and precision full dentures, partial dentures, and dentures over implants. Ask us about our free consultations.

Finlayson Bonet Architecture #4 - 7855 East Saanich Rd, Saanichton 250.656.2224 | www.finlaysonbonet.ca Three words other use to describe you? Diplomatic, kind, tenacious.

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How did you get your start in this profession? My Dad was a Contractor, and I helped him in the summers on many construction sites. I knew I wanted to be an Architect at 12 years old! What, if anything, has

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changed in your business in the last year? Architecture is an excellent thermometer of economic development. A couple of years after the 2008 financial crisis the private sector manifested the financial climate and commercial developments were significantly reduced. In the last year, we have seen a positive change in business opportunities with the low interest rates and a stable economy, which have been great incentives for private development. Our office located in the centre of the peninsula has benefited from this change.


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Roastery Cafe Owner Jim & Mel Townley, Larry Christiansen on sustainability, passion and the importance of looking forward. Fresh Cup Roastery Cafe 1931 Mt Newton Cross Rd, Victoria 250.652.5678 www.freshcup.ca

Fresh Cup Cafe

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What is your business best known for and why? Fresh Cup is best known for being the Peninsula’s only small-batch coffee roaster, offering the freshest and most flavourful coffee. Recently, our house espresso scored an amazing ’91 Points’ from Coffee Review, a subsidiary of Roast Magazine in the U.S. There are other roasters out there, however, we work to provide small batch ‘freshness’ as part of the value we add to the customer experience. In addition, our focus on sustainable coffee roasting and buying practises, and passion for coffee transcends just roasting and making coffee. Our continued commitment to research and development of

our patented Roastaire™ technology, engages the customer who cares about the energy and emissions produced when creating Canada’s favourite daily beverage. We believe that the freshness of the coffee you drink does not have to come at the expense of the environment.

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We celebrate Father’s Day in June.What is the best advice your dad ever gave you? Dad gave me a lot of good advice, but I think the best advice was: Keep your head-up, your feet moving and two hands on your stick, or you won’t score any goals.

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What is your business best known for and why? Henley & Walden is known for fostering relationships with our clients built on trust, confidence and good communication. We begin by understanding your needs and objectives and then focus on creating solutions, ultimately finding the best way forward. We always encourage frank discussion of questions and concerns, ideas and alternatives. Our philosophy of openness, availability and commitment to your best interests is the touchstone of our practice.

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would use to describe yourself? Others would use: Caffeinated, enthusiastic, and authentic. I would use: Full-flavoured, bold, consistent.

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What, if anything, has changed in your business within the last year? We expanded to Vancouver with our Roastaire™ operating inside the grocery store setting. This opportunity allows us to redefine what true freshness for the coffee experience will look like in the future.

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What advice do you have for upcoming generations of business owners? Take business courses before you get started in business and be well capitalized!

Lawyer Paul Brunetta on communication, pursuing his dreams and putting down roots.

Paul Brunetta

Henley & Walden LLP #201 - 2377 Bevan Avenue, Sidney 250.656.7231 www.henleywalden.com

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We celebrate Father’s Day in June.What is the best advice your dad ever gave you? Be honest with yourself and always put your best foot forward, regardless of the situation.

Three words others would use to describe you? Three words you would use to describe yourself? I think others would describe me as practical, reliable and sincere. I would describe myself as hard-working, trustworthy and curious.

in the Alberta oil sands. There I was exposed to a variety of legal issues through my work with union members and realized I might enjoy practising law. I went directly from the oil patch to law school and didn’t look back.

How did you get your start in this profession? I had the benefit of growing-up with a father who is a lawyer. I was able to observe him and question him about his profession. It was always something that interested me. I decided to pursue my interest in the legal profession after working as a Human Resources Advisor

Can you give us a glimpse into some of the future plans for Henley & Walden LLP? I plan to continue building my practise in the areas of wills and estates, real estate, corporate and commercial law. I’m looking forward to fostering new relationships on the Peninsula and settling in long-term.


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How did you get your start in this profession? My background is in construction and senior management positions, but I think that real estate has always been in my blood. Growing up I watched my dad take on various real estate projects and when I was 22 I purchased my first home and quickly learned the value in homeownership. As my career with a leading local business accelerated, I felt that I was doing less and less of what I love, which is working with people, so I transitioned to real estate. Real estate allows me to utilize my background in construction and development while interacting and working with great people every day. It’s a perfect fit.

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We celebrate Father’s Day in June. What is the best advice your dad ever gave you? The best advice was to never compromise your integrity. That has always stuck with me and I think it’s very applicable to how you conduct yourself both personally and professionally.

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What is your business best known for and why? My business is best known for residential and development real estate sales on the Saanich Peninsula. I work with a diverse client base that includes first-time homebuyers and distinguished builders and developers all over Greater Victoria, but I grew up in Deep Cove and live in Sidney, so I have a very good understanding of the niche neighbourhoods and market dynamics on the Saanich Peninsula.

Realtor Chace Whitson on market dynamics, integrity and the value of home ownership.

What is the secret to success? I think the secret is to find something that you love doing and are passionate about because success takes hard work and perseverance and ultimately you want to enjoy the time and effort that you are dedicating to your goals. If you can do that it will resonate with your clients and success will be inevitable.

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knowledge and first-hand experience with construction and development, my distinct and effective marketing, and my desire to build lasting business relationships.

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What is your guilty pleasure? Potato chips

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What are the most important decisions you make as a leader of your organization? The most important decisions are the ones that affect my clients. Buying and selling a home is a significant financial transaction and there is a lot of due diligence that goes into the process. Ensuring that my client’s interests and needs are met is always my top priority.

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Three words your pet would use to describe you? What do you and your pet have in common? My dog, Hudson, would describe me as patient, positive, and driven. We are both enthusiastic and loyal. We like to start the day with a morning run and enjoy interacting and meeting new people. What makes Chace Whitson Personal Real Estate Corporation unique? My specialized

Chace Whitson

Personal Real Estate Corporation MacdonaldRealty 755 Humboldt St, Victoria 250.388.5882 www.macrealty.com

What place does creativity have in your business? It’s everywhere! From determining how to effectively market a property to negotiating a challenging contract, creativity helps generate results and allows you to differentiate yourself. Who’s your business role model? My dad. I have always respected how he conducts himself with integrity and selflessness. He is personable, well respected, and people genuinely like interacting with him, which is what I aim to achieve with my business.

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Chiropractor Randy Kerr on holistic health, loving his job and making a difference.

Randy Kerr,

Island Family Chiro

Island Family Chiropractic #107 - 1931 Mt Newton X Rd 250.652.9350 www.islandfamilychiro.ca

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What is your business best known for and why? I feel we’re really known for our holistic approach to health. We know that by removing blocks and interferences in the nervous system and by freeing up movement in the body, many limiting and painful conditions can be cleared. We see and uncover such potential in people, enabling them to move into a better state of health naturally. I love what I do and truly enjoy serving our family of patients.

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Three words others use to describe you. Determined, passionate and reliable.

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We celebrate Father’s Day in June. What is the best advice your dad ever gave you? Always give your best and never be afraid

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How did you get your start in this profession? When I was a young boy I developed quite severe leg pains. The medical practice of the time consisted of wearing awful orthotic shoes and having my legs taped up. It did little to help and it also made me “weird” to my friends. My mother took me to a chiropractor, who adjusted my blocked pelvis. I soon threw away the

What has changed in your business in the last year? In September of last year I was able to transition out of my practice in Duncan, which allowed me to focus full-time on my practice here in Saanichton. I’ve added more days to my schedule and have more time to work with people as they heal through many different conditions, but especially chronic pain.

Theatre Manager Philip Sutton on the magic of theatre, putting on a show and learning from your mistakes. Philip Sutton

Mary Winspear Centre What is your business best known for and why? The Mary Winspear Centre is a diverse not-for-profit business that hosts community events, national and international conferences, plus live performances ranging from international opera stars to top dance companies and first class musical performances. In the business community we are known for filling hotel rooms, restaurants, and shops on a weekly basis. To the public we are known as a hub for performing and visual arts, community events, and an asset to life on the Saanich Peninsula.

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Three words you would use to describe yourself Sincere, caring and committed.

to work hard for what you want, because you might just get it.

bandages and shoes, but I never forgot this experience of healing. When the time came to decide on a life path, I thought of the difference that a chiropractor can make in someone’s life, and I followed that path.

May Winspear Centre 2243 Beacon Ave W, Sidney 250.656.0275 www.marywinspear.ca

dad ever gave you? Be happy with who you are and be true to yourself. Three words others would use to describe you? Three words you would use to describe yourself? Conscientious, intelligent, and caring How did you get your start in this

2 4 5 3 profession? I have loved the magic of the theatre my entire life. I received my start in theatre management by training thoroughbred racehorses in Ontario. What does training thoroughbred horses and managing a theatre have in common? They both: • involve putting on a show for patrons • deal with agents, artists/athletes, the public • deal with singular large revenue and expense streams • involve calculated risk management • involve pushing boundaries • are about a strong desire to win • are about not being afraid to lose and evolving from these lessons for the

next race/show • are about client service • are about perpetual learning

What advice do you have for upcoming generations of business owners? Where many people would think that no synergy exists there is substantial synergy. My advice to new business owners would be similar: Find a business that you have a strong connection with. Learn what others have done before and the future direction (evolution) of your business. When you make a mistake learn from it and move on, don’t let it discourage you. Always have the desire to succeed.


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Auto Dealer Julian Sale on customer service, the value of a great team and doing what it takes to succeed. Julian Sale

Motorize Auto Direct 2031 Malaview Ave W #203, Sidney 250.655.3534 www.motorizevictoria.ca

Motorize

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What is your business best known for and why? Motorize is known for excellent customer service in the car sales and detailing industry. We don’t employ “salesmen”. We treat our customers with respect and arm our customers with information so they can make great decisions regarding buying and selling vehicles.

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We celebrate Father’s Day in June.What is the best advice your dad ever gave you? Learn how to handle a situation, and make the best of it. Always put in 100%, and you’ll either succeed, learn, or both. Try new things, and remember to learn every day.

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North Saanich Fire Dept.

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What is your business best known for and why? I think it is the dedication and compassion our members show during the delivery of our services and the community involvement of the volunteers. There is seldom a local event that you wouldn’t see one of our volunteers participating in.

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We celebrate Father’s Day in June.What is the best advice your dad ever gave you? My father supported me to make my own choices, encouraging me to be independent and choose to be the person I wanted to become.

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Three words others would use to describe you? Knowledgeable, professional, fun. Three words you would use to describe yourself? Committed, determined, and imaginative.

What advice do you have for upcoming generations of business owners? Don’t give up. Business startups are a huge burden on family life, and it takes a lot of effort to succeed and grow, but if you want to succeed badly enough, you will. Listen to the people you admire, and take advice from people you trust. Look at the most successful businesses in your category, and do what they do – better. Put the time in, work two jobs, do whatever it takes to succeed.

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What are the most important decisions you make as a leader of your organization? Finding the right staff. My business is nothing without the right people on board. This business is actually not about selling cars. It’s about building relationships with customers so they always feel confident and comfortable coming back. Teaching values and ethics to my staff, and sharing good ideas is key. Listening to input from my staff is critical, as they are on the front line with customers. Implementing changes based on customer and staff feedback makes our business fluid, and allows us to change and adapt to market needs quickly.

Fire Chief Gary Wilton on dedication, compassion and making difficult decisions.

Gary Wilton

North Saanich Volunteer Fire Department 986 Wain Rd, North Saanich 250.656.1931 www.northsaanichfire.ca

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Three words your pet would use to describe you? What do you and your pet have in common? My two granddogs would say that I love the outdoors, provide them with treats and exist to please them. My dogs and I are independent, adventurous, and love to go on hikes.

How did you get your start in this profession? 40 years ago when my wife Janet and I moved to North Saanich for work it was pretty rural and without children it was difficult to meet people. My boss was

in the local volunteer fire department and encouraged me to join and we have never looked back since. I held various positions in the department over the years and was the first career chief starting in 1998. What are the most important decisions you make as a leader of your organization? The most important decisions are what is best for the community while weighing all the options and opinions of a very diverse group of dedicated volunteers. It is imperative to keep the volunteers engaged and willing to dedicate a lot of time and personal sacrifice to serve their community and sometimes these decisions are difficult.


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Author Narendra Simone on telling stories, perseverance and ‘writing meditation.’

Narendra Simone

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How did you get your start in this profession? Helping the industry for decades to produce natural gas through unnatural means, I was conscience bound to

seek escape to a new life. I call it ‘Writing Meditation’. Witnessing six wars and travelling to over

eighty countries I felt compelled to write about cultural diversity. Inspired by true events my writing offers the humour and the sadness that coexist in today’s complex world.

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We celebrate Father’s Day in June.What is the best advice your dad ever gave you? Nothing lasts forever but everything lasts for a definitive period of time. So, grab opportunities when you can.

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What is your business best known for and why? My unique brand of ‘International Intrigue’ and ‘Humour of Travel Misadventures’! My books are different as they try to empower readers to know the truth, to have their say, and a chance to change the status quo.

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What is the secret to success? To expose the truth in the pleasant guise of fiction and humour! My books integrate powerful characters, intricate plots filled with mystery and adventure, a distinctive brand of humour, and action-packed drama.

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Narendra Simone

Three words that others would use to describe you? Three words you’d use to describe yourself? They describe me as relentless, different and somewhat crazy while I describe myself as a perpetual learner, seeking the unobvious and celebrating my passion.

BEST MYSTERY NOVELS & FREE EBOOKS BY NARENDRA SIMONE

What makes your books unique? I don’t pull punches. Many authors dream of becoming a best seller, I write with hope that people will find something in my books that speaks to them. My thrillers move forward at break-neck speed with more twists and turns than a mountain road. They carry compelling stories of

Visit Narendra at TANNER’s Books (Sidney) and Munro’s Books (Victoria) @narensimone www.bestmysterybooks.ca

human endurance. My travel books of misadventures in exotic lands make people laugh. What is your guilty pleasure? I like my suspense red-hot and humour without borders but with a beautiful beating heart. Equally I enjoy the guilty pleasure from reading the nineteenth-century masters and the pureness of their writing unadulterated by today’s highly competitive world. What place does creativity have in your business? The soul of my business is creativity. That is why I chose fiction. Fiction is a lot of make believe but good fiction has truth at the heart of it. I believe that fiction is the best tool to explore the full potential of truth and perhaps the best way to tell the truth.

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Did you always know the type of business you wanted to end up in? What was the defining moment for you in making your career choice? I always wanted to be an author but on the way there were hurdles like mortgage, utility bills, and education for children. The defining moment came when I moved to Sidney, the Book Town. I tell stories. I narrate. I try to evoke humanity in narratives with which one could identify oneself with the surrounding world. I try stimulating our imagination. Can you give us a glimpse into some of the future plans for your books? I have published eight books and eight more are ready. Ongoing plans include audio books, book signing, and TV & Film rights. Through my books I invite you to join me on a journey of mystery and laughter for life is a journey - never reaching, always exploring.

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SPHF PHCC Project Consultant Dr. Carl Whiteside on ethical and socially responsible activity.

Dr. Carl Whiteside

Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation 2166 Mt. Newton X Road, Saanichton 250.652.7531 | www.sphf.ca

SPHF What is your business best known for and why? Although some may not consider medicine a business, I was a family doc in Brentwood Bay 1972- 1989 and more recently worked in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC (1989-2013) responsible for preparing Family Practice Residents for rural practice.

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acute and chronic service needs of SPH are supported. This project is a collaboration between the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation, UVic’s Island Medical Program, Island Health, the South Island Division of Family Practice combined with physicians and other health professionals. We

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I’m retired, but am now volunteering with SPHF. I’m helping to establish a Primary Health Care Centre (PHCC) and medical education centre at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital. This centre will address current and future shortages of family physicians on the Peninsula, as well as ensure that the

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want a centre on the grounds of the hospital, with family docs who work with other health professionals to care for patients in the community and in hospital. They will also be involved in health care education so that trainees, upon graduation, will be capable of serving both hospital and community health care needs, while ensuring work-life balance.

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We celebrate Father’s Day in June. What is the best advice your dad ever gave you? “Be ethical and socially responsible, my

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How did you get your start in this profession? Genetic – my dad was a doctor.

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What, if anything, has changed in your business within the last year? Increasing health care needs of our hospital and the community.

Ron Vincent

Sea Glass Waterfront Grill 2320 Harbour Rd, Sidney 778.351.3663 www.seaglasswaterfrontgrill.ca

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What is your business best known for and why? I think Sea Glass is best known for providing consistently great food and service at reasonable prices.

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Three words others would use to describe you? Focused, direct and sometimes irritating. Three words you would use to describe yourself? Focused, direct and usually very nice.

Chef & owner Ron Vincent on leadership, consistency and being just the right amount of crazy.

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We celebrate Father’s Day in June. What is the best advice your dad ever gave you? From a very young age, my Dad taught me two things that I have taken with me through my whole life. The first is to be a leader … never to be a follower. The second is to do your best at whatever you choose to do in life.

favourite son” (I was his only son!!)

would use to describe me? Fair, intense, and driven. Three words I would use to describe myself … loyal, honest, and just a little bit crazy …

Three words others would use to describe you? Three words you would use to describe yourself? Three words others

cooking and within a couple of weeks the owner made me the kitchen manager. The rest, as they say, is history!

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How did you get your start in this profession? I kind of fell into the industry by accident. When I was 17 I decided to leave home and moved to Vancouver where I was lucky enough to have a cousin working in a restaurant. She got me a job as a dishwasher, as I needed to pay bills and rent. I started helping with food prep and learning how to cook. Apparently I had a knack for

What advice do you have for upcoming generations of business owners? Advice I would give future business owners … strive to be the best in your field and to stand out. Be extraordinary and never settle for mediocrity. Hire the best co-workers you can find and treat them well! You are only as good as the people you surround yourself with. And never lose your vision of what you want your company to be.


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General Manager Gilles Lacroix on caring, community and finding a job he loves. Gilles Lacroix

Sidney All Care Residence What is your business best known for and why? We believe in Resident-Centred Care, making independence and safety our top priorities. We offer our residents 24-hour nursing care to assist with daily living and life enriching activities. Our family members can feel confident that their loved ones are being well cared for. We know that family members play an important role in the health and wellbeing of our residents and we encourage them to remain an integral part of our residents’ care. We are most proud of the community feeling we foster, residents and their

2 4 5 3 a kind and gentle man of few words. My family did not have a lot of money but we certainly had a lot of love. He taught us by example, working hard and supporting his 8 children. He never had an opportunity to find a career he loved but he wanted that for his children. His advice to me was to be honest, work hard and find a job that you love to do. I consider myself lucky that I have found that career.

families love our experienced, dedicated, amazing and compassionate team. We celebrate Father’s Day in June.What is the best advice your dad ever gave you? My father was

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Sidney All Care Residence 2269 Mills Rd, Sidney 778.351.2505 www.allcarecanada.ca

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Three words others would use to describe you? Personable, loyal & diligent Three words you would use to describe yourself? Motivated, reliable & confident

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We celebrate Father’s Day in June. What is the best advice your dad ever gave you? Our fathers taught us

What are the most important decisions you make as a leader of your organization? Our decisions are based on creating an engaged and positive working environment for our team members while providing a high standard of excellence in the services and care we provide our residents and their families.

The Men at the Front Desk on community connections and green initiatives.

The Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa What is your business best known for and why? We are best known for being a home away from home for visitors and residents of Sidney. We pride ourselves in providing the best guest experience on the island! The environment is something we care deeply about, and many guests choose our property because of our green initiatives – from our geo-thermal heating & cooling system using energy from the ocean, to our locally sourced food for our restaurant and café.

Can you give us a glimpse into some of the future plans for Sidney All Care Residence? Our future plans include opening our 2nd floor to increase our occupancy by 19 fully-furnished suites to accommodate our growing population.

Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa

9805 Seaport Pl, Sidney 250.655.9445 www.sidneypier.com

connection point with the Sidney community, so it is different not having him around.

to always respect others, to help someone less fortunate than yourself, and most importantly to be good to our mothers!

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What, if anything, has changed in your business within the last year? A few things have changed, but a big one is that Dave, our hotel dog, went into semi and then full retirement this year. He has been ‘working’ at the hotel since shortly after opening, and was a huge

What advice do you have for upcoming generations of business owners? Success in business takes many things, but one thing is most important: Listen to your customers and keep them happy. No business can have longevity without making satisfied customers a top priority.


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Business Advisor James Haley-Browning on making a change, supporting small business and banking innovations. James Haley-Browning

Manager of Small Business Banking 250.655.5244 ext. 300 2406 Beacon Avenue, Sidney james.haley-browning@td.com

TD Canada Trust

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What is your business best known for and why? Two words: comfort and convenience. Every day we have great people providing our customers with exceptional service and the banking solutions needed to reach their goals. We are open longer than any other bank in Canada and have been recognized with the J.D. Power Associates Award for top bank in customer satisfaction 9 years running.

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We Celebrate Father’s Day in June. What was the best advice your father ever gave you. Work hard but make sure you enjoy life, you only get one.

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Three words others would use to describe you? Kind, Generous,

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Intelligent. Three words you would use to describe yourself? Honest, Caring, Dedicated. How did you start in your profession? That’s an interesting story. My work career started in hospitality working for a hotel. Influenced by my parents, who were both accountants, we were taught the importance of money management and planning for the future. One day at work I was helping my former boss with her household budget and she casually mentioned “You know, you should really consider going into banking”. I looked into it and did. I Love it. I am so happy I made the switch. In my current role as Manager of Small Business Banking, I get to help my customers

grow their business. Having owned a small business myself, I appreciate the ups and downs they face and the value of having a trusted banking partner.

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What, if anything, has changed in your business in the last year? We have had a number of exciting changes in the way our customers can bank with us. Our customers can now easily bank in both Canada & the U.S. with our Cross-Border Banking solutions. With new technology our customers can use their mobile phones to deposit cheques by taking a picture or even use their phone to pay in stores!

U-vint owner Derek Finlayson on affordability, wine knowledge and still loving what he does. Derek Finlayson

Wine Kitz Sidney #5A - 2042 Mills Road West, Sidney 250.654.0300 | www.winekitzsidney.ca

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What is your business best known for and why? Winemaking. We provide people with affordable wine they will enjoy and proudly serve to friends.

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friendly, knowledgeable. Three words you would use to describe yourself? Strong work ethic, honest, and sincere.

years ago and we still love what we do today! What are the most important decisions you make as a leader of your organization? It’s not my decision, it’s my wine knowledge, coupled with the information people provide, that helps them make the best decision on what wine(s) are right for them. We’ve always been sensitive to the age demographics on the Peninsula and invested in the right equipment to make the bottling experience simple and effortless. Seeing people leave with a smile is very rewarding.

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How did you get your start in this profession? I started making wine, at home, for family and friends back in the ‘80s. It quickly became a fun and enjoyable hobby. When I retired from my previous profession in 2002 the decision to open a U-Vint was easy. As a consumer I tried wines from different kit manufacturers but found the quality and flavour of the Wine Kitz brand to be the best. My wife and I opened our business 13


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Chef Mohamed Dehairi on eclectic menus, ‘get up and go’ and being an entrepreneur.

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Cafe Zanzibar 1164 Stelly’s X Road, Brentwood Bay 250.544.1475 www.zanzibarcafe.ca

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Three words others would use to What, if anything, has changed What is your business best in your business within the last describe you? Three words you known for and why? Zanzibar is year? We haven’t changed anything would use to describe yourself? known for providing healthy, delicious fundamentally. Slow steady growth Loving, stubborn and a loyal friend and original meals in a wonderful means you don’t bite off more than space, served by friendly, caring people. you can chew. We are working on How did you get your start We really treasure our relationship with expanding our hours: we just started in this profession? I’ve always our neighbours, staff and customers. opening Sunday for brunch. This been an entrepreneur. Ever since I No one survives in a vacuum, especially summer Wednesdays will be a more can remember I’ve been buying and a business. My family’s different We celebrate Father’s Day in casual meal than our other evenings. selling something either back home backgrounds contribute to our eclectic June. What is the best advice ‘Curry in a Hurry’ will be our specialty at the market or employed in some menu that focuses on FLAVOUR. Our your dad ever gave you? My as we used to do at Brentwood’s way. I come from a culture that location is pretty special being a bit Father’s advice was “get up and go” “music in the park” for years. We takes food and feeding people very quirky but very beautiful- especially If you start doing something even seriously, so when I needed work in a want to do lots of takeout that right now with all the gardens looking if you don’t want to then that’s people can take to the park to watch new country and culture the kitchen so fresh. We also don’t think twice half the battle right there. He also the bands or a family-style dinner was a good fit. I worked my way up about accommodating dietary needs – told me, “Having the upper hand is without much fuss. very quickly. we’ve always done that. better than having the lower hand.” Sidney Pier Haven Spa • Seaside Times June 2015 Ad • Size: 7.75” (w) x 4.925” (h) • FINAL FILE • May 13/15

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at the Mary Winspear Centre Winspear Cup Pro-Am Charity Golf Tournament The Winspear Cup Pro-Am Charity Tournament brings together professional golfers and amateur players for a day of exciting golf. This year’s game marks the 42nd anniversary. The driving force behind the tournament is the Winspear family, who has supported the event since 1973. The day begins at Glen Meadows Golf & Country Club on Tuesday, June 16 with a shot-gun start at 1.30 p.m. Players will be divided into teams of four and will be accompanied by a professional golfer. The day ends with dinner in the clubhouse with the prize and winners presentation. This year funds raised will go directly to the new Green Building Plan, an initiative to turn the Mary Winspear Centre green. The first goal is to change the current lighting to dimmable LED bulbs. Changing all the lighting in the building will reduce energy consumption and will result in significant cost reductions for the Centre. Play the greens and support the Mary Winspear Centre’s new Green City Building Plan. For registration and more information please visit marywinspear.ca or email info@marywinspear.ca.

Thunder From Down Under The perfect Girl’s Night Outback! Australia’s Hottest Export – Thunder From Down Under – hits the stage in Sidney Thursday, June 18 & Friday, June 19, Showing off chiseled bodies, seductive dance moves and cheeky humour that you won’t be able to resist. Each Aussie hunk embodies a different female fantasy and brings it to life, turning your wildest dreams into reality. This isn’t the type of show you just sit and watch – Thunder is a fully interactive experience. The blokes dance on tabletops, make their way through the crowd and even select a few lucky ladies to join them onstage. The evening begins at 7.00 p.m. with a pre-show cocktail party with full bar, free appies and vendor tables for shopping, followed by the show at 8.00 p.m. and an after-party at the Charles Dickens Pub. Thunder is a 19+ event.

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Swiftsure Big Band Salute to the Big Band Era

Hats off to Broadway

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The Mary Winspear Centre and Mountain Dream Productions present our resident Triple Threat Musical Theatre class in Hats off to Broadway with two performances on Saturday, June 20.

Passion and Performance

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West Coast Ride to Live

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Murray Hatfield Magic Show

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Seaside Magazine’s Road Hockey Charity Event

For the past five months performers aged 7-17 have been practicing at weekly rehearsals where they have learned singing, dancing and acting to produce a full length musical production based on a selection of Broadway’s finest show tunes. Those attending the performance will experience firsthand the hard work and achievement of months of practice these young actors have put into creating a professional theatre show.

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Winspear Cup Pro-Am Charity Golf Tournament

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Triple Threat: Hats off to Broadway

27-28 Garden City Cat Show

July 6-17 Triple Threat: Summer Camp

Triple Threat Musical Theatre will be back in July with their wildly popular two-week summer camp. This full-day, summer program is action packed and fun filled with water fights, tacky tourist day and a post-show cast party. Your child will learn what it takes to put on a production from tech aspects, to staging and props.

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2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney | 250.656.0275

www.marywinspear.ca

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New & Noteworthy News, changes, updates, launches? Email news@seasideamagazine.ca.

by Lara Gladych

FOOD AND BEVERAGE

SHOPS & SERVICES

BUSINESS

Celebrations

For Our Furry Friends

New Role Added

Maria's Souvlaki is celebrating their 20th year in business this month! Owned and operated by Maria and Chris Sdrakas and family, Maria's is one of Sidney's favourite Greek restaurants. They opened June 1st, 1995, and continue to see regulars that have been with them from the start. Maria's is located at 9812 Second St.

Buddies Natural Pet Food Supplies is also celebrating an anniversary. It's been 10 years since they converted their family-run butcher shop into a raw pet food supplier for furry friends. They provide easy to handle, humangrade meats for cats and dogs, in a wide range of packaging sizes. Their peninsula location is 2140 C Keating X Road, Saanichton. Call 250.652.2411, or visit www.buddiesnaturalpetfoods.ca.

Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre welcomes new Development Director, Mark Loria. This is a new position for the Centre altogether, in an effort to become more sustainable through community support. In this post Mark will tackle a combination of fundraising, business development and not-for-profit leadership, while he builds relationships with donors and sponsors. You can explore the Centre at 9811 Seaport Place, in Sidney. They are open daily from 10am, and you can contact them by phone at 250.665.7511, or visit their website, www.oceandiscovery.ca, for more information on programs and pricing.

Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse has something to celebrate too! They were recently awarded 2 Golds, 4 Silvers and 3 Bronze at a highly recognized North American cider and perry competition (GLINTCAP). The Golds in particular are reason to be proud, given that there were only 11 awarded in the Specialty Division, out of 193 entries. Congratulations! A familyowned orchard and ciderhouse they are open for tours and tastings 7 days a week from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. visit www.seacider.ca.

Dr. Phil Stacey at Saanichton Village Veterinary Hospital is marking his 20th year in veterinary practice. Dr. Stacey together with partner Dr. Angela Frost, have a newly renovated, fully equipped animal hospital with dental and surgical facilities, as well as an in-house lab (providing same-day results) and full digital radiology. Conveniently located in the Pioneer Mall, near the Prairie Inn, at 7-7816 East Saanich Rd, you can speak with them directly at 778.351.3030.

Wouldn’t you like to live in a condo in The Pier Hotel? Oceanfront living in the Heart of Sidney’s Shopping & Restaurant District

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Moves and Re-Openings The Pat Bay Visitor Centre re-opened its doors on May 15th, along with a new Chamber of Commerce office. Just off the Pat Bay Hwy, they greet thousands of travellers off the ferry, at the

gateway to Vancouver Island. Visit them at 10382 Pat Bay Hwy, just past the Wain Rd. overpass heading south. New to Brentwood Bay is the Bayside Medical Centre, a multi-disciplinary care facility led by Dr. Corrie Graboski. Their practice consists of physiatrists (specializing in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation) and family practitioners, in conjunction with services such as athletic therapy, kinesiology and massage therapy. To book an appointment, contact them at 250.665.7927. For more information and to learn more about their staff and services take a look at their website, www.baysidemedicalcentrebc.com. The Centre is located at 7226 West Saanich Rd. Sidney's very own taxi service, Sidney Taxi, has relocated its dispatch office to 1852 Canso Rd, by the Victoria Flying Club. They are recognizable by their "Lamborghini Orange" 5 - 7 passenger vans, and are your go-to for all peninsula fares. Go local! Dial 250.656.6666.


Think Local

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Part of what makes our neighbourhoods special are the businesses that thrive within them. As Saanich Peninsula entrepreneurs we strive to meet the needs of, and give back to, our diverse community. We ask that you please take a minute to think about the large potential of your consumer dollar.

When you shop local, more revenue remains in your community, supporting parks, schools and more! For every $100 spent at a locally owned business, $46 is recirculated back into the local economy.

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Sidney Swings this June Sidney Concert Band Every Monday evening, 35 - 40 musicians gather at Peace Lutheran Church in Sidney to share their love of music. This lively group of brasses, reeds, woodwinds and percussionists are members of the Sidney Concert Band, which has been entertaining the Peninsula for almost forty years. These days the band members, who range in age from teenager to senior and in experience from novice to expert, are preparing for summer concerts in Sidney. The band will perform on June 28th at 2pm in the beautiful Beacon Avenue Band Shell at the foot of Beacon, where crowds can enjoy band music and ocean views from their own chairs or on the lawn. The concert will offer show tunes, marches, toe tapping swing and dance favourites and gentle melodies such as the vocals Shenandoah and But Not

for Me. Band director, Rob Bannister, who has taught, played, studied and conducted band music for almost sixty years, says, "We perform a variety of repertoire, always keeping our loyal audience in mind. Considering we are a community group, the talent abounds within the organization. Our task is to give the community ongoing support by participating at local events and promoting the need to keep music in our school system." Featured this season is Jason Gordon, a gifted young Victoria brass player who will perform a challenging solo on a unique instrument, the euphonium, which is a smaller version of the tuba. The band will also take part in the Canada Day Parade down Beacon Avenue on July 1. For more information about the band come out to a Monday evening practise or check the website www.sidneyconcertband.ca.

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Swiftsure Band The Swiftsure Big Band is coming to the Charlie White Theatre at 7.00 p.m. on Friday, June 5 to play a benefit concert for the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation. "Concert sponsors are even covering the theatre's ticketing fee so that 100% of the $28 ticket price will go to the foundation" says event organizer Jim Kingham, "the purpose is to give folks a wonderful evening of entertainment while supporting our local hospital." The show, called A Salute to the Big Band Era, will feature renowned vocalist Miranda Sage. From time-to-time during the show dancers from Victoria area dance clubs will demonstrate dance moves on stage while the band plays. The Swiftsure Big Band is a 'classic' big band with five saxophones, four trombones and four trumpets along with a rhythm section of piano, bass, guitar and percussion and a female vocalist. The music, made famous between the 1920s and the 1950s by such great

composers and band leaders as Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Artie Shaw and the Dorsey brothers was a great source of comfort to troops overseas during the Second World War and a consolation to their loved ones back home. Professional musician and band Director Carl McLean leads the band through the unique tempos and harmonies characteristic of this music that was so popular before later styles of jazz and rock took over. In fact, one of the most popular beats in big band music was the 'swing beat' that has a delightfully unmistakable lilt achieved by slight adjustments to the lengths of adjacent notes. This beat became so associated with the style of music that to this day the expression "swing it" prompts musicians of all types to move to that particular syncopation. Friday, June 5 offers an opportunity to support your local Hospital while enjoying and reliving this fabulous music form at the same time. Tickets available from the Mary Winspear Centre box office

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Great Cause This year will be the 1st Annual BNI Seaside Family Festival. In support of the Sidney Food Bank and neuroblastoma (childhood cancer) research, young and old are invited to come and join a day of family fun. Sponsored by Business Network International Seaside, the event takes place on WHAT’S HAPPENING at the Tulista Park Gallery Sunday June 7, 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. The perfect location, Iroquois Park (across Contain Yourself! Fun with Fibre …  & Kit’s Pots Join usTulista for ourJanet CACSP Small Expressions Show SMALL Expressions WHAT’S HAPPENING at the Park Gallery May 30 June 5 Cloth & Wood & Paintings from Tulista Park), allows lots of room for WHAT’S HAPPENING at the Tulista Park Gallery Show. Both 2D and Expect the unexpected with work that June 8 - 14 June 22 -3D 28 artwork all March 4th to 29th all the fun games and activities as well as pushes the boundaries of fibre art. fit within x 12”most x 12” Creations of fabric andsized wood fortoyou, Two of athe12” Peninsula’s joyfully Join us for our SMALL Expressions CACSP Small Expressions Show Tuesdays - Sundays, 10am-4pm Join us for our CACSP Small Expressions Show SMALL Expressions your home and garden. Includes demos, experimental artists hold their first a barbeque and concession. There will be Texture & Colour in Harmony space. Featuring: painting, collage, Show. Both and 3D artwork all stories, and homemade cookies! show of3D pots and paintings. Show. Both 2D2D and artwork all March 4th to 29th June 6 & 7 photography, glass, sculpture, fibre, March 4th to 29th organized games such as baseball or softball, sized within a 12” x 12” x 12” Playful, originative works in acrylic,10am-4pm ink, Between Two sized toto fitfit within 12” x 12” Tuesdays - Sundays, Worlds Artais12” for xPeople Tuesdays - Sundays, 10am-4pm pottery, metal, wood and more. space. Featuring: painting, collage, basketball and soccer, but also tables for mixed media, ceramics, jewelry and fibre. June 15 - 21 Junepainting, 29 - July 5 collage, space. Featuring: photography, sculpture, fibre, acrylic paintings, glass, Aglass, collaboration of unique art including CACSP Spring Studio Tour An inspired show ofphotography, cribbage and dominos. Younger kids will enjoy sculpture, fibre, watercolour paintings, pottery, crystal jewelry, paintings, furniture, ceramics, June 6 & 7 metal, wood and more. pottery, metal, wood and more. the face painting, colouring and more. A free self-guided tour. Maps available jewellery and stained glass, contributed textiles and Inga Michel’s delightful to by multiple artists. Inga Birds! on CACSP website and Tulista Gallery. Food and Cash donations will be taken to 5th & Weiler, Sidney Free Admission & Parking www.cacsp.com support the Sidney Food Bank and cancer research. Shows Run Daily 10of Sidney, a.m.District - 4 ofp.m. WeAll acknowledge the assistance of the Town North Saanich, Municipality of Central Saanich and the Province of BC through the BC Arts Council. 5th & Weiler, Sidney Free Admission & Parking www.cacsp.com Please email claudiakazsol@gmail.com to 5th & Weiler, Sidney Free Admission & Parking www.cacsp.com Ad • Seaside Times May 2015 • Size: 7.75” (w) x 4.925” (h) • Final File May information. 08/15 We acknowledge the assistance ofHaro’s the Town of Sidney, District of North Saanich, Municipality of Central Saanich and the Province of BC through the BC Arts Council. register or for•more We acknowledge the assistance of the Town of Sidney, District of North Saanich, Municipality of Central Saanich and the Province of BC through the BC Arts Council.

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Local Authors Read to Support the Festival Two well-regarded local authors will be part of a fundraiser for the 2015 Sidney and Peninsula Literary Festival. Pamela Porter is an awardwinning poet who writes books for children. She has received a Governor General's award for her verse novel Crazy Man and her third collection of poetry, Cathedral, was a finalist for the Pat Lowther Award for the best book of poetry by a woman in Canada. She'll be joined by Monique Gray Smith, author of Tilly: A Story of Hope and Resilience, which won the 2014 Burt Award for First Nation, Métis and Inuit Literature. Monique holds her storyteller's lens to the Indigenous experience and passes on wisdom based on her own life and her mixed heritage of Cree,

Monique holds her storyteller’s lens to the Indigenous experience Lakota and Scottish. Tickets $10 at Tanner's Books, Sidney and Munro's Books, Victoria. Fri. June 5, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. (doors open 6.30) Red Brick Café, Sidney

CACSP Spring Studio Tour Always popular, the Spring Studio Tour is a chance to visit 28 studios/venues featuring 39 local artists during a fun and informative self-guided tour. Maps are available at the Tulista Park Gallery, Peninsula coffee shops, Sidney book stores, Mitchell's, Red Barn, Deep Cove Markets and all studio venues. Sponsored by the Community Arts Council – Saanich Peninsula June 6 & 7, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fun with Fibre, Cloth and Wood Follow up the art tour with this show and demonstration of creative techniques by four fabric artists and one wood carver. Each artist has a unique

approach to their medium. The artists will be in attendance each day working on projects and showing some of their favourite work. Come and see a fun show of both whimsical and serious work in wood and fibre. Artists: Kathy & Peter Demchuk, Maya Brouwer, Heather Corbitt & Dale MacEwan present quilting, collage, fabric painting, wood sculpting, beautiful bowls and whimsical animals. Free admission and parking. June 8 - 14 at Tulista Gallery Daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

EKSM - Eine Kliene Summer Music Critically acclaimed Canadian cellist Ariel Barnes was recently awarded the use of the Canada Council's finest cello. Known internationally as a mesmerizing soloist and chamber musician, he was recently appointed Principal Cellist of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Don't miss this chance to hear him perform in Tchaikovsky's luscious A minor Piano Trio,

and Stravinsky's Suite Italienne for cello and piano. Ariel will be joined by pianist Chiharu Iinuma and violinist David Gillham, violin professor at the UBC School of Music. Sat June 27, 2.30 p.m. at the Muse Winery and Sun June 28, 2.30 p.m. at the First Unitarian Church, 5575 West Saanich Rd.

Visions of Boats and the West Coast Three artists will present their unique visions of our marine setting at the Village Gallery this month. Misha Smart's paintings are influenced by growing up on Piers Island surrounded by coastal beauty. Perry Haddock captures the Coast in an impressionistic style using acrylic and watercolour. And Hornby Island's Graham Hebert is well known for his primary colour paintings of boats and funky buildings. Village Gallery, Sidney Open 9.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.


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clouds, not bright sunshine that washes out what little colour the dry landscape offers. The other passengers – mostly Greeks and a large group of Bulgarians – appear equally unmoved, chain-smoking to pass the time. One teenaged boy throws bits of junk food into the air for seagulls. When the boat turns to head back to port I lean back for a nap. Sometime later I'm awoken by music. A man is singing and playing an electric piano, while a dozen or so passengers – all women – dance in a circle, arms linked, feet moving in unison. Now this is intriguing; not quite My Big Fat Greek Wedding, but entertaining enough. I move closer to watch as a young woman wearing a body-hugging peach-coloured dress and matching lipstick moves to the centre of the circle. Her hips, arms, and long blonde locks sway to the music. A few songs later, it's the men's turn. They need some cajoling from a female crewmember, but soon she has half a dozen men on their feet and orders them to copy her moves. After warming them up, it's time for a challenge. She pours herself a swig of tsipouro, the favourite local liquor, sets the plastic glass on the floor, gets down into a push-up position, slowly lowers herself until she can grip the glass between her teeth, then carefully stands back up, throws her head back and swallows the contents in one gulp! We all cheer, then look to the men. As the music begins again, each man in turn successfully duplicates the feat until there's only one man left. When he's not looking, the woman swaps his plastic glass for a heavy beer mug. Monks on the Holy Mountain could have heard our gut-splitting laughter. The man proves to be a good sport, getting down into a push up position and – with the help of the woman organizing the fun – takes the glass between his teeth, stands up and drains it. That’s What I’m I won't remember Mt. Athos for its otherworldly beauty, but I'll certainly Talking About! remember the Greek women for their joie de vivre and the men for their good humour and athleticism. That would be worth 20 Euros and a few hours drive any day. For more information en.mountathosarea. org and www.discovergreece.com. Half-day boat Mon – Sat: 10 - 530 • Sundays & Holidays: 1130 - 5 tours of Mount Athos are offered by Athos Sea Landmark Bldg • #103-2506 Beacon Ave, Sidney Cruises for 20 Euros per person. 778.426.3356 • www.marmaladetart.ca www.athos-cruises.gr

soon after our boat pulls away from the dock. I'm aboard the Ioanna, a motor cruiser that takes tourists along the rugged Aegean coastline of northern Greece to see the ancient monasteries of Mount Athos. Greeks call Mount Athos the Holy Mountain. I'd seen photos and was so enthralled that I was willing to drive three hours on narrow, winding roads from my hotel near Thessaloniki to Ouranoupolis, where the Ioanna departs each morning. As a woman, a boat is my only option; women have been banned from setting foot on Mount Athos since 1046. But after cruising past the first few monasteries, I realize I'm in for a three-hour let down. Peering through the telescopic lens of my camera, I admire some green and red onion-shaped domes and some crosses, but most of the buildings are architecturally uninspiring. And at 500 metres – the distance boats carrying women must stay – we're simply too far away. The weather isn't helping. This landscape calls for moody skies and storm

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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. Even with my untrained eye I could see the talent and years of skill that went into the beautiful outdoor cushion cover with stunning sea-shell and beach designs, expertly sewn and formed with perfect decorative edges. The artisan is a master of interior and exterior design sewing. And Nancy McMillan's exquisite treasures are also practical, cost-effective and good for the environment. Everything that Nancy McMillan touches is a work of art. The owner of "Nancy's Sew Creative" on East Saanich Road has been using her expert sewing skills for about forty years to produce exquisite household accessories. Her resume includes soft furnishings and bedding, but Nancy specializes in manufacturing high-end washable slipcovers for indoor sofas, chairs and ottomans. Her new passion is outdoor furniture, where she refurbishes detachable cushions and makes new cushions that attach to chairs. Indoors or outdoors, Nancy uses only the highest quality fabrics from top-of-the-line companies. Nancy was enticed by the sheer practicality of her art. When interior chairs and couches are worn, dirty or have pet odours, Nancy's creations offer a genuine solution. Her beautiful slipcovers can transform a grungy old couch or chair into a thing of beauty with 'brand new' allure. Judging by the photos on her website, the fine and elegant results rival anything in a posh home-decor boutique. Here's the kicker: When the new slipcovers get soiled or stained, just throw them in the washing machine and they look as dazzling as before. Nancy's durable washable fabrics are made to last a long time. An investment in Nancy's products is probably much less costly in the long term than continuously replacing worn-out furniture pieces with new expensive ones. With her present focus on outdoor furniture, Nancy's chic designs are selling well. Made with the "best" and sturdiest outdoor materials, the washable cushions can simply be hosed off when soiled. Nancy's marvels are proudly displayed in front of her house with "Before and After" chair sets – the contrast between the worn dull old chairs and the refurbished furniture is remarkable. Her chairs and cushions with bold bright-coloured stripes and classy fashionable patterns could grace any show-room floor. Nancy's venture into outdoor designs is a way to honour her values: "My environmental concerns have prompted me to add refurbishing outdoor furniture to my repertoire." She recycles weathered outdoor cushions in stylish new covers, keeping their non-biodegradable contents from harming the environment. "The fillers in outdoor cushions are clean and ready to be refreshed once the sun has damaged and faded the covers." Nancy's words ooze through every stitch in her artistic decorative work: 'I love being creative. I love taking something and transforming it into something wonderful!" Contact: www.nancysewcreative.com & facebook.com/nancysewcreative

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History in Motion by Julian Sale

With Father's Day in mind, I ask that fathers take their kids to a car show, and I ask kids to take their fathers to a show. It seems in today's busy world, some of us forget to stop and smell the flowers - or rubber as it were. I have taken my kids to the Parksville show in years past, the Deuce Days downtown Victoria, and to all sorts of local, smaller shows. It goes without saying that the cars you're going to see will be vintage in nature. Granted, a select few of today's machines are worth ogling over as well. But what a car show does for us is to illustrate history on wheels. It wasn't many years ago that electric or steam powered cars were the transportation modes of the wealthy. Then came gas, then diesel, then hybrid, now electric again. Only at a car show will you see a hundred year history lesson focusing on transportation, racing, hot rodding, modifications, paint and colour trends, styles, etc. It's truly a magical experience to look closely at someone's possiblydecades long love affair with their car, to witness the culmination of a passion for the automobile. From a First World War Cadillac ambulance to 2,000 horse power drag racers; from old Indian motorcycles to new three wheeled Can-Ams, everyone can find something to love at a car show. Some of my most fond memories revolve around friends and the cars we drove. I can honestly say that when I get together with pals, somehow, stories of the things we used to do in cars always come out of the woodwork! As a modern society we are deeply connected to cars, bicycles, motorcycles, busses etc, because we all have to get around one way or another. We spend a lot of time commuting, and the way we do

it changes over time. The sights and sounds of a car show help us reflect back on what things were like yesteryear. They provide a great opportunity to take photos and get ideas for our own projects and toys, and if you can lend an ear to an old guy and listen to stories about racing at Westwood, do so. It's important to remember the past and pay attention to where we have been in our car culture in order to understand where we are going in the future, and why. Visit this website for a great listing of local shows to consider visiting this year. http://cdnclassicchevellesbeaumonts.ca/docs/CarShow_CruiseIn_ Calendar_2015.pdf Happy Father's Day all!

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Respect, Access & Inclusion: The CAN Project Access Awareness Day June 6th by Doreen Marion Gee

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have transformed our knowledge about the universe itself – but he can barely speak one word on his own. Where would we be today if Stephen Hawking had faced barriers in communicating due to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)? A national project seeks to bring public awareness to a little-known disability. And an important local event reminds us of the vital importance of access and inclusion for all people with disabilities. On June 6, Sidney will be honouring citizens with disabilities at their annual Access Awareness Day, a "Sparc BC" initiative. According to Brian Losie of the organizing committee, the key goals of the event are to provide information and support to persons with disabilities and those who care for them; to promote inclusiveness and 'employ-ability' of handi-capable residents; encourage accessibility in the business community; and to recognize people, organizations and businesses that have 'gone the extra mile' in support of persons with disabilities. Brian: "I would also like to recognize the support that Beacon Community Services and the Town of Sidney have provided." The event will take place June 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the SHOAL Center and kicks off with a scooter rally starting at Sidney All-Care Residence. The June event will hopefully bring awareness to the 440,000 people in Canada who have speech and language difficulties caused by conditions such as cerebral palsy, ALS and multiple sclerosis. Communication Access Now (CAN) is a national campaign operated by Communication Disabilities Access Canada (CDAC) to promote accessibility for people with speech and language disabilities. According to CAN, affected individuals face formidable barriers in accessing community services because others misunderstand them and underestimate their abilities, do not know how to communicate with them or do not provide any way to access their services. The consequences can be devastating and potentially life-threatening when dealing with health care professionals, police, and the justice system. Real life examples drive the point home: "The emergency response person ignored me and asked the person who happened to be beside me to give consent to treatment on my behalf" and "When I call government services, they think that I am drunk and hang up the phone." According to CDAC, there are many things that businesses and organizations can do to improve access to their services. They involve increased education and awareness; basic respectful empathic communication; and asking affected individuals if they have accessibility requirements

to communicate by telephone or email, to read a website or complete forms. Accessible environments are essential: healthcare, emergency, police, and legal services should have trained staff, communication assistants and specific communication tools. It all comes down to basic respect and humanity. Tessa Lowis, Speech Language Pathologist, sees a "need for patience and time needed for the communication interaction to take place." She advises us to "interact with the individual in the same way you would anyone else. Greet the individual, pass the time of day, ask a question, use humour." Stephen Hawking would definitely agree. Info: www.communication-access.org www.beaconcs.ca/pdfs/shoal/TideLines_May_final_web.pdf

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Bright, well designed 2BR/2BA, 1263 sq ft home w/ generous room sizes & more closet space than you have probably seen In a long time. Partially covered balcony w/ double access. Separate laundry room/storage. Good flat walking to all services & near the water. Some rentals & Cat Bill Knowles welcome! Assigned parking. 250.661.6377 MLS#350513. $315,000. www.billknowles.com

Karen Dinnie-Smyth www.karendinnie-smyth.com

149 Petworth Drive Prospect Lake

"Summerplace" Townhome 2120 Malaview Ave Sidney

Ingrid Jarisz (PREC*) 250.656.4626 “Eaglehurst” is a stunning Estate Home taking full advantage of sun drenched 10 acres. Incredibly designed, 3/4 BD, 3 BA, 3,855sf home Enjoy your very own retreat! $1,395,000.

Bill Knowles 250.661.6377 www.billknowles.com

10992 Oriole Lane North Saanich

Spacious Sidney home offers open floor plan & gas FP. Kitchen w/ walk thru pantry & cozy eating area next to garden patio access. 3 pce BA & den/ office on main. Large upstairs master BR w/ walk in closet & full ensuite. 2nd BR/3rd BA across from laundry area. Large single car garage. Well maintained complex. No age restrictions, some rentals & pet friendly. MLS#350549. $369,000.

Maryan Van Stolk (PREC*) 250.656.4626 This gem sits on a park like .9 acre adjoining Horth Hill, close to ferries, airport, etc. Features open floor plan, views to the Olympics, lower level ideal for teens, guests or in-laws. $723,000.

772 Menawood Pl Cordova Bay

Build Your Dream Home or renovate the 70’s inspired architectural view home with approval for 2-lot subdivision in place. Steps to golf, shops, trails & beaches. $1,125,000.

Ingrid Jarisz (PREC*) 250.656.4626


6665 Mark Lane Peaceful West Coast Retreat Victoria

20 Acre Farm Mayne Island

While a haven from busy days with it's private one acre and lovely water views, the spacious kitchen, dining & living areas make entertaining a dream. All in all, a perfect place to call home. $749,900. Karen Dinnie-Smyth www.karendinnie-smyth.com

Turgoose Point Estates Townhouse Saanichton

Immaculate & renovated ocean view townhouse surrounded by nature and steps to Saanichton Bay. Well maintained complex on 3 park-like acres. This 2 bd/3ba home features many updates; newer appliances, countertops, flooring, and BOSE system. Great storage, an extra large private patio and double garage round out the package. $535,000.

This stunning Arts and Crafts home is nestled amongst old growth maple trees. 15 acres of pastures and 5 acres of undeveloped forest gives you ultimate privacy. 2 ponds, orchard, veggie garden and barn complete this acerage. The custom built 12 year old house features a gourmet kitchen, master bedroom on the main floor, and geothermal heating. $1,295,000. Brenda Dean 250.539.0739 Toll Free: 877.539.5227 www.remax-mayne-pender.ca

World Class Acreages & Ocean Vistas Salt Spring Island

Skywater: Your New Dream Home's Address! Spectacular Ocean vistas. Building sites, drilled wells, and driveways in place. Arable land suitable for agriculture. Visit www.skywateracres.com for complete information, pricing, & more photos. See Li Read to arrange a personal tour!

Ingrid Jarisz (PREC*) 250.656.4626

Exceptional & Pristine 5 Acre Waterfront North Saanich

Fronting on 5 Acres of Prime Waterfront in North Saanich, this warm expansive 7079 Sq.Ft. 5 bedroom 5 bath home will fill all the needs for your growing family, including 3 acres for horses, and an Oceanside pool and hot tub. Call for details. MLS#349929. $3,395,000. Deedrie Ballard 250.744.3301 www.deedrieballard.com

Li Read 250.537.7647 www.LiRead.com

Vineyard & Winery Salt Spring Island

Vineyard & Winery in the Fulford Valley on sunny 10 acres! Main home, guest house, custom winery building, double garage, exceptional grapes produce award winning wines. A wine lover's estate - a must see! Fantastic opportunity to enjoy a wonderful Island lifestyle! MLS#: V1059044. $2,450,000.

Li Read 250.537.7647 www.LiRead.com

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For My Dad

The Basic Tote: $64 (or $76 upcycled sail cloth) The Original "Puddle Proof" Tote: $98 ($112 upcycled sail cloth) The Day Bag: $187. puddlejumpbags.com

… in the garden Sharing the love of gardening is a gift in itself. It comes with stories, ideas, gardening tips and the joy of harvesting together.

If you are a new 'fisher' or a longtime pro, get outdoors and take a kid fishing. Kid's life Jacket $39.99 Columbia Fishing Vest $109.99 Combo Crab and Prawn Trap $89.00 Shimano Fishing rod $159.99 Catch and Release Bamboo net $32.99 Capital Iron, Sidney. capitaliron.net

… who loves animals In case you dream about watching a sports show, finishing your gardening project or just relaxing and playing with your beloved dog and cat. When your four-footed friend is in need of new food, cat litter or treats, no need to panic! Get a free home delivery to the door or anywhere in the home, i.e. directly to the kitchen. howellspetfooddelivered.com

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… gone fishing Hey, we caught our dinner! Creating memories which last a lifetime while catching your first fish or breaking a record. Fishing, crab trapping or just catching and releasing. There is a magic around fishing with your dad.

… outdoors "Adaptable bags for people on the move" – puddle proof, stands up and open when empty, extends vertically, cinches horizontally, rolls up compactly, light weight, machine washable, wipe inside bottom clean. Optionally made from upcycled white sail cloth. Enduring quality. Made with marine grade fabric and hardware. Weather proof & made in Sidney. This brand new product on the market will make you and your dad "trendsetters".

For beginner gardeners to garden pros, at Dig This, you will find what you need to make your gardening time more enjoyable. Tools, seeds or outdoor furniture. Spear & Jackson garden tools $19.95 - $24.95 Dig This, 9813 Third St, Sidney digthis.com

… in Italy You don't have to travel to Italy to find great Italian baked treats, coffee and REAL Gelato. With family recipes from the 1920's the Mosi family has the secrets tastes to share. The Gelato flavours incorporate seasonal ingredients sourced from local Peninsula farmers. If you are looking to find your favourite day time spot to go for a true treat, Mosi Bakery Cafe it is. Gelato depending on size $4.00 - $6.00 Mosi Bakery, Cafe & Gelateria, 5303 West Saanich Rd (close to Prospect Lake) mosibakery.com


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Eclectic Sidney Home Unusual materials create remarkable interiors


Where Modern Embraces Heritage

Story by Barry Mathias | Photography by nuttycake.com

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the aspirations of their owners, but rarely have I visited one that exhibits so clearly the combination of contrasts, careful planning and personal enthusiasms. Set on a large corner-lot in the treed suburbs of Sidney, it appeared to be a recently refurbished heritage house. "The original house was built in 1904," says Rick, a retired mechanical contractor. "It was moved from James Island in the mid-60s and was set on a foundation of logs. We bought it in 2004." Over the next ten years they first tried, unsuccessfully, to improve the insulation, the sinking foundations and the occasional flooding. But, liking the unusual design, they began to plan extensively for a new house on the original footprint. "We started the demolition and building on April 15, 2014 and moved in six months later on October 30." From outside, the house is in pristine condition: its yellow, vintage siding on the ground level is interspersed with numerous whiteframed windows, and an oak door. Above are two dormers set into a black slate roof, the left dormer has a glass door leading out onto a second storey balcony, a larger dormer has three windows. "Those roof slates are made from recycled tires installed by High Definition Roofing of Victoria," Rick smiles. It is the first of many surprises. Both Rick and his wife, Lynn, have numerous practical and planning skills; he and a friend installed the vintage siding, "I've built a number of houses," he says. To avoid delay he employed a variety of skilled artisans. "In the planning stage, I installed a gas system for a neighbour, and in return she helped us draw up the online plans." The attractive cobblestone path leading to the house was done entirely by Lynn: "Once in a lifetime is enough," she jokes.


In the kitchen unusual and intricate custom cabinetry makes maximum use of space.

The front door, situated to the right of the house, opens into a very large room with a 9 foot boxed-style ceiling and a traditional picture rail. A large stone-clad fireplace is on the immediate right, the kitchen/dining area is ahead with a glass door to the left leading out to the garden, garage and parking area. An ornate wood staircase doubles back on itself at the far left, with a small washroom below, and in the front, left corner is the main en suite bedroom. Everywhere are fascinating pieces of heritage furniture, retro ceiling fans and lights, displayed amid modern, efficient fixtures. A major feature is the beautiful, recycled, engineered fir floors supplied by West Wind Hardwoods of Sidney, who also milled the Western Maple mantel above the wood fireplace. "The wood was recycled from a warehouse in Vancouver," Rick says, "and that solid-looking mantel is in fact hollow." The tasteful wood-burning fireplace is square shaped, set into an imposing floor-to-ceiling stone faรงade, with a retractable ceramic glass screen and wire curtain that controls the heat. "It's capable of warming the whole house." They also use under-floor hot water heating, and solar to

heat their water, both supplied by Viessman. A comfortable leather couch occupies the centre of the room with fine, William Morris design, area carpets, from Oscar Iberian Rugs of Chicago. "We buy local when we can," says Lynn, pointing to their oak furnishings, many come from Ashley Furniture Homestore in Langford. To acquire their particular antiques they had to go further afield. "Over the years," she says, "I spent hours searching magazines, and online firms such as Etsy." They bought from America and Britain and had the items shipped in to Victoria Airport via Seawing Express "which gave us access to Customs." Sometimes they would take off in their camper, exploring farming areas in America. "I knew who to go to," Rick says, referring to his contracting experience. Throughout their home the craftsmanship is superb. The kitchen exemplifies this, where unusual and intricate custom cabinetry makes maximum use of space. "We used Dave from Splinters Millworks who designed the cupboards based on a vintage baker's cabinet in the kitchen. The quality of his work was extremely high, as was the painting, done by Brian of New Heights Contracting." The snug kitchen, with wide windows and ample bamboo counter tops, is U-shaped around a small granite-topped oak island that hides the microwave, and has numerous draws and storage spaces. "Dave designed the island, and used the granite off-cuts to cover the sills of the front windows from the scratches SEASIDE HOMES | JUNE 2015 | WWW.SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 57


• innovative window coverings • creative upholstery and slipcovers • mirage retractable screens

Paula Grypma specializing in window coverings for 20 years in-home and studio consultations by appointment

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It’s Like Adding Another Room to Your Home! Bedrooms • Closets • Offices • Kids Rooms • Sewing Rooms • Custom Cabinets

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of our two Bassett hounds." On the left side of the kitchen is a Roper two-level antique farm oven and stove with gate-legs from Pennsylvania, and beneath the windows is the largest farmhouse sink I have ever seen! The cream coloured cupboards, set against gray walls (the colour taken from the Roper stove) and with bamboo counter tops, create an interesting fusion of the retro objects with the modern stainless steel dishwasher, the large refrigerator and the smart ceramic hob. The ceiling is covered in tin ceiling panels, obtained from Metal Ceiling Express, and lovingly installed by Lynn and Rick. "In the old days tin was used because it was cheap," he says. The house is full of collectible delights: the wallpaper in the elegant bathrooms depicts actual postal envelopes of yesteryear; the antique ice box stores videos, and beautiful lamps, some dating back to 1910, are complemented by discreet pot lights. Their master bedroom is spacious with attractive windows, plantation blinds and tasteful antique wooden furniture. A door leads into a short corridor with a modern laundry area to the left and a well-designed walk-in closet on the right. Ahead is a spacious and luxurious four-piece bathroom with an emphasis on light, produced by large frosted glass windows. The claw-footed bathtub comes from the original house, and like other enameled pieces has been restored to pristine condition. A highlight is their modern toilet with its wood clad cistern high on the wall with an elegant chain! Upstairs is an equally large room with an 11 foot ceiling, West Wind Hardwood's ¾ inch fir floors, plenty of windows and many desirable pieces of furniture and lighting. This is their office and hobby room. Their second en suite bedroom is airy and comfortable, with walls decorated in dramatic aquamarine and the bathroom is a combination of modern fixtures and retro glass and fans. As I leave, I notice Rick's vintage car standing beside their modern truck: another example of their working dichotomy.


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Beautiful Homes Start with Beautiful Floors The big draw in the home of Rick and Lynn was the beauty of their recycled Douglas-fir floors. The supplier and contractor was West Wind Hardwood Inc., Sidney. This is a family owned and operated custom wood business established in 1978. "Rick and Lynn's home is beautiful; we are proud to have played a part in their project," said Joel Radford the Flooring Manager as he showed me around their enormous warehouse and milling department. "We used 80 year old recycled Douglas fir joists salvaged from an old building in Victoria," he says. It took six weeks to prepare the wood for use. This involved scanning with a metal detector, pulling out old nails, sawing, kiln drying (for 1 – 2 weeks), running through a molder and producing random lengths of 4 – 12 feet, having cut out any bad knots. "The floor fitting took about a week," Joel says. "The floor was sanded on site, which took another week." This involved filling the knots, sanding with rough and finally fine grit, to produce a floor to be proud of.

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west coast G ardener The Importance of Landscape Design You don't want cheap, you want

C.J. (Kip) Wilson

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cost effective! I always recommend the services of our designer whenever I am introduced to a large or complicated landscape project. The completion of a landscape design is like the blueprint for a house. It provides invaluable information such as: by Colin Eaton • A visual depiction of the project Garden City so you know what to expect and the Tree & Landscape contractor has a clear idea of the end product. • A proper landscape design will be to scale, so contractors will be able to more accurately estimate time and materials. • A material list will be provided, to ensure the quality and type of materials you desire. • Elevations within the property can be shown on the design, this provides topographical information to those quoting on the project. Additionally, it provides the experience of someone that has lived and breathed landscape for years; an expert. A landscape design can act as a control mechanism for you, the property owner. Accurate information on the design means you have the ability to obtain competitive and accurate quotes. In the absence of a professional design, you can expect significant disparities in quoting prices. This is mostly due to the fact that each contractor will have their own take on the end product and how to get there. A design takes out the variable, and allows you to control the cost of your landscape project more effectively. A typical design can range from $850-$2500, but it is an expense that will quickly pay dividends for your peace of mind. Not every landscape project requires a design. Some projects are so straightforward that a design is wasted time and expense. But in the absence of a proper design, expect a huge disparity in price. In this field it is very easy to cut corners and still make the end product look alive and inviting. You will never know the difference between an incorrectly designed landscape and that completed by seasoned professionals, for the first few years at least, until it all starts to fall apart. Not a week goes by where we are not called in to repair incorrectly installed or poorly laid out landscapes. In each instance a designer would have prevented the problems we regularly encounter and the cost of the design would have been saved tenfold. You don't want cheap work, you want cost effective work! For more information visit www.victoriagardencity.ca


on design The Sustainability of Wood What comes to mind when reading the phrase ‘eco-friendly’ flooring? With countless building products labeled ‘green’ in home centers it’s hard to know the truly sustainable from the well marketed. Wood flooring milled locally from managed forests or from recycled lumber may not sound exotic, however this type of material does have a compelling green story. As technology develops and needs change, yesterday's homes and commercial spaces can become outdated. The wood used to make these structures is often still useful though. An example of this is North Saanich Middle School. When the old school was demolished, Douglas fir flooring was milled from salvaged joists. The wood in its new role should remain serviceable for years to come. Compared with new wood, making flooring from recycled joists takes a few extra steps. The North Saanich lumber started out as 2” x 10” Douglas fir planks, wet from storage outside. A critical step in turning these joists into flooring is scanning the wood with a metal detector. Old nails are found and removed. Next the wood is milled closer to the finished floor size of ¾” x 8”. Doing this creates a thin offcut, which itself has been used in some interesting projects. These include hand painted signs and the ceiling of a “Tiny House” on wheels. The roughly dimensioned lumber is then kiln dried for a few weeks to a moisture content of 6–8%. Finally the wood is machined into tongue and groove flooring.

Glue laminated beams are a modern source of recycled wood. They are often salvaged from newer buildings, a 1970s Safeway store perhaps. Glue-Laminated beams are made from wooden layers. Picture a stack of 2”x 6” planks 24” high by 30 foot long. These layers are glued together to form a single beam with aluminum pins used in assembly. Aluminum is soft enough to not by Joel Radford damage machinery in milling. The salvaged Flooring Manager wood is resawn, dried and milled into flooring, complete with the odd metal pin. Recycling wood isn't the only path to greener material. Lumber deemed FSC certified is another option. The FSC sets out standards for sustainably managed forests around the world. Companies that process and make things from this wood can become “Chain of Custody” certified; allowing customers to track wood back though the supply chain. Most common wood species are available from certified forests. FSC certified and recycled wood are examples of building materials where details about origin are known. Understanding this bigger picture can help when making some of the many choices that factor into a building or renovation project. Beyond aesthetics, wood milled sustainably has a history enjoyed for years to come.

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tidman CONSTRUCTION quality begins with assembling a good, core group of suppliers and trades who care about their work. “Every detail, from site planning, to designing the home and property, right down to final touches, were carried out professionally and perfectly. It was truly an enjoyable, low-stress experience, thanks to Tidman Construction’s positive and energizing attitudes. They are well run, extremely organized, had an immaculate job site and very competent, reliable trades people.”

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As Vancouver Island’s largest full-service garden centre we have everything you need to ensure a successful growing season. We specialize in providing you with the Island’s biggest & best selection of outdoor and indoor plants and garden accessories. Season-after-season, you can trust our knowledgeable staff to answer all of your questions. Ready? Let’s get Growing! 250.652.2342 www. marigoldnurseries.com

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Stroll through the lush grounds of Urban Oasis garden centre and discover rare varieties of daylilies, irises, organic edibles and their latest addition "Art in the Garden", featuring a variety of work from local artists. While you're there, look next door and view the Softub portable hot tubs. Made in Canada for 25 years, these lightweight spas plug into a regular outlet and fill with a garden hose. A perfect way to relax after a day in the garden. 250.479.6868 www.urbanoasisgardening.net

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For the past three years, mother & daughter duo Margot Wilson and Allie Young, have worked to grow their Third Street shop into a sophisticated and inspiring outdoor living and gardening destination. They are not only focused on sourcing unique, local and functional items for the home and garden but also cultivating an experience for the senses and inspiration for the imagination. Visit Dig This in Sidney.

Wildwood Outdoor Living Centre www.wildwoodoutdoorliving.com 4660 Elk Lake Dr., Victoria BC • 250-658-5415 is an all in one destination for all your outdoor needs. We are a family owned company that takes pride in supplying Victoria with high quality plant material, gardening supplies, and outdoor décor. Our Wildwood Waterscapes division provides complete water feature services; from small backyard water features, to large scale customized projects. Wildwood Outdoor Living Centre is the place to come to do it yourself, or have it done for you.

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100+ Premium Loose Teas • Tea Accessories, Gifts, Greeting Cards Spices Soups, Jams & Jellies • New Expanded & Redesigned Shop Tea Tastings by Reservation Formerly Georgie’s Tea Emporium

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Esthetics with a Smile

Seabreeze Laser joins Smile Esthetics in Uptown Mall This is the third in a four-part series showcasing some of the unique local shops and services the Saanich Peninsula has to offer. Smile Esthetics is a Cosmetic Dental office and Medical Spa located in beautiful Uptown between FutureShop and Urban Barn. The unique concept for combining dental, spa, and beauty retail services in one location gives Smile Esthetics an advantage to smile and face transformations and is a one-stop spot for your beauty needs. Dr. Chris Souliotis has been a dentist in Victoria for 23 years and has a passion of creating confident smiles with Invisalign braces. Invisalign is virtually invisible and straightens teeth without interrupting people's lives. Smile Esthetics offers the latest technology in dentistry and Dr. Souliotis provides digital x-rays and 3D itero scanning which means no messy impressions. His focus is changing people's smiles and giving them a functional bite. He is very results driven and opened Smile Esthetics to focus on his best esthetics work in a private environment. Dental services include: Invisalign Braces, Acceledent Aura, veneers, crowns, dental hygiene, teeth whitening, Botox therapeutic (for teeth grinders), gum contouring and more. Smile Esthetics has brought a medical director on board; Dr. Marie-Louise Wessels, she has seven years of experience with injectables. She offers services such as Juvederm fillers, Botox and

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Latisse. Smile Esthetics has also expanded their office by adding Laser Hair Removal by Joan Wilson and Kelly Insley. The Medical Spa side also offers HydraFacial MD which is a medical facial designed to target your skin concerns. This machine has a patented vortex fusion technology and uses components such as lymphatic drainage, extractions, acid peel, glycolic peel, antioxidants and red light/ blue light therapy. They offer an award winning medical-grade skin care line called Skin Medica. Skin Medica is an anti-aging line that targets your skin concerns including wrinkles, rosacea and brown spots. Smile Esthetics also offers an award-winning pure mineral makeup line called Colorescience. Colorescience believes that what you put on your skin matters and they revolve this makeup line around sun protection. They are famous for their Sunforgettables which is a waterproof sunscreen in SPF 30 and 50 that is in a makeup form and offers ultimate protection from the sun. Call Smile Esthetics at (250)-727-7417 or visit their beautiful office at Uptown beside FutureShop. Consultations are available for all services upon request. Follow Smile Esthetics on social media! Like "Smile Esthetics" on Facebook and "smileesthetics_uptown" on Instagram for updates and upcoming promotions.

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in good health

Building a

Healthy Community by Doreen Marion Gee 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. Saanich is probably the envy of Canada. In a recent survey that gauges quality of life, we hit the ball out of the park. In my interviews with health professionals, residents, business owners, entrepreneurs and recreation centre staff, I have formed my own personal conclusions as to why we blew the top off the happy-meter. Please read on.

In a survey of Saanich residents and business owners in January 2015 by Forum Research Inc., ninety-nine per cent of the respondents said that their quality of life is either good or very good (Times Colonist, Feb 20). Certainly the relatively high level of affluence in Saanich contributes to a better quality of life, but the overall physical and mental health of local residents is also a major determinant. One study stresses the importance of health in life-satisfaction by giving it distinct status: "Health-related quality of life."

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In a discussion paper by A. Bowling for the World Bank Organization (1999), the author says "Research on valued states of existence has reported that health is the most valued state. Health-related quality of life is defined as optimum levels of mental, physical and social functioning." My talks with local stakeholders revealed how we take care of each other in this community – regarding support around physical and mental health needs of residents. There is a virtual cornucopia of health-care

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services provided by highly trained professionals on the Saanich Peninsula specializing in all areas of human health – with every kind of treatment, service and information imaginable to help every inch of our bodies function optimally. I discovered a "brave new world" of new age health care in my travels around the community. Here is just a sample of the health treatments that promise a long healthy stay on planet earth and a higher quality of life: Medically based professional massage and physiotherapy treatments that facilitate healing and reinstate mobility to injured joints; dental implants that literally give people a new life; accessible dental care for children of low income families; compassionate sedation so that anxiety will not be a barrier to good dental care; treatments to remove fungal infections from toes, restoring health to feet and nails; physio treatments to help women with pregnancy and birthing; laser hair removal giving people back their confidence; treatments for injuries to help athletes stay on top of their game; tender treatments to give

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cancer patients back the mobility in their arms after scarring due to surgery. Recreation programs in Saanich are affordable and accessible to everyone, giving all residents

"every kind of "There's passion in treatment, service and the food and in the information imaginable room … pick-up on to help every inch of the warmth and our bodies function friendliness" optimally" a chance to maintain their physical and mental health. Children, teens, adults and seniors benefit from exceptional programs to keep their bodies and brains in premium condition. Overall, I find that this is a very supportive and caring community. So many people I have met are doing something to improve the lives of others – either directly through their business and work or in their off-time – and sometimes

all of the above. Whether it is an activist trying to find a solution to homelessness, businesses holding fundraisers to help people who are sick or realtors supporting philanthropic causes, 'love thy neighbour' is practised on a regular basis. These recreation opportunities and the supportive caring community all bolster and enhance the overall mental and physical health of local people. My conclusions are obviously subjective but are still based on my experience. In my opinion, the reason why we are such a healthy community and why we aced the quality-of-life test is because our community invests heavily and regularly in the people who live here. Health professionals, business leaders, entrepreneurs and recreation professionals are all investing incredible energy, talents and skills into improving the lives and health of people on the Peninsula. They do it willingly, beyond any expectations. When people care, it shows – even on surveys. Even in the face of challenges, such a supportive community has a bright future.

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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. Some people go for the gold. But Ingrid Jarisz got it. Helping people achieve their housing dreams for many years, the real estate professional has earned her shiny gold plaque. With the launch of a new office in Sidney and their golden connection with an international player, Ingrid is enjoying the wind at her back as she flies into a saffron sunrise. It was a splendid and starry affair at the posh Union Club on April 2, 2015: "A Night To Shine" honoured the achievements of local real estate professionals during the past year. Ingrid Jarisz of Newport Realty was one of the winners of a 2014 Victoria Real Estate Board MLS "GOLD" Award. The distinguished recipients are among the top 10% of realtors in Victoria. Considering the red hot competitive real estate market in this very desirable area of Canada, that is a momentous honour. Christie's International Real Estate is one of the world's oldest auction art houses. In 1995, their decision to market both fine art and highend properties resulted in a hugely successful global real-estate empire that is the largest and most successful marketer of luxury homes in the world. "Christie's International Real Estate is an invitation-only Affiliate network composed of the world's most proven and qualified real estate specialists in the luxury residential sector. The company has offices in London, New York, Hong Kong, Beverly Hills, Chicago, and Palm Beach, and more than 135 global Affiliates with 25,000 real estate professionals in 45 countries." (www.christiesrealestate.com) It was a very prestigious honour for Newport Realty when it was named "Western Canada Affiliate of Christie's International Real Estate" in November 2014. This recognition is celebrated in a press release by Christie's at that time: "Newport Realty now joins a carefully selected network of brokerages with proven records of success in both high-end property sales and exemplary client services." Last November, it was party time at Newport Realty with a double celebration – the new collaboration with Christie's at their new office and venture in Sidney. Ingrid Jarisz is now part of a winning team of realtors that stretches around the planet. She has come a long way in her career of over 25 years. Ingrid's success is a natural progression for the hard-working realtor who never misses a beat in a demanding profession. Glowing testimonials from very happy clients all centre around similar themes: absolute attention to every detail, diligent thorough analysis and research, seamless flawless service, creativity and innovation – all served up with an empathic clientcentred approach that includes follow-ups after the ink is dry. With all the shiny-gold exciting real estate opportunities coming her way, Ingrid can look forward to more adventures along her own yellow-brick road. Contact: www.ingridjarisz.com, www.facebook.com/IngridJariszRealtor.


inside out Health Advice From One Man to Another Men's health starts, let's say at 20, and goes from there. My experience with my three boys and lots of young men in my practice is that health is assumed and not by Dr. Ambrose Marsh considered until the age of 30 Chief of Staff, Saanich plus. But for argument sakes Peninsula Hospital there are probably three major pearls for young men: 1) Don't start smoking then you won't have to quit 2) Don't (DON'T) drink and drive 3) Wear sun block when you pursue your outdoor activity of choice. Sun burns catch up with us. For the rest of us 35 and beyond I spoke to some associates and got a few more important ideas. The first three points listed above STILL pertain! In fact, Dr Patrizia Moccia, a new dermatologist in town reminded me that as we age and develop that bald spot on the top of our head ( not a place we think of putting sunblock) we should think even more about protecting that area that hasn't seen much sun with a hat (tasteful please). Dr Bruce Yoneda, a long time friend and the surgeon who is trying to keep my activity full, painless and youthful suggests reading "Younger Next Year" it deals with a fitness program. I haven't read it yet but Bruce says its focus is on regular Cardio fitness (anaerobic) and light weight training. On the subject of cardio workouts there is an excellent age related formula. Contact me via Seaside if you want details and I will spell it out. Besides cardio and weight fitness I would add balance and agility training (yoga, pilates etc.) this is my personal addition to this article.

When we are young (especially very young) we love to fall, we even laugh when we fall. When we get older we lose agility and confidence and don't like falling. Falling can mean breaking something and that often is a LIFE CHANGER. Dr David Miller an Endocrinologist with an expertise in diabetic care adds a very interesting note. Men are anxious about low testosterone. It has become a cottage industry. David tells me the two most common causes of low testosterone are: 1) Being overweight, 2) regular use of narcotics painkillers such as codeine, oxycodone, morphine, dilaudid. Chronic pain is one of the great challenges of medicine BUT regular use of narcotic painkillers is NOT the answer for many reasons. Maria, my longstanding and soon retiring Medical Office assistant, adds; just because you have had a TURP (Trans urethral Resection of the Prostate) doesn't mean you can't get Prostate Cancer. A TURP does not remove ALL of your prostate tissue! PSA tests are fraught with controversy (for example a 'normal' result does not necessarily mean 'no cancer'). Have a digital exam every 2 – 3 years after 55. And how about our ageing mind? Dr David Leishman, a geriatric Psychaitrist, adds three points to healthy ageing (men and women actually): Eat well (nutritious and not to excess), stay physically active and maintain an active social life. There is evidence that without significant social contacts, depression and dementia are more likely. See your doctor regularly (maybe every 3 – 5 years when you are less than 40 and maybe every 1 – 2 years from 50 on) NOT for a complete physical but an appropriate Periodic Health Exam: your weight and lifestyle issues when you are younger AND BP, Prostate and Diabetes check when you get older.

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w h at ' s h a p p e n i n g tuesday evenings Saanich Peninsula Toastmasters Meeting

7.30 p.m. at Vancouver Island Regional Library, Sidney 250.544.1819 http://1288.toastmastersclub.org

Toastmasters has a specific structure that provides a safe forum for speaking while giving encouragement and support. 2nd Thursday Every Month

Peninsula Newcomers Luncheon

11.30 a.m. Haro's Restaurant & Bar, Sidney Pier Hotel www.peninsulanewcomers.ca

Just moved to the Saanich Peninsula? Join our club to make new friends and get to know the community! We meet for lunch with an invited speaker on diverse topics. 2nd Wednesday Every Month Ducks Unlimited Saanich Peninsula Committee

7.30 p.m. at Redd's Pub, Lower Floor, Comfort Hotel Call Daniel 250.652.6203

Did you know that Sidney has three sister cities? Come to one of our monthly meetings to find out more. Saturdays, June 6 Thanksgiving

North Saanich Farm Market 9.30 a.m. - 12.30 p.m. 10990 West Saanich Rd. www.northsaanichfarmmarket.ca

Seasonal produce, baking, fish & meat, flowers & plants, eggs, locally produced crafts, live music. June 6

Annual Family Fun Spring Fair 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. St. Paul's Church, 2410 Malaview Ave Show tickets $15, free for children 1 and under Fair to follow, admission free www.sidneypreschool.com

This fair begins with a show by Bops and Lolo and continues with many amazing activities. Obstacle courses, dress-up characters, games, BBQ, silent auction, and raffle.

Our committee raises money to restore wetlands locally and across Canada. Our November Dinner & Charity Auction will be held in Sidney. We are welcoming new volunteers to work for the fundraising event.

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Stories at Fern St. 7.15 p.m at 1831 Fern St. (Park on Begbie.) 250.477.7044 www.victoriastorytellers.org

The Victoria Storytellers Guild welcomes you to hear and tell stories! "For people who love to tell stories, For people who love to listen, For people of all ages." Admission $5; students $3 (includes tea and goodies). JUNE 19 & 21

Starlight Pops presents “Masters of Motown!" June 19 at 7.30 p.m., June 21 at 2.30 p.m. St. Aidan's United Church, 3703 St. Aidan's Street, Saanich Tickets $20 www.starlightpops.com

Featuring hits by Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, The Jackson 5 and many others. June 20

Summer Solstice Celebration! 8 p.m. - 1 a.m. Brentwood Bay Community Hall (7082 Wallace Drive). www.brentwoodbay.info | 250.812.1312

Community Dance and Strawberry Fete. Music by Shaky Ground. Tickets $15 on sale starting June 6 at Breadstuffs Bakery (Brentwood Bay) and Fresh Cup Roastery CafĂŠ (Saanichton). Advance tickets only. June 20-21

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Kick off summer with a celebration of Saanich Peninsula farms, food and wine! Choose farms, wineries and restaurants you want to visit, then enjoy a rural ramble across our bountiful landscape! No admission fees.

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Take a Look at Us Now: Canoe Cove Joe's by Lara Gladych This is the second in a six-part series of profiles on some of the Saanich Peninsula's wonderful restaurants and pubs. If you haven't yet eaten at Canoe Cove Joe's, then this patio season is the perfect time to take a drive out to Canoe Cove Marina for a bite to eat. Celebrating their first anniversary on June 1st, Joe and Cheryl Bourdeau look forward to a new year and greeting new and familiar faces alike. After closing one weekday afternoon, Joe

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and I talk about what's new in the six months since we last spoke. Mostly, they just feel more at home with the restaurant, he says. "We're feeling really good. We're excited for this year [and] we know what we're going to do." They've noticeably continued to work on the interior décor, adding many "canoe" inspired pieces to round out the theme. Cheryl has been hard at work on the patio, adding coordinating flowers to add charm and warmth. They've also been working on the

menu. Calamari will be Joe's next addition, in the form of a calamari Caesar salad. There's a new house wine. I sample a glass of Prospect Winery's Birch Canoe, a pinot blanc that's perfect for the warm spring day on which I visit. I see the grin on Joe's face acknowledging, again, the canoe. The wine is a nice lead up to what I order: the Wild Coho Salmon Burger. The Kennebec fries are a must, I'm told as the Kennebec potato retains its white colour and

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firmness when cooked. Other new favourites on the menu are the Mediterranean chicken burger and Mediterranean salad. Cheryl came up with the burger, with includes a smear of tzatziki. The salad is a combination of spring mix, cucumbers, artichokes, feta, cranberries and walnuts, and to go with it, Joe makes a balsamic vinaigrette dressing with a touch of honey. While the crab cakes continue to be a hit with customers, the crab cake benny included, Joe wants to keep his focus on the burgers. In his mind's eye, he's modeling his own restaurant after his favourite burger joint on the mainland. There may be a change-up at the bar where I sit in the near future. Joe is contemplating shifting his taps to the front from the side, so that he can serve beer and call it "his spot" when he's not cooking. He plans also to add two new, local microbrews to his existing lineup. My burger arrives, and being the carbjunkie that I am, I immediately take note of

the perfect brioche bun, from Sidney Bakery. It's the icing on the cake to what appears to be a fabulous burger. This is an inch-thick filet of salmon, and not one that disappears inside the bun. It's moist and flavourful, and not overly complicated by too many toppings - just fresh and simple. I love it!

"There's "It's the icing passion on in cake to what the food and in the appears to be a on room … pick-up fabulous burger" the warmth and friendliness" Joe gets full credit for telling me to order the fries. They truly are some of the best I've ever tasted, and I would consider coming back for a basket of these golden goodies on their own with a pint. As I eat, I take in the new wall hangings and some of the other pieces that Cheryl has

brought in for decoration. The restaurant is really coming in to its own, and I really like the "canoe" theme they're working with. It has a rustic yet contemporary feel all at once, which is a departure from where the restaurant was a year ago when Joe and Cheryl took over. Back on subject of burgers, Joe says their burgers are doing well with customers. It's not just the beef burgers, but the salmon, chicken, oyster and veggie burgers too. The beef burgers are still handmade by Joe, and are his own recipe. Joe and I have become friends after these two visits of mine. We say goodbye, and I know I'll see him again before too long. I look forward to this coming year for them. Pop by yourself and take a look. Canoe Cove Joe's is located at Canoe Cove Marina, 2300 Canoe Cove Rd. Call 250.656.5557. They are open daily from 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.

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are the time of year when things change and become alive once again. The same can be said for the coffee industry at the largest annual Specialty Coffee Association of America show in Seattle this past April. The SCAA show brings companies from all over to the world to talk, show, taste, compare, and unveil new inventions from different sectors of the coffee industry. This year was particularly interesting as coffee is being pushed to new heights, specifically in terms of brewing. A few years ago 'pour-over' coffee became fashionable once again, using an invention that was brought to market over 100 years ago by Melitta Bentz. The variations on this well-known theme has some shops offering multiple choices every day. This years' show had three significant inventions that I personally think will revolutionize the coffee industry: 1) The Little Guy Stove Top coffee maker 2) BKON Brew, vacuum infusion 3) Cold Brew Coffee. 1) The Little Guy Stove-Top espresso machine takes the age old Italian stove-top espresso maker to a whole new level. This little unit makes incredible foam, which is usually the weakness in most home espresso units, unless of course you're spending over $1500. https://www.thelittleguy.info/. 2) BKON Brew was a real eye-opener at the show as this device is the reverse idea of a French Press in how it brews and extracts coffee. BKON Brew will change the way coffee bars brew coffee and Tea in the future. Brewing under vacuum brings a lot to the loose leaf tea aspect of the coffee house, which is currently under-served in most cafés that I go to. http://bkonbrew.com/coffee/ 3) Cold Brew Coffee – This is going to be a 'MASSIVE' place for new innovation over the next few years. Coffee is such a celebrated

beverage and some of the companies in the U.S. are looking to treat it like beer. One very worthy invention produced coffee that looked 'exactly' like Guinness, and in my humble opinion, tasted even better. The coffee was like a creamy cold glass of coffee and chocolate wrapped up in one experience. http://joetap.com/home/ Many of the inventions will take years to make it to Canada, which is a reality none the less. I did see a few of the local roasters from Victoria down there, so perhaps there's hope that some of the cool concepts, like the creamy cold brew, makes it here sooner than later … Steve out.

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Strawberries & Wine It's June and that means two things on the Saanich Peninsula: the Peninsula Country Market opens and June strawberries have arrived – the long wait for REAL strawberries is finally over! The large, red, juicy Peninsula berries are a seasonal favourite throughout the capital region at farm gates and farmers' markets, and we're happy to welcome you to our market to buy this early summer delight. Did you know that strawberries were once known as "strewberries" because the berries appear to be strewn among the plant's leaves? Then farmers started bringing them to market on beds of straw‌ The market is also a stop on the Victoria Wine Trail as local wineries and cideries visit us throughout the market season. Come by the market and sample local wines and purchase a bottle (or two) to take home for dinner. Does a morning market seem an odd time to taste wine? Not so! Many tasting rooms open up in the morning because your palate is fresher early in the day. And while you're here, buy fresh ingredients for a special summer weekend dinner featuring local wines plus just-picked veggies and locally-

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raised meats, like beef from Duncan Reimer of Boughneath Farm, lamb from Lorea Tomsin of Olde Country Registered Sheep, or maybe salmon from Captain Pete. On Saturday June 20 you can combine the best of both at the Market, a partner in the Strawberries and Wine Festival (www.flavourtrails.com). Buy fresh-picked strawberries, enjoy special strawberry treats prepared by our awesome bakers and sample local wines paired with strawberry delights. For a complete description of activities, hours and locations, visit the festival webpage. The 2015 Peninsula Country Market season opens Saturday, June 6 in Pioneer Park in Brentwood Bay, part of the Brentwood Bay Festival. The market returns to its regular location at the Saanich Fairgrounds the following Saturday (June 13) with music from Chick Wagon. And a reminder that the market runs every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through to Thanksgiving, rain or shine, except for the weekend of the historic Saanich Fair. For more information about what's happening, visit the market website at www.peninusacountrymarket.ca.


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last word I thought I'd write about men this month – no, no, stay with me! With our 'Men to Watch' special I've had men and mentoring on my mind. With two brothers meant I grew up in a house that was always full of boys. Loud, keen to travel in packs; a house with two teenage boys is a very male environment. Now I have two boys of my own. I'm quite used to the certain kind of energy that comes from their groups of friends. I was even a cub leader for a couple of years: you can safely say I'm unafraid of boys. Even the cats in my house are male! I can't deny that I had always imagined having a daughter, but those crazy, funny boys, with their intense enthusiasm for tractors and trains; Pokémon and Sci-Fi, fill my life with laughter and make me proud every day. I have a good relationship with my dad; I value his opinion, trust his advice and most importantly perhaps, enjoy his company. But to be honest I don't think I ever valued his role as my father until I had my own kids and understood the complexity of parenthood. Now I understand why he always wanted us to be quiet at the dinner table. Why he patiently showed me how to sand and paint a window

frame or fix just about anything that was broken. Why he shared his enthusiasm for jazz and reading and low-key adventures in the countryside. My dad taught me about tolerance and seeing the bigger picture without giving lectures or ever imposing his own views on me. He is a fantastic role model. When I met my husband I think I knew pretty early that he was 'the one' for me. He's funny and very clever and totally selfdeprecating. These were all great assets in my eyes (and handsome of course, let's not forget handsome). I never considered what kind of dad he'd make though – I was 19, it wasn't on the horizon! I could have told you once I'd met his father. My fatherin-law is another great role model and my husband demonstrates the same patience, enthusiasm and sensitivity to his kids as his dad must have shown to him. Likewise my two brothers are now both fathers to families of three kids. I see shades of my dad in many of their mannerisms and in the way that they are raising my nieces and nephews. These are my 'Men to Watch'; fathers, brothers and sons, and I'm grateful for them all. Here's to all the significant men in your life, make sure you celebrate them too.

Deborah Rogers, Editor

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