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Enjoy a FREE Senior Appreciation event or service every month! This year is all about you! Every month of this calendar year weâ€™ll be organizing an exciting FREE special event or service for our seniors, which will be announced in the Peninsula News Review, Seaside Times magazine and on our website at www.sidneyseniorcare.ca. In July, we are partnering with Panorama Recreation to offer you the following:
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My passion is people, understanding their needs and creating solutions to solve those needs. Thirty years ago I decided to build a business to focus on both. My team and I at Cooper Financial Group have enriched the lives of individuals and business owners through investment and insurance solutions that give them financial freedom and security. For this edition of Common Cents, I decided to focus on a great solution for providing health and dental benefits for small business owners, their families and their employees. This is a very 'hot button' topic for our clients and I know there are many self-employed people who read Seaside so I'm hoping it resonates with you as well.
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I moved to the Island three years ago and to the Saanich Peninsula this past September. I love the peninsula. I'm always discovering new walks, beaches, wineries, markets and parks. There is a treasure around every corner and I'm very blessed to live here. When I'm not flying my Falcons, or tending to my small hobby farm; I'm either tucked away in my studio writing, playing in the ocean or running a boutique knitting business which allows me to give back to women and children in need. Being part of a community is important to me and I am thrilled to be able to contribute to this magazine with this month's book review. I look forward to getting to know my wonderful peninsula neighbours and to be involved in this great community.
I've been in the roofing business for over 35 years starting when I was in my twenties. The best part of my job is dealing with our clients, I get to meet and interact with all types of interesting people. One thing people don't realize about roofing is the most important part of the process is a good installation. The manufacturer's warranty means nothing if the product is not installed properly. In this month's On Design column I answer some common questions about roofing issues.
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First, I'd like say I'm not a writer, technically. I contribute the Ignition column monthly, and I love to do so. I've been interested in mechanical things since I was knee high to a grasshopper. As a school aged child, my favourite projects were always science related, and my dad helped me learn to learn if that makes sense. After 17 years in the motorcycle business I transitioned into the car business and haven't looked back. The car business is very exciting, and it's evolving at lightning speed, keeping me and my staff on our toes. So writing for Seaside is a great outlet where I can share little tidbits of great info with you, the readers. I'm passionate about our environment, and culture, and most of all, my family.
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first word Are you getting into the spirit of giving this summer? Seaside did! For the second year, Seaside hosted its Taking It To The Street charity event on June 13 at Mary Winspear Centre. The focus of the day's events was for Help Fill A Dream Foundation, a charity that ignites hope in the lives of children who face life-threatening conditions by fulfilling their dreams, improving quality of life, and assisting their families with care and financial support. Since 1986, Help Fill A Dream has supported over 2,100 Island children. Some have asked me, "How can you host your own charity event, manage Seaside Magazine and raise two kids?" Some days I wonder myself, but for the most part when I meet the children we help, it's all worth it. I explain it to my kids and they totally get it. And then there's my team. I couldn't do any of this without them, so I'm really the lucky one, but I guess we all benefit in the end. One thing I've learned through this journey is that dreams do have a ripple effect. The impact goes far beyond the dream child, it touches family, friends, neighbours and the community as a whole. Every dream
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is a story of joy and healing and is as unique as the child making it. Some are big, some are small, some are wild and exotic, some are tame and closer to home. On Saturday it was an extra special day, as we announced two 'dream reveals,' one for Coen and one for Emma. Coen suffers from Bilateral Hydronephrosis and underwent a kidney transplant just over a year ago. While he is doing well now, there will always be the potential for challenges in the future. Emma has a form of cancer called Pineoblastoma, an aggressive brain tumor. Both dreams are headed for Hawaii, while Coen wants to swim in the ocean and spend the day building sand castles, Emma's includes volcanoes and luaus. One thing Help Fill A Dream hears consistently from families is that time together becomes scarce and very precious during a child's illness. A trip away gives everyone a chance to relax and rediscover what it means to be a family again. Another very special part of the day was a surprise visit from Kelly Slater, our dream recipient from last year. Kelly suffers from cystic fibrosis and last year we sent him and his family to Sweden to play hockey with his team. He and his Mom shared stories with the group about their amazing trip. How great it is to see a charity event bring together a community of volunteers, passionate hockey players and dedicated sponsors â€Ś all for a common cause (see pg 11). Thanks to all who were involved!
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Pets Contest: Apologies, we omitted to name the talented photographers who sent in the winning snaps in our Seaside Pets Photo Contest. Luna - Tyler Nevin Chu - Nicky Fast Dexter - Nira Hopewell
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Germs REALLY won’t stand a chance following this campaign pledge! A long-time donor to the Foundation has challenged the community to match a pledge of $900,000 to this year’s OR Sterilization Department campaign, in memory of David Freeze. It was Mr. Freeze’s community challenge in 2006 that helped raise the funds for a new CT Scanner in record time. Make your donation worth double! With this match, every dollar you donate will be worth $2 to the Foundation.
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As the weather heats up
we all look to cool down over the summer months, and for many of us that means fun in or near the water. June is Water Safety Month, and Cathy Watts, Panorama’s Aquatic Coordinator, reminds us to take pause when it comes to being around the water this summer, be it at an outdoor pool, beach or lake, especially where kids are concerned. In the four years between 2007 – 2011 in B.C., close to 400 drownings occurred, and over half of those victims drowned while engaging in recreational activity, mostly swimming. Cathy emphasizes that people tend to underestimate the hazards of water. Outdoors, lack of supervision of children around water is the greatest risk to their safety. She cautions parents and caretakers that drowning can occur in less than 10 seconds, and in as little as an inch of water. Drowning is a silent killer. You won’t hear the cries that come with other frightening or dangerous situations because voices are stifled when someone is drowning. Eyes must be on children at all times. The highest at-risk demographic is that of young adults, aged 18 – 35. Contributing factors are usually that the victim is either a non-swimmer, under the influence of alcohol, or engaging in unsafe activity. Where do we begin to educate kids about water safety? In the pool, says Cathy. Every year within School District 63, all third graders participate in the Swim to Survive program, which this year reached about 350 kids. Through this program, funded by The Lifesaving Society, kids learn basic swimming skills that they may not otherwise have access to. The skills of primary importance for kids to learn are treading water for one minute and swimming 50 meters, with or without a PFD. These basic abilities translate into a real-life situation should a person fall into the water. By treading water, they can keep their head up until pulled to safety, and by swimming 50 metres, they can hopefully swim to safety themselves. By 2016, Cathy hopes to have not only third grade children in the pool participating in this very important program, but seventh graders as well. If parents are interested in lessons for their children but don’t know where to start, they can contact Cathy Watts herself, or Miko Heddle, Aquatic Program Assistant, to arrange for a 15 minute swim assessment. Once ability has been established, there are many swim lesson options to choose from to suit your schedule. Lessons run all summer and throughout the year, in both French and English. Swim safe, and have fun this summer! Contact Cathy Watts directly at 250.655.2182, and Miko Heddle at 250.655.2183.
Takin g It To The Street by Carole Pearson
"What's the best way to
bring Canadians together? Organize a hockey game!" declares Craig Smith, Executive Director of Help Fill a Dream Foundation. Seaside magazine's second annual Taking it to the Street Hockey Tournament, held at the Mary Winspear Centre on June 13, in support of Help Fill A Dream Foundation proves how true this is. Nine teams signed up to battle for road hockey supremacy. This year's tournament raised $11,400, with ScotiaBank and their Sidney branch pledging to match the amount raised, up to $5000. Craig describes the event as "the culmination of a vision by Sue Hodgson." The Seaside magazine owner made a commitment three years ago to become involved in supporting the foundation. "I'm thrilled to work with the foundation and to be able to assist in fulfilling dreams." Since it began 29 years ago, Help Fill a Dream has fulfilled the dreams of more than 2,100 Vancouver Island children (to age 19) facing lifethreatening conditions, and has given financial support to their families when and where it's most needed. At this year's Taking it to the Street event was a guest appearance from Marty the Marmot, mascot of the Victoria Royals, and the Kraft Hockeyville Canada trophy was on display for photo ops. Some great prizes were raffled off, there was a Fun Zone for smaller kids, and a shootout contest for the bigger ones – two players from each team! The highlight of the day is the Dream 'reveals'. At this year's Taking it to the Street event, two children had their dream come true and both had chosen the same destination – Hawaii! Fiveyear old Coen Wallace was born with nonfunctioning kidneys and underwent a kidney transplant at the age of three. He is finally able to travel and his dream is to go somewhere warm and play on the beach. He'll be flying off to Hawaii with his family soon for some quality beach-time.
Eleven year old Emma Smith wants to go to Hawaii to see volcanoes and enjoy a luau. Emma was diagnosed a few years ago with a malignant brain tumour and her struggle continues. It has been an arduous journey for her and the family but a more pleasant one lies ahead when they take off for a week on Oahu. Telus supplied almost half the volunteers at the tournament. Telus vice president Tim Draper says, "They're here as a part of Telus Day of Giving where employees, their families and friends commit a day and give back to the community." Next year, he says, there could be a Telus team in the tournament as well. Over in the food concession area, TD Canada Trust's James Haley Browning grills up hot dogs and burgers. "TD is sponsoring the barbeque and covering the cost of the food so all the proceeds go to the charity," he says. "TD does a lot of charitable donations around children's health and wellbeing so this is right up our alley." Also at the tournament was Arianne Stevenson, a student at Parkland Secondary whose presentation in the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative program won a $5000 grant for Help Fill a Dream. Arianne says she was inspired by the story of 15 year old Kelley Slater who was last year's Taking it to the Street dream recipient. Kelley has cystic fibrosis and his dream was to travel to Sweden and Finland with his hockey team. The generosity of the local businesses and corporate sponsors who gave money and donated prizes made this all possible. Without the volunteers who spent their Saturday directing traffic, helping set up and take down, and keeping game scores, this event could not have happened. The people who bought food, came out to play street hockey, and purchased raffle tickets all helped support a very good cause. "We don't always have to make a big time or money commitment to make a big difference in our community," says Sue. "It's the little things that count."
The Wallce, Slater, and Smith 'Dream Reveal' families photo by nuttycake.com
Takin g It To The Street
 Warming up between the pipes on Game Day.  Help Fill A Dream Foundation executive director Craig Smith with Seaside Administrative Assistant Elizabeth Moss (L) and Seaside owner Sue Hodgson (R).  Looking cool in blue, this year's Dream recipient Emma.  Ready for their close-up with the Kraft Hockeyville Canada trophy.  Bring your best smile and come on in. Lindsay Rehner from Four Frames Photo Booth.  Last year's recipient Kelley Slater with his mother Lyn.  Sidney town crier Kenny Podmore proclaims Taking it to the Street is officially open. Let the games begin!  The 2015 Taking it to the Street champions, the Town of Sidney Terrors and an assist from Kelley (far left.) 12 SEASIDE | JULY 2015
A Road Hockey Charity Event
 Seaside owner Sue Hodgson and Telus vice president Tim Draper.  "Man, that's a long way down!" Toddler on Panorama Rec's Bouncy Castle.  Volunteer co-ordinator Brian Losie. His story inspired Taking it to the Street.  Did someone mention free cake? Three Dream recipients, Emma, Coen and Kelley.  Coen and big brother Leighton show 'em how it's done.  Eager to get into the game.  TD's James Haley-Browning works the Grillverado mobile BBQ while Brian Losie (L) and Tom Watson (Centre) stand by.  Marty the Marmot supports the Help Fill A Dream Foundation.  Master of Ceremonies Tom Watson announces two Dream 'reveals' at this year's tournament. SEASIDE | JULY 2015 | WWW.SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 13
at the Mary Winspear Centre Hotel California – The Original Tribute to the Eagles For almost three decades now Hotel California have been recreating the legendary sound of The Eagles, and thrilling audiences all over the world. The band set the bar in 1986, and they’ve remained the industry leading substitute for The Eagles ever since. Playing to huge outdoor and arena audiences, sharing bills with some of rock’s legends, and going places no tribute band has gone before. A long run by any measure, but it begs the question - what makes Hotel California so special? Well, incredible lead vocal similarity, intensely accurate instrumental work, soaring harmonies, and top flight live performances, just for starters. These are the band’s hallmarks, and the foundation on which their reputation has been built. With over a century of collective professional experience in the band today, they’re still going stronger than ever in 2015. When The Eagles stopped to catch their breath a few decades ago, having sold over 100 million records, collected six Grammy’s, and enjoyed six number one albums, Hotel California began a pioneering journey through their history-making music that has taken them around the globe and thrilled hundreds of thousands of Eagles fans. It’s been a journey they could never have imagined
back in 1986, but their dedication, unique musical gifts, and an obsessive commitment to doing this legendary music true justice in performance, set them apart from the many Eagles bands that came after them. Today Hotel California continues to tour internationally, and their stage show has evolved into one of the most impressive and popular productions on the North American soft-seat and festival circuits. Featuring original members within their strongest lineup to date, the band is enjoying what they do today more than ever – and it sure sounds like it! It won’t take you long to hear why legions of Eagles fans come back to see them time after time, and the top venues & festivals have them back again and again. The easy-going warmth that comes from the band onstage exemplifies the Southern California sound of the 1970’s. The experience of a Hotel California show isn’t just about the band – it’s about celebrating the music and the memories, and the band gets the audiences involved and on their feet! Close your eyes and you’re right back there… Hotel California performs two shows in the Charlie White Theatre Sunday, August 2 & Monday, August 3 at 8.00 p.m. Tickets for both performances are on sale now at the Mary Winspear box office 250-656-0275 or online at marywinspear.ca
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Ballet Victoria Annie’s Rodeo – Dramatically Different Ballet Ballet Victoria will close out its 11th season with yet another original from the prolific Paul Destrooper. The artistic director is heading to the past to reimagine Annie Oakley into a graceful yet tough-as-nails star of a western show. Annie’s Rodeo will be the highlight of the mixed program ballet on the Charlie White Theatre stage Sunday, July 12 at 2.00 p.m. “Little Sure Shot” Annie Oakley is the star attraction of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, entertaining royals like Queen Victoria and Kaiser Wilhelm II. This it is the premiere of the new story ballet, Annie’s Rodeo. Bethany Le Corre’s first lead will feature a one-act comedic turn incorporating music from Aaron Copeland’s riveting Rodeo score, a dash of rock and roll, and the works of three international choreographers kick off a ballet stampede. The show will also include a primal and physically demanding duet performed by principal dancers, Andrea Bayne and Matthew Cluff to a work by Arvo Pärt. “Andrea and Matthew have paired beautifully for two years now,” Destrooper commented. “An audience favourite, they are elegantly athletic, supremely talented and a joy to watch.” Annie’s Rodeo and Other Works, from classic dance to classic westerns, this program offers above all to be fast and fun!
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Loving Rover Back: Groom That Dog by Doreen Marion Gee This is part of a rotating series of articles on members of Sidney Meet Up Women's Networking Group, featuring women in business on the Saanich Peninsula. Dogs love and accept their imperfect human owners no matter what. The people at Groom That Dog are simply returning the favour. They are giving back the unconditional love that dogs offer in abundance every day. A new canine heaven, Groom That Dog, has been operating since April within the Sidney Feed Barn at 10109 McDonald Park Road. Proprietor Janet Anne Lynch is over the moon about her new enterprise: "Groom That Dog provides full-service showquality grooming at pet store prices and convenience catered specifically to your needs. We offer a safe friendly environment to pamper your pooch with head to tail grooming." A healthy mouth is very important: "I strongly support and believe in canine dental hygiene and I partner with Cheyanne Cave of Happy Tails Teeth Cleaning to provide what I feel is an essential service to my clients." Janet brings a wealth of experience to her new venture: "Almost 17 years in one of BC's top kennels has exposed me to virtually any and every situation in canine care." She is passionate about her chosen field: "I love dogs because they give so much and ask so little. They give love, loyalty and devotion unconditionally. Money may buy a lot of things but it won't wiggle its bum every time you come home." Dogs are dependable pals, always there in good times and bad. Canines soothe and comfort children with autism and adults with mental health issues. Janet and her staff are giving that same unconditional love to their four-legged clients, including dogs that have unique challenges: "We have taken on special needs animals that other shops would not and if it takes a little more time then so be it. The needs of the animal are paramount and we seek to enlighten owners on the special needs their pets may have and help them in all aspects of their dog's life – not just grooming." When humans feel safe and nurtured, they can overcome many problems. Rover is no different: "Dogs that have come to us skittish or afraid are now confident and happy because they realize we care and they are safe." As for owners: "We are flexible with our hours and will try to accommodate you to the best of our ability." Janet also offers a free pickup service for those with mobility problems." Janet is planning an Open House at the end of August as a way to thank the people in the community who have supported her. Dogs make us feel like we are kings and queens every day. But at Groom That Dog the animal wears the crown. Call 778.977.3647 for more information. Website coming soon.
A Vacation for your Pet The How-To on Pet Boarding Facilities
Natasha, kennel manager at Puppy Love Pet Care Centre, gets kisses from Duli | photo by nuttycake.com
We had a great response to our June 'Pets' issue – it's obvious that the Saanich Peninsula is full of pet owners, and pet lovers. Last month's comment piece discussing some of the options for what to do with your pet when you go on vacation didn't have room for a thorough examination of using a pet boarding facility. This month we've asked the experts to share some of their advice just in time for the summer holiday season. The first point they all stress is that a boarding facility is fully dependable. They are professional businesses and have backups and contingency plans in place to cover staffing etc. Once you've made a booking you can be relaxed and confident that your pet will be cared for whilst you are away. They will be licensed and insured which should give you piece of mind. Take recommendations from your vet or from friends with animals. This is the best way to find out what will suit your pet – online reviews can sometimes be misleading. Different facilities will offer different options and you should look for a place that will suit your pet's temperament. In some, animals are kept separate from each other, in others they can socialise. You know your pet best and will be able to find the situation that fits them depending on whether they like interaction or not.
Always arrange a visit. The boarding facility will be happy to show you around and answer your questions. Unfortunately pets can become ill whilst their owners are away – it's a big fear for most pet owners. At a boarding facility there will be staff with the experience and knowledge to deal with this situation. Make sure you leave good contact information and you will be contacted if the situation requires it. Special diets, medications and routines can usually be accommodated, especially if you give all the information ahead of time. Questions you should ask when you visit a new facility include: what vaccinations are required? What items are allowed to be brought with the pet? Is there a cancellation policy/penalty? Are special care provisions offered for a fee or no charge? Should you bring your own food? With some research ahead of time it can be easy to find a pet boarding facility that will suit your dog or cat. Leaving your pet in the safe hands of a professional business should leave you free to enjoy your break. Our thanks to Calm Fort Kennels, Land's End Cat Resort and Puppy Love Pet Care Centre for all their help in compiling this article. For more information visit their respective websites: www.calmfortkennels.ca, puppylove.ca, landsendcat.com.
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an immemorial grief of mankind. To lose the striding joy of our racing feet, the fierce, sweet pride in the long swim, the lonely climb, no more to feel the longing and the fear of the young girl going to her early love, are the eternal sorrow of man … We mean to master this business of aging." So wrote Ewan Cameron, the "experimental psychiatrist who employed controversial techniques in attempts to fix or repair perceived mental defects in his patients," according to Richard D. Flavin. Cameron had big ideas about psychiatry, life, death and the whole damn thing. When he died in 1967, he left behind an irreparably tarnished reputation – to say nothing of a great deal of pain and torment. Is growing old really an "immemorial grief?" I put the question to my Facebook friends. Here's how some of them responded:
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Devon Jones writes, "… growing old is a gift, a privilege not granted to everyone." Cora Borealis thinks growing old "a blessing." She hopes that by the time she gets there – in about twenty-five years' time – she'll "be more at ease with who I am, more at peace …" Undine Charlie Downie reports what her dad used to say, "Growing old is lovely, being old is shite!" Bryan Carson says the best thing about getting old is that "you don't have to be nice to old people anymore." Tamara Alferoff asks the provocative question: "What's old?" Some months before he died at age 83, Maurice Sendak, author and illustrator of the children's book Where the Wild Things Are – and many other titles – said he could see beautiful aging trees from his window, which now he had time to watch. "I can take time to read books, to listen to music." At the same time, he cried a lot "for the friends that have gone before me." Some of the wild things older people think about are the things no one wants to talk about: Loneliness, introspection, declining health, death. We examine matters not previously even in the shadows of our minds. Most of us don't care a jot about the terror and thrill of falling in love. Either we're oblivious to matters of the heart or we take vicarious pleasure in watching those in the throes of blossoming romance. Thank God we don't have to endure again the painful aftermath of a relationship gone awry. As for running a mile or climbing a mountain we're just glad we can get out of bed in the morning. If we can walk to the coffee shop we count ourselves really lucky. We grow less physically while we grow more spiritually. "Old age, as the harvest of life, is a time when your times and their fragments gather," writes John O'Donohue in Anam Cara. "…you unify yourself and achieve a new strength, poise and belonging that was never available to you when you were distractedly rushing through your days." I once met a woman of older years but uncertain age who said that, had she known how young an age seventy was she'd have lived more passionately. Maurice Sendak said, "Live your life. Live your life. Live your life." Then clear your desk. O'Donohue gets the last word: "When your time comes may you be given every blessing and shelter that you need." Ewan Cameron quoted in Ann Collins' The Sleep Room Richard D. Flavin at www.flavin'scorner.com John O'Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom Maurice Sendak interview at http://www.nytimes.com/.../anillustrated-talk-with-MauriceSendack
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Island Family Chiropractic by Doreen Marion Gee This is the third in a six-part series of profiles on some great local businesses that are working to keep us all in good health. "Chiropractic is the science of the cause of things natural ... of how to analyze certain conditions quickly back to the cause": B.J. Palmer, the Developer of Chiropractic. The staff at Island Family Chiropractic in Saanichton are using their expertise to be health detectives, looking for the roots of problems and correcting them. And they want people to
understand the dynamics of their invaluable health service that is raising the quality of life for many people in our community. Island Family Chiropractic is home to two highly skilled chiropractors, Dr. Misty Watson and Dr. Randy Kerr. Misty has been in practice since 1998 and specializes in helping women through the stressful changes of pregnancy and birth. After forty years in the profession, Randy's focus is chronic pain. Dr. Kerr wants people to understand the 'what',
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in pursuit of the G olden Y ears Seniors issues are Officially on the table As we settle into the warm bliss of summer we are, once again, grateful for the incredible beauty of our island community and the benefits associated with our enviable lifestyle here – a calmer, more laid-back atmosphere; a culture that encourages spending as much time outdoors as possible; and by Shauna Dorko a more forgiving climate year-round Owner, Sidney SeniorCare than our Eastern counterparts. It is not surprising that residents of BC have the longest life expectancy in Canada or that our province has the fastest growing senior population in the country. By the year 2031, our population in BC will be comprised of 24% seniors with an estimated 1.35 million seniors – 56% will be age 65 - 74, 30% will be age 75 - 84 and 14% will be 85+ years old. Now that BC is finally sitting up and taking notice of the current statistics, advocates of seniors have identified what they feel to be the most pressing challenges that seniors face these days. Housing: There is a definite need for more financial support to meet basic housing needs for seniors. The high cost of renting and home ownership is prohibitive for many seniors living on low to modest incomes, and there are even fewer housing options in rural areas. Transportation: Impaired mobility, remote living conditions and the increase in complex-care seniors are issues that need to be carefully considered when determining suitable transportation options for seniors to get to their appointments and even run daily errands. Low Incomes: The misconception that today's seniors are wealthy, affluent and don't need any financial assistance is beaten down by hard facts – 50% of BC's seniors live on $24,000 per year or less and more than 52,000 seniors are living on $20,000 or less. Lack of Awareness of Services: Many seniors are simply not 'inthe-know' when it comes to their awareness of programs, services and assistance available to them. Information is not clear, forthcoming or shared appropriately with seniors and their families. Ageism: Seniors are typically seen as weaker members of the community and are often diminished and taken advantage of. By partnering together we can help seniors take their rightful place as respected elders and mentors of our community. Don't forget to submit your story of a meaningful engagement with a senior in your community. Your submission could be selected to receive a complementary service from Sidney SeniorCare. Until we meet again … let's partner together in advocacy for seniors! Written in collaboration with Sherrin Griffin. We welcome all comments, suggestions and ideas for future columns. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with 'Seniors' in the subject line.
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This is the fourth in a four-part series showcasing some of the unique local shops and services the Saanich Peninsula has to offer. The "wow" factor in Laura Waters' products takes the breath away. The handiwork in her paper products, cards, gift and soap boxes is elegant and exquisite. Laura's commitment to excellence gold-stamps everything she creates. Her food products are a shining example, adding a touch of bliss to an ordinary day. It is easy to see why Laura Waters, owner of Snowdon House Gourmet and Gifts, won Seaside Magazine's Woman to Watch Award in 2013. Painstaking work and dedication to fine artistry resonate in everything she creates. These high standards flow into Laura's food line, her focus these days. For example, her savoury dry soup mixes are packed with nutrition and goodness; all you add is water. Surrounded by the rolling fields of her beautiful North Saanich farm, Laura's "Curried Lentil Soup" fills me with scrumptious warmness. The gourmet cook uses high quality natural ingredients, avoids MSG, and "nothing is genetically modified or treated with extra sulphites." Laura's line of fruit-infused vinegars are one-of-a-kind sensory delights. Made with local or Okanagan fruit and white vinegar, "You always get the taste of the fruit first." Visitors can try a rainbow of fruity essences from Laura's sample bottles. The sweet and refreshing "Douglas Fir
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Tucked away in one
of the prettiest corners of Vancouver Island lies little Muse Winery. The elegant three-acre vineyard is secluded, almost lost, at the north end of the Saanich Peninsula, buried in lush greenery near Deep Cove. An eagle pair tends their chicks high atop one of the soaring, stately Douglas firs at the property's edge. "Many people come just to watch the eagles while sipping wine on the patio," says Jane Ellmann with a broad, friendly smile. Jane and her husband, Peter, own and manage the winery. Peter Ellmann is the winemaker, having learned the trade in California's Napa Valley. Jane, who formerly worked in the hospitality trade, is responsible for promoting the winery, attracting visitors and, most importantly, making them feel welcome. We sat on the patio, a little Garden of Eden, beside rows of vines and tasted an Ortega and then a Pinot Gris, both dry, crisp and with floral aromas. "We make Bacchus, Ortega, Pinot Gris and Marechal Foch wines from our own grapes, and those from nearby vineyards," explained Jane." Red wines include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah, but these are made from imported Okanagan grapes. Production is 3,500 cases per year. Most popular are the whites made from local grapes. I found the labels particularly attractive, featuring a mermaid and a catchy saying, for example, the Syrah has the subtitle "big, bold & bodacious." The Muse philosophy is to make highquality wine, and after the tasting, I agreed, they do! What makes Muse unique, I discovered, is the broad spectrum of arts they present. "We want people to have a great experience when they come here" said Jane. Large painted sheets draped from the sloped ceilings of a spacious art gallery give it the exotic feel of a Bedouin tent. Paintings line the walls. The gallery also hosts performances and weddings. An adjacent outside performance
area is used during warm weather. While other wineries display art, very few, if any, also have ballerinas pirouetting across a stage, chamber musicians fiddling, or thespians dramatizing. Bistro Muse serves mouth-watering dishes like Salmon Rillete, Crabcakes, Wine Maker's Ribs, and Cocont Pana Cata. Not surprisingly, the food is excellent. Judi Garbala from Starfish Catering and Inspired Fare does all the bistro food and event catering and Peter, who was formerly an executive chef, takes care of the ribs; and all the wine of course! Jane explained, "My favourite part of this business is meeting people from around the world. It's satisfying to see how even well-travelled people are impressed by the beauty of Deep Cove and our winery."
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