Seaside Magazine June 2016 Issue

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June 2016

70-Year Legacy Ardmore Maintains Strong Community Connections

Seaside’s 4th Annual


Local Libations

Men to Watch Feature

Fresh Ideas for Father’s Day

One Sip at a Time

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2016 Men to Watch


Trade Student Spotlight: Apprentice Carpenters Damien Tom and Joel Sampson 2016 Men to Watch: Celebrating Dads, Mentors and Our Local Men in Business Can We Talk: Sue Hodgson Talks With Wally du Temple About Ardmore Golf Course “Then and Now”

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The Face of Traumatic Brain Injury: A Lonely World; An Invisible Scar Peninsula Restaurant Profile: Passing the Torch at Spitfire Grill

COLUMNS 8 First Word 9 Trendspotting 31 Fashion Focus 59 West Coast Gardener 63 Near & Afar 71 Inside Out 75 Grey Matters

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june.2016 YOUR SAANICH PENINSULA VOICE susi mcmillan

I grew up in Germany, and have vivid childhood memories of being blessed with the outdoors, playing in the forest, fields and mountains. Then came university and my time in the corporate world. I travelled around the world and got married to a Canadian. Sidney is now my home and what a perfect place it is to continue my adventure from event coordinator, woodworker and face painter to writer and Trendspotter for Seaside Magazine. My love for children, nature, health and community are the four common words which describe my passion and connect my adventures. The latest of which is becoming one of the first Forest School practitioners in Canada: connecting kids with the outdoors to ensure we all have a future of Earth Days to celebrate. Stay tuned … our children will rock this world.

Sean McNeill

Born and raised in Victoria, and owner of McNeill Solutions, a digital and print media company, I am extremely fortunate to be associated with a business and artistic collaborate which continues to share expertise in support of one another. We, along with family and friends, have embraced this opportunity to promote a positive lifestyle, improving the environment and encouraging others as part of our dream to create a community-based home for the living arts. McTavish Academy of Art will bring this dream alive as we open our doors to artists and artisans, budding and established, and everyone who has a desire to pursue and explore their inner creativity. We invite you to share our dream, and to engage in a creative and exciting journey of your own.


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Event Coordinator Elizabeth Moss This Month's Contributors

Trysh Ashby-Rolls, Jo Barnes, Gillian Crowley, Doreen Marion Gee, Lara Gladych, Valerie Green, Janice Henshaw, Donna LaFleur, Ambrose Marsh, Cam McLennan, Susi McMillan, Sean McNeill, Adam Olsen, Stu Rhodes, Hans Tammemagi, Jo-Ann Way, Pete Zubersky P.O. BOX 2173, SIDNEY, B.C. V8L 3S6

adam olsen

I was born and raised on Tsartlip First Nation and have lived my whole life on the Saanich Peninsula. I am an active and passionate member of our community. I am a husband, father and entrepreneur, and I inherited my mother’s love for a great pair of shoes. One of my family chores is the laundry that accumulates during the week and is transported on Sunday afternoon onto the living room chair. There I fold it meticulously, some may say neurotically, usually in front of a Green Bay Packers, Toronto Blue Jays or Vancouver Whitecaps game (or any sport for that matter.) I am grateful for this opportunity to write about men’s “fashion” because it took me nearly 40 years to learn how to dress myself properly.

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pete zubersky

I left Alberta in 1975 as a wide-eyed, 20-year-old youngster and started an adventure and 29-year career as a member of the RCMP. I met my wife Coreen when posted in Ucluelet and moved to Brentwood Bay in 1982, married and still reside in the same home today. We purchased the Peninsula Panthers Junior Hockey Club in 1999, sold it in 2007 and became owners again in 2011 when the team had financial problems and was about to fold. The world of business is tough – the hockey business one of the toughest. Along the way I am certain I have touched many players’ lives, just as many of them have touched my life. With these experiences in mind, I’ve enjoyed writing the introduction to this year’s “Men to Watch.” Thank you Sue Hodgson for your incredible work in our community and for this opportunity.

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I’ve been struggling over what to write for this issue, as I have so many things I want to talk about. I’ve actually already written a 550word piece about stress in life and how to deal with it, as someone close to me is going through some difficult challenges. But then, after reading Pete Zubersky’s introduction to our Men To Watch feature and all the other perspectives from the men in our community talking about life, careers and inspirations, I felt I had to write about “community.” So, what makes up a great community? Is it the architecture? The people? The scenery? The gathering places? When I was a little girl growing up in the Maritimes, it was the park at the end of our street,

where we had an ice rink in the winter; the local church, where we had Brownies; the public school I went to; and our favourite gathering place, the beach, where we boiled clams we’d dug that day. I think about what was important back then, and it was the sense that you lived somewhere safe with nice places to go and play. I don’t think it’s much different now, but what has changed is where those places can be found. As the prevalence of online communities grows, this question becomes more and more relevant and worth reflecting upon. In fact, the notion of community itself seems to have changed due to the growth of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and many more. Add to that all the various apps and online games and things do get confusing! Still, it seems natural to think there is something that makes some communities good, and others not so good. Many wonder whether the loss of a real connection in online communities makes them inferior. Have we lost the ability to form communities in the real world? I don’t think so, but it is a question worth asking. I’m of the opinion that many Canadians are shifting back to the idea that neighbourhoods should include a shared outdoor space, where communing with

nature and each other goes hand- inhand. It’s kind of like going back home, so to speak. I have the privilege every month to provide content in the magazine that speaks about the Saanich Peninsula community – speaks about our home. We have become the “community spirit” in every sense of the word and every day I feel honoured to be able to do this and help connect the people of our community together in one place. The good news is, if you need an escape, you’re holding it in your hands. Every month, Seaside Magazine offers you a mini-escape from the harsh realities of life. Whether it’s a glimpse of local people, places and ideas, it’s what’s happening in our community. But before moving forward with this issue – 80 pages to get through this month! – get yourself comfortable. Allow yourself a good chunk of time, maybe an hour or so. Sit down. Put your feet up. Turn off your phone. Turn off the TV. Turn off the computer. Relax. Are you settled? Good. Go slow. Get lost in each page. Now, begin your journey and enjoy reading about your community …

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Damien Tom & Joel Sampson: Apprentice Carpenters Though their

names are different, brothers Damien Tom (below right) and Joel Sampson (below left) share many things, including the same employer, a great work ethic and a strong desire to learn more and advance their skills in their chosen trade of carpentry. This was not always the case. Both had left school without quite meeting graduation requirements. Enter Kelly Sampson, their mom, who told them, “Enough is enough, and it's time to get back to school!” So they started the TASK (Trades Awareness, Skills, & Knowledge) program offered out of the Individual Learning Centre in partnership with Camosun College in September of 2013. “The TASK program was great,” said Damien, “because it gave us a chance to see several different trades and we got good general knowledge about safety and tool use.” Joel piped in, saying: “TASK really helped with common sense too. We both really liked what we learned about carpentry so when we heard about the Saanich carpentry program offered at Stelly's we wanted to do it too.” While they were participating in TASK they also completed their remaining language arts requirement for graduation and then got the math credit they needed for grad from the carpentry program through an innovative, integrated curriculum approach. By the

end of the Saanich carpentry program they had accumulated enough credits to graduate but had also qualified to advance to Camosun College for Level One technical training in carpentry. Part of the Saanich carpentry program requires students to participate in a work experience placement with a community-based employer. They work 100 hours unpaid and then transition to paid employment if they have managed to demonstrate the appropriate work ethic. Their boss, Jerry Wakefield of Jerry Wakefield Construction, said: “I don't think the boys have missed a day since they started with me over two years ago (other than time spent at trade school).” He went on to say: “They're reliable and polite. They're hard workers with a great disposition and they get along with everyone.” So far, Damien prefers concrete form work while Joel prefers framing. They each got to do plenty of both when they helped construct the new four-storey building just being completed right now in Brentwood. They pass by this structure almost every day and they are very proud to be able to look at it and say “We built that thing!” The TASK program provided them with a number of certificates. They've had a chance to use their Traffic Control Certificate (flag person) and Fork Lift Operator Certificate since working for Jerry. They have their sights set on returning to Camosun fairly soon to tackle Level Two Carpentry.

They would like to acknowledge a few people for helping them get to this point. Thanks to Jerry for giving them a chance and gradually introducing them to the rigours of the trade and the culture of the work place. Thanks to mom, Kelly, for “… making us go back to school!” Thanks to grandpa for helping them get to work when they didn't have a ride. Thanks to the “two Wendys” from ILC for TASK and English. Thanks to Tom Newton, Camosun carpentry instructor, for really helping them master the concepts and get through the program. Joel and Damien are an excellent example of students who tried a trade sampler program, found their fit, then went on to trade specific training and employment. Bravo! Contact Wendy Walker at ILC for more information on TASK. Contact Stu Rhodes (250-415-9211) for more information on how to get involved as a student apprentice or as an employer sponsor in this, or any other career program in Saanich School District. View the promotional YouTube video, “Jump Start Your Career.” photo by

by Stu Rhodes


A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him. ~ David Brinkley




USINESS BUSINESS BUSINESS BUSINESS BUSINESS BUS Seaside Magazine is honoured to celebrate those men who sustain our business community with our fourth annual Men to Watch special issue. We asked Pete Zubersky, Owner of the Peninsula Panthers Junior Hockey Club, about mentors and role models and the place they have in our community.

Celebrating Dads, Mentors and Our Men to Watch I had coached kids in Minor Hockey for many years and was

sure that taking the step to Junior Hockey would be a natural one, another step that would be as easy and predictable in the game as the previous one. What I was not prepared for was entering the business world, an area in which I had absolutely no experience. What other business has a scoreboard that rates your job performance and dictates if paying customers will be out on the following Friday for the next home game? I have always maintained that hockey is an emotional game for emotional people; an owner in the game has to be able to channel this emotion, both on the ice in terms of wins and losses but also when balancing the books. There are men in business and there are businessmen. I started out as the former and believe that through the years I evolved into a businessman. What has amazed me along the way is watching these young men between the ages of 16 and 20 come through our Junior Hockey program with their dreams, goals and an exuberance for life as they inhale every second of the day. I have been alongside them in some of the most emotional moments of their lives; I’ve seen them in their best light and their worst. Together we have felt the thrill of victory and have also tasted the bitterness of defeat. These ups and downs, struggles and battles have shaped who they are today. Yes, hockey is an emotional game for emotional people! I have watched a number of these youth move on to the NHL and

Minor Professional, but the overwhelming majority reside right here in our community on the Peninsula working as firemen, plumbers, electricians, teachers, police officers, business owners and a long list of other careers. I get many, many calls every year from former players who ask for advice, guidance or a reference letter as they navigate through life and embark on their next career adventure. I cannot wait to tell a potential employer all about a remarkable young man being considered for employment. Last month I received a call from a former player – currently a Jr. “A” Head Coach in Ontario – who simply wanted to say thank you and expressed that his life had been positively affected by his experience with the Club. I am extremely proud of these young adults who are now contributors in our community and in communities around the Country. Fathers and male mentors are a major factor in shaping the lives of young men and they in turn go on to shape the lives of other young men who follow behind. I am excited to turn the page and read about some of the men in our community who are making a difference in business and, probably more importantly, making a difference in the lives of the young boys and men with whom they cross paths each day.

Owner, Peninsula Panthers Junior Hockey Club


Men to Watch

General Manager, Jeff Palmer, on delivering a consistent product with unparalleled value. Jeff Palmer

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Ardmore Golf Course 930 Ardmore Drive, North Saanich 250.656.4621



What inspired you to follow this career path? I was inspired to take this career path by some very important mentors in my life. My dad encouraged me in golf and business my whole life and helped me make my decision to go into the golf industry. Other mentors include Don Billsborough from Uplands and Bob Hogarth from Royal Montreal, both of whom taught me a lot about customer service and hospitality.

is looking to grow its event business and to become very engaged in the community. Our Slicers and Hookers Golf and Dinner is growing every week and $1 per person is being donated to the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation. Slicers and Hookers is staged every Wednesday night.

the same brand of customer service and efficiencies when you, the owner, is not present.

What advice do you have for upcoming generations of business owners? I recommend having a very structured service policy and training programs.This will ensure your people can deliver

What makes Ardmore Golf Course unique? Ardmore Golf Course is unique because it is a very well-conditioned nine-hole course. It offers unparalleled value and saves people time!


What is the secret to success? The secret to success is delivering a consistent product with high energy and a positive attitude every single time.

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What’s new for Ardmore Golf Course? Ardmore Golf Course


Lawyer Kelvin Scheuer on achieving your goals, efficiency and having a life outside of work.

Men to Watch Beacon Law

Kelvin Scheuer, B.A., M.A., LL.B

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What inspired you to follow this career path? I have always had an interest in the law, and find the practice both challenging and stimulating. My work with Beacon Law Centre allows me to help people achieve their goals, in business as well as in life.

What’s new for Beacon Law Centre? Beacon Law Centre prides itself on providing versatile, efficient and costeffective service to its clients. An example: many aspects of our operations are now paperless. I think our clients will enjoy faster and more efficient service as a result.

What advice do you have for upcoming generations of business owners? I think it is very important in any business for people to have a broad perspective, to develop interests outside of the office and live a balanced life. You never know what experience will be handy, and a singular focus can burn you out. I am learning to play the piano, for example, and while I don’t get to utilize my piano-playing experience at work as often as one might expect, the practice allows me to relax and recharge. Also, don’t underestimate the importance of

relationships, whether with family or friends. Nurture those and you will have the success that really matters in life. What is the best advice your dad ever gave you? My dad advised me by example. He started with little, and worked hard without complaint (as did my mom!) to provide a good life for my mom, my brother, and me. From him I have learned the value of honesty, integrity, trust, and determination. What is your guilty pleasure? I don’t think I have missed a single episode of Survivor!


Men to Watch

Lawyer C.J. (Kip) Wilson and Restaurateur Joe Bourdeau on karma, loving what you do and offering your community something valuable.

Canoe Cove Joe’s & Saanichton Law Offices It seems that a friendship between Kip Wilson and Joe Bourdeau was written in the stars. A few years ago, while considering buying what is now Canoe Cove Joe’s, Joe approached Kip for legal advice. “You’re going to like this guy,” he told his wife Cheryl when he got home. Sure enough she did, and became an assistant at the law office, while Kip and Joe became great friends; the duo has been inseparable ever since!

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What inspired you to follow this career path? Joe: Many years ago I went to visit my mother in an extended care facility and noted that very few patients had eaten their meals. After several visits I learned that the patients found their food very institutional tasting. I believed I could do better and went back to school to learn to cook. What’s new for Saanichton Law Offices? Kip: A Portuguese water dog puppy will be joining our family after the passing of our beloved Maggie, and my wife and I will be enjoying the lifestyle that Sidney has to offer after recently purchasing a home there.


What do you find inspiring about our local business community? Kip: The Saanich Peninsula is full of great people who are friendly, kind and caring. This extends to their businesses.


What makes Canoe Cove Joe’s unique? Joe: When my wife suggested I add “Joe” to the Canoe Cove name, I was definitely not in favour. However, I remembered from old movies and when I went out with my parents as a boy, how the owner would come to your table, chat with you about family and your health and provide service like you were in their home. When people mention that they decided to come down to “Joe’s,” it brings back fond memories.



interests early. Some people dismiss these while they are making career choices and are only interested in how much money they’re going to make. If you love what you do you’ll stay with it and live with the satisfaction of knowing you did the best you could each and every day. Don’t forget the happiness equation and be an example for your children by setting a great work ethic.


What might surprise your clients to learn about you? Kip: I am very family-oriented and I love golf and travel.


Three words others use to describe you? Three words you’d use to describe yourself? Joe: A humourous, caring family man with old-fashioned values, instilled in me by my father.

What is your business best known for and why? Kip: We are always thinking about client problems and solutions, and we offer reasonable, common sense advice at an affordable price. What is the secret to success? Joe: Discover your passions and

What is your guilty pleasure? Joe: A glass of Bordeaux at the end of the day with my wife while we talk about the day and our children. Kip: Dawn patrol golf … and breakfast at Joe’s, of course!

What advice do you have for upcoming generations of business owners? Joe: When I worked as a teenager at the lunch counter at Stedman’s, making milkshakes and fries, never did I think that I would one day own a restaurant. When you “whisper to the universe, karma takes over.”


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Men to Watch

Accountant Chris Cowland on community contacts,having a Plan B and taking a risk.

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What inspired you to follow this career path? I actually studied modern languages at university. Communication skills are important in all careers, but especially so in accounting where many of the concepts are complex but need to be clearly explained to clients.

What’s next for Cowland & Associates? A recent maternity leave has led to some staff changes, and we have recruited two new individuals who bring a wealth of experience. This is a good time to re-think some of our processes and offerings to clients, and put some fresh ideas on the table.


What advice do you have for upcoming generations of business owners? Before you jump in and commit tens of thousands of dollars, spend some time with an accountant who has real business experience, not just one who has read a few books on accounting and passed the exam. Your lifetime dream can turn into a nightmare if your rose-tinted business plan does not hold water.


What might surprise your clients to learn about you? I think many of my clients were surprised to see me march on stage as the Major in the current Peninsula Players run of Fawlty Towers. Despite our reputation, accountants can be humourous!

Why is your business important? My business is important because I have lived and worked here for nearly 30 years, and my practice now encompasses way over 1,000 local individual and business clients, and leads to a vast network of contacts and opportunities.

What do you find inspiring about our local business community? I am a board member of both the Sidney Business Improvement Area, and also the Sidney Economic Development Council, and this gives me insight and constant contact with many of the issues and planning processes taking place behind the scenes in our community. Sidney in 10 years will be very different from today’s town. We just need to ensure we preserve the reasons why we chose to live here in the first place.


Can you tell us about a mentor who has shaped your career? I worked for several years with a huge cross-Canada corporation. I asked the VP of Finance if he had any regrets about his career. He shared with me that although he stood at the top of the ladder within the corporation, he worked so long and hard that he really did not know his children. Three months later, I quit my job, sold my house in Toronto, and drove out to the Island with my wife, four small kids and the dog.

We celebrate Father’s Day in June. What is the best advice your dad ever gave you? I think my father led me to be something of a risk-taker. He would always suggest taking the harder path, because when you get to the end of the road, you can look back and celebrate the challenges you have overcome. What is the secret to success? There is no secret to success in business except hard work, determination, planning and twice the financing you think you need. Research your ideas, discuss them with experts in the field, and always have at least one Plan B.


What is your guilty pleasure? My guilty pleasure continues to be restoring old English cars. My biggest worry is that one day after I am gone, my wife will sell my cars and parts for what I told her I paid for them!


Chris Cowland CPA, CA

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Men to Watch

VP of Operations Mark Brajer on coaching, social entrepreneurship and going the extra mile.



What inspired you to follow this career path? Early on in my career, after I graduated from Engineering, I was given the opportunity to have several responsibilities across the operation and supply chain, by E.D. Smith. This grew through my career with Alberto Culver and Unilever. I was able to learn many functions of the business inside and outside the supply chain, and I have been able to use that experience throughout my career. I came to Victoria to head operations for Epicure, to grow personally, and be part of an amazing organization with tremendous growth plans. We have been working hard to build a strategic plan for the future.


What’s new or next for Epicure? Epicure is growing, and the transformation of the business over the past 15 months has been tremendous. We continue to plan for growth of our direct sales market in the future, and optimize our business for expansion. Every year we launch exciting new products which complement the business model, and allow thousands of people across this country to build his or her own business. It is exciting to help people realize their dreams through owning a business.


What advice do you have for upcoming generations of business owners? Success is working hard and persistence. Having a dream, setting goals and spending everyday working toward achieving those goals will get you there. Keeping a positive attitude and pushing the limit of what you can do is the key.


What might surprise your clients to learn about you? I think people would be surprised that I started my leadership journey through coaching of sports teams while in high school. I have coached many sports teams including those of my son and wife. Part of coaching is getting to know people, and helping him or her develop skills for growth. Those are the same lessons in

business. Learning, leadership and growth are a tremendous combination. I am always trying to learn, every day!


Why is your business important? Epicure is working to reinvent social entrepreneurship, while challenging the food industry by transforming the way people cook and eat. Being part of a socially responsible business has always been important to me. Changing the world isn’t easy, but it can be done.


What do you find inspiring about our local business community? The business community has been working together for improvements to the local area, to make all of our businesses stronger and attract and retain more talent. It is a diverse group of businesses that want to grow and show that being on the Island is an advantage.

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Can you tell us about a mentor who has shaped your career? I worked with a gentleman when I was with Alberto Culver, who ran the global operations and supply chain, named Rich Mewborn. He always worked hard, never complained, and seemed to never sleep. Rich was incredibly smart and he would always inspire me. Every conversation that I have with Rich teaches me something, usually about myself. Rich is currently President & CEO of Merisant, based in Chicago. What is the secret to success? Much of the secret to success is doing what others won’t do. Going that extra mile. Developing goals, laying out the plan, and executing with excellence. Too many times nay-sayers will tell you things are not possible. Move them aside and surround yourself with those you believe in, and who believe in you. What is your business best known for and why? Epicure is best

Mark Brajer MBA, P. Eng Epicure 10555 West Saanich Road, Victoria 250.654.3156 |


known for its spice blends. While we may be one of the best kept secrets in Canada, when people know us, they know us for the fantastic products we manufacture. The quality of the ingredients and the time put into developing formulas is second to none.


What is your guilty pleasure? My guilty pleasure is collecting vinyl LPs. I love collecting music and listening to it; it has been a passion since I was seven years old. Not much can make me happier than flipping through stacks of records looking for some gems that will expand my collection and my musical knowledge.

can we talk publisher sue hodgson talks with Wally du temple about ardmore golf course “then and now”

It is amazing to think that Ardmore Golf Course, a nine-hole course, was built in 1886; it was the first golf course on Vancouver Island built by William Le Poer Trench. In 1946, after his decommissioning from the Royal Canadian Air Force, your father George Walter du Temple bought Ardmore for $25,000. You would have been six years old at the time. Can you give us a glimpse of what life was like growing up then and what convinced your father to purchase the property? We arrived on Halloween 1946 in a packard sedan – mom, dad, three brothers and a cocker spaniel – with our chattels on a trailer. There were only a few summer cottages on the dirt track of Ardmore Drive. Dad said that Victoria would grow towards Sidney so in the long term, a purchase of the golf course made sense. In the short term, the property could remain partly a farm. In fact, hay production and sales already dictated that the fairways be narrow. It was like a farm and a golf course played through it. To help run the operation Roy and Lily Walker, mom’s sister and brother-in-law, moved onto the property after selling their farm in Ashcroft. Soon my eldest brother Ron and Roy built a barn and Dad bought jersey cows and chickens. My mom made butter and sold golf balls, butter, milk and eggs in the golf pro shop. You are one of three brothers. Ron and his wife Betty and Barry du Temple have also had a big part in the family business of Ardmore Golf Course. The third generation is now taking over. As the last of the second generation, describe some of the changes that have occurred to the property. The farming aspect of the business gradually disappeared as the Peninsula

population grew and more golfers joined the club. The family decided to rebuild the golf course one fairway, grass tee and green at a time. The first phase required the building of a reservoir and the drilling of wells for irrigation.Next we hired Terra Irrigation to install a stateof-the-art irrigation system. A quality system needs quality personnel, so we hired one of the best superintendents from Victoria Golf Club, Greg de Jong, to upgrade everything in terms of maintenance and future planning. Alison Lee was appointed GM and Greg and Alison worked as a team to get things done during this very important period of rebuilding. Ardmore’s success today has come from the long traditions of strong family values and remarkable work ethic. With a new general manager, Jeff Palmer, on board and a new superintendent on the horizon, what exciting things can we expect to see at the course in the near future? Jeff Palmer brings to Ardmore a wealth of experience in golf business. He is a Class A Professional of PGA of Canada with an Executive Leadership Diploma from Cornell University. As head pro he has invited Cari Chow, who recently turned pro after playing on the UVic Vikes Golf team, to teach at Ardmore, so our golf academy is already growing. With the new team of “Super” Dave Morgan and Jeff we are likely to see some pro am tournaments and qualifiers at Ardmore. The neighbouring communities around the course have always been vitally important to your family. Ardmore was very involved in the fundraising efforts of Sanscha Hall (now the Mary Winspear Centre). Can you expand on this for our readers? Representing the family business, I was one of 12 men and women who boldly guaranteed the loans necessary to do the needs surveys, make architectural drawings and models, and to launch a professional fundraising campaign to replace Sanscha Hall with a state-of-theart cultural centre. Ardmore contributed $30,000 so that we could raise donations from

a position of leadership: “We have done this; can you help as well?” I worked on the fundraising foundation until we reached our target of $5 million. At the beginning the municipal governments were not on side. Ardmore is recognized on the “Wall of Honour” at the Mary Winspear Centre. You won your first golfing championship at 14, and five local and one regional tournament followed. As a certified teaching professional, what can you advise the younger generation who are thinking of heading into this field? Golf is more than a sport. Boys, girls and adults can learn sportsmanship, etiquette, manners and creative thinking. Think of golf as a metaphor for life and teach it that way. Every moment in life or golf can be either positively creative or negatively destructive. Find a swing/occupation suited to the person; help create the intention to succeed and to accept each shot or action with a calm detachment that allows each result to be a positive learning experience. Learn some sports psychology. Each student, old or young, will have individual needs. Interview each student to assess health and expectations. Remember that golf and life are gifts. Keep the fun in both. Over the years you have been involved in a number of life adventures, from teaching and writing to travelling and volunteering. What was one journey that stands out among them all? I co-led the Brentwood College Canoe Brigade in 1968. My brother Barry and I guided 14 private school boys in two 25foot wood canvas “voyageur” canoes for a month-long, 685-mile outward bound saga. We canoed the rivers Muskwa, Fort Nelson, Liard, South Nahanni and the Mackenzie Rivers in the NWT. We carried all our provisions from the start, and had no motors but only our muscles and discipline to work as two-canoe teams from Fort Nelson to Fort Providence while experiencing the talkative wonders of nature. 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 father instilled in you? Dad would say: “Look for the good in people; it is always there.” Photo by

Wally du Temple, Owner, Ardmore Golf Course Wally du Temple graduated from North Saanich High School in 1959. He studied at UBC and graduated with a BA degree. At the Ontario College of Education he earned a secondary school teachers’ certification, teaching English literature, writing and theatre arts. In the summer holidays he led canoe and river boat expeditions in the Northwest Territories. After marrying Olga Valentova, Wally returned to his home in North Saanich to manage the Ardmore Golf Course.

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Men to Watch

Associate Lawyer Chris Straub on technology, learning from experience and setting a good example. Chris Straub

Henley & Walden LLP #201 - 2377 Bevan Avenue, Sidney 250.656.7231

Henley & Walden


What inspired you to follow this career path? My grandfather was a judge in Richmond, and I remember growing up listening to him tell stories of his days on the bench. I thought it was fascinating then, and still do.

technology when possible. This requires us to comply with strict privacy obligations, but allows us to provide clients with quicker responses and unprecedented access to their legal team.

What’s new for Henley & Walden LLP? The law is dynamic, and we’re always learning. Legislative, regulatory and procedural changes are constant, and we pride ourselves on remaining on the forefront of these developments. As well, with a lot of businesses becoming more digital, we aim to reduce our paper use and rely on

What advice do you have for upcoming generations of business owners? Invest in good advisors. You want people on your side whose business it is to protect your business. It is always more cost effective to invest in preventing problems than to have to deal with them once they’ve arisen.



What is the best advice your dad ever gave you? It wasn’t

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what he said or didn’t say to me, but what he did or didn’t do for me. Having recently become a father myself, I realize it’s the little things that matter most.Being a role model and setting a good example for your children is one of the most important aspects of being a parent. Sometimes the best way to help your children is by letting them figure things out themselves. What makes Henley & Walden LLP unique? When a client calls us or walks in the door, we are confident that one of our lawyers will be able to help them achieve their goal. We work as a team to solve clients’ problems. This helps to ensure that clients’ issues are resolved in the fastest and most cost-effective manner possible.

Men to Watch

Realtor Paul Macris on positive experiences, believing in your cause and learning by example.

Holmes Realty

Paul Macris

Holmes Realty 2481 Beacon Avenue, Sidney 250.656.0911

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What inspired you to follow this career path? Simply put, the inspiration behind my real estate career is to help others. Helping buyers and sellers achieve their real estate goals while providing them with a positive experience is a great feeling. What’s even better is that I get to practice my business in the same community that I was born and raised in. What’s new or next for Paul Macris? Continued growth and improvement. Currently, my goal is to

grow my business presence in the community while improving the real estate experience for my clients.

What advice do you have for upcoming generations of business owners? A successful business isn’t made overnight and there are going to be bumps along your path to success. With that said, one good day won’t make your business, so why let one bad day break it? Stay focused, work hard and believe in your cause. We celebrate Father’s Day in June. What is the best advice your father ever gave you?

My family has been a part of the Sidney business community for over 30 years. Watching my father, over the years, make countless sacrifices and work tirelessly to grow his family’s restaurant business has been invaluable. Learning from his business practices has served as the best advice – more than any words could teach. Three words others use to describe you? Three words you’d use to describe yourself? Others would probably describe me as honest, loyal and friendly. I would describe myself as diligent, thorough and sincere.


Men to Watch

President Dave Stephens on turning a vision into a reality, mentoring and customer satisfaction.

LIDA Homes


What inspired you to follow this career path? After building my first custom home in 1998, I was immediately drawn to the organizational skills and meticulous detail that such an industry demands. I find the process of turning a vision into a reality a

rewarding practice. Assisting my clients in the development of their dream provides me with a profound sense of happiness and creates value in the day-to-day operation of LIDA Homes Inc. What’s new or next for LIDA Homes? Since our inception in 1998, LIDA Homes has been on a mission to facilitate a greater transparency in the contracting industry. We do this by implementing an interactive budgeting software for all of our clients that offers real time project and budget updates. Consequently, our clients are in control of their budget which allows them to confidently enjoy the building process.


We built a custom home for local Brentwood Bay NHL Hockey Player Matt Irwin and his wife Chantel. This home was a 2016 Canadian Home Builders Association VIBE award finalist for best custom home of the year over 3,000sf. We were truly honoured to be recognized for this achievement.


What advice do you have for upcoming generations of business owners? A satisfied client results in a successful business. A consistent commitment to customer satisfaction should be the number-one priority of any business owner. You can’t just say that you are committed to customer satisfaction; you must completely buy in and allow this principle to become your guiding light at all times.

personal development and safety of our workers. Our carpenters have ongoing mandatory professional development courses that allow them to provide the exceptional quality of work that we expect from them. At LIDA Homes, we truly care about every employee, their future and their families. Our sincere dedication to our employees and their families results in a superior product.


Why is your business important? We frequently hear about the hardships and difficulties that home owners experience in the development of their dream home. At LIDA Homes we understand the importance of your dream and we are committed to make the process as stress free as possible. Your dream can be fulfilled, accomplished and enjoyable at the same time.

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What do you find inspiring about our local business community? Victoria is a tight-knit community that instils a greater sense of pride in its residents. The local business community is unique in nature, and is founded on values of integrity, veracity and camaraderie. Three words others use to describe you? Three words you’d use to describe yourself? Others would describe me as loyal, trustworthy and honest. I’d describe myself with the words family, integrity and driven.

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What might surprise your clients to learn about you? I coached minor hockey for 15 years and I found this experience translated exceptionally well to the business world. Mentoring and developing young aspiring hockey players is much like leading our employees at LIDA Homes. I take great pride in ensuring the ongoing

Dave Stephens

LIDA Homes Custom Home Builders 5441 Parker Avenue, Victoria 778.440.LIDA (5432) |

What is your business best known for and why? We are known for our relentless pursuit of customer satisfaction. Our company mantra, “The pursuit of Complete Customer Satisfaction,” truly captures our attitude towards all aspects of our business. We instill this sense of client priority in all of our employees and subcontractors to ensure quality craftsmanship and an unwavering commitment to transparency.


Men to Watch

Investment Advisor Eric Falkenberg-Poetz on life goals, the local vibe and financial peace of mind.

Richardson GMP


What inspired you to follow this career path? I love working with people and finance. I’m a people person and this is very much a relationship business. Connecting with others in a meaningful way and assisting them with their life goals is very purposeful and satisfying. The constant challenge of staying informed about global markets is fascinating as finance is all encompassing from economics, to politics, to world events, etc.


What’s next for the Falkenberg-Poetz Financial Group at Richardson GMP*? We’ve expanded our team to four members to better serve our clients. What advice do you have for upcoming generations of business owners? It is essential that they not only have a great group of Professionals to help them with their business (Accountant, Lawyer, Investment Advisor, Banker, etc.), but that they can also get someone to coordinate these relationships to provide the proper integration of the best ideas and planning for those business owners going forward. This is one of our key roles for our clients.


What might surprise your clients to learn about you? Some clients may not know that one of my passions is creating and recording music in an alternative rock band that I have been in for years.


Why is your business important? Our business is important because we provide value and peace of mind for our clients and the next generation.


What do you find inspiring about our local business community? My wife and I have been living in Brentwood Bay for several years, and I love the local vibe in the Saanich Peninsula and that feeling that you are in a small community that


Eric Falkenberg-Poetz, CIM, FCSI Richardson GMP Limited 1.866.205.3550 |


truly cares about their neighbours. Can you tell us about a mentor who has shaped your career? My friend Jim has been a great role model for me for over 30 years. He has taught me to take the time to get to know people, to get involved and to do your best in serving your community, no matter how busy you are.


What is the secret to success? Always looking to improve on the value that you bring to others in all aspects of your life. A big part of this is surrounding yourself professionally with those who will add to that value – in my case, I am fortunate to be part of a very caring, hard working, experienced and dedicated team.


Three words others would use to describe you? Three words you’d use to describe yourself? I would say I’m genuine, principled and compassionate while others might describe me as caring, a learner and energetic. What makes the Falkenberg-Poetz Financial Group at Richardson GMP unique? Our team provides an excellent conservative investment solution for our clients that focuses on protecting their capital, but is also very tax effective. We are unique however, as we also provide Wealth Management Planning (WMP). We believe that this is essential to manage for our affluent clients


The opinions expressed in this report are the opinions of the author. The comments contained herein are general in nature and are not intended to be, nor should be construed to be, legal or tax advice. Insurance services are offered through Richardson GMP Insurance Services Limited in BC, AB, SK, MB, NWT, ON, QC, NB, NS, PEI and NL Additional administrative support and policy management are provided by PPI Partners. Richardson GMP Limited, Member Canadian Investor Protection Fund.

(ensuring that they have a proper Will, Power of Attorney, Personal Directive, Insurance if required, Financial Planning, Personal and Corporate Tax Planning with their Accountant, Financial Vision, etc.). This provides them with a complete holistic integrated solution and peace of mind that their complete financial affairs are in order to maximize their wealth transfer to their beneficiaries, minimize taxes, and protect their families in the future. *Falkenberg-Poetz Financial Group offers conservative wealth management for affluent families.


Men to Watch

Facilities Manager Bill Lushaw on taking care of a community hub, being self taught and having a great team.

Mary Winspear Centre


What is your business best known for and why? The Mary Winspear Centre is an event, conference and theatre facility. As the “heart of the Saanich Peninsula community” we provide space for residents and visitors to enjoy events, theatre, art shows, conferences and celebrations.

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What’s your role within the organization? Many people help to make the Mary Winspear Centre (MWC) the spectacular cultural and community hub it is. I work as Facilities Manager, and along with my team, have full responsibility for every inch of the premises, inside and out. The flowers out front, spotless restrooms, perfectly painted walls and exterior, seating arrangements for a wedding of 600: you get the idea. With my staff of 10 we work on a 24/7 basis to keep the MWC the sparkling place it is, which includes the full responsibility for ensuring the Centre meets all health and safety requirements. What inspired you to follow this career path? I was raised without the benefit of a fulltime dad, so I just learned to do things myself. I always liked to figure things out and with my mom’s encouragement, learned to take pride in my accomplishments. That pride has carried over to my role at the MWC.


What might surprise your clients to learn about you? I’ve worked at the MWC for more than 20 years! That is, from when Sanscha Hall stood on the premises. Remember that trailer in front? That was my office.

soccer in an over-60 league, enjoy camping, and when I can get back to it, mini-stock car racing too. I’m pretty much always on the go, and I wouldn’t have it any other way!


Why is your role in the business important? The Centre is in a prime location so it needs to look great as you come around the corner! And when you have world famous entertainers, well, the inside needs to look world class too!


Can you tell us about a mentor who has shaped your career? I received support from some of the incredible people who helped bring the MWC to fruition: Don Trivett, John Bell, Stan Bamford and Richard Holmes. They had such confidence in me, and they looked to me to contribute my best. I was very lucky and consider each of them a very special mentor.


What is the secret to success? Much of my success stems from my great team. We work hard but always have time for a laugh too.

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What’s new or next for the Mary Winspear Centre? I’m confident that the MWC will continue to grow and attract increasingly diverse groups of people and organizations. I love when people come in and say, “Wow, I had no idea that this place was so spacious and so beautiful.” I think everyone at the MWC enjoys that sort of response. We all do our best to contribute to the Centre’s vitality. I believe that the proposed new safety building will offer a win-win situation for the Centre and for the entire community.

Three words others use to describe you? Three words you’d use to describe yourself? Others might use the terms commitment to quality, team work and pride in my achievements. I think these terms best describe me: work hard, be kind and approach things with a positive attitude. What is your guilty pleasure? I don’t know about guilty, but I play

Bill Lushaw

Mary Winspear Centre 2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney 250.656.0275 |


Men to Watch

Painting Contractor Justin van den Hengel on listening to clients, always improving and the importance of coffee. Justin van den Hengel

Precision Pro Painters What inspired you to follow this career path? I have always been very interested in working with people, finding out what they want, and providing a service or a product that exceeds their expectations. I have found that the painting industry allows me to “wow” my clients and provide a service that goes “above and beyond.”


Precision Pro Painters 605 Birch Road, North Saanich 250.884.0317


continue our vision of producing excellent, quality painting at an exceptional price. We recently expanded to include a commercial painting division and added a second mid-island branch in Nanaimo. What advice do you have for upcoming generations of business owners? Our clients and employees are the crux of our business. Never stop trying to improve your services and products, and listen to and support your clients and employees.


What is the secret to success? There are so many minute details that contribute to success it is difficult to list them all, but I feel this quote from Thomas Edison sums up the big secret to success: “Opportunity is often missed because it comes wearing overalls and looks like hard work.” Plus lots and lots of coffee!

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What’s next for Precision Pro Painters? We are constantly evaluating our processes to


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What makes PPP unique? Our clients say they appreciate our integrity, professionalism and the excellent customer service we provide. As Precision Pro Painters has grown we‘ve been able to maintain a great relationship with our clients. A fundamental philosophy I and my team try to follow is “first seek to understand, than to be understood;” if you can appreciate the clients’ vision and concerns then we can all work together to create a positive painting experience.

Doctor Tim McKay on long-term goals, having the best of both worlds and community support. Dr. Tim McKay

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

SPHF What inspired you to follow this career path? A family doctor, my father inspired me to pursue a career in medicine. Growing up I was impressed with the enjoyment he got out of practicing medicine, as well as his incredible work ethic and dedication to his patients. It was a long-term goal of mine to be able to work alongside him some day and since moving back to Vancouver Island I have been fortunate enough to work in a shared practice with him over the past two years.

changes for my personal career in the near future. I am still trying find the ideal balance between clinic-based family practice and hospital-based work. For me a combination of the two is ideal and working at Saanich Peninsula Hospital is a unique way of having the best of both worlds.



What’s next? I do not anticipate any drastic

pictured with daughter Leni


What advice do you have for upcoming generations of business owners? Don’t be afraid of trying new things in order to figure out what type of work gives you the most satisfaction; this will translate into having the greatest success.

What makes Saanich Peninsula Hospital unique? It still feels like a small rural hospital but we are located on the edge of a major urban centre. It is a wonderful collegial environment to work in where we discuss things face to face and everyone works to support each other to achieve success. The hospital is also strongly supported by the local community and the care people receive is greatly appreciated by the patients and their families. This support from the community translates into greater success.



What is your guilty pleasure? Lately it’s Dungeness crab. So far this year the traps have been working well and this means lots of crab feasts at our house.


Men to Watch

Owner/Designer Tony Rechsteiner on the building process, growing strategically and thinking creatively.

Seaside Cabinetry


What inspired you to follow this career path? I have always enjoyed working in the construction field. My very first job was as a labourer on a condo building. I was still in school at the time so it was evenings and weekends, but it really sparked my interest in the process of building. It was amazing to me to walk into an empty suite one week and then go back a few weeks later and see the transformation. After spending over a decade building everything from houses to condo’s, the transition to concentrate on just the cabinetry aspect has been an easy fit.

to put the systems in place that are typically necessary to create a successful and long-lasting business.


What might surprise your clients to learn about you? I have built over 35 custom homes in the greater Victoria area as well as completed countless residential and commercial renovations. Why is your business important? We feel like we are an important business to the Peninsula based on a few factors. We have a beautiful design centre located right in Sidney, allowing people out here the opportunity to see displays and samples without having to drive all the way into downtown Victoria. We are a design centre and not a sales centre – we pride ourselves on having a no-pressure atmosphere. People are welcome to come in and browse without the worry that someone is going to be pressuring them into purchasing.

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What’s new or next for Seaside Cabinetry & Design? We are planning a slight revamp of our showroom, located at 2071 D Malaview Avenue West, including two new cabinetry displays and all new quartz countertops. We intend on having the renovations completed by October 2016. What advice do you have for upcoming generations of business owners? Before starting a business make sure you are willing and able to commit to some long hours, stressful days and quite possibly a few sleepless nights. Owning a business requires a lot of hard work and dedication and may not be suitable for everyone’s lifestyle; however, the rewards you can achieve for all your hard work can be worth the investment. Do your best to keep your costs down initially and grow your business slowly and strategically – that will allow you the time you need


and allowed me to be able to think both creatively and practically. What is the secret to success? Hard work, dedication and level headedness.



What makes Seaside Cabinetry & Design unique? I would say our variety of products sets us apart. We offer choices to fit in almost anyone’s budget. From high-end kitchen cabinetry with lifetime warranty all the way down to a basement suite, we have product to fit anyone’s lifestyle


What is your guilty pleasure? Pizza.

What do you find inspiring about our local business community? Sidney has a wonderful tight-knit business community. For the most part we all try our best to deal locally for anything we need for our business and personal lives. Can you tell us about a mentor who has shaped your career? I couldn’t pinpoint one as I have worked with so many people that have been influential to my career. I would say the diversity of people I’ve worked with has really expanded my thoughts and views on business


Tony Rechsteiner

Seaside Cabinetry & Design 2071D Malaview Ave W, Sidney 250.514.5403 |


Men to Watch

Chiropractor Dr. Stan Marcus on optimum efficiency, sharing a common goal and having fun!

SpineCare Chiropractic

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What inspired you to follow this career path? After watching a couple of family members pass away from complications due to being overmedicated, I was determined to become a health practitioner who did not have to put my patients on any medications. The chiropractic philosophy of improving the spine and nervous system to allow the body parts to work at their optimum efficiency made way more sense to me. With that in mind, I turned my focus to a more natural, drug-free form of health care. And this one works for me! What’s next for SpineCare Chiropractic? Now that I’ve had so much fun getting through my first year in this new clinic, I look forward to year two!

wants to hire a business person that has a passion for what they do. Make certain that your clients know how much you love coming to the business every day. Most of all, HAVE FUN! The energy you put out will be returned by your clients. We have a ton of fun in my office as well as providing great Health Care!

What might surprise your clients to learn about you? Aside from being a cancer survivor, hopefully nothing! I want my clients to know that I’m a person, just like they are. I have the same challenges and same pleasures in life. Just because I am their health practitioner doesn’t make me any different than them.


Why is your business important? Hey, a properly functioning spine and nervous system are essential to healing and overall health. Chiropractors specialize in improving spinal movement, posture and overall nerve signals from the brain to all the body parts. So having an experienced Chiropractor on your “Health Team” is essential.



What advice do you have for upcoming generations of business owners? Make sure you LOVE what you do. The public

What do you find inspiring about our local business community? Business people on the Peninsula seem to be a very open, welcoming and caring group. We share a common goal.

Dr. Stan Marcus, DC

SpineCare Chiropractic 7139 West Saanich Rd, Brentwood Bay 778.351.1215 |

Can you tell us about a mentor who has shaped your career? Zig Zigler, the world’s greatest salesman, used to say that “You get what you want out of life by helping others get what they want.” That has always resonated with me as my goal is always to help as many people as possible to get the health care that they want. That way I get what I want: fun, rewarding times at my clinic!


What is the secret to success? Have fun. Be grateful. Don’t sweat the small stuff!


Three words others use to describe you? Three words you’d use to describe yourself? I hope they see me as fun, caring and generous because I feel that I am fun, caring and generous. What makes SpineCare Chiropractic unique? At SpineCare Chiropractic you will be treated with care and compassion and I will ensure that we will work together to provide the health care you need to not only reduce pain but more importantly, to help each client to achieve a higher state of optimum health – without the use of medications. We get great results and have fun at the same time. You are certain to enjoy the high-energy atmosphere, my 30 years of experience and a warm cup of tea!



Men to Watch

Realtor Stephen Postings on caring for clients, enjoying family and living humbly.

Pemberton Holmes

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What inspired you to follow this career path? Our lives were forever changed when my father-in-law was diagnosed with terminal cancer. We immediately moved back to the Island to be closer to family and help out. When John passed away Wendy Herrick, my mother-in-law, asked me to partner with her in the real estate business. I began a whole new path and I have never looked back. I truly love what I do and feel so grateful to work alongside Wendy. What’s new or next for Stephen Postings? I am thrilled to join the Pemberton Holmes Ltd. Sidney office team. It is great to be part of an established and reputable brokerage with strong ties in our community. What advice do you have for upcoming generations of business owners? Life is too short to lean back! These are words I try to live by and a message I would encourage any business owner to embrace.



What might surprise your clients to learn about you? I love to throw a good Halloween party! Shelaina and I enjoy entertaining and welcoming friends and family into our home. We love hosting and coming together with those close to us.

get to connect and build relationships with many of my colleagues. We are all working to do the best for our clients. Good working relationships are key to support this. Can you tell us about a mentor who has shaped your career? I am so lucky to work with and be mentored by Wendy Herrick. She is my mother-in-law, an amazing grandma to our boys and a Realtor that other Realtors recognize as “best in class.” Wendy is a consummate professional with a heart of gold and she has taught me everything I know about real estate.


We celebrate Father’s Day in June. What is the best advice your dad ever gave you? My dad always did an amazing job of balancing the demands of his own business with family time. As a busy denturist he always found time to be at my hockey games, enjoy a family boat trip in the summer or just hang out. Perhaps it was less of what my dad advised and more about how he showed up. I can only hope that I am the kind of dad that my father was to me.

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Why is your business important? Our home is the centre of our life. It is where we celebrate birthdays, enjoy Christmas dinners, and retire after a busy day at the office. Those walls contain so many special memories. I love that I can help our clients find that perfect home – a place to share life’s moments. What do you find inspiring about our local business community? I really appreciate how supportive and connected the local business community is. In my profession, I

What is the secret to success? I am not sure that I have unlocked the secret, but I am a very happy man. I have a loving wife, two amazing boys and I am able to make a living doing what I love.

Stephen Postings

Pemberton Holmes #107 - 2360 Beacon Ave, Sidney 250.812.3838 |

I am humbly grateful.


What is your business best known for and why? Wendy and I truly care about our clients and it shows up in everything we do. We know a home is more that bricks and mortar. We know a real estate transaction is more than just a sales purchase. We treat our clients like family and we always have their best interests at heart.


Business Advisor James Haley-Browning on changing with the times, doing what you love and enjoying the little things.

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James Haley-Browning Account Manager Small Business 250.655.5244 ext. 300 2406 Beacon Avenue, Sidney

TD Canada Trust


What’s new for TD Canada Trust? We’re always changing and adapting to how people are banking, and continually look for new ways to integrate technology into our customers’ banking needs. Our customers can now bank in Canada and the U.S. with our CrossBorder Banking solutions. With new technology they can use their mobile phones to deposit cheques and pay in stores; our business clients can now deposit cheques from their office, no longer needing to visit a branch.

What inspired you to follow this career path? Helping people. While working at a hotel I was helping a co-worker with®her finances and she recommended I go into banking. I had thought about being a financial advisor and was able to make the change. Soon after that I purchased a restaurant with my family, giving me some really good experience being a small business owner. It seemed a natural progression to take my financial background ® experience and and small business become a small business advisor. I help other small business owners with their financial needs while having a great understanding of what they go through on a daily basis.


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What advice do you have for upcoming generations of business owners? I would encourage them not to give up. Owning


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Three words others would use to describe you? Three words you would use to describe yourself? Others: Kind, Generous, Intelligent. Me: Honest, Caring, Dedicated. We Celebrate Father’s Day in M05302 (0415) June.What was the best advice your father ever gave you? Life is what you make of it; work hard but make sure you stop to enjoy the little things each day.


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What inspired you to follow this career path? As a young first aid attendant in industry, I was placed in a number of difficult situations. Managing incidents and injuries affecting your co-workers was challenging, but also very satisfying.

Town of Sidney Fire Department 9837 Third Street, Sidney 250.655.5414 Card” Incident Command System, our senior Fire Safety Program, and a Business Continuity template for Sidney businesses. What advice do you have for upcoming generations of business owners? Take steps to insulate your business from the inevitable up and down economic cycles. As a former project manager for a large local business, our ideal environment was a stable economy, and a favourable currency environment (weak Canadian dollar). During periods of a depressed economy and a strong Canadian dollar, our business did well shifting our focus to serving the commercial

sector. A commercial operator cannot defer maintenance to the same extent as say a private yacht owner whose net worth has shrunk 50% during an economic downturn.


We celebrate Father’s Day in June. What is the best advice your father ever gave you? Get an education.

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What’s new or next for the Sidney Fire Department? We hope to start construction on a new Community Safety Building this year. This will ensure not only my volunteers, staff, and residents are safe, but also provide a long-term home for the Ambulance Service serving North Saanich and Sidney. We are also implementing the “Blue

What makes the Sidney Fire Department unique? We are a composite department (seven career and 35 volunteers) who are all volunteers after hours. Each member volunteers approximately 200+ hours a year in order to provide full service operations level of services to Sidney residents.


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What inspired you to follow this career path? It’s been my hobby for almost 30 years! It all started simply because I enjoy wine and wanted to save money. For me, making wine was (and still is) both enjoyable and fun! My wife and I really like dealing with people so we opened our business in 2002, and haven’t looked back.


What’s new or next for Wine Kitz? Although it started as a franchised business, we are now fully independent. This means we can make the right decisions for us and for our customers here on the Peninsula. In addition to our regular product

lines, we love using our wine-based knowledge in blending and we proudly offer several in-store blends. We’ve won many awards at local and international competitions and look forward to entering future competitions.


What advice do you have for upcoming generations of business owners? Be honest and do your best at whatever you do.


What is the secret to success? We pride ourselves on providing our customers with excellent product and great customer service in a clean, inviting environment – an experience

they enjoy and appreciate. What is your business best known for and why? Wine Art introduced Canadians to the wine kit business, in Vancouver, in 1959. The second wine kit I purchased was from Wine Art and, because of the quality, I became a fan! Wine Art and Wine Kitz merged a few years ago and are one of the leading, most well-respected wine kit manufacturers in Canada. In addition to offering wine-making on-premises, we continue to provide product, equipment, supplies and advice to home wine and beer makers.


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running into a chain store to grab new jeans, take time and find a local retailer that pays attention to what they are selling you. attention to the clothes I wore, and Finally, pay attention to what you already have in your closet. It’s I certainly never considered myself important to have a few options that mix and match well, a couple of fashionable. Buying clothes was frustrating. I would pop into a chain great pairs of jeans, dress and casual shirts, a sport coat, a solid coloured store and pick up the first thing I saw that came close to filling my need. suit, a belt, and some interesting ties. I avoided dressing rooms and rarely sought advice from the retail clerks. In order to be comfortable in my surroundings it is important to High-end menswear stores were out of my league; mostly I was scared get the fundamentals right. It starts away by the prices and worried about getting too much “I am still by no means with underwear and a fantastic pair of attention. As I became a more public person I realized I had better take dressing myself more seriously. a fashion connoisseur shoes (or two). The foundation is the undergarments. I have said this before: When I finally went into a “menswear” store I found sales but I have learned to nothing is worse that underwear that people helpful, not intimidating. The shopkeepers take care enjoy the process. do not fit! of the details, like showing interest in their customers, and Think it through with Anyone who knows me well knows they take the time to show you how to choose clothes that I love excellent shoes. I invest more in fit, and will tailor them when they don’t. They will show you a little assistance from my shoes than anything else. It’s part how to select flexible and functional items that can be dressed a helpful attendant.” fashion and part function. Amazing up or dressed down. shoes do not go unnoticed and if you are on your feet pounding the Quality clothes last longer. Choosing quality over quantity has been pavement as much as I am then you will agree that solid, well-made, an excellent investment over the long term and I realized that for years comfortable shoes is critical. I had bought dozens of items I never wore – a total waste of valuable resources. Supporting local, independent shops is a priority for me and I For those of us who are not built like fashion models and whose shape fluctuates from morning to night, dressing can be a challenge. I am still by don’t mind spending a little more to support them. However, you don’t no means a fashion connoisseur, but I have learned to enjoy the process. need to shop in high-end stores to buy clothes that fit properly and you Thinking it through with a little assistance from a helpful attendant can don’t need a wardrobe worth thousands of dollars to feel good in the increase your comfort, your confidence and by thinking quality over clothes you wear. quantity you can decrease your overall clothing consumption. For a dude there is usually very little joy in shopping. Instead of june 2016 | 31

Shades of Summer

Just like we protect our skin from the sun, we must also protect our eyes. We may think clear glasses or contact lenses offer sufficient protection, but it is important to protect the delicate skin around our eyes as well. “UV light is known to accelerate cataracts and macular degeneration,” cautions Phillip, adding that “it’s easy to shrug it off when we’re young.” Wearing proper UV protection beginning in our younger years will protect our eyes from the detrimental effects of exposure that manifest as we age. Phillip’s tip for choosing an everyday sunglass is “the more coverage, the better.” Look for a fit that blocks out sunlight from every angle, including from below where reflected light can sneak in. With fashion sunglasses, which typically have a flatter front, look for an anti-reflective coating on the inside of the lens. This prevents light from reflecting back into your eyes. It’s “function first” when evaluating the best glasses for patients. With sunglasses, he’ll begin by asking what activities they’ll be used for most, as the designs vary greatly. Personal preference of lens colour is also important, and brown lenses ultimately provide the best protection from harmful blue light. Phillip and the rest of the staff at Central Saanich Optometry are eager to meet you this season, and to answer all of your eye health questions this or any other time of the year. For more information visit

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With the warm, bright sunny days of summer just around the bend, most of us are reaching for our sunglasses more regularly these days. Sunglasses have a role that is two-fold for us, as do our regular eye glasses: to be functional, yet flattering. I visited Central Saanich Optometry recently, where I spoke with Optometric Assistant Phillip VandeRuyt. Central Saanich Optometry houses an impressive staff. Their optometrists include Dr. Paul Neumann, the clinic owner, who was recently honoured as B.C.’s Optometrist of the year; and Dr. Gurpreet Leekha, who is acting President of the B.C. Association of Optometrists (a position formerly held by Dr. Neumann). I asked Phillip, titles aside, what makes all of their doctors so outstanding? “We are so proud of our doctors. They are always striving to find new techniques to better their practice. Even though old techniques are tried and true, they are not afraid to take on new technologies.” The clinic is currently promoting healthy eyes through healthy eating. “Diet plays a huge role in the overall health of your body, as it does for your eyes,” notes Phillip. Age-related deterioration of our eyes may be warded off in our younger years, with a foundation of foods rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, such as kale and other leafy greens. Doctors recommend additional supplements for patients at greater risk of macular degeneration, but for those not at risk, a healthy diet is sufficient. by Lara Gladych

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Dreams Become Reality by Sean McNeill

What began as a dream five years ago became a reality when we opened our doors at 1720 McTavish Road (North Saanich) on May 9, 2016 as the McTavish Academy of Art (MAOA). MAOA is a bold adventure by a group of young entrepreneurs, that will see the 18,000 square foot former McTavish Elementary School, and the adjacent agricultural land, transformed into a vibrant centre dedicated to the advancement of the living arts. With easy access to classes, workshops and events (both free and fee based), focusing on a wide spectrum of mediums, the McTavish Academy of Art will enable the exploration and discovery of new ways to create. A destination for art, music, dance, mindfulness, creative expression and sustainable agriculture close to home, MAOA will maintain a focus on the enhancement of body, mind and soul. The arts will be incorporated as a vehicle to empower and inspire our local and Island communities, and to facilitate connections with a diverse and international community of artists. Personal and professional endeavours will be supported in a creative and collaborative atmosphere. Beginning this month, MAOA will offer studio classes and workshops in yoga and meditation; the arts such as canvas arts, design, sketching, drawing and other mediums; dance instruction; practice; and rehearsal. A gymnasium (complete with stage), meeting space, classrooms and common area will be available for events such as educational talks, Artists in Residence, drop-in activities and recreation. McTavish Academy of Art recognizes the need for education in sustainable practices in our shared environment in order to become a self-sustaining entity supporting the generations to follow. Over time, the ALR land will be integrated in a manner that

will complement the Academy goal of education and promotion of locally-produced food, goods and services in a sustainable manner. The Get Fresh Guide is dedicated to connecting eaters with the growers, producers, suppliers and supporters of fresh, local food and drink and will play a key role in our continued growth.

Upcoming Events and Regularly Scheduled Activities • Saanich Peninsula Studio Tour: Saturday June 4 and Sunday, June 5 • Tuesday Film Nights: viewing of creative documentaries and films through the ages to provoke curiosity and engagement in the arts • Wednesday Art Nights: Drop in and create with other likeminded artists. Open forum/uninstructed • Thursday Music Nights: Drop in to listen or jam with other likeminded musicians. Open forum/uninstructed Looking for more ways to get involved? If you have gentlyused equipment that you are wishing to repurpose, we are happy to create a home for it, for community use in our dropin programs. My thanks to entrepreneurs Lucas Copplestone and Carl Joosse for sharing this dream with me and to the many friends of the Collaborative, for the inspiration and commitment in pursuing our dream; also to the Joosse Family, whose unwavering belief and support has made this adventure possible. To contact us, and learn more about these and other activities, please visit or email Photo by june 2016 | 35

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This is part of a rotating series of articles on members of Sidney Meet Up, featuring people in business on the Saanich Peninsula. On a magical evening last October, many Sidney Meet Up members were honoured with “Crystal Awards for Business Excellence” by the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce – including a trophy for the business network itself. These awards are the local “Oscars” for business achievement. So how exactly does this networking group breed such outstanding success? The vision of Sidney Meet Up Business Network is to offer “networking opportunities and to inspire, educate and motivate to be the best we can be in our business and personal lives.” One of the founders, Cheryl Young was inspired to use her extensive real estate background in teaching local women how to succeed in the business world. Four years later, the group now includes men. SMU has grown into a prosperous community of creative and dynamic business owners. Members benefit from the gold-star value of networking, website exposure, educational opportunities with cutting-edge workshops, social media promotion, and the chance to showcase their products and services at local events. The heart of Sidney Meet Up is the support and encouragement of fellow members. The group steals a page from Marianne Williamson's book, A Return to Love, where she writes: “Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be?” SMU has opened professional doors, created career opportunities and brought in new business for countless local entrepreneurs. People are usually as successful as they believe already; in Sidney Meet Up, they are backed by a chorus that tells them they are diamonds in the making. Cheryl: “We want to help each other succeed.” One of the proud recipients of a Crystal Award, Carolle Batham is very grateful for the support of SMU: “It has helped me come out of my shell. When I first joined the group, I was not confident when talking to other business owners and I always felt out of place. Through Cheryl's encouragement and the positive feedback from other members, I have gained the confidence to talk to members of the business community and speak my mind.” Cheryl: “Sidney Meet up was started to help business people excel in their businesses. Our primary objective is education through ongoing workshops and helping members build their businesses by meeting new contacts through our mixers and networking functions. I would like to thank Nancy McMillan of Nancy's Sew Creative for donating her profile this month in Seaside to Sidney Meet Up. It speaks to the generosity of the members and their loyalty to our group.” Who is SMU to be “Success Incorporated?” Who are they not to be. For more information, visit The group's next general meeting is June 14.

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The Next Generation Leahy Building on three generations of Leahy musical excellence, The Next Generation Leahy are astounding audiences all over North America. Join us on Thursday, June 2 for seasoned ‘Leahy’ veteran Doug Leahy, together with his wife Jennifer and their six children ages 13 down to 5. Family traditions come alive through music, song, and dance. It is this drive to create music that has led Doug and Jennifer’s children to achieve so much, even at their young ages. Still all in elementary school, the children are accomplished multi-instrumentalists. Led by Doug, live performances are filled with the high energy, infectious Celtic-based music associated with the Leahy heritage. Fiddle, cello, French accordion, singing, piano, and French Canadian step-dancing all find a voice on stage.

Spring Serenade Sunday, June 12 will be a fun-filled evening of food, fashion, travel and more! All proceeds will support Ukulapha Community Outreach which provides direct support for 1,020 school children in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa through training, sponsorship, and community

outreach. There will be a spring fashion show by Tatum & Olivia, a cool jazz performance by The Craig Henderson Trio, appies, wine, and a surprise auction.

The Washboard Union Vancouver-based sextet The Washboard Union bring their authentic blend of country and bluegrass to the Mary Winspear Centre on Thursday, June 16. In the few years they have been together, The Washboard Union have become one of the most exciting and talked about new bands on the Canadian country music scene. After winning Roots Artists of the Year by the British Columbia Country Music Association, they’ve signed on with the country music powerhouse Sakamoto Entertainment and inked a recording deal with Warner Music Canada/Slaight Music. Led by members Aaron Grain, Chris Duncombe and David Roberts, the three friends realized their shared love for the art of songwriting and storytelling when they were roommates in Vancouver. Their jam sessions and in-house concerts became the basis of the music that set them apart as one of the most unique talents in country music today.

In January 2015 they headed to Nashville, Tenn. to record their latest EP In My Bones, working with renowned country producer and songwriter Trey Bruce (who has worked with Faith Hill, Randy Travis and Diamond Rio). Since its release, their current radio single Maybe it’s the Moonshine broke into the Top 10 and continues to climb the Canadian Country Music charts. The Washboard Union is a band that you simply have to see live to fully appreciate! Join us for this unique concert experience.

Fires Burning Mountain Dream Productions and the Mary Winspear Centre are delighted to present our resident youth theatre class in the musical theatre production Fires Burning on Friday, June 24. Fires Burning is set in the late 1800s when a disaster hits the small western town of Calldoon’s Crossing. This dramatic musical is full of tragedy, love and hope and is a true reminder of the strength and resilience of the human spirit. Join Jodi and Caroline as they work to build a new life for the children of their town.

Summer Theatre Program: Reservations are currently being taken for the Mountain Dream Productions 2016 Children’s Summer Theatre Program. Have fun while learning in an intensive two-week day programme in all musical theatre disciplines. Students will learn how to sing, act and dance while working towards a full-length musical production on the final night. Contact the Mary Winspear Centre to reserve your spot!

Beyond the Veil – A Journey with 2 Mediums Join us on Saturday, June 25 for an evening to enjoy the miracle of spirit communication. Diana Lynn and Debra

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Exploring, Discovering, Healing: Brentwood and Peninsula Physiotherapy and Massage 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. At Brentwood & Peninsula Physiotherapy and Massage, patient care is exploratory and thorough, digging deep to find out the reasons underneath a problem. The combined expertise of many professionals enables health concerns to be approached from multiple angles, and optimal solutions to painful movement and mobility issues are discovered. Part of this healing adventure is helping patients prevent

health pitfalls before they even happen. A Registered Physiotherapist trained at McMaster University, Linda Walker co-owns both Brentwood & Peninsula Physiotherapy and Massage clinics with Suzie Cutt, a Registered Massage Therapist. Linda is also a Chronic Pain Specialist (Candidate) with the Canadian Physiotherapy Program. Providing “one-stop health care,” the clinics incorporate health professionals from many different areas to provide comprehensive treatment. They offer a wide spectrum of services: Joint Manipulation,

Chronic Pain/Stress Management, Massage Therapy, Lymphatic Drainage, Kinesiology & Postural Retraining, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Vestibular Therapy, Acupuncture, Acupressure, Sports Therapy & Performance, and Joint Replacement Therapy – to name a few. Clinic staff are constantly exploring ways to improve the lives of their patients. One route is preventative health care. Linda uses the analogy of a car: “Primary Prevention” is like “doing regular oil changes on your car/body BEFORE your car/body stops working because

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your engine has seized!” The possibilities are mind-blowing. With education and prescribing some simple regular exercises, Linda and her colleagues teach patients how to “slow the natural aging process down and gain control of how it goes over time.” With their knowledge of how body parts change with years of use, the clinic therapists help patients to avoid a lifetime of debilitating pain and disability. Linda: “The shoulder is a great example of a pain that can be avoided. The research shows that at an average age of 52 the rotator cuff tendons will show signs of thickening, wear and tear.” A painful chronic condition can result, especially if the upper back, shoulder and shoulder blade posture are not in a proper upright position. “The preventative exercises are easy to learn and are individualized for each client by our therapists. If the exercises are done daily (as little as five minutes a day) clients can combat these changes that occur over time.” Linda stresses that “we don't only focus on primary prevention … we are also experts in

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injury management which will help you recover quickly from an injury, and not suffer from the same problem in the future.” The skilled clinic

staff are on a mission to discover the latest stateof-the-art information: “Our clinics' practitioners are constantly reading research, not just in our own areas of expertise, but also in other areas, such as the latest orthopedic surgical techniques, in order to help us refer wisely and provide our clients with the best treatments on and off the Island.” An integral part of healing and recovery is finding the cause of problems and fixing them

at the source: “Liz Kerr, (RMT, RAc) and I are putting together a new eight-week Chronic Pain program which will treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Chronic Pain, (Fibromyalgia) and CRPS (Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome). It will combine weekly treatments in Physiotherapy, Acupuncture, Meditation, Cranial Sacral Therapy and Iyengar Yoga. These treatments target the root causes of these disorders, which is the Autonomic Nervous System. The ANS is like the CEO of your nervous system. If your ANS isn't working, your body doesn't work!” “The biggest message is for clients to come in early if they're suffering. We try to expedite the problem and return them to function as soon as possible. We now do direct billing for a number of health insurance plans which should allow people to get timely treatment without worrying about their coverage limits.” Linda is very proud of their big renovation to Peninsula Physiotherapy & Massage. Book an appointment to see these explorers and healers in action.


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Celebrating Canada's Many Cultures by Valerie Green

When we think of June, we usually think of brides and weddings. Summer is just beginning in earnest this month and hopefully we have a few months of warm, sunny weather ahead to continue to enjoy. What you might not know is that June is National Aboriginal History Month which was officially declared in 2009, following a motion passed unanimously in the House of Commons. Now, every year, Canadians celebrate National Aboriginal History Month in June and this provides an opportunity to acknowledge the contributions of all Aboriginal people to the development of our country. It is a time to honour the heritage and contributions of First Nations such as the Inuit, Métis and other First Nations communities across Canada. The actual day of celebration is June 21 each year, a significant day in itself being the summer solstice and the longest day of the year. Each First Nations community has its own distinct heritage, language, cultural practices and spiritual beliefs even though some similarities are shared. National Aboriginal Day (NAD) was first announced in 1996 by then Governor General of Canada, Romeo LeBlanc, after numerous consultations with various Aboriginal groups. Back in 1982, the National Indian Brotherhood (now called the Assembly of First Nations) had first called for the creation of a National Aboriginal Day and the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples had recommended the designation of a National First Peoples Day. NAD has now become a part of the fourday “Celebrate Canada Program” that begins

on June 21 with National Aboriginal Day and continues with Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day on June 24 and Canadian Multiculturalism Day on June 27. It concludes with Canada Day (once known as Dominion Day) on July 1. Here on Vancouver Island, the Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations will celebrate this month during the weekend of June 17 to 19 with music, dance, food and the arts. On Saturday, June 18, Cree Elder Phil Umpherville will share stories of his people in the Comox Valley at the I-Hos Gallery in Courtenay. Elders are considered valued members of their communities because they bring a vast array of knowledge and experience of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis cultures as well as their various languages to the children in urban preschools across the country. This is the way that traditions become legacies passed from one generation to the next, with the Elders being the primary teachers providing cultural experiences for the entire community. Throughout Canadian history, via immigration our culture has been influenced by European traditions, especially British and French, but also by our own indigenous cultures. All these elements of Canada have gradually become incorporated into mainstream Canadian culture. Today, Canada is characterized as being a “very progressive, diverse, and multicultural country.” NAD is just one segment of the country but certainly one to respect and honour as part of the “Celebrate Canada Program” this June as we celebrate all the many cultures that make up our wonderful country. Valerie Green is an author/historian and can be reached at

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gin. He is a master of blending and distilling to perfection. And ... he is a Master of molecular biology. Peter Hunt has had an interesting career arc. He’s gone from applying his molecular biology in mapping genomes at the B.C. Cancer Agency to pursuing a very different kind of science, that of creating artisan spirits. Peter is the Master Distiller and General Manager at Victoria Distillers, a 10-year-old distillery business that started as a family-run winery off Old West Saanich Road and recently opened an impressive new Sidney location. Originally called Victoria Spirits, the business changed hands last June to new owner Grant Rogers. The new distillery at 9891 Seaport Plaza is a wonderful answer to the business’ growing needs. “Grant’s new building is a spectacular location right on Sidney waterfront. We needed more space for production and more community foot traffic,” says Peter. As well as the original German Mueller pot still, the new facility houses a shiny new still made by Saanichton’s Specific Mechanical. Both stills are beautifully crafted out of copper. Says Peter: “Copper distributes heat evenly; it binds sulphur compounds well and has a beneficial effect on final flavour.” And flavour is what Victoria Distillers is all about. The company

works tirelessly to create premium spirits using quality ingredients. “We don’t cut any corners to increase yields. You can taste that they’re high quality,” says Peter. Products include Victoria Gin, Oaken Gin, Hemp Vodka and Craigdarroch Whisky. Care and attention to detail goes into every batch with stellar results that are getting noticed. The Oaken Gin was awarded “double gold” at the San Francisco World Spirits competition last year. The Craigdarroch Whisky released last year quickly sold out; the company is making more to answer demand. The Sidney distillery allows the public to see the creative process behind these winning spirits. Visitors can tour the facility guided by a distiller who explains the process from botanical selection, to blending, to final bottling. There’s a lounge where visitors can relax and enjoy the products in creative cocktails. Victoria Distillers is open seven days a week with “Tours and Tasting” from 12 to 5 p.m. The lounge is open 12 to 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and 12 to 9 p.m. Thursday to Sunday. “We hope to offer something that is unique to Victoria and Sidney, to give people a great experience, a fun place in your backyard,” says Peter. Victoria Distillers invites you to come to a world where craftmanship and creativity come together, where art and science blend beautifully into a tasty equation of phenomenal flavour.

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seaside arts scene by Gillian Crowley Is there something happening in the Peninsula or Gulf Islands Art Scene we should know about? Email “If a June night could talk, it would probably boast it invented romance.” ~ Bern Williams Celebrate June’s beauty and romance by enjoying music and art on the Peninsula. You won’t want to miss a moment of it.

Spring Studio Tour What better way to get to know the Peninsula’s artists than through this free self-guided tour of more than 35 artists in their studios and other venues. Learn what inspires them and observe their various techniques. New venues this year are de Vine Vineyards and Spirits and McTavish Academy of Art, host to several different artists. Immerse yourself in the visual arts as you explore the Peninsula. Brochure with map available at Tulista Gallery, Sidney and other locations on the Saanich Peninsula. June 4 and 5, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Wine & Classical Music The talented Eine Kleine Summer Music group will play at the Muse Winery again this year in their romantic garden patio setting. In the first program they’ll perform Mozart’s Horn Quintet in E flat major, Brahms’ Piano Quartet Op 26, the Shostakovich Piano Trio, Op 8 No. 1 and Alana Despins will play Strauss’ Nocturno Op. 7 for Horn and Piano. The other players include Terence Tam, violin; Kenji Fuse and Kay Cochrane, viola; Laura Backstrom, cello; and Lorraine Min, piano. In the second program, the group will perform Rachmaninoff’s Trio élégiaque No. 1 in G minor, Ravel’s String Quartet in F major and Dohnanyi’s Piano Quintet No. 1 in C minor. Both programs are repeated at the Unitarian Church. Tickets: www. June 4 and 18, 2:30 p.m., Muse Winery, 11195 Chalet Road and June 5 and 19, 2:30 p.m., First Unitarian Church, 5575 West Saanich Road.

More Music with the Layfayette Quartet The internationally-renowned Lafayette String Quartet, now

in its 29th year, will perform one of the best-loved chamber works of all time: Dvorak’s American Quartet full of folksy personality. Other works on the program: Haydn’s Op 33, No 5 and Shostakovich’s 7th String Quartet. At de Vine Vineyards, enjoy a magical summer evening overlooking grapevines, an orchard and a panoramic ocean view. Musicians: Ann ElliottGoldschmid and Sharon Stanis, violin; Joanna Hood, viola; Pamela Highbaugh Aloni, cello. Tickets June 10, 6 p.m. at de Vine Vineyards, 6181 Old West Saanich Road and June 12, 2:30 p.m. at First Unitarian Church.

New Sidney Jazz Series The owners of Peninsula Music Academy, Lloyd and Diana English and son Myles, have started an intimate jazz series on Friday evenings featuring local jazz musicians. Lloyd, an accomplished guitarist, often joins the guest trio or quartet with his son Myles, also on guitar. Upcoming artists: June 10: Monik Nordine,

described as “one of Canada’s unique treasures,” is a freelance saxophonist and composer in the jazz genre. She currently leads the Victoria Jazz Orchestra and teaches at The Victoria Conservatory of Music. June 17: Edie Daponte Quartet: Emotive and passionate, Edie’s voice lends itself perfectly to a wide range of jazz standards, seamlessly moving from jazz to bossa nova and switching between English, Portuguese, Spanish and French numbers with ease. Fridays, 7 to 8:15 p.m. at St. Paul's Church, 2410 Malaview Avenue, Sidney. Suggested $10 donation.

Deep Cove Folk Club Denise Withnell, David Wilkie and Norm MacPherson will get your feet a-tapping with Western swing and cowgirl music. Denise, a member of the Cowboy Celtic Band, inherited a strong musical background from her family and her artistic education that ranges from piano to guitar, and chorale singing to dance. June 10 at St. John’s United Church, North Saanich. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., tickets at the door.

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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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Laloca - Fair Trade and Local Products Ethiopian scarves handcrafted using ancient weaving traditions combine cotton and silk. Made by an ethical and eco-friendly enterprise that creates sustainable livelihoods for women. 778.351.3844 | 2367 Beacon Ave

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The Yoga Studio The Sidney Yoga Studio, located in the heart of Sidney on Fifth Street above Theo’s Restaurant, has been open since 2007 and has been a “secret” haven for people who want a peaceful, safe and friendly location to learn yoga. Just walking into the Studio and seeing its “retro” floor makes people smile! The Studio is under the new ownership of Devi and Dietmar Dombkowski, recent transplants to Sidney from Calgary who bring with them a passion to teach spiritual transformation and growth. They are expanding their offerings to include more yoga classes at various times, classes in meditation and other transformational classes. The Studio is also available to rent for other guest teachers and healers to hold workshops and classes. The teachers are all well-trained professionals who care about their students’ physical, emotional, and spiritual health and well-being. Some of the classes offered are geared towards seniors and their specific physical limitations and needs, but in general, all the classes are suitable for multiple levels of students’ mastery and flexibility. To find out more, visit www.sidneyyogastudio. com. Devi and Dietmar will be happy to talk with you about the different classes and find the right one for you.

Antiques, books, collectibles and jewelry. Estates and private libraries purchased. 250.655.0700 #106 - 2506 Beacon Ave

Muffet & Louisa Function meets beauty in these gorgeous leather bags. Handcrafted by JMB Canada in Chelsea, Quebec, there are several styles and colours to choose from. 250.656.0011 | 2506 Beacon Ave

Beacon Cat Hospital Lolly Gobble Sweet Shop Lolly Gobble Sweet Shop aims to provide Sidney with a traditional candy store experience, complete with friendly service and a wide selection of unique confectionery.

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

Brown's The Florist June is a month filled with Celebration. From Graduation to Father's Day we have beautiful choices just for you. Sidney: 250.656.3313 2499 Beacon Ave Downtown: 250.388.5545 757 Fort St Westshore: 778.433.5399 #102 - 2972 Jacklin Rd

Hypersport We have over 40 new styles of Skechers arriving. There will be a steady flow of ultra-comfortable lace-ups, slip-ons and sandals rolling in the door, so come pick out your favourite pair!

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Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea Come experience this aquarium and cultural centre engaging people in the learning and conservation of the Salish Sea Bioregion. 250.665.7511 | 9811 Seaport Pl TEMOSENG Charles Elliott

The Yoga Studio The Yoga Studio in downtown Sidney is warm, welcoming and dedicated to a high quality of safe, mindful instruction in Yoga and spiritual/metaphysical studies. 250.655.5254 9819 5th St

The Dancing Orchid A new collection of Dunoon Fine Bone China Mugs – designed and produced in Britain – has just arrived! Be sure to check out the amazing selection of cards and giftware – something for everyone. 250.656.1318 2416 Beacon Ave

Lolly Gobble Sweet Shop Lolly Gobble Sweet Shop provides Sidney with its very own old-fashioned candy store experience and is filled with British sweets; Dutch licorice; novelty candy; chocolate; sugar-free candy; a huge gummy, taffy and Jelly Belly range; and of course … Candy Bouquets! Starting this month, Lolly Gobble will be introducing an assortment of boutique soft drinks including Jones Soda from Seattle and Fentimans Botanically Brewed Ginger Beer, Curiosity Cola and Dandelion and Burdock from the U.K. Also launching at Lolly Gobble in June will be delicious Salt Spring Gelato. Handmade fresh daily using no preservatives and less than 1/3 the fat of ice cream, and with less air meaning a creamier and silkier texture, the gelato will be served in a cone or cup. Dairy- and fat-free sorbetto will also be available, handmade with the highest quality fruit and with no cholesterol. Lolly Gobble Sweet Shop is a family-operated business owned by Kylie and Ron Buschgens, who recently moved to Sidney after living in tropical North Queensland, Australia for many years. Lolly Gobble Sweet Shop: for all your candy and gift needs!




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Brentwood Bay Village Empourium Café and retail in a beautiful setting, featuring expertly prepared organic espresso, house-baked treats, delicious fresh lunches and carefully curated gifts, décor and more. Licensed.

One Stop Furniture Shop One Stop Furniture has been owned and operated in Sidney by a local family for almost 10 years. Located right across from Fish on Fifth and in behind Theo’s Restaurant, they specialize in condo and retirement living but also sourcing large pieces. Stepping into One Stop Furniture is like stepping back to a time when customer service and relations were important. Within moments you are greeted by a well-informed and courteous Product Advisor offering an introduction to the business and services available. At this point you are free to browse without pressure. Almost immediately you’ll notice there is a wide selection of well-appointed furnishings and décor to feast your eyes upon. The buyers search international markets and local suppliers to bring you tens of thousands of tastefully unique quality items not commonly found in chain stores. There is a large selection of fabric and stain choices, and beautiful one-of-a-kind creations from local artisans. Product Advisors check back occasionally to address your questions, because understanding your needs and building a relationship is paramount rather than pressing for the sale. Some say visiting One Stop Furniture is like visiting “Cheers”– where everyone knows your name.

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Shop local: visit Lifestyle Select, your Favourite Health Store! We have the best selection and value on vitamins, herbals, homeopathics and body/personal care on the Peninsula! We’re especially proud of our incredible team and their exceptional customer service. 250.656.2326 9769 Fifth St (Fifth @ Bevan)


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Comfort, Class and a View Over Salt Spring Island


“I always like to create big open ceilings if possible,� says Uta. The trusses could not be removed but were painted white to create a more spacious feeling.

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On the small upper ferry deck, the sun is hot and visitors snap photos of the islands, orange-hulled freighters, barges loaded with sawdust from the Crofton Mill, and Mt. Baker in the far distance. The picturesque crossing from Crofton (Osborne Bay) on Vancouver Island to Vesuvius Bay, Salt Spring Island is less than three nautical miles and takes a mere 20 minutes. Salt Spring Island, the biggest and most visited Gulf Island, is home to over 10,000 residents. Homeowner Uta Nagel welcomes me to her kitchen with a just-baked peach cake and a cup of fresh coffee. The view over the thick maple and fir trees, and down to St Mary Lake, is superb. A beige gazebo covers a seating area on the new deck that encourages outdoor living even on the hottest of summer days. Uta laughs as she explains that it is through the gazebo that she first met her neighbours. One summer evening, frustrated with the delay in getting the deck finished, she and her friend decided to lay planks across the deck joists and enjoy ice-chilled gin and tonics. It was all quite lovely and relaxing, until the wind started to gust.

Much to their horror, the gazebo lifted into the air and sailed off, landing in a tangle against the fence. Crisis encourages connection, and with help from her neighbours, the flying gazebo was soon reinstalled on the deck, and they were all getting to know each other over dinner at Uta’s. The 1,400-square-foot house was “small, but I saw tremendous possibilities,” says Uta. It came with shag carpet, original dark stained oak kitchen cabinets, squeaky sliding glass doors and pink blinds on all the windows. “It was built in the 1970s and not much had been changed, but it has this amazing view. I saw the listing online and when I looked at it I thought ‘this is my house, I need to buy this house.’” “It’s a phenomenal experience to be here. I look at the view and am so grateful. Where else politically, is it so safe and peaceful? The loudest thing here is … an eagle fluttering about. For the first time in my life, I feel peaceful; everything is easy.” The renovation, however, was not so easy, taking nine months and going over budget as renovations often do. The house was gutted, seaside homes | june 2016 | 53


In the bright and classy kitchen, high gloss white cabinets line the wall, paired with velvety grey and white quartz counter tops.

The closet in the master bedroom was converted into a narrow three-piece ensuite, and privacy was made possible by installing a sliding opaque glass panel instead of a door. In the warm and inviting bedroom, floor-to-ceiling cabinets provide ample storage space.

walls were moved, more windows were put in, and a new chimney was built. “It all costs more because everything has to be brought in by ferry or barge. The whole renovation game is not for the weak,” said Uta. By profession, Uta has designed interiors for the past 15 years. She earned a degree in Communication Design from Emily Carr University and has recently specialized in photographic art glass, such as backlit glass walls and partitions that create privacy, yet let natural light shine through. She is a photographer, art coach, and space designer. “With this house I wanted to implement what I thought would be a really fantastic makeover, for my work, to show people what is possible.” Uta is always excited to share ideas and help others to transform their space with her unique design concepts. Her design work can be seen at Uta wanted to give her house back its era but with an openconcept, contemporary elegance: “I always like to create big open ceilings if possible.” The trusses could not be removed but were painted white to create a more spacious feel. In the bright and classy kitchen, high gloss white cabinets line 56 | june 2016 | seaside homes

the wall, paired with velvety grey and white quartz counter tops. Uta describes it as “understated elegance, a little bit traditional, lots of warmth.” The black glass stovetop is electric, its exhaust fan sitting on a curved piece of glass, which creates a noteworthy small architectural feature. “At the far end of the kitchen the white wall was too white, too unsexy, and so I put some beautiful raw wood up, but it just didn’t quite work, so I stained it dark. This created more focus, more depth to the room. Sometimes you never know, you just have to trust that it will work out.” The main bathroom was a “total redo.” All new fixtures were installed, and shiny white/grey accented porcelain tiles were added around the tub. The vases of flowers, soft linens and pendant lights add timeless elegance. The closet in the master bedroom was converted into a narrow three-piece ensuite. Privacy was made possible by installing a sliding opaque glass panel instead of a door. The panel hangs from the wall by sliders and does not require a floor guide. “It was one of those ‘Oh Yes’ moments when I figured that out,” says Uta. Large windows and French doors were added to the two

The main bathroom was a “total redo.” The vases of flowers, soft linens and pendant lights now add timeless elegance.

bedrooms, allowing light to stream in. Uta’s beautiful artwork, flowers and trees, plus several pillows give the rooms a warm and inviting feel. Floor-to-ceiling cabinets provide ample storage space. In the living room, a new wood fireplace and a chimney faced with sand-coloured travertine tile create ambience. The inner wall features three of Uta’s tree photographs and the gorgeous view encourages one to sit down and dream. The richly-hued rugs bring it all together, an oasis of comfort, warmth, and style. “This little house − you know the little engine that could? − this is the little house that could. It has the location and the view – it is on the bus route. You just have to wave the buses down. It’s a lifestyle feeling,” explains Uta. “Right when you open the front door, you get a bit of a higher heartbeat, a bit of a wow, and to find that, that’s what I have been striving for.” “Eventually I am going to put one of my photographs on this wall facing the living room, a big magnolia with a brown background that will be printed on glass, and backlit. Then I’ll be done.” To view the complete photoshoot, visit Vault/Architecture/Uta-Nagel-Saltspring.

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west coast Gardener xeriscaping: a great solution to a water-hungry yard Xeriscaping, or drought-tolerant landscaping, as it’s also referred to, is the practice of creating yards, gardens and landscapes that reduce or eliminate the need for artificial watering throughout most of the year. This is accomplished by the implementation of more hardcaped areas and also by by Cam McLennan Island Pro Mowing choosing very specific types of droughtand Landscaping Inc. tolerant plants. With the water restrictions homeowners face on an annual basis, many have started looking for alternatives to a water-hungry lawn or garden. If you’ve got that patch of lawn or section of your property that just doesn’t seem to thrive and remains a dead zone throughout the summer, then it’s probably a great candidate for a xeriscaping project. Some of the more popular ways to convert a yard or garden into a xeriscaped area are by removing dead sections of lawn or garden beds and replacing them with beds of river rock or pea gravel. Another popular option is to replace a section of lawn or garden with a new patio or a meandering pathway or another type of hardscaped surface that eleminates the requirement for constant watering. Xeriscaped landscapes don’t have to be dull, boring and colourless! There are dozens of plant options at local nurseries, and there you also have the option of choosing some of the many drought-tolerant native plants that we have on the Island. Featuring Native plants are generally easier to care for (because they grow here on our Island naturally), require minimal watering and will look beautiful in the right setting, although they may not be as exotic looking as some other options. These new xeriscaped areas can also be accented using other natural elements we’d find in nature such as rocks and boulders of varying sizes or even driftwood sourced from a local beach. The CRD has put together an excellent online resource for property owners on the Peninsula and Greater Victoria area which can be found at: They share a number of different articles on native and drought-tolerant plants and other ideas for a landscape that consumes less water. If you’re done with trying to keep up with those areas of your property that just don’t ever seem to look good no matter how much watering or gardening time you put in, then maybe it’s time you considered a xeriscaping project. You’ll reduce the amount of maintenance required for your yard and garden, conserve a little (or a lot) of water and improve the look of your property. For more information visit


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New & Noteworthy News, changes, updates, launches? Email

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business A Toast to Sidney Sidney's Toast Café is officially under new ownership. Former owners Amy and Lisa Gray wish to extend a “cheers” to Sidney for nine wonderful years together, and assure you that they are leaving you in good hands with new owners, Elena and Paulo. It’s business as usual at Toast, located at the corner of Fifth and Bevan, so drop by and say Hi!

The Metal Manipulators Amy and Lisa Gray have joined Jevon Upton and his team at JR Marine Manufacturing. Amy is Office Manager, and Lisa is Director of Marketing and Public Relations. JR Marine fabricates aluminum catamarans, monohull and structural boat accessories, as well as a wide range of custom aluminum

products. They will rise to any challenge, so talk to them about your next welding project, be it residential or commercial. Visit their website at

Fore Sale Glen Meadows Golf & Country Club is for sale. Devencore Realty Victoria Ltd. has listed the 129-acre, 18-hole golf course at $5.88 million, and its 2.34-acre parking lot (off McTavish Road) at an additional $888,000. For more information on the listing, visit

town news Skate On!

Sidney is getting a new skateboard park! Construction of a state-of-the-art park has been approved by Sidney Council, and completion is expected in the spring of 2017. The new park, at the north end

of Tulista Park, will replace the existing location adjacent to Mary Winspear. Over the course of two years, Sidney will spend an estimated $300,000 on the project, including design provided by New Line Skateparks. The Town will proceed with two major projects on the land south of Mary Winspear – a large parking lot and replacement fire hall.

health & Wellness All in Alignment Dr. Mark Galloway has welcomed a new massage therapist to his chiropractic practice. Mike DeWandel, RMT, is skilled in relieving a wide variety of pathologies and orthopedic conditions. He has trained in massage therapy, orthopedic physical assessment, Myofascial Release and remedial exercise instruction. He also

has Level 3 certification in the Vodder School of Manual Lymph Drainage. Mike looks forward to building his practice, and to seeing you soon at Dr. Galloway’s office, located at #1 - 9843 Second Street in Sidney. 250-655-3233. Also in chiropractic news: to celebrate the first anniversary of his opening, Dr. Stan Marcus is hosting an open house this month, and invites you to visit SpineCare Chiropractic in Brentwood Bay. The open house will coincide with Brentwood Bay Days on Saturday June 4 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Everyone is welcome for hot dogs and door prizes, and to come by and meet Dr. Marcus and ask any questions pertaining to their health, spine/ back issues, and Chiropratic. SpineCare is located at 7139 West Saanich Road. For more information, visit

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Beautiful corner suite with 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and a spacious living room. Lovely southwest exposure keeps this home bright all day. Extra large laundry room also makes a perfect hobby area. A quiet pet-friendly building, blocks to downtown Sidney. $299,000.

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9210/9224 Ardmore Drive – North Saanich First time on the market in 70+ years, these two parcels combine to offer a rare opportunity to own a piece of paradise. John DiCastri designed this waterfront residence, sited to take full advantage of panoramic west facing ocean and mountain views while the delightful caretaker's cottage enjoys ocean views of its own. MLS 363390 and MLS 363391. Willy Dunford* (*PREC) 250.656.4626

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Cardiff: A World Class City by Hans Tammemagi

It's unofficial, but in my mind Cardiff ranks among the top 10 cities on the planet. How can you not love a city full of pubs, with a crenellated castle at its centre, where a bizarre language is spoken and there is a confusingly large proportion of males named David? When I checked in at the Jolyon Hotel, the window gave enticing views onto the stolid walls and colourful clock tower of Cardiff Castle. I quickly joined Cardiff Cycle Tours and set out to explore. To the soothing sound of wheels spinning over cobbles, we rode along the bank of the Taff River. I was pleasantly surprised that Cardiff (population 350,000) is designed around pedestrians, not cars. And being flat, it's perfect for cycling. I could feel the pulse, the heart throb of the city as we rolled from one landmark to another, stopping whenever our curiosity desired. The downtown encompasses St. David's Shopping Centre and broad, open walkways that contrast with the surrounding delightful narrow lanes, arcades and cobbled streets. The Gatekeeper, the City Arms, the Old Arcade, the Owain Glyndwr and numerous other pubs kept interrupting our wandering, luring us in with foaming pints of Brains cask ale, the local brew. Bilingual signs are everywhere. The Welsh are proud of their language, although I was baffled by its consonant-filled, tonguetwisting words like Cymraeg, wrthgyferbyniadau and Etifeddiaeth. Next day I cycled to Cardiff Bay, a beautifully restored former dockland, where the sun sparkled on waves and the tang of salt water drifted in the air. I strolled along large open plazas, visiting the Dr. Who Experience, the Norwegian Church and riding an old merry-goround. I explored the Wales Millennium Centre, a spectacular huge opera house. It is one of the finest in the world and celebrates the Welsh love of music. Nearby, sits the Senedd proudly, the National Assembly of Wales, an environmentally ultra-friendly, new (2006) building featuring Welsh slate and acres of glass. Time flew by as I jostled with friendly crowds who were drawn by boat tours, cafés, art exhibits and, of course, pubs. On my final day, under another cloudless sky, I embarked on the Cardiff Centenary Walk whose 41 stops designate landmarks and historic events. I meandered through markets rich with the colours and aromas of vegetables, flowers and fresh fish. I passed St. John's Church from the 12th century, narrow arcades and remnants of the

old fortified city walls. A passerby pointed at the enormous Millennium Stadium and said: "That's the Notre Dame Cathedral of Wales, and rugby is the religion." I entered the gate of Cardiff Castle, which dates to Roman times, and toured through lavish apartments and an interior Norman keep. Then I visited the City Hall in Cathays Park, one of the most impressive civic centres in Britain. The clock tower rises 60 metres, with a Welsh dragon roaring at the top. The interior is ornate with a domed council chamber, and an impressive art collection adorns the walls. Next door are the Law Courts and National Museum of Wales. The tour continued through Alexandra Garden with its War Memorial and bronzed figures of a soldier, sailor and airman. I gazed across the street to the imposing main building of Cardiff University, a reminder that Cardiff is a university city with a boisterous night life. I sought out a pub – not difficult! – and while savouring a pint of Brains, marvelled at the long history and proud culture of this Welsh capital. Cheers, all you Davids!

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Home Ownership: It's All In Hand

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This is part of a rotating series of articles on members of Sidney Meet Up, featuring people in business on the Saanich Peninsula. Home ownership is like a walk into the woods: it can lead to peace and enjoyment or one wrong turn and you're lost. Two of the most critical times in your home ownership journey are when you're about to be a new homeowner or when you decide to simplify after many years of home ownership. Local realtor Ingrid Jarisz has been helping people deal with both these situations for over 30 years, and the consistent thread running through her services is commitment to excellence. “I love people and being part of their journey through real estate and getting to know them throughout this sometimes very stressful process,” says Ingrid. Multiple winner of the Victoria Real Estate Board MLS “GOLD” Award, Jarisz is a realtor passionate about what she does and how she can help her clients. Suppose you are a first-time home buyer. Where do you begin? “Start with a financial check-up ensuring all of your income taxes are filed and up to date, consolidate any outstanding credit card debt and check your own credit rating,” she says. “Know your budget and stick to it.” Ingrid advises that you be ready to make adjustments to your wish list and to look at future value and potential in a home. “Be open to new ideas and locations!” she says. Are you thinking of selling the family home and downsizing to something that better meets your needs? This might seem an overwhelming task, but Ingrid can provide you with a remarkable group of professionals to help you sort, organize and move your items as well as stage your home to optimize its appearance to potential buyers. Marketing is definitely a strong point for Ingrid. As well as being versed in legal transactions and the real estate process, she knows the importance of adapting to an ever-changing market. Today it's all about getting the word out digitally to potential buyers. Ingrid has a real handle on this. She was recently named #1 rating on mondinion. com, an international real estate portal which gives a weekly rating of real estate professionals in Canada. To give a seller's property maximum attention, Ingrid uses an intense marketing campaign: MLS listings, personal, brokerage and search websites, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Foursquare. SAANICHTON ONLY It's clear clients appreciate the quality level of her service. Reviewer comments echo with words like “a pleasure to work with”, “creative”, “dedicated” and “succeeded in exceeding our highest expectations.” Ingrid's obvious strong work ethic, extensive experience and knowledge mean she's usually busy, but it seems this demand on her time only serves to fuel her enthusiasm. As she says: “I try to make a difference, and I'm having a great time along the way!”

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Tree & Landscape Ltd. Arbor services, maintenance, irrigation and construction; we've got you covered! Garden City Tree and Landscape is locally owned and operated by Chris Stansfield and Colin Eaton. Together, the two owners have over 30 years' experience working landscapes throughout the Greater Victoria area. Along with the skill and expertise that comes from decades of experience, Chris and Colin bring a natural passion and pride for the work they do.

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Patio Gardens is a local, family-run garden centre. We specialize in hanging baskets and container gardens, growing the best moss hanging baskets on the Island. We also have a great selection of perennials, bedding plants, vegetable starts and succulents. Our studio shop is filled with garden accessories and unique gifts. We offer a variety of garden and floral workshops, and events such as a Vendor’s Market and free demos. We look forward to meeting you! 250.652.8338 6536 W. Saanich Rd, Saanichton

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residents took it upon themselves to create some local events which would bring the community together. Little did they know how successful their efforts would be! The Brentwood Bay Community Association’s (BBCA’s) weekly Music In The Park series in Pioneer Park was an instant hit, and is now attended by thousands of local residents and visitors every summer. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, they can feel good that their pioneering efforts have since been replicated by almost every other community in greater Victoria. Again this year the series will be on Wednesday nights throughout July and August, kicking off this year on July 6. Thousands more local residents look forward to the Brentwood Bay Festival on the first Saturday of June each year, with its familyfriendly theme and all-day entertainment. This year the event will take place June 4, starting with a pancake breakfast at 8:30 a.m. followed by activities throughout the day. The Association also puts on the annual Strawberry Dance as a fundraiser for their programs. Besides being a rockin’ good time, the popular event celebrates the agricultural heritage of the community, and has a history going back to the 1930s! This year the dance will be held on June 11 at the Saanich Fairgrounds Hall, with local favourites “Shaky Ground” providing all the dance hits. It’s a co-production between the BBCA, the Saanichton Village Association and the North & South Saanich Agricultural Society. All net proceeds will go towards new roofs for the fairgrounds barns, and a new permanent performance stage in Pioneer Park! For more information on BBCA events and volunteer opportunities, visit

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Panorama Invites You To Play by Jo Barnes

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing” ~ George Bernard Shaw. As a kid you're encouraged to play and to build connections with other people. These days connecting means through social media, and playing means exercising our thumbs playing “Angry Birds” rather than using our whole bodies. “Play in the Park,” a free program by Panorama Recreation, kicks off in July and provides the opportunity for families to come together, be active and build a sense of neighbourhood at the same time. “The purpose of the Play in the Park program is to increase physical activity, social connectedness and intergenerational bonds,” says Claire Erdem, Community Recreation Coordinator. The program runs in the evenings Monday through Friday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 4 to September 2. All the action kicks off at the Launch Party on July 4 at Pioneer Park, a beautiful public park at the intersection of West Saanich Road and Clarke Road. There are various park venues for each date. For details, refer to the 2016 Panorama Recreation Summer Brochure. Says Claire: “Each park location is selected within specific neighbourhoods on the Peninsula to increase the potential for families to use active modes of transportation.” The venues are all community park areas that offer beautiful green

space and recreational facilities. They are also neighbourhood places that families can walk or bike to on a summer evening, another bonus towards health benefits for everyone. You might wonder what Panorama is offering for you to “play?” Staff will host a variety of family interactive games, face painting and inflatable fun on a giant 50-foot obstacle course. There are no admission fees of any kind; just bring yourselves and join your neighbours for a fun family evening of play in the lovely summer air. Play in the Park is all about community, and there's no better way to exemplify that than Panorama's partnership with the local Pauquachin Nation. Like last summer, there will be two young people from the Pauquachin community who will serve as assistant program leaders. “This partnership has many benefits for both communities. Not only does it provide opportunities to incorporate cultural activities into the program, it also provides employment opportunities to young people of the Pauquachin Nation outside of their community,” says Claire. A program like this is not possible without generous sponsors who help to make it happen. Panorama Recreation is grateful for the support from the Capital Regional District and CRD Traffic Safety Commission as well as groups such as the Victoria Foundation, Sidney by the Sea Rotary, Investors Group, Van Isle Marina Bottle Depot and Peninsula Co-op. So hop on your bike or skateboard or stroll over to Pioneer Park July 4th! You’re never too old or too young to play!

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Sidney's Access Awareness Day Access Awareness in Sidney has been growing every year. The term refers to raising consciousness in all of us to the challenges that can contribute to isolation for members of our community who live with mobility issues, vision impairments, hearing loss, mental health conditions, dementia or other factors that can set people apart from the mainstream. In Sidney, the movement to make the community more accessible, inclusive and welcoming was initiated many years ago by Jeanette Hughes, a former Town Councillor whose dedication and advocacy to improving the lives of the disabled has left a remarkable legacy. As a disabled person bound to a wheelchair, Jeanette worked with Town Council to draft a bylaw passed in April 1993 to create Sidney’s first Access Advisory Committee on disability issues. After Jeanette’s death, the Town of

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Sidney and the Committee continued to grow and evolve into a more encompassing group now known as the Access Awareness in Sidney Committee. From curb drops, traffic light audio signals, special sign markings for the visually handicapped, automatic doors, hearing loop technology in Council Chambers, ramps and adaptable housing, Sidney’s commitment to accessibility for everyone grows stronger each year. As Access Awareness in Sidney continues to expand, other forms of disability are being addressed, such as creating Sidney as a dementiafriendly place. The Committee consists of a diverse group of people representing business, municipal government, non-profit sector, service clubs, recreation, health care facilities and members at large. In its mandate to increase awareness, the Committee offers education and resources at the Annual Access Awareness Day held on the first Saturday in June. For the last two years, the event has been held at SHOAL Centre (Beacon Community Services), which has enough space to host a large information fair, a lunch barbecue, speakers (with closed captioning), presentations, demonstrations and the presentation of the Jeanette Hughes Accessibility Award. The community has been responsive in its support, donating hundreds of dollars in door prizes for the event; local dignitaries take part in a Scooter Rodeo and parade from Sidney All Care, and over 25 business and organizations participate to provide information and resources. If you have not attended this event before, please join us Saturday June 4 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at SHOAL Centre. Don’t forget to take in the Scooter Rodeo beginning at 10 a.m. at Sidney All Care. For more information call 250-656-5537. We hope to see you there.

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The Face of Traumatic Brain Injury by Donna LaFleur

A little over 10 years ago, I was in a

motor vehicle accident and sustained a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). My life ended, but I didn't die. I lost everything: myself, my memory, my sharp cognitive ability, friends, business, social and spiritual life, ability to look after myself on a daily basis … I could go on for pages. I was a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend and businesswoman, but that was all gone or changed forever. Grief, fear, anger, confusion, anxiety, depression and pain were my new life. I recall simple things about the early days: the inability to figure out how to do life's necessities like brush my teeth or make a cup of tea; I would get in my car sometimes and have no idea what to do. I had to surrender my license for 1 ½ years; my brain wasn't processing information fast enough to safely drive. I felt like I hit a brick wall just trying normal everyday activities. Going shopping immediately became something to which my injured brain said “NO I am not doing this!” It would shut me down for days, with no memory of anything. An injured brain first takes all the energy it needs to heal, and what's left over is minimal. It took me six years to figure out how to best use that tiny bit of energy. EVERYTHING was too loud, too bright or too fast. I still struggle with extreme neural fatigue, a pain I cannot describe adequately. PTSD and chronic pain/anxiety/panic also usually tag along with TBI. I spent five months at VGH outpatient having cognitive and physical therapy, then continued with intensive therapy for seven years. I re-learned how to do most things adequately; if you didn't know me before, you'd have no idea of my disability. It's a lonely world: unless someone has sustained a TBI, they have no way of truly understanding. “Hey, you look great!” people would say, not knowing that was the worst thing they could have said. I wished I had a horrific scar that showed people just how terrible it was to feel this way inside.

June is Brain Injury Awareness month, so I felt the time was right to share my story. Now 10 years after my TBI, I am fortunate to be celebrating our 38th wedding anniversary with my amazing husband Mike who unconditionally supports and cares for me. He suffered as much as I did, because he had to watch my struggle. Statistics indicate that seven of nine marriages where one person has TBI end in divorce. I am thankful for my daughter and her regular encouraging calls and visits from San Diego where she has a PhD Biological Anthropology and is a Professor at USD (proud mother!), and for my family and friends who have supported me, without knowing what to do. I couldn't tell them what I needed, because I didn't know myself. I have a special friend who also has a TBI and she helped me along the road to recovery and always encouraged me. If it weren't for her, I may not be where I am today. These days I spend my time enjoying gardening and preserving, painting, and being able to just chat with people without becoming overwhelmed. My daily household chores are what I now call my “job” – it gives me a bit of self esteem back. We also have a new little bundle of joy: an English bulldog puppy named India. My goal is to train her to be a therapy dog to help people who suffer as I have. I also hope to bring awareness of the devastation this invisible disability brings, and maybe to help someone else avoid this plight. It can happen to anyone in an instant. For more information visit

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inside out time to man up: talking men’s mental health It’s June again and time to talk about men’s health (and time for me to write another article). All health concerns are important, but this year, I wanted to highlight by Dr. Ambrose Marsh a subject that is a little less Chief of Staff, Saanich Peninsula Hospital comfortable to talk about. There is heightened mental health awareness, particularly amongst our youth population, with the help of national campaigns such as Partners for Mental Health’s “Not Myself Today” or Bell’s “Let’s Talk.” There are even community events like Music Makers and Stigma Shakers, an evening dedicated to mental health awareness and fundraising for British Columbia Schizophrenia Society and NEED 2: Suicide Prevention Education & Support. As the summer approaches, it’s interesting to note the longstanding myth that depression and suicide peak during the winter months. However, numerous studies over the past few years have provided evidence to the contrary. In Canada and other Western nations, there is a startling and consistent pattern of peaking suicide rates during the springtime and summer. Specifically, the Canadian Mental Health Association reports that among all Canadians, four out of five suicides are male. So what about our adult male population? When it comes to Canadian men, it’s clear that societal attitudes play a twofold role in harbouring stigma surrounding mental health. Not only does mental illness still carry negative connotations, men face societal attitudes that have allowed rampant silence around the topic of men’s mental health. Studies have shown that women are more likely to recognize

illness and go to their doctor for help; men, on the other hand, commonly overlook their symptoms or view them as insufficient reasons to seek medical attention. As a society with deeply ingrained notions of masculinity and strength, illnesses such as depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder are often viewed as emasculating, and swept under the proverbial bear rug. It’s time to man up and talk about the facts. 840,000 Canadian men experience depression every year. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association’s 2011 report, one in 10 men will experience depression during their lifetime and on average, seven men take their own lives each day in Canada alone. These statistics are only focused on depressive disorders; anxiety, schizophrenia, and personality disorders account for thousands of other individuals. I know that at some of the Island Health meetings I attend, there is a renewed focus on improving access to mental health care, in all of its many forms (such as counselling, specialty care, support initiatives and community outreach programs). While there are emerging organizations and support resources for those who experience mental illness, the fundamental solution is talking about it. If you have experienced social withdrawal, loss of interest in enjoyable activities, sadness, irritability, the inability to concentrate, fatigue, insomnia or suicide ideation, do not be afraid to reach out. Having experienced a major life event, such as the loss of a loved one, a career change or a move, can also play a role in your mental health; likewise, if you have a diagnosed mental condition, please take care of yourself and find support. My key message for men, in fact, all of us, is that it is important for us to seek out help and stay connected. Talk to a doctor and share with family and friends. Please be well.

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Spitfire Grill: Hitting a High Note with Service, Scenery and Fantastic Food by Lara Gladych This is the second in a six-part series of profiles featuring some of the Saanich Peninsula's wonderful restaurants and pubs. The Spitfire Grill was first opened in the late 1990s. Overlooking Victoria International Airport, it was originally a sideline for what was primarily an aviation catering business, accommodating airline food services. Little did they know that the Spitfire Grill would quickly turn into the main attraction, and that it would take off with a popular following all its own.

Brandon Boctor celebrated his first year of ownership at the restaurant at the end of May. It was Brandon’s father, Wally, who first opened the Spitfire. Having worked closely alongside his dad growing up, Brandon is more than familiar with its history and inner workings; it’s what makes him particularly sensitive to maintaining the original spirit of the restaurant while endeavouring to now make it his own. Steven Haley-Browning is Brandon’s front manager. He’s witty, engaged, professional

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they hope to breathe life into a previouslyoverlooked space. They’re introducing Happy Hour to bring in the after-work crowd, populate the bar area and popularize their new lineup of premium spirits, cocktails and expanding wine list. They’re also planning to refresh the breezeway and front entrance to make it more welcoming. It is the unique location of the Spitfire Grill that lends it much of its endearing appeal. You sit at ground level, overlooking the outer workings of the airport, and watch as the planes continually come and go. It’s a scene that never ceases to be captivating. Steven says that inside the restaurant, they want to maintain the family atmosphere (which includes kids’ menus throughout the day), while embracing the singles who want a little something before dinner and who’d enjoy sitting at the bar for appetizers. “We want to be known as a good place to unwind and meet your friends after work.” The two are planning to run with the 1950s post-war theme and memorabilia. It’s

important that they don’t change the décor too much, for the sake of their regulars, but enough that they can pick up on the flight themes that work well with the location. They’ll introduce the “Captain’s Lounge,” which plays up to the guests who, for

“We want to be known as a good place to unwind and meet your friends after work.” example, fly in just for lunch, then fly out. They’ll also introduce a “Test Flight” sampler of their craft beers on tap. Chef Herb sends out three impressive food samples for me to try. The first is the Asian Noodle Niçoise Salad. It’s a perfectly seared sesame-encrusted ahi tuna fillet atop asian noodles and a bed

of salad greens and crisp vegetables, all in a sesame hoisin dressing. Delicious! The second dish is the Curry Chicken Quinoa Salad. There’s colour, and a variety of textures. The tomato curry vinaigrette mixes delightfully with the house-pickled julienned beets in particular, which have a subtle cinnamon flavour. Both salads are excellent picks for warm weather days when you want something satisfying, but not overly heavy. A heartier alternative to the salads, Herb has also sent out the Spitfire burger, which I’m told is a favourite among guests. It’s a handmade patty topped with cheddar, bacon and sauteed mushrooms, all inside a fresh Portofino bun and finished with a pickle. It’s a burger that reminds you of backyard barbecues and fun days with friends. The Spitfire Grill has taken on an all-new charm with its second generation owner, and it’s hitting a high note in all the places that count: service, scenery and fantastic food. Visit

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Celebrating Our 25th Anniversary!

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have arrived and the Peninsula Country Market – the Peninsula’s longest running market (celebrating its 25th Anniversary) – opens for another season. The 2016 market season opens Saturday, June 4 in Pioneer Park in Brentwood Bay, part of the Brentwood Bay Festival. The market returns to its regular stomping grounds at the Saanich Fairground the following Saturday (June 11) with music from Chick Wagon. Brad Prevedoros and Lucille Drive round out the June market music program. By the way, the market will celebrate its 25th Anniversary on July 2 (the market opened July 6, 1991) with music by Dave Harris. Appropriately, Dave has been performing at the market since its first year! Again this summer, local wineries and cideries will be at the market, including Dragonfly Hill Vineyard, Symphony Vineyard, Highland House Farm Winery, Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse and Tod Creek Cider. We also hope to attract a few local breweries! 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. We are also welcoming new vendors this summer. Wray Creek Farm is joining us this year, adding to the wonderful diversity of fresh local vegetables and fruit available at the market. While you’re here, buy fresh ingredients for a special summer weekend dinner featuring local wines and locally raised meats too! Berryman Farms (Saanichton) and Whole Hog Farm (Nanoose Bay) will be at the market selling pork products this summer, adding to beef (Boughneath Farm), lamb (Olde Country Registered Sheep) and salmon (Captain Pete) already available from long-time market vendors. Got a sweet tooth or a love for fresh bread? The Roost Farm Bakery will be at the Market this summer as well as the popular French Oven Bakery. The market runs every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through the summer and after Labour Day to Thanksgiving, rain or shine, except for the weekend of the historic Saanich Fair. Dogs are welcome! For more information about what’s happening, check the market website for weekly updates at and participate in our weekly Facebook contest (PeninsulaCountryMarket).

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Ukulapha Community Outreach Project What is Ukulapha? It’s a Zulu word for healing and the name of the community outreach project in one of the poorest townships in South Africa. The project had its birth with Carolyn Burns, a Victoria resident. Carolyn worked here in the medical field and also at Citizen’s Counselling for 25 years. She was born in South Africa and over time, the draw to return to her homeland and try to make a difference overcame her desire to stay here and enjoy the life she had created. Her solution was to team up with an amazing principal at a township school which had no resources, no hope and a huge population of school children. Many of these children were AIDS orphans or part of child-headed households. Carolyn shares her story and uses her training to change the outcome for the impoverished children of Slangspruit. At an age when many are considering retirement, Carolyn is working harder than ever to raise funds for many projects that are critical to improving educational opportunities and imbuing the school and community with hope. She also provides a training ground for international interns organized through VIDEA, here in Victoria. Ukulapha is one of their approved international projects. There are no bounds to Carolyn’s

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