Seaside Magazine June 2017 Issue

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our men to watch Issue Trendspotting: Outdoor Living | Celebrating Local Businessmen Tasting Life in the Fast Lane | The Light Side | Stories from the Sky Behind the Scenes at Victoria Distillers | Seaside Makeover | On Design

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Trendspotting: Outdoor Living – Great Ideas to Make the Most of the Outside This Summer Trade Student Spotlight: Sheet Metal Apprentice Brandon Latouf 2017 Men to Watch: Celebrating Mentors and Our Local Men in Business Tasting Life in the Fast Lane: A Visit to the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit Stories from the Sky: Victoria International Airport Travellers Share Their Tales

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First Word Trendspotting Trade Student Spotlight The Light Side Stories from the Sky NEW! Common Cents Behind the Scenes The Natural Path In Pursuit of the Golden Years New & Noteworthy Ask a Stylist Makeover by Seaside West Coast Gardener On Design Seaside Arts Scene Inside Out Island Dish Seaside Book Club What’s Happening







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My passion is to design and style a room on a budget. It is possible to do with so many paint products out on the market these days. With just a can of paint, waxes and glazes you can change the look of your furniture in an afternoon.

I’m constantly fascinated by how our life experience can inform our work. Illarion Gallant, who created the new memorial at VAA, has a love of landscape like his father. Cathy Watts, at age eight, loved to swim and now coordinates Aquatics for Panorama Recreation. Where will my writing lead me?

We’re lucky to live just a stone’s throw from the city and its more cuttingedge trends, all while enjoying life at a slightly more casual pace. This month, Abby Lopez of Salon A shares with me all the hot beauty trends of summer, just in time to embrace the upcoming warm weather.

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Writing the home review article gives me the opportunity to meet so many interesting people. It is an honour to be invited into people’s homes and discover how they have created their unique “nest.” Please join me in this month’s review of a renovation that has yielded much gratitude.

People talk a lot about Total Returns (interest + dividends + capital gains). However, your plan should also deliver Peace of Mind. A well-tailored plan designed to fit who you are and what you want to achieve is the key. I hope my column helps you to ensure your plan is always a comfortable fit.

We love treating people of all ages on the Peninsula. The focus of our health care should be prevention, to combat common issues like back, neck, joint pain, dizziness, and pelvic floor health which change over time. Thinking outside the healthcare box and learning prevention will keep you active for life!

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first word Vroom Vroom! what a lap of luxury at Vancouver Island’s Motorsport Circuit. Yes, that’s me in the photo below. “Luxury” is a difficult word to define. It’s all down to perception, I guess. Some would consider luxury to be the purchase of obscenely expensive items, those rare treats for special occasions only. Others may consider those luxury items a necessity; after all, why work hard if you can’t enjoy yourself? But for me, after driving down Highway 1 through Duncan to the Cowichan Valley and turning west onto Highway 18 en route to Lake Cowichan, I found my hidden gem: three luxurious laps around the racetrack at Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit. We are celebrating our Men To Watch in this issue and some of those men joined Seaside Magazine for a tour of this beautiful facility and for a photoshoot for the cover of our June issue. What a thrill! I love cars and owned a BMW for years, but now with a Jeep, I’m far from racing my own vehicle on the track. So I tried a few laps in a Mercedes AMG GT with a 25-year racing veteran at the wheel. It was indescribable. You just have to try it to understand the “luxury” of it. Deborah Rogers, Seaside’s editorial director and a true car enthusiast, gives us a real account of her experience on page 29; she got to drive in pairs on the roads of the Cowichan Valley and then try “dynamic driving” back at the racetrack. From there, we head south to the Victoria International Airport where our writer discusses “Lost Airmen of the Empire,” a new memorial commissioned by YYJ and located at Hospital Hill that honours local WWII airmen who died in training at Patricia Bay Station. See the full story on page 41. Our June issue is carefully and generously packed as we are also very excited to launch a new column called Stories from the Sky. Writer Jo Barnes describes with words, and staff photographer Joanne Way captures with her camera:

“The Victoria International Airport is a busy place where people come and go as daily flights arrive and depart. Travellers move with determination to make connections or wait anxiously for loved ones to arrive. Airports are places of joy and sadness, departures and reunions. Everyone has a story, and it’s here that we’ll be sharing some of them.” Now, with the longest day of the year approaching, it’s time to get out of the house and enjoy the great outdoors and there is so much to look forward to this summer on the Saanich Peninsula, especially as Sidney celebrates its 50th Anniversary and Canada’s sesquicentennial (150th birthday). Check out Paula Kully’s column on page 47 for up-coming events. Summer means more time outside in our community enjoying markets, festivals and many lazy days at the beach … or even another trip to the track! 8 | june 2017

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Wealth Management and the Meaning of Life

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I recently became a grandfather (I know, I look far too young) and the event has had a more profound impact on my thinking than I first imagined. I’ve always been pretty good at compartmentalizing the main aspects of my life. I have sort of a cognitive filing system I use that works in this way. I have a series of notional boxes. Each box is labelled and holds a smaller sub set of boxes. The important thing here is that none of the boxes touch, as emotional cross-contamination is to be avoided at all costs. The first box is labelled “Family,” another labelled “Work,” and another labelled “Personal.” However, my favourite box is called the “Nothing” box, but that’s a story for another day.

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Brandon Latouf: Sheet Metal by Stu Rhodes

The first time I met Brandon Latouf, he

was referred to me by his ninth-grade English teacher, Ms. Cunningham. He was struggling, not just in her class, but with school in general. He told me all the things he wasn’t good at, especially math. Then he said he might be interested in a trade of some sort. Little flags went up when he said that; math is such an integral part of almost every trade. We continued to talk and I thought I would see if he really was “bad at math.” We started slowly, but before long he was answering some pretty complex but contextual questions. (So he wasn’t really bad at math. He just thought he was because he couldn’t figure out where to use it.) Fast forward a few months and Brandon found himself in the TASK (Trade Awareness Skills & Knowledge) program and loving learning for the first time since early elementary school. TASK is a trades exploration program where students sample seven different trades. Carpentry is the first trade, and figures prominently in the program. Brandon was immediately hooked on the “learning by doing” concept in the TASK program and applied to be in the district carpentry program. “I really liked carpentry, and would have probably stuck with it had we not been introduced to sheet metal later in the program,” said Brandon. “In sheet metal I absolutely love how we take 2D material and turn it into 3D stuff, right from layout to finished product.” Brandon kept his commitment to do the carpentry program he’d applied for, and was one of the stronger students in the class. But instead of doing his work experience placement with a framing contractor, he did it with Flynn Canada, a local architectural sheet metal contractor. The work experience placement grew into summer employment, and Brandon was in heaven. Flynn has taken a number of Saanich students on placements over the years and several have completed their entire apprenticeship under guided and compassionate mentorship inspired by company president Dave Flint. Dave’s wisdom around mentorship was very evident when he suggested easing Brandon into the rigours of the workforce by having him work three days a week during the summer. Brandon’s mom photo by

agreed: “The gradual transition was perfect.” In September it was back to school, but Brandon missed the comradery of working at Flynn and the relevance of what he was doing. In stepped career counsellor Heidi Hackman, who proposed a personal learning plan for Brandon that allowed him to work 12 to 16 hours a week at Flynn while at the same time completing his academic requirements at Saanichton Individual Learning Centre. This plan was made absolutely perfect when Dave Flint agreed to welcome Brandon back as his newest sheet metal apprentice! Brandon’s foreman, Tyler Flint, says he appreciates the enthusiasm and great attitude Brandon brings to the job each day. His mom, Kathy Latouf, is thrilled. “Brandon loves working at Flynn, and he actually enjoys going to school now too, because he has a plan. Flynn helped him grow up.” A teary-eyed mom said: “They are a beautiful company.” When I reminded Brandon of our first talk, he said: “I can’t believe how much math I use now, and how much math I know. We use math so much at work, but it makes sense now. To think, I used to think I sucked at math.” Brandon admits he felt a little lost and defeated in grades nine and 10, but had this to offer: “If you think you aren’t good at anything, you’re 100% wrong. Everyone is good at something. Check out TASK. I found something I’m good at, and discovered my passion.” Brandon’s passion was certainly evident during our interview, and he is certainly is one of our young “Men to Watch” as an up-and-comer in our community in the trade of sheet metal, mentored by our amazing community partner Dave Flint and his team at Flynn Canada. Contact Wendy Walker at ILC for more information on TASK. Contact Stu Rhodes at 250-4159211for 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” at

Seaside Magazine is honoured to celebrate those men who sustain our business community with our fifth annual Men to Watch special issue. We asked Stu Rhodes, Career Counsellor and Apprenticeship Coordinator, about mentorship and the importance of setting youth on the right path early.

Celebrating Mentors and Our Men to Watch

So who are the “Men to Watch,” really?

In this edition of Seaside we get to celebrate the successes of some prominent men in our community and even take a peek at some up and comers. Dollars to doughnuts, these men didn’t slide out of the womb with “successful” tattooed on their foreheads. Chances are they benefitted from some guidance and mentorship along the way. As a regular contributor to Seaside, I have the privilege of writing about success stories related to Saanich students exploring the trades. I’m a carpenter by trade, and not a linguist. However, I can’t help but notice the words “trade” and “tradition” have a common root, and some sources seem to indicate rather similar origins for various definitions of both words. Interestingly, the historical model of trade training relied heavily upon traditions of the craft being passed along through careful and methodical mentorship. In fact, a hallmark of a good tradesman is not only mastery of his chosen craft, but his ability to pass along the requisite knowledge, skills and attitude to his underling apprentices through mentorship. As a young apprentice, straight out of high school in the mid-’70s, I benefited from that very type of mentorship from a man I now consider 12 | june 2017

my sensei. Don Metcalf was my employer and a journeyman who taught me the value of time and money. He held the bar high when it came to expectations around work ethic. He gave me guidance to help me develop skill and technique. He gave me responsibility, and probably most importantly, he gave me opportunity. Opportunity to succeed, and opportunity to fail. And though the admonitions were not always pleasant following failure, they were instructive, corrective and supportive. My apprenticeship was the epitome of experiential learning. Growing up, I was fortunate to have a father who provided mentorship in much the same way. He taught me to play sports, but more importantly taught me to play fairly and be a good sport. He taught me how to bait a hook, and how to scalp the meat off a willow grouse. He helped me develop my own set of values and taught me how to stand up for myself. He even tried to teach me how to be a gentleman, though some may argue I didn’t learn the latter lesson so well. For a boy to become a man, it helps to have prominent male role models in his life, be it a coach, dad, teacher, uncle or employer. As we mature it is incumbent upon us to be mentors for the next wave. After




Some of this year’s Men To Watch participants enjoying a day at the Vancouver Island Motorsport Track

all, life is very much like an apprenticeship. So, back to this month’s theme of “Men to Watch.” Who are the men to watch, really? May I suggest that all of our boys are the men to watch. Every single boy in our community is potentially a man to watch. Every one of those boys is also a man to watch out for too. Affirmative action initiatives of recent decades have been amazingly successful in terms of promoting opportunities for women in general, but especially for young ladies and girls to improve their lot in terms of education, employment and status. Unfortunately, our boys have been left in the wake of the great work being done in an effort to equalize the playing field for their female counterparts. We need to remember our boys and re-empower them too. Today’s boys are somewhat downtrodden and pushed aside at the expense of every new initiative that comes along. For many of our boys, it’s kind of lonely to be just an average, ordinary boy. New thinking shuns normal boyish behaviours. They aren’t really allowed to push and shove, or tussle in the grass anymore. Rather, they are required to comply with much more benign expectations. Since they can’t just be boys, they are withdrawing.

On average, they could be described as a demographic wallowing in complacent and consuming mediocrity. Where I encounter them most, in our public school system, they are conspicuously absent from most leadership roles in favour of our young women leading the charge. When I talk to employers who are looking to bolster their workforce in various trade sectors they frequently complain there aren’t enough journeymen these days. I always tell them: “If you want to grow journeymen, you have to plant apprentices.” The same holds true for “Men to Watch.” If we want to have vibrant, successful, male leaders and contributors in our communities, then we need to take care of our boys. We need to mentor them to greatness. I challenge all men to be that mentor. Photo by

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Men to Watch

Karl West on filling a need in the community, passing on the knowledge and killing two birds with one stone. Karl West

Ardmore Golf Course


What inspired you to follow this career path? My mum told me to get a good job and a welldeveloped hobby. I killed both birds with one stone. Where do you see Ardmore Golf Course in five years? As a flourishing golf course that fills a need in the community. From kids learning to play golf right through to retired folks getting fresh air and exercise. Golf courses are mostly about people. Bringing them all together through events and learning to play is where we want to be.


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Barrett Smith Construction Ltd. What inspired you to follow this career path? My inspiration has come in many forms; mostly though, it’s genetics. My parents were owner/operators of successful small businesses so it is what I have always known. After serving my apprenticeship with the carpenters’ union and working for several smaller residential companies, I decided I could provide a better product and service to clients.


Where do you see your company in five years? My vision for my company is very simple: success. Satisfied

Ardmore Golf Course 930 Ardmore Drive, North Saanich 250.656.4621 | I’ve been lucky enough to work for some great Pros at some great clubs over the years. I worked for Richard Ellis for more than 10 years. As the President of the NZPGA, he gave me a job when I was 12 years old at the busiest public course in Auckland city. I worked my way up through the ranks at more than 20 different facilities, learning and performing all kinds of different roles in the


industry. He taught me and a lot of other guys the golf business. It’s guys like him that pass on the knowledge; I want to do the same.


What is your philosophy towards your work? I’m lucky enough to have a job that I love. If I can bring that to others by empowering my team to deliver a great experience, that grows the game.


What is your business best known for and why? We are a good little golf course. It’s a great place to relax and spend time. We do lots of events: little tournaments for families and friends, social clubs all the way up to big corporate outings. We are more relaxed and less formal than many other clubs. Our members are a great bunch too. Basically it’s a perfect place to learn to play, and enjoy your game, no matter who you are.

Barrett Smith on role models, having a simple vision and providing a quality product.

Barrett Smith

Construction Ltd. customers, inspired employees and the drive to be better with every opportunity is our mantra. Happy employees produce better results, so recently to foster this I have included full benefits to my staff and hope to be able to provide an RRSP plan in the coming years to continue to grow together.

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If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself? Not to hesitate

Barrett Smith

Barrett Smith Construction Ltd. 250.888.3323 when opportunities present themselves. Looking back is always easier than looking forwards!


What is your philosophy towards your work? My philosophy has been basic: build to be the best. I was inspired by a furniture maker who used to sign all his pieces “the best I can.” That’s what I want to feel after I complete a job. The world is getting tired of cheap products that are disposable and don’t last; my goal is to provide quality craftsmanship and leave the customer with a durable and beautiful product.


Tell us about a mentor who has shaped your career. I worked for a contractor for a number of years until he approached the end of his career and all I did was watch him. He had made a good living for himself and I told myself that I did not need to reinvent the wheel: he had a successful business model in place and all I had to do was follow it with my own style. Best quote from him was “the lazy man works the hardest.”


Men to Watch

Paul Pellow on taking a chance, treating people with respect and community support.

Admirals Roofing



What inspired you to follow this career path? I worked as a roofer for a number of years with Bill, the original owner of Admirals Roofing. One cold and rainy November day after we finished a church roof, Bill said: “I’ve had enough; I’m not doing this anymore.” At the time I had a mortgage and a very young family; I needed to be working. Bill had a few contracts lined up so I said “if you don’t want to roof anymore, I would carry on.”

Can you tell us about a mentor who has shaped your career? Alex Campbell, cofounder of Thrifty Foods, treated his people fairly and supported many local causes – he gave back to the community in so many ways.

I traded my 1980 Honda CBX motorcycle for a pickup truck and the next day my life as the owner/operator of Admirals Roofing had begun! Needless to say, it wasn’t exactly planned!

What is your business best known for and why? We are known for being professional, respectful, hard-working guys and as a well-established, longterm business. We get feedback from our clients, and this is what they repeatedly tell us.


Where do you see Admirals Roofing in five years? I hope to see steady growth and a healthy prosperous business for my employees, myself and my clients.


If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself today? I’d tell myself to stay in school and possibly go on to University – I would like to have had more business education.


What might surprise your clients to learn about you? I am an avid cyclist and motorcyclist.


Why is your business important? Quite simply, we provide a product that protects your home and family safe from the elements.


What do you find inspiring about our local business community? The commitment and support from the local community for their neighbours’ businesses always amazes and inspires me.

Paul Pellow

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What is your philosophy towards your work? Say what you do and do what you say; be honest and fair with all your clients and staff.

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How do you define success and how do you measure up to that definition? I believe if we do a good job and treat people and their property with respect we will be successful; we have been in business for over 30 years, so I feel we live up to that.


Men to Watch

Don Gulevich on remaining focused, providing balance and the ultimate success story.

Coastal Heat Pumps & Refrigeration


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What inspired you to follow this career path? I was intrigued by the refrigeration trade because of its variety of duties as it included mechanics, electrical, welding, sheet metal and the wide variety of applications Where do you see Coastal Heat Pumps in five years? I see Coastal as holding the course and remaining focused in providing customers with solutions to their comfort needs, and providing information that would help them make the decision that satisfies their needs best.

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself today? I would have ventured out into our own business about five years earlier. What might surprise your clients to learn about you? I make a lousy employee!

Why is your business important? Our business brings relief to people in regards to a balance between high utility bills and keeping a comfortable house. Many people turn their thermostats very low to avoid high utility bills and sacrifice comfort. We can provide a balance, bringing comfort and economy together. What do you find inspiring about our local business community? The local business community is local! Buy and support local is prevalent. There is an exciting level of entrepreneurialism.

Can you tell us about a mentor who has shaped your career? One of my first bosses at Woodward’s, Bill Reid in Prince George, hired me as a part-time stock room clerk. He had a handshake that would crush a gorilla’s hand, and scared me so bad on my original interview that I worked so hard I would go to bed at night and dream about what I had to do the next day. He instilled in me what work was about.



How do you define success and how do you measure up to that definition? Success is to me that we have provided a customer with a comfortable environment and improved their quality of life indoors. I had once installed a HVAC system for a fellow with

We celebrate Father’s Day in June. What is the best advice your dad ever gave you? “Nose down, ass up!” What is your philosophy towards your work? I never try and sell an installation. I am at a customer’s home to answer questions and provide them with the best solution to meet those needs. My customers’ needs have always to be put before mine. What is your business best known for and why? Our business is known for getting in and getting the job done. We are not comfortable with a job until our clients are. We are not and never will be the cheapest, as we always quote a job to do it and do it well without taking any shortcuts. You may pay more to use our company, however with the level of service we provide it is worth it. We have won the Chamber of Commerce best company on the Peninsula under 10 employees for 2016 and we won the Best Service Company on the Island for 2017 from the Business Examiner.

Don Gulevich

Coastal Heat Pumps & Refrigeration 2475 Mt. Newton X Road, Saanichton 250.656.6868 |

severe breathing issues and some sophisticated air purification. I met him in a grocery store the following Christmas and he walked up to me and shook my hand and said “Thank You; you have changed my life.” To me that was the ultimate success story.


Men to Watch

Accountant Chris Cowland on questionable decisions, having pride in where you live and the fine art of listening.

Cowland & Associates


What inspired you to follow this career path? I didn’t know much about Chartered Accountancy until I watched Monty Python on television, and being only slightly boring I knew it would be a good career match for my personality. Where do you see Cowland & Associates in five years? I like where we are at today. We have some clients who retire and close their businesses, but they are replaced by young entrepreneurs who appreciate the advice and experience that comes with a few grey hairs. This constant renewal makes every day a new opportunity to share knowledge with our clients.


owners know their products and offerings inside out, but this does not necessarily translate into a successful business operation. I like to teach clients about cash flow and financial projections so they can anticipate future requirements. Bankers hate surprises.

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If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself today? In early 1986 I worked with a computer company, and a group of us talked about buying $500 of shares in a new company at $25 a share. Those shares would have been worth $2.8 million by 1999. The company’s name was Microsoft. Next question: no, we bought Nortel.


What might surprise your clients to learn about you? Some of my clients were surprised to see me on stage as the “Major” in Fawlty Towers last year. They will be even more surprised when they see me on my new 2300cc motorbike! Why is your business important? Most business

What do you find inspiring about our local business community? I am a Board member of both the Sidney Business Improvement Area and the Economic Development Commission, and I am amazed at the depth and breadth of manufacturing and retailing on the Peninsula. We are currently compiling listings of available rental space, and existing businesses; this will be expanded and developed into a tool to attract potential new ventures from all across Canada, and hopefully will lead to extensive new employment opportunities.


We celebrate Father’s Day in June. What is the best advice your dad ever gave you? I think dad stole it from Mary Poppins’ “Spoonful of Sugar” song. Even the worst job has “an element of fun,” and you can always take pride in some aspect of a job well done, even if it is scraping grease off the inside of ductwork above a kitchen stove, like I did in one of my summer jobs in a French hotel. What is your philosophy towards your work? I am proud to have an excellent team of accounting


staff. They support each other, I support them, and we get the job done. We also have a good laugh, and make tea for each other and often for our clients. What three things do you need to be successful at this job? Two ears and one mouth, in that order. Sometimes clients find it difficult to explain their needs, so it is essential to listen before providing advice. Many accounting and taxation situations are pretty complex, and it is easy to forget that others may be unfamiliar with technical terms like “alternative minimum tax”. I think that is where Monty Python formed their opinions about accountants!


Chris Cowland CPA, CA

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Flader Chartered Professional Accountant


What inspired you to follow this career path? I have always liked puzzles. My work is a combination of problem solving and connecting with people. As a professional accountant, I advise a great variety of clients – from farmers to lawyers to bakers. I enjoy the variety.


Where do you see Flader Chartered Professional Accountant in five years? I see my business as a lifestyle and hope that in five years I have more professional help in the practice to allow me more time to connect with my clients, which is the favourite aspect of my work. I look forward to more time for boating with friends, activities with my four children and their families, and travelling. If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself? Well that is the golden question! Always have a master plan and


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Richard Flader on puzzle pieces, something to look forward to, and having a master plan.


Richard Flader B.Com, CPA, CA

R i c h a r d Flader

Flader Business Centre 778.351.2250 #101 - 9837 Seventh Street, Sidney Offices in Ganges, Salt Spring Island |


make all small decisions based on how they fit in with the big picture. If there are unsurmountable hurdles in the way of moving forward with the plan, it is OK to make a major change in direction as something better will be around the corner.


We celebrate Father’s Day in June. What is the best advice your dad ever gave you? Make dinner reservations. When work or life is hard, there will be something to look forward to. Dad would look at me as if he had the answer to every problem and say, “Let’s go for dinner!”


How do you define success and how do you measure up to that definition? Success is a function of achieving an optimal balance between providing client-focused business and tax solutions, and having enough time to lead a fulfilling personal life with friends and family.

Gerald Kazanowski on financial literacy, working towards the bigger picture, and fatherly advice. Gerald Kazanowski, B.A. Econ., CFP

Financial Advisor, Manulife Securities Incorporated Life Insurance Agent, Kaz Consulting Group Ltd. #302 - 2400 Bevan Avenue, Sidney 250.656.9942 |

Manulife Securities Incorporated Kaz Consulting Group Ltd. What inspired you to follow this career path? I was always intrigued with finances (it started with a paper route, living within your means and the power of compounding). A brother said I should start a monthly RRSP. Financial literacy allowed me to focus on what was really important: what work to do, good relationships and health. We are all unique but financial literacy is extremely beneficial.



Where do you see your financial office in five years? Our goal is to be a community leader for independent, trustworthy, knowledgeable, personal and regulated financial advice.

Personally, I feel that all the pieces exist to achieve this result so my plan over the next year is to creatively fit the pieces together for an optimal result – puzzle solved!

We are blessed to be part of this community. We wish to contribute by educating, helping and empowering people to learn their options and understand the risks to make informed decisions. We have gone to local schools to educate youth and will do more (Panorama’s public educational programs – financial literacy).


If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself today? I wouldn’t change much because I can share my experiences.


We celebrate Father’s Day in June.What’s the best advice your Dad gave you? Dad gave a number of great tidbits: Don’t show off; respect your elders; enjoy and work hard, but rest also; spend less money and more time with people you love; respect each other and get along; provide strong leadership.


What is your philosophy toward your work? I am passionate about finances but it is a means to the bigger picture (where you are and where you want to be, great relationships and health). We are all unique with special talents and I have learned the joy of helping others through: teamwork, motivation, being resourceful, and having a strong sense of vision and leadership … think independently and don’t fear the future! Manulife Securities Incoporated is a Member of the Canadian Investor Protection Fund. The Manulife Securities logo and the Block Design are trademarks of The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company and are used by it, and by its affiliates under license.


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Jim LeBlanc and Scott Piercy on building a brand, being patient and treating everyone equally.

Engel & Volkers


What inspired you to follow this career path? Real Estate is the business of helping people. What better way to spend our days than helping people find their forever home?


Where do you see Engel & Volkers in five years? Scott and I hope to build the Engel & Volkers brand to be the top boutique real estate office on Vancouver Island. We introduced the worldwide brand to Victoria in 2014 and currently have four offices and over 26 Advisors on the Island.


If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself today? Be patient! Life takes a lot of hard work; stick with it and follow your dreams.


Why is your business important? Trust, as Real Estate Advisors we are helping people make one of the biggest decisions of their lives. We are advising them and helping them purchase their home with confidence.


What do you find inspiring about our local business community? I find that the business community here all works to help each other succeed. Everyone supports each other and encourages each other to do their best. We live in an amazing place with huge intellectual capital. Can you tell us about a mentor who has shaped your career? A huge mentor of mine is Anthony Hitt, CEO of Engel & Volkers North America. Since Anthony became the CEO in 2014, he has grown the E&V sales by over 285%. He is one of the hardest working individuals and has a positive attitude towards life in general. No matter the day or time, Anthony is there to support


any of our company’s team members. What is your philosophy towards your work? Dedication, Honesty and Integrity – three values anyone in this business needs to succeed. Dedication to my clients, my co-workers, my staff and my family. It’s a balance that takes time to become accustomed to but it needs to be done. Honesty and Integrity – we as advisors are trusted by our clients to give them the best advice and information for them to make a big decision, one that makes a large impact on their future.


What three things do you need to be successful at this job? One: be a forward thinker. In an ever-changing, competitive market you must be in front of the trends and think ahead. Commitment: we are available to our clients and staff day and night. Real Estate is a 24-hour, 365-day career that takes hard work and commitment to succeed. Patience: buyers all have different wants and needs at different times. You can show one home or 100 homes. Until they find the right fit for them, we keep looking and searching. What is your business best known for and why? Quality marketing at every price point. We offer the same level of service and marketing for any of our clients. Each and every home we sell is treated with passion and dedication. Every home is a mansion.


Jim LeBlanc & Scott Piercy

Private Office Advisors | License Partners Engel & Volkers Vancouver Island 2249 Oak Bay Avenue, Victoria 735 Humboldt Street, Victoria 250.940.2770 |


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Ken Coward on worldwide connections, finding out who you are and exploring new possibilities.

Holy Cow Communication Design Inc.


What inspired you to follow this career path? My love for drawing came from my grandmother. As a teen I looked for a creative career that would allow me to draw. That’s when I discovered graphic design.

story in a way that breaks through the noise.


If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself today? The world wide web is going to shape your business much more than you can imagine!


Can you tell us about a mentor who has shaped your career? There isn’t just one person, there are dozens of people. Leaders in their field and coworkers who were cutting their teeth just like me. The key is to pay attention and be open to learning.

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What is your business best known for and why? Holy Cow Communication Design is best known for brand strategy and design. That means we help businesses get to the heart of who they are and stake a claim for what they stand for. Our job is to find the right visuals and words so they can tell their brand

What might surprise your clients to learn about you? Ultimately, I’m a maker. Whether it’s creating fine art or building a replica Dr. Who Tardis, reimagining a 1930s Chev or experimenting with freehand plasma cutting on reclaimed metal, I’m happiest exploring new possibilities and finding unique solutions.

Why is your business important? Our business is other people’s businesses. We help our clients put their best brand face forward, offering them the absolute best chance of reaching their customers. I love that Holy Cow has the opportunity to partner with our clients to create unique communication solutions.

What do you find inspiring about our local business community? There are so many business gems, people doing remarkable, world class business, tucked away on the Saanich Peninsula, but connected to others all around the world. Our local business community knows we don’t need a big city to make business work, we just need the heart and drive to pursue ideas; that’s inspiring.

Ken Coward

What is your philosophy towards your work? Give the client what they ask for and then give them something they haven’t thought of yet. It’s good to take calculated risks and explore offshoot ideas. When you start a new project you go in knowing there isn’t just one creative solution – this isn’t a math equation with only one correct answer. The best way to solve a creative problem is to start trying. What three things do you need to be successful at this job? The ability to listen. The vision to see how things could be. The knowledge and experience to convert the vision to reality in a timely manner. (A sense of humour doesn’t hurt either.) How do you define success and how do you measure up to that definition? Defining success is one of the questions that we ask our clients early on, and it’s something I reflect on for myself and for Holy Cow, too. In the end, how will we know we did a good job? I think if we do really good work and are really, really good to each other, we can all agree it’s a success.

Holy Cow Communication Design Inc. #301 - 2537 Beacon Avenue, Sidney 250.655.6597 |


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Holmes Realty Where do you see Holmes Realty in five years? Kent Roden: I see Holmes Realty continuing to grow and being a top performing brokerage on the Peninsula. In my opinion, the reason this small office has been able to succeed and always be one of the top producing offices in town is due to the amount Michele Holmes gives back to the community. In my 13 years in the business, I’ve yet to see another office contribute as much as she does, from the Christmas parade to our sponsorship of Sidney elementary, etc. Our office is always giving back directly to Sidney and the surrounding communities and that is directly because of Michele and her team of David Parry, Deanna Kirk, David Knight and others. Holmes Realty is where I have been since I started in the business and it’s where I will stay until I retire. If you live or want to live on the Peninsula, you can’t go wrong with letting any agent at Holmes Realty assist you with a move; it’s a great office to be a part of and the reason my business will continue to grow in the future.

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If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself today? Chauncey Smith: In my mid-20s I had an opportunity to enter the Real Estate business under the guidance of a successful broker … and I didn’t take it. If I could go back in time I would tell myself to take the opportunity, to just jump in, run with it and that Real Estate will be by far the most enjoyable and rewarding business you will be involved in. Why is your business important? David Parry: We live in an age where consumers have at their fingertips more information than ever before. Because of this, the role that a professional in my industry plays has shifted from what was once more of an information broker to that of trusted advisor and marketing specialist. The process of purchasing or selling only becomes more complex and fraught with risk with each year that passes. I see the importance of my business tied almost exclusively to the successes of our clients. Providing them with the finest marketing and the best advice is what Holmes Realty is about. Can you tell us about a mentor who has shaped your career? Paul Macris: My father. Watching him run my family’s restaurant business in Sidney for 20+ years was invaluable. I was able to see in him that being selfless can result in a successful business. Being selfless allows me to put my clients first and provide them with a positive real estate experience. What three things do you need to be successful at this job? Steven Klipper: Empathy: everyone’s situation is different and it isn’t my role

The Team At Holmes Realty 2481 Beacon Ave, Sidney 250.656.0911

The Men of Holmes Realty on giving back, seizing an opportunity and the evolution of the role of Realtors.


to impose my views or approach on a client but instead to understand their needs and goals and to work with them to realize those. Drive: this industry can be tough, but if you’re a hard worker with a desire for success (yours and your clients’) you can do well in it. Time off: a Realtor doesn’t “clock out” at 5 p.m. and with email, smartphones, texting and the rest it can be hard to disconnect yourself from work and really focus on what is truly important: family, friends, life and everything that goes along with that. Take time for yourself and your family; don’t let the work control you. Clockwise, from top left: Kent Roden, David Parry, Paul Macris, Chauncey Smith, Steven Klipper


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Investment Advisor Eric Falkenberg-Poetz on finding great music, financial peace of mind. and the most valuable thing in the world.

Richardson GMP


What inspired you to follow this career path? When I completed my double major in Finance and Accounting, for my Bachelor of Commerce Degree in 1987, I decided to pursue accounting and articled with a couple of major CA firms. Accounting was always tough medicine for me as it simply didn’t come naturally, but I thought it would be very good to pursue this as it would be an excellent background on understanding the financials of all businesses, which it was. After several years with these firms, I decided that accounting wasn’t for me; I dedicated a full year to finding out where my strengths were and it became very clear to me that working with people and in finance was exactly what I

should pursue and so I did. When I started my career in 1996, it felt like I was listening to the greatest music for the first time – this was what I was supposed to be doing; this was my passion! Helping small business owners and professionals find great solutions for investing and providing highly valued wealth management planning is that passion.


Where do you see The Falkenberg-Poetz Group at Richardson GMP in five years? We are continuing to grow our practice both in Alberta and British Columbia, while at the same time continuing to provide more services to our highly valued clients. With four members on our team serving only 100 High Net-Worth Clients, we will continue to add highly educated and skilled team members to ensure our clients are getting both great service and great value.


If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself today? Take the time to enjoy the most valuable thing in the world: spending time with the people in your life.


What might surprise your clients to learn about you? My passion in playing music in a band. Creating and collaborating with people is what I do in my career, which is the same thing you do in developing music. Why is your business important? It provides a solution to the families we work with; it provides value to them as it gives them peace of mind that everything financial in their life is taken care of by our team. From conservative portfolio management with great downside protection, to looking after everything financial: estate planning, financial planning, personal and corporate tax


planning with their professionals, as well as wealth management.


What do you find inspiring about our local business community? There really is a joy to life here. It’s seen in the friendly down-toearth direct and personal way that people relate to each other. Everyone in the Peninsula region or in Victoria seems to know we’ve won the lottery living here, especially in this amazing country called Canada.


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


We celebrate Father’s Day in June. What is the best advice your dad ever gave you? Be useful, be of value, always.


What is your business best known for and why? Our team provides an excellent conservative investment solution for our clients that focuses on protecting their capital, but it is also very tax effective. We are unique, however, as we do provide Wealth Management Planning. We believe that this is essential to manage for the families that we deal with to provide them with the peace of mind they need, for now and for their future generations.


How do you define success and how do you measure up to that definition? I liked Warren Buffet’s profound answer to this question. He said simply that: “If the people in your life that should love you, still love you, then you’re successful.” The opinions expressed in this report are the opinions of the author and readers should not assume they reflect the opinions or recommendations of Richardson GMP Limited or its affiliates. Richardson GMP Limited, Member Canadian Investor Protection Fund. Richardson is a trade-mark of James Richardson & Sons, Limited. GMP is a registered trade-mark of GMP Securities L.P. Both used under license by Richardson GMP Limited.

Eric Falkenberg-Poetz, CIM, FCSI Richardson GMP Limited 1.866.205.3550 | | 250.655.7735


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Julian Sale on work/life balance, making people’s lives better, and the family business.

Motorize – Your EV Store


What inspired you to follow this career path? A passion for clean air, and a love for new technology.


What do you find inspiring about our local business community? We work closely with lots of local businesses, and we love the fact that we can build our reputation locally while supporting others in the community.

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Where do you see Motorize – Your EV Store in five years? We will always be the leader in the electric vehicle sales industry because our staff is passionate and knowledgeable about our products. We are planning more locations, and will offer service, more education, and more community outreach. If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself today? Honestly, stay on course. I wouldn’t change a thing.

Can you tell us about a mentor who has shaped your career? Marty from Marty’s Mountain Cycle has given me lots of advice over the years, and shared critical insight about small business. Sue Hodgson has also been a source of wisdom and knowledge as well; she has provided invaluable encouragement and support.

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What might surprise your clients to learn about you? Motorize is a family business: my sister Stephanie is the office manager and my son Josh is my sales and advertising manager.


Why is your business important? As an EV store, we make a big difference in the future of clean air in our community. We sell electric vehicles that don’t pollute, and we are increasing the adoption rate of clean transportation. Our products literally make people’s lives better.

What is your philosophy towards your work? Treat your staff like gold and they’ll treat your customers like gold.

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What three things do you need to be successful at this job? Vision, determination and wisdom. How do you define success and how do you measure up to that definition? Success is being able to sleep at night. Keeping a good work/life balance,

planning for the future, and learning from the past allows me to be what I consider successful.

Julian Sale

Motorize – Your EV Store #203 - 2031 Malaview Ave, Sidney 250.655.3534

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with people and this allows me to assist others through legal issues at important times in their lives. All other notaries that I knew had tremendous satisfaction in their work and I believed this would be the same for me.


Where do you see Salvador, Davis & Co. in five years? While technology will continue to change how the work is done, I am confident


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committed to for nearly 50 years. This has included being involved outside of the office and I will personally strive to maintain a community-focused approach based on integrity and hard work.

2406 Beacon Ave, James BC Haley-Browning Sidney, V8L1X4 Account Manager, Small Business If you 300 could go back in 250-655-5244 ext. time, what advice would you give yourself?


Encouragement and selfconfidence are oftentimes at the root of what holds us back. Looking back and being in the place I am today, I’m reminded that perseverance and hard work

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Stephen Ollenberger Branch Manager, Sidney 250.655.5244 ext. 250 2406 Beacon Avenue, Sidney asking “how do we make everything accessible and easy to everyone no matter what form of digital platform you use (online, mobile, ATM or telephone).” This market space is the one I am most excited about, and can’t wait to see how we evolve it.

career and learn everything you can before taking the next step. Moving through the “ranks” quickly doesn’t always set you up to be successful long term.

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Where do you see TD Bank ® in five years? The bank is really evolving into digital markets, not in the sense of moving people out of branches as we know them today but instead

What is your business best known for and why? Salvador Davis & Co continues to serve the community of Sidney and beyond with upstanding legal services and has done so since 1968. People know that we will treat them with respect and dignity. We have an office culture among the notaries and staff to go above and beyond to provide the best possible experience when someone comes to our office and I think this is why people trust us.

Stephen Ollenberger on evolving market spaces, valuing your employees and having the right state of mind.

TD Canada Trust What inspired you to follow this career path? That’s a great question; I really knew this was the right industry for ® me when I started as a part-time teller completing my postsecondary. I had the pleasure of working with a number of coworkers and managers that really opened my eyes to the many career paths working for a bank can open up for you.

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that bring people to the office are difficult or sensitive and I strive to ensure that everyone is treated with respect and knowledge in the fact that their issues will be treated with care and diligence.

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself today? Don’t be focused on the next role all the time; take time to experience each role in your



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What is your philosophy towards your work? My philosophy is very simple: I work my branch and results around the employee experience and try not to focus on numerical results but on activities that can drive them. I am a true believer that your employees make your business and your brand.


The TD logo and other trade-marks are the property of The Toronto-Dominion Bank. How do you define success and how do M05302 (0415) you measure up to that definition? To me success isn’t defined by your title or the amount you make; success is simply a state of mind and how you feel in life.


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Chiropractor Dr. Stan Marcus on optimum efficiency, sharing a common goal and being one with your patients.

SpineCare Chiropractic

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What inspired you to follow this career path? After watching a couple of family members pass away from far too many medications, 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. So with that in mind, I turned my focus to a more natural, drug-free form of Health Care. And this one has worked for me. If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself today? Give out even MORE hugs. And also buy Microsoft and Apple stocks at $20!

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 am 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.

What three things do you need to be successful at this job? Good hands and a strong knowledge of the human body are imperative. But more important to me are compassion, gratitude and being able to serve “from the heart!” A Health practitioner needs to be “one” with his patients.

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 for the brain to all the body parts. So having an experienced Chiropractor on your “Health Team” is essential.

What is your philosophy towards your work? It is important to tell my clients what they NEED, not what they WANT! Everyone wants to be healthy immediately, but that is not realistic. I tell them what their body needs to improve, but I must respect their decision for their Health care, even if I don’t always agree with it. I tell it like it is, but I am ALWAYS optimistic!

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.

What is your business best known for and why? My clients know that 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 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, Dr. Stan’s 30 years of experience and a warm cup of tea!

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Where do you see SpineCare Chiropractic in five years? This office will be busier than ever, but I will ensure that it is not so busy that I cannot spend the time each of my clients needs and deserves. That has always been important to me!

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!

Dr. Stan Marcus, DC

SpineCare Chiropractic 7139 West Saanich Rd, Brentwood Bay 778.351.1215 |


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Developer Matt Peulen on the importance of mentorship, having a team and making a house a home.

Stride Properties


What inspired you to follow this career path? I like that development is a very creative business: from the initial idea, to site planning,

community engagement, construction, completion and handing over the keys to the new owners and/or tenants, every stage has challenges and rewards.


Where do you see Stride Properties in five years? I see Stride continuing to build and develop here on the Saanich Peninsula and South Island, with the goal of expanding into a diverse real estate development and management company.


If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself today? Be patient, and trust that if you continue to work hard and give back to your community, unexpected opportunities will come your way.


What might surprise your clients to learn about you? I have five siblings living between Tofino, Port Alberni and Montreal.


Why is your business important? Housing is an essential part of one’s well-being. It offers a place to live safely and comfortably, raise a family and build lifelong memories. This is what helps make a house a home. What do you find inspiring about our local business community? I am always encouraged by how our business community supports our local charities and foundations through donations and/or volunteering their time at local fundraising events.


Matt Peulen

Stride Properties 250.589.5991

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Can you tell us about a mentor who has shaped your career? I have been very fortunate to have one of the greatest mentors in Jim McLaren. Jim is a long-standing developer and well-respected business owner in our community. He has always supported and encouraged my personal and business growth. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for his support and mentorship. What is your philosophy towards your work? My philosophy is to aspire to build and maintain positive, long-term relationships that are mutually beneficial in all aspects of my business.


What three things do you need to be successful at this job? Relationships: fostering strong relationships with those you work with is key to a successful project. It takes a team of general contractors, civil engineers, architects, brokers, appraisers and many others to achieve a final product. Problem solving: developing a successful project takes tremendous skill to navigate through all the speed bumps and potential roadblocks along the way. Creativity: every development starts with an idea, either for a particular use or a vision for what the community may need now or in the future.


What is your business best known for and why? As of late, Stride is best known for being one of the developers in revitalizing the Verdier Heritage House and partnering with the Greater Victoria Housing Society to build a 40-unit affordable rental building in Brentwood Bay.

On Thursday, June 15th we’ll host our last ever golf

our Residential Care Unit, making sure residents can

tournament. Please join us at the Cedar Hill Golf

continue to enjoy the same activities they’ve always

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Scramble play. There’s a Shindig to follow featuring a

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can lasso a place on our Last Rodeo sponsor list!

the sunset this year we’ll be raising essential funds for

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Tasting Life in the Fast Lane by Deborah Rogers

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my first visit to the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit was that I had to leave the Porsche Boxster behind when I left. I was just starting to feel comfortable heading into the bends at speed, following the tire tracks of the car in front, and gracefully cutting across the corner toward its apex. Then I had to step away from the car and say goodbye to my new driving friends. Conceived as a private membership club where performance driving enthusiasts can come together to enjoy a unique facility, the Motorsport Circuit is situated in the Cowichan Valley, outside Duncan. The 2.3-kilometer road course is comprised of seven different track configurations with exciting elevation changes. “What Disneyland is for children, our driving facility will be for people who love performance driving,” is the promise of the GAIN motor group, who represent the track as well as dealerships in Victoria such as Porsche, Audi, BMW, Alfa Romeo, FIAT, Mercedes-Benz, MINI, Subaru and Volkswagen. The group now has a Preferred Owners Program, giving customers exclusive invitations to private events like Performance Driving Programs, New Owners Nights, Customer Appreciation Events, and New Vehicle Launch Parties. I was lucky enough to be invited along to the launch of the Porsche 718 and the new Alfa Romeo Giulia. Each visit was its own exciting opportunity. I have been to Disneyland, and the chance to try the new Porsche 718 alongside some older models probably does compare in terms of anticipation and adrenaline! After a tour of the facility and an amazing lunch in the clubhouse, we set out in pairs on the roads of the Cowichan valley. Driving in convoy on a route including rural, residential and highway allowed a true road test of the feel and response of the

cars. With a leader on walkie talkie, we were encouraged to try the different drive modes as we drove the new Boxster 718 and Caymans from the last few years. Swapping drivers and models at pit stops along the way, I wondered how we looked from the outside as we drove in a line of eight Porsches up the Island Highway! We were respectful of the road conditions, maintaining safe speeds, but still, there’s nothing quite like the “grummm” of all those engines as we waited at the lights to pull on to the highway. Back at the track we were taken through a “dynamic driving” test with a chicane of cones and forced emergency stop. Then it was onto the track for some real driving. There’s a slow wind up as lap by lap the pace increased, always following a professional driver’s instructions over the radio. The changes in elevation added another element to anticipate and required skill (and some nerve) to negotiate at speed. But wow, was it fun! Returning a couple of months later for the launch of the Alfa Romeo Guilia, I was more comfortable. They are beautiful cars, and it was smart planning by the dealership to offer test drives of comparable cars by Audi, Mercedes and BMW at the same time, allowing drivers to fully appreciate the differences between each. The staff on both visits were knowledgable, friendly and enthusiastic, ensuring everyone enjoyed themselves. It is possible to buy a “Day at the Track” experience, something that would make any car lover very happy I’m sure. The adrenaline flooding my system combined with the extreme concentration left me feeling a little shaky after my day at the track. I needed a cup of tea and some deep breaths before I headed back over the Malahat – back to my real, sadly Porsche-less, world. For more information, visit june 2017 | 29






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A Business Centre for the 21st Century! by Susan Simosko

Richard Flader is a happy man.

About six months ago, he found the ideal location to house his growing accounting business, and through an unusual set of circumstances, entered into a partnership with Darrel Couzens, a technology expert and client. Within no time, the two men cooked up a plan to open a contemporary, super-functional business centre in downtown Sidney. Since that fateful day, they’ve never looked back. The Flader Business Centre (FBC), located at the corner of James White Boulevard and Seventh Street, opened in March as a state-ofthe art facility, offering small offices for rent (sorry, all are taken!), a stunning boardroom, full video conferencing, WiFi and more, all in a designer interior. Richard and Darrel could not be more pleased. “People regularly tell me that this is a one-of-a-kind office environment in Sidney,” says Richard. “Visitors are amazed by what we have created. Darrel and I couldn’t be more proud!” The unlikely partnership began when Richard’s boat broke down and he had to cancel a fishing trip with his dad and sister. While on the ferry, Richard connected with Darrel who was also looking to expand his home-based business to Sidney. With the help of friend Uta Nagel, a professional designer, the two partners drew up exciting plans for the space previously occupied by a chiropractor. They altered the interior, introduced new wall treatments, floor coverings and unique artwork to create a modern, efficient and people-oriented business environment. Darrel ensured that the technology could accommodate the needs of small businesses keen to make best use of technology in their interface with clients and others. He was also determined to make the technology easy to use. Based on the


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A Brief Memoir of a Father by Craig Campbell

My father

was born, bred and raised, as was I, in our small Ottawa Valley town, though a major difference was he had intelligence, wit and charm, traits he must have felt not worth passing on to his only progeny. What he did share was a love of drink, so perhaps not all was lost. His intelligence both helped and hindered his life. Able to read, write and do sums by age six, he was catapulted into grade four on his first day of school, entered high school at 10 and spent a finishing year at Upper Canada College, a posh private school in Toronto, before attending Queen's

University where he took mathematics. He added four-figure columns in his head faster than most could with a calculator and once tried to show me how easy it was. Indeed. A quiet man for the most part, with a drink in him he could weave a tale that spelled his audience, or recite long poems, often Robert Service, at will. He could sup, or more likely share a drink, with prime ministers or the common man. But it was in the getting of his nickname "Sculler" that perhaps best personifies the man. A popular dance hall was located in the cottage country of Norway Bay across the Ottawa River from the hamlet Sand Point


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and serviced by a ferry. It was common for the Arnprior lads to foot passenger across the river to enjoy the dance hall and avail themselves of the gorgeous young Ottawa lasses whose parents owned cottages there. It was on such a night that Alan, by which he was still known, had pursued the favour of one of those beautiful young women found at the hall. Such was her grace and manner that he dallied so long, succumbing perhaps not just to her charms but maybe, just maybe, due to the added influence of the flask he no doubt kept in his suit jacket, that he missed the last ferry. Ever the resourceful swain and needing to be home for church the next morning (I may have added that last phrase) he decided to "borrow" a rowboat to cross the Ottawa, three miles wide at that point. In doing so, and unwrapping the chain securing the boat to the dock, he, in his own words, "made a little noise," alerting the cottage owners to the theft. Off he went, pulling mightily to gain the far shore (remember it is three miles across) and escape the enraged father/ son duo. At this point, Alan always claimed he had a lead so large he figured his pursuers would never catch him, for he must have been a quarter of a mile distant before they got organized. He thought he was good until one: he realized they had a canoe and no single man rowing a scull could ever beat two paddling a swift canoe, and two: they began shooting at him with a rifle. Apparently the bullets striking the water around him vastly increased his impetus to reach the Ontario side and he redoubled his efforts. But beat them he did, though he also claimed they could have hit him with a rock by the time he reached shore so tired he could barely climb the bank and escape into the brush, eventually walking the six miles home. And from that day he was known as Sculler, a single rower who survived so I could tell the tale.

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“Grandma, look at all these people. They all have different things on the

go; they all have different stories.” Everyone has a story to share, a life moment or experience that’s important to them. Megan Hetherington, who said these words while waiting with her grandmother, really captures the human stories being told every day in the airport. Sometimes these are stories tinged with sadness. For Geri Hetherington, whose husband has passed away, the impending arrival of her son fills her with joy and anticipation. He’s flying in from Oregon. “He’s a professor at the University of Oregon. It’s nice that’s he’s coming,” she shares. “He’s a big help when it comes to taking care of things.” A little while later her son arrives through the gate and smiles break out all around. It’s another family connection, and once again the hugs tell it all.

Reuniting with a loved one when there’s been loss is a poignant coming together. It’s often succinct without words and needs neither fanfare nor fervour. “He’ll be very tired,” says Heather Turner while waiting for her husband George who has been away at a funeral. George is flying in from Fort Nelson, in northeastern B.C., a long way from here. While it’s a much shorter trip than driving the 17 hours or so, it’s still been a long day. The couple’s reunion is a connection of understanding, support and love. An embrace says it all. Arrivals can prompt a big wave or boisterous conversation, but sometimes it’s just a quiet connection.

Travellers coming through the gates represent different ages and

stages of life. Some are little and bounce down the hallway with their older counterparts holding their hands. Some are much older and less mobile. “I’m just waiting for my 96-year-old mom who’s on her way back from Las Vegas with her girlfriend,” says Bob Greenway who sits patiently in the “Arrivals” rotunda, keeping an eye on the flight information display screen. Apparently Marian, his mom, has made the trip many times. It’s clear from Bob that she’s young at heart and that 96 is only a number. “She gets assistance,” he shares, “But she’ll bounce out of that wheelchair like she was shot out of a cannon and then pick up her luggage on her way out of here. She’s the Eveready Bunny.” For most folks, the process of travelling is tiring, so the thought of a 96-year-old with this level of energy definitely piques interest. Exclaims Bob: “I like to think this good gene pool will be passed down!” Soon his mom comes wheeling through the gate, a white tam atop her head and a wide smile across her face. Her friend is there too and the energetic chat begins. Las Vegas adventures behind her, and her son at her side, it’s time to retrieve the luggage and head home. Somehow you just know that plans for the next Las Vegas excursion will come up in conversation on that car ride home!

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Equally elated to be there are two other passengers who join the group. A young woman pats the shoulder of the young man next to her. “We’re getting married soon,” says Djoeke Roorda. “I’m Anouk’s sister and we’re here visiting too.” Her fiancé, Chris Driedger, smiles and nods at the announcement. It’s a sea of smiles. The arrival gate is a setting where distances between continents and cultures can vanish when friends and loved ones are once again within one’s reach.

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Cocktails are all about the right mix.

With a surge in popularity for small-batch spirits and artisanal ingredients, I was keen to get behind the scenes of Sidney's newest Distillery and find out a bit more about the crucial mix of talents needed for success. I discovered four gentlemen who have developed a highly successful, collaborative working relationship based on a common passion for distilling gin. Well, not exactly just gin. They also produce such interesting blends as Sidney Spiced Rum, Craigdarroch Whisky, Left Coast Hemp Vodka and other well-crafted spirits. The team works out of Victoria Distillers, in one of the most enviable locations on Sidney’s spectacular waterfront. They have not only found the perfect mix of spirits recipes but the perfect mix of people and skills in their distilling team. This team consists of President Peter Hunt, Master Distiller Leon Webb, Distiller Phil Lecours and Distiller David Clark. Each one of them brings specific experience and talent to the table in relation to producing some of the most creative, popular spirits the country has seen. They are certainly garnering a reputation for themselves in North America with awards such as Double Gold in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2016 for their now famous Oaken Gin and it is only a matter of time before this spills over internationally with their attention to detail and creativity. Peter Hunt’s family are the founders of what originally began as Victoria Spirits in 2007. They released their first gin in 2008 at the Empress Hotel's Bengal Lounge and spent the next several years building their brand. When his parents retired, the business was sold to local Grant Rogers and Peter made the move to the new location in Sidney. He brings with him a science background, a wealth of knowledge in the business and the valued history of the company. Phil Lecours began working as a distiller in 2010. He hails from Montreal and is Peter’s brother-in-law. Phil spent 20 years as a chef including working at Bear Mountain Resort. He brings the “tasting,” or culinary aspect, to the team but also stepped in when Peter was away for four months.

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David received his Bachelors in Tourism from Thompson Rivers University and spent several years working as a bartender. He brings the professional balance of customer service and hospitality to the team. The Distillery offers tours of the facility and during my visit, David was my guide. His delivery of the tour was bright, enthusiastic and incredibly interesting! I learnt things like the fact that whiskey is made in discarded bourbon casks as they can only be used once for bourbon, and that brandy is created from distilled wine. The last, but definitely not least, member of Sidney’s “fab four” is Master Distiller Leon Webb, imported directly from the distillery region of Scotland. But Leon didn’t start his career in distilling. In fact, he spent the first 10 years working in finance before making a radical life change. He quit his job, found a minimum wage job and worked his way through a master’s degree in distilling at Heriot –Watt University in Edinburgh; one of only two universities to offer the course. He applied to a job posting and moved to Sidney to become part of the Victoria Distillers team only a year ago. Amongst the varied assorted spirits these men work to produce, their latest creation is something of a wonder. Looking back to their roots with the Empress Hotel, they have once again partnered with the Hotel to come up with something completely unlike any other gin on the market. Not only is its taste unique, with the addition of grapefruit and the Empress’ signature tea, but its colour is a stunning purple/blue indigo that changes to a sparkling pink hue when tonic is added. The colour is a result of dried butterfly pea flowers which the Empress bartenders use in their 1908 cocktail. The team tested between 50 to 70 two-litre distillations before finally agreeing on the winning combination which has been named “Empress 1908” in honour of the year the grande old dame was built. Every so often, the right group of people comes together at the right time, in the right place, with the right circumstances and they create something exceptional. Such is the case with the team from Sidney's own Victoria Distillers.

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Atop the Victoria Airport Authority’s Hospital Hill, a monument now stands that honours local WWII airmen who died in training at Patricia Bay Air Station.

Skillful aviators … but flying fast and low can mean accidents for even the best. However, the feathers of these fliers will live on forever. A recently completed memorial remembering the Second World War airmen who died in training at Patricia Bay Air Station features a pathway, public seating area and 25 massive metal Cooper Hawk feathers. The feathers, chosen for this hawk’s flight agility, bear the men’s names. Lost Airmen of the Empire is a memorial commissioned by Victoria Airport Authority (VAA) and the work of local landscape artist and sculptor Illarion Gallant. “It’s an international piece as it involves men from various countries who died while training,” says Illarion. “They never served overseas; they were so young.” The Victoria Airport was originally the site of the local arm of the Royal Canadian Air Force, the Patricia Bay Air Station. In 1940 young men arrived to train as pilots. “My dad was the commanding officer of Pat Bay Air Station and organized flight training here. Men came from New Zealand, Great Britain, all over the commonwealth,” says Wally du Temple, a key member in the memorial planning group. Since the 1940s, much has changed. By 2013, the vacant twostorey brick headquarters showed signs of age and didn’t meet seismic grading. Wally and others with the aviation museum reviewed restoration possibilities. “It was determined that restoration costs would be extremely high. It was suggested that the bricks be used to create a memorial,” says Wally. Working with the VAA, a public competition was held to select an artist to create the memorial and Illarion Gallant’s design was chosen. Hospital Hill, the original site of the base infirmary, was chosen for the site. About 500 bricks were used to build seating areas and a

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central dais under which is buried a time capsule containing letters from veterans, caps, badges and medals. It’s a memorial that holds meaning for many. “It’s important to the aviation community here. The memory capsule holds special memorabilia from squadron personnel,” says Shawn Williamson, Commanding Officer 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron. Standing on either side of the path are red maple trees. “The allée (line) of trees is symmetrical, typical of French Landscapes. Washington’s Arlington Cemetery was inspirational in that the cemetery is outdoor rooms, framed by deciduous trees surrounding a strong headstone matrix,” shares Illarion. “Lost Airmen of the Empire drew from Arlington; the rigidity of the matrix with an imposed randomness reflective of the location of the flight crews' deaths.” The memorial is another striking example of Illarion’s ability to portray the landscape of life in a concrete and visible way. Like his Tom Thomson’s Canoe in Toronto and his Bouquet of Memories at VAA, he creates visual dialogue. “I look at the site, at the historical and cultural, I pull elements from all of it,” he shares. A former Air Cadet and the son of immigrant parents who left war-torn Europe, Illarion has an appreciation of the military. The opportunity to create this memorial has been a special experience. “It was emotional, an honour for me,” he shares, “I always wanted to do memorials. I think it’s my civic role as a sculptor.” This is a place of remembrance but it also serves to educate passersby. “Now new generations can read the plaque and learn the history of this air training location and the men who gave their lives while training,” says Wally. They are no longer “lost airmen of the empire;” they are found again and remembered. june 2017 | 41

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Celebrating the life and work of Leonard Cohen The Mary Winspear Centre is proud to present Tower of Song on Friday, June 9 at 7:30 PM. Tower of Song is a duo – Oliver Swain and Glenna Garramone – based in Victoria, BC, Canada, who re-imagine and interpret the songs of Leonard Cohen, as well as present original material. When Leonard Cohen sang these words, the Tower of Song was a metaphor for the inspiration that flows between songwriters, each toiling away on their own, but connected by their shared craft. Moved by this concept, celebrated BC singer-songwriters Oliver Swain and Glenna Garramone collaborated to produce a project that is dialogue through song and a tribute to the legendary songwriter. Re-imagining both rare and classic works of Cohen, the duo have created a sound that resonates with both longtime Cohen fans and a younger audience. Tower of Song began as a one-off tribute night for a packed house at Vancouver’s The Media Club in 2011, and has since grown into an actively touring folk duo. Produced by Garramone, she invited fellow Victoria musician Oliver Swain, and the show gave Swain and Garramone the chance to grow their musical chemistry. Together as Tower of Song the two have played over 90 concerts to thousands of people in theatres and folk clubs across Canada, touring in support of their debut album, In City and In Forest, produced by Juno Award winner Joby Baker. In addition to re-imagining the works of Cohen, Tower of

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Fun for the Kids Four Seasons Musical Theatre would like you to Be Our Guest as they present the classic Broadway musical Beauty and the Beast running June 15-18. Peter Pan – The British Musical takes flight June 24 & 25 performed by the Mountain Dreams Productions cast. This award winning production from London’s West End by Piers Chater Robinson should not be missed. It is the timeless tale based on the stories of J. M. Barrie. This version is very true to the original and is filled with catchy songs, and a hilarious script. The Town of Sidney is set to host a Children’s Carnival in Celebration of Canada’s 150 Anniversary. On Sunday, June 25 from 10:001:00 Beacon Park will be filled with everything from games, prizes, food, bouncy castles, costume contest and even a tricky magic show. Come on down to the park and enjoy a day with family in beautiful Sidney by the Sea.

Steven Page For the first time in Sidney the Mary Winspear Centre presents an Evening of Song and Stories with Steven Page on Sunday, July 2 at 7:30 PM. Steven Page’s distinctive and powerhouse tenor is among the most instantly recognizable

voices in popular music today. The singer/ songwriter is a founding member of The Barenaked Ladies with whom he toured the globe and sold millions of albums. On his own, Steven continues his artistic evolution with a diverse array of solo projects. To that end he has composed six Stratford Festivals scores, collaborated and toured with Toronto’s innovative Art of Time ensemble all while continuing to write and perform his original music with the release of his latest opus, Heal Thyself, PT. 1: Instinct. On July 2nd Steven will perform songs from his solo career along with Barenaked Ladies classics as only he can sing them. For this special show, there will be an interactive element as Steven will share with the audience some insight into his music career over the course of the evening. As a self-proclaimed “foodie” there is no doubt Steven will touch upon his hit TV show the Illegal Eater and his huge win on Chopped Canada Celebrity Edition this past December. In celebration of Canada’s 150 Anniversary hear firsthand account of what it is like to represent Canadian music on the worlds stage and the influence growing up in Sudbury, Ontario has had on Steven’s interest in music and performing. The 315-seat Charlie White Theatre is the perfect setting to dive deep with Steven Page guaranteeing concert goers a truly unique experience.

The Odds with Steven Page Join the Odds with their friend Steven Page for what will be a rocking and rolling show on

Monday, July 3 at 7:30 PM. The Canadian rock musicians will combine talents and play each other’s hit songs while sharing road stories during the course of the night. When you spend over twenty years playing in bands, you pick up a few stories along the way. If there’s a steady rise to fame, a mysterious hiatus, and a sparkling return, then chances are, the stories you’ll hear are good, if you are Canadian power-pop legends Odds, you decide to share those experiences on stage. Formed in Vancouver in the late 1980’s, the Odds released a handful of hits including “Love is the Subject” and “Truth Untold”

and toured extensively throughout North America. After much success the band went on a hiatus but continued to collaborate with each other on new projects. In 2007, Craig Northey, Doug Elliott, and Steward started writing together again and took an invitation to join pals the Barenaked Ladies’ on their first Ships & Dip concert cruise. Joined by new guitarist Murray Atkinson, the revitalized group recorded the stellar Cheerleader album and released it under the name The New Odds. The original members wanted to honour their past, albeit with their traditional gallows.

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The band continues to perform regularly, mostly at festivals and events across Canada including such performances as on the 2009 and 2010 Canadian Pacific Holiday train. During the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver Odds were the “house band” at Canada Hockey House and were named the Vancouver Canucks ‘house band’ of the 2010 and 2011 NHL playoffs. Don’t miss this one of a kind concert with some of Canada’s most recognized musicians.

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What is Andropause? Male menopause, or "andropause," is a gradual reduction of testosterone in men that begins around the age of 40. On average, men’s testosterone reduces at a rate of 1% per year after age 40 and its reduction can have multiple effects on the body including fatigue, loss of libido, depression, hair loss, loss of muscle mass, osteoporosis, and anemia to name a few. Although this sounds very depressing, there are many safe solutions for men who are having signs and symptoms of andropause. With most of my male patients, particularly if they are over the age of 40, I will suggest blood testing for testosterone levels. Many men do not exhibit symptoms, nor are they aware that they have conditions related to testosterone deficiency (ie. osteoporosis, anemia). If levels come back low, we discuss approaches to maintain current levels and look at ways to optimize or increase them. MACA for male support. Natural medicine has many effective botanicals that can support the male system and hormones. One of my favourites is MACA (Lepidium meyenii); it's found in the Andes of Peru and is part of the broccoli family. It is a nutritious root containing phytonutrients, zinc, fatty acids and amino acids. It is considered an adaptogen, which helps the body manage stress. Black maca has been shown to increase sperm counts, therefore it is beneficial for fertility, and red maca has been shown to clinically reduce prostate size in rats. I suggest patients use an organic powder form and add it to a nutritious shake or oatmeal in the morning. Noted beneficial effects of maca include: increased energy, libido and moods. Nutrition and Exercise. Diet and activity level also plays an important role in male hormone health. Eating well is sensible advice at any age but in the regards to the aging male, it is particularly important. Foods high in zinc, such as pumpkin seeds, spinach, cashews and shellfish, have a positive effect on testosterone production. Regularly consuming green leafy vegetables and limiting high amounts of animal fats can also support healthy hormone levels. Nuts, seeds, and avocados and foods high in omega fats should be eaten more often as an energy source rather than red animal protein. Exercise is paramount for testosterone production. High intensity exercise has been shown to increase human growth hormone, which is partly responsible for increasing muscle mass, exercise releases endorphins for mood balance and increases metabolism. Men with higher muscle mass generally have higher testosterone levels. Testosterone replacement. Sometimes it is necessary to consider hormone replacement therapy when treating andropause. Testosterone can be administered via a topical gel or by injection.

Benefits to using hormone replacement are its ease of use and its high level of effectiveness. Men with significant hormone loss may need testosterone to help build bone, blood and with maintaining male muscle mass and body hair. This hormone should not be used in men with a history of prostate cancer, BPH (enlarged prostate) or with significant cardiovascular risk. It is a useful hormone that can help reverse and improves the effects of andropause. Aging is a given part of life, how we age however, is something that we have some ability to influence. This is why it is important for men to not ignore signs of testosterone deficiency and take a proactive approach to maintaining this important hormone throughout their lives.

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in pursuit of the golden years Seniors’ health risks often determined by gender I thought since this issue is featuring “Men to Watch,” it would be appropriate to dedicate this month’s column to the special male seniors in our lives. Ladies, hang tight, we promise to make an upcoming column "all about you" soon! by Shauna Dorko Let’s face it: regardless of age or Owner, Sidney SeniorCare situation, men and women are different in so many ways. To begin with, women are generally healthier than men overall, from early infancy through to old age. Of the 15 leading causes of mortality, men lead women in all, with the exception of Alzheimer’s. Although the gender gap is closing these days, men still pass away five years earlier, on average, than their wives. While the reasons are partly due to biology, men’s approach to their health plays a role as well. Men tend not to address their health as regularly as their female counterparts. Often conditioned to focus on their role as provider/ protector, men put their own health low on their priority list. They go to the doctor less often than women, and are, therefore, more likely to have a serious condition when they do go. Some of the leading health threats to male seniors include: Heart Disease – Although the leading cause of death worldwide for both men and women, men’s arteries seem to develop atherosclerosis earlier than women’s. Even adolescent girls’ arteries appear healthier than those of boys. Prostate Cancer – The most common cancer in men other than skin cancer, the prostate gland is prone to issues as men age. One in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. Erectile Dysfunction – While not life threatening, erectile dysfunction is still an indication of an underlying health problem. Most often caused by atherosclerosis, two-thirds of men older than 70 have this issue, often an early warning sign for heart disease. Men with ED report less enjoyment in life and are more likely to be depressed. Depression – Experts previously thought that depression affected far more women than men, but that may just be men’s tendency to hide their feelings or express them in different ways. Men often feel “unmanly” admitting their sadness, due to traditional views of how men should behave in the world, and they are less likely than women to seek help. Lifestyle measures such as regular medical check-ups, a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, daily exercise and gratifying relationships with family, friends and community will all impact positively on our male seniors and their overall health and well-being. Written in collaboration with Sherrin Griffin. We welcome all comments, suggestions and ideas for future columns. Please email us at with “Seniors” in the subject line.

Sidney Canada 150 Celebrations! This is it! We are now in the midst of Canada 150 celebrations and all across the country, communities are organizing events and legacy projects to mark this milestone in our history. But you don’t have to go far because there are a multitude of things to do right here on the Saanich Peninsula. No matter your age or interests, you are certain to find something to see and do in this amazing line-up of events:

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May 3 to June 27: Check out the Sidney Museum’s special exhibit, “Up, Up and Away – Comic Book Super Heroes and our Culture.” This colourful, fun exhibit is for all ages. Look for special displays on Batman, Superman, Wolverine, Wonder Woman and Famous Villains.

June 10: Enjoy a free, family movie night with an outdoor showing of the 2015 Oscar winning animated feature film Big Hero 6 at Greenglade Community Centre. Hosted by Panorama Recreation on the big inflatable screen.

memorial tree planting and the opportunity to include your memories on the memory tree.

June 30: Sidney Days kicks off “Sidney Days” with a Picnic in the Park; “To Canada With Love,” a Canada 150 travelling pavilion; Opening Ceremonies with a cultural performance and Fireworks Extravaganza set to a Performance on the Pier with Victoria-based band “Strangers.”

July 1: includes the Lion’s Pancake Breakfast, Annual Canada Day Parade, family fun fair in Iroquois Park and the Slegg Build-a-Boat competition.

July 1: 10:15 p.m. Fireworks at the Butchart Gardens. One of 150 gardens across Canada to receive the “Canada 150 Garden Experience” designation; check out how the gardens are celebrating at

July 2: Sidney Days is rounded off with the grand opening of Sidney’s new skatepark, the Annual Sidney Sidewalk Sale and a special performance in Beacon Park by the Sidney Concert Band. Information about Canada 150 events can be found online at: or or by visiting the Sidney Information Centre at 2281 Beacon Avenue.

June 10: Seaside Magazine’s Fourth Annual Taking It To The Street Road Hockey Charity Event to benefit Help Fill A Dream Foundation. Family Fun Zone with superheroes, face painting, bouncy castle, barbecue and more! Pancake breakfast starts the day off at 9 a.m. at the Mary Winspear Centre.

June 11: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Vancouver Island Comic Con at the Mary Winspear Centre. Meet Disney Studio’s Chris Williams, co-director of Academy Award winning Big Hero 6; John Gallagher, concept artist for TV shows The Flash, Supergirl and Once Upon a Time; and the Island’s own creators of the new comic book Monsterella. See cool attractions, virtual reality stations, old and new games … and the list goes on.

June 24: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Paint the Town Red & White Street Party at Beacon Avenue and Fourth Street. Sponsored by Sidney ANAVets and Slegg Lumber, this family-friendly party includes kids’ activities provided by Panorama Recreation, food vendors and ’50s-themed dance with music by The Sutcliffes and Shaky Ground.

June 24, June 30 and July 2: Sidney Lawn Bowling Celebrates Canada 150. The Lawn Bowling Club will host a series of tournaments open to the public including an international tournament where club members represent their country of birth, a festival “dress in red and white” tournament and a Gala tournament.

June 25: Children’s Carnival, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Beacon Park. Enjoy an old fashioned “penny carnival” style event with games, food, costume contest and magic!

June 25: Dinner en Rouge, 5 to 8 p.m. at Beacon Park. The outdoor dining event of the year, “Dinner en Rouge” is fashioned after the world famous Diner en Blanc but with a Canadian and Sidney spin. Tickets are $40 at the Mary Winspear Centre.

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Muffet & Louisa is celebrating Back Health Dr. Stan Marcus, DC, of its 32nd birthday this month! Over the years they’ve seen SpineCare Chiropractic in Brentwood Bay, would like to two stores in Sidney in the thank all those who have made '90s, another in Victoria which his first two years in the clinic so operated for 10 years, and now rewarding. SpineCare celebrated their current location at the it’s second anniversary on June bottom of Beacon, where the’ve 1, and Dr. Stan looks forward resided since 2010. to serving the Peninsula with Since the fall of 2016, they’ve compassionate, high-energy, shared their store with Barking drug-free health care for many Dog Studio, leaving ample room years to come! for all the great products upon which they have built their business reputation as one of the best New Faces home stores in our area. They Paul Ziakin has joined the showcase as many Canadian team of consultants and real products as they can, and have a estate professionals at Pacifica special love for Canadian-made Real Estate Inc, in Sidney. bed linens and down duvets and Boasting over 30 years of pillows. Over the last few years experience in both the residential they have built-up a specialized and commercial construction niche making custom bed linens for both homes and yachts, giving industry, he has always n o i customers exactly what they want t a enjoyed working with people, prepar x a t l na perso y r


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researching and problem-solving. In ownership news, Nick Gallant is the new owner of Paddle In the Park. Nick is a Level 3 Sea Kayaking Guide with the Sea Kayak Guide Alliance of B.C. To kick off this kayaking season, Nick is offering a twohour rental for two people for $40 until July 1.

Lead & Succeed The Brentwood Bay Wellness Centre, at Brentwood Bay Resort, introduces The Emergent Leaders Program (TELP), designed to maximize the potential of individuals, teams and organizations. Workshops in Self Wellness are offered in the areas of Self Leadership and Career Leadership, and are offered as well in Team & Leadership Development. To find out more, visit

Flourishing Foundation The Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation has expanded to a second office in Sidney, at 9710 Third Street. The new location will supplement the office the Foundation currently has at the

Saanich Peninsula Hospital. Executive Director Karen Morgan emphasizes that their success and recent staff expansion are the result of ongoing support from their generous donors. The Foundation’s mission continues to be to provide up-to-date equipment and facilities to support the Saanich Peninsula Hospital in promoting healthcare excellence.

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Saanich Peninsula Shops & Services 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.

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Muffet & Louisa Muffet & Louisa is 31 years old, and it is with huge gratitude to the people who have supported and encouraged us that we have grown to be the interesting and beautiful store we are today. We hope that we have given back to our community, not only by being its source for consistently wellmade and beautiful homewares, but also with our support for local schools, our arts community and our wonderful hospital. We have been the go-to place to shop for the very best furnishings for your home, but scattered through these perhaps more serious purchases, you find personal treats to make life more luxurious, like exquisite cushions, throws and bedding from London-based Designers Guild. We are proud to carry the amazing work of Canadian artisans, including stunning wood work by local craftsmen that already graces many homes around us. If your love for handmade leans more toward making a fashion statement, try the beautiful soft Italian leather satchels we have from Quebec’s James Brooks, or the cozy sheepskin slippers from Les Pantoufles Garneau. And don’t forget about our wonderful neighbours at Barking Dog Studio! Come visit us – the only thing more wonderful than our products are our friendly and helpful people … they are the best!

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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. Stay 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.

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One Stop Furniture Shop Today’s “faceless” society is filled with selfcheckouts, ordering online, bank machines, and I can go on … and on! Isn’t it nice to know there’s still some place you can go and talk to a real person? At One Stop Furniture, you will not only be personally greeted, but you will quickly realize that the person doing the greeting is keenly interested in helping you – what a refreshing experience! Here’s what you can expect: you will be welcomed by someone who is eager to tell you all about their store. Then, they will ask if they can help you with anything in particular. The Product Advisors at One Stop Furniture Shop have years of experience and they really know what they’re talking about. They take the time to make sure the product is right for you. It’s not about making a sale; it’s about making you happy. That is why they get so many referrals. It's definitely worth the effort of finding this gem to experience good, old-fashioned customer service at its finest. One Stop Furniture is recessed between Colosso Pizza and Monk at 9819 Fifth Street in Sidney.

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A Few Minutes of Stretching: Worth Years of Treatment by Phillip Van de Ruyt This is one of a series of profiles on some local businesses that are working to keep us all in good health. Linda Walker is the co-owner and founder of Peninsula Physiotherapy and Massage. Her local hub of healing has two well-established locations, in Sidney and Brentwood Bay. Linda spoke with me to enlighten Seaside readers about her philosophies on all manner of injuries. “I’ve tried as a physiotherapist to teach prevention,” Linda explained to me, “so I did talks at Panorama [Recreation Centre], the YMCA, and Running Room.” I joked with

Linda that if she was 100% successful in her effort she’d put herself out of business, and she amusedly agreed. Her goal is simply to live in a healthy, active community. Of course Linda has a realistic outlook, and realizes that everyone will inevitably encounter pain at some point in their lives. For this reason she’s made it her life’s pursuit to help people manage and reduce that pain. When presenting to people afflicted with arthritis, she “would ask for a show of hands on who already has knee issues, and everyone put their hand up.” It’s not only age and chronic afflictions that

brings about aches and pains. “We see a lot of gardening injuries this time of year, and people start to run again.” Linda certainly condones these active life choices, but urges people to condition their bodies with regular maintenance. Linda equated bodily maintenance to oil changes in a car. She says that (particularly as people age), they cannot continue doing the same activities they have always done without any maintenance. “People don’t know how their bodies will break down over time, but it will happen.” The question arose as to how one

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should maintain their body. Linda is a firm believer in functional stretching and muscle strengthening. Functional stretching is the type of cohesive muscle elongation that yoga teaches. Linda herself is a yoga instructor, so she’s able tie in various areas of expertise for the better of her patients. For decades coaches have instructed athletes to use isolated stretches as a means of preventing injuries. This type of stretch has even become known as an athletic stretch, and focuses solely on elongating one major muscle at a time. While athletic stretches are effective in lengthening muscles, they typically don’t make long-lasting changes. Because our body is made up of muscle groups, stretching a single muscle still leaves the surrounding ones constricted. The constricted muscles inevitably pull the isolated muscle back to its original state within a mere 30 seconds. The functional stretches that Linda teaches make permanent changes. Because muscles cross each other and blend at the joints, she

focuses on “managing multiple joints and muscles at once.” Linda went on to address a question she is frequently posed: “How long should I do these stretches for?” Her blunt

"The core value of Peninsula Physiotherapy is to 'think outside the box.' Their team develops extremely individualized treatment plans." response was amusing, but also articulates her no-nonsense approach: “Until you’re dead or don’t want to use your leg anymore.” Stretching, coupled with muscle strengthening, serves to aid in healing and prevention of future injuries. Linda described primary and secondary prevention tactics. Primary prevention is for those proactive enough to avoid injuries in the first place.


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Secondary prevention involves reducing the likelihood of an injury reoccurring or worsening. The clinic mostly addresses secondary prevention cases, but Linda’s work as a yoga instructor has folks on the Peninsula taking primary steps. The core value of Peninsula Physiotherapy is to “think outside the box,” Linda says. Their team of professionals develops extremely individualized treatment plans, by asking key questions like: Is the patient too active or too sedentary? How much education and motivation do they need? What are their goals? With a custom plan in place, the staff preach persistent practice to fully capitalize on their expertise. Peninsula Physiotherapy and Massage offers a well-rounded collection of healing services. You can now book online for physio or massage in Sidney, and massage in Brentwood Bay. Linda Walker is just one piece of what makes this clinic great, and her insight alone is astounding. For information visit

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Waterwise Under Summer Skies: Panorama Recreation by Jo Barnes

It’s summertime!

Time for life on the beach, or life on the boat … but for a great summer, don’t forget the lifejacket! Living on the Island means lots of opportunity for water fun at the pool, lake

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or beach, but while you’re playing hard, don’t forget to also play safe. Having fun safely around the water is the main idea behind numerous classes now being offered by Panorama Recreation. Enjoyment in the water begins with the

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ability to swim, and it’s never too late to learn! “Our Red Cross swim lessons start as young as four months old,” says Cathy Watts, Aquatic Coordinator. “The Starfish/Duck classes (parent and tot class) will show parents the basic skill to help encourage bubbles, floats and kicks.” In addition to regular swim classes, Swim to Survive (ages six to 12) focuses on stroke development, water safety tips and survival drills. Are you an adult and you’ve never learned to swim? No problem! There are courses in essentials and strokes as well as private lessons to get that one-on-one coaching. Whether it’s swimming at the lake or in a pool in your backyard, you’ll want to keep an eye on your children. Consider lifejackets for non-swimmers. If the depth of water is questionable, avoid diving. “Drowning is one of the leading causes of unintentional death for Canadian children ages one to four,” shares Cathy. Backyard pools are an especially key area to be vigilant. Little ones can disappear and drown in only a few centimetres of water. Four-sided fencing with self-closing, self-latching gates are an excellent safety measure. Boating ventures can be exhilarating, but remembering basic boating safety ensures the memories are all great ones. You’re legally required to have your Pleasure Craft Operator Card; there’s basic marine safety equipment you should carry as well. Having a watertight flashlight, sound signalling device, oars and anchor, bailer, fire extinguisher and approved appropriately sized lifejackets are all basics that could save lives. Water safety knowledge and skills are keys to preventing and dealing with emergencies. “Swimming skills alone aren’t always enough to save a life, shares Cathy. “It is swimming skills combined with safety knowledge and skills that saves lives.” As well as the Red Cross swimming program, Panorama offers courses in various levels of Standard First Aid (minimum age 12) CPR certification, as well as the various levels of Lifeguard training. For those who are keen to paddle safely on our local waters, there is Basic Kayak Skills (age 16+) which includes coverage about rescue skills and Introductory Kayak Rescues (age 16+) which teaches self and assisted rescues. Panorama wishes you water fun and water safety; it’s a winning combination for a wonderful summer.

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Q: When I travel, how can I keep my clothes from getting so wrinkled? First of all, when buying pay attention to the fabrics and pick those that are packable, like jersey knits and stretch muti-seasonal wool. I'll also call the hotel I'm staying in and request a steamer to be put in my room to freshen up my packables. If they don't have a steamer where you're staying, ask for the closest dry cleaners that will do a one-hour turnaround. Then just ask the dry cleaners to steam your clothes. Easy!

Q: I have a large chest and can’t find a shirt that fits without gaping. What do I do? I hear you sister! I like any top that has a side zipper made of a stretch fabric. This way, there is no visibility to your undergarments and it gives a polished look. Pullover tops that are light in weight like silk are also great, but go for a v-neck. Always fit the largest part of your body, then have your tailor take in where needed to show your shape.

Q: How true are the colours when shopping online? I need to match shoes to a dress for a wedding. It has been my personal experience that the colour of an item has been fairly true to the tone shown on the website. Tone is what you really want to pay attention to. For example: there are many colours of red in the spectrum, blue red, orange red etc. When trying to match a shoe with a dress there will be a skin tone break from your legs, so getting the colour exactly the same will most likely not happen. However, it will look great and most people won’t see the variance.

Q: What is the difference between formal and cocktail attire? This really breaks down to the hemline. Cocktail is shorter and formal is a full-length dress. I hear people always saying: "yes but it's Victoria, no one will be dressed up.” What I respond with is "yes, but you could be the one person that is dressed to the nines! Why would you want to blend in? Why would you not want to stand out? Why would you settle for 'good' when you could go for 'great?'"

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Summer sun and humidity, as well as salt and chlorine water, can wreak havoc on hair and deplete colour. Start summer off with a great cut, such as a fresh lob (long-bob), and add one of the many colour trends that are turning heads: shadow roots, ombré, balayage, baby lights (extremely fine highlights), mermaid colour (all-over fashion colours) or silver hair (the new platinum). Protect your colour and save your strands with great product. Abby turns to the Redken line she sells instore. Start with a shampoo and conditioner for colourtreated hair, and add a weekly hair treatment, such as Extreme Strength Builder for intensive moisture and repair. When styling, use a heat-protector like Pillow Proof for blow-drying, Iron Shape 11 for other thermal styling or go the route of One United, an everything-in-one spray. Have fun with your style options this summer!

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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. An affable "people-person," Cheryl Holmes Young puts her customers on a pedestal. Their smiles are worth more to her than a balance sheet. Her compassionate customer service has brightened the lives of many people passing through her boutique over the years, and our community is definitely better for it. Coined over a century ago, the adage to “Always be kind, for everyone is fighting a hard battle” is as true now as ever. To Cheryl Young, owner of Norma Jeans' Closet at Sidney's Upstairs on Beacon, doing business is more than selling clothes. It means being a caring neighbour, a friend to someone in need, and a warm presence as people enjoy her glamourous boutique. Her friendly service is icing on the cake in a shop full of sumptuous, elegant premium-quality clothing, jewelry and accessories. The personable entrepreneur provides a rare and valuable service: treating people like they are important enough to matter to her. “Hardly a day goes by when I don't get elderly ladies in who are shopping because they are so lonely. I tell them: 'you don't need to buy anything. You can just visit and spend some time.' I am always happy to listen,” says Cheryl. In her work, Cheryl occasionally sees a slice of life that is not as pretty as the ornate vintage dresses softly draped on the walls. The human touch is a vital part of her enterprise. “Yesterday a young man came in and headed right for the jewelry. When I asked him what I could do for him, he said that he had been in before with his girlfriend and needed a cross. He had overdosed the night before and had awakened in the hospital to see his mother's face with tears in her eyes. Realizing that it was a miracle to be alive, he decided to come here to buy a cross. He found one and promised me that anytime he thought of doing something stupid, he would touch it,” Cheryl shares. On one of the man's girlfriend's visits to the store, the young woman was experiencing personal problems. “When I asked her what I could do to help, she said 'I really needed a hug today and I thought of you.' Yes, hugs are free at Norma Jean's.” The kindness that Cheryl showed those two young strangers may have been the encouragement they needed to take a better and happier path in their lives. “When I started the business it was for my love of fashion, but it seems that my love of people and being there for them is worth even more than that.” No wonder it is always so busy at Norma Jean's closet. For more information, visit

Summer Camps Second to None by Jo Barnes

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Making friends; making memories; making…potting soil? If all that comes to mind when you hear the words “summer camp” is campfire songs and canoeing on a lake, then think again because this summer, Panorama Recreation offers a dizzying diversity of summer distractions for kids including the opportunity to learn organic farming. “We love summer and take a huge amount of pride in running the best camps possible!” says Jason Gray, Community Recreation Coordinator/ Youth Programs. The staff at Panorama are well trained and enjoy working with youth. Many of the program leaders are pursuing university degrees in education or child and youth development. “They are knowledgeable, approachable and passionate leaders,” shares Jason. “We’re lucky enough to have some of the best in the business!” Panorama is committed to programs that focus on fun but also engage and nurture. “This year, healthy lifestyle choices, environmental awareness and fundamental movement skill development have been a few of their main focuses,” says Jason. Popular camps return like Sunseekers (ages five to seven), Adventure-Seekers (six to 10) and Outdoor Pursuits (ages eight to 12) which include a variety of activities, crafting, and local trips. The half-day Mountain Bike & Dirt Jump (six to 10) offers biking on the trails, safety and basic trail-side repair and maintenance. Kids in the Kitchen, a half day camp (ages seven to 12), is a chance to prepare delicious cuisine and learn kitchen safety and nutrition tips along the way. And what’s new? Kids ages eight through 13 can shoot and edit their own videos in Movie Magic Film Camp. There’s also a summer version of the wildly popular Panorama Forest Explorers Program (ages three to five) where kids can engage with the nature through various mediums like art, music and physical activity. Ice Camp for ages six to 12 includes ice games, skating lessons, free skate time and crafts and games off the ice. Kids aged seven to 12 will have fun learning how to seed, compost and make potting soil in Growing Young Farmers Camp. Keen on sports? Panorama offers oodles of choices! There’s golf, gymnastics, soccer, skating, squash, ping pong, tennis, badminton, pickleball,

basketball, rowing, kayaking, mountain biking, horseback riding and hockey. There’s top notch coaching from organizations like Soccertron and Eli Pasquale. Passionate about the arts? It’s “hands-on” fun with the crew from Crafty Victoria! Kids age five to eight can create rocket ships, planets, and moon rocks in Outer Spaaace Camp or craft clay dragons, costumes and

magic coins in Marvelously Medieval Camp. Are you a teen wanting to perform? Summer musical theatre camp (ages 12 to 17) offers coaching in singing, dancing and acting culminating in a final musical review. Summer’s coming! Panorama Recreation lets kids explore and discover every side of it! For full details, visit

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In the living room, the renovation included covering the original white brick facing of the fireplace with a textured wall tile that tied in with the kitchen finishes.

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When homeowners Marie-Andree and Martin opened the green-and-white paneled front door in welcome, I felt an immediate sense of warmth emanating from them, and from their sunny yellow walls. Martin, a community health worker, explained the reason for their recently completed renovation: “I’ve seen a lot of houses where people have been living in them for 40 years or more, and they have a lot of old ‘stuff.’ And I would come home and see some of the same old pieces that we had, and I didn’t want that look anymore.” Their 2,400-square-foot brick and stucco duplex was built in 1975 and includes a games room, two bedrooms downstairs and three bedrooms upstairs. The six-week renovation included the kitchen, which was previously enclosed, the living room, dining area and main bathroom. Marie-Andree, who works as a licenced practical nurse in Sidney, said they went to home shows for years before deciding to go ahead with the renovation. “We didn’t know anyone in the building trades. It was at a home show that we first met Vivienne and Jeff Scott from Cabinet Works. Jeff is an artist; he loves perfection and is only satisfied when every inch of everything is a perfect fit. They were both fantastic. It was through Vivienne that we obtained our contractor Terrazza Builders and interior designer Chantelle McLarty.” “Martin and Marie-Andree were seeking inspiration from ideas and photos that they had gathered over time, but were still not seeing anything that truly spoke to them for their home,” said Vivienne. “They knew they wanted some real contrasts in the space, and possibly black and white tones.” In an early meeting with Chantelle, we landed the ‘vision,’ and then the floodgates opened! The overall black-and-white theme became a combination of grey, charcoal, black and white.” The renovation requirements included plenty of storage, a large pantry, a place for office equipment, and everything organized in its place. The challenge for Chantelle was to design a new layout that would work functionally and aesthetically since the kitchen would now be open to the main living and dining area. Structural changes included new crossbeams to create a coffered ceiling, removing two walls to open up the kitchen, and adding an opening window beside the dining room table. Because Marie-Andree and Martin wanted to achieve a definite visual contrast, Cabinet Works created different-coloured bases for the cabinetry. The white countertops are built on a Carbon Ash coloured base, and the black island countertop is built on a Grey Eucalyptus coloured base. The black granite on the island has a unique textured leather finish and provides a contrast to the rest of the quartz countertops, which are a soft white with grey marble effects. “The cabinets are so attractive, this is like a dream,” laughed MarieAndree as she opened the doors to display their organized contents. “The cabinet fronts themselves create a European look,” said Vivienne, “and are made from a LEED+ Green Certified laminate manufactured in Vancouver. We custom built and painted in black the two upper corner mullion framed cabinets.” The contrast is really striking. To avoid creating a “dark cavern” inside the boxes themselves, they finished the interiors in a colour tone that blends with the light grey-and-white pattern of the surrounding upper cabinets. “The functionality of the cabinetry should always be the priority topic with any new kitchen design, and our clients had specific requests that we incorporated into the new cabinetry space,” explained Vivienne. These included a charging station

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drawer alongside the seating area in the island and secret touch latch doors with interior rollout drawers facing the dining area. “We created highly customized usage while maintaining the streamlined look of the panels.” In the living room, the renovation included a large fireplace, which was faced with the original white brick. “Often bricks are removed during a reno,” Chantelle said, “but in this case, we covered the fireplace wall with a textured wall tile that tied in with the kitchen finishes.” An attractive storage place was required for firewood, so she designed compartments that met the criteria of functionality and aesthetics. “We did not want to make the wall feel too heavy. Stacking the wood in vertical openings on one side made the ceiling feel higher, and visually made the wall feel not so large.” The walls are painted in Dulux Paint Prairie Grass. Dimmable pot lights and sleek pendant lights add to the elegant and sophisticated ambience. The finishes, similar tones, and textures give the whole space a warm and welcoming feel. Builder Anthony Faiazza of Terrazza Builders said that everyone who worked on the renovation was proud of the result. “MarieAndree and Martin had a vision for their new space, and we all did our best to bring it to life. “Working with Cabinet Works and Chantelle made the process that much easier. The grand fireplace feature wall is a highlight and the tile work by Versa-Tile and Stone turned out great.” When he arrives home from work, Martin often takes a moment just to sit and admire their newly renovated home. “We’re empty nesters, and this is a fresh start for us. We have bought all new furniture, new dishes, and cutlery, everything.”

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Marie-Andree said that the most challenging part of the renovation was moving outside of their home for two months and not having the space to cook. She also missed the comfort of their bed. “Renovating was very time consuming because we had to go shopping for everything. I love shopping, but by the end of it I was tired of shopping.” However, that is all behind them now, and their home is truly lovely. “We are not rich people, so it was a big step for us to take,” said MarieAndree. “We feel lots of gratitude for everything that we have. We loved the people who worked for us on our reno. And what we both like about our home is its character; there is a soul in this place.” To see all the photos from this shoot, visit Vault/Architecture/Cossette-n-Lingnau-Home.


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Victoria area has just experienced the ninth-coldest winter on record and the 22nd worst for snow. In my 25 years here, that was the coldest winter I can remember. I have yet to pack away the long underwear! The exceptional cold and heavy snow has possibly affected your trees. I suggest you have a good look at any trees on your property and see if they need attention. Here are some tips for you to consider: • Heavy snow can cause overloading of limbs that break under the strain. Depending on how large your tree is, these broken limbs are not always visible from the ground, and it could be held up by other branches. A broken branch can weigh hundreds of

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• Snow accumulation in the canopy of a tree does not drain away as quickly as rain water. This sitting moisture can result in pockets of decay in the branch union. The decay can weaken the union leading to potential failure of a limb. A certified arborist can inspect your trees for broken and fractured limbs. They are trained to complete any restoration repair that is required, and they can also inspect the overall tree for any decay, root plate anchoring issues and assess the overall health and safety of your trees. Always ensure the professional you chose has appropriate WCB coverage and Commercial General Liability Insurance. Please don’t try to tackle a major branch removal on your own; leave it to the professionals as it can be dangerous work. For more information, visit

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When it comes to design, finding your own style might come easy to some, but others not so much. Ask yourself a few questions. Start with your space, one room at a time; how do you want it to look? As much as you might like it on its own, does this piece of furniture fit with what you want to achieve? What colours are you drawn to? Could you live with that colour on a statement piece in the living room, like a wall unit? There are many different design styles out there, but that doesn’t mean you have to choose one now. It’s also OK to mix and match styles! You probably already have the pieces to pull a room together, but just need help finding the right way for it to work as a whole.This is where you bring in your friends – let them help with the process. If you have been friends for a while, they will know what you like or dislike, sometimes even more than you realize! If something works but you just can’t stand the colour, chances are you can paint it to make it fit. Have a paint party on the patio and update what you already own. Redoing a favourite piece gives a fresh, new look to what you already love and it is way cheaper than buying new furniture. What do you have to lose, except some elbow grease and a can of paint? There are paints out there that were made for repainting what you already have. Two chalk paint brands, Country Chic Paint, made in Duncan, and FAT Paint, made in New Westminster, are personal favourites and are available at Barking Dog. I spend my time repainting things that just need a pop of colour … or maybe the owners’ colour palette has changed. It happens: trends come and go, and repainting furniture can help you keep up with the changes. Repainting furniture

Finding Your Own Design Style has been done for years but the chalk paint product lines are fairly new and very diverse. If you feel intimated by where to start there is help out there for you. In my own space I have chosen things I adore and can’t live without. Most things are painted with chalk-style paint, but some are not. It is honestly a big eclectic mix; I’d call my style a cross between comfortable rustic and farmhouse (without the chickens). I use my great-grandmother’s iron and brass bed frame – sure I could buy a shiny new one but why, when it makes

me happy when I see it? There’s also the table my father made in the ’70s that is now mine; not only is it a conversational piece, but I remember him making it for the family. My style didn’t happen overnight: it evolved over years of searching for that next great find. I’d say don’t worry about the Joneses, whoever they are – just immerse your space in whatever you love. In the end it is you that has to live there. For more information visit

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Is there something happening in the Peninsula or Gulf Islands Art Scene we should know about? Email Leonard Cohen Re-Envisioned Victoria-based Tower of Song is a duo – Oliver Swain and Glenna Garramone – who reimagine and interpret the songs of Leonard Cohen, as well as perform original material. The two singer-songwriters collaborated to produce a dialogue through song and a tribute to the legendary songwriter. Reimagining both rare and classic works of Cohen, the duo craft a sound that resonates with both longtime Cohen fans and a younger audience. They also collaborate with a rotating cast of guest artists. June 9, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney.



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ArtSea Spring Studio Tour 2017 We are lucky to have so many fine artists living here on the Peninsula. Spend a few hours with ArtSea’s self-guiding map which will conduct you on a scenic ramble through the Saanich Peninsula to visit 15 venues where local artists will show and discuss their work. Start at Tulista Gallery in Sidney and end at McTavish Academy of Art, or wander in your own direction. Along the way you’ll discover visual arts, fine jewelry, bronze works, art photography, whimsical sculptures and more. Pick up a map at Tulista Gallery. June 10 and 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Emily Dickinson at the Star Cinema The reclusive American poet Emily Dickinson is revealed in A Quiet Passion, a thoughtful biopic rated highly by the critics. It’s well worth seeing Cynthia Nixon in a role very different from the one she played in Sex and the City. The Star Cinema is generously offering a special matinee with proceeds going to support the September 22 to 24 Sidney & Peninsula Literary Festival. Tickets $10: Tanner’s Books, online at under “Upcoming Events,” or at the Star Cinema. June 12, 2 p.m. at Star Cinema, 9842 Third Street, Sidney.

Celebrate Canada Sidney Days 2017 is celebrating Canada’s 150 with a fun line-up of events on the July 1 weekend. Enjoy live music, cultural dance groups, fireworks and a unique photo mosaic celebrating Canadians. Photographer Tim Van Horn has created the "Canadian Mosaic Project" which is taking him across Canada collecting stories and images of the people who make up this wonderful country. Located at the Mary Winspear Centre, the photo mosaic Pavilion will include an opportunity for local residents to have their photo taken, tell their story and become part of the biggest photo album ever created. More at under “Things to Do.” June 30 to July 2.

Black Angus Folk music lovers rejoice! The Victoria-based Black Angus band is coming to the Deep Cove Folk Club. Gareth Hurwood, Alex MacCuaig, Sarah Tradewell and Tom Salter say they are all about good songs, good humour, good friends and good whisky. Their powerful performances take listeners from Vancouver Island to Ireland and back again. Black Angus plays traditional and contemporary Irish, acoustic roots, Americana, West Coast Celtic, blues and old-time music. You’ll be dancing your way home. June 9, 8 to 10:30 p.m. at St. John’ United Church, 10990 West Saanich Road, North Saanich.


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Wildwood Outdoor Living Centre is an all-in-one destination for all your outdoor needs. We are a family-owned company that takes pride in supplying Victoria with high quality plant material, gardening supplies and outdoor décor. We are also proud to carry Canadian-made Beachcomber Hot Tubs, outdoor furniture, BBQs and outdoor kitchens. Wildwood Outdoor living Centre is the place to come do it yourself, or have it done for you. 250.658.5415

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 Vendors’ Market and free demos. We look forward to meeting you! Open 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mon - Sat; Sundays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 250.652.8338 6536 W. Saanich Rd, Saanichton

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Desirable, Quiet Brentwood Bay Cul-De-Sac SEASIDE LIVING: UPDATED, meticulously maintained 1987 3BD/3BA, 2,006sf elegant ocean view family home offering dramatic stone FP, fantastic floor plan and recent updates: kitchen cabinets; wood flooring; S/Steel appliances; spa-styled bathrooms w/ heated tile floors, sliding doors, gas fireplace; loads of storage. Walking distance to schools, shops, beach, and waterfront dining. $849,000. MLS377155.

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10522 Lyme Grove, Sidney Secluded Peninsula home on Sidney’s Tsehum Harbour. Watch sunrise over Mt. Baker and sunset over Salt Spring Island from your waterside deck. 2671 sq. ft., vaulted ceilings, entertainment kitchen, main floor master bedroom. Outdoor deck with heaters. Self-contained 757 sq. ft. guest suite with separate entrance. MLS 377012. Michele's Team 250.656.0911 |

Sidney Ocean View Condo

920 Mattick's Wood Lane Rarely are homes available in MATTICK'S WOOD. Charming, 3BD/3BA, custom built, 2000 Craftsman home: grand foyer entry, living room w/ gas FP, window seat and French Doors lead to sunny garden patio. All steps to artisan shops, golf, beaches, trails, walking distance to schools yet only 20 mins to Downtown or the Airport. $1,200,000. MLS 376901.

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Serene Waterfront Location

Serene two bedroom, one bathroom patio suite is only a short stroll to the sparkling ocean. East-facing corner for lovely morning sun, two patios, desirable in-suite laundry, updated kitchen, fireplace and 886sqft of living space. Well managed building, allows small pets.

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Private retreat overlooking stunning Satellite Channel. Glorious sunrises; 180-degree views. West Coast-designed home with vaulted ceilings and lots of windows. Main floor living with lower level for the teens/inlaws. Double garage/ workshop. You feel like you're away from it all, yet you are just minutes to Sidney, the ferry terminal and airport. MLS377228. $1,658,000.

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own one of the most unique south-western points on the Saanich Inlet. The property has a spectacular vista, 360-degree views with year round sunsets to enjoy from the hot tub or the 4,500 square feet of wraparound deck. Approx. 1,000 feet of ocean frontage, and Private Island attached by a footbridge. MLS 367340. $4,750,000.

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Private Deep-Water Moorage Excellent low bank waterfront on 11.31 acres, facing SW with approx. 1,000 feet of ocean frontage. Main house is a 3BR Arts & Crafts style home with water’s edge wraparound deck and private dock with deep water moorage, plus charming guest cottage and large workshop that could easily be a studio! MLS 366752 $2,600,000.

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This 2,600sqft 2br, 2ba + loft West Coast-style home features granite countertops, tiled floors and a beautiful covered deck. 20 acres of forest, featuring woodland trails, 100-year-old trees, natural meadows and two ponds. This unique property is Certified Organic (IOPA). Simply stunning!

Welcome Home Spacious 3500+ sq ft multi level family home located on a quiet cul-de-sac in prestigious Dean Park Estates. 3-4BR, + office/den, 3BA. Lower walkout level offers large Games Room, sunroom with access to beautiful private backyard all on .36 acre with some distant ocean views. Offered at $919,900.

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"Applewood" – Martindale Valley This elegant 2010 built home boasts 5,357 sqft of one-level living on farmable land in the Martindale valley area. It's all set up for you here with a pool, hot tub & guest house in the south-facing backyard. Sell your eggs & produce w ducks & chickens, apple trees, blueberry plants, cherries, peaches, blackberries & raspberries, all established on this 3.21-acre property. | 250.656.3486 |

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Exceptional value on the Broadmead corridor, bordered by parkland on two sides and minutes away from everything you need. Classic, 3 level, 4 bedroom home offers '50s charm with hardwood floors, character accents and a feature fireplace. Customize the lower level to suit your needs. Upgraded kitchen, deck, heat pump, electrical panel and more! $789,000. MLS #377740.

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Make This Home Your Own! 1364 Finlayson Street Unique opportunity to buy a two bedroom single family home nestled in the heart of Victoria. Tons of classic charm with '50s elements like coved ceilings, hardwood floors and French doors. Transform the full, partially finished basement to perfectly meet your needs. Single garage, large sundeck and fully fenced yard. $569,000. MLS #378008.

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Welbury Bay Oceanfront with Dock! Salt Spring Island 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom home, open plan living / dining / kitchen. Superb sunny large deck for morning coffee or dinner. Lovely sea views! 0.95 acre. In popular Scott Point area. Ready to go, just move in! $1,380,000. MLS #R2104757. Li Read 250.537.7647

Golden Years Delight Salt Spring Island Enjoy your Golden Years in this custom designed, well maintained 3 bed, 3 bath home. Beautiful ocean views of Ganges Harbour and beyond. Sunny, private, and easy care 1.36 acres. Close to town. Don’t overlook! $659,000. MLS #R2163962. Li Read 250.537.7647

Affordable in Deep Cove – $689,000 Situated on a quiet corner lot in the ever desirable Deep Cove sits this family home. South facing with newer kitchen, three bedrooms and a walk-out basement, unfinished and awaiting your ideas. A perfect spot for a young family.

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Strong and Flexible for Summer

Spring has finally sprung, like someone suddenly remembered to turn on the “summer” switch! This time of year everyone is motivated to get outside and into the garden, or be more active again. I am happy to see people become more fit and active since this is part of taking care of your health. Pacing yourself at the beginning of re-entry into an activity is always the best, but sometimes the sunshine gets the best of us and you wake up sore from spending all day in the garden! When this happens we realize that we haven’t done enough fitness during the winter, so now is the time to start getting back in shape. I’ve recently been reading the latest research articles in health sciences, and it’s no surprise that the same results seem to show up: that pain and dysfunction can be relieved by staying flexible and strong. This seems like a simple approach but must be applied in a progressive manner as your body becomes more active. When we start to train to make positive changes to our bodies, the underlying system that is responsible for adapting is the nervous system. Whether you’re elongating or strengthening your muscles, for instance, your nervous system is responsible for the training effect. Another way of saying it is: your bicep muscle is like a steak sitting passively on the counter, until the nervous system tells it to contract and move into action. Your nervous system makes every part of you tick; it’s what keeps you healthy. Your nervous system can be divided into two main parts: the “motor of your car,” called the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) and the outer “shell of the car,” or the Peripheral Nervous System

(PNS). Both must function together at an optimal level for sport performance and overall health. The ANS coordinates all of your “tubes and filters,” or your internal organs – systems such as your immune system, digestive tract, heart, lungs, pain perception, sensory nerves, hormone balance, brain function, sleep recovery, and building new cells at every level. This is the most important part of your body, without which our vital systems would fail. The PNS is responsible for movement and action and is made up of muscles, bones, ligaments, cartilage and skin. When we become more active, the ANS builds more muscle cells and coordinates more blood flow, oxygen and nutrition to the area being trained. If you become more active gradually, your body happily adapts and you gain a training effect, becoming stronger and more fit. As muscles grow stronger, they have a natural tendency to shorten. Normal aging effects or previous injuries also shorten muscles. It is therefore important to stretch every day. This is the best prevention for keeping fit, healthy and preventing injuries and falls. When the body is strong and flexible, good things happen. It’s like buying what I call “movement insurance” which means that you have built-in extra training so you can safely react to unexpected accidents and avoid getting injured. So take care of your nervous system, and it will take care of you. Learn more about taking care of your nervous system effectively by visiting us at the clinic and we will help you return to a higher level of health so you can go play in the sun! For more information visit

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island dish

Green Garden Pesto Like most of

amount of arugula, kale and spinach growing my recipes, this in the garden, I’ll throw that into the food one is extremely processor with sunflower seeds, parmesan cheese, olive oil, garlic scapes* and a bit of salt. flexible. Depending on *Garlic Scapes: If you have ever grown what you have garlic you will know that a month or two before the garlic is ready to be pulled, the in your fridge by Solara Goldwynn and pantry, plus garlic sends up a shoot between the leaves Hatchet & Seed what’s growing that is called a scape. This crunchy green in your garden goodness is snapped off to encourage all the or abundant at the farmer’s market, this pesto energy to flow into the bulb and to let the will always be different and wonderful. garlic begin to die back. If you don’t snap it off, the scape forms a bulb and eventually Some of the key ingredients: oil, something green, nuts or seeds, cheese (optional) and garlic. flower and seed. The garlic scape is delicious When we think of pesto, we normally think to chop up and eat in a variety of ways; it’s basil. And yes, basil makes wonderful pesto! not as strong as eating a fresh garlic clove, But so do many other greens. During the early but it is very flavourful. Some years if I’ve spring months when the perennial greens are got an abundant garlic crop I will make straight garlic scape pesto, strong enough abundant, I’ll make nettle pesto with hemp hearts and sorrel pesto with almonds. to scare any vampire and delicious enough to put on pizza, pasta, and freeze for winter This time of year, when we have a large

consumption. You can find scapes at farmer's markets this time of year, but it is always great if you can grow your own! (Some people even grow garlic in pots on a balcony, as it’s a fairly resilient plant.) With these few basic ingredients the possibilities are endless for a nutritious, flavour-boosting pesto that adds to any meal! ¼ cup olive oil Large bunch of greens (arugula, kale, parsley, mustard greens, basil etc!) ¼ cup nuts or seeds (hemp hearts, sunflower seeds, almonds, pine nuts, etc!) pinch of salt 3 to 4 garlic cloves or several garlic scapes ¼ cup parmesan cheese (optional) Blend all ingredients in a food processor or high-powered blender. Serve on pizza, homemade crackers, pasta, or add to soups and eggs. Experiment and enjoy!

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May Meeting by Deborah Rogers

Gary Shteyngart’s Little Failure – A Memoir was our book club’s second helping of autobiography after the graphic novel Persepolis earlier this year. One of the first questions we found ourselves asking was: “is there a difference between memoir and autobiography?” Telling the tale of his childhood and family’s emigration from Russia to America, Shteyngart certainly checks a lot of autobiographical boxes. We watch him grow from snotty child to drinking, drug-taking youth, developing a comic persona to try and fit in with his new culture and shield himself from the cruelty he experienced at home and at school. But the book only takes us from childhood to the moment when Shteyngart’s career as a writer took off, and feels more economical with the truth (or just the inevitable interpretation issues that examining your own past often opens up) than a strict autobiography. Several readers pointed out that the book felt like the writer going through therapy, and not everyone was interested in all of Shteyngart’s inner workings! You probably need to have an appreciation for that certain kind of dark, angsty humour to really take pleasure from reading Little Failure. I found it hilarious, but seemed to be in a minority. Shteyngart is harsh in the way he pulls apart his family and childhood self. Some readers found him self-indulgent, whiney even. But recalling his grandma bribing him with cheese sandwiches to write his first novel (at age five), or remembering the character “Gary Gnu” that he became at school to entertain his classmates, Shteyngart isn’t afraid to laugh at himself. After reading the book you can’t help but examine the immigrant experience and both revel and recoil at the effect it had on young Gary. Thinking about memoir caused some discussion also about other great examples that we’ve read. Book Club is always a place to come away with a list of further suggested reading and personal recommendations are sometimes the best starting place. Thanks to all who came along and to Sidney/North Saanich Library for their continued support. Thanks also to Sidney’s Quince Café for providing the refreshments to fuel our conversation. The selection for our June meeting is Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout. As this is an older book, and some members may have read it before, we are opening this meeting up to discussion of any Elizabeth Strout novel. It will be a chance to discuss broader themes and style as well as examine individual titles. The meeting will be held on June 14, 6:30 to 8 p.m. upstairs at the Shoal Centre, Resthaven Drive. Visit for more information and to sign up!

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what ’ s happening 3RD THURSDAY OF each MONTH

Sidney Sister Cities Association General Meeting Vancouver Island Regional Library, Sidney, 7 p.m. More information at

Speakers and discussions on the association’s ongoing projects. 2nd Thursday of each Month

Peninsula Newcomers Club Luncheon Haro’s Restaurant & Bar, Sidney Pier Hotel Pre-booking required. More information at

Just moved to the Saanich Peninsula? Ladies – come join our club! june 3: An Evening With Gershwin

7:30 p.m. at Cordova Bay United Church Hall, 813 Claremont Avenue, Victoria 250. 891.0762 |

Featured artists: Louise Rose, Robert Holliston, Cathy Fern Lewis, Jack Edwards and Marsha Elliott, Lynn Dennis, and Mur Meadows. Intermission with refreshments and closed bid auction. All proceeds to support the work of For the Love of Africa Society in Tanzania. Admission $35. For details and tickets, call or visit website. june 10: Victoria Therapeutic Riding Association's

Annual Horse Show

Storyteller’s Guild and friends. Jumpin’ juniper, we’re jammed with tales and legends to share. Admission $5; students $3 (includes tea and goodies). june 17: Morning Mist Canoe Adventure

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8 to 11 a.m. at Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park, Saanich 250.478.3344 |

Join a CRD Regional Parks naturalist for an early morning paddle on the lake searching for eagles, herons, turtles and other life. Canoe equipment and instruction are provided and no experience is necessary. $20+GST (15 years +); $10+GST (five to 14 years). Preregistration is required by June 14 – visit website above. june 19: Eine Kleine Summer Music

7 p.m. at Church and State Wines, 1445 Benvenuto Avenue, Brentwood Bay 250.413.3134 |

The Muse Ensemble (Terence Tam, violin; Lorraine Min, piano; Kenji Fuse, viola; Laura Backstrom, cello) are preparing to release their second CD. The concerts on June 18/19 will also serve as our CD launch celebration. Grieg, Sonata for Violin and Piano No 3. Op 45; Christos Hatzis, Old Photographs for Piano Trio; Sibelius, String Trio in G Minor; and Mozart, Piano Quartet in E Flat Major. Tickets $35; available via contact above.

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Rider competitions, food truck, silent auction, raffle to win $5,000, 50/50 draw and more. Public welcome. june 10 - 18: EncoreFX Victoria International

Women's Tennis Tournament

Panorama Recreation Centre, 1885 Forest Park Drive, North Saanich 250.656.7271 |

The 2017 EncoreFX Victoria International Women’s ITF Tennis Event will feature women Tennis players from all over the globe competing for world ranking points. Total prize money for the event will be $15,000 with the women competing in both singles and doubles. This eight-day event is one of seven professional women’s tennis events in Canada.

Fancy That (cont’d) May 29 - June 4, 2017 Friday Fibre Friends: Pop Up Fibre Arts Fashion Show on June 3 at 1 p.m.

June 12: Just So You Know, It's June! Stories at Fern Street

Like Mother Like Daughter June 5 - 11, 2017

7:15 p.m. at 1831 Fern St. (Park on Begbie.) 250.477.7044 |

Join us for stories told in the oral tradition by members of Victoria

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The ArtSea Gallery Presents: Janice Barnes and Veronica Boyd: folk acrylic / cartoons

Four Friends Having Fun June 12 - 18, 2017 Linda Butcher, Lois Kissinger, Shirley Sarens & Karen Wilk Original acrylics, watercolours, mixed media and art cards

Fun With Fibre: Cloth & Wood June 19 - 25, 2017 Kathy and Peter Demchuk, Dale MacEwan, Heather Corbitt and Maya Brouwer

Threads & Pixels June 26 - July 2, 2017 Connie and Roland Haselden: Quilting and photography

Children’s Summer Art Program “Age of Genius” July 3 - 7 & July 10 - 14, 2017 Children Ages 6 to 13 years - Register Online before June 27 @ The ArtSea Gallery has many creative and imaginative shows scheduled for 2017. Come in and enjoy the wonderful local art. Visit our website for more information:

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orn in 1932 in Edmonton, Laurie Hodgson was one of nine children. He was driven to succeed, and was very competitive his whole life. An all-around athlete and very strong swimmer, Laurie was a lifeguard as a young man. His stroke in the pool and on the golf course came naturally. He also played competitive baseball as an award-winning first baseman, a goalie for the Edmonton Oil Kings, and he won three Grey Cups with the Edmonton Eskimos during a 10-year career in the CFL. While Laurie was a legend on the field, he quickly won the heart of his sweetheart Kathy. They were married in 1953 and had three wonderful children. Family always came first for Laurie, and he did everything to support them. He was committed to his children and his community, and he helped build and maintain the local ice rink where he taught his son to play hockey. He rose early to drive one daughter to figure skating and built a dance studio in the basement for the other. Laurie was a plumber by trade, but a shrewd commercial developer and a fantastic retailer, instilling business acumen, service and a strong work ethic in all his children. He mentored and worked side by side with his son in a family business until he took over. When it came to fun, Laurie was always the life of the party. He has a wicked sense of humor and was always laughing. Even as adults, his children would congregate on his back deck for stories and his famous burgers. When it came to holidays, Laurie made sure his entire family could go, and he’d shut down his entire business for weeks to facilitate creating those special lifelong memories. Today, Laurie continues being a legend, supporting his three grandchildren in their education. He is a giving father who is inclusive of his children’s spouses, and is a legend in many ways … a truly loved superman of a father!

~ Laurie Hodgson, Resident at Sidney All Care Residence

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