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Contents JUNE 2019



TAKING CARE OF OUR FUTURE: Sidney's Community Safety Building

MARSH FARM More Than Just a Veggie Garden



WORD ON THE STREET Where Do You Get Out On the Island?

SEASIDE HOMES Outdoor Kitchens: Oh How They've Changed!

20 2019 MEN TO WATCH Celebrating Our Local Men in Business

ON THE COVER Hamish Crawford, owner of Highland House Farm, home to The Roost, with his 1945 MG TC. Nunn Other Photography

EVERY MONTH 8 First Word 9 Trendspotting 16 In Fashion 18 Word on the Street 30 What's the Word? NEW! 33 The Natural Path 34 Living Off the Land 39 Inside Out 47 Cowland's Chronicles 50 Stable & Field NEW! 54 New & Noteworthy

62 Island Dish 65 Common Cents 66 Behind the Scenes 74 Art Scene 77 Take Note 81 Seaside Book Club 94 Sudoku 95 Last Word


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Comfortable outdoor clothing is imperative to an enjoyable excursion abroad, or just for a stroll along the promenade. It's satisfying to advise customers about the newest trends in outdoor wear, whether for protection from UV rays, staying warm, or just trying to stay dry.

A healthy well-being contributes to healthy relationships and that leads to healthy lives, businesses and organizations. Heading to the great outdoors seems counter-intuitive; however, allowing nature's healing properties to work their magic is refreshing and great for business. Get out, promote peace within and lead with heart.

CHLOE CROSS PAGE 65 As a Saanich Peninsula resident I appreciate my West Coast life. As a Financial Planner I'm beginning to seek out strategies that are centred on sustainable companies, ones that are making a positive impact on the society and environment we enjoy. Investors have a choice and I'm happy to explore that.

PAULA KULLY PAGE 10, 42, 54 I felt so privileged to be tasked with writing the story about Sidney's new Community Safety Building. Upon its completion, there is a sense of accomplishment amongst everyone involved with the project. Rightfully so as this building represents the sense of community pride and collaboration that is prevalent to Sidney.

DEBRA LEWIS PAGE 50 The cost of breeding and training racehorses is beyond the reach of the average person, but this month I inform readers of the unique opportunity offered by Sandown Racing Club. Club members engage with many of the benefits of horse ownership, and they become part of a community with shared interests.

TIM MALONEY PAGE 20 Each Rotary meeting begins with their Four Way Test: "Of the things we think, say and do: Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?" It's a sound way to live and build a community.

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I recently spoke at a Sidney-by-the-Sea Rotary Club meeting. A considerable sized group of about 60 plus members were in attendance and I was extremely humbled by all the lovely accolades that Seaside Magazine received. On numerous accounts, in some form or fashion, I was asked the question: "How do you do it?" I spoke from the heart and told them: "It's not just me, it's all of us, it's my team!" We truly believe that the heart of our success is not about good content, but it's about providing GREAT content: it always has been. We have proven this consistently, and our readers and advertisers love us for it. They have remained loyal to us, and over the years they have become part of our family too! Really, our community is our family and Seaside is grateful to have become the storyteller for the community. Stories have existed since the dawn of time but it's the delivery of these ideas and thoughts that should in the end connect us all closer to each other and make our community stronger, and in fact healthier. Collaboration between my team keeps us true to the stories. When you have a few sets of eyes watching and listening, and acting as a sounding board, you have a better chance for success. There is a lot going on when you have a small team, a lot of details to keep track of – story, context, ad production and design, proofing – our collaboration keeps us on the right track. No doubt we are inspired by the stories we find for you, but ultimately our hope is that you are inspired by them as well … not just for a minute, but much more deeply than that. This is why we tell stories: we listen, we learn, rinse and repeat. Then we share these stories, for you, for us, for our whole community. There's plenty to take inspiration from in this month's issue including a first glimpse at Sidney's new Community Safety Building and lots of local mentors in our annual Men to Watch feature.

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Sidney's new Community Safety Building is the largest public infrastructure project ever undertaken by the Town of Sidney. Upon its completion, the building will have cost $16.35 million and the project will have spanned 10 years, involving three Fire Chiefs, four different Municipal Councils, numerous municipal staff, professional engineers and trades contractors. The Grand Opening of the building is set to take place on June 21 with a public open house to follow on Canada Day. It is here that people will have the opportunity to see the remarkable, state-of-the-art building designed for our future. The facility has been constructed with the highest modern seismic standards using best practises collected from countless other fire halls. Sidney Fire Chief Brett Mikkelsen toured fire halls in B.C., Washington, North Carolina and Texas because, as he says: "you only get one shot at it. I'm proud of the result as it is most importantly a safe building for our staff, will help attract and retain volunteers, is well thought out in respect to workflow, and is designed with future expansion in mind." The decision to build a new fire hall was made after the Sidney Fire Hall Expansion and Renovation study was completed in February 2009. The study concluded that the current fire hall, which was built in 1989, needed considerable upgrades to bring it up to accepted seismic, architectural, plumbing and electrical standards while providing more training and office space for the growing department. It was decided


Sidney Community Safety Building Facts & Figures • Total Building Cost: $16.35 million • Total Square Footage: 1,409.60 square metres • Lot Area: 0.74 HA • Designed and built for a 75-year-plus lifespan • Rates as a seismic "post-disaster" facility • Designed to serve community growth for 23 years with an option for expansion beyond • Building uses a slide vs. a pole • The Community Safety Building will house: º Sidney Volunteer Fire Department º Town of Sidney's Emergency Operations Centre º Backup Town Hall during emergency situations º 6 + ambulances for BC Ambulance Services º A CREST radio amplifier º PEMO supplies and components º Training tower simulates conditions of 4+ storey standpipe equipped buildings

"You only get one shot at it. I'm proud of the result as it is most importantly a safe building for our staff."

that a new facility, rather than renovating the old fire hall, offered a better, long-term option and in the end, would be more financially viable. The first step towards building was finding land, as the current site was not large enough for the required expansion. In 2010, the hunt for a suitable piece of property was on. It would take six years to secure a location. During this time, several options were explored but all fell through until finally in 2016, the site south of the Mary Winspear Centre was secured through a land exchange with the Victoria Airport and an agreement with the Mary Winspear Centre. The ground was broken on the new site on March 31, 2017, and construction began. Fire Chief Brett Mikkelsen adopted the name Community Safety Building to better represent the true purpose of the facility. "The new building will house the Sidney Volunteer Fire Department, along with BC Ambulance Services with capacity for 6+ ambulances. This ensures post-disaster resiliency for paramedic response on the Saanich Peninsula," he explains. In addition, Capital Region Emergency Services Telecommunications Inc. (CREST) is housing an amplifier in the building which will increase emergency communications clarity in the local area for Police, Fire, and Paramedics, particularly when in concrete buildings or underground parkades. Space is also dedicated for disaster supplies and components of Peninsula Emergency Measures Organization (PEMO), and the Town's Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), and to function as a secondary Town Hall ensuring business continuity for critical Town functions in the case of a major incident. As well, the building houses a seismic monitoring system that permits both pre- and post-event seismic assessments of structural resiliency. Inside, the building is designed for response efficiency and workflow. For instance, dorm rooms are adjacent to the slide which exits at the gear room; this exits directly out to the first truck leaving. This will reduce "turn out times" from the time the department receives a page to the time the truck leaves the hall. The slide is an example of one of the Hall's new features.

Congratulations Town of Sidney for completion of the new Community Safety Building!



The new building will house the Sidney Volunteer Fire Department, along with BC Ambulance Services with capacity for 6+ ambulances. This ensures post-disaster resiliency for paramedic response on the Saanich Peninsula.

Slides, rather than the traditional firefighter's pole, are now gaining popularity as they are safer to use and eliminate the fall risk to non-fire department staff. The building was designed to keep the fire department's most valuable asset – their volunteer firefighters – safe and healthy. The Sidney Volunteer Fire Department currently has seven career firefighters, one administrative assistant and 30 volunteers. As well, all career staff are active volunteers after hours. Turn out gear, vehicles, hoses and any product exposed to the carcinogens released at a fire are segregated through design, workflow, and dedicated HVAC systems for "clean" & "dirty" portions of the building. There are two chemical decontamination bike saunas; when fighting a fire, a firefighters skin pores open up permitting cancer-causing chemicals and heavy metals to enter the bloodstream. Research indicates that 14 SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA | JUNE 2019

vigorous exercise in a sauna environment 24 to 48 hours postexposure can excrete a large portion of the toxins and metals from the bloodstream. The training tower offers several other important training components. The new tower simulates the standpipe-equipped stairwells firefighters work in when responding to buildings four storeys or higher. The tower also has a small room simulating a micro-suite which can be filled with smoke to conduct victim searches in. And finally, the volunteer firefighters are provided with an association office, state-of-the-art gym and recreation room. This demonstrates that the Town values their volunteers and the importance of investing in infrastructure that will attract and retain the volunteers who protect our residents and ultimately save lives.

Meet the Fire Chief • Brett Mikkelsen was appointed Sidney Fire Chief in 2014 after serving 18 years as a firefighter. • Originally from the Fraser Valley, Chief Mikkelsen moved to Sidney in 1984. He worked at Philbrook's Boatyard for over 20 years as a trade's helper, vessel hauling crew, safety officer, lead hand, and finally Project Manager during which time he obtained his PMP certification from Royal Roads University. • In parallel, Brett worked for BC Ambulanceand attained his primary care paramedic with IV endorsement qualification and fire officer and emergency management certifications. He is also a certified Blue Card Incident Command instructor and teaches incident command to Sidney Fire and other departments. • In 2017 and 2018, he was a member of the Office of the Fire Commissioner Command Staff working with the BC Wildfire Service, a role he will continue into 2019. • The Fire Chief and his wife Kathy have a daughter Sofie, 14; and son Carter, nine.



Taking Fashion Outdoors! You could say that outdoor clothing is anything that you choose to by Ron Balske wear in the outdoors! But advances in Style Coast by Sidney Casuals fabrics and fabric treatment, as well as influence from the global market, have produced an area of fashion that's constantly innovating. Dressing for the conditions should be priority when heading outdoors. The traditional advice of layering still holds: start with a base layer with moisture wicking properties. Build your outfit to ensure you are comfortable, that your clothing won't inhibit the activity you're heading out to do, and that the outermost layer – the one that will meet the elements – has been selected with the weather in mind.

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Acrylic paintings by Cathy and Melinda and watercolour by Richard. Cathy Schulhauser, Richard Iredale, and Melinda Neal.


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Artwork by Margo Styan, Selina Styan and friends.


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Mixed media artwork by Nicola Furlong and Glynne Turner.


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Here on the West Coast we need to be prepared for rain most of the year, but often we don't want a jacket that is heavy or bulky. Some of the biggest changes in outdoor gear have come in waterproofing. The old waterproof jackets would either have been a rubberized, impermeable material, or else a very heavy ply-nylon weave. These jackets were heavy to wear and could leave you extremely hot (not to mention almost as wet inside as you would have been from the rain!). When you took them off they were bulky to carry. Today, brands like Mountain Hardwear and Royal Robbins are producing fully waterproof jackets that are breathable and extremely lightweight. They also incorporate a four-way stretch technology that makes them practical when you need to move. Of course, if you're in the outdoors, you might be thinking about the impact of your clothing choices on the environment. Some jackets are now made with an eco-friendly durable water repellent that reduces toxic byproducts. It's a flouride-free technology that instead uses a microscopic 3D structure which makes water slide right off your clothes. Natural and more sustainable products that you'll find put to good use in outdoor gear are organic cotton, hemp and merino wool. Merino is interesting as it's perfect for our climate: it's warm and provides moisture management. It makes a great base layer but in fact is now being used to make all sorts of clothing. Companies like Smartwool make some stylish merino items including dresses that could transition from daytime explorer to stylish dinner wear, especially when glammed up with a necklace! Outdoor wear and travel wear have a big overlap with outdoor clothing brands designing their ranges with travellers in mind. They are aware of the need to balance having all the necessities, without taking too much with you, meaning many items are multifunctional. Another innovation are items made from ultra quickdry fabrics. ExOfficio is one brand that has excelled in this area, creating underwear and socks made from odour-resistant fabrics that will dry overnight. These are a real boon for travellers who want to be space efficient in their packing. You could literally just pack one change of underwear for a trip, washing them out each night in your hotel room! It's not just rain we need to think about: sun protection is a must whether travelling or at home. Look out for clothing that has a UPF rating; many do. Technical outdoor clothing may carry a higher price tag than some of the fast-fashion we're used to, but it also usually carries guarantees about quality, and cool new technological features. This type of clothing is built to be durable, and take you on many adventures.

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When you want to smell irresistible? A shower … On your Netflix queue? Stranger Things When you want to throw fashion out the window and be all about comfort? A merino wool onesie When you don't care how much it costs? Veterinary bills and basketball shoes In home décor? Anything stain-proof In haircare? AG Welding Paste

In the kitchen? A sous-vide immersion cooker When you want a night out? Dinner and a movie On your playlist? Stuff from the 1960s, 70s, 80s and 90s When adding colour to your outfit? Shoes! On your luxury wish list? A Porsche 918. It can get better gas mileage than a Prius When it comes to your go-to "uniform?" A polo shirt, slacks with Lycra and Fluevog shoes On your walls? My daughter's drawings, showing an evolution in artistic development

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In your closet? Pants with minimum 7% Lycra! In your shaving kit? "Col. Conk" unscented beard wash and oil In your bathroom cabinet? So much floss, bulk Glaxal Base moisturizing cream On your feet? Fluevogs On your bedside table? A Kindle e-reader On your skin? As little as possible



Where Do You Get Out on the Island? Seaside Magazine wants to live up to our slogan of being "the voice of the Saanich Peninsula," so, in every issue, we ask people to answer a question. We're looking for responses from all ages and across the diverse neighbourhoods that form our community. As vacation season nears, Island-based holidays are what's in store for many locals.

by Lara Gladych


Whether you're an avid camper, a "glamper" or one who prefers something less rustic and more luxurious, there's likely a spot on Vancouver Island that speaks to you when summer destinations come to mind. On Vancouver Island there are, by my count, 25 provincial park campgrounds, and a multitude of private campgrounds and RV parks. Add to that list the many cabin, hotel and resort accommodations the Island has

to offer, and whether the draw is a particular destination or a specific interest you can easily make your perfect Island vacation take shape. I headed out to the West Saanich location of Red Barn Market to speak with customers about their favourite camping and vacation retreats come holiday time. The first person I spoke with was Vikki, who is 57. Her favourite Island trips include Courtney/Comox, Parksville and Qualicum Beach. Kye Bay Beach, in Comox, is a special place for her, mostly because it's where she watches the Snowbirds airshow with her grandchildren. I see her face light up as she speaks of it. "I don't go camping," said Joan, 90. She does, however, love staying at Pacific Sands Beach Resort, in Tofino. She loves to walk the beach and visit Chocolate Tofino, where they have "the best chocolate." Tofino, Ucluelet, and Parksville top Juliette's list of favourite destinations. She's 47. It's the beaches that are the draw for her. Bonnie, 68, also enjoys Parksville, where she's a hotel-goer rather than a camper. There's a particular antique store she likes to visit when she isn't taking in the ocean, and she says there's also a very nice restaurant (The Bayside Bistro & Lounge) at the Quality Inn. Stephen, 26, has been gradually exploring Vancouver Island since moving here four years ago. He prefers day trips and trail hikes, and his visits to Port Alberni, Botanical Beach and the sand castles in Parksville have been his favourites so far. He notes that eating at My Chosen CafĂŠ,

in Metchosin, is well worth the drive. I learn of somewhere on the Island that is new to me, a place I have to look up: Tahsis. "Located on the west coast of Vancouver Island, Tahsis is a premier ecotourism destination with unparalleled outdoor recreation, stunning coastal scenery and a walkable village … nestled in the heart of Nootka Sound." (www.villageoftahsis.com). Hopefully I'm not the only one unfamiliar with this little gem. This is Brian's favourite "glamping" spot, and he said he visits regularly. Brian is 38. With Brian was Chris, 26. Tofino is Chris's destination of choice, and he goes there for the surfing. He typically camps or rents something via VRBO, and Tacofino is the local food he likes best. Two people in a row mentioned Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park. The first was Dana, 60, and the second was Heather, 64. Heather is a camper, and Port Hardy is her alternate choice. I ask her if she camps for shorter weekend getaways or for longer periods, and she tells me that they will typically camp for two weeks during the summer. She said that Mt. Washington is another favourite place to visit on the Island, but that it has become too expensive for her liking. I met April, 36, who is in the process of looking for a house on the Island. With such a fresh perspective I ask her what has made an impression on her so far. She and her family have very much enjoyed Butchart Gardens, and look forward to fishing in Sooke. Next there was Ted, 58. Ted, like many others, enjoys Tofino. The Best Western Tin Wis Resort is his accommodation of choice, and eating at the Wickaninnish Inn has been a highlight. Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort is another of his best-liked vacations, which he enjoys for the beach walking. We came back to Rathtrevor as a favoured destination by the last few people I spoke with. Kelly, 42, said she was a tenter when she was younger, but now enjoys an RV for summer vacationing. Mini golf and beach combing keep her busy during her getaways. Deid, 73, is also a Rathtrevor fan, and he camps with his wife, Suzanne, 64, in their small trailer. Suzanne adds that Island View Beach is where she most likes to camp. Thank you for the reminder, Suzanne, that sometimes paradise is in our very own backyard.

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Seaside Magazine is honoured to celebrate those men who sustain our business community with our seventh annual Men to Watch special issue. We asked Tim Maloney, Director, Saanich Peninsula Community Foundation, about mentors and building a strong community.

Celebrating the Saanich Peninsula's Men to Watch by Tim Maloney

A while ago, Sue Hodgson

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asked me if I would consider writing about the value added by the "Men to Watch" shown in the following pages. These are the men who, in their own unique way, strengthen our Peninsula community and economy, helping to make this one of the greatest places on earth to live. While I know some of these men, I do not know them all. But without doubt, they are known in their circles for making our small part of the world better for all. 20 SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA | JUNE 2019

During what I consider to be a blessed life I have had many men who helped to guide me, sometimes subtly and sometimes not so subtly. Their guidance led me to a career in fundraising, where I have spent the last 40 years helping non-profit organizations make a difference. For many of us, our first mentor was that guy we called "Dad." I was fortunate to have a dad who taught me and my brother several critically important lessons. He taught us that to be our true selves was the greatest gift we had to give. He encouraged us to build and use the talents we had. He also showed us how to share them with

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Men to Watch: Sidney Fire Department Firefighters outside the new Community Safety Building

those around us. We lived in a small prairie town of less than 100 souls. While it might sound dire to some, it was a blessing to us. In that little town we learned that community becomes rich and vibrant when everyone comes together and contributes their individual gifts. The next most influential mentor in my life taught me to "dream my dream, and dream it greatly." He shared this lesson with all of us who attended the Athol Murray College of Notre Dame, along with the importance of supporting each other through life's ups and downs. His support helped focus me on the values that have guided my life, friendships and important decisions (and not coincidentally, have led me to write this while I attend the 50th anniversary of my graduation from that influential school). Later, my friend and colleague, Buck, taught me to be courageous

in sharing my dream. His view was that you might be unsure about inviting someone into your dream, but you should never withhold an invitation for fear that it would be turned down. His words were: "Be bold, share your dream and invite others to join you on your journey to make your dream a reality." Whenever I have needed support, it has always been there for me. I wish this for each and every one of you. Read about all the "Men to Watch" in this issue and think about those around you who may not be in this issue. Celebrate them and what they bring to our community. Finally, I urge each and every one of you to be full of hope, to take risks and to seek harmony in your work and family life ‌ and above all, be kind. JUNE 2019 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 21

Del is a founding partner of Beacon Law Centre. The award-winning firm believes simply in excellence for its clients. It was voted Victoria’s top law firm for the past two years and has held a similar honour in the Peninsula News Review’s Readers’ Choice Awards for six years running. Every client’s experience with Beacon Law Centre’s staff and lawyers should be outstanding. This is achieved through: • Careful listening to your needs, coupled with a friendly but frank and practical approach • Prompt, timely guidance, offered in most cases for a flat fee • Carefully crafted, plain language paperwork that avoids legalese • Trusted and long-standing relationships with clients who can rest assured the firm has their back Del’s focus is in estate planning and business law. Beacon Law’s core services also include residential and commercial real estate transactions, and estates and probate.

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What is your business best known for? Practical advice that clients can trust, in plain language. Having three convenient locations. And quoting work by the job, not by the hour. What is your philosophy towards your work? Beacon Law is built on core values shared with my business partner, Lianne Macdonald, and include a deep care for our clients and staff, being accessible, forthright and fair, and a commitment to integrity and the highest ethical standards of practice.

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Don Gulevich Don laughs as he says that he has been in the Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Field since the 1900’s … 1978 to be exact! Don and his wife Joanne, the founders of Coastal Heat Pumps, made a very conscious decision to specialize in Residential HVAC and be a leader in the industry. There have been many changes over the years which has dramatically enhanced CHP’s ability to provide comfort to their customers. These are exciting times for the business, as the B.C. Government has introduced the “Clean Air BC Act” and is on a mission to dramatically reduce the carbon footprint from burning fossil fuels to provide heat. They have and will continue to offer very generous grants for people to switch to a heat pump, making it easier and more affordable.

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What is your business best known for? Educating homeowners on the different choices of systems available and providing them with the information needed to make them comfortable with their decision making. What is your philosophy towards your work? To treat others the way I want to be treated, and that includes our customers, team mates and suppliers.

I moved to Sidney over 30 years ago, and initially set up my accounting business in a converted barn at the back of my home in North Saanich. We have now grown to around nine staff, including three qualified CPAs, and look after over 200 corporate businesses large and small, and around 1,000 personal tax clients.


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Chris Cowland CPA, CA

What is your business best known for? Providing outstanding professional services in an approachable and non-technical manner, for an affordable price, and sharing many years of valuable business experience and local knowledge.

We offer a full range of corporate support services, from bookkeeping and training to tax planning and audits. We work with your personal investment advisor and lawyer to help you plan your future and avoid unexpected surprises. We can help you expand and develop your business, or establish a retirement plan. Looking further, we provide eldercare services such as paying bills and care providers, and can even act as Executors for your estate.

What is your philosophy towards your work? Looking forward, not back – the past is history. How do you get to the place you want to be this time next year? Success is planned, not an accident.

Check our website at www.sidneycpa.com for more information – please visit us soon!

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Tom first gained an interest in wine through his time spent in France – bartending in Paris and picking grapes in Beaujolais – but it wasn’t until he returned home that this interest took hold and developed into a lifelong pursuit and passion.


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Tom Dai

Owner / Wine Director What is your business best known for? Specialty cheese and fine wine. We offer the unique experience of a full retail specialty cheese shop combined with a full-service wine bar, with cheese and wine tasting flights expertly presented, all delivered with worldclass customer service.

As owner and wine director at The Farmer’s Daughter, a Fromagerie and Wine Bar, Tom is now able to fulfill this passion and share his expertise with others. This was honed through 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry, and wine education certifications including the Wine and Spirit Education Trust Advanced Level, and French Wine Scholar. By offering an exciting and diverse wine program, featuring an extensive by-the-glass list, and specializing in wine and cheese tasting flights, Tom hopes to further educate people’s palates, while pursuing his own goal of one day obtaining his Master of Wine certification.

The Farmer’s Daughter

fromagerie . bistro. wine bar

101 - 2360 Beacon Ave, Sidney 778.351.3500 www.thefarmersdaughter.co

What is your philosophy towards your work? To be an expert in my field, through knowledge and passion, and sharing this with others.

Partner at Henley & Straub LLP

I was born and raised on the Saanich Peninsula and, after a stretch on the prairies, am proud to call the Peninsula home for both my family and business.


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Chris Straub


Chris Straub What is your business best known for? Practical advice. I am proud to say that we are well-known for our ability to provide advice that takes into account a broad spectrum of realworld considerations.

The Peninsula is a vibrant community full of people from diverse backgrounds. Being able to provide services to the people and businesses that make up this great community is truly rewarding. Furthermore, client satisfaction is the cornerstone of our firm. Whether providing advice on business matters, estate planning or a real estate transaction, we strive to ensure that our clients are given timely, practical advice as they manage their affairs. At the end of the day, we want our clients to walk away with a good feeling, confident that they have made a decision that is right for them.

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Henley & Straub LLP

201 - 2377 Bevan Ave, Sidney 250.656.7231 www.henleystraub.com

There are two things I enjoy the most: meandering around city streets by foot or wheels, to best understand a cosmopolitan setting or rural area like ours. It gives me a much better understanding of what makes the community tick, what are the people like, and what the vibe of the town is.


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Bohdan Jarisz


Bohdan Jarisz Creative Entrepreneur

What is your business best known for? Developing Brand Awareness, Social Media Management, Graphic Ad Design and Building Relationships. We help our clients grow a strong connection with their audience, making them more appealing to prospective buyers.

Interconnect Communications was formed in 2000 with one very basic goal in mind: to keep things simple with what we know will work for your brand. We started out as a traditional boutique agency and navigated the murky waters of the online revolution with much trepidation. Today our agency is focused on ad design and social media; I bring to the table a vast array of experience, from the very basic to the sophisticated. The digital marketing industry is extremely cluttered and competitive, so it is important to stand out and create thought-provoking and customized campaigns to open doors.

250.589.2645 interconnect@shaw.ca

What is your philosophy towards your work? My family always comes first, but our clients are a very close second. No matter how reasonable the fees, legal services represent a significant cost for most people. My goal is to deliver maximum value on their dollar.

Interconnect Communications

What is your philosophy towards your work? I am creative and love what I do. My philosophy is that there is always room to learn and that mistakes are teaching opportunities, not failures.




Prairie Inn Neighbourhood Pub 7806 East Saanich Rd, Saanichton • 250.652.1575 • facebook.com/PrairieInnPub

Jamie Day Manager

What is your business best known for? Our business is best known for its food. Portion sizes are massive and quality is very consistent. We are also known for all the sports we get on our 22 televisions. What is your philosophy towards your work? My philosophy is to be consistent at our food and service and to make customers always want to return for another visit.

Jamie Day Hello everyone. My name is Jamie Day and I have been part of the Prairie Inn for over 20 years. I’ve worked in many liquor and food establishments, but by far the Peninsula is the best area I’ve worked and lived in. My wife Lisa and I have been married for 13 years and have two boys, Brayden and Hunter. A few years back the Prairie Inn introduced a children’s and family section, and this has helped business tremendously. We have an amazing

group of regular customers, as well as people who drive from miles away for our massive menu that has an amazing selection of pub, comfort and gluten-free food and a huge selection of salads.

beer, cider and liquor. Frank, the manager of the liquor store, is happy to take requests to bring in products we may not have, or do special case orders on those hard-tofind wines.

The staff here are another reason why its a fun place to work and visit. We are also known for having plenty of televisions and have the capability of showing all NHL and NFL games.

One of our favourite things to do is fundraise for local kids’ teams, as well as for locals who are dealing with illness or going through a hard time.

The Prairie Inn also has a very well-serviced liquor store. We carry wine,

If you never have checked us out, come for a visit. We have great lunch and dinner specials every day.

Why is your business important? Our business is very important because everybody needs to have a home away from home. The Prairie Inn is a great place for people to meet up with family or

friends. You can come to our pub/restaurant in sweat pants or a tuxedo and not be judged.


The Saanichton Team

We collaborate: with our patients, with each other, and within the greater community as well. Our goal is to treat you with excellent care, integrity and skill, so that you leave us feeling great! Registered Massage Therapist Nick Filipchuk, and Physical Therapists Tim Camps and Kieran Baird are three recent recruits to the Saanichton team. They all have a passion for getting people moving, or back to whatever

Anthony Black Anthony first came into funeral service almost 14 years ago after the sudden passing of a family member whom he was close to. It was during this loss that he discovered the dynamic services of a funeral home. He is a graduate of the Canadian College of Funeral Service, and completed his apprenticeship in 2007 with Sands Funeral Chapel of Victoria. Anthony’s role at Sands is to assist families in creating a meaningful experience. He guides every family in celebrating their loved one, and strives to help those that are grieving in any way he can. Throughout his career with Sands he considers it an honour to be able to make a difference to the families he serves. Anthony was born on Vancouver Island and considers it home. He enjoys spending much of his time outdoors exploring the Island with his husband Vedran.

Sands Funeral Chapel of Victoria

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Our therapists and staff have a great diversity of experience in both life and education; we pride ourselves on treating anyone who walks through our door with excellent value for service.

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it is they love to do! Nick, Tim and Kieran practise what they preach, staying active in the community through a number of sports including soccer and running.

7865 Paterson Road, Saanichton 250.361.5500 www.saanichphysio.com

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Saanichton Physiotherapy is a well established Vancouver Island clinic that has been serving the population of Saanichton and beyond for nearly 40 years.


What is your business best known for? Being on the Peninsula, we strive to create a communitybased environment, connecting with locals to provide exceptional physiotherapy tailored to each individual. What is your philosophy towards your work? Exercise being a fundamental role in the rehabilitation process, our team believes in maintaining an active lifestyle in the hope to motivate our patients. Applying that mentality in the clinic means using our expertise and your goals, working together to get where you want to be!

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Anthony Black Assistant Manager Funeral Director

What is your business best known for? We take pride in being a part of our community and to provide respectful, compassionate and meaningful services to those who have experienced loss. Our team considers it a privilege to be of service wherever possible. What is your philosophy towards your work? To respect and to honour every life lived and provide comfort to the bereaved, families through their healing journey.

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Brad Tippett I have provided wealth management solutions to individuals, families, business owners and nonprofit organizations for more than 21 years. I am committed to providing sound professional advice for portfolio management, estate and tax planning. I can provide clients with a comprehensive array of investment solutions, including equities, bonds/ GICs, mutual funds and high interest savings accounts. Through Raymond James my clients have access to a team of tax and estate planning specialists.

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S. Laursen & Son Draperies & Blinds is a family run window coverings company specializing in custom motorized and manual blinds, shades and draperies. I was trained by my father, who is from Denmark, and 47 years after forming the business we have honed our skills and take pride in every aspect of our work.

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We go the extra mile to make sure that you have an exceptional experience, from design to installation, and through the follow-up stages. As window covering technologies have evolved to include motorization and home automation, we have gone through extensive training on all of our motorized systems for blinds and draperies. We can even retrofit batteryoperated remote controlled motors into your existing roller shades and 2” horizontal blinds.

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What is your business best known for? We are reliable, honest and we provide exceptional pricing and customer service. We are also motorization experts. What is your philosophy towards your work? Honour your word and treat the client as you would like to be treated.

Our team will share the product knowledge needed to help you make an educated decision based on your needs, and our design experts will guide you through the process in order to be completely satisfied with our service. Imagine: Business like it used to be.

Dr. Stan Marcus Dr. Stan Marcus, Doctor of Chiropractic, has been providing Drugless Health care to people of all ages for 35 years. For the past four years he has been at SpineCare Chiropractic in Brentwood Bay. His philosophy of a healthy lifestyle (movement, nutrition, decreasing stress and a properly functioning spine and nervous system) combined with the art of specific spinal corrections, allows individuals to achieve better movement, stronger Nervous System and, therefore, a higher level of overall Health. Health is NOT about just feeling good. Health is about the body FUNCTIONING WELL! This is what Dr. Stan attempts to promote with all his clients in his clinic. And once your spine is functioning better, Dr. Stan will provide you with the necessary information to help maintain your spine for as long as you own it! And THAT IS FOREVER!

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What is your business best known for? SpineCare Chiropractic is known for RESULTS!!!! Dr Stan get’s the job done, with compassion and experience! What is your philosophy towards your work? Dr Stan’s philosophy is that you will only have ONE spine and Nervous System during your lifetime. So keep them working as well as possible with regular Chiropractic spinal check-ups. At SpineCare, that’s what we do best!


Stimpson | CPA provides individuals and corporations with the specialized accounting and tax support and services they need, allowing them to focus on their businesses and personal lives. We offer a unique fixed price payment plan which includes unlimited meetings and phone support. We take the time to get to know exactly what level of involvement you need from us. Our Fixed-Pricing Agreements are customized to each of our clients based on their needs and wants. Our ultimate success is helping you achieve your own personal and financial success. We offer services aimed at helping seniors who are moving to assisted living establishments and also easing the process of dealing with estates after a passing. To help our clients make important financial decisions, we share our own personal experiences along with the experience gained from all the other businesses we have assisted over the years.

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Ron Balske It has been almost a year now since I moved my family here to the Peninsula from the easygoing setting of the West Kootenays. The people of Sidney have been wonderful in making our transition enjoyable to a much more energetic and dynamic coastal lifestyle. My wife and I bring over 50 years of combined retail experience with us. Our challenge has been to provide a balanced blend of clothing and footwear for our evolving market. We are committed to providing continued excellent customer service and quality clothing for our existing, loyal customers, while at the same time, we are acknowledging and opening up to new opportunities as more families continue to visit and move to our community. We have just transitioned our name to Style Coast to reflect our vision in serving this wonderful community that we get to live in.

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Martyn Stimpson Principal

What is your business best known for? Excellent individualized customer service. We tailor our support to each client: there is never a “one size fits all” approach. What is your philosophy towards your work? Treat every client like they are the only one that you have.

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What is your business best known for? Style Coast is known for quality brands that serve both function and fashion, making them great for travel wear, outdoor wear and every day. What is your philosophy towards work? Satisfaction – I love to get up in the morning and have my cup of coffee, watching the sun rise over Sidney Spit and say what a great place to live and work.

W H AT ' S T H E W O R D ?

Notes on Nature Come join me for another trek down the word trail. Last time we sailed the sea of nautical phrases, but today we venture into the great outdoors where interesting idioms sprout up all over. So off we go; there's nothing like the great outdoors. Being in it can make you feel "as fresh as a daisy." The little flower is attractive enough, but why do we think of it as being fresh? The flower's name is based on the old English dæges ēage or "day's eye" due to the fact that the flower opens in the morning and closes at night. The phrase alludes to being fresh and open to a new day just like a morning daisy. But daisies aren't the only plant along our way. What's this, a four leaf clover? Finding one of those in the clover bunch is like "finding a needle in a haystack." But what does a needle have to do with a haystack anyway? The phrase possibly originates with Sir Thomas More who in 1532 referred to an even more fruitless search when he wrote "looking for one line in all of St. Austin's works were to go to look a needle in a meadow." It's no wonder his phrase was so descriptive that it grew in popularity in a slightly altered form, that of hiding that elusive needle in a haystack, an item often found in medieval meadows. by Jo Barnes


As we continue along, the views are spectacular. But wait, the path looks fairly steep. Maybe I'm just exaggerating the incline and "making a mountain out of a molehill." It's an old idiom thought to be first used by Nicholas Udall when he described ancient Greek teachers as analyzing so much as to make an elephant of a flye and a mountaine out of a mollehill. I'm sure our path is do-able. This is my favourite part of the trail. It has something you'll want to see. Can you guess what it is? I don't mean to "beat around the bush" which interestingly enough dates back to Medieval bird hunts. Some participants would beat the bushes to rouse the birds and flush them out for capturing. The sight I was telling you about is an eagle's nest nearby! Maybe we could get a better view if we climb that rocky outcropping. But it looks dangerous; I'm not sure the view would be any better. Ah well, "a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush!" Like those 15th century falconers who prized the valuable asset in their hands rather than risking what was out of their reach, we'll settle for the splendid view today. That wraps up today's journey down the word trail. But next time we'll explore what phrases are "waiting in the wings!"

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Natural Approaches for Prostate Support

The prostate is an important gland prone to certain conditions because of its location (wrapped around the urethra and near the base of the bladder). When it does become diseased, it can impact a man's health by way of urination, sexual activity and, with cancer, can spread to other organs. The following are ways to help keep the prostate healthy and can support a man if there are any chronic issues such as prostatitis, hyperplasia (enlargement, or BPH), or cancer. Diet. The prostate is located in the lower pelvic region. It also lies just anterior to the rectum. As a result, the health of the rectum is an important link to inflammation and disease in the prostate. People with an unhealthy diet low in fiber and high in inflammatory foods such as red meat, dairy, sugar and alcohol will likely have issues with their prostate. Choosing a diet of fish (omega 3's), nuts and seeds, avocados, whole grains (not processed or white) and fresh fruits and vegetables including cooked tomato, will aid the prostate for longterm health. Probiotics. The pelvic region (rectum and bladder) is flooded with a microbiome (bacterial flora) that has been shown to impact the health of the prostate. Studies are currently being done to identify the benefits of probiotics in both treating and preventing prostatitis, BPH and prostate cancer. This is a good reason to be sure you consistently treat your body with beneficial bacteria from fermented foods, fresh veggies and fruits and consume a multi-strain of probiotics daily. Studies also show that probiotics play an important role in hormonal regulation (androgens and testosterone) that in excess can stimulate prostate cancer growth and aggravate BPH. Exercise. We all know exercise is good for the body, but it also

plays a huge role in prostate health. Men who exercise regularly (including low impact walking) and keep a healthy BMI (body mass index) are less likely to develop BPH. Men who run for more than one-and-a-half hours per week are also less likely to have erectile dysfunction. A study of a group of men with prostatitis reduced their symptoms significantly (including depressed mood) by exercising moderately for three hours weekly with walking, stretching and low impact isotonics. Meditation. Men who suffer with chronic prostate issues, including cancer, can benefit from meditation to alleviate anxiety around their health and reduce stress. Meditation has also been shown to help men become more proactive in their health and thus better their outcomes with prostate cancer treatment, whether that be surgical, chemotherapeutic, radiation or active surveillance (watch and wait). Supplementation. Supplementation for prostate conditions can be confusing and controversial. To date, according to the National Cancer Institute, the supplements that have been shown to have benefit in prostate cancer (and potentially most prostate issues) include green tea, lycopene, vitamin D and Pomi-T (pomegranate, broccoli, green tea and turmeric). It is important to speak with your doctor before considering taking any supplements for your condition. The prostate is a small walnut-shaped organ that in younger years men tend to take for granted. As men age, it becomes a reflection of their long-term wellness. Focusing on a healthy diet, exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy body composition seems not only to be the foundations for all health but also the prostate.


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Marsh Farm: Not Your Average Veggie Garden

Many years ago living on the Saanich Peninsula required people to draw their sustenance directly from the land upon which they lived. While most of us today rely on grocery markets and at best tend to backyard gardens, there are still those in our community for whom living off the land is a way of life. This is the fourth in a Seaside series featuring local community members who all share the same passion for the land and love of what they do. On a warm sunny day, there's nothing more delightful than puttering around in your backyard garden. Evelyn Marsh feels the same way, except her backyard garden is two acres in size. … that's a lot of puttering! When Evelyn, owner of Marsh Farm, a U-Pick farm in Central Saanich, became an empty-nester, she decided to carry on in the footsteps of her grandmother and start a vegetable garden. It was a decision that would impact not only her life but the larger community around her. "When the children grew up it became really boring not having them around running and playing. So I said to myself: "I'm not going to be one to sit around and watch the cars go by. I don't quilt, I don't sew, I don't knit, so I'll do what my grandmother did: I'll grow a garden," shares Evelyn. What began as a small area producing enough veggies to stock a couple of picnic coolers is now a garden that produces a dizzying diversity of vegetables, fruit and herbs. Visitors of all ages arrive to pick their favourite foods, but it's the little ones that hold

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a special place in Evelyn's heart. She's not only passionate about tending a garden of vegetables, but caring for the next generation of gardeners too. "If you get good food when you're young, your bones grow well, your heart is strong. Children are healthier," she says. "We started the U-Pick, and it's so wonderful you know to see the little children coming and running through and picking their own greens. It's a fulfilling thing." Evelyn's love of children goes way back. She and her husband raised nine of them, many of them foster children. And, her interest and care for young ones continues even now. She grows blackberries that are thornless, so that young pickers don't prick their tiny fingers, and makes each young one feel welcome in her garden. "Visitors come and they park. The little kids carry baskets. I usually have little toys like windmills or bubbles that

they can play with while mom and dad shop," says Evelyn. The kindness and care she extends to young people is often returned. Sometimes they engage in the work of the farm like members of the Saanich Peninsula U11 basketball team "The Grind" who recently helped with weeding crops. The farm also provides a place for the not-so-young to enjoy the bounty of nature, fresh air, friends and community connections. "I do it for the young and the old. The older folks, they used to have gardens, and now they're in wheelchairs or nursing homes or assisted living where there are no gardens," she shares. "They can come here and wheel around and pick berries. It brings back memories." No matter the age, though, visitors are bound to find their favourite produce at Evelyn's farm because the selection is astounding. Just name the vegetable, fruit, or herb, and you'll likely find it here, including rare ones like the marion berry. One customer travels from the mainland every year just for this item alone! Produce is grown in raised beds of sea soil and everything is done organically. "It's all contained in beds. I don't want to lose the sea soil to the earth. We use organic cow manure and kelp-only fertilizer. Grandma did it; we don't need anything else," she shares. Evelyn has always been keen to grow healthy foods and share them with others, but the current spotlight on sustainability and the local food movement has got her thinking about larger issues a little more every day. "If we get to the point that we don't have people growing the food locally, we're going to be in a little bit of a problem. Where is it going to come from? When people come here and pick a strawberry, it's fresh, it's local. They see what a vegetable looks like without a cellophane bag around it," she says. Evelyn's garden is a fair size, so she putters around it in a golf cart. She's just as passionate about her seeds, soil and sunshine, but as the days wear on, she's looking to the future. As far as what this means, well, in Evelyn's own words: "I'm hoping at some point we have a community garden here. Instead of me doing it, everyone can do their own. I just want it to continue, I want everyone to continue growing locally and people buying local." Photo by Nunn Other Photography


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Getting Outside for Your Well-Being

by Tracey Burns, PCC Tracey Burns Coaching & Consulting

I wrap my arms around the trunk of the giant Douglas fir, my eyes following its massive trunk skyward. As I exhale I take in all of its majesty. There was something about this tree that had me stop my hike and take up this crazy embrace. I breathe deeply, smelling the sweet mixture of a freshly misted forest, briny air and warm cedar, and feel myself relax. My mind travels to my childhood where I spent equal amounts of my time cradled in the boughs of Garry oaks reading one of my favourite books, The Folk of the Faraway Tree, and dangling precariously from the skinny toppers of the local fir trees. Perched as high as my fear would allow, I would rock back and forth enjoying the vista and the rush of adrenaline as I tested the limits of the tree top. As the memory fades I return to the present and press my ear against the tree. Engaging in a bit of adult make believe, I implore the tree to reveal the wisdom of its years. What have you seen? What have you heard? What do you know that we do not? The people of Tsawout First Nation believe that the four winds, the trees, the birds, the animals, and the fishes were people at one time long ago and that these living things can understand us if we speak to them using special words. Today I haven't found those words and the tree remains silent, its secrets safely tucked away for another day. It's a ritual I've repeated many times; the forest is where I go to ground, to connect myself energetically with the healing properties of the earth. When I feel myself unhinged by the roar of our

technologically driven world nature beckons me and reminds me to just be. When I emerge from my forest forays, I'm focused and in tune with the creative innovator in me. Over the years and as is predictable in a life well lived, puzzles of the heart have emerged. It's during these times that my intuition takes over and Island View beach beckons. The scattered drift and rocks serve as nature's meditation pillows. The wind in my hair and the spritz of ocean mist on my skin is a tonic that simply can't be bottled. I've made many a personal discovery on that magical beach, reconciled relationship struggles and solved entrepreneurial riddles. The smell of the ocean breeze soothing, the repetitive break of the waves hypnotic and calming, the sand and pebbles beneath my bare feet relaxing. Science supports what I instinctively know to be true: ocean air (lakes, rivers, streams and waterfalls too) contains negative ions and oxygen atoms that contain an extra electron useful to treat symptoms such as seasonal affective disorder. Taking these well-being time outs may seem counter intuitive when you're faced with deadlines, bills to pay and a determination to drive yourself to produce results. What these excuses fail to address is the cost and long-term effects of habitually putting our well-being aside. A well-being intervention, a brisk walk to the pier, a walk in the woods or even stepping out into the many accessible parks we have here on our beloved Peninsula is an investment with high returns that far outweigh the cost of time. If you spot me hugging a tree in your neighbourhood, give me a high five at www.traceyburns.com.


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The Lonely Heartstring Band For the first time on the Charlie White Theatre stage we welcome The Lonely Heartstring Band on Monday, June 24. Nourished by deep roots in the expansive canon of traditional American music, The Lonely Heartstring Band embodies the modern American condition—an understanding and reverence for the past that informs a push into the future. George Clements (guitar, vocals) Patrick M’Gonigle (fiddle, vocals) Charles Clements (bass, vocals) Maddie Witler (mandolin) and Gabe Hirshfeld (banjo) bring together their own musical styles to create a sound greater than the sum of its parts. Combining soulful instrumental virtuosity with soaring three-part harmonies, their growing repertoire of original songs and compositions showcases not only their considerable talents, but a dedication to meaningful roots-conscious music. Already they have generated a devoted following of music-lovers across North America, performing and headlining at major music festivals and historic venues from Western Canada to California, from Kentucky to New Hampshire.

Whether it’s a festival stage, theatre, or intimate listening room, The Lonely Heartstring Band always delivers a dynamic, diverse, and heartfelt performance. Over the last three years of touring, the band has crafted shows that generate a genuine connection and bring crowds to their feet.

Evening with Greg Brown American folk musician Greg Brown comes to Sidney on Tuesday, June 25. Greg Brown’s mother played electric guitar, his grandfather played banjo, and his father was a Holy Roller preacher in the Hacklebarney section of Iowa, where the Gospel and music are a way of life. Brown’s first professional singing job came at age 18 in New York City, running hootenannies (folksinger get-togethers) at the legendary Gerdes Folk City. After a year, Brown moved west to Los Angeles and Las Vegas, where he was a ghostwriter for Buck Ram, founder of the Platters. Tired of the fast-paced life, Brown traveled with a band for a few years, and even quit playing for a while before he moved back to Iowa and began writing songs and playing in midwestern clubs and coffeehouses. Brown’s songwriting has been lauded by many, and his songs have been performed by Willie Nelson, Carlos Santana, Shawn Colvin, and Mary Chapin Carpenter.

He has also recorded more than a dozen albums, including his 1986 release, Songs of Innocence and of Experience, when he put aside his own songwriting to set poems of William Blake to music. One Big Town, recorded in 1989, earned Brown three and a half stars in Rolling Stone, chart-topping status in AAA and The Gavin Report’s Americana rankings and Brown’s first Indie Award from NAIRD (National Association of Independent Record Distributors). The Poet Game, his 1994 CD, received another Indie award from NAIRD. His critically acclaimed 1996 release, Further In, was a finalist for the same award. Rolling Stone’s four-star review of Further In called Brown “a wickedly sharp observer of the human condition.” 1997’s Slant 6 Mind (Red House Records) earned Brown his second Grammy nomination. His latest CD, One Night (Red House), is a re-release of a 1983 live performance originally on Minneapolis’ Coffeehouse Extemporé Records.

Dinner en Rouge The Mary Winspear Centre is proud to present Dinner en Rouge on Saturday, June 29 at 6:00pm at Beacon Park. Fashioned after the famous “Diner en Blanc”, Sidney will celebrate Canada Day with the 3rd annual “Dinner en Rouge”

Guests dressed in red and white will gather for a chic, outdoor dinner along the waterfront in beautiful Beacon Park.

Don’t miss one of Sidney’s most popular celebrations, Dinner en Rouge, the kick off to Sidney’s Canada Day.

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.

For more information and to purchase tickets contact the Mary Winspear box office or visit marywinspear.ca

In partnership with the Peninsula Celebration Society, entertainment and dancing will be lead by premier party band Shaky Ground!

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Folk ‘N Fiddle Festival Maple Leaf School of Ballet What’s Love Got to do With It? Taking It to the Street Charity Road Hockey Raindance Festival Van Isle Comic Con Murray Hatfield Magic Show Lobsterfest Wicked Witch of the West Garden City Cat Show The Lonely Heartstring Band

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Blood Donor Clinc Evening with Greg Brown Music of the Night: The Concert Tour Dinner en Rouge Wavelengths Community Choir

Canada Day Lions Pancake Breakfast Blood Donor Clinic Bourne to be Ozz


Offering New Solutions to Old Pains:

Saanich Physiotherapy and Sport Clinic by Paula Kully For many people, chronic pain is an everyday reality. They have tried everything and may even have concluded that living with pain is just the way things are going to be for them. Now, what if they were told there is a new therapy available that could potentially relieve them of chronic pain permanently? Well, Dr. Scott Simpson is offering such an option through Saanich Physiotherapy and Sports Clinic's state-of-the-art shockwave therapy. As an athlete with an extensive,

impressive background, Dr. Simpson brings not only great enthusiasm to his work but also, real-life experience to draw from. This is what he has to say about his practice and his passion for the Saanich Peninsula. Have you always lived on the Saanich Peninsula and if not, where are you from and what brought you to the Island? I grew up in New Brunswick and moved to Vancouver Island in 2004. I was a member of the Canadian National Team from 2001 to

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2010 and many of my teammates trained here on the Saanich Peninsula. They always praised the area so I finally decided to come check it out for myself and was instantly sold. What prompted you to open a physiotherapy clinic here? In 2006, I won the Canadian National Championships at the 10k distance and was set to be a part of the Canadian Olympic Team going to Beijing in 2008. I felt I was at a crossroads in my life at that time. I know

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I would have had a memorable experience at the Olympics but I also knew I was not going to win any medals, as the competition was so fierce. I opted for a different path, that of being a father and owning a great business. Can you provide an overview of your practice? We have two locations. One, in Saanichton on Patterson Road, which was our first office, and the second at Elk Lake. We operate both locations with six physiotherapists and three massage therapists. With our location at Elk Lake where many elite athletes train, we do tend to see many athletes. However, our clientele is varied and we treat all types of patients. Our focus with all of our clients is to help them help themselves by giving them the tools to be independent and take charge of their own health. Right now, we are especially excited about a relatively new technology in treating chronic pain; that is shockwave therapy. Can you explain what shockwave therapy is and how it works?

Shockwave therapy is a relatively new, non-invasive treatment that sends mechanical waves through muscle and tendons by applying it externally to the body. It can break down calcification, relieve pain, and quickly

"Our focus with all of our clients is to help them help themselves by giving them the tools to be independent and take charge of their own health." restore mobility without surgery. It is excellent for conditions such as plantar fasciitis and tendinitis. This sounds amazing and must be very exciting for people who suffer from chronic pain. What is involved with a typical treatment session and how long does it take

before people will notice results? It is certainly very rewarding to see people who have suffered from chronic conditions, where nothing else has worked, actually get better with shockwave therapy. Each session will last about 30 minutes. This gives us enough time to build good relationships with our clients and to answer any questions or concerns. People can expect to see results after only three visits. What do you like most about your work? I love my work and feel privileged to work in such a beautiful place as the Saanich Peninsula. There is nowhere else that I would like to live and work. With this natural setting, we strive to provide world-class care in a country setting. We work hard to mentor our staff and provide them opportunities so that they become strong members of this community. This ensures we maintain highly qualified people during a time when it is so difficult to attract medical professionals.


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Anniversary Join Us As We Celebrate 50 Years of Contributing to Our Community

June 8th @ 5 pm Saanich Fairgrounds EVENT FEATURES: Fine Buffet Dining • Silent Auction • 50/50 Draw Special Presentation on the History of the Central Saanich Lions Club Tickets $45 - available via 250.686.6890 or 250.544.0727

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by Chris Cowland

Our summers in Lake of the Woods were quite challenging. There was one season when I tried to install a new back door, but did not quite finish the job. The following year my wife drove out with our four kids (I was supposed to join them two weeks later) to find that a whole zoo of animals had taken up residence through the winter, and had held multiple parties in the kitchen, spreading from wall to wall dog food, flour, spaghetti, rice and all the other dried staples we had carefully stored. This of course was all my fault, as a proper carpenter would have closed off the doorway hole with plywood rather than mosquito netting. We originally bought the cottage when we lived in Winnipeg, an easy two-hour drive away. Later, we moved to Saskatoon, and the journey became closer to six hours, still not too bad. However, it is a good 30-hour drive from Sidney, if you catch the first ferry, drive non-stop to Calgary, and then drive for what feels like an eternity along flat featureless straight roads across the prairies. This might be okay in a nice modern car, but we were doing it with four kids aged between six and 12, two dogs, and our wretched cat Roo. The return journey was eventful. We were 50 kilometres east of Moosomin, my wife was driving, and the motor literally exploded at 3 a.m. No cell phones to call for assistance. When the sun came up, I managed to hitch a ride into this town of 2,000 inhabitants and find a garage. We were towed into town, and the van was rapidly diagnosed as a write-off. I sold the wheels for $500, and found someone who sold us for the same princely sum his 1972 Ford Country Squire station wagon, "guaranteed to get us home." This wagon had everything. A 460-cubic-inch V8 motor, rearfacing back seats, and even an Esso "tiger in the tank." Perfect. When we loaded everyone, it did scrape on the ground a bit, but only at the back. Off we set. The family deserved a treat after all this ordeal, so we had a full meal deal lunch at the next McDonald's, which was the first non-organic food they had eaten for nearly two months. Big mistake. We were running low on fuel in Kamloops, and pulled in to fill up. In those days, service was all "jump to the pump," and a friendly young chap filled us up. My wife had been driving, and as she leaned over the back of the seat to get my credit card, Ronald got the better of her, and she let out one of the worst explosions I have ever heard. The kids were mortified, but not

Lake of the Woods - Pt. II half as much as the attendant who chose that exact same moment to lean in through the window with the credit card machine. I think she singed his eyebrows. Even worse was the walk of shame, when she had to go inside to the washroom, and there were five sniggering employees lined up as the eyebrowless worker pointed her out to his friends. In England, we call these places petrol stations, but I guess that's why they are called gas stations in Canada.


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Whitehouse Stables "We do a lot of things here, but horses are my passion," says Nicky Wylie, greeting me with a warm handshake on my arrival at White House Stables on West Saanich Road. White House Stables is home to Nicky and Norman Wylie, who have by Debra Lewis farmed there since 1984 and where they started breeding thoroughbred racehorses in 1987. Nicky's love of horses began when she was a young girl growing up in England. She worked professionally with horses, eventually riding in three-day events. In 1980, she finished fourth in a field of 40 at the Chatsworth event on the day before she and Norman moved to Canada. "It's a passion that never leaves you," explains Nicky, and while her career has been varied it has always involved work with horses. Shortly after arriving in Canada, Nicky began riding and training thoroughbreds, a career which continued until 1992 when her first 50 SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA | JUNE 2019

child was born. In 1985, Nicky and Norman purchased Yalocum Chief. With him they formed their first racing partnership, The Brentwood Inn Syndicate, and for two years enjoyed winning races at Sandown Raceway and in Vancouver at Exhibition Park. Nicky and Norman, along with their landlady, Pat Johnson, began breeding horses to race in 1987. With the purchase of Mascaretta in 2001, they began breeding to sell. Mascaretta's first foal went on to become champion in British Columbia, winning over $400,000 for her purchaser. In total, her foals have won their purchasers over a million dollars, earning her recognition and praise. "She's a superstar," says Nicky proudly. In 2018, Nicky and her trainer, Mary-Anne Baumgartner, started Sandown Racing Club to promote local interest in horse racing and to create a racing community that was lost when Sandown Raceway closed in 1992. Today the Club has 100 members who follow the activities of three racehorses: Future Games, who won three races last year; Big Time Louie, a two-year-old in training; and Sprog, who will race this year. Sandown Racing Club provides an opportunity for members to

engage with the sport in an affordable way. "The club members don't own the horses," explains Nicky, but for an annual fee "they have a sense of ownership of all three horses." They get regular updates on their training and progress through members-only websites and Facebook, and have special access to the races at Hastings Racecourse. Club members lease the horses and then apply for an owner's license which gives them free parking at Hastings Racecourse, access to areas not open to the general public, and other benefits. Nicky and Norman have raised "many very good horses" and three champions bred from three different mares and stallions: Ookashada, Herbie D., and Stanz in Command. Nicky attributes their success as breeders and trainers to "luck" and regular handling, to raising the foals "as athletes in fields, not barns or paddocks," and to "excellent nutrition." Nicky's love of horses is unmistakable, but so is her enthusiasm for other aspects of life at White House Stables. Nicky and Norman are passionate about "eating well and not hurting the environment" and grow all of their own food. Their concern and sense of responsibility for all of the animals in their care, horses but also dogs, cats, chickens and cows, is obvious. Nicky loves to teach organic farming. Norman, a farrier, does the shoeing for their horses as well as other metal work. They run the farm store, which sells horse feed and supplies and where they are happy to answer questions on nutrition and other horse management issues. Nicky has been on the board of the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society for four years. Before I leave, Nicky takes me to a field and shows me Mascaretta, mother of champions, who is caring for another horse's foal. That foal is sister to Exorbitant, a horse with only one eye who nonetheless won the third race at Hastings on Saturday May 4. In an adjoining field are two other thoroughbred mares and their foals. "The babies," says Nicky, "are born to run," and I watch one of the foals, who is only a few days old, running in circles "just for the heck of it" and squealing with joy. For more information on Sandown Racing Club, including pictures of the horses and information on their training, visit www.sandownracingclub.com. Photo by Nunn Other Photography.

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LORDY, LORDY, LOOK WHO'S 40 Keeping Well The Mount Newton Centre is one of those unsung heroes in the community and this year they are marking their 40th anniversary! Since 1979, the organization has been "helping seniors to live independently," by providing programs and services and keeping people connected.

by Paula Kully

FIND YOUR FITNESS Hot Yoga Sidney Hot Yoga is under new ownership and hosts a different style of yoga than was previously offered with a variety of class lengths, styles and temperatures. Sidney Hot Yoga builds community on and off the mat supporting local charities and initiatives while helping students connect with likeminded people.

Dress for Fun Anna and Kathy welcome everyone to stop by Cotton and Blues on June 1 for their 40th Anniversary celebration! Many lucky customers will win prizes donated by Brands such as Corkcicle, Billabong, FDJ, Ten Tree and SAXX.


Mind & Body Michelle De Melo provides a complete guide for creating a strong mind and body. She knows that it takes more than eating healthy and exercising to live the life of your dreams and has devised six principles and habits that will give you the energy, mental strength and motivation to achieve anything you want. www.vitalityjunkie.ca.

A New Parking Lot The Town of Sidney officially opened the new Downtown Employee Parking lot next to the Mary Winspear Centre. The lot provides 167 new spaces for people who work downtown, thereby freeing up space in the downtown core for shoppers and visitors to the community.



A New Home The Sidney Volunteer Fire Department has moved into the new Community Safety Building. People will get a chance to tour the inside on Canada Day during a public Open House.

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On June 10, the Town of Sidney's new Director, Jenn Clary, will take the helm in the Engineering Department. Jenn has moved to the Saanich Peninsula from Vancouver with her husband and two children.

Nest and Nook, a sweet new home dĂŠcor store by the owners of Miss Bliss, is opening in June. It is located at 2393 Beacon Avenue and is a partnership between Misty Hillard and Lindsay Trudeau.

A New Website The District of North Saanich, "the land where it is good to be," has a new website! The site is fresh and super easy to navigate. Check it out and scroll to the bottom of the homepage to answer the poll question "what do you think of our new website?"


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Pearls of Wisdom Alison Cuthill, owner of Cut & Hill Jewellery Co., is an expert in the field of pearls and pearl

Sculptures by the Sea ArtSea Community Arts Council has taken on the administration of the Sidney Sculpture Walk. Wayne McNiven is Chairing a new committee that will oversee the revitalization of Sidney's beautiful Seaside Sculpture Walk.

Moodyville Chronicles Joan Saunders' new blog is inspired by life in the Moodyville neighbourhood of Brentwood Bay. She touches on everything from fences making good neighbours to roundabouts. Truly entertaining, often heartwarming, you absolutely must check it out! Visit moodyvillechronicles. wordpress.com.

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

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

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Saanich Peninsula Shops & Services Brown's The Florist

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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. We are open seven days a week and deliver from Sidney to Sooke and some of the Gulf Islands.

We offer expert grooming in a relaxing, safe atmosphere for your dog. We also feature anestheticfree teeth cleaning for dogs and cats by Cheyanne Cave of Happy Tails Teeth Cleaning.

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What does great customer service mean to you? To us, it means that our customers are greeted with a sincere welcome when they enter the store. It means our noncommissioned product advisors work as a team to make sure our customers get exactly what they want. It means that we keep in contact after the order has been placed for updates on the status of the furniture as it makes its way to us. It means that we work with our customers, once their furniture arrives, to bring it to them on their schedule by our friendly, professional delivery personnel. We know that finding the right furniture for your home can sometimes be a daunting experience, and that's why we take the extra care so you know we have your best interests at heart. We love what we do, and it shows. One step into One Stop Furniture and it will be clear why we are Sidney's choice for beautiful furniture for every room in your home. With hundreds of styles, thousands of fabrics, custom woodwork designs and décor items, we can give your home that fresh new look you've been wanting. Come by and see us soon. One Stop Furniture … Where You're # One.

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Wine Kitz Sidney Spring is in the Air! As the trees begin to bud and the flowers start to blossom, it is a sign … are you ready? Don't get caught short! Visit us today. 250.654.0300 winekitzsidney.ca #5A - 2042 Mills Rd West Sidney

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Makers of premium small-batch spirits. Come tour, taste, learn and lounge at our waterfront distillery. Lounge and patio open for the season! To reserve your spot for a tour and tasting, please get in touch! 250.544.8217 9891 Seaport Pl, Sidney victoriadistillers.com

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. Our annual Spring Clearance Sale Event is on until June 22! With huge savings on all showroom items, now is the perfect time to buy that something special you've had your eye on.

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Muffet & Louisa My grandfather always used to say: "If you want something done well, you need the right tools." This sentiment seems ingrained in our customers who associate with the masculine gender. So why not equip the father figures in your life with the right tools for the kitchen. We would be pleased to help. 250.656.0011 | 9813 Third St, Sidney muffetandlouisa.com

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Take a kayak or paddle board lesson, or a guided wildlife or sunset tour. We have a paddling experience for everyone. Check out our family adventure tour, accompanying children age 7 -12 are half price. 250.710.7693 Port Sidney Marina bluedogkayaking.com

Seven different meals each week: your choice of rice, pasta or potato and two vegetables plus main for just $9.50. Balanced and nutritious; cooked and ready to reheat for an easy meal! Delivery available; call for details. 250.655.3141 9781 Second St, Sidney chefontherun.net

MODEN Boutique I am Devon, the owner and operator of MODEN and I am a resident and new business owner in Sidney. With my extensive knowledge of the retail and fashion industry, coupled with my background in merchandising, I strive to offer a shopping experience that makes building a fashionable wardrobe easy, accessible and effortless to execute. MODEN is founded on the belief that your wardrobe should be both fashionable and functional, but never boring. We understand that you want clothing that makes you look and feel great while suiting the life that you live. The intention that is put into every piece we carry, from apparel to accessories, is meant to empower and embolden the women who wear them. That is why we support brands that represent quality and timeless style, so that the pieces you choose will be your favourites for seasons to come. Our styles are buildable, not disposable, and each item is an investment that can take you miles. It is our priority to make shopping easy. Whether you desire help and advice or prefer your privacy, we create a space where everyone can feel comfortable. We are here to help, and the advice is always free!




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Deep Cove Customs Established in 2014, we set out to fill a void we saw in quality, affordable custom cabinets. Previously, the only options were inexpensive, mass produced semi-custom kitchens, or expensive high-end over the top custom kitchens. We strive to bridge the gap. All of our kitchens are fully custom, manufactured using quality materials and solid manufacturing methods. Working closely with our client, we start with the design and produce a cost-effective, exceptional product. We offer a wide variety of options that allow you to customize your final design, from door and drawer style, finish and colour, hardware, a full line of quartz and laminate counter tops and a wholesale line of sinks. We manage to keep our cabinets affordable using our parametric cabinet library, our new state-of-theart production facility including CNC machines and our high volume purchasing. Our team of installers are personally trained to install with care and quality. The end result is a beautiful custom high-end kitchen, at a fraction of the cost of any other comparable kitchen. We also supply kitchens for high volume developers, operating with a business model that justifies and provides accurate timeline management and supply capabilities.

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The First of the Season: Enjoying Local Strawberries

What could be more exciting than the season's first ripe strawberries? Perhaps trying to decide how you will enjoy them! Will you put them atop of your waffles or morning yogurt? Maybe you like to pack them as a fresh snack for your lunch? They add a pretty dash of colour, and round out a healthy spinach salad. Perhaps you love to bake and look forward to your first rhubarb and strawberry pie. No matter how you like to eat your strawberries, they are tasty and also healthy. A source of vitamins C and K, strawberries also provide a good quantity of fibre, folic acid, manganese and potassium. Enjoyed since Roman times, strawberries have also been used throughout history in a medicinal context to help with digestive ailments, teeth whitening and skin irritations. What's more, they are weather obliging: strawberries can be available to us throughout the spring, summer and even into fall. Strawberries are grown in every province of Canada and are a member of the rose family. Their clusters of fruit are produced from a single flower. The timing of strawberries' return to our lives coincides perfectly with the seasonal start of the Peninsula Country Market. On Saturday June 1, market vendors will showcase their glorious offerings at the Brentwood Bay Festival from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pioneer Park. If available, Gobind Farms and Dan's Farm and Country Market will have their first of the season strawberries available. From June 8 to October 12, the Peninsula Country Market will continue every Saturday at the historic Saanich Fairgrounds. For a list of weekly vendors and information, visit www. peninsulacountrymarket.ca or follow @peninsulacountrymarket. In the meantime, you can get you're the season's first local strawberries from the following local farms. Enjoy! Andrew Engqvist/Silver Rill Berry Farm. You can find Andrew's strawberries Saturdays at the Peninsula Country Market next to the

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If you recently bought or were

the lucky recipient of a beautiful bouquet of roses, gerbera daisies or alstroemeria, those flowers most likely began their life at Eurosa Farms here on the Saanich Peninsula. Three generations of the Bulk family have dedicated their lives to the greenhouses and the flowers that thrive in them. I met with Paul Bulk, Head Grower at Eurosa, to see what goes on behind the scenes to ensure those gorgeous flowers make their way across the province

and into bouquets of all sorts. Paul's parents began by growing roses on the first five acres of Eurosa Farms in 1979. Things went well until the infamous blizzard of '96 stormed in and flattened all of the greenhouses. Lots of hard work went into rebuilding the following year and in 2000, another five acres was purchased for more production land. In total, the 10 acres now produce three varieties of flowers: roses (cut and spray varieties), alstroemeria and gerbera daisies. They also grew bell peppers for a few years, but as the demand for roses

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continued to increase, those greenhouses were converted to roses. Roses, the farm's primary crop, begin as cuttings and they're grown in soil-less coconut husks. A single rose plant optimally lasts for five years and in any given year, approximately 20% of the plants will need to be replaced. In total, roses make up 2.7 acres of Eurosa with almost an entire acre dedicated to spray roses, the tiny little roses with several to a stem that can come in a variety of colours. For optimal growing, the rose plants are lit for 16 hours a day, which is why if you drive by on West Saanich road in the evenings, especially in winter, you can see the greenhouses glowing with a soft orangey light. Most of the growing conditions for all the plants are computer controlled, including lighting, heating and irrigation. The finished roses are harvested every day except Sundays and are prepared to head off to the United Flower Growers auction, which is held in Burnaby three times a week. From there, the roses will head as far as Winnipeg and Portland, Oregon, as well as across B.C. and Alberta. As with most farming, pests, mainly thrips, which target the head of the rose, are a constant issue. Paul has tested out all manner of techniques for keeping the harmful insects from destroying the plants, including releasing bags of other insects that will leave the plants alone but feed on the pesky thrips, as well as trying to trap them on the yellow cards that provide an extra splash of colour in each row of rose plants. Thankfully, pests are less of a problem for one of the other flower varities grown at Eurosa: alstroemeria. These plants are grown in soil and like their roots to be kept cool, which is done by tubes of water that run underneath each of the rows. Eurosa Farms was the first farm on the west coast of Canada to grow this variety that boasts a good vase life, a growing life of five-plus years and a lower price point than roses. They come in a variety of colours such as pink, purple, red, white and salmon and have no fragrance. The third and final variety grown under the bright lights are gerbera daisies and gerbera minis, which hail from South America. "We get to harvest them at the most well-developed stage," says Paul, while pointing out the difference between a flower that, to my untrained eye looks ready to pick, and another that is fully formed and ready for harvest. Theses plants have a shorter life span of just two to three years and rather than cutting the flowers, they are instead broken off the plant by hand. If you've seen blue roses and wondered "how on earth is that possible?!" you're not alone. These are dyed roses and Eurosa Farms produces this "variety." They begin as a cream rose and after being cut, they are immediately processed in the cooler where they sit in the dye for 24 hours; as they drink up the dye, the cream rose will soon change colour. They have the same vase life as regular roses. Eurosa employs about 30 staff members throughout a variety of departments. From picking to bouquet making to office administration, it's a busy team that keeps this farm running smoothly. You too can meet the team and have a behind the scenes look at Eurosa Farms on Saturday, June 15 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.! There will be guided tours, floral displays, a silent auction and door prizes, all in support of the SUPA Society. Photo by Nunn Other Photography.

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Vibeology Fitness & Wellness Studio This is part of a rotating series of articles about some of the Saanich Peninsula's unique shops and services. Vibeology is a boutique fitness studio using Whole Body Vibration to complete an effective 20-minute, low-impact workout. Each session is guided by a trainer in small groups of one to four participants. Members at Vibeology appreciate the personal attention and modified workout plans, tailored to their individual fitness level. Co-owners Meghan Raza and Dawn Robertson have experience working with seniors, injuries and specialized groups. "We give the opportunity to achieve your fitness goals in a fun, dynamic, safe and inviting small studio setting." What is it? Whole Body Vibration is a technology used for rehabilitation and athletic programs. By standing on a vibration platform and performing a series of exercises, the body responds with an involuntary muscle contraction. This builds muscle tone, and stimulates cells, blood vessels, organs and the lymphatic system. At Vibeology, a 20-minute workout with Whole Body Vibration is equivalent to an hour of traditional strength training. Who can benefit? There are a number of classes available, all suited to different levels of ability and fitness requirements. The V-Basic is an

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Central Saanich Lions Club Celebrates 50th Anniversary The Central Saanich Lions Club is celebrating 50 years of service to our community. The club was founded in March of 1969 by 28 local men who saw a need for a service club. The Club is part of Lions Club International, whose mission statement is "to empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions Clubs." Over the past five decades, the Club members have upheld their motto of: "we serve." Club projects are all based on serving the community. The Lions Club can be found at many events with its traditional pancake breakfasts and barbecues to raise funds for various projects. The Central Saanich Lions Club has contributed over $1.2 million to the community, plus thousands of hours of community service. Club service to the community includes more projects than can be listed here, but recent efforts such as $20,000 to the Brentwood Bay Performance Stage in Pioneer Park, and $10,000 to the Central Saanich Batting Facility at Centennial Park are two examples. A big project that took over three years and some 40 work parties occurred a few years ago. Funds were raised by collecting, cleaning and selling brass from old used water meters discarded from both Central Saanich and Saanich municipalities. A cheque for $45,000 was presented to the Victoria Hospitals Foundation to go towards purchasing "Green Light" laser equipment to use in cancer treatment. Service to the Mount Newton Centre Society, and a motor scooter program for people with mobility problems, are projects that may not show Club sponsorship, but are greatly appreciated. Funds raised at the annual Christmas Tree Chip, firewood sales, annual Easter Egg Hunt and Halloween bonfire, as well as the many breakfasts and lunches, all go to local student scholarships, and grants to local and regional needs. Lions Club International is best known for its work in ensuring vision for all. In upholding this commitment, The Central Saanich Lions Club, in cooperation with School District #63 and the ȽÁU, WELNEW Tribal School has provided vision screening/testing to more then 2,800 students in the last 12 months and our eye glass program helps to subsidize eye glasses to students in need who require vision correction. The Central Saanich Lions are always open to new members. At present we have 46 members, and lots of room for others to join. Membership is open to women and men of all ages interested in serving their community. Meetings are held on the second and fourth Thursday of

every month between September and June at the Lion's Hall on East Saanich Road. The meetings, which start at 6:30 p.m., include dinner, guest speakers and fun and enjoyment for members while building a sense of teamwork. If you are interested in attending, contact Lion Garry Wake at 250-652-4764 or email lgwake@shaw.ca. If you would like more information please visit https://www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/ centralsaanich/. Join us at our 50th Anniversary Celebration on June 8, where all of the proceeds from the Silent Auction will go to four charities: the Victoria Therapeutic Riding Association, The Centre for Active Living 50+, Mount Newton Centre Society and the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation Palliative Care Program. Our Club is looking forward to serving our community for another 50 years.



Local Photographers' Images Compete Internationally

by Gillian Crowley

Matt Hardy, English landscape and wildlife photographer, says: "Beauty can be seen in all things; seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph." Three photographers from Saanich and the Saanich Peninsula area – Leah Gray, Mike Wooding and Daniel Rondeau – have developed that special eye. Their images (on this page) are part of Canada's entry in the prestigious Four Nations photography competition with submissions also from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Each country enters 80 photographs in four categories: Nature, My Country, Open and Monochrome. Remarkably, Canada has won first place for the last four years running. In a rigorous process, the Canadian Association of Photographic Arts (CAPA) selects the top images from each of its competitions followed by an independent judging panel that re-scores the images to select the very best for submission into the Four Nations competition. Wooding, Gray and Rondeau are all members of the Victoria Camera Club, which Mike describes as a "vibrant" club that offers workshops and the chance to chat with other photographers. For these three camera buffs, their long-time hobby has turned into a passion. Retired for 13 years, Mike Wooding considers himself a naturalist as well as a photographer and has run a nature photography website for the past eight years. His subjects are primarily birds and he loves the wide diversity in the region. During summer's heat, when birds are less active, he turns to photographing insects, particularly dragon flies and damsel flies. These attractive insects like to perch,

which gives him time to compose the shots. His advice to neophyte photographers is to get on the same level as the subject and have the composition tell a story. "You're always looking for the 'Wow' factor." Leah Gray's photographic skills developed 15 years ago when shooting pictures at her son's football games. She credits that experience with teaching her how to anticipate, establish the camera settings quickly and be fast on the shutter. Involved with horses for many years, Leah finds they are a natural subject for her photography. In the selected image, she likes that it captures the white of the horse's eye at the moment it looks right at the viewer. This photograph, entered in the Four Nations Open category, was originally submitted to CAPA's Fine Art competition where it received an impressive 29.5 points out of 30. Daniel Rondeau's passion for photography goes hand in hand with his love of hiking and the outdoors. Even on shorter walks he'll take along his camera "just in case." By being prepared, he was able to capture his photo of a garter snake swimming in duckweed in Swan Lake. "I saw something in the water about 10 feet away and lay on the dock to get an eye level view for the shots." It wasn't until he enlarged the photographs at home that he realized he had caught the reptile with a cricket and waterfleas sitting on its head. He says: "Although I was at the right spot at the right time, it's also about knowing your equipment and how to quickly adjust it to properly capture a fleeting moment." The photos by Daniel and Mike are entered in the Nature category and must follow strict guidelines. Few adjustments can be made to the original "raw" image other than colour saturation and sharpness modifications. These talented photographers see and compose the world around them in images that let the rest of us appreciate the beauty too. We wish them success in the Four Nations competition. Photos at left, from top: Emma's Dancers, by Mike Wooding; Garter Snake, Its Friend and Their Meal, by Daniel Rondeau; Wild Dance, by Leah Gray.

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Afternoon Tea by the Sea Fundraiser Picture a serene backyard setting with a view of Piers Island across the narrow strait, boats drifting across the panorama, and then add groups of friends enjoying classic afternoon tea at pretty tables set with china teacups and saucers. That's the setting for the third annual fundraiser tea party – this year, for Breakfast2Music – hosted by Lili Jaehrlich and Linda Bristow, scheduled for Sunday, July 28th. Co-bloggers and friends, Lili and Linda, with their respective spouses, moved to this idyllic North Saanich area in the fall of 2011. They met at the Peninsula Newcomers' Club where they found that they both appreciate the local entrepreneurial spirit and the unique shops, restaurants and businesses in the Greater Victoria area. Wanting to share their discoveries with others, they launched their website: https://www.VictoriasSecretGems.ca. Combining this appreciation for their wonderful new community with their desire to support others within that community, Lili and Linda annually host the afternoon tea party as a fundraiser for lesserknown charities in the Greater Victoria area. Last year, the featured charity was KATS, the Kids at Tennis Society (http://kidsattennis.ca/), which provides free tennis lessons


to disadvantaged kids. This year's featured charity, Breakfast2Music, helps provide breakfasts and music programs to schools across Greater Victoria. 75% of their funding supports the breakfast programs, and 25% of funding supports music programs (see https://breakfast2music.com). According to Breakfast2Music, $1 a day helps feed a child a healthy snack. $2 a day helps feed a child a full breakfast. The music programs include musical instruments and technology, tutors and participation in the Victoria Conservatory of Music programs. Donations are welcomed, with gratitude. Guests at this year's afternoon tea party fundraiser are not only treated to beautiful surroundings. Makeup artist and stylist, Erin Bradley, will present her tips to help us "look like ourselves, only better!" Musical performers will be featured throughout the afternoon. And as always, home-prepared food will be provided in the style of a classic afternoon tea. For further information, see www.VictoriasSecretGems.ca and click on the "Charity Tea Party" tab.

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McTavish Academy of Art (MAOA) 1720 McTavish Road, North Saanich

What used to be a typical school has been reborn with fine arts activities as diverse and colourful as the school's new paint scheme. Classes including drawing, painting, yoga and dance take place at the former McTavish Elementary School which was transformed in 2016 into McTavish Academy of Arts, a Living Arts Centre dedicated to visual and performing arts for students of all ages. Co-founded by friends Sean McNeill, Lucas Copplestone and Carl Joosse, this vibrant centre has welcomed over 1,500 people through its doors, and this year, welcomed Storyoga Preschool and Pacific Heart Childcare into the fold of dynamic programs. June 4 & 5: Abstract Painting; June 6: Linocut Card Making Workshop; June 8: Mystic Mandala Stone Painting; June 15: Paint Spinning; June 13 to July18: Beginner Painting in Acrylics. To register: https://mctavishacademy.ca

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ArtSea Spring Studio Tour


June 8/9

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It's the largest outdoor market on Vancouver Island and a highlight of the summer season! Beacon Avenue is closed to traffic and transformed into a spectacular street market showcasing an array of artisans, foods, and products. As well, many of Sidney's local shops and restaurants are open before and during the Market. www.sidneystreetmarket.com

9565 Fifth Street, Sidney It's one of Vancouver Island's longest running self-guided studio tours and is a wonderful opportunity to visit and learn from Saanich Peninsula artists! 250-656-7400, www.artsea.ca

Access Awareness Day

June 7

10030 Resthaven Drive, Sidney Hosted by Shoal Centre for the Town of Sidney. The event promotes accessibility and inclusion in Sidney and on the Peninsula. Doors open at 11 a.m. at SHOAL Centre.

1870 Doney Road, Saanichton This event showcases the stunning paintings by Anne Freidank, a reverse glass painting artist. Each piece will be 50% off gallery price. Not only can you purchase these beautiful works of art, but proceeds of the sale will go towards the wildlife rehabilitation work at Wild Arc. 250-652-0401.

The Oliver Swain Trio featuring Jenny Lester and Ivonne Hernandez


June 7

Sidney All Care Residence 2269 Mills Road, Sidney Door prizes with a scooter rodeo and parade through Sidney. Info on Scooter Rodeo: Judy Peterson, Community Enrichment Manager, Sidney All Care Residence, 778-351-2505. Info on the day's events: Shoal Centre: 250-656-5537; https://sidneybia.ca/event/ scooter-rodeo-access-awareness-day-celebration/

Teen Lip Sync Battle

June 13-17

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June 14

St. John's United Church 10990 West Saanich Road This trio of award-winning musicians present an entertaining evening of Bluegrass and Americana music. Tickets at the door. www.deepcovefolk.ca

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June 15

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Greenglade Community Centre 2151 Lannon Way, Sidney All you would-be rappers or rock stars, come show us what you've got on stage! Performances can be solo or with friends and back-up dancers! There will be great prizes! Grades 6-9. www.crd.bc.ca/panorama

2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney Presented by The Rotary Club of Brentwood Bay Foundation and The Saanich Peninsula Community Foundation, this annual event features a fresh Nova Scotia lobster dinner, silent auction, live music by Shaky Ground, cash bar and more. Tickets: 250-508-9033 or email dominique@brentwoodbayrotaryfoundation.org

Eine Kleine Summer Music Festival (EKSM) Taking It To The Street 16: First Unitarian Church of Victoria Charity Road Hockey Tournament June 8 June 5575 West Saanich Road, Victoria 9AM-330PM

Mary Winspear Centre 2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney This popular event, hosted by Seaside Magazine, has generated over $100,000 in the past five years and continues to make dreams come true for recipients of Help Fill A Dream Foundation. Come play or cheer on your favourite team in the tournament. The day's activities include a pancake breakfast, barbecue, photo booth, face painting, fun inflatables, raffles, 50/50, and much more. www.helpfilladream.com 78 SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA | JUNE 2019

June 17: Deep Cove Winery 11195 Chalet Road, North Saanich The Muse Ensemble will perform a unique piece written by Elinor Dunsmuir, granddaughter of Robert Dunsmuir, the original builder of Craigdarroch Castle, as well as works by local Victoria composer, Stephen Brown, and piano quartets by Schubert and Dvorak. Tickets $30-$40. Laura Backstrom, Lorraine Min; Artistic Directors, EKSM - eksmusic@shaw.ca, www.eksm.ca. Sandra Hudson, Craigdarroch Castle Media Relations – sandra@sandrahudsoncomm.com.

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June 23

Mary Winspear Centre 2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney Presented by Mountain Dream Productions. In this hilarious sequel to the Wizard of Oz, the Wicked Witch of the West has come back to life and is in Kansas, looking for her broom, the slippers, and that girl! Tickets are $20. www.mountaindreambc.com/events

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June 21

Panorama Recreation Centre 1885 Forest Park Drive, North Saanich Come celebrate this national day with a dip in the pool – no admission fee! https://www.crd.bc.ca/panorama

Wavelengths Community Choir: How Can I Keep From Singing?


June 29 2PM

June 30

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2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney The choir will be presenting their spring concert celebrating the songs of Pete Seeger. Special guest is gifted performer Mark Hellman, famous for his one-man tribute to Seeger called "The Incompleat Folksinger". Tickets: $25. www.marywinspear.ca

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Panorama Recreation Centre 1885 Forest Park Drive, North Saanich Run starts at 11am with a Fun Zone running before and after complete with inflatable and field games! Free event. www. crd.bc.ca/panorama

Sidney Sidewalk Sale and Street Festival

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Outdoor Kitchens: Oh How They’ve Changed!

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There's nothing quite like the smell of barbecued food wafting along on a warm summer breeze. How about adding potluck salads and roast veggies, refreshing drinks, chocolate for dipping strawberries, comfortable chairs and good company – doesn't that make you want to host a barbecue this weekend? When it comes to the barbecue itself, small charcoal briquette-burning hibachis and kettle-style barbecues have largely disappeared, making way for an incredible choice of gas barbecue grill carts. There are also flat top grills which feature a large cooking surface that can be used to cook pancakes in the morning, boil water for coffee, and grill steaks in the evening. Add in a pizza oven with a do-it-yourself brick kit, and you are ready to invite your whole neighbourhood over for dinner. So, what is needed to create an out-ofthe-ordinary outdoor kitchen? Well, one way is to purchase a modular kitchen set. The basic set includes a liquid propane gas grill with a pull-out tank drawer, rotisserie burner, integrated halogen lights and a countertop. Other units can include a modular sink with side burners and cabinetry for storing supplies, and a fridge with granite, stone or tile countertops. The beauty of this is that you can buy the set complete with the traditional grill tools and accessories in the morning and be barbecuing that night – or at least that's a possibility. Being mechanically minded and having helpful friends with a pickup truck might make the install a lot easier, and definitely more fun! Today's outdoor kitchens most often use liquid propane or natural gas for fuel. Propane is more portable but it can run out at the most inconvenient cooking moment if you forget to check the gas level. With natural gas, you won't have that problem, but it can be expensive to add a gas connection to your deck if


If you don't want to balance corn on the cob and a salad on one knee and your drink in the other hand, then outdoor furniture is a good idea. A Tidman Construction project. Photo by Vince Klassen.

there isn't one already there. A portable grill barbecue is another option; it has collapsible scissor legs and works just as well in your backyard or at a campsite. If you need a second element on which to simmer corn on the cob or other vegetable dishes you can add a compact dual fuel camp stove that runs on butane or propane; it is easy to transport. However, as in all things you buy, do take the time to consider the quality of the elements that make up your purchase. Low-quality burners and heat deflectors can rust through and trying to obtain replacement parts for them could be an issue that will spoil your summer fun. Who wants to take those rusty pieces and add them to the landfill? Building an outdoor kitchen yourself is a worthwhile idea if you are 84 SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA | JUNE 2019

handy with tools and have an abundance of free time. Paving stones, concrete, bricks or a deck will reduce your lawn mowing duties. You can add gas, water and electrical outlets for cooking, lighting and entertainment systems. A grill mat will protect your deck or patio from food and grease stains. Another idea to consider is whether you need a roof over the cooking and seating area – it will allow you to stay dry while enjoying a summer downpour – like camping under a tarp, only better! Don't forget the lighting. How many times have you been cooking a delicious piece of fish or a mouth-watering steak on the barbecue and had to bring it inside to check if it's done? The options include string lights, patio lights, stake lights, solar chandeliers, outdoor wall lanterns, LED light pendants, and

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Micro LED fairy lights. In other words, there is a multitude of lights to choose from. Just make sure they aren't too bright. You want a cozy atmosphere, not lights that are big enough to light up a baseball stadium! Your neighbours will appreciate your consideration and thank you for not obliterating their view of the stars. If you don't want to balance corn on the cob and a salad on one knee and your drink in the other hand, then outdoor furniture is a good idea. Tables, chairs, and umbrellas range from budget conscious, "sure to rust and break" by the end of the summer to some of the most deluxe and beautiful pieces of furniture that you can imagine. But is it comfortable? Check it out by sitting for a while before you buy. Choose a table and chairs that are stylish, comfy, sturdy, water repellant and colourfast. They must be able to withstand dabs of mustard, splashes of red wine, and the outdoor elements – certainly for longer than one or two seasons! Add a patio heater and you will be able to eat outside on chilly nights throughout the year. Hardware stores stock a three-outlet distribution port that allows you to operate up to three propane appliances simultaneously. An attractive steel tank box can be added, which will contribute an element of design and at the same time will protect and keep your propane tank out of sight.

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Choose a table and chairs that are stylish, comfy, sturdy, water repellant and colourfast. They must be able to withstand dabs of mustard, splashes of red wine, and the outdoor elements – for longer than one or two seasons!

Another great heating option is a fire table, fire bowl or fire pit. Once you have all the basics covered, you can enjoy shopping for the little touches that will make your outdoor kitchen a unique space. Muffet & Louisa have Chilewich woven vinyl placemats in summer colours and French cotton tablecloths that are coated with a wash of acrylic that makes them easy to clean and protects their patterns from bright sunshine. To help with the messy clean-up of the barbecue, they have a bristle-free barbeque brush. "It's made of dishwasher safe stainless steel wire loops," says Muffet, "so there's no chance of bristles being left on the barbeque." In the end, it doesn't really matter if your outdoor cooking space is minimalistic or spacious and complex, the whole idea is to relax and enjoy cooking and eating outdoors while the weather is so awesome. And as for the menu choices, simple and easy wins out every time ‒ your family will remember how much fun they had, not what was on the menu.

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Your Saanich Peninsula Gem! Lochside Nursery is centrally located on the Saanich/Central Saanich border and is a gem surrounded by horse farms on the Lochside Trail. Available are a wide variety of trees including gorgeous Japanese Maples, Magnolias & Gingkos, plus Shrubs, Perennials and Grasses. Lochside strives to provide landscape professionals with a convenient, friendly and easy place to shop, partly because of its smaller acreage. Please visit our website for our "non-commercial" customer details. Open Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 250.544.3100 | Lochside off Dooley www.lochside.ca

Eurosa Farms is celebrating 40 years of growing cut flowers on Vancouver Island! We welcome the public to our OPEN HOUSE, June 15 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come tour our growing operations via a guided tour, visit our florist designer showcase. Door prizes and Silent Auction all in support of SUPA Society: (Providing families with autism unique event experiences). 250.652.5812 eurosa.bc.ca 1304 Greig Ave, Brentwood Bay

Hot Properties Willis Point Waterfront Retreat $1,400,000 Here's your opportunity to own a very special Saanich Inlet waterfront home. Classic west coast architecture sets the tone for this authentic & uniquely designed retreat, showcasing panoramic ocean views, and extensive use of natural woods.Enjoy the everchanging vistas from the multi-level decks and be steps to your own low bank beach. MLS 408838. Ingrid Jarisz* 250.656.4626

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Set on a private, sunny acre in sought-after Deep Cove. This 2007 designer home offers 4BD/4BA, 3,619sf, perfect for elegant entertaining & casual Island living. Vaulted ceilings provide dramatic entry, an abundance of natural light through the many windows & expansive outdoor living spaces capture the warm sun, views & sunsets from every angle. MLS 408809. $2,195,000. Ingrid Jarisz* Maryan van Stolk* 250.656.4626

Stunning home with a master suite on the main floor. Claw foot tub with French doors to private sunny yard. Gourmet Kitchen with Island open to Dining/Living Room with French doors to garden. 2 more large bedrooms up and a den/4th bedroom. Private Drive with oversized Garage. MLS 410318.

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A casual sophistication embraces you as you enter this customdesigned, home offering 4BD/4BA, 3,187sf, set on over half an acre of manicured grounds, lawns and mature trees all with loads of natural light and sun inside & out. Excellent layout & space for the entire family + bonus room over the double garage holds many possibilities. MLS 410213.

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7292 East Saanich Rd Saanichton Great 4 bedroom 3 bathroom home with plenty of updates including a lovely sunroom overlooking the beautiful gardens with 2 greenhouses and several fruit trees. This is in move in condition. $750,000. Shelley Mann 250.213.8229 shelleymann.com

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West Coast retreat on 2.47 acres at Dunmora Estates, an exclusive enclave of homes on the shores of the Saanich Inlet. Ocean views & pristine wilderness from your rear yard! This 4400 square foot home boasts 4 beds, 4 baths, den/office $2,295,000. MLS 410788. Michele's Team | 250.656.0911 michelesteam@holmesrealty.com www.holmesrealty.com

Entertainer's Delight

Situated on a quiet culde-sac in an excellent family neighbourhood, this 4 bedroom 2 bath home has had plenty of updates. Downstairs is a 2 bedroom mortgage helper. Excellent location, close to schools and within walking distance of Sidney. $679,900. Shelley Mann 250.213.8229 shelleymann.com

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This home has it all! Sun-drenched Ardmore estate on a .96 acre with easy access to walking trails, beaches, and nearby golf courses. Custom designed to entertain with a large patio, spacious principal rooms, private bar, south facing sunroom and a 700 Sq.Ft. bonus room over the exclusive double deep triple garage. MLS# 408980. $1,390,000. Stephanie Peat 250.656.0131 | stephaniepeat.ca

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Picken says: "The tour is always different because artists are constantly exploring new ways to express themselves through their art." She suggests: "Give yourself plenty of time – the full two days – to be able to browse and talk to the artists about their techniques and creative inspiration." The colourful self-guiding brochure can be found at locations around the Saanich Peninsula and in Victoria. A complete list of locales carrying the brochure and an online version are available at www.artsea.ca under "ArtSea Happenings." The brochure contains descriptions, addresses and photos about the artists' work which makes it easier to decide on a route. Bright red and white signs will help visitors find their way to the studios. During the studio tour, visitors can explore the Peninsula and enjoy its rural scenery encompassing wineries, Butchart Gardens, forested parks, marinas, market gardens, country stores and garden nurseries. The ArtSea Gallery is located beside the waterfront pathway that leads walkers into downtown Sidney where they can enjoy its small-town ambiance. Picken especially likes the fact that the studio tour brings the community together, making it "a good way for new residents to be introduced to the Peninsula art community."

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taking part in ArtSea's Spring Studio Tour has almost doubled over last year's tour. Thirty artists will open their studio doors to the public on June 8 and 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. "We're delighted to have a number of new artists involved as well as the return of some artists who have not been part of the tour for a few seasons," says Wendy Picken, artist and lead of the tour organizing committee for ArtSea, the Saanich Peninsula's community arts council. "Anyone who went on last year's spring or fall tours will discover a fresh crop of artists along with their favourites." Visitors will be able to enjoy a wide variety of genres that include paintings, art photography, textiles, metal and fabric sculptures, woodcuts, stoneware, wearable art, jewelry and even a guitar maker. The tour also gives visitors a chance to explore the beautiful semi-rural Saanich Peninsula. The majority of artists on the tour will display and demonstrate their art in their home studios while a few will group their work in one setting, such as at McTavish Academy of Art in North Saanich and Russell's Nursery near Deep Cove. A good starting point is ArtSea's Gallery in Tulista Park, Sidney where self-guiding brochures are available.

David Busch

for Saanich-Gulf Islands


info@davidbusch.ca | davidbusch.ca JUNE 2019 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 93

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The other day, I had the pleasure of paying a visit to Urban Bee Honey Farm's new western town, populated by all manner of farm animals including several baby goats, some peacocks, a pair of ducks and many chickens. We were lucky: owners Lindsay and Jason, and their three children, were on hand to chat a bit with us about their newest arrivals. One of the young girls pointed out a chicken to me. "She's not our chicken," she shared. "We are just borrowing her because our chicken wasn't sitting on her eggs." "A babysitter," I noted, and she agreed. A cute concept, that of a chicken taking care of another's eggs, and one that is of course echoed in the human world with the ideas of wet nurses, nannies and the like, but with Father's Day on the horizon I wonder "what about the guys?" Where are the roosters that are sitting on someone else's nest? Off to Google I went, and it turns out that although rare, there are species that are "stellar stepdads." It appears that the motivation behind this behaviour is usually a bit self-serving, but it does exist in the animal kingdom. Which it does in the human world too, of course, although in my opinion this gets overshadowed much of the time by genetic fathers. Visit a card store and you'll likely be hard-pressed to find much of a selection of cards that don't say "dad" or "father" but still celebrate the holiday and are the right fit for that man in your life who holds neither of those titles. In my family we call him simply "SD" (for stepdad) and he married my mom 10 years ago, filling a spot left vacant by my distant father. Although my SD stepped in once we were adults, there are so many unsung stepdads who are there almost from day one of a child's life, raising them in place of, or in partnership with, the biological father. These are my Men to Watch: the roosters who sit on another's nest without question or accolade, or even a card that has the right title on it. Happy Father's Day to all.

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Seaside Magazine June 2019 Issue  

Think of our publication as an extra dimension of our community space, a place where the voice of the Saanich Peninsula is treasured and cel...

Seaside Magazine June 2019 Issue  

Think of our publication as an extra dimension of our community space, a place where the voice of the Saanich Peninsula is treasured and cel...