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our men to watch & outdoor Issue Chatting About Climate Change | Local Athlete Bound for Hollywood A Marine Adventure | An Outdoor Escape in Your Own Backyard Men’s Health & the Keto Diet | Designer Tips for An Amazing Patio

June 2018

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Contents june 2018



Deb’s day out A Marine Adventure

2018 men to watch Celebrating Our Local Men in Business



seaside homes Grand or Tiny: An Outdoor Escape in Your Own Backyard

can we talk Chatting With Dr. Eddy Carmack about Climate Change

23 Connor way Local Athlete Bound for Hollywood

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First Word Trendspotting Chasing the Golden Years Behind the Scenes Common Cents Ask a Stylist Impromptu Word on the Street New & Noteworthy The Natural Path Inside Out

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Seaside Book Club Island Dish Stories from the Skies West Coast Gardener On Design Seaside Arts Scene Sudoku What’s Happening Last Word

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Bayshore Wins Top Corporate Fundraiser Team Award at Hike for Hospice

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Bayshore Home Health is a strong advocate for this cause and this year for their efforts were awarded “Top Corporate Team” for fundraising. Many thanks go to Melody Harrison, Bayshore’s lead Client Service Coordinator, who gave tireless energy for the organization.


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Caring in the community and for the community, Bayshore Home Health has offices in Sidney, Victoria, Nanaimo and Qualicum Beach. For more information about their award winning home care, call 778-749-0014 today.

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Victoria’s 7th annual Hike for Hospice was held on May 6th. Each year, hundreds of people gather at Fisherman’s Wharf at the Inner Harbour to walk 3km along our beautiful waterfront to raise funds for Victoria’s community. This national event promotes hospice awareness and supports palliative care to those in need and the families involved.

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annilee armstrong page 63 Have you ever had an issue that was hard to talk about? I am a self-proclaimed “hair nerd,” and I love to share what I have learned. This time, it’s around the sensitive issue of thinning hair. I’m here to share some insight and answer some questions for you.

muffet billyard-leake & Margot Wilson page 84 Gardens, whether decorative or edible or both, are such lovely places to be. Most of Vancouver Island is blessed with warm days and long evenings; it is our belief that your “outside room” can be as comfortable and welcoming as is the rest of your home.

katie kroeker page 83 As a landscape designer I am always thinking about how people spend time outside. Last year we finally tackled our own patio and it changed our lives. Our backyard has become our favourite destination to unwind and reconnect. All it takes is a few key elements and you can have one too!

cassidy nunn page 9, photography It feels like summer has already arrived and what better way to enjoy our beautiful Island than by getting outdoors! In this issue I had the pleasure of selecting and photographing new and interesting items that our local businesses have on offer, perfect for all your summertime outdoor adventures.

deborah rogers pages 34, 64, 94 Seals? Check. Eagles? Check. Five peaceful hours exploring the hidden islands, coves and beaches of the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve? It’s all in a day’s work! Our Outdoor issue was the perfect opportunity for me to get out for a marine adventure; with an expert guide I discovered a wealth of beauty and history.

phillip tiicham muir pages 46, 54 Meeting with medical professionals every month scores me tidbits of knowledge that apply to my own health. I suffer from occasional bouts of vertigo, and I’ll admit I turned to Dr. YouTube to learn the Eply Maneuver. I got away with selfprescribing, but realize now the importance of consulting with a professional.

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first word My 15-year-old daughter just recently returned from a trip to Ontario, and we got talking about her current girlfriends and her hopes that they would remain close as they grow up. She’s only just beginning to grasp the importance of friendship and love and how those experiences will come and go. As we celebrate Father’s Day, and our annual Men To Watch issue, it got me thinking about my dad. 23 years ago, when I was 28, I lost my dad to cancer. It was a time of huge emotions: disappointment, anger, disbelief, sadness and confusion. I really thought it was all his fault. I blamed him. After all, he was my best friend. I can remember for months after his death, having his picture in my office, talking to him and asking: “Why did you do this to me? Why did you end our relationship so quickly?” At the time, none of it made sense but as my experiences in life have grown, those memories and wounds have been better understood and healed. We all get faced with adversity. I’ve been thinking about the fact that we don’t get to choose our parents or siblings; they are part of the hand that is dealt to us. Our friends and lovers … do we choose them, or do they stumble into our lives for a reason? Perhaps it’s both. Just like life itself: do we fully have control of it or is it

predetermined by some mysterious force? It could also be both. I think it’s important that we think positively of negative people in our lives. These people give us the opportunity to learn more about ourselves. We learn about our own reaction to their negative energy and realize who we really are, and we end up growing emotionally and intellectually. But we also encounter people who bring positive energy to us and come into our lives to pull out the underdeveloped part of us, beyond what a teacher would teach us. They help explore the unknown within us, a journey that can change our perspective. I like this take from Wayne Dyer about trusting divine order: “viewing the past as a play in which all characters and all entrances and exits were scripted by your Source and represent what you attracted at the time, frees you from guilt, and even revenge. As a result you go from being an actor who’s influenced by others playing the roles of producer and director, to being the writer, producer, director, and star of your glorious life. Imagine, you can audition anyone you choose!” So I tell my daughter, having just been to Stratford to see the play The Tempest, that regardless of how, where and why people come into our lives, we should gain and fill our plates with knowledge, and take trust from it.

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Seaside Magazine is honoured to celebrate those men who sustain our business community with our sixth annual Men to Watch special issue. We asked Kildara Farms’ Brian Hughes about building a family business and leaving a legacy.

Celebrating the Saanich Peninsula’s Men to Watch In the mid-80s, my wife Daphne and I decided to start Kildara Farms looking for a small piece of property where we could grow our own food after we became increasingly concerned about what we were feeding our three children: Michael, Sarah and David. I was working in commercial real estate, and we began our search in the Fraser Valley. It was during this search that I became acquainted with Greater Vancouver’s nightmare traffic problem, which led us to take our hunt to Vancouver Island instead. We found the most beautiful piece of property in North Saanich, one that was by Brian Hughes

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significantly larger than we were looking for! We started with 12 laying chickens and three cows, 600 apple trees and a few thousand strawberry plants. Initially, my brother Kevin and his wife helped work on the farm while I continued my career in commercial real estate in Victoria. Kildara continued to grow, and we got used to the occasional chicken in the living room or being woken up to the sound of cows munching on the patio planters in the middle of the night. The kids regularly had to get off the school bus to herd wayward animals back to the farm, and many of their friends worked for us over the years. Having a family farm for us has always been a labour of love

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Some of this year’s Men To Watch participants enjoying a sunny day poolside at Jane and Peter Ellmann’s home.

more than anything. It is early mornings, late nights, watching the weather closely and trudging through the snow to feed the animals. But something about this lifestyle appealed to the children and after their various travels and educational pursuits, all three of them have returned to the farm to work. David runs the salad greens operation, which has grown into one of the largest in British Columbia; Michael manages the animals and field crops; and Sarah recently converted the original cattle barn on the property into a beautiful event space. Building a family business is a unique experience – it has all the demands of a regular business with the added dynamics of a family thrown into the mix. We have been incredibly lucky to have built a

business and life that our children want to continue, but I couldn’t tell you exactly why or how we got this lucky. Working with my wife and children for all these years has been the greatest blessing of my life and I am thankful that I get to watch them take what Daphne and I started and continue to improve it day after day. We are now welcoming another generation of workers to the farm: my nephew Joe from Ireland is back for his second summer working on the farm and my grandchildren are picking fruit for pocket money, just like my kids did 30 years ago when it all got started. We hope to be here for a long time to continue growing great food for our community and ourselves!

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Men to Watch

AGT Electrical Systems

What is your business best known for and why? The AGT team is known for our collaborative approach. We enjoy working directly with owners, designers, architects and contractors and adding our experiential knowledge to making the project even better than originally envisioned. With over 20 years of collective experience, we have tried and tested the products and designs that work best to meet a client’s needs.



What three things do you need to be successful at this job? A strong team – finding folks who understand the local context including the upcoming building code changes


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Andy Tomlinson on collaboration, having a strong team and not looking back

Andy Tomlinson ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS LTD. and safety regulations is key: they can anticipate changes and incorporate them into designs to ensure longevity ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS LTD. of 2electrical systems. Strong 5 0 3 8 4 7 0 0 1 relationships with contractors and suppliers to ensure we have the best quality products and prices. Strong communication – in my opinion, it is truly a skill to be able to take a client’s vision and communicate the technical requirements in a way that everyone on the team understands. We also focus on communicating to owners how best to operate and maintain the products we are installing to ensure they are getting the best value for the job.


If you could go back in time, what would you do differently?


What three things do you need to be successful at this job? First, deep knowledge of the

In this life, there are a lot of could have, would have, should haves. However, I would not be where I am today without the journey that has brought me here. I choose not to regret anything in life.


Where is your favourite spot to get outdoors on the Peninsula? I often take my family fishing, prawning and crabbing off Sidney and Brentwood Bay on the weekends. One of our favourite camping spots is Portland Island, a boat ride from Sidney spit that is short enough for the patience of my two young boys and the dog.


What is your philosophy towards your work? “You are either in or you are in the way.” I apply this to both my professional and private life to explain that you cannot do anything half heartedly, and appreciate the same from my clients and my friends.

Lawyer Del Elgersma on staying on top, attention to detail and finding his calling Del Elgersma, B.A., J.D.

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Beacon Law What is your business best known for and why? Beacon Law has an exceptional reputation for providing trusted advice and outstanding service in the areas of business law, real estate closings and wills and estates. We can say this with confidence as winner of the 2017 Times Colonist Reader’s Choice Award for Top Law Firm, and of the Peninsula News Review Reader’s Choice Award for Best Legal Services for five years running.

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law. Second, good listening so that I can apply that knowledge strategically and creatively for each client and their unique situation. Finally, careful attention to detail to see the matter through to completion. If you could go back in time, what would you do differently? I have no regrets. The mistakes I’ve made have taught me a lot and provided great opportunities for growth.


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Where is your favourite spot to get outdoors on the Peninsula? I hike with my dog Reggie at Horth Hill almost daily. He loves to run off leash and I love to experience the beauty of the forest in all seasons. After our hike, Reggie is happy to spend the day at the office with me. What inspired you to follow this career path? My Dad went to law school while I was in high school and that inspired me. Growing up in Edmonton, after swim practice I would walk up to the university and wait in the law school student lounge until Dad’s classes were finished and we could drive home together. At dinner we would discuss the cases he was studying. I was called to the bar five years after my Dad, becoming the youngest lawyer in B.C. at the time.


Men to Watch

Head Brewer & Founder Michael Kuzyk, PhD, on no regrets, hidden success stories and looking at what’s to come

Category 12 Brewing

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Where do you see Category 12 Brewing in five years? We envision being a Peninsula craft beer destination, with our tap room serving light fare paired with our diverse offering of beers with an increased selection of “slow” barrelaged beers and sours. If you could go back in time, what would you do differently? In all honesty, not much. I am a firm believer that I am a sum of my experiences – good and bad. I would rather look at what lies


ahead than what came before.

What might surprise your clients to learn about you? That I was raised on Peninsula! I am a Parkland grad, had my first summer job at Butchart Gardens and my first post-doctoral position was even at a Biotech company on Keating Cross Road. Having our brewery on the Peninsula feels like a natural full circle to me.


Where is your favourite spot to get outdoors on the Peninsula? Oh that is a tough one! I would have to say Mount Work wins because it offers both hiking and amazing mountain biking (although Tod Inlet is an amazing afternoon favourite of mine for a paddle as well).

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Why is your business important? The craft beer industry draws a far-reaching audience of customers to the Peninsula. Across North America, craft breweries can easily be tied to reinvigorating industrial areas. As a small brewery, we are also really inefficient compared to large breweries. Where they have equipment and automation, we have people – this means local jobs. We also purchase all our stainless steel brewing equipment from a local fabricator, Specific Mechanical, at a time when many new breweries choose to import from off shore. We are passionate about doing what we love and took a big risk to do it. We make beer worth leaving your career for!

What is your business best known for and why? Craft beer is the easy answer; however, I think the real answer is bigger than that. We greet and interact with our customers in a fashion that is hard to find these days. People that come into our tap room get an experience that is big on hospitality, personality and flavour! What is your philosophy towards your work? Put in your best effort each day as we all rely on one another. Details matter. Work smarter not harder. How do you define success and how do you measure up to that definition? We define success by each day that we get to come to work and continue to do what we love. Our business aspirations are modest, but we are trying to create a brewery that is respected within the community and produces great beers that like-minded people want to support and be a part for many years to come. What inspired you to follow this career path? I was never quite at ease with my decision to pursue a career in life sciences research. But, sometimes you find yourself so far down a path that you convince yourself that your only option is to proceed further. The sequence of events that led to our decision to start the brewery were spread across many years, but ultimately it was discontent with my career and persistent prodding by close friends that gave me the confidence to give this a shot. It was a joint decision with my wife, Karen. We didn’t want to find ourselves 20 years down the road regretting that we had never tried to pursue our passion.

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What do you find inspiring about our local business community? The number of local, hidden success stories that you don’t always hear about. The Peninsula is home to companies that are globally recognized, yet not often talked about. There are a lot of home-grown jobs on the Peninsula, and we are proud to be a part of it.

Michael Kuzyk, PhD

Category 12 Brewing 2200 Keating Cross Road, Victoria 250.652.9668 | category12beer.com


Men to Watch

Barrett Smith Construction Ltd. What is your business best known for and why? We are known for providing quality craftsmanship and dedication to exceeding our clients’ expectations. We are first to the “finish line,” which means that we can see the finished product before it is actually created. This is essential to any job: when you get to the finishing stage that everyone sees it is critical.


What three things do you need to be successful at this job?


Men to Watch

Barrett Smith on role models, getting out on the water and the importance of loyalty

Barrett Smith

Construction Ltd. Perserverance: when the going gets tough, the tough get going. Loyalty: to your clients, suppliers and employees alike. A sense of humour: just something you need in life!

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If you could go back in time, what would you do differently? I would have put more effort into team-building exercises. For the last several years I have been adamant about engaging in team-building extra curricular activities such as boating and snowboarding, which has helped to build strong bonds between myself and the employees.



What three things do you need to be successful at this job? Knowledge across many fields of law, excellent time-management skills, and,

250.888.3323 www.bfsconstruction.com Where is your favourite spot to get outdoors on the Peninsula? The Saanich Inlet is a jewel for boating, with countless ways to enjoy yourself fishing, prawning, doing water sports or simply enjoying the abundance of wildlife and the most gorgeous swimming beaches around. Sitting on the beach with the kids playing in the shallows as the evening sun kisses your face is my idea of heaven.


Can you tell us about a mentor who has shaped your career? I worked for several years as a sub-contractor to a general contractor before I completely went out on my own and he involuntarily helped to mentor me along the way. Watching him deal with client and sub-trades, I asked questions and gathered as much information as I could about the work. I’ve found the best way to learn something is by watching somebody else do it, then trying yourself.


Chris Straub on the real measure of success, maintaining a balance and client satisfaction Chris Straub

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Henley & Walden LLP What is your business best known for and why? Henley & Walden is known for practical, expert legal advice, delivered in a timely manner and at a reasonable price. We are proud of our ability to deliver a great service to all of our clients; whether they are a mid-sized corporation buying a competitor or a young family buying their first home, our clients come first.

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most importantly, clear and concise communication skills to ensure that clients truly understand the nature of their legal matters.


If you could go back in time, what would you do differently? My undergraduate degree was in molecular biology, and I wrote my thesis on the salmon genome. It was fascinating work, and I wish there had been a little bit more time to pursue it.

job, both of which allow me to be active and involved in the community that I love. That feels pretty successful to me.


What is your philosophy towards your work? My philosophy towards my work can be described simply as “client satisfaction.” My clients are my paramount concern, and most of my day is spent ensuring that I am advancing their interests in the most effective way. Everything else about my job flows from that basic principle.

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How do you define success and how do you measure up to that definition? Everyone has a different idea of success. I have a wonderful family and a great

Where is your favourite spot to get outdoors on the Peninsula? Any of the multiple beaches in Ardmore. They are a short walk from our house through lovely trails. It’s pretty idyllic watching the sun set over the Saanich Inlet while the kids skip stones and the dogs chase sticks.


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Accountant Chris Cowland on mud puddles, street smarts and loving where you live

Cowland & Associates

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Where do you see Cowland & Associates in five years? I don’t envisage any major changes. We will be hiring additional staff in the near future to service our expanding client base – please send me a resumé if interested! If you could go back in time, what would you do differently? I would have moved to my current location sooner. My clients love the easy accessibility, great parking, and the bright new office.


What might surprise your clients to learn about you? I continually try to surprise my clients – I acted in Fawlty Towers, I write cooking and motoring articles for Seaside Magazine, I ride a huge 2.3 litre Triumph Rocket 3 motorcycle, but nobody who knows me seems surprised! Why is your business important? The Canadian tax system changes constantly, especially when Governments are replaced. New sets of hands grasp for your wallet, and penalties for non-compliance are enforced draconically. Failure to file a simple information return can lead to a $2,500 penalty. Avoidance of penalties is becoming more important than claiming deductions.

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What do you find inspiring about our local business community? I am a Board member of the Sidney Business Improvement Area, so I have a lot of contact with business owners and their concerns, as well as their

success stories. I feel a strong sense of community; the focus has moved away from individual offerings and has expanded to showcase the whole range of goods and services that make Sidney a unique experience.


What is your favourite spot to get outdoors on the Peninsula? My dogs vote for Horth Hill. It has the best sticks, most squirrels, and a great collection of mud puddles to roll in.

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What is your business best known for and why? Knowledge does not just come from books. My team has an extensive breadth and depth of experience, and we constantly pool our resources to address client needs and situations. This sharing of ideas means that our clients don’t just get one worker bee, they get the whole hive. What is your philosophy towards your work? My dad used to say “If a job’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well.” We share that philosophy in the firm, and constantly redefine what we mean by “well.” Quickly, accurately, at an affordable price, delivered in a friendly manner? We try our best to deliver on each expectation.


What three things do you need to be successful at this job? I have said this before, but it merits repetition. “Two ears and one mouth, in that order.” By listening, taking notes and asking questions, a client’s true underlying needs can be determined.


What inspired you to follow this career path? I went to an all-boys Grammar School in England, and their approach to education was to stream you at a very early age into Arts or Sciences. I did well at both until age 12, when I was put in a Math class with a teacher who was determined to teach us Calculus. Together with many classmates, I failed miserably, and was “inspired” to concentrate on English, French and German. Accountants are not always known for their communication skills, so maybe I and my clients should thank my math teacher for connecting me with the world of the written and spoken word.

Chris Cowland CPA, CA

Cowland & Associates #7 - 9764 Fifth St, Sidney 778.351.3737 | chris@sidneycpa.com

can we talk owner / publisher sue hodgson CHATS with oceanographer and climate scientist dr. eddy carmack In 1969 you were a graduate student at the University of Washington where you studied Physical Oceanography. You were asked to take the place of a fellow student on a trip to the Arctic. You accepted and a month later found yourself on a single-engine plane with skis, landing on the ice between Greenland and Ellesmere Island. Since then you have witnessed five decades of accelerating change in the Arctic. Tell us a little more about how your journey began. Quite simply, it began as an adventure. I grew up in Arizona and had seen little snow, much less an entire ocean covered with sea ice. At the time the Arctic was viewed as mysterious, pristine, isolated and unchanging. Today the Arctic remains beautifully mysterious, but it is certainly not pristine, as our pollution has moved north; it is certainly not isolated, as it is intimately tied to the global ocean and weather; and it is changing at a rate as yet unwitnessed by humans. In the early days, what were the primary research focuses in the Arctic? I think it is fair to say that five decades ago most researchers asked questions within their own disciplines. Today we know that is not enough, and research focus has shifted to disciplines without

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boundaries: physics does alter biology and geology interacts with chemistry. Science today is more like an orchestra, and less like individual performers. The Arctic is changing faster than any other place on Earth – warming twice as quickly. This loss of ice has become the leading signal of global warming. Can you expand a little on this and globally, are we paying enough attention to this? You're right. This is something climatologists call "Arctic Amplification," which means the Arctic is changing two to four times faster than the global average. Think about this. If the world is able to meet a 2° warming target, the Arctic will still warm 4° to 8°C. This may open a Pandora's Box of undesirable surprise. Further, Canada is an Arctic Nation, which means, in a metaphorical sense, that the unpredictable future is arriving here faster than elsewhere. So I think we have a global responsibility to use our little time-machine nation to pay attention and to create new ideas and policies that will lead us and the world to a sustainable future. Evidence is mounting that the changes are not confined to the surface, but are extending deeper and deeper into the ocean itself.

What is one of the most dramatic examples of this? Yes, Arctic change is more than skin deep. The loss of sea ice has woken up a sleepy little ocean and triggered a cascade of change extending over a kilometre deep. A dramatic example we're aware of now is in the ocean north of Siberia, where ocean structures that were formerly found in the northernmost North Atlantic have moved over 1,500 kilometres into the Arctic Basin. And Arctic change doesn't stay in the Arctic. Arctic change affects the global ocean's overturning circulation. As well, Arctic warming may be influencing the path of the jet stream and mid-latitude storms, cold outbreaks and heat waves. We punched the Arctic; now it is punching back. Earlier this year, in recognition of your lifetime contribution to Arctic research, you received the inaugural International Mohn Prize for Outstanding Research Related to the Arctic. An excerpt from the award states that you may be regarded as "the most influential and cited oceanographer at work in the Arctic Ocean." What does it mean to Arctic research that this award has come about? I think that "most" part is a bit of a reach. Plus, I cheated on the "lifetime" part by staying in the business so long. That aside, it is important that such an international award has been established to recognize the global importance of work related to the Arctic and the people who live there. You are officially retired from ice breaker work but your passion right now is on another very special project along the shallow waters of the Arctic. Can you expand on this? I'm continuing my sea-going years by joining a small international team aboard the Martin Bergmann, a 40-year-old, 65-foot, exNewfoundland fishboat. We work in inlets along the fabled Northwest Passage to understand the coupling between climate, physics and biology, and between the land and the sea. When we look up from the water we see shorelines and cliffs that date back two billion years, well before multicellular life appeared on Earth and this makes one appreciate our short time on this planet all the more. You mentioned in an article that "people seem to think the Arctic is nothing but flat, white unchanging – maybe the way I saw it 49 years ago." You are one of the few scientists to have witnessed the Arctic Ocean move from a period of relative stability toward ecological upheaval under changing climate conditions. What are some important things you can tell our readers that we need to be concerned about, as it relates to the Arctic and our environment? The Arctic is sending a message. Arctic change is not "just up there" – It will affect all of Canada. You won't protect what you don't appreciate, and you don't appreciate what you don't understand. So, get involved. Canada, with the world's longest coastline, carries huge responsibility for planetary health. I would like to someday see a fully PanCanada network of community-based observers making relatively simple measurements from small vessels and engaging in dialogue both with scientists and with each other. Call this "Fishboat Science." In the Canadian Arctic this is happening on Canadian Ranger patrols while in the Salish Sea. The Pacific Salmon Foundation has launched a Citizens Science project to collect data needed to help understand salmon stock collapses. On the darker side, realize that climate-related extinction has happened repeatedly in the past; like they ironically say, extinction is forever. The stakes are high, but our abilities are higher.

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Gerald Kazanowski on the three-part plan, sharing your life experience, and being a community leader Gerald Kazanowski, B.A. Econ., CFP

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What is your business best known for and why? We are committed to: understanding and respecting where you are, helping you imagine where you want to be, then personalizing a great way for you to get there. What three things do you need to be successful at this job? 1. You need to be a forward, knowledgeable and independent thinker. 2. You should like teamwork, be a great listener and communicator to show conviction as you move forward with your plan. 3. You must have strong ethics



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Salvador, Davis & Co Notaries Public What’s new this year? My wife gave birth to twin girls, Natalie and Cal, in January. We feel very blessed and while it means I am busier than before it has reinvigorated me and highlights the importance of having a wellthoughtthrough estate plan.


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and integrity as you follow the golden rule of treating others as you wish to be treated. If you could go back in time, what would you do differently? I would not change anything in life because I truly feel blessed and can share some of my experiences.



Where is your favourite spot to get outdoors on the Peninsula? Swimming at Durrance lake and the Saanich

Inlet. I love local walking and biking trails with my favourite biking trail being the Lochside trail from Sidney to Victoria.


Where do you see Kaz Consulting Group Ltd. in five years? Our goal is to continue as a community leader/resource for independent, trustworthy, knowledgeable, personal and regulated financial advice. We are blessed to be part of this community and will continue to give back. We also 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 and church groups to educate.) 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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If you could go back in time, what would you do differently? Encouragement and self-confidence 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 always delivers in the end. What inspired you to follow this career path? I have always wanted to work in an area that allowed me to deal directly 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.




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The Stoic Nature of Men As we approach Father's Day this

month, it's time to turn our attention to the men in our lives, whether they are fathers or not. As the less vocal of the two sexes, it can be hard to determine by Shauna Dorko how men are really feeling. Owner, Sidney SeniorCare Athough both senior men and women can be prone to feelings of isolation and loneliness, men are often more private about their feelings; their quiet stoicism, conditioned by societal expectations, can lead to depression and profound sadness before a concerned family member or friend even notices. The senior men of today were typically raised to be the "hunters" and "breadwinners" of society, part of a more traditional generation where males were often the main providers and protectors of the household. With such expectations put upon them, it is no wonder that many older men have trouble relinquishing this primary role and retiring to a less demanding lifestyle. Their sense of purpose and value can be shaken as their role in society changes. Seniors are one of the most vulnerable demographic when it comes to suicide – over 10 seniors die by suicide every week in Canada. Of that demographic, senior men over the age of 65 are at the most risk. Despite these sobering statistics, there is much that can be done


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What is your business best known for and why? Our business is best known for the tradition and high morality towards our dealings in the care of your loved one: a sincere respect for the deceased, and of course the vulnerable families we serve. We strive for excellence in every aspect of this process. What three things do you need to be successful at this job? Integrity: having strong principles that you stand upon are important. You also need to be trustworthy, or have a firm belief in being reliable. You also need a good solid team, or be able to work within a team, as it’s so important to know that everything matters when it comes to the care of the deceased and the families we serve.


to support men in their senior years. Helping older men to gently transition into retirement can reduce the "shock" of such an extreme lifestyle adjustment – a redirection of energy and focus from the workplace into a hobby or leisure activity can be a wonderfully positive way for retired men to segue into the next chapter of their lives. Studies show that pursuing hobbies, and in particular groupbased leisure activities, may be even more beneficial to men than their female counterparts when it comes to feelings of self worth, fulfillment and overall happiness. Whether joining an antique car club, swinging those long-neglected golf clubs or setting up weekly poker games, engaging with others while pursuing common interests benefits men's mental, emotional and social wellness tremendously. So, how can you brighten a senior man's day on Father's Day (and any other day of the year, for that matter …)? Start with a phone call or preferably a visit. Although senior men may appear outwardly self-reliant, and be less apt than senior women to search out companionship, that doesn't mean they enjoy it any less! Take in a car show together, head out to the driving range, or simply enjoy lunch at his favourite burger joint … and make it part of your regular routine. The benefits for both of you will be well worth the effort! Written in collaboration with Sherrin Griffin. We welcome all comments, suggestions and ideas for future columns. Please email us at news@seasidemagazine.ca with "Seniors" in the subject line.

Anthony Black on making hard times a little bit easier, having a solid team, and striving for excellence

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If you could go back in time, what would you do differently? Not a whole lot really. I enjoy the career path that I’ve set for myself and the people I’ve served and continue to serve every day. Perhaps I would have picked up more skills to aid me in becoming a better funeral director, like another language, but there’s still plenty of time.


Where is your favourite spot to get outdoors on the Peninsula? The Peninsula has so many great places to visit. I enjoy casual cycling, so I’d have to pick the Lochside Trail. It’s so beautiful and allows you to take a nice leisurely bike trip.


What inspired you to follow this career path? My family experienced the sudden death of an uncle that I was very close to, and in trying to help my aunt make final arrangements for her brother I came to realize what the role of a funeral director entails. I understood that they’re not just the people who show up in wellkept cars and nice suits, but they provide support and guide families through the toughest time of their lives. That had an appeal to me; they were so supportive of our family and made such a tough time in our lives easier.


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Stride Properties

Developer Matt Peulen on enjoying the journey, giving a community what it needs and the importance of collaboration

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Where do you see Stride Properties in five years? Our business model is a combination of real estate development and consulting and will eventually include a growing portfolio of rental properties. In five years, we’ll be well on our way to becoming a diversified real estate company that’s built to last. If you could go back in time, what would you do differently? I would try to enjoy the journey a little more. I’ve learned a lot over the years about how flexible you need to be in business and that the right team will find a way to make a project work. I try to remind myself of that when we’re dealing with issues.

What might surprise your clients to learn about the Stride team? We’re a pretty straightforward bunch, but I think anyone who has started working with us recently might be surprised that we have only worked together for a short time. Why is your business important? We’re leading the way in the development of rental homes on the Peninsula, which is changing the landscape for renters and creating economic opportunities. The need for housing in the region is well known and I’m proud that our team is working on a variety of projects that will help address that shortage.


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What do you find inspiring about our local business community? Vancouver Island is becoming known as place where entrepreneurs can start and grow their businesses because there’s a supportive business community and a lot of talent here. Business people are working together to create a strong economy and to give back to communities on the Island. It’s an exciting time. Where is your favourite spot to get outdoors on the Peninsula? I like to go to McKenzie Bight with my family. We walk down to the water so the kids can look for crabs and they love seeing the waterfall in the winter months.

What is your business best known for and why? I think we’re best known for our collaborative approach to development and our ability to be creative when it comes to moving projects forward.


so we work closely with all our stakeholders and really listen. When we’re successful, we end up with a better project and faster approvals. How do you define success and how do you measure up to that definition? Success at Stride Properties means that good value, innovation and positive relationships have been achieved with every project. That ultimately means we’ve designed something special that the community will embrace, and that people are proud to live in the homes we’ve built. What inspires your team? There’s nothing more exciting than having the opportunity to start a project from scratch. We love to find a property, study its potential and start imagining the possibilities to add value to a community.

What is your team’s philosophy towards the work you do? We work hard to design great projects from the start. We know the communities where we work and what’s important to them,

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Chiropractor Dr. Stan Marcus on optimum efficiency, sharing a common goal and getting to know your patients.

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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!

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.

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If you could go back in time, what would you do differently? Why would I change anything? If I did,I wouldn’t be where I am today. And I like where I am today!

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.


Why is your business important? Hey, a properly functioning spine and

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.


Where is your favourite spot to get outdoors on the Peninsula? The trails at the top of Dean Park. HEAVENLY! 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!

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 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 know their patients, NOT their patients’ symptoms!


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Dr. Stan Marcus, DC

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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!

Local Athlete Bound for Hollywood by Sherrin Griffin

Definitely one of the youngest local “Men to Watch,” at just 17 Connor Way has some pretty admirable accomplishments under his belt, and is on his way to the famed Golden State next. A true “Island Boy,” Connor was born and raised in Sidney, and has been representing Vancouver Island and our local community for most of his young life. At the tender age of five, Connor developed a passion for football and is now one of the leading “safeties,” or defensive backs, in B.C. in his age category. Over the last several years, he has been chosen to represent our province in several major tournaments, playing football in both Canada and the U.S. This past January, he played against Team USA in the Dallas Cowboy stadium in Texas, winning a coveted MVP award for his efforts. As Connor’s natural skills for the game have developed, so have the accolades, resulting in scouting offers to play throughout North America. Introduced to rugby at age 14, it was no surprise that Connor exhibited a natural talent for football’s tough cousin, leading to an invitation to play for Team BC in Calgary. Now attending Claremont High School, renowned for its rugby program, Connor is currently playing for the Provincial Championship with his senior team members. The Claremont rugby team was just overseas during March break scrimmaging and “holding their own” with other high school teams across the U.K. Rounding out Connor’s sports’ resumé is the game of basketball, where his height of 6’4”

obviously serves him well. And if sports and high school don’t keep Connor busy enough, then Hollywood certainly will! Last September, Connor was handpicked by Coultish Management in Victoria to represent its male model division, both locally and internationally. As if that weren’t exciting enough, early this year Connor was chosen from applicants across the country to represent Canada in the World Championship of the Performing Arts held in Long Beach, California from July 6 to 15. He will be competing in the Senior Male Model Division where he will be judged by industry professionals in five separate categories: Casual, Formal, Swimsuit, Photo and Spokesmodel. This very prestigious event is considered the Olympics of the performing arts, with Connor competing for the overall title against entries from 27 other countries, with awards and scholarships awarded to winners of the various divisions. Some pretty impressive achievements for a young man, with even more to come, no doubt. We wish Connor all the best in his future endeavours, and whether his “yellow brick road” takes him to the CFL or to Hollywood, we are proud that he is part of our community!

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Dr. Ambrose Marsh, Medical Director, Saanich Peninsula and the Gulf Islands and Dr. Charlie Lamb, Chief of Staff, Saanich Peninsula Hospital

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Where do you see your business/work in five years? Dr. Marsh: I have two perspectives: SPH will grow in providing care to the Saanich Peninsula and Gulf Island community and become a centre for community-based Family Practice education; and Family Practice will become a clinic-based, multi-disciplinary care model while protecting the relationships and trust that make care possible. Dr. Lamb: In five years, I see myself practising, and as part of the leadership for both the community and hospital primary care medicine at SPH.


If you could go back in time, what would you do differently? Dr. Marsh: I might have converted to an electronic medical record sooner. Dr Lamb: I would bet on the Chicago Cubs winning the 2016 World Series.


What might surprise your clients to learn about you? Dr. Marsh: My part-time university jobs were as a commissioned women’s shoe salesperson (I did well!) and as a Carney with fairs travelling across Canada! Dr. Lamb: Even though I may not bet on them, on the inside, I always root for the underdog. Why is your business important? Dr. Marsh: As GP’s we contribute to the health of the community. As Medical Director, I help the Health Authority work outside hospital to address community health. Dr. Lamb: Primary care medicine is a significant determinant of health. According to www.primarycareprogress. org, adults with a primary care provider have significantly lower odds of premature death than those who only see specialists for their care.

What do you find inspiring about our local business community? Dr. Marsh: Sidney illustrates the power of “community.” Dr. Lamb: I am inspired by the sense of ownership, responsibility and commitment of the Peninsula community and its businesses to the overall betterment of its citizens. Support for organizations such as the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation have been vital to the quality of life here.


Where is your favourite spot to get outdoors on the Peninsula? Dr. Marsh: I am a cyclist and love the roads from West Saanich to Lands End to Sidney. I have a spectacular twohour route … rain or shine. Dr. Lamb: Anywhere in good company with soft dry sand and a large log behind me to lean against while I sit and look at the water.


What is your philosophy towards your work? Dr. Marsh: It’s important to appreciate the seriousness of every patient’s concern … but, whenever possible humour, joy and appreciation must be applied. Dr. Lamb: Be present and thorough.


What three things do you need to be successful at this job? Dr. Marsh: Patience, problem-solving and patience. Dr. Lamb: Empathy, sincerity and dedication.

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How do you define success and how do you measure up to this definition? Dr. Marsh: I was mentored by a small group who are now dear friends; also my wife (a GP and Palliative Care Specialist) has been both my life partner and, through her “Caring Wisdom,” an inspiration to me. Dr. Lamb: I define

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to them. How do I measure up? I haven’t retired yet, and don’t plan to anytime soon.

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Behind the Doors of the Masonic Hall by Paula Kully

Several years ago, while waiting in

the Prince George airport, I began talking with the gentlemen sitting next to me. Through our conversation, I discovered he was a Freemason; you know, that secret society that has its own handshake and mysterious rituals. I also gained a new perspective of Freemasons and the good they do in the community. Freemasonry is an ancient fraternal organization steeped in historic symbolism and customs dating back centuries to the stonemasons' guilds of the Middle Ages. It was officially established in 1717 when four lodges in London formed the first Grand Lodge of England. Locally, we have the historic Mount Newton Masonic Hall in Saanichton (photo at top right), which was completed in 1929. The Hall houses four groups of the "Masonic Family" including the United Peninsula Lodge No. 24 Ancient Free & Accepted Masons, Sidney Shrine Club-Gizeh Shriner of British Columbia, Eastern Star Ruth Chapter No. 22, Job's Daughters International, and DeMolay Canada. Jim Ferguson is the elected Grand Master of the local Lodge. He has been a Mason for 51 years, joining when he was just 21. His father, uncles, two of his brothers and his son are all Masons as well. Freemasons have been shrouded in mystery for centuries but as the world changes, so too has the Masons' perspective. Jim is working towards communicating better with the community so that people have a better understanding of what Masons really are and the good work they do for individuals and the community. "I feel the term 'private society' is more appropriate than secret," Jim says. "We are not hiding anything, but you must be a member 26 seasidemagazine.ca | june 2018

to attend and as a member, you are not to share our customs and traditions with non-members." Freemasons aim to "take good men and make them better." They promote tradition, self-improvement, sense of accomplishment, fellowship and the opportunity to break from the routines of daily life. In order to become a Freemason, the applicant must be a man of at least 21 years old, able to read and write in English, maintain a good reputation, and believe in a supreme being. However, Masons do not practise any particular religion and many faiths are represented within a Lodge. Some of the more notable Freemasons include Mozart, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Mark Twain, Sir Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt, J. Edgar Hoover, Oscar Wilde and John Wayne, to name only a few. Jim explains that there are three "craft degrees" of Masonry. These are: Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft and Master Mason. It normally takes four to six months for an individual to work through each degree. Each level consists of a combination of instruction and ceremony. The term "third degree" actually derives from the questioning that takes place during the ceremony for Master Mason which is more challenging than the first two. Like most societies, Masons pay an initiation fee and annual dues. They are required to be actively involved in the working of their lodge by committing to two to four evenings a month and to study and understand Freemasonry's philosophy, history, ritual and practices. Although they are not a registered charity, Masons have a strong

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effluent. It's highly efficient and displaces the need for natural gas thus reducing greenhouse gas emissions significantly. Other initiatives help to reduce environmental impact. Shares Jason Gray, Community Recreation Coordinator: "Our youth programs make a conscious effort to recycle materials as much as we can. We have a pack in pack out garbage procedure to encourage families to bring as little waste as possible to our camp programs. We have recently removed balloons from our birthday party bookings as a measure to counter their environmental impact." It's all about promoting healthy connections with the environment. "We are guided by the National Recreation Framework's goal of connecting people and nature which is associated with improved cognitive, mental, and physical health, enhanced creativity and positive social behaviours," says Melanie. Many programs highlight nature like Fly Fishing (age 15+) or Day trips (age 16+) to the Galiano Conservancy. A free summer public event, Play in the Park includes interactive play, face painting, group games, and inflatable fun and is an excellent way to socialize and connect in an outdoor setting. Why not work out in the great outdoors? Nordic Pole Walking (age 18+), available for Beginners, Hikers and New and Expecting Parents provides cardiovascular benefits with less stress on knees, hips, shoulders and neck. Another excellent choice this summer is Good, Better, Best Bootcamp (age 15+). "This class utilizes body weight, benches and outdoor surroundings to offer a full body workout," says Krista Enderud, Fitness, Weights and Rehabilitation Coordinator. Children's programs can also focus on environment and healthy living. Crafting with Nature (age two years with parent) features a guided walk through Reay Creek Park. Forest Explorers (age three to five) runs throughout the year and 90% of it takes place at Centennial Park. Says Jason: "Children have the opportunity to learn about the different animals and vegetation of the park, watch the park change through the seasons, and learn how everyone has a responsibility to protect our green spaces." Reflected in its philosophy, facilities and programs, Panorama Recreation knows the value of green. It's fitness in the fresh air, field, or forest and a focus on future sustainability.

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Wade Davis The Mary Winspear Centre is proud to present Wade Davis, the second speaker in the Winspear Speaker Series on Thursday, June 7 at 7:00pm. Wade Davis is a writer, photographer, and filmmaker whose work has taken him from the Amazon to Tibet, Africa to Australia, Polynesia to the Arctic. Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society from 1999 to 2013, he is currently Professor of Anthropology and the BC Leadership Chair in Cultures and Ecosystems at Risk at the University of British Columbia. Author of 20 books, including One River, The Wayfinders and Into the Silence, winner of the 2012 Samuel Johnson prize, the top nonfiction prize in the English language, he holds degrees in anthropology and biology and received his Ph.D. in ethnobotany, all from Harvard University. His many film credits include Light at the Edge of the World, an eight-hour documentary series written and produced for the National Geographic Channel. In 2016, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada. Davis’s lecture will focus on his novel Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory and the Conquest of Everest. In a monumental work of history and adventure,

ten years in the writing, Wade Davis asks not whether George Mallory was the first to reach the summit of Everest, but rather why he kept on climbing on that fateful day. His answer lies in a single phrase uttered by one of the survivors as they retreated from the mountain: ‘The price of life is death.’ Mallory walked on because for him, as for all of his generation, death was but ‘a frail barrier that men crossed, smiling and gallant, every day.’ As climbers they accepted a degree of risk unimaginable before the war. They were not cavalier, but death was no stranger. They had seen so much of it that it had no hold on them. What mattered was how one lived, the moments of being alive. For all of them Everest had become an exalted radiance, a sentinel in the sky, a symbol of hope in a world gone mad.

Pure Petty is an authentic, exciting tribute to the late, great Tom Petty & The Hearbreakers. His songs have enduring resonance with fans, uncompromised by fads and fashion, with simple words and honest expression. Tom Petty once said, “Music is the only real magic I have encountered in my life. There’s not some trick involved with it. It’s pure and it’s real. It moves, it heals, it communicates and does all these incredible things”. Pure Petty presents to you “all the incredible things” that Tom was talking about. With restraint, passion and great attention to detail, the music of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will be recreated in front of your eyes and ears. Breakdown, American Girl, Refugee, I won’t back down and Free Fallin’ to name just a few.

The Winspear Speaker Series will welcome Wade Davis on Thursday, June 7, and Peter Mansbridge on Thursday, September 27, with the final speaker, Jann Arden, on November 25, 2018. Tickets can be purchased at the Mary Winspear Centre box office, 250-656-0275.

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Pure Petty If you are a Tom Petty fan, you will not want to miss Pure Petty – the musical essence and magical spirit of Tom Petty & the Hearbreakers on Friday, June 8th.

Tiller’s Folly, The Wilds, the British Columbia Boys Choir and special guest Ta’Kaiya Blaney team up to present Voices for the Salish Sea, a presentation combining musical performance & multimedia. Our goal for Voices of the Salish Sea is to produce a series of affordable, family- friendly live music events promoting awareness, advocacy and stewardship for the unique ecosystem that is our Salish Sea. Performaces are 4:00pm & 7:30pm on Saturday, June 9th.

Dinner en Rouge The Mary Winspear Centre is proud to present Dinner en Rouge on Friday, June 29 at 6:00pm at Beacon Park. Fashioned after the world famous “Diner en Blanc”, Sidney will celebrate Canada Day with the 2nd Annual “Dinner en Rouge”. Guests dressed in red and white will gather for a chic, outdoor dinner along the waterfront in beautiful Beacon Park.

Guests can choose to bring their own food and dine potluck style with friends or choose to partake in the catered bbq dinner prepared by Island Culinary Services. In partnership with the Peninsula Celebration Society, entertainment will be a great mix of cover songs lead by Aaron Scoones and band. The evening will also include a silent auction in support of Slangspruit Primary School in South Africa.

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A Marine Adventure

Puttering out of Port Sidney Marina on a glorious morning – the by Deborah Rogers sea calm and glassy and nothing but a few puffy clouds in the blue sky – I feel exceptionally fortunate. I’m in the good company of Reg Kirkham of Island Camping Water Taxi Services for a morning of exploring the Gulf Islands and National Park Reserve. It’s a slow, slow start out past the breakwater, but after we’ve given photographer Cassidy a wave, Reg turns the engine up and we set out towards Cole Island. We’re keeping a lookout for “Hollywood” seals – you know, the ones that sun themselves on the rocks and have appeared in many a visitor’s photos! I quickly learn that Reg has a story for every occasion, having spent his life on these waters. You couldn’t imagine a more generous or informed guide. We’re in Reg’s 27-foot aluminum crew boat, the “Westy Too;” it’s very comfortable and you could fit eight or so friends onboard if you wanted to share an adventure with them. The BC Parks Service would like to see more people making use of the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve; these beautiful islands are perfect for a hike and a picnic, to spot birdlife and to truly get away from it all. Portland Island has three backcountry campgrounds and hiking trails, and nearby Russell Island has a landing dock, though no overnight spots. Russell Island was settled by a native Hawaiian family 34 seasidemagazine.ca | june 2018

and remained in Kanaka hands until 1959. We tie up briefly and check out the Interpretive boards sharing some of the island’s history. Next we head towards Prevost Island, passing the SALTS tall ship “Pacific Grace” and some small sailing yachts at anchor on the way. There are a pair of eagles just sitting surveying the scene as we cruise past. These islands are so well protected, covered in wildflowers – camas and chocolate lilies – and with no deer on the smaller islands to affect the flora. Did you know that there is a Secret Island? Of course not, you haven’t met Reg! It has about 40 homes on it, and is so tucked away you wouldn’t know it was possible to enter the narrow gap between rocks to access it. It’s like going back in time. We cruise out past Owl Island (Reg’s favourite) with no buildings on it, just a dock hinting at adventures to come. As we approach Galiano’s Montague Harbour we see a large group of kayakers off the sandy beach – everyone is having an idyllic day. Later the Marina manager tells us it is a school group from Vancouver having a camping field trip – what a childhood! We step off Westy Too to grab a coffee and survey the scene. On another day we could have stayed for lunch at the Crane and Robin where the fish tacos are apparently the best this side of Hawaii. But we have to press on if we are going to see all the islands. We don’t stop at Mayne, but skirt close enough to see Miners Bay and the Spring Water lodge, the

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Care & Cuisine Fresh from the Kitchen: Chef on the Run Sidney by Jo Barnes

This is part of a rotating series of articles on some of the unique shops and services available on the Saanich Peninsula. Situated at 9781B Second Street, Chef on the Run Sidney, owned and operated by Alan and Julia Ripley, is the original brainchild of Julia's father Roy Greve. "Our business is family run," says Julia. "Meals are prepared in our commercial kitchen on the premises in Sidney by Alan and his team." And the family connections don't end there. Daughter Toni Lee is now working actively in the kitchen too. "She has trained to take over from her dad in the kitchen and brings with her some exciting fresh new ideas," shares Julia. Employees of the business are an integral part of the family framework. Shares Julia: "Our front person in the deli is Therese Mackillop, who has been with us for 19 years. She not only knows the customer preferences, but is always very friendly and has fun with them." Owners Alan and Julia emigrated from the U.K. in 1996 and between the two of them share a background in business management and catering. Reflecting the business name, meals are prepared for pick up or delivery for seniors, families and busy people "on the run." Says Julia: "We cook fresh daily, ready-to-eat meals selected from n aratio p e r p x nal ta perso ry


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When Roy Tidman started his construction company in 1948, big bands were on the radio, television shops were popping up everywhere, a new sportscar called a Porsche was all the buzz and bikinis were making waves. In this post-war era of opportunity, Roy had just moved to Brentwood Bay from Nova Scotia with his wife Agnes and growing young family. A masterful craftsman, Roy was drawn to the beauty of the area and began their home overlooking the Saanich Inlet, which he would live in until he was almost 100 years old. The world is a different place than it was seven decades ago when Roy

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posted his first Tidman Construction sign, but as the adage goes: "The more things change, the more they stay the same." Tidman Construction is still one of the most respected names in high-quality custom home construction, still run by the Tidman family and still operating out of Brentwood Bay. Roy's values were carried on by his sons Ron and John, who rose through the ranks of their father's business and took over in the 1980s, and later by John's son Andrew. Tidman Construction is now the oldest family-owned custom home builder on Vancouver Island. "Delivering not only an exceptional home, but a smooth experience for our clients is at the core of what drives us," says Andrew. "The feedback we get from clients is that it's about the personal attention they receive from us. We're not a large company, and that's by choice. We deliberately do not take on very many projects at one time. We want to be able to deal directly with every client and give them one-on-one attention." Tidman Construction's reputation for customer satisfaction and top-quality workmanship is known far and wide, and it is why clients seek them out from all corners of the world. "Many of our clients are building their homes on the Island while living elsewhere and we need to have an exceptional level of trust and understanding to build their home in those circumstances." In the 70 years since Roy started his company, Tidman

Construction has brought a defined style of custom homes to the region and has earned an unrivalled industry reputation for customer satisfaction and top-quality workmanship. "We have been very fortunate over many years to have worked with a very high calibre, hard-working group of sub-trades," Andrew says. "They are people that come to our projects to do the job correctly. A lot of them have been working with Tidman for many years – some as long as 50 years." That level of continuity and consistency is part of the reason Tidman has earned their reputation. "Dedication to craftmanship, listening to what people want, doing what you say you're going to do, that all goes back to my grandfather," says Andrew, who notes many of Roy's colleagues and clients became life-long friends. Ron, John and Andrew carried on this legacy, and today Tidman Construction continues to build homes for past clients and even second and third generations of past clients. "We're very proud of that legacy. We want to continue it for a long time to come. " To learn more about Tidman Construction, and to get in touch with Andrew and his team about a custom home or renovation of your own, visit www.tidmangroup.com.

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When buying your father that special gift that non-verbally expresses your deep appreciation for all he has done for you in your lifetime and all he will continue to do, absolutely do not give him a pair of socks. Or if you do buy him socks, consider an actively to go with the socks, like a hike or taking him shopping to buy a new pair of cool hip shoes to go with the socks. The best investment is creating a moment where there is time well spent. We are all far too busy keeping up with everything that the special moments are getting missed. Make your special moment with your Dad and be thankful he is still around to gift him something thoughtful. House of Lily Koi

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fabric of all time. This is is going to take a while, so stay tuned. A hair from a goat is about 1.5 inches long. One hair is spun with another, binding them to create a strand or a thread. This thread is then spun with other threads to create a variation of ply. Imagine a fabric that is so fine and short in length being rubbed back and forth many times. With friction and movement of the fabric, something must break free. Once the thread has come undone it takes very little effort for it to pill. The most common places for this friction to occur is under the arms, where your purse lands and around your belt, including seatbelts. This is why cashmere is considered a luxury fabric. It is costly for good cashmere because it can take up to four years to produce enough good cashmere to create one sweater! If it pills quickly it is most likely a two to four ply. Sometimes even when it is more it will pill. Get comfortable when buying cashmere, knowing that at some point it will need to be cared for to remove the pilling and make the garment look fresh again. The dry cleaners will do it, and there are great tools out there for DIY'ers. Remember to watch out for moths; cedar works! Last but not least. In the last published “Ask A Stylist” there was an error in my delivery of words that when heard you would understand but written it was soooo different. Lessoned learned. Thank you to the loyal reader who called me to share her experience with what I wrote. To know me is to know very little makes me blush, but in this instance I turned purple I was so shocked. I cannot share here but if you would like the story firsthand, come see me at House of Lily Koi. Xo Shai

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Getting outdoors used to mean golf or kayaking. Not anymore! Now it means strapping on my backpack and finding a trail in another country that’s calling my name. Two years ago it was an epic 920-kilometre trek on the Camino de Santiago, and last year it was the Kerry Way in Ireland. This year, I decided to walk a 375-kilometre stretch of the Via Francigena through Tuscany, Italy over about 15 days. I don’t do it just for the exercise, although there is certainly plenty of that, crossing mountains with a backpack on. I mostly do it for the adventure of trekking in countries I might not otherwise get to. I always come home with such a better appreciation of British Columbia.

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Streamlining the Treatment Process: Peninsula Physiotherapy and Massage by Phillip Tiicham Muir This is one of a series of profiles on some local businesses that are working to keep us all in good health. We're privy yet again to the extensive knowledge of Linda Walker, owner of Peninsula Physiotherapy and Massage. Her talented team is gearing up with the latest research to prepare for a busy season. This month Linda will help take a weight off your shoulders, and stop your world from spinning. She recently attended teachings about new research on both shoulder pain and vestibular issues, which are total game

changers in the physiotherapy world. "There are 256 special tests for the shoulder," Linda explained amusedly, to bring into perspective just how difficult it is to diagnose a shoulder problem. Thanks to an Australian doctor named Lyn Watson though, things are looking much simpler. Dr. Watson has developed a shoulder rehab program, consisting of just six stages. Even though many of the existing tests are merely different versions of the same thing, Dr. Watson's work is still groundbreaking in its efficiency and effectiveness.

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shouldn't cause one to experience spinning or lose depth perception. Dizziness is often attributed to the inner ear, but Linda reminds us that it's one of about 30 possible answers. Therefore, she strongly discourages people from trying the Eply Maneuver (an inner ear crystal re-alignment exercise) without diagnosis.

The majority of vestibular cases Linda treats are concussion related, often years after the incident occurred. There is usually a vision component, which can be corrected with very specific eye training exercises. Linda's background in chronic pain often ties in too, as it can be a symptom of past neck or head trauma. Linda always has so much to share, and she'd like to leave us with a couple of seasonal reminders too. As we get back to running, gardening and start to wear flip-flops again, our feet and lower backs often take the brunt. A quick spring visit is always a good idea, to learn preventative stretches and exercises. If you're a woman with an aging bladder, Liza has resumed her Pelvic Floor Rehab program too. There probably isn't one among us who wouldn't benefit from a visit to Peninsula Physiotherapy and Massage, especially with their ever-expanding range of treatments.


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Seaside Magazine wants to live up to our slogan of being "the voice by Lara Gladych of the Saanich Peninsula," so, in every issue, we'll be asking people to answer a question. We're looking for responses from all ages and across the diverse neighbourhoods that form our community. This is our outdoor issue, celebrating all things made better by fresh air, sunshine and nature! Presumably most of us have had at least one memorable outdoor adventure in our lifetime, and for many, outdoor adventure is a regular part of an active lifestyle. My most memorable outdoor adventure to this day is a three-week Outward Bound course I did in Maine's Penobscot Bay, when I was 21. It was one of the most difficult things I've ever set out to do, as we were assured it would be from the onset. It was a combination of sailing, sea-kayaking and rock climbing, peppered with life lessons in perseverance, endurance and pushing yourself beyond your perceived limits. It would take me pages and pages to describe the whole experience and what I learned. Re-entry to "the real world" was a strange transition after so many nights away from civilization and without a real bed, shower or bathroom. The hardest part of the whole experience wasn't so much the physical demands as it was learning to co-habitate with many different personalities in a gruelling environment where the good of the group was dependent upon a functioning whole, which wasn't always easy. I visited Mattick's Farm, at the south end of the Peninsula, to see 48 seasidemagazine.ca | june 2018

what people there wanted to share about their outdoor adventures. I first approached a group of women who had just finished their class at Victoria Pilates. When asked "What outdoor adventures have you had?" sailing was a popular and immediate answer amongst the women. The more they discussed the question, the more they realized how active they were as a group, and that outdoor adventures were plentiful between them. Rosemary, 57, said she recently went paddleboarding in Cordova Bay for Mother's Day, and that it was a special experience for her. She also enjoys sailing to Desolation Sound, where one of her favourite treats is trapping prawns. Karen, 58, cycles once a week, and her favourite route to take is the Lochside Trail (starting in this same area) all the way downtown to the Foi Epi Bakery on Bay Street. For Pat, 68, watching the BNP Paribas Open, in Indian Wells, California, this past March, was an exciting outdoor highlight. Pat and her friend Lynn, 60, also at the table, attended a week-long surf and pilates retreat in Cerritos Beach on the Baja Peninsula. They enjoyed two hours of surfing and two pilates classes daily, along with some fabulous massages! Wow. As we spoke, Pat made note of a sign hanging in the neighbouring gift shop: "Mind of an athlete, body of a genius." She thinks it sums up their group rather well. Moving along, I stopped to chat with two women taking a break from their bicycles. Lake Havasu, on the border between California and Arizona, is a favourite destination for Silvia, 59. Although it may not be an athletic adventure, she recounts the story of taking a wild

journey off the beaten path (off of Route 66 in this case), on a road so tricky it took a half hour to negotiate the five miles. At the end was the unadvertised, unmarked Desert Bar, housed in what was formerly a gold mine. It opens from noon to 6 p.m. on weekends only, and Silvia says that likely hundreds of people filled the place during that time. Silvia's cycling companion, Gypsy, 59, has an upcoming adventure to Scotland and Ireland planned, where she intends to cycle and hike as much as she can while sampling local beer and scotch along the way. I next met Brian, 67, Bob, 71, and Rick, 69, who were also taking a break from their bicycles. They've cycled in from the mainland, a 26.8-mile trip (via ferry, of course), and Brian's favourite bike tour. Skiing in Whistler is Bob's favourite outdoor escape, and something he does frequently. Rick cycles in Richmond, and all the way to Vancouver – his adventure of choice. My husband Ricky, 52, wanted to jump in on the sharing here. He's had a lot of unique outdoor adventures, but the one closest to his heart was cycling across the United States, from Florida to California. What outdoor adventures have you had? Do you keep adding to the list, or is there a special one in the works? There's a lovely quote from Mark Twain that has always held beautiful imagery for me: "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

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So You're Thinking of Running for Local Office … As we approach summer, it will be just over three-and-a-half years since the November 2014 Municipal election. I thought this would be a great opportunity to reflect on my time in office as a Councillor for the District of Central Saanich and to offer some personal musings for anyone considering running for local office. It was four years ago when I was walking through the tall trees at Centennial Park, reflecting on the beauty of our community, when I made my decision to run for local office. Since then, I have run my first municipal campaign, been honoured with the support of our community, been vice chair of the Peninsula Recreation Commission (Panorama Recreation Centre), chair of the Central Saanich Parks and Recreation Committee, and sat on numerous community boards like the Peninsula by Niall Paltiel

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The ArtSea Gallery Presents: Twisted Paper June 4 - 10 Artists Terry Murray, Sarah Belanger, Daniel Belanger, Donna Cottell, Nancy Bissonnette. Paper, sculpture and vessels. Into the Wild Man Cave June 11 - 17 Show by Artist Marie Savage: Encaustic as well as oil and cold wax; Edward Savage: Photography. Offers something for everyone. Fun with Fibre, Cloth & Wood June 18 - 24 Artists: Kathy Demchuk, Peter Demchuk, Dale MacEwan, Heather Corbitt, Maya Brouwer. Five happy artists will be back at ArtSea for their sixth show of recent work. SPACtivity - SPAC 65th Celebration

June 25 - July 1 Join us in celebrating SPAC’s 65th anniversary. We are holding an exciting plein air contest, artist demos, jewelry display, children’s hands-on activities, prizes and more.

The ArtSea Gallery has many creative and imaginative shows scheduled for 2018. Come in and enjoy the wonderful local art. Visit our website for more information: www.artsea.ca.

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Chamber of Commerce. My first term on Council has been a humbling and (at times) trying experience. We have, as a Council and as a community, overcome some serious challenges and been presented with some exciting opportunities. Items that one may at first think are straightforward – for example, approving 40 units of affordable rental housing with the Greater Victoria Housing Society or producing a Management Plan to clean up derelict vessels in Brentwood Bay – have turned out to be complicated and contentious files. Throughout all of those challenges we have engaged the community in meaningful discussions, persevered and made difficult decisions while earning community trust and support. As I reflect on the issues that we have worked to address over this term, I think it's important to let somebody interested in running for local office, as well as the overall community, know that not every decision is going to be perfect. As a Council and a community, we are going to make compromises, we will try to be fair and reasonable, we will always be respectful and listen, and we know that every decision we make will have an impact on current and future generations. If I were talking to an individual interested in running for office, I would remind them of the need to carefully plan for life both inside and outside of Council before running. Consider marriage, children, work, travel, school, retirement and anything else on the horizon that you perceive as being a possible consideration. As a 25-year-old, you can imagine that I have a number of personal and professional milestones I'd like to achieve. All of these milestones should complement and not hinder your work at the Council table. It is all about balance. If I were talking specifically to a young individual interested in running for local office, I would encourage them to never be ashamed of their age. Understand that while you definitely don't have all the answers, as a young person in today's changing social, economic, and environmental climate, you bring a different perspective to the table, and that could be your greatest asset. As a young person elected to our Council, I see first hand a housing market that is making it more difficult than ever to attain an environment that needs to be looked after for our children and grandchildren. I strongly believe that while we all bring different and (at times) competing perspectives, it is important to remember that we all want the same things: to improve our community, to see current and future generations prosper, and to respect and enhance the environment and the world around us. Having a broad range of backgrounds, perspectives and ideas at the Council table and in the room when you are making decisions will certainly enhance this beautiful place on the Saanich Peninsula that we are blessed to call home.


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In men's health and wellness, the main issues men seem to face with aging are increased weight, poor energy, high cholesterol (cardiovascular disease) and diabetes. In order to address these issues, many male patients come to me to get dietary advice. Recently, there has been a lot of hype around the "ketogenic diet" and men are questioning if this is something that would work for them. The short answer to this is yes, the ketogenic diet seems to have a direct impact in improving health for many different people, particularly men. However, one must understand how this diet works and if they can safely use this dietary approach with success. What is the ketogenic diet? It is is a way of eating that causes the body to make and use ketones as an energy source. Ketones are a byproduct of fat breakdown. Our cells prefer to use glucose for energy, but in its absence use ketones instead. This only begins to happen over a few days of eating fewer than 20 to 50 grams of carbs per day. For reference, a medium apple contains about 26 grams of carbohydrates. What are the benefits? Most people considering the ketogenic diet are doing it for weight loss. However, the benefits of the ketogenic diet have been documented for reducing blood sugar levels (as in type 2 diabetics and pre diabetes), cholesterol (as in cardiovascular disease) and having neuroprotective effects in Parkinson's, seizures, Alzheimer's, MS, sleep problems and even brain cancer. How is it done right? Because of its high fat content, the ketogenic diet is often looked at with concern. The best way to approach a ketogenic diet is to be sure you are eating the right foods. Avoid all processed meats, and eat as organic as possible. Consume large amounts of high water content (low carbohydrate) vegetables at each meal. Do not eat foods you know you are intolerant or allergic to (dairy and eggs are common). Consume lots of good fats such as

Men's Health and the Ketogenic Diet: Is It Good for You? medium chain triglycerides (coconut oil), monounsaturated fats (olive oil), and avocados in addition to high animal fat. Be sure you are eliminating! If you aren't, you are not eating enough vegetables. Take a multivitamin and probiotics so you do not become deficient in the important vitamins and minerals needed to improve metabolism; probiotics will aid digestion and absorption of your food. Who should not do the ketogenic diet? Anyone with kidney disease is not a good candidate; it is too high in protein. People on medications for diabetes and heart arrhythmias should be closely monitored by a medical professional; how medications are used in the

body can be impacted. It is always important to seek proper medical advice and care from a professional such as a naturopathic doctor to monitor your health and progress so you know you are doing it right. The ketogenic diet is not one that has been studied long-term so its impacts on health should be closely watched. Once health goals have been achieved (lowered cholesterol, blood sugar regulation and healthy weight), healthy complex carbohydrates should be slowly reintegrated into the diet because of their own health benefits including the nutrients (fiber, vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients) contained within them.


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Summer entertainm ent Blooms and a Bite for a Bargain The Butchart Gardens is running a Summer Dinner and Admission Special from June 1 through 21. Experience their colourful array of summer blossoms followed by a twocourse dinner in The Dining Room Restaurant. Cost is $68 plus tax from June 1 through 14, and $70 + tax from June 15 through 21, which includes one adult admission and your choice of appetizer and entrée, or entrée and dessert. Reservations are recommended. Call 250-6528222 to assure your place.

The Finishing Stage Brentwood Bay's summer

tradition of Music in the Park will look and sound that much better this year, thanks to generous community donations that funded the building of a beautiful new stage. The Central Saanich Lions Club and Tidman Construction were the top donors, and a full list of contributors is posted at www.brentwoodbay.info. Come to Pioneer Park every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. from July 4 to August 15 for a free outdoor concert.

Accolades Sidney BIA Pres Goes Provincial Susan Simosko, President of the Sidney Business Improvement Area Society (Sidney BIA), has been elected to the Board of the Business Improvement Areas of British Columbia. The BIA at all levels champions strong, vibrant and successful businesses, which Susan's been doing for Sidney since 2013. While she retains her position as president of the Sidney BIA, Susan now also represents the interests of thousands of businesses in cities across the province.

Honour for Library Advocate On May 11, Barry Avis, Chair of the Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) Board of Trustees was presented with the British Columbia Library Trustees Association Advocate Award. This honour acknowledges the outstanding advocacy work Barry did for VIRL and First Nations communities in 2017. Since being elected as chair in 2017 Barry has written to provincial politicians, reminding them that the majority of VIRL funding comes from local taxpayers, and introduced a First Nations acknowledgement at the beginning of every VIRL meeting. Barry is a key player in the Qualicum Beach community, having been elected to local council four times over the past 13 years, and appointed director of the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities.

Education Streamlining the Flight Path

The Victoria Flying Club now offers an online component to

its Commercial Pilot program. This allows students to complete the program as quickly as they can manage. With an estimated demand for 350,000 pilots worldwide by 2026, students are motivated to finish training as quickly as possible. There is a nationwide shortage of flight instructors too, but the Victoria Flying Club has 18 instructors lined up for the summer. Visit www. flyvfc.com for more information.

Local Business The New Face of Sportswear Anthony Ewen, Founder and longstanding owner of Hypersport on Beacon Avenue, has sold the business. Service will be as great as ever, with Hypersport now in the hands of Anthony's friend, Ryan Oakley. Ryan's a lifelong Peninsula resident with a passion for sports. He's bringing in more local brands, and expanding their kids department. Look for Hypersport at the Sidney Street Market this summer.

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Muffet & Louisa We get the most wonderful comments from our customers; we often hear that Muffet & Louisa together with Dig This are the loveliest shops in Sidney in the most charming building in town. We have been sharing space at 9813 Third Street for six months now and, whether by accident or design, the two stores have grown closer in décor for home and garden. In our selection of linens, Muffet & Louisa stocks lots of bright, botanical prints on bedding, the best selection of summer tablecloths in Sidney, and our soft, warm throws and wraps will warm you on your patio when the evenings are cool. Bright printed robes and feminine, white cotton nighties are a joy for holiday travelling or lounging at home this summer. Don't be alarmed that we are all about the fabrics and flowers! We've still kept our favourite kitchen items in stock, like Mineral frypans from France (perfect for indoor or barbeque cooking – you can even use them on a camp fire), nonbristle barbecue brushes, plates and bowls for the patio that contain no melamine, and other useful tools for your summer entertaining. Thank you to our wonderful supporters. We hope we will see you soon.

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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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Brown's The Florist is your local choice for flowers and floral gifts. We are locally owned and passionate about the environment so we make a point of supporting our local growers and economy. When importing flowers we look for Fair Trade and sustainable farms. We are open seven days a week and deliver from Sidney to Sooke and some of the Gulf Islands. Sidney - Downtown - Westshore brownsflorist.com

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Dominion Astrophysical Observatory:

Still Shooting for the Stars by Jo Barnes

When you look at a building that is a

century old, words like quaint, antiquated and historic come to mind. But there's one local building that's anything but a museum piece, and in fact is helping Canada play a leading role in 21st century space exploration. A well-known landmark perched on top of Saanich's Observatory Hill, the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory (DAO) has a rich history and this year marks its centenary. "It has been part of the Victoria landscape for 100 years," says James Di Francesco, Astronomer and Principal Research Officer, National Research Council (NRC). Operated by the NRC Herzberg Astronomy & Astrophysics Research Centre (NRC-HAA), the DAO is the leading Canadian centre for astronomy and astrophysics. Anniversary events began in May with the unveiling of a new Parks Canada Historical Plaque and a re-enactment of "first light," and will continue with exhibits at Royal BC Museum May through June and at the Centre of the Universe July through August. A DAO Public Open House is slated for the fall offering various presentations and opportunities to tour the labs and telescope and the Centre of the Universe. "Star parties" will be running every Saturday night through to September. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/DAO100. The DAO story is an interesting one. Notable engineer and astronomer John Stanley Plaskett lobbied the Canadian government and secured the funds in 1913 to begin construction for a new observatory outside Victoria. He began to work on the design for a telescope that would be the largest in the world. Says James: "There were four sites considered including Victoria. They looked at factors like temperature changes. Victoria has small variations in temperature." Construction began in 1914. A road to the summit was built by the Province of B.C. The 50-acre site was on the Interurban railway

and most of the work was done manually. "Parts and materials were brought up by horse and wagon," says Dennis Crabtree, Director DAO & Optical Astronomy Directorate. By 1916 the dome building was ready for the new 1.83-metre telescope which was built at a time of military conflict and international tension. "The telescope mirror was cast and sent to Pittsburgh for polishing. It was shipped out of Belgium just days before WWI began. It's lucky it got here at all," says Dennis. By the time it opened, multitudes had visited the site. It was an exciting time for the region. Shares James: "In 1918 for six months it was the largest telescope in the world. It put Victoria on the map." Plaskett became the first Director of DAO and on May 6, 1918 he used the telescope for the first time to gather light from a distant star. Since its official opening on June 11, 1918, the DAO has served as a leading research facility. Says James: "I think the Observatory is special because it is the cradle of Canadian astrophysics and it still works today to realize Canada's pre-eminent place in astronomy on the world stage." "Many here are world authorities in their fields of expertise," shares Gerald Schieven, Senior Research Officer & Head of the NRC Herzberg Millimetre Astronomy Group. "There are also a lot of exciting engineering projects going on, designing and building instruments for telescopes around the world and for space missions." Clearly the DAO has been and continues to be a ground-breaking facility. What started as one man's vision of a larger telescope became a concerted effort by many to put Canada at the forefront of astrophysical research. Mark your calendars! Come celebrate the DAO, honour its heritage in astronomy advancement and salute the future of scientific and space exploration. june 2018 | seasidemagazine.ca 59


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Planning a Garage or Estate Sale, or

just downsizing, can be a daunting task. It seems so much easier to just be rid of items that hold no value to you. We all want to find the most expedient method, so many items end up in the trash or are given away with no thought. What you may not know, however, is that some of those family pieces could be of historical value to your local museum or archives: items such as portraits, photographs, post cards, advertising of local merchants, diaries or journals, just to name a few examples. All of these items hold stories of the past. Recently we acquired an early 1900s hard-covered Canada Post Journal. As it turns out, it was used as a ledger for a local Sidney company that recorded employees' names, hours worked and production. Many of the employees still have relatives living in the area. We were able to donate this journal back to the Sidney Archives. We also had a pair of large oval photographic prints with convex glass come into the shop. They were of a husband and wife. There was no identification of the pair, but we purchased the pictures for the frames. We had only had them for about a week when one of the volunteers from the Saanich Pioneer Museum happened to come into the shop. She was not only able to identify the couple but said the museum had much smaller pictures of them. We knew right away that they belonged over at the museum. As it ends up, the couple owned much of the property around our area and had been early pioneers of the Saanich Peninsula. As mentioned, many items still in circulation are worth donating to local archives and museums. Most organizations can be contacted by email and will advise you of their interest in your items. Photos with descriptions or any information that you can provide is always helpful. Keep in mind that none of these volunteer organizations provide valuations for resale; you will need to contact an actual appraiser for this service. You can also research items on the internet by entering an accurate description of your item, then hit the image button and scroll through the pictures. By finding a similar item, you can refine your search criteria and zero in on identifying your item. With this method we were able to identify a miniature portrait of an English Noble Woman of the early 1800's. So take the time to have a second look at all the items you have in boxes or items inherited from your Great Aunt, and explore the possibilities.

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The Skinny on Thinning Hair

by Annilee Armstrong Red's Chair

Whether it's due to aging, genetics, hormonal changes or other causes, hair thinning and loss can be worrisome and frustrating. Healthy hair and hair growth begins with a healthy scalp. It's important to remember that our internal health can directly affect our scalp and hair. Much the same as medications affect skin and nails, they can also affect hair negatively. Keeping a healthy balanced diet and drinking enough water are things that can directly have a positive impact on our skin, nails and hair. If we think of our scalp like a garden … what we put into it, we may get out of it. With a garden, we tend to the soil before we plant the seeds, we till, fertilize and water it and watch our healthy garden grow – provided there are no other underlying issues, we should get a full crop! Think about your hair in the same way: if we take care of our scalp, we are providing a healthy foundation for the hair to grow from. Since our hair grows from beneath the scalp, we need to make sure that scalp is healthy. The follicle openings are where the hair shoots out of the scalp. Sometimes that opening can get clogged with soap, product, sweat and normal skin shedding. The more clogged it is, the more the hair is choked out and can appear thinner over time. Since it's blood that feeds the hair (fun fact!), the more we stimulate the scalp, the more blood flow we'll have to the area. Also making sure the scalp is clean and the follicle openings are clear of buildup will help your hair to appear fuller. Looking for products that stimulate the scalp is beneficial. There are a lot of products on the

market and it's hard to know which ones to use. Since hair regrowth hasn't yet been discovered, products will help you keep the hair you still have, while keeping the follicle openings clear to better allow hair to continue to grow. Female pattern baldness is also something we see regularly: while baldness is typically something we associate with men, it happens to women as well. Female pattern baldness tends to have an all-over thinning affect, whereas male pattern baldness tends to start as a receding hairline around the temple and through the top of the head. Your hairdressing professional can share information on which products are available, and is a great place to start the conversation about hair loss and talk about a regimen that can help. It can be a hard conversation to have but rest assured, we care and will be able to talk about it in a discreet and sensitive manner. If we feel the situation might be something more, then we'll suggest you take your concerns to a medical professional. Last but not least: as the summer sunshine approaches, it's important to make sure we protect that precious scalp! Anyone who has experienced a sunburn knows how uncomfortable it can be – especially when that warm shower water touches it! If you're in a pinch, just apply sunblock to your part line, and shampoo out when you're able. More importantly, grab a hat! Full coverage is best. Keeping your scalp healthy and protected is key to that beautiful crown – the one we never take off!

Lifestyle choices often mean Canadian men are not as healthy as they think they are! But it is possible to move towards better health without making big changes.

Encourage the men in your life to value their health. From Your Prescription for Getting Over Gym Anxiety to Know Your Nuts! www.dontchangemuch.ca has down-to-earth advice and easy tips to get men ‘fairly’ healthy.

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It was a stellar turnout for our May meeting, I’m sure in part due to our chosen book, Donna Leon’s Earthly Remains. Leon clearly has many super-fans, a few of whom came along and were able to provide good insight for those who hadn’t read her previously. Earthly Remains is the 26th novel in Leon’s Commissario Guido Brunetti series, following the Venetian detective as he solves crime in and around his home town. He’s a thoughtful, intelligent character, and I imagine many twists and turns had brought him to the self-reflexive version we met in this novel. Some members cautioned that this book is not Leon’s usual style of mystery – they felt Brunetti was not as dynamic as usual, showing a more vulnerable side. The book was also different from others in the series as so much of it was set outside of Venice, on the Laguna. The setting and descriptions of the scenery were enjoyed by all our readers. Likewise the studied descriptions of rowing (that formed quite a central role) drew readers in. One member had even been prompted to use Google Maps for a virtual boat ride through the Laguna to get the full experience! I had found the pacing slow, which surprised me for a mystery novel. Apparently this is unusual for Leon; however, many in the group liked it, and felt the author had captured the slower pace of life as Brunetti took his leave of absence from the city. There was some discussion about the “death.” Did we see it coming? Yes, but it wasn’t totally without surprises. There was also discussion about Leon coming out as an eco-detection writer. The primary victim in the book was the environment of the Laguna and the bees, not the humans at all. The group liked this and thought it was commendable that Leon was putting these themes into her stories. They suggested Tony Hillerman as another writer who incorporates environmental themes into his mysteries. This led to some discussion of other police procedural series with strong characters and settings like Louise Penny (Eastern Townships, Quebec) and Ian Rankin (Edinburgh). Overall the group felt Earthly Remains was a success, and though one might benefit from knowledge of other books in the series, the book stood alone well enough. Thanks to everyone who attended and contributed. I have to give mention to two boaters from Washington who read about the book club in Seaside and sailed over to attend! I am inspired by the enthusiasm for reading that we have in our (extended) community. June’s meeting takes place on June 13 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Shoal Centre, Sidney, when we will discuss The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson. Visit www.seasidemagazine.ca/book-club for more information and to sign up!

New Business Promotion Video for Sidney The Sidney Economic Development Commission (EDC) is pleased to announce the development of a businessfocused section on the Town of Sidney’s website, along with a new video showcasing the broad range of business and lifestyle opportunities in the community. This initiative emerged as part of the EDC’s 2017 work plan which included undertaking improvements to the existing Business section of the Town’s website by enhancing and reorganizing the existing structure, developing new content, and adding new interactive features and tools. Erin Bremner-Mitchell, Council Liaison to the EDC, stated: “At the 2017 BC Economic Development Association conference, video was emphasized as a captivating way to promote a business district or community. Although the Sidney BIA has developed a number of destination videos that encompass the downtown core, the EDC recognized that we didn’t have anything that captured the west side or our industrial and manufacturing sectors. This video is intended to showcase these areas while providing pertinent information for anyone thinking about doing business or investing in Sidney. The

business section of the website will continue to evolve as new data is collected, and new opportunities are recognized.” Sidney’s Economic Development Commission (EDC) is made up of individuals appointed by Council. It is a collaborative group comprised of representatives from the Sidney Business Improvement Area Society (Sidney BIA), the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, the Sidney North Saanich Industrial Group, local business operators and professional community members. The Commission has established a mandate, approved by Council, to provide factual information regarding the existing business climate, to formulate a business retention and attraction strategy, and to advocate for healthy growth in the community, while making recommendations to Council regarding policies that support these objectives. The new video provides a snapshot of Sidney activity, featuring the Modo car share program, a residential construction project, boat manufacturing and sail-making. The video also highlights lifestyle imagery for a younger-than-average, but existing, Sidney demographic. To view the video visit www.sidney.ca/business.

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island dish

West Coast Salmon with Fennel & Butter

by Laura Waters

What incredible weather

we have been enjoying. I recently travelled to the Phillipines and experienced 35° to 38° weather with extreme humidity. I had a lovely visit and enjoyed myself but I’m convinced now more than ever that we live in paradise. It really and truly does not get much better than this. My perennial herbs are back up and my bronze fennel is taking over part of my garden. A bit of a bonus, but a curse for any gardener. It is important now that I keep watch and dig the extra seedlings up or it could truly take over my garden. The fennel fronds, seeds and bulb are edible. Fennel is a herb that has a light anise flavour. It is easy to grow and is a relative to the parsley family. Nothing has to go to waste with this plant! I have been clipping the fronds and placing them in vases with my spring flowers. They are lacey like a fern and have a delicious licorice scent. Fennel fronds can be used fresh tossed in a salad to add a unique flavour. I am also dehydrating them so I may use them later in the year as a flavouring for soups or stews or dip mixes. Although, the fronds dried so well in the dehydrator that they appear to be pressed and may end up in my greeting cards! The fennel bulb can be sautéed and used as a side dish, or cut it in pieces and use it instead of a cracker to serve an hors d'oeuvre, ceviche or with pickled herring. The seeds can be candied, or dried and used for flavouring throughout the year. Snowdon House Gourmet & Gifts

It is an excellent herb of choice when paired with fish, mussels and clams when grilling. Here is a lovely recipe for grilled salmon with fennel dressing. 2 salmon fillets (about 7oz total) 1 tsp fennel seed ¼ cup butter, melted 1 tbsp chopped red onion ¼ tsp dried Italian or Greek seasoning ¼ cup water 1 large fennel bulb (with fronds still attached), sliced thinly 2 tsp fennel fronds, diced 2 tsp lemon verbena vinegar salt and pepper to taste. Preheat oven to broil. Toast fennel seeds for about 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer the seeds to a bowl and mix with the melted butter, chopped onion, seasoning and diced fennel fronds. Season with salt and pepper. In a saucepan with the butter add the sliced fennel bulb and ¼ cup water. Cover and cook until fennel is almost tender, about 6 to 8 minutes. Then uncover it and sautée for 2 more minutes until it turns golden. While the fennel bulb is cooking, start the salmon. Season the salmon with salt and pepper and squeeze fresh lemon juice on the fillets. Place silicone sheet on baking tray, oil it and place salmon fillet on top. Pour the butter/fennel/seed sauce onto the salmon and place in oven. It will only take 7-9 minutes so watch it very closely. Serve with a fresh salad risotto, quinoa or rice. june 2018 | seasidemagazine.ca 69

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“ 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.”

by Jo Barnes

Home is a place in the heart and that is never more clearly seen than at airport departure gates. Travellers have connected with family, friends and loved ones and enjoyed their visit. However, when it comes time to leave, home isn’t always a geographical location. Seated with luggage by his side, one fellow makes final preparations before going through security and boarding his flight. “I’m going back home to Glasgow,” shares Ian MacDonald in a thick Scottish brogue. Ian lives in Bishop Briggs which is situated on the outskirts of Glasgow. He has been in Victoria for four-and-a-half weeks, but it’s time to return to work. “I have a girlfriend here. We met here four years ago,” he smiles, adding: “She came to Glasgow last year.” A hundred years ago a long distance relationship usually meant letters more often than actual one-to-one visits. Air travel wasn’t possible and ocean voyage would take weeks or even months. While air travel makes connections much easier, it still doesn’t make leaving any easier. Ian says with a sparkle in his eye, “I’ll probably be back in June.” As he heads for the gate, he gives a wave. He may be heading back to where he lives, but his home remains here with his heart.

Arriving at an airport can be demanding on the traveller. There’s luggage to carry, crowds to negotiate, and then you have to figure out how you’re going to travel home from the terminal. That’s where a good friend, especially one who has experienced a lot of air travel themselves, can really help. One fellow sits quietly waiting in the arrivals area, checking the flight board every once in a while. “I’m waiting for friends, Glen and Charlene, who are coming in from Palm Desert via Seattle,” says Bob Serviss. Bob’s friends have been on their annual sojourn down south enjoying the warmer climate. “They’ve been away for about six weeks. It’s their second trip down this winter,” shares Bob. The three have known each other for about 50 years, Bob and Glen having met during university years. Like most close friendships, they look out for each other and lend a hand like giving a lift to and from the airport. Says Bob with a smile: “They do the same for me when I travel.” Now retired, Bob worked many years with computer systems and travelled extensively on business. He’s no stranger to airports. “I had contracts all over the place,” he says. “I was travelling on average 150,000 flying miles a year, about 150 to 200 flights per year.” Today, Bob’s quite content to be the chauffeur and not the traveller logging the flight miles. His friends arrive at the gate and lively chat ensues. It’s a happy reunion and one that will be likely repeated in the future. Those arriving at the airport will lend a hand to those who have helped them in the past. 70 seasidemagazine.ca | june 2018

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There they are! With those excited words, so often heard at arrival gates, friendships, old and new, are renewed. And the anticipation of reconnecting can be heightened when you get to show off the beauty of Vancouver Island to a first-time visitor. A young woman waiting for a friend in Arrivals is clearly excited. “I’m waiting for a friend. His name is Ryan. He’s flying in from Alaska,” shares Hayley Bezanson. Last year Hayley herself was in the northern state where she completed her Bachelor degree in Business at the University of Alaska in Anchorage. It was there at the school that she met Ryan. “He’s not finished yet. He’s studying nursing,” she shares. Hayley is keen to give Ryan a Canadian welcome and show him around Victoria.

“I’ve only been here less than a year. I’m Canadian but Ryan has never been to Canada. I’m excited for him to see this coast. I want to take him downtown around the harbour and go on some hikes.” Having lived in Victoria as a child, then later moving to Virginia and then to Alaska for her education, Hayley has done her share of travelling. Ryan is also an avid traveller so they share a spirit for adventure. “I’m looking forward to seeing new places I haven’t been to either,” she adds with a grin. Soon, Ryan walks through the gate and there are smiles all around. As the friends head off to the luggage area, it’s clear from the animated conversation that these two will pick right up from where they left off.

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Success Through Friendship: Sidney Meet Up by Doreen Marion Gee

This is part of a rotating series of articles on members of Sidney Meet Up, featuring people in

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Tuesdays with Garry by Chryseis Green

In Mitch Albom's Tuesdays with Morrie, Morrie tells us: "The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you … " Garry Upton moved to Vancouver Island four-and-a-half years ago, when he convinced the packaging manufacturer he worked for to transfer him here. After an early retirement, a connection through Sidney by the Sea Rotary brought him to the Saanich Peninsula Hospital. Garry says: "I didn't have a clue when I went into the hospital what I could do. But it becomes apparent early on how you can fit in. It falls into place." He began by helping with breakfast every Tuesday in the Residential Care Unit. "The best thing about this is that the nurses can then do the jobs they are trained for … if they are busy helping feed people, getting teas and coffees, that is a waste of some talent." After breakfast, Garry helped to transport the residents to the next activity, which was Sing-A-Long. When asked if he would stay, he claimed he was tone deaf. His protest was short-lived and soon he was providing a welcome baritone support to the higher voices, sometimes making up his own lyrics for the amusement of the other participants. Sing-A-Long was followed by lunch and he began to help with this meal as well. Then came a Men's Discussion Group (but that is another story). It was not long before Garry was enjoying an eighthour volunteer shift, completely by his own choice. Garry volunteered every Tuesday at the hospital for the past threeand-a-half years. I asked him if he had ever lost a friend there, and he told me about Carol. He used to help her at meal times, but he didn't realize until recently that this made him special. "Apparently she had

always been a bit of a handful. She wouldn't let just anybody help her." However, Garry's sense of humour quickly won her over. "I told her … my heart's not here in my chest: it's in my butt because it's bigger!" He made up a cardboard heart and put it in his back pocket. During SingA-Long, whenever a song came up with the word "heart" in it, he would pull out the heart and wink at Carol. As he tells me this story he gets teary-eyed. "With a number of them it really hurt to see them go." But he advises me not to take his sadness as a negative thing. His meaningful connection with the hospital residents fills basic human needs: we all want to be shown warmth, be seen as individuals and know we are not alone. "Some places get concerned about attachment; that is wrong to be thinking that way. Yes, you lose friends, but in the meantime, if you can put a smile on somebody's face at your cost, why not? If people knew how wonderful volunteering is, the hospital would be inundated!" You go in there and you will come out a better person. That's what Garry tells me. That and "Please note that I'm Garry with two "Rs". The difference being we are cuter and more 'adorabler.' That's my word." If you would like to volunteer at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital, please go to www.sphf.ca, click on the "Contribute" tab and then click "Volunteer."

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Grand or Tiny: An Outdoor Escape in Your Own Backyard

by Janice Henshaw

Are you planning on

spending the whole summer at a lakeside cabin, cruising along a river in Europe, or camping in one of our beautiful parks? That sounds awesome! But most of us will be spending quite a bit of free time this summer relaxing in our backyards or on our balconies. Because we are blessed with such an amazing climate, enjoying the outdoors, at home, can be a great alternative to getting away. And we can make it even better by creating a terrific outdoor escape. Inviting the whole family to brainstorm ideas for backyard activities is a starting point, and you can make it fun! Once a project is decided on, the next step is to plan the scope of the project and set up a budget. A large, colourful timeline of action items can be a great motivator. Small family members can be assigned age-appropriate tasks such as 74 seasidemagazine.ca | june 2018 | seaside homes

adding artwork and ticking off action items when completed. Take the time to celebrate little steps! Inclusion may result in a tricky moment or two, but it can also be a unique opportunity to informally teach important life skills and knowledge such as collaborative decision making, learning how savings add up over time, patience while working together, and, finally, enjoying the wonderful satisfaction of the finished project (and the many steps that go into it).

Dreaming of a Beautiful Cooling Pool? For some families, a swimming pool might take top place on the brainstorming list. A fenced, in-ground swimming pool could include options such as a diving board, slide, change room, beverage bar, sound system and outdoor solar lights. An automatic vacuum can be handy to keep those pesky maintenance chores to a minimum –

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pristine pools do take work and money! When Jane and Peter Ellmann and their daughters moved into their Brentwood Bay home four years ago, they decided it would be an ideal time to have a pool. Jane says: “It is wonderful to hear the splashing and laughter of our daughters and their friends. After a run with her dogs on a hot day, Jane enjoys jumping in the pool too. Peter appreciates it after a long day of yard work, and he also enjoys the hot tub, which he finds very relaxing. “We live in our yard from mid-May to September,” says Jane. They love to barbecue and entertain family seaside homes | june 2018 | seasidemagazine.ca 75


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and friends. “Having a pool and hot tub is the cherry on the top of our long summer days!” If you can’t crunch the numbers in a way that adds up to an in-ground swimming pool, then another good option is an aboveground pool. Kids and adults can have loads of fun in them on a hot summer’s day. Or how about a swimming pool converted from a shipping container? An Abbotsford couple, Paul and Denise Rathnam, started Modpools in 2017. Their shipping container pools have a large acrylic window on the side so that you can see the swimmers inside and they can see out. Paul says: “People like the idea of repurposing shipping containers. We’re repurposing something rather than recycling. This pool can be resold, and you can take it with you if you move.”

Instead of a Pool, How About a Luxurious Hot Tub? What if looking up at the night stars while being massaged by oodles of conveniently placed jets in a hot tub is your thing? It sounds like a pretty spectacular way to relax. Additional features include waterfalls, 76 seasidemagazine.ca | june 2018 | seaside homes

LED lights and sound systems. There are also swim spas that include a hot tub and pool zone, in which you can swim against a pump-induced current. A portable Softub made with a lightweight foam shell could be another option. According to Affordable Hot Tubs & Saunas Ltd. located on West Saanich Road, one person can move a Softub, and the setup is easy – add water and plug it in. No plumbing or special installation is required. Manager Kyrie Bond says: “It’s perfect on a deck or patio, in a home or apartment, even at the cottage or on a houseboat.”

Fascinating Fish Ponds If you’re not the swimming pool type, then how about a fish pond with water hyacinth, frogbits (floating plants) and a mini waterfall? Remember to put in a hiding spot for the fish, or they will become a seaside homes | june 2018 | seasidemagazine.ca 77

“Having a pool and hot tub is the cherry on top of our long summer days!” says Jane Ellmann of the family’s outdoor retreat.

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Another fitness-friendly alternative is a sports court. Will your family be ready to get outside and get active in an all-purpose, colourfully painted sports court where adults and kids can play their hearts out? They can be compact, say 20 by 20 feet, and used for tykes on bikes, skateboard beginnings and basketball. If you have a 60- by 120-foot space and a healthy budget, you can even build a regulation-sized tennis court. If concrete or asphalt is too hard on your joints, then another option is to install suspended modular flooring.

Let’s Build it Ourselves! Here’s where legendary family stories may have their beginnings –

learning how to build in the backyard together. The list of possible projects is endless! Click together low maintenance composite decking, lay a tiled patio or assemble an outdoor kitchen or pizza oven. Or consider a hot tub surround (the decking around a hot tub), gazebo, greenhouse, pergola, pool change room, tree house, a labyrinth, or a custom-built dog house for your little buddy. Too complicated? How about a raised garden bed to grow crunchy fresh carrots for snacks, stepping stones to the garage … or a tiny birdhouse? One caveat though: if you don’t have a lot of free time or think that you may have multiple thumbs, it may be a good idea to invite a builder friend over to lead your crew and top it off with a fun barbecue dinner. Or you may want to do the prep work and then call a contractor. Through experience, I have developed three assumptions about taking on projects: nothing is ever as simple as it looks, a DIY project always takes longer than the estimate, and, once completed, it’s a thing of beauty, but it may be a little crooked here and there … .

Outdoor Showers are Divine! Finally, after all that work, it’s time for a refreshing shower! If you’ve never had an outdoor shower, it may be hard for you to imagine how wonderful it is to shower outside in sun-warmed air. And they are convenient! After a swim at the beach or some outdoor activities, everyone can shower the sand off outside and dry in the sun rather than troop into the bathrooms. Outdoor showers can be simple, ranging from a hand shower attached to a flexible hose, and outdoor hot and cold water taps, or they can be delightfully complex, pampering you with six adjustable body sprays and a rainfall showerhead. I saw an outdoor shower on Gabriola Island that included an ocean view, a stained glass window, a shelf for waterloving plants, and two clematis vines growing up the sides and over the driftwood roof.

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Patios are synonymous with summer days and languid evenings. They invite us to slow down, reconnect with others and to enjoy the moment. Have you ever wondered would it take to transform your own outdoor space into your new favourite destination? The next time you're out on a patio, notice the particular details that appeal to you. Is it a particular style to which you're drawn, is it a view, pretty flowers in containers, or maybe the ambiance and easy flow? Here are four tips for making the most of what you already have. 1. Set the stage. What are you looking at when you sit? Our eyes need a frame to peruse and a focal point to rest. This means that there should be some symmetry or balance to any plantings in your yard that guide your eye to the focal point. The focal point could be a tree, a piece of art, an obelisk or anything that you would like to highlight. It should be on a main axis (a sightline) either from where you are sitting or the doors out to your space. 2. Think groups. Plant larger multiples of a few types of plants and avoid planting one of anything/everything. Choose low maintenance shrubs and perennials so that you're not staring at all the work that needs to be done while you're trying to relax and entertain. 3. Consider your guest list. Will it be close friends and family for barbecues and s'mores? Or will it be larger groups of people milling around? The best design for your patio depends on your answer. Larger groups of people require more space for moving about, multiple seating spots for tête-à-têtes, smaller, more portable furniture and excellent lighting. Cocktail parties also work best when there is space for caterers to move around and place food trays, and when the patio material is smooth, even and high heel friendly. Friends and family entertaining lends itself to bigger pieces of comfy furniture and kid friendly design. 4. Light it up! Use low-voltage LED landscape lights to create the perfect ambiance

Designer Tips for an Amazing Patio for your space. This is one of the best things you can do in terms of bang for your buck! Well-lit paths and steps are best with young and older family members and you want multiple, defined spaces for entertaining larger groups. Good lighting will always encourage lingering and then see you safely back inside. 5. Personalize your space. As with anything, you can have a low-key and laidback patio or the ritziest patio – it all comes down to personal taste and budget. To create a patio that feels like you, looks great and is functional, consider adding a couple of the following elements. Patio material: pavers, cut stone, flagstone are the usual contenders and are great low-maintenance choices. Fire:

guaranteed to draw you outside and extend your time with friends and family. Get cozy and snuggle in for fireside conversations. Pergola: Structure defines space like nothing else. Pergolas, walls and arbours can shelter you from sun and wind (as well as neighbours should the need arise). Water: It's been scientifically proven that water features help you unwind. The sights and sounds of moving water release endorphins allowing us to relax. Water features are also a great way to increase privacy as the muffle the conversations of you and your neighbours and soften nearby road noise. For more information, visit www.pacificridgelandscapes.com.

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Affordable Housing and Why it's Important to Us All by Kaeley Wiseman

Everywhere you go these

days, people are talking about the housing crisis. Whether it is purchasing, renting, downsizing or building, those of us who live in Greater Victoria are both extremely lucky and extremely challenged by the current demand for housing. As a professional planner who works in affordable housing development, I find myself increasingly being asked questions around what affordable housing means and what is being done to address the challenges. Below, I outline some of the most frequent questions. 1. What is affordable housing? When housing costs less than 30% of your household's pre-tax income. However, we need to acknowledge that affordable housing can mean different things to different people depending on their individual situation such as age, socioeconomic position, family and even gender. Beyond the simple economics of affordability is attainable housing; this broadens our definition of housing to consider the quality, location, safety and accessibility. For example, even if you can afford to downsize to a two-bedroom condominium on the waterfront as a senior, what if there is no elevator? 2. How bad is the situation? Currently, over 44% of renters in the CRD are spending more than 30% of their income on rent and over 21% are spending more than 50%. Across all income levels, residents of Sidney are spending over 26% of their income on rent; these numbers make the CRD one of the top 10 most expensive places to live in Canada. 3. I already own a home. Why does this matter? For those of us who currently own, we may not worry about the increasing housing challenges. However, we should. When we want to downsize from our current home, we will be hard pressed to find appropriately-sized and located accommodation; when our children want to move out, they will be hard pressed to find quality, affordable rental accommodation. While we enjoy our incredible local amenities such as shopping, recreation facilities and parks, those working in those industries are often paying the price with long commutes from more affordable communities. Further, anyone who has travelled widely knows that the most interesting and resilient communities are the most diverse; different ages, backgrounds and demographics make for the most exciting and fun places to live and work. 4. Where are the solutions? Various levels of government have recently announced significant investments to support the construction of new rentals, affordable ownership and renovations focused on areas most in need such as the CRD. You can find information on the CMHC and BC Housing websites, as well as

in the new CRD Regional Housing Affordability Strategy. This strategy includes not just the construction of new subsidized housing but focuses on protecting existing market and non-market rental housing stock, and aims to continue the collaborative, regional approach to housing solutions rather than each municipality working in a silo. 5. Exciting new projects: Locally, new projects include the Greater Victoria Housing Society's (GVHS) 40-unit seniors and workforce housing project in Brentwood Bay, a potential new partnership project on Prosser and East Saanich road between GVHS and Stride Properties, and more development proposals in Sidney that include accessible, adaptable units for residents to downsize and age in their own community. For more information, visit www.wiserprojects.com.

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As part of the Mary Winspear's speakers series, Wade Davis will If there are any events in the arts world coming up on the Peninsula, discuss his latest novel: Into the please let us know via: Silence: The Great War, Mallory and news@seasidemagazine.ca. the Conquest of Everest. Author of 19 bestselling books, Davis' resumé includes Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society (1999-2012), UBC Professor of Anthropology, and the BC Leadership Chair in Cultures and Ecosystems at Risk at UBC. In this novel, 10 years in the writing, Davis asks not whether George Mallory was the first to reach the summit of Everest but why he kept on climbing on that fateful day. His answer lies in a single phrase uttered by one of the survivors as they retreated from the mountain: "the price of life is death." June 7 at 7 p.m. at the Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney.

Deep Cove Folk Presents Flying Snail If the name doesn't catch your interest, the music will. Flying Snail is a trio formed by long-time Canadian musicians, Norman MacPherson and David Wilkie, with vocalist Denise Withnell. Wilkie has led Cowboy Celtic for 23 years, and Withnell has been its lead vocalist for the last 22 years as the band travelled all over the U.S., Scotland, Ireland and South America. MacPherson and Wilkie started playing music together in 1967 when they formed one of Victoria's legendary rock bands: Moxie. MacPherson was Valdy's guitarist for many years and he has also performed and recorded with Connie Kaldor, Roy Forbes, The Poppy Family, Burton Cummings and David Foster. Enjoy these talented musicians in an intimate setting. Tickets $10 at the door. www.deepcovefolk.ca. June 8 at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30). St. John's United Church, North Saanich.

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Wilderness Art and Photography Marvel at wilderness as visualized by local artist Marie Savage who creates encaustic as well as oil and cold wax artwork. She is joined by Edward Savage, photographer, and the show offers something for everyone. Photographs of wildlife on the B.C. coast, in Northern Canada and even the wilds of China will hang alongside beautiful abstract paintings interpreting remote wilderness. Free admission and parking. June 11 to 17, daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ArtSea Gallery in Tulista Park, 9565 Fifth Street, Sidney.

Getting' Higher Choir This joyful choir will not only lift your spirits but your ticket price will go towards Victoria-based Caia Connection which supports educational opportunities for youth in rural Mozambique. Ann Mortifee, a friend of the choir and well-known singer/activist, will drop in for a few songs. The program will feature long time codirector Denis Donnelly's song compositions and arrangements that describe his personal journey. The concert marks the "changing of the guard" as Denis Donnelly and Siobhan Robinsong, co-directors for 22 years, pass their batons to choir members Cathy Baker and Dick Jackson. Donnelly and Robinsong are going on to other musical endeavours, one of which takes place in Sidney next fall. More to come! www.gettinhigherchoir.ca. June 15 and 16, 7:30 p.m. at Alix Goolden Hall, Victoria.

Voices for the Salish Sea Tiller's Folly, The Wilds, the British Columbia Boys Choir and special guest Ta'Kaiya Blaney team up to present Voices for the Salish Sea, a concert combining musical performance and multimedia. Artist singer/ songwriter/actress Ta'Kaiya Blaney will share her insights into Coast Salish culture and the coastal ecology. The goal is to produce a series of affordable, family- friendly live music events promoting awareness, advocacy and stewardship of the unique ecosystem that is our Salish Sea. June 9 at 4 and 7:30 p.m. at Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney.

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The Victoria Mendelssohn Choir and Maestro Simon Leung will present "Agnus Dei," a unique selection of sacred choral, solo and piano works by Mendelssohn, Mozart, J.S. Bach, Brückner, Fauré and others. In addition, the rarely performed Messe solennelle de Ste Cécile (St. Cecilia Mass in G Major) by Charles-François Gounod will be

featured. Tickets at Tanner's Books and the Shoal Centre, Sidney. June 10 at 3 p.m. at the Shoal Centre, 10030 Resthaven Drive, Sidney.

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South East Facing Penthouse Great 3 bedroom home bordered by John Dean Provincial Park. Ideal layout for large families offering two family rooms, media room and updated kitchen. Unwind in your private, fully fenced yard and enjoy nature trails right at your doorstep! $869,900. MLS 390626.

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4386 Wildflower Place - Victoria Spacious upscale home on a quiet cul de sac location in the heart of Broadmead. Generous room sizes and inviting open plan design; wonderful eat-in kitchen and adjacent family room with fireplace. Expansive living & dining rooms, huge games room & beautiful master suite with full ensuite, walk-in closet and fireplace. Two offices, spacious West facing deck and a triple car garage. $1,399,900. MLS#388227.

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Step outside from this private sunny oasis and you are in the heart of Sidney. This modern open floor plan with sunny exposure boasts large master bedroom with ensuite, guest bedroom with private ensuite, office and best of all, a large deck for morning breakfasts and afternoon entertaining. This property is fully rentable until you are ready to move in to call it home. Call today to view this hidden treasure. $1,095,000. Gay Helmsing and Anthea Helmsing 250.360.7387 | helmsinghomesforsale.com

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The Pearl of Cordova Bay, this exquisitely renovated, 5 Bedroom, 5 Bathroom, 4,300+sf, 1989 custom family home blends West Coast Contemporary with City Chic! You’ll be impressed with the superior finishing & detail that has transformed this stunning home located on a private 1/3 acre on a sought-after street on Cordova Bay Ridge. MLS 388835. $1,549,000. Ingrid Jarisz 250.656.4626 (personal real estate corp*)

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Brentwood Bay WATERFRONT! $2,475,000 Seldom do homes with SW exposure and access to the warm, calm waters of Saanich Inlet become available. Immaculate home features approved and professionally built dock with deep water moorage and foreshore lease. Incredibly maintained, 1996 quality built 4 BD, 3 BA home of 3,025sf with natural light and views from almost every room. MLS 390937. Ingrid Jarisz* 250.656.4626 (personal real estate corp*)

Incredible, sunny one-acre paradise on a quiet country lane in desirable Ardmore. Inviting 4Br 3Bth with bright, sparkling kitchen, stainless appliances, warm hardwood, loads of sunlight and a large master and ensuite. Complete with spacious double car garage, greenhouse, potting shed. Yard is fully fenced and finished with a selection of fruit trees and established vegetable garden. A rare offering!



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Hidden Cove - Maple Bay Wind your way through mature maple and fir opening onto a private point with 1000 feet of low bank waterfront, beach access, viewpoints and a 50foot dock. With easy access to seaplane service, marinas and fine dining in the Cowichan Valley, this 11 acre estate offers an idyllic west coast lifestyle. MLS 388195 Maryan van Stolk* 250.656.4626

Adjacent to Van Isle Marina with easy access to a sandy beach to launch your dinghy or kayak, set your crab trap. Welcome to The Breakwater, on Thumb Point. This 3 bed/3ba townhouse is a hidden treasure that seldom comes available. MLS 391384.

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You've Been Waiting for This! $1,485,000 A fabulous custom built Executive Home in sought-after Cordova Bay neighbourhood located on quiet cul-de-sac & movein ready! There's room for the entire family with 7BD, 4BA, inc. a bright, spacious 2BD inlaw suite above the Double Garage. Just a short walk to Claremont School and close to locals shops, parks, sandy beaches and trails. MLS 390158. Ingrid Jarisz* 250.656.4626 (personal real estate corp*)

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w h at ’ s h a p p e n i n g Until july 6: Comicbook Superheroes Exhibit

june 17: The Beach Rocks (guided walk - all ages)

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sidney Museum, 2423 Beacon Avenue, Sidney 250.655.6355 | www.sidneymuseum.ca

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Don't miss the last month of “Up and Away, Comic Book Superheroes & Our Culture” at the Sidney Museum. This fun and educational exhibit shows how comic book superheroes emerged in the 1930s and reflected our history, culture and values through the WWII years, post-war Boom, the 1960s and 1970s. On display will be superhero comic books, action figures and art work. You can draw your own superhero, test your knowledge on Superhero Trivia and try the scavenger hunt. Open daily.

The tide is out! Join a CRD Regional Parks naturalist and get a glimpse of the creatures that live beneath the rocks. Be prepared to get your feet wet (bring sandals or beach shoes). june 18: Stories at Fern Street (since 1989) 7:15 to 9:30 p.m. at 1831 Fern St. (Park on Begbie.) 250.370.2964 | www.victoriastorytellers.org

Join us for stories told in the oral tradition by members of VSG and special guests. Admission $5; students $3 (includes tea and goodies). june 23: Wonderful Woodpeckers (guided walk - 5 yrs and under)

June 9 & 10: ArtSea Spring Studio Tour

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at various locations around the Saanich Peninsula www.artsea.ca

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Join us on a self-guided tour of artists' studios in Sidney by the Sea, North and Central Saanich. This is your opportunity to visit and learn more about the creative process from painters, sculptors, jewellers, weavers, potters, carvers and more. Brochure maps are available at the ArtSea Gallery or online at www.artsea.ca.

Discover all of the tricks of the woodpecker trade. What makes them so good at what they do? Join a CRD Regional Parks naturalist and learn about woodpeckers on this fun guided walk. There is no fee for this program but you must pre-register by June 20 as space is limited. Visit www.crd.bc.ca/parks-events.

june 15: Allison DeGroot and Tatiana Hargreaves with

june 29: 2nd Annual Dinner en Rouge

guest appearance by the Lonely Heartstring Band

Doors @ 7 p.m., show @ 7:30 p.m. St. John's United Church, 10990 West Saanich Road, North Saanich

A strong new voice in traditional music. Tickets ($15) at the door. june 16 - 24: EncoreFX Victoria

International Women's Tennis Tournament

Caregivers of Family and Friends Support Group

The 2018 EncoreFX Victoria International Women's ITF Tennis Event will feature female 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.


Sidney Sister Cities Association General Meeting 7 p.m. at Vancouver Island Regional Library, Sidney www.sidneysistercitiesassociation.com

Peninsula Newcomers Club Luncheon

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9 to 10:30 a.m. at Greenglade Community Centre, 2151 Lannon Way, Sidney 250.656.7271 | hnawroth@panoramarec.bc.ca

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1 to 2:30 p.m. at Saanichton Bible Fellowship Church 2159 Mount Newton Cross Road sol.valiquette@shaw.ca

Speakers and discussions on the association's ongoing projects.

june 17: Daddy and Me @ Kindergym

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A kick-off to Sidney's Canada Day celebrations! A chic outdoor dinner along Sidney's waterfront with live entertainment and a silent auction in support of Slangspruit Primary School in South Africa. Tickets available at the Mary Winspear box office. 2nd wednesday OF each MONTH

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l ast wo r d I have an addiction. I can just about remember what it felt like before, back when I was a teenager, a little moody, prone to time brooding in my bedroom. In my 20s I got by with just a few binges a year, usually around the holidays when there was time off work. But since I moved to the Saanich Peninsula my addiction has grown and grown, and I now have a daily habit. I can’t get by without spending time outdoors. Alright, so it’s not such a terrible compulsion after all, but it truly has become something that I suffer withdrawal from if I don’t get my regular fix. I’m not just talking about exercise in the outdoors – though that is a big thing for me – I’m talking about connecting your feet to soil, feeling tiny against the towering trees, the infinite shades of green in the forest and the never-ending soundscape of the sea. Outdoors is where I go to clear my head, when

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I’m anxious, stressed about a deadline, worried about something I can’t change or anticipating something scary ahead. Immersing myself in the natural environment always seems to help bring me back to balance. It’s easier to put things in perspective when you are surrounded by a world that was here long before you, and in which you are just one insignificant organism. Worldwide, the health benefits of spending time outdoors are being taken seriously, and extensively researched. There are studies that show walking in the woods can improve blood pressure, boost mental health and decrease cancer risk. There are documented decreases in both the heart rates and levels of cortisol (a stress-indicating hormone) of study participants who spent time in nature compared to those in the city. Multiple indicators of physical and mental health show improvement after time spent outdoors. We live somewhere where the natural environment is very accessible, and at the start of summer season on the Island, what better time to launch our first Outdoor Issue? We’ve looked at the idea from the perspective of outings, activities and enhancing your private outdoor space. Go big with a camping trip, hike or water activity, or just move a chair into a sunny spot to drink your morning coffee. I guarantee you will benefit from a little more time outdoors.

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Get to know us better & discover why you’ll love it here. Richard Paesuld has been a resident at Sidney All Care Residence since we opened our doors five years ago. Richard is a member of our Resident Council and says “Sidney All Care makes me feel safe. I will live here for the rest of my days.” Jim Stewart is one of our many caring and experienced Health Care Assistants. Jim was raised by his grandmother and has always had a passion for seniors. Jim says “I love my job and I feel like I am doing what I am meant to do.” Come visit Sidney All Care Residence and say hello to Richard and Jim.

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Seaside Magazine June 2018 Issue          

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