Seaside Magazine June 2024 Issue

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EVERY MONTH 9 First Word 13 In Fashion 22 One Thing, Three Ways 30 From the Kitchen 34 Book Wrap-Up 39 Screen Scene 40 Going Green 47 Inside Out 48 Living Off the Land 50 The Golden Years 56 Arts Scene 59 Common Cents 63 The Natural Path 66 Stable & Field 69 Off The Vine 70 New & Noteworthy 73 Seaside Book Club 79 NIȽ TU,O 80 Weatherwit 83 Out for a … Cardio Blast 84 Seaside Homes 93 West Coast Gardener 99 Take Note 102 Last Word 103 Word Jumble Contents JUNE 2024 TOP STORIES ON THE COVER See story pg 18. Photo by Janis Jean Photography. 2024 MEN TO WATCH Our Local Men in Business 15 SEASIDE HOMES An Extraordinary Country Retreat 84 BEYOND THE FIELD Leadership Through Sport 18 SOCIALIZATION and SUPPORT Men's Sheds 33 HERITAGE ACRES The Peninsula's Best Kept Secret 44 48 66 93 26 EXERCISING It's Never Too Late! 63
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In This Issue

JUNE 2024


The richness of community from Peninsula volunteers pouring their hearts into passions for history, art and culture is an inspiration. Discovering new local places to gather has been a delightful outcome interviewing the generous folks at Heritage Acres – a hidden gem I hope you'll uncover with your friends and family!


In my years of installing landscapes and building and overseeing lavender farms, there's one thing I've learned: lavender is a simple plant to grow. If you follow my tips (and have a sunny garden), there's no reason why a local gardener can't have a landscape of bountiful and beautiful lavender of their own.



"Beach reads" can be more than just escapist fun. Summer is an excellent time to catch up on reading, and non-fiction titles can be as engrossing as novels. Whether learning about cryptocurrency or challenging "War and Peace," summer's long, light-filled days are perfect for indulging your reading passions.


I swear the dreaded steel cage of carry-on maximum depth and width keeps getting smaller. Few moments are more stressful than waiting to board and looking at those metal bars, then looking at your bag, then back at the bars, then your bag … Avoid this situation. Take a Polo.


Jo Barnes, Paul Chambers, Don Descoteau, Jamila Douhaibi, Del Elgersma, Kelly Finerty, Scottee Giles, Tabatha Golat, Leah Gray, Sherrin Griffin, Matt Hall, Christina Hantel-Fraser, Janice Henshaw, Tina Kelly, John Kernaghan, Jackie LaPlante, Pamela Martin, Tilar J. Mazzeo, Cassidy Nunn, Jessica O'Brien Cameron, Steve Sakiyama, Joan Saunders, Marita Schauch, Katharina Stocker, Chris Tetley, Anami Vakil, Pete & Coreen Zubersky


















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This much loved Sidney tradition is back! We have over 100 local and FANTASTIC vendors, food trucks, activities, theme days and so much local talent. We cannot wait to Meet You at the Market located on iconic Beacon Avenue in Sidney by The Sea!

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First Word from the Publisher

I've been thinking about what to write for this issue as I have so many things I want to talk about! As some of you know, I've recently retired from the newspaper industry. Coming back to newsprint after many years away was truly an honour, but with the complexities of the changing landscape of newspapers, it was time. I hope that the new owners continue to provide the local content readers deserve. This change allows me to spend more time on Seaside, George and maybe another chapter to come (check pg 32).

In a few weeks I head back to the Maritimes, my roots. I grew up in a small community with a population of about 12,000. Thinking about my return, I felt I had to write about community. What makes a great community for you? Is it the architecture? The people? The scenery? The gathering places? When I was a little girl growing up in the Maritimes, it was the park at the end of the street where we had an ice rink in the winter; the local church, where we had Brownies; the school I went to; and our favourite gathering place, the beach, where we boiled clams we'd dug that day. I think about what was important back then, and it was the sense that you lived somewhere safe with nice places to go and play. I don't think it's much different now, but what has changed is where those places can be found. As the prevalence of online communities grows, this question becomes more relevant and worth reflecting on. The notion of community itself seems to have changed due to the growth of social media. Add to that all the various apps and online games, and things do get confusing.

It's natural to think there is something that makes some communities good and others not so good. I wonder whether the loss of real connection in online communities makes them inferior. I'm of the opinion that many of us are shifting back to the idea that neighbourhoods should include a shared outdoor space, where communing with nature and each other goes hand in hand. It's kind of like going back home, so to speak.

At Seaside Magazine we treasure the Saanich Peninsula community – your home and ours. We live the idea of "community spirit" and I feel honoured for my role in this and the way we can help connect the people in our community together in one place.

The good news is, if you need an escape, you're holding it in your hands! Now begin your journey and enjoy reading about YOUR community.



The merging of two local real estate titans.

A new era of Vancouver Island real estate.

Coldwell Banker Oceanside is thrilled to merge with a real estate legend on Vancouver Island: Holmes Realty. With the merging of these two real estate powerhouses, a new group has been created under Coldwell Banker Oceanside: The Holmes Realty Group. This newly formed realty group is comprised of Michele Holmes, Eric Smith, and Mark Rice.

Local expertise meets marketing mastery.

With decades of experience, Michele Holmes represents the best of west coast real estate on the Saanich Peninsula. We’re proud to represent the world-renowned Coldwell Banker brand on our dynamic and marketing-driven team. When the best of luxury living meets a global marketing force, great things happen for our clients.

What does this mean for you?

• First class marketing through Coldwell Banker’s in-house media team.

• Combining the feel of local expertise with international luxury prominence.

• Increased exposure for our sellers and buyers though the vast Coldwell Banker Global network with over 100k agents, 3,000 offices, and 40 countries worldwide while keeping your best interest first and foremost.

Have questions for us about the merger?

Call us at 250-656-0911 or email

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SEASIDE talks with Paul Chambers, Davidson Chambers

Entertaining & Home, about what's in


currently reading Stanley Tucci's Taste: My Life Through Food. In the kitchen? Condiments everywhere; I love them. I have a few new ones from my recent trip to Hawaii that I'm looking forward to trying soon. On your luxury wish list? Rimowa Classic Cabin stainless steel carry on suitcase. When you want a night out? Some of my favourite local places to eat out are 10 Acres at the Pier for dinner or just cocktails, Farmer's Daughter (the grilled cheese with blue cheese is beyond amazing) and Fox & Monocle. On your playlist? Lots of Jazz from the 30s to now, Matt Dusk, Michael Bublé, Ella Fitzgerald, most of the crooners from the 50s/60s. When adding colour to your outfit? I tend to stay with naturals, lots of grey, green and a little black, not much colour here except my favourite navy! When it comes to your go-to "uniform?" Slim jeans or chinos, BR and J.Crew Oxfords, cashmere sweaters and penny loafers.

In your shaving kit? Baxter of California, for my skin care, and they make the best comb in faux tortoiseshell (made in Switzerland). your bathroom cabinet?


Citrus Body Wash; I buy it in bulk! When you want to smell irresistible? Hermes Terre d'Hermes; wore it for about the last 10 years. It's one of the only things that stuck with me from my days working at Holt Renfrew. In haircare? Baxter of California Deep Clean Shampoo and their styling paste have been my go-to for the past few years. On your skin?

Mostly Baxter of Cali and a little Jack Black; I tend to go more natural.

On your walls? I love black-and-white photographs and vintage sketches of Disneyland done in the early 50s (usually reproductions). In home décor? My home has always been like great men's dressing, using things such as sheets that are like shirts, duvet covers that are like chinos, a little leather, lots of layers and coffee table books. Comfortable but put together, much as I dress. On your Netflix queue?

Selling the OC, Selling Sunset, Bridgerton, Hacks and Mary and George. When you don’t care how much it costs? I am a bargain hunter, but when money doesn't matter or I can't get it on sale, Goyard small leather goods. I love the understated elegance of the brand.

photos Janis Jean Photography


Jumpstart is more than just about getting kids active. It’s about giving kids from families in financial need the same chance to participate as their neighbours, their classmates and their friends. Whether it’s the chance to try a new sport or to continue with a favourite one, no kid should be left out.

To enrich the lives of kids in need through sport and physical activity. Our Vision

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IT'S NO ACCIDENT : Sidney is Amazing!

My wife Karen and I moved to Sidney by accident. It was the mid 1990s and we were new parents living in the suburbs of Vancouver. Tired of the traffic congestion, and with little hope of ever living close to the ocean (the reason we moved to Vancouver from the prairies in the first place), we decided one day that we would move to Victoria. This was before the internet, so Karen would put the baby in the stroller and walk to the local library every Wednesday where they had the Saturday edition of the Victoria Times Colonist, and Karen would look through the classified ads for job listings. Victoria was then considered one of the most over-lawyered cities in Canada, and sadly the only listings were for divorce lawyers.

But one week she called me from the library to let me know that she found an ad from a small law firm in Sidney looking to hire a business and estate planning lawyer. I got the job and we moved to Sidney, a community we knew almost nothing about even though we had been to Victoria many times. We are so grateful that we ended up in this community!

I quickly got involved with the local Chamber of Commerce, joining the board of directors and serving two terms as President.


I wish I could say it was entirely altruistic, but truthfully it was a great way to get my name out there and build my practice. What I soon realized, though, is that Sidney isn't amazing by accident. It is a great place to live because of the passionate people who build their businesses here, and who volunteer their time to contribute to the community. I had the pleasure of working with many of them, people like the late Clive Tanner, who served as an MLA and, with his wife Christine, started Tanner's Books and made Sidney a booktown; and Marie Rosko, who has owned several Beacon Avenue businesses and served as mayor. They've inspired me to continue to serve.

If you want to see Sidney continue to be an amazing place to live, work and play, I urge you to get involved. Whether your interest is in community events (Peninsula Celebrations Society or the Mary Winspear Centre), the environment (Peninsula Streams Society), public safety (Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue), economic development (Chamber of Commerce), health care (Saanich Peninsula Hospital & Healthcare Foundation), to name just a few, there is an organization for you.

In the following pages you will read about some of the extraordinary men who have stepped up to make our community a better place.


Stephen Leaver

Baker Tilly Sidney

Stephen is a Principal at Baker Tilly with a speciality in tax. His practice covers a wide range of tax planning for individuals (e.g., property sales, estate planning to minimize future tax liabilities) and corporations (e.g., optimal compensation strategies for owners, corporate restructuring, & business sales). His experience is supplemented with completion of CPA Canada’s intensive three-year In-Depth Tax Program.

Stephen has deep roots in Sidney and takes great satisfaction in helping his clients throughout the community. When not working you might see him walking around Sidney with his favourite pup – Storm.

Paul Macris

Since its inception in 2011, The Agency has modernized and redefined real estate through its culture, collaboration and innovative marketing. The Agency is now recognized as one the world’s fastest-growing premier, boutique real estate brokerages and is the most followed real estate brand on social media.


Cowland & Associates is a direct descendant of Sidney’s first CA firm, which was founded in 1970. It will continue to operate at the same location on Fifth Street under the Baker Tilly banner.

Born and raised on the Saanich Peninsula, Paul Macris has been licensed since 2012 and has been assisting his clients in the purchase and sale of real estate for over a decade. Aligned with The Agency, Paul’s practice now offers buyers and sellers a greater level of buying and marketing tools to an already elevated real estate experience.


Kelvin Scheuer

Beacon Law Centre

Kelvin is a seasoned attorney with a passion for advocating for his clients. He helps them navigate through significant life events, maximizing their prosperity by providing trusted advice and delivering quality results. Kelvin has been with Beacon Law Centre for over 15 years and specializes in Real Estate and Estate Planning. He is committed to staying abreast of the latest developments in these fields and has established himself in Victoria as a respected figure in the legal community.

Before joining Beacon Law Centre, Kelvin practised law in Edmonton before settling in Victoria. When not in the office, you can find Kelvin exploring Vancouver Island and travelling with his family and two dogs.

In his spare time, Paul enjoys exploring the Saanich Peninsula and Victoria with his wife and three kids. Not one to shy away from a good espresso, Paul is an avid supporter of the local coffee scene.

The Agency

“Well, I have been an accountant since 1976 and it looks like it has come full circle. I started off with a well known international firm, Price Waterhouse, and I am now joining forces with Baker Tilly, a cooperative that has 145 member firms worldwide. Baker Tilly Victoria is locally owned and operated, rather than one huge firm, so we can continue to offer the type of personal service that I have provided in Sidney for 31 years. Robyn Walle will be my full time equivalent in Sidney, but I will still be available at any time, though I might be spending more of my time in Mexico, or fixing up my old cars and motorbikes. Although the signs on the door will change soon, you will still recognize most of my existing staff, and I’m sure you will love the new accountants who will boost our complement so we can offer exceptional service with a much faster response time.”

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I’m Robyn Walle. I grew up in Victoria, went to Mount Doug High School and then obtained my Bachelor’s degree in business administration and accounting in 2010. In the meantime, I worked for five years at a retirement home in Victoria as their financial controller. I joined a firm that merged with Baker Tilly in 2010, and was impressed by the fact that they

What is your business best known for and why? Client confidence. I strive to empower my clients by educating and advising them about the real estate process.


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We have a longstanding reputation for excellent service in accounting, tax (including U.S. taxes), tax planning, business solutions and audits. We are proud to be an independent member of Baker Tilly Canada, one of the country’s largest associations of Chartered Professional

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What inspired you to follow this career path? Serving and helping people. My parents were an integral part of the food service industry in Sidney since the 1980s. I grew up watching them serve and help people while providing them with a positive experience. Today, I apply those same principles in my practice.

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MEN to WATCH: Beyond the Field

They are called competitive sports for a reason. Kids often start playing baseball, basketball and soccer at a young age and coaches often push them to be the best that they can be. But with each of the coaches highlighted for this year’s Men to Watch feature, the best has less to do with the sport and more to do with being a well-rounded, happy member of their team and community. The dedication of these coaches to making sure each player leaves the field wanting to come back shows that sports can be so much more than what happens when they’re playing the game.


Central Saanich Little League Baseball President

Morley is one of those baseball players that started in little league when he was four. Both of his sons also played in little league and he saw how important sports were for "development and growth and belonging." Now the president of Central Saanich Little League Baseball, Morley started as a coach and then moved on to treasurer, website development and sponsorship. He has been part of the group for 15 years and president for the past 10 years. For him it has always been about showing kids that it's "not so much the sport as the game itself." He says that friends of players bike over to the field just to support their friends and this helps make it a community sport. Whether or not the players become superstar athletes, if they're enjoying themselves and coming back, that's the goal.

It's clear that this emphasis is working, as the league has grown to 465 kids. The program is co-ed, from ages three to 16, and runs throughout the year, so there are always people at the park. Morley says he enjoys seeing three year olds "chase bubbles" as much as he does older kids winning games. As kids go from using foam mats and giant balls, to bringing together different leagues to compete, it's about engagement, bonding and shared experiences.

Morley now has a grandson that just started playing, and he still runs into people that he used to coach when they were kids. No matter what level the little leaguers are playing at, seeing them return throughout the season and each year is what makes him proud to be part of the Central Saanich team. The most important lesson on the field is how to "develop good citizens ahead of athletes."

Photos by Janis Jean Photography.


Saanich Peninsula Amateur Basketball Association Coaching Coordinator

Eric originally wanted to be on the ice rather than on a basketball court. He grew up in Ontario and dreamed of being an NHL goalie, but switched to basketball in middle school and fell in love with the sport. He says he had a "classic old-school coach" who yelled at the players, but also genuinely cared about them.

Eric takes a different approach to the game, and says that it's all about building self-esteem and having a positive, cohesive team. At the high school level, everyone wants to win, but Eric likes to keep things in perspective and says "we're playing a game here, not curing cancer." The mission is less about becoming world champs and more about winning and losing as a team, and being able to use the life lessons from the sport in real life and after graduation. At the end of the day, no one remembers winning; they remember what happens off the court.

Like Morley, both of Eric's children played the same sport as their dad. Eric says he has been with the association since his family moved to the Peninsula in 2006 and that he "hasn't missed a year" in the 26 years that he's been coaching. He started and continues to run the "Little Dribblers" program for ages five to nine, coaches up to the high school level, and says that he even hires current and ex-players as coaches so they can grow their leadership skills, gain experience and give back. He continues to see past players in the community and even gave a speech at an ex-player's wedding, who he also provides guidance to now that she has become a coach. Eric is retired but coordinates and coaches basketball throughout the year and says that he loves seeing how kids "improve and grow both as basketball players and people."

CURTIS OLSEN W̱SÁNEĆ School Board Soccer Coach

Born and raised on the Tsartlip First Nation, Curtis has lived there all his life. He got into soccer at a young age and says that even though the community played numerous sports, soccer was always the favourite. With several daughters and granddaughters now on soccer teams, Curtis says the sport is a family tradition. There is "always a desire to win while representing the community," but it's still less about winning for the team and more about being an "ambassador for the community" in the best way you can.

Curtis has been coaching soccer since the late 70s and says that he "stepped up and became a player coach" when the team he was playing on didn't have one. He retired from being an administrator with the W̱SÁNEĆ School Board in December, but is still a Board member and coach. A recent hip replacement has taken him off the field, but he's already looking forward to coaching his daughter's team when the season begins again in September.

On and off the field, Curtis has always seen the importance of self-discipline and commitment to succeeding in life. He says that he has always taught kids that "no one player is greater than the team" and that respecting your own and the other team members is how you play the game properly. Self-discipline in soccer "translates to everything you do in your life," including knowing the importance of education and proper nutrition. Curtis has noticed that those who were the most committed on the field have gone on to high-ranking leadership roles in the community. The confidence that being on a team and representing your community brings is something that can't be understated. And being called "coach" by players past and present is an honour more significant than a trophy.


Don Gulevich

Don Gulevich has spent more than 40 years in the Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) field. He started his family heat pump business in 2005 in the Comox Valley and moved to Sidney in 2012. With a focus of providing comfort, Don and his wife Joanne made a conscious decision to create a business that specializes only in heat pumps.

Don Gulevich, along with his team, values integrity, honesty and doing what is right … so much so that he created the Coastal Heat Pumps comfort guarantee. This means his team will do whatever they can to ensure you have a comfortable and positive experience with Coastal Heat Pumps.

There have been many changes over the years, which has enhanced Coastal Heat Pumps’ ability to provide comfort, including a second location in Victoria and expanding their service to the Cowichan Valley. Over the years Coastal Heat Pumps has won several awards for outstanding customer service, most recently winning Best Heating and Air Conditioning for the Better Business Bureau Torch Awards.

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Huntly Ketchen

Huntly began his career in funeral service in 2017 with Arbor Memorial Inc.

As a Continuing Care Specialist, Huntly assists executors in closing out affairs during the ensuing year. His service to families continues well after the funeral services have taken place.

Huntly cannot eliminate the heartache of loss, but he can reduce anxieties by guiding families during that difficult time and help to make choices that are right for them. There are 87 decisions to make in the first 72 hours following a death. As an Advanced Planning Specialist, Huntly’s message to families is: have a conversation with your loved ones about final wishes – it is one of the best things you can do for your family – to consider planning in advance. Huntly is a seasoned public speaker and hosts many events to educate the community on what to do before and/or after a person dies.

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What is your business best known for and why? We are best known for being the experts in heat pumps as it is all that we do, and our technicians are certified HVAC professionals.

What inspired you to follow this career path? This trade encompasses many trades and is very diverse while at the same time providing something everyone is looking for … comfort!

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Huntley Ketchen

Advanced Planning & Continuing Care Specialist

What is your business best known for and why? Since 1912, Sands Victoria Funeral Chapel has been a leader in helping families remember and celebrate lives lived. We assist families of all faiths, traditions and budgets to find meaningful ways to honour and celebrate the lives important to them.

What inspired you to follow this career path? The death of a loved one is exceptionally tough, and the work I do supporting families through those hard times is unique. I feel privileged to provide my service to those in need.

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Dr. Chris Tetley

Longevity Medicine Physician

Dr. Chris Tetley

Dr. Chris Tetley, founder of Pivital, is at the forefront of transforming healthcare through the exciting field of longevity medicine. His approach integrates his extensive experience in emergency medicine with a strong emphasis on preventative care, enhancing healthspan, and extending life expectancy.

At Pivital, the focus is on more than just treating illnesses; it’s about creating a foundation for long-term wellness and enjoyment of life. The clinic offers a comprehensive array of services including advanced diagnostics, hormone optimization and

personalized wellness programs. These initiatives are carefully designed to pre-empt health issues and bolster vitality, with a firm commitment to evidence-based practices guiding every decision.

Dr. Tetley’s expertise in longevity medicine is driven by his desire to offer a more effective healthcare model, one that actively manages health to prevent diseases before they arise. His practice is dedicated to improving not just lifespan but also quality of life, ensuring that each patient can enjoy a vibrant, active future.

Through Pivital, Dr. Tetley is reshaping the landscape of healthcare, promoting a shift from reactive to proactive care. His vision for the practice is clear: to lead a health revolution that empowers individuals to take charge of their health through informed, thoughtful medical strategies and tactics. This mission is what makes Pivital a pillar of innovation and leadership in the medical community.

What is your business best known for and why? Pivital is known for its novel longevity medicine approach, specializing in advanced screening, hormone optimization and chronic disease risk reduction strategies, aiming to enhance both lifespan and healthspan.

What inspired you to follow this career path? Inspired by the limitations of reactive healthcare during my emergency medicine career, I shifted to longevity medicine to make a lasting impact through active, preventative care.

What might surprise your clients to learn about you? Away from longevity medicine, I enjoy riding an efoil board, exploring Victoria’s beautiful waterways. This sport reflects my commitment to an active, healthy lifestyle, allowing me to enjoy our outdoor spaces in a unique way.

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Polo Shirt Three Ways

The polo shirt is collared, short sleeved, has three buttons, and in general, is a shirt made of a softer fabric that is meant to allow for rigorous activity whilst maintaining a classy look. Granted, most of us aren't going to be leaning over the side of a pony at 70 clicks anytime soon (hint: origin of the polo), so the idea is mainly to look classy in relative comfort. As a resentful teen, the polo was an acceptable compromise with my father for holiday meals.

As an adult, I find it's a great substitute for its stiff, long-sleeved cousin (the dress shirt), with a sport coat or blazer. Brad Pitt, as Billy Beane in the movie Money Ball, makes great use of this combo. A black polo under a charcoal jacket during trade negotiations with the Cleveland Indians says: “I'm relaxed but ready to do business.” OK yes, it's Brad Pitt, so naturally he looks pretty good. But even for us mortals, the polo is a versatile and sharp-looking option.

This is the Hardy Knit Polo with a pair of Marcellus pants, both from Rails, combined with the George Blazer from Matinique. Here the blazer is gray and the pants are navy, but you could easily switch to a gray pant and a navy blazer – a classic colour combination and my favourite for a summer wedding if a tie is optional. But please, keep that polo tucked in until at least 11 p.m.

If you’re invited on a friend’s boat for the day, I’d recommend this outfit. This is the Matinique Jones Crewneck in “faded rose” over the Hardy Polo, and a pair of Matinique Thomas Shorts in “lunar rock." Depending on your age or the UV rating, you could easily get away with a ball cap here.

For the aforementioned dinner with the parents, this is still my go to. I’ve swapped out the navy Marcellus pants for a gray pair, and a more monochrome look. You can wear it tucked or untucked; the band at the bottom of the shirt keeps things tidy. But if your Dad is anything like mine, do not wear a ball cap.



Matthew Cronmiller

At Pacific Heat Pumps, we love serving the Saanich Peninsula community and being your local choice for heat pump installation, service and maintenance. There is a lot of buzz about heat pumps right now and we want to play a leading role to educate consumers on heat pump technology and help take the mystery out of it.

Wondering what heat pumps look and sound like? Overwhelmed by the options? Like to learn more about government rebates? Interested in a heat pump hot water tank? The Pro’s at Pacifc Heat Pumps can help! Come tour our heat pump educational showroom in Sidney and see this technology in action first-hand.

Our goal is to help you feel comfortable with making the switch from fossil fuels to a heat pump. We have heat pumps for homes replacing oil furnaces, for

homes on baseboard heat, for condos, for heating hot water, and many indoor styles of ductless heat pumps – lots of options so you can pick the right aesthetic and technology for your home.

We’re locally-owned, friendly and have a professional certified team that loves your home heating as much as you do. Free estimates and consultations are guaranteed, and no job is too big or small!

“We really care about our customers!”

What is your business best known for and why? We’re best known for taking the extra time to educate our customers; we don’t want them to feel rushed or pressured into making an investment they don’t fully understand. A heat pump system installation is a major investment in your home comfort and we want our customers to feel engaged, educated and informed with the process; there should be no surprises during the project.

We want everyone to feel fully satisfied with the consultation, equipment performance and finished product. Our company really cares about our customers, and we want them to feel that.

What inspired you to follow this career path? I’m a thirdgeneration tradesman. My father was a local building inspector - he was passionate about quality workmanship and doing it right. We are enthusiastic about training our staff and ensuring quality work; I love training new apprentices and passing on knowledge to the next generation. We work hard at the little details, and we’ll redo it if it’s not right. We are a contractor with a conscience!

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Riddell Private Wealth Management

101-4400 Chatterton Way, Victoria

In the realm of financial planning and wealth management, Evan Riddell steers individuals through the complexities of financial intricacies. At Riddell Private Wealth Management, Evan and his dedicated team believe life’s true essence lies in pursuing one’s passions, unencumbered by the burdens of financial intricacies. With expertise spanning advanced tax strategies, investment management, retirement planning and corporate optimization, Evan ensures clients can focus on what truly matters to them.

Evan’s journey into finance stemmed from a desire to bridge the gap he witnessed growing up – where individuals grappled with financial decisions without guidance. Transitioning from a role as an economist, Evan discovered his true calling lay in connecting with people on a profound level. Embracing a culture of continuous improvement, Evan and his team strive to enhance their services, enriching the lives of those they serve.

Effective communication forms the cornerstone of Evan’s practice. By

understanding clients’ goals and aspirations, Evan crafts tailored strategies, translating financial complexities into actionable plans in plain English.

Evan’s commitment to excellence has garnered national recognition, placing him among Canada’s top 40 under-40 Financial Planners (Wealth Professional 2024). Yet, his greatest satisfaction comes from witnessing clients’ “a-ha” moments – where clarity illuminates

What is your business best known for and why? We’re best known for expertly guiding individuals through retirement transitions, offering specialized strategies to minimize taxes, enhance retirement opportunities and optimize investments. What inspired you to follow this career path? People inspired me; witnessing the repercussions of poor financial advice drove me. Our personalized approach focuses on guiding, educating and supporting individuals, empowering them to live their best lives.

How do you achieve a work/life balance? In being clear on what is most important in my life: my relationships with my family, friends, community and clients.

the path to financial independence. When not working with clients, Evan can be found exploring the mountains and beaches with his wife Sarah and their two children, Alicia and Clayton.

In Evan’s world, financial planning is more than numbers: it’s about empowering individuals to pursue lives fueled by their passions. He remains steadfast in his mission to enrich lives – one client at a time.

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Mark Unsworth

In 2017, working with Simply Pure, Mark opened a full-serve water store in Victoria. Through Covid, customers responded positively to the service which safely provides Reverse Osmosis and Alkaline water, and the business has grown exponentially since.

In 2022, Mark suffered a debilitating stroke. He had a choice to make: accept his circumstance, or work hard to again become fully functioning. He chose the latter. While recovering, the water store in Sidney came up for sale. Ever the entrepreneur, and knowing a goal would power him through rehabilitation, Mark and his team bought the store. He and his wife Sharon relocated to Sidney where Mark oversaw renovations, introduced bulk ice and Alkaline water, and upgraded the filtration system to create the cleanest, most refreshing water possible. Mark is committed to providing a quality product that has not only changed his life, but now hydrate Sidney. Come in and taste the difference!

What is your business best known for and why? Our most valuable commodity is our high level of customer service and attention to detail. You don’t need to ask for it: it’s offered every time. What inspired you to follow this career path? Creating a community with the genuine folks of Simply Pure. I care about the customers across the counter as much as the people serving them. That aligns with my values.

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CONSTABLE TIM COSGROVE: "Practising Personal Policing"

Responding to emergency calls. Preventing crime. And … just listening?

There are many facets to Constable Tim Cosgrove's work as the Sidney/North Saanich Community Policing Officer, but underlying all of his work through his years of service is effective listening. "My work involves building positive relationships with the community. You can talk to me about concerns; we are partners in the community to solve problems."

Like the British beat cops of days gone by who "walked the beat" getting to know locals, Tim tries to build personal relationships by answering questions, giving directions, or just having a conversation with members of the community. "It's important for people to get to know police personally," he says. "I think not knowing them can breed fear and resentment. People can fall victim to negative stories they hear or other's perceptions."

Since taking on the role in 2022, he has been busy providing a

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spectrum of services. "My area is Sidney and North Saanich plus the four First Nation communities of Tseycum, Pauquachin, Tsartlip and Tsawout," he shares. "I am also the school liaison officer for three elementary schools, North Saanich Middle School and Parkland Secondary School." As well as ensuring traffic safety outside of the schools, Tim gives talks inside the schools about vaping, bullying, drug abuse, online safety and other important topics.

Tim can be seen throughout the community. You will find him patrolling along Beacon Avenue, serving at the RCMP table at the Sidney Night Market, participating in Canada Day or Remembrance Day events and engaging with seniors about fraud safety or pedestrian safety at care homes, SHOAL Centre or at Mary Winspear Centre.

Originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Tim was first posted to Ladysmith. "After my training, I was hoping to get a B.C. posting. In 2009, I was posted to Ladysmith and spent seven years there," he says.

Tim did general duty policing and Indigenous policing on Penelakut Island. This experience was pivotal to his career. "It's really here that I formed my passion for community policing," he notes. He reflects about honing his communication skills and building strong connections in the community during this time. "I worked with elders, participated in community lunches, and went to school graduation ceremonies. I heard lots of stories about the residential school there. I knew that building relationships and getting to know people was critical."

After the Ladysmith posting, Tim later served out of Port McNeill working with First Nation communities along the West Coast such as Kyuquot.

His understanding of the different life experiences of people from his early friendships as a youth proved invaluable in forming his approach to working with people. "I grew up in Halifax and had many friends in the Black community. I listened to them speak about the differences they experienced when it came to interactions with the police," he says. "I still maintain these friendships today."

Some parts of his job, he admits, are particularly challenging, like doing next of kin notifications after a tragic event. However, Tim understands it's all part of the role and gives his best. "There is always someone bringing in a new problem. You take it day by day," he comments. "Some people are not happy to see a police officer. You try hard to listen to them. People like and need to be heard."

Tim shares that he is motivated to help people, and this brings rewards. "To have an experience with someone with a good outcome, well, that makes it all so worthwhile.

As a busy father of three children, all of whom are involved with local sports, Tim understands the value of being a part of community. He acknowledges those relationships begin with good communication. "It takes time and good listening to really get to know people and their situations," he notes, adding with a smile: "I am a quiet guy from a large family of talkers so I had to have good listening skills!"

Whether he is giving a safety talk to children in school, dealing with people in an emergency, or just striking up a conversation on Beacon Avenue, Constable Tim will always offer help, and of course, a listening ear.

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Draperies & Upholstery

Owned and operated by fatherand-son team Roger and Field Comartin, Rodco specializes in custom window treatments and upholstery. With a design philosophy based on client satisfaction, with Rodco you get over 46 years’ experience in this niche market that varies from the most complicated motorization tasks to the cleanest hospital and hotel rooms.

For your home, you get the RIGHT PRODUCT for the RIGHT PRICE on shades, draperies and upholstery (repair/replacement), free colour and in-home estimates from this local family business.

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Salvador, Davis & Co Notaries Public 101 - 9830 Second Street, Sidney | 250.656.3951 |

Todd Wiebe

Salvador Davis & Co. has a history of committing to serving the community by providing real estate conveyancing and estate planning services for the past 53 years. Together with my business partner, Lisa Ehrlich, we offer legal services to Sidney, the Gulf Islands and the surrounding communities.

The majority of our clients are either returning to our office so we can assist them with moving, refinancing or revising their estate planning documents, or they are family or friends of existing clients who have referred them to us.

We take great pride in the ability to assist multiple generations of our clients.

I happily moved to Vancouver Island in 2010 from Winnipeg, Manitoba and worked for a short time with a publishing company in Victoria. I began working at Salvador, Davis & Co. in 2013 shortly prior to beginning the program to become a Notary Public in British Columbia. In 2015 I graduated from Simon Fraser University, obtaining a master’s degree in Applied Legal Studies. In 2017 I became a partner of Salvador, Davis & Co.,

as Laurie Salvador began the process of transitioning into her retirement. As a Notary Public, I enjoy being able to assist many different people, helping them to ensure that their wishes and needs are met.

I have enjoyed making my home in Sidney, together with my wife, our twin daughters and our office greeter, Jenny the dog, who is often found lounging in the sun. I look forward to watching the community grow along with my daughters.

What do you love about our local business community?

Sidney is unique in how many small businesses we have. It’s great to know that I can get pretty much anything I need in town. It’s wonderful to be able to walk down the street and greet everyone, and there is no downtown more beautiful than ours!.

What is your philosophy towards your work? I always think of what I do as genuinely helpful and when you are doing something that you believe in it makes you want to work hard. At the end of the day, I get to feel good about the contributions to the community that I make when I go home to my family.

What inspired you to follow this career path? I was told that the work notaries do is helpful and that was definitely true. You get to become a part of people’s lives and their families’ lives: working through some of their important stages in life like the purchase of a new home. It has been extremely rewarding to form a bond with my clients.



Q & A Kyle Velikovsky with

What is your business best known for and why? We are best known for custom homes and renovations. Anyone who knows me knows that I am about as honest and transparent as someone can be. Once clients meet us, they typically appreciate this approach and it has done well for our business to grow off of having happy homeowners.

Kyle Velikovsky

Kyle Velikovsky, a Victoria native and co-owner of White Wolf Homes, carries on his family’s legacy as a second-generation builder and developer. Having embraced the Peninsula’s lifestyle for a decade, Kyle integrates this community into his professional endeavours.

Specializing in custom homes, boutique developments and expansive renovations, White Wolf Homes marries deep development knowledge with meticulous project and budget management.

The firm maintains a dedicated team of around 20 employees, balancing the resources of a large builder with the personalized care of a smaller operation. The ownership’s direct involvement ensures detailed oversight on every project.

Outside the office, Kyle is deeply engaged in the local community, often coaching his son’s baseball team or cheering from the sidelines at soccer games. With his children active in sports

throughout the year, Kyle’s personal time is limited. He treasures this bustling period of life and hopes to one day return to his earlier passions for cycling, running and swimming. For now, Kyle focuses on enjoying each moment, whether at work or with his family.

What inspired you to follow this career path? Growing up, my parents were developers, so I grew up on job sites. In my early 20s when I bought my first home I renovated it myself and flipped it. I did this a couple of times and eventually had enough to start to buy properties to develop. From here things grew to where White Wolf is today. Our developments gained a lot of interest and led to shifting into the custom home and renovation world.

How do you achieve a work/life balance? My kids are my motivation. I watch them grow up so fast, and it really motivates me to put work/life balance into perspective. We don’t get these years back and while work is important, life is short and I love what I do. While work often runs into family life, it also teaches our kids the value of hard work.

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This dish had me salivating even before I'd made it. Come on: bacon, prawns, coconut milk and sun-dried tomatoes? These glorious ingredients meld together so wonderfully and, not surprisingly, this recipe has become one of my favourites.

Every Last DROP

What I love about it as well is that it is cooked in just one pan. It's decidedly unfussy, yet still seems very sophisticated. Served with some pasta or, as I prefer, focaccia bread, it's a fabulous way to celebrate prawn season.

I know that prawns can, and should, stand on their own, but sometimes leaning into some complementary layers of flavour allows us to relish our local bounty in new ways. This recipe highlights what we can enjoy right now: some fabulous prawns along with lemon, a bit of parmesan, coconut milk and spinach. If you're like me you'll find yourself scooping up every last savoury, delicious drop.


4 slices thick cut bacon, chopped

1 tbsp olive oil

around 600g (1.3lb) uncooked prawns or jumbo shrimp (peeled and de-veined)

salt, pepper

4 garlic cloves, finely chopped

1 1/4 tsp dried rosemary

1 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp paprika

crushed red pepper flakes

1 jar sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil, drained, chopped (about 1 cup)

1/2 cup dry white wine

1 can full fat coconut milk

1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

1 package baby spinach (clamshell of 142 grams)

juice of 1 lemon

fresh basil leaves for garnish (if desired)

crusty bread for serving (optional)


Put chopped bacon in large, deep skillet over medium heat. Cook until bacon is very crispy, about 5-7 minutes. Transfer bacon to a paper-towel lined plate. Leave extra fat in pan. Add the olive oil to bacon fat in the pan; heat over medium heat. Pat the prawns dry. When oil is shimmering, add the prawns and some salt and pepper. Cook, flipping the prawns once, until they are pink and opaque. It shouldn't take too long: about two minutes on each side. Add garlic,


2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp kosher salt

1 tsp instant yeast

1 cup lukewarm water

In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, salt and instant yeast. Add the water. Using a rubber spatula, mix until the liquid is absorbed and a sticky dough ball forms. Rub the surface of the dough lightly with olive oil. Cover the bowl with a damp tea towel or plastic wrap and let rise at room temperature until doubled, about 2 hours.

Butter an 8 or 9-inch round baking dish or spray with non-stick cooking spray. Pour a tablespoon of olive oil into centre of the pan. Deflate dough by releasing it from the sides of the bowl; make the dough into a rough ball. Place dough ball in middle of prepared pan. Roll the ball in the oil to coat it all over, then pull or push dough gently with

rosemary, oregano, paprika and a pinch of red pepper flakes. Continue stirring and cooking until garlic is fragrant. This will only take a minute or so. Add the chopped sundried tomatoes; cook for another minute. Pour in the wine; scrape up any browned flavours from bottom of skillet. Bring to a simmer. Cook until liquids are reduced a little, about 3 minutes. Stir in can of coconut milk, then spinach and parmesan. Return mixture to a simmer and cook until


2 tbsp olive oil, divided flaky sea salt

1-2 tsp rosemary leaves (optional)

fingers to fill the pan. Let rise again for 30 minutes. No need to cover the dough.

Preheat oven to 425°. Pour a tablespoon of oil over dough. Rub your hands lightly in the oil, then using your fingers, press down to create deep dimples. If needed, gently stretch dough again to help it fill the pan. Sprinkle with rosemary (if using) and then with flaky sea salt.

Bake for 27-30 minutes, until underside is golden. Let cool on a cooling rack. Slice, then dip into the sauce and enjoy.

Adapted from:

Half Baked Harvest Every Day, Tieghan Gerard, published by Clarkson Potter

the spinach is wilted, which will be about 3-4 more minutes. Turn off heat and mix in lemon juice.

You can either add the bacon now or keep it separate and sprinkle it over the top.

Garnish with fresh basil.

Serve with some crusty bread. Focaccia is always good with this (see recipe in Seaside's October 2023 issue, or below for another option), as it's perfect to dip into the yummy sauce.

Canadian Tire North Saanich Welcomes Seaside Sue to the Team!

John and Janet Cunningham, owners of the Canadian Tire in North Saanich, are excited to welcome Sue Hodgson to the team! John and Janet have owned and operated Canadian Tire stores for the past 15 years. Originating from the East Coast, their first three stores were in Nova Scotia. In 2020, they decided to make a big move to the West Coast and operated Tsawwassen for three years. When the opportunity arose to move to Vancouver Island in 2023, they made the move to North Saanich and have fallen in love with the Island and the community.

They always envisioned hiring a person like Sue, with her background in marketing and community relations, to celebrate and communicate things that are happening in the store with customers, as well as using the resources available to help and support the Saanich Peninsula community. They are so excited to have Sue’s expertise and energy working on what they feel is most important: the community and their staff.

Come in and say Hi to Sue in her new role!

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A Men's Shed – Starting up in Sidney?

What the heck are Men's Sheds? Are you picturing an old shed in the backyard where a lonely fellow wanders out to his garden shed and doesn't return until dinner time? Well, you would be wrong this time! Men's Sheds are community-led initiatives that provide a safe space for men to connect, socialize and work on projects together. It is an international movement started by a woman 30 years ago in Australia – she needed a way to support her father, who was healing from a heart attack and wasn't interested in traditional senior-related activities. The number of Men's Sheds worldwide is now approaching 3,000.

"Men Helping Men with a little help from their friends." Mike Jennings, past president of the B.C. Men's Shed Association (MSA) says that men's health is a significant issue and that there are few resources available. "But we're not complaining about it. What we are saying is, hey, we can be part of the solution. We just need to get these Men's Sheds going."

Mike explains that the Sheds do not operate right in the valley of drug addiction and homelessness; they are more of a net to try and catch men before they go into that valley – or act as a ladder to help men get out. "Men's Sheds are made up of men from all strata of society, and it's really dumbfounding when someone who you think has absolutely everything going for them opens up and says they are having a struggle with their mental health. How on earth could they? They drive a fabulous vehicle and live in a beautiful house – but they're just another member of the Men's Shed. And there's the magic. That's the only term I have for it."

After retirement, many men miss the camaraderie and sense of belonging they felt in the workplace. In most cases, work friendships are based on shared experiences, and continuing them after one leaves tends to be a challenge as interests and priorities change. Work is often associated with an identity, a sense of value and meaning. Fishing, golfing and reading are terrific activities, but what do you do for the rest of the day? How does one make new friends? A lack of purpose and social isolation can lead to loneliness and depression. Men often don't ask for the help they need – a common expression is: "Suck it up, Bro!" Psychology Today explains that "Depression is like a dead battery in the car – if it sits, it doesn't get better and only gets worse. Just as you need to push the car or jumpstart the battery to get it recharged, you need to do the same to yourself through action." Action is what counts!

What do Men's Sheds do? Their activities are as varied as their members. The Vanderhoof Men's Shed Society has close to 120 members and builds docks, picnic tables, furniture, planters, wheelchair ramps, bat and bird houses and feeders. They repair small engines, household and major appliances, lawn equipment, chairs, tables and furniture. The largest Men's Shed in Canada, with over 200 members, is nearby on Salt Spring Island. They

accept building projects such as park benches, community bulletin boards, garden beds, tiny libraries, and modifications for seniors and persons with disabilities. Men's Sheds are all about helping their communities and men helping men, shoulder to shoulder, in whatever way that may happen, be it singing, guitar lessons, cooking, networking, having speakers in to talk about men's health – you name it – somewhere a Men's Shed is doing it!

Landon Wilkins, co-founder of the Sidney Men's Shed, says that men of all ages are welcome. He has found that a mix of generations can provide life-changing support. The only qualifications are respect, tolerance and understanding. For more information on the newly-formed Sidney Men's Shed, email Landon at Or just attend the meeting – and bring a friend if you wish. Meetings are on Saturdays at 2 p.m. at the Sidney SHOAL Centre, 10030 Resthaven Drive.

Every Men's Shed has its own story. It's not just about what you can gain from the Shed – it's also about what you can give! There is something extraordinary about mentoring someone, in sharing your experience and knowledge. It's heartwarming – a gift to others and yourself.


2024 Summer Book Wrap-Up

The Anxious Generation: How the Great Rewiring of Childhood is Causing an Epidemic of

Mental Illness

With a PhD in social psychology, Jonathan Haidt is well positioned to explore the social changes wrought by teenagers' exposure to technology. He cites research pointing to marked increases of depression, anxiety and suicide in teenagers after 2007, the year that smartphones become readily available. He describes how childhood has moved from play-based to phone-based, making youth risk-averse and less confident in their relationships and learning. His suggestions for a remedy are bold and require a global drive to offer our children a healthier childhood.

How to Age Disgracefully

When a seniors' social club decides to fight city council over the planned closure of a local daycare, unorthodox –and amusing – tactics are employed and the carefully concealed pasts of several club members are revealed. U.K. author Clare Pooley is the master of creating bonds between generations in a manner that is heart-warming but not cloying. Signature British humour and a touch of the madcap make

fun spring
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The Sun Walks Down

In 1883, in the South Australian outback, a six-yearold boy goes missing in a dust storm. Townspeople, itinerant travellers, artists, immigrants and local Aboriginal people unite in a disjointed search that reflects the town's varied social stratas. Over the course of seven eerily red sunsets, the vagaries of an isolated community and family tensions are explored via the mythologies of native and non-native people and the constant influence of nature and art.

Agatha Christie:

A Very Elusive Woman

Lucy Worsley, known for her popular BBC historical documentaries, brings what has been described as her "plummy-chummy" tone to her writing. Covering Christie's life chronologically, Worsley overturns the myth of the author as simple housewife. Athletic, attractive and open-minded toward romantic relationships, Christie was a barometer of the changing social climate of the era. Real-life anecdotes are linked to their appearances in her books, and may inspire a reading or re-reading of the classic mystery novels.

Bury the Lead

Kate Hilton and Elizabeth Renzetti Cat Conway returns to her childhood town in Ontario, having been fired from her bigcity newspaper job. Expecting only to lick her wounds as reporter at the town's paper, she is surprised when the lead actor at the renowned playhouse is murdered and she is chosen to follow the story. Set against the backdrop of (likely) Stratford and filled with snippets of theatre life, the action is well-paced and characters are empathetic, modern and engaging.


Subtitled "The Secret World of Waste and the Urgent Search for a Cleaner Future," Franklin-Wallis does a thorough job of investigating multiple types of waste, from sewage to nuclear, all of it vast in quantity. Interviews with garbage pickers and anti-waste campaigners highlight misinformation regarding the eventual fate of both our refuse and many of our carefully recycled remnants. This is an eye-opening look at an ages-old and rapidly increasing human problem.

Good Material

Andy is a 35-year-old stillstruggling comedian when his girlfriend of three years (10 months and 29 days) breaks up with him. He is devastated and spends the following months binge-drinking, couch-surfing and occasionally doing some standup, but mostly wondering what the heck happened. Alderton uses her modern, self-deprecating humour to create a stumbling yet lovable character who, despite the initial blow of his break-up, unwittingly hits his comedic and social stride.


What's Happening

Irish Mythen & Stephanie Cadman

June 7

Irish was born in Ireland and now resides in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada. “This Island creates music and musicians, art and artists. I found a shift to take things more seriously when I moved here.” And she did just that. Her latest release, Little Bones, gained her recognition around the globe, including a 2020 JUNO nomination for Contemporary Roots Album of the Year. Irish’s live performances are a thing of raw power, emotion and a connection with her audience that just has to be seen to be believed.

OKAN & Pablo Cardenas

June 8

OKAN has been on an incredible trajectory over the past few years, having just won their second JUNO and touring through some of the greatest venues in the world. Fusing Afro-Cuban roots with jazz, folk and global rhythms in songs about immigration, resistance and love, OKAN takes their name from the word for heart in their Afro-Cuban religion of Santeria. With vocals in Spanish, English and Spanglish, OKAN is joined by pianist Pablo Cardenas.

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Matilda the Musical

Presented by Triple Threat Performers

June 20-23

Matilda, the musical is based on the classic novel by Roald Dahl. It tells the story of Matilda, a brave and intelligent little girl who has big dreams. The musical follows Matilda and her classmates as they fight to restore justice for their school and their loving teacher, Miss Honey.

W l ngth Community Choir

The Love you Make

Wavelengths Community Choir directed by Denis Donnelly presents The Love You Make an all Beatles choral celebration. Accompanied by a string quartet in partnership with University of Victoria’s Quartet Fest West. All proceeded support the choir’s ongoing projects in Mozambique.

Upcoming Events
June 1-2 Allegro Dance Extraordinaire 2 Lobsterfest 6 CARE Fair for Seniors 7 Irish Mythen & Stephanie Cadman 8 OKAN & Pablo Cardenas 14-15 Westshore Dance Recital 17 Blood Donor Clinic 20-23 Matilda the Musical 29-30 Wavelengths Choir “The Love you Make”
1 Canada Day Pancake Breakfast 5 Coast to Coast Scorpions, UFO & MSG 11 Song Warriors of the North 12 The Little Mermaid Jr 14 Tower of Song Tribute to Leonard Cohen 15 Blood Donor Clinic 21 James Vincent McMorrow 26 The Little Mermaid Jr
9 Seussical the Musical Jr 24-25 Island Vintage Events



With Father's Day approaching, I've found myself reflecting on my own relationship with my father and how it shaped my love of movies and filmmaking. As a young girl, my sisters and I would frequently "borrow" my Dad's camcorder to create our own news broadcasts, commercials or amateur remakes of our favourite shows. My dad was always supportive of these filmmaking endeavors, even supplying us with 8mm tapes to ensure we had plenty of room for our recordings.

At 13 years old, when I boldly declared my intention to become a movie director, my Dad wasted no time enrolling me in a filmmaking camp and ensuring I was well versed in all the films deemed essential for aspiring filmmakers (though I must admit, 13 may have been a tad young for A Clockwork Orange). It is my father's love of film that inspired my own. From his enthusiasm for Star Wars to his support of my Moulin Rouge obsession at 16, his encouragement to craft stories that resonate with audiences has been a constant source of inspiration. In honour of Father's Day this June, I've dedicated this month's film recommendations to two of my favourite films that explore the complexities of father/child relationships.

My top pick from the list is wholeheartedly Big Fish (available on Disney+). Directed by Tim Burton, this enchanting film follows the journey of Edward Bloom (Albert Finney), a man known for his penchant for spinning tall tales about his extraordinary life. When Edward's son William (Billy Crudup), returns to be by his father's side on his deathbed, he embarks on a quest to unravel the truth behind his father's stories. Through a series of mesmerizing flashbacks and narration, we witness Edward's adventures, with his younger self portrayed by the charismatic Ewan McGregor. Big Fish masterfully blends elements of fantasy and drama to deliver a touching tribute to the bond between father and son.

Second on the list is the heartwarming comedy Little Miss Sunshine (available on Crave). Featuring a stellar cast led by Greg Kinnear, the film follows a quirky family's cross-country road trip to support their daughter's dream of winning a beauty pageant. As they navigate their dysfunctional dynamics in an old VW bus, Little Miss Sunshine delivers laughs and poignant moments, capturing the complexities of family relationships with warmth and humour.

If you're looking for a nostalgic journey or a heartwarming laugh, my other recommendations below are perfect for celebrating the special bond between fathers and their children.

1. The Kids Are All Right (Netflix)

2. Interstellar (Netflix)

3. Beginners (Apple TV)

4. The Royal Tenenbaums (Crave)


EELGRASS SOS : SeaChange Makes an Impact

"Conservation Work," states the sign nestled in the sand at Willows Beach. Behind the sign, 19 people congregate around a collection of buckets, laundry baskets and Rubbermaid bins. The task at hand is prepping 1,000 eelgrass shoots for transplanting nearby. All of this work is organized by Saanich Peninsula-based SeaChange Marine Conservation Society. It's impossible to speak about local eelgrass restoration without

mentioning SeaChange. Founded in 1998, SeaChange has had a significant positive impact on the health of Salish Sea shorelines and nearshore ecosystems. Eelgrass has always been one of their key issues.

The importance of eelgrass can't be overstated. It grows in shallow bays and estuaries and, while it's green and grows in the ocean, it is not an algae but a flowering plant. Eelgrass meadows are critical habitat for a wide diversity of animals. Several commercial and culturally important species, including salmon, require healthy eelgrass habitat for at least a part of their lifecycle. Think of eelgrass meadows as ocean nurseries.

Eelgrass plants filter (some) pollutants, stabilize sediments and provide a physical disruption to waves and currents, slowing down the movement of water and protecting coastlines. We have seagrasses, in part, to thank for the oxygen we breathe. When it comes to the climate crisis, eelgrass has a role to play. These plants can sequester carbon, making them a key player in the fight against climate change.

Seagrass habitats are in trouble. Their populations are declining, locally and globally, and with them the ecosystem functions they provide. Plants can be uprooted by anchors, damaged by excess sediment, and die off when their access to sunlight is blocked by high turbidity, overwater structures or marine debris.

It will take science, advocacy and focused work to conserve eelgrass meadows. SeaChange's Resilient Estuaries of the Salish Sea project has a clear focus — "identify and restore estuaries that will provide crucial ecological hotspots as the oceans are altered by climate change."

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Volunteers are among those toiling away with the shoots; each shoot is to be attached to a washer that will function to weight it in place. As a non-profit, SeaChange values the contribution volunteers make to their work. And in return, volunteers enjoy meeting likeminded community members and the feeling of having a positive influence on their local environment.

Once all of the shoots are prepped, they're transported to the transplant site a short boat trip towards the Oak Bay Marina. Using underwater technology, the SeaChange team had mapped the area's seafloor and identified the spot in need of plantings. This particular location was damaged by a – now removed – derelict sunken boat. The 1,000 shoots, gathered in bundles of 10, will be planted by staff divers. This is one of their smaller projects; past projects have transplanted 8,000 shoots.

A sunny day draws out neighbours and beach lovers and, as with any good conservation work conducted in a public space, SeaChange staff were on-hand to actively engage curious onlookers. An essential task – raising awareness on the importance of what lies beneath the surface just offshore.

Seachange's vision statement is something we should all hope becomes a reality: "We envision a world where coastal ecosystems are understood and protected, and where human activity and climate change are no longer a threat." Sounds good, don't you think?

For updates on SeaChange projects and to learn how to support their work, sign up for their newsletter by email, connect@, or follow on social media (@seachangemarine).

Photo courtesy of SeaChange Marine Conservation Society.



We are excited to be opening our newest store this summer at the Sandown Park Shopping Centre amidst North Saanich’s agricultural community, where we proudly source local produce, jams, honey and more

Store Features

Fresh produce

Large grocery section

Meat and deli departments

Hiring & Updates

102-10330 McDonald Park Rd

30ft long custom sandwich bar

Red Barn Smokehouse favourites like Double Smoked bacon, pepperoni, jerky, fresh sausages & more!

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no matter the season, sidney always offers plenty to do! Take part in a race, enjoy live music and cultural programming, celebrate the community, and discover family-friendly activities Discover a full line-up of events online or pick-up your seasonal Sidney Printed Events Calendar at select locations or find paper copies at the Sidney Information Centre

Participating businesses in downtown Sidney are now accepting Sidney by the Sea Gift Cards!

Gift cards make for a fantastic gift and can be purchased locally at the Sidney Information Centre at 2281 Beacon Avenue or online for direct mailing.

This program is managed and supported by the Sidney Business Improvement Area Society (Sidney BIA).

Participating Businesses

3rd Street Cafe


Avenue B Home Decor

Beacon Landing Liquor & More

Bosley's - Sidney

Butik Naturals

Cameron Rose Gifts

Chef on the Run

Davidson Chambers

Departures Travel

DGD Gifts

Ecotopia Naturals

Far & Away Adventures

Fish on Fifth

Flush Bathroom & Travel Essentials

Hansell & Halkett Vintage Home Decor

Haven Spa

Home Hardware - Sidney

House of Lily Koi

iSpa Wellness

Kiddin' Around

La Boutique

Lolly Gobble - Home Hardware

Mary Winspear Centre

Miss Bliss Boutique


Moden Essentials

Moden Mens

Modern Massage Co

Muffet & Louisa

Nest & Nook

One Stop Furniture

Provenance Fine Things

Salvador Davis & Co

Seawards Souvenir & Apparel

Shai Thompson Image Consulting

Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea

Sidney Information Centre

Simply Pure Ice & Water

Sidney Museum

Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa

Small Gods Brewing Co.

Tanner's Books

The Children's Bookshop

The Farmer's Daughter

The Fickle Fig

The Five & Dime Diner

The Hideaway Collective

The Surly Mermaid

Tivoli Gallery

Victoria Distillers

Waterlily Shoes

SIDNEY BY THE SEA GIFT CARDS now available for purchase For more information visit

HERITAGE ACRES The Peninsula's Best Kept Secret in Extraordinary Events and Time Travel

I've had several instances of time travel. Typically it happens in a dream, or while watching a period piece of film or TV, maybe even a short déjà vu where I'm almost certain I've had this experience before. On this occasion, however, I had the pleasure of a new experience visiting Heritage Acres in Central Saanich, British Columbia.

Imagine as I tell you how this beautiful place filled with gems of the past will entrance you with its charm and entice you to explore the nearly 30 acres of mostly wheelchair accessible out-buildings and forest trails. All this is waiting at the end of Lochside Drive, and open to the public for adventure and events.

Heritage Acres is run by the Saanich Historical Artifacts Society, a not for profit, and staffed solely by 150 volunteers who dedicate their skills to the grounds and trades, keeping the property and the historical treasures housed within it pristine. Sawmill workers, historians, blacksmiths, metal workers, restoration specialists, engineers and many others lend their heroic efforts building out the property to attract communities, families, school groups and people from all over to enjoy everything Heritage Acres has to offer, which as it turns out, is endless.

Exciting events, organized and curated by the volunteers, are happening over the summer, and you won't want to miss these:


June 15 and 16 bring the whole family (including furry family on a leash) to the 2024 Summer Fair! Starting at 9 a.m., and only $5 per person (children 12 and under FREE). Spend the day participating in adventurous activities watching blacksmiths forge amazing creations (a Harry Potter-like wand perhaps?), the sawmill buzzing through raw logs, and steam tractors roaring to life. Take a ride on the model trains through the forest tracks from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. operated by the Vancouver Island Model Engineers. There are many fun foods to try and memories to make at this historical event!


Starting July 3 until mid-September, every Wednesday evening from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. come and enjoy the Heritage Acres Barbecue for $30 per person. Served family style in the courtyard with several


protein choices, this social event will keep you coming back to step into the past, while indulging in delicious summer foods of today. Book your tickets through Heritage Acres' website.


As a mother to two exuberant children, attending the first ever Children's Day at Heritage Acres August 10 will be a wonderful way to round out the busy summer months. The event features a treasure hunt through the grounds that the kids will love (and grown-ups too!), with plenty of children's games and activities to boot.

Love local foods? Heritage Acres hosts Food Day Canada August 3, celebrating farmers and chefs serving fresh produce and exciting dishes. Tickets are booked through Eventbrite, and your tastebuds will thank you!

Have an event of your own? The grounds are perfect for almost anything you can dream up! Book your wedding, school outing, corporate retreat, family reunion, celebration or gathering of any kind. Visit the Heritage Acres website for more details.

I had the pleasure of taking my tour through time guided by the President of Heritage Acres, Phil Clark. The detailed knowledge he graciously shared with me as we freely wandered the buildings and grounds was an astonishing gift. I felt a part of something nostalgic, grasping historical events in the perfectly restored items you must see for yourself.

Donations provide Heritage Acres with its opportunities to share their labours of love with the public. The community returns

to the grounds to "step back in time and have an old-fashioned enjoyable family day out," and I agree with Phil on this whole heartedly. Bring a picnic any day of the week and enjoy the acreage! Entry is by donation.

To donate to Heritage Acres in other ways, visit their website – – or visit the grounds in person at 7321 Lochside Drive, with summer hours daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Excited to learn more in real time? Follow them on Instagram to see their latest projects @heritageacresbc and step back in time every day with the "Peninsula's best kept secret" (though not so secret anymore)!

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A Proactive Approach to Men's Health

Longevity medicine is transforming how we approach men's health by shifting from traditional, reactive treatments to proactive enhancements of both lifespan and healthspan. This specialized field extends beyond conventional healthcare by emphasizing preventative measures, personalized treatments, and an understanding of unique health challenges men face.

Early Screening and Diagnosis. Early detection is crucial for managing diseases prevalent among men, such as prostate cancer and cardiovascular disease. Advanced screening technologies like imaging, genetic testing and biomarker analysis allow for early and effective interventions, which can significantly improve outcomes by addressing health issues before they fully develop.

Hormonal Balance. Hormone optimization plays a vital role in men's health. Properly balanced testosterone levels are essential for maintaining physical strength, mental clarity and overall vitality. As men age, natural testosterone levels typically decline, which can impact various aspects of health. Thyroid, DHEA, and growth hormone play a role as well, and the best outcomes are achieved by addressing overall hormonal balance. Personalized bioidentical hormone replacement therapy helps to maintain youthful energy and mitigate the negative effects of hormonal imbalances.

Nutrition and Physical Activity. Tailored nutrition and exercise regimes are crucial for men's specific health needs, focusing on enhancing muscle mass, reducing fat and improving cardiovascular health. Strength training is particularly beneficial as it boosts metabolism and bone density, while a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids, lean proteins and fresh produce helps manage weight and reduce the risk of chronic diseases.

Restorative Sleep and Stress Management Quality. Sleep and effective stress management are essential components of longevity

medicine. Men often face unique challenges in these areas, which are linked to numerous health issues, including hypertension and heart disease. Longevity medicine incorporates strategies to improve sleep quality and manage stress effectively, utilizing techniques such as meditation, yoga and cognitive-behavioral therapy.

Cardiovascular Care. Given that heart disease is the leading cause of death among men, proactive cardiovascular care is imperative. Regular monitoring and lifestyle modifications such as quitting smoking and reducing alcohol consumption, plus managing cholesterol levels and blood pressure, can significantly reduce the risk of heart-related ailments.

Judicious Use of Pharmaceuticals. While longevity medicine prioritizes natural and preventative approaches, pharmaceuticals have their place when necessary. Medications are used judiciously to effectively manage conditions like hypertension and diabetes, ensuring they are part of a comprehensive health strategy rather than standalone solutions.

Innovative Research and Aging as a Disease. Recent advances in biotechnology view aging as a treatable condition. This innovative perspective has led to the development of therapies that target the biochemical processes of aging, offering men new opportunities to maintain health and vitality for longer periods.

Looking Ahead. The future of men's health in longevity medicine is promising, with ongoing advancements in medical science and technology paving the way for more effective and personalized health strategies. By embracing longevity medicine, men can proactively manage their health, focusing on preventing diseases and enhancing life quality. This comprehensive approach ensures that every aspect of health is managed with precision, leading to a healthier, more vibrant life.

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SUN WING GREENHOUSES LTD : Outstanding On & Off the Vine

You're barely through the front door of Sun Wing Greenhouses, and the fresh smell is so inviting and so flavourful. It's that kind of fulsome aroma that you can almost taste through your nose. Table and shelves are boasting a beautiful, colourful bounty of produce. It's no wonder there is a steady line of customers coming through the door.

Sun Wing Tomatoes, as it is known, is owned by Tom Law and Jeanette Lee and has been a fixture in the Central Saanich farming community for many years. This thriving family-owned operation grows a variety of produce, primarily in greenhouses. Here, the word fresh is coined anew each day. "I love to see healthy produce. We pick it and put it in our store on the same day," shares Tom. "We've been in business now for 30 years. We know when and how to pick our produce; it's all based on our experience over the years."

As well as 14 varieties of tomatoes, the produce lineup includes cucumbers, pole beans, bell peppers, lettuce, kale, broccoli, carrots, beets, bok choy, chard, garlic, watercress, pumpkin, winter melon and a variety of herbs. Produce is sold in the onsite shop next to the greenhouses, seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., now through to October.

While the 12-acre property in the Oldfield Valley has an outdoor growing area, primarily it features four large greenhouses, one of which is dedicated to cucumbers, while the others grow tomatoes. It is a sophisticated system of hydroponic farming that is practised here. The floor of each greenhouse is covered with sterile plastic sheeting to prevent any undesirable organisms from growing. A computer-controlled watering system is at the heart of the operation. Nourishing fertilizer is carried through the water that flows to each and every plant promoting optimal growth. Temperature is monitored and maintained throughout the growing process. "The temperature is about 24° to 25° C during the day, with a minimum of 15° to 18° C at night," comments Tom. "When warmer in the summer, we water more and also use shading over the greenhouse roof."

Greenhouse knowledge for this couple goes back many years. Prior to their marriage in 1989, Jeanette was raising hothouse tomatoes on a farm on Tyndall Avenue in Gordon Head. Here she honed her skills in growing produce in a greenhouse setting. Tom says with a smile: "My wife has the farming background. She is smart and knows how to grow produce."

As well as keeping abreast of many factors like fertilizer, watering and appropriate temperatures, another key to successfully growing produce is pest management. "We use no pesticides; we have an integrated pest management system," relates Tom. "We use natural pest control from a local company."

Installed at sites in the greenhouse are biological controls or the introduction of living organisms that can deal with pests. For example, using ladybugs is an effective measure against aphids. As Tom well knows, keeping on top of pest control is critical to success. "Pest management is very important. If you don't detect a problem, you can lose a crop. When I was young and starting out at all of this, there was a pest problem and in one week the crop was gone."

Some insects, however, can also be advantageous in growing produce. Stationed at points along the plant rows you will come across a number of bee boxes which house worker bees who pollinate the plants.

Greenhouse growing has the benefit of a controlled climate, but outside environmental factors can still have a significant impact. "If there is 12 inches or more of snow, it's hazardous because it is very heavy on the roofs of the greenhouses," shares Tom. "The greenhouse glass broke in the blizzard of 1996, and I had to replace all the glass."

Whether it's transplanting seedlings to the greenhouse, monitoring their growth, or harvesting, it takes commitment and persistence. Paulina Wu, Tom's assistant, says: "Tom and Jeanette have over 30 years of experience. They put their heart and soul into it."

This hard work and dedication show in the quality of the produce, with beefsteak tomatoes as big as a softball and cucumbers that are so firm and green you can practically taste the crunch. Attesting to the excellence of their produce is a wall in the shop filled with countless ribbons from the Saanich Fair declaring Best in Show, Best Exhibit and First Place. However, it's having happy and satisfied customers that is the best reward for Tom and Jeanette. "The public appreciate what we grow. They often bring us goodies and beg us not to close the door!" relates Tom, adding: "We are now into four and five generations of customers who come to buy our produce."

It takes time, talent, and tender loving care, and the result is delicious, high-quality produce at Sun Wing. Come smell the taste!

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Turning Back Our Biological Clocks

"Longevity" has become a bit of a buzzword these days as people strive to stop their biological clock, or even reset it.

While we have always pursued the fountain of youth, new scientific discoveries, advanced testing and more accessible technology have made it possible to perform detailed genetic testing; scan for early detection of cancer, heart disease and other maladies; and even determine one's biological age vs. their chronological age.

Probably one of the biggest misconceptions surrounding our longevity is that our genes, and our genes alone, determine our health outcomes, disease probability and estimated lifespan. Epigenetics, the study of how your behaviours and environment can affect the expression of your genes, has proven this original disease model to be lacking, and that there are other epigenetic mechanisms such as diet and exercise that can repair DNA damage, increase longevity and reduce the risk of disease.

The Nobel prize-awarded discovery of telomeres – the protective caps on the ends of our chromosomes subject to age-related shortening brought on by oxidative stress and inflammation – further substantiated that better lifestyle choices can preserve and even lengthen the telomere caps, thus extending cells' lifespan and delaying age-related illness.

In addition, the extensive research into the role of mitochondria, the tiny energy powerhouses of all our cells, has also revealed how their health contributes to cell survival and aging.

With these research discoveries and the science of longevity becoming more mainstream and accessible, the general public is becoming more educated and aware than ever before, with those who can afford it jetting off to luxury longevity clinics and treatment centres all over the world in their quest to beat the biological timeclock, reverse the aging process and extend their lifespan.

Research does show that some of these treatments can slow down the process of cellular aging, increase cognitive function and even delay the onset of chronic diseases, which is why by 2028, the global longevity market is expected to reach close to $183 billion, according to a market report by the American-based Grand View Research.

But with many of these exclusive longevity clinics priced out of reach for most of us, with some costing tens of thousands of dollars per week, what can the rest of us do to improve our longevity prospects?

For those who can't afford pricey clinics and exotic treatment centres, there are science-based hacks they can try at home such as focusing on a whole foods, plant-based diet; time-restricted eating/ fasting-mimicking diet; cold plunges in local lakes or the ocean; red light therapy (affordable devices can be purchased for use at home); anti-aging supplements, etc.

But, honestly folks, health and longevity are the long game, not a quick fix. I think checking out Dan Buettner's Blue Zones, the five regions in the world with the most centenarians and their lifestyle principles outlined in books and documentaries, is a great place to start. It almost seems ridiculously simple and unsophisticated in the face of modern science that going back to the basics of a whole foods, unprocessed diet, regular movement, community connections, sunshine and restorative sleep can be the magic formula for good health, disease prevention and longevity, but sometimes in our quest for answers, us humans can overcomplicate things.

Science definitely has its place, but then so does the wisdom of our elders, in our own and other cultures, if we only take the time to listen and learn from them.

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SI DN EY PRIDE FESTIVAL: A Celebration of Diversity & Inclusion in Sidney

Sidney Pride Committee

The Sidney Pride Festival returns this summer, promising a day filled with joy, acceptance and celebration for all. Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 15, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., as Beacon Park in beautiful Sidney by the Sea transforms into a vibrant hub of love and inclusivity.

From captivating drag performances to lively music and dancing, attendees are in for an unforgettable experience. The event will also feature engaging story times and good vibes.

One of the highlights of the festival is the diverse array of over 20 Queer and Ally Vendors, offering everything from unique T-shirts screen printed on-site to various pride-themed merchandise.

Families can enjoy the dedicated kids zone, while furry friends are welcome to partake in the fun at the doggy kissing booth and pet selfie station.

As the day winds down, the celebration continues with the Cheers for Queers After Party at Small Gods Brewery from 7 to 10 p.m.

We acknowledge that we are on the traditional territories of the W̱SÁNEĆ peoples. These lands have been the site of gathering, storytelling and stewardship for countless generations, and we are grateful to host the Sidney Pride Festival in this beautiful community on the shores of the Salish Sea.

The Sidney Pride Festival thanks the Sidney BIA and supporting businesses for their participation.

This event promises an evening of camaraderie and community spirit, all while raising funds for the Saanich Peninsula Youth Clinic. For more information and updates, follow @ pridesidney on Instagram. Don't miss out on this opportunity to show your support for the 2SLGBTQIA+ community and embrace the spirit of love and acceptance at the Sidney Pride Festival.

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CHELSEA KRAMER : Bringing Beauty to Life on the Loom

North Saanich textile artist Chelsea Kramer's hands move rhythmically back and forth as she weaves the threads on her loom. She works with purpose, keeping a steady focus on her work, except for the occasional break to look at a cartoon.

But this cartoon is not the kind of cartoon you might have watched on Saturday mornings: it's actually a weaving pattern or template called a cartoon. "It is slow going, and I get in the zone," shares Chelsea. "I draw the design on canvas and it sits behind my loom. I follow this 'cartoon' as I weave."

The self-taught artist's one-of-a-kind tapestries reflect the skies, mountains and oceans of the geographical places where she has lived. In 2023, Chelsea focused in on the theme of the seascape. "I have lived fairly close to the ocean for the last 17 years, in Oak Bay and also North Saanich," Chelsea relates. "I am drawn to the ocean. It is calming, powerful, but gentle too. It is powerful beauty."

Since taking up weaving three years ago, Chelsea has received commissions to do pieces for clients through Instagram and her website She likes to work closely with the client to get an idea of themes and colours they prefer. "I draw up sketches, provide a colour palette and email the ideas to the client, and then they choose which they like."

Once the design is confirmed, the cartoon comes into play. Chelsea is able to choose the type of yarn for the colour or texture she's trying to achieve in the design. The cartoon serves as a roadmap.

Chelsea has several tapestry floor looms of various sizes. Using the cartoon as her guide and applying different techniques and yarns including wool, silk, mohair and alpaca, she creates a pattern called the weft across the warp, which are the threads running the length of the loom. She moves along with a keen eye to ensure an even, clean appearance, regularly compressing the threads down to the bottom of the loom with specific tools. "I use a vintage silver fork and an old comb that belonged to my grandma. I use these to weave in the weft and pack it down solidly," she notes.

With the design completed, Chelsea finishes the piece using a blocking technique. "I use a steam iron which pulls the fibres together," says Chelsea. "Sometimes I can create a nice effect. For example, with mohair, I can get a watercolour effect when I steam it."

Like any artist, Chelsea likes to take approaches that set her work apart from others. "My work is unique in how it is finished and displayed. It is


mounted on custom poplar frames made by a local framer."

Her clients' responses make weaving rewarding. "I had American clients who wanted a tapestry depicting the view from the place where they were married, the place where they stood with the lake, trees, and mountains in the background," she says, adding with a big smile: "They were thrilled with the piece."

While Chelsea has enjoyed other art forms over the years, it is weaving that completely captivates her. "I've dabbled in metal smithing, cake decorating and painting in watercolours and acrylics," Chelsea says. "I've changed mediums over the years, but this one stuck."

Over time and with plenty of practise, Chelsea has built up her weaving skills. Her previous art experiences have proven valuable in preparing her for weaving work. With painting, she developed a keen eye and understanding about the movement and colours of the sea. Silversmith work provided opportunities to improve dexterity and develop problem solving skills.

Chelsea shares that sometimes she doesn't follow any cartoon; she creates from her imagination and just enjoys spontaneity. "I just go into my yarn stash and work intuitively. I don't have a particular pattern. I just get into the flow."

For Chelsea, weaving offers limitless creative freedom which she thoroughly enjoys. "This art form is so versatile; I am not boxed into something. There are lots of different options; yarn can be thin like thread or very thick like wool. It takes a long time before I get bored!

I love it so much!

The activity of weaving is also satisfying because it is so relaxing. "I like the tactile nature of weaving; it's calming and meditative," she says. "I find this art form so relaxing."

She may instinctively weave the loom threads without a cartoon or follow one in detail. In the end, however, Chelsea is able to beautifully "animate" her woven seascapes in a way that is far more realistic and lasting than a Saturday morning cartoon.

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The 2024 federal budget was recently released and included a number of proposed tax measures that will affect Canadian taxpayers. Arguably, the hottest topic is the proposed increase to the capital gain inclusion rate. Under the current rules, if property such as investments are sold for a profit, only 50% of the capital gain is included in taxable income. This excludes your principal residence, which is exempt from capital gains tax on its sale.

The introduction of capital gains tax was adopted in the U.S during the 1860s to support Civil War efforts, and the U.K. in the 1960s to fund social security initiatives. Canada jumped on board in 1972 at a rate of 50%. This increased to 66.67% in 1988 and to 75% in 1990. In 2000, the rate was reduced to 50%, where it has remained.

The 2024 budget has proposed to increase the capital gain inclusion rate from 50% to 66.67%. This rule would apply to all capital gains earned in corporations and trusts and to the portion above $250,000 in annual capital gains for individuals. The new inclusion rate will take effect for capital gains realized on or after June 25, 2024. For individuals, there will also be a $250,000 threshold for capital gains realized between June 25 to December 31, 2024 before the higher inclusion rate applies.

Capital losses carried forward from prior years will continue to be deductible against taxable capital gains in the current year by adjusting their value to reflect the inclusion rate of the capital gains being offset.

Check Your Unrealized Gains

All investors, especially individuals who own investments with unrealized capital gains in their corporations or trusts, should consult with their advisors and tax accountants to determine whether crystalizing some of these gains prior to June 25, 2024, makes sense for their situation. For more information visit:

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Coming to You : West Coast Ethos Mobile

What if the care you needed could come to you? If you, or someone you love, is part of the growing demographic that is short on time and long on stress, the thought of healthcare arriving at your doorstep on your terms, may be just what you need to bring a sense of wellbeing and ease to your life.

Sean Graves, owner and Registered Massage Therapist at Westcoast Ethos Health and Wellness, has designed his mobile massage therapy practice to do just that. Always aiming to make a difference, Sean recognizes the barriers that some face in receiving the treatment that could better their lives. He prides his practice on being adaptable to the needs of his clients and his commitment to mental as well as physical health drives him to make the treatment plan work, no matter the situation.

Sean's melding of expertise, having graduated from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology then becoming a Registered Massage Therapist through the West Coast College of Massage Therapy, offers a unique skill set that speaks to the all round well being of those seeking a holistic approach to their healthcare needs.

The Clinic Comes to You

Life is busy and tough for many parents who may have little extra time for self care. Sean, a father with a young family, understands the needs of hard working parents – including those who work remotely from home – and how precious time becomes while juggling commitments. In-home treatment allows for minimum time away from your family and eliminates the stress of finding as well as cost of hiring sitters. Saving the time you would spend searching for a parking spot as well as the high cost of gas to reach a clinic underscores the sensibility of considering a mobile massage that comes to you.

Sometimes it's children who need massage care, and Sean is well prepared to offer an easy way to bring that to them in a relaxed manner that removes any transitions that can be disruptive to routines. The familiarity of their own surroundings helps children to feel receptive to treatment and Sean's experience gives him a broad understanding of factors specific to children and youth.

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West Coast Ethos Massage services many senior clientele, including the geriatric community, and has the ability to set up shop in any senior or care home facility. This is such an advantage for those who may experience mobility issues or who may have been diagnosed with such complicated conditions as brain injuries.

Ease Starts at Booking

West Coast Ethos Health and Wellness has created a process that is relaxing from start to finish. Their online booking system lets you easily book your session. Sean will arrive with everything you need for your massage, including massage table and luxurious sheets. He will quickly set up while you are finishing a meeting or settling the kids and then in a few minutes you will feel relaxed and at peace. When you are done, you can stay resting, rather than rushing off to drive home as with traditional office or spa treatments. This allows for the maximum benefits of your massage to settle in and take effect.

Sean recognizes the barriers that some face in receiving the treatment that could better their lives.

For those who have smaller spaces, or office colleagues who may want to book together, Westcoast Ethos is conveniently equipped with a massage chair. Suitable spaces for treatment can be created anywhere, including your backyard on a sunny day. Sean's services are covered by most direct billing insurers, making payments efficient.

"Meeting You Where You're At"

Although his business may be known for its mobility, Sean has not strayed far from home. Born and raised on Vancouver Island, Sean's heart has a soft spot for Sidney and the Saanich Peninsula. Growing up with the ocean as a playground, his family's small sailboat fostered a connection to the water and the sailing community that has stuck with him to this day. Don't be surprised if he asks you to roll onto your "port side" mid treatment as some of the sailing lingo has stuck.

Sean's clients welcome him into their homes and offices confident that his professionalism reigns over any worries of dishes in the sink, toys on the floor or mobility challenges. In fact, through Mobile Massage Therapy, Sean is able to affirm his commitment to increasing access to massage services that provide you the antidote to those daily stressors. Welcome him in and by the time he leaves, you'll feel better ready to take on your day.

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Why it's Never Too Late to Start Exercising

Summer is upon us, which means you may be thinking you missed the boat on hitting the gym for a summer body. Or perhaps each time you think about working out, you make up a million excuses for why you shouldn't. Maybe you tell yourself you're too old, overweight, tired or busy to start.

But here's the thing: whether you begin exercising at age 20 or 70, in the middle of summer or the dead of winter, it's never too late to reap its health benefits.

Contrary to what popular fitness Instagram accounts tell you, you don't have to use an allor-nothing approach to exercise, either. In fact, the simpler you keep your workouts, especially at the beginning, the more likely you'll be able to stick with it. Simple exercise ideas include walking, jogging, yoga, tennis or 30-minute gym sessions. This is the perfect time of year to get out and get active in the sunshine.

Besides the long-preached benefits of exercising such as maintaining a healthy weight, reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes, let's look at some of the other health benefits that you can reap by starting today.

Improve Your Mental Health

Exercise helps to produce chemicals like serotonin and endorphins, the brain's "feelgood," mood-boosting chemicals that help to relieve stress, anxiety and depression, and even better your sleep.

Build and Maintain Strong Muscles & Bones

As you age, you tend to lose muscle mass and bone density, which can lead to injury. Exercise helps to keep your muscles and bones healthy and strong. When you're active, your body produces hormones that allow your muscles to better absorb amino acids. This is important because amino acids help to reduce the breakdown of your muscles and help them grow, keeping you strong into your late years.

Slow the Aging Process

Research shows that regular exercise helps to lower cholesterol, increase muscle mass, boost immunity and improve cognitive function as you age. Daily movement helps to slow aging at a cellular level, it prevents chronic illness commonly associated with aging, and can also decrease blood pressure and reduce insulin sensitivity.

Get Better Skin

Oxidative stress, which occurs due to free radical damage that the body's antioxidant defenses cannot repair, can affect your skin health and cause damage. By exercising regularly, your body can produce more antioxidants, which help

protect cells against free radical damage. Plus, physical movement can stimulate blood flow, adapt skin cells that can slow the appearance of aging, increase circulation and nutrients to the surface of skin, and release accumulated toxins.

It's normal to experience a lot of resistance when beginning a new health routine, and it's important to acknowledge that this is simply part of the process. Get a workout buddy, schedule exercise into your weekly calendar and focus on small, realistic goals that are achievable to hold yourself accountable. Focus on progress over perfection, and know that you are capable of improving your health using the power of exercise.


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You are investing in your community by supporting its unique businesses. Appreciate what makes our neighbourhoods different. Our one-of-a-kind shops and services 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 them today, you are investing in a unique and sustainable future for the Saanich Peninsula community.

Seaside Cabinetry & Design is a family-run business owned and operated by husband-and-wife team Tony Rechsteiner and Jessica Kwasnica. Since they opened in 2015, they've expanded to their beautiful new showroom in downtown Sidney at 9715 First Street. Before opening Seaside Cabinetry, Jessica was a kitchen designer for 10 years and Tony a home builder and renovator – the perfect team to work together on transforming their clients' spaces! They do cabinetry for all rooms: Kitchens, Butler's Pantries, Dining Rooms, Libraries, Living Rooms, Bathrooms, Mud Rooms and Laundry Rooms. Their showroom has hundreds of cabinetry and countertop samples to work with at-hand. Jessica loves taking a space and designing the unexpected, while Tony gets creative with grand spaces. They are both extremely passionate about design and love working with the Sidney locals as well as people from and all over Vancouver Island. Getting to know their clients is a key aspect to their success.

Seaside Cabinetry & Design prides themselves on quality cabinetry, professional design services, installations and personalised services. Come and meet them at their showroom by appointment and get going on your new space; maybe a new kitchen is in your future!

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Our annual Rug Event is around the corner! Mark your calendars for June 14 to 23.

We've been busy little bees getting organized for this amazing event, and we're thrilled to once again host Bunyaad and their gorgeous heirloom rugs at the Sidney Pier Hotel. We'll be on location for 10 days, giving you plenty of time to come and admire these works of art!

This is a wonderful opportunity to learn and explore these rugs firsthand, see all styles and sizes in person and have the opportunity to chat with Bunyaad's rug specialists. We're here to help you with proper sizing and colour choices, and we offer the option to take rugs home to ensure they're the perfect fit. We will have rugs from 2 x 3 feet to 9 x 12 feet, including runners, plus a wonderful selection of Persian, traditional, Kazak, and Chobi styles.

Bunyaad rugs are all handmade, fair trade, and crafted with hand-gathered, hand-dyed wools –truly a sight to behold! Even if you don't think you "need" a hand-knotted rug, you'll definitely want to experience the beauty of these pieces! Find us in the Garden Court at #105 - 2360 Beacon

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Horse-Drawn Carriages and their Peninsula Connection

The image of horse-drawn carriages is one that invokes a great sense of nostalgia – a link to the past, to a time when the city of Victoria (then Fort Victoria) was just starting out, an era before cars, when horses were commonplace on the roads, integral to the building and functioning of the city. In downtown Victoria and on the Peninsula, one can still be treated to the echoes of clip-clops and the sight of these magnificent draft horses pulling carriages and trolleys. If you're able to book a seat on one, you're sure to enjoy the ultimate experience of slowing down and taking in your surroundings on a relaxing ride.

Victoria is home to two carriage companies: Tally-Ho Carriage Tours, which has been in operation since 1903, and is owned and operated by Donna Friedlander and her family; and Victoria Carriage Tours (VCT) which was established in 1978 and is now owned and run by EmilyMay Bebb and Brock Gallagher. Both companies keep their herds of horses, made up of the draft or "heavy” breeds of horses such as clydesdales, shires, percherons and Belgians, on two separate farms in Central Saanich. "These breeds are needing our attention,” says Donna, citing several of the draft horse breeds as being endangered and on the rare breeds list. The draft horses were bred to work and haul much heavier loads than they're asked to move in this type of work. "They can pull six times at least what they're pulling and be fine,” she says. Both companies ensure the best care possible for their horses, who work in shifts and have set days off.

Tally-Ho currently has 23 horses and a staff of 25, while VCT has 22 horses on their 20-acre farm in Brentwood Bay and employs 30 staff at the moment. "We go through a lot to ensure both employees and our horses have the best environment possible,” says Brock. Jobs in the industry include carriage drivers, farm staff, ticket sellers, truck and trailer drivers, and operations managers. While the bulk of business for both carriage companies is

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operated in downtown Victoria, where they offer single horse drawn carriage rides as well as seasonal trolley rides pulled by a team of two horses, they more recently have begun to offer single carriage tours on the Peninsula. VCT offers holiday carriage rides in Sidney from mid-November through to late December as well as in Langford, and Tally-Ho operates holiday carriage rides in the Saanichton area (which run in November and December) as well as tours to Sea Cider (which run in May and June) both departing from in front of the Central Saanich municipal hall. Donna credits the municipality for "welcoming us with open arms … they put up hitching rails for us [and] made it easy for us to conduct business out here,” she says.

During Covid, Donna came up with the idea to offer tours of her farm during this time as a way to address any concerns that the public may have about how the carriage horses live and are treated. "Let's open up the doors and people can come and ask any questions,” she says. "It's part of being an open book about what we do and how we do it.” The farm tours are available in the spring and attendees meet the draft horses, learn about their diet, veterinary care, specialized hoof care, their harnesses and watch a driving demonstration. Donna says these tours have become very popular with locals and will be available again next spring.

In the Saanichton area you may have recently seen a unique three-horse abreast wagon making its way steadily through the neighbourhoods. The trio of Tally-Ho horses has been in training, mentally and physically, for the Victoria Day Parade where they're set to pull a 10,000-pound Victoria Fire Department's old steam pump

(by the time this article is published, the event will have happened but if you missed it this year, stay tuned for next year's!)

For Donna, she says the highlight of her job is "seeing the public's reaction to the horses … that emotional connection that happens instantly.” Brock says the most rewarding part for him is "how happy people are from the experience.”

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Our Provincial Hangover

Last month, I alluded to the "perverse incentives" in our provincial winery legislation. This month: how we got there. The history involves a trip through Hansards and Orders in Council circa the 1970s. There are quotas, lobbyists, administrative rules and a government monopoly.

Broad strokes here: land-based wineries in B.C. have to follow a raft of rules: you must have and use the fruit from at least two acres of vineyard at your winery site; you can only have a tasting room at your winery site; you must use only B.C.-grown fruit, a percentage of which you must grow yourself; and you must produce at least 4,500 litres of wine a year.

Ever wondered why we don't have any tasting rooms downtown and instead mix alcohol consumption and winding country lanes? That's why.

It's the 4,500-litre requirement, though, that is most ham-fisted.

Take another trip back to the 1970s, when the fledgling B.C. wine industry produced low-quality table wine, land was comparatively cheap and vineyards were planted to high-yield, low-quality grape varietals. Yields of 10-tonnes-per-acre were not uncommon. The trouble: the wine was plonk.

When the Agricultural Land Reserve came into existence, properties under two acres had certain exemptions; I suspect that the requirement for two acres of vineyard onsite was intended to ensure that land-based winemakers were captured under the new regulatory umbrella more than any viticultural logic. But, back then, that number was an easy hurdle. That hurdle has grown progressively higher.

By the 1990s, in part due to NAFTA, the B.C. wine industry was no longer content with producing table wine. The federal government,

recognizing the potential for high-quality Canadian wines, paid some growers to pull out low-quality hybrid cultivars and to replant with superior – but lower yielding – vitis vinifera. By the turn of the millennium, the province was making increasingly well-regarded wines. For reasons unconnected to agriculture, land values started rising faster than inflation or growth. The law did not keep pace.

Fine wine is made from vines that struggle. Those plants, forced to fight for survival, put their resources into reproductive fruit. Even farmed industrially – with Roundup, irrigation, and chemical fertilizers and fungicides – fine wine production yields top out at two to three tonnes an acre. For regeneratively-farmed vineyards, grown without "probably carcinogenic" herbicides (WHO, 2015) and with greater regard for the soil microbiome and aquifer, two tonnes an acre is solid.

Meeting the legislated minimum requirement of 4,500 litres of wine today, then, using climate-conscious practices and growing highquality vinifera, requires farming four to five acres of vineyard, more than double the originally envisaged two acres and much more than double the capital.

On the Saanich Peninsula, where the premium vineyard land is found in relatively small pockets, this functionally means owning or operating several different vineyard sites, in a real estate climate where any parcel of land sells for prevailing housing lot values.

We have legislative cheap-wine hangover. Until that changes, there will remain a perverse incentive for growing low-quality, high-vigor hybrids that don't do justice to the potential of our region or for bringing in fruit grown off-Island.


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The popular Canada Day competition is back at Sidney's Beacon Park July 1 as backyard naval architects and shipwrights assemble craft and sail (or try to) using $250 worth of materials donated by Slegg Building Materials. Slegg's Jason Balderston says Canada Day crowds get to see the boats being constructed, then the launches, with often hilarious results.

He says the packed waterfront has seen all kinds of craft cover the Sidney course in the past. "Some have just flown over the course, some made it, but half-submerged, and others didn't get too far."

Balderston says the packed waterfront has seen all kinds of craft cover the Sidney course in the past. Balderston said organizers hope to have at last six competitors, but eight to 10 would be ideal.

The boat construction runs noon to 4 p.m. on July 1 with the race at 4:45. Entry fee for the three-person teams is $30 and the list of required construction materials is required by June 17. Email for registration and information.


A couple of newcomers and an expansion/makeover of an established gym are changing Sidney's fitness profile.

The Westcore Training Centre on Beacon follows unique models in Victoria and Langford with individual pod spaces for folks to work out with or without a trainer. Westcore touts the semi-private pods as fully equipped, meaning no waiting for a weight or bench.

Meantime, the folks who run Anytime Fitness on Resthaven near Beacon have gutted the previous Peninsula Fitness Club space on James White Boulevard and the new business is expected to launch in June.

Steve Weller, who ran Peninsula, welcomed Anytime's Arne Jackson and said clients can expect new energy at the revamped space.

Then there's Vanessa Poretsis, who opened her fitness coaching at 1670 Mills Road in March. She offers one-on-one to group training for intermediate to advanced clients.


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has been available to people in need up to 30 years of age for almost five years. It helped 130 people via 17 dedicated volunteers putting in 1,600 hours in 2023. The B.C.-wide service is not a crisis line but more of a starting point for youth who need a sympathetic ear and direction to more specific resources.


The venerable organization will run staff and volunteer appreciation events plus fundraisers, to celebrate meeting the community's needs since 1974. It's been an "incredible journey" said CEO Tricia Gueulette, noting that resolve to "create hope and opportunity for generations to come."

An indicator of good works for 2023 are the more than 135 individuals helped with dementia homes, assisted living and affordable housing as well as 2,433 medical drives.


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Interior designer Yanna King has moved slightly across town in Sidney but taken a significant leap in services offered with her midMay opening. A key to Yanna King Interior Design, now on Second Street north of Beacon, is her reliance on local trades people. "We have some beautiful trades here in Sidney," noted King, "and we try to employ local people as much as possible."

King calls herself a multi-disciplined designer and her new studio reflects that, showcasing a wide range of design aspects in a bright, efficient space. One aspect is helping people who want to downsize, which is often about managing emotions. "You try to help people keep furniture that has sentimental value by figuring ways to, say, remove bulky arms so it will fit in a new, compact space."


Holmes Realty is now under the wing of Coldwell Banker Oceanside Real Estate. Michele Holmes had split the Sidney operation from Pemberton Holmes Sidney, which had roots on the Island for a century, in 1999.


Dot.naturals has made the leap from local markets to a Sidney foothold.

The shop leads with its own brand of skin- and body-care products and offers other lines like natural cleaning items from Cumberland Cleaning Inc., Nancy Wood Designs' cotton and linen handmade hats, jam and preserves from Sarah's Staples & Preserves, arts and prints from Sunday Crush as well as cards from Sparrow Printmaking. Wholesome Suds soaps and Green Room shampoo and conditioner bars are also showcased.

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We could tell you what makes Amica different from other senior living residences. But we’d rather show you. After all, what makes us different is different for everyone.

Please join us for a private tour of our residence so we can tell you about the care options available at Amica Jubilee House, including Long-Term Care and Memory Care. With our unique discovery process, we create a personalized wellness plan for each resident so you’ll always have the care you need, even if those needs change.

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Book Club

May Meeting

The Son of the House by Cheluchi OnyemelukweOnuobia takes place in rural and urban Nigeria, primarily in the 1970s. The book opens with the kidnapping of Nwabulu, a one-time housemaid, and Julie, an educated, modern, city dweller. As they pass the time telling one another their life stories, they learn that they have a startling connection.

Nwabulu's childhood in her village was difficult. Her mother's early death and father's subsequent passing left her with an uninterested stepmother who sent her to the city alone. The young teenage girl did her best, but her unfortunate experience came as a result of being poor, female, uneducated and needing to make her own way in a patriarchal world.

Julie was raised in a privileged home in the city. She was educated and held a position as teacher. However, even with these things on her side she made some questionable ethical choices that were driven by societal expectation and the need to sustain her own position in a society where one's worth hinges on producing an heir.

While the domineering men that Nwabulu encountered in her teen years and the womanizing dupe that Julie chose to be with were certainly not the finest specimens, the group felt this book painted a poor picture of men, in general. However, this served to strengthen the importance of the female friendships that sustained both women over the years. We explored the title, noting that using "The Son of the House" for a book that explored the lives of women reflected the patriarchal society of Nigeria at that time, when it was paramount to produce a son to honour the family.

While most of the group enjoyed the book's setting, some found the description of Nigeria lacking while others found that it felt authentic. The descriptions of textiles and food were enjoyed, and one reader was inspired to make Jollof Rice (spicy!). The depictions of the characters were empathetic, particularly in the case of young Nwabulu who needed love and guidance. While the plot line occasionally felt contrived, with too many coincidences to be believable, the general feeling was that the book was a nicely written first novel.

Our next meeting takes place on Tuesday, June 12. The book is Warlight by Michael Ondaatje. There is no library set, but the book is available in several formats through the library system. Please watch for a reminder email with time and meeting place options. Please join us! Stay up to date with all things Book Club by signing up for our newsletter:

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THE BRIDGE TO CHARITY: Local Optometrists Provide Eyecare in Africa

On December 16, 2023, a group of Saanich Peninsula residents boarded a plane in Victoria for a distant destination. The three travelling families, with several friends and assistants, had carefully studied the world map. At an earlier stage, younger members of the budding crew might have felt inspired by first geography lessons at school and travel plans discussed at home to engage in some independent critical thinking. OK, Africa is a continent! But you could also think of it as an island, right? Maybe an extra-large version of their familiar Vancouver Island.

As it turned out, the long flight did not exactly feel like island hopping. Upon landing at a Tanzania airport in a state of extreme jet lag, the younger generation – between 11 and 15 years old – wondered gloomily what on earth they had got themselves into. Their parents used all their eloquence to remind the siblings gently of what they had known all along: they had accepted an invitation to act as assistants for practising professionals dedicated to helping people in need.

A team of five optometrists from the greater Victoria area, members of the charity "Canadian Vision Care," had committed themselves to spend the first week of January 2024 on a mission in Kenya. Drs. Mark Bourdeau and Aisha Cheng of Peninsula Lifetime Eyecare Centre, Dr. Samantha Bourdeau of Ray Dahl Optical and Optometrists and Cadboro Bay Optometry, Dr. Scott Williams of Victoria Eye and Dr. Charles Simons of Saanich Optometry, two husband and wife teams, all of them colleagues and old friends, had joined forces to bring professional eye care to Africans who have no local access to such a service. They had waited until their children were old enough to take part – and to benefit from such a project as well.

Founded in the 1980s, Canadian Vision Care is a charity whose members donate their free time to offer their expertise to countries around the world, including Jamaica, Costa Rica, the Philippines and some countries in Africa, where eyecare amounts to something of a legendary luxury.

How did they go about such a major challenge? Their logistics coordinator, Rick Castiglione, had organized the entire program for five different locations in rural Kenya's Narok County. Every morning,


the entire group set out to spend hours in a small fleet of Jeeps to reach their clinic of the day, travelling over adventurous rural roads, in the company of local drivers and translators fluent in Swahili and Maasai. What did they bring to their new patients? The results of their dedication speak for themselves in terms of data, stories and pictures. Within one week, the team saw almost 800 patients, diagnosed their eye conditions and provided the necessary custom-made glasses they had been carrying with them in their luggage.

Every participant recalls moving stories. A seven-year-old boy who was about to be kicked out of school because he did not seem to have any eye sight received his first glasses and could suddenly see. An 87-year-old woman with AIDS who had lost her vision was given the right glasses that allowed her to read again. She had walked for eight kilometres to reach the clinic and was happy to walk back, now accompanied by her new treasured spectacles.

Working conditions for the team proved to be exceptionally difficult. In addition to setting up a new office in a different location every day, basics were frequently missing – notably running water, chairs and the much-needed translator for every case.

Precious support was provided by the seven youngsters. Throughout the demanding days they acted as efficient, cheerful helpers for the patients and as well-trained assistants to their parents.

Parental wisdom had included a touch of exotic fun and excitement in this project. Christmas Eve in Zanzibar was followed by a three-day safari in the Masai Mara of Kenya before the group turned their full attention to their mission.

While the professional team had been on a similar project during their student days, they cherish the memory of this latest tour. Their children's participation added a new dimension to it. They were able to share with the younger generation their concrete dedication to charity. Above all, they built for them a bridge: a bridge composed of reliance on a sense of personal-professional social responsibility, linking their own privileged life in Canada with the daily reality of their fellow humans in many other parts of the world.

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Rooms tell a story. These stories create feelings that speak to the heart and reflect the value of a space. Roger and Fielding Comartin of Rodco Draperies & Upholstery produce the feeling of a room's story for a variety of interior residential and commercial spaces, Canada-wide. They have expertly elevated spaces for nearly 50 years in the business of interior design. What's more: Roger and Fielding are professionals over two generations as a father-and-son duo, exceeding customer expectations in the design of residential, commercial, clinical, university and hospitality spaces across the country. Lucky for us, they are uniquely situated in Greater Victoria on Vancouver Island. As a family business enhancing spaces behind the scenes for their many happy customers, it's no surprise patrons and guests who enjoy the tranquil elegance Rodco provides gush over the experience of collaborating with Roger, Fielding and the design team. As someone who has personally spent many years meeting in commercial and clinical spaces their team created, I can confirm the small and important details of fabric, colour, style, beauty and functionality add excellence to the feeling of trust and creativity in such beautiful interiors.

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With B.C and Federal Government elections approaching, both their recentlybudgeted spending levels, if emulated on a personal basis, would be considered reckless and unsustainable.

Various new program inclusions, designed to garner the gratitude of voters, might indeed be laudable – if deficits were in control. Governments seem to think that increased deficit and debt levels will cure themselves over time and if not, the taxpayer will come through once again.

The latest example of a major tax grab is the Federal Budget’s increase of the capital gains inclusion rate, from the current 50% to two-thirds, for any capital gains over $250,000.

The Feds rationalize that most of the extra tax will affect only the very wealthy and Corporations. This is little comfort to the middle-class family that has owned a cottage for decades, accumulating, on paper, significant capital gains. If sale of the property were needed to achieve a comfortable retirement, this higher tax could not be avoided.

At a time when Canada’s productivity is lagging that of most developed nations, levying more tax against Corporations is counter-productive and short-sighted. Instead of reinvesting capital gains to enhance productivity, businesses see a significant slice siphoned off in new taxes. Corporations are far more likely to make solid investment decisions than is the Federal Government.

At a personal level, individuals who accumulate large unrealized capital gains in their NonRegistered accounts are also vulnerable. Their best strategy is to gradually trigger the gains

over time, keeping annual capital gains below $250,000. Taxes will then be paid based on the 50% inclusion rate. This acceleration of tax payments may be worthwhile to avoid triggering the 2/3 inclusion rate.

Given the addiction of elected officials to spending, deficits and debt, new taxes such as this do nothing to curb this profligacy. The Feds tell us that our Debt-to-GDP ratio remains acceptable. What they don’t tell us is that for the first time in Canada’s history, the entire $54 billion of revenue received from the 5% GST is needed to service our national debt of $1.1 TRILLION! Without this debt, we would need no GST.

Previous articles have predicted the Feds’ eventual increase of the capital gains inclusion tax. The next prediction? If Federal spending is not reigned in, the time will come when an increase in the GST will become irresistible, and perhaps necessary.

The Federal Government last balanced its budget in the 1990s and early 2000s. Since then, spending restraint has virtually disappeared. One glaring example: Since 2015, the Federal Government has added more than 98,000 employees, with not only generous salaries and benefits, but also enviable gold-plated pensions. The Parliamentary Budget Officer estimates the average annual total cost of each federal employee to be $114,000, an addition of more than $11 billion to annual spending, our deficit, and our national debt.

As Canadians, we are fortunate to be able to choose the government we desire. Perhaps we need to start making better choices.

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New Interactive Signs Have Sprouted In NIȽ TU,O's Gardens

On May 30, members of the Beecher Bay, Pauquachin, Tsartlip, Songhees, Tsawout, Tseycum and T'Sou-ke communities joined NIȽ TU,O for a special event celebrating the addition of interactive signs in the NIȽ TU,O gardens.

NIȽ TU,O's offices are visually stunning. Housed in a newly renovated Coast Salish Longhouse-style building, they are a marvel to all who visit or pass by. Lesser known than NIȽ TU,O's building, yet equally stunning, are numerous lush garden beds surrounding the offices. These garden beds are not just for aesthetics. Designed by a local Indigenous-plant expert, they are a testament to NIȽ TU,O's dedication to honouring Coast Salish culture and providing a welcoming environment for Indigenous youth and families.

An exciting new garden feature made its debut on May 30: NIȽ TU,O's gardens now showcase a set of interactive signs specifically designed to provide information about the various Indigenous plants nestled within. Created in collaboration with Satinflower Nurseries, each plaque spotlights a different plant, complete with its SENĆOŦEN name, care tips and a beautiful illustration.

Each plaque sports a scannable QR code that takes visitors to a special section of NIȽ TU,O's website. There, visitors can find recordings of the correct pronunciation of each plant's name, spoken by Coast Salish Knowledge Holders.

NIȽ TU,O isn't stopping there. Plant-themed word searches, fillin-the-blank games and even colouring pages illustrated by talented Coast Salish artist Jeannie Chipps are now available to help learners remember this critical plant information.

The new signs and supporting print materials are part of NIȽ TU,O's "Speak" Initiative, a multi-layered effort to make language-learning tools engaging and accessible. In addition to recordings of plant names, the "Speak" Initiative includes a treasure

trove of digital resources, including an entire webpage full of SENĆOŦEN, Hul'q'umi'num', and lək̓ʷəŋən vocabulary words and weekly language lessons on social media.

The interactive plaque installation on May 30 was a wonderful celebration of Coast Salish culture. Members from the Beecher Bay, Pauquachin, Tsartlip, Songhees, Tsawout, Tseycum and T'Sou-ke communities joined to learn more about the plants, enjoyed light refreshments and received a ceremonial blessing from a Knowledge Holder.

NIȽ TU,O is not only nurturing plants in the garden – NIȽ TU,O is nurturing a deeper connection to Coast Salish culture, tradition and language. To learn more about NIȽ TU,O's gardens, the "Speak" Initiative, and other ways NIȽ TU,O is helping to uplift Coast Salish children and families, visit to subscribe to NIȽ TU,O's newsletter.

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I Survived My Childhood Car

I have a master's degree in mechanical engineering, so it should be a simple matter to fit my beautiful granddaughter into a child's car seat. In reality, it is near impossible to guide her flailing limbs and squirming body around and through a three-point belt system designed for fighter pilots. In engineering speak, the combination of too many degrees of freedom, too few boundary conditions, and too much chaotic motion creates an intractable problem.

Today's child car seats are built for safety and comfort. I'm thankful for them and other life-saving technology like seatbelts, airbags and backup alarms. However, I can't help but wonder how I survived my childhood without them, so many years ago before the discovery of fire and the wheel.

The car of my childhood was a black 1960 Chevy Impala that shared design cues with a Sherman tank. It had expansive bench

seats the size of a double bed. There were no seatbelts, so we kids could wrestle, switch seats like musical chairs, and play a board game. When the car came up over a hill at highway speeds, we felt weightless, floating like astronauts exploring the deep space of the Impala. I cringe when I say this, but without seatbelts I would lay full-length across the shelf of the back window and wave at everything behind us before my mom shooed me back down.

My parents weren't careless; it was just what everybody did back then. As a family, every Sunday during the summer, we would "go for a drive in the country." Unfettered by cell phones, we would pass the time by gazing into the rich landscape of deep green forests, diamond-sparkled lakes and glowing white clouds. Although it was fun to be in back seat, I realized that the outdoors was a far better playground to enjoy.

Speaking of safety, modern technology helps meteorologists predict severe weather (like thunderstorms and blizzards), and issue weather warnings. This helps save lives. For example, satellites capture panoramic images of the atmosphere, providing insights into the development, strength and direction of storms. Continuous measurements of weather such as wind, pressure and temperature occur at both surface stations around the globe and at multiple levels in the atmosphere, thus providing a picture of the current and trending conditions. Huge computer programs (called Numerical Weather Prediction models) use advanced supercomputers to simulate future weather. They process massive amounts of observational data and solve complex equations of physics and chemistry. Predicting the weather is extremely challenging, but these scientific advancements provide sophisticated tools to help better inform meteorologists. It's all amazing technology that can help save lives.

Well, what are the models forecasting for June? There is some steering toward above-normal temperatures, but for precipitation, I'm finding the view around the corner unclear.

I love June. The summer warmth, vibrant flowers bursting with colour, and long golden evenings are a security blanket for me. It's the perfect antidote for our modern angst, where the speed and uncertainties of life leave us feeling untethered and vulnerable. So wrap yourself tightly in the wonder of a forest, or sink into the grandeur of the night sky where the winking stars tell us: "You've arrived. You're safe here."

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The view from the top is well worth the climb; Mount Work's Summit Trail is a steep ascent that will get your heart rate up. Mount Work Regional Park spans 700 hectares encompassing three lakes, over 10 km of forest trails, and stunning scenery. From a vantage point of 450 m elevation with the Saanich Peninsula and surrounding islands stretched out at your feet, you might experience a moment of deep gratitude to be connected to this place of natural beauty, all while catching your breath.

We started out from the gravel parking area on Ross Durrance Road. Study the large map on site if you haven't hiked here before. If you plan to return back down the same side of the mountain to your vehicle, make sure you don't overshoot the lookout and end up descending on the Munn Road side unless you have ordered an Uber. The CRD signs also have great information on park regulations; how to prepare for the wilderness; the history of the park, named for John Wark of the Hudson's Bay Company; and how glacial activity carved out Finlayson Arm 15,000 years ago. The WSÁNEĆ people have long lived in interconnectedness with the animals, land and waterways of this region and traditionally made their winter homes nearby on the Peninsula.

The hike starts with a gradual incline on a wide dirt road, then narrows to a trail that quickly rises up through the trees. Arbutus and cedar vie for sunlight with the huge firs whose gnarled roots crisscross the trail. Ferns, huckleberry and salal are in abundance, and white trillium flowers are in full bloom.

The return trip took us 3.5 hours including picnic time, but each group will have their own pace.

Eagles circled overhead as we took in the view. Sun breaking through clouds made the waters of Saanich Inlet shine like silver and the graceful silhouettes of the Gulf Islands appeared a deep blue. I remembered how much I love coming to this spot, even though I hadn't made the time in years. It's a great place to leave the whirlwind of life far below, and a challenge that will leave you feeling on top of the world.

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This gorgeous ocean-view home on 2.5 acres in North Saanich is everything you could wish for in an extraordinary country retreat. It has a beautiful in-ground swimming pool, a paved pickleball and basketball court and a raised viewing area. Mature trees and new fruit trees thrive on immaculate park-like grounds, along with flower gardens, a vegetable and herb garden and 200 blueberry plants and shrubs that curve through the property. Ornamental cherry trees in full pink bloom line the driveway. The view over farmland looks out over the Gulf Islands, Mt. Baker and the lights of Sidney township at night.



The house's exterior has timeless white Hardy board siding, an attractive mix of vertical boards, shingles and rustic board and batten – a look that defines the modern farmhouse. The custom-built front door and garage entry door are painted Navy Masterpiece, described by Benjamin Moore as "A bold, blackened teal that conveys a strong sense of history and architectural relevance." Adding a striking contrast to the siding are the black-trimmed windows with decorative muntin bars in the windows above.

Michael Dunsmuir (Step One Design) said he was honoured that the homeowners Martin and Dawn chose him to design their home. "I wanted to nail it out of the park! They wanted an authentic farmhouse, so I carefully considered the key elements that farmhouses were originally built with. I came up with a single large gable framed at 1.5 storeys with a porch roof below and built the design around that.” Michael had to align the structural roof elements with the interior vaulted spaces. "It was very methodical," he said, but, in the end: "I was very pleased I took the time to get it right!"


The two-storey, three-bedroom house has a dramatic 17-foot vaulted ceiling in the main living area; other ceilings are nine feet high. The wide plank flooring is nine-inch-wide white oak-engineered hardwood. All the walls are Gray Mist, and the trim and interior doors are painted in Dune White.

The kitchen features a 10-foot white quartz-topped island with a sink and cabinets. The shaker cabinets are painted Natural Linen and have matte black hardware. Windows above the farmhouse sink capture the view, and on each side, there is a narrow glass-fronted cabinet. Another set of cabinets with a sideboard is at one end of the dining room table. The backsplash quartz matches the island. Triangular glass lights hang above the island, and a striking six-light geometric chandelier is mounted above the dining room table. Matching blue-grey fabric covers the chairs at the table, a bench seat and the wood-framed bar stools. Major appliances include a Fisher & Paykel fridge/ freezer, Bosch double wall ovens and a Dacor gas stove. A lovely patio space with glass panels leads off the kitchen, providing more seating, an outdoor kitchen barbecue area, and a marvellous view.


Other notable features of this home include a large pantry, a cozy sunroom, and the main bedroom, which has French doors that open onto a deck. The ensuite has a heated tile floor, a double sink vanity, a walk-in glass shower and a chandelier that hangs above the white stand-alone tub. There are 2 ½ bathrooms all together. Downstairs is a grandkids' play area and a media room. Another room is fitted with a kitchen sink and cabinets, and it has ample space for Dawn's knitting machine. There is a third bedroom and what every new house needs – a work-from-home office and a workout room. Over the three-car garage, there is a 740-square-foot fully equipped one-bedroom suite.

Martin says the house takes very little to maintain a comfortable temperature; it has a heat pump and a backup natural gas furnace for warmth. In the living room, there is a sleek Stuv wood-burning fireplace surrounded by grey-sculptured rock tiles. The mantel was repurposed from a 100-year-old beam by the builder, Oak Bay Construction. Floating wood shelves, white shiplap and a lower set of cabinets add an elegant and warm look to the end wall of the living room area.

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Oak Bay Construction, owned by father-and-son team Ken and Ryan Breuker, built the house. Ryan said that for a home build to have the highest level of success, you need to have the designer, contractor and client(s) working closely together, all pulling in the same direction. "Working with Mike from Step One Design and Martin and Dawn made this easy because we had continuous communication, allowing us to reach the project goals easily. One that comes to mind is the home reaching level 4 in energy efficiency. We budgeted and planned for a level 3 home, but because the building envelope was installed with a high degree of accuracy, the house qualified as level 4. This achievement results in lower heating and cooling costs for Martin and Dawn without any additional building costs." As the project manager of Oak Bay Construction (OBC), Ryan says he has a holistic understanding of the small building details while simultaneously understanding their clients' budgetary goals. "This is something that sets OBC apart from many customer home builders. Our clients know that their general contractor is a journeyman carpenter by trade who is on site during the entire course of the build."

This is the sixth house that Dawn and Martin have had built, and during its construction, they lived in a basement suite for 1.5 years; there were Covid delays. So, they were very appreciative when the build was finished and they could move in. They are delighted with their home's abundant natural light, privacy, modern farmhouse elements and clean, uncluttered aesthetic. When asked for advice on building their dream home, they emphasized the importance of collaboration, design inspiration, and finding the right builder. Martin said that one of the benefits of having a builder like Oak Bay Construction is that they have access to all the trades that they use on a regular basis. "And those trades are loyal to them. So, even though the build was 15 months, it could have easily been two years if we had tried to contract it ourselves.” They have been in their new home for close to a year now, and there's not a single drywall crack anywhere. "That's never happened in any of our previous houses. Ryan and his crew did a fabulous job."

Martin and Dawn say that it's a great property not just for them to enjoy but also a relaxing and fun property to share with family, friends and their church group. "We like the ability to do that. Last night, our church had a young adults activity night here, and they played pickleball, bocce and table tennis. "It's not just a shelter; it's more of a lifestyle."


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Lavender: A Growing Guide for Island Gardeners

As any south Island gardener knows, our climate is Mediterranean, meaning that it's closer in weather to coastal Spain than it is to most other Canadian cities. With the warming summers and longer periods of drought, gardeners have embraced many plants from elsewhere in the world that have comparable climate to ours. There is no better representative of this than one of our favourite perennials: lavender!

Our Favourite Varieties

Grosso – a hybrid between English and Portuguese lavenders. A large plant that has some of the longest stems and most fragrant buds. Grosso is the most prominent lavender used in essential oils and cosmetics.

Hidcote – a cultivar of English lavender that has a naturally compact shape (two by two feet) but has long enough flower stems that it can still be cut and bundled.

Anouk – a cultivar that has a compact size with the typical pineapple-shaped buds of Spanish lavender. Unfortunately, the Spanish lavenders are not as hardy as the English, French or hybrids so may be damaged (or lost) during cold winters.

Provence – another large growing lavender that is known for having high heat tolerance and large flower heads. Provence also excels in culinary uses.


If you have a spot that is full sun and has poor soil, then lavender is the plant for you. They'll excel in sites where most other perennials

fail. They just need to have excellent drainage, as wet winter soil is an enemy of healthy lavender. We have found that established plants will thrive on only one or two heavy waterings a week. Of course this is dependent on drainage and the age of the plants.


As I said before, lavender prefers more barren soils, which means they also don't need to be heavily fertilized. We've found that a foliar feeding of kelp extract at the start of the growing season is more than enough for the year.

Although lavender is easy to prune, we find that this is the step that trips up most home gardeners. If harvesting the plants, then do so whenever best suits your needs. We then prune in August, or when any remaining flowers have dried up. This is done using clean secateurs or shears, by shaping the plant into a gentle dome. Make sure to leave two to three inches of green growth on each stem and not to cut down to the old wood. Well-pruned lavender will provide the most flowers next year, have an elegant shape and will live much longer than un-pruned plants.

We also find that most plants need a bit of a spring touch-up with the shears before they start budding out. There is usually some frost damage that needs to be pruned off to make way for the new buds. This is also a great time to inventory your plant's health and remove any branches that have been damaged or have died back over the winter.

Otherwise, that's really all you need to know to add a little bit of Southern Europe to your West Coast garden. Let us know if we can answer any of your additional lavender questions at


The Peninsula Panthers: New Owners Continue the Community Legacy

We were just in Washington, D.C. to watch the Toronto Blue Jays play a three-game series and during the Saturday afternoon affair, Spencer Carbery came up on the big video screen. He was in attendance and the crowd gave the Washington Capitals Coach a huge ovation. After a couple of innings, we had a great chat with Spencer and reminisced about his time as a player with the Peninsula Panthers back in the 1999/2000 season, our first year in ownership with the Club. It brought everything full circle.

On April 1, we woke up with the realization that we were moving on in life after selling the Panthers, a business that had been very near and dear to our hearts for the past 25 years. We went over the years and years of stories and agreed that we are leaving with mixed emotions. Our skills are opposite to each other and this is why everything worked so well in the ownership and operation of the Organization. We loved every single minute, right to the end!

Together we made the Panthers and Friday nights a staple of the community out on the Peninsula. We watched as young players came into the Club as boys and left several years later as young men, and we feel like we had a small part in their development, both on and off the ice. Hundreds of these players now live in our community and are policemen, firemen, plumbers, dentists … the list goes on and on. While some have made their mark in the NHL both as players – Dallas Stars Captain Jamie Benn, and now a Head Coach of the Washington Capitals Spencer Carbery – hundreds and hundreds of them are fathers and now leaders of our community's youth. Junior Hockey, and specifically the Peninsula Panthers, form an integral part of the fabric here on the Peninsula.

Rich Murphy and his family have purchased the Panthers and they are thrilled to take it to the next level. We are excited to see their vision unfold. The Murphys also own the Trail Smoke Eaters of the BCHL and so the synergies should be amazing. They have the same philosophy we have had over the past 25 years, and recognize the great importance of community, family and player support. We could not have found a better match to continue the Panthers' legacy.

We want to thank all of the many fans, billet families, sponsors, volunteers, Panorama Recreation Centre Staff and the Peninsula Recreation Commission for your remarkable support of the Peninsula Panthers. Many of you have been by our side on this journey since day one of our inaugural year! Thank you!

We will be around for a few months at the request of the Murphy family to ensure a smooth transition, so we will see you at the rink. And finally, please support the new ownership. The Peninsula Panthers are special and simply could not survive without the tremendously strong community support you all so generously provide, it would not be possible for the Club to operate in the successful manner in which it has for over two decades.

Our sincere and heartfelt thanks once again to everyone for your enduring, unwavering and continued support. See you at the rink.


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Take Note

What to See & Where to Be

CARE Fair for Seniors


Mary Winspear Centre, 2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney

Canadian Federation of University Women hosts educational, informative event on aging.

Given its older demographic and its organization's focus on education and advocacy, the Saanich Peninsula chapter of the Canadian Federation of University Women came up with a perfect way to take advantage of its members' considerable talents.

This month's Community Attachment to Resources and Engagement (CARE) Fair for Seniors is the largest event yet staged by the CFUW and might be the most satisfying.

"Many of our members have experienced the challenges in easily locating reliable information on aging,” says Donna Miller, one of the fair's lead organizers. "Without good information, how do we make good decisions about aging in the right place? We saw the need for this kind of information fair, so it's a good fit.”

The free forum for seniors and their caregiver families on the Saanich Peninsula aims to give them valuable information about the type of services available to them in the community, and advice on how to age in place or transition to independent or assisted living.

10 speakers will talk about issues important to seniors, and approximately 60 local organizations, agencies and vendors providing services to seniors will host information booths on site.

Learn more at, or attend a CFUW meeting on the fourth Tuesday of the month at the Winspear Centre.

TAKE NOTE June 2024 | Community Events

Our Living Languages

Sidney Museum

2423 Beacon Avenue L-3



This important exhibit focuses on First Peoples' Voices in B.C. Visitors can learn about efforts by First Nations communities to preserve and enrich their languages. The exhibit honours the resilience and diversity of Indigenous languages in the face of change. Museum admission is by donation. Visit or call 250-655-6355.

Drawing Connections: 40 Years of Art and Hope for the Salish Sea

Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea

9811 Seaport Place, Sidney




Take a visual journey through ecological stories that have shaped this region for decades. Explore the intersections of art and science, land and sea. This exhibit features artwork by Mark Hobson, Bill Adams, Alison Watt, Briony Penn, Rob Butler, Peggy Frank, Anne Stewart and Peggy Sowden. Visit or call 250-655-7511.

Gardening Workshops

Patio Gardens

6536 West Saanich Road, Central Saanich


Learn a range of techniques, skills and general plant knowledge with these workshops. One happening June 9 teaches which flowers are edible, what to plant to expand your edible garden and how to use plants in your kitchen. Other sessions include savoury and sweet jam-making, the uses of lavender and an introduction to aromatherapy. Visit

Minecraft Gaming Camp Registrations

Keating Computers

World Oceans Day

Beacon Park

9801 Seaport Place, Sidney


Celebrate the ocean with the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea and friends with this free community event. Experience a touch pool, photo booth, face painting, an arts tent along with art making in progress and other activities. With interactive and educational booths from such groups as DFO Stream to Sea, Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, Let's Talk Science, McTavish Academy of Art and others, the day provides something for everyone. Visit for more details.

Family Games Night

SHOAL Centre

10030 Resthaven Drive, Sidney

JUNE 7 6-9PM

Bring the family and join centre staff and volunteers for an epic night, playing games like music bingo, Dutch Blitz, Clue, Scrabble, Settlers of Catan, Bananagrams, card games and more. The SHOAL concession will be selling hot dogs and snacks. Entry is $2 per person or $5 per family.

Charity Road Hockey


Iroquois Park

2295 Ocean Avenue, Sidney


The Help Fill a Dream Foundation and Seaside Magazine team up for their eighth annual event. This fun and competitive fundraiser brings together teams from all over for some fun competition. Registration is limited to 12 teams. Cost is $300 per team, with all funds raised going toward the charity. Visit for signup details.

In Concert: OKAN with Pablo Cardenas

Mary Winspear Centre

2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney


#100-6761 Kirkpatrick Crescent, Central Saanich

Looking to keep the kids busy or give them a mental challenge this summer? Sign them up for a session of Minecraft Gaming Camps, focusing on everything from teaching kids how to code, learn creative building and even game design. There's a camp for every age group and area of interest, making it easy to find one that suits your child. Find signup details at

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Submission deadline: 1st of the previous month (eg June 1 for July issue events)

JUNE 8 7:30PM

Grammy and Latin Grammy nominees, Cuban violinistvocalist Elizabeth Rodriguez and percussionist-vocalist Magdelys Lavigne, known collectively as OKAN, bring their Afro-Cuban sound to town accompanied by pianist Pablo Cardenas. Presented by the Seaside Music Festival, the show is a highlight of the month in Sidney. Tickets are $49, available at or by calling 250-656-0275.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day: See Something, Say Something

SHOAL Centre

10030 Resthaven Drive, Sidney

JUNE 15 10:3011:30AM

This day reminds people that we all can play a role in keeping elders in our communities safe, secure and independent. This free seminar, Reducing Risk for Older Adults, is designed to help identify high-risk adults, particularly those who live alone and may be isolated. Registration is required and light refreshments will be provided. Visit SHOAL reception or call 250-656-5537 to sign up.


Repair Café North Saanich

Deep Cove Elementary

10975 West Saanich Road



A crew of able volunteers is on hand to help community members learn more about making minor repairs to everything from electrical appliances and fixtures to bicycles, wood furniture, electronic items and more. Repairs are by donation, with all proceeds going to local community groups. Find more details at

Saturday Matinee Concert Series

St. Paul's United Church

2410 Malaview Avenue, Sidney


Multi-talented artist and educator Kim Greenwood, whose work spans genres from jazz to classical, performs songs by Karen Carpenter in this month's Saturday matinee show at St. Paul's. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Tickets $25, or $20 for seniors and students area available during church office opening hours, at Tanner's Books (cash/cheque) or at

Peninsula Newcomers Club JUNE 20

New Members Welcome

Since 1987 this club has welcomed women who have relocated to the Saanich Peninsula and are looking to build friendships with other women by engaging in activities that draw on their passions and skill sets. Along with hosting their annual general meeting June 20, PNC welcomes author Kristi Clifton as its guest speaker. For general and signup information visit

CSSCA Speaker Series

Jarrett Teague: Timeline of John Dean Provincial Park

The Centre for Active Living 50+


1229 Clarke Road, Brentwood Bay (next to the library)

A park volunteer since 1989, Teague has assembled a written and photographic chronology of the park, as well as writing several books. He'll share knowledge of the history and how people today connect with and cherish this amazing place. Admission is $2 and tea/coffee are $1. For a full Central Saanich Senior Citizens Association calendar, visit

The Pirates of Penzance

Parkland Secondary

JUNE 29-30 2PM

10640 McDonald Park Road, Sidney Set sail on a hilarious adventure with swashbuckling buccaneers, fumbling British bobbies and frolicsome maidens. The Victoria Gilbert & Sullivan Society presents this rollicking operetta in two matinees, with musical direction by Peter Butterfield and staging by Heather Lee. The production includes the full cast of characters and a 30-voice choir with piano accompaniment. Tickets, $35 for adults, $20 for students, are available at


Saanich Peninsula Stroke Recovery Association Communication Group

Mondays | 10am-12pm

Seventh Day Adventist Church

10-11am: Social time – coffee/tea/cookies. 11am-12pm: Individual groups for:

• those requiring speech improvement led by a Speech Language Pathologist

• those with physical disabilities led by a Kinesiologist

• caregivers, led by an experienced convenor

Victoria Mendelssohn Choir

Mondays 7-9pm

SHOAL Centre Auditorium A

This group of friendly folks sings music from the Baroque period, sometimes peppered with modern works. If you like to sing, have some choral experience and can read music moderately well, come along and see what this choir is all about. New members are always welcome. For more information, email

Seniors Speak Toastmasters

Tuesdays | 10-11am Virtual

Saanich Peninsula Toastmasters offers a great way to speak and socialize from the comfort of your home. For details about this online opportunity, email with the subject line: Seniors Toastmasters. Visit

Afternoon Bingo

1st & 3rd Wednesday | 1-4pm

Centre for Active Living 50+

These everyone welcome games take place in the lower hall, next to the public library. The third Wednesday features hot dogs and pop for sale starting at noon.

Caregivers Connect:

BC's Virtual Caregiver Café

2nd Thursday | 2-3:30pm

This peer support group is open to all caregivers. Please register at or email

LGBTQ2+ for 55+ Seniors

3rd Saturday | 10am

St. Paul's United Church

A safe place for community members to make new friends and connections and support each other on their personal journeys. This is not a counselling group. Participants are encouraged to register, but walk-ins are welcome. For details email


Last Word from the Editor-in-Chief

In this issue, we celebrate some of our local Men to Watch – local role models who we recognize through their businesses, charitable works or community organizations.

I saw a quote recently that really stuck with me, and it seems fitting to share here. "If your kid is never a starter, never an all-star and never on a winning team but becomes a great teammate, learns how to deal with adversity and develops resilience, then their youth sport experience was a success!" As the proud aunt to nieces who are very involved in their soccer and softball community, I've seen firsthand how true this is. Morley, Eric and Curtis, the men featured on pages 18-19, speak of being an ambassador for the community, and how enjoyment of the sport they play is more important than winning.

Although my daughter is more inclined to the "art and gymnastics" side of the extracurricular spectrum, I had one amazing season coaching her Central Saanich Little League team. A long-time baseball lover, this was my dream come true. Helping the kids learn the sport, cheer for their teammates and watching their joy when they finally "got it" was truly a highlight for

This is our annual Men to Watch issue and in its pages, there are many local men who are worth celebrating. They prioritize the well-being and interests of the Saanich Peninsula community above their own, work to address issues, serve others, create positive change, and encourage others to reach their full potential.

Of course, we realize that being a good leader and role model has nothing to do with gender, and it can come via a variety of roles, whether through business, coaching or teaching, or simply being a good parent or friend. All we can do is strive to be the best people we can be, and exemplify that through whatever avenue best suits us.

For information, visit

This pup may have already found a family before this issue hits the streets, but there are many animals waiting for their forever homes at the Victoria Humane Society.
Photo by Janis Jean Photography.

The charity road hockey tournament did this …





How to Play: Unscramble each of the clue words. Take the letters that appear in boxes and unscramble them to solve the final message.

This jumble was created by The Blue Sheet Club, a group of brain injury survivors. The Cridge Centre for the Family's Brain Injury Services provides independent housing with support for survivors of brain injury. Through the development of support groups like The Blue Sheet Club, we strive to provide opportunities for personal development and reintegration in the community. Creating Word Jumbles are a great way to improve cognitive functioning. Plus they're fun too! Enjoy!

Answer: reached its goal

Jumble Solutions restore • isolated • scrappy • gather



Informed, Energetic, E xperienced and Eager to Help Grow your business

If you have an impor t ant message that you need to effec ti vel y communicate to V ic toria and Vancou ver Island consumers, we are here for you.

PR I N T | D I G I TA L | S O CI A L M ED I A | W E BS IT ES | S EO T O A DV E R T I S E , C A L L 2 5 0- 3 8 0- 5 2 1 1
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Dr. Harley Syyong, Dr. Michael Vaughan & Dr. Matthew Vaughan

At Sidney All Care Residence, you always have a doctor. We have a CORE group of physicians always available for our residents.

“CORE” stands for Collaboration and Coordination for Residential Excellence. This practice ensures the high-quality medical care for our residents as well as increased collaborative practices between our physicians and nursing staff. We recognize the dedication of our CORE team of extraordinary doctors who ensure the well-being, comfort and dignity of our residents. Their commitment, expertise and compassion make a positive difference in the lives of both our nursing staff and our residents.

Thank you Dr. Harley Syyong, Dr. Michael Vaughan and Dr. Matthew Vaughan for providing our residents with the best possible care.

To learn

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